The staff and officials at Fairbury American Legion Speedway are looking forward to their biggest season in history, with major events in 2018 including the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.
The relationship with the Outlaws will grow deeper as Fairbury’s highly respected race director, Matt Curl, is taking over the reins of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. He will remain an advisor to the well-established and experienced FALS team, led by fairboard president Leroy Rodriguez.
“We are excited Matt has this tremendous opportunity with the World of Outlaws,” Rodriguez said. “He’s been a huge asset to the Fairbury family, being an integral part of the team that’s put Fairbury on the dirt racing map. Now, our team is prepared to continue the tremendous success and growth we’ve seen year after year as we look ahead to 2018 and beyond.”
Plans for 2018 are nearly complete, with the schedule set to be released in early December. The fairboard will continue working with Matt to ensure the fans, sponsors and competitors have the incredible experience they’re accustomed to enjoying at FALS.
“There is so much history at Fairbury, and I’m very proud to be a part of the team that has made events like the Prairie Dirt Classic one of the biggest races of the year,” Matt said. “Fairbury will always be my home, and I’ve made so many great friends through the years. I’m excited for Leroy and our team to continue the success we built.”
After a successful half-decade of Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) hosting the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series, The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its’ first ever visit to the ¼ mile semi-banked dirt oval on Wednesday May 30, 2018.
“We have wanted to bring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars to FALS for a long-time now. FALS has had a ton of success with the Late Models and what better way to add excitement then by bringing in The Greatest Show on Dirt,” FALS Race Director Matt Curl said.
Fairbury American Legion Speedway ran two 410-Winged Sprint Car races in 2017, both co-hosted by the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA). The most recent coming on October 7, which saw Carson Macedo pass Joey Saldana on the last lap for the victory in thrilling fashion. “The racing was phenomenal this year with the winged cars and we are looking forward to providing a similar racing surface for the highest caliber drivers in the country,” Curl added.
FALS, voted three-time DIRTcar Track of the Year, is a well-decorated dirt track facility that races Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Hobby Mods on a weekly basis. Additionally, FALS hosts one of Late Model Racing’s Crown Jewels – The Prairie Dirt Classic – featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models.
“Our fans put faith in us to provide them with a great on-track product. We’ll have the track right and let the best drivers and teams in the business put on a show. The Outlaws are the best in the country and we are really looking forward to it,” Curl explained.
With FALS being in the heart of Central Illinois and the Midwest racing scene, a strong regional sprint car count is expected to compete with The Greatest Show on Dirt.
This can’t miss event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The support class will be announced at a later date. Ticketing information will be released in the near future; be sure to stay tuned to FairburySpeedway.com for that information as it comes out.