Billy Moyer claims I-55 Raceway’s UMP Summer Nationals! Mike Harrison takes Summit Modified win while Jeff Herzog & Dayton Racer also get victories!

Billy Moyer

Billy Moyer

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Jeff Herzog

Jeff Herzog

Dayton Racer

Dayton Racer

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By Joshua Joiner – PEVELY, Mo. (July 2) – A month ago, Billy Moyer was so slow in a Northern Allstars Late Model Series event at I-55 Raceway that race winner Brandon Sheppard nearly lapped him. Saturday night the Hall of Famer from Batesville, Ark., returned with vengeance to the St. Louis-area racetrack and found sweet redemption in the form of a $10,000 victory in the 11th leg of the 25-race UMP DIRTcar Summernationals.

After swapping the lead multiple times with series points leader Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., early in the 40-lap race, Moyer took over the top spot for good on lap 14 and led the remaining distance on his way to recording the 79th Summernationals victory of his career and his first on the tour in 2011.

“We learned a lesson the last time we were here. We just made some wrong decisions last time based on what we did before,” said Moyer, who has been a dominant driver at I-55 throughout most of his career. “This place when you see that black coming it’s slick, slick out there. But it seems like there’s more bottom the last couple times we’ve been here than what there used to be a year or two ago. We had to get in our game book.”

The fourth-starting Moyer battled with polesitter Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., and the fifth-starting Babb early in the race with each of the three drivers spending time at the front. Erb led the first four circuits before Babb took over on lap five. Moyer briefly took over the lead on lap nine, but Babb went back ahead the very next lap.

Moyer took advantage of a restart with 13 laps complete to move by Babb for good, diving to the inside of Babb when he struggled to get through turns one and two following the restart.

“That’s the joy of running behind a guy. I kinda felt like I knew where his weak spot was,” Moyer said of his move to get by Babb. “If you overrun that corner you couldn’t steer right there. I seen that happening to him before that start. I was just gonna try something there and it worked.”

Erb, a three-time Summernationals champion, faded to fourth midway through race, but battled back and moved by Babb and Matt Miller of Whitehouse, Ohio, late in the race to finish second and earn his first top five on the tour this season.

Miller and Babb battled side-by-side for third in the closing laps with Miller taking the position by less than a car length at the finish. Babb finished fourth, extending his lead in the points standings with his eighth top 10 on the tour this year. Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C., finished fifth for his second top-five finish in three career series starts.

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In the UMP DIRTcar Modified main event, Mike Harrison would take his fifth DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory. Tim Hancock took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the early laps with Harrison right on his rear bumper. Matt Mevert then moved in to make it a three car battle. As all three worked the low side, Mevert would get under Harrison and take the second spot, forcing Harrison to a higher line. Harrison would then go all the way to the top and use the cushion to drive past both Mevert and Hancock for the top spot. Mevert would slip past Hancock and continue to fight with Harrison for the lead. Ken Schrader would move into position just past the half way point to battle with the leaders. As the laps were winding down, Harrison, Schrader and Mevert would have a great, often three wide battle for the lead. A late race caution with two laps to go would setup a final battle for the win. Harrison and Schrader would battle side by side as they took the white flag. Harrison would use the high side in turns one and two on the final circuit and get a good run down the back stretch to move just ahead of Schrader. Harrison would dive to the bottom in turns three and four to block Schrader’s final challenge. Harrison would take the win with Schrader second and Mevert finishing third. Ricky Horton would finish fourth with Brent Mullins rounding out the top five.

Jeff Herzog continued his dominating season in the UMP DIRTcar/AARA Sportsman division. Herzog, who is looking for his fourth consecutive track championship in the division, started in the eighth spot and worked his way to the front flawlessly to take over the lead on lap ten. Trey Harris would try to challenge him late for the win but would come up short and settle for the second spot. Steve Edgecombe would get the third spot with Troy Naeger and Jason Keller rounding out the top five.

Dayton Racer got his third UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pro 4 Stock feature win of the season. Racer led all ten laps, holding off Earl Pryor in the early laps, then Jacob Rexing and Aron Faulkner in the closing laps to earn the win. Dayton’s dad and grandfather also competed in the Pro 4 Stock division making it three generations all racing together. Faulkner would finish second with Mike McGinnitey taking third. Rexing would finish fourth and Ken Freeman fifth.

