Race Director, Marketing Director Named

When the Fairbury American Legion Speedway opens its doors marking their 73rd season of weekly dirt track racing, it will do so with new personnel at the Race Director and Marketing Director positions. Scott Drendel of Pontiac was hired as the new Race Director and Chuck Vaughan of Fairbury will be the new Marketing Director for the 2018 race season which was officially announced at a special board meeting Thursday night.

Drendel and Vaughan will replace longtime FALS promoter Matt Curl who took over the reigns as series director for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series back in November. He will be transitioning both Drendel and Vaughan to begin the season. “I am excited for the opportunity Scott and Chuck will have to continue the tradition our team has built over the years” conveyed Curl, who will be actively involved as an advisor with FALS.

Fairbury Fair Board President Leroy Rodriguez said, “we are very excited to have Scott and Chuck as a part of our team and they are very motivated to get rolling this season.” Drendel, who has been involved with the Fairbury Speedway as a key piece of Curl’s staff the past number of years, will lead a group of dedicated race committee members and officials to start the season. Vaughan, who has been a native of Fairbury his entire life, specializes in sales and marketing in his current position as district sales manager for Stine Seed Company, and will no doubt be a huge asset to the speedway moving forward.

Fairbury Speedway will shift into high gear as they anticipate arguably the biggest season in track history with four $10,000 to win events and the ever-popular Prairie Dirt Classic paying $30,000 to win on July 27th & 28th.

Updated track rules, driver payouts, and reserved seating and camping reservation information will be announced soon on the website.

Season of Dreams set for Fairbury Speedway’s 2O18 Race Schedule

When the Fairbury Speedway opens its doors for their 73rd season of weekly dirt track racing, all eyes will be on the small Central Illinois town which will host one of America’s top Dirt Late Model races in the summer of 2018. Known as “FALS”, the speedway will embark on making history as four $10,000 to win races and the popular $30,000 to win Prairie Dirt Classic will highlight a dream season set for fans, teams, and officials.

jul29-lmThe tradition continues, for the 29th year, with the Prairie Dirt Classic once again being the highlight of the 2018 FALS race season. The $30,000 to win summer classic, presented by the Bank of Pontiac, will be sanctioned with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series on the weekend of July 27th & 28th. Back by popular demand, four showdown features paying a minimum of $2,500 to win will open the weekend in spectacular fashion as the PDC weekend will not disappoint fans! A number of events throughout this awesome weekend are in the final planning stages and a full release of the 2018 Prairie Dirt Classic will be announced after the first of the year.

woo-sprintsFor the first time in track history, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will invade FALS for a spectacular mid-week show paying $10,000 to win on Wednesday, May 30th. Recognized as the “Greatest Show on Dirt”, the World of Outlaws will create a huge buzz around the Illinois bullring as the best Sprint Car drivers in the country battle with the best from the Midwest. All the information pertaining to this national Sprint Car event will be available soon including reserved seating and ticketing.

The first major Late Model special of the year will kick off Saturday, May 12th with the 4th annual running of the FALS Frenzy. This UMP race will pay $10,000 to win which will be a part of a great weekend of racing around the area on Mother’s Day Weekend. Excitement from last year’s Frenzy still echoes throughout fans as 54 Late Models participated in the event that drew a number of national teams. The 50-lap feature event will be in conjunction with Farmer City Raceway’s Late Model special set to be announced soon. Drivers from all areas of the Midwest will showcase their talent to the FALS faithful which will kick start a season filled with big money races.

umpsnThe DriveChevy.com UMP Summer Nationals will roll into town on Saturday, June 23rd for the $10,000 to win, 50-lap feature event as part of the month long grueling grind. Considered as one of the backbone UMP tracks, FALS always puts on a great show for the fans when the Summer Nationals come rolling into town. The UMP Summit Modified Nationals will again be on the card for the evening paying $1,500 to win. UMP Street Stocks will also race for $800 to win.

