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July 19, 2003 Results

U.M.P. Late Models – 29 Entries Heat 1: 1. 00 Randy Korte 2. 67 Mark Oller 3. 30 Tom Carson 4. 28 Don Klein Heat 2: 1. 82 Billy Laycock 2. 2J Dave Jumper 3. 8 Kyle Steffens 4. 78 Chad Zobrist Heat 3: 1. 112 Tim Ratajczyk 2. 27 Kenny Helmick 3. 10 Andy Pryor 4. 13 Dewayne Kiefer Dash: 1. 00 Randy Korte 2. 112 Tim Ratajczyk 3. 27 Kenny Helmick 4. 67 Mark Oller Feature: 1. 50 Ed Dixon 2. 112 Tim Ratajczyk 3. 27 Kenny Helmick – DQ Light 4. 8 Kyle Steffens 5. 2J Dave Jumper 6. 47 Danny Haynes 7. 51 Steve Shive 8. 10 Andy Pryor 9. 28 Don Klein 10. 44 Dean Motsinger 11. 13 Dewayne Kiefer 12. 11 Kevin Gundaker 13. 82 Billy Laycock 14. 30 Tom Carson 15. 10 Rodney Pense 16. 70 Rich Lawson 17. 12 Richie Standridge 18. …

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July 12, 2003 Results

By Richard Day PEVELY, MO (July 12) – Tyler Walker sure knows how to help his ailing car owner feel better. Wallace Ledford, owner of the #35 C&W Motorsports Maxim, had been suffering from kidney stones for a week when Walker presented him with his second O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series “A” Feature victory of the year Saturday at I-55 Raceway. Walker was lucky to start the race at all – his crew worked quickly to replace his engine between the First Dash Race and the main event. “I owe this one to my crew,” Walker said after turning his signature back flip on the front straightaway. “The worked hard getting that engine changed. I didn’t think we were going to make it, and I kept telling them ‘hurry up, we’ve got to go.’ Some guys from some other teams came over, and even (NASCAR Winston Cup champion) Tony Stewart …

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July 5, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (July 5, 2003) Don O'Neal continues to be as hot as the summer weather. O'Neal led all forty laps enroute to his second straight and fourth overall U.M.P. Summer Nationals victory of 2003. O'Neal started on the inside of the second row and took the lead going into turn three on the opening lap as front row starters Ed Dixon and Shannon Babb each bobbled on the opening lap. Dixon brought out the first caution on just the second lap when he found the wall in turn three. On the restart, O'Neal assumed command and pulled away to a comfortable lead, leaving Babb to battle with Randy Korte, Billy Moyer and Kevin Weaver for second. The race went the next twenty-five laps without a caution, allowing O'Neal to put half the field a lap down. The caution waved on lap twenty-seven when Billy Drake slowed on the front …

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June 28, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (June 28, 2003) A huge crowd came out for Fan Appreciation Night at I-55 Raceway to see Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader battle with the weekend warriors in the U.M.P. Late Model division. But it was the young driver from Riverton, IL, Justin Allgaier that stole the show. Allgaier took the lead on the opening lap from his pole starting position as he beat outside front row starter Ed Dixon into the first turn. Allgaier moved up to the top of the track and kept a fast pace up on the cushion. Dixon moved to the bottom and moved past Allgaier for the lead on lap nine. Dixon would only lead for three laps before he suffered a flat left rear tire and brought out the caution. That allowed Mark Gansmann and Tony Stewart to move up and challenge Allgaier for the lead. Gansmann applied the most pressure …

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June 21, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (June 21, 2003) Ed Dixon broke a string of bad luck at I-55 Raceway by dominating the U.M.P. Late Model feature event. Dixon took the lead from the outside of the front row and led all twenty five laps to pick up the win. Kevin Gundaker kept the pressure on Dixon until he hit the wall coming out of turn four and lap twenty two, which ended his night. The race was red flagged on lap fifteen when Dean Hoffman climbed the wall in turn one and made one complete flip. Hoffman walked away uninjured from the incident. Kyle Steffens made his best run of the season and charged through the field to claim the second position. Dave Jumper also had his best outing of the season and claimed third. Tim Ratajczyk came home fourth and Brian Wolfmeier fifth. Tom Ratajczyk won his first U.M.P. Modified feature of …

