Hoffman, McKinney Bag Big Bucks at Fairbury


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August 31, 2019 at Fairbury Speedway ($5,000 to win Duel Features)


Fairbury, Ill. (8/31/19) The Fairbury Speedway welcomed the American Modified Series and American Ethanol Late Model Series for three 40 lap, $5000 to win feature races on Saturday night. Picking up the big checks were Nick Hoffman and Mike McKinney in the Modified class, while Frank Heckenast Jr. took the Late Model win.

65 Modified teams were broken into two groups for their time trials, heat races, semi’s, and feature races. Curt Spalding (Watervilet,MI.) led group one qualifiers and Nick Hoffman (Mooresville, NC) paced the field in group two time trials. Frank Marshall (Valparaiso, IN), Victor Lee (Danville, KY), Rodney Standerfer( Summerfield), Kyle Hammer (Clinton), Hoffman, Tyler Nicely (Owensboro, KY), Michael Long (Fowler), and Allen Weisser (Peoria) were the heat race winners. A pair of B-Mains saw Ryan Ayers (Salina, KS) and Brandon Roberts (Ashland) earning their way into the feature races.


In the group one main event, outside front row starter, Hoffman took a commanding lead at the start, as Marshall, Long, Trent Young, and Standerfer trailed. After a lap nine caution, Long and Young moved into the second and third positions, while Spalding charged into the fourth spot. Hoffman sliced his way past the slower traffic at the halfway mark, keeping a straight away lead over his competitors. Hoffman’s lead evaporated as a caution flag fell with three laps to go. On the restart, Hoffman was able to pull away from the field and pick up his second AMS feature race win of the year. Trent Young rebounded from Friday night’s DNF at Farmer City to take second, while Josh Harris made a late race charge, and took third. The remainder of the top ten were Michael Long, David Stremme, Curt Spalding, Danny Schwartz, Derek Losh, Frank Marshall, and Rodney Standerfer.

For the second AMS race, Tyler Nicely and Victor Lee raced for the lead before a caution fell on the fourth circuit. Nicely took the front position on the restart, with Lee, Allen Weisser, Mike McKinney, and Kenny Wallace following. Holding a 10 car length lead, Nicely soon encountered lapped traffic. McKinney had made his way into second and began to reel the race leader in. McKinney was able to catch Nicely and took over the front position. After three straight yellow flags and McKinney leading, Nicely and Lee made repeated bids to move into the lead, but McKinney was able to pull away in to closing laps to take his first AMS win of the season. Point leader Nicely held off Lee for second, with area favorite Jeffrey Ledford in fourth. Track champion, Weisser finished fifth, followed by Wallace, Steven Brooks, Jeff Leka, Kyle Hammer, and Brody Pompe.

A field of 39 Late Model drivers were on hand for their feature race. Frank Heckenast Jr. (Frankfort) was the fast qualifier for the night. Travis Stemler (Ionia, MI), Brian Shirley (Chatham), Mike Spatola (Manhattan), and Heckenast were heat race winners. A pair of semi- features had Mike Mataragas (DeKalb) and Allen Weisser advancing into the feature.

Heckenast Jr. took over the lead on lap 11 after a back and forth duel with Shirley for the first 10 laps. The caution flag was displayed on lap 12 as a light rain began to fall. Cars circled the track in attempts to dry the speedway out. After a 10 minute delay, racing resumed. Heckenast Jr. led as Jimmy Mars moved into the second position. Last week’s race winner, Tim Manville brought out a caution on lap 15 and dropped out of the race. Heckenast Jr. held a commanding lead on the races restart before the yellow flag came out for the third place running car of Shirley. Heckenast, once again built a large lead over the field on the restart, as Mars and Jason Feger attempted to keep pace. Heckenast Jr. was able to cruise to his second feature win of the year at Fairbury. After finishing second the previous night at Famer City, Mars was once again the bridesmaid, with Feger in third. Bobby Pierce, who started in the 15th position, rallied to take fourth in the closing laps. Donny Walden had a strong effort and finished fifth, with Weisser, Brandon Thirlby, Rich Bell, and Jay Morris completing the top ten.

The speedway will take some time off for drivers and fans before racing returns on September 21.


Modifieds

Feature 1

1 2 Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC 2

2 10 Trent Young 10Y

3 7 Josh Harris Utica, KY 22

4 4 Michael Long Fowler, IL 18L

5 9 David Stremme Mooresville, NC 35

6 5 Curt Spalding Watervilet, MI 5CS

7 12 Danny Schwartz Ashmore, IL 21D

8 16 Derek Losh Rennsselaer, IN 21L

9 1 Frank Marshall Valpariso, IN 28M

10 3 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield, IL 28

11 8 Nick Neville Mackinaw, IL 555

12 13 Josh Allen Bartonville, IL 292

13 19 Lucas Lee Paris, TN 12L

14 14 Rick Conoyer St Peters, MO 14C

15 20 Rich Dawson Schererville, IN 80

16 15 Donovan Lodge Andover, IL 32

17 21 Garrett Jameson Royal Center, IN 0G

18 11 Dan Rork Pontiac, IL 7R

19 - Jimmy Farris Jr Odell, IL 57

20 (DNF) 17 Ryan Ayers Salina, KS 6

21 (DNF) 18 Bobby Stremme South Bend, IN 53

22 (DNF) 22 Bobby Regot St. Charles, MO 9Z

23 (DNF) 6 AJ May Creve Coure, IL A9

24 (DNF) 23 Brian Shaw Robinson, IL 1S


Feature 2

1 8 Mike McKinney Plainfield, IL 96M

2 2 Tyler Nicely Owensboro, KY 25

3 1 Victor Lee 4

4 10 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18

5 4 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W

6 6 Kenny Wallace St. Louis, MO 36

7 12 Steven Brooks New Lenox, IL 5B

8 7 Jeff Leka Buffalo, IL 3L

9 3 Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL 45

10 11 Brody Pompe Philomath, OR 27P

11 17 Brandon Roberts Ashland, IL 35R

12 19 Bradley Jameson Logansport, IN 10J

13 9 AJ Meiferdt Coal City, IL 14

14 16 Trevor Neville Mackinaw, IL 777

15 21 Dave Lilja Burr Ridge, IL 1

16 (DNF) 15 Tait Davenport Benton, KY 128D

17 (DNF) 13 Travis Kohler Morris, IL 0

18 (DNF) 14 Mike Harrison Highland, IL 24H

19 (DNF) 22 Steve Jones East Peoria, IL J10

20 (DNF) 18 Michael Ledford Pontiac, IL 37

21 (DNF) 23 Mark Cole Evansville, IN 81

22 (DNF) 20 Gabriel Kirtley K7

23 (DNF) 24 Alan Stipp Forrest, IL 5

24 (DNF) 5 Jacob Rexing Brighton, IL 59R


B Feature 1

1 1 Ryan Ayers Salina, KS 6

2 8 Bobby Stremme South Bend, IN 53

3 7 Lucas Lee Paris, TN 12L

4 3 Rich Dawson Schererville, IN 80

5 4 Garrett Jameson Royal Center, IN 0G

6 6 Bobby Regot St. Charles, MO 9Z

7 11 Dave Wietholder Liberty, IL 05

8 9 Adam Pockrus Lowell, IN 48

9 16 Blake Thompson Troy, IL 7

10 14 Billy Puckett Metamora, IL 18P

11 13 Dan Deyoung 74

12 5 Christopher Cole Evansville, IN 81C

13 (DNF) 2 Jim Farris Odell, IL 69SR

14 (DNF) 10 Dean Hoffman Troy, IL 1D

15 (DNF) 12 Nick Clubb Coal City, IL 22C

16 (DNF) 15 Brian Shaw Robinson, IL 1S

DNS - Taylor Cook Stanley, NC 21



Heat 1