sep2-mdThe FALS Modified Nationals will once again highlight an exciting season for the ultra-competitive UMP DIRTcar Modifieds in 2018. The 6th annual showcase is scheduled for Saturday night, September 1st and will continue to pay a top prize of $10,000 to win and now pay a very strong $600 to start the 50-lap feature event. Sanctioned with the American Modified Series again in 2018, Modified drivers from all across the country will take part in what will continue to be an elite marquee weekend in Modified racing at the Fairbury Speedway. The UMP Modifieds will also continue to play a huge role in the weekend of the Prairie Dirt Classic as they will run for a top prize of $5,000 to win. The 40-lap feature event will be the championship night for the summer long Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. Last year a stout 72 Modifieds took to the weekend, which included showdown features paying $500 to win on Friday night. Full PDC event information will be released soon.

jun01-NMGA date worth circling on the calendar will be on Saturday, July 7th as the return of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midgets along with the IRA/MOWA co-sanctioned Sprint Car Shootout. A huge night of racing with Midgets, Sprints, Late Models, and Modifieds are on the docket for the post-Independence Day celebration. Not too many venues around the country can pull off having an event like this that will mix Stock Car fans and Sprint fans alike in one night of racing. After incredible shows in 2017, the open wheel Midgets and Sprints will do nothing less than keep you in your seat with all the excitement.

oct7-spr2Set and ready for another shot at a postseason event, Sprint Mania II is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 5th & 6th. Two exciting nights of open-wheeled Sprint action will pay $2,000 to win on Friday night and $4,000 to win on Saturday night. The IRA-MOWA winged Sprint Cars and the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR non-winged Sprints are back again for 2018. Each of these exciting races last year produced some of the fastest, side-by-side racing we had ever seen at FALS. Entire Sprit Mania II weekend information is soon to be released.

Other specials throughout the 2018 schedule include the annual DIRTcar Spring Nationals Street Stock Special paying $2,000 to win in memory of Earl J. Hubert on Saturday, May 5th. The traditional Pappy & Bob Allen Memorial Late Model Special paying $2,000 to win is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th. On Saturday, July 14th, the UMP Sportsman division will run the Eden-Piercy Memorial sponsored by CR Towing paying $1,000 to win the 25-lap feature.

The UMP Pro (Crate) Late Models will be in action as part of the annual Memorial Day Weekend roundup on Saturday, May 26th. The $1,000 to win race has brought great excitement to the track each time they have raced. Also included in the event will be $2,000 to win UMP Late Models, $2,000 to win AMS Modifieds, $400 to win Street Stock, and $400 to win Sportsman races.

On behalf of the Fairbury Fair Board, American Legion, and FALS Race Committee and Officials, we thank you for your constant support of the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. We continue to showcase our great facility in the best possible way each week and throughout the season. The Fairbury Fair Board and race committee will be going to work after the holidays and evaluating all the weekly rules, procedures, and thoughts to make 2018 the best season yet.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

2018 Race Schedule

FALS Looks Forward to Biggest Season Yet in 2O18

The staff and officials at Fairbury American Legion Speedway are looking forward to their biggest season in history, with major events in 2018 including the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.

The relationship with the Outlaws will grow deeper as Fairbury’s highly respected race director, Matt Curl, is taking over the reins of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. He will remain an advisor to the well-established and experienced FALS team, led by fairboard president Leroy Rodriguez.

“We are excited Matt has this tremendous opportunity with the World of Outlaws,” Rodriguez said. “He’s been a huge asset to the Fairbury family, being an integral part of the team that’s put Fairbury on the dirt racing map. Now, our team is prepared to continue the tremendous success and growth we’ve seen year after year as we look ahead to 2018 and beyond.”

Plans for 2018 are nearly complete, with the schedule set to be released in early December. The fairboard will continue working with Matt to ensure the fans, sponsors and competitors have the incredible experience they’re accustomed to enjoying at FALS.

