Dennis Erb pockets $16,000 at I-55 Raceway! Walsh, Bauman & Crump also take victories!

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    Dennis Erb, Jr.

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    Pevely, MO (August 2, 2008) Forty UMP DIRTcar/Northern All Star Late Models checked in to compete for the $6,000 to win Tri-Track Challenge event at I-55 Raceway. For two drivers, there was a even bigger incentive, Dennis Erb, Jr. and Ken Schrader were set to receive a $10,000 bonus if either of the two could pull off the victory. Schrader had won the first leg of the Tri-Track Challenge at Paducah Int'l Raceway on May 30th and Dennis Erb, Jr. had won the other Tri-Track Challenge event on June 1st at Macon Speedway. Any driver that could win two out of the three Tri-Track Challenge events would pocket the $10,000 bonus.

    Dennis Erb, Jr. came with everything he had and was on a mission from the outset. Erb got the night started by setting fast time with a lap of 12.350 seconds around the 1/3 mile high banked dirt oval. Erb would then proceed to win his heat race in dominating fashion by nearly a full straight-away over second place finisher Jason Feger. Then, Erb would draw the pole position for the feature event when all four heat race winners re-drew for starting spots.

    The Carpentersville, Illinois driver would not be denied the $16,000 payday as he paced all forty laps of the main event and won in convincing fashion. Erb's only real challenger for the main event was Billy Faust, but Faust could only get within a few car lengths as Erb mastered the lapped traffic enroute to victory. Erb would put all but the top seven finishers down at least one lap. Faust would finish in second, well ahead of the third place finisher Mark Voigt. Voigt, who started all the way back in the tenth position, made a strong run towards the front to finish third. Jason Feger would also have an impressive run as he would finish in the fourth spot. Ken Schrader, who was suffering with flu symptoms all day, would complete the top five.

    Ray Walsh of St. Louis, MO proved almost as dominating in the UMP DIRTcar Modified division. Walsh led all twenty laps of the main event while a fierce battle raged on from the second place car on back through the field. Walsh's only glitch came with three laps remaining as his car jumped out of gear coming down the front stretch. Fortunately he was able to slam it back into gear and maintain the lead and proceeded to power his way to victory. Meanwhile, the battle for second was fierce throughout the entire event. For the first part of the race, it was Mark Miner, Doug Wood, Ricky Horton and Mike Nicholson swapping the spot around on numerous occassions. As the race began to wind down, it was Miner, Horton, Bobby Bittle and Brent Mullins fighting it out for the spot. In the end, it would be Miner holding on to finish second while Ricky Horton claimed third. Bittle would edge Mullins at the line for the fourth spot. An honerable mention goes to Matt Zimmerly who rolled his car in the semi feature, but was able to refire his car and claim the final transfer spot into the main event. Zimmerly would end up with a fourteenth place finish in the feature. Chris Soutiea also flipped his car in his heat race. He flipped several times in turn one with the car coming to rest standing on it's nose leaned up against the outside wall and fence. Soutiea was uninjured, but his car was too damaged and retired for the evening.

    The UMP DIRTcar Sportsman division provided a big battle for the top spot. Paul Bauman would withstand numerous challenges to earn the victory. As the event got underway, defending track champion and current point leader Troy Naeger jumped out to the lead from the outside of the front row, however his lead would only last one lap before he would suffer a flat right front. Bauman took over the point on the restart and faced serious challenges from Jeff Herzog and Troy Medley. As the laps wound down, Medley used the highside to try his move around Bauman. As they went down the back stretch on the twelfth lap, Medley would drift too high and catch the outside wall, breaking the suspension on the right front corner of his machine. A three lap shootout at the end saw Bauman hold off Herzog and hard charging Kevin Mosier and Jason Keller. At the line, Herzog would finish second behind Bauman with Mosier taking third. Keller would finish fourth and Ronnie Bader completed the top five.

    Jason Crump earned his victory of the season in the UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stock division. Crump took the win as he battled Pat Brewer, Jacob Buechting and Jason Marquitz for the top spot. Those four swapped out positions lap after lap in the ten lap main event. Brewer would come home second with Buechting third and Marquitz fourth. Gary Range would complete the top five.

