Unzicker Gets First Hell Tour Win of Career at Spoon River

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Canton, IL – July 12, 2010 – Persistence pays off.  Ryan Unzicker is living proof of that after capturing his first career Hell Tour win Monday night at Spoon River Speedway during the 24th stop of the month long tour.

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The perennial DIRTcar Summer Nationals competitor, Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., was patiently aggressive using the low line to reel in a lead duo of point leader Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill. and Greenbriar, Ark., driver Jack Sullivan midway through the 40-Lap main event.  Unzicker would overtake Feger on lap 26 and later Sullivan on lap 28 and cruise the rest of the way to claim a $5,000 winner’s check.

Third starting Tim Lance of Brimfield, Ill., would cross the line second ahead of Feger.  Previous night winner Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., would finish fourth after sliding back earlier in the feature event.  Former Hell Tour champion Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., would round out the top five.

Up next for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour is a visit to Peoria Speedway on Tuesday July 13, 2010.  In total the Hell Tour has traveled over 4,400 miles in the course of 26 nights.  The trip from Canton, Ill., to Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Ill., will have drivers traveling just 30 miles east to the track which will serve as 25th race of the 2010 tour.

A-Main 40-Laps: (1) Ryan Unzicker, (2) Tim Lance, (3) Jason Feger, (4) Jeep Van Wormer, (5) Shannon Babb, (6) Jack Sullivan, (7) Doug Drown, (8) Steve Lance Jr., (9) Brian Shirley, (10) Dennis Erb Jr., (11) Bobby Pierce, (12) Kevin Weaver, (13) Dillan White, (14) Joe Harlan, (15) Jason McBride, (16) Brian Diveley, (17) Donny Walden, (18) Brandon Sheppard, (19) Brad Denney, (20) Charley Hess, (21) Frank Heckenast Jr., (22) Billy Moyer Jr., (23) Dustin Griffin, (24) Boone McLaughlin.

B-Main: Dennis Erb Jr., Bobby Pierce, Brian Diveley, Boone McLaughlin, Scott Schmitt, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jeremy Conaway, Craig Vosbergen, Jason McBride, Jimmy Dehm, Mike Mullvain, Jim Moon, Steve Dimmick, Brandon Thirlby. Scratched: Dustin Griffin.

C-Main transfers: Jason McBride, Jim Moon, Jimmy Dehm, Adam Mefford.

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Photo Credit: Todd Turner (DirtonDirt.com)

First heat: Jeep Van Wormer, Jack Sullivan, Dillan White, Charley Hess, Boone McLaughlin, Bobby Pierce, Scott Schmitt, Jason McBride, Jay SPakrs, Robbie Bauman.

Second heat: Jason Feger, Shannon Babb, Kevin Weaver, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Diveley, Jeremy Conaway, Mike Mullvain, Adam Mefford, Jimmy Dehm. Scratched: Russ Adams.

Third heat: Doug Drown, Ryan Unzicker, Steve Lance Jr., Donny Walden, Craig Vosbergen, Dustin Griffin, Brandon Thirlby, Jim Carmody, Russ Schoonover.

Fourth heat: Tim Lance, Brian Shirley, Joe Harlan, Billy Moyer Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Frank Heckenast Jr., Steve Dimmick, Jim Moon, Brad Denney.

