Schlenk Gets First Hell Tour Victory at Kokomo



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Kokomo, IN - July 14, 2010 -

DIRTcar Late Model National points leader Rusty Schlenk took on the top three contenders in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Wednesday night at Kokomo Speedway and showed why he's on top of the nationwide standings. Schlenk fought off an assault from Jason Feger, Dennis Erb Jr., and Shannon Babb to capture the 26th night of competition and earn the first victory of his career during the grueling month-long tour.



Schlenk, of Jackson, Mich., pocketed $5,000 for the victory and became the second driver in three nights to earn his first Summer Nationals victory after Ryan Unzicker won Monday night at Spoon River Speedway. He gained not only DIRTcar Summer Nationals points, but valuable points towards a potential National Late Model championship, as well. Feger, the current Summer Nationals points leader, is the defending national champion.

Defending Summer Nationals champion Erb finished second to regain ground on Feger in their battle for the Summer Nationals title.  Babb rallied from an early spin and finished third ahead of Feger and Steve Casebolt.

The championship is on the line with only two nights remaining. The Summer Nationals tour invades Attica Raceway Park on Friday, July 16, and then concludes Saturday at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio. In total the Hell Tour has traveled more than 4,700 miles in the course of 28 nights. The trip from Kokomo, Ind., to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, will have drivers traveling over 210 miles east to the track which will serve as 27th race of the 2010 tour. The visit will mark the first time the Hell Tour will invade the 1/3 mile oval located on the Attica Fairgrounds.leadbattle-kokomo

A-Main 40-Laps: (1) Rusty Schlenk, (2) Dennis Erb Jr., (3) Shannon Babb, (4) Jason Feger, (5) Steve Casebolt, (6) Jack Sullivan, (7) Jason McBride, (8) Tyler Reddick, (9) Ryan Unzicker, (10) Frank Heckenast Jr., (11) Brandon Sheppard, (12) Michael Chilton, (13) Ken Schrader, (14) Brandon Thirlby, (15) J.R. Hotovy, (16) Donny Walden, (17) Joe Janowski, (18) Craig Vosbergen, (19) Jeep Van Wormer, (20) Doug Drown, (21) Jim Moon.


C-Main: Joe Janowski, Frank Heckenast Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Brandon Thirlby, J.R. Hotovy, Jim Moon, Bryant Dickinson, Derek Cunningham, Chad Stapleton.

First heat: Jason Feger, Jack Sullivan, Dennis Erb Jr., Ryan Unzicker, Michael Chilton, Joe Janowski, Frank Heckenast Jr., Derek Cunningham, Jim Moon.

Second heat: Steve Casebolt, Tyler Reddick, Jeep Van Wormer, Ken Schrader, Donny Walden, Brandon Thirlby, J.R. Hotovy, Chad Stapleton, Brandon Sheppard.

Third heat: Rusty Schlenk, Shannon Babb, Jason McBride, Doug Drown, Craig Vosbergen, Bryant Dickinson, Rick Delong, Bill Lewis.

Time trials (unofficial)
First group

Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 14.079
Jack Sullivan (1), Greenbrier, Ark., 14.268
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 14.464
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 14.612
Joe Janowski (6j), Columbus, Ind., 14.660
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Orland Park, Ill., 14.673
Michael Chilton (97), Harrodsburg, Ky., 14.831
Jim Moon (1m), Zionsville, Ind., 16.835
Derek Cunningham (11s), Upland, Ind., 17.938
Second group
Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 14.055
Steve Casebolt (c9), Richmond, Ind., 14.439
Tyler Reddick (11r), Corning, Calif., 14.552
Ken Schrader (9), Concord, N.C., 15.006
Brandon Thirlby (m14), Traverse City, Mich., 15.152
Donny Walden (1w), Towanda, Ill., 15.222
J.R. Hotovy (13), Covert, Mich., 15.623
Chad Stapleton (32s), Edinburgh, Ind., 37.010
Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., no time
Third group
Rusty Schlenk (91), Jackson, Mich., 14.332
Jason McBride (77), Carbondale, Ill., 14.585
Doug Drown (12), Wooster, Ohio, 14.720
Rick Delong (3), Whitehouse, Ohio, 14.722
Bill Lewis (26), Pennville, Ind., 14.753
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 14.795
Craig Vosbergen (8), Perth, Western Australia, 15.525
Bryant Dickinson (5*), Ionia, Mich., 16.219

2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals 'The Hell Tour' Schedule

Date/ Track/Location/Winner/Car Count

06/16/10 - Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, Ind. (Billy Moyer - 50)

06/17/10 - Kankakee County Speedway - Kankakee, Ill. (Billy Moyer - 47)

06/18/10 - Cedar Lake Speedway - Somerset, Wis. (Billy Moyer - 43)

06/19/10 - Cedar Lake Speedway - Somerset, Wis. (Brian Birkhofer - 44)

06/20/10 - Wilmot Speedway - Wilmot, Wis. (Rodney Melvin - 31)

06/21/10 - Vermillion County Speedway - Danville, Ill. (Jeep Van Wormer - 35)

06/22/10 - Highland Speedway - Highland, Ill. (Shannon Babb - 43)

06/23/10 - Belle Clair Speedway - Belleville, Ill. (Dennis Erb Jr. - 37)

06/24/10 - Shepps Speedway - Alexander, Ill. (Shannon Babb - 43)

06/25/10 - Farmer City Raceway - Farmer City, Ill. (Don O'Neal - 45)

06/26/10 - Clarksville Speedway - Clarksville, Tenn. (Jack Sullivan - 39)

06/27/10 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Ind. (Don O'Neal - 28)

06/28/10 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Ind. (Don O'Neal - 27)

06/29/10 - I-96 Speedway - Lake Odessa, Mich. (Jeep Van Wormer - 45)

06/30/10 - Charleston Speedway - Charleston, Ill. (Brian Shirley - 26)

07/01/10 - Clay Hill Motorsports Park - Atwood, Tenn. (Billy Moyer - 33)

07/02/10 - Paducah International Raceway - Paducah, Ky (Billy Moyer - 43)

07/03/10 - I-55 Raceway - Pevely, Mo (Billy Moyer - 37)

07/04/10 - Lincoln Speedway - Lincoln, Ill. (RAIN)

07/06/10 - Fayette County Speedway - Brownstown, Ill. (Jeep Van Wormer - 32)

07/08/10 - Macon Speedway - Macon, Ill. (Dennis Erb Jr. - 34)

07/09/10 - Tri-City Speedway - Pontoon Beach, Ill. (Jason Feger - 39)

07/10/10 - Fairbury American Legion Speedway - Fairbury, Ill. (Shannon Babb - 41)

07/11/10 - Quincy Raceways - Quincy, Ill. (Jeep Van Wormer - 32)

07/12/10 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Ill. (Ryan Unzicker - 38)

07/13/10 - Peoria Speedway - Peoria, Ill. (Jack Sullivan - 44)

07/14/10 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Ind. (Rusty Schlenk - 26)

07/16/10 - Attica Raceway Park - Attica, Ohio

07/17/10 - Oakshade Raceway - Wauseon, Ohio

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour is brought to racing fans by many important sponsors and partners, including AFCO, ASI Racewear, Bill Pink Carburetors, Chizmark Larson Insurance, Dyers Rods, Eibach Springs, Fusion Graphics & Sign Company, Hoosier Racing Tire, Intercomp, Ohlins, Quarter Master, R2C Performance, Racing Electronics, Special Olympics, U Coat-It,  University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels,  Vicci, and Wrisco Aluminum.