Impressive in Open Wheel Modified During Modified Mania!
29, 2019) The Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team
ventured to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois from September
26-28 for the annual running of 'Modified Mania,' which also featured
a trio of shows for the Super Late Models. On Thursday night in
the weekend opener that boasted a $3,000 winners check, Shannon
Babb timed in third quickest in his group during qualifying, ran
second in his heat race, and later streaked up to finish fourth
in the 30-lapper behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley,
and Gordy Gundaker. Unfortunately, Shannon would experience water
pump issues on his #18 machine early in Friday's program that caused
him to scratch his Super Late Model for the rest of the weekend.
In Open Wheel Modified action, Shannon was fast all
weekend long at the St. Louis-area venue. The Moweaqua, Illinois
ace advanced up to fourth in Thursday's $3,000 to win feature, won
his heat race and wound up second behind only $5,000 victor Nick
Hoffman on Friday evening, and closed out the weekend with a sixth
place performance in Saturday's $5,000 to win finale. Complete results
from the entire 'Modified Mania' weekend can be accessed online
Shannon Babb Competes
in Late Model Knoxville Nationals
15, 2019) A visit to the storied Knoxville
Raceway was up next for the #18 team, as the 16th edition of the
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' was held at the storied
Knoxville, Iowa facility from September 12-14. The Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series biggie drew 55 entrants to the 1/2-mile, semi-banked
fairgrounds oval and action kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to
win preliminary programs. On Thursday night, Shannon Babb won his
heat race prior to slipping to nineteenth at the checkered flag
in the 25-lap sprint. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Shannon once
again secured a heat race triumph before finishing twentieth in
the final rundown of the 25-lapper.
Things wrapped up at the Hawkeye State speedplant
on Saturday with the running of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals,' which once again boasted a whopping $40,000 paycheck.
Shannon grabbed the third transfer spot through the B-Main to earn
the twenty-seventh starting position in the 100-lap headliner. The
Moweaqua, Illinois ace then retired at the halfway mark in the contest
and was paid for a twenty-third place performance. Full results
from the crown jewel weekend in Iowa can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Babb Fourth in Opening
World 100 Prelim; Solid Throughout Weekend
8, 2019) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) descended
upon the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September
5-7 for the 49th edition of the 'World 100,' which kicked off with
a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday
night in the weekend lid lifter, Shannon Babb won his heat race,
led the first nine circuits of the 25-lap sprint, and eventually
wound up fourth in the final rundown behind only race winner Hudson
O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Tim McCreadie. At the 1/2-mile,
high-banked speedplant on Friday evening, Shannon placed second
in his heat race prior to advancing up to seventh in the 25-lapper.
When Saturday rolled around at the "Big E,"
a record crowd was in attendance and all eyes were focused on who
would pick up the whopping $52,000 payday in the 'World 100.' Shannon
grabbed the second transfer spot through his stacked heat race to
earn the outside of the fifth row for the start of the 100-lap crown
jewel headliner. After advancing up to as high as fifth in the running
order, the Moweaqua, Illinois ace settled for a fifteenth place
showing. Complete results from the most prestigious event in the
Dirt Late Model industry can be located by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babbster Improves to
Seventh in AELMT Visit to Farmer City
31, 2019) Shannon Babb entered only one event
over Labor Day weekend, as his #18 team tackled Farmer City Raceway
in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night, August 30. The American
Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) invaded the Land of Lincoln oval
and a stellar field of cars converged for the $5,000 to win throwdown.
Shannon placed fourth in his stacked heat race and later started
the 40-lap headliner from the inside of the eighth row. The Moweaqua,
Illinois ace then helped put on a show during the feature at the
1/4-mile facility, as he blasted past eight competitors en route
to a solid seventh place showing. Complete results from last night
at FCR can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Gets Top Ten in
Dirt Million Prelim at Mansfield
25, 2019) The #18 team made their way to
the Buckeye State on August 22-24 for the 2nd edition of the 'Dirt
Million' at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again sanctioned the crown jewel
extravaganza, which kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary
duels. Shannon Babb wound up fourteenth in Thursday's 30-lap opener,
while he climbed seven spots in Friday night's 30-lapper to bag
a solid seventh place effort. After finishing fourth in his loaded
heat race and third in his B-Main, Shannon won the Non-Qualifiers
Race to advance into the 100-lap 'Dirt Million,' which carried a
whopping $101,626 top prize. The Moweaqua, Illinois standout rolled
off from the outside of the fifteenth row, but was caught up in
an early wreck and eventually retired in the twenty-second position.
Complete results from the lucrative 'Dirt Million' weekend can be
accessed by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Shannon Babb Blasts
to Top Five in $40k Topless 100!
18, 2019) The next event on the schedule
for Shannon Babb was the 27th Annual 'Topless 100,' which ran from
August 15-17 at Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas.
In the two $5,000 to win preliminary shows, which were sanctioned
by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Shannon finished twenty-third
in Thursday night's 30-lap opener and placed tenth in Friday evening's
30-lapper. By virtue of amassing the sixteenth most points during
preliminary action, Shannon rolled off from the outside of the eighth
row in Saturday's 100-lap headliner. With his sights solely set
on capturing the $40,000 winner's check and a third 'Topless 100'
title, Shannon scooted past eleven competitors during the crown
jewel contest to place fifth in the final finishing order behind
only victor Chris Madden, Brandon Overton, Scott Bloomquist, and
Josh Richards! Complete results can be located by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Babb Eighth in USA Nationals
Prelim at Cedar Lake Speedway
4, 2019) One of the biggest crown jewel events
of the year - the 32nd Annual 'USA Nationals' - was the focus of
the Dirt Late Model world from August 1-3 at the renowned Cedar
Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The lucrative three-day
weekend started on Thursday night with a $6,000 to win World of
Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series preliminary event, which
drew 45 entrants to the Badger State oval. Shannon Babb grabbed
the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race prior to
moving past five competitors during the 30-lap sprint on his way
to a solid eighth place showing.
On Friday evening in the double set of qualifying
heat races, Shannon placed sixth in his first heat race before advancing
to third in his final prelim of the night. By virtue of racking
up the thirteenth most passing points in preliminary action, the
Moweaqua, Illinois star rolled off from the inside of the seventh
row in Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel main event. After hovering
around the top ten early in the $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals,'
Shannon retired after only 38 circuits and was placed twenty-fourth
in the final finishing order. Complete results from each of the
three days at Cedar Lake Speedway can be accessed by pointing your
web browser to www.woolms.com.
Shannon Babb Sixth in
Return to Lincoln; Third in PDC Qualifier
28, 2019) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) headed
to Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in
downtown Fairbury, Illinois from July 25-27. On Thursday night in
a return trip to Lincoln for the final 24 circuits of the rain-postponed
$5,000 to win DIRTcar Summer Nationals show, Shannon Babb restarted
in the fourth position prior to winding up sixth in the final finishing
order. At FALS over the weekend in the 30th Annual 'Prairie Dirt
Classic,' Shannon moved up to grab the third transfer spot through
his $2,500 to win qualifying feature on Friday evening to earn the
inside of the sixth row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap PDC.
Gunning for the $30,000 top prize, Shannon had vaulted up inside
of the top five and was looking for more before problems late in
the distance caused the Moweaqua, Illinois standout to retire in
the twentieth position. Full results from the last three nights
can be accessed online at www.thehelltour.com
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Gets Top Five in
Malvern Bank Go 50 at I-80 Speedway!
21, 2019) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
found themselves at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July
18-20 to preside over the annual running of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals'
and Shannon Babb was in the pit area in the Cornhusker State over
the blazing hot weekend. On Thursday night in the $12,000 to win
'Malvern Bank Go 50,' Shannon ran second in his loaded heat race
prior to moving up to fifth in the 50-lap main event to trail only
victor Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, and Mason
Zeigler at the unfurling of the checkered flag. In Friday's double
set of qualifying heat races, Shannon placed fifth in his first
heat race and seventh in his final prelim of the evening. After
finishing fifth in his B-Main and eleventh in the Non-Qualifiers
Race on Saturday, the Moweaqua, Illinois star was unfortunately
not able to transfer into the $53,000 to win 'Silver Dollar Nationals'
headliner. Complete results from the three-day weekend at I-80 can
be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Shannon Babb Tackles
Four Lucas Oil Shows in Midwest
15, 2019) Shannon Babb battled the cars and
stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in four high-profile
shows from July 11-14 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois
and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. On Thursday night
in the first of two $12,000 to win programs at Granite City, Shannon
finished sixth in his stacked heat race, third in his B-Main and
twelfth in the final finishing order of the 50-lap main event. At
the St. Louis-area venue on Friday, Shannon won his heat race and
later led the 50-lapper on three different occasions before unfortunately
bringing out a lap 32 caution flag, which dropped him to nineteenth
at the pay window.
