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October 24, 2017 - Ballenger Takes 2017 UCRA Title; Lowe Rookie of the Year
1Rusty Ballenger claimed the 2017 United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) championship. It marked the second-straight series title for the Seymour, Tennessee racer.

Meanwhile Crossville, Tennessee's Jesse Lowe was named the 2017 UCRA Rookie of the Year.

October 21, 2017 - Ronnie Johnson Capitalizes for UCRA Win at Crossville
1Crossville, TN (10/21/17) --- Inheriting the lead after United Crate Racing Alliance - UCRA rookies Jesse Lowe and Kyle Courtney crashed down the back-stretch with under 5 laps remaining, two-time Dirt Track World Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., led the rest of the way to pick up his first-ever UCRA victory Saturday night at the Crossville Speedway. Sixth-starting Johnson earned $2,500 for the triumph, in what RJ later described as "a gift".

"We were a second place car at best..." stated Johnson in the pits standing besides his "Josh Roberts Trucking" 604 GM Performance machine.  >>Read More

October 20, 2017 - Jesse Lowe Lands First-Career UCRA Win
1Hometown favorite Jesse Lowe of Crossville, Tenn., held off fast qualifier Anthony White of Clinton, Tenn., following a late-race caution for his first career United Crate Racing Alliance victory Friday at Crossville Speedway. Cruz Skinner of Oxford, Ala., climbed to third in the waning laps as Lowe earned $2,500 for the 40 lap opening weekend season finale event.

Lowe is Crossville's track champion and 5Jmotorsports.com team didn't disappoint as the #5J "Xtreme Pressure Washing, Creative Kitchens, Hampton Backhoe, Gondolas Steakhouse, Martel Sign Company, McBurnett Insurance, Mighty Muffler, Twisted Metal, Wyatt Builders, Autozone of Crossville and Crossroads Lawn Care" sponsored CVR Racecar powered by Eagle Racing Engines parked it in Victory Lane.  >>Read More

October 19, 2017 - Ballenger on Eve of Claiming Back-To-Back UCRA Titles
1 Crossville, TN (10/19/17) --- Unless a disastrous season finale double header weekend engulfs the reigning / defending and current points leader in Crossville, Tennessee, Rusty Ballenger of Seymour will become the first ever multiple series champion of the United Crate Racing Alliance and win back to back series championships Saturday night as the racing season concludes at the 1/3 mile clay banked dirt track. Ballenger will pilot his white # 29 East Tennessee Electric, Diversified. Tennessee Metal Fabricators, Service Plus Garage Doors, Rick’s Handyman, Warrior Shock Service. Mighty Muffler” sponsored T&N powered Warrior racecar this weekend seeking the lions share of the points fund.

“This year has definitely been more difficult, we have a new chassis and I like working with them and feel like we have just as much speed as last year, it’s just things haven't went our way is all as far as wins are concerned.” Stated Ballenger this week from his Seymour, Tennessee home.

“Hopefully we can turn the winless season around this weekend. It's still feels good to win the championship, struggling like we have in races against tougher competition. Jesse, Kyle and Jason definitely made me earn it.”

A pair of events awaits Crate Late Model competitors at the ultra fast high banks of Crossville Speedway this Friday and Saturday as Round 13 & 14 wrap up the 2017 Championship season for the alliance in it third season of existence. Ballenger and fellow UCRA competitors will via for almost $20,000 in posted prize monies this weekend as a pair of 40 lap feature races highlight the track season finale event as well as the alliances. Runner up to the points leader Home town favorite Jesse Lowe has an obscure championship mathematical possibility despite leading the 2017 Rookie of the Year challenge, while Knoxville’s Kyle Courtney chases Lowe for the Rookie title currently third in the points. Georgia’s Chip Brindle and Alabama’s Rod Carroll are also chasing the Top 5 honors of the UCRA points, with “The Chipper” being a previous UCRA/Crossville winner earlier this season. Kasey Hall, Jimmy Elliott, last season championship runner up Robert Gant and Jordon Horton are all jockeying for Top 10 positions in the standings. Brandon Overton won the previous UCRA race at Crossville back in September driving former and inaugural UCRA Champion Jake Teagues machine.

The aforementioned Lowe has won most of his twenty plus 2017 races at his home track, but has never been to victory in UCRA competition, despite his six runner up finishes in eight top fives of ten starts this season. Brindle, Hall and Anthony White are the only racers this season with multiple wins on the alliance tour this season. Hall of Alabama has been very tough on multiple occasions at his home track in Fort Payne, Alabama and at the Crossville (TN) Speedway, setting fast time and leading multiple feature laps. “Kidd-Quik” Kyle Courtney of Knoxville a 17 year-old high school senior recently visited Crossville Speedway’s Victory Lane and comes into this weekend on a hot-streak of sorts. So far this season UCRA has hosted 91 competitors this season with 5 Rookies following the tour.

