Babb Scores FALS Cup Summer Showcase Win

Gossum, Roth also Victorious on Opening Night at FALS

Results | Story and Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The long-awaited season opener at the Fairbury Speedway was held on Wednesday night. Shannon Babb (Late Model), Hunt Gossum (Modified), and Tyler Roth (Sportsman) were the night’s feature winners in the “Summer Showcase”.

babb lm32 Late Model drivers took to the ¼ mile dirt oval for qualifying. McKay Wenger toured the speed plant at 12.507 seconds for fast time honors. Four heat races were held with Allen Weisser, Jason Feger, Shannon Babb, and Kevin Weaver taking the wins. Jeffrey Ledford was the B-Main winner. Babb, starting in the third position, quickly jumped to the lead in the 40-lap race. Babb contended with Wenger, Bobby Pierce, and Mike Spatola before the yellow flag waved with seven laps left. After the caution, Babb checked out on the field and picked up the $5,000 check. “Bobby had me sweating,” said Babb. “I knew a slide job would be coming. I thought I better do what I can do.” Following Babb to the line were 12th starter Pierce, Spatola, 16th starter Kent Robinson, Feger, Ryan Unzicker, Gordy Gundaker, Weaver, Derek Chandler, and Trevor Gundaker.

gossum mdCurt Spalding clipped a lap of 13.927 seconds in Modified time trials as 42 drivers were on hand for a 25-lap, $1,500 to win feature race. Spalding, Hunt Gossum, Allen Weisser, and Ian Keller were heat race victors. Kyle Hammer and Jake Little advanced to the main race with their B-Main wins. Gossum, hailing from Mayfield, Ky., dashed into the lead and never looked back in earning his first-ever FALS Cup feature win. 11th starter Michael Ledford made a dramatic charge and took second over Weisser, with Rich Dawson and Brad DeYoung completing the top five. Steven Brooks, 18th starter Austin Lynn, Tyler Weiss, Dylan Woodling, and Tommy Sheppard Jr. rounded out the top ten.

roth spFirst-year driver Austin Friedman earned fast time honors with a lap of 14.864 seconds over 16 other CR Towing Sportsman drivers for their 15-lap sprint. Friedman and defending track champion Tommy Duncan won their respective heat races. Tyler Roth made short order of his competition as he took the lead on lap two in winning the $400 first prize. Duncan, Brandon Pralle, Shaun WiltjerHunt, Lyndon Whitfill, Friedman, Steve Mattingly, Alex Wilson, Tanner Sullivan, and Blake Reid completed the top ten.

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