Smith, Griffaw, Lyons, Gaither, Pryor & Gibson take wins at Tri-City Speedway!

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Rusty Griffaw

Rusty Griffaw

Nick Lyons

Nick Lyons

Tommy Gaither

Tommy Gaither

Earl Pryor

Earl Pryor

Kayle Gibson

Kayle Gibson

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Pontoon Beach, IL (May 20th, 2011) For the second straight week, Tri-City Speedway managed to avoid the forecasted thunderstorms and get in a complete program of racing. It didn’t look good early on, as the skies opened up with a brief shower right as the first session of hotlaps rolled onto the track. However, the showers were very light and lasted only a few minutes. The wind was the main weather issue as steady 30-40mph winds with gusts near 50mph blew for most of the night. None of that prevented 114 racecars from rolling into the pit area and providing some excellent side by side racing. All five of the regular divisions featured great battles for the lead!

In the UMP DIRTcar Late Model division, a classic two car battle for the lead with Craig Smith and Randy Korte raged on for fifteen of the twenty-five lap main event. The race got started with Michael Kloos jumping out front ahead of Korte and leading the first five laps. Kloos would encounter a tough break when his left rear tire went flat on lap five and ended his night. That would setup a great battle for the top spot as Korte and Smith raced side by side and swapped the lead several times as they weaved through lapped traffic. A late race caution on lap nineteen would reset the field with Smith out front and Korte in second in what appeared to setup a great shootout to the end. Korte would jump the cushion in turn two on lap twenty and lose sight of Smith over the final laps, allowing Smith to sail to victory. Korte would hang on to second. Chad Zobrist would work his way up to take the third spot with Jason McBride finishing fourth. Tanner English would round out the top five.

The UMP DIRTcar Modified division would provide one of the wildest races of the night. Rusty Griffaw and Michael Long would start side by side on the front row and trade slide jobs for the lead in each turn for the first four laps. On lap four as Griffaw stormed into turn three on the low side, his car would bicycle onto two wheels and get so high the right side door just narrowly miss digging into the ground and sending him flipping. Griffaw would save the car from flipping and as the car slammed back onto four wheels, it would tear back the left side door panel on his car causing it to pretty much block his view out his left side window opening. Griffaw would only lose one spot as Long got past for the lead while he recovered. Long would open up a nice lead over Griffaw after and appeared to be on his way to a huge win. However, a late race caution with only three laps remaining would put Griffaw right back on the rear bumper of Long for the restart. It would only take to the first turn after the restart for the fireworks to start again. Griffaw would put a slide job on Long for the lead going through turns one and two with Long fighting back down the back stretch and returning the favor in turns three and four. As they took the white flag, Griffaw would once again slide ahead of Long for the lead. This time Griffaw protected the bottom going down the back stretch and into turn three. He would hold off Long at the line and take the win. Bobby Regot III would finish a close third with Kyle Steffens taking fourth. Tim Hancock would round out the top five.

In the UMP Pro Late Model main event, it appeared Dustin Griffin was going to dominate the entire event as he opened up a huge lead as he paced the field for the first fourteen laps of the twenty lap main event. However, Nick Lyons was charging through the field from his ninth place starting spot in the Black Pearl 8 Ball machine. Lyons would track Griffin down and the two would race side by side and battle through lapped traffic in the closing laps. Griffin would encounter a tough break on as he raced through turn four coming down to take the white flag, slight contact with a lapped car would get him extremely sideways. He would lose a ton of momentum and have to cut through the infield and back onto the front stretch, losing eight or nine positions in the process. Lyons would pull away to get the win. Josh Carroll, who had taken over second would slip on the final lap allowing Andrew Johns to get his best finish ever at Tri-City Speedway as he crossed the line second. Bobby Martintoni would come home third. Carroll would recover and finish fourth with Rylan Dagg rounding out the top five.

The Street Stocks wouldn’t disappoint the crowd either as Tommy Gaither and Ricky Huebner battled for the lead for all fifteen laps of the main event. The two raced side by side almost every lap with Creg Cannon right on their rear bumpers. Gaither would edge Huebner for the win by a car length to win his second straight main event at Tri-City Speedway. Cannon would drop out with mechanical problems in the closing laps and that would allow Brent Weaver to finish in the third spot with Buddy Love taking fourth. Todd Erickson would round out the top five.

