Babb Claims Top Five
in Second Summer Nationals Stop to Granite City!
24, 2021) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) invaded
Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on Friday night, July
23. The second stop of the year by the DIRTcar Summer Nationals
tour to the St. Louis-area facility took place and a $10,000 winner's
check was on the line in the 'Russ Wallace Memorial.' Shannon Babb
earned Fast Time honors of the 38 entrants during "Hell Tour"
qualifying and later secured a heat race triumph. After drawing
the inside of the second row for the start of the 40-lap feature
event, Shannon wound up placing fifth in the caution-free affair
behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Ryan Unzicker, Ashton Winger, and
Tanner English. Complete results from last night at Tri-City Speedway
can be located online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.
Shannon Babb Records
100th Career Summer Nationals Victory!!!
10, 2021) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois,
captured his 100th career DIRTcar Summer Nationals triumph on Friday
night, July 9 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Shannon
timed in second fastest in Group B during the qualifying session
at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval and later secured a heat race triumph.
After drawing the inside of the second row for the start of the
40-lap feature event, Shannon overtook race-long leader Mckay Wenger
on the 24th circuit and led the remainder of the contest to bag
the $10,000 top prize. Finishing behind Babb was a top five that
consisted of runner-up Wenger, Garrett Alberson, Brian Shirley,
and Joe Godsey!
In other "Hell Tour" action this week, the
#18 team was in competition at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois
and Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. On Wednesday in a $5,000
to win shootout at Spoon River, Shannon suffered engine troubles
following qualifying and was forced to a back-up car for the remainder
of the program. He then rallied to fifth in his heat race and won
his B-Main before retiring early in the 40-lapper and settling for
a twenty-first placing showing. At Macon on Thursday in the 41st
Annual 'Herald & Review 100,' which boasted a $5,500 winner's
check, Shannon placed second in his heat race before climbing four
spots to finish third and on the podium after 100 green flag circuits
behind only victor Bobby Pierce and runner-up Ryan Unzicker! Full
results from all three of these Summer Nationals races can be located
online by clicking on www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Bags Pair of Top
Fives in Summer Nationals Action!
4, 2021) Shannon Babb has been busy in recent
weeks on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail and this past weekend
- July 1-3 - was no different, as the Moweaqua, Illinois ace competed
in a trio of series contests in the states of Iowa and Illinois.
Things kicked off on Thursday night on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport
Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. Shannon finished sixth in his heat
race and fourth in the B-Main, but later received a provisional
to gain access into the $5,000 to win main event. He then blasted
past sixteen competitors during the 40-lap main event to land in
the fifth finishing position behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Frank
Heckenast, Jr., Brandon Sheppard, and Tony Jackson, Jr.!
At the pristine Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois
on Friday evening, a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs at the sprawling
1/2-mile speedplant. Shannon grabbed the third transfer spot through
his heat race, but was unfortunately an early retiree in the 30-lap
feature and was officially paid for a twenty-first place showing.
In a similar $10,000 to win clash on Saturday at Fayette County
Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois, Shannon won his heat race and
ran second in the early stages of the 50-lapper before eventually
crossing underneath the checkers in the third spot behind only race
winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Tanner English! Complete results
from the Independence Day holiday weekend can be located online
(Todd Healy Photo)
Rain-Soaked Week Nets
Top Ten at Sycamore Speedway
27, 2021) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) was set
to compete in four different DIRTcar Summer Nationals shootouts
from June 23-26 in the states of Illinois and Missouri. Unfortunately,
Mother Nature had other plans, as two events at Spoon River Speedway
in Banner, Illinois and Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri
were washed out and rescheduled. On Wednesday at LaSalle Speedway,
Shannon Babb knocked down the seventh quickest lap in Group B during
qualifying before running fourth in his heat race. After starting
the $5,000 to win headliner at the LaSalle, Illinois bullring from
the inside of the eighth row, Shannon was an early retiree in the
40-lapper and was officially placed twenty-first in the final rundown.
At Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois on Friday
evening, a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs for the "Hell
Tour" competitors. Shannon clicked off the sixth fastest time
overall during the qualifying session prior to placing second in
his loaded heat race. The Moweaqua, Illinois ace then fought hard
for a top five showing in the 40-lap headliner, but problems late
in the feature distance dropped Shannon to a tenth place performance.
Complete results from both LaSalle and Sycamore can be located online
Shannon Babb Beats Summer
Nationals Foes for $10,000 at Fairbury!
20, 2021) Shannon Babb stood tall in victory
lane for the second time in 2021 on Saturday night, June 19 at Fairbury
Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Shannon clicked off the
fastest lap in Group B during DIRTcar Summer Nationals qualifying
before running second in his stacked heat race. After rolling off
from the outside of the third row in the 50-lap main event, Shannon
utilized the bottom groove of the 1/4-mile facility to streak to
the front and past leader Tanner English on lap 36. The Moweaqua,
Illinois ace then held the point for the remainder of the feature
distance to pocket the $10,000 payday ahead of English, Devin Moran,
Frank Heckenast, Jr., and Bobby Pierce!
Earlier in the weekend on Friday in a similar $10,000
to win "Hell Tour" throwdown at Tri-City Speedway in Granite
City, Illinois, Shannon posted the third quickest time in Group
A during qualifying prior to placing second in his heat race. He
then started the 40-lapper from the inside of the third row and
eventually finished right where he started... in the fifth spot
behind only race winner Tanner English, Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley,
and Jason Feger. Full results from the Summer Nationals double-dip
can be viewed online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Leads Majority
of Dream Prelim; Finishes a Strong Runner-Up!
13, 2021) A very lucrative week at Eldora
Speedway took place from June 9-12, as a pair of 'Dirt Late Model
Dreams' were held at the storied Rossburg, Ohio oval. On Wednesday
evening in his Twin 25 preliminary program, Shannon Babb ran second
in his heat race prior to claiming a solid seventh place effort
in his $10,000 to win feature. At the "Big E" on Thursday,
Shannon placed fifth in his heat race, but received a high point
provisional to gain access into the $127,000 to win headliner. The
Moweaqua, Illinois standout then moved past six competitors during
the 100-lapper to land in the fourteenth finishing position.
The 26th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream' then took
center stage at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant over the weekend.
In Friday's $10,000 to win Twin 25, Shannon won his heat race and
later led the first 17 circuits of the 25-lap sprint before winding
up a strong runner-up behind only victor Gregg Satterlee. All eyes
in the pit area were then focused on capturing the $126,000 payday
on Saturday night. Shannon finished fourth in his heat race, received
a high point provisional once again, and quickly retired from the
100-lap headliner in the twenty-eighth spot. Full results from all
four days of racing action at Eldora Speedway can be located online
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Leads Majority
of Thursday Night Shootout at FALS
4, 2021) The #18 team invaded Fairbury Speedway
in Fairbury, Illinois on Thursday night, June 3 for a special 'Thursday
Night Shootout.' The DIRTcar Super Late Model showdown drew a strong
field of cars to do battle for the $5,000 paycheck. Shannon Babb
clicked off the second fastest lap overall during the qualifying
session prior to picking up a victory in heat race action. After
starting the 40-lap headliner from the outside of the front row,
Shannon led laps 9-36 of the contest until eventual winner Frank
Heckenast, Jr. pulled off a daring slider in turns one and two on
the 37th circuit. Shannon eventually settled for a strong runner-up
performance at FALS and will take the rest of the weekend off to
start preparing for the huge 'Dirt Late Model Dream' week at Eldora
(OH) Speedway. Full results from last night at Fairbury Speedway
can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Competes in Lucrative
Show-Me 100 at Wheatland
30, 2021) The Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team
made their way to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland,
Missouri from May 27-29 for the annual running of the 'Show-Me 100,'
which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series. Following a rain-out on Thursday,
both $6,000 to win preliminary programs were held in a twinbill
on Friday evening in the Show-Me State. Shannon Babb placed second
in his heat race for both shows before finishing fifteenth in the
'Cowboy Classic' opener and seventeenth in the nightcap, which was
actually held in the wee hours of the morning.
