FALS Ready for DIRTcar Summer Nationals with New Title Sponsor

summer-nationals-flyer-tnAlways circled as one of the most anticipated nights on the Fairbury American Legion Speedway schedule, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals are ready to roll into FALS on Saturday, June 23rd for the 50-lap $10,000 to win first place prize. Fairbury Speedway officials are excited to announce Rhino Ag as the title sponsor for this year’s Summer National event. Rhino Ag, located in Gibson City, Illinois, is a leader in the agriculture equipment industry used in agriculture, commercial, industrial mowing applications, landscape preparation, roadside maintenance, and many other farm and ranch applications. Alongside the DIRTcar Late Models, the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will also be in action paying $1,500 to win the 30-lap feature.

Fairbury Speedway will also be hosting the DIRTcar Street Stocks which will pay $800 to win the 20-lap feature. Originally scheduled as a Midwest Street Stock Championship sanctioned race, Fairbury Speedway officials have decided to respectfully forgo the MSSC race and run a Fairbury Speedway track operated DIRTcar special. “In the best interest of our Street Stock racing, and the anticipation of those racers racing in front of a great crowd, we have decided this was the best course of action leading up to the Summer Nationals event,” said FALS Race Director Scott Drendel. “We want to thank the entire MSSC Series and wish them well in the future.” Fairbury Speedway will be implementing a bonus if there are 25 or more Street Stocks.

Curl, Weisser, Maier, Mattingly, Patterson pick up wins

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by Rocky Ragusa

With sweltering temperatures in the air, hot racing action was also found at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night. A regular race night in five classes saw Jeff Curl (Late Model), Allen Weisser (Modified), Jason Maier (Street Stock), Steve Mattingly (Sportsman), and Brendan Patterson (Hobby-Modified) making a trip to the winner's circle.

jun16-lm19 Late Models tuned up for next week’s big Summer Nationals race. Kevin Weaver was the night’s top qualifier at a 12.938. Allen Murray and Allen Weisser claimed heat race wins. In the 30 lap race, Weisser led the first lap. Following a caution on lap one, Weisser’s car bobbled enough for Scott Schmitt to move out front. Caution fell on lap three with Schmitt, Weisser, Jeff Curl, Weaver, and Steve Thorsten in the top five. Curl was on the move and took second on lap six. Schmitt slowed on the backstretch for a caution on lap eight giving Curl the lead. Thorsten, on the top side, got by the bottom running Curl to lead laps 12 and 13 but Curl retook the lead on lap 14. Curl was able to pull out to a ten-car-length lead as Thorsten made a determined bid to retake first. Behind the duo, Weaver, Weisser, and Myles Moos had their own race for the third position. Debris on the track brought out a caution on lap 19. Weaver saw an opening on the restart but got into the back of Thorsten, and Weisser was collected in the mayhem to end his night. The field went single file for the remaining 11 laps. Curl stuck to the bottom, led the wall banging Thorsten, with Moos, Weaver, and Bill Hough in tow. Thorsten and Moos went back and forth for second, exchanging several slide jobs, before Thorsten took second back with three to go. As the race for second was unraveling, Curl was able to jump out to a straightaway lead and the Late Model rookie captured his first ever Late Model trophy. An excited Curl commented following his win, “I am way ahead of where I thought I would be after eight nights in a Late Model. We have tried different things each week and I have to thank Mike Spatola and the Friedman’s for their advice. We had not planned to race the Late Model next week, but it looks like we will be here for the Summer National race.” Following Curl to the line were Thorsten, Moos, Weaver, 15th starter Hough, Collin Alexander, Cole Swibold, Curtis Radke, Austin McCarty, and Weisser.

jun16-mdWith 12 Modified drivers on hand for their 20 lap race, Jeffrey Ledford paced the competition in qualifying with a 14.060. Ledford and Allen Weisser were the winners of their respective heat races. Weisser led the start followed by Ledford, McKay Wenger, Chevy Miller, and Alan Stipp. Weisser pulled out to a 10-car-length lead as Ledford and Wenger battled for second. Wenger moved by Ledford for second at the halfway mark and moved to the top side in an effort to run down Weisser. Weisser proved to be the dominate force on this night and earned his first ever win at Fairbury. “We have raced here a few times, had our share of bad luck, along with some seconds. It is nice to finally get a win here,” spoke Weisser. Wenger, Ledford, Stipp, Austin Lynn, Jay Ledford, Miller, Vince Cooper, Eric Vaughan, and Logan Rogers took the top ten positions.

jun16-ssVeteran wheelman Rick Thomas led in time trials at a 15.681 over 14 other Street Stock drivers. Heat races were won by Jason Maier and AJ Meiferdt. Meiferdt took the lead at the start of the 15 lap race with Jason Maier, Thomas, Matt Maier, and Cody Clubb in pursuit. After a lap five caution, Jason Maier, running the top side, overtook Meiferdt for the lead. Meiferdt held on to second as Thomas, Matt Maier, and Clubb followed. On the restart after a caution on lap eight, Matt Maier squeezed by Meiferdt for second while Jason checked out to a ten-car-length lead. In the closing laps, Meiferdt moved back into second as Jason Maier gained redemption from last week’s race and took the win. “I went to the high side of the track because AJ is always tough on the bottom,” Maier said. The rest of the top ten were Matt Maier, Thomas, Clubb, Al Gray, Nick Seplak, Justin Van Drunen, Andrew Alwood, and Michael Schomas.

jun16-spSteve Mattingly set quick time at a 14.747 of the 11 CR Towing Sportsman drivers on hand for their 15 lap race. Mattingly and Amber Crouch took heat race wins. Mattingly led at the start, but a caution fell after the end of lap one as contender Bryant Frechette dropped out with mechanical problems. On the restart, Mattingly stuck his car to the top side, with Crouch and Brandon Pralle in a heated battle for second followed by Matt Ramer and Anthony Craven. Laps five and six had the yellow flag waving, but on the restart, Mattingly ran the top groove to perfection and extended his lead. Crouch and Pralle went tooth and nail for second, but both drivers had their night cut short as Pralle got into the backstretch wall and Crouch cut a tire down. For the final six circuits Mattingly was able to pull away from the field and take his fourth win of the season. With the absence of points leader Richard Craven, Mattingly took over in the standings for the track championship. “The top side was a little rough but we were able to make it work out for us,” commented Mattingly. Following Mattingly to the stripe were Ramer, Eric Saltzman, Tyler Roth, Michael Ledford, Valerie Hurt, Craven, Crouch, Pralle, and Robert Saltzman.

jun16-hm12 Hobby-Modified drivers looked to carry the checkered flag at the end of their night. Darren Kerrins was the fast qualifier at a 15.497, while Brendan Patterson and Makinzi Semmens won their respective heat races. Patterson took the lead at the start of the 12 lap feature, but due to numerous cautions and a time limit, the race was stopped at three laps. Taking his fourth win of the year, Patterson was happy, but dejected, "We had a good car but I wish we could have gotten all the race in.” Mike Petersen, Terry Bolen, Thad Gee, Kerrins, Semmens, Austin Lipe, TJ Bolen, Bryan Saner, and Travis Roe completed the top ten.

Spatola nabs second Allen Memorial win

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by Rocky Ragusa

Racing returned to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night with the 22nd annual “Pappy and Bob Allen Memorial”. The race for the Late Model class paid $2,000 to the winner. Also on the program were the Modified, Street Stock, Sportsman, and Hobby-Modified divisions, along with a special appearance by the KidModz Racing Series.

jun9-lm14 Late Model drivers qualified for the 35 lap Allen Memorial. Myles Moos turned heads by posting fast time at a 13.153. Mike Spatola and Kevin Weaver won their respective heat races. Spatola took a healthy lead at the start with Scott Schmitt, Weaver, Billy Drake, and Derek Chandler trying to keep up with the race leader. After an early caution period, Spatola led as Weaver took second from Schmitt and Chandler got by Drake for fourth. As the track began to take rubber, drivers ran single file on the top. The caution fell on lap 21. With Spatola safely in the lead, Schmitt snuck by Weaver for second. Debris caused another yellow flag on lap 24. The restart saw Weaver reclaim second from Schmitt and Moos take fifth from Chandler. After a final caution on lap 29, Spatola left his competition and took his third win of the year at Fairbury and second Allen Memorial race. “We didn’t expect the track to rubber up like it did,” spoke Spatola. “The car was a little free. I think we made the wrong call on tires but it was still good. This car is amazing. No matter where I want to go I am able to put it there. The car is everything I could hope for.” The remainder of the top ten were Weaver, Schmitt, Drake, Moos, Bill Hough, Steve Thorsten, Chandler, Jeff Curl, and Glen Thompson.

Haudenschild Wins Inaugural FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Fairbury

by WoO | Pics by Rocky Ragusa

jun5-sprSheldon Haudenschild took the lead on a Lap 3 restart and never looked back, scoring his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season in the Series inaugural visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. Jacob Allen matched his career-best with a runner-up finish with Kyle Larson completing the podium.

The night didn’t start off as planned for Haudenschild, as Sheldon was just 21st quick in Qualifying and started seventh in his Heat. Haudenschild, in true Haudenschild fashion, charged from seventh to second in his Heat to secure a spot in the Sears Craftsman Dash.

Sheldon Haudenschild went on to win the Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature but it was fellow front row starter Hunter Schuerenburg getting the jump at the drop of the Green. Schuerenburg, in search of his first career Outlaw triumph, paced the field, pounding the cushion before a caution on Lap 3 for a backwards Shane Stewart halted action.

Schuerenburg elected the top on the double-file restart, but his No.20 machine stumbled on the restart as Haudenschild, who restarted alongside him, powered to the lead. Schuerenburg drastically fell to the back of the field with a flat tire. Things went from bad to worse as Tanner Thorson jumped Schuerenburg’s rear tire and went for a tumble. Thorson was uninjured in the accident and the Red Flag allowed Schuerenburg to change his tire and restart at the rear of the field.

When action resumed, Haudenschild motored away from the field and reached lapped traffic quickly around the bullring. Jacob Allen, who shattered the FALS track record in Qualifying, moved into second with his Shark Racing teammate, Logan Schuchart in tow running third. Haudenschild put on a lapped traffic clinic, slicing and dicing his way through the field.

jun5-spr3A hellacious battle between Kyle Larson and Brent Marks for fifth was momentarily halted when a lapped car got loose and forced both Larson and Marks to take evasive action with 17 laps remaining. The duo did synchronized 360’s, but kept going, in turn two, forcing the rest of the field to check up. Greg Wilson had nowhere to go and got upside down. Gio Scelzi and Paul Nienhiser’s top-ten runs also came to an end in the accident. Wilson was uninjured but done for the evening while both Scelzi and Nienhiser tagged the rear.

With rubber prominent on the high line, World of Outlaws officials ruled single-file restarts for the remainder of the evening. Haudenschild continued to show the way as he reached traffic with the rest of the field directly on his tail.

With eight laps remaining, Schuchart pulled a slider on his teammate Allen to secure second and set his sights on Haudenschild. Haudenschild remained locked down in the rubber as Schuchart looked for a way to steal the lead. Schuchart peeked a car-length higher than Haudenschild in turn two with three laps remaining, but that was the end of Schuchart’s night as a flat tire on the No.1S brought out the final caution of the evening.

Haudenschild distanced himself from Allen, who was in search of his first career Outlaw win, on the late restart while Larson and Cory Eliason waged war for third. The pair of Californian’s exchanged sliders back and forth with Larson grabbing the final podium spot.

Sheldon Haudenschild went on to win his fourth Feature of the year aboard the NOS Energy Drink sponsored Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17.

“My car was really good early and really good in the rubber,” Haudenschild said with a smile in Victory Lane. “I was able to get good drive on the early restart, grab the lead and get to the top. Other than a couple of times where I tagged the wall, I felt really good and felt like I was making good laps in traffic,” the Wooster, OH native added.

Allen’s second-place finish tied a career-best and was his first top-ten finish of 2018. “My team has worked really hard. Sheldon’s been one of my best friends for a long time, obviously I would have liked to get my first Outlaw win, but I’m extremely happy with second,” Allen said. When asked about racing with his teammate and relative Schuchart, Allen explained, “We’ll race each other hard, but clean. We both want to win, it’s unfortunate he got a flat tire ending his night. It’s always fun running up front with Logan.”

Kyle Larson, who slipped out of the top ten early, was pleased to get back to the podium. “I was pretty good as the race went on. I’m really loose until the fuel burns off, I was happy to get back to third after our start,” Larson said. Cory Eliason settled for fourth with Saturday’s winner in Wisconsin Brent Marks coming from 14th to fifth. The finish was Marks’ third consecutive top-five finish. KSE Hard Charger honors went to David Gravel and CJB Motorsports, as they came from 22nd to complete the top ten.

