by Rocky Ragusa
Fourth starting Torin Mettille took the lead from Eric Smith on the ninth lap after Smith jumped the cushion in turn four to take the win in the 30 lap UMP Late Model feature. Dustin Griffin led the field to the green flag and paced the field until a caution came out on lap five. Smith got by Griffin on lap six, with Mettille following. After Mettille took the lead, Griffin and Smith battled for second, while Daren Friedman, Scott Bull, Kevin Weaver, and McKay Wenger dueled for fourth. With drivers behind him racing for position, Mettille opened up a 10 car length lead by the halfway mark. As Smith began to fade, Bull moved into the third position and along with Weaver closed the gap on Griffin, but laps ran out and Mettille had a straight away lead at the checker flag, picking up his first career Fairbury win. Mettile, in his third year of late model racing, spoke in victory lane, “The more comfortable you are in the car the more consistent you will be. The last four weeks I have made the wrong tire choices and tonight I think I nailed it. It’s unbelievable all the help and support we have gotten. My family has been involved in racing a long time and it’s good to finally get a win at my home track.” Griffin, Bull, Weaver (hard charger), Scott Schmitt, Smith, Friedman, Wenger, Joe Harlan, and Jason Jaggers completed the top 10. Griffin topped 28 other competitors in time trials with a 12.770. Griffin, Smith, and Jay Morris took heat wins, while Mike Mullvain won the semi.