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HOFFMAN, MEVERT, RUHLMAN AND WESTFALL WINS LOCK THEM INTO FINALE

ROSSBURG, OH (October 3) – Four drivers – Nick Hoffman (NC), Matt Mevert (IL), Brian Ruhlman (MI) and Matt Westfall (OH) – used their Thursday night (Oct. 2) victories to essentially lock them into Saturday’s (Oct. 4) $5,000 to win Modified finale, while the balance of the 107 teams that were on hand will try again tonight (Oct. 3) to work their way into the 32-car field of the DIRTcar UMP (United Midwest Promoters) Modified Fall Nationals presented by Allstar Performance.

With the threat of approaching storms into the Darke County Ohio area and the cooperation of the race teams, Thursday’s 16-event show that included four 20-lap $1,000-to-win A-Features was completed in two hours and forty-three minutes; setting the stage for a complete new show tonight (Friday) to finalize the line-ups for Saturday’s ‘alphabet’ features.

Hoffman held off a hard-charging Kent Robinson (IN) to triumph in the opening 20-lap chase as that duo finished ahead of Jeff Leka (IL), Lance Dehm (IL) and Josh Rice (KY).

A race-long battle between Mevert and UMP title-contending Devin Gilpin (IN), sorted itself out in the closing laps as Mevert chased down Gilpin to take the lead and ensuing victory. Rounding out the top five in that 20-lap run were Randy Lines (IN), Jimmy Dehm (IL) and Bryce Jewell (KY).

Ruhlman, a former Eldora Modified champion, used his knowledge of the track to open a sizeable lead in his 20-lap A-Feature but that was soon narrowed down when young Jacob Hawkins (WV) came upon the scene and knocked on Ruhlman’s door. The hard charge to the front by Hawkins fell short by just a few car lengths as those two distanced themselves ahead of Evan Taylor (PA), Jeff Babcock (OH) and Mark Anderson (IL).

Closing out the night was the most intense 20-lap battle of all, as Westfall threaded his way through the field to take the lead, only to find Tyler Nicely (KY) threatening to take the lead. As their fast-paced chase found them weaving in and out of slower lapped cars, Nicely would pull alongside Westfall multiple times but couldn’t muster the horsepower to inch ahead. Westfall narrowly bested Nicely at the finish line while Ryan Thomas (IN), Kenny Wallace (MO) and Dean Hoffman (IL) made up the balance of the top five.

All teams will be given another round of competition this evening as they are sorted into eight groups. Each group will run a ten-lap Heat race from which the finishes will be used to determine the four B-Features and four 20-lap, $1,000 to win, A-Features that will close out the night.

A driver’s best finish from the Thursday and Friday competition will determine their start in one of the ‘alphabet’ features on Saturday as the Late Models join the field for the doubleheader.

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Race Results

Event Box Score

UMP DIRTcar MODIFIEDS

[Time Trial groups assigned by draw number.  Heat races lined up by results of each Time Trial group]

TIME TRIALS 1 – 1. 2NH-Nick Hoffman [7]; 2. 3L-Jeff Leka [4]; 3. X-Jerry Bowersock [8]; 4. 42-Bob Baldwin [11]; 5. 21JS-Jonathan Sluka [2]; 6. 10L-Nathon Loney [10]; 7. 11PH-Pete Holt [13]; 8. 83S-Kasey Schrock [5]; 9. K12-Scotty Kincaid [14]; 10. 6B-David Baldwin [3]; 11. 26S-Jared Spalding [12]; 12. 21MS-Michael Stratton [1]; 13. N59-Chad Evans [9]; 14. 14E-Gary Eicher [6];

TIME TRIALS 2 – 1. 11JR-Josh Rice [8]; 2. D1-Lance Dehm [1]; 3. 51-Brandon Green [9]; 4. 71-Joel Ortberg [2]; 5. 55S-Zach Schroeder [6]; 6. 22T-Tony Anderson [4]; 7. 4K-Jason Kinney [5]; 8. 42P-Cody Parker [7]; 9. 85R-Kent Robinson [10]; 10. 52-John Phlipot, Jr [13]; 11. 4S-Rob Starkey [14]; 12. 10KM-Kevin Morehouse [12]; 13. L5-Casey Luedeke [11]; 14. 55-Clayton Smith [3];

TIME TRIALS 3 – 1. 22M-Matt Mevert [6]; 2. 1G-Devin Gilpin [7]; 3. OJ-Bryce Jewell [2]; 4. 111-Curt Spalding [13]; 5. 18L-Randy Lines [5]; 6. 0-Brent Hole [1]; 7. 4D-Kc Burdette [11]; 8. 47-Collin Thirlby [8]; 9. 116-Jimmy Haager [9]; 10. 4B-Brian Brindley [3]; 11. 77L-Darrell Lowe [4]; 12. 133-Gary Ricketts [10]; 13. 31J-Ray Jackson [12];

TIME TRIALS 4 – 1. 91R-Derrick Ramey [5]; 2. 99J-Jimmy Dehm [3]; 3. 36L-Jamie Lomax [12]; 4. 82N-Nick Tharp [10]; 5. 4C-Chad Boone [1]; 6. 11MH-Mike Hohlbein [4]; 7. 5X-Tim Richardson [11]; 8. 20WD-Jeff Daniels [2]; 9. 04-Aaron Raby [6]; 10. 69KW-Kris Williamson [9]; 11. 24GH-Gary Hayden [13]; 12. 67S-Warren Shingleton [8]; 13. 2TS-Travis Stemler [7];

TIME TRIALS 5 – 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [13]; 2. 7B-Jeff Babcock [6]; 3. 13-Jacob Hawkins [7]; 4. 21C-Taylor Cook [4]; 5. 43A-Mark Anderson [1]; 6. 5-Jonathan Taylor [11]; 7. 87-David Mielke [10]; 8. 24M-Zeke Mckenzie [12]; 9. 19C-Andrew Corbin [9]; 10. 01L-Patrick Lyon [3]; 11. 14S-Terry Sroufe [8]; 12. 35S-David Stremme [2]; 13. 79-Shane Unger [5];

TIME TRIALS 6 – 1. 17W-Tanner Wilson [4]; 2. 7T-Evan Taylor [5]; 3. 77B-Ray Bollinger [2]; 4. 01-Anthony Flannery [6]; 5. 225-Jesse Bitterling [7]; 6. 4T-Andrew Terrill [3]; 7. 21D-Danny Schwartz [9]; 8. 36-Brandon Vaughan [13]; 9. 18-Ryan Sutter [11]; 10. 21S-Denny Schwartz [1]; 11. 50-Amos Bunch [12]; 12. 47B-Joe Brosseau [8]; 13. 15H-Jeff Hamby [10];

TIME TRIALS 7 – 1. 54-Matt Westfall [1]; 2. 05-David Smith [6]; 3. 11R-Ed Roley [10]; 4. 91-Adam Thrush [2]; 5. 2H-Brian Hayden [3]; 6. 45P-Brian Post [7]; 7. WO-Jeff Koz [9]; 8. 19-Chad Bauer [4]; 9. 8L-Jimmy Lennex Jr [5]; 10. 8C-Corey Bevard [12]; 11. 69D-Dennis Deserraro [11]; 12. 86-Drew Smith [8];

TIME TRIALS 8 – 1. 36W-Kenny Wallace [11]; 2. 16T-Ryan Thomas [12]; 3. 24H-Mike Harrison [2]; 4. 25N-Tyler Nicely [10]; 5. 1DH-Dean Hoffman [4]; 6. 21A-Nick Allen [6]; 7. 1SW-Scott Williams [3]; 8. 45-Nick Stroupe [14]; 9. 10-Scott Bowersock [15]; 10. 6M-Dylan Woodling [8]; 11. 00G-Andy Galgoci [13]; 12. 1AS-Andy Sprague [7]; 13. 757-Kurt Allison [1]; 14. 4J-David Treon, Jr [9]; 15. 28S-Scott Mackenzie [5];

HEAT 1 – 1. X-Jerry Bowersock [2]; 2. 3L-Jeff Leka [3]; 3. 42-Bob Baldwin [1]; 4. 83S-Kasey Schrock [8]; 5. 14E-Gary Eicher [14]; 6. 21JS-Jonathan Sluka [5]; 7. 21MS-Michael Stratton [12]; 8. 2NH-Nick Hoffman [4]; 9. 6B-David Baldwin [10]; 10. 10L-Nathon Loney [6]; 11. K12-Scotty Kincaid [9]; 12. 26S-Jared Spalding [11]; 13. 11PH-Pete Holt [7]; 14. N59-Chad Evans [13];

HEAT 2 – 1. 71-Joel Ortberg [1]; 2. 11JR-Josh Rice [4]; 3. 85R-Kent Robinson [9]; 4. D1-Lance Dehm [3]; 5. 55S-Zach Schroeder [5]; 6. 51-Brandon Green [2]; 7. 42P-Cody Parker [8]; 8. 22T-Tony Anderson [6]; 9. 52-John Phlipot, Jr [10]; 10. 4K-Jason Kinney [7]; 11. L5-Casey Luedeke [13]; 12. 4S-Rob Starkey [11]; 13. 10KM-Kevin Morehouse [12]; 14. 55-Clayton Smith [DNS];

HEAT 3 – 1. 22M-Matt Mevert [4]; 2. 1G-Devin Gilpin [3]; 3. OJ-Bryce Jewell [2]; 4. 4D-Kc Burdette [7]; 5. 18L-Randy Lines [5]; 6. 111-Curt Spalding [1]; 7. 47-Collin Thirlby [8]; 8. 4B-Brian Brindley [10]; 9. 0-Brent Hole [6]; 10. 116-Jimmy Haager [9]; 11. 31J-Ray Jackson [13]; 12. 133-Gary Ricketts [12]; 13. 77L-Darrell Lowe [11];

HEAT 4 – 1. 36L-Jamie Lomax [2]; 2. 91R-Derrick Ramey [4]; 3. 4C-Chad Boone [5]; 4. 82N-Nick Tharp [1]; 5. 99J-Jimmy Dehm [3]; 6. 2TS-Travis Stemler [13]; 7. 11MH-Mike Hohlbein [6]; 8. 04-Aaron Raby [9]; 9. 69KW-Kris Williamson [10]; 10. 5X-Tim Richardson [7]; 11. 67S-Warren Shingleton [12]; 12. 20WD-Jeff Daniels [8]; 13. 24GH-Gary Hayden [11];

HEAT 5 – 1. 13-Jacob Hawkins [2]; 2. 21C-Taylor Cook [1]; 3. 49-Brian Ruhlman [4]; 4. 7B-Jeff Babcock [3]; 5. 43A-Mark Anderson [5]; 6. 24M-Zeke Mckenzie [8]; 7. 87-David Mielke [7]; 8. 35S-David Stremme [12]; 9. 19C-Andrew Corbin [9]; 10. 5-Jonathan Taylor [6]; 11. 14S-Terry Sroufe [11]; 12. 79-Shane Unger [13]; 13. 01L-Patrick Lyon [10];

HEAT 6 – 1. 7T-Evan Taylor [3]; 2. 225-Jesse Bitterling [5]; 3. 77B-Ray Bollinger [2]; 4. 17W-Tanner Wilson [4]; 5. 21S-Denny Schwartz [10]; 6. 36-Brandon Vaughan [8]; 7. 18-Ryan Sutter [9]; 8. 50-Amos Bunch [11]; 9. 15H-Jeff Hamby [13]; 10. 47B-Joe Brosseau [12]; 11. 4T-Andrew Terrill [6]; 12. 01-Anthony Flannery [1]; 13. 21D-Danny Schwartz [DNS];

