Babb Captures FALS Frenzy Victory; Harrison Rolls to Modified Win

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by Rocky Ragusa

With big money on the line, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway drew 72 cars for the fourth annual FALS Frenzy on Saturday night. Shannon Babb (Late Model), Mike Harrison (Modified), and Brandon Pralle (Sportsman) took the feature wins in their respective classes.

aug11-lmThe MARS and ALMS Late Model Series co-sanctioned the $10,000 to win main event. Shannon Babb (12.878) and Tanner English (12.927) led in group qualifying. Babb, English, Frank Heckenast Jr., and Ryan Unzicker were heat race winners, while Bob Gardner and Scott Schmitt won semi-features. In the 50-lap grind, renewing their Summer Nationals battle, Babb took control of the race on lap 26 and held off Brian Shirley for the win. English led the field to the green with Babb, Shirley, Heckenast, and Michael Kloos trailing. Shirley got by Babb for second on the eighth lap and ran side by side with English before taking the top position on lap 16. Shirley, running the bottom, led a tight formation with English, Babb, Kloos, and Heckenast in pursuit. On the restart after the yellow flag waved on the 23rd lap, Babb started on the outside of the double file restart. To his advantage, Babb pulled alongside of Shirley and moved into the lead on the 26th lap. Babb was able to drive a smooth line over the course of the race, as Shirley had to contend with Brandon Sheppard. Sheppard was able to pull alongside of Shirley, but Shirley’s speed down the stretch proved to be too much for Sheppard to overcome. Babb led a tight field to the checkered flag and took his second Fairbury win of the year. “The track was in excellent shape tonight,” Babb said. “I knew Shirley has been good here. On that restart on lap 23, my car came to life. I had been on the bottom, but starting on the outside played into my favor.” Shirley settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Sheppard, Heckenast Jr., English, Allen Weisser, Gordy Gundaker, Tim Manville, Kloos, and Kevin Weaver.

aug11-mdSteven Brooks paced Modified time trials with a lap of 14.151 over 24 other drivers seeking the $2,000 payday. Mike Harrison, Allen Weisser, and 2018 Modified track champion McKay Wenger took heat race wins. In the 30-lap main, Harrison took the lead on the green flag with Weisser, Wenger, Jeffrey Ledford, and Mike McKinney following. Wenger, running the bottom of the track, overtook Weisser for second on lap four. Ledford pressured Wenger and Weisser, running the top side, and finally made his move for second at the halfway mark. Slower traffic came into play during the middle stages of the race. As Harrison was overtaking slower cars, Ledford was able to close in. Harrison threaded his way by the lapped cars, but Ledford was slowed by the cars in their own battle. McKinney, after a poor qualifying performance and heat race, began to make his presence known. He got by Ledford for second with ten laps left but trailed Harrison by a straightaway. McKinney, who ranks second to Harrison in the race for the national championship, drove his heart out and closed up on Harrison. A caution flag waved with four laps to go giving McKinney the opportunity he needed. Harrison and McKinney, both running the top, looked to have a classic finish. The Fairbury cushion can sometimes be unforgiving to a driver. Harrison and McKinney both saw their momentum slowed as the topside would slow their progress. On the final lap, McKinney tried a slide job but Harrison was able fend him off and take his fourth FALS win of the year in five starts. Harrison, who travels three hours from Highland for the bigger paying specials, has an incredible 14 career feature wins (ranking ninth all-time) at Fairbury. “Last night at Granite City we crashed out," Harrison commented in victory lane. "My team busted their tails all night and day to get the car ready. It takes all of us to make this happen. Fairbury is one of my favorite tracks. Anytime I get the chance, I will be here.” McKinney, Ledford, Wenger, Mike Chasteen Jr., Donovan Lodge, Weisser, Brooks, Dan Rork, and Logan Rogers rounded out the top ten.

aug11-spA field of 12 CR Towing and Recovery Sportsman drivers looked to take the $400 first place money in their 15-lap race. Amber Crouch was the night’s fast qualifier at a 15.020. Points leader Steve Mattingly won the first heat race, while Brandon Pralle took the second heat. In the feature race, Pralle took the lead at the start and went flag-to-flag, picking up his third win of the season and halting Mattingly’s three race win streak. Richard Craven rallied late in the race to take second, followed by Crouch, Mattingly, Mikey Ledford, Matt Ramer, Valerie Hurt, Eric Saltzman, Tyler Roth, and Robert Saltzman. “We took the car apart after the last race and started completely over,” said Pralle. “Hopefully we have some things figured out.” With his win, Pralle trails Mattingly by 51 points with one night of points racing remaining.

Mattingly Picks Up Eden-Piercy Memorial Win

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by Rocky Ragusa

The CR Towing and Recovery Sportsman class took center stage with the running of the Eden-Piercy Memorial Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Chenoa’s Steve Mattingly took the exciting race, with Gibson City’s Kevin Weaver (Late Model), Pontiac’s Jeffrey Ledford (Modified), Crown Point, Indiana's Kyle Anderson (Street Stock), and Bloomington’s Thad Gee (Hobby-Modified) taking feature wins.

aug4-sp19 drivers vied for the $1100 to win Eden-Piercy race for the Sportsman drivers. Amber Crouch turned a 15.048 to lead the way in qualifying. Crouch, Steve Mattingly, and Dennis Vandermeersch took wins in their respective heat races, while Brandon Pralle was the trophy dash winner. Crouch led the field to the green and stuck her car to the bottom groove, while Mattingly ran the top, followed closely by Pralle, Vandermeersch, and Richard Craven. Crouch, Mattingly, and Pralle went three wide for the lead into turn one, with Mattingly moving to the point on lap seven. Crouch stuck with Mattingly and Craven followed. A caution fell on the 13th circuit and ended Crouch’s night along with contender Mikey Ledford. The races' restart had Mattingly, Craven, and Pralle pull away from the remaining cars. Richard Craven, running the bottom, got by Mattingly on the 18th lap and looked to add another Eden-Piercy trophy to his collection. After a caution with six laps to go, it was a drag race on the restart. Craven led before Mattingly moved back into the lead with four laps to go. Mattingly opened his lead and continued his magical season winning the biggest race of the year for the Sportsman class. Richard Craven, Pralle, 12th starter Anthony Craven, Bryant Frechette, Valerie Hurt, Tim Bedinger, Ken Kelley, Eric Saltzman, and Scott Williams took the top ten positions. “I think the tire might have come in on that last restart,” said Mattingly. “I had to do something. I just put the car back on the top side and it all worked out.”

