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Friedman's flat helps Smith to Fairbury victory

August 17, 2009, 9:25 am
From series reports

FAIRBURY, Ill. (Aug. 15) — Inheriting the lead after front-row starter Daren Friedman's lap-15 flat tire, polesitter Eric Smith of Bloomington, Ill., led the rest of the 40-lap Monster Midwest Tour victory at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Smith's $2,000 victory moved him into a tie for the series points lead with third-finishing Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., after 10 of 19 events. | Slideshow

Joe Harlan of El Paso finished second while Frank Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., was fourth and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., rallied from his 17th starting spot to finish fifth. Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., a four-race winner who entered the event leading the series points, was running third with two laps remaining when a flat tire dropped him to 14th.

Monster Midwest Tour @ Fairbury: (1) Eric Smith, (2) Joe Harlan, (3) Ryan Unzicker, (4) Frank Heckenast Jr., (5) Dennis Erb Jr., (6) Scott Schmitt, (7) Scott Bull, (8) Donny Walden, (9) Rocky Griffin, (10) Mike Mullvain, (11) Daren Friedman, (12) Lisa Shickel, (13) Rich Harlan, (14) Jason Feger, (15) Don Cisco, (16) Alan Mondus, (17) Bob Freeburg, (18) Junior Shickel, (19) Jimmy Dehm, (20) Kevin Weaver. Fast qualifier (among 28 cars): Friedman, 13.020 seconds. Heat race winners: Heckenast, Feger, Harlan. Consolation winner: L. Shickel.

Monster Midwest Tour points

(Through Aug. 15)
1. Ryan Unzicker - 649
(tie) Eric Smith - 649
3. Jason Feger - 628 (-21)
4. Dennis Erb Jr. - 550 (-99)
5. Frank Heckenast Jr. - 477 (-172)
6. Richie Hedrick - 461 (-188)
7. Joe Harlan - 431 (-218)
8. Kevin Weaver - 394 (-255)
9. Jimmy Dehm - 317 (-332)
10. Donny Walden - 314 (-335)
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