Dixon, Richards, Bauman & Hoffman take I-55 checkers. Pevely, MO (April 26, 2003) Mother Nature dropped almost two inches of rain on I-55 Raceway on Friday, therefore track crews only put a minimum amount of water on the track during preparation...
Dixon, Richards, Bauman & Hoffman take I-55 checkers.
Pevely, MO (April 26, 2003) Mother Nature dropped almost two inches of rain on I-55 Raceway on Friday, therefore track crews only put a minimum amount of water on the track during preparation on Saturday. However, it became obvious after the first set of hot laps that the track needed more water, so promoter Ray Marler put his crews back to work on the track immediately. After a short delay to the start of the program, the racing went by fast.
In the U.M.P. Late Model division, after two early cautions, the race went the final twenty-one laps non-stop. Ed Dixon, who started on the outside of the front row, jumped out to the early lead and it appeared he was going to run away and hide from the rest of the field. However, Tim Ratajczyk stepped up and provided a tough challenge to Dixon. The two fought hard through lapped traffic, but it was Dixon taking the checkered flag first. Kevin Gundaker came home third. Jim Durbin moved up from his eighth place starting position to take fourth and Kyle Steffens was fifth. Late Model point leader Mark Oller recovered from a hard crash in his dash and finished ninth in the feature, the last car on the lead lap.
Dennis Richards took his first U.M.P. Modified feature, holding off a tough challenge from Brian Worley. Worley was able to pull along side Richards several times in the closing laps, but each time Richards held off the challenge. Bobby Bittle kept the pressure on both of those guys as well and he came home third. Rusty Griffaw recovered from a disqualification in his heat because his car was leaking fuel to finish fourth. Griffaw started the feature in the twenty-second position. Doug Wood brought home one of his best finishes ever in a modified as he took fifth.
It proved to be a tough night on the point leaders, U.M.P. Modified point leader Scott Weber made contact with another car in his heat and slammed the inside wall going into turn one. Weber was then late getting on the track for the semi feature and was two laps down before he made his way to the track. He failed to qualify for the feature event.
In the AARA Sportsman division, it appeared Todd McGraw was going to take his second straight feature as he had opened up a full straight-away lead with just five laps remaining. But a late race caution bunched up the field and Paul Bauman, who started seventh, used the high side to move past McGraw and take the win. McGraw was second, Scott Stuppy third, Dave Jenkins fourth and Ron Imm fifth.
Robbie Hoffman moved past his mom with just two laps to go to claim the AARA Wannabee feature. His mom, Sharon Hoffman took second and Dave Heinrichs third.