posted October 04, 2001 05:49 PM
THE BIG KAHUNA AT THE ROCK WILL SET THE STAGE FOR THE DIXIE SHOOTOUT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - The United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series
will travel to The Rock - Allegheny County Speedway in Cumberland, MD this
Saturday night for a 75-lap $15,000-to-win main event called The Big Kahuna.
This event is important in so many ways to shape the outcome of the 2001
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series season.
The Big Kahuna will set the stage for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series
season-ending $54,000-to-win 12th Annual UDTRA Dixie Shootout at Dixie
Speedway in Woodstock, GA on October 12-13.
There are many battles and milestones involving several UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Series drivers in the final two events of the season. The big prize at
season's end is the $50,000 check that goes to the 2001 UDTRA Champion.
Three drivers are still in the running for that honor.
Rick Eckert of York, PA will carry a 70-point lead in the UDTRA points chase
over Steve Francis of Ashland, KY going into The Big Kahuna. The defending
and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN still has
mathematical chance to keep his Drive for Five alive. Bloomquist is third
in points, 146 points behind Eckert, and 76 points behind Francis.
The most points a driver can earn in a UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series race are
182. There are 175 points for winning the race, two bonus points for
setting fast time, and five bonus points for leading the most laps in the
race. The driver that finishes 24th at the tail of the starting field in
UDTRA event earns 99 points, for a difference of 83 points.
That equates to a total of 166 possible points available to a driver in
final two UDTRA events in the 2001 season. The UDTRA National Championship
Runner-Up will earn $32,000 out of the point fund, and third-place in points
The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA is out of the title
hunt this season, but he is currently fourth in points. Wendell Wallace
Batesville, AR is fifth in points, 131 points behind McDowell. Fourth spot
in points pays $12,000, and fifth in points pays $10,000.
Wallace is looking to reach two UDTRA milestones in the final two events.
If Wallace finishes seventh or better in The Big Kahuna, he will join
Bloomquist as the second member of the UDTRA Millionaire's Club in UDTRA
career earnings. Wallace, who is fresh off a Tuesday night win in
Knoxville, TN, is also racing for his unprecedented sixth straight top five
finish in UDTRA points.
Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC is trying to halt Wallace's top five streak.
is sixth in the UDTRA point standings, 138 points behind Wallace. Cook
two straight top five finishes in UDTRA competition, and has led for 63
in those two races.
Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI is right on Cook's tail pipe in the seventh
spot, 14 points behind the Tarheel Tiger. The sixth-place spot in points
pays $9,000, and seventh pays $8,000 out of the UDTRA point fund.
Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI and the 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of
Knoxville, TN are in a tight battle for the eighth spot in the UDTRA points
chase. Mars leads Smith by just 35 points. Eighth spot in points pays
$7,000 and ninth place gets a $6,000 check at the banquet.
The points battle for the tenth spot is like playing "The Weakest Link."
The tenth-place driver gets $5,000 out of the point fund, and the 11th place
driver leaves with nothing.
Joe Izzo of Chicago, IL is in the tenth spot, and leads the 11th-place
driver Randy Korte of Highland, IL by just three points. Korte has the
to lose in this race, as Izzo is already guaranteed a $2,500 check for
clinching the 2001 UDTRA Rookie of the Year Award. John Kresser Jr. of
Bridgeview, IL will receive $1,000 for the 2001 UDTRA Rookie of the Year
Two other season-ending cash awards are still up for grabs, the $1,000 JE
Pistons Hard Charger Award, and the $1,000 Muddslinger Magazine Most Laps
McDowell leads Eckert by 23 points and Smith by 38 points in the JE Pistons
Hard Charger points chase. A driver earns one point for each position
improved from the start of the race to the end of the race. There are a
possible 46 hard charger points available in the last two races of the
Eckert leads Bloomquist in the Muddslinger Magazine Most Laps Led point
standings. Eckert has led 539 laps of UDTRA competition this season to
Bloomquist's 500. There are 175 laps of UDTRA competition left this season.
On Saturday, UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series time trials are set for 4 p.m., with
the Borla Performance Heat Races scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by the
Renegade Transporters and Polaris ATVs Consolation Races and the 75-lap
$15,000-to-win Big Kahuna.
For race day and ticket information call The Rock - Allegheny County
Speedway at (301) 729-5050, or visit their web site at www.dirtrock.com.
The track is located 2.7 miles south of I-68 at exit 42 on U.S. Highway