The dirt-slinging action then continued at Wheatland in two more
contests - each of which boasted a $15,000 payday. On Saturday evening,
Shannon ran fifth in his loaded heat race, won his B-Main, and later
climbed three positions in the 60-lap feature to nab a fourteenth
place showing. In the weekend finale on Sunday at the state-of-the-art
oval, the Moweaqua, Illinois star won his heat race in preliminary
action and ran amongst the leaders early in the 60-lap headliner
prior to slipping back to an eleventh place performance. Complete
results from the hectic four-race weekend can be located online
by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Babb Battles DIRTcar
Summer Nationals Foes - Nightly Race Recaps
6, 2019) The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour
rolled into Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois tonight,
as a $7,500 winner's check was on the line for the #18 team. Shannon
Babb posted the second fastest time in his group during qualifying
at the nearby oval and later grabbed the third transfer spot through
his stacked heat race. Shannon then worked his way past a trio of
competitors during the 50-lap feature to nab a strong fifth place
effort behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Mike Marlar, Gordy Gundaker,
and Brian Shirley. Shannon has opted to
pull off the "Hell Tour" following tonight's race at Fayette
County and is not scheduled to enter any additional Summer Nationals
5, 2019) A $10,000 top prize was up for grabs
for the cars and stars traveling with the "Hell Tour"
tonight at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Shannon
Babb knocked down the fastest time in his group during qualifying
prior to securing another heat race triumph. After starting the
50-lapper from the pole position and leading much of the feature
distance, Shannon lost a last lap duel with Gordy Gundaker to narrowly
finish second behind Gundaker's #11 machine.
4, 2019) Finally Mother Nature cooperated
for the first time in several days and the DIRTcar Summer Nationals
was able to get the annual 'Herald & Review 100' into the record
books tonight at the mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. Shannon
Babb clicked off the second fastest lap in his group during time
trials before scoring the victory in his heat race. Following a
second place run in the fast dash, Shannon rolled off from the outside
of the front row in the $5,000 to win headliner. The Moweaqua, Illinois
ace then led the first 97 circuits looking for another 'Herald &
Review 100' title, but a skirmish in heavy lapped traffic with second
place runner Bobby Pierce left Babb sidelined with right front damage.
Shannon retired late from the 100-lapper and was relegated to a
disappointing sixteenth place effort.
3, 2019) Due to heavy afternoon rains and
the forecast for additional wet weather, tonight's DIRTcar Summer
Nationals visit to the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport,
Iowa has been nixed. No immediate announcement was made concerning
a make-up date for the $5,000 to win show.
2, 2019) With persistent rain showers starting
to fall early in the evening, tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals
stop at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin has been rained out
and the $5,000 to win program will not be rescheduled.
1, 2019) Tonight's $7,500 to win DIRTcar
Summer Nationals contest scheduled for the pristine Dirt Oval at
Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois has been canceled due to inclement
weather. The race will not be rescheduled and the "Hell Tour"
will move on to Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin on Tuesday,
30, 2019) The last day in June took the #18
team to Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois tonight for another
round of DIRTcar Summer Nationals competition. Shannon Babb clicked
off the second fastest time in his group during time trials prior
to placing second in his loaded heat race. Shannon then started
the 40-lap main event from the outside of the third row, but the
$5,000 to win race was canceled due to heavy rain that started falling
during a lap 16 caution period. No make-up date was immediately
announced by track or "Hell Tour" officials.
29, 2019) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois,
racked up his 98th career DIRTcar Summer Nationals win tonight at
Highland Speedway in Highland, Illinois! Shannon qualified second
quickest in Group A during the time trial session and later scored
a triumph in his heat race. After drawing the outside of the second
row before the start of the 50-lap main event, Shannon grabbed the
point for good on the 18th circuit and led the remainder of the
distance to pocket the $10,000 winner's check. The "Moweaqua
Missile" beat Billy Moyer, Rusty Schlenk, Jason Feger, and
Brian Shirley to the checkered flag to claim his first victory of
the 2019 season! (Jim DenHamer Photo)
28, 2019) The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series joined the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tonight for
a co-sanctioned battle at the sprawling Terre Haute Action Track
in Terre Haute, Indiana. A $10,000 to win program was held and 22
entrants were on hand at the Hoosier State facility. Shannon Babb
posted the second quickest time in his group during qualifying and
later slipped back to fifth in his stacked heat race. Shannon then
started the 30-lap headliner from the inside of the eighth row and
charged past ten competitors during the caution-free affair to bag
a solid fifth place effort behind only victor Brandon Sheppard,
Bobby Pierce, Darrell Lanigan, and Billy Moyer!
27, 2019) A trip to the Hoosier State was
on tap tonight, as the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown,
Indiana hosted the DIRTcar Summer Nationals for a $5,000 to win
contest. A stellar 44 car field converged on the 1/4-mile oval and
Shannon Babb started his evening by laying down the eighteenth fastest
time in Group B during qualifying aboard a brand-new XR1 Rocket
Chassis. After finishing seventh in his loaded heat race and pulling
off the track early in the B-Main, Shannon utilized a provisional
to start nineteenth on the feature grid. The Moweaqua, Illinois
ace eventually posted an eighteenth place performance after forty
green flag circuits.
26, 2019) The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour
took the #18 team to Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois tonight
to vie for a $5,000 winner's check in another rain-postponed program.
