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Schwartz Captures B-Mod Special; Ledford, Parga, Keller, Duncan Pick Up FALS Cup Wins

Deece Schwartz

Deece Schwartz

Michael Ledford

Michael Ledford

Jose Parga

Jose Parga

Braiden Keller

Braiden Keller

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The B-Modified class made its first-ever appearance at the Fairbury Speedway on Saturday night. A-Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Stock Cars, and Sportsman were also on the card. Crossing the line first were Deece Schwartz (B-Modified), Michael Ledford (A-Modified), Jose Parga (Pro Late Model), Braiden Keller (Stock Car), and Tommy Duncan (Sportsman).

schwartz bmdMatthew Edler and Deece Schwartz raced for the lead early in the 25-lap B-Modified feature before Schwartz took command. Brandon Bollinger moved into second on the eighth lap and cut into Schwartz’s lead. Bollinger tried the top and bottom to move past Schwartz, but the fourth-generation driver and two-time Pro Modified National Champion was able to stand his ground for the win and take the $1,000. “Mark Busch builds a heck of a race car,” said Schwartz. “It’s been unbelievably fast all year long. I have always wanted to be able to come here and race. Glad we were able to get the win.” Bollinger settled for second, followed by Brayden Doyle, Edler, Dan Wheeler, AJ Cline, Jerremy Sebens, Ryan Kohler, Chris Osborne Jr., and Blake Monroe. 38 cars went under the clock. Schwartz's time of 14.585 seconds led the first group of qualifiers. The second group was paced by Edler’s time of 14.608 seconds. Schwartz, Doyle, Edler, and Osborne won their respective heat races. Lucas Boulton and Curtis Caldwell captured the two B-mains.

ledford mdMichigan invader Curt Spalding got the jump on pole-sitter Bradley Jameson at the start of the 25-lap A-Modified race. Jameson and Mike Chasteen Jr. had a race for second until the caution fell on lap eight. On the restart, Chasteen slowed and fell back in the field as defending track champion Michael Ledford began to make his presence felt. Running his patented high side, Ledford overtook Jameson and went to work on Spalding. With eight laps left in the race, Ledford got past Spalding, and that was all she wrote. The winner of the previous night at the Lincoln Speedway commented in victory lane, “What a track. Bottom, middle, and top, the track was really good tonight.” Austin Friedman overtook Spalding in the closing laps to take second, and Jameson finished in fourth, followed by Mason Duncan and Caden McWhorter. Landen Miller started in the 20th spot and took seventh. Clint Young, Deece Schwartz, and Jeff Curl completed the top ten. With 38 cars in attendance, qualifying was broken into two groups. Duncan’s time of 14.066 seconds led the first group, and a time of 13.835 seconds by Friedman led the second group. Jameson, Curl, Spalding, and Chasteen took heat race wins. Alan Stipp and Mike Brooks were the B-main winners.

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Starting on the pole position, four-time DIRTcar National Champion Jose Parga took the lead at the start of the 20-lap Pro Late Model feature and checked out on the field earning the $1,000 payday. “Every time we come to Fairbury, they give us a good race track,” said Parga. “I wish we were here more. It’s great to come back home, race in front of the hometown people, and get us a win.” Ryan Miller took second, and Blaise Baker finished third. Chris Dick, Brandon Sweitzer, Matt Hammond, Ben Kirchner, Amber Crouch, Mike Lofgren, and Logan Nesselrodt rounded out the top ten. Baker led the 13 cars in time trials with a lap of 13.732 seconds. Parga and Miller won their respective heat races.

keller scBraiden Keller led all 15 laps in a dominating performance by the young chauffeur in the Stock Car feature. For Keller, it was his second FALS win of the young season. “It has been a really good year so far,” Keller said. “I can’t wait to keep the momentum going.” Joe Brown, Cody Clubb, Kyle Anderson, Nick Seplak, Dave Dulceak, Brandon Tracy, Justin Crowell, Brice Slavens, and Nathan Lynch followed. Anderson led the 12 cars on hand in qualifying with a time of 15.301 seconds. Brown and Keller won their respective heat races.

duncan spIt was a repeat of Friday’s “Richard Craven Memorial” at Kankakee County Speedway for the Sportsman class. Tommy Duncan took off like a rocket and led flag-to-flag to take the 15-lap race, his second of the season. “It looked like it was pretty slick on the bottom,” Duncan said. “I really needed something to lean on tonight. I just wanted to get a good start and set my own pace.” After an early race for second, Steve Mattingly cut into Duncan’s lead but ran out of time and settled for second. Tyler Roth, Josh Hetherington, Aaron Reid, Doug Carls, and Makinzi Semmens completed the rundown. A time of 14.619 seconds gave Duncan quick time honors, and he completed the sweep by winning the lone heat race.


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