Babb and Keding Take Thursday Speedweeks Dirt Victories
Florida Speedweeks Continues at East Bay and Voulsia
BABB BAGS A VICTORY AT EAST BAY

Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL passed Terry Casey on lap 32 and went on to take the 40 lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Thursday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Babb’s first career win at East Bay Raceway earned him $7,000 for his efforts as he became the fourth different winner in four nights of the 2007 East Bay Winternationals. Babb behind the wheel of the Bill Moyer/Car City/J&J Steel/Watters Auto Land/Performance Rod and Custom/Allstar Performance/Imperial Motors/Hoosier Tires/Dargie Race Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo crew chiefed by Jay Hunt beat Casey to the line for the victory. Casey of New London, WI had a strong run in finishing second in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo. Third place went to Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI is his Miller Brothers Coal/Pro Power/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo with 13th starting Steve Francis of Ashland, KY coming home in fourth and Terry English of Benton, KY was fifth in the Petroff Towing/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo. A total of 90 were on hand for the event.
Shannon Babb in victory lane.  (Ricksdarkroom.com Photo)
four spots as cars went by him on lap 22. The third caution of the race would then come out for Tim Dohm, Wednesday’s night’s winner who lost a tire in turn three.

On the restart, Casey and Babb would duke it out again for the top spot going wheel to wheel to the excitement of the large crowd on hand. The fourth and final caution of race came out for Smith whose car stalled on the backstretch as he was out of the race. With 13 laps to go it would set up a classic battle for the win between Casey and Babb as the green came back out to restart the race.

Schlieper would make things interesting closely up on the outside of Babb and challenging him for second. But Babb would have none of it as he pulled back in front of Schlieper in the race for second. With ten laps to Casey was really starting to feel the heat from Babb as Babb would make the move coming off of turn number four on lap 32 to take over the lead from Casey.

Babb would then open a two to three car length lead over Casey which would carry him all the way to checkers for his first ever win at East Bay Raceway Park. Casey finished second followed by Schlieper, Steve Francis, who came up from the 13th starting position was a solid fourth and Terry English would make a late race charge to finish fifth.

In victory lane for the first time ever at East Bay, Babb was excited to me there. “We finally got a win here we’ve been close so many times at this track.” “I just followed Casey there for a while, he was running good, but we were able to get the inside of him there and pass him, it was good race I’m sure for the fans, but it almost wore me out.” Babb also won despite suffering a broken arm several weeks ago which is just now healed up.

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Billy Drake, Don O’Neal, Billy Moyer and Darrell Lanigan.

In preliminary action Earl Pearson, Jr. was the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award Winner with a lap of 14.831 seconds around the 1/3 mile track. The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat race winners were Terry Casey, Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Mars, Brady Smith, Dennis Erb, Jr., Dan Schlieper and Terry English. The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-mains were taken by Tim Dohm, Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist and Eddie Carrier, Jr. with the Performance Rod and Custom Strawberry Dash win grabbed by Doug Horton, who earned a starting spot in the A-main for his victory.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series quickly returns to action at East Bay Raceway on Friday night, February 9th with a complete show of LifeLong Locks Time Trials, Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored Heat races, Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-Mains Performance Rod and Custom Strawberry Dash and the $10,000 to win A-Main.

KAEDING CAPTURES VOULSIA CHECKERS

For Tim Kaeding winning never gets old. On Wednesday in the third night of the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop, the California native was able to do one of his trademark Victory Lane celebrations as he picked up the checkered flag in the 30-lap A-Feature event for the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions for his second career win with the series.

“Every time you go out and win, it is like the first time you won a race,” said Kaeding. “You just have
to take it and run with it, because you don’t know when the next one will come. It was unbelievable.”

Kaeding lined on the outside of the second row for the event that paid $7,000-to win, with his car
owner and 20-time World of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser to his inside. He quickly jumped to third
as he and Joey Saldana chased early race leader Fred Rahmer.

Saldana took the lead from Rahmer before 10 of the 30 laps were even on the board. Kaeding patiently
followed Rahmer and got past the veteran driver just past the halfway mark to set his sights on Saldana.

In heavy lapped traffic, Kaeding was able to close on Saldana and made several attempts to make the
pass for the lead, each time coming up just short. With only four laps to go, Kaeding made the pass
to take the lead. The yellow flag flew a lap later and bunched the field up, with one lapped car separating
the leaders. Over the final three laps, Saldana tried feverishly to get around Kaeding. He tried the high
side and then the low side coming off of all four turns. As the pair excited the fourth turn on the final
lap, Kaeding maintained his low line on the track and held off Saldana by just inches at the line.

“I think we dropped a cylinder with about five to go,” said Kaeding. “We just prayed it would stay
together for the last four or five laps there and it did. I just have to thank my crew, and everybody that
is helping out, especially Steve Kinser Racing. They have given me the opportunity of a lifetime. That is why Steve hired me, to go out and wins for him. I’m just going to do what I can all year long and have fun.”

With the World of Outlaws season opener on Friday night, Kaeding knows that the competition will be just as tough as it was the last three nights. Three more nights of racing await, with 25-lap feature on Friday and Saturday, with a 30-lapper schedule for the finale on Sunday night.

“Everybody will be gunning for you tomorrow night,” he said when sizing up the competition. “You’re going to have 30 good cars, plus 25 other good ones.”

After setting quick time Saldana driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne had one of the fastest cars on the track all night. After a win on Tuesday night and a solid fifth on Wednesday night, Saldana felt like he had the car to beat on Thursday.

“Lapped cars were not going very well for me,” said Saldana. “That helped Tim close in on us. I just wasn’t getting through lapped traffic well enough. We’ll just come back tomorrow and see what we can do.”

Jac Haudenschild turned in a very solid performance to come home fourth in his first night of racing in 2007. Terry McCarl was fifth, for his third straight Top-Five finish.

Craig Dollansky finished sixth, with Chad Kemenah just behind him. Daryn Pittman also turned in a Top-10 run as he came home ninth.

Jason Solwold, who won on Wednesday night, came home 11th, with Jeremy Campbell in 13th. Steve Kinser was running in the Top-Four all night, until a last lap contact from a lapped car relegated him to a 15th-place finish.

Also racing in the 30-lap A-Feature on Thursday night were: Paul McMahan, Tony Bruce Jr., Randy Hannagan, and Danny Lasoski.

Other World of Outlaws competitors that were in action on Thursday included: Brian Carlson, Jason Martin, and Jason Meyers.

The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens on Friday February 9 as part of the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop.






Tim Kaeding (DIRT Photo)
Brady Smith would race to the lead on the opening lap from his pole starting spot with Dennis Erb, Jr. and Schlieper in hot pursuit. Casey, who started third, was around Schlieper for the third spot by the second lap with Babb, who started sixth now up to fourth. Casey would make a run for the lead passing Erb to take second and then made the move on Smith to take over the point on lap four.

Casey then started to pull away from the field as Babb went around Smith on lap seven to take second. Traffic was quickly playing a role in the race with Casey and Babb reaching the back of the field by the ninth circuit. Casey and Babb would open up a good sized advantage over the third place running Smith with Babb pulling even with Casey on lap 12 at the start-finish line. Schlieper then entered the top three taking that spot away from Smith.

A caution flag on lap 18 for Brian Birkhofer slowed the fast paced event. At the halfway mark it was Casey still showing the way with Babb right on him followed by Schlieper, Smith and Tim McCreadie who was up from his 14th starting position. Smith would lose