Manville, Horton, Naeger & Fisher take victories at I-55 Raceway!

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Ricky Horton


Tim Manville


Troy Naeger


Chris Fisher

Pevely, MO (April 4, 2009) I-55 Raceway got their 2009 racing season kicked off in dramatic fashion! There were 112 racecars that filled the pit area to compete in the four divisions at I-55 Raceway. Tim Manville of Highland, Illinois collected his very first feature victory in his young career in the U.M.P. DIRTcar Super Late Model division. As always, Manville had to beat out a stellar field of Super Late Models at I-55 Raceway. At the drop of the green flag, pole sitter Randy Korte jumped out to the lead, however Manville fell in behind Korte and stayed glued to his rear bumper as they raced around the 1/3 mile dirt oval. In just a few short laps, 2008 I-55 Raceway Track Champion Billy Faust would move into the third position and join Korte and Manville for the battle for the lead. All three diced through lapped traffic as they battled for the lead. A couple of cautions just past half way involving cars running in the top five slowed the field, one for Craig Smith's broken front suspension and the other for Brent Kreke who slowed when he lost oil pressure. This allowed Korte, Manville and Faust to regroup and get away from lapped traffic for a short while. However, it only took a couple of laps after the final caution period for the leaders to reach lapped traffic again and Manville made his move on Korte as he dove under him as they went to turn four. Korte and Manville traded a little paint as they exited turn four and fought for the lead down the front stretch. Manville would get the advantage going into turn one and proceeded to pull away in final six laps and take the win. Korte would hold off Faust for second. Faust took the third spot with Brian Dively crossing the line in fourth. Ed Dixon brought his machine home with a fifth place finish as he rode the highside and moved up from the eleventh starting position.

The U.M.P. DIRTcar Modifieds once again put on a spectacular show that saw three different leaders in the final eight laps. Ray Walsh took lead at the start and led the first twelve laps with Ricky Horton running a close second. Scott Weber, who started third, lost a couple of spots early in the event, but found a faster line after started moving towards the front. On lap twelve, Weber and Horton would make it three-wide with Walsh for the lead with Weber taking over the top spot. Weber's lead would only last a few short laps before Horton would move under Weber to take over the top spot. Horton would go on to score the victory with Weber taking second. Bobby Bittle finish in the third position with Rusty Griffaw finishing fourth and Tim Hancock completed the top five.

Troy Naeger claimed the victory in the U.M.P. DIRTcar Sportsman division. Naeger moved past pole-sitter Jeff LeBaube on lap three and then had to hold off LeBaube in the closing laps to take the win. LeBaube would have to settle for a second place finish. Tim Hollerbach would finish in the third position with Danny Ems finishing fourth. Tom Smallwood completed the top five.

Chris Fisher returned to the U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A. Pro 4 Stock division and started the season off with a victory over a huge field of competitors. Five other cars battled with Fisher in a big pack for the lead. Philip Stuart would claim the second spot with Just McCallister taking third. Jason Crump would finish fourth and Jacob Buechting completed the top five.

U.M.P. DIRTcar Modifieds – 36 Entries
Heat 1
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 4J Scott Weber
3. 66 Gary Haynes
4. 9W Doug Wood
5. 1X James Reed
6. 2 Robby Helms
7. 59 Rich Whaley
8. 31P Mitch Parmeley
9. 21 Dennis Richards

Heat 2
1. 45M Eric Mabery
2. 16 Rusty Griffaw
3. 7 Mark Miner
4. 51 Timmy Hill
5. 21J Jeff Vernier
6. 17 Brad Thurston
7. 0 Tim Hancock
8. 15 Danny Resinger
9. 1 Chris Moore DNS

Heat 3
1. 1W Ray Walsh
2. 6 Ray Wagner
3. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
4. 89 Bobby Bittle
5. 8 Levi Kissinger
6. 22 Chucky Milam
7. C4 Chris Soutiea
8. 69 Mark Hunter
9. 12S Mike Stuckey

Heat 4
1. 31 Ricky Horton
2. 2J Jason Russell
3. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
4. 61 Eric Franklin
5. 36 Conrad Miner
6. 24 Paul Bauman
7. 4UW Bobby Regot
8. B10 Brad White
9. 10 Ken Rumble

Dash
1. 1W Ray Walsh
2. 31 Ricky Horton
3. 4J Scott Weber
4. 16 Rusty Griffaw
5. 7 Mark Miner
6. 00 Randy Korte
7. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
8. 2J Jason Russell

