Chad Zobrist, Brian Bielong, Bobby Dauderman & Marty Smith, Jr. take wins at Highland Speedway!

HIGHLAND IL ( July 14, 2012) – It was Christmas in July with Santa and gifts for the kids, the PCRA bringing the touring Crate Late Models to battle towards National points and all the weekly divisions, as racing returns to the Highland Speedway after a two week layoff due to extreme heat.

The competition in all the Divisions at the Highland Speedway is intense, every week one of any number of drivers is fighting for the victory. This week in the Becker Jewelers Late Models the battle started at the drop of the green flag and didn’t end till the checkers flew. Two of the toughest drivers in the area sat on the front row, the 78 of current point’s leader Chad Zobrist and the 6K of Michael Kloos. Behind them sat the 25 of veteran driver “Fast” Frankie Martin and the 11K of Shannon Kuhn who has recently stepped up to the plate with some pretty good runs.

Kloos jumped out to the lead running the high groove of the Speedway he was followed by Martin, Zobrist, and Kuhn was working the bottom. Cautions plagued the first 9 laps of the event, but Kloos maintained the lead, with Zobrist, Martin and Kuhn in tow. By lap 10 Zobrist managed to have a fender on Kloos as they passed the stripe. Staying committed to their respective lines around the race track the leaders encountered lap traffic by lap 19.

On lap 20 the caution came out for a spin by the 71 of Louie Baker JR this grouped the field together onto single file for the restart. This definitely hurt the 6K as he was working the high side and building momentum and keeping pace with Zobrist who was on the bottom.
The lineup on the restart was Zobrist, Kloos, Martin, Kuhn and the 78 of Jason Zobrist.

With only 5 laps to go, Zobrist jumped at the drop of the green while Kloos worked feverishly to rebuild the momentum he had going before the caution. As the laps wound down his (Kloos) efforts cost him as Martin went to the middle to capture second. No one was going to touch the 78 of Zobrist as he sprinted away for yet another trip to the Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane. Martin was second, Kloos settled for third after battling for the lead for 20 laps of the 25 lap main event. Kuhn was fourth and Jason Zobrist completed the top five.

Miller Lite PCRA Pro Late Models
Long time Super Late Model driver Mark Voigt formed the Pro Crate Racers Association (PCRA) last year to help develop a touring series for the division powered by the GM 602 and 604 Crate engines. This was their first visit to the Highland Speedway and by the number of entries his hard work is paying off in its second year of operation.

While the car rules of the PCRA are similar of the UMP’s Pro Late Model Division, one difference the fans can see is the use of the “Delaware” style restart. After a caution the leader is placed on point and the balance of the field is aligned side by side behind him. The second place driver does have the option of choosing the high side or low side. This makes for some very interesting restarts.

Like NASCAR’S Nationwide Series were occasionally a Sprint Cup driver will participate in any given event, the same is true for the PCRA. Tonight, Super Late Model Drivers Michael Kloos and Rick Salter were amongst the entrants in the 25 lap main event.

Bobby Dauderman proved tonight why he is a past UMP Pro Late Model Champion and now the point’s leader in the PCRA with just a 10 margin over Mark Oller. While Kloos led the first lap of the 25 lap nightcap, Dauderman grabbed the lead on lap 2 and held on for the first PCRA Victory at the Highland Speedway. Following Dauderman to the Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane was Salter, Kloos, John Cory, and Clay Bauman who started ninth.

Steve Schmitt Modifieds
One thing certain about racing is nothing is certain. You have to run the race on the track not on paper. The Steve Schmitt Modifieds feature was a race were nothing was certain till the first car passed under the double checker flags.

Justin Ketrow is having a stellar year behind the wheel of the number 6 and sat on the pole for the start of the 20 lap main event, along side of him was multi track champion Brian Bielong driving his number 70, in the second row was Paul Bailey in the 81, Bailey who had been turning laps the last few seasons in a Late Model, has struggled early on this season upon returning to the driver’s seat of a Modified, but of late he appears to gaining ground with some excellent results, beside him defending UMP National Champion Mike Harrison.

Bielong jumped to the lead on the first lap. A caution on lap three reset the field with Bielong the leader, Ketrow, Harrison, Bailey and Aaron Kleine in his number 13 running fifth. On the first attempt of the restart the 99K was involved in a spin and the field made attempt number two. This time Ketrow spun in turn two while running second. Once the race got rolling it was a see saw battle between Bielong and Harrison then on lap 8 Harrison very uncharacteristically spun by himself in turn two bringing out the yellow once again ( it was later posted he had issues with a brake caliper hanging up).

The restart put Bielong on point, moved Bailey, who was hanging tuff with the leaders to second, Klein to third, Chris Smith in the 15 to fourth and Tyler Diebert in the 84 to fifth.

The lead constantly changed between Bielong and Bailey. On lap 16 a spin by Jacob Steinkoenig in the 24J reset the field once again. This time Bailey was on point with Bielong, Smith, Diebert, and Klein in tow. Belong kept applying the pressure on Bailey and finally coming out of turn 4 on the white flag lap he managed enough momentum to lead the final lap and return the number 70 to the Casey’s’ General Stores Victory Lane. After a valiant effort Bailey he had to settle for second, Smith, Diebert, and Kleine all followed respectively.

Sport Mods
Marty Smith Jr was victorious in the Sport Mods once again, finishing ahead of Jim Lafferty, Tyler Diebert, Jeremy Thole, and Rick Johnson.

UMP DIRTcar Late Models
Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver
1 6K Michael Kloos
2 1S Rick Salter
3 25 Frankie Martin
4 27S Mike Schulte
5 21 Kerry Gaultney
6 49 Steve Leach
7 76 Kellen Conover
8 71 Louie Baker, Jr

Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver
1 11K Shannon Kuhn
2 78 Chad Zobrist
3 87 Jason Zobrist
4 14U Bruce Unterbrink
5 31 Brent Helmkamp
6 4 Brian Dawson
7 T4 Adam Tischhauser DNS

Dash
Finish Car No Driver
1 78 Chad Zobrist
2 6K Michael Kloos
3 11K Shannon Kuhn
4 25 Frankie Martin
5 1S Rick Salter
6 87 Jason Zobrist

Feature
Finish Car No Driver
1 78 Chad Zobrist
2 25 Frankie Martin
3 6K Michael Kloos
4 11K Shannon Kuhn
5 87 Jason Zobrist
6 49 Steve Leach
7 21 Kerry Gaultney
8 14U Bruce Unterbrink
9 27S Mike Schulte
10 71 Louie Baker, Jr
11 4 Brian Dawson
12 31 Brent Helmkamp
13 76 Kellen Conover
14 T4 Adam Tischhauser
15 1S Rick Salter

UMP DIRTcar Modifieds
Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver
1 24H Mike Harrison
2 70 Brian Bielong
3 19 Jimmy Cummins
4 1 Brett Cygan
5 55V Brad Venhaus
6 71 Lynn Tidwell
7 38 Stephen Flannery, Jr

Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver
1 13 Aaron Kleine
2 15 Chris Smith
3 84 Tyler Deibert
4 99K Dustin Knerrer
5 4 Robbie Eilers
6 24J Jacob Steinkoenig
7 56M Charlie McCaleb

Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver
1 81 Paul Bailey
2 6 Justin Ketrow
3 55 Marty Smith, Jr
4 11 Chad Sellers
5 42 Steve Lach
6 101 Jeff Buss

Dash
Finish Car No Driver
1 6 Justin Ketrow
2 70 Brian Bielong
3 81 Paul Bailey
4 24H Mike Harrison
5 15 Chris Smith
6 13 Aaron Kleine

Feature
Finish Car No Driver
1 70 Brian Bielong
2 81 Paul Bailey
3 15 Chris Smith
4 84 Tyler Deibert
5 13 Aaron Kleine
6 55 Marty Smith, Jr
7 11 Chad Sellers
8 42 Steve Lach
9 1 Brett Cygan
10 101 Jeff Buss
11 4 Robbie Eilers
12 99K Dustin Knerrer
13 24J Jacob Steinkoenig
14 19 Jimmy Cummins
15 56M Charlie McCaleb
16 24H Mike Harrison
17 55V Brad Venhaus
18 71 Lynn Tidwell
19 6 Justin Ketrow
20 38 Stephen Flannery, Jr DNS

