Area Fans with $5,000 Gateway Dirt Nationals Prelim Win!
18, 2016) Shannon Babb and the #18 SBR team finally
wrapped up their version of the 2016 racing season on December
15-17 in the inaugural running of the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals'
inside of The Dome at America's Center in downtown St. Louis,
Missouri. A 1/5-mile dirt bullring was constructed inside
of the spacious dome and a large crowd was on hand to witness
the historic weekend of indoor action. Things kicked off
for the Super Late Models on Thursday night with two rounds
of qualifying and Shannon was able to lay claim to the sixteenth
quickest lap of the 97 competitors in attendance.
On Friday evening, Shannon scored an impressive
heat race triumph and later started the 25-lap preliminary
feature event from the inside of the third row. The Moweaqua,
Illinois hotshoe then drove to the front and pulled off
an incredible third-to-first pass for the lead on the 23rd
circuit. Shannon then led the final couple of laps to record
the $5,000 payday for his first win of 2016 over Darrell
Lanigan, Jason Feger, Scott Bloomquist, and Chris Simpson!
In Saturday's $20,000 to win 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' headliner,
the "Moweaqua Missile" started third in the 40-lapper,
but was involved in a lap four tangle and unfortunately
retired in the nineteenth position. Full results from the
season-ending weekend in St. Louis can be viewed online
Encounters Trouble During DTWC Prelims...
16, 2016) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) ventured to
Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 14-15
for the 36th Annual 'Dirt Track World Championship,' which
was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and
attracted 80 competitors to vie for the whopping $100,000
winner's share. The unique format for the crown jewel spectacular
started with two sets of heat races on Friday evening. Shannon
Babb drove up to second in his first heat race, but was
unfortunately caught up in a wreck that knocked the rear-end
out of his #18 machine in his final prelim. The Moweaqua,
Illinois star then made the decision to forego Saturday's
action at PRP and scratched from his B-Main, which also
kept him out of the 100-lap DTWC. Complete results from
the disappointing weekend at Portsmouth can be viewed online
Trio of Podium Efforts at Tri-City; Competes in Modified
25, 2016) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois,
was busy over the September 22-24 weekend at Tri-City Speedway
in Granite City, Illinois, as he competed in both the Super
Late Model and Open Wheel Modified divisions in the annual
'Modified Mania' extravaganza. Behind the wheel of his familiar
#18 Late Model ride, Shannon laid down the fastest lap in
his group during qualifying and won his heat race all three
nights. In the features, Shannon finished runner-up in Thursday's
$2,000 to win opener behind Bobby Pierce, second in Friday's
$2,500 to win main event behind Bobby Pierce, and third
in Saturday's $3,000 to win finale behind only victor Bobby
Pierce and runner-up Frank Heckenast, Jr.
In Open Wheel Modified action, Shannon transferred
into all three headliners during 'Modified Mania.' The popular
driver known as the "Moweaqua Missile" ran third
in Thursday's $3,000 to win opener, nineteenth in Friday's
$4,000 to win feature, and eighteenth in Saturday's $5,000
to win weekend finale. Full results from the hectic weekend
at the St. Louis area venue can be accessed online at www.tricityspeedway.net.
on Podium in Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Prelim
18, 2016) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) tackled another
crown jewel event over the September 15-17 weekend in the
Hawkeye State, as the historic Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville,
Iowa played host to the 13th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model
Knoxville Nationals.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
once again sanctioned the three-day spectacular at the Marion
County Fairgrounds oval, which started with a pair of $7,000
to win preliminary showdowns. At Knoxville on Thursday night,
Shannon Babb ran fifth in his heat race, third in the B-Main,
and nineteenth in the 25-lap main event. On Friday evening,
Shannon finished second in his heat race and later led laps
2-18 of the headliner before settling for a third place
podium showing behind only winner Josh Richards and runner-up
By virtue of accumulating the sixth most points
during the unique format, Shannon locked himself into the
outside of the third row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' finale, which
once again carried a stout $40,000 winner's share. The Moweaqua,
Illinois hotshoe was in the fifth position on lap 30 when
a right rear flat tire sent him pitside. Shannon eventually
wound up twentieth in the final rundown of this year's edition
of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' after
suffering a bent shock. Complete results from the extended
weekend at Knoxville Raceway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
in World 100 Prelim; Wins B-Scramble on Saturday
11, 2016) The #18 team pulled into the pit area
at the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September
8-10 for the 46th version of the famed 'World 100.' The
three-day crown jewel extravaganza at the 1/2-mile, high-banked
speedplant drew 108 competitors and things kicked off at
Eldora with a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25 preliminary
programs. On Thursday night, Shannon Babb won his heat race
and later advanced up to second in his 25-lap main event
to finish and impressive runner-up behind only race winner
Matt Miller. At the "Big E" on Friday evening,
Shannon ran third in his heat race prior to moving past
nine competitors during the 25-lapper en route to a strong
sixth place showing.
When the calendar flipped to Saturday, all
eyes were fixated on the 'Biggest Dirt Race in the World,'
which boasted a $49,000 top prize and the famed globe trophy.
Shannon placed sixth in his loaded heat race and seventh
in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept him out of the 100-lap
headliner. Although he was not able to transfer into the
'World 100,' the Moweaqua, Illinois standout was able to
win the B-Scramble for non-qualifiers. Complete results
from the extended weekend in the Buckeye State can be accessed
online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
in Labor Day Weekend Specials at Farmer City & FALS
(September 4, 2016) Shannon Babb and
his #18 SBR team entered a pair of Labor Day weekend specials
on September 2-3 in the Land of Lincoln. The American Late
Model Series (ALMS) rolled into Farmer City Raceway in Farmer
City, Illinois on Friday evening to preside over a $5,000
to win throwdown. Shannon qualified well, but later wound
up fourth in his inverted heat race. With the track taking
rubber early in the feature event to stunt any possible
passing, Shannon made a few laps before heading pitside
to settle for a nineteenth place performance.
At Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury,
Illinois on Saturday night, a $3,000 payday was on the line
in a UMP Super Late Model program. Shannon laid down the
seventh quickest time during the qualifying session and
later ran sixth in his stacked heat race. The Moweaqua,
Illinois hotshoe then blitzed through the field during the
40-lapper to earn a strong third place podium showing behind
only victor Kevin Weaver and runner-up Mike Spatola III.
Complete results from both weekend shows can be accessed
online at www.farmercityracing.com
Runner-Up in MARS Visit to Federated Raceway at I-55
28, 2016) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) tackled a
trio of $5,000 to win MARS DIRTcar Series showdowns over
the August 25-27 weekend in the states of Illinois and Missouri.
Things kicked off on Thursday at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln,
Illinois. Shannon Babb ran second in heat race action, but
unfortunately drew a lap eight caution and retired from
the 40-lapper in the twenty-third position.
On Friday night at Tri-City Speedway in Granite
City, Illinois, Shannon once again placed second in his
heat race, but suffered problems early in the 40-lap headliner
and wound up twenty-second in the final finishing order.
The tripleheader weekend wrapped up on a positive note for
the #18 team on Saturday evening at Federated Raceway at
I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. Shannon finished third in his
heat race prior to blitzing past six competitors in the
40-lap A-Main en route to an impressive runner-up showing
behind only victor Bobby Pierce. Complete results from the
weekend triple shot can be viewed online at www.marsracingseries.com.
into USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway
7, 2016) Shannon Babb and his #18 team descended
upon the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin
from August 4-6 for the 29th edition of the 'USA Nationals.'
The three-day World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
extravaganza started with a $6,000 to win preliminary event
on Thursday evening at CLS. Shannon was unfortunately not
able to transfer into the 30-lap weekend opener after finishing
fifth in his loaded heat race and third in his B-Main.
On Friday, Shannon clicked off the twelfth
fastest lap in Group A during time trials and later ran
fourth in his stacked heat race. Following a B-Main triumph
on Saturday night, Shannon started the $50,000 to win crown
jewel main event from the outside of the tenth row. The
Moweaqua, Illinois hotshoe then completed only 24 circuits
during the 100-lap 'USA Nationals' and settled for a twenty-eighth
place performance. Full results from Cedar Lake can be accessed
online at www.woolms.com.
Scores Top Five in Prairie Dirt Classic at FALS!
31, 2016) The 27th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic'
weekend was the focus of the #18 SBR team on July 29-30
at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury,
Illinois. A $27,000 winner's check was on the line in the
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special. On
Friday night, Shannon Babb qualified sixth quickest in Group
A during time trials prior to running second in his stacked
heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth
row in Saturday's 100-lap extra-distance affair, Shannon
sported a fast Club 29 car throughout the race. At the checkers,
the "Moweaqua Missile" was in the fifth finishing
position behind only victor Josh Richards, Dennis Erb, Jr.,
Shane Clanton, and Don O'Neal! Complete results from FALS
can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Woes Slow Babb in St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100
27, 2016) A short turnaround after I-80 saw the
Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team invade the tiny Macon Speedway
in Macon, Illinois on Tuesday night, July 26 for the 'St.
Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
battle drew 21 competitors to the 1/5-mile oval and all
eyes were fixated on the $12,000 top prize. Shannon Babb
knocked down the fourth quickest time during the qualifying
session and later placed second in his loaded heat race.
After starting the 100-lap grind from the outside of the
second row, Shannon was running strong early in the distance
before overheating woes caused him to retire from the race
shortly before the halfway mark. The Moweaqua, Illinois
star was relegated to a disappointing fifteenth place effort
in the extra-distance affair. Full results from Macon last
night can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Nabs Sixth in Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80!
24, 2016) The next event on the calendar for the
#18 team was a visit to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska
on July 22-23 for the 6th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals,'
which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Series and boasted a whopping
$40,000 payday. The unique format kicked off on Friday night
with double heat races and passing points set the lineup
for Saturday's portion of the program. Shannon Babb ran
sixth in his first heat race on Friday, while he won his
second prelim of the evening. After accumulating the eighteenth
most passing points, Shannon drove towards the front in
Saturday's 80-lapper and eventually wound up sixth in the
final rundown behind only winner Jonathan Davenport, Billy
Moyer, Brandon Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, and Earl Pearson,
Jr. Full results from I-80 can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Battle at the Beach 50 at Tri-City (IL) Speedway...
16, 2016) Shannon Babb and his #18 SBR team rolled
into Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on Friday
evening, July 15 for the annual running of the 'Battle at
the Beach 50.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided
over the single-day spectacular, which boasted a $10,000
winner's check. Shannon clicked off the fourteenth quickest
lap in Group A during the qualifying session and later ran
sixth in his stacked heat race. Shannon then did not make
the call for his B-Main and therefore was not able to transfer
into the 50-lap feature event, which was eventually won
by Scott Bloomquist. Complete results from last night at
Tri-City Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Racing (SBR) Busy on Summer Nationals Trail
8, 2016) A $10,000 top prize was on the line tonight
at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, as the
UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals continued to criss-cross the
Midwest. Shannon Babb, who brought out his Rocket Chassis
tonight after rolling his Club 29 racecar last night at
Macon, knocked down the second fastest lap in his group
during qualifying prior to winning his loaded heat race.
After drawing the inside of the second row before the drop
of the green flag in the 50-lap headliner, Shannon ran second
through the first half of the race before suffering right
rear suspension issues and abruptly retiring in the nineteenth
(July 7, 2016) Shannon Babb
and his SBR team hit the track again tonight at the tiny
Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois, as the annual running
of the 'Herald & Review 100' boasted a $5,000 payday.
Shannon qualified fourth quickest in his group during "Hell
Tour" time trials and later placed third in his heat
race. After starting the 100-lap grind from the inside of
the fifth row, Shannon's race was unfortunately a short
one. He hit an inside tractor tire on lap three and rolled
his #18 mount, which took him out of competition and relegated
him to twenty-third in the final finishing order.
(July 3, 2016) Tonight's
$8,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals and World of
Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series co-sanctioned showdown
at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois was also rained-out.
Shannon Babb's next scheduled race will be at the tiny Macon
Speedway in Macon, Illinois on Thursday, July 7.
(July 2, 2016) Tonight's
UMP Summer Nationals tilt at Federated Raceway at I-55 in
Pevely, Missouri was unfortunately washed out by heavy rain
showers. The event, which was to be co-sanctioned by the
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, was scheduled
to pay $10,000 to the winner.
(July 1, 2016) The #18 team
was back on the "Hell Tour" tonight at Fayette
County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois, as a $10,000 top
prize was on the line. Shannon Babb timed in fourth quickest
in Group B during qualifying prior to grabbing the victory
in his heat race. After starting from the outside of the
second row in the 50-lap feature event, Shannon shot up
to second early in the distance, but was unfortunately involved
in an incident, which caused him to retire in the twentieth
(June 29, 2016) Following
a couple of days off, Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) returned
to action tonight in the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals stop
at the tiny Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois.
Shannon Babb laid down the quickest time in Group B during
qualifying and later ran second in heat race action. After
rolling off from the inside of the fourth row in the $5,000
to win main event, Shannon was able to drive past a couple
of racecars during the 40-lapper on his way to a strong
fifth place performance behind only feature winner Bobby
Pierce, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and Rusty Griffaw!
(June 26, 2016) The final
night of a busy week on the "Hell Tour" took place
earlier this evening at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt,
Indiana. A $5,000 winner's check was on the line at the
1/4-mile Hoosier State facility. Shannon Babb timed in fourth
fastest in his group during the qualifying session prior
to placing third in heat race action. The "Moweaqua
Missile" then started the 40-lap feature from the outside
of the fourth row and was in the seventh spot when the race
was called official after 38 circuits due to intensifying
(June 25, 2016) Next up
on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals grind was another $10,000
to win showdown tonight at Fairbury American Legion Speedway
in Fairbury, Illinois. Shannon Babb posted the fastest lap
overall during qualifying to earn Fast Time honors and later
took the win in his loaded heat race. After starting the
50-lapper from the inside of the second row, Shannon eventually
found the point to lead laps 35-37 before experiencing rear-end
problems on his #18 mount on the 39th circuit. The Moweaqua,
Illinois ace retired from the FALS event tonight in the
twentieth finishing position.
(June 24, 2016) Another
night and another "Hell Tour" battle tonight at
Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, as another
$10,000 top prize was up for grabs. Shannon Babb knocked
down the eighth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying,
but later showed signs of smoke in his heat race, which
forced him to retire from the prelim and scratch from the
remainder of the evening. He unfortunately did not participate
in the 40-lap headliner that was won by Bobby Pierce.
(June 23, 2016) Shannon
Babb Racing (SBR) was in the pit area tonight at Spoon River
Speedway in Banner, Illinois, as the cars and stars of the
UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour competed for a $10,000
paycheck. Shannon Babb clicked off the fastest lap overall
during qualifying to earn Fast Time honors and later ran
second in his loaded heat race. The Moweaqua, Illinois hotshoe
then started the 50-lap feature from the inside of the third
row before eventually slipping back to ninth at the checkers.
(June 22, 2016) Tonight's
$10,000 to win "Hell Tour" stop at Farley Speedway
in Farley, Iowa was unfortunately washed out and will not
be rescheduled. Tomorrow the #18 team will be back in competition
at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois!
(June 21, 2016) The SBR
team rejoined the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail tonight
at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, as a
$5,000 winner's check was on the line. Shannon Babb qualified
third fastest in his group during time trials and later
finished third in his stacked heat race. After rolling off
from the inside of the fourth row in the 40-lap main event,
Shannon was able to scoot past a couple of competitors en
route to a strong fifth place performance behind only winner
Bobby Pierce, Mike Marlar, Michael Kloos, and Kevin Weaver!
(June 16, 2016) Shannon
Babb and his #18 team helped kick off the UMP DIRTcar Summer
Nationals tonight at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee,
Illinois. While he is not chasing the entire tour this year,
Shannon vied for the $5,000 top prize tonight at the fairgrounds
venue. Shannon knocked down the second quickest lap in his
group during qualifying and later ran third in heat race
action. After starting the 40-lapper from the inside of
the fifth row, Shannon piloted his Club 29 entry to a tenth
place showing in the 2016 "Hell Tour" lid lifter.