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October 7
Fairbury Speedway,
Fairbury, IL
Sanction: MARS Racing Series (FALS Frenzy) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 8, 1:58 pm)
Babb wins Friday's $5,000 FALS Frenzy opener
FALS Frenzy
  1. Shannon Babb
  2. Ryan Unzicker
  3. Tanner English
  4. Dennis Erb Jr.
  5. Ryan Gustin
  6. Mike Spatola
  7. Brian Shirley
  8. Jason Feger
  9. McKay Wenger
  10. Billy Moyer
  11. Logan Martin
  12. Jeffrey Ledford
  13. Chris Simpson
  14. Justin Duty
  15. Bob Gardner
  16. Scott Schmitt
  17. Jeff Larson
  18. Nick Allen
  19. Billy Moyer Jr.
  20. Dewayne Kiefer
  21. Kevin Weaver
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Shannon Babb and family all smiles in victory lane.
What won the race: Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., used the bottom line to make a third-to-first move on the first lap and paced all 40 circuits Friday at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway to capture the $5,000 FALS Frenzy weekend opener. Babb's victory was the eighth of his career with the MARS Racing Series.
Quotable: "It feels really good," Babb said. "Fairbury is always a blast and tonight it was mach speed, it was really fast qualifying and nobody really knew what to do. I'm just tickled to death with this Longhorn Chassis. Ever since we got it, it's improved our summer."
Key notes: Babb recorded his second win of 2022 but first in his Longhorn chassis that he debuted in early August. ... MARS points leader Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., finished in the runner-up position, 1.290 seconds back. ... Tanner English of Benton, Ky., moved into third place on lap 33 and rounded out the podium. ... World of Outlaws Case Late Models points leader Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., finished fourth. ... WoO regular Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, ran as high as second in the early laps before fading to finish fifth. ... Fairbury track champion Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Ill., placed sixth. ... After earning a career-high $15,000 payday in last year's FALS Frenzy finale, Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., slowed during the first heat race and scratched for the remainder of the night. ... Friday's feature, the MARS tour's third visit of the season to Fairbury, was completed without a caution-causing incident and lasted 10 minutes, with 14 competitors completing all 40 laps. … Friday's Modified runner-up, Mike Harrison, is slated to drive Steve Lampley’s No. 33 Rocket Chassis (recently piloted by Brian Shirley) in Saturday's $15,000-to-win FALS Frenzy finale.
On the move: Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., started 14th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Babb’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Petroff Towing, Donley Trucking, Dyna-Gro, Douglas Dodge/Ram, CJI Piping & Fabricating, Hunting for Hope, Dynagro Seed and Kuebler Ultra Oil.
Points chase: After Fairbury Friday: 1. Ryan Unzicker (919); 2. Jason Feger (862); 3. McKay Wenger (638); 4. Bob Gardner (631); 5. Mike Spatola (538).
Current weather: Clear, 43°F
Car count: 36
Fast qualifier: Donny Walden
Time: 12.327 seconds
Polesitter: Ryan Unzicker
Heat race winners: Ryan Unzicker, Shannon Babb, Ryan Gustin, Tanner English
Consolation race winners: Dewayne Kiefer, Justin Duty
Provisional starters: Bob Gardner
Next series race: October 8, Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, IL) $15,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Unzicker, Gustin
Row 2: Babb, English
Row 3: D. Erb Jr., Moyer
Row 4: Wenger, Shirley
Row 5: Spatola, Schmitt
Row 6: Martin, Weaver
Row 7: Ledford, Feger
Row 8: Moyer Jr., Allen
Row 9: Kiefer, Duty
Row 10: Chr. Simpson, J. Larson
Row 11: Gardner

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