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McKenzie, Hoffman, Losh, and McKinney Earn Friday Prelim Modified Victories

Story by Brian Walker

lm showdown1It’s been Brandon Sheppard this and Jimmy Owens that for as long as fans can remember in the year 2020.

On Friday night at Kokomo Speedway, it was no different; as both drivers scored convincing Showdown Feature wins and punched their tickets into tomorrow’s $25,000-to-win Hoosier Dirt Shootout.

In all, 18 drivers are locked-in to the 75-lap feature with six of those superstars set to participate in the Morton Buildings redraw with a chance at the pole position. Included in tomorrow’s redraw is Sheppard & Owens along with Shane Clanton, Ricky Thornton Jr., Cade Dillard, and Chase Junghans.

Starting the night with group qualifying, Shane Clanton claimed his 39th career Fast Time Award with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series by clocking a lap of 13.413 seconds around the Kokomo 1/4-mile. The Zebulon, Ga. native topped Group A ahead of Jimmy Owens, Jason Feger, Derek Chandler and Scott Bloomquist. In Group B, Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. set the pace with a session-best 13.456 over McKay Wenger, Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans & Ricky Thornton Jr.

Come time for the 25-lap Showdown Features, the narrative quickly flipped from pole-sitters Clanton and Lanigan to the dominance of Owens and Sheppard.

Darting straight to the cushion at the drop of the green flag, Owens pointed his Ramirez Motorsports No. 20 Rocket Chassis around the outside of Clanton’s Skyline Motorsports No. 25 and assumed control of a lead he would never relinquish in Showdown #1. Never seriously challenged, even after two stoppages, “The Newport Nightmare” took off for a .856-second victory at the checkered flag.

“The car was just really great again,” Owens noted in victory lane. “I think we had an issue right when we crossed the finish line because I saw something fly out. It’s great if we’re gonna tear something up to do it at the checkered flag. I’m happy to be locked-in to the redraw this mean we can watch the track tomorrow night and make the right changes we need to this Ramirez Motorsports ride. Hopefully we get a good redraw pill, but most importantly we’re in the show.”

Owens assured his spot in the Morton Buildings Redraw alongside fellow podium finishers Clanton and Louisiana’s Cade Dillard in the MB Customs No. 97. Taking transfers and earning a spot in Saturday’s Hoosier Dirt Shootout feature was also “The High Side Hustler” Jason Feger in fourth, “The Killer” Kyle Bronson in fifth, “The Smooth Operator” Bobby Pierce in sixth,”Black Sunshine” Scott Bloomquist in seventh, and the iconic Billy Moyer in eighth.

lm showdown2In the second Showdown, Lanigan paced the opening two circuits aboard his Viper Motorsports No. 29V Barry Wright Icon Race Car before Sheppard sneakily struck and stole the lead on the bottom. Rolling the low line in the Rocket1 Racing No. 1, B-Shepp meticulously worked the inside of the Kokomo 1/4-mile, and like Owens, checked out for a 1.675-second victory.

“I didn’t want to get up there and use my stuff up, I know I can get around a cushion pretty good,” Sheppard said on his decision avoiding the treacherous outside groove. “I got a great feel for this car down low, through the middle, and I had to move up a few times in traffic. There’s so much competition out here on the road with the World of Outlaws, plus the regional guys and Lucas Oil drivers come over to race with us. You don’t wanna start any farther back than you need to. I’m happy to be starting up front tomorrow.”

Sheppard joins Owens, Clanton & Dillard in the Feature Redraw and brings SSI Motorsports ace Ricky Thornton Jr. and Kansas native Chase Junghans along with him. Claiming transfer positions in the second Showdown was Tyler Erb finishing fourth in the BEST Performance Motorsports No. 1T, 2018 World of Outlaws champion Mike Marlar in fifth, early leader Darrell Lanigan in sixth, Daryn Klein in seventh, and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. in the eighth spot.

McKenzie, Hoffman, Losh, and McKinney Earn Friday Prelim Modified Victories

Story by Jordan DeLucia

Friday night’s debut for the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Kokomo Speedway had a little bit of everything in it. Some new faces in Victory Lane, some quite familiar ones, and some very satisfied race fans by the end of the four preliminary Showdown Features as part of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series’ Hoosier Dirt Shootout.

After the giant field of 64 Summit Modifieds completed their Hot Lap/Qualifying sessions, topped by Jeff Leka and Derek Losh, four preliminary Showdown Features were spawned to lock-in the first sixteen cars for Saturday night’s $5,000-to-win main event.

