Pierce Captures Season Finale at Spoon Rivermars
Banner, IL (September 25, 2021) – The Mars Racing Series closed out the 2021 race season with the $5,000 to win Championship Weekend event at Spoon River Speedway. 20 cars filled the Spoon River pit area for the nights racing action.
In Allstar Performance Qualifying it was Bobby Pierce who bested the field with a lap of 13.856 seconds. Jason Feger and Brian Shirley were second and third quick.
In Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #1 Bobby Pierce took advantage of the pole starting spot and pick up the win. Garrett Alberson and Bob Gardner finished second and third.
Heat Race #2, brought to you by Dirt Track Bank was won by Ryan Unzicker. He took the lead early and held off Jason Feger for the victory. Logan Nickerson finished in the third spot.
In the third and final heat race of the night presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts it was all Brian Shirley. Brian won by nearly 2.5 seconds over Hall of Famer Kevin Weaver. Ashland, IL driver Kolby Vandenbegh rounded out the top three.
The forty lap $5,000 to win feature event started off with Ryan Unzicker grabbing the early lead. Ryan Unzicker would hold off challenges from Bobby Pierce early on as the race began to approach halfway. Just past the halfway point Pierce was able to get around Unzicker. Bobby Pierce would survive a couple of late race restarts to hold on for the win. After sliding back a couple of spots, Ryan Unzicker rebounded for the runner up finish. Back-to-back series champion Brian Shirley rounded out the podium. The hard charger of the race was Mike Chasteen Jr who started 20th and came home 9th.
The Mars Racing Series has now wrapped up the 2021 race season. All information on the 2022 season will be shared as it becomes available.
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Feature Finish: 1. Bobby Pierce 2. Ryan Unzicker 3. Brian Shirley 4. Garrett Alberson 5. Kolby Vandenbergh 6. Taylor Scheffler 7. Mike Mataragas 8. Jason Feger 9. Mike Chasteen Jr 10. Jason Wagner 11. Logan Nickerson 12. Bob Gardner 13. Kevin Weaver 14. Mike Spatola 15. Jeff Riddell 16. Jeff Curl 17. Paul Parker 18. Russ Adams 19. Jordan Bauer 20. Jeff Leka
Heat 1 – Bobby Pierce, Garrett Alberson, Bob Gardner, Taylor Scheffler, Jason Wagner, Jeff Riddell, Russ Adams
Heat 2 – Ryan Unzicker, Jason Feger, Logan Nickerson, Jordan Bauer, Jeff Leka, Paul Parker
Heat 3 – Brian Shirley, Kevin Weaver, Kolby Vandenbergh, Mike Mataragas, Mike Spatola, Jeff Curl
Fast Qualifier: Bobby Pierce 13.856 seconds
Allstar Performance Fast Time Award: Bobby Pierce
VP Fuel Award from Git Sideways: Bobby Pierce
Swift Springs Opposing Fast Time Award: Jason Feger
Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger Award: Mike Chasteen Jr
Wilwood Tough Brake Award: Kevin Weaver
Ultrashield Non-Transfer Award: Russ Adams
Auto Meter Non-Transfer Award: Paul Parker