Bielong, Ems & Eilers takes I-55 Raceway Fall Nationals wins!


Brian Bielong

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Pevely, MO (October 6, 2007) The 6th Annual Fall Sportsman Nationals drew a record field as seventy-nine U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A. Sportsman cars checked in to compete for coveted crown. There were also forty-one U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A. Pure Stocks and thirty-nine U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A. Pro 4 Stocks on hand to battle in those divisions. Line-X of Jefferson County, Ski Soda, Missouri/illinois Dodge Dealers and Hoosier Tires were the title sponsors for this special event featuring tough local and regional drivers.

Brian Bielong of Summerfield, Illinois claimed the Sportsman victory and earned $4,000 including the $2,600 first place prize and $1,400 in lap leader bonus money. Bielong was piloting the #441 Extreme Race Cars chassis owned by Brenda and Aaron Melton sponsored by Summerfield Auto Body, Main's Tree Service, Woods Country Store and Vinyl Visions.

Troy Medley and Paul Bauman started on the front row for the main event, however the two made contact in turns three and four on the opening lap, causing some chain reaction contact between other cars. Troy Naeger, who started third, slipped past both front row starters to lead the first lap after the contact between the two front row starters. Naeger's lead would be short-lived as he only led two laps before Medley powered back into the lead. Medley would pace the field for the next thirty-eight laps while there was plenty of jocking for positions behind him. Bielong, who started sixth, moved in and began challenging Medley on lap thirty-three and made the pass on lap forty-one. Medley tried to make a move back past Bielong but drove into turn one too hard and spun. Bielong would lead the final ten laps of the fifty lap event enroute to victory. Gary Haynes powered his way from the thirteenth starting spot to finish second. Andy Casper provided an exciting performance in the closing laps and he charged to the front in the closing laps to finish third. Casper, who started way back in ninteenth, rode the rim around the top, showering sparks off the outside retaining wall as he charged forward. Jeff LeBaube would take the fourth spot with Jimmy Cummins completing the top five.

The Champions Dash, featuring past winners of this event as well as all 2007 track champions from various racetracks, saw Paul Bauman take the victory and he and Troy Naeger battle side-by-side for the entire ten laps.

Danny Ems of Arnold, Missouri picked up the biggest win of his young career as he and Chris Sale battled for the top spot throughout the main event in the Pure Stock division. John Schrand moved past Josh Jackson late in the race to pick up the third spot and Danny Ripperda took the fifth spot and he crossed the line behind Jackson.

Ryan Eilers took the victory in the Pro 4 Stock main event as he and Chris Fisher fought for the lead. Conrad Miner would take third with Derek Sander fourth and Brooke Hassler fifth.

AARA Sportsman - 79 Entries
Heat 1
1. 50 Kent Nations
2. 55 Marty Smith Jr.
3. 28 Bert Jacoby
4. 27 Adam Haas
5. 36 Danny Ems
6. V8 James Farley
7. 67 Ronnie Bader
8. 07 Andy Casper
9. 66L Sam Lopretta
10. M41 Steve Maisel

Heat 2
1. 18 Paul Bauman
2. 129 Ken Rumble
3. 11 Jeff Herzog
4. 8E Russell Eilers
5. 82 Jim Clark
6. 72 Jeremy Roth
7. 8L Buddy Lowry
8. 93 Paul Nash
9. 31 Ricky Horton
10. 123 Dennis Wernle

Heat 3
1. 128 Tyson Gegg
2. 29 Jeff LaBaube
3. 441 Brian Beilong
4. 85 Aaron Kleine
5. 95M Chuck Crostic
6. 147 Kyle Stolzer
7. 2C Pete Cory
8. 70 Tony Hunter
9. 82 Pat Chalmers
10. 41J Ricky Johnson

Heat 4
1. 99K Dustin Knerrer
2. 19S Nathan Schmitt
3. 143 Brett Korves
4. 56B Marty Kopp
5. 71 Dan Pitti
6. 3B Jeffery Barker
7. 96L Bill Shuford
8. 11L Ryan Eilers
9. 1 Jim Kimbell
10. 3E Robbie Eilers

Heat 5
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 444 Marc Roberson
3. 95N Jeremy Nash
4. 411 Marty Heck Jr.
5. 147 Joe Geisler
6. 95 Randy Dietzel
7. 69 Derek Bryant
8. 47 Jim Stevens
9. 105 Matt Hancock
10. 32 Jerry Fleming

Heat 6
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 28 Tom Smallwood
3. 28K Justin Ketrow
4. 41 Stu Springer
5. 31 Brian Shubirg
6. 86 Jake Robbins
7. 23 Brad Smith
8. 23B Allan Gieseking
9. 47R Kyle Roberts
10. 68 Jerry Kiser

Heat 7
1. 8E Steve Edgecomb
2. 87 Gary Haynes
3. 55 Jason Keller
4. 8H Scott Hensler
5. 84 Steve Stevenson
6. 52 Billy Knebel
7. 16 Joe McCain
8. 21 Randy Dickman
9. 97 John Goodson
10. 40 Shane Tomlin

