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Hoffman Scores $3,000 Modified Win

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

pierce lmThe FloRacing Illinois Speedweek for the DIRTcar Late Model division concluded their four-race swing Saturday night at the Fairbury Speedway. Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce came home the winner in the 60-lap Late Model race, while Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., took the win in the Modified race. A field of 50 Late Model competitors looked to secure one of 22 positions up for grabs in the $30,000 to win race presented by Titan Industries and under the direction of the MARS Late Model Racing Series. Pierce’s time of 12.904 seconds led the way in group one qualifying, while current World of Outlaws points leader Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., turned a lap at 13.079 seconds to lead group two. Six heat races saw Pierce, Lucas Oil points leader Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, Erb Jr., New Mexico’s Stormy Scott, and Fairbury’s McKay Wenger taking the wins. Lincoln’s Myles Moos and Ricky Thornton Jr. of Adel, Iowa, advanced to the main by winning their semi-feature.

Pierce took the lead on the start as Erb Jr. briefly challenged for the top spot. Pierce had a 10- car length lead as Erb Jr., Sheppard, Wenger, and Erb had a race for second. Following a lap 24 yellow flag for Kyle Hammer’s spin, Sheppard took over second on the restart and had Pierce within his sights. Erb brought out a caution flag with 20 laps to go, and on the restart, Erb Jr. moved back into second. Erb Jr. showed Pierce the nose of his car, but the “Smooth Operator” held his ground. Sheppard dove to the bottom in turn three to reclaim second from Erb Jr. and began to reel in Pierce. With ten laps remaining, Hudson O’Neal and Mike Marlar got by Erb Jr. for the third and fourth positions respectively. The leaders worked their way past slower traffic while running the unforgiving Fairbury cushion. Sheppard was on Pierce’s bumper as fans anticipated a classic Fairbury finish. On the last lap, Sheppard drove into the third turn in hopes of sliding in front of the race leader. Pierce was able to turn back Sheppard and take the win. “Thanks to Brandon for giving me room,” said Pierce as he won his fourth race of the year. “This is my biggest win at Fairbury. My hats off to the Fairbury crew on an awesome track.” Sheppard settled for second, O’Neal held off 16th starter Marlar for third, and Erb Jr. finished in fifth. 20th starter Thornton Jr. was sixth, followed by Wenger, Frank Heckenast Jr., 22nd starter Spencer Hughes, and Brian Shirley.

hoffman md35 DIRTcar Modified drivers were on hand for their 30-lap, $3,000 to win race. Frank Marshall of Valparaiso, Ind., timed in at 14.027 seconds in group one qualifying. Austin Holcombe of Elm City, N.C., led group two with a time of 13.859 seconds. Fowler’s Michael Long, Kyle Steffens of St. Charles, Mo., defending DIRTcar national champion Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., and Highland’s Mike Harrison won in their respective heat races. Two semi-features saw Kewanee’s Brandon Bollinger and Buffalo’s Jeff Leka taking the wins. At the drop of the green flag, Hoffman jumped out to a commanding lead. With 13 laps to go, Harrison overtook Steffens for second. Harrison inched his way closer to Hoffman and managed to pull alongside of Hoffman, but Hoffman proved to be too much and took the victory. Harrison settled for second, with Steffens, Allen Weisser, and Long in the top five. North Dakota’s Tyler Peterson finished in sixth, while 16th starter Lucas Lee, Jamie Lomax, Dillon Nusbaum, and 20th starter Cole Falloway rounded out the top ten.

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

It was a successful night as the Fairbury Speedway opened on Saturday. Five divisions were in action which saw several familiar faces and two racers that made their first-ever appearance to the Fairbury victory lane. Tommy Sheppard Jr. (Late Model), Mike Harrison (Modified), Megan Erwin (Stock Car), Tommy Duncan (Sportsman), and Brian Deavers (Hobby-Modified) were feature race winners in their respective classes.

sheppard lm26 Late Model drivers made qualifying attempts for their 30-lap, $2,500 to win FALS Cup race. Fairbury’s McKay Wenger timed in with a lap of 12.994 seconds for fast time. Myles Moos, Kevin Weaver, and Mike Spatola were the heat race winners. James Walters raced his way into the feature by winning the B-Main. Moos, Spatola, and Sheppard Jr. separated themselves from the field with their eyes on winning the $2,500. With five laps to go, Spatola dove to the inside of Moos as they entered turn one to take the lead. Sheppard Jr., running the bottom, had a good run and took over the top position. Sheppard Jr. was able to open up a five-car length lead and earn his first-ever Fairbury feature win. Sheppard Jr. of New Berlin, and cousin to Brandon Sheppard, commented in the winner’s circle. “I have dreamed of this. We came here and just wanted to make the show. I was wanting Myles to move off the bottom. That is where we had speed. Him and Mike got to racing and I felt like we had a chance. I took the lead. The flagman signaled there were five laps to go. I was just waiting for one of them to get me back, and I will be damn, we won the race.” Defending track champion Spatola settled for second while Moos finished third. 10th starter Wenger took fourth. Weaver, Scott Schmitt, Jake Little, Jason Suhre, Nick Allen, and Mike Chasteen Jr. completed the top ten.

fals cupComing off one of the most successful seasons to date, Fairbury Speedway is set to open their doors on Saturday night, May 7th to start the FALS Cup weekly championship presented by Fairbury Fastener & Spyder Pro Powered Tools. Racing in all five weekly divisions will take to the racy quarter-mile bullring and will be streamed live on FloRacing. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to showcase our opening night FALS Cup race on FloRacing. This will give a lot of exposure to all of our classes and let the fan base throughout the country see what we are accustomed to on our weekly shows,” says Fairbury Speedway owner and promoter Matt Curl. “Our FALS Cup weekly race program is growing every year and this year is no different. We have all of our FALS Cup dates sponsored and look forward to a great partnership with them.”

concert graphicThe Fairbury Speedway is excited to announce the inaugural Dancin’ on the Dirt event, to be held Friday, May 27, 2022, at the Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois.

Headlining the event is Scotty McCreery, a country music artist who has earned one Double Platinum, four Platinum and two Gold singles, and countless other awards, including winning the 10th Season of American Idol! Travis Denning will be opening the show. Denning has been spotlighted for his head-turning sound and was previously selected as one of CRS New Faces, an Opry NextStage recipient, and a CMA KixStart Artist.

Camping and premium parking is available for the event. Non-premium parking will also be available at no charge. Also, BONUS-attend the races at Fairbury Speedway the next evening, Saturday, May 28, 2022, and receive 50% off the price of admission. Presenting your concert wristband at the gate will reduce your admission price from $20 to $10, setting the stage for an awesome holiday weekend of entertainment filled with music, racing, and camping with your friends!

The concert, parking, and camping tickets are on sale now. Concert tickets will range from $25 - $50 with three sections available.

New FALS Draw to Pay One Lucky Fan $50,000

One certainty during each year’s Prairie Dirt Classic presented by the Bank of Pontiac and the Illinois State Rifle Association is that the on-track action leads to some of the best racing anywhere in the country.

Now, there’s even more incentive for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series drivers to push the ragged edge as they will have up to $50,000 in added cash on the line during the July 29-30 mega event. With the newly-announced $500 per lap leader bonus as well as a $50,000 winner’s check, a green-to-checkered sweep of the 100-lap finale would lead to one driver claiming a whopping $100,000. 

“Lap money is something we’ve been wanting to add to the Prairie Dirt Classic, and in 2022 we’re making it a reality at a whopping $500 per lap led. This adds some serious additional cash to the feature event. With what we have in place, Kyle Larson would’ve won over $85,000 at this year’s Prairie Dirt Classic since he led 70 laps and got the $50,000 winner’s check,” said Fairbury Speedway track owner and promoter, Matt Curl. “This event is known to result in a lot of leaders, with 37 different lead changes since the World of Outlaws began sanctioning the Prairie Dirt Classic in 2013, which translates to nearly five lead changes per year. We want to throw a wildcard element out there to the drivers to encourage them to give it their all, every single lap. With an extra $50,000 on the line, odds are that the racing up front will take on a whole new complexion.”

Not stopping there, Fairbury Speedway has also announced the brand-new FALS Draw, which offers the opportunity for one lucky race patron to win a whopping $50,000 during the 32nd annual Prairie Dirt Classic. Fans can enter the contest by purchasing one of the limited 100 tickets. Each ticket is priced at $1,000. $50,000 of the money raised in the FALS Draw will go to a lucky fan, while the other $50,000 collected will go toward the lap money in the feature. Additionally, seven different FALS Draw participants will win $1,000 during Friday’s portion of the epic weekend.

A unique aspect of the FALS Draw is that tickets can be purchased in a number of ways. It doesn’t matter how it’s put together as it could be a group of friends, race teams, or business owners who split the cost of the ticket. Regardless of how they are purchased, each ticket will have the same chance to win $50,000.  The bonus lap money and FALS Draw payout are guaranteed for the event.  Purchasing a FALS Draw ticket includes entry into a VIP hospitality dinner on the Saturday of the Prairie Dirt Classic. Additionally, all tickets will be entered into a Friday night drawing for a two-seater ride.  Contestants do not need to be present to win the prize money. FALS Draw tickets went on sale Saturday, January 1. In less than 24 hours, all tickets were sold!

All event information, including ticket renewals and reserved seats for the 2022 Prairie Dirt Classic, will be released after the first of the year.

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