USCS: I-20 to host Carolina Thunder event

I-20 SPEEDWAY IN BATESBURG, SC TO HOST THE O'REILLY USCS CAROLINA THUNDER TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ON 9/30-10/1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series will present the Carolina...

I-20 SPEEDWAY IN BATESBURG, SC TO HOST THE O'REILLY USCS CAROLINA THUNDER TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ON 9/30-10/1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series will present the Carolina Thunder Tour Championship Race at I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC on Friday night, September 30, and Saturday night, October 1. Drivers from eight states will battle around the ½-mile clay oval during the two-night event.

On Friday Night, September 30, the O'Reilly USCS drivers will compete in the C&B Mushrooms Qualifications where each car will get two laps on the clock. The all-time track record at I-20 Speedway is almost certain to fall.

The O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars are pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the world. They weigh 1,300 pounds, and are powered by 700 horsepower fuel-injected methanol-burning V-8 engines.

After the C&B Mushrooms Qualifications, the competitors will line up for a series of heat races on September 30. Points will be awarded for both qualifications and heat races to determine the top locked-in starting spots for the Feature Race on October 1. Friday day night's events will also include the Koolbeans Trophy Dash Semi-Final.

The October 1 events will begin with the six-car, six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash to be followed by the $1,000-to-win Koolbeans Trophy Dash Finals that will pay back in all positions. There will also be a B-Main event to fill out the 22-car starting field for the $3,000-to-win, $450-to-start Feature Race.

After the preliminary races on Friday night, September 30, O'Reilly Auto Parts, USCS, and I-20 Speedway will sponsor a cookout and pit party. Competitors will be able to camp in the I-20 pit area on Friday night, September 30.

Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL leads the entry list for the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour Championship Race at I-20 Speedway. Adams leads both the O'Reilly USCS National and Carolina Thunder Tour points. The "Malabar Missile" has 14 wins in 39 O'Reilly USCS starts this season. One of those wins came at I-20 Speedway in July.

The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN is second in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour points, 23 points behind Adams. Gray is also third in the National points with two series wins this season.

Bruce Cline of Apex, NC is third in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour points, and is the top Rookie of the Year Candidate for the regional series. Cline, who is in his first full season of winged outlaw sprint car racing, is 79 points behind Gray.

Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL will lead a strong contingent of drivers under the age of 20 called the SpeedMart Young Guns to I-20 Speedway. The 19-year-old driver is second in the O'Reilly USCS National points with two wins this season, and was the 2004 O'Reilly USCS National Championship Runner-Up. Martin is sixth in Carolina Thunder Tour points.

Second-generation driver 19-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL is fourth in both the series National and Carolina Thunder Tour points. Gohn also leads the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Year points on the National Tour. The stepson of Kenny Adams also has one win this season.

Right behind Gohn in the National points is 16-year-old Rookie of the Year candidate Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL, who also has one win this season. Tiffany is eighth in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour point standings.

The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year 18-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN is also entered for the I-20 Speedway event. The "Decatur Raider" is currently sixth in the O'Reilly USCS National point standings and ninth in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour points.

Joining Cline are a group of drivers that will make up a strong contingent of Carolina competitors.

Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC is fifth in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour points, tenth in the National points, and leads the Koolbeans Trophy Dash points. Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC runs the only Ford-powered car in the series, and is seventh in the Carolina Thunder points and ninth in National points.

Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC will compete at his home track tenth in the Carolina Thunder points, and just outside the top ten in National points. Wrenn picked up his first career O'Reilly USCS win in May. Bronzie Lawson of Southern Pines, NC is second in the Koolbeans Trophy Dash points.

The Carolina contingent also has another pair of rookie drivers in Dustin Apple of Elon, NC, and SpeedMart Young Gun 16-year-old Josh Harris of Denton, NC.

For more information about I-20 Speedway call (803) 657-7854, or visit the track's website at www.i20speedway.com. I-20 Speedway is located 1 mile north of I-20 at exit 39 on U.S. Highway 178. For USCS "Outlaw Thunder" info call (404) 886-5913, or visit the USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn