Korte, Harrison, Oller, Gabriel & Fisher take wins at Tri-City Speedway!

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Pontoon Beach, IL (August 31, 2007) Thirty-three UMP DIRTcar Super Late Models entered the Northern Allstar Late Model Series/UMP DIRTcar special event at Tri-City Speedway. Randy Korte of Highland, Illinois claimed the victory as he took the lead from Rodney Melvin on lap six and led the remaining twenty-four laps of the thirty lap event. While battling Korte for the lead, Melvin clipped on of the large tires that keep drivers from going too low on the track with his left front wheel which caused the two front tires on his car to towed out or not quiet pointing in the same direction. Melvin would lose ground to Korte after that incident and then had his hands full first with Michael Kloos, who a few laps later did the same thing, but hit much harder and complete broke the left front suspension and ended his night. Then Bryan Collins moved in on Melvin and those two had an amazing battle for the final ten laps, but Melvin held Collins off and claimed the second spot. Billy Laycock had a spectacular run as he took the fourth position and Rick Salter completed the top five. Collins third place finish moved him into a nine point lead over Mark Faust, who finished eighth, in the chase for the 2007 Super Late Model Track Championship at Tri-City Speedway.

The UMP DIRTcar Modified feature event was the final race of the night and for those fans that left early, they missed one of the best feature events of the season at Tri-City Speedway. Marty Smith, Jr. of Troy, Illinois and Mike Harrison of Highland, Illinois put on a classic side-by-side battle with Fenton, Missouri's Ken Schrader in their tracks the entire way. Smith and Harrison had the fans on their feet for the final ten laps of the twenty-five lap main event as Smith worked the low side and Harrison sent sparks flying off the wall each lap around the high side. As the two crossed the finish line taking the checkered flag, Harrison's momentum off the top shot him to victory by inches over Smith. Schrader finished a very close third with Scott Weber finishing fourth and Kyle Byerline completed the top five. Smith's second place finish and Bob Martintoni's sixth place finish sent Smith into the point lead for the Tri-City Speedway Modified Track Championship by just twelve points over Martintoni.

The Crate American Racing Series (CARS) Late Models appeared it was going to be a run-away win for Mark Oller, but a late race charge by Rylan Dagg turned it into a spectacular race. Dagg moved to the middle of the track about half way through the event and shot from sixth place to second place in five laps. As Oller raced around the bottom, Dagg put his sights on him and chased him down. But Dagg would come up just short at the finish line, and Oller of Highland, Illinois claimed his fourth feature win of the season. Ron Sensel took the third position, with Bobby Dauderman claiming fourth and Nick Lyons fifth. Dagg closed to within thirty-nine points of point leader Lyons for the CARS Track Championship.

Richie Gabriel of Godfrey, Illinois held off Danny Ems for all fifteen laps of the main event to earn his fourth Street Stock feature win of the season at Tri-City Speedway. Ems kept the pressure on Gabriel the entire time, getting his nose under him on several occassions, but each time Gabriel would hold on. Josh Jackson would finish third with Jake Hewitt fourth and Sam Kizer fifth. Jackson's third place finish helped him increase his point lead over last year's Street Stock Champion Ricky Huebner. Huebner blew an engine during the main event and could only get a ninteenth place finish and fell forty-one points behind Jackson in the chase for the championship.

Chris Fisher of Festus, Missouri claimed the Factory Stock main event. Fisher led the entire distance but had Ryan Eilers and David Shaw hot on his heels the entire way. Eilers made a late race charge but couldn't get it done and settled for second. Shaw was third with Jason Crump taking fourth and Andy Jackson fifth. Eilers leads the point chase in the Factory Stock division with a thirty-five point lead over Shaw.

With the Championship still on the line in all five divisions, there are two more race nights left to determine who the Champions will be. On Friday, September 7th, all five division will battle it out in a regular scheduled show, then on Friday, September 14th, it will be the final point night and Season Championships in all five divisions. Then, Tri-City Speedway will host several special events over the next few weeks to close out the 2007 racing season!

