Smith, Dresch, Weber, Beavers & Suhre take victories at Tri-City Speedway!

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Craig Smith


Joe Dresch


Scott Weber


Andy Beavers


Jordan Suhre

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Pontoon Beach, IL (June 18, 2010) With rain showers dotting the radar around the St. Louis area once again, Tri-City Speedway was completely spared of the precipitation allowing a nice field of cars in all five divisions.

In the Super Late Model division, Craig Smith of Godfrey, IL had a dominating performance as he led the main event’s entire twenty-five lap distance and put all but the top seven finishers of the twenty-five starter at least one lap down. While Smith was out front roaring through lapped traffic, a terrific battle was raging for the second through fifth positions. Tim Ratajczyk and Bryan Collins were fighting for the second spot while right behind them, Rick Salter and Kenny Schrader were battling for the fourth spot all while dicing through lapped traffic. As Ratajczyk and Collins battled for the second spot on lap fourteen, they came upon Dewayne Keifer to put him a lap down as they raced down the backstretch. As the cars banged doors down the backstretch, Keifer’s car would climb the backstretch wall and then flip violently end over end down the backstretch. Keifer would fortunately walk away from the incident unscathed. On the restart, Smith would once again pull away and let the others battle over the second spot. Another late race caution with three laps remaining would allow Ratajczyk and Collins to pull right up to the rear bumper of Smith on the restart. However, Smith once again would power away and take the victory. Collins would squeeze past Ratajczyk and take the second spot. Ratajczyk would be third, while Salter would get by Schrader for fourth leaving Schrader in the fifth spot.

Modified Point leader Rick Conoyer jumped out to the early lead in the main event from his front row starting spot and pulled away to comfortable early lead. However, Joe Dresch would move to the high side and use the big cushion that had developed to work his way toward the front after starting in the ninth position. Dresch would move past Conoyer on lap eight and open up a comfortable lead. Conoyer would then find a better line and began to reel Dresch back in. On lap fifteen, Conoyer would move under Dresch and pull along side for the lead. Dresch would then find his rhythm and once again pull away from Conoyer. Meanwhile, Marty Smith, Jr. was a man on a mission. After Smith’s car broke in hotlaps, he would miss his heat race while they went back to their shop to get his brother’s car. Smith then started dead last in the main event and ripped through the field. Smith would come up just short in his efforts and finish third behind winner Dresch and second place finisher Conoyer. Without any caution periods in the second half of the event, Smith couldn’t make up the ground on the two leaders. Scott Weber would perform almost an identical mission as Smith did. Weber started one spot ahead of Smith in the twentieth starting spot in the main event and would follow Smith across the line in fourth. Ricky Horton would complete the top five.

In the UMP Pro Late Model division, Daniel Heck jumped out to the early lead from his outside front row starting spot. Heck would pace the first seven laps before Scott Weber would power his way past Heck for the lead. Weber, driving his “Pirates of the Caribbean” paint schemed machine appropriately nicknamed “Black Pearl” would dominate the rest of the event and take the victory. Bobby Pierce was on the move as he worked his way into the second spot as he moved past Heck by using the high side. While Pierce was beginning to reel in leader Weber, he would slip exiting turn two with just three laps remaining. Pierce would nearly spin as he got completely sideways, allowing Heck and Casey Montague to get past him. Weber would take the win with Heck hanging on for a second place finish. Pierce would recover and get back past Montague for the third spot. Montague would get fourth while Jason Zobrist rounded out the top five.

Those that left early, missed one of the most exciting Street Stock feature events ever at Tri-City Speedway. Terry McCann would get the early lead in a battle with Richie Gabriel and Danny Ems. After a few laps, Gabriel would slip back leaving a two car battle for the top spot with McCann and Ems. The two raced side-by-side lap after lap until the caution flag flew on lap eight. Ems would get credit for the leading the last full lap before the caution as he had crossed the line by a nose ahead of McCann on the previous lap. With Ems out front on the restart, McCann knew he had to mount a big charge to get back around Ems. However, he would get into turn four too fast on the very next lap and spin, taking himself out of competition for the win. With McCann out of the battle for the lead, it appeared Ems would be able to cruise to victory in the remaining few laps. However, another car had been lurking back in the top five and would restart in the second spot behind Ems. Andy Beavers would make the final five laps very exciting as he used the low side to pull along side Ems for the top spot. The two would race the final three laps completely side-by-side the entire distance around the track. Each car nosing ahead of the other for the lead around different parts of the track. As they took the white flag, they crossed the line in a dead heat photo finish. However, there was another lap to go and the two continued the battle for the lead. As they exited turn four for the final time, they were once again side-by-side. Beavers would beat Ems to the line by a bumper for the win. Jimmy Bell would finish in the third spot with teammate Buddy Love in fourth. Michael Jefferies would round out the top five.

