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

Late Model Results | Modified Results

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

Late Model Results | Modified Results

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

Schmitt, Wenger, Sullivan, Mattingly, Ray Take Wins

Late Model Results | Modified Results | Street Stock Results | Sportsman Results | Hobby Mod Results

by Rocky Ragusa

Race teams and fans withstood the hot days of summer and were treated to another outstanding night of racing on Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Scott Schmitt (Late Model), McKay Wenger (Modified), Tanner Sullivan (Street Stock), Steve Mattingly (Sportsman), and Bryon Ray (Hobby Modified) took feature wins in their respective classes.

jun30-lmMike Spatola, at a 12.510, was the Late Model fast qualifier as 16 drivers were seeking to carry the checkered flag in their 30 lap race. Scott Schmitt and Jay Sparks were the heat race winners. Schmitt led on the start with Ryan Unzicker, Spatola, Steve Thorsten, and Sparks in tow. The top side was the preferred line as the top three drivers were able to pull away from the rest of the field. Unzicker changed his line and went to the bottom groove at the halfway mark. Unzicker slowly reeled in Schmitt and took the lead on lap 24. Caution fell with four laps to go. On the restart, Schmitt put his car on the cushion, moved back into the lead, and earned a hard fought win. “We weren’t sure if we made the right choice on the right rear tire,” Schmitt said. “That caution at the end saved us. We weren’t very good at LaSalle on Thursday. We took the car to the shop and found a few things wrong.” Unzicker settled for second, with Spatola, Kevin Weaver, Sparks, Chris Osborne Jr., Dan Flessner, Bill Hough, Freddie Carpenter, and Glen Thompson rounding out the top ten.

jun30-md15 Modified drivers qualified for their 20 lap race. Steven Brooks posted fast time at a 14.371. Derick Doerr and Jay Ledford took the heat race wins. A caution waved on the initial start for an accident on the track. When the green flag waved, Ledford took the lead as Doerr and McKay Wenger raced for second. Wenger was able to break free from Doerr and tracked Ledford down. Wenger got under Ledford on the frontstretch to take command on the 10th lap. Wenger quickly pulled away and opened a 10-car-length lead over the field before a caution fell with two laps to go. Wenger, looking for his first win at FALS in two years, jumped out to the lead and took his second win of the weekend. “It has been so hard for us to win a race here,” Wenger said. “It feels good to finally get that monkey off our back.” Completing the top ten were Ledford, Brooks, Doerr, Nick Lueth, Jason Hastings, Jeffrey Ledford, Alan Stipp, Garrett Jameson, and Neil Martin.

jun30-ssDue to a special race at Shadyhill Speedway in Indiana, the Street Stock class drew six entries. Tanner Sullivan set quick time at 16.539. The heat race went to Don Hilleary. Sullivan got the jump on Hilleary to take the lead at the start of the 15 lap race. While Sullivan was able to build his lead to a straightaway, the battle was behind him. A blanket could have been thrown over the quartet of Hilleary, Nick Seplak, Pete Odell, and Al Gray as they fought for position in hopes of tracking down Sullivan. Hilleary broke away in the closing laps but the laps had ran out as Sullivan nabbed his first Fairbury feature win. “I am glad to finally get my first win at Fairbury,” Sullivan said. “This has been my most accomplished win to date.” Hilleary, Odell, Gray, Seplak, and Sean Leatherman completed the finish.

jun30-sp10 CR Towing Sportsman drivers were on hand tuning up for the upcoming Eden-Piercy race. Points leader Steve Mattingly turned a lap of 14.815 for fast time. Mattingly and Amber Crouch took heat race wins. After a lap three caution, Mattingly fended off a brief challenge from Brandon Pralle before pulling away and taking his fifth win of the year. “This has been an unbelievable year for our team,” spoke Mattingly. “Getting that first win was special but I would not have thought I would have five now.” Pralle took second, with Amber Crouch, Dustin Mounce, Tyler Roth, Michael Ledford, Matt Ramer, Anthony Craven, Valerie Hurt, and Eric Saltzman following.

