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June 20
Spoon River Speedway,
Banner, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated June 21, 10:51 am)
Erb-Feger scrape lifts Unzicker at Spoon River
  1. Ryan Unzicker
  2. Jason Feger
  3. Tanner English
  4. Kye Blight
  5. Garrett Smith
  6. Billy Moyer
  7. Trevor Gundaker
  8. Rodney Melvin
  9. Tyler Clem
  10. Dillon McCowan
  11. Allen Weisser
  12. Kolby Vandenbergh
  13. Will Roland
  14. Clay Stuckey
  15. Tyler Erb
  16. Dylan Thompson
  17. Mark Voigt
  18. Bob Gardner
  19. Daniel Adam
  20. Thomas Hunziker
  21. Austin Howes
  22. Daryn Klein
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Tyler Carr
Good times for Ryan Unzicker's team at Spoon River Speedway.
What won the race: Taking advantage of race-long leader Tyler Erb's turn-four spin after Jason Feger's bold slide job on lap 27, Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., led the final four laps Thursday at Spoon River Speedway for a $5,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. Unzicker took the checkers 1.045 seconds ahead of Feger, who dove between Unzicker and Erb entering turn three on the 27th lap, making slight contact that sent Erb spinning. Because Unzicker was ahead of Feger on the previously scored lap, he restarted ahead of Feger for the race's lone restart and raced to his 14th career series victory.
Quotable: "I was putting a lot of pressure on Erb there. I don't know if I'd ever got around him and I'm not sure what happened there, I know Feger was right there and obviously they got tangled up there," Unzicker said. "I felt like I was pretty sporty there really the whole night. It's just the testament to my whole crew. A lot of people that follow us know that we struggled all year and we just never gave up really. We just took a couple of weeks off and needed to step back to regroup."
Key notes: Unzicker's previous Summer Nationals triumph came July 6, 2023, at Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Mich. ... Spoon River was the site of Unzicker's first-ever Summer Nationals victory in 2010. ... The pole-sitting Erb led 26 laps with Unzicker pressuring him multiple times — less than two-tenths of a second behind on multiple laps — without finding a way past. ... Jason Feger moved up midrace to make it a three-wide battle and his daring move after getting a run on the backstretch on lap 27 set up the race's key moment when he slid in front of Erb, making slight contact. ... Erb's spin was the event's lone caution. ... The event was promoted by Bob Sargent's Track Enterprises and the longtime track-owning Denney family; the track's weekly events are now promoted by Tim Neidig after health issues forced Cloyd Barden to abandon his first season promoting the track.
On the move: Fast qualifier Kye Blight of Bunbury, Western Australia, started 10th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Unzicker’s MB Customs Race Car has a Pro Power Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from RJR Transportation, Brucker Farms, Mosquito Hero, Fairbury Fastener & Supply, Larimer Cows & Calves, Absolute Home Repair & Remodeling, Gary Miller’s Classic Auto, El Paso Outdoor Center, Unzicker Equipment, Renegade Fuels and Aftershock Decals & Design, Konstruction Services, Pro Tire and Automotive, Mackinac Valley Powder Coating, Logan Smith Collectibles, Clean It Up 843 Pressure Washing Professionals, A Solution HVAC & Construction, Budda by Bert, DirtcarLift, Keyser Manufacturing, Allstar Performance, NAPA El Paso, Action Suspension and Varsitee Screenprinting.
Points chase: Week 2 after Spoon River: 1. Jason Feger (210); 2. Kye Blight (177); 3. Tyler Erb (174); 4. Garrett Smith (164) 5. Billy Moyer (153). Overall after Spoon River: 1. Tyler Erb (413); 2. Jason Feger (395); 3. Kye Blight (315); 4. Dillon McCowan (293); 5. Billy Moyer (261).
Current weather: Clear, 81°F
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Kye Blight
Time: 13.284 seconds
Polesitter: Tyler Erb
Heat race winners: Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, Tyler Erb
Consolation race winners: Allen Weisser
Provisional starters: Mark Voigt, Daryn Klein, Tyler Clem, Thomas Hunziker
Next series race: June 21, Brownstown Bullring (Brownstown, IL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

BANNER, Ill. (June 20) — Updates from the sixth round of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Spoon River Speedway, an event highlighted by a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win feature for Super Late Models (results unofficial):

Feature

Taking advantage of race-long leader Tyler Erb's turn-four spin after Jason Feger's bold slide job on lap 27, Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., led the final four laps Thursday at Spoon River Speedway for a $5,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. Unzicker took the checkers 1.045 seconds ahead of Feger, who dove between Unzicker and Erb entering turn three on the 27th lap, making contact that sent Erb spinning. Because Unzicker was ahead of Feger on the previously scored lap, he restarted ahead of Feger for the race's lone restart and raced to his 14th career series victory.

Feature lineup

(30 laps)

Row 1: Tyler Erb, Unzicker
Row 2: Jason Feger, Rodney Melvin
Row 3: Tanner English, Garrett Smith
Row 4: Daniel Adam, Trevor Gundaker
Row 5: Clay Stuckey, Kye Blight
Row 6: Billy Moyer, Dillon McCowan
Row 7: Austin Howes, Bob Gardner
Row 8: Kolby Vandenbergh, Allen Weisser
Row 9: Will Roland, Dylan Thompson
Row 10: Mark Voigt, Daryn Klein
Row 11: Tyler Clem, Thomas Hunziker

Pre-feature notes

Tyler Erb, winner of the first four Summer Nationals features, cruised to victory in the third heat and drew the pole position for the 30-lap feature. He'll start alongside second-heat winner Ryan Unzicker with first-heat winner Jason Feger starting third. ... Unzicker is gunning for victory at the track where he won his first Summer Nationals race in 2010. ... Feger, the track record-holder, won 2014's Hell Tour race at Spoon River. ... A last-lap pass gave Allen Weisser a consolation race victory over Will Roland. .... Austin Howes of Lewiston, Mo., transferred through the first heat to make his first career Summer Nationals feature lineup and just his third feature of the season. The Lewiston, Mo., driver has never finished better than 10th in a Late Model touring event. ... Frank Heckenast Jr. was running fourth in the opening heat when a flat tire knocked him out of a transfer spot. He scratched for the night. ... In the second heat, Daryn Klein spun into turn one battling for third on the second lap after contact with Will Roland. ... Billy Moyer slipped over the turn-three banking midway through the second heat but recovered to finish fourth.

Consolation race results

(8 laps; top three transfer)

B-main: Allen Weisser, Will Roland, Dylan Thompson, Tyler Clem, Carson Brown, Mark Voigt, Thomas Hunizker, Rich Bell, Brandon Eskew, Cody Maguire, Tucker Finch. Scratched: Frank Heckenast Jr., Daryn Klein, Russ Adams, Kayden Clatt.

Heat race results

(8 laps; top five transfer)

First heat: Jason Feger, Rodney Melvin, Daniel Adam, Kye Blight, Austin Howes, Carson Brown, Thomas Hunziker, Cody Maguire, Frank Heckenast Jr. Scratched: Russ Adams.

Second heat: Ryan Unzicker, Tanner English, Trevor Gundaker, Billy Moyer, Bob Gardner, Will Roland, Tyler Clem, Brandon Eskew, Daryn Klein, Mark Voigt.

Third heat: Tyler Erb, Garrett Smith, Clay Stuckey, Dillon McCowan, Kolby Vandenbergh, Allen Weisser, Dylan Thompson, Tucker Finch, Rich Bell, Kayden Clatt.

Time trials

First group
Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)

  1. Kye Blight (31aus), Bunbury, W. Australia, 13.284
  2. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 13.353
  3. Rodney Melvin (27), Benton, Ill., 13.500
  4. Daniel Adam (75), Wade, N.C., 13.530
  5. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 13.712
  6. Thomas Hunziker (38), Bend, Ore., 13.801
  7. Austin Howes (17a), Lewiston, Mo., 13.858
  8. Cody Maguire (32M), Carlinville, Ill., 13.868
  9. Carson Brown (28), New London, N.C., 13.904
  10. Russ Adams (74), Princeville, Ill., 14.384

Second group

  1. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 13.464
  2. Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 13.483
  3. Daryn Klein (10), Fairview Heights, Ill., 13.500
  4. Will Roland (22), Jasper, Ga., 13.590
  5. Tanner English (96), Benton, Ky., 13.632
  6. Tyler Clem (58), St. Petersburg, Fla., 13.634
  7. Brandon Eskew (11), Ashland, Il., 13.825
  8. Trevor Gundaker (11T), St. Charles, Mo., 13.834
  9. Bob Gardner (26m), Washington, Ill., 13.855
  10. Mark Voigt (30), Marine, Ill., 13.943

Third group

  1. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 13.557
  2. Clay Stuckey (15), Shreveport, La., 13.655
  3. Dylan Thompson (99), Paducah, Ky., 13.673
  4. Kayden Clatt (50k), Edina, Mo., 13.738
  5. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 13.785
  6. Dillon McCowan (8), Urbana, Mo., 13.794
  7. Kolby Vandenbergh (15), Ashland, Ill., 13.853
  8. Tucker Finch (25), Jacksonville, Ill., 14.048
  9. Allen Weisser (25w), Peoria, Ill., 14.076
  10. Rich Bell (21B), Sheffield, Ill., 14.246

Thursday’s schedule

(All times local)
3 p.m. - Pits open
4 p.m. - Grandstands open
6 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6:30 p.m. - On-track activity
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified group qualifying (3 laps)
- Late Model time trials (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Modified heats (8 laps)
- Late Model heats (8 laps)
- Modified consolation (8 laps)
- Late Model C-main (8 laps)
- Late Model B-main (10 laps)
Intermission/track prep
- Modified feature (25 laps)
- Late Model feature (30 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: T. Erb, Unzicker
Row 2: Feger, Melvin
Row 3: English, Smith
Row 4: Adam, T. Gundaker
Row 5: Stuckey, Blight
Row 6: Moyer, McCowan
Row 7: Howes, Gardner
Row 8: Vandenbergh, Weisser
Row 9: Roland, Thompson
Row 10: Voigt, Klein
Row 11: Clem, Hunzicker

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