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Daily Dirt 02/25/2020 04:17:17

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September 13
Federated Raceway at I-55,
Pevely, MO
Sanction: UMP DIRTcar special events (non-touring) (St. Louis Showdown) - $10,000
Information provided by: Derek Kessinger (last updated September 15, 4:15 pm)
Babb outduels Gustin, grabs $10,000 at I-55
St. Louis Showdown
  1. Shannon Babb
  2. Ryan Gustin
  3. Bobby Pierce
  4. Billy Moyer
  5. Randy Korte
  6. Jared Landers
  7. Dennis Erb Jr.
  8. Brandon Sheppard
  9. Billy Moyer Jr.
  10. Brian Birkhofer
  11. Wendell Wallace
  12. Tim Manville
  13. Michael Kloos
  14. Gordy Gundaker
  15. Jeff Herzog
  16. Mike Vanderiet Jr.
  17. Trace Westling
  18. Robert Baker
  19. Jack Sullivan
  20. Brian Shirley
  21. Jim Shereck
  22. Scott Weber
  23. Paul Schrempf
  24. Mike Hammerle
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Front-row starters Shannon Babb (18) and Ryan Gustin (19r) mix it up at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
What won the race: Regaining the lead from polesitter Ryan Gustin on a lap-28 restart, outside front-row starter Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., raced to a $10,000 victory Saturday in I-55's portion of the St. Louis Showdown. Gustin overtook Babb after a lap-13 restart, but Babb returned the favor to lead the final 12 laps.
Key notes: Babb notched his sixth victory of the season. ... His last victory at I-55 came June 2, 2012, in MARS competition. ... Fifteen starters completed 40 laps. ... Billy Moyer Jr., Friday's winner at Tri-City, finished ninth. ... The St. Louis Showdown was doubleheader weekend of five-figure paydays at Tri-City and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. ... Retiring racer and former I-55 champ Randy Korte finished fifth in what's expected to be his final career start at the high-banked third-mile oval.
On the move: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., came from 12th to third; Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., started 17th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Babb's Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Petroff Towing, Donley Trucking, Allstar Performance, Performance Rod & Custom, Kreke's Powerhouse, Hoosier by Smash and B Auto Parts.
Points chase: Tim Manville of Troy, Ill., tops the track's weekly points standings with 1,096 points over Randy Korte (972) and Ken Rumble (916).
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Billy Moyer
Time: 12.250 seconds
Polesitter: Ryan Gustin
Heat race winners: Brian Shirley, Ryan Gustin, Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer Jr.
Consolation race winners: Jared Landers
Provisional starters: Tim Manville
Editor's note: Corrects third-place finisher to Bobby Pierce.
From staff reports

PEVELEY, Mo. (Sept. 13) — Using a lap-28 restart to his advantage, second-starting Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., overtook polesitter Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, leading the remaining 12 laps to earn $10,000 victory in Saturday’s St. Louis Showdown finale at Federated Raceway at I-55.

Babb, the 2014 Summernationals points champion, charged to an early lead at the drop of the green flag. Gustin cruised to the front of the field on a lap-13 restart, but was unable to hold on to the race lead, as Babb regained the point on lap 28 en route to his first victory at I-55 in two years.

“Ryan was really good tonight,” Babb said. “It looked like his car was turning good, doing everything right. The track was good. There was some obstacles out there, but that made for a good racetrack.

“I knew I had to do something there at the end. Little Bobby (Pierce) was really good. I figured that there was gonna be a lot of action happen there in one and two on the restart. Luckily, it turned out in my advantage.”

Gustin held of late-race challenges from Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer to notch a runner-up finish. Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., finished third, with seventh-starting Moyer taking the fourth-place spot. In what is expected to be his final start at I-55, retiring driver Randy Korte of Highlands, Ill., rounded out the top five.

“Shannon’s a good racer obviously,” Gustin said after the race. “It’s just a privilege for us to even run second to him as much as he’s been at these tracks and as long as he’s been doing it. I didn’t know it was only going to be 40 laps, or maybe would’ve tried a little harder right there.

“Went up top, kind of got it rolling better again, starting to reel him (Babb) in. Just kind of looking at the board, I figured it was 50 laps. I guess they shortened it. It is what it is. Good racetrack. A lot better than what we had last night. I’ll take that over racing the rubber. All in all a good night for us.”

Pierce advanced nine spots from the 12th starting position, finding himself right in the mix of the action in the race’s final laps.

“It sure was a mess,” Pierce said. “A lot of those guys just fighting for position. It was crazy out there … especially how rough it was … it gets tough to pass here when the track’s like that. You almost just got to be patient, wait for guys to make mistakes. And you can’t make a mistake. It was a crazy night. Just glad we picked up a podium.”

Trace Westling drew the race’s first caution when he spun on lap 13. Another yellow flew for Brian Shirley on lap 22 when he slowed on the racetrack. Jack Sullivan spun on lap 28 for the final caution.

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