posted August 09, 2002 09:08 AM
UDTRA RETURNS TO 311 MOTOR SPEEDWAY THIS WEEKEND
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - The United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
returns to 311 Motor Speedway in Madison, NC for the first time since 1994
this Friday and Saturday night highlighted by a 100-lap $20,000-to-win main
The UDTRA Pro DirtCars will compete in qualifying and heat races on Friday
night, and on Saturday it's a drivers autograph session, consolations races,
and the main event.
Each day, the pit gate opens at 1 p.m., the grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m.,
hot laps are set for 7 p.m., and racing is scheduled for 8 p.m. The 311
Motor Speedway Steel-Head Late Models will also be in action each night.
Going into the weekend's action, Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert of
York, PA holds a 133-point lead over Steve Francis of Ashland, KY. The
UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA is in the third spot, 175
points behind Eckert. Eckert has six wins this season, Francis has two
wins, and McDowell has seven wins.
Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI is still within striking distance in the
championship hunt from the fourth spot with two wins, and is 210 points
behind Eckert. The top four drivers in the current UDTRA point standings
have gone over six figures in season earnings after the first 31 events
Eckert has earned $281,350, which includes the $100,000 Great Northern
Challenge Bonus he earned by winning the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake
Speedway in New Richmond, WI on August 3. McDowell is second on the
earnings list with $156,025, Francis has earned $118,050, and Mars has
Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL is in the fifth spot with one win,
1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN is sixth with one win,
Randy Korte of Highland, IL is seventh in the points chase with one win.
Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH holds down the eighth spot, and ninth is Ray
Cook of Brasstown, NC.
Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN is tenth in points, and leads the $10,000
Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year competition. Ogle has a 169-point lead in
Lucas Oil Rookie points chase over Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA, who
12th overall in the point standings.
For race day and ticket information call 311 Motor Speedway at (336)
427-0816, or visit their web site at www.311speedway.com. 311 Motor
Speedway is located five miles west of Madison, NC on U.S. Highway 311.
The next UDTRA Dirty Thursday will air August 29 at 11 p.m. ET with action
from Crawford County Speedway in Denison, IA. For the complete UDTRA SPEED
Channel schedule and a direct feedback link, visit the UDTRA web site at www.udtra.com.