Unzicker becomes the third wheel in a duel for the lead at Spoon River before ultimately coming away with the
top spot and his first Summer Nationals victory. (Mike
DIRTcar Summer Nationals: Unzicker Breaks Out With First Hell Tour Win at
BANNER, Ill. - July 12. Coming from his fourth row starting spot, Ryan Unzicker, of El Paso, Ill., elbowed his
way into a battle for the lead between two other 2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" regulars and came away
lead and the win in the rain-postponed Spoon River Speedway installment of the tour.
|Ryan Unzicker after his "Hell Tour" win at Spoon River
Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
Having successfully battled off high-flying series points leader Jason Feger, Jack Sullivan had taken aim at his
secibd win of the 2010 tour, but it wasn't to be as paint swapped between himself and hub-hugging newcomer
Unzicker. Sullivan got a bit loose and lost several positions before collecting his GRT flagship.
After the early scramble sorted out, Feger held down the early lead while polesitter Jeep Van Wormer was quickly
shuffled out of winning contention by Tim Lance and Shannon Babb. Sullivan roared into the fight and chased
Babb past Lance, then slipped under Babb for second. Sullivan got a run on Feger after a mid-race caution and
appeared to have a reasonable shot at his first Summer Nationals
Tim Lance gets back by #25 Jason Feger to finish reclaim second in Summer Nationals
action at Spoon Rive Speedway .(Mike
win before the contact between the frontrunners sent Sullivan's #1 out of shape and Unzicker's #24 on toward the
checkered flag with a large lead.
Lance was able to get back under Feger to retake second, leaving Feger in third with a still solid gain in
series points. Van Wormer also found some extra pedal and was able to get back around Babb to finish fourth,
leaving Babb to round out the top five ahead of Sullivan.
Former points leader Dennis Erb, Jr. saw his shot at the 2010 title take another hit with a tenth place finish
after having to enter the starting grid through his B-Main win.
Summernationals - Spoon River
1) Ryan Unzicker, 2) Tim Lance, 3) Jason Feger, 4) Jeep Van
Wormer, 5) Shannon Babb, 6) Jack Sullivan, 7) Doug Drown, 8) Brian Shirley, 9) Steve Lance, Jr., 10)
Dennis Erb, Jr., 11) Bobby Pierce, 12) Kevin Weaver, 13) Dillan White, 14) Joe Harlan, 15) Jason
McBride (prov.), 16) Brian Diveley (prov.), 17) Donny Walden, 18) Brandon Sheppard, 19) Brad Denney
(prov.), 20) Charley Hess, 21) Frank Heckenast, Jr. (prov.), 22) Billy Moyer, Jr., 23) Dustin Griffin
(prov.), 24) Boone McLaughlin (prov.).
Fast Time (38 entries): Feger; Heat winners: Feger, Van Wormer, Drown, Tim Lance; B-Main winner: