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The Last Stand Results
Patrick Wilda (33) leading Dalton (7c) and Dakoda Armstrong (7A) by Phil Rider
Patrick Wilda (33) leading Dalton (7c) and Dakoda Armstrong (7A) by Phil Rider
September 14th 2009 - DALTON ARMSTRONG WINS LAST STAND AT THE STADIUM

by: Bill Freis

Morris, IL Dalton Armstrong of New Castle, Indiana will go down in history as the last
driver to ever win a feature event at the Joliet Memorial Stadium. Armstrong, who’s
big brother Dakoda won in the preliminary feature event on Friday, drove his Motor City
Auto Transport, Bunge N.A./Beast/Mopar to the historic win on Saturday night at the Last
Stand at the Stadium 50-lap Main event. Joe Liguori, Taylor Ferns, Tom Schnabel, Brad
Schieber, Tyler Kramer and Bill Sainsbury will all go down in history as feature winners
at the final event ever held at the Joliet Memorial Stadium.

Armstrong, who was locked into the event on Friday when he was third quick in qualifying,
started sixth in the 50-lap main event. Minooka’s Patrick Wilda Jr., who started on
the second row, took the lead from Plainfield’s Bob Shreffler on the first lap. Behind
Wilda, Dalton Armstrong was fighting to keep big brother Dakoda and Joliet’s Jimmy
Anderson behind him for several laps. Anderson took a couple of shots at getting by
Dakoda Armstrong, but began to lose ground as the laps clicked off. Finally on a lap 16
restart, Anderson got a bumper to the inside of Dakoda and drove under him for the third
spot and at the same time, Dolton drove under Wilda through turn four. Wilda bounced his
car off of the front stretch wall and then the turn one wall trying to hold his lead.
Wilda sustained just enough damage to his car that he was not able to continue.

Anderson would challenge Armstrong again after a mid-race caution, but Dalton’s car was
too strong for Anderson and Dalton would go on to lead the remaining laps of the Bud
Light Last Stand at the Stadium 50-lap feature. Jimmy Anderson, Dakoda Armstrong, Scott
Shilkuski and David Gough, Grant Galloway, Doug Dietsch, Johnny Heydenreich, Wes Carner
and Bob Shreffler rounded out the top ten. Billy Hulbert was Saturday’s UMARA National
midget fast qualifier.

Dolton Armstrong also won the Suburban Bank and Trust Trophy Dash and Patrick Wilda won
the Farm Bureau 6-lap Last Dash.

In the UMARA Rod Baker Ford Focus midget feature event, Joe Liguori led all 30 laps to
take the win ahead of Jimmy Simpson, Johnny Heydenreich, Jake Blackhurst and Tyler
Trainor.

2009 UMARA Sportsman midget champion Taylor Ferns won the 30-lap Rod Baker Ford UMARA
Sportsman midget feature ahead of Grant Galloway, Mike Schenker, Dave Fuhrman, Jimmy
Simpson, Reid Ceponis and Eric Potter.

Tom Schnabel took the lead at the start and waged a spirited battle with Mike Anderson in
the Tessone Motors UMARA Dwarf Car feature. Anderson would take the lead from Schnabel
on lap nine and hold a narrow margin over Schnabel until tangling with a lapped car on
lap 15. Anderson would have to go to the tail of the field on the restart, handing the
lead back to Schnabel were he would stay unchallenged for the remaining laps. Following
Schnabel at the line were, Greg Ihrke, Jeff Slayton, Joe Mox, Mike Anderson, Jim Maher,
Jeep Leiker, Scott Struthers and Ernie McGeorge. Schnabel was also the evenings fast
qualifier.

In the go-karts, Bill Sainsbury won the Urbasek Insurance Dash for Cash and the 20-lap
feature in the Sr. Animal class. In the Senior Heavy Briggs class, Tyler Kramer made it
a sweep winning both the GP Cycle Sports Dash for Cash and the Urbasek Insurance 20-lap
feature. In the Senior Champ Karts, Brad Shieber won the Jules Raceway Dash for Cash and
the Urbasek Insurance 20-lap feature.

On Friday night crowd of nearly 4,000 watched Dakota Armstrong of New Castle, Indiana
lead all 20-laps of the UMARA National midget preliminary feature in his Bunge N.A.,
ILMOR/Beast/Mopar on opening night of The Last Stand at the Stadium at the Joliet
Memorial Stadium. Armstrong finished ahead of Zach Daum, Patrick Wilda, Dolton Armstrong
and Jimmy Anderson.

Armstrong was also the fast qualifier with a time of 14.399.

Fridays heat race winners were Billy Hulbert, Zach Daum and Patrick Wilda.

Joe Liguori won the UMARA Ford Focus midget heat race, Grant Galloway won the UMARA
Sportsman midget heat and Tom Schnabel won the UMARA Dwarf Car heat race. Tyler Kramer
won the Senior Heavy Briggs go-kart heat race, while Dustin Heath won both the Senior
Animal and the Senior Champ kart heats.

