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jammin
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posted July 22, 2001 11:44 AM UIN: 16262997
Turner Upsets UDTRA Regulars At Dixie

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July 21, 2001

TURNER GRINDS TO FIRST UDTRA CAREER VICTORY AT HOME TRACK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WOODSTOCK, GA - Bobby Turner of Cumming, GA shocked the nation's top dirt
late model drivers by defending his home turf at Dixie Speedway Saturday
night with an upset win in the 50-lap United Dirt Track Racing Association
Pro DirtCar Series main.

Nobody was probably more upset by Turner's victory than 1999 UDTRA Champion
Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA. McDowell led the first ten laps of the
race
with Turner all over his back bumper. The two drivers made contact on lap
11 in turn two sending McDowell's Larry Shaw Race Cars Larry Shaw/Hatfield
Grand Prix spinning to bring out the caution flag.

The two drivers would meet again before the race ended, as McDowell had
to
go to the back of the pack for the restart. As to what happen in turn two
depends on which driver you talk to. Turner's first career UDTRA Pro
DirtCar Series win came behind the wheel of the Milwood Plumbing
Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo shod with American Race Tires.

Turner posted a clean sweep by setting fast time among the 66 entrants with
a lap around the 3/8-mile clay oval in 15.597 seconds for and average speed
of 86.555 miles per hour. Turner also won the first 8-lap Borla Performance
Heat Race to earn the pole position for the main event.

Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished second in the Dunn-Benson
Ford
Rocket/Eatmon Mustang. Pearson made up a full straightaway deficit on
Turner, as the leader was stuck behind the last car on the lead lap, which
just happened to be one Dale McDowell. McDowell's car stalled to bring
out
the final caution flag of the night on lap 44.

With clear race track in front of him, Turner pulled away from Pearson in
the final seven lap dash to the finish.

"This feels just awesome, and I owe it all to Jimmy Smith of American Race
Tires," Turner said. "Most of the big dogs are scared to run American Race
Tires, but we use them, and we won with them. They were the best tires
here
tonight."

Turner and McDowell ran side-by-side for the first lap of the race, but
a
tangle involving Randle Chupp of Mooresville, NC and Turner's teammate Wayne
Echols of Cumming, GA in turn four brought out the caution flag and
necessitated a complete restart.

After the second green flag, McDowell took the lead from his outside front
row starting spot with Turner challenging on the inside for the first ten
laps. As for the incident on lap 11 with McDowell in turn two that put
Turner in the lead, Turner told the media that it wasn't his fault.

"Dale checked up in the corner," Turner said. "I was committed to the
bottom of the track inside of him, and I just had no place to go,"

McDowell's comment to the media was short and to the point. "He took me
out," McDowell said.

After the restart, Turner had pulled out to a full straightaway lead over
Pearson. On lap 22, Turner had come around to try and put McDowell a lap
down, but to no one's surprise, McDowell didn't make things easy for the
leader, and Pearson began to close the gap. By lap 30, Pearson had closed
to within the half straightaway. By lap 40, the gap was three car-lengths.

Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN finished third in the Curtis Equipment
GRT/Cornett Mustang, and another local favorite Rodney Martin of
Cartersville, GA took the fourth spot in the Tomason Plumbing
Warrior/Russell Baker Monte Carlo. UDTRA Rookie of the Year point leader
Joe Izzo of Chicago finished fifth in the Jeff's Engine Masters GRT/Pro
Power Monte Carlo.

Marshall Green of Dalton, GA was sixth in the Barto Enterprises
Rocket/Hatfield Monte Carlo, and Chupp finished seventh in the Biscotti's
Restaurant and Winery/Park Ohio Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo. Steve Francis
of
Ashland, KY came home in the eighth spot driving the Valvoline/Mopar
Performance Rocket/Stanton Dodge.

With UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA finishing 16th in the Raye
Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang, Francis has closed the gap for the point lead
to 138 points.

Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR took the ninth spot in the JFR
Graphics/Monday Motorsports GRT/Russell Baker Grand Prix, and Billy Ogle
Jr.
of Knoxville, TN rounded out the top ten in the P&J Builders/Calhoun's
Restaurant Warrior/Custom Monte Carlo.

Turner and McDowell won the first two 8-lap Borla Performance Heat Races,
and Pearson picked up the $100 Scott Performance Wire Bonus Award with a
3rd
heat race win. Arp and Izzo won the fourth and fifth heats respectively,
and Ogle pocketed the JE Pistons $200 Bonus Award with a sixth heat race
win.

Jody Summerville of Rome, GA won the Renegade Transporters 1st 12-lap
Consolation Race in the Ballard Motorsports Warrior/Custom Monte Carlo,
and
Steve Boley of West Liberty, IA won the Polaris ATVs 2nd 12-lap Consolation
Race in the Ron Alpen Ford Mastersbilt/Cornett Mustang.

The next event for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series is Sunday night with a
50-lap $10,000-to-win main event at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA.

OFFICIAL FINISH OF ROUND 31 AT DIXIE SPEEDWAY IN WOODSTOCK, GA ON 7/21/01:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 1 31t Bobby Turner Cumming, GA Chev. 50 $10,000
2. 3 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Ford 50 $6,100
3. 4 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN Ford 50 $3,000
4. 8 92 Rodney Martin Cartersville, GA Chev. 50 $2,500
5. 5 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL Chev. 50 $2,600
6. 7 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Chev. 50 $1,800
7. 10 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Chev. 50 $1,600
8. 9 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 50 $2,000
9. 14 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 50 $1,800
10. 6 201 Billy Ogle Jr. Knoxville, TN Chev. 50 $1,300
11. 11 66k Wade Knowles Tyrone, GA Pont. 50 $1,000
12. 15 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 50 $1,550
13. 18 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Pont. 50 $900
14. 20 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Ford 50 $875
15. 22 54 Mike Head Ellenwood, GA Chev. 50 $850
16. 23 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 50 $1,425
17. 2 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Pont. 43 $1,400
18. 21 3 James Cline Oxford, AL Pont. 36 $750
19. 19 25 Jody Summerville Rome, GA Chev. 23 $700
20. 24 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 17 $1,650
21. 12 31x Wayne Echols Cumming, GA Chev. 10 $700
22. 16 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 10 $1,300
23. 66 13 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR Ford 5 $700
24. 17 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Pont. 0 $700

ENTRIES: 66
PROVISIONALS: Eckert (4) and Bloomquist (4)
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: McDowell, 1-10; Turner, 11-50
LAP LED: Turner, 40; McDowell, 10
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Head (started 22nd and finished 15th)
and Eckert (started 23rd and finished 16th)
CAUTIONS: 4
TIME OF THE RACE: 19 Minutes and 27.460 Seconds
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: Turner, Martin, Ogle, Cline, and Echols (Promoter'
s Choice TBA)

QUALIFYING:

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 31t Bobby Turner Cumming, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 15.601 15.597 15.597
86.555
2 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 15.716 15.776 15.716
85.900
3 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Rocket Mustang 16.122 15.849 15.849
85.179
4 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN GRT Mustang 15.854 16.027 15.854 85.152
5 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL GRT Monte Carlo 16.067 15.861 15.861 85.114
6 201 Billy Ogle Jr. Knoxville, TN Warrior Monte Carlo 16.010 15.865 15.865
85.093
7 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR GRT Mustang 16.058 15.900 15.900 84.906
8 92 Rodney Martin Cartersville, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 15.914 15.977 15.914
84.831
9 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 15.921 15.988 15.921 84.794
10 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.923 15.976 15.923
84.783
11 5J Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Barry Wright Grand Prix 16.019 15.951
15.951 84.634
12 66k Wade Knowles Tyrone, GA Warrior Grand Prix 16.216 15.954 15.954
84.618
13 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 15.959 15.989 15.959
84.592
14 3 James Cline Oxford, AL Stinger Grand Prix 15.959 16.218 15.959 84.592
15 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Taurus 16.008 15.960 15.960 84.586
16 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Rocket Monte Carlo 15.966 16.038 15.966
84.555
17 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Rocket Grand Prix 16.146 15.973 15.973
84.518
18 31x Wayne Echols Cumming, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 16.064 15.990 15.990
84.428
19 25 Jody Summerville Rome, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 16.020 15.995 15.995
84.401
20 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 16.007 15.996 15.996
84.396
21 T4 Johnny Thomas Blairsville, GA Weeks Grand Prix 16.240 16.003 16.003
84.359
22 17w Ricky Williams Fayetteville, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.016 16.266 16.016
84.291
23 1c Phil Coltrane Canton, GA Stinger Mustang 16.122 16.017 16.017 84.285
24 42 Don Jenkins Kingston, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 16.022 16.059 16.022
84.259
25 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 16.048 16.037 16.037
84.180
26 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 16.042 16.093 16.042 84.154
27 8 David Payne Murphy, NC GRT Grand Prix 16.044 16.217 16.044 84.144
28 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Mastersbilt Mustang 16.201 16.054 16.054
84.091
29 11s David Smith Inman, SC GRT Monte Carlo 16.081 16.212 16.081 83.950
30 15c Dusty Chitwood Powder Springs, GA Fast Grand Prix 16.089 16.129
16.089 83.908
31 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 16.090 16.235 16.090 83.903
32 5C Johnny Chastain Murphy, NC GRT Monte Carlo 16.127 16.473 16.127 83.711
33 12 Sam Simmons Cartersville, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 16.149 16.169 16.149
83.597
34 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 16.152 16.158 16.152
83.581
35 95 Jamey Cagle Canton, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 16.168 16.175 16.168 83.498
36 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 16.178 16.328 16.178
83.447
37 9 Frank Ingram Acworth, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 16.470 16.186 16.186
83.405
38 11c Shawn Chastain Murphy, NC GRT Monte Carlo 16.194 16.626 16.194 83.364
39 29 Gary McPherson Dalton, GA Stinger Grand Prix 16.207 16.336 16.207
83.297
40 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA GRT Mustang 16.238 16.225 16.225 83.205
41 74 Craig Reece Dalton, GA Warrior Grand Prix 16.315 16.245 16.245 83.102
42 54 Mike Head Ellenwood, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.250 16.246 16.246 83.097
43 17c Shane Clanton Locust Grove, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.506 16.261 16.261
83.021
44 1k John Anderson Omaha, NE GRT Grand Prix 16.463 16.262 16.262 83.016
45 55 Terrance Nowell Phenix City, AL Warrior Monte Carlo 16.427 16.278
16.278 82.934
46 24g Buster Goss Rome, GA Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 16.581 16.290 16.290
82.873
47 9 Shane Fulcher Thomaston, GA GRT Mustang 16.314 16.311 16.311 82.766
48 4 Vernon Smith Rome, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.341 16.373 16.341 82.614
49 17n Zack Nichols Ceadertown, GA Warrior Grand Prix 16.435 16.399 16.399
82.322
50 98c Kip Cochran Franklin, NC Warrior Grand Prix 16.440 16.609 16.440
82.117
51 29 Laddie Fulcher Thomaston, GA GRT Mustang 16.442 16.553 16.442 82.107
52 52 Doug English Clayton, GA GRT Mustang 16.447 16.814 16.447 82.082
53 01 Jack Pennington Winston, GA GRT Grand Prix 16.845 16.455 16.455 82.042
54 39s Shane Goode Stockbridge, GA Rocket Grand Prix 16.460 17.036 16.460
82.017
55 25k David Killian Murphy, NC Rocket Grand Prix 16.490 16.521 16.490
81.868
56 cv3 Clayton Christenberry Knoxville, TN Warrior Monte Carlo 17.441 16.595
16.595 81.350
57 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Fast Monte Carlo 16.623 16.898 16.623 81.213
58 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA Dominator Grand Prix 16.679 16.677 16.677
80.950
59 21c Benji Cole Pendergrass, GA Newman Monte Carlo 17.089 16.716 16.716
80.761
60 24c K.C. Carpenter Acworth, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 16.752 16.998 16.752
80.587
61 007 Jeff Weber Clayton, GA GRT Monte Carlo 17.105 16.756 16.756 80.568
62 14 Derrick Laney Fort Payne, AL TnT Mustang 17.838 16.820 16.820 80.262
63 1p Johnny Parris Ellijay, GA GRT Grand Prix 17.074 16.995 16.995 79.435
64 28 Randy Hemphill Toccoa, GA GRT Grand Prix 17.289 17.240 17.240 78.306
65 17h Lamar Haygood Douglasville, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.533 16.255 DQ DQ
66 14u David Eubanks Mabelton, GA Newman Grand Prix NT NT NT NT

BORLA PERFORMANCE 8-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):

1ST HEAT: 1. Turner; 2. Green; 3. Frye; 4. Summerville; 5. Ingram; 6.
Killian; 7. Nichols; 8. Webber; 9. Bloomquist; 10. F. Smith.

2ND HEAT: 1. McDowell; 2. Martin; 3. Wallace; 4. Cline; 5. Eckert; 6.
J.
Chastain; 7. Cochran; 8. Anderson; 9. S. Chastain; 10. Christenberry.

SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 3RD HEAT: 1. Pearson; 2. Francis; 3. Cook; 4.
Payne; 5. L. Fulcher; 6. Simmons; 7. Thomas; 8. Nowell; 9. McPherson; 10.
Reed; 11. Parris.

4TH HEAT: 1. Arp; 2. Chupp; 3. Schlieper; 4. Boley; 5. Korte; 6. Hemphill;
7. Williams; 8. Roberts; 9. English; 10. C. Smith; 11. Goss.

5TH HEAT: 1. Izzo; 2. Knowles; 3. Birkhofer; 4. Coltrane; 5. D. Smith;
6.
S. Fulcher; 7. Haygood; 8. Cagle; 9. Cole; 10. Reece; 11. Pennington.

JE PISTONS 6TH HEAT: 1. Ogle; 2. Echols; 3. Johnson; 4. Jenkins; 5.
Chitwood; 6. Head; 7. Mars; 8. V. Smith; 9. Goode; 10. Laney; 11. Carpenter.

CONSOLATION RACES (12 Laps, Top 2 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):

RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY: 1. Summerville; 2. Cline; 3. Payne;
4.
Ingram; 5. Simmons; 6. McPherson; 7. Eckert; 8. F. Smith; 9. Nichols; 10.
Cochran; 11. Anderson; 12. Nowell; 13. L. Fulcher; 14. Parris; 15. S.
Chastain; 16. Bloomquist; 17. Reed; 18. Webber; 19. Killian; 20. J.
Chastain.

POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. Boley; 2. Head; 3. D. Smith; 4. Jenkins; 5.
Korte; 6. Hemphill; 7. Chitwood; 8. Mars; 9. S. Fulcher; 10. C. Smith; 11.
English; 12. Haygood; 13. V. Smith; 14. Goode; 15. Cole; 16. Coltrane.

UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 7/21/01:

1. Rick Eckert - 4811
2. Steve Francis - 4673
3. Scott Bloomquist - 4464
4. Dale McDowell - 4092
5. Wendell Wallace - 4086
6. Dan Schlieper - 3971
7. Jimmy Mars - 3924
8. Ray Cook - 3899
9. Freddy Smith - 3695
10. Joe Izzo - 3346
11. Randy Korte - 3156
12. Steve Boley - 2978
13. Billy Moyer - 2899
14. Davey Johnson - 2814
15. Steve Shaver - 2753
16. Rick Aukland - 2549
17. Brian Birkhofer - 2450
18. Chub Frank - 2288
19. Randle Chupp - 2175
20. Shannon Babb - 2170






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