August 26, 2000 Results

Oller wins 'Nationals' sneak preview at I-55


by Richard Stoff

PEVELY, MO. (August 26, 2000) — Mark Oller pulled alongside Donnie Tudor as the two raced under the white flag and edged ahead to win Saturday's UMP Late Model feature in a sneak preview of the upcoming I-55 Pepsi Nationals.

With rainouts at nearby Highland and Mt. Vernon speedways in Illinois, I-55 ended up with a number of drivers who normally race at those tracks. As a result, the 125-car field at Pevely included 11 of the top 20 drivers in the national UMP Late Model points standings. The 18th annual I-55 Pepsi Nationals, which annually attracts many of the top drivers in the Midwest, will be held Sept. 15-16.

Oller was the fifth leader in the 25-lap late model final.

Jeff Johns led the first three laps of the feature but coasted to a stop after his car dropped its drive shaft. That turned the lead over to Ed Dixon, who was leading when the yellow came out again on lap 12 when Mark Schaefer barrel-rolled down the back straight. In the traffic jam that ensued as the field slowed, Dixon collided with another car and suffered damage to his car's front suspension and left the track behind a wrecker.

On the restart, Mark Gansmann led one lap, then Donnie Tudor blew by on the outside to become the fourth race leader. As the laps wound down, Mark Oller moved into second place and began reeling in the leader. He passed Tudor coming out of the second turn on the final lap to take the win. Tudor was second and Jim Burwell was third.

Oller, Gansmann, Johns and Billy Faust won heat races, and Faust also was the dash winner. Dave Jumper won the semi-feature.

Ray Walsh and Scott Weber held a side-by-side duel for the first 10 laps of the 20-lap UMP Modified feature. After Weber finally made a pass on lap 11, he cruised the rest of the way to win the race and extend his points lead in the chase for the track championship. Walsh finished second and Rusty Griffaw was third in a feature that was completed without a caution flag.

The 46-car modified field required five heat races, which were won by Weber, Chris Woods, Brian Collins, Leroy Haney and Rich Whaley. Woods was the dash winner, and the semi-features went to Jim Shereck and Dean Hoffman.

Dennis Wernle passed Paul Belken Jr. halfway through the 15-lap sportsman feature and finished the night as a winner. Belken was second and Doug Wood was third.

The sportsman heat winners were Belken, Mark Blanke, Mike McGowan and Jason Quirin. Belken also won the dash. Jason Worley finished first in the semi-feature.

Troy Conway and Chase Patterson won the cruiser car heat. The feature was won by Don Eaton and Dwight Bradley.

UMP LATE MODELS

HEAT 1:

  1. 19 Billy Faust
  2. 83 Joe Morris
  3. 51 Mark Faust
  4. 28 Don Klein

HEAT 2:

  1. 67 Mark Oller
  2. 50 Ed Dixon
  3. R1 Jimmy Burwell
  4. 30 Mark Voigt

HEAT 3:

  1. 20 Mark Gansmann
  2. 27 Donnie Tudor
  3. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
  4. 77 Clay Baumann

HEAT 4:

  1. 95 Jeff Johns
  2. 12 Mark Schaefer
  3. 7 Rick Bayer
  4. 16 Mike Hammerle

DASH:

  1. 19 Billy Faust
  2. 20 Mark Gansmann
  3. 95 Jeff Johns
  4. 50 Ed Dixon

SEMI:

  1. 2J Dave Jumper
  2. 33 Jason Frankel
  3. B1 Bob Brown
  4. 10 Rodney Pense
  5. 178 John Stanton
  6. 1S Steve Sheppard
  7. 16H John Hobson
  8. 51K Bob Klausner
  9. 2 Darrell Hoffman
  10. 32M Danny Maguire

FEATURE:

  1. 67 Mark Oller
  2. 27 Donnie Tudor
  3. R1 Jimmy Burwell
  4. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
  5. 51 Mark Faust
  6. 83 Joe Morris
  7. 77 Clay Baumann
  8. 16 Mike Hammerle
  9. 20 Mark Gansmann
  10. 28 Don Klein
  11. 2J Dave Jumper
  12. 51 Steve Shive
  13. 33 Jason Frankel
  14. 36 Ron Sensel
  15. 44 Dean Motsinger
  16. 19 Billy Faust
  17. B1 Bob Brown
  18. 30 Mark Voigt
  19. 11 Steve Karnes
  20. 50 Ed Dixon
  21. 12 Mark Schaefer
  22. 7 Rick Bayer
  23. 10 Rodney Pense
  24. 95 Jeff Johns

Other Cars Present

78 Chad Zobrist

87 Ken Rumble

6Q Pat Ryan

14U Bruce Unterbrink

37 Brian Wolfmeier

23 Leroy Haney

84 Tony Boyles

UMP MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1:

  1. 28 Chris Woods
  2. 16 Rusty Griffaw
  3. 71 Jay Hughes
  4. 45M Eric Mabery

HEAT 2:

  1. 11 Brian Collinz
  2. 360 John Seets
  3. 68 Andy Anderson
  4. 66 Joe Valdez

HEAT 3:

  1. 14 Leroy Haney
  2. 11 Kyle Steffens
  3. 01 Brett Cygan
  4. 95 Jerry Grither

