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September 16, 2000 Results

Schlieper claims Pepsi Nationals Title at I-55 (Pevely, MO – Sep 16, 2000) Day two of the 18th Annual I-55 Pepsi Nationals attracted a huge field of cars and a capacity crowd. One hundred forty six cars filled the pit area in the three divisions. The $10,000 to win UMP Late Model feature brought 43 late models into the pit area, including some of the top late model drivers from around the country. Don O'Neal and Kevin Weaver had starting spots guaranteed in the dash after finishing first and second the previous night. The other 41 late models had to qualify. The top four qualifiers were locked in the dash along with the track high point driver and the UMP National highest point driver. Randy Korte set fast time followed by Mullvain, Schlieper and Birkhofer. Ed Dixon and Mike Hammerle were added to the dash based on their point totals. …

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September 15, 2000 Results

O'Neal Red Hot on opening night of the I-55 Nationals (Pevely, MO – 15 Sep 00) Don O'Neal came out smoking on the first night of the I-55 Raceway Pepsi Nationals. O'Neal started the night by qualify 5th fastest which gave him a front row starting spot in the dash. O'Neal jumped out front in the dash and led the entire event and earned a front row starting position in the 25 laps feature. O'Neal jumped out in front of Billy Moyer on the first lap of the feature and never looked back. O'Neal led all 25 laps en route to the victory. Meanwhile, Moyer began to fade and Kevin Weaver moved into the runner up position. Randy Korte moved up through the field and finished third. I-55 track champion Ed Dixon came home fourth, Mike Mullvain finished fifth and Billy Moyer came home sixth. Gary May provided the big …

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September 9, 2000 Results

Dixon Runs His Doors Off — Literally Shereck and Weber Win Modified and Sportsman Features PEVELY, MO. (September 9) — Ed Dixon needed to run the doors off his late model to hold off Mark Oller and Joe Ross Jr. for a feature victory Saturday night. After the race, the newly-crowned 2000 track champion cut the doors off his car and gave them to fans who submitted the highest bids — $200 per side — in a charity memorabilia auction. Oller and Ross hounded Dixon throughout the feature. Coming out of the second turn on lap 19, the three briefly ran side-by-side, but Dixon managed to lead all 25 laps from his front-row starting position. Dixon earlier won his heat and the dash. Darrell Hoffman and Dave Jumper won the other late model heats. Jim Shereck edged new modified track champion Scott Weber to win their feature, depriving Weber of …

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September 2, 2000 Results

Shive Shines at I-55 on Season Championship Night (Pevely, MO – Sep 2, 2000) Steve Shive started on the front row in the UMP Late Model feature event and jumped out front and led all twenty five laps to win his first feature event of the season at I-55 Raceway. Jason Frankel came home second in the caution free event. Jim Durbin, Mark Oller and Dave Jumper rounded out the top five. Veteran racer Don Klein won the hard charger award for his eighth place finish, moving up from his seventeenth starting position. Ed Dixon's tenth place finish secured him the season points championship in the UMP Late Model Division. Rusty Griffaw won his first ever UMP Modified feature. Griffaw edged out Dean Hoffman to the line by half a car length as the two banged wheels coming to the checkered flag. Shawn Rayfield grabbed third position. Scott Weber locked …

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August 26, 2000 Results

Oller wins 'Nationals' sneak preview at I-55 by Richard Stoff PEVELY, MO. (August 26, 2000) — Mark Oller pulled alongside Donnie Tudor as the two raced under the white flag and edged ahead to win Saturday's UMP Late Model feature in a sneak preview of the upcoming I-55 Pepsi Nationals. With rainouts at nearby Highland and Mt. Vernon speedways in Illinois, I-55 ended up with a number of drivers who normally race at those tracks. As a result, the 125-car field at Pevely included 11 of the top 20 drivers in the national UMP Late Model points standings. The 18th annual I-55 Pepsi Nationals, which annually attracts many of the top drivers in the Midwest, will be held Sept. 15-16. Oller was the fifth leader in the 25-lap late model final. Jeff Johns led the first three laps of the feature but coasted to a stop after his car dropped …

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August 19, 2000 Results

Dixon Continues Dominance (Pevely, MO – Aug 19, 2000) Ed Dixon won his third consecutive feature and appears to be on his way to another championship in the UMP Late Model Division. Dixon started on the front row pole and led all twenty-five laps en route to victory and completed the sweep. Tim Ratajczyk challenged Dixon for the lead after a restart late in the race but had to settle for second. Mark Gansmann, Dave Jumper and Jason Frankel completed the top five. Tim Ratajczyk won the other heat race. In the UMP Modified Division, Jim Shereck's biggest competition came from his own backup car. Kevin Gundaker, who was driving Shereck's backup car, tried lap after lap to wrestle the lead from Shereck. However, Shereck held on for the win, with Gundaker finishing second. Dean Hoffman made a late race pass and took third, while Tom Ratajczyk and Rusty Griffaw …

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August 12, 2000 Results

Dixon, Wagner and Belken Lead the Way at I-55 Pevely, Mo. (August 14) — Ed Dixon led all 25 laps of a late model feature that went nearly caution-free at I-55 Raceway Saturday. He took the lead on the first lap and didn't slow down until a spin brought out a caution flag on the 23rd lap. The race was slowed for another spin on the 24th lap and ended in a bumper-car derby as the second- through fourth-place cars hit the finish line just as two lapped cars got tangled up to block the front straight. Steve Shive plowed through the jam to finish second. Ed Bauman and Mark Faust were third and fourth. Faust was a heat and dash winner. Clay Bauman and Steve Karnes won the other heats. Leroy Haney led a snarling swarm of modifieds for the first 16 laps of his feature before coasting to …

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August 5, 2000 Results

Veterans Dominate at I-55! (Pevely, MO – Aug 5, 2000) One hundred twenty four racecars entered the gates of I-55 Raceway and provided an exciting night of racing. Twenty-six cars took the green flag in the UMP Late Model division. Ed Dixon jumped out front from his front row starting position and dominated the event. Jim Durbin continued his strong season with a second place finish. Clay Baumann, Tim Ratajczyk and Chad Zobrist rounded out the top five. Scott Weber led all twenty laps of the UMP Modified feature. At times, Weber opened up a half-track lead over second place finisher Shawn Rayfield, who was celebrating his sixth wedding anniversary. Ray Wagner, Dennis Richards and Kyle Steffens finished third through fifth. Paul Belken took over the lead on the third lap of the Sportsman division and never looked back. The race was red flagged on lap six when Nick Werner …

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July 22, 2000 Results

Haudenschild Spins and Wins Wild Sprint Feature Pevely, Mo. (July 22) — Jac Haudenschild bounced off the front straightaway wall, spun completely around but kept going to take the lead and win his second Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car feature at I-55 Raceway. Haudenschild took the lead from Sammy Swindell with six laps remaining in the feature to bring a standing-room-only crowd, one of the largest in track history, to its feet. Mark Kinser turned the fast lap in qualifying at 10.768 seconds. The spotlight then switched to Donny Schatz, who won his heat and the dash. Also winning sprint car heats were Danny Wood, Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell, the all-time track record holder at I-55. Schatz took the lead at the start of the feature, which was red-flagged on the second lap for a crash that involved Dale Blaney. Blaney, who won last weekend's $50,000 Kings Royal …

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July 15, 2000 Results

Schrader Visits His Track, Sweeps Up PEVELY, MO. (July 15) — Ken Schrader visited his race track in Missouri and swept the field in the UMP Late Models, winning his heat, the dash and the feature. Schrader started second in his heat race and survived a side-by-side dual with Tim Ratajczyk to take the checkered flag. Schrader also started second in the dash, and won after racing side-by-side with Ed Dixon, who broke on the last lap. Schrader started on the pole in the feature and again raced beside Ratajczyk most of the way. Schrader managed to build a small lead over the last eight laps of the main event. Ratajczyk finished second, edging Jeff Johns by inches at the finish line. The victory paid Schrader $1,200. Dixon and Dave Jumper also won heat races. Dixon, the track's late model points leader, spun and broke his car on lap 16 …

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