The Illini 100 will continue the World of Outlaws Late Model Series season. (Rick Neff photo)

Illini 100 Continues Month Of Money For WoO LMs

FARMER CITY, Ill. – The month of money continues for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series April 1-3 at Farmer City Raceway with the Illini 100.

An overall top prize of $26,000 will be on the line between the two features.

The best late model drivers in the country will compete in a $6,000-to-win feature on Friday, April 2. Then, on Saturday, April 3, they’ll go fender to fender for the $20,000 top prize. Saturday’s event will also award $10,000 to second and will pay $1,200 to start.

Thursday, April 1, will be a practice session for all classes.

The April event will be the Outlaws’ first time back to the quarter-mile track since 2019 and 17th visit there overall.

The event is a favorite to drivers and fans alike due to the small track’s ability to create exciting racing and the fun atmosphere of the town.

For Illinois-born drivers like three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard and Dennis Erb Jr., it’s also a chance to race close to home and in front of family.

“It’s a track in Illinois that I have a lot of laps around,” said Erb, whose Carpentersville, Ill., home is about two hours from Farmer City. “I used to go there every Friday night back in the day. I haven’t gotten to run too much there lately. I always look forward to going back to tracks I have a lot of laps around and are close to home. It’s a lot nicer to run those places, rather than being 13 hours away from home.

“When you get back to tracks you have a lot of laps on, you definitely feel more comfortable.”

Erb has four wins in total at Farmer City but has yet to win there with the World of Outlaws.

Sheppard hails from New Berlin, Ill. – about an hour away from the track – and won the Outlaws’ last event at the track in 2019. He has two wins with the World of Outlaws there and currently holds the track record with an 11.750-second lap.

Sheppard is still on the hunt for his first win of the season and first top-five finish. If that win is achieved at Farmer City, not only will he get to celebrate another home-state win, but he’ll celebrate his 70th career World of Outlaws victory.

The defending champion is currently second in points behind Series points leader and Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Strickler. The Pennsylvania native has had a strong start to the Series, claiming his first two career Series wins at Volusia.

Strickler is still the only driver this season with multiple victories. The Illini 100 will be his debut at Farmer City with the World of Outlaws.

The Illini 100 will lead into the April 8-10 World of Outlaws Bristol Bash at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, which keeps the month of money rolling for the Outlaws.

The April 9 race at Bristol pays $10,000 to win and the April 10 event awards a $25,000 payday to the victor.

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