posted August 04, 2001 08:59 AM
WALLACE, McDOWELL, BABB AND BLOOMQUIST TAKE USA NATIONALS HEAT RACE WINS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW RICHMOND, WI - Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR is ready to play "Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire" on Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway for
Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series $40,000-to-win USA
Wallace earned the pole position in Friday night action by driving the JFR
Graphics/Monday Motorsports GRT/Russell Baker Grand Prix to victory in the
first 20-lap Borla Performance Heat Race. Wallace is just $33,175 away
becoming the second Millionaire in UDTRA career earnings.
A victory Saturday night for Wallace would put him over the top and he would
join the defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of
Mooresburg, TN in the UDTRA Millionaires Club.
The three other heat race wins went to 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell
Rossville, GA, Shannon Babb of Decatur, IL, and Bloomquist.
Wallace used the high line to defeat fast qualifier Steve Francis of
Ashland, KY and earn the pole position for the USA Nationals. Francis
started off the evening by out-qualifying the 41 entrants with a time around
the 3/8-mile clay oval in 14.293 seconds for an average speed of 94.452
miles per hour in the Valvoline/Mopar Performance Rocket/Stanton Intrepid.
Francis will start the USA Nationals from the fifth spot. Lance Mathees
Winona, MN in the Fegers Racing Equipment Fegers/Custom Monte Carlo and
former USA Nationals Champion Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH in the Rocket
Chassis Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo finished third and fourth respectively.
McDowell will start on the outside of row one for the USA Nationals after
winning the second heat race and the Scott Performance Wire $50 Bonus Award
in the Larry Shaw Race Cars Larry Shaw/Hatfield Grand Prix. McDowell dodged
a bullet on the first lap of the heat when he cut down a tire to bring out
Since a lap was not completed, McDowell was able to change the tire under
ution and regain his original starting spot for the restart. Not so
fortunate was hometown favorite Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI.
Mars had a major mechanical problem under the hood of his Parker Store
Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo while leading the heat, which will force
him to start in the back of the Renegade Transporters 1st 20-lap Consolation
Race on Saturday.
UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA finished second in the second
heat, and will start his Raye Vest/Cameron Car Corner Rocket/Cornett Mustang
on the outside of the third row for the USA Nationals.
The 1997 UDTRA Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR was third in the
Petroff Towing/J&J Steel Rayburn/Clements Grand Prix, and Bill Frye of
Greenbrier, AR was fourth in the UniFirst Uniforms GRT/Cornett Mustang.
Babb won the third heat with a bold outside move, coming from the fourth
starting spot to take the lead coming off the second turn of the first lap
in the Car City Co./Petroff Towing Rayburn/Dickens Monte Carlo. Babb will
start the USA Nationals from the inside of row two.
Early in the third heat race, a turn four tangle among three drivers
battling for second place damaged the cars of Johnny Johnson of West
Burlington, IA, Dennis Erb of Carpentersville, IL, and Jerry Redetzke of
Claire, WI. All three drivers will have to run the Polaris ATVs 2nd 20-lap
Consolation Race on Saturday night.
The other three third heat transferees to the USA Nationals were
second-place finisher Marshall Green of Dalton, GA in the Barto Enterprises
Rocket/Hatfield Monte Carlo, third-place finisher Darren Miller of Chadwick,
IL in the Sterling NAPA Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo, and John Kaanta
of Elk Mound, WI in the LPI Lift Systems Mastersbilt/Weisman Monte Carlo.
Bloomquist came from the fourth starting hole in his Miller Brothers Coal
Warrior/Mustang to win the fourth heat race and JE Pistons $100 Bonus Award.
The 1999 USA Nationals Champion earned the outside row two starting spot
the USA Nationals. Bloomquist battled for the lead early in the race with
the 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN.
Smith had to settle for second in the Christenberry Trucking and Farms
GRT/Custom Monte Carlo, and Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC finished third in
English Mountain Spring Water/Easy Care GRT/Cornett Mustang. Randy Korte
Highland, IL rounded out the "Sweet 16" with a fourth place finish in the
Mid-Continental Fuel Larry Shaw/Pro Power Monte Carlo.
Other favorites having to run one of two consolation races on Saturday night
are Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA, Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI, Joe
Izzo of Chicago, IL, and Steve Boley of West Liberty, IA.
The Saturday activities will begin at 3 p.m. with the Dirt Racing Outreach
Bible Study in the pit area concession. Bill Schlieper of Pro Power Racing
Engines will be the guest speaker. The UDTRA Drivers Autograph Session
take place on Souvenir Row behind the front grandstands from 4:30 p.m. to
The UDTRA consolation race cars will hot lap at 6:30 p.m., followed by the
Renegade Transporters and Polaris ATVs 20-lap Consolation Races. The top
three finishers from each consy will transfer to the USA Nationals in the
17th through 22nd starting spots. UDTRA Provisionals will fill in starting
positions 23 and 24.
The 16 drivers that earned starting spot in Friday night's heat races will
hot lap after the consolation races, and then it's the $40,000-to-win USA
Nationals finale which will be 100 laps in length. For ticket and race
information call (715) 248-7119.
QUALIFYING AND HEAT RACE RESULTS FOR THE USA NATIONALS AT CEDAR LAKE
SPEEDWAY IN NEW RICHMOND, WI ON 8/3/01:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 14.305 14.293 14.293 94.452
2 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 14.622 14.415 14.415 93.652
3 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 14.454 15.377 14.454
4 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 14.464 14.831 14.464
5 1 Rick Aukland Zanesville, OH Rocket Monte Carlo 14.704 14.575 14.575
6 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Rayburn Grand Prix 14.612 16.983 14.612
7 32d Darren Miller Chadwick, IL Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 14.632 14.886
8 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 14.676 14.778 14.676
9 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 14.730 14.972 14.730
10 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 14.780 15.055 14.780
11 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, ILL Rayburn Monte Carlo 14.783 14.883
12 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 14.785 14.788 14.785 91.309
13 71m Lance Mathees Winona, MN Fegers Monte Carlo 14.802 14.942 14.802
14 50w Jeff Wilding Nassau, MN Fegers Grand Prix 14.804 14.881 14.804 91.192
15 99j Johnny Johnson West Burlington, IA GRT Mustang 14.837 14.820 14.820
16 9d Billy Drake Bloomington, IL Mastersbilt Grand Prix 14.854 15.905
17 75p Terry Phillips Springfield, MO GRT Monte Carlo 14.873 14.976 14.873
18 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 14.895 15.002
19 27r Jerry Redetzke Eau Claire, WI Mastersbilt Grand Prix 14.932 15.151
20 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Mustang 14.962 15.174 14.962 90.229
21 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 14.980 15.163
22 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR GRT Mustang 15.024 15.901 15.024 89.856
23 85 John Kaanta Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 15.034 15.582 15.034
24 00j Mitch Johnson Hixon, ND GRT Monte Carlo 15.716 15.037 15.037 89.779
25 26 Steve Boley West Liberty, IA Mastersbilt Mustang 15.095 15.244 15.095
26 A1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR Rocket Grand Prix 15.193 15.140 15.140
27 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 15.151 15.420 15.151
28 10 Pete Parker Kaukauna, WI Rocket Grand Prix 15.168 15.158 15.158 89.062
29 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Fast Monte Carlo 15.172 15.348 15.172 88.980
30 1k John Anderson Omaha, NE GRT Grand Prix 15.343 15.186 15.186 88.898
31 32a Terry Anvelink Navarino, WI Rocket Mustang 15.394 15.222 15.222
32 90x Eric Pember Pittsville, WI Mastersbilt Grand Prix 15.370 15.244
33 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL GRT Monte Carlo 15.269 15.732 15.269 88.414
34 8 Larry Stockwell Elsworth, WI Fegers Monte Carlo 15.581 15.293 15.293
35 82b John Bey Deadwood, SD GRT Grand Prix 15.334 17.141 15.334 88.040
36 10g George Scheffler Waukasha, WI GRT Monte Carlo 15.452 15.539 15.452
37 61 Jeff Keeney River Falls, WI GRT Camaro 15.913 15.526 15.526 86.951
38 S9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.087 15.580 15.580
39 74 Russ Scheffler Waukesha, WI GRT Monte Carlo 15.612 15.684 15.612
40 0s Craig Scott Rosemont, MN Mastersbilt Grand Prix 24.564 15.932 15.932
41 14p Jim Partipillo Elmhurst, IL Rocket Grand Prix 15.109 14.941 DQ DQ
BORLA PERFORMANCE 20-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 4 Finishers Transfer To Main
1ST HEAT: 1. Wallace; 2. Francis; 3. Mathees; 4. Aukland; 5. Birkhofer;
Phillips; 7. Reed; 8. Izzo; 9. Partipillo; 10. Keeney; 11. Boley.
SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 2ND HEAT: 1. McDowell; 2. Eckert; 3. Moyer; 4.
Frye; 5. Schlieper; 6. Whiseant; 7. Wilding; 8. Stockwell; 9. Anderson;
3RD HEAT: 1. Babb; 2. Green; 3. Miller; 4. Kaanta; 5. Bey; 6. Anvelink;
R. Scheffler; 8. Erb; 9. Redetzke; 10. J. Johnson.
JE PISTONS 4TH HEAT: 1. Bloomquist; 2. Smith; 3. Cook; 4. Korte; 5. Drake;
6. Parker; 7. Scott; 8. G. Scheffler; 9. M. Johnson; 10. Pember.
"SWEET 16" STARTING LINE-UP FOR THE USA NATIONALS (Car #, Driver, Hometown,
Sponsor Chassis/Engine Builder Car Make):
6m - Wendell Wallace, Batesville, AR, JFR Grphcs/Monday Mtrsprts GRT/R.
Baker Grand Prix
17m - Dale McDowell, Rossville, GA, Larry Shaw Race Cars Larry Shaw/Hatfield
18 - Shannon Babb, Decatur, IL, Car City Co./Petroff Towing Rayburn/Dickens
0 - Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN, Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Custom
15 - Steve Francis, Ashland, KY, Valvoline/Mopar Performance Rocket/Stanton
24 - Rick Eckert, York, PA, Raye Vest/Cameron Car Corner Rocket/Cornett
89 - Marshall Green, Dalton, GA, Barto Enterprises Rocket/Hatfield Monte
00 - Freddy Smith, Knoxville, TN, Christenberry Trucking & Farms GRT/Custom
71m - Lance Mathees, Winona, MN, Fegers Racing Equipment Fegers/Custom Monte
21 - Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR, Petroff Towing/J&J Steel Rayburn/Clements
32d - Darren Miller, Chadwick, IL, Sterling NAPA, Mastersbilt/Pro Power
53 - Ray Cook, Brasstown, NC, English Mountain Spring Water/Easy Care
1 - Rick Aukland, Zanesville, OH, Rocket Chassis/Ostrom Painting
Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo
66 - Bill Frye, Greenbrier, AR, UniFirst Uniforms GRT/Cornett Mustang
85 - John Kaanta, Elk Mound, WI, LPI Lift Systems Mastersbilt/Weisman Monte
00k - Randy Korte, Highland, IL, Mid-Continental Fuel Larry Shaw/Pro Power
CONSOLATION RACE LINE-UPS (20 Laps - Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main
RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY:
15b Brian Birkhofer - s9 Dan Schlieper
75 Terry Phillips - a1 Duke Whiseant
28r Bill Reed - 50 Jeff Wilding
166 Joe Izzo - 8 Larry Stockwell
14 Jim Partipillo - 1k John Anderson
61 Jeff Keeney - 28m Jimmy Mars
26 Steve Boley
POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY:
82 John Bey - 9 Billy Drake
32a Terry Anvelink - 10 Pete Parker
74 Russ Scheffler - 0s Craig Scott
28 Dennis Erb Jr. - 10g George Scheffler
27 Jerry Redetzke - 00j Mitch Johnson
99j Johnny Johnson - 90x Eric Pember