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posted April 27, 2003 09:10 AM UIN: 16262997
ARP HOLDS OFF McDOWELL FOR NORTH GEORGIA WIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CHATSWORTH, GA - Even though he had to change his line and go where he
didn't want to go, Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN held off the hard late-race
charge of Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA to win the Xtreme DirtCar
Series
60-lap Peach State Classic on Saturday night at North Georgia Speedway.
Arp
pocketed $10,100 on the night driving the Crown Fiber GRT/Gaerte Grand
Prix.

Arp took the lead on lap five and was able to use the smooth high line
around the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval to maintain a four car-length
advantage over the 1999 series champion McDowell in the Larry Shaw Race
Cars/J&J Steel Rocket By Shaw/Custom Grand Prix. In the closing laps of
the
race, lapped traffic forced Arp to the bottom of the track.

McDowell, who worked the inside part of the track to his advantage
throughout the race, closed in on Arp and was able to pull along side
the
leader with three laps to go. Arp cleared the traffic in the last two
laps
to take a two car-length win over McDowell.

Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC had his Youngblood Concrete Mastersbilt/Cornett
Taurus up front all night long. Cook led for one lap on the fourth tour
of
the race, but came home a close third. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY led
the
first three laps of the race, but faded to finish fourth in the
Valvoline/Mopar Parts Rocket/Stanton Intrepid.

Four-time XDCS Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN took the
fifth
spot in the Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Custom Taurus, and Jimmy Owens
of
Newport, TN was sixth in the Race Tech Race Engines Rocket/Race Tech
Monte
Carlo.

The 1996 XDCS Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN brought the White
Oaks
Motorsports Warrior/Gaerte Intrepid home in the seventh spot, and Duayne
Hommel of Newport, TN finished eighth in the Alert Oil & Gas Warrior/Pro
Power Monte Carlo.

XDCS point leader Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI was ninth in the Jimmy
Mars
Racing Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo, and 1993 XDCS Champion Clint
Smith
of Senoia, GA rounded out the top ten in the JP Drilling GRT/Race Tech
Monte
Carlo.

Arp brought the field down for the green flag at the start of the race,
but
it was outside front row starter Francis that took the point with Arp,
McDowell and Cook following. Cook made a bold move on lap four, passing
McDowell in turn one on the outside, slipping under Arp coming off turn
two,
and then driving under Francis to take the lead coming off turn four.

The next lap saw Arp set up camp on the high groove about two-thirds of
the
way up the banking, and drove around Cook on the next lap to take the
lead,
bringing Francis and McDowell with him.

The first of five caution flags came out on lap six when Vic Hill of
Mosheim, TN stalled the Ecoquest GRT/Vic Hill Grand Prix on the front
straightaway. Arp led the field down for the double-file restart. Arp
was
in a row to himself, with Francis in second on the inside of the row
behind
the leader, and third-place McDowell to the outside of Francis.

While Arp opened up a three car-length advance when the field went back
to
green, McDowell had the preferred line on the outside and drove past
Francis
for the second spot. Bloomquist and Shannon Babb of Decatur, IL passed
Cook
to take over the fourth and fifth spots respectively.

The quartet of Francis, Bloomquist, Babb and Cook waged a fierce battle
for
the third spot, while Arp and McDowell began to pull away.

David Payne of Murphy, NC spun the Payne Tire GRT/Race Tech Grand Prix
in
turn four on lap 13 to bring out the second caution flag. Arp led
McDowell,
Francis, Babb, Cook, and Bloomquist down for the restart.

Cook worked around Babb for fourth on the restart, but Randle Chupp of
Mooresville, NC stalled the Biscotti's Restaurant Rocket/Race Tech Grand
Prix in turn four to unfurl the third caution flag on lap 14. One lap
later, the fourth caution flag came out for Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH
in
the QPI Tools Dirt Ripper Mastersbilt/Malcuit Monte Carlo that stalled
on
the front stretch.

The restart saw Babb drive past Cook to retake the fourth spot, but Babb
began to slow off the pace on lap 16, and the car came to a stop in turn
three on lap 17 to bring out the fifth and final caution flag. Babb's
Car
City Company Rayburn/Dickens Monte Carlo was done for the night. With
the
green flag coming out for what would be the long haul to the finish, the
field settled in.

Arp maintained a five car-length advantage over McDowell using his
consistent groove around the track, not wavering a foot either way.
McDowell was able to keep pace with the leader, and Cook kept McDowell
in
his sights from the third spot.

Francis and Bloomquist battled the rest of the way for the fourth spot
with
Francis running the middle groove, and Bloomquist trying to charge
around
the hub.

With ten laps to go, Arp had to go to the bottom groove of the track as
he
lapped Terry English of Benton, KY in the Petroff Towing Rayburn/Runyon
Monte Carlo and Bobby Turner of Ballground, GA in the Milwood Plumbing
Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo. English and Turner were battling for
position at
tail end of the lead lap.

Arp made it around English, but McDowell was closing fast. Arp threw a
slider on Turner coming off the fourth turn, with Arp's right-rear tire
making contact with Turner's left-front tire. This move opened up the
inside groove for McDowell to challenge for the lead on lap 56.

McDowell pulled along side Arp coming off the fourth turn on lap 57, but
the
lapped cars cleared out, and Arp got back up in his favorite groove to
hang
on for the win.

Payne and Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA shared the $100 Advance Auto
Parts Hard Charger Award. Payne started 22nd, came back from his early
race
spin and finished 13th. Birkhofer made the race with a provisional,
started
23rd, and finished 14th in the Seubert Calf Ranches Mastersbilt/Pro
Power
Grand Prix.

Arp earned the pole position for the race after winning the third 10-lap
heat race, and then winning the four-lap Action Performance Dash.
Fourth
heat race winner Francis finished second in the dash, followed by Cook,
who
won the first heat race and the JE Pistons $100 Bonus Award. Second heat
race winner McDowell took the fourth spot in the dash.

Babb was fast qualifier among the 47 entrants with a lap in 13.684
seconds
for an average speed of 98.655 miles per hour. Babb's teammate, 1997
XDCS
Champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR won the 1st 10-lap consolation
race
in the J&J Steel/Hawkeye Truck Sales Mastersbilt/Dickens Monte Carlo,
and
Hill won the second consolation race.

Mars remains the XDCS point leader by 17 points over Earl Pearson Jr. of
Jacksonville, FL as the Xtreme DirtCar Series heads to Delta Bowl
Speedway
in Tunica, MS on May 3 for a 75-lap $15,000-to-win main event in front
of
the SPEED Channel cameras. Pearson finished 12th in the Lucas
Oil/Dunn-Benson Ford Rocket/Eatmon Taurus.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 6 FROM NORTH GEORGIA SPEEDWAY IN CHATSWORTH,
GA ON
4/26/03:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 1 31a Skip Arp Georgetown, TN Pont. 60 $10,100
2. 4 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Pont. 60 $6,100
3. 3 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 60 $3,200
4. 2 m15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 60 $3,200
5. 7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 60 $2,600
6. 14 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN Chev. 60 $1,800
7. 15 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Dodge 60 $1,600
8. 11 h2 Duayne Hommel Newport, TN Chev. 60 $1,400
9. 16 28 Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 60 $1,800
10. 9 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA Chev. 60 $1,100
11. 12 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 60 $1,850
12. 20 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Ford 60 $1,550
13. 22 8 David Payne Murphy, NC Pont. 60 $950
14. 23 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Pont. 60 $1,525
15. 21 J1 John Jones Ringgold, GA Chev. 60 $850
16. 19 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Pont. 60 $825
17. 8 44m Chris Madden Gray Court, SC Pont. 59 $800
18. 13 31 Bobby Turner Ballground, GA Chev. 59 $750
19. 24 96 Terry English Benton, KY Chev. 59 $1,300
20. 10 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH Chev. 58 $1,300
21. 17 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Chev. 24 $700
22. 5 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 16 $1,000
23. 18 1h Vic Hill Mosheim, TN Pont. 5 $700
24. 6 7 Matt Miller (R) Waterville, OH Pont. 0 $700

