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Brandon Sheppard takes $15,000 Fairbury Speedway win!

Brandon Sheppard – Jim DenHamer photo

Sheppard Wins Thriller at FALS

By Rocky Ragusa – Fairbury, Ill. (9/15/20) Although race teams,fans, and track staff were denied their showcase event, the Prairie Dirt Classic due to COVID-19, the team at Fairbury Speedway went to work to produce a Tuesday night special. The “ One For the Road”race saw New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard win the $15,000 prize in the Late Model race and Mike McKinney earned the $1500 check in the Modified race.

44 Late Model teams representing 16 states registered for the 50 lap featured race. Group one qualifying saw Kyle Strickler break a nine year mark of Scott Bull by turning a lap of 12.143 for a new track record. Josh Richards’ lap of 12.267 paced group two qualifiers.

Strickler, Shannon Babb, Richards, and Brandon Overton won their heat races. Bobby Pierce and Ryan Unzicker took their semi-features to advance into the 22 car starting field.

In a race that saw five different race leaders, World of Outlaw point leader Brandon Sheppard took the lead from Babb after the first caution in the race fell on lap 35. From that point on, Sheppard had to contend with Richards before pulling away in the final laps for his 27th win of the year.

“ That’s awesome man,” an excited Sheppard spoke. “ It’s such a privilege to be able to race here. During these hard times and everything, we are glad to be racing period. To race this close to home and at this great of a racetrack, this place puts a lot of places to shame if you ask me”.

Richards finished 1 ½ seconds behind, with Pierce edging out Frank Heckenast Jr. for third, and Babb took fifth. Jeremiah Hurst, Taylor Scheffler, and Myles Moos were the remaining cars left on the track. Kyle Bronson and Brandon Overton completed the top ten.

Mike McKinney’s time of 13.985 led group one Modified qualifiers and track champion Allen Weisser’s time of 13.899 paced group two as 34 drivers looked to take home the FALS Cup trophy.

Four heat races saw McKinney, Austin Lynn, Weisser, and Levi Kissinger taking wins. Kevin Morrow and Dylan Woodling won in their respective semi- features.

The top three drivers battling for the UMP national championship, went at it back and forth in the 25 lap race. Weisser led the first three laps before McKinney took over for the next 12 circuits. Current national point leader, Nick Hoffman moved to the front for two laps, as the top contenders were never separated by less than five car lengths. McKinney and Hoffman races side by side for the final seven laps. Hoffman was scored as the race leader on the white flag. As Hoffman and McKinney entered turns three-four and the checkered flag in site, Hoffman slipped and allowed McKinney to slide by for the win.

“ I wanted that win,” said McKinney, who trails Hoffman in the point battle. “ I am in the position now where there is nothing to do, but win”.

Hoffman, Weisser, Kyle Hammer, and Jeff Leka took the first five positions. Brad DeYoung led Dan Rork, Steve Brooks, Woodling, and Zeke McKenzie to round out the top ten.

DIRTCAR LATE MODELS A FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 5 1S Brandon Sheppard Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 4
2 1 14 Josh Richards Josh Richards Shinnston, WV -1
3 16 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 6
4 10 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 13
5 3 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL -2
6 19 58 Jeremiah Hurst Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA 13
7 21 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI 14
8 22 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 14
9 DNF 11 40B Kyle Bronson Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 2
10 DNF 2 76O Brandon Overton Brandon Overton Evans, GA -8
11 DNF 8 81E Tanner English Tanner English Benton, KY -3
12 DNF 4 8 Kyle Strickler Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC -8
13 DNF 18 157 Mike Marlar Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 5
14 DNF 6 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL -8
15 DNF 12 44 Chris Madden Chris Madden Gray Court, SC -3
16 DNF 15 12 Ashton Winger Ashton Winger Senoia, GA -1
17 DNF 7 49 Jonathan Davenport Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA -10
18 DNF 14 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL -4
19 DNF 13 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -6
20 DNF 17 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL -3
21 DNF 20 32 Chris Simpson Chris Simpson Oxford, IA -1
22 DNF 9 28 Dennis Erb Jr Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL -13
12 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSB FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 1
2 1 157 Mike Marlar Mike Marlar Winfield, TN -1
3 3 32 Chris Simpson Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
Top 3 transfer
4 6 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 2
5 5 59 Garrett Alberson Garrett Alberson Shreveport, LA
6 9 11T Trevor Gundaker Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 3
7 7 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL
8 DNF 4 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL -4
9 DNF 11 12C Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 2
10 DNF 8 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL -2
11 DNF 10 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL -1
DNS 14 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL
DNS 12 98 Cole Swibold Cole Swibold Fairview, IL
DNS 13 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN
12 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSB FEATURE 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
2 3 58 Jeremiah Hurst Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA 1
3 5 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI 2
Top 3 transfer
4 2 21 Billy Moyer Sr Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR -2
5 4 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL -1
6 9 10 Scott Schmitt Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 3
7 10 9 Lyle Zanker Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL 3
8 8 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL
9 12 354 Chris Nash Chris Nash White Pigeon, MI 3
10 DNF 6 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL -4
11 DNF 13 15 Jon Henry Jon Henry Ada, OH 2
DNS 7 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL
DNS 11 T22 Tegan Evans Tegan Evans Clinton, IA
DNS 14 91 Mike Guldenpfennig Mike Guldenpfennig Muscatine, IA
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 8 Kyle Strickler Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC
2 2 1S Brandon Sheppard Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL
3 4 28 Dennis Erb Jr Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL 1
4 3 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -1
Top 4 transfer
5 5 157 Mike Marlar Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
6 6 32 Chris Simpson Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
7 7 59 Garrett Alberson Garrett Alberson Shreveport, LA
8 9 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL 1
9 11 11T Trevor Gundaker Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 2
10 DNF 10 12C Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL
11 DNF 8 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN -3
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
2 2 49 Jonathan Davenport Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
3 4 40B Kyle Bronson Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 1
4 3 12 Ashton Winger Ashton Winger Senoia, GA -1
Top 4 transfer
5 5 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
6 6 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL
7 7 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL
8 8 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL
9 9 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL
10 10 98 Cole Swibold Cole Swibold Fairview, IL
DNS 11 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 3

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 14 Josh Richards Josh Richards Shinnston, WV
2 2 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
3 4 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 1
4 3 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL -1
Top 4 transfer
5 6 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 1
6 7 58 Jeremiah Hurst Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA 1
7 10 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI 3
8 5 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL -3
9 9 10 Scott Schmitt Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL
10 11 T22 Tegan Evans Tegan Evans Clinton, IA 1
11 DNF 8 15 Jon Henry Jon Henry Ada, OH -3
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 4

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 76O Brandon Overton Brandon Overton Evans, GA
2 3 81E Tanner English Tanner English Benton, KY 1
3 2 44 Chris Madden Chris Madden Gray Court, SC -1
4 4 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
Top 4 transfer
5 6 21 Billy Moyer Sr Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR 1
6 7 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 1
7 8 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 1
8 5 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL -3
9 9 9 Lyle Zanker Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL
10 11 354 Chris Nash Chris Nash White Pigeon, MI 1
DNS 10 91 Mike Guldenpfennig Mike Guldenpfennig Muscatine, IA
2 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSQUALIFYING 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 9 8 Kyle Strickler Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC 12.143
2 12 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 12.302
3 8 1S Brandon Sheppard Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 12.346
4 5 49 Jonathan Davenport Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 12.465
5 20 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 12.496
6 15 12 Ashton Winger Ashton Winger Senoia, GA 12.523
7 7 28 Dennis Erb Jr Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL 12.538
8 22 40B Kyle Bronson Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 12.558
9 18 157 Mike Marlar Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 12.561
10 16 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 12.598
11 21 32 Chris Simpson Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 12.617
12 11 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 12.711
13 14 59 Garrett Alberson Garrett Alberson Shreveport, LA 12.846
14 3 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 12.870
15 1 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN 12.873
16 4 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 12.879
17 17 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL 12.945
18 2 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 13.091
19 6 12C Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 13.189
20 19 98 Cole Swibold Cole Swibold Fairview, IL 13.303
21 10 11T Trevor Gundaker Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 13.438
DNS 13 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL
2 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSQUALIFYING 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 20 14 Josh Richards Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 12.267
2 8 76O Brandon Overton Brandon Overton Evans, GA 12.298
3 1 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 12.339
4 12 44 Chris Madden Chris Madden Gray Court, SC 12.359
5 15 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL 12.396
6 13 81E Tanner English Tanner English Benton, KY 12.408
7 18 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 12.424
8 16 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 12.444
9 11 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 12.449
10 10 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 12.455
11 3 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 12.486
12 14 21 Billy Moyer Sr Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR 12.604
13 7 58 Jeremiah Hurst Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA 12.626
14 4 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 12.756
15 9 15 Jon Henry Jon Henry Ada, OH 12.848
16 17 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 12.855
17 2 10 Scott Schmitt Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 12.856
18 19 9 Lyle Zanker Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL 12.973
19 22 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI 13.010
20 5 91 Mike Guldenpfennig Mike Guldenpfennig Muscatine, IA 13.522
21 6 T22 Tegan Evans Tegan Evans Clinton, IA 13.775
22 21 354 Chris Nash Chris Nash White Pigeon, MI 14.361
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