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Email address: Web site: =================================== CONTENTS: Dream IV heats, consolations and qualifying (published June 8) =================================== UNITED MIDWESTERN PROMOTERS (UMP) Dirt Late Model Dream IV at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio ------------------------------------------------------------- HEAT RACE CAPSULES (15 laps; top three advance; 4-6 to B-main; 7-10 to C-main; finishes unofficial; x-alternate)


Rodney Combs was never threatened in winning from the outside pole position while Bill Frye finished second after dropping back early in the race. Frye started third but dropped to fifth on the first lap before fighting past Wendell Wallace and then making nice moves in Turns 3 and 4 to pass C.S. Fitzgerald and Johnny Johnson, who ended up spinning on the sixth lap and finished back in the pack. Fitzgerald held on to finish third, fighting off several challenges from Wendell Wallace. Defending race champion Donnie Moran finished a lackluster sixth.

FEATURE QUALIFIERS: Rodney Combs, Bill Frye, C.S. Fitzgerald. B-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Donnie Moran, Wendell Wallace, Brian Birkhofer. C-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Joe Johnson, Gary Stuhler, Rex Richey, Kevin Gundaker. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Rusty Misner, Ted Loomis, Joe Meadows, Gary Nettleton, Josh Tarter, Johnny Johnson. DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Jerry Bowersock, Bob Pierce, Jeff Mounce, Matt Miller. ------------------------------------------------------------- SECOND HEAT

Jimmy Mars, Steve Francis and Kris Patterson pulled away comfortably throughout the race to grab the three feature transfer spots. Dale McDowell, the second fastest qualifier of 174 cars, ran fourth most of the way, but dropped off the pace on the second-to-last lap (McDowell was assured a feature starting spot by virtue of his qualifying time). Jack Boggs was among the drivers eliminated in wrecks. Boggs was knocked out of the race on the second lap when he got sideways after a Turn-2 collision with Randle Chupp, then was hit in the driver's side door by Audie McWilliams. Tony Izzo exited on the ninth lap after his car swerved and slammed into the fourth-turn wall. FEATURE QUALIFIERS: Jimmy Mars, Steve Francis, Kris Patterson. B-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Randle Chupp, Scott Sexton, Shane Yoder. C-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Mark Barber, Wayne Maffett Jr., Mark Miner, Rick Corbin-x. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Dan Sturgeon, Bill Reed-x DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Dale McDowell, Bubby James, Tony Izzo Jr., Marshall Green, Jack Boggs, Audie McWilliams, Bob Flinn, Kenny Pettyjohn. SCRATCHED: Stan Massey, Tony Marks. ------------------------------------------------------------- THIRD HEAT

Troy Green stayed ahead of the fray and kept a comfortable lead over second-place Terry Phillips to win. Rick Eckert bobbled in Turn 3 late in the race, but repelled an aggressive challenge from Freddy Smith to hold on to the third and final transfer spot. Eckert had blasted into the third spot on the second lap with a smooth move on the backstretch after Bryan Dunaway and Paul Harris temporarily got together coming out of Turn 2, finished in the final transfer spot. Dunaway rallied toward the end of the race, getting past Smith with an outside pass to finish fourth. Early in the race, Larry Moore, Barry Bragdon and Paul Davis (who suffered heavy left-side damage) were eliminated in a Turn-3 wreck.

FEATURE QUALIFIERS: Troy Green, Terry Phillips, Rick Eckert. B-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Bryan Dunaway, Freddy Smith, Steve Russell. C-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Lance Matthees, Paul Harris, Dennis Potridge, Terry Muskrat. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Todd Andrews, Ron Fisher Jr., Chuck Harper, Gusty Christenberry, Scott Hartley. DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Jason Smith, Leslie Essary, Larry Moore, Paul Davis, Barry Bragdon. ------------------------------------------------------------- FOURTH HEAT

Rick Aukland won by a couple of car lengths ahead of Billy Moyer, who struggled for 12 laps before finally getting past surprising polesitter Mark Voigt. While Aukland ran up front, Voigt drove smartly for a dozen circuits in second with Moyer trying vainly to get past the two-time UMP points runner-up. Finally, Moyer slipped under Voigt between Turns 3 and 4. When Moyer moved past, Voigt was forced into the rough high side of the track, and his nose got caught up under his left-front wheel and sent him to the pits. Tim Hitt inherited the third spot to advance to the feature. Jerry Rice held off Bart Hartman in a lively battle for fourth.

FEATURE QUALIFIERS: Rick Aukland, Billy Moyer, Tim Hitt. B-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Jerry Rice, Bart Hartman, Steve Shaver. C-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Mike Duvall, Booper Bare, Ray Cook, Jay Johnson. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Jeff Floyd, David Gibson, Billy Drake, Gary Denis, Hillard Miller, Dennis Erb Jr., Robert Earl. DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Mark Voigt, Duane Chamberlain, Earl Pearson Jr., Duane Chamberlain. ------------------------------------------------------------- FIFTH HEAT

Skip Arp and Ronnie Johnson ran smoothly to finish first and second, but they didn't get to see the best heat action of the night. A battle for the third and final feature transfer spot raged behind them among Steve Barnett, Kevin Weaver, John Gill and Charlie Swartz battled for several laps until Barnett finally survived the onslaught. The wild action was often three-wide, and reached a crescendo on the 12th lap when Weaver slid under Barnett in Turn 3 but got too high and allowed Barnett to reclaim the spot as the pair traded grooves twice in less than half a lap. Gill managed a last-lap pass of Weaver to finish fourth. Swartz, who often drove so low that he launched of the concrete pads near the inner wall, dropped out late in the race.

FEATURE QUALIFIERS: Skip Arp, Ronnie Johnson, Steve Barnett. B-MAIN QUALIFIERS: John Gill, Kevin Weaver, Shawn Toczek. C-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Frank Reaber, Bill Hahn, Brian Stinson, Jeff Smith. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Bert Cheatham, Brandon Ball. DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Charlie Swartz, John Lawhorn, Dan Schlieper, Mike Bechelli, Al Purkey, Davey Johnson, Steve Smith, Don O'Neal. ------------------------------------------------------------- SIXTH HEAT

Scott Bloomquist was the only driver to overcome the six-car inversion, winning in dominating fashion from his sixth starting position. Bloomquist roared past Delmas Conley to take the lead on the fourth lap. Clint Smith broke away from a three-wide dead heat for second on the fifth lap to finish as the runner-up, while Willy Kraft grabbed the third feature transfer spot. Outside polesitting Conley led the first three laps but faded throughout the race. Rick DeLong was notable for finishing fifth from his seventh-row starting spot. Polesitter R.J. Conley, Delmas' son, blew a tire, pitted and ended up eighth. Several cars dropped out early, including Bob Salathe and Darrell Lanigan after a Turn-2 collision that saw Lanigan's car briefly climb on top of Salathe's No. RG3.

FEATURE QUALIFIERS: Scott Bloomquist, Clint Smith, Willy Kraft. B-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Delmas Conley, Rick DeLong, Robbie Starnes. C-MAIN QUALIFIERS: Jackie Boggs, R.J. Conley, Robbie Starnes, Wade Knowles, Bob Pohlman Jr. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Donnie Barnhart, Roger Best, Terry Sroufe. DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Eddy Schickel, Don Seaborn, Shannon Babb, Darrell Lanigan, John Mason, Bob Salathe, Kevin Claycomb. ------------------------------------------------------------- C-MAIN (12 laps; top six finishers advance to B-main)

R.J. Conley led every lap, holding off a charge from Ray Cook to lead the six cars advancing to the B-main race. Lance Matthees, Bill Hahn, Brian Stinson and Frank Reaber were the others to transfer to final consolation. The racing was spread out and mostly uneventful with several drivers skipping the race and four others eliminated in a first-turn accident as Mike Duvall got out of shape and collected Wayne Maffett Jr., Rusty Misner and Mark Miner.

B-MAIN QUALIFIERS: R.J. Conley, Ray Cook, Lance Matthees, Bill Hahn, Brian Stinson, Frank Reaber. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Rex Richey, Paul Harris, Kevin Gundaker, Terry Muskrat, Rick Corbin, Dennis Potridge. DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Booper Bare, Gary Stuhler, Mike Duvall, Wayne Maffett Jr., Mark Miner, Rusty Misner. SCRATCHED: Robbie Starnes, Terry Sroufe, Bob Pohlman Jr., Jay Johnson, Jeff Smith, Wade Knowles. ------------------------------------------------------------- B-MAIN (15 laps; top four finishers advance to the feature)

Last year's Dream champion Donnie Moran outdueled Randle Chupp for the 15-lap victory. Jerry Rice and Brian Birkhofer held on to the third and fourth spots to complete the four drivers transferring to the feature. In a spectacular accident early in the race, Scott Sexton spun wildly in Turn 4 and his car bounded into the air, coming down on top of Kevin Weaver's speeding machine. Neither driver was injured. Freddy Smith and Bart Hartman were eliminated when Smith lost control in Turn 2 and Hartman had nowhere to go.

