posted November 29, 2002 10:01 PM
UDTRA NOTEBOOK: FORMAT CHANGE ANNOUNCED FOR 2003 UDTRA MASTERS 100 AT CEDAR
LAKE SPEEDWAY, UDTRA PRI MEETINGS SET
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - United Dirt Track Racing Association and Cedar Lake
Speedway officials have announced a unique one-of-a-kind format change for
the 5th Annual Masters 100 at the 1/3-mile clay oval in New Richmond, WI
June 20-21, 2003. The Masters 100 will be a non-points UDTRA All-Star event
with a purse over $100,000 and a three-segment format.
The third segment will see 12 drivers battling for 20 laps, and $59,000
prize money. The third segment will pay $20,000-to-win and $2,000-to-start.
SPEED Channel will tape all three segments of the Masters 100, and the
double-file restart rule will be in effect for all three segments.
The first segment will start 26 cars in a 40-lap event with the top 18
finishers transferring to the second segment. Drivers not transferring to
the second segment will earn $1,200. The 40-lap 18-car second segment will
transfer the top 12 finishers to the third segment. Drivers not
transferring to the third segment will earn $1,300.
“We are excited to be the host of this once-in-a-lifetime inaugural race,”
Robert Kaufman of Cedar Lake Speedway said. “This racing format will set the
new standard of racing for the entire industry and will be an event that
drivers and fans alike won’t want to miss! For fans, you will see the
history-making inaugural race event with the top 12 drivers in America
giving it all they have for 20 short, down and dirty laps.”
UDTRA officials will allow Wissota competitors to participate in the Masters
100. On June 20, Wissota heat races will open the program, with the Wissota
heat race winners becoming eligible to make a qualifying run with the UDTRA
cars for the Masters 100. Heat races and consolation races will follow
UDTRA Masters 100 qualifying.
There will be a dash on June 20 where the top two finishers in each heat
race will start straight up to determine the starting line-up for the first
of the three segments on June 21. Starting positions 25 and 26 segment will
go to the top two fastest qualifiers that failed to transfer.
UDTRA and Cedar Lake Speedway officials will invert the second and third
segments. A race fan will have the have the opportunity to win the honor
spinning a wheel for the second and third segments that will have spaces
marked 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and Field to determine the inversion. There will
a 10-minute intermission between each segment for competitors to make
"This event is something that we all feel has been needed for years, and
that is to give the fans and competitors an All-Star Weekend," UDTRA
Director of Events Scott French said. "This is something every other major
sport has, and dirt late model racing needs. We'll have the 12 best drivers
in the country racing 20 laps for $20,000, something that has never been
done in our sport."
For ticket and additional information call Cedar Lake Speedway at 1-866-4
CLS FUN (1-866-425-7386) or visit their web site at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
UDTRA PRI MEETINGS SET: UDTRA officials have announced a pair of meetings
for competitors and promoters during the PRI in Indianapolis, IN on December
There will be a meeting for UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series competitors to discuss
2003 rules on December 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the UDTRA Banquet Room
the Radisson City Centre Indianapolis Hotel at 31 West Ohio Street.
UDTRA officials will also host a meeting for track promoters on December
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Courtyard By Marriott on 501 W. Washington
St. The meeting will be a workshop to discuss the 2003 schedule and to
discuss promotional ideas for 2003 UDTRA events.
UDTRA officials will present a working schedule to the 2002 top ten drivers
for consultation before finalizing and releasing the 2003 UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Series schedule on January 15, 2003.
EAST BAY WINTERNATIONALS TO OPEN 2003 SEASON: The 2003 UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Season will open at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the Annual East
Bay Winternationals on February 4, 6, and 8. The February 4 event will pay
$5,000-to-win, the February 6 event will pay $7,000-to-win.
The UDTRA East Bay Winternationals finale on February 8 will pay
$15,000-to-win and will be taped by SPEED Channel. The 1997 UDTRA Champion
Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR, Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI, and Don O'Neal
of Martinsville, IN won UDTRA East Bay Raceway Park events in 2002.
For ticket and additional information contact East Bay Raceway Park at (813)
677-7223, or visit their web site at www.eastbayracewaypark.com.
NEXT SPEED CHANNEL UDTRA BROADCAST ON DECEMBER 19: The next UDTRA broadcast
on the SPEED Channel will be on December 19 at 11 p.m. ET. The program will
be the 2002 UDTRA Season In Review highlighting the second straight UDTRA
Pro DirtCar Series championship for Rick Eckert of York, PA.
Also featured will be the 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville,
GA, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI, and Earl
Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, the drivers that finished second through
fifth respectively in the 2002 Pro DirtCar Series point standings. The
program is scheduled to re-air on December 23 at 3 p.m. ET.