Tim Ratajczyk, Rusty Griffaw, Troy Naeger, Jacob Rexing & Danny Ems take wins at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55!

Tim Ratajczyk
Tim Ratajczyk
Rusty Griffaw
Rusty Griffaw
Troy Naeger
Troy Naeger
Danny Ems
Danny Ems
Jacob Rexing
Jacob Rexing

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Pevely, MO (April 7th, 2012) Tim Ratajczyk of Millstadt, Illinois grabbed his first UMP DIRTcar Late Model feature win in several years at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Ratajczyk started on front row pole for the main event and used the low side to pace the field for the entire twenty-five laps. Jason McBride kept Ratajczyk within striking distance for most of the main event as he would get a nose under Ratajczyk going into each corner, only to have Ratajczyk pull away at the exit of the corners. Scott Weber got everyone's attention in the closing laps when as he decided to go to the high side on lap twenty and appeared to find a fast line. Weber would get past McBride and challenge Ratajczyk for the lead. Weber appeared to be going to come up short for the win when the yellow flag came out with just one lap to go. This gave Weber one final chance on the restart. Weber would again go to the high side but Ratajczyk proved just too good around the bottom and held on for the win. Weber would get second with McBride finishing third. Ken Rumble would finish in the fourth spot. Andrew Johns continued his great start to the 2012 season at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 with his second straight top 5 performance to open the racing season.

Rusty Griffaw is now two for two as he claimed the UMP DIRTcar Modified main event again. For the second straight week, Griffaw and Mark Miner would finish first and second in the feature. Griffaw started up front and got the lead at the drop of the green flag and held off Mark Miner's challenges to pick up the win. Mark Miner also had his hands full trying to hold off Kenny Wallace. Wallace would settle with a third place finish. Paul Bauman would get the fourth spot with Rick Conoyer rounding out the top five.

Troy Naeger held off Jeff LeBaube for fifteen laps to claim the UMP DIRTcar/AARA Sportsman feature event. Last week's feature winner Brad Paquet would finish third with Jon Ripperda claiming fourth. Chuck Adams completed the top five.

Jacob Rexing got his second straight feature win in the UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pro 4 Stock division. Rexing once again had a fight right up to the finish line, this time it was Andrew Wibbenmeyer battling side by side with Rexing in the closing laps. Rexing stayed cool under the pressure and got the win with Wibbenmeyer finishing second. Adam Johnson took third with Mark Crady and Scott Wickliffe rounding out the top five.

The newest division at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, the UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pure Stocks, continued to struggle with car count. Only five were on hand this week and Danny Ems won a hard fought battle with David Armstrong to claim his second consecutive feature win. Stephen Fohne would finish third.

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
April 7th, 2012

UMP DIRTcar Modifieds - 26 Entries
Heat 1:

Place No. Name Laps Lag Last Time Fast Time Fast Lap
1 7 MARK MINER 8 0 14.222 13.944 2
2 0n PAUL BAUMAN 8 -2.799 14.39 14.2 2
3 1W RAY WALSH 8 -4.28 14.383 14.115 5
4 12r TYLER RATAJCZYK 8 -7.589 14.73 14.589 6
5 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer 8 -9.454 14.817 14.604 5
6 87z Zeb Moake 8 -10.477 14.924 14.924 8
7 3L BILL LARUE 8 -12.452 15.567 15.037 3
8 21 TOM RORABACHER 8 -12.897 15.531 15.184 3
9 1a Dillon Hamm 7 -1 16.789 16.463 4

Heat 2:

Place No. Name Laps Lag Last Time Fast Time Fast Lap
1 36 Kenny Wallace 8 0 14.112 14.055 7
2 36 CONRAD MINER 8 -2.327 14.233 14.233 8
3 31 RICKY HORTON 8 -4.284 14.854 14.31 3
4 1 TIM HANCOCK 8 -4.327 14.737 14.103 5
5 70 JOSH RUSSELL 8 -6.193 14.611 14.611 8
6 12s MIKE STUCKEY 8 -7.76 15.299 14.586 2
7 17 BRAD THURSTON 8 -8.659 15.839 14.647 7
8 61 ERIC FRANKLIN 8 -8.943 15.25 14.764 7
9 18d MATT DICKERMAN 8 -11.495 15.048 15.048 8

Heat 3:

Place No. Name Laps Lag Last Time Fast Time Fast Lap
1 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW 8 0 14.637 14.637 8
2 21 DENNIS RICHARDS 8 -0.111 14.598 14.38 2
3 14 RICK CONOYER 8 -1.302 14.887 14.841 2
4 88 JOE PURICELLI 8 -2.944 15.36 15.05 6
5 66 DARRON FORREST 8 -3.281 15.278 14.882 7
6 62k LEO KIEFER 8 -4.572 15.225 15.147 7
7 10jyd JIM BLACK 5 -3 19.474 15.276 2
8 69 MARK HUNTER 4 -4 16.067 15.489 3

Feature:

Place Start No. Name Laps Lag Last Time Fast Time Fast Lap
1 1 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW 18 0 14.668 14.567 16
2 2 7 MARK MINER 18 -0.725 14.68 14.542 12
3 3 36 Kenny Wallace 18 -1.257 14.777 14.56 1
4 5 0n PAUL BAUMAN 18 -2.094 14.962 14.771 10
5 10 14 RICK CONOYER 18 -2.386 14.959 14.72 8
6 11 88 JOE PURICELLI 18 -3.211 14.91 14.741 13
7 8 31 RICKY HORTON 18 -4.032 15.097 14.985 14
8 15 70 JOSH RUSSELL 18 -4.192 15.159 14.832 11
9 19 17 BRAD THURSTON 18 -4.412 15.115 14.807 3
10 14 87z Zeb Moake 18 -5.162 15.106 15.106 18
11 26 18d MATT DICKERMAN 18 -8.169 15.539 15.337 10
12 12 12r TYLER RATAJCZYK 18 -8.802 15.52 15.08 8
13 18 12s MIKE STUCKEY 18 -9.307 15.592 15.175 14
14 22 61 ERIC FRANKLIN 17 -1 15.381 14.99 13
15 23 21 TOM RORABACHER 17 -1 15.579 15.579 17
16 20 3L BILL LARUE 17 -1 15.805 15.805 17
17 21 10jyd JIM BLACK 16 -2 16.204 14.979 3
18 4 1W RAY WALSH 15 -3 14.941 14.823 14
19 16 66 DARRON FORREST 13 -5 20.53 15.211 8
20 17 62k LEO KIEFER 12 -6 20.067 15.218 8
21 25 1a Dillon Hamm 11 -7 19.372 16.877 2
22 13 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer 3 -15 15.752 15.551 1
23 6 36 CONRAD MINER 1 -17 15.414 15.414 1
24 7 21 DENNIS RICHARDS 1 -17 15.049 15.049 1
25 9 1 TIM HANCOCK 1 -17 15.276 15.276 1
DNS 24 69 MARK HUNTER

UMP DIRTcar Late Models - 20 Entries
Heat 1:

Place No. Name Laps Lag Last Time Fast Time Fast Lap
1 0 DEWAYNE KIEFER 8 0 14.21 13.487 5
2 95a ANDREW JOHNS 8 -2.244 13.82 13.799 4
3 87 KEN RUMBLE 8 -2.628 14.051 13.825 4
4 92k Brant Kehrer 8 -4.571 14.182 13.84 4
5 7 Rich Lawson 8 -5.59 14.261 14.052 2
6 23 DYLAN SHARP 8 -9.676 16.785 14.047 4
7 26 Randy Estes 8 -15.964 15.387 15.195 2
8 2 DAVE JUMPER 2 -6 18.425 14.522 1
9 78 MARK MINER 2 -6 24.635 14.254 1
10 1hr RON MCQUERRY 1 -7 13.77 13.77 1

Heat 2:

Place No. Name Laps Lag Last Time Fast Time Fast Lap
1 77 JASON MCBRIDE 8 0 13.664 13.453 2
2 112 Tim Ratajczyk 8 -0.714 13.826 13.491 4
3 95 JEFF JOHNS 8 -2.307 14.022 13.804 7
4 0 SCOTT WEBER 8 -3.512 14.177 13.936 7
5 96t RC Whitwell 8 -4.335 14.124 14.124 8
6 23 PAUL ROIDER 8 -4.805 13.966 13.966 8
7 89 BOBBY BITTLE 8 -5.062 14.448 14.054 1
8 33m TIM MANVILLE 8 -6.611 14.366 14.179 6
9 11 JEFF HERZOG 8 -7.229 14.37 13.741 1
10 7z MATT ZIMMERLY 8 -9.376 14.745 14.252 7

Feature:

