7th Annual Christian County Fair Running Event Coming Wednesday Night
Tripleheader presents three popular divisions
The 2021 Christian County Agricultural Fair opens on Tuesday, July 20 and runs through July 24, but it’s Wednesday, July 21 that racing fans have marked on their calendar the return of three racing divisions. The Taylorville Fair in Ill. Brought the races back to life in 2014, much to the delight of runners and fans alike. The event is promoted by Track Enterprises of Macon, IL.
Races at the fair returned in 2014 and were held again for the next five years with a solid number of cars and great races. The 2014 event, which was the first in decades, was a huge success, with a large turnout of cars and fans. The inaugural edition of the event saw Kaleb Wood claim victory in a field of 20 Street Stocks. Jeremy Nichols won the Sportsman title, while Jeremy Reed won the Hornet A-Main.
The 2015 NAPA Tripleheader presented by Larry’s Service Center saw Nichols win the Sportsman event again, while Terry Reed won the Street Stock race and Jeremy Reed finished the night in the Hornet victory lane for the second time in two year.
In 2016, heavy rains hit the exhibition grounds during the afternoon hours. Despite the rain and flooding that followed, officials worked hard to get back on track. The event drew 20 Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks with Lovington, IL driver Jeremy Nichols taking the win. Nichols also beat a field of 13 Sportsman to claim the victory. In the Hornet, Decatur competition, IL pilot Jeremy Reed took the victory.
The weather was again a problem in 2017 as the event barely ended with storms looming overnight. Despite this, the race again had solid car fields with Timmy Dick beating a 13-car field from Sportsman. Jeremy Nichols won top prize in the Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks. In the Hornet competition, Marty Sullivan claimed victory as the rains began.
In 2018 another solid group of cars took to the track with Jeremy Nichols taking the Big Ten Street Stock top prize ahead of Timmy, Chris and Darrell Dick. Ashkum, IL driver, Brandon Pralle beat a good field of Sportsman, while Eric Vanapeldoorn won the Hornet.
The most recent event in Taylorville was in 2019, with the 2020 edition being canceled due to the pandemic. In the 2020 edition, Ethan Schnapp took the Sportsman victory, while Andy Zahnd was the Big Ten Street Stock winner. Joe Reed took the Hornet checkered flag.
This year’s Christian County Fair triple header will once again feature Sportsman, Street Stocks and Hornets. While all races will be UMP sanctioned, the Street Stock event is also part of the Big Ten Series.
The pits open at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 20, the grandstands at 5:00 a.m., the draw for competitors ends when the drivers’ meeting begins at 6:00 a.m., hotlaps at 6:20 a.m., races taking to the green at 7:00 a.m.