Shannon Babb clicked off the third quickest time in his group during
the qualifying session before running third in his heat race. The
Moweaqua, Illinois native then started the 40-lapper from the inside
of the fourth row and finished exactly where he started... in the
25, 2019) Next up on the "Hell Tour"
was a visit to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois tonight
for a rain-postponed showdown, which boasted a $7,500 paycheck.
Shannon Babb posted the fourth fastest time in Group A during time
trials prior to notching a third place effort in heat race action.
After starting the 40-lap feature event from the outside of the
fifth row, Shannon was able to pick off four competitors during
the rough-and-tumble contest and was officially paid for a steady
sixth place showing.
24, 2019) Overnight rain - continuing into
the morning and early afternoon - has left Clarksville Speedway
too saturated for tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals event in Clarksville,
Tennessee. Unfortunately, the $5,000 to win program will not be
rescheduled. The rain-plagued "Hell Tour" continues tomorrow
at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois with a $7,500 to
win make up show from the June 21 rain out.
23, 2019) Yet another rain-out on the DIRTcar
Summer Nationals tour greeted the #18 SBR team today at Tri-State
Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana. The $5,000 to win program at the
Hoosier State bullring will not be rescheduled.
22, 2019) A $10,000 top prize was on the
line in a "Hell Tour" battle tonight at Fairbury American
Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. A strong field of
38 entrants poured into FALS and Shannon Babb kicked off the night
by laying down the thirteenth quickest lap in Group B during qualifying.
After finishing fifth in heat race action, Shannon scored a victory
in the B-Main to earn the inside of the ninth row for the start
of the 50-lapper. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace then advanced all the
way up to fourth in the headliner before winding up fifth at the
checkered flag behind only winner Brian Shirley, Frank Heckenast,
Jr., Tanner English, and Bobby Pierce!
21, 2019) With grounds already saturated
from strong storms and more rain expected throughout the day, DIRTcar
Summer Nationals officials announced that tonight's $10,000 to win
show at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois has been rained-out,
but will be rescheduled for Tuesday, June 25.
20, 2019) The "Hell Tour" took
the #18 team to Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois tonight
and 35 competitors piled into the pit area to do battle for the
$5,000 winner's check. Shannon Babb clicked off the fourth fastest
lap in Group A during time trials and later scored a heat race triumph.
After drawing the pole position for the 40-lapper, Shannon had a
strong run going in the feature until a flat right rear tire on
lap 19 helped relegate the Moweaqua, Illinois standout to a thirteenth
19, 2019) Citing wet grounds and a gloomy
forecast, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and track officials have announced
that tonight's scheduled series event at the tiny Belle-Clair Speedway
in Belleville, Illinois has been rained out. The $5,000 to win contest
will not be rescheduled.
18, 2019) Next up on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals
slate was a visit tonight to Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville,
Illinois for the annual 'Wild Man Kelly Classic,' which boasted
a $5,000 top prize. Shannon Babb knocked down the second fastest
lap in his group during qualifying prior to running second in his
heat race. After starting the 40-lap feature event from the inside
of the third row, Shannon battled hard for a top five showing before
settling for a sixth place effort behind only winner Brandon Sheppard,
Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley, Frank Heckenast, Jr., and Tanner English.
16, 2019) Wet weather continues to plague
the 2019 version of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, as today's event
at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois was rained out.
No makeup date for the $5,000 to win show was immediately announced
by track or series officials.
15, 2019) With showers and thunderstorms
arriving early in the afternoon and with more storms on the way,
tonight's DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdown at the Dirt Oval at
Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois has been rained out. Officials announced
that the $10,000 to win program has been rescheduled for Monday,
July 1 at the pristine speedplant.
14, 2019) The first $10,000 top prize of
the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour was up for grabs tonight in a
visit to Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois. Shannon Babb
timed in third fastest in his group during the qualifying session,
but later slipped back to fifth in his stacked heat race. Following
a convincing victory in his B-Main, Shannon was scheduled to start
the main event from the inside of the ninth row. However, intensifying
rain shortly before the start of the A-Main caused series officials
to postpone the headliner to Monday, July 8.
13, 2019) The first race of the 2019 DIRTcar
Summer Nationals took place earlier tonight at Kankakee County Speedway
in Kankakee, Illinois. Shannon Babb clicked off the fastest lap
in his group during the qualifying session prior to picking up a
heat race triumph aboard his familiar #18 machine. After starting
third on the feature grid in the $5,000 to win affair, Shannon unfortunately
suffered from electrical problems during the 40-lapper and retired
early in the twenty-first position.
12, 2019) Due to rain, tonight's DIRTcar
Summer Nationals lid lifter at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois
has been postponed. The $5,000 to win program for the Super Late
Models has been rescheduled for June 26. The month-long tour will
now kick off its 2019 season on Thursday, June 13 at Kankakee County
Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois with a similar $5,000 to win show.