Rain Cancels Roundup Hot Laps, “Party” Kicks Off Thursday

PEVELY, Mo. — Oct. 15 2008 — Persistent rain today at I-55 Raceway has forced the cancellation of tonight’s hot lap sessions for the inaugural UMP DIRTcar Roundup By MyRaceLife.com. Registration for the event dubbed as the “Party in Pevely” by I-55 owner Ken Schrader will remain open until 10 p.m.

The opening day of action is set for tomorrow morning, Oct. 16. Pit gates and registration will open at 10 a.m. with Opening Ceremonies slated for 5 p.m.

All eight UMP DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned divisions will participate in the blockbuster program, which blends hard-nosed competition on the high-banked, one-third-mile oval with fun and festivities off it.
UMP DIRTcar’s marquee Super Late Model and open-wheel Modified classes headline the Roundup, with each contesting complete shows of heat races and last-chance events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Thursday and Friday cards for each division will be topped by 20-lap preliminary A-Mains that transfer the top-eight finishers directly to Saturday night’s Roundup Championship features – a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win event for the Super Late Models and a 25-lap, $2,500-to-win battle for the open-wheel Modifieds.

Also joining in on the Show-Me State bash are UMP DIRTcar’s Pro Late Model, Sportsman, Limited Modified, Street Stock, 4-Cylinder and Factory Stock divisions. Championship features for the 4-Cylinders and Factory Stocks are scheduled for Friday night, while the Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Limited Modifieds and Street Stocks will go to the post in Championship A-Mains on Saturday night.

Nearly $120,000 in purse awards has been posted for the UMP DIRTcar Roundup by I-55 Raceway and World Racing Group officials, who have banded together to present an unprecedented multi-day extravaganza of grassroots dirt-track racing.

More than 70 drivers spanning all the divisions have pre-entered the Roundup by reserving pit stalls, and dozens upon dozens more racers from across the Midwest and beyond are expected to descend on I-55 Raceway this week. Teams will begin signing in when registration opens at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, and the first cars will hit the track at 7 o’clock Wednesday evening for rotating divisional hot laps.

Notable pre-entries include Super Late Model standouts Billy Faust of Highland, Ill.; Randy Korte of Highland, Ill.; Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill.; Michael Kloos of Trenton, Ill.; Will Vaught of Crane, Mo.; Bryan Collins of Elsberry, Mo.; and Denny Woodworth of Mendon, Ill.; and open-wheel Modified talents Scott Weber of Festus, Mo.; Tim Hancock of Mt. Olive, Ill.; Bobby Bittle of Smithton, Ill.; and Steve Arpin of Fort Frances, Ont.

In addition, NASCAR veteran Kenny Wallace is scheduled to drive a dirt Late Model fielded by Ed Petroff in the Roundup.

While there will be non-stop racing action on the I-55 Raceway surface, there will also be plenty going on off the track throughout the UMP DIRTcar Roundup. An expansive ‘Roundup Tent’ that has been erected near the main entrance will be the focal point of activity each day of the meet.

A variety of activities will be held inside the ‘Roundup Tent,’ including breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12 noon each day; and parties featuring live music following each night’s racing action, topped by the Champions’ Party that will officially conclude the UMP DIRTcar Roundup By MyRaceLife.com on Saturday night. There will also be a charity wienie roast on Friday, and Saturday’s schedule includes a driver autograph session and a charity chili feed.

Fans unable to attend the UMP DIRTcar Roundup can still catch all the action on DIRTVision.com, which will carry live internet broadcasts of the racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Users can purchase a ‘UMP VIP Subscription’ for $19.99 to gain access to over 15 hours of live video coverage of the events on DIRTVision.com.

For more information on the UMP DIRTcar Roundup By MyRaceLife.com., call the I-55 Raceway office at 636-479-3219 or visit www.i55raceway.com, www.umpdirtcarroundup.com or www.dirtcar.com.

UMP DIRTcar Roundup By MyRaceLife.com Schedule of Events (All times and events subject to change)

Thurs., Oct. 16:
10 a.m. - 12 Noon – Breakfast (Roundup Tent)
10 a.m. - Registration Opens
1 p.m. - Inspection Open (Inspection Compound)
5 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
5:15 p.m. - Racing
* 4-Cylinder Heats - 6 laps
* Factory Stock Heats - 6 laps
* Street Stock Heats - 8 laps
* Limited Modified Heats - 8 laps
* Sportsman Heats - 8 laps
* Pro Late Model Heats - 10 laps
* Modified Heats - 10 laps
* Late Model Heat 1 - 10 laps
* Modified E-Main - 12 laps
* Late Model Heat 2 - 10 laps
* Modified D-Main - 12 laps
* Late Model Heat 3 - 10 laps
* Modified C-Main - 12 laps
* Late Model Heat 4 - 10 laps
* Modified B-Main - 12 laps
* Late Model C-Main - 12 laps
* Limited Mod B-Main - 12 laps
* Late Model B-Main - 12 laps
* Street Stock D-Main - 10 laps
* Sportsman C-Main - 10 laps
* Pro Late Model D-Main - 10 laps
* Modified A-Main - 20 laps (Top 8 locked in to Saturday A-Main)
* Late Model A-Main - 20 laps (Top 8 locked in to Saturday A-Main)
10 p.m. – Live Music at Roundup Tent

Fri., Oct. 17:
10 a.m. – 12 Noon – Breakfast (Roundup Tent)
12 Noon - Registration Opens
1 p.m. - Inspection Open (Inspection Compound)
3 p.m. - Charity Wienie Roast
5 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies
5:15 p.m. - Racing
* Modified Heats - 10 laps
* Late Model Heats - 10 laps
* Modified E-Main - 12 laps
* 4-Cylinder C-Main - 10 laps
* Factory Stock C-Main - 10 laps
* Street Stock C-Main - 10 laps
* Sportsman C-Main - 10 laps
* Modified D-Main - 10 laps
* Limited Modified B-Main - 10 laps
* Sportsman B-Main - 10 laps
* Late Model C-Main - 12 laps
* Pro Late Model B-Main - 10 laps
* 4-Cylinder B-Main - 10 laps
* Modified C-Main - 12 laps
* Late Model B-Main - 12 laps
* 4-Cylinder A-Main - 15 laps
* Modified B-Main - 12 laps
* Factory Stock A-Main - 15 laps
* Modified A-Main - 20 laps (Top 8 locked in to Saturday A-Main)
* Late Model A-Main - 20 laps (Top 8 locked in to Saturday A-Main)
10 p.m. - Live Music at Roundup Tent

Sat., Oct. 18:
10 a.m.- 12 Noon – Breakfast (Roundup Tent)
12 Noon - Registration Opens
1 p.m. - Inspection Open (Inspection Compound)
3 p.m. - Charity Wienie Roast
5 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
5:15 p.m. - Racing
* Modified Heats - 10 laps
* Late Model Heats - 10 laps
* Modified E-Main - 12 laps
* Street Stock Feature - 20 laps
* Modified D-Main - 12 laps
* Limited Modified Feature - 20 laps
* Modified C-Main - 12 laps
* Sportsman Feature - 20 laps
* Modified B-Main - 12 laps
* Pro Late Model Feature - 20 laps
* Late Model C-Main - 12 laps
* Late Model B-Main - 12 laps
* Modified Feature - 25 laps
* Late Model Feature - 30 laps
10 p.m. – Champions’ Party at Roundup Tent

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