Ballou wins Shuman Classic, ten grand - By Lonnie Wheatley, KANSAS CITY, Kan. (August 18, 2007) – Robert Ballou put the wraps on the Third Annual O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing by posting a commanding victory in Saturday night's $10,000-to-win 30-lap Ron Shuman Classic at Lakeside Speedway. Ballou wired the field for his third consecutive TNT win of the week and earned a share of the Sprint Bandits TNT Midwest Swing championship, as he and Tim Kaeding ended up knotted atop the point charts to become TNT co-champions splitting first and second place money of $2,500 and $1,500 to earn $2,000 apiece. After winning Friday night's preliminary feature to earn the pole position for Saturday's finale, Ballou gunned into the lead at the outset on Saturday night and led throughout aboard the Don Ott-powered MPHG Promotions No. 81 Maxim to post his fourth career series victory. (Read it all)
Coons, Ballou, Stenhouse, Saldana are Eldora stars - By Bobby Gerould - Rossburg, OH. September 22, 2007 - Four Crown weekend at Eldora saw the World of Outlaws open the show Friday night followed by the three premier USAC divisions Saturday. Winners were veteran drivers Joey Saldana (WoO), and Jerry Coons Jr (Silver Crown), and youngsters Robert Ballou (Sprint Cars), and Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Midgets) . Saldana's win left Donny Schatz with a 35 point lead in one of the closest races for the World of Outlaws championship in series history.
Ballou shocks USAC with National Sprint Car win at rough Eldora - HD Staff - April 28, 2007 Rossburg, OH. - Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA won his first USAC National Sprint Car event Saturday night on a rough Eldora Speedway. Ballou, an 18 year-old, moved to Indiana this season to race USAC National events under the guidance of Jimmy Jones. The strong teenager manhandled his Maxim/Ott MPHG #81 to victory over Jerry Coons Jr, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jon Stanbrough and Brady Short. Darren Hagen finished seventh and took over the series points lead. (Read more here)
$4000 bounty draws Rocklin’s Ballou to incredible Placerville Golden State victory By Bill Sullivan PLACERVILLE, CA – June 3, 2006 - Entering the Golden State Challenge Series event at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night, Rocklin resident Robert Ballou was under the gun, not only to post a back to back win after success in Watsonville on Friday night but to cash in on a $1000 bounty that was posted if he accomplished just that. Despite the pressure, the 17 year old driver in just his second full year of sprint car racing found himself before a grandstand in pure pandemonium late Saturday night as he lived up to the challenge. Ballou muscled his way to victory lane for the second time in one weekend and took home a total of $4,000 in total winnings in a race that many are calling one of the best in recent track history. After wining the Golden State Challenge series feature at Watsonville Speedway Friday night, it was announced at Placerville on Saturday that extra winnings were available if Ballou or Elk Grove’s Kyle Hirst won the feature event here Saturday. The unusual bounty award was sponsored by Jerry Ponzo, the owner of Backyard Dreams in Rocklin. Ponzo stated he would award either driver $500 to accomplish the feat. By late Saturday, Gary Costa, a Northern California Motorsports writer who assists Ballou with media relations, added another $500 if Ballou scored back to back wins. The rest of the story is history and this night will certainly go down in history when it comes to memorable nights at the 41 year old Placerville Speedway. (More)