Dively, Harrison, Naeger & Miner take Opening Night Victories at I-55 Raceway!

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Pevely, MO (April 21, 2007) I-55 Raceway finally got their 2007 racing season started after three straight weeks of being forced to cancel because of Mother Nature and Old Man Winter. The pit area was packed with 124 racecars in their four divisions and the fans came out in force to see the opening night action. By feature time in all divisions, the track was smooth and slicked over and provided great two and three wide racing in all four divisions.

In the U.M.P. (United Midwestern Promoters) DirtCar Series Late Model division, Brian Dively of Springfield, IL claimed one his biggest wins of his dirt late model career. Dively, who was the 2006 U.M.P. Late Model Rookie of the Year, moved past early leader Michael Kloos on lap seven and led the remaining eighteen circuits to earn the victory. Dively was flawless getting through the lapped traffic, even though many of those cars were racing two and three wide. Kloos had to hold off a late charge from Tim Ratajczyk to keep his second place finish. Tim Manville came home in the fourth position with 2006 I-55 Raceway track champion Bryan Collins rounding out the top five.

Mike Harrison of Highland, IL stormed to victory in the U.M.P. DirtCar Modified division. Harrison jumped out front on the opening lap and led all twenty laps of the feature. The battle raged for the second spot, as long time friends Bobby Bittle and Bobby Martintoni raced side-by-side for eighteen of the twenty laps in the feature. Bittle just edged Martintoni at the line for the second spot. Doug Wood claimed the fourth position and Ray Walsh ripped through the field to finish fifth after starting nineteenth. The feature went all twenty laps caution free after one caution on the initial start.

The U.M.P. DirtCar Sportsman division provided a five way battle at the head of the field. Troy Naeger, Troy Medley, Kent Nations, Jeff LeBaube and Gary Haynes raced two, three and even four wide at times as they battled for the top spot. Troy Naeger finally broke free in the final laps and earned the win. Medley took the second spot, with Nations slipping by LeBaube in the closing laps for the fourth spot. Haynes rounded out the top five.

The U.M.P. DirtCar Pro 4 Stocks saw Conrad Miner and Jason Crump race side by side for the entire distance in their feature event. Third place also had a side by side battle for most of the event as well, as Trey Harris and Gary Price battled continuously. Miner edged Crump at the line for the victory with Harris taking third, Price fourth and Steve Morley completed the top five.

UMP Late Models - 24 Entries
Heat 1
1. 6K Michael Kloos
2. 7 Rich Lawson
3. 67 Mark Oller
4. 30 Mark Voigt
5. 11 Casey Schaefer
6. 66H Allen Hammond
7. 47 Danny Haynes
8. 56 Kevin Epperson

Heat 2
1. 33 Tim Manville
2. 2J Dave Jumper
3. 95 Jeff Johns
4. 82 Billy Laycock
5. 51 Steve Shive
6. 41 Shaun Granderson
7. 27S Kenny Helmick
8. B10 Brad White

Heat 3
1. 11D Brian Diveley
2. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
3. 11Z Brian Collins
4. 13 Dewayne Keifer
5. 76 Butch Kruckenberg
6. 1 Ron McQuerry
7. 50 Ed Dixon
8. 28 Don Klein

Dash
1. 6K Michael Kloos
2. 11D Brian Dively
3. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
4. 67 Mark Oller
5. 7 Rich Lawson
6. 95 Jeff Johns
7. 30 Mark Voigt
8. 2J Dave Jumper
9. 33 Tim Manville

Feature
1. 11D Brian Dively
2. 6K Michael Kloos
3. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
4. 33 Tim Manville
5. 11Z Brian Collins
6. 67 Mark Oller
7. 95 Jeff Johns
8. 13 Dewayne Keifer
9. 82 Billy Laycock
10. 50 Ed Dixon - MO/IL Dodge Dealers Hard Charger Winner
11. 30 Mark Voigt
12. 7 Rich Lawson
13. 1HR Ron McQuerry
14. 27 Kenny Helmick
15. 2J Dave Jumper
16. 28 Don Klein
17. 47 Danny Haynes
18. 51 Steve Shive
19. B10 Brad White
20. 41 Shawn Granderson
21. 66 Allen Hammond
22. 11S Casey Schaefer
23. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
DNS. 56 Kevin Epperson

UMP Modifieds - 39 Entries
Heat 1
1. 89 Bobby Bittle
2. 21R Dennis Richards
3. 166 Brian Worley
4. C6 Ray Wagner
5. 88 Joe Puricelli
6. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
7. 2F Todd Ferber
8. 72 Jeremy Roth
9. 1W Ray Walsh
10. 31P Mitch Parmely

Heat 2
1. 31 Ricky Horton
2. 7M Mark Miner
3. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
4. 99 Robbie Helms
5. 75 Doug Blair
6. 4o Bobby Regot
7. 78C Alan Conner
8. C4 Chris Soutia
9. 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer DNS

Heat 3
1. 9W Doug Woods
2. 48 Bobby Martintoni
3. 45M Eric Mabery
4. 19 Chris Simmerman
5. 17V Mike Vandereit
6. 10 Todd McGraw
7. 20Z Dan Zander
8. 3D Lou Dreimeier
9. 21P Adam Parmeley
10. 24 Paul Baumann DNS

Heat 4
1. 24 Mike Harrison
2. 51 Tim Hill
3. 44X Matt Simpson
4. 67 Dylan Sharp
5. 0 Scott White
6. 15P Jason Pritz
7. 15G Jerry Grither
8. 17 Brad Thurston
9. M16 Paul Meyer

Dash
1. 24 Mike Harrison - G&M Steel Dash Winner
2. 89 Bobby Bittle
3. 31 Ricky Horton
4. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
5. 7M Mark Miner
6. 9W Doug Woods
7. 48 Bobby Martintoni
8. 51 Tim Hill
9. 21 Dennis Richards

Semi 1 Top 3 advance
1. 1W Ray Walsh
2. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
3. 75 Doug Blair
4. 10 Todd McGraw
5. 3D Lou Dreimeier
6. 8X James Reed
7. C4 Chris Soutia
8. 15 Jason Pritz
9. 72 Jeremy Roth
10. 31P Mitch Parmeley
11. M16 Paul Meyer

Semi 2 Top 3 advance
1. 4o Bobby Regot
2 24 Paul Bauman
3. 78C Alan Conner
4. 20Z Dan Zander
5. 21P Adam Parmeley
6. 2 Todd Ferber
7. 0 Scott White
DNS. 17T Brad Thurston
DNS. 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer
DNS. 15 Jerry Grither

Feature
1. 24 Mike Harrison
2. 89 Bobby Bittle
3. 48 Bobby Martintoni
4. 9W Doug Wood
5. 1W Ray Walsh
6. 31 Ricky Horton
7. 21 Dennis Richards
8. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
9. 166 Brian Worley
10. 17V Mike Vanderiet
11. 45M Eric Mabery
12. 88 Joe Puricelli
13. 19 Chris Simmerman
14. 67 Dylan Sharp
15. 99 Robbie Helms
16. 24 Paul Bauman
17. 78C Alan Conner
18. 44X Matt Simpson
19. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
20. 4o Bobby Regot
21. C6 Ray Wagner
22. 75 Doug Blair
23. 51 Tim Hill
24. 7M Mark Miner

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 39 Entries
Heat 1
1. 118 Matt Workman
2. 29 Jeff Labaube
3. 55 Jason Keller
4. 87 Gary Haynes
5. 23 Kevin Mosier
6. 120 Jimmy Miller
7. 31 Brian Shuberg
8. 10 Dustin Homan
9. 444 Marc Roberson
10. 128 Tyson Gegg

Heat 2
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 50 Kent Nations
3. 147 Kyle Stolzer
4. 19 Jimmy Cummins
5. 28 Tom Smallwood
6. 82 Pat Chalmers
7. 36 Danny Ems
8. 94 Dan Friederich
9. 92 Jim Abshier
10. 71 Lee Clardy

