September 15, 2001 Results

Moyer claims I-55 Pepsi Nationals Title!

PEVELY, MO (September 15, 2001) Billy Moyer of Batesville, Arkansas earned his fifth Pepsi Nationals title on Saturday night at the I-55 Raceway and claimed $10,000 for picking up the win. The win came in his sponsors’ backyard as he drove the Petroff Towing, B AUTO Parts, J&J Steel, Hoosier Tire, AFCO, C.J. Rayburn, Jay Dickens FORD powered #21 to victory lane.

The night was kicked off with a very emotional tribute to the victims in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon. Drivers and crews formed a complete circle around the speedway, all holding candles while God Bless the USA played in the background. I-55 Raceway collected over $6300 in donations from fans, sponsors and crews to donate to the American Red Cross.

I-55 Raceway’s 2001 UMP Late Model Champion Ed Dixon set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.398 seconds.

The Tall Cool One, Bob Pierce jumped out front early and led all nine laps to claim the victory in the dash, giving him a front row pole starting spot in the main event. Ed Dixon followed in second with Kevin Weaver, Mark Oller, Shannon Babb, Dan Schlieper, Randy Korte, Kevin Gundaker and Jeff Leka rounding out the finishing order.

Billy Moyer won the first heat race over Don O’Neal, Randy Korte and Dave Jumper. Billy Drake took the second heat race by besting Kevin Gundaker, Jr. Shickel and NASCAR Winston Cup star Ken Schrader. The third and final heat race went to Mike Mullvain over Jeff Leka, Tim Ratajczyk and Clay Baumann.

Matt Taylor took the Semi-Feature over Danny Haynes, Gary May, Don Klein and Greg Johnson.

As the green flag fell on the main event, Bob Pierce and Ed Dixon battled side-by-side, with Pierce on the low side and Dixon up on the cushion. The two swapped the lead back and fourth for the first nine laps before Pierce pulled ahead. As Pierce opened up his lead, Billy Moyer started moving up through the field from his seventh place starting spot. Moyer took over second place on lap eighteen and began to reel-in Pierce who had almost a full straight away lead. Pierce and Moyer worked their way through heavy lapped traffic, Moyer made the pass going into turn one on lap 36. Pierce fought back and pulled along side Moyer on lap 39, but Moyer held on to take the 40-lap event. Kevin Weaver followed the duo to the line for third. Shannon Babb was fourth and Don O’Neal fifth. Billy Drake, Ed Dixon, Mark Oller, Dan Schlieper and Randy Korte rounded out the top ten.

In the UMP Modified division, the Rocket Man, Scott Weber was untouchable as he drove away from the field to claim the win. This was Weber’s third consecutive Pepsi Nationals Title in the UMP Modifieds. Jim Shereck provided an early challenge to Weber, but Shereck and Rich Whaley tangled on lap ten, sending both cars spinning. For the final ten laps there was a big battle for second place and in the end it was Brent Mullins taking the spot over Tom Ratajczyk, Dean Hoffman and Rusty Griffaw.

Troy Naeger won his first ever AARA Sportsman Pepsi Nationals Title. Naeger held off rookie driver Ricky Horton who took second. The 2001 AARA Sportsman track champion Paul Belken was third. Brian Worley and Mark Blanke completed the top five.

UMP Late Models (34 Cars)
Qualifying:
Ed Dixon 13.398
Bob Pierce 13.471
Jeff Leka 13.475
Shannon Babb 13.533
Kevin Weaver 13.577
Randy Korte 13.609
Billy Moyer 13.619
Kevin Gundaker 13.637
Jr. Shickel 13.659
Mark Oller 13.663
Dan Schlieper 13.681
Mike Mullvain 13.818
Don O’Neal 13.829
Billy Drake 13.839
Clay Baumann 13.875
Gary May 13.9
Ken Schrader 13.925
Tim Ratajczyk 13.965
Dave Jumper 13.966
Billy Faust 13.988
Dwayne Kiefer 14.033
Matt Taylor 14.074
Danny Haynes 14.075
Bill Masters 14.093
Jason Frankel 14.125
Don Klein 14.125
Steve Shive 14.153
Greg Johnson 14.195
John Bohn 14.341
Ron Sensel 14.433
Scott Gaeshel 14.645
John Stanton 14.743
Rodney Pense 14.87
Tommy Worley NT

Heat 1:
1. 21 Billy Moyer
2. 71 Don O'Neal
3. 00 Randy Korte
4. 2J Dave Jumper
5. 33 Jason Frankel
6. 45 Gary May
7. 117 Matt Taylor
8. 23 Greg Johnson
9. 56 Tommy Worley
10. 4Q Scott Gaeschel

Heat 2:
1. 9 Billy Drake
2. 11 Kevin Gundaker
3. S10 Jr. Shickel
4. 99 Ken Schrader
5. 26 Billy Faust
6. 47 Danny Haynes
7. 28 Don Klein
8. 71 John Bohn
9. 78 John Stanton

Heat 3:
1. 4 Mike Mullvain
2. 441 Jeff Leka
3. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
4. 77 Clay Baumann
5. 21 Dwayne Kiefer
6. 51 Steve Shive
7. 36 Ron Sensel
8. 10 Rodney Pense
9. 83 Bill Masters

Dash:
1. 32 Bob Pierce
2. 50 Ed Dixon
3. B12 Kevin Weaver
4. 67 Mark Oller
5. 18 Shannon Babb
6. S9 Dan Schlieper
7. 00 Randy Korte
8. 11 Kevin Gundaker
9. 441 Jeff Leka

