posted May 01, 2002 11:53 AM
UDTRA SCENIC RACEWAY EVENT SHOULD HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - The Jim Barna Log Systems 50 at Scenic Raceway in Oneida,
TN, round 10 of 2002 United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
season, should have something for everyone this Friday night. A new
1/2-mile track with modern facilities will greet UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
fans and competitors.
The series will bring a tight points race, national television, and an
opportunity for two Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year candidates to take the
spotlight at their home track.
Coming into the $10,000-to-win main event, the top five in the UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series point standings are separated by just 60 points. The 1999
UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA leads the point standings
just 13 points over the Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert of York, PA.
McDowell has one win this season with five top five finishes, and eight
tens in the first nine events of the 2002 season. Eckert is the only driver
in the top five still looking for his first win of the season, but he also
has five top fives, eight top tens, and one fast time this season.
Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI has been very consistent in the last few UDTRA
Pro DirtCar Series events, which has put "The Iceman" into the top three
the series point standings, just two points behind Eckert. Mars has one
this season, with six top five finishes that include four in the last five
events. Mars also has seven top five finishes in the first nine events
Steve Francis of Ashland, KY is fourth in the points chase with one win,
five top fives, six top tens, and two fast times. Francis is 12 points
behind Mars, and only 27 points out of first place.
Four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN has been on
roll in UDTRA competition during the last five events with two wins, and
five straight top five finishes. Bloomquist also has seven top ten finishes
in the first seven events of the season.
Two DNFs, 28th and 27th place finishes in round two and four at East Bay
Raceway in Tampa, FL, have Bloomquist in the fifth spot in the UDTRA point
standings. Despite that, however, Bloomquist is still only 60 points out
the point lead in his "Drive For Five." Bloomquist also leads the UDTRA
Advance Auto Parts Hard Charger point standings.
The 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR is sixth in points
with one win, four top fives, and six top tens. Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee,
WI is gaining momentum from the seventh spot in the point standings.
Schlieper has one top five finish, and four top tens.
Four drivers are in a tight battle for the last three spots in the top ten
of the UDTRA point standings, with 25 points separating eighth through 11th.
The top ten points positions are important ones for UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
competitors because that puts the driver in the UDTRA Winner's Circle
Program that pays an extra $600 per event to top ten drivers.
Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH is eighth in the UDTRA points chase with three
top ten finishes and one fast time. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL
has moved up to the ninth spot in points with a second-place finish last
Saturday night in Lawndale, NC. Pearson is 10 points behind Moran.
The battle for tenth is between the 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of
Knoxville, TN and Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC. Smith is tenth, just one point
behind Pearson, and 14 points in front of Cook. Smith has one win, and
top ten finishes this season. Cook has one top ten finish this season.
Other drivers in the top 20 of the UDTRA point standings expected this
Friday night include the 12th-place driver Randy Korte of Highland, IL,
13th-place driver Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA, Lucas Oil Rookie of
Year point leader Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA, who is 14th overall,
and 15th-place Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR.
Randle Chupp of Mooresville, NC is 16th in points, but has been a front
runner in six races this season with two top five finishes and one fast
time. Mark Kraus of Stratford, WI is 17th in points, and is second in the
Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year points chase.
Two other Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year candidates have been chomping at
bit to get to their home track, Scenic Raceway.
Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN has been one of the East Tennessee
front-runners for many years with several local track championships on his
resume. For 2002, Ogle has teamed up with car-owner Bill Reed in search
the Lucas Oil $10,000 top rookie prize. Ogle is 18th in the point
standings, but has some momentum heading into Scenic Raceway.
Ogle has a pair of 17th-place finishes this season, coming at tracks he
never seen before. Ogle has seen Scenic Raceway, competed on it, and he
also seen one of his competitors for the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year title
at Scenic Raceway, two-time track champion Anthony White of Clinton, TN.
White has been the Scenic Raceway Late Model Champion for the past two
seasons. Although White has not had the success he may have hoped for
during the first five events of the 2002 UDTRA Pro DirtCar season, he has
dropped back, sought some help, and has been getting ready for the run at
his home track.
White has taken a couple of weeks off of the UDTRA tour, and has sought
expert advice from UDTRA Championship crew chief and now consultant Ronnie
Stuckey. The traveling pros that have never seen Scenic Raceway will be
taking a close look at White in an effort to learn how to get around the
Following all of the competitors this Friday night at Scenic Raceway for
$10,000-to-win Jim Barna Log Systems 50 will be the SPEED Channel cameras.
The event will taped by SPEED Channel for air on the May 23 edition of UDTRA
Dirty Thursday at 11 p.m. ET.
As in all 2002 UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series televised events, Friday night's
main event will feature double-file restarts. The double file restarts
the first UDTRA televised event last month at Thunder Valley Speedway in
Glenmora, LA led to two and three-wide racing throughout the field, and
Scenic Raceway is one of the newer dirt tracks in East Tennessee with new
and modern facilities. The UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be making its
first-ever visit to the track close to the Tennessee-Kentucky boarder north
of Knoxville, TN.
"We have one of the best clay ovals in the country, and UDTRA have the best
dirt late model drivers in the country, so when we put them together this
Friday night, the sparks should really fly," Scenic Raceway's Dorothy King
said. "The new clay we've put down this year has really worked well and
UDTRA drivers will really fly around the half-mile. We look for a number
drivers to break the track record time of 17.023 seconds set by Brad Neat
this last Saturday."
"We have all heard a lot about Scenic Raceway and what a great facility
is," UDTRA President Mike Swims said. "Everyone is looking forward to
racing there in front of the SPEED Channel cameras."
The grandstand and pit gates open at 3 p.m., with hot laps set for 6:30
p.m., qualifying at 7:15 p.m., and racing scheduled for 8 p.m. Scenic
Raceway is located three miles north of Oneida, TN, or ten miles south of
the Tennessee-Kentucky boarder on U.S. Highway 27.
For race day and ticket information about the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
$10,000-to-win Jim Barna Log Systems 50 call Scenic Raceway at (423)
569-2727, by E-mail at Dking48090@aol.com, or visit the track's web site
The UDTRA Official Host Hotel for the Scenic Raceway event is the Best
Western Inn in Jelico, TN. The Best Western Inn is offering UDTRA fans
competitors a special discount rate of $48 per night. To make reservations
call (423) 784-7241 and ask for the UDTRA special discount rate.