Feger, Hancock & Eilers take victories at Tri-City Speedway!

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Jason Feger


Tim Hancock


Russell Eilers

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June 24, 2009 — Jason Feger lived up to the moniker “The Highside Hustler” on Wednesday night during the 40-Lap “Hell Tour” A-main event at Tri City (Ill.) Speedway.

Blistering the top side of the banked 3/8th mile oval, Feger held off charges from the likes of Scott James, Billy Moyer, and finally Randy Korte to claim victory. “We've been working our tails off and hard work pays off,” commented Feger. “The car was real good all night.”

Feger's first “Hell Tour” win was made more memorable due to the fact his mother, who was in attendance, was celebrating her 50th birthday at the track with her son. “It's really special to win on my Mom's birthday,” he said.

Korte, who has been one of the most consistent drivers on tour recently, settled for a runner up finish after climbing from his 9th place starting spot. ” Car was good, I just had to stay patient,” a smiling Korte said. “If we ever figured the qualifying out I think we can win some races.”

The 2006 UMP DIRTcar Late Model National Champion has been moving up the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Rankings as of late, but the absence of a win on his resume for the year still remains his focus.

“I want to win a race,” said Korte. “I know its good finishing in the top five, but I'm a racer, and it's killing me to not win a race.”

Moyer finished third, a spot up from where he started the 40-lap main event. Running the low line early the dirt late model legend found the high side was just too fast.

“You just had to slow way down to stay in the moisture down at the bottom,” he said. ” We'll learn and go to the next one”.

Tim Hancock only led the UMP Modified feature for about 50 feet, but it was the final 50 feet as he took the victory from his brother, Tommie Seets, Jr. as they came to the finish line. Mike Harrison took the lead at the drop of the green flag and was holding off the challenges of Tommie Seets, Jr. for the first ten laps. However, Harrison ran into trouble when he reached lapped traffic. As they came down the front stretch, the lapped car was given the "layover" flag. The lapped car moved high to give Harrison the low side, but Harrison was committed to the high side and the two made contact. Harrison's car then made contact with the outside wall in turn one and he then slowed down the backstretch and his night ended. That turned the lead over to Tommie Seets, Jr. and setup a great battle between Seets and Hancock for the top spot. Seets would use the high side through turns one and two and then dive to the low side in turns three and four, just in front of Hancock each time. However, on the final lap, Seets dove into the low side two hard going into turn three and couldn't keep the car on the very bottom, allowing Hancock to move underneath him. Hancock had the faster line as they exited turn four and he pulled ahead to cross the finish line just ahead of Seets. Ken Rumble, John Stanton and Dane Gundaker completed the top five.

Russell Eilers claimed the UMP Sportsman Extreme Series main event. Russell Eilers took the lead at the drop of the green flag as he pulled ahead of pole sitter Brad Paquet. Russell Eilers proceeded to lead every lap enroute to the win. His younger brother, Ryan Eilers took over the second spot near the half-way point of the main event and stayed right on the bumper of Russell Eilers, but was unable to mount a real challenge for the lead. They would cross the line one, two. Bert Jacoby would take third with Stu Springer fourth. Trey Harris got sideways in turn two on the final lap, causing a mad scramble behind him which allowed Gary Haynes to get past a couple of cars to earn the fifth spot.

34 Cars
Late Models – Qualifying 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 91 Kyle Logue Cisco, IL
2 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
3 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
4 24U Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
5 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
6 M14 Brandon Thirlby ,
7 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
8 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
9 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL

Late Models – Qualifying 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
2 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
3 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
4 16H Mike Hammerle Saint Charles, MO
5 10S Scott Schmitt ,
6 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
7 1C Duane Chamberlian ,
8 83 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
9 35 Derek Chandler Champaign, IL

Late Models – Qualifying 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 27M Rodney Melvin Benton, IL
2 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL
3 13K Brent Kreke Lebanon, IL
4 1W Donny Walden Towanda, il
5 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
6 94R Austin Retting Sikeston, Mo
7 B5 Steve Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL
8 28 Dennis Erb Carpentersville, IL

Late Models – Qualifying 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Orland Park, IL
2 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
3 25f Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
4 1V Will Vaught Crane, MO
5 42 Terry Casey New London, WI
6 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
7 5s Steve Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL
8 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL

Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
2 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
3 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
4 24U Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
5 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
6 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
7 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
8 91 Kyle Logue Cisco, IL
9 M14 Brandon Thirlby ,

Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 83 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
2 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
3 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
4 1C Duane Chamberlian ,
5 16H Mike Hammerle Saint Charles, MO
6 10S Scott Schmitt ,
7 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
8 35 Derek Chandler Champaign, IL
9 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL DNS

Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 27M Rodney Melvin Benton, IL
2 28 Dennis Erb Carpentersville, IL
3 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
4 B5 Steve Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL
5 13K Brent Kreke Lebanon, IL
6 1W Donny Walden Towanda, il
7 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL
8 94R Austin Retting Sikeston, Mo

Late Models – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25f Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
2 1V Will Vaught Crane, MO
3 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
4 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
5 42 Terry Casey New London, WI
6 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
7 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Orland Park, IL
8 5s Steve Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL

Late Models – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
2 13K Brent Kreke Lebanon, IL
3 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
4 16H Mike Hammerle Saint Charles, MO
5 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Orland Park, IL
6 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
7 5s Steve Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL
8 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
9 1W Donny Walden Towanda, il
10 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL
11 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
12 35 Derek Chandler Champaign, IL
13 94R Austin Retting Sikeston, Mo
14 M14 Brandon Thirlby ,
15 91 Kyle Logue Cisco, IL
16 42 Terry Casey New London, WI
17 10S Scott Schmitt ,
18 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL DNS

Late Models – A-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25f Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
2 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
3 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
4 28 Dennis Erb Carpentersville, IL
5 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
6 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
7 5s Steve Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL
8 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
9 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
10 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
11 B5 Steve Sheppard Jr New Berlin, IL
12 24U Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
13 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
14 27M Rodney Melvin Benton, IL
15 1C Duane Chamberlian ,
16 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
17 83 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
18 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
19 1V Will Vaught Crane, MO
20 13K Brent Kreke Lebanon, IL
21 42 Terry Casey New London, WI

Modifieds – A-Main — 30 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive, IL
2 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
3 10 Ken Rumble House Springs, MO
4 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
5 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
6 11K Kelly Devall Vandalia, IL
7 16 Rusty Griffaw (M) Festus, MO
8 3L Jeff Leka Buffalo, IL
9 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
10 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
11 0x Steve Picou High Ridge, MO
12 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
13 18B Rocky Berliew (M) Brighton, IL
14 49 Craig Kern Vandalia, Il
15 05 David Wietholder Liberty, IL
16 43A Larry Anderson Clay City, IL
17 55P Don Patton Cottage Hills, IL
18 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL
19 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
20 22B Ryan Blakeman Jacksonville, IL
21 5V Dustin Vandeloecht Steedman, Mo
22 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO

Modifieds – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
2 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO
3 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
4 49 Craig Kern Vandalia, Il
5 7LX Jerry Lierly ,
6 31P Mitch Parmeley Hillsboro, MO
7 98 JD Rottler Troy, MO
8 22M Chucky Milam Granite City, IL
9 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO
10 33L Aaron Lomelino Jacksonville, IL
11 n2 Mike Null Wentzville, MO
12 6m Terry McClintock Saint Charles, MO

Modifieds – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL
2 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
3 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive, IL
4 10 Ken Rumble House Springs, MO
5 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
6 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO

Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL
2 10 Ken Rumble House Springs, MO
3 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
4 43A Larry Anderson Clay City, IL
5 05 David Wietholder Liberty, IL
6 18B Rocky Berliew (M) Brighton, IL
7 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO
8 7LX Jerry Lierly ,
9 22M Chucky Milam Granite City, IL
10 49 Craig Kern Vandalia, Il

Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 0 Tim Hancock Mount Olive, IL
2 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
3 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
4 0x Steve Picou High Ridge, MO
5 11K Kelly Devall Vandalia, IL
6 22B Ryan Blakeman Jacksonville, IL
7 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
8 n2 Mike Null Wentzville, MO
9 31P Mitch Parmeley Hillsboro, MO
10 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO

Modifieds – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
2 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
3 3L Jeff Leka Buffalo, IL
4 16 Rusty Griffaw (M) Festus, MO
5 5V Dustin Vandeloecht Steedman, Mo
6 55P Don Patton Cottage Hills, IL
7 6m Terry McClintock Saint Charles, MO
8 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
9 98 JD Rottler Troy, MO
10 33L Aaron Lomelino Jacksonville, IL

