McQueen debuts Kara Hendrick Tribute car at the 30th Annual Chili Bowl Nationals
Dupo, IL (January 19, 2016) After announcing that she would be driving a special Kara Hendrick Tribute car in 2016, Shannon McQueen arrived in Tulsa with a car that can only be described as amazing. While the team released pictures of the tribute car prior to the event, the pictures just couldn't do the actual car justice. It's an identical copy of the car that Kara was driving when she tragically lost her life at El Cajon Speedway in 1991, right down to the blue mud covers and "Kara" on the arm guard. While the results of the Chili Bowl may not have been what Shannon hoped, the outpouring of support from the Hendrick family and friends has been more than overwhelming. With Renee Hendrick, Kara's mom, and Kenny Hendrick, Kara's twin brother, standing by, Shannon McQueen paid a most respectful tribute to her childhood hero at the Mecca of midget racing, the 30th Annual Chili Bowl Nationals.
McQueen to debut tribute car for 25th Anniversary of the late Kara Hendrick at the 2016 Chili Bowl Nationals
Dupo, IL (December 1, 2015) The 2016 Chili Bowl will be a very special one for not only, Shannon McQueen and her McQueen Racing team, but also for the family of the late USAC driver, Kara Hendrick. Two of the three McQueen Racing entries for the Chili Bowl will sport the traditional black, pink, and blue graphics schemes, while Shannon's entry will have a completely new (old) and sentimental design. On Monday, January 11, 2016, McQueen Racing will roll a white, pink, and blue #7 midget out of its trailer with the same look as the three-quarter midget that Kara Hendrick drove prior to a crash that ended her young life. This car, A Tribute to Kara Hendrick, will be the car that Shannon will campaign throughout the 2016 season.
McQueen ends rookie sprint car season with another top ten finish
Dupo, IL (October 12, 2015) Nearly eight months ago Shannon McQueen began a new racing adventure which included plans for running a full sprint car schedule for car owner, Bobby Van Meter. McQueen, a successful midget racer, had a handful of non-wing sprint starts in the Midwest prior to the 2015 season, but entered the season as a Rookie of the Year contender with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car series. After struggling with handling issues early in the season, a mid-season chassis change brought about big improvements to the V & M Motorsports team. This past weekend, Shannon wrapped up her rookie sprint car season with another top ten finish; her sixth of the year.
McQueen does double duty in USAC competition at Hanford
Dupo, IL (October 5, 2015) For the fourth time this season, Shannon McQueen decided to do double duty by competing in both midget and sprint car competition in one night. This past Saturday, Shannon drove her #7 Esslinger powered Spike midget, along with the V & M Motorsports #87 sprint car when the USAC Western States Midgets joined up with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, California. After having some great runs in the Michelle Decker Racing sprint car back in August, Shannon was excited to get back to sprint car racing as well as return to her own midget.
McQueen earns another podium finish in USAC Western States Midget action
Dupo, IL (September 20, 2015) While much of Shannon McQueen’s 2015 season has been spent behind the wheel of the V & M Motorsports #87 sprint car, her brief returns to midget racing have produced results that some full-time midget racers could only hope for. Last night, Shannon once again returned to midget racing at her hometown track, Bakersfield Speedway, with the USAC Western States Midgets. Piloting her McQueen Racing #7, Esslinger powered Spike Chassis, Shannon once again found herself earning another podium finish this season.
McQueen Racing announces 2016 Chili Bowl lineup
Dupo, IL (September 21, 2015) When McQueen Racing heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma in January, there will be a new young gun joining Chili Bowl veterans Shannon McQueen and Michelle Decker. Twenty-four year old, Cory Eliason from Fresno, California will be behind the wheel of a third McQueen Racing entry at the 30th Annual Chili Bowl Nationals next January.
McQueen has fast race cars but comes up short as California Midget Week ends
Dupo, IL (September 12, 2015) After skipping out on the first two nights of California Midget Week, Shannon McQueen and her McQueen Racing team joined the week in progress on Thursday night when the USAC Western States Midgets and the Bay Cities Racing Association teamed up at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California. Friday was another off night and then the weekend finale was Saturday night at Santa Maria Raceway. A great car count filled the pits on Thursday night as 27 USAC and BCRA competitors signed in for the night’s event. Saturday saw a much lower car count as only 14 USAC Western States Midgets were on hand in Santa Maria.
McQueen finds success on Oklahoma and Kansas dirt
Dupo, IL (August 25, 2015) With much of the 2015 season being a learning experience in her V & M Motorsports sprint car ride, Shannon McQueen and her McQueen Racing team packed up her #7 Esslinger powered Spike midgets and headed east to the Midwest to do some dirt track racing. In addition to racing her own midgets, Shannon was set to pilot best friend and car owner, Michelle Decker’s, #7 Al Parker powered Maxim sprint car. Shannon has been to the Midwest before to race indoors at the Chili Bowl and has done some outdoor sprint car racing, but this marked her first midget racing trip to the outdoor tracks in Oklahoma and Kansas. The four-day series, dubbed the USAC Southwest series Freedom Tour (non-wing sprint cars) and the POWRi West Summer Showdown (midgets) was the first time that the two series’ worked together to bring non-wing racing to this area on the same nights. The track destinations included Lawton Speedway, Lawton, Oklahoma; Creek County Speedway, Sapulpa, Oklahoma; 81 Speedway, Wichita, Kansas; and Saturday night gave racers two options – midget racing at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas, or sprint car racing at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas. Mother Nature made the decision easy for McQueen and her team as the midget races in Caney were canceled due to heavy rains.
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