HEAT 4:

  1. 59 Rich Whaley
  2. 377 Casey Pearson
  3. 67 John Seets, Jr.
  4. 21 Dennis Richards

HEAT 5:

  1. 4J Scott Weber
  2. 1W Ray Walsh
  3. 89 Bobby Bittle
  4. 18R Shawn Rayfield

DASH:

  1. 28 Chris Woods
  2. 14 Leroy Haney
  3. 4J Scott Weber
  4. 16 Rusty Griffaw

SEMI #1:

  1. 17 Jim Shereck
  2. 4M Brent Mullins
  3. 10 D.J. Cygan
  4. 55 Marty Smith, Jr.
  5. 7 Keith Grider
  6. 23 Marty Kiser
  7. 29C John Campbell
  8. 36 Danny Green
  9. 21H Dave Henry
  10. 16C Bob Cory
  11. 34 Kevin Gegg
  12. 5 Ralph Wiltrout
  13. 56 Kevin Epperson

SEMI #2

  1. 1D Dean Hoffman
  2. 18 Brent Thompson
  3. 6 Ray Wagner
  4. 64 Jim Smith
  5. 69 Scott Sugg
  6. 81 Mike Barbeau
  7. X1 Dave Sandage
  8. 15 Terry Bolin
  9. 8 Kirk Murphy
  10. 117 Kevin Gundaker

FEATURE:

  1. 4J Scott Weber
  2. 1W Ray Walsh
  3. 16 Rusty Griffaw
  4. 11 Kyle Steffens
  5. 89 Bobby Bittle
  6. 360 John Seets, Sr.
  7. 59 Rich Whaley
  8. 17 Jim Shereck
  9. 11 Brian Collinz
  10. 01 Brett Cygan
  11. 1D Dean Hoffman
  12. 28 Chris Woods
  13. 377 Casey Pearson
  14. 71 Jay Hughes
  15. 45M Eric Mabery
  16. 95 Jerry Grither
  17. 4M Brent Mullins
  18. 18R Shawn Rayfield
  19. 18 Brent Thompson
  20. 68 Andy Anderson
  21. 66 Joe Valdez
  22. 21 Dennis Richards
  23. 67 John Seets, Jr.
  24. 14 Leroy Haney

Other Cars Present

C4 Chris Soutiea

88 Joe Puricelli

3S Mark Voigt

314 Jeff Masson

70 Ken Peters

AARA SPORTSMAN
HEAT 1:

  1. 38D Mark Blanke
  2. 42 Greg Stumbaugh
  3. 28 Sam Worley
  4. 21 Ryan Gegg

HEAT 2:

  1. 46 Paul Belken
  2. 00 Scott Stuppy
  3. 127E Tory Ernst
  4. 166 Brian Worley

HEAT 3:

  1. 50 Mike McGowan
  2. 74 Dennis Wernle
  3. 9 Doug Wood
  4. 80 Steve Borgetti

HEAT 4:

  1. 7J Jason Quirin
  2. 10 Todd McGraw
  3. 15 Jim Troutman
  4. 118 Scott Haynes

DASH:

  1. 46 Paul Belken
  2. 38D Mark Blanke
  3. 00 Scott Stuppy
  4. 50 Mike McGowan

SEMI:

  1. 128 Jason Worley
  2. 105 Matt Hancock
  3. 18 Daryl Dodge
  4. 51 John Hoffman
  5. 61 Mike Whitter
  6. 79 Travis Tilley
  7. 35 Mark Stolle
  8. 187 Jim Hardesty
  9. 92 Jim Abshier
  10. 19 Brad Grantham
  11. 350 Robert Dill

FEATURE:

  1. 74 Dennis Wernle
  2. 46 Paul Belken
  3. 9 Doug Wood
  4. 00 Scott Stuppy
  5. 38D Mark Blanke
  6. 10 Todd McGraw
  7. 15 Jim Troutman
  8. 7J Jason Quirin
  9. 50 Mike McGowan
  10. 23 Mark Schnurbusch
  11. 21 Ryan Gegg
  12. 8 Eddie Lowry
  13. 105 Matt Hancock
  14. 128 Jason Worley
  15. 18 Daryl Dodge
  16. 6 Brian Noeth
  17. 42 Greg Stumbaugh
  18. 51 John Hoffman
  19. 94 Ed Lenhardt
  20. 118 Scott Haynes
  21. 28 Sam Worley
  22. 80 Steve Borgetti
  23. 127E Tory Ernst
  24. 166 Brian Worley

Other Cars Present

97  Gary McKinnon

42 Nathan Walsh

111 Zac Parks

05 Dave Jenkins

Cruisers

HEAT:

  1. 77 Troy Conway/Chase Patterson
  2. 54 Rob Inman/Todd Bockhoff
  3. 22 Billy Klein/Phil Grifford

FEATURE:

  1. 44 Don Eaton/Dwight Bradley
  2. 77 Troy Conway/Chase Patterson
  3. 22 Billy Klein/Phil Grifford
  4. 33 Jack Moser/Dan Moser
  5. 4 Matt Johnson/Lonnie Airsman
  6. 54 Rob Inman/Todd Bockhoff

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