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    Shannon Babb takes Fairbury Speedway’s FALS Cup Summer Showcase win!

    Shannon Babb – Rocky Ragusa photo

    Babb Leads Flag to Flag at Fairbury

    By Rocky Ragusa – Fairbury, Ill. ( 6/24/20) The long awaited season opener at the Fairbury Speedway was held on Wednesday night. Shannon Babb ( Late Model), Hunt Gossom ( Modified), and Tyler Roth (Sportsman) were the night’s feature winners in the Summer Showcase.

    32 Late Model drivers took to the ¼ mile dirt oval for qualifying. McKay Wenger toured the speedplant at 12.507 for fast time honors. Four heat races were held with Allen Weisser, Jason Feger, Shannon Babb, and Kevin Weaver taking the wins. Jeffrey Ledford was the B-main winner.

    Babb, starting in the third position, quickly jumped into the lead in the 40 lap race. Babb contended with Wenger, Bobby Pierce, and Mike Spatola before the yellow flag waved with seven laps left. After the caution, Babb checked out on the field and picked up the $5000 check.

    “ Bobby had me sweating,” said Babb. “ I knew a slide job would be coming. I thought I better do what I can do.”

    Following Babb to the line were Pierce, Spatola, Kent Robinson, Feger, Ryan Unzicker, Gordy Gundaker, Weaver, Derek Chandler, and Trevor Gundaker.

    Curt Spalding clipped a lap of 13.927 in Modified time trials, as 42 drivers were on hand for a 25 lap, $1500 to win feature race. Spalding, Hunt Gossom, Allen Weisser, and Ian Keller were heat race victors. Jake Little and Kyle Hammer advanced to the main race with their B-main wins.

    Hailing from Mayfield, Kentucky, Gossom dashed into the lead and never looked back in earning his first ever FALS Cup feature win. Michael Ledford made a dramatic charge and took second over Weisser, with Rich Dawson and Brad DeYoung completing the top five. Steven Brooks, Austin Lynn, Tyler Weiss, Dylan Woodling, and Tommy Sheppard Jr. rounded out the top ten.

    First year driver Austin Friedman earned fast time honors with a lap of 14.864 over 16 other CR Towing Sportsman drivers in the 15 lap sprint. Friedman and defending track champion, Tommy Duncan won their respected heat races.

    Tyler Roth made short order of his competition as he took the lead on lap two in winning the $400 first prize. Duncan, Brandon Pralle, Shawn WiltijerHunt, Lydon Whitfill, Friedman, Steve Mattingly, Alex Wilson, Tanner Sullivan, and Blake Reid completed the top ten.

    This Saturday will be a FALS Cup weekly program with action in the Late Model, Modified, Street Stock, Sportsman, and Hobby-Modified classes. Drivers will also vie for hard charger points, as Ricky Bane will present an Alkota pressure washer to the driver that earns the most points at season’s end in the Alkota “ Keep it Clean” series. Action will start with hot laps at 5:45, followed by qualifying, and all the racing excitement.

    UMP Late Models

    A Feature 1

    00:13:52.233

    Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
    1 3 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 18B
    2 12 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 32
    3 9 Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 89
    4 16 Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 7R
    5 2 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 25
    6 8 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 24
    7 13 Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11G
    8 4 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL B12
    9 10 Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 35
    10 15 Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11T
    11 18 Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 2
    12 20 Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 1W
    13 19 Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 30
    14 (DNF) 7 Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 99JR
    15 (DNF) 5 Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 42
    16 (DNF) 11 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S
    17 (DNF) 17 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18
    18 (DNF) 1 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W
    19 (DNF) 6 Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 84
    20 (DNF) 14 Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 3