HEAT 7 – 1. 11R-Ed Roley [2]; 2. 05-David Smith [3]; 3. 54-Matt Westfall [4]; 4. 2H-Brian Hayden [5]; 5. 91-Adam Thrush [1]; 6. 45P-Brian Post [6]; 7. WO-Jeff Koz [7]; 8. 19-Chad Bauer [8]; 9. 8L-Jimmy Lennex Jr [9]; 10. 86-Drew Smith [12]; 11. 8C-Corey Bevard [10]; 12. 69D-Dennis Deserraro [11];

HEAT 8 – 1. 25N-Tyler Nicely [1]; 2. 36W-Kenny Wallace [4]; 3. 16T-Ryan Thomas [3]; 4. 1DH-Dean Hoffman [5]; 5. 1SW-Scott Williams [7]; 6. 45-Nick Stroupe [8]; 7. 10-Scott Bowersock [9]; 8. 00G-Andy Galgoci [11]; 9. 1AS-Andy Sprague [12]; 10. 21A-Nick Allen [6]; 11. 757-Kurt Allison [13]; 12. 6M-Dylan Woodling [10]; 13. 4J-David Treon, Jr [14]; 14. 24H-Mike Harrison [2]; 15. 28S-Scott Mackenzie [DNS];

B-FEATURE 1 – 1. 4K-Jason Kinney [2]; 2. 11PH-Pete Holt [7]; 3. 10L-Nathon Loney [1]; 4. 4S-Rob Starkey [6]; 5. 10KM-Kevin Morehouse [8]; 6. L5-Casey Luedeke [4]; 7. K12-Scotty Kincaid [3]; 8. 26S-Jared Spalding [DNS]; 9. N59-Chad Evans [DNS]; 10. 55-Clayton Smith [DNS];

B-FEATURE 2 – 1. 5X-Tim Richardson [2]; 2. 116-Jimmy Haager [1]; 3. 31J-Ray Jackson [3]; 4. 67S-Warren Shingleton [4]; 5. 20WD-Jeff Daniels [6]; 6. 133-Gary Ricketts [5]; 7. 77L-Darrell Lowe [DNS]; 8. 24GH-Gary Hayden [DNS];

B-FEATURE 3 – 1. 5-Jonathan Taylor [1]; 2. 01L-Patrick Lyon [7]; 3. 14S-Terry Sroufe [3]; 4. 79-Shane Unger [5]; 5. 01-Anthony Flannery [DNS]; 6. 4T-Andrew Terrill [DNS]; 7. 21D-Danny Schwartz [DNS]; 8. 47B-Joe Brosseau [DNS];

B-FEATURE 4 – 1. 24H-Mike Harrison [7]; 2. 757-Kurt Allison [2]; 3. 6M-Dylan Woodling [4]; 4. 86-Drew Smith [5]; 5. 8C-Corey Bevard [1]; 6. 69D-Dennis Deserraro [3]; 7. 4J-David Treon, Jr [6]; 8. 28S-Scott Mackenzie [DNS];

A FEATURE 1 – 1. 2NH-Nick Hoffman [15]; 2. 85R-Kent Robinson [7]; 3. 3L-Jeff Leka [4]; 4. D1-Lance Dehm [1]; 5. 11JR-Josh Rice [5]; 6. 55S-Zach Schroeder [10]; 7. 51-Brandon Green [12]; 8. 83S-Kasey Schrock [6]; 9. 10L-Nathon Loney [21]; 10. 71-Joel Ortberg [2]; 11. X-Jerry Bowersock [3]; 12. 42-Bob Baldwin [8]; 13. L5-Casey Luedeke [24]; 14. 4K-Jason Kinney [19]; 15. 22T-Tony Anderson [16]; 16. 14E-Gary Eicher [9]; 17. 10KM-Kevin Morehouse [23]; 18. 21JS-Jonathan Sluka [11]; 19. 4S-Rob Starkey [22]; 20. 52-John Phlipot, Jr [18]; 21. 42P-Cody Parker [14]; 22. 21MS-Michael Stratton [13]; 23. 11PH-Pete Holt [20]; 24. 6B-David Baldwin [DNS];

