Shannon “Lightning” McQueen Returns to Action; Fights Gremlins But Winds Up Second

Returning to action at one of the fastest tracks in the West, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen opened her 2014 racing season with a second place finish on Friday, March 21 at the Bay Cities Racing Association event at the 3/8-mile Stockton 99 Dirt Track in Stockton at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton.

Chauffeuring the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, the poised pilot overcome much adversity to claim a hard fought second place feature finish in her maiden California Midget race of the 2014 season.
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Shannon “Lightning” McQueen Returns to Action Friday at Stockton 99 Dirt Track

Returning to action at one of the several tracks she holds track records at, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen opens her 2014 racing season on Friday, March 21 at the Bay Cities racing Association event at the 3/8-mile Stockton 99 Dirt Track in Stockton at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton.

Chauffeuring the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, Bakersfield’s McQueen is hoping for a strong showing in her maiden California Midget race of the 2014 season.
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McQueen Racing Raising Funds for Summer Indiana Midget Week Trek

Stepping beyond their usual West Coast racing slate, Shannon McQueen Racing is excited to be joining hands with Stephanie Meents Racing, coming together to run the 2014 USAC Midget Week in Indiana with an all-female driver trio of California’s Shannon McQueen, Indiana’s Courtney Barth and Oklahoma’s Michelle Decker behind the wheel. McQueen and Barth will chauffer McQueen Racing Spike/Esslinger entries while Decker will campaign a Meents Motorsports Spike/Mopar mount at such famed Dirt tracks as Kokomo Speedway.

The female owned teams are excited for the opportunity to showcase their talents during an entire week of prestigious USAC-National Midget series races that they have only dreamed of being a part of.
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McQueen Racing Concludes Season After Turkey Night Grand Prix

Concluding the season in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen settled for a disappointing DNF in 73rd Annual Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix at the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway on November 28.

After starting fourth in her qualifying race, McQueen claimed second in the race, in which the winner was consistently setting lap times near the track record. “We were fast … I made the call to tighten the car up to qualify and that was not the right decision so we were a little too tight when we qualified,” stated McQueen, who timed 22nd of nearly 50 entries. “I was very disappointed with our qualifying run.”
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“Lightning McQueen” Battles Engine Woes; Marcham Scores Top 5 Run at Ventura

Still battling engine issues in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen settled for a disappointing DNF in the final ARP Battle at The Beach USAC-Western States/VRA Midget feature at the 1/5-mile Ventura Raceway on September 28.

The evening was not without highlights though, as Oklahoma young gun Trey Marcham battled forward in the McQueen Racing #37 Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen to claim a Top 5, finishing fifth in the 30-lap feature after starting 11th. Marcham, who claimed a feature win earlier this year at Petaluma is gaining experience and building confidence each time in the cockpit – still with limited Midget appearances.
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