Bank on it…Prairie Dirt Classic $50k to win highlights spectacular 2021 schedule at the Fairbury Speedway

2021 Schedule of Events

It goes without saying that sometimes it’s better late than never.  That couldn’t be more true with the announcement today that the Fairbury Speedway is on track and planning for a full season of racing, including the running of the 31st edition of the Prairie Dirt Classic presented by the Bank of Pontiac and the Illinois State Rifle Association.  After ongoing meetings with local and state officials, the Fairbury Speedway is excited to announce a full lineup for the 2021 race season starting with opening night on Saturday, May 1st.

“I am extremely grateful for everyone involved in making the Fairbury Speedway what it is today,” says Fairbury Speedway owner and promoter Matt Curl.  “I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to all the fans, drivers, teams, sponsors and crews for what turned out to be a great season at FALS considering all we went through.  With so many unknowns throughout the last season, I am very proud of the way all the events were handled, including working with the local health officials that allowed us to race.  The FALS crew made that happen, and I am very lucky to have the best crew in the business.  With all of your support, we are able to do what we love to do and that is to entertain and provide all with a first-class racing facility.” 

fals cupBack for its third season, the FALS Cup Weekly Championship will take center stage for what is arguably one the best weekly race programs in the country.  The special series will continue to feature unprecedented payouts at all weekly shows for both DIRTcar Late Models ($2,500 to win and $300 to start from a total purse of over $10,000) and DIRTcar Modifieds ($1,500 to win and $175 to start from a purse exceeding $6,000).

Overall, more than $22,000 in purses will be distributed at Fairbury’s weekly shows, which will also include the DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Stock Cars, and Hobby Mods in 2021. And despite the incredible payouts, general admission and pit gate prices will stay the same at $10 and $30, respectively, during the upcoming season that kicks off on May 1.  Opening night will also pay tribute and recognize the champions from the 2020 race season.

After a couple weeks to shake the dust off, we will open up our season of special events on Saturday, May 15 with the FALS Spring Showcase, presented by Titan Industries & Mackinaw Valley Powder Coating. This Showcase will feature the MARS Late Model Series paying $15,000 to win, accompanied by the DIRTcar Modifieds paying $3,000 to win.  A big weekend, indeed, in central Illinois with the Farmer City 74 paying $10,000 to win the night before.

allstar sprintsComing back to the Fairbury Speedway in 2021, after a long anticipated wait, will be Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series on Thursday night, June 3rd, as part of the Thursday Night Shootout. This event will also feature the ever-popular DIRTcar Late Models, which will race alongside the All-Star Sprints in this spectacular night of racing.  Both the All-Star Sprints (co-sanctioned with the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series) and the DIRTcar Late Models will be racing for $5,000 that night.

The annual DIRTcar Summer Nationals will roll into town as part of the opening weekend of the Hell Tour on Saturday, June 19th.  The $10,000-to-win Late Model special, presented by Rhino Ag, will also include the Summit Modified Nationals paying $2,000 to win and DIRTcar Sportsman $500 to win.  After damaging storms rolled through the speedway at the conclusion of last year’s race, we hope all the fireworks will be on the track this year for what typically is one of FALS best weekends of the year.

sheppard richards sep15After a heart-wrenching decision to postpone the 31st edition of the Prairie Dirt Classic this past year, we are already in the planning stages for what could arguably be the biggest event FALS has ever seen.  The $50,000-to-win World of Outlaws Prairie Dirt Classic, presented by the Bank of Pontiac and the Illinois State Rifle Association, will take place on the weekend of July 30-31.  Full details on the entire event will be announced later this spring.  Ticket holders that chose to keep their reservations will be sent their tickets or will be able to pick them up at the speedway on race nights prior to the event. 

weisser mckinney jul11Back by popular demand, the FALS Super Nationals, presented by Casey’s and New Solutions Ag, will once again come together on Labor Day weekend with a pair of $10,000-to-win features, one for the DIRTcar Modifieds and one for the MARS DIRTcar Late Model Series on Saturday, September 4th.  Continuing many years partnering on the Labor Day weekend tradition, the American Modified Series will all be a part of the event.  The 2020 edition of the Twin 10’s FALS Super Nationals featured 114 cars in two divisions and brought drivers from 16 different states to compete.  The holiday tradition has been known for some of the best racing all year.

