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UMARA Collection,  Bill Freis Photo
UMARA Collection, Bill Freis Photo
July 12th 2007 - Robertson, MacLeod and Fitzpatrick Winners in
UMARA/USAC Plymouth "Wednesday Night Thunder"

by: Bill Freis

Plymouth, Ind.......James Robertson, Alison MacLeod and Blake Fitzpatrick scored victories in the "Wednesday Night Thunder" features presented by the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Plymouth Speedway.

It was a battle of the points leaders for the 30-lap USAC/UMARA Regional midget feature Wednesday night. Before the feature began UMARA National midget points leader David Gough of Machesney Park, Illinois and USAC Regional midget points leader James Robertson of Indianapolis were tied at four feature wins a piece. After a first lap incident that took out front row sitter Rich Corson, pole-sitter, Gough grabbed the
early race lead ahead of Ricky Ehrgott.

Meanwhile, Robertson was on the move from his seventh starting spot slowly picking off cars working his way towards the front. By lap 17 Robertson was on Gough's rear bumper and by lap 20 the two were in a side-by-side duel. Robertson tried the high groove first, then the
low groove and on lap 26 Gough drove just a little too hard into turn one and allowed Robertson to get underneath him. Robertson drove past Gough to lead the final four laps and on to his fifth feature win of the season.

Trailing Robertson's Executive Homes/Robertson Drywall Beast/Pink Ford were Gough, Ricky Ehrgott, Robby Parish and Brent Beauchamp.
David Byrne, who was forced to start the feature last in the 23 car field made his way all the way up to the sixth spot before running out of laps.

Blake Fitzpatrick, of Terre Haute, Ind., passed Jeff Wimmenauer on lap five and led the final 26 laps of the Kenyon Midget race in his Fitzpatrick Funeral Home/Forsythe Racing Yamaha. Ryan Miller finished second ahead of Drew Charlson, Kyle Hamilton and Dakoda Armstrong.

Alison MacLeod of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, led the last 16 laps to win the Midwest/Indiana/UMARA Ford Focus race in her Clorox/Ford Beast. Chett Gehrke finished second ahead of Craig Haack, Eric Fehrman and
Robby Parish. Fehrman led the first 14 laps. The win by MacLeod was the 30th in USAC competition for a female driver. NASCAR's Ken Schrader finished 10th in the Ford Focus feature.

The UMARA midgets and all three USAC midget divisions return to the 1/3 mile paved Grundy County Speedway this Saturday night, July 14, along with the BIDCA Classic Modifieds and the Illinois Vintage Stock Cars.

Gates open at 5pm with the first race beginning at 7:30. Grundy County Speedway is located about 20 miles West of Joliet on I-80 and one mile North on Route 47 in Morris.

USAC REGIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 11,
2007 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway -
Presented by the Richard Petty Driving Experience

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Beauchamp (#112
Beauchamp), 2. Robby Parish (#3 Robertson), 3. Patrick
Wilda (#33 Wilda), 4. Jim Anderson (#36 Guess), 5.
Alex Pruett (#56x Beast), 6. Slade Miller (#16
Miller), 7. Mel Kenyon (#61 3-K), 8. Paul Gray (#28x
Gray). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ricky Ehrgott (#10 Ehrgott),
2. Tom Schnabel (#20s Schnabel), 3. James Robertson
(#42 Robertson), 4. Parker Klingerman (#133
Klingerman), 5. Zach Schiff (#6 East), 6. Travis Young
(#11 Young), 7. Thomas Hennigan (#13 Hennigan), 8.
David Byrne (#20B Byrne). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rich Corson (#15 Corson), 2.
David Gough (#11x A & G), 3. Stephanie Mockler (#6B
Beast), 4. Kenny Biro (#22 Biro), 5. Joe Liguori (#28
Owen), 6. Brian Olson (#77 Olson), 7. Dave Fuhrman
(#32 Fuhrman). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. James Robertson, 2. David Gough,
3. Ricky Ehrgott, 4. Robby Parish, 5. Brent Beauchamp,
6. David Byrne, 7. Travis Young, 8. Parker Klingerman,
9. Zach Schiff, 10. Kenny Biro, 11. Brian Olson, 12.
Alex Pruett, 13. Joe Liguori, 14. Tom Schnabel, 15.
Mel Kenyon, 16. Slade Miller, 17. Paul Gray, 18.
Stephanie Mockler, 19. Patrick Wilda, 20. Dave
Fuhrman, 21. Rich Corson. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Gough, Laps 27-30
Robertson.
 
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