I-55 Raceway season opener preview

I-55 Raceway Waves the Green Flag March 30th with Outlaws and Modifieds! PEVELY, MO (March 26, 2002) The Pennzoil World of Outlaw Series and UMP Modifieds get the season underway for I-55 Raceway this Saturday, March 30th. "This is a racy...

I-55 Raceway Waves the Green Flag March 30th with Outlaws and Modifieds!

PEVELY, MO (March 26, 2002) The Pennzoil World of Outlaw Series and UMP Modifieds get the season underway for I-55 Raceway this Saturday, March 30th.

"This is a racy track. We can go three and four wide here and do a lot of passing. I'm kind of partial to this place," said Missourian Danny Lasoski, the defending Pennzoil World of Outlaw Champion.

Lasoski, of Dover, Mo., has never won a World of Outlaws feature at I-55, but he has won sprint car races at Pevely on other occasions. The most recent came at the track's annual "Open Wheel Wednesday" event on June 7, 2000.

Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell are the all-time WoO champions at I-55 Raceway with three victories each. Doug Wolfgang and Mark Kinser are two-time winners at Pevely.

The all-time track record at I-55 Raceway is held by Swindell, who turned a lap at 10.535 seconds on the one-third mile oval in 1997. That works out to 113.906 m.p.h.

The UMP Modifieds will also be competing, with a $1000 payday on the line for the winner. Defending two-time track champion Scott Weber will be there to open his title defense along with many other great modified drivers from throughout the Midwest. NASCAR veteran Kenny Schrader will also be on hand competing in a UMP Modified. Schrader, who is the co-promoter of I-55 Raceway, is excited about the 2002 season at I-55 and expects it to be bigger and better than ever.

UMP has announced a point fund for 2002 that includes $100,000 going to the UMP Modified National Champion. This will be the first opportunity for modified drivers from Missouri and Illinois to start earning points toward the championship.

Many improvements have been made to I-55 Raceway over the winter, including over 100 loads of new dirt on the racing surface, additional lighting in the corners, additional grandstands and much more.

Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. and racing begins at 6:00 p.m. Reserved seats are $32 and general admission tickets are $30. Children 12 and under will be admitted free for seating in the general admission areas. Pit passes are $35 each.

I-55 Raceway, a high-banked, one-third-mile clay oval, is located 20 minutes south of Interstate 270 at Pevely exits 178 or 180. For tickets or more information, call the track at (636) 479-3219 or surf the web to www.i55raceway.com. Track office will be open everyday through March 30th and on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the year.

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Series Stock car , World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell