Latest News

Home » Dirt Tracks » Duncan Triumphs in Eden-Piercy Memorial at Fairbury American Legion Speedway

Duncan Triumphs in Eden-Piercy Memorial at Fairbury American Legion Speedway

Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Sportsman Track Champ, Tommy Duncan (No. 32) overcame a late-race challenge from Lyndon Whitfill (No. 21) to win the $1,500 top prize in Saturday’s Eden-Piercy Memorial at #FALS. It was his second win of the year. Rocky Ragusa Photo

By Rocky Ragusa / Racing Correspondent

Fairbury American Legion Speedway – FAIRBURY — It was a very warm and sticky day Saturday with the temperature in the 90s. The racing action was also hot and heavy as the Fairbury Speedway hosted the Eden-Piercy Memorial for the sportsman class.

Tommy Duncan had top fend off young hot-shot Lyndon Whitfill to take home the trophy.

The Fairbury American Legion Speedway Cup weekly program also saw McKay Wenger (late model), Allen Weisser (modified), Nick Seplak (street stock) and Thad Gee (hobby-modified) grace victory lane.

Thad Gee
McKay Wenger
#25 Allen Weisser

The CR Towing Sportsman class was the featured race of the night with the annual Eden-Piercy Memorial. First-year driver Austin Friedman paced the 20 cars in qualifying with a lap of 14.400 seconds. After time trials, a six-lap trophy dash saw Whitfill taking the win. Dennis Vandermeersch and Duncan claimed heat race wins.

Duncan and Whitfill exchanged the lead several times in the first 10 laps of the 25-lap feature race before Duncan assumed command on lap 11. Whitfill kept Duncan within his sights but was never able to complete a pass for the lead. At the line, it was Duncan taking the $1,500 top prize in a hard fought race.

“I don’t know how some of these drivers race on the top side,” said Duncan. “Lyndon drove me a clean race. He is going to win his share of races.”

Alex Wilson posted a career-best placement and was the race’s hard charger after finishing third. He was followed by Anthony Craven, Tyler Roth, Friedman, Austin Odell, Brendan Ramer, Dan Coit and Makinzi Semmens.

The modified class drew 28 cars for its 25-lap, $1,500-to-win special. Michael Long was the fast qualifier with a time of 13.740 seconds. Jason Hastings, Weisser and Mike McKinney were the heat race victors. Tommy Sheppard Jr. was the semi-feature winner.

Starting in the third position, McKinney quickly wrestled the lead away from front row starters Weisser and Hastings. McKinney, Weisser and Long put on a spirited display of driving the top groove of the quarter-mile oval before Weisser moved to the bottom and took the lead with seven laps to go. Weisser, last year’s division track champion, was able to record his first Fairbury win of the year.

“McKinney and Long were putting on a show on the top,” Weisser said. “We were digging on the bottom. It is finally nice to get a win at Fairbury.”

McKinney, Long, Hastings and Nick Clubb completed the top five. The remainder of the top 10 were Dan Rork, Sheppard Jr. (hard charger), Michael Ledford, Derrick Doerr and Kyle Hammer.

Wenger timed a lap of 12.726 seconds over 22 other drivers in the 30-lap, $2,500-to-win late model preliminaries. Heat races went to Wenger, Mike Mataragas and Kevin Weaver.

Wenger led the opening lap before fourth-starting Spatola charged into the lead. Spatola looked to be on his way to the win until the yellow flag waved with two laps to go.

On the restart, Wenger executed a slide job and took the lead. Wenger, to the delight of the hometown fans, picked up his second Fairbury American Legion Speedway Cup trophy race of the season.

“My brakes started going away about halfway in the race,” an exhausted Wenger said. “I knew if I timed my restart right, I could get a good run on Mike. I think I had him at the flag stand. So at that point, you just have to go for it.”

Weisser, pulling double duty as usual, was also able to get by Spatola for second. Spatola settled for third with Weaver and Scott Schmitt following. The second five was led by Eric Smith while Jeffrey Ledford, Derek Chandler, Mataragas and Mike Provenzano chased. Mike Glasscock’s 14th-place finish earned him the race’s hard charger.

A lap of 15.304 seconds earned Megan Erwin the fast time for the 27 street stock drivers. Rick Thomas, Seplak and Zach Zuberbier were the heat race winners. The B-main went to Al Gray.

Taking the lead on the start of the 15-lap race, Seplak was able to lead flag to flag and record his second straight win.

Defending #FALS Street Stock Track Champ, Nick Seplak #11 Racing didn’t win any features in 2019 on his way to the title, but after Saturday night he’s now 2-for-2 in 2020 with his second-straight win. Rocky Ragusa Photo

“That was a heck of a race,′ Seplak said. “Me and dad worked on the car all winter. I think we have a good piece.”

Andrew Funk stuck with Seplak but settled for second, with Kyle Anderson, Zuberbier, Erwin, Matt Fabrizius, Joe Brown, Josh Hetherington, Michael Schomas (hard charger) and Gray rounding out the top 10.

Darren Kerrins and Thad Gee won their respective heat races for the 12-lap hobby-modified race.

Gee led at the start as Caden McWhorter charged through the field to get into contention. McWhorter was able to show the nose of his car to Gee on several occasions, but Gee was able to hold off the future star for his second win of the year.

“I saw Caden there and I knew I needed to protect the bottom,” Gee said. “We tried something new on the car today and it worked.”

McWhorter, Troy Ricketts, Kelly Christmas and Clay Wisher completed the first five positions.

Another weekly FALS Cup program is scheduled for this Saturday night.

Rocky Ragusa Photos

By Rocky Ragusa/Racing Correspondent/Pontiac Daily Leader/Posted Jul 20, 2020