Prairie Dirt Classic Reserved Camping and Overflow Camping Instructions for PDC Weekend

Gates will NOT open until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26th.

  • pdc-logo17All camping reservations #1 - 249 must enter First Street main entrance.
  • Camping reservations #250 - 285 must enter camping lot to the north of the school.
  • All overflow camping and tent camping will enter at south ball field entrance only (watch for the new signs this year).
  • There is very limited staging room for campers and motorhomes. FALS has the right to ask anyone at any time to continue on their way if traffic is being hung up. There are plenty of parking lots around town to park until the gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend Information for the World of Outlaw Craftsman Late Model Series $3O,OOO to win Event on July 28th & 29th

pdc-logo17When 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.

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 all the new sponsors for the PDC weekend will allow the event to reach an even higher level for fans, drivers, and crews.

New to the Prairie Dirt Classic format in 2017, Showdown Features will headline what will be a wild Friday night of racing around the quarter-mile bullring known as FALS on July 28. Drivers entering the PDC weekend in both the World of Outlaws action and the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will go through hot-lap sessions and qualifications before they are split up into four (4) Showdown Features in their respective classes based on their qualifying times. Throw the heat races out the door and strap in for eight "Saturday Night Shootout" style features with the best drivers in the country on the opening night of the Prairie Dirt Classic.

pdc-action16Each of the four World of Outlaws Showdown Features will be 25 laps in length and pay $2,500 to win, including $200 to start for each competitor. The top four (4) finishers from each event will transfer to the Prairie Dirt Classic finale on Saturday night, July 29, with the top two finishers from each Showdown Feature redrawing to set the first four rows of the PDC 100-lapper. Sixteen drivers will earn their spot in the PDC from the Showdown Features on Friday night and the top three finishers from two (2) B-mains on Saturday will join them. Two (2) World of Outlaws and two (2) Fairbury Speedway provisionals will round out the 26-car field for the running of the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic.

The eighth annual Prairie Dirt Shootout presented by Summit Racing Equipment will again play a big part of this awesome weekend of racing at FALS on Saturday night as the Late Model Non-Qualifiers feature will pay $2,000 to win and $300 to start. The 25-lap Shootout will start 20 cars, which means 46 drivers will compete in a feature event and earn additional money for the weekend. Continuing again in 2017, the winner of the PDC Shootout will have the option to take the $2,000 or turn down the winner's money and gain a starting spot in the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic. Last year Jonathan Davenport won the Shootout, started 27th in the 100-lapper and was up to 10th by lap 45 before mechanical issues ended his night, proving it could be worth the gamble.

The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will also follow this exciting format for their weekend event. Four 15-lap Showdown Features will be on the card Friday night with each paying $500 to win and $100 to start. The top four (4) from each Modified Showdown Feature will transfer to the 40-lap Summit Racing Equipment finale paying $5,000 to win on Saturday night, with the top two (2) from each Showdown Feature redrawing to set the first four rows of the headliner. Sixteen transfers from the Showdown Features will be joined with the top two (2) finishers from two (2) B-mains on Saturday and four (4) Summer Nationals provisionals to round out the 24-car field.

Fairbury officials are excited to announce the title sponsorship for each of the eight Showdown Features planned for Friday, July 28. The commitment from our marketing partners for the Prairie Dirt Classic has allowed the Fairbury Speedway to continue giving back to the drivers and fans in a way of payouts and exciting racing. Sponsoring the World of Outlaws Late Model Showdowns is Dyer's Top Rods, Pontiac RV, FK Rod Ends, and WEHRS Machine, while sponsoring the Modified Showdowns is Summit Racing Equipment, Deke Trucking, Bulldog Motorsports and Schahrer Farms & Trucking.

Along with our Showdown Feature sponsors, we would like to recognize event sponsors Dave's Supermarket, Varsitee Screen-printing and Moe's Southwest Grill.

