McQueen Overcomes Adversity to Claim Top 10 Finish

Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen was blistering fast in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the 1/4-mile Silver Dollar Speedway in the USAC-Western States/Bay Cities Racing Association 30-lap feature on September 4, overcoming adversity to score a hard-fought Top 10 finish.

Heading into the fabled Gold Cup race of Champions event, McQueen entered with high hopes, vying to repeat her earlier June win at the historic oval at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, CA.
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McQueen Racing Announces All-Female Three-Car Team for 2015 Chili Bowl

McQueen Racing will be returning to a three-car, all-female team for the 29th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals held January 12 through 17, 2015 at the Tulsa Exposition Center’s QuikTrip Center in Oklahoma.

“I am very excited to announce that McQueen Racing will once again be fielding a three car team for the 2015 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. I am also very pleased that this years team will be an all female driver team. As team owner I like to give female drivers the opportunity that I had to work so hard to achieve. When I retire as a driver I would like to think that I will still own a race team and would like to give a talented female driver the opportunity.”
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McQueen Settles For Disappointing DNF at Soares Classic at Petaluma

Shannon McQueenBakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen was extremely fast in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the 3/8-mile Petaluma Speedway, but luck was not on her side, as she failed to finish the USAC-Western States/Bay Cities Racing Association 50-lap Soares Classic on Saturday, August 9.

Hot laps went well for McQueen, with the veteran chauffeur setting some of the fastest times of the 25 cars entered. Her evening began souring in qualifications. On her first qualification lap, an oil line ruptured, causing McQueen to spin in her own oil, failing to complete a lap. Hustling to get the oil line fixed, the McQueen crew got her back in line, where she timed in at seventh with just one lap.
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McQueen Snares Top 10 on Dusty Track

Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen was lightning fast in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the 1/4-mile Placerville Speedway, mustering a Top 10 run on the extremely dusty track in the Bay Cities Racing Association event.

McQueen began the evening the fastest of 30 entries in hot laps, and was again fastest in her Heat race, where she finished second.
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McQueen Sees Strong Run Evaporate Due to Tire Issue

Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen was en route to continuing her recent streak of strong runs, maintaining a Top 3 position in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the 1/5-mile LeMoore Raceway. But in racing, anything can happen.

En route to a likely podium finish in the 30-lap Honda USAC-Western States feature event, McQueen was sidelined with three laps remaining when her right rear tire shredded, likely due to a malfunctioning bleeder valve. The very dry, abrasive track surface caused many to spin their tires, many smoking their Hoosier Racing tires.
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McQueen Keeps Momentum Rolling; Snags Another Podium Run

Shannon McQueen RacingContinuing her recent streak of strong runs, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen utilized veteran poise and awareness to claim a Top 3 finish in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the 1/3-mile Santa Maria Speedway.

En route to her podium finish in the 30-lap Honda USAC-Western States Party at the Beach/”Doug Fort Memorial” feature event, McQueen was the second fastest in qualifications, followed by claiming second in Heat 2 from her sixth starting spot.
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“Lightning” McQueen Races Hard, But Bad Luck Strikes

Getting in stride and showing why she’s earned the moniker “Lightning” McQueen, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen utilized veteran poise and awareness to claim her second feature win of the year aboard the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the fabled 1/4-mile Silver Dollar Speedway on June 27.

En route to the 30-lap win, McQueen fended off numerous contenders in the Bay Cities Racing Association event while setting the evening’s fastest lap, laying down a 13.718 mark on Lap 6. McQueen mounted her charge to the front from her fifth starting position by taking fourth on Lap 2, then taking third on Lap 3, then charging into McQueen second on Lap 9 with her sights on the race leader, who she passed on Lap 23. Despite some late-race challenges and lapped traffic on the final lap, McQueen’s experience and poise guided her to the checkers for the win, her second of the season, with the final 21 laps going caution-free.
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“Lightning” McQueen Races Hard, But Bad Luck Strikes

Shannon McqueenThough starting strong by setting fast time and claiming second in her Heat from sixth, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen was on her way to a strong finish in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the 3/8-mile Petaluma Speedway on June 14, running near the front but settling for disappointing DNF in the Bay Cities Racing Association event after her engine shut down while exiting turn four while running fourth.

“We were hoping for better results from a race track that we tend to run well at. We were holding our own when our night unfortunately came to an end,” stated the team owner and driver Shannon McQueen. “Again, we were hoping for better results … we had a strong showing early in the night and had a strong run going in the feature only to be cut short by mechanical gremlins.”
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“Lightning” McQueen Races Hard, But Bad Luck Strikes

Shannon McqueenHoping to continue the momentum from her win at the Stockton 99 Dirt track, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen battled fiercely in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen at the tricky 1/3-mile Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway on May 31, running near the front but settling for disappointment in the USAC-Western States event.

After breaking a fuel line in hot laps and getting the equivalent of one full lap in practice, McQueen was able to time in fifth fast of 18 cars. The veteran Midget chauffeur then claimed fourth in her Heat race, from the outside second row.
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Shannon “Lightning” McQueen Returns to Victory Lane

Shannon McqueenReturning to action at one of the fastest tracks in the West, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen continued her 2014 racing season with a near clean sweep on May 17 at the Bay Cities Racing Association event at the 3/8-mile Stockton 99 Dirt Track in Stockton at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

Chauffeuring the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, the poised pilot made the 30-lap feature win look easy, seemingly running on rails en route to the dominating triumph, her first feature win in two years.

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