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27th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend Information

woobank-of-pontiacAnticipation is high for one of the top Dirt Late Model races in the country as the 27th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic, presented by the Bank of Pontiac, will run the weekend of July 29th & 30th. The two-day $27,000 to win World of Outlaws sanctioned event will play host to the top drivers in the country paying a strong $1,500 to start with a full payout of $90,000 for the 100-lap feature event. Fairbury officials are excited to announce the continued partnership with the Bank of Pontiac as title sponsor for the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend. The relationship between the Bank of Pontiac and the Fairbury Speedway will allow the PDC to reach an even higher level for fans, drivers, and crews.

PDC Weekend Information

Albus Prevails in Photo Finish to Win Eden-Piercy Memorial

by Darlene Miller

Track officials tried to combat oppressively high temperatures by starting races one hour later, but there was still plenty of heat with some photo finishes at Fairbury American Legion Speedway Saturday night. Along with the later start, officials also eliminated qualifying runs, with racers drawing numbers for their heat race positions and then using the passing points format during the heats to set the feature lineups.

may28-spFans of the Sportsman class were treated to two close features, one a makeup of the Eden-Piercy Memorial from the May 28th rainout. In the regular night feature, Lake Nichoalds and Steve Mattingly led the field to the green flag. Mattingly took an early lead in the 15-lap feature. A caution came out with just two laps in as current points leader Richie Rich pulled off into the infield. Another caution flew with 10 laps to go and at that time Nichoalds and Mattingly were still even. Late in the race Nichoalds began putting distance between himself and Mattingly, who eventually brought out a final caution as he stopped in turn one. This proved beneficial to Bryant Frechette in the second spot who put the challenge to Nichoalds in the final laps but lost by inches. “I usually run the top line but it felt good on the bottom. I knew he (Frechette) was coming,” said Nichoalds. Rounding out the top ten were Brandon Pralle, Scott Williams, 11th starter Eric Legner, Tyler Roth, Anthony Craven, Blake Reid, Eric Saltzman, and Mattingly. Nichoalds and Rich were heat winners. Brian Albus captured the top prize of $500 in the highly contested Eden-Piercy Memorial 20-lap race by holding off a tough Nichoalds in a photo finish. “I got to thank my crew. It was my best race of the year,” said Albus. Frechette, Rich, Legner, Williams, Pralle, Craven, Amber Crouch, Reid, and Mattingly rounded out the field. Heat winners were Albus and Frechette.

Next Events

7.29.2016   #FALS Draw | World of Outlaws Late Model Series Qual/Heats
    $5,000 to win Showdown plus Qualifying & Heat Races for Prairie Dirt Classic
    Modified Nationals Championship Weekend Qual/Heats/Dash - SP, SS off
    AMS All-Star Shootout Modified Special $2,000 to win May 28 Makeup Feature
 
7.30.2016   27th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic
    $27,000 to win, 100 laps World of Outlaws Presented by Bank of Pontiac
    DIRTcar Summit Modified Nationals Championship Finale $5,000 to win
    Prairie Dirt Shootout Non-Qualifiers Feature $2,000 to win
 
8.06.2016   Willard Bess Memorial Mini Sprint Nationals
    $1,000 to win Central Illinois Mini Sprints | LM, MD, SP, SS Regular Night
 
8.13.2016   American Late Model Series Special
    $2,000 to win | Sponsored by Central Illinois Buildings
    Tool's Auto Sales Street Stock Special
    $500 to win | LM May 28 Makeup Feature | MD, SP, HM Regular Night
 
Gates Open 3:00, Drivers Meeting 5:30, Hot Laps 6:00, Qualifying 6:30, Racing to Follow

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