Korte, Arpin, Herzog & Portell take victories at I-55 Raceway!


Randy Korte


Steve Arpin

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Pevely, MO (June 7, 2008) A big field of 134 racecars filled the pit area at I-55 Raceway on a very hot and humid evening. Twenty-nine UMP DIRTcar Late Models were on hand and Randy Korte of Highland, IL was back to compete for the first time since a back injury in February sidelined him. Korte looked stronger than ever as he swept the night's racing events by winning his heat race, the dash and the main event. Korte took the lead at the drop of the green flag and was never seriously challenged in the twenty-five lap main event for the lead. Tim Manville was able to get close as they worked lapped traffic, but Korte would once again pull away once he got cleared of the lapped cars. Korte would take the win by six car lengths over Manville. Mark Faust, making his first visit of 2008 to I-55 Raceway, would have a solid night and come home with a third place finish. Mark Voigt would take the fourth spot with Ken Rumble completing the top five.
Steve Arpin of Fort Frances, ON, Canada left northern Minnesota at 6:00am Saturday morning, watching the radar on their cell phones as they proceeded south looking for a place to race. Ten hours later, they arrived at I-55 Raceway ready to compete against fourty-three other UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. A bad pill draw as signed in the gate left Arpin with a dead last starting spot in the third of five heat races. Arpin roared from the ninth starting spot in the heat race all the way to second in just five laps. He wasn't able to get past the leader, Mike Harrison for the win, but his second place finish from a last place start was enough with the passing point system to earn him a pole starting spot for the dash. Tommie Seets, Jr. would edge Arpin out for the win in the dash, but Arpin would finish second, giving him the outside front row starting spot for the feature. Arpin took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led all twenty laps of the main event. As Arpin pulled away to the win, Seets would also pull away from the rest of the field to finish second. The battle was fierce for the third spot, as Ricky Horton made a late race pass on Harrison to earn the third spot. Harrison would finish fourth with Doug Wood claiming fifth.

The UMP DIRTcar Sportsman feature ended in a huge disappointment for Tim Hollerbach, who was looking for his first ever feature win. Hollerbach led the first thirteen laps of the fifteen lap main event and then things went terribly wrong down the back-stretch as two-time defending track champion Troy Naeger got into Hollerbach's left rear, sending Hollerbach spinning down the backstretch. Naeger would be disqualified from the event, but Hollerbach was also sent to the rear on the restart for being part of the caution. That turned the lead over to Jeff Herzog, who went on to win his second straight feature event after picking up his first ever feature win at I-55 Raceway just two weeks earlier. Jimmy Miller would have his best finish ever at I-55 Raceway as he came home with a second place finish. Kent Nations would finish third, with Ronnie Bader taking fourth and Kyle Stolzer would complete the top five.

The biggest field ever for a regular weekly racing event were on hand in the UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stock division. Twenty-eight cars signed in and twenty-six of those started the main event. Nathan Portell would hold off Jason Crump to earn the victory. Tim Griffaw would finish in the third spot with Pat Brewer taking fourth and Gary Range fifth.

UMP Late Models - 29 Entries
Heat 1
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 51 Mark faust
3. 16 Mike Hammerle
4. 51 Steve Shive
5. 78 Chad Zobrist
6. 1 Ron McQuerry
7. 81 Craig Smith
8. 14U Bruce Unterbrink
9. 47 Danny Haynes
10. 68 Tom Fitzgerald DNS

Heat 2
1. 87 Ken Rumble
2. 33 Tim Manville
3. 27 Mike Schulte
4. 30 Mark Voigt
5. 95 Jeff Johns
6. 11Z Bryan Collins
7. 7 Rich Lawson
8. 13 Dewayne Keifer
9. 33 Ricky Frankel
10. 10 Rodney Pense

Heat 3
1. 8 Kyle Steffens
2. 50 Ed Dixon
3. 16 Rusty Griffaw
4. 28 Don Klein
5. 28B John Beck
6. 67 Dylan Sharp
7. 00 Rick Rhodes
8. 7W Trace Westling
9. 66H Allen Hammond

Dash
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 33 Tim Manville
3. 51 Mark Faust
4. 87 Ken Rumble
5. 16 Rusty Griffaw
6. 8 Kyle Steffens
7. 50 Ed Dixon
8. 30 Mark Voigt
9. 16 Mike Hammerle

Semi
1. 81 Craig Smith
2. 13 Dewayne Keifer
3. 47 Danny Haynes
4. 7 Rich Lawson
5. 33 Ricky Frankel
6. 7W Trace Westling
7. 10 Rodney Pense
8. 14U Bruce Unterbrink
9. 66 Allen Hammond
10. 00 Rick Rhodes