jun30-hmFirst time visitor Bryon Ray was the fast qualifier over 12 other Hobby Modified drivers in attendance at a 15.990. Ray and Brendan Ramer won their respective heat races. In the 12 lap feature race, Roy took the lead with Bryan Saner, Thad Gee, Macy Vaughan, and Darren Kerrins following. The caution flag waved on lap four and saw contender Gee parking his car. On the restart, Roy was able to pull away from the field and held a straightaway lead at the finish. Saner held off the challenge from Vaughan for second, with Makinzi Semmens, Justin White, Austin Lipe, Graham Jackson, Mike Petersen, Kerrins, and Cathy Crego the remainder of the top ten.

Moyer Rides Cushion to DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory

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by Rocky Ragusa

With the night’s racing program sponsored by Rhino Ag of Gibson City, the annual DIRTcar Summer National event took place Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway before some 3,000 race fans. Earning feature wins were Billy Moyer (Late Model), Mike McKinney (Modified), and Rick Thomas (Street Stock).

jun23-lm32 Late Model teams representing seven states and Australia looked to take the $10,000 first place check in the 50 lap race. Brian Shirley led group one qualifying with a time of 12.610 and Kevin Weaver posted a time of 12.785 to head the pack for group two. Shannon Babb, Dennis Erb Jr., Bobby Pierce, and Scott Schmitt won their respective heat races, while the Semi Feature went to Daryn Klein. 22 cars started the feature race with polesitter Pierce taking a commanding lead over Erb Jr, while Babb had to contend with Shirley and Moyer for third. Pierce, running the top side, was able to extend his lead as he maneuvered through lapped traffic by the 13th lap. After a caution on lap 19, Babb got by Erb Jr. for second and offered a brief challenge to Pierce for the lead. Suddenly on lap 27, Pierce slowed on the frontstretch to bring out the caution as the fan blade in his car broke and went through the radiator. Babb led on the restart with Moyer set to challenge for the lead. Moyer led the 30th lap but jumped the cushion and gave Babb the lead back. Moyer regrouped and reclaimed the top spot on the 35th lap. Moyer, known as “Mr. Smooth”, drove a smooth line on the top side for the remainder of the race and notched his second win on the tour and 98th career Summer National win. Running the bottom and then going to the top side at the midpoint of the race, Moyer explained his strategy for the win. “I just went where everyone else was. I expected Shannon to be up there. I just shot it from the hip on what to do. The car was able to run wherever I wanted to go.” Shirley got by Babb for second with four laps to go, with Chris Simpson, Timothy Culp, Kyle Bronson, Erb Jr., Ryan Unzicker, Nick Hoffman, and Allen Weisser completing the top ten.

jun23-mdThe Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals saw 32 teams taking time trials for their 30 lap, $1,500 to win contest. Steven Brooks turned a time of 13.684 to lead group one, while Jeffrey Ledford clocked a time of 13.807 to pace group two. Ledford, Mike McKinney, Bobby Stremme, and Allen Weisser won heat races, with Jay Ledford taking the Semi Feature. McKinney got the jump on Jeffrey Ledford to take the lead at the start with Stremme, Brooks, Levi Kissinger, and Weisser trying to hang tight with the leader. McKinney held a ten-car-length lead over Ledford before a caution fell on the 14th lap. On the restart, Kissinger and Stremme got by Ledford to take second and third position as McKinney continued to stretch his lead. After another caution on lap 16, Stremme was able to pull alongside of McKinney, but “Magic Mike” withstood the challenge and changed to the bottom groove. Kissinger overtook Stremme for second and looked to battle McKinney for the lead, but a yellow flag waved with five laps to go. On the restart, Stremme and Kissinger made several slide job attempts for the lead, but McKinney stood firm and took his fourth Modified National win and fifth at Fairbury. “The track was fast tonight,” said McKinney. “I had to stay up on the wheel all night. I wasn’t sure whether to be on the top or bottom. I felt we were faster on the top. Levi threw that slider there. I was going to drive thru him or around him.” Stremme edged Kissinger for second, as Mike Harrison charged from 15th to fourth. Brooks, Jeff Leka, Nick Allen, Phil Dixon, Lucas Lee, and Donovan Lodge rounded out the top ten.

