Burgtorf, Arpin, Dauderman, Ems & Zbinden take Tri-City Speedway victories!


Mark Burgtorf


Steve Arpin

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Pontoon Beach, IL (May 30, 2008) With severe thunderstorms forecasted to roll into the area during the early evening hours, Tri-City Speedway got the racing program rolling quickly with the first qualifying heat race taking to the track at 6:50pm and the track quickly worked through the racing program and completed the final feature event at 9:30pm. It wasn't a minute too soon as the rain came roaring in just as the final checkered flag waved.
Mark Burgtorf thought long and hard before making the long drive down to Tri-City Speedway from his hometown in Quincy, IL. He knew the forecast was very questionable, but he also knew he was anxious to get back to the 3/8 mile oval after making his first trip to the facility just the week prior and realizing he just loved the place. It turned out to be a great decision as Burgtorf took home the victory in the Super Late Model division. Burgtorf, who started third in the main event, slipped back to fourth in the opening laps as pole sitter Brian Dively jumped out to the early lead. Dively would pace the field for the first four laps before Mark Oller would move up from the fifth starting spot to wrestle the lead from Dively. Oller's turn as the pace setter would be short lived as Burgtorf found a line he like up toward the top and started moving forward quickly. Burgtorf would battle Oller side-by-side for several laps before finally taking command. Burgtorf proceeded to open up a full straight away lead. Meanwhile, Billy Faust, who started all the way back in eighth row, blazed through the field and got the second place. But Burgtorf had too big a lead and Faust was unable to real him in as the feature event went the entire twenty-five laps without a caution. Tim Manville would cross the line in third with Brian Dively taking fourth and Mark Voigt fifth.

Steve Arpin, who hails from Fort Frances, ON, Canada put on a spectacular performance as he claimed the Modified feature event. It has been a long week for Arpin, who's father had a 5-way heart bypass done just earlier today after suffering a heart attack at Vermilion County Speedway just this past Sunday. Steve, his family and crew have been staying in central Illinois all this week while his father has been in the hospital. His father wanted him to get out and race tonight, so Steve and his team headed to Tri-City Speedway this afternoon. Arpin had a bad pill draw and had to start at the back of the first heat race. He was able to work his way to a third place finish in that heat race which earned him the seventh starting spot in the main event. Pole sitter Bobby Martintoni jumped out to the early lead in the main event and paced the field for the first ten laps. Meanwhile, Arpin went to work, passing some stellar competition as he drove toward the front. Arpin finally reached Martintoni on lap ten and the two raced side-by-side for a couple of laps before Arpin finally took control. Arpin would lead the remaining laps as the event went the entire twenty lap distance without a caution. Martintoni would hold off Mevert to finish second. Tommie Seets, Jr. would follow Mevert across the line to finish fourth and Ray Walsh completed the top five. In victory lane, Arpin dedicated the win to his father.

What a difference a week makes. After only running six laps for a feature even last week because of numerous cautions and running out of time, the UMP Pro Late Model division ran their entire twenty lap feature event without any yellow flags waving. Rylan Dagg jumped out to the early lead, but it didn't take long for Alhambra, IL's Bobby Dauderman to move past and go on to a convincing victory, his third win so far this season at Tri-City Speedway. Dagg would finish second with last year's track champion Nick Lyons finishing third. Daniel Heck would outrace his brother to finish fourth. His brother Aaron Heck would take fifth.

Danny Ems would pace all fifteen laps of the UMP Street Stock main event. Josh Jackson would work his way up from the seventh starting position to finish second. Andy Beavers, Richie Gabriel and Todd Erickson would complete the top five. Walter Van Dyke earned the STLRacing.com Hard Charger Award as he moved up from the seventeenth starting spot to finish eleventh.

Bob Zbinden earned the victory in the Factory Stock division. Zbinden outlasted Justin Shaw who came home second. Nicholas Knebel took the third spot with Jason Schmidt finish fourth and Chris Williams fifth.