Showdown #1 – Zeke McKenzie
mod showdown1With the way The Zekester was driving the cushion and throwing slide jobs for the lead around Kokomo Speedway, it looked as though he had won every UMP Modified race ever held at Indiana’s Baddest Bullring. But it was the heart of a competitor and some abundant driving talent that got Zeke McKenzie his first Feature win in Summit Modifieds competition on Friday night, and the emotions were already sinking in as he pulled his Vanquish Race Cars #24 into Victory Lane.

“This is the best of the best in this Summit Modifieds deal,” a very happy McKenzie told pit reporter Mike Norris in Victory Lane. “We’ve been traveling through the whole series and haven’t missed a race. It’s great to be here.”



McKay Wenger

McKay Wenger

Michael Ledford

Michael Ledford

Joel Funk

Joel Funk

Austin Friedman

Austin Friedman

Lyndon Whitfill

Lyndon Whitfill

Troy Ricketts

Troy Ricketts

Ledford, Friedman, Whitfill, Ricketts Earn First Career Wins; Wenger, Funk Also Take Checkers

Results | Story and Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

Race fans were treated to another exciting Saturday night of racing action at the Fairbury Speedway. Six feature races took place in five divisions and produced four first-time winners. McKay Wenger continued his march through July by winning the Late Model event. Joel Funk, competing on a semi-regular basis, won the Stock Car race. Carrying the checkered flag for their first time were Michael Ledford (Modified), Austin Friedman (Sportsman), Lyndon Whitfill (Sportsman), and Troy Ricketts (Hobby-Modified).

wenger lmFairbury’s McKay Wenger scorched the ¼ mile dirt oval with a time of 12.954 seconds over 14 other Late Model drivers for their $2,500 to win, 30-lap race. Heat races went to Jay Morris and Mike Glasscock. Morris led the first three laps before the caution flag was waved on lap three. On the restart, Wenger wasted little time and jumped out into the lead. Wenger put his car on the top side and built a commanding lead as he picked up his fourth win in his last five starts. “Our car was pretty good in the middle,” Wenger said. “Honestly, it was boring. I put it on the top…full send. I wore myself out and wanted to put on a show for the fans.” Kevin Weaver placed second, with 15th starter Billy Drake in third. The remainder of the top ten went to Morris, Donny Walden, Jeffrey Ledford, Jeff Curl, Glasscock, Glen Thompson, and Roben Huffman.

ledford mdA lap of 14.168 seconds gave Jason Hastings fast time over 19 competitors in the Modified division for their 25-lap race. Hastings and Allen Weisser won their respective heat races. In the race of the night, Weisser led the first 19 circuits before slowing momentarily. Michael Ledford and Nick Clubb were able to capitalize on Weisser’s misfortune to move ahead. Both drivers sought their first Modified victory. Clubb led, but Ledford shot by Clubb at the line for the lead. Clubb was able to pull alongside of Ledford, but on this night, the spoils of victory lane belonged to the 14-year-old Pontiac native. “We haven’t really struggled, but we have put ourselves in a hole starting so far back in the features,” explained Ledford. “Mark Bush has been a big help in turning us around. Nick has been a lifelong friend and it was fun racing with him.” Clubb settled for second, with Weisser, Steven Brooks, Kyle Hammer, Hastings, Dan Rork, Travis Kohler, Jim Farris, and Ethan Weber rounding out the top ten.

funk scA time of 15.936 seconds gave Kyle Anderson the fast time honors with 16 Stock Car drivers competing in a 15-lap race. Anderson and Joel Funk were the heat race winners. Funk led the feature race as Nick Seplak was stuck on Funk’s bumper. With two laps to go, a caution fell. Seplak was able to work over Funk and briefly claimed the lead. On the restart, Seplak slowed with ignition problems, as Funk returned to the lead and recorded the win. “There is a guy sitting at home now,” said Funk. “I don’t know if he will ever come back. This is for Rick. This track has meant a lot to Rick over the years. He never wanted to miss a Saturday night up until they buckled him up in his car last week. He gave it his all. He’s back home happy but on light duty and still kicking.” Josh Hetherington earned a career-best finish at Fairbury of second, along with Michael Schomas in third. Tanner Sullivan took fourth, with the rest of the top ten going to 16th starter Jeff Hartzell, Anderson, Eric Boudreau, Scott Schoener, Joe Brown, and Randy Schoener.

