FAIRBURY, Ill. — The 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by the Bank of Pontiac at Fairbury American Legion Speedway will feature Showdown Features for the first time.
The mammoth two-day weekend event is set for July 28-29.
FALS and WoO LMS officials announced on Wednesday what will be a wild Friday night of racing around the quarter-mile bullring, with both the World of Outlaws and the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals going through hot-lap sessions and qualifications before they are split up into four Showdown Features in their respective classes based on 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 throwing down 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 B mains on Saturday will join them. Two World of Outlaws and two Fairbury Speedway provisionals will round out the 26-car field for the running of the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic, which pays $30,000 to win.
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.
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 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 from each Showdown Feature redrawing to set the first four rows of the headliner.
Sixteen transfers from the Showdown Features will join with the top two finishers from two B-mains on Saturday and four Summer Nationals provisionals to round out the 24-car field.
CREDIT: Fairbury American Legion Speedway