In a busy offseason for the Fairbury American Legion Speedway, we are excited to announce what's been going on behind the scenes in preparation for the 70th year of dirt track racing at FALS. The speedway is excited to announce the addition of the May 2nd FALS Street Stock Special in memory of Earl J. Hubert paying a record $2,000 to win the 43 lap feature event. Some of the best Street Stock drivers in the Midwest are expected to compete on FALS's racy quarter-mile bullring. Complete payouts of this special and all the races throughout the season will be posted in early February on the website.
Gunner Sullivan (left) and Matt Curl (right) of Fairbury American Legion Speedway were honored as UMP DIRTcar Promoters of the Year at the UMP Banquet.
"On behalf of Gunner Sullivan and myself, we want to thank all of the FALS Nation for their support of the Fairbury American Legion Speedway!! We want to especially thank Fairboard President Leroy Rodriguez and the entire fairboard for all their hard work and dedication they put in to make this happen. They are a great bunch of people to work with and all the hard work is paying off!! We also want to thank the race committee for all their time and efforts in planning and evaluating our season. Thanks to all workers and volunteers that help each week and throughout the season. We could not do it without you guys!! It's a team effort from top to bottom and we are proud to have the best drivers, fans, officials, sponsors and track workers. THANK YOU for all you do for our speedway! We are very excited about our 2015 season which is coming sooner than we think." - Matt Curl (STLRacing Photo)
Fresh off back-to-back 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 70th season of weekly racing at the ultra-competitive quarter mile bullring. In a season where expectations could not be any higher, the track known as FALS delivers again with a schedule filled with marquee races highlighted by the 26th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic on the weekend of July 24th and 25th. Sanctioned with the World of Outlaws again in 2015, the Prairie Dirt Classic will pay $26,000 to the winner of the 100 lap feature event. In addition to the weekend festivities, Fairbury Speedway officials are excited to announce the addition of the #FALS Draw, a $5,000 to win PDC Showdown during Friday night's racing action. With all the specific details of the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend to be announced soon, a driver entering the Prairie Dirt Classic could take home a FALS record of $31,000 throughout the weekend.
With a nice mix of races up and down the 2015 schedule, the season opener will be on April 18th. The first of two huge additions to the FALS schedule is the $10,000 to win FALS Fan Frenzy ALMS Late Model Special on May 9th. 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 13th. The following week, June 20th, the UMP Summer Nationals will roll into town with a 50 lap $10,000 to win feature that will host the best from the Midwest. The season ending Corn Belt Clash $5,000 to win Late Model Special on Labor Day Weekend will conclude an unprecedented Late Model season of specials and payouts during the 2015 season.
It is with great excitement that we announce the running of the 3rd 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 2015, Modified drivers from all over the country will take part in what is to be the start of an elite marquee weekend of Modified racing at the Fairbury Speedway. This will be one weekend Modified drivers will not want to miss in 2015!! The running of the Second Annual Gary Cook Jr. Memorial Modified Special on Memorial Day Weekend May 23rd paying $2,064 to win will be the first of two American Modified Series events at FALS in 2015. The Summit UMP 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 two separate shows on July 24th & 25th. Both UMP Modified shows will pay $2,000 to win and be part of the Summit UMP Modified Nationals Championship Weekend where a champion will be crowned Saturday night of the Prairie Dirt Classic.
Adding to the season's excitement in 2015, mark your calendars for Saturday night July 11th 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. Running with the Midgets that night will be the UMP Late Models racing for $2,000 to win and the UMP Modifieds for $1,000 to win. Back again in 2015, the Illinois Lightning Sprint Series will take to the track on August 1st for the 2nd Annual Willard Bess Memorial Sprint Special paying $2,000 to win. This nationally advertised Sprint special will play host to a number of Sprint teams throughout the Midwest.
The UMP Street Stocks will have their annual special on May 2nd. The UMP Sportsman will continue their tradition of running the annual Eden-Piercy Memorial Special on May 23rd. The annual Fair Championship Night will again play host to the Sportsman Topless Special in 2015. 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. This beginner class will release its information for the upcoming season following the holidays.
FALS is proud to announce the continuance of the Alkota "Keep it Clean" Series in 2015. 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 and M&M Pumps. Fair Championship Night will conclude track points for the season on Saturday night, August 22nd. Champions will be crowned on that night with recognition scheduled for August 29th 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 will highlight Fan Appreciation Night on May 30th.
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 2015 memorable.
Happy Holidays from everybody here at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway!
2015 Race Schedule
For the second consecutive year and third in the last four, the Prairie Dirt Classic has been named the Dirt on Dirt Race of the Year. A race that saw eight lead changes and the leader being passed 15 times, the PDC was voted the best race throughout the country in 2014!
by Darlene Miller
Scott Bull and Mike Harrison were big winners as the Fairbury American Legion Speedway came to an exciting end of its 2014 season on Saturday night with the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series drivers, the American Late Model Series drivers, plus FALS regulars in a 40-lap feature.
Three-time defending FALS points champion Scott Bull picked up the victory to put an exclamation point on his outstanding season while also pocketing $3,000. Meanwhile, Highland’s Mike Harrison picked up the 2nd annual Casey’s American Modified Series Nationals race taking home $5,000. Richard Craven and Matt Maier were the winners of the Sportsman and Street stock features, respectively.
El Paso’s Ryan Unzicker and Dan Flessner of Roberts led the Late Models to the 40-lap feature and quickly set a fast pace. An early caution flag flew just one lap into the feature.
Unzicker led the group back to the flag bringing along Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce, Flessner, and New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard. Four more caution flags flew before the group settled into some green flag racing with 33 laps to go. Pierce wrestled the lead away from Unzicker with 23 circuits to go. Pierce, on the bottom, Unzicker and Sheppard both running high, began to feel the presence of Bull charging forward from his seventh starting spot. A caution flag flew with seven laps to go, and on the restart Pierce jumped and was put in second place following Sheppard and one spot ahead of Bull, who was now in third place.
Bull of Fairbury grabbed the lead with six laps to go as another caution flag flew after Pierce and Sheppard made contact. Pierce was done for the evening. Bull continued showing the way and with four to go Sheppard pulled to the infield. Bull held off Unzicker and Daren Friedman of Forrest for the big win. “We’ve been working on our car and had been struggling a little,” Bull said. “Tonight the car felt good on the top or bottom. This is back where we need to be and I am looking forward to next year.” Rounding out the top 10 were Eric Smith, Jason Utter, Spencer Diercks, Mike Spatola, Joe Harlan, Ryan Vanderveen, and Jay Morris. Heat winners were Flessner, Unzicker, and Sheppard.
Points champion Jay Ledford of Pontiac and Chatsworth’s Lance Dehm sat up front for the 40-lap Modified feature. After a quick caution, Dehm took the lead while Ledford faced a tough challenge from Buffalo’s Jeff Leka. Dehm continued his domination of the field until a caution flag flew with 11 circuits to go. Harrison, after starting 17th, moved up quietly and rapidly through the field and grabbed the lead from Dehm with 10 trips remaining. Jeff Curl got around Dehm and made it a two-driver battle with four to go. Harrison held off Curl for the win.