Stemler, Ruhlman, Strickler and Nicley win day 1 UMP Modified A-Features at Eldora


ROSSBURG – Four UMP National Modified drivers won A-Features on day one of the DIRTcar Fall Nationals by Allstar Performance at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg.

There were 104 entrants representing a dozen states and Canada that took part in eight heat races, four B-Features and four A-Features with the winners taking home $1,000 each.

Travis Stemler, from Ionia, Michigan, won the first A-Feature after battling with Devin Gilpin for much of the event. Gilpin took the lead from Stemler and held a car length lead when a caution came out with two laps to go. Suddenly, Gilpin, from Columbus, Indiana, pulled into the pits with a broken shock mount and was out of the race.

This gave Stemler the lead and he held off Joe Godsey to win the first A-Feature.

Kenny Wallace was third while David Mielke and Ken Schrader rounded out the top five.

“This is awesome,” Stemler said. “We know we are in the show on Saturday. You can’t beat winning at Eldora. Devin’s a hell of a race driver, and it sucks what happened to him, but we’ll take whatever we can get.”

Brian Ruhlman dominated the second A-Feature after starting second. He jumped to the lead and the Clark Lake, Michigan, native lead every lap and beat veteran Jerry Bowerstock by .8 of a second. It was his 33rd career win at Eldora.

“I’m working on two hours of sleep,” Ruhlman said. “We worked on this car until 4 a.m., and then got back at it at 7 a.m. Just got it done in time to get here. This car was a hot rod.”

Will Krup was third while Jess Hartman and Brandon Green were fourth and fifth.

The third A-Feature was quite interesting as Trent Young, from Crofton, Kentucky, started second but took the early lead. But it only lasted for four laps as he hit the wall in turn two and his chance at victory was gone.

Dean Hoffman, from Troy, Illinois, started fifth but inherited the lead when Young fell out. His lead only lasted for four laps as he too hit the wall in turn four. He was out of the race.

That put Kyle Strickler, from Mooresville, North Carolina, in the lead after starting third and he held off his teammate and polesitter David Stremme to win by. 3 of a second.

“The race car was pretty good,” Strickler said. “I saw Trent get in the wall, and then Dean got into the fence. I knew I wasn’t going to win the battle against the fence, so I just kind of puttered around the top and knew it be tough to get around me. This car is pretty good. Looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Nick Stroupe was third while Aaron Orr and Jordan Bauer rounded out the top five.

Tyler Nicely, from Owensboro, Kentucky, led ever lap and won the final A-Feature by 2.9 seconds over Brandon Ramsey.

“I knew I had a real good car,” Nicely said. “I had to make sure I didn’t get caught up in lapped traffic there. This chassis has been good all year. It’s our first victory here. I told my boys this summer that we are going to win a race at Eldora. This means a lot, standing on this stage. Hopefully we can get a couple more this weekend.”

Patrick Lyon was third while Scott Bowersock and Ed Roley were fourth and fifth.

The format for the Modifieds remains the same on Friday with four A-Features that will again pay out $1,000 each. On Saturday, there are up to seven preliminary races or “Alphabet Soup Features” that drivers can work their way through to get to the 30-lap A-Feature paying $5,000-to-win.

For the late models, they will race a full racing program on Saturday with qualifying, heat races, last chance races and another $5,000-to-win A-Feature.

DIRTcar UMP Fall Nationals

Oct. 1, 2015

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Qualifying (listed by overall times)

