Babb Bags $10,000 Payday
in Eldora Prelim; Lands on Podium in Finale!
13, 2020) Shannon Babb, of Moweaqua, Illinois,
landed in victory lane for the third time in 2020 on Friday night,
September 11 at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio! After
winding up fifteenth in Thursday evening's $10,000 to win preliminary
event, Shannon turned up the wick on the competition on Friday at
the "Big E." He won his heat race and later led the majority
of the 30-lap feature from the outside of the front row to pocket
the $10,000 payday ahead of Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Chris
Ferguson, and Kyle Strickler!
At Eldora on Saturday, September 12, the grand finale
of the 'Intercontinental Classic' was held at the 1/2-mile, high-banked
venue and a whopping $50,000 top prize was up for grabs. Shannon
was unfortunately hit hard by Josh Richards early in his heat race
and was forced to head pitside with heavy damage to his #18 Team
Zero by Bloomquist racecar. The "Moweaqua Missile" fortunately
received a high-point provisional to gain access into the 67-lap
headliner and started the contest from the outside of the ninth
row. Shannon was on a rail throughout the distance and eventually
moved all the way up to third by the checkered flag to trail only
victor Jonathan Davenport and runner-up Tim McCreadie! Complete
results from the three-day 'Intercontinental Classic' weekend can
be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Zach Yost Racing Photography)
Shannon Babb Claims
Pair of Top Fives at Farmer City Raceway!
6, 2020) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) headed
to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway
in Fairbury, Illinois from September 3-5 for a trio of MARS Racing
Series showdowns. On Thursday evening in the $5,000 to win opener
at Farmer City, Shannon Babb won his heat race in preliminary action
prior to winding up fourth in the 40-lap main event to finish behind
only winner Bobby Pierce, Ryan Unzicker, and Ryan Gustin. In the
'Farmer City 74' finale on Friday night, which also featured a $5,000
top prize, Shannon once again secured a heat race triumph before
landing in the third spot in the A-Main behind only victor Jason
Feger and runner-up Bobby Pierce.
The busy Labor Day holiday weekend then wrapped up
with a $10,000 to win showdown on Saturday at Fairbury Speedway.
After experiencing mechanical woes early in the night, Shannon switched
to a back-up car and ran second in heat race action. Unfortunately,
the Moweaqua, Illinois native was an early retiree in the 50-lap
headliner and was eventually paid for an eighteenth place performance.
Complete results from all three MARS shows can be accessed online
(Todd Healy Photo)
Babb Sixth in MARS Doubleheader
Finale at Peoria Speedway
30, 2020) A busy month of August wrapped
up for the #18 team on August 28-29 in a MARS Racing Series double-dip
at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois. In Friday's $5,000 to win
opener at Peoria, Shannon Babb ran third in his heat race, but troubles
in the 50-lap headliner led to a disappointing nineteenth place
effort. At Peoria on Saturday evening in a similar $5,000 to win
shootout, Shannon placed second in his loaded heat race before moving
up to finish sixth in the 50-lapper behind only winner Brian Shirley,
Jeff Herzog, Dennis Erb, Jr., Todd Bennett, and Jason Feger. Complete
results from both weekend races can be located online at www.marsracingseries.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Makes Noise
Early in $40,000 Topless 100...
23, 2020) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) made
their way to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas
over the August 20-22 weekend for the 28th edition of the 'Topless
100.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided over
the crown jewel spectacular, which kicked off with a pair of $5,000
to win preliminary showdowns. On Thursday night, Shannon Babb drove
his Team Zero racecar to a third place effort in his heat race before
placing eleventh in the 30-lap main event. At BMS on Friday evening,
Shannon finished fifth in his heat race and won his consolation
event prior to winding up twentieth in the final finishing order
of the 30-lapper.
