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Mars holds off OčNeal to win UMP feature at 34 Raceway
by Dana Royer/34 Raceway


MIDDLETOWN, IA (7/20/05) Summer Nationals made a stop at 34 Raceway Wednesday, July 20 bringing with
it a number of the top late model drivers in their 750+ horsepower machines.
The summer nationals began on June 24 running through July 23. The stop at
34 Raceway was the twenty seventh in the thirty race series. Taking the 25
car 40 lap feature was Jimmy  Mars of Elkmound, Wisconsin. It was Marsč
second feature win in the series this year. Shannon Babb of Moweakqua,
Illinois leads the series with fourteen wins. Also running on Wednesday were
the B-Mods with Tony Dunker of Quincy, Illinois adding to his win column.
Following three heats and a trophy dash the field was set for the 40 lap
main event that brought that fans out to 34 Raceway on a hot and humid
summer night.  With Don OčNeal and Jimmy Mars on the front  rowthe green
flag flew. OčNeal took the early lead with Mars hanging with him. Mars was
able to get past OčNeal for the second lead of the race on lap three. Both
OčNeal and Mars put on quite a show for the fans racing side by side, bumper
to bumper throughout the first ten laps. On lap eleven following the first
of five cautions OčNeal got the lead back but Mars would continue to stay
with him. The fourth lead of the race would come on lap nineteen when Mars
again gained the lead for the second time, still working to stay ahead of
OčNeal. Not far behind the two leaders was Shannon Babb, fast time winner.
Mars and OčNeal continued to thrill the fans with their side by side, bumper
to bumper action but the night belonged to Mars as he went on to take the
checkered flag by 3 or 4 car lengths and collect the $10,000 to win prize.
OčNeal had to settle for second and current series points leader, Shannon
Babb finished third
In modified action Tony Dunker of Quincy, Il won his third B-mod feature at
34 Raceway this year topping a field of seventeen cars. Dunker took the lead
from his second row start at the drop of the green and never looked back.
Behind him a battle for the second spot was going  on between Jeff Waterman,
also of Quincy and Jack Evans, Jr. of Keokuk. With Dunker taking the
checkered by several car lengths Waterman would hold on to finish second and
Evans took third.
IMCA LATE MODELS A-Main 01
1. 28m Jimmy Mars, Elkmound, WI, 2. 71 Don Oč Neal, Martinsville, IN, 3. 18
Shannon Babb, Moweakqua, IL, 4. 32d Darren Miller, Chadwick, IL, 5. 28
Dennis Erb Jr, Carpentersville, IL, 6. 2 Brady Smith, Solon Springs, WI, 7.
9 Billy Drake, Bloomington, IL, 8. 15 Brian Birkhoffer, Muscatine, IA, 9. 23
Patrick Sheltra ,Indiantown, FL ,10. 27 Rodney Melvin, Logan, IL, 11. 55
Jeep ,Van Wormer ,Pinconning, MI, 12. 42 Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, IA,
13. 45L Jeff Laue, Burlington, IA, 14. 12 Jordan Bland Campbellsville, KY,
15. 99 Johnny Johnson, West Burlington, Ia, 16. 39 Rob Toland Hillsdale, Il
,17. 11 Jamie Wilson, Quincy, Il ,18. 3S Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL, 19. 33
Keith Pratt ,Quincy, Il, 20. 45DW Dennis Woodworth, Mendon, Il ,21. 14 Boone
McLaughlin, Mediapolis, IA ,22. 7 Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Il, 23. 1ST Justin
Reid, Quincy, IL, 24. 19 Greg Johnson, Bedford, IN, 25. 5 Jay Johnson, W.
Burlington, Ia
IMCA LATE MODELS Heat 01
1. 23 Patrick Sheltra, Indiantown, FL 2. 27 Rodney Melvi,n Logan, IL 3. 9
Billy Drake ,Bloomington, IL 4. 42 Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, IA 5. 45L
Jeff Laue, Burlington, IA 6. 33 Keith Pratt, Quincy, Il 7. 1ST Justin Reid
Quincy, IL
IMCA LATE MODELS Heat 02
1 3S Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL, 2 5 Jay Johnson, W. Burlington, Ia, 3 2
Brady Smith, Solon Springs, WI, 4 19 Greg Johnson, Bedford, IN, 5 45DW
Dennis Woodworth, Mendon, Il, 6 11 Jamie Wilson, Quincy, Il
IMCA LATE MODELS Heat 03
1. 15 Brian Birkhoffer, Muscatine, IA, 2. 55 Jeep Van Wormer ,Pinconning, MI
,3. 12 Jordan Bland, Campbellsville, KY, 4.14 Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis,
IA, 5. 7 Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Il, 6. 99 Johnny Johnson, West Burlington,
Ia
IMCA LATE MODELS Trophy Dash
1. 71 Don Oč Neal ,Martinsville, IN, 2. 28m Jimmy Mars, Elkmound, WI, 3. 18
Shannon Babb, Moweakqua, IL, 4. 28 Dennis Erb Jr ,Carpentersville, IL, 5.
32d Darren Miller, Chadwick, IL, 6. 39 Rob Toland ,Hillsdale, Il ,7. 27
Rodney Melvin, Logan, IL, 8. 3S Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL, 9. 55 Jeep Van
Wormer ,Pinconning, MI
MODIFIEDS A-Main 01
1. 4 Tony Dunker ,Quincy, Il , 2. 71w Jeff Waterman, Quincy, IL, 3. 0 Jack
Evans, Jr., Keokuk, IA, 4. 7 Doak Allen Jr. ,W.  Burlington, Ia, 5. 72
Darrow Lillie ,Burlington, IA, 6. 43 Kelly Bartz, Quincy, IL, 7. 21 Wesley
Mayfield ,Hull, IL, 8. 26 Jim Kuhlmeier, Ft.  Madison, Ia, 9. 97 Terry
Houston , 10. 18B Phillip Beard, Crawfordsville, Ia, 11. 67 Chris Larson
,Keokuk, IA, 12. 15 Brad Pershy, Colona, IL, 13. 10 Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk,
Ia, 14 .11J Stacey Jennings, Mt Pleasant, Ia, 15. 40X Rob Jennings, Mt
Pleasant, Ia, 16. 74 Phillip Cossel ,Montrose, IA, 17.63 Pete Gramc, Qunicy,
IL
MODIFIEDS Heat 01
 1. 4 Tony Dunker, Quincy, Il, 2. 0 Jack Evans, Jr., Keokuk, IA, 3. 74
Phillip Cossel ,Montrose, IA, 4. 10 Jim Gillenwate, Keokuk, Ia,. 21 Wesley
Mayfield ,Hull, IL, 6. 11J Stacey Jennings, Mt Pleasant, Ia
MODIFIEDS Heat 02
 1. 67 Chris Larson, Keokuk, IA, 2. 43 Kelly Bartz, Quincy, IL, 3. 7 Doak
Allen, Jr. W.  Burlington, Ia, 4. 71w Jeff Waterman ,Quincy, IL, 5. 63 Pete
Gramc ,Qunicy, IL, 6 .26 Jim Kuhlmeier,Ft.  Madison, Ia
MODIFIEDS Heat 03
 1. 97 Terry Houston,  2. 15 Brad Pershy ,Colona, IL, 3. 40X Rob Jennings,
Mt Pleasant, Ia, 4. 72 Darrow Lillie, Burlington, IA, 5. 18B Phillip Beard
,Crawfordsville, Ia.

 

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

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