Racing began at the ¼-mile Joliet Memorial Stadium with Walt Weineke winning the
inaugural event on June 7, 1952 and The Last Stand at the Stadium event was not a points
paying event, so Dennis Devea will still hold the title of the last driver to win a
feature in a points paying event at the stadium on August 30, 1986. But Dolton Armstrong
will go into the record books as the last driver to win a feature event at the “Jewel
on Jefferson Street”, The Joliet Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 12, 2009.

END

UMARA NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 – Joliet,
Illinois – Joliet Memorial Stadium – The Last Stand at the Stadium

Top 8 qualifiers from Friday were locked in to Saturday’s feature; everyone else had to
re-qualify on Saturday.

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Billy Hulbert, 88, Hulbert – 14.564; 2. Scott Shilkuski, 75,
Shilkuski-14.622; 3. David Gough, 11, Gough-14.707; 4. David Budres, 11D, Gough –
14.893; 5. John Heydenreich,25,Estep – 14.983, 6. Grant Galloway, 84, Galloway –
15.096, 7. Doug Dietsch, 0, Dietsch- 15.143; 8. Steve Thinnes, 84T, Galloway – 15.327;
9. Klaus Wever,38, Wever – 15.15.417; 10. Wes Carner,6, Carner – 15.646; 11. Mike
Schenker, 32S, Fuhrman – 15.787;

TROPHY DASH: (4 laps) 1. Dolton Armstrong, 2. Jimmy Anderson, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Dakoda
Armstrong

LAST DASH: (6 laps) 1. Patrick Wilda, 2. Bob Shreffler, 3. Billy Hulbert, 4. David Gough,
5. David Budres, 6. Scott Shilkuski

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Dolton Armstrong, 2. Jimmy Anderson, 3. Dakoda Armstrong, 4. Scott
Shilkuski 5. David Gough, 6. Grant Galloway, 7. Doug Dietsch, 8. Johnny Heydenreich 9.
Wes Carner, 10. Bob Shreffler, 11. Steve Thinnes, 12. Terry Ahern, 13. Zach Daum, 14.
Klaus Wever, 15. Patrick Wilda, 16. Billy Hulbert, 17. David Budres, 18. Mike Schenker,
19. Dave Fuhrman

FEATURE LAP LEADERS – Wilda 1-15, Dolton Armstrong 16-50


UMARA FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: Sept. 12, 2009 – Joliet, Illinois –
Joliet Memorial Stadium – The Last Stand at the Stadium

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Joe Liguori, 2. Jimmy Simpson, 3. Johnny Heydenreich, 4. Jake
Blackhurst 5. Tyler Trainor,


UMARA SPORTSMAN MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: Sept. 12, 2009 – Joliet, Illinois –
Joliet Memorial Stadium – The Last Stand at the Stadium

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Taylor Ferns, 2. Grant Galloway, 3. Mike Schenker, 4. Dave Fuhrman
5.


FRIDAY MIDGET RACE RESUTLS

UMARA NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 - Morris, Illinois
- Grundy County Speedway – The Last Stand at the Stadium

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dakoda Armsrtong,7A, Armstrong-14.399; 2. Zach Daum, 5D, -14.650; 3.
Dolton Armstrong, 7c, Armstrong-14.697; 4. Mario Marietta, 85, Marietta – 14.698; 5.
Jimmy Anderson,36,Anderson-Guess – 14.774, 6. Patrick Wilda, 33, Wilda Bros. –
14.903, 7. Grant Galloway, 84, Galloway- 14.906; 8. Bob Shreffle, 21, Shreffler –
14.995; 9. Danny Pens,75, Shilkuski – 15.251; 10. Terry Ahern,6T6, Ahern – 15.314;
11. Reid Ceponis, 25, Estep – 15.344; 12. Wes Carner, 6, – 15.675; 13. Klaus Wever,
38, Wever – 15.694; 14. David Budres, 11D, Gough – 15.719; 15. David Fuhrman, 32,
Fuhrman – 16.061; 16. Billy Hulbert, 88, Hulbert – 16.16.422 17. Lee Beckwith, 29,–
18.412; 18. David Gough, 11, Gough - NT


FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Billy Hulbert, 2. Dakoda Armstrong, 3. Klaus Wever, 4. Terry
Ahern, 5. Grant Galloway

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Jimmy Anderson, 3. Bob Shreffler, 4. Reid Ceponis,
5. David Budres, 6. Lee Beckwith

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Patrick Wilda 2. Dolton Armstrong 3. David Gough 4. Dave Fuhrman
5. Wes Carner 6. Terry Ahern 7. Mario Marietta

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dakoda Armstrong, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Patrick Wilda, 4. Dolton
Armstrong, 5. Jimmy Anderson, 6. Grant Galloway, 7. David Gough, 8. Bob Shreffler 9.
David Budress, 10. Klaus Wever, 11. Terry Ahern, 12. David Fuhrman, 13. Billy Hulbert,
14. Danny Pens, 15. Wes Carner, 16. Lee Beckwith, 17. Reid Ceponis, 18. Mario Marietta
(NT),