1.45S-Nick Stroupe, 18.267; 2.10Y-Trent Young, 18.284; 3.87-David Mielke, 18.294; 4.49-Brian Ruhlman, 18.308; 5.8-Kyle Strickler, 18.339; 6.13-Jacob Hawkins, 18.375; 7.2TS-Travis Stemler, 18.417; 8.1G-Devin Gilpin, 18.439; 9.5-Jess Hartman, 18.470; 10.16-Jeff Koz, 18.478; 11.188-Aaron Orr, 18.485; 12.36W-Kenny Wallace, 18.520; 13.2NH-Nick Hoffman, 18.550; 14.64JR-Billy Workman Jr, 18.586; 15.1DH-Dean Hoffman, 18.612; 16.14-Joe Godsey, 18.621; 17.116-Jerry Bowersock, 18.628; 18.9-Ken Schrader, 18.661; 19.1S-Brian Shaw, 18.680; 20.67-Garret Stewart, 18.687; 21.21A-Nick Allen, 18.713; 22.65-Todd Sherman, 18.715; 23.K9-Will Krup, 18.22; 24.11H-Mike Hohlbein, 18.727; 25.25N-Tyler Nicely, 18.741; 26.35S-David Stremme, 18.755; 27.225-Jesse Bitterling, 18.765; 28.15B-Dave Baker Jr, 18.770; 29.21C-Taylor Cook, 18.785; 30.9*-Jordan Bauer, 18.793; 31.10L-Nathon Loney, 18.818; 32.21D-Danny Schwartz, 18.827; 33.4B-John Burdett, 18.836; 34.111-Curt Spalding, 18.839; 35.17R-Brandon Ramsey, 18.848; 36.17R-Brandon Ramsey, 18.848; 37.11PH-Pete Holt, 18.875; 38.18-Ryan Sutter, 18.878; 39.1SW-Scott Williams, 18.884; 40.90-Jason Beaulieu, 18.895; 41.77B-Ray Bollinger, 18.918; 42.05-David Smith, 18.936; 43.12-Jeff Curl, 18.939; 44.51-Brandon Green, 18.945; 45.757-Kurt Allison, 18.948; 46.6-Ryan Ayers, 18.955; 47.52G-Colin Green, 18.967; 48.52-Weasel Phlipot, 19.010; 49.45P-Brian Post, 19.020; 50.5X-Tim Richardson, 19.021; 51.D1-Lance Dehm, 19.026; 52.6B-David Baldwin, 19.051; 53.36V-Brandon Vaughan, 19.055; 54.78-Gabe Menser, 19.063; 55.98-Shon Flanary, 19.074; 56.47-Collin Thirlby, 19.085; 57.P0-Brody Pompe, 19.087; 58.1AS-Andrew Sprague, 19.097; 59.09-Cullen Breeden, 19.101; 60.21S-Denny Schwartz, 19.123; 61.3W-Dylan Woodling, 19.132; 62.5H-Jason Hoogerhyde, 19.136; 63.1RW-Rob Williams, 19.141; 64.91R-Derrick Ramey, 19.142; 65.71O-Joel Ortberg, 19.146; 66.10B-Scott Bowersock, 19.165; 67.20J-Carlos Jaramillo, 19.178; 68.9V-Shawn Valenti, 19.181; 69.17W-Tanner Wilson, 19.190; 70.15X-Rich Robinson Jr, 19.196; 71.2-David Mitchell, 19.198; 72.32B-T.D. Burger, 19.209; 73.36L-Jamie Lomax, 19.228; 74.00-Will Norris, 19.238; 75.72-Brian Lynn, 19.254; 76.1A-Andy Galgoci, 19.256; 77.11R-Ed Roley, 19.260; 78.01L-Patrick Lyon, 19.285; 79.44-KC Burdette, 19.290; 80.7B-Jeff Babcock, 19.323; 81.20M-Josh Morton, 19.343; 82.22T-Tony Anderson, 19.347; 83.83-Kasey Schrock, 19.352; 84.09D-Joel Dick, 19.358; 85.22TL-Bill Lewis, 19.375; 86.8L-Jimmy Lennex Jr., 19.389; 87.19C-Andrew Corbin, 19.416; 88.24M-Zeke McKenzie, 19.440; 89.57-Tyler Fitzpatrick, 19.470; 90.4-Jason Kinney, 19.526; 91.77L-Darrell Lowe, 19.573; 92.16P-Rick Pauley, 19.601; 93.19B-Chad Bauer, 19.624; 94.7M-Lonnie McIntyre, 19.625; 95.34X-Andy Bibler, 19.652; 96.79-Shane Unger, 19.676; 97.86-Andrew Smith, 19.695; 98.15G-Richard Gibson, 19.705; 99.59N-Chad Evans, 19.796; 100.58P-James Post, 19.833; 101.01-Jared Spalding, 19.865; 102.89W-Rick Weitekamp, 19.912; 103.71H-Chris Hicks, 20.053; 104.17-Nick Rosselit, 99.991; 105.OJ-Bryce Jewell, 99.992;

