Korte, Harrison, Medley & Mooney take Race Night for Special Champions victories at I-55 Raceway!


Randy Korte

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Pevely, MO (July 19, 2008) I-55 Raceway and Shop N Save Grocery Stores teamed up for a special charity event to raise money for the Special Olympics of Missouri and Illinois. The event attracted another huge turnout at I-55 Raceway as 130 racecars filled the pit area. The event helped raise a lot of money for Special Olympics.
Twenty-nine UMP DIRTcar Late Models were on hand to compete for the $5,000 top prize. Randy Korte of Highland, IL took home the winner's share as he led all thirty laps of the main event. Billy Faust kept constant pressure on Korte as the two battled nose to tail lap after lap but would have to settle for a second place finish. Kevin Weaver, who ran third most of the event, stayed right with the two leaders as they battled through lapped traffic. Rusty Griffaw provided the excitement as he stormed from the eleventh starting position all the way up to third in just a few short laps as went to the top side of the track while everyone else battled on the low side. At times, Griffaw passed as many as three or four cars per lap as he went toward the front. However, Griffaw's run would come up short as the top side slowly went away along with his tires. Weaver would get back past Griffaw in the closing laps to finish third. Bryan Collins would complete the top five.

In what may of been the best UMP DIRTcar Modified feature ever run at I-55 Raceway, Mike Harrison of Highland, IL came away with the win with a spectacular pass for the lead in the closing laps. With only one caution slowing the twenty-five lap main event, no less than nine cars finished the feature within a 1/4 of the straight-away with each other. They battled two, three and four wide as they came out of turn four for the checkered flag, not only battling each other, but also five lapped cars were also in the mix. The leaders were scrambling through the lapped cars in the closing laps with Harrison making an incredible move through the lapped cars on the back stretch with just two laps remaining to wrestle the lead from Tommie Seets, Jr.

Harrison's night could of ended in disaster at that point as the lapped car of Eric Edgar made contact with the backstretch wall right in front of Harrison, causing Harrison to make an evasive move to avoid him. Harrison would survive and get to the checkered flag first. Seets would finish a very close second. Matt Mevert, Brent Mullins and Bobby Martintoni would complete the top five, however those finishing sixth through tenth were right there battling with them.

Troy Medley took another exciting victory in the UMP Sportsman division. Medley and Paul Bauman battled for most of the fifteen lap distance, however Medley would open up his lead to a few car lengths in the final three laps to earn the victory. Bauman would finish second with Danny Ems taking third. Jeff Herzog would finish fourth with Jason Keller completing the top five.

Homer Mooney paced all ten laps of the UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stock division feature event. Gary Range would finish second with Pat Brewer, Cody Conner and Jason Crump completing the top five.

UMP Late Models - 29 Entries
Heat 1
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 92B Billy Faust
3. 27 Jeff Beyers
4. 16 Rusty Griffaw
5. 3S Brian Shirley
6. 87 Ken Rumble
7. 78 Chad Zobrist
8. 51 Steve Shive
9. 14U Bruce Unterbrink
10. 66 Allen Hammond

Heat 2
1. B12 Kevin Weaver
2. 11D Brian Diveley
3. 19V Nick Vandenbergh
4. 2J Dave Jumper
5. 95 Jeff Johns
6. 7 Rich Lawson
7. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
8. 13 Dewayne Keifer
9. 1HR Ron McQuerry
10. 23 Paul Roider

Heat 3
1. 30 Mark Voigt
2. 11Z Bryan Collins
3. 82 Billy Laycock
4. 47 Danny Haynes
5. 11 Steve Karnes
6. 68 Tom Fitzgerald
7. 25 Jason Feger
8. 3L Matt Taylor
9. 33 Tim Manville

Dash
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. B12 Kevin Weaver
3. 92B Billy Faust
4. 11D Brian Diveley
5. 11Z Bryan Collins
6. 30 Mark Voigt
7. 47 Danny Haynes
8. 82 Billy Laycock
9. 27 Jeff Beyers

Semi: (Note: after a crash on the opening lap eliminated Hammond, Roider & Shive, the semi was cancelled and the remaining 7 cars added to the feature.
1. 68 Tom Fitzgerald
2. 78 Chad Zobrist
3. 25 Jason Feger
4. 13 Dewayne Kiefer
5. 14U Bruce Unterbrink
6. 1HR Ron McQuerry
7. 33 Tim Manville
8. 66H Allen Hammond II
9. 23 Paul Roider
10. 51 Steve Shive
DNS. 3L Matt Taylor