Feature
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 33 Tim Manville
3. 51 Mark Faust
4. 30 Mark Voigt
5. 87 Ken Rumble
6. 50 Ed Dixon
7. 8 Kyle Steffens
8. 95 Jeff Johns
9. 13 Dewayne Keifer
10. 78 Chad Zobrist
11. 67 Dylan Sharp
12. 7 Rich Lawson
13. 33 Ricky Frankel
14. 1 Ron McQuerry
15. 16 Mike Hammerle
16. 27 Mike Schulte
17. 47 Danny Haynes
18. 28B John Beck
19. 28 Don Kleiin
20. 16 Rusty Griffaw
21. 7W Trace Westling
22. 81 Craig Smith
23. 11Z Bryan Collins
24. 51 Steve Shive

UMP Modifieds - 44 Entries
Heat 1
1. 3D Lou Dreimeier
2. 88 Joe Puricelli
3. 30 Mike Nicholson
4. 18 Jake Seets
5. C4 Chris Soutia
6. 87S Tony Patterson
7. 21A Karl Adams
8. 15 Danny Reisinger
9. 7W Parker Williams

Heat 2
1. 31H Ricky Horton
2. 24 Paul Bauman
3. 9W Doug Wood
4. 17 Brad Thurston
5. 31P Mitch Parmeley
6. 1W Ray Walsh
7. 11B Brett Bennett
8. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
9. 17M Matt Verbeck

Heat 3
1. 24 Mike Harrison
2. 00 Steve Arpin
3. 7M Mark Miner
4. 15G Jerry Grither
5. 21 Dennis Richards
6. 8X James Reed
7. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
8. 36 Conrad Miner
9. 72X Jason Sinn

Heat 4
1. 1 Tommie Seets, Jr.
2. 4J Scott Weber
3. 21J Jeff Vernier
4. 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer
5. F5 Chris Fisher
6. 6 Ray Wagner
7. 1A Steve Meyer, Jr.
8. 25 Brett Korves

Heat 5
1. 377 Casey Pearson
2. 67 Todd McGraw
3. 99 Robbie Helms
4. 29 Jeff LaBaube
5. 0 Tim Hancock
6. 51 Timmy Hill
7. 15N Nick Todtenhaupt
8. D9 David Dunn
9. D22 Jim Brown

Dash
1. 1 Tommie Seets, Jr.
2. 00 Steve Arpin
3. 24 Mike Harrison
4. 377 Casey Pearson
5. 31 Ricky Horton
6. 3D Lou Dreimeier
7. 30 Mike Nicholson
8. 4J Scott Weber
9. 88 Joe Puricelli

Semi 1
1. 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer - Did not weigh DQ’D
2. 0 Tim Hancock
3. 1W Ray Walsh
4. 21 Dennis Richards
5. 1A Steve Meyer, Jr.
6. 51 Timmy Hill
7. 25 Brett Korves
8. C4 Chris Soutia
9. 72X Jason Sinn
10. 15R Danny Reisinger
11. 15N Nick Todtenhaupt
12. 11 Brett Bennett
13. 7W Parker Williams DNS

Semi 2
1. 29 Jeff LeBaube
2. 31P Mitch Parmeley
3. 6 Ray Wagner
4. 8X James Reed
5. 87 Tony Patterson
6. 36 Conrad Miner
7. 21A Karl Adams
8. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
9. D22 Jim Brown
10. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
11. D9 David Dunn
12. F5 Chris Fisher
13. 17M Matt Verbeck DNS

Feature
1. 00 Steve Arpin
2. 1 Tommie Seets, Jr.
3. 31 Ricky Horton
4. 24 Mike Harrison
5. 9W Doug Wood
6. 24 Paul Bauman
7. 0 Tim Hancock
8. 30 Mike Nicholson
9. 377 Casey Pearson
10. 4J Scott Weber
11. 15 Jerry Grither
12. 99 Robby Helms
13. 7M Mark Miner
14. 88 Joe Puricelli
15. 67 Todd McGraw
16. 21J Jeff Vernier
17. 6 Ray Wagner
18. 29 Jeff LeBaube
19. 21 Dennis Richards
20. 17T Brad Thurston
21. 18 Jake Seets
22. 31P Mitch Parmeley
23. 1W Ray Walsh
24. 3D Lou Driemeier

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 33 Entries
Heat 1
1. 11 Jeff Herzog
2. 36 Danny Ems
3. 55 Jason Keller
4. 50 Kent Nations
5. 19 Jimmy Cummins
6. 128 Tyson Gegg
7. 105 Matt Hancock
8. 43 Mike Harris
9. 38 Chuck Crostic