Moran Cashes in on $3O,OOO Payday as he picks up his first PDC Victory; Harrison Scores Modified Nationals Win and Championship

Late Model Results | Modified Results

by Rocky Ragusa

During his lustrous racing career, Donnie Moran established himself as one of the premier Late Model drivers in the country. A winner of four World 100s, Dirt Track World Championships, the Eldora Million, and a former STARS champion, Moran of Dresden, Ohio, was inducted into the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2002. Saturday night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, his son Devin added to the family legacy by pocketing $32,700 for winning the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic, presented by the Bank of Pontiac.

jul28-lmA standing-room-only crowd saw 29 of the finest Dirt Late Model pilots in the country line up for their chance to hoist the PDC trophy and be declared the winner of the richest paying Dirt Late Model race in Illinois. Chris Simpson led at the start before Brandon Sheppard took over on lap 20. Chris Madden and Moran followed and pulled away from the field. Moran overtook Madden for second and soon took the lead from Sheppard for the lead on lap 42. Madden got by Sheppard for second and challenged Moran for the lead, but the bottom-riding Moran was able to withstand the pressure. Sheppard slipped past Madden for second and caught Moran, as he battled through lapped traffic. Sheppard was able to lead the 72nd lap, but Moran regained the position on the following circuit. Sheppard moved into the lead on lap 78, but Moran came back again one lap later to take command. Moran, with a fast hot rod and lapped cars, was able to distance himself from Sheppard and cash the big check.“This race track and town are incredible,” a joyful Moran said. “This is our second time we have raced here and we won it. It will be hard to defend the win, but we will be back.” Outlaws points leader Mike Marlar overtook Sheppard for second in the closing laps, with Madden and Billy Drake running next. Shannon Babb led the second five home with Brian Shirley, Ryan Unzicker, Dennis Erb Jr., and Shane Clanton following.

jul28-mdThe Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals championship was also decided as Highland’s Mike Harrison won Saturday’s $5,000 to win feature and another $5,000 for picking up his sixth title. Allen Weisser and Danny Schwartz brought the 27-car field to the green flag for the 40-lap race. Schwartz went into the lead as Jacob Hawkins followed. Hawkins repeatedly challenged Schwartz for the lead before taking over on lap 15. A caution fell on lap 25 and Hawkins’ night came to an end as he went to the pit area. Schwartz moved back into the lead with Harrison in second. Harrison moved by Schwartz for the lead as Mike McKinney’s bid for the title ended when he spun out. Harrison went unchallenged the remainder of the race, taking the win and locking up the championship. Kyle Strickler passed Schwartz on the last lap for second, with Weisser and Derek Losh in the top five. Kenny Wallace, Chris Arnold, Tait Davenport, Lucas Lee, and McKay Wenger rounded out the top 10.

Racing action started on Friday evening as 61 Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model competitors representing 21 states took time trials. Bobby Pierce led the first group of qualifiers with a lap of 13.188 seconds, while Moran paced group two with a time of 13.427. Each driver was awarded $200 for their efforts. Four 25-lap, $2,500-to-win Showdown races were held with the top four finishers advancing to Saturday’s main event. Simpson, Sheppard, Moran and Babb won their respective races. A 25-lap, $2,000-to-win non-qualifiers race was held Saturday. The winner had the option of taking the money and loading up their car or forfeiting the check to start at the rear of the field. Pierce started 16th in the 19-car field. After a caution on the 23rd lap, Pierce shot by race leader Jason Feger to claim the win. Pierce elected to give up the money and start in the feature race. Three semi-features saw Gordy Gundaker, Billy Moyer, and Tyler Erb winning their respective races and moving on to the big show.

The Summit Modified Nationals saw Harrison and McKinney enter the weekend with McKinney holding a four-point lead for the championship. Davenport clocked a time of 13.885 seconds to lead the first group of qualifiers, while Schwartz led group two with a lap of 14.105. Four 20-lap, $500-to-win Showdown races also took place on Friday. Davenport, Arnold, Harrison, and Hawkins were the victors of their respective races. Harrison’s win tied him with McKinney for the points lead as McKinney finished fifth in his race and would have to run a semi on Saturday. Saturday gave the remainder of the drivers not locked into the main race another chance to earn their way in. Jeff Leka, Steven Brooks, and McKinney were the winners of their respective semi-features.

Moran scores biggest win of career with Prairie Dirt Classic victory

by WoO

pdc-logoThe World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series headlined one of the most prestigious races in the country; the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac. The fast quarter-mile of Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL), located northeast of Bloomington in Fairbury, IL on Friday-Saturday, July 27-28th served as hosts as the 100-lap main paying $30,000 to win would see a rising star emerge victorious with his first major victory of his career. The 2017 Outlaws Rookie of the Year, 23-year-old Devin Moran passed defending series champion and defending race winner, Brandon Sheppard for the final time with 21 laps to go to secure the big payday.

“Once we moved up to the top, I really found something there and the car was just so phenomenal. It’s incredible what we can do with such a little team that we have. Everyone on this team have come together and to be able to do what we’re doing is so unbelievable.” The 23-year-old rising star stated standing next to his #9 Tommy Pope Construction / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Clements Racing Engines entry. “It’s by far the biggest one, this tops them all. It’s just incredible what we’ve done, and I can’t thank God enough for blessing us with the capabilities to come out here and race let alone win.” The Dresden, OH driver, who garnered a total of $33,200 for his efforts, added.

Chris Simpson and Sheppard would bring the star-studded 29-car field to the green flag to begin the century grind. Simpson would race out to the lead early while the rest of the field settled in behind him. After following Simpson around the fast quarter-mile, Sheppard made his move to take over the top spot and he brought Chris Madden, who started fifth and Moran, who started third, with him. The trio would then pull away from the rest of the pack with Moran getting by Madden for second. On lap 42, Moran took the lead for the first time and led the field to the halfway point.

Madden would slip past Sheppard for second and began to challenge Moran for the race lead. Sheppard would regain the runner-up spot and quickly caught Moran who was mired in traffic. On what would be the final restart after a caution, coming on lap 69, Sheppard immediately began pressuring the race leader. On lap 72, Sheppard would steal the lead away only to lose it a lap later.

Sheppard tried one more time on lap 78 and again was scored as the leader only to again lose it right back the very next lap to Moran for what turned out to be the final time. Moran would put plenty of real estate and lapped traffic between himself and Sheppard to seal the victory, the biggest of his career.

“Man, I got nervous there on that last restart. Every time we restarted, that top just kept getting faster and faster. I could tell why once we moved up there and it was way better for us. (Crew Chief and brother) Wylie (Moran) just kept pulling the sticks apart so I just kept running up high and it worked out for us.” explained the Buckeye State driver. “This is so cool. We just kept fine tuning little things all weekend long and it was just really good. When we can do that, I’m happy.” Moran ended.

Current points leader, Mike Marlar, who started 14th, passed Sheppard with two laps to go to claim the runner-up position. “We had a really good race car and it was a really good race track tonight. It was so congested early, but once it cleared out, I was able to get to the front." Stated the 40-year-old driver who was able to gain some points to add to his lead in the standings in his #157 Delk Equipment Sales / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Cornett Racing Engines machine. “Also, congratulations to Devin (Moran) and his team. He’s been doing an awesome job and I’m real proud of him. If we would’ve had a caution there we might’ve had a shot. But, we had to really work to get by Brandon (Sheppard) for second, so we’ll take it and we know we did the best we can.” Added the Winfield, TN pilot.

Rounding out the podium was Sheppard who led on four different occasions for 25 total laps before finishing in third in his #1 Seubert Calf Ranches / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Durham Racing Engines entry. “We were really good the whole race, but Devin (Moran) was just a little bit better tonight. I got a little bit free when we got to the lapped traffic and that’s where we needed to be a bit better.” Explained the 25-year-old from New Berlin, IL. “It’s typical Fairbury though. There’s three grooves of racing and when you get to them. They’re all over the place and they’re fighting for position too. We’re thankful to be in the top three though.” Sheppard remarked.

Madden would finish in the fourth position ahead of Billy Drake who completed the top five with an Outlaws career high finish of a fifth. Three-time PDC winner, Shannon Babb was sixth as 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion, Brian Shirley was seventh. 2017 FALS Super Late Model Track Champion, Ryan Unzicker was eighth as another former PDC winner, Dennis Erb Jr., from 20th and 2015 Series Champion, Shane Clanton, from 23rd, rounded out the top 10. Four-time Track Champion and current points leader, Kevin Weaver earned the KSE Hard-Charger award with his 25th to 11th place run.

Earlier in the weekend on Friday, July 27th, Bobby Pierce won his first PFC Brakes Fast Qualifier award of the season and second of his career with a 13.188. Simpson, Sheppard, Moran and Babb won the Showdown Qualifier Features. On Saturday, July 28th, Gordy Gundaker, three-time series champion, Billy Moyer and Tyler Erb won the Last Chance Showdowns. Pierce would pick up the victory in the Prairie Dirt Shootout and would then forgo the $2,000 payday that came with it for the 27th starting spot in the Prairie Dirt Classic.

Harrison Rewrites Summit Modified Nationals History with Sixth Championship

by DIRTcar

modified-nationals-logoThe 2018 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals concluded on Saturday, July 28th as part of the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac. The fast quarter-mile of Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL), located northeast of Bloomington in Fairbury, IL, was the site of a dramatic, history-making weekend for the UMP Modifieds. Coming into the weekend, Mike McKinney led five-time defending Tour Champion Mike Harrison by just four points in the chase for the Championship.

After Friday night’s action, McKinney and Harrison were tied for the points lead after Harrison won his seventh Summit Modified Nationals Feature of the season and 43rd of his career, while McKinney finished fifth in the same race. Harrison, the all-time career wins leader in the eight-year history of the Summit Modified Nationals, had to win the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win Feature to lock up his sixth title overall and second in a row.

“I usually don’t get nervous with these races, but tonight, for some reason, this one had me on my toes a little bit. I was really worried about this one,” offered the 40-year-old driver of the #24 Rinderer Farms / Impressive Race Cars / Bill Faust Racing Engines entry while being congratulated from fans, friends and fellow competitors.

“Hats off to Mike (McKinney). He had a helluva year. But to come here on the last night, having to win the big show to win the points, this one is definitely at the top of the list. I’ll remember this one for a long time,” he added.

