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posted May 21, 2001 09:47 AM UIN: 16262997


LINCOLN, NE - The United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
will make its first-ever visit to the 1/3-mile Eagle Raceway on Tuesday
night for a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main event. Out of the top 20 drivers
the current UDTRA point standings, 16 of them are expected at Eagle Raceway,
plus a local favorite that has been running on the UDTRA tour.

After the first 16 races of the 2001 season, Rick Eckert of York, PA is
pulling away from the competition in the point standings, but there is a
of movement behind him. Going into the Eagle Raceway event, the top dirt
late model drivers in the country will be scratching and clawing for point

Eckert has posted two wins, 12 top five finishes, 14 top ten finishes,
poles, and earned over $68,000 in prize money. He leads the point standings
going into Tuesday night's program at Eagle Raceway by 203 points over Steve
Francis of Ashland, KY. Francis is still looking for his first win of the
season, but has 14 top ten finishes, and two poles.

The defending and four-time UDTRA National Champion Scott Bloomquist of
Mooresburg, TN got off to a slow start, and went without a top ten finish
the first nine events of the season. In the last seven UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Series events, Bloomquist has scored one win, four top fives, and has not
finished out of the top ten.

This has vaulted Bloomquist up to third spot in the point standings, 120
points behind Francis, and 49 points ahead of the 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy
Moyer of Batesville, AR. Moyer has been running a new Ford during the past
few races. Moyer has one win and seven top ten finishes in the first 16

Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR has moved up from seventh to fifth in
past three events. Wallace is fresh off his second win of the season on
Saturday night in Huron, SD. It was the second straight year Wallace has
been victorious at the Dakota State Fairgrounds Speedway.

Wallace is the only driver in UDTRA history to finish in the top five in
points for the past five seasons. The defending DTWC Champion is only 27
points behind Moyer in the point standings.

Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI has been around the top five in points all
season. Schlieper had a third place finish locked up on Saturday night
Huron, SD, but cut down a tire on the last lap, which dropped him to
seventh. That dropped him to sixth in the points chase, 10 points behind

Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI has gotten off to a fast start this season.
Mars has one win this season and nine top ten finishes. Mars will arrive
Eagle Raceway in seventh spot in the UDTRA point standings, 35 points behind

Only four points separate eighth through tenth in the current UDTRA point
standings. The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA is
eighth, 80 points behind Mars. The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of
Knoxville, TN is two points behind McDowell in ninth.

Smith posted a third place finish in Huron, SD on Saturday night, his best
finish since winning the season opener on February 3 in Brunswick, GA.
Cook of Brasstown, NC is in the tenth spot, just two points behind Smith.
Cook is the defending Show-Me 100 winner.

UDTRA Rookie of the Year point leader Joe Izzo of LaSalle, IL is 11th
overall in the points chase, and posted his second top ten finish of the
year on Saturday night in Huron, SD. Randy Korte of Highland, IL is 12th
the point standings with two top ten finishes.

Shannon Babb of Decatur, IL has competed in 14 of the first 16 UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series events of the season. The Babbster has three top five
finishes, five top tens, and one pole. Babb finished fifth on Saturday
night in Huron, SD.

The defending NASCAR O'Reilly Series Champion Steve Boley of West Liberty,
IA has moved up to 17th in the UDTRA points chase after 12 starts with two
top five finishes and two pole awards.

Rick Aukland of Fargo, ND will pull into Eagle Raceway 19th in points, with
four top ten finishes and one pole in 10 events. Brian Birkhofer of
Muscatine, IA enters the Eagle Raceway event 20th in UDTRA points with a
five, two top tens, and one pole award which he earned Saturday night in
Huron, SD.

For local flavor, John Anderson of Omaha, NE has gained a helmet full of
experience touring with the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series for eight events this
season, and two feature event starts. Racing on his home turf, Anderson
could show he is ready to run with the best drivers in the nation. Another
expected entry is Ken Brack of Johnstown, CO.

The schedule for Tuesday has the pit gate opening at 2:30 p.m. and the
grandstand gate opening at 6 p.m. UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series hot laps are
scheduled for 7 p.m. followed by qualifications, Borla Performance Heat
Races, the Renegade Transporters and Polaris ATVs Consolation Races, and
50-lap $10,000-to-win main event.

The Eagle Raceway Grand National Late Models will also be in action on
Tuesday night. For ticket and race day information call (402) 420-7223.
Eagle Raceway is located 17 miles east of Lincoln, NE at the intersection
U.S. Highway 34 and State Road 63.

The Official Host Hotel for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event at Eagle
Raceway will be the Best Western Villager Courtyard & Gardens Hotel located
at O St. (U.S. Highway 34) and 52nd St. in Lincoln, NE.

The Best Western Villager Courtyard & Gardens Hotel is offering UDTRA fans
and competitors a special discount rate of $59.00 per night. The facility
features a restaurant and lounge, and a pool and jacuzzi. To make
reservations call 1-800-356-4321, or (402) 464-9111, and ask for the Special
UDTRA Discount Rate.

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