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posted July 04, 2001 12:33 PM UIN: 16262997
ECKERT LOVES TUESDAYS WITH MUSKINGUM COUNTY WIN

ZANESVILLE, OH - Tuesday has to be the favorite day of the week for United
Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series point leader Rick Eckert
of
York, PA. Eckert won his fourth UDTRA win of the season Tuesday night in
the Y-City 50 at Muskingum County Speedway in front of a standing-room-only
record crowd.

It was Eckert's third UDTRA win of the season on a Tuesday night driving
the
Raye Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang. Eckert passed the defending and four-time
UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN on lap 26, and then pulled
away to take the $10,000 win.

"The longer the race went the better the car got," Eckert said. "This
place was racy tonight and you could pass just about anywhere you wanted
to - up high, down low - it didn't matter. The track champion here Rob
House helped me out with set up tonight, and his advice really helped us."

Bloomquist finished second in the Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Custom
Mustang, a full straightaway behind Eckert at the checkered flag. Mike
Balzano of Parkersburg, WV challenged for the lead early in the race, and
then battled with Steve Francis of Ashland, KY for third late in the race.
Balzano finished third in the Eddie's Auto Parts Rocket/Russell Baker Monte
Carlo.

"I got to racing Scott for second late in the race, and Francis kind of
snuck up on me to pass me for third," Balzano said. "But I started running
my regular line again, and I was able to get back around him."

Francis took the fourth spot in the Valvoline/Mopar Performance
Rocket/Stanton Dodge, and fifth went to Chub Frank of Sugar Grove, PA in
the
Mac Trailers Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo. Steve Shaver of Parkersburg, WV
finished sixth in the Simonton Windows/Poske Performance Rocket/Malcuit
Monte Carlo.

Randy Korte of Highland, IL turned in his best performance of the season
with a seventh place effort in the Mid-Continental Fuel Larry Shaw/Pro Power
Monte Carlo and led one lap of the race. Steve Boley of West Liberty, IA
was eighth in the Ron Alpen Ford Mastersbilt/Cornett Mustang.

The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell started 19th and finished ninth in
the Larry Shaw Race Cars Larry Shaw/Hatfield Grand Prix. Hometown favorite
Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH rounded out the top ten in the McCullough
Motorsports Rayburn/Pro Power Grand Prix.

Rob House of Dresden, OH was the JE Pistons Hard Charger of the Race after
starting 25th as a Promoter's Choice and finishing 11th in the BAH Racing
Engines Mastersbilt/BAH Grand Prix.

At the drop of the green flag, Korte grabbed the lead from the outside
front row starting spot followed by polesitter Bloomquist, Eckert, Russ
Frohnapfel of Columbus, OH in the Frohnapfel Racing Rocket/Hixon Grand Prix,
and Balzano. On lap two, Bloomquist stepped to the outside of Korte to
challenge for the lead, but a multi-car wreck in turn one lit up the caution
light.

Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI in the Performance Roofing Systems
Rayburn/Pro Power Monte Carlo tangled with Davey Johnson of Greensburg,
PA
in the Rocket Chassis Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo, Steve Casebolt of Richmond,
IN in the Charlie Watson Ford Rayburn/Dargie Mustang, and John Mason of
Millersburg, OH in the Bert Transmission Rocket/Malcuit Monte Carlo in turn
one.

Casebolt and Johnson were done for the night, while despite some damage,
Schlieper and Mason were able to continue. On the restart, Bloomquist got
busy with Korte to challenge for the lead.

Bloomquist went to the outside groove and pulled along side Korte down
the
backstretch, and made the pass for the lead coming off the fourth turn on
the second lap. On lap three, it was Balzano and Moran racing past
Frohnapfel to take fourth and fifth respectively. Francis turned up the
wick on lap four to pass Moran for the fifth spot.

UDTRA Rookie of the Year point leader Joe Izzo of LaSalle, IL brought out
the second caution flag of the race on lap eight when he cut down a tire
on
his Jeff's Engine Masters GRT/Pro Power Monte Carlo. On the restart,
Balzano moved up to battle with Eckert side-by-side for third, and they
dropped Korte back to fourth spot on lap nine.

The third and final caution flag of the race came out on lap 11 when Chad
Hina of Zanesville, OH spun his TLC Adult Care GRT/BAH Grand Prix in turn
three. On the restart, Eckert and Balzano continued their side-by-side
battle for second, swapping the spot several time in the next four laps.

Balzano settle into the second spot by lap 15, and began to close in on
Bloomquist as the leader approached the last cars on the lead lap. The
lead
Bloomquist enjoyed early in the race evaporated as he worked through lapped
traffic on lap 17. By lap 20, Eckert made it a three-way dance for the
lead, and worked under Balzano for second spot on lap 22.

Eckert worked the bottom groove coming off the second turn on lap 26 and
passed Bloomquist for the lead in turn three. By lap 30, Eckert began to
pull away from Bloomquist, Balzano, Francis, Korte, Shaver, Frank, Boley,
Moran, and McDowell. On lap 35, Francis passed Balzano for third, and then
closed to challenge Bloomquist for second on lap 37.

With ten laps to go, Eckert had checked out to a full straightaway lead
over Bloomquist, while Balzano retook the third spot from Francis.

Bloomquist was the fast qualifier among the 57 entries with a lap around
the 4/10-mile dirt oval in 15.489 seconds for an average speed of 92.969
miles per hour, and picked up a $200 Bonus. Bloomquist also won the 1st
Borla Performance 10-lap Heat Race.

Korte won the $50 Scott Performance Wire Bonus Award with a 2nd heat race
win, and Frohnapfel won the $100 JE Pistons Bonus Award with a 4th heat
race
win. Eckert won the 3rd heat race. Izzo won the Renegade Transporters
1st
10-lap Consolation Race, and Hina won the Polaris ATVs 2nd 10-lap
Consolation Race.

The next event for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be on Thursday and
Friday night at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH with a 100-lap $20,000-to-win
main
event.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 26 AT MUSKINGUM COUNTY SPEEDWAY IN ZANESVILLE,
OH
ON 7/3/01:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 3 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 50 $10,600
2. 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 50 $7,150
3. 6 E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg, WV Chev. 50 $3,000
4. 8 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 50 $3,100
5. 10 1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove, PA Chev. 50 $2,000
6. 14 30 Steve Shaver Parkersburg, WV Chev. 50 $1,800
7. 2 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Chev. 50 $1,650
8. 11 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Ford 50 $1,400
9. 19 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Pont. 50 $1,800
10. 5 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH Pont. 50 $1,100
11. 25 24h Rob House Dresden, OH Pont. 50 $1,000
12. 21 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 49 $1,550
13. 7 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 49 $1,500
14. 17 166 Joe Izzo LaSalle, IL Chev. 49 $875
15. 9 4b Jackie Boggs Grayson, KY Chev. 49 $850
16. 24 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 49 $1,425
17. 12 32 Greg Lucas Whitesburg, KY Dodge 49 $800
18. 16 5m Ryan Markham Ashland, OH Chev. 49 $750
19. 13 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 48 $1,300
20. 20 72 John Mason Millersburg, OH Chev. 48 $700
21. 23 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 48 $1,300
22. 4 45 Russ Frohnapfel Columbus, OH Pont. 41 $700
23. 18 12 Chad Hina Zanesville, OH Pont. 30 $700
24. 15 1j Davey Johnson Greensburg, PA Chev. 1 $700
25. 22 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN Ford 1 $700

ENTRIES: 57
PROVISIONALS: Wallace (5) and Mars (2)
PROMOTER'S CHOICE: House
LEAD CHANGES: 2 Among 3 Drivers
LAP LEADERS: Korte, 1; Bloomquist, 2-25; Eckert, 25-50
LAPS LED: Eckert, 25; Bloomquist, 24; Korte, 1
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: House (started 25th and finished 11th)
TIME OF THE RACE: 42 minutes and 6.011 seconds
CAUTIONS: 3
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: House, Lucas, Markham, Frohnapfel, Hina, and
Casebolt (Promoter's Choice)

QUALIFICATIONS:

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 15.670 15.489 15.489
92.969
2 30 Steve Shaver Parkersburg, WV Rocket Monte Carlo 15.529 16.150 15.529
92.730
3 72m John Mason Millersburg, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 15.698 15.761 15.698
91.731
4 45 Russ Frohnapfel Columbus, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 15.740 15.967 15.740
91.487
5 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.757 15.814 15.757
91.388
6 1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove, PA Rocket Monte Carlo 15.894 15.783 15.783
91.237
7 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Taurus 16.012 15.848 15.848 90.863
8 32 Greg Lucas Whitesburg, KY Rocket Dodge 16.184 15.853 15.853 90.835
9 4b Jackie Boggs Grayson, KY Swartz Monte Carlo 15.877 15.946 15.877 90.697
10 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 16.145 15.887 15.887
90.640
11 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 17.045 15.918 15.918 90.464
12 44 Brad Goff Zanesville, OH Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.926 17.201 15.926
90.418
13 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.954 16.039 15.954
90.259
14 E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg, WV Rocket Monte Carlo 15.971 16.183 15.971
90.163
15 32b Greg Baumberger Jacobsburg, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 15.978 17.176
15.978 90.124
16 5m Ryan Markham Ashland, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 16.083 15.980 15.980
90.113
17 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 16.076 15.985 15.985 90.084
18 46 Doug Horton Morganton, WV Rocket Grand Prix 15.987 16.140 15.987
90.073
19 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Mastersbilt Mustang 16.096 16.009 16.009
89.949
20 12h Chad Hina Zanesville, OH GRT Grand Prix 16.014 16.097 16.014 89.921
21 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 16.193 16.054 16.054
89.697
22 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 16.169 16.065
16.065 89.636
23 17c Charlie Duncan Millersburg, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 16.093 16.224
16.093 89.480
24 33s Aaron Scott Newark, OH GRT Monte Carlo 16.101 16.267 16.101 89.435
25 166 Joe Izzo LaSalle, IL GRT Monte Carlo 16.108 16.526 16.108 89.397
26 59 Shane McClaughlin Nashport, OH Boss Grand Prix 16.194 16.159 16.159
89.114
27 24h Rob House Dresden, OH Mastersbilt Grand Prix 16.331 16.172 16.172
89.043
28 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 16.187 16.375 16.187 88.960
29 1e Doug Eaton St. Clairsville, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 16.300 16.195 16.195
88.916
30 21 George Lee Loudonville, OH Rocket Mustang 16.205 16.348 16.205 88.861
31 1j Davey Johnson Greensburg, PA Rocket Monte Carlo 16.210 16.326 16.210
88.834
32 17e Lance Elson Wellsburg, WV Rocket Grand Prix 16.247 16.505 16.247
88.632
33 31 Denny Chamberlain Lost Creek, WV Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 16.264 16.507
16.264 88.539
34 23J Greg Johnson Edinburgh, IN Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.327 16.267 16.267
88.523
35 00h Chuck Harper Beverly, WV Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.314 16.368 16.314
88.268
36 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN Rayburn Mustang 16.320 16.418 16.320
88.235
37 04 Pat Novaria Adamsville, OH Boss Grand Prix 16.558 16.345 16.345 88.100
38 96f Mike Berner Millersburg, OH Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 16.455 16.358
16.358 88.030
39 42 Todd Andrews Eldred, PA GRT Mustang 16.484 16.384 16.384 87.891
40 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Fast Monte Carlo 16.399 16.776 16.399 87.810
41 T8 Mark Banal St. Clairsville, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 16.424 16.423 16.423
87.682
42 21m Jason Montgomery Jackson, OH Rocket Grand Prix 16.426 16.505 16.426
87.666
43 55 Tye Long Cambridge, OH Boss Grand Prix 16.533 16.503 16.503 87.257
44 15w Ralph Withem Athens, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 16.558 16.607 16.558
86.967
45 27 Bill Povlinko Cambridge, OH Rayburn Grand Prix 16.601 16.601 16.601
86.742
46 75 Bart Hartman Zanesville, OH GRT Monte Carlo 17.142 16.608 16.608
86.705
47 75g Don Gross Wooster, OH Rayburn Intrepid 16.907 16.612 16.612 86.684
48 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 18.053 16.652 16.652
86.476
49 25 Ted Johnson Alexandria, OH Boss Grand Prix 16.895 16.694 16.694 86.259
50 4k Ron Dailey Newark, OH Boss Monte Carlo 16.775 16.740 16.740 86.022
51 7 Rob Sellars Nashport, OH Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 16.776 16.911 16.776
85.837
52 88 Barry Jacobs Mount Vernon, OH GRT Grand Prix 16.814 16.879 16.814
85.643
53 V8 Dave Shepherd Newark, OH Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 17.989 17.999 17.989
80.049
54 80 Brian Durig Warren, OH Boss Grand Prix 72.000 18.884 18.884 76.255
55 12 Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH Mastersbilt Grand Prix 16.227 16.105 DQ
DQ
56 40 Mike Eaton St. Clairsville, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 16.413 16.393 DQ
DQ
57 P11 Tim Penley Nashport, OH Rocket Grand Prix NT NT NT NT

BORLA PERFORMANCE 10-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 4 Finishers Advance To Main Event):

1ST HEAT: 1. Bloomquist; 2. Moran; 3. Boggs; 4. Schlieper; 5. Izzo; 6.
Mars; 7. Smith; 8. Banal; 9. Novaria; 10. Povlinko; 11. T. Johnson; 12.
D.
Eaton; 13. Shepherd; 14. Chamberlain.

SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 2ND HEAT: 1. Korte; 2. Balzano; 3. Frank; 4.
Shaver; 5. McDowell; 6. Horton; 7. Berner; 8. Hartman; 9. McClaughlin; 10.G.
Johnson; 11. Dailey; 12. Montgomery; 13. Durig; 14. Lee.

3RD HEAT: 1. Eckert; 2. Cook; 3. Boley; 4. D. Johnson; 5. Mason; 6.
Duncan; 7. Baumberger; 8. House; 9. Andrews; 10. Aukland; 11. Harper; 12.
Long; 13. Gross; 14. Sellars.

JE PISTONS 4TH HEAT: 1.Frohnapfel; 2. Francis; 3. Lucas; 4. Markham; 5.
Hina; 6. Casebolt; 7. Wallace; 8. Scott; 9. Eaton; 10. Reed; 11. Elson;
12.
Withem; 13. Goff; 14. Jacobs.

CONSOLATION RACES (10-Laps, Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):

RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY: 1. Izzo; 2. McDowell; 3. Smith; 4. Mars;
5. Horton; 6. Banal; 7. Novaria; 8. Hartman; 9. McClaughlin; 10. Berner;
11.
G. Johnson; 12. D. Eaton; 13. Povlinko; 14. T. Johnson; 15. Montgomery;
16.
Durig; 17. Sheppard; 18. Dailey; 19. Chamberlain; 20. Lee.

POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. Hina; 2. Mason; 3. Casebolt; 4. Wallace; 5.
Duncan; 6. Scott; 7. House; 8. Andrews; 9. Aukland; 10. Harper; 11. M.
Eaton; 12. Baumberger; 13. Long; 14. Reed; 15. Sellars; 16. Gross; 17.
Jacobs; 18. Goff; 19. Elson; 20. Withem.

UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 7/3/01:

1. Rick Eckert - 4051
2. Steve Francis - 3890
3. Scott Bloomquist - 3762
4. Dale McDowell - 3427
5. Dan Schlieper - 3390
6. Wendell Wallace - 3371
7. Jimmy Mars - 3307
8. Ray Cook - 3304
9. Freddy Smith - 3248
10. Billy Moyer - 2899
11. Joe Izzo - 2763
12. Randy Korte - 2756
13. Steve Boley - 2466
14. Davey Johnson - 2366
15. Shannon Babb - 2170
16. Steve Shaver - 2115
16. Rick Aukland - 2115
18. Brian Birkhofer - 2045
19. Chub Frank - 1761
20. Donnie Moran - 1596

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