October Classic Ready to Roll into Fairbury

mowaPOWRi and Fairbury American Legion Speedway officials are pleased to release the dates for the inaugural Sprint Mania’s FALS Classic on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th.  In what will feature some of the best action-packed racing for wing and non-wing sprint cars, the famed quarter mile bullring known as FALS will come to life in October for the first time in speedway history. 

The weekend will be dual highlighted by the 410 winged sprints which will be sanctioned by MOWA and IRA, while the 410 non-wing sprint cars will be sanctioned by the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint Car Series and the Wisconsin WingLESS Series.  Open Wheel Modifieds will be in action both nights, making three outstanding classes for this inaugural event. 

"It has been a vision of ours to build a fun, exciting weekend of racing in the fall once all of our fairground improvements were finished,” stated Matt Curl, Promoter of Fairbury American Legion Speedway.  “The excitement becomes a reality this year when we get a chance to see 410 winged and 410 non-winged sprints in the same venue for a weekend.  The opportunity to work with Kenny Brown and Jason McCord at POWRi, along with Steve Sinclair from the IRA series, and Kenny Dobson from the MOWA series, will ensure this event is very successful and around for many years to come."

410-non-wingFriday, October 6th will pay $2,000-to-win for both sprint car divisions, while Saturday, October 7th will feature $4,000-to-win sprint car main events.  Complete payouts and further event information for the inaugural Sprint Mania’s FALS Classic will be released when available. 

“POWRi is very excited to work with Matt Curl, Leroy Rodriguez, and the entire Fairbury American Legion Speedway staff to create what will turn into a staple event in sprint car racing,” stated Jason McCord, POWRi Director of Competition.  “This new event will be a weekend that all sprint and race fans will want to circle on their calendar.  Matt and the entire fair board staff care about what the fans want and always make sure the track is in great condition to put on an exciting show.  This is going to be a lot of fun for everyone.”

$3O,OOO to win 28th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic Sets Stage for Fairbury Speedway’s 2O17 Race Season

pdcWhen Fairbury Speedway embarks on its 72nd season of weekly dirt track racing, all eyes will be on the small Central Illinois town which will host one of America’s top Dirt Late Model races in the summer of 2017. The history of FALS will continue with the $30,000 to win Prairie Dirt Classic presented by the Bank of Pontiac, and will be sanctioned with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Dirt Late Model Series on the weekend of July 28th & 29th. Winning DirtonDirt.com's National Race of the Year honors three out of the last four years, this 100-lap main event never disappoints fans. In addition to the PDC weekend festivities, Fairbury Speedway officials are excited to announce the continuance of the #FALS Draw, a $5,000 to win PDC Showdown feature during Friday night’s racing action. With all the specific details of the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend to be announced at a later date, a driver entering the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend has a chance to take home a FALS record of $35,000 straight to the bank.

With a nice mix of races up and down the 2017 schedule, the first of many huge race weekends on the FALS schedule is the $10,000 to win FALS Frenzy, an American Late Model Series sanctioned special on May 13th. This 50-lap feature event will be held in conjunction with Farmer City Raceway’s huge $20,000 to win show on May 12th. Drivers all over the Midwest will showcase their talent to the FALS faithful which will kick start a season filled with big money races. The annual Pappy & Bob Allen Memorial Late Model Special will again pay $2,000 to win on June 10th. Lynn Chevrolet-Buick’s UMP Summer Nationals will roll into town with a 50-lap $10,000 to win feature on June 24th, which will host the best from the Midwest. A pair of $2,000 to win Late Model shows on May 27th & July 15th will continue a solid season of local purses. The season ending UMP DIRTcar $3,000 to win Late Model Special on Labor Day Weekend will conclude an unprecedented Late Model season of specials and payouts during 2017. 

mod-nationalsThe Casey’s Modified Nationals will once again highlight an exciting season for the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds in 2017. The 5th annual showcase is scheduled for September 2nd and will continue to pay a top prize of $10,000 to win and now pay a very strong $500 to start the 50-lap feature event. Sanctioned with the American Modified Series again in 2017, Modified drivers from all over the country will take part in what will continue to be an elite marquee weekend of Modified racing at the Fairbury Speedway. This will be one weekend Modified drivers will not want to miss in 2017! The running of the Memorial Day Weekend AMS Series event will be on May 27th paying $2,000 to win and will be the first of two American Modified Series events at FALS in 2017. The Summit DIRTcar Modified Nationals will pay $1,500 to win this year as part of the “Hell Tour” schedule this summer. The UMP Modifieds will continue to play a huge role on the weekend of the Prairie Dirt Classic as they will run for a top prize of $5,000 to win. This 40-lap feature event will be part of the Summit DIRTcar Modified Nationals Championship Weekend where the series champion will be crowned Saturday night of the Prairie Dirt Classic. Full Prairie Dirt Classic weekend information will be released at a later date.

Harrison Rolls To Second Modified Nationals Victory

by Rocky Ragusa | Live Updates

The 2016 race season came to a close with the Fourth Annual Casey’s Modified Nationals paying $10,000 to the winner, sanctioned by the American Modified Series. Late Models were also on the program with a $3,000 to win race.

69 Modifieds were on hand, seeking a starting position in the lucrative event. Dean Hoffman (Troy) was the fast qualifier in group one time trials at a 14.234, while Chad Kinder (Newton) turned in the fastest lap in group two with a 14.393. Winners of the six heat races went to Mike Harrison (Highland), Kinder, Levi Kissinger (Mount Vernon, IN), defending race winner Clayton Miller (Elkton, KY), Kenny Wallace (Arnold, MO), and Trent Young (Hopkinsville, KY). Matt Cooper (McKenzie, TN), Jeff Curl (Fairbury), Jeff Leka (Buffalo), and David Stremme (Davidson, NC) won the semi-features.

sep3-md24 cars lined up for the 50-lap feature. Kinder took the lead for the first two laps, before Harrison led the third lap. Kinder came back to lead the next two laps. After a lap six caution, Harrison reclaimed the lead. After a brief battle with Kinder, Harrison opened up a straightaway lead. Working slower traffic by the halfway mark allowed Brent Mullins (Litchfield) to close the margin. Two cautions fell in the final five laps, but Harrison was too strong and became the first repeat winner of the race.

After the race Harrison commented, “Hats off to Fairbury. It’s one of the best tracks. They put on these races for us Modified drivers and they know we put on a good show. We haven’t had the best year. We have been beating our brains against the wall to catch up with these drivers and get faster. This is our biggest win.” Mullins, Kinder, 23rd starter Mike McKinney, AMS points leader Young, Steven Brooks (New Lenox), Curl, Josh Harris (Owensboro, KY), Leka, and Miller completed the top ten.

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For Modified drivers not making the main event, Mullins Race Engines sponsored a 20-lap shootout race. Allen Weisser (Peoria) was on his way to the win until breaking on the 19th lap. Chris Smith (Highland) took over the lead and held off Frank Marshall (Valparaiso, IN) for the win. Jeffrey Ledford (Pontiac), Nick Clubb (Coal City), Jared Cagley (Fairbury), Bob Pohlman Jr. (Oak Lawn), John Clippinger (Evansville, IN), Bradley Jameson (Logansport, IN), Todd Riley (Benton, KY), and Scott Heeron (Forreston) rounded out the top ten.

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15 Late Models time trialed for their 40-lap race. Dan Flessner (Roberts) took fast time at a 12.957. Flessner and track champion Kevin Weaver (Gibson City) won the heat races. Weaver took the lead from Flessner at the start and went unchallenged until a caution fell on lap 18. Mike Spatola (Manhattan) made a brief bid for the lead, but Weaver was able to pull away for his eighth win of the season at FALS. “I thought the top was going to hold out,” Weaver said. “My crew kept telling me to go to the bottom. I felt that I had good momentum on the top. I went to the bottom and it worked out.” Finishing in the top ten were Spatola, 11th starter Shannon Babb (Moweaqua), Scott Bull (Fairbury), Joe Harlan (El Paso), Scott Schmitt (Tonica), Donny Walden (Towanda), Mike Mullvain (Bartonville), Glen Thompson (Buckingham), and Bill Hough (Thomasboro).