Time trials (unofficial)
First group

Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 14.546
Jack Sullivan (1), Greenbrier, Ark., 14.721
Boone McLaughlin (14), Mediapolis, Iowa, 14.805
Scott Schmitt (10), Tonica, Ill., 15.023
Dillan White (54), Crofton, Ky., 15.081
Jason McBride (77), Carbondale, Ill., 15.096
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.249
Jay Sparks (7), Metamora, Ill., 15.371
Charley Hess (4), Peoria, Ill., 15.536
Robbie Bauman (1*), Fairview, Ill., 15.762
Second group
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 14.381
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 14.449
Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 14.874
Kevin Weaver (00), Gibson City, Ill., 14.978
Brian Diveley (11D), Springfield, Ill., 15.028
Jimmy Dehm (99j), Lexington, Ill., 15.030
Mike Mullvain (4), Bartonville, Ill., 15.265
Jeremy Conaway (F15), Springfield, Ill., 15.377
Adam Mefford (7m), Jacksonville, Ill., 15.459
Russ Adams (74), Princeville, Ill., no time
Third group
Doug Drown (12), Wooster, Ohio, 14.795
Steve Lance Jr. (25), Cuba, Ill., 14.845
Craig Vosbergen (8), Perth, Western Australia, 15.039
Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 15.065
Donny Walden (1w), Towanda, Ill., 15.131
Brandon Thirlby (m14), Traverse City, Mich., 15.804
Jim Carmody (83c), Dunlap, Ill., 15.980
Russ Schoonover (59), Bolten, England, 17.498
Dustin Griffin (7L), Camp Point, Ill., 17.659
Fourth group
Tim Lance (48), Brimfield, Ill., 14.820
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 14.903
Joe Harlan (Z), El Paso, Ill., 14.922
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Orland Park, Ill., 14.968
Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 15.068
Steve Dimmick (11), Joliet, Ill., 15.095
Brian Shirley (48x), Chatham, Ill., 15.139
Jim Moon (1m), Zionsville, Ind., 15.265
Brad Denney (11x), Canton, Ill., 16.752

2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘The Hell Tour’ Schedule

Date/ Track/Location/Winner/Car Count

06/16/10 – Brownstown Speedway – Brownstown, Ind. (Billy Moyer – 50)

06/17/10 – Kankakee County Speedway – Kankakee, Ill. (Billy Moyer – 47)

06/18/10 – Cedar Lake Speedway – Somerset, Wis. (Billy Moyer – 43)

06/19/10 – Cedar Lake Speedway – Somerset, Wis. (Brian Birkhofer – 44)

06/20/10 – Wilmot Speedway – Wilmot, Wis. (Rodney Melvin – 31)

06/21/10 – Vermillion County Speedway – Danville, Ill. (Jeep Van Wormer – 35)

06/22/10 – Highland Speedway – Highland, Ill. (Shannon Babb – 43)

06/23/10 – Belle Clair Speedway – Belleville, Ill. (Dennis Erb Jr. – 37)

06/24/10 – Shepps Speedway – Alexander, Ill. (Shannon Babb – 43)

06/25/10 – Farmer City Raceway – Farmer City, Ill. (Don O’Neal – 45)

06/26/10 – Clarksville Speedway – Clarksville, Tenn. (Jack Sullivan – 39)

06/27/10 – Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, Ind. (Don O’Neal – 28)

06/28/10 – Lincoln Park Speedway – Putnamville, Ind. (Don O’Neal – 27)

06/29/10 – I-96 Speedway – Lake Odessa, Mich. (Jeep Van Wormer – 45)

06/30/10 – Charleston Speedway – Charleston, Ill. (Brian Shirley – 26)

07/01/10 – Clay Hill Motorsports Park – Atwood, Tenn. (Billy Moyer – 33)

07/02/10 – Paducah International Raceway – Paducah, Ky (Billy Moyer – 43)

07/03/10 – I-55 Raceway – Pevely, Mo (Billy Moyer – 37)

07/04/10 – Lincoln Speedway – Lincoln, Ill. (RAIN)

07/06/10 – Fayette County Speedway – Brownstown, Ill. (Jeep Van Wormer – 32)

07/08/10 – Macon Speedway – Macon, Ill. (Dennis Erb Jr. – 34)

07/09/10 – Tri-City Speedway – Pontoon Beach, Ill. (Jason Feger – 39)

07/10/10 – Fairbury American Legion Speedway – Fairbury, Ill. (Shannon Babb – 41)

07/11/10 – Quincy Raceways – Quincy, Ill. (Jeep Van Wormer – 32)

07/12/10 – Spoon River Speedway – Canton, Ill. (Ryan Unzicker – 38)

07/13/10 – Peoria Speedway – Peoria, Ill.

07/14/10 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Ind.

07/16/10 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, Ohio

07/17/10 – Oakshade Raceway – Wauseon, Ohio

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour is brought to racing fans by many important sponsors and partners, including AFCO, ASI Racewear, Bill Pink Carburetors, Chizmark Larson Insurance, Dyers Rods, Eibach Springs, Fusion Graphics & Sign Company, Hoosier Racing Tire, Intercomp, Ohlins, Quarter Master, R2C Performance, Racing Electronics, Special Olympics, U Coat-It,  University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels,  Vicci, and Wrisco Aluminum.