Awards Banquet November 11

The 2017 FALS Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 11th at the Walton Centre in downtown Fairbury. Everyone is welcome to attend. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with the meal scheduled to be served at 5:30. We will have 2017 video footage from Racing411 Motorsports Media. The awards presentation is set to begin at approximately 7:00.

The top ten drivers in points in all four weekly divisions will be recognized and they will each receive their point fund checks and a trophy at that time. We will also recognize the winner and runner-up in the 2017 Alkota “Keep It Clean” Series and the Rural Route Repair overall hard charger in each class.

Food will be a fried chicken dinner and sides from Dave’s Supermarket Deli. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $5.00. We are asking fans and team representatives to PLEASE RSVP with the number in your group to help us with food ordering and seating arrangements. Please keep in mind each table seats eight people. Please try and fill your table(s) if possible. If you do not RSVP we cannot guarantee seating or food availability.

We want to thank the American Legion, Fairbury Fairboard, track workers, volunteers, drivers, teams, fans, and marketing partners for making this possible. We truly appreciate each and every one of you!!!

RSVP reservations before November 7th with number of people in your party including kids to: falsracedirector at hotmail.com or text Matt Curl at 309-532-7862.

Thank you for another great season and we look forward to celebrating at our season ending banquet on November 11th!

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.

Ballou Best at Sprint Mania

by POWRi

SPR100717-3Robert Ballou made his POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint League debut in stunning fashion coming out victorious at the league's season finale event at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Sprint Mania gathered a wide variety of drivers for the inaugural event with nine different states represented among the field of 31 cars. Ballou bested the group over Dave Darland, Joe B. Miller, Landon Simon, and League Champion Korey Weyant rounded out the top five.

The feature event was full of big sliders, close calls, and drama. Mario Clouser and Joe B. Miller led the 22-car starting field to green flag racing Saturday night with Miller leading lap one while Ballou sat third, but he didn't waste any time before throwing a slide job in turns three and four to take over second.

The yellow flag flew early on in the race for Mitch Wissmiller and Kevin Thomas Jr. who tangled and came to a stop in turns three and four. Kevin Thomas Jr. and Josh Hodges had originally travelled to Haubstadt, Indiana earlier that day for a race at Tri-State Speedway which got rained out. They loaded up and hauled directly to "FALS" where they tagged the back of the B-Main and both transferred into the feature event. Thomas won the B-Main from the back.

When the green flag came back out, a fierce battle within the top five continued to heat up. Joe B. Miller remained in the lead while Tyler Courtney challenged Ballou for second and then Dave Darland showed his nose to challenge Courtney for third. Courtney found enough momentum coming off of turn two and threw the slider at Ballou in turns three and four to make the pass for second leaving Ballou now in third.

Harrison hustles to Third Casey's Modified Nationals Win

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by Rocky Ragusa

Highland’s Mike Harrison held off a stout field of Modified competitors to win the Fifth Annual Casey’s Modified Nationals race Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Lucas Lee of Paris, Tenn., was the winner of the Mullins Race Engines Non-Qualifiers Shootout, while Bloomington veteran racer Billy Drake took the Late Model feature.

67 Modified drivers representing 10 states were on hand for the $10,000 to win American Modified Series race featuring some of the top open wheel drivers in the country. Qualifying was broken down into two groups that saw Buffalo’s Jeff Leka earning fast time honors at a 13.646 in group one, while Lucas Lee was quickest in the second group with a 13.755. Six heat races were held that saw the top two finishers advancing to the feature race. Ray Bollinger (Kewanee), Mike McKinney (Plainfield), Mike Harrison, Brian Shaw (Robinson), Danny Schwartz (Ashmore), and Dylan Woodling (Warsaw, Ind.) taking the wins. Four B-Mains gave drivers one last chance to move into the prestigious event. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso), David Stremme (Mooresville, N.C.), Tyler Deibert (Highland), and Zach Hoffman (Troy) earned their way into the 50-lap main event.

sep2-mdBollinger and Harrison led the 24-car field to the green flag. Harrison led with Bollinger, Schwartz, Allen Weisser, and Brent Mullins following. Bollinger was able to keep pace with Harrison as the top two drivers in the national points held nothing back. Bollinger, running the bottom groove, took over the front position on lap nine. Harrison came back at Bollinger to lead on laps 14 and 15, while Weisser joined the mix for the lead. Weisser was able to take the lead on lap 16 and opened a 10 car length lead as Harrison and Bollinger battled for second, followed by Schwartz and McKinney. Bollinger’s race came to an end on the 23rd lap as he dropped out with suspension problems, drawing the first caution of the night. Weisser led on the restart, but on lap 28 a light rain began to fall. After a 10 minute delay, track crews went to work and soon had the track ready to race. Weisser lost his lead to Harrison on the restart, but Weisser was relentless in his bid to reclaim the lead. Behind the duo, four cars put on a show as Schwartz, Mullins, Unzicker, and McKinney swapped the third spot. Cautions fell on lap 34 and 35 with Weisser taking over on the 35th circuit. Weisser’s car began to misfire and his dreams of taking the big check vanished as he had to park his car in the infield with motor problems. Harrison moved back into the lead and after another brief rain delay, and Mullins’s attempt to take over the lead, Harrison pulled away to claim his third Casey’s Modified race, fourth A.M.S. race of the year, and 32nd feature win of the season. Mullins, Unzicker, 19th starter Devin Gilpin, 18th starter Levi Kissinger, McKinney, 23rd starter Jeff Curl, Michael Long, Stremme, and Schwartz completed the top ten in a race that saw six lead changes among three drivers. A jubilant Harrison commented after the race. “I ran as hard as I had to. Allen started to pull away and I had to get back at it. I hated it for Ray and Allen’s misfortune. I felt the rain showers benefited me, but those guys were still tough on the bottom. The last 20 laps I drove my heart out for my team and the fans.”

