July 1, 2000 Results

Dixon Holds off Moyer to Win $10,000 Bud SummerNationals

Pevely, Mo. (July 1) -- Ed Dixon, the reigning track and national champion, held off the best of the touring late model drivers in the midwest to win the $10,000 first prize in the Bud UMP SummerNationals at I-55 Raceway.

Dixon led 29 laps of the 40-lap feature, holding off Billy Moyer, who had won both 1999 Nationals races at the track.

Kevin Weaver led the first six laps of the feature, then was passed by Dixon. Weaver was running second when he pulled off the track on lap nine with a broken A-frame.

Dixon led until lap 11, when his car slipped after hitting a rut in turn two, turning the lead over to Moyer. On the fifteenth lap, Moyer was crossed up by the same rut, and Dixon retook the lead.

After a restart on the 25th lap, Moyer got underneath Dixon and the two crossed the stripe in a dead heat. By the next lap, Dixon had edged back in front of Moyer. The two cars made contact coming out of the fourth turn on lap 28, causing body damage to both.

The race was red-flagged on the 29th lap, when Mark Gansmann rolled over in the first turn. His car landed on its wheels and he walked away. His car was the third to roll over Saturday.

Dixon was leading on the 37th lap, when the caution waved for a spin in turn four, but he held off Moyer on the restart and for the final three laps. Brian Birkhofer, Don O'Neal and Bob Pierce rounded out the top five.

In the late model time trials, three local drivers -- Dixon, Tim Ratajczyk and Jeff Johns -- turned faster laps than Moyer. Dixon turned the fastest lap at 13.235 seconds.

Moyer started on the front row of the dash and held off Ratajczyk to win it. O'Neal, Clay Bauman and Rob Toland won the late model heats. Mark Faust, Johnny Johnson and Darrell Hoffman were the top three finishers in the semi-feature.

Scott Weber was leading the modified feature by a straightaway when his car broke on the 15th of 20 laps. That turned a three-car battle for second into a battle for the lead. Bobby Bittle won, and Dennis Richards bounced off the third-turn wall while making a last-lap run at the lead, dropping him to third behind Leroy Haney.

Richards won his heat and the dash. Haney and Weber also won heats and Brent Mullins won the semi.

In the sportsman class, Doug Wood took the lead in the last turn to win the feature. Eddie Lowery was second and Mark Schnurbusch was third. Troy Naeger won his heat and the dash. The other heats were won by Kenny Kennedy, Lowery and Scott Stuppy.

Two sportsman cars took tumbles down the back straight Saturday night.

Frank Melton tumbled down the back straight in his sportsman heat race but crawled from his car as the paramedics arrived. He was bumped into the back straight wall on the first lap of the race, knocking his car into the air and breaking the rear end loose. As the car landed it began tumbling and rolled at least twice, and was struck by one or two other cars before it came to rest against the wall inside turn three.

Paul Belken Jr., the track's sportsman points leader, got upside down during the dash. His car came to rest on its driver's side, and he climbed out unhurt.

Troy Conway and Chase Patterson won the two-man cruiser car feature.

An electrical transformer serving the track blew as Melton's crash was being cleaned up, delaying the program for about one hour. The transformer may have been shorted out by a squirrel, which was found on the ground next to its pole.

UMP Late Models

QUALIFYING:

  1. 50 Ed Dixon 13.235
  2. 112 Tim Ratajczyk 13.258
  3. 95 Jeff Johns 13.264
  4. 21 Billy Moyer 13.312
  5. 15 Brian Birkhofer 13.340
  6. B12 Kevin Weaver 13.405
  7. 71 Don O'Neal 13.410
  8. 20 Mark Gansmann 13.425
  9. 67 Mark Oller 13.470
  10. 77 Clay Baumann 13.526
  11. 1st Rob Toland 13.550
  12. 00 Randy Korte 13.608
  13. 2 Darrell Hoffman 13.630
  14. F15 Ed Bauman 13.635
  15. 16 Shawn Negangard 13.660
  16. 9 Billy Drake 13.684
  17. 1S Steve Shephard 13.685
  18. 51 Billy Faust 13.694
  19. 33 Jason Frankel 13.699
  20. 37 Brian Wolfmeier 13.705
  21. 3D Jim Durbin 13.716
  22. 2J Dave Jumper 13.755
  23. 99 Johnny Johnson 13.772
  24. 117 Matt Taylor 13.813
  25. 51 Steve Shive 13.905
  26. 78 Chad Zobrist 13.940
  27. 87 Ken Rumble 13.975
  28. 7 Rick Bayer 13.993
  29. 11 Steve Karnes 14.110
  30. 32 Bob Pierce 14.112
  31. 78 John Stanton 14.412
  32. 10 Rodney Pense

DASH:

  1. 21 Billy Moyer
  2. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
  3. B12 Kevin Weaver
  4. 50 Ed Dixon
  5. 15 Brian Birkhofer
  6. 67 Mark Oller
  7. 71 Don O'Neal
  8. 95 Jeff Johns
  9. 51 Steve Shive

HEAT 1:

  1. 71 Don O'Neal
  2. 00 Randy Korte
  3. 20 Mark Gansmann
  4. 16 Shawn Negangard
  5. 51 Mark Faust
  6. 117 Matt Taylor

HEAT 2:

  1. 77 Clay Baumann
  2. 95 Jeff Johns
  3. 2J Dave Jumper
  4. 37 Brian Wolfmeier
  5. 78 Chad Zobrist
  6. 11 Steve Karnes

HEAT 3:

  1. 1ST Rob Toland
  2. 51 Steve Shive
  3. 32 Bob Pierce
  4. F15 Ed Bauman
  5. 99 Johnny Johnson
  6. 87 Ken Rumble

SEMI:

  1. 51 Mark Faust
  2. 99 Johnny Johnson
  3. 2 Darrell Hoffman
  4. 117 Matt Taylor
  5. 3D Jim Durbin
  6. 9 Billy Drake
  7. 87 Ken Rumble
  8. 78 Chad Zobrist
  9. 11 Steve Karnes
  10. 7 Rick Bayer
  11. 78 John Stanton
  12. 10 Rodney Pense
  13. 33 Jason Frankel

FEATURE:

  1. 50 Ed Dixon
  2. 21 Billy Moyer
  3. 15 Brian Birkhofer
  4. 71 Don O'Neal
  5. 32 Bob Pierce
  6. 9 Billy Drake
  7. 37 Brian Wolfmeier
  8. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
  9. 1ST Rob Toland
  10. 51 Steve Shive
  11. 117 Matt Taylor
  12. 77 Clay Baumann
  13. 2 Darrell Hoffman
  14. 20 Mark Gansmann
  15. 16 Shawn Negangard
  16. 95 Jeff Johns
  17. 3D Jim Durbin
  18. B12 Kevin Weaver
  19. 67 Mark Oller
  20. 00 Randy Korte
  21. F15 Ed Bauman
  22. 99 Johnny Johnson
  23. 51 Mark Faust
  24. 2J Dave Jumper

UMP Modifieds
HEAT 1:

  1. 21 Dennis Richards
  2. 68 Andy Anderson
  3. 377 Casey Pearson
  4. 1W Ray Walsh

HEAT 2:

  1. 14 Leroy Haney
  2. 45M Eric Mabery
  3. 6 Ray Wagner
  4. 12 Tom Ratajczyk

HEAT 3:

  1. 4J Scott Weber
  2. 89 Bobby Bittle
  3. 18R Shawn Rayfield
  4. 28 Pat Lawson

DASH:

  1. 21 Dennis Richards
  2. 4J Scott Weber
  3. 89 Bobby Bittle
  4. 14 Leroy Haney
  5. 45M Eric Mabery
  6. 68 Andy Anderson

SEMI:

