Standridge posts UMP Late Models win at Belle-Clair

News-DemocratMay 3, 2013 

Because of all the rain it's been a tough spring for area dirt tracks, but Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville was able to get its program in last Friday.

Richie Standridge got his first win at the track and claimed $1,500 by winning the UMP Late Models 40-lap event.

The victory made Standridge the fourth different feature winner. Mike Schulte, Jim Moon, Mike Hammerle and Ryan Little completed the top five.

Moon held on to the lead until around lap 32, when Standridge ran the low side and took over.

Dean Hoffman easily won his third UMP Modified feature, but there was quite a battle for second.

Brett Cygan, Brian Bielong and Justin Ketrow did everything they could to make things interesting.

Cygan eventually held off all the challenges to hold on to second. Cygan used the low road while Bielong was on the top and Ketrow tried the middle.

Bielong, Ketrow and Denny Tribout completed the top five.

In the UMP Sportsman feature, Jon Ripperda led all 15 laps to take his second feature of the year. Ripperda was followed by Chuck Goodman, Mike Jones, Mark Spraul and Nathan Schmitt.(*16*)

Trevor Isaak won the UMP Pure Stocks feature, followed by Dawn Rheinecker and Brian Crawford.

Tri-City Speedway

The Lucas Oil Spring Spectacular Dirt Series scheduled to run Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach has been canceled. The regular racing program and Driver Appreciation Night are set for May 10.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make its return to Tri-City Speedway on July 12, kicking off its annual Midwest summer tour.

That tour will include seven nights of racing in just nine days. Stops on the tour also include Lucas Oil Speedway's "Diamond Nationals" on July 13, Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. on July 16, Hamilton County Speedway in Iowa on July 17 and the "Silver Dollar Nationals" at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on July 18-20.

Highland Speedway

Highland Speedway also keeps battling the rain and will try to stage its Hamel Coop Grain Co. '70's Night & Kids Dash 4 Cash on Saturday.

The night includes a contest for the best '70's attire and a "Kids Dash For Cash Night."

Racing includes UMP Late Models, UMP Steve Schmitt Modifieds, UMP B-Dry Solutions SportMods, Daum Insurance Micros and UMP Hamel Coop Street Stocks.

Federated Auto Parts Raceway

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., has its full program of racing set for Saturday.

The card features UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, UMP DIRTcar/AARA Sportsman and UMP DIRTcar/AARA Pro 4 Stocks.

Pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $12 with children 12-and-under admitted free. Pit passes are $30.

POWRi midget racing

The POWRi Lucas Oil National/West Midget Series event at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Friday has been canceled because of a forecast for bad weather.

Saturday's POWRi National/West Midget event at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., remains scheduled to run.

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