Faust, Bittle, Medley & Buechting take victories at I-55 Raceway!


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Billy Faust

Pevely, MO (April 26, 2008) A huge field of 132 racecars filled the pit area in I-55 Raceway's four divisions. Twenty-seven competitors entered the UMP DIRTcar Late Model division and it was Billy Faust of Lebanon, Illinois grabbing the win. After the pill draw for heat race starting spots, Faust found himself starting dead last in the first heat race. But Faust worked the traffic superbly and worked his way up to a third place finish in his heat. With the passing point system, that great heat race run gave him a second row starting spot in the dash. Faust would then power his way to victory in the dash. Faust would start the feature event from the pole position, but would have his hands full throughout the event with Mark Voigt and Tim Manville. Manville would keep the heat on Faust in the early laps, but as the laps began to wind down, Voigt moved past Manville and took to a higher line and reeled in Faust in lapped traffic. Voigt would pull along side Faust on a couple of occassions but couldn't make the pass. Faust, Voigt and Manville would provide a great three way finish as they worked heavy lapped traffic as twenty-six cars actually started the feature and twenty-four of those cars took the checkered flag. Faust would hold on and take the win, with Voigt taking second and Manville third. Dewayne Kiefer and Rodney Melvin completed the top five.


Bobby Bittle

The 2007 I-55 Raceway UMP DIRTcar Modified track champion, Bobby Bittle, picked up his first win of 2008 at I-55 Raceway. Bittle jumped out in front of pole sitter Jerry Grither and never looked back. With forty-four UMP DIRTcar Modifieds on hand, it was a tough challenge just to make the twenty-four car starting field. After winning the second heat race and the dash, Grither completed one of his best nights in a long time at I-55 Raceway with a second place feature finish. Ray Walsh, who had won both previous UMP DIRTcar Modified events at I-55 Raceway this season, held off the hard charging Ricky Horton for third. Brent Mullins, who had traded the fifth spot over and over with Bobby Martintoni, held on at the end to claim the fifth spot.


Troy Medley

The UMP DIRTcar/AARA Sportsman division provided one of the most competitive feature events of the evening. Troy Medley jumped out to the lead from the pole position with Troy Naeger battling along side him. Jeff Herzog moved into the battle for the lead on lap three and then took the lead from Medley. Herzog would open up a six car length lead as Medley and Naeger battled for the second position. Herzog appeared to be on his way to a big victory, but the caution flag flew with just two laps remaining, allowing Medley and Naeger to restart right on his bumper. Medley jumped to the outside immediately on the restart and took the lead from Herzog. Medley would take the win with Herzog crossing the line second. A flat left rear tire on Naeger's car would send him all the way back to a sixth place finish. Jimmy Cummins would take the third position with Tim Hollerbach finishing fourth and Danny Ems fifth.


Jacob Buechting

The UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pro 4 Stocks had a first time winner as Jacob Buechting held off some great competition in a four car battle for the lead. Homer Mooney slid past Nathan Portell on the final lap to finish second with Portell taking third. Gary Range finished in the fourth position with Jason Crump completing the top five.

UMP Late Models - 27 Entries
Heat 1
1. 30 Mark Voigt
2. 16 Rusty Griffaw
3. 92B Billy Faust
4. 11Z Bryan Collins
5. 47 Danny Haynes
6. 82 Billy Laycock
7. 92K Brant Kehrer
8. 28 Don Klein
9. 67 Dylan Sharp

Heat 2
1. 13 Dewayne Kiefer
2. 00 Rodney Melvin
3. 33 Tom Manville
4. 6K Michael Kloos
5. 2J Dave Jumper
6. 11D Brian Diveley
7. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
8. 20 Darrin Forrest
9. 23 Paul Roider

Heat 3
1. 27 Jeff Beyers
2. 33F Ricky Frankel
3. 87 Ken Rumble
4. 95 Jeff Johns
5. 1HR Ron McQuerry
6. 81 Craig Smith
7. 92S Matt Santel
8. 56 Kevin Epperson
9. 50 Ed Dixon

Dash
1. 92B Billy Faust
2. 30 Mark Voigt
3. 13 Dewayne Kiefer
4. 33 Tim Manville
5. 00 Rodney Melvin
6. 27 Jeff Beyers
7. 16 Rusty Griffaw
8. 95 Jeff Johns
9. 87 Ken Rumble

