Prairie Dirt Classic Gets Creative

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When Fairbury American Legion Speedway and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Officials first announced their partnership back in the spring of 2013, one thing was certain: the Prairie Dirt Classic was set for greatness. Taking home DirtonDirt.com’s National “Race of the Year” honors three out of the past four years, the Prairie Dirt Classic has become one of the elite events in the country. Set apart by the green-to-checkered excitement on the track and the passionate FALS fans off it, the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by the Bank of Pontiac will again set the bar high in 2017. The two-day $30,000-to-win World of Outlaws-sanctioned event set for July 28-29 will feature the top drivers in the country chasing a total payout of $93,000 that includes $1,500 to start for the 100-lap feature event.

Fairbury officials are excited to announce the continued partnership with of the Bank of Pontiac as title sponsor for the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend. The relationship between the Bank of Pontiac and all the new sponsors for the PDC weekend will allow the event to reach an even higher level for fans, drivers and crews.

New to the Prairie Dirt Classic format in 2017, Showdown Features will headline what will be a wild Friday night of racing around the quarter-mile bullring known as FALS on July 28. Drivers entering the PDC weekend in both the World of Outlaws action and the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will go through hot-lap sessions and qualifications before they are split up into four (4) Showdown Features in their respective classes based on their qualifying times. Throw the heat races out the door and strap in for eight “Saturday Night Shootout” style features with the best drivers in the country on the opening night of the Prairie Dirt Classic.

Each of the four World of Outlaws Showdown Features will be 25 laps in length and pay $2,500 to win, including $200 to start for each competitor. The top four (4) finishers from each event will transfer to the Prairie Dirt Classic finale on Saturday night, July 29, with the top two finishers from each Showdown Feature redrawing to set the first four rows of the PDC 100-lapper. Sixteen drivers will earn their spot in the PDC from the Showdown Features on Friday night and the top three finishers from two (2) B-mains on Saturday will join them. Two (2) World of Outlaws and two (2) Fairbury Speedway provisionals will round out the 26-car field for the running of the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic.

The eighth annual Prairie Dirt Shootout presented by Summit Racing Equipment will again play a big part of this awesome weekend of racing at FALS on Saturday night as the Late Model Non-Qualifiers feature will pay $2,000 to win and $300 to start. The 25-lap Shootout will start 20 cars, which means 46 drivers will compete in a feature event and earn additional money for the weekend. Continuing again in 2017, the winner of the PDC Shootout will have the option to take the $2,000 or turn down the winner’s money and gain a starting spot in the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic. Last year Jonathan Davenport won the Shootout, started 27th in the 100-lapper and was up to 10th by lap 45 before mechanical issues ended his night, proving it could be worth the gamble.

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The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will also follow this exciting format for their weekend event. Four 15-lap Showdown Features will be on the card Friday night with each paying $500 to win and $100 to start. The top four (4) from each Modified Showdown Feature will transfer to the 40-lap Summit Racing Equipment finale paying $5,000 to win on Saturday night, with the top two (2) from each Showdown Feature redrawing to set the first four rows of the headliner. Sixteen transfers from the Showdown Features with join with the top two (2) finishers from two (2) B-mains on Saturday and four (4) Summer Nationals provisionals to round out the 24-car field.

Fairbury officials are excited to announce the title sponsorship for each of the eight Showdown Features planned for Friday, July 28. The commitment from our marketing partners for the Prairie Dirt Classic has allowed the Fairbury Speedway to continue giving back to the drivers and fans in a way of payouts and exciting racing. Sponsoring the World of Outlaws Late Model Showdowns is Dyer’s Top Rods, Pontiac RV, FK Rod Ends, and WEHRS Machine, while sponsoring the Modified Showdowns is Summit Racing Equipment, Deke Trucking, Bulldog Motorsports and Schahrer Farms & Trucking.

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Along with our Showdown Feature sponsors, we would like to recognize event sponsors Dave’s Supermarket, Varsitee Screen-printing and Mo’s Southwest Grill House.

Full Payouts of all the events during the Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend can be found on the Fairbury Speedway website at www.fairburyspeedway.com.

About the author

Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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