Mars wins in Albertson's Spring Challenge

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 31, 2001) - Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, Wis., scored the first United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series victory of his career Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in the Albertson's Spring...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 31, 2001) - Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, Wis., scored the first United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series victory of his career Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in the Albertson's Spring Challenge. Mars drove the Parker Stores Mastersbilt dirt late model into the lead on lap 15 and led the rest of the 50-lap distance. Mars won $15,000.

Mars led laps eight through 11 then moved around Shannon Babb of Decatur, Ill, for the top spot on lap 15 around the four-tenths mile clay track and held command the rest of the way. Mars defeated Bill Frye of Greenbrier, Ark. by 0.96 seconds.

"I have to thank everybody here at Texas Motor Speedway for giving us a chance to put on a good show in front of a big crowd," said Mars. "My sponsor Parker Stores has been with me for quite a while. It's a very emotional win for me, it's just awesome."

Frye held on to finish second and earn $7,500. He closed drastically on Mars in the closing laps. "I am proud to finish this race. Finishing was rough but we ran good. We didn't have anything left for Mars, we were just too tight on the chassis setup, second is just great."

Marshall Green of Dalton, Ga. took third place ahead of Terry English of Benton, Ky. and Edwin Wells of Morilton, Ark. NASCAR Winston Cup star Ken Schrader of Fenton, Mo., came from the rear of the starting field to place sixth.

The next event at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track will be the AirMx freestyle motorcross program on Saturday night, April 28.

Feature (50 laps):

1. Jimmy Mars, Elk Mound, Wis., 50 laps, $15,000 2. Bill Frye, Greenbrier, Ark., 50, $7,500 3. Marshall Green, Dalton, Ga., 50, $4,000 4. Terry English, Benton, Ky., 50, $3,000 5. Edwin Wells, Morilton, Ark., $2,000 6. Ken Schrader, Fenton, Mo., 50, $1,800 7. Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 50, $1,600 8. Duke Whiseant, Texarkana, Ark., 50, $1,400 9. Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark., 45, $1,200 10. Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky., 42, $1,100 11. Shannon Babb, Decatur, Ill., 40, $1,075 12. Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind., 39, $1,050 13. Ray Cook, Brasstown, NC, 37, $1,025 14. Steve Shaver, Parkersburg, W.V., 37, $1,000 15. Joe Izzo, LaSalle, Ill., 33, $1,000 16. Chub Frank, Sugar Grove, Penn., 33, $1,000 17. Scott Bloomquist, 24, $1,000 18. Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, Ill., 23, $1,000 19. Steve Barnett, Franklin, Ind., 23, $1,000 20. Dan Schlieper, Pewaukee, Wis., 20, $1,000 21. Steve Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 17, $1,000 22. Steve Boley, West Liberty, Iowa, 7, $1,000 23. Larry McDaniels, Valley Center, Kan., 7, $1,000 24. Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark., 0, $1,000.

Lap Leaders: 1 Boley, 2-7 Bloomquist, 8-11 Mars, 12-14 Babb, 15-50 Mars.

-TMS

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ken Schrader , Scott Bloomquist , Bill Frye , Rick Eckert , Jimmy Mars , Steve Francis