friedman sp12 Sportsman drivers lined up for the first of two feature races. Austin Friedman clipped a lap of 15.116 seconds for fast time honors. Two heat races saw Friedman and Tyler Roth taking the wins. Friedman took the lead on the start, as Steve Mattingly, Roth, and Tommy Duncan raced for second. Mattingly broke on the seventh lap for a caution. On the restart, Roth made several bids for the lead, but Friedman held his ground to take his first win of his career. “I can’t believe it actually happened,” an excited Friedman said. “Dad pointed to the top and that is where I put the car.” Following Friedman to the line were Roth, Lyndon Whitfill, 12th starter Duncan, Matt Ramer, Makinzi Semmens, Brendan Ramer, Dan Coit, Mattingly, and Eric Saltzman.

ricketts hmCody Wisher toured the track at 15.520 seconds for quick-time in the Hobby-Modified class as 13 cars qualified. Wisher and Graham Jackson won their respective heat races. Following a lap three caution, race leader Wisher, Ricketts, and Derrick DeFord went three-wide down the backstretch with Ricketts emerging as the race leader. The yellow flag fell with two laps to go as Wisher’s car came to a halt. On the restart, DeFord challenged Ricketts for the lead, but a determined Ricketts was not to be denied. “Our class isn’t a big one, but it has been competitive,” spoke Ricketts. “It’s been a long time coming. We have been creeping up to the front and finally made it.” DeFord crossed the line in second but was disqualified as his car was underweight. Justin Rutledge took second, followed by Jackson, Caden McWhorter, and Tyler Russell.

whitfill spThe night’s program ended with another Sportsman race. Tommy Duncan led the feature with Lyndon Whitfill following. Whitfill worked the cushion of the track over the final two laps and pulled alongside of Duncan. As the two came to the checkered flag, Whitfill pulled ahead and took his first-ever win at his home track. “I was biding my time on the bottom and with five to go, I had to go for it,” spoke Whitfill. “I couldn’t run second anymore. Even if I had not got it done, I was going to give it everything I had.” Duncan, Austin Friedman, Alex Wilson, Makinzi Semmens, Dan Coit, Tyler Roth, Steve Mattingly, and Blake Reid completed the running order.


Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

McKay Wenger

McKay Wenger

Allen Weisser

Allen Weisser

Nick Seplak

Nick Seplak

Thad Gee

Thad Gee

Wenger, Weisser, Seplak, Gee also Victorious in FALS Cup Action

Results | Story and Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

With temperatures in the 90s on Saturday, the racing action was hot and heavy at the Fairbury Speedway. A FALS Cup weekly program saw McKay Wenger (Late Model), Allen Weisser (Modified), Tommy Duncan (Sportsman), Nick Seplak (Stock Car), and Thad Gee (Hobby-Modified) gracing victory lane.

duncan spThe CR Towing Sportsman class was the featured race of the night in the annual Eden-Piercy Memorial. First-year driver Austin Friedman paced the 20 cars in qualifying with a lap of 14.400 seconds. After time trials, a six-lap trophy dash saw Lyndon Whitfill taking the win. Dennis Vandermeersch and Tommy Duncan took heat race wins. Duncan and Whitfill exchanged the lead several times in the first 10 laps of the 25-lap race before Duncan assumed command on lap 11. Whitfill kept Duncan within his sights but was never able to complete a pass for the lead. At the line, Duncan won the $1,500 in a hard-fought race. “I don’t know how some of these drivers race on the top side,” stated Duncan. “Lyndon drove me a clean race. He is going to win his share of races.” 17th starter Alex Wilson posted a career best finish in third, followed by Anthony Craven, Tyler Roth, Friedman, Austin Odell, Brendan Ramer, Dan Coit, and Makinzi Semmens.

wenger lmMcKay Wenger timed a lap of 12.726 seconds over 22 other drivers for their 30-lap, $2,500 to win feature. Heat races went to Wenger, Mike Mataragas, and Kevin Weaver. Wenger led the opening lap before fourth starting Spatola charged into the lead. Spatola looked to be on his way to the win until the yellow flag waved with two laps to go. On the restart, Wenger executed a slide job and took the lead. Wenger, to the delight of the hometown fans, picked up his second FALS Cup trophy of the season. “My brakes started going away about halfway in the race,” an exhausted Wenger commented. “I knew if I timed my restart right, I could get a good run on Mike. I think I had him at the flagstand. So, at that point you just have to go for it.” Allen Weisser was also able to get by Spatola for second, as Spatola settled for third. The remainder of the top ten went to Weaver, Scott Schmitt, Eric Smith, Jeffrey Ledford, Derek Chandler, Mataragas, and Mike Provenzano.

weisser mdThe Modified class drew 28 cars for their 25-lap, $1,500 to win race. Michael Long was the fast qualifier with a time of 13.740 seconds. Jason Hastings, Allen Weisser, and Mike McKinney were the heat race victors. Tommy Sheppard Jr. was the Semi-Feature winner. Starting in the third position, McKinney quickly wrestled the lead away from front row starters Weisser and Hastings. McKinney, Weisser, and Long put on a spirited display of driving the top groove of the ¼ mile oval before Weisser moved to the bottom and took the lead with seven laps to go. Weisser, last year's division track champion, was able to record his first Fairbury win of the year. “McKinney and Long were putting on a show on the top,” spoke Weisser. “We were digging on the bottom. It is finally nice to get a win at Fairbury.” McKinney, Long, Hastings, and Nick Clubb completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten were Dan Rork, 16th starter Sheppard Jr., Michael Ledford, Derick Doerr, and Kyle Hammer.

seplak scA lap of 15.304 seconds earned Megan Erwin fast time honors for the 27 Stock Car drivers on hand. Rick Thomas, Nick Seplak, and Zach Zuberbier were the heat race winners. The B-Main went to Al Gray. Taking the lead at the start of the 15-lap race, Seplak was able to lead flag-to-flag and record his second straight win. “That was a heck of a race,’ Seplak said. “Me and dad worked on the car all winter. I think we have a good piece.” Andrew Funk stuck with Seplak but settled for second, with Kyle Anderson, Zuberbier, Erwin, Matt Fabrizius, Joe Brown, Josh Hetherington, 17th starter Michael Schomas, and Gray rounding out the top ten.

gee hmDarren Kerrins and Thad Gee won their respective heat races for the 12-lap Hobby-Modified race. Gee led at the start as Caden McWhorter charged through the field to contend with Gee. McWhorter was able to show the nose of his car to Gee on several occasions, but Gee was able to hold off the future star for his second win of the year. “I saw Caden there and I knew I needed to protect the bottom,” Gee said. “We tried something new on the car today and it worked.” McWhorter, Troy Ricketts, Kelly Christman, and Clay Wisher took the first five positions.


Gordy Gundaker

Gordy Gundaker

Mike McKinney

Mike McKinney

McKinney Wins $2k Last-Lap Showcase vs. Weisser at FALS

Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

With a severe thunderstorm quickly moving into the area, lightning struck in the closing laps of the 50-lap Late Model Summer National race. Second generation driver Gordy Gundaker of St. Charles, Mo., running the bottom groove, threaded his way to the front after starting 14th and took the lead with four laps to go as he captured the $10,000 to win feature. In the companion Summit Modified 30-lap race, Mike McKinney and Allen Weisser continued their season-long war. McKinney was able to win the battle on this night after a thrilling side by side race with Weisser.

gundaker shirleyThe Late Model race drew 37 entries as Brian Shirley, with a time of 12.525 seconds, led group one qualifiers, while Mike Spatola’s time of 12.599 seconds topped group two. Shirley, Ryan Gustin, Spatola, and Frank Heckenast Jr. won their respective heat races. Allen Weisser and McKay Wenger took the B-Mains. Starting in the second position, Shirley took the lead at the start and quickly opened a straightaway lead over Heckenast. By the ninth circuit, Shirley caught up with the rear of the field as Heckenast, Shannon Babb, Rick Eckert, and Gustin followed. Babb moved into the second position on lap 15 and erased Shirley’s lead. After the halfway flags were displayed, Babb pressured Shirley for the lead. Caution fell on lap 32 as Spatola broke. On the restart, Babb got by Shirley for the lead with Eckert closely following. With under 10 laps remaining, Gundaker turned up the wick and moved into fourth. Running a smooth line, Gundaker made short order of Eckert and Shirley with Babb lying ahead. The front two ran side by side before Gundaker moved into the lead on lap 46. Gundaker opened a five-car length lead and took his first ever Fairbury win. “We were so good, I was just biding my time,” an excited Gundaker spoke. “I know last year I felt we gave this race away. We just got rolling and the yellow came out at a perfect time. It was awesome!” Driving for Allen Murray, Eckert took second, with Babb, Shirley, and defending track champion Ryan Unzicker in fifth. Jason Feger, Heckenast, Bobby Pierce, Tyler Carpenter, and Johnny Scott rounded out the top ten.

