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posted February 19, 2002 10:41 AM UIN: 16262997
All Eyes Focused on Green Valley Speedway

Glencoe, Alabama-The annual Florida Speedweeks activities have concluded and
many race fans and teams will now shift their attention and focus to that of
the 4/10's mile semi banked extremely fast oval at Green Valley Speedway
located in the Gadsden, Alabama area. Both Green Valley Speedway and the
legendary Southern All Star Super Late Model Series (SAS) will embark on
their most ambitious schedules ever and the 3rd Annual Southern All Stars
"Bama Bash" will be the kick off event for the 2002 respective seasons. The
SAS "Bama Bash" will feature a 75-lap Super Late Model Championship paying
$15,000 to the winner providing for the highest paying event on the 2002 SAS
Super Late Model tour.

The revamped Green Valley Speedway has seen huge investment in the
facilities and that investment by track owner Bill Teneyck is beginning to
pay huge dividends. The top drivers in the business waged war on the North
East Alabama speedplant in 2001 with a winners list that is the envy on many
tracks. Drivers such as Arkansas' Billy Moyer and Wisconsin's Jimmy Mars
visited victory lane at UDTRA events in September and Ronnie Johnson took
the checkers in the two summer SAS events as well. Dale McDowell is the
defending "Bama Bash" Champion as McDowell went on a flag to flag romp last
year for the $15,000 win. McDowell was followed by 2000 "Bama Bash" Champion
John Jones and Ray Cook came home third. Scott Bloomquist and Marshall Green
completed the top five in the 2001 event.

A star-studded field is once again expected and the number of 73 entries of
last year is expected to be exceeded due to the positive exposure the track
has received and favorable scheduling as well. Many of the top SAS,
Regional, and National Pro Dirt Car drivers are expected to be on hand. The
SAS clan will be lead by two time and reigning Champion Rex Richey of
Ringgold, Georgia along with the "King of the Valley" Ronnie Johnson of
Chattanooga, 2000 SAS Champion Clint Smith, "The Headman" Mike Head, 2001
SAS Rookie of the Year Vic Hill, Knoxville's John Llewellyn, Gray Court,
South Carolina's Chris "Smokey" Madden, and Lenoir City, Tennessee's Patrick

Other nationally recognized drivers that have expressed intent and interest
to compete include defending Champion and former SAS Champion Dale McDowell
of Rossville, Georgia. Freddy Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee has also listed
the event on his 2002 schedule, as Smith has already tasted the spoils of
victory with a UDTRA win in the UDTRA season opener in Brunswick, Georgia.
Reigning "Bama Brawl" Champion Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Arkansas also
has the event listed on his schedule as Moyer took home a $10,000 win during
the UDTRA event at GVS in September. Another Arkansas pilot in Bill Frye
has expressed interest in competing as the 2001 MARS Series Champion could
gain valuable track as MARS will make its first ever Alabama appearance at
GVS in July. Tennessee superstar Scott Bloomquist's representatives have
also notified SAS officials of their intent to compete for the $15,000 "Bama
Bash" top prize as well.

Regional talent will also swarm the "Green Monster" as top area drivers such
as 2001 GVS Track Champion Greg Skinner is expected along with Rome Georgia
pilot Jody Summerville, past "Bama Bash" Champion John Jones of Rock
Springs, Georgia. The home state of Alabama will have many top contenders
including 2000 GVS Track Champion Danny Peoples, Boaz driver Tim Busha,
Decatur's Mark Mears, and Keith Hayes of Morris who has also expressed
intent for competing for the 2002 SAS Rookie of the Year title. Georgia
drivers to watch include Shane Clanton, Joe Armistead Jr., Shane Tankersly,
and 2001 Dixie Speedway Track Champion Bobby Turner plus many, many, more of
the best drivers in the Southeast.

The local divisions will also be in the spotlight; especially the Sportsman
division as they will be vying for a $2,000 to win Championship as another
huge field of the Limited Late Model type cars is expected. Defending event
Champion Richard Ogle of Leeds, Alabama topped a 64-car Sportsman field to
take home the $2,000 win last year as Ogle was followed by Gadsden area ace
Kevin Tallant, Georgian's Cliff Brannon and Brian Burke, and Fort Payne area
racer Don Templeton. The Bomber class will also be in action with defending
race Champion Greg Chumley of Gadsden expected to be in action along with
many drivers from Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The Super Stock class has
been added to the event to round out the four classes taking to the track
this weekend.

Action gets underway for the 2002 Southern All Star "Bama Bash" presented by
Alabama's Drivers Academy with an open practice session on Friday afternoon
at 1pm. Fans are invited to attend as grandstand admission is free for
practice. Then the 2002 SAS season opener will get underway with Pole
Qualifying and an expected six SAS Super Late Model qualifying races. Local
divisions including Sportsman, Super Stocks, and Bombers will also be in
action. Action gets underway at 1pm Saturday with gates opening at 9AM.

The final day of the huge event will be on Sunday February 24th with racing
at 1PM. Action will get underway with B-Main events for the Southern All
Stars and Sportsman divisions to complete the twenty four car starting
fields. The main events will conclude the afternoon, highlighted by the
75-lap $15,000 to win SAS "Bama Bash."

Event details:

3rd Annual Southern All Stars "Bama Bash"
Business phone: 256-835-1880
Track phone: 256-492-8550

Friday-February 22nd: 1PM
Open Practice
Grandstands: Free
Pit Passes: $10

Saturday-February 23rd: 1PM
Pole Qualifying and Qualifying Races
Grandstands and Trackside: $15
Pit Passes: $25

Sunday-February 24th: 1PM
SAS "Bama Bash" B-Mains and Championship Main Events
Grandstands and Trackside: $20
Pit Passes: $25

Green Valley Speedway is located in Glencoe (Gadsden), Alabama on Green
Valley Road, midway between US 431 and Highway 77.

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