Matt Boknecht and Jay Deckard became the 2003 track champions in the Modified and Super Stock divisions respectively on Saturday night. Boknecht would back up his championship with a victory in the UMP Modified special event, and Jeremy Hines would break through in the Super Stock main event.
The 25 lap Modified feature started with some carnage as Broc Burton, Chris Hillman, Dan Hamstra, JD Roberts, and Brandon Reed all tangled in turn one. The field would go green, with Earl Plessinger leading the first lap. That would be the only lap they would get in as the yellow would fly for Steve Trabue, Reed, and Brent Londeree. Trabue would get his spot back as he did not stop on the track. When the racing resumed, Hamstra would get around Trabue for the third position. Trabue would get into trouble again as he would be collected in a wreck involving Jeff Bland, Reed, Londeree, and Hobson. On the restart, Matt Boknecht and Todd Gilpin would battle for the fourth position, with Boknecht taking the spot. Meanwhile, up front, Hamstra would give Plessinger a battle as he would try to shoot low on him in the turns. Behind that battle, Boknecht would pull side by side with Richie Lex for the third position. On lap nine, Boknecht would get around Lex for third. Just one lap later, Hillman would drop his driveshaft to bring out the caution on lap 10. Things would get real interesting on the restart as Hamstra would take the lead momentarily down the frontstretch. This would turn into a three way for the lead between Hamstra, Plessinger, and Boknecht. Boknecht would slide back a bit while Hamstra and Plessinger fought for the lead. The battle would have to cool down as Hobson would bring out the yellow again in turn one. Plessinger would make a move on the restart as he and Hamstra would go side by side for the lead down the backstretch on lap 16. Plessinger would take the lead, bringing Boknecht with him around Hamstra for second. Boknecht was not done yet, as he would battle Plessinger for the point. Plessinger would lose the spot to Boknecht, as Boknecht sped away on the low side. Behind the leaders, some moves were being made in the top five. Todd Gilpin would get around Lex for the fifth spot, as Hamstra would try to get by Plessinger for second. Hamstra would have the spot for a split second, but Plessinger got him back with just three to go. No one was going to overtake Boknecht as he would speed on to the win in his HMF, Wetzel Excavating, Brownings Garage, Boknecht Trucking #22 Ellis Chassis entry. Following him to the line were Plessinger, Hamstra, JD Roberts, and Gilpin would round out the top five.
The 25 lap Super Stock feature would be just as exciting, as Jeremy Hines would hold off Mike Fields for the win. As did the Modified feature, this race started with a yellow involving Jay Deckard, Randy Moore, Tom Plotz, and Chris Hillman. When racing started again, Fields would lead lap number one as Jack Frye and Moore would battle for third. Frye would take the spot, as up front Hines would hound Fields for the lead. The yellow would fly again on lap five for the car of Mickey Hines. When racing resumed, so did the battle for third between Frye and Moore. Back up front, Hines would successfully get by Fields for the point. On the seventh lap, the yellow would fly for David Brewer in turn four. With Hines in the lead, the green would wave on lap seven. Trouble would find Fields as he would slide way high on the backstretch and fall back to fourth. Fields would get back around Frye for the third spot, and then would get by Moore for second in less than four laps. Deja vu would rear its head, as Fields would do the same thing on the back chute on lap 12 and go back to fourth again. At this time, Hines had a full straight lead over Moore, with Frye running third. While Frye was running in the third spot on lap 17, something would break on the car, causing it to roll in turn one to bring out the red flag. Things would go bad for Moore as well, as he would be penalized two positions for jumping the last restart. This would put Fields back to the second spot. On the final restart, Hines would see Fields go around him for the lead for just a little bit. Hines would grab hold of the wheel and take the lead right back with just a couple of laps remaining. Hines would hold on to win by just a car length at the line. Following Hines at the line were Fields, Jason Jameson, Moore, and Mike Cawood would round out the top five. Hines is sponsored by Schrorer Trucking, Georges of Seymour, and Neibel Engines.
UMP Modified Special RESULTS
MATT BOKNECHT, Earl Plessinger, Dan Hamstra, JD Roberts, Todd Gilpin, Richie Lex, Matt Bex, Alan Magner, Brandon Reed, Dennis Boknecht, Jeff Bland Jr, Justin Hobson, Al Flick, Paul Ortman, Chris Hillman, Gary Trammell, Rick Gumm, Steve Trabue, Brent Londeree, Broc Burton
Super Stock Special RESULTS
JEREMY HINES, Mike Fields, Jason Jameson, Randy Moore, Mike Cawood, Chris Hillman, Jason Hehman, Randy Howe, Ben Dubois, Jeff Walters, Joe Godsey, Kevin Applegate, Stan Brown, David Brewer, Jerry Adams, Mickey Hines, Jack Frye, Troy Clark, Tom Plotz, Jay Deckard, Gary Green