“There is so much history at Fairbury, and I’m very proud to be a part of the team that has made events like the Prairie Dirt Classic one of the biggest races of the year,” Matt said. “Fairbury will always be my home, and I’ve made so many great friends through the years. I’m excited for Leroy and our team to continue the success we built.”

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars to Make Inaugural Visit at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in 2O18

by WoO

woo-sprintsAfter a successful half-decade of Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) hosting the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series, The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its’ first ever visit to the ¼ mile semi-banked dirt oval on Wednesday May 30, 2018.

“We have wanted to bring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars to FALS for a long-time now. FALS has had a ton of success with the Late Models and what better way to add excitement then by bringing in The Greatest Show on Dirt,” FALS Race Director Matt Curl said.

Fairbury American Legion Speedway ran two 410-Winged Sprint Car races in 2017, both co-hosted by the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA). The most recent coming on October 7, which saw Carson Macedo pass Joey Saldana on the last lap for the victory in thrilling fashion. “The racing was phenomenal this year with the winged cars and we are looking forward to providing a similar racing surface for the highest caliber drivers in the country,” Curl added.

FALS, voted three-time DIRTcar Track of the Year, is a well-decorated dirt track facility that races Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Hobby Mods on a weekly basis. Additionally, FALS hosts one of Late Model Racing’s Crown Jewels – The Prairie Dirt Classic – featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models.

“Our fans put faith in us to provide them with a great on-track product. We’ll have the track right and let the best drivers and teams in the business put on a show. The Outlaws are the best in the country and we are really looking forward to it,” Curl explained.

With FALS being in the heart of Central Illinois and the Midwest racing scene, a strong regional sprint car count is expected to compete with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

This can’t miss event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The support class will be announced at a later date. Ticketing information will be released in the near future; be sure to stay tuned to FairburySpeedway.com for that information as it comes out.

Ballou, Macedo Capture Sprint Mania Wins

by Rocky Ragusa

After rain washed out the opening night of "Sprint Mania" on Friday, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway track prep crew went to work in preparation for Saturday’s feature races. In spite of a late afternoon shower, Mother Nature blessed race teams and fans with an outstanding night of racing action on an ultra-fast track that saw Sprint Cars touring the 1/4 mile oval in the 11 second range.

oct7-sprThe Lucas Oil POWRi WAR East and Wisconsin WingLESS Series brought in 31 drivers for their 35-lap, $4,000 to win race. Landon Simon, Tyler Courtney, Mario Clouser, and POWRi WAR points leader Korey Weyant won their respective heat races, while Kevin Thomas Jr. took the B-Main. Joe B. Miller led at the start, with Robert Ballou, Courtney, Clouser, and Dave Darland in a heated battle for second. Following a caution, Miller led Courtney as Ballou and Darland followed. Terry Babb brought out a red flag on the 14th lap as he flipped his car along the front stretch. Courtney pressured Miller on the restart and threw a slide job on Miller to take the lead. As Courtney maneuvered his way through traffic, Ballou, Darland, Miller, and Simon closed in on the race leader. With four laps to go, Courtney was working his way by a lapped car. Courtney’s car made contact, rolled, and his bid for the win ended. Ballou was able to lead the remaining circuits for the win. “We had our car too tight in practice and then too loose in the heat race,” spoke Ballou. “Hats off to the Fairbury track prep crew. Anywhere else they would have thrown in the towel. They wanted to make this race work. I think their effort will catch the attention of a lot of people. A lot of the Sprint Car tracks don’t put in the effort to prep a track.”

