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June 6, 2001 Results

Gundaker and Smith grab wins; Earnhardt, Schrader and Wallace highlight evening! PEVELY, MO (June 6, 2001) It was a special night at I-55 Raceway, three NASCAR stars were on hand to sign autographs and a full field of race cars provided some great racing. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace signed autographs for two hours before the races started, then Schrader and Wallace buckled into UMP Late Models and raced with some of the top late model drivers in the Midwest. A huge crowd filled the grandstands and witnessed some excellent racing. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. also commented that he will be back at I-55 Raceway next year and that he would race a late model. Thirty-six UMP Late Models signed in to race. Kevin Gundaker took the lead from Matt Taylor on lap three, and then had to hold off defending UMP Late Model National Champion Ed Dixon …

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June 2, 2001 Results

Ratajczyk racks up first win at I-55! PEVELY, MO (June 2, 2001) Tim Ratajczyk held off challenges from five different drivers to pick up his first victory of the season in the UMP Late Model division. Ed Dixon, Kevin Gundaker and Ratajczyk battled two and three wide in the first few laps for the lead, when Dixon jumped the cushion and slapped the wall bringing out the first caution on lap three. On the restart, Gundaker and Ratajczyk continued their battle for the next seven laps, but Gundaker had a right rear tire go flat. That allowed Mark Oller and Steve Shive to move up and challenge Ratajczyk for the lead. Shive’s bad luck continued, as he had mechanical problems a few laps later. Billy Faust also moved up to challenge Ratajczyk and suffered mechanical problems. Ratajczyk was able to hold off Oller and pick up the victory. Jason Frankel, …

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May 26, 2001 Results

Jumper leaps into victory lane! Scott Weber rockets into the modified winner circle! PEVELY, MO (May 26, 2001) Dave Jumper started on the front row pole and jumped out front and led all 25 laps to grab the victory in the UMP Late Model feature. It was Jumper's first ever win in a late model and he became the fourth different winner this season in the UMP Late Model division at I-55 Raceway. Mark Oller worked his way up through traffic early and battled briefly with Jumper but had to settle for second. Tim Ratajczyk was third and Jason Frankel was first to the line in a four-car battle for fourth. Matt Taylor completed the top five. Scott Weber rocketed his way around the top of the track and claimed his second straight UMP Modified feature win. Weber held off an early challenge from Rich Whaley but pulled away in …

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