Feature
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 92b Billy Faust
3. B12 Kevin Weaver
4. 16 Rusty Griffaw
5. 11Z Bryan Collins
6. 25 Jason Feger
7. 3S Brian Shirley
8. 11D Brian Diveley
9. 33 Tim Manville
10. 83 Billy Laycock
11. 2J Dave Jumper
12. 78 Chad Zobrist
13. 87 Ken Rumble
14. 95 Jeff Johns
15. 27 Jeff Beyers
16. 1HR Ron McQuerry
17. 7 Rich Lawson
18. 19V Nick Vandenbergh
19. 14U Bruce Unterbrink
20. 13 Dewayne Keifer
21. 11 Steve Karnes
22. 47 Danny Haynes
23. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
24. 68 Tom Fitzgerald
25. 30 Mark Voigt

UMP Modifieds - 39 Entries
Heat 1
1. 22 Matt Mevert
2. 31 Ricky Horton
3. 7 Mark Miner
4. 5E Eric Edgar
5. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
6. F5 Chris Fisher
7. 21J Jeff Vernier
8. 20Z Dan Zander
9. 87S Tony Patterson
10. 11B Brett Bennett

Heat 2
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 1W Ray Walsh
3. 48 Bobby Martintoni
4. 0 Tim Hancock
5. 89 Bobby Bittle
6. 24 Paul Bauman
7. 9W Doug Wood
8. 78C Alan Conner
9. 99 Robbie Helms
10. 102 Bryan Richards

Heat 3
1. 41M Brent Mullins
2. 24 Mike Harrison
3. 9S Ken Schrader
4. 0X Steve Picou
5. C4 Chris Soutia
6. 377 Casey Pearson
7. 6 Ray Wagner
8. 7 Matt Zimmerly
9. 15 Danny Resinger
10. 8X James Reed DNS

Heat 4
1. 17 Brad Thurston
2. 1 Tommie Seets Jr.
3. 88 Joe Puricelli
4. 21 Dennis Richards
5. 59 Rich Whaley
6. 36 Conrad Miner
7. 21A Karl Adams
8. 31P Mitch Parmeley
9. 51 Timmy Hill DNS

Dash
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 1 Tommie Seets
3. 41M Brent Mullins
4. 22 Matt Mevert
5. 9S Ken Schrader
6. 17 Brad Thurston
7. 24 Mike Harrison
8. 31 Ricky Horton
9. 7 Mark Miner

Semi 1
1. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
2. 59 Rich Whaley
3. 21J Jeff vernier
4. 24B Paul Bauman
5. 99 Robbie Helms
6. 20Z Dan Zander
7. 15 Danny Resinger
8. 51 Timmy Hill
9. 21A Karl Adams
10. 102 Bryan Richards
11. 7Z Matt Zimmerly

Semi 2
1. 6 Ray Wagner
2. 377 Casey Pearson
3. C4 Chris Soutia
4. 9W Doug Wood
5. 36 Conrad Miner
6. 87 Tony Patterson
7. 8X James reed
8. 78C Alan Conner
9. 31P Mitch Parmeley
10. 11B Brett Bennett

Feature
1. 24 Mike Harrison
2. 1 Tommie Seets, Jr.
3. 22 Matt Mevert
4. 41M Brent Mullins
5. 48 Bobby Martintoni
6. 0 Tim Hancock
7. 9S Ken Schrader
8. 1W Ray Walsh
9. 4J Scott Weber
10. 89 Bobby Bittle
11. 0X Steve Picou
12. 31 Ricky Horton
13. 88 Joe Puricelli
14. 21R Dennis Richards
15. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
16. 7 Mark Miner
17. 6 Ray Wagner
18. 377 Casey Pearson
19. 21J Jeff Vernier
20. 17 Brad Thurston
21. 9W Doug Wood (alternate for Soutiea)
22. F5 Chris Fisher
23. 5E Eric Edgar
24. 24B Paul Bauman (alternate for Whaley)
DNS. 59 Rich Whaley
DNS. C4 Chris Soutiea

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 34 Entries
Heat 1
1. 55 Jason Keller
2. 49 Brad Paquet
3. 87 Gary Haynes
4. 12 Troy Naeger
5. 3 Scott Hensler
6. 28 Tom Smallwood
7. 86K Eric Hogenmiller
8. 66 Sam Lopretta
9. 17 Dave Racer

Heat 2
1. 36 Danny Ems
2. 62 Troy Medley
3. 128 Tyson Gegg
4. 5 Mike McMullen
5. 69 Derek Bryant
6. 444 Marc Roberson
7. 192 Mark Spraul
8. 13 Josh Ray
9. 8 Steve Edgecomb

Heat 3
1. 18 Paul Baumann
2. 11 Jeff Herzog
3. 82 Pat Chalmers
4. 67 Ronnie Bader
5. M16 Joe McCain
6. 15H Tommie Seets Jr.
7. 40 Donnie Mosier
8. 57 Trey Harris

Heat 4
1. 96 Tim Hollerbach
2. 20 Jimmy Miller
3. 105 Matt Hancock
4. 23 Kevin Mosier
5. 147 Kyle Stolzer
6. 19 Jimmy Cummins
7. 39 Donnie Harkins
8. 92 Jim Abshier

Dash
1. 18 Paul Bauman
2. 62 Troy Medley
3. 36 Danny Ems
4. 55 Jason Keller
5. 11 Jeff Herzog
6. 128 Tyson Gegg
7. 96 Tim Hollerbach
8. 49 Brad Paquet
9. 87 Gary Haynes

Semi
1. 3 Scott Hensler
2. 147 Kyle Stolzer
3. 19 Jimmy Cummins
4. 28 Tom Smallwood
5. 15H Tommie Seets
6. 444 Marc Roberson
7. 40 Donnie Mosier
8. 57 Trey Harris
9. 66 Sam Lopretta
10. 86K Eric Hogenmiller
11. 13 Josh Ray
12. 39 Donnie Harkins
13. 192 Mark Spraul DNS
14. 8 Steve Edgecomb DNS
15. 92 Jim Abshire DNS
16. 17 Dave Racer DNS

Feature
1. 62 Troy Medley
2. 18 Paul Bauman
3. 36 Danny Ems
4. 11 Jeff Herzog
5. 55 Jason Keller
6. 96 Tim Hollerbach
7. 12 Troy Naeger
8. 87 Gary Haynes
9. 128 Tyson Gegg
10. 20 Jimmy Miller
11. 23 Kevin Mosier
12. 105 Matt Hancock
13. 147 Kyle Stolzer
14. 49 Brad Paquet
15. 67 Ronnie Bader
16. 69 Derek Bryant
17. 15H Tommie Seets
18. 16 Joe McCain
19. 28 Tom Smallwood
20. 5 Mike McMullen
21. 3 Scott Hensler
22. 444 Marc Roberson
23. 82 Pat Chalmers
24. 19 Jimmy Cummins

UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 28 Entries
Heat 1
1. 66 Jason Marquitz
2. 71 Cody Conner
3. 65 Gary Range
4. 94 Ricky Hundley
5. 95M Josh Campbell
6. 61 Steve Richards
7. 19 Jessica Buechting
8. 68 Cody Thornhill
9. 13 Dan Nier

Heat 2
1. 10H Homer Mooney
2. 3 Rusty Griffaw
3. 86 Jason Crump
4. 83 Pat brewer
5. 667 Jackie Buechting
6. 77 Ron Lyons
7. 36 Trey Lawrence
8. 18 Aaron Faulkner
9. 78 John Honaker
10. 87 Gearld Gottschalk

Heat 3
1. 17 Andrew Nausley
2. 99 Chuck Johnson
3. 81 Patrick Duke
4. 185 Chad Philipp
5. 16 Jacob Buechting
6. 49 Nathan Portell
7. 186 Craig Philipp
8. 48 David Kite
9. 27C Jerry Cover DNS

Feature
1. 10H Homer Mooney
2. 65 Gary Range
3. 83 Pat Brewer
4. 71 Cody Conner
5. 186 Jason Crump
6. 3 Rusty Griffaw
7. 16 Jacob Buechting
8. 185 Chad Philipp
9. 99 Chuck Johnson
10. 19 Jessica Buechting
11. 17 Andrew Nausley
12. 77 Ron Lyons
13. 18 Aaron Faulkner
14. 36 Trey Lawrence
15. 61 Steve Richards
16. 81 Patrick Duke
17. 66 Jason Marquitz
18. 78 John Honaker
19. 87 Gerald Gottschalk
20. 49 Nathan Portell
21. 667 Jackie Buechting
22. 95 Josh Campbell
23. 86 Craig Philipp DNS
24. 94 Ricky Hundley DNS
25. 68 Cody Thornhill DNS
26. 48 David Kite DNS
27. 13 Dan Nier DNS
28. 27C Jerry Cover DNS

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