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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.  

April 24, 2017 - Kyle Courtney Aims for Major Success
1(Special to Alli Collis)

At 16 years old, Kyle Courtney of Knoxville, Tenn., is younger than most of his fellow Late Model competitors. But after scoring his first victory of the season over the weekend at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tenn., intimidation is no longer a factor and now the teen is aiming for even bigger success.

Making a Friday trip to Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway, Courtney faced tough luck, losing brakes while leading the Crate feature, forcing him to settle for a third-place finish. He rebounded Saturday, scoring a Limited Late Model victory at I-75 to put him atop DirtonDirt.com’s latest Weekly Notebook presented by JRi Shocks.

“We went down to I-75 and hot-lapped,” Courtney said, remembering Saturday’s victory. “We wasn't too good in hot laps, so we made some changes on the car and qualified. We qualified second and we was six-thousandths (of a second) off the pole. Then we started the feature and we got a good run going down the front straightaway and ended up past them and we ended up leading flag-to-flag.” >>READ MORE

April 7, 2017 - Tazewell Speedway Joins '17 Slate; Fort Payne Adds Two Dates
1Chattanooga, TN (April 07, 2017) --- The United Crate Racing Alliance is adding more events to its 2017 schedule. After the 2017 Opener at the Kyle Family facility in Sweetwater, Tennessee, series officials have worked details for the UCRA to visit the Tazewell (TN) Speedway, for the first time, for a pair of championship events. Crate Late Models will battle for almost $10,000 in posted purse money at the “Badd Fast Taz” Saturday night May 20th, a week after the series rolls out of Fort Payne, Alabama and Chattanooga, TN. Prior to the Round #4 event promoted by Chris and Leslie Corum, UCRA sanctioning bodies raceteams have a double header weekend in May at Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway and Boyd’s Speedway in Chattanooga, TN, May 12th and 13th respectfully. Competitors are vying for over $16,000 in cash and prizes available during the 2017 UCRA Championship campaign. Each UCRA event pays $2,500 to-Win with $200 to-Start and usually in excess of $800 in bonus money incentives, spread throughout the field. This season sponsors of the series have stepped up with a $1,000 Rookie of the Year bonus challenge, bring out a lot of “new blood” to the travelling series. Tazewell’s second UCRA date is scheduled for Saturday August 5th. Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway has also announced their other two UCRA dates for the 2017 schedule. Saturday, July 22nd and Saturday, August 19th the UCRA head to Northeast Alabama. A few other tracks are expected to come aboard for Summer/Fall dates with the UCRA and plans are underway for the $5,000 to-WIN season finale in October or November. Corey Hedgecock of Louden, TN won Round # 1 of the 2017 Championship March 25th at I-75 Raceway and leads the points. Second place finisher Jason Manley also of Loudon leads the UCRA Rookie of the Year standings, correcting a story for Kyle Courtney released last week.

March 25, 2017 - 16-Year-Old Kyle Courtney Leads 2017 UCRA Rookie Crop
1Chattanooga, TN (3/31/2017) --- The United Crate Racing Alliance is one race into its 2017 season and already the “young-lions” are making names for themselves. The Rookie of the Year campaign is already five (5) strong after Saturday night’s UCRA/I-75 Raceway season opener. Defeating Mother-Nature in the process, the Kyle family facility showcased all their divisions before the rains came Saturday that highlighted twenty-five (25) Crate Late Model raceteams. Young sixteen (16) year old Kyle Courtney of Knoxville, a junior at Gibbs High School plugged into a “podium” finish Saturday night notching his #171 “Mighty Muffler & Brake Center, Wade’s Body Shop, Grady King Construction, B&M Concrete, Colortek Powder Coating, Phillips & Son’s Lawncare, PPM Racing Shocks, Harrison Construction Co, Advanced Auto Sales 1st Class Towing” sponsored CVR / Phantom Race Engines powered GM 604 to an third place finish, ahead of the likes of veteran Jason Welshan and recent early season Crate winner Jesse Lowe respectfully. Amongst the field included rookies; Zach Shannon of Wartburg Tennessee, Dustin Harris of Fayetteville, TN, Rod Carroll of Anniston, Alabama and Justin French of Friendsville, TN. French qualified well debuting his #18 “Driven Racing Oil / Motorsports” Bill Bunch powered GM 604 sixth overall. Unfortunately a crash early took the Weeks racecar outta contention, regulating him to low rookie status in 20th overall. The $1,000 Rookie of the Year bonus is still wide open to all whom meet the requirements, upping the 2017 Championship campaign to $16,000 at seasons end. Cory Hedgecock leads the UCRA 2017 points heading into Round # 2 at the UCRA's home-base in Fort Payne, AL, Friday May 12th over fellow East Tennesseeian Jason Manley. 

March 25, 2017 - Hedgecock Snares UCRA Checkers at I-75
1Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tennessee, continued his red-hot start to the 2017 season by capturing the United Crate Racing Alliance opener at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tenn.

Hedgecock led all 40 laps of the "SPRING-LOADED 40" race to earn $2,500. Runner-up Jason Manley finishing 1.307 seconds behind Hedgecock who had distanced himself with back-marker cars by races end.

Hedgecock and his # 23 "Transport One, Cushman, VooDoo Technology, Valley Transport, K&P Used Cars, Eagle Racing Engines, Mikeandgina.biz, Keyser Mfg., Timeless Memories Photography, Renegade Fuel and ET Motorgear" Rocket racecar has five victories in seven 2017 appearances in Super, Limited and Crate Late Models. >>READ MORE

March 20, 2017 - UCRA Announces Rookie Program
1Chattanooga, TN (March 20, 2017) --- The United Crate Racing Alliance will add a $1,000 bonus as a Rookie of the Year incentive to $15,000 Championship Title campaign beginning with Round # 1 at the Kyle Family’s I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee March 25th. Official qualifications for the RotY opportunity will be available on the UCRA web-site in the rules block. Presentations will be made at the Championship Luncheon in December along with the top drivers that follow the series throughout the 2017 season. Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, TN pocketed the lion’s share ($5,000) of the 2016 Championship Title after winning two series events early in the season.

Jake Teague of Petross, TN won the inaugural championship in 2015 and sits with Ballenger in third on the all-time win list behind Riley Hickman and John Ownbey respectfully.

March 2, 2017 - UCRA Adds Dates at Boyds and Crossville
1Sweetwater, TN (3/13/17) --- The I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee between Chattanooga and Knoxville, is ready to kickoff the 2017 season with the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) "SPRING-LOADED" event Saturday March 25th. The Crate Late Model extravaganza opens the Kyle Family facility with the first of three events planned for 2017 at the 3/8’s mile clay oval. The $2,500 to-WIN / 40 lap main event will see twenty-four competitors battle for nearly $10,000 in posted prize money for Round #1 of the $15,000 UCRA Championship Season. A pair of Tennesseeians have dominated the first two UCRA championships. Rusty Ballenger of nearby Seymour, TN collected the $5,000 payday for the 2016 Title, whereas Jake Teague of Petross, corralled the inaugural championship in 2015. The most recent UCRA winner at I-75 came last September when Cleveland, TN dirt track socialite Tanner Works defeated neighbor John Ownbey in a thriller of a race.

Last year’s UCRA season opener saw Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, TN in Victory Lane, while newcomer and Young-Gun Rookie candidate 13-year old Sam Seawright laid claim to 2016 Season Finale at his home track in Fort Payne, Alabama this past October. Plans are for a Practice Day Saturday, March 18th followed by a Friday night March 24 th Open Practice the night before the Season Opener. Sportsman, B-Hobby, Thunder, Four-Cylinder, Front Wheel Drives and Dwarf Cars are all on the schedule with the UCRA March 25th. Gates are slated to open Saturday at 3PM EST. with Drivers Meeting scheduled for 5PM. Ticket Prices for the event are $15 in Grandstands and $35 in the Pits. For more information visit www.i75raceway.com or 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.

Drivers Well-Versed in UCRA Competition Over Past Two Seasons Rusty Ballenger (# 29) of Seymour, TN (2016 UCRA Champion - 2 Time Winner) Jake Teague (# 117) of Petross, TN (2015 UCRA Champion - 2 Time Winner) Riley Hickman (# R1) of Ooltewah, TN (Only 5 Time UCRA Winner) John Ownbey (# J0) of Cleveland, TN (Second with Most Wins - 3 Time UCRA Winner) Jamie Perry (# P4) of Ringgold, GA (Former 2 Time UCRA Winner) Robert Gant (# 22) of Flat Rock, AL (2016 UCRA Runner-Up / Multi Alabama Track Champion) Ethan Hunter (# 3H) of Tiger, GA (2015 Runner-Up / Former TN Track Champion) Heath Hindman (# 9) of Signal Mtn, TN (2016 Second Runner-Up tied)
Kenny Kizzar (# 157) of Graysville Mtn, TN (2016 Second Runner-Up tied)
Anthony White (# 2X) of Clinton, TN (Former 2 Time UCRA Winner)
Ashley Newman (# 73) of Memphis, TN (Former UCRA Winner)
Jeff Smith (# 00) of Villanow, GA (Former UCRA Winner)
Tom Maddox (# 43) of Centre, AL (Former UCRA Winner)
Kasey Hall (# 42) of Geraldine, AL (Former UCRA Winner)
Jason Welshan (# 29) of Maryville, TN (Former UCRA Winner)
Sam Seawright (# 16) of Fort Payne, AL (Former UCRA Winner)
Kyle May (# 56) of Pisgah, AL (Former UCRA Winner)
Tanner Works (# T35) of Cleveland, TN (Previous I-75 Raceway UCRA Winner)

March 2, 2017 - UCRA Adds Dates at Boyds and Crossville
11Chattanooga, TN (March 02, 2017) --- United Crate Racing Alliance officials are hard at work finalizing their plans for the 2017 season. Already added to the schedule include one returning and one new facility for the third year Crate Late Model specialist.

Chattanooga’s Boyd’s Speedway is returning to the tour after a year's absence, while Crossville’s premiere plateau facility between Knoxville & Nashville off I-40 joins the UCRA banner.

The season will kick-off at Tim and Angie Kyle’s I-75 Raceway facility in Sweetwater, TN with the “Spring-Loaded 40” paying the standard $2,500 to-WIN / $200 to-START payout.

1Fort Payne (Motor Speedway) Alabama’s home-based track hosts race #2 on Friday May 12th, while Boyd’s takes the following night (Saturday 5/13) for the series’ first weekend double header of 2017. Smokey Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN returns with its first of three dates on Saturday, June 17th, while Crossville and I-75 host Independence Weekend events June 30th and July 1st.

Two other “to be announced dates” are being planned for Independence weekend to hopefully include Wartburg, TN who’s transitioning with a new owner for 2017. Negotiations are still underway with the Fall season, much like last year as facility manager await Fall/Ball schedules to emerge.

December 17, 2016 - UCRA Awards Luncheon Recap
1Chattanooga, TN (12/17/16) --- Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, TN took home $5,000 for winning the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) 2016 Championship Saturday afternoon outside Chattanooga, Tennessee during a Championship luncheon.

The Top 5 in points received awards along with their points earnings to cap off the series second season of competition. The recent new father Ballenger 26, won twice in series competition during a pair of middle Tennessee visits early in the season and lead the points championship up til the final events in Sweetwater and Maryville.

Series officials are working on the 2017 schedule that will include tracks in nearby Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and possibly North Carolina. The series web-site and Facebook page will have further details in January.

(Photo by Mark Wooten: left to right, Tyler Wood of Lobelville, TN, Kenny Kizzar of Sale Creek, TN, Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, TN, Robert Gant of Pisgah, AL, and Heath Hindman of Signal Mtn., TN)

October 8, 2016 - Seawright Surges to Crate Invitational Classix Cash
1Fyffe, AL (10/8/16) ---  Hometown youngster Sam Seawright of Fort Payne, took the biggest win of his career Saturday night after inheriting the lead from 2015 United Crate Racing Alliance champion Jake Teague just prior to the halfway point of the 60 lap feature at Fort Payne Motor Speedway. Twenty racers took to the weekend for action spread across three night for the season finale event at the 3/8 mile dirt track in Northeast Alabama. Teague took command early and set a torrid pace before suffering from mechanical fuel pump problems while under caution. Ethan Hunter then tracked down Seawright lap after lap, but couldn't get by the race leader/pole sitter. At one point as the laps drew towards the end the top 5 racers were nose to tail as back-marker traffic became involved heavily. Seawright and Teague won their respective $500 heat races Friday night to earn the front row starting positions. A Seawright Sweep conquered FPMS Saturday as Sam's older brother J.T. took the checkered flag in the Super Late Model $1,600  to-Win 30 lap feature.

Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, TN will be honored by the UCRA in the coming weeks as the winner of the 2016 UCRA Championship and will pocket the $5,000 winnings for his efforts this season. 

Official Results: 10/8/16
UCRA Crate Finale @ Fort Payne Motor Speedway, Alabama
1. Sam Seawright 2. Ethan Hunter 3. Jimmy Elliott 4. Robert Gant 5. Casey Hall 6. Heath Hindman 7. Rusty Ballenger 8. Justin Owens 9. Bill Frey 10. Kenny Kizzar 11. Shane Smith 12. Chris Harris 13. Andy Standridge 14. Tanner Works 15. Dylan Whitlock 16. Jake Teague 17. Chip Brindle 18. Teddy Snow 19. Sean Luke


September 17, 2016 - Works & Teague Take Weekend UCRA Wins
1Nabbing his first career United Crate Racing Alliiance victory, fifth-starting Tanner Works of Cleveland, Tenn., crossed the finish line 0.94 seconds ahead of runner-up Jake Teague at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tenn. Friday night The race was slowed by six caution flags; three of those caution flags came on lap 19. Fellow Cleveland native John Ownbey and Cory Hedgecock of Tellico Plains swapped the lead lap after lap in traffic before the lap 19 caution. on the restart, Works took the lead using the outside line to pass from his third place slot. He kept the lead the rest of the way in the 40-lap affair, turning back consistent pressure pocketing the $2,500 winners check. Works # T35 "D&K Auto Repair, Superior Transmission and Old Man's Garage" sponsored CVR Racecar previously won Crate Late Model feature at Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway and finished second in UCRA competition..Works was Fast-Time Award winner with a 13.666 seconds. Heat race winners:Ownbey, Hedgecock, Knoxville racers Josh Henry and Philip Thompson.

1Saturday night 2015 UCRA Champion Jake Teague of Petros, Tenn., surived a last-lap tangle with a chargin Riley Hickman, who was attempting to overtake Teague making a high-side charge, on the final lap. The two would collide off of turn four heading to the checkered flag, with Hickman taking the brunt of the collision faltering to fourth off the concrete wall. The victory was Teague's second UCRA victory of the season, who led every lap of the event despite the wild finish. Cory Hedgecock dropped out of the event after contact with the turn-three wall while running third on lap 33. The event was slowed by caution flags on laps 2, 32 and 33. Teague's Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by C&C Trucking and Wade's Construction and powered by Eagle Racing Engines. Works would finish 3rd runner up William Thomas. John Ownbey rounded out the Top 5 at Smoky Mountain's 2016 season finale. Rusty Ballenger finished his 2016 Championship season with a 13th and 24 finish earning the lions share of the $15,000 points championship. Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway host an Invitational Only UCRA Blow-Out paying $5,000 to-WIN, Saturday October 8th.

Visit the Events section for full results from both events.

August 27, 2016 - UCRA Releases Updated List of Invitational Qualified Racers
Click Here to see the latest list of drivers, who are locked into the season-ending UCRA invitational at Fort Payne Motor Speedway in October. The final chance to earn an invitation is on Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday, September 17.

August 20, 2016 - Jamie Perry Posts Victory at Fort Payne
1(Fort Payne, AL - 8/20/16) --- Mother Nature stood idly by as the United Crate Racing Alliance rolled into Marvin Ford's Fort Payne Motor Speedway for Round # 9 of the 2016 $15,000 Championship season.

Tire R' Us of Cedartown Georgia presented the nights Crate Late Model action as 25 teams from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee took to the 3/8's mile clay banked oval near Rainsville. Polesitter Jamie Perry of Ringgold, Ga., earned his second UCRA victory of the season collecting the $2,500 prize. Perry previously won on the tour June 10th at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, NC. <<MORE>>

August 13, 2016 - UCRA Releases List of Invitational Qualified Racers
Click Here to see the latest list of drivers, who are locked into the season-ending UCRA invitational at Fort Payne Motor Speedway in October.

July 19, 2016 - UCRA Makes Schedule Adjustments
A few adjustments have been made recently to the United Crate Racing Alliance schedule. Moulton Motor Speedway in Moulton, Alabama is having to cancel their August 5th and 6th events. Owner/Promoter Wayne Burns is adjusting his entire Fall season for all his weekly divisions and is unable to commit to completing the UCRA agreement. Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway fresh off their largest crowd ever, with the recent "Firecracker 50" event, is stepping to the fore-front scheduling their second UCRA date, Saturday August 20th. Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN also has a second Fall date scheduled Saturday September 17th. Tracks in Tennessee and Georgia are expected to announce their Fall UCRA dates in the next few days. The UCRA season ends with the "Invitational Only" event October 7th and 8th at Fort Payne Motor Speedway paying $5,000 to-WIN.

Invitational Entries: Ross White, Robert Edwards, Josh Henry, John Ownbey, Phillip Thompson, Ryan Tims, William Overby and Andy Pickelsimer Riley Hickman, Ashley Newman, Rusty Ballenger, Eric Hickerson, Robert Gant, Jensen Ford, Jake Teague, Forrest Trent, Cory Hedgecock, Greg Martin, Cody Martin, Ryan King (TN), Jimmy Elliott, Tyler Wood, Michael Smith, Heath Hindman, Ronnie Cooper, Donald Johns, David Earl Gentry Steve Holcomb, Jamie Perry, Chip Brindle, Pierce McCarter, Ethan Hunter, Dallas Manus, Kyle May, Kasey Hall, Tod Hernandez, Sam Seawright and Dustin Harris.

July 3, 2016 - Jake Teague Tops Wartburg UCRA Foes
The Wartburg (TN) Speedway welcomed the United Crate Racing Alliance to it's 1/4 mile dirt track for the "Fire on the Mountain 40" Sunday night. A huge Independence weekend crowd witness reigning UCRA champion Jake Teague of Petross, TN pass local favorite Anthony White of nearby Clinton for $2,500 prize. The # 117 sponsored "C&C Trucking and Wade's Construction" Longhorn Chassis racer overtook race-long leader White with four laps remaining in the 40 lap affair that was only plagued by a few incidents. An early red flag appeared when the cars of John Ownbey (Saturday's UCRA winner in nearby Sweetwater, TN) and current UCRA points leader Rusty Ballenger were hooked together in a wreck that included Josh Henry. <<MORE>>

July 2, 2016 - John Ownbey Dominates I-75 Raceway
Saturday night the United Crate Racing Alliance invaded I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee for the first ever event at Kyle family dirt track south of Knoxville. Lil' John Ownbey of Cleveland, TN did his thing as his # J0 "Sam's Restaurant Equipment, A+ Moving & Storage, M&S Motors, Denton's Wrecker Service, Stealth Racing Carburetor's, Austin Trucking" sponsored Longhorn racecar dominated the 40 lap "Summer Sizzler" event. The $2,500 to-WIN race opened up a two day Independence weekend of East Tennessee racing as twenty teams signed in for action. Georgian Chip Brindle and Anthony White gave chase to Ownbey the entire race. Cautions took out some top competitors including recent UCRA winner Kyle May of Alabama, Michael Smith of Crossville, TN, Performance Masters Inc, Fast Qualifier Kip Sawyer of Knoxville and UCRA regular Ronnie Cooper of McKenzie, TN. <<MORE>>

June 11, 2016 - UCRA Shuffles Schedule Dates
The United Crate Racing Alliance and Crossville Speedway have decided to cancel the UCRA sanctioned race scheduled for Friday, July 1st. Round # 7 of the 2016 season moves to Saturday July 2nd at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee with a Sunday Round # 8 event at Wartburg Speedway (TN).

The two events in Tennessee on Independence Weekend will be highlighted by 40 lap features paying $2,500 to-WIN. Seymour TN racer Rusty Ballenger leads the $15,000 points championship, with Tyler Wood of Lobelville, TN, Robert Gant of Flat Rock, AL, Kenny Kizzar of Graysville Mtn, TN, Forrest Trent of Knoxville, TN, Heath Hindman of Signal Mtn, TN and Ronnie Cooper of McKenzie, TN all still in contention.

Additional Fall UCRA scheduled dates are expected to be announced along with a few Bonus Races.

June 11, 2016 - Kyle May Claims Fort Payne Victory
1Fort Payne, AL (6/11/16) --- The United Crate Racing Alliance headed to it's home track the Fort Payne Motor Speedway in Northeast Alabama Saturday night for the second leg of a Double Header weekend as "Border Wars" broke out between North Carolina (Friday night) and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Of the seventeen entries, local Pisgah, AL racer Kyle May shined through leading all 40 laps of the $2,500 to-win feature. May held off Alliance dominator and current points leader Rusty Ballenger as well as Forrest Trent who would share a $500 bonus with Chip Brindle for tying highest points over the two UCRA races this weekend.

"I didn't wanna see that last caution because my car was better on a long green, and the tires did seal over a little bit before the restart. That had me worried quite a bit," May said in Victory Lane. "It's my home track, but there's still some of the best drivers in the region here, and I feel like we done good to be able to run competitive with 'em." concluded the "TA's Suspension and Racin' Warpaint" sponsored racer. Local favorite young-gun Sam Seawright suffered an overheating problem while running in the top five and the water on his tires sent him sliding off the third turn.  A late yellow with 34 laps completed tightened the field for the final time. There were four cautions during the 40-lapper. Chad Green and Alliance touring regular Ronnie Cooper failed to start the race damaging their racecars during time trials and heats.

Official Results: 
1. Kyle May (*) 2. Rusty Ballenger 3. Forrest Trent 4. Kasey Hall (*) 5. Tod Hernandez (*)
6. Robert Gant 7. Chip Brindle 8. Tyler Wood 9. Heath Hindman 10. Sam Seawright (*) 11. Dustin Harris (*) 12. Kenny Kizzar 13. Marty May 14. Lucas Burns 15. Dylan Whitlock 

(*) Earned Invitational to UCRA $5,000 to-WIN Finale Oct 7 & 8th @ Fort Payne, AL

June 10, 2016 - Jamie Perry Wins at Tri County; Deal DQ'd
Brasstown, NC (6/10/16) --- The United Crate Racing Alliance, Crate Late Model Championship was held Friday night for the third time and Ringgold, Georgia's Jamie Perry added his name to the winners sheet at the conclusion of the $2,500 to-win event at Ray Cook's facility. Perry's first UCRA victory comes inherited after local racer Jason Deal took the checkered flag leading all 40-laps. Fuel issues disqualified the Copperhill, Tennesseeian handing the victory to the "Cotton's Service Center, Secoa Technology, NiB-One and Mark Heatherly Construction" sponsored Londhorn racer. The race was slowed by four cautions. Sixth-starting Cory Hedgecock pulled off the track prior to the start of the feature, but returned to start from his original position. He piloted fellow Tennesseeian Matt Henderson's car. The Alliance moves to Fort Payne Motor Speedway in Fyffe, Ala., on Saturday, where a $500 bonus (from Tires R' Us and Ray Barksdale Motors) awaits the high points finisher of the two weekend events . Robert Gant of Pisgah, Ala., started 14th and finished seventh picking up the nights Hard Charger award from Performance Masters Inc. (Brian McLeod photo)

1. Jamie Perry * 2. Chip Brindle * 3. Pierce McCarter * 4. Heath Hindman 5. Ethan Hunter * 6. Forrest Trent 7. Robert Gant 8. Ronnie Cooper 9. Cory Hedgecock 10. Rusty Ballenger 11. Dallas Manus * 12. Floyd Self 13. Kelby McAlister 14. Jacob Anderson 15. Larry Higgins 16. Kenny Kizzar 17. Anthony Rymer 18. Adam Smith 19. Drew Deaver 20. Haven Stiles 

* Drivers Earning Invitations to Fort Payne UCRA Finale Oct 7 & 8 $5,000 to-Win event

May 14, 2016 - Rusty Ballenger Takes UCRA Victory at Tennessee National
1For the second consecutive time in three weeks, Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, Tennessee has not only visited a track for the very first time in Middle Tennessee, but has also dominated it's local area competitors, winning the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) 40-lap feature. Ballenger the pole sitter of the Tennessee National Raceway event in Holenwald, TN would earn a $100 Performance Race Engines bonus along with a Barber Oil Fuel Jug from Don Barber, and would jump to the lead leaving Ashley Newman to battle the rest of the Top-5 qualifiers at the start of the feature.  <<MORE>>

April 15, 2016 - Bama Blast Weekend Rained Out
The entire weekend unfortunately has been RAINED OUT - due to heavily saturated grounds in the Moulton, Alabama area. Further weekend forecasts show more impending bad weather Friday. Owner Wayne Burns along with UCRA officials will reschedule the BAMA BLAST weekend later this season. Due to long distance travelling the Alliance followers have to concur, the entire weekend needed to be cancelled.

April 2, 2016 - Riley Hickman Stays Perfect in UCRA Action
1For the first time in his racing career Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, Tenn, has finally won at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville. (Michael Moats photo)

"I've been coming here a long time..." Hickman exclaimed in Victory Lane at the conclusion of the 40 lap United Crate Racing Alliance feature. "racing in sportsman, limiteds and everything, this is my first ever time to make it to Victory Lane."

The Round #2 event would draw twenty-five (25) total entries with Hickman putting his friend's (Rick Hixson's owned) unmarked / borrowed MasterSbilt racecar on the pole, earning Performance Racing Engines $100 fast time. Hickman would then run off from the competition leaving heat winners Jake Teague and Jensen Ford to dual it out for the runner up spot. The race was slowed by one caution period when Ronnie Cooper slowed on lap 26.  <<MORE>>

March 19, 2016 - Riley Hickman Takes Duck River Rumble Checkers
1 Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, Tennessee captures the United Crate Racing Alliance 2016 season opener at Duck River Raceway Park Saturday night.

The 2nd annual "Rumble on the River" event saw defending race winner Ashley Newman of Memphis, TN challenge Hickman after a torrid three-wide early race battle with "Performance Racing Engines" Fast Qualifier Rusty Ballenger of Maryville, TN (13:3566) and reigning UCRA champion Jake Teague of Petross, TN. Hickman's unmarked solid black # R1 "Austin Trucking, American Billet, Rick Hixson Designs, Competition Racing Equipment" sponsored MasterSbilt racecar distanced itself from the field by half-way when caution appeared for Jimmy Elliott and Jordon Horton. Single car cautions for Chris Harris and Kaleb Vandygriff slowed the field two other times during the 40 lap feature. Eric Hickerson of Linden, made for a Top 4 of 5 all Tennesseeians with Alabama's Robert Gant (Flat Rock) finishing fifth debuting his new 2016 Ford machine. <<MORE>>

February 14, 2016 - UCRA Releases 2016 Slate
The United Crate Racing Alliance has released it’s 2016 schedule expanding from its inaugural season. The updated UCRA tour schedule features 13 events at 11 different venues across 4 states, packed with a stellar field of race teams. Not only will they be chasing the Touring Championship worth over $15,000 in cash and prizes, but they will also be seeking Invitations for the $5,000 to-WIN / 60 lap Season Finale “Invitational” event in October. 

Duck River Raceway Park in Shelbyville, TN will again host the first event of the UCRA series on Saturday, March 12th. The 40-lap, $2,500-to-win opener becomes the second consecutive season Bob Harris’ dirt track kicks off the season with the series. In 2015 a record number of 65 Crate Late Model race-teams entered the event. Last season the UCRA series averaged 34 Crate Late Models per event.  

Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN will host their first ever UCRA series event, in 2016. The long 4/10ths mile track will host a pair events this season,  sharing the card with sanctioned (Ultimate and Southern All-Star) Super Late Models races at both the April 2nd date as well as the September 17th race.    

The third event of the season comes a three day weekend (April 14-16th) at the furthest distant track, the Moulton (AL) Speedway. Thursday will serve as an Open Practice night for the inaugural “Bama Blast” weekend kicking off the racing season for the North-West Alabama facility between Huntsville and Muscle Shoals.

Friday night’s action will host a non-points UCRA sanctioned 30 lap, $1,300 to-WIN feature. This will serve as “seat-time” for series regulars to gain familiarity of the 3/8th’s mile oval. Saturday (4/16) will be the weekend’s finale paying $2,500 to-WIN / 40 Laps. A tentative Fall return date for the UCRA is slated for the first weekend in August.

Thunderhill Raceway in Summertown, TN wraps up the busy month of April hosting its first ever UCRA event on Saturday April     while Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald kicks off May racing on Saturday night May 14th. The UCRA series home track Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway host it’s Memorial Day weekend event Saturday May 28th with a high probability of a Friday night May 27th and/or Sunday night May 29th dates to be announced later.

In June Ray Cook’s Tarheel state steps up with their inaugural UCRA event at the TriCounty Race Track in Brasstown, N.C. Friday night June 10th the stars n’ cars will battle for $2,500 to-WIN. Several track are interested in tagging with Ray on this weekend, but the Saturday June 11th date is still available at press-time. Other mid and late June dates are also being considered.

The second half of the season starts off with a “BANG!” as three tracks host the 4th of July festivities with a big three race weekend. The new Crossville (TN) Raceway will kick off the weekend Friday July 1st, with I-75 Raceway’s hosting Saturday’s event in Sweetwater, TN. Then on July 3rd the weekend wraps up Sunday night at Wartburg (TN) Speedway.

June and July dates are still being offered. Tracks are showing interest in UCRA events in August and September but High School and College Football schedules have yet to be released, therefore the UCRA has only the Invitational Finale event in October scheduled for October 6-8th.

Each track the UCRA visits in 2016 will receive a five invites to pass out to their regular Crate Late Model racers. This will allow not only series followers but local track weekly favorites, an opportunity to race in the season finale in October in Fort Payne. The updated Fall schedule as well as add-ons will be released to media outlets across the country or can be found online at www.UCRAracing.com and on the series’ Facebook page.

March 1, 2016 - UCRA Adds Cleveland Speedway Stop
1Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee) will host the first of two UCRA dates in 2016 on Saturday, May 21st with the Johnson Coca Cola TN Memorial Race paying $2,500 to-WIN the 40 lap feature.

The second UCRA date at Cleveland Speedway will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on the facility, please visit www.ClevelandSpeedwayLLC.com.

January 31, 2016 - UCRA Heads to Duck River to Open '16
Owner/Promoter, Bob Harris of Middle Tennessee's Duck River Raceway Park is hoping to recapture last year's magic of a successful United Crate Racing Alliance season opener. The UCRA hosted a season high of sixty-five (65) Crate Late Model teams last year. This season the opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th, 2016.

The event $2,500 to-WIN / $200 to-Start / 40 Laps is expected to draw a who's who of competitors including 2015 winner Ashley Newman of Memphis, TN. Other than Newman, Maryville, TN's Jason Welshan and Ooltewah, TN's Riley Hickman picked up UCRA victories at DRRP in 2015. The 2016 UCRA schedule will be released next week Monday, February 8th, and is expected to host over fifteen (15) events this season, as new tracks have signed up for races with the regional touring series.

January 16, 2016 - UCRA Point Banquet Recap
Petros, Tennessee racer Jake Teague, 24, picked up the lions share of the United Crate Racing Alliance 2015 Points Championship Saturday at a luncheon for the Top -15 racers that follow the touring series it's inaugural season. Despite not visiting victory lane, the driver of the # 117 "C&C Trucking, Wades Construction" Longhorn racecar, corralled five (5) runner-up finishes,  three (3) third place finishes, a single fifth place finish and two (2) other Top-10 finishes to secure the $5,000 payday. Out of the 11 races scheduled, the UCRA series averaged thirty-seven (37) raceteams at all evnts in 2015 with, seventeen (17) following every event. Several new racetracks are coming on-board with the UCRA in 2016 as the rules and the schedule are being worked out by series co-founders Marvin Ford and David Earl Gentry.

2016 season details will be posted soon.

November 14th, 2015 - Cleveland Speedway Event Washed Away
The $2,500-to-win, UCRA Late Model Series event at Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee), which was scheduled for Saturday, November 14th has been washed away by rain. This brings the 2015 season to an end for the series.

Thanks for everyone's great support, and check back often for 2016 season updates.

October 10th, 2015 - Cleveland Speedway Event Nixed by Rain
The UCRA Late Model Series event, scheduled for Saturday, October 10th at Cleveland Speedway has been nixed by rain. Series and track officials are evaluating a possible reschedule date.

The next scheduled date for the series will be on Saturday, October 17th at Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tennessee), where the UCRA competitors will battle in a $2,500-to-win event. For more information on the event, please visit www.DuckRiverRacewayPark.com.

September 28th, 2015 - Welshan Emerges Victorious at Duck River
Jason Welshan powered his #29 Late Model to his first UCRA win of the year with a $2,500 win on Saturday evening at Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tennessee). Results and updated Points are now posted from the event

The next scheduled date for the series will be on Saturday, October 10th at Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee), where the UCRA competitors will go topless for the first time ever with the $2,500-To-Win, Topless Nationals. In addition on Friday, October 9th there will be an open practice session. Racers are encouraged to participate in the practice as bonus cash will be paid to the racer with the fastest time. For more information on the event, please visit www.ClevelandSpeedwayLLC.com.

September 21st, 2015 - Ownbey Takes Boyd's Checkers
John Ownbey took his second UCRA win of the year with a $2,500 win on Saturday evening at Boyd's Raceway (Ringgold, Georgia). Results and updated Points are now posted from the event

The next scheduled date for the series will be on Saturday, September 26th at Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tennessee). For more information on the event, please visit www.DuckRiverRacewayPark.com.

In addition please note that due to a scheduling conflict that the UCRA event that was washed away earlier this year at 411 Motor Speedway has been rescheduled for October 17th at Duck River Raceway Park. Please note the change.

August 10th, 2015 - Fort Payne UCRA Foes Bested by Kasey Hall
Kasey Hall raced to the $2,500 win in round #8 of the 2015 season with the United Crate Racing Association (UCRA) at Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fort Payne, Alabama). Results and updated Points are now posted.

The next scheduled date for the series will be on Saturday, September 19th at Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia). For more information on the event, please visit www.BoydsSpeedway.net.

August 3rd, 2015 - Jeff Smith Tops UCRA Action at North Georgia
Jeff Smith powered his #17 Late Model to the $2,500 United Crate Racing Association (UCRA) victory on Saturday evening at North Georgia Speedway (Chatsworth, Georgia). Results and updated Points are now posted.

The next scheduled date for the series will be on Saturday, August 8th at Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fort Payne, Alabama). For more information on the event, please visit www.FortPayneMotorSpeedway.com.

July 20th, 2015 - 411 Motor Speedway Rescheduled
The $2,500-to-win, UCRA event scheduled for this Saturday, July 25th at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) has been postponed due to a schedule conflict. A make-up date will be announced soon.

The next scheduled date for the series will be on Saturday, August 1st at North Georgia Speedway (Chatsworth, Georgia). For more information on the event, please visit www.NorthGASpeedway.net.

June 19th, 2015 - Anthony White Takes Second UCRA Victory of '15
Anthony White raced to the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) $2,500 victory on Friday evening at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) for his second series' triumph of the season. He claimed $2,500 for his efforts. Results are now posted from the event.

The UCRA will next be on action on Saturday, June 26th at Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) with a $2,500-to-win event. For more information on the event, please visit www.BoydsSpeedway.net.

May 29th, 2015 - Riley Hickman Becomes First UCRA Repeat Winner
1Riley Hickman charged to the lead just past the race's halfway point at Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee) to become the first repeat winner with the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA). He claimed $2,500 for his efforts. Results and Points are now posted from the event.

The UCRA will next be on action on Saturday, June 19th at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) with a $2,500-to-win event.

May 23rd, 2015 - Tom Maddox Masters UCRA Go at Fort Payne
Tom Maddox became the third different winner in three events with the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) by racing to the $2,500 triumph on Saturday evening at Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fort Payne, Alabama). Results are now posted from the event as well as the latest Points.

The UCRA will next be on action on Friday, May 29th at Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee) with a $2,500-to-win event.

May 2nd, 2015 - Anthony White Bags UCRA Bonus Series Cash at Duck River
Anthony White raced to the $5,000 victory with the United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) Bonus Series over the weekend at Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tennessee). Results are now posted from the event.

The UCRA will next be on action on Saturday, May 23rd at Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fort Payne, Alabama) with a $2,500-to-win event.

April 11th, 2015 - Riley Hickman Claims UCRA Victory at North Georgia
Riley Hickman of Cleveland, Tennessee claimed the $2,500 triumph over a stout field of 54 entrants in Saturday night's United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) event at North Georgia Speedway (Chatsworth, Georgia). Results are now posted from the event. (Ronnie Barnett Photo)

The UCRA will next be on action on Saturday, May 23rd at Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fort Payne, Alabama) with a $2,500-to-win event.

March 29th, 2015 - Ashley Newman Wins Inaugural UCRA Event
Ripley, Tennessee's Ashley Newman made history by winning the inaugural event for the United Crate Racing Alliance at Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tennessee) on Saturday night. He topped a stellar field of 63 entries to claim the $2,500 win. Results and Points are now posted from the event.

Thanks so much to all of the racers and fans that supported the event.

The UCRA will next be on action on Saturday, April 11th at North Georgia Speedway (Chatsworth, Georgia) with a $2,500-to-win event.

March 26th, 2015 - United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA) Launches New Website
Welcome to the launch of the official internet home of the newly-formed, United Crate Racing Alliance (UCRA). Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia), Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee), Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tennessee), Fort Payne Motor Speedway (Fort Payne, Alabama), 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) and North Georgia Speedway (Chatsworth, Georgia) have all come together to form the new series.

The current docket for 2015 includes twelve events with the possibility of more being added. Each event pays at least $2,500 to win. The inaugural event will be held at Duck River Raceway Park on Saturday, March 28th

Please note that due to the cool weather, there is a starting time for the Duck River race. Due to the projected cold weather approaching, gates will now open at 1pm (CST), drivers meeting at 3:30pm(CST), with racing to follow. Please help spread the news, and we hope to see everyone at the inaugural UCRA event at Duck River Raceway!

Check back often for the latest updates.

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