Place Start No. Name Laps Lag Last Time Fast Time Fast Lap
1 1 112 Tim Ratajczyk 25 0 14.492 13.621 2
2 7 0 SCOTT WEBER 25 -0.491 14.606 14.215 5
3 3 77 JASON MCBRIDE 25 -1.087 14.497 13.909 5
4 5 87 KEN RUMBLE 25 -2.192 15.053 14.222 3
5 2 95a ANDREW JOHNS 25 -2.699 15.449 14.259 4
6 18 11 JEFF HERZOG 25 -3.031 15.462 14.365 13
7 14 89 BOBBY BITTLE 25 -3.443 15.618 14.628 3
8 20 7z MATT ZIMMERLY 25 -3.895 15.581 14.773 5
9 9 7 Rich Lawson 25 -4.161 15.759 14.593 4
10 6 92k Brant Kehrer 24 -1 30.296 14.162 13
11 19 1hr RON MCQUERRY 22 -3 15.023 14.328 5
12 15 2 DAVE JUMPER 13 -12 14.71 14.526 3
13 17 78 MARK MINER 13 -12 14.866 14.576 2
14 4 0 DEWAYNE KIEFER 13 -12 14.569 13.835 4
15 12 96t RC Whitwell 9 -16 14.797 14.398 5
16 10 23 DYLAN SHARP 9 -16 16.802 14.48 6
17 16 33m TIM MANVILLE 6 -19 22.615 14.899 3
18 13 26 Randy Estes 1 -24 16.079 16.079 1
19 8 95 JEFF JOHNS 22 -3 15.12 14.283 13 DQ
DNS 11 23 PAUL ROIDER

UMP DIRTcar/AARA Sportsman - 27 Entries
Heat 1:
1 12 Troy Naeger
2 29 Jeff LeBaube
3 21 Eric Hogenmiller
4 57 Trey Harris

Heat 2:
1 99 Chuck Adams
2 16 Jake Buechting
3 55K Jason Keller
4 36 Danny Ems

Heat 3:
1 196 Jon Ripperda
2 C4 Chris Soutiea
3 47 Brad Paquet
4 192 Mark Spraul

Feature:
1 (2) 12 Troy Naeger
2 (1) 29 Jeff LeBaube
3 (7) 47 Brad Paquet
4 (4) 196 Jon Ripperda
5 (3) 99 Chuck Adams
6 (6) C4 Chris Soutiea
7 (9) 57 Trey Harris
8 (11) 36 Danny Ems
9 (12) 192 Mark Spraul
10 (10) 21 Eric Hogenmiller
11 (16) 16M Troy Medley
12 (15) 5M Mike McMullin
13 (14) 101 Danny Basham
14 (17) 6R Rick Ruch
15 (20) C16 Cory Brown
16 (23) 18B Terry Brown
17 (18) 105 Daniel Hancock
18 (13) 23 Kevin Mosier
19 (21) 15B Matt Brucato
20 (22) 3 Scott Henseler
21 (24) 29S Jerry Radeaker
22 (5) 55K Jason Keller
23 (19) 269 Josh Ramer
24 (26) 60 Joe Laws
25 (25) 80 Jacob Miller
DNS (8) 16 Jake Buechting
DNS (27) 77 Patrick Hawkins

UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 24 Entries
Heat 1:
1 67J Adam Johnson
2 7 Jordy Schmidt
3 89T Travis Bittle
4 22W Scott Wickliffe

Heat 2:
1 70 Mark Crady
2 27W Jeremy Wellborn
3 25 Gerrot Jacobson
4 71 Joe Merritt

Heat 3:
1 17R Jacob Rexing
2 96 Andrew Wibbenmeyer
3 28 Tyson Roth
4 81P Robert Price

Feature:
1 17R Jacob Rexing
2 96 Andrew Wibbenmeyer
3 67J Adam Johnson
4 70 Mark Crady
5 22W Scott Wickliffe
6 27W Jeremy Wellborn
7 21 Josh Peppers
8 99A Jack Adams
9 2S Philip Stuart
10 28 Tyson Roth
11 01 Billy Lapaglia
12 81P Robert Price
13 423 Bryan Gegg
14 16 Gerald Buechting
15 7X Joe Ramer
16 42 Charlie David
17 98 David Stuart
18 7 Jordy Schmidt
19 18B Max Hinch
20 89T Travis Bittle
21 99 Chuck Johnson
22 25 Gerrot Jacobson
23 61 Steve Richards
DNS 71 Joe Merritt

UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pure Stocks - 5 Entries
Heat:
1 36 Danny Ems
2 34 David Armstrong
3 29 Stephen Fohne
4 2J Greg Jones

Feature:
1 36 Danny Ems
2 34 David Armstrong
3 29 Stephen Fohne
4 2J Greg Jones
5 81 Michael Hurst

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