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Kyle Strickler takes $10,000 DIRTcar Modified win at Fairbury Speedway!

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TICKLER ON TOP: Strickler Will get First Profession Fairbury Victory in FALS Tremendous Nationals

Harris fees Sixteenth-to-second, Harrison finishes Twenty first after breaking whereas main

FAIRBURY, IL – Sept. 3, 2022 – Since his first encounters with the DIRTcar UMP Modified over 15 years in the past, Kyle Strickler has loved a fruitful profession behind the wheel with wins in a number of high-profile occasions at tracks throughout the nation. However there remained one prestigious venue he’d but to overcome – Fairbury Speedway.

In one of the vital intense, back-and-forth UMP Modified battles seen this season, Strickler defeated rival Josh Harris in an epic duel for the lead within the closing 20 circuits of the 50-lap grind to say $10,000 and his first profession FALS Tremendous Nationals Modified title.

“It’s superior to get $10,000, but it surely’s additionally superior to get a win right here at Fairbury,” mentioned Strickler, of Mooresville, NC. “This place is certainly one of my favourite racetracks within the nation.”

Whereas Strickler had strong outcomes earlier within the night, together with a second-fast effort in Group 2 Qualifying and a win in Warmth Race #5, Harris was pressured to dig from additional again. Harris, the veteran racer from Utica, KY, completed two spots behind Strickler within the Warmth and transferred into the massive present, however took the inexperienced from outdoors Row 8.

“I knew that we had a extremely good automobile,” Harris mentioned, reflecting his ideas earlier than taking the inexperienced. “However once you begin that far again, you’ve gotta have a great automobile and also you’ve gotta have lots of luck.”

Within the opening laps, Strickler stayed affected person and ran securely contained in the top-three, whereas Harris flipped on the nitrous. By Lap 10, he was driving tenth and seemed to be on the fast-track to the entrance, till the surge briefly went flat.

Over the subsequent 10 laps, Harris superior just one place. Earlier than the race’s first warning was thrown on Lap 22, Harris sat ninth within the working order, in search of a much bigger shovel to assist him dig via the remainder of the top-10. He discovered it virtually instantly, leaping a whopping 4 positions on the race’s second restart two laps later to interrupt into the top-five.

“My automobile was simply actually good via the black,” Harris mentioned. “There was folks looking for traction on the underside, folks looking for traction on the highest, and I used to be capable of roll via the center. It’s my most popular lane, we nailed the setup, and I used to be capable of roll via the middle and move them after they have been up there or down across the tires. They left the lane open for me.”

Now driving fourth, Harris noticed Strickler proper in entrance of him with polesitter Cole Falloway and three-time FALS Tremendous Nationals winner Mike Harrison main the sector. Harrison had handed Falloway for the lead on the Lap 23 restart however broke a J-bar element after contact with the Flip 1 wall two laps later and retired to the infield.

Strickler and Harris made their well past Falloway for the lead by Lap 30, and shortly after, the battle was on.

Harris struck first with a move for the lead on the underside on Lap 33; Strickler returned the favor to guide Lap 34. Harris beat him to the road to guide Lap 36; Strickler regained momentum on the cushion to guide Lap 37. Again-and-forth the 2 swapped the lead – a complete of six instances earlier than all was mentioned and finished.

After Strickler caught the skin wall a bit too arduous on Lap 38 and allowed Harris to tug forward, Strickler was capable of pull it again collectively and motor again round Harris one closing time with six-to-go. A slight sprinkle of rain was falling on the monitor within the second half of the race, including a contact of additional moisture, which Harris mentioned could have hindered his plan.

“I used to be actually good via the black, after which the rain began falling and I needed to get into some traction – it made that black actual greasy,” Harris mentioned. “That made the highest come again in, which was the place [Strickler] was working.”

Nonetheless driving the skin wall, pounding the signature FALS cushion, The Highside Tickler was capable of dangle on to the lead within the closing laps and drive it throughout the road for his first Function win of the season in Fairbury’s richest UMP Modified occasion.

“It feels so good to return out right here and placed on a present for the followers,” Strickler mentioned. “It doesn’t get any extra Fairbury than that proper there. The place was going loopy; it was a lot enjoyable to be part of it and probably the most enjoyable I’ve had in a racecar all this season.”

In Victory Lane, the 2 racers shared smiles and a honest handshake, congratulating each other on their nice finishes. It was an essential second for each racers, who handled the Fairbury crowd to one of many cleanest and most fun races all season.

“I mentioned, ‘I actually recognize you working me as clear as you probably did,’” Strickler mentioned in his dialog with Harris. “It’s straightforward to return off that backside and simply go proper to the fence and never depart that man a lane. So, I actually recognize that. There’s lots of respect between each of us.”