FEATURE QUALIFIERS: Donnie Moran, Randle Chupp, Jerry Rice, Brian Birkhofer. OTHER FINISHERS (in order of finish): Steve Russell, Delmas Conley, John Gill, Rick DeLong, Lance Matthees, Steve Shaver, Ray Cook, R.J. Conley, Frank Reaber, Jackie Boggs, Bill Hahn, Shawn Toczek. DID NOT FINISH (in order of finish): Shane Yoder, Brian Stinson, Freddy Smith, Bart Hartman, Scott Sexton, Kevin Weaver, Bryan Dunaway. ------------------------------------------------------------- PRELIMINARY RACE NOTES: The track was rough throughout the heat races, and any driver getting too high was in big trouble .... cloudy skies didn't bring rain until the feature was ending, but the evening was unseasonably cool .... Scott Bloomquist not only got cheers for winning his heat race, but for making legal weight after a delay before rolling onto the scales .... Wendell Wallace took his guaranteed starting spot in the feature by virtue of his fast qualifying time and skipped the B-main .... Bryan Dunaway was racing on his 36th birthday .... qualifying began about 2:05 p.m. and ended at 4 p.m. .... the track stayed consistent throughout qualifying with some of the last qualifiers recording some of the best times .... Troy Vanderveen and H.E. Vineyard were among drivers making contact with the wall in qualifying .... Jack Boggs' track record of 15.853 survived qualifying .... nonqualifying race winners were Dave Gray, Jay Brinkley and Marty O'Neal .... the 50/50 ticket was worth more than $7,400. ------------------------------------------------------------- QUALIFYING (Saturday) Pos. driver (car no.), hometown, one qualifying lap (unofficial) 1. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., 15.901 2. Dale McDowell (17m), Rossville, Ga., 15.953 3. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., 15.964 4. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 15.983 5. Kevin Weaver (B12), Gibson City, Ill., 15.988 6. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 16.045 7. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 16.050 8. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky., 16.053 9. Freddy Smith (00), Knoxville, Tenn., 16.081 10. Tim Hitt (68), Weston, W. Va., 16.107 11. John Lawhorn (4), Phillipsburg, Ohio, 16.132 12. Shannon Babb (18), Decatur, Ill., 16.144 13. C.S. Fitzgerald (100), Lexington, Va., 16.145 14. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., 16.155 15. Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo., 16.160 16. Earl Pearson Jr. (99), Jacksonville, Fla., 16.168 17. Don O'Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 16.168 18. Willy Kraft (83), Lakefield, Minn., 16.182 19. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark., 16.200 20. Randle Chupp (114), Knoxville, Tenn., 16.202 21. Bryan Dunaway (91), Reddick, Ill., 16.216 22. Jerry Rice (1B), Verona, Ky., 16.222 23. Steve Barnett (89), Franklin, Ind., 16.222 24. Clint Smith (1), Griffin, Ga., 16.230 25. Rodney Combs (5), Harrisburg, N. C., 16.231 26. Jimmy Mars (28), Elk Mound, Wis., 16.280 27. Paul Harris (10), Prestonsburg, Ky., 16.283 28. Rick Aukland (12), Fargo, N. D., 16.284 29. Skip Arp (31), Georgetown, Tenn., 16.290 30. Delmas Conley (71), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 16.299 31. Johnny Johnson (99), West Burlington, Iowa 16.301 32. Kris Patterson (0), St. Johns, Mich., 16.307 33. Troy Green (3), Independence, Ky., 16.308 34. Mark Voigt (30), Alhambra, Ill., 16.322 35. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn., 16.329 36. R. J. Conley (71c), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 16.33 37. Jerry Bowersock (11), Wapokaneta, Ohio, 16.331 38. Marshall Green (89), Dalton, Ga., 16.353 39. Steve Russell (G1), Pontotoc, Miss., 16.364 40. Bart Hartman (75), Zanesville, Ohio, 16.364 41. Shawn Toczek (55), Griffith, Ind., 16.369 42. Kevin Claycomb (28), Vincennes, Ind., 16.375 43. Brian Birkhofer (15), Muscatine, Iowa, 16.391 44. Tony Izzo Jr. (16), Bridgeview, Ill., 16.396 45. Dennis Potridge (99), Cambridge, Ohio, 16.411 46. Dennis Erb Jr., (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 16.419 47. Davey Johnson (1j), Greensburg, Pa., 16.42 48. Bob Salathe (RG3), Bedford, Pa., 16.427 49. Joe Johnson (114), Gaylord, Mich., 16.429 50. Scott Sexton (52), Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 16.447 51. Leslie Essary (5), Crane, Mo., 16.448 52. Ray Cook (53), Murphy, N. C., 16.449 53. Brian Stinson (12), Englewood, Ohio, 16.464 54. Jackie Boggs (4B), Grayson, Ky., 16.465 55. Gary Stuhler (19), Greencastle, Pa., 16.476 56. Tony Marks (5), Napoleon, Ohio 16.482 57. Todd Andrews (42), Eldred, Pa., 16.486 58. Jay Johnson (5), West Burlington, Iowa, 16.491 59. Charlie Swartz (1), Ashland, Ky., 16.511 60. Robbie Starnes (77), Houston, Texas, 16.524 61. Rex Richey (87), Ringgold, Ga., 16.525 62. Shane Yoder (8), Holland, Ohio, 16.540 63. Lance Matthees (90), Winona, Minn., 16.545 64. Mike Duvall (F1), Cowpens, S. C., 16.547 65. John Gill (75), Mitchell, Ind., 16.548 66. Wade Knowles (66), Tyrone, Ga., 16.550 67. Bob Pierce (32), Danville, Ill., 16.551 68. Kenny Pettyjohn (38), Georgetown, Del., 16.552 69. Steve Smith (3), Powell, Tenn., 16.562 70. Billy Drake (9), Bloomington, Ill., 16.562 71. Paul Davis (16), Pilgrim, Ky., 16.562 72. Bob Pohlman (27), Oaklawn, Ill., 16.565 73. Gary Nettleton (27), Saybrook, Ill., 16.568 74. Stan Massey (23), Mableton, Ga., 16.579 75. Gusty Christenberry (c3), Seymour, Tenn., 16.591 76. Robert Earl (44), Louisville, Ky., 16.593 77. Dan Schlieper (s9), Pewaukee, Wis., 16.608 78. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky., 16.617 79. Kevin Gundaker (100), St. Charles, Mo., 16.629 80. Audie McWilliams (10), Walton, Ky., 16.633 81. Jason Smith (12), Laurel, Miss., 16.634 82. Booper Bare (00), Rockbridge Baths, Va., 16.646 83. Bill Hahn (H4), Gibsonburg, Ohio, 16.666 84. Roger Best (84), Maryville, Tenn., 16.673 85. Joe Meadows (11), Beckley, W. Va., 16.690 86. Mark Miner (7), Stockbridge, Ga. 16.695 87. Scott Hartley (32), Ravenswood, W. Va., 16.698 88. Steve Shaver (30), Parkersburg, W. Va., 16.700 89. Frank Reaber (7), Bensenville, Ill., 16.701 90. John Mason (72), Millersburg, Ohio, 16.710 91. Ted Loomis (23), Kingston, Ill., 16.712 92. Bubby James (1v), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 16.721 93. Chuck Harper (00), Beverly, W. Va., 16.724 94. David Gibson (G2), Ash Flat, Ark., 16.734 95. Al Purkey (33), Coffeyville, Kan., 16.743 96. Rick DeLong (3), Whitehouse, Ohio, 16.748 97. Josh Tarter (T20), Dunnville, Ky., 16.753 98. Bob Flinn (02), Ionia, Mich., 16.778 99. Ron Fisher Jr. (1), Lisle, Ill., 16.783 100. Jeff Floyd (F1), Walnut Ridge, Ark., 16.793 101. Brandon Ball (32), West Plains, Mo., 16.796 102. Don Seaborn (4s), Dayton, Ohio, 16.805 103. Rusty Misner (11), Sheridan, Mich., 16.810 104. Wayne Maffett Jr. (40), Mansfield, Ohio 16.811 105. Larry Moore (14), Welaka, Fla., 16.830 106. Hillard Miller (53), Defiance, Ohio, 16.832 107. Jeff Smith (70), Kings Mountain, N. C., 16.875 108. Donnie Barnhart (11), North Little Rock, Ark., 16.875 109. Matt Miller (7), Whitehouse, Ohio, 16.878 110. Dan Sturgeon (26), Bedford, Ind., 16.881 111. Barry Bragdon (77), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 16.907 112. Duane Chamberlain (Rat1), Richmond, Ind., 16.907 113. Bert Cheatham (75), St. Clair, Mo., 16.922 114. Terry Sroufe (12s), Huntington, Ind., 16.936 115. Jeff Mounce (81), Mitchell, Ind., 16.942 116. Mark Barber (00), North Vernon, Ind., 16.946 117. Terry Muskrat (83), Stillwell, Okla., 16.982 118. Gary Denis (2), Toledo, Ohio, 17.018 119. Mike Bechelli (97), Elizabethtown, Ind., 17.019 120. Eddy Shickel (5), Normal, Ill., 17.040