Jordan Suhre would claim the Factory Stock victory. That was Suhre’s fifth victory already in the 2010 season at Tri-City Speedway. Trevor Isaak, the only other drive to win a Factory Stock feature in 2010 at Tri-City Speedway would finish second. Justin Hall would finish third after starting nineteenth. Willie Myers was fourth and Travis Horner fifth.

Tri City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL
Race Results for 6/18/2010

Factory Stocks – A-Main — 19 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
2 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
3 28J Justin Hall South Roxana, IL StlRacing.com Hard Charger: Started 19 Passed 16
4 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
5 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL
6 77 Chad Burgess (F) Nashville, IL
7 17R Jacob Rexing (FR) Brighton, IL
8 17W Cody Weaver (FR) Jerseyville, IL
9 3R Pat Blocker St. Louis, MO
10 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Caseyville, IL
11 17 James (Matt) Lear (FR) Granite City, IL
12 16Z Marc Ziebold Red Bud, IL
13 4B Casey Burns Edwardsville, IL
14 41 Zach Gaither (FR) Alton, IL
15 3 William Higdon Wood River, IL
16 15 Kate Marks (FR) Waterloo, IL
17 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL
18 14 Tommy Roady (F) Granite City, IL DNS
19 14M Cameron McCall Boudon, MO DNS

Factory Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21M Willie Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
2 77 Chad Burgess (F) Nashville, IL
3 39 Jonathan Schulte (F) Caseyville, IL
4 17W Cody Weaver (FR) Jerseyville, IL
5 3R Pat Blocker St. Louis, MO
6 4B Casey Burns Edwardsville, IL
7 15 Kate Marks (FR) Waterloo, IL
8 14M Cameron McCall Boudon, MO
9 9T Travis Horner (F) Alhambra, IL DQ

Factory Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 9 Jason Schmidt (F) Highland, IL
2 26 Jordan Suhre (F) Alhambra, IL
3 9X Trevor Isaak (F) Highland, IL
4 17R Jacob Rexing (FR) Brighton, IL
5 14 Tommy Roady (F) Granite City, IL
6 16Z Marc Ziebold Red Bud, IL
7 17 James (Matt) Lear (FR) Granite City, IL
8 41 Zach Gaither (FR) Alton, IL
9 3 William Higdon Wood River, IL
10 28J Justin Hall South Roxana, IL DNS

Late Models – A-Main — 25 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
2 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
3 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
4 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
5 9 Ken Schrader Concord, NC
6 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
7 38L Ryan Little Springfield, IL
8 33F Rickey Frankel, (L) Quincy, IL StlRacing.com Hard Charger: Started 19 Passed 11
9 15 Chris Fetter (L) Troy, MO
10 35 Claude Walker (L) Moro, IL
11 16H Mike Hammerle Saint Charles, MO
12 28b John Beck Springfield, IL
13 94R Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO
14 56 Jeff Walston Paducah, KY
15 66 Chris Hall Sikeston, MO
16 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
17 13 Dewayne Kiefer (L) St. Genevieve, MO
18 4S Steven Unterbrink Greenville, IL
19 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
20 33 Tim Manville (L) Troy, IL
21 2X Nick Lyons Centralia, IL
22 7 Michael Jacober (L) Highland, IL
23 67 Mark Oller (L) Highland, IL
24 76 Butch Kruckeberg (L) Edwardsville, IL
25 11X Shannon Kuhn Highland, IL

Late Models – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 33F Rickey Frankel, (L) Quincy, IL
2 16H Mike Hammerle Saint Charles, MO
3 94R Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO
4 4S Steven Unterbrink Greenville, IL
5 33 Tim Manville (L) Troy, IL DQ
6 7 Michael Jacober (L) Highland, IL DQ
7 11X Shannon Kuhn Highland, IL DQ

Late Models – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
2 56 Jeff Walston Paducah, KY
3 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
4 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
5 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
6 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL

Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 56 Jeff Walston Paducah, KY
2 112 Tim Ratajczyk (L) Millstadt, IL
3 78 Chad Zobrist (L) Highland, IL
4 2X Nick Lyons Centralia, IL
5 76 Butch Kruckeberg (L) Edwardsville, IL
6 35 Claude Walker (L) Moro, IL
7 33 Tim Manville (L) Troy, IL
8 7 Michael Jacober (L) Highland, IL

Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1s Rick Salter (L) Albers, IL
2 81 Craig Smith (L) Godfrey, IL
3 67 Mark Oller (L) Highland, IL
4 38L Ryan Little Springfield, IL
5 13 Dewayne Kiefer (L) St. Genevieve, MO
6 66 Chris Hall Sikeston, MO
7 16H Mike Hammerle Saint Charles, MO
8 33F Rickey Frankel, (L) Quincy, IL

Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11z Bryan Collins Elsberry, MO
2 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
3 9 Ken Schrader Concord, NC
4 15 Chris Fetter (L) Troy, MO
5 28b John Beck Springfield, IL
6 441 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL
7 94R Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO
8 11X Shannon Kuhn Highland, IL
9 4S Steven Unterbrink Greenville, IL DNS

Modifieds – A-Main — 22 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
2 14 Rick Conoyer (M) Saint Peters, MO
3 155 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL StlRacing.com Hard Charger: Started 21 Passed 18
4 241D Scott Weber (C) Festus, MO
5 31 Rick Horton High Ridge, MO
6 45 Trista Stevenson Pocahontas, IL
7 b10 Bradley White (M) Bridgeton, MO
8 11H John Stanton East Alton, IL
9 4J Tim Lewis, Jr Mt. Prairie, IL
10 21 Randy Dickman (MR) O’Fallon, MO
11 84 Tyler Deibert Highland, IL
12 32J Terry Johnson Winfield, MO
13 41 Larry Hull Sr. (M) Saint Charles, MO
14 00E Steve Ellison Trenton, IL
15 86 Steve Shive St. Peters, MO
16 81A Michael Austin (MR) Godfrey, IL
17 4B Neil Wade, Jr. Marthasville, MO
18 14H Winston (Leroy) Haney Foristell, MO
19 12 Brian Rieck Troy, MO
20 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
21 70 Josh Russell Festus, MO
22 21F Khris Fohne Lebanon, IL DNS

Modifieds – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 14 Rick Conoyer (M) Saint Peters, MO
2 86 Steve Shive St. Peters, MO
3 4J Tim Lewis, Jr Mt. Prairie, IL
4 31 Rick Horton High Ridge, MO
5 21F Khris Fohne Lebanon, IL
6 41 Larry Hull Sr. (M) Saint Charles, MO

Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 86 Steve Shive St. Peters, MO
2 31 Rick Horton High Ridge, MO
3 14 Rick Conoyer (M) Saint Peters, MO
4 45 Trista Stevenson Pocahontas, IL
5 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
6 b10 Bradley White (M) Bridgeton, MO
7 84 Tyler Deibert Highland, IL
8 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
9 70 Josh Russell Festus, MO
10 12 Brian Rieck Troy, MO DNS
11 155 Marty Smith Jr (M) Troy, IL DNS

Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 41 Larry Hull Sr. (M) Saint Charles, MO
2 21F Khris Fohne Lebanon, IL
3 4J Tim Lewis, Jr Mt. Prairie, IL
4 21 Randy Dickman (MR) O’Fallon, MO
5 32J Terry Johnson Winfield, MO
6 4B Neil Wade, Jr. Marthasville, MO
7 11H John Stanton East Alton, IL
8 81A Michael Austin (MR) Godfrey, IL
9 14H Winston (Leroy) Haney Foristell, MO
10 241D Scott Weber (C) Festus, MO
11 00E Steve Ellison Trenton, IL DNS

Pro (Crate) Late Models – A-Main — 29 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8BALL Scott Weber (C) Festus, MO
2 55 Daniel Heck Mount Vernon, IL
3 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
4 01 Casey Montague (C) Lebanon, IL
5 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
6 59 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
7 1A Steve Meyer Jr South Roxana, IL
8 18L Michael (Brent) Lewis Harrisburg, IL
9 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL StlRacing.com Hard Charger: Started 20 Passed 11
10 111 Zack Bunning Mt. Zion, IL
11 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Wayne City, IL
12 45 Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL
13 4 Jason Suhre (CR) Alhambra, IL
14 72 Brad Yotter Bethalto, IL
15 59R Danny Jolly Christopher, IL
16 1 Dustin Brown Owesboro, KY
17 74 Tim Hancock (CR) Granite City, IL
18 92s Matt Santel (C) New Memphis, IL
19 92K Brant Kehrer New Memphis, IL
20 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
21 35 Matt Liner Calvert City, KY
22 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
2 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL
3 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Wayne City, IL
4 4 Jason Suhre (CR) Alhambra, IL
5 38J Jake Little Springfield, IL
6 32 Derek Fetter Troy, MO
7 5J Josh Jackson (CR) South Roxana, IL
8 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
9 11S Andy Scoles (CR) St. Charles, MO
10 95 Jeremy Nash (C) Marine, IL DNS
11 08 Jake Griffin (CR) Quincy, IL DNS