By virtue of racking up the fourteenth most points during the two
prelims, Shannon started Saturday's $40,000 to win 'Topless 100'
from the outside of the seventh row. Eying another race title, the
Moweaqua, Illinois star had blasted up inside of the top five by
the halfway mark in the race before going for an unfortunate spin
on lap 54. After pitting, Shannon returned to the racetrack to salvage
a twelfth place showing in the 100-lap affair. Complete results
from the roofless Batesville biggie can be viewed online by clicking
Babb Back on Summer
Nationals; Racks Up Four Top Fives!
17, 2020) Shannon Babb and his #18 team rejoined
the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour from August 12-16 in five contests
across the states of Illinois and Missouri. Shannon was consistently
fast throughout the five day stretch, as he racked up four Top Five
finishes and an additional Top Ten effort. His best run of the week
came on Friday night at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois
in a $10,000 to win "Hell Tour" battle. After earning
Fast Time honors during qualifying and winding up third in his loaded
heat race following a flat tire, Shannon blitzed past seven competitors
during the 50-lap feature to land an impressive runner-up performance
behind only race winner Brian Shirley!
In other "Hell Tour" action, Shannon finished
seventh on Wednesday at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois,
fourth on Thursday in the annual 'Herald & Review 100' at mighty
Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois, third on Saturday at Federated
Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, and third again on Sunday at
Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois. You can view results from
each of these five races by clicking on www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Busy Over
Weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway
9, 2020) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) trekked
north to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin from August
6-8 for the 33rd edition of the 'USA Nationals,' which was once
again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model
Series. On Thursday night in the $6,000 to win weekend opener, Shannon
Babb qualified fifth fastest in Group B during time trials before
running third in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the
outside of the fifth row in the 30-lap main event and battling hard
for a top ten showing, Shannon eventually was paid for an eleventh
place performance at the Badger State oval.
At Cedar Lake on Friday evening in the double set
of qualifying heat races, Shannon was involved in a wreck in his
first prelim of the night to finish eighth and later wound up seventh
in his second heat race. Following a sixth place effort in his B-Main
on Saturday and a seventh place run in the Last Chance Qualifier,
Shannon was awarded a track provisional to gain access into the
$50,000 to win 'USA Nationals.' The Moweaqua, Illinois star unfortunately
slowed to draw an early caution flag and eventually retired from
the 100-lap crown jewel headliner in the twenty-sixth position.
Complete results from the action-packed weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway
can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Babb Fourth in LaSalle
Speedway Visit; Sees Rain at Peoria
31, 2020) Shannon Babb and his #18 SBR team
rolled into LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Wednesday night,
July 29 for a special mid-week visit by the DIRTcar Summer Nationals
tour. Shannon clicked off the second fastest time in Group B during
qualifying prior to securing a heat race triumph. After starting
third on the feature grid in the $5,000 to win headliner, Shannon
hung around the front of the stellar field throughout the 40-lap
distance - eventually winding up fourth at the checkered flag behind
only race winner Brian Shirley, Tyler Erb, and Dennis Erb, Jr. The
Shannon Babb Racing team was then scheduled to invade Peoria Speedway
in Peoria, Illinois on Thursday, July 30 for the conclusion of a
rain-postponed "Hell Tour" show, but the $5,000 to win
event was once again washed out by Mother Nature. Complete results
from LaSalle can be accessed online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Shannon Babb Racing
Enters Lucrative Silver Dollar Nationals
26, 2020) The Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team
trekked west to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July 23-25
to compete in the annual running of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals'
weekend. Things kicked off at the 4/10-mile speedplant on Thursday
night with a $12,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series program
dubbed the 'Dirt Track Bank Go 50.' Shannon Babb, who was back behind
the wheel of his Team Zero racecar, ran sixth in his heat race,
third in his B-Main, and twentieth in the 50-lap main event.
On Friday evening in the Cornhusker State, a double
set of heat races were held to help determine the lineup for Saturday's
crown jewel spectacular. Shannon placed fifth in his first heat
race of the night, while he wound up seventh in his final prelim.
