Kloos outduels Shirley, Feger to win at Highland
HIGHLAND, Ill. (July 27) — Michael Kloos of Trenton, Ill., outdueled visiting Illinois aces Brian Shirley and Jason Feger on Tuesday for a dramatic victory in the Madison County Fair Race at Highland Speedway. Kloos earned $3,000 for the UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned victory as he took the checkers a half-length ahead of Feger. | Illinois weekly results
Track points leader Chad Zobrist of Highland finished third followed by Mark Faust of Breese, Ill., and hometown driver Dan Jacober.
Shirley led most of the way in the main event on the high side while the low-running Kloos moved up to pressure him. But Shirley got into the wall one too many times, breaking he right-front suspension on his Tim Lance-owned car and falling out of the race.
That handed the lead to Kloos, but he had his hands full with Feger, who managed to take a run at the lead despite packing his right-side wheels full of mud while running the cushion.
Notes: Kloos drives a No. 6k sponsored by Gerstner Plumbing and CC Food Marts. ... Kloos had finished no worse than fourth in the three previous weekly events at Highland. ... Brandon Sheppard broke a motor on the final lap of his heat race but started the main event in Brandon Hogenson’s car. ... Highland skips its regular Saturday night action this week and runs another Tuesday event Aug. 3 in an event that benefits the fight against breast cancer.
Madison County Fair Race: (1) Michael Kloos, (2) Jason Feger, (3) Chad Zobrist, (4) Mark Faust, (5) Dan Jacober, (6) Paul Bailey, (7) Jason McBride, (8) Clay Baumann, (9) Tim Lance, (10) Brett Helmkemp, (11) Brian Shirley, (12) Mike Schulte, (13) Rodney Melvin, (14) Kevin Cole, (15) Bobby Dauderman, (16) Mark Voigt, (17) Dave Thornton, (18) Justin Ketrow, (19) Brandon Sheppard. Fast qualifiers (among 26 cars in group qualifying): Shirley, Melvin, Feger. Heat race winners: Shirley, Kloos, Feger. Consolation winner: Baumann.