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Unzicker Prevails in $5,000 FALS Cup Special

Ryan Unzicker

Ryan Unzicker

Michael Long

Michael Long

Cody Clubb

Cody Clubb

Landen Miller

Landen Miller

Tommy Duncan

Tommy Duncan

Dylan Turpin

Dylan Turpin

Ryan Kohler

Ryan Kohler

Ryan Kohler

Ryan Kohler

Long Claims $2,000 Modified Win; Clubb, Miller, Duncan, Turpin, Kohler Also Victorious

Results | Points | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The 12th race of the season at the Fairbury Speedway saw another FALS Cup weekly program presented by Popejoy Inc. In addition to track and DIRTcar points, the Fairbury Fastener & Supply Top Shelf Series points were also up for grabs.

unzicker lmThe 30-lap Late Model race saw 19 drivers looking to take the $5,000 first place prize, along with the prestigious FALS Cup trophy. After five cautions fell during the first six laps of the feature, everyone calmed down, and fans were treated to an exciting race. Ryan Unzicker wrestled the lead away from Jason Feger with 20 laps to go. Feger tried the top and bottom groove looking to reclaim the lead, but Unzicker was able to turn back the DIRTcar points leader. Fast qualifier Myles Moos brought out the yellow flag with nine laps remaining as the FALS cushion got the best of his car. When the field went back green, Unzicker and Feger ran side by side for the lead before Unzicker took control with five laps to go. Unzicker pulled away to take his first Fairbury win of the year. “Anytime you can win at FALS it's good,” Unzicker said. “I don’t care if it’s a regular night or a special, it is hard to win here. I love coming here. We tried something that MB Customs said would work and it did help.” Feger took second with Brandon Eskew finishing in third. Defending World of Outlaws champion Dennis Erb Jr. took fourth, while 11th starter Rich Bell was fifth. McKay Wenger led the second five followed by track points leader Mike Spatola, Mike Mataragas, Dale Markham, and Lyle Zanker.

long md.jpgMichael Long went uncontested in winning the 25-lap, $2,000 to win Modified race. Five yellow flags and a red flag situation plagued the early going of the race. Long was in his own zip code as he was never threatened during the course of the race. Track points leader Michael Ledford did make things a little interesting in the closing laps, but Long turned up the wick to post his second win at Fairbury since the season opener. “Ever since we got this car out two weeks ago, it’s been good,” commented Long. “ We have had some bad luck early in the year, but we are pretty good now.” Ledford held off Austin Friedman for second, with Steven Brooks and 11th starter Trevor Ringle following. Eric Vaughan rebounded to finish in sixth, with Alan Stipp, Lyndon Whitfill, Marshall Call, and Victor Strong completing the top ten.

clubb scStock Car points leader Cody Clubb led flag-to-flag in winning his second race of the year. Cody’s brother, Nick started in fifth and took over second with nine laps to go in the 15-lap race. Both ran the bottom lane of the track with Nick glued to Cody’s bumper hoping to capitalize on a mistake to take the front spot. Cody was able to take a two-car length win over Nick. “I knew he (Nick) was back there. I could see it on the scoreboard,” explained Clubb. “I was like, man if I get beat by him, I am never going to hear the end of that. So, I kept it glued to the bottom and hoped for the best.” Trailing the Clubb brothers were current DIRTcar points leader Megan Erwin and heat three winner Tim Loomis. 19th starter Don Hilleary took fifth. Zach Zuberbier, Kirby McCormick, Nick Seplak, Michael Schomas, and Brandon Tracy rounded out the top ten.

miller spDouble features were held in the Sportsman class with triple features in the Hobby-Modified division. In the first Sportsman race, fast qualifier Tommy Duncan set the pace before jumping the cushion and Steve Mattingly led the next lap. Landen Miller took the lead with eight laps to go and never looked back. By the end of the race, Miller held a straightaway lead in recording his third win of the year. “I saw Duncan mess up and I thought I had it,” said Miller. “Mattingly slid me and I was going to try it on the outside. I panicked at the last second, but it was a fun race.” Mattingly took second, with Duncan, Tyler Roth, and Josh Hetherington in fifth. The remainder of the top ten had Eric Saltzman, Doug Carls, Aaron Reid, Makinzi Semmens, and Roy Magee in that order.

duncan spEric Saltzman led the field for the first two laps of the second Sportsman race before Tommy Duncan assumed command. Duncan ended a winless streak since June 3rd and was able to win his third race at Fairbury. “I haven’t had any luck this last month,” Duncan said. “The first feature the power steering belt broke, and I didn’t have any power steering. You have to have luck sometimes.” New track points leader Landen Miller was second and Tyler Roth took third. The rest of the top ten was Josh Hetherington, Aaron Reid, Eric Saltzman, Makinzi Semmens, Roy Magee, Robert Saltzman, and Doug Carls.

turpin hmdIn the first Hobby-Modified 10-lap feature, Dylan Turpin took the lead at the wave of the green flag and led the distance in earning his third win of the year. Wes Ricketts took second. Lucas Boulton held off Scott McDonald for third, and Reid Gall was fifth. Hugging the bottom line of the track and running a smooth line, Ryan Kohler has shown he is the man to beat in the Hobby-Modified class. Kohler checked out on his competitors to take his fourth win of the season in the second feature. Jake Green finished in second. Jace Gall, Brooke Wagner, and Paul Patterson followed.

kohler hmdFollowing a lap one caution, Kohler moved past Turpin for the lead in the third feature and repeated his performance from the second race. The caution came out with five laps to go, but on this night, Kohler ruled the class for his fifth win. Turpin came home in second. Lucas Boulton was third. Scott McDonald, Reid Gall, Jake Green, Wes Ricketts, Jace Gall, Mike Petersen, and 23rd starter Scott Brown completed the top ten.


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