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September 8, 2001 Results

Gundaker grabs win, Dixon claims Championship at I-55! Weber & Belken also crowned as Champions! PEVELY, MO (September 8, 2001) The 2001 UMP Late Model season championship came down to the wire on the final night of points, with four drivers still with a chance to take the title. Ed Dixon came in as the point leader holding a 43-point lead over Mark Oller who was three points ahead of Kevin Gundaker and twelve points ahead of Tim Ratajczyk. Tension and nerves were high at the start of the feature, which resulted in seven cautions in the first three laps of the feature for various spins and crashes including a hard crash by Randy Korte into the back stretch wall. One of those cautions was for point leader Dixon, who slowed with what he thought was suspension problems but turned out to be excessive mud in his right side wheels. …

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September 1, 2001 Results

Gundaker, Weber & Naeger win at I-55! PEVELY, MO (September 1, 2001) Kevin Gundaker held off the challenges of Jason Frankel and Ed Dixon to pick up his second consecutive UMP Late Model victory at I-55 Raceway. Gundaker, who started on the pole, led all twenty-five laps to claim the win. Frankel pressured Gundaker the entire race but couldn’t make the pass and settled for second. Dixon ran down the leaders late in the race but he ran out of time and finished third. Steve Shive came home fourth and Jim Durbin moved up to finish fifth from his fourteenth starting spot. In the UMP Modified division, Scott Weber continued to march toward his second straight season championship at I-55 Raceway. Rich Whaley was able to pull along side of Weber with two laps to go but had to settle for second. Brent Mullins was third, Dan Schlup fourth and …

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August 18, 2001 Results

Gundaker Shoots Down the Competition at I-55! PEVELY, MO (August 18, 2001) Mother Nature scattered heavy rain all around the area, but not a single drop fell on I-55 Raceway. As lightning lit up the sky in the background, the UMP Late Models provided the thunder on the racetrack. Ed Dixon took advantage of his front row starting position to jump out to the early lead. Kevin Gundaker moved past Tim Ratajczyk and took over second place on lap four. Matt Taylor then moved up to challenge Gundaker on low side but the caution flew as Dean Motsinger found the wall in turn one. On the restart, Gundaker took to the low side and moved past Dixon to take the lead. Gundaker, Dixon and Taylor battled two and three wide for the next several laps. Clay Baumann moved into the mix to make it a four-car battle for the lead. …

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