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Nichols Holds Off Macklin to Claim Hubert Memorial

Jeremy Nichols

Jeremy Nichols

Myles Moos

Myles Moos

Michael Ledford

Michael Ledford

Aaron Heck

Aaron Heck

Steven Mattingly

Steven Mattingly

Moos, Ledford, Heck, Mattingly also Pick Up Wins

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

On a cool late summer evening, the racing action was hot as the Fairbury Speedway played host to the Earl J. Hubert Memorial race for the Stock Car competitors. Jeremy Nichols (Stock Car), Myles Moos (Late Model), Michael Ledford (Modified), Aaron Heck (Pro Late Model), and Steve Mattingly (Sportsman) carried the checkered flag to the winner’s circle.

nichols sc38 Stock Car drivers registered for the 43-lap, $2,000 to win special. Matt Fabrizius was quickest in group one qualifying with a time of 15.255 seconds. Zach Zuberbier’s time of 15.220 seconds earned him the fast time honors in the second qualifying group. Fabrizius, Jerrad Krick, Megan Erwin, and Jeremy Nichols were the heat race winners. RJ Akers and Pete Odell advanced to the main event by taking their respective semi-features. After a caution flag on the fourth lap, defending race winner Nichols got by Fabrizius for the lead. Nichols wasted little time as he built a straightaway lead, while Joel Funk, Erwin, and Nick Macklin dueled for second. As Nichols sliced his way by lapped traffic, Funk cut into Nichols’ lead. On a restart after a caution in the closing laps, Funk tried a slide job for the lead, but Nichols stood his ground. As Funk faded, Macklin pressured Nichols several times, but Nichols was able to hang on for the win. Becoming the first two-time winner of the race, Nichols commented in victory lane. “About halfway through the race my brakes began to fade. Then going in turn one I noticed the power steering was fading and I had a right front shock bent. The car was handling horrible. Nick tried me at the end, but I just stayed at it.” Macklin made a game of it but settled for second, with Erwin, Bobby Beiler, and Fabrizius completing the top five. 19th starter Andrew Funk, Andy Zahnd, 18th starter Odell, Don Hilleary, and Zuberbier completed the top ten.

moos lmMyles Moos took quick time honors for the 30-lap Late Model race with a time of 12.852 seconds. Moos and Kevin Weaver were the heat race winners. While racing for the lead, Moos made contact with Weaver in turn one. The damage caused Weaver to drop out of the race. Eric Smith had Moos within his sight, but he was never able to mount a serious threat. Moos, in his second year in the Late Model division, was able to take the biggest win of his career. “I am so sorry for what happened with Kevin and myself,” Moos said. “I tried to get under him in turn one and the car didn’t stick.” Smith finished second. Cullen Breeden, in his first appearance of the year, came home third. Glen Thompson, Donny Walden, Jay Morris, Kyle Novak, Tony Thoennes, Chris Nash, and Bob Thoennes completed the top ten.

ledford mdRich Dawson clipped a lap at 14.187 seconds as 21 Modified drivers looked to take home a prestigious FALS Cup trophy. Dawson, Michael Ledford, and Bradley Jameson were the heat race winners. Ledford was able to capitalize by starting on the outside of the front row. As the green flag waved for the 25-lap race, Ledford shot out of a cannon. Working the top side of the track to perfection, Ledford established himself as the man to beat. Through three yellow flags and one red flag, Ledford was able to take his second win of the year. “We have been struggling so bad lately,” spoke Ledford. “My car hasn’t been where we wanted it and I have made some mistakes. We really needed this one.” Steven Brooks took second, with Dan Rork earning third. Garrett Jameson came from the 13th starting position to finish fourth. Ian Keller, Dawson, Jay Ledford, Owen Wells, Justin Gregory, and Joey Ilift rounded out the top ten.

heck plmMaking their first of two appearances at the speedway, the Pro Late Model class drew 34 race teams. Chase Osterhoff (13.839) and Logan Moody (13.943) led the way in group qualifying. Osterhoff, Aaron Heck, Moody, and AJ May took wins in their respective heat races. Two semi- features saw Amber Crouch and Torin Mettille advancing to the $1,000 to win feature race. Osterhoff and Heck traded paint during the middle stages of the race before a caution fell with five laps to go. Heck got by Osterhoff and was able to withstand Jose Parga to earn the win. The defending DIRTcar Pro Late Model national champion spoke with excitement in victory lane. “That caution came out there at the end. I know Osterhoff is good. I was running the top, but I didn’t want to pound the cushion too hard." Following Heck to the line were Parga, Osterhoff, Mettille, May, Kyle Cooper, Moody, Matt Hammond, and Devin McLean.

mattingly spAustin Friedman closed the 2020 season for the CR Towing Sportsman class by timing 14.751 seconds for fast time. Friedman was also the lone heat race winner. In a year of heartaches and heartbreaks for Steve Mattingly, he was able to get by Tommy Duncan with three laps to go. Despite a broken left upper control arm, Mattingly was not to be denied and took a hard-fought win. “I didn’t think we were going to get a win this year,” Mattingly said. “On lap eight, the control arm broke. The last five laps it was digging in the ground.” Duncan took second, with Friedman in third. Lyndon Whitfill, Tyler Roth, Dan Coit, and AJ Meiferdt completed the finishing positions.


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