Pierce Takes Mars Finale at FALS

Pierce Takes Mars Finale at FALS

Photo: Jim DenHamer

October 8, 2022 (Fairbury, IL) The final round of the Mars Racing Series took place at Fairbury Speedway on Saturday night. The pits filled up with 41 cars to cap off Championship Weekend. The event was part of the FALS Frenzy that paid $15,000 to win on night two. Ryan Unzicker carried a 57-point lead into the nights event and only needed to show up to claim the 2022 points title

In Allstar Performance qualifying it was Frank Heckenast Jr who laid down the quickest lap at 12.926 seconds. This set the stage for four heat races to set the field for the 50-lap event.

In Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #1 Jason Feger took the win to start on the pole for the nights main event. Dennis Erb Jr, Billy Moyer, and Kevin Weaver were the other transfer cars.

Heat Race #2 presented by Dirt Track Bank went to Marshalltown, IA driver Ryan Gustin. Other drivers picking up transfer spots were Ryan Unzicker, Logan Martin, and Justin Duty.

O’Reily Auto Parts Heat Race #3 went to Tanner English. Mike Harrison, Tyler Bruening, and Kent Robinson all moved on to the main event.

Heat Race #4 presented by Hoosier Tire Midwest went to Bobby Pierce. Brian Shirley, Shannon Babb, and Mike Spatola all transferred to the feature event.

It took a pair of B-Main events to set the final four starting spots. Batesville, AR driver Billy Moyer Jr. and Gordy Gundaker took the top two spots in the first B-Main. Jason Wagner and Trevor Gundaker moved on to the main event. The 21-car starting field was made complete with a series provisional being given to McKay Wenger. Other series regular Bob Gardner was unable to transfer which gave the 2022 Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year title to McKay Wenger

In the 50 lap $15,000 to win event Jason Feger took the lead on lap one and never looked back. In the opening stages it was quite the battle between Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, Dennis Erb Jr and Ryan Gustin. Just past the halfway point Bobby Pierce overtook Jason Feger for the lead. Feger was able to stay with Bobby through the final stages but was not able to get back around Bobby.

Bobby Pierce took the checkers a little over a second in front of Jason Feger. Tanner English rounded out the podium for the second night in a row.  Billy Moyer Jr was the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger of the night after improving 7 positions for a top ten finish.

This event closed out the 2022 campaign for the Mars Racing Series. Ryan Unzicker was crowned the 2022 series champion with Jason Feger finishing runner up. McKay Wenger ended up third in the standings and became the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year. Bob Gardner finished four in series points. All top four drivers took home part of the over $30,000 dollars in point fund money.

Full Results:

A Feature 1 (50 Laps): 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[4]; 2. 25-Jason Feger[1]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 6. 24-Ryan Unzicker[7]; 7. 3S-Brian Shirley[8]; 8. 36-Logan Martin[11]; 9. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[9]; 10. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[17]; 11. 33-Mike Harrison[6]; 12. 16-Tyler Bruening[10]; 13. 18-Shannon Babb[12]; 14. 11-Gordy Gundaker[19]; 15. 15-Justin Duty[15]; 16. 89-Mike Spatola[16]; 17. J12-Jason Wagner[18]; 18. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[20]; 19. 7R-Kent Robinson[14]; 20. B12-Kevin Weaver[13]; 21. 42-Mckay Wenger[21]

B Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 2. 11-Gordy Gundaker[3]; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[5]; 4. 49-Jake Timm[1]; 5. 99L-Jeff Larson[4]; 6. 10S-Scott Schmitt[7]; 7. 21A-Nick Allen[10]; 8. 33 4-Billy Hough[11]; 9. D1-Turk Letizia[6]; 10. 3-Dale Markham[8]; 11. 42-Mckay Wenger[9]; 12. 6K-Michael Kloos[12]; 13. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford[13]

B Feature 2 (10 Laps): 1. J12-Jason Wagner[1]; 2. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[3]; 3. 4G-Bob Gardner[4]; 4. 32-Chris Simpson[5]; 5. 11D-Brian Diveley[7]; 6. M27-Mike Provenzano[2]; 7. 1W-Donny Walden[9]; 8. 76-Titus Sneed[6]; 9. 10-Paul Parker[10]; 10. 79W-Greg Wagner[11]; 11. B15-Robert Sidener[12]; 12. 74-Russ Adams[8]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 25-Jason Feger[2]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[4]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[3]; 4. B12-Kevin Weaver[5]; 5. 49-Jake Timm[9]; 6. 11-Gordy Gundaker[8]; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 8. 10S-Scott Schmitt[6]; 9. 42-Mckay Wenger[7]; 10. 33 4-Billy Hough[10]; 11. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford[11]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker[5]; 3. 36-Logan Martin[2]; 4. 15-Justin Duty[8]; 5. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr[1]; 6. 99L-Jeff Larson[6]; 7. D1-Turk Letizia[10]; 8. 3-Dale Markham[7]; 9. 21A-Nick Allen[4]; 10. 6K-Michael Kloos[9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 2. 33-Mike Harrison[2]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[4]; 4. 7R-Kent Robinson[3]; 5. J12-Jason Wagner[9]; 6. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[6]; 7. 32-Chris Simpson[5]; 8. 11D-Brian Diveley[7]; 9. 1W-Donny Walden[8]; 10. 79W-Greg Wagner[10]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb[4]; 4. 89-Mike Spatola[3]; 5. M27-Mike Provenzano[6]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[5]; 7. 76-Titus Sneed[7]; 8. 74-Russ Adams[9]; 9. 10-Paul Parker[8]; 10. B15-Robert Sidener[10]

Qualifying 1: 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:12.926[11]; 2. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 00:12.952[5]; 3. 25-Jason Feger, 00:13.040[15]; 4. 36-Logan Martin, 00:13.047[4]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer Sr, 00:13.056[3]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 00:13.079[19]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr, 00:13.146[21]; 8. 21A-Nick Allen, 00:13.180[16]; 9. B12-Kevin Weaver, 00:13.182[8]; 10. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 00:13.189[9]; 11. 10S-Scott Schmitt, 00:13.211[7]; 12. 99L-Jeff Larson, 00:13.303[12]; 13. 42-Mckay Wenger, 00:13.314[13]; 14. 3-Dale Markham, 00:13.395[17]; 15. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 00:13.412[10]; 16. 15-Justin Duty, 00:13.548[18]; 17. 49-Jake Timm, 00:13.600[20]; 18. 6K-Michael Kloos, 00:13.684[14]; 19. 33 4-Billy Hough, 00:14.007[2]; 20. D1-Turk Letizia, 00:14.191[6]; 21. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford, 00:14.191[1]

Qualifying 2: 1. 81E-Tanner English, 00:13.132[7]; 2. 32P-Bobby Pierce, 00:13.200[4]; 3. 33-Mike Harrison, 00:13.350[1]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:13.351[2]; 5. 7R-Kent Robinson, 00:13.452[19]; 6. 89-Mike Spatola, 00:13.479[10]; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening, 00:13.535[18]; 8. 18-Shannon Babb, 00:13.667[17]; 9. 32-Chris Simpson, 00:13.683[20]; 10. 4G-Bob Gardner, 00:13.808[3]; 11. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 00:13.841[14]; 12. M27-Mike Provenzano, 00:13.881[12]; 13. 11D-Brian Diveley, 00:13.936[11]; 14. 76-Titus Sneed, 00:14.051[8]; 15. 1W-Donny Walden, 00:14.104[6]; 16. 10-Paul Parker, 00:14.177[15]; 17. J12-Jason Wagner, 00:14.261[13]; 18. 74-Russ Adams, 00:14.426[16]; 19. 79W-Greg Wagner, 00:14.494[5]; 20. B15-Robert Sidener, 00:15.114[9]

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