Prairie Dirt Classic
Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, Illinois
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Race Recap  

Mike Harrison Survives Multiple Duels For Third Prairie Dirt Classic Win

Standing atop the roof of his DIRTcar UMP Modified, Mike Harrison’s cheers were drowned by the emphatic celebration resonating from a sea of fans encompassing Fairbury Speedway.

Helping bring the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals 2023 season to an epic conclusion, Harrison fended off a series of onslaught attacks to score his third Prairie Dirt Classic victory (2017, 2018, 2023) in Fairbury, IL Saturday night.

“It’s pretty important,” said Harrison, of Highland, IL, about winning his third Prairie Dirt Classic in his home state. “Every win here at Fairbury is special, just because of the atmosphere. Especially the PDC here, to do it in front of this many fans. Ultimately, that’s who we do it for.”

Harrison started off the weekend as the fastest driver, setting Quick Time Friday night. Then, he went on to win one of the four Showdown Features to lock himself into Saturday’s 40-lap, $5,000-to-win, Feature and the redraw.

Drivers in the first four rows drew for their starting position, leading to Nick Allen on the pole, Charlie Mefford second, Mason Duncan third, Ethan Dotson fourth, Michael Ledford fifth, Harrison sixth, Drake Troutman seventh and Trent Young eighth.

When the Feature commenced, Allen held the lead on the start while Medford had to battle with Dotson for second. The #00 of Dotson was a force in the early laps, taking second on Lap 3 and then the lead on Lap 5.

However, the next lap, Dotson jumped the cushion and slammed his right rear into the Turn 4 wall. Fortunately, for him, the first caution of the race came out at the same time, allowing him to regroup.

Able to continue, Dotson led the field back to green but soon found himself in a fierce battle with Harrison, who was making a steady climb from his sixth starting position. The veteran slid his car ahead of Dotson and rocketed ahead once he found grip in the top lane.

After Dotson lost the lead, he continued to fall, losing second to Allen.

Another caution fell on Lap 12, helping put Allen on the back of Harrison’s bumper. However, Allen’s hopes of dethroning Harrison ended on the restart after he jumped the cushion and slowed. His downfall led to Mefford getting his shot at Harrison.

Mefford gave Harrison his first scare, running side by side with the veteran for multiple laps, nosing ahead at times. But another caution killed his battle. Then, when the race resumed, Ledford bested Mefford on the restart and took his turn at trying to run down Harrison.

The 18-year-old – looking for his first PDC crown – gave Harrison another fight, running side by side with Harrison’s #24H, lap after lap. However, another caution plagued Ledford’s chances.

PDC racing 2023

When the race resumed, Harrison made consistent laps around the top, leaving Ledford to duel with Kyle Steffens for second. The two went back and forth for multiple laps with Steffens eventually securing the spot.

After a caution on Lap 25, Michael Long made his presence known – on a charge from his 19th starting position. Ripping the top, he went from fifth to third on the restart and then ran down Steffens to take second on Lap 31.

Three more cautions hindered Long’s chances of trying to build enough of a run to challenge Harrison before the checkered flag, forcing him to settle for second. However, after racing from 19th to second in the Last Chance Showdown to transfer into the Feature, and then go from 19th to second in the main event, he’s still leaving satisfied.

“The beginning of the night, I thought my chances were way slim,” Long said. “In the Feature, I knew we always have a good car here when the Feature time rolls around, to just be patient on that cushion. I was really good on the bottom and was able to work my way up through there and had a few cautions where I gained spots on most of the cautions, and everything worked out and got to second with 10 to go.

“I needed just a long green flag, I think, to have something for [Harrison]. I was just a little bit too tight on the restarts. All in all, I can’t complain about this at all. I need to go buy a lottery ticket.”

Steffens also had a good showing, finishing third after starting 14th.

“We kind of just bought our time and raced our way through,” Steffens said. “Put ourselves in position. We were second for a long time. The top just got so gnarly, and my car was too soft in the right rear. We kind of had to roll the middle to the top and we ended up P3. It’s our best PDC yet. I’m really thankful.”

Tyler Nicely, who was crowned the 2023 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals on Friday, finished fourth. Dotson rounded out the top five.

In Victory Lane, climbing out of his car to a roar of cheers, Harrison had the checkered flag in one hand and his third Prairie Dirt Classic trophy in the other. And while he scored the win with more than a second lead, Harrison wasn’t sure he was going to make it to the end.

“I got something broke in the back end,” Harrison said. “My god, that was a handful of laps… I seen the 18 (of Long) on the board. Michael Long, he’s a fierce competitor just like I am. He’ll do whatever it takes to get it done on that cushion. I knew that I couldn’t screw up. I knew I had to be spot on and make the right decisions.

“When you have these guys throwing everything at you, you can’t back off and just ride. You have to go to get a little gap to where you can make the laps you think you need to make… It’s always fun coming here and winning, especially at the Prairie Dirt Classic in front of these fans. It’s quite an accomplishment.”

Mike Harrison at Fairbury

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 24H-Mike Harrison[6]; 2. 18L-Michael Long[19]; 3. 8-Kyle Steffens[14]; 4. 25-Tyler Nicely[17]; 5. 00-Ethan Dotson[4]; 6. 21M-Willy Myers[18]; 7. 10Y-Trent Young[8]; 8. 777-Trevor Neville[22]; 9. C40-Mike Chasteen Jr[11]; 10. 37-Michael Ledford[5]; 11. 14-Caden McWhorter[15]; 12. 32-Mason Duncan[3]; 13. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum[20]; 14. 5T-Drake Troutman[7]; 15. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie[9]; 16. 124-Ryan Unzicker[10]; 17. 22-Josh Harris[13]; 18. 13-Charlie Mefford[2]; 19. 54-Zachary Hawk[24]; 20. 88S-Alan Stipp[23]; 21. 0F-Matt Fabrizius[12]; 22. K9-Will Krup[16]; 23. 82-Dalton Lane[21]; 24. 21A-Nick Allen[1]

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Feature Results
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219+1718LMichael Long 40-1.0300Running75$2,000
314+118Kyle Steffens 40-1.6630Running70$1,500
417+1325Tyler Nicely 40-1.8910Running65$1,000
54-100Ethan Dotson 40-1.9933Running60$900
618+1221MWilly Myers 40-2.7050Running55$800
78+110YTrent Young 40-3.0240Running53$700
822+14777Trevor Neville 40-4.1620Running51$600
911+2C40Mike Chasteen Jr40-5.1400Running49$550
105-537Michael Ledford 40-5.8620Running47$500
1115+414Caden McWhorter 40-6.5020Running45$475
123-932Mason Duncan 37-3 Laps0DNF44$450
1320+717NDillon Nusbaum 33-7 Laps0DNF43$425
147-75TDrake Troutman 30-10 Laps0DNF42$400
159-624ZZeke McKenzie 30-10 Laps0DNF41$400
1610-6124Ryan Unzicker 30-10 Laps0DNF40$400
1713-422Josh Harris 30-10 Laps0DNF39$400
182-1613Charlie Mefford 30-10 Laps0DNF38$400
1924+554Zachary Hawk 25-15 Laps0DNF37$400
2023+388SAlan Stipp 24-16 Laps0DNF36$400
2112-90FMatt Fabrizius 17-23 Laps0DNF35$400
2216-6K9Will Krup 14-26 Laps0DNF34$400
2321-282Dalton Lane 12-28 Laps0DNF33$400
241-2321ANick Allen 11-29 Laps3DNF32$400
Hard Charger: Michael Long
Last Chance Showdown Results
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219+1718LMichael Long 15-2.2520Running0$0
314+1145HChase Holland 15-2.3620Running0$0
424+2054Zachary Hawk 15-3.0130Running0$0
518+13463Daniel Sanchez 15-4.2430Running0$0
63-377Ray Bollinger 14-1 Laps0Running0$0
76-1777Trevor Neville 14-1 Laps0Running0$0
812+489Austin Friedman 14-1 Laps0Running0$0
911+21Nash Hilmes 14-1 Laps0Running0$0
107-38LJimmy Lennex 14-1 Laps0Running0$0
1122+111SBrian Shaw 14-1 Laps0Running0$0
1220+836VMacy Vaughan 14-1 Laps0Running0$0
131-128KLevi Kissinger 11-4 Laps0Running0$0
1410-494Tom Pasek 10-5 Laps0Running0$0
1515071TTroy Ricketts 10-5 Laps0Running0$0
168-824TTrevor Ringle 6-9 Laps0Running0$0
1713-482Dalton Lane 5-10 Laps0Running0$0
1816-221Lyndon Whitfill 2-13 Laps0Running0$0
192-175CSCurt Spalding 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
205-1563Dustin King 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
219-1212Skylar Marlar 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
2217-528MFrank Marshall 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
2321-296MMike McKinney 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
2423-15SOwen Steinkoenig 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Zachary Hawk
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
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36+33Mike Brooks 15-0.6460Running0$0
42-283Kasey Schrock 15-0.7390Running0$0
57+221DDanny Schwartz 15-2.7410Running0$0
615+920Brian Skaggs 15-3.4110Running0$0
78+1757Bradley Jameson 15-3.7730Running0$0
813+543Jared Thomas 15-5.3380Running0$0
912+37Tim Nash 15-6.0190Running0$0
1020+1036Eric Vaughan 15-6.3490Running0$0
1114+30JGarrett Jameson 15-6.6920Running0$0
1221+935Ethan Weber 15-7.6700Running0$0
133-1098Zac Harris 15-8.3750Running0$0
1419+518SJarrett Stryker 15-8.9640Running0$0
1522+70Travis Kohler 15-9.0730Running0$0
164-1218Ryan Sutter 9-6 Laps0DNF0$0
1717016CJohn Clippinger 7-8 Laps0DNF0$0
1811-788SAlan Stipp 7-8 Laps0DNF0$0
1910-95Steven Brooks 7-8 Laps0DNF0$0
2018-2121Deece Schwartz 6-9 Laps0DNF0$0
219-1225WAllen Weisser 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
2216-645Don Hammer 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
23230130Chase Allen 0-15 Laps0DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Eric Vaughan
Heat 1 Results
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3524ZZeke McKenzie 0.0000.000
4922Josh Harris 0.0000.000
548KLevi Kissinger 0.0000.000
6777Ray Bollinger 0.0000.000
7863Dustin King 0.0000.000
8148LJimmy Lennex 0.0000.000
91112Skylar Marlar 0.0000.000
10121Nash Hilmes 0.0000.000
111382Dalton Lane 0.0000.000
121571TTroy Ricketts 0.0000.000
13228MFrank Marshall 0.0000.000
14318LMichael Long 0.0000.000
15696MMike McKinney 0.0000.000
16165SOwen Steinkoenig 0.0000.000
Heat 2 Results
1110YTrent Young 0.0000.000
2521ANick Allen 0.0000.000
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41014Caden McWhorter 0.0000.000
565CSCurt Spalding 0.0000.000
6825Tyler Nicely 0.0000.000
77777Trevor Neville 0.0000.000
81124TTrevor Ringle 0.0000.000
91494Tom Pasek 0.0000.000
10289Austin Friedman 0.0000.000
111345HChase Holland 0.0000.000
12921Lyndon Whitfill 0.0000.000
1312463Daniel Sanchez 0.0000.000
141536VMacy Vaughan 0.0000.000
1531SBrian Shaw 0.0000.000
161654Zachary Hawk 0.0000.000
Heat 3 Results
1124HMike Harrison 0.0000.000
2413Charlie Mefford 0.0000.000
36124Ryan Unzicker 0.0000.000
428Kyle Steffens 0.0000.000
51521MWilly Myers 0.0000.000
6798Zac Harris 0.0000.000
71417NDillon Nusbaum 0.0000.000
81621DDanny Schwartz 0.0000.000
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14818SJarrett Stryker 0.0000.000
151235Ethan Weber 0.0000.000
165130Chase Allen 0.0000.000
Heat 4 Results
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235TDrake Troutman 0.0000.000
360FMatt Fabrizius 0.0000.000
41K9Will Krup 0.0000.000
5583Kasey Schrock 0.0000.000
6918Ryan Sutter 0.0000.000
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10127Tim Nash 0.0000.000
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121145Don Hammer 0.0000.000
1315121Deece Schwartz 0.0000.000
141436Eric Vaughan 0.0000.000
1570Travis Kohler 0.0000.000
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
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218+1610YTrent Young 00.0000Running0$0
310+728MFrank Marshall 00.0000Running0$0
429+2589Austin Friedman 00.0000Running0$0
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616+101SBrian Shaw 00.0000Running0$0
71-68KLevi Kissinger 00.0000Running0$0
89+1C40Mike Chasteen Jr00.0000Running0$0
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1124+1396MMike McKinney 00.0000Running0$0
1228+165CSCurt Spalding 00.0000Running0$0
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14140777Trevor Neville 00.0000Running0$0
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187-1121Lyndon Whitfill 00.0000Running0$0
193-1632Mason Duncan 00.0000Running0$0
206-1414Caden McWhorter 00.0000Running0$0
212-1912Skylar Marlar 00.0000Running0$0
2219-324TTrevor Ringle 00.0000Running0$0
235-181Nash Hilmes 00.0000Running0$0
2411-13463Daniel Sanchez 00.0000Running0$0
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2820-894Tom Pasek 00.0000Running0$0
294-2571TTroy Ricketts 00.0000Running0$0
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3112-195SOwen Steinkoenig 00.0000Running0$0
3215-1754Zachary Hawk 00.0000Running0$0
Hard Charger: Michael Long
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
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227+25K9Will Krup 00.0000Running0$0
3308Kyle Steffens 00.0000Running0$0
419+1537Michael Ledford 00.0000Running0$0
518+1320Brian Skaggs 00.0000Running0$0
624+185TDrake Troutman 00.0000Running0$0
717+1013Charlie Mefford 00.0000Running0$0
814+63Mike Brooks 00.0000Running0$0
923+14130Chase Allen 00.0000Running0$0
1020+1083Kasey Schrock 00.0000Running0$0
1126+15124Ryan Unzicker 00.0000Running0$0
1231+190FMatt Fabrizius 00.0000Running0$0
136-798Zac Harris 00.0000Running0$0
144-100Travis Kohler 00.0000Running0$0
1510-518SJarrett Stryker 00.0000Running0$0
1611-55Steven Brooks 00.0000Running0$0
175-1243Jared Thomas 00.0000Running0$0
187-1118Ryan Sutter 00.0000Running0$0
1916-388SAlan Stipp 00.0000Running0$0
2015-5757Bradley Jameson 00.0000Running0$0
212-1925WAllen Weisser 00.0000Running0$0
2229+745Don Hammer 00.0000Running0$0
2313-1035Ethan Weber 00.0000Running0$0
249-157Tim Nash 00.0000Running0$0
258-1716CJohn Clippinger 00.0000Running0$0
2612-140JGarrett Jameson 00.0000Running0$0
271-2617NDillon Nusbaum 00.0000Running0$0
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2921-821MWilly Myers 00.0000Running0$0
30300121Deece Schwartz 00.0000Running0$0
3125-621DDanny Schwartz 00.0000Running0$0
Hard Charger: Will Krup
Redraw Order Results
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27+513Charlie Mefford 00.0000Running0$0
35+232Mason Duncan 00.0000Running0$0
41-300Ethan Dotson 00.0000Running0$0
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63-324HMike Harrison 00.0000Running0$0
78+15TDrake Troutman 00.0000Running0$0
82-610YTrent Young 00.0000Running0$0
Hard Charger: Nick Allen
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Prairie Dirt Classic
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Fairbury Speedway
600 South Third Street
Fairbury, Illinois 61739 

