Fairbury American Legion Speedway -
|Kevin Weaver and the gang after his win Saturday, Aug. 28th, at Fairbury. (Rich Edwards
Aug. 28: Winner, Kevin Weaver
Aug. 7: After losing a heartbreaker last week, Ryan Unzicker rebounded Saturday to claim the 30-lap UMP Late
Model feature at . Following a caution flag on the 12th lap, Unzicker and race leader Joe Harlan raced
side by side for five laps before Unzicker was able to take the lead and hold off Harlan to win his second
feature race at Fairbury. Derek Chandler, point leader Eric Smith, Scott Bull, Richie Hedrick, Aaron Ricketts,
Jimmy Dehm, Jr. Shickel, and Dick Potts completed the top 10. ~ Rocky Ragusa
July 31: Fairbury American Legion Speedway hosted twin Late Model features Saturday,
the first a makeup race for a June 5th rainout.
In that race, polesitter Daren Friedman pulled away from the field early in the race, taking a half
straight-away lead over Eric Smith, Aaron Ricketts, Jimmy Dehm, and Donny Walden. Walden was the lone driver to run
on the bottom of the track and soon found himself racing Smith for the second position.
On the 12th lap, race leader Friedman suddenly slowed on the track, ending his night as Smith became the new
leader. Smith and Walden battled side by side for five laps before Smith was able to pull out to a slight
lead. Derek Chandler found himself in third, waiting for one of the leaders to make a mistake.
The last 10 laps of the race, it was anyone’s guess who would take home the honors. Chandler got high in the
cushion, allowing several cars to get by. A blanket could have been thrown over the cars of Smith, Walden,
Ricketts, Scott Bull, and Joe Harlan in the last five laps with the fans on their feet. As the
drivers took the white flag with Smith and Walden running on the bottom, Ricketts got as high as possible in turns
1-2 and got the traction needed to take the lead and hold on for his first career UMP Late Model win at his home
town track. Point leader Smith took second, with Walden turning in one of his best runs recently at Fairbury in
third, followed by Bull and Harlan.
In the second, regularly scheduled feature, Scott Bull ran the top side of the track, holding the lead over
Jason Feger until Eric Smith moved into second by lap six. Ryan Unzicker was able to get by Feger, then Smith for
second. On the 14th lap, Unzicker had the momentum to take the top spot from Bull, with Smith
On lap 17, as Unzicker was entering turn one, Smith got into the back of him, and the cars of Feger, Joe Harlan,
and Donny Walden had nowhere to go and were collected in the wreck. Walden’s stellar night came to an end, with the
rest able to continue.
Following the caution, with Unzicker on the bottom, Feger moved into the lead on lap 23 and was able to pull
away in the end of a wild night of racing. Unzicker, Harlan, and Darren Friedman followed, while Smith came
back to take fifth. ~ Rocky
July 31 makeup feature: 1) Aaron Ricketts, 2) Eric Smith, 3) Donnie Walden, 4) Scott Bull, 5)
July 31 regular feature: 1) Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, 3) Joe Harlan, 4) Darren Friedman, 5)
July 17 Finish: 1) Eric Smith, 2) Ritchie Hedrick, 3) Joe Harlan,
4) Derek Chandler, 5) Scott Bull
July 10: See Summernationals special event coverage.
June 26: Late Models did not run.May
29: Eric Smith was the May 29th Late Model winner.
Eric Smith claimed the May 29th LM win at Fairbury, Ill. (Rocky
May 22 Top 5: 1. Scott Bull, 2. Eric
Smith, 3. Jimmy Dehm, 4. Derek Chandler, 5. Richie Hedrick.