Heat 8
1. 19 Jimmy Cummins
2. 811 Wade Sutter
3. 96 Tim Hollerbach
4. 43 Mike Harris
5. 23 Kevin Mosier
6. 66H Dave Heimos
7. 99J Gary Johnson
8. 53 Loren Schaefer
9. 15 Jason Bohnenstiehl

Track Champions Dash
1. 18 Paul Bauman
2. 12 Troy Naeger
3. 43 Mike Harris
4. 8E Russell Eilers
5. 21 Randy Dickman
6. 11 Jeff Herzog
7. M41 Steve Maisel

Dash 1
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 12 Troy Naeger
3. 50 Kent Nations
4. 29 Jeff LaBaube
5. 19 Jimmy Cummins
6. 19 Nathan Schmitt
7. 87 Gary Haynes
8. 99 Dustin Knerrer

Dash 2
1. 18 Paul Bauman
2. 55 Marty Smith Jr.
3. 441 Brian Beilong
4. 8E Steve Edgecomb
5. 811 Wade Sutter
6. 95 Jeremy Nash
7. 128 Tyson Gegg
8. 28 Tom Smallwood

Semi 1 Top 2 Advance
1. 143 Brett Korves
2. 43 Mike Harris
3. 31 Brian Shubirg
4. 8H Scott Hensler
5. 68 Jerry Kiser
6. 444 Marc Roberson
7. 11 Jeff Herzog
8. 3B Jeffery Barker
9. 95 Randy Dietzel
10. 8L Buddy Lowry
11. 66L Sam Lopretta
12. 70 Tony Hunter
13. 82 Pat Chalmers
14. 11L Ryan Eilers
15. 105 Matt Hancock
16. 123 Dennis Wernle

Semi 2
1. 129 Ken Rumble
2. 47 Jim Stevens
3. 56 Marty Kopp
4. 52 Billy Knebel
5. 84 Steve Stevenson
6. 41J Ricky Johnson
7. 47 Kyle Roberts
8. 95 Chuck Crostic
9. 40 Shane Tomlin
10. 28 Justin Ketrow
11. 96 Bill Shuford
12. 72 Jeremy Roth
13. 21 Randy Dickman
14. 85 Aaron Kleine
15. 2 Pete Cory
16. 31 Ricky Horton

Semi 3
1. 07 Andy Casper
2. 27 Adam Haas
3. 8E Russell Eilers
4. 28 Bert Jacoby
5. 86 Jake Robbins
6. 97 John Goodson
7. 411 Marty Heck
8. 23 Brad Smith
9. 16 Joe McCain
10. 71 Dan Pitti
11. V8 James Farley
12. 23B Allan Gieseking
13. 69 Derek Bryant
14. 82 Pat Chalmers
15. 3E Robbie Eilers
16. 15 Jason Bohnenstiehl

Semi 4
1. 55 Jason Keller
2. 23M Kevin Mosier
3. 41 Stu Springer
4. 147 Joe Geisler
5. 147 Kyle Stolzer
6. M41 Steve Maisel
7. 36 Danny Ems
8. 66H Dave Heimos
9. 99J Gary Johnson
10. 53 Loren Schaefer
11. 96 Tim Hollerbach
12. 67 Ronnie Bader
13. 1 Jim Kimbell
14. 32 Jerry Fleming
15. 93 Paul Nash

Feature
1. 441 Brian Bielong
2. 87 Gary Haynes
3. 07 Andy Casper
4. 29 Jeff LaBaube
5. 19 Jimmy Cummins
6. 12 Troy Naeger
7. 28 Justin Ketrow
8. 19S Nathan Schmitt
9. 99 Dustin Knerrer
10. 811 Wade Sutter
11. 55 Jason Keller
12. 27 Adam Haas
13. 8 Steve Edgecomb
14. 62 Troy Medley
15. 18 Paul Bauman
16. 56 Marty Kopp
17. 23 Kevin Mosier
18. 143 Brett Korves
19. 67 Ronnie Bader
20. 50 Kent Nations
21. 95 Jeremy Nash
22. 31 Brian Shubirg
23. 47 Jim Stevens
24. 55 Marty Smith Jr.
25. 43 Mike Harris
26. 128 Tyson Gegg

AARA Pure Stocks - 41 Entries
Heat 1
1. 36 Danny Ems
2. 4 Larry Smith Jr.
3. 91 Billy Kruep
4. 48 Mike Jefferies
5. 22 Tommy Gegg
6. 23 Rich Breakfield
7. 20C John Cory
8. 74 Eric Rensing
9. 39 Bobby Hooker
10. 135 Andrew McCall

Heat 2
1. 88 John Schrand
2. 21 James Rowney
3. 81 Todd Niemann
4. 56 Dave Monterusso
5. 92 Mark Sprawl
6. 11 Casey Schaefer
7. 53 Mike Reagan
8. 24 Jeff Nash
9. 5 Jeremy Dietzel
10. 82 Morris Booth

