Shannon Babb Nabs Top Ten in World 100 Prelim at Eldora
(October 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!
(September 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
(September 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
(September 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 place showing.

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 onto www.lucasdirt.com.

Shannon Babb Endures Soggy World 100 Weekend at Eldora
(September 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!
(September 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...
(August 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!!
(August 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 and www.jacksonvillespeedway.com. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

Shannon Babb Seventh in $50,000 USA Nationals at Cedar Lake!
(August 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 www.woolms.com.

Babb Wins Qualifying Feature; Finishes Sixth in Prairie Dirt Classic!
(July 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)

Shannon Babb Knocks on Door to Top Ten in Silver Dollar Nationals
(July 22, 2018)
Next up on the racing calendar for Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) was a trip to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July 19-21 for the 8th edition of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Things kicked off on Thursday night in the Cornhusker State with the rain-postponed 'Malvern Bank Go 50.' Shannon Babb finished fifth in his heat race and second in his B-Main to earn the twentieth starting spot in the $10,000 to win feature event. Unfortunately, Shannon was one of the first retirees in the 50-lapper and was officially placed twenty-fourth in the final rundown.

On Friday evening at I-80, Shannon ran sixth in his first heat race of the night and third in his final prelim. After securing a triumph in Saturday's consolation event, Shannon rolled off from the inside of the tenth row in the $53,000 to win 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' During the course of the 80-lap contest, the Moweaqua, Illinois standout improved seven positions on his way to a solid twelfth place showing. Full results from the action-packed weekend can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Nightly UMP Summer Nationals Results for #18 Team...
(July 9, 2018)
The rain-postponed UMP Summer Nationals stop at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois took place earlier tonight and another $5,000 payday was on the line. Shannon Babb qualified seventh quickest in his group during time trials, but blew a motor in doing so. After unloading a backup car, Shannon ran fourth in his heat race and later moved up to second in the 40-lap main event to trail only victor Brian Shirley at the unfurling of the checkered flag. The #18 SBR team has since decided to pull off the "Hell Tour" and will not enter the final five programs this week in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio...

(July 8, 2018) A rough racetrack greeted the cars and stars of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tonight at Quincy Raceway in Quincy, Illinois. A total of 22 entrants signed into the pit area to vie for the $5,000 top prize. Shannon Babb logged the fastest lap in his group during time trials before scoring the win in his stacked heat race. Shannon then started third on the grid in the 40-lap contest and was headed towards a top three finish before a broken right rear axle late in the distance relegated him to seventh in the final finishing order.

(July 7, 2018) The #18 team trekked to Highland Speedway in Highland, Illinois tonight for another $10,000 to win battle on the grueling UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour. Shannon Babb once again paced the field during qualifying to earn Fast Time honors and he later ran second in heat race action. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 40-lap headliner, Shannon drove up to second to finish a close runner-up behind only victor Chad Zobrist!

(July 6, 2018) A $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs tonight on the "Hell Tour" at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. Shannon Babb earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session prior to picking up a heat race triumph. After leading the first five circuits of the 40-lapper, Shannon grabbed the point again on lap 27 and appeared on his way to another Summer Nationals win. However, a flat right rear tire on lap 34 caused him to pull into the pits for a new Hoosier shoe and he restarted at the tail end of the lead lap cars with only six laps to go. Shannon then steered his #18 ride back up to sixth to finish behind only winner Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, Jason Feger, Kent Robinson, and Tim Manville.

(July 5, 2018) Shannon Babb made the short trek from his race shop to the mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois tonight for the 38th edition of the 'Herald & Review 100.' Shannon knocked down the fastest lap in his group during time trials and later ran second in his heat race and fourth in the fast dash. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace then started fourth on the grid in the $5,000 to win main event at the tiny 1/5-mile oval, but a broken axle on lap 53 relegated him to a disappointing fourteenth place showing.