    B Feature 1

    00:07:13.984

    Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
    1 3 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18
    2 2 Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 2
    3 12 Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 30
    4 7 Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 1W
    5 11 Greg Cantrell Dekalb, IL 01JR
    6 9 Roben Huffman Clinton, IL 33H
    7 15 Bob Gardner Washington, IL 4G
    8 5 Ryan Weistart Tonica, IL 73
    9 6 Phil Taylor Illiopolis, IL 48T
    10 (DNF) 1 Mike McKinney Plainfield, IL 99
    11 (DNF) 4 Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 10
    DNS Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 12
    DNS Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL 14
    DNS Curtis Radke Milford, IL 61
    DNS Titus Sneed Justice, IL 76
    DNS Roger Markham Virgil, IL 11

    Heat 1

    00:02:11.800

    Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
    1 2 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W
    2 1 Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 42
    3 3 Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 89
    4 4 Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11G
    5 5 Mike McKinney Plainfield, IL 99
    6 8 Ryan Weistart Tonica, IL 73
    7 6 Roben Huffman Clinton, IL 33H
    8 7 Titus Sneed Justice, IL 76

    Heat 2

    00:09:58.861

    Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
    1 1 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 25
    2 3 Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 84
    3 2 Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 35
    4 4 Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 3
    5 6 Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 2
    6 8 Phil Taylor Illiopolis, IL 48T
    7 (DNF) 5 Roger Markham Virgil, IL 11
    8 (DNF) 7 Curtis Radke Milford, IL 61

    Heat 3

    00:03:51.854

    Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
    1 2 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 18B
    2 1 Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 99JR
    3 4 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S
    4 7 Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11T
    5 3 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18
    6 5 Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 1W
    7 8 Greg Cantrell Dekalb, IL 01JR
    8 (DNF) 6 Bob Gardner Washington, IL 4G

    Heat 4

    00:03:51.854

    Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
    1 1 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL B12
    2 4 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 24
    3 3 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 32
    4 6 Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 7R
    5 2 Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 10
    6 7 Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL 14
    7 (DNF) 5 Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 30
    8 (DNF) 8 Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 12

    Qualifying 1: Lineup

    00:00:00

    Start Driver Hometown Car Time
    1 Mike McKinney Plainfield, IL 99
    2 Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 35
    3 Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 89
    4 Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 84
    5 Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 3
    6 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W
    7 Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11G
    8 Roben Huffman Clinton, IL 33H
    9 Phil Taylor Illiopolis, IL 48T
    10 Ryan Weistart Tonica, IL 73
    11 Curtis Radke Milford, IL 61
    12 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 25
    13 Titus Sneed Justice, IL 76
    14 Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 42
    15 Roger Markham Virgil, IL 11
    16 Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 2
    17 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL B12
    18 Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 12
    19 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S
    20 Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 99JR
    21 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 18B
    22 Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11T
    23 Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 30
    24 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 32
    25 Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL 14
    26 Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 1W
    27 Bob Gardner Washington, IL 4G
    28 Greg Cantrell Dekalb, IL 01JR
    29 Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 10
    30 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18
    31 Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 7R
    32 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 24

    Hot Laps 1: Lineup

    00:00:00

    Start Driver Hometown Car
    1 Mike McKinney Plainfield, IL 99
    2 Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 35
    3 Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 89
    4 Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 84
    5 Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 3
    6 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W
    7 Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11G
    8 Roben Huffman Clinton, IL 33H
    9 Phil Taylor Illiopolis, IL 48T
    10 Ryan Weistart Tonica, IL 73
    11 Curtis Radke Milford, IL 61
    12 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 25
    13 Titus Sneed Justice, IL 76
    14 Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 42
    15 Roger Markham Virgil, IL 11
    16 Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 2
    17 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL B12
    18 Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 12
    19 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S
    20 Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 99JR
    21 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 18B
    22 Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 11T
    23 Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 30
    24 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 32
    25 Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL 14
    26 Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 1W
    27 Bob Gardner Washington, IL 4G
    28 Greg Cantrell Dekalb, IL 01JR
    29 Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 10
    30 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18
    31 Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 7R
    32 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 24
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