The 200th all-time Summit Modified Nationals Feature in the Tour’s eight-year history would see Allen Weisser and Danny Schwartz bring the stellar 27-car field to the green flag. Schwartz beat the field to the first corner to take the early race lead, while the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him. Jacob Hawkins, who started in fourth, quickly worked his way up to second and began his charge, directed at Schwartz. On lap 15, Hawkins drove by to take the point and lead the way.

Hawkins maintained the lead until lap 25, when the caution flag came out and the race leader went pit side with apparent damage. This handed the lead back to Schwartz, who now had Harrison on his back bumper. Lap 28 proved to be the most pivotal moment of the 2018 Summit Modified Nationals. Harrison took over the lead from Schwartz, and as that was happening, McKinney, who had climbed up into the top 10 from his 19th starting spot, spun in turn three. Harrison would not be challenged the rest of the way and went on to take the checkered flag first.

Kyle Strickler, who started 14th, passed Schwartz on the white flag lap to bring home the runner-up spot, while Schwartz settled for the final podium position in third. Weisser was fourth, and Derek Losh finished off the top five. 2012 Summit Modified Nationals Champion Kenny Wallace finished in sixth after starting 16th, while Chris Arnold, Tait Davenport, Lucas Lee and current FALS DIRTcar Modified points leader McKay Wenger completed the top 10.

The weekend of racing started on Friday as Davenport out-qualified the 61-car field with a 13.885-second lap. He also won a Qualifier Feature, as did Arnold, Harrison and Hawkins. On Saturday in the three Last Chance Showdowns, 2008 DIRTcar Modified National Champion Jeff Leka scored the win to transfer into the PDC, as did Steven Brooks and McKinney.

Simpson, Sheppard, Moran, Babb Capture Showdown Wins on Opening Night of PDC; Davenport, Arnold, Harrison, Hawkins Take Modified Nationals Victories

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by WoO

pdc-logoThe World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series traveled to Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) for the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic (PDC) presented by Bank of Pontiac. Racing action kicked off on Friday, July 27 with four 25-lap World of Outlaws Showdown Qualifier Features paying $2,500 to win and $200 to start apiece, setting part of the field for Saturday’s 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event of the weekend.

The 61 teams on the property, the highest car count of the season, were split into four Showdown Qualifier Features based on qualifying times, with the top four finishers in each race transferring to the 100-lap headliner on Saturday, July 28, while the top two from each go to the redraw on Saturday for their starting positions in the first four rows of the PDC. Chris Simpson, defending Series Champion Brandon Sheppard, reigning Rookie of the Year Devin Moran, and three-time PDC winner Shannon Babb all collected $2,500 apiece for winning their respective Showdowns.

jul27-lm1In the Dyers Top Roads Showdown Qualifier Feature #1, PFC Brakes Fast Qualifier (13.188) Bobby Pierce and Chris Simpson brought the field down to the green flag. The 34-year-old Simpson jumped out to the early race lead and the Oxford, IA driver paced the field the rest of the way in his #32 Cheap Cars / Longhorn Chassis / Durham Racing Engines machine to score the win. Kyle Bronson finished second to make it into the Redraw, while former PDC winner (2004) Don O’Neal, who started 11th, and Paul Parker, who started 14th, completed the transfer cars. Another former PDC winner (2003) was on the outside looking in as he finished fifth, the first spot out of a transfer position.

jul27-lm2The Pontiac RV Showdown Qualifier Feature #2 was next as current points leader Mike Marlar and second in points Chris Madden started on the front row. Marlar led the way for the first 15 laps until defending Series Champion and defending PDC winner Brandon Sheppard slid past. From there, it was all Sheppard as the 25-year-old driver of the Seubert Calf Ranches / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Durham Racing Engines ride from New Berlin, IL drove away to the victory. Madden finished second to get into the Redraw, while Billy Drake, who started ninth, and Marlar completed the transfer positions. Jimmy Owens completed the top five.

jul27-lm32017 Rookie of the Year Devin Moran and Scott Schmitt, who is third in weekly DIRTcar Super Late Model points at FALS led the field to the green flag for the FK Rod Ends Showdown Qualifier Feature #3. The 23-year-old Moran shot out into the lead from the drop of the green and the Dresden, OH pilot in his #9 Tommy Pope Construction / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Clements Racing Engines machine never looked back en route to the checkered flag. Defending FALS Track Champion, Ryan Unzicker finished in second to earn himself a spot in the Redraw while 2011 Series Champion, Rick Eckert and Michael Kloos, who was involved in a first lap incident and clawed his way back towards the front, completed the transfer cars. Tyler Erb completed the top five finishers.

jul27-lm4The final race of the night would be the Summit Racing Equipment Showdown Qualifier Feature #4, 2015 PDC winner Jonathan Davenport and three-time PDC winner Shannon Babb would start on the front row. Babb would jump out into the early lead with 2018 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion Brian Shirley following him around Davenport for second. Soon the trip was joined by 2017 MARS Super Late Model Series Champion Tanner English, and the quartet put on a battle for the ages with position constantly swapping back and forth. With nine laps to go, Shirley slipped past Babb for the lead, but coming down for the checkered, Babb inched back out ahead to score the popular triumph. Shirley settled for second but made it into the Redraw. English was third as Davenport was the last car to transfer into the show. Gordy Gundaker finished off the top five.

The 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic continues Saturday, July 28 with three Last Chance Showdowns that will take the top two out of each and lock them into the 100-lap main event. There will also be spots reserved for two World of Outlaws and two FALS Provisionals that will round out the 26-car starting field for the PDC. One more starter could come from the 9th annual Prairie Dirt Shootout presented by Summit Racing Equipment for non-qualifiers. The winner will have the option of taking the $2,000 prize money or the 27th starting spot in the 100-lap Sears Craftsman Feature, paying $30,000 to win.