(July 4, 2018) The #18 SBR team celebrated the 4th of July holiday with fireworks and racing action tonight in a $5,000 to win "Hell Tour" event at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois. Shannon Babb clicked off the fastest lap in his group during qualifying and later claimed a victory in his loaded heat race. After starting third on the grid in the 40-lap feature event, Shannon was running third when the leaders encountered lap traffic. Unfortunately, he was collected in a crash and retired from the contest with heavy damage in the nineteenth position.

(July 3, 2018) The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour heated back up tonight at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee, as a $5,000 winner's check was up for grabs. Shannon Babb posted the fastest lap in his group during the qualifying session before scoring the victory in heat race action. After drawing the outside of the front row in the 40-lap headliner, Shannon led the first thirty-six circuits and appeared to be on his way to another "Hell Tour" triumph. However, a busted right rear wheel on the 37th circuit caused Shannon to slap the wall and relegated him to a twelfth place effort at the Volunteer State oval.

(July 1, 2018) Tonight's "Hell Tour" program at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois was washed out during the afternoon by rain showers. The $5,000 to win contest has been rescheduled for Monday, July 9.

(June 30, 2018) Another $10,000 top prize was on the line in a UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series co-sanctioned shootout tonight at Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. Shannon Babb knocked down the second quickest lap in Group A during time trials before claiming yet another heat race triumph. After leading the first fifteen laps in the 50-lap feature event, Shannon was racing hard for a podium effort when contact with eventual winner Brandon Sheppard gave him a flat right rear tire on the 35th circuit. The current "Hell Tour" point leader wound up returning to the racetrack to salvage a disappointing eighteenth place showing.

(June 29, 2018) The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series co-sanctioned a $10,000 to win clash tonight at the sprawling Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana. Shannon Babb stopped the clock second fastest in his group during time trials and later scored the victory in heat race action. After starting the 30-lap main event from the pole position and leading most of the first 24 circuits, Shannon slipped back to second to finish an impressive runner-up behind only victor Devin Moran!

(June 28, 2018) The next race on the "Hell Tour" grind for the #18 team came tonight at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois. A strong field of 34 entrants were in the pit area tonight at the 1/4-mile oval to race for the $5,000 winner's check. Current Summer Nationals point leader Shannon Babb laid down the third fastest lap in Group B during time trials before picking up the win in heat race action. After leading the first twenty circuits of the A-Main from the outside of the front row, Shannon wound up slipping back to third at the completion of the 40-lapper. He trailed only victor Brian Shirley and runner-up Dennis Erb, Jr. when the checkers fell over the field.

(June 26, 2018) Tonight's UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals program scheduled for Charleston Speedway in Charleston, Illinois has been cancelled due to heavy morning rain and a high chance for more wet weather. No makeup date for the $5,000 to win event was immediately announced.

(June 25, 2018) The "Hell Tour" stormed back into the Land of Lincoln tonight for the rain-postponed stop at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois. 23 competitors drove through the pit gate to vie for the $5,000 first place prize. Shannon Babb remained red-hot, as he knocked down the fastest time in his group during qualifying, won his heat race, and recorded his 97th career UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals triumph in the A-Main. Shannon took the lead from Brian Shirley on the ninth circuit and led the remainder of the 40-lapper to claim the $5,000 windfall ahead of Shirley, Tyler Erb, Frank Heckenast, Jr., and Chase Junghans! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(June 24, 2018) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois, beat both Mother Nature and the competition tonight at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana to notch his 96th career UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory! After qualifying second fastest in his group during time trials, heat races were scrapped due to impending thunderstorms and Shannon was locked into the inside of the third row for the start of the 40-lap feature event. He drove to the point on lap 14 and held the strong field behind him at bay for the remainder of the distance to capture the $5,000 paycheck for his seventh overall win of 2018 over Tyler Erb, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, and Rusty Schlenk! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(June 23, 2018) Another $10,000 payday was up for grabs on the "Hell Tour" tonight in front of the loyal fan base at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Point leader Shannon Babb timed in second fastest in Group B during qualifying before picking up the victory in his heat race. After starting fourth on the grid in the 50-lapper and leading several laps following the halfway mark, Shannon settled for a solid third place podium effort behind only victor Billy Moyer and runner-up Brian Shirley!

