Herald & Review 100
Macon Speedway | Macon, Illinois
Thursday, July 06, 2023
Race Recap  

Ryan Unzicker Wins Second Career Herald & Review 100 at Macon

For the second time in his career and first in eight years, Ryan Unzicker is victorious in one of Illinois dirt track racing’s most prestigious events – the Herald & Review 100.

Unzicker, the 2011 DIRTcar Late Model national points champion from El Paso, IL, won a late-race duel with Brian Shirley, retaking the lead for good on Lap 85 and holding off Shirley and Jason Feger to bank the $7,500 grand prize and his first win in the 100-lap event since 2015.

“It feels good, honestly,” Unzicker said. “Macon’s one of my favorite places. What better way to win at one of your favorite tracks. It races so well.”

Unzicker (24), Shirley (3s) and Feger (25) all battling for position (Josh James Artwork)

Unzicker took the green from third on the starting grid and stayed patient through the first half of the race, keeping pace with the leaders until it was time to strike. After getting by Feger for third after a Lap 63 restart, Unzicker got that chance as he continued to hammer the extreme bottom around the 1/5-mile oval.

“The car was just good enough to roll that bottom enough to where we weren’t getting too tight, and we could hug that left-rear [tire] into the traction and shoot off there where some of the other guys couldn’t,” he said.

Unzicker pulled even with five-time event winner Shannon Babb and took the runner-up spot from him on Lap 68. Then, he set his sights on leader Brian Shirley, who had been in control since before the halfway point.

With a head of steam and plenty of traction on the bottom, Unzicker nipped Shirley at the start/finish line to take over the top spot on Lap 80. Shirley was pounding the cushion on the top side and took the lead back the next time around, but Unzicker was not done yet. He battled back on the inside and beat Shirley to the line to take the lead back on Lap 83.

Shirley retook it once more on Lap 84 but made significant contact with the outside wall in Turn 2 on Lap 85, scrubbing off major speed and allowing Unzicker to sneak past him on the bottom.

Josh James Artwork

From there on out, it was all Unzicker out front. Even a last-laps push from Feger on the top side was not enough for another good bid for the lead as Unzicker cruised across the line to take the win.

“I knew somebody was there, but I didn’t know it was Feger,” Unzicker said. “I could hear him just a little bit. I went up there one time and was like, ‘Oh boy, I better get back down.’”

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ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (100 Laps): 1. 24-Ryan Unzicker[3]; 2. 25-Jason Feger[2]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[9]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb[1]; 5. 1-BJ Robinson[5]; 6. 38J-Jake Little[8]; 7. 12-Ashton Winger[7]; 8. 4G-Bob Gardner[16]; 9. 44-Blaze Burwell[13]; 10. 51B-Brandon Carpenter[18]; 11. 9Z-Jayme Zider[11]; 12. 99-Jeff Larson[6]; 13. 31AUS-Kye Blight[12]; 14. 30-Mark Voigt[19]; 15. 15-Clayton Stuckey[15]; 16. 16-Rusty Griffaw[20]; 17. 6JR-Parker Martin[21]; 18. 5-Austin Vincent[10]; 19. 21B-Rich Bell[17]; 20. 91-Rusty Schlenk[4]; 21. 51-Dean Carpenter[14]; 22. 38-Thomas Hunziker[22]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+224Ryan Unzicker 1000.0000Running80$7,500
22025Jason Feger 100-0.5020Running75$3,000
39+63SBrian Shirley 100-1.7080Running70$1,700
41-318Shannon Babb 100-2.7590Running65$1,400
5501BJ Robinson 100-3.3120Running60$1,200
68+238JJake Little 100-8.2360Running55$1,000
77012Ashton Winger 100-9.4210Running53$800
816+84GBob Gardner 100-10.7120Running51$700
913+444Blaze Burwell 99-1 Laps0Running49$600
1018+851BBrandon Carpenter 75-25 Laps0DNF47$550
111109ZJayme Zider 70-30 Laps0DNF45$500
126-699Jeff Larson 63-37 Laps0DNF44$500
1312-131AUSKye Blight 63-37 Laps0DNF43$500
1419+530Mark Voigt 62-38 Laps0DNF42$500
1515015Clayton Stuckey 61-39 Laps0DNF41$500
1620+416Rusty Griffaw 48-52 Laps0DNF40$500
1721+46JRParker Martin 46-54 Laps0DNF39$500
1810-85Austin Vincent 38-62 Laps0DNF38$500
1917-221BRich Bell 32-68 Laps0DNF37$500
204-1691Rusty Schlenk 27-73 Laps0DNF36$500
2114-751Dean Carpenter 25-75 Laps0DNF35$500
2222038Thomas Hunziker 0-100 Laps0DNF34$500
Hard Charger: Bob Gardner
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+321BRich Bell 100.0009Running0$0
26+451BBrandon Carpenter 10-2.0600Running0$0
32-116Rusty Griffaw 10-3.9750Running0$0
47+36JRParker Martin 10-4.5590Running0$0
510+535Claude Walker 10-6.6340Running33$350
614+817Todd Rehg 10-7.2690Running32$325
712+511MRyan Miller 10-9.4830Running31$300
8801HJosh Heuiser 10-10.3690Running30$250
91-81GGraham Fate 10-10.5971Running29$200
1015+578SSteve Stultz 10-11.1330Running28$175
1111025EDakota Ewing 5-5 Laps0Running27$150
123-938Thomas Hunziker 0-10 Laps0DNF0$0
135-823NZMick Quin 0-10 Laps0DNF26$125
1413-14Jordan Suhre 0-10 Laps0DNF25$100
159-65SStevie Sheppard 0-10 Laps0DNS24$75
Hard Charger: Todd Rehg
Consolation Race Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
1104Jordan Suhre Alhambra, IL0.000
22017Todd Rehg Shiloh, IL-1.913
33078SSteve Stultz Peoria, AZ-2.768
44030Mark Voigt Marine, IL-3.810
57+227Greg Kimmons Pleasant Plains, IL-7.967
65-114Braden Johnson Taylorville, IL-8 Laps
76-16PJose Parga New Berlin, IL-8 Laps
8804DDoug Tye Troy, IL-8 Laps
99082BJason Milam Guntown, MS-8 Laps
Heat 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1125Jason Feger 549.1950.000
251BJ Robinson 550.826-1.631
343SBrian Shirley 550.884-1.689
4744Blaze Burwell 553.085-3.890
5101GGraham Fate 556.532-7.337
6823NZMick Quin 556.972-7.777
725SStevie Sheppard 84.870464.325
834Jordan Suhre 85.861463.334
9914Braden Johnson 88.432460.763
10682BJason Milam 88.432460.763
Heat 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1324Ryan Unzicker 417.9770.000
2412Ashton Winger 418.941-0.964
329ZJayme Zider 419.149-1.172
4715Clayton Stuckey 420.048-2.071
5138Thomas Hunziker 420.734-2.757
656JRParker Martin 421.945-3.968
7925EDakota Ewing 422.549-4.572
8817Todd Rehg 424.454-6.477
966PJose Parga 210.032207.945
Heat 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1391Rusty Schlenk 250.4140.000
2299Jeff Larson 252.119-1.705
315Austin Vincent 252.339-1.925
4451Dean Carpenter 253.203-2.789
5516Rusty Griffaw 253.654-3.240
6651BBrandon Carpenter 254.337-3.923
7835Claude Walker 255.918-5.504
8978SSteve Stultz 257.096-6.682
9727Greg Kimmons 200.05450.360
Heat 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1118Shannon Babb 448.0970.000
2238JJake Little 449.801-1.704
3431AUSKye Blight 451.773-3.676
454GBob Gardner 451.889-3.792
5721BRich Bell 453.158-5.061
661HJosh Heuiser 455.486-7.389
7811MRyan Miller 457.114-9.017