Davenport, Arnold, Harrison, Hawkins Win on Quadruple Features Night

by DIRTcar

modified-nationals-logoThe Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals have had some time off since their last race back on July 14 at Oakshade Raceway (OH). With a well-deserved 13-day break complete after competing in 23 events during the months of June and July, the cars and stars of the DIRTcar Modified world were back in action as part of the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS). Friday, July 27 was “Quadruple Feature Night” as four Features set the field for Saturday’s headliner paying $5,000 to win. Tait Davenport, Chris Arnold, Mike Harrison and Jacob Hawkins walked away with the victories.

A whopping 61 teams on the property were split into four Qualifier Features based on qualifying times with the top four finishers in each race transferring to the 40-lap main event on Saturday, July 28 and the top two going to the redraw on Saturday for their starting positions in first four rows of the main event. The four Features were also the 16-19th races in Summit Modifieds history at Fairbury, the most all-time in the eight-year history of the tour with the milestone 20th event scheduled for the following night.

jul27-md1In the Summit Racing Equipment Qualifier Feature #1, Tait Davenport and Steve Stevenson led the field to the green flag, with Davenport showing the way early in the race. The Benton, KY driver made no mistake the entire event and scored his second straight Friday PDC Quad Feature win in two years. Derek Losh finished second to earn a spot in the Redraw, while Lucas Lee and David Shain completed the transfer positions. Former two-time Track Champion Jeff Ledford completed the top five.

jul27-md2Allen Weisser and Chris Arnold started on the front row of the Wehr’s Machine & Racing Qualifier Feature #2, with Arnold edging by Weisser heading into the first corner to take the early lead. Arnold, who made the trip from Matoaca, VA, started his weekend off right by leading all 20 laps to win his first career Summit Modified Nationals Feature. Weisser finished second to grab the second Redraw spot, while current FALS points leader, McKay Wenger, and 2017 Gateway Dirt Nationals winner, Ray Bollinger, also transferred into the main event. Steven Brooks finished on the outside looking into a transfer spot and rounding out the top five.

jul27-md3Danny Schwartz and five-time and defending Series Champion Mike Harrison led the field to the start of the Allgaier Racing Shocks Qualifier Feature #3. Harrison, the six-time and defending DIRTcar Modified National Champion, grabbed the point from the get-go, and the Highland, IL standout collected his 43rd career Summit Modified Nationals Feature win and seventh of the 2018 racing season. Schwartz was second and got the second Redraw position, while Mark Lamont and Kyle Strickler were the remaining transfer cars. Current Summit Modified Nationals points leader Mike McKinney finished fifth and will have to come through one of the Last Chance Races on Saturday.

jul27-md4The final race of the night for the DIRTcar Modifieds was the Deke Trucking Qualifier Feature #4 with Jacob Hawkins and Matt Cooper in the front row. Hawkins shot out to the lead as soon as the green flag came out, and the Fairmont, WV driver, who won the DIRTcar Modifieds portion of the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway (OH) just nine days ago, led all 20 laps to score his first career Summit Modified Nationals Feature victory. Logan Moody was second and earned the final Redraw position. Dan Rork and 2012 Series Champion Kenny Wallace were the final transfer cars. Wallace and fifth place finisher Brent Weaver collided coming out of turn four for the checkered flag with Wallace coming out on top and Weaver settling for fifth.

Coming into the weekend, McKinney led Harrison by just four points in the chase for the 2018 Summit Modified Nationals Championship. After Friday night’s action, McKinney and Harrison are tied for the points lead, and Harrison, the all-time career wins leader in the eight-year history of the Summit Modified Nationals, must win on Saturday to clinch a sixth title. If he does not win the Feature, McKinney will clinch his first career Summit Modified Nationals title.

Saturday, July 28 will conclude the 2018 racing season for the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, beginning with the Redraw for the top two finishers from the Qualifier Features the previous night. Three Last Chance Showdowns will then take the top two out of each and lock them into the Feature. Four Summit Modified Nationals Provisionals will complete the 26-car field. Then the 20th-ever Summit Modified Nationals Feature at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win main event, will crown the 2018 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Champion after 28 events in 2018.

Klaasmeyer Takes Last-Lap POWRi Thriller; Goldesberry Tops Strong Field of IRA/MOWA Sprints

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Mike Spatola charges from 13th starting position to score fourth win of season in Late Models; Jeffrey Ledford captures first win in Modifieds

by Rocky Ragusa

The Fairbury American Legion Speedway welcomed the traveling stars of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the co-sanctioned IRA/MOWA 410 Winged Sprint Cars on Saturday night. Joining the program were the weekly Late Model and Modified classes. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Midget), Jordan Goldesberry (Sprint Car), Mike Spatola (Late Model), and Jeffrey Ledford (Modified) drove to victory lane to get their picture taken at the end of their respective races.

jul7-mdg20 of the best Midget drivers in the country looked to take the $2,000 prize in their 30 lap race. Logan Seavey, Tanner Carrick, and Joe B. Miller won in heat race action. Tucker Klaasmeyer was leading Seavey with four laps to go when the red flag was displayed as points leader Ryan Robinson and Holly Shelton made contact on the backstretch with both machines getting upside down. On the restart, Seavey, on the bottom, and Klaasmeyer, on the top, looked to take the big check. As the two drivers came to the line on the last lap, both drivers collided with Klaasmeyer spinning his way to his fourth win of the year and Seavey upside down. “That was a little sketchy,” Kaasmeyer said. “It was a fun race. I didn’t know if the top was ever going to come in.” Seavey settled for second, with Jake Neuman, Miller, Carrick, Zach Daum, Karter Sarff, Sam Johnson, Kyle Schuett, and Austin Brown completing the top ten.

jul7-sprThe IRA/MOWA Sprint Cars attracted 40 drivers for their 30 lap race. Ohio invader Travis Philo took quick time honors at an 11.258. Four heat races were held with Joe B. Miller, Justin Peck, Jordan Goldesberry, and Kody Kinser winning and moving on to the feature. Scott Neitzel was the winner of the B-Main race. Goldesberry took the lead at the start as Scotty Thiel and Jake Blackhurst raced for second. Thiel was able to take over second and tracked down Goldesberry. Both drivers swapped the front position before Thiel was able to move into the lead. As Thiel soon encountered slower cars, Goldesberry and Blackhurst were able to reel in the race leader. As Thiel was lapping a slower car, both made contact and the yellow flag was waved. Goldesberry took over the lead on the restart and checked out on the field with 16 laps remaining and went on to take his first feature win of the season. Blackhurst, Bill Balog, Miller, Brandon Wimmer, Philo, Thiel, Joey Moughan, Steve Meyer, and Clinton Boyles rounded out the top ten.

jul7-lmMike Spatola topped 17 other Late Models in qualifying for their 30 lap feature with a time of 12.858. Scott Schmitt and Jay Sparks took heat race wins. Spatola was involved in an accident in his heat race, and with the help of the Jeff Curl team he was able to made repairs and start 13th in the main event. Schmitt got the jump on Sparks for the lead at the start of the race. Sparks' night came to an end on the fourth lap as he hit the wall at the pit exit drawing a caution flag. Schmitt led on the restart and built a 10-car-length lead running the top side of the track. Taylor Scheffler, Kevin Weaver, Mike Provenzano, and the hard charging Spatola engaged in a heated battle for the second position. Spatola was looking to redeem himself as he ran the top side and was in third as the caution fell on the 15th lap. On the restart, Spatola overtook Scheffler and went into turn one on the bottom with Schmitt on the top. Spatola tried a slide job for the lead, but the rear end of Spatola’s car broke loose and Schmitt got into the back of Spatola ending Schmitt’s race. Spatola, Weaver, and Scheffler went three wide on the restart with Spatola emerging as the race leader. Weaver challenged Spatola for the lead, but Spatola wasted little time in separating himself from the competition. Spatola earned a hard fought fourth win of the year and closed the margin in track points as he trails Weaver by 22 marks. Scheffler got by Weaver for second in the closing laps, with Curl, Steve Thorsten, Provenzano, David Jaeger, Justin Reed, Dan Flessner, and Bill Hough taking the top ten spots. “I misjudged that slide job,“ commented Spatola. “I had a lot of speed going down the frontstretch. I thought he would see me and haul it off in there and cross me. He was running some good laps on the top. I guess I was a lot closer than I thought or he couldn’t get it crossed down.”

jul7-mdTyler Weiss turned in fast time honors at a 13.993 to head the 21 Modified drivers for their 20 lap race. McKay Wenger was joined by the father and son team of Jay and Jeffrey Ledford as heat race winners. Jeffrey Ledford took the lead at the start of the race and running on the bottom quickly built his lead. Although four cautions fell on the first six laps, the “Phenom” was unstoppable, while Jay Ledford and points leader Wenger diced for second. After the halfway mark of the race, Ledford opened a 10-car-length lead. In a valiant effort, Wenger put his car on the top side of the track in hopes of catching Ledford. The bottom groove proved to be the fast way around as Jeffrey Ledford was able to pick up his first win of the year. “It has been a long summer,” spoke an excited Ledford. “I can’t believe we finally got a win. We have had so much go wrong. It is nice to have a complete night.” Jay Ledford was able to get back by Wenger for second, with Donovan Lodge, Steven Brooks, Nick Lueth, Kyle Hammer, Alan Stipp, Jason Hastings, and Austin Lynn taking the first ten positions.

Klaasmeyer Takes FALS Last-Lap Thriller

by POWRi

Never short for close-quarter racing and action, Fairbury American Legion Speedway delivered with Tucker Klaasmeyer and Logan Seavey battling it out all the way to the line on the last lap in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature event. With a collision at the line resulting in Seavey flipping wildly into turn one and Klaasmeyer spun around, Klaasmeyer claimed his fourth victory of 2018 with the league.

By virtue of passing points, Klaasmeyer started on the pole for the 30-lap feature event, sharing the front row with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Tanner Carrick. At the drop of the green flag, Klaasmeyer jockeyed for the lead with Seavey and Joe B. Miller, only for Seavey to take the early lead.

As Seavey rolled the bottom, Klaasmeyer stayed committed to the thin cushion on the high side of the semi-banked quarter mile, cleaning off the crumbs in the top groove with only a handful of drivers sharing in the cause. With a third of the race completed, Klaasmeyer caught Seavey and narrowly took over the lead as the laps wound down. With two laps remaining, Klaasmeyer’s Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates Ryan Robinson and Holly Shelton got together on the backstretch, resulting in both machines upside down and the red displayed.

Returning to racing, Seavey had one last shot at Klaasmeyer as the drivers remained committed to their respective lines; Seavey rolling the bottom as Klaasmeyer pounded the top. Coming out of four and to the checkered, the drivers collided at the line with Klaasmeyer narrowly edging Seavey. Klaasmeyer ended up spun from the contact with Seavey flipping into turn one. Jake Neuman took third with Joe B. Miller in fourth. Tanner Carrick rounded out the top five.

“That was a little sketchy,” commented Tucker Klaasmeyer. “But, that was a helluva a fun race. I didn’t know if the top was finally going to come in. But, hat’s off to my team and family; this is pretty awesome to get number four already. There’s more races this weekend, so hopefully we can keep it going. It’s been a pretty special year, hopefully we can keep it going and try to snag the points lead this week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“I hate it for my team,” said Logan Seavey. “We have a long week and a tore up car sucks. We were just racing hard for the lead and racing hard coming to the checkered. We’ll just keep working hard, come back, and go again tomorrow at Sun Prairie. That’s a really fun race track and Keith brings great racecars every night.”

