Korte, Bittle, Nations & Fisher take wins at I-55 Raceway!

PHOTOS FROM I-55 RACEWAY

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.

The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds once again gave the fans a thrilling finish. Scott Weber led the first ten laps of the main event, but Bobby Bittle began working Weber over and as the two raced side by side for a couple of laps, the caution flew. Bittle was scored as the leader on the lap ten restart. Weber tried to mount a challenge back on Bittle, but slipped allowing Mike Harrison to get past for the second spot. Harrison tried to work on Bittle for the lead, but fell short at the end. This was Bittle's second straight UMP DIRTcar Modified win at I-55 Raceway and he increased his point lead over Ray Walsh to sixty-eight points. Mike Harrison, Scott Weber, Ray Walsh and Paul Bauman completed the top five.

Kent Nations grabbed a hard earned victory in the UMP DIRTcar Sportsman division. A three-way battle for the top spot raged for all fifteen laps of the main event with Nations battling Troy Medley and Jimmy Cummins. Medley and Cummins battled hard for second, racing side by side on many occassions throughout the event, with each taking turns at pressuring Nations for the top spot. In the end, Medley took second with Cummins crossing the line in third. Ronnie Bader took the fourth spot with Troy Naeger rounding out the top five. Nations win moved him into the second spot in the points chase just two points ahead of Medley and forty-six points behind the leader Troy Naeger.

Chris Fisher continues to dominate the UMP DIRTcar Pro 4 Stock division as he won his ninth feature of the season. Fisher moved past early leader Gary Price in lapped traffic and never looked back. Homer Mooney took third with Conrad Miner fourth and Brandon Hedgecoth fifth.

UMP Late Models - 20 Entries
Heat 1
1. 95 Jeff Johns
2. 13 Dewayne Keifer
3. 47 Danny Haynes
4. 59 Rich Whaley
5. 22 Steve Grotz
6. 11D Brian Diveley
7. 87 Ken Rumble
8. 68 68 Tom Fitzgerald
9. 66 Allen Hammond
10. 23 Paul Roider

Heat 2
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 30 Mark Voigt
3. 11Z Bryan Collins
4. 2J Dave Jumper
5. 10 Andy Pryor
6. 1 Ron McQuerry
7. 7 Rich Lawson
8. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
9. 27 Jeff Beyers
DNS. 100 Bobby Dauderman

Dash
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 95 Jeff Johns
3. 11Z Bryan Collins
4. 13 Dewayne Keifer
5. 30 Mark Voigt
6. 2J Dave Jumper
7. 47 Danny Haynes
8. 59 Rich Whaley
9. 11D Brian Diveley

Feature
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 95 Jeff Johns
3. 11Z Bryan Collins
4. 47 Danny Haynes
5. 30 Mark Voigt
6. 87 Ken Rumble
7. 2J Dave Jumper
8. 22 Steve Grotz
9. 11D Brian Diveley
10. 10 Andy Pryor
11. 59 Rich Whaley
12. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
13. 1 Ron McQuerry
14. 7 Rich Lawson
15. 66 Allen Hammond
16. 23 Paul Roider
17. 68 Tom Fitzgerald
18. 27 Jeff Beyers
19. 13 Dewayne Keifer
20. 100 Bobby Dauderman

UMP Modifieds - 25 Entries
Heat 1
1. M00 Mike Harrison
2. 8X James Reed
3. 377 Casey Pearson
4. 89 Bobby Bittle
5. 48 Bobby Martintoni
6. 31 Ricky Horton
7. 3D Lou Dreimeier
8. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
9. C6 Ray Wagner

Heat 2
1. 24 Paul Bauman
2. 7M Mark Miner
3. 88 Joe Puricelli
4. 21J Jeff Vernier
5. 40 Erik Edgar
6. 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer
7. 99 Robbie Helms
8. 9W Doug Wood

Heat 3
1. 1W Ray Walsh
2. 4J Scott Weber
3. 21 Dennis Richards
4. 45M Eric Mabery
5. C4 Chris Soutia
6. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
7. 63 Doug Brewster
8. 78 Alan Conner

Dash
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. M00 Mike Harrison
3. 89 Bobby Bittle
4. 1W Ray Walsh
5. 377 Casey Pearson
6. 24 Paul Bauman
7. 8X James Reed
8. 21 Dennis Richards
9. 7M Mark Miner