    UMP/Northern All Star Late Models - 40 Entries
    Qualifying:
    Group 1:
    1. 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. 12.350
    2. 10 Scott Schmitt 12.493
    3. 7 Mark Burgtorf 12.578
    4. 25 Jason Feger 12.612
    5. 50 Ed Dixon 12.761
    6. 11D Brian Dively 12.844
    7. 12 Rick Standridge 13.317
    8. 67 Dylan Sharp 13.537
    9. 23 Paul Roider 13.746
    10. 68 Tom Fitzgerald 14.118

    Group 2:
    1. 81C Kevin Cole 12.575
    2. 92B Billy Faust 12.622
    3. 13 Dewayne Kiefer 12.992
    4. 9 Ken Schrader 13.019
    5. 30 Mark Voigt 13.115
    6. 87 Ken Rumble 13.353
    7. 7 Rich Lawson 13.425
    8. 16 Rusty Griffaw 13.476
    9. 10 Rodney Pense 13.901
    10. 76 Brian Claudnic 14.181

    Group 3:
    1. 00S Chris Smyser 12.838
    2. 24 Ryan Unzicker 13.041
    3. 77 Jason McBride 13.133
    4. 112 Tim Ratajczyk 13.155
    5. 1HR Ron McQuerry 13.243
    6. 2J Dave Jumper 13.317
    7. 33 Ricky Frankel 13.354
    8. 14 Reid Millard 13.508
    9. 81JR Jason Riggs 13.785
    10. 78 Chad Zobrist 13.903

    Group 4:
    1. 9Z Jayme Zidar 12.861
    2. 6 Michael Kloos 12.871
    3. 00 Randy Korte 12.879
    4. 5S Steve Sheppard 12.943
    5. 11Z Bryan Collins 13.001
    6. 47 Danny Haynes 13.017
    7. 95 Jeff Johns 13.062
    8. B5 Brandon Sheppard 13.281
    9. 33 Tim Manville 13.776
    10. 13 Brent Kreke 13.875

    Heat 1:
    1. 28 Dennis Erb, Jr.
    2. 25 Jason Feger
    3. 50 Ed Dixon
    4. 67 Dylan Sharp
    5. 11D Bryan Dively
    6. 12 Rick Standridge
    7. 68 Tom Fitzgerald
    8. 23 Paul Roider
    9. 7 Mark Burgtorf
    10. 10 Scott Schmitt


    Heat 2:
    1. 92B Billy Faust
    2. 9 Ken Schrader
    3. 30 Mark Voigt
    4. 13X Dewayne Kiefer
    5. 81C Kevin Cole
    6. 87 Ken Rumble
    7. 7 Rich Lawson
    8. 16 Rusty Griffaw
    9. 76 Brian Claudnic
    10. 10 Rodney Pense

    Heat 3:
    1. 00S Chris Smyser
    2. 24 Ryan Unzicker
    3. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
    4. 77 Jason McBride
    5. 2J Dave Jumper
    6. 78 Chad Zobrist
    7. 81JR Jason Riggs
    8. 14 Reid Millard
    9. 1HR Ron McQuerry
    10. 33 Ricky Frankel

    Heat 4:
    1. 6 Michael Kloos
    2. 9Z Jayme Zidar
    3. 00 Randy Korte
    4. 11Z Bryan Collins
    5. 47 Danny Haynes
    6. 5S Steve Sheppard
    7. B5 Brandon Sheppard
    8. 95 Jeff Johns
    9. 33 Tim Manville
    10. 13 Brent Kreke

    Semi #1:
    1. 11D Brian Dively
    2. 7 Mark Burgtorf
    3. 12 Rick Standridge
    4. 87 Ken Rumble
    5. 16 Rusty Griffaw
    6. 10 Scott Schmitt
    7. 7 Rich Lawson
    8. 10 Rodney Pense
    9. 68 Tom Fitzgerald
    10. 76 Brian Claudnie
    11. 23 Paul Roider
    DNS. 81JR Jason Riggs

    Semi #2:
    1. 5S Steve Sheppard
    2. 47 Danny Haynes
    3. 78 Chad Zobrist
    4. 95 Jeff Johns
    5. B5 Brandon Sheppard
    6. 33 Ricky Frankel
    7. 33 Tim Manville
    8. 14 Reid Millard
    9. 1HR Ron McQuerry
    10. 2J Dave Jumper
    11. 13 Brent Kreke