UMP DIRTcar Late Models – 41 Entries
Qualifying
Group 1
1.18 Shannon Babb 12.623
2.21m Billy Moyer 12.805
3.89 Mike Spatola 12.971
4.55 Jeep Van Wormer 12.977
5.00 Randy Korte 12.989
6.81s Craig Smith 13.017
7.30 Mark Voigt 13.235
8.24 Ryan Unzicker 13.249
9.22 Dan Jacober 13.509
10.77 Jason McBride 13.662
11.25 Len Garson 15.274

Group 2
1.1v Will Vaught 13.040
2.33m Tim Manville 13.108
3.81 Scott James 13.207
4.1s Jack Sullivan 13.292
5.21jr Billy Moyer Jr. 13.336
6.1w Donny Walden 13.411
7.96t Tanner English 13.549
8.00x Dewayne Kiefer 13.649
9.76 Butch Kruckeberg 14.451
10.25 Jason Feger no time

Group 3
1.28e Dennis Erb 13.053
2.7m Matt Miller 13.081
3.9s Dan Schlieper 13.163
4.b5 Brandon Sheppard 13.235
5.32 Bobby Pierce 13.342
6.54 Dillon White 13.540
7.33f Ricky Frankel 13.859
8.66 Chris Hall 14.548
9.7z Matt Zimmerly 14.556
10.49w Simon McNab 14.597

Group 4
1.3s Brian Shirley 13.084
2.3 Austin Dillon 13.250
3.7r Kent Robinson 13.270
4.6k Michael Kloos 13.431
5.78m Mark Miner 13.590
6.2j Dave Jumper 13.633
7.23 Paul Roider 13.896
8.86 Jason Crump 13.899
9.1hr Ron McQuerry 13.968
10.95 Jeff Johns 14.022

Heat 1
1.21 Billy Moyer
2.18 Shannon Babb
3.55 Jeep Van Wormer
4.00 Randy Korte
5.81 Craig Smith
6.89s Mike Spatola
7.24 Ryan Unzicker
8.30 Mark Voigt
9.77 Jason McBride
10.22 Dan Jacober
11.25 Len Garson

Heat 2
1.1v Will Vaught
2.1s Jack Sullivan
3.81 Scott James
4.21jr Billy Moyer Jr.
5.33m Tim Manville
6.1w Donnie Walden
7.96 Tanner English
8.25 Jason Feger
9.00x Dewayne Keifer
10.76 Butch Kruckeberg

Heat 3
1.28 Dennis Erb
2.7m Matt Miller
3.b5 Brandon Sheppard
4.32Bobby Pierce
5.54 Dillon Sharp
6.9s Dan Schlieper
7.33f Ricky Frankel
8.66 Chris Hall
9.7z Matt Zimmerly
10.49w Simon McNab

Heat 4
1.3s Brian Shirley
2.3 Austin Dillon
3.7r Kent Robinson
4.95 Jeff Johns
5.6k Michael Kloos
6.2j Dave Jumper
7.78m Mark Miner
8.23 Paul Roider
9.1hr Ron McQuerry
10.86 Jason Crump

C Main Top 4 advance to B Main
1.00x Dewayne Kiefer
2.77 Jason McBride
3.86 Jason Crump
4.66 Chris Hall
5.22 Dan Jacober
6.49w Simon McNab
7.25 Len Garson
8.7z Matt Zimmerly
9.30 Mark Voigt DNS
10.25 Jason Feger DNS
11.1hr Ron McQuerry
12.76 Butch Kruckeberg DNS
13.23 Paul Roider DNS

B Main
1.81 Craig Smith
2.6k Michael Kloos
3.s9 Dan Schlieper
4.33m Tim Manville
5.89s Mike Spatola
6.1w Donnie Walden
7.54 Dillon White
8.33f Ricky Frankel
9.77 Jason McBride
10.2j Dave Jumper
11.96t Tanner English
12.78m Mark Miner
13.86 Jason Crump
14.66 Chris Hall
15. 00x Dewayne Kiefer
16.24 Ryan Unzicker

Feature
1. [4] 21 Billy Moyer
2. [1] 28e Dennis Erb
3. [7] 7m Matt Miller
4. [5] 18 Shannon Babb
5. [8] 3 Austin Dillon
6. [6] 1s Jack Sullivan
7. [18] 6k Michael Kloos
8. [3] 3s Brian Shirley
9. [13] 00 Randy Korte
10. [9] 55 Jeep Van Wormer
11. [19] 25 Jason Feger
12. [10] 81 Scott James
13. [12] 7r Kent Robinson
14. [20] 24 Ryan Unzicker
15. [23] 77 Jason McBride
16. [22] 54 Dillon White
17. [21] 00x Dewayne Kiefer
18. [17] 81s Craig Smith
19. [15] 32 Bobby Pierce
20. [16] 95 Jeff Johns
21. [11] b5 Brandon Sheppard
22. [14] 21jr Billy Moyer Jr.
23. [2] 1v Will Vaught
24. [24] 30 Mark Voigt

UMP DIRTcar Modifieds – 37 Entries
Qualifying
Group 1
1.42 McKay Wenger 14.347
2.22 Matt Mevert 14.390
3.1w Ray Walsh 14.423
4.89 Bobby Bittle 14.503
5.21r Dennis Richards 14.606
6.10x Jim Black 14.636
7.Joe Puricelli 14.773
8.70 Josh Russell 15.197
9.11s Derek Shipman 15.569
10.28 Tom Smallwood 15.654

Group 2
1.9 Ken Schrader 14.096
2.1 Tim Hancock 14.204
3.41m Brent Mullins 14.291
4.14 Leroy Haney 14.478
5.24 Paul Bauman 14.536
6.84 Tyler Deibert 14.733
7.19 Jimmy Cummins 14.975
8.87s Tony Patterson 15.115
9.21t Tom Rohrbacher 17.014

Group 3
1.31 Ricky Horton 14.272
2.808 Kelby Simmons 14.322
3.4j Scott Weber 14.348
4.6b Dave Baldwin 14.553
5.51 Timmy Hill 14.627
6.11 Ed Roley 14.707
7.m41 Steve Maisel 14.779
8.5* Bryant Dickinson 14.953
9.36 Conrad Miner no time

Group 4
1.9w Doug Wood 14.430
2.24h Mike Harrison 14.448
3.4L Tim Lewis Jr. 14.559
4.14c Rick Conoyer 14.657
5.3L Jeff Leka 14.738
6.21 Tim Lewis Sr. 14.941
7.62k Leo Keifer 14.946
8.02 Billy Lewis 15.844
9.

Heat 1
1.22 Matt Mevert
2.42w McKay Wenger
3.89 Bobby Bittle
4.1w Ray Walsh
5.10x Jim Black
6.70 Josh Russell
7.21r Dennis Richards
8.88 Joe Puricelli
9.28 Tom Smallwood
10.11s Derek Shipman

Heat 2
1.1 Tim Hancock
2.9 Ken Schrader
3.41m Brent Mullins
4.24 Paul Bauman
5.14 Leroy Haney
6.84 Tyler Diebert
7.19 Jimmy Cummins
8.87s Tony Patterson
9.21t Tom Rorabacher

Heat 3
1.31 Ricky Horton
2.4j Scott Weber
3.808 Kelby Simmons
4.51 Timmy Hill
5.6b Dave Baldwin
6.11 Ed Roley
7.36 Conrad Miner
8.m41 Steve Maisel
9.5* Bryant Dickinson

Heat 4
1.24 Mike Harrison
2.9w Doug Wood
3.3L Jeff Leka
4.20 Cody Clark
5.4L Tim Lewis Jr.
6.14 Rick Conoyer
7.02 Billy Lewis
8.62k Leo Keifer
9.21 Tim Lewis Sr.

Semi 1
1.70 Josh Russell
2.19 Jimmy Cummins
3.28 Tom Smallwood
4.84 Tyler Diebert
5.88 Joe Puricelli
6.87s Tony Patterson
7.11s Derek Shipman
8.21r Dennis Richards
9.21t Tom Rorabacher

Semi 2
1.14 Rick Conoyer
2.11 Ed Roley
3.m41 Steve Maisel
4.02 Billy Lewis
5.62k Leo Keifer
6.5 Bryant Dickinson
7.21 Tim Lewis Sr.
8.36 Conrad Miner

Feature
1. [1] 24 Mike Harrison
2. [6] 9s Ken Schrader
3. [4] 22 Matt Mevert
4. [3] 31 Ricky Horton
5. [10] 41m Brent Mullins
6. [13] 1w Ray Walsh
7. [7] 4j Scott Weber
8. [2] 1 Tim Hancock
9. [5] 42w McKay Wenger
10. [22] 14c Rick Conoyer
11. [12] 3L Jeff Leka
12. [9] 89 Bobby Bittle
13. [21] 70 Josh Russell
14. [16] 20 Cody Clark
15. [24] 11 Ed Roley
16. [18] 14 Leroy Haney
17. [23] 19 Jimmy Cummins
18. [14] 24 Paul Bauman
19. [20] 4L Tim Lewis Jr.
20. [8] 9w Doug Wood
21. [19] 6b Dave Baldwin
22. [15] 51 Timmy Hill
23. [17] 10x Jim Black
24. [11] 808 Kelby Simmons

