Ryan Unzicker wins Sunoco ALMS 40
Story & Photos by Stan Kalwasinski
September 23, 2016
Kankakee, Ill.-With the season winding down, the full-bore super
late models invaded the Kankakee County Speedway for the first time
in a while Friday night with Ryan Unzicker winning the $2,000-to-win
Sunoco American Late Model Series ''The Land of Lincoln 40'' event.
in the past in super late model action at Kankakee, Unzicker scored
his 12th career
victory at the three-eights-mile dirt oval. The
El Paso speedster defeated Mike Spatola in the feature chase with
Spatola pressuring Unzicker most of the way.
A field of 17 cars started the 40 lapper but a high-speed,
on-the-gas, wreck on the back stretch on the first lap knocked out
two top contenders - Rusty Schlenk and Kevin Weaver.
McKinney locked up his second career division title as he captured
the 20-lap main event for DIRTcar UMP modifieds. Hailing
from Plainfield, McKinney scored his ninth feature win of the season
over Vince Cooper. Overall,
the victory was McKinney's 16th of
Park, Indiana's Jerrad Krick was the winner of the 15-lap headliner
for UMP Stock Cars. Krick
defeated Andrew Funk and Don Hilleary. Brian
Deavers, of Bloomington, claimed top honors in the UMP Sport Compact
(four-cylinder division) 15-lap main event.
for division track championship honors, Jon Robbins and Chris Tippit
each won a feature race in UMP Pro Modifieds (I-Mods) competition. Robbins
scored the win in the 15-lap makeup feature from last week with
Tippit winning the night's regularly scheduled headliner.
The Kankakee speed plant hosts its final points racing event next
Ryan Unzicker on his way to victory in the Sunoco ALMS ''The Land of
Lincoln 40'' at
Kankakee County Speedway Friday night.
Ryan Unzicker and his wife, Michelle, and son, Brody, after his
Mike Spatola and his No. 89 were the only ones to keep race winner
Ryan Unzicker in sight until the checkered flag fell.
Mike McKinney won his ninth modified feature of the season at
Kankakee, giving him a total of 16 for the year.
Mike McKinney and his No. 96 - a winning combination at Kankakee
Jay Morris (77m) and Ryan Unzicker battle during the super late
model feature race.
First turn, first lap - eventual winner Mike McKinney (96), Dane
Tilstra (28) and Shawn Scripter (10) look for racing space
during the modified main event.
Nick Allen (21) and Travis Kohler (0) battle during modified heat
More modified heat race action - Travis Kohler (0), Jason Hastings
(35) and Kevin Hastings (36) made it three-wide.
Jerrad Krick (99) on his way to victory in the UMP Stock Cars
Jerrad Krick and his wife, Andrea, pose for a victory photo.
Frank Wright was ok after flipping his No. 22 during the UMP Stock
Cars feature. Wright's
car lost the driveshaft and,
eventually, the entire rear end, during a wild, flipping, ride.
Wright's missing rear axle assembly sits on the track still dripping
Another wreck - this time during the UMP Pro Late Models feature.
A high-speed, on-the-gas, wreck on the backstretch during the first
lap of the Sunoco ALMS 40 put contenders
Rusty Schlenk (91) and Kevin Weaver (B12) out of the race.
Three-wide UMP Sport Compact (four-cylinder division) feature
They go three wide during the Pro Late Models feature. Eventual
winner Jay Morris' No. 1 is on the outside.
Brian Deavers and his No. 9 were the winners of the 15-lap main
event for UMP Sport Compacts.
Jay Morris and his No. 1 won the 20-lap feature for UMP Pro Late
Jay Morris on the victory podium.