Macedo Sweeps Land of Lincoln Trek

by Rocky Ragusa

Winged 410 Sprint Cars made their first appearance to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway Saturday night in nearly 15 years. A large crowd was on hand as California’s Carson Macedo (Sprint Car), Frank Heckenast Jr. (Late Model), and Mike McKinney (Modified) grabbed the hardware.

jul15-sprThe Interstate Racing Association and Midwest Open Wheel co-sanctioned Sprint Car race drew 39 drivers to the 1/4-mile dirt oval. Twelve drivers broke the old track record in qualifying as Carson Macedo turned a 11.219 to earn fast time honors. Four heat races were held as Macedo, Kody Kinser, Dave Uttech, and Jeremy Schultz advanced to the 30-lap feature. Bret Tripplett was the winner of the B-Main. In the $3,000 to win race, Schultz took an early lead with Tayler Malsam and Scotty Thiel following. Macedo started fifth and was on the move. He quickly moved in to second and executed a slide job on Schultz to take the top position on the 11th lap, as Thiel followed. In the waning laps, Bill Balog looked to have the fastest car on the track. Using slower traffic, Balog worked his way by Thiel but ran out of laps in his bid to catch Macedo. After taking the win the previous night at Lincoln, Macedo commented in victory lane. “This track reminds me of one back home. You have to get up there on the curb and let it rip around there. I can’t say enough about my team. They give me a car that can win about every single night. It’s all I can ask for.” Following Macedo to the line were Balog, Thiel, Paul Nienhiser, Schultz, Malsam, Blake Nimee, Tripplett, Kinser, and Kris Spitz.

jul15-lmAfter the World of Outlaws race was rained out in Brainerd, Minnesota, Frankfort’s Frank Heckenast Jr. made the journey to Fairbury to tune up for the upcoming Prairie Dirt Classic. Engaging in a see-saw battle with his cousin, Mike Spatola, Heckenast was able to capitalize on Spatola’s misfortune on the last lap of the 30-lap, I Beam Sliding Door Late Model $2,000 to win race. With the checkered flag in sight, Spatola cut a tire down as the two roared down the backstretch giving Heckenast the lead and his first career win at Fairbury. “This place is awesome,” spoke Heckenast. “I always enjoy racing here when I can. Mike definitely had the better car. Running with the World of Outlaws I have learned you have to be there at the end and stay up on the wheel.” Spatola hung on for second, followed by Daniel Flessner, McKay Wenger, Mike Mataragas, 11th starter Jay Morris, Donny Walden, Kevin Weaver, Rickey Frankel, and Mike Glasscock. Heckenast was the night’s fast qualifier and took one heat race, while Mataragas was the other heat race winner.

jul15-mdIn the Varsitee Screen Printing 25-lap $1,000 to win Modified race, Plainfield’s Mike McKinney found a groove that worked for his car and was able to pick up his third win of the year. In a race-long battle with Steven Brooks and Jeffrey Ledford that saw the trio use every inch of the track, McKinney was able to open up a ten car length lead after a caution with eight laps to go, holding off Ledford and Brooks for the win. Logan Rogers, Jeff Curl, Derick Doerr, Jimmy Dehm, Alan Stipp, Michael Mennel, and Dave Lilja completed the top ten. “I had to work for that one,” said McKinney. “It wore me out racing with Jeffrey and Steven. In these conditions, it was pretty tough, but I stuck to the middle groove and the car worked.”

Nichoalds captures Eden-Piercy Memorial

by Darlene Miller

A full moon and more than 100 drivers led to some exciting heat and feature races on Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Highlighting the evening’s events was Lake Nichoalds with his victory in the Eden-Piercy Memorial Sportsman feature. Also taking the checkered flag were Mike Spatola (Late Model), Steven Brooks (Modified), and AJ Meiferdt (Street Stock).

The big race of the night was the Sportsman feature named after Gary Eden and Curt Piercy, two drivers who were past champions at FALS. Eden captured the 1983 Six-Cylinder title while the 1992 Street Stock title went to Piercy. Flanagan’s Eden, 54, passed away in 2006 after fighting cancer. Piercy of Normal died at 41 in 2004 in a plane crash.

jul08-spNichoalds of Onarga has been on a roll this season and added the 25-lap, $1,000 feature to his tally. “We were very fortunate to win. We have had a good year,” Nichoalds said after winning his seventh FALS feature. Monticello’s Tim Dick and Nichoalds led the field to the green flag, but a caution flag flew before a lap was completed. The field was slowed and when the flag flew again, Dick rode the bottom and Nichoalds ran up top and the two pulled ahead of the field. The pair ran close together until, with seven laps to go, Nichoalds established the lead. However, Nichoalds did not get far because hard-charger Steve Mattingly (who started eighth), Brandon Pralle and Dick began to close the gap. Then, with two laps to go, Nichoalds finally blew off the competition and won by 10 car lengths. Mattingly came in second with Dick taking third. Pralle and Richard Craven followed. Bryant Frechette led the second five with Amber Crouch, Dustin Mounce, Rick Roedel, and Patrick Hawkins in tow. Nichoalds won the dash and a heat race. Dick won the other heat race and was top qualifier with a lap of 14.514 seconds.

jul08-lmSpatola of Manhattan started on the pole of the 30-lap Late Model feature and went on to score his second win of the season by holding off El Paso’s Ryan Unzicker, Gibson City’s Kevin Weaver, and Fairbury’s Scott Bull at the line. With 20 laps down, Spatola and the group were lapping the field and 12 of the 20 starting cars were already down a lap. “We’ve been struggling a bit and tonight we tried some more stuff,” said Spatola. “I just kept digging and came home with this win.” Dan Flessner of Roberts was fifth and Ken Rumble, Jay Sparks, Mike Mataragas, Steve Thorsten, and hard-charger Mark Rose (started 19th) rounded out the top 10. Heat wins went to Mataragus, Spatola, and Unzicker. Torin Mettille won the semi-feature while Flessner topped the charts by turning a 13.067-second circuit in prelims.

jul08-mdIn the 20-lap Modified feature, Plainfield’s Mike McKinney took the quick lead on the high side but would see his night end with a flat tire with 14 laps to go. With McKinney pulling off the track the caution flag flew and a new group of racers fought for the lead. Steven Brooks, Jeffrey Ledford, and newcomer to the track Brian Wolfmeier were now fighting for the lead. The group ran almost flawless laps, but they just missed catching Brooks at the line. “That was a good win. I hated to see McKinney get a flat,” said Brooks. Wolfmeier was next and Bob Pohlman Jr., Ledford, Jeff Curl (in a backup car) followed. Nick Clubb led the second group with Donovan Lodge, Jason Hastings, 17th starter Jimmy Dehm, and Travis Kohler following. Brooks, McKinney, Pohlman Jr., and Wolfmeier brought home heat wins, while Dehm won the semi-feature. Brooks had top hot lap time of 14.110 seconds.

jul08-ssMeiferdt of Coal City took off in the 15-lap Street Stock feature and moved quickly away from Rick Thomas of Dwight and Chebanse's Lukes Gash. A couple of caution flags flew slowing the field and allowing Gash and competitors Ian Keller and Curtis Radke to join in the battle for the top spot. With the group breathing down his neck, Meiferdt held on by a half car length. “I thought I heard them coming. I knew I had to stay smooth and keep it cool tonight,” said Meiferdt, the current points leader, on his seventh win of the FALS schedule. Gash took second followed by Keller, Radke, Thomas, and Jim Ransom in the top five. 17th starter Peter Odell, Joe Brown, Michael Schomas, and Kyle Anderson completed the top 10. Meiferdt, Keller, and Thomas were heat winners. Meiferdt had the fast time with a 15.380-second trip.

jul08-hmFifth starter Brendan Patterson of Spring Bay picked up the Hobby-Mod feature win. He was followed by Graham Jackson, Makinzi Semmens, and Macy Vaughan. Mike Petersen and Thad Gee won the heat races.

Burger, Cook, Hughes Earn First FALS Wins

by Rocky Ragusa

Six classes of racing, including the Vintage Racing of Illinois Series, was held Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Taking the checkered flag were Kevin Weaver (Late Model), TD Burger (Modified), AJ Meiferdt (Street Stock), Lake Nichoalds (Sportsman), Dawson Cook (Hobby-Modified), and Kraig Hughes (Vintage Cars).

