Babb Impressive in Open Wheel Modified During Modified Mania!
(September 29, 2019)
The Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team ventured to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois from September 26-28 for the annual running of 'Modified Mania,' which also featured a trio of shows for the Super Late Models. On Thursday night in the weekend opener that boasted a $3,000 winners check, Shannon Babb timed in third quickest in his group during qualifying, ran second in his heat race, and later streaked up to finish fourth in the 30-lapper behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley, and Gordy Gundaker. Unfortunately, Shannon would experience water pump issues on his #18 machine early in Friday's program that caused him to scratch his Super Late Model for the rest of the weekend.

In Open Wheel Modified action, Shannon was fast all weekend long at the St. Louis-area venue. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace advanced up to fourth in Thursday's $3,000 to win feature, won his heat race and wound up second behind only $5,000 victor Nick Hoffman on Friday evening, and closed out the weekend with a sixth place performance in Saturday's $5,000 to win finale. Complete results from the entire 'Modified Mania' weekend can be accessed online at www.tricityspeedway.net.

Shannon Babb Competes in Late Model Knoxville Nationals
(September 15, 2019)
A visit to the storied Knoxville Raceway was up next for the #18 team, as the 16th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' was held at the storied Knoxville, Iowa facility from September 12-14. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie drew 55 entrants to the 1/2-mile, semi-banked fairgrounds oval and action kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night, Shannon Babb won his heat race prior to slipping to nineteenth at the checkered flag in the 25-lap sprint. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Shannon once again secured a heat race triumph before finishing twentieth in the final rundown of the 25-lapper.

Things wrapped up at the Hawkeye State speedplant on Saturday with the running of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals,' which once again boasted a whopping $40,000 paycheck. Shannon grabbed the third transfer spot through the B-Main to earn the twenty-seventh starting position in the 100-lap headliner. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace then retired at the halfway mark in the contest and was paid for a twenty-third place performance. Full results from the crown jewel weekend in Iowa can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Babb Fourth in Opening World 100 Prelim; Solid Throughout Weekend
(September 8, 2019)
Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) descended upon the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September 5-7 for the 49th edition of the 'World 100,' which kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the weekend lid lifter, Shannon Babb won his heat race, led the first nine circuits of the 25-lap sprint, and eventually wound up fourth in the final rundown behind only race winner Hudson O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Tim McCreadie. At the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant on Friday evening, Shannon placed second in his heat race prior to advancing up to seventh in the 25-lapper.

When Saturday rolled around at the "Big E," a record crowd was in attendance and all eyes were focused on who would pick up the whopping $52,000 payday in the 'World 100.' Shannon grabbed the second transfer spot through his stacked heat race to earn the outside of the fifth row for the start of the 100-lap crown jewel headliner. After advancing up to as high as fifth in the running order, the Moweaqua, Illinois ace settled for a fifteenth place showing. Complete results from the most prestigious event in the Dirt Late Model industry can be located by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Babbster Improves to Seventh in AELMT Visit to Farmer City
(August 31, 2019)
Shannon Babb entered only one event over Labor Day weekend, as his #18 team tackled Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night, August 30. The American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) invaded the Land of Lincoln oval and a stellar field of cars converged for the $5,000 to win throwdown. Shannon placed fourth in his stacked heat race and later started the 40-lap headliner from the inside of the eighth row. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace then helped put on a show during the feature at the 1/4-mile facility, as he blasted past eight competitors en route to a solid seventh place showing. Complete results from last night at FCR can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Babb Gets Top Ten in Dirt Million Prelim at Mansfield
(August 25, 2019)
The #18 team made their way to the Buckeye State on August 22-24 for the 2nd edition of the 'Dirt Million' at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again sanctioned the crown jewel extravaganza, which kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary duels. Shannon Babb wound up fourteenth in Thursday's 30-lap opener, while he climbed seven spots in Friday night's 30-lapper to bag a solid seventh place effort. After finishing fourth in his loaded heat race and third in his B-Main, Shannon won the Non-Qualifiers Race to advance into the 100-lap 'Dirt Million,' which carried a whopping $101,626 top prize. The Moweaqua, Illinois standout rolled off from the outside of the fifteenth row, but was caught up in an early wreck and eventually retired in the twenty-second position. Complete results from the lucrative 'Dirt Million' weekend can be accessed by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.