A FEATURE 2 – 1. 22M-Matt Mevert [5]; 2. 1G-Devin Gilpin [8]; 3. 18L-Randy Lines [9]; 4. 99J-Jimmy Dehm [10]; 5. OJ-Bryce Jewell [6]; 6. 2TS-Travis Stemler [12]; 7. 4C-Chad Boone [1]; 8. 36L-Jamie Lomax [4]; 9. 47-Collin Thirlby [13]; 10. 111-Curt Spalding [11]; 11. 116-Jimmy Haager [20]; 12. 5X-Tim Richardson [19]; 13. 4B-Brian Brindley [15]; 14. 0-Brent Hole [17]; 15. 04-Aaron Raby [16]; 16. 67S-Warren Shingleton [22]; 17. 31J-Ray Jackson [21]; 18. 133-Gary Ricketts [24]; 19. 20WD-Jeff Daniels [23]; 20. 91-Adam Thrush [7]; 21. 4D-Kc Burdette [3]; 22. 11MH-Mike Hohlbein [14]; 23. 69KW-Kris Williamson [18]; 24. 82N-Nick Tharp [DNS];

A FEATURE 3 – 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [6]; 2. 13-Jacob Hawkins [7]; 3. 7T-Evan Taylor [1]; 4. 7B-Jeff Babcock [8]; 5. 43A-Mark Anderson [9]; 6. 21C-Taylor Cook [4]; 7. 87-David Mielke [13]; 8. 17W-Tanner Wilson [2]; 9. 19C-Andrew Corbin [17]; 10. 21S-Denny Schwartz [10]; 11. 24M-Zeke Mckenzie [11]; 12. 225-Jesse Bitterling [3]; 13. 77B-Ray Bollinger [5]; 14. 35S-David Stremme [15]; 15. 15H-Jeff Hamby [18]; 16. 14S-Terry Sroufe [21]; 17. 36-Brandon Vaughan [12]; 18. 5-Jonathan Taylor [19]; 19. 18-Ryan Sutter [14]; 20. 21A-Nick Allen [23]; 21. 50-Amos Bunch [16]; 22. 01L-Patrick Lyon [20]; 23. 79-Shane Unger [22];

A FEATURE 4 – 1. 54-Matt Westfall [4]; 2. 25N-Tyler Nicely [5]; 3. 16T-Ryan Thomas [2]; 4. 36W-Kenny Wallace [3]; 5. 1DH-Dean Hoffman [8]; 6. 11R-Ed Roley [6]; 7. 24H-Mike Harrison [19]; 8. 1SW-Scott Williams [10]; 9. 2H-Brian Hayden [7]; 10. 45P-Brian Post [11]; 11. 19-Chad Bauer [15]; 12. 05-David Smith [1]; 13. 45-Nick Stroupe [12]; 14. 1AS-Andy Sprague [18]; 15. WO-Jeff Koz [13]; 16. 8L-Jimmy Lennex Jr [17]; 17. 757-Kurt Allison [20]; 18. 8C-Corey Bevard [23]; 19. 91R-Derrick Ramey [9]; 20. 6M-Dylan Woodling [21]; 21. 00G-Andy Galgoci [16]; 22. 10-Scott Bowersock [14]; 23. 86-Drew Smith [22]; 24. 69D-Dennis Deserraro [24];


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