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Fairbury Speedway Race Winners 5-18; Rocky Ragusa Photos/Recap

Ledford, Schwartz, Duncan Sweep the Weekend
By Rocky Ragusa

 

Fairbury,Ill (5/18/24) The DIRTcar Pro Modified class made their first ever appearance at the Fairbury Speedway on Saturday Night. Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Sportsman, and Stock Cars were also on the card. Crossing the line first were Deece Schwartz (Pro Modified), Michael Ledford (Modified), Jose Parga (Pro Late Model), Tommy Duncan (Sportsman), and Braiden Keller (Stock Car).

Racing began with the 20 lap, Pro Late Model feature. Starting on the pole position, four time DIRTcar National Champion Jose Parga took the lead on the start and checked out on the field in earning the $1000 payday and second win of the season.

“ Everytime we come to Fairbury, they give us a good race track,” spoke Parga. “ I wish we were here more. It’s great to come back home,race in front of the hometown people, and get us a win.”

Ryan Miller took second, Blaise Baker rebounded to finish third. Chris Dick, Brandon Sweitzer, Matt Hammond, Ben Kirchner, Amber Crouch, Mike Lofgren, and Logan Nesselrodt rounded out the top ten.

Blaise Baker led the 13 cars that took time trials with a lap of 13.732. Parga and Miller won their respective heat races.

Michigan invader Curt Spalding got the jump on pole sitter Bradley Jameson at the start of the 25 lap Modified race. Jameson and Mike Chasteen Jr. had a race for second until the caution fell on lap 8. On the restart, Chasteen Jr. slowed and fell back in the field as defending track champion Michael Ledford began to make his presence felt. Running his patented highside, Ledford overtook Jameson and went to work on Spalding. With eight laps left in the race, Ledford got past Spalding and that was all she wrote.

The winner the previous night at the Lincoln Speedway commented in victory lane. “ What a track. Bottom, middle, and top, the track was really good tonight.”

Austin Friedman overtook Spalding in the closing laps to take second and Jameson finished in fourth, followed by Mason Duncan and Caden McWhorter. Landen Miller started in the 20th spot and took seventh. Clint Young, Deece Schwartz, and Jeff Curl completed the top ten.

With 38 cars in attendance, qualifying was broken into two groups. Duncan’s time of 14.066 led group A and a time of 13.835 by Friedman led group B.

Jameson, Curl, Spalding and Chasteen Jr. took heat race wins. Alan Stipp and Mike Brooks were the B-main winners.

Matthew Edler and Deece Schwartz raced for the lead early in the 25 lap, Pro Modified feature before Schwartz took command. Brandon Bollinger moved into second on the eighth lap and cut into Schwartz’s lead. Bollinger tried the top and bottom to move past Schwartz, but the fourth generation driver and two time Pro Modified National Champion was able to stand his ground for the win and take the $1000.

“ Mark Busch builds a heck of a race car, “ said Schwartz. “ It’s been unbelievably fast all year long. I have always wanted to beagle to come here and race. Glad we were able to get the win.”

Bollinger settled for second, followed by Brayden Doyle, Edler, Dan Wheeler, AJ Cline, Jerremy Sebens, Ryan Kohler, Chris Osborne Jr., and Blake Monroe.

38 cars went under the clock. 14.585 by Schwartz led group A. Group B was paced by Edler’s time at 14.608.

Schwartz, Doyle, Edler, and Osborne Jr. won the four heat races. Lucas Boulton and Curtis Caldwell captured the two B-mains.

It was a repeat of Friday’s “ Richard Craven Memorial” at the Kankakee County Speedway for the Sportsman class. The “Mexican Missile” took off like a rocket and led flag to flag to take the 15 lap race.

“ It looked like it was pretty slick on the bottom,” Duncan said. “ I really needed something to lean on tonight. I just wanted to get a good start and set my own pace.”

After an early race for second, Steve Mattingly cut into Duncan’s lead , but ran out of time and settled for second. Tyler Roth, Josh Hetherington, Aaron Reid, Doug Carls, and Makinzi Semmens completed the rundown.

A time of 14.619 gave Duncan quick time honors and he completed the sweep by winning the heat race.

Braiden Keller led all 15 laps in a dominating performance by the young chauffeur in the Stock Car feature. For Keller it was his fifth win of the young season.

“ It has been a really good year so far. I can’t wait to keep the momentum going.”

Joe Brown, Cody Clubb, Kyle Anderson, Nick Seplak, Dave Duceak, Brandon Tracy, Justin Crowell, Brice Slavens, and Nathan Lynch followed.

Anderson led the 12 cars in qualifying with a time of 15.301. Brown and Keller won heat races.