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Wenger, Friedman, Clubb, Duncan, Ricketts, Patterson Capture Fair Night FALS Cup Wins

McKay Wenger

McKay Wenger

Austin Friedman

Austin Friedman

Nick Clubb

Nick Clubb

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Wes Ricketts

Wes Ricketts

Paul Patterson

Paul Patterson

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

It was Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday at the Fairbury Speedway as part of the 147th annual Fairbury Fair. McKay Wenger (Late Model) and Tommy Duncan (Sportsman) won their respective feature races. They were joined by four first-time feature winners in Austin Friedman (Modified), Nick Clubb (Stock Car), Wes Ricketts (Hobby-Modified), and Paul Patterson (Hobby-Modified), as TKS Concrete and Smith Material presented a thrilling night of racing on the quarter-mile dirt oval.

wenger lmMike Mataragas and McKay Wenger raced side-by-side for the top spot in the 30-lap Late Model race before Mataragas took over on lap five. Mataragas threaded his way past lapped cars as Mike Spatola took over second. On a restart with 14 laps to go, Wenger moved past Mataragas for the lead as Kevin Weaver followed. Weaver moved past Wenger and was running like a scalded dog. It was heartbreak city for Weaver as he jumped the cushion and hit the wall with two laps to go. Wenger moved back into the lead and was able to take his second win of the weekend. Spatola, Jason Wagner, Mataragas, and fast qualifier Lyle Zanker completed the top five.

friedman mdFast qualifier Austin Friedman raced side-by-side with Michael Ledford before pulling ahead in the 25-lap Modified feature. Jared Thomas raced Ledford for second and took the position with 20 laps to go. Thomas closed in on Friedman as the yellow flag was displayed with 14 laps left. Friedman was able to go the remaining laps, and two caution periods, to claim his first Fairbury Modified feature win. Thomas turned back Mike McKinney for second, with Bobby Stremme, and Ledford following.

clubb scA feature winner at both dirt and paved tracks in the area, Nick Clubb was finally able to park his car in Fairbury’s victory lane. Kyle Anderson paced the field with Joe Brown and Clubb heading a pack of cars. The caution waved with ten laps to go as Brown’s car dropped out with mechanical issues. On the restart, Clubb saw an opening in turn one to take the lead from Anderson. Clubb opened a five-car length lead over the field to pick up a much-deserved win. Anderson held off Cody Clubb for second, with Kirby McCormick and Brandon Tracy completing the top five. “Little brother beat me last weekend, and I couldn’t have it again tonight,” Clubb said. “Nick and Ken Seplak, along with myself, built everything on this car. We took what we learned from the Modified and put it into the Stock Car.”

duncan spTommy Duncan and Steve Mattingly went toe-to-toe for the first five laps of the Sportsman race before the four-time track champion put some distance between himself and the field. Mattingly and Landen Miller put on a show for the fans in the race for second before Mattingly edged ahead. Josh Hetherington was fourth and Doug Carls picked up his first top five finish by placing fifth. Reclaiming the lead in the track point standings, Duncan spoke in victory lane. “It was a really big night, and the car was good. We had a real racy track, and Steve raced me with courtesy.”

ricketts hmdIn the first Hobby-Modified race, Wes Ricketts turned back a strong challenge from Lucas Boulton in the final seven laps to pick up his first career feature win. After a red flag with two laps remaining, Ricketts was able to open a two-car length lead over Boulton and take the win. Hudson Dick was third, followed by Nathan Lynch, and Meara Tilstra. “This has been a work in the making,” spoke the Fairbury native. “Between dad’s car and mine, it's a job. We have put our blood, sweat, and tears into this. I also wanted to dedicate this win to my Grandpa who passed away last week.”

patterson hmdPaul Patterson wrestled the lead away from Jake Bachtold on the third lap and never looked back to earn his first career Fairbury win in the second Hobby-Modified race. Starting last, Dylan Turpin charged through the field to take second. Bachtold held off Patrick Fatigato for third, and Payton Semmens was fifth. “We are just fighting a little at a time,” said Pattterson. “We have some homework to do. I thank Fairbury for having this class.”


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