Spatola nabs second Allen Memorial win

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by Rocky Ragusa

Racing returned to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night with the 22nd annual “Pappy and Bob Allen Memorial”. The race for the Late Model class paid $2,000 to the winner. Also on the program were the Modified, Street Stock, Sportsman, and Hobby-Modified divisions, along with a special appearance by the KidModz Racing Series.

jun9-lm14 Late Model drivers qualified for the 35 lap Allen Memorial. Myles Moos turned heads by posting fast time at a 13.153. Mike Spatola and Kevin Weaver won their respective heat races. Spatola took a healthy lead at the start with Scott Schmitt, Weaver, Billy Drake, and Derek Chandler trying to keep up with the race leader. After an early caution period, Spatola led as Weaver took second from Schmitt and Chandler got by Drake for fourth. As the track began to take rubber, drivers ran single file on the top. The caution fell on lap 21. With Spatola safely in the lead, Schmitt snuck by Weaver for second. Debris caused another yellow flag on lap 24. The restart saw Weaver reclaim second from Schmitt and Moos take fifth from Chandler. After a final caution on lap 29, Spatola left his competition and took his third win of the year at Fairbury and second Allen Memorial race. “We didn’t expect the track to rubber up like it did,” spoke Spatola. “The car was a little free. I think we made the wrong call on tires but it was still good. This car is amazing. No matter where I want to go I am able to put it there. The car is everything I could hope for.” The remainder of the top ten were Weaver, Schmitt, Drake, Moos, Bill Hough, Steve Thorsten, Chandler, Jeff Curl, and Glen Thompson.

jun9-mdNick Clubb led the eight Modified drivers in time trials with a lap of 14.191. McKay Wenger was the heat race winner. McKinney took the lead at the wave of the green flag in the 20 lap feature and never looked back in taking his fourth win of the year. Wenger, Jamie Lomax, Clubb, Alan Stipp, Dave Lilja, and Eric Vaughan completed the finish. Jay Ledford dropped out in the heat race with a broken driveshaft and was finished for the night. “We had a good car tonight,” said McKinney. “We plan to run the Summer Nationals this week and see how it goes.”

jun9-ssThe race of the night had to be the Street Stock feature. 16 drivers toured the speedway with Lance Evans setting quick time with a 16.196. Jason Maier and Justin Van Drunen took heat race wins. Jason Maier put his hot rod on the top side of track and built a commanding lead. Behind him, Matt Maier, Evans, AJ Meiferdt, and Rick Thomas had the fans on their feet in a race for second. Thomas and Matt Maier broke away from the field and began to close in on Jason Maier. Matt Maier took second from Thomas with two laps to go and began to reel in his older brother. A caution dropped with one lap left in the 15 lap race bunching up the field for a green, white, and checker finish. On the restart, Matt Maier showed the nose of his car to older brother Jason. As the Maier brothers entered turns three and four, both drivers were side by side. Jason, on the top side, bobbled his car enough for Matt to edge ahead and take the win by a car length. “I hated it for Jason,” Matt Maier said. “We will have all week to talk about it in the shop. The track was in great shape. Our car could run anywhere.” The rest of the top ten were Thomas, Meiferdt, Joe Brown, Evans, Tanner Sullivan, Don Hilleary, Nick Seplak, and Cody Clubb.

jun9-spAmber Crouch took fast time honors over 14 other Sportsman drivers at a 15.253. Richard Craven and Timmy Dick were the winners of their heat races. Following two caution periods on the opening lap, Dick got the jump on Craven for the lead with Brandon Pralle in third. The trio quickly separated themselves from their competitors. The yellow flag came out with five laps to go. On the restart, Dick pulled away from the field for his first ever Fairbury win. Craven held off Pralle for second, with AJ Meiferdt, Bryant Frechette, Crouch, Michael Ledford, Anthony Craven, Steve Mattingly, and Matt Ramer in the top ten. “We finally made it 15 laps here at Fairbury,” an excited Dick spoke. “The cushion was real smooth at the start but it did start breaking up. This is the only track we have raced at and hadn’t won a feature so we had a good night.”

jun9-hmMike Petersen had the quickest lap in qualifying for the Hobby-Modified division at 15.440 seconds. Petersen and Brendan Ramer were the heat race winners. Travis Roe held off Petersen in the feature to score the victory. Macy Vaughan, Ramer, Makinzi Semmens, Austin Lipe, Cathy Crego, Darren Kerrins, Thad Gee, and Bryan Saner followed.

jun9-kmFour KidModz drivers took part in their 10 lap race. Dominic Mertzke won the lone heat race. Starting third in the feature, the 15 year old Mertzke went to the front at the wave of the green flag and never looked back in taking the win. Jeremy Sebens, Rayce Mullen, and Ben Melchers completed the finish.

