Babb, Owens win on historic night at DuQuoin as records fall! The "Decatur Invader" Shannon Babb became the first downstate Illinois driver in twenty years to win a major stock car race on the DuQuoin State Fair "Magic Mile" as he won the 30 lap...
Babb, Owens win on historic night at DuQuoin as records fall!
The "Decatur Invader" Shannon Babb became the first downstate Illinois driver in twenty years to win a major stock car race on the DuQuoin State Fair "Magic Mile" as he won the 30 lap UMP Springnationals late model feature, taking home $12,000 in the process. Tennessee's Jimmy Owens took home $2000 by winning the 20 lap UMP modified feature event on a cool night in DuQuoin.
As the new lighting system came up, track records began to go down before a nice sixed crowd at the fifty-five year old fairground oval, which has seen the completion of a three year, two and a half million dollar improvement project. Track crews did an excellent job in preparing the facility, despite recent heavy rains. In fact, the day before the oval was so muddy it precluded any work perfomed on the surface.
However, the surface was lighting fast Sunday night, evidenced when NASCAR's Ken Schrader, trying to become the 24th man in racing history to win an event at Springfield, DuQuoin and the Indiana State Fairgrounds, broke Babb's one year old track record in qualifying by nearly one and one half seconds. Then, Batesville, Arkansas Billy Moyer topped Schrader's new record by just .003, Moyers new standard of 28.428 converts to a speed of 126.636 miles an hour, and gives Moyer the track records at the mile ovals of Springfield, DuQuoin and the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Heats were won by Moyer and Scott Bloomquist, with Moyer shaving six seconds off the existing heat race record at DuQuoin. Arkansas Bill Frye won the 4 lap dash in less than two minutes!.
In the feature, a first lap shunt between several cars caused damage to Bloomquist and Don O'Neal, with O'Neal leaving the track for the evening. At the same time, polesitter Bill Frye's car quit on the backstretch, necessitating a caution. Bloomquist was able to repair his car, but restarted eighteenth.
Babb was able to lead at will, with Moyer taking two shots at the lead in traffic early on. With Babb turning laps at nearly 127 miles an hour, Bloomquist put on a show that left people shaking their heads afterwards. Passing cars high and low, the Tennessee star took second from Moyer with less than five laps to go, and was closing on Babb at the end.
Moyer took third in the main, followed by Springfield's Joe Ross Junior, and Schrader.
In the companion UMP event, heats were won by Jim Sherreck, Jeff Parks and Owens, with Parks taking eight seconds off the existing modified heat race record. Johnny Sullivan set a new semi-feature race record for eight laps as well.
Sherreck, Parks and Owens staged a spriited battle for the lead in the feature, with Sherreck leading the first twelve laps, and Owens taking the lead on lap 13. Sherreck finished second, followed by Mark Voight, Kyle Steffens and Brandon Maxwell.