American Legion Speedway

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Out on the extreme southern edge of Fairbury and located in the accommodating confines of the Fairbury Fair Grounds, is a very popular quarter mile semi-banked oval dirt race track that has entertained folks from both near and far since 1946. The Fairbury American Legion Speedway features stock car racing that can challenge the nerves of spectators with Late Model, Street Stocks, Sportsman, and Modified versions of today’s mechanized chariots. The track attracts visitors from near and far because of the unique atmosphere and location. Just a few blocks from historic downtown Fairbury, the Speedway is located in a friendly residential neighborhood and is surrounded by homes, the Indian Creek Country Club, and schools. The season of racing launches in the spring, generally in April and goes through Memorial Day weekend.  Access to the grounds can be gained at the south ends of Third Street and Second Street where you will find gate greeters to usher you in, and there is also a side entrance a little further south on First Street.

There’s plenty of seating on both the north and south sides of the track, parking is available both inside and outside the grounds, and there is plenty of refreshments available, both food and drink, from the several vendor stands located around the facility. Many folks pack up their family, grab their friends and come out for an evening of watching these hard-nosed guys trying to get everyone else to eat their dust. Hot laps start at 5:50pm followed by Qualifying at 6:30 with the race heats beginning shortly thereafter. Even if you haven’t been a fan up until now you should give it a try – it’s entertaining, exciting, and scary and you’ll get a sense of the skill it takes to navigate that quarter mile dirt oval. When your car is only one of many, it gives a whole new meaning to “stuck in traffic”.

Prairie Dirt Classic

The dirt track’s most famous event, the “Prairie Dirt Classic”, will be held on Friday/Saturday July 30th-31st, 2021. The 31th annual racing ceremony draws fans by the thousands to watch the drivers compete in a 100-lap race. The event has won the National “Race of the Year” honors three out of the last four years, and will not disappoint avid race fans from all over Central Illinois and beyond.

Representing Fairbury American Legion Speedway!

Leroy Rodriguez, President

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