Chandler Nets Fairbury Season Opener

by Rocky Ragusa

Derek Chandler wrestled the lead away from Scott Bull with nine laps to go and pulled away from the field to claim the 30-lap, UMP Late Model feature as the Fairbury American Legion Speedway opened their 68th season.

Pole sitter Bull led the field to the green as Chandler followed. Chandler, running the top side of the track, used his momentum to take the point on the third circuit, but Bull came back to reclaim the lead on lap four. Bull was able to open a five car length lead over Chandler, but never was able to distance himself from the field.  Jay Morris charged by Joe Harlan and Daren Friedman to take third in the early portion, but the front two cars had a straight away lead over the competition. Chandler slowly etched his way back to Bull’s bumper and moved into the lead with ten laps to go. Following a caution with seven laps remaining, Chandler, Bull, and Morris went three wide into turn one for the lead. Chandler showed the power and pulled away to a ten car length lead, as Morris showed Bull the nose of his car. Bull was able to keep Morris at bay, but in the end, Chandler took his second straight season opening win at the American Legion track. Defending track champion, Bull took second, with Morris, Harlan, Friedman, Steve Thorsten, Dan Flessner, McKay Wenger, Torin Mettille, and Don Hilleary completing the top ten. Wenger set fast time at a 12.603. Bull and Chandler took heat race wins.

Fairbury Speedway to Race Sunday, April 27th

In an effort to accommodate racers and fans in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Illini 100 at Farmer City, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway will move their regular night of racing from Saturday, April 26th to Sunday, April 27th. UMP Late Models will run for an increased purse of $2,000 to win (30 laps) and the UMP Modifieds paying $750 to win (20 laps) for the Sunday matinée. The UMP Sportsman and UMP Street Stocks will also be on the card racing for their regular night payouts. This night will be a perfect opportunity to visit the Fairbury Speedway on a night with limited racing in the area. Fans will be treated to some additional drivers in all classes in anticipation for upcoming specials throughout the year.

Transponders Required For All Classes in 2O14

The Fairbury American Legion Speedway is excited to announce the addition of electronic scoring with transponders to the race program for the 2014 race season and beyond.  This opportunity to continue building our race program and to run it at the highest level is the main reason in adding this scoring system.  With the help of a couple generous investors, we will be giving our racers an opportunity to take advantage of our AMB / MYLAPS transponder system. For complete details click here.

Corn Belt Clash / ALMS Late Model Special Highlight Winter News

The Corn Belt Clash Dirt Late Model Series will invade the Fairbury American Legion Speedway for the first time in the series history in the inaugural CBC / ALMS Triple Shot Weekend. The $3,000 to win, $300 to start, 40-lap features will host the best that the Midwest has to offer in a trio of Central Illinois tracks on Labor Day Weekend August 29th – 31st. Farmer City Raceway will lead-off the holiday weekend on Friday, FALS will spotlight Saturday night, and Vermilion County Speedway in Danville will host the Sunday night finale. All three nights will be co-sanctioned with the UMP ALMS Series, have the same purse, same rules, and same procedures which will be released soon through the website.

25th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic Headlines 2O14 FALS Schedule

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.