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For Immediate Release – July 25, 2006

Contact: Nick Holt, USRA Media Director

(210) 415-1251 (cell)




USRA Modifieds and Trucks to Battle for Possible Increased Purses at SAS on Saturday


San Antonio, TX (July 25, 2006) - The United States Racing Association (USRA) Modified Series and the USRA Truck Series - two of Texas’ top touring series - will be hitting the high banks at San Antonio Speedway this Saturday. And - thanks to the generosity of USRA owner Terry Dickerson – drivers in both of the popular touring series may be battling for an increase in prize money.


USRA Modified Series points leader Billy Becka will lead a strong contingent of the low-slung, ultra-quick USRA Modifieds expected at the half-mile paved San Antonio oval for the TexasSpeedZone.Com 75.”


“I love to run at my home track,” Becka, who lives in nearby La Vernia, said. “It was a huge kick for me when we won the season opener here in March. It’s always tough to win in this series, though, because there are so many teams that could win on any given night.”


Becka will be gunning for an increased purse if more than 20 of the sleek, open-wheeled modifieds show up for this event.


“The series is raising the purse from $1000-to-win to $1,300-to-win if 20 or more Modifieds race with us on Saturday,” SAS President and General Manager Rick Day said in making the announcement on Wednesday. “Not only that, but we’re increasing the USRA Truck winner’s share to $1,200 if they draw 20 or more too and the NASCAR Late Models from $800 to $1,000 for 15 or more.”


Veteran USRA Modified driver Mark Chrudimsky, who won the April 1st Modified event at SAS; defending USRA Modified champion Bruce Beddoe, who is third in the point standings but winless this year; the always-fast John Heil who dominated at SAS in June; Ryan Engelhardt , who is the only two-time winner so far this season; and sixteen year-old rookie Trey Mitchell who has run strong and sits in fifth place in the standings, are among those with a solid chance of taking home that increased first-place prize money.


Both of the highly competitive USRA series boast some of the top short track drivers in the region and typically put on close, exciting shows wherever they run.


USRA Truck Series points leader Craig Roper will be trying to get back on the winning track

In the USRA Truck Series “Magnum Trailers 50.” Roper had won three races in a row before Steve Green, who is second in the USRA Truck Series standings, won two weeks ago at Thunder Hill Raceway.


Green, who has been running very strong all season with two wins to his credit; young Jody Buzbee, who won the season-opener at San Antonio in March and is third in the Trucks points; Jim Albert, who has shown he is a force to be reckoned with all season; and Rusty Mirth and Brent Bell should provide Roper with some solid competition.


Also appearing on the full racing program will be the local San Antonio Speedway classes – the NASCAR Late Models, the NASCAR Sportsman, the SAS RoadRunners and the fun-to-watch Grand Stocks.


The SAS spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., qualifying will get under way at 6:00 p.m. and the first races are expected to take the green flag at 7:00 p.m.


Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for Seniors and Military (with ID) and $3 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are admitted free.


San Antonio Speedway is located at 3.5 miles south of Loop 410 on State Hwy 16 South, (towards Poteet).


For more information about the USRA, visit http://www.usraspeed.com. For more information about San Antonio Speedway log onto http://www.sanantoniospeedway.com. For more information about the United States Racing Association, visit http://www.usraspeed.com.



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