I-55 Raceway race report 2001-04-07

Gundaker Guns Down the Competition Scott Weber Dominates Modifieds PEVELY, MO (April 7, 2001) I-55 Raceway opened the 2001 regular season with beautiful warm weather and outstanding racing. Kevin Gundaker brought his late model to I-55 Raceway...

Gundaker Guns Down the Competition
Scott Weber Dominates Modifieds

PEVELY, MO (April 7, 2001) I-55 Raceway opened the 2001 regular season with beautiful warm weather and outstanding racing.

Kevin Gundaker brought his late model to I-55 Raceway for the first time in a couple of years and simply dominated the UMP Late Model Feature. Gundaker took over the lead on lap two and pulled away to win the twenty five-lap feature by a half track distance over Mark Oller. Gundaker drove around the top and lapped all but the top six finishers. Mark Oller, who started in the front row pole position, cruised to a second place finish. UMP Late Model National Champion Ed Dixon won the Timber Wolf Hard Charger Award by finishing third from his twelfth place starting position. Tim Ratajczyk, recovering from surgery just 10 days earlier came home fourth. Ken Rumble held off Mike Hammerle and finished fifth. Mark Oller and Dave Jumper won the qualifying heats and Oller also won the dash.

Scott Weber started the 2001 season off just like he ended the 2000 season. Racing on the high side and winning. Weber swept the UMP Modified events. In the feature event, Weber started on the front row and pulled away. There was a huge battle for second place, with four and sometimes five cars battling for the position. Dean Hoffman was able to hold off the competition and finish second. Jim Shereck came home third, with Leroy Haney and Ray Wagner completing the top five. Leroy Haney, Mike Barbeau, Jim Shereck and Scott Weber won the qualifying heats and Weber won the dash.

Paul Belken, Jr. picked up the feature win in the AARA Sportsman division. Belken dedicated the win to his father, who passed away during the off-season. The victory did not come easy, as Belken's teammate Mark Blanke jumped out to an early lead from his front row starting position. Belken battled back on the high side and took the lead on lap six. Scott Stuppy climbed his way up through the field and took over second place, but could never make a serious challenge on Belken. Blanke held on to third while Doug Wood and Brian Worley rounded out the top five. Belken, Gary Haynes, Troy Naeger and Blanke won the qualifying heats and Belken also won the dash.

Next Saturday night, NASCAR Veteran Ken Schrader will be at I-55 Raceway competing in the UMP Late Model division. Schrader will also have his two-seater sprint car on hand. I-55 Raceway will auction off rides in the sprinter to help the fight against Multiple Schlerosis.

For more information on upcoming events at I-55 Raceway, call (636) 479-3219 or visit www.i55raceway.com!

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Drivers Ken Schrader