Closes Out 2018 Campaign in Gateway Dirt Nationals
2, 2018) Shannon Babb wrapped up his version
of the 2018 racing season from November 29-December 1 at the Dome
at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The annual running of
the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' thrilled dirt racing enthusiasts and
drew a whopping 93 Super Late Model entrants to the indoor spectacular.
On Thursday night, Shannon laid down the eighth quickest time in
Group B during the qualifying session before winding up sixth in
the $5,000 to win 'Gateway Race of Champions.'
In the $5,000 to win preliminary event on Friday evening,
Shannon scored a victory in his loaded heat race and led a few circuits
during the 20-lap headliner before getting into the fence and slipping
back to sixth at the checkers. On the temporary 1/5-mile oval on
Saturday, the Moweaqua, Illinois ace claimed a win in his consolation
race and eventually placed fifteenth in the final rundown of the
attrition-filled 'Gateway Dirt Nationals,' which boasted a hefty
$30,000 windfall. Complete results from the season-ending weekend
in St. Louis can be viewed by clicking on www.gatewaydirt.com.
Shannon Babb Nabs Top
Ten in World 100 Prelim at Eldora
14, 2018) Over a month removed from the original
'World 100' date, the completion of the rain-postponed crown jewel
spectacular took place on October 12-13 at the hallowed Eldora Speedway
in Rossburg, Ohio. Action was scheduled to start on Friday evening
at the "Big E" with a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25s,
but additional inclement weather pushed back the preliminary program
to Saturday afternoon. Shannon Babb ran third in his loaded heat
race and later started his 25-lap main event from the inside of
the fifth row. Shannon eventually wound up finishing right where
he started the daytime affair... in the ninth position.
Following a several hour break to clear the grandstands
and rework the racetrack, the nighttime portion of the day/night
doubleheader took place on Saturday evening and all eyes were focused
on capturing the $51,000 top prize in the 48th edition of the 'World
100.' Shannon's #18 machine started smoking heavily in his heat
race and he later retired in the twelfth spot. The Moweaqua, Illinois
ace unfortunately did not transfer into the 100-lapper that was
eventually won by Tim McCreadie. Complete results from Eldora Speedway
can be located online by visiting www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Babb Sweeps Mod Mania
Opener at Tri-City Speedway!
30, 2018) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois,
upped his 2018 win total to thirteen following a sweep of the 'Mod
Mania' opener on Thursday night, September 27 at Tri-City Speedway
in Granite City, Illinois! In Open Wheel Modified action, Shannon
ran second in his heat race, but later won his qualifier and the
A-Main to pocket a $3,000 payday. Behind the wheel of his familiar
#18 Super Late Model, Shannon won his heat race and later led from
flag-to-flag in the headliner to claim a $2,000 paycheck ahead of
Jason Feger, Rickey Frankel, Brian Birkhofer, and Brian Shirley.
On Friday evening at Granite City, Shannon advanced
past twelve competitors during the $2,500 to win Super Late Model
feature to place ninth in the final finishing order. He also drove
his #18 Modified to an eighth place effort in the $4,000 to win
main event after running third in the qualifier. In the final night
of 'Mod Mania' on Saturday, September 29, the Moweaqua, Illinois
star won his heat race and finished fourth in the $3,000 to win
Super Late Model contest behind only victor Brian Shirley, Chris
Simpson, and Gordy Gundaker, while he won his qualifier before suffering
problems in his Open Wheel Modified that led to a disappointing
twenty-fifth place performance in the $5,000 to win grand finale.
Complete results from the long weekend in the St. Louis area can
be found online at www.tricityspeedway.net.
(STL Racing Photos)
Shannon Babb Seventh
in Bill Waite, Jr. Memorial Classic
24, 2018) Shannon Babb and his #18 SBR team
rolled into LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Sunday night,
September 23 for the running of the 'Bill Waite, Jr. Memorial Classic.'
The DIRTcar Super Late Model special paid $5,000 to the winner.
Shannon knocked down the third fastest lap during the qualifying
session prior to running second in his heat race. After forty green
flag laps in the headliner, Shannon was paid for a steady seventh
place performance. Complete results from last night at LaSalle Speedway
can be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Solid Throughout
Knoxville Late Model Nationals Weekend
16, 2018) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) made
their way to the Hawkeye State on September 13-15 for the 15th Annual
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' at the storied Knoxville
Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The action started at the 1/2-mile,
semi-banked speedplant with a pair of preliminary shows - each of
which paid $7,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Shannon Babb
placed fourth in his heat race, third in the B-Main, and eighteenth
in the 25-lap main event. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Shannon
ran fifth in both his heat race and the B-Main prior to blasting
past nine competitors during the 25-lapper en route to a fourteenth
By virtue of racking up the seventeenth highest point
total, Shannon earned the rights to the inside of the ninth row
for the start of Saturday's 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' With his focus set on the hefty $40,000 top prize, the
Moweaqua, Illinois ace eventually retired from the crown jewel spectacular
after 59 circuits in the twenty-third position. Full results from
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie can be viewed by logging
Shannon Babb Endures
Soggy World 100 Weekend at Eldora
9, 2018) Next up on the racing calendar for
the #18 team was the 48th running of the famous 'World 100,' which
was scheduled to run on the high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio from September 6-8. With the rainy remnants of Tropical Storm
Gordon postponing all of the action on Friday and Saturday until
October 12-13, Shannon Babb competed in only his $10,000 to win
Twin 25 at the "Big E" on Thursday night. After rain showers
pushed back the program until the wee hours of Friday morning, Shannon
did not start his heat race (following a mix up in the lineups)
and later ran eighth in his consolation event. Unfortunately, the
Moweaqua, Illinois standout was unable to make the start in his
25-lapper. Complete results from the rainy weekend in the Buckeye
State can be located by logging onto www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Slips by Moyer
on Final Lap for Eleventh Win of 2018!
1, 2018) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois,
captured his eleventh feature win of the 2018 campaign in exciting
fashion on Friday night, August 31 in the season finale at Farmer
City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Shannon qualified seventh
fastest in American Late Model Series (ALMS) time trials prior to
finishing second in heat race action. After starting the 35-lap
feature event from the inside of the second row, Shannon ran second
through much of the race and slipped past race-long leader Billy
Moyer on the final circuit to bag the $5,000 windfall ahead of Moyer,
Allen Weiser, Jose Parga, and Tim Manville! Complete results from
last night at FCR can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com.
(Josh James Artwork)
Shannon Babb Suffers
Heart-Breaking Flat Tire in Dirt Million...
26, 2018) The #18 SBR team ventured to the
immaculate Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio from August
24-25 for the inaugural running of the 'Dirt Million.' The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series was the sanctioning body of choice for
the two-day spectacular, which kicked off on Friday night with a
pair of $10,000 to win 'Dirt Million' duels. Shannon Babb ran second
in his heat race and later started his 30-lap duel from the outside
of the fourth row. Shannon then picked off a trio of competitors
en route to a sterling fifth place performance behind only victor
Jonathan Davenport, Ricky Weiss, Don O'Neal, and Devin Moran!
On Saturday evening at Mansfield, a standing-room-only
crowd poured into the facility to witness the most lucrative Super
Late Model race in 2018, as the 'Dirt Million' paid a whopping nearly
$203,000 to the winner. Shannon won his heat race in preliminary
competition and later drew the ninth starting spot for the 100-lap
headliner. The Moweaqua, Illinois star stole most of the show by
blasting into the race lead on the 16th circuit and holding the
point up until lap 77. A flat right rear tire while in second on
lap 89; however, ruined any chances for the big win and instead
dropped him to thirteenth in the final finishing order. Complete
results from both nights at Mansfield can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Babb Pockets $10,000 for Tenth Win
of 2018 in #FALS Frenzy!!
13, 2018) Shannon Babb's 2018 win total reached
the double figure mark on Saturday evening, August 11, as he recorded
his tenth victory in the annual #FALS Frenzy at Fairbury American
Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! Shannon earned Fast Time
honors in MARS Racing Series qualifying, won his heat race, and
later paced the stout field from laps 26-50 in the feature to record
the $10,000 top prize over Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Frank
Heckenast, Jr., and Tanner English. On Sunday night, August 12 at
Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, Shannon wound up
finishing sixth in the rain-postponed UMP Summer Nationals special,
which boasted a $5,000 payday. Complete results from both Land of
Lincoln venues can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com
(Brendon Bauman Photo)
Shannon Babb Seventh in $50,000 USA
Nationals at Cedar Lake!
5, 2018) As the calendar turned to the month
of August, the #18 team found themselves near the Minnesota / Wisconsin
border at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin
on August 2-4 for the 31st Annual 'USA Nationals,' which was sanctioned
once again by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.
The extended weekend kicked off on Thursday evening with a $6,000
to win preliminary program. Shannon Babb timed in fourth quickest
in Group B during qualifying prior to scoring an impressive win
in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap main event from the
outside of the second row, Shannon only completed 23 circuits in
the contest and retired in the twenty-second position.
At CLS on Friday night, a double set of heat races with passing
points were held to help set the lineups for Saturday's grand finale,
which once again boasted a $50,000 winner's check. Shannon won his
first heat race of the evening, while he ran fourth in his final
prelim. After running eighth in the dash, Shannon earned the rights
to the outside of the fourth row for the start of the 100-lap crown
jewel main event. On Saturday in the 'USA Nationals,' the Moweaqua,
Illinois ace vaulted up inside of the top five before sliding back
to seventh at the unfurling of the checkered flag. Full results
from the 'USA Nationals' weekend can be found online by visiting
Babb Wins Qualifying Feature; Finishes
Sixth in Prairie Dirt Classic!
29, 2018) The 29th edition of the 'Prairie
Dirt Classic' took center stage over the July 27-28 weekend at Fairbury
American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday
night, Shannon Babb posted the fourth quickest lap in Group B during
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying prior to
scoring the $2,500 victory in his qualifying feature with a last
lap pass over Brian Shirley, Tanner English, and Jonathan Davenport.
After drawing the fourth starting spot in Saturday's 100-lap 'Prairie
Dirt Classic,' Shannon battled in and around the top five throughout
the distance before placing sixth behind only $30,000 winner Devin
Moran, Mike Marlar, Brandon Sheppard, Chris Madden, and Billy Drake.
Full results from the action-packed weekend at FALS can be viewed
online at www.woolms.com.
(Rick Neff Photo)