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Shannon Babb

Shannon Babb

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Babb’s Dominance Continues, Wins Third Herald & Review 100
By Brett Zerfowski

(Macon, IL) Although the 2011 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals series has ended, the ride continues to be prosperous for Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb. Winning nine total races on the 22-race circuit, including the final six, and netting 18 top 5 finishes, Babb’s return to his home track once again allowed him to showcase his talents as one of the Late Models division’s superior drivers.

Starting seventh in the 22-car, 100-lap A-Main feature event, Babb passed leader Brandon Sheppard on the 87th lap following the fourth and final caution to claim his third Herald & Review 100 championship. It was not as easy as his first one in 2006 when he started in the front row and led all 100 laps, only the second driver to ever win that way (1987’s champion Rick Standridge).

The race started great for Brian Shirley, the 2002 Macon Speedway Late Model track champion. He was starting from the front row pole position and had the lead by the second lap, wrestling it away from front row outside driver Jack Sullivan from Greenbriar, Arkansas.

After a caution on lap 39, it allowed New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard and Babb to inch closer to Shirley’s lead. Coming into the 44th lap, all three drivers went from the second turn to the backstretch and into the third turn in a side-by-side-by-side formation with Babb up top, Shirley sandwiched in the middle and Sheppard along the bottom. From the third and into the fourth turn, Sheppard would take over and end up with the lead. The lead held until the 87th lap when Babb used the high side to overtake Sheppard and his low groove.

The race was completed in 34 minutes, one of the fastest 100-lappers in Macon Speedway history, and was accompanied by merely four cautions. Babb is the fifth driver to win both the Herald & Review 100 race and the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals series. He also accomplished the feat in 2006. He joins the likes of Scott Bloomquist (1990), Billy Moyer (1993) and Don O’Neal (2004).

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

The Billingsley Towing Modifieds were also apart of the show as Springfield’s Guy Taylor took the 20 laps and his first A-Main feature race. Battling with Decatur’s Jeremy Nichols, the most recent feature winner in the division, for the entire show, Taylor stuck to the high line and Nichols on the bottom. Dave Crawley, Jr. attempted to follow Taylor along the top of the track but didn’t have enough to muster better than a third place finish. Brad Crosby of Decatur raced for fourth and Brian Lynn netted a fifth-place result.

The next show at Macon Speedway will be this Saturday night as open wheel racing invades the track with the POWRi Midget & Micro Sprint series. This will be the make-up event for the 2nd Annual Building Systems of Illinois POWRi Mini Sprint Nationals from mid-June. Stock cars will also be apart of the program.

A very nice crowd braved tremendously hot and humid temperatures (soaring above 100 degrees earlier in the day) to witness one of the top shows in the state of Illinois, the 31st Annual Herald & Review 100. Macon Speedway thanks the H&R for their support and the great fans for coming to the track amid the sweltering temperatures.

UMP Late Model – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 7 18B Shannon Babb Moweaqua , Il 50.00
2 3 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, Il 48.00
3 1 48X Brian Shirley Chatham , Il 46.00
4 16 25F Jason Feger Bloomington , Il 44.00
5 11 28E Dennis Erb Carpentersville , Il 42.00
6 5 24U Ryan Unzicker El Paso, Il 40.00
7 15 5S Steve Sheppard New Berlin, Il 38.00
8 6 25M Franky Martin – 36.00
9 4 1W Donny Walden Towanda , Il 34.00
10 18 22 Chris Dick Deland , Il 32.00
11 22 48 Tim Lance Brinfield , Il 30.00
12 9 24 Matt Taylor Springfield , Il 28.00
13 19 89 Mike Spatola Manhattan , Il 26.00
14 8 11D Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 24.00
15 13 96 Cory Daugherty Blue Mound, Il 22.00
16 2 1S Jack Sullivan – 20.00
17 10 DC3 Don Cisco Blue Mound, Il 18.00
18 12 21 Kyle Logue Cisco , Il 16.00
19 20 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, Il 14.00
20 14 11K Terry Reed Decatur , Il 12.00
21 17 30V Mark Voigt Marine , Il 10.00
22 21 28 Rodney Standerfer Germantown , Il 8.00