“I’ve bought lots of respect for Kyle, racing with him the previous couple of years earlier than he went Late Mannequin racing,” Harris mentioned.

Tyler Properly got here from seventh to finish the rostrum, whereas fellow Elite Chassis driver Will Krup accomplished the top-five with Falloway, who fell again to fifth. Harrison, who led three laps earlier than breaking, was credited with a Twenty first-place end.


The UMP Modified Labor Day Weekend swing continues Sunday, Sept. 4, with the thirty second annual Plowboy Nationals at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, IL. Keep tuned to the DIRTcar social media channels for stay updates.

56 entries


A Function 1 (50 Laps): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler[4]; 2. 22H-Josh Harris[16]; 3. 25-Tyler Properly[7]; 4. K9-Will Krup[8]; 5. 66-Cole Falloway[1]; 6. 25W-Allen Weisser[19]; 7. 35-David Stremme[9]; 8. 18L-Michael Lengthy[12]; 9. 4L-Victor Lee[15]; 10. 89-Austin Friedman[5]; 11. 5B-Steven Brooks[14]; 12. 96M-Mike McKinney[22]; 13. 28M-Frank Marshall[13]; 14. 88S-Alan Stipp[20]; 15. 22-Will Bennett[23]; 16. 5CS-Curt Spalding[18]; 17. 4-Jeff Koz[24]; 18. 00-Ethan Dotson[6]; 19. 242-Brandon Bollinger[10]; 20. 37-Michael Ledford[17]; 21. 24H-Mike Harrison[3]; 22. 21-Derek Losh[2]; 23. 35W-Ethan Weber[21]; 24. 21W-Lyndon Whitfill[25]; 25. 52-Billy Knebel[11]

B Function 1 (10 Laps): 1. 25W-Allen Weisser[2]; 2. 96M-Mike McKinney[1]; 3. 53-Bobby Stremme[4]; 4. 60-Shannon Fisk[5]; 5. J82-Treb Jacoby[3]; 6. 32D-Mason Duncan[11]; 7. 7-Tim Nash[13]; 8. 32-Chad Roush[6]; 9. 25B-Braiden Bohlmann[10]; 10. 12M-John McClure[7]; 11. 2M-Matt Mitchell[8]; 12. 586-Gordon Parsons Jr[12]; 13. 10-Zach Rhodes[9]

B Function 2 (10 Laps): 1. 88S-Alan Stipp[4]; 2. 22-Will Bennett[1]; 3. 0F-Matt Fabrizius[3]; 4. 1E-Jeffery Erickson[6]; 5. 43-Jared Thomas[2]; 6. 12L-Lucas Lee[9]; 7. 05-Dave Wietholder[7]; 8. 21S-Kenny Shaw[8]; 9. 26D-Derick Doerr[5]; 10. 21W-Lyndon Whitfill[12]; 11. 36-Eric Vaughan[10]; 12. 73-Mark Rhoades[11]

B Function 3 (10 Laps): 1. 35W-Ethan Weber[3]; 2. 4-Jeff Koz[2]; 3. 1W-Bob Pohlman[5]; 4. 69JR-Jimmy Farris Jr[8]; 5. 757-Bradley Jameson[1]; 6. 35H-Jason Hastings[10]; 7. 08-DJ Streeter[9]; 8. 33-Dallas Miller[6]; 9. 10J-Garrett Jameson[7]; 10. 0-Travis Kohler[4]; 11. 5H-Josh Hotsinpiller[12]; 12. 14-Caden McWhorter[11]

Warmth 1 (8 Laps): 1. 66-Cole Falloway[1]; 2. 25-Tyler Properly[2]; 3. 28M-Frank Marshall[4]; 4. 96M-Mike McKinney[3]; 5. J82-Treb Jacoby[7]; 6. 60-Shannon Fisk[9]; 7. 12M-John McClure[8]; 8. 10-Zach Rhodes[10]; 9. 32D-Mason Duncan[5]; 10. 7-Tim Nash[6]

Warmth 2 (8 Laps): 1. 24H-Mike Harrison[1]; 2. 35-David Stremme[3]; 3. 4L-Victor Lee[2]; 4. 25W-Allen Weisser[5]; 5. 53-Bobby Stremme[4]; 6. 32-Chad Roush[7]; 7. 2M-Matt Mitchell[6]; 8. 25B-Braiden Bohlmann[9]; 9. 586-Gordon Parsons Jr[8]

Warmth 3 (8 Laps): 1. 89-Austin Friedman[1]; 2. 52-Billy Knebel[4]; 3. 37-Michael Ledford[2]; 4. 22-Will Bennett[6]; 5. 0F-Matt Fabrizius[5]; 6. 26D-Derick Doerr[7]; 7. 05-Dave Wietholder[8]; 8. 12L-Lucas Lee[3]; 9. 73-Mark Rhoades[9]