Haudenschild Wins Inaugural FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Fairbury

by WoO | Pics by Rocky Ragusa

jun5-sprSheldon Haudenschild took the lead on a Lap 3 restart and never looked back, scoring his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season in the Series inaugural visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. Jacob Allen matched his career-best with a runner-up finish with Kyle Larson completing the podium.

The night didn’t start off as planned for Haudenschild, as Sheldon was just 21st quick in Qualifying and started seventh in his Heat. Haudenschild, in true Haudenschild fashion, charged from seventh to second in his Heat to secure a spot in the Sears Craftsman Dash.

Sheldon Haudenschild went on to win the Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature but it was fellow front row starter Hunter Schuerenburg getting the jump at the drop of the Green. Schuerenburg, in search of his first career Outlaw triumph, paced the field, pounding the cushion before a caution on Lap 3 for a backwards Shane Stewart halted action.

Schuerenburg elected the top on the double-file restart, but his No.20 machine stumbled on the restart as Haudenschild, who restarted alongside him, powered to the lead. Schuerenburg drastically fell to the back of the field with a flat tire. Things went from bad to worse as Tanner Thorson jumped Schuerenburg’s rear tire and went for a tumble. Thorson was uninjured in the accident and the Red Flag allowed Schuerenburg to change his tire and restart at the rear of the field.

When action resumed, Haudenschild motored away from the field and reached lapped traffic quickly around the bullring. Jacob Allen, who shattered the FALS track record in Qualifying, moved into second with his Shark Racing teammate, Logan Schuchart in tow running third. Haudenschild put on a lapped traffic clinic, slicing and dicing his way through the field.

jun5-spr3A hellacious battle between Kyle Larson and Brent Marks for fifth was momentarily halted when a lapped car got loose and forced both Larson and Marks to take evasive action with 17 laps remaining. The duo did synchronized 360’s, but kept going, in turn two, forcing the rest of the field to check up. Greg Wilson had nowhere to go and got upside down. Gio Scelzi and Paul Nienhiser’s top-ten runs also came to an end in the accident. Wilson was uninjured but done for the evening while both Scelzi and Nienhiser tagged the rear.

With rubber prominent on the high line, World of Outlaws officials ruled single-file restarts for the remainder of the evening. Haudenschild continued to show the way as he reached traffic with the rest of the field directly on his tail.

With eight laps remaining, Schuchart pulled a slider on his teammate Allen to secure second and set his sights on Haudenschild. Haudenschild remained locked down in the rubber as Schuchart looked for a way to steal the lead. Schuchart peeked a car-length higher than Haudenschild in turn two with three laps remaining, but that was the end of Schuchart’s night as a flat tire on the No.1S brought out the final caution of the evening.

Haudenschild distanced himself from Allen, who was in search of his first career Outlaw win, on the late restart while Larson and Cory Eliason waged war for third. The pair of Californian’s exchanged sliders back and forth with Larson grabbing the final podium spot.

Sheldon Haudenschild went on to win his fourth Feature of the year aboard the NOS Energy Drink sponsored Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17.

“My car was really good early and really good in the rubber,” Haudenschild said with a smile in Victory Lane. “I was able to get good drive on the early restart, grab the lead and get to the top. Other than a couple of times where I tagged the wall, I felt really good and felt like I was making good laps in traffic,” the Wooster, OH native added.

Allen’s second-place finish tied a career-best and was his first top-ten finish of 2018. “My team has worked really hard. Sheldon’s been one of my best friends for a long time, obviously I would have liked to get my first Outlaw win, but I’m extremely happy with second,” Allen said. When asked about racing with his teammate and relative Schuchart, Allen explained, “We’ll race each other hard, but clean. We both want to win, it’s unfortunate he got a flat tire ending his night. It’s always fun running up front with Logan.”

