For 17 years, Shannon ‘The General’ Lee has been chasing a national points championship on the dirt tracks around the southeastern United States.
Saturday night, he finally caught one.
The Wiggins resident earned enough points at Hattiesburg Speedway to lock up the title with two weeks left in the racing season of the Durrence Layne 2019 National Weekly Championship.
“I’ve finished in the top 10 every year except 2017, when I had back surgery,” Lee said. “It feels good to finish on top.
“It’s not really something we set out to do, it’s just racing.”
He said he tries to not get caught up in chasing the points as it interferes with his ability to enjoy his pastime.
“We just race to have fun,” he said. “If we’re stressing, things to start to go wrong.
“If we just go out there and enjoy ourselves, the wins will come.”
Driving in the Crate-Late Model division for Billy Riels Racing, Lee has made his passion a family affair.
His wife, Sandy, is along every weekend and his mother, Beverly makes as many races as she can.
Family friend John Lawrence serves as an unofficial crew chief.
Now that he’s won a national title, Lee has a simple goal.
“Do it again,” he said.