USCS: 2004 Awards Banquet notes

Gray Honored at O'Reilly USCS Awards Banquet PEACHTREE CITY, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series honored Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN for his fourth consecutive O'Reilly USCS National Championship Saturday night during its...

Gray Honored at O'Reilly USCS Awards Banquet

PEACHTREE CITY, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series honored Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN for his fourth consecutive O'Reilly USCS National Championship Saturday night during its Annual Awards Banquet at the Wyndham Conference Center. Along with Gray, the top ten drivers from each O'Reilly USCS Division were also recognized.

In addition to his National Championship, Gray also picked O'Reilly USCS titles in the Asphalt Thunder and Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour Divisions. The "Bartlett Bullet" was also the O'Reilly USCS Ironman Award winner, completing the most laps of competition during the 36-race 2004 season.

"I could run other series that are closer to home, but I chose to run with the O'Reilly USCS because of the people involved and the tough competition," Gray said. "Winning races and championships is great, but the fun I have running with USCS and the friends I've made have made are the most important thing to me."

Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL burst onto the national winged outlaw sprint car scene this season, as the 18-year-old driver finished second in the National points, and posted five wins in 2004. Martin's father and crew chief, Danny "The Chief" Martin Sr. was named the O'Reilly USCS National Tour Crew Chief of the Year.

Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL picked up the Sunbelt Thunder Tour Championship. Adams, who finished third in the National point standings, and second in the Asphalt Thunder Tour, won 16 races in 2004 O'Reilly USCS competition, and also led the most laps.

The top three O'Reilly USCS National points drivers were also recently recognized in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Top 25 Poll. Adams finished second in the voting, with Gray taking the third spot, and Martin was voted 15th in the poll among the over 1,000 360 Sprint Car drivers in the country.

R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN finished fourth in the O'Reilly USCS National point standings, and the 17-year-old driver was also honored with the Rookie of the Year Award. The second-generation driver swept the rookie honors in all O'Reilly USCS Divisions in 2004. The high school senior's first year of sprint car competition was also his first in any type of race car.

Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC ran only the 26 Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour events in 2004, but despite not running the 10 O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour events, he still finished fifth in the National point standings. Wrenn also accepted the Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour Crew Chief of the Year Award for the late Bob McCormack, his crew chief, who passed away earlier this year.

Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL performed double-duty during the 2004 O'Reilly USCS season. The 19-year-old stepson and crew chief of Adams finished ninth in the National point standings in his first season of sprint car competition, and he was also named the Crew Chief of the Year in the Asphalt Thunder and Sunbelt Tour Divisions.

Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC was named the 2004 O'Reilly USCS Most Improved Driver. Ragsdale finished third behind Gray and Adams in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour Division.

The 2005 O'Reilly USCS season is scheduled to begin on March 18 at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, followed by a March 19 appearance at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, AL on March 19. For more information about the O'Reilly USCS, visit the series website at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn , R.J. Johnson