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Race car Saturday a hit




Driver Dustin Pruitt of West Lebanon, IN signs autographs near Dave's Supermarket Saturday.

Race Car Saturday at Dave’s Supermarket brought a large crowd to downtown Fairbury for driver meet and greets, grilled pork burgers and the chance to win tickets to the big Prairie Dirt Classic race later this month.


Cars paraded from the Fairbury Speedway to Dave’s at 1p.m. before heading back to the track after a couple of hours to prepare for a night of racing.


“You can catch all of the drivers, get autographs and sit in race cars,” explained Fairbury Speedway’s Matt Curl. “We are really fortunate to partner with Dave’s Supermarket.”


One of the best things about Saturday was the sunshine which this area has been missing for several days.


“We’ve been anxiously waiting to get this rain out of here,” Curl admitted.


Drivers such as Dustin Pruitt from Indiana had goodies to hand kids. This was Pruitt’s second year participating.


“Hopefully they keep doing this and we can keep coming back to it,” said Pruitt.


Local driver Lyndon Whitfill enjoyed his time in the parking lot standing next to his car while interacting with fans.


“This is really a treat for me personally,” Whitfill explained. “We obviously wouldn’t be able to do it without the fans so it’s just a way to give back to them and sign some autographs.”


The attention now turns to the “granddaddy of them all” – the big Prairie Dirt Classic race at the end of the month which is expected to bring thousands of people into Fairbury.



Local driver Lyndon Whitfill, left, shown with his father, Jason.

Members of the Dave's team served delicious pork burgers, chips, watermelon, cookies & drinks.

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