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.
Shannon Babb Teams with
Bloomquist During DLM Dream!
9, 2019) Moweaqua, Illinois ace Shannon Babb
invaded the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio
from June 6-8 to compete in the 25th edition of the 'Dirt Late Model
Dream,' which kicked off with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs
- each of which paid $10,000 to the winner. At the "Big E"
on Thursday night, Shannon wheeled the famed #0 for Scott Bloomquist
Racing to a second place finish in his heat race and an eleventh
place effort in the 25-lap feature, while he finished second in
his heat race and ninth in Friday's 25-lapper. When Saturday rolled
around at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant, Shannon was eyeing
the whopping $125,000 winner's check in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.'
The popular driver known as the "Moweaqua Missile" placed
fourth in both his heat race and his B-Main prior to rallying past
seventeen competitors during the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza
to leave Eldora with a solid eleventh place showing. Complete results
from the biggie in the Buckeye State can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Enters Single Show
Over Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
25, 2019) Shannon Babb and his #18 team rolled
into Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night,
May 24 for their only event over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Shannon laid down the seventh quickest time overall during qualifying
for the weekly Super Late Model show prior to placing fifth in his
heat race. After starting the $1,000 to win main event from the
inside of the fifth row, Shannon unfortunately ran into problems
during the headliner and was forced to retire in the sixteenth finishing
position. Complete results from last night at FCR can be viewed
online at www.farmercityracing.com.
Shannon Babb Tabbed
by Team Zero for Upcoming Crown Jewels!
19, 2019) As formally announced yesterday
by Scott Bloomquist Racing business manager Cody Sommer, the iconic
#0 car normally driven by Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist,
which has sat idle since February's Georgia/Florida Speedweeks due
to Bloomquist's early March motorcycle accident, will return to
the racetrack in the upcoming 'Show-Me 100' and Shannon Babb has
been tabbed by Team Zero to fill the seat! Shannon will park his
own #18 ride on May 23-25 to compete in the crown jewel extravaganza
behind the wheel of Bloomquist's #0 Sweet-Bloomquist machine. A
pair of $6,000 to win preliminary events will be held at the state-of-the-art
Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on Thursday and Friday,
while Saturday's 100-lap 'Show-Me 100' will once again boast a whopping
$30,000 top prize. Scott will attend the three-day program to serve
in a crew chief role, as he continues his recovery from serious
right leg and hip injuries.
The Moweaqua, Illinois star is also scheduled to pilot
the Team Zero entry in June's annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream' at
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The culmination of the three-day
spectacular at the "Big E" on June 6-8 will be a 100-lap
main event boasting an incredible $125,000 payday. Shannon is slated
to return to his familiar Petroff Towing / Donley Trucking #18 Rocket
XR1 car shortly after the 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' as he tackles
the start of the grueling DIRTcar Summer Nationals. You can view
confirmed upcoming schedule dates by clicking on the SCHEDULE
page of the website! (Heath
Babb Climbs to Seventh
in Lucas Oil Series Stop at Farley
18, 2019) Moweaqua, Illinois hotshoe Shannon
Babb headed west to the Hawkeye State on May 16-17 for a pair of
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series battles at 34 Raceway in West Burlington,
Iowa and 300 Raceway in Farley, Iowa. On Thursday night on a rugged
racing surface in West Burlington, Shannon grabbed the third transfer
spot through his loaded heat race prior to retiring early in the
$10,000 to win main event and finishing in the twenty-second position.
At Farley on Friday evening in a $12,000 to win throwdown, Shannon
placed fifth in his heat race and later steered past six competitors
during the 50-lap contest to bag a solid seventh place performance.
Full results from the last two nights in the Hawkeye State can be
accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Returns
to Action in Farmer City 74
12, 2019) Shannon Babb was one of the 52
entrants that pulled through the pit gate at Farmer City Raceway
in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night, May 10 for the annual
running of the 'Farmer City 74.' The Schaeffer's Oil MARS Racing
Series presided over the single-day throwdown at the 1/4-mile bullring
and a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs. Shannon suffered mechanical
troubles during qualifying before finishing sixth in his heat race
and fourth in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept the Moweaqua,
Illinois ace out of the 74-lap main event. Saturday's stop at Fairbury
American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois was unfortunately
nixed when 'FALS Frenzy' was lost due to persistent afternoon rain
showers. Complete results from the MARS weekend can be accessed
online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)