Feature
1. 92B Billy Faust
2. 30 Mark Voigt
3. 33 Tim Manville
4. 13 Dewayne Kiefer
5. 00 Rodney Melvin
6. 16 Rusty Griffaw
7. 27 Jeff Beyers
8. 95 Jeff Johns
9. 33F Ricky Frankel
10. 6K Michael Kloos
11. 87 Ken Rumble
12. 2J Dave Jumper
13. 47 Danny Haynes
14. 11Z Bryan Collins
15. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
16. 81 Craig Smith
17. 82 Billy Laycock
18. 92K Brant Kehrer
19. 11D Brian Dively
20. 28K Don Klein
21. 1HR Ron McQuerry
22. 92S Matt Santel
23. 23 Paul Roider
24. 20 Darren Forrest
25. 67 Dylan Sharp
26. 56 Kevin Epperson
DNS. 50 Ed Dixon

UMP Modifieds - 44 Entries
Heat 1
1. 3D Lou Driemeier
2. 89 Bobby Bittle
3. 78 Larry Hull
4. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
5. C6 Ray Wagner
6. 7M Mark Miner
7. 72X Jason Sinn
8. 36 Conrad Miner
9. 63 Doug Brewster

Heat 2
1. 15 Jerry Grither
2. 31 Ricky Horton
3. 1A Steve Meyer Jr.
4. C4 Chris Soutiea
5. 377 Casey Pearson
6. 17 Brad Thurston
7. 62K Leo Keifer
8. 67 Todd McGraw
9. 22 Chuck Milam DNS

Heat 3
1. 24 Paul Bauman
2. 8X James Reed
3. 59 Rich Whaley
4. 11 Dane Gundaker
5. 44X Matt Simpson
6. 9W Doug Wood
7. 21J Jeff Vernier
8. 5 Chris Fisher
9. 11B Brett Bennett

Heat 4
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 48 Bobby Martintoni
3. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
4. 1 Tommie Seets Jr.
5. 15R Danny Reisinger
6. B10 Brad White
7. 15N Nick Todtenhaupt
8. 99 Robbie Helms
9. 5W Ralph Wiltrout

Heat 5
1. 41M Brett Mullins
2. 1W Ray Walsh
3. 29 Jeff LaBaube
4. 45M Eric Mabery
5. 2F Todd Ferber
6. 23 Brian McCormick
7. 51 Timmy Hill
8. 0 Scott White

Dash
1. 15 Jerry Grither
2. 89 Bobby Bittle
3. 31 Ricky Horton
4. 1W Ray Walsh
5. 8X James Reed
6. 41M Brett Mullins
7. 24 Paul Baumann
8. 4J Scott Weber
9. 3D Lou Driemeier

Semi #1
1. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
2. 45M Eric Mabery
3. 44X Matt Simpson
4. B10 Brad White
5. 99 Robbie Helms
6. 21J Jeff Vernier
7. 72X Jason Sinn
8. 67 Todd McGraw
9. 51 Timmy Hill
10. 2F Todd Ferber
11. 17 Brad Thurston
DNS. 63 Doug Brewster
DNS. 5W Ralph Wiltrout

Semi #2
1. 9W Doug Wood
2. 7 Mark Miner
3. 6 Ray Wagner
4. 5 Chris Fisher
5. 62K Leo Keifer
6. 0 Scott White
7. 15R Danny Reisinger
8. 11 Dane Gundaker
9. 11B Brett Bennett
10. 36 Conrad Miner
11. 15N Nick Todtenhaupt
DNS. 22 Chuck Milan
DNS. 23 Brian McCormick

Feature
1. 89 Bobby Bittle
2. 15 Jerry Grither
3. 1W Ray Walsh
4. 31 Ricky Horton
5. 41M Brett Mullins
6. 48 Bobby Martintoni
7. 8X James Reed
8. 1 Tommie Seets Jr.
9. 78 Larry Hull
10. 1A Steve Meyer Jr.
11. 24 Paul Bauman
12. C4 Chris Soutiea
13. 9W Doug Wood
14. 377 Casey Pearson
15. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
16. 29 Jeff LaBaube
17. 44X Matt Simpson
18. 3D Lou Driemeier
19. 7 Mark Miner
20. 6 Ray Wagner
21. 4J Scott Weber
22. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
23. 59 Rich Whaley
24. 45M Eric Mabery

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 36 Entries
Heat 1
1. 11 Jeff Herzog
2. 36 Danny Ems
3. 96 Jerry Hollerbach
4. 66 Sam Lopretta
5. 17 Dave Racer
6. 23S Brad Smith
7. 109 Jeff Robbins
DQ. 192 Mark Spraul (crossed line 4th - did not weigh)
DNS. 82 Pat Chalmers

Heat 2
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 147 Kyle Stolzer
3. 444 Marc Roberson
4. 55 Jason Keller
5. 50 Kent Nations
6. 32 Jerry Fleming
7. 95 Jeremy Nash
8. 67 Ronnie Bader
9. 911 Tim Hoffman

Heat 3
1. 360 Rob Stuart
2. 97 John Goodson
3. 57 Trey Harris
4. 105 Matt Hancock
5. 23M Kevin Mosier
6. 20 Shane Capps
7. 38 Chuck Crostic
8. 142 Mike Reed
DNS. 88JR Cobey Meyer

Heat 4
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 19 Jimmy Cummins
3. 3 Scott Hensler
4. 28 Tom Smallwood
5. 87 Gary Haynes
6. 16 Joe McCain
7. 128 Tyson Gegg
8. 39 Donnie Hawkins
DNS. 8 Steve Edgecombe

Dash
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 12 Troy Naeger
3. 11 Jeff Herzog
4. 36 Danny Ems
5. 96 Tim Hollerbach
6. 360 Rob Stuart
7. 19 Jimmy Cummins
8. 147 Kyle Stolzer
9. 97 John Goodson

Semi
1. 50 Kent Nations
2. 87 Gary Haynes
3. 16 Joe McCain
4. 95 Jeremy Nash
5. 32 Jerry Fleming
6. 128 Tyson Gegg
7. 8 Steve Edgecomb
8. 911 Tim Hoffman
9. 67 Ronnie Bader
10. 38 Chuck Crostic
11. 192 Mark Sprawl
12. 20 Shane Capps
13. 109 Jeff Robbins
14. 39 Donnie Harkins
15. 23 Brad Smith
DNS. 142 Mike Reed
DNS. 17 Dave Racer
DNS. 88JR Cobey Meyer
DNS. 82 Pat Chalmers

Feature
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 11 Jeff Herzog
3. 19 Jimmy Cummins
4. 96 Tim Hollerbach
5. 36 Danny Ems
6. 12 Troy Naeger
7. 57 Trey Harris
8. 147 Kyle Stolzer
9. 28 Tom Smallwood
10. 360 Rob Stuart
11. 50 Kent Nations
12. 3 Scott Hensler
13. 87 Gary Haynes
14. 444 Marc Roberson
15. 16 Joe McCain
16. 55 Jason Keller
17. 8 Steve Edgecomb
18. 66 Sam Lopretta
19. 23 Kevin Mosier
20. 128 Tyson Gegg
21. 32 Jerry Fleming
22. 95 Jeremy Nash
23. 105 Matt Hancock
24. 97 John Goodson

UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 25 Entries
Heat 1
1. 16 Jacon Buechting
2. 188 Gary Price
3. 3 Tim Griffaw
4. 93 Brian Spalding
5. 20 Kyle Busch
6. 667 Jackie Buechting
7. 19 Jessica Buechting
8. 94 Ricky Hurdley
9. 51 Joel Potter

Heat 2
1. 49 Nathan Portell
2. 83 Pat Brewer
3. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
4. 185 Chad Phillip
5. 99 Chuck Johnson
6. 29 Robin Linnenbrink
7. 77 Ron Lyons
8. 48 AJ Kite

Heat 3
1. 10H Homer Mooney
2. 65 Gary Range
3. 86 Jason Crump
4. 186 Stephen Crump
5. 81 Patrick Duke
6. 61 Steve Richards
7. 66 Jason Marquitz
8. 28 Mike Brown

Feature
1. 16 Jacob Buechting
2. 10H Homer Mooney
3. 49 Nathan Portell
4. 65 Gary Range
5. 86 Jason Crump
6. 83 Pat Brewer
7. 3 Tim Griffaw
8. 186 Stephen Crump
9. 66 Jason Marquitz
10. 99 Chuck Johnson
11. 20 Kyle Busch
12. 81 Patrick Duke
13. 77 Ron Lyons
14. 28 Mike Brown
15. 61 Steve Richards
16. 19 Jessica Buechting
17. 29 Robin Linnenbrink
18. 667 Jackie Buechting
19. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth
20. 185 Chad Philipp
21. 48 AJ Kite
22. 51 Joel Potter
DNS. 94 Ricky Hundley
DNS. 188 Gary Price
DNS. 93 Brian Spalding

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