by Rocky Ragusa & Korey Rich
The UMP Modified class held their biggest event in the history of the Fairbury American Legion Speedway Saturday night. 52 modified teams vied for 26 starting positions as Casey’s General Store presented the first annual Modified Nationals sanctioned by the American Modified Series.
Lance Dehm bested a stout field in modified qualifying at a 13.985. Six heat races were held with the top three transferring to the 40 lap, $5,000 to win show. In the first heat race Lance Dehm had a healthy lead until the rear end went out in his car and was done for the night. Levi Kissinger took the win over Ricky Tinch and Devin Wright. Heat two had Jay Ledford leading Jacob Poel and Trent Young to the checkered flag. Jeff Curl took the third heat over Jeb Friedman and Jeff Leka. Advancing from heat four, Chad Kinder led Jim Farris and Dan Rork. Matt Mevert won heat race five over Kasey Schrock and Cullen Breeden. The final heat saw Steven Brooks taking the win over T.D. Burger and Donovan Lodge. Two semi features were held, taking the top two to the 40 lap feature. Mike McKinney led Ryan Tomas in semi race one, while Brian Lynn took the second race over Dave Porth. Track provisionals went to Tommy Duncan and Jared Cagley, and the A.M.S. gave two provisionals to points leader Bryan Barber and Josh Ferguson.
26 cars lined up for the Casey’s Modified Nationals. Chad Kinder took the lead at the start with Matt Mevert taking second from Levi Kissinger. Kinder went to the top side as Mevert applied pressure to Kinder for the lead. Kissinger had Steven Brooks to contend with for third with Jim Farris, Jay Ledford, Jeff Curl, Kasey Schrock, Jacob Poel, and T.D. Burger following. After a caution on lap two, Kinder led Mevert by two car lengths, with Brooks taking over in the third position. On lap five, race leader Kinder slowed in turn two to bring out the caution and end his night. The restart had Mevert in the lead with Brooks and Farris in the hunt. As Brooks was going for the lead on lap six, Brooks stalled in turn four, to bring out the caution and dash his hopes for the night.