    Feature:
    1. 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. (1)
    2. 92B Billy Faust (3)
    3. 30 Mark Voigt (10)
    4. 25 Jason Feger (5)
    5. 9 Ken Schrader (6)
    6. 00 Randy Korte (12)
    7. 00S Chris Smyser (4)
    8. 7 Mark Burgtorf (19)
    9. 95 Jeff Johns (24)
    10. 13 Dewayne Kiefer (14)
    11. 24 Ryan Unzicker (7)
    12. 77 Jason McBride (15)
    13. 33 Tim Manville (23)
    14. 5S Steve Sheppard (18)
    15. 50 Ed Dixon (9)
    16. B5 Brandon Sheppard (22)
    17. 9Z Jayme Zidar (8)
    18. 13 Brent Kreke (21)
    19. 11D Brian Dively (17)
    20. 11Z Bryan Collins (16)
    21. 47 Danny Haynes (20)
    22. 112 Tim Ratajczyk (11)
    23. 67 Dylan Sharp (13)
    24. 6 Michael Kloos (2)

    UMP Modifieds - 34 Entries
    Heat 1:
    1. 9W Doug Wood
    2. 377 Casey Pearson
    3. 30 Mike Nicholson
    4. 36 Conrad Miner
    5. 5W Ralph Wiltrout
    6. 3D Lou Driemeier
    7. 45M Eric Mabery
    8. 11B Brett Bennett
    9. 6 Ray Wagner

    Heat 2:
    1. 1W Ray Walsh
    2. 102 Bryan Richards
    3. 15 Danny Resinger
    4. 44 Jared Kneemiller
    5. 24 Paul Bauman
    6. 88 Joe Puricelli
    7. 51 Tim Hill
    8. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
    9. D9 David Dunn, Sr.

    Heat 3:
    1. 31 Ricky Horton
    2. 7 Mark Miner
    3. 0 Tim Hancock
    4. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
    5. 41M Brent Mullins
    6. 20Z Scott Weber
    7. 88JR Steve Meyer, Jr.
    8. C4 Chris Soutiea

    Heat 4:
    1. 59 Rich Whaley
    2. 99 Robbie Helms
    3. 89 Bobby Bittle
    4. 21J Jeff Vernier
    5. 19 Mark Pflueger
    6. 8X James Reed
    7. F5 Chris Fisher
    8. 31P Mitch Parmeley

    Dash:
    1. 1W Ray Walsh
    2. 9W Doug Wood
    3. 31 Ricky Horton
    4. 30 Mike Nicholson
    5. 7 Mark Miner
    6. 377 Casey Pearson
    7. 0 Tim Hancock
    8. 99 Robby Helms
    9. 102 Bryan Richards

    Semi:
    1. 41M Brent Mullins
    2. 20Z Scott Weber
    3. 6 Ray Wagner
    4. 88JR Steve Meyer, Jr.
    5. 88 Joe Puricelli
    6. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
    7. 11B Brett Bennett
    8. 31P Mitch Parmeley
    9. 19 Mark Pflueger
    10. D9 David Dunn, Sr.
    11. 3D Lou Dreimeier
    12. F5 Chris Fisher
    13. 8X James Reed
    DNS. 45M Eric Mabery
    DNS. 51 Tim Hill
    DNS. C4 Chris Soutiea

    Feature:
    1. 1W Ray Walsh (1)
    2. 7 Mark Miner (5)
    3. 31 Ricky Horton (3)
    4. 89 Bobby Bittle (11)
    5. 41M Brent Mullins (19)
    6. 9W Doug Wood (2)
    7. 20Z Scott Weber (20)
    8. 30 Mike Nicholson (4)
    9. 12 Tom Ratajczyk (12)
    10. 36 Conrad Miner (15)
    11. 377 Casey Pearson (6)
    12. 88JR Steve Meyer, Jr. (22)
    13. 24 Paul Bauman (18)
    14. 7Z Matt Zimmerly (24)
    15. 44 Jared Kneemiller (17)
    16. 15 Danny Resinger (14)
    17. 11B Brett Bennett (alternate for Rich Whaley)
    18. 0 Tim Hancock (7)
    19. 88 Joe Puricelli (23)
    20. 102 Bryan Richards (9)
    21. 21J Jeff Vernier (13)
    22. 6 Ray Wagner (21)
    23. 5W Ralph Wiltrout (16)
    24. 99 Robby Helms (8)
    DNS. Rich Whaley

    UMP/AARA Sportsman - 33 Entries
    Heat 1:
    1. 19 Jimmy Cummins
    2. 23 Kevin Mosier
    3. 67 Ronnie Bader
    4. M16 Joe McCain
    5. 49 Brad Paquet
    6. 40 Donnie Mosier
    7. 92 Jim Abshier
    8. 23S Brad Smith
    9. 13 Josh Ray

