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September 23
Kankakee County Speedway,
Kankakee, IL
Sanction: Sunoco American Late Model Series - $2,000
Information provided by: Track and team reports (last updated September 25, 3:53 pm)
Unzicker turns bad night good at Kankakee
  1. Ryan Unzicker
  2. Mike Spatola
  3. Devin Shiels
  4. Jay Morris
  5. Steve Thorsten
  6. Matt Shannon
  7. John Provenzano
  8. Jason Playter Jr.
  9. Glen Thompson
  10. Jeff Robertson
  11. Jason Wagner
  12. Lyle Zanker
  13. Doug Hayes
  14. McKay Wenger
  15. Josh Robertson
  16. Rusty Schlenk
  17. Kevin Weaver
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What won the race: Turning around a night that started on a bad note, Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., emerged victorious in Friday's 40-lap Sunoco American Late Model Series-sanctioned feature at Kankakee County Speedway. He missed qualifying after suffering mechanical trouble in hot laps but made repairs and stormed back to take the $2,000 victory from the seventh starting spot.
Key notes: Four drivers finished on the lead lap. ... McKay Wenger led for a dozen laps until breaking a rear end, handing the lead to Unzicker. ... Polesitter Rusty Schlenk escaped injury in a hard opening-lap accident that saw him forced into the outside wall off turn two. His car ended up astride the wall and was heavily damaged. ... Kevin Weaver was also swept up with Schlenk and didn't continue. ... Ten of the 17 starters were running at the finish of the feature. ... The event was the second-to-last ALMS race of the seasonl; the schedule concludes at Eldora's DIRTcar Fall Nationals on Oct. 1. ... Kankakee's only other ALMS event was rained out May 13.
On the move: Steve Thorsten started last (17th) and negotiated his way forward to finish fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Unzicker's Bob Pierce Race Car has a Pro Power engine and is sponsored by Aftershock Decals & Designs, Appleton Rack & Pinion, Dyer's Top Rods, Keyser Mfg., Kingdon Farms, Leman Paint Works, Quick Car Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, Pro Tire and Automotive, RJR Transportation Co., R2C Competition Series Filters, Varsitee Screenprinting, VP Racing Fuels and Walnut Grove Farms.
Points chase: Schlenk has clinched the 2016 series championship.
Car count: 17
Heat race winners: Rusty Schlenk, Kevin Weaver
Next series race: October 1, Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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