Korte, Walsh, Korte, Ems & Schmidt take victories at Tri-City Speedway!

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Randy Korte


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Pontoon Beach, IL (August 14, 2009) Randy Korte of Highland, Illinois put together another dominating night as he won both the Super Late Model and UMP DIRTcar Pro Late Model feature events by huge margins. In the Super Late Model main event, Korte took the lead from his front row outside starting spot at the drop of the green flag and pulled away from the field. Korte finished the event with a half-track lead over the second place finisher. Meanwhile, some great battles took place throughout the rest of the top ten finishers. Tim Ratajczyk had a fierce battle with Chad Zobrist and Billy Laycock for second. The three of them battled for most of the second half of the event with Ratajczyk hanging on for a second place finish. Zobrist crossed the line third with Laycock taking fourth. Kyle Steffens brought home a great top five finish while making only his second start of 2009 at Tri-City Speedway.
Korte dominated the UMP DIRTcar Pro Late Model feature event even more so than the Super Late Model event. Korte checked out on the field as he again won by a half-track and lapped all but the top five finishers. Bobby Dauderman also had a stellar run. After starting dead last in the main event, he galloped through the field to a second place finish. Casey Montague crossed the line in the third spot. Dustin Griffin and Eric Gowan had great runs in the main event and crossed the finish line in the fourth and fifth spots, but were disqualified after the event for failing to go the scales to weigh at the conclusion of the event. That gave the fourth spot to Matt Santel and the fifth position to Aaron Heck.

Ray Walsh, who has admittedly struggled this season at Tri-City Speedway, finally claimed his first Modified main event of 2009. Walsh led all twenty laps of the main event, but was continously challenged for the top spot by several drivers throughout the event. Brent Mullins pressured Walsh early on, then it was Marty Smith, Jr. throughout the middle stages of the race and finally it was Scott Weber pressuring Walsh in the closing laps. However, Walsh kept his machine up on the high side, using the cushion to his advantage to hold off all challengers while taking the win. Weber would cross the line in second with Mullins taking third. Joe Dresch would finish in the fourth spot with Chris Moore rounding out the top five.

Danny Ems claimed yet another Street Stock main event. Ems and Josh Jackson had a great battle for the lead for the first half of the event before Jackson spun in turn one trying to get under Ems. On the restart, Ems would pull away to take the win with Tommy Gaither finishing second. Jimmy Bell would finish in the third spot. Jackson would make a great run back through the field to finish in the fourth spot. Buddy Love rounded out the top five.

Jason Schmidt won his first UMP DIRTcar Sports Compact (Tri-City Factory Stock) main event of the 2009 season at Tri-City Speedway. Schmidt and Rob Shaw had a spectacular battle for the top spot as the two raced side-by-side and swapped the lead throughout the entire event. The two would cross the finish line side-by-side with Schmidt winning in a photo-finish by not more than a foot. Following the two across the line was Eldon Hemken finishing third with Trevor Isaak fourth and Chad Burgess fifth.

Tri City Speedway — Pontoon Beach, IL
Race Results for 8/14/2009

Factory Stocks – A-Main — 20 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL
2 18 Robert Shaw (F) Highland, IL
3 WH02 Eldon Hemken (F) Litchfield, IL
4 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
5 77 Chad Burgess (F) Troy, IL
6 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL
7 17R Jacob Rexing Brighton, IL
8 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Pierron, IL
9 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
10 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
11 b0 Mike Mandrell Benton, IL
12 WH0 Tristen Wentler Benld, IL
13 OO Ryan Emig Trenton, IL
14 121V Rick Viviano ,
15 21 Jason Hamby Bethalto, il
16 4 Jason Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
17 28J Justin Hall (F) South Roxana, IL
18 95L Jordan Lake ,
19 57S Ricky Smith Godfrey, IL

Factory Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL
2 WH02 Eldon Hemken (F) Litchfield, IL
3 77 Chad Burgess (F) Troy, IL
4 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Pierron, IL
5 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
6 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
7 57S Ricky Smith Godfrey, IL
8 17R Jacob Rexing Brighton, IL
9 95L Jordan Lake ,
10 28J Justin Hall (F) South Roxana, IL

Factory Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18 Robert Shaw (F) Highland, IL
2 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
3 OO Ryan Emig Trenton, IL
4 WH0 Tristen Wentler Benld, IL
5 b0 Mike Mandrell Benton, IL
6 4 Jason Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
7 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL
8 121V Rick Viviano ,
9 21 Jason Hamby Bethalto, il

Late Models – A-Main — 19 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
2 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
3 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
4 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
5 8 Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
6 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
7 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
8 44 Shannon Kuhn Highland, IL
9 37 Brian Wolfmeier House Springs, MO
10 11K Steve Karnes Marion, IL
11 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
12 15 Chris Fetter Troy, MO
13 15X Greg Kimmons Pleasant Plains, IL
14 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
15 49 Steve Leach (L) Staunton, IL
16 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
17 94 Larry Copeland East Alton, IL
18 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
19 10 Rick Standridge Collinsville, IL DNS

Late Models – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
2 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
3 8 Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
4 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
5 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
6 10 Rick Standridge Collinsville, IL

Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
2 8 Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
3 10 Rick Standridge Collinsville, IL
4 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
5 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
6 11K Steve Karnes Marion, IL
7 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
8 15X Greg Kimmons Pleasant Plains, IL
9 37 Brian Wolfmeier House Springs, MO
10 49 Steve Leach (L) Staunton, IL

Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
2 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
3 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
4 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
5 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
6 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
7 44 Shannon Kuhn Highland, IL
8 15 Chris Fetter Troy, MO
9 94 Larry Copeland East Alton, IL

Modifieds – A-Main — 25 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1W Ray Walsh (M) Saint Louis, MO
2 4j Scott Weber (M) Festus, MO
3 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
4 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
5 1M Chris Moore Bridgeport, IL
6 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
7 98 JD Rottler Troy, MO
8 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
9 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
10 75 Eric Faust Aviston, IL
11 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
12 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
13 9j Terry James Winfield, MO
14 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
15 18 Randy Myers Springfield, IL
16 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
17 86 Steve Shive Saint Peters, MO
18 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO
19 8JR Larry Hull Jr O'fallon, MO
20 51 Timmy Hill Pacific, MO
21 67 Nick Busch Shiloh, IL
22 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
23 9 Larry Brown Cottage Hills, IL
24 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL DNS
25 11X Don Grimm (M) Worden, IL DNS

Modifieds – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
2 75 Eric Faust Aviston, IL
3 11X Don Grimm (M) Worden, IL
4 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
5 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO
6 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
7 9 Larry Brown Cottage Hills, IL

Modifieds – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
2 1W Ray Walsh (M) Saint Louis, MO
3 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
4 51 Timmy Hill Pacific, MO
5 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
6 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL

Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
2 1W Ray Walsh (M) Saint Louis, MO
3 4j Scott Weber (M) Festus, MO
4 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
5 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
6 98 JD Rottler Troy, MO
7 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
8 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
9 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL

Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
2 1 Tommie Seets Jr (M) Alton, IL
3 24 Mike Harrison Highland, IL
4 1M Chris Moore Bridgeport, IL
5 18 Randy Myers Springfield, IL
6 86 Steve Shive Saint Peters, MO
7 75 Eric Faust Aviston, IL
8 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO

Modifieds – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 51 Timmy Hill Pacific, MO
2 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
3 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
4 9j Terry James Winfield, MO
5 8JR Larry Hull Jr O'fallon, MO
6 67 Nick Busch Shiloh, IL
7 11X Don Grimm (M) Worden, IL
8 9 Larry Brown Cottage Hills, IL DNS

Pro (Crate) Late Models – A-Main — 20 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Randy Korte Highland, IL
2 18D Bobby Dauderman (C) Alhambra, IL
3 01 Casey Montague (C) Lebanon, IL
4 92s Matt Santel (C) New Memphis, IL
5 59 Aaron Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
6 67 Mark Oller (C) Highland, IL
7 58 Daniel Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
8 72 Brad Yotter (C) Bethalto, IL
9 3 Craig Bessinger (C) Pacific, MO
10 31R Jon Ridgway (C) Glendale, MO
11 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
12 81R Jeff Ridgway St. Louis, MO
13 26k Bobby Klucker (C) Highland, IL
14 67S John Seets Sr Brighton, IL
15 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
16 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
17 25P John Prior Centralia, IL
18 20 Dustin Griffin Quincy, IL DQ – Did Not Weigh
19 92K Eric Gowin (C) Jerseyville, IL DQ – Did Not Weigh
20 58 Charlie Heck (C) Mt. Vernon, IL DNS

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 59 Aaron Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
2 01 Casey Montague (C) Lebanon, IL
3 92K Eric Gowin (C) Jerseyville, IL
4 72 Brad Yotter (C) Bethalto, IL
5 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
6 31R Jon Ridgway (C) Glendale, MO
7 81R Jeff Ridgway St. Louis, MO
8 55 Daniel Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
9 67 Mark Oller (C) Highland, IL
10 67S John (BJ) Seets Jr. Brighton, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Randy Korte Highland, IL
2 92s Matt Santel (C) New Memphis, IL
3 25P John Prior Centralia, IL
4 20 Dustin Griffin Quincy, IL
5 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
6 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
7 58 Charlie Heck (C) Mt. Vernon, IL
8 3 Craig Bessinger (C) Pacific, MO
9 26k Bobby Klucker (C) Highland, IL
10 18D Bobby Dauderman (C) Alhambra, IL

Street Stocks – A-Main — 19 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO
2 14 Tommy Gaither (S) Alton, IL
3 17B Jim Bell (S) Godfrey, IL
4 5j Josh Jackson (S) South Roxana, IL
5 17L Buddy Love (S) Jerseyville, IL
6 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
7 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
8 21 Andy Beavers Alton, IL – STLRacing.com Hard Charger – Started 19th
9 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
10 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
11 43 Keith Flannery (S) Wood River, IL
12 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
13 07 Steve Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
14 8h Matt Hancock (S) Bunker Hill, IL
15 01D Fred Dublo Jr Alton, IL
16 313 Jordan Warren (S) Alton, IL
17 48x Michael Jefferies (S) Bethalto, IL
18 51 Brent Weaver Jerseyville, IL
19 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL DNS

Street Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5j Josh Jackson (S) South Roxana, IL
2 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO
3 17B Jim Bell (S) Godfrey, IL
4 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
5 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
6 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
7 8h Matt Hancock (S) Bunker Hill, IL
8 48x Michael Jefferies (S) Bethalto, IL
9 313 Jordan Warren (S) Alton, IL
10 21 Andy Beavers Alton, IL

Street Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 14 Tommy Gaither (S) Alton, IL
2 17L Buddy Love (S) Jerseyville, IL
3 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
4 01D Fred Dublo Jr Alton, IL
5 43 Keith Flannery (S) Wood River, IL
6 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL
7 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
8 07 Steve Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
9 51 Brent Weaver Jerseyville, IL

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