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Whitten Wins
-Tanner Whitten in UMARA Victory Lane with UMARA President Steve Thinnes
-Tanner Whitten in UMARA Victory Lane with UMARA President Steve Thinnes

by: Bill Freis

Morris, IL 6/13/09 – Kyle Hamilton, Tanner Whitten, Jimmy Simpson, Mike
Anderson, Garrett Goodwin and Camden Murphy each won their respective features
in the United Midget Auto Racing Associations Saturday night event at the Grundy
County Speedway.

Hamilton, of Danville, Indiana, extended his points lead when he drove
underneath defending UMARA champ Jimmy Anderson on the third circuit, and
cruised to his second feature win of the season at the 1/3 mile paved-oval.
Following Hamilton to the finish in his Curtis Motor Sales/Beast/Esslinger were
Mario Marietta, Mario Clouser, Grant Galloway and Terry Ahern.

Tanner Whitten of Carlock, IL not only notched his first UMARA Ford Focus midget
feature win Saturday night, but also solidified his name in the USAC/UMARA
record books by winning the 500th Ford Focus Midget event. Whitten led all 20
laps of the 500th feature event in his Illinois Corn Marketing Board, E-85
Ethanol powered Beast/Ford Focus midget. The USAC Ford Focus program made its
debut seven years ago at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway with Josh Lakatos winning
that event. Since that first event the series has run at 81 different tracks in
24 states producing 143 different winners. Whitten said afterwards “It may not
tbe the Indy 500 but it feels like winning Indy to me. To get my first Focus
feature win in the 500th event is really special”. Whitten was followed by Joe
Liguori, Tyler Cottongim, Tyler Trainor and Jimmy Simpson.

Jimmy Simpson of Indianapolis, Indiana took the lead from Zach Kanizer on lap
four in his Fat Tommy’s Restaurant/Beast/Ford Focus and was able to hold off 13
year-old Taylor Ferns for the win in the 20-lap UMARA Sportsman midget feature.
Following Simpson and Ferns at the finish were Zach Kanizer, Tyler Cottongim and
Grant Galloway.

Joliet’s (IL) Mike Anderson drove by three cars on lap one of the UMARA Dwarf
Car feature to take the lead and was able to fend-off a last lap challenge by
points leader Nick Odell in lapped traffic to win his first feature of the
season. Following Anderson, in his Dalco Construction, Dupree Truck Parts &
Driveshaft/Kawasaki to the stripe were Odell, Jon McGeorge, Jim Maher and Mike

Garrett Goodwin of Three Oaks, Michigan took the lead on lap five of the INEX
Legends feature and led the remaining 20 laps in his Hansen Motorsports Yamaha.
Rachel Pinkerman, Jimmy Uteg, Dylan Barbosa and Andy Jones rounded out the top

In the INEX Rookie Legends Peter Bult took the early race lead, but Camden
Murphy worked his was past Bult on lap 10 for the lead and would stay there for
the remaining five laps. Bult, Cullen Breeden, Alyssa Metallo and Brian
Tedeschi followed Murphy at the finish.

The next UMARA event is Saturday, June 20 at the Grundy County Speedway where it
will be Cross-town Classic night. Come out and show your support for your
favorite Chicago baseball team. Then on Saturday, June 27th it’s the 6th Annual
Hot Rod Barn Carter Anderson Classic.

Grundy County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Aaron Andruskevitch, 5 Domark-14.418; 2. Kyle Hamilton,33H,
Hamilton-14.462; 3. Mario Marietta, 85, Marietta-14.501; 4. Jimmy Anderson. 36,
Guess/Anderson-14.672; 5. Mario Clouser, 06, Clouser-14.767; 6 Tom Schnabel,
20s, Schnabel -14.795; 7. Billy Hulbert, 88, Hulbert -14.859; 8. Grant Galloway,
84, Galloway-15.069; 9. Sara Hyslop, 18, Xpress-15.109; 10. Terry Ahern, 66,
Ahern-15.620; 11. Brad Greenup, 4, Greenup- NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mario Marietta, 2. Billy Hulbert, 3. Mario Clouser, 4.
Aaron Andruskevitch, 5. Sara Hyslop

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jimmy Anderson, 2. Kyle Hamilton, 3. Tom Schnabel, 4.
Grant Galloway, 5. Terry Ahern, 6. Brad Greenup

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Hamilton, 2. Mario Marietta, 3. Mario Clouser, 4.
Grant Galloway, 5. Terry Ahern, 6. Sara Hyslop, 7. Brad Greenup, 8. Aaron
Andruskevitch, 9. Billy Hulbert, 10. Jimmy Anderson, 11. Tom Schnabel

NEXT UMARA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE – Saturday, June 20, 2009 @ Grundy County


FAST QUALIFIER: Joe Liguori- 15.446

HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Whitten (85), 2. Tyler Cottongim (28) 3. Tyler Trainor
(25), 4. Joe Liguori (85), 5. Zach Kanizer (06), 6. Jimmy Simpson (38), 7. Kent

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tanner Whitten, 2. Joe Liguori, 3. Tyler Cottongim, 4.
Tyler Trainor, 5. Jimmy Simpson, 6. Zach Kanizer, 7. Kent Kreigbaum

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Whitten

NEXT UMARA FORD FOCUS RACE: – June 20 – Grundy County Speedway


FAST QUALIFIER: Taylor Ferns- 15.493

HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Taylor Ferns (55), 2. Grant Galloway (84) 3. Eric Potter

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Jimmy Simpson, 2. Taylor Ferns, 3. Zach Kanizer, 4. Tyler
Cottongim, 5. Grant Galloway, 6. Eric Potter, 7. Mike Wallace, 8. Tyler Trainor

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Kanizer 5-20 Simpson


FAST QUALIFIER: Mike Anderson- 16.119

HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Odell (11c), 2. Mike Anderson (51) 3. Jim Maher (01), 4.
Mike Petrizzo (77), 5. Jon McGeorge (8), 6. Sam Shew (57), 7. Scott Struthers
(9), 8. Sam Shew(57)

FEATURE: (16 laps) 1. Mike Anderson, 2. Nick Odell, 3. Jon McGeorge, 4. Jim
Maher, 5. Mike Petrizzo, 6. Sam Shew

NEXT UMARA DWARF CAR RACE: – Saturday, June 20 – Angola Speedway


FAST QUALIFIER: Max McNamara- 17.383

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Max McNamara (24), 2. Cullen Camasta (20) 3. Garrett
Goodwin (29G), 4. Tommy Jones (0), 5. Nick Chiapetta (19), 6. Andy Jones (11)

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dylan Barbosa (777), 2. Rachel Pinkerman (21) 3. Jimmy
Uteg (5J), 4. Chris Lishamer (98), 5. Anthony Metallo (12), 6. Drew Higginson
(02), 7. Gene Breeden (F1)

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Garret Goodwin, 2. Rachel Pinkerman, 3. Jimmy Uteg, 4.
Dylan Barbosa, 5. Andy Jones, 6. Anthony Metallo, 7. Drew Higginson, 8. Gene
Breeden, 9. Tommy Jones, 10. Nick Chiapetta, 11. Cullen Camasta, 12. Max
McNamara, 13. Chris Lishamer


FAST QUALIFIER: Cullen Breeden- 18.408

HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Peter Bult (82), 2. Camden Murhy (85) 3. Brian Tedeschi (29),
4. Alyssa Metallo (2), 5. Cullen Breeden (09)

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Camden Murphy, 2. Peter Bult, 3. Cullen Breeden, 4. Alyssa
Metallo, 5. Brian Tedeschi
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