- Oct. 1 - Kankakee County Speedway (ALMS) by Sam Holbrooks


Jason Feger - Brian Shirley - Kankakee UMP

Jason Feger and #3 Brian Shirley race for position at Kankakee Co. Speedway before Shirley ran down early leader Kevin Weaver and prevailed for a big Friday night win in ALMS/NALMS/Midwest Monster tour action at the Fairgrounds track, a race postponed from August 13th. (Jim Denhamer) 

Brian Shirley after a big win at Kankakee. (Steve Datema)
Shirley Runs Down Weaver For $9K at Kankakee

KANKAKEE, Ill. - Oct. 1. Brian Shirley started fourth on the grid and bided his timje before running down polesitter and early leader Kevin Weaver to win $9,000 in Friday's "Triple Crown Clash" at Kankakee County Speedway, featuring the Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS), the Monster Midwest Tour, and the Northern All Stars Late Model Series.

Brian Shirley gets under early leader Kevin Weaver, upsetting the Gibson City, Ill. beteran's hopes for his biggest win of the season. (Steve Datema)
The race was a makeup event from the originally scheduled one that was rained out of August 13th.

Weaver, starting inside of Dillan White, was fast off the line and appeared to be strong enough to go the distance, but several cautions kept the Gibson City, Illinois veteran's familiar #B12 in sight of his pursuers. After battling season-long foe Jason Feger in the early going, Shirley finally reeled in second

Dennis Erb, Ryan Unzicker - Kankakee County Speedway

Ryan Unzicker duels #28 Dennis Erb, Jr. before moving past Kevin Weaver fro second at Kankakee. (Jim Denhamer)

place and got under Weaver well into the 60-lap race. Ryan Unzicker, after starting sixth in line, soon followed suit and claimed the second spot as Weaver slipped back to third. Feger picked up fourth ahead of Dennis Erb, Jr.

Eric Smith races ahead of Rodney Melvin on his way to sixth place after starting 16th.

(Jim Denhamer)










Eric Smith raced from 16th to finish sixth, while White faded back to seventh. Rodney Melvin picked up nine positions to finish eighth after making the cut through a B-Main win, followed by Frank Heckenast, Sr. Brandon Sheppard took tenth place after accepting a NALMS provisional and advancing from 21st.

Seventeen of the original 25 starters completed the laps. Despite being the first off the track, Rusty Schlenk's appearance was enough to give him the UMP DirtCar championship with a still insurmountable points lead over Feger.

Brian Shirley - NALMS winner at Kankakee Co Speedway 

Brian Shirley started fourth and ran down early leader Kevin Weaver to claim a big $9,000 win in the August 13th makeup race for the "Triple Crown Championship" at Kankakee County Speedway Friday.  (Steve Datema)


Oct. 1 - Kankakee County Speedway
1) Brian Shirley, 2) Ryan Unzicker, 3) Kevin Weaver, 4) Jason Feger, 5) Dennis Erb, Jr., 6) Eric Smith, 7) Dillan White, 8) Rodney Melvin, 9) Frank Heckenast Jr. , 10) Brandon Sheppard (prov.), 11) Donnie Walden, 12) Dusty Moore, 13) Brian Ruhlman (prov.), 14) Steve Dimmick, 15) Steve Thorsten, 16) Scott Baker, 17) Derek Handler, 18) Ryan Dauber (prov.), 19) Curtis Roberts, 20) Steve Lance, 21) Frank Heckenast Sr., 22) Jay Morris, 23) Bobby Pierce (prov.), 24) John Quill (prov.), 24) Rusty Schlenk

Fast Time (40 entries): Shirley: (13.909); Heat winners: White, Shirley, Unzicker, Roberts; B-Main winners: Melvin, Heckenast, Sr.; C-Main winners: Dehm, Madison

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