REUTIMANN ADDS TO FAMILY MOTORSPORTS LEGACY WITH 2005 O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER CHAMPIONSHIP FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL added to his family's motorsports legacy that spans three generations ...
REUTIMANN ADDS TO FAMILY MOTORSPORTS LEGACY WITH 2005 O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER CHAMPIONSHIP
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL added to his family's motorsports legacy that spans three generations by capturing the 2005 O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Championship.
Driving the #00jr Case Contracting/James Rivard GMC Hurricane/Snyder, Reutimann posted two wins, 12 top five finishes, 13 top ten finishes, and two fast time honors in 14 starts. His only finish outside the top ten was an 11th-place finish.
Reutimann posted wins at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA on March 26, and South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, GA on April 9. Reutimann finished 15th overall in the O'Reilly USCS National point standings, earned $13,795 in prize money, and led 48 laps of O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder competition. Reutimann also brought his career win total to five victories.
Reutimann comes from a famous racing family. His father Wayne Reutimann Sr. has won races and championships in many different types of race cars on both dirt and asphalt short tracks. Reutimann Sr. also made his mark this season in O'Reilly USCS competition with two wins at age 60, and he finished eighth in the Asphalt Thunder Tour point standings.
Reutimann Jr.'s uncle Buzzie Reutimann is a legendary driver in Florida, and on the East Coast DIRT Modified tour. His cousin David Reutimann is an up and coming NASCAR star competing regularly on the Craftsman Truck Tour. His grandfather, Emil Reutimann was well-known in Southeastern racing circles.
"When your last name is Reutimann, the fans expect you to run good, so winning this championship is really cool," Reutimann Jr. said. "I guess for now, the pressure is off. We didn't intend to run the whole deal, as we were going to concentrate on running the USAC Silver Crown deal, but the scheduling fell into place, an we were able to stay in the championship hunt."
Reutimann Jr. takes pride in winning the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour Championship for two reasons.
"Winning this championship adds an element of respect to my career when you consider the competition the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour has to offer," Reutimann Jr. said. "When you have to race against veterans like my Dad, Kenny Adams, and Terry Gray, then add in the kids like Danny Martin Jr., Matt Tiffany, and Kevin Swindell, there is no better group of drivers anywhere in the country in asphalt sprint car racing than there is with the O'Reilly USCS."
Reutimann said as impressive as the competition is with the O'Reilly USCS, his greatest thrill of the 2005 season was racing with his hero - his father Wayne Reutimann Sr.
"My Dad is my hero," Reutimann Jr. said. "For many years, he gave me the opportunity to race, and for this season, I was happy to give him an opportunity to race. My biggest thrill this season was to see that he can still win races at age 60. That gives me a lot of encouragement in that I know I've still got a lot of years left as a race car driver. Then you can look at my Uncle Buzzie. He's still winning races at age 65!"
Gray, a four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion from Bartlett, TN, finished a close second to Reutimann Jr. in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder points chase. Gray finished 16 points behind the champion. Adams, the 2005 and two-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion from Malabar, FL finished third in the Asphalt Thunder points with two wins on the pavement.
Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH, an 18-year-old driver who as a lot of experience on dirt tracks, made his first-ever season on the pavement a good one with a fourth-place effort in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder point standings. Martin stepped up his asphalt program in 2005 with two wins and the 19-year-old finished fifth in the Asphalt Thunder points.
Another pair of SpeedMart Young Guns, and Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Year Candidates took the next two spots in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder point standings.
Bryn Gohn, a 20-year-old second generation driver from Malabar, FL, finished sixth in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder points, and was the 2005 Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Year. Gohn is the son of the late Daryl Gohn, a well-known Central Pennsylvania winged outlaw sprint car driver, and the stepson of Kenny Adams.
Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL finished seventh in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder point standings, and the 16-year-old driver had one win in his first season ever in a winged outlaw sprint car. Following Reutimann Sr. in the ninth spot in the Asphalt Thunder points was Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA.
Another SpeedMart Young Gun and third-generation driver also made his mark in O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder competition in 2005.
Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN finished tenth in the Asphalt Thunder points running a limited schedule. The 16-year-old son of former National Sprint Car Champion Sammy Swindell posted five wins on the pavement with nine top five finishes, and nine fast time honors with seven new track record in 10 starts. His first career win came in only his second ever start in a sprint car.