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Brian Shirley

Brian Shirley

Will Krup

Will Krup

Krup Holds Off Hoffman to Score Modified Nationals Victory

Story by Jordan DeLucia | Pictures by Rocky Ragusa and Jim DenHamer

shirley lmThere’s one constant about Fairbury Speedway. The racing never disappoints.

Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard and Frank Heckenast Jr. put on an instant DIRTcar Summer Nationals classic Wednesday night, battling it out with the rest of the field over 40 laps that ended with Shirley’s fifth Hell Tour win of the season by .090 seconds over Sheppard.

Heckenast led the opening laps before outside polesitter Ryan Unzicker cracked the whip to his outside and swiped the lead away on Lap 3, but held it only briefly as Heckenast came back at him on the bottom on Lap 5.

Sheppard climbed aboard his horse on a restart after the caution on Lap 8, throwing a slide job on Unzicker for second as they sailed through Turns 1-2. He was able to track Heckenast down in just two laps and made the move for the top spot on Lap 11.

Sheppard took command out front for the next 11 laps before facing another strong challenge from Heckenast, who took the lead again briefly on Laps 22-23. Sheppard got a better run on the top side to take the lead back, which he held all the way until the final 10 laps.

Shirley had silently been keeping pace all throughout the race behind the leaders and saw the chance to dig-in for the lead on Lap 31. He nearly threaded the Sheppard-Heckenast needle going into Turn 3, but instead was able to get Heckenast to his outside as he steered his Bob Cullen Racing #3s back to the inside to get a run on Sheppard.

Squeezing Sheppard in behind a lapped car, Shirley found some traction down low and grabbed the spot with just eight laps remaining. Sheppard tried to return the favor on the cushion, but to no avail. He got one final push on the final lap, heading way up the banking in each corner, but Shirley was just too strong down low. He crossed the line by a mere .090 seconds over Sheppard to collect his 5th Summer Nationals Feature win of 2020.

“I was just lucky the lapped cars kinda fell my way, Shirley said in Victory Lane. “I knew where [Sheppard] was, and he was right there on my ass, so I just tried to do the best I could and was able to get the win.”

Unzicker and Weisser completed the top-five, while the former Summer Nationals champions of Shannon Babb, Dennis Erb Jr. and Jason Feger finished 6-7-8.

Krup Holds Off Hoffman to Score Modified Nationals Victory

krup mdThe JHA Motorsports team opted out of coming to Fairbury Speedway for the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals’ most recent visit last month. This time around, they’re walking out as Feature winners.

Will Krup took the lead from Jeff Leka on Lap 17 and never looked back, scoring the $1,500 check and his third career Summit Modifieds victory at a track that’s presented him challenges in the past.

“This track’s always been kinda rude to me, but to end up here in Victory Lane, that’s huge,” Krup said. “We’ve kinda had some bad luck here in the last couple weeks, but this feels good to finally put one together and actually end up in Victory Lane.”

Leka shot out to the race lead in the opening laps before receiving a big challenge down low by Krup. The lead changed hands once, then back again between the two before Krup was able to maintain his pass for the lead on Lap 17.

Using the very bottom of the track, Krup was able to hold the great speed and control and actually open up a bit of a gap in the closing laps on fellow Elite Chassis pilot Nick Hoffman and six-time Summit Modified champion Mike Harrison.

Hoffman crossed the line in second, coming all the way from his 10th-place starting spot to keep his streak going of finishes no worse than second throughout the tour. Mike Harrison rounded out the podium while Tyler Peterson and Mike McKinney capped-off the top-five.



Billy Drake

Billy Drake

Mike McKinney

Mike McKinney

Zach Zuberbier

Zach Zuberbier

Austin Friedman

Austin Friedman

Cody Wisher

Cody Wisher

Results | Story and Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

A large crowd of spectators on Fan Appreciation Night witnessed another thrilling night of racing at the Fairbury Speedway. Carrying the checkered flag on Saturday were Billy Drake (Late Model), Mike McKinney (Modified), Zach Zuberbier (Stock Car), Austin Friedman (Sportsman), Cody Wisher (Hobby-Modified), and Brendan Ramer (Vintage).