jun23-ssThe program ended with the Street Stock class in a $800 to win, 20 lap feature. Jeremy Nichols topped 21 competitors setting a new track record of 14.833 in time trials. Joe Brown, Nichols, and Tanner Sullivan won their respective heat races. Nichols led at the start with Brown, Matt Maier, Matt Hammond, and Jerrad Krick following. After two early cautions, Nichols continued to hold a five-car-length lead over Brown as Krick moved into third. Nichols took a straightaway lead while the battle took place for second. The field was bunched back up for a lap 14 caution. The restart had Maier overtake Krick for second followed by AJ Meiferdt and Thomas. The yellow flag was thrown twice with two laps to go. On the second caution, as Nichols exited turn two, his left rear wheel broke ending his bid for the win. On the restart, Maier led Meiferdt into turns one and two. As Meiferdt drove down the backstretch he pulled alongside of Maier and led as the drivers took the white flag. Maier bumped Meiferdt exiting turn two trying to cause Meiferdt’s car to get squirrelly. Entering turns three and four, Maier dove under Meiferdt as he looked to take the lead. As the two drivers continued to make contact, Thomas was able to sneak by and take the win. “Those two guys wanted to mess around out there,” Thomas said. “I knew what was going to happen. I will take that win.” Meiferdt settled for second, followed by Maier, Megan Erwin, Andy Thompson, Cody Clubb, Pete Odell, Brown, Kory Kohler, and Michael Schomas.

Curl, Weisser, Maier, Mattingly, Patterson pick up wins

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by Rocky Ragusa

With sweltering temperatures in the air, hot racing action was also found at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night. A regular race night in five classes saw Jeff Curl (Late Model), Allen Weisser (Modified), Jason Maier (Street Stock), Steve Mattingly (Sportsman), and Brendan Patterson (Hobby-Modified) making a trip to the winner's circle.

jun16-lm19 Late Models tuned up for next week’s big Summer Nationals race. Kevin Weaver was the night’s top qualifier at a 12.938. Allen Murray and Allen Weisser claimed heat race wins. In the 30 lap race, Weisser led the first lap. Following a caution on lap one, Weisser’s car bobbled enough for Scott Schmitt to move out front. Caution fell on lap three with Schmitt, Weisser, Jeff Curl, Weaver, and Steve Thorsten in the top five. Curl was on the move and took second on lap six. Schmitt slowed on the backstretch for a caution on lap eight giving Curl the lead. Thorsten, on the top side, got by the bottom running Curl to lead laps 12 and 13 but Curl retook the lead on lap 14. Curl was able to pull out to a ten-car-length lead as Thorsten made a determined bid to retake first. Behind the duo, Weaver, Weisser, and Myles Moos had their own race for the third position. Debris on the track brought out a caution on lap 19. Weaver saw an opening on the restart but got into the back of Thorsten, and Weisser was collected in the mayhem to end his night. The field went single file for the remaining 11 laps. Curl stuck to the bottom, led the wall banging Thorsten, with Moos, Weaver, and Bill Hough in tow. Thorsten and Moos went back and forth for second, exchanging several slide jobs, before Thorsten took second back with three to go. As the race for second was unraveling, Curl was able to jump out to a straightaway lead and the Late Model rookie captured his first ever Late Model trophy. An excited Curl commented following his win, “I am way ahead of where I thought I would be after eight nights in a Late Model. We have tried different things each week and I have to thank Mike Spatola and the Friedman’s for their advice. We had not planned to race the Late Model next week, but it looks like we will be here for the Summer National race.” Following Curl to the line were Thorsten, Moos, Weaver, 15th starter Hough, Collin Alexander, Cole Swibold, Curtis Radke, Austin McCarty, and Weisser.

