“High Atop the Rock” Oct. 10th; Story/Photos by Rocky Ragusa

Speed Week
By Rocky Ragusa

The Fairbury Speedway will conclude their 2019 racing season this Friday and Saturday night with the FALS Frenzy. Originally scheduled in May, the race was rained out. Promoter, Matt Curl saw an opportunity showcase “America’s Dirt Track”, to race teams and fans with the late season event. Two nights of Late Model, Modified, and Pro Late Models on the 1/3 mile, dirt oval has drawn interest from race teams looking to take the big check.

Current World of Outlaw point leader and winner of this year’s “ Prairie Dirt Classic”, Brandon Sheppard will headline a star studded field of Late Model competitors. Outlaw regulars, Dennis Erb Jr., Shane Clanton, and Chase Junghans have indicated plans to attend. 2019 DIRTcar National Champion, Brian Shirley, track champion, Ryan Unzicker, Shannon Babb, and Bobby Pierce will lead the region stars, along with local favorites, McKay Wenger, Mike Spatola, Kevin Weaver, and Derek Chandler.

Fresh off a $7000 to win race at the Shady Hills Speedway in Indiana, Mike McKinney looms as the favorite in the Modified class. Track champion, with 26 feature wins Allen Weisser and McKinney have battled all season for top honors and this weekend will be no exception. A weekend off from the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Riverton’s Justin Allgaier has the race on his schedule, plus Jeffrey and Michael Ledford, Steven Brooks, and Jeff Leka.

The Pro Late Model division has made two appearance’s to Fairbury this year and Dakota Ewing has been the bridesmaid on both occasions. The man to beat at Farmer City and Macon Speedway, Ewing would love to add some Fairbury hardware to his mattle. In his lone trip to Fairbury, DIRT car Pro Late Model National Champion, Aaron Heck took one of his 22 feature wins with Ewing on his trail. A large field is expected with Torin Mettile, Trevor Gundaker, Matt Hammond, Mitch Hahn, and Amber Crouch looking to take the payday.

On Friday, gates will open at 4. Hotlaps will start at 5:45, time trials at 6:30, and racing will follow with the Modifieds in a 25 lap, $1500 to win race, followed by the Late Models going 40 laps for a $5000 to win, and the night concludes with the Pro Late Models in a 20 lap, $750 to win show.

Gates will open at noon on Saturday. Hot laps begin at 5, followed by time trials at 5;15, and racing wll follow with Modifieds (30 laps, $2000 to win), Late Models ( 60 laps, $15,000 to win), and Pro Late Models ( 25 laps, $1000 to win). To keep up to date on the latest race information, log onto www.fairburyspeedway.com or call the raceday phone at (815) 692-3222.