Semi Top 6 Advance
1. 0 Tim Hancock
2. 21J Jeff Vernier
3. 2 Robbie Helms
4. 17 Brad Thurston
5. 1X James Reed
6. 10 Ken Rumble
7. 31 Mitch Parmeley
8. B10 Brad White
9. 15 Danny Resinger
10. 22 Chucky Milam
11. C4 Chris Soutiea
12. 21 Dennis Richards
13. 69 Mark Hunter
14. 12S Mike Stuckey DNS
15. 59 Rich Whaley DNS
16. 24 Paul Bauman DNS
17. 4UW Bobby Regot DNS
18. 1 Chris Moore DNS

Feature
1. 31 Ricky Horton (2)
2. 4J Scott Weber (3)
3. 89 Bobby Bittle (9)
4. 16 Rusty Griffaw (4)
5. 0 Tim Hancock (17)
6. 1W Ray Walsh (1)
7. 00 Randy Korte (6)
8. 9W Doug Wood (11)
9. 7 Mark Miner (5)
10. 36 Conrad Miner (15)
11. 12 Tom Ratajczyk (14)
12. 66 Gary Haynes (13)
13. 2J Jason Russell (8)
14. 6 Ray Wagner (10)
15. 21J Jeff Vernier (20)
16. 8 Levi Kissinger (16)
17. 51 Timmy Hill (18)
18. 2 Robby Helms (19)
19. 17 Brad Thurston (22)
20. 10 Ken Rumble (24)
21. B10 Brad White (21)(alternate)
22. 7Z Matt Zimmerly (7)
23. 61 Eric Franklin (12)
24. 31P Mitch Parmeley (23)(alternate)
DNS. 45M Eric Mabery
DNS. 1X James Reed

U.M.P. DIRTcar Late Models – 24 Entries
Heat 1
1. 81 Craig Smith
2. 92B Billy Faust
3. 1HR Ron McQuerry
4. 47 Danny Haynes
5. 30 Mark Voigt
6. 27S Kenny Helmick
7. 92K Brant Kehrer
8. 7 Rich Lawson

Heat 2
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 95 Jeff Johns
3. 11D Brian Diveley
4. 27B Jeff Beyers
5. 50 Ed Dixon
6. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
7. 80D Dylan Sharp
8. 11Z Bryan Collins

Heat 3
1. 33 Tim Manville
2. 13 Brent Kreke
3. 2J Dave Jumper
4. 28 Don Klein
5. 20 Darron Forrest
6. 45 Mike Jessup
7. 23 Paul Roider
8. D9 David Dunn

Dash
1. 00 Randy Korte
2. 33 Tim Manville
3. 13 Brent Kreke
4. 95 Jeff Johns
5. 92B Billy Faust
6. 81 Craig Smith
7. 2J David Jumper
8. 11D Bryan Diveley
9. 1HR Ron McQuerry

Feature
1. 33 Tim Manville (2)
2. 00 Randy Korte (1)
3. 92B Billy Faust (5)
4. 11D Brian Diveley (8)
5. 50 Ed Dixon (11)
6. 95 Jeff Johns (4)
7. 47 Danny Haynes (12)
8. 27 Jeff Beyers (13)
9. 2J Dave Jumper (7)
10. 7 Rich Lawson (23)
11. 112 Tim Ratajczyk (17)
12. 27S Kenny Helmick (16)
13. 80D Dylan Sharp (21)
14. 20 Darron Forrest (15)
15. 28 Don Klein (14)
16. 92K Brant Kehrer (20)
17. 1HR Ron McQuerry (9)
18. 45 Mike Jessup (18)
19. D9 David Dunn (22)
20. 30 Mark Voigt (10)
21. 13 Brent Kreke (3)
22. 11Z Bryan Collins (24)
23. 23 Paul Roider (19)
24. 81 Craig Smith (6)

U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A. Sportsman - 35 Entries
Heat 1
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 59 Ryan Gegg
3. 55K Jason Keller
4. 105 Matt Hancock
5. 3 Scott Hensler
6. 34 David Armstrong
7. 18 Daryl Dodge
8. 49 Brad Paquet
9. 15 Matt Brucato

Heat 2
1. 29 Jeff LaBaube
2. 96 Tim Hollerbach
3. 23 Kevin Mosier
4. 64 Jim Smith
5. 21H Eric Hogenmiller
6. 38 Chuck Crostic
7. 13 Josh Ray
8. 94 Dan Friederich
9. 20 Jimmy Miller

