Brian Shirley, Bobby Bittle, Jimmy Cummins & Chris Fisher take victories at I-55 Raceway!


Brian Shirley


Bobby Bittle


Jimmy Cummins


Chris Fisher

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Pevely, MO (April 25, 2009) A huge field of 119 racecars filled the pit area on a warm but very windy evening at I-55 Raceway. Twenty-seven UMP Super Late Models were on hand including central Illinois drivers Brian Shirley and Billy Drake. It proved to be a great night for Brian Shirley as he swept the night's events. Shirley took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the entire event. The main event got off to a very rocky start as outside front row starter Craig Smith got into the outside wall exiting turn two adn then got sideways on the backstretch on the opening lap. The crash collected several cars and eliminated Billy Faust and Ron McQuerry from the event. On the complete restart, Shirley once again pulled out to the lead over new front row starter Jeff Johns who settled into second with Ed Dixon running third and Brent Kreke fourth. Just seven laps into the event, fifth place running Danny Haynes jumped the cushion and got into the outside wall in turn two. Dave Jumper made hard contact with him and the crash collected several others and ended the night for Haynes, Jumper and Randy Korte. During the caution, second place running Jeff Johns exited the track with mechanical issues. Brian Shirley would continue his great run after the restart and went on to victory. Ed Dixon would finish a strong second with Brian Collins taking third. Tim Manville stormed from the eighteenth starting position to finish fourth with Brent Kreke rounding out the top five.
Bobby Bittle paced all twenty-five laps of the UMP Modified Main Event. Bittle was dominant as he stayed several car lengths ahead of what turned out to be a fierce battle for second. No less than eight different drivers exchanged the second through fourth place positions throughout the main event. Tommie Seets, Jr. finally got the second spot from Ricky Horton with just a couple of laps remaining to finish in the runner-up position. Ray Walsh would also get by Horton on the final lap to finish third, leaving Horton with the fourth position. Scott Weber would round out the top five with Tim Hancock, Randy Korte, Kenny Rumble, Tom Ratajczyk and Brent Mullins finishing sixth through tenth as they all battled in one big pack.

UMP Late Models - 27 Entries
Heat 1
1. 95 Jeff Johns
2. 27S Kenny Helmick
3. 50 Ed Dixon
4. 16H Mike Hammerle
5. 20 Darren Forrest
6. *6 Billy Drake
7. 28 Don Klein
8. 23 Paul Roider
9. 22P John Paule

Heat 2
1. 3s Brian Shirley
2. 92B Billy Faust
3. 81 Craig Smith
4. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
5. 1HR Ron McQuerry
6. 1s Rick Salters
7. 7 Rich Lawson
8. 27 Jeff Beyers
9. 26 Ken Estes

Heat 3
1. 47 Danny Haynes
2. 2J Dave Jumper
3. 13 Brent Kreke
4. 11Z Bryan Collins
5. 80D Dylan Sharp
6. 33 Tim Manville
7. 00 Randy Korte
8. 8 Kyle Steffens
9. 13 Dewayne Keifer

Dash
1. 3s Brian Shirley
2. 81 Craig Smith
3. 50 Ed Dixon
4. 95 Jeff Johns
5. 92B Billy Faust
6. 47 Danny Haynes
7. 13 Brent Kreke
8. 2J Dave Jumper
9. 27s Kenny Helmick

Feature
1. (1) 3S Brian Shirley
2. (3) 50 Ed Dixon
3. (11) 11Z Bryan Collins
4. (18) 33 Tim Manville
5. (7) 13 Brent Kreke
6. (10) 112 Tim Ratajczyk
7. (2) 81 Craig Smith
8. (16) 6 Billy Drake
9. (17) 1S Rick Salter
10. (22) 8 Kyle Steffens
11. (25) 13 Dewayne Kiefer
12. (12) 16H Mike Hammerle
13. (24) 22P John Paule
14. (21) 7 Rich Lawson
15. (9) 27S Kenny Helmick
16. (13) 20 Darren Forest
17. (15) 80D Dylan Sharp
18. (23) 23 Paul Roider
19. (20) 28 Donnie Klein
20. (4) 95 Jeff Johns
21. (8) 2J Dave Jumper
22. (19) 00 Randy Korte
23. (6) 47 Danny Haynes
24. (5) 92B Billy Faust
25. (14) 1HR Ron McQuerry
DNS. 27B Jeff Beyers
DNS. 26 Ken Estes

UMP Modifieds - 30 Entries
Heat 1
1. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
2. 6 Ray Wagner
3. 41M Brent Mullins
4. 1S Tommie Seets
5. 00 Randy Korte
6. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
7. 21J Jeff Vernier
8. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
9. 31P Mitch Parmeley
10. C4 Chris Soutiea DNS

Heat 2
1. 17 Brad Thurston
2. 4J Scott Weber
3. 45M Eric Mabery
4. 1W Ray Walsh
5. 0 Tim Hancock
6. 10 Ken Rumble
7. 2 Robbie Helms
8. 51 Tim Hill
9. 21 Dennis Richards
10. 16 Rusty Griffaw

Heat 3
1. 31 Ricky Horton
2. 89 Bobby Bittle
3. 1X James Reed
4. 9W Doug Wood
5. 7 Mark Miner
6. 36 Conrad Miner
7. 377 Casey Pearson
8. 22 Chucky Milam
9. 69 Mark Hunter
10. 11B Brett Bennett DNS

Dash
1. 89 Bobby Bittle
2. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
3. 31 Ricky Horton
4. 17 Brad Thurston
5. 1 Tommie Seets
6. 41M Brent Mullins
7. 4J Scott Weber
8. 9W Doug Wood
9. 6 Ray Wagner

Semi
1. 36 Conrad Miner
2. 51 Tim Hill
3. 21 Dennis Richards
4. 16 Rusty Griffaw
5. 2 Robbie Helms
6. 21J Jeff Vernier
7. 31P Mitch Parmeley
8. 22 Chucky Milam
9. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
10. C4 Chris Soutiea
11. 69 Mark Hunter DNS
12. 11B Brett Bennett DNS

Feature
1. (1) 89 Bobby Bittle
2. (5) 1s Tommie Seets
3. (12) 1W Ray Walsh
4. (3) 31 Ricky Horton
5. (7) 4J Scott Weber
6. (15) 0 Tim Hancock
7. (13) 00 Randy Korte
8. (16) 10 Ken Rumble
9. (2) 12 Tom Ratajczyk
10. (6) 41M Brent Mullins
11. (9) 6 Ray Wagner
12. (22) 16 Rusty Griffaw
13. (19) 36 Conrad Miner
14. (20) 51 Tim Hill
15. (24) 21J Jeff Vernier
16. (21) 21 Dennis Richards
17. (8) 9W Doug Wood
18. (14) 7 Mark Miner
19. (11) 1X James Reed
20. (17) 7Z Matt Zimmerly
21. (23) 2 Robbie Helms
22. (18) 377 Casey Pearson
23. (10) 45M Eric Mabery
24. (4) 17 Brad Thurston

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 35 Entries
Heat 1
1. 96 Tim Hollerbach
2. 34 Dave Armstrong
3. 66 Sam Lopretta
4. 105 Matt Hancock
5. 128 Tyson Gegg
6. 21H Eric Hogenmiller
7. 192 Mark Spraul
8. 12 Troy Naeger
9. 13 Josh Ray DNS

Heat 2
1. 11 Jeff Herzog
2. 36 Danny Ems
3. 99 Chuck Adams
4. 82 Jim Clark
5. 59 Ryan Gegg
6. C16 Cory Brown
7. 15 Matt Brucato
8. 94 Dan Freidrich
9. 38 Chuck Crostic

Heat 3
1. 57 Trey Harris
2. 67 Ronnie Bader
3. 147 Kyle Stolzer
4. 19 Jimmy Cummins
5. M16 Joe McCain
6. 23s Brad Smith
7. 8 Steve Edgecomb
8. 65 Gary Range
9. 3 Scott Hensler

Heat 4
1. 49 Brad Paquet
2. 28 Tom Smallwood
3. 23M Scott Mosier
4. 18 Daryl Dodge
5. 55 Jason Keller
6. E7 Sam Worley
7. 29 Jeff LeBaube
8. 64 Jim Smith

Dash
1. 49 Brad Paquet
2. 57 Trey Harris
3. 11 Jeff Herzog
4. 96 Tim Hollerbach
5. 28 Tom Smallwood
6. 99 Chuck Adams
7. 23M Scott Mosier
8. 34 Dave Armstrong
9. 36 Danny Ems

Semi
1. 55 Jason Keller
2. E7 Sam Worley
3. 12 Troy Naeger
4. 128 Tyson Gegg
5. 8 Steve Edgecomb
6. 23 Brad Smith
7. 29 Jeff LeBaube
8. 192 Mark Spraul
9. 65 Gary Range
10. 38 Chuck Crostic
11. 15 Matt Brucato
12. 94 Dan Friedrich
13. C16 Cory Brown
14. 13 Josh Ray
15. 21H Eric Hogenmiller
16. 3 Scott Hensler
DNS. 64 Jim Smith

Feature
1. (13) 19 Jimmy Cummins
2. (4) 96 Tim Hollerbach
3. (7) 23M Kevin Mosier
4. (21) 12 Troy Naeger
5. (11) 147 Kyle Stolzer
6. (3) 11 Jeff Herzog
7. (19) 55 Jason Keller
8. (17) 18 Daryl Dodge
9. (15) 16 Joe McCain
10. (16) 82 Jim Clark
11. (12) 66 Sam Lopretta
12. (22) 128 Tyson Gegg
13. (23) 8 Steve Edgecombe
14. (10) 67 Ronnie Bader
15. (6) 99 Chuck Adams
16. (18) 59 Ryan Gegg
17. (1) 49 Brad Paquet
18. (2) 57 Trey Harris
19. (24) 23S Brad Smith
20. (14) 105 Matt Hancock
21. (8) 34 Dave Armstrong
22. (5) 28 Tom Smallwood
23. (9) 36 Danny Ems
24. (20) E7 Sam Worley

UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 27 Entries
Heat 1
1. 23 Chris Fisher
2. 28 Sage Thornhill
3. 667 Jackie Buechting
4. 62 Kelly Hebenstreet
5. 51 Ben Cochran
6. 18 Aron Faulkner
7. 66 Gerald Buechting
8. 28B Mike Brown
9. 8 Billy Lapaglia

Heat 2
1. 49 Justin McCallister
2. 93 Brian Spalding
3. 94 Ricky Hundley
4. 22 Larry Gould
5. 42 Charlie David
6. 19 Jessica Buechting
7. 57 Earl Pryor
8. 36 Trey Lawrence
9. 65 Josh Range

Heat 3
1. 31 Mark Todd
2. 86 Jason Crump
3. 2s Philip Stuart
4. 16 Jacob Buechting
5. 7 Blake Jost
6. 22 Jerry Cover
7. 77 Ron Lyons
8. 20 Zachary Busch
9. 105 Dan Hancock

Feature
1. (1) 23 Chris Fisher
2. (3) 31 Mark Todd
3. (2) 49 Justin McCallister
4. (6) 86 Jason Crump
5. (5) 93 Brian Spalding
6. (21) 28B Mike Brown
7. (9) 2s Philip Stuart
8. (10) 16 Jacob Buechting
9. (4) 28T Sage Thornhill
10. (15) 7 Blake Jost
11. (12) 42 Charlie David
12. (16) 22C Jerry Cover
13. (8) 62 Kelly Hebenstreet
14. (17) 19 Jessica Buechting
15. (13) 51 Ben Cochran
16. (20) 36 Trey Lawrence
17. (11) 22G Larry Gould
18. (7) 667 Jackie Buechting
19. (19) 66 Gerald Buechting
20. (18) 57 Earl Pryor
21. (23) 20 Zachary Busch
22. (14) 18 Aron Faulkner
23. (24)105 Dan Hancock
24. (22) 8 Billy Lapaglia
DNS. 94 Ricky Hundley
DNS. 65 Josh Range
DNS. 77 Ron Lyons

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