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Pevely, MO (August 25, 2007) Thirty-four Mid-America Racing Series (MARS) and United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Super Late Models rolled through the gates at I-55 Raceway for the MARS/UMP Clash which awarded $5,000 to the winner. It was Highland, Illinois' Randy Korte earning the top spot as he held of the challenges of Will Vaught and led all forty laps of the main event. Vaught was looking for a repeat of a race last month at I-55 Raceway when he swept past Korte in the final lap to take the win. However, Korte proved too strong this time around as he worked lapped traffic flawlessly and separated himself from Vaught as they battled through the traffic. Vaught would have his hands full in the closing laps as the lapped traffic allowed Billy Faust, Brian Shirley, Bill Frye, Bryan Collins and Shannon Babb to close in make it a great battle throughout the top ten. At the finish line, Vaught would just hold off Billy Faust for the second spot with Shirley all over Faust for the third spot. Bill Frye would complete the top five.
Pevely, MO (August 18, 2007) Randy Korte of Highland, IL claimed the UMP DIRTcar Late Model main event at I-55 Raceway in his debut outing of the new paint scheme honoring his son's graduation from U.S. Army Basic Training. Korte took the lead on lap four from Belleville, IL's Jeff Johns. Johns took the lead using his outside front row starting position, but Korte, who started on the pole, soon moved past Johns and led the final twenty-one laps enroute to the victory. The first caution flew on lap eleven for Paul Roider's spin in turn two. Then, just three laps later, Dewayne Kiefer made contact with Danny Haynes as the two battled for the fourth spot, sending Kiefer's car spinning into the inside wall going into turn one. The final caution flew a couple of laps later as Jeff Beyers jumped the cushion in turn three and slammed the outside wall. Korte remained strong after each restart and held Johns at bay to earn the victory. Bryan Collins took third and padded his point lead and appears to be on his way to winning his second straight UMP DIRTcar Late Model point title at I-55 Raceway. Danny Haynes was fourth and Mark Voigt completed the top five.
Pevely, MO (August 11, 2007) Hot temperatures led to some hot racing action at I-55 Raceway. Randy Korte of Highland, IL scorched the field in the UMP DIRTcar Late Model division. Korte led all twenty-five laps of the main event that was marred by a tremendous four car crash on lap two right in front of the flag stand on the front straight away. Don Klein, Darren Forrest, Brad White and Matt Santel were involved in the crash. Brad White and Matt Santel both escaped uninjured but Don Klein and Darren Forrest were taken out of the track by ambulance. Klein walked to the ambulance and Forrest was alert but was put on a backboard. After the race was restarted Korte took command and held off several brief challenges from Danny Haynes before the race was slowed again when Michael Kloos experienced a hard crash as he went head on into the turn three wall. Kloos was not injured but the same couldn't be said for his car. On the restart, Haynes once again challenged Korte for the top spot but Korte would separate himself from Haynes and pulled away to take the victory. Haynes finished second with Billy Faust taking third. Jeff Johns took the fourth spot with Kyle Steffens rounding out the top five.
Pevely, MO (August 4, 2007) Mother Nature turned up the heat with a very hot and muggy night and the racers responded by turning up the action. A total of 108 race cars in the four divisions filled the pit area. A strong field of twenty-eight U.M.P. DIRTcar Super Late Models came through the gates and provided the fans with some great racing. NASCAR veteran and I-55 Raceway Co-owner Ken Schrader claimed his third late model victory (fifth win overall counting two UMP Modified wins) of the season at I-55 Raceway. Schrader, who finished twenty-fifth in last week's Brickyard 400, also raced every night of the week this past week on dirt tracks all throughout the Midwest in his modified.
1. 28B John Beck
2. 93X Rusty Griffaw
3. 11z Bryan Collins
4. 28K Don Klein
Pevely, MO (July 25, 2007) Twelve NASCAR drivers were on hand at I-55 Raceway for the M&M Night of NASCAR Stars charity event. Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace, Dave Blaney, David Reutimann, Phil Parsons, Brendan Gaughan, Jason Leffler, Stephen Leight, Ron Hornaday, Rick Crawford and David Gilliland were on hand and competed against each in a complete race program driving UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer were also scheduled to be on hand, but their flight had to make an emergency landing and they were unable to make it to the event.
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