Heat 3
1. 5P Jeremy Pate
2. 5J Josh Jackson
3. 30 Luke Hewitt
4. 81 Ron Weidler
5. 27 Gene Crain
6. 411 Aaron Melton
7. 9 Kevin Dietzel
8. 7 Dennis Ponder
9. 94 Dustin Clary
10. 6 Jake Hewitt

Heat 4
1. 35 Chris Sale
2. 51 Danny Ripperda
3. 18 Rocky Berlew
4. 73 Charles Morris
5. 20 Shane Wilson
6. 59 Bobby Dees Jr.
7. 24 Casey Crane
8. B11 Buddy Jefferies
9. 30 Kasey Govero
10. 17 Josh LaPean

Semi 1 Top 6 advance
1. 22 Tommy Gegg
2. 7 Dennis Ponder
3. 24 Casey Crane
4. 59 Bobby Dees jr.
5. 411 Aaron Melton
6. 20 Shane Wilson
7. B11 Buddy Jefferies
8. 23 Rich Breakfield
9. 5D Jeremy Dietzel
10. 6 Jake Hewitt
11. 20C John Cory
12. 94 Dustin Clary
13. 74 Eric Rensing
14. 9 Kevin Dietzel
15. 30G Kasey Govero
16. 53 Mike Reagan
17. 24N Jeff Nash
18. 17 Josh LaPean

Feature
1. 36 Danny Ems
2. 35 Chris Sale
3. 88 John Schrand
4. 5J Josh Jackson
5. 51 Danny Ripperda
6. 73 Charles Morris
7. 22 Tommy Gegg
8. 7 Don Ponder
9. 24 Casey Crane
10. 4 Larry Smith Jr.
11. 18 Rochy Berlew
12. 48 Mike Jefferies
13. 411 Aaron Melton
14. 21 James Rowney
15. 59 Bobby Dees Jr.
16. 27 Gene Crain
17. 56 Dave Monterusso
18. 81 Todd Neimann
19. B11 Buddy Jefferies
20. 20W John Cory
21. 91 Billy Kruep
22. 5P Jeremy Pate
23. 81 Ron Weidler
24. 92 Mark Sprawl

AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 39 Entries
Heat 1
1. 21 Brooke Hassler
2. 5 Chris Fisher
3. 8T Aaron Wood
4. 86 Jason Crump
5. 148 Bryan Wright
6. 10H Homer Mooney
7. 77 Ron Lyons
8. 75 Derek Sanders
9. 8H John Honaker
10. 99 Nick Collette

Heat 2
1. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
2. 38 Mike Anderson
3. 7 Conrad Miner
4. 22 Jerry Cover
5. 62X Jay Gordon
6. 34 Travis Pennington
7. 17 Andrew Nausley
8. 88 Scott Price
9. 9T Travis Horner
10. 95 Josh Campbell

Heat 3
1. 3E Ryan Eilers
2. 3 Ray Wagner
3. 83 Pat Brewer
4. 19 Jessica Buechting
5. 12 James Ray
6. 16 Jacob Buechting
7. 48 Patrick Duke
8. 241 Stephen Parker
9. 78 Rick Barker
10. 52 Nick Knebel

Heat 4
1. 188 Gary Price
2. 75 Derek Sander
3. 186 Stephen Crump
4. 9 Brad Almond
5. 66 Jason Marquitz
6. 12 Bobby Crocker
7. 3 Debbie Elliott
8. 71 Alan Conner
9. 50 Trey Harris

Semi 1
1. 52 Nick Knebel
2. 62X Jay Gordon
3. 16 Jacob Buechting
4. 65 Gary Range
5. 77 Ron Lyons
6. 48 Patrick Duke
7. 66 Jason Marquitz
8. 8H John Honaker
9. 241 Stephen Parker
10. 78 Rick Barker
11. 99 Nick Collette

Semi 2
1. 88 Trey Harris
2. 71 Allan Conner
3. 34 Travis Pennington
4. 9T Travis Horner
5. 17 Andrew nausley
6. 3E Debbie Elliott
7. 10 Homer Mooney
8. 12R James ray
9. 95 Josh Campbell

Feature
1. 3 Ryan Eilers
2. 5 Chris Fisher
3. 7 Conrad Miner
4. 75 Derek Sander
5. 21 Brooke Hassler
6. 52 Nick Knebel
7. 83 Pat Brewer
8. 78 Allan Conner
9. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
10. 8T Aaron Wood
11. B12 Bobby Crocker
12. 62 Jay Gordon
13. 16 Jacob Buechting
14. 186 Stephen Crump
15. 3 Ray Wagner
16. 86 Jason Crump
17. 22 Jerry Cover
18. 148 Bryan Wright
19. 88 Scott Price
20. 38 Michael Anderson
21. 34 Travis Pennington
22. 9 Brad Almond
23. 19 Jessica Buechting
24. 188 Gary Price

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