sep2-lmThe I Beam Sliding Doors Late Model race drew 23 entries for the 40-lap, $3,000 to win special. Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce, tuning up for this weekend’s World 100, set fast time at a 12.484. Billy Drake, Pierce, and Bloomington’s Jason Feger captured heat wins, while Towanda’s Donny Walden took the B-Main. Following a caution on the 32nd lap, Drake moved his car to the bottom of the track and powered by Pierce for the lead. Drake was able to pull away and win his second feature race of the year at Fairbury. Ryan Unzicker, Pierce, Scott Bull, Mike Spatola, Kevin Weaver, 15th starter Allen Weisser, McKay Wenger, Jay Morris, and Feger rounded out the top ten. “We have either been really good or bad here. There hasn’t been much in between,” said Drake. “Thanks to my sponsors and crew. We found something wrong with the car last night and my crew busted their tails to get us here tonight.”

sep2-md2The night of racing ended with a 20-lap race for Modified drivers not making the featured event. Lucas Lee started 20th in the race and took over the lead on lap 12. Bob Pohlman Jr. tried repeatedly to reclaim the lead but Lee withstood the challenge. Jeff Leka, Travis Kohler, Scott Heeren, Bradley Jameson, Chris Smith, Dawson Cook, Blake Thompson, and Tommie Seets Jr. finished in the top ten positions. A somewhat disappointed Lee spoke in victory lane. “It’s better than nothing. I had to go to my backup car after messing up in the heat race. We will take this win and go on to the next race.”

 

Harrison Scores Summit Racing Equipment AMS Casey’s Modified Nationals Victory at FALS

by AMS

The Summit Racing Equipment American Modified Series rolled into Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday evening for the Casey’s Modified Nationals and the result would be the same as the night before at Farmer City as Mike Harrison of Highland, IL picked up his fourth win with the tour in 2017 and record his thirty-second UMP DIRTcar feature victory of the season and bag the $10,000 first place prize money.

Harrison took the lead at the start of the 50-lap, $10,000 to win event and maintained his spot on the point until lap nine when Ray Bollinger drove past Harrison for the race lead. Bollinger and Harrison battled for the lead until Harrison reclaimed the top spot on lap fourteen. Allen Weisser got into the mix at this point and Harrison’s second stint as the race leader would be short-lived as Weisser took the race lead on lap sixteen. The first caution of the event waved on lap twenty-three when Bollinger, who was running second at the time, slowed in turn two with a broken rear suspension. Weisser maintained the lead on the restart until the caution waved again on lap twenty-eight for a brief rain shower that passed over the track. When racing resumed, Harrison took the lead for the third time in the event, taking it away from Weisser until Dylan Woodling spun on lap thirty-four to draw the caution. On the restart, Weisser retook the race lead from Harrison, but action slowed again on lap thirty-six for a three-car tangle on the frontchute involving Brian Shaw, David Stremme, and Jay Ledford.

This restart saw Weisser maintain the lead until lap thirty-nine when Harrison took the lead in the contest for the fourth and final time. One final caution on lap forty-three for debris in turn one slowed the action, but Harrison would not relinquish the top spot again on his way to the $10,000 victory. Brent Mullins finished in the runner-up slot, with Super Late Model ace Ryan Unzicker driving to a third place finish. Devin Gilpin charged from the 19th starting position to finish fourth and 18th place starting Levi Kissinger completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten at the completion of the Casey’s Modified Nationals A-Main were Mike McKinney, 23rd place starter and hard charger award winner Jeff Curl, 17th place starting Michael Long, 15th place starter David Stremme, and Danny Schwartz.

