by Darlene Miller
Mother Nature’s lightning show put an early end to racing at Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night, but not before two features were completed and one ended early after the halfway mark. Coal City’s A.J. Meiferdt (Street Stock) and Lake Nichoalds of Onarga (Sportsman) were winners along with Pontiac’s Jeffrey Ledford (Modifieds).
The Modified feature started with Ledford and New Lenox’s Steven Brooks on the front row. Two caution flags slowed the field with 18 laps to go in the 20-lap feature. Another caution flew with 14 to go as Ledford strongly continued to show the way. The race made it to halfway and then with five laps to go another caution flag flew and the race was called. “With all the incoming weather heading our way, we made the best decision as possible to get all the race teams loaded up and fans off the grounds before storms hit, and with the help of our staff we were able to accomplish that; very impressive with over 70 race teams in the pits Saturday night,” said Race Director Matt Curl. Brooks brought home second followed by Jimmy Dehm, Travis Kohler, Eric Vaughan, Chris Gaither, Nick Lueth, Kevin Schrodt, Brian Kidder, and Billy Puckett. Ledford was the quickest in qualifying at 14.047 seconds. Brooks and Ledford were heat winners.
When Fairbury American Legion Speedway and World of Outlaw Craftsman Dirt Late Model Series Officials first announced their partnership back in the spring of 2013, one thing was certain: the Prairie Dirt Classic was set for greatness. Taking home DirtonDirt.com's National "Race of the Year" honors three out of the past four years, the Prairie Dirt Classic has become one of the elite events in the country.
Set apart by the green-to-checkered excitement on the track and the passionate FALS fans off it, the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by the Bank of Pontiac will again set the bar high in 2017. The two-day $30,000-to-win World of Outlaws-sanctioned event set for July 28-29 will feature the top drivers in the country chasing a total payout of $93,000 that includes $1,500 to start for the 100-lap feature event.