FAIRBURY, Ill. — One of the most anticipated dirt late model events in the country kicked off Friday evening at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, with Devin Moran leading the list of four qualifying showdown feature winners for the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic.
Moran was a man on a mission during the first of four showdown features. He led every lap of the 25-lap feature over Jason Feger, who was relentlessly trying to reel the Rookie of the Year contender in.
By the time the checkered flag fell, Moran had created 4.703-seconds between himself and the rest of the field.
Moran’s dominating performance proved he remained the fastest car on the track, after grabbing quick time earlier in the day in qualifying.
“Tomorrow night is going to be a long race and I’m not sure they will have the track the same,” said Moran. “I think we have to get a little better but I was pretty decent. We’ll just go back there and keep working on it.”
McKay Wenger and Michael Kloos finished third and fourth, respectively, to secure the final transfer spots from the Dyer’s Top Rods-sponsored Showdown.
Shane Clanton and Shannon Babb started in the front row of the second qualifier, where they ran side-by-side around the track in what looked like was going to shape up to a great battle for 25-laps.
Unfortunately for Babb, he climbed the wall in turn two on lap two and was forced to retire from the race.
Tyler Erb was next to battle Clanton, before he too followed in Babb’s misfortune, ultimately leaving the race due to mechanical failures.
Clanton then controlled the feature for the remainder of the event over a battle for second between Ryan Unzicker and Brian Shirley.
“That was a work out right there,” said Clanton. “Our car is as good as it is … I hope tomorrow night we have a good enough car to last 100 laps here. 100 laps is a long time around here.”
Dennis Erb Jr. wheeled his way from a 10th place starting spot to claim the final transfer position from the second 25-lap feature.
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