posted June 24, 2002 11:45 AM
UDTRA NOTEBOOK: ON TO DENISON, IA, PETTY CYCLE RIDE TO NRP, SCHEDULE CHANGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DENISON, IA - A busy week is ahead for the United Dirt Track Racing
Association Pro DirtCar Series competitors. The first stop will the
first-ever visit for the series to Crawford County Speedway in Denison,
on Tuesday night. Then on Wednesday the Pro DirtCar Series practice session
at Nebraska Raceway Park will visited by the Kyle Petty Charity Motorcycle
The UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will race in a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main
event in front of the SPEED Channel cameras at Crawford County Speedway.
The event will air on SPEED Channel's UDTRA Dirty Thursday on August 29
11 p.m. ET.
Pro DirtCar Series point leader and Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert
York, PA enters the event fresh off his second win of the season on Saturday
night in The Masters 75 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI.
"We've heard a lot of good things about Crawford County Speedway from some
of the drivers that have raced there in the past," Eckert said. "We've
heard it's big, it's fast, and it's a great facility for the fans and
competitors. We're all looking forward to making the trip to Denison, IA
The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA has five wins on
season, and trails Eckert in the points chase by 36 points. McDowell kept
pace with Eckert in the championship hunt with a second-place finish in
Masters. Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI is not that far behind in the third
Mars is 97 points out of first place with one win this season. Mars was
contender for The Masters win, despite having a broken right-front
suspension. His crew, led by brother Chris Mars, fixed the car during a
caution period, and Mars charged back through the field to a fourth-place
Steve Francis of Ashland, KY is a two-time series runner-up, and is
currently in the fourth spot in the Pro DirtCar point standings with one
this season. The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN moved
to the fifth position in the series point standings with a strong
third-place finish in The Masters. Smith won the season opener on February
2 in Brunswick, GA.
Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH was another driver on the move in The Masters.
Moran made several pit stops, but came back each time into the top five.
Moran, who started 22nd on The Masters grid, finished fifth to earn the
Advance Auto Parts Hard Charger of the Race Award. Moran will come to
Denison, IA sixth in the points chase.
Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC moved up to the seventh spot in the UDTRA points
after The Masters. Cook started 24th and last in The Masters, and worked
his way up to seventh spot before cutting a tire down. Earl Pearson Jr.
Jacksonville, FL is eighth in points, and is getting stronger with each
Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA won the Pro DirtCar Series event on June
18 in Davenport, IA. Birkhofer is looking forward to his visit to Crawford
County Speedway, track he had won at before. Birkhofer will enter this
event as the tenth-place driver in the series points. Randy Korte of
Highland, IL is 11th in points, and will be looking to move into the top
Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA leads three other rookie drivers to
Crawford County Speedway in the $10,000 Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year
competition. Tankersley leads Mark Kraus of Stratford, WI, Billy Ogle Jr.
of Knoxville, TN, and John Anderson of Omaha, NE.
This Tuesday at Crawford County Speedway, the pit gate will open at 2 p.m.
and the grandstand gate opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are set for 6:30 p.m.
followed by Pro DirtCar Series time trials at 7:15 p.m., and racing is
scheduled for 8 p.m. The Open-Wheel Modifieds are also schedule to be on
the card with the Pro DirtCars.
Crawford County Speedway is located 6/10-miles north of U.S. Highway 30
U.S. Highway 59, then 6/10-miles Northeast on State Road 39. For race day
and ticket information call (712) 263-8221.
UDTRA PRACTICE AND PETTY MOTORCYCLE RIDE SET FOR NRP ON WEDNESDAY: Weather
permitting, the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series competitors will visit Nebraska
Raceway Park in Greenwood, NE on Wednesday evening for a practice session
prepare for two nights of action this Friday and Saturday nights.
The Kyle Petty Charity Motorcycle Ride from California to North Carolina,
featuring many Winston Cup stars, will also make a stop Wednesday night
NRP. Talk among the Winston Cup contingent has Ken Schrader wanting a match
race between a few Winston Cup drivers and some of the Pro DirtCar Series
top runners. Details were still being worked out at press time.
The practice session will begin at 6 p.m., with the Kyle Petty riders
expected sometime around 7 p.m. Nebraska Raceway Park is located just
Northwest of I-80 at exit 420 on State Road 63. For more information, call
the track at (402) 944-2233.
UDTRA 2002 SCHEDULE CHANGE AND ADDITION: The UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
event originally scheduled for Golden Mountain Speedway Park in Sparta,
on August 9-10, has been changed to a 50-lap $10,000-to-win event, and moved
to July 26.
The August 9-10 date has been picked up by 311 Motor Speedway in Madison,
NC, who will run a two-day show featuring a 100-lap $20,000-to-win main
NEXT UDTRA DIRTY THURSDAY ON SPEED CHANNEL: The next airing of UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series action on SPEED Channel will be on UDTRA Dirty Thursday on
August 1 at 11 p.m. ET featuring The Masters 75 from Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI.
For a complete schedule of UDTRA telecasts on SPEED Channel, and a direct
feedback link to SPEED Channel, visit the UDTRA web site at www.udtra.com.