Friday night, July 21st, saw the conclusion of three postponed features from the prior week after mid-evening storms forced track officials to abandon the rest of the racing program from July 14th despite their best efforts to rush the show along. Race fans were sure to get their monies worth with nine feature races on the slate and pleasant weather to relax and kick back with a cold beverage.
In the (7/14) makeup 15-lap Express Powersports UMP Factory Stocks feature, it was Trevor Bitterling of Star City, IN grabbing the checkered flag ahead of Nathan Arterberry, Lee Joseph Hall, Hayden Lomax and David Hurst.
The triumph was Bitterling's third of the season.
Next up was the (7/14) makeup 15-lap Miller Hydraulic UMP Pro Modifieds feature, where once again winner Deece Schwartz of Ashmore, IL outshined the field. It was the 8th win of the season for Schwartz.
Completing the top five were Ryan Kohler, Wes Ricketts, Meara Tilstra and Pete Argianas.
Concluding the last of the makeup features was the (7/14) 15-lap First Place Oils UMP Sport Compact feature where the winner was Jimmy Dutlinger of Peoria, IL and the Stock 4 Cylinder feature winner was Scott Glassford of Kankakee, IL.
Completing the top five were Spencer Coats, David Lauritson Joshua Wright and Guy Sutton.
The win was Dutlinger's 4th of the season here at Kankakee and 13th of the season. Dutlinger travels over 750 miles each week to compete at three tracks every weekend. For Glassford, it was his second consecutive trip to victory lane after getting off to a slow start this season.
The (7/21) 30-lap, $2000 to win Dick Potts Memorial UMP Pro Late Models feature winner was Jose Parga of New Berlin, IL. When there's big money on the line, you can bet your last dollar that Parga will be here and be a force to be reckoned with. It was the second big win of the season for Parga at Kankakee.
Rounding out the top five were Matt Hammond, Austin McCarty, Michael Marden and Jace Owens.
The race was slowed by a nasty pileup on lap 19 when Billy Knippenberg and Chase Osterhoff made contact with each other entering turn three collecting the cars of Damon Heck, Chad Osterhoff, Jacob Kolwyck, and Sam Moore who rolled his machine onto its lid.
In the (7/21) 20-lap CR Towing UMP Modified feature, it was Jamie Lomax of Lake Village, IN, returning to victory lane for the fourth time this season and 31st time of his career, which stands third all-time among modified feature victories.
Rounding out the top five were Mike McKinney, Jason Hastings, Steven Brooks and Tom Pasek.
The (7/21) 15-lap 3 Sons Auto Salvage UMP Stock Cars feature winner was Don Hilleary of Kankakee, IL.
Chasing Hilleary to the checkered flag of starter Jim Whittington were Jerrad Krick, Nick Clubb, Jesse Simmons and Sam Casko. It was the "Highside Hillbilly's" second win of the season and 26th of his career, which ranks him tied for fifth all-time with Rick Thomas.
In the (7/21) 20-lap $800 to win Miller Hydraulic UMP Pro Modified feature, it was again Deece Schwartz of Ashmore, IL doubling up on his success from earlier in the evening. It was the 9th win of the season and now 23rd of his career and counting. Schwartz is far and away the all-time leader in wins in the Pro Modified division in just three short years.
Completing the top five were Ryan Kohler, Brayden Doyle, Curtis Caldwell and Pete Argianas.
The race of the night was the (7/21) 20-lap $800 to win Express Powersports UMP Factory Stocks feature where winner David Hurst of Lafayette, IN used the highside momentum off of turn four to squeeze by Trevor Bitterling at the line by .043. The win was Hurst's second of the season.
Hayden Lomax, Ryan Coley and Mike Reitz rounded out the top five.
Concluding the night was the (7/21) 15-lap First Place Oils UMP Sport Compact feature where again Jimmy Dutlinger of Peoria, IL used a late race rally to sneak by race long leader Spencer Coats to grab the victory. The Stock 4 Cylinder winner was again Scott Glassford of Kankakee, IL, making it three in a row now. When you're hot you're hot!
Completing the top five were Spencer Coats, David Lauritson, Evan Eckhoff and Joshua Wright.