mckinney weisser27 Summit Modified drivers timed for their $2,000 to win event. Kyle Hammer’s lap of 14.543 seconds led group one, Allen Weisser paced group two with a time of 14.151 seconds, and Mike McKinney turned a lap of 13.886 seconds to head group three. Nick Allen, Weisser, and McKinney took heat race wins, while Caleb DeMoss won the last chance race. Weisser took the lead on the green flag sticking his car on the bottom of the track. McKinney drove the top side and moved by Weisser to take the lead on lap three. As the two encountered lapped traffic, Weisser reclaimed the lead on lap 12. McKinney slide jobbed Weisser for the lead in turns 1-2 and Weisser returned the favor in turns 3-4. McKinney took the white flag and as the duo drove into turns 3-4, Weisser tried a slide job making contact with McKinney. Weisser slowed enough and McKinney was able to hold on for the win. Weisser, Mike Harrison, Kyle Hammer, and David Stremme took the first five positions, while Dan Rork, Hunt Gossum, Levi Kissinger, Nick Clubb, and Michael Ledford completed the top ten.

Tommy Duncan was the heat race winner for the Sportsman class but with the storm approaching, the feature race was scrapped for the night. 

Story by Jordan DeLucia | Pictures by Jim DenHamer, Terry Page, & Brendon Bauman

gundaker babbIn one of the most exciting runs to the front seen all year in a DIRTcar Late Model, Gordy Gundaker dazzled the crowd Saturday night at Fairbury Speedway, coming all the way from 14th to score his fourth career Summer Nationals victory.

Defending tour champion Brian Shirley jetted out to a commanding lead in the early going, but company was coming fast behind him. Shannon Babb found the fast groove right through the middle and had taken second by Lap 13.

A caution on Lap 32 re-stacked the field and gave Babb the shot he needed to grab the lead, which he did, hammering the cushion in Turns 3-4 to Shirley’s outside.

By this time, Gundaker had just made the pass for sixth. With one of the smoothest lines of anyone on the very bottom of the track, G-Man advanced to fourth on Lap 40, third on Lap 42, second on Lap 44 and finally underneath Babb for the lead on Lap 46.

From seemingly out of nowhere, Gundaker had shocked the field and picked up the $10,000 payday from his 14th starting spot.

“We were so good, I was just kinda biding my time,” a pumped-up Gundaker said in Victory Lane. “I know last year, I felt like we gave this race away. We just got rolling and the yellow came out at a perfect time. It was awesome!”

Punctuated by an epic display of fence-climbing after his backwards parade lap around the track, the St. Charles, MO-pilot soon arrived in FALS Victory Lane to a sea of applause and gave this memorable quote to his fans and those watching on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

“You fans are badass, I love every single one of you! Let’s party, let’s drink beer, we won, baby!”

Pennsylvanian Rick Eckert climbed from ninth to finish second – his second consecutive podium finish after a third-place result on Friday night. Shannon Babb was able to hold on for third while Shirley and Ryan Unzicker rounded out the top-five.

mckinney weisser1Just when the Fairbury Speedway fans thought there wasn’t a way to top the excitement in the DIRTcar Late Model Feature they had just seen, the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds found a way to do exactly that.

Mike McKinney and Allen Weisser battled side-by-side for nearly every one of the 30 Feature laps Saturday night, putting on an exciting display of hard racing in the closing laps that ended with contact between the two out of Turn 4 and McKinney in Victory Lane for the second time in three races.

Weisser, of Peoria, IL, led the opening circuits using the bottom lane of the smooth Fairbury racing surface, while McKinney, of Plainfield, IL, rode the top side momentum to the lead on Lap 3. As the two dug into lapped traffic, the door opened back up for Weisser to slide by on the bottom as McKinney was pinned behind slower cars on Lap 12.

The battle raged on in lapped traffic as the laps wound down to just two to-go. McKinney threw a first slider for the lead in Turns 1-2, Weisser countered down low to deny him but McKinney did it again in Turns 3-4 and made it stick. He saw the white flag and charged into Turn 1 with a full head of steam, throwing it up top once more as Weisser crept down low.

McKinney moved down to the middle groove into Turn 3 and Weisser slid up towards him as they made contact coming out of Turn 4, banging wheels down the front stretch. Weisser’s momentum was slowed by the contact as McKinney bounced off the outside wall, giving him the boost he needed to cross the stripe ahead of Weisser by just .76 seconds.

