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Feger Wins DIRTcar Summer Nationals Thriller at Spoon River Speedway

Jason Feger
Jason Feger

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By Jordan Morris

CANTON, Ill. – June 18, 2014 – Jason Feger, the 2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, finally found his way back to a Summer Nationals victory lane Wednesday night, doing so in exciting fashion as he held off Ryan Unzicker to claim the $5,000 checkered flag at Spoon River Speedway.

Unzicker started the pole position and looked to be the car to beat early in the 50-lap feature. Unzicker dueled with Feger, who started on the outside of row one, for much of the early laps. Feger, who’s also known as The Highside Hustler, used the bottom of the race track to slide in front of Unzicker for the lead on lap 27.

Unzicker temporarily slipped back to third as the tour’s most recent winner Shannon Babb joined the fight for the lead. Babb mounted several charges at Feger, but was not be able to pass him as he and Unzicker continued to take shots at the leader, sometimes even going three wide.

Feger held off all challenges and led the final 23 laps. Feger’s victory at Spoon River Speedway becomes the 10th of DIRTcar Summer Nationals career and his first since July 3, 2012.

“It feels good to kind of get that monkey off our back,” said Feger, of Bloomington, Ill. “We’ve had some motor issues – just self-inflicted – and other stuff happen, so we needed some money to give to our engine builder and get the tire guy paid off. This definitely helps things a lot.”

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Unzicker, Brady Smith, Babb and Randy Korte rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Feger, Billy Moyer Jr., Randy Korte and Unzicker.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Thursday night at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Ill.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Spoon River Speedway; Canton, Ill.; June 18, 2014

A-Main (50-laps): 1. 25-Jason Feger ($5,000), 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 3. 2S-Brady Smith, 4. 18-Shannon Babb, 5. 0-Randy Korte, 6. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 7. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 8. 81-Brian Shirley, 9. 1-Rick Eckert, 10. 22-Gregg Satterllee, 11. 12B-Kevin Weaver, 12. 10S-Scott Schmitt, 13. 00V-Kolby Vanderbergh, 14. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 15. 42-MCKay Wenger, 16. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 17. 17-Jim Shereck, 18. 32J-Jason Jaggers, 19. 83-Scott Bull, 20. 2-Allen Murray, 21. B1-Nick Bauman, 22. 32-Bobby Pierce.

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date Day Track Location Win
June 11 Wed Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind. RAIN
June 12 Thur Kankakee Co. Speedway Kankakee, Ill. Billy Moyer
June 13 Fri Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. Rick Eckert
June 14 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. RAIN
June 15 Sun Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, Wis. Rick Eckert
June 16 Mon Off
June 17 Tue Farley Speedway Farley, Iowa Shannon Babb
June 18 Wed Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill. Jason Feger
June 19 Thur Quincy Raceways Quincy, Ill. $5,000
June 20 Fri Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill. $10,000
June 21 Sat Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, Ill. $10,000
June 22 Sun I-96 Speedway Ionia, Mich. $5,000
June 23 Mon Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill. $5,000
June 24 Tue Off
June 25 Wed Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, Tenn. $5,000
June 26 Thur Clayhill Motorsports Atwood, Tenn. $5,000
June 27 Fri Paducah Int. Raceway Paducah, Ky. $10,000
June 28 Sat Federated Auto Parts Raceway Pevely, Mo. $10,000
June 29 Sun Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill. $5,000
June 30 Mon Off
July 1 Tue Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill. $5,000
July 2 Wed Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, Ill. $5,000
July 3 Thur LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill. $5,000
July 4 Fri Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, Ill. $7,500
July 5 Sat Highland Speedway Highland, Ill. $10,000
July 6 Sun Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, Ind. $5,000
July 7 Mon Off
July 8 Tue Florence Speedway Union, Ky. $5,000
July 9 Wed Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, Ind. $5,000
July 10 Thur Macon Speedway Macon, Ill. $5,000
July 11 Fri Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill. $10,000
July 12 Sat 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa $10,000
July 13 Sun Vermilion Co. Speedway Danville, Ill. $5,000
July 14 Mon Off
July 15 Tue TBA
July 16 Wed Atomic Speedway Chillicothe, Ohio $5,000
July 17 Thur Brushcreek Motorsports Complex Peebles, Ohio $5,000
July 18 Fri Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio $5,000
July 19 Sat Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio $10,000

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Standings

Rank Car First Last Points
1 1 Rick Eckert 334
2 24 Ryan Unzicker 322
3 18 Shannon Babb 299
4 81 Brian Shirley 267
5 B5 Brandon Sheppard 264
6 32 Bobby Pierce 259
7 22 Gregg Satterlee 225
8 21 Billy Moyer Jr 223
9 10 Scott Schmitt 215
10 81 Jason Riggs 193
11 21 Billy Moyer 179
12 28 Jimmy Mars 132
13 96 Tanner English 126
14 2 Brady Smith 121
15 25 Jason Feger 117
16 89 Mike Spatola 115
17 1m Jimmy Moon 102
18 15b Brian Birkhofer 98
19 1cj Gary Christian 95
20 B12 Kevin Weaver 94
21 98 Jason Rauen 86
22 32j Jason Jaggers 80
23 83 Scott Bull 76
24 77 Jason McBride 71
25 5m Mike Fryar 71
26 20 Rodney Sanders 70
27 17 Jim Shereck 70
28 21 Rich Bell 65
29 10 Pete Parker 61
30 Oo Randy Korte 60
31 25 Steve Lance 59
32 45 Kyle Hammer 55
33 15 Brian Harris 50
34 77 Tim McCreadie 49
35 77 Jay Morris 45
36 7k Jason Krohn 43
37 Oov Kolby Vandenbergh 43
38 10 Don Hilleary 42
39 74 Mitch Mcgrath 42
40 42 Shawn Toczek 41
41 33 Adam Hensel 41
42 42 Mckay Wenger 41
43 99 Franky Heckenast 40
44 90 Lance Mathees 38
45 D7 Jim Letizia 36
46 2 Allen Murray 36
47 58 A J Diemel 35
48 56 Andy Eckrich 35
49 33h Billy Hough 35
50 B1 Nick Bauman 35
51 116 Torrin Mettille 34
52 11 Pat Doar 34
53 8 Bill Rezetek 34
54 58 Ray Guss 34
55 33 Kevin Cole 32
56 32 Chris Simpson 32
57 75 Billy Drake 32
58 M27 Mike Provenzano 31
59 7 Steve Thornsten 30
60 28 Jeff Provinzino 30
61 4g Bob Gardner 30
62 2 Mike Nutzmann 29
63 16 Tyler Bruening 29
64 94 Evan Fink 29
65 40 Joel Callahan 28
66 6 Nick Herrick 27
67 20 Jake Meier 27
68 28 Clint Kirkham 27
69 14 Glen Thompson 26
70 15 Caley Emerson 26
71 9d Dan Flessner 26
72 21 Joel Collins 25
73 65 Lucas Peterson 24
74 7s Jay Spark 23
75 74 Russ Adams 22

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), Velocita (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing. 

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