jul01-lm14 drivers made qualifying attempts for the I Beam Sliding Doors 30-lap Late Model race. Daniel Flessner set fast time with a 12.651 second lap. Kevin Weaver and Mike Spatola took the heat race wins. Weaver, in a Jay Morris owned car, led at the start with Spatola, Ryan Unzicker, Steve Thorsten, and Flessner following. As Weaver was running the bottom groove, Unzicker changed his line and went to the top side. Unzicker got by Spatola for second and closed up on Weaver. Unzicker took the lead on the 13th lap, but Weaver came back to reclaim the lead on lap 18. Once in the front, Weaver pulled away and picked up his first win of the year. “We have been struggling with our car this year and I have to thank Jay for letting me use his car tonight,” Weaver said. “Ryan got by me and I knew I had to get back up on the wheel.” Unzicker, Spatola, Thorsten, Donny Walden, Don Hammer, Flessner, Bill Hough, Scott Bull, and Glen Thompson completed the top ten.

jul01-md23 Varsitee Screen Printing Modified drivers were on hand for their 20-lap show. Jason Hastings was the night’s fast qualifier at 14.106 seconds. Hastings, Jeffrey Ledford, and TD Burger claimed heat race wins. Hastings led Burger, Ledford, Jeff Curl, and Jimmy Dehm before a caution fell on the second lap. On the restart, Burger was able to squeeze by Hastings for the lead with Curl following. Burger was able to open a five car length lead over Curl, but Curl was on Burger’s tail in the corners. Vince Cooper was on the move getting by Hastings for third, with Nick Clubb and Nick Lueth in a tight pack. Following a lap 11 caution, Burger and Curl hugged the bottom groove as Jimmy Dehm went to the top side to move into fourth as he raced Hastings for third. Dehm took third with six laps to go and looked to have the fastest car. Burger drove a fine line on the bottom as Curl looked for any opening to take the lead, but Burger held steady and took his first career Modified win at FALS. “It doesn’t matter how many wins we have, after cutting my teeth here it feels good to get this Fairbury win,” spoke Burger.” I knew Jeff was there so I had to hug the tires and thankfully we held on.” Curl, Dehm, Hastings, Clubb, Lueth, Cooper, Eric Vaughan, Derick Doerr, and Kaleb Wood rounded out the top ten.

jul01-spScott Williams set quick time at 14.656 seconds for the 10 CR Towing Sportsman cars. Lake Nichoalds won the lone heat race. Nichoalds took the lead at the start of the 15-lap race, with Brandon Pralle and Williams in check. After a lap two caution, Nichoalds led Pralle as Amber Crouch moved into third. Pralle stuck to Nichoalds bumper following a caution on the eighth circuit but was not able to make the pass. At the finish, points leader Nichoalds recorded his sixth win of the year. Pralle took second as Richard Craven rallied for third. Crouch, Williams, Eric Legner, Tyler Roth, Patrick Hawkins, Steven Mattingly, and Anthony Craven completed the field.

jul01-ssCurtis Radke bested 21 other Tool’s Auto Sales Street Stock drivers in time trials with a 15.400 second trip. AJ Meiferdt, Pete Odell, and Jim Ransom were the heat race winners. After two early cautions, Meiferdt was able to fend off the challenges from Radke winning his sixth race of the season and stretching out his points lead. Meiferdt commented after the race, “It’s been an incredible year and I just hope we can keep rolling.” Radke, Joe Brown, Rick Thomas, Ransom, 14th starter Dustin Mounce, Mitch Hahn, Don Hilleary, Nick Seplak, and Tanner Sullivan completed the top ten.

jul01-hmDawson Cook and Mike Petersen were the heat race winners for the 11 Hobby-Modified cars on hand for their 12-lap race. Cook, a third-generation driver and the son of the late, great Gary Cook Jr., was the class of the field leading flag-to-flag for the win. “I have to thank my crew. They put so many hours into this, along with Mike Spatola for his help, “said Cook. Petersen, Brendan Patterson, Tim Mullins, Graham Jackson, Jason Brandt, Makinzi Semmens, Macy Vaughan, Bryan Saner, and Haley Jones trailed.

jul01-vtThe Vintage Cars of Illinois Series brought 14 cars to test the ¼ mile dirt oval. Valerie Hurt and Justin Rutledge took heat race wins. Kraig Hughes made it three wide with three laps to go and hung on for the 15-lap feature win. “This is my first ever feature win,” Hughes said. “We haven’t had the best of luck with our Street Stock. I want to thank Matt Ramer for letting me race one of his Vintage cars tonight.” Hurt took second followed by Robert Mitchell and John Ryan.