PADUCAH – Jason Feger has tried time and again – “six or eight times, I guess,” he said – to win the USA World 50 at Paducah International Raceway.
After Friday night’s latest edition of the track’s signature race, Feger can count his mission accomplished.
The Bloomington, Ill., driver led from start to finish to claim the $5,000 first-place prize money and add his name to the list of winners of the prestigious 50-lap race.
Benton’s Tanner English won a hotly contested battle with Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., for second place.
Phillips moved underneath English, who started on the outside front row beside Feger, at the outset.
The 19-year-old English drove a savvy, patient race and stayed within challenging distance of Phillips as Feger built a big lead.
English began making bids to take second place on lap 37, trying the low side in Turn 3, but repeated attemps came up short.
He dropped back and got a run on Phillips, and on the 46th lap, he pulled ahead on the low side coming off Turn 2 and held the runner-up spot to the finish.
Phillips, Brian Shirley and defending champion Shannon Babb rounded out the top five.
Terry English, Tanner’s father and a former winner of the event, was sixth.
The race was run under combined sanction of the UMP Dirtcar and MARS late model series.
Another Marshall County driver, Palma’s Tim Brown, took seventh place.
Brown’s son, Cameron, won his third feature of the year in the Crate Late Model main event.
Brown was awarded the victory after Ricky Waggoner of South Fulton, Tenn., was disqualified when his car failed post-race inspection.
According to reports, Waggoner’s car was 85 pounds under the minimum 2,400-pound weight requirement.
It was the second win in a row for Brown and the third in four weeks.
Troy English of Calvert City was promoted to second and John Tindal of Mayfield to third after Waggoner’s disqualification.
Jeff Patterson and Calvert City’s Jeffrey Bailey rounded out the top five.
In other main events on the program, Everett Bradham of Olney, Ill., won the Modified feature and Tony Cruse of Paducah won in Street Stock.
NOTES: Tanner English followed up his solid performance at Paducah with a trip to Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., Saturday night, for another combined UMP-MARS race.
English transferred to the main by finishing fourth in his heat, but was caught up in traffic on a restart and was relegated to an 11th-place finish.
Veteran Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., won the race and his son, Billy Jr., was second.
n Terry English won the Late Model feature at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway Saturday night.