I-55 Raceway UMP Summer Nationals preview

PEVELY, MO (June 24, 2001) The biggest stock car racing program of the summer at I-55 Raceway, the Bud UMP Summer Nationals presented by H.W. Herrell Distributing, will be held on Saturday, June 30th. The best-known dirt late model drivers in...

PEVELY, MO (June 24, 2001) The biggest stock car racing program of the summer at I-55 Raceway, the Bud UMP Summer Nationals presented by H.W. Herrell Distributing, will be held on Saturday, June 30th.

The best-known dirt late model drivers in the country annually challenge the best-known midwestern heroes in this event. The Summer Nationals late model feature at I-55 Raceway will pay $10,000 to the winner.

Touring stars Billy Moyer, Billy Drake, Shannon Babb, Don O'Neal, Brian Birkhofer, Bob Pierce, Duke Whiseant and Kevin Weaver are expected to contest the Summer Nationals series, according to officials of United Midwestern Promoters (UMP), which sanctions dirt stock car racing across the country. The Summer Nationals series will visit 26 tracks from June 15 through July 14. Expected to race for the honor of St. Louis-area tracks are Ed Dixon, Kevin Gundaker, Mark Gansmann, Jeff Johns, Rodney Melvin, Mark Oller, Tim Ratajczyk, Ken Rumble, Steve Shive, Dave Jumper, Jason Frankel, Mike Hammerle and many more.

NASCAR Winston Cup star and I-55 Raceway Co-Promoter Kenny Schrader will also be on hand to challenge the top dirt late model drivers for the Summer Nationals crown at I-55 Raceway.

Purses for the 26-race Summer Nationals series total $750,000. The minimum paid to the winner of each late model feature will be $5,000. The top five drivers in UMP national points receive appearance money each night they race, and the series points champion will earn an additional $10,000, making it possible for one driver to win over $200,000.

Adult admission for the June 30th event at I-55 Raceway will be $20. Children 12 years old and younger will be admitted free. Late model time trials will begin at 6:30 p.m. and races begin at 7 p.m. The pit gates will open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m.

Also on the race card on June 30th are the UMP Modifieds and AARA Sportsman. The UMP Modifieds thrill the crowd each week at I-55 Raceway with their three and four wide racing. I-55 Raceway is expecting over forty UMP Modifieds and forty AARA Sportsman cars to be on hand for this event.

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 more information, call the track at (636) 479-3219 or visit www.i55raceway.com.

I-55 Raceway is Co-Promoted by NASCAR star Kenny Schrader and Ray Marler.

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