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jammin
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posted September 29, 2001 01:14 PM UIN: 16262997
MARS WINS THIRD OF THE SEASON AT GREEN VALLEY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

GLENCOE, AL - Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI picked up his third United Dirt
Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series win of the season Friday night
in the 40-lap main event at Green Valley Speedway driving the Parker Store
Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo. Mars led all 40 laps to claim the $7,000
top prize.

Mars beat polesitter Rick Eckert of York, PA into the first turn at the
drop of the green flag to take the lead off the second turn, and was never
challenged for the point.

"I started on the outside of the front row for both my heat race and the
feature which was the key to getting the lead in both races," Mars said.
"We've had some bad luck in the past few weeks, so this win feels pretty
good. My car was great all night, and I owe that to my crew because all
I
had to do was get in and drive it."

Eckert finished second in the Raye Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang and
increased his UDTRA Pro Dirt Series point lead over Steve Francis of
Ashland, KY to 40 points with four events left in the season. The 1997
UDTRA champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR was third in the Petroff
Towing/J&J Steel Rayburn/Clements Taurus.

After battling side-by-side with Moyer for most of the race, 1999 UDTRA
Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA settled for fourth in the Larry
Shaw
Race Cars Rocket/Hatfield Grand Prix. Francis finished fifth in the
Valvoline/Mopar Performance Rocket/Stanton Intrepid. Dan Schlieper finished
sixth in the Performance Roofing Systems Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo.

The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN finished seventh
in
the Christenberry Trucking and Farms GRT/Custom Monte Carlo, and Randy Korte
of Highland, IL took the eighth spot in the Mid-Continental Fuel Larry
Shaw/Pro Power Monte Carlo.

The defending and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg,
TN was ninth in the Miller Brother Coal Warrior/Custom Mustang, and remains
third in points, but fell back to 155 points behind Eckert. Shannon Babb
of
Decatur, IL rounded out the top ten in the Car City Co./Petroff Towing
Rayburn/Dickens Monte Carlo.

At the start of the race, Eckert and Mars battled side-by-side into the
first turn, but it was Mars getting the better bite off the second turn
to
take the lead over Eckert, followed by Moyer, McDowell, and Smith. The
man
on the move early in the race was Jason Smith of Laurel, MS, who used the
inside groove of the track to blast from the 17th starting spot to ninth
by
lap 10.

By lap 16, McDowell found the bottom groove to his liking, as he pulled
along side Moyer, and they swapped the third spot back-and-forth several
times.

The first caution flag came out on lap 17 when Bill Reed of Knoxville,
TN
cut down a right-rear tire on his UPS/Die Cast Digest Magazine GRT/Clements
Monte Carlo. On the restart, Jason Smith hit the cone on the front
straightaway with his Boots Smith GRT/Cornett Mustang, bringing out the
caution flag again. Smith was penalized to the pack of the pack for the
restart.

Mars led Eckert, Moyer, McDowell, and Francis down for the restart, and
the
race would go caution-free the rest of the way. By lap 25, Mars held a
six
car-length lead over Eckert, while Moyer began to pull away from McDowell.

On lap 30, Mars got into heavy lapped traffic, which enabled Eckert, Moyer,
McDowell, and Francis to close the gap. With five laps to, the leaders
cleared the traffic, and Mars pulled away for the win.

Patrick Duggan of Lenoir City, TN was the JE Pistons Hard Charger of the
Race after starting 24th and finishing 19th in the D&R Construction
Stinger/B&B Grand Prix.

Eckert set a new track record during time trials with a lap in 14.480
seconds around the 3/8-mile clay oval for an average speed of 93.232 miles
per hour. Seven different drivers were able to eclipse the old track record
of 14.901 seconds set in 1996 by Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN.

Moyer was the first to break Johnson's record with a 14.892 second lap,
then
Johnson took to the track immediately following Moyer's run to reclaim the
record at 14.813. A few cars later, Eckert took to the track with his quick
lap. Francis, Schlieper, McDowell, and Mars were also under the old mark.

Eckert won the first 10-lap Borla Performance Heat Race to earn the pole
position, and Mars picked up the JE Pistons $100 Bonus Award with a win
in
the second heat race. Moyer won the third heat race, and Freddy Smith won
the Scott Performance Wire $50 Bonus Award with a fourth heat race victory.

Jason Smith came from the tenth starting spot to win the Renegade
Transporters 1st 15-lap Consolation Race using the inside groove. Brian
Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA won the Polaris ATVs 2nd 15-lap Consolation Race
in the Seubert Calf Ranches Mastersbilt/Pro Power Grand Prix.

The UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series returns to action at Green Valley Speedway
on
Saturday night with a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main event. The pit gate opens
at 1 p.m., the grandstand gate opens at 4 p.m., and hot laps are scheduled
for 7:30 p.m.

