Babb Flexes Muscle Throughout Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend at FALS!
(July 27, 2014)
Fresh off their UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship, Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) rolled into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on July 25-26 for the huge 'Prairie Dirt Classic' weekend. Things kicked off at the 1/4-mile bullring on Friday with the completion of a $10,000 to win Summer Nationals race that was rained-out back on June 21. Shannon Babb started fifteenth on the grid in the 50-lapper and was able to work his way past eight competitors to claim a respectable seventh place effort.

Also on Friday, preliminary action was held for the 25th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Shannon knocked down the quickest lap overall of the 60 entrants during qualifying and later scored the win in his loaded heat race. After drawing the outside of the front row for the start of Saturday's $25,000 to win feature event, Shannon led the wild 100-lap headliner on four different occasions (30-40, 55-75, 78-79, 85-94) for 44 laps before ultimately settling for a fourth place performance behind only victor Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Mason Zeigler. Complete results from the action-packed PDC weekend can be accessed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.

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UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour Nightly Results...
(July 19, 2014)
Shannon Babb clinched his fourth UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship tonight in the series finale at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio! Shannon posted the fifth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying and later finished second in heat race action. After starting the $10,000 to win headliner from the inside of the fourth row, Shannon was able to move up four spots during the 60-lapper to finish third behind only victor Matt Miller and runner-up Ryan Unzicker. The Moweaqua, Illinois star outlasted Unzicker and Brian Shirley to pick up the $25,000 paycheck for coming out on top of this year's edition of the "Hell Tour!" (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(July 18, 2014) The second-to-last stop on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour took place tonight at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio and another $5,000 top prize was on the line. Shannon Babb clicked off the third fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying session, but unfortunately suffered a flat left rear tire in his heat race. After taking use of a series provisional to gain access into the 40-lapper, Shannon was forced to rally from his nineteenth starting spot. Without the help of a caution flag, the Moweaqua, Illinois star worked his way past twelve competitors to salvage a steady seventh place effort.

(July 17, 2014) Another Buckeye State battle took place tonight, as the #18 SBR team strolled into Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio for a $5,000 to win program. Shannon Babb knocked down the third quickest lap in Group B prior to finishing second in heat race action. The Moweaqua, Illinois star then rolled off from the inside of the fourth row in the 40-lap feature and was able to pass four competitors to earn a strong third place performance. Shannon trailed only victor Mason Zeigler and runner-up Rod Conley at the checkers tonight in southern Ohio.

(July 16, 2014) UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals point leader Shannon Babb rolled into Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio tonight, as the "Hell Tour" schedule winds down. Shannon qualified fourth fastest in his group during time trials and later placed third in his heat race. After starting the $5,000 to win feature from the outside of the fourth row, Shannon unfortunately suffered a broken lift-bar plate on lap 29 and was forced to retire from the 40-lap headliner in the seventeenth position.

(July 13, 2014) Another busy week with the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals came to a close tonight at Vermilion County Speedway in Danville, Illinois. Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois, scored his fourth "Hell Tour" victory of 2014 tonight at VCS, which helped to stretch out his current point lead. Shannon clicked off the fastest lap in Group B during qualifying prior to claiming the win in heat race action. After starting the 40-lapper from the outside of the front row, Shannon paced the talented field from green to checkers. At the conclusion, he picked up the $5,000 paycheck for besting Jason Feger, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, and Tanner English! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(July 12, 2014) The #18 SBR team trekked to the Hawkeye State of Iowa tonight for another pivotal UMP Summer Nationals showdown. Shannon Babb laid down the quickest lap in his group during the qualifying session at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa and later ran second in his heat race behind only prelim winner Chris Simpson. After starting the $10,000 to win feature from the outside of the second row, Shannon unfortunately suffered mechanical woes on lap twelve and retired from the 40-lapper in the fifteenth position.

