Heavy rains the last few days have caused Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville to cancel its weekly Friday racing program.
The track will reschedule the $1,000 Grand Fan Giveaway at a later date. Racing returns next Friday, April 26, with the Dambacher Trucking 40 Super Late Model 40-lap feature race.
Last Friday, Mark Voigt won his first UMP Late Model feature of the year, sweeping the night. Andrew Johns would finish his highest ever at Belle-Clair in second place, with Dave Thornton, Mike Schulte and Mike Hammerle also in the top five.
In the UMP Modified feature, Aaron Kleine and Tyler Ratajczyk put on a show with their driving as they pulled away from the field and ran for the win.
Dean Hoffman broke down in his heat and was done for the night. There was a bounty placed on Hoffman, but that could not be claimed as Hoffman need to be on the track.
Ripperda would get the win, his first of the year, in a special 25-lap, $400 to win, UMP Sportsman feature. He was followed by Joe Volluz, Schmitt, Eric Hogenmiller and Jim Clark to complete the top five.
Trevor Isaak won the UMP Pure Stock feature and finishing ahead of Dawn Rheinecker, Brian Crawford, Troy Bunfill and Bryan Baker.
Starting this week, children 5-and-under will get in the pits free. Children 6-through-12 will cost $15.
Highland Speedway and the Madison County Fair Association will present "70's Night" at Highland Speedway on Saturday.
This fun-filled night of racing will include a contest for the best 70's attire and Junior Fan Club Members can even get in on the 70's action.
The racing card includes the UMP Late Models, UMP Steve Schmitt Modifieds, UMP B-Dry Solutions SportMods, Daum Insurance Micros, & UMP Hamel Coop Street Stocks.
Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
Box seats are $15, general grandstand admission is $12, kids 10-and-under are free with a paid adult admission. Pit Passes are $30 and pit passes for children 10-and-under are $15.
Last week at Highland, Chad Zobrist took home the checkered flag in the UMP Late Model Feature with Rick Salter and Michael Kloos not far behind.
Justin Ketrow won the UMP Steve Schmitt Modified Feature, with Brett Cygans in second and Jordan Bauer finishing third.
Chad Zobrist won the UMP Miller Lite Crate Feature, finishing ahead of Bobby Martintoni and Bobby Dauderman.
The MARS DIRTcar/Sunoco ALMS /Cornbelt Clash /UMP Late Models duel to win $3,000 showdown and the UMP Modifieds to win $1,500 scheduled for Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach has been postponed because of this week's rainy weather.
Federated Auto Parts Raceway
The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) came to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., on Saturday with the dirt Late Models racing for $20,000 to win.
This was the largest purse ever in this part of the country. The weather was cool, but the pits were full.
Only two classes were participating --Late Models and Modifieds. There were 50 Late Models entries and 42 Modifieds trying to make the field.
In the Late Model division, time trails were held with Josh Richards from Shinnston, W.Va., posting the fastest time. Heat winners were Richards, Eddie Carrier, Jimmy Mars, Jason Feger, Dennis Erb and Billy Moyer.
Two semifinals were run with Jared Landers and Don O'Neal winning them.
The redraw for the top three rows put Carrier and Moyer on the front row for the 75-lap race.
With the green flag waving Moyer took the lead with Carrier, Mars, Feger and Richards giving chase.
Moyer led until lap 23, when Richards took command.
Richards owed the lead for several laps, but the top five kept changing as the laps clicked off.
Jimmy Owens, who started 12th, would get into the top five around the mid-point of the race and became the car to watch.
Owens would go on to win the $20,000 with Brian Birkhofer, Mars, Moyer and Brandon Sheppard rounding out the top five.
In the UMP Modified class, the race paid $2,000 to win and Mark Miner wanted every penny of it, leading every lap to take home the big pay check.
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