Babb put on a show at the Gateway Dirt Nationals
Shannon Babb made some fans at the Gateway Dirt Nationals. Most everyone else moved to the bottom lane in the Saturday night feature.
Meanwhile, Shannon Babb was the lone ranger running the top side of the race track. The cushion was about gone. But, the #18 was still making it work.
When you’re knocking the wall down at Gateway — Is that fun for you? Or is that frustrating?
“It’s really not by design,” Shannon Babb tells RacingNews.co .
“You’re really not knocking the wall down. You’re running the cushion, there’s a dirt berm up there. So, you’re trying to get all the traction you can.”
Well, at a certain point the cushion was about gone. I think.
Technically, the cushion was still there. It’s just that the right rear quarter panel had to be sacrificed slightly to get to it.
“Well, I mean if you’ve ever been to Belleville, Macon or anywhere. There’s a little dirt berm that builds up. You just roll around it as fast as you can on the outside.”
“Your body’s gonna get in the wall. But, you just chase traction wherever it’s at.”
I heard a story one time about you taking the entire right rear quarter panel off the car at Macon. Is that true?
“Oh yeah. We’ve done that before at different places.”
More than just Macon?
“Oh yeah. When you go to Macon or Belleville before they had all the different rules. You wanted to cut up the quarter panel so it didn’t drag in the dirt.”
“If you stand out on the race track, it’s just 90 degrees banked up. So, your quarter panel digs in there and rips up. It could give you a flat tire. So, you wanted to try to get that away from your tire.”