posted September 07, 2002 01:27 PM
UDTRA NOTEBOOK: SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS; CHASSIS CHAMPION; HARDEE'S SHOOTOUT
TICKET INFORMATION; STATS
WOODSTOCK, GA - As the 2002 United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro
DirtCar Series season heads down the front stretch in the championship
drive, the series has announced some schedule adjustments for the final
month of the season.
ROME SPEEDWAY TO HOST A $10,000-TO-WIN SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 28: Rome Speedway
in Rome, GA will host the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series on September 28 with a
50-lap $10,000-to-win main event. This event has been added to the Pro
DirtCar Series schedule to replace the September 27-28 events at Green
Valley Speedway in Glencoe, AL.
GVS owner Bill Teneyck asked to be released from his UDTRA contract citing
family illness, but requested to keep the September date for the 2003
"We have not had any races at Green Valley Speedway this summer due to
family illness that has kept me away from properly promoting the track,"
Teneyck said. "With no events leading into the UDTRA show, I thought it
best to cancel this year's event, and keep the track closed for the season."
Teneyck said he is glad the Swims family has chosen to pick up the date at
Rome Speedway, and have agreed to allow him to keep the date for next
"I support UDTRA, and since I will not be running any events that weekend,
the series has agreed to keep this date open for Green Valley Speedway next
year." Teneyck said. "If I can't have the UDTRA Pro Dirt Car Series at
Green Valley Speedway, Rome Speedway is the next best place, as it is close
for the Alabama fans to travel there, and they'll see some great racing
In addition to the UDTRA Pro DirtCars, Rome Speedway will also present
championship races for the Sportsman, Bomber, and Cruiser Divisions. The
first race is scheduled for 7 p.m., and Rome Speedway officials will work
with series officials to have the UDTRA portion of the show completed by
p.m. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN won the Rome Speedway UDTRA event
The pit gate opens at 2 p.m., the grandstand gate opens at 4 p.m., and hot
laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For race day and ticket information call
(706) 290-2416 or (770) 926-5315.
KLMS UDTRA COMMONWEALTH CUP RACE HAS BEEN CANCELLED: After a month of
negotiations with the new owners of Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert
City, KY, KLMS and UDTRA officials have come to a mutual agreement to cancel
the event scheduled there this month.
The UDTRA Commonwealth Cup event was originally scheduled by the former
owners, the Greer family, to be a pair of Pro DirtCar Series $10,000-to-win
shows on September 13-14, with a $30,000 bonus going to any driver who could
win both races. Shortly after the July 27 UDTRA show at KLMS, it was
announced that the track had new owners.
It was then announced by the track that the event was being moved to the
following weekend, September 20-21, which became available on the UDTRA
schedule when the originally scheduled UDTRA event for that date was
canceled due to a change of management at Thunder Valley Speedway in
Due to the lack of consistent and timely communication by the new ownership
of the track with series officials, the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will not
compete at Kentucky lake Motor Speedway.
The SPEED Channel date that had originally been scheduled for the KLMS
Commonwealth Cup has been moved to the "Big Kahuna II" for the UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series at The Rock Allegany County Speedway in Cumberland, MD on
"This has certainly been one of the strangest years I've ever seen with
many tracks changing owners and management during the middle of the season,"
UDTRA President Mike Swims said. "We have lost three shows this year for
SCHEDULE UPDATE: So with the cancellation of the UDTRA Commonwealth Cup
KLMS, the next UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event will be a 50-lap
$10,000-to-win event on September 28 at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA. Atomic
Motor Speedway in Knoxville, TN will host a 50-lap $10,000-to-win event for
the Pro DirtCar Series on October 1. The 15,000-to-win 75-lap "Big Kahuna
II" will take place at The Rock Allegany County Speedway on October 5.
HARDEE'S SHOOTOUT TICKET ORDERING INFO: The 2002 season finale for the
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be the 100-lap $55,000-to-win 13th Annual
Hardee's Shootout at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA on October 11-12.
The October 11 portion of the Hardee's Shootout will feature Pro DirtCar
Series qualifying and heat races to begin setting the starting line-up for
the Hardee's Shootout, plus the $5,000-to-win Isky Dash for Pro DirtCar
Series Fast Qualifiers during the 2002 season.
On October 12 it's the Polaris ATVs Consolation Races with a special payout
to non-qualifiers, and the $55,000-to-win, $2,500-to-start, 13th Annual
Hardee's Shootout. The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA
is the defending and two-time Hardee's Shootout Champion.
Fans can order reserved seats by phone with their VISA or Master Card by
calling (770) 926-5315. For more information including camping, hotels,
starting times, etc., visit the Dixie Speedway web site at www.dixiespeedway.com.
ROCKET CHASSIS CLINCHES ITS THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE: After round 35 of the
2002 Pro DirtCar Series season on September 1 at Atomic Motor Speedway in
Knoxville, TN, a fourth-place finish by Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert
of York, PA clinched the third straight UDTRA Chassis Manufacturers
Championship for Rocket Chassis.
MORE STATS: In the UDTRA JE Pistons Engine Builders Challenge, two-time
champion Custom Race Engines holds a seven point lead over Pro Power Racing
Engines. The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN holds a 62
point lead over Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL for the Advance Auto
Parts Hard Charger Award.
The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA leads the
Muddslinger Magazine Most Laps Led Award standings. McDowell has led 489
laps of Pro DirtCar Series competition, and the Defending UDTRA Champion
Rick Eckert of York, PA is in the second spot with 314 laps led.
Eckert does lead two other categories with season earnings and laps
completed. In 35 UDTRA events this season, Eckert has earned $304,195 in
prize money and contingencies. McDowell is next on the list with $199,300
in earnings, followed by Steve Francis of Ashland, KY with $138,980, and
Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI with $113,120.
In the laps completed category, Eckert has completed 2,133 laps of a
possible 2,135 laps. Francis is second on the list with 2,086 laps
completed, followed by Mars with 2,048 laps completed.
For a complete rundown of the current top 50 UDTRA point standings,
including wins, top fives, top tens, fast times, and season earnings, go
the UDTRA web site at www.udtra.com and click the Points page. At the
bottom of the points page, click 2002 Stats for more information, including
the 2002 Hardee's Shootout Invitees.
The next UDTRA Dirty Thursday on SPEED Channel will air September 12 at 11
p.m. ET with action from Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. For the complete
UDTRA SPEED Channel schedule and a direct feedback link, visit the UDTRA
site at www.udtra.com.