Along with the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series, the GVS Sportsman and Bomber
Divisions will also be in action on the 3/8-mile clay oval. For ticket
and
race day information call (256) 492-8550. Green Valley Speedway is located
4.5 miles south of U.S. Highway 278 on U.S. Highway 431, then 4 miles
southwest on Green Valley Road.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 39 AT GREEN VALLEY SPEEDWAY IN GLENCOE, AL ON
9/28/01:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 2 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 40 $7,100
2. 1 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 40 $4,000
3. 3 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Ford 40 $2,750
4. 5 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Pont. 40 $2,000
5. 6 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 40 $1,750
6. 7 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 40 $1,500
7. 4 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 40 $1,350
8. 10 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Chev. 40 $1,200
9. 11 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 40 $1,000
10. 12 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 40 $900
11. 14 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Chev. 40 $800
12. 9 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 40 $700
13. 13 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 40 $600
14. 8 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Pont. 40 $550
15. 16 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Chev. 40 $525
16. 19 11 Greg Skinner Oxford, AL Chev. 39 $500
17. 20 87 Derrick Rainey Powder Springs, GA Pont. 39 $500
18. 22 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN Ford 39 $500
19. 24 15d Patrick Duggan Lenoir City, TN Pont. 39 $500
20. 18 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Pont. 37 $500
21. 23 28 Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Chev. 23 $500
22. 15 25 Jody Summerville Rome, GA Chev. 21 $500
23. 17 12 Jason Smith Laurel, MS Ford 17 $500
24. 21 8 Keith Hayes Morris, AL Chev. 16 $500

ENTRIES: 57
PROVISIONAL: Reed (4)
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAP LEADER: Mars, 1-40
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Duggan (started 24th and finished
19th)
CAUTIONS: 2
TIME OF THE RACE: 16 Minutes and 41.120 Seconds
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: Skinner, Rainey, J. Smith, Hayes, Rex Richey,
and
Kelly Hanbey (Promoter's Choice)

QUALIFYING:

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 14.509 14.480 14.480 93.232
2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 14.693 15.252 14.693 91.880
3 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 14.805 15.054 14.805
91.185
4 5J Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Barry Wright Grand Prix 14.873 14.813
14.813 91.136
5 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 15.127 14.836 14.836
90.995
6 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 15.054 14.855 14.855
90.878
7 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Rayburn Taurus 14.892 15.227 14.892 90.653
8 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 15.298 14.926 14.926 90.446
9 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Taurus 15.038 15.369 15.038 89.773
10 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 15.068 15.453 15.068
89.594
11 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN GRT Mustang 15.077 15.268 15.077 89.540
12 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 15.603 15.122 15.122
89.274
13 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 15.135 15.621 15.135
89.197
14 11 Greg Skinner Oxford, AL GRT Monte Carlo 15.266 15.144 15.144 89.144
15 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 15.163 18.933 15.163
89.033
16 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.437 15.227 15.227
88.658
17 T31 Shane Tankersley Morgonton, GA Stinger Grand Prix 15.229 15.627
15.229 88.647
18 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Rocket Monte Carlo 15.352 15.496 15.352
87.936
19 22g Robert Gant Pisgah, AL Stinger Mustang 15.635 15.366 15.366 87.856
20 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Mastersbilt Grand Prix 15.954 15.386
15.386 87.742
21 87 Rex Richey Ringgold, GA GRT Monte Carlo 15.482 15.411 15.411 87.600
22 111 Bo Shirley Gadsden, AL CVR Grand Prix 15.413 15.956 15.413 87.588
23 87 Derrick Rainey Powder Springs, GA Mastersbilt Grand Prix 15.727 15.423
15.423 87.532
24 3c James Cline Oxford, AL Stinger Grand Prix 16.074 15.425 15.425 87.520
25 15d Patrick Duggan Lenoir City, TN Stinger Grand Prix 15.491 15.678
15.491 87.147
26 42j Don Jenkins Kingston, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 15.737 15.509 15.509
87.046
27 25 Jody Summerville Rome, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 15.896 15.511 15.511
87.035
28 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL GRT Monte Carlo 15.535 15.657 15.535 86.901
29 8 Keith Hayes Morris, AL Fast Monte Carlo 15.778 15.540 15.540 86.873
30 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA GRT Mustang 15.643 16.011 15.643 86.301
31 4vs Vernon Smith Rome, GA GRT Monte Carlo 15.936 15.658 15.658 86.218
32 201 Billy Ogle Jr. Knoxville, TN Warrior Monte Carlo 16.614 15.692 15.692
86.031
33 F33 Don Farmer Springville, AL GRT Grand Prix 15.706 16.331 15.706 85.954
34 74 Michael Stewart Sand Rock, AL Stinger Monte Carlo 15.803 15.738 15.738
85.780
35 17h Lamar Haygood Douglasville, GA GRT Monte Carlo 15.754 22.526 15.754
85.693
36 m6 Marty Hardy Jackson, MS GRT Grand Prix 16.266 15.817 15.817 85.351
37 41 Tom Maddox Gadsden, AL Stinger Monte Carlo 15.846 16.301 15.846 85.195
38 19m Mark Mears Decatur, AL Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.847 16.841 15.847
85.190
39 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 15.945 15.899 15.899 84.911
40 12 Wayne McCullough Sand Rock, AL Warrior Monte Carlo 16.181 15.925
15.925 84.772
41 X Ron Fleenor Anaheim, CA GRT Monte Carlo 15.973 16.073 15.973 84.518
42 12s Jason Smith Laurel, MS GRT Mustang 16.022 15.984 15.984 84.459
43 24g Buster Goss Rome, GA Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 16.188 16.105 16.105
83.825
44 77 Joey Roland Jasper, GA Stinger Monte Carlo 16.177 16.297 16.177 83.452
45 KO Kelly Hanbey Eva, AL Fast Grand Prix 16.657 16.182 16.182 83.426
46 28rh Randy Hemphill Toccoa, GA GRT Grand Prix 16.720 16.182 16.182 83.426
47 14k Brandon King Decatur, AL Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.303 16.531 16.303
82.807
48 37 Tim Parker Northport, AL Rayburn Grand Prix 16.734 16.356 16.356
82.539
49 20 Josh Manning Yule, FL Warrior Grand Prix 16.370 NT 16.370 82.468
50 47 Ross Martin Talladega, AL GRT Grand Prix 16.989 16.455 16.455 82.042
51 11p Danny Peoples Margaret, AL TnT Monte Carlo 16.480 16.463 16.463
82.002
52 cv3 Clayton Christenberry Knoxville, TN Warrior Monte Carlo 17.141 16.481
16.481 81.913
53 21g Sandy Goddard Knoxville, TN Warrior Monte Carlo 16.648 16.772 16.648
81.091
54 95c Jayme Cagle Canton, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 17.270 17.007 17.007
79.379
55 14L Derrick Laney Fort Payne, AL TnT Mustang 17.037 17.375 17.037 79.239
56 25n Ronnie Norton Anniston, AL Barry Wright Monte Carlo 16.446 16.272
DQ
DQ
57 91 John Bedingfield Clayton, GA Barry Wright Grand Prix 16.284 16.369
DQ
DQ

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

1ST HEAT: 1. Eckert; 2. McDowell; 3. Cook; 4. Wallace; 5. Richey; 6.
Duggan; 7. Tankersley; 8. Hays; 9. Fleenor; 10. Farmer; 11. Hanbey; 12.
Maddox; 13. Bedingfield; 14. Manning; 15. Goddard.

JE PISTONS 2ND HEAT: 1. Mars; 2. Francis; 3. Korte; 4. Chupp; 5. Skinner;
6. Shirley; 7. C. Smith; 8. Jenkins; 9. J. Smith; 10. Mears; 11. Stewart;
12. Hemphill; 13. Martin.

3RD HEAT: 1.Moyer; 2. Schlieper; 3. Bloomquist; 4. Summerville; 5. Rainey;
6. Arp; 7. V. Smith; 8. Gant; 9. Haygood; 10. Goss; 11. King.

SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 4TH HEAT: 1. F. Smith; 2. Johnson; 3. Babb; 4.
Green; 5. Birkhofer; 6. Cline; 7. Izzo; 8. Hardy; 9. Roland; 10. Ogle; 11.
McCullough; 12. Parker; 13. Christenberry; 14. Norton.

CONSOLATION RACES (15 Laps - Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):

RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY: 1. J. Smith; 2. Skinner; 3. Hayes; 4.
Duggan; 5. Richey; 6. C. Smith; 7. Maddox; 8. Stewart; 9. Jenkins; 10.
Hemphill; 11. Bedingfield; 12. Fleenor; 13. Goddard; 14. Farmer; 15. Hanbey;
16. Shirley; 17. Tankersley; 18. Martin.

POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. Birkhofer; 2. Rainey; 3. Arp; 4. Cline; 5.
V.
Smith; 6. Gant; 7. Hardy; 8. Roland; 9. Haygood; 10. Ogle; 11.
Christenberry; 12. Norton; 13. McCullough; 14. Goss; 15. Izzo; 16. Reed.

UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 9/28/01:

1. Rick Eckert - 5977
2. Steve Francis - 5937
3. Scott Bloomquist - 5822
4. Dale McDowell - 5249
5. Wendell Wallace - 5163
6. Dan Schlieper - 5041
7. Ray Cook - 4975
8. Freddy Smith - 4820
9. Jimmy Mars - 4813
10. Joe Izzo - 4120
11. Randy Korte - 4106
12. Billy Moyer - 3579
13. Steve Boley - 3255
14. Rick Aukland - 3150
15. Brian Birkhofer - 3019
16. Davey Johnson - 2814
17. Shannon Babb - 2767
18. Steve Shaver - 2753
19. Randle Chupp - 2597
20. Chub Frank - 2288

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