After a sixth place run in his B-Main on Saturday and a twelfth
place effort in the $3,000 to win 'S&S Showdown' for non-qualifiers,
the Moweaqua, Illinois ace was unfortunately forced to watch the
'Silver Dollar Nationals' headliner, which carried a whopping $53,000
top prize and was won by Brandon Sheppard. Full results from the
three days at I-80 Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
SBR Enters Select DIRTcar
Summer Nationals Events...
21, 2020) Overnight rain and forecasts for
additional thunderstorms today have forced another postponement
of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals event at Peoria Speedway. The completion
of the July 9 program at the Peoria, Illinois oval will now be held
on July 30.
18, 2020) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) invaded
Highland Speedway in Highland, Illinois tonight, as a $10,250 top
prize was on the line on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals circuit in
a race dubbed as the 'Aggressive 50.' Shannon Babb earned Fast Time
honors during the qualifying session before securing a heat race
triumph. He then rolled off from the outside of the second row,
led laps 18-40, and eventually guided his #18 Rocket Chassis to
a solid third place podium performance behind only victor Jason
Feger and runner-up Bobby Pierce!
17, 2020) The "Hell Tour" rolled
into Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois tonight to preside
over a $10,000 to win throwdown. Shannon Babb clicked off the fourth
quickest time in his group during qualifying prior to grabbing the
third transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 50-lap
feature event from the outside of the fourth row, Shannon steered
past six competitors en route to an impressive runner-up effort
behind only race winner Brian Shirley!
16, 2020) A stop to Spoon River Speedway
in Banner, Illinois greeted the #18 team tonight, as a $5,000 winner's
check was up for grabs on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour. Shannon
Babb timed in second fastest in Group A during qualifying and ran
second in his loaded heat race. Shannon then started seventh on
the grid in the 40-lap main event, but ran into issues during the
contest and was eventually paid for a nineteenth place showing.
15, 2020) Tonight's $5,000 to win "Hell
Tour" showdown at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois was
washed out and the program was rescheduled for Wednesday, July 29.
12, 2020) Strong Saturday night storms in
Illinois left unfavorable track conditions for tonight's DIRTcar
Summer Nationals battle at the Bullring at RICo Fairgrounds in East
Moline, Illinois. No make-up date was immediately announced, but
track and series officials plan to find a suitable make-up date
for the $5,000 to win event.
11, 2020) Another $10,000 top prize was on
the line tonight on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals trail at Fairbury
Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. Shannon Babb clicked off
the fifth quickest time in Group A during the qualifying session
prior to running second in his loaded heat race. The Moweaqua, Illinois
standout then started fifth on the grid in the 50-lap main event,
but quickly blasted towards the front of the stellar field. Shannon
led laps 33-45 of the contest before winding up third and on the
podium behind only race winner Gordy Gundaker and runner-up Rick
10, 2020) Next up on the "Hell Tour"
grind for the Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) team was a visit to Tri-City
Speedway in Granite City, Illinois tonight for a $10,000 to win
throwdown. Shannon Babb posted the tenth quickest time in Group
A during the qualifying session before grabbing the fourth transfer
spot through his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the outside
of the seventh row in the 40-lap main event, Shannon had blitzed
all the way up to fourth in the running order before a motor issue
caused him to retire in the eighteenth finishing position.
9, 2020) The #18 SBR team was in the pit
area tonight at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois for the second
leg of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour. While Shannon Babb will
not follow the entire "Hell Tour" in 2020, he will enter
select shows especially in the month of July. Shannon clicked off
the fourth quickest lap in his group during the qualifying session
and placed third in his loaded heat race. The "Moweaqua Missile"
was then scheduled to start ninth on the grid in the $5,000 to win
main event, but unfortunately Mother Nature swooped in and heavy
rains postponed the consolation race and the 40-lap A-Main until
Tuesday, July 21.
