2023 Castrol FloRacing Night in America at Fairbury Speedway

Castrol FloRacing Night In America At Fairbury Entry List Filled With Stars

Castrol FloRacing Night In America At Fairbury Entry List Filled With Stars

The biggest names in Dirt Late Model racing will make their way to Fairbury Speedway for Castrol FloRacing Night in America on Tuesday.

Sep 12, 2023 by Brandon Paul

Eight of the top 10 drivers in the latest DirtonDirt.com power rankings will be in action Tuesday night when the Castrol FloRacing Night in America season resumes at Fairbury Speedway. The traditional One for the Road event at the Illinois bullring is the eighth event of the 2023 season, with the winner slated to take home a $23,023 top prize. 

The star-studded entry list is headlined by World 100 winner Hudson O'Neal, who is fresh off the biggest victory of his young career at Eldora Speedway. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader Ricky Thornton, Jr. and World of Outlaws Late Model Series points leader Bobby Pierce are also expected to compete in the event. 

Pierce enters the race with a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win at Fairbury this season, while RTJ won the track's crown jewel event -- the Prairie Dirt Classic -- in July. Pierce is also the defending winner of the One for the Road event at FALS. 

Brandon Sheppard, the defending Castrol FloRacing Night in America champion, is expected to be in action in his home state. 

Dennis Erb, Jr., a two-time Castrol FloRacing Night in America this season, will also be defending him home turf in the Illini State. 

Other Illinois drivers on the expected entry list include recent World 100 prelim winner Brian Shirley, Shannon Babb, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker and Frank Heckenast, Jr. 


VIDEO: Sights and sounds from last year's Castrol FloRacing Night in America at Fairbury. 

National stars expected to compete Tuesday night include recent Hillbilly Hundred winner Jonathan Davenport, defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion Tim McCreadie and Gateway Dirt Nationals winner Tyler Erb. 

The complete list of expected entries for the race can be viewed below. 

In addition to Dennis Erb, Jr., both Hudson O'Neal and Ricky Thornton, Jr. have two series wins this season. Mike Marlar, who is expected to compete in Tuesday's race, won the season opener at Eldora Speedway. 

O’Neal holds a 24-point advantage atop the standings over Bobby Pierce. Tim McCreadie and Jonathan Davenport are tied for third, 63 markers removed from the lead. Ricky Thornton Jr. is 79 points out of the top spot in fifth Brandon Sheppard 81 markers out of the point lead in sixth.

The series champion will claim a $75,000 prize with perfect attendance or a $50,000 champion’s take without perfect attendance.

Fans unable to make it out to Fairbury Speedway on Tuesday night will be able to watch all of the action live on FloRacing beginning with a pre-race show at 5:30 p.m. CT / 6:30 p.m. ET. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT / 7:15 p.m. ET, with racing to follow. 

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Castrol FloRacing Night In America At Fairbury Speedway Expected Entries





Tyler Erb

New Waverly, TX


Hudson O’Neal

Martinsville, IN


Brian Shirley

Chatham, IL


Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL


Ricky Weiss

Headingly, MB


Garrett Smith

Eatonton, GA


Gordy Gundaker

St. Charles, MO


Spencer Hughes

Causeyville, MS


Kevin Weaver

Gibson City, IL


Brenden Smith

Dade City, FL


Shannon Babb

Moweaqua, IL


Daulton Wilson

Fayetteville, NC


Ryan Gustin

Marshalltown, IA


Ricky Thornton, Jr. 

Martinsville, IN


Ryan Unzicker

El Paso, IL


Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL


Dennis Erb, Jr. 

Carpentersville, IL


Bobby Pierce

Oakwood, IL


Tim McCreadie

Watertown, NY


Kyle Bronson

Brandon, FL


Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA


Garrett Alberson

Dubuque, IA


Boom Briggs

Bear Lake, PA


Tanner English

Benton, KY


Frank Heckenast Jr. 

Frankfurt, IL


Max Blair

Centerville, PA


Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN