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posted May 17, 2001 03:29 PM UIN: 16262997


WOODSTOCK, GA - The United Dirt Track Racing Association Great Plains Tour
rolls on to Huron, SD for a two-day event at the 3/8-mile Dakota State
Fairgrounds Speedway this Friday and Saturday nights. The event will be
highlighted by a $20,000-to-win 100-lap feature race for the UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series.

This event will be the first two-day show of the 2001 season for the UDTRA
Pro Dirt Car Series. Qualifying and Borla Performance Heat Races will
ran on Friday night, and the Renegade Transporters and Polaris ATVs
Consolation Races leading into the main event are run on Saturday night.

The pace is not so hectic for the competitors on a two-day show, and it
gives them a chance to visit with the fans during the drivers' autograph
session on Saturday afternoon.

UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA will welcome the slowed pace
a two-day format, as he has been suffering from the flu this week. His
competitors, however, probably don't feel Eckert needs a break. Eckert,
despite spending most of Tuesday in bed, dominated the UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Series event on Tuesday night in West Liberty, IA.

Eckert led all 50 laps to post his second win of the season, the 11th top
five finish in the first 15 events, and extended his point lead over Steve
Francis of Ashland, KY to 183. Eckert is also the only driver so far this
season to complete every possible lap of competition on the UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series tour.

Francis is returning to a track he has had success at in the past. Francis
suffered a rare finish outside the top 10 in West Liberty on Tuesday night
after dropping out with a broken tie rod while running second to Eckert.
Francis, who has 13 top ten finishes in the first 15 races, ended up in
22nd spot on Tuesday night.

In 1999, Francis won a non-sanctioned event at the Dakota State Fairgrounds
Speedway. Even with the high number of top ten finishes this season, the
Kentucky Colonel is still looking for his first UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
victory this season.

Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR is the defending race champion for the
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series at Huron. Wallace has one win this season, but
is looking to getting back into the top five in the points chase, a position
he has finished in points for the past five seasons, and the only driver
do that.

Wallace, who is currently sixth in points, will be looking to pick up where
he left off last season in Huron. A good finish will get Wallace back in
the top five in short order.

The 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR is third in the UDTRA
points chase with one victory. Moyer could be thinking about a UDTRA title
run in 2001, as he has been to every event so far this season.

The defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg,
TN is fourth in points despite some early-season mechanical problems.
Bloomquist finished second on Tuesday night, and said they have their
mechanical gremlins corrected, and are gaining strength. Bloomquist has
also visited the UDTRA winner's circle once this season.

Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI has had a quiet, but productive season thus
far, and is currently fifth in the points chase. Schlieper has yet to win
race this season after posting five wins last year, but he is finishing
races this year.

Other top ten contenders making the trip to Huron include Jimmy Mars of
Mound, WI, 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA, Ray Cook
Brasstown, NC, 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN, Rookie
the Year point leader Joe Izzo of LaSalle, IL, Randy Korte of Highland,
and Shannon Babb of Decatur, IL.

The schedule of events on Friday night will see the pit gate opening at
p.m., and the grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled
5:30 p.m., followed by UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series qualifying and heat races.
The Dakota Street Stocks will also be in action on Friday night.

On Saturday, the pit gate opens at 1 p.m., and the grandstand gate opens
4:30 p.m. The UDTRA Drivers Autograph Session on Souvenir Row will be from
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 p.m. followed the UDTRA
consolation races and the 100-lap $20,000-to-win main event. The Super
Stocks and Modifieds will also be in action on Saturday night.

The Holiday Inn Express, located on the south side of Huron, SD on S.R.
is the Official UDTRA Host Hotel for the event at the Dakota State Fair
Speedway. The Holiday Inn Express is offering UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
and competitors a special discount rate of $53.95 per night. To make
reservations call (605) 352-6655 and ask for the Special UDTRA Discount

The Dakota State Fairgrounds Speedway is located just south of U.S. Highway
14 on the northwest side of Huron, SD. For ticket and race day information
call (605) 352-4848.

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