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Feger, Long, McLean Take $5,000 Triple Down Shootout Wins

Jason Feger

Jason Feger

Michael Long

Michael Long

Devin McLean

Devin McLean

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

Labor Day weekend saw a strong field of cars on hand at the Fairbury Speedway as First Student and Hotrod Septic Treatment presented the Triple Down Shootout. The MARS Series Late Model and Modified drivers were joined by the Pro Late Model competitors. Each class ran a 40-lap feature with $5,000 going to the winner.

feger lmIn the Late Model race, after battling defending series champion Ryan Unzicker and Mike Mataragas for the lead in the first seven laps, current series points leader Jason Feger went to the outside to take over the top spot. Feger quickly extended his lead while fifth starting Frank Heckenast Jr. and Unzicker dueled for second. Heckenast was able to move into the second position, but as Feger sliced and diced his way through lapped traffic, Heckenast was no match for Feger. Feger went on to take his seventh MARS win and second of the weekend. “We were harder on tires than everybody else that I saw,” Feger said. “Got them two nights in a row that way. We just kind of got pinned there on that bottom. They were having a good race, and I just let it come back to me. I was wanting to get to the top pretty bad. When I saw it open, I was able to get up there and make it work.” In a thrilling race for second, Heckenast was able to turn back Unzicker. Bob Gardner took fourth and 14th starter Kyle Hammer came home in fifth.

long mdMARS Modified points leader Michael Long moved to the lead on the eighth lap and held off a late race rally by ninth starter Josh Harris in winning his fourth series win. “That first yellow, one piece of metal had been laying on the track for 10 laps or so,” explained the Fowler native. “I didn’t really want to see that yellow. We had a couple more yellows. When you are running the cushion, you get out of your rhythm. It’s hard to get back on again. You can overthink yourself, but it all panned out.” Harris took second and Michael Ledford was third, followed by 11th starter Zeke McKenzie and Ethan Dotson.

mclean plmMt. Vernon’s Devin McLean went flag-to-flag in taking his 11th victory of the year. After Jose Parga cut a tire on the opening lap, McLean took the lead on the start and was able to go unchallenged for the win. “This is a place that I have always wanted to get a win at,” a giggly McLean said. “This is probably the coolest thing that I have ever done in my life. I was just trying to ride because when I saw that 6 (Parga), I knew it was time to get up on the wheel.” In a furious race for second, Matt Hammond held off Parga, Blaise Baker, and Chase Osterhoff.


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