Commentary: Dream Odds (June 4)

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DirtNews Digest Your Online News Source for Late Model Dirt Track Racing "Get Some Dirt On Your Computer!" Todd Turner, editor

Email address: Web site: =================================== CONTENTS: Dirt Late Model Dream odds (published June 4) =================================== MORAN FAVORED FOR FOURTH ANNUAL DREAM AT ELDORA

By Todd Turner DirtNews Digest Commentary ------------------------------------ Predictions for the fourth annual Dirt Late Model Dream, scheduled for June 6-7 at Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, Ohio: ------------------------------------ DONNIE MORAN (99), Dresden, Ohio Odds: 2-1

DREAM HISTORY: 10th in 1994, fourth in 1995, first in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: Moran has been the nation's hottest driver the past six weeks, and that's before he even makes a single lap on his best track. Moran swept last year's Dream and World 100, and has finished no worse than fourth at Eldora in the past two years. Don't be surprised if everyone's chasing the No. 99 again. WAKEUP CALL: Sure Moran won the last two biggies at Eldora, but he didn't have to make a competitive pass in either race. He was in position to take advantage of other's woes, but good fortune doesn't last forever. ------------------------------------ BILLY MOYER (21), Batesville, Ark. Odds: 5-2

DREAM HISTORY: Third in 1995, 20th in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: The GVS Racing-Moyer combination has notched Show-Me 100 and Dirt Track World Championship titles in their 18-month union. You can be certain an Eldora crown jewel is a key part of the master plan. WAKEUP CALL: Moyer will be peering as far ahead as possible going into the turns after last year's collision in Turn 3 with spinning cars -- while he was leading the 15th lap -- eliminated him from contention. ------------------------------------ SCOTT BLOOMQUIST (0), Mooresburg, Tenn. Odds: 4-1

DREAM HISTORY: Fourth in 1994, first in 1995, eighth in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: Bloomquist's learning curve in a Rayburn-built chassis is apparently pretty short. Put one of the nation's best drivers in dirt late model racing's hottest chassis and he should be counting $100,000 in his dreams Saturday night. If he wins, does that mean the yin-yang symbol has permanently replaced the No. 18? WAKEUP CALL: At least twice in 1997 he's missed qualifying because he wasn't in line on time. He can't chance that behavior at Eldora. ------------------------------------ BART HARTMAN (75), Zanesville, Ohio Odds: 8-1

DREAM HISTORY: 22nd in 1995. SWEET DREAMS: Yeah, yeah, racing's only a hobby and all that, but $100,000 would finance that hobby nicely. His best-ever performance at Eldora would fit in nicely after his $15,000 victory at Wisconsin's Cedar Lake last weekend. WAKEUP CALL: Will we have to wait until September to say *this* will be Hartman's breakthrough race at Eldora? ------------------------------------ JACK BOGGS (B4), Grayson, Ky. Odds: 8-1

DREAM HISTORY: 24th in 1994, eighth in 1995, third in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: The 1995 World 100 champion has quietly put together a steady string of good finishes throughout the spring. If he finishes the feature outside the top five it will be a surprise. WAKEUP CALL: Look out if Jackie Boggs makes his first big show at Eldora and ends up dueling with his father. ------------------------------------ JOHN GILL (75), Mitchell, Ind. Odds: 10-1

DREAM HISTORY: Second in 1995, fourth in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: Wouldn't everyone like to see this cowboy finally ride off into the sunset with a pile of Earl Baltes' money? WAKEUP CALL: Gill's cap surreptitiously marked with a particular Chinese symbol just might help another driver win. ------------------------------------ RONNIE JOHNSON (5), Chattanooga, Tenn. Odds: 12-1

DREAM HISTORY: Sixth in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: Last year's fast qualifier is lurking as he puts together his best season in three years. WAKEUP CALL: It'll be tough for RJ -- or any driver -- to crack into the Moran-Moyer-Bloomquist gravy train at Eldora. ------------------------------------ RICK AUKLAND (12), Fargo, N.D. Odds: 15-1

DREAM HISTORY: 13th in 1994, fifth in 1995, 10th in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: The other prominent convert to C.J. Rayburn Race Cars already has the Show-Me 100 title under his belt in 1997. He'll try to show his new chassis can match the impressive performances of Rayburn, Charlie Swartz and Steve Kosiski in last year's World 100. WAKEUP CALL: He got away with qualifying 60th and landing on the pole position at West Plains. It's unlikely he could repeat the feat here, so a solid time trial is a must. ------------------------------------ BILL FRYE (66), Greenbrier, Ark. Odds: 15-1

DREAM HISTORY: 19th in 1995, second in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: Rain shortening last year's race by 11 laps robbed him of a final shot at passing eventual winner Donnie Moran. Maybe Frye will get another shot this year. WAKEUP CALL: If he has a good run it will be the exception rather than the rule in a struggle-filled 1997. ------------------------------------ DARRELL LANIGAN (29), Union, Ky. Odds: 20-1

DREAM HISTORY: Third in 1994, sixth in 1995, fifth in 1996. SWEET DREAMS: No matter when he qualifies or where he starts in his heat race, he always seems to make the features at Eldora. He's one of only four drivers to have top-10 finishes in every Dream. WAKEUP CALL: We know Lanigan can run in the top 10, but will he make it to the top of the heap? ------------------------------------ BEST OF THE REST: ***BOB PIERCE (32), Danville, Ill.: Always solid but not always spectacular, Pierce will have his car in the hunt. ***WENDELL WALLACE (6m), Batesville, Ark.: Someday, a big run at Eldora will give him his first big win up North. ***STEVE FRANCIS (15), Ashland, Ky.: His previous lackluster results at Eldora aren't representative of his talents. ***BOOPER BARE (00), Rockbridge Baths, Va.: A strong showing in last year's World 100 marks him as one to watch. ***CHARLIE SWARTZ (1), Ashland, Ky.: The veteran always brings something to the table at Eldora. ------------------------------------ EDITOR'S NOTE: A version of this commentary appears in Behind the Wheel's Late Model America. ------------------------------------

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