oct7-spr225 MOWA/IRA Winged Sprint Cars were on hand, vying for a starting position in their 35-lap, $4,000 to win race. A.J. Bruns, Carson Macedo, and Joey Saldana took heat race wins. On the start of the feature, Bruns and Brad Loyet tangled to bring out a caution. The restart had Saldana leading Hunter Schuerenberg. Saldana was able to extend his lead until encountering slower cars. Schuerenberg was able to catch up to the leader and looked to take the lead, but a caution fell on the eighth lap saving Saldana. After another caution, Saldana checked out on his competitors until Jake Blackhurst slowed on the track for a lap 12 caution. The yellow flag waved again on the 12th lap as IRA points leader Bill Balog slowed on the track. Saldana once again pulled away on the restart, with Schuerenberg, Macedo, Balog, and Travis Philo trailing. As Saldana threaded his way by the slower cars, Schuerenberg and Macedo closed the gap. Saldana got caught behind a slower car and Schuerenberg looked to take over the lead, but a caution flag fell giving Saldana the lead back. With three laps to go, Macedo’s car came to life as he shot by Schuerenberg. On the white flag, Macedo executed a pass on Saldana to take his second win of the year at Fairbury. “I got my wind back and the car came on in the end,” commented Macedo, a California native. “I am so thankful to God for a team like this. It’s phenomenal to come out here in the Midwest, to live the dream, and race everywhere.” A dejected Saldana settled for second, followed by Schuerenberg, Balog, Philo, Bret Tripplett, Mike Terry Jr., Joe B. Miller, Jordan Goldesberry, and Jim Moughan.

oct7-mdAction ended with a 20-lap, $1,000 to win UMP Modified race. McKay Wenger and Mike McKinney were the heat race victors. McKinney led the opening lap before Wenger powered his way to the lead. Wenger put his new Elite Chassis on the top groove and pulled out to a five car length lead over McKinney. Although plagued by cautions, Wenger was never contested until the 17th lap. On the restart, McKinney got his car under Wenger and grabbed the lead going down the backstretch. As the drivers entered turn three, Wenger’s car broke the studs off the right rear wheel and slammed into the wall. After the track was cleaned, McKinney was able to go unchallenged the last three laps for his sixth Fairbury win of the year. “McKay was kicking our butt there,” said McKinney.” I don’t think that I ever ran a race that fast, but to finish first, you have to first finish.” Paul Niznik, Derek Neville, Adam Pockrus, Billy Puckett, Garrett Jameson, Jason Brandt, Wenger, Mike Petersen, and Eric Vaughan completed the top ten as seven cars were running at the finish.

Results

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprints A-Main - 35 laps
1. 12-Robert Ballou (4); 2. 17GP-Dave Darland (9); 3. 51B-Joe B. Miller (2); 4. 24-Landon Simon (6); 5. 99-Korey Weyant (7); 6. 6-Mario Clouser (1); 7. 56-Mitchell Davis (10); 8. 74-Josh Hodges (19); 9. 16-Anthony Nicholson (18); 10. 52F-Logan Faucon (22); 11. 14-Chad Wilson (12); 12. 38-Allen Hafford (21); 13. 5H-Patrick Haynes (13); 14. 11-James Lyerla (20); 15. 20-Steve Thomas (16); 16. 31L-Buddy Lowther (14); 17. 4G-George Gaertner III (15); 18. 23C-Tyler Courtney (5)-DNF; 19. 9-Kevin Thomas Jr (17)-DNF; 20. 47-Katlynn Leer (3)-DNF; 21. 8D-Terry Babb (11)-DNF; 22. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (8)-DNF

Heat 1 - 8 laps
1. 24-Landon Simon, Tipp City, OH (6); 2. 56-Mitchell Davis, Auburn, IL (1); 3. 14-Chad Wilson, Toledo, OH (2); 4. 31L Buddy Lowther, Cincinnati, OH (5); 5. 4G-George Gaertner III, Salem, WI (7); 6. N2-Nic Harris, Atlanta, IL (3); 7. 24X-Kyle Simon, Covington, OH (7)

Heat 2 - 8 laps
1. 23C-Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (3); 2. 8D-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (1); 3. 17GP-Dave Darland, Lincoln, IN (5); 4. 1-Mitch Wissmiller, Saybrook, IL (8); 5. 11-James Lyerla, Hillsboro, IL (6); 6. 52F-Logan Faucon, Elkhart, IL (7); 7. 1T-Tyler Shoemaker, Bloomington, IN (4); 8. 95-Tommy Rockwell, Towanda, IL (2)

