posted May 24, 2002 09:22 AM
UDTRA PRO DIRT CAR SERIES TO TACKLE MIGHTY MACON ON MONDAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WOODSTOCK, GA - The competitors of the United Dirt Track Racing Association
Pro DirtCar Series will tackle a new challenge this Monday night when they
travel to Macon Speedway in Macon, IL for the $10,000-to-win Featherlite
Macon Speedway, known as "Mighty Macon", is a 1/5-mile high-banked clay
oval, and it will be the smallest track the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series has
ever competed on, but it should provide for tight racing in close quarters.
"A lot of people are expecting a lot of bent sheet metal and torn up race
cars this Monday night, but I think people that say that are underestimating
the talent and professionalism of the Pro DirtCar Series drivers," UDTRA
President Mike Swims said. "The same thing was said when we instituted
double-file restarts for TV races, but the Pro DirtCar Series drivers did
not crash into each other, but rather gave us some of the closest racing
the history of the series. I think we'll see the same thing this Monday
night in Macon, IL."
The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA has been on a role
in recent weeks. McDowell has won five events this season, and has claimed
victory in four of the last five Pro DirtCar Series races. After the first
14 rounds of the 2002 Pro DirtCar Series season, McDowell leads defending
UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert of York, PA by 59 points in the series standings.
McDowell and Eckert each have nine top five finishes and 13 top ten
finishes, but Eckert is still looking for his first win of the 2002 Pro
DirtCar Series season. Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI is also staying in the
championship hunt from the third spot in the points chase, 19 points behind
Eckert. Mars has one win, nine top fives, and 12 top tens.
Steve Francis of Ashland, KY is fourth in the point standings with one
seven top fives, ten top tens, and leads the series with three fast time
awards. In the first 14 events of the season, a fast qualifier has yet
win a main event on the same night.
Four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN is fifth in
Pro DirtCar Series point standings with two wins, seven top fives, and 10
top tens. Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI is closing in on the top five from
sixth spot in the points chase. Schlieper is ten points behind Bloomquist.
Seventh through tenth in the Pro DirtCar Series point standings
respectively are Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH, 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy
Smith of Knoxville, TN, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, and Ray Cook
of Brasstown, NC.
Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR is 11th in the points chase. The 1997 UDTRA
Champion has competed in 12 of 14 events with two wins, six top fives and
eight top tens. Moyer has had experience at Macon Speedway, as has his
teammate, Shannon Babb of Decatur, IL. Babb is still looking for his first
career Pro DirtCar Series victory.
Two other drivers closing in on the top ten in the Pro DirtCar Series point
standings are Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA and Randy Korte of Highland,
IL. There is also a tight battle for the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year
honors coming into Monday night's show.
Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA leads the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year
points chase by 64 points over Mark Kraus of Stratford, WI. Billy Ogle
of Knoxville, TN is third in the Lucas Oil Rookie points. Tankersley,
Kraus, and Ogle each have appeared at all 14 events this season, and rank
14th through 16th respectively in the overall Pro DirtCar point standings.
Joining the nation's top dirt late model drivers will be Winston Cup star
Ken Schrader of Fenton, MO. Schrader is also an accomplished and
championship dirt racer in his own right, who has competed in the past with
the Pro DirtCar Series.
The schedule of events for Monday at Macon Speedway will have the pit gate
opening at 12 noon, and the grandstand gate opens at 4 p.m. Hot Laps are
set for 6:30 p.m., and time trials are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
For ticket and race day information call (217) 764-3770. Macon Speedway
located on the north side of Macon, IL off U.S. Highway 51.