photo by Steve Hixson
Jessie Hughes of Crossville, Al. still leads the United Championship Racing Alliance - UCRA points standings after four races of the 2023 season. The Red Line Synthetic Oil sponsored series pays $7,500 to the champion, as long as all criteria's are met at the end of the season.
Tennessean Matt Shannon (#15) of Delano recently took over second place in the points from Kasey Hall of Geraldine, Al. Back in March, Shannon inherited a victory, when a fuel discrepancy was found on Kentuckian Brian Smith, who is a regular at the Tennessee/Kentucky bordered track in Tazewell. Shannon missed the first event of 2023 and went to Fort Payne Motor Speedway for the first time in late April, winning the richest UCRA race worth $7,238. Shannon followed up that victory in Clanton, Al. with a runner up finish at Buckshot Speedway. Shannon is currently three points away from leader Hughes, who's been strong all season.
Behind Shannon and Hall is two-time and defending UCRA champion Kenny Kizzar of Sale Creek and "Bama Brawl" winner Marty Lunsford of Georgia, who is not expected to chase the UCRA points.
This Saturday, June 10, the UCRA series heads to the Tazewell (TN) Speedway north of Knoxville, close to the Kentucky line, for a 40 lap, $3,000 to win feature. More details will be on Tazewellspeedway.net. Racefans, industry insiders and competitors may visit the UCRA social media Facebook page for updates.