Stenhouse Joins USCS Youth Movement This Weekend In Gaffney, SC and Rome, GA FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, MS is joining the United Sprint Car Series "Youth Movement" this weekend when the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour...
Stenhouse Joins USCS Youth Movement This Weekend In Gaffney, SC and Rome, GA
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, MS is joining the United Sprint Car Series "Youth Movement" this weekend when the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour visits Cherokee Super Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Saturday night, and Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on Sunday night.
At just 16-years-old, Stenhouse brings an impressive resume to USCS driving the 1,300 pound, 700 horsepower winged outlaw sprint cars.
After ten years of racing go-karts, Stenhouse started racing the winged outlaw sprint cars, pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the world, during the middle of last season. In 36 events last season, Stenhouse had one feature race win, and 14 top ten finishes. There are sprint car veterans that would call that a good year.
At season's end, Stenhouse was voted the 2003 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year.
Stenhouse has competed in three USCS events in 2004, and has been impressive. He has two top five finishes, and three top ten finishes. Stenhouse drives the #40r Shorty Chambliss-owned Country Ford/South Tire J&J Chassis power by a Dynotech engine built by his Dad, Ricky Stenhouse Sr., who is also a winged outlaw sprint car driver.
With USCS, Stenhouse joins a trio of talented teenagers that have already made an impression with the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour.
Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL, who is 18-years-old, is currently second in both the USCS National and Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour point standings. Martin has several top five finishes this season, and is on the verge of his first win in 2004.
R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL, at 16 and a few months older than Stenhouse, is fourth in the USCS National points. Johnson is the top USCS Rookie of the Year candidate and is also a second-generation driver.
The "old man" of the group is 19-year-old Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL. Winegardner is sixth overall in USCS National points and is fifth in the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour points chase. When he's not driving a fire-breathing outlaw sprint car, Winegardner attends Culinary School where he is studying to be a Master Chef.
These four teenagers have veterans like Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN and Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL looking over their shoulders. Gray is the defending and three-time USCS national Champion, and Adams is the winningest winged outlaw sprint driver over the past four seasons.
The USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour will compete in the Air Flow Research Power Dash, heat races, a consolation race, and a 30-lap main event at both Cherokee and Rome. Both events will carry National, Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour, and Sunbelt Tour points for USCS competitors.
For more information about Saturday night's USCS event, call Cherokee Speedway at (864) 489-1969 or visit the track web site at www.cherokeesuperspeedway.com. On Saturday night, the gates open at 5 p.m., and racing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Cherokee Speedway is located on State Road 18 just east of I-85 at exit 96.
For more information about Sunday night's USCS event, call Rome Speedway at (770) 926-5315 or visit the track web site at www.dixiespeedway.com. On Sunday night, the pit gate opens at 4 p.m., the grandstand gate opens at 5p.m., and racing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Rome Speedway is located just south of Rome, GA off U.S. Highway 411.
For more information about USCS including points, stats, and the season schedule visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.