drake lm29 Late Model drivers were on hand vying for a spot in their 30-lap feature. Mike Spatola earned fast time honors with a lap of 12.808 seconds. Three heat races saw McKay Wenger, Jeffrey Ledford, and Kevin Weaver emerging as winners. Jeff Curl was the night’s winner in the B-Main. Wenger, looking to continue his winning ways, pounded the cushion in leading the first 17 laps of the race. Billy Drake, using the bottom of the track, reeled in Wenger to take the lead on lap 18. As Drake was attempting to overtake a slower car, he made a move to go to the top of the track. Drake, not knowing Wenger was there, made contact and ended Wenger’s night. Weaver moved to second on the restart and began to track down Drake. Weaver climbed the wall on the backstretch and brought out the caution with five laps to go. Drake, safely in the lead, took his first win of the year. As the crowd cheered and jeered for Drake, he spoke apologetically in victory lane. “I feel bad. McKay is such a good dude. I was trying to get around that lapped car and zipped it to the top. I didn’t know he was there. If I would have known that, I never would have tried that. I don’t want to win a race like that. I would have rather raced him for it. It would have been good. I guess that happens. I hate it and I stand that way.” Mike Mataragas, Rickey Frankel, 18th starter Tim Manville, Mike Glasscock, Jay Morris, Jeff Herzog, Adan Tischhauser, Brent McKinnon, and Titus Sneed claimed the top ten positions.

mckinney md14.457 seconds was quick time set by Mike McKinney as 22 Modified drivers toured the track. Levi Kissinger, Allen Weisser, and Michael Ledford won their respective heat races. Although eight caution flags waved in the 25-lap race, McKinney was the dominating force on this night. Running the top side of the track, McKinney bolted out to a commanding lead as early race leader Weisser tried to keep pace. With the track cleared after a lap 15 caution, McKinney moved to the bottom and Weisser kept pace. Michael Ledford, running in third, brought out a caution with six laps to go as he slowed with a tire going flat. On the restart, McKinney flexed his muscle and closed this chapter in the season long battle with Weisser for supremacy in the big picture of the national championship title. “We tried something different on the car tonight,” said McKinney. “I was running the top and I saw Allen on the bottom, so I had to try it out.” Weisser, Nick Clubb, Kissinger, Jim Farris, Dan Rork, Nick Seplak, Mark Grosvenor, 21st starter Kyle Laughlin, and Justin White took the top ten spots.

zuberbier scA time of 16.573 seconds earned Zach Zuberbier quick time in the Stock Car class. With 19 cars on hand, Zuberbier and Joe Brown were the heat race winners. Zuberbier led the first seven circuits before Michael Schomas took over for the next two laps. Zuberbier, Schomas, Cody Clubb, and Brown battled tooth and nail for the race win throughout the race. All four drivers used the entire width of the speedway and never touched one another. Zuberbier was able to hold off the trio and took the race win. “I knew I had some fast cars behind me,” commented Zuberbier. “I just had to hang on and not use up my equipment. We won last night, but tonight is way better.” Schomas, Clubb, Brown, and Kevin Kerlin took the first five positions as Eric Boudreau, Don Hilleary, Josh Hetherington, Kraig Hughes, and Randy Schoener completed the top ten.

friedman spOf the 15 Sportsman drivers on hand, Lyndon Whitfill was the fast qualifier at 15.845 seconds. Two heat races saw Austin Friedman and Steve Mattingly taking the wins. Rookie driver Friedman and old veteran Mattingly battled for the lead in the first five laps before Friedman was able to use lapped traffic to take the lead. After a caution on lap 11 of the 15-lap race, Mattingly, looking for his first win of the year, had to contend with Tommy Duncan. As the checkered flag waved for Friedman, Duncan was able to get by Mattingly for second. Picking up his second straight win, Friedman commented in victory lane. “The track was really demanding tonight, but it was a fun race.” Anthony Craven, Whitfill, Tyler Roth, Matt Ramer, Dan Coit, Brendan Ramer, and Austin Lipe rounded out the top ten.

wisher hm11 cars were on hand in the Hobby-Modified class. Cody Wisher turned a lap of 15.742 seconds for fast time and also took the win in the first heat race. Caden McWhorter claimed the win in the second heat race. A caution flag with one lap remaining gave last week’s winner Troy Ricketts an opportunity to repeat. Wisher, with a tire losing air, was able to hang on for his first win of the year. “I couldn’t keep the rear end under the car in the closing laps, especially in turn four,” spoke Wisher. Ricketts settled for second, with McWhorter, Clay Wisher, and Ty Stutzman completing the top five.

