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April 19th, 2015
Cleveland, Tennessee– Riley Hickman Racing went into battle against a stellar field of competitors on Saturday night in his #R1 BIF Motorsports/Hickman Manufacturing Company/CVR Late Model at North Georgia Speedway, where he came with a $2,500 triumph with the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA).
Weekend action opened for Riley Hickman on Friday evening as he traveled to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) for an unsanctioned Crate Late Model event.
The Mountain All Star Shootout posted a $3,000 top prize to competitors, and saw nineteen entries registering for action. Hickman posted the fastest lap overall in time trials to lock into the evening’s dash. A fifth place finish in the dash would earn Riley the fifth starting spot for the 60-lap main event. He went on to register a second place finish in the final rundown behind only race winner, Cory Hedgecock. Jason Welshan, Brett Wyatt, and Forrest Trent completed the top five finishers. Full results from the event are available at www.SmokyMountainSpeedway.com .
Action shifted to North Georgia Speedway (Chatsworth, Georgia) on Saturday evening as the newly-formed, United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) sanctioned a $2,500-to-win program. A talented field of fifty-four Crate Late Models registered for the event. Riley posted the second fastest lap in his group during time trials, earning him the fourth starting spot on the feature grid. Hickman quickly worked his way into the lead in the finale and went on to pick up the big win over Kasey Hall, Jake Teague, Tom Maddox, and Booger Brooks.
“That was a tough field of cars at North Georgia, so that win felt really good,” Hickman noted after claiming his third victory of the season. “We’ve flirted with victory lane with a handful of second place finishes over the past few weeks, and it was great to get over the hump into victory lane again.”
Complete results from the event can be found at www.UCRARacing.com
The team will make the trek to Farmer City, Illinois this weekend to compete in the annual Douglas Dodge Ram Truck Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series (WoOLMS) event will be headlined by a $6,000-to-win event on Friday night and a $15,000-to-win race on Saturday evening. For more information on the event, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.
Riley Hickman would like to thank all of his sponsors including Hickman Manufacturing Company, American Billet, RH Designs, CVR Race Cars, Austin Trucking, A-1 Towing and Recovery, Competition Racing Equipment, MRC Racing Components, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Performance Masters Inc., All-Star Graphix, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Hoosier Racing Tires, JRI Shocks, VP Race Fuels, Comp Cams, Weld Wheels, FSR Racing Products, Design 500, Fel-Pro, KRC Power Steering, Wiles Racing Drive Shafts, Old Mans Garage, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For the latest information on Riley Hickman, please visit www.RileyHickman.com.
April 7th, 2013
Daytona Beach, Florida – Dillon Wood will take his #1w Keyser Manufacturing/Gotta Race/Rocket/Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model into battle this weekend with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Super Late Models in the Illini 100.
It’s been over a month since Dillon Wood hit the track, and as a result he’s chomping at the bit to invade Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Illinois) this weekend, April 5th-6th, for the annual running of the Illini 100. It will mark the first-ever event for the 22-year-old at the famed oval in the famed event. After a rough start to the year during Speedweeks the 2013 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year candidate will be looking to make up points in the rookie and overall standings at the event.
“The Illini 100 is just one of those races that you always hear about, and as a driver you dream of racing in it,” notes Wood. “I’m definitely pumped to head up there this weekend and try and make some noise.”
The event begins with an open practice session on Thursday evening, while time trials and heat race action will be contested on Friday night. B-mains and the $20,000-to-win, 100 lap finale will close out the event on Saturday evening. For more information on the event, please visit www.WoOLMS.com .
Dillon Wood would like to thank all of his sponsors including Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks and Springs, GottaRace.com, Rocket Chassis, Clements Racing Engine, GW Performance, All Star Graphix, Hoosier Race Tires, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services..
For more information on Dillon Wood, please visit www.DillonWood1w.com http://www.dillonwood1w.com/.
April 10th, 2012
Bloomington, Indiana – Kent Robinson took his #7r JB’s Salvage/Mastersbilt/Jay Dickens Racing Super Late Model into a pair of events over the course of last weekend and came away with two, top five finishes to show for his efforts.
Kent entered a Weekly Racing Series Event at Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Illinois) on Friday night as a strong field of twenty, UMP Super Late Models registered for action. In qualifications, Kent recorded the third fastest time, which locked him into the dash. A fifth place finish in the dash earned him the fifth starting spot for the feature. He would battle in the top five during the duration of the feature before crossing the finish line in the fourth position behind race winner, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, and Bobby Pierce Jr. Full results are available at www.FarmerCityRaceway.com.
Saturday night found the team at Brownstown Speedway for a Weekly Racing Series Event as a solid field of 27 cars registered for battle. Heat race action saw Robinson storming from the eighth starting position to a second place finish to lock into the sixth starting spot for the feature event. In the main event he would mount another great charge through the pack as he staged a late race shootout with Chad Stapleton for the lead. Unfortunately lap cars would not work in Kent’s favor as he had to settle for a second place finish behind race winner, Stapleton. Full results are available at www.BrownstownSpeedway.com.
“We would’ve loved to get a feature win this weekend, but as much bad luck and struggles that we’ve had to start the year, a pair of top five finishes feel real good right now. Hopefully we can take this momentum into Eldora this Saturday and pick up the first win of the year,” commented Robinson.
Next on the docket for Kent is a $2,000-to-win, Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) event at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) this Saturday. The event opens the 59th season of racing at the famed, 1/2 mile oval. For more information on the event, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com .
Kent Robinson Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including J&B Salvage, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Mastersbilt Race Cars, Keyser Manufacturing, DK Designs, VP Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, GW Performance, All Star Performance, Schaeffer’s, Ultra Shield Race Products, AFCO, Bell Helmets, Simpson Race Products, Wiles Drive Shafts, Beyea Custom Headers, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Kent Robinson Racing, please visit www.KentRobinsonRacing.com .
June 29th, 2010
This was the twenty-second year for the UMP Summernationals to come to Farmer City Raceway. And Don O’Neal came to town, this time driving the Moring Motorsports #1 car. In 2005, O’Neal joined Billy Moyer (then Jr.) and Bill Frye as the only three time winners of this annual event. And now, O’Neal stands alone as the only four time winner, and he did it in style, never being seriously challenged for the lead beyond the opening lap. Ryan Unzicker started outside front row, and came home second, but only after a race long battle with Dennis Erb Jr and Eric Smith, who finished in that order as well. Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bull, Frank Heckenast Jr, Jack Sullivan, Brian Shirley, and Jason Feger to round out the top ten. Eleventh went to Shannon Babb, followed by Jeep VanWormer and Jason Jamison, all on the lead leap, with Jim Moon being the last car still running one lap down to the leaders.
Fast time of the 45 late models on hand went to Don O’Neal as well with the time of 12.646 seconds. The first heat went to Ryan Unzicker over Frank Heckenast Jr, JasonFeger, Shannon Babb and Donnie Walden. The second heat went to Eric Smith over Scott
Bull, Brian Harris, Ryan Dauber and Richie Hedrick. The third heat went to Brandon Sheppard over Chris Simpson, Derek Chandler, Jim Moon and Wendell Wallace. The fourth heat went to Don O’Neal over Dennis Erb Jr, Rodney Melvin, Jeep VanWormer and Guy Volk. The C-mains went to Cory Daugherty over Jimmy Dehm, and to Jason McBride over Joe Harlan. The B-main took the top two finishers into the main event, with the win going to Wendell Wallace over Jason Jamison, and Billy Moyer Jr being the first
man left out in the cold.
The 30 UMP Modifieds on hand saw the first heat go to Cory Schwengel over Justin DeLong, the second heat went to Mike Spatola over Bryan Lynn, and the third heat going to Jay Ledford over Jeff Leka. Mckay Wenger went to victory lane in an exciting finish over Jeff Leka, Brian Lynn, Bollinger, Mike Spatola, Gabe Menser, Jay Ledford, Justin DeLong and Jeb Friedman.
The UMP Crate Late Models, also known as Pro Late Models, had 15 drivers in attendance, with the heats going to Bobby Pierce and Roben Huffman. The feature event saw another exciting finish as Bobby Pierce won with Larry Bunning alongside and Nick Bauman in third, also alongside the top two finishers, oh, yes, and they were lapping another car at the time.
The UMP Street Stocks saw perennial track champion Jim Quinn work the entire distance to win the race by getting around Greg Rubenacker on the final lap. The duo ran the entire distance almost side-by-side. Jeff Semmons was right on their rear bumpers at the end for third place. There were 124 cars in the pits in five divisions (including hornets) and all racing was complete just past 11:30 pm
August 3rd, 2009
With perfect fall weather in July, twenty two late models took to the track Friday night. Fast time went to young Brandon Sheppard at 12.761 seconds. The first heat was an exciting race with Scott Schmitt holding off Ryan Unzicker and Richie Hedrick for the win. The second heat went to Steve Sheppard Jr over Rocky Griffin and Chris Dick. The third heat went to Donny Walden over Joe Harlan and Cody Watters, a race that went three wide for the checkers. The feature only had one early caution, then the race was on as Steve Sheppard Jr would lead every lap, but several times, Ryan Unzicker would pull alongside and try for the lead, just not being able to get around Sheppard Jr.
The modified class had eighteen cars, and evening started with fast time going to Kyle Byerline at 14.146 seconds. The first heat went to Justin DeLong in a close battle over Michael Bradley, Ryan Thomas and Allen Stipp. The second heat went to Jeff Leka over Jeb Friedman, Lance Dehm and Randy Huffman. The feature event had an early caution, then fifteen laps of great racing, mostly with Jeff Leka leading and Justin DeLong pulling alongside in turns one and two, briefly taking the lead lap after lap, until Leka finally moved down into the lower groove and started pulling away. With another caution late setting up a two lap dash to the checkers, Leka used his many years of experience to maintain the lead to the checkers, and Michael Bradley managed to get next to, and barely past DeLong for second. Fourth went to Lance Dehm followed by Ryan Thomas, Jeb Friedman, Jeff Curl, Randy Huffman, Allen Stipp and Jay Ledford.
The crate late model class had ten cars present. The first heat went to Nick Bauman over Allen Thomas. The second heat went to Paducah, Kentucky’s Matt Liner over last week’s feature winner John Barnard. The feature once again went to points leader
Nick Bauman after he made a mid-race pass on Liner, who would finish second, followed by Allen Thomas, John Barnard, Bobby Pierce an Nick Macklin
The street stock heats went to Chris Tackett in a fun race over Darrell Lehigh, and the second heat went to Terry Miller over Jim Quinn. Jim Quinn would go on to win the feature, again on the last lap after race long leader Terry Miller tagged the wall and has car problems on the last turn of the last lap, the win going to Quinn over Al Crawley, with Chris Tackett third
The hornet heats went to Jim Wilson, Larry Hawk and points leader Jason Maier, with Maier once again taking the feature win.
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
July 20th, 2009
With the chilliest July 17 in thirty years and the fans in sweatshirts during time trials, the drivers warmed up the night with some hot racing action Friday night. Youngster Ryan Unzicker turned in fast time in the late model class of the twenty-five competitors on hand at 12. 511 seconds. The first heat went to Richie Hedrick over Eric Smith, Ryan Unzicker and Scott Schmitt. The second heat went to Daren Friedman over Aaron Ricketts, Joe Harlan and Kyle Logue. The third heat went to young Brandon Sheppard over Rocky Griffin, Bill Gianetti and Gary Schalmo. The semi feature saw Steve Sheppard Jr win in a very heated battle with fellow front row starter Jeff Leka, with Zach Bush a long way back in third.
