Babb Closes Out 2018 Campaign in Gateway Dirt Nationals
(December 2, 2018)
Shannon Babb wrapped up his version of the 2018 racing season from November 29-December 1 at the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The annual running of the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' thrilled dirt racing enthusiasts and drew a whopping 93 Super Late Model entrants to the indoor spectacular. On Thursday night, Shannon laid down the eighth quickest time in Group B during the qualifying session before winding up sixth in the $5,000 to win 'Gateway Race of Champions.'

In the $5,000 to win preliminary event on Friday evening, Shannon scored a victory in his loaded heat race and led a few circuits during the 20-lap headliner before getting into the fence and slipping back to sixth at the checkers. On the temporary 1/5-mile oval on Saturday, the Moweaqua, Illinois ace claimed a win in his consolation race and eventually placed fifteenth in the final rundown of the attrition-filled 'Gateway Dirt Nationals,' which boasted a hefty $30,000 windfall. Complete results from the season-ending weekend in St. Louis can be viewed by clicking on www.gatewaydirt.com.

Shannon Babb Nabs Top Ten in World 100 Prelim at Eldora
(October 14, 2018)
Over a month removed from the original 'World 100' date, the completion of the rain-postponed crown jewel spectacular took place on October 12-13 at the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Action was scheduled to start on Friday evening at the "Big E" with a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25s, but additional inclement weather pushed back the preliminary program to Saturday afternoon. Shannon Babb ran third in his loaded heat race and later started his 25-lap main event from the inside of the fifth row. Shannon eventually wound up finishing right where he started the daytime affair... in the ninth position.

Following a several hour break to clear the grandstands and rework the racetrack, the nighttime portion of the day/night doubleheader took place on Saturday evening and all eyes were focused on capturing the $51,000 top prize in the 48th edition of the 'World 100.' Shannon's #18 machine started smoking heavily in his heat race and he later retired in the twelfth spot. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace unfortunately did not transfer into the 100-lapper that was eventually won by Tim McCreadie. Complete results from Eldora Speedway can be located online by visiting www.eldoraspeedway.com.

Babb Sweeps Mod Mania Opener at Tri-City Speedway!
(September 30, 2018)
Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois, upped his 2018 win total to thirteen following a sweep of the 'Mod Mania' opener on Thursday night, September 27 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois! In Open Wheel Modified action, Shannon ran second in his heat race, but later won his qualifier and the A-Main to pocket a $3,000 payday. Behind the wheel of his familiar #18 Super Late Model, Shannon won his heat race and later led from flag-to-flag in the headliner to claim a $2,000 paycheck ahead of Jason Feger, Rickey Frankel, Brian Birkhofer, and Brian Shirley.

On Friday evening at Granite City, Shannon advanced past twelve competitors during the $2,500 to win Super Late Model feature to place ninth in the final finishing order. He also drove his #18 Modified to an eighth place effort in the $4,000 to win main event after running third in the qualifier. In the final night of 'Mod Mania' on Saturday, September 29, the Moweaqua, Illinois star won his heat race and finished fourth in the $3,000 to win Super Late Model contest behind only victor Brian Shirley, Chris Simpson, and Gordy Gundaker, while he won his qualifier before suffering problems in his Open Wheel Modified that led to a disappointing twenty-fifth place performance in the $5,000 to win grand finale. Complete results from the long weekend in the St. Louis area can be found online at www.tricityspeedway.net. (STL Racing Photos)

Shannon Babb Seventh in Bill Waite, Jr. Memorial Classic
(September 24, 2018)
Shannon Babb and his #18 SBR team rolled into LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Sunday night, September 23 for the running of the 'Bill Waite, Jr. Memorial Classic.' The DIRTcar Super Late Model special paid $5,000 to the winner. Shannon knocked down the third fastest lap during the qualifying session prior to running second in his heat race. After forty green flag laps in the headliner, Shannon was paid for a steady seventh place performance. Complete results from last night at LaSalle Speedway can be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Babb Solid Throughout Knoxville Late Model Nationals Weekend
(September 16, 2018)
Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) made their way to the Hawkeye State on September 13-15 for the 15th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' at the storied Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The action started at the 1/2-mile, semi-banked speedplant with a pair of preliminary shows - each of which paid $7,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Shannon Babb placed fourth in his heat race, third in the B-Main, and eighteenth in the 25-lap main event. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Shannon ran fifth in both his heat race and the B-Main prior to blasting past nine competitors during the 25-lapper en route to a fourteenth place showing.

By virtue of racking up the seventeenth highest point total, Shannon earned the rights to the inside of the ninth row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' With his focus set on the hefty $40,000 top prize, the Moweaqua, Illinois ace eventually retired from the crown jewel spectacular after 59 circuits in the twenty-third position. Full results from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie can be viewed by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.