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 55 Daniel Heck Mount Vernon, IL
2 92K Brant Kehrer New Memphis, IL
3 72 Brad Yotter Bethalto, IL
4 18L Michael (Brent) Lewis Harrisburg, IL
5 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL
6 111 Zack Bunning Mt. Zion, IL
7 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Wayne City, IL
8 4E Scott Geaschel Collinsville, IL
9 38J Jake Little Springfield, IL
10 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL DNS

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8BALL Scott Weber (C) Festus, MO
2 74 Tim Hancock (CR) Granite City, IL
3 35 Matt Liner Calvert City, KY
4 87 Jason Zobrist (C) Highland, IL
5 1 Dustin Brown Owesboro, KY
6 92s Matt Santel (C) New Memphis, IL
7 11S Andy Scoles (CR) St. Charles, MO
8 5J Josh Jackson (CR) South Roxana, IL
9 32 Derek Fetter Troy, MO
10 08 Jake Griffin (CR) Quincy, IL

Pro (Crate) Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
2 1A Steve Meyer Jr South Roxana, IL
3 59 Dane Gundaker (M) Bridgeton, MO
4 01 Casey Montague (C) Lebanon, IL
5 59R Danny Jolly Christopher, IL
6 45 Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL
7 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
8 4 Jason Suhre (CR) Alhambra, IL
9 95 Jeremy Nash (C) Marine, IL

Street Stocks – A-Main — 27 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21 Elza (Andy) Beavers (S) Alton, IL
2 36 Danny Ems Arnold, MO
3 17B Jimmy Bell (S) Godfrey, IL
4 17L Buddy Love (S) Wood River, IL
5 48x Michael Jeffries (S) Godfrey, IL
6 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL StlRacing.com Hard Charger: Started 14 Passed 8
7 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
8 01 Fred Dublo Jr (S) Alton, IL
9 13 Jodi Parker (SR) Granite City, IL
10 B11 Brent Weaver (SR) Jerseyville, IL
11 99 Jeffrey (Jeff) Martin (S-R) Salem, IL
12 07 William (Steve) Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
13 22H Timmy Hancock Jr (SR) Mt. Olive, IL
14 2 Joe Joyce (SR) Worden, IL
15 19 Erik Sedlack (SR) Alton, IL
16 11b Fred Sparks (S) Roxana, IL
17 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
18 28 Jason Worley Ste Genevieve, MO
19 27C Josh Case (SR) Bethalto, IL
20 313 Jordan Warren Medora, IL
21 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL
22 88 Cody Thornhill St. Louis, MO DNS
23 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL DNS

Street Stocks – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 13 Jodi Parker (SR) Granite City, IL
2 27C Josh Case (SR) Bethalto, IL
3 99 Jeffrey (Jeff) Martin (S-R) Salem, IL
4 19 Erik Sedlack (SR) Alton, IL
5 22H Timmy Hancock Jr (SR) Mt. Olive, IL
6 4J Zack Jordan Bunker Hill, IL
7 29H Matt Hancock Bunker Hill, IL DNS
8 57P Bobby Silkwood (SR) Bethalto, IL DNS
9 00jr Dave Meyers Bethalto, IL DNS

Street Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 63g Richie Gabriel (S) Jerseyville, IL
2 17B Jimmy Bell (S) Godfrey, IL
3 17L Buddy Love (S) Wood River, IL
4 B11 Brent Weaver (SR) Jerseyville, IL
5 07 William (Steve) Stonecipher (S) Bethalto, IL
6 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
7 27C Josh Case (SR) Bethalto, IL
8 29H Matt Hancock Bunker Hill, IL
9 00jr Dave Meyers Bethalto, IL DNS

Street Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 68 Terry McCann (S) Cottage Hills, IL
2 21 Elza (Andy) Beavers (S) Alton, IL
3 88 Cody Thornhill St. Louis, MO
4 11b Fred Sparks (S) Roxana, IL
5 48x Michael Jeffries (S) Godfrey, IL
6 28 Jason Worley Ste Genevieve, MO
7 22H Timmy Hancock Jr (SR) Mt. Olive, IL
8 99 Jeffrey (Jeff) Martin (S-R) Salem, IL
9 57P Bobby Silkwood (SR) Bethalto, IL

Street Stocks – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36 Danny Ems Arnold, MO
2 22g Tommy Gegg (S) Alton, IL
3 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
4 2 Joe Joyce (SR) Worden, IL
5 313 Jordan Warren Medora, IL
6 01 Fred Dublo Jr (S) Alton, IL
7 19 Erik Sedlack (SR) Alton, IL
8 13 Jodi Parker (SR) Granite City, IL
9 4J Zack Jordan Bunker Hill, IL

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