posted March 26, 2001 08:17 AM
UDTRA STARS TAKE ON STEWART AND SCHRADER IN ALBERTSON'S SUPERMARKETS
CHALLENGE AT TMS
FORT WORTH, TX - The top dirt late model drivers in the country will take
on Winston Cup stars Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader in the 75-lap
$15,000-to-win Albertson's Supermarkets Challenge for the United Dirt Track
Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series on Wednesday night at Texas Motor
Although Stewart and Schrader are better known for their success on the
asphalt tracks, they are no strangers to dirt track racing. Both drivers
have won national dirt track championships while working their way up to
Their competition on the 4/10-mile TMS dirt track will be the UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series top drivers including point leader Rick Eckert, defending
four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist, 2000 UDTRA TMS winner Dan
Schlieper, Steve Francis, Steve Shaver and 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer.
Also entered are the defending STARS Late Model Champion Chub Frank, Wendell
Wallace, 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell, Terry English, Ray Cook, 1996
UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith, Jimmy Mars, Davey Johnson, Dennis Erb Jr.,
Donnie Moran, Donnie Moran, Steve Boley, Shannon Babb, Randy Korte, Brian
Birkhofer and 2001 UDTRA Rookie of the Year candidates Joe Izzo and John
Stewart and Schrader will have many of the fans cheering for them to win
Albertson's Spring Challenge. Fans will be rewarded if Stewart or Schrader
can pull off the victory against the nation's leading drivers.
Fans attending the Albertson's Spring Challenge will receive a coupon that
can be redeemed at Albertson's grocery stores for a free two-liter bottle
Coca-Cola should Stewart win the UDTRA race or for a free Slim Jim should
Schrader cross the finish line first.
"This should make the Albertson's Spring Challenge even more interesting,"
said Eddie Gossage, speedway general manager. "It will be a challenge for
Tony Stewart or Ken Schrader to defeat the best dirt late model drivers
the country. The fans will receive an extra reward if either can pull an
upset and win the race."
For fans traveling into the Fort Worth area a day before the race, they
get an opportunity to meet Rick Eckert and Steve Francis and see their race
cars at area Albertson's Supermarkets.
Eckert will accompany his car for an autograph session from 4 - 6 p.m. on
Tuesday at Albertson's located at 1108 N. Highway 377 in Roanoke. Francis
will appear 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Albertson's located at 8428 Denton
Highway in Watauga.
The pit gate will open at noon on Wednesday, with the grandstand gates
opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are set for 5:30 p.m., with time trials at 6:30
p.m., and racing scheduled for 7:40 p.m. Texas Motor Speedway is located
miles north of Fort Worth on I-35W at exit 70.
Tickets for the Albertson's Spring Challenge are available at the speedway
ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com or at Ticketmaster locations.