posted June 02, 2001 08:35 AM
MARS TAKES HIS SECOND UDTRA WIN OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BRISTOL, TN - Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI loves Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
owned race tracks for United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar
Series action because he wins at them.
Mars drove his Parker Store Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo to his second
UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series victory of the season Friday night in the 30-lap
main event in the Battle of Bristol Presented by Free Service Tire Auto
Centers and Advance Auto Parts at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mars first UDTRA
win came on March 31 at SMI's Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX.
"I love these SMI tracks and I wish we could race every week at them," Mars
said after the $10,000 win. "I'd like to thank Bristol Motor Speedway for
what they've done here, and the fans for supporting it."
The event was delayed over three hours by rain earlier in the day and a
second shower early in the evening, but most of the fans stuck around and
were not disappoint with the racing action by the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series.
Mars battled all night long with 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of
Knoxville, TN, who for the second night in a row led the race early, but
to settle for second in the Christenberry Trucking and Farms GRT/Custom
Monte Carlo. Smith started on the pole position and used the outside groove
to lead the first 18 laps of the race, while Mars challenged on the inside.
As the two leaders came up to lap Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN on lap
19, Mars had the clear line coming off the bottom of turn two, while Smith
had to check up to keep from hitting the rear of Johnson's car.
That gave Mars the point, as Smith could not regain his outside groove
momentum to the checkered flag in his Christenberry Trucking and Farms
GRT/Custom Monte Carlo.
"My car worked best on the bottom groove and Freddy was working good on
top," Mars said. "That made a good show for the fans, and I appreciate
of them for waiting out the rain delay, and I hope we put on a good show
them. After Wednesday night and last night, I can't believe I'm here in
winner's circle, but that's what I wanted to do, and I did it!"
Mars reference to Wednesday night was the disappointment he had in breaking
the rear end gears in his car on the first qualification lap that forced
to start at the tail of a heat race. Mars had to take a provisional
starting spot to make the show on Thursday night. Mars started 20th and
Smith led all but the last 20 feet of Thursday night's main event at the
Battle of Bristol, only to loose to the defending and four-time UDTRA
Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN at the checkered flag. Smith
said he had a brake problem on Thursday night, but had no hesitation in
saying why he was the runner-up for the second straight night.
"We just got outrun," Smith said after the Friday night race. "We were
running good on the top early in the race, but I just stayed up there too
long. Jimmy ran a good race, and just plain out ran us."
Ronnie Johnson brought out the only caution flag of the race on lap 23,
he stalled in turn four. That set up Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI for
third place finish in the Performance Roofing Systems Rayburn/Pro Power
Monte Carlo. On the restart, Schlieper dove inside Ray Cook of Brasstown,
NC and Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN to move from fifth to third.
"The car was really working well on the bottom, and that caution flag gave
me a chance to cool off the tires," Schlieper said. "It feels good to run
well here at Bristol, and maybe we can put it all together and win here
Arp took the fourth spot in the Curtis Equipment GRT/Cornett Mustang, and
Cook finished fifth in the English Mountain Spring Water GRT/Cornett
Mustang. It was ironic that Arp and Cook finished in the top five together,
as the night before, Arp gave up the seat in his ride to Cook, who started
the race as the first alternate.
Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR claimed the sixth spot in the JFR
Graphics/Monday Motorsports GRT/Russell Baker Grand Prix, and Steve Francis
of Ashland, KY was seventh in the Valvoline/Mopar Performance Rocket/Stanton
The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA picked up the eighth
spot in the Larry Shaw Race Cars Larry Shaw/Hatfield Grand Prix. Earl
Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished ninth in the Dunn-Benson Ford
Rocket/Eatmon Mustang, and Scott Sexton of Pigeon Forge, TN rounded out
top ten in the Smooth Cut Lawn Care Stinger/Custom Grand Prix.
UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA struggled all night long, having
to take a provisional starting spot after losing a fuel pump in his Raye
Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang in his consolation race. Eckert earned the
Pistons Hard Charger of the Race Award after starting 23rd and finishing
13th. Eckert's point lead over Francis is now 175 points.
Bloomquist set fast time for the second night in a row, out-qualifying the
76 entrants with a lap around the .533-mile high-banked clay-on-concrete
oval in 16. 370 seconds for an average speed of 117.214 miles per hour to
earn the $1,000 Die Cast Digest Magazine Fast Qualifier Award. After that
it was nothing but trouble for Bloomquist.
Lining up on the track for the first heat, the rear-end of Bloomquist's
Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Custom Mustang broke, sidelining the car for
the night. Bloomquist took a provisional and started Duke Whiseant's A-1
Auto Salvage Rocket/Dickens Grand Prix from the 24th starting spot.
Bloomquist parked the car after completing 17 laps and finishing 21st.
Smith won the Scott Performance Wire $50 Bonus Award with his first Borla
Performance 10-lap heat race win, and Cook picked up a $200 bonus for
winning the JE Pistons fourth heat race. Mars won the second heat, with
taking the third heat race, Johnson won the fifth heat race, and Schlieper
won the sixth heat race.
Randy Korte of Highland, IL took a hard hit against the fourth turn wall
the second heat race, and was then tagged by two other cars as he bounced
off the wall. Korte complained of back pain, as Bristol Motor Speedway
Medical personnel had to extricate him from his destroyed race car. Korte
was checked out at a local hospital and released with a bruised shoulder.
Randle Chupp of Mooresville, NC won the Renegade Transporters 1st 10-lap
Consolation Race driving the Biscotti's Restaurant and Winery/Park Ohio
Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo, and Davey Johnson of Greensburg, PA won the
Polaris ATVs 2nd 10-lap Consolation Race in the Rocket Chassis Rocket/Draime
The grand finale of the 2nd Annual Battle of Bristol Presented By Free
Service Tire and Auto Centers and Advance Auto Parts will be Saturday night
with a 60-lap $25,000-to-win main event. Their will be no time trials
Saturday, as the heat race line-ups will be determined by each drivers
fastest qualifying time between Wednesday and Friday night's qualification
The Saturday schedule of events will have the grandstand gates opening at
p.m., with hot laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and racing scheduled for 7:30
p.m. For ticket and race day information call Bristol Motor Speedway at
(423) 784-1161 or visit their web site at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.
Action T-Shirts will present live internet updates and a live internet audio
feed of Saturday night's UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series action from Bristol Motor
The live updates are scheduled to be on the UDTRA web site at www.udtra.com,
and the live audio feed will be on Action's web site at www.actiontshirts.com. The Action T-Shirts web site will also be accessible
from the UDTRA web site.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 19 AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN BRISTOL, TN ON
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 2 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 30 $10,000
2. 1 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 30 $6,050
3. 6 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 30 $3,000
4. 3 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN Ford 30 $2,500
5. 4 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 30 $2,200
6. 7 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 30 $1,800
7. 8 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 30 $1,600
8. 10 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Chev. 30 $1,400
9. 11 1p Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Ford 30 $1,200
10. 15 52 Scott Sexton Pigeon Forge, TN Pont. 30 $1,100
11. 9 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR Ford 30 $1,000
12. 14 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Pont. 30 $950
13. 23 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 30 $900
14. 17 E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg, WV Chev. 30 $875
15. 12 71m Lance Mathees Winona, MN Chev. 30 $850
16. 14 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 30 $825
17. 18 15j Jimmy McCormick Dobson, NC Ford 30 $800
18. 5 5j Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Pont. 22 $750
19. 19 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Chev. 22 $700
20. 21 h2 Duayne Hommel Newport, TN Chev. 21 $700
21. 24 a1 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Pont. 17 $700
22. 13 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN Chev. 12 $700
23. 22 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Chev. 12 $700
24. 20 1j Davey Johnson Greensburg, PA Chev. 1 $700
PROVISIONALS: Eckert (3) and Bloomquist (3)
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Smith, 1-18; Mars, 19-30
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Eckert (started 23rd and finished 13th)
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: McCormick, Eddie Rickman, Mike Johnson, David
Payne, Don Farmer, and Steve Russell (Promoter's Choice)
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS ENGINE CAR MAKE TIME SPEED
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Custom Mustang 16.370 117.214
2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Stanton Dodge 16.442 116.701
3 F1 Mike Duvall Cowpens, SC GRT Clements Monte Carlo 16.593 115.639
4 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Cornett Taurus 16.605 115.556
5 5J Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Barry Wright Clements Grand Prix 16.693
6 15m Jimmy McCormick Dobson, NC GRT Eatmon Mustang 16.779 114.357
7 h2 Duayne Hommel Newport, TN Warrior Custom Monte Carlo 16.812 114.133
8 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Pro Power Monte Carlo 16.830
9 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN GRT Cornett Mustang 16.839 113.950
10 8 David Payne Murphy, NC GRT Race Tech Grand Prix 16.893 113.586
11 99j Johnny Johnson West Burlington, IA GRT Cornett Mustang 16.904 113.512
12 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Pro Power Monte Carlo 16.909
13 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Custom Monte Carlo 16.917 113.424
14 1 Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH Mastersbilt Malcuit Grand Prix 16.971
15 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR GRT Kuntz Mustang 16.988 112.950
16 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Hatfield Grand Prix 16.990
17 E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg, WV Rocket Russell Baker Monte Carlo 17.012
18 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Rocket Hatfield Monte Carlo 17.034 112.645
19 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Rocket Draime Monte Carlo 17.081 112.335
20 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Performance Monte Carlo 17.093
21 52 Scott Sexton Pigeon Forge, TN Stinger Custom Grand Prix 17.109 112.151
22 h7 Phil Hall Mount Ary, NC GRT Custom Grand Prix 17.148 111.896
23 1p Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Rocket Eatmon Mustang 17.163 111.799
24 71m Lance Mathees Winona, MN Fegers Custom Monte Carlo 17.178 111.701
25 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Russell Baker Grand Prix 17.224
26 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Rocket Pro Power Grand Prix 17.240
27 100 C.S. Fitzgerald Lexington, VA Warrior Malcuit Taurus 17.243 111.280
28 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Dickens Monte Carlo 17.250 111.235
29 1j Davey Johnson Greensburg, PA Rocket Draime Monte Carlo 17.276 111.067
30 cv3 Clayton Christenberry Knoxville, TN Warrior Custom Monte Carlo 17.277
31 71o Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN Rocket Cropper Monte Carlo 17.280 111.042
32 68 Eddie Rickman Columbus, MS GRT Brown Grand Prix 17.280 111.042
33 4t Tommy Kerr Rockford, TN Stinger B&B Grand Prix 17.287 110.997
34 5 Mark Noble Blooming Prairie, MN Rocket Dickens Grand Prix 17.308
35 30 Steve Shaver Parkersburg, WV Rocket Malcuit Monte Carlo 17.308 110.862
36 166 Joe Izzo LaSalle, IL GRT Pro Power Monte Carlo 17.360 110.530
37 c5 Bob Robertson Evans, GA Rocket HRS Monte Carlo 17.398 110.289
38 12s Jason Smith Laurel, MS GRT Cornett Mustang 17.408 110.225
39 03j Michael Jackson Greenville, TN Warrior Vic Hill Monte Carlo 17.419
40 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Cornett Mustang 17.427 110.105
41 2F Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC Barry Wright Clements Grand Prix 17.447
42 72r Steve Russell Pontotoc, MS GRT Performance Monte Carlo 17.546 109.358
43 187 David McCoy Franklin, NC Stinger Clements Grand Prix 17.590 109.085
44 17b Greg Burchett Church Hill, TN TnT Utzman Mustang 17.602 109.010
45 28c Chuckie May Allen, KY GRT Cornett Mustang 17.615 108.930
46 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH Rayburn Pro Power Monte Carlo 17.636 108.800
47 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Rayburn Clements Monte Carlo 17.639 108.782
48 a1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR Rocket Dickens Grand Prix 17.645 108.745
49 2j Mike Johnson Imperial, PA Rocket Malcuit Grand Prix 17.662 108.640
50 1m Chris Madden Laurens, SC GRT Custom Monte Carlo 17.688 108.480
51 31g Bob Gordon Keyser, WV Rocket Draime Grand Prix 17.736 108.187
52 H2 Stacy Holmes Munford, AL GRT Russell Baker Monte Carlo 17.740 108.162
53 86 Rick Rickman Columbus, MS Larry Shaw Brown Grand Prix 17.829 107.622
54 18k Brandon Kinzer Allen, KY GRT Elliott Mustang 17.862 107.424
55 98 Kip Cochran Franklin, NC Warrior Custom Grand Prix 17.955 106.867
56 60 Gar Dickson Flintstone, GA Warrior Scott Mustang 17.963 106.820
57 03 Jeff Monger Lenoir City, TN Stinger Top Gun Grand Prix 18.013 106.523
58 25k David Killian Murphy, NC GRT Race Tech Grand Prix 18.042 106.352
59 52c Lane Culver Lacey's Spring, AL Predator Mitchell Monte Carlo 18.068
60 4v Mark Vineyard Powell, TN Warrior Vic Hill Monte Carlo 18.135 105.806
61 11a Anthony Arnwine New Tazewell, TN Stinger Bob Meyers Grand Prix 18.202
62 F33 Don Farmer Springville, AL GRT Russell Baker Grand Prix 18.239
63 32b Larry Blankenship Mooresville, NC Warrior Begle Mustang 18.269
64 79L Roger Lucas Benson, NC Rocket Lucas Mustang 18.275 104.996
65 21g Sandy Goddard Knoxville, TN Warrior Custom Monte Carlo 18.371 104.447
66 1b Danny Breuer Mooresville, NC Warrior Breuer Monte Carlo 18.442 104.045
67 25 Dale Ball Johnson City, TN Warrior Vic Hill Monte Carlo 18.500 103.719
68 72m John Mason Millersburg, OH Rocket Malcuit Monte Carlo 18.550 103.439
69 11 Jim Clemons Decatur, AL Rayburn Custom Monte Carlo 19.053 100.709
70 22 Wylie White Adairsville, GA Stinger Reeves Perf. Grand Prix 19.279
71 12m Winky McGee Pilot Mountain, NC GRT R&R Monte Carlo NT NT
72 7L Randy Lucas Apex, NC Mastersbilt Lucas Mustang NT NT
73 u39 Brandon Umberger Rual Retreat, VA Stinger CBR Grand Prix NT NT
74 87 Derrick Rainey Powder Springs, GA Mastersbilt Rainey Grand Prix NT
75 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Mastersbilt Cornett Mustang NT NT
76 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Fast Clements Monte Carlo NT NT
BORLA PERFORMANCE 10-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main Event,
4th through 11th Transfer To Consolation Races):
SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 1ST HEAT: 1. F. Smith; 2. Wallace; 3. O'Neal;
Hommel; 5. Chupp; 6. M. Johnson; 7. Arnwine; 8. McCoy; 9. Cochran; 10. Ball;
2ND HEAT: 1. Mars; 2. Francis; 3. Birkhofer; 4. Aukland; 5. E. Rickman;
Madden; 7. J. Smith; 8. Farmer; 9. Mason; 10. Burchett; 11. Korte.
3RD HEAT: 1. Arp; 2. Frye; 3. Sexton; 4. Fitzgerald; 5. Gordon; 6. May;
Monger; 8. Blankenship; 9. Kerr; 10. Clemons; 11. Duvall.
JE PISTONS 4TH HEAT: 1. Cook; 2. McDowell; 3. Babb; 4. Hall; 5. Noble;
Eckert; 7. Moran; 8. Payne; 9. Holmes; 10. Killian; 11. Ro. Lucas.
5TH HEAT: 1. R. Johnson; 2. Pearson; 3. Balzano; 4. D. Johnson; 5. Moyer;
6. J. Johnson; 7. Franklin; 8. Shaver; 9. Culver; 10. R. Rickman; 11. Reed.
6TH HEAT: 1. Schlieper; 2. Mathees; 3. McCormick; 4. Green; 5. Whiseant;
6. Izzo; 7. Christenberry; 8. Russell; 9. Kinzer; 10. Breuer; 11. Vineyard.
CONSOLATION RACES (10 Laps, Top 2 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):
RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY: 1. Chupp; 2. Hommel; 3. Madden; 4.
Aukland; 5. Fitzgerald; 6. E. Rickman; 7. M. Johnson; 8. Farmer; 9. Mason;
10. Gordon; 11. Umberger; 12. Blankenship; 13. Burchett; 14. Clemons; 15.
Smith; 16. May; 17. Ball; 19. Arnwine; 20. Kerr; 21. McCoy.
POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. D. Johnson; 2. Moyer; 3. Noble; 4. Franklin;
Whiseant; 6. Shaver; 7. Moran; 8. Payne; 9. J. Johnson; 10. Russell; 11.
Kinzer; 12. Monger; 13. Holmes; 14. Reed; 15. Ro. Lucas; 16. Breuer; 17.
Rickman; 18. Eckert; 19. Hall; 20. Culver; 21. Izzo.
UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 6/1/01:
1. Rick Eckert - 2993
2. Steve Francis - 2818
3. Scott Bloomquist - 2558
4. Wendell Wallace - 2466
5. Billy Moyer - 2454
6. Dan Schlieper - 2438
7. Freddy Smith - 2424
8. Jimmy Mars - 2414
9. Dale McDowell - 2407
10. Ray Cook - 2344
11. Joe Izzo - 1980
12. Shannon Babb - 1972
13. Randy Korte -1953
14. Davey Johnson - 1640
15. Steve Shaver - 1638
16. Steve Boley - 1576
17. Rick Aukland - 1559
18. Brian Birkhofer - 1531
19. Randle Chupp - 1416
20. Terry English - 1398