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Pevely, MO (April 2nd, 2011) Great weather and a full field of cars in all four divisions greeted the fans for the season opener at I-55 Raceway. A total of 106 racecars filled the pit area with drivers from Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan on hand.
The UMP DIRTcar Super Late Models had twenty-seven cars checked in and it would be Nick Lyons of Centralia, Illinois coming out on top in a dominating performance. Lyons would take the lead at the drop of the green flag from his front row outside starting spot and would pace the field for the entire twenty-five laps enroute to the win. Pole sitter Jason McBride would settle into the second position and would also pull away and go relatively unchallenged for the second spot. The battle was on for the third spot throughout the entire twenty-five laps as Dewayne Kiefer battled first with Brandon Sheppard for the first half of the event and then with Brandon Thirlby in the late stages for the spot. Kiefer would be successful in his bid to hold off the challengers and would finish in the third spot. Thirlby would get the fourth spot with Rickey Frankel moving up to round out the top five. Tim Ratajczyk would get the sixth spot, then it would be Bobby Pierce charging through the field after starting sixteenth to finish seventh. Danny Haynes, Mark Voigt and Dave Jumper rounded out the top 10.