The Vintage Racing of Illinois Series held a special 10-lap exhibition race with Brendan Ramer turning back his father Matt for his first ever win in the series. “That was a lot of fun. I got to race my dad pretty hard there,” said Ramer.


Jimmy Owens

Jimmy Owens

Brandon Sheppard

Brandon Sheppard

Zeke McKenzie

Zeke McKenzie

Nick Hoffman

Nick Hoffman

Derek Losh

Derek Losh

Mike McKinney

Mike McKinney

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.”

As the only Summit Modified driver on the roster this year attempting to start every show on the schedule, McKenzie’s experience behind the wheel shined bright throughout the entire 20-lap contest. He put the pressure on polesitter Jeff Leka in the early going and made the pass on him for the lead after a big run on the bottom out of Turn 2.

McKenzie held the top spot through a few restarts before having to deal with the wrath of Tyler Nicely, who dealt McKenzie a slider of his own on a Lap 9 restart. McKenzie came right back at him in Turns 3-4 and got underneath Nicely’s #25, clearing him as they came back around and exited Turn 2.

Nicely kept digging down low over the remaining laps and stayed right with McKenzie, but it was not enough to catch the native Indianan as he crossed the stripe first to score one of the proudest moments of his career.

“I’m just… flabbergasted,” he said. “It’s great to be here at home and get one in front of all these great people. We went from almost flipping at LaSalle to winning, I can’t believe it.”

Showdown #2 – Nick Hoffman
mod showdown2If there were a single 20-lap stretch of racing to describe Nick Hoffman’s Summit Modified season to this point, it was his dominating victory in Showdown Feature #2.

The two-time and defending tour champion put a hurting on his competition Friday night, leading flag-to-flag for the fourth time in four races and the $500 preliminary Feature prize.

Truth be told, Hoffman was untouchable, despite runner-up David Stremme and Adam Stricker’s best efforts to catch him. Nobody was able to get close enough to attempt a pass, as Hoffman ran away with it and a spot in the ever-important redraw for Saturday night’s finale.

“I was just kinda hanging on, it felt a little loose there at the end, but this thing’s pretty good. Just to be able to momentum around here right through the middle like that,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane.

“Happy to be here; I’ve never been here before, but I’ve watched a lot of open-wheel races here and it was a hell of a place.”

Showdown #3 – Derek Losh
mod showdown3Much like the winner before him, Derek Losh dominated Showdown #3, running away from Danny Schwartz and Nick Allen in lapped traffic to collect $500 and a spot in Saturday’s redraw.

Simply put, there was no catching Losh’s #21. He rode the cushion with skill and maintained the gap he opened up earlier in the race through lapped traffic, pulling away as the laps clicked off. Come the checkered flag, Losh had roughly a 10-car-length advantage over runner-up Schwartz in a Feature that went caution-free.

Losh has been terrific on the Indiana bullrings this season, with several wins already at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway, and even one at Kokomo on July 3.

“Every chance we get to come to Kokomo, we eat it up. This place is so badass,” Losh said in Victory Lane.

Showdown #4 – Mike McKinney
mod showdown4With three Summit Modified Showdowns already in the books, the Kokomo Speedway surface had developed quite a sizable cushion – the perfect setting for a battle between two of Illinois’ best UMP Modified racers named Mike.

Mike McKinney and Mike Harrison took to the topside of the fast quarter-mile and engaged in an exciting chase through lapped traffic throughout most of the race, ending with McKinney in Victory Lane and a spot for both of them in Saturday’s redraw.

“I knew when I saw me and [Harrison] in the same lineup, it was gonna be a hell of a show,” McKinney said in Victory Lane. “There’s only one place to be when he’s behind you, and that’s up on the fence, putting on a show.”

McKinney took the early lead from Curt Spalding and opened up a gap that Harrison was able to limit through the later stages of the race, chasing him down for several laps under green with plenty of slower cars to maneuver through.

A caution flag with two laps remaining stacked up the field and gave Harrison one final shot at McKinney, but Harrison bounced his #24 hard off the cushion/wall once more, scrubbing off enough momentum to allow The Magic Man the room he needed to bring home the win.


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.


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