Brian Shirley, Bobby Bittle, Jimmy Cummins & Chris Fisher take victories at I-55 Raceway!
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Pevely, MO (April 25, 2009) A huge field of 119 racecars filled the pit area on a warm but very windy evening at I-55 Raceway. Twenty-seven UMP Super Late Models were on hand including central Illinois drivers Brian Shirley and Billy Drake. It proved to be a great night for Brian Shirley as he swept the night's events. Shirley took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the entire event. The main event got off to a very rocky start as outside front row starter Craig Smith got into the outside wall exiting turn two adn then got sideways on the backstretch on the opening lap. The crash collected several cars and eliminated Billy Faust and Ron McQuerry from the event. On the complete restart, Shirley once again pulled out to the lead over new front row starter Jeff Johns who settled into second with Ed Dixon running third and Brent Kreke fourth. Just seven laps into the event, fifth place running Danny Haynes jumped the cushion and got into the outside wall in turn two. Dave Jumper made hard contact with him and the crash collected several others and ended the night for Haynes, Jumper and Randy Korte. During the caution, second place running Jeff Johns exited the track with mechanical issues. Brian Shirley would continue his great run after the restart and went on to victory. Ed Dixon would finish a strong second with Brian Collins taking third. Tim Manville stormed from the eighteenth starting position to finish fourth with Brent Kreke rounding out the top five.