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Justin AllgaierPEVELY, MO (July 30) -- A huge crowd was on hand at I-55 Raceway to witness eight NASCAR Superstars compete in a 10-lap match race to benefit Kyle & Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Camp and also got to watch 17-year-old Justin Allgaier capture the biggest win of his young career. During the evening's UMP Challenge of Champions Series race, 42 drivers competed. When it was all over, Justin Allgaier bested 23 other UMP Late Model drivers to capture the big win. Allgaier is the son of Mike and Dorothy Allgaier, owners of Hoosier Tire Midwest. Ironically, Allgaier defeated, among others, Tony Stewart and Kenny Schrader back in June at I-55 in a race that resulted in over 5,000 fans winning free Dairy Queen Sundaes. 

In the match race, the eight NASCAR stars including Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart, I-55 promoter Kenny Schrader, Kevin Harvick, Kenny Wallace, Carl Edwards, Rick Crawford, Jason Keller and Kyle Petty drove UMP Dirt Works Modified cars for 10-laps. Craftsman Truck driver Rick Crawford passed Kyle Petty on the fourth circuit and fought off Kenny Schrader in the closing laps to take the win.

In the UMP Challenge of Champions race, forty-two drivers posted times in qualifying, including NASCAR stars, Tony Stewart and Kenny Schrader. Justin Allgaier set fast time of the night circling the 3/8-mile dirt oval in 13.162 seconds with Brian Shirley second in qualifying at 13.312 seconds and Kenny Schrader third with a 13.340 second lap.

In addition to setting the top mark in qualifying, Allgaier also won the Dash race in the 1A car. The four heat race winners were Dave Jumper, Tony Stewart, Terry English and Kevin Weaver, while the two Semi winners were Brian Wolfmeier and Bobby Melvin.

In the 30-lap feature, young Allgaier was on top of his game lapping all but eight cars in the field in capturing a flag-to-flag victory. He was followed to the finish line by Kenny Schrader, Randy Korte, Terry English, Ed Dixon, Brian Shirley, Steve Sheppard and Kevin Weaver in second through eighth, respectively. Tony Stewart finished ninth.

The night helped raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp being built in North Carolina. The camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty to honor their son, Adam, who died in May 2000. The 72-acre camp will be a place were ill children can come together to relax and have fun in a summer camp type setting. To learn more about this special cause, feel free to visit their website at: www.victoryjunction.org


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