Sanction: MARS Championship Series (Graves 40) - $5,000
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Unzicker dominates MARS visit to Charleston
- Ryan Unzicker
- Rich Dawson
- Mike Harrison
- Tommy Sheppard Jr.
- Rodney Melvin
- Billy Moyer
- Dillon McCowan
- Jake Little
- Josh Boller
- Justin White
- Blaze Burwell
- Brian Diveley
- Kyle Hammer
- Bob Gardner
- Jason Feger
- Kye Blight
- Mark Voigt
- Doug Tye
- Skyler Lewis
- Kevin Weaver
- Logan Nickerson
- Trevor Gundaker
Ryan Unzicker on his way to a flag-to-flag MARS victory at Charleston Speedway.
What won the race: Dominating all 40 laps from the front row, reigning MARS Late Model Championship titlist Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., bagged the $5,000 victory in Saturday’s inaugural Graves 40 at Charleston Speedway. He finished ahead of Rich Dawson and Mike Harrison in the middle event of the tour's tripleheader weekend in the Land of Lincoln.
Quotable: “It’s good to be back here,” Unzicker said. “A lot of fans — you guys packed the place. I kind of wish it wouldn’t have rubbered up. It would’ve been a helluva good show.”
Key notes: Unzicker registered his sixth career MARS triumph and grabbed the circuit's points lead. ... Dawson advanced five positions to claim the runner-up spot. ... Mike Harrison gained three spots and finished third. ... Tommy Sheppard Jr. started eighth and finished fourth. ... Jason Feger, the series point leader entering the night and Friday's winner at Kankakee County Speedway, never contended and finished 15th. … Pole-starting Blaze Burwell finished 11th after getting turned around on lap seven. … The MARS weekend tripleheader concludes with Sunday’s $5,000-to-win show at Adams County Speedway.
On the move: Rodney Melvin of Benton, Ill., started 19th and finished fifth.
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 Bert, Dirtcarlift, Keyser Manufacturing, All Star performance, NAPA El Paso, Action Suspension and Varsitee Screenprinting.
Points chase: After Charleston: 1. Ryan Unzicker (294); 2. Jason Feger (279); 3. Mike Harrison (264); 4. Brandon Sheppard (215); 5. Rich Dawson (212).
Current weather: Clear, 61°F
Car count: 29
Fast qualifier: Dillon McCowan
Time: 14.488 seconds
Polesitter: Blaze Burwell
Heat race winners: Dillon McCowan, Ryan Unzicker, Blaze Burwell
Provisional starters: Doug Tye, Brian Diveley
Next series race: May 21, Adams County Speedway (Quincy, IL) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.