In a season filled with high expectations revolving around the famed quarter mile dirt track, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway will play host to the highest paying Dirt Late Model race in Illinois history as the 25th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic, sanctioned with the World of Outlaws again in 2014, will pay $25,000 to the winner of the 100-lap feature event. The race that was named Dirt on Dirt’s “Race of the Year” in 2013 from across the country, the Illinois crown jewel will once again highlight an amazing season schedule in its 68th year of weekend dirt track racing.
With a number of changes up and down the 2014 schedule, opening night will be moved up one week earlier and take the place of practice day on April 19th. The first of two ALMS Late Model shows will mark the first special of 2014 on May 10th. The annual Pappy & Bob Allen Memorial Late Model Special will again pay $2,000 to win on June 14th. The following week, June 21st, the UMP Summer Nationals will roll into town with a 50-lap $10,000 to win feature that will host the best from the Midwest. The season ending $3,000 to win Late Model Special on Labor Day Weekend will conclude an unprecedented Late Model season of specials and payouts from the 2014 season.
It is our great pleasure that we announce the running of the First Annual Gary Cook Jr. Memorial Modified Special on Memorial Day Weekend May 24th. The $2,064 to win special will be the first of two American Modified Series events at FALS in 2014. The Summit Modified Nationals will pay $1,500 to win this year as a part of the “Hell Tour” schedule this summer. The Modifieds will play a huge role on the weekend of the 25th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic as they will run two separate shows July 25th & 26th. Friday night’s show will be paying a minimum of $1,500 to win and Saturday night’s show paying $2,500 to win on the 25th anniversary. The season will conclude with the second AMS race of the year, the 2nd Annual Casey’s Modified Nationals paying $5,000 to win and capping off an exciting year for the UMP Modifieds in 2014.
The UMP Street Stocks will have their annual special on June 7th paying a record $1,000 to win. The UMP Sportsman will continue their tradition of running the annual Eden-Piercy Memorial Special on May 24th. The annual Fair Championship Night will again play host to the Topless Sportsman Special in 2014. Both the Street Stocks and Sportsman will be ending the season with $500 to win specials on Labor Day Weekend.
Adding to the season excitement in 2014, mark your calendars for Saturday night July 12th as the Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets will be invading the racy quarter mile. The $3,000 to win feature event will be one that draws some of the top Midget drivers from across the county. A large field of Midgets is expected for the weekend and FALS is looking forward to bringing the open wheel series back to their old stomping grounds this summer. Running with the Midgets that night will be the UMP Late Models racing for $1,500 to win and the UMP Modifieds for $1,000 to win. Also new for 2014, the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will take to the track on August 2nd. FALS is honored to have this up and coming series based out of Central Illinois added to one of our weekly shows.
FALS is proud to announce the continuance of the Alkota “Keep it Clean” Series in 2014. This series will be run 16 times throughout the year when all four weekly divisions are racing on the same night.
This year’s winner will be the “Hard Charger” of the Year. The driver that passes the most cars in each of the series feature nights will again take home a brand new pressure washer from the great folks from Rural Route Repair and M&M Pumps. Fair Championship Night will conclude track points for the 2014 season on Saturday night, August 16th. Champions will be crowned on that traditional night with recognition scheduled for August 23rd which will be FALS Drivers Appreciation Night. Details of this night will be released soon. Nostalgia Night along with the racers reunion and vintage display will highlight Fan Appreciation Night on May 31st. Specific details of the vintage display will be announced as soon as possible.
In the wake of losing two great men associated with the Fairbury American Legion Speedway, we remember past Fair Board President Jim Schahrer and past Promoter Rusty Allen for all they contributed throughout their lives in allowing us to continue the great tradition at FALS. In memory of each of these outstanding gentlemen, the speedway is working on acquiring a new scoreboard in Jim’s memory and the kids’ “Dash for Cash” that Rusty introduced will be renamed the Rusty Allen Kids Dash for Cash. We continue our prayers for the families as both Jim and Rusty were “family” to all of us at the speedway.
On behalf of the American Legion, Fairbury Fair Board, and FALS Race Committee, we thank you for your continuing support of the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. We continue to showcase our facility in the best possible way each week and throughout the year. Our race committee will go to work after the holidays and evaluate all the weekly rules, procedures, and thoughts to make 2014 even better.
Happy Holidays from everybody here at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway!