by Darlene Miller
Scott Bull and Mike Harrison were big winners as the Fairbury American Legion Speedway came to an exciting end of its 2014 season on Saturday night with the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series drivers, the American Late Model Series drivers, plus FALS regulars in a 40-lap feature.
Three-time defending FALS points champion Scott Bull picked up the victory to put an exclamation point on his outstanding season while also pocketing $3,000. Meanwhile, Highland’s Mike Harrison picked up the 2nd annual Casey’s American Modified Series Nationals race taking home $5,000. Richard Craven and Matt Maier were the winners of the Sportsman and Street stock features, respectively.
El Paso’s Ryan Unzicker and Dan Flessner of Roberts led the Late Models to the 40-lap feature and quickly set a fast pace. An early caution flag flew just one lap into the feature. Unzicker led the group back to the flag bringing along Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce, Flessner, and New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard. Four more caution flags flew before the group settled into some green flag racing with 33 laps to go. Pierce wrestled the lead away from Unzicker with 23 circuits to go. Pierce, on the bottom, Unzicker and Sheppard both running high, began to feel the presence of Bull charging forward from his seventh starting spot. A caution flag flew with seven laps to go, and on the restart Pierce jumped and was put in second place following Sheppard and one spot ahead of Bull, who was now in third place.
The Summit Racing Equipment American Modified Series returned to action on Saturday evening at Fairbury’s American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, IL for the 2nd Annual Casey’s Modified Nationals and Mike Harrison of Highland, IL would charge from the 18th starting position and score the $5,000 victory aboard his Rinderer Farms/Kreke’s Performance/FlexiCorps.com Racing/Aggressive Graphics/All Purpose Erectors/Steve Schmitt Chevrolet/Broadway Bar and Grill sponsored #24H Impressive Race Car powered by a Performance Race Engine.
A two car pile-up would bring back the initial start, but when action got underway, Lance Dehm would jump to the race lead, while Jay Ledford and Jeff Leka would begin what would be a very entertaining battle for the second spot, while Jeff Curl and Matt Mevert would ride fourth and fifth. Dehm would motor away from the field and would begin the process of working slower traffic on lap 12, while Ledford and Leka would trade the runner-up spot on numerous occasions in a great door-to-door battle. Meanwhile, Mike Harrison would start to flex his muscles and start charging through the pack and would make his way into the top five on lap 22.