$5,000 for Race of Champions Win; Puts on Show in Finale!
17, 2017) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois,
scored his sixth feature win of the 2017 racing season during the
season-ending 'Gateway Dirt Nationals,' which took place indoors
from December 14-16 at The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis,
Missouri! On Thursday night, Shannon qualified eleventh fastest
in Group B during the time trial session prior to leading all twenty
circuits in the special 'Race of Champions.' Shannon, who started
third on the grid in the race, beat Don O'Neal, Billy Moyer, Darrell
Lanigan, and Rusty Schlenk to the checkered flag to garner the $5,000
At the tiny 1/5-mile oval on Friday evening, Shannon earned the
third transfer spot through his heat race and later wound up twelfth
in the final rundown of the $5,000 to win, 20-lap main event. When
Saturday rolled around in downtown St. Louis, Shannon and the other
93 Super Late Model competitors had their sights set on the whopping
$30,000 top prize. After grabbing the second and final transfer
spot through his B-Main, the "Moweaqua Missile" put on
a show during the 40-lap grand finale from his eighteenth starting
position. Shannon rallied all the way up to third utilizing the
extreme outside groove against the concrete barriers before sliding
back to ultimately place seventh in the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals.'
Full results from The Dome at America's Center can be found online
Shannon Babb Spins to Avoid Spinning
Car Late in Chi-Town Showdown
15, 2017) On October 13-14, the #18 SBR team
was in the pit area at the pristine Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway
in Joliet, Illinois, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series sanctioned the two-day 'Chi-Town Showdown.' In Friday night's
$10,000 to win weekend opener, Shannon Babb knocked down the seventh
quickest time overall during the qualifying session before placing
fourth in his loaded heat race. After starting tenth on the grid
in the 50-lap feature, Shannon was running solidly in seventh on
lap 41 when he spun to avoid a spinning lapped car, which helped
relegate him to a fourteenth place performance. The 'Chi-Town Showdown'
finale on Saturday evening, which was scheduled to boast another
$10,000 winner's share, was washed out early in the day due to inclement
weather and will not be rescheduled. Full results from Joliet can
be accessed by pointing your Internet browser to www.woolms.com.
Babb Steady Throughout Hectic Mod
Mania at Granite City
1, 2017) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) pulled
double-duty during the annual 'Mod Mania' weekend at Tri-City Speedway
in Granite City, Illinois from September 28-30. Behind the wheel
of his familiar #18 Super Late Model, Shannon Babb won his heat
race on Thursday night prior to winding up fourth in the $2,000
to win opener behind only winner Ryan Unzicker, Tim Manville, and
Chris Simpson. On Friday evening in the $2,500 to win program, Shannon
also won his heat race and later drove to a third place podium performance
in the 30-lapper behind only victor Chris Simpson and runner-up
Bobby Pierce. In Saturday's weekend finale at the St. Louis-area
facility, which boasted a $3,000 top prize, Shannon once again was
victorious in heat race action, but battery problems late in the
feature distance dropped him to thirteenth in the final finishing
In Open Wheel Modified competition, the Moweaqua, Illinois star
ran seventh in Thursday's $3,000 to win opener, did not start Friday's
$4,000 to win showdown, and knocked down an impressive fifth place
effort in Saturday's weekend finale, which paid $5,000 to the winner!
Full results from both classes can be accessed online at www.tricityspeedway.net.
Shannon Babb Travels to Brownstown
for Jackson 100 Weekend
24, 2017) The #18 SBR team stormed into the
legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on September
22-23 for the 38th edition of the 'Jackson 100.' The two-day Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series weekend kicked off on Friday evening
at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds facility with a $7,000 to win shootout.
Shannon Babb timed in eighth quickest in Group B during the qualifying
session prior to running second in his stacked heat race. After
starting the 30-lap sprint from the outside of the fourth row, Shannon
slipped backwards early in the distance and eventually wound up
retiring in the twenty-third spot.
In front of a standing-room-only crowd at Brownstown on Saturday
night, a $15,000 top prize was up for grabs in the prestigious 'Jackson
100.' Shannon knocked down the eleventh fastest lap in Group A during
time trials, but later wound up eighth in his stacked heat race.
The Moweaqua, Illinois standout then chose to scratch from the B-Main
and did not compete in the 100-lapper, which was eventually won
by Scott Bloomquist. Full results from the doubleheader weekend
at Brownstown can be viewed online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Babb Lands Top Ten in Knoxville Nationals
Prelim in Iowa
17, 2017) The Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team
made their way to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa from September
14-16 for the 14th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided
over the three-day crown jewel extravaganza, which drew 56 entrants
to the Hawkeye State and began with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary
shootouts. On Thursday evening, Shannon Babb placed third in his
heat race and later wound up ninth in the final rundown of the 25-lap
feature event. At Knoxville on Friday night, Shannon unfortunately
missed out on the 25-lapper after finishing fourth in his loaded
heat race and ninth in the B-Main.
By virtue of racking up the seventeenth most single-night points
during the prelims, Shannon rolled off from the inside of the ninth
row in Saturday's 100-lap grand finale. The Moweaqua, Illinois standout
drew a lap 31 caution flag, but returned to the track and rallied
all the way back up inside of the top ten. Unfortunately, Shannon
eventually retired with issues and wound up being paid for twenty-third
at the pay window following the $40,000 to win affair. Full results
from all three shows at the Marion County Fairgrounds speedplant
over the weekend can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Shannon Babb Solid in World 100 Prelims
at Eldora Speedway
10, 2017) The #18 SBR team made the journey
to the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on
September 7-9 for the "Granddaddy of Them All" - the 47th
Annual 'World 100.' The most prestigious event in our industry got
underway with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs with each feature
winner receiving $10,000 for their efforts. On Thursday night, Shannon
Babb ran second in his heat race prior to slipping back a few spots
during the 25-lap main event to finish eleventh. At the "Big
E" on Friday evening, Shannon once again placed second in his
heat race before winding up sixteenth in the final rundown of the
When the calendar flipped to Saturday, the largest
crowd in the history of the storied 1/2-mile speedplant was on hand
to witness the 'World 100,' which boasted a hefty $50,000 windfall.
Shannon finished ninth in his loaded heat race and twenty-fourth
in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept the Moweaqua, Illinois star
out of the 100-lap headliner that was eventually won by Jonathan
Davenport. Complete results from the three-day crown jewel spectacular
can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Babb Wires Field at Farmer City Raceway
for Fifth Victory!!!
(September 2, 2017) Moweaqua,
Illinois standout Shannon Babb racked up his fifth feature win of
the 2017 racing season on Friday night, September 1 at Farmer City
Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Shannon posted the fastest lap
in his group during the UMP qualifying session and later picked
up a victory in his loaded heat race. After starting the 40-lapper
from the pole position, Shannon held the top spot from green to
checkers to bag the $5,000 winner's check over Jason Feger, Bobby
Pierce, Ryan Unzicker, and Brian Shirley! Full results from last
night's FCR finale can be located online by clicking on www.farmercityracing.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Suffers Late Flat Tire
in Topless 100 While in Third...
21, 2017) Shannon Babb and the #18 SBR team
loaded up and made the trek to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust
Grove, Arkansas on August 18-20 for the 25th Annual 'Topless 100,'
which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series and boasted a gigantic $40,000 top prize. The ultra-popular
roof-less spectacular attracted 41 competitors to the Razorback
State and things got underway with preliminary action on Friday
night. Shannon tripped the clock seventh fastest in Group A during
qualifying prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his
stacked heat race. After Saturday's portion of the crown jewel event
was pushed back to Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather, Shannon
started the 100-lap grind from the inside of the fifth row. During
the course of the daytime affair, the Moweaqua, Illinois standout
climbed to as high as second in the running order and was in the
third position when he unfortunately suffered a flat right rear
tire on lap 98, which dropped him to seventeenth at the pay window.
Full results from this year's version of the 'Topless 100' can be
found by pointing your Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Babb and #18 Team Trek North for
$50,000 USA Nationals
5, 2017) The 30th edition of the 'USA Nationals'
concluded tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond,
Wisconsin and each driver had their sights firmly set on capturing
the whopping $50,000 windfall. Shannon Babb knocked down the fourth
quickest time in Group A last night during qualifying prior to grabbing
the third transfer spot through his loaded heat race. Shannon then
rolled off from the inside of the fifth row in the 100-lap 'USA
Nationals' and vaulted up inside of the top five in the crown jewel
extravaganza. The "Moweaqua Missile" then slipped back
a few spots in the waning circuits and eventually wound up ninth
in the final finishing order.
2017) The 'USA Nationals' finally kicked
off tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway and a $6,000 payday was on the
line in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series show at
the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Shannon Babb qualified fourteenth
fastest in Group A during the time trial session, but later wound
up ninth in his heat race. The Moweaqua, Illinois standout then
opted to scratch from his B-Main and unfortunately did not start
the 30-lap feature event tonight at CLS, which was won by Chris
2017) Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals'
preliminary event at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond,
Wisconsin has been rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening.
Also on tap tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim
program will be the regularly scheduled time trial session and heat
races for Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again
boasts a gigantic $50,000 winner's check.