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June 24
Fairbury Speedway,
Fairbury, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Racing (non-touring) (FALS Cup Summer Showcase) - $5,000
Information provided by: Staff and track reports (last updated June 26, 1:21 pm)
Babb repels challengers, grabs Fairbury's $5,000
FALS Cup Summer Showcase
  1. Shannon Babb
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Mike Spatola
  4. Kent Robinson
  5. Jason Feger
  6. Ryan Unzicker
  7. Gordy Gundaker
  8. Kevin Weaver
  9. Derek Chandler
  10. Trevor Gundaker
  11. Mike Chasteen Jr.
  12. Donny Walden
  13. Mike Glasscock
  14. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  15. McKay Wenger
  16. Brian Shirley
  17. Jeffrey Ledford
  18. Allen Weisser
  19. Myles Moos
  20. Dale Markham
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Shannon Babb hoists the checkered flag after Fairbury's opener.
What won the race: Holding off a flurry of rallying drivers, third-starting Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., earned $5,000 Wednesday at Fairbury Speedway in the season-opening FALS Cup Summer Showcase. Babb pulled away after a restart with seven laps remaining and took the checkers in the 40-lapper 2.293 seconds ahead of 12th-starting Bobby Pierce.
Quotable: "I have to admit, Bobby had me sweating," Babb said. "I knew there was a slider coming, I thought, 'I better do what I can do.' ... We're just real fortunate to come out with a win here at Fairbury tonight."
Key notes: Babb notched his second victory of the season. ... Runner-up Bobby Pierce made stiff charge for the lead on the lap-43 restart but couldn't clear Babb. ... McKay Wenger challenged Babb mid-race but retired on lap 33 after a tangle with Frank Heckenast Jr. ... Polesitter Allen Weisser pulled to the infield on lap 23 after contact with Bobby Pierce while they chased Babb. ... Track co-owner Matt Curl plans to announce soon whether Fairbury will run its $50,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series at the end of July; he's pledged to run the event only if health restrictions allow for a full crowd.
On the move: Runner-up Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started 12th; Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., started 16th.
Winner's sponsors: Babb’s Rocket 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 and Kuebler Ultra Oil.
Points chase: The event opened Fairbury's season.
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 72°F
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: McKay Wenger
Time: 12.507 seconds
Polesitter: Allen Weisser
Heat race winners: Allen Weisser, Jason Feger, Shannon Babb, Kevin Weaver
Consolation race winners: Jeffrey Ledford, Mike Chasteen Jr.
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Weisser, Feger
Row 2: Babb, Weaver
Row 3: Wenger, Moos
Row 4: Heckenast, Unzicker
Row 5: Spatola, Chandler
Row 6: Shirley, Pierce
Row 7: G. Gundaker, D. Markham
Row 8: T. Gundaker, Robinson
Row 9: Ledford, Chasteen
Row 10: Glasscock, Walden

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