posted March 21, 2001 02:19 AM
UDTRA PRO DirtCar SERIES POINTS DOGFIGHT HEADS TO LOUISIANA FOR THE 3RD
ANNUAL BAYOU BASH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - The top dirt late model drivers in the nation are headed
Louisiana for the United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
3rd Annual Bayou Bash. The action begins on Saturday night at Thunder
Valley Speedway in Glenmora, LA, and then moves to The New Leesville 171
Speedway in Leesville, LA on Sunday night.
After a couple of travel days, the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series then travels
Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX for the $15,000-to-win Albertson's
Supermarkets Challenge on March 28.
The 50-lap $10,000-to-win Saturday night event at Thunder Valley Speedway
will be the third appearance at the 3/8-mile clay oval for the UDTRA Pro
DirtCars. The defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of
Mooresburg, TN picked up his first win of the 2000 season at Thunder Valley,
and he's hoping history will repeat itself.
Bloomquist is currently ninth in the UDTRA points chase and 248 points
behind UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA, who has 1,065 points.
After the first seven events of the 2001 UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series season,
Bloomquist has yet to record a top ten finish, but does have one pole to
Eckert, who has one win this season with four top fives, has last season's
UDTRA National Championship Runner-Up Steve Francis of Ashland, KY breathing
down his tailpipe in the second spot. The Kentucky Colonel, who won at
Thunder Valley in 1999, is 15 points behind Eckert, and although he has
wins so far this season, he has four top fives, six top tens and one pole.
East Bay Winternationals winner Steve Shaver of Parkersburg, WV is third
the UDTRA point standings with 996 points, and 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy
Moyer of Batesville, AR, who has one UDTRA win this season, is fourth, 29
points behind Shaver. The gap in points between fifth and tenth is just
Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI is fifth with 873 points, while Wendell
Wallace of Batesville, AR and Chub Frank of Sugar Grove, PA are tied for
sixth spot with 844 points. The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of
Rossville, GA is eighth in points with 823, followed by Bloomquist with
and Terry English of Benton, KY is tenth with 787 points.
An even tighter point battle is between tenth spot and 15th spot in the
UDTRA points chase. The tenth points position is an important one for the
UDTRA travelers, as the top ten in points at each UDTRA event are eligible
for the UDTRA Winner's Circle Program that pays $600 to each driver in the
A very thin 25 points separate tenth through 15th in the current UDTRA
point standings. Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC is 11th in points, and missed
out on the Thunder Valley Winner Circle cash by one point. The 1996 UDTRA
Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN and Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH
are tied for the 12th spot, just two points out of tenth spot.
Davey Johnson of Greensburg, PA has two wins this season, and is 14th in
points chase and is nine points out of tenth spot. Dennis Erb Jr. of
Carpentersville, IL holds down the 15th spot with 752 points.
The UDTRA points battle even remains close back to the 20th spot with 87
points between tenth place English and 2001 UDTRA Rookie of the Year point
leader Joe Izzo of LaSalle, IL. In between are Shannon Babb of Decatur,
with 754, Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH with 738, Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound,
with 712, and Bill Frye of Greenbrier, AR with 705 points.
There will be a practice session at Thunder Valley Speedway on Friday night
scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will be followed by promoter Jackie
Thacker's traditional Cajun Cookout for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar teams and
On Saturday, the pit gate will open at 11 a.m., with the front gates
opening at 2 p.m. Hot laps are set for 6 p.m., with time trials at 7 p.m.
and racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thunder Valley Speedway is located 12
miles west of Glenmora, LA on S.R. 112. For race day and ticket information
call (318) 748-4473.
The New Leesville 171 Speedway will be a new venue for the UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series. The second event of the Bayou Bash on the ¼-mile clay oval
will be a twilight 50-lap $10,000-to-win Sunday show with the pit gate
opening at 11 a.m., the front gate at 1 p.m., hot laps at 4 p.m., qualifying
at 5 p.m., and racing scheduled for 6 p.m.
Along with the UDTRA Pro DirtCars, the UMP Modifieds and the Super Stocks
will also be in action. The New Leesville 171 Speedway is located just
south of Leesville, LA on U.S. Highway 171. For race day and ticket
information call (337) 238-5000.
The Landmark Hotel in Leesville, LA is the Official Host Hotel for the
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series 3rd Annual Bayou Bash. The Landmark Hotel,
conveniently located 1.5 miles north of The New Leesville 171 Speedway on
U.S. Highway 171, is offering UDTRA fans and competitors a special discount
rate of $55.00 plus tax per night.
The Landmark Hotel offers a restaurant and lounge, large parking area,
on-site laundry, and access to exercise facilities. To make reservations
call (337) 239-7571 and ask for the special UDTRA discount rate.
Hotels also offering discount rates for the Thunder Valley Speedway UDTRA
Pro DirtCar Series event are the Best Western Hotel on N. MacArthur Drive
Alexandria, LA, (318) 445-5530, and the Oakdale Inn in Oakdale, LA, (318)