SERIES:DIRT, HAT WOODSTOCK, GA - RIS - The United Dirt Track Association (UDTRA) has announced the scheduled payoff to the top ten finishers in this season's national championship point standings on the HAV-A-TAMPA Dirt Racing Tour. The ...
WOODSTOCK, GA - RIS - The United Dirt Track Association (UDTRA) has announced the scheduled payoff to the top ten finishers in this season's national championship point standings on the HAV-A-TAMPA Dirt Racing Tour. The total payout will exceed $130,000 with the winner pocketing a minimum of $35,000 for capturing the national title in the season points championship on the circuit. In addition to the winners share, the series runner-up will receive $15,000 while the third place finisher will garner $10,000.
As an incentive for participating in the season long chase for the national crown of dirt late model racing on the cigar sponsored tour, an additional $10,000 has been posted to be paid to the driver who finishes highest in the point standings, but does not win the title and yet has competed in every event on the tour. UDTRA sanctions each of the 32 scheduled points events on the tour, which annually closes its season with the running of the prestigious HAV-A-TAMPA Shootout at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA.
HAV-A-TAMPA DIRT RACING SERIES NATIONAL POINTS PAYOFF First Place $35,000 Sixth Place $5,000 Second Place $15,000 Seventh Place $4,000 Third Place $10,000 Eighth Place $3,750 Fourth Place $7,500 Ninth Place $3,500 Fifth Place $6,000 Tenth Place $3,250 **An additional $10,000 will be paid to the highest finisher in the final point standings that does not win the National Championship, but competes in all scheduled events.
In addition to the payout for the top ten in points, nearly $30,000 is available in contingency awards for competitors finishing in the top fifteen positions of the National point standings. The HAV-A-TAMPA Rookie of the Year will receive a $2,500 cash prize, with the runner-up collecting $1,000. The annual HAV-A-TAMPA Hard Charger Award will again yield $1,000 to the winner, while this year's Chassis Manufacturer of the Year will pick up a $2,500 cash prize.
Not only do the competitors of the exciting dirt racing tour have the opportunity to compete for the lucrative points payout, but they also run for for some of the highest paying purses available to national campaigners today. The 1997 season offers the nation's most talented dirt drivers more than $2,000,000 in total purses throughout the season.
Through the first eight events of this year's tour, Batesville, AR driver Billy Moyer holds a 16 point lead over defending series Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN. Winner of the 1996 HAV-A-TAMPA Shootout, Wendell Wallace is currently posted in third place in the points, while the spread from fourth to twelfth is only 177 points.
This past weekend saw weather halt HAV-A-TAMPA action for the first time this season as rain pelted the Little Rock, AR area forcing series officials to reschedule the GRT 100 until Friday night, August 1. The event will be conducted as a 1 day $10,00-to-win race on its rescheduled date.
The series heads to Meridian, MS for a two day affair this Friday and Saturday nights, as Whynot Speedway hosts the tour in a $15,000-to-win, 100 lap shootout.
John Kaiser, Racing Information Systems