McQueen scores her first podium finish of 2015
Dupo, IL (May 4, 2015) Although 2015 has been a trying year so far for Shannon McQueen, she has been focused on turning it around and this past weekend may have been just what she needed. Making another return to midget racing Saturday night, McQueen and her McQueen Racing team made an appearance with the USAC Western States Midgets at the Thunderbowl Speedway in Tulare, CA. Fifteen cars signed in to do battle on what was known as the “J.D. Heiskell Race Night.”
McQueen continues to persevere through tough times in sprint car action
Dupo, IL (April 13, 2015) When you are a feature winning and multi-time champion driver, struggling to make and finish features in a race car can be more frustrating than imaginable. Right now, Shannon McQueen is experiencing those frustrations, but not giving up. Shannon and her V & M Motorsports team are determined to push through these tough times and get Shannon running back up front, where she is accustomed to being. The most recent V & M Motorsports effort was this past weekend when the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars invaded the Santa Maria Raceway for the first time in 2015.
McQueen makes her first sprint car appearance at Bakersfield Speedway
Dupo, IL (April 6, 2015) After years of calling Bakersfield Speedway her home track and racing there several times in midget action, this past weekend Shannon made her first ever sprint car appearance at the 1/3 mile clay oval. Coming off an eighth place finish at this same track a few weeks prior in her midget, Shannon and her V & M Motorsports team had high hopes of making improvements on the team’s results from so far this year. Twenty seven USAC West Coast Sprint Cars filled the pits, in addition to other regular Bakersfield support classes.
McQueen makes her first midget start of the 2015 outdoor season
Dupo, IL (March 30, 2015) After a weekend of midget racing last week, Shannon returned to the seat of the #87 V & M Motorsports sprint car this past weekend at the newly named Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. With all of the tough luck the team has been having early this season, the weekend off from scheduled races last weekend was also an opportunity to take part in a practice day at a new track in Kern County. Shannon turned some good laps last weekend and came into Hanford’s race with high hopes.
McQueen makes her first midget start of the 2015 outdoor season
Dupo, IL (March 23, 2015) After two weekends of 360 sprint car racing, Shannon and her McQueen Racing team made their return to midget racing this past weekend at their home track, Bakersfield Speedway. With 17 USAC Western States Midgets entered, the format would be qualifying, heat races, and an A-main event. As a result of the pill draw, Shannon would go out 15th to qualify. In typical Shannon McQueen form, she would lay down a lap good enough for third quick out of the 17 cars. This put her lining up fifth in her heat race event. In just a few laps, Shannon would take the lead until she made a slight mistake and spun out in front of the field, collecting others in the incident.
McQueen perseveres through a tough weekend at Tulare
Dupo, IL (March 16, 2015) After making her USAC West Coast Sprint Car debut last weekend in Las Vegas, Shannon returned to the seat of the V & M Motorsports #87 this past weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. This weekend’s events were once again held in conjunction with the World of Outlaw sprint cars.
McQueen makes USAC 360 sprint car debut in Vegas
Dupo, IL (March 7, 2015) After years of success in midget racing, Shannon McQueen made her much anticipated USAC 360 debut Thursday night at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event, dubbed as “The Sin City Showdown,” hosted 31 USAC 360 sprint cars and 33 of the best drivers the World of Outlaws have to offer. The two sprint car groups were also joined by local IMCA modifieds and with NASCAR being in town this same weekend, plenty of NASCAR’s top drivers were also on hand to watch some dirt racing.
McQueen ready to start her 30th year in racing with new goals in mind
Dupo, IL (February 2, 2015) It’s hard to believe that Shannon McQueen has been behind the wheel of a racecar for the last 29 years, but it’s her 30th year that has her excited and ready to get started. Beginning her racing career in quarter midgets at age seven, Shannon moved through the open wheel ranks in typical fashion. Whether it was quarter midgets, micro sprints, or midgets, McQueen has been fast and a proven winner no matter what she has driven. In 2015, she will again move up the open wheel ranks, as she teams with USAC 360 sprint car owner Bobby VanMeter for what may be her toughest challenge yet. It won’t be tough for her to adapt to bigger cars and more horsepower, what will be tough is the long race schedule that she must balance with her 60 plus hours a week as a director for a large CPA firm. Speed is of no concern to McQueen, who previously held the midget track record at Calistoga Speedway for several years.
Chili Bowl Ends and 2015 Begins
Dupo, IL (January 19, 2015) After a rough preliminary night, Shannon and her McQueen Racing team were poised and ready to improve on their Chili Bowl results. Based on her Tuesday night C-main finish, Shannon lined up fourth in Saturday’s first K-main event. At the end of the ten lap event, Shannon finished third and transferred into the J-main, where she would line up a few spots behind teammate Amber Balcaen. Similar to the K-main, Shannon would have ten laps to try to come from the back of the field into the top four in order to continue racing. At the end of the ten lap race, Shannon came up one spot short and finished in fifth position, thereby ending her 2015 Chili Bowl.
Shannon McQueen Makes the Top 50 Among 2014 Midget Racers
Dupo, IL (December 22, 2014) - The 2014 Downforce Inc. Midget Power Rankings by Lonnie Wheatley have been announced and Shannon earned a ranking of 33rd out of all the midget drivers in the country. This is pretty impressive for someone who works a non-racing job at least 60 hours a week and only competed in 17 events during the season. Shannon was also the only female driver to make it into the Top 50 this season. This driver ranking is in addition to her sixth place finish in the 2014 Western Midget Driver of the Year standings.
During her limited schedule in 2014, Shannon picked up two A-main wins and eight Top Ten finishes. Her wins came at the Stockton 99 Dirt track in Stockton, CA and Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA. She also added podium finishes at the Stockton 99 Dirt track and at Santa Maria Speedway. She finished up the season with an 18th place finish in the Turkey Night Grand Prix.
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