Prairie Dirt Classic
Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Event Info

Prairie Dirt Classic
July 29, 2022 to July 30, 2022
Fairbury Speedway
600 South Third Street
Fairbury, IL 

Event Description
The highly anticipated Prairie Dirt Classic returns to the schedule in 2022, again paying $50,000-to-win. Some of the best drivers in Late Model racing will make the trek to Central Illinois to try to win one of the most prestigious races of the season. Kyle Larson held off Bobby Pierce to win his first World of Outlaws Late Model Feature in 2021.

This event also caps off the Summit Modified Nationals Hell Tour with $500/feature on Friday and $5,000-to-win on Saturday, followed by the crowning of a champion.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Late Model Track Record
12.143 seconds by Kyle Strickler on 9/15/20

Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Central

Frequently Asked Questions
Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers - No backs

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are not allowed

Handicapped Seating
In front of main covered grandstands on front stretch and a few select handicap spots on the first row of bleachers

Handicapped Parking
Near the main front grandstands

Pit Age Limit
No Age limit - All minor's require proper waiver

Pit Gate Location
3rd Street entrance

Personal Coolers
They are allowed on the grounds, but NOT in the stands

Credit Card Use
Ticket Window, Pit Gate

Alcohol Sales
alcohol is available to purchase at the track

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the main covered grandstand

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost
Available day of race only

Closest Airport
Bloomington, IL (BMI / KBMI) Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal

Other Airport
Champaign, IL (CMI / KCMI) University of Illinois Willard Airport

Track Info

Fairbury Speedway
600 South Third Street
Fairbury, IL 

Track Phone
(815) 692-3222

Ticket Phone
(815) 692-3222

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.250; Semi-banked

Competitor Info
Competitor Downloads

Competitor Info
Friday Tire Rule:
(Hoosier Tire LM-20 on all four (4) corners.)(LM-30,LM- 40 RR Option) You can change right rear tire for the showdown features.

Saturday Tire Rule:
(Hoosier Tire LM-20, LM-30 on all four (4) corners.)(LM- 40 RR Option)
(No limit on tires)

{Grooving and Siping is allowed both days}

DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

PERFECT SCORE: Sheppard Nets Third Prairie Dirt Classic Win at Fairbury

Brandon Sheppard knew less than 10 laps into Saturday’s Prairie Dirt Classic his ability to read Fairbury’s surface would pay off well. And pay off big.

As the New Berlin, IL driver saw a cushion building on the track’s high banks, he felt right at home.

The reigning World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series champion used his experience at the Illinois track to quickly take the lead—one he wouldn’t relinquish en route to his third Prairie Dirt Classic win, along with a $100,000 overall payday.

While he never relinquished the lead, “Rocket Shepp” didn’t go unchallenged. Fellow Illinois competitor Bobby Pierce chased Sheppard for more than 20 laps, trying to slide past the former champion and grab his first win in the prestigious event.

Brandon Sheppard and Bobby Pierce
Bobby Pierce challenged Brandon Sheppard for the lead during the Prairie Dirt Classic/Jacy Norgaard photo

As Pierce gained momentum, heartbreak struck the Oakwood, IL driver. A brake issue sidelined Pierce to a 19th-place finish.

From there, Sheppard cruised to victory despite surviving several late-race restarts. He was grateful to lead all 100 laps as he dealt with changing track conditions throughout the race.

“With all that track prep and stuff, and the way that they did it, I felt like the cushion would be there,” Sheppard said. “The bottom was still pretty hard. It was wet down there, but I didn’t feel like it was going to keep up with the cushion if I could run it right.

“It was definitely tricky. It was rough around there after they tilled it, like a rut all the way around about a car lane off the top. It was tricky, and the transition from blowing the cushion over top of that, it was definitely tricky. I was about to turn over a couple of times, I thought, but it paid off, it was a crazy race, and we were very fortunate to lead all of the laps.”

Sheppard’s third Prairie Dirt Classic win earned him and Rocket1 Racing $100,000 after he grabbed the $50,000 check for the win and the $500 bonus per lap led – which for him was all 100.

He also adds his name to a list of Illinois legends who have won the event three times. Sheppard joins Shannon Babb and Bob Pierce as the only Prairie State drivers to win the event more than twice.

