Voigt outduels Babb for Super Late Model win; Seets, Gabriel & Zbinden also take victories!

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Mark Voigt


Tommie Seets, Jr.


Richie Gabriel


Bob Zbinden

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Pontoon Beach, IL (June 19, 2009) With the UMP Summer Nationals getting rained out at Farmer City Raceway, Shannon Babb made the three hour treck south to Tri-City Speedway to get a little testing in before the UMP Summer Nationals visits Tri-City Speedway next Wednesday, June 24th. Babb's night got off to a good start when he drew a front row starting spot for the first heat race. Babb proceeded to dominate the heat race and won by a full straight-away. However, Mark Voigt from Marine, Illinois came prepared to protect his home turf and Voigt won his heat race as well. Babb would get the edge by winning the dash, setting up a front row for the main event with Babb on the pole and Voigt on the outside. Voigt got the lead at the drop of the green flag and Babb gave chase. Lap after lap Babb would pull along side Voigt through the corners, but Voigt would get a great run exiting the corners and would power back ahead of Babb down the straight-aways. This went on for almost every single lap of the twenty-five lap main event. Babb tried every line possible entering the corners and through the corners, but every lap Voigt would pull ahead down the straight-away. Voigt would take the victory with Babb a very close second. Chad Zobrist charged through the field after starting fifteenth in the main event to finish third. That feat earned Zobrist the STLRacing.com Hard Charger Award Bonus of $200. Rickey Frankel took the fourth spot. Everette Bradham, who was making his debut at Tri-City Speedway in the Super Late Model division had a great run and finished in the fifth spot.

Tommie Seets, Jr. of Alton, Illinois led all twenty laps of the Modified main event to earn the victory. An intense battle for the second spot between Rusty Griffaw, Marty Smith, Jr. and Matt Goulden raged on for most of the twenty lap event with the three of them swapping the positions around on multiple occassions. In the end, it was Smith claiming the second spot with Griffaw taking third. Goulden would take the fourth spot with Joe Dresch rounding out the top five.

The Street Stock division, just as they have all season, provided another four to five car battle for the top spot. Andy Beavers led the first ten laps of the main event, but had intense pressure for the top spot from multiple drivers and it was Richie Gabriel who would find his way past him using the middle groove. Gabriel then fended off Beavers and several other drivers to pick up the win. Beavers would hang on to the second spot with Tommy Gaither finishing third. Tommy Gegg took the fourth spot with Jim Bell rounding out the top five.

Bob Zbinden claimed yet another Factory Stock victory. Zbinden and Rob Shaw battled wheel-to-wheel, rubbing fenders for the top spot during the entire distance of the main event. Zbinden was able to hold off Shaw and take the win. Justin Shaw would finish third behind Rob Shaw with Jason Suhre taking fourth and Jordan Suhre fifth.

The UMP Pro Late Model main event was rained out as showers moved over the speedway after a crash on the opening lap brought out the red flag. Several cars got together entering turn three causing three cars to spin together as they entered the turn, while two others crashed into the outside wall. As the three cars spun, the car of Steve Long, Jr. hit head on with the spun car of Charlie Heck. However, Long's car proceeded to ramp completely over the top of Heck's car. It appeared almost as a stunt scene with a car jumping a ramp as Long's car landed completely past Heck's car. Both of those drivers were okay, but B.J. Seets who was another one of the three cars that spun needed assistance for an injured hand/wrist. The race was red flag while he was tended to. During the red flag, the rain started.