Late Model Results

Feature (50 Laps) 1. 11-Gordy Gundaker [14]; 2. O-Rick Eckert [7]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb [5]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley [2]; 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker [13]; 6. 25-Jason Feger [9]; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [1]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce [10]; 9. 28-Tyler Carpenter [8]; 10. 1ST-Johnny Scott [11]; 11. 25W-Allen Weisser [17]; 12. 4G-Bob Gardner [21]; 13. 48-Tim Lance [24]; 14. 30-Mike Glasscock [15]; 15. 6-Daryn Klein [20]; 16. 89-Mike Spatola [3]; 17. 10S-Scott Schmitt [23]; 18. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford [12]; 19. 19R-Ryan Gustin [4]; 20. 42-McKay Wenger [18]; 21. 21-Billy Moyer [6]; 22. 111L-Matt Lux [16]; 23. T4-Adam Tischhauser [22]; 24. 9-Eric Smith [19] Hard Charger: 11-Gordy Gundaker[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 3S-Brian Shirley, 12.525; 2. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 12.55; 3. 25-Jason Feger, 12.603; 4. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 12.654; 5. 18-Shannon Babb, 12.672; 6. B12-Kevin Weaver, 12.719; 7. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 12.722; 8. 21-Billy Moyer, 12.759; 9. 84-Myles Moos, 12.792; 10. 32-Bobby Pierce, 12.855; 11. 77M-Jay Morris, 12.889; 12. 9-Eric Smith, 12.976; 13. 25W-Allen Weisser, 12.996; 14. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 13.147; 15. M27-Mike Provenzano, 13.215; 16. 76-Titus Sneed, 13.277; 17. 73-Ryan Weistart, 13.547; 18. 5-John Provenzano, 13.734; 19. 48L-Tim Lance,, 14.431

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 89-Mike Spatola, 12.599; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr., 12.633; 3. 6-Daryn Klein, 12.778; 4. 4G-Bob Gardner, 12.837; 5. 1ST-Johnny Scott, 12.862; 6. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford, 13.027; 7. 35-Derek Chandler, 13.038; 8. 28-Tyler Carpenter, 13.04; 9. O-Rick Eckert, 13.073; 10. T4-Adam Tischhauser, 13.118; 11. 30-Mike Glasscock, 13.159; 12. 12-Jeff Curl, 13.246; 13. 10S-Scott Schmitt, 13.269; 14. 111L-Matt Lux, 13.29; 15. 48-Tim Lance, 13.41; 16. 42-McKay Wenger, 13.453; 17. 33H-Billy Hough, 13.622; 18. 18M-Jimmy Miller, 14.206

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [1]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb [3]; 3. 25-Jason Feger [2]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker [4]; 5. 84-Myles Moos [5]; 6. 25W-Allen Weisser [7]; 7. 77M-Jay Morris [6]; 8. M27-Mike Provenzano [8]; 9. 73-Ryan Weistart [9]; 10. 48L-Tim Lance, [10]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin [1]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer [4]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce [5]; 4. 11-Gordy Gundaker [2]; 5. 9-Eric Smith [6]; 6. 5-John Provenzano [9]; 7. B12-Kevin Weaver [3]; 8. 11T-Trevor Gundaker [7]; 9. 76-Titus Sneed [8]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 89-Mike Spatola [1]; 2. O-Rick Eckert [5]; 3. 1ST-Johnny Scott [3]; 4. 30-Mike Glasscock [6]; 5. 35-Derek Chandler [4]; 6. 6-Daryn Klein [2]; 7. 33H-Billy Hough [9]; 8. 48-Tim Lance [8]; 9. 10S-Scott Schmitt [7]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [1]; 2. 28-Tyler Carpenter [4]; 3. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford [3]; 4. 111L-Matt Lux [7]; 5. 42-McKay Wenger [8]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner [2]; 7. T4-Adam Tischhauser [5]; 8. 12-Jeff Curl [6]; 9. 18M-Jimmy Miller [9]

Last Chance Showdown #1 (12 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 25W-Allen Weisser [3][-]; 2. 9-Eric Smith [2][-]; 3. M27-Mike Provenzano [7][-]; 4. 5-John Provenzano [4][-]; 5. 76-Titus Sneed [10]; 6. 73-Ryan Weistart [9]; 7. 48L-Tim Lance, [11]; 8. 11T-Trevor Gundaker [8]; 9. 84-Myles Moos [1]; 10. 77M-Jay Morris [5]; 11. B12-Kevin Weaver [6]

Last Chance Showdown #2 (12 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 42-McKay Wenger [2][-]; 2. 6-Daryn Klein [3][-]; 3. 4G-Bob Gardner [4][-]; 4. 33H-Billy Hough [5][-]; 5. 12-Jeff Curl [8]; 6. 10S-Scott Schmitt [9]; 7. T4-Adam Tischhauser [6]; 8. 18M-Jimmy Miller [10]; 9. 48-Tim Lance [7]; 10. 35-Derek Chandler [1]

