Dave Blaney claims NASCAR Night Modified win; Will Vaught & Robbie Eilers take Victories!

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Pevely, MO (July 25, 2007) Twelve NASCAR drivers were on hand at I-55 Raceway for the M&M Night of NASCAR Stars charity event. Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace, Dave Blaney, David Reutimann, Phil Parsons, Brendan Gaughan, Jason Leffler, Stephen Leight, Ron Hornaday, Rick Crawford and David Gilliland were on hand and competed against each in a complete race program driving UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer were also scheduled to be on hand, but their flight had to make an emergency landing and they were unable to make it to the event.

The NASCAR Stars racing program was kicked off with qualifying and it was track co-owner Ken Schrader setting fast time with a lap of 13.655 second around the 1/3 mile high banked dirt oval. Two heat races were on tap next and field was inverted with the fast qualifying times put to the back of the heat races. In the first heat race, Ken Schrader came from the back of the grid to earn the victory over Dave Blaney with David Gilliland crossing the line in third. In the second heat race, it was Kenny Wallace doing the same as he came from the back to earn the victory in the second heat. Jason Leffler took the second spot with Mike Wallace finishing third.

The first four rows were inverted for their feature event putting Schrader and K. Wallace back in the fourth row for the start of the twenty lap main event. David Gilliland, Ron Hornaday and David Reutimann put on the three-way battle for the top spot in the early laps. In didn't take long for Jason Leffler and Dave Blaney to join the battle up front with Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace right in the mix as well. Before long, those drivers with the most dirt track experience began to show their muscle as Dave Blaney, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace took over the top three spots. Dave Blaney grew more confident with each lap in his Ray Walsh owned Impressive Race Cars modified and used the high side to pace the field around the track. Kenny Wallace began to move in to challenge Dave Blaney and with two laps remaining he pulled side-by-side with Dave Blaney down the back stretch. However, Kenny Wallace drove into turn three too hard around the bottom and spun the car bringing out the final caution. That set up Ken Schrader in the second spot to challenge Dave Blaney for the lead. However, Dave Blaney proved too strong on the restart and powered his way to victory with Ken Schrader taking second. Jason Leffler came home third with Brendan Gaughan fourth and Kenny Wallace completed the top five.

In the $2,500 to win UMP DIRTcar Late Model main event Will Vaught of Crane, MO picked up an impressive win. Randy Korte led the first twenty-one laps of the main event, but a three-way battle for the top spot began to heat up after a lap eighteen caution that include Vaught, Korte and Steve Sheppard. Korte and Vaught were on the low-side with Sheppard racing around the high side. Sheppard was able to pull along side Korte shortly after the restart and Korte moved his line higher up the track to try and find a faster line. That opened the door for Vaught on the low side and he drove by Korte and Sheppard on lap twenty-one and held on to pick up the victory. Korte crossed the line second with Sheppard third. Danny Haynes was fourth and Jeff Johns rounded out the top five.

Forty-three UMP DIRTcar Sportsman cars were on hand and it was Robbie Eilers of Highland, IL taking the victory. Jimmy Cummins led the first half of the twenty-lap main event before Eilers moved past. Gary Haynes quickly moved past Cummins and took over the second spot and gave Eilers all he could handle in the closing laps, but Eilers held on for the win. Haynes was second, Cummins third with Kent Nations fourth and Troy Medley fifth.

UMP Late Models - 19 Entries
Heat 1
1. 30 Mark Voigt
2. 95 Jeff Johns
3. 2J Dave Jumper
4. 1V Will Vaught
5. 5S Steve Sheppard
6. 59 Rich Whaley
7. 7 Rich Lawson
8. 66 Allen Hammond
9. 13 Dewayne Keifer

Heat 2
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 11Z Bryan Collins
3. 93X Rusty Griffaw
4. 15 Jason Bohnenstiehl
5. 47 Danny Haynes
6. 33 Tim Manville
7. 27S Kenny Helmick
8. 12 Rick Standridge
9. 1 Ron McQuerry

Feature
1. 1V Will Vaught
2. 00 Randy Korte
3. 5S Steve Sheppard
4. 47 Danny Haynes
5. 95 Jeff Johns
6. 33 Tim Manville
7. 2J Dave Jumper
8. 30 Mark Voigt
9. 15 Jason Bohnenstiehl
10. 93X Rusty Griffaw
11. 1 Ron McQuerry
12. 27S Kenny Helmick
13. 41 Steve Maisel
14. 66 Allen Hammond
15. 11Z Bryan Collins
16. 59 Rich Whaley
17. 7 Rich Lawson
18. 12 Rick Standridge
19. 13 Dewayne Keifer DNS

