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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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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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