Billy Faust doubles up; Mullins, Ems & Shaw also takes wins at Tri-City Speedway!

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Pontoon Beach, IL (August 28, 2009) Billy Faust of Highland, Illinois made a return to racing after taking most of the summer off and picked up right where he left off as he claimed feature victories in the Super Late Model and UMP DIRTcar Pro Crate Late Model divisions. A big field of 131 racecars filled the pit area even though the skies were threatening most of the afternoon and a light drizzle fell right up to race time.
Mark Voigt took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the Super Late Model main event from his front row pole starting spot. Voigt opened a decent size lead as Tim Ratajczyk and Billy Faust battled for the second spot. Faust would finally get possession of the second spot on lap seven and proceeded to chase down Voigt. The two battled side-by-side for the top spot for a couple of laps before Voigt would slow in turn four as his left rear tire went flat. Faust would check out on the rest of the field after the restart, but a spectacular battle proceeded to take place for the rest of the top five positions. Tim Ratajczyk, Billy Laycock, Kyle Steffens, Rick Salter and Matt Weidner were all swapping the top five positions around. Bryan Collins also charged from the last place starting spot to join them in the fight. The caution flew on lap fifteen as Laycock stopped in turn four after contact sent him over the cushion and nearly into the wall exiting turn four. Laycock would have to restart from the rear and fight his way back to the top spot. Meanwhile, mechanical problems would also halt Collins' run as well. That setup a great battle for second between Steffens and Salter. The two raced out the final eight laps battling for the second spot with Salter just edging Steffens at the line. In the end, it was Faust taking the comfortable win, with Salter second, Steffens third. Ratajczyk crossed the line fourth and Laycock charged back through the field to complete the top five. The twenty-five lap main event ended just in time for Faust, as his right rear tire was completely flat as he rolled across the scales after the event.

In the Modified division, Brent Mullins of Litchfield, Illinois held off the challenges of Ray Walsh to earn his second victory of 2009 at Tri-City Speedway. Mullins, who said after the race he had his car setup to run the cushion on the high side, used the very bottom of the track to power his way to victory while Walsh used the big cushion that had built up around the top. Late in the race, Walsh jumped the cushion allowing Mullins to open up a small lead and forcing Walsh to race side by side with Kelly Devall in a battle for the second spot. As Mullins took the victory, Walsh just edged out Devall for the second spot. Rick Conoyer would finish a close fourth with Joe Dresch completing the top five.

In the UMP Pro Late Model division, Billy Faust claimed the feature win in that division also. But he had a fierce battle with Dustin Griffin for the top spot. Bobby Martintoni took the early lead at the drop of the green flag, but just three laps in Griffin would take the lead from Martintoni and open up a small lead. Meanwhile, Faust was battling his way to the front after starting in the seventh starting spot. Faust would soon dispose of Martintoni and take the second spot and proceeded to chase down Griffin for the lead. Griffin held tough as held off Faust for several laps, but Faust would soon find his way past Griffin as they battled lapped traffic. Griffin would battle back and actually make a successful slide job in turn two in front of Faust, but Faust would have the momentum and power back past Griffin on the inside. Faust would take the victory with Griffin finishing second. Aaron Heck charged to the front after starting in the tenth spot to finish third. Mark Oller also moved up from the eighth starting spot to finish fourth. Martintoni would complete the top five.

Danny Ems powered his way to his eleventh Street Stock feature win of 2009 at Tri-City Speedway. Ems has now won all but three Street Stock feature races at Tri-City Speedway this season. Tommy Gaither would finish in the second spot with Jim Bell claiming third. Josh Jackson would finish fourth and Terry McCann completed the top five.

The Factory Stock main event saw Rob Shaw take the victory over Bob Zbinden. The win moved Shaw to within seven points of the point lead currently held by Zbinden. Jason Schmidt finished in the third position and is just twenty-four points out of the top spot. Chad Burgess finished fourth and Jordan Suhre rounded out the top five.

Tri City Speedway
Race Results for 8/28/2009

Factory Stocks – A-Main — 22 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 81 Robert Shaw (F) Highland, IL
2 99 Bob Zbinden (F) Alhambra, IL
3 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL
4 77 Chad Burgess (F) Troy, IL
5 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
6 52 Nicholas Knebel Pocahontas, IL
7 WH02 Eldon Hemken (F) Litchfield, IL
8 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
9 28J Justin Hall (F) South Roxana, IL
10 17R Jacob Rexing Brighton, IL
11 21R Bill Burke Nashville, IL
12 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Pierron, IL
13 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL
14 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
15 21 David Dibler E Alton, IL
16 37 Nick Nieponski St. Louis, M
17 17L Robby Gentry Wood River, IL
18 1T Brent Trame New Baden, IL
19 57 JD Hopwood ,
20 95 Brent Davis Granite City, il
21 b0 Mike Mandrell Benton, IL
22 4 Jason Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL

Factory Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 81 Robert Shaw (F) Highland, IL
2 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
3 52 Nicholas Knebel Pocahontas, IL
4 28J Justin Hall (F) South Roxana, IL
5 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
6 21 David Dibler E Alton, IL
7 37 Nick Nieponski St. Louis, M
8 57 JD Hopwood ,

Factory Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL
2 77 Chad Burgess (F) Troy, IL
3 WH02 Eldon Hemken (F) Litchfield, IL
4 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL
5 b0 Mike Mandrell Benton, IL
6 17L Robby Gentry Wood River, IL
7 4 Jason Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL

Factory Stocks – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 99 Bob Zbinden (F) Alhambra, IL
2 21R Bill Burke Nashville, IL
3 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
4 17R Jacob Rexing Brighton, IL
5 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Pierron, IL
6 95 Brent Davis Granite City, il
7 1T Brent Trame New Baden, IL

Late Models – A-Main — 23 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 92B Billy Faust Highland, IL
2 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL – STLRacing.com Hard Charger (Started 12th)
3 8 Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
4 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
5 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
6 C7 Matt Weidner Trenton, IL
7 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
8 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
9 33F Rickey Frankel Quincy, IL
10 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
11 44 Shannon Kuhn Highland, IL
12 117 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville, IL
13 7 Richard Lawson House Springs, MO
14 51S Steve Shive Saint Peters, MO
15 15 Chris Fetter Troy, MO
16 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
17 39X Kenny Carmichael Terre Haute, IN
18 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
19 39 Mitchell Lankford West Terre Haute, IN
20 49 Steve Leach (L) Staunton, IL
21 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
22 24T Dick Taylor Springfield, IL
23 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL

Late Models – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
2 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
3 92B Billy Faust Highland, IL
4 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
5 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
6 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL

Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
2 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
3 C7 Matt Weidner Trenton, IL
4 13 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
5 39X Kenny Carmichael Terre Haute, IN
6 51S Steve Shive Saint Peters, MO
7 33F Rickey Frankel Quincy, IL
8 39 Mitchell Lankford West Terre Haute, IN

Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 30 Mark Voigt (L) Marine, IL
2 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
3 117 Chuck Mitchell Jacksonville, IL
4 24T Dick Taylor Springfield, IL
5 33 Tim Manville Highland, IL
6 7 Richard Lawson House Springs, MO
7 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
8 49 Steve Leach (L) Staunton, IL

Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 92B Billy Faust Highland, IL
2 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
3 8 Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
4 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
5 15 Chris Fetter Troy, MO
6 44 Shannon Kuhn Highland, IL
7 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO

Modifieds – A-Main — 33 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
2 1W Ray Walsh (M) Saint Louis, MO
3 11K Kelly Devall Vandalia, IL
4 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
5 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
6 49 Craig Kern Vandalia, Il
7 22V Matt Mevert Steeleville, IL
8 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
9 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
10 22C Vance Wilson Frankford, MO
11 73 Brian Bielong Summerfield, IL
12 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
13 14H Leroy Haney Foristell, MO
14 98 JD Rottler Troy, MO
15 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
16 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
17 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO
18 7S Bryan Singleton Saint Charles, MO
19 9j Terry James Winfield, MO
20 51 Timmy Hill Pacific, MO
21 18B Rocky Berliew (M) Brighton, IL
22 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
23 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO
24 15 Jerry Grither High Ridge, MO

Modifieds – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22C Vance Wilson Frankford, MO
2 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO
3 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
4 49 Craig Kern Vandalia, Il
5 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
6 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
7 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
8 94K Kevin Graf Hazelwood, MO
9 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO
10 4j Scott Weber (M) Festus, MO
11 33 Nathan Bowman Collinsville, IL
12 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
13 77 Kevin Lee Granite City, IL
14 04 Mitch Landrum O'Fallon, MO
15 1X James Reed Saint Louis, MO
16 9 Larry Brown Cottage Hills, IL
17 84 Tyler Deibert (C) Highland, IL

Modifieds – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1W Ray Walsh (M) Saint Louis, MO
2 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
3 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
4 11K Kelly Devall Vandalia, IL
5 22V Matt Mevert Steeleville, IL
6 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
7 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
8 98 JD Rottler Troy, MO

Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 55 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
2 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
3 15 Jerry Grither High Ridge, MO
4 7S Bryan Singleton Saint Charles, MO
5 51s Bob Stanton Godfrey, IL
6 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
7 11 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
8 77 Kevin Lee Granite City, IL
9 84 Tyler Deibert (C) Highland, IL

Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11K Kelly Devall Vandalia, IL
2 42 Steve Lach (M) Brownstown, IL
3 18B Rocky Berliew (M) Brighton, IL
4 73 Brian Bielong Summerfield, IL
5 22C Vance Wilson Frankford, MO
6 33 Nathan Bowman Collinsville, IL
7 b10 Bradley White (M) Hazelwood, MO
8 4j Scott Weber (M) Festus, MO

Modifieds – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 98 JD Rottler Troy, MO
2 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
3 9j Terry James Winfield, MO
4 14H Leroy Haney Foristell, MO
5 94K Kevin Graf Hazelwood, MO
6 49 Craig Kern Vandalia, Il
7 1X James Reed Saint Louis, MO
8 9 Larry Brown Cottage Hills, IL

