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Daily Dirt 06/20/2024 19:43:30

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May 27
Fairbury Speedway,
Fairbury, IL
Sanction: MARS Championship Series - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 28, 8:45 pm)
Feger battles Babb, wins $5,000 at Fairbury
  1. Jason Feger
  2. Shannon Babb
  3. Tommy Sheppard Jr.
  4. Billy Moyer
  5. Ryan Unzicker
  6. Kevin Weaver
  7. Billy Moyer Jr.
  8. Mike Harrison
  9. Bob Gardner
  10. Payton Freeman
  11. Blaze Burwell
  12. Mike Spatola
  13. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  14. Justin White
  15. Mike Mataragas
  16. Jake Little
  17. Kye Blight
  18. Rich Dawson
  19. Matt Furman
  20. Paul Parker
  21. Rodney Melvin
  22. Mark Voigt
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Jason Feger races toward a $5,000 payday at Fairbury Speedway.
What won the race: Third-starting Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., traded the lead multiple times with Shannon Babb in the closing laps, prevailing to pace the final seven circuits while winning Saturday's $5,000 MARS Late Model Championship series feature at Fairbury Speedway. Feger notched his second MARS victory of the season and the 17th of his career.
Quotable: “We’ve had some really good cars here," Feger said. "It’s just been a long time since we’ve won, and boy it feels good to get the monkey off our back here. We always feel like we have a good feature setup here, we just start too far back. (And) it’s always great to race with Shannon (Babb). We’re good buddies and he’s a heck of a driver. We know he’s going to race you hard but clean and try to put on a great show for these fans that come out.”
Key notes: Feger led twice for a total of 12 laps (28-32; 34-40), securing his fifth main event win of the year. ... Fourth-starting Babb, of Moweaqua, Ill., also led twice for 17 laps (12-27; 33) before settling for the runner-up position, 0.755 of a second back. ... Second-starting Tommy Sheppard Jr. led the first 11 laps before fading to finish third. ... After winning Friday's $5,000 weekend opener at Farmer City, Billy Moyer advanced eight positions and finished fourth. ... Ryan Unzicker and Billy Moyer Jr. each gained three spots, finishing fifth and seventh. ... Payton Freeman started 14th and finished 10th. ... Saturday's feature was slowed by one incident and lasted 12 minutes, with 16 drivers completing all 40 laps.
On the move: Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., started 12th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Feger’s Longhorn Chassis has a Clements Racing Engine with sponsorship from Titan Industries, Digital Copy Systems, Hoker Trucking, The Big Cheese MM, Floyd’s Waste Systems, Remtek Enterprises, and RLM Enterprises and Cheap Cars.
Points chase: After Fairbury: 1. Jason Feger (475); 2. Ryan Unzicker (458); 3. Mike Harrison (417); 4. Tommy Sheppard Jr. (401); 5. Bob Gardner (353).
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Kye Blight
Time: 12.766 seconds
Polesitter: Kevin Weaver
Heat race winners: Jason Feger, Kevin Weaver, Shannon Babb, Tommy Sheppard Jr.
Consolation race winners: Mike Mataragas, Frank Heckenast Jr.
Provisional starters: Rich Dawson, Jake Little
Next series race: May 28, Spoon River Speedway (Banner, IL) $5,000
Editor's note: Corrects winner's engine builder.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Weaver, T. Sheppard
Row 2: Feger, Babb
Row 3: Harrison, Burwell
Row 4: Gardner, Unzicker
Row 5: Blight, Moyer Jr.
Row 6: Melvin, Moyer Sr.
Row 7: J. White, Freeman
Row 8: Spatola, Freeman
Row 9: Mataragas, Heckenast
Row 10: Voigt, Parker
Row 11: Dawson, Little

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