The UMP DIRTcar Sport Compacts would put on a great race for the lead as well. Joey Haun would lead the opening laps with Justin Suhre, Earl Pryor and Jacob Rexing all making it a four car battle for the top spot. Pryor would wrestle the lead from Haun and then Suhre would move in on Pryor and those two would race side by side for a couple of laps before Suhre would be sidelined with mechanical problems. That allowed last week’s feature winner Jacob Rexing to move in on Pryor in the closing laps. Rexing would get a nose along side Pryor on the final lap, but would come up just short as Pryor took the win. Willy Myers would finish third with Travis Horner fourth and Cody Weaver fifth.

Tri City Speedway — Pontoon Beach, IL
Race Results for 5/20/2011

Factory Stk-4cyl/UMP Sport Compacts – A-Main — 12 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 57E Earl Pryor (F) Troy, MO
2 17R Jacob Rexing (F) Brighton, IL
3 21M Willy Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
4 9T Travis Horner Alhambra, IL
5 6W Cody Weaver (FR) Jerseyville, IL
6 60 John Jones (FR) Florissant, MO
7 3R Tim Holt St. Louis, MO
8 9R Randy Horner Alhambra, IL
9 7J Blake Jost Eureka, MO
10 17X Joey Haun (F) Jerseyville , IL
11 24 Justin Suhre Alhambra, IL
12 15G Zach Gaither (F) Alton, IL

 

Factory Stk-4cyl/UMP Sport Compacts – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 17R Jacob Rexing (F) Brighton, IL
2 24 Justin Suhre Alhambra, IL
3 21M Willy Myers (F) Collinsville, IL
4 7J Blake Jost Eureka, MO
5 3R Tim Holt St. Louis, MO
6 9R Randy Horner Alhambra, IL

Factory Stk-4cyl/UMP Sport Compacts – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 17X Joey Haun (F) Jerseyville , IL
2 57E Earl Pryor (F) Troy, MO
3 6W Cody Weaver (FR) Jerseyville, IL
4 60 John Jones (FR) Florissant, MO
5 15G Zach Gaither (F) Alton, IL
6 9T Travis Horner Alhambra, IL

Kidz Modz – A-Main — 4 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11K Kayle Gibson Sherman, IL
2 99 Logan Mitchell Palmyra, MO
3 01J Joey Gibson Sherman, IL
4 14 Zane Ulmer ,

 

Kidz Modz – Heat
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11K Kayle Gibson Sherman, IL
2 99 Logan Mitchell Palmyra, MO
3 01J Joey Gibson Sherman, IL
4 14 Zane Ulmer ,

 

 

Street Stocks/UMP Factory Stocks – A-Main — 20 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 14 Tommy Gaither (S) Alton, IL
2 W1LD Ricky Huebner Bethalto, IL
3 11 Brent Weaver Jerseyville, IL
4 17L Buddy Love Wood River, IL
5 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
6 48x Michael Jeffries (S) Godfrey, IL
7 19 Erik Sedlack (S) Alton, IL
8 11b Fred Sparks Roxana, IL
9 199 Jason Nash Marine, IL
10 29H Matt Hancock Bunker Hill, IL
11 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
12 83G Kevin Goodbrake (S) Brighton, IL
13 53 Justin Leichsenring Pocahontas, IL
14 17R Jacob Rexing (F) Brighton, IL
15 313W Jordan Warren Medora, IL
16 88 Cody Thornhill St. Louis, MO
17 3M Alan Dixon Hartford, IL
18 68 Terry McCann Cottage Hills, IL
19 07 Steve Stonecipher Bethalto, IL
20 63g Richie Gabriel Jerseyville, IL DNS

Street Stocks/UMP Factory Stocks – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 14 Tommy Gaither (S) Alton, IL
2 53 Justin Leichsenring Pocahontas, IL
3 93 Todd Erickson (S) Madison, IL
4 83G Kevin Goodbrake (S) Brighton, IL
5 11 Brent Weaver Jerseyville, IL
6 48x Michael Jeffries (S) Godfrey, IL
7 313W Jordan Warren Medora, IL
8 29H Matt Hancock Bunker Hill, IL
9 17R Jacob Rexing (F) Brighton, IL
10 88 Cody Thornhill St. Louis, MO