Heat 3
1. 36 Danny Ems
2. 57 Trey Harris
3. 16 Joe McCain
4. 99 Chuck Adams
5. 67 Ronnie Bader
6. 192 Mark Spraul
7. 92 Jim Abshier
8. 20 Robin Fee
9. 95 Jeremy Nash

Heat 4
1. 28 Tom Smallwood
2. 444 Marc Roberson
3. 11 Jeff Herzog
4. 8 Steve Edgecomb
5. 128 Tyson Gegg
6. 147 Kyle Stolzer
7. 23S Brad Smith
8. C16 Cory Brown

Dash
1. 29 Jeff Labaube
2. 12 Troy Naeger
3. 36 Danny Ems
4. 59 Ryan Gegg
5. 444 Marc Roberson
6. 28 Tommy Smallwood
7. 96 Tim Hollerbach
8. 57 Trey Harris
9. 23 Kevin Mosier

Semi
1. 67 Ronnie Bader
2. 3 Scott Hensler
3. 147 Kyle Stolzer
4. 49 Brad Paquet
5. 20 Jimmy Miller
6. 23S Brad Smith
7. 192 Mark Spraul
8. 38 Chuck Crostic
9. 34 David Armstrong
10. 92 Jim Abshier
11. 13 Josh Ray
12. 15B Matt Brucato
13. 18 Daryl Dodge
14. 16 Cory Brown
15. 94 Dan Friederich

Feature
1. 12 Troy Naeger (2)
2. 29 Jeff Labaube (1)
3. 96 Tim Hollerbach (8)
4. 36 Danny Ems (3)
5. 28 Tom Smallwood (7)
6. 57 Trey Harris (9)
7. 16 Joe McCain (13)
8. 67 Ronnie Bader (19)
9. 8 Steve Edgecomb (16)
10. 49 Brad Paquet (20)
11. 99 Chuck Adams (11)
12. 21H Eric Hogenmiller (17)
13. 64 Jim Smith (15)
14. 23S Brad Smith (22)
15. 147 Kyle Stolzer (21)
16. 105 Matt Hancock (14)
17. 3 Scott Hensler (18)
18. 444 Marc Roberson (5)
19. 23M Kevin Mosier (6)
20. 55 Jason Keller (12)
21. 192 Mark Spraul (23) (alternate)
22. 38 Chuck Crostic (24) (alternate)
23. 11 Jeff Herzog (10)
24. 59 Ryan Gegg (4)
DNS. 128 Tyson Gegg
DNS. 20 Jimmy Miller

U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A. Pro 4 Stocks - 27 Entries
Heat 1
1. 23 Chris Fisher
2. 2S Philip Stuart
3. 19 Jessica Buechting
4. 93 Brian Spalding
5. 22 Jerry Cover
6. 65 Josh Range
7. 73 Mike Henderson
8. 61 Steve Richards
9. 60 Kevin Howdershell

Heat 2
1. 16 Jacob Buechting
2. 49 Justin McCallister
3. 66 Gerald Buechting
4. 42 Charles David
5. 17 Andrew Nausley
6. 18 Aron Faulkner
7. 22G Larry Gould
8. 8 Billy LaPaglia
9. 94 Ricky Hundley DNS

Heat 3
1. 31 Mark Todd
2. 86 Jason Crump
3. 51 Ben Cochran
4. 28T Sage Thornhill
5. 667 Jackie Buechting
6. 62 Kelly Hebenstreet
7. 105 Jason Hancock
8. 28 Mike Brown
9. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth

Feature
1. 23 Chris Fisher (1)
2. 2S Philip Stuart (4)
3. 49 Justin McCallister (5)
4. 86 Jason Crump (6)
5. 16 Jacob Buechting (2)
6. 93 Brian Spalding (10)
7. 28T Sage Thornhill (12)
8. 19 Jessica Buechting (7)
9. 31 Mark Todd (3)
10. 51 Ben Cochran (9)
11. 66 Gerald Buechting (8)
12. 42 Charles David (11)
13. 22G Larry Gould (20)
14. 667 Jackie Buechting (15)
15. 17 Andrew Nausley (14)
16. 18 Aron Faulkner (17)
17. 73 mike Henderson (19)
18. 60 Kevin Howdershell (24)
19. 28B Mike Brown (23)
20. 65 Josh Range (16)
21. 62 Kelly Hebenstreet (18)
22. 74 Brandon Hedgecoth (25)
23. 22C Jerry Cover (13)
24. 105 Jason Hancock (21)
25. 8 Billy LaPaglia (22)
DNS. 94 Ricky Hundley
DNS. 61 Steve Richards

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