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Curl cruisin' through first year

Matt Curl poses at the Fairbury Speedway Wednesday afternoon.

Halfway through his inaugural season as owner of the Fairbury Speedway, Matt Curl has been able to overcome some obstacles which could be tough for other tracks.

“I’m really proud of the crew for how they’ve been able to work and get things done,” Curl said.

Mother Nature has made some weekends challenging for Curl and his speedway gang in 2019 with showers that suddenly pop up or forecasts which indicate rain on an upcoming Saturday.

“It has been challenging at times to work through some of the events,” Curl admits.

Fairbury Speedway is preparing to host its biggest event of the year – the 30th annual Prairie Dirt Classic – slated for the weekend of July 26 and 27. The event always draws a huge crowd to town and people come from all over to shop, dine and play in Fairbury as well. Several big races have been held throughout the season and more are planned.

Due to wet weather during the first half of the season, racing will now happen during September and October.

“Maybe those months will be the nicest of the year,” Curl said with a smile.

Curl especially enjoys having his family be a part of his Fairbury dream along with friends and fellow community members.

“It is a dream to have something like this that is not like a normal job.”

Curl is also excited for the 143rd annual Fairbury Fair coming in August. The lineup includes a show from country singer Jo Dee Messina, midget car races, a popular demolition derby and the return of the fair talent show.

In addition to the Prairie Dirt Classic, other big races coming up include the national Powri midget special Aug. 15, driver appreciation night Aug. 24 and the FALS Labor Day Classic Aug. 31.

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