Krick Hangs On for Hubert Memorial Win

by Rocky Ragusa

Although cold weather conditions forced track officials to move the racing program up an hour, fans flocked to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday as 106 cars entered the pit area.

West Lebanon, Indiana driver, Ian Keller paced 41 other UMP DIRTcar Street Stocks for the 43-lap, Earl J. Hubert Memorial race, with a fast time of 15.487 seconds. The four heat race wins went to Scott Hufford, Keller, Jerrad Krick, and A.J. Meiferdt. Terry Miller and Eddie Wolf won the two semi-features to set the 20 car field. Meiferdt and Keller led the field to the green flag. Both drivers ran side by side before Meiferdt took over the lead on lap three. Krick was able to overtake Keller for second, but Keller moved to the top groove and reclaimed second. After a lap nine caution, Meiferdt, Krick, and Keller went three wide for the lead. may14-ssMeiferdt held a slight edge as the drivers raced past the flag stand, but Krick snuck by Meiferdt on the next lap for the lead. After a lap 13 caution, Krick extended his lead, while Rick Thomas took over second, as Keller, running the top, scraped the wall. Krick, the current UMP DIRTcar Street Stock national points leader, held a straightaway lead at the halfway mark, with Thomas, Keller, Mike McKinney, and Meiferdt running in the top five. On the restart after a caution on lap 28, McKinney took over third and pressured Thomas for second. With the second thru fifth place cars looking to move up in the race, Krick led by 10 car lengths. A caution fell on the field with four laps to go and set the stage for an exciting finish. Krick stuck his car to the bottom, as Thomas tried to hold off the challenge from Keller. Keller got by Thomas and made a valiant effort to take over the lead. Keller was able to pull alongside of Krick in the corner, but Krick had the horses down the stretch. At the checkers, Krick took the win by a car length over Keller, followed by Meiferdt, Matt Dillon, Kyle Miner, Eddie Wolf (hard charger, started 16th), Curtis Radke, Peter Odell, Scott Hufford, and Joe Hillman. After taking his first career FALS win and over $2,000, Krick commented, “Keller is a master at the high side. I struggle up there. I am so glad the bottom came in. It’s more of my driving style. Fairbury is one of the best tracks around. We are lucky to go home with the win.”

may14-lmHometown driver McKay Wenger, the current UMP DIRTcar Late Model national points leader, helped his cause by winning the 30-lap Late Model race. After a brief challenge from Joe Harlan and Jay Morris, Wenger checked out from the field. One caution and slower traffic did little to stop Wenger on this night. Harlan held on for second over Scott Bull (hard charger, started 12th), Don Hammer, Dan Flessner, Bill Hough, Nick Kurtz, Steve Thorsten, Morris, and Glen Thompson. “We have a new car and motor tonight. We made the right choice on tires and gear,” said an excited Wenger. “We have to have first or second place runs in order to do the national points. I have to thank my crew for all their hard work.” Wenger took fast time over 19 other drivers at 13.278 seconds and also won his heat race, while Morris took the other heat win.

Mike McKinney got the jump on polesitter Jeffrey Ledford to take the lead at the start of the 20-lap UMP DIRTcar Modified race. may14-mdThe Plainfield native proved to be too strong for his competitors on this night as he took his second career FALS Modified feature win. “My dad and I have been busting our butts to get back to victory lane here”, said an exhausted McKinney. “Some of the top Modified drivers race here at Fairbury and to beat them is awesome.” Jay Ledford, Jeff Curl, Vince Cooper, Lance Dehm, Nick Allen, Nick Clubb, Zeke McKenzie, Tommy Duncan, and Dave Dulceak rounded out the top ten. Kyle Cooper started 17th and finished 12th to win hard charger honors. Jay Ledford turned back 23 other competitors in qualifying with a 14.081 second lap. Allen, Jeffrey Ledford, and McKinney won heat races, while Kory Maurice was the semi-feature winner.

may14-spBeing out front might have been the safest place to be in the 15-lap, UMP DIRTcar Sportsman race. Six cautions marred the race, as defending track champion Richie Rich led flag to flag in securing his second win of the year. Brian Albus (hard charger, started 7th) avoided trouble to finish second, followed by Lake Nichoalds, Anthony Craven, Rod Rusher, Tim Dick, Brandon Pralle, Bryant Frechette, Amber Crouch, and Scott Williams. Craven and Rich took heat race wins, while Nichoalds was the fastest of the 15 cars at a 14.867.