Shannon Babb A Close
Runner-Up in $10,555 Slocum 50!
4, 2020) Shannon Babb Racing (SBR) rolled
into 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa on Friday night, July 3
for the annual running of the 'Slocum 50.' The Lucas Oil MLRA Series
sanctioned the high-profile event, which once again boasted a $10,555
payday. After picking up a heat race triumph, Shannon Babb started
the 50-lap headliner from the outside of the front row. The Moweaqua,
Illinois standout then ran up front, battled for the lead on several
different occasions, and eventually recorded a close runner-up effort
behind only victor Bobby Pierce! Full results from last night at
34 Raceway online at www.mlraracing.com.
Babb Makes Rare Appearance
at Lernerville for Firecracker 100
28, 2020) Next up on the racing calendar
for the #18 team was a visit to the storied Lernerville Speedway
on June 25-27, as the Sarver, Pennsylvania facility played host
to the annual running of the 'Firecracker 100,' which kicked off
with a pair of $6,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late
Model Series preliminary programs. On Thursday night at the Keystone
State oval, Shannon Babb ran third in his heat race prior to winding
up seventeenth at the checkered flag in the 25-lap sprint. In a
similar $6,000 to win prelim on Friday evening at Lernerville, Shannon
placed second in heat race action before slipping to eleventh in
the final rundown of the 25-lapper.
When Saturday rolled around at the 4/10-mile speedplant,
all eyes were fixated on the finale of the 'Firecracker 100' weekend
and the hefty $30,000 payday. Shannon ran sixth in his loaded heat
race prior to claiming the second transfer spot through his B-Main.
With a fast racecar in front of the cameras of the CBS Sports Network
in the 50-lap finale, the Moweaqua, Illinois star was moving forward
until a broken rear-end forced him out of the race and relegated
him to a disappointing twenty-third place effort. Complete results
from the lucrative 'Firecracker 100' weekend can be found online
by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Shannon Babb Bags $5,000
in Midweek FALS Summer Showcase!
25, 2020) Before heading east to Lernerville
Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania for this weekend's annual 'Firecracker
100,' Shannon Babb picked up a midweek triumph on Wednesday, June
24 at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! Shannon qualified
well during DIRTcar time trials and later recorded a heat race victory.
After rolling off from the inside of the second row in the 'Summer
Showcase' main event, Shannon took the lead on the first circuit
and never looked back in leading each of the forty laps. At the
checkers, the "Moweaqua Missile" was celebrating his second
win of the 2020 campaign by besting Bobby Pierce, Mike Spatola,
Kent Robinson, and Jason Feger to capture the $5,000 payday. Complete
results from last night at FALS can be viewed by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com.
Babb Beats MLRA Field
for $3,000 Randolph County Win!
14, 2020) Shannon Babb and his #18 SBR team
celebrated in victory lane for the first time in the young 2020
racing season on Friday night, June 12 at Randolph County Raceway
in Moberly, Missouri! Shannon clicked off the fastest lap in Group
A during Lucas Oil MLRA Series qualifying before securing a heat
race triumph. After leading the first nine circuits of the headliner
from the pole position, Shannon retook the point for good from Tony
Jackson, Jr. on a lap 18 restart and drove to the $3,000 triumph
over Ryan Gustin, Chad Simpson, Tony Jackson, Jr., and Will Vaught!
On Saturday evening, June 13, a $5,000 top prize was
on the line with the Lucas Oil MLRA Series at Maquoketa Speedway
in Maquoketa, Iowa. Shannon posted a New Track Record for the Super
Late Models during the qualifying session and later ran second in
his heat race. After starting the 40-lapper from the outside of
the third row, the Moweaqua, Illinois star was unfortunately an
early retiree and was officially placed twentieth in the final finishing
order. Full results from both weekend battles can be accessed online
(Mike Ruefer Photo)