O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR RETURNS TO CONCORD MOTORSPORT PARK ON APRIL 2 FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour returns to Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC on Saturday...
O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR RETURNS TO CONCORD MOTORSPORT PARK ON APRIL 2
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour returns to Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, NC on Saturday night, April 2. The challenging and fast ½-mile tri-oval will see the nation's most talented asphalt winged outlaw sprint car drivers turn fast speeds in what are pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the world.
The O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour single-seat machines weigh 1,300 pounds and are powered by 700 horsepower fuel-injected alcohol-burning V-8 engines. The wings on top of the race cars will provide maximum down force that will make for eye-popping corner speeds.
The last appearance for the O'Reilly USCS pavement pounders was on April 21, 2001 when 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL took the victory. The "Malabar Missile" won the 2005 O'Reilly USCS season opener on March 18 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.
Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN is the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion, as well as the defending O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Champion. While Adams and Gray are the seasoned veterans of the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour, the SpeedMart Young Guns are a group of drivers under the age of 25 that are getting a lot of attention.
Third generation driver 16-year-old Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN will arrive at Concord Motorsport Park after making a big splash in his two O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder events, which were also his first two on pavement in a sprint car.
In a race car set up by his father, three-time national sprint car champion Sammy Swindell, the youngster set two new track records, finished second in Pensacola, FL, and won the race in Mobile, AL on March 19. Swindell left the Mobile event leading the O'Reilly USCS point standings.
Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH was also making his asphalt racing debut during the March 18-19 weekend, and posted a strong second-place finish in Mobile, AL. Myers is third in the O'Reilly USCS point standings behind Swindell and Gray.
Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL is a 19-year-old driver that finished second in the 2004 O'Reilly USCS National points chase with six wins. Martin had a fourth-place finish in Pensacola, FL. Another SpeedMart Young Gun, 16-year-old Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL posted a fourth-place effort in Mobile, AL.
The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year, 17-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN, and 18-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL also posted top ten finishes in the first two events of the 2005 O'Reilly USCS season.
Other SpeedMart Young Guns to keep an eye on that have had success in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Tour are 17-year-old Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL, 20-year-old Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL, 21-year-old Doug Berryman of Fremont, OH, and 20-year-old Joe Rebman of Mansfield, OH.
Joining Adams and Gray in the veterans group of O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder hot shoes heading for Concord, NC are Will Ragsdale of Greenville, SC, Doug Gold of Concord, NC, Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC, Ted Williams of Atlanta, GA, Tom Winegardner Sr. of Pierson, FL, Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, the father-son team of Wayne Reutimann Sr. and Jr., Bronzie Lawson of Southern Pines, NC, Bruce Cline of Apex, NC, Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA, and Dave Thorman of Greenville, SC.
For ticket information, call Concord Motorsport Park at (704) 482-4221, or visit the Concord Motorsports Park web site at www.concordmotorsportpark.com. Concord Motorsport Park is located south of Concord, NC on U.S. Highway 601, five miles south of State Road 49.
For more information about the O'Reilly USCS visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.