Tri-City Speedway — Pontoon Beach, IL
5/30/2008

Factory Stocks : A-Main 01– 12 Cars
1 99 BOB ZBINDEN *
2 18j JUSTIN SHAW
3 52 NICHOLAS KNEBEL
4 529 JASON SCHMIDT *
5 18 CHRIS WILLIAMS
6 9X TREVOR ISAAK*
7 9T TRAVIS HORNER*
8 6s SHAE GAGNE
9 14 TOMMY ROADY
10 17j JOE JOYCE
11 24 JUSTIN SUHRE*
12 71 CODY CONNER

Factory Stocks : Heat 01
1 52 NICHOLAS KNEBEL
2 529 JASON SCHMIDT *
3 24 JUSTIN SUHRE*
4 9X TREVOR ISAAK*
5 6s SHAE GAGNE
6 17j JOE JOYCE

Factory Stocks : Heat 02
1 99 BOB ZBINDEN *
2 18j JUSTIN SHAW
3 18 CHRIS WILLIAMS
4 9T TRAVIS HORNER*
5 14 TOMMY ROADY
6 71 CODY CONNER

Late Models : A-Main 01– 20 Cars
1 7 MARK BURGTORF
2 92b BILLY FAUST
3 33 TIM MANVILLE*
4 11D BRIAN DIVELEY
5 30 MARK VOIGT *
6 67 MARK OLLER
7 78 CHAD ZOBRIST
8 8 KYLE STEFFENS
9 51 MARK FAUST
10 c7 MATT WEIDNER
11 38L RYAN LITTLE
12 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW*
13 88 TERRY BABB
14 35 CLAUDE WALKER *
15 28b JOHN BECK*
16 11K STEVE KARNES
17 360 JOHN SEETS SR
18 67d DYLAN SHARP
19 112 TIM RATAJCZYK *
20 1s RICK SALTER

Late Models : Heat 01
1 11D BRIAN DIVELEY
2 78 CHAD ZOBRIST
3 67 MARK OLLER
4 38L RYAN LITTLE
5 88 TERRY BABB
6 92b BILLY FAUST
7 c7 MATT WEIDNER
8 28b JOHN BECK*
9 360 JOHN SEETS SR
10 112 TIM RATAJCZYK * DNS

Late Models : Heat 02
1 7 MARK BURGTORF
2 1s RICK SALTER
3 33 TIM MANVILLE*
4 30 MARK VOIGT *
5 51 MARK FAUST
6 8 KYLE STEFFENS
7 11K STEVE KARNES
8 67d DYLAN SHARP
9 16 RUSTY GRIFFAW*
10 35 CLAUDE WALKER *

Late Models : Qualifying Dash 01
1 11D BRIAN DIVELEY
2 78 CHAD ZOBRIST
3 7 MARK BURGTORF
4 1s RICK SALTER
5 67 MARK OLLER
6 33 TIM MANVILLE*

Modifieds : A-Main 01–27 Cars
1 00eh STEVE ARPIN
2 48 BOB MARTINTONI *
3 22m MATT MEVERT
4 1 TOMMIE SEETS JR
5 1w RAY WALSH *
6 24 MIKE HARRISON
7 11B KYLE BYERLINE*
8 1a STEVE MEYER JR
9 4uw BOBBY REGOT III
10 78c ALAN CONNER
11 11 DANE GUNDAKER*
12 41G MATT GOULDEN
13 22c BRANDON LENNOX
14 41 LARRY HULL*
15 98 JD ROTTLER
16 17m MATT VERBECK
17 6 RAY WAGNER
18 42 STEVE LACH *
19 88y CLAY YATES
20 16 TERRY BOLIN
21 77 KEVIN LEE
22 88JR STEVE MEYER SR

Modifieds : B-Main 01
1 98 JD ROTTLER
2 22c BRANDON LENNOX
3 4uw BOBBY REGOT III
4 42 STEVE LACH *
5 D9 DAVID DUNN
6 33 NATE BOWMAN*
7 51 TIMMY HILL
8 55 MARTY SMITH JR
9 b10 BRADLEY WHITE

Modifieds : Heat 01
1 1 TOMMIE SEETS JR
2 11B KYLE BYERLINE*
3 00eh STEVE ARPIN
4 41 LARRY HULL*
5 11 DANE GUNDAKER*
6 17m MATT VERBECK
7 98 JD ROTTLER
8 51 TIMMY HILL
9 42 STEVE LACH *

Modifieds : Heat 02
1 48 BOB MARTINTONI *
2 22m MATT MEVERT
3 24 MIKE HARRISON
4 6 RAY WAGNER
5 1a STEVE MEYER JR
6 88y CLAY YATES
7 55 MARTY SMITH JR
8 4uw BOBBY REGOT III
9 b10 BRADLEY WHITE

Modifieds : Heat 03
1 1w RAY WALSH *
2 88JR STEVE MEYER SR
3 77 KEVIN LEE
4 78c ALAN CONNER
5 16 TERRY BOLIN
6 41G MATT GOULDEN
7 22c BRANDON LENNOX
8 D9 DAVID DUNN
9 33 NATE BOWMAN* DNS

Modifieds : Qualifying Dash 01
1 48 BOB MARTINTONI *
2 1w RAY WALSH *
3 22m MATT MEVERT
4 1 TOMMIE SEETS JR
5 11B KYLE BYERLINE*
6 88JR STEVE MEYER SR

UMP Pro (Crate) Late Models : A-Main 01– 15 Cars
1 18D BOBBY DAUDERMAN
2 r52 RYLAN DAGG*
3 2X NICK LYONS
4 55 DANIEL HECK
5 59X AARON HECK
6 1 CASEY MONTAGUE *
7 84 TYLER DEIBERT
8 11 GORDY GUNDAKER*
9 92s MATT SANTEL
10 4 CRAIG BESSINGER*
11 72 BRAD YOTTER*
12 9 PAUL HUMPHREY *
13 92K BRANT KEHRER
14 74 JOHN CRENSHAW*
15 8t TJ EILERS

UMP Pro (Crate) Late Models : Heat 01
1 r52 RYLAN DAGG*
2 18D BOBBY DAUDERMAN
3 2X NICK LYONS
4 92K BRANT KEHRER
5 1 CASEY MONTAGUE *
6 4 CRAIG BESSINGER*
7 11 GORDY GUNDAKER*
8 84 TYLER DEIBERT

UMP Pro (Crate) Late Models : Heat 02
1 55 DANIEL HECK
2 59X AARON HECK
3 74 JOHN CRENSHAW*
4 9 PAUL HUMPHREY *
5 72 BRAD YOTTER*
6 8t TJ EILERS
7 92s MATT SANTEL

UMP Street Stocks : A-Main 01– 19 Cars
1 36 DANNY EMS*
2 5j JOSH JACKSON*
3 21 ANDY BEAVERS
4 63g RICHIE GABRIEL*
5 93 TODD ERICKSON*
6 22g TOMMY GEGG
7 31 DAVID PARKER*
8 69b ROBBY BENSON *
9 68 TERRY MCCANN *
10 41 RON PETTY*
11 1 WALTER VAN DYKE
12 49 STEVE LEACH
13 30 KASEY GOVERO*
14 81 CREG CANNON
15 22d DEVONE HARTWELL*
16 79 KEITH ROSE
17 7 STEVE STONECIPHER*
18 379 STEVE STEELE DNS
19 4J JEFFREY HAMILTON DNS

Street Stocks : Heat 01
1 36 DANNY EMS*
2 49 STEVE LEACH
3 22g TOMMY GEGG
4 5j JOSH JACKSON*
5 81 CREG CANNON
6 41 RON PETTY*
7 68 TERRY MCCANN *
8 22d DEVONE HARTWELL*
9 1 WALTER VAN DYKE
10 4J JEFFREY HAMILTON DNS

Street Stocks : Heat 02
1 63g RICHIE GABRIEL*
2 21 ANDY BEAVERS
3 69b ROBBY BENSON *
4 379 STEVE STEELE
5 93 TODD ERICKSON*
6 31 DAVID PARKER*
7 30 KASEY GOVERO*
8 7 STEVE STONECIPHER*
9 79 KEITH ROSE DNS

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