In the Hobby Modified race, legendary softball and basketball coach, Tim McGuire took the win over Mike Petersen, Graham Jackson, Jason Brandt, Gregg Pierce, Makinzi Semmens, and Mason Duncan. Duncan was the heat race victor.

Pierce Charges to FALS Frenzy Win

by Rocky Ragusa

Saturday night’s “FALS Frenzy 50“ certainly lived up to its moniker thanks to a stout field of Late Models, and the run by Bobby Pierce. Running in the sixth position with 20 laps to go in the 50 lap featured race, Oakwood’s Pierce picked through the competition, overtaking Jacksonville, Florida’s Earl Pearson Jr. with four laps to go, and won the $10,000 first prize.

Bloomington’s Jason Feger led 41 other drivers in qualifying with a time of 12.939 seconds. Pearson, Springfield, Mo.’s Jeremy Payne, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, and Batesville, Ark.'s Billy Moyer won heat races, while Michael Kloos and Adam Bowman took semi feature wins.

Payne and Pearson led the 25 car field to the green flag. Payne took the lead, with Pearson, Moyer, Erb, and Feger following. Shannon Babb started in the 16th spot and by lap five was challenging for the fifth position. Pearson overtook Payne for the lead on lap nine and stretched his lead. Moyer moved into second on the 14th circuit and with Pearson contending with slower traffic, Moyer was able to close in on Pearson. As Moyer looked to take the lead, a red flag fell on the field as Feger rolled his car in turn four.

may7-pierceThe restart had Pearson leading, Moyer, Brandon Sheppard, Payne, and Erb followed. The restart proved to be beneficial to Pierce as he started on the outside, in sixth position. Erb was able to get by Payne for fourth and Pierce followed. Moyer fell back to third on lap 39, as Erb was on the move. One lap later, Pierce on the outside, moved by Moyer and had his sights on the front running duo. Pearson, Erb, and Pierce brought the fans to their feet in the final 10 laps, as each looked to take the win. Pierce went to the inside of Erb to take second on lap 43, and pressured Pierce for the top spot. Pierce slid by Pearson for the lead with four laps to go, pulling away for his second win of the year and fourth career win at Fairbury. Pearson, Erb, Sheppard, Moyer, Mike Mullen, Payne, Tony Jackson Jr., Babb, and Scott Schmitt completed the top ten.

“The track was really great tonight,” commented Pierce. “I really didn’t think we would be able to pull it off after where we were starting. It’s such a tight race track. The red flag helped us out. I was able to start on the outside and it helped a ton.”

Debuting a new Impressive Race Car, Buffalo’s Jeff Leka has put on an impressive performance in the early stages of the season. After a brief battle with Jay and Jeffrey Ledford, Leka took the lead on the second lap and recorded the win in the 25 lap, $1,000 to win Modified race. “We got us a good hot rod here,” explained Leka. “We will just have to stay on top of it.” Mike McKinney, Vince Cooper, Tommy Duncan, Jay Ledford, Jeffrey Ledford, Lance Dehm, Dave Dulceak (hard charger, started 15th), Jared Cagley, and Kevin Hastings completed the top ten. Jay and Jeffrey Ledford took heat wins, while Jeffrey Ledford lead the way in time trials with a 14.147 second lap.

In the 15 lap, $400 to win Street Stock feature, polesitter A.J. Meiferdt took command on the start and was never threated for the lead, in spite of a caution with one lap remaining. “The car was really hooked up tonight. I have to thank Calvin Coleman and Rick Thomas for their help,” commented Meiferdt. Darrell Dick, Curtis Radke, Dennis Wernle, Andrew Funk, Rick Thomas (hard charger, started 20th), Lon Franks, Josh Griffith, Barry Sauder, and Don Hilleary rounded out the top ten. Dick and Meiferdt took heat race wins.