1 2 Frank Marshall Valpariso, IN 28M

2 1 Curt Spalding Watervilet, MI 5CS

3 3 David Stremme Mooresville, NC 35

4 5 Josh Allen Bartonville, IL 292

5 4 Ryan Ayers Salina, KS 6

6 7 Christopher Cole Evansville, IN 81C

7 9 Adam Pockrus Lowell, IN 48

8 8 Dan Deyoung 74

9 (DNF) 6 Blake Thompson Troy, IL 7


Heat 2

1 1 Victor Lee 4

2 2 Jacob Rexing Brighton, IL 59R

3 4 AJ Meiferdt Coal City, IL 14

4 5 Travis Kohler Morris, IL 0

5 7 Jimmy Farris Jr Odell, IL 57

6 (DNF) 3 Bob Pohlman Oaklawn, IL 1W

7 (DNF) 6 Mark Cole Evansville, IN 81

8 (DNF) 8 Steve Jones East Peoria, IL J10


Heat 3

1 2 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield, IL 28

2 3 Josh Harris Utica, KY 22

3 1 Dan Rork Pontiac, IL 7R

4 5 Jim Farris Odell, IL 69SR

5 4 Donovan Lodge Andover, IL 32

6 6 Bobby Regot St. Charles, MO 9Z

7 7 Dean Hoffman Troy, IL 1D

DNS - Taylor Cook Stanley, NC 21


Heat 4

1 1 Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL 45

2 2 Jeff Leka Buffalo, IL 3L

3 4 Brody Pompe Philomath, OR 27P

4 3 Tait Davenport Benton, KY 128D

5 5 Brandon Roberts Ashland, IL 35R

6 6 Gabriel Kirtley K7

7 8 Brandon Bollinger Kewanee, IL 77

8 7 Shane Wilson Mascoutah, IL 20W


Heat 5

1 1 Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC 2

2 3 AJ May Creve Coure, IL A9

3 2 Trent Young 10Y

4 5 Rick Conoyer St Peters, MO 14C

5 7 Rich Dawson Schererville, IN 80

6 4 Lucas Lee Paris, TN 12L

7 6 Dave Wietholder Liberty, IL 05

8 8 Billy Puckett Metamora, IL 18P


Heat 6

1 1 Tyler Nicely Owensboro, KY 25

2 3 Kenny Wallace St. Louis, MO 36

3 2 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18

4 4 Mike Harrison Highland, IL 24H

5 5 Bradley Jameson Logansport, IN 10J

6 7 Dave Lilja Burr Ridge, IL 1

7 6 Brandon Ordway Continental, OH 19B

8 8 Kenny Carlson Hobart, IN 21C


Heat 7

1 1 Michael Long Fowler, IL 18L

2 3 Nick Neville Mackinaw, IL 555

3 4 Danny Schwartz Ashmore, IL 21D

4 2 Derek Losh Rennsselaer, IN 21L

5 5 Garrett Jameson Royal Center, IN 0G

6 6 Bobby Stremme South Bend, IN 53

7 (DNF) 7 Nick Clubb Coal City, IL 22C

8 (DNF) 8 Brian Shaw Robinson, IL 1S


Heat 8

1 1 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W

2 3 Mike McKinney Plainfield, IL 96M

3 4 Steven Brooks New Lenox, IL 5B

4 2 Trevor Neville Mackinaw, IL 777

5 8 Michael Ledford Pontiac, IL 37

6 5 Kyle Byerline Dawson, IL 11B

7 7 Cody Stilwell 00S

8 (DNF) 6 Alan Stipp Forrest, IL 5


Qualifying 1

1 22 Curt Spalding Watervilet, MI 5CS 0.000

2 13 Victor Lee 4 0.000

3 2 Dan Rork Pontiac, IL 7R 0.000

4 21 Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL 45 0.000

5 26 Frank Marshall Valpariso, IN 28M 0.000

