McCreadie Captures Thrilling Prairie Dirt Classic

by Kevin Kovac

Tim McCreadie had high praise for Fairbury American Legion Speedway after emerging victorious in Saturday night’s epic 25th annual Prairie Dirt Classic.

“They said they do it right here and they’re right — they did it right tonight,” raved McCreadie, who earned $25,650 for capturing a thrilling 100-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series event that featured eight lead changes among four drivers and countless twists and turns. “This is an awesome racetrack, and that race was a lot of fun.”

Charging forward from the 17th starting spot, McCreadie, 40, of Watertown, N.Y., overtook defending PDC champion Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., for the lead on lap 76 but was far from home free. He swapped the top spot four times with the 40-year-old Babb before gaining command for good on lap 95.

Of course, on an unforgettable night at a quarter-mile oval dubbed ‘America’s Dirt Track,’ the final lead change didn’t mean the race was over. McCreadie gave himself an undeniably anxious moment on lap 98 when brushed the outside wall in turn two, allowing Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who had just passed Babb for second on a lap-96 restart, to mount a last-ditch bid for victory.

Leka & Brooks Take PDC Modified Wins

by Darlene Miller

Buffalo’s Jeff Leka led on lap one and never looked back as he took Saturday's 30-lap, $2,500 modified feature. “Our guys worked hard on the car and it showed tonight,” said Leka. Jacob Poel finished second followed by Friday night’s feature winner Steven Brooks, Matt Mevert, and Dave Porth. Jeff Curl led the second five, which included Jim Farris, Donovan Lodge, Jay Ledford, and Jimmy Dehm. Ledford was the hard charger after driving his son’s car. Ledford’s racer was heavily damaged in a turn-two incident in which he rolled it 1 1/2 times.

Moyer Picks Up UMP Summer Nationals Win

by Kevin Kovac

Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., tacked one more UMP DIRTcar Summernationals triumph on his ledger Friday night, claiming the held-over non-point 50-lap feature at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The $10,000 victory in a race postponed by rain on June 21 put a cherry on top of a spectacular summer surge for the 56-year-old Moyer, who won his last five Hell Tour starts of 2014. It was his series-best seventh win in just 12 Summernationals appearances this season.

Lanigan, Zeigler Play Starring Roles In Heat Action on Opening Night of Prairie Dirt Classic

by Kevin Kovac

Two of the country’s hottest Dirt Late Model drivers – one an accomplished veteran superstar, the other a young up-and-comer who burst onto the national scene in the last week – played starring roles in the heat-race action that opened the 25th annual Prairie Dirt Classic weekend Friday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

Three-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., authored the most dominating performance while 21-year-old Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., pulled off the most stunning victory during the evening’s six 15-lap heat races that set the bulk of the field for Saturday night’s 100-lap, $25,000-to-win WoO LMS finale. Also capturing heat victories in front of a big crowd at the quarter-mile oval were defending PDC champion Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., and Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. All six heat winners will redraw on Saturday night for starting positions in the first three rows of the Prairie Dirt Classic.

Friedman Bull’s Way to Front

by Rocky Ragusa

Driving a Longhorn Chassis, Daren Friedman overtook Joe Harlan with two laps remaining to win the 30 lap, UMP Late Model feature Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Infrequent visitor, Shawn Toczek led the field to the green flag, leading the first lap. Derek Chandler made it three wide on the back stretch to take command on the second lap. Toczek, along with Daren Friedman stayed in contention for the lead, as Chandler moved his line to the top groove of the track and set a blistering pace. On the 11th lap, Joe Harlan worked his way by Toczek to take second, with Kevin Weaver and Friedman in pursuit. Chandler encountered slower traffic, allowing Harlan to close the margin. Harlan moved to the front on lap 14 and a caution flag came out one lap later. On the restart, Harlan led as Chandler began to lose positions on the track. Weaver, Friedman, and Mike Spatola moved ahead to challenge Harlan for the lead. Friedman moved his car to the top and took over the second position, setting his sights on Harlan. A caution fell with five laps to go. On the restart Harlan led Friedman, Weaver, Spatola, and Dan Flessner. As Friedman exited turn four with two laps to go, his momentum allowed him to take the lead and the win. “Thanks to the guys at Longhorn, they have been helpful. We have figured some things on our own. Hopefully, this will be a rolling factor into next week. Thanks to Joe for racing me clean. This was for Mark Schahrer. It has been a year today. I think he was watching over us,” commented Friedman. Completing the top ten were Harlan, Weaver, Spatola, Toczek, Flessner, Chandler, Eric Vaughan, Jay Morris, and Don Hilleary. Toczek took fast time honors at a 12.700 and won the first heat race. Chandler and Friedman also won heat races. Spatola was the race's hard charger.