September 16, 2000 Results

Schlieper claims Pepsi Nationals Title at I-55
(Pevely, MO - Sep 16, 2000) Day two of the 18th Annual I-55 Pepsi Nationals attracted a huge field of cars and a capacity crowd. One hundred forty six cars filled the pit area in the three divisions. The $10,000 to win UMP Late Model feature brought 43 late models into the pit area, including some of the top late model drivers from around the country.

Don O'Neal and Kevin Weaver had starting spots guaranteed in the dash after finishing first and second the previous night. The other 41 late models had to qualify. The top four qualifiers were locked in the dash along with the track high point driver and the UMP National highest point driver. Randy Korte set fast time followed by Mullvain, Schlieper and Birkhofer. Ed Dixon and Mike Hammerle were added to the dash based on their point totals. This set the field for an eight-car dash with Dan Schlieper starting front row pole. The eight-lap dash had the fans on their feet as Schlieper and Weaver battling back and forth for the lead. O'Neal was running a very close third until the last lap when O'Neal tried the high side and passed both Schlieper and Weaver to take the victory.

In the feature event, Schlieper was able to get the jump from his outside starting position and took the early lead. O'Neal stayed glued to the back bumper of Schlieper as the two pulled away from third place competitor Brian Birkhofer. The race was slowed four separate times for spins or debris, but each time Schlieper and O'Neal were able to pull away and keep it a two-car battle. O'Neal was able to get a nose under Schlieper several times but could never make the pass. Schlieper took the win, O'Neal was second, Birkhofer third, Mark Oller fourth and track champion Ed Dixon completed the top five. Some big names in late model racing finished sixth through tenth and they were Terry Phillips, Kevin Weaver, Billy Moyer, Bob Pierce and Gary May. Bob Pierce, Mark Oller, Billy Drake and Terry Phillips won the heat races and Steve Shive and Jeff Johns won the semi features.

The UMP Modified division brought 59 cars into the pit area which required seven heat races and three semi features to determine the feature lineup. Once again, track champion Scott Weber proved he is the man to beat as he took the lead from Dean Hoffman and lap five and led the rest of the way. However, Jeff Leka moved into second place and kept the pressure on Weber for the entire event. Weber never bobbled and held on to win. Jeff Leka was second, Dean Hoffman third, Jim Shereck fourth and Brent Mullins fifth. There was a scary moment on lap 12 when a group of cars running in the middle of pack were racing three and four wide. Mark Leuck got turned sideways and hit the back straight-away wall with the driver's side of his car. Leuck was unconscious for a short period of time but was able to walk to the ambulance. Leuck was transferred to a nearby hospital for observation. No further report of his condition was available at the time of this release.

Brent Mullins, Ray Wagner, Leroy Haney, Keith Grider, Jim Shereck, Chris Woods and Jeff Leka won the heat races in the UMP Modified divisioin. Mullins also won the dash. John Seets, Sr., Phil Johns and Kyle Byerline won the semi features.

Darrell Hewlitt showed the way in the Sportsman division. Hewlitt held off Friday night's winner Gary Haynes to pick up the victory. Following Haynes was Scott Stuppy, Max Kirkendall and Steve Maisel. Dennis Wernle, Max Kirkendall, Doug Wood and Jim Abshier won the Sportsman heats and Gary Haynes won the dash. The semi features were won by John Hoffman and Paul Belken, Jr.

UMP LATE MODELS UMP MODIFIEDS AARA SPORTSMAN

QUALIFYING

00 Randy Korte - 14.298
4 Mike Mullvain - 14.342
S9 Dan Schlieper - 14.525
15 Brian Birkhofer - 14.546
77 Clay Baumann - 14.583
75 Terry Phillips - 14.605
32 Bob Pierce - 14.616
67 Mark Oller - 14.635
45 Gary May - 14.657
50 Ed Dixon - 14.670
16 John Hobson - 14.675
21 Billy Moyer - 14.707
3D Jim Durbin - 14.725
16H Mike Hammerle - 14.751
51 Steve Shive - 14.768
21 Dwayne Kiefer - 14.788
16A Mark Johnson - 14.802
11 Bobby Smith - 14.834
9 Billy Drake - 14.844
51 Mark Faust - 14.862
16 Shawn Negengard - 14.866
87 Ken Rumble - 14.915
2J Dave Jumper - 14.922
5 Brett Sievert - 14.935
112 Tim Ratajczyk - 14.945
95 Jeff Johns - 14.964
35 Will Ince - 15.010
117 Matt Taylor - 15.018
53 Hillard Miller - 15.025
6 Jim Zdroik - 15.039
0 Steve Lance, Jr. - 15.053
7 Rick Bayer - 15.062
32 Danny Maguire - 15.070
2 Darrell Hoffman - 15.127
76 Butch Kruckeberg - 15.128
28 Don Klein - 15.220
78 Chad Zobrist - 15.260
W1 Marty Kopp - 15.416
10 Rodney Pense - 15.560
78S John Stanton - 15.713

HEAT 1:

  1. 32 Bob Pierce
  2. 21 Billy Moyer
  3. 4 Mike Mullvain
  4. 16 Shawn Negengard

HEAT 2:

  1. 67 Mark Oller
  2. 3D Jim Durbin
  3. 16 Mike Hammerle
  4. 95 Jeff Johns

HEAT 3:

  1. 9 Billy Drake
  2. 45 Gary May
  3. 77 Clay Baumann
  4. 51 Steve Shive

HEAT 4:

  1. 75 Terry Phillips
  2. 21 Dwayne Kiefer
  3. 16 John Hobson
  4. 5 Brett Sievert

DASH:

  1. 71 Don O'Neal
  2. S9 Dan Schlieper
  3. B12 Kevin Weaver
  4. 15 Brian Birkhofer
  5. 50 Ed Dixon
  6. 00 Randy Korte
  7. 4 Mike Mullvain
  8. 16 Mike Hammerle

SEMI #1:

  1. 51 Steve Shive
  2. 16 Shawn Negengard
  3. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
  4. 2J Dave Jumper
  5. 35 Will Ince
  6. 78 Chad Zobrist
  7. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
  8. 16A Mark Johnson
  9. 10 Rodney Pense
  10. 32 Danny Maguire
  11. 53 Hillard Miller

SEMI #2

  1. 95 Jeff Johns
  2. 51 Mark Faust
  3. 5 Brett Sievert
  4. 117 Matt Taylor
  5. 2 Darrell Hoffman
  6. 11 Bobby Smith
  7. 7 Rick Bayer
  8. 87 Ken Rumble
  9. 28 Don Klein
  10. 6 Jim Zdroik
  11. 78S John Stanton
  12. W1 Marty Kopp

FEATURE:

  1. S9 Dan Schlieper
  2. 71 Don O'Neal
  3. 15 Brian Birkhofer
  4. 67 Mark Oller
  5. 50 Ed Dixon
  6. 75 Terry Phillips
  7. B12 Kevin Weaver
  8. 21 Billy Moyer
  9. 32 Bob Pierce
  10. 45 Gary May
  11. 21 Dwayne Kiefer
  12. 4 Mike Mullvain
  13. 51 Steve Shive
  14. 16 Shawn Negengard
  15. 5 Brett Sievert
  16. 16H Mike Hammerle
  17. 95 Jeff Johns
  18. 77 Clay Baumann
  19. 9 Billy Drake
  20. 3D Jim Durbin
  21. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
  22. 51 Mark Faust
  23. 00 Randy Korte
  24. 16H John Hobson

Other Cars Present

0 Steve Lance, Jr.

30 Tom Carson

HEAT 1:
  1. 4M Brent Mullins
  2. 1W Ray Walsh
  3. 360 John Seets, Sr.
  4. 9 Wes Steidinger

HEAT 2:

  1. 6 Ray Wagner
  2. 24 Darin Walker
  3. 01 Don Kiger
  4. 28 Phil Schnarr

HEAT 3:

  1. 14 Leroy Haney
  2. 99 Brian Wolfmeier
  3. 3L Mark Leuck
  4. 88 Joe Puricelli

HEAT 4:

  1. 7 Keith Grider
  2. B1 Steve Shive
  3. 3S Dan Schlup
  4. 45M Eric Mabery

HEAT 5:

  1. 17 Jim Shereck
  2. 68 Andy Anderson
  3. 97 Phil Johns
  4. 11 Kyle Byerline

HEAT 6:

  1. 28 Chris Woods
  2. 16J Danny Haynes
  3. 8 Kirk Murphy
  4. 70 Ken Peters

HEAT 7:

  1. 3L Jeff Leka
  2. D1 Lance Dehm
  3. 18 Brent Thompson
  4. B4 Jason Plumer

DASH:

  1. 4M Brent Mullins
  2. 1D Dean Hoffman
  3. 4J Scott Weber
  4. 6 Ray Wagner
  5. 17 Jim Shereck
  6. 3L Jeff Leka
  7. 7 Keith Grider
  8. 14 Leroy Haney
  9. 28 Chris Woods

SEMI #1:

  1. 360 John Seets
  2. 18 Brent Thompson
  3. 11 Kyle Steffens
  4. 3S Dan Schlup
  5. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
  6. 29C John Campbell
  7. 81 Mike Barbeau
  8. 88 Joe Puricelli
  9. 94S John Schuerman
  10. X1 Dave Sandage
  11. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
  12. 95 Jerry Grither
  13. 70 Ken Peters
  14. 41 Dave Miller
  15. 6S Everette Stauffer

