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Dripps, Beattie team up in 2003 to chase USMTS title


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (Jan. 2, 2003) - With a United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) title in their sites, Corey Dripps Racing will team up with Carl Beattie Motorsports in 2003.

Corey Dripps of Cedar Falls, Iowa, has raced the USMTS on a limited basis the past four years, and is excited about running it full-time in 2003.

"We're very excited to team up with Carl Beattie Motorsports," Dripps commented. "This gives us everything we need in order to compete in the USMTS series full time," Dripps added. The race team will operate out of their team shop in Reinbeck, IA.

"The USMTS series has become one of the premier modified classes in the country. It looks like we'll be running close to 70 races in 2003."

Carl Beattie Motorsports is no strange to the USMTS campaign. Beattie fielded cars for modified ace Tim Donlinger the past few years on the USMTS series.

Labeled as "Mr. Excitement" in 2002, USMTS president, Todd Staley stated, "with those resources at his disposal, he and the crew will be right in the title hunt in 2003."

Dirt Works Race Cars (Walker, MO) will once again be working with Corey Dripps Racing by supplying cars. "We'll be in the new DW9 cars with a few minor changes that we'll make." Dripps commented. Real Wheels will provide the team's primary wheels, and AFCO will be on board to supply shocks and springs. Past sponsors, Performance Bodies, Grass Works, and Reinbeck Auto will also again be on the car in 2003. New sponsors include R.A. Benson Motorsports out of Galesburg, IL. and RaceRPM.com of Cedar Falls, IA.

The team will not only be running the USMTS series, but as time allows will hit other specials like the NEI Dirt Tour in North East Iowa.

"We plan to run Butler County Speedway (Allison, IA) Echo Valley Speedway (West Union, IA) when the schedule allows."

Rick Dripps, Corey's dad and team manager, said that the upcoming season will be fun.

"Everyone is real excited, and we have a new attitude going into the 2003 season. We're glad to have long time team member DJ Holbach back with us. The team will be sporting all new colors in 2003. The only thing we aren't going to change is the number 31. We also have a lot of new merchandise on way for the fans."

To learn more about Corey Dripps racing, log onto the team's new website at www.RaceRPM.com/dripps.



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