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For Immediate Release – October 26, 2005

 

Contact: Nick Holt, USRA Media Director

cnholt@sbcglobal.net

(210) 415-1251

(903) 576-4144

 

 

USRA Super Late Models and USRA All Star Trucks Set for Big Houston Motor Speedway Show

 

Houston, TX (August 24, 2005) – Hopefully it will be more treats than tricks as the United States Racing Association Super Late Models and the USRA All Star Trucks make their final Houston area appearance of the season at the beautiful Houston Motorsports Park three-eighths-mile oval this Saturday night.

 

The Super Late Model Series features some of the top stock car drivers and the fastest, slickest stock cars in the Southwest while the All Star Truck Series boasts very tight competition and is known for its close finishes and rock ‘em, sock ’em style.

 

With only two races remaining in the sixteen-race 2005 USRA SLM schedule, the top teams will be going for broke as they attempt to earn as many points as possible in their quest for the coveted Super Late Model championship.

 

Del Valle’s Heath Stewart continues atop the USRA SLM point standings going into Saturday’s 125-lap ‘Texas Speed Zone.Com 125’ feature with 810 markers, but Houston’s T. Wade Welch, Brandon Bendele of Adkins and Tommy Grimes of San Antonio are right on his back bumper with 794, 779 and 777 points, respectively.

 

Bendele is the hottest driver on the tour right now with convincing feature wins at San Antonio Speedway’s Oktober’FAST’ three weeks ago and at Thunder Hill Raceway’s Texas Stock Car Spectacular last weekend.

 

“We missed a couple of races earlier in the year, so we’ve had to play catch up,” Bendele said after his Spectacular win. “And we’ve experienced our share of misfortune along the way too. But we’re on a pretty good roll right now and as long as (Crew Chief) Bobby Black keeps giving me these good setups we should do OK.”

 

Stewart has been the model of consistency, but has not won so far this season. “We’d love to win at Houston,” Stewart said. “But my plan for every race is to stay out of trouble early and only get aggressive when it counts towards the end of the race.” Stewart finished a strong fourth at Oktober’FAST’ but a disappointing twelfth at the Spectacular.

 

“When it gets this late in the season you can expect some very aggressive driving,” USRA Race Director Wayne Norrell said on Wednesday. “We try to discourage teams from trying to win everything in the first few laps and encourage them to save their cars for the end of the race. But that seems to go in one ear and out the other when the championship is on the line so we’ll be watching the cars pretty close this weekend.”

 

In the USRA ARTS division Shawn Paul Lehman of Manchaca (822 points) has a comfortable 72-point lead over his nearest rival, Keith Patrick of Helotes, but the next four are closely bunched in a struggle for second- through fifth-place. Patrick (750 points) leads Robert Walton of Del Valle (725 points), Bryan Meredith of Austin (720 points) and Rusty Mirth of Austin (717 points) going into Saturday’s ‘Magnum Trailers 50.’

 

At the last HMP USRA ATRS 50-lapper in August, Lehman came home the winner with Walton winding up second and Steve Green of Marble Falls, winner of the ARTS Spectacular race last Saturday, finishing in third place.

 

USRA Founder and President Terry Dickerson is expecting some of the most exciting racing of the season at this event. “Our USRA teams love coming to Houston Motorsports Park. ” Dickerson said. “The racing facility is clean, well-maintained and professionally run. So it’s a natural fit for our USRA teams since they are as professional and competitive as you’ll find anywhere. And with the points races as tight as they are, there will be lots of passing all the way through the field. I look for a clean, exciting show.“

 

Also featured on the full racing program will be the Texas Super Racing Series Late Models with their “Halloween Bash 60,” along with the Houston Late Models in a 50-lap event, the Bandoleros in a 12-lap race, the Legends in a 25-lap feature and the Allison Legacys in a big 75-lap shootout.

 

Time Trials get started at 4:30 p.m. and the racing action takes the green flag promptly at 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices are Adults -$20; Children 6-12 - $5; Children 5 and under are admitted without charge.

 

Houston Motorsports Park is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway, Houston, TX, 77044. The Speedway phone number is 281-458-1972, Fax 281-458-2836, E-mail: HoustonMotorspts@aol.com. Their website is found at www.houstonmotorsportspark.com. For more information about the United States Racing Association visit their website at http://www.usraspeed.com or call Nick Holt at (903) 576-4144.

 

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"Texas Asphalt Modified Late Model Series"

 

Must be a new series in texas... Seems to be a cross breed??

 

Nick Lay off the bottle when your working.. heeh Jk

Opps...

 

Thanks for the catch, Aaron!

 

Nick

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