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World of Outlaws Illini 100
Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Illinois
Friday, April 12, 2024
Race Recap  

THRILL OF THE SHOW: Nick Hoffman Wins Illini 100 Opener in Photo Finish With Bobby Pierce 

“The Thrill From Mooresville” sweeps the night at Farmer City Raceway and earns his third career World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Feature win

 

The checkered flag waited over an empty straightaway for the victor. Nick Hoffman’s NOS Energy Drink No. 9 Late Model was the first car in its line of sight entering Turn 3, but not cleanly. He pushed up the track, allowing Bobby Pierce to sneak underneath.

Who would it be? Pierce? He tried to slide ahead off Turn 4. But no, Hoffman was not letting his day end like this. With all four wheels off the track, in the loose dirt, making his own lane to the outside of Pierce, Hoffman edged the champion by 0.072 seconds to be the victor at Farmer City Raceway for the Illini 100 opener.

The victory – his third with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models and second this year – came after nearly giving up on attending the event. Early Friday morning, Hoffman had two blown tires on his hauler while making the trip to Farmer City.

Running on two hours of sleep and cans of NOS Energy Drink, the Mooresville, NC driver overcame the issue and piloted his Tye Twarog Racing Late Model to a career performance. He set the Dirt King Simulators Hottest Hot Lap of the night, earned the Simpson Quick Time Award, won his Heat Race and then won the 40-lap Feature.

“Last night, at 2 a.m., I blew two tires off my trailer, and I thought about going back home,” Hoffman said. “I’m running on two hours of sleep, but luckily, we’re sponsored by NOS Energy Drink, so it got us through the day. Swept the night and it’s pretty wild. I always joke and say you never win Hot Laps, but tonight, I did it all and that’s pretty damn cool.”

The only thing he didn’t win was the Bilstein Pole Award in the redraw, which went to Robeline, LA’s Cade Dillard.

He led the pack of 26 cars to the green flag, but Hoffman passed him for the race lead by the end of the second lap.

The Feature continued to stay under the green flag for 30 laps until two cautions struck with 10 laps to go, mounting the pressure on Hoffman to complete the night with a win.

Sitting behind him on the restart was Oakwood, IL native Bobby Pierce, who fought through the top-10 to place himself in a position to win the $10,000 prize.

The final laps saw Hoffman do all he could to hold off “The Smooth Operator,” keeping a gap between the two drivers. However, Pierce stayed enough in tow of the No. 9 that when the opportunity to win arose, he could strike.

That moment came on the white flag, as Hoffman made a bobble in Turns 3 and 4, opening the door for Pierce to make his move. The two drivers collided on the front stretch, with Pierce about sideways by the finish line and Hoffman on the horse track of the raceway.

Hoffman held enough of an advantage to score his first World of Outlaws win at Farmer City.

“The race car was great all night and didn’t have to tune on it too much,” Hoffman said. “I won a lot of races here in my Modified and turned tons of laps here in both a Late Model and Modified. It was pretty good there, didn’t wanna make it that exciting for sure. I wasn’t gonna do it like what I did to (Chris) Madden at Volusia.

“I knew (Pierce) was gonna try sliding me there, and I screwed up through (Turns) three and four there and hammered down to the finish line. I was impressed the scoring loop ran all the way down to the horse track because I was all the way off the track and still picked me up. Pretty wild. Not the way we wanted to win there, but I did what I had to do.”

Nick Hoffman and Bobby Pierce bang fenders on the way to the finish at Farmer City Raceway (Emily Schwanke)

Pierce finished second, originally thinking he had won the Feature. Despite coming up short, he was happy with how the car performed through the abundance of lap traffic he had to navigate – giving the reigning Series champion something to look forward to for Saturday night’s $20,000-to-win event.

“The car was really good,” Pierce said. “It allowed us to come up from sixth and I rallied to third quick before I got pushed off and fell back a bit so I had to work to get them all back. At that point in time, we were really fast, but it was a challenge. (Farmer City) is always really challenging, always up on the wheel and it’s a Illinois bullring for sure. You gotta be up on the wheel the whole race, a big ole cushion in Turns three and four.

“Nick never made a mistake there and until the last corner, I didn’t expect a good chance to come. I wasn’t even close! When he bobbled and got up on the cushion and got stuck up on it, I saw it out of the corner of my eye, so I gassed it and got ahead of him, and I expected him to come down and get me on the front. I don’t know how he made it work. I thought I won because I couldn’t see him because he was so far off the track. I guess they made the right call with the transponders and congrats to him. He drove a heck of a race out of that very last corner.”

Dillard completed Friday night’s podium finishers in third, hoping to have had a better shot at fighting Hoffman and Pierce for the win by the end of the Feature.

“I felt like once we got in the lap traffic, that was probably the only chance we had at (Hoffman) there,” Dillard said. “I wasn’t gonna drive into him, but I did not want the last caution to fly there. We were a little bit free at the end and we’ll work on it and try to be a little better tomorrow.”

New Waverly, TX driver Tyler Erb finished the night in fourth place, and 2006 World of Outlaws CASE Late Models champion Tim McCreadie finished the night fifth – debuting his new Rocket1 Racing ride with the World of Outlaws.

Gray Court, SC driver Chris Madden scored the Fox Factory Hard Charger award from his 11-place climb to finish 12th from his initial 23rd starting spot in the Feature.

Continuing to lead the points standings is New Berlin, IL driver Brandon Sheppard – who now holds a 22-point gap over Madden in second place.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return once more to Farmer City Raceway to conclude the Illini 100 on Saturday, April 13. The night’s 60-lap Feature will pay $20,000-to-win, totaling a full 100 laps over the two days of racing. The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets presented by Toyota join the Late Models for 30 laps and giving $5,000 to the night’s victor. For tickets, CLICK HERE

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model race live on DIRTVision.

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+19Nick Hoffman 400.00039Running150$10,000
26+432Bobby Pierce 40-0.072Running146$6,000
31-297Cade Dillard 40-2.3272Running144$3,500
48+41TTyler Erb 40-3.464Running142$2,800
511+61Tim McCreadie 40-4.231Running140$2,500
612+6B5Brandon Sheppard 40-4.385Running138$2,300
75-240BKyle Bronson 40-5.025Running136$2,200
83-528Dennis Erb Jr40-6.184Running134$2,100
914+518Shannon Babb 40-6.870Running132$2,050
107-325Jason Feger 40-7.213Running130$2,000
1115+424Ryan Unzicker 40-7.508Running128$1,600
1223+1144Chris Madden 40-8.133Running126$1,400
139-43SBrian Shirley 40-9.107Running124$1,200
144-107Drake Troutman 40-9.779Running122$1,100
1510-522Daniel Hilsabeck 40-10.314Running120$1,050
1618+219RRyan Gustin 40-11.144Running118$1,000
1713-419Dustin Sorensen 40-11.773Running116$1,000
1819+1111Max Blair 40-12.241Running114$1,000
1925+6B1Brent Larson 39-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2021+116Tyler Bruening 39-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
2116-596Tanner English 39-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2217-533Frank Heckenast Jr39-1 LapsRunning106$1,000
2326+330Todd Cooney 39-1 LapsRunning104$1,000
2424097CCody Overton 39-1 LapsRunning104$1,000
2520-5174Ethan Dotson 32-8 LapsDNF104$1,000
2622-45SSteve Sheppard Jr28-12 LapsDNF104$1,000
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Chris Madden
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11033Frank Heckenast Jr100.0007Running0$0
24+2111Max Blair 10-2.093Running0$0
32-116Tyler Bruening 10-2.2693Running0$0
43-144Chris Madden 10-2.922Running0$0
56+175Daniel Adam 10-3.242Running100$0
65-184Myles Moos 10-3.894Running100$0
78+122*Max McLaughlin 10-4.487Running100$0
87-121BRich Bell 10-6.004Running100$0
99025WAlan Weisser 10-6.877Running100$0
1011+120TCTristan Chamberlain 10-7.577Running100$0
1112+189Mike Spatola 10-8.940Running100$0
1215+399Mckay Wenger 10-10.996Running100$0
131304DDoug Tye 10-12.976Running100$0
1410-481Jason Riggs 3-7 LapsDNF100$0
1514-130Todd Cooney 0-10 LapsDNF0$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11019RRyan Gustin 100.00010Running0$0
23+1174Ethan Dotson 10-1.317Running0$0
35+25SSteve Sheppard Jr10-5.385Running0$0
46+220Jimmy Owens 10-5.777Running100$0
52-38LJeffrey Ledford 10-7.154Running100$0
67+197CCody Overton 10-8.395Running0$0
711+46JRParker Martin 10-10.387Running100$0
813+533HRoben Huffman 10-12.833Running100$0
98-1122Timmy Dick 8-2 LapsDNF100$0
1014+41WDonny Walden 7-3 LapsDNF100$0
114-74GBob Gardner 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
129-3B1Brent Larson 0-10 LapsDNS0$0
1310-3162Logan Moody 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
1412-214WDustin Walker 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+197Cade Dillard 80.0008Running
21-132Bobby Pierce 8-0.841Running
3303SBrian Shirley 8-2.286Running
46+219Dustin Sorensen 8-2.917Running
57+233Frank Heckenast Jr8-3.925Running
69+344Chris Madden 8-4.727Running
78+184Myles Moos 8-5.017Running
810+221BRich Bell 8-5.548Running
911+225WAlan Weisser 8-6.730Running
104-620TCTristan Chamberlain 8-7.724Running
1112+14DDoug Tye 8-9.966Running
125-799Mckay Wenger 1-7 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1107Drake Troutman 80.0008Running
22040BKyle Bronson 8-1.233Running
34+11Tim McCreadie 8-1.272Running
45+124Ryan Unzicker 8-3.207Running
56+116Tyler Bruening 8-5.513Running
69+3111Max Blair 8-6.903Running
73-475Daniel Adam 8-7.157Running
87-122*Max McLaughlin 8-8.032Running
911+281Jason Riggs 8-8.838Running
108-289Mike Spatola 8-9.946Running
1110-130Todd Cooney 8-10.325Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1109Nick Hoffman 80.0008Running
23+125Jason Feger 8-0.910Running
32-122Daniel Hilsabeck 8-2.415Running
45+118Shannon Babb 8-2.733Running
54-119RRyan Gustin 8-4.106Running
660174Ethan Dotson 8-5.103Running
78+15SSteve Sheppard Jr8-6.830Running
87-197CCody Overton 8-6.832Running
910+1B1Brent Larson 8-8.300Running
109-16JRParker Martin 8-10.698Running
1111033HRoben Huffman 8-11.285Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11028Dennis Erb Jr80.0008Running
2201TTyler Erb 8-0.808Running
34+1B5Brandon Sheppard 8-1.584Running
45+196Tanner English 8-2.791Running
53-28LJeffrey Ledford 8-3.426Running
67+14GBob Gardner 8-4.408Running
76-120Jimmy Owens 8-4.920Running
810+2122Timmy Dick 8-9.793Running
990162Logan Moody 8-10.923Running
1011+114WDustin Walker 8-12.146Running
118-31WDonny Walden 5-3 LapsDNF
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL12.4450.000
2237Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA12.500-0.055
3997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA12.561-0.116
4840BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL12.574-0.129
5173SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL12.632-0.187
62175Daniel Adam Wade , NC12.637-0.192
7720TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN12.642-0.197
8151Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY12.651-0.206
9299Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL12.675-0.230
10324Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL12.716-0.271
112219Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN12.744-0.299
12616Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA12.787-0.342
131233Frank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL12.808-0.363
14122*Max McLaughlin , 12.868-0.423
151884Myles Moos Lincoln, IL12.903-0.458
161689Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL12.932-0.487
171044Chris Madden Gray Court, SC12.971-0.526
1814111Max Blair Centerville, PA13.013-0.568
19521BRich Bell Sheffield, IL13.031-0.586
201130Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.088-0.643
211325WAlan Weisser Peoria, IL13.142-0.697
221981Jason Riggs College Grove, TN13.220-0.775
2344DDoug Tye Troy, IL14.019-1.574
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1229Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC12.3950.000
2928Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL12.430-0.035
31322Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA12.588-0.193
411TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX12.606-0.211
5825Jason Feger Bloomington, IL12.630-0.235
658LJeffrey Ledford Pontiac, IL12.638-0.243
71619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA12.661-0.266
87B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL12.699-0.304
91018Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL12.716-0.321
102096Tanner English Benton, KY12.738-0.343
112174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA12.778-0.383
12620Jimmy Owens Newport, TN12.818-0.423
131997CCody Overton Evans, GA12.832-0.437
1444GBob Gardner Washington, IL12.891-0.496
15215SSteve Sheppard JrNew Berlin, IL12.931-0.536
16151WDonny Walden Bloomington, IL12.954-0.559
1736JRParker Martin Miledgeville, GA12.982-0.587
1818162Logan Moody Catlin, IL13.116-0.721
1914B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.325-0.930
2012122Timmy Dick Monticello, IL13.645-1.250
211733HRoben Huffman Midland City, IL13.737-1.342
221114WDustin Walker Polk, MO13.743-1.348
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1459Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC12.2640.000
2151Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY12.410-0.146
32920Jimmy Owens Newport, TN12.410-0.146
4445SSteve Sheppard JrNew Berlin, IL12.528-0.264
525174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA12.546-0.282
62032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL12.559-0.295
73125Jason Feger Bloomington, IL12.575-0.311
8241TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX12.596-0.332
93919RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA12.607-0.343
10274GBob Gardner Washington, IL12.642-0.378
114396Tanner English Benton, KY12.643-0.379
12288LJeffrey Ledford Pontiac, IL12.668-0.404
133318Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL12.669-0.405
14122*Max McLaughlin , 12.690-0.426
15173SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL12.695-0.431
163228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL12.705-0.441
17616Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA12.724-0.460
1830B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL12.724-0.460
19266JRParker Martin Miledgeville, GA12.728-0.464
201044Chris Madden Gray Court, SC12.747-0.483
21237Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA12.758-0.494
222219Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN12.761-0.497
2337B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN12.768-0.504
241884Myles Moos Lincoln, IL12.775-0.511
251233Frank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL12.809-0.545
2641162Logan Moody Catlin, IL12.824-0.560
271689Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL12.834-0.570
28720TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN12.855-0.591
2914111Max Blair Centerville, PA12.882-0.618
30997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA12.901-0.637
311130Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA12.905-0.641
322175Daniel Adam Wade , NC12.914-0.650
33840BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL12.936-0.672
343622Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA12.946-0.682
35324Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL12.971-0.707
36299Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL13.041-0.777
371325WAlan Weisser Peoria, IL13.058-0.794
384033HRoben Huffman Midland City, IL13.127-0.863
39381WDonny Walden Bloomington, IL13.236-0.972
40521BRich Bell Sheffield, IL13.329-1.065
413414WDustin Walker Polk, MO13.459-1.195
4235122Timmy Dick Monticello, IL13.459-1.195
434297CCody Overton Evans, GA13.459-1.195
441981Jason Riggs College Grove, TN13.459-1.195
4544DDoug Tye Troy, IL13.459-1.195
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws Illini 100
Friday, April 12, 2024
Farmer City Raceway
850 N Grove St.
Farmer City, Illinois 61842 

Event Description

It’s Farmer City, Baby! A thrilling weekend of action returns to Farmer City Raceway for the Illini 100 at the historic 1/4-mile. The World of Outlaws Late Models return to the Land of Lincoln, as drivers battle for a $20,000 prize on Saturday.

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is also on the card for the first time in event history, racing for a $4,000 grand prize on Friday and $5,000 on Saturday.



Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, MARS Late Model Championship

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Total Purse
$149,265.00

Feature Laps Length
40

Event Schedule

Thursday Practice:

12:00 PM: Pit Gates Open
1:00 PM: Grandstand Gates Open

Friday:

12:00 PM: Pit Gates Open
1:00 PM: Grandstand Gates Open
6:30 PM: Hot Laps/Qualifying, Opening Ceremonies and Racing to follow

Saturday:

12:00 PM: Pits Gates Open
1:00 PM: Grandstand Gates Open
4:30 PM: Autograph Session
6:30 PM: Hot Laps/Qualifying, Opening Ceremonies and Racing to follow


*All times Central

Event Hashtag
#Illini100

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
309-928-9110

Options And Prices
2-Day Advanced Adult Reserved Package: $70; Day of: $80
2-Day Advanced Adult GA Package: $60; Day of: $70
2-Day Child (6-12) GA Package: $25

Friday Advanced Adult Reserved: $35; Day of: $40
Friday Advanced Adult GA: $30; Day of: $35
Friday Child GA (6-12): $10

Saturday Advanced Adult Reserved: $40; Day of: $45
Saturday Advanced Adult GA: $35; Day of: $40
Saturday Child GA (6-12): $15

3-Day Pit Pass: $105
2-Day Pit Pass $80
Thursday Pit Pass: $25
Friday Pit Pass: $40
Saturday Pit Pass: $45

Discounts
None

Grandstand Type
Farmer City Raceway offers bleacher style grandstands.

Reserved Seating
The top 5 rows of Sections A-E

Family Section Location
Farmer City Raceway does not offer a Family Section.

Handicapped Seating Location
Handicap seating is available in the front rows of the grandstands.

Pit Pass Price
3-Day Pit Pass: $105; 2-Day Pit Pass: $80; Thurs. Pit Pass: $25; Fri. Pit Pass: $40; Sat. Pit Pass: $45

Pit Age Requirement
There is no age limits for the pit area. Minors 17 and younger must have a signed parent waiver form.

Parking Cost
Parking on racetrack property is free of charge.

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
$30-$50

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, MARS Late Model Championship

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Total Purse
$149,265.00

Reserved Seating
The top 5 rows of Sections A-E

Type of Grandstand
Farmer City Raceway offers bleacher style grandstands.

Stadium Seating
Farmer City Raceway does not allow the use of chairs for its events.

Handicapped Seating
Handicap seating is available in the front rows of the grandstands.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age limits for the pit area. Minors 17 and younger must have a signed parent waiver form.

Personal Coolers
No coolers are allowed to be brought in to the grandstand area.

Alcohol Sales
Farmer City Raceway does sell alcohol at its concession stands.

Smoking Policy
Farmer City Raceway does not allow smoking in the grandstands.

Family Section
Farmer City Raceway does not offer a Family Section.

Parking Cost
Parking on racetrack property is free of charge.

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
$30-$50

Track Info  

Farmer City Raceway
850 N Grove St.
Farmer City, Illinois 61842 

Track Phone
(309) 928-9110

Ticket Phone
309-928-9110

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size
0.25

Track Type
Bullring

Late Model Track Record
11.750 seconds by Brandon Sheppard on 4/5/19

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 Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads
 https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/downloads.php

Tire Rules
Left Front, Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3
Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4
**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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