Home Dirt Late Model News Jason Feger takes MARS DIRTcar Series win at Farmer City Raceway!

Jason Feger takes MARS DIRTcar Series win at Farmer City Raceway!

Jason Feger

FARMER CITY, IL – Sept. 4, 2020 – He’s won this year using the bottom lane and the middle, and now The Highside Hustler is right back to getting it done on the high side.

 

Jason Feger gave the Farmer City Raceway fans quite a show on their final Friday night race program of the 2020 season, winning the laps-on-end battle for the lead with Shannon Babb and Bobby Pierce late in the race and holding them off for the $5,000 victory in the fourth annual Farmer City 74 with the MARS Super Late Model DIRTcar Racing Series.

 

Feger started to the outside of Ryan Unzicker and immediately got to work on the top side, fending off pressure from Babb and Pierce right behind him. He settled into third after Babb got by him shortly after a Lap 8 restart but was able to match his pace and keep up.

 

Feger and Babb kept their battle going for the runner-up spot until the caution came out on Lap 26 for a flat left-rear tire on leader Ryan Unzicker. The El Paso, IL-native was showing signs of a slower pace in the laps prior to the yellow and took it to the work area for a tire change, rebounding later in the race from deep in the pack to come back and finish sixth.

 

What came next was just a good old-fashioned duel between two of Illinois’ best.

 

Babb had assumed the point after Unzicker went pit-side and led the field back to green, using the extreme bottom lane in the corners, nearly hitting the infield tractor tires at times. Feger threw his MB Customs #25 right up on the top once again and went lap-after-lap with Babb, trading the lead back-and-forth five times from Lap 28 to 33. Feger would just nip Babb at the line one lap, then Babb would sneak ahead at the line the next.

 

“I knew Babb was right there but I kinda felt okay with him there because I knew what he had. You can’t ever count out Shannon here; he and [Billy] Moyer are two of the best-ever here,” Feger said of the back-and-forth battle.

 

Feger eventually got a great run off of Turn 4 on Lap 33 and began to pull away from Babb while Pierce began to close-in on them both. All three ended up within a half-car-length of each other as they reached five-to-go and continued their fight for position in close quarters.

 

Feger dipped into lapped traffic as he got the two-to-go signal, which opened the door for Pierce behind him as he made the move around Babb into second. But in the end, nothing was able to slow Feger down as he sprinted across the stripe to collect his third victory of the year in DIRTcar competition.

 

“I felt like I was way better on the long runs,” Feger said. “I don’t know if it was me as a driver or the tires or what, but I could smooth out and really get in a good rhythm, and I think that was it.”

 

Feger’s second year aboard an MB Customs chassis has given him the opportunity to try the bottom lane more frequently, where he’s actually encountered some success in 2020. But Friday night was a performance for the die-hard Feger fans – an all-in, gassed-up showing of mastery on the quarter mile of Farmer City, right in the lane of his nick-namesake.

 

“Tonight, the track was actually pretty good all over, but I’m definitely comfortable up on that top lane,” Feger said. “I just kinda felt like… you’ve got Bobby [Pierce] back there and [Shannon] Babb, who are both exceptional on the cushion here, and I felt like it was going to be easier for me to make them pass me on the bottom than let somebody drive by me on the outside.”

 

UP NEXT

 

The MARS Late Model Series action continues Saturday night at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, IL for the $10,000-to-win FALS Super Nationals. Follow DIRTcar Racing on social media for live updates throughout the event.

LATE MODEL A FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 1
2 4 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 2
3 3 18 Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
4 6 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 2
5 12 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 7
6 1 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL -5
7 7 99 Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL
8 5 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL -3
9 17 74M Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI 8
10 9 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -1
11 10 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI -1
12 20 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 8
13 16 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 3
14 14 4G Bob Gardner Bob Gardner Washington, IL
15 18 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 3
16 11 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA -5
17 13 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL -4
18 15 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL -3
19 22 74 Russ Adams Russ Adams Princeville, IL 3
20 21 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL 1
21 8 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL -13
22 19 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Highland, IL -3
0 Laps

LATE MODELB FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL
2 2 74M Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI
3 10 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 7
4 6 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Highland, IL 2
5 5 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL
Top 5 transfer
6 8 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 2
7 4 30V Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL -3
8 7 74 Russ Adams Russ Adams Princeville, IL -1
9 3 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL -6
10 9 J12 Jason Wagner Jason Wagner East Peoria, IL -1
11 11 1 Mike Mataragas Mike Mataragas Dekalb, IL
0 Laps

LATE MODELHEAT 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 3 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 2
2 1 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL -1
3 5 99 Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 2
4 2 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI -2
5 4 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL -1
Top 5 transfer
6 7 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 1
7 8 30V Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL 1
8 9 74 Russ Adams Russ Adams Princeville, IL 1
9 6 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL -3
0 Laps

LATE MODELHEAT 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 1
2 4 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 2
3 1 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL -2
4 6 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA 2
5 3 4G Bob Gardner Bob Gardner Washington, IL -2
Top 5 transfer
6 5 74M Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI -1
7 8 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 1
8 7 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA -1
DNS 9 1 Mike Mataragas Mike Mataragas Dekalb, IL
0 Laps

LATE MODELHEAT 3

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 18 Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
2 4 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 2
3 2 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -1
4 3 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR -1
5 5 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
Top 5 transfer
6 DNF 8 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL 2
7 DNF 6 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Highland, IL -1
8 DNF 7 J12 Jason Wagner Jason Wagner East Peoria, IL -1
0 Laps

LATE MODELQUALIFYING 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 23 74 Russ Adams Russ Adams Princeville, IL
2 18 18 Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
3 25 4G Bob Gardner Bob Gardner Washington, IL
4 2 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL
5 17 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
6 14 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL
7 9 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
8 1 99 Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL
9 4 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Highland, IL
10 24 1 Mike Mataragas Mike Mataragas Dekalb, IL
11 13 74M Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI
12 21 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL
13 22 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
14 8 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
15 19 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA
16 15 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI
17 3 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
18 16 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL
19 10 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL
20 20 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
21 11 30V Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL
22 6 J12 Jason Wagner Jason Wagner East Peoria, IL
23 12 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
24 7 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL
25 5 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL
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