By Rocky Ragusa
Living up to its billing as the “Greatest Show on Dirt, the 40 lap, $10,000 to win race produced an exciting finish for the Tuesday night special at the Fairbury Speedway.
33 of the winged warriors were on hand and Grass Valley, Ca. driver Brad Sweet blistered the track with a lap of 11.266. Sweet, Parker Price-Miller, Kyle Larson, and Donny Schatz won their respected heat races. James McFadden took the win in the dash, while Spencer Bayston moved to the main event by winning the B-Main.
After a red flag on the first lap, McFadden led Sweet as Larson charged to the front. Sweet got by McFadden for the lead on the 16th lap. McFadden came back on the 19th lap to reclaim the lead with Larson on his bumper. McFadden and Larson swapped the top position for the next several laps before Larson took the front position for good on lap 22. McFadden’s race ended with eight laps to go while working a slower car, he struck a corner tire in turn one. After the red flag for McFadden, Larson went to the bottom and Sweet at the top of the track as fans anticipated another epic finish at Fairbury. On the last lap, Larson skidded exiting turn four, but was able to edged Sweet for his second World of Outlaw win of the year.
“That was an exciting race from start to finish for me,” Larson said. “40 laps around this place is crazy. It felt like we swapped the lead a lot. This is such an awesome race track.”
Sweet, Kerry Madsen, Carson Macedo, Kraig Kinser, Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz, Brent Marks, Shane Stewart, and Brian Brown completed the top tn.
The Modified class was the co- feature of the night in a 25 lap, $1500 to win race. Plainfield’s Mike McKinney bested 17 drivers in time trials with a lap of 13.938. McKinney and Peoria’s Allen Weisser won heat races.
A slight bobble on the start by McKinney gave Weisser the lead that he never surrendered in winning his fourth straight feature at Fairbury.
“I can’t thank David Stremme, Lethal Chassis, and all my crew for what they have done,” spoke Weisser. “We have got the car dialed in.”
Ray Bollinger, Mark Anderson, Jeffrey Ledford, McKinney, Dan Rork, Tommy Sheppard Jr., Jim Farris Sr., Mike Learman, and Troy Dodson rounded out the top ten.
Farmer City Raceway The B-Mods and Kidz Mods Series will join the four weekly classes for an action packed night of racing at the fairground dirt oval. Hot laps will start at 6:30 and racing at 7:30.
Grundy County Speedway The track will play host to racing on Friday and Saturday night this week. The Late Models and Mid-Am classes will headline the Friday show with Streets, Pure Stock, and Super Cups in action. Racing will start at 8. Midgets will be featured on Saturday, along with Pure Stock, Super Cup, and Dwarf Cars. Racing at 7.
Kankakee County Speedway Fans will have the chance to meet their favorite drivers on the front stretch before the program on Autograph Night. Pro Late Models, Modified, Street Stock, I-Mods, and Sport Compacts will tackle the fairground oval. Racing will start at 7:30.
Lincoln Speedway $1000 will be presented to the Hornet feature winner, plus racing in the Pro Late Model, Modified, Midgets, and Pro-Mod classes will also be racing at the Logan County fairground track. The green flag will wave at 7.
Fairbury Speedway The ¼ banked track will feature the long standing, Pappy and Bob Allen Memorial this week, honoring two longtime supporters of racing throughout the state. Late Model, Modified, Street Stock, Sportsman, Hobby-Modified classes will be joined by the Kidz Mods Series. Alkota “Keep it Clean” points will be rewarded for hard charger driving style with the chance to win a pressure washer, courtesy of Rural Route Repair. Hot laps start at 5:45, qualifying at 6:15, and racing at 7.
Macon Speedway A large field of Hornet competitors will be on hand battling for the $1000 first place money. Pro Late Models, Modified, Street Stocks, Micros, and Pro-Mods join the night’s program. Hot laps will start at 6 and racing at 7.
Peoria Speedway A regular night of racing is planned in five divisions. Late Model and Modified are the featured classes. Hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6. Last week, Todd Bennet took the Late Model main and Jason Wagner ended Mike Chasteen Jr.’s win streak at five by winning the Joe Wagner Memorial for Modifieds.
Bohmer’s Rt. 66 Speedway Being plagued by weather, promoter Robby Bohm will try this Sunday to open the Kart racing season. As many as seven classes will be racing on the 1/8 mile dirt track, located on ole Rt.66 between Pontiac and Chenoa. Hot laps start at noon and racing at 1. Admission is free.