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Frank Heckenast Jr.

Frank Heckenast Jr.

Zeke McKenzie

Zeke McKenzie

Landen Miller

Landen Miller

Megan Erwin

Megan Erwin

Ryan Kohler

Ryan Kohler

Miller Prevails in Eden-Piercy Memorial; Erwin, Kohler Also Victorious

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

Rain showers that fell in the area on Friday night thru Saturday morning proved to be a benefactor to the Fairbury Speedway. 150 cars in five classes jammed the pit area for the racing program. Frank Heckenast Jr. (Late Model) and Zeke McKenzie (Modified) were the winners of the Bob Harty Memorial features. The annual Curt Piercy/Gary Eden Memorial race for the Sportsman division went to Landen Miller. Megan Erwin (Stock Car) and Ryan Kohler (Hobby-Modified) also scored feature wins in their respective classes.

heckenast lmOn a bottom dominant track, Frank Heckenast Jr. moved to the top side after a lap 11 caution. Running in the fifth position, Heckenast began to pick cars off and was soon challenging Ryan Unzicker for the lead. Unzicker looped his car in turn four to bring out the yellow flag. Heckenast inherited the lead with Dennis Erb Jr. trailing. On the restart after a lap 34 caution, Erb, running the bottom, edged ahead of Heckenast for the lead. Going down the backstretch on the final lap, Heckenast’s momentum carried him past Erb. Heckenast was able to hang on to win his first feature of the year by a car length. Fast qualifier Mike Mataragas took third. Track points leader Mike Spatola was fourth. Unzicker rallied to take fifth, followed by Dustin Hodges, 14th starter Jake Little, Rich Bell, Hunt Gossum, and Kevin Weaver.

mckenzie mdZeke McKenzie survived a rash of cautions to win the 25-lap Modified feature race. McKenzie moved to the point after getting under Ray Bollinger on the sixth lap. Bollinger fell back to fourth at one point but rallied in the closing laps to take over the second spot. McKenzie, ranked ninth in the MARS Modified point standings, claimed his first career Fairbury win. Allen Weisser finished in third, with Blake Brown in fourth, and Caden McWhorter in fifth. Steven Brooks finished in sixth, followed by Matt Fabrizius, 23rd starter Curt Spalding, Alan Stipp, and Lonestar driver Chase Allen.

miller spLanden Miller was the class of the field in the Piercy/Eden Memorial race. Miller went flag-to-flag in picking up the biggest win of his young career. Joel Funk finished in second. Barry Sauder drove a smooth race to take third, followed by Tyler Roth, Ken Kelley, Tommy Duncan, Doug Carls, Makinzi Semmens, Aaron Reid, and Steven Mattingly.

erwin scMegan Erwin found herself in the right spot at the right time. As race leader Joe Brown was working slower traffic in the 15-lap Stock Car race, contact was made. Megan Erwin moved into the lead with three laps remaining and went on to take her fifth win of the year. Cody Clubb held off his brother Nick for second with Jesse Simmons and Don Hilleary completing the top five. The rest of the top ten saw Terry Reed, Pete Odell, Brown, Kyle Anderson, and Andy Thompson.

kohler hmdRyan Kohler wrestled the lead away from Jake Green on the third lap and led the remaining nine laps in winning his second Hobby-Modified race of the year. Green settled for second, with Wes Ricketts, Jerremy Sebens, Dylan Turpin, Hudson Dick, Scott Brown, Nathan Lynch, Reid Gall, and Scott McDonald completing the top ten.



Wenger, Ledford Claim FALS Cup Wins

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The Interstate Racing Association and Midwest Open Wheel Association co-sanctioned the 11th annual Bill Waite Memorial Classic at the Fairbury Speedway on Saturday night. The racing program also included the Late Model and Modified divisions on the quarter-mile dirt oval.

