(Above) Jason Feger after nailing down both the Attica Raceway Park Summer Nationals "Hell
Tour" Win and his first title in the month-long series. Feger (#25) beat the region's top
performer, Jeep Van Wormer (#55) to seal the deal on Friday. (Jim
Nationals: Feger Takes Attica, Puts Away First "Hell Tour" Crown
ATTICA, Oh. - July 16. The pressure was clearly building around Jason Feger as the DIRTcar Summer
Nationals Hell Tour entered its championship weekend Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Through 27 events in 30
days, Feger was atop the overall standings and seeking his first series crown.
After a grueling schedule throughout the Midwest, Feger decided enough was enough
and took care of business Friday, holding off Jeep Van Wormer over 40
Jason Feger and crew celebrate a huge win and a new
championship at Attica Raceway Park. (Jim Denhamer)
laps at the 1/3-mile high-banked oval to earn his second Hell Tour victory. In
doing so, Feger also clinched his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour championship, meaning Saturday at
Oakshade Raceway will feature an incredible victory celebration as he tries to add one more win in the series
finale after unseating three-time Hell Tour champion Dennis Erb Jr.
"You feel every bump, every vibration, and all the noise with so much on the
line," said Feger, 32, the 2009 DIRTcar Late Model national champion from Bloomington, Ill. "I'm just glad the
pressure is off and we can get back to having fun".
"It means a lot to finally beat Dennis (Erb). He's been so good on this deal for
so long. That guy is just so good and is always consistent. He and I race together a lot and we're both fierce
competitors. It also feels really good being the first Bob Pierce race car to win a Summer Nationals. It's just a
pretty awesome feeling right now."
It wasn't an easy victory as Feger was forced to withstand a deluge of challenges
from Van Wormer. Surviving the grinding day-after-day schedule has its rewards. He collected $5,000 for winning at
Attica, plus another $25,000 for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals crown.
Jeep Van Wormer takes the extreme high side of Dennis Erb,
Jr. (#28), Matt Miller (#7) at Attica Raceway Park to earn second in the
Ohio track's Summer Nationals go.
"It was a long 40 laps, especially until the last green flag stretch," Feger said.
"I knew Jeep had a softer tire on the left than I did and he was firing really well down on the bottom on the
restarts. I just needed a few laps to get going."
Van Wormer, of Pinconning, Mich., settled for second ahead of Matt Miller of
Erb, of Carpentersville, Ill., was trying to win a fourth consecutive Summer
Nationals title. He rallied from 15th to finish fourth ahead of travel mate Jason McBride of Carbondale,
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour wraps up Saturday with the annual Birthday
Race at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio. In total the Hell Tour has traveled more than 4,900 miles in the course
of 30 nights. The trip from Attica Raceway Park to Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, will have drivers traveling
over 100 miles west to the track, which will serve as 28th race since the 2010 tour started on June 16.
Summer Nationals - Attica Raceway
(1) Jason Feger, (2) Jeep Van Wormer,
(3) Matt Miller, (4) Dennis Erb Jr., (5) Jason McBride, (6) Brian Ruhlman, (7) Dusty Moore, (8) Shannon
Babb, (9) Ryan Unzicker, (10) Russ King, (11) Jon Henry, (12) Jack Sullivan,(13) Keith Berner, (14)
Ryan Missler, (15) Brandon Sheppard, (16) Curtis Deisenroth, (17) Doug Drown, (18) Jeff Babcock, (19)
Larry Kingseed, (20) Donnie Moran. Scratched: Curtis Roberts.
Fast Time (50 entries): Ryan Unzicker (15.039 secs.); Heat winners: Feger, Missler, Ruhlman, Miller;
B-Main Winner: Babb
Jim Denhamer photo