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Jason Feger - Attica Raceway Park Summernationals winner

(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 Denhamer).



DIRTcar Summer Nationals: Feger Takes Attica, Puts Away First "Hell Tour" Crown

 Kellen Burns

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 at Attica

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.

Dennis Erb - Matt Miller - Jeep Van Wormer - Attica Raceway Park Summer Nationals

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. (Jim Denhamer) 

"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 Waterville, Ohio.

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, Ill.

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 Park
(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
Jason Feger - Attica Raceway Park

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