Sportsman – A-Main — 36 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8E Russell Eilers Highland, IL
2 3 Ryan Eilers Highland, IL
3 28J Bert Jacoby O' Fallon, MO
4 14 Stu Springer Saint Louis, MO
5 87 Gary Haynes Arnold, MO
6 19 Jimmy Cummins Waterloo, IL
7 56 Jim Lafferty East Alton, IL
8 49 Brad Paquet High Ridge, MO
9 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO — STLRacing.com Hard Charger
10 99K Dustin Knerrer O' Fallon, IL
11 57H Trey Harris Imperial, MO
12 3H Scott Hensler South Roxana, IL
13 55K Jason Keller Bonne Terre, MO
14 28 Allan Gieseking Highland, IL
15 69 Derek Bryant Mascoutah, IL
16 192 Mark Spraul Festus, MO
17 27E Tory Ernst Alhambra, IL
18 27C Josh Case Bethalto, IL
19 88 Steve Stevenson ,
20 15 Tom Seets Sr. Alton, IL
21 11 Jeff Herzog Herculaneum, MO
22 34 David Armstrong Festus, MO

Sportsman – B-Main 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 55K Jason Keller Bonne Terre, MO
2 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO
3 11 Jeff Herzog Herculaneum, MO
4 62 Troy Medley Herculaneum, MO
5 15B Matt Brucato Imperial , Mo
6 57 Brandon Hogenson Granite City, IL
7 B4 Mark Schnurbusch Arnold ,
8 10 Daryn Klein Collinsville, IL
9 23S Brad Smith Arnold, Mo
10 12 Danny Beard Jr Pocahontas, IL

Sportsman – B-Main 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 192 Mark Spraul Festus, MO
2 3H Scott Hensler South Roxana, IL
3 34 David Armstrong Festus, MO
4 70 Anthony Hunter Collinsvile, IL
5 96 William Shuford Saint Charles, MO
6 84 Corey Ford Belleville, IL
7 75 Bart Reese Roxana, Il DNF
8 27 Adam Haas Mascoutah, IL DNS
9 07 Andy Casper Highland, IL DNS
10 81a Michael Austin Godfrey, IL DQ

Sportsman – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8E Russell Eilers Highland, IL
2 49 Brad Paquet High Ridge, MO
3 28J Bert Jacoby O' Fallon, MO
4 69 Derek Bryant Mascoutah, IL
5 3 Ryan Eilers Highland, IL
6 28 Allan Gieseking Highland, IL
7 57H Trey Harris Imperial, MO
8 19 Jimmy Cummins Waterloo, IL

Sportsman – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 49 Brad Paquet High Ridge, MO
2 8E Russell Eilers Highland, IL
3 99K Dustin Knerrer O' Fallon, IL
4 88 Steve Stevenson ,
5 62 Troy Medley Herculaneum, MO
6 23S Brad Smith Arnold, Mo
7 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO
8 15B Matt Brucato Imperial , Mo
9 B4 Mark Schnurbusch Arnold ,

Sportsman – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 28J Bert Jacoby O' Fallon, MO
2 3 Ryan Eilers Highland, IL
3 87 Gary Haynes Arnold, MO
4 56 Jim Lafferty East Alton, IL
5 3H Scott Hensler South Roxana, IL
6 192 Mark Spraul Festus, MO
7 84 Corey Ford Belleville, IL
8 70 Anthony Hunter Collinsvile, IL
9 34 David Armstrong Festus, MO

Sportsman – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 19 Jimmy Cummins Waterloo, IL
2 69 Derek Bryant Mascoutah, IL
3 14 Stu Springer Saint Louis, MO
4 15 Tom Seets Sr. Alton, IL
5 55K Jason Keller Bonne Terre, MO
6 12 Danny Beard Jr Pocahontas, IL
7 11 Jeff Herzog Herculaneum, MO
8 57 Brandon Hogenson Granite City, IL
9 10 Daryn Klein Collinsville, IL

Sportsmen – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 57H Trey Harris Imperial, MO
2 28 Allan Gieseking Highland, IL
3 27C Josh Case Bethalto, IL
4 27E Tory Ernst Alhambra, IL
5 81a Michael Austin Godfrey, IL
6 96 William Shuford Saint Charles, MO
7 75 Bart Reese Roxana, Il
8 27 Adam Haas Mascoutah, IL
9 07 Andy Casper Highland, IL

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