    Heat 2:
    1. 12 Troy Naeger
    2. 62 Troy Medley
    3. 36 Danny Ems
    4. 96 Tim Hollerbach
    5. 69 Derek Bryant
    6. 86K Eric Hogenmiller
    7. 3 Scott Hensler
    8. 38 Chuck Crostic

    Heat 3:
    1. 57 Trey Harris
    2. 105 Matt Hancock
    3. 11 Jeff Herzog
    4. 128 Tyson Gegg
    5. 911 Tim Hoffman
    6. 20 Jimmy Miller
    7. 95 Jeremy Nash
    8. 192 Mark Spraul

    Heat 4:
    1. 18 Paul Bauman
    2. 8 Steve Edgecomb
    3. 147 Kyle Stolzer
    4. 82 Pat Chalmers
    5. 55K Jason Keller
    6. 9 Mike McGinnity
    7. 66 Sam Lopretta
    8. 27 Nathan Walsh

    Dash:
    1. 18 Paul Bauman
    2. 12 Troy Naeger
    3. 105 Matt Hancock
    4. 11 Jeff Herzog
    5. 36 Danny Ems
    6. 62 Troy Medley
    7. 19 Jimmy Cummins
    8. 23 Kevin Mosier
    9. 57 Trey Harris

    Semi:
    1. 69 Derek Bryant
    2. 9 Mike McGinnity
    3. 40 Donnie Mosier
    4. 20 Jimmy Miller
    5. 66 Sam Lopretta
    6. 27 Nathan Walsh
    7. 3 Scott Hensler
    8. 911 Tim Hoffman
    9. 192 Mark Spraul
    10. 13 Josh Ray
    11. 95 Jeremy Nash
    12. 23S Brad Smith
    13. 92 Jim Abshire
    14. 86 Eric Hogenmiller
    DNS. 38 Chuck Costic

    Feature:
    1. 18 Paul Bauman (1)
    2. 11 Jeff Herzog (4) (protested & found to be legal)
    3. 23 Kevin Mosier (8)
    4. 55K Jason Keller (18)
    5. 67 Ronnie Bader (10)
    6. 57 Trey Harris (9)
    7. 12 Troy Naeger (2)
    8. 128 Tyson Gegg (15)
    9. 49 Brad Paquet (19)
    10. 96 Tim Hollerbach (14)
    11. 40 Donnie Mosier (21)
    12. 19 Jimmy Cummins (7)
    13. 66 Sam Lopretta (23)
    14. 9 Mike McGinnity (20)
    15. 69 Derek Bryant (19)
    16. 82 Pat Chalmers (16)
    17. 62 Troy Medley (6)
    18. 105 Matt Hancock (3)
    19. 8 Steve Edgecomb (12)
    20. M16 Joe McCain (13)
    21. 36 Danny Ems (5)
    22. 20 Jimmy Miller (22)
    23. 147 Kyle Stolzer (11)
    24. 27 Nathan Walsh (24)

    UMP/AARA Pro 4 Stocks - 21 Entries
    Heat 1:
    1. 16 Jacob Buechting
    2. 65 Gary Range
    3. 99 Chuck Johnson
    4. 19 Jessica Buechting
    5. 93 Brian Spalding
    6. 667 Jackie Buechting
    7. 78 Rich Barker
    8. 87 Gerald Gottschalk
    9. 28 Mike Brown
    10. 49 Nathan Portell
    DNS. 22C Jerry Cover

    Heat 2:
    1. 83 Pat Brewer
    2. 66 Jason Marquitz
    3. 86 Jason Crump
    4. 17 Andrew Nausley
    5. 77 Ron Lyons
    6. 61 Steve Richards
    7. 18 Aaron Faulkner
    8. 2 Philip Stuart
    9. 10H Homer Mooney
    DNS. 81 Patrick Duke

    Feature:
    1. 86 Jason Crump
    2. 83 Pat Brewer
    3. 16 Jacob Buechting
    4. 66 Jason Marquitz
    5. 65 Gary Range
    6. 99 Chuck Johnson
    7. 77 Ron Lyons
    8. 17 Andrew Nausley
    9. 19 Jessica Buechting
    10. 61 Steve Richards
    11. 18 Aaron Faulkner
    12. 78 Rich Barker
    13. 28 Mike Brown
    14. 87 Gerald Gottschalk
    15. 93 Brian Spalding
    16. 10H Homer Mooney
    17. 667 Jackie Buechting
    18. 2 Philip Stuart
    DNS. 49 Nathan Portell
    DNS. 81 Patrick Duke
    DNS. 22C Jerry Cover

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