(Drivers from 121 and down didn't qualify for heats and raced in nonqualifier's races) 121. Rick Corbin (7up), Independence, Ky., 17.048 122. Bill Reed (28), Knoxville, Tenn., 17.061 123. John Logue (69), Boone, Iowa, 17.077 124. Rod Conley (71r), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 17.080 125. Bob Freeburg (71F), Metamora, Ill., 17.090 126. Scott James (83), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 17.110 127. Denny Chamberlain (31), Lost Creek, W. Va., 17.115 128. Jim Curry (7), Norman, Ind., 17.131 129. Marty O'Neal (P2), Spencer, Ind., 17.141 130. Steve Metz (2), Hobart, Ind., 17.146 131. Jay Brinkley (10), Ross, Tenn., 17.168 132. Curtis Roberts (9), Coleman, Mich., 17.187 133. Delane Browning (57), East Bernstadt, Ky., 17.188 134. Layne Meyer (21), West Union, Iowa, 17.201 135. Randy Woodling (3w), Warsaw, Ind., 17.219 136. Dave Gray (3), LaFontaine, Ind., 17.239 137. Scotty Earl (44), Louisville, Ky., 17.250 138. Billy Meredith (25), Hodgenville, Ky., 17.265 139. Mark Powell (1), Mount Pleasant, Mich., 17.266 140. C.J. Rayburn (1cj), Whiteland, Ind., 17.266 141. Randy Boggs (17), Grayson, Ky., 17.279 142. Justin Paxton (34), Toledo, Ohio, 17.313 143. Mike Johnson (2j), Imperial, Pa., 17.323 144. Randy Korte (00), Pierrone, Ill., 17.354 145. Brandon Kinzer (18), Allen, Ky., 17.381 146. Tim Sills (1s), Dunkirk, Ind., 17.396 147. Butch Boggs (10), South Whitney, Ind., 17.438 148. Alan Vaughn (22), Belton, Mo., 17.524 149. Charlie Duncan (28), Millersburg, Ohio, 17.533 150. Dick Potts (92), Morocco, Ind., 17.534 151. H.E. Vineyard (24), Powell, Tenn., 17.538 152. David Killian (25), Murphy, N. C., 17.566 153. Eddie Pettyjohn (1), Milton, Del., 17.609 154. Aaron Scott (33), Newark, Ohio, 17.609 155. Jeff Clapp (A1), Lucky, Ohio, 17.637 156. Kevin Hardin (34), Bloomington, Ind., 17.645 157. Tony Lay (23), Union, Ky., 17.659 158. Tim Sabo (17), Fremont, Ohio, 17.679 159. Doug St. Myers (4s), Redkey, Ind., 17.682 160. Bruce Hogue (25), Akron, Ind., 17.844 161. Jim Loomis Jr. (55), Kirkland, Ill., 17.853 162. Thomas Ware (w7), Cynthiana, Ky., 17.894 163. Douglas Hunter (71), Berea, Ky., 17.910 164. Richard Chaney (40), Belcher, Ky., 17.978 165. Donald Dick (17), Cincinnati, Ohio, 18.104 166. Patrick Barney (32), Toledo, Ohio, 18.105 167. Shawn Holliday (66), Ironton, Ohio, 18.120 168. John Hyatt (4), Flemingsburg, Ohio 18.424 169. Ernie Cordier (4), Broadhead, Ky., 18.528 170. Billy Wyrick (77), Marion, Ind., 18.654 171. Scott Fitzpatrick (57), Claypoole, Ind., 18.943 172. Mick Roach (6), Bradley, Ill., 19.351 173. Greg Lucas (32), Whitesburg, Ky., 19.451 174. Troy Vanderveen (57x), Edmore, Mich., 20.309 175. John "Weasel" Rhoades (6), Sardinia, Ohio, no time 176. Rohn Moon (56), Whiteland, Ind., no time 177. Randy Floyd (69), Walnut Ridge, Ark., no time 178. Dennis Erb Sr. (26), Carpentersville, Ill., no time ------------------------------------------------------------- CREDIT: Todd Turner <> of DirtNews Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------

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