- July 17 - Oakshade Raceway by Sam Holbrooks

Rusty Schlenk dominated the Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" final at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday. (Todd Battin)
DIRTcar Summer Nationals: Schlenk Nabs Oakshade Win; Feger Crowned Champion

Kellen Burns 

WAUSEON, Oh. - July 17 - There was no catching Rusty Schlenk Saturday at Oakshade Raceway during the finale of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour".

Fourth starting Schlenk followed outside polesitter Dennis Erb Jr., on the initial start of the 60-lap main event as the duo led the field on the initial lap. Schlenk, the current DIRTcar Late Model National point leader, would then dispose of Erb just before the races midpoint and build over a full straight-away lead on his closest competitor to capture the $10,000 winner's check.

"Hell Tour" traveler Jack Sullivan climbed from his ninth-place starting spot to claim the runner up position just ahead of Ryan Unzicker of El Paso Ill., who himself rallied from a 14th starting spot to claim third. Erb finished fourth and home state hero Donnie Moran of Dresden, Ohio rounded out the top five.

Jack Sullivan battles his way past #28 Dennis Erb, Jr. and #12 Doug Drown on his way from ninth to second at Oakshade Raceway.
(Todd Battin)








2009 DIRTcar Late Model National Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., officially added "DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion" to his resume' with his ninth place finish at Oakshade. Feger had wrapped up the title a night earlier when he claimed the win at Attica Raceway Park in nearby Attica, Ohio, putting an exclamation point on a furious late tour charge.

Feger's championship comes on the strength of 18 top five finishes along with an impressive 22 top ten showings. The 32-year old driver had last finished outside the top ten at I-55 Raceway on July 3rd, where he finished 15th. Since that day, Feger went on an impressive stretch run scoring two wins, four runner-up finishes, a third, and two fourth place finishes before the finale at Oakshade.

Rusty Schlenk keeps his edge on #28 Dennis Erb, Jr. putting putting away another win at Oakshade in the Hell Tour final.

(Todd Battin)










In total the Hell Tour traveled more than 5,000 miles in the course of 32 nights. From here the stars of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour will switch their focus to the DIRTcar Late Model National point standings and competition at the vast array of DIRTcar sanctioned tracks throughout the country. Drivers will also have an array of major events still to compete in as well including the World 100 and DIRTcar UMP Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and the second edition of the Party In Pevely at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.

Summernationals - Oakshade Raceway - July 17
(1) Rusty Schlenk, (2) Jack Sullivan, (3) Ryan Unzicker, (4) Dennis Erb Jr., (5) Donnie Moran, (6) Jeep Van Wormer (prov.), (7) Doug Drown, (8) Matt Miller, (9) Jason Feger, (10) Russ King, (11) Casey Noonan, (12) Shannon Babb, (13) Rick Delong, (14) Devin Shiels, (15) Brian Ruhlman, (16) Brad Eitniear, (17) Brandon Sheppard (prov.), (18) Jon Henry, (19) Curtis Roberts, (20) Kris Patterson, (21) Kevin Reeve (prov.)
Fast Time (58 entries): Doug Drown (14.991 secs.); Heat winners: Roberts, Moran, Henry, Schlenk, Drown, Erb; B-Main winners: Shiels

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