Event Description
The highly anticipated Prairie Dirt Classic returns to the schedule in 2023, again paying $50,000-to-win. Some of the best drivers in Late Model racing will make the trek to Central Illinois to try to win one of the most prestigious races of the season.

This event also caps off the Summit Modified Nationals Hell Tour with $500 features on Friday and $5,000-to-win on Saturday, followed by the crowning of a champion.

Series Racing
Summit Modified Nationals

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies

Overflow Camping: Opens at 11 a.m., Wednesday July 26th, 2023.
Reserved Camping: Opens at 1 p.m., Wednesday July 26th, 2023.
Tent Camping: Opens at 3 p.m., Wednesday July 26th, 2023.
With limited space to maneuver around the grounds, ALL campers must be parked in their spots by 2 p.m. on
Friday July 29th. Any questions can be directed to the track at

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*All times Central

Event Hashtag

The Bank Of Pontiac and Illinois State Rifle Association

Frequently Asked Questions  
Reserved Seating
Back stretch: sections A through I; front stretch: sections R, S, T, U.

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers - No backs

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are not allowed

Handicapped Seating
In front of main covered grandstands on front stretch and a few select handicap spots on the first row of bleachers. Please email to request accessible seating at least one week in advance.

Handicapped Parking
Near the main front grandstands

Pit Age Limit
No Age limit - All minor's require proper waiver

Pit Gate Location
3rd Street entrance

Personal Coolers
They are allowed on the grounds, but NOT in the bleachers or grandstands.


Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available to purchase at the track. Only FALS purchased cans and alcohol allowed in the bleachers or grandstands. Alcohol is prohibited in the pit area until the races are over for the evening.

Smoking Policy
No smoking or vaping in the bleachers or grandstands at any time.

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
non-electric, offsite, onsite

Camping Cost
Available day of race only

Track Info  

Fairbury Speedway
600 South Third Street
Fairbury, Illinois 61739 

Track Phone
(815) 692-3222

Track Email

Track Type
0.250; Semi-banked

Late Model Track Record
12.143 seconds by Kyle Strickler on 9/15/20

Closest Airport
Bloomington, IL (BMI / KBMI) Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal

Other Airport
Champaign, IL (CMI / KCMI) University of Illinois Willard Airport

Pit Gate Location
3rd Street entrance

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front, Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**