“We were fast,” stated Jake Neuman. “The car was fast. We started eighth and I lost brakes about halfway through and fell back to probably ninth or tenth. I had nowhere to go but the top. Nobody else was up there so might as well pound the cushion. I’m ready for Sun Prairie tomorrow. We’ll see if we can finally bring a first home.”

Results

A Feature (30 laps)
1. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [1]; 2. 67-Logan Seavey, [4]; 3. 3N-Jake Neuman, [8]; 4. 51-Joe B. Miller, [3]; 5. 71K-Tanner Carrick, [2]; 6. 5D-Zach Daum [7]; 7. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [11]; 8. 72-Sam Johnson, [9]; 9. 9K-Kyle Schuett, [15]; 10. 7-Austin Brown, [14]; 11. 5T-Presley Truedson, [19]; 12. 10C-Dalton Camfield, [13]; 13. 51B-Adam Taylor, [12]; 14. 14JR-Holley Hollan, [17]; 15. 86C-Devin Camfield, [20]; 16. 3B-Shelby Bosie, [16]; 17. 20-Cody Weisensel, [18]; 18. 67K-Holly Shelton, [5]; 19. 71-Ryan Robinson, [6]; 20. 87C-David Camfield, [10]

Heat 1 (8 laps)
1. 67-Logan Seavey, [2]; 2. 71-Ryan Robinson, [3]; 3. 5D-Zach Daum, [5]; 4. 10C-Dalton Camfield, [1]; 5. 87C-David Camfield, [7]; 6. 3B-Shelby Bosie, [6]; 7. 5T-Presley Truedson, [4]

Heat 2 (8 laps)
1. 71K-Tanner Carrick, [4]; 2. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, [7]; 3. 72-Sam Johnson, [2]; 4. 51B-Adam Taylor, [3]; 5. 7-Austin Brown, [5]; 6. 14JR-Holley Hollan, [6]; 7. 86C-Devin Camfield, [1]

Heat 3 (8 laps)
1. 51-Joe B. Miller, [3]; 2. 3N-Jake Neuman, [2]; 3. 67K-Holly Shelton, [6]; 4. 21KS-Karter Sarff, [4]; 5. 9K-Kyle Schuett, [1]; 6. 20-Cody Weisensel, [5]

Goldesberry Victorious at FALS

by IRA

Jordan Goldesberry battled off challenges from Scotty Thiel and Jake Blackhurst to claim victory at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway in his home state of Illinois.

40 teams singled in for action with the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) and Midwest Open Wheel Association(MOWA) at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Qualifying saw Ohio driver Travis Philo set quicktime over IRA point leader Scotty Thiel. Bill Balog timed in 3rd ahead of Friday night’s feature winner Jake Blackhurst. 5th quick was Brandon Wimmer behind the wheel of the Hartnell Motorsports 7TW.

Heat race number 1 was claimed by Joe B Miller over Brandon Wimmer. Jeremy Schultz rebounded from his 25th place qualifying effort to finish 3rd ahead of Travis Philo and Jim Moughan. Heat number 2 saw Justin Peck and Scotty Thiel battle hard for the lead, Peck would eventually claim the win with Thiel settling for 2nd. Russel Borland would take 3rd place with Wayne Modjeski in 4th and Phillip Mock in 5th. The 3rd heat race was exciting as Joey Moughan took the early lead, but Jordan Goldesberry was hot on his heels. Goldesberry pulled alongside Moughan many times but could not seem to find a way past. As the pair took the white flag Goldesberry was finally able to complete the pass on Moughan with the help of a lapped car. Goldesberry took the win and at the line Balog also moved past Moughan for 2nd. Moughan crossed in 3rd followed by Steve Meyer and Trey Deitweiler. Heat race 4 was claimed by Kody Kinser over rookie of the year contender Brandon McMullen. Jake Blackhurst finished in the 3rd position ahead of Chris Urish. Kris Spitz would claim the 5th position and final transfer spot to the A main.

The B main started with Scotty Neitzel on the pole, he quickly took the lead over Clinton Boyles. Boyles challenged Neitzel but could never find a way past Neitzels Orange 2w. Neitzel would claim the B main win over Boyles and MOWA point leader Jacob Patton. Michael Decker would claim the 4th and final transfer position, fending off a late race charge from 16th starting Mike Terry Jr who would have to settle for 5th.

The A main saw Jake Blackhurst start on the pole, but a massive wheel stand on the front stretch would allow Jordan Goldesberry to take the lead, Jordan would hold the lead through a pair of cautions, first for Jeremy Schultz and then for a pair of 1m cars, driven by Phillip Mock and Jim Moughan. Behind Goldesberry Scotty Thiel and Jake Blackhurst battled hard for 2nd, swapping the position multiple times in the opening laps. On the 2nd restart Thiel got a huge run out of 4 and would pass Goldesberry, the duo would swap the lead a few times in the next lap and a half before Thiel would final claim the lead. Thiel would hold that lead until lapped traffic held him up allowing Goldesberry and Blackhurst to get back to him and with 16 laps to go the pair would pass Thiel as he made contact with Kris Spitz on the front stretch. The caution would fly for Spitz getting turned around, but Thiel would maintain the 3rd position on the restart as his number 64 machine never came to a stop. Goldesberry would pull away on the restart, and with the last 16 laps going without caution, he would not be challenged. Jordan Goldesberry claimed the victory in his home state of Illinois over fellow Illini Jake Blackhurst. Bill Balog would bring his 17b home in 3rd followed by Joe B Miller and Brandon Wimmer.