Spatola, Wallace, Albus, Sauder, McKenrick grab checkers as Champions were Crowned

by Rocky Ragusa

The track champions for the 2016 season were introduced to the crowd Saturday night along with the top ten in each of the four divisions. Kevin Weaver picked up his third Late Model track title, Richie Rich captured his second straight Sportsman championship, while A.J. Meiferdt (Street Stock), and Mike McKinney (Modified) both claimed their first track titles.

aug27-lmManhattan’s Mike Spatola got by Kevin Weaver with three laps to go and took his fourth win in the 30-lap Late Model feature. Rusty Schlenk also snuck by Weaver but ran out of time to make a bid for the lead as he settled for second. Weaver, Jay Morris, Joe Harlan, Mike Mullvain, Steve Thorsten, Jason Wagner, 16th starter Snooky Dehm, and Jon Small finished in the top ten as attrition took its toll on the 18 car field. Spatola set quick time at a 13.165. Harlan and Weaver won the heat races.

aug27-mdFormer NASCAR star, Kenny Wallace has been on a hot streak this past week. Wallace took the $1,000 to win race at Lincoln beating Mike Harrison in a photo finish on Thursday, dethroning perennial Kankakee favorite Mike McKinney for another grand on Friday, and tuned up for next week’s $10,000 to win show at FALS by winning his first ever feature at Fairbury in the 20-lap Modified race. Wallace moved to the lead on lap 12 after McKinney’s car lost a driveshaft. Wallace had to hold off a determined bid by Lance Dehm in the final laps until Dehm jumped the cushion with two laps to go. Wallace, always an exuberant person, spoke after the win, “This whole weekend has been inspired by the late Bryan Clauson. I know his family pretty well. When we left his celebration of life in Kokomo, Indiana, Quality Aviation one of my sponsors told me, “Herman, go park it. That’s a lot of pressure. To park it three straight nights in a row, is the first time this has ever happened to me. Thanks to my crew and all the fans for showing up. I will be back next week for the $10,000 to win race.” Ray Bollinger, Dehm, 16th starter Mike Learman, Jeff Curl, Vince Cooper, Tommy Duncan, Travis Kohler, Nick Clubb, and Nick Lueth rounded out the top ten. McKinney was the fastest qualifier of the 34 drivers on hand at a 14.047. Steven Brooks, Curl, McKinney, and Wallace won heat races. Dave Dulceak and Kevin Weaver won the semi features.

aug27-sp13 drivers were on hand in the Sportsman class. Bryant Frechette and Scott Williams took heat race wins. Lake Nichoalds took the lead from Scott Williams on the eighth lap and looked to be on his way to another win in the 15-lap race. On the restart after a lap 13 caution, Nichoalds car stalled at the exit of turn two bringing out a caution and ending his night. Brian Albus inherited the lead and took his second win of the season. “Lake was going to be hard to beat,” said Albus, who started 11th. “I didn’t think I could catch him and I was fine with finishing second. It’s too bad his night ended like that.” Frechette, Amber Crouch, Brandon Pralle, Eric Saltzman, Anthony Craven, Tyler Roth, Nichoalds, Blake Reid, and Williams completed the top ten.

aug27-ssStarting the season as he began it, Barry Sauder of Creve Coeur was the class of the field in the 15-lap Street Stock race. Taking the lead from A.J. Meiferdt on the third lap, Sauder sped away for his second win of the year. Meiferdt was the main competition for Sauder but dropped out with two laps to go due to mechanical problems. “Thanks to my dad and Mike Chasteen Jr. for their help tonight,” spoke Sauder. “I have taken a few weeks off to help Mike with his car. It feels good to get back behind the wheel. That was an exciting race.” Trailing Sauder to the line were Rick Thomas, Peter Odell, Don Hilleary, 20th starter Joel Funk, Mitch Hahn, Josh Hetherington, Kaleb Wood, Andy Thompson, and Robert Cottom. Hahn, Meiferdt, and Sauder won heat races for the 23 Street Stock drivers.

aug27-hmThe Hobby Mod class had a season high 14 entrants. Josh McKenrick and Mason Duncan scored wins in their heat races. McKenrick of Bellevue took the lead from Jason Brandt with two laps to go and won his first ever race at Fairbury. “After Peoria rained out tonight, we decided to come here. This is my first time racing here. What an awesome night,” said an excited McKenrick. Brandt, Tim McGuire, Thad Gee, Steven Ranfroe, Makinzi Semmens, Scott Brown, Mike Petersen, Duncan, and Brendan Patterson completed the top ten.