posted September 12, 2001 05:53 PM
UDTRA EVENTS THIS WEEK WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA
FORT WORTH, TX - Texas Motor Speedway and United Dirt Track Racing
Association officials have announced that the Wolf Brand Chili Challenge
the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be run as scheduled this Thursday night.
UDTRA also announced their event at Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora,
will also run as scheduled on Saturday night.
"It is the right thing to do," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage.
"Any decision we could have made will be met with approval from some and
disapproval from others. However, auto racing is the most American of sports
and our fans have made it clear that they want us to hold these races. It
will be a time when Americans can gather together, begin the healing process
and show the world that you cannot break us."
The Wolf Brand Chili challenge will feature the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
cars and drivers in a $15,000-to-win 50-lap main event. Rick Eckert of
York, PA leads Steve Francis of Ashland, KY in the UDTRA points chase by
points. The defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of
Mooresburg, TN is third in points, 106 points behind Eckert.
Bloomquist will be looking for his fourth straight UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
victory to tie a UDTRA record he also holds. Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI
won the March UDTRA round at the 4/10-mile Texas Motor Speedway dirt track,
and Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI won last year's Wolf Brand Chili Challenge
Other top UDTRA competitors on their way to the Lone Star State are 1999
UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA, Wendell Wallace of
Batesville, AR, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC, 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith
of Knoxville, TN, UDTRA Rookie of the Year point leader Joe Izzo of Chicago,
IL, and Randy Korte of Highland, IL.
The decision was also made for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series to travel to
Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora, LA on Saturday night for a 50-lap $10,0
00-to-win main event. Title contenders Francis and Bloomquist have won
UDTRA events at the 3/8-mile clay oval in 1999 and 2000 respectively.
"UDTRA has been in contact with Texas Motor Speedway and Thunder Valley
Speedway since the tragic situation in our country took place on Tuesday
morning," UDTRA President Mike Swims said. "We have all been in agreement
with the tone of our national government leaders in that we must not come
our knees because of these cowardly acts of violence, and we must carry
with business as usual."
On Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway, the pit gate opens at noon, the
grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.,
followed by qualifying, Borla Performance Heat Races, the Renegade
Transporters and Polaris ATVs Consolation Races, and the 50-lap main event.
The Sun Suites in Lewisville, TX will be the Official Host Hotel for the
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series Wolf Brand Chili Challenge at TMS. The Sun Suites
is located at 324 Corporate Drive, just off I-35E at the Corporate Drive
The Sun Suites will be offering UDTRA fans and competitors a special
discount rate of $59.99 per night. The Sun Suites is located within 20
minutes of Texas Motor Speedway, with restaurants and shopping areas nearby.
To make reservations call (972) 459-5800 and be sure to ask for the special
UDTRA Discount rate.
Texas Motor Speedway is located north of Fort Worth at I-35W and S.R. 114.
Tickets are on sale daily at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817)
215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster
Thunder Valley Speedway will host a practice session and cookout on Friday
night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday night, the gates open at 4 p.m.
with hot laps scheduled for 7 p.m. Douglas Farms will pay the fast
The UDTRA Pro DirtCars will also compete in the Borla Performance Heat
Races, the Renegade Transporters and Polaris ATVs Consolation Races, and
50-lap main event. The Thunder Valley Speedway UMP Modifieds, Street Stocks
and Sportsman cars will also be in action on Saturday night.
The Comfort Inn at 2001 N. Bolton Ave. in Alexandria, LA will be the
Official UDTRA Host Hotel for the Thunder Valley Speedway event. The
Comfort Inn will be offering UDTRA fans and competitors a special discount
rate of $59.96 per night. Call (318) 484-9155 to make reservations and
sure to ask for the UDTRA discount rate.
For ticket and race day information call (318) 748-4470. Thunder Valley
Speedway is located 12 miles west of Glenmora, LA on SR 113.