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Mike Spatola

Mike Spatola

Allen Weisser

Allen Weisser

Jose Parga

Jose Parga

Ian Keller

Ian Keller

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

It was a wild night as the Fairbury Speedway and Popejoy Inc. held a Memorial Day weekend of racing in five divisions. The spoils of victory went to Mike Spatola (Late Model), Allen Weisser (Modified), Jose Parga (Pro Late Model), Ian Keller (Stock Car), and Tommy Duncan (Sportsman).

spatola lmMaking their second appearance of the young season, the MARS Late Model Series saw 25 race teams on hand for a 30-lap, $3,000 to win race. Quick time went to MARS points leader McKay Wenger at 12.625 seconds. Heat race action saw Wenger, Frank Heckenast Jr., and Mike Spatola taking the wins. Bill Hough held off the competition in winning the semi-feature. It was a dog fight for the lead as Wenger led the first nine laps holding off the challenges from Spatola and Heckenast. Spatola took the lead on the 10th lap and was able to open up a straightaway lead. Heckenast took over the second position and quickly closed the margin on the race leader. The field was bunched up after a caution with four laps to go. The restart saw Jason Feger take second and apply pressure to Spatola for the lead. Spatola, the defending track champion, was able to turn back Feger and earn his first career MARS win. “The track was awesome,” said Spatola. “I was surprised we could race the bottom. I thought everyone would be on the top. I got into Heckenast on the frontstretch. I didn’t hear him on the outside. I didn’t know if he felt he owed me one for pulling a slider.” Feger finished in second, followed by Heckenast, Ryan Unzicker, and Wenger. The second five had Jake Little, Bob Gardner, Blaze Burwell, Rickey Frankel, and 18th starter Jayme Zidar completing the top ten.

weisser mdDefending Modified track champion Mike McKinney made his first appearance of the year and bested 23 other drivers in qualifying with a time of 13.697 seconds for their 25-lap, $1,500 to win race. McKinney, Steven Brooks, and Allen Weisser grabbed heat race wins. McKinney led the first 10 laps before Missouri’s Kyle Steffens took over the lead. The caution came out with three laps to go as Steffens was looking to score his first-ever Fairbury win. Running in second, Weisser had other ideas. Coming off of turn four, with the checkered flag in sight, Weisser was able to make the pass on Steffens for the win. Steffens settled for second, and Michael Long claimed third. The rest of the top ten had McKinney, Michael Ledford, Dustin Wiltermood, Alan Stipp, Mason Duncan, Mike Mosier, and 18th starter Nash Hilmes.

parga plmThe Midwest Big Ten Pro Late Model Series welcomed 31 drivers for a $1,000 to win special. Group qualifying had Dakota Ewing (13.601 seconds) and Timmy Dick (13.483 seconds) setting the pace. Ewing, Brandon Eskew, Dick, and Billy Knippenberg won their respective heat races. The semi feature went to Devin McLean. Jose Parga and Aaron Heck brought the fans to their feet in the final laps. The two combatants went door handle to door handle looking to upend the other. Heck moved into the lead with four laps to go after early race leader Ewing broke to bring out the yellow flag. On the last lap, Parga was crowded on the frontstretch and got into the wall, as Heck appeared to have the win locked up. As the drivers crossed the scales, Heck came up 16 pounds light giving the win to defending national champion Parga. “It is hard driving people like that sometimes,” Parga said from victory lane. “I tried driving him clean. Heck got me in turn three. I tried to give him as much room as I could, and he hit me. I drive by him, and he put me into the fence.” Bob Gardner, Braden Johnson, Colby Sheppard, Torin Mettille, Ryan Miller, Kyle McMahon, Knippenberg, Dalton Ewing, and Blaise Baker took the top ten positions.

keller scIan Keller’s lap at 15.143 seconds gave him fast time as 30 Stock Car racers looked to take the win in their 15-lap, $500 to win race. Keller, Tanner Sullivan, and Megan Erwin won their respective heat races. The semi feature went to Don Hilleary. Keller, with over 100 career feature race wins, was able to hold off Erwin in taking his first-ever Fairbury feature win. “It has been a long time coming,” Keller said. “I have been trying to win here for 11 years. Megan was way better than me on the bottom. I apologize to her for getting into the back of her car. I didn’t want to get on the FALS cushion, but I got it done this time.” Erwin took second, Sullivan settled for third, with Jim Ransom, Terry Reed, Joe Brown, Jerrad Krick, Cody Clubb, Hilleary, and Shaun WiltjerHunt completing the top ten.

duncan spTommy Duncan completed the hat track in the CR Towing Sportsman class. 13 cars took time trials, and Duncan was the swiftest of the swift at a time of 14.937 seconds. Duncan won his heat race along with Steve Mattingly. Duncan led the first nine laps before Landen Miller took over for three circuits. After a caution, Miller and Mattingly tangled giving Duncan the lead. Duncan went on to take his second feature race of the year. A dejected Miller took second, as Tyler Roth finished in third. Eric Saltzman drove a steady race to finish fourth. The remainder of the top ten had Josh Hetherington, Jim Farley, Makinzi Semmens, Victor Strong, Mattingly, and Ethan Schnapp.



Bobby Pierce

Bobby Pierce

Nick Hoffman

Nick Hoffman

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.


Tommy Sheppard Jr.

Tommy Sheppard Jr.

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Megan Erwin

Megan Erwin

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Brian Deavers

Brian Deavers

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.

harrison mdA field of 43 Modifieds looked to make the starting field for their 25-lap, $1,500 to win race. Time trials were broken into two groups. Mike Harrison of Highland led the way in group one with a time of 13.801 seconds. Pontiac’s Michael Ledford timed in at 14.042 seconds to lead the second group. Harrison, Frank Marshall, Michael Long, and Trevor Neville won their respective heat races. Two B-Mains saw Willy Myers and Dawson Cook taking the checkered flag. Allen Weisser made a brief challenge for the lead, but Harrison was the class of the field in leading the entire distance. Weisser took second, followed by Ledford, Long, and Ray Bollinger. The second five had Nick Seplak, Adam Pockrus, Zeke McKenzie, Ethan Weber, and 17th starter Myers. Harrison has now won 22 feature events at Fairbury. “I love coming back to Fairbury,” Harrison said. “It is like my home. This car could go anywhere.”

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Earl Park, Indiana’s Jerrad Krick led the 36 Stock Car drivers in time trials with a time of 15.017 seconds. Four heat races had Megan Erwin, Zane Reitz, Ian Keller, and Dave Crawley Jr. winning their respective races. Austin Hubbard and Andy Zahnd won the semi-features. Erwin led the entire 15 laps, but it wasn’t easy, as she turned back the repeated bid for the lead from teammate Keller. In winning, Erwin became the third female to claim a feature race win at Fairbury. Keller, Tanner Sullivan, Krick, and Joe Brown took the first five positions. Crawley Jr., Reitz, Cody Clubb, 20th starter Shaun WiltjerHunt, and Hubbard finished in the top ten.

duncan sp13 CR Towing Sportsman competitors took time trials for their 15-lap race. Chenoa’s Steve Mattingly posted a lap of 15.022 seconds for quick time. Landen Miller and Tommy Duncan were the heat race winners. Sophomore sensation Miller gave Duncan a brief battle for the lead. The old veteran Duncan was able to pull away and open defense of his track title. Miller, Tyler Roth, Jim Farley, and 12th starter Victor Strong took the top five spots. The rest of the top ten went to Josh Hetherington, Makinzi Semmens, Eric Saltzman, Anthony Craven, and Mattingly.

deavers hm17 Hobby-Modified drivers took time trials as Brian Deavers’s time of 14.972 seconds led the way. Two heat races saw Deavers and Bryce Cunningham victorious. Deavers led all 12 laps for the win. 10th starter Cunningham finished in the runner-up position. Jordan Walker turned in a good performance to take third. Luke Gebhardt, Wes Ricketts, Jace Gall, Ryan Kohler, Kirby McCormick, Jimmy Hoselton, and Jake Green 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.”

Back for its fourth season, the FALS Cup weekly championship will take center stage for what is arguably one the best weekly race programs in the country. The special series will continue to feature unprecedented payouts at all weekly shows for both DIRTcar Late Models ($2,500 to win and $300 to start from a total purse of over $10,000) and DIRTcar Modifieds ($1,500 to win and $175 to start from a purse exceeding $6,000).

Overall, more than $22,000 in purses will be distributed at Fairbury’s weekly shows, which will also include the DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Stock Cars, and Hobby Mods in 2022. And despite the incredible payouts, general admission and pit gate prices will remain the same at $10 and $30, respectively, during the upcoming season that kicks off on May 7th.

Added to the FALS schedule will be two practice dates. A special Thursday night, April 28th practice from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and the traditional Saturday, April 30th practice from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. All driver haulers and fans traffic will need to enter through Gate 1 (southwest gate by the school) and not the usual Third Street gate (under construction). There will be no pit passes sold for either practice session. The cost for practice will be $75.00 per car payable at the pit shack before your car hits the track.

After a week to shake the dust off, FALS will open up its season of special events on Saturday, May 14th with the FALS Spring Shootout, presented by Titan Industries. This shootout will feature the MARS Late Model Series paying an incredible $30,000 to win, accompanied by the DIRTcar Modifieds paying $3,000 to win. A big weekend, indeed, in central Illinois with the FloRacing Speedweeks racing at Spoon River, Lincoln, and Farmer City. Championship night for the four-race miniseries will conclude Saturday night at FALS paying $10,000 to the points champion.

Back in 2022 for the final time, capping off an incredible 10-year run, the Alkota “Keep it Clean” Series, presented by Rural Route Repair and M&M Pumps, will again give away a hot water pressure washer valued at over $6,500. This unique series is structured to include all four DIRTcar weekly classes. Each driver will contend in a points battle throughout the season on non-special events marked on the schedule. Drivers accumulate points for passing cars in the feature as well as their feature finishing position. The Alkota “Keep it Clean” Series is scheduled for 10 nights throughout the summer.

Reserved seating and camping are available for the FALS Spring Shootout and Summer Nationals events online at www.fairburyspeedway.com. All remaining reserved seating and camping for the Super Nationals and FALS Frenzy will open up to the general public on May 7th. Any questions on reserved seating and camping can be emailed to falstickets@gmail.com.

All Prairie Dirt Classic reserved seating and track camping are sold out for 2022. However, there will be general admission tickets and pit passes available at the gate for the event. All covered grandstand seating will be general admission for the PDC in 2022. There will be a number of extra lots that will be available for PDC camping. A full press release with all the Prairie Dirt Classic information will be posted later this spring.

Check out our social media channels, including our website at www.fairburyspeedway.com, for all the up-to-the-minute information about our 2022 season, tire rules, race procedures and more.


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.


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