Unzicker, Ledford, Pralle, Meiferdt, Brandt pick up wins

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by Rocky Ragusa

On Driver Appreciation Night, where the Fairbury American Legion Speedway recognized the top ten drivers in each class, the racers returned the favor by presenting an intense night of racing on the 1/4 mile, dirt oval. Ryan Unzicker (Late Model), Jay Ledford (Modified), Brandon Pralle (Sportsman), AJ Meiferdt (Street Stock), and Jason Brandt (Hobby-Modified) wheeled their machines to victory lane.

aug26-lm22 I Beam Sliding Doors Late Models qualified for their 30-lap feature and Ryan Unzicker was the quickest at a 12.474. Unzicker, Scott Schmitt, and McKay Wenger won their respective heat races. Polesitter Unzicker took the lead on the start, as fifth starter Mike Spatola quickly moved into second, with Wenger, Schmitt, and Bill Hough following. The drivers set a lightning quick pace and were lapping traffic by the fifth circuit. By the halfway point of the race the top four drivers separated themselves from the competition running the top side of the track. On the restart after a lap 20 caution, Spatola slowed on the speedway for another caution. Unzicker led on the ensuing restart as Wenger got by Schmitt for second. Wenger attempted several times to overtake Unzicker, but Unzicker held his ground. Another caution fell on lap 25 for an incident with Donny Walden and Cole Swibold. On the restart, Schmitt took over second. Schmitt tried to slide job Unzicker, but Unzicker was too strong on this night and took his fourth straight win at Fairbury. “Behind me was a good show,” said Unzicker. “I could see someone on my inside and I was waiting for a slide job. We were just a tic good enough to stay upfront.” Schmitt, Jay Morris, Wenger, Kevin Weaver, Glen Thompson, Paul Stubber, 14th starter Scott Bull, Walden, and Swibold rounded out the top ten.

aug26-mdBradley Braves freshman, Jeffrey Ledford, topped 29 other Varsitee Screen Printing Modified drivers in time trials with a 13.660. Ledford, Jay Ledford, and Jeff Curl earned heat race wins. Jimmy Dehm advanced to the 20-lap feature by claiming the semi-feature. Caution fell on the initial start of the race as Nick Lueth was hit from behind causing his car to become airborne. Lueth lost control of his car and Billy Puckett, Joey Iliff, and Mark Grosvenor got caught up in the accident. After the track was cleared, Jeffrey Ledford held a slight lead over his father, Jay, Steven Brooks, Curl, and Mike McKinney. The elder Ledford schooled the younger Ledford on the fourth lap for the lead, with Brooks, McKinney, and Josh Allen moving into fifth. Brooks slowed on the eighth lap to bring out a caution. Jeffrey Ledford looked under Jay for the lead but the ole man stood tough. McKinney began making noise and joined the Ledford’s in a race for first. McKinney took the second spot on lap 11 and immediately made Ledford aware of his presence. Caution fell on the 13th lap setting up an exciting finish. Ledford led, running the top, with McKinney following. McKinney tried setting Ledford up for a slide job in the waning laps but Ledford had enough to take his second straight feature win. “I have to thank Mike for running me clean,” spoke Ledford. “My car was a little tight on entry into the turns and I had to run a different line.” Following Ledford to the checkered flag were McKinney, Jeffrey Ledford, Curl, Allen, Travis Kohler, Dehm, 18th starter Grosvenor, Vince Cooper, and Jimmy Farris Jr.

aug26-sp10 CR Towing Sportsman drivers found Timmy Dick the quickest at a 14.814. Brandon Pralle won the lone heat race. Lake Nichoalds took the lead from Pralle on the second lap of the 15-lap race. Nichoalds was never able to shake Pralle from his bumper as Bryant Frechette and Steven Mattingly waited in the wings. Nichoalds car jumped the cushion in turn four, getting airborne, and Pralle shot by for the lead. Pralle, steadily improving over the season, was able to register his first career win. “The track was great tonight,” an excited Pralle said. “I can’t thank everyone enough.” Mattingly, Frechette, Anthony Craven, Scott Williams, Michael Ledford, and Dick completed the running order.

aug26-ss20 Tool’s Auto Sales Street Stock drivers saw Curtis Radke setting fast time at a 15.685. Andrew Funk and Mitch Hahn won heat races. Defending national champion, Funk, took the lead in the 15-lap race, with Joe Brown, AJ Meiferdt, Rick Thomas, and Radke following. Brown jumped the cushion in turn four giving Funk a little breathing room. After a lap five caution, Thomas stalled on the track to end his night. Radke moved into second and made several bids to take the lead from Funk, as Meiferdt looked for the right opportunity to move by the top two. Funk’s car began smoking in the closing laps of the race as Meiferdt took second with five to go. Meiferdt stayed on Funk’s bumper until two laps to go when he overtook Funk and won his ninth Fairbury race of the year. “Andrew made me work for that race,” Meiferdt said. I knew I had a good car. I had to find a clean track and keep digging.” Funk, Radke, Pete Odell, Matt Hammond, 12th starter Michael Schomas, Valerie Hurt, Dane Arvin, Nick Seplak, and Tanner Sullivan completed the top ten.

aug26-hmNine Hobby-Modified drivers were on hand for their 12-lap event. Bryan Saner took the heat race win. Saner took the lead at the start and looked to be on his way to his first ever win until he began losing the handle on the car. Jason Brandt pressured Saner for the lead until Saner lost control with two laps remained. Brandt set the pace and took the feature win. “Bryan ran a great race,” Brandt said.” I wasn’t sure if I had enough for him, but I was patient and stuck it in there.” Brendan Patterson, Thad Gee, Mike Petersen, Graham Jackson, Makinzi Semmens, Saner, Macy Vaughan, and Haley Jones rounded out the field.