PCRA / UMP DIRTcar Pro Late Models
Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver
1 8BALL Tom Carson
2 20 John Cory
3 77 Clay Baumann
4 67 Mark Oller
5 15K Kolby Vandenbergh
6 24N Jeff Nash
7 6E Ray Emling
8 22 Darrell McDowell
9 9D7 Brian Heizer

Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver
1 USA1 Rick Salter
2 52 Billy Knebel, Jr
3 9* Jordan Bauer
4 83 Drew Marshall
5 18L Brent Lewis
6 24 Dick Taylor
7 59 Aaron Heck
8 9T Travis Horner
9 45 Kyle McMahon

Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver
1 18 Bobby Dauderman
2 17X Michael Kloos
3 48 Bobby Martintoni
4 96 Matt Koch
5 10C DJ Cygan
6 4 Jason Suhre
7 15 Jordan Suhre
8 V50 Justin Vosholler

Consi
Finish Car No Driver
1 24 Dick Taylor
2 6E Ray Emling
3 59 Aaron Heck
4 15 Jordan Suhre
5 22 Darrell McDowell
6 9T Travis Horner
7 45 Kyle McMahon
8 V50 Justin Vosholler
9 9D7 Brian Heizer
10 24N Jeff Nash

Feature
Finish Car No Driver
1 18 Bobby Dauderman
2 USA1 Rick Salter
3 17X Michael Kloos
4 20 John Cory
5 77 Clay Baumann
6 48 Bobby Martintoni
7 9* Jordan Bauer
8 67 Mark Oller
9 15K Kolby Vandenbergh
10 96 Matt Koch
11 18L Brent Lewis
12 6E Ray Emling
13 24 Dick Taylor
14 10C DJ Cygan
15 9T Travis Horner
16 83 Drew Marshall
17 8BALL Tom Carson
18 45 Kyle McMahon
19 15 Jordan Suhre
20 59 Aaron Heck
21 52 Billy Knebel, Jr
22 4 Jason Suhre

UMP DIRTcar Limited Modifieds / Sportmods
Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver
1 14 Jeremy Thoele
2 55 Marty Smith, Jr
3 88 Rob Lee
4 56B Jim Lafferty, Jr
5 84 Tyler Deibert
6 63 Brett Eilerman
7 21 Dan DuBree
8 17 Mike Jones

Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver
1 11L Curt Loddeke
2 92J Rick Johnson
3 18 Jerry Thompson
4 89 Zack Jordan
5 66 Tim Gaertner
6 1G Len Garson
7 35 Mark Stolle

Feature
Finish Car No Driver
1 55 Marty Smith, Jr
2 56B Jim Lafferty, Jr
3 84 Tyler Deibert
4 14 Jeremy Thoele
5 92J Rick Johnson
6 17 Mike Jones
7 11L Curt Loddeke
8 63 Brett Eilerman
9 1G Len Garson
10 18 Jerry Thompson
11 35 Mark Stolle
12 89 Zack Jordan
13 21 Dan DuBree
14 66 Tim Gaertner
15 88 Rob Lee

Bombers
Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver
1 0 Tim Haeffner
2 6I Austin Isaak
3 32T Jacob Tompkins
4 M16 Jeremy Embrich
5 8T T J Eilers
6 7 Steve Stonecipher
7 30* Wade Carson

Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver
1 53 Justin Leichsenring
2 7C Mike Conlee
3 9X Trevor Isaak
4 379 Steve Steele
5 00W Chris Watkins
6 14 Kevin Leidner
7 68B Ron Hartmann

Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver
1 15 Michael Ripperda, Jr
2 36 Eric Harris
3 441 Cody Ventimiglia
4 29H Cale Hartnagel
5 54 Shaun Horstmann
6 25 Bill Austin
Feature to run at a later date

Hornets
Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver
1 8B Robbie Bindrim
2 21J Kerry Kehrer
3 0 Chris Dicken
4 14 Gary Jones, Jr
5 128 Zach Schantz
6 121V Rick Viviano
7 787 Cody Zobrist

Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver
1 97 Bobby Funderburk
2 18 Kenny Elliott
3 19* Josh Bauer
4 47L Christian Lee
5 7S Kate Smith
6 81LE Lacey Egbert
7 22 Duane Dubree
Feature to be run at a later date

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