Track champion grabs $3,000 victory at Tri-City
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (April 16) — Capitalizing on a solid start to his season, Mark Voigt of Marine, Ill., raced to victory Friday in a double-sanctioned race at Tri-City Speedway. Voigt, the reigning track champion at the 3/8-mile oval near St. Louis, Mo., earned $3,000 for the victory sanctioned by the National All Star Racing Association and Monster Midwest Series. | Voigt off to hot start | Slideshow
Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., went from fifth to second on a lap-25 restart to finish second. He was followed by former Dirt Track World Champion Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Ark., reigning Monster Midwest Series champ Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., and Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill. Voigt's most serious challenge came from Feger on a mid-race restart in the 30-lapper.
Notes: Voigt's Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Pioneer Brand Products, Proform Trailers and Heuiser Truck Service. ... Voigt has finished no worse than seventh in six previous starts, which included two victories on his opening weekend at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., and I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature: Kerry Mathew, Jason Riggs and Mike Hammerle along with Rodney Melvin and Scott James, who both scratched from the consolation. ... Scott Weber won the Crate Late Model feature. ... The Monster Midwest Series peels off to continue the weekend at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway with a pair of $2,000-to-win features. ... NASRA competitors race April 23-24 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky., and Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky.
Tri-City Speedway: (1) Mark Voigt, (2) Brian Shirley, (3) Wendell Wallace, (4) Jason Feger, (5) Ryan Unzicker, (6) Shannon Babb, (7) Billy Laycock, (8) Rickey Frankel, (9) Chad Zobrist, (10) Mark Oller, (11) Arnie Fields, (12) Claude Walker, (13) Jason McBride, (14) Brandon Sheppard, (15) Aaron Ridley, (16) Tyler Reddick, (17) Christian Rayburn, (18) Dennis Erb Jr., (19) Dewayne Kiefer, (20) Kevin Weaver, (21) Charley Hess, (22) Skylar Marlar, (23) Brent Kreke, (24) Craig Smith. Heat race winners (among 34 cars): Shirley, Feger, Voigt, Erb. Consolation winner: Oller.