(July 11, 2014) On a rainy night at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, a $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs for the cars and stars of the UMP Summer Nationals tour. Shannon Babb was the quickest car in Group B during qualifying, but battery problems during his heat race dropped him to an eighth place prelim finish. After taking use of a provisional to gain access into the 40-lap feature, Shannon proceeded to blast past sixteen cars on his way to a stellar third place run behind only race winner Billy Moyer and runner-up Bobby Pierce.

(July 10, 2014) Local star Shannon Babb picked up his fifth career 'Herald & Review 100' title tonight at the mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois! Shannon posted the quickest lap in his group during qualifying prior to recording the heat race win in preliminary action. After drawing the third starting spot before the rare 100-lap Summer Nationals headliner, Shannon led laps 4-33 before eventually grabbing the point for good on lap 57. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace then beat Ryan Unzicker, Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb, Jr., and Matt Taylor to the checkers to claim the $5,000 top prize! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(July 9, 2014) Next up on the UMP Summer Nationals trail was a rare trip to Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana tonight for another $5,000 to win show. Shannon Babb popped off the fourth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying prior to finishing fourth in his loaded heat race. During the course of the 30-lap feature, Shannon was able to move past five competitors en route to a strong third place effort behind only victor Billy Moyer and runner-up Brian Shirley.

(July 8, 2014) After a much needed day off, the SBR team ventured to the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky tonight for a $5,000 to win "Hell Tour" program. Shannon Babb qualified fourth quickest in his group during time trials and later finished third in heat race action. After rolling off from the outside of the fourth row in the 40-lap main event, Shannon eventually wound up sixth in the final rundown at the Cincinnati-area speedplant.

(July 6, 2014) Shannon Babb and his #18 team wrapped up a hectic week on the "Hell Tour" tonight at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana. Shannon knocked down the fourth quickest lap in Group A during qualifying and later finished second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Jason Feger. After starting the $5,000 to win headliner from the outside of the fourth row, Shannon eventually bagged another ninth place performance after forty green flag circuits.

(July 5, 2014) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) continued their UMP Summer Nationals journey tonight at Highland Speedway in Highland, Illinois. Shannon Babb qualified fourth fastest in Group A during time trials prior to grabbing the third transfer spot in heat race action. After rolling off from the outside of the fifth row in the $10,000 to win main event, Shannon was able to move up one position during the 40-lapper to eventually net a ninth place effort.

(July 4, 2014) The SBR team celebrated Independence Day tonight at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois. Shannon Babb laid down the fourth fastest lap in Group B during UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals time trials and later scored the win in his heat race over Tanner English, Tim Manville, and Jason Riggs. After drawing the third starting spot prior to the drop of the green flag in the $7,500 to win main event, Shannon ran amongst the leaders throughout the 40-lap distance. At the end of the caution-free affair, the Moweaqua, Illinois native found himself in the fourth position behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Jason Feger, and Billy Moyer.

(July 3, 2014) Shannon Babb and the #18 team traveled to LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois tonight, as the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour presided over a $5,000 to win shootout. Shannon posted the tenth quickest lap in Group A during qualifying and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 40-lap feature from the outside of the seventh row, Shannon was able to improve three positions and eventually netted an eleventh place performance.

(July 2, 2014) The UMP Summer Nationals grind took the Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team to Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois tonight for yet another $5,000 to win program. Shannon Babb qualified third fastest in his group during time trials and later moved up to second in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 40-lap main event, Shannon blasted all the way up to second to finish a strong runner-up behind only race winner Jason Feger.

(July 1, 2014) Following a rare day off, the #18 team rolled into the tiny Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois tonight for another pivotal round of UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals action. Shannon Babb clicked off the second fastest lap in Group A during time trials and later scored the win in his heat race. After drawing the fourth starting spot prior to the drop of the green flag in the $5,000 to win main event, Shannon shot into the lead on lap 26 and led ten circuits in the 40-lapper. At the checkers, the Moweaqua, Illinois star was a close runner-up behind only victor Bobby Pierce.