Kyle Larson, who slipped out of the top ten early, was pleased to get back to the podium. “I was pretty good as the race went on. I’m really loose until the fuel burns off, I was happy to get back to third after our start,” Larson said. Cory Eliason settled for fourth with Saturday’s winner in Wisconsin Brent Marks coming from 14th to fifth. The finish was Marks’ third consecutive top-five finish. KSE Hard Charger honors went to David Gravel and CJB Motorsports, as they came from 22nd to complete the top ten.

Results

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$5,500]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [6][$3,200]; 4. 83-Cory Eliason [8][$2,800]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,300]; 7. 4-Parker Price-Miller [5][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [22][$2,000]; 11. 41-Jason Johnson [12][$1,500]; 12. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$1,200]; 13. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [2][$1,100]; 14. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [11][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 10V-Matt Vandervere [18][$900]; 17. 2-Shane Stewart [17][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$800]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$800]; 20. 21X-Carson Short [21][$800]; 21. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$800]; 22. 25-Jacob Blackhurst [16][$800]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$800]; 24. 3C-Tanner Thorson [19][$800]

Lap Leaders: Hunter Schuerenberg 1-3, Sheldon Haudenschild 4-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+12]

Qualifying: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.893; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.193; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.278; 4. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 11.313; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 11.336; 6. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 11.354; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.354; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.377; 9. 21X-Carson Short, 11.39; 10. 25-Jacob Blackhurst, 11.435; 11. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.437; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.439; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.449; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 11.476; 15. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 11.477; 16. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.495; 17. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.533; 18. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.544; 19. 5-David Gravel, 11.544; 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.598; 21. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.613; 22. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.636; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.657; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.682; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.703; 26. 98-Clinton Boyles, 11.917; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.083

Heat #1 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 6. 25-Jacob Blackhurst [4]; 7. 5-David Gravel [7]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

Heat #2 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [4]; 3. 83-Cory Eliason [6]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [3]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [7]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 9. 98-Clinton Boyles [9]

Heat #3 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 6. 10V-Matt Vandervere [5]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]; 8. 3C-Tanner Thorson [2]; 9. 21X-Carson Short [3]

Sears Craftsman Dash (8 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [4]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 5. 4-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [5]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 3C-Tanner Thorson [2][-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [7][-]; 3. 21X-Carson Short [3][-]; 4. 5-David Gravel [4][-]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][-]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5][-]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [1][$300]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [9][$250]; 9. 98-Clinton Boyles [8][$225]

Simon Wins Late-Race Thriller at Fairbury

by POWRi

jun5-spr2Landon Simon was the victor Tuesday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois with the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Wildcard Sprint League. It was his first WAR win of the 2018 season as he won multiple WAR races in 2017. Thomas Meseraull (2nd) and Mitch Wissmiller (3rd) completed the podium.

After earning the LRB Inc. “High Point Man” award from his stellar heat race performance, Simon pulled the ace for the redraw which left him to start on the pole of the 25-lap feature event. Once the green flag dropped at “FALS” for the WAR Sprints, Mitch Wissmiller would assume the lead by utilizing the bottom groove. He would remain in a comfortable lead until halfway through the race when the top groove started to come in and Landon Simon would take over the lead railing around the top of the high banked, ¼ mile track. Meseraull would also get around Wissmiller on the high side.

The final laps left Simon and Meseraull banging the cushion fighting for the $2,000 payday, but Simon would prevail as he rocketed toward his 3rd WAR win of his career.

Results

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 24-Landon Simon (1); 2. 00-Thomas Meseraull (4); 3. 1-Mitch Wissmiller (5); 4. 6-Mario Clouser (3); 5. 22S-Slater Helt (11); 6. 88-Terry Babb (9); 7. 99-Korey Weyant (2); 8. 20-Steve Thomas (12); 9. N2-Nic Harris (6); 10. 11-Mark Brucker (13); 11. 56-Mitchell Davis (8); 12. 114-Brent Moore (7); 13. 77K-Katlynn Leer (10); 14. 31-Austin Sears (14); DNS: 21-Carson Short, 98-Clinton Boyles, 24X-Kyle Simon

Heat #1 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (2); 2. 24-Landon Simon, Tipp City, OH (7); 3. N2-Nic Harris, Atlanta, IL (3); 4. 114-Brent Moore, Loda, IL (1); 5. 77K-Katlynn Leer, Moulton, IA (4); 6. 20-Steve Thomas, Rantoul, IL (6); 7. 31-Austin Sears, Macomb, IL (5); DNS: 21-Carson Short, 24X-Kyle Simon

Heat #2 (8 Laps): 1. 6-Mario Clouser, Auburn, IL (2); 2. 00-Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, CA (3); 3. 1-Mitch Wissmiller, Saybrook, IL (4); 4. 56-Mitchell Davis, Auburn, IL (1); 5. 88-Terry Babb, Decatur, IL (5); 6. 22S-Slater Helt, Harrisonville, MO (7); 7. 11-Mark Brucker, Elliot, IL (6); DNS: 98-Clinton Boyles

Spatola, McKinney, Meiferdt, Mattingly, Duncan claim wins

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by Rocky Ragusa

Several brief rain showers could not stop the Fairbury American Legion Speedway from holding their sixth race of the season on Saturday night. The track crew worked diligently giving drivers a great racing surface, and fans were treated to an outstanding night of races. Taking feature wins were Mike Spatola (Late Model), Mike McKinney (Modified), AJ Meiferdt (Street Stock), Steve Mattingly (Sportsman), and Mason Duncan (Hobby-Modified).

jun2-lmManhattan’s Mike Spatola was the fast qualifier of the 14 Late Model drivers on hand at a 12.601. Spatola and Ryan Unzicker took their respective heat races. Spatola pulled out to a commanding lead in the 30 lap feature as Unzicker, Scott Schmitt, Kevin Weaver, and Brandon Thirlby followed. At the halfway mark, Unzicker distanced himself from second and looked to run down Spatola. After a caution with six laps to go, Spatola sped away from his competition. Thirlby was able to take third and pressure Unzicker for second. As points leader Spatola took his second win of the year, Thirlby was able to edge Unzicker for second, with Weaver, Schmitt, Allen Murray, Taylor Scheffler, Steve Thorsten, Jeff Curl, and Billy Hough in the top ten. “We finally beat Unzicker,” commented Spatola. “Anytime you can beat Ryan at Fairbury, it’s a good night. I feel we have a good car and this was a good weekend for the team.”

jun2-mdChevy Miller took fast time at a 13.851 over 15 Modified drivers. McKay Wenger and Mike McKinney won heat races. McKinney took the lead in the 20 lap feature as Wenger, Collin Thirlby, Dave Porth, and Miller trailed. Wenger claimed second after two early cautions and closed on McKinney. Wenger jumped the cushion and Thirlby was able to capitalize, taking over second. Thirlby hunted McKinney down and led the white flag lap. With lapped traffic ahead, McKinney was able to retake the lead for his third feature win of the season. “I saw Collin on the bottom and had to put the car back on the top, McKinney said. “He really made me work for this win.” Thirlby, Wenger, Porth, Miller, Mark Grosvenor, Alan Stipp, Nick Clubb, Dave Lilja, and Kyle Parker placed in the top ten.

jun2-ssMatt Hammond was the fastest qualifier at a 15.764 of the 12 Street Stock drivers on hand. Heat race wins went to Hammond and AJ Meiferdt. Looking to end Meiferdt’s winning ways, Hammond edged ahead of Meiferdt at the start of the 15 lap race. Meiferdt stuck with Hammond before moving to the point on lap four. As Meiferdt extended his lead, Hammond had to contend with Pete Odell and Tanner Sullivan. Sullivan was able to pull alongside of Hammond several times but Hammond stood strong. Meiferdt, with a comfortable lead, took the checkered flag as Hammond nipped Sullivan for second. Odell, Joe Brown, Justin Van Drunen, Nick Seplak, Michael Schomas, Kraig Hughes, and Bailey Aukland rounded out the field.

