CANTON, Ill. —  Jason Feger, the 2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion, finally found his way back to a Summer Nationals victory lane Wednesday night, doing so in exciting fashion as he held off Ryan Unzicker to claim the $5,000 checkered flag at Spoon River Speedway.

Unzicker started the pole position and looked to be the car to beat early in the 50-lap feature. Unzicker dueled with Feger, who started on the outside of row one, for much of the early laps. Feger, who’s also known as The Highside Hustler, used the bottom of the race track to slide in front of Unzicker for the lead on lap 27.

Unzicker temporarily slipped back to third as the tour’s most recent winner Shannon Babb joined the fight for the lead. Babb mounted several charges at Feger, but was not be able to pass him as he and Unzicker continued to take shots at the leader, sometimes even going three wide.

Feger held off all challenges and led the final 23 laps. Feger’s victory at Spoon River Speedway becomes the 10th of DIRTcar Summer Nationals career and his first since July 3, 2012.

“It feels good to kind of get that monkey off our back,” said Feger, of Bloomington, Ill. “We’ve had some motor issues – just self-inflicted – and other stuff happen, so we needed some money to give to our engine builder and get the tire guy paid off. This definitely helps things a lot.”

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Unzicker, Brady Smith, Babb and Randy Korte rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Feger, Billy Moyer Jr., Randy Korte and Unzicker

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Thursday night at Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Ill.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Spoon River Speedway; Canton, Ill.; June 18, 2014

A-Main (50-laps): 1. 25-Jason Feger ($5,000), 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 3. 2S-Brady Smith, 4. 18-Shannon Babb, 5. 0-Randy Korte, 6. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 7. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 8. 81-Brian Shirley, 9. 1-Rick Eckert, 10. 22-Gregg Satterllee, 11. 12B-Kevin Weaver, 12. 10S-Scott Schmitt, 13. 00V-Kolby Vanderbergh, 14. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 15. 42-MCKay Wenger, 16. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 17. 17-Jim Shereck, 18. 32J-Jason Jaggers, 19. 83-Scott Bull, 20. 2-Allen Murray, 21. B1-Nick Bauman, 22. 32-Bobby Pierce.

Series PR by Jordan Morris – Photo by Jim Denhamer DirtonDirt.com 

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship Standings

Rank

Car

First Last

Points

1

1

Rick Eckert

334

2

24

Ryan Unzicker

322

3

18

Shannon Babb

299

4

81

Brian Shirley

267

5

B5

Brandon Sheppard

264

6

32

Bobby Pierce

259

7

22

Gregg Satterlee

225

8

21

Billy Moyer Jr

223

9

10

Scott Schmitt

215

10

81

Jason Riggs

193

11

21

Billy Moyer

179

12

28

Jimmy Mars

132

13

96

Tanner English

126

14

2

Brady Smith

121

15

25

Jason Feger

117

16

89

Mike Spatola

115

17

1m

Jimmy Moon

102

18

15b

Brian Birkhofer

98

19

1cj

Gary Christian

95

20

B12

Kevin Weaver

94

 

Feger Wins DIRTcar Summer Nationals Thriller at Spoon River