FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 22, 2001) - Two drivers with plenty of experience at Texas Motor Speedway and a relocated Pennsylvanian head up the local contingent of sprint car drivers set to compete Thursday and Friday nights, March 29-30 in the ...
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 22, 2001) - Two drivers with plenty of experience at Texas Motor Speedway and a relocated Pennsylvanian head up the local contingent of sprint car drivers set to compete Thursday and Friday nights, March 29-30 in the Southern Bleacher Classic for Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint cars at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
Blake Mallory of Joshua and Matt Clevenger of Flower Mound earned some of their early racing stripes in Legends Cars competition at Texas Motor Speedway. Both have climbed the racing ladder into dirt track sprint car racing. The other Metroplex resident set to compete, Brian Paulus, will be seeking his first major event victory in the Southern Bleacher Classic and its $20,000 top prize.
Mallory, who won national Young Lion honors for teenage drivers while driving the Legends, is competing in his first full sprint car campaign in 2001. He has already posted a runner-up placing and three top ten finishes this year in IMCA sprint car events. Mallory won the first ever Legends Cars race at the Dirt Track last year. Sponsors will include Mallory Western & Leather and the car will sport Speedway Children's Charities logos to heighten awareness of the charity.
"Our expectations are just to get some laps and be as competitive as we can," said car owner Al Mallory. "We have a 2000 model Eagle chassis that only has about 15 races on it. This will be a learning curve for the team and Blake."
Clevenger competed against Mallory in the Legends Cars that regularly race at the speedway. The high school student was one of the top drivers in weekly sprint car competition last year at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite. Multi-time Devil's Bowl Speedway champion Norman Martin is mentoring him.
Paulus will wheel the colorful Verdelli Farms Maxim "salad car." Paulus finished 17th last season in the Pennzoil WoO point standings. He transferred the racing operation from Mechanicsburg, Penn. to Dallas over the winter.
Steve Kinser, the defending and 16-time Pennzoil WoO champion, will lead the field of the nation's best sprint car drivers. Sammy Swindell will challenge Kinser as will defending Southern Bleacher Classic champion Danny Lasoski, Mark Kinser, Stevie Smith, Andy Hillenburg and Jac Haudenschild.
Tickets for the Southern Bleacher Classic are available at the speedway ticket office, by calling (817) 215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster locations.