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Race Report/Photos by Rocky Ragusa
April 18, 2017
Speed Week (Season Opener)
Fairbury American Legion Speedway Approximately 40 cars took
advantage of the track’s open practice session to tune up for this
Saturday’s opening night. Late Models, Modified, Street Stocks,
Sportsman, and Hobby-Modified classes will be featured. Gates will
open at 3:00, qualifying at 6:30, and racing will follow. Adult
admission is $10.00 and children under 12 are free.
In addition to the annual Prairie Dirt Classic weekend, the schedule
will be highlighted with three appearances by 410 Winged and Non
Winged Sprint Cars. During the off season new fencing was placed
around the track for the safety of the race teams and fans. “Sprint
Cars need that safety fence around the track,” commented Race
Director Matt Curl. “The fencing is similar to NASCAR as a 3000
pound car can’t get through the cable. We also added one inch mesh
on the fence so it will cut down on people getting hit by mud and
rocks. The weather in October has been nice in the past, so on
October 6-7 we will have a “FALS Classic” for Sprint Cars and our
Modified class. There isn’t much going on, so we anticipate a large
Farmer City Raceway Located at the fairgrounds, the raceway began
the season with the “Illini 100”. On March 30- April 1. After being
delayed one day due to rain, an overflow crowd saw New Berlin’s
Brandon Sheppard check out on the field to take the $15,000 to win,
World of Outlaw event. Friday’s race was moved back to Sunday,
Chatham’s Brian Shirley charged from fourth to first with three laps
to go and garner the $6000 prize. Kenny Wallace overtook Jeffrey
Ledford for the Modified win on Saturday and the young Ledford came
back for Sunday’s feature win.
April 7 weekly race winners included Jason Feger (Late Model),
Jeffrey Ledford (Modified), and A.J. May (Pro Late Model). Last
Friday’s program was rained out. This week will feature a weekly
race program and include Hornets. Gates open at 4:00, hot laps at
6:30, and racing at 7:30. Military veterans are admitted at $5.00
and if you bring back your armband from the previous week, the track
will take $2.00 off of your gate admission.
The biggest paying event in the history of the track will be held on
May 11-12, with the “Farmer City 74” More information will be added
in the coming weeks.
Grundy County Speedway Practice will take place this Saturday with
the first race on the following Friday night for one of two paved
tracks in the state.
Kankakee County Speedway Test and tune are scheduled for April 23,
30, and May 7. The first race will be on May 12.
Lincoln Speedway Located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, the 1/4
mile dirt oval will kick off their season this Friday with the
Midwest Street Stock Special. Pro Late Models, Modified, POWRi
Division 2 Midgets, and Hornets will also be on the agenda. Gates
open at 4:00, hot laps at 6:15, and racing at 7:00.
LaSalle Speedway Track promoter, Tony Izzo Jr. will present a
special event program for 2017. Josh Richards claimed the Late Model
win on the opening night of the annual “Thaw Brawl” on March 26.
Defending UMP Modified National Champion, Mike Harrison was the
Modified winner, while “Lightning” Joe Hillman took the Street Stock
win. Racing was cancelled for the following night due to rain. The
stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model series will headline the next race
in the $10,000 to win, 12th Annual Spring Shoot Out on May 18th.
Macon Speedway A large crowd was on hand for the opener at the 1/5
dirt oval. Matt Taylor (Pro Late Model), Brian Lynn (Modified), and
Danny Smith (Sportsman) were among the race winners. Scott Williams
(2nd) and Brandon Pralle (5th), both regulars at Fairbury competed
in the Sportsman race. Racing will be held this Saturday with a full
race program. Hot laps start at 6:00 and racing at 7:00.
Peoria Speedway Brian Shirley pocketed $5000 on opening night (April
8) for the Chuck Hamilton Memorial race and Ray Bollinger took the
Modified win. Last Saturday night, Josh Harris made the long haul
from Utica, Kentucky a successful one by winning the $2064 to win,
Gary Cook Jr. Memorial race for Modified competitors. Richie Bell
was the Late Model winner. A regular weekly show is planned for this
week. Hot laps start at 4:45, qualifying at 5:30, and racing at
Etcetera Fairbury’s McKay Wenger took his second straight Late Model
win at the Highland Speedway. Joe Harlan of Kappa made an
announcement that 2016 was his final year of racing. Fairbury’s
Brian Dunn has returned to the racing game and will race his #5 Late
Model on Friday at Farmer City, while Daren Friedman will take the
wheel on Saturday at Fairbury. New Lenox Modified ace, Steven Brooks
has plans to compete for the AMS Modified title for 2017. Mike
Daugherty, promoter at the Daugherty Speedway in Boswell, Indiana
has taken over the promotion duties at newly named, Kickapoo
Speedway in Danville. Circle track racing returns to Joliet as
Sherri Heckenast and her crew have revamped the dirt oval located
next to the Chicagoland Speedway. The first race is on April 27,
with Sprint Cars, Modified, Midgets, and Division 2 Midgets.
Daniel Flessner will debut a new Rocket XR1 Late
Model and will be looking for his first ever Late Model feature win.
TD Burger puts his Modified thru the paces.
Steven Mattingly will be looking for big things in
the Sportsman class.
Curtis Radke in a new Street Stock ride.
Jason Brandt Hopes for a productive year in his Hobby
Trey Datweiler got a jump on his fellow Sprint Cars
competitors, as Fairbury will have three Sprint Car races on the