posted April 08, 2002 04:15 PM
UDTRA PREPARES FOR $225,000 APRIL SOUTHEASTERN SWING; RULE
UPDATE; NDLHoF DRIVER OF THE QUARTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
the nation's top dirt late model drivers are preparing for the upcoming
April Southeastern Swing at three different tracks in North and South
Carolina, and Georgia. Over $225,000 will be up for grabs in prize money
during four events over a two week period.
The UDTRA April Southeastern Swing begins on April 19-20 at Lancaster
Speedway in Lancaster, SC. The UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will then travel
Lavonia, GA on April 26, and then complete the tour on April 27 at Thunder
Valley Speedway in Lawndale, NC.
There will be two events at Lancaster Speedway, the first being a 30-lap
$7,000-to-win race on April 19, and a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main event on
April 20. For the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series, the $85,000 weekend at
Lancaster Speedway will be a return to its roots.
The first-ever UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event was held at Lancaster Motor
Speedway on May 3, 1990, when the series was called the Hav-A-Tampa Series.
The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN won that event on
1/2-mile clay oval.
The series returned to Lancaster Motor Speedway on May 2, 1991 when Buck
Simmons was the winner. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN won the last
UDTRA event held at Lancaster Motor Speedway on April 30, 1992.
Lancaster Speedway will host a practice session on April 18 with the gates
opening at 4 p.m. The grandstands will be open free of charge, and pit
passes will be $10. For race day information call (803) 285-1877.
Lancaster Motor Speedway is located 2.8 miles north of the S.R. 9 by-pass
U.S. Highway 521.
The Jameson Inn at 114 Commerce Blvd. in Lancaster, SC will be the UDTRA
Official Host Hotel for the Lancaster Speedway UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
event. The Jameson Inn will offer UDTRA fans and competitors a special
discount rate of $60 per night. Call (803) 283-1188 for reservations and
ask for the Special UDTRA Discount Rate.
The UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will make its first-ever visit to Lavonia
Speedway on April 26 with a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main event. The series
will make its second visit to Thunder Valley Speedway for a 50-lap
$10,000-to-win main event on April 27. The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale
McDowell of Rossville, GA won that last time out for UDTRA at TVS in 1999.
For more information about the UDTRA April Southeastern Swing call (864)
488-1717 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit the UDTRA web site
at www.udtra.com for series news and information.
UDTRA 2002 RULE UPDATE: Effective immediately; all UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
Competitors must meet the following criteria when in competing at any UDTRA
All models regardless of brand will have the following criteria on Roof
dimensions and Roof Support dimensions. Roof dimensions; the minimum
dimensions 48" wide X 46" in length. The maximum dimensions will be 50"
x 51" in length.
Roof Supports dimensions; the minimum dimension will be 40" in length across
the bottom with a maximum dimension of 43" in length across the bottom.
roof supports must be aligned from side to side on all race cars competing
during any UDTRA event. The roof support windows must be filled with lexan
or have the holes cut out the same size on both sides.
All nose pieces and nose templates regardless of manufacture must be
submitted for approval to the Series Directors before it will be allowed
competition at any UDTRA event. All nose pieces must meet the following
From the bottom lip of the nose to the top of the bumper portion of the
must not be laid back more than 5 inches. Any competitor believed to have
changed or altered any portion of the nose or using a non-approved nose
competitor will be assets a 100 pound weight penalty.
Hood Scoops will have the following dimensions as the maximum at all UDTRA
events. The dimensions will be a maximum of 4" high at the center of the
carburetor air cleaner stud. The scoop may run for a maximum length of 15"
from the center air cleaner stud and taper down to a 1 inch opening at the
base of the hood. The width will be only as wide as the air cleaner
BALLOTS ARE IN FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE NATIONAL DIRT LATE MODEL DRIVER
OF THE YEAR: Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN was unanimously chosen as the
first quarter winner of the National Dirt Late Model Driver of the Year
voting. The 15-member National Dirt Model Hall of Fame voting committee
each gave O'Neal a first-place vote.
O'Neal won the fourth UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event of the 2002 season
the Annual East Bay Winternationals at East Bay Raceway in Tampa, FL on
The 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR finished second in
the voting. Moyer won the second UDTRA race of the season at East Bay.
Four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN was voted into
the third spot. Bloomquist won race number five of the UDTRA season in
Defending UDTRA champion and current point leader Rick Eckert of York,
placed fourth in the voting, followed by Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI, who
won the third UDTRA event in 2002 at East Bay. Last year's UDTRA Runner-Up
in points, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY finished sixth in the first-quarter
UDTRA 2002 Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year point leader Shane Tankersley of
Morgonton, GA was voted by the panel of Dirt Late Model media members and
officials as the top dirt late model Rookie driver in the first quarter.
Tankersley won by a large margin over UDTRA 2002 Lucas Oil Rookie of the
Year candidate Mark Kraus of Stratford, WI.
UDTRA "DIRTY THURSDAY" TO PREMIER ON THE SPEED CHANNEL ON APRIL 25: The
first of ten UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series events to be called UDTRA "Dirty
Thursday" will air on April 25 at 11 p.m. ET on SPEED Channel. A complete
2002 UDTRA SPEED Channel television schedule is available on the Official
UDTRA Web Site at www.udtra.com.