FALS Frenzy $1O,OOO to win MARS DIRTcar/Sunoco ALMS Late Model Special Event Details

almsmarsThe Fairbury Speedway will host its first Late Model special of the year this coming Saturday, May 7th, as part of the FALS Frenzy weekend event. A number of Midwestern, local, and National drivers are expected to be in attendance for the $10,000 to win, 50-lap feature race. Along with the UMP Late Models, the UMP Modifieds will be battling for a top prize of $1,000 to win, with the UMP Sportsman and UMP Street Stocks both paying $400 to win. Full payouts of all four features can be found under the "Driver Info" section of the site.

Event Details

MARS DIRTcar Series / Sunoco American Late Model Series $10,000 to win, 50 lap feature; UMP Modifieds $1,000 to win, 25 lap feature; UMP Street Stocks & UMP Sportsman $400 to win, 15 lap features.

Gate Times

  • Weather permitting, the First Street gate will open on Thursday night, May 5th at 6:00 p.m. for weekend camping. Be prepared to purchase your general admission ticket at that time.
  • Gates will remain open throughout the night for any campers or race haulers wishing to enter.
    • Campers use First Street gate; camping for the weekend will be $35.00 per camper.
    • Race haulers use Third Street gate if coming in Friday night.
  • ALL gates will close at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday for a sweep of the grounds and pit area and reopen at Noon for the day’s events.
  • First Street gate will open at Noon on Saturday; Second Street gate will open at 3:00 p.m.

DIRTcar Spring Nationals Street Stock Special Rescheduled for May 14

One of the top Street Stock specials in Illinois has been reset for Saturday, May 14th. After steady rains and cold temperatures postponed the original date for the DIRTcar Spring Nationals in Memory of Earl J. Hubert, all efforts were made to make sure a suitable rescheduled date was found. In conversations with track officials, event committee members and sponsors, May 14th was the best possible date for the event in which a number of top Street Stock teams are expected to be in attendance.

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New Northside Bleachers Reserved Seating On Sale Now

frontstretch-stands-tnReserved seats for the four major events of the season in the new northside bleachers are on sale now. You can reserve your seat for only $5.00 per event. You will buy the general admission portion of your ticket at the gate the day of the event. The four major events are: May 7th FALS Frenzy, June 25th UMP Summer Nationals, July 29th & 30th Prairie Dirt Classic (your seat will be good for both nights), and the September 3rd Casey's Modified Nationals. -- Fairbury Speedway Tickets

Weaver, Ledford, Rich, Sauder, Duncan Take Opening Night Wins

by Darlene Miller

Three 2015 championship drivers began the defense of their titles by winning the first race of the season at Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night. Many caution flags and restarts were needed during the night as drivers tried to get the kinks out of their cars and other drivers took to the ¼-mile track for the first time.

apr23-lmLate Model veteran driver Kevin Weaver of Gibson City took off where he ended by bringing home the victory by six car lengths. Weaver led the group to the green flag and despite lap traffic weaved his way around and only faced a slight challenge from Scott Schmitt with four laps to go. But Schmitt’s challenge was to no avail, as Weaver held the low side tight for the win. “The car started out good and then got really great,” said Weaver as he hauled in his 63rd win at FALS. Finishing in the top 10 were Schmitt, Mike Spatola, Derek Chandler, McKay Wenger, Joe Harlan, Jay Morris, Kyle Hammer, Scott Bull, and Charlie Olson. Heat winners were Weaver and Schmitt. Weaver had fast time of 12.772 seconds.

apr23-mdIn the Modified division, Jay Ledford of Pontiac had a tougher title defense race. Ledford and his son Jeffrey (on the pole) started the race at the front of the field. It took Lance Dehm five laps to catch and pass the duo for the lead. Lap traffic came in to play with 10 circuits to go. Dehm was fine at first, but with five to go, a couple of cars got together in turn four and Dehm was caught up in the mess with nowhere to go and his strong night was over. Jay Ledford took the lead and then held off a hard charging Vince Cooper for the win. “It’s a hard way to win (talking about Dehm’s wreck). I dedicate this race to a friend of mine, Ron Bohm who passed away recently. This is for Ronnie,” said an emotional Ledford.

Jeffrey Ledford was third followed by Jeff Leka, Brian Lynn, Cullen Breeden, Nick Clubb, Lukes Gash, Matt Maier, and Eric Vaughan. Heat winners were Jay and Jeffrey Ledford and Cooper. The semi feature was won by Kevin Hastings. Jeffrey Ledford was at the top of the chart in qualifying with a 13.819 second lap.

The Sportsman race was filled with crashes causing only 10 cars to be running at the end of the feature. Richie Rich of Pontiac took the win to start his title defense. Tim Dick, Brian Albus, Scott Williams, and Bobby Crego rounded out the top five. Rich and Dick were heat winners. Rich had the fastest lap in qualifying at 14.607 seconds.

The Street Stock title is up for grabs as last year’s champ Lukes Gash has moved up the Modified division. Peter Odell led the group to the green flag and held the lead for three laps until Barry Sauder got around him and never looked back for the win. “It was amazing,” said Sauder as he credited Gash with pointers. Sauder finished 10 car lengths ahead of Joe Hillman, Odell, Al Gray, and Lon Franks. Heat wins went to Odell, Franks, and Sauder. Darrell Dick captured the semi feature, while Joe Brown had fast time of 15.523 seconds.

Mason Duncan was the Hobby Modified feature winner. He was followed by Mike Petersen, Tim McGuire, Jason Brandt, Brandon Post, Makinzi Semmens, and Emily Bohm. Petersen took the heat race win.

Spring News & Technical Bulletins

frontstretch-stands-tnAs the season approaches, mild weather and above average temperatures have allowed fair board members and crews the ability to continue construction on a number of large capital improvements throughout the facility. The new all aluminum bleachers are going up fast (as pictured) with installation due to be finished by late March. Bathrooms are coming along nicely, as plans changed from the original release in January with a complete new building housing the top-of-the-line restroom facility which will be located on the backside of the backstretch bleachers. Along with construction efforts around the grounds, track crews have had a number of days working the track dirt in preparation for the season to start. Additional projects in the works are the addition of approximately 350 grandstand seats in the pit area. Crews have reworked the pit stand around corners three and four to allow for additional seating in the pit area. Efforts should allow drivers, crews, and fans a chance to see better from the pit area.

Along with the excitement for the upcoming season, here are some updated news and notes from the winter:

  • FALS has scheduled an additional practice day set for Saturday, April 9th from 12-3. Pit passes will be $15.00 with grandstand admission free.
  • Season passes can be purchased for $250.00. People can purchase them at the gate on opening night, at one of the two practice days, or by contacting the speedway at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The season pass includes one general admission ticket for every race on the 2016 schedule, including the Prairie Dirt Classic, but does not include a reserved seat.
  • Lap sponsors are available for the DIRTcar Spring Nationals Street Stock Special in Memory of Earl J. Hubert. Drivers will be awarded lap money for leading each lap of the 43-lap feature. All the information on sponsoring laps for this event can be found at www.hubertmemorialrace.webs.com.
  • Reserved seating and camping emails have been sent out to those who reserved seats last year. You will have until March 31st to process your order. Anything not renewed will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on April 16th for all four major events this season. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • All the payouts for the upcoming season have been updated and posted in the “driver info/payouts” section of the website.
  • The driver registration form has been updated and posted on the website under the “driver info/forms” section. We are asking any driver planning on running FALS this year to print and fill out this form and bring it with you to save time in the registration line. There is no charge for registering your car for the season at FALS.
  • Transponders and raceceivers will again be required for all on track participation in 2016. FALS runs the red AMB transponders with the MyLaps program. Drivers, crews, and fans will have the opportunity to monitor all the lap times and scoring on Race Monitor each night. Transponder rental is $5.00 per night.
  • All classes will qualify on regular nights in 2016 pending any weather or time restraints. Late Models and Modifieds will qualify two laps with two cars per session. Sportsman and Street Stocks will qualify two laps with 3-4 cars per session. FALS weekly format will be the same as last year to start the season.
  • Jim Cornelison will be coming back to the Prairie Dirt Classic again this year to sing the national anthem. Interested parties wishing to donate for Jim’s return and the opportunity for the private meet and greet can contact Chris Matich at 815-830-9731. All extra proceeds will once again go to a great veteran’s charity.

Technical Bulletin

Late Model Tire Rules

  • May 7th FALS Frenzy MARS/ALMS: Hoosier LM 20 or Hoosier LM 40 ONLY on any corner!!
  • June 25th UMP Summer Nationals: Hoosier LM 20-30-40 allowed on any corner
  • July 29th & 30th World of Outlaws Prairie Dirt Classic: Hoosier LM 20-30-40 allowed on any corner
  • ALL other nights will be FALS tire rule: Hoosier LM 30 or Hoosier LM 40 on Right Rear ONLY!! Hoosier LM 20-30-40 allowed on other 3 corners.

Modified Tire Rules

  • Hoosier A40, A40s, H40 allowed until June 30th on any corner
  • Starting July 1st: Hoosier A40s only with a RR Hoosier H40 option
  • No grooving allowed on any tire!

Street Stock Tire Rule

  • Hoosier A40, A40s, H40 allowed on any corner in 2016
  • No grooving allowed on any tire!

Updated rules for all classes have been updated on the website under the "driver info/rules" section. UMP will be updating the Late Model and Street Stock rules as soon as possible. No major changes have been announced in those divisions.

Street Stock Bodies

  • With a diverse crop of Street Stocks throughout the Midwest, FALS will be implementing a grace period for aluminum bodies and cockpits on Street Stocks. Drivers running at the speedway will be allowed to run aluminum bodies for a period of time which must be approved by the Race Director. Following the tech inspected grace period, drivers must conform to the UMP & FALS body and cockpits rules or lose the opportunity to, but not limited to, earn track points throughout the year.