8330Mark Voigt 70.817377.280
994DDoug Tye 72.727375.370
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
19+825Jason Feger 00.0000Running0$0
211+938Thomas Hunziker 0-0.0140Running0$0
312+95SStevie Sheppard 0-0.0410Running0$0
42-29ZJayme Zider 0-0.0970Running0$0
57+24Jordan Suhre 0-0.1040Running0$0
616+1024Ryan Unzicker 0-0.1250Running0$0
73-43SBrian Shirley 0-0.2920Running0$0
810+212Ashton Winger 0-0.3670Running0$0
919+101BJ Robinson 0-0.4650Running0$0
1013+36JRParker Martin 0-0.4720Running0$0
1117+682BJason Milam 0-0.5380Running0$0
125-76PJose Parga 0-0.5390Running0$0
1318+544Blaze Burwell 0-0.5730Running0$0
146-815Clayton Stuckey 0-0.5810Running0$0
1514-123NZMick Quin 0-0.6020Running0$0
164-1217Todd Rehg 0-0.6720Running0$0
171-1614Braden Johnson 0-0.8050Running0$0
1815-325EDakota Ewing 0-0.9940Running0$0
198-111GGraham Fate 0-1.5910Running0$0
Hard Charger: Ryan Unzicker
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1105Austin Vincent 00.0000Running0$0
26+418Shannon Babb 0-0.0010Running0$0
37+499Jeff Larson 0-0.0390Running0$0
43-138JJake Little 0-0.0700Running0$0
514+991Rusty Schlenk 0-0.2100Running0$0
62-430Mark Voigt 0-0.2410Running0$0
74-351Dean Carpenter 0-0.4540Running0$0
816+831AUSKye Blight 0-0.5000Running0$0
98-116Rusty Griffaw 0-0.5090Running0$0
1013+34GBob Gardner 0-0.5100Running0$0
1118+751BBrandon Carpenter 0-0.5710Running0$0
1210-21HJosh Heuiser 0-0.6090Running0$0
135-827Greg Kimmons 0-0.7020Running0$0
1415+121BRich Bell 0-0.7790Running0$0
1511-435Claude Walker 0-0.8640Running0$0
1612-411MRyan Miller 0-0.8760Running0$0
1717078SSteve Stultz 0-1.2460Running0$0
189-94DDoug Tye 0-1.2460Running0$0
Hard Charger: Rusty Schlenk
Hot Laps 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
133+3291Rusty Schlenk 00.0000Running0$0
235+3331AUSKye Blight 0-0.1530Running0$0
324+2127Greg Kimmons 0-0.1820Running0$0
421+1730Mark Voigt 0-0.2410Running0$0
532+274GBob Gardner 0-0.2940Running0$0
616+1024Ryan Unzicker 0-0.4030Running0$0
710+312Ashton Winger 0-0.4520Running0$0
830+2235Claude Walker 0-0.4680Running0$0
934+2521BRich Bell 0-0.4790Running0$0
1037+2751BBrandon Carpenter 0-0.5350Running0$0
1119+81BJ Robinson 0-0.5550Running0$0
1236+2478SSteve Stultz 0-0.5730Running0$0
137-64Jordan Suhre 0-0.6110Running0$0
1413-16JRParker Martin 0-0.6460Running0$0
1527+1216Rusty Griffaw 0-0.7010Running0$0
1626+1099Jeff Larson 0-0.7520Running0$0
1720+35Austin Vincent 0-0.7620Running0$0
1825+718Shannon Babb 0-0.7710Running0$0
1918-144Blaze Burwell 0-0.7860Running0$0
2023+351Dean Carpenter 0-0.8190Running0$0
216-1515Clayton Stuckey 0-0.9380Running0$0
2211-1138Thomas Hunziker 0-0.9390Running0$0
2322-138JJake Little 0-1.0630Running0$0
2414-1023NZMick Quin 0-1.0970Running0$0
253-223SBrian Shirley 0-1.1120Running0$0
2631+511MRyan Miller 0-1.1840Running0$0
272-259ZJayme Zider 0-1.2160Running0$0
2829+11HJosh Heuiser 0-1.3290Running0$0
295-246PJose Parga 0-1.3550Running0$0
309-2125Jason Feger 0-1.4540Running0$0
311-3014Braden Johnson 0-1.5320Running0$0
3217-1582BJason Milam 0-1.5330Running0$0
3312-215SStevie Sheppard 0-1.5640Running0$0
348-261GGraham Fate 0-1.6000Running0$0
3515-2025EDakota Ewing 0-1.6730Running0$0
3628-84DDoug Tye 0-2.1730Running0$0
374-3317Todd Rehg 0-2.4160Running0$0
Hard Charger: Kye Blight
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Event Info  

Herald & Review 100
Thursday, July 06, 2023
Macon Speedway
205 N Wiles St
Macon, Illinois 62544 

Event Description
The Herald & Review 100 is one of Illinois dirt track racing's most historic events and celebrates its 43rd running on Thursday, July 6.

A $7,500 grand prize is on the line for the winner of the 100-lap event that remains the single most prestigious event to win in DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models history.

Series Racing
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

To Win Amount
$7,500.00

Feature Laps Length
1000

Event Hashtag
#HeraldReview100

Track Info  

Macon Speedway
205 N Wiles St
Macon, Illinois 62544 

Track Phone
(217) 764-3000

Track Email
track1985@gmail.com

Track Type
0.200;

Late Model Track Record
10.228 seconds by Billy Moyer on 4/30/15

Track Map
Competitor Info