jun16-mdWith 12 Modified drivers on hand for their 20 lap race, Jeffrey Ledford paced the competition in qualifying with a 14.060. Ledford and Allen Weisser were the winners of their respective heat races. Weisser led the start followed by Ledford, McKay Wenger, Chevy Miller, and Alan Stipp. Weisser pulled out to a 10-car-length lead as Ledford and Wenger battled for second. Wenger moved by Ledford for second at the halfway mark and moved to the top side in an effort to run down Weisser. Weisser proved to be the dominate force on this night and earned his first ever win at Fairbury. “We have raced here a few times, had our share of bad luck, along with some seconds. It is nice to finally get a win here,” spoke Weisser. Wenger, Ledford, Stipp, Austin Lynn, Jay Ledford, Miller, Vince Cooper, Eric Vaughan, and Logan Rogers took the top ten positions.

jun16-ssVeteran wheelman Rick Thomas led in time trials at a 15.681 over 14 other Street Stock drivers. Heat races were won by Jason Maier and AJ Meiferdt. Meiferdt took the lead at the start of the 15 lap race with Jason Maier, Thomas, Matt Maier, and Cody Clubb in pursuit. After a lap five caution, Jason Maier, running the top side, overtook Meiferdt for the lead. Meiferdt held on to second as Thomas, Matt Maier, and Clubb followed. On the restart after a caution on lap eight, Matt Maier squeezed by Meiferdt for second while Jason checked out to a ten-car-length lead. In the closing laps, Meiferdt moved back into second as Jason Maier gained redemption from last week’s race and took the win. “I went to the high side of the track because AJ is always tough on the bottom,” Maier said. The rest of the top ten were Matt Maier, Thomas, Clubb, Al Gray, Nick Seplak, Justin Van Drunen, Andrew Alwood, and Michael Schomas.

jun16-spSteve Mattingly set quick time at a 14.747 of the 11 CR Towing Sportsman drivers on hand for their 15 lap race. Mattingly and Amber Crouch took heat race wins. Mattingly led at the start, but a caution fell after the end of lap one as contender Bryant Frechette dropped out with mechanical problems. On the restart, Mattingly stuck his car to the top side, with Crouch and Brandon Pralle in a heated battle for second followed by Matt Ramer and Anthony Craven. Laps five and six had the yellow flag waving, but on the restart, Mattingly ran the top groove to perfection and extended his lead. Crouch and Pralle went tooth and nail for second, but both drivers had their night cut short as Pralle got into the backstretch wall and Crouch cut a tire down. For the final six circuits Mattingly was able to pull away from the field and take his fourth win of the season. With the absence of points leader Richard Craven, Mattingly took over in the standings for the track championship. “The top side was a little rough but we were able to make it work out for us,” commented Mattingly. Following Mattingly to the stripe were Ramer, Eric Saltzman, Tyler Roth, Michael Ledford, Valerie Hurt, Craven, Crouch, Pralle, and Robert Saltzman.

jun16-hm12 Hobby-Modified drivers looked to carry the checkered flag at the end of their night. Darren Kerrins was the fast qualifier at a 15.497, while Brendan Patterson and Makinzi Semmens won their respective heat races. Patterson took the lead at the start of the 12 lap feature, but due to numerous cautions and a time limit, the race was stopped at three laps. Taking his fourth win of the year, Patterson was happy, but dejected, "We had a good car but I wish we could have gotten all the race in.” Mike Petersen, Terry Bolen, Thad Gee, Kerrins, Semmens, Austin Lipe, TJ Bolen, Bryan Saner, and Travis Roe completed the top ten.