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June 16, 2001 Results

Dixon, Hoffman & Belken win at I-55! PEVELY, MO (June 16, 2001) Defending UMP Late Model National Champion Ed Dixon used the high side of the track to move from his fourth place starting spot into the lead on the very first lap. Kevin Gundaker and Tim Ratajczyk battled lap after lap for second place, with Gundaker claiming second by a nose. The race was slowed on lap seven when Rick Bayer hit the front straight wall and again on lap eight when there was an eight car crash on the front stretch. After each restart, Dixon was able to hold onto the lead while Gundaker and Ratajczyk battled for second. Mark Oller was able to work his way through traffic and finish fourth. Billy Faust came home fifth. This was Dixon’s 497th career feature win. Fifteen-year-old Justin Allgaeir won his heat race and the dash. Other heat winners were …

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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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