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Daily Dirt 09/24/2022 11:09:02

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August 28
Peoria Speedway,
Peoria, IL
Sanction: MARS Racing Series (Steve Lance Sr. Night) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 29, 11:00 am)
Shirley lands $5,000 Steve Lance Sr. Night
Steve Lance Sr. Night
  1. Brian Shirley
  2. Ryan Gustin
  3. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  4. Dennis Erb Jr.
  5. Ryan Unzicker
  6. Jeremiah Hurst
  7. Allen Weisser
  8. Mike Spatola
  9. Mike Chasteen Jr.
  10. Jason Feger
  11. Jason Papich
  12. Todd Bennett
  13. Rich Bell
  14. Roger Rebholz
  15. Bob Gardner
  16. Blaze Burwell
  17. Myles Moos
  18. Jonathan Brauns
  19. Shannon Babb
  20. Billy Drake
  21. Jeff Herzog
  22. Brayton Wallace
  23. Curtis Radke
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What won the race: Grabbing the lead on lap 17, fifth-starting Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., led the final 33 circuits to claim the $5,000 Steve Lance Sr. Night victory Friday at Peoria Speedway. Shirley earned $5,000 for winning the MARS Racing Series-sanctioned event over Ryan Gustin, who made late high-side charge and finished a half-length behind at the checkers.
Quotable: “These little bullrings and stuff are pretty tricky and lap traffic always comes into play,” Shirley said. “So, all in all, I’m just thankful to get the win. Frankie was trying to run that guy on the top. I was lucky and able to get some good grip on the bottom and was able to get by him there. At the end it just come down to not knowing which lane to be in and I should have done a better job.”
Key notes: Outside front-row starter Jeremiah Hurst of Dubuque, Iowa, led 16 of the race's first 17 laps. ... Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., traded the lead with Hurst in the opening laps, before slipping to third. … Shirley cleared both Heckenast Jr. and Hurst with a lap-17 pass. ... Runner-up Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed Hurst for third place before passing Heckenast Jr. for second on lap 28. ... After winning the last two races at Peoria, hometown driver Todd Bennett finished 12th, the last car on the lead lap. … The series continues with another $5,000-to-win feature at Peoria Speedway on Saturday, before closing out its first year under the direction of Tony Izzo with a Labor Day Weekend tripleheader.
On the move: Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., started 12th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Shirley’s Bob Cullen Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Thomason Express, Cheap Cars, KBX Graphix, Kid’s Castle Learning Center, Skateland South, Jayco Construction, Kim's Autobody, Vallejo and Popejoy.
Points chase: Entering the event, Frank Heckenast Jr. (145 points) led Bobby Pierce (125), Chris Simpson (120), Ryan Unzicker (103) and Daryn Klein (101).
Current weather: Clear, 81°F
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Garrett Alberson
Time: 12.154 seconds
Polesitter: Frank Heckenast Jr.
Heat race winners: Mike Spatola, Frank Heckenast Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Jeremiah Hurst
Consolation race winners: Todd Bennett
Provisional starters: Curtis Radke, Brayton Wallace, Blaze Burwell
Next series race: August 29, Peoria Speedway (Peoria, IL) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Heckenast Jr., Hurst
Row 2: Erb Jr., Spatola
Row 3: Shirley, Gustin
Row 4: Weisser, Papich
Row 5: Chasteen Jr., Babb
Row 6: Rebholz, Unzicker
Row 7: Herzog, Drake
Row 8: Feger, Bell
Row 9: Bennett, Brauns
Row 10: Moos, Gardner
Row 11: Radke, Wallace
Row 12: Burwell
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