Special racing night at FALS

    Though driving a midget, Tanner Thorson stood tall when the dust settled as he captured the midget feature at Fairbury American Legion Speedway Thursday.
    There was also a modified event that went to national points leader Ray Bollinger and the return of sprint cars to the speedway.
    Thorson waited until the final lap of the 30-lap, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget feature before making his move on race leader Rico Abreu.
    Thorson dove to the bottom in turns three and four for a slide job on Abreu and took the lead. Abreu came back with his own slide job, but made contact with third running Michael Pickens.
    Thorson went on to take his first win of the season before a large crowd at FALS. Pickens, Spencer Bayston, Abreu and Andrew Felker completed the top five. Zach Daum, Logn Seavey, Brad Loyet, Jimi Quin and Ryan Robinson made up the second five. There were 36 drivers who vied for a starting spot for the feature race. Heat races were won by Zeb Wise, Pickens, Seavey and Quin. Loyet won the semi-feature.
    After a lengthy absence, sprint cars returned to FALS with the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR East Sprint Car series. After a caution with four laps to go in the 25-lap race, Mario Clouser trailed Kevin Thomas Jr.
    On the last lap, Clouser had a good run heading down the back stretch in looking for the lead. Clouser made contact with Thomas and third-running Korey Weyant proved to be in the right spot at the right time and led the final 100 yards for the win.
    Slater Helt, Joe B. Miller, Bret Tripplett, Andy Baugh, Logan Faucon, Dustin Smith, Steve Thomas, Thomas Jr., and Clouser completed the top 10. Mitch Wissmiller and Dustin Smith took heat race wins.
    Mitchell Davis led flag to flag in the 25-lap, POWRi Division 2 Midget race for his first win of the year. Aaron Schuck started 10th and rallied for second. Following the duo were, Brent Burrows, Shane Morgan, Andy Baugh, Josh Thomas, Andy Molpocker, Broc Hunnell, Johnny Murdock and Brandon Smith. Morgan and Davis won heat races.
    The night’s racing action ended with a 25-lap modified feature. Ray Bollinger, the current national point leader, led flag to flag in winning a $1,000 prize. For Bollinger, it was his first ever win at Fairbury.
    Allen Weisser made several attempt to take the lead but fell short in his bid to settle for second. Kenny Wallace, Mike McKinney and Danny Schwartz made up the rest of the top five. Jeff Curl led the second five and was followed by Tommy Duncan, Nick Clubb, Jeffrey Ledford and Chad Rockefeller. Ledford set fast time at 14.473 seconds. Bollinger, McKinney and Wallace won heat races.
    Racing action returns to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway this tonight. It will be Fan Appreciation Night with all adult fans admitted for $5 in the stands. Five divisions of racing will be held with qualifying at 6:30 and racing will follow. Prior to the night’s racing, drivers will have their cars on display at Dave’s Supermarket in Fairbury from 1-3 p.m. There will be giveaways, along with autographs and a cookout.