Details for this weekends Double Header UCRA/Crossville Speedway 2017 season finale visit www.CrossvilleSpeedway.com

October 7, 2017 - John Ownbey Takes $2,500 UCRA Check at I-75 Raceway
1Sweetwater, TN  (10/07/2017) ---  Outracing the field and Mothernature, Lil' John Ownbey of Cleveland, Tennessee parked his white #J0 "Sam's Restaurant Equipment, Frazier Apt. Rentals & Property Management, CarSmart" sponsored Phantom Racing Engines / MasterSbilt in "Jacky Jones Ford Lincoln Victory Lane Saturday night at I-75 Raceway. The inaugural "Larry Kyle Memorial 40" United Crate Racing Alliance feature took to the track just in the nick o' time as rains began falling on Ownbey and family/crew once in victory lane, just as he was expressing his joy on the hard-fought race. >>READ MORE

September 5, 2017 - Overton Overcomes UCRA Foes at Crossville
1Crossville, TN (9/15/17) --- Making a cameo with the United Crate Racing Alliance - UCRA series, Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., topped Jason Welshan of Maryville, Tenn., to win Friday's 11th tour stop at the Crossville Speedway. Twenty-three racers, six of which made their UCRA debut, Friday night, competed for the near $10,000 purse for Round #11 of the 2017 UCRA Championship season in the nights 40 lap Main Event. Overton, Welshan and third finishing, two-time Dirt Track World Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., all invaded the Crate series, coming from their normal Super Late Model stables for a special rumble around the Tennessee Plateau high banked clay oval. >>READ MORE (Mark Wooten photo)

September 5, 2017 - Stephens Wins 6th UCRA 602/Sportsman Feature
1 Phenix City, AL (9/3/17) --- For the sixth time this season the “Rocketman” Richie Stephens put his "K&J Trucking, LoveStuffOnline.com, Knotts Towing & Recovery" sponsored racecar of Phenix City, Alabama in Victory Lane Sunday at East Alabama Motor Speedway. The now UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series champion started on pole in this 26 car field, but was challenged early by Bubba Gorman who lead until lap 5 when Stephens took command of the race leaving only 8 cars on the lead lap at the finish. Jackson Thomason started 8th, was 5th on lap 4, 4th on lap 9, 3rd on lap 12, 2nd on lap 18 where he finished after some really great battles with Gorman and Blant Duke. Keith McGuire started 12th, grabbed 10th on lap 1, 8th on lap 4, 7th by lap 6, 5th by lap 12, and 4th on lap 16 to the finish. Gorman would round out the Top 5. The 12th and final points championship of the overall $3,000 mini series between EAMS and Fort Payne Motor Speedway is this Saturday Sept. 9th in Fort Payne, AL. The battle for runner up to Stephens Championship is still up in the air between Jason Price and Jesse Hughes.

The 2017 racing season concludes for both the UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series and Fort Payne Motor Speedway this Saturday (9/9) with a Full Racing Program starting at 7PM CST. For more information visit www.FortPayneMotorSpeedway.com

August 27, 2017 - Nowell Wins at EAMS; Stephens Locks Up UCRA 602/Sportsman Championship
1Phenix City, AL (8/26/17) The “Rocketman” Richie Stephens in his "K&J Trucking, LoveStuffOnline.com, Knotts Towing & Recovery" sponsored racecar of Phenix City, Alabama didn’t’ win Friday nights “Monster Truck Madness” United Crate Racing Alliance - UCRA 602/Sportsman feature at East Alabama Motor Speedway, but his 7th overall Top 5 finish behind winner Terrance Nowell captured himself the points championship of the overall $3,000 twelve race mini series between EAMS and Fort Payne Motor Speedway. Nowell of Phenix City drove (# 111) to victory Friday over Stephens, Josh Cox, Richie Grantham and Dustin Ducker respectfully Stephens set fast time Friday against seven other entrants. The battle for runner up to Stephens Championship is still up in the air between Jason Price and Jesse Hughes of which neither were in competition recently.

The next UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series event is slated for Sunday Labor Day Weekend at East Alabama Motor Speedway (Sept 3rd) with 25 lap, $600 to-Win Main Event. Fort Payne Motor Speedway has elected to run their 2017 season finale with the 602/Sportman Round # 12 race highlighting Saturday (Sept 9th) along with all regular classes.

August 22, 2017 - Crossville Adds Three Big UCRA Dates
1Crossville, TN (8/22/17) ---  The Crossville (TN) Speedway has agreed to three additional Fall 2017 events with the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) to wrap up their racing season with a bang. The "CROSSVILLE CLASSIX” weekend event will now take Round # 14 &15 of the 2017 season with two back to back full shows on Friday and Saturday October 13th and 14th. The Crate Late Model tour will also now pack in another near $10,000 weekend at the ultra-high banked clay oval Friday, September 15th. The events $2,500 to-WIN / 40 lap feature Friday night (9/15) will be the second trip to the Cumberland Plateau area track where up to twenty-four competitors can battle for bragging rights towards the 2017 UCRA Championship. Georgian Chip Brindle dominated the first UCRA event back during the “FireCracker Nationals” in July. Rusty Ballenger of nearby Seymour, TN collected the 2016 UCRA Title, and leads the current championship charge. Local racer Jesse Lowe, a UCRA regular, has been taking Crossville Speedway by storm winning multiple weekly $1,000 features this season.   This year’s UCRA season has witnessed six different winners in ten races with Brindle topping the list, recently winning his third $2,500 prize of the season. Anthony White of Clinton, TN and Alabama’s Kasey Hall (who led most of the July race in Crossville) both have two wins. Knoxville’s Jason Trammel and Loudon’s Cory Hedgecock each have single wins this season in UCRA competition. Local divisions will see action on Sept. 15th, along with Southern States Midget Sprints. Gates are slated to open Saturday at 4PM CST. The season ending “CROSSVILLE CLASSIX” weekend (Oct 13 & 14th) will carry a $500 challenge to any racer that wins both races, for a possible $5,500 payday. Local divisional features will be announced later for the season finale weekend. Drivers Meeting (9/15) is scheduled for 7PM CST. For more information visit online at  www.CrossvilleSpeedway.com

August 19, 2017 - Brindle Bags Fort Payne UCRA Cash
1Fort Payne, AL (8/19/17) ---  Chip Brindle of Dalton/Chatsworth, Georgia won his third United Crate Racing Alliance main event of the season, Saturday night at Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway. Turning back local favorite Kasey Hall of Geraldine, "Chipper" won the $2,500 / 40 lap feature race, while halting Hall's two-race series win streak. Brindle in his Team 17/Hill Motorsports "Beyea Custom Headers, Advance Tufting, FK Rod Ends, Garrison Automotive, BDR Loopers & Clips" sponsored Racetek powered machine won by 3.183 seconds ahead of Hall and reigning/defending and current UCRA points champion Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, Tennessee. Nine of the 14 starters finished completed all 40 laps. Runner up Hall won two previous UCRA stops at Fort Payne this season and was leading Crossville (TN) Speedway main event in July before mechanical problems ended his night prematurely. There have been six different winners in 10 series races this season. >>READ MORE

August 19, 2017 - Richie Stephens Wins Again in UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series Action
1Fort Payne, AL (8/19/17) ---  Richie Stephens (#00) of Phenix City, AL won the 25-lap UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series Round # 9 feature, claiming 5 of the last 7 series events. (Ronnie Barnett photo)

August 5, 2017 - Jason Trammell Tames the Taz for UCRA Round #9 Win
1Tazewell, TN (8/5/17) --- Jason Trammell of Knoxville, Tennessee, defended his home-track turf Saturday at Tazewell Speedway with a $2,500 victory in United Crate Racing Alliance feature. Trammell took the checkers ahead of Jesse Lowe and UCRA points leader Rusty Ballenger in the "Bad Fast 40". earning himseld the sixth different winner in nine series races so far in 2017 and a little vindication from last May when a crash took away a runner up finish late in the race. Lowe logged his fifth straight runner-up finish on the series, when Forrest Trent careened off the turn four wall coming to the white flag in second behind Trammell. Ballenger set fast time over the field with a mark of 12:286 seconds. Heat one was won by "Big" Mack McCarter who would get punted into the turn four outside wall and violently flip his new CVR racecar after making contact on the start with Trent. McCarter was uninjured but supplied Taz-Fans a up-close seat of the hard lick. Heat two winning Trammell racing his # 97 Bloomquist Racecar sponsored by "Trammell Construction, Hatmaker Holdings, Dents-R-Us, Tornado Alley Car Wash, Smoky Mountain Wellness Magazine, Fastlane Graphics, Brucebilt Performance, Charlie Brown Co. Screen Printing & Embroidery Services, Hoosier Tire South by Pup and Integra Shocks" was virtually unchallenged despite the green/white/checkers restart scenario with Lowe in second, started from the outside pole position. The UCRA fall schedule is being updated currently and www.UCRAracing.com will have new information this week regarding the season finals.

Bad Fast 40 Official Results:
1. Jason Trammell 2. Jesse Lowe 3. Rusty Ballenger 4. Adam Tolliver 5. Kyle Courtney 6. Taran Hurst 7. Forrest Trent 8. Rod Carroll 9. Jordon Horton 10. Anthony Arnwire 11. John Llewellyn 12. Mack McCarter DNS: Josh Henry 

August 5, 2017 - Jackson Thomason Tops UCRA Sportsman/602 Action at EAMS
1 Phenix City, AL (8/5/17) --- Jackson Thomason of Smiths Station, Alabama started 2nd only to retake the lead on lap 13 when the race leader and current UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series points leader Richie Stephens blew a tire. Thomason in his "RBC, Jack Brown, Cherokee Roofing, JT Welding & Fabrication Russ Ogletree and Kirk Loudy prepared machine" held off subsequent challenges to pick up his 1st win of UCRA competition and 2nd overall win of his season Saturday at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Stephens started 3rd, took the lead on lap 2, was pulling away when he had a flat on the 13th lap. He would finish a close 2nd to Thomason. Keith McGuire started 7th, and actually challenged Thomason for the lead until Stephens go back past with 2 to go. Recent Fort Payne Motor Speedway winner Jason Price started 8th and ran a solid race moving into the top 5 around mid way while Roger Arnett moved steadily up through the pack taking 5th. The next $600 to-WIN / 25 Lap UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series event will be Round # 9 back at Fort Payne, Alabama Saturday August 19th in two weeks.

1.Jackson Thomason, 2.Richie Stephens, 3.Keith McGuire, 4.Jason Price, 5.Roger Arnett, 6. Herbie Donath, 7.Bubba Gorman, 8.Ron Sanders, 9.John Holdenhausen, 10.Richie Grantham, 11Josh Weathers, 12.Dustin Ducker, 13.Bobby Thomas

July 31, 2017 - Price and Stephens Split Fort Payne UCRA 602 Wins
1Fyffe, AL ---  A pair of outsiders waltzed into Fort Payne Motor Speedway Saturday night and not only took home both the $600 top pay, but also jumped the UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series points leader Jesse Hughes in the process.

The lion's share of the $3,000 point's fund awaits the champion of the 12 race (6 each track) mini series and Saturday Richie Stephens claimed his 4th consecutive victory against 15 other competitors. Stephens in his "K&J Trucking, LoveStuffOnline.com, Knotts Towing & Recovery" sponsored racecar set fast time in qualifying before leading all 25 laps of the first "Double Trouble" feature during the FireCracker 50 event Saturday. Redrawing 7th out of 8 positions, Stephens would end race #2 in 10th after making contact racing David Harwood for 3rd early in the feature. Ellaville, Georgia's Jason Price inherited the lead, when Colten Jackson was penalized for jumping the restart with three laps remaining. Jackson salvage his night with runner up finishes in 1both features. Jesse Hughes entered the weekend event with a slim 7-point lead over Stephens, but finished last and was unable to start the second feature. Chatsworth, GA's John Parker had a solid weekend with a Top 5 finish and a 6th place run to keep pace with Hughes with Blake Benefield and early season victor David Harwood still in the championship mix.

Next Saturday night August 5th East Alabama Motor Speedway host their "Double Trouble" Twin 25 UCRA 602/Sportsman events along with the USCS Sprint Cars. For more information visit www.UCRAracing.com or www.EAMSdirt.com web-sites.

July 24, 2017 - Ballenger Leads UCRA Points After Round #8
1 Chattanooga, TN (7/25/2017) ---  The reigning/defending United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) Champion Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, Tennessee sits atop the current points standings after eight rounds of the 2017 season leaving Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway gaining five valuable points over his two closest challengers Saturday night. Ballenger took over the points lead two weeks earlier exiting I-75 Raceway (Round # 7) as early season points dominator Jason Manley of Louden, TN retired the UCRA’s home-base feature race a dismal 15th. Kyle Courtney of Knoxville didn’t fare much better, but did manage to close in on fellow Rookie.of the Year candidate (Manley) by 5-points. All eyes being on local favorite at Fort Payne; Kasey Hall, fans kept a third eye on the new 5jmotorsports.com entry of Jesse Lowe who’s been challenging regularly the UCRA top spot. For "four" consecutive UCRA races Lowe has quietly finished in the runner-up position and is back in contention for the UCRA Championship Title despite missing two races earlier this season. (Ronnie Barnett photo)

Chip Brindle, like his predecessors, failed to capture that elusive third victory in a row Saturday at Fort Payne, but did (along with Lowe) gain valuable points chasing Ballenger, Manley and Courtney. Hall’s victory Saturday jumped the Geraldine, AL racer to 8th in the overall points picture just behind.Hot-Rod Carroll. UCRA 2016 championship runner-up, fellow Bama-ian, Robert Gant is back in the mix also after missing a few races, just outside the Top 10 in his Pro-maxx Ford. The UCRA is off a week before returning to action Saturday August 5th at Tazewell (TN) Speedway for Round # 9 of the season. Anthony White of Clinton, TN picked up the UCRA win at the “Bad-Fast-Taz” back in May and could be trouble for local hot-shoes Jason Trammell and Phillip Thompson as well as the rest of the UCRA elite.

July 22, 2017 - Hurricane Hall Rolls to UCRA Fort Payne 40 Victory
1Fyffe, AL (7/22/17) ---  Local fan favorite racer Kasey Hall of Geraldine, Alabama grabbed another United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) victory at his home track Fort Payne Motor Speedway Saturday night. Hall driving his black unmarked # 38 "Bilstein Shocks, Oliver Race Engines" backed T-N-T racecar collected $2,500 for his second UCRA victory of the season at Fort Payne, previously winning a Friday night "Mayhem" event back earlier this Spring. Leading all 40 laps of the "Fort Payne 40" from the pole position, "The Hurricane" kept control over his weekly rival Sam Seawright for most of the feature event. The race, plagued with cautions, saw Jesse Lowe inch forward lap after lap, eventually getting past Seawright on a mid-race restart. Lowe has now scored four consecutive UCRA "runner-up" finishes, beginning back in June at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville.  >>READ MORE

July 17, 2017 - Crossville Speedway UCRA Tire Tests Come Back Clean
Tire Results : The tire results from UCRA Round 8 at Crossville Speedway have returned from Blue Ridge Labs, and both samples have conformed with benchmark, and verified to be legal.

