Final Night for Track Points
UMP Late Models
UMP Street Stocks
Pit gates open at 3:00 p.m. (use Third Street Gate)
General admission stands open at 4:30 p.m.
Fair Admission: $3.00, General Admission: $10.00, Kids 12 & under free with paid adult
Pit Passes: $25.00, Kids 12 & under: $15.00
Drivers Meeting: 5:00 p.m. (draw closes at 5:00 p.m.), Hot laps/Qualifying: 5:30 p.m., Racing to follow
LM Tire Rule: LF, RF, LR Hoosier LM 20 or LM 30, RR Hoosier LM 30 or LM 40, Grooving & siping allowed on all tires
Any questions contact FALS Race Director Matt Curl at 309-532-7862.
by Rocky Ragusa
After a brief absence, Thursday night racing returned to the 141st Fairbury Fair at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Ryan Unzicker (Late Model), Ray Bollinger (Modified), and Myles Moos (Pro Late Model) were the night’s feature winners.
19 Late Model drivers took to the track for qualifying with Bob Gardner setting fast time at a 12.714. Unzicker and Kevin Weaver were the heat race victors. Unzicker was on a rail, manhandling the top groove to perfection in the I Beam Sliding Doors 30-lap feature. Weaver and Scott Schmitt made several attempts to take the front position but Unzicker held his ground. A red flag fell on the 21st lap as the lights in turn one went out. After a 20-minute delay, the drivers went back to business. Unzicker was able to withstand the pressure from Weaver and McKay Wenger to take the race win and only needs to start Saturday’s race to wrap up his first-ever Fairbury track championship. Wenger took second over Weaver, with 13th starter Scott Bull in fourth and Schmitt placing fifth. Current UMP national point leader Rusty Schlenk came in sixth with Rich Bell, Mike Spatola, 19th starter Jay Sparks, and Jose Parga following. “We ran the car on the top tonight,” said Unzicker. “It looked like it would be the fastest way around. Weaver and Wenger both did a heck of a job.”
Bollinger was looking to rack up UMP national points and posted the fast time over 23 other Varsitee Screen Printing modified competitors with a 14.505. Bollinger, Jason Hastings, and Jeffrey Ledford took heat race wins. In the caution-plagued event, Bollinger, running the top groove, held a slight edge over Ledford through the first 11 laps of the 20-lap race. Ledford snuck by Bollinger to lead the 12th circuit, but Bollinger came back to reclaim the lead. Ledford and Bollinger separated themselves from the field as Allen Weisser and Mike McKinney battled for third. Ledford led Bollinger after a caution with three laps to go, but Bollinger was running the top and took over the top spot. Ledford refused to give up and stuck the nose of his car under Bollinger several times. Bollinger was able to hang on for his third Fairbury win. Ledford was next with McKinney, Weisser, Jeff Curl, 13th starter Travis Kohler, Jimmy Dehm, Dave Lilja, Hastings, and 19th starter Billy Puckett in tow. “I can’t say enough about Jeffrey,” an excited Bollinger said. “He sticks his car on the bottom. I didn’t have anything for him there. I just had to put it on the top and bang the wall.”
by Rocky Ragusa
The Fairbury American Legion Speedway played host for the second time this year to the MARS/ALMS co-sanctioned Late Model series. Track points leader, Ryan Unzicker, took the feature win. Mike McKinney (Modified), AJ Meiferdt (Street Stock), Richard Craven (Sportsman), Mike Petersen and Brendan Patterson (Hobby-Modified) also graced victory lane.
23 I Beam Sliding Doors Late Models took time trials with Jason Feger leading the way at a 12.864. Feger, Mike Mataragas, and Tony Jackson Jr. picked up heat race wins. Outside front row starter and current points leader for the MARS series, Jackson Jr., took the lead with Mataragas on his heels, followed by Feger, Unzicker, and Derek Chandler. Mataragas led the next lap before Jackson led for two laps. Jackson pounded the infamous Fairbury cushion looking to extend his lead but Mataragas hung tough. The duo swapped the lead as Feger and Unzicker followed closely, with Scott Bull leading a host of drivers in fifth. At the halfway mark of the 40-lap race a four car pileup brought out the caution. On the restart, Unzicker, running the bottom of the track, was able to move into the lead. Two laps later, another yellow flag fell for Jackson who was bitten by the cushion. On the restart, Unzicker stuck to the bottom groove and was able to pull away from the field. Mataragas, Chandler, and Bull waged a furious battle for second, followed by Joe Godsey and Kevin Weaver. Jackson was able to rally to seventh before pulling off the track with ten laps to go. Unzicker went uncontested for the remainder of the race and took $3,000 for his third win at Fairbury. Mataragas, Bull, Godsey, Weaver, 19th starter Jeff Roth, Chandler, Mason Oberkramer, Donny Walden, and Jay Sparks completed the top ten. “The track was pretty good tonight, maybe a little bottom dominate but that’s the way I like it,” said Unzicker. “When the track slows down my car seems to come alive. My guys have worked hard on the car. It’s all a team effort.”
Jason Hastings led 30 other Varsitee Screen Printing Modified drivers in qualifying at a 13.894. Nick Lueth, Jeffrey Ledford, Nick Clubb, and Jeff Curl won their respective heat races, while Brent Gregory took the semi feature. In the 20-lap feature, Jeffrey Ledford led as eighth starter, Mike McKinney, quickly moved into the second position. Trailing the two “young guns”, Travis Kohler and Curl raced for third, with Lueth hanging on to fifth. McKinney was able to take the top position on the 10th lap, as Ledford tried to reclaim the lead. McKinney was able to hold on for his fifth win of the season. Ledford, Curl, Kohler, Hastings, Clubb, 14th starter Jay Ledford, Lueth, Dave Lilja, and 18th starter Logan Rogers rounded out the top ten. “With Jeffrey starting second I knew he was going to be tough. On the opening laps everyone was running on the bottom,” commented McKinney. “I went to the top and had to wait for my tires to heat up. It was a good race.”