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Discussion & Announcements / Re: OPENING NIGHT RECAP @ #FALS
« Last post by lowside on Today at 05:42:05 AM »
matt
thank you & your crew for a great first night of racing
transponders are awesome
score board is spectular
we as racers are lucky to have good people running our race track
as always calls in a split 2nd are hard to make but I agree safety 1st
I really like qualifing streets & sportsman & hopefully u can figure out a way to do this even on specials
it really was faster & wasted no time

thanks again
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Discussion & Announcements / OPENING NIGHT RECAP @ #FALS
« Last post by Race Director on Yesterday at 10:37:05 PM »
A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved in all the hard work done in preparation for opening night this past Saturday.  As always your commitment to our speedway is second to none with all the donated time, material and labor throughout this spring.  We hope that the fans, drivers and crews enjoy all the new and existing amenities that the Fairbury Speedway has to offer.  How about the new scoreboard!  What a great moment to honor “Grizz” Saturday Night with the lighting of the new Jim Schahrer Memorial Score Board.  A huge thank you goes out to the Jim Schahrer Memorial Fund, Livingston Stone Company, and the Fair Board for making it possible to put together this project. 

In my weekly recap that I will be doing for the speedway, please remember to be respectful on our forum and all discussions pertaining to the speedways events.  We do encourage people to share their thoughts, but please do so in a professional matter.  Anyone not obeying these rules will have their post removed and banner from the forum.  I will try to answer as many questions as possible, but will not continue to mix it up with people who do not like what I say.  I respect your opinion, please respect our decisions.

In talking with people from around the speedway and our personnel, here are some of the things about opening night.  We hope that our fans enjoyed the new concession menu that the Fairbury Speedway introduced this past weekend.  It is nice to see people trying the new menu and eating at the track. The track crew did an amazing job keeping the surface very smooth and racy throughout the night.  Anytime you have opening night, questions arise about the track surface, but as always they continue to work hard and provide the best racing surface a possible.  Transponders were implemented into the race program for the first time Saturday night.  I was very happy on how they performed for the first time and from the comments from the drivers they were happy as well.  Fans and drivers can follow along with the automatic scoring with the Race Monitor app for I=phones.  Now that we have a night underneath our belts, we are working on transmitting the qualifying times to the scoreboard and message board so the fans can see all the times as all the drivers pass through their qualifying laps.  We are hoping to have this complete here in the next few weeks. 

I will also discuss some of the chatter on the forum each week if presented in a good manner.  This week’s discussion looks to take us to the street stock feature this past Saturday.  A new rule was implemented this year and explained VERY clear at the drivers meeting before the races.  The drivers were informed that we will be using two VP Fuels Jugs in turn 4 as the starting point for each race.  The pole setter for each race or the leader of the race after a caution will be the first car to fire between the jugs.  If a driver fires before the first jug, or any other driver fires first other than the leader, that driver is penalized one row.  The cars must be nose to tail as well all the way throughout the field.  If the race restarts single file, all cars must be nose to tail for the restarts.  With that being said, the 23jr was marginal as best on at least two other starts during the night and on the caution with one lap to go, was warned by myself in turn 1, NOT to fire or accelerate before the first jug after giving him the benefit of the doubt from the previous caution.  It was a unanimous decision by me, our starter and our official in turn 4, that the 23jr jumped the start and was not even close.  He was penalized one row, and we finished.  Unfortunately, the track did not have its own video of the night to look over events, but we look forward to Racing 411 back in the house this Sunday.  In further discussion to the new starting procedure, we are adding this week a chalk box in correlation with the jugs in the infield so the drivers can better determine from their car where the line starts and finishes. 

In further discussion regarding the 23jr taking the checkered flag, this point is a tough one to judge from anyone in the stands or drivers in the seat.  The events that occurred were one made on a judgment call by the starter.  I fully agreed with the decision and will always continue to error on the cautious side when making calls like this.  There is too much speed entering the corner to allow cars to take the checkered and then expect them to slow and miss two stopped cars.  We hate that it was the last lap, but safety does not have a lap number behind it. 