jun2-spRichard Craven turned in the fastest lap in qualifying for the CR Towing Sportsman with a time of 14.665. Amber Crouch and Steve Mattingly claimed heat race wins. Mattingly got the jump on Crouch and led at the start of the 15 lap race. Mattingly put his #7 machine on the top shelf of the track and pulled away from the field. Race contender Crouch’s night came to an unfortunate end on lap five with mechanical issues. Craven, Brandon Pralle, and Bryant Frechette had a race for the second position with sheet metal being exchanged on several occasions. In the closing laps, Frechette was about to take second from Craven but a caution stopped his bid. Another caution with two laps to go gave Craven another chance to move into first. Craven was able to pull alongside of Mattingly, but Mattingly, on the top side, proved to be quicker this night and took the win. “First, I want to thank the Craven’s for all they do for the Sportsman class,” said Mattingly. “I wouldn’t have expected to be in victory lane three times this year after never winning a race.” With his win, Mattingly and Craven are tied in the Sportsman track point standings. Craven ended up second, with Frechette, Pralle, Tyler Roth, Matt Ramer, Valerie Hurt, Anthony Craven, Dan Coit, and Crouch completing the field.

jun2-hm12 Hobby-Modified drivers were on hand for their 12 lap feature race. With the threat of rain at Spoon River Speedway, Metamora’s Mason Duncan made the trip to Fairbury. Duncan set quick time at a 15.391, won his heat race, and led flag to flag for the feature win. Previously unbeaten, Brendan Patterson took second, followed by Mike Petersen, heat race winner Macy Vaughan, Bryan Saner, Brendan Ramer, Darren Kerrins, and Cathy Crego.

Harrison, Unzicker, May, Meiferdt, Mattingly score Memorial Day Weekend Roundup Victories

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by Rocky Ragusa

With added money on the line, the Fairbury American Legion Speedway welcomed 116 race teams on a hot Saturday night. Mike Harrison (Modified), Ryan Unzicker (Late Model), AJ May (Pro Late Model), AJ Meiferdt (Street Stock), and Steve Mattingly (Sportsman) picked up the big checks on a night sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association.

may26-mdThe American Modified Series was in town for a 30 lap, $2,000 to win contest. Josh Harris (14.298) and Randy Lines (14.264) were the quickest of the 47 drivers on hand in group qualifying. Ray Bollinger, Mike Harrison, Jeffrey Ledford, and Mike McKinney took heat race wins. Jeff Curl and Jay Ledford advanced to the feature by winning their respective semi-features. McKinney led the first lap before Harrison moved into the lead. AMS points leader Trent Young worked his way by McKinney and tried to give Harrison a run for his money. Harrison, the six-time UMP national champion, demonstrated why he has made Fairbury his personal playground. Harrison pounded the Fairbury cushion and withstood a brief challenge from Young to pick up the big check and his 11th career win at the track. Young, McKinney, Lucas Lee, Bollinger, Lines, Jeff Leka, Steven Brooks, McKay Wenger, and Josh Harris rounded out the top ten. “I have grown accustomed to Fairbury. I don’t know what it is,” Harrison said. “I have had my ups and downs with this place. Any chance I get I love to support Fairbury. For what they do for all of us Modified drivers, this is a special place.”

may26-lmKevin Weaver was the fast qualifier at a 13.428 among the 17 Late Model drivers for their 30 lap, $2,000 to win race. Weaver and Ryan Unzicker picked up heat race wins. Unzicker pulled out to a commanding lead at the start, as sixth starter Derek Chandler soon found himself in second. When the track went back to green after a caution on the ninth lap, Jeff Curl vaulted into fifth place. Chandler’s run came to a halt after Tim Manville made contact with Chandler’s left rear quarter panel causing a tire to go flat. On the restart, Unzicker led while Curl challenged Manville for the second position. Manville pulled away from Curl and set his eyes on the race leader. Manville made several attempts to take the lead, trying the top and bottom, but Unzicker held on for his second Fairbury win of the year. Following the duo were Billy Drake, Curl, Mike Spatola, Weaver, Dan Flessner, Bob Gardner, Chandler, and Bill Hough. “The fans got to see a heck of a race those last 15 laps,” an excited Unzicker said. “We were able to check out at the beginning. The car was good and then it got loose. I saw Manville and was looking to the left and right to see where he was going. I thank him for racing me clean. We both can pack our cars up, race another day, instead of crashing each other out.”