The feature started with a couple of restarts due to a backmarker spinning. Once he headed to the pits, the show was on. Richie Hedrick took the initial lead from his pole position starting spot over Daren Friedman. By the third lap, Friedman had put out the notice that he also wanted the lead, and took it from Hedrick. The next lap would see Friedman go spinning, with another caution period and restart at the tail end, giving the lead back to Hedrick. The next few laps saw Hedrick out in front with Ryan Unzicker and Brandon Sheppard racing alongside him, until Unzicker would power away from the others. Finally, about fifteen laps into the twenty five lapper, Eric Smith used his veteran experience to pull alongside Unzicker and wrestle the lead away from him. Smith would go on to win his third feature in as many weeks, followed by Unzicker, Hedrick, Brandon Sheppard and semi feature winner Steve Sheppard Jr.
The Modified class had twenty eight cars on hand, with fast time of 14.068 seconds turned in by Mike Spatola. The first heat went to Jeff Leka over Mike Spatola and Jim Farris. The second heat went to Kyle Byerline over Randy Huffman and Kyle Logue. The third heat went to Chad Osterhoff over Lance Dehm and Dave Baldwin. The semi feature went to Alan Stipp, but the show belonged to last place starter Jeb Friedman. Friedman earlier had been physically bounced from his outside front row starting spot in his heat race, made repairs to the car, and after starting last, pulled alongside Alan Stipp and was mere inches from taking the checkered flag. In the feature, Jeff Leka started on the pole, and after battling with Chad Osterhoff and Kyle Byerline took the early lead. Surviving a few yellow flags, when it came time for the checkers, Lance Dehm was directly alongside Leka, Dehm was credited with second place as Leka once again took home the checkered flag. Following Dehm to the line was Mike Spatola and Randy Huffman.
The Crate Late Models saw the first heat go to Kevin Moffett taking the win at the flag over Ron Wilson and Timmy Dick. The second heat went to Allen Thomas over Nick Macklin and John Barnard. The feature event saw Allen Thomas lead the first half, until getting caught up lapping traffic, and Nick Bauman slipped by to lead the way to his third feature win in a row. Thomas came home second, again, followed by Kevin Moffett, Nick Macklin and John Barnard
The KidModz heat went to Blake Vinson over Heidi Goodman and the feature was reversed with the win going to Heidi Goodman over Blake Vinson
The Streetstock first heat went to Joel Funk over Al Crawley and Chris Tackett. The second heat went to Jim Quinn over Terry Miller with Rick Thomas coming from last to finish third. In a wild and crazy four wide race for the feature win, Rick Thomas
emerged the winner, right with him were Jim Quinn, Chris Tackett and Terry Miller
The Hornet heats went to Joe Reed over Bob Zbinden and Eric Wilson over Jason Maier. The feature went to Bob Zbinden over Joe Reed
There was a total of 108 cars in the pits tonight
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
July 6th, 2009
The regular weekly show returned to Farmer City Raceway Friday night, following all the excitement of Monday night’s Summernational race. Wisconsin’s Jamie Zidar turned in fast time of the twenty late models on hand at 12.906 seconds. The first heat went to Bret Sievert over Jeff Beyers, Jamie Zidar and Mike Glynn. The second heat went to Eric Smith over Daren Friedman, Richie Hedrick and Brandon Sheppard. The third heat was a barn-burner as Joe Harlan held off Steve Sheppard Jr for the win, followed by Scott Bull and Jimmy Dehm. Bret Sievert started the feature on the pole, and assumed immediate control, but Eric Smith decided on the second lap it was go time, and go he did. Smith led the remaining laps, but the best racing of the night was going on right behind him. Eleventh place starter Brandon Sheppard ended up in second after turning up the wick late in the race, and was closing quick as the checkers fell. Third would go to Bret Sievert, followed by Daren Friedman, Steve
Sheppard Jr, Scott Bull, Joe Harlan, Mike Glynn, Jeff Beyers, Richie Hedrick, Jamie Zidar, Rocky Griffin, Jeremy Conaway and Jimmy Dehm.
The crate late model heat race and feature went to Nick Bauman. Bauman was followed in the feature by Bobby Pierce, Nick Macklin, John Barnard and Ron Wilson.
The modified class had twenty one cars present. The first heat race was a close battle going to Jeff Curl over Mike Spatola, Justin DeLong and Lance Dehm. The second heat went to Derek Losh over Cory Schwengel, Jeff Leka and Jeb Friedman. The
third heat was another hot battle, as Cha Osterhoff held off Jim Farris and last Monday’s feature winner Gabe Menser. The feature went to Chad Osterhoff over a fast charging Jeff Leka, Mike Spatola, Justin DeLong, Derek Losh, Cory Schwengel, Gabe
Menser, Jim Farris, Jeb Friedman with Lance Dehm rounding out the top ten.
The street stock heats went to Rick Thomas and Terry Miller. In the feature, Rick Thomas would beat Terry Miller to the checkers, followed closely by Jim Quinn, Troy Dodson, Josh Griffith, Joel Funk and Darrell Lehigh.
The hornet feature went to Eric Wilson over Eric Keymon, Jason Maier, and Larry Hawk.
The kidmodz were in action tonight with the #08 car taking the heat and the feature
Total of 84 cars in the pits, and the complete show was finished at 10:45, and that included a 20+ minute fireworks display
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
July 3rd, 2009
Monday night was the 21st visit of the UMP Summernationals to Farmer City Raceway, after being rained on Friday June 19. With 34 late models on hand and group qualifying, overall fast time went to Shannon Babb at 12.634 seconds, with other group fast times going to Dennis Erb Jr, Brandon Sheppard and Steve Sheppard Jr. The first heat went to Dennis Erb Jr over Jason Feger, Brian Shirley and Bill Frye. The second heat was a rout, as Shannon Babb won by a long distance over Wes Steidinger and Kevin Weaver. The third heat went to Randy Korte, who came from his fifth place starting spot to take the checkers over Scott Bull, Ryan Unzicker and Terry Casey. The fourth heat went to third place starter Kyle Logue over Steve Sheppard Jr, Donny Walden and Rodney Melvin. The semi feature saw fifth place starter Frank Heckenast Jr showcase his ability as he won out over Duane Chamberlain, Jeep VanWormer, Derek Chandler and Joe Harlan.
Shannon Babb would start the feature from the pole position with Dennis Erb Jr alongside. The other two heat winners also drew, and Kyle Logue started inside the second row with Randy Korte on the outside. Provisionals went to Jeep VanWormer, Rusty Schlenk and Daren Friedman. With twenty one starters ready to take the green, thirteen of the starters had previously won at this quarter mile track. When the green flag flew, Shannon Babb took the initial lead, but Dennis Erb Jr quickly kept pace, and after about six laps, took the lead, and decided to stink up the show by walking away from the field. With all forty laps run under the green, Erb had put quite a distance on Babb at the checkers, and Erb claimed the $6,000 first place prize money.
The street stock heats went to Rick Thomas over Josh Griffith, and to Chris Tackett over Mike Hope Jr. The feature went to Josh Griffith in an exciting event over Rick Thomas, Steve Ewing, Greg Rubenacker, Terry Miller, Chuck Barnes, Jim Quinn, Hugh Johnson and Bob Simmons.
The hornet class saw the heats going to Eric Wilson and Jason Maier. The hornets were also the first feature of the night, with the win going to Eric Wilson over Jason Maier, Eric Wisher, Larry Hawk, Matt Musgrave, Shane Kelley, Cook Crawford, Brian Wilson, Matt Corray and Trisha Burton.
The modifieds had 35 cars on hand, with Chad Osterhoff turning in fast time. The first heat went to Denny Schwartz over his son Danny Schwartz, and Chad Osterhoff. The second heat went to Jay Ledford over Justin DeLong and Michael Bradley. The
third heat went to Gabe Menser over Mike Spatola and ageless Don Kiger. The final heat went to points leader Jeff Leka over Mackay Wenger and Kent Robinson. The semi features went to Allen Stipp and Gary Cook Jr. The mod feature was a great race
between Denny Schwartz and Gabe Menser. There was one complete restart and one other caution when someone slammed into the back of Justin DeLong causing him to spin, then DeLong was sent to the back for the restart. Schwartz and Menser continue to
race side by side the whole race and Leka catches them and joins them. They leave everyone else behind and Gabe Menser goes on to win followed by Schwartz and Leka. Third on back went to Mike Spatola, Mackay Wenger, Danny Schwartz, Chad Osterhoff,
Jeremy Nichols, Gary Cook Jr and Kent Robinson.
There were 97 cars total on the pits, for a Monday night show, hornet feature was run first, with the UMP Late Model $6,000 to win feature starting at 10:10 pm and I was in my car leaving the premises at 10:22 pm with the final two features yet to run.
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
June 15th, 2009
In a move that brings back the true meaning of United Midwest Promoters, the late models had the evening off so they could attend the UMP Summernationals at Kankakee County Speedway, a move to be duplicated next Friday by Kankakee as the Summernationals visit historic Farmer City Raceway. In the crate late model class, Nick Bauman turned in fast time of the 18 drivers in attendance, at 13.920 breaking his own track record. The first heat went to Allen Thomas over Bauman and Rylan Dagg. The second heat went to Dustin Griffin over Jay Smithson and Nick Macklin. The feature went the Nick Bauman, who took the points lead from the absent Jim Moon, second went to Rylan Dagg over Dustin Griffin, Daniel Heck, Bobby Pierce and Kevin Moffett in a caution filled event.
In the modified class, young Justin DeLong turned some heads when he turned in fast time at 13.966, just shy of a track record as well. Perennial track champion Jeff Leka was driving a #20 car for the evening and won the first heat over Dave Crawley Jr, Jay Ledford and Justin DeLong. The second heat went to Chad Osterhoff over Jeb Friedman, Gabe Menser and Brock Bauman. The third heat went to Randy Huffman over Cory Schwengel, David Shain and Chris Morefield. The semi feature went to Jeff Curl over Chris Gaither, Dave Popielarz and Rick Hamilton. The feature event went to Jeff Leka, who also took the points lead from Chad Osterhoff, who finished second. Third went to Jeb Friedman, followed by Gabe Menser, Randy Huffman, Cory Schwengel, David Shain, Justin DeLong and Randy Shuman.
The kidmodz once again had Kyle Hammer winning the heat over Heidi Goodman. In the feature, Heidi Goodman took off to a big lead over Hammer, but with engine troubles with two laps to go handed the lead to Kyle Hammer, and he was followed to the
checkers by Jake Griffin, Blake Vinson, Jeffrey Ledford and Heidi Goodman.
In the street stockers, the first heat went to Terry Miller over Chuck Barnes Jr, and Josh Griffith. The second heat went to Jeff Semmens over Darrel Lehigh and Greg Rubenacker. In an unusually caution filled feature, Terry Miller and Jeff Semmens ran side by side for the first lap, until Semmens takes the lead, then the first caution came out. Under the yellow, leader Semmens apparently had motor problems and pulled to the pits, as well as second place Terry Miller, who had a flat tire. This gave the lead to Chuck Barnes Jr, followed by Greg Rubenacker. They survive a few more cautions as Barnes takes the win followed by Rubenacker, Blake Shelley with Jim Quinn alongside, followed by Chris Tackett.
The hornets saw points leader Jason Maier take the first heat followed by Joe Reed and Larry Hawk. The second heat went to Jonathon Schuck, followed by Eric Wilson and Matt Corray. The feature went to last year’s point champion Joe Reed over current
points leader Jason Maier, followed by Larry Hawk, Tanner Tibbs, Jonathon Schuck, Jim Wilson and Matt Corray.