Samples were taken from the #5 car of Jesse Lowe, and from the #17 car of Chip
Brindle. Verified results can be seen by Clicking Here. Congratulations to both racers on great finishes.

July 15, 2017 - Stephens Takes the Three-Peat at EAMS
1Phenix City, AL (7/15/17) Richie Stephens in his "K&J Trucking, LoveStuffOnline.com, Knotts Towing & Recovery" sponsored racecar raced to a special $1,000 payday for Round # 5 for this weekends Jimmy Thomas Tribute race. Starting 3rd and taking the led on lap 1 Stephens held off all comers for his 3rd straight UCRA 602/Sportsman Mini Series win at East Alabama Motor Speedway (EAMS) Saturday night. The win for the "Rocketman" plants the hometown racers directly behind UCRA 602/Sportsman points leader Jesse Hughes of Crossville, AL, who didn't race Round # 5 Saturday night. >>READ MORE

July 12, 2017 - UCRA 602/Sportsman Tentative Schedule Update
UCRA 602/Sportsman Tentative Schedule Update: 2017
$600 to-WIN / $50 Entry Fee / $3,000 Point Fund

Saturday July 15: EAMS Round #5
Saturday July 29: FPMS / FPMS Round #6 & 7 (Double $600 to-WIN Features)
Saturday Aug 5: EAMS Round #8 & 9 (Double $600 to-WIN Features)
Saturday Aug 19: FPMS Round #10
Saturday Sept 2: FPMS Round #11
Sunday Sept 3:  EAMS Round #12

July 11, 2017 - UCRA Point's Battle Heats Up
1Chattanooga, TN (7/11/2017) ---  After back to back one/two finishes over the weekend in Tennessee , Chip Brindle and Jesse Lowe have solidified themselves into the 2017 $15,000 United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) Championship Points hunt. The Dalton/Chatsworth, Georgian pocketed over $5,000 this past weekend during the rescheduled "FireCracker Nationals" at Crossville Speedway and I-75 Raceway. Lowe, from Crossville netted in the neighborhood of $2,500 for his efforts, coming within inches Saturday night of winning a magnificent showdown against Brindle. The reigning/defending UCRA points champion Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, Tennessee took over the points lead early Saturday (unbeknownst) and kept it exiting I-75 (Round # 7) despite Jason Manley's efforts with a solid Top 5 at his home track. "Kidd-Quik" Kyle Courtney of Knoxville is still third in points. Rounding out the Top 5 in points Anthony White has company in the form of Hill Motorsports / Team 17 Extreme racer Brindle. Those two share back to back feature wins with Ballenger who claimed two-in-a-row back in 2016 en route to his $5,000 championship. Hot-Rod Carroll and Ruben Mayfield jumped past the uncharacteristically absent Jimmy Elliott in points as Knoxville's Greg Huskey (expecting to debut a new racecar soon) rounds out the Top 10 points chasers.  New to the fold and jumping all the way to 13th with Jordan Horton is "The Tank" Shane Tankersley of Blue Ridge. His 3rd and 6th place weekend trek reintroduced the Georgian to the racing world in a popular way while battling upfront. The UCRA is off a week before returning to action Saturday July 22nd at Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway for Round # 8 of the season. For more information visit the alliances web-site at www.UCRAracing.com. UCRA is a sanctioning body for Crate Late Model dirt racing and all rights and rules thereof are available to be adhered to on behalf of the United Crate Racing Alliance ©2017.

July 10, 2017 - Stephens Goes Back-To-Back in UCRA Sportsman at EAMS
1For the second consecutive weekend Richie Stephens of Phenix City, Alabama piloted his "K&J Trucking, LoveStuffOnline.com, Knotts Towing & Recovery" sponsored racecar to a $600 payday for Round # 4 of the UCRA Sportsman 12-Race Mini Series for East Alabama Motor Speedway Saturday at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Stephens set second fast time of the 13 entrants. Jason Price had his best run of the year in his Sportsman car finishing second. Cord Dodgen in a car typically driven by Marc Gooden ran third . Josh Cox from the pole appeared to be an obvious 2nd place runner early, but made a couple of mistakes and had to battle to finish 4th. >>READ MORE

July 8, 2017 - Brindle Sweeps UCRA Firecracker Weekend
1The "Chipper" Chip Brindle of Dalton/Chatsworth, Georgia won his second consecutive United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) feature race of the weekend Saturday in Sweetwater, Tennessee at the Kyle Family's I-75 Raceway. (Ronnie Barnett photo)

Brindle piloting his Hill Motorsports "Beyea Custom Headers, Advance Tufting, FK Rod Ends, Garrison Automotive, BDR Loopers & Clips, Brindle Bros Auto Parts" 604 GM Performance Team 17 Extreme racecar completed a weekend sweep taking a victory Friday night (early Saturday morning) as well in nearby Crossville, TN.  >>Read More

July 7, 2017 - Chip Brindle Takes UCRA Crossville Cash
1Crossville, TN - 7/7/17) --- Inheriting the lead late in the 40 lap United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) feature when Alabama's Kasey Hall experienced mechanical issues, Chip Brindle of Dalton/Chatsworth, Georgia, pocketed $2,500 over Jesse Lowe and Rusty Ballenger in the wee hours at Crossville Speedway. The beginning of the program was delayed extensively as officials worked in the racing surface with the UCRA feature taking the checkered flag just before 2:30am CST.

The feature was slowed by five cautions, most dramatically when race leader Hall pulled up lame on a restart. Series points leader Jason Manley experienced trouble in qualifying and for the second consecutive UCRA event had to borrow a ride to make the start.  >>Read More

July 2, 2017 - Stephens Tops UCRA Sportsman Action at EAMS
1Phenix City, AL (7/2/17) -- Hometown racer Richie Stephens piloting his "K&J Trucking, LoveStuffOnline.com, Knotts Towing" sponsored racecar took home the $600 payday for Round # 3 of the UCRA Sportsman 12-Race Mini Series for East Alabama Motor Speedway Sunday in the "Salute to America Nationals" event. Stephens set off the fireworks early when he "pulled through the pit gate" despite the 24 other competitors entered. Austin Scarborough was second with Jim Rogers third. 

Fast Qualifier (16:987) Dustin Diem's excellent time wasn't backed up and the quickest finished a dismal 24th.  >>Read More

June 24, 2017 - Jessie Hughes Leads Latest UCRA 602/Sportman Series Points
1Fort Payne, AL (6/25/2017) ---  After two rounds of new 2017 UCRA 602/Sportsman series Jessie Hughes (# 62) of Collinsville, AL leads the points tallying a 3rd place finish (Round # 1) May 12th and a runner up nod to Kenny Hall of Geraldine, last night at Fort Payne Motor Speedway. Racing was fast and furious behind Hall who set sail against the field of a dozen competitors. Hughes barely held off outside pole sitter Jeff Helms at the checkers. Hall's son "fan-favorite" Kasey collected the Super Late Model checkers ahead of Daniel Miller and Robert Gant in preparation for next Saturday's 10th annual "FireCracker 50" $3,000 to-WIN unsanctioned SLM show. >>READ MORE

June 23, 2017 - East Alabama Motor Speedway Event Canceled
The UCRA event scheduled for July 15, 2017 at East Alabama Motor Speedway has been canceled. Due to scheduling conflicts with other tracks holding Crate Late Model events, UCRA and EAMS officials have decided to cancel the event and attempt to reschedule at a later date. If a date can be determined, a new press release will be out as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the decision was made to uphold the best interest of Crate Late Model racing.

June 20, 2017 - Manley Can't Rust-eze; Ballenger Draws Closer Towards UCRA Points Lead
1Chattanooga, TN (6/20/17) ---  Salvaging possibly the 2017 United Crate Racing Alliance season, current points leader Jason Manley borrowed Greg Martin's new ride for the night Saturday at Smoky Mountain Speedway and raced to stay ahead of Rusty Ballenger and pole-sitter / fast qualifier Kyle Courtney during the "Big Daddy 500" feature. Now, over sixty (60) competitors have entered five rounds of competition chasing the $15,000 plus Championship. Courtney seemed to be the one to watch, but that all ended just as quickly as it began for the nearby Loudon, TN based teenager when his mount developed its own motor problems. “Kidd-Quik” would be officially finalized as 18th overall separating himself from Ballenger (7th) and Manley (9th) overall. Forrest Trent of Morristown, TN joined the UCRA frey this week debuting his Crate a week after racing at the world famous Eldora Speedway. Trent scored a third place nod and catapults himself just outside the Top 20.
1The "Mohawk Nation" leader Jimmy Elliott continues to represent finishing a very stout 4th in the feature, but all eyes are now firmly affixed on the DWB Anthony White who's now become the first racer since Ballenger in early 2016 to claim "back to back" UCRA feature races. Oddly enough both being "shortened" from their standard 40-lap mark. Of this fact; Jesse Lowe was most-disheartened post race Saturday, claiming he was unaware of the laps being shortened due to time restraints. "When I looked up and saw the white-flag, I panicked and missed my marks in turn one.... by that time I couldn't make my move on him (White) and it was all over." stated a dejected Lowe. White climbs into the Top 5 heading into Crossville Speedway in Tennessee Friday night June 30th just behind Elliott. For more information visit the alliances web-site at www.UCRAracing.com. UCRA is a sanctioning body for Crate Late Model dirt racing and all rights and rules thereof are available to be adhered to on behalf of the United Crate Racing Alliance ©2017.