(June 29, 2014) Next up on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals grind was a stop at Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois tonight for a $5,000 to win program. Shannon Babb timed in third fastest in Group B during qualifying prior to finishing second in heat race action behind only prelim victor Brandon Sheppard. After starting the 40-lap main event from the inside of the fourth row, Shannon unfortunately retired early from the race with a busted radiator from the rough track conditions and was relegated to a disappointing twentieth place effort.

(June 28, 2014) Shannon Babb was back in dirt-slinging action tonight at Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, as the UMP Summer Nationals presided over a $10,000 to win tilt. Shannon qualified tenth fastest in Group B during time trials and later finished fifth in his heat race before earning the second transfer spot through the B-Main. After rolling off from the outside of the ninth row in the 40-lap feature, Shannon drove a steady race to advance seven positions on his way to an eleventh place performance.

(June 27, 2014) Tonight's stop on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail, scheduled for Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Kentucky, has been rained-out, series officials announced this afternoon. The annual 'Chris Smith Memorial,' which was slated to pay $10,000 to the winner, will not be rescheduled as part of the "Hell Tour."

(June 26, 2014) Next up for the #18 SBR team was a trip to Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, Tennessee tonight for another $5,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals battle. Shannon Babb timed in second quickest in his group during qualifying and later took home the win in his heat race. After drawing the inside of the second row for the start of the 40-lap feature, Shannon eventually wound up third in the final rundown behind only winner Brian Shirley and runner-up Bobby Pierce.

(June 25, 2014) The "Moweaqua Missile" Shannon Babb reached UMP Summer Nationals victory lane for the second time in 2014 tonight at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee! Shannon laid down the fastest lap in his group during the qualifying session tonight in the Volunteer State and later scored the win in heat race action. After drawing the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap feature, Shannon led from flag-to-flag during the race en route to capturing the $5,000 payday over Ryan Unzicker, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tanner English, and Bobby Pierce! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(June 23, 2014) Shannon Babb wrapped up a long week on the "Hell Tour" tonight at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois. Shannon posted the eighth quickest lap in Group A during time trials and later placed a close second in his heat race. After starting the $5,000 to win main event from the outside of the third row, Shannon moved up to fifth in the 40-lapper to finish behind only winner Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley, and Ryan Unzicker.

(June 22, 2014) The #18 team trekked north with the UMP Summer Nationals gang to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan tonight for a $5,000 to win showdown. Shannon Babb, who has dominated the 3/8-mile oval in recent years, timed in fifth fastest in his group during qualifying prior to advancing up to second in his loaded heat race. After starting the 40-lap feature from the inside of the third row, Shannon quickly blitzed up to second in the caution-free affair and eventually settled for a strong runner-up performance behind only victor Brian Shirley.

(June 21, 2014) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) continued their 2014 UMP Summer Nationals journey tonight with a stop at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. Shannon Babb qualified thirteenth fastest in Group B during time trials and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race into the $10,000 to win feature event. Shannon was then slated to start fifteenth on the grid in the 50-lapper, but heavy rain showers hit the facility prior to the consolation race and postponed the remainder of the program to a later date.

(June 20, 2014) Shannon Babb and his #18 team roared into Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois tonight, as the UMP Summer Nationals tour presided over a $10,000 to win battle. Shannon timed in fifth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session and later finished third in heat race action. After starting the 50-lap main event from the inside of the sixth row, Shannon was able to pick off six competitors during the caution-free affair on his way to a strong fifth place outing behind only winner Billy Moyer, Billy Moyer, Jr., Brandon Sheppard, and Brian Birkhofer.

(June 19, 2014) Tonight's $5,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour stop at Quincy Raceway in Quincy, Illinois was rained-out after a late afternoon thunderstorm hit the 3/8-mile oval. Next up for Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) will be tomorrow night's "Hell Tour" visit to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois!

