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May 3, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (May 3, 2003) A night with three photo finishes kept fans on the edge of their seats during the feature events. In the U.M.P. Late Model division, Tim Ratajczyk appeared to be on his way to an easy win as he took off from his front row starting spot and pulled away from the rest of the field. However, a caution on lap thirteen bunched up the field. Ratajczyk again opened up a comfortable lead by driving around the very bottom of the track. But in the final five laps Kevin Gundaker found a fast line and reeled in Ratajczyk. Gundaker pulled past Ratajczyk on the final lap as they went down the back stretch, but Ratajczyk found the faster line though turns three and four and drove along side and just ahead of Gundaker at the finish line. Mark Oller quietly moved up and took the third …

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April 26, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (April 26, 2003) Mother Nature dropped almost two inches of rain on I-55 Raceway on Friday, therefore track crews only put a minimum amount of water on the track during preparation on Saturday. However, it became obvious after the first set of hotlaps that the track needed more water, so promoter Ray Marler put his crews back to work on the track immediately. After a short delay to the start of the program, the racing went by fast. In the U.M.P. Late Model division, after two early cautions, the race went the final twenty-one laps non-stop. Ed Dixon, who started on the outside of the front row, jumped out to the early lead and it appeared he was going to run away and hide from the rest of the field. However, Tim Ratajczyk stepped up and provided a tough challenge to Dixon. The two fought hard through lapped …

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April 19, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (April 19, 2003) NASCAR star Ken Schrader made his first trip to I-55 Raceway with his U.M.P. Late Model this season and made it one to remember. Schrader, who is co-owner of I-55 Raceway, put on a dominating performance. Schrader started eighth in his heat race and took the lead with just two laps remaining and went on to victory. Schrader started on the pole for the dash and led the entire distance. Ken Schrader Twenty-three U.M.P. Late Models took the green flag in the feature event, with Schrader setting the pace. Schrader immediately jumped out front and moved to the high side. Tim Ratajczyk settled into second place using the low side. Kevin Gundaker soon moved past Ratajczyk around the top and began to chase down Schrader, while Mark Oller pressured Ratajczyk on the low side. Ed Dixon made a fast charge to the top five from …

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April 12, 2003 Results

By Richard Day PEVELY, MO (April 12) – Steve Kinser took the lead in the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings Saturday by dominating the $51,600 event at I-55 Raceway. Kinser, who led the standings for 48 of 67 races while winning his 17th series championship a year ago, won every race he entered Saturday – the First Heat Race, the First Dash Race and the 40-lap “A” Feature. “The King of the Outlaws” enters next weekend’s double-feature event at Eldora Speedway with a four-point lead over 2001 champion Danny Lasoski. “We’ll take this one,” Kinser said following his second consecutive victory. “We’ve been running good all year long. (Crew chief) Scott (Gerkin) and the guys have been working really hard this season, and this Maxim car’s been running great.” Kinser, the eighth-fastest qualifier, was .294 seconds off son Kraig Kinser’s 84.333-M.P.H. lap, which paced the 39-car qualifying session. …

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April 5, 2003 Results

Pevely, MO (April 5, 2003) Cold weather settled into I-55 Raceway as the temperatures dropped into the upper 30's, but a fast, smooth racetrack heated things up quickly. In the U.M.P. Late Model division, Ed Dixon started the 2003 season with a strong showing. Dixon took the lead at the start from the outside front row and never looked back. Kevin Gundaker challenged Dixon early on for the lead, but Dixon was too strong and pulled ahead to a comfortable lead. After several early cautions for single cars spins, Dixon would open up a sizeable lead. Meanwhile, Mark Oller was on the move from his sixteenth starting position and as the laps were winding down, Oller took second place from Gundaker. Oller was able to pull along side Dixon for the lead on several occasions, but Dixon pulled back ahead each time. The final caution came on lap twenty-three for …

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