USCS: Crocker to compete at Oglethrope

ERIN CROCKER TO BATTLE WITH THE BOYS IN O'REILLY USCS ACTION THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT OGLETHORPE SPEEDWAY PARK FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Erin Crocker of Huntersville, NC is scheduled to race with the O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series...

ERIN CROCKER TO BATTLE WITH THE BOYS IN O'REILLY USCS ACTION THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT OGLETHORPE SPEEDWAY PARK

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Erin Crocker of Huntersville, NC is scheduled to race with the O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour this Saturday night at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, GA.

Crocker, who is a developmental driver for the Evernham Motorsports NASCAR team and a winner in winged outlaw sprint car racing, is expected to give the boys a run for their money.

When she's not racing a Dodge in various sanctions with Evernham Motorsports, Crocker returns to her racing roots and straps on a 1,300-pound, 700 horsepower winged outlaw sprint car. Crocker raced with the O'Reilly USCS for the first time this season last Saturday night at I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC.

Driving a machine for Woodring Motorsports, Crocker spent the majority of the 30-lap feature race battling the like of Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL and Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN for a top five spot. When the checkered flag fell, Crocker claimed the sixth position.

When Crocker can't run the #16 Woodring machine, car-owner Mike Woodring of Hamburg, NY, himself an eight-time Empire Super Sprint Champion, takes the wheel, and he also has a top ten O'Reilly USCS finish this season.

Adams, the 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion, and Gray, the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion will return to Oglethorpe Speedway Park this weekend to do battle with Crocker. Adams and Gray both claimed a 2004 win at OSP. Gray leads Adams by two points in the O'Reilly USCS National standings.

Among the other top O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder entrants Crocker will have to contend with are the SpeedMart Young Guns that include 18-year-old Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH and 19-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL, who are currently third and fourth respectively in O'Reilly USCS National points.

Other SpeedMart Young Guns include 16-year-old Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL and 19-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL, who are battling for the O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year honors along with 17-year-old Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL, and 16-year-old Josh Harris of Denton, NC. Other rookie candidates this season are Bruce Cline of Apex, NC, and Dustin Apple of Elon, NC.

Tiffany is fifth in points, Gohn is seventh, and Darvalics is tenth. The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year 18-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN is another top ten SpeedMart Young Gun, who is currently sixth in the series points chase.

Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC is eighth, and other veteran top entrants expected at OSP are Paul Sides of Memphis, TN, Steve Osborne of Sharpsburg, NC, Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, the father-son team of Tom Winegardner Sr. and Jr, Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC, Ben Basinger of Granite Quarry, NC, Danny Mercy of Warrenton, NC, Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA. Michael Miller of Tallapoosa, GA, and Bobby Courtwright of Evans, GA.

The Coca-Cola Passing Bonus could pay a possible $5,500-to-win the 30-lap O'Reilly USCS feature race at OSP this Saturday night. Coca-Cola, OSP Promoter Ted Austad, and O'Reilly USCS Founder and President Pete Walton will reward a driver passing his way to victory with bonus cash.

The top nine drivers in the starting field for the O'Reilly USCS event will draw for their starting spots. For each position the winning driver advances, he will receive a bonus of $400 per position gained. Walton will add $300 to the bonus if the winner comes from the ninth starting spot, and $200 for driver winning from the eighth starting position.

If the driver that starts ninth wins the race, he will receive the $2,000 first-place cash from the purse, plus a $3,200 bonus from Coca-Cola and the track, plus another $300 from Walton for a total of $5,500 for passing eight cars to get to the winner's circle.

This Saturday night at OSP, the pit gate opens at 5 p.m., with hot laps set for 6:45 p.m., and racing begins at 8 p.m. The O'Reilly USCS will compete in the Air Flow Research Power Dash, heat races, and a 30-lap feature race.

The event will award O'Reilly USCS National points, along with Southern Thunder Tour, and Carolina Thunder Tour regional points, that include double show-up points for the Carolina Thunder Tour. Along with the O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars, the Florida Mini Sprints, and the OSP 440s will also be in action on the half-mile clay oval.

Oglethorpe Speedway Park is located 2.5 miles east of I-95 at exit 102 off U.S. Highway 80. For more information call (912) 964-8200, or visit the track web site at www.ospracing.net. For more information about the O'Reilly USCS visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker , Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn , R.J. Johnson , Brian Thomas