Street Stocks/UMP Factory Stocks – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 81 Creg Cannon Cottage Hills, IL
2 W1LD Ricky Huebner Bethalto, IL
3 68 Terry McCann Cottage Hills, IL
4 19 Erik Sedlack (S) Alton, IL
5 17L Buddy Love Wood River, IL
6 199 Jason Nash Marine, IL
7 11b Fred Sparks Roxana, IL
8 07 Steve Stonecipher Bethalto, IL
9 3M Alan Dixon Hartford, IL
10 63g Richie Gabriel Jerseyville, IL DNS

UMP Late Models – A-Main — 24 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 81 Craig Smith Godfrey, IL
2 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
3 78 Chad Zobrist Highland, IL
4 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
5 96 Tanner English Benton, KY
6 95 Jeff Johns ,
7 92K Brant Kehrer New Memphis, IL
8 82 Billy Laycock Marine, IL
9 35 Claude Walker (L) Bethalto, IL
10 112 Tim Ratajczyk (Mbr) Millstadt, IL
11 0 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
12 16 Christoper Shelton ,
13 86 Jason Crump Festus, MO
14 2X Nick Lyons Centralia, IL
15 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL
16 1s Rick Salter Albers, IL
17 25 Rusty Griffaw Festus, MO
18 21 Kerry Gaultney Collinsville, IL
19 49 Steve Leach Staunton, IL
20 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL
21 15 Chris Fetter Troy, MO
22 7B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
23 13W Tracy Wampler Bonne Terre, MO
24 68CJ Chester Wellborn O’Fallon, MO DNS

 

UMP Late Models – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
2 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL
3 7B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
4 96 Tanner English Benton, KY
5 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL DNS
6 112 Tim Ratajczyk (Mbr) Millstadt, IL DNS

UMP Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 96 Tanner English Benton, KY
2 77 Jason McBride Carbondale, IL
3 21 Kerry Gaultney Collinsville, IL
4 78 Chad Zobrist Highland, IL
5 82 Billy Laycock Marine, IL
6 0 Dewayne Kiefer St. Genevieve, MO
7 16 Christoper Shelton ,
8 49 Steve Leach Staunton, IL

UMP Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 7B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
2 00 Randy Korte Highland, IL
3 81 Craig Smith Godfrey, IL
4 95 Jeff Johns ,
5 92K Brant Kehrer New Memphis, IL
6 86 Jason Crump Festus, MO
7 13W Tracy Wampler Bonne Terre, MO
8 1s Rick Salter Albers, IL

UMP Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL
2 112 Tim Ratajczyk (Mbr) Millstadt, IL
3 25 Rusty Griffaw Festus, MO
4 35 Claude Walker (L) Bethalto, IL
5 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL
6 2X Nick Lyons Centralia, IL
7 15 Chris Fetter Troy, MO
8 68CJ Chester Wellborn O’Fallon, MO DNS

UMP Modifieds – A-Main –34 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Rusty Griffaw Festus, MO
2 18L Michael Long Quincy, IL
3 4UW Bobby Regot III Saint Peters, MO
4 22C Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
5 1 Tim Hancock Mount Olive, IL
6 1W Ray Walsh Saint Louis, MO
7 B4 Justin Reed Collinsville, IL
8 b10 Bradley White Bridgeton, MO
9 B1 Vance Wilson Quincy, IL
10 45 Trista Stevenson (M) Pocahontas, IL
11 4J Scott Weber Festus, MO
12 22X Darrel Moser New Haven, MO
13 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
14 99K Dustin Knerrer O’ Fallon, IL
15 9 Terry James Winfield, MO
16 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
17 86 Steve Shive St. Peters, MO
18 10XJY James (Jim) Black Bonne Terre, MO
19 11 Don Grimm Edwardsville, IL
20 7B Corey Botkins Columbia, MO
21 15 Terry Wilson Bowling Green, MO
22 12 Dan Bimson Saint Peters, MO

 

UMP Modifieds – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 B4 Justin Reed Collinsville, IL
2 10XJY James (Jim) Black Bonne Terre, MO
3 4J Scott Weber Festus, MO
4 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
5 15 Terry Wilson Bowling Green, MO
6 7B Corey Botkins Columbia, MO
7 11H John Stanton East Alton, IL
8 000 Scott White St. Peters, MO
9 27 Gene Crain Saint Louis, MO
10 07 Kenny Mudd Winfield, MO
11 117 Mark Enk St. Ann, MO
12 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
13 44 Timmy Hancock Jr Mt. Olive, IL
14 44K Jared Kneemiller Saint Peters, MO
15 77 Rick Stevenson O’Fallon, MO
16 56 Dane Gundaker Bridgeton, MO
17 8 James Reed Saint Louis, MO DNS
18 9S Tommie Seets Jr Alton, IL DNS

