posted March 11, 2002 09:58 PM
UDTRA TV RACES TO FEATURE DOUBLE FILE RESTARTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - United Dirt Track Racing Association officials have
announced special race procedures for all televised 2002 UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Series events. The new procedures will begin with the March 16 event at
Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora, LA.
There will be 10 UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series events televised on a tape delay
basis on the Speed Channel in 2002.
UDTRA officials will implement double-file restarts for televised main
events. The leader will restart alone, with the rest of the field doubled
up behind. There will also be no sheet metal pulling by UDTRA officials
under caution, and the three-lap rule to change flat tires under caution
will also be waived for 2002 televised main events.
"A lot of fans have told us they would like to see double-file restarts
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series events, so we tried it during the Isky Dash at
year's UDTRA Dixie Shootout," UDTRA President Mike Swims said. "It worked
out well, it was well received by the fans, and it fits in with what UDTRA
is trying to accomplish for television."
Swims said the UDTRA television package has been a work in progress for
last three years, with the main goal to eventually have live telecasts of
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series events.
"Time management is everything in television, and we've been working for
three years to try and have a tight enough program to where we can run a
to 100 lap main event inside an hour time window for live television," Swims
said. "Both our officials and competitors have worked hard and worked
together to accomplish this, and show the networks we are ready for live
Swims said the new race procedures highlighted by the double-file restarts
will bring a new feature to motorsports television.
"To my knowledge, the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be the first motorsports
sanctioning body to bring double-file restarts for cars on the lead lap
television," Swims said. "There are other dirt late model sanctioning
bodies that have used double-file restarts, but I believe we're the first
bring it to television."
UDTRA ANNOUNCES NINE OF TEN 2002 TELEVISED EVENTS: The $15,000-to-win
Paragon Casino Hotel Soaring Eagle Classic on March 16 will be the first
ten UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series events taped for airing on Speed Channel.
second event taped will be the $10,000-to-win Jim Barna Log Systems Spring
50 on May 3 at Scenic Raceway in Oneida, TN.
The third UDTRA televised taping will be on May 18 for the McCarthy Heating
and Air Conditioning 75 at Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, NE. The Speed Channel
cameras will move to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI on June 22
the $15,000-to-win 4th Annual Masters 100.
The next two events taped will be the second and third jewels of the 3rd
Annual UDTRA Triple Crown on July 20 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA
on July 21 at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA. Both events will be $10,000-to-win
and 50-lap main events. The seventh televised event will be the
$40,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway.
UDTRA will bring the Commonwealth Cup to the Speed Channel network by taping
the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event on September 14 at Kentucky Lake Motor
Speedway in Calvert City, KY. The final event of the 2002 season, the
$55,000-to-win 13th Annual UDTRA Dixie Shootout at Dixie Speedway will also
be taped for airing on the Speed Channel.
UDTRA will announce one other event to be taped later in the season, and
UDTRA officials are waiting for the air dates of the UDTRA telecasts from
Speed Channel officials. UDTRA officials will announce the air dates as
soon as they receive them from the network.
UDTRA ADDS WVMS TO 2002 SCHEDULE ON JULY 6: UDTRA officials have announced
that a $10,000-to-win 50-lap main event has been added to the 2002 UDTRA
DirtCar Series schedule for July 6 at West Virginia Motor Speedway in
The series will visit the 5/8-mile clay oval, under new management by track
owners the Minnite family, for the third straight season.