Babb Picks Up $25k for Summer Nationals Title; Receives Gary Walters Award!
(January 15, 2015)
As the off-season preparation continues for Shannon Babb Racing (SBR), they took time away from the shop to travel to Springfield, Illinois over the January 10-11 weekend for both the UMP DIRTcar Series banquet and the 12th Annual Midwest Speed Expo. At the UMP banquet on Saturday evening, Shannon Babb and his team were honored for their 2014 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship. The "Hell Tour" title was Shannon's fourth of his illustrious career and was worth $25,000 to his #18 team. The Moweaqua, Illinois native racked up four Summer Nationals wins in 2014 on his way to capturing the point title and now has an astonishing 86 career victories on the grueling tour. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

At the Midwest Speed Expo, Shannon also received the Gary Walters Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in 2014 and for capturing his fourth UMP Summer Nationals Championship. Gary Walters was someone that Shannon really looked up to in the pit area and receiving the award in Gary's memory was quite an honor.

"I have so many people to thank for helping us have a tremendous season in 2014," stated Babb today via telephone. "From all of the different tracks and promoters to UMP and the other sanctioning bodies we raced with, I have to thank them for putting on a lot of great shows last year. Then of course all of my great sponsors - Petroff Towing, Donley Trucking, Kreke's Powerhouse, CJI Piping, B Auto Parts, Rocket Chassis, Mullins Racing Engines, Clements Racing Engines, Schaeffer's Racing Oil, VP Race Fuels, Performance Rod & Custom, Allstar Performance, and all of my dedicated product supporters. It takes a lot of effort from everyone to pull off that entire Summer Nationals deal and I am proud and thankful of each one of my valued sponsors for their continued support!"

With the UMP DIRTcar Series banquet officially closing the book on Shannon's 2014 season, he is optimistic and ready for the 2015 campaign to begin. Still armed with potent Rocket racecars and reliable powerplants from both Mullins and Clements, Shannon plans to start his year - weather pending - at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee on March 6-7. The MARS DIRTcar Series will preside over the annual running of the 'Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic' and $3,000 will be on the line on that Friday evening, while the doubleheader finale on Saturday night boasts a $5,000 top prize.

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Shannon Babb Wraps Up Season in Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals
(September 28, 2014)
Shannon Babb and his #18 SBR team ventured to the hallowed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa from September 25-27 for the 11th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel extravaganza kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs at the 1/2-mile Marion County fairgrounds speedplant. On Thursday night, Shannon suffered terminal motor problems in his primary Rocket ride during his heat race and was unable to transfer into the 25-lap sprint. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Shannon ran second in his heat race during preliminary action prior to slipping back to eighth in the final rundown of the 25-lapper.

By virtue of his strong points performance on Friday, Shannon earned the rights to the outside of the seventh row for the start of Saturday's 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' headliner, which once again boasted a hefty $40,000 payday. In front of a huge grandstand crowd and the television cameras of the Lucas Oil Production Studios, the Moweaqua, Illinois native unfortunately made an early exit in the 100-lapper and wound up placing thirty-first in the final finishing order. Complete results from the season-ending weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

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Babb Buries Competition at Federated Raceway at I-55 to Bag $10,000!
(September 14, 2014)
The "Moweaqua Missile" Shannon Babb scored his sixth feature win of the 2014 campaign on Saturday night, September 13 at Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri! After timing in second fastest in his group during qualifying and winning his heat race, Shannon led laps 1-12 and 28-40 of the headliner to claim the $10,000 payday in the second leg of the 'St. Louis Showdown' weekend. Shannon beat Ryan Gustin, Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer, and Randy Korte to the checkers!

In the first night of the 'St. Louis Showdown' on Friday, September 12 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, Shannon qualified third fastest in his group during time trials prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the 50-lap feature event, the Moweaqua, Illinois star was unfortunately involved in a lap 23 tangle and was relegated to a disappointing sixteenth place showing in the $10,000 to win race. Complete results from the doubleheader weekend can be viewed online at www.tricityspeedway.net and www.i55raceway.com. (Jimmy Dearing Photo)

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Shannon Babb Rallies to Post Top Ten in 44th Annual World 100
(September 7, 2014)
Shannon Babb and his #18 SBR team rolled into the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September 4-6 for the 44th edition of the 'World 100.' Things kicked off at the "Big E" on Thursday and Friday with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs, each of which paid $5,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Shannon unfortunately missed out on the 25-lap feature event after finishing fifth in his heat race and seventh in his B-Main. At Eldora on Friday evening, Shannon wound up fourth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later placed nineteenth in the 25-lapper.

When the stakes heightened at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, all eyes were fixated on the prestigious globe trophy and the $47,000 winner's check in the 'World 100.' Shannon slipped back to eighth in his loaded heat race, but later rallied through his B-Main to grab the fifth and final transfer position. The Moweaqua, Illinois standout then blasted past nineteen competitors during the 100-lap grind to earn a strong tenth place performance in the biggest race in our industry. Complete results from the action-packed 'World 100' weekend can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.

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Mid-Race Incident Knocks Babb From Leaders in Batesville's Topless 100
(August 17, 2014)
Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) invaded Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas on August 15-16 for the 22nd edition of the 'Topless 100.' On Friday night, Shannon Babb knocked down the sixth fastest lap in Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying and later grabbed the third and final transfer position through his stacked heat race behind only prelim winner Jonathan Davenport and runner-up Dale McDowell. After rolling off from the inside of the ninth row in Saturday's $40,000 to win crown jewel main event, Shannon vaulted up inside of the top five by around the halfway mark of the 100-lapper and had his sights set on another 'Topless 100' title. Unfortunately, the Moweaqua, Illinois was involved in an incident with Davenport and retired on lap 54, which relegated him to a disappointing twenty-third place performance. Full results from Batesville can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

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Shannon Babb Knocks Down Pair of Top Tens in USA Nationals Weekend
(August 3, 2014)
Shannon Babb and his #18 team traveled north to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin from July 31-August 2 for the 27th Annual 'USA Nationals.' Things kicked off on Thursday night at Cedar Lake with a $6,000 to win preliminary program, which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Shannon clicked off the sixth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying and later grabbed the third and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 40-lap headliner from the inside of the eighth row, Shannon moved past five competitors during the caution-free affair to bring home a solid tenth place effort.

At CLS on Friday evening, Shannon posted the third quickest lap in Group A during WOOLMS time trials prior to finishing third once again in his stacked heat race. The Moweaqua, Illinois star then rolled off from the inside of the seventh row in the $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals' on Saturday. Shannon was able to gain seven spots during the course of the 100-lap crown jewel event and eventually crossed under the checkers sixth behind only winner Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Mars, Steve Francis, and Billy Moyer, Jr. Full results from Cedar Lake Speedway can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

 

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