Results

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$5,500]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [6][$3,200]; 4. 83-Cory Eliason [8][$2,800]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,300]; 7. 4-Parker Price-Miller [5][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [22][$2,000]; 11. 41-Jason Johnson [12][$1,500]; 12. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$1,200]; 13. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [2][$1,100]; 14. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [11][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 10V-Matt Vandervere [18][$900]; 17. 2-Shane Stewart [17][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$800]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$800]; 20. 21X-Carson Short [21][$800]; 21. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$800]; 22. 25-Jacob Blackhurst [16][$800]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$800]; 24. 3C-Tanner Thorson [19][$800]

Lap Leaders: Hunter Schuerenberg 1-3, Sheldon Haudenschild 4-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+12]

Qualifying: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.893; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.193; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.278; 4. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 11.313; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 11.336; 6. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 11.354; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.354; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.377; 9. 21X-Carson Short, 11.39; 10. 25-Jacob Blackhurst, 11.435; 11. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.437; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.439; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.449; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 11.476; 15. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 11.477; 16. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.495; 17. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.533; 18. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.544; 19. 5-David Gravel, 11.544; 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.598; 21. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.613; 22. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.636; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.657; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.682; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.703; 26. 98-Clinton Boyles, 11.917; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.083

Heat #1 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 6. 25-Jacob Blackhurst [4]; 7. 5-David Gravel [7]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

Heat #2 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [4]; 3. 83-Cory Eliason [6]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [3]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [7]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 9. 98-Clinton Boyles [9]

Heat #3 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandervere [5]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]; 8. 3C-Tanner Thorson [2]; 9. 21X-Carson Short [3]

Sears Craftsman Dash (8 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [4]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 5. 4-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [5]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 3C-Tanner Thorson [2][-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [7][-]; 3. 21X-Carson Short [3][-]; 4. 5-David Gravel [4][-]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][-]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5][-]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [1][$300]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [9][$250]; 9. 98-Clinton Boyles [8][$225]

Simon Wins Late-Race Thriller at Fairbury

by POWRi

jun5-spr2Landon Simon was the victor Tuesday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois with the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Wildcard Sprint League. It was his first WAR win of the 2018 season as he won multiple WAR races in 2017. Thomas Meseraull (2nd) and Mitch Wissmiller (3rd) completed the podium.

After earning the LRB Inc. “High Point Man” award from his stellar heat race performance, Simon pulled the ace for the redraw which left him to start on the pole of the 25-lap feature event. Once the green flag dropped at “FALS” for the WAR Sprints, Mitch Wissmiller would assume the lead by utilizing the bottom groove. He would remain in a comfortable lead until halfway through the race when the top groove started to come in and Landon Simon would take over the lead railing around the top of the high banked, ¼ mile track. Meseraull would also get around Wissmiller on the high side.

The final laps left Simon and Meseraull banging the cushion fighting for the $2,000 payday, but Simon would prevail as he rocketed toward his 3rd WAR win of his career.

Results

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 24-Landon Simon (1); 2. 00-Thomas Meseraull (4); 3. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (5); 4. 6-Mario Clouser (3); 5. 22S-Slater Helt (11); 6. 88-Terry Babb (9); 7. 99-Korey Weyant (2); 8. 20-Steve Thomas (12); 9. N2-Nic Harris (6); 10. 11-Mark Brucker (13); 11. 56-Mitchell Davis (8); 12. 114-Brent Moore (7); 13. 77K-Katlynn Leer (10); 14. 31-Austin Sears (14); DNS: 21-Carson Short, 98-Clinton Boyles, 24X-Kyle Simon

Heat #1 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (2); 2. 24-Landon Simon, Tipp City, OH (7); 3. N2-Nic Harris, Atlanta, IL (3); 4. 114-Brent Moore, Loda, IL (1); 5. 77K-Katlynn Leer, Moulton, IA (4); 6. 20-Steve Thomas, Rantoul, IL (6); 7. 31-Austin Sears, Macomb, IL (5); DNS: 21-Carson Short, 24X-Kyle Simon

Heat #2 (8 Laps): 1. 6-Mario Clouser, Auburn, IL (2); 2. 00-Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA (3); 3. 1-Mitch Wissmiller, Saybrook, IL (4); 4. 56-Mitchell Davis, Auburn, IL (1); 5. 88-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (5); 6. 22S-Slater Helt, Harrisonville, MO (7); 7. 11-Mark Brucker, Elliot, IL (6); DNS: 98-Clinton Boyles