As we put the opening night behind us, we look forward to the first Sunday Racing show Fairbury has had in a long time.  This Sunday will host the $2,000 to win UMP Late Model Special and $750 to win Modified Special.  Also racing that night will be a regular night for the Street Stocks and Sportsman classes.  Gates will open at noon, with drivers meeting at 3:30, hot laps at 4:00, qualifying at 4:30 with racing to follow.  Although there have been no official commitments from the Woo drivers from the Illini 100, we are expecting a few travelers to stop in and run in preparation for the $25,000 to win 25th Annual Prairie Dirt Classic in July.  General admission for the Sunday Matinée is $10 and pit passes are $25.  Kids 12 and under are free with paid adult and kids pit passes are $15.  Late Models and Modifieds will be qualifying two laps and Street Stocks and Sportsman will draw for position.  FALS uses transponders for all divisions in 2014.  Thanks again for a great opening night and look forward too many great races this year.

Matt Curl

Race Director
Fairbury American Legion Speedway
309-532-7862
falsracedirector@hotmail.com
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: Some stats from this week
« Last post by 1bbmft on Yesterday at 09:42:05 PM »
Congrats to you all, I have raced against all but Wallrich. Can't wait to get my car done
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: street stock feature
« Last post by cj23 on Yesterday at 03:49:24 PM »
Was the ruling that he jumped, or that he set too fast of a pace?
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: Fantasy Racing Pick 'Em 2014 Week 9
« Last post by mcn1 on Yesterday at 03:46:42 PM »
Junior
Newman
Stewart
Harvick
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: misc
« Last post by cj23 on Yesterday at 03:44:46 PM »
That sounds cool, I was just going to get the app to be able to see how consistant people are running, if a person is gaining on another, etc. during races.  I probably won't if it doesn't go to the track though.  Still an awesome thing for people who aren't there, and I imagine drivers / crew can use it for a lot as well.
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: track wins
« Last post by 7tracks on Yesterday at 03:33:32 PM »
Congratulations to our opening night feature winners!
       On a beautiful evening in April, along with a well manicured race surface that appeared to keep the competitors searching for the faster lane, the racing was most definitely on par to continue the competitiveness seen here last season!
      Congrats to Derek Chandler with his 6th career feature win, firing strong early out and certain to compete for a FALS title!
      Hoosier Nick Allen drove a hard race to maintain distance from longtime FALS favorite Jim Farris to pick up his 3rd career feature win!
      Veteran Richard Craven had his hands full keeping Jeffrey Ledford from taking the point to win his 12th career sportsman main, and 19th overall feature win!
      Longtime FALS Street Stock driver Brandon Kessinger, after side by side racing the first 5+ laps with multiple track titlist Joel Funk, pick up his 12th career feature win!
      Don't forget it's a mantinee/late afternoon racing next Sunday!
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: FALS Pick and Choose Week 2
« Last post by Aftershock on Yesterday at 02:34:00 PM »
Car Count 78

LM

Bull
Wenger
Unzicker

Mods

Curl
Cagley
Leka

Sportsman

Craven
Anderson
Rich

SS

Funk
Clubb
Thomas
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: FALS Pick and Choose Week 2
« Last post by pepsigirl_30 on Yesterday at 12:08:58 PM »
late models
 chandler
 weaver
 feger

mods
curls
cagley
ledford

sportsman
craven
moore
rich

street
funk
clubb
maier

cc 90
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Discussion & Announcements / Re: FALS Pick and Choose Week 2
« Last post by Wenger42Fan on Yesterday at 11:01:43 AM »
Total Car Count-88

LM

A) Bull 83
B) Wenger 42
C) Pierce 32

Mods

A) Curl 12
B) Cagley 99c
C) Poel 82

Sportsmen

A) Craven 12
B) Roth 20R
C) Rich 32R

SS

A) Funk 23JR
B) Clubb 2%
C) Maier 7
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