posted May 20, 2001 08:13 AM
WALLACE WINS AGAIN IN HURON, SD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
HURON, SD - Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR has this thing he really
likes about Huron, SD. He wins there. On Saturday night, Wallace drove
JFR Graphics/Monday Motorsports GRT/Russell Baker Grand Prix to his second
straight United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series win on
½-mile Dakota State Fairgrounds Speedway.
Wallace stepped to the outside on lap 12, and passed UDTRA point leader
Rick Eckert of York, PA and Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI to take the lead.
Wallace then held off a late race charge from Eckert to win the 100-lap
event in Huron for the second straight year.
"We just put the same set up we had on the car last year, and never touched
it all weekend," Wallace said. "I got caught up behind some lapped traffic
late in the race, but I knew Rick was right behind me and he didn't have
place to pass as long as I stayed on the bottom of the track. Huron is
great track with great fans, and I just might have to buy a house and move
His $20,000 check for first place just might make a nice down payment.
Wallace and the rest of the UDTRA travelers will head to Lincoln, NE on
Tuesday night, and then on to Bristol, TN on May 30 through June 2.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Bristol Motor Speedway,"
Wallace said. "We race at a lot of tracks, but Bristol is really special
because of its history, and it's really fast."
The victory also moved Wallace into the fifth spot in the UDTRA Pro DirtCar
Series point standings. Wallace is the only driver in UDTRA history to
finish in the top five of the point standings for the past five consecutive
Eckert finished second in the Raye Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang, three
car-lengths behind Wallace at the checkered flag. It was the 12th top five
finish for Eckert in the first 16 events of the 2001 season for the UDTRA
Pro DirtCar Series. Eckert now holds a 203 point lead in the championship
"I was racing with Dan (Schlieper) for the lead on the low side early in
the race, and Wally went flying around the outside of both of us," Eckert
said. "Our car was good, but the track rubbered up late in the race, and
only had one shot at Wally when he pushed up. I got under him, but then
pushed up too."
The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN took the third spot
in the Christenberry Trucking and Farms GRT/Custom Monte Carlo. It was
best finish since winning the season opener on February 3, and moved "The
Southern Gentleman" up to ninth in the point standings.
The defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg,
TN brought the Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Custom Mustang home in the
fourth spot. That moved Bloomquist up to third spot in the points chase.
Shannon Babb of Decatur, IL charged from the 14th starting spot to finish
fifth in the Car City Co. Rayburn/Dickens Monte Carlo. Steve Francis of
Ashland, KY finished sixth in the Valvoline/Mopar Performance Rocket/Stanton
Intrepid to remain second in the point standings.
Schlieper ran in the top three for most of the race in the Performance
Roofing Systems Rayburn/Pro Power Monte Carlo, and led the first 11 laps.
He was running third when he cut down a right-rear tire on the last lap
"We had a caution flag late in the race, and I really didn't need that,"
Schlieper said. "I felt the tire going down with about five laps to go,
I thought I could hang on to third, but caution flag really did us in."
Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI started his Parker Store Mastersbilt/Pro Power
Monte Carlo in 17th spot and finished eighth to share the JE Pistons Hard
Charger of the Race Award with Babb. Mitch Johnson of Hixon, ND took the
ninth spot in the Northwest Auto Body GRT/Olson Monte Carlo, and Joe Izzo
LaSalle, IL was tenth in the Jeff's Engine Masters GRT/Pro Power Monte
At the start of the race, Schlieper grabbed the lead from the outside front
row starting spot followed by Eckert, Wallace, Dale McDowell of Rossville,
GA, and Smith. In the opening laps, Eckert could pull along side Schlieper
to challenge for the lead in turns three and four, but Schlieper had the
advantage through turns one and two.
McDowell moved his Larry Shaw Race Cars Larry Shaw/Hatfield Monte Carlo
around Wallace for the third spot on lap nine. On lap 11, 1997 UDTRA
Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR slowed in turn four to bring out
first of four caution flags.
Right as the caution flag came out for Moyer, McDowell tangled in turn two
with the lapped car of Chad Chenoweth of Huron, SD in the Five Star Cellular
Mastersbilt/Hatfield Grand Prix. McDowell's car suffered enough damage
put him out for the evening.
On the restart, Eckert continued to battle Schlieper on the inside groove
for the lead, but it was Wallace who stepped to the outside from the third
spot to pass both Eckert and Schlieper to take the lead.
Lance Mathees of Winona, MN brought out the second caution flag when he
stalled his Fegers Racing Equipment Fegers/Custom Monte Carlo in turn one.
After the next restart, Wallace began to pull away from the field while
Schlieper and Eckert continued their side-by-side battle for second.
By lap 20, Wallace had pulled out to half straightaway lead over Schlieper
and Eckert. On lap 21, Eckert passed Schlieper for the second spot, and
then began to chase down Wallace. Eckert caught the leader by lap 24, but
couldn't quite get a good enough run on Wallace in lapped traffic to
challenge for the lead.
Right at the halfway point on lap 50, Ken Brack of Johnstown, CO spun his
Buckeye Welding Supply GRT/Taylor Monte Carlo in turn three to bring out
third caution flag. During the caution, drivers showed their concern for
tire wear, as they all headed for the cool loose dirt on the top side of
track to cool off their tires.
Wallace pulled away from Eckert, Schlieper, Smith, Bloomquist, Francis,
Babb, Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA, Mars, and Johnson. Eckert closed
back in on Wallace's back bumper by lap 75. The front five had checked
on the sixth through tenth place cars on lap 80.
With ten laps to go, Wallace and Eckert came up on the cars of Johnson and
Izzo, who were battling for the tenth spot. Wallace stuck to the bottom
groove right behind Izzo, while Eckert rode behind Wallace, not daring to
step out of the "sweet spot" on the race track.
The traffic in front of the leaders went away on lap 98 when Birkhofer
stalled the Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket/Pro Power Grand Prix in turn four
bring out the final caution flag and set up a three lap dash to the finish.
On the restart, Wallace pulled out to a three car-length advantage over
Eckert, and Smith passed Schlieper for the third spot, as Schlieper's tire
In preliminary action, Mathees won the 15-lap Renegade Transporters/Polaris
ATVs Consolation Race. On Friday night, Birkhofer set fast time honors
among the 30 entrants with a lap in 19.258 seconds for an average speed
93.468 miles per hour.
In 15-lap Borla Performance Heat Race action on Friday night, Eckert won
JE Pistons Bonus Award of $100 with a first heat race win, and McDowell
the $50 Scott Performance Wire Bonus Award with a third heat race victory.
Schlieper won the second heat.
The next event for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be on Tuesday night
a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main event at Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, NE. Eagle
Raceway is located 11 miles south of I-80 at exit 420 on State Road 63.
ticket and race day information call (402) 420-7223.
The Official Host Hotel for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series event at Eagle
Raceway will be the Best Western Villager Courtyard & Gardens Hotel located
at O St. and 52nd St. in Lincoln, NE.
The Best Western Villager Courtyard & Gardens Hotel is offering UDTRA fans
and competitors a special discount rate of $59.00 per night. The facility
features a restaurant and lounge, and a pool and jacuzzi. To make
reservations call 1-800-356-4321, or (402) 464-9111, and ask for the Special
UDTRA Discount Rate.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 16 AT THE DAKOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY IN
HURON, SD ON 5/18-19/01:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 4 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 100 $20,600
2. 1 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 100 $10,700
3. 5 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 100 $6,600
4. 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 100 $4,950
5. 14 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 100 $3,500
6. 10 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 100 $3,600
7. 2 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 100 $3,100
8. 17 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 100 $2,850
9. 8 00j Mitch Johnson Hixon, ND Chev. 100 $2,000
10. 13 166 Joe Izzo LaSalle, IL Chev. 100 $1,750
11. 15 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Chev. 98 $1,500
12. 12 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 98 $2,000
13. 18 50 Jeff Wilding Nassau, MN Pont. 98 $1,300
14. 7 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Pont. 97 $1,200
15. 21 82 John Bey Deadwood, SD Pont. 97 $1,200
16. 20 15k Ken Brack Johnstown, CO Chev. 97 $1,200
17. 16 99j Johnny Johnson West Burlington, IA Ford 65 $1,200
18. 23 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Ford 55 $1,200
19. 22 1k John Anderson Omaha, NE Pont. 46 $1,200
20. 24 5* Chad Chenoweth Huron, SD Pont. 34 $1,200
21. 9 12 Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH Pont. 33 $1,200
22. 19 71m Lance Mathees Winona, MN Chev. 14 $1,200
23. 3 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Chev. 9 $1,850
24. 11 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Ford 9 $1,800
PROVISIONALS: Boley and Anderson (2)
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Schlieper, 1-11; Wallace, 12-100
LAPS LED: Wallace, 89; Schlieper, 11
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Babb (started 14th and finished 5th)
and Mars (started 17th and finished 8th)
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: M. Johnson, Wilding, Bey, Brack, J. Johnson, and
Mathees (Promoter's Choice)
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Rocket Grand Prix 19.460 19.258 19.258
2 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 19.356 21.350 19.356
3 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 20.513 19.405 19.405
4 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 19.565 19.410 19.410 92.736
5 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 19.525 19.522 19.522 92.204
6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 19.569 19.720 19.569
7 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 19.650 19.582 19.582 91.921
8 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 19.604 20.238 19.604
9 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 19.658 19.627 19.627
10 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 19.745 19.653 19.653
11 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 19.790 19.703 19.703
12 12 Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH Mastersbilt Grand Prix 20.328 19.790
13 71m Lance Mathees Winona, MN Fegers Monte Carlo 19.797 20.563 19.797
14 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Rayburn Taurus 19.922 19.798 19.798 90.918
15 50 Jeff Wilding Nassau, MN Fegers Grand Prix 19.855 20.909 19.855 90.657
16 166 Joe Izzo LaSalle, IL GRT Monte Carlo 20.742 19.880 19.880 90.543
17 00j Mitch Johnson Hickson, ND GRT Monte Carlo 19.958 21.552 19.958 90.189
18 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Taurus 19.987 20.408 19.987 90.059
19 90x Eric Pember Pittsville, WI Mastersbilt Grand Prix 20.006 20.770
20 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Mastersbilt Mustang 20.098 21.222 20.098
21 3 Lorin Johnson Miller, SD Warrior Monte Carlo 20.308 20.165 20.165
22 0s Craig Scott Rosemont, MN Mastersbilt Grand Prix 20.755 20.190 20.190
23 15k Ken Brack Johnstown, CO GRT Monte Carlo 20.658 20.512 20.512 87.754
24 1k John Anderson Omaha, NE GRT Grand Prix 21.077 20.605 20.605 87.357
25 4 David Garmann Johnstown, CO GRT Monte Carlo 20.977 20.715 20.715 86.894
26 5* Chad Chenoweth Huron, SD Mastersbilt Grand Prix 23.477 20.858 20.858
27 82 John Bey Deadwood, SD GRT Monte Carlo 21.289 21.118 21.118 85.235
28 99j Johnny Johnson West Burlington, IA GRT Mustang 21.435 21.160 21.160
29 8 Ed Kirchoff Gillette, WY Rayburn Monte Carlo 21.961 20.515 DQ DQ
30 71 Morris Oberle Lead, SD Mastersbilt Intrepid 21.926 23.152 DQ DQ
BORLA PERFORMANCE 15-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 6 Finishers Transfer To Main
JE PISTONS 1ST HEAT: 1. Eckert; 2. Wallace; 3. Birkhofer; 4. Francis;
Izzo; 6. J. Johnson; 7. Scott; 8. Mathees; 9. Pember; 10. Garmann.
2ND HEAT: 1. Schlieper; 2.Smith; 3. M. Johnson; 4. Moyer; 5. Babb; 6.
Mars; 7. Boley; 8. Brack; 9. Chenoweth; 10. Oberle.
SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 3RD HEAT: 1. McDowell; 2. Bloomquist; 3. Aukland;
4. Cook; 5. Korte; 6. Wilding; 7. Anderson; 8. Bey; 9. Kirchoff; 10. L.
RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS/POLARIS ATVs 15-LAP CONSOLATION RACE (Top 4 Finishers
Transfer To Main Event): 1. Mathees; 2. Brack; 3. Bey; 4. Chenoweth; 5.
Pember; 6. Oberle; 7. Garmann; 8. Anderson; 9. Kirchoff; 10. Boley.
UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 5/19/01:
1. Rick Eckert - 2555
2. Steve Francis - 2352
3. Scott Bloomquist - 2132
4. Billy Moyer - 2083
5. Wendell Wallace - 2055
6. Dan Schlieper - 2045
7. Jimmy Mars - 2010
8. Dale McDowell - 1930
9. Freddy Smith - 1928
10. Ray Cook - 1926
11. Joe Izzo - 1719
12. Randy Korte - 1683
13. Shannon Babb - 1668
14. Steve Shaver - 1437
15. Terry English - 1398
16. Chub Frank - 1319
17. Steve Boley - 1280
18. Davey Johnson - 1273
19. Rick Aukland - 1247
20. Brian Birkhofer - 1189