miller sprFourth starting Joe B. Miller, last year's race winner, wrestled the lead away from Lynton Jeffrey on the third lap with Paul Nienhiser in tow. Following a red flag and caution, Miller and Nienhiser broke away from the field as Kraig Kinser took over the third position. As Miller began to pull away, Nienhiser’s night came to an end with a flat right rear tire on lap 24. On the restart, Jett Mann caught the cushion in turn one, getting some 30 feet into the air, before coming to a grinding halt. As the field went back under the green flag, Kinser challenged Miller for the lead, but Miller flexed his muscle, pulling away to collect the $7,000 to win special. Kinser, the 2005 Knoxville Nationals winner, took second, followed by heat one winner Jake Blackhurst. Travis Arenz was fourth and 15th starter Hunter Schuerenberg finished fifth. Jake Neuman, Kris Spitz, Caden Englehart, Josh Schneiderman, and Austin Hartmann completed the top ten.

wenger lmPolesitter Mike Spatola took the lead at the start of the 30-lap, $3,500 to win Late Model feature. As he went down the backstretch on the opening lap, smoke appeared from underneath the hood. Flames erupted and Spatola’s night was done as the engine disintegrated. Kevin Weaver led on the restart, as Ryan Unzicker, Rich Bell, and McKay Wenger had a feisty battle for second. Wenger got past Weaver for the lead on lap four as the yellow flag fell five times in the last 26 laps. Unzicker, in his battered and bruised car, battled Bell for second before taking over with 10 laps to go. Unzicker was able to close to within three car lengths of Wenger in the final laps, but Wenger was able to register his first win of the year. Unzicker settled for second, followed by Bell and Todd Bennett. 14-year-old Tar Heel state wheelman Carson Brown took fifth, as Bill Hough, North Carolina driver Daniel Adam, Jason Wagner, Dale Markham, and Donny Walden rounded out the top ten.

ledford mdStarting in the sixth position, Michael Ledford motored ahead of Mike McKinney on lap 11 and went on to earn his seventh win at the halfway mark of the race season. McKinney took second, with Trevor Neville, Austin Friedman, and Jared Thomas completing the top five. Alan Stipp finished in sixth, followed by Matt Fabrizius, Lyndon Whitfill, Steven Brooks, and Trevor Ringle.

Joe B. Miller Hangs On to Win 11th Annual Bill Waite Jr. Memorial

Story by Madeline Schultz, Interstate Racing Association

Jake Blackhurst and Lynton Jeffrey would lead the field to the thirty laps around Fairbury. Jeffrey would take the first lap. Side by side already on lap two, Joe B. Miller in the 51B would take the lead on lap two.

We would draw out a red flag on lap 7 for Sage Fruit Hepfner Racing Products Rookie of the Year Contender Brenham Crouch in the 1. Crouch was able to walk away from a nasty crash in turn one.

When we went back to green, Miller, Blackhurst, and Jeffrey would pick up where they left off, challenging each other for the lead and a $7,000 pay day. Nienhiser and Jeffrey would compete on the top, while Miller would defend on the bottom. Without getting another lap in, we would bring out the caution for Jordan Goldesberry spun in two.

Miller and Nienhiser would soon also be challenged by the 11K of Kraig Kinser who would take over the third spot. Leader would hit lap traffic with 18 laps to go as Brian Bell would draw out the caution flag a lap later.

Miller would dive again to the bottom, but Paul Nienhiser would take the lead with 16 to go. Miller would take it back the lap after as racers got the “halfway home” signal from the flagstand. Nienhiser would fight off Kinser for second, but Blackhurst would close in for third.

Joe B. Miller would hit lap traffic once more when we were down to 10 to go, Nienhiser and Kinser would continue to battle on the lowside for second. Nienhiser would tap the turn four wall allowing the 11K and and 96 to get by him. It all came to a halt in turn 2 for the 9x team with six laps remaining.

Lights out one more time as Joe B. Miller would only need a handful of laps to clinch the win. Jett Mann would also be a victim of turn one and two’s cushion bringing out a red. Mann was also able to walk away from the scene.

The rest is history, Joe B. Miller would hang on for the win for two in a row at Fairbury for the Bill Waite Jr Memorial. Kraig Kinser finished second and Blackhurst rounded out the podium.