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
June 8th, 2009
Steve Sheppard Jr started the night out by turning fast time of the twenty late models on hand at 13.857 seconds. Sheppard then went on to win his heat in a photo finish over Richie Hedrick, followed by Charley Hess and Cory Daugherty. The second heat went to last weeks feature winner Joe Harlan in another close race over Brandon Sheppard, followed closely by Kyle Logue. The final heat went to Chris Dick in a tough battle over Jamie Zidar and Rocky Griffin. The feature started out with pole sitter Richie Hedrick taking the initial lead over Steve Sheppard Jr and Joe Harlan. Chris Dick decided to get in the battle, and he ran the first six laps side by side with Sheppard Jr and Harlan. Then Sheppard Jr moved alongside leader Hedrick and the duo raced side by side, with Harlan trying to get past both of them. Finally on lap eleven, Harlan squeezed past Sheppard Jr and Hedrick for the lead. Hedrick then fell out of the race, leaving Harlan to lead the rest of the way, followed by Sheppard Jr, Kyle Logue, Jamie Zidar and Daren Friedman. Friedman earlier had motor problems in his #89 ride, and had jumped into Eric Smith’s #9 backup car.
The crate late models also saw a repeat winner, as young Bobby Pierce cleaned house by winning his heat, starting on the pole and winning the feature. The first heat went to John Bernard over Brad Denney and seventh place starter Allen Thomas. The second heat went to Pierce, followed closely by Nick Bauman and Kevin Moffett. Pierce started on the pole of the feature, and was never seriously challenged as he led all twenty laps to win his second feature in a row. Pierce was followed by Nick Bauman, Allen Thomas, Brad Denney, John Barnard, Ron Wilson, Kevin Moffett, Matt Beadles, Tim Dick, Nick Macklin, Travis Johnson and Jay Smithson.
The modified class saw another classic battle between the last two UMP national points champions Jeff Leka and Denny Schwartz. Schwartz had earlier set fast time at 15.338 seconds. The first heat went to Denny Schwartz over Brock Bauman, Chad Evans and Chevy Miller. The second heat went to Jeff Leka over Jay Ledford, Cory Schwengel and Justin DeLong. The final heat went to Chad Osterhoff over Jeb Friedman, Matt Huddleston and Jeff Curl. Jeff Leka took off at the green flag, searching high and low for the best groove to run, and about halfway through, Schwartz showed Leka that the top side was faster, pulling alongside Leka several times. Leka then moved up to the top and managed to keep Schwartz in second. Finishing third was Jeb Friedman, followed by Jay Ledford, Chad Evans Chad Osterhoff and Matt Huddleston.
The kidmodz were back in town, with the heat race going to Heidi Goodman over Jay Griffin and Blake Benson. The feature event saw Kyle Hammer win the race, but after Heidi Goodman took the lead, Hammer really had to work to get back around her, while at the same time hold off the hard charging Jay Griffin. The final finishing order was Kyle Hammer over Heidi Goodman, Jay Griffin and Jeffrey Ledford.
The streetstock class saw some of the best racing of the evening as the first heat went to last place starter Jim Quinn over Chuck Barnes Jr, followed closely by Troy Dodson and Josh Griffith. The second heat went to Terry Miller over Al Crawley, Cody Miller and Scott Thrasher. The feature was a real barn-burner as Quinn, Miller and Barnes battled it out the first half of the race. Quinn would go on to the checkered flag first, followed very closely by Terry Miller, Chuck Barnes Jr, Al Crawley, Josh Griffith, Troy Dodson and Scott Thrasher.
In the hornets, Kenny Butterfield and Joe Reed won the heats and Jason Maier went on to win the feature followed by Kenny Butterfield….(thank you DeeDee)
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
June 2nd, 2009
So far in 2009, Jason Feger, Steve Sheppard Jr and Ryan Unzicker had won series races. But tonight was Joe Harlan’s night to put his name in the record books. Thursday night’s LaSalle Speedway winner Ryan Unzicker started the night with fast time of the 20 late models on hand at 13.449 seconds. Unzicker then won the first heat over Donny Walden, Brandon Sheppard and Eric Smith. The second heat was a good close race as Michael Kloos held off the challenges of Steve Sheppard Jr, followed closely by Richie Hedrick and Charley Hess. The final heat had Joe Harlan showing his hand, as he ran away and hid from second place finisher Derek Chandler, who was followed by Tim Lance and Kyle Logue.
Come feature time, with the series redraw, Michael Kloos started on the front row with Joe Harlan alongside, followed by Derek Chandler, Steve Sheppard Jr, Donny Walden and Ryan Unzicker. On the ultra-smooth race track, Joe Harlan took off to an immediate lead, and never looked back, leading all 40 laps, withstanding the challenges of two yellow flag periods, until after the white flag was in the air. Then Unzicker stopped on the backstretch, and just as Harlan went to lap Charley Hess, Hess spun in front of Harlan, taking Harlan around with him. Harlan got his spot back, the race was restarted with green and white flags waving, and Harlan went on to the victory over Steve Sheppard Jr, Richie Hedrick, Derek Chandler, Eric Smith, Tim Lance, Donny Walden and Charley Hess.
The modified class was stunned when Alan Stipp turned in fast time of the evening. At least Alan Stipp was stunned. The first heat went to Denny Schwartz over Cory Schwengel and Alan Stipp. The second heat went to points leader Chad Osterhoff over Gabe Menser and Chad Evans. Heat number three went to Jeff Leka over Justin DeLong and Jeb Friedman. The semi feature was an exciting event with the win going to Jeff Curl, after a late race pass on veteran Roger Drake.
Denny Schwartz would go on to lead the feature from green flag to checkers, followed by Jeff Leka, Chad Osterhoff and Cory Schwengel.
A new era was started in the Crate Late model class, as the “Short Cool One” Bobby Pierce took the checkers in the feature event. This being the site of Bob Pierce’s final feature win made it special for the whole family. Pierce started the race in fourth place, and after following leaders Matt Beadles and Tim Dick the first two laps, decided to try his turn out front, made the pass on the two on the third lap, and went on uncontested the following seventeen laps for the win. Allen Thomas would repeat his second place finish of last week, followed by Jim Moon, Nick Bauman, Kevin Moffett, Nick Macklin, John Bernard, Matt Beadles, Jay Smithson, Ron Wilson and Curtis Hobbs. The heat races had earlier gone to Nick Macklin over Bobby Pierce, and to Matt Beadles over Tim Dick.
In the street stocks, Greg Rubenacker and Chuck Barnes Jr won the heats with the feature going to Chuck Barnes over Terry Miller and Greg Rubenacker.
In the hornet class, Larry Hawk won the heat race, with the feature going to Jason Maier over Larry Hawk and Eric Wilson and Eric Wisher.
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
April 27th, 2009
With the late models off tonight in a spirit of cooperation with Kankakee County Speedway, and the Monster Midwest Series, the modifieds were the headliners tonight at this historic old fairgrounds race track.
Eight time track champion Jeff Leka finally got his first win of 2009 at Farmer City over Chad Osterhoff, Mckay Wenger, Lance Dehm, and Chad Kinder. The heat races went to Dehm, Osterhoff and Leka. Chad Evans turned in fast time with Cory Schwengel
taking the semi feature.
The Street Stock class was a thriller with Jim Quinn taking the victory after a late high side pass on Chuck Barnes. Barnes would finish second, followed by Krick, Dodson, Hail, Lehigh, Tackett, Miller, Thrasher and Griffith. Heat wins had earlier gone to Quinn and Barnes.
The hornet class had a new winner in an exciting feature with Eric Wisher taking the win over Jason Maier, a couple of Wilsons and Rexroad.
The crate feature once again went to Jim Moon with Nick Bauman setting fast time at 14.407 seconds, which for the first time this class qualified, this is the new track record for crates.
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
April 19th, 2009
The 2009 regular season is now officially underway, with improved weather there were 118 cars in the pits in six classes. Jimmy Dehm turned in the fast time of the 28 late models on hand at 12.696 seconds . Heats went to Donny Walden over Daren Friedman, Chris Dick over Scott Bull and Bret Sievert over Eric Smith. The semi went to third place starter Mike Petersak, who led from turn four past the green flag all the way to the checkered flag. The feature was led for the first half by Donny Walden, opening up a straightaway lead over Tim Lance and Bret Sievert. Following a caution at the midpoint, Lance took the lead and kept it for the win over Eric Smith, Daren Friedman and Donny Walden.
The crate late/sportsman class saw 17 cars on hand. The first heat went to John Bernard over Allen Thomas. The second heat went to Jim Moon over Nick Bauman. The feature went to Jim Moon over Nick Bauman and John Bernard. Allen Thomas and
Bernard swapped 3rd and 4th several times, but on the final turn, mechanical woes beat Thomas, who came home to an eighth place finish.
The modified class had heat winners of Chad Osterhoff, Lance Dehm and Jeff Curl. The semi went to Chad Evans. The feature was lead from green to checkers by Chad Osterhoff over Jay Ledford, Lance Dehm, Derek Losh, Jeremy Nichols, Jamie Lomax,
Jeff Curl, Jeb Friedman and Nick Neville.
The kidmodz were in town with Heidi Goodman winning the heat over Bobby Pierce. Pierce would return the favor in the feature with a half-lap win over Goodman.
The hornets saw heats going to Matt Maier and John Stone, who started last, and the feature to Jason Maier over David Reed and Matt Maier
The streetstocker heats went to Josh Griffith over Troy Dodson and to Jarred Krick over Terry Miller
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
April 7th, 2009
With most of the line-up already set for Saturday’s Illini 100, all that was left was to run two semi features (sorry, B-mains) and for the heat winners to draw for their starting positions. The top two advancing from the first semi were Eric Smith and Scott Bull. Daren Friedman, Jimmy Dehm, and Brent Robinson rounded out the top five. The second semi saw Dennis Erb Jr win out over Ryan Unzicker, with those two advancing and Kevin Weaver, Donny Walden and Ted Loomis rounding out the top five.
The heat winners drew for their starting positions, with the pole going to Shane Clanton, the outside front row to Brian Birkhofer. The second row went to Jimmy Mars and Josh Richards. The third row would start Rick Eckert and Richie Hedrick.
The feature would see Brian Birkhofer blast out to the early lead. Shane Clanton stayed right with him, taking the lead on lap eight, just to see Birky go back by one lap later. The first of two cautions came out with 63 laps remaining, as Dennis Erb Jr would stop on the track just as he was getting lapped, and he retired for the evening. Birky then commanded the lead spot, for just six laps later, Brady Smith brought out the second caution with a flat tire and a spin. The remaining fifty seven laps were run under the green flag, with Birky in the lead, weaving through traffic, only to find Shane Clanton pull alongside and take the lead with eight laps to go. Birky would stick right with him for the next two laps, until Clanton cleared traffic, and went on to collect the checkered flag and the $20,000 that goes with it.
Birky would finish a close second, followed by Josh Richards, who spent most of the race running in the third spot.
The modified heat races went to Denny Schwartz, Jeff Leka, Gary Cook Jr, and Mike Spatola. The semis went to Kent Robinson and George Aimone. The feature event went to Denny Schwartz over Jeff Leka, Gary Cook Jr in an uneventful race. Denny Schwartz had set fast time at 14.084 seconds. Also during time trials Dave Sandage smacked the tires in turn #3 and flipped, he was uninjured.
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
April 6th, 2009
The place was Farmer City Raceway Friday night April 3, 2009. The Hammers, aka TruSpeed, Inc prepared a beautiful racetrack following cold, rainy conditions and the fans came out in droves. The fairgrounds were muddy, but with the afternoon sun and wind, although chilly, the mud problems pretty much disappeared. The racing surface was in excellent, smooth condition. A total of 134 cars in four divisions were in the pits, which were overflowing, mostly due to the mud.
The draw was the World of Outlaws Late Models first night of two for the second annual Illini 100, paying a whopping $20,000 to win. The cars were very fast, with Moweaqua’s Shannon Babb turning in fast time at 12.179 seconds about two tenths of a
second off Billy Moyer’s track record set last year at this event. With Fifty One late models on hand, the six heat races were basically a battle from the start to the first two turns. With five of the six races, the leader on the first lap went on uncontested to the checkers, with the top three from each advancing to Saturday’s feature event. The first heat went to West Virginia’s Josh Richards over Shannon Babb and Clint Smith. The second heat went to Iowa’s Brian Birkhofer over Steve
Francis and Jason Feger. The third heat went to Wisconsin’s Jimmy Mars over Joe Harlan and Zach Johnson. The fourth heat went to Georigia’s Shane Clanton over Darrell Lanigan and Will Vaught. The fifth heat went to Urbana, Illinois’ Richie Hedrick over Matt Lux and Vic Coffey. The sixth and final heat went to Pennsylvania’s Rick Eckert over Brady Smith and Chub Frank. This last heat race held the only excitement, as leader Chub Frank had a flat tire with three laps to go, went to the pits, changed the tire, restarted at the rear and literally BLASTED his way back up to third with last lap contact on both Ryan Unzicker and Donny Walden to take the final transfer spot. The only other late model action was Jon Rogers flip during hot laps, he was unhurt.
The question mark of the evening, perhaps of the whole 2009 season seems to be the Crates/Sportsmen division. In an effort to keep car counts up, the crate late models are now being mixed with the sportsmen class. This class, at least for the first night, seemed to be a mixture of one to five year old late models, new crate late models, last year’s sportsmen and at least one street stocker. Needless to say, the cream rose straight to the top. There were a total of twenty cars on hand for this
division, and there were definitely first night woes. The first heat went to Nick Bauman over Jim Moon and Gary Engles, with the second heat going to the beautifully wrapped car of Tyler Adams over Jason Unzicker and Greg Kimmons. The feature event
was a yellow flag event, with five yellow flag laps needed to finish every five laps. I honestly lost count of the yellow flags in this event, I even made a trip to the restroom and returned to my seat, hearing that they had three more yellows, but had not completed any more laps. Nick Bauman in another former late model car led the first half before the car broke, giving up the lead to Jim Moon from Indiana. Jason Unzicker in his old sportsmen was right with him at the checkers, along with Kevin Moffett’s late model car. This is going to be confusing to say the least.
The street stockers had sixteen cars in the pits, with heats going to Josh Griffith and Jim Quinn, and one of the few passes for the lead all evening. Defending track champion Jim Quinn would go on to dominate the feature, with a good race going on for second, finally going to Josh Griffith over Steve Ewing and Bob Simpson.
The modified feature would eventually be the complete show for the evening. And what a barn-burner it was. The 47 modifieds on hand started out with Kent Robinson trouncing the field in the first heat by half a lap over the unknown number 12, and Lance Dehm. The second heat was a very exciting race up front with Danny Schwartz finally winning out over Jeff Leka, and Chad Evans was within a car length of taking the checkers, that was an exciting race. The third heat went to Gary Cook Jr over
Mckay Wenger and a fast charging Denny Schwartz. The fourth heat went to Nathan Balensiefen, even though I cannot spell his name correctly, Nathan flat out drove the field, with Darcey Wey second by half a lap, and the number 22 of Lauder in third. The fifth heat went to the 52 of Thoennes over Jeffrey Curl and Mark Anderson.
The modified feature started with Jeff Leka on the pole and Kent Robinson on the outside. Robinson took off for an early lead, but Leka was not gonna let him get away. Through a number of yellow flags, Leka and Robinson put on a great show up front. But right on their tails were Gary Cook Jr, the two Schwartz’s, Jeffrey Curl, Mark Anderson and Nathan Balensiefen putting on a show for third. The familiar #12 of Curl would take an early exit. The final lap would show Robinson as the winner, alongside was Jeff Leka, and trying to get around them was third place Denny Schwartz and fourth place finisher Danny Schwartz. They were followed very closely by Mark Anderson, who worked his way from the back half of the field, Gary Cook Jr, and Nathan Balensiefen. Again, this was the best race of the evening by far.
Saturday nights events start at 6 pm with a full show for the modifieds, along with late model semi features, a non-qualifier feature and the Second Annual 100 lap Illini 100 paying a whopping $20,000 to the winner.
April 3rd, 2009
BEAR LAKE, PA – Chub Frank’s three-week-long racing trip across the south ended quietly with an early exit from the fourth annual Circle K Colossal 100 on Sunday afternoon at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The 47-year-old star from Bear Lake, Pa., was credited with a 24th-place finish in the World of O utlaws Late Model Series event, completing 56 laps.
He was running just outside the top 10 when he retired because the air cleaner stud broke on his Corry Rubber/Lake Shore Paving/Hino Toyota/All-Star Performance/Corry Laser/Slavic Corporation/Custom Race Engines/GW Performance Chevrolet Impala SS Rocket Chassis No. 1*.
“The stud broke as I was coming off turn two,” said Chub, who started 25th after winning the day’s first B-Main. “The air cleaner flew off and that was it. I think I could’ve gotten a top-10 at least out of it, but I don’t know.”
Chub had managed to battle forward on the four-tenths-mile oval, but passing wasn’t easy on a surface that was dried out by bright sun and strong winds. “If I hit it just right the car was pretty good,” said Chub. “The problem was, passing was tough. If you got in the wrong lane you’d lose six or seven spots like I did on one restart after I had started gaining on it.
“All in all, the track wasn’t bad for an afternoon show. (Darrell) Lanigan showed you could race on it (by coming from the rear of the field to finish second to Earl Pearson Jr.).”
The Colossal 100 was condensed to a one-day program on Sunday after wet weather forced Lowe’s Motor Speedway officials to abandon the scheduled two days of action scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Immediately following the event Chub headed home to Pennsylvania for the first time since he departed his shop prior to the WoO LMS program scheduled for March 12-13 at Deep South Speedway in Loxley, Ala. Still tied with Rick Eckert for seventh in the WoO LMS points standings because Sunday’s race offered only tour show-up points, he’ll try to improve his position when the series returns to action this weekend (April 3-4) to contest the $20,000-to-win ‘Illini 100’ at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway.
For more information on Chub Frank, visit www.chubfrank.com. CFR PR.
February 13th, 2009
The Farmer City Raceway & Lincoln Speedway have released their 2009 race schedules on their websites. Farmer City will have three open practices on March 22, 29, and April 2 before the season opening Illini 100. Don’t forget the Farmer City Awards
Banquet scheduled for March 14 at the Breaker’s Hall in Clinton, IL. Lincoln will have two open practices on March 28 and April 5 before their season opener on April 11. For a complete look at the schedules visit the track websites at www.farmercityraceway.net and www.lincolnspeedway.org.
Both Farmer City Raceway and Lincoln Speedway are promoted by TruSpeed, Inc. and can be contacted at: TruSpeed Inc. P.O. Box 131 Clinton, IL 61727 Office – 217-737-7134or online at email@example.com
January 23rd, 2009
The Farmer City Raceway Banquet will be March 14, 2009 at Breaker’s Hall located at 211 E. Adams St. in Clinton, IL. Cocktails at 6:00, dinner at 6:30, with awards and entertainment to follow.
Cost is $15 at the door.For additional information, please call TruSpeed, Inc. at 217-737-7134.
Racenut…. Dan Stewart…. www.midwestdirttrackfacts.com
August 31st, 2008
The first event of the evening was time trials, with Mr. Smooth reeling off a lap of 12.464 seconds, the fastest of the 36 late models on hand. Moyer went on to win his heat in convincing style, easily winning over the 2008 track champion Eric Smith, followed by Kevin Weaver and Ryan Unzicker. The second heat went to Steve Sheppard Jr over a hard charging Frank Heckenast Jr, followed by Rich Bell and Ryan Little.
The third heat had a little trouble getting started due to third place starter Ted Loomis twice making a pass on the polesitter Jimmy Mars before the green flag would wave. Eventually, Brian Shirley would get the win, with Mars finally getting around Loomis in turn four of the final lap for second, with Loomis third and Kyle Logue fourth. The fourth heat was the most exciting as polesitter Don O’Neal jumped to the early lead, only to be run down on lap four and passed by Jason Feger, who went on to the win over O’Neal with Daren Friedman and Donny Walden rounding out the top four spots. The first semi feature went to Kevin Claycomb over Kerry Matthew, Joe Harlan and Mike Glasscock. The second semi went to Scott Bull. The next three finishers put on a show for the fans running three wide most of the race, with Jimmy Dehm finishing second over Terry Babb and Rick Scheffler.
Come feature time, the heat winners started up front, meaning Moyer and Sheppard Jr were the front row. Moyer took off to the early lead, followed closely by Sheppard, and Shirley. The first of two cautions came for Sheppard Jr as the right rear of his car had serious problems while he was running second. The second caution was for a spinning Rich Bell with eighteen laps to go. Up until that point in the race, Brian Shirley, Jimmy Mars and Jason Feger had been trading positions almost every lap. When the green flag flew again, however, third place Feger got around Shirley on the restart and set sail to try and catch Moyer. With about 10 laps to go, Feger caught Moyer and over the next six laps would try to pull alongside, and a couple of times almost made the pass complete. The fans in the stands were on their feet in amazement as Feger just would not give up. But all was in vain, as Moyer would turn up the wick and slide past some backmarkers and go on to victory lane.
The modified class saw a new track record in time trials, as Danny Schwartz would blister off a lap of 13.883 seconds in his father Denny’s car. There were 34 modifieds on hand, and the first heat went to Kent Robinson over Danny Schwartz and Jeb Friedman. The second heat went to a very fast Jeremy Nichols over Lane Dehm and Kevin Hastings. The third heat went to Jeff Leka over Mckay Wenger and Terry Barker. The final heat went to Gary Cook Jr over Chad Evans and Cory Schwengel. Brian Lynn won the semi feature. In the feature, Kent Robinson would lead the opening laps, but Jeff Leka would overpower him and run on to the checkers, followed by a hard charging Gary Cook Jr. Danny Schwartz, Mckay Wenger, Kent Robinson Chad Evans, Jeb Friedman, Mike Spatola, Cory Schwengel and Kevin Hastings rounded out the top ten finishers.
The streetstock class saw the first heat go to Jim Quinn over Greg Rubenacker and Scott Thrasher. The second heat went to Al Crawley over Terry Miller and Jesse Simmons. The feature went to Al Crawley over Jim Quinn, Terry Miller, Chris Tackett, Josh Griffith, Darrell Lehigh, Scott Thrasher and Greg Rubenacker.
The hornet class had David Reed win the first heat over Cook Crawford and David
Lorenzen. The second heat went to Stacy Whitehouse over Josh Osborne and Matt Corey. The feature ended in normal Reed style, as last row starter Joe Reed would take the lead from his brother David as they came off turn four, with a little love tap, and take the checkered flag and the track championship.
There were 102 cars in the pits, and all races were complete at 10:40 pm
Congratulations to 2008 track champions Eric Smith, Jeff Leka, Joel Funk, Jim Quinn, and Joe Reed.
August 18th, 2008
The first heat went to Daren Friedman over Scott Bull, Joe Harlan and Mike Glasscock. The second heat was a runaway by Richie Hedrick, but second place Derek Chandler had his hands full with Rocky Griffin, and Aaron Ricketts took fourth place. The third heat was a very exciting race between points leader Eric Smith and Jimmy Dehm. Smith and Dehm swapped the lead numerous times, with Smith holding off Dehm for the win. The duo was followed to the checkers by Don Cisco and George Scheffler. The semi feature
went to Chris Dick over Donny Walden. The feature had Friedman on the inside front row and Hedrick starting outside. Hedrick took off right from the start, riding the high groove and was never headed. Friedman stayed with Hedrick the first few laps, then Scott Bull made a charge that almost paid off late in the race. They survived two cautions, and Hedrick went on to collect the checkered flag, followed closely by Eric Smith, Scott Bull, Mike Glasscock, Daren Friedman and Jimmy Dehm.
The modified class had some great racing going on as well. Jeb Friedman turned in fast time at 14.189 seconds. The first heat went to Chad Osterhoff over Cory
Schwengel, Jeb Friedman and Bobby Pearson. The second heat saw defending UMP
National champion Denny Schwartz blister the field, followed by Jay Ledford, Randy Huffman and Kevin Hastings. The third heat saw Billy Tuckwell win by quite a distance over Darcey Wey, Justin DeLong, Don Cox and Justin McCoy.
The feature started pretty rough, as the first lap was about to be completed, Billy Tuckwell took a wild vicious tumble on the frontstretch, barrel rolling and pirouetting until finally coming to rest on the half mile track in front of the grandstands. Tuckwell walked away unscathed, but the car appeared to be junk. Denny Schwartz would go on to lead the whole twenty lap distance, challenged only on the many restarts by Jeb Friedman, but Schwartz would quickly open up a sizeable lead. Schwartz put his car in victory lane for the first time in two years at this track. Following Schwartz to the line were Jeb Friedman, eighth place starter Randy Huffman, Cory Schwengel, Jay Ledford, Chad Osterhoff, Kevin Hastings, Justin DeLong, Justin McCoy, and Darcey Wey.
The twelve car sportsman class saw the heats going to Jason Unzicker over Rick
Roedell, and John Barnard over Rod Rusher. The feature went to points leader Joel Funk, but he had to earn the win fighting with, and holding off Jason Unzicker, Gary Turpin and Rod Rusher. Chris Anderson finished fifth.
The street stock class also only had twelve cars, with the first heat going to Chris Tackett in a close battle over Josh Griffith and Scott Thrasher. The second heat went to Terry Miller after a very spirited battle with Terry Miller and Greg Rubenacker. In the feature, Jim Quinn held off Terry Miller, Greg Rubenacker, Chris Tackett, Josh Griffith and Darrel Lehigh for the win.The kidmodz were once again in town with the heat race going to Bobby Pierce over Kyle Hammer, Zach Bunton and Hurricane Heidi. Bobby Pierce then won the feature, holding off Heidi Goodman.
The hornets had a full field of twenty two cars on hand. The first heat had an
exciting finish, as the three leaders came to the line side by side, the man in the middle edged forward just enough to take the win. Mike Maier just barely took the checkered flag over Jim Wilson and Bo O’Donoghue. The second heat was also exciting, as Stephanie Soberri took a nasty flip in turn one. She also was unhurt. The checkers went to David Reed over Randy Rexroad, Stacy Whitehouse and Joe Reed. Joe Reed then held off his brother David Reed for the feature win.
There were 98 cars in the pits and the headlining late model feature was finished at 10:20 pm
August 11th, 2008
Beautiful weather brought out thirty of the Midwest Stars of UMP Late Model racing to Farmer City Friday night. If you are a real race fan, this was one night you will be sorry you missed. Jason Feger turned in fast time at 12.667 seconds. Feger also won his heat going away, turning laps in the 12.5 second range. A distant second was Daren Friedman, followed by Richie Hedrick, and Ryan Unzicker. The second heat went to Steve Sheppard Jr over Frank Heckenast Jr, Brandon Sheppard, and Rich Bell. The third heat went to Kevin Weaver over Joe Harlan, Scott Bull, and Kyle Logue. The fourth and final heat started out with Eric Smith and UMP National Points leader Dennis Erb, Jr battling it out for the first half.
Finally, Erb Jr got the advantage going on for the win over Smith, Donny Walden, and Don Cisco. The semi feature went to Terry Babb over Matt Taylor. The feature event started out with Jason Feger and Steve Sheppard Jr on the front row. It took two laps for Sheppard Jr to get in front of Feger. From that point on, the duo, with Dennis Erb Jr in tow, while surviving three cautions, decided to run almost the entire race two and three cars wide. Sheppard led almost all the laps, but there were times when the lead trio were three wide, swapping grooves and running positions several times a lap. The few folks in the grandstands that were not standing before the white flag, all stood up and the whole place was cheering as they came down for the checkers. There was a backmarker turning sideways right in front of them, and Sheppard Jr had to do some maneuvering to avoid a crash at the
checkers. When Sheppard Jr steered to avoid the car in front of him, Feger also had to change his line a bit, as he was right next to Sheppard. And, Erb Jr was right on their tails trying to make one last ditch effort for the win. Final top five was Steve Sheppard Jr, Jason Feger, Dennis Erb Jr, Kevin Weaver and Frank Heckenast Jr.
Eighteen of the twenty starters finished on the lead lap, there were three cautions, and the late model feature was finished at 10:20 pm
In the Modified division, Mckay Wenger turned in fast time of the twenty six cars present. Wenger then won his heat over Chad Evans, Jeff Leka and Denny Schwartz. The seond heat went to Ben Hulse over Jay Ledford, Justin DeLong and Dean Rhodens. This was an exciting race, as Hulse and Ledford race most of the race side by side. The third heat went to Cory Schwengel over Justin McCoy, Chad Osterhoff and Darcey Wey. The semi feature went to Jeff Curl over Danny O’Dell. The feature started out with Mckay Wenger on the pole and the early lead. Even though Jeff Leka started seventh, about half way through the event, he got around Wenger and sailed off in the distance to yet another feature win. Rounding out the top seven, within three car lengths of each other, were Chad Osterhoff, unofficially Mckay Wenger, Chad Evans, Cory Schwengel, Justin DeLong, and Denny Schwartz. Leka is not only the current UMP modified track points leader and multi-time defending champion, but is also leading the UMP National points as well.
The sportsmen heat went to Jason Unzicker over Joel Funk. In the feature, however, Funk would get around Unzicker and park himself in victory lane. The points leader Funk was followed by Unzicker and Chris Anderson.
The street stock heats went to Jim Quinn over a hard charging Chris Tackett, but the race in this one was for second and at one point there were five cars racing for second. The second heat went to Terry Miller over Josh Griffith. The feature went to Terry Miller with Chris Tackett second.
The hornet heats went to UMP National points leader Joe Reed over David Reed, and to Jason Maier over Larry Hawk. And once again the feature went to Joe Reed followed closely by David Reed.
There were 102 cars in the pits.
August 6th, 2008
The heat winners Josh Griffith and Jim Quinn started on the front row, followed by Greg Rubenacker and Terry Miller. Griffith and Quinn battled for the lead the entire race, racing side by side for several laps and Terry Miller was right on their tails trying to find a way around them. Griffith led, Quinn led, Griffith led again and it really was a three way race for first. The three fast lead cars were in turn when two slower cars got together on the front stretch to bring out the only caution. Also, Chris Tackett and Rubenacker had quite the battle going for fourth. At the restart Griffith leads followed by Quinn. Then Rubenacker car then has a problem and heads for the infield. At this point it was back to the Griffith, Quinn and Miller show. In the end, Josh Griffith wins followed by Jim Quinn, Terry Miller and Chris
Tackett. This really was an awesome race.
The sportsman feature was another exciting race, as Gary Turpin held off Joel Funk, Jason Unzicker and Greg Kimmons. Heat winners were Jason Unzicker and Gary Turpin. With twenty six modified taking time trials, Denny Schwartz turned in fast time. Schwartz went on to win his heat over Jeff Leka, Jeb Friedman and Chad Osterfhoff. The second heat went to Jay Ledford over Chad Evans and, Denny Wilson and Jeremy Nichols. The third heat went to Mckay Wenger in an exciting battle over Justin DeLong, Cory Schwengel and Wes O’Dell. The semi feature went to Jeff Curl over Marty Hiser. The twenty lap feature went the distance under the green flag. Denny Schwartz took the initial lead, followed very closely by Ledford, Wenger and Leka. Finally with three laps to go, UMP National points leader Leka worked his way around Schwartz for the win, Followed by Schwartz, Jay Ledford, Mckay Wenger and Justin DeLong. Rounding out the top twelve were Chad Evans, Jeb Friedman, Cory Schwengel, Chad Osterhoff, Jeremy Nichols, Randy Huffman and Denny Wilson. The Kidmodz heat race went to Heidi Goodman, with Bobby Pierce taking the feature win.
Hornet heat winners were Matt Musgrave and Joe Reed. The feature was kind of crazy as mechanical problems was the theme of the night. Joe Reed takes off for the lead and the race was for second between David Reed and Matt Musgrave. Then Musgrave appears to blow a motor as he heads into turn two. Now its Reed Racing battling for the lead, side by side, when something apparently breaks on the Joe Reed’s car and he slows way down, then another car looses a tire and it raced down the back stretch while the race continued. In the end, David Reed wins followed by Shawn Garrison, Eric Wilson. Not sure what place the tire finished.
In the Late Model class, twenty seven drivers ran time trials, with Scott Schmitt hitting the track next to last, turning in fast time at 13.099 seconds. The first heat went to Eric Smith over Wes Steidinger, Kerby Damery and Aaron Ricketts. After an altercation with promoter Don Hammer, Steidinger was scratched for the evening and was asked to leave the fairgrounds. The second heat went to Derek Chandler over Jimmy Dehm, Ryan Unzicker and Brandon Sheppard. The third heat went to Steve Sheppard Jr over Joe Harlan, Daren Friedman and Donny Walden. The semi feature went to Scott Bull over Gary Schalmo and Jimmy Felker Jr.Come feature time, Derek Chandler took the early lead from the outside front row. With the lightning fast, ultra smooth track Chandler was turning laps faster in the feature than in time trials. The first eight laps were all Chandler, with Eric Smith hounding him for the lead. Smith took the lead from Chandler on lap eight, and four laps later, Chandler’s car broke. Smith would go on to win the feature, followed by Steve Sheppard Jr, Donny Walden, Ryan Unzicker and Joe Harlan.
July 29th, 2008
The final heat went to Kevin Weaver in another exciting run over Eric Smith, Ryan Dauber, Dennis Erb Jr and Aaron Ricketts. The semi feature went to Derek Chandler over a charging Jimmy Dehm, Jason Riggs, Jimmy Felker Jr and Tim Lance. The feature event, worth $2000 and 30 laps in length started out with outside front row sitter Brian Shirley taking the early lead. About a third of the way through, Kevin Weaver got around Shirley with a low turn four pass and went on to victory. Wes Stedinger came home a close second followed by Eric Smith and Brian Shirley.
In the modified class, the winner’s share for the night was $750 and the length was 25 laps. Bloomington, Indiana’s Kent Robinson’s home track took the night off, so Kent brought his broom with him to Farmer City and swept the program. Robinson turned in fast time, won his heat and won the feature in convincing style. The first heat went to Robinson over Tommy Seets Jr, the second heat went to Jeremy Nichols over Chad Evans. The third heat went to Denny Schwartz over Wes Steidinger. The semi went to Mckay Wenger over Travis Howell, Danny Schwartz and Jeff Leka. The feature was a real barn-burner as Robinson took the early lead and kept it. Tommy Seets came home second.
The sportsmen feature went to John Bernard over Jason Unzicker, Shane Garrison, Wes O’Dell, Joel Funk and Rod Rusher. There were 91 cars in the pits and the late model feature was over by 10:30
July 21st, 2008
Derek Chandler and Jimmy Dehm followed them to the line. The second heat was another exciting race as Donny Walden and Scott Bull raced the entire distance side by side, with Walden holding off Bull for the win, followed by Bill Gianetti and Joe Harlan. The third heat was a Dennis Erb Jr show, leaving no doubt why he is the defending National UMP Champ and two time UMP Summernationals Champ. Erb took off at the green and never looked back as he took the win over Eric Smith, Tim Lance and Richie Hedrick.
The semi feature went to Mike Provenzano over Cody Watters, Rocky Griffin and Jimmy Felker Jr. Come feature time, with Scott Schmitt and Donny Walden on the front row, last week’s winner Walden took off to an immediate lead. Erb, Schmitt, Friedman, Smith and Bull were battling for second place. Halfway through the feature, Walden got caught up lapping a car, and after a quick bump to the wall, retired for the evening. This put Eric Smith in the lead, but he had to fight Dennis Erb Jr for the position, as the duo swapped the lead a few times. Eventually, Smith would pull away a bit, and after surviving a couple more cautions, would lead Erb Jr to the checkers. The duo was followed by Tim Lance, Scott Schmitt and Derek Chandler.
This night was also a benefit night for Circles of Hope, a foundation devoted to helping children of racing families who have challenging health issues. There were several raffle items including a ride in the track’s two seater which was donated by Joe Reed. The ride was won by Mrs Rocky Griffin of Bloomington. Chuck Flynn from muddbossvideos also donated a stingray orange county choppers bicycle that went to David Ellison of Urbana, who also won the tracks 50/50 drawing. Several drivers willingly came to the grandstand to have kids throw pies in their faces. Thanks to Chad Evans, Chris Burton, David Reed, Joe Reed and Steve Brandt Sr as the kids (and others) ended up as messy as the drivers. Thanks go out to all that helped with this benefit, Lois, Roger, Sherrie, Dean, Steve, and others, including the track promoters TruSpeed, and Mike the announcer for all the extra hard work.
In the modified class, Denny Schwartz set fast time of the 23 cars present. The
first heat went to Danny Schwartz over Denny Schwartz and Mckay Wenger. The second heat went to Rob Fuqua over Jeff Leka and Cory Schwengel. The third heat went to Jeb Friedman over Chad Osterhoff and Jeff Curl. Derrick Doerr won the semi feature over Josh Beebe. The feature event was an exciting race, as Danny Schwartz and Rob Fuqua put on a show with Denny Schwartz, Jeff Leka and Jeb Friedman all trying to get to the front. Midway through the feature, Fuqua and Danny Schwartz seemed to have settled for first and second, but Jeff Leka went by both of them and went on to yet another feature win.
The website MidwestDirtTrackFacts.com had put up a $50 hard charger award in conjunction with Circles of Hope, which was won by Chad Evans.
The hornet feature was an exciting barn-burner as Joe Reed took the checkers after starting third. Second went to Bob Zbinden over Eric Wilson, Larry Hawk, Matt Musgrave, John Jones, Jim Wilson, Cook Crawford, Kyle Henegar and Stacy Whitehouse. Henegar unofficially won the MidwestDirtTrackFacts.com hard charger award after starting 18th and working his way to ninth.
The street stock feature once again went to Terry Miller over Jim Quinn and Greg Rubenacker, Jonah Buyno, Chris Tackett, Hugh Johns, Bob Simmons, Steve Brandt Sr, Scott Thrasher and Greg Brewer. Miller and Bob Simmons had earlier won the exciting heats.
The sportsman feature went to Joel Funk over Gary Turpin, Billy Nail and Jason
Unzicker. Heats went to John Barnard and Joel Funk. Bobby Pierce beat Justin Leka and Kyle Hammer to the checkers in the KidModz feature.
July 20th, 2008
Here is a lengthy recap, sorry for the misspelled names as I am sure there are some. 21 modifieds, 18 Street Stocks and 20 Hornets made it to the track to race tonight. Check www.farmercityraceway.net for official results but here is what I got and I got a lot. First up was modified qualifying and here are the top five: Chad Evans 14.499, Jeff Leka 14.634, Jeb Friedman 14.648, Jim Ransom 14.652, and Kent Robinson 14.742.
Next up to qualify were the street stocks, last year on Quinn’s Towing night Jim Quinn had the fast time with a 15.690. Friedman takes off in the lead and by lap 4 Evans and Friedman are side-by-side, then on lap 5 the caution comes out after Chad Evans has some sort of problem and then had to head to the back? Race restarts and Friedman and Ken Robinson battle for the lead, they switch the lead back and forth and on the last lap Robinson passes Friedman to win followed by Justin DeLong, and Jeff Curl.
Modified Heat 23L Leka and 24 Jim Ransom start on front row and take off at the
start and no one else does causing a complete restart. On the restart, two cars spin in 2 causing another restart. Leka takes off and leads the first four laps, at lap five there is a caution for a spin on the front stretch. With two to go Leka leads by like 4 car lengths. The race in this one was for 3rd. At the line, Leka wins followed by Ransom, Jamey Henson and then Jeremy Nichols. Street Stock Heat 1:Line Up41 950 2497 497 2522EAt the start Ewing and Maisel take off, two laps in there is a caution when the a car spins in 4. At the restart it is 95 41 24 0 97 49 28 22 7. The 95 and 41 take off a again and the 95 and 41 have a sizable lead over the 24. Then the scary event of the night happens when the leaders take the white flag on the front stretch while the 22 car spins on the back stretch. One car had no where to go and crashed hard in the 22E car. Ricky Hoffman was assisted from the 22 car and able to walk to the ambulance with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. The ambulance did leave the track, I’m praying for a speedy recovery for Ricky and I hope the injury is not serious. A total of three cars left the track after this incident. The race restarts with one lap to go and Steve Ewing went onto win followed by the 41 of Steve Maisel, 24 Hall, 0 Tackett, and 49 Buyno. SS heat 2Line up9 882 0076R 2119 4733Race Starts and 9 Miller and 8 Hurst take off for the lead. 8 Hurst leads the first lap and every lap there after to cross the finish line first in this caution free race. He was followed by Terry Miller, Jim Quinn, Greg Rubenacker, Greg Brewer, Troy Dodson, Hugh Johson, Scott Thraser and Doug Burbaum.
Hornet Heat 14J Damin Jones wins followed by 47 Willson, 64 Crawford, and T75
Taylor.Hornet Heat 222 Joe Reed wins followed by David Reed, Larry Hawk and Matt Corey. Grain trucks heat and feature winner Frannie DickModified Feature -This race was awesome to watch and I don’t usually watch the mods so that is saying something. Jeff Leka and Ken Robenson raced and side by side and swaped the lead back and fourth and when the checkered flag flew Jeff Leka won followed by Ken Robinson, Jim Ransom, Jeb Friedman and Jeremy Nichols. I believe there were 3 cautions in this one.
Street Stock Feature. The Quinn’s Towing $300 to win Street Stock Feature
really was the best race of the night it was awesome to watch. There were cars
racing up high, down low, and in the middle and the race ran caution free! Steve Ewing took off in the lead and he and Steve Maisel battled for the lead while Jim Quinn and Terry Miller had their own battle going for 3rd. It got really exciting when they got into lap traffic. Maisel eventually passed Ewing and then was nearly taken out by a lapped car on the last lap! However, he raced onto victory and took home the Quinn’s Towing $300! Steve Ewing finished 2nd, followed by Jim Quinn 3rd, Terry Miller 4th. David Hurst 5th, Chris Tackett 6th, Lee Hall, Johna Buyno, Greg Rubanacker, Hugh Johnson, and Greg Brewer 10th. Let me repeat, this was a great race to watch. The hornet feature was also a great race between the top 3 cars. Damin Jones and Joe Reed took off for the lead and did a lot of racing side-by-side, then David Reed not only caught up with them he went onto pass them and it got real interesting when they got into lapped traffic. In the end, 5 David Reed wins followed by 4j Jones and 22 Reed.
Thanks to Farmer City Raceway and Quinn’s Towing for putting on the street stock special. It really was a great night at the track!
Congrats again to all the winners and I hope Ricky Hoffman gets to feeling much
better super quick! See you Friday, when my race report will be no where near this long.
July 14th, 2008
The evening started with Scott Bull turning in fast time of the twenty late models on hand. Aaron Ricketts won the first heat over Jayme Zidar, Scott Bull and Mike Mataragas. The second heat went to Donny Walden, after starting fourth and powering his way around second place finisher Derek Chandler, the duo was followed by Scott Schmitt and Eric Smith to the checkers. Walden started the feature outside front row next to Aaron Ricketts. Walden jumped to the early lead with Ricketts right on his tail or next to him the first part of the race. The front duo were turning lap times in the feature that were almost as fast as they time trialed earlier. Surviving a couple of cautions, Walden would get the jump at the restarts and secure his position all the way to the checkers. Ricketts would hold on for second, with a very determined Scott Bull alongside for the latter part of the race. Zidar came home fourth with Mike Mataragas finishing fifth.
The ‘headliner’ class for the evening was the Sportsmen, with a $500 to win special. Fast time of the 27 cars on hand went to Jason Unzicker at 14.744 seconds. The first heat went to Jason Unzicker over Gary Turpin, Joel Funk and Curtis Hobbs. The second heat went to Billy Nail over Greg Kimmons, Rod Rusher and Shane Garrison. The third heat went to Ben Hulse over Wes O’Dell, Rick Rhodell and another Funk. The semi feature went to Jeff Graham over Tim Dick and Al Crowder. The feature was a wild event, with only eleven of the twenty startes finishing the race. The win went to Joel Funk.
The modified class had 21 cars in the pits. The first heat went to Chad Osterhoff over Randy Huffman and Rob Fuqua. The second heat was won by Chad Evans over Danny Schwartz and Justin DeLong. The feature went to Chad Evans.
The street stock feature went to Mike Pickering.
The final feature of the evening was without a doubt the closest race of the
evening. Third place starter Kyle Taylor went on to the win, quite literally at the checkered flag over Jason Meyer, Eric Keymon, 89, and Joe Reed, who had earlier won the heat race over brother David. The Reeds had started the feature on the front row.
The late model feature was over at 10:10 pm and there were 103 cars in the pits.
This coming Wednesday night, July 16, fair week, Modifieds, Hornets and Street
Stocks will be racing, with a special $300 to win Street Stock feature!
July 7th, 2008
The evening started off with 25 drivers taking time trials, and Joe Harlan taking fast time at 12.619 seconds. The first heat went to Scott Bull over Joe Harlan, Matt Taylor and Justin Shaw. The second heat went to Darren Friedman over Donny Walden, Justin Allgaier and Rich Bell. The third heat went to Eric Smith over Aaron Ricketts, Scott Schmitt and Jayme Zidar. The semi feature went to Chris Dick over Eric Fisher.
Come feature time, it was Scott Bull and Darren Friedman on the front row. Bull jumped to the immediate lead, but the yellow flew, and on the restart, Darren Friedman came out in the lead. Several more yellows and several cars missing, the race finally got underway with Friedman holding off Bull, a hard charging Justin Allgaier, Matt Taylor and Eric Smith. Midway through the race, Matt Taylor got airborne in turn two, with a very rough landing. The emergency crew eventually cut the roof off the car and with the help of a neck/back brace, got Matt out of the race car and took him to the hospital for observation. He was alert and conscious, and the ride in the ambulance was just a precaution. Once the race got back underway, Friedman managed to hold off Eric Smith for the win, with Allgaier second, Schmitt third, Mike Mataragas, Scott Bull and Joe Harlan rounding out the top five.
In the sportsman class, heat winners were Jason Unzicker and Jaret Lueck. Lueck went on to win the feature with Joel Funk Jr and Rod Rusher right on his tail. In the modifieds, Lance Dehm and Jeff Curl won the heats, with Chad Osterhoff winning the feature over Chad Evans, followed very closely by Jeb Friedman, Jeremy Nichols, Justin DeLong, Lance Dehm and Randy Huffman.
Street Stock heat winners were Jim Quinn and Terry Miller The fireworks show was a very good show. There were 105 cars present and the late model feature was finished at 10:05, even after the delay of getting Mr. Taylor safely out of his car.
June 23rd, 2008
Farmer City Raceway played host to the 2008 version of the UMP DIRTcar
Summernationals. This was the twentieth year for Farmer City to host the
Summernationals tour, and no other track has held more of the tour races. As one of the lucky few, I personally have been to all twenty of these shows.
With fifty late models signed in, the current track record holder Billy Moyer turned in fast time of the evening at 12.846 seconds, about nine tenths of a second off his record set in April of this year. There were five heats with the top three finishers from each heat advancing to the feature. All five heats were a bit of a runaway by the winner, but there was some absolutely great racing going on behind them for second through fifth in each race. The first heat went to Moyer, but the show of the evening was Dennis Erb Jr starting ninth and powerhousing his way to third in the first three laps. Jimmy Mars would finish second, but had Erb Jr beside him most of the race.
The second heat went to Brian Birkhofer, with Steve Sheppard Jr holding off Eric Smith for second. The third heat had Darren Miller doing a bit of a runaway with Wes Steidinger and Kyle Logue battling it out for second and third. The third heat went to Brian Shirley by a long way over Scott Bull, who narrowly held off Jeep VanWormer. The fifth and final heat went to Randy Korte, with Brian Diveley side by side at the finish line holding off Jordan Bland. There were two C mains, with the to two advancing to the B main. The first C main went to Patrick Sheltra over Chris Simpson and Dewayne Kiefer. The second C main went to Ryan Unzicker over Rocky Griffin, who ran most of the distance next to Derek Chandler.
The semi feature, B main, was a very good race, with Kevin Weaver outrunning Matt Taylor and Ryan Dauber. These three would advance to the feature. Finishing fourth was Darren Friedman, followed Don O’Neal, Frank Heckenast Jr, Mike Mataragas, Ryan Unzicker and Terry English. The feature event started out with Randy Korte on the pole next to Darren Miller, the result of a blind draw by the heat winners. The second row had Brian Shirley and Billy Moyer, with the third row being Brian Birkhofer and Jimmy Mars. Needless to say, there was a lot of talent in the starting line up. Thirteen of the twenty one starters had previously visited victory lane at this historic old fairgrounds track.
Randy Korte led the first four laps, side by side with Darren Miller. Miller worked his way in front and stayed there to collect the checkers.
Those not making the feature included former winners Don O’Neal and Brady Smith and this year’s Highland Speedway winner Terry English he modified class had 32 cars on hand with Jeff Leka picking up yet another feature in over Denny Schwartz, followed by Gary Cook Jr, Jeb Friedman, Lance Dehm, Chad
Osterhoff, Danny Schwartz, Cory Schwengel, and Jay Ledford. Modified heats went to Jeff Leka, Rob Fuqua, Jeb Friedman and Jay Ledford. The semi feature went to Jeff Curl over Danny Schwartz. The Street Stocks were also in action with 18 cars present. Jim Quinn and Terry Miller won the heat races. Terry Miller held off Jim Quinn for the feature win over Jeremy Nichols, Steve Maisel and Chris Tackett. The racing program was complete at 10:45 pm with a total of 100 cars on hand.
June 15th, 2008
The second heat went to Kyle Logue in a spirited battle over Kerry Matthew and Brandon Sheppard. The third heat went to Eric Smith in a close battle over Donny Walden and Scott Schmitt. The semi feature went to Charlie Hess over Chris Dick.
The feature event had Steve Sheppard Jr take the initial lead from the pole
position, only to have Eric Smith take that spot away just a few laps later. The two would battle for the lead the whole race, which was only slowed by one caution justpast halfway. Joe Harlan saw the leaders having so much fun, that he joined them in dicing back and forth. Smith eventually won the race, with Harlan second and Sheppard Jr a close third. The most thrilling part of the feature was watching Matt Taylor come from the fourteenth starting spot to finish fourth.
The Jeff Leka class put on a great show for the fans as well. Heats went to Denny Schwartz, Jeff Leka and Jeff Curl. The semi went to Danny Schwartz.
The feature was a real barn-burner, as once again the fans were treated to the Jeff and Denny show. Jeff Leka took the early lead, but was chased by, and held off Denny Schwartz, along with Jay Ledford, as the trio battled lap after lap for the lead. Leka held on for the win, followed closely by Jay Ledford, with Denny Schwartz alongside. Following the lead trio to the checkers were Cory Schwengel, Jeff Curl, Chad Evans, Chad Osterhoff, Mckay Wenger, Rob Fuqua and Matt Goulden. The Kidmodz feature went to Joseph Hughes over Bobby Pierce.
The Streetstock feature was another very exciting race with the win going to Terry Miller over Josh Griffith, Jim Quinn, Greg Rubenacker and Brandon Kessinger, who was only about two car lengths behind Miller at the checkers.
The Sportsman feature was a definite victory for Ben Hulse as he powered away from Jason Unzicker, Joel Funk Jr, Curt Vincent, Derek Hufford and Rod Rusher.
The Hornet class also put on a great show, with heats going to Chris Burton and Joe Reed. Reed would also claim the feature, but Burton was there the entire race side-by-side or nose to tail the entire distance. Third went to Eric Wilson, followed closely by Kyle Taylor and Dan Flesner. The second heat saw Stacy Whitehouse take a dramatic spill off turn number one, going over two and three fourth times, but Stacy jumped out of the car unhurt, and helped the wrecker crew haul off his destroyed racecar.
There were a total of 103 cars in the pits and all racing activity was finished at 10:45 pm
May 17th, 2008
The second heat went to Daren Friedman in another close race over Donny Walden, Wes Steidinger, Scott Bull and Brandon Sheppard. The third heat was also a close race going to Eric Smith over Derek Chandler, Matt Taylor, Kelly Kouski, and Aaron Ricketts.
The semi feature went to Dan O’Connor over Chris Dick, Charlie Hess and Ryan Unzicker. The feature started out with Sheppard and Friedman on the front row, and Friedman taking the initial lead. Jason Feger caught Friedman and through the middle part of the race the two raced side by side, swapping the lead several times. With only one early and one late caution, the sleeper in the race was almost Derek Chandler. Chandler had seen the fun the leaders were having and decided to join them, swapping second and third place with first one, then the other. That made some very exciting racing action for the fans. Eventually, Jason Feger won the race with Daren Friedman and Derek Chandler a very close second and third. Fourth went to Eric Smith, followed by last weeks winner Steve Sheppard Jr.
The modified class had a full field of 32 drivers on hand, with Jeff Leka turning in fast time, winning his heat and the feature. The first heat went to Jeff Leka over Chad Kinder and Mike Spatola. The second heat went to Denny Schwartz over Erik Bruce and Lance Dehm. Heat number three went to Chad Osterhoff over Wes O’Dell and Gabe Menser. The fourth heat went to Danny Schwartz over Mckay Wenger and Tommy Burnside.
The semi feature went to Justin Delong over Cody Schwengel, Marty Hiser, Gary Cook Jr and Roben Huffman.
The feature was a normal Leka – Schwartz show, with the pair running many side by side laps. The finish was Jeff Leka, Denny Schwartz, Danny Schwartz, Chad Osterhoff, Mckay Wenger, Gary Cook Jr
The Sportsman feature went to Joel Funk Jr over Jason Unzicker, Cirt Vincent, and Ben Hulse
The Streetstock feature went to Jim Quinn
There were 123 cars in the pits, and the Late Model feature was finished at 10:10
May 11th, 2008
The first heat went in a runaway to Jason Feger over Wes Steidinger, Richie Hedrick and Kyle Logue. The second heat went to Derek Chandler in an exciting finish right to the end, just barely winning over Frank Heckenast Jr, followed by Mike Mataragas and Scott Bull. The third heat was another exciting race, with Ryan Unzicker taking the win after dueling Dennis Erb Jr for the entire distance, followed by Eric Smith and Kevin Weaver. The fourth heat went to Steve Sheppard Jr in a close contest over Matt Taylor, Mike Provenzano and Jimmy Dehm. The semis went to Joe Harlan over Chris Dick and the second semi went to Donny Walden over Eric Kwasigroh.
The feature started with Jason Feger starting from the pole and running away the first two laps. Feger then pulled off the track with something amiss on the car, handing the lead to Sheppard Jr. Sheppard went on to win the feature unchallenged. There was quite a race however going on for the next few spots. Wes Steidinger ended up second with Dennis Erb Jr third and Frank Heckenast Jr fourth followed by Matt Taylor in fifth.
The feature went to perrennial track champion Jeff Leka, followed by
Denny Schwartz, Chad Osterhoff, Danny Schwartz, Gabe Menser, Jeff Curl, Mike
Spatola, Jeb Friedman, Lance Dehm, Marty Hiser, Matt Bachman, Erik Bruce, Darcey Wey. The street stock feature went to Jim Quinn.
The sportsman feature went to Joel Funk Jr There was a total of 123 cars in the pits in five classes. The late model feature was finished at 10:30
April 20th, 2008
This Sunday April 20 there will be an open practice and an arrive and drive for KidModz from Noon to 4 pm. Next Friday will be a full show plus the debut of KidModz.For more information, click on www.farmercityraceway.net or for KidModz, click on www.kidmodz.com
April 14th, 2008
The 30 modifieds on hand once again saw Jeff Leka take the checkered flag, this time in the 21s car of Denny Schwartz over last weeks winner Gary Cook, Jr. Terry Worth won the sportsman feature. The street stock feature went to JJ Miller. The hornet feature went to Fast Joe Reed and the mighty Tiburon.
April 9th, 2008
Unfortunately, it didn’t come in Saturday night’s headlining ‘Illini 100’ at the high-banked, quarter-mile track. After thrilling a chilled crowd on Friday night with a breathtaking pass of Billy Moyer to win the 8-lap Douglas Pontiac-GMC-Dodge Dash, Josh had high hopes of translating his qualifying-program speed into a $20,000 victory that would rank as the richest of his young career. But he fell short in his quest, finishing sixth in the 100-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series event after running among the top-five for much of the distance. In the biggest dirt Late Model show ever run in the state of Illinois, the 20-year-old standout from Shinnston, W.Va., lacked a little bit of that extra juice he had flashed on Friday night while timing second-fastest among 55 entries, winning a heat race and capturing the dash’s $1,000 top prize. “We were way too hard on our tire choice,” said Josh, who started sixth after selecting the worst number possible in the pre-race draw for position among heat winners. “We went with 30s (Hoosier compounds) down the left side and 40s on the right, and that ended up being the wrong choice. We should’ve gone with 30s all the way around or even some 20s.
“We also switched to a four-link (setup from a swing-arm) right before the
race and that probably didn’t help us either. We might have panicked a little
and made the change because we weren’t too good in practice (on Saturday
night), but the real problem was that we were too hard on tires.” Driving his Seubert Calf Ranches/Ace Metal Works/TSR-Tony Stewart Racing/Petroff Towing/MCB Motorsports/Ernie’s Auto & Hauling Rocket Chassis No. 1 that has the nickname ‘Brutus,’ Josh still was in line for a top-five finish in the ‘Illini 100.’ But he lost a couple positions when a jam-up occurred on lap 82 after eventual winner Moyer’s slider to take second from Steve Francis caused Francis to lose momentum in turn two.
“I think we could’ve finished fourth if that didn’t happen,” said Josh. “When Moyer slid in front of Francis, I had to slam on the brakes to avoid running into Francis and three cars got by me. “It was still a good run. I’m happy with how the weekend went. Farmer City is probably my favorite short-track by far, because the place is actually a lot of fun to drive.”
Josh remained second in the WoO LMS points standings after four events,
trailing Moyer by 40 points. ‘Kid Rocket’ makes his next WoO LMS start on Fri., April 11, at Virginia Motor Speedway. Before returning to WoO LMS action on Tues., April 15, at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., he plans to drive the Ernie Davis-owned Rocket No. 25 on Sat., April 12, at Winchester (Va.) Speedway in an event sponsored by Davis’s business and on Sun., April 13, in a Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) program at Hesston (Pa.) Speedway.
Josh will make his first career start at both Winchester and Hesston this
April 9th, 2008
“I was just trying to keep my car in one piece and get a good finish out of
it,” said Chub, who started from the outside pole and led laps 1-9 before
settling into a top-five spot. “The line I was using wasn’t the fastest, but I ran it because I was trying to stay out of the holes so I wouldn’t tear a
left-rear tire off like I saw so many guys doing.
“We were just hoping for a good points night, but we got caught anyway and got a flat.”
Shortly after losing third place on lap 74 to eventual winner Billy Moyer,
Chub watched Moyer slide in front of Steve Francis for second between turns
one and two. Moyer’s lap-82 move forced Francis to check up, causing a
chain-reaction jam-up behind him that did in Chub.
“When Moyer did a slide-job on Francis, Francis got hung up on the cushion
(in turn two),” said Chub. “I slowed down to avoid hitting Francis, and then
(Tim) McCreadie ran over me. It’s not Timmy’s fault because he didn’t have
anywhere to go, but he got into my left-side door and that pushed the body
back into the tire.
“A few laps later the tire blew up. The body cut the tire right in half.”
Chub pitted and remained on the lead lap to the checkered flag, but there
wasn’t enough time for him to finish better than 12th in his Lester
Buildings/Corry Rubber/All Star Performance/Corry Laser/Slavic Corporation/Farr
MotorSports/Lake Shore Paving/Custom Race Engines Chevrolet Impala SS Rocket Chassis No. 1*. He earned $1,800 for his night’s work.
A heat-race winner on Friday night despite timing 23rd-fastest in the 55-car field, Chub left the quarter-mile oval ranked seventh in the WoO LMS points
standings after four events. He trails leader Moyer by 68 points, but he’s
only 28 markers out of second place.
Chub returns to action on the WoO LMS on Fri., April 11, at Virginia Motor
Speedway. before racing at the WoO LMS banner again on Tues., April 15, at
Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.
April 7th, 2008
This hype definitely proved itself very much warranted, with the great World of Outlaws series drivers battling the locals, putting on a great show for the overflow crowd. The time trials on Friday night left Billy Moyer now in charge of the track record, now at 11.973 seconds, with eight drivers turning a total of fifteen laps under RyanDauber’s two year old record of 12.348 seconds. Heats were also run on Friday, setting most of the starting field for the feature. Saturday night saw the six heat winners draw for position, with 2007 World of Outlaws Champion Steve Francis on the pole and Chub Frank set for the outside front row. There were a near-record fifty-five cars in attendance taking time trials. More than twenty-five years had
passed since the last 100-lapper at this historic old fairgrounds, and this one was set to be a real barn-burner.
But first, there were two semi features to run, with the top two finishers from each advancing to the feature event. The first semi saw fifth place starting local favorite Shannon Babb taking the win over Tim Lance, John Blankenship, Scott Bull, Eric Smith, Donny Walden and Danny Johnson. The second semi went to Tim McCreadie over Kevin Weaver, Matt Taylor, Jason Feger,
Vic Coffey, Ted Loomis and Jimmy Dehm. Flash forward to feature time. Steve Francis and Chub Frank on the front row, followed by Billy Moyer and Brian Shirley on row two, with Brian Birkhofer and Josh Richards filling out row number three. Local favorite, and last year’s World of Outlaw Farmer City Raceway winner Shannon Babb moved from his nineteenth starting position to the rear for changing a tire after coming to the grid. After the driver introduction, and a four-wide World of Outlaws Late Model Salute to the fans, therace was on.
Chub Frank took the early start, with Francis and Moyer in tow. Lap five saw a
yellow for the slowing Tim Fuller. Back to green, and four laps later, with Frank and Francis side-by-side, Brian Birkhofer slid between the two and took the lead. Lap fourteen saw the yellow again with Chris Simpson stopping, then again on lap twenty-five with the spinning Clint Smith. Lap thirty-two saw the yellow again for a stopped Steve Sheppard Jr and Darrell Lanigan. This time they got twelve laps in, with Birkhofer still in charge before the yellow flew again for Ryan Dauber.
Right after the half-way flags were shown, leader Brian Birkhofer had a flat left rear coming off turn number four, giving the lead to Steve Francis. The fans had already been watching Shannon Babb come from the rear, as on lap forty Babb went to seventh, sixth two laps later, then on lap 48 he had slid into third place behind Francis. Now, with Birky handing the lead to Francis, Babb was in second, the two ran side by side for two laps, this yellow being for Steve Sheppard Jr, and then the two leaders were side-by-side for two more laps before Babb went to the lead. Another yellow on lap sixty-two for Brian Shirley with a right rear flat. Lap seventy one saw Francis pull back to the lead for one lap and the duo went almost side-by-side until lap eighty, when John Blankenship brought out the yellow. All this time, Mr. Smooth, Billy Moyer had sat quietly in third and fourth place the whole race. Babb was still leading on lap eighty two when Moyer worked his way into second, and took the lead momentarily on lap eighty four. One more yellow flag slowed the race again at lap eighty eight. Moyer sat right on Babb’s tail, until the white flag was unfurled and he gassed it around Babb, leading the final lap, with
Babb pulling up alongside at the checkers, coming only inches from the win. The fans seemed extremely happy with the finish of this race, no matter the outcome. Watching Babb come through the pack, and Moyer gassing it at the end for the win, made the capacity crowd just stand in awe, and cheer. Following Moyer and Babb to the line, was Francis, Tim McCreadie, Wes Steidinger, Josh Richards, Rick Eckert, Darrell Lanigan, Steve Sheppard, Jr, and Darren Miller.
Wes Steidinger picked up an extra $500 for being the highest finisher not in the top twenty of the World of Outlaws late model points. There was also a $1,000 to win non-qualifiers race, and it was a hard fought battle with Jason Feger holding off Eric Smith, Danny Johnson, Ted Loomis, Matt Taylor, Donny Walden, Jeremy Conaway, Chris Dick, Jimmy Dehm, and Daren Friedman as the top
ten finishers. The modifieds also ran Saturday night with forty-six drivers on hand for $1,000 to win feature. Heat races went to Matt Huddleston, Jeff Leka, Kevin Hastings, Chad Osterhoff, and Lance Dehm. Semis went to Mike Spatola and Don Kiger. In the feature, Chad Osterhoff took off in the lead, with Gary Cook Jr and Jeff Curl in tow. At the end, it was Gary Cook Jr with the win, followed by Jeff Leka, Chad Osterhoff, Denny Schwartz, Jeff Curl, Eric Bruce, Lance Dehm, Matt Huddleston, Nick Allen and Justin Delong.
Friday night’s show was complete before 11 pm with Saturday night’s standing room only crowd seeing the final checkers of the night before 10 pm.
April 6th, 2008
What started out to be a chilly, blustery uncomfortable afternoon at Farmer City Raceway really warmed up as the first cars fired the motors Friday evening. The first night of the two night show, 100 lap race paying $20,000 to win drew in the top drivers and fans were treated to some fantastic time trials and heat races. Drivers were given two qualifying laps against the clock. Fifty five drivers took time, and the first shot was fired when Dennis Erb, Jr, second driver on the track broke the track record, then was faster on the second lap. Billy Moyer followed Erb, Jr, and did the same thing, just a bit faster yet. The old track record held by Ryan Dauber at 12.348 seconds is gone, replaced by Moyer’s new record from his second lap at 11.973 seconds, the first ever lap under 12 seconds for a late model at this historic old fairgrounds.
When all was said and done, eight drivers turned a total of fifteen laps under the old track record. Heat races with the top three finishers advancing to Saturday nights feature went to Billy Moyer over Darren Miller and Shane Clanton. The second heat went to twenty year old Josh Richards over Steve Sheppard Jr and Clint Smith. The third heat went to Brian Shirley over Tim Fuller and Brady Smith. The fourth heat went to Steve
Francis over Chris Simpson and Jeep VanWormer. Heat number five was won by Chub
Frank over Dennis Erb, Jr and Wes Steidinger. The final heat went to Brian Birkhofer over Rick Eckert and Ryan Dauber.
The dash for cash, $1000 to win went to Josh Richards over Billy Moyer, Chub Frank and Brian Shirley. Richie Hedrick took a rough flip off turn one in hot laps. He pulled out a backup car for the heat and near the end he tagged the number four wall, and took another wild ride up the air, but not flipping this time. Report was he did get a cut on his hand.
There were nineteen street stocks in attendance, with the feature going to Steve Ewing over a hard charging Chris Tackett with Terry Miller and Troy Dodson right behind.
Fourteen Sportsmen took the track with the feature win going to Billy Nail followed by Terry Worth, Greg Kimmons, Rod Rusher, and Jason Unzicker rounding out the top five.
The modified class was a typical full field of thirty eight cars. Tim Hancock led the first few laps, Denny Schwartz got by and led until almost the end, as with three laps to go, perennial track champion Jeff Leka managed to work his way past for the win. Following Leka and Schwartz to the checkers was Hancock, Chad Evans, Brian Lynn and Chad Osterhoff.
Saturday nights show will start with late model hot laps at six o’clock, followed by modified qualifying, late model semi features, a non qualifier feature, modified semis and feature and will finish with 100 lap, $20,000 to win, $1500 to start World of Outlaws Late Model Feature. This is the highest purse ever paid in the state of Illinois for a dirt late model race.
March 17th, 2008
Join us April 4th and 5th as the World of Outlaw Late Models invade Farmer City
Raceway for the Illini 100! This will be a two day event with the schedule of events posted below.
Thursday Night April 3rd-Open Practice from 5pm to 9pmFree to Spectators
Friday Night April 4th-On track activities start at 7 pmWorld of Outlaw Late Model Qualifying & Heat RacesPLUS $1000 to win Late Model Dash sponsored by Douglas Pontiac-GMC-Dodge in ClintonFull Show for UMP Modifieds, Sportsmans & Street StocksModifieds – $500 to winSaturday Night April 5th-On track activities start at 7 pmWorld of Outlaw Late Model Semis, and FeatureModified QualifyingFull Show for UMP Modifieds Only.World Of Outlaw Late Model Non-Qualifier Race Paying $1000 to win/$150 to start.Illini 100 – World of Outlaw Late Models – 100 laps for $20,000 to winUMP Modifieds – $1000 to win
Reserved Tickets for the WoO Show are $40 for the weekend. The top 10 rows of thecovered grandstand and the outside bleachers to the south of the grandstand will be reserved. The remaining seats will be general admission. 2 Day Event Tickets – $40Single Night Tickets – $15 for Friday – $30 for SaturdayKids 5 & Under – Free6-15 – Friday – $5 — Saturday – $15
Adult 2 Day Pit Passes – $60Kids 3 & Under – FreeKids 4-11 – $15/day
Camping is Free for the Weekend (No Hookups)
Portable fire pits are welcomed. Reserved Parking Spots along the fence in turns 1 & 2 will be $50 for the entire weekend. We only have 60 spots, get yours now.
For a seating and parking map, check out our website at www.farmercityraceway.netTo
Reserve Your Seats Send Check, Money Order, or cashiers check (no credit cards)along with your request to:TruSpeed Inc.P.O. Box 131Clinton, IL 61727For Questions call: 217.737.7134 or 217.828.0078
In other news, TruSpeed Inc. has also released the complete 2008 schedule, which includes highlights such as the UMP Summernationals on June 20th paying $10,000 to win for the late models, Huge Fireworks Display on July 4th Co-Sponsored by the Farmer City Tourism Committee, Grain truck races Wednesday July 16th, The Farmer City 50, paying $5,000 to win for the late models on August 29th. The season wraps up on September 12th with the third annual Four Cylinder Nationals paying $1,500 to win for the hornets.