By virtue of racking up the eighteenth most points
during preliminary action on Friday, Shannon earned the rights to
the outside of the ninth row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap
crown jewel extravaganza. Shannon fought valiantly to move forward
in the 'Show-Me 100,' which once again shelled out $30,000 to the
winner, but was eventually an early retiree in the twenty-third
finishing position. Complete results from the 'Show-Me 100' weekend
can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Nabs Top
Five Performance at Granite City!
26, 2021) A busy week of racing action for
the #18 team heading into the Memorial Day holiday kicked off with
a midweek stop to Tri-City Speedway on Tuesday, May 25. The Castrol
FloRacing Night in America Series sanctioned the special event at
the Granite City, Illinois oval and 27 competitors were in the pit
area to vie for the $10,000 winner's check. Shannon Babb stopped
the clock seventh fastest overall during the qualifying session
prior to running second in heat race action. After starting the
40-lap headliner from the outside of the second row, Shannon fought
hard for a top five finish against the national field and eventually
crossed underneath the checkers fifth behind only victor Bobby Pierce,
Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Larson, and Earl Pearson, Jr. Complete
results from last night at Tri-City Speedway can be accessed online
Babb Lands Top Ten Efforts
Over Weekend at Farmer City & FALS
16, 2021) Next up for the Shannon Babb Racing
(SBR) team was a lucrative doubleheader with the MARS Racing Series
on May 14-15 in the Land of Lincoln. On Friday night in the $10,000
to win 'Farmer City 74,' Shannon Babb grabbed the fourth and final
transfer spot through his heat race before climbing up to finish
tenth in the 74-lap Farmer City Raceway headliner. At Fairbury Speedway
in downtown Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, a $15,000 top
prize was up for grabs in the 'Spring Showcase.' Shannon suffered
mechanical woes during qualifying, but later ran fifth in his heat
race, won his consolation event, and salvaged an eighth place showing
in the 50-lapper. Complete results from both weekend shows can be
viewed online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Tenth in
Dairyland Showdown Opener at MTS
9, 2021) The #18 SBR team was in World of
Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series action on May 7-8 at
Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin. On Friday
night in the 'Dairyland Showdown' opener, which paid out $12,500
to the winner, Shannon Babb placed fourth in his loaded heat before
climbing to finish tenth in the 40-lap feature event. In Saturday's
$22,500 to win 'Dairyland Showdown' finale, Shannon once again ran
fourth in his heat race and later wound up eleventh in the final
rundown of the 60-lap headliner. Complete results from both weekend
races at MTS can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Babb Best in Boone Prelim;
Runner-Up in $30,000 Hawkeye 100!
2, 2021) The Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team
trekked to Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa on April 30-May 1 for the
inaugural running of the 'Hawkeye 100,' which was sanctioned by
the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. On Friday
night in the two $3,000 to win preliminary events, Shannon Babb
placed twelfth in the first 25-lapper, but with an invert of twelve
for the final "Twin Hawk" prelim, Shannon rolled off from
the pole position in the nightcap. The Moweaqua, Illinois star then
led from flag-to-flag to secure his first victory of the 2021 campaign
and the $3,000 payday ahead of Frank Heckenast, Jr., Tyler Bruening,
Spencer Diercks, and Logan Martin!
Following the big win, Shannon won his heat race on
Saturday evening and later drew the outside of the front row for
the start of the 100-lap headliner. With $30,000 on the line in
the 'Hawkeye 100,' Shannon was gunning for another big paycheck
and he got one ($15,000) with a stellar runner-up performance behind
only victor Bobby Pierce! Complete results from the 'Hawkeye 100'
weekend can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
(Jacy Norgaard Photo)