June 17, 2017 - 2x as Sweet; 2x as Dirty; White Wins at Smoky Mountain
1Maryville, TN (6/17/2017) - Outside polesitter "The Dirty White Boy" Anthony White of Clinton, Tennessee, for the second time (2x) nabbed the race shortened (due to track curfew) United Crate Racing Alliance - UCRA feature event, making it back to back victories for the first time since Rusty Ballenger did it in early 2016 en route to an eventual $5,000 series championship. The "Stone Plus, Outlaw Racing Graphics Southeast, Performance Racing Specialist, Burchfield Drywall, Creative Fabrications" sponsored Longhorn / Phantom Race Engines powered team kept ahead of third-starting Jesse Lowe of Crossville, TN, at the finish line, that was unfortunately cut by 10-laps by track and series officials. >>READ MORE

June 10, 2017 - UCRA Sportsman Class Invades Fort Payne on June 24

1Fyffe, AL (June 10, 2017) --- The UCRA 602/Sportsman series of the United Crate Racing Alliance has announced Round #2 of the $1,500 six race series for Fort Payne Motor Speedway in Alabama. Saturday night June 24th the series will see competition with the 602 style motors, for the “ALABAMA JAMA” paying $600 to-WIN and $60 to-Start, for the 25 lap feature. Depending upon car count, qualifying and/or heat races will determine the starting fields. A $1,500 points fund has been set up for the series based on a $50 per entry fee. Round # 3 will take place with the UCRA Crate Late Models on Saturday July 15th during the UCRA “Summer-Sizzler” at Billy Thomas’ East Alabama Motor Speedway. The rules for the series can be obtained on the tracks web-site FortPayneMotorSpeedway.com and at www.EAMSdirt.com and at the UCRAracing.com web-site and Facebook page. Saturday (6/24) gates open at 5PM CST for the UCRA ALABAMA JAMA event. A full slate of racing with Super Late Models, UCRA Crate Late Models, A & B-Hobby, Pony, FWD and Bomber Stocks will be in action also on Saturday June 24th at Fort Payne Motor Speedway.

May 24, 2017 - Manley, Champ Ballenger and Courtney Top 50+ UCRA Crate Racers; Smoky Mtn. Up Next
1 Two months in the United Crate Racing Alliance 2017 season, over fifty (50) competitors have entered four rounds of competition chasing the $15,000 plus Championship. Jason Manley still leads the charge, but the black # 32 “Mighty Muffler & Brake Center, M&M Properties, Cobbs Auto Service, Custom Mechanical Design, DirtCarLift.com” sponsored GM 604 faltered a bit Saturday during round # 4 at Tazewell Speedway when he retired with mechanical issues while running within the Top 5. This fact opened the door for 2016 UCRA Champion Rusty Ballenger and “Kidd-Quik” Kyle Courtney. With the lap 27 shakeup and rain-fall that would eventually finalize the event prematurely by 13 laps Ballenger and Courtney would gain nearly eight (8) valuable points on Manley who was credited with 17th officially.   

Manley and Courtney are in contention for the $1,000 Rookie of the Year prize just ahead of Saturday nights 3rd place finisher  Jimmy Elliott. White’s efforts during “Raz-May-Taz” in Eastern Tennessee proved successful by jumping himself from 20th to 8th in the current UCRA points standings not to mention the $2,500 payday. Chip Brindle sits just inside the Top 5 in UCRA points ahead of  Fort Payne winner Kasey Hall, “Hot” Rod Carroll, Robert Gant and Lil’ John Ownbey respectfully. Round # 5 will take place in a few weeks at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday night June 17th. For more information visit the alliances web-site at www.UCRAracing.com. UCRA is a sanctioning body for Crate Late Model dirt racing and all rights and rules thereof are available to be adhered to on behalf of the United Crate Racing Alliance ©2017.

May 20, 2017 - White Outruns Rain & Competitors for Tazewell Cash

Anthony White Wins Rain Shortened Tazewell Speedway United Crate Racing Alliance - UCRA "Raz-May-Taz 40"


A lap 27 caution when runners up Jason Trammell and Philip Thompson crashed going down the back straight-away of Tazewell Speedway saw the rains come into the area ending the 40 lap feature prematurely Saturday night. Despite track efforts to restart the feature race long leader Anthony White was awarded the win with more than half the race recorded. Trammell charged with the caution since Thompson never stopped was regulated back to the final car on the lead lap as the rains continued. Trammell earned the bonus $100 for Performance Racing Engines Fast Time (12:435). White stated in victory lane it was good to be back there in Tazewell since the last time he won there was around 2007. White concluded by thanking his sponsors and family of the "Sione Plus, Outlaw Racing Graphics Southeast, Performance Racing Specialist, Burchfield Drywall, Creative Fabrications" Longhorn / Phantom Race Engines powered team.

