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CROWDED O'REILLY USCS CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEADS TO CONCORD MOTORSPORT PARK THIS SATURDAY NIGHT FAYETTEVILLE, GA - A crowded championship battle for the O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series heads to the fast and challenging ...


FAYETTEVILLE, GA - A crowded championship battle for the O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series heads to the fast and challenging Concord Motorsport Park this Saturday night for round four of O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour action on the half-mile paved tri-oval. Three drivers share the point lead coming into the event.

Defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN, Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL, and 18-year-old SpeedMart Young Gun Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH are tied on top of the O'Reilly USCS National and Asphalt Thunder points list.

Reutimann is fresh off his come-from-behind victory last Saturday night at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA to go with a fifth and seventh-place efforts in the first three events of the 2005 season. Gray has posted a third, a fourth and a sixth-place finish.

Dirt track veteran Myers, in only his first three appearances on asphalt, has two second-place finishes, and a ninth-place showing. Myers has looked good driving the 1,300 pound, 700 horsepower single seaters that are pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the world.

"The first thing I noticed about asphalt racing is the higher speeds we're running," Myers said. "I've got a lot of experience on the high-speed dirt track at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. It's a high-banked half-mile and the speeds are fast there. I really had to learn how to run around the top there to go fast, which has seemed to help me get used to the speeds on the asphalt."

Not that far behind the lead trio in the O'Reilly USCS points chase are a group of five drivers separated by only 12 points.

A veteran and a SpeedMart Young Gun are tied for fourth, 28 points behind the point leaders. The 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion and 2003 Asphalt Thunder Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL is tied with the O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year point leader 16-year-old Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN.

Both Adams and Swindell, the son of three-time National Sprint Car Champion Sammy Swindell, have O'Reilly USCS wins this season.

The mix of veteran and young gun also represents a tie for the sixth spot in the O'Reilly USCS points chase. Veteran Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA is tied with 18-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL, only eight points behind Adams and Swindell. Martin is known to win races on special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Thursday is Martin's 19th birthday.

Another SpeedMart Young Gun making a good showing in his rookie season with the O'Reilly USCS is 16-year-old Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL. The Mini Sprint graduate is eighth in the point standings, just eight points behind Thomas and Martin.

To keep with the veteran/young gun theme in the top ten in O'Reilly USCS points, 40-year veteran Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL is ninth in points, eight points behind Tiffany, and 18-year-old rookie Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL rounds out the top ten, 12 points behind Reutimann Sr.

Other top entrants expected at Concord Motorsport Park this Saturday night include 17-year-old Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL, 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year 17-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN, the father-son team of Tom Winegardner Sr. and Jr., the three-car team of Skeeter Faulconer of Lutz, FL, J.J. Dutton of Tampa, FL, and Frank Scimeca of Tampa, FL.

There are also a host of Carolina driver expected to defend their home turf that includes Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC, Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC, Doug Gold of Concord, NC, and Dave Thorman of Greenville, SC.

The O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour winged outlaw sprint cars will compete in Qualifying, The Air Flow Research Power Dash, Heat Races, a Consolation Race, and a 35-lap Feature Race. Track records are expected to fall during time trials that are expected to begin around 6:30 p.m. Racing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Along with the O'Reilly USCS machines, the Concord Motorsport Park Hornet, Pure Stock, Mini Stock, Limited Late Model, and Late Model Divisions will also be in action with feature races. The pit gate opens at 2 p.m., with practice scheduled for 3 p.m.

For ticket information, call Concord Motorsport Park at (704) 482-4221, or visit the Concord Motorsports Park web site at Concord Motorsport Park is located south of Concord, NC on U.S. Highway 601, five miles south of State Road 49.

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