6 7 Jacob Rexing Brighton, IL 59R 0.000

7 19 Rodney Standerfer Summerfield, IL 28 0.000

8 17 Jeff Leka Buffalo, IL 3L 0.000

9 4 David Stremme Mooresville, NC 35 0.000

10 32 Bob Pohlman Oaklawn, IL 1W 0.000

11 16 Josh Harris Utica, KY 22 0.000

12 6 Tait Davenport Benton, KY 128D 0.000

13 31 Ryan Ayers Salina, KS 6 0.000

14 12 AJ Meiferdt Coal City, IL 14 0.000

15 5 Donovan Lodge Andover, IL 32 0.000

16 9 Brody Pompe Philomath, OR 27P 0.000

17 8 Josh Allen Bartonville, IL 292 0.000

18 20 Travis Kohler Morris, IL 0 0.000

19 18 Jim Farris Odell, IL 69SR 0.000

20 28 Brandon Roberts Ashland, IL 35R 0.000

21 10 Blake Thompson Troy, IL 7 0.000

22 25 Mark Cole Evansville, IN 81 0.000

23 3 Bobby Regot St. Charles, MO 9Z 0.000

24 23 Gabriel Kirtley K7 0.000

25 11 Christopher Cole Evansville, IN 81C 0.000

26 1 Jimmy Farris Jr Odell, IL 57 0.000

27 24 Dean Hoffman Troy, IL 1D 0.000

28 14 Shane Wilson Mascoutah, IL 20W 0.000

29 29 Dan Deyoung 74 0.000

30 - Bradley Jameson Logansport, IN 10J 0.000

31 27 Taylor Cook Stanley, NC 21 0.000

32 30 Adam Pockrus Lowell, IN 48 0.000

33 15 Brandon Bollinger Kewanee, IL 77 0.000


Qualifying 2

1 9 Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC 2 0.000

2 22 Tyler Nicely Owensboro, KY 25 0.000

3 16 Michael Long Fowler, IL 18L 0.000

4 31 Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 25W 0.000

5 33 Trent Young 10Y 0.000

6 12 Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 18 0.000

7 17 Derek Losh Rennsselaer, IN 21L 0.000

8 21 Trevor Neville Mackinaw, IL 777 0.000

9 18 AJ May Creve Coure, IL A9 0.000

10 30 Kenny Wallace St. Louis, MO 36 0.000

11 20 Nick Neville Mackinaw, IL 555 0.000

12 19 Mike McKinney Plainfield, IL 96M 0.000

13 14 Lucas Lee Paris, TN 12L 0.000

14 8 Mike Harrison Highland, IL 24H 0.000

15 25 Danny Schwartz Ashmore, IL 21D 0.000

16 2 Steven Brooks New Lenox, IL 5B 0.000

17 6 Rick Conoyer St Peters, MO 14C 0.000

18 1 Bradley Jameson Logansport, IN 10J 0.000

19 10 Garrett Jameson Royal Center, IN 0G 0.000

20 3 Kyle Byerline Dawson, IL 11B 0.000

21 32 Dave Wietholder Liberty, IL 05 0.000

22 23 Brandon Ordway Continental, OH 19B 0.000

23 29 Bobby Stremme South Bend, IN 53 0.000

24 28 Alan Stipp Forrest, IL 5 0.000

25 7 Rich Dawson Schererville, IN 80 0.000

26 15 Dave Lilja Burr Ridge, IL 1 0.000

27 5 Nick Clubb Coal City, IL 22C 0.000

28 27 Cody Stilwell 00S 0.000

29 24 Billy Puckett Metamora, IL 18P 0.000

30 4 Kenny Carlson Hobart, IN 21C 0.000

31 13 Michael Ledford Pontiac, IL 37 0.000

32 11 Steve Jones East Peoria, IL J10 0.000

33 26 Brian Shaw Robinson, IL 1S 0.000


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