UMP Late Model – Consolation C
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 30V Mark Voigt Marine , Il 0.00
2 4 22 Chris Dick Deland , Il 0.00
3 3 27 Greg Kimmons Pleasant Plains, Il 0.00
4 5 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, Il 0.00
5 2 48 Tim Lance Brinfield , Il 0.00
6 12 82 Roger Brickler Springfield , Il 0.00
7 7 89 Mike Spatola Manhattan , Il 0.00
8 6 38J Jake Little Springfield , Il 0.00
9 10 24S Steve Phillips Neoga , Il 0.00
10 8 16H Mike Hammerle St Charles, Mo 0.00
11 11 7 Joseph Hughes Springfield , Il 0.00
12 9 28B John Beck Springfield , Il 0.00
13 13 12 Rick Standridge Collinsville , Il 0.00
14 14 28 Rodney Standerfer Germantown , Il 0.00
15 15 1 Jim Moon , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Heat 4
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, Il 0.00
2 2 11D Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 0.00
3 4 21 Kyle Logue Cisco , Il 0.00
4 3 25F Jason Feger Bloomington , Il 0.00
5 5 22 Chris Dick Deland , Il 0.00
6 6 16H Mike Hammerle St Charles, Mo 0.00
7 7 82 Roger Brickler Springfield , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Heat 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 48X Brian Shirley Chatham , Il 0.00
2 2 18B Shannon Babb Moweaqua , Il 0.00
3 4 28E Dennis Erb Carpentersville , Il 0.00
4 6 5S Steve Sheppard New Berlin, Il 0.00
5 3 27 Greg Kimmons Pleasant Plains, Il 0.00
6 5 89 Mike Spatola Manhattan , Il 0.00
7 7 7 Joseph Hughes Springfield , Il 0.00
8 8 1 Jim Moon , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Heat 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 1S Jack Sullivan – 0.00
2 1 25M Franky Martin – 0.00
3 4 DC3 Don Cisco Blue Mound, Il 0.00
4 3 11K Terry Reed Decatur , Il 0.00
5 5 48 Tim Lance Brinfield , Il 0.00
6 6 38J Jake Little Springfield , Il 0.00
7 8 24S Steve Phillips Neoga , Il 0.00
8 7 28 Rodney Standerfer Germantown , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Heat 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 1W Donny Walden Towanda , Il 0.00
2 5 24U Ryan Unzicker El Paso, Il 0.00
3 3 24 Matt Taylor Springfield , Il 0.00
4 1 96 Cory Daugherty Blue Mound, Il 0.00
5 4 30V Mark Voigt Marine , Il 0.00
6 6 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, Il 0.00
7 8 28B John Beck Springfield , Il 0.00
8 7 12 Rick Standridge Collinsville , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Qualifying 4
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 7 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, Il 0.00
2 1 11D Brian Diveley Springfield , Il 0.00
3 6 25F Jason Feger Bloomington , Il 0.00
4 2 21 Kyle Logue Cisco , Il 0.00
5 3 22 Chris Dick Deland , Il 0.00
6 4 16H Mike Hammerle St Charles, Mo 0.00
7 5 82 Roger Brickler Springfield , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Qualifying 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 7 48X Brian Shirley Chatham , Il 0.00
2 8 18B Shannon Babb Moweaqua , Il 0.00
3 4 27 Greg Kimmons Pleasant Plains, Il 0.00
4 2 28E Dennis Erb Carpentersville , Il 0.00
5 6 89 Mike Spatola Manhattan , Il 0.00
6 1 5S Steve Sheppard New Berlin, Il 0.00
7 5 7 Joseph Hughes Springfield , Il 0.00
8 3 1 Jim Moon , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Qualifying 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 25M Franky Martin – 0.00
2 2 1S Jack Sullivan – 0.00
3 5 11K Terry Reed Decatur , Il 0.00
4 8 DC3 Don Cisco Blue Mound, Il 0.00
5 6 48 Tim Lance Brinfield , Il 0.00
6 3 38J Jake Little Springfield , Il 0.00
7 4 28 Rodney Standerfer Germantown , Il 0.00
8 7 24S Steve Phillips Neoga , Il 0.00

UMP Late Model – Qualifying 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 96 Cory Daugherty Blue Mound, Il 0.00
2 7 1W Donny Walden Towanda , Il 0.00
3 1 24 Matt Taylor Springfield , Il 0.00
4 5 30V Mark Voigt Marine , Il 0.00
5 6 24U Ryan Unzicker El Paso, Il 0.00
6 2 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, Il 0.00
7 8 12 Rick Standridge Collinsville , Il 0.00
8 4 28B John Beck Springfield , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 77 Guy Taylor – 50.00
2 4 01 Jeremy Nichols , Il 48.00
3 6 37 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 46.00
4 8 0 Brad Crosby Decatur , Il 44.00
5 11 72 Brian Lynn – 42.00
6 7 37X Nick O Dell Kannapolis , Nc 40.00
7 5 35 Clark Robertson Shelbyville , Il 38.00
8 12 87 Wes O’dell Springfield , Il 36.00
9 14 9 Danny Smith Argenta , Il 34.00
10 18 16H Eric Hamilton Macon , Il 32.00
11 17 71 Jeff Graham Stonington , Il 30.00
12 10 18 Shane Tomlin , Il 28.00
13 16 191 Jimmy Cummins – 26.00
14 9 44 Aaron Burcham Decatur , Il 24.00
15 20 19 James Hankins Taylorville , Il 22.00
16 19 117 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville , Il 20.00
17 15 X7 Larry Russell Jr. Harristown , Il 18.00
18 13 0H Tim Hancock Mt. Olive, Il 16.00
19 3 11M Michael Rauch Sullivan , Il 14.00
20 1 89 Norm Wood Sullivan , Il 12.00

UMP Modified – Consolation
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 71 Jeff Graham Stonington , Il 0.00
2 5 16H Eric Hamilton Macon , Il 0.00
3 8 117 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville , Il 0.00
4 6 19 James Hankins Taylorville , Il 0.00
5 2 62 Randy Shuman – 0.00
6 9 23 Andrew Barnes – 0.00
7 3 T2 Mark Tullis Macon , Il 0.00
8 4 Z Bruce Malone , Il 0.00
9 7 28 Joe Strawkas Buffalo , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Heat 4
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 01 Jeremy Nichols , Il 0.00
2 3 37 David Crawley Jr. Decatur , Il 0.00
3 2 87 Wes O’dell Springfield , Il 0.00
4 4 191 Jimmy Cummins – 0.00
5 6 71 Jeff Graham Stonington , Il 0.00
6 5 117 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Heat 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 11M Michael Rauch Sullivan , Il 0.00
2 1 44 Aaron Burcham Decatur , Il 0.00
3 3 72 Brian Lynn – 0.00
4 5 9 Danny Smith Argenta , Il 0.00
5 4 Z Bruce Malone , Il 0.00
6 6 28 Joe Strawkas Buffalo , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Heat 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 77 Guy Taylor – 0.00
2 1 0 Brad Crosby Decatur , Il 0.00
3 4 18 Shane Tomlin , Il 0.00
4 6 0H Tim Hancock Mt. Olive, Il 0.00
5 3 T2 Mark Tullis Macon , Il 0.00
6 5 19 James Hankins Taylorville , Il 0.00

UMP Modified – Heat 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 89 Norm Wood Sullivan , Il 0.00
2 1 37X Nick O Dell Kannapolis , Nc 0.00
3 7 35 Clark Robertson Shelbyville , Il 0.00
4 3 X7 Larry Russell Jr. Harristown , Il 0.00
5 4 62 Randy Shuman – 0.00
6 5 16H Eric Hamilton Macon , Il 0.00
7 6 23 Andrew Barnes – 0.00

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