may26-plmIn their lone appearance to the track this season, 24 Pro Late Model drivers signed in for a $1,000 to win special. Trevor Gundaker turned in fast time at 14.068. Guy Taylor, Torin Mettille, and Dakota Ewing were the heat race winners. Mettille led the field to the green flag as six cautions plagued the event, with one young driver refusing to obey a black flag in the early going. After a lap six caution, Mettille led as AJ May repeatedly looked to move into the lead. Mettille looped his car in the third turn resulting in a caution, giving May the lead. After another caution on lap 14, May was able hold off Taylor for the win. The race was halted on lap 16 due to a time limit. Kyle McMahon, Brandon Eskew, Skyller Lewis, Mason Covey, Bobby Richey Jr., Jake Little, Roben Huffman, and Derrick Hufford completed the top ten. “It was hard to get into any rhythm with all those cautions,” stated May. “Torin had a good car, I am not sure what happened to him. This is my first ever win at Fairbury. I really love this place. Thanks to the track for giving us a great surface to race on.”

may26-ssJoe Brown was the fastest qualifier at a 15.587 of the 14 Street Stock drivers on hand. Brown and track points leader AJ Meiferdt claimed heat race wins. Meiferdt led at the start of the 15-lap race, while fifth starting Pete Odell quickly took the second position. A yellow flag came out with five laps to go which bunched up the field. Meiferdt stuck to the bottom groove and opened a five-car-length lead over Odell and took his second feature win of the season. Matt Hammond held off a hard charging Don Hilleary for third, followed by Cody Clubb, Tanner Sullivan, Tyler Sweat, Rick Thomas, Nick Seplak, and Kory Kohler. “The track played in our favor tonight,” spoke Meiferdt. “The car was hooked up. I hit my marks and here we are.”

may26-sp14 CR Towing Sportsman cars were on hand for their 15-lap race, as Amber Crouch and Steve Mattingly took heat race wins. Mattingly took an early lead with Crouch, Matt Ramer, Tyler Roth, and Brandon Pralle tucked in behind. Pralle was on the move and moved into third. Going down the backstretch on the fifth lap, Pralle made it three-wide with Mattingly and Crouch to briefly take the lead. Mattingly, running the top, and Pralle, on the bottom, were able to pull away from the field. Despite a caution with five laps remaining, Mattingly was able to take his second win of the year by a car length over Pralle. AJ Meiferdt, Ramer, Roth, Crouch, Anthony Craven, Richard Craven, Michael Ledford, and Scott Williams rounded out the top ten. “I had no idea if the top was going to work out tonight,” commented Mattingly. “Brandon has been hard to beat the last few weeks and we have had some bad luck. I am just glad we were able to put things together.”

Shirley, Thomas, Brown, Pralle, Patterson, Mitchell grab checkers

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by Rocky Ragusa

Six divisions of racing took place Saturday night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway including the Vintage Racing of Illinois Series. Taking the checkered flag were Brian Shirley (Late Model), Ryan Thomas (Modified), Joe Brown (Street Stock), Brandon Pralle (Sportsman), Brendan Patterson (Hobby-Modified), and Robert Mitchell (Vintage).

may19-lmNick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., was the fast qualifier at a 12.944 of the 17 Late Model drivers that looked to take gold in their 30 lap contest. Manhattan’s Mike Spatola and Chatham’s Brian Shirley won heat races. After a caution on the opening lap, Shirley won the drag race to take the lead as Spatola tried the top and bottom grooves to keep pace. Jose Parga briefly took second but tagged the frontstretch wall enabling Spatola to move back into the runner-up position. Seventh starting Scott Schmitt was on a roll and moved into the third spot on lap six. While Shirley was working slower traffic, Spatola closed the gap to a car length. Shirley, Spatola, and Schmitt, running the top side, were able to pull away from the field and set the stage for a shootout. Schmitt went to the bottom of the speedway and took over the lead on the 17th circuit. With nine laps left in the race, Schmitt tagged the wall in turn two drawing a caution. Shirley was able to fend off the constant pressure from Spatola in the final laps to claim the victory. Spatola, ninth starter Rusty Schlenk, Kevin Weaver, Hoffman, Dan Flessner, Jay Sparks, Schmitt, Bill Hough, and Curtis Radke rounded out the top ten. “I felt we were pretty good,” Shirley said. “I was trying to ride the top but the cushion was treacherous. I really wasn’t wanting to go as fast as Mike on the top. We did what we had to do and bid our time. The bottom was actually the best place to be. Schmitt got by us and then I got back by him on the bottom when we got into lapped traffic.”

