AL (September 28, 29) -- With the United Dirt Track Racing Association season coming to a close, both Jimmy Mars and Billy
Moyer each picked up a win at Alabama's Green Valley Speedway over the
weekend. On Friday night, Jimmy Mars led all 40-laps en route to his
$7,000 win, while on Saturday, 1997 series champion, Billy Moyer,
picked up $10,000 for his victory in the 50-lap feature. Both Mars and
Moyer were riding aboard USA-made Hoosier tires.
FRIDAY: SEPTEMBER 28
A field of 57 dirt modifieds was on hand for qualifying on the
Green Valley Speedway's 4/10-mile clay oval. Current UDTRA points
leader, Rick Eckert, set fast time of the night on his second of two
qualifying laps, blazing the Alabama oval in 14.480 seconds, as the
eight fastest times were set by teams using the Hoosier brand.
Four heat races were contested in which the top four drivers would
transfer into the main event's 24-car field. All four heats were won
by Team Hoosier, as Rick Eckert, Jimmy Mars, Billy Moyer and Freddy
Smith each took the checkered flag in their respective heats.
40-lap main event, Jimmy Mars used his outside pole position's high
line to get the race lead at the drop of the green flag. Mars then led
the remainder of the race to take the $7,000 winner's check. Finishing
in second place was pole sitter, Rick Eckert. Eckert also increased
his narrow series points lead over Steve Francis to 40 points, as
Francis finished in fifth place. Completing the top five was, Billy
Moyer in third and Dale McDowell in fourth. Team Hoosier swept the top
eleven as 23 of the 24 starters were on the Hoosier brand.
On the second and final night of competition at Green Valley
Speedway, 48 late models were on hand for qualifying. Wendell Wallace
was fast qualifier of the night when he was clocked at 14.803 seconds
around the 4/10-mile track on his second lap, as Team Hoosier posted
the top five qualifying times.
Three of the four preliminary heat
races were also won by Team Hoosier, as Billy Moyer, Skip Arp and Joe
Izzo each took the checkered flag in their respective heats.
50-lap main event, Billy Moyer made the pass for the lead on lap 24
and led the remainder of the race to take the win, the second of the
season for the 1997 series champion. Moyer collected $10,050 for his
night's work, as once again, 23 of the 24 starters were on Hoosier
The UDTRA series now has just three events remaining as Rick
Eckert, who finished in fifth place, saw his point lead on Steve
Francis drop from 40 points to 35 points, as Francis finished in
fourth place. Scott Bloomquist, who commands the third position in the
standings, lost ground to the two front runners as he finished in
seventh place. Bloomquist now finds himself 164 points out of first as
the season's end approaches. All told, Hoosier tires are the brand of
choice for the top six drivers in the season long points chase.
Racing Tire Corp. is proud to be a supplier of tires to the UDTRA