posted May 11, 2001 07:18 AM
UDTRA NOTEBOOK: DISCOUNT HOTEL ROOMS ON-LINE; BATTLE OF BRISTOL; SHOESTRING
TRAVELER GETS NEW LACES; STATS REVIEW AND DATE CHANGE
WOODSTOCK, GA - The United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
is taking a weekend off before hitting the road again for the Great Plains
Tour with events in West Liberty, IA on May 15, Huron, SD on May 18-19,
Lincoln, NE on May 22. There is still plenty of news to report on from
UDTRA FANS AND COMPETITORS CAN GET DISCOUNT HOTEL ROOMS FROM
E-ACCOMMODATIONS+: UDTRA officials have announced that E-Accommodations+
will be the Official Hotel Room Provider for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series.
UDTRA fans and competitors can now reserve discount hotel rooms around UDTRA
Pro DirtCar Series events on-line through the E-Accommodations+ web site
at www.racinghotels.com or calling their toll-free hot line at 1-888-212-2712.
"E-Accommodations+ is going to provide a valuable service to UDTRA fans
competitors this season," UDTRA President Mike Swims said. "Bristol is
good example because most of the hotels in the area have found out that
had over 45,000 people there last year, and they have jacked up the rates
for our event there this year, just as they would for a Winston Cup event.
E-Accommodations+ has gone in and made some deals for us, and they have
rooms available in the Bristol area for as low as $45.99 per night."
BATTLE OF BRISTOL WEB PAGE TO BE UP WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS: The UDTRA
DirtCar Series web site at www.udtra.com will launch a new page in the next
few days devoted to the 2nd Annual Battle of Bristol at Bristol Motor
Speedway in Bristol, TN on May 30-June 2.
The site will feature the latest news, information, race format and
schedule, technical bulletins, and photos concerning the Battle of Bristol.
There will also be links to the BMS web site (www.bristolmotorspeedway.com)
for ticket information and E-Accommodations+ (www.racinghotels.com) for
hotel room information.
BATTLE OF BRISTOL TECHNICAL UPDATE: UDTRA Technical Director Ritchie Lewis
has been working long hard hours communicating with UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
competitors, manufactures, and BMS officials in an effort to keep the wheels
on the race cars for this year's Battle of Bristol.
"The corner speeds combined with the stress loads on the cars at Bristol
higher than any other track we visit, which we learned after it happened
the race last year," Lewis said. "Safety is the number one concern for
everyone involved, so we've taken a lot of time in coming up with safety
requirements and recommendations that will make for a safe and more
The following is information that UDTRA is sharing with the competitors
plan on competing during the Battle of Bristol.
The UDTRA recommends using new lug nuts, preferably steel. The minimum
recommended air pressure on the left rear is ten (10) psi. Off set wheels
are permitted, however a five (5) inch offset wheel is the maximum
recommended offset wheel. Wheel spacers are permitted but "NOT
Lewis said the above mentioned recommendations were gathered from the
manufacturers, drivers and car builders of the UDTRA.
"The safety issues of wheels breaking and coming off the cars are a serious
matter going into the Battle of Bristol," Lewis said. "We are trying to
protect the fans, drivers, officials and the event for years to come."
These recommendations follow an earlier UDTRA Technical Bulletin that stated
mandatory rules for Bristol. That bulletin stated that all wheels must
.380 at the bolt flange. Weld Wheels will be HS type wheels, and Real
Wheels must be R110, R112, and R10. Right side bead locks are mandatory,
front and rear. No ultra lite hubs will be permitted.
NEW LACES FOR THE SHOESTRING TRAVELER: Chub Frank of Sugar Grove, PA, known
as the "Shoestring Traveler," can afford some new laces according to an
interesting stat from Fayetteville, NC News and Observer Motorsports writer
Pope has calculated that Frank pocketed $21,300.00 in prize money after
winning the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series events in Savannah, GA on April 20
Fayetteville, NC on April 21, and drove a distance of 55 miles on the two
tracks to do it.
On that same weekend, Pope writes that Bobby Hamilton earned $173,855.00
after driving 500 miles in winning the Winston Cup race in Talladega, AL.
Pope figured that Frank earned $387.27 per mile, while Hamilton earned
$347.71 per mile.
STATS UPDATE: The following are the latest UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series Stats
after the first 14 events of the 2001 season.
Defending Champion Rocket Chassis leads the UDTRA Chassis Manufactures
Challenge. Rocket has 78 points followed by three-time champion GRT Race
Cars with 59 points. Mastersbilt Race Cars is third with 55 points followed
by Warrior Race Cars with 48 points and Larry Shaw Race Cars with 41 points.
Cornett Racing Engines leads the JE Pistons Engine Builders Challenge with
68 points. Pro Power Racing Engines is second with 55 points followed by
defending champion Custom Race Engines with 47 points. Russell Baker Racing
Engines is fourth with 45 points followed by Malcuit Race Engines with 41
points and Hatfield Racing Engines with 235 points.
In both the UDTRA Chassis and Engine Builders Challenge, the highest
finishing manufacturer at each event is awarded six points, second highest
gets five, and one point less for each position back.
UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA leads the Laps Completed list
impressive fashion. In the first 14 events, there have been 690 laps of
competition. Eckert is the only driver to complete every lap possible of
competition. Second on the list is Steve Francis of Ashland, KY with 669
The defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg,
TN is third with 614 laps completed, and 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer
Batesville, AR is fourth with 602 laps completed. Eckert and Francis are
tied for the most fast time honors in the first 14 events with two apiece.
Chub Frank of Sugar Grove, PA leads the Muddslinger Magazine Most Laps Led
list with 100. Frank's leading lap total came on the weekend of April 20-21
when he won 50-lap events in Savannah, GA and Fayetteville, NC.
The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA leads the JE Pistons
Hard Charger point standings with 80 points. Eckert is second with 73
points followed by former UDTRA Hard Charger Award Winner Ray Cook of
Brasstown, NC with 57 points, Moyer with 46 points, and Wendell Wallace
Batesville, AR with 44 points.
After each UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event, drivers are awarded one Hard
Charger point for each position they improve from the start of the race
the end of the race.
There have been 12 different winners in the first 14 events. Frank and
Davey Johnson of Greensburg, PA are two-time winners.
Drivers with one win so far this season are 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith
of Knoxville, TN, Moyer, Steve Shaver of Parkersburg, WV, Eckert, Matt
Miller of Toledo, OH, Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI, Wallace, Bloomquist,
Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY, and Mike Balzano of Parkersburg, WV. Miller,
Mars, Boggs, and Balzano are all first-time career winners.
Eckert has 10 top five finishes in the first 14 events, while Francis, Frank
and Johnson are tied for second with six top five finishes. Francis leads
all drivers in top ten finishes with 13 in the first 14 events. Eckert
second with 12 top tens. Mars has eight top ten finishes, and Moyer has
top ten finishes.
Eckert leads the season earnings list having pocketed $47,325 in the first
14 events of 2001. Shaver is second with $42,050 in earnings followed by
Mars at $39,525, Francis at $35,350, and Frank at $35,050.
Complete 2001 UDTRA Statistics are available on the UDTRA web site at www.udtra.com. To go the Points page for wins, top fives, top tens, poles
and earnings. For other stats, scroll to the bottom of the Points page
click 2001 Stats.
BENTON COUNTY SPEEDWAY EVENT IN BOSWELL, IN CHANGED TO AUGUST 10: The UDTRA
Pro DirtCar Series event that was originally scheduled for Saturday night,
August 11 has been changed to Friday, August 10.