Tyler Ratajczyk, Jeff LeBaube & Jacob Rexing take wins at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55!
Pevely, MO (June 2nd, 2012) - Tyler Ratajczyk would drive the race of his life and hold off some of the best in the business to win his first ever UMP DIRTcar Modified feature. Ratajczyk used the low side and fought off the challenges of Timmy Hill early on in the main event. Hill would try and make a move for the lead on lap eight as he dove under Ratajczyk exiting turn four. But as the two made contact, Hill would spin into the inside wall and his night would end. After the restart, Ratajczyk would hold off an assault from Joe Puricelli for a couple of laps and then as they got to the closing laps things really heated up for the lead. Dean Hoffman had been working the highside for the entire race and moved up from deep in the field and pulled along side Ratajczyk for the lead on lap fifteen. Rusty Griffaw had moved past Puricelli on the low side and was also challenging Ratajczyk in the low groove. As the laps were winding down, Ratajczyk and Hoffman raced side by side for the lead with Griffaw on Ratajczyk's rear bumper as they moved into serious lapped traffic. On the final lap Ratajczyk and Hoffman raced side by side down the backstretch and both dove under a lapped car. Ratajczyk and Hoffman would bang wheels as they were entering turn three. Ratajczyk would hold his line on the low side and edge Hoffman at the line for the win. Griffaw was a very close third. Steve Picou would get fourth while Puricelli rounded out the top five.