UMP Modifieds – Dash
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Rusty Griffaw Festus, MO
2 18L Michael Long Quincy, IL
3 B1 Vance Wilson Quincy, IL
4 22C Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
5 22X Darrel Moser New Haven, MO
6 4UW Bobby Regot III Saint Peters, MO
7 9 Terry James Winfield, MO
8 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL

UMP Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22X Darrel Moser New Haven, MO
2 9 Terry James Winfield, MO
3 1W Ray Walsh Saint Louis, MO
4 45 Trista Stevenson (M) Pocahontas, IL
5 10XJY James (Jim) Black Bonne Terre, MO
6 77 Rick Stevenson O’Fallon, MO
7 27 Gene Crain Saint Louis, MO
8 44K Jared Kneemiller Saint Peters, MO
9 000 Scott White St. Peters, MO

UMP Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 18L Michael Long Quincy, IL
2 22C Kyle Steffens Saint Charles, MO
3 11 Don Grimm Edwardsville, IL
4 99K Dustin Knerrer O’ Fallon, IL
5 7B Corey Botkins Columbia, MO
6 117 Mark Enk St. Ann, MO
7 8 James Reed Saint Louis, MO
8 4J Scott Weber Festus, MO
9 07 Kenny Mudd Winfield, MO

UMP Modifieds – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 16 Rusty Griffaw Festus, MO
2 4UW Bobby Regot III Saint Peters, MO
3 b10 Bradley White Bridgeton, MO
4 86 Steve Shive St. Peters, MO
5 14 Rick Conoyer Saint Peters, MO
6 56 Dane Gundaker Bridgeton, MO
7 11H John Stanton East Alton, IL
8 44 Timmy Hancock Jr Mt. Olive, IL

UMP Modifieds – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 5 Joe Dresch (M) Brighton, IL
2 B1 Vance Wilson Quincy, IL
3 1 Tim Hancock Mount Olive, IL
4 12 Dan Bimson Saint Peters, MO
5 B4 Justin Reed Collinsville, IL
6 87 Derek Dubree (M) Edwardsville, IL
7 9S Tommie Seets Jr Alton, IL
8 15 Terry Wilson Bowling Green, MO

UMP Pro Crate Late Models – A-Main — 20 Cars
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8BALL Nick Lyons Centralia, IL
2 95 Andrew Johns Belleville, IL
3 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
4 1 Josh Carroll Brighton, IL
5 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Wayne City, IL
6 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL
7 87 Jason Zobrist Highland, IL
8 72 Brad Yotter Worden, IL
9 74H Tim Hancock (C) Granite City, IL
10 74C John Crenshaw Madison, IL
11 20 Dustin Griffin (C) Camp Point, IL
12 32 Derek Fetter Troy, MO
13 9STAR Jordan Bauer St. Jacob, IL
14 11S Andy Scoles St. Peters, MO
15 09 Paul Humphrey Madison, IL
16 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
17 7K Darron Forrest Eureka, MO
18 5J Josh Jackson (C) South Roxana, IL
19 3 Craig Bessinger Pacific, MO
20 20C John Cory Summerfield, IL DNS

UMP Pro Crate Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 20 Dustin Griffin (C) Camp Point, IL
2 1 Josh Carroll Brighton, IL
3 48 Bobby Martintoni (C) Livingston, IL
4 r52 Rylan Dagg (C) Wayne City, IL
5 8BALL Nick Lyons Centralia, IL
6 5J Josh Jackson (C) South Roxana, IL
7 7K Darron Forrest Eureka, MO
8 32 Derek Fetter Troy, MO
9 20C John Cory Summerfield, IL
10 9STAR Jordan Bauer St. Jacob, IL

UMP Pro Crate Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 95 Andrew Johns Belleville, IL
2 24 Dick Taylor Riverton, IL
3 74C John Crenshaw Madison, IL
4 11S Andy Scoles St. Peters, MO
5 72 Brad Yotter Worden, IL
6 87 Jason Zobrist Highland, IL
7 74H Tim Hancock (C) Granite City, IL
8 09 Paul Humphrey Madison, IL
9 94 Ed Lenhardt Brighton, IL
10 3 Craig Bessinger Pacific, MO

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