USCS: Harddeville race report 2002-07-20

USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars debut at Hardeeville. HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 20, 2002) - A night filled with lighting and thunder both on and off the track found Bartlett, TN native Terry Gray in victory lane after the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint...

USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars debut at Hardeeville.

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (July 20, 2002) - A night filled with lighting and thunder both on and off the track found Bartlett, TN native Terry Gray in victory lane after the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Car feature. Nicholas Hutchins from Columbia, SC continued to be the only person to ever win a Thunder Roadster feature at HMS with his fourth career victory. Andrew Smith of Savannah, GA picked up his sixth career feature victory in the Legends Cars feature. Timmy Dasher of Bluffton, SC picked up two victories in the Xtreme Stock Car feature as he won the make-up race from last week as well as the regularly scheduled event. Tim Padgett and Cherri Burke, both from Hardeeville, SC split victories in the Road Warrior division.

Making their debut appearance at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway, the USCS Outlaw Sprint Cars Asphalt Thunder Tour roared into town Saturday night to a fan filled grandstand shattering the one-lap track record held since 2001. Chris Rodgers of Winston, GA broke the existing track record as he turned one lap in 12.530 seconds with an average speed of 99.8 miles per hour. Speeds on the backstretch from the majority of Sprint Car drivers was approximately 130 m.p.h.! In the feature race for the Sprint Cars, Terry Gray came on strong at the end to beat early leader Kenny Adams of Malabar, GA. Finishing third was Wayne Reutimann of Zephyr Hills, Fla. >From the outset, Adams' car seemed to have itself on pace with the best setup but Gray truly dominated the field as the laps wore on, eventually washing his hands of Adams with strong moves inside and working the outside grooves. After a red flag condition brought out when Red Stauffer from Winter Park, FL slammed into the turn three wall, USCS officials stopped the race 2 laps shy of the full 40 laps due to a slight rainfall and concern for driver safety due to extensive tire wear on many of the cars. Stauffer escaped without injury.

The Thunder Roadsters were also on hand as they held heat races as well as the 20-lap feature. Nicholas Hutchins sailed away from the rest of the field, with D.J. Krentz of Huntersville, NC and Bob Jarvis of Greenville, SC coming in second and third respectively in the feature event.

The Xtreme Stock Cars were back to complete last week's race that was halted at lap 5 due to rain, as well as run a pre-scheduled 20-lap feature. Timmy Dasher found victory lane twice as Don Dean from Sheldon, SC finished second to "The Dash" in both events as did David Taschner of Summerville, SC.

The Legend Series saw exciting nail biting action as Andrew Smith held off Kevin O'Brien of Burton, SC and Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, Sc for the victory in the feature as the points series is boiling over with competition in the Legends Series.

The popular Road Warriors were back with two races as Cherri Burke was victorious in the first race over Todd Harvey of Hardeeville, SC and Timmy Padgett. After the race, Cherri said "This is so much fun! I can't wait for the next one!" In the night-cap Road Warrior race, Padgett bested special guest racer Buddy Ridgeway of Hardeeville, SC and Mike Figueroa also of Hardeeville. Ridgeway was celebrating his birthday at the track and family members gave him a ride in the Road Warriors class as a present he soon won't forget.

Next Saturday night, July 27th racing action returