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posted June 29, 2002 02:12 AM
July a big month at Raceway 7
Conneaut, OH (July 28) - The month of July is a big one for racing action at Raceway 7, highlighted by some of the biggest racing programs of the season.
The month will begin with the biggest racing program of the season. On Friday, July 5, Raceway 7 will welcome the third annual visit by the UDTRA Late Models. "The Ohio Nationals" presented by General Aluminum of Park Ohio will see drivers from across the country visiting the Ashtabula County clay oval. UDTRA is the only national touring Late Model series.
South-central Pennsylvania driver Rick Eckert won last year's race and is the current Series point leader. Georgia's Dale McDowell is a close second in the Series standings. Jimmy Mars from Wisconsin, Steve Francis from Kentucky, and Freddy Smith from North Carolina fill the top five. The rest of the top ten include Ohio's Donnie Moran, Ray Cook from NC, Florida's Earl Pearson Jr., Dan Schlieper from WI, and Iowa's Brian Birkhofer.
The evening's feature winner will earn $10,000 for his efforts. Grandstand General Admission for this race is $25, and the pit fee will be $35.
July will continue with the Tri-State Series for Late Models returning for the second time on Friday, July 12. The 33-lap feature will pay $3333 to the winner, sponsored by Bossard-Crawford GM. This final weekend to wrap up the Series in 2002 will see the cars racing without the roofs, or "topless." Raceway 7 has an annual "topless" race and this is always one of the favorites for the fans. The remaining weekend races at McKean County Raceway in Smethport, PA and at Little Valley Speedway in Little Valley, NY will also be without the car roofs. Admission this night will be General Admission $12, and $25 for the pits.
Due to a string of earlier rainouts, the Mid-Season Championship races presented by Rigby Ford have been moved to Friday, July 19. This will share the Coca-Cola Christmas in July Night. Santa Claus makes his annual visit to Raceway 7 on this night to watch the four divisions that share weekly competition. Admission prices will be at the standard rate of $10 for General Admission, or $22 for the pits.
The month ends in a big way on Friday, July 26, as Jay's Auto Wrecking will present the return of the Renegade Series Late Models, formerly known as STARS. All-time Raceway 7 Late Model feature win leader Chub Frank is a two-time defending champion of the Series, and will look to use the race on familiar turf to help his Series point total. Grandstand General Admission will be $15, with the pit fee set at $30.
The Maloney Tool and Mold Late Model point chase is a very close one, as Dan Armbruster leads by just five points over Jim Dandy, Jr. Points are awarded in five point increments, so the race is extremely close. Just ten points behind Dandy is Matt Urban, with defending champion **** Barton lurking closely behind the three drivers. Dale Applebee continues to lead the standings in the Biscotti's Restaurant & Winery E-Mod division. At the present time, Brian Douglas leads the points in the Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks, and Ron Armstrong leads in the Hobby Stocks.
The gates for all racing programs open at 5:30, with racing starting at 7:30. Raceway 7 is located six miles south of Interstate 90 on Ohio Route 7. For more information, please call 814-967-4230 for the office, or 440-594-2222. For the most complete source of Raceway 7 information, please visit the track's web site at www.raceway7.com.