Results–Tri-City Speedway, Pontoon Beach, IL – 8/31/2007 – 139 Cars in all divisions

C.A.R.S. Late Models : A-Main 01–23 Cars
1 67 MARK OLLER (*C)
2 r52 RYLAN DAGG (*C)
3 36 RONALD SENSEL (*C)
4 18 BOBBY DAUDERMAN
5 2x NICK LYONS (*C)
6 55 DANIEL HECK (*C)
7 16 GARRETT BRITTON
8 6 RAY EMLING JR (*C)
9 1 CASEY MONTAGUE (*C)
10 11K SHANNON KUHN
11 59 JOSH CARROLL (*C)
12 U2 DANNY JOLLY
13 92s MATT SANTEL
14 59h AARON HECK (*C)
15 72 BRAD YOTTER
16 11d MATT GOULDEN
17 92k TONY MEZINES
18 74 JOHN CRENSHAW
19 84m RON MYERS
20 30J JOE GREEN
21 23 BRIAN McCORMICK (*C)
22 316 GARRETT RUSSELL
23 84 TYLER DEIBERT (*C) DNS

C.A.R.S. Late Models : Heat 01
1 18 BOBBY DAUDERMAN
2 16 GARRETT BRITTON
3 59 JOSH CARROLL (*C)
4 6 RAY EMLING JR (*C)
5 72 BRAD YOTTER
6 74 JOHN CRENSHAW
7 30J JOE GREEN
8 59h AARON HECK (*C)

C.A.R.S. Late Models : Heat 02
1 36 RONALD SENSEL (*C)
2 55 DANIEL HECK (*C)
3 84m RON MYERS
4 11K SHANNON KUHN
5 23 BRIAN McCORMICK (*C)
6 84 TYLER DEIBERT (*C)
7 92k TONY MEZINES
8 U2 DANNY JOLLY

C.A.R.S. Late Models : Heat 03
1 2x NICK LYONS (*C)
2 67 MARK OLLER (*C)
3 r52 RYLAN DAGG (*C)
4 1 CASEY MONTAGUE (*C)
5 92s MATT SANTEL
6 11d MATT GOULDEN
7 316 GARRETT RUSSELL

Factory Stocks : A-Main 01–16 Cars
1 f5 CHRIS FISHER
2 3 RYAN EILERS (*F)
3 2b DAVID SHAW (*F)
4 86 JASON CRUMP
5 1j ANDY JACKSON (*F)
6 8t TJ EILERS (*F)
7 24s JUSTIN SUHRE
8 41 CARL SMITH (*F)
9 9X TREVOR ISAAK
10 2d TODD DAILEY
11 41w TIM WELCH
12 211 JOSEPH SWIP
13 71 CODY CONNER
14 14 TOMMY ROADY
15 8TR VINCE PRATT
16 3 JONATHAN SCHULTE (*F) DNS

Factory Stocks : Heat 01
1 f5 CHRIS FISHER
2 8t TJ EILERS (*F)
3 86 JASON CRUMP
4 1j ANDY JACKSON (*F)
5 41 CARL SMITH (*F)
6 9X TREVOR ISAAK
7 211 JOSEPH SWIP
8 8TR VINCE PRATT

Factory Stocks : Heat 02
1 2b DAVID SHAW (*F)
2 3 RYAN EILERS (*F)
3 24s JUSTIN SUHRE
4 41w TIM WELCH
5 14 TOMMY ROADY
6 71 CODY CONNER
7 2d TODD DAILEY
8 3 JONATHAN SCHULTE (*F) DNS

UMP Modifieds : A-Main 01–39 Cars
1 24 MIKE HARRISON (*M)
2 55 MARTY SMITH JR (*M)
3 9X KEN SCHRADER
4 4j SCOTT WEBER
5 11x KYLE BYERLINE (*M)
6 48 BOB MARTINTONI (*M)
7 18 RANDY MYERS
8 22m MATT MEVERT
9 1a STEVE MEYER JR (*M)
10 7C TOMMIE SEETS JR
11 5 ROBBIE EILERS
12 t0 TIM HANCOCK (*M)
13 36 KENNY WALLACE
14 11h JOHN STANTON
15 41G MATT GOULDEN
16 17V MICHAEL VANDERIET JR.
17 8X JAMES REED
18 68 JEFF DRAFFIN
19 1E WADE EHRHARDT
20 5 DAVID WIETHOLDER
21 94 ED LENHARDT
22 41 DICK TAYLOR

UMP Modifieds : B-Main 01
1 11h JOHN STANTON
2 8X JAMES REED
3 41 DICK TAYLOR
4 17X MATT VERBECK
5 56 JIM LAFFERTY JR
6 29 JEFF LEBAUBE
7 22B RYAN BLAKEMAN
8 37 MICHAEL MONROE (*M)
9 75x ERIC FAUST
10 20n BOBBY NEWBERRY
11 11 DON GRIMM (*M)
12 6 LEON PRICE#

UMP Modifieds : B-Main 02
1 41G MATT GOULDEN
2 1E WADE EHRHARDT
3 5 DAVID WIETHOLDER
4 78c ALAN CONNER
5 11G DANE GUNDAKER
6 1 ANTHONY LACH (*M)
7 0 JEFF ELY
8 43a EVERETT BRADHAM
9 11k KELLY DEVALL (*M)
10 42 STEVE LACH (*M)
11 1w RAY WALSH (*M)