may19-mdPlainfield native Mike McKinney edged his competitors in time trials with a lap of 13.913. McKinney, Ryan Thomas of Brownstown, Ind., and New Lenox driver Steven Brooks picked up heat race wins. Thomas, the owner and builder of Diamond Race Cars, moved into the lead on the 10th lap and pulled away for a convincing win in the 20 lap Modified race. McKinney placed second, with Brooks, Tyler Nicely, Jeffrey Ledford, Matt Hamilton, 14th starter Dave Porth, Bob Pohlman, Kyle Hammer, and Jason Hastings in tow. Taking his first ever Fairbury win, Thomas spoke in victory lane. “This is the fourth time I have raced here and we have struggled in the past. We went to Danville for the AMS race but with the rain we decided to come here. I have to thank everyone for all their hard work in making this car work and thanks to all my Diamond drivers for the feedback. It is really paying off this year.”

may19-ssAlthough only nine Street Stock drivers checked in for their 15 lap race, they were all quality drivers. Dwight’s Rick Thomas led the way in qualifying at a 16.266 and Wilmington’s Joe Brown was the heat race victor. Brown led the first lap before AJ Meiferdt inched by Brown to lead lap two. Brown reclaimed the lead on lap three and took command for his second win of the year. Meiferdt held off Thomas for second, with Al Gray, Pete Odell, Nick Seplak, Michael Schomas, and Tanner Sullivan completing the running order.

may19-spCullom’s Amber Crouch turned back 12 Sportsman drivers in qualifying at a 15.461 for their 15 lap race. Ashkum’s Brandon Pralle and Joliet veteran Richard Craven bagged heat race wins. On the start, Pralle and Craven battled neck and neck for the lead. As the leaders rounded the third turn, Craven’s car climbed the wall and fell back to eighth place. Pralle put on a dominating performance in a caution free race, leading flag to flag for his second straight win. “Thanks to Fairbury for giving us an amazing track tonight,” said Pralle. “Thanks to my sponsors and crew for getting the car back together.” Crouch settled for second, with Rod Rusher, Matt Ramer, Craven, AJ Meiferdt, Tyler Roth, Steve Mattingly, Michael Ledford, and Val Hurt trailing.

may19-hmFairbury’s Troy Ricketts set quick time of the eight Hobby-Modified drivers on hand for their 12 lap race with a 16.305. Ricketts was also the winner of the heat race. Mike Petersen led the first lap of the feature before Springbay’s Brendan Patterson moved to the front. Petersen was involved in a wreck on the fourth lap drawing a caution. On the restart, Patterson pulled away from his competition as Petersen’s car experienced trouble. Following a caution with one lap remaining, Patterson pulled away to secure his third straight win of the season. “Thanks to my Dad, we were able make the right adjustments for the feature”, spoke Patterson. “I would not believe we could have won three straight races.” Ricketts took the runner-up spot, followed by Petersen, Makinzi Semmens, Thad Gee, Macy Vaughan, Cathy Crego, and Bryan Saner.

16 drivers from the Vintage Racing of Illinois Series signed in for their 15 lap special event. West Brooklyn's Austin Lipe and Mendota's Matt Ramer claimed heat race wins. Ladd’s Robert Mitchell took the lead after early race leader David Moore got loose exiting turn two. Mitchell was able to use slower traffic to his advantage and take the win. “I want to thank Matt Ramer for all they do for the series,” commented Mitchell. “All I have to do is show up with a helmet and race. A lot of tracks don’t want to have our series so thanks to all the tracks that allow us to put on a show for the fans.” Ramer took second, followed by John Ryan, Justin Rutledge, and Randy Lucas.