Bobby Pierce

Bobby Pierce

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Braiden Keller

Braiden Keller

Harrison Holds Off Ledford to Win Summit Modifieds at Fairbury

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The DIRTcar Summer National tour made their fourth stop at the Fairbury Speedway on Saturday night. Track owner and promoter Matt Curl welcomed a near sellout crowd and a stacked field of drivers to the historic quarter-mile dirt oval. Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce, a World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular this season, used a break on the Outlaw schedule to prepare as the series heads out west. Missing the first two Summer National races, Pierce and his team made the decision to race at Tri-City and Fairbury. Taking the win Friday at Granite City, Pierce headed to Fairbury with momentum on his side.

pierce lmPierce and Tanner English led the field to the green flag for the start of the 50-lap, $10,000 to win feature race that was presented by Dixie Chopper and Rhino Ag. Pierce took the lead with Shannon Babb moving past English for second. Pierce was able to extend his lead to a straightaway over Babb but soon encountered slower traffic. Babb was able to quickly close in on Pierce, but the “Smooth Operator” used the back markers to his advantage and held the lead. Babb reeled in Pierce and went to the outside of him in turns three and four to take the front position on lap 27. Babb, looking to repeat after his opening night win at “America’s Dirt Track”, was unable to shake Pierce off and soon closed in on traffic. Pierce, running the top groove, reclaimed the lead on lap 39 and went uncontested the remainder of the race. For Pierce, a five-time Summer Nationals champion, it was his first “Hell Tour” win at Fairbury. “That was a great race with Babb,” Pierce said. “I thought he had us. We got lucky in lapped traffic. I guess we were pretty good.” Babb finished 2.8 seconds behind Pierce and Gordy Gundaker took third. Tanner English would finish fourth, followed by Brandon Sheppard, Frank Heckenast Jr., and Ashton Winger. 16th starter Donny Walden, Jason Feger, and 19th starter Tommy Sheppard Jr. completed the top ten. The race drew 55 Late Models for the track's 38th Summer National race. Pierce led group A qualifiers with a lap of 12.893 seconds and a time of 12.719 seconds by English led group B. Pierce, McKay Wenger, Heckenast, English, Sheppard, and Babb won their respective heat races. Billy Moyer and Taylor Scheffler were the consi winners. The last chance race went to Tommy Sheppard Jr.

harrison mdThe Summit Modified Nationals race drew 36 drivers for their 30-lap, $2,000 to win race. Mike Harrison and Mike McKinney led the field as the green flag was unfurled. Harrison raced out to a commanding lead with Michael Long, Mike McKinney, and Michael Ledford trailing. Long brought out the first caution on lap 15 as his car rode the wall in turn two. After two restarts, Harrison led as McKinney held on to second over Ledford followed by Kyle Steffens and Zeke McKenzie. Harrison held a straightaway lead with eight circuits left. Ledford took the second position and went to work to track down Harrison. Ledford was on Harrison’s rear as the white flag waved. Entering turn three, Ledford made one last effort to bag the biggest win of his young career, but Harrison was able to turn back Ledford for the win. “I knew what Ledford did the previous lap,” explained Harrison. “I knew that I just needed to do what I had been doing. If he tried to slide me, I would be able to counter him and dive under him.” Ledford finished in second, followed by Steffens, McKenzie, and Allen Weisser. McKinney, Curt Spalding, Steven Brooks, 19th starter Trent Young, and Matt Fabrizius rounded out the top ten.

keller scThe night’s racing program ended with a 15-lap Stock Car race. Continuing their battle from the previous night at Farmer City, Nick Macklin, a regular at Macon and former winner in the Sportsman class at Fairbury, raced to the lead at the start. After shaking off Tim Loomis and A.J. Meiferdt, Braiden Keller had his sights on Macklin. With four laps to go, Keller did a slide job on Macklin, but Macklin was able to return the favor. After a caution with three laps to go, Macklin bobbled on the backstretch, and Keller moved back into the lead. Keller was able to take his seventh win of the year. A dejected Macklin took second. Loomis, Meiferdt, and 15th starter Cody Clubb completed the top five. Andy Thompson, Brandon Tracy, Andy Zahnd, Don Hilleary, and Brice Slavens completed the top ten.

Pierce Beats Babb in Traffic to Win First Summer Nationals Feature at Fairbury

Story by Jordan DeLucia

Several trophies earned at Fairbury Speedway sit tall atop the mantle of Bobby Pierce and his young career. But besides the track’s iconic Prairie Dirt Classic event, there was one other field he’d yet to conquer at the famed Illinois bullring – the DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

Saturday night, after fighting to get the lead back in deep lapped traffic, he did it. Pierce had taken the lead, lost it to Shannon Babb in a tread through waves of traffic, and regained it again all within the 50-lap distance to finally score the win in an event that had eluded his grasp several times over.

“It was tough,” Pierce said. “There were cars three-wide. Thinking back on it, it was pretty wild.”

Pierce, the five-time Hell Tour champion from Oakwood, IL, led the field to the green in the Summer Nationals’ 36th main event all-time at the 1/4-mile and took off in the opening laps. His large gap over Babb was quickly shrunk when he hit the tail of the field and began to sort his way through traffic. With Babb right on his tail and slower cars two and three-wide in front of him, Pierce made a few gutsy moves, weaving inside-and-outside of cars to keep out ahead of Babb.

The two leaders soon cleared the large pack, and by the halfway point, Babb had closed the gap completely and was knocking on the door for the lead. With a swift move to Pierce’s outside in Turns 3-4 on Lap 27, Babb had taken the lead, but wasn’t getting too comfortable.

“I knew [Pierce] didn’t give up – he wasn’t going to quit,” Babb said. “I knew there was a lot of top [lane] tonight.”

Hugging the bottom lane, Babb soon closed back in on another large group of slower cars. Pierce, continuously hitting his preferred high side, was able to reel him back in and looked to his outside in an effort to regain the lead as the home stretch neared.

“He was pulling away at that time, and I got up top and was just letting it rip,” Pierce said. “It was kinda like Hail-Mary, last shot for it.”

With Babb held-up by the slower traffic on the bottom, Pierce shot around the outside and took the lead back on Lap 39.

“We caught the other pack of lappers, and I noticed he was having a hard time with them,” Pierce said. “I feel like his tires were starting to fade, and I feel like mine weren’t getting better.”

Now with the lead again, Pierce was forced to tread through even more traffic before shaking Babb in the closing laps. Try as he may, Babb was unable to catch his fellow five-time Summer Nationals champion as Pierce scurried across the finish line to collect the $10,000 grand prize and his second win in-a-row.

“I was thinking I need a caution, honestly,” Babb said. “I moved to the outside and tried it a little bit, but it was just so crumby out there, you really had to rip the lip to do anything.

“I just thought I’ll hang out [on the bottom] and see if one of these guys moves out of the way, or [see if] a caution pops… I just tried to take care of my equipment.”

Harrison Holds Off Ledford to Win Summit Modifieds at Fairbury

Story by Jordan DeLucia

The box scores will show Mike Harrison led every lap en route to DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified victory Saturday night at Fairbury Speedway, but his journey to get there was anything but a cakewalk.

Harrison, the six-time Summit Modified champion from Highland, IL, led comfortably from the drop of the green in the 30-lap main event and was leading the field by a considerable margin heading into the final five laps. Behind him, 18-year-old Michael Ledford had just won the battle for second between he and Mike McKinney and was approaching him quickly.

Harrison’s pace had notably dropped-off, and he feared something was amiss on his racecar.

“I thought my right-rear tire was going down – something just didn’t feel right,” Harrison said. “I just slowed down and tried to just ride around up there. I actually tried to spin my tires some on the straightaways just to keep air in the tire.”

Ledford had shrunk Harrison’s gap to almost nothing as they crossed the stripe with the white flag in the air. Ledford got a good run off of Turn 2 and carried the speed into Turns 3-4, throwing it way down low in a big slide job attempt for the lead, but was unsuccessful.

Harrison powered around the outside lane with just enough momentum to deny Ledford of his first career Summit Modified victory and the $2,000 prize.

“I knew what [Ledford] did the previous lap,” Harrison said. “I knew that I just needed to do what I had been doing, and if he did try to slide me, I’d be able to counter him and drive underneath of him.”

Braiden Keller took the win in the 15-lap Stock Car race over Nick Macklin and Tim Loomis.


Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The 27th annual “Pappy and Bob Allen Memorial” race was held on Saturday night at the Fairbury Speedway. The Allen’s were long time supporters of auto racing in the region as car owners and part suppliers. The program consisted of six classes in action on the quarter-mile dirt oval. The accolades fell to Mike Spatola (Late Model), Michael Ledford (Modified), Joe Brown (Stock Car), Landen Miller (Sportsman), Steven Mattingly (Sportsman), Dylan Turpin (Hobby-Mod), Jason Brandt (Hobby-Mod), and Hudson Dick (KidModz).

spatola lmFollowing an unfavorable start to his 2023 race season, Manhattan's Mike Spatola has found his mojo in the last week. The winner of his last two starts, the two-time Fairbury Speedway Late Model track champion earned his fourth Allen Memorial win. Starting on the pole position, Spatola set a torrid pace in the 30-lap feature. Spatola quickly built a straightaway lead over the field, and by the sixth lap, began to work his way past slower traffic. Starting in the sixth position, McKay Wenger soon found himself in the second spot. The first yellow flag fell with six laps to go. On the restart, Wenger did a slide job on Spatola as the two entered turn one, but Spatola returned the favor in turn two. As the pair raced down the backstretch, Wenger set up Spatola for a slide job in turn three. Wenger tagged the wall and slowed on the track to bring out a caution. After the restart, Spatola checked out on the remaining cars and claimed his third straight feature win and fourth career Allen Memorial victory. “I started slowing down before that caution because I felt my right rear tire getting greasy,” explained Spatola. “It got interesting on that restart. Me and McKay have raced each other since we were kids. We have had some run-ins over the years. We have raced each other with respect. He didn’t show me any respect a couple of weeks ago, so he should have known that the banzai slider wasn’t going to get any respect back. I didn’t wreck him intentionally, but I definitely didn’t give him any room.” Donny Walden stuck around the top five and wound up second with Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier taking third. Scott Schmitt finished in fourth and 12th starter Hunt Gossum was fifth. Dale Markham finished in sixth, followed by Jason Wagner, Timmy Dick, Bill Hough, and Cole Swibold. 18 Late Models went under the clock and track points leader Spatola was the fast qualifier with a time of 12.690 seconds. He also took the first heat race win. Rockford’s Lyle Zanker was the winner of the second heat race.

ledford mdSnapping out of a late spring funk, Pontiac’s Michael Ledford was the class of the field in the 25-lap Modified race. Getting the jump on polesitter Austin Friedman, Ledford raced out to a straightaway lead as Friedman had to contend with Jared Thomas. Following a lap 12 yellow flag, Ledford moved out to a commanding lead as Thomas tried to keep pace. Another yellow appeared on lap 16, but it was to no avail as Ledford was the class of the field on this night. “That was a fun track right there,” Ledford said. “It was pretty slick getting up to the wall. It took some finesse coming off the corner, but that was a perfect track for me.” After battling Friedman all race long, Thomas took second and Friedman finished in third. Steven Brooks was fourth and 17th starter Nash Hilmes took fifth. The rest of the top ten saw Alan Stipp, Ben Harmon, Ethan Weber, Don Hammer, and Travis Kohler finish in that order. A lap of 13.600 seconds gave Friedman quick time as 24 Modified drivers made time trial runs. Friedman, Ledford, and Travis Kohler were the heat race winners.

brown scIt’s been a good last three weeks for Joe Brown. The Wilmington native saw his daughter Caitlyn become the first female crew member to win the Indianapolis 500, leader of the track point standings at Farmer City, and scored his third feature win of the year. It was a heated battle for the lead in the 15-lap Stock Car race. Brown, Cody Clubb, Nick Clubb, and Braiden Keller ran from the top to the bottom of the track in the early laps with no clear-cut favorite. Brown took possession of the lead after a caution on the eighth lap and drove the infamous Fairbury cushion to perfection on his way to his first Fairbury win of the year. “I was committed to the top from the start and Cody wasn’t giving up the bottom,” said Brown. “I had to make perfect laps up there. I wasn’t doing that the first half of the race. The caution came out, and I did what I needed to do. It took off from there.” Track points leader Cody Clubb settled for second, with Tim Loomis in third, and Nick Clubb fourth. Michael Schomas, Andy Thompson, Randy Schoener, 14th starter Ryan Arnett, Brice Slavens, and Jace Gall completed the top ten. Keller set fast time among the 17 entries with a lap at 15.305 seconds. Cody Clubb and Brown took heat race wins.