Heat Winners: Trammel, White and Elliott Flie Photo: Richard Allen

UCRA Crate Late Models
1. 2X Anthony White
2. 24 Philip Thompson
3. J39 Jimmy Elliot
4. B00 Josh Henry
5. 57 Jordon Horton
6. 88 Chris Chandler
7. 15 Bryson Dennis
8. 29 Rusty Ballenger
9. 171 Kyle Courtney
10. 7 Marty Calloway
11. 61 Greg Huskey
12. 7X Mark Sexton
13. 17 Chip Brindle
14. 22 Lynn Leach
15. 97 Jason Trammell
16. 11 Cody Smith
17. 32 Jason Manley
18. 71 Mack McCarter
19. 00 Ruben Maxfield
20. 44 Rod Carroll
21. J0 John Ownby

May 15, 2017 - Rookie Manley Sits Atop UCRA Crate Standings
1Chattanooga, TN (5/15/2017) --- After three rounds of the United Crate Racing Alliance 2017 season, its “game-on” as some “young-lions” continue to make names for themselves chasing the $15,000 Championship. East Tennessee (Loudon’s) Jason Manley brought his “A” game for UCRA/MAYHEM rallying to a runner up and second runner up finishing positions at Fort Payne Motor Speedway and Boyd’s Speedway respectfully. The CVR rising star piloting his black # 32 “Mighty Muffler & Brake Center, M&M Properties, Cobbs Auto Service, Custom Mechanical Design, DirtCarLift.com” sponsored GM 604 to a Friday 2nd place nod behind Alabama’s Kasey Hall then on Saturday battled with Lil’ John Ownbey and eventual winner Bryan Pritchard for his 3rd straight “podium” finish with the alliance.

Manley who’s also in contention for the $1,000 Rookie of the Year leads his neighbor “Kidd Quik” Kyle Courtney who’s third (by a single point) behind the reigning/defending and current UCRA champion Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, TN. Hall’s efforts over the “Mayhem” proved successful by jumping to 4th in overall points after backing up his Friday night victory with a 4th place nod at Boyd’s Saturday. Last years UCRA runner up to the championship Robert Gant sits fifth in the standings ahead of Chip Brindle, “Hot” Rod Carroll, Jesse Lowe, Ownbey and Boyd’s Fast Qualifier Jimmy Elliott of the “Mowhawk Nation”. Winners Bryan Pritchard and Cory Hedgecock are just outside the Top 10 in points tied for 12th place. For more information visit the alliances web-site at www.UCRAracing.com. UCRA is a sanctioning body for Crate Late Model dirt racing and all rights and rules thereof are available to be adhered to on behalf of the United Crate Racing Alliance ©2017. 

May 13, 2017 - Bryan Pritchard Takes UCRA Victory at Boyd's Speedway
Boyd's Speedway - Ringgold, Georgia - May 13, 2017 Results
  1. Bryan Pritchard
  2. John Ownbey
  3. Jason Manley
  4. Kasey Hall
  5. Rusty Ballenger
  6. Greg Martin
  7. Ethan Hunter
  8. Chip Brindle
  9. Craig Burrows
  10. Ahnna Parkhurst
  11. Justin Litchford
  12. Todd Morrow
  13. Jesse Lowe
  14. Kyle Courtney
  15. Larry Higgins
  16. Daniel Wilson
  17. Robert Gant
  18. Beau Bice
  19. Jimmy Elliott
  20. Ruben Mayfield
  21. Rod Carroll
  22. Bobby Pruitt
  23. Tanner Works
  24. Evan Taylor

May 12, 2017 - Kasey Hall Claims Second-Career UCRA Win
1Notching his second career United Crate Racing Alliance, Kasey Hall of Geraldine, Ala., rolled off from the pole position and led all 40 laps for a $2,500 payday at his home-track Fort Payne Motor Speedway Friday night. Hall's margin of victory was 2.943 seconds over runner-up Jason Manley of Loudon, Tenn. Five drivers completed all 40 laps and seven were running at the finish. A 45-minute afternoon rainstorm threatened the program, but officials forged ahead, due to recent rainouts over the past three weeks. The feature was slowed by a pair of lap-27 cautions. Defending series champion Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, Tenn., completed just three laps, before ending his challenges. (Ronnie Barnett photo) >>READ MORE

May 8, 2017 - UCRA Launches Sportsman Series
1Chattanooga, TN (5/7/2017) ---  The United Crate Racing Alliance is adding a Sportsman series to it's stable of Late Model races with Fort Payne Motor Speedway in Alabama hosting the first of six events for the 2017 season, Friday night May 12th. The series will see competition with the 602 style motors, despite not being exclusive to the GM Performance built brand. "There's alot of independent engine builders out there" stated UCRA President and CEO Marvin Ford. "...and we didn't wanna exclude anyone from building an All Steel Non Crate engine for competition. Each of the UCRA SPORTSMAN series events will pay $600 to-WIN and $60 to-Start, for the 25 lap feature. Depending upon car count, qualifying and or heat races will determine the starting fields. A $1,500 points fund has been set up for the series based on a $50 per entry fee.  The rules for the series can be obtained on the tracks web-site FortPayneMotorSpeedway.com and will be added immediately to the UCRAracing.com web-site and Facebook page. Gates Open at 5PM CST Friday for the UCRA MAYHEM weekend opener.  

2017 Season Complete
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