UMP Modifieds : Heat 01
1 18 RANDY MYERS
2 9X KEN SCHRADER
3 48 BOB MARTINTONI (*M)
4 1a STEVE MEYER JR (*M)
5 11h JOHN STANTON
6 41 DICK TAYLOR
7 17X MATT VERBECK
8 75x ERIC FAUST
9 20n BOBBY NEWBERRY
10 11 DON GRIMM (*M)

UMP Modifieds : Heat 02
1 4j SCOTT WEBER
2 7C TOMMIE SEETS JR
3 22m MATT MEVERT
4 36 KENNY WALLACE
5 43a EVERETT BRADHAM
6 41G MATT GOULDEN
7 42 STEVE LACH (*M)
8 1w RAY WALSH (*M)
9 5 DAVID WIETHOLDER
10 11G DANE GUNDAKER

UMP Modifieds : Heat 03
1 24 MIKE HARRISON (*M)
2 11x KYLE BYERLINE (*M)
3 94 ED LENHARDT
4 17V MICHAEL VANDERIET JR.
5 8X JAMES REED
6 56 JIM LAFFERTY JR
7 29 JEFF LEBAUBE
8 22B RYAN BLAKEMAN
9 37 MICHAEL MONROE (*M)
10 6 LEON PRICE#

UMP Modifieds : Heat 04
1 55 MARTY SMITH JR (*M)
2 68 JEFF DRAFFIN
3 t0 TIM HANCOCK (*M)
4 5 ROBBIE EILERS
5 1E WADE EHRHARDT
6 11k KELLY DEVALL (*M)
7 78c ALAN CONNER
8 1 ANTHONY LACH (*M)
9 0 JEFF ELY

UMP Modifieds : Qualifying Dash 01
1 24 MIKE HARRISON (*M)
2 4j SCOTT WEBER
3 55 MARTY SMITH JR (*M)
4 7C TOMMIE SEETS JR
5 9X KEN SCHRADER
6 68 JEFF DRAFFIN
7 18 RANDY MYERS
8 11x KYLE BYERLINE (*M)

Street Stocks : A-Main 01–28 Cars
1 63g RICHIE GABRIEL (*S)
2 36 DANNY EMS
3 5j JOSH JACKSON (*S)
4 6 JAKE HEWITT
5 69 SAM KIZER (*S)
6 30 KASEY GOVERO (*S)
7 81 CREG CANNON (*S)
8 55b STEVE BARACH (*S)
9 74 ERIC RENSING (*S)
10 43 JERRY HARRIS (*S)
11 47 BRIAN CLARDY
12 22g TOMMY GEGG (*S)
13 2 LARRY MARSALA (*S)
14 27 GENE CRAIN (*S)
15 5G JIMMY GLOVER
16 48x MICHAEL JEFFRIES
17 34 BRETT CLARDY (*S)
18 92 MARK SPRAUL
19 W1LD RICKY HUEBNER (*S)
20 21 ANDY BEAVERS (*S)
21 17b JIM BELL
22 69b ROBBY BENSON
23 14 TOMMY GAITHER (*S) DNS

Street Stocks : B-Main 01
1 48x MICHAEL JEFFRIES
2 21 ANDY BEAVERS (*S)
3 34 BRETT CLARDY (*S)
4 14 TOMMY GAITHER (*S)
5 30H LUKE HEWITT
6 92 MARK SPRAUL
7 81a MICHAEL AUSTIN(*S)
8 12G BRYAN GARRETT
9 41 RON PETTY (*S) DNS
10 79 KEITH ROSE DNS

Street Stocks : Heat 01
1 63g RICHIE GABRIEL (*S)
2 36 DANNY EMS
3 W1LD RICKY HUEBNER (*S)
4 5j JOSH JACKSON (*S)
5 55b STEVE BARACH (*S)
6 2 LARRY MARSALA (*S)
7 48x MICHAEL JEFFRIES
8 14 TOMMY GAITHER (*S)
9 92 MARK SPRAUL
10 12G BRYAN GARRETT

Street Stocks : Heat 02
1 74 ERIC RENSING (*S)
2 6 JAKE HEWITT
3 30 KASEY GOVERO (*S)
4 43 JERRY HARRIS (*S)
5 22g TOMMY GEGG (*S)
6 69 SAM KIZER (*S)
7 41 RON PETTY (*S)
8 34 BRETT CLARDY (*S)
9 79 KEITH ROSE

Street Stocks : Heat 03
1 17b JIM BELL
2 69b ROBBY BENSON
3 47 BRIAN CLARDY
4 5G JIMMY GLOVER
5 81 CREG CANNON (*S)
6 27 GENE CRAIN (*S)
7 30H LUKE HEWITT
8 81a MICHAEL AUSTIN(*S)
9 21 ANDY BEAVERS (*S)

NALMS/UMP Late Models : A-Main 01–33 Cars
1 00K RANDY KORTE
2 27 RODNEY MELVIN
3 11z BRYAN COLLINS (*L)
4 82 BILLY LAYCOCK
5 1s RICK SALTER (*L)
6 112 TIM RATAJCZYK (*L)
7 24 RYAN UNZICKER
8 92M MARK FAUST (*L)
9 78 CHAD ZOBRIST
10 7 MATT WEIDNER
11 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW (*L)
12 8 KYLE STEFFENS (*L)
13 33 TIM MANVILLE
14 30 MARK VOIGT (*L)
15 b5 BRANDON SHEPPARD
16 11D BRIAN DIVELEY
17 38L RYAN LITTLE
18 15 CHRIS FETTER (*L)
19 5s STEVE SHEPPARD JR
20 6K MICHAEL KLOOS (*L)
21 3L MATT TAYLOR

NALMS Late Models : B-Main 01
1 8 KYLE STEFFENS (*L)
2 11D BRIAN DIVELEY
3 38L RYAN LITTLE
4 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW (*L)
5 22G STEVE GROTZ
6 51x STEVE SHIVE
7 b5 BRANDON SHEPPARD
8 4 GUY TAYLOR
9 70 BILL WILLIAMSON (*L)
10 00X RICK RHOADES (*L)
11 21M STEVE MYERS (*L)
12 35 CLAUDE WALKER (*L)
13 94 LARRY COPELAND
14 55 DON PATTON (*S)
15 92b BILLY FAUST (*L)
16 dc3 DON CISCO III
17 2B TIM BROWN

NALMS Late Models : Heat 01
1 27 RODNEY MELVIN
2 6K MICHAEL KLOOS (*L)
3 112 TIM RATAJCZYK (*L)
4 3L MATT TAYLOR
5 8 KYLE STEFFENS (*L)
6 35 CLAUDE WALKER (*L)
7 55 DON PATTON (*S) DNS
8 92b BILLY FAUST (*L) DNS

NALMS Late Models : Heat 02
1 00K RANDY KORTE
2 11z BRYAN COLLINS (*L)
3 33 TIM MANVILLE
4 30 MARK VOIGT (*L)
5 11D BRIAN DIVELEY
6 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW (*L)
7 38L RYAN LITTLE
8 dc3 DON CISCO III DNS

NALMS Late Models : Heat 03
1 5s STEVE SHEPPARD JR
2 1s RICK SALTER (*L)
3 24 RYAN UNZICKER
4 7 MATT WEIDNER
5 51x STEVE SHIVE
6 21M STEVE MYERS (*L)
7 70 BILL WILLIAMSON (*L)
8 00X RICK RHOADES (*L)

NALMS Late Models : Heat 04
1 82 BILLY LAYCOCK
2 92M MARK FAUST (*L)
3 78 CHAD ZOBRIST
4 15 CHRIS FETTER (*L)
5 b5 BRANDON SHEPPARD
6 22G STEVE GROTZ
7 94 LARRY COPELAND
8 4 GUY TAYLOR
9 2B TIM BROWN DNS

NALMS Late Models : Time Trial
1 5s STEVE SHEPPARD JR – 15.214
2 00K RANDY KORTE
3 11z BRYAN COLLINS (*L)
4 27 RODNEY MELVIN
5 3L MATT TAYLOR
6 8 KYLE STEFFENS (*L)
7 92M MARK FAUST (*L)
8 112 TIM RATAJCZYK (*L)
9 33 TIM MANVILLE
10 6K MICHAEL KLOOS (*L)
11 24 RYAN UNZICKER
12 30 MARK VOIGT (*L)
13 11D BRIAN DIVELEY
14 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW (*L)
15 7 MATT WEIDNER
16 35 CLAUDE WALKER (*L)
17 1s RICK SALTER (*L)
18 78 CHAD ZOBRIST
19 21M STEVE MYERS (*L)
20 82 BILLY LAYCOCK
21 51x STEVE SHIVE
22 70 BILL WILLIAMSON (*L)
23 38L RYAN LITTLE
24 15 CHRIS FETTER (*L)
25 b5 BRANDON SHEPPARD
26 4 GUY TAYLOR
27 55 DON PATTON (*S)
28 22G STEVE GROTZ
29 00X RICK RHOADES (*L)
30 94 LARRY COPELAND
31 92b BILLY FAUST (*L)
32 2B TIM BROWN
33 dc3 DON CISCO III

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