Huge World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series event set for 29th annual running on July 27-28
The Prairie Dirt Classic (PDC) presented by Bank of Pontiac at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) already draws a huge crowd and is well known as one of dirt Late Model racing’s most thrilling events. This year, though, even more fans will have an opportunity to witness the intense action that has made the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series extravaganza a three-time winner of DirtonDirt.com’s Race of the Year.
When the 29th annual running of the PDC takes place July 27-28 at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval located in the middle of the idealic Midwest town of Fairbury, DirtVision.com and DirtonDirt.com will provide live pay-per-view video coverage of every lap of competition for the first time ever. In addition, the weekend will be recorded for later broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, exposing the race to a wider television audience.
Set apart by the green-to-checkered excitement on the track and the passionate FALS fans, the PDC will again set the bar high in 2018 with the top drivers in the country chasing a $30,000 prize from a total payout of $93,000 posted for the 100-lap Feature that highlights Saturday night’s grand finale.
A long-standing event that has reached elite status since FALS officials partnered with the World of Outlaws tour in 2013 to expand the race to two days and move it from its traditional Labor Day weekend position, the PDC will for the second straight year begin with a Friday-night program that features four 25-lap World of Outlaws “Showdown” qualifying features paying $2,500 to win and $200 to start apiece. The July 27 card will see drivers split into four features based on qualifying times with the top four finishers in each race transferring to the next night’s 100-lap headliner and the top two redrawing for starting positions in first four rows of the PDC.
The Saturday, July 28 program will include three Last Chance Showdowns that move six more drivers onto the century grind. Two World of Outlaws and two FALS provisionals will round out the 26-car starting field for the PDC, while one more starter could come from the ninth annual Prairie Dirt Shootout presented by Summit Racing Equipment for non-qualifiers that offers its winner the option of taking the $2,000 first-place prize or the 27th starting spot in the 100-lapper. Last year Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., won the Prairie Dirt Shootout, which pays $300 to start, and then started 27th in the PDC and was moving through the field and about to crack the top 10 before fading to an 18th-place finish.
The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will also be part of the weekend’s action and follow the same qualifying format as the World of Outlaws Late Models. Four 20-lap UMP Modified features will be run on Friday night with each paying $500 to win and $100 to start. The top four finishers from each Modified feature will transfer to Saturday’s 40-lap Summit Racing Equipment finale that boasts a $5,000 top prize with the top two redrawing to set the first four rows of the feature; six more drivers will transfer from three Last Chance Showdowns on Saturday and four Summit Modified Nationals provisionals will round out the 26-car field.
Fairbury officials have secured title sponsorship for each of Friday night’s eight Showdown features, showing the commitment from the track’s marketing partners to give back to the drivers and fans. World of Outlaws Showdown backers include Dyer’s Top Rods, Pontiac RV, FK Rod Ends, and Summit Racing Equipment, while the Modified Showdowns will be sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment, Wehrs Machine and Racing Equipment, Allgaier Racing Shocks, and Deke Trucking.
In addition, Schahrer Farms & Trucking will present $200 Fast Time awards to the quick qualifier in both groups of time trials for the World of Outlaws Late Models and Summit Modifieds.
Other valued sponsors for the PDC weekend include the Bank of Pontiac, which continues as the title sponsor of the event; Dave’s Supermarket; DirtonDirt.com; Aftershock Decal and Design; Leman Paint Works; Varsitee Screen Printing; and Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., is the defending champion of the PDC.
For more information on the Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac, visit www.fairburyspeedway.com. Pay-per-view video ordering information will be available on www.dirtvision.com and www.dirtondirt.com.
Weekend General Admission Wristband - $45
Weekend Pit Pass Wristband - $75
Friday Only General Admission - $20
Friday Only Pit Pass - $35
Saturday Only General Admission - $30
Saturday Only Pit Pass - $45
- General admission or pit pass wristbands must be purchased at time of arrival (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- No one will enter fairgrounds without paying for a ticket.
- Anyone entering the grounds before Friday, July 27, must purchase a weekend general admission ticket. (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- Children 12 and under free with paying adult!
- Minors in the pits will be $15 per night (12 & under)
- Any person 17 years of age and under must have a parental consent form signed before entering the pit area.
- Reserved seating can be purchased online at www.fairburyspeedwaytickets.com until noon Friday, July 27. Any remaining reserved seating tickets left can be purchased at the speedway starting at 12 p.m. Friday.
Blankets & Seating
Blankets may be put down on the frontstretch main covered grandstands only at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 27. Any blankets/seats put down before that time unless authorized will be taken down and placed near the closest stairs. Continuing in 2018, you will NOT be able to leave your blanket overnight for Saturday’s show. All blankets and unauthorized seating remaining Saturday morning will be placed at the nearest exit and cleaned for Saturday’s events. On Saturday, July 28, fans will again be allowed to put down blankets in the frontstretch covered grandstands only at 12 p.m. FALS will not be liable for stolen blankets. Any blankets not in use at 6 p.m. on Saturday night will be removed and stored by the fairgrounds. FALS has announced the use stadium seating will NOT be allowed because of the large crowd that is anticipated. Please respect your neighbors when putting down blankets. Remember there is NO smoking in the grandstands!
There will be NO general admission seating available on the backstretch bleachers or the new aluminum section of bleachers in turn 4. You must have a reserved seat to sit in these sections.
The gates will be open at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, to allow campers with reservations ONLY to secure their spots. Please be prepared to buy your weekend wristband upon arrival. No exceptions!
- Reserved camping is sold out for the weekend. However, if you are camping and do not have reservations there will be an overflow lot offsite across the street from the track that will be first-come, first-serve. Overflow parking will begin at 6 p.m. sharp and not before. Be prepared to buy your weekend ticket and camping fees. Camping fees for the overflow lot are $45.00 for the weekend.
General parking must be reserved (if available) with a vehicle with no additional spots saved without a vehicle in them (NO CAUTION TAPE OR STAKES ALLOWED). These rules apply to everyone without exception. Each camping lot must have an RV/trailer on it; no car/van/truck only parking is allowed in camping lots.
There are NO hookups for campers. Generators are allowed if reasonably quiet. Quiet time at the fairgrounds for the weekend will be from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Failure to obey camping rules, regulations, and respect for the fairgrounds will result in loss of privileges for future events.
Please bag your garbage for pickup each day as cleanup crews will be going around throughout the weekend to keep the grounds cleaned up.
Campfires will be allowed ONLY in raised fire pits. Please dispose of your ashes in the metal barrels around the speedway grounds.
Gate Entrance Times
- First Street gate opens on Wednesday night, July 25, at 6 p.m. for all camping reservations to secure their spot. (Must pay for a $45 weekend wristband upon arrival.)
- Gates will remain open and staffed throughout the weekend starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. No entrance to the fairgrounds will be allowed unless purchasing a ticket for the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend.
- First Street walk up gates will open up Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. General admission tickets will be available for purchase at this gate.
- Second Street gate will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, for handicap parking and walk up general admission ticket sales. All campers must use First Street main gate upon entrance to the grounds for setup.
- Race car haulers must use Third Street pit gate all week leading up to the event!
- Pit gate (Third Street only) will open up at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. No cars will be allowed through this entrance at any time. No personal vehicles will be allowed in the pits at any time!!
For race car rigs traveling and arriving during the night late Wednesday or Thursday, haulers will use the main pit gate on Third Street. Race teams will be parked upon arrival by speedway officials for maximum capacity for the weekend.
Additional Weekend Information
- Once credentials are approved, they will only be allowed to be picked up at Third Street gate secretary’s office beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27.
- No unauthorized drones will be allowed on the grounds of the Fairbury American Legion Speedway at any time.
- Rain date if needed for the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic is scheduled for Sunday, July 29.
Golf Cart Rules
General Rules That Apply Every Race Night
- All drivers must be at least 16 years old.
- No 4-wheeler or “gator” type vehicles are allowed outside of the pit area. GOLF CARTS ONLY in the general admission area.
- General admission area and pit area vehicles are restricted to their respective areas after the pits are closed to the public.
- A reasonable, slow (approximately 5 mph) speed limit will be enforced at all times.
- No carts allowed between the backstretch bleachers and the fence, on the horse track in front of the grandstands, and anywhere posted “NO GOLF CARTS”.
Special Event Rules
- All “general” rules apply.
- All general admission area golf carts must be registered to be allowed on the property. A $10.00 seasonal registration fee will apply. Golf cart stickers can be purchased at the First Street ticket gate or on arrival for the weekend.
- All golf carts not staying on the premises overnight need not be registered but must be parked in the designated areas outside of the First and Second Street gates for general admission or in the designated area outside the Third Street gate for pit admission.
- All general admission area golf carts must be parked on race nights from 4 p.m. until sunrise and from sunset until sunrise on non-race nights.
- All pit area golf carts, 4-wheelers, etc. must be parked from 30 minutes after the conclusion of the last race until sunrise.
- Special exemptions to the rules for special needs will be considered if applied for in writing in advance. Applications must be received by FALS at P.O. Box 74, Fairbury, IL 61739 at least one week prior to the event.
Anyone violating the above rules may forfeit their right to operate their vehicle on our property and may be required to “load up” or remove their vehicle immediately at the discretion of the FALS officials.
GOLF CART OPERATION ON OUR PROPERTY IS A PRIVILEGE THAT WE GRANT…NOT A RIGHT! YOUR HELP IN OBEYING THESE RULES AND REPORTING THOSE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO OBEY THEM WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THIS PRIVILEGE IS NOT REVOKED.
Thursday, July 26
- Annual PDC Charity Golf Outing Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children at Indian Creek Country Club in Fairbury (south of pits)
- 9:00 AM: Registration
- 9:45 AM: Shotgun Start
- 9:45 AM-4:00 PM: Golf Outing
- 5:00-6:00 PM: Dinner Presented by Bank of Pontiac in Floral Hall at Speedway
- 5:00-6:00 PM: Dirt on Dirt Live Broadcast with Late Model Live
- 6:00-7:00 PM: Registration for Bag Tournament at Beer Tent
- 6:00-7:00 PM: Live Action in Floral Hall
- 7:00 PM-?: Bag Tournament ($20/team, blind draw, double elimination, payout to 1st/2nd/3rd place, half of proceeds to winners/half to Shriners Club)
- 9:00 PM-1:00 AM: Live Band - Unhandsome Devils
Saturday, July 28
- 7:00-11:00 AM: SELCAS EMS Breakfast (located in American Legion building outside northeast corner of fairgrounds)
- 12:00-2:00 PM: Meet and Greet with DJ Ashba of Pyromantic (located in Bank of Pontiac’s hospitality tent on backstretch behind beer stand)
- 3:00-4:00 PM: 4th Annual “Live Talk” with D-Suave Live from The Bus
- 4:00-5:00 PM: Autograph Session with Drivers (located on backstretch in Varsitee merchandise trailer)
Race Program Information
Friday Night, July 27: Drivers Meeting at 5:30 p.m., Hot Laps at 6:00 p.m., Qualifying at 6:30 p.m., Racing to Follow!
Order of Events (subject to change)
- UMP Summit Modified Nationals Hot Laps
- WoO LM Hot Laps
- UMP Modified Qualifying (A/B group qualifying, 2 laps per car, 3 cars per session)
- WoO LM Qualifying (A/B group qualifying, 2 laps per car, 2 cars per session)
- UMP Modified Summit Racing Equipment Showdown Feature #1 - 20 laps, $500 to win, $100 to start
- UMP Modified Wehrs Machine Showdown Feature #2 – 20 laps, $500 to win, $100 to start
- UMP Modified Allgaier Racing Shocks Showdown Feature #3 – 20 laps, $500 to win, $100 to start
- UMP Modified Deke Trucking Showdown Feature #4 – 20 laps, $500 to win, 100 to start
- WoO LM Dyer’s Top Rods Showdown Feature #1 – 25 laps, $2,500 to win, $200 to start
- WoO LM Pontiac RV Showdown Feature #2 – 25 laps, $2,500 to win, $200 to start
- WoO LM FK Rod Ends Showdown Feature #3 – 25 laps, $2,500 to win, $200 to start
- WoO LM Summit Racing Equipment Showdown Feature #4 – 25 laps, $2,500 to win, $200 to start
Saturday Night, July 28: Drivers Meeting at 5:15 p.m., Hot Laps at 5:45 p.m.
Order of Events (subject to change)
- UMP Modified B-Main Hot Laps
- WoO Late Model B-Main Hot Laps
- WoO Late Model & Modified Re-Draw & Pre-Race Festivities
- (3) UMP Modifieds B-Mains - 15 laps, top 2 to Summit Modified Nationals
- UMP Summit Modified Nationals Feature cars hot lap session
- WOO Late Model Feature cars hot lap session
- (3) WoO Late Model B-Mains - 20 laps, top 2 to PDC
- Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature - $5,000 to win, 40 laps
- 9th Annual Summit Racing Equipment Prairie Dirt Shootout - 25 laps, winner’s choice to take the $2,000 or transfer to PDC
- Intermission & Track Prep
- 29th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic - 100 laps, $30,000 to win presented by the Bank of Pontiac
WoO Late Models: Hoosier LM 20, LM 30 on (4) corners with a Hoosier LM 40 option on RR (grooving and siping allowed on any tire)
UMP Modifieds: Hoosier M-30S & M-60 compounds
- The M-60 may be used as a right rear option tire
- No grooving allowed
- Siping is permitted on the M-30 & M-60
Prairie Dirt Classic
Prairie Dirt Shootout
Summit Modified Nationals
Late Model Showdown Feature Payout
Modified Showdown Feature Payout
The Fairbury American Legion Speedway would like to thank our Prairie Dirt Classic sponsors which make an event like this possible: Bank of Pontiac, Dyer’s Top Rods, Pontiac RV, FK Rod Ends, WEHRS Machine, Summit Racing Equipment, Deke Trucking, Allgaier Racing Shocks, Schahrer Farms & Trucking, Varsitee Screen Printing, Dave’s Supermarket, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Aftershock Graphics, Leman Paint Works, Tom & Pam Schahrer
The speedway is located three blocks south of U.S. 24 on 3rd Street in Fairbury, Illinois (at the fairgrounds).