ENTRIES: 47
PROVISIONALS: Birkhofer and English
LEAD CHANGES: 2 Among 3 Drivers
LAP LEADERS: Francis, 1-3; Cook, 4; Arp, 5-60
LAPS LED: Arp, 56; Francis, 3; Cook, 1
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS HARD CHARGER: Payne (started 22nd and finished 13th)
and
Birkhofer (started 23rd and finished 14th)
LUCAS OIL ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Miller
CAUTIONS: 5
XTREME SHOOTOUT INVITEES: Owens, Hommel, Payne, Jones, Turner, and Hill
(Promoter's Choice)

QUALIFYING:

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS ENGINE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Dickens 13.684 14.198 13.684 98.655
2 7 Matt Miller (R) Waterville, OH Rocket Russell Baker 13.909 13.718 13.718
98.411
3 31a Skip Arp Georgetown, TN GRT Gaerte 14.089 13.720 13.720 98.397
4 44m Chris Madden Gray Count, SC Barry Wright Clements 13.910 13.733 13.733
98.303
5 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Mastersbilt Cornett 13.757 13.838 13.757 98.132
6 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Rocket Custom 13.981 13.764 13.764 98.082
7 h2 Duayne Hommel Newport, TN Warrior Pro Power 14.087 13.813 13.813
97.734
8 m15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Stanton 13.849 13.891 13.849 97.480
9 25 Shane Clanton Locust Grove, GA Rocket Custom 13.860 14.047 13.860
97.403
10 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Mastersbilt Dickens 13.919 13.902 13.902
97.108
11 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Custom 13.916 13.971 13.916
97.011
12 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Rocket Eatmon 13.926 14.066 13.926
96.941
13 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA GRT Race Tech 14.017 14.026 14.017 96.312
14 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH Mastersbilt Malcuit 14.118 14.019 14.019
96.298
15 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Warrior Gaerte 43.556 14.040 14.040 96.154
16 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Cornett 14.309 14.046 14.046 96.113
17 J1 John Jones Ringgold, GA GRT Race Tech 14.253 14.049 14.049 96.092
18 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN Rocket Race Tech 14.063 14.449 14.063 95.997
19 M45 Kevin Gibson Ringgold, GA Larry Shaw Race Tech 14.118 14.065 14.065
95.983
20 24m Tom Maddox Center, AL Larry Shaw Race Tech 14.072 15.022 14.072
95.935
21 31 Bobby Turner Ballground, GA Rocket Draime 14.226 14.082 14.082 95.867
22 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Warrior Pro Power 14.135 14.086 14.086
95.840
23 1h Vic Hill Mosheim, TN GRT Vic Hill 14.092 14.157 14.092 95.799
24 28 Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Pro Power 14.375 14.108 14.108
95.690
25 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Rocket Race Tech 14.243 14.122 14.122 95.596
26 25k David Killian Murphy, NC Mastersbilt Allen 14.197 14.132 14.132
95.528
27 T31 Shane Tankersley Morgonton, GA Rocket Race Tech 14.141 14.849 14.141
95.467
28 8 David Payne Murphy, NC GRT Race Tech 14.240 14.157 14.157 95.359
29 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Rocket Race Tech 14.262 14.197 14.197
95.091
30 9 Jason Croft Woodstock, GA Rocket Hatfield 14.240 NT 14.240 94.803
31 1s Lamar Scoggins Cleveland, TN Mastersbilt Race Tech 14.286 14.271
14.271 94.597
32 70 Jeff Smith Dallas, NC GRT Gaerte 14.272 14.406 14.272 94.591
33 29m Gary McPherson Dalton, GA Mastersbilt Race Tech 14.273 14.346 14.273
94.584
34 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Warrior Helmley 14.334 14.274 14.274
94.578
35 87r Derrick Rainey Powder Springs, GA Rocket Race Tech 14.278 14.283
14.278 94.551
36 11 Jody Coltrane Cumming, GA Rocket Custom 14.402 14.290 14.290 94.472
37 87 Rex Richey Ringgold, GA Rocket Race Tech 14.627 14.297 14.297 94.425
38 0s Steve Shaver Parkersburg, WV Rocket Malcuit 14.358 14.365 14.358
94.024
39 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Mastersbilt Pro Power 14.419 14.439
14.419 93.626
40 96 Terry English Benton, KY Rayburn Runyon 14.601 14.492 14.492 93.155
41 92 Rodney Martin Cartersville, GA Warrior Hunt 14.730 14.507 14.507
93.059
42 K0 Kelly Hanvey Cullman, AL Fast Performance 14.597 NT 14.597 92.485
43 21b Royce Bray Hull, GA Warrior Clements 14.959 14.667 14.667 92.043
44 17 Ricky Williams Fayetteville, GA Rocket Custom 14.921 14.814 14.814
91.130
45 22 Mark Roland Jasper, GA Stinger Custom 14.855 14.838 14.838 90.983
46 14 Derrick Laney Fort Payne, AL TnT Laney 14.921 14.843 14.843 90.952
47 81 Aaron Ridley Chatsworth, GA Rocket Allen NT NT NT NT

