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Wenger, McKinney, Reed, Duncan, Wisher Take FALS Cup Wins

McKay Wenger

McKay Wenger

Mike McKinney

Mike McKinney

Terry Reed

Terry Reed

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Cody Wisher

Cody Wisher

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

A beautiful Saturday night at the Fairbury Speedway drew a well-attended crowd and 105 race teams for another FALS Cup weekly program. Fairbury’s McKay Wenger (Late Model), Plainfield’s Mike McKinney (Modified), Cerro Gordo’s Terry Reed (Stock Car), Metamora’s Tommy Duncan (Sportsman), and Peoria’s Cody Wisher (Hobby-Modified) each earned feature race wins in their respective classes.

wenger lmA field of 23 Late Models took time trials for their 30-lap, $2,500 to win race. Scott James turned a lap of 12.582 seconds to set fast time. Three heat races were held with Kevin Weaver, Taylor Scheffler, and McKay Wenger taking the wins. Bill Giannetti took the Semi-Feature victory. Five caution flags fell in the first two laps of the feature race due to accidents and part failures, reducing the field to 12 drivers out of the 20 that started the race. Weaver held the lead over Wenger, Jeffrey Ledford, James, and Jay Morris for the first five laps. On lap six, with Weaver pounding the Fairbury cushion and Wenger uncharacteristically on the bottom, Wenger made the pass for the lead and checked out on the field. By the end of the race, Wenger held a seven-second lead over Weaver. Winning his fourth Fairbury feature of the year, Wenger commented in victory lane. “The last six Late Model and Modified features, the races have been won on the bottom. When we unloaded, the plan was to run the bottom. It paid off good.” Weaver held off Ledford for second with James in fourth. 13th starter Dale Markham took fifth. The rest of the top ten went to Morris, Mike Provenzano, Jeff Curl, Glen Thompson, and Brandon Pralle.

mckinney mdA time of 13.984 seconds earned Allen Weisser quick time honors as 28 drivers made qualifying attempts. Weisser, Jason Hastings, and Mike McKinney took heat race wins. Michael Ledford was the B-Main winner. Weisser and McKinney went toe-to-toe for the first three laps of the $1,500 to win, 25-lap race before McKinney took command. Several mid-race cautions would not deny McKinney on this night as he quickly opened up a ten-car length lead on each restart. Weisser had his hands full as Nick Clubb offered a challenge until Weisser got a good restart after a lap 17 caution to hold second. As the checkered flag was waved, McKinney was able to pick up his third win of the year at Fairbury. “We are trying to get the car better on the bottom,” said McKinney. “It seems like we are getting things back to where we were at the start.” Weisser settled for second, with Dan Rork in third. Clubb ended in fourth, while 16th starter Ledford took fifth. Hastings, Kyle Hammer, Bobby Stremme, Jim Farris, and Austin Lynn rounded out the top ten.

reed sc27 Stock Cars vied for a starting position for their 15-lap race. Farmer City regular Lance Evans, with a lap of 15.333 seconds, took fast time. Kevin Kerlin, Andy Zahnd, and Matt Fabrizius were heat race winners. The B-Main went to Kraig Hughes. In a wild feature race that saw four different leaders, it wasn’t until the last lap that the race winner was decided. Current DIRTcar National Points leader Terry Reed got by Fabrizius to take his first-ever Fairbury win. “We started eighth and weren't sure if we had anything,” spoke Reed. “The car was on a rail tonight. I didn’t want to race on the top, but we made it work.” 14th starter Pete Odell was third, Josh Hetherington placed fourth, and RJ Akers claimed fifth. Joe Brown, Kerlin, Scott Hufford, Evans, and Jeff Hartzell completed the top ten.

duncan spAustin Friedman was the Sportsman division fast qualifier with a time of 14.726 seconds as 15 drivers signed in. Heat races went to Steve Mattingly and Tommy Duncan. Mattingly led for three laps before defending track champion Duncan moved to the front. Mattingly’s bid for the win ended on the seventh lap as he stopped on the track with mechanical problems and brought out the yellow flag. On the restart, Friedman challenged for the lead, but Duncan was not to be denied on this night as he took his third win of the season. “The car was good in the beginning,” spoke an exhausted Duncan. “The track was getting rough on the top and was messing up my line.” The remainder of the top ten went to Friedman, Lyndon Whitfill, Anthony Craven, Matt Ramer, Wes Odell, Dan Coit, Robert Saltzman, Makinzi Semmens, and Mattingly.

wisher hmRacing ended with a 12-lap Hobby-Modified race. Cody Wisher and Phil Earl were the heat race winners. Wisher led from flag-to-flag to take his second straight feature race win. “The car drove like a Cadillac,” Wisher said. “I want to thank Tommy Duncan for letting me drive his car and setting the car up.” Troy Ricketts, Clay Wisher, Macy Vaughan, and Caden McWhorter completed the top five.


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