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Bronson, Ledford, Keller, Mattingly, Kohler Take FALS Cup Checkers

Kyle Bronson

Kyle Bronson

Michael Ledford

Michael Ledford

Braiden Keller

Braiden Keller

Steven Mattingly

Steven Mattingly

Ryan Kohler

Ryan Kohler

Braiden Keller

Braiden Keller

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

A late Friday night/Saturday morning rain cloud saw one inch of rainfall in Livingston County. At the crack of dawn, Roger Stryker, Chad Bauman, Steve Ricketts, and a host of others made preparations for Saturday night’s FALS Cup weekly program presented by CIT Trucks. Race teams and fans were treated to a well-groomed track with the last feature being concluded at 9:57 p.m. Five classes were in action, including twin Stock Car features, that saw Kyle Bronson (Late Model), Michael Ledford (Modified), Braiden Keller (Stock Car), Steve Mattingly (Sportsman), and Ryan Kohler (Hobby-Modified) grace victory lane.

bronson lmRanked sixth in the World of Outlaws Series point standings, Brandon, Florida’s Kyle Bronson came to town to prepare for the Prairie Dirt Classic in two weeks. Polesitter Myles Moos raced out to a straightaway lead in the 30-lap race. Moos quickly found himself looking at the back of the field. Bronson was able to close in on Moos, and the two traded slide jobs on several occasions, with Moos holding his own. After two cautions on lap nine and ten, Bronson was able to overtake Moos for the lead with 19 laps to go. Bronson stretched out his lead to a straightaway at the finish and scored his first-ever Fairbury feature win. “It’s nice to take a little money here every now and then,” Bronson said as he debuted a new Rocket chassis. “The car was pretty good. It was a little tighter than we needed it to be. We came here to get ready for the PDC. I think we learned a few things.” Making his first appearance of the year, Moos settled for second. In an exciting battle for third, MARS Series points leader Jason Feger took third over track points leader Mike Spatola, Scott Schmitt, and Jake Little. Donny Walden, Kevin Weaver, Bill Hough, and Chase Osterhoff completed the top ten.

ledford mdMike McKinney and Michael Ledford ran side by side for the first four laps of the 25-lap Modified feature. Following a lap four caution, Ledford raced out to a 10-car length lead as McKinney, Austin Friedman, Mason Duncan, and Ray Bollinger battled for third. After a lap ten caution, Ledford kicked it into high gear and pulled away from his competition. For the Pontiac driver, it was his third Fairbury win and personal best ninth feature win of the year. “This is the best that we have run up to the PDC,” spoke the current track points leader. “Hopefully, races like this will give us some momentum.” McKinney finished in the runner-up position, with Bollinger, Duncan, and Allen Weisser in the top five. The rest of the top ten saw Zeke McKenzie, Friedman, Alan Stipp, Caden McWhorter, and Steven Brooks.

keller scThe Stock Car class ran two feature races. Joe Brown led the first five laps of the first 15-lap event with Nick Clubb and Braiden Keller tucked behind. Keller worked his way past Clubb and closed in on Brown. The two drivers traded slide jobs over the course of the next seven laps before Keller claimed the front spot and went on to take the win. “I love racing with Joe,” Keller said. “The engine hasn’t been running right, so hopefully we can find the problem.” Clubb settled for third, with Kyle Anderson, Cody Clubb, Andy Thompson, Michael Schomas, Randy Schoener, Brandon Tracy, and Tim Loomis rounding out the top ten. The second race saw Keller lead flag-to-flag in taking his eighth win of the year. “This is crazy,” the Indiana hot shoe said. “I have to thank my dad. We got torn up last night, and he busted his butt to get it ready.” Brown finished in second, with track points leader Clubb in third. Anderson, Schoener, Tracy, Thompson, Bailey Downey, and Brixton Downey rounded out the field in the makeup race from April 29th.

mattingly spLanden Miller looked to be on his way to his second win of the year in the 15-lap Sportsman race. Racing out to a half straightaway lead, smoke began to bellow from under the hood of the Miller car on lap five and ended his night. Steve Mattingly moved into the lead with Tommy Duncan in second. The two rivals staged a classic duel racing side by side and never touching. Mattingly, running the top, used his momentum and was able to fend off Duncan for his second win of the season. “I want to thank Tommy for racing me clean,” the Chenoa wheelman said. “He is a great guy to race with. The car worked great tonight, and I have to thank the crew and sponsors.” Duncan took second, followed by Josh Hetherington, Eric Saltzman, Makinzi Semmens, Doug Carls, and Miller.

kohler hmdThe night ended with a 12-lap Hobby-Modified race. Ryan Kohler saw an opening and shot past Wes Ricketts on the fifth lap in a race marred by caution flags. The smooth driving second generation driver from Chebanse was able to pick up his third win of the year. Ricketts and Reid Gall turned in fine performances, finishing in second and third. Lucas Boulton took fourth with Jake Green in fifth. The rest of the top ten went to Meara Tilstra, Scott Williams, Coltin Grace, Payton Semmens, and Cameron Pierce.


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