Semi:
1. 117 Matt Taylor
2. 47 Danny Haynes
3. 45 Gary May
4. 28 Don Klein
5. 23 Greg Johnson
6. 51 Steve Shive
7. 71 John Bohn
8. 36 Ron Sensel
9. 83 Bill Masters
10. 4Q Scott Gaeschel
11. 78 John Stanton
DNS. 10 Rodney Pense
DNS. 56 Tommy Worley

Feature:
1. 21 Billy Moyer
2. 32 Bob Pierce
3. B12 Kevin Weaver
4. 18 Shannon Babb
5. 71 Don O'Neal
6. 9 Billy Drake
7. 50 Ed Dixon
8. 67 Mark Oller
9. S9 Dan Schlieper
10. 00 Randy Korte
11. 11 Kevin Gundaker
12. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
13. 77 Clay Baumann
14. 117 Matt Taylor
15. 4 Mike Mullvain
16. 47 Danny Haynes
17. 99 Ken Schrader
18. 2J Dave Jumper
19. S10 Jr. Shickel
20. 441 Jeff Leka
21. 26 Billy Faust
22. 45 Gary May
23. 21K Dewayne Kiefer
24. 33 Jason Frankel

UMP Modifieds (36 Cars)
Heat 1:
1. 21 Dennis Richards
2. 14 Leroy Haney
3. 10 D.J. Cygan
4. 14K Loren Knox

Heat 2:
1. 17 Jim Shereck
2. 4J Scott Weber
3. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
4. 40 Steve Ellison

Heat 3:
1. 16 Rusty Griffaw
2. 45 Brandon Maxwell
3. 01 Brett Cygan
4. 5 Marty Smith, Jr.

Heat 4:
1. 6 Ray Wagner
2. 59 Rich Whaley
3. 4M Brent Mullins
4. 45M Eric Mabery

Dash:
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 17 Jim Shereck
3. 16 Rusty Griffaw
4. 6 Ray Wagner
5. 59 Rich Whaley
6. 14 Leroy Haney
7. 45 Brandon Maxwell
8. 21 Dennis Richards

Semi:
1. 292 Bobby Allen
2. 90 Tim Meara
3. 41 Larry Hull
4. 56 Kevin Epperson
5. C4 Chris Soutiea
6. X1 Dave Sandage
7. 7X Kyle Byerline
8. 95 Jim Beishir
9. 77 David Cann
10. 70 Ken Peters
11. 62 Troy Medley
DNS. 69 Kirk Anderson
DNS. 31 Mark Anderson
DNS. M41 Steve Maisel
DNS. 7 Keith Grider
DNS. 81 Mike Barbeau

Feature:
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 4M Brent Mullins
3. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
4. 1D Dean Hoffman
5. 16 Rusty Griffaw
6. 01 Brett Cygan
7. 95 Jerry Grither
8. 5 Marty Smith, Jr.
9. 27 R.J. Gall
10. 90 Tim Meara
11. 59 Rich Whaley
12. 292 Bobby Allen
13. 56 Kevin Epperson
14. 41 Larry Hull
15. 8 Kirk Murphy
16. 40 Steve Ellison
17. 6 Ray Wagner
18. 10 D.J. Cygan
19. 14 Leroy Haney
20. 21 Dennis Richards
21. 17 Jim Shereck
22. 14K Loren Knox
23. 45 Brandon Maxwell
24. 45M Eric Mabery

AARA Sportsman (36 Cars)
Heat 1:
1. 44 Nick Werner
2. 59 Jeff Whaley
3. 10 Todd McGraw
4. 9 Dale Carroll

Heat 2:
1. M41 Steve Maisel
2. 166 Brian Worley
3. 46 Paul Belken
4. 500 Dan Dixon

Heat 3:
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 4 Ricky Horton
3. 51 John Hoffman
4. 105 Matt Hancock

Heat 4:
1. 87 Gary Haynes
2. 00 Scott Stuppy
3. 38D Mark Blanke
4. 20 Gary McKinnon

Dash:
1. M41 Steve Maisel
2. 12 Troy Naeger
3. 44 Nick Werner
4. 4 Ricky Horton
5. 87 Gary Haynes
6. 166 Brian Worley
7. 00 Scott Stuppy
8. 59 Jeff Whaley

Semi #1:
1. 24 Paul Bauman
2. 19 Joe Volluz
3. 411 Marty Heck
4. F16 Frank Melton
5. 301 Tom Fitzgerald
DNS. 17H Dave Heimos
DNS. 187 Jim Hardesty
DNS. 119 Chad Reum
DNS. 74 Dennis Wernle

Semi #2:
1. 49 Steve Borgetti
2. 45 Mike Seymour
3. 111 Zac Parks
4. 61 Mike Whitter
5. 35 Mike Stolle
6. 911 Christian Doggendrof
7. 11 Tim Meara
8. D5 Dave Jenkins

Feature:
1. 12 Troy Naeger
2. 4 Ricky Horton
3. 46 Paul Belken
4. 166 Brian Worley
5. 38D Mark Blanke
6. 44 Nick Werner
7. 500 Dan Dixon
8. 00 Scott Stuppy
9. 51 John Hoffman
10. 19 Joe Volluz
11. 24 Paul Bauman
12. 45 Mike Seymour
13. 40 Ed DeMille
14. 20 Brad McKinnon
15. 10 Todd McGraw
16. 30 Todd Frolik
17. 87 Gary Haynes
18. 59 Jeff Whaley
19. 92 Jim Abshier
20. 411 Marty Heck
21. 49 Steve Borgetti
22. 9 Dale Carroll
23. 105 Matt Hancock
24. 41 Steve Maisel
 

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