Heat 1, Group A – (8 Laps)

1. 21C-Taylor Cook[2] ; 2. 16-Jeff Koz[4] ; 3. 10L-Nathon Loney[1] ; 4. 77B-Ray Bollinger[5] ; 5. 36W-Kenny Wallace[3] ; 6. 757-Kurt Allison[6] ; 7. 09-Cullen Breeden[9] ; 8. 6B-David Baldwin[8] ; 9. D1-Lance Dehm[7] ; 10. 71O-Joel Ortberg[10] ; 11. 58P-James Post[13] ; 12. 7B-Jeff Babcock[12] ; 13. 20J-Carlos Jaramillo[11]

Heat 2, Group B – (8 Laps)

1. 1G-Devin Gilpin[2] ; 2. 14-Joe Godsey[1] ; 3. 2TS-Travis Stemler[3] ; 4. 87-David Mielke[4] ; 5. 1SW-Scott Williams[6] ; 6. 9-Ken Schrader[5] ; 7. OJ-Bryce Jewell[13] ; 8. 24M-Zeke McKenzie[10] ; 9. 22T-Tony Anderson[9] ; 10. 36V-Brandon Vaughan[8] ; 11. 89W-Rick Weitekamp[11]

Heat 3, Group C – (8 Laps)

1. K9-Will Krup[1] ; 2. 116-Jerry Bowersock[4] ; 3. 51-Brandon Green[7] ; 4. 225-Jesse Bitterling[5] ; 5. 21A-Nick Allen[2] ; 6. 67-Garret Stewart[3] ; 7. 15B-Dave Baker Jr[6] ; 8. 17W-Tanner Wilson[11] ; 9. 1RW-Rob Williams[10] ; 10. 52G-Colin Green[8] ; 11. 1AS-Andrew Sprague[9] ; 12. 71H-Chris Hicks[13]

Heat 4, Group D – (8 Laps)

1. 49-Brian Ruhlman[4] ; 2. 1S-Brian Shaw[2] ; 3. 5-Jess Hartman[3] ; 4. 21S-Denny Schwartz[8] ; 5. 90-Jason Beaulieu[5] ; 6. 65-Todd Sherman[1] ; 7. 9V-Shawn Valenti[9] ; 8. P0-Brody Pompe[7] ; 9. 5X-Tim Richardson[6] ; 10. 8L-Jimmy Lennex Jr.[10] ; 11. 34X-Andy Bibler[13] ; 12. 19B-Chad Bauer[11] ; 13. 7M-Lonnie McIntyre[12]

Heat 5, Group E – (8 Laps)

1. 1DH-Dean Hoffman[2] ; 2. 9*-Jordan Bauer[5] ; 3. 35S-David Stremme[1] ; 4. 13-Jacob Hawkins[4] ; 5. 2NH-Nick Hoffman[3] ; 6. 52-Weasel Phlipot[10] ; 7. 18-Ryan Sutter[8] ; 8. 45P-Brian Post[11] ; 9. 4B-John Burdett[6] ; 10. 91R-Derrick Ramey[12] ; 11. 05-David Smith[9] ; 12. 11PH-Pete Holt[7] ; 13. 2-David Mitchell[13]

Heat 6, Group F – (8 Laps)

1. 188-Aaron Orr[1] ; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[2] ; 3. 10Y-Trent Young[3] ; 4. 45S-Nick Stroupe[4] ; 5. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr[5] ; 6. 111-Curt Spalding[8] ; 7. 11H-Mike Hohlbein[6] ; 8. 47-Collin Thirlby[9] ; 9. 3W-Dylan Woodling[10] ; 10. 09D-Joel Dick[11] ; 11. 01-Jared Spalding[13]

Heat 7, Group G – (8 Laps)

1. 25N-Tyler Nicely[4] ; 2. 17R-Brandon Ramsey[3] ; 3. 44-KC Burdette[9] ; 4. 98-Shon Flanary[1] ; 5. 4-Jason Kinney[11] ; 6. 11R-Ed Roley[8] ; 7. 78-Gabe Menser[2] ; 8. 59N-Chad Evans[13] ; 9. 15X-Rich Robinson Jr[5] ; 10. 83-Kasey Schrock[10] ; 11. 00-Will Norris[6] ; 12. 79-Shane Unger[12] ; 13. 72-Brian Lynn[7]

Heat 8, Group H – (8 Laps)

1. 36L-Jamie Lomax[1] ; 2. 10B-Scott Bowersock[2] ; 3. 01L-Patrick Lyon[6] ; 4. 5H-Jason Hoogerhyde[3] ; 5. 12-Jeff Curl[4] ; 6. 22TL-Bill Lewis[8] ; 7. 1A-Andy Galgoci[5] ; 8. 19C-Andrew Corbin[9] ; 9. 20M-Josh Morton[7] ; 10. 86-Andrew Smith[12] ; 11. 16P-Rick Pauley[11] ; 12. 77L-Darrell Lowe[10] ; 13. 15G-Richard Gibson[13]

B-Main 1 – (10 Laps)

1. 71O-Joel Ortberg[1] ; 2. 58P-James Post[3] ; 3. 7B-Jeff Babcock[5] ; 4. 36V-Brandon Vaughan[2] ; 5. 89W-Rick Weitekamp[4] ; 6. 20J-Carlos Jaramillo[7] ; 7. 6-Ryan Ayers[6] ; 8. 17-Nick Rosselit[8]

B-Main 2 – (10 Laps)

1. 52G-Colin Green[1] ; 2. 8L-Jimmy Lennex Jr.[2] ; 3. 34X-Andy Bibler[4] ; 4. 1AS-Andrew Sprague[3] ; 5. 19B-Chad Bauer[6] ; 6. 71H-Chris Hicks[5] ; 7. 32B-T.D. Burger[7] ; 8. 7M-Lonnie McIntyre[8]

B-Main 3 – (10 Laps)

1. 91R-Derrick Ramey[1] ; 2. 05-David Smith[3] ; 3. 11PH-Pete Holt[5] ; 4. 09D-Joel Dick[2] ; 5. 01-Jared Spalding[4] ; 6. 2-David Mitchell[7] ; 7. 57-Tyler Fitzpatrick[8]

B-Main 4 – (10 Laps)

1. 72-Brian Lynn[7] ; 2. 83-Kasey Schrock[1] ; 3. 00-Will Norris[3] ; 4. 15G-Richard Gibson[8] ; 5. 77L-Darrell Lowe[6] ; 6. 86-Andrew Smith[2]

A-Main 1 – (20 Laps)

1. 2TS-Travis Stemler[1] ; 2. 14-Joe Godsey[2] ; 3. 36W-Kenny Wallace[9] ; 4. 87-David Mielke[5] ; 5. 9-Ken Schrader[12] ; 6. OJ-Bryce Jewell[14] ; 7. 22T-Tony Anderson[18] ; 8. 10L-Nathon Loney[4] ; 9. 1SW-Scott Williams[10] ; 10. 24M-Zeke McKenzie[16] ; 11. 21C-Taylor Cook[6] ; 12. 16-Jeff Koz[3] ; 13. 09-Cullen Breeden[13] ; 14. 6B-David Baldwin[15] ; 15. 58P-James Post[20] ; 16. 71O-Joel Ortberg[19] ; 17. 757-Kurt Allison[11] ; 18. D1-Lance Dehm[17] ; 19. 36V-Brandon Vaughan[22] ; 20. 89W-Rick Weitekamp[23] ; 21. 1G-Devin Gilpin[7] ; 22. 7B-Jeff Babcock[21] ; 23. 20J-Carlos Jaramillo[24] ; 24. 77B-Ray Bollinger[8]