SEMI #2:

  1. 97 Phil Johns
  2. 45M Eric Mabery
  3. 9 Wes Steidinger
  4. 29 Jeff LeBaube
  5. 01 Don Kiger
  6. 314 Jeff Masson
  7. 27 Bob Bizelli
  8. 93S Chris Schuerman
  9. 16 Rusty Griffaw
  10. B4 Jason Plumer
  11. $10 Lou Pritz
  12. T33 Tim O'Donnell
  13. 187 Duane Whiteman

SEMI #3:

  1. 11 Kyle Byerlien
  2. 31 Mark Anderson
  3. 3L Mark Leuck
  4. 28 Phil Schnarr
  5. 59 Rich Whaley
  6. 8 Kirk Murphy
  7. 99L Kyle Logue
  8. 18R Shawn Rayfield
  9. 35 Cody Hupp
  10. 24T Tommy Myers
  11. 37 Chad Evans
  12. 11H Jake Seets
  13. C4 Chris Soutiea

FEATURE:

  1. 4J Scott Weber
  2. 3L Jeff Leka
  3. 1D Dean Hoffman
  4. 17 Jim Shereck
  5. 4M Brent Mullins
  6. 14 Leroy Haney
  7. 1W Ray Walsh
  8. 6 Ray Wagner
  9. 11S Kyle Steffens
  10. 31 Mark Anderson
  11. 360 John Seets, Sr.
  12. 11B Kyle Byerline
  13. 99 Brian Wolfmeier
  14. 7 Keith Grider
  15. 97 Phil Johns
  16. 45M Eric Mabery
  17. D1 Lance Dehm
  18. B1 Steve Shive
  19. S9 Wes Steidinger
  20. 18T Brent Thompson
  21. 3S Dan Schlup
  22. 16J Danny Haynes
  23. 24 Darin Walker
  24. 68 Andy Anderson
  25. 3L Mark Leuck
  26. 28  Chris Woods

Other Cars Present

00 Steve Picou

9S Tom Seets

HEAT 1:
  1. 74 Dennis Wernle
  2. 24 Darrell Hewlitt
  3. 41 Steve Maisel
  4. 75 Ron Imm, Jr.

HEAT 2:

  1. K9 Max Kirkendall
  2. 166 Brian Worley
  3. 118 Scott Haynes
  4. 175 Peggy Baur

HEAT 3:

  1. 9 Doug Wood
  2. 127E Tory Ernst
  3. 10 Todd McGraw
  4. 12 David Thornton

HEAT 4:

  1. 92 Jim Abshier
  2. 18 Jeremy Greenwalt
  3. 97 Gary McKinnon
  4. 6 Brian Noeth

DASH:

  1. 87 Gary Haynes
  2. 74 Dennis Wernle
  3. 9 Doug Wood
  4. 00 Scott Stuppy

SEMI #1:

  1. 51 John Hoffman
  2. 15 Jim Troutman
  3. 42 Greg Stumbaugh
  4. 18 Daryl Dodge
  5. 79 Travis Tilley
  6. 187 Jim Hardesty
  7. 35 Mark Stolle
  8. 70 Darren Samuels

SEMI #2:

  1. 46 Paul Belken
  2. 43 Bobby Dees, Jr.
  3. 23 Mark Schnurbusch
  4. 500 Dan Dixon
  5. 78 Rick Barker
  6. 90 Randy Kleinheider
  7. 7 Randy Squires
  8. 111 Zac Parks

FEATURE:

  1. 24 Darrell Hewlitt
  2. 87 Gary Haynes
  3. 00 Scott Stuppy
  4. K9 Max Kirkendall
  5. M41 Steve Maisel
  6. 166 Brian Worley
  7. 118 Scott Haynes
  8. 18 Jeremy Greenwalt
  9. 74 Dennis Wernle
  10. 127E Tory Ernst
  11. 10 Todd McGraw
  12. 38D Mark Blanke
  13. 92 Jim Abshier
  14. 46 Paul Belken
  15. 15 Jim Troutman
  16. 175 Peggy Baur
  17. 80 Steve Borgetti
  18. 75 Ron Imm, Jr.
  19. 9 Doug Wood
  20. 6 Brian Noeth
  21. 43 Bobby Dees, Jr.
  22. 97 Gary McKinnon
  23. 51 John Hoffman
  24. 18 Pat Chalmers
  25. 36 Bob Schmidt
  26. 12 David Thornton

Other Cars Present

174 John Seets, Jr.

72 Bill Whitehead

D5 Dave Jenkins

F16 Frank Melton

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