Nick Lyons wins in a photo finish; Tim Hancock, Jeff Herzog & Aron Faulkner take wins at I-55 Raceway
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Pevely, MO (April 9th, 2011) I-55 Raceway lived up to it's reputation for providing some of the most exciting dirt track racing in the country as all four feature events provided great wheel to wheel action.
Nick Lyons would beat out Michael Kloos in a photo finish in the UMP DIRTcar Late Model main event to grab his second straight feature win. The race was a four car dog fight for the top spot for most of the event. Nick Lyons, Rickey Frankel and Tim Manville raced two and three wide for the top spot as Michael Kloos quietly laid back waiting in the fourth spot. As they darted through lapped traffic early on, Frankel paced the field with for most of the way with Manville and Lyons continously pulling along side him for the lead. A caution with ten laps remaining would restack the field and give the leaders a break from lapped traffic. On the restart, Manville blasted past Lyons and then Frankel on the high side to take the top spot. However, that would be short lived as Manville would get sideways in turn two and spin bringing out another caution with nine laps remaining. With Frankel still holding the top spot on the restart, Lyons and Kloos were ready to pounce on the opportunity for the lead. Lyons would slip past Frankel immediately on the restart and Kloos would then move into second on the next lap. Kloos used the high side to battle Lyons who was using the bottom. The low side was the short way around the track and Lyons would open up the lead through the turns, but Kloos would use his momentum and pull right up on the rear bumper of Lyons down the straight aways. This battle went on lap after lap with Kloos unable to get to the outside of Lyons down the straight aways causing him to lose his momentum going into the corners. Kloos changed tactics on the final lap as they went down the back stretch. Kloos dove to the bottom under Lyons as they entered turn three. Kloos pulled along side Lyons as they raced through turns three and four and it was a drag race off turn four to the checkered flag with Lyons winning by a nose. Frankel would settle for third behind Kloos. Dewayne Kiefer would cross the line fourth while Jeff Johns rounded out the top five.