MACON, Ill. — Perhaps Macon Speedway fans should just call Shannon Babb “Five Time.”
Babb made history Thursday by winning the Herald & Review 100 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals race at the quarter-mile dirt track for a record fifth time. The driver from nearby Moweaqua, Ill., took the checkered flag for the second consecutive year earned the $5,000 paycheck.
Babb overcame a collision with polesitter Bobby Pierce midway through the race to send the crowd into a frenzy cheering for the local favorite.
“We’ve growed up here and raced here a lot, so it means a lot to win this thing,” said three-time series champion Babb, who received a loud ovation upon winning in front of his hometown crowd. “You know, it’s tough running 100 laps here and staying out of trouble.”
In another back-and-forth battle, Babb returned his name to atop the series all-time wins list as he tied Billy Moyer at 86 DIRTcar Summer Nationals career victories, just one night after Moyer won at Terre Haute Action Track and took the outright lead.
Ryan Unzicker was second, ahead of Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr. and Matt Taylor.
Ken Schrader topped the modified feature.
Shannon Babb, Ryan Unzicker, Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr., Matt Taylor, Kevin Weaver, McKay Wenger, Steve Lance, Guy Taylor, Ryan Little, Kyle Logue, Steve Thorsten, Mark Voigt, Greg Kimmons, Jim Moon, John Beck, Brandon Sheppard, Gary Christian, Andrew Barnes, Bobby Pierce, Billy Hough, Rich Bell.