USCS: Cherokee Speedway preview

GRAY AND ADAMS STAY CLOSE WHILE MARTIN MAKES A MOVE IN O'REILLY USCS NATIONAL POINTS GOING INTO CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY EVENT ON SATURDAY NIGHT FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The defending and four-time United Sprint Car Series National Champion Terry Gray of ...

GRAY AND ADAMS STAY CLOSE WHILE MARTIN MAKES A MOVE IN O'REILLY USCS NATIONAL POINTS GOING INTO CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY EVENT ON SATURDAY NIGHT

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The defending and four-time United Sprint Car Series National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN leads the 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL by 12 points going into the next O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged outlaw sprint car event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC this Saturday night.

Gray used a second-place finish last Saturday night in O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour action in Cordele, GA to stay on top of the National points. Adams finished sixth in Cordele to remain in striking distance. With the series making the switch from the asphalt to the red clay half-mile at Cherokee Speedway this Saturday night, the standings could get even closer.

Both Gray and Adams have O'Reilly USCS dirt track wins this season, but the driver in the third spot made a big move on the asphalt last Saturday night in Cordele, GA.

Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL took the win last Saturday night at Watermelon Capital Speedway, his first O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour victory, and his seven series career win. The 19-year-old SpeedMart Young Gun posted his first six series wins on the dirt. Martin will be looking to double-up this Saturday night in Gaffney, SC in an effort to get back in the championship hunt.

The SpeedMart Young Guns, O'Reilly USCS driver under the age of 25, occupy the third through seventh positions in the O'Reilly USCS National top ten in points.

The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year 18-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN used an eighth-place finish last Saturday night to move up to the fourth spot in the O'Reilly USCS National points. Johnson will be very busy this Saturday, as he attends his high school graduation in the morning, and then changes from his cap and gown to this helmet and fire suit for the Gaffney race in the evening.

Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL moved into the top five of the O'Reilly USCS National points for the first time this season, and the 19-year-old driver also took over the Rookie of the year point lead after last Saturday night's event.

The series' youngest driver, 16-year-old rookie contender Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL had a mechanical problem during heat race action last Saturday night and missed the feature event. That dropped him two spots to sixth in the O'Reilly USCS National points.

Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH used his new-found success on the pavement to post another top-five finish last Saturday night to hold on to the seventh spot in national points. Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL rides in the eighth spot in O'Reilly USCS National points.

The 18-year-old Myers, and Reutimann, a third-generation driver, are locked in a tight battle for the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour Championship. Reutimann leads Myers by just four points. Both drivers are looking to step up their dirt programs on the O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour.

Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC is ninth in O'Reilly USCS National points and Rookie of the Year contender 17-year-old Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL rounds out the top ten. Darvalics is the sixth SpeedMart Young Gun in the top ten of the O'Reilly USCS National point standings.

For those fans that are "Brand Loyal" to their favorite American car maker will be in for a treat this Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway, as the "Big 3" - Chevrolet, Ford, and Chrysler will be well-represented in the O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint car field.

The majority of the field have their 1,300 pound, 700 horsepower open-wheel, open-cockpit machines powered by Chevrolet engines, including Gray and Adams. Martin will be using a Mopar engine, while Ford will be represented by Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC.

Both Martin and Bridges have top five finishes on the dirt this season in O'Reilly USCS competition, and will looking for their first dirt wins at Cherokee Speedway this Saturday night.

Other top entrants expected this Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway include some heavy hitters like Evernham Motorsports Developmental driver Erin Crocker of Huntersville, NC, the 2005 Australian Speedcar Champion Steven Graham of Sydney, AUS, Paul Sides of Memphis, TN, and Steve Osborne of Cupertino, CA.

Also expected are Bruce Cline of Apex, NC, Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, Josh Harris of Denton, NC, Dave Thorman of Greenville, SC, father-son team of Tom Winegardner Sr. and Jr. of Pierson, FL, and Bobby Courtwright of Evans, GA.

The O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars will compete in the Air Flow Research Power Dash, heat races, a consolation race, and a 30-lap feature race at Cherokee Speedway on May 14. The O'Reilly USCS drivers will also visit the grandstands before the main event for a special "Meet and Greet" Autograph Session with the fans.

For more information call Cherokee Super Speedway at (864) 489-1969 or visit the track web site at www.cherokeesuperspeedway.com. Cherokee Super Speedway is located on State Road 18 just east of I-85 at exit 96. 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
Teams DAMS