Feature
1. 89 Bobby Bittle
2. M00 Mike Harrison
3. 4J Scott Weber
4. 1W Ray Walsh
5. 24 Paul Bauman
6. 48 Bobby Martintoni
7. 7 Mark Miner
8. 377 Casey Pearson
9. 31 Ricky Horton
10. 88 Joe Puricelli
11. 9W Doug Wood
12. 21J Jeff Vernier
13. 8X James Reed
14. 40 Erik Edgar
15. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
16. 78 Alan Conner
17. 99 Robbie Helms
18. 21 Dennis Richards
19. C4 Chris Soutia
20. 45M Eric Mabery
21. 63 Doug Brewster
22. C6 Ray Wagner
23. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
DNS. 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer
DNS. 3D Lou Driemeier

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 23 Entries
Heat 1
1. 50 Kent Nations
2. 62 Troy Medley
3. 8 Steve Edgecomb
4. 11 Jeff Herzog
5. 55 Jason Keller
6. 82 Pat Chalmers
7. 444 Mark Roberson
DNS. 01 Beau Smith

Heat 2
1. 23 Kevin Mosier
2. 19 Jimmy Cummins
3. 67 Ronnie Bader
4. 105 Matt Hancock
5. 16 Joe McCain
6. 8H Scott Hensler
7. 9 Mike McGinnitey
8. 93 Nathan Walsh

Heat 3
1. 87 Gary Haynes
2. 12 Troy Naeger
3. 32 Jerry Fleming
4. 40 Donnie Mosier
5. 147 Kyle Stolzer
6. 811 Wade Sutter
7. 18 Daryl Dodge

Dash
1. 50 Kent Nation
2. 62 Troy Medley
3. 19 Jimmy Cummins
4. 12 Troy Naeger
5. 23 Kevin Mosier
6. 67 Ronnie Bader
7. 32 Jerry Fleming
8. 8 Steve Edgecomb
9. 87 Gary Haynes

Feature
1. 50 Kent Nations
2. 62 Troy Medley
3. 19 Jimmy Cummins
4. 67 Ronnie Bader
5. 12 Troy Naeger
6. 23 Kevin Mosier
7. 147 Kyle Stolzer
8. 8E Steve Edgecomb
9. 55 Jason Keller
10. 8H Scott Hensler
11. 105 Matt Hancock
12. 444 Marc Roberson
13. 18 Daryl Dodge
14. 811 Wade Sutter
15. 9 Mike McGinnitey
16. 82 Pat Chalmers
17. 93 Nathan Walsh
18. 40 Donnie Mosier
19. 32 Jerry Fleming
20. 11 Jeff Herzog
21. 16 Joe McCain
DNS. 87 Gary Haynes
DNS. 01 Beau Davis

UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 21 Entries
Heat 1
1. 188 Gary Price
2. 911 Tim Hoffman
3. 38 Michael Anderson
4. 65 Gary Range
5. 116 Phillip Stuart
6. 22F Jacob Buechting
7. 50 Trey Harris

Heat 2
1. 5 Chris Fisher
2. 86 Jason Crump
3. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
4. 22 Jerry Cover
5. 77 Ron Lyons
6. 34 Travis Pennington
DNS. 17 Andrew Nausley

Heat 3
1. 10H Homer Mooney
2. 7 Conrad Miner
3. 29 Robin Linnenbrink
4. 16 Jessica Buechting
5. 48 AJ Kite
6. 88 Jeff Price
7. 4J Joel Potter

Feature
1. 5 Chris Fisher
2. 188 Gary Price
3. 10H Homer Mooney
4. 7 Conrad Miner
5. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
6. 86 Jason Crump
7. 911 Tim Hoffman
8. 50 Trey Harris
9. 38 Michael Anderson
10. 22 Jerry Cover
11. 116 Phillip Stuart
12. 65 Gary Range
13. 34 Travis Pennington
14. 29 Robin Linnenbrink
15. 22F Jacob Buechting
16. 77 Ron Lyons
17. 16 Jessica Buechting
18. 88 Jeff Price
19. 48 AJ Kite
20. 4J Joel Potter
DNS. 17 Andrew Nausley

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