by Rocky Ragusa
The weather cancelled many area races this weekend and although Fairbury American Legion Speedway had a rain shower before hot laps, racing was still on the docket. The track also reaped the harvest of those extra drivers from the Lucas Oil Late Model Series that were rained out at LaSalle.
Thirty-five late models qualified for the $2,000-to-win, 30-lap feature with New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard leading the way with a 12.662. That top qualifying time and a heat win put Sheppard on the pole next to Georgia’s Jonathan Davenport. A couple of cautions caused the feature to be restarted and one claimed El Paso’s Ryan Unzicker with a flat tire. Of the 20 that had started the race only 15 were in the running when the race finally took off. Davenport and Sheppard pulled to a slight advantage over the field in the first five laps but soon found Fairbury’s McKay Wenger in the fray. Davenport’s lead and his night ended when he broke coming out of turn two with 23 laps to go.
The already electric pre-race festivities for the prestigious Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway will grow even bigger and better during this year’s 26th annual event on July 25.
FALS officials have announced that the national anthem for the blockbuster $26,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series show on July 25 will be sung by nationally acclaimed Jim Cornelison, who has performed at NHL, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, NFL and college sporting events. The singer, who is especially well known to Illinois sports fans, will undoubtedly add to the PDC’s pre-race excitement with his first-ever appearance at the quarter-mile FALS oval.
The time is here! Hot off the press is one of the most anticipated things to come from the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. For the past hand full of years, Jim Whittington has been in the process of putting together the history of the track we all love, "FALS". This 9 1/2" x 13" book features statistics and results from 1922 through 2014. With 230 pages and nearly 200 pictures, this book is a must have for all FALS fans!
You can purchase your copy of the book through Jim at the speedway for $28.00 any night throughout the year. We also have a new store link on the website under the Fan section in which you can purchase the book using PayPal or credit card and have it mailed to you.