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Shirley pockets $9,000 at Kankakee

October 2, 2010, 10:24 am
From staff and track reports
Brian Shirley (3s) edges away from Kevin weaver. (Jim DenHamer)
Brian Shirley (3s) edges away from Kevin weaver. (Jim DenHamer)

KANKAKEE, Ill. (Oct. 1-2) — Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., overtook polesitter Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Ill., midway through Friday's 60-lapper at Kankakee County Speedway to capture the tri-sanctioned Triple Crown Clash. Shirley earned $9,000 for the race sanctioned by the Sunoco American Late Model Series, Monster Midwest Series and Northern Allstars Late Model Series. | Slideshow

Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., was second followed by Weaver, Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. The race was a completion of an Aug. 13 rainout. With the victory, Shirley clinched the $5,000 Monster Midwest Series championship.

In Saturday's tri-sanctioned event, Unzicker started outside the front row and raced to a $2,000 victory over Weaver. Dennis Erb Jr. was third followed by Dillan White and Frank Heckenast Jr. Brian Ruhlman of Clarklake, Mich., grabbed his third career ALMS championship, edging Curtis Roberts after they both finished back in the pack.

Oct. 1 feature: (1) Brian Shirley, (2) Ryan Unzicker, (3) Kevin Weaver, (4) Jason Feger, (5) Dennis Erb Jr., (6) Eric Smith, (7) Dillan White, (8) Rodney Melvin, (9) Frank Heckenast Jr., (10) Brandon Sheppard, (11) Donny Walden, (12) Dusty Moore, (13) Brian Ruhlman, (14) Steve Dimmick, (15) Steve Thorsten, (16) Scott Baker, (17) Derek Handler, (18) Ryan Dauber, (19) Curtis Roberts, (20) Steve Lance, (21) Frank Heckenast Sr., (22) Jay Morris, (23) Bobby Pierce, (24) John Quill, (25) Rusty Schlenk.

Oct. 2 feature: (1) Ryan Unzicker, (2) Kevin Weaver, (3) Dennis Erb Jr., (4) Dillan White, (5) Frank Heckenast Jr., (6) Rusty Schlenk, (7) Eric Smith, (8) Jason Feger, (9) Jimmy Dehm, (10) Brandon Sheppard, (11) Bobby Pierce, (12) Brian Ruhlman, (13) Curtis Roberts, (14) Jay Morris, (15) Ryan Vanderveen, (16) Tom Smith, (17) John Quill, (18) Scott Baker, (19) Frank Heckenast Sr., (20) Adam Mefford, (21) Steve Dimmick, (22) Dusty Moore, (23) Steve Thorsten.

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