Faust, Hancock, Ems & Turner take victories at I-55 Raceway!


Billy Faust


Tim Hancock


Danny Ems


Jeff Turner

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Pevely, MO (April 3, 2010) After an overnight rain, Mother Nature provided a picture perfect April evening with blue skies and sunshine with temperatures around 70 degrees in the late afternoon.

The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds got the action started. A solid field of 28 cars assembled for the UMP DIRTcar Modified action. 2009 I-55 Raceway UMP DIRTcar Modified Track Champion Tim Hancock of Mt. Olive, Illinois showed he is ready to defend that title here in 2010. Hancock took the lead on lap two and then held off some fierce challenges by Mark Miner, Rusty Griffaw and Bobby Bittle. The most serious challenge for Hancock came just past the half-way point when Mark Miner found a fast line just one groove off the bottom and pulled along side Hancock as the two raced side by side for several laps. However, a caution would interrupt that side by side battle and after the restart, Miner couldn't make that line work anymore. In fact, he would lose ground trying to use that line as Griffaw and Bittle would both get past him. With Griffaw, Bittle and Miner battling hard for the second spot, that would allow Hancock to open just a little bit of distance in the final laps and he would take the win. Griffaw would finish second for the second straight week. Bittle would finish third with Miner crossing the line fourth. Doug Wood would complete the top five.

A big field of 35 UMP DIRTcar/AARA Sportsman were on hand. Danny Ems would claim the win over a tough field of cars. Ems used his outside front row starting position to jump out to the lead and would pace the field for the entire fifteen laps. He wouldn't go unchallenged however as pole sitter Joe McCain stayed nailed to his rear bumper while he fought off challengers for the second spot. Trey Harris and Jeff Herzog were the big movers through the field as they raced up through the field after starting twelfth and thirteenth respectively to finish third and fourth. Kyle Stolzer would round out the top five.

In the UMP DIRTcar Late Model division, 29 cars signed in to battle on the high banked one third mile dirt oval. At the drop of the green flag, pole sitter Rickey Frankel jumped out to the early and looked very strong as he would pace the field for the first sixteen laps of the twenty-five lap main event. Bryan Collins would challenge Frankel early on and then after a couple of laps it would be Tim Manville providing the heat to Frankel for the top spot. It didn't take long before Billy Faust, who sit out most of last season and is piloting Randy Korte's machine while Korte fights problems with his back, to move into the second spot. Faust would then run down Frankel and provide the most pressure Frankel had seen the entire event. On lap seventeen, Faust would find his opportunity to take over the top spot as they exited turn two and raced down the back stretch while they worked lapped traffic. Faust would prove too strong and lead the final 9 laps to take the win. Frankel would suffer a flat left rear late in the event to bring a disappointing end to a great run. Mark Voigt would claim the second spot at the checkered flag while Tim Manville crossed the line in third. Brian Collins would finish fourth and the young kid from California, Tyler Reddick would complete the top five.

Jeff Turner claimed his second straight UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pro 4 Stock main event. Justin McCallister charged from the tenth starting spot to finish second as he used Jason Marquitz car after fiery engine failure in his own car during his heat race. Gerald Buechting would take the third spot with Mike McGinnity taking fourth and Ben Cochran fifth.

UMP Late Models - 29 Entries
Heat 1
1. 11z Bryan Collins
2. 33 Tim Manville
3.78 Mark Miner
4. 30 Mark Voigt
5. 95 Jeff Johns
6. 117 Chuck Mitchell
7. 80d Dylan Sharp
8. 86 Jason Crump
9. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
10. 94 Jesse Dill

Heat 2
1. 00 Billy Faust
2. 33f Ricky Frankel
3. 11 Tyler Reddick
4. 81 Craig Smith
5. 2j Dave Jumper
6. 37 Brian Wolfmeier
7. 7 Rich Lawson
8. 23 Paul Roider
9. d9 David Dunn
10. 3 Craig Bessinger

Heat 3
1. 9s Ken Schrader
2. 3d Lou Dreimeier
3. 1hr Ron McQuerry
4. 27 Jeff Beyers
5. 1s Rick Salters
6. 13 Dewayne Keifer
7. 82 Billy Laycock
8. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
9. 12 Rick Standridge

Semi
1. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
2. 82 Billy Laycock
3. 80d Dylan Sharp
4. 12 Rick Standridge
5. 7 Rich Lawson
6. 86 Jason Crump
7. 76 Butch Kruckeburg
8. 23 Paul Roider
9. d9 David Dunn
10. 94 Jesse Hill
11. 3d Lou Dreimeier

Feature
1. (4) 00 Billy Faust
2. (6) 30 Mark Voigt
3. (3) 33 Tim Manville
4. (2) 11z Bryan Collins
5. (10) 11 Tyler Reddick
6. (12) 27 Jeff Beyers
7. (5) 9 Ken Schrader
8. (11) 1hr Ron McQuerry
9. (14) 2j Dave Jumper
10. (18) 13 Dewayne Keifer
11. (20) 117 Chuck Mitchell
12. (24) 86 Jason Crump
13. (8) 81 Craig Smith
14. (7) 3D Lou Driemeier
15. (23) 7 Rich Lawson
16. (21) 80D Dylan Sharp
17. (15) 95 Jeff Johns
18. (1) 33F Rickey Frankel
19. (17) 37 Brian Wolfmeier
20. (9) 78 Mark Miner
21. (13) 1S Rick Salter
22. (20) 82 Billy Laycock
23. (22) 12S Rick Standridge
24. (19) 112 Tim Ratajczyk

UMP Modifieds - 28 Entries
Heat 1
1. 9w Doug Wood
2. 16 Rusty Griffaw
3. 7 Mark Miner
4. 7z Matt Zimmerly
5. 20 Cody Clark
6. 3c Cody Conner
7. 18 Brent Thompson
8. 24 Paul Bauman
9. 62k Leo Keifer
10. 5w Ralph Wiltrout

Heat 2
1. 89 Bobby Bittle
2. 36 Conrad Miner
3. 61 Eric Franklin
4. 66 Gary Haynes
5. 10x Rob Pendergrass
6. 22 Chucky Milam
7. 17c Patrick Lewis
8. 29 Jeff LaBaube
9. 14 Billy Smith DNS

Heat 3
1. 0 Tim Hancock
2. 70 Josh Russell
3. 10x Jim Black
4. 31 Ricky Horton
5. 17 Brad Thurston
6. 4j Scott Weber
7. 21 Randy Dickman
8. c4 Chad Heady
9. 78 Alan Conner

Semi
1. 18 Brent Thompson
2. 24 Paul Bauman
3. 29 Jeff LeBaube
4. 62 Leo Keifer
5. 22 Ray Walsh
6. 17 Patrick Lewis
7. 78c Alan Conner
8. c4 Chris Soutiea
9. c4 Chad Heady
10. 21 Randy Dickman
11. 5w Ralph Wiltrout DNS

Feature
1. (3) 0 Tim Hancock
2. (4) 16 Rusty Griffaw
3. (2) 89 Bobby Bittle
4. (1) 7 Mark Miner
5. (6) 9w Doug Wood
6. (10) 31 Ricky Horton
7. (15) 4j Scott Weber
8. (5) 36 Conrad Miner
9. (8) 66 Gary Haynes
10. (11) 10x Jim Black
11. (18) 24 Paul Bauman
12. (7) 70 Josh Russell
13. (16) 17 Brad Thurston
14. (19) 18 Brent Thompson
15. (13) 7z Matt Zimmerly
16. (17) 3c Cody Conner
17. (21) 29 Jeff LeBaube
18. (20) 62k Leo Keifer
19. (24) 78 Alan Conner
20. (22) 17c Patrick Lewis
21. (14) 10x Rob Pendergrass
22. (12) 20 Cody Clark
23. (9) 61 Erik Franklin
24. (23) 22 Ray Walsh

UMP/AARA Sportsman - 35 Entries
Heat 1
1. 99 Chuck Adams
2. m16 Joe McCain
3. 65 Ken Rumble
4. 57 Trey Harris
5. 21 Eric Hogenmiller
6. 3 Scott Hensler
7. 327 Chuck Goodman
8. 2m Allen Meyer
9. 8 Eddie Lowery - DQ'd Illegal Carb

Heat 2
1. 28 Tyson Gegg
2. 49 Brad Paquet
3. 444 Marc Roberson
4. 5h Scott Hammack
5. 15 Matt Brucato
6. 23 Kevin Mosier
7. 7s Tom Stone
8. 10 Daryn Klein
9. t2 Grant Evans

Heat 3
1. 36 Danny Ems
2. 192 Mark Spraul
3. 59 Ryan Gegg
4. 11 Jeff Herzog
5. 12 Troy Naeger
6. 5m Mike McMullin
7. 18 Buddy Lowery
8. 6 Rick Ruch
9. 105 Matt Hancock

Heat 4
1. 147 Kyle Stolzer
2. 8e Steve Edgcomb
3. 168 Mike Armstrong
4. 55 Jason Keller
5. 16 Jake Buechting
6. 68 Scott Bourland
7. 7t John Tosti
8. 50 Kent Nations - DQ'd Illegal Spring

Semi
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 15 Matt Brucato
3. 327 Chuck Goodman
4. 3 Scott Hensler
5. 5m Mike McMullen
6. 16 Jake Buechting
7. 7s Tom Stone
8. 10 Daryn Klein
9. 7t John Tosti
10. 68 Scott Bourland
11. t2 Grant Evans
12. 6 Rick Ruch
13. 18 Buddy Lowery
14. 105 Matt Hancock
15. 2m Allen Meyer DNS
16. 8 Eddie Lowery DNS

Feature
1. (2) 36 Danny Ems
2. (1) m16 Joe McCain
3. (12) 57 Trey Harris
4. (13) 11 Jeff Herzog
5. (4) 147 Kyle Stolzer
6. (7) 49 Brad Paquet
7. (5) 99 Chuck Adams
8. (3) 8E Steve Edgecomb
9. (9) 65 Ken Rumble
10. (10) 59 Ryan Gegg
11. (15) 55K Jason Keller
12. (17) 23 Kevin Mosier
13. (8) 444 Marc Roberson
14. (19) 12 Troy Naeger
15. (22) 3 Scott Henseler
16. (21) 327 Chuck Goodman
17. (11) 192 Mark Spraul
18. (16) 5H Scott Hammock
19. (23) 5M Mike McMullin
20. (24) 16 Jacob Buechting
21. (18) 21 Eric Hogenmiller
22. (14) 168 Mike Armstrong
23. (6) 28 Tyson Gegg
24. (20) 15B Matt Brucato

UMP AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 14 Entries
Heat 1
1. 11 Jeff Turner
2. 51 Ben Cochran
3. 81p James Price
4. 14 Cameron McCall
5. 22 Joe Laws
6. 49 Justin McCallister
7. 7j Blake Jost DNS

Heat 2
1. 23 Mike McGinnity
2. 1 Jason Marquitz
3. 19 Gerald Buechting
4. 18 Aron Faulkner
5. 01 Billy Lapaglia
6. 667 Jackie Buechting
7. 21 Tom Rorabacher

Feature
1. (2) 11 Jeff Turner
2. (10) 1 Justin McCallister
3. (1) 19 Gerald Buechting
4. (3) 23 Mike McGinnity
5. (4) 51 Ben Cochran
6. (8) 18 Aron Faulkner
7. (9) 01 Billy Lapaglia
8. (7) 14 Cameron McCall
9. (5) 22 Joe Laws
10. (6) 81p James Price
11. 49 Jason Marquitz DNS
12. 667 Jackie Buechting DNS
13. 21 Tom Rorabacher DNS
14. 7j Blake Jost DNS

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