  1. 4M Brent Mullins
  2. 35 Cody Huff
  3. 93 Clark Roach
  4. 64 Jim Smith
  5. 70 Bart Sefford
  6. 37 Chad Evans
  7. 07 Paul Rice
  8. 59 Rich Whaley
  9. 34 Kevin Gegg
  10. 15 Troy Page
  11. 95 Jerry Grither
  12. 81 Mike Barbeau
  13. 28W Chris Woods
  14. 90 Tim Meara
  15. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
  16. C4 Chris Soutiea

FEATURE:

  1. 89 Bobby Bittle
  2. 14 Leroy Haney
  3. 21 Dennis Richards
  4. 6 Ray Wagner
  5. 1W Ray Walsh
  6. 18R Shawn Rayfield
  7. 68 Andy Anderson
  8. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
  9. 45M Eric Mabery
  10. 4M Brent Mullins
  11. 67 John Seets, Jr.
  12. 35 Cody Huff
  13. 64 Jim Smith
  14. 8 Kirk Murphy
  15. 88 Joe Puricelli
  16. 21H David Henry
  17. 70 Bart Sefford
  18. 37 Chad Evans
  19. 07 Paul Rice
  20. 4J Scott Weber
  21. 22 Matt Mevert
  22. 377 Casey Pearson
  23. 16 Rusty Griffaw
  24. 93 Clark Roach

AARA Sportsman
HEAT 1:

  1. 6 Kenny Kennedy
  2. 51 John Hoffman
  3. 28 Sam Worley
  4. 18 Daryl Dodge

HEAT 2:

  1. 12 Troy Naeger
  2. 46 Paul Belken
  3. 48 Mike Harvey
  4. 38D Mark Blanke

HEAT 3:

  1. 8 Eddie Lowery
  2. 105 Matt Hancock
  3. 350 Robert Dill
  4. 80 Steve Borgetti

HEAT 4:

  1. 00 Scott Stuppy
  2. 9 Doug Wood
  3. 23 Mark Schnurbusch
  4. 87 Gary Haynes

DASH:

  1. 12 Troy Naeger
  2. 00 Scott Stuppy
  3. 6 Kenny Kennedy
  4. 9 Doug Wood

SEMI #1:

  1. 166 Brian Worley
  2. 92 Jim Abshier
  3. 21 Ryan Gegg
  4. 60 Kraig Rigdon
  5. 58 Jeff Barker
  6. 111 Zac Parks

SEMI #2:

  1. 10 Todd McGraw
  2. 17H Dave Heimos
  3. 61W Mike Witter
  4. 19 Brad Grantham

FEATURE:

  1. 9 Doug Wood
  2. 8 Eddie Lowery
  3. 23 Mark Schnurbusch
  4. D5 Dave Jenkins
  5. 28 Sam Worley
  6. 74 Dennis Wernle
  7. 87 Gary Haynes
  8. 48 Mike Harvey
  9. 127E Tory Ernst
  10. 10 Todd McGraw
  11. 6 Kenny Kennedy
  12. 18 Daryl Dodge
  13. 166 Brian Worley
  14. 51 John Hoffman
  15. 92 Jim Abshier
  16. 80 Steve Borgetti
  17. 17H Dave Heimos
  18. 12 Troy Naeger
  19. 00 Scott Stuppy
  20. 46 Paul Belken
  21. 38D Mark Blanke
  22. 76 Brian Roberts
  23. 105 Matt Hancock
  24. 350 Robert Dill



Other Cars Present
37 John Imm
16 Frank Melton
3 John Mark Hale
42 Greg Stumbaugh
97 Gary McKinnon
6 Brian Noeth
50 Mike McGowen
44 Nick Werner
15 Jim Troutman
75 Ron Imm, Jr.

Cruiser Results
1. 77 Troy Conway/Chase Patterson
2. 54 Rob Inman/Todd Bockhoff
3. 22 Billy Klein/Wayne Moll
4. 26 Paul Bauman/Gary Klein

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