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Pierce Scores $15,000 FALS Frenzy Victory

Harrison Takes $3,000 Modified Win; Gardner Grabs $1,000 Pro Late Model Checkers in Season Finale

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The Fairbury Speedway concluded their racing season on Saturday night with the finale of the FALS Frenzy presented by Edelman Electric. Bobby Pierce (Late Model), Mike Harrison (Modified), and Bob Gardner (Pro Late Model) came away victorious.

pierce lmOn uncharacteristic track conditions, Bobby Pierce roared past Jason Feger on the 28th lap and went on to win the 50-lap, $15,000 first prize in the MARS Late Model Series finale. Feger made several attempts to reclaim the lead, but a softer tire compound and a caution-free race ended Feger’s chances. “What a different Fairbury,” commented Pierce, who has pocketed over $77,000 in winnings at Fairbury this year. “The top didn’t have a cushion like it normally does. You had to play tap here, a tap there, and try to have a good car to get off the corner.” Feger held off Tanner English for second, and Dennis Erb Jr. was fourth. Ryan Gustin, Ryan Unzicker, Brian Shirley, Logan Martin, Billy Moyer Sr., and 17th starter Billy Moyer Jr. completed the top ten. Feger, Gustin, English, and Pierce won their respective heat races. The B-mains were won by Moyer Jr. and Jason Wagner. 41 Late Model drivers went under the clock in qualifying. Frank Heckenast Jr. set quick time in the first group of qualifying with a time of 12.926 seconds. English was fastest in the second group with a time of 13.132 seconds.

harrison mdMike Harrison and Michael Ledford ran side-by-side for the first four laps of the 30-lap, $3,000 to win Modified race. From then on, Harrison had a five-car length lead over Ledford for the remainder of the race. Harrison, who earned his eighth DIRTcar Modified National Championship this season, won his third feature of the year at Fairbury and 24th overall. “There wasn’t much of a cushion after that Late Model race,” Harrison said. “This Hughes car has been fast all year.” Ledford finished in second, Michael Long was third, and Allen Weisser took fourth. Mike Learman, Kyle Steffens, Trevor Neville, 18th starter Mike McKinney, Austin Friedman, and Frank Marshall completed the top ten. Ledford, Learman, Harrison, and Weisser took the heat race wins. Tom Pasek and McKinney were the B-main victors. 31 Modified drivers made qualifying attempts. Marshall set fast time in the first qualifying group with a time of 14.334 seconds. Harrison was quickest in the second group with a lap at 13.920 seconds.

gardner plmBob Gardner had to survive a challenge from Blaise Baker in taking the 25-lap, $1,000 to win Pro Late Model race. “Blaise is a heck of a wheelman, he made me earn it,” Gardner said. Baker, Billy Knippenberg, Devin McLean, Chris Dick, Josh Boller, Jeremy Spoonmore, Bobby Gash, Torin Mettille, and Gary Schalmo were the top ten finishers. Knippenberg’s time of 14.004 seconds led group one qualifiers. Gardner had a lap at 13.786 seconds to lead group two as 35 drivers lined up in time trials. Knippenberg, Jose Parga, Gardner, and Aaron Heck won their respective heat races. Two B-mains saw Blake Damery and Brandon Sweitzer winning.

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