night in america“One for the Road” is back!  This special race will be a part of the nationally renowned Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series hosting the nation’s best as they compete for a $15,000 top prize on Tuesday, September 14th.  This past September, “One for the Road” fielded an impressive 44 late models in a race that saw multiple lead changes among five drivers in a 50-lap feature affair. I Beam Sliding Doors will once again be the presenting title sponsor for this event, in which the DIRTcar Modifieds will be in action as well, paying $1,500 to win.

fals frenzyBack to the Fairbury Speedway schedule in 2021, the annual FALS Frenzy Late Model Special, which was moved to the permanent fall weekend last October, is set to cap off what could be the biggest season to date at the historic quarter-mile bullring.  The FALS Frenzy, which was originally scheduled as a one-day show back in November, will now expand to a two-day show scheduled for October 8th & 9th and will be presented by Edelman Electric, Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Solar Energy.  The two-day season ending spectacular will be highlighted by a $5,000 to win feature on Friday and $15,000 to win Late Model feature on Saturday.  Also on the card for the Frenzy will be DIRTcar Modifieds ($1,500 to win on Friday, $3,000 to win on Saturday) and DIRTcar Pro-Crate Late Models ($750 to win Friday, $1,000 to win on Saturday).   Last year’s season high car count of 127 cars in three divisions did not disappoint.  The two-day fall classic will be one weekend you won’t want to miss. 

Other specials on the 2021 calendar include the traditional Memorial Day Weekend Roundup featuring FALS Cup action in the Late Model and Modified divisions. Also included will be the Pro-Crate Late Models BIG 10 Series paying $1,000 to win and the Earl J. Hubert Memorial Stock Car special paying $2,000 to win on Saturday, May 29th.  The annual Pappy & Bob Allen Memorial night of racing on Saturday, June 12th will host the KidModz, as well as the $1,000 to win Eden-Piercy Memorial, sponsored by CR Towing & Recovery, for the Sportsman division on Saturday, July 17th.

A number of weekly promotions throughout the season will be highlighted by the Saturday, June 3rd Fan Appreciation Night.   In addition, celebrating our Independence Day weekend FALS Cup races on Saturday, July 3rd, we are excited to announce fireworks will again be coming back to FALS.  (A pretty neat tradition which was started last year truly brought everyone together during uncertain times.)  Later in the season, on Saturday, Aug. 28th, FALS will have the annual Driver Appreciation Night. All drivers will get a FREE pit pass as a “thank you” for a great season at the track.  This will also be the final night of the FALS Cup Championship for 2021. 

Back in 2021, the Alkota “Keep it Clean” Series, presented by Rural Route Repair and M&M Pumps, will again give away a heated pressure washer valued at over $5,000.  This unique series, which is in its 9th year at the Fairbury Speedway, is structured to include all four DIRTcar weekly classes.  Each driver will contend in a point battle throughout the season on non-special events marked on the schedule. Drivers accumulate points for passing cars in the feature as well as their feature finishing position. The Alkota “Keep it Clean” Series is scheduled for 13 nights throughout the summer.

Reserved seating and camping renewals will be going out by email in March to all ticket holders that purchased reservations in 2020.  There will be a three week time period to renew any or all of your reservations.   Any advanced reserved tickets or camping purchased for the five major events last year, with the exception of the Prairie Dirt Classic, will have the option to be renewed.  All remaining advanced reserved seating and reserved camping available will open up to the general public before each major race approximately one month before the event.   Any questions on reserved seating and camping can be emailed to falstickets@gmail.com.

All PDC tickets and camping purchased in 2020 were rolled over for the 2021 race weekend that didn’t request a refund.  All reserved PDC camping is sold out for 2021, and there will be limited reserved seating available for purchase later this spring.  However, there will be general admission tickets and pit passes available at the gate for the event.  All covered grandstand seating will be general admission for the PDC in 2021.  A full press release with all the Prairie Dirt Classic information will be posted later this spring. 

An added bonus to what will be an incredible race season, FloRacing and DIRTVision will be broadcasting eight shows throughout the year on their respective streaming service.  More details coming in the near future on what events will have this option.

Check out our social media channels, including our website at www.fairburyspeedway.com, for all the up-to-the-minute information about our 2021 season.

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