The racing action ended with a 15 lap, $400 to win Sportsman race. Richie Rich took the early lead, as Lake Nichoalds and Bryant Frechette ran side by side for second. After a caution on the sixth lap, Nichoalds was able to get by Rich for the lead and take his first ever feature race win. “I am speechless,” spoke Nichoalds. “My dad raced here but never got a win. To get the families first feature win, I am so excited.” Anthony Craven got by Rich on the last lap to take second, with Rod Rusher (hard charger, started 11th), Tim Dick, Scott Williams, Brandon Pralle, Steven Mattingly, Blake Reid, and Eric Legner taking the top ten positions. Frechette and Rich won heat races.

New Northside Bleachers Reserved Seating On Sale Now

frontstretch-stands-tnReserved seats for the four major events of the season in the new northside bleachers are on sale now. You can reserve your seat for only $5.00 per event. You will buy the general admission portion of your ticket at the gate the day of the event. The four major events are: May 7th FALS Frenzy, June 25th UMP Summer Nationals, July 29th & 30th Prairie Dirt Classic (your seat will be good for both nights), and the September 3rd Casey's Modified Nationals. -- Fairbury Speedway Tickets

Weaver, Ledford, Rich, Sauder, Duncan Take Opening Night Wins

by Darlene Miller

Three 2015 championship drivers began the defense of their titles by winning the first race of the season at Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night. Many caution flags and restarts were needed during the night as drivers tried to get the kinks out of their cars and other drivers took to the ¼-mile track for the first time.

apr23-lmLate Model veteran driver Kevin Weaver of Gibson City took off where he ended by bringing home the victory by six car lengths. Weaver led the group to the green flag and despite lap traffic weaved his way around and only faced a slight challenge from Scott Schmitt with four laps to go. But Schmitt’s challenge was to no avail, as Weaver held the low side tight for the win. “The car started out good and then got really great,” said Weaver as he hauled in his 63rd win at FALS. Finishing in the top 10 were Schmitt, Mike Spatola, Derek Chandler, McKay Wenger, Joe Harlan, Jay Morris, Kyle Hammer, Scott Bull, and Charlie Olson. Heat winners were Weaver and Schmitt. Weaver had fast time of 12.772 seconds.

apr23-mdIn the Modified division, Jay Ledford of Pontiac had a tougher title defense race. Ledford and his son Jeffrey (on the pole) started the race at the front of the field. It took Lance Dehm five laps to catch and pass the duo for the lead. Lap traffic came in to play with 10 circuits to go. Dehm was fine at first, but with five to go, a couple of cars got together in turn four and Dehm was caught up in the mess with nowhere to go and his strong night was over. Jay Ledford took the lead and then held off a hard charging Vince Cooper for the win. “It’s a hard way to win (talking about Dehm’s wreck). I dedicate this race to a friend of mine, Ron Bohm who passed away recently. This is for Ronnie,” said an emotional Ledford.

Jeffrey Ledford was third followed by Jeff Leka, Brian Lynn, Cullen Breeden, Nick Clubb, Lukes Gash, Matt Maier, and Eric Vaughan. Heat winners were Jay and Jeffrey Ledford and Cooper. The semi feature was won by Kevin Hastings. Jeffrey Ledford was at the top of the chart in qualifying with a 13.819 second lap.

The Sportsman race was filled with crashes causing only 10 cars to be running at the end of the feature. Richie Rich of Pontiac took the win to start his title defense. Tim Dick, Brian Albus, Scott Williams, and Bobby Crego rounded out the top five. Rich and Dick were heat winners. Rich had the fastest lap in qualifying at 14.607 seconds.

The Street Stock title is up for grabs as last year’s champ Lukes Gash has moved up the Modified division. Peter Odell led the group to the green flag and held the lead for three laps until Barry Sauder got around him and never looked back for the win. “It was amazing,” said Sauder as he credited Gash with pointers. Sauder finished 10 car lengths ahead of Joe Hillman, Odell, Al Gray, and Lon Franks. Heat wins went to Odell, Franks, and Sauder. Darrell Dick captured the semi feature, while Joe Brown had fast time of 15.523 seconds.

Mason Duncan was the Hobby Modified feature winner. He was followed by Mike Petersen, Tim McGuire, Jason Brandt, Brandon Post, Makinzi Semmens, and Emily Bohm. Petersen took the heat race win.