Heat 2
1. 57 Trey Harris - Weighed light DQ’D
2. 147 Kyle Stolzer
3. 96 Tim Hollerbach
4. 62 Troy Medley
5. 23 Kevin Mosier
6. 16 Joe McCain
7. 66L Sam Lopretta
8. 32 Jerry Fleming

Heat 3
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 20 Jimmy Miller
3. 67 Ronnie Bader
4. 360 Rob Stuart
5. 40 Donnie Mosier
6. 82 Pat Chalmers
7. 444 Marc Roberson
8. 3 Scott Hensler

Heat 4
1. 97 John Goodson
2. 5 Mike McMullin
3. 8 Steve Edgecomb
4. 95 Jeremy Nash
5. 112 Jason Davinroy
6. 86 Eric Hogenmiller
7. 69 Derek Bryant
8. 39 Donnie Harkins

Dash
1. 96 Tim Hollerbach
2. 97 John Goodson
3. 11 Jeff Herzog
4. 12 Troy Naeger
5. 62 Troy Medley
6. 36 Danny Ems
7. 67 Ronnie Bader
8. 147 Kyle Stolzer
9. 8 Steve Edgecomb

Semi
1. 40 Donnie Mosier
2. 128 Tyson Gegg
3. 69 Derek Bryant
4. 82 Pat Chalmers
5. 57 Trey Harris - Weighed light DQ’D
6. 105 Matt Hancock
7. 3 Scott Hensler
8. 112 Jason Davinroy
9. 444 Marc Roberson
10. 32 Jerry Fleming
11. 39 Donnie Harkins
12. 86 Eric Hogenmiller
13. 66 Sam Lopretta
14. 43 Mike Harris DNS
15. 38 Chuck Crostic DNS

Feature
1. 11 Jeff Herzog
2. 20 Jimmy Miller
3. 50 Kent Nations
4. 67 Ronnie Bader
5. 147 Kyle Stolzer
6. 360 Rob Stuart
7. 16 Joe McCain
8. 69 Derek Bryant
9. 82 Pat Chalmers
10. 40 Donnie Mosier
11. 36 Danny Ems
12. 55 Jason Keller
13. 8 Steve Edgecomb
14. 97 John Goodson
15. 96 Tim Hollerbach
16. 105 Matt Hancock
17. 5 Mike McMullin
18. 23 Kevin Mosier
19. 62 Troy Medley
20. 3 Scott Hensler
21. 95 Jeremy Nash
22. 19 Jimmy Cummins
23. 128 Tyson Gegg
DQ. 12 Troy Naeger

UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 28 Entries
Heat 1
1. 49 Nathan Portell
2. 65 Gary Range
3. 3 Tim Griffaw
4. 54 Gerald Buechting
5. 51 Joel Potter
6. 36 Trey Lawrence
7. 17 Andrew Nausley
8. 99 Chuck Johnson
9. 81 Patrick Duke
10. 61 Steve Richards

Heat 2
1. 86 Jason Crump
2. 16 Jacob Buechting
3. 11 Gage Sumner
4. 83 Pat Brewer
5. 2 Philip Stuart
6. 48 David Kite
7. 19 Jessica Buechting
8. 186 Steven Crump
9. 10 Homer Mooney

Heat 3
1. 66 Jason Marquitz
2. 94 Ricky Hundley
3. 77 Ron Lyons
4. 105 Jason Hancock
5. 68 James Thornhill
6. 29 Robin Linnenbrink
7. 667 Jackie Buechting
8. 87 Gerald Gottschalk
9. 1 Ben Cochran

Feature
1. 49 Nathan Portell
2. 86 Jason Crump
3. 3 Tim Griffaw
4. 83 Pat Brewer
5. 65 Gary Range
6. 10H Homer Mooney
7. 11 Gage Sumner
8. 2S Philip Stuart
9. 66 Jason Marquitz
10. 54 Gerald Buechting
11. 36 Trey Lawrence
12. 61 Steve Richards
13. 1B Ben Cochran
14. 99 Chuck Johnson
15. 29 Robin Linnenbrink
16. 19 Jessica Buechting
17. 87 Gerald Gottschalk
18. 94 Rickey Hundley
19. 77 Ron Lyons
20. 17 Andrew Nausley
21. 51 Joel Potter
22. 667 Jackie Buechting
23. 105 Jason Hancock
24. 16 Jacob Buechting
DQ. 68 James Thornhill
DQ. 48 David Kite
DNS. 81 Patrick Duke
DNS. 186 Stephen Crump

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