UMP Nascar Modifieds - 12 Entries
Qualifying
1. 9 Ken Schrader 13.655
2. 36 Kenny Wallace 13.824
3. 1W Dave Blaney 14.228
4. 70 Jason Leffler 14.290
5. 7 Mike Wallace 14.316
6. C6 David Reutimann 14.387
7. 14 Ron Hornaday 14.620
8. 21 Brendan Gaughan 14.840
9. 9W David Gilliland 14.923
10. 166 Rick Crawford 15.151
11. 67 Stephen Leicht 15.269
12. 10F Phil Parsons 18.464

Heat 1
1. 9 Ken Schrader
2. 1W Dave Blaney
3. 9W David Gilliland
4. C6 David Reutimann
5. 67 Stephen Leicht
6. 21 Brendan Gaughan

Heat 2
1. 36 Kenny Wallace
2. 70 Jason Leffler
3. 7 Mike Wallace
4. 14 Ron Hornaday
5. 166 Rick Crawford
6. 2 Phil Parsons

Feature
1. 1W Dave Blaney
2. 9 Ken Schrader
3. 70 Jason Leffler
4. 21 Brendan Gaughan
5. 36 Kenny Wallace
6. 67 Stephen Leicht
7. C6 David Reutimann
8. 166 Rick Crawford
9. 14 Ron Hornaday
10. 9W David Gilliland
11. 7 Mike Wallace
12. 2 Phil Parsons

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 43 Entries
Heat 1
1. 85 Justin Ketrow
2. 32 Dave Walker
3. 67 Ronnie Bader
4. 8E Russell Eilers
5. 23 Mark Bohnensteihl
6. 68 Jerry Kiser
7. 105 Matt Hancock
8. 22 Darrell Dick
9. 7 Btyan Slover

Heat 2
1. 87 Gary Haynes
2. 21 Randy Dickman
3. 12 Troy Naeger
4. 28 Tom Smallwood
5. 40 Kevin Mosier
6. 8 Steve Edgecomb
7. 36 Danny Haynes
8. 143 Brett Korves
9. 32 Jerry Fleming

Heat 3
1. 50 Kent Nations
2. 62 Troy Naeger
3. 11 Jeff Herzog
4. 16 Joe McCain
5. 95 Jeremy Nash
6. 99K Dustin Knerrer
7. 9 Mike McGinnity
8. 82 Pat Chalmers
9. 41 Steve Maisel

Heat 4
1. 19 Jimmy Cummins
2. 97 John Goodson
3. 59 Ryan Gegg
4. 15 Allan Gieseking
5. 52 Billy Knebel
6. 66 Sam Lopretta
7. 53 Loren Schaefer
8. 128 Tyson Gegg

Heat 5
1. 56 Marty Kopp
2. 3E Robbie Eilers
3. 28J Bert Jacoby
4. 96 Tim Hollerbach
5. 18 Daryl Dodge
6. 28D Justin Durbin
7. 55 Jason Keller
8. 811 Wade Sutter

Semi 1
1. 16 Joe McCain
2. 23 Mark Bohnenstiehl
3. 15 Allen Gieseking
4. 32 Dave Walker
5. 143 Brett Korves
6. 105 Matt Hancock
7. 18 Daryl Dodge
8. 811 Pat Chalmers
9. 8E Steve Edgecomb
10. 55 Jason Keller
11. 40 Kevin Mosier DNS
12. 53 Loren Schaefer DNS
13. 9 Mike McGinnity DNS

Semi 2
1. 28 Justin Durbin
2. 95 Jeremy Nash
3. 99 Dustin Knerrer
4. 36 Danny Haynes
5. 82 Pat Chalmers
6. 66 Sam Lopretta
7. 7 Bryan Slover
8. 8E Russell Eilers
9. 22 Darrell Dick
9. 128 Tyson Gegg
10. 41 Steve Maisel
11. 68 Jerry Kiser

Feature
1. 3E Robbie Eilers
2. 87 Gary Haynes
3. 19 Jimmy Cummins
4. 50 Kent Nations
5. 62 Troy Medley
6. 12 Troy Naeger
7. 56 Marty Kopp
8. 28 Tom Smallwood
9. 67 Ronnie Bader
10. S32 David Walker
11. 21 Randy Dickman
12. 28J Bert Jacoby
13. 85 Justin Ketrow
14. 96 Tim Hollerbach
15. 52 Billy Knebel
16. 11 Jeff Herzog
17. 99K Dustin Knerrer
18. 23B Mark Bohnenstiehl
19. 28D Justin Durbin
20. 95 Jeremy Nash
21. 97 John Goodson
22. 59 Ryan Gegg
23. M16 Joe McCain
24. 15 Allan Gieseking

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