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THE MOST VERSATILE DRIVERS IN WINGED OUTLAW SPRINT CAR RACING VISIT WATERMELON CAPITAL SPEEDWAY IN CORDELE, GA THIS SATURDAY NIGHT IN O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR ACTION FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The most versatile drivers in ...

THE MOST VERSATILE DRIVERS IN WINGED OUTLAW SPRINT CAR RACING VISIT WATERMELON CAPITAL SPEEDWAY IN CORDELE, GA THIS SATURDAY NIGHT IN O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR ACTION

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The most versatile drivers in winged outlaw sprint car racing will visit Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, GA this Saturday night for O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series action. These cars and drivers are expected to turn the fastest speeds ever recorded on the 3/8-mile paved oval.

The O'Reilly USCS is the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the country that competes for national points on both asphalt and dirt tracks. It takes a special breed of driver to pilot these 1,300 pound machines powered by 700 horsepower, fuel-injected, methanol-burning V-8 engines that are pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the world on both surfaces.

The first five events of the 2005 O'Reilly USCS season were raced on asphalt tracks before switching to dirt tracks for the next three races. The Watermelon Capital Speedway event this Saturday night will mark a return to the pavement for round nine.

In the first eight races of the season, 20 different drivers, including 14 of the top 15 in the O'Reilly USCS National point standings, have competed on both asphalt and dirt with the O'Reilly USCS. The 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL has won races on both surfaces, and he is the defending series race winner at Watermelon Capital Speedway.

This ability to compete on both kinds of race tracks especially helps the O'Reilly USCS SpeedMart Young Guns which are drivers under the age of 25 looking to advance their racing careers. One such driver is the 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year 18-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN.

"Last year was the first year I drove any type of race car in competition, and learning to race on both dirt and asphalt is a big plus in gaining experience a lot of drivers don't get the opportunity to have," Johnson said. "The dirt teaches a driver how to work traffic and move around to race in different grooves of the track, and the asphalt teaches you to be smooth and precise."

Johnson, a second-generation driver is fifth in the O'Reilly USCS National point standings, and tenth in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour points chase. There are a total of six SpeedMart Young Guns in the top ten of the National points, and five in the top ten of the Asphalt Thunder points.

"I've had the chance to talk to a lot of other sprint car drivers all over the country that admire the O'Reilly USCS because we run both asphalt and dirt," Johnson said. "They tell me that I have unique opportunity that they wish they had in their part of the country. The fact that the O'Reilly USCS run on both surfaces gives us a chance to run more races for more money in a season."

The O'Reilly USCS will run a 63-race schedule for 2005, with 46 races on dirt, and 17 on the asphalt.

The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN leads the series National points coming into the Cordele, GA race with a four-point lead over Adams. Third is 19-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL, followed by the top series rookie driver 16-year-old Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL and Johnson.

SpeedMart Young Gun and Rookie of the Year candidate 18-year-old Bryn Gohn is sixth in National points followed by 18-year-old Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH, Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC, 17-year-old Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL and third-generation driver Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL rounds out the top ten.

Reutimann has two O'Reilly Asphalt Thunder Tour victories this season in the first five events. He leads the Asphalt Thunder points chase with a six-point lead over Myers. Gray, Adams, and Martin round out the top five. In sixth through tenth are Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL, Tiffany, Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA, Gohn, and Johnson.

This Saturday night at Watermelon Capital Speedway, the gates open at 4 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Along with the O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars, there will also be racing action in the local divisions.

For more information call the track at (229) 271-9301, or visit the track's web site at www.watermeloncaptialspeedway.com. Watermelon Capital Speedway is located ½-mile west of I-75 at exit 104. For more information call (229) 276-0607. For more information about USCS visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Wayne Reutimann , Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn , R.J. Johnson , Brian Thomas