In what has become an elite must-attend dirt track crown jewel event, and the winner of three straight DirtonDirt.com National “Race of the Year” honors for the prestigious Prairie Dirt Classic, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway will open the gates for their 71st season of weekly racing at the ultra-competitive quarter mile bullring on Saturday, April 23rd. In a season where expectations are at the highest level, the track known as "FALS" continues to deliver a schedule filled with marquee races highlighted by the 27th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic on the weekend of July 29th and 30th presented by the Bank of Pontiac. Sanctioned with the World of Outlaws again in 2016, the Prairie Dirt Classic will pay $27,000 to the winner of the 100 lap feature event. In addition to the PDC weekend festivities, Fairbury Speedway officials are excited to announce continuing the #FALS Draw, a $5,000 to win PDC Showdown feature during Friday night’s racing action. With all the specific details of the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend to be announced at a later date, a driver entering the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend has a chance to take home a FALS record of $32,000 straight to the bank.
With a nice mix of races up and down the 2016 schedule, the first of many huge race weekends on the FALS schedule is the $10,000 to win FALS Frenzy MARS DIRTcar/American Late Model Series co-sanctioned special on May 7th. This 50 lap feature event will showcase local, regional, and national drivers to kick start a season filled with big money races. The annual Pappy & Bob Allen Memorial Late Model Special will again pay $2,000 to win on June 18th. The following week, June 25th, the Lynn Chevrolet-Buick UMP Summer Nationals will roll into town with a 50 lap $10,000 to win feature that will host the best from the Midwest. A pair of $2,000 to win Late Model shows on July 16th & August 13th will continue a solid season of bigger purses. The season ending UMP DIRTcar $3,000 to win Late Model Special on Labor Day Weekend will conclude an unprecedented Late Model season of specials and payouts during the 2016 season.
In what turned into an instant national event, the Fairbury Speedway is excited to announce the running of the 4th annual Casey’s Modified Nationals paying a record $10,000 to win for the 50 lap national event. Sanctioned with the American Modified Series again in 2016, Modified drivers from all over the country will take part in what will continue to be an elite marquee weekend of Modified racing at the Fairbury Speedway. This will be one weekend Modified drivers will not want to miss in 2016!! The running of the All-Star Shootout Modified Special on Memorial Day Weekend May 28th paying $2,000 to win will be the first of two American Modified Series events at FALS in 2015. The DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals will pay $1,500 to win this year as a part of the “Hell Tour” schedule this summer. The Modifieds will play a huge role on the weekend of the Prairie Dirt Classic as they will run for the first time a two-day $5,000 to win, 40 lap feature event as part of the DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals Championship Weekend where the series champion will be crowned Saturday night of the Prairie Dirt Classic. Full Prairie Dirt Classic weekend information will be released soon.
Adding to the season’s excitement in 2016, mark your calendars for Saturday night July 16th as the Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets will be invading the racy quarter mile. The $3,000 to win feature event will be one that draws some of the top Midget drivers across the country. A large field of Midgets is expected for the weekend and FALS is looking forward to bringing the open wheel cars back to their old stomping grounds this summer. Back again in 2016, the Central Illinois Mini Sprints Series will take to the track on August 6th for the 3rd Annual Willard Bess Memorial Mini Sprint Nationals.
The UMP Street Stocks will highlight their season with the DIRTcar Spring Nationals in memory of Earl J. Hubert on April 30th. The UMP Sportsman will continue their tradition of running the annual Eden-Piercy Memorial Special on May 28th and the C R Towing Topless Special on July 2nd. Both the Street Stocks and Sportsman will have $400 to win specials throughout the year on specific nights. The Hobby Mod division will take part in regular nights of racing throughout the season. The entertaining Modified class will release its information for the upcoming season following the holidays.
For the first time in track history, the Pro-Crate Late Models will be in action at the Fairbury Speedway on May 28th. The $1,000 to win 25 lap feature special will give a chance for the Pro-Crate division and drivers to race at the famed quarter mile bullring. Continuing the commitment for younger generations to come, the KidModz Racing Series will be back in action on June 18th.
FALS is proud to announce the continuance of the Alkota “Keep it Clean” Series in 2016. This series will be run 11 times throughout the year when all four weekly divisions are racing regular night events. Specific details will be announced soon but the winner will receive a brand new pressure washer from the great folks from Rural Route Repair, M&M Pumps, and Alkota Cleaning Systems. Fair Championship Night will conclude track points for the season on Saturday night, August 20th. Champions will be crowned on that night with recognition scheduled for August 27th which will be FALS Drivers Appreciation Night. All drivers racing in the night’s events will be admitted free upon arrival. Nostalgia Night along with the racers reunion and vintage race car display, in addition to the Vintage Racing of Illinois Series, will highlight Fan Appreciation Night on June 4th.
On behalf of the American Legion, Fairbury Fair Board, and the FALS Race Committee, we thank you for your continued support of the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. We continue to showcase our facility in the best possible way each week and throughout the year. Our race committee will go to work after the holidays and evaluate all the weekly rules, procedures, and thoughts to make 2016 memorable.
Happy Holidays from everybody here at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway!