A altering of the guard is seeing a gaggle of younger and proficient drivers flexing their muscle at space dust tracks. In Fairbury Speedway’s modified division, the highest 10 in factors averaged 23 years of age.
Getting into his fourth season within the modified class, Pontiac’s Michael Ledford was one of many outdated veterans within the class and achieved his aim of successful his second Fairbury Speedway observe championship.
“There are such a lot of good automobiles and drivers right here,” Ledford stated. “In the event you win the observe factors right here, you might be undoubtedly doing one thing proper.”
In a see-saw battle at Farmer Metropolis Raceway, Ledford held off Trevor Neville in capturing his third straight title on the Dewitt County observe. Neville had 5 characteristic wins, whereas Ledford took 4 wins. The championship went all the way down to the ultimate evening, a race that Ledford gained.
“Trevor has been actually good this yr,” stated Ledford. “That was a heck of a battle with him.”
Ledford has 16 profession modified wins. Though the wins have are available in weekly competitors, the place you by no means know who to count on on a Friday or Saturday evening, Ledford is on the lookout for that “huge test,” or signature win, and plans are within the works already for subsequent yr.
“I believe subsequent yr I wish to make it a behavior to journey much more and go to extra of the larger reveals,” Ledford stated. “If you wish to be within the prime 5 within the nationwide factors on the finish of the yr, you must go run the massive races and compete with the massive canine. Hopefully, it is going to make me a greater driver and enhance our setups for the completely different tracks.”
Ledford will shut out the yr on the Gateway Filth Nationals at The Dome at America’s Heart in St. Louis. In his first-ever look on the invitational race held on the “Dome,” Ledford charged by way of the sphere to complete second on the ultimate evening.
“That place is basically cool,” Ledford stated. “While you pull out onto the observe, you do not understand it as a lot, you might be racing in a stadium. Fairbury is clearly a loopy environment, but it surely does not have something on the Dome. It’s actually particular to be part of it and get invited.”
Members of the 37L race staff, have all sacrificed their time on the automotive and in flip, Ledford has rewarded them with two observe championships, a hard-charger title and eight characteristic wins.
“I owe a lot to my staff,” stated Ledford. “My brother, Jeffrey, has been doing my shocks. If I get in a wreck or hit the wall, I give them to him and 5 minutes later, they’re good. Michael Verdun lives in our store and bust his tail on this automotive. Logan Verdun, Larry Hamilton, Shane Regulation, Chris Corrigan are on the store or observe pitching in.
“I’ve to provide an enormous due to my mother and pa, who make all of it attainable. Mark Bush and Josh Harris have been a ton of assist to our staff. Premium Garden LLC, Racing 411, Nagel Farms, Tire Slick, Edinger Filling Station, Bohmer Leases, Edinger Engraving and Trophies, 1-888-U-Fill-It Dumpster Leases, and Mullins Race Engines have all helped us to attain our aim.”
After a dismal September month of racing, Ledford and his staff will gear up for the FALS Frenzy on Oct. 7-8. The modified race pays $1,500 on Friday and $3,000 goes to Saturday’s winner. Followers all through the nation will be capable to catch all of the motion on FloRacing.com. Ledford has proven he has been quick this month, however woman luck has not forged her shadow on the rising star. Ledford will look to enter St. Louis with momentum on his facet.
Bohmer’s Rt. 66 Raceway
The ⅛-mile clay observe will characteristic a daily program of kart racing this Sunday. Gates open at 10:30 a.m., apply begins at midday and racing will observe. The observe is situated on Rt. 66 between Pontiac and Chenoa. Spectators are admitted freed from cost.
Farmer Metropolis Raceway
The awards banquet shall be held on the fairgrounds in Farmer Metropolis on Oct. 22.
Grundy County Speedway
Dyer, Indiana, driver DJ Weltmeyer joins his father, Dave, as a observe champion within the late mannequin division. A 3rd-generation racer, Weltmeyer claimed two characteristic wins and confirmed consistency on his method to the title. Different observe champions embody David Einhaus (sportsman), Scotty Gardner (road inventory) and Johnathan Stevens (pure inventory).
The DIRTcar Fall Nationals will happen on Friday and Saturday. Thursday shall be an elective open apply session beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday will see professional late mannequin, modified, professional modified and road shares. Stands open at 4, scorching laps/time trials are at 6 and racing is at 7:30. Late fashions will headline Saturday’s program in a 40-lap, $3,000-to-win characteristic. Modified, professional late mannequin, professional modified and sport compacts will spherical out the cardboard. Gates open at 3 p.m., qualifying/apply begins at 5, with warmth races starting at 6:30.
Kankakee County Speedway
Matt Hammond took the $1,800-to-win professional late mannequin characteristic final week and in addition gained the observe championship. Steven Brooks (modified), Deece Schwartz (professional modified), Jerrad Krick (road inventory), Lee J. Corridor (manufacturing facility inventory) and Cameron Maty (sport compact) additionally claimed divisional titles.
The “Harvest Hustle” for the MLRA Late Mannequin Sequence is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening. Friday’s program will embody a 40-lap, $5,000-to-win race for the MLRA. Restricted late fashions, road inventory and pure shares may even be in motion. Gates open at 6, with apply, qualifying and racing. Saturday’s finale will see the MLRA in a 50-lap, $7,000 occasion. Restricted late mannequin, road inventory and pure shares will fill out the cardboard. Gates will open at 6, adopted by scorching laps/time trials and racing.