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Brandon Sheppard takes FALS Frenzy win!

Brandon Sheppard

Fairbury Finale to Sheppard, Harrison

By Rocky Ragusa – Fairbury, Ill. (10/10/20) A stellar field was on hand Saturday night at the Fairbury Speedway. The FALS Frenzy presented by Edelman Inc. drew 128 cars and drivers in three divisions. Brandon Sheppard (Late Model), Mike Harrison (Modified), and Aaron Heck (Pro Late Model) were the night’s feature winners.

50 MARS Late Model series drivers tripped the clock in time trials for their 50 lap, $15,000 to win special. The winner of the last race at Fairbury, Myles Moos led group 1 qualifiers with a time of 12.668. A lap at 12.697 by Taylor Scheffler paced group 2.

Six heat races were held with the top three finishers in each advancing into the main event. Moos, Josh Richards, Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Strickler, Tanner English, and Jimmy Mars took the wins in their respective races.

Bobby Pierce and Shannon Babb moved onto the 50 lap race by taking the win in the two B-mains.

Starting on the outside of the frontrow, Sheppard took the lead on the start as Moos, Richards, Mars, and Strickler followed. The race saw the first caution fall on the seventh lap as debris fell on the track. On the restart, Richards got by Moos for second,as Sheppard held a five car length lead. Babb caught the attention of the fans in attendance, moving into ninth by the lap 10. Sheppard held a five car length lead over Richards as the leader encountered slower traffic by the 20th lap. Strckler took the third position from Moos, with Tanner English in fifth and Babb in sixth. Sheppard weaved his way past traffic, putting some distance between himself and Richards. Frank Heckenast Jr. brought out the second yellow fag as he spun out in turn one. On the restart, Jesse Stovall tagged the wall on the backstretch for another caution period. Sheppard led Richards by five car lengths on the restart. A thrilling battle was taking place behind the duo with Mars, Strickler, Simpson, and Babb trying every inch of the speedway. Babb moved to the third spot with eight laps left. Sheppard pulled away from Richards in the final laps and at the finish picked up his second win of the year at Fairbury.

Greeted by his family and crew in victory lane, the World of Outlaw point leader commented. “ It is always special to win in our family car. It has been fast all year long. I have not steered away from what I know and what Mark Richards has taught me”.

Richards settled for second with Babb in third. The rest of the top ten had Strickler, Mars, Simpson, Tim Manville, Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, and English. With his ninth place run, Shirley took the MARS championship by seven points over Heckenast Jr.

38 Modified drivers qualified for their 30 lap, $2000 to race. In group one qualifiers, Kyle Hammer led the way with a time of 14.652. 14.305 by Mike McKinney earned him fast time for group two.

Mike Harrison, Frank Marshall, McKinney, and Josh Harris took heat race wins. Michael Ledford and Kyle Strickler were the semi feature winners.

Harrison made the top side of the track work in taking the lead on the start of the feature race with McKinney, Harris, Hammer, and Marshall following. McKinney tried the top and bottom of the speedway in his bid to overtake Harrison for the lead. Harrison proved to be relentless in his pursuit for the win and opened up his lead. Gaining redemption after crashing out in Fairbury’s Modified Nationals race, Harrison took his second Fairbury win of the year by over two seconds over McKinney.

“ We did the same thing tonight that we did in the Labor Day race here,” spoke Harrison. “ All of the money races that we have won here, I can’t honestly say that we have been on the same thing car wise. We are always searching for something. We felt we had a good car. We were debating on a setup and I told the boys you make the call and I will drive it”.

The rest of the top ten finishers went to Harris, Hammer, Bobby Stremme, Strickler, Ledford, Cole Parker, Ed Roley, and Alan Stipp.

The Pro Late Model division made their second appearance for a 25 lap, $1000 to win race. A time of 13.918 by Logan Moody led group one and A.J. May’s lap of 13.923 was fastest in group two.
Moody, Aaron Heck, Dakota Ewing, and Jose Parga won heat races. Two B-mains had Floyd Jordan Jr. and Michael Marden in the winners circle.

Parga led for five laps before Heck moved into the lead. As Heck was making his way past slower cars, second running Moody challenged Heck for first, but Heck kept a safe working distance and picked up his second Fairbury win of the season.

“ I was just biding my time waiting to see what Jose was going to do”, Heck said. “ He slipped up and I was right there”.

Moody would take second, followed by Chase Osterhoff, Ewing, Blake Damery, Chris Dick, Parga, Torin Mettille, Kyle Cooper, and Billy Knippenberg.

On behalf of promoter Matt Curl and his staff, we would like to thank all of the race teams, fans, and marketing partners in their support in the 2020 season. Enjoy the off season and llok forward to the 2021 racing season.

DIRTCAR LATE MODELS A FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 1S Brandon Sheppard Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1
2 3 14 Josh Richards Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 1
3 20 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 17
4 6 8 Kyle Strickler Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC 2
5 1 28 Jimmy Mars Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI -4
6 12 32 Chris Simpson Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 6
7 10 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Troy, IL 3
8 11 28E Dennis Erb Jr Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL 3
9 7 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL -2
10 5 81E Tanner English Tanner English Benton, KY -5
11 17 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 6
12 19 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 7
13 22 25Z Mason Zeigler Mason Zeigler Uniontown, PA 9
14 4 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL -10
15 16 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 1
16 8 15S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI -8
17 24 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN 7
18 13 11T Trevor Gundaker Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO -5
19 DNF 21 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 2
20 DNF 15 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL -5
21 DNF 9 00 Jesse Stovall Jesse Stovall Billings, MO -12
22 DNF 18 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL -4
23 DNF 23 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL
24 DNF 14 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL -10
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSB FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 1
2 3 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 1
Top 2 transfer
3 11 11 Gordy Gundaker Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO 8
4 6 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 2
5 1 1M Mike Mataragas Mike Mataragas Dekalb, IL -4
6 7 12 Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 1
7 9 10J Jordan Bauer Jordan Bauer St. Jacob, IL 2
8 8 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL
9 5 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL -4
10 16 98 Cole Swibold Cole Swibold Fairview, IL 6
11 DNF 12 61 Curtis Radke Curtis Radke Milford, IL 1
12 DNF 4 19 Logan Roberson Logan Roberson Waynesboro, VA -8
13 DNF 13 P3 Jeff Robertson Jeff Robertson Definance, OH
14 DNF 10 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL -4
15 DNF 15 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
DNS 14 91 Mike Guldenpfennig Mike Guldenpfennig Muscatine, IA
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSB FEATURE 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
2 4 25Z Mason Zeigler Mason Zeigler Uniontown, PA 2
Top 2 transfer
3 6 91S Rusty Schlenk Rusty Schlenk McClure, OH 3
4 12 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 8
5 7 26M Brent McKinnon Brent McKinnon Carlyle, IL 2
6 9 3B Brett Swedberg Brett Swedberg Shawano, WI 3
7 10 D1 Turk Letizia Turk Letizia Milwaukee, WI 3
8 8 16 Garrett Wiles Garrett Wiles Hubbardson, MI
9 5 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN -4
10 11 9 Lyle Zanker Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL 1
11 14 14T Glen Thompson Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL 3
12 16 B14 Victor Benedetto Victor Benedetto Marengo, IL 4
13 13 T22 Tegan Evans Tegan Evans Clinton, IA
14 15 67SR Scott Robertson Scott Robertson Defiance, OH 1
15 DNF 3 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL -12
DNS 2 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL
2 2 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
3 4 11T Trevor Gundaker Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 1
Top 3 transfer
4 5 1M Mike Mataragas Mike Mataragas Dekalb, IL 1
5 3 19 Logan Roberson Logan Roberson Waynesboro, VA -2
6 6 12 Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL
7 8 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL 1
8 DNF 9 P3 Jeff Robertson Jeff Robertson Definance, OH 1
9 DNF 7 98 Cole Swibold Cole Swibold Fairview, IL -2
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 14 Josh Richards Josh Richards Shinnston, WV
2 3 00 Jesse Stovall Jesse Stovall Billings, MO 1
3 2 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL -1
Top 3 transfer
4 4 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
5 7 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL 2
6 6 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL
7 DNF 5 11 Gordy Gundaker Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO -2
8 DNF 8 91 Mike Guldenpfennig Mike Guldenpfennig Muscatine, IA
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 3