Spring News & Technical Bulletins

frontstretch-stands-tnAs the season approaches, mild weather and above average temperatures have allowed fair board members and crews the ability to continue construction on a number of large capital improvements throughout the facility. The new all aluminum bleachers are going up fast (as pictured) with installation due to be finished by late March. Bathrooms are coming along nicely, as plans changed from the original release in January with a complete new building housing the top-of-the-line restroom facility which will be located on the backside of the backstretch bleachers. Along with construction efforts around the grounds, track crews have had a number of days working the track dirt in preparation for the season to start. Additional projects in the works are the addition of approximately 350 grandstand seats in the pit area. Crews have reworked the pit stand around corners three and four to allow for additional seating in the pit area. Efforts should allow drivers, crews, and fans a chance to see better from the pit area.

Along with the excitement for the upcoming season, here are some updated news and notes from the winter:

  • FALS has scheduled an additional practice day set for Saturday, April 9th from 12-3. Pit passes will be $15.00 with grandstand admission free.
  • Season passes can be purchased for $250.00. People can purchase them at the gate on opening night, at one of the two practice days, or by contacting the speedway at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The season pass includes one general admission ticket for every race on the 2016 schedule, including the Prairie Dirt Classic, but does not include a reserved seat.
  • Lap sponsors are available for the DIRTcar Spring Nationals Street Stock Special in Memory of Earl J. Hubert. Drivers will be awarded lap money for leading each lap of the 43-lap feature. All the information on sponsoring laps for this event can be found at www.hubertmemorialrace.webs.com.
  • Reserved seating and camping emails have been sent out to those who reserved seats last year. You will have until March 31st to process your order. Anything not renewed will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on April 16th for all four major events this season. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • All the payouts for the upcoming season have been updated and posted in the “driver info/payouts” section of the website.
  • The driver registration form has been updated and posted on the website under the “driver info/forms” section. We are asking any driver planning on running FALS this year to print and fill out this form and bring it with you to save time in the registration line. There is no charge for registering your car for the season at FALS.
  • Transponders and raceceivers will again be required for all on track participation in 2016. FALS runs the red AMB transponders with the MyLaps program. Drivers, crews, and fans will have the opportunity to monitor all the lap times and scoring on Race Monitor each night. Transponder rental is $5.00 per night.
  • All classes will qualify on regular nights in 2016 pending any weather or time restraints. Late Models and Modifieds will qualify two laps with two cars per session. Sportsman and Street Stocks will qualify two laps with 3-4 cars per session. FALS weekly format will be the same as last year to start the season.
  • Jim Cornelison will be coming back to the Prairie Dirt Classic again this year to sing the national anthem. Interested parties wishing to donate for Jim’s return and the opportunity for the private meet and greet can contact Chris Matich at 815-830-9731. All extra proceeds will once again go to a great veteran’s charity.

Technical Bulletin

Late Model Tire Rules

  • May 7th FALS Frenzy MARS/ALMS: Hoosier LM 20 or Hoosier LM 40 ONLY on any corner!!
  • June 25th UMP Summer Nationals: Hoosier LM 20-30-40 allowed on any corner
  • July 29th & 30th World of Outlaws Prairie Dirt Classic: Hoosier LM 20-30-40 allowed on any corner
  • ALL other nights will be FALS tire rule: Hoosier LM 30 or Hoosier LM 40 on Right Rear ONLY!! Hoosier LM 20-30-40 allowed on other 3 corners.

Modified Tire Rules

  • Hoosier A40, A40s, H40 allowed until June 30th on any corner
  • Starting July 1st: Hoosier A40s only with a RR Hoosier H40 option
  • No grooving allowed on any tire!

Street Stock Tire Rule

  • Hoosier A40, A40s, H40 allowed on any corner in 2016
  • No grooving allowed on any tire!

Updated rules for all classes have been updated on the website under the "driver info/rules" section. UMP will be updating the Late Model and Street Stock rules as soon as possible. No major changes have been announced in those divisions.

Street Stock Bodies

  • With a diverse crop of Street Stocks throughout the Midwest, FALS will be implementing a grace period for aluminum bodies and cockpits on Street Stocks. Drivers running at the speedway will be allowed to run aluminum bodies for a period of time which must be approved by the Race Director. Following the tech inspected grace period, drivers must conform to the UMP & FALS body and cockpits rules or lose the opportunity to, but not limited to, earn track points throughout the year.