Miller Claims Cook Memorial, Craven Four-Peats Eden-Piercy Race

by Rocky Ragusa

The Fairbury American Legion Speedway can boast that they have some of the toughest competitors in the Modified class. Saturday night, Clayton Miller of Elkton, KY was able to make short order of the drivers in claiming the 2nd Annual Gary Cook Jr. Memorial race, sanctioned by the American Modified Series.

Mike McKinney and Miller led the 22 car field to the green flag, but a caution fell before a lap was completed. On the restart, Miller raced out to a two car length lead over McKinney, Chad Kinder, Jay Ledford, and Lucas Lee. A caution again fell on the third lap for Dustin Mounce, who battled an ill handling car. The restart had Miller running the top, McKinney on the bottom, Kinder in the middle, and Ledford on the bottom. Miller opened up a five car length lead, as McKinney, Kinder, and Ledford battled for second. Kinder got under McKinney and challenged for position as Lance Dehm moved to the top side of the track and began picking off the cars. Miller lead by a half a straight away by lap ten, with Kinder following, Dehm moving to third, McKinney, and Ledford in tow. Miller was able to open a straightaway lead by the 15th lap and soon encountered slower cars. Kinder changed his line to the top side in hopes of running down Miller, as Dehm was five car lengths back. Current A.M.S. points leader, Tyler Nicely, was on the charge, as he started 17th and worked his way to fifth by the 18th circuit. Traffic slowed Miller’s momentum in the closing laps, as Kinder closed the margin to a two car length lead. Kinder managed to get under Miller several times, but Miller was able to hang on and take the $2,064, 30 lap feature.

Sheppard makes rare FALS visit pay off

by Rocky Ragusa

The weather cancelled many area races this weekend and although Fairbury American Legion Speedway had a rain shower before hot laps, racing was still on the docket. The track also reaped the harvest of those extra drivers from the Lucas Oil Late Model Series that were rained out at LaSalle.

Thirty-five late models qualified for the $2,000-to-win, 30-lap feature with New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard leading the way with a 12.662. That top qualifying time and a heat win put Sheppard on the pole next to Georgia’s Jonathan Davenport. A couple of cautions caused the feature to be restarted and one claimed El Paso’s Ryan Unzicker with a flat tire. Of the 20 that had started the race only 15 were in the running when the race finally took off. Davenport and Sheppard pulled to a slight advantage over the field in the first five laps but soon found Fairbury’s McKay Wenger in the fray. Davenport’s lead and his night ended when he broke coming out of turn two with 23 laps to go.

Famed National Anthem Singer Jim Cornelison Inked for Pre-Race Duty at Fairbury’s 26th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic

The already electric pre-race festivities for the prestigious Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway will grow even bigger and better during this year’s 26th annual event on July 25.

FALS officials have announced that the national anthem for the blockbuster $26,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series show on July 25 will be sung by nationally acclaimed Jim Cornelison, who has performed at NHL, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, NFL and college sporting events. The singer, who is especially well known to Illinois sports fans, will undoubtedly add to the PDC’s pre-race excitement with his first-ever appearance at the quarter-mile FALS oval.

Cornelison’s appearance is being handled through the Fairbury Fan Club as track officials have their hands full with pre-race and race day duties for the historic July 24-25 weekend. The Fan Club will oversee ongoing fund raising efforts to go along with diehard FALS fans who have already stepped up with donations for this major addition to the PDC activities. More announcements about fund raising and Cornelison’s appearance will be made by the Fan Club in the near future.

Fairbury’s renowned race fans will have a chance to rock the stands and show the country how passionate they are on July 25th when Cornelison performs an unprecedented national anthem at a dirt-track race – only at FALS, of course!

Maier Captures Hubert Memorial

by Darlene Miller

No better way to enjoy opening night than to have a record established. That’s what happened Saturday at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. It was the speedway’s 70th season-opening night and it started off with the Earl J. Hubert Memorial race for street stocks and a new track record.

The street stocks took to the track for their qualifying efforts and Lukes Gash of Chebanese, one of the first three qualifiers, broke Calvin Coleman’s long-standing record of 15.409 seconds with a hot-lap time of 15.197.

FALS announces unique and exciting #FALS Draw Showdown as part of 26th annual Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend

Fairbury American Legion Speedway officials are excited to announce the details for the one-of-a-kind #FALS Draw Showdown as part of the 26th annual Prairie Dirt Classic weekend racing festivities scheduled for July 24-25.

This unique, exciting race will draw together some of the best local, state and national drivers to compete for a $5,000 top prize during the World of Outlaws Late Model Series-sanctioned Prairie Dirt Classic qualifying night program on Fri., July 24.