miller spThe Sportsman drivers had two feature races with one a makeup from an earlier rainout. The nightly feature had Tonica’s Landen Miller setting fast time with a lap of 14.485 seconds and also winning the lone heat race. Miller raced out to a commanding lead in the first 15-lap feature and was never challenged for the lead. Steven Mattingly and Tommy Duncan raced each other hard for second, but Duncan tagged the wall and fell back in the field after a yellow flag with three laps to go. Miller, the winner the previous night at Lincoln, went on to record his first Fairbury win of the year. “It was a really long week between getting my uncle (Scott Schmitt)’s car and our car ready,” Miller said. “We figured out the engine problems. This makes it all worth it.” Mattingly took second with Tyler Roth in third. The rest of the rundown saw Josh Hetherington, Duncan, Makinzi Semmens, Doug Carls, and Aaron Reid finish in that order.

mattingly spThe second race was the makeup feature. Mattingly wasn’t in attendance on opening night, but the drivers allowed him to race in the second feature. After a caution with three laps to go, Duncan led and Mattingly overtook Miller for second. As the white flag waved, Mattingly got past Duncan and went on to take his first win of the year. “I live and die on the top side of the track,” Mattingly said. “When Miller went to the bottom, I knew we were good. I was trying to be conservative and not get into anybody.” Duncan, Miller, Roth, Hetherington, Reid, Semmens, and Carls completed the finish.

turpin hmdWith 23 Hobby-Modified drivers in attendance, officials broke the cars into two feature races. On the last lap of the first 12-lap race, Dylan Turpin was able to sneak past race leader Rick Thomas in the third turn and go on to win his second straight race. Ryan Kohler, Thomas, Scott Brown, Lucas Boulton, Jake Green, Reid Gall, Paul Patterson, Meara Tilstra, and Brooke Wagner completed the top ten.

brandt hmdShaking down his niece’s car, Jason Brandt led flag-to-flag in taking the win in the second race. The rest of the top ten saw Scott McDonald, Scott Williams, Nathan Lynch, Madison Walker, Corey Trone, Paige Ummel, Graham Jackson, Jenna Norvell, and Payton Semmens finish in the top ten.

dick kmdThe KidModz Series made an appearance at the track with Hudson Dick dominating the heat race and feature.


Mike Spatola

Mike Spatola

Allen Weisser

Allen Weisser

Cody Clubb

Cody Clubb

Don Hilleary

Don Hilleary

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Ryan Kohler

Ryan Kohler

Dylan Turpin

Dylan Turpin

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The Fairbury Speedway held their first FALS Cup weekly program on Saturday night under ideal weather conditions. The Illinois State Rifle Association and Addis Auto Parts played host to five divisions of DIRTcar racing. Making their way to be interviewed by track announcer Mike Norris in victory lane were Mike Spatola (Late Model), Allen Weisser (Modified), Cody Clubb and Don Hilleary (Stock Car), Tommy Duncan (Sportsman), and Ryan Kohler and Dylan Turpin (Hobby-Modified).

spatola lmMcKay Wenger was the night’s fastest qualifier in Late Model competition as 16 drivers looked to take home the $2,500 first place money and the FALS Cup. Wenger toured the quarter-mile dirt oval with a time of 12.674 seconds and was the winner of the first heat race. Mike Spatola was the victor of the second heat race. In the 30-lap Late Model race, two cautions fell before a lap could be completed. When the field settled down and the race went green, Spatola and Wenger traded the top spot early in the feature race before Spatola laid claim to the lead. Spatola went to the top of the high banked oval and was able to stretch his lead to over a straightaway. After a caution came out with six laps to go, Spatola dispersed his competitors and ended his early season frustration with his first win of the season. Relieved in victory lane, Spatola commented on the team’s win. “We needed this win worse than probably I have ever needed a win. It’s great we could get the win on our sponsor’s night. Hats off to the FALS staff on a great track. That was vintage FALS there. To me it takes more finesse driving on that track then the slickest track in the world. You're in a hole and you have to be wide open. If you are in a slick spot, you are going to be backpedaling quick.” Wenger held off Kevin Weaver for third, with 10th starter Rich Bell in fourth. Donny Walden finished in fifth, with the rest of the top ten going to Bob Gardner, Brian Diveley, Josh Boller, Dale Markham, and Jason Wagner.

weisser mdThe race of the night had to fall to the Modified division. Allen Weisser led the field to the green with Austin Friedman, Jared Thomas, Michael Ledford, and Mike McKinney in pursuit. After a caution on the first lap, Ledford powered his way past Weisser into the lead. The top side of the track seemed to be the fastest way around, as McKinney moved to the high side and was soon contending Ledford for the lead. McKinney found just enough room after a lap 14 caution period to squeeze past Ledford for the lead exiting turn two. McKinney held a half a straightaway lead over Weisser and Ledford but was closing in on lapped traffic. Weisser was able to chip into McKinney’s lead, and as the leaders worked their way past four slower cars, Weisser was able to capitalize and got past McKinney for the lead. Another caution fell with two laps to go, but Weisser prevailed and took a thrilling win. “I didn’t have any idea on where to go,” Weisser said. “I was running the top at the beginning of the race, and the car was just dunking around, getting all crazy. So, I went to the bottom and they passed me. The car was good on the bottom, top, anywhere I went. To beat McKinney and Ledford, you can’t ask for much more.” McKinney finished second, with Ledford, Steven Brooks, and Alan Stipp following. The remainder of the top ten saw Tanner Sullivan, Thomas, Caden McWhorter, Eric Vaughan, and 16th starter Don Hammer. Fast time honors for the 21 drivers went to McKinney with a time of 13.786 seconds. Weisser, Brooks, and Friedman won their respective heat races.

clubb scThe Stock Car class held two feature races allowing drivers the chance to make a race up from a previous rainout. Cody Clubb’s time of 15.465 seconds gave him fast time. In the first race, Clubb raced out to a commanding lead in the 20-lap contest. By the end of the race, Clubb had lapped up to the seventh-place car and held over a straightaway lead. Andy Thompson turned back Tim Loomis for second, and Don Hilleary was fourth. Brandon Tracy, Randy Schoener, Eric Legner, Brice Slavens, Bailey Downey, and Kevin Anderson completed the top ten. “I wasn’t expecting the car to be that good,” Clubb said. “I was worried about the lapped traffic, but we worked through it.”

hilleary scThe field was inverted for the second race. Hilleary moved past Legner early in the race and held off Clubb for his first win at Fairbury since 2014. “We got torn up a couple of weeks ago at Kankakee,” explained Hilleary. “We worked all week putting the car back together and finally got it rolling. Glen Thompson was a longtime friend and sponsor; this win is for him.” Clubb took second, followed by Loomis, Anderson, Legner, Thompson, Michael Schomas, Tracy, Slavens, and Jace Gall.

duncan spPatience was the key for Tommy Duncan in the 15-lap Sportsman race. Giving up the lead to Steven Mattingly on the second lap, Mattingly appeared to be on his way to the feature win. Mattingly jumped the cushion, and Duncan moved back into the lead. Duncan went on to take his second straight feature win. “I didn’t mean to pinch Mattingly on the frontstretch,” Duncan said. “I thought I had him cleared, but lapped traffic helped me a lot.” Mattingly finished in second. Landen Miller turned back Tyler Roth in a race for third. Josh Hetherington, Doug Carls, Makinzi Semmens, and Aaron Reid completed the running order. Mattingly was the lone heat race winner, and a time of 15.024 seconds earned him fast time.

kohler hmdA field of 24 Hobby-Modified drivers were in attendance for their 12-lap feature. Officials made the decision to break down the class into two feature races. Ryan Kohler took the lead on the start and outdistanced the field to earn the win. Scott Williams was second, Reid Gall took third, with Wes Ricketts and Meara Tilstra rounding out the top five.

turpin hmdThe second race had Dylan Turpin taking his first-ever feature win followed by Scott Brown, Jonathan Hall, Payton Semmens, and Jenna Norvell.


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