posted July 20, 2001 08:27 AM
3RD ANNUAL UDTRA TRIPLE CROWN SET FOR ATOMIC, DIXIE AND ROME THIS WEEKEND
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
KNOXVILLE, TN - The 3rd Annual United Dirt Track Racing Association Triple
Crown for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series is set for this weekend. There will
be three 50-lap $10,000-to-win programs beginning at Atomic Motor Speedway
in Knoxville, TN on Friday night, Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA on
Saturday night, and Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on Sunday night.
Atomic Motor Speedway presents One Hot Night on Friday night to open the
UDTRA Triple Crown. The top dirt late model drivers in the country will
take on several local favorites in a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main event that
will be taped by Knoxville, TN NBC affiliate WBIR-TV and be aired the hour
before Brickyard 400 on August 5.
The UDTRA DirtCar Series contingent will be led by point leader Rick Eckert
of York, PA, who has five wins this season. Eckert knows where the Atomic
Speedway winner's circle is located, as he picked up his first career UDTRA
victory at Atomic in 1999. Eckert leads Steve Francis of Ashland, KY in
points chase by 165 points.
Francis is fresh off his first UDTRA win of the 2001 season last Sunday
Parkersburg, WV, and The Kentucky Colonel has been known in past seasons
come on strong in mid-July. Another driver that is known to come on strong
in the hot summer months is the defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott
Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN.
Bloomquist has six wins this season, but several DNFs early in the season
has him sitting third in the point standings, 341 points behind Eckert.
Three of Bloomquist's 83 career UDTRA wins have come on the World's Fastest
1/3-mile high-banked clay oval, with the latest coming last year.
The 1999 UDTRA champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA is really anxious
for the Triple Crown weekend. McDowell is fourth in the point standings,
but has yet to post a victory in UDTRA competition this season. McDowell
has UDTRA career wins at all three tracks. Wendell Wallace of Batesville,
AR is fifth in points, and he also is another driver with wins at all three
Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI is sixth in points with one win, followed
Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI in seventh with two wins. Ray Cook of
Brasstown, NC is eighth in points, and is another driver looking for his
first win of the season. Cook took an Atomic UDTRA win last season, and
also has a Rome UDTRA win on his resume.
The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN is ninth in the
points chase with one win, and the 2001 UDTRA Rookie of the Year points
leader Joe Izzo of Chicago, IL is tenth overall. Other top UDTRA entries
expected are Randy Korte of Highland, IL, Steve Boley of West Liberty, IA,
and Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA.
Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN has been running mainly in the Southeast this
season after being the 1998 UDTRA National Championship Runner-Up. Arp
former Atomic Motor Speedway track champion.
Many-time Atomic Motor Speedway Champion Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN
another local favorite along with another former track champion Patrick
Duggan of Lenoir City, TN, and Scott Sexton of Pigeon Forge, TN.
Dixie Speedway will host the second jewel of the UDTRA Triple Crown, and
although it pays $10,000-to-win on Saturday night, it could be worth a lot
more on October 13 at the 12th Annual UDTRA Shootout at Dixie Speedway.
the winner of Saturday's race can come back and win the $54,000 top prize
The UDTRA Shootout, that driver will also pocket an additional $25,000.
It's called the $25,000 Mickey's Big Bonus that Dixie owner Mickey Swims
adds to the pot if a driver can double up at Dixie. Only McDowell has
earned the bonus when he won the UDTRA title in 1999. Francis was up for
the prize last season, as well as the title, but it was Bloomquist taking
The Shootout and his fourth UDTRA Championship.
Dixie and Rome are two other tracks with a tough local flavor for the UDTRA
regulars. Marshall Green of Dalton, GA has a few UDTRA wins under his belt.
Phil Coltrane of Canton, GA had a great UDTRA run at Dixie last season,
other local favorites include Frank Ingram of Acworth, GA, Rodney Franklin,
Bobby Turner, and Vernon Smith.
On Friday at Atomic Motor Speedway, the pit gate opens at 2:30 p.m., the
front gate opens at 5 p.m., with hot laps scheduled for 7 p.m. For race
and ticket information call (865) 986-3589, or visit the Atomic Motor
Speedway web site at www.atomicmotorspeedway.com. Atomic Motor Speedway
located west of Knoxville, just north of I-40 at exit 364.
On Saturday at Dixie Speedway, the pit gate opens at 2:30 p.m., the front
gate opens at 5 p.m., with hot laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For race day
and ticket information call (770) 926-5315, or visit the Dixie Speedway
site at www.dixiespeedway.com. Dixie Speedway is located two miles west
I-575 on S.R. 92.
On Sunday at Rome Speedway, the pit gate opens at 2:30 p.m., the front gate
opens at 5 p.m., with hot laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m. For race day and
ticket information call (706) 235-2541. Rome Speedway is located 4 miles
east of Rome on U.S. 411, then 1 1/2 mile south on Wilbanks Road, then 1/4
mile on Chulio Road.