25th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend Information

A crown jewel is born as the Fairbury American Legion Speedway will play host to the highest paying dirt Late Model race in Illinois history with the running of the 25th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic on July 25th & 26th. The two day $25,000 to win World of Outlaws sanctioned event will welcome the top drivers in the country including Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, and many more! The 26 car field will pay a strong $1,500 to start with a full payout of $88,000 for the 100 lap feature event. In addition to the PDC weekend events, Friday night will also see the conclusion of the Lynn Chevrolet Buick UMP Summer Nationals that were rained out earlier this season. The 12 lap B-Main and the 50 lap A-Main feature event paying $10,000 to win will follow World of Outlaws heat races Friday night, July 25th. This race will bring more excitement to an already highly anticipated PDC weekend.

Included in the weekend’s racing program will be two complete UMP Modified shows paying $1,500 to win on Friday night and $2,500 to win on Saturday.

Finally, the 5th Annual Prairie Dirt Shootout will complete this awesome weekend of racing at FALS on Saturday night as the Late Model non-qualifiers’ feature will pay $1,500 to win and $300 to start. The 30 lap Shootout will start 20 cars making the top 46 drivers earning money from the weekend. A full and complete rundown of all the payouts can be found under the "Driver Info" section of the website.

Ticket Prices

Weekend General Admission Wristband $40
Weekend Pit Pass Wristband $70
Friday Only General Admission $15
Friday Only Pit Pass $30
Saturday Only General Admission $30
Saturday Only Pit Pass $45

  • Tickets must be purchased at time of arrival (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • No one will enter fairgrounds without paying for a ticket
  • Children 12 and under free, with paying adult!
  • Minors in the pits will be $15 per night (12 & under)
  • Reserved tickets are available (first come first serve); $5 per seat for the weekend
  • The entire backstretch may be reserved for reserved seating
  • Advanced reserved camping is sold out for the weekend! If you bring a camper and we have room, we will do our best to find you a spot. Reserved camping is $25.00 each.
  • Reserved seats are still available; request yours at the track on Friday.
  • Wristbands from the June 21 UMP Summer Nationals event are not valid.

Friedman Bull’s Way to Front

by Rocky Ragusa

Driving a Longhorn Chassis, Daren Friedman overtook Joe Harlan with two laps remaining to win the 30 lap, UMP Late Model feature Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

Gash $1,OOO Richer in Street Stock Special

by Rocky Ragusa

Twenty UMP Street Stock competitors lined up for their 20 lap, $1,000 to win special. Brandon Kessinger took the lead at the start, with Luke Gash, Lon Franks, Rick Thomas, and Jordan Smith following. In the early stages, the top four ran single file, while Smith had to contend with Jason Maier and Andrew Funk. On the seventh lap, Gash went to the outside and overtook Kessinger for the lead. Gash was able to use the slower cars to his advantage and extend his lead to five car lengths over Kessinger past the halfway mark of the race. Thomas got under Franks, looking to move up in the running order, but Franks was able to hold Thomas off. After the lone caution on lap 16, Gash raced to a five car length lead, as Kessinger, Franks, and Thomas traded sheet metal looking to run down Gash. Gash was able to hold on for his third win of the year. “I knew I would have to do it early if I wanted to run the middle. We chose soft tires and it worked out,” commented Gash. Following Gash to the stripe was Kessinger, Franks, Thomas, Jason Maier, A.J. Meiferdt, Smith, Matt Maier, Nick Clubb, and Joe Dynek. Kessinger was fast qualifier at a 15.771. Kessinger and Gash won the heat races.

In the 15 lap UMP Sportsman race, Jeffrey Ledford and Richie Rich led the 12 car field to the green flag. Rich got into Ledford and took the lead. Rod Rusher moved by Ledford on the third lap for second, with Richard Craven and Dustin Mounce running fourth and fifth. Rusher showed Rich his bumper several times in the early portion but Rich turned up the wick and extended his lead. Rich drove a smooth line around the track and opened up a 10 car length lead over the competition. At the checkers Rich ended a season of frustration by claiming his first win of the year. “I got into Ledford at the start. I’m not sure what happened. It’s been a tough road this year and I want to thank my crew for all the hard work,” said Rich.

Rescheduled Summer National Races Announced

The Fairbury American Legion Speedway has announced the rescheduling of the races that were washed out on Saturday, June 21st. The 50-lap, $10,000 to win Late Model feature (along with the Semi Feature) will be run on Friday of the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend July 25th.

The 30-lap, $1,500 to win Modified feature will be made up on July 12th as part of the POWRi Midgets night. The Street Stocks will make up their feature on July 5th and the Sportsman on July 19th.

For more information about these rescheduled races, visit our forum.

Spatola Captures Pappy & Bob Allen Memorial

by Darlene Miller

Maybe it was in anticipation of next week’s Summer Nationals rolling into Fairbury American Legion Speedway as all four feature races came down to the last lap on Saturday night.

Manhattan’s Mike Spatola won the $2,000 Pappy and Bob Allen Memorial 40-lap late model feature over a charging Scott Bull. A photo finish decided what Maier brother would take home the street stock feature as Matt edged Jason. The Ledford family brought home two trophies as Jay and son Jeffrey won the modified and sportsman features, respectively. The KidModz also raced with Ryan Hamilton bringing home the checkered flag.

In the late model feature, Joe Harlan and Torin Mettille led the group to the green flag. Mettille jumped out to a quick lead followed closely by Harlan and Spatola after a complete restart as a car stopped coming out of turn 2. Spatola got around Harlan and put his sights on Mettille nine laps into the featured event. Eric Smith got around Harlan three laps later and began to put pressure on the top two. Lap traffic came into play and ended Mettille’s night. He went around the top side of Bill Hough and the pair made contact coming into turn three with 11 laps to go. Left front-end damage would force Mettille off the track. Spatola, running the high side, assumed the lead over Smith while Bull was fighting his way into the action. Bull got around Smith with three laps to go and was making a push, but Spatola held on to win by less than a car length.

“This is awesome, I can’t be happy enough with this win,” Spatola said. “I knew I had to run up top because of my soft tires.” Smith was third, followed in the top five by McKay Wenger and Kevin Weaver. Derek Chandler led the second five with Daren Friedman, Harlan, Jay Sparks, and Dan Flessner in tow. Heat winners were Harlan, Mettille, and Bull.

The modified feature turned into a four-driver engagement for the early lead as Jimmy Dehm and Jay Ledford were in front and trying to hold off Jeff Curl and Jacob Poel. Ledford took the lead with Poel and Curl running tight with nine laps to go in the 20-lap feature. Ledford felt pressure as Poel came within inches of him with one to go. Ledford led coming out of turn four to win by a nose over Poel.