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HIGHLAND SPEEDWAY
HIGHLAND, ILLINOIS

TRACK SIZE: 1/4 MILE SEMI BANKED DIRT OVAL

RACE DAYS:  SATURDAY NIGHTS: UMP LATE MODELS, UMP MODIFIEDS, HORNETS, SPORTSMEN & BOMBERS

PHONE: 618-654-6656

WEBSITE:  WWW.HIGHLANDSPEEDWAY.COM

DIRECTIONS: EAST SIDE OF TOWN ON SR 160, THEN 0.4 MILE SOUTH ON POPLAR, THEN EAST ON LINDELTHAL, THEN NORTH ON SPRUCE, THEN EAST ON PARK (MADISON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS)

Highland Highland Speedway MS race for a cure - June 21

 

Highland Highland Speedway MS race for a cure - June 21

By Jack Pugh

The ninth annual U.G.L.Y. Bartender, MS race for a Cure UMP Late Model race came to Highland Speedway on Tuesday night with 36 cars in the pits to compete for $3,000 to win. NASCAR stars and former local residents - Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace were on hand and drove their cars. There was a large crowd in the stands and they raised a lot of extra money for the cause for the race though the 50/50 drawing.

Time trails were held and Frankie Martin was the fastest car of the 35 cars that took to the track. Billy Faust, Kevin Weaver, Chad Zobrist, Mark Faust and Rodney Melvin went to the dash after time trails.

The rest of the field was filled by heat races and a two semis. Heat race one sent Ed Dixon, Rick Salter and Mark Gansmann to the feature. The second heat race moved Michael Kloos, Tom Carson and Mark Oller on. The third heat had Randy Korte, Craig Smith and Jim Shereck advance. The fourth heat sent Ken Schrader, Barian Wolfmeier and Mike Hammerle forward. The semis sent only the winner to the end of the feature and they were Dan Jacober and Danny Hayes.

The 40-lap feature started with Melvin and Zobrist on the front row. On the dropping of the green flag, Zobrist jumped into the lead with Melvin right on his bumper.

As the race continued, the pair of leaders broke away from the rest of the field and had their own race, while the other cars in the top five, Weaver, Martin, and Mark Faust were fighting their separate race.

As the race went green, cars started to drop out as the leaders began to close into the lapped traffic. On lap 10, the leader caught the back of the pack and started to weave though the back markers. As the back markers realized they had no chance to move up in the rankings, cars started to drop into the infield.

With the front runners of Zobrist and Melvin moving though the traffic, different lines on the track were being used to gain advantage. Zorbist used the higher line while Melvin was on the low side.

At the 10 lap mark, the top five were Zobrist, Melvin, Weaver, Martin and Mark Faust. These cars were out in two different races of their own while the rest of the pack fought for positions.

The race stayed green and the front two cars were putting on a show for the crowd. Zobrist continued leading, but Melvin was within a carís length at all times.

At the 20 lap mark, the front five continued to be the same, but that was about to change. Zobrist went high in turn four and hit the outside wall. After hitting the wall, Zobrist began to slow and moved to the inside of the track. As he came though turn two, Zobrist dropped out with driveline problems while leading. This gave the lead to Melvin with Weaver, M. Faust, Martin and Billy Faust now in the top five.

Melvin would take his lead and stretch it over the second place car.

As the race worn on both the Faust drivers moved forward to run second and third. Mark took second while Billy Faust moved to third moving Weaver and Martin back to fourth and fifth.

As the laps worn down, Melvin began racing with the about to be lapped car of Danny Haynes. Haynes tried to stay on the lead lap and kept his same driving line lap after lap with Melvin trying everything to get by.
As the race was getting close to the checkered flag, Melvin held a commanding lead while the Faustís were racing their own race for second.

At the checkered flag, it was Melvin by several car lengths and his second win of this annual classic event for charity. Following Melvin were Mark Faust, Billy Faust, Weaver, and Martin to complete the top five in a green to checkered flag race that only took about 15 minutes to run.

 

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