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posted May 29, 2002 03:03 PM UIN: 16262997


WOODSTOCK, GA - The United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
returns to Florence Speedway in Union, KY this Friday and Saturday nights
for the $20,000-to-win Bluegrass Nationals 100. For the competitors of
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series, there are several battles going on in the season

This will be the first $20,000-to-win two-day show of the season for the
Pro DirtCar Series. The Qualifying and Heat Races will take place on Friday
night, with the Consolation Races and the Bluegrass Nationals 100 taking
place on Saturday night.

The 1999 Pro DirtCar Series Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA has
the man on a mission in recent weeks having posted five wins in the last
month of competition. McDowell leads the Pro DirtCar Series point standings
by 59 points over Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert of Eckert of York,

Eckert has been keeping pace with McDowell, even though he has not visited
the winner's circle in the first 14 events of the Pro DirtCar Series season.
Eckert has posted nine five finishes, and 13 top ten finishes in the first
14 UDTRA events of 2002.

Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI is also right up in the championship hunt with
one win, nine top fives, and 12 top tens. Mars trails Eckert in the UDTRA
points chase by 19 points.

Steve Francis of Ashland, KY is trying to keep up with McDowell, Eckert,
and Mars, and a trip to Florence Speedway will have the "Kentucky Colonel"
humming the tune "My Old Kentucky Home."

Francis considers Florence Speedway to be one of his better tracks, and
has two Pro DirtCar Series wins at the 1/2-mile clay oval. This season,
Francis has one win, seven top fives, and ten top 10s in 14 starts, and
leads the series with three fast times. Francis is fourth in the Pro
DirtCar Series point standings, and is 62 points behind Mars.

Another driver with two UDTRA wins at Florence Speedway is four-time series
champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN. Bloomquist has two wins this
season in 13 starts with seven top fives, and ten top 10s. Bloomquist is
a battle for a top five position in the points chase with Dan Schlieper
Pewaukee, WI.

Schlieper has a 1998 Florence Speedway win on his UDTRA resume, and has
been a consistent top five finisher in recent weeks on the tour. Schlieper
is sixth in the UDTRA standings, just 10 points behind Bloomquist.

Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH leads a host of drivers battling for top ten
positions in the Pro DirtCar Series point standings that include 1996 UDTRA
Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC, and Earl
Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL. The 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer of
Batesville, AR has two wins in 12 starts, and has in and out of the top

Moran is in the seventh spot, 49 points behind Schlieper. Smith holds the
eighth spot, 66 points behind Moran. Just 58 points separate eighth through
11th in the UDTRA point standings. Pearson is in the ninth points position,
11 points behind Smith, and Cook is tenth, 31 points behind Pearson. Moyer
is just outside the top ten in 11th, 16 points behind Cook.

Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA has been closing in on the top ten in
points in recent weeks, and has moved up to 12th spot. Randy Korte of
Highland, IL is right behind Birky in 13th, after posting his first UDTRA
fast time award two weeks ago in Lincoln, NE.

Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA leads a tight three-way battle for the
Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year point lead. Trailing Tankersley are Mark Kraus
of Stratford, WI, and Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN. Respectively,
Tankersley, Kraus and Ogle are 14th through 16th in the Pro DirtCar Series
overall point standings.

Several regional drivers always make themselves known at Florence Speedway
when they take on the UDTRA regulars. Bob Pierce of Oakwood, IL won the
2000 UDTRA North-South 100 at Florence, and had a strong second-place finish
in the UDTRA event at Florence Speedway last year.

Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN got off the a great start earlier this season
after winning his second UDTRA East Bay Winternationals in Florida back
February. John Gill of Mitchell, IN and Mike Jewell of Scottsburg, IN are
two other Hoosier State drivers that have had good runs in the past at UDTRA
events at Florence Speedway.

There are many local favorites expected to give the traveling pros a run
their money. Hometown hero Darrell Lanigan of Union, KY is always tough
his home turf, as are many-time Florence Speedway Champion Steve Landrum
Erlanger, KY, Jerry Rice of Verona, KY, and Jesse James Lay of Walton, KY.

On Friday night, the pit gate opens at 4 p.m., the grandstand gates open
5 p.m., and Qualifying is scheduled for 7 p.m. On Saturday night, the pit
area and grandstand gates open at 4 p.m., and racing is scheduled for 7

The Comfort Inn in Erlanger, KY will be the Official Host Hotel for the
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event at Florence Speedway. The Comfort Inn is
located off I-75 at exit 184, just minutes from Florence Speedway.

The Comfort Inn will be offering UDTRA fans and competitors a special
discount rate of $55 per night. The Comfort Inn features newly renovated
rooms, outdoor pool, complementary Continental Breakfast, and ample truck
parking. To make reservations call (859) 727-3400 and be sure to ask for
the special UDTRA discount rate.

For ticket information call Florence Speedway at (859) 493-0034, or visit
the Florence Speedway web site at Florence
Speedway is located 9 miles south of I-75 on U.S. Highway 42.

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