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.
McQueen comes home with a Top 20 finish in the 74th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix
On Thanksgiving while most people are at home with their families and friends, racers from coast to coast gather in Perris, California for the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix. Shannon McQueen and her Shannon McQueen Racing team are no exception. After motor trouble last week at the Western World event, McQueen and her team went back home, regrouped, and brought her #7 back out with some fresh Esslinger horsepower.
After a low pill draw, Shannon found herself in the first hot lap session on a relatively slow racetrack. She made the best of it as she dialed in her Spike chassis and turned the second quickest lap of the group. During qualifying, Shannon laid down a lap of 17.901, which was good enough for an 18th place qualifying effort out of 34 total cars. Based on the Turkey Night format, this time was also good enough to lock the McQueen #7 into the 98 lap A-main event.
Nights one and two of the USAC Western World are in the books
Thursday night was opening night for the USAC Western World weekend. After timing in tenth quick in hot laps, Shannon McQueen followed up by posting the 15th fastest time in USAC qualifying. Using the USAC qualifying format, this time put Shannon starting outside front row of her heat race. After having the initial start called back, it was all Shannon after the opening green flag. She jumped out to the lead and never looked back. She held off a late race charge by POWRi Champion Zach Daum to capture the heat race win. Based on her qualifying time, Shannon started 15th in the A-main. After early contact with another car, Shannon ran the remaining 23 laps with a bent front axle. Although driving an ill handling car, she was able to improve on her starting position and come home with a 14th place feature finish.
Night number two wasn’t as good as Shannon and her team had hoped, but they did learn some things to help going into the final night. During hot laps, Shannon timed in 12th quick and for USAC qualifying she improved on that by laying down the 11th quick time of the night. This time put her in a stacked heat race full of top national series competitors. At the end of the eight lap heat race, Shannon raced her way to a fifth place finish. Based on USAC qualifying format, Shannon lined up 11th for the A-main. After fighting some handling problems, she pulled off on lap 17 and finished the night with a 15th place A-main finish.
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