(June 22, 2018) Mother Nature finally gave a reprieve to the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour tonight, but several days of heavy rain through the Land of Lincoln left Tri-City Speedway with a rough, hammer-down racing surface. At the Granite City, Illinois oval, Shannon Babb laid down the sixth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying, but unfortunately hit the concrete wall hard in his heat race after going airborne leaving the rugged racing surface. Shannon unloaded a back-up car, took a provisional, and improved fifteen spots during the attrition-filled $10,000 to win headliner to salvage a fourth place showing behind only winner Ryan Unzicker, Bobby Pierce, and Frank Heckenast, Jr.

(June 21, 2018) Thursday's scheduled $5,000 to win "Hell Tour" shootout at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois has shifted to Monday, June 25 because of wet grounds and a rainy forecast. The next UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdown will be Friday, June 22 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois where a $10,000 payday will be up for grabs.

(June 20, 2018) The 'Wildman Kelly Classic' took center stage tonight at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, as another $5,000 top prize was on the line for the cars and stars racing with the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour. Shannon Babb clicked off the sixth quickest time in his group during qualifying prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. Unfortunately, storms blew through the area following the completion of heat race action and postponed the remainder of the program. A makeup date to complete the event is expected to be announced later...

(June 19, 2018) Tonight's UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals stop at the tiny Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois was washed out following the completion of time trials. No makeup date for the $5,000 to win program was immediately announced.

(June 17, 2018) The first week of the grueling "Hell Tour" wrapped up tonight with a visit to Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana. Shannon Babb, who had won the previous three UMP Summer Nationals stops, timed in fifth quickest in qualifying before finishing fourth in his heat race. Shannon then started the 40-lap headliner from the inside of the sixth row and steered his #18 XR1 Rocket Chassis mount past six competitors en route to a strong fifth place showing behind only $5,000 victor Billy Moyer, Timothy Culp, Tyler Erb, and Rusty Schlenk.

(June 16, 2018) Red hot Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois, captured his third straight UMP Summer Nationals triumph earlier tonight at the state-of-the-art Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois! Shannon swept the evening, as he laid down the quickest lap overall during qualifying, won his heat race, and later led all thirty circuits of the main event. Shannon scored another $10,000 payday by besting Brandon Thirlby, Mike Mataragas, Tony Jackson, Jr., and Tim Manville at the Chicago-area speedplant! (Terry Page Photo)

(June 15, 2018) The third leg of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals was held earlier this evening at Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois and a $10,000 payday was on the line. In the richest Super Late Model event ever at the 55-year old facility, Shannon Babb clicked off the fastest lap in Group B during qualifying, won his heat race, and later drew the pole position for the 55-lap headliner. After leading the first circuit, Shannon swapped the top spot with Billy Moyer five times over the final six laps before scoring the thrilling $10,000 victory. The Moweaqua, Illinois star beat Moyer, Ryan Unzicker, Devin Gilpin, and Brian Shirley to the checkered flag to collect his 94th career "Hell Tour" win! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(June 14, 2018) Night two of the "Hell Tour" featured a complete $5,000 to win program at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois. Shannon Babb knocked down the quickest lap in his group during qualifying prior to winning his heat race. After drawing the second starting spot before the start of the 40-lap feature event, Shannon led all but two circuits in the contest to record the $5,000 payday for his 93rd career UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals triumph. He beat Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, Rusty Schlenk, and Mike Spatola to the checkered flag tonight at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(June 13, 2018) The 2018 edition of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour kicked off tonight at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois and the #18 team was in attendance to do battle for the $5,000 paycheck. Shannon Babb posted the ninth fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying session before finishing fifth in his loaded heat race. Following a triumph in his B-Main, Shannon worked his way past six competitors during the 40-lap affair, which was contested on a one-groove racing surface, to claim an eleventh place performance in the "Hell Tour" lid lifter.

 

 

 

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