“It honestly means the world to me to win this race,” Sheppard said. “This place is like home for me. All the fans, and the people, and the atmosphere is electric. They’ve taken me in like it’s home, and it’s two hours away from the house, but it’s definitely turned into my favorite track.”

Sheppard’s Prairie Dirt Classic win is his 80th career World of Outlaws CASE Late Model victory—and third of the 2022 season.

Mike Marlar crossed the line second, his fifth straight top five in World of Outlaws competition.

The 2018 Series champion felt he was close to grabbing the win but didn’t have enough to get by Sheppard.

“Coming into this weekend, we had a little bit of a streak there, but I was like, ‘Dude, there’s 81 cars at this little bullring, and that’s asking a lot to come out of here with a good finish,’” Marlar said. “Not only did we have a good finish, we had a shot lots of times at [Sheppard], he just didn’t do anything wrong, and I needed just a little bit to pass him, but we were really close.”

Tanner English, the World of Outlaws Rookie of the race, crossed the line third for his second podium finish of the season.

Mike Marlar and Tanner English
Tanner English battled with Mike Marlar for 2nd during the Prairie Dirt Classic/Jacy Norgaard photo

The Benton, KY driver was resilient after dropping back to 10th in the first 50 laps.

“I fell back to about 10th there early on, and I just kind of waited around and just tried to hit my marks and go where they weren’t, and the car kept getting better,” English said. “I kind of stalled out there with about 50 to go, and we just kind of rolled there and caught people when they made mistakes.”

English moved into second in the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models points standings and now leads in the race for Rookie of the Year—two points ahead of Max Blair, who finished eighth.

Tyler Erb finished fourth after hovering in the top five for most of the race. The New Waverly, TX driver stated he was happy with his performance overall.

“I didn’t want to kill my stuff at the drop of the green, so I just tried to maintain as long as I could,” Erb said. “When Bobby [Pierce] passed me, it was kind of the sign that I needed to move up and maintain his pace. He got to [Sheppard] really quick, and I was like, man, if there’s still 70 laps left, or 40 or whatever, if I could just ride with him until the last 20 or 30, I could give myself a chance.”

Ryan Gustin rounded out the top five. The Marshalltown, IA driver used a different line than he’s used to, as he rolled the bottom patiently throughout the race.

“We’ve been doing some different things to the car where it’s a lot easier to driver here lately,” Gustin said. “You don’t have to go up there and live and die by the cushion. I just tried to be patient there. I kind of wanted to go hard at the beginning to make sure I didn’t get put a lap down or anything like that.

“The track went through a lot of different changes tonight, and it kind went the bottom, middle, top, diamond line, slider line, it was all over the place, which makes for good racing for sure.”

Brandon Sheppard felt at home at Fairbury Speedway, scoring another Prairie Dirt Classic win. His experience at the track paid off well and paid off big.

“It’s always racy, and my car’s really good here, and I have a good feel of this place,” Sheppard said. “It’s been good to me for sure.”

UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet return to Wisconsin for the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals Aug. 4-6 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

Prairie Dirt Classic (100 Laps): 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[8]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[5]; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin[20]; 6. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[10]; 7. 32S-Chris Simpson[27]; 8. 111V-Max Blair[24]; 9. 25F-Jason Feger[6]; 10. 11-Gordy Gundaker[15]; 11. 25-Shane Clanton[23]; 12. 16-Tyler Bruening[9]; 13. 1-Josh Richards[29]; 14. 11R-Josh Rice[12]; 15. 10-Garrett Smith[2]; 16. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[14]; 17. B1-Brent Larson[28]; 18. 6-Kyle Larson[4]; 19. 32-Bobby Pierce[16]; 20. 24-Ryan Unzicker[25]; 21. 1ST-Johnny Scott[21]; 22. 42-Mckay Wenger[18]; 23. 22-Chris Ferguson[17]; 24. 89-Mike Spatola[26]; 25. 58W-Ashton Winger[22]; 26. 20-Jimmy Owens[13]; 27. 49-Jonathan Davenport[19]; 28. 40B-Kyle Bronson[11]; 29. 58-Garrett Alberson[7] Fox Factory Hard Charger: Chris Simpson [+20].

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Feature Results
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23+1157Mike Marlar 100-0.923Running146$15,000
38+581ETanner English 100-1.369Running144$10,000
45+11TTyler Erb 100-2.102Running142$6,000
520+1519RRyan Gustin 100-2.787Running140$5,000
610+420RTRicky Thornton Jr.100-3.069Running138$4,000
727+2032SChris Simpson 100-3.373Running136$3,750
824+16111VMax Blair 100-4.216Running134$3,250
96-325FJason Feger 100-4.445Running132$3,000
1015+511Gordy Gundaker 100-4.742Running130$2,750
1123+1225Shane Clanton 100-5.724Running128$2,500
129-316Tyler Bruening 100-6.112Running126$2,400
1329+161Josh Richards 100-7.513Running124$300
1412-211RJosh Rice 100-7.759Running122$2,200
152-1310Garrett Smith 100-8.559Running120$2,175
1614-228Dennis Erb Jr99-1 LapsRunning118$2,150
1728+11B1Brent Larson 98-2 LapsRunning116$125
184-146Kyle Larson 94-6 LapsDNF114$2,100
1916-332Bobby Pierce 80-20 LapsDNF112$2,080
2025+524Ryan Unzicker 71-29 LapsDNF110$2,060
212101STJohnny Scott 71-29 LapsDNF108$2,040
2218-442Mckay Wenger 65-35 LapsDNF106$2,020
2317-622Chris Ferguson 61-39 LapsDNF104$2,000
2426+289Mike Spatola 49-51 LapsDNF102$2,000
2522-358WAshton Winger 48-52 LapsDNF102$2,000
2613-1320Jimmy Owens 28-72 LapsDNF102$2,000
2719-849Jonathan Davenport 21-79 LapsDNF102$2,000
2811-1740BKyle Bronson 11-89 LapsDNF102$2,000
297-2258Garrett Alberson 10-90 LapsDNF102$2,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
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25+319RRyan Gustin 20-0.136Running0$0
36+39ZMason Zeigler 20-2.157Running90$0
41-3111VMax Blair 20-3.39614Running0$0
512+715Justin Duty 20-5.190Running90$700
62-418CChase Junghans 20-5.927Running90$600
78+14GBob Gardner 20-7.641Running90$425
815+797Cade Dillard 20-8.119Running90$300
97-2111Steven Roberts 20-10.978Running90$300
1019+921ANick Allen 20-11.690Running90$300
119-291Adam Tischauser 20-13.993Running90$110
1216+490Brian Rickman 19-1 LapsRunning90$110
1322+928MJake Miller 19-1 LapsRunning90$110
1413-11TTTom Thoennes 19-1 LapsRunning90$110
1518+3T2Todd Bennett 16-4 LapsDNF90$110
1610-689Mike Spatola 15-5 LapsDNF0$0
174-1324Ryan Unzicker 13-7 LapsDNF0$0
1811-738Thomas Hunziker 13-7 LapsDNF90$110
1921+273Bill Weistart 6-14 LapsDNF90$110
2014-631AUSKye Blight 2-18 LapsDNF90$110
2117-48Kyle Strickler 0-20 LapsDNS90$0
2220-211TTrevor Gundaker 0-20 LapsDNS90$0
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
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23+11STJohnny Scott 20-1.598Running0$0
32-132SChris Simpson 20-1.613Running0$0
46+22SStormy Scott 20-2.082Running90$700
59+410SScott Schmitt 20-3.666Running90$500
613+7B12Kevin Weaver 20-3.707Running90$300
75-22Nick Hoffman 20-4.571Running90$475
84-4T6Tommy Sheppard Jr20-5.354Running90$375
910+121Matt Lux 20-5.405Running90$300
1016+612Doug Drown 20-5.963Running90$110
1111010JJoseph Joiner 20-6.015Running90$110
1217+519XCody Bauer 20-6.632Running90$110
1315+23Dale Markham 20-7.205Running90$110
147-799BBoom Briggs 20-7.610Running90$110
158-710KDaryn Klein 20-8.020Running90$110
1622+610PPaul Parker 20-8.270Running90$110
1720+3M27Mike Provenzano 20-8.520Running90$110
1821+379WGreg Wagner 19-1 LapsRunning90$110
1914-5354Chris Nash 19-1 LapsRunning90$110
2012-814Glen Thompson 19-1 LapsRunning90$110
2118-399JRFrank Heckenast Jr0-20 LapsDNS90$0
2219-37Drake Troutman 0-20 LapsDNS90$0

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