Modified Results

Feature (30 Laps) 1. 96M-Mike McKinney [3]; 2. 25W-Allen Weisser [1]; 3. 24H-Mike Harrison [6]; 4. 45-Kyle Hammer [4]; 5. 35-David Stremme [8]; 6. 7R-Dan Rork [10]; 7. 99-Hunt Gossum [9]; 8. 8K-Levi Kissinger [14]; 9. 22C-Nick Clubb [15]; 10. 37L-Michael Ledford [7]; 11. 5-Steven Brooks [17]; 12. 21A-Nick Allen [2]; 13. 77-Ray Bollinger [12]; 14. 24-Zeke McKenzie [5]; 15. O-Travis Kohler [13]; 16. 79D-Caleb DeMoss [16]; 17. 7L-Jay Ledford [18]; 18. 36-Eric Vaughan [21]; 19. 17H-Scott Hauge [22]; 20. 9H-John DeMoss [11]; 21. 69SR-Jim Farris, [20]; 22. 80-Rich Dawson [19] Hard Charger: 8K-Levi Kissinger[+6]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 45-Kyle Hammer, 14.543; 2. 21A-Nick Allen, 14.559; 3. 37L-Michael Ledford, 14.616; 4. 69SR-Jim Farris,, 14.704; 5. 7R-Dan Rork, 14.716; 6. O-Travis Kohler, 14.758; 7. 32-Mason Duncan, 14.899; 8. 64-Dawson Cook, 15.013; 9. 56P-Patrick Parsons, 16.138

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 25W-Allen Weisser, 14.151; 2. 35-David Stremme, 14.33; 3. 24-Zeke McKenzie, 14.462; 4. 7L-Jay Ledford, 14.497; 5. 9H-John DeMoss, 14.553; 6. 36-Eric Vaughan, 14.564; 7. 8K-Levi Kissinger, 14.577; 8. 5-Steven Brooks, 14.636; 9. B27-Ryan Bildilli, 16.101

Qualifying Flight-C 1. 96M-Mike McKinney, 13.886; 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 14.136; 3. 77-Ray Bollinger, 14.261; 4. 80-Rich Dawson, 14.307; 5. 99-Hunt Gossum, 14.394; 6. 22C-Nick Clubb, 14.582; 7. 79D-Caleb DeMoss, 14.735; 8. 17H-Scott Hauge, 14.783; 9. 5R-Billy Roberts, 14.971

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 21A-Nick Allen [2]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer [1]; 3. 37L-Michael Ledford [3]; 4. 7R-Dan Rork [5]; 5. O-Travis Kohler [6]; 6. 69SR-Jim Farris, [4]; 7. 64-Dawson Cook [8]; 8. 32-Mason Duncan [7]; 9. 56P-Patrick Parsons [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 25W-Allen Weisser [1]; 2. 24-Zeke McKenzie [3]; 3. 35-David Stremme [2]; 4. 9H-John DeMoss [5]; 5. 8K-Levi Kissinger [7]; 6. 5-Steven Brooks [8]; 7. 7L-Jay Ledford [4]; 8. 36-Eric Vaughan [6]; 9. B27-Ryan Bildilli [9]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 96M-Mike McKinney [1]; 2. 24H-Mike Harrison [2]; 3. 99-Hunt Gossum [5]; 4. 77-Ray Bollinger [3]; 5. 22C-Nick Clubb [6]; 6. 79D-Caleb DeMoss [7]; 7. 80-Rich Dawson [4]; 8. 5R-Billy Roberts [9]; 9. 17H-Scott Hauge [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 79D-Caleb DeMoss [3][-]; 2. 5-Steven Brooks [2][-]; 3. 7L-Jay Ledford [5][-]; 4. 80-Rich Dawson [6]; 5. 69SR-Jim Farris, [1]; 6. 36-Eric Vaughan [8]; 7. 17H-Scott Hauge [12]; 8. 64-Dawson Cook [4]; 9. 32-Mason Duncan [7]; 10. B27-Ryan Bildilli [11]; 11. 5R-Billy Roberts [9]; 12. 56P-Patrick Parsons [10]


McKay Wenger

McKay Wenger

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Nick Seplak

Nick Seplak

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Thad Gee

Thad Gee

Results | Story and Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

In addition to an Independence Day fireworks display during intermission at the Fairbury Speedway, race fans were treated to sliders of a different sort. Everyone stood on their feet witnessing the talent of the drivers in feature action. McKay Wenger (Late Model), Mike Harrison (Modified), Nick Seplak (Stock Car), Tommy Duncan (Sportsman), and Thad Gee (Hobby-Modified) were first to the line during the FALS Cup weekly racing program.

wenger lm25 Late Model drivers made qualifying attempts for their 30-lap, $2,500 to win race. Mike Spatola turned a lap of 12.879 seconds for fast time. Spatola, McKay Wenger, and Eric Smith won heat races, while Jay Morris was the B-Main winner. Using his outside front row starting position, Wenger made short order of his competition and jumped out to an early lead. Accelerating around the ¼ dirt oval, Wenger caught up with the tail end of the field by lap seven. After two caution periods, Wenger pulled away from the field as Allen Weisser, Ryan Unzicker, and Spatola trailed. Spatola soon found himself in second and closed the margin on Wenger. The race's last caution fell with ten laps to go giving Spatola his opportunity to capitalize. On the restart, Wenger was shot out of cannon as he opened up a straightaway lead. Behind him, Spatola, Weisser, and Unzicker battled for the second position exchanging slide jobs to the delight of the crowd. At the checkered flag, Wenger returned to victory lane after going winless last season. “Oh man, what a 4th of July,” Wenger said. “We got home from West Burlington, Iowa (34 Raceway) at 3:00 a.m. this morning. We worked on the car all day to get ready for tonight. Man, this feels good.” The remainder of the top ten were Spatola, Unzicker, Jeffrey Ledford, Weisser, Smith, 17th starter Mike Provenzano, Derek Chandler, Scott Schmitt, and Mike Chasteen Jr.

harrison mdThe Modified race saw 40 drivers vie for a starting spot in their 20-lap, $1,500 to win race. Mike McKinney was the quickest in time trials with a lap of 14.025 seconds. Four heat races saw McKinney, Mike Harrison, Allen Weisser, and Jacob Rexing earning wins. Justin Gregory and Rich Dawson won the B-Mains. Harrison took the lead at the start with McKinney stuck to his bumper. The two wheelmen rode the top side of the track and frequently exchanged slide jobs on each other during the course of the race. Harrison was able to open up a small lead during the final five laps and took a hard-fought win. “McKinney has picked up his game the last few years,” spoke Harrison. “Anytime you can come to his home track and beat him, you have done something. Fairbury has been good to me in the past, but the local drivers here are tough.” McKinney settled for second, with Bradley Jameson, Weisser, and Michael Ledford following. The rest of the top ten were Steve Meyer Jr., 14th starter Jay Ledford, Willy Myers, Nick Clubb, and Rexing.

seplak scMatt Fabrizius clocked a time of 15.507 seconds to set fast time as 23 Stock Cars were in attendance. Andrew Funk, Nick Seplak, and Tanner Sullivan were the heat race winners. Sticking to the bottom groove of the track, Seplak was able to turn back savvy veterans Joe Brown and Rick Thomas for his first-ever Fairbury feature win. “Man, what a race,” an excited Seplak spoke. “Honestly, I didn’t think we could win it tonight. Dad and I have been going back and forth every week trying different things and it finally worked out.” Trailing the threesome were Cody Clubb, Fabrizius, Michael Schomas, 19th starter Justin VanDrunen, Eric Boudreau, Ryan Anderson, and Sullivan.

duncan spVeteran Macon Speedway driver Wes Odell was the Sportsman fast qualifier at 14.836 seconds over 15 other drivers. Lyndon Whitfill and Tommy Duncan won their respective heat races. After a caution with seven laps to go, Duncan pulled away from early contenders Odell and Anthony Craven for the win. “The track was good for our race,” explained Duncan. “The competition is getting really close. I am going to have to get to work.” Craven turned in another good finish with second, followed by Odell, Tyler Roth, Steve Mattingly, Blake Reid, 16th starter Alex Wilson, Phil Moreland, Makinzi Semmens, and Eric Saltzman.

gee hmThe night’s racing program ended with a 12-lap Hobby-Modified race. Heat race winners Thad Gee and Macy Vaughan started on the front row. Vaughan led for five laps before Gee was able to move to the front following a lap five caution. From there, Gee held a 10-car length lead over Vaughan and captured the win. “That was a fun race,” spoke Gee. “I really enjoy racing with Macy. She was worrying me, but I was able to get a good restart after that caution. Dustin Mounce, running the top, was able to sneak by Vaughan for second, with Caden McWhorter and Troy Ricketts completing the top five.


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