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Twenty-four UMP Late Models took their spots on the
starting grid with Keith Piano and Lil’ John on the front row ahead of Rich
Bell and Mike Provenzano. Scott Schmitt and John Piccatto were partners in
the third row.
Once the green flag dropped, Lil’ John fired up to the
point but a caution for Nick Fratt slowed the pace. During the first lap,
another yellow was thrown after Schmitt skimmed the infield tire of turn
three sending his ride into the wrong direction.
Schmitt went to the tail of the pack but it wasn’t long
before he was powering his way back into a top ten run. Due to several
cautions in the rear of the field, the battle up front was not able to get
rolling into the half way marker of the race when Mike Provenzano took the
outside line of his dad putting the pressure on.
They battled side by side until Mike stole the lead
during the eleventh circuit. Piano and
A caution during Lap 14 brought the entire field back
to a single file restart with Mike leading Lil’ John, Bell, Piano, Jimmy
Partipilo, Schmitt and Piccatto. Once the flagman signaled green, it was the
beginning of an exciting battle for the lead. For the next five laps, Lil’
John worked hard to bring his ride into a nose to nose battle taking back
the point at the end of Lap 21.
Lapped traffic was the biggest player when Lil’ John
got caught up behind slower traffic and Mike knew just where to power into
the lead. With two laps left the younger Provenzano grabbed the helm for the
final time leaving his father as the runner up.
“I know his (Lil’ John) tricks, Mike Provenzano
admitted after the race. “I learned from the best.”
Piano qualified the quickest lap with a time of 13.262.
He also went on to win the fastest heat over Lil’ John,
Nathan Balensiefen was at the top of his game and swept
the twenty two UMP Modifieds. First up he traveled the fastest lap with a
time of 14.585 over Travis Kohler’s quickest time of 14.773.
After passing Kohler during the fifth lap of the heat,
Balensiefen powered away to the checkers. Vince Cooper stole second in the
final lap ahead of Kohler and Dale Lueth. Phil Line flew solo to win the
second preliminary race with Brad Stewart, Steven Brooks and Kevin Thompson
behind him. Tom Knippenberg beat Tim Loomis, Mike Marden and Don Cole for
the third and final heat.
Before the first lap could be recorded, second place
starter Vince Cooper was off the pace and left the field. A caution of two
cars in the tail stuck together like glue kept the infield officials and tow
truck workers busy trying to pry them apart.
Once the action was well underway, it was Balensiefen
pulling away from the pack leaving Lueth to fend off Stewart. During Lap 13,
it was quite apparent that the fastest machine on the highbanks was driven
by Balensiefen and he was unstoppable.
Balensiefen led the twenty lap main event flag to flag
to return to victory lane. Line took second ahead of Stewart, Brooks,
Kohler, Lueth, Joe Adam, Knippenberg, Derrick Doerr, Justin McCoy and
A first lap caution in the UMP Street Stock feature
event could have been made even worse after the field stayed heavy on the
gas and racing long after the yellow light was illuminated for Justin Hamm.
Last weeks winner, Brandon Maciejewski, was leading the
pack with Mike Hughes in a lower line when he went too high and tagged the
outside retaining wall. His journey to the top of the track cost him four
running positions. Hughes led for a couple of laps until Roger Rickels took
Rickels won without a close competitor while Hughes had
to fight for second against Maciejewski. Hughes managed to put his nose
across the line second with Maciejewski third over Mike McKinney, Rick
Koltveit, Nick Sell, Randy Lucas, and Kevin Snowberger.
Snowberger won the first heat race over Kolveit, Steve
Lewis, and Sell. Maciejewski beat Hughes, Rickels, and
Allen Provenzano took the UMP Hornet division with a
double play. He won both his heat and their main event. Starting on the pole
of the feature he quickly moved into a strong lead with JR Brown trailing
over Phil Burdette.
By Lap 8, Brown was putting on the pressure as they
rounded the turn three corner. Brown moved into the lead but not before
there was contact between the leaders. Provenzano put on a slick move to
steal back the lead.
Brown finished second ahead of Burdette, Rick Zifko,
Jerry Legner, John Provenzano, Freddy Thatcher, Shannon Mudro, Asa Robart
and Andy Schwarko.
Zifko won the second heat
UMP Late Models – 24 Cars
Qualifying: Keith Piano 13.262 Rich Bell 13.302
Heat #1: Keith Piano, Lil’ John Provenzano, Rich Bell, Mike Provenzano
Heat #2: Randy Manos, Eric Rebholz, Todd Alexander, Gary Hunt
Heat #3: Aaron Schmidt, Joe Fratt, Justin Rutledge,
Feature: Mike Provenzano, Lil’ John Provenzano, Rich Bell, Keith Piano, Scott Schmitt, Jim Partipilo, John Piccatto, Matt Ramer, Ed Williams Jr., Aaron Schmidt, Joe Fratt, Jon Small, Travis Mahoney, Don Knippenberg, Eric Rebholz, Mike Locke, Lake Knutti, Jeff Small, Todd Alexander, Randy Manos, Gary Hunt, Nick Fratt, Mike Glynn, Scott Langer
UMP Modifieds – 22 Cars
Qualifying: Nathan Balensiefen 14.585, Travis Kohler 14.773
Heat #1: Nathan Balensiefen, Vince Cooper, Travis Kohler, Dale Lueth
Heat #2: Phil Line, Brad Stewart, Steven Brooks, Kevin Thompson
Heat #3: Tom Knippenberg, Tim Loomis, Mike Marden, Don Cole
Feature: Nathan Balensiefen, Phil Line, Brad Stewart, Steven Brooks, Travis Kohler, Dale Lueth, Joe Adam, Tom Knippenberg, Derrick Doerr, Justin McCoy, Kevin Thompson, Mike Marden, Tim Loomis, Jeramie Johnson, Don Cole, Allen Line, Wally Forsythe, Geno Hewitt, DJ Werkmeister, Vince Cooper, Paul Smith
UMP Street Stocks – 19 Cars
Heat #1: Kevin Snowberger, Rick Koltveit, Steve Lewis, Nick Sell
Heat #2: Brandon Maciejewski, Mike Hughes, Roger Rickels, Mike McKinney
Feature: Roger Rickels, Mike Hughes, Brandon Maciejewski, Mike McKinney, Rick Koltveit, Nick Sell, Randy Lucas, Kevin Snowberger, #02, Ande Bivens, Matt Ramer, John Hogue, Donny Allen, Jay Mesarchik, Danny Deutsch, Tim Provenzano, Steve Lewis, Jake Miller, Justin Hamm
UMP Hornets – 11 Cars
Heat #1: Allen Provenzano, JR Brown, Phil Burdette, Freddy Thatcher
Heat #2: Rick Zifko, Asa Robart, Jerry Legner, John Provenzano
Feature: Allen Provenzano, JR Brown, Phil Burdette, Rick Zifko, Jerry Legner, John Provenzano, Freddy Thatcher, Shannon Mudro, Asa Robart, Andy Schwarko