Warmth 4 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Derek Losh[1]; 2. K9-Will Krup[2]; 3. 5B-Steven Brooks[5]; 4. 43-Jared Thomas[3]; 5. 88S-Alan Stipp[7]; 6. 1E-Jeffery Erickson[4]; 7. 21S-Kenny Shaw[6]; 8. 36-Eric Vaughan[9]; 9. 21W-Lyndon Whitfill[8]

Warmth 5 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler[1]; 2. 242-Brandon Bollinger[3]; 3. 22H-Josh Harris[5]; 4. 757-Bradley Jameson[4]; 5. 35W-Ethan Weber[7]; 6. 1W-Bob Pohlman[6]; 7. 10J-Garrett Jameson[8]; 8. 08-DJ Streeter[9]; 9. 14-Caden McWhorter[2]

Warmth 6 (8 Laps): 1. 00-Ethan Dotson[2]; 2. 18L-Michael Lengthy[1]; 3. 5CS-Curt Spalding[3]; 4. 4-Jeff Koz[5]; 5. 0-Travis Kohler[4]; 6. 33-Dallas Miller[6]; 7. 69JR-Jimmy Farris Jr[8]; 8. 35H-Jason Hastings[7]; 9. 5H-Josh Hotsinpiller[9]

Qualifying 1: 1. 66-Cole Falloway, 00:13.815[6]; 2. 24H-Mike Harrison, 00:13.837[14]; 3. 89-Austin Friedman, 00:13.863[9]; 4. 25-Tyler Properly, 00:13.974[20]; 5. 25W-Allen Weisser, 00:14.010[10]; 6. 4L-Victor Lee, 00:14.012[26]; 7. 37-Michael Ledford, 00:14.037[27]; 8. 96M-Mike McKinney, 00:14.058[13]; 9. 35-David Stremme, 00:14.105[18]; 10. 12L-Lucas Lee, 00:14.187[3]; 11. 28M-Frank Marshall, 00:14.226[22]; 12. 53-Bobby Stremme, 00:14.247[16]; 13. 52-Billy Knebel, 00:14.271[7]; 14. 32D-Mason Duncan, 00:14.273[11]; 15. 0F-Matt Fabrizius, 00:14.306[28]; 16. 7-Tim Nash, 00:14.332[23]; 17. 2M-Matt Mitchell, 00:14.341[8]; 18. 22-Will Bennett, 00:14.350[5]; 19. J82-Treb Jacoby, 00:14.426[12]; 20. 32-Chad Roush, 00:14.468[15]; 21. 26D-Derick Doerr, 00:14.534[2]; 22. 12M-John McClure, 00:14.576[24]; 23. 586-Gordon Parsons Jr, 00:14.618[4]; 24. 05-Dave Wietholder, 00:14.693[19]; 25. 60-Shannon Fisk, 00:14.697[1]; 26. 25B-Braiden Bohlmann, 00:14.729[25]; 27. 73-Mark Rhoades, 00:14.813[17]; 28. 10-Zach Rhodes, 00:14.813[21]

Qualifying 2: 1. 21-Derek Losh, 00:13.907[4]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler, 00:13.949[18]; 3. 18L-Michael Lengthy, 00:14.119[6]; 4. K9-Will Krup, 00:14.194[11]; 5. 14-Caden McWhorter, 00:14.195[2]; 6. 00-Ethan Dotson, 00:14.199[22]; 7. 43-Jared Thomas, 00:14.215[25]; 8. 242-Brandon Bollinger, 00:14.239[3]; 9. 5CS-Curt Spalding, 00:14.249[15]; 10. 1E-Jeffery Erickson, 00:14.271[27]; 11. 757-Bradley Jameson, 00:14.295[17]; 12. 0-Travis Kohler, 00:14.349[5]; 13. 5B-Steven Brooks, 00:14.373[24]; 14. 22H-Josh Harris, 00:14.378[16]; 15. 4-Jeff Koz, 00:14.429[26]; 16. 21S-Kenny Shaw, 00:14.433[1]; 17. 1W-Bob Pohlman, 00:14.466[9]; 18. 33-Dallas Miller, 00:14.472[28]; 19. 88S-Alan Stipp, 00:14.508[10]; 20. 35W-Ethan Weber, 00:14.587[20]; 21. 35H-Jason Hastings, 00:14.591[7]; 22. 21W-Lyndon Whitfill, 00:14.640[21]; 23. 69JR-Jimmy Farris Jr, 00:14.959[12]; 24. 36-Eric Vaughan, 00:15.100[19]; 25. 08-DJ Streeter, 00:15.120[14]; 26. 10J-Garrett Jameson, 00:17.749[13]; 27. 5H-Josh Hotsinpiller, 00:17.749[8]; 28. 1-Dave Lilja, 00:17.749[23]

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