Tri City Speedway — Pontoon Beach,IL
Race Results for 6/19/2009

Factory Stocks – A-Main — 19 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 99 Bob Zbinden (F) Alhambra, IL
2 18 Robert Shaw (F) Highland, IL
3 18J Justin Shaw (F) Highland, IL
4 4 Jason Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
5 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
6 WH02 Eldon Hempken ,
7 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL
8 7J Blake Jost ,
9 50 Andy Hellmann Bartelso, IL
10 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
11 WH0 Tristen Wentler ,
12 28J Justin Hall (F) South Roxana, IL
13 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Pierron, IL
14 57 Chris Warren Alton, IL
15 77 Chad Burgess (F) Troy, IL
16 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
17 95F Lori Flowers ,
18 96r Ted Romine Granite City, IL DNS
19 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL DNS

Factory Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Robert Shaw (F) Highland, IL
2 99 Bob Zbinden (F) Alhambra, IL
3 18J Justin Shaw (F) Highland, IL
4 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
5 50 Andy Hellmann Bartelso, IL
6 7J Blake Jost ,
7 28J Justin Hall (F) South Roxana, IL
8 95F Lori Flowers ,
9 96r Ted Romine Granite City, IL
10 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL

Factory Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 4 Jason Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
2 WH02 Eldon Hempken ,
3 77 Chad Burgess (F) Troy, IL
4 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
5 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL
6 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Pierron, IL
7 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
8 57 Chris Warren Alton, IL
9 WH0 Tristen Wentler ,

Late Models – A-Main — 18 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
2 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
3 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
4 33F Rickey Frankel Quincy, IL
5 64B Everett Bradham Olney, IL
6 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
7 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
8 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
9 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
10 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
11 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
12 81b Paul Bailey Pocahontas, IL
13 4S Steven Unterbrink Greenville, IL
14 28b John Beck Springfield, IL
15 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
16 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
17 24 Dick Taylor Springfield, IL DNS
18 44 Roy Simmons Bunker Hill, IL DNS

Late Models – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
2 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
3 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
4 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
5 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
6 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO

Late Models – Hard Charger
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL

Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
2 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
3 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
4 33F Rickey Frankel Quincy, IL
5 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
6 28b John Beck Springfield, IL
7 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
8 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
9 24 Dick Taylor Springfield, IL DNS

Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
2 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
3 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
4 64B Everett Bradham Olney, IL
5 4S Steven Unterbrink Greenville, IL
6 44 Roy Simmons Bunker Hill, IL
7 81b Paul Bailey Pocahontas, IL
8 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
9 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO

Modifieds – A-Main — 26 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
2 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
3 16 Rusty Griffaw (M) Festus, MO
4 41G Matt Goulden Springfield, IL
5 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
6 4UW Bobby Regot III (M) Saint Peters, MO
7 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
8 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
9 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL
10 43A Larry Anderson Clay City, IL
11 11X Don Grimm (M) Worden, IL
12 4B Neil Wade Marthasville, MO
13 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
14 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
15 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
16 1X James Reed Saint Louis, MO
17 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
18 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
19 18B Rocky Berliew (M) Brighton, IL
20 4j Scott Weber (M) Festus, MO
21 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO
22 11K Kelly Devall Vandalia, IL
23 22Z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO DNS

Modifieds – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
2 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
3 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
4 1X James Reed Saint Louis, MO
5 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO
6 33 Nathan Bowman Collinsville, IL
7 55P Don Patton Cottage Hills, IL
8 9 Larry Brown Cottage Hills, IL

Modifieds – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Rusty Griffaw (M) Festus, MO
2 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
3 41G Matt Goulden Springfield, IL
4 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL
5 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
6 4B Neil Wade Marthasville, MO

Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Rusty Griffaw (M) Festus, MO
2 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL
3 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
4 4UW Bobby Regot III (M) Saint Peters, MO
5 4j Scott Weber (M) Festus, MO
6 43A Larry Anderson Clay City, IL
7 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
8 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
9 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO

Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 41G Matt Goulden Springfield, IL
2 4B Neil Wade Marthasville, MO
3 22Z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
4 11K Kelly Devall Vandalia, IL
5 11X Don Grimm (M) Worden, IL
6 18B Rocky Berliew (M) Brighton, IL
7 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
8 55P Don Patton Cottage Hills, IL
9 1X James Reed Saint Louis, MO