Heat 3
1. 96 Tim Hollerbach
2. 8 Steve Edgecomb
3. 8 Scott Henseler
4. 36 Bob Schmidt
5. 20 Brad McKinnon
6. 811 Wade Sutter
7. 109 Jeff Robbins
8. 2 Gary McKinnon
9. 20X Robin Fee
10. 97 John Goodson

Heat 4
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 59 Ryan Gegg
3. 11 Jeff Herzog
4. 105 Matt Hancock
5. 67 Ronnie Bader
6. 32 Jerry Fleming
7. 66 Sam Lopretta
8. 16 Joe McCain
9. 93 Travis Tilley

Dash
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 29 Jeff LaBaube
3. 12 Troy Naeger
4. 50 Kent Nations
5. 118 Matt Workman
6. 87 Gary Haynes
7. 8 Steve Edgecomb
8. 59 Ryan Gegg
9. 96 Jerry Hollerbach

Semi 1 Top 3 advance
1. 811 Wade Sutter
2. 105 Matt Hancock
3. 36 Danny Ems
4. 92 Jim Abshire
5. 71 Lee Clardy
6. 20X Robin Fee
7. 120 Jimmy Miller
8. 109 Jeff Robbins
9. 10 Dustin Homan
DNS. 2 Gary McKinnon
DNS. 128 Tyson Gegg

Semi 2 Top 3 advance
1. 23 Kevin Mosier
2. 31 Brian Shuberg
3. 97 John Goodson
4. 66 Sam Lopretta
5. 94 Dan Friederich
6. 16 Joe McCain
7. 93 Travis Tilley
8. 444 Marc Roberson
9. 32 Jerry Fleming
DNS. 82 Pat Chalmers

Feature
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 62 Troy Medley
3. 50 Kent Nations
4. 29 Jeff LaBaube
5. 87 Gaty Haynes
6. 8X Steve Edgecombe
7. 118 Matt Workman
8. 19 Jimmy Cummins
9. 28 Tom Smallwood
10. 147 Kyle Stolzer
11. 96 Tim Hollerbach
12. 11 Jeff Herzog
13. 55K Jason Keller
14. 67 Ronnie Bader
15. 36S Bob Schmidt
16. 31 Brian Shubirg
17. 20M Brad McKinnon
18. 23 Kevin Mosier
19. 59 Ryan Gegg
20. 8H Scott Henseler
21. 66 Sam Lopretta
22. 105 Matt Hancock
23. 36E Danny Ems

UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 22 Entries
Heat 1
1. 7 Conrad Miner
2. 188 Gary Price
3. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
4. 911 Tim Hoffman
5. 20B Kyle Busch
6. 94 Jason Daugherty
7. 70 Brad Mooney

Heat 2
1. 86 Jason Crump
2. 77 Ron Lyons
3. 440 Steve Morley
4. 105 Jason Hancock
5. 99 Chuck Johnson
6. 901 Mike Owens
7. 29 Robin Linnenbrink

Heat 3
1. 50 Trey Harris
2. 10H Homer Mooney
3. 186 Stephen Crump
4. 66 Jason Marquitz
5. 26 Ron Unman
6. 17 Andrew Nausley
7. 5F Chris Fisher

Feature
1. 7 Conrad Miner
2. 86 Jason Crump
3. 50 Trey Harris
4. 188 Gary Price
5. 440 Steve Morley
6. 911 Tim Hoffman
7. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
8. 86 Stephen Crump
9. 66 Jason Marquitz
10. 77 Ron Lyons
11. 20 Kyle Busch
12. 94 Jason Daugherty
13. 70 Bred Mooney
14. 17 Andrew Nausley
15. 29 Robin Linnenbrink
16. 105 Jason Hancock
17. 10H Homer Mooney
DNS. 99 Chuck Johnson
DNS. 26 Rob Inman
DNS. 901 Mike Owens
DNS. 49 Nathan Portel
DNS. 5F Chris Fisher

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