Ninth running Jack Sullivan joined all but four others who
fell a lap down to a high flying Jason Feger (#25).(Mike
DIRTcar Summer Nationals: Feger Dominates for Tri-City "Hell Tour"
PONTOON BEACH, Ill. - July 9.Just as he was in 2009, Jason Feger was the man to beat Friday
at Tri-City Speedway on the 21st stop of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour.
Will vaught races #24
Ryan Unzicker on his way to a distance second palce at Tri-City. (Drew
The Bloomington, Ill., native started early in the evening capturing
quick-time honors, and he never relented. Feger, the 2009
DIRTcar Late Model National Champion, went on to dominate his heat race on his way to leading all 40 laps of
the feature, where he lapped everyone outside of the top five in a field that was trimmed by half by
attrition even before the halfway point. Feger's repeat performance of his first ever "Hell Tour"
victory earned him $10,000.
Local talent Rodney Melvin and #81 Craig Smith race for position at Tri-City.
Four cautions slowed the action, one on lap two for a tangle when a spinning
Chad Zobrist was hit by Brandon Sheppard, eliminating both, but most were a result of a variety of mechanical
troubles that sent scores of cars to the pits.
Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., climbed from sixth to second early, but never
could challenge for the lead. After starting 12th, Shannon Babb finished third, his second straight third place
performance. Current DIRTcar Summer Nationals point leader Dennis Erb Jr. finished fourth, allowing Feger to
cut 15 points from his lead heading into the final seven races. Brian Shirley climbed from his
10th starting spot to
round out the top five, the last car on the lead lap.
Summer Nationals - Tri-City
(1) Jason Feger, (2) Will Vaught,
(3) Shannon Babb, (4) Dennis Erb, Jr., (5) Brian Shirley, (6) Billy Moyer Jr., (7) Kevin Weaver, (8)
Rodney Melvin, (9) Jack Sullivan (prov.), (10) Matt Miller, (11) Jeep Van Wormer, (12) Mark Voigt, (13)
Terry English, (14) Billy Laycock, (15) Mark Burgtorf, (16) Craig Smith, (17) Doug Drown, (18) Ryan
Unzicker, (19) Bryan Collins, (20) Chad Zobrist, (21) Brandon Sheppard (prov.).
Fast Time (39 entries):Jason Feger (14.663 secs.); Heat winners: Unzicker, Burgtorf, Feger, Van Wormer;
B-Main winner: Craig Smith
Drew England photo