Modifieds – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1W Ray Walsh (M) Saint Louis, MO
2 22V Matt Mevert Steeleville, IL
3 51 Timmy Hill Pacific, MO
4 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
5 11H John Stanton (M) Alton, IL
6 M41 Steve Maisel House Springs, MO
7 7J Josh Clack Hillsboro, MO
8 04 Mitch Landrum O'Fallon, MO

Pro (Crate) Late Models – A-Main — 30 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8F Billy Faust Highland, IL
2 20 Dustin Griffin Quincy, IL
3 59 Aaron Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
4 67 Mark Oller (C) Highland, IL
5 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
6 18D Bobby Dauderman (C) Alhambra, IL
7 11 Gordy Gundaker (C) St. Charles, MO
8 b1 Nick Bauman New Berlin, IL
9 01 Casey Montague (C) Lebanon, IL
10 58 Charlie Heck (C) Mt. Vernon, IL
11 16C Shane Cockrum Benton, IL
12 10 DJ Cygan (C) Saint Jacob, IL
13 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Bluford, IL
14 22S Scotty Britton Whittington, IL
15 B8 John Barnard ,
16 55 Daniel Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
17 18L Michael (Brent) Lewis Harrisburg, IL
18 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
19 72 Brad Yotter (C) Bethalto, IL
20 2 Brandon Moss (C) Highland, IL
21 36 Eric Gowin (C) Jerseyville, IL
22 26k Bobby Klucker (C) Highland, IL
23 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36 Eric Gowin (C) Jerseyville, IL
2 72 Brad Yotter (C) Bethalto, IL
3 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
4 55 Daniel Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
5 81R Jeff Ridgway St. Louis, MO
6 26k Bobby Klucker (C) Highland, IL
7 18C Jeff Carrier Fenton, MO
8 74H Tim Hancock Granite City, IL
9 25P John Prior Centralia, IL
10 3 Craig Bessinger (C) Pacific, MO
11 31R Jon Ridgway (C) Glendale, MO
12 1 Richie Baker Mt. Vernon, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 20 Dustin Griffin Quincy, IL
2 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Bluford, IL
3 8F Billy Faust Highland, IL
4 59 Aaron Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL
5 16C Shane Cockrum Benton, IL
6 2 Brandon Moss (C) Highland, IL
7 36 Eric Gowin (C) Jerseyville, IL
8 81R Jeff Ridgway St. Louis, MO
9 25P John Prior Centralia, IL
10 55 Daniel Heck (C) Mount Vernon, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
2 10 DJ Cygan (C) Saint Jacob, IL
3 67 Mark Oller (C) Highland, IL
4 b1 Nick Bauman New Berlin, IL
5 22S Scotty Britton Whittington, IL
6 18L Michael (Brent) Lewis Harrisburg, IL
7 72 Brad Yotter (C) Bethalto, IL
8 3 Craig Bessinger (C) Pacific, MO
9 74H Tim Hancock Granite City, IL
10 26k Bobby Klucker (C) Highland, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11 Gordy Gundaker (C) St. Charles, MO
2 01 Casey Montague (C) Lebanon, IL
3 18D Bobby Dauderman (C) Alhambra, IL
4 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
5 58 Charlie Heck (C) Mt. Vernon, IL
6 B8 John Barnard ,
7 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
8 18C Jeff Carrier Fenton, MO
9 31R Jon Ridgway (C) Glendale, MO
10 1 Richie Baker Mt. Vernon, IL

Street Stocks – A-Main — 23 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 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
6 17L Buddy Love (S) Jerseyville, IL
7 21 Andy Beavers Alton, IL
8 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL
9 4J Mark Leuck Alton, IL
10 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
11 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
12 27 Gene Crain Saint Louis, MO
13 55 Darin Patton Wood River, IL
14 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
15 48x Michael Jefferies (S) Bethalto, IL
16 43 Keith Flannery (S) Wood River, IL
17 01D Fred Dublo Jr Alton, IL
18 07 Steve Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
19 1X Sage Thornhill ,
20 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
21 30 Kasey Govero Bethalto, IL
22 72 Ronald Barrios Granite City, IL
23 84 Michael Leichsenring (S) Staunton, IL

Street Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
2 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
3 14 Tommy Gaither (S) Alton, IL
4 55 Darin Patton Wood River, IL
5 27 Gene Crain Saint Louis, MO
6 48x Michael Jefferies (S) Bethalto, IL
7 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
8 07 Steve Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL

Street Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36 Danny Ems (S) Arnold, MO
2 17B Jim Bell (S) Godfrey, IL
3 4J Mark Leuck Alton, IL
4 21 Andy Beavers Alton, IL
5 43 Keith Flannery (S) Wood River, IL
6 01D Fred Dublo Jr Alton, IL
7 30 Kasey Govero Bethalto, IL
8 72 Ronald Barrios Granite City, IL

Street Stocks – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 17L Buddy Love (S) Jerseyville, IL
2 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL
3 5j Josh Jackson (S) South Roxana, IL
4 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
5 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
6 1X Sage Thornhill ,
7 84 Michael Leichsenring (S) Staunton, IL

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