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Bell, Ledford, Beiler, Duncan, Helmick, Brown Pick Up FALS Cup Wins; Spatola, Ledford, Clubb, Duncan Clinch Track Championships

Rich Bell

Rich Bell

Michael Ledford

Michael Ledford

Bobby Beiler

Bobby Beiler

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Kyle Helmick

Kyle Helmick

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

Holt Supply presented the final night for drivers to receive track points. Mike Spatola (Late Model), Michael Ledford (Modified), and Cody Clubb (Stock Car) had already wrapped up their respective track titles with only the Sportsman championship up for grabs.

bell lmThe 30-lap Late Model race saw Kevin Weaver and McKay Wenger go at it tooth and nail for the first eight laps with Rich Bell, Mike Spatola, and Todd Bennett following. After a caution on lap eight, Bell roared into the lead. Bell had to deal with two cautions and a red flag before he was able to take his first career Fairbury feature win. Bell, an infrequent guest to FALS, spoke in victory lane. “I have been wanting to get a win here for a long time. It feels great. This is a big win for us.” Wenger held off track champion Spatola for second with Weaver and Bennett in tow.

ledford mdThe 25-lap Modified race saw last week’s feature winner Austin Friedman pace the field with third starting Mike McKinney in second. McKinney moved into the lead on the third lap with Michael Ledford taking second on the fifth circuit. When the track went back to green after a lap nine caution, Ledford battled McKinney for the lead before taking over the top spot. Ledford quickly opened a 10-car length lead through the final stages to take his fifth win and earn his third Modified title at “America’s Dirt Track”. “It is fun racing with McKinney and McKenzie,” said Ledford. “It’s fun to race with guys that will give you a lane. We can slide each other, no problem.” McKinney, Zeke McKenzie, Ray Bollinger, and 17th starter Rusty Griffaw completed the top five.

beiler scAfter Macon canceled due to rain, track regular Bobby Beiler made the journey to FALS to tune up for the upcoming Hubert Memorial. Starting on the pole, Beiler led all 15 laps to earn his first-ever FALS feature win. Megan Erwin gave Beiler a run for his money, but Beiler stood fast. “You guys have one hell of a racing facility here,” Beiler said. “Fairbury has some of the best in the business in this class. After Macon canceled, we decided to come up here and get ready for the Hubert race.” Erwin took second. In a hotly contested battle, Kyle Anderson took third over track champion Cody Clubb and Nick Clubb.

duncan spEntering the night, defending Sportsman track champion Tommy Duncan held a five-point lead over Landen Miller. Duncan overtook polesitter Miller on the start of the 15-lap feature with Steve Mattingly close behind. Following a caution with nine laps to go, Duncan, Miller, and Mattingly pulled away from the field, but the yellow came out with three laps to go as Eric Saltzman stopped in turn four. Under the caution, Miller brought his car into the infield and was done for the night with a broken panhard bar. Duncan was able to turn back Mattingly for his fifth win and take his fifth straight Sportsman championship. “I thought I was on cruise control, but I saw Landen’s nose down there,” an exhausted Duncan said. “I wish he could have continued. It would have been a good race.” Mattingly took second, as Robert Saltzman turned in a season best in third. Aaron Reid also had a season best in fourth with Josh Hetherington in fifth.

helmick hmdIn the first 12-lap Hobby-Modified race, Kyle Helmick grabbed the lead at the start and was never threatened. A caution fell with six laps to go, but Helmick, who was making his first appearance at Fairbury, opened a half straightaway lead after the restart. Helmick was not to be denied as he picked up his first FALS win of the year. Darrell Dick edged Ryan Kohler for second with Lucas Boulton and Gary Turpin completing the top five.

brown hmdThe second Hobby-Modified race had polesitter Brendan Patterson race out to a commanding lead, but disaster struck as Patterson was overtaking a slower car, contact was made, and his night was over. Scott Brown took over as the race leader and held on to claim his first career feature win. “That was a heartbreaker for Brendan,” a jubilant Brown spoke. “My car kept breaking free and losing traction coming off the corners. Going down the straightaways it was fine, but Brendan was gone.” Jenna Norvell had a career best second, with Meara Tilstra, Wyatt Jackson, and Gavyn Parmele following.


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