Shannon Babb Blasts to Top Five in $40k Topless 100!
(August 18, 2019)
The next event on the schedule for Shannon Babb was the 27th Annual 'Topless 100,' which ran from August 15-17 at Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas. In the two $5,000 to win preliminary shows, which were sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Shannon finished twenty-third in Thursday night's 30-lap opener and placed tenth in Friday evening's 30-lapper. By virtue of amassing the sixteenth most points during preliminary action, Shannon rolled off from the outside of the eighth row in Saturday's 100-lap headliner. With his sights solely set on capturing the $40,000 winner's check and a third 'Topless 100' title, Shannon scooted past eleven competitors during the crown jewel contest to place fifth in the final finishing order behind only victor Chris Madden, Brandon Overton, Scott Bloomquist, and Josh Richards! Complete results can be located by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

Babb Eighth in USA Nationals Prelim at Cedar Lake Speedway
(August 4, 2019)
One of the biggest crown jewel events of the year - the 32nd Annual 'USA Nationals' - was the focus of the Dirt Late Model world from August 1-3 at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The lucrative three-day weekend started on Thursday night with a $6,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series preliminary event, which drew 45 entrants to the Badger State oval. Shannon Babb grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race prior to moving past five competitors during the 30-lap sprint on his way to a solid eighth place showing.

On Friday evening in the double set of qualifying heat races, Shannon placed sixth in his first heat race before advancing to third in his final prelim of the night. By virtue of racking up the thirteenth most passing points in preliminary action, the Moweaqua, Illinois star rolled off from the inside of the seventh row in Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel main event. After hovering around the top ten early in the $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals,' Shannon retired after only 38 circuits and was placed twenty-fourth in the final finishing order. Complete results from each of the three days at Cedar Lake Speedway can be accessed by pointing your web browser to www.woolms.com.

Shannon Babb Sixth in Return to Lincoln; Third in PDC Qualifier
(July 28, 2019)
Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) headed to Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois from July 25-27. On Thursday night in a return trip to Lincoln for the final 24 circuits of the rain-postponed $5,000 to win DIRTcar Summer Nationals show, Shannon Babb restarted in the fourth position prior to winding up sixth in the final finishing order. At FALS over the weekend in the 30th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' Shannon moved up to grab the third transfer spot through his $2,500 to win qualifying feature on Friday evening to earn the inside of the sixth row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap PDC. Gunning for the $30,000 top prize, Shannon had vaulted up inside of the top five and was looking for more before problems late in the distance caused the Moweaqua, Illinois standout to retire in the twentieth position. Full results from the last three nights can be accessed online at www.thehelltour.com and www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Babb Gets Top Five in Malvern Bank Go 50 at I-80 Speedway!
(July 21, 2019)
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series found themselves at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July 18-20 to preside over the annual running of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals' and Shannon Babb was in the pit area in the Cornhusker State over the blazing hot weekend. On Thursday night in the $12,000 to win 'Malvern Bank Go 50,' Shannon ran second in his loaded heat race prior to moving up to fifth in the 50-lap main event to trail only victor Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, and Mason Zeigler at the unfurling of the checkered flag. In Friday's double set of qualifying heat races, Shannon placed fifth in his first heat race and seventh in his final prelim of the evening. After finishing fifth in his B-Main and eleventh in the Non-Qualifiers Race on Saturday, the Moweaqua, Illinois star was unfortunately not able to transfer into the $53,000 to win 'Silver Dollar Nationals' headliner. Complete results from the three-day weekend at I-80 can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Shannon Babb Tackles Four Lucas Oil Shows in Midwest
(July 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. (Fast Track Photos)

Babb Battles DIRTcar Summer Nationals Foes - Nightly Race Recaps
(July 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 point battles...

(July 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.

(July 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.

(July 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.

(July 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.

(July 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, July 2.

(June 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.

(June 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)

(June 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!

(June 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.

(June 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 seventh position.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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!

(June 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.

(June 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 place showing.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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.

(June 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.

 

 

 

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