HEAT RACES (10 Laps - Top 4 Finishers Transfer To Main Event)

JE PISTONS 1ST HEAT: 1. Cook; 2. Babb; 3. C. Smith; 4. Turner; 5.
Chupp;
6. Jones; 7. Richey; 8. McPherson; 9. Korte; 10. Martin; 11. Roland; 12.
Clanton.

2ND HEAT: 1. McDowell; 2. Miller (R); 3. Moran; 4. Owens; 5. Moyer; 6.
Killian; 7. Schlieper; 8. Johnson; 9. Shaver; 10. Croft; 11. Hanvey; 12.
Laney.

3RD HEAT: 1. Arp; 2. Bloomquist; 3. Hommel; 4. F. Smith; 5. Hill; 6.
Gibson; 7. Rainey; 8. Birkhofer; 9. Scoggins; 10. Tankersley; 11. Ridley;
12. Bray.

4TH HEAT: 1. Francis; 2. Madden; 3. Eckert; 4. Mars; 5. Pearson; 6.
Payne;
7. English; 8. Coltrane; 9. J. Smith; 10. Williams.

ACTION PERFORMANCE DASH (4 Laps): 1. Arp; 2. Francis; 3. Cook; 4.
McDowell.

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

1ST CONSY: 1. Moyer; 2. Chupp; 3. Jones; 4. Killian; 5. Schlieper; 6.
Richey; 7. Johnson; 8. McPherson; 9. Croft; 10. Shaver; 11. Korte; 12.
Martin; 13. Hanvey; 14. Roland; 15. Laney.

2ND CONSY: 1. Hill; 2. Pearson; 3. Payne; 4. English; 5. Rainey; 6.
Gibson; 7. Birkhofer; 8. Coltrane; 9. Tankersley; 10. Ridley; 11. Bray;
12.
Scoggins.

XTREME DIRT CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 4/26/03:

1. Jimmy Mars - 937
2. Earl Pearson Jr. - 920
3. Steve Francis - 901
4. Rick Eckert - 863
5. Brian Birkhofer - 837
6. Scott Bloomquist - 835
7. Donnie Moran - 805
8. Terry English - 800
9. Dale McDowell - 793
10. Ray Cook - 711
11. Dan Schlieper - 708
12. Randle Chupp - 686
13. Randy Korte - 656
14. Matt Miller (R) - 650
15. Mike Balzano - 631
16. Steve Shaver - 625
17. Rob Blair - 624
18. Freddy Smith - 565
19. Shane Tankersley - 559
20. Rick Aukland - 533

R - Denotes Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year Candidate


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