ALLSTAR: Oglethorpe hosts season opener

CAMARGO, IL -- The All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars will open their 25th anniversary season with a first-time visit to the half-mile Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Georgia on Friday and Saturday night March 5-6. All the regular...

CAMARGO, IL -- The All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars will open their 25th anniversary season with a first-time visit to the half-mile Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Georgia on Friday and Saturday night March 5-6.

All the regular All Star competitors in "America's Series" are expected to be on hand for the first points race of the season. Expected entries include defending champion Chad Kemenah, "The Cajun Sensation" Jason Johnson, Greg "The Kid" Wilson, Flyin' Ryan Coniam, Bill Rose, Barry Ruble, Bruce Robenalt, Dale Blaney and Kelly Kinser. Canadian driver Coniam will debut his new ride, teaming up with Ohio car owner Pete Grove.

A bumper crop of drivers are expected to contend for 2004 Rookie-Of-The-Year honors. It will be the first chance to earn rookie points for the likes of Paul May, Andrew Palker, Randy Hannagan, Tim Hunter, Chad Blonde, Jeremy Campbell, Eddie Lynch and Ben Rutan.

With many other speedways not yet open for competition, many other drivers from across the United States are expected to battle the All Stars on the historic D-shaped half mile clay oval.

Since the last All Star sanctioned race in the Peach State was in 1995 at Rome Speedway, these March events will bring back the excitement of All Star sprint car racing to fans in the deep south.

OSP will provide a stiff test for all competitors, since the All Stars have never competed at the Georgia oval. Who will be able to read track conditions and get the right car setup? Which groove will be better, the inside, or the cushion? All these questions and more will be answered on March 5.

All Star Circuit of Champions competitors are reminded that 2004 memberships are now on sale. Memberships are required to earn All Star points and win contingency prizes, but memberships are not necessary to compete in an All Star sanctioned event. Membership forms are available at www.allstarsprint.com.

Oglethorpe Speedway Park celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in 2001. The half mile speedway has entertained race fans since May of 1951. Many of today's most recognized racers have turned laps at Savannah's famous speed plant. Former NASCAR Winston Cup champions Ned Jarrett, Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, David Pearson, Joe Weatherly, Buddy Baker, Speedy Thompson and Lee Petty have competed at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.

Current owner, Emory Stone, purchased the speedway in 1977. Since then, Oglethorpe Speedway Park has led the way for many tracks in the south. Stone was the first promoter to offer dirt racers a purse of over $45,000. He was also the first dirt track to sign on with the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series in 1984.

For more information visit www.allstarsprint.com or call 217-352-9221. You can reach the speedway at 912-964-RACE or visit www.ospracing.net. OSP is located just off I-95, exit 102 or I-16, exit 160.

The complete All Star 2004 sprint car schedule will be released shortly.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Ned Jarrett , Randy Hannagan , Buddy Baker , Bill Rose , David Pearson , Chad Kemenah , Paul May