Shannon Babb Endures Soggy World 100 Weekend at Eldora
(September 9, 2018)
Next up on the racing calendar for the #18 team was the 48th running of the famous 'World 100,' which was scheduled to run on the high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September 6-8. With the rainy remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon postponing all of the action on Friday and Saturday until October 12-13, Shannon Babb competed in only his $10,000 to win Twin 25 at the "Big E" on Thursday night. After rain showers pushed back the program until the wee hours of Friday morning, Shannon did not start his heat race (following a mix up in the lineups) and later ran eighth in his consolation event. Unfortunately, the Moweaqua, Illinois standout was unable to make the start in his 25-lapper. Complete results from the rainy weekend in the Buckeye State can be located by logging onto www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Babb Slips by Moyer on Final Lap for Eleventh Win of 2018!
(September 1, 2018)
Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois, captured his eleventh feature win of the 2018 campaign in exciting fashion on Friday night, August 31 in the season finale at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Shannon qualified seventh fastest in American Late Model Series (ALMS) time trials prior to finishing second in heat race action. After starting the 35-lap feature event from the inside of the second row, Shannon ran second through much of the race and slipped past race-long leader Billy Moyer on the final circuit to bag the $5,000 windfall ahead of Moyer, Allen Weiser, Jose Parga, and Tim Manville! Complete results from last night at FCR can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com. (Josh James Artwork)

Shannon Babb Suffers Heart-Breaking Flat Tire in Dirt Million...
(August 26, 2018)
The #18 SBR team ventured to the immaculate Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio from August 24-25 for the inaugural running of the 'Dirt Million.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was the sanctioning body of choice for the two-day spectacular, which kicked off on Friday night with a pair of $10,000 to win 'Dirt Million' duels. Shannon Babb ran second in his heat race and later started his 30-lap duel from the outside of the fourth row. Shannon then picked off a trio of competitors en route to a sterling fifth place performance behind only victor Jonathan Davenport, Ricky Weiss, Don O'Neal, and Devin Moran!

On Saturday evening at Mansfield, a standing-room-only crowd poured into the facility to witness the most lucrative Super Late Model race in 2018, as the 'Dirt Million' paid a whopping nearly $203,000 to the winner. Shannon won his heat race in preliminary competition and later drew the ninth starting spot for the 100-lap headliner. The Moweaqua, Illinois star stole most of the show by blasting into the race lead on the 16th circuit and holding the point up until lap 77. A flat right rear tire while in second on lap 89; however, ruined any chances for the big win and instead dropped him to thirteenth in the final finishing order. Complete results from both nights at Mansfield can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Babb Pockets $10,000 for Tenth Win of 2018 in #FALS Frenzy!!
(August 13, 2018)
Shannon Babb's 2018 win total reached the double figure mark on Saturday evening, August 11, as he recorded his tenth victory in the annual #FALS Frenzy at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! Shannon earned Fast Time honors in MARS Racing Series qualifying, won his heat race, and later paced the stout field from laps 26-50 in the feature to record the $10,000 top prize over Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Frank Heckenast, Jr., and Tanner English. On Sunday night, August 12 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, Shannon wound up finishing sixth in the rain-postponed UMP Summer Nationals special, which boasted a $5,000 payday. Complete results from both Land of Lincoln venues can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com and www.jacksonvillespeedway.com. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

Shannon Babb Seventh in $50,000 USA Nationals at Cedar Lake!
(August 5, 2018)
As the calendar turned to the month of August, the #18 team found themselves near the Minnesota / Wisconsin border at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin on August 2-4 for the 31st Annual 'USA Nationals,' which was sanctioned once again by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The extended weekend kicked off on Thursday evening with a $6,000 to win preliminary program. Shannon Babb timed in fourth quickest in Group B during qualifying prior to scoring an impressive win in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap main event from the outside of the second row, Shannon only completed 23 circuits in the contest and retired in the twenty-second position.

At CLS on Friday night, a double set of heat races with passing points were held to help set the lineups for Saturday's grand finale, which once again boasted a $50,000 winner's check. Shannon won his first heat race of the evening, while he ran fourth in his final prelim. After running eighth in the dash, Shannon earned the rights to the outside of the fourth row for the start of the 100-lap crown jewel main event. On Saturday in the 'USA Nationals,' the Moweaqua, Illinois ace vaulted up inside of the top five before sliding back to seventh at the unfurling of the checkered flag. Full results from the 'USA Nationals' weekend can be found online by visiting www.woolms.com.

Babb Wins Qualifying Feature; Finishes Sixth in Prairie Dirt Classic!
(July 29, 2018)
The 29th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic' took center stage over the July 27-28 weekend at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday night, Shannon Babb posted the fourth quickest lap in Group B during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying prior to scoring the $2,500 victory in his qualifying feature with a last lap pass over Brian Shirley, Tanner English, and Jonathan Davenport. After drawing the fourth starting spot in Saturday's 100-lap 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' Shannon battled in and around the top five throughout the distance before placing sixth behind only $30,000 winner Devin Moran, Mike Marlar, Brandon Sheppard, Chris Madden, and Billy Drake. Full results from the action-packed weekend at FALS can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Rick Neff Photo)

 

 

 

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