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.

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.

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)

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.

As Miller began to catch lapped traffic, the red flag would wave for Terry Babb who got above the cushion in turns three and four and upside down. He climbed out under his own power but was done for the evening.

21 laps remained. The green flag flew, and Courtney was hot on Miller's trail as he followed him down the backstretch. Courtney threw the slide job for the lead, Miller crossed over and they drag raced down the front straightaway to the crowd's delight. Courtney was the new race leader.

Courtney remained in a comfortable lead while Ballou and Darland worked their way past Joe B. Miller. Ballou began reeling Courtney in as he caught lapped traffic. Ballou pressured Courtney in turns three and four, but Courtney remained in the lead until he made contact with lap car Kevin Thomas Jr in turns one and two and flipped with four laps to go. Courtney climbed out under his own power, but would not refire.

With an open racetrack and four laps left ahead of him, Ballou would go on to snag his first POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East win of his career and a stellar $4,000 payday over Dave Darland and Joe B. Miller.

Results

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)

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