Babb Knocks the Wall Down Inside the Dome in St. Louis

Shannon Babb knocked the wall down, quite literally, on his way to setting fast time in Dirt Late Model qualifying for the 4th Annual Arizona Sport Shirts Gateway Dirt Nationals Thursday night at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

“It seems like the car is pretty fast,” Babb told Speed51 after qualifying. “It really seems that the track is a little different than it was last year, but it seems for the better. It looks like it’s a little bit more top dominant right now, but I’m sure once the heat races get out there it’ll all pan out a little bit better. I think it’s going to be pretty good racing.

“More than anything you just have to not make any mistakes and stay ahead of everybody. It’s really easy to hit a hole wrong here and get turned into a different direction, let some guys get by you, or just take yourself out.”

Freddie Carpenter turned some heads by qualifying fastest out of Group A and is feeling pretty positive about his chances to make the big show on Saturday night.

“I’m pretty excited,” Carpenter told 51. “I just hope we can keep it up and stay up front. I just gotta get through the first few laps without getting tore up or getting shuffled back. I think we gotta get out to the lead and we’ll have it from there.”

Mike Spatola qualified second on the board in Group A, Starting the weekend up front is something new for his crew, and that gives them some positive momentum going into the big show.

“I’m glad we had a good qualifying lap,” Spatola said. “That’s huge here. Starting up front definitely helps. It’s been hard to pass in years past. We never really qualified good and always had to work our way up through there so we know how important it is to start up front going into the weekend.”

While things are going positive for Spatola, like Babb, he knows that one wrong move could end his chances early Friday night during qualifying heats.

“During hot laps the track was pretty smooth and I thought this place could get pretty racey, you know. But in qualifying it got really rough. Them holes add a lot of character to this racetrack here and that’s what makes it interesting. That’s all part of being in a dome at a small racetrack. You hit a hole a wrong way, guys are going every which way, and it’s harder to dodge it. So that’s the goal, get out front, and hopefully we can try to bounce our way around the holes and stay out front.”

Fans can follow Speed51’s Race Day Now coverage for all the up to the minute updates from the Gateway Dirt Nationals throughout the weekend. A live broadcast of the event can be viewed on DirtonDirt.com.

– Story by Allick Jorgensen, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
-Photo credit: Speed51

Unofficial Group 1 Qualifying Results:

Pos # Driver Time
1 K0 Freddie Carpenter 11.174
2 89 Mike Spatola 11.201
3 21 Billy Moyer 11.21
4 96 Tanner English 11.235
5 16 Rusty Griffaw 11.299
6 24 Ryan Unzicker 11.396
7 0 Scott Bloomquist 11.410
8 83 Scott James 11.467
9 58 Jeremiah Hurst 11.522
10 28 Tyler Carpenter 11.550
11 18S David Seibers 11.560
12 11 Buddy Isles Jr. 11.569
13 32 Bobby Pierce 11.591
14 4E Scott Geaschel 11.629
15 4G Bob Gardner 11.633
16 32F Derek Fetter 11.698
17 17 Logan Roberson 11.738
18 44W Mike Fryer 11.750
19 78 Chad Zobrist 11.777
20 84 Myles Moos 11.839
21 56 Brandon Pralle 11.865
22 5 Michael Jacober 11.873
23 22J Daniel Jacober 11.889
24 25 Jason Feger 11.919
25 15S Brandon Sheppard 11.952
26 11T Trevor Gundaker 11.967
27 10 Brett Miller 11.991
28 44 Matt Shipley 12.046
29 81 Jason Riggs 12.060
30 49G Billy Green 12.115
31 51 William Stile Jr. 12.152
32 MC20 Bobby McGehee 12.201
33 127 Robert Ardry 12.388
34 87 Jason Zobrist 12.390
35 155 Vance Wilson 12.569
36 29 Jason Welshan 12.662
37 6R Robbie Stuart 12.681
38 311 Adam Schrag 12.820
39 16H Mike Hammerle 13.075
40 16T Brandon Tibaldi 13.358
41 354 Chris Nash 13.554
42 63 Maria Hankins 14.282

 

Unofficial Group 2 Qualifying Results:

Pos # Driver Time
1 18 Shannon Babb 11.098
2 37 Scott Ward 11.322
3 75 Patrik Daniel 11.352
4 2 Kevin Smith 11.462
5 76 Blair Northdurft 11.529
6 15 Payton Looney 11.594
7 98 Eric Hickerson 11.645
8 25W Allen Weisser 11.648
9 60 Kip Hughes 11.711
10 45 Scott Bell 11.725
11 49 Jonathan Davenport 11.762
12 11G Gordy Gundaker 11.771
13 99RT Ricky Thorton Jr. 11.781
14 27 Joe Denby 11.782
15 J12 Jason Wagner 11.792
16 20C Duane Chamberlain 11.792
17 61 Chris Osborne Jr. 11.810
18 00H Matt Henderson 11.811
19 J8 Jadon Frame 11.855
20 2C Joey Coulter 11.921
21 1A Levi Ashby 11.983
22 91S Rusty Schlenk 12.007
23 30 Mike Gasscock 12.019
24 23R Paul Roider 12.026
25 00H Ruben Mayfield 12.041
26 995 Manny Falcon 12.090
27 11H Jeff Herzog 12.149
28 626 Brian Mullins 12.19
29 12 Jeff Curl 12.282
30 27K Greg Kimmons 12.355
31 23 Cody Holtkamp 12.369
32 H20 Scott Halley 12.469
33 96K Matt Koch 12.500
34 27S Mike Schulte 12.540
35 57S Mark Shipman 12.564
36 12S Jason Schierkolk 12.611
37 86 Jeb Simmons 12.770
38 99 Mike Epplett 12.996
39 58S Michael Santangelo 13.020
40 91S Michael Guldenpfenning 13.079
41 T22 Tegan Evans 13.353
42 22 Derek Perkins N/A

Babb Knocks the Wall Down Inside the Dome in St. Louis