Results

A Feature (30 laps)
1. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [2]; 2. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [1]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, [6]; 4. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [8]; 5. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer, [9]; 6. 5T-Travis Philo, [3]; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 8. 11D-Joey Moughan, [11]; 9. 85M-Steve Meyer, [14]; 10. 98-Clinton Boyles, [22]; 11. 4KK-Kody Kinser, [10]; 12. 10W-Brandon McMullen, [7]; 13. 79J-Jacob Patton, [23]; 14. 77U-Chris Urish, [15]; 15. 23-Russel Borland, [12]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz, [18]; 17. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [21]; 18. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [13]; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [16]; 20. 12-Michael Decker, [24]; 21. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [19]; 22. 5X-Justin Peck, [5]; 23. (DNF) 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, [20]; 24. (DNF) 1M-Phillip Mock, [17]

B Feature (15 laps)
1. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [1]; 2. 98-Clinton Boyles, [3]; 3. 79J-Jacob Patton, [2]; 4. 12-Michael Decker, [9]; 5. 85-Mike Terry Jr., [16]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech, [4]; 7. 53-Brayden Fox, [6]; 8. 10S-Jeremy Standridge, [8]; 9. 52F-Logan Faucon, [10]; 10. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn, [5]; 11. 14-Jim Fifield, [15]; 12. 21-Brinton Marvel, [12]; 13. 29-Hunter Custer, [17]; 14. 18-Keith Fellner, [14]; 15. (DNF) 82-John Parker, [11]; (DNS) 70-Raymond Hensley, ; (DNS) 51J-Ryan Jamison, ; (DNS) 1T-Tyler Shoemaker, ; (DNS) 84-Nathan Charron, ; (DNS) 4B-Scott Biertzer

Heat 1 (10 laps)
1. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [1]; 2. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer, [3]; 3. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, [7]; 4. 5T-Travis Philo, [4]; 5. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, [6]; 6. 79J-Jacob Patton, [5]; 7. 10S-Jeremy Standridge, [9]; 8. 2W-Scott Neitzel, [2]; 9. 18-Keith Fellner, [10]; 10. 51J-Ryan Jamison, [8]

Heat 2 (10 laps)
1. 5X-Justin Peck, [3]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, [4]; 3. 23-Russel Borland, [1]; 4. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, [6]; 5. 1M-Phillip Mock, [2]; 6. 98-Clinton Boyles, [8]; 7. 12-Michael Decker, [9]; 8. 52F-Logan Faucon, [7]; 9. 14-Jim Fifield, [10]; 10. 85-Mike Terry Jr., [5]

Heat 3 (10 laps)
1. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, [3]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog, [4]; 3. 11D-Joey Moughan, [2]; 4. 85M-Steve Meyer, [1]; 5. 23D-Trey Datweiler, [5]; 6. 7-Scott Uttech, [9]; 7. 53-Brayden Fox, [6]; 8. 82-John Parker, [7]; 9. 1T-Tyler Shoemaker, [8]; 10. 29-Hunter Custer, [10]

Heat 4 (10 laps)
1. 4KK-Kody Kinser, [2]; 2. 10W-Brandon McMullen, [3]; 3. 25-Jake Blackhurst, [4]; 4. 77U-Chris Urish, [5]; 5. 4K-Kris Spitz, [1]; 6. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn, [9]; 7. 70-Raymond Hensley, [6]; 8. 84-Nathan Charron, [8]; 9. 21-Brinton Marvel, [7]

Qualifying
1. 5T-Travis Philo, 00:11.258[3]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel, 00:11.416[4]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:11.431[25]; 4. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 00:11.541[27]; 5. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer, 00:11.598[30]; 6. 5X-Justin Peck, 00:11.618[14]; 7. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 00:11.639[26]; 8. 10W-Brandon McMullen, 00:11.649[16]; 9. 2W-Scott Neitzel, 00:11.702[20]; 10. 1M-Phillip Mock, 00:11.839[37]; 11. 11D-Joey Moughan, 00:11.908[18]; 12. 4KK-Kody Kinser, 00:11.951[32]; 13. 51B-Joe B. Miller, 00:11.981[1]; 14. 23-Russel Borland, 00:12.006[6]; 15. 85M-Steve Meyer, 00:12.022[8]; 16. 4K-Kris Spitz, 00:12.081[24]; 17. 79J-Jacob Patton, 00:12.091[40]; 18. 85-Mike Terry Jr., 00:12.098[31]; 19. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 00:12.129[22]; 20. 77U-Chris Urish, 00:12.166[34]; 21. 1MM-Jim Moughan Jr, 00:12.167[21]; 22. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 00:12.288[7]; 23. 53-Brayden Fox, 00:12.321[15]; 24. 70-Raymond Hensley, 00:12.400[28]; 25. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 00:12.486[13]; 26. 52F-Logan Faucon, 00:12.554[9]; 27. 82-John Parker, 00:12.577[10]; 28. 21-Brinton Marvel, 00:12.589[2]; 29. 51J-Ryan Jamison, 00:12.638[11]; 30. 98-Clinton Boyles, 00:12.955[33]; 31. 1T-Tyler Shoemaker, 00:13.115[5]; 32. 84-Nathan Charron, 00:13.146[38]; 33. 10S-Jeremy Standridge, 00:13.553[23]; 34. 12-Michael Decker, 00:13.748[39]; 35. 7-Scott Uttech, 00:13.821[17]; 36. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn, 00:14.030[35]; 37. 18-Keith Fellner, 00:14.051[12]; 38. 14-Jim Fifield, 00:14.330[36]; 39. 29-Hunter Custer, 00:14.371[19]; (DNS) 4B-Scott Biertzer