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O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR TO COMPETE AT SOUTH GEORGIA MOTORSPORTS PARK FOR THE IS FIRST TIME THIS SATURDAY NIGHT FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will make its first visit...

O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR TO COMPETE AT SOUTH GEORGIA MOTORSPORTS PARK FOR THE IS FIRST TIME THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will make its first visit to South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, GA this Saturday night for round five of the 2005 O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour. The point races are tight, and drivers will be looking for a good run at the new venue to stay in championship contention.

Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL will bring a two-point lead over Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH into the SGMP event. Reutimann has one win, three top five finishes, and four top ten finishes in the first four events of the 2005 season. The third-generation driver is also the only O'Reilly USCS driver to complete all of the laps of competition thus far.

Myers, a dirt track veteran, has been the big surprise of the young season. The 18-year-old driver began the season with no pavement experience in winged outlaw sprint cars, but has been a quick study on the asphalt surfaces. Myers has a pair of second-place finishes, and a third-place effort in his first four O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder starts.

His on-track performance also shows him leading 26 laps of O'Reilly USCS competition. He also leads the SpeedMart Young Guns point standings for O'Reilly USCS drivers under the age of 25.

The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN is third in points, just ten points out of first-place. Gray runs both the dirt and asphalt with the O'Reilly USCS, the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the country to compete for national points on both surfaces. Gray is also the defending O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour Champion.

The 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL will be trying to use the experience he gained in a recent test at SGMP to improve from his current fifth spot in the O'Reilly USCS points chase. Adams won the 2005 season opener for the series last month in Pensacola, FL.

Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL is a 19-year-old Speed Mart Young Gun that is looking to get his asphalt program in winning form. Martin was the 2004 O'Reilly USCS National Championship Runner-Up and had five wins last season on the dirt tracks. Martin is currently sixth in the O'Reilly USCS point standings.

Veterans Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA and Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL are seventh and eighth respectively in the current O'Reilly USCS points chase. Thomas has stepped up his program for 2005, running both dirt and asphalt with the series, and Reutimann is a 40-year veteran of sprint car racing.

A host of SpeedMart Young Guns bring up the next group of O'Reilly USCS contenders. They include a trio of Florida teenagers battling for the 2005 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year honors.

Matt Tiffany, a 16-year-old driver from Daytona Beach, FL is in the ninth spot, followed by 18-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL in the tenth position, and 17-year-old Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL in the 12th spot. The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year, 18-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN is in the 11th position in the series point standings.

Another driver stepping up to do double-duty this season by running both dirt and asphalt is Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC. Wrenn ran a dirt-only schedule last season, but still finished fifth in the 2004 O'Reilly USCS National point standings. The O'Reilly USCS has a separate points system for the Asphalt Thunder Tour events, but all events, both dirt and asphalt, carry national points.

Other drivers expected for the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder show at SGMP this Saturday night include J.J. Dutton of Tampa, FL, the father-son team of Tom Winegardner Sr. and Jr. of Pierson, FL, Frank Scimeca of Tampa, FL, Skeeter Faulconer of Lutz, FL, Ben Basinger of Granite Quarry, NC, Michael Miller of Tallapoosa, GA, Charles Ladner of Brandon, FL, and Dave Thorman of Greenville, SC.

The O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars will compete in time trials, the Air Flow Research Power Dash, the Engler Tool and Machine and ButlerBuilt heat races, and a 35-lap feature race. The Thunder Roadsters will also be in action with a dash, heat and feature races this Saturday night.

The O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars are pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the world, and they will turn the fastest speeds ever recorded SGMP's half-mile paved oval during time trials.

The O'Reilly USCS machines weigh 1,300 pounds, and are powered by 700-horsepower fuel-injected, methanol burning V-8 engines. The wings on the top of the race cars give them maximum down force to make for high speeds in the corners. The gates open at 1 p.m. with practice set for 3 p.m., time trials begin at 7 p.m., and racing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

South Georgia Motorsports Park is located off I-75 at exit 32. Take Old Coffee Road east one-half mile, and then north one mile on U.S. Highway 41. For ticket information call SGMP at (229) 896-7000, or visit their web site at www.sgmpracing.com. For more information about the O'Reilly USCS visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Wayne Reutimann , Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn , R.J. Johnson , Brian Thomas