(June 18, 2014) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) rolled into Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois tonight for another round of UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals competition. Shannon Babb knocked down the seventh quickest lap in Group B during qualifying prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the $5,000 to win main event from the outside of the fifth row, Shannon stormed to the front of the field utilizing the high groove of the reworked speedplant. He made it all the way up to second in the 40-lapper before eventually settling for a fourth place effort behind only winner Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and Brady Smith.

(June 17, 2014) Moweaqua, Illinois star Shannon Babb recorded his first UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the 2014 season and his 84th checkered flag all-time on the grueling tour tonight at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa! Shannon qualified third quickest in his group during time trials and later finished second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Brian Shirley. After starting sixth on the grid in the 50-lap feature event, Shannon was pressuring race leader Billy Moyer on lap 41 when Moyer suffered a flat right rear tire. The "Moweaqua Missile" capitalized on the opportunity and led the remainder of the distance to secure the $10,000 winner's check over Ryan Unzicker, Rick Eckert, Bobby Pierce, and Brandon Sheppard! (Jim DenHamer Photo)

(June 15, 2014) Shannon Babb was back in action tonight with the UMP Summer Nationals tour at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin, as a $5,000 top prize was on the line. Shannon timed in third fastest in his group during qualifying and later placed third in his heat race behind only prelim winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Mike Spatola. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the 40-lap main event, Shannon rallied past seven competitors to finish an impressive runner-up behind only victor Rick Eckert!

(June 14, 2014) Heavy rain has forced UMP DIRTcar Series officials to cancel tonight's 'Masters' finale at Cedar Lake Speedway, which was scheduled to pay $10,000 to the winner. The UMP Summer Nationals event at the New Richmond, Wisconsin venue will not be rescheduled...

(June 13, 2014) After making the nearly eight hour trek overnight to New Richmond, Wisconsin, Shannon Babb unloaded his #18 machine for night one of the annual 'Masters' weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway. Shannon timed in sixth fastest in Group A during qualifying tonight at CLS and later finished second in his heat race. After starting the $5,000 to win feature from the outside of the third row, Shannon unfortunately slowed to bring out a lap seven caution and wound up placing fourteenth in the final rundown of the 40-lapper.

(June 12, 2014) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) officially kicked off the 2014 version of the UMP Summer Nationals tonight at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois. Shannon Babb qualified seventh fastest in his group during time trials prior to finishing seventh in his loaded heat race. After grabbing the third and final transfer spot through the B-Main, Shannon picked off eight competitors during the $5,000 to win, 40-lap main event en route to a tenth place performance.

(June 11, 2014) Afternoon rain showers have canceled the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour opener scheduled for tonight at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana. The grueling "Hell Tour" will now lift the lid on the 2014 campaign tomorrow evening at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois, as a $5,000 winner's check will be on the line.

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Shannon Babb Invades Eldora Speedway for 20th Annual DLM Dream
(June 8, 2014)
The Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team invaded the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 5-7 for the 20th edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' The three-day extravaganza at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant kicked off with a pair of preliminary Twin 25 programs. On Thursday night, Shannon Babb advanced up to third in his heat race and later posted a strong tenth place performance in the $2,500 to win feature event. At the "Big E" on Friday evening, Shannon scored the win in heat race action prior to finishing fourth in the final rundown of the $5,000 to win main event, as he trailed only winner Brian Birkhofer, Rick Eckert, and Billy Moyer following 25 green flag circuits.

When Saturday rolled around at Eldora Speedway, all eyes were fixated on the 'Dirt Late Model Dream' and its whopping $100,000 top prize. Shannon unfortunately tagged the wall on the opening lap of his heat race, which dropped him to a disappointing tenth place finish. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace was later awarded a provisional into the 100-lap crown jewel main event for being one of the two drivers with the best average finish from the first two nights not to transfer into the A-Main. After starting at the tail end of the stellar field in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' Shannon was an early retiree and was placed twenty-sixth in the final finishing order. Full results from Eldora can be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.

 

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