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STEVE SHAVER CROWNED UDTRA BIG KAHUNA

10-09-2001

Steve Shaver after winning his 2nd UDTRA race of the season (photo courtesy of Steve Crumbacker.)CUMBERLAND, MD (October 6) -- Steve Shaver captured his second United Dirt Track Racing Association win of the season after leading the final 33-laps of the 75-lap Big Kahuna at The Rock Allegheny County Speedway Saturday. Shaver, in the Simonton Windows/Poske's Performance Rocket/Malcuit Monte Carlo #30, also collected the $15,000 winner's check after taking the checkered flag. The 2001 UDTRA season will now enter it's final event this weekend at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia with the points championship still up for grabs between Steve Francis and points leader, Rick Eckert. Eckert's lead was cut to just 27 points heading into what will undoubtedly be an exciting finish to the 2001 UDTRA season.

Fifty-seven drivers were on hand for qualifying as Matt Miller was fast qualifier after circling the 5/8-mile clay oval in 21.013 seconds or 107.077 mph. Qualifying would also be an early indication of Team Hoosier's dominance as the top 21 times were posted by drivers on USA-made Hoosier tires.

In the four preliminary 10-lap heat races, Team Hoosier swept all four contests as Gary Stuhler, Steve Shaver, Dale McDowell and Steve Francis each won their respective heat races on Hoosier tires.

In the feature race, the 25-car field was led to the starting line by Gary Stuhler who immediately jumped out to the early race lead over outside pole sitter, Steve Shaver. Unfortunately for Stuhler, he developed a severe "throttle push" which caused the Greencastle, PA driver to slide up the banking in the middle of the corners when he tried picking up the throttle. 

Shaver would take advantage of Stuhler's problem and make the pass for the lead on lap 43, driving to the inside of Stuhler's #90 machine. From there, Shaver held off the late race charges of Steve Francis to take the win, his second of the season.

All told, the top eight finishers were Team Hoosier members. Following Shaver to the stripe was Steve Francis, Mike Balzano, Jimmy Mars, Gary Stuhler, Chub Frank, Brian Birkhofer, and Scott Bloomquist.

Francis not only collected $7,500 for his runner-up finish, he also closed in on Rick Eckert for the top spot in the points standings after Eckert finished in twelfth place. The gap now stands at just 27 markers heading into the season finale at Dixie this weekend, October 12, 13.

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. would like to thank all the UDTRA teams and drivers who have trusted the Hoosier brand during the 2001 season and those who will do so in the future. 

    

      

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