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Wise Wheels Cushion to Second POWRi Win at Fairbury

Zeb Wise

Zeb Wise

Zeb Wise

Zeb Wise

Allen Weisser

Allen Weisser

Aaron Heck

Aaron Heck

Weisser Collects Seventh Modified Victory; Heck Triumphs in Pro Late Models

Results | Story and Pictures by POWRi & Rocky Ragusa

wise powri by powriAdding his second-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League victory on Thursday night, Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. wheeled the Clauson-Marshall Racing, Driven 2 Save Lives, Spike/SR-11 No. 39BC to the win on Thursday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

Starting from the outside pole, Wise took the green flag alongside PAC Racing Springs High Point Man, Thomas Meseraull. Sliding across turns one and two in front of Wise, Meseraull made an immediate bid for control of the lead, but Wise was too quick with the crossover as he snuck down and drove back by the No. 7X to lead the opening circuit.

Heading straight for the cushion, Wise rocketed away in the early stages as his Clauson-Marshall teammate, Tyler Courtney, made his way into the second spot with a pass on Meseraull. While Courtney set his sights on Wise out front, Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. was the hard charger storming through the field aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1, Bullet/Toyota No. 67.

Catching Wise with six laps left, Courtney was within striking distance and set himself up to attack his teammate for command of the top spot. Tossing a slider as they came to the five to go signal, Courtney cleared Wise, but was quickly relegated back to second as the caution flew for Thomas Meseraull.

Restarting with six to go, Wise led the field back to green fully aware of Courtney’s presence behind him. Another caution on the 27th circuit for Maria Cofer lined the field up for one final restart as Wise led Courtney and a rocket-fast Seavey.

Expecting a challenge for the lead, Wise received nothing in the final three laps as Courtney’s hands were too full with an exchange of sliders from Seavey. While those two fought head-to-head, Wise snuck away and drove the No. 39BC to victory, marking his second-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League win.

Logan Seavey chased Wise to the line, capping an impressive 14th-to-second charge aboard his No. 67. Tyler Courtney rounded out the podium in third with Tanner Thorson and Zach Daum closing out the top five. Finishing inside the top ten was Robert Dalby in sixth, Tucker Klaasmeyer in seventh, Jesse Colwell in eighth, Tanner Carrick in ninth and Cannon McIntosh.

weisser mdThe 25-lap DIRTcar Modified race attracted 23 entries for their $1,500 to win contest. Track points leader Allen Weisser earned fast time honors with a lap of 13.951 seconds. Weisser, Danny Schwartz, and Jeffrey Ledford took the wins in their respective heat races, while Jay Ledford advanced to the feature by winning the semi. Polesitter Weisser used the bottom of the track to his advantage by leading on the start. On the trail to unseat Weisser, Mike Harrison, Schwartz, and Jeffrey Ledford gave all that Weisser could handle in looking to make their way to the front. On a lap 14 caution, Harrison had a left front tire go flat ending his night. Schwartz and Ledford put up a fight for the lead, before Weisser was able to pull away in the closing laps to take his seventh Fairbury win of the year. Schwartz, Ledford, Steven Brooks, Jim Farris, Kyle Hammer, Austin Lynn, Michael Ledford, Nick Clubb, and Dan Rork rounded out the top ten.

heck plmA field of 24 DIRTcar Pro Late Models signed in for their $500 to win, 20-lap special. Jose Parga claimed quick time at a lap of 13.701 seconds. Parga, Dakota Ewing, and Torin Mettille were the heat race winners, while Tony Thoennes won the semi winner. Tied for the lead in the DIRTcar national points, Aaron Heck and Ewing challenged each other till the last lap of the feature race. In his first-ever appearance to Fairbury, Heck was able to hold off Ewing and take a hard fought win. The remainder of the top ten were Parga, Mettille, Bobby Richey, Chris Dick, Blaze Burwell, Roben Huffman, Michael Marden, and Sam Halstead.


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