UMP DIRTcar/AARA Sportsman – 24 Entries
Heat 1
1.57 Trey Harris
2.16b Jacob Buechting
3.19s Nathan Schmitt
4.15bMatt Brucato
5.0 Chris Soutiea
6.105 Matt Hancock
7.23m Kevin Mosier
8.70 Tony Hunter DNS

Heat 2
1.8e Steve Edgecomb
2.49 Brad Paquet
3.11 Jeff Herzog
4.99 Chuck Adams
5.64 Jim Smith
6.13 Craig Bessinger
7.68 Scott Bourland
8.23w Dennis Wernle

Heat 3
1.55k Jason Keller
2.168 Mike Armstrong
3.12 Troy Naeger
4.269 Josh Ramer
5.34 David Armstrong
6.3 Scott Henseler
7.77 Patrick Hawkins
8.98 Dale Pate

Feature
1. [8] 11 Jeff Herzog
2. [6] 57 Trey Harris
3. [4] 8e Steve Edgecombe
4. [7] 12 Troy Naeger
5. [5] 55k Jason Keller
6.  [11] 99 Chuck Adams
7. [1] 16b Jacob Buechting
8. [19] 23m Kevin Mosier
9. [10] 19s Nathan Schmitt
10. [13] 64 Jim Smith
11. [9] 15b Matt Brucato
12. [15] 0 Chris Soutiea
13. [22] 23w Dennis Wernle
14. [17] 105 Matt Hancock
15. [2] 49 Brad Paquet
16. [16] 13 Craig Bessinger
17. [3] 168 Mike Armstrong
18. [20] 68 Scott Bourland
19. [21] 77 Patrick Hawkins
20. [18] 3 Scott Henseler
21. [24] 70 Tony Hunter
22. [12] 269 Josh Ramer
23. [23] 98 Dale Pate
DNS. [14] 34 Dave Armstrong

UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pro 4 Stocks – 30 Entries
Heat 1
1.17r Jacob Rexing
2.711 Dayton Racer
3.81p Robert Price
4.6 Justin Reando
5.89t Travis Bittle
6.11 Kyle Swip
7.2x Aaron Wood
8.18b Gerald Buechting
9.14 Jeremy Welborn
10.d9 David Dunn

Heat 2
1.18 Aaron Faulkner
2.57e Earl Pryor
3.95 Adam Johnson
4.11 Mike McGinnity
5.21p Josh Peppers
6.6w Cody Weaver
7.01 Billy Lapaglia
8.65 Alex Range
9.99 Jack Adams
DNS. 50 Gary Otte

Heat 3
1.70 Mark Crady
2.14f Ken Freeman
3.96 Andrew Wibbenmeyer
4.14g Rodney George
5.7x Josh Ramer
6.19 Jessica Buechting
7.0 Dave Racer
8.6h Eric Hollars
9.17j David Lee Racer
10.28 Sage Thornhill

Semi
1.2x Aaron Wood
2.0 Dave Racer
3.65 Alex Range
4.18b Gerald Buechting
5.17j David Lee Racer
6.99 Jack Adams
7.01 Billy Lapaglia
8.14 Jeremy Welborn
9.6h Eric Hollars
10.d9 David Dunn

Feature
1. [1] 711 Dayton Racer
2. [5]18 Aaron Faulkner
3. [11] 11 Mike McGinnity
4. [4] 17r Jacob Rexing
5. [3] 14f Ken Freeman
6. [6] 70 Mark Crady
7. [19] 2x Aaron Wood
8. [17] 6w Cody Weaver
9. [14] 21p Josh Peppers
10. [7] 81p Robert Price
11. [13] 89t Travis Bittle
12. [18] 19 Jessica Buechting
13. [22] 18b Gerald Buechting
14. [24] 99 Jack Adams
15. [15] 7x Josh Ramer
16. [2] 57e Earl Pryor
17. [8] 95 Adam Johnson
18. [21] 65 Alex Range
19. [12] 14g Rodney George
20.  [16] 11 Kyle Swip
21. [10] 6 Justin Reando
22. [23] 17j David Lee Racer
DNS. [9] 96 Andrew Wibbenmeyer
DNS. [20] 0 Dave Racer

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