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July 8, 2000 Results

Durbin, Seets & Wood Earn I-55 Mid-Season Championships PEVELY, MO. (July 8) — Jim Durbin turned Saturday's late model feature at I-55 Raceway into a great race for second place by streaking from the field to win his first race of 2000 on Mid-Season Championship Night. Durbin took the lead from Jeff Johns on lap five of the 25-lap main event and began pulling away from the rest of the pack. The second and third positions, however, changed hands almost every lap. At the checkered flag it was Tim Ratajczyk, Ed Dixon, Johns and Jason Frankel rounding out the top five. Frankel won his heat and the late model dash. Johns and Durbin also won heats. John Seets Sr. led flag-to-flag in a 20-lap modified feature that ran caution-free. Ray Walsh and Brian Wolfmeier finished second and third. Seets' right-rear tire went flat just as the race ended. The modified …

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July 1, 2000 Results

Dixon Holds off Moyer to Win $10,000 Bud SummerNationals Pevely, Mo. (July 1) — Ed Dixon, the reigning track and national champion, held off the best of the touring late model drivers in the midwest to win the $10,000 first prize in the Bud UMP SummerNationals at I-55 Raceway. Dixon led 29 laps of the 40-lap feature, holding off Billy Moyer, who had won both 1999 Nationals races at the track. Kevin Weaver led the first six laps of the feature, then was passed by Dixon. Weaver was running second when he pulled off the track on lap nine with a broken A-frame. Dixon led until lap 11, when his car slipped after hitting a rut in turn two, turning the lead over to Moyer. On the fifteenth lap, Moyer was crossed up by the same rut, and Dixon retook the lead. After a restart on the 25th lap, Moyer …

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June 10, 2000 Results

Dixon, Weber and Worley Score at I-55 PEVELY, MO. (June 10) — Ed Dixon won a wild UMP Late Model feature at I-55 Raceway after race-long leader Tim Ratajczyk bumped a slower car and started to spin in front of traffic, bringing out a caution that sent him to the rear of the field. After taking the white flag, Ratajczyk nipped the back of a lapped car and started to spin, collecting Dixon. The two cars skidded sideways and slowed in front of traffic. Both cars continued moving and regained speed but only after the caution had waved due to the heavy traffic behind the two. Officials ruled that the caution had been caused by Ratajczyk and moved him to the rear of the field on the restart, leaving Dixon, the nose of his car knocked sideways, at the front of the field. Dixon held off Ed Bauman and Mark …

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June 7, 2000 Results

A Dude and a Young Lady Win at Open Wheel Wednesday Tony Stewart Blows Right Rear Tire While Leading Midget Feature Pevely, Mo. (June 7) — Danny "The Dude" Lasoski won the winged sprint car feature at I-55 Raceway in the fifth version of the track's annual "Open Wheel Wednesday" event. Tony Stewart, who won the NASCAR Winston Cup race just four days earlier, led 21 laps of the 25-lap companion MARA Midget feature before his right rear tire blew. That turned the race-long, second-place battle between Sarah McCune and Steve Knepper into a four-lap dash for the victory. McCune held off Knepper, one of the country's best midget drivers, to become the first woman to win a main event on the oval at I-55 Raceway since the track opened in 1977. The 22-year-old, who lives in Toledo, Ohio, was greeted by a standing ovation from the big audience attending …

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June 3, 2000 Results

Gansmann Guns Down the Field at I-55 Pevely, MO (June 3) Mark Gansmann passed Kevin Gundaker on lap three and pulled away to win his second feature of the season in the UMP Late Model division. Mark Faust and Kevin Gundaker battled side-by-side for second with Faust holding on for second. Mark Oller was fourth and Steve Shive finished fifth. Points leader Ed Dixon was a late arrival after winning the feature at Highland Speedway earlier in the evening and worked his way up to eighth after having to start on the back of the feature. Steve Shive won his heat race and the dash, while Mark Faust won the other heat. The UMP Modified division provided some exciting action as Jim Shereck won his first feature of the season. Scott Weber charged from his 19th starting position to finish a close second. Dean Hoffman raced around the low side …

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May 20, 2000 Results

Gansmann Becomes 5th Late Model Winner at I-55 Seets Tunes up For Bristol with Modified Sweep Pevely, Mo. (May 20) — Mark Gansmann edged Ed Dixon by inches Saturday to win his first UMP Late Model feature of the season at I-55 Raceway. Gansmann passed Steve Shive on the eleventh lap of the feature to take the lead. Dixon took the second spot from Shive on the 15th lap and slowly reeled in Gansmann. Dixon was on the leader's back bumper on lap 19 when he jumped the cushion and had to lift the gas pedal. He dropped a few car lengths back, but caught Gansmann again on the 24th lap. Heading into the final turn, Dixon dove low while Gansmann rode the cushion. The two hit the finish line side by side, and coasted around the track to see whowould be handed the checkered flag. Gansmann was ruled the …

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May 13, 2000 Results

Randy Korte Sweeps All-Star Game at I-55 Raceway Pevely, Mo. (May 13) — Randy Korte swept a stellar field of UMP Late Model drivers at I-55 Raceway, knocking off defending track champion Ed Dixon and NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader to win his first feature at the track this year. The feature race had three leaders, but 15 laps into the race there were still seven cars racing three, and occasionally four, wide in the lead pack. Tim Ratajczyk and Steve Shive swapped the lead three times in the first four laps while Dixon, Schrader, Korte, Mark Oller and Brian Wolfmeier scrapped within a second of the lead. "I was looking for some place to go, but I had four guys around me!" Schrader said after race, which was witnessed by the track's biggest audience of the season. Shive broke and coasted off the track on lap 10. By …

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May 6, 2000 Results

Dixon, Weber and Wood Lead I-55 Show PEVELY, MO. (May 6) — Ed Dixon won his second late model feature of the season Saturday night at I-55 Raceway, pulling away from the field while a wild battle waged for the second spot. Dixon took the lead from Dave Jumper on the third lap. At various times, Jumper, Chad Zobrist, Jeff Johns, Tim Ratajczyk and Mark Oller fought for second. At the stripe Ratajczyk edged Oller by inches for the runner-up spot. The third-place finish was the lowest for Oller in five nights of racing at I-55 this year. Johns was a heat and dash winner. Ratajczyk also won a heat. Rodney Pense became the first driver to land on his roof at I-55 Raceway in 2000, going over on the tenth lap of the late model feature. The right tires of his car rode up the front straight wall and …

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April 29, 2000 Results

Lance Wins Wild One at I-55 Raceway PEVELY, MO. (April 29) — Steve Lance Jr. of Cuba, Ill., won his first late model feature at I-55 Raceway Saturday in a wild and controversial race. Lance started on the front row and held off Ed Dixon for 13 laps. Lance stayed in the high groove while Dixon repeatedly dived low in the turns to pull along side the leader. Mark Oller, meanwhile, moved up from the rear of the field to create a fender-rubbing three-way battle for the lead. On lap 16 Oller also got past Lance. The cars of Oller and Dixon bumped on lap 17 as the two raced side by side down the front straight. Dixon's car was squeezed into the wall, breaking the right front suspension and knocking him out of the race. On the 23rd lap, Lance pulled a high-low move on Oller coming out of …

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April 22, 2000 Results

Ed Dixon Breaks Through for First Victory of 2000 – Scott Weber and Paul Belken Jr. Also Notch Wins Pevely, Mo. (April 22) — It took three tries for defending champion Ed Dixon to win his first UMP Late Model feature at I-55 Raceway in the year 2000. Dixon passed Jim Durbin on lap seven of the 25-lap feature to take the lead Saturday night. Mark Oller, winner of the season's first two late model features, moved into second on the 16th lap but couldn't pass Dixon this week. John Hobson was third and Durbin ended up fourth. The action was close and tight throughout the race, with several pileups and many banging incidents. Pat Ryan finished the feature with the plastic nose piece from Clay Bauman's car hanging from his rear bumper. Dixon also won his heat and dash. Steve Shive won the other late model heat. The UMP …

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