Heat 3 - 8 laps
1. 6-Mario Clouser, Auburn, IL (1); 2, 12-Robert Ballou, Rocklin, CA (5); 3. 5H-Patrick Haynes, Bradley, IL (2); 4. 20-Steve Thomas, Rantoul, IL (3); 5. 89-George Gaertner Jr, Salem, WI (6); 6. 7-Steve Clott, N/A (8); 7. 9-Kevin Thomas Jr, Cullman, AL (7)-DNS; 8. 74-Josh Hodges, Tijeras, NM (8)-DNS

Heat 4 - 8 laps
1. 99-Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (1); 2. 47-Katlynn Leer, Moulton, IA (4); 3. 51B-Joe B. Miller, Millersville, MO (6); 4. 38-Allen Hafford, Beach Park, IL (3); 5. 31-Austin Sears, Macomb, IL (2); 6. 16-Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN (5); 7. 37X-Dave Gross, Rochester, IN (7)

B-Main - 12 laps
1. 9-Kevin Thomas Jr (14); 2. 16-Anthony Nicholson (7); 3. 74-Josh Hodges (15); 4. 11-James Lyerla (2); 5. 38-Allen Hafford (1); 6. 52F-Logan Faucon (4); 7. 31-Austin Sears (5); 8. 89-George Gaertner Jr (3); 9. 95-Tommy Rockwell (12); 10. 1T-Tyler Shoemaker (11); 11. 29-Randy Stanford (10); 12. 37X-Dave Gross (9); 13. 7-Steve Clott (6); 14. N2-Nic Harris (8); 15. 24X-Kyle Simon (13)

 

MOWA/IRA A-Main - 35 laps
1. 3G-Carson Macedo (4), 2. 71-Joey Saldana (1), 3. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg (2), 4. 50-Bill Balog (9), 5. 5T-Travis Philo (7), 6. 22-Bret Tripplett (12), 7. 85-Mike Terry Jr (10), 8. 51B-Joe B Miller (17), 9. 65-Jordan Goldesberry (6), 10. 1M-Jim Moughan (18), 11. 10S-Jeremy Standridge (23), 12. 23D-Trey Datweiler (14), 13. 90-Patrick Budde (22), 14. 9-Paul Nienhiser (13), 15. 52F-Logan Faucon (19), 16. 25-Jake Blackhurst (11), 17. 5H-Patrick Haynes (20), 18. 5J-Jeremy Schultz (8), 19. 77U-Chris Urish (16), 20. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn (15), 21. 32-Jeff Tuxhorn (21), 22. 44-A.J. Bruns (3), 23. 05-Brad Loyet (5), 24. 57-George Crawford (24), 25. 79J-Jacob Patton (25)

Heat 1 - 10 laps
1. 44-A.J. Bruns (2), 2. 65-Jordan Goldesberry (5), 3. 05-Brad Loyet (8), 4. 23D-Trey Datweiler (1), 5. 22-Bret Tripplett (7), 6. 51B-Joe B Miller (4), 7. 52F-Logan Faucon (3), 8. 10S-Jeremy Standridge (6), 9. 57-George Crawford (9)

Heat 2 - 10 laps
1. 3G-Carson Macedo (4), 2. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg (6), 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz (8), 4. 25-Jake Blackhurst (5), 5. 77U-Chris Urish (2), 6. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn (7), 7. 5H-Patrick Haynes (3), 8. 79J-Jacob Patton (1)

Heat 3 - 10 laps
1. 71-Joey Saldana (5), 2. 5T-Travis Philo (4), 3. 85-Mike Terry Jr (2), 4 – 50-Bill Balog (6), 5. 9-Paul Nienhiser (7), 6. 1M-Jim Moughan (3), 7. 90-Patrick Budde (1), 8. 32-Jeff Tuxhorn (8)