USCS: Anderson Motor Speedway preview

USCS "Asphalt Outlaw Thunder" sprint cars at Anderson Motor Speedway Friday night April 26th. Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing comes to Anderson Motor Speedway this Friday night, April 26th. The United Sprint Car Series ( USCS...

USCS "Asphalt Outlaw Thunder" sprint cars at Anderson Motor Speedway Friday night April 26th.

Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing comes to Anderson Motor Speedway this Friday night, April 26th. The United Sprint Car Series ( USCS ) "Asphalt Outlaw Thunder" Tour roars into the Upstates fast 1/3 mile paved oval track for their only 2002 stop at the track known for action. The track is located on SR 81 north just one mile of I-85 at Exit 27 near Anderson .

This is the third event on the 40 plus race 2002 USCS tour. The event is expected to bring 25-30 top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least eight states to the speedway. Their exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning 700+ Horsepower open wheel cars weight approximately 1300 pounds, and will literally fly around the track surface at speeds well in excess of 120 miles per hour. It is not uncommon to see these powerful vehicles popping wheelies or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 18 inch wide rear tires.

The speedy USCS regulars will be right at home with the high speeds on the fast one third mile high banked asphalt oval as USCS is the only winged sprint car series in the World that races winged outlaw sprint cars on asphalt and dirt ovals. USCS has 27 dirt events and 16 on paved surfaces on the 2002 schedule.

Friday nights USCS Winged Outlaw sprint car program includes; hot laps, time trial qualifying, heat races, a B main and 40 lap A main event. In addition the evenings first sprint car race is the Airflow Research Power Dash that showcases the top cars from the previous USCS feature in an edge of your seat, 6 car / 6 lap shootout that accrues points towards an Airflow Research Super Power Dash at season's end worth up to $10,000 to win!

Heavy hitter entries include: America's winningness sprint car driver over the past two seasons, current USCS national points leader Kenny Adams, from Malabar, Florida. Adams, who won the season opener has 54 wins since the beginning of the 2000. Upstate fans may remember Adams as the man who lowered the track record at Greenville Pickens Speedway last July all the way down to 16.95 seconds . Times are expected to be in the low 12 second and possibly even into the 11's at Anderson Friday night and a new track record is guaranteed by USCS President Pete Walton.

Adams, who was also named 2000's National A Driver of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame pollsters, will have his hands full with a host of challengers from across the nation to include: 2001 USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee. Gray has eight National Championships to his credit and over 250 feature wins .Gray finished in the runner-up spot in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame poll in 2001 and had 14 wins on the season. Adams teammate, 1997 series champion Red Stauffer of Winter Park, Florida, is also entered as is last season's runner-up in the USCS Asphalt Thunder standings, Jim Raptis from Marietta, Georgia.

Other notable and capable entries include: Three time Little 500 winner, Floridian, Jim Childers who has won three times previously at Columbia Motor sports Park as well. USCS rookie points leader Wayne Ruetimann, Jr. is entered Ruetimann , although a rookie under USCS guidelines has many wins in modifieds and stock cars.

Many other talented USCS drivers and other Florida sprint car drivers will be in the field including, 1999 USCS top rookie Chris Rogers from Winston, Georgia, 2000 rookie sensation, 19 year old Michael Miller from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 2001 USCS top rookie, Ben Basinger from Granite Quarry, North Carolina is entered as well. Ted Williams, the 1999 USCS top Asphalt rookie from Atlanta, Georgia is also entered.

Other Georgia Gang entries include: Randy Helton, Jim MacKenzie, Brian Thomas, George Turner and Doug Day and Randy Weaver from the Atlanta area and Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain all are entered. Doug Fitzwater from Birmingham and 2001 USCS top Asphalt Series rookie, Troy Lowery from Martin, Tennessee are also entered. Florida entries include Mike Love from Ocala, Jerry Jones from Clermont, Nick Manikis from Tampa.

Local favorites will be plentiful as USCS regular, veteran David Thorman, from Berea, S.C., and three rookie drivers are expected to compete. Will Ragsdale from Easley, S.C. who moves up to the faster open wheeled cars after many wins in the Legends Cars and Jimmy Taylor , a race car engine builder from Greenville will both be making their sprint car debut at Anderson. Eddie Hamilton from Pickens is also expected to compete in his first USCS asphalt event after several good performances on dirt with the series. Several other Carolina drivers are expected to enter. Pit gates open Friday at 4:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for spectators, time trials are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , Ted Williams , Doug Day , Brian Thomas
Teams Williams