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June 14, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (June 14, 2003) Everything was in place for a repeat of last weeks U.M.P. Late Model feature as Ed Dixon and Kevin Gundaker both started on the front row again. This time however, Dixon jumped out to the lead with a good start as Gundaker hooked a rut and lost several positions. Tim Ratajczyk jumped into second spot and then moved past Dixon for the lead on lap 4. Dixon would suffer mechanical woes a few laps later. Gundaker would also break a few laps after Dixon. Ratajczyk opened up a huge lead on the rest of the field until he tangled with the lapped car of Andy Pryor on lap 17, sending Ratajczyk spinning in turn four. Mark Oller who had worked his way up to second, inherited the lead. Oller went on to an easy win. The final eight laps saw a great battle for second …

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June 7, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (June 7, 2003) One of the greatest battles ever at I-55 Raceway took place in the U.M.P. Late Model division between two veteran drivers that have raced for many years at the track. Kevin Gundaker and Ed Dixon started on the front row of the main event and ran nose to tail and side by side the entire twenty five laps. Gundaker beat Dixon to turn one on the opening lap and moved to the top side of the track with Dixon right on his rear bumper. The caution waved on lap eight as several cars made contact on the front stretch and sending Clay Baumann into the outside wall and ending his night. Once the green flag waved again, Gundaker and Dixon resumed the two car battle for the lead. The caution waved again on lap twelve for a multi car crash in turn two. The crash …

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May 31, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (May 31, 2003) Forty U.M.P. Late Models signed in the gates for the second stop of the first annual Tri-State Challenge. The night kicked off with qualifying, where Roger Long posted the fastest time around the 1/3 mile high banked oval. Long was the only driver to get in the twelve second range, as he posted a lap time of 12.968 seconds. Billy Moyer had the second fastest time. Justin Allgaier, Tim Ratajczyk, Ed Dixon and Billy Drake completed the top six fastest qualifiers. Using the standard U.M.P. Summer Nationals format for this event, the top six qualifiers went directly to the dash along with the 2002 U.M.P. National Champion, Terry English, the 2002 I-55 Raceway track champion which was Tim Ratajczyk, but he had already made the dash through qualifying, therefore that spot went to the next driver in track points that was present which was Mark …

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May 24, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (May 24, 2003) The rains came and brought the race program to an early end at I-55 Raceway. However, the U.M.P. Late Model division was able to get their entire portion of the program in. Randy Korte made his first visit of 2003 to I-55 Raceway and took a hard fought victory. Korte and Ed Dixon battled side by side for the first eight laps of the feature before Dixon caught a piece of the wall on the backstretch and flattened his right rear tire. On the restart, it was Danny Haynes and Kyle Steffens moving up to battle with Korte for the lead until on lap fourteen when Steffens jumped the cushion and found the wall in turn two, which ended his night. That allowed Brian Wolfmeier to move up and battle for the lead, however Korte proved to be too strong and went on to victory. …

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May 17, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (May 17, 2003) Rain was all around the area most of the day and evening, bringing some new faces to the I-55 Raceway from other tracks that had been rained out. Only a light mist would fall on occasion allowing I-55 Raceway to get their entire show in and keeping the racetrack very fast. In the U.M.P. Late Model division, Mark Oller powered his way to victory for the first time this season. Oller bolted out to the lead on the opening lap from the pole position and soon faced the challenges of Jim Durbin. Durbin pulled past Oller on the second lap, however the caution flew as Kevin Gundaker hit the wall on the backstretch and came to rest in turn three. On the restart, Durbin again challenged Oller for the lead but couldn't get past. Kyle Steffens used the high side to battle with Oller and …

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