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 1S Brandon Sheppard Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL
2 2 28E Dennis Erb Jr Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL
3 3 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
Top 3 transfer
4 4 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL
5 6 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 1
6 5 10J Jordan Bauer Jordan Bauer St. Jacob, IL -1
7 8 61 Curtis Radke Curtis Radke Milford, IL 1
8 DNF 7 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -1
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 4

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 8 Kyle Strickler Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC 1
2 1 15S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI -1
3 3 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
Top 3 transfer
4 4 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
5 5 25Z Mason Zeigler Mason Zeigler Uniontown, PA
6 6 26M Brent McKinnon Brent McKinnon Carlyle, IL
7 7 D1 Turk Letizia Turk Letizia Milwaukee, WI
8 8 T22 Tegan Evans Tegan Evans Clinton, IA
9 DNF 9 B14 Victor Benedetto Victor Benedetto Marengo, IL
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 5

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 81E Tanner English Tanner English Benton, KY
2 4 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Troy, IL 2
3 3 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL
Top 3 transfer
4 5 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 1
5 2 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN -3
6 8 16 Garrett Wiles Garrett Wiles Hubbardson, MI 2
7 7 9 Lyle Zanker Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL
8 6 14T Glen Thompson Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL -2
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 6

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 28 Jimmy Mars Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
2 2 32 Chris Simpson Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
3 5 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL 2
Top 3 transfer
4 4 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL
5 6 91S Rusty Schlenk Rusty Schlenk McClure, OH 1
6 7 3B Brett Swedberg Brett Swedberg Shawano, WI 1
7 3 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL -4
8 DNF 8 67SR Scott Robertson Scott Robertson Defiance, OH
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSQUALIFYING 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 17 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL 12.668
2 14 14 Josh Richards Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 12.785
3 4 1S Brandon Sheppard Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 12.802
4 1 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 12.849
5 20 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 12.853
6 22 28E Dennis Erb Jr Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL 12.906
7 5 19 Logan Roberson Logan Roberson Waynesboro, VA 12.928
8 8 00 Jesse Stovall Jesse Stovall Billings, MO 12.971
9 3 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 13.095
10 6 11T Trevor Gundaker Trevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO 13.106
11 2 32P Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 13.129
12 25 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 13.131
13 10 1M Mike Mataragas Mike Mataragas Dekalb, IL 13.180
14 21 11 Gordy Gundaker Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO 13.198
15 7 10J Jordan Bauer Jordan Bauer St. Jacob, IL 13.300
16 24 12 Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 13.333
17 16 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 13.354
18 18 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 13.388
19 13 98 Cole Swibold Cole Swibold Fairview, IL 13.419
20 23 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL 13.495
21 9 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 13.500
22 12 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL 13.746
23 11 91 Mike Guldenpfennig Mike Guldenpfennig Muscatine, IA 13.799
24 19 61 Curtis Radke Curtis Radke Milford, IL 13.999
25 15 P3 Jeff Robertson Jeff Robertson Definance, OH 14.229
0 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSQUALIFYING 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 25 15S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI 12.697
2 14 81E Tanner English Tanner English Benton, KY 12.777
3 5 28 Jimmy Mars Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI 12.822
4 9 8 Kyle Strickler Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC 12.861
5 12 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN 12.861
6 10 32 Chris Simpson Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 12.899
7 13 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 12.982
8 1 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 13.000
9 23 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 13.008
10 22 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 13.010
11 4 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Troy, IL 13.047
12 8 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 13.097
13 24 25Z Mason Zeigler Mason Zeigler Uniontown, PA 13.191
14 19 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 13.200
15 20 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL 13.241
16 21 26M Brent McKinnon Brent McKinnon Carlyle, IL 13.251
17 18 14T Glen Thompson Glen Thompson Buckingham, IL 13.258
18 17 91S Rusty Schlenk Rusty Schlenk McClure, OH 13.312
19 15 D1 Turk Letizia Turk Letizia Milwaukee, WI 13.396
20 16 9 Lyle Zanker Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL 13.409
21 11 3B Brett Swedberg Brett Swedberg Shawano, WI 13.418
22 6 T22 Tegan Evans Tegan Evans Clinton, IA 13.790
23 7 16 Garrett Wiles Garrett Wiles Hubbardson, MI 13.849
24 2 67SR Scott Robertson Scott Robertson Defiance, OH 14.142
DNS 3 B14 Victor Benedetto Victor Benedetto Marengo, IL
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