April 29, 2000 Results

Lance Wins Wild One at I-55 Raceway

PEVELY, MO. (April 29) -- Steve Lance Jr. of Cuba, Ill., won his first late model feature at I-55 Raceway Saturday in a wild and controversial race.

Lance started on the front row and held off Ed Dixon for 13 laps. Lance stayed in the high groove while Dixon repeatedly dived low in the turns to pull along side the leader. Mark Oller, meanwhile, moved up from the rear of the field to create a fender-rubbing three-way battle for the lead. On lap 16 Oller also got past Lance.

The cars of Oller and Dixon bumped on lap 17 as the two raced side by side down the front straight. Dixon's car was squeezed into the wall, breaking the right front suspension and knocking him out of the race. On the 23rd lap, Lance pulled a high-low move on Oller coming out of the fourth turn to retake the lead. He held off Oller for the final two laps to secure the victory.

Jim Durbin and Dave Jumper won the late model heats before Dixon won the dash.

The modified feature was nearly as wild with three leaders in 20 laps and two- to four-car battles for the lead. Tom Ratajczyk led the first five laps, then was passed by Brian Wolfmeier who led seven laps. Dean Hoffman took the lead on lap 13 and held off Scott Weber to win the race.

Hoffman, Ratajczyk and Jerry Grither won the modified heats. Weber won the dash and Jeff LeBaube won the semi-feature.

Paul Belken Jr. had smooth sailing in the sportsman feature. Behind him, however, was a great battle for second spot. In the end, Gary Haynes claimed the runner-up position and Dennis Wernle was third. Steve Maisel, Belken and Haynes won heats. Belken won the dash and Todd McGraw finished first in the semi-feature.

In the two-man cruiser cars, Don Eaton and Dwight Bradley won the feature after Paul Bauman and Gary Klein won the heat.

Saturday was the fourth night of racing at I-55 this year and the first in which the race car count did not exceed 100. The four classes attracted 96 entries.

Late Models

Heat 1:

1. 3D Jim Durbin

2. 50 Ed Dixon

3. 19 Billy Faust

4. 2 Darrell Hoffman

 

Heat 2:

1. 2J David Jumper

2. 87 Kenny Rumble

3. 16M Steve Lance, Jr.

4. 37 Brian Wolfmeier

Dash:

1. 50 Ed Dixon

2. 3D Jim Durbin

3. 19 Billy Faust

4. 2J. David Jumper

Feature:

1. 16M Steve Lance, Jr.

2. 67 Mark Oller

3. 51 Steve Shive

4. 2J David Jumper

5. 112 Tim Ratajczyk

6. 37 Brian Wolfmeier

7. 2 Darrell Hoffman

8. 95 Jeff Johns

9. 19 Billy Faust

10. 7 Rick Bayer

11. 87 Kenny Rumble

12. 28 Don Klein

13. 10 Rodney Pense

14. 6Q Pat Ryan

15. 76 Butch Kruckeberg

16. 44 Dean Motsinger

17. 50 Ed Dixon

18. B1 Bob Brown

19. 78 Chad Zobrist

20. 3D Jim Durbin

21. 16A Mark Johnson

22. 32M Danny Maguire

Modifieds

Heat 1:

1. 1D Dean Hoffman

2. 99 Brian Wolfmeier

3. 18R Shawn Rayfield

4. 67 B.J. Seets

 

Heat 2:

1. 95 Jerry Grither

2. 360 John Seets

3. 6 Ray Wagner

4. 28 Chris Woods

Heat 3:

1. 12 Tom Ratajczyk

2. 4J Scott Weber

3. 14 Leroy Haney

4. 11 Kyle Steffens

Dash:

1. 4J Scott Weber

2. 1D Dean Hoffman

3. 95 Jerry Grither

4. 99 Brian Wolfmeier

Semi:

1. 29 Jeff LeBaube

2. 68 Andy Anderson

3. 16 Rusty Griffaw

4. 45M Eric Mabery

5. 29C John Campbell

6. 64 Jim Smith

7. 36 Danny Greene

8. 8 Kirk Murphy

9. 37 Chad Evans

10. 7Z Matt Zimmerly

11. C4 Chris Soutiea

 

 

Other Cars Present:

81 Mike Barbeau

21R Dennis Richards

Feature:

1. 1D Dean Hoffman

2. 4J Scott Weber

3. 99 Brian Wolfmeier

4. 6 Ray Wagner

5. 12 Tom Ratajczyk

6. 67 B.J. Seets

7. 18R Shawn Rayfield

8. 18 Brent Thompson

9. 45M Eric Mabery

10. 11S Kyle Steffens

11. 14 Leroy Haney

12. 29 Jeff LeBaube

13. 28 Chris Woods

14. 16 Rusty Griffaw

15. 29C John Campbell

16. 68 Andy Anderson

17. 28K Jason Keith

18. 21 David Henry

19. 19C Vic Catalano

20. 36 Danny Greene

21. 1W Ray Walsh

22. 95 Jerry Grither

23. 64 Jim Smith

24. 59 Rich Whaley

 


 

 

Sportsman:

Heat 1:

1. 41 Steve Maisel

2. 92 Jim Absheir

3. 84 Jim Ott

4. 50 Mike McGowan

 

Heat 2:

1. 46 Paul Belken

2. 00 Scott Stuppy

3. 500 Dan Dixon

4. 23 Mark Schnurbusch

Heat 3:

1. 87 Gary Haynes

2. 74 Dennis Wernle

3. 28 Sam Worley

4. 166 Brian Worley

Dash:

1. 46 Paul Belken

2. 00 Scott Stuppy

3. 87 Gary Haynes

4. 41 Steve Maisel

Semi:

1. 10 Todd McGraw

2. 127E Tory Ernst

3. 13 Brent Kreke

4. 96 Stan Cernik

5. 105 Matt Hancock

6. 19 Brad Grantham

7. 75 Ron Imm, Jr.

8. 18 Daryl Dodge

9. 37 John Imm

10. 350 Robert Dill

11. 76 Brian Roberts

12. 58 Jeff Barker

13. 44 Nick Werner

14. 79 Travis Tilley

15. 175 Peggy Baur

 

 

Other Cars Present

111 Zac Parks

12 Troy Naeger

Feature:

1. 46 Paul Belken

2. 87 Gary Haynes

3. 74 Dennis Wernle

4. 41 Steve Maisel

5. 00 Scott Stuppy

6. 166 Brian Worley

7. 28 Sam Worley

8. 127E Tory Ernst

9. 38D Mark Blanke

10. 84 Jim Ott

11. 10 Todd McGraw

12. 105 Matt Hancock

13. 15 Jim Troutman

14. 13 Brent Kreke

15. 500 Dan Dixon

16. 9 Doug Wood

17. 350 Robert Dill

18. 6 Brian Noeth

19. 50 Mike McGowan

20. 23 Mark Schnurbusch

21. 96 Stan Cernik

22. 19 Brad Grantham

23. 80 Steve Borgetti

24. 92 Jim Abshier

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