A-Main 2 – (20 Laps)

1. 49-Brian Ruhlman[2] ; 2. 116-Jerry Bowersock[4] ; 3. K9-Will Krup[1] ; 4. 5-Jess Hartman[6] ; 5. 51-Brandon Green[8] ; 6. 67-Garret Stewart[11] ; 7. 9V-Shawn Valenti[14] ; 8. 1S-Brian Shaw[5] ; 9. 90-Jason Beaulieu[10] ; 10. 17W-Tanner Wilson[15] ; 11. P0-Brody Pompe[16] ; 12. 225-Jesse Bitterling[7] ; 13. 15B-Dave Baker Jr[13] ; 14. 65-Todd Sherman[12] ; 15. 1AS-Andrew Sprague[22] ; 16. 8L-Jimmy Lennex Jr.[20] ; 17. 5X-Tim Richardson[18] ; 18. 19B-Chad Bauer[23] ; 19. 21A-Nick Allen[9] ; 20. 34X-Andy Bibler[21] ; 21. 71H-Chris Hicks[24] ; 22. 21S-Denny Schwartz[3] ; 23. 1RW-Rob Williams[17] ; 24. 52G-Colin Green[19]

A-Main 3 – (20 Laps)

1. 8-Kyle Strickler[3] ; 2. 35S-David Stremme[1] ; 3. 45S-Nick Stroupe[8] ; 4. 188-Aaron Orr[4] ; 5. 9*-Jordan Bauer[7] ; 6. 05-David Smith[20] ; 7. 111-Curt Spalding[12] ; 8. 4B-John Burdett[17] ; 9. 47-Collin Thirlby[16] ; 10. 11H-Mike Hohlbein[14] ; 11. 13-Jacob Hawkins[6] ; 12. 09D-Joel Dick[22] ; 13. 3W-Dylan Woodling[18] ; 14. 01-Jared Spalding[23] ; 15. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr[10] ; 16. 2-David Mitchell[24] ; 17. 45P-Brian Post[15] ; 18. 91R-Derrick Ramey[19] ; 19. 52-Weasel Phlipot[11] ; 20. 18-Ryan Sutter[13] ; 21. 11PH-Pete Holt[21] ; 22. 1DH-Dean Hoffman[5] ; 23. 10Y-Trent Young[2] ; 24. 2NH-Nick Hoffman[9]

A-Main 4 – (20 Laps)

1. 25N-Tyler Nicely[2] ; 2. 17R-Brandon Ramsey[5] ; 3. 01L-Patrick Lyon[7] ; 4. 10B-Scott Bowersock[1] ; 5. 11R-Ed Roley[11] ; 6. 72-Brian Lynn[19] ; 7. 36L-Jamie Lomax[3] ; 8. 4-Jason Kinney[9] ; 9. 22TL-Bill Lewis[12] ; 10. 12-Jeff Curl[10] ; 11. 1A-Andy Galgoci[14] ; 12. 98-Shon Flanary[8] ; 13. 15X-Rich Robinson Jr[17] ; 14. 83-Kasey Schrock[20] ; 15. 19C-Andrew Corbin[16] ; 16. 20M-Josh Morton[18] ; 17. 5H-Jason Hoogerhyde[6] ; 18. 00-Will Norris[21] ; 19. 59N-Chad Evans[15] ; 20. 15G-Richard Gibson[22] ; 21. 86-Andrew Smith[24] ; 22. 77L-Darrell Lowe[23] ; 23. 78-Gabe Menser[13] ; 24. 44-KC Burdette[4]

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