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Spatola, Ledford, Loomis, Duncan, Deavers Capture FALS Cup Victories

Mike Spatola

Mike Spatola

Michael Ledford

Michael Ledford

Tim Loomis

Tim Loomis

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Brian Deavers

Brian Deavers

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

After last week’s Prairie Dirt Classic that saw entertainment and racing for four days, the track returned Saturday night with a FALS Cup/Alkota night of racing. Billed as the “PDC Hangover”, the night was presented by Tool’s Auto Sales and Hotrod Septic Treatment.

spatola lmThe Late Models were featured in a 30-lap race. Jake Little got the jump on fellow front row starter Mike Spatola for the lead. Little could pull away from Spatola on the straights, but Spatola quickly caught Little in the turns. As Little began to work his way past slower traffic, Spatola made the pass for the lead as the duo exited turn four. Wasting little time, Spatola held a five-second lead as an intense battle took place behind him. Little, Myles Moos, Mike Mataragas, Jordan Bauer, and Mike Provenzano raced the top, middle, and bottom of the track looking for an advantage. A caution fell on the track with one lap to go giving the field one last chance to move to the front. Spatola motored ahead and claimed his second Fairbury win of the year. “It has been a frustrating year,” said Spatola. “We haven’t gotten the wins we like. It’s never fun when you get into turn three and you don’t hear a slider coming. You kind of think you have it won. Stuff happens and it worked out.” Moos took second as Mataragas, Bauer, and Provenzano followed. 13th starter Derek Chandler earned a hard fought sixth. Little fell to seventh. Titus Sneed, Kevin Weaver, and Logan Moody rounded out the top ten. Spatola paced the 19 cars in attendance during qualifying with a lap of 12.845 seconds. Spatola and Little took the heat race wins.

ledford mdAfter a yellow flag on the first lap of the Modified race, Michael Ledford motored past Allen Weisser into the lead. Looking to wrap up his second Modified track title, Ledford ran the ragged edge on his way to his fourth Fairbury win. “Hats off to the track prep crew,” Ledford said. “It was a fun track. I got the lead on the top but felt more comfortable running the bottom. I knew if I didn’t jump it on those restarts, I could stay ahead of Weisser.” Steven Brooks overtook Weisser with seven laps to go and finished second. Weisser took third. Alan Stipp quietly finished in fourth. Austin Friedman, Ethan Weber, Lyndon Whitfill, Jim Farris, 16th starter Jimmy Diabo, and Bob Pohlman Jr. completed the top ten. 17 cars were on hand for their 25-lap race. Brooks earned fast time honors with a lap of 13.917 seconds. Weisser and Ledford were the heat race winners.

loomis scThere were 15 strong competitors, including five of the top 25 in the latest DIRTcar Stock Car national point standings, in attendance for the 15-lap feature race. Points leader Ian Keller toured the ¼ dirt oval at a time of 15.594 seconds for quick time. Two heat races saw Keller and Cody Clubb leading the way. Keller led the early stages of the race, but Megan Erwin was following closely. After a caution on the fourth lap, Erwin was able to pull alongside Keller in a race for the lead. On the sixth lap, the pair exited turn four side-by-side. Contact was made resulting in enough damage to end both of their nights. Keller’s son Braiden inherited the lead as Clubb and Tim Loomis followed waiting for the first-year driver to make a mistake. The three warriors were able to race three-wide in the final laps. Loomis edged ahead for the lead with two laps remaining and held off Clubb by a car length for his first ever win at Fairbury. “Toward the end of the race, everyone was piling on the bottom,” Loomis said. “I thought there was still something on the high side of 1-2, so I went for it.” Braiden Keller finished in third. Devin Hoskins took fourth and Brandon Tracy was fifth. 14th starter Randy Schoener led the second five across the line, followed by Jeremy Spoonmore, Ryen Johnson, Derrick Weiand, and Jace Gall.

duncan spTommy Duncan has been the class of the field in the CR Towing Sportsman division this season. Duncan won his seventh consecutive race by a straightaway. “I was burning up,” an exhausted Duncan said. “The car is really good now. We are on top of our game, and I can’t thank all my sponsors and the fans enough for their support.” Landen Miller held off 9th starter Jim Farley for second. Tyler Roth came home in fourth, followed by Victor Strong, Makinzi Semmens, Doug Carls, and Aaron Reid. Steve Mattingly, who was running second to Duncan early, saw smoke begin to bellow from the rear of his car and finished ninth, while Eric Saltzman was tenth. A time of 15.011 seconds gave Landen Miller fast time as 14 cars made qualifying attempts. Duncan and Mattingly took the heat race wins.

deavers hmThe Hobby-Modified class continues to grow as 20 drivers were on hand for their 12-lap feature race. Brian Deavers has been on a tear this year and led green to checkers to score his fifth win of the season. “This car has been a rocket all year,” Deavers spoke. “We put a lot of maintenance in our program and are always trying something different.” Chad Ziegler worked his way to the front but had to settle for second. Peter Argianas finished third, followed by Luke Gebhardt, Scott Williams, Trevor Ringle, Jake Green, Reid Gall, Payton Semmens, and 18th starter Scott Brown. Deavers had a lap at 14.985 seconds for quick time in qualifying. Deavers and Gebhardt won their respective heat races.


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