Modifieds – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
2 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
3 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
4 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
5 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
6 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
7 9 Larry Brown Cottage Hills, IL
8 33 Nathan Bowman Collinsville, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – B-Main — 26 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
2 22S Scotty Britton Whittington, IL
3 3 Craig Bessinger (C) Pacific, MO
4 49 Jeremy Hines Seymour, IN
5 72 Brad Yotter (C) Bethalto, IL
6 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
7 26k Bobby Klucker (C) Highland, IL
8 30 Ryan Seger Saint Jacob, IL DNS

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 55 Daniel Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
2 20 Dustin Griffin Quincy, IL
3 18D Bobby Dauderman (C) Alhambra, IL
4 74 John Crenshaw (C) Madison, IL
5 1A Steve Meyer Jr South Roxana, IL
6 58 Charlie Heck (C) mt. Vernon, il
7 22S Scotty Britton Whittington, IL
8 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
9 72 Brad Yotter (C) Bethalto, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL, IL
2 32 Bobby Pierce ,
3 92s Matt Santel (C) New Memphis, IL
4 92 Tommy Krankel Saint Louis, MO
5 67S John (BJ) Seets Jr. Brighton, IL
6 7L Steve Long Jr Warrenton, MO
7 30 Ryan Seger Saint Jacob, IL
8 26k Bobby Klucker (C) Highland, IL
9 3 Craig Bessinger (C) Pacific, MO

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 67 Mark Oller (C) Highland, IL
2 01 Casey Montague (C) Lebanon, IL
3 59X Aaron Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
4 25 Robbie Wright Fulton, Mo
5 2 Brandon Moss (C) Highland, IL
6 09 Paul Humphrey (C) Madison, IL
7 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
8 49 Jeremy Hines Seymour, IN DQ

Street Stocks – A-Main — 26 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
2 21 Andy Beavers Alton, IL
3 14 Tommy Gaither (S) Alton, IL
4 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL
5 17B Jim Bell (S) Godfrey, IL
6 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
7 60 Randy Tyson Florissant, MO
8 27 Gene Crain Saint Louis, MO
9 5j Josh Jackson (S) South Roxana, IL
10 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO
11 17L Buddy Love (S) Jerseyville, IL
12 55 Darin Patton Wood River, IL
13 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
14 07 Steve Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
15 04 Greg Schumacher Bethalto, IL
16 00jr Dave Meyers Cottage Hills, IL
17 B11 Buddy Jefferies Bethalto, IL
18 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
19 48x Michael Jeffries Bethalto, IL
20 313 Jordan Warren (S) Alton, IL
21 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
22 25 Bill Austin East Alton, IL

Street Stocks – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 313 Jordan Warren (S) Alton, IL
2 07 Steve Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
3 04 Greg Schumacher Bethalto, IL
4 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
5 11b Fred Sparks Jr South Roxana, IL
6 53 Justin Leichsenring (S) Hartford, IL
7 5G Jimmy Glover Alton, IL DNS
8 01D Fred Dublo Jr Alton, IL DNS

Street Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21 Andy Beavers Alton, IL
2 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
3 17B Jim Bell (S) Godfrey, IL
4 14 Tommy Gaither (S) Alton, IL
5 27 Gene Crain Saint Louis, MO
6 25 Bill Austin East Alton, IL
7 07 Steve Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
8 5G Jimmy Glover Alton, IL DNS
9 01D Fred Dublo Jr Alton, IL DNS

Street Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
2 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
3 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL
4 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
5 55 Darin Patton Wood River, IL
6 48x Michael Jeffries Bethalto, IL
7 53 Justin Leichsenring (S) Hartford, IL
8 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
9 04 Greg Schumacher Bethalto, IL

Street Stocks – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5j Josh Jackson (S) South Roxana, IL
2 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO
3 60 Randy Tyson Florissant, MO
4 00jr Dave Meyers Cottage Hills, IL
5 17L Buddy Love (S) Jerseyville, IL
6 B11 Buddy Jefferies Bethalto, IL
7 11b Fred Sparks Jr South Roxana, IL
8 313 Jordan Warren (S) Alton, IL

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