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Fairbury Speedway 7-6; Rocky Ragusa Photos/Recap

Wenger, Long, Duncan, Seplak, Deavers Win on Harty Memorial Night.
By Rocky Ragusa

Fairbury, Ill. (7/6/24) Watters Ag presented the “Bob Harty Memorial” as the Fairbury Speedway
held a FALS Cup weekly program. Saturday’s feature winners were McKay Wenger (Late
Model), Michael Long (Modified), Tommy Duncan (Sportsman), Nick Seplak (Stock Car), and
Brian Deavers (Hobby-Modified).

McKay Wenger grabbed quick time honors with a lap of 12.927 as 26 drivers made qualifying
attempts. Wenger, Ryan Unzicker, and Donny Walden won their respective heat races. The Bmain went to Kevin Weaver.
After setting the pace early in the 30 lap, $2500 to win Late Model feature, Unzicker slowed on
lap eight with engine issues to bring out the yellow flag. Wenger inherited the lead with Jeffrey
Ledford, Jake Little, Allen Weisser, and Myles Moos running in the top five. Wenger was able to
distance himself from the competition as Weisser quickly took over second. Weisser cut
iWenger’s lead to 10 car lengths before a caution fell with 10 laps to go. On the restart, Weisser
made several bids for the lead, but Wenger slammed the door and pulled away from the pack.
Another caution light came out with three laps to go, but on this night Wenger proved to be too
much as he recorded his second straight FALS Cup win and sixth overall.

“ We didn't need all those Cautions,” explained Wenger. “ It was a fine line between
overdriving it or not getting in there hard enough and pushing off the corners. I was getting
frustrated with all the cautions and was about ready to go to the top and blow the deck out of it. I
knew at that point it would be easier to run the cushion than the bottom.”
Weisser finished in second as Kyle Hammer, Ledford, Moos, Rich Bell Jr., Lyle Zanker, Brayton
Wallace, Dale Markham, and Alex Wilson completed the top ten.

Starting in the second spot, MIchael Long took the lead on the start of the 25 lap Modified race
ans went on to take his fourth win at Fairbury and 13th overall.

“ I am very thankful with how the year has been going,” spoke the Fowler native. “ The car was
a little snug on the initial throttle. It was good on the bottle once the top got crummy. Then I
moved down and it was good. With the lapped traffic, I had to go back to the top. If I hit it right, I
was good.”

Point leader Austin Friedman gave Long a run for his money, but the lapped traffic spoiled his
run and he had to settle for second. Zeke McKenzie got past Michael Ledford in the closing laps
for third. Mike Chasteen Jr. took fifth, with Caden McWhorter, Landen Miller, Alan Stipp, Lyndon
Whitfill, and Ray Bollinger rounding out the top ten.

A stout field of 30 Modifieds saw first year racer, Landen Miller turn a lap at 13.772 for fast time.
Friedman, Long, and Ledford won heats. The B-main went to Bob Pohlman Jr.
Tommy Duncan continues to dominate in the Sportsman class as he led flag to flag for his
fourth feature win of the season. Joel Funk moved into second after another favorite, Steve
Mattingly dropped out with mechanical issues. Funk tried the top and bottom of the track, but
Duncan stood his ground for the win.

“ The track is really fast,” Duncan said. “ It has alot of character to it, especially on the bottom.”
As a show of support, Duncan donated a portion of his winnings to Jeff Semmens and his
family as they face health problems.

Funk, Robert Saltzman, Aaron Reid, Doug Carls, Tyler Roth, and Mattingly completed the
finish. Roth escaped injury as on lap five, he violently rolled his car.
Former track champion Nick Seplak took the lead from Cody Clubb with two laps to go and
went on to earn his first Fairbury win of the year in a hard fought race. The rest of the top ten
had Joe Brown, Braiden Keller, Devin Hoskins, Kyle Anderson, Kraig Hughes, Lee Joseph Hall,
Nathan Lynch, and Derrick Weiand finish in that order.

The 12 lap Hobby-Modified race went to Brian Deavers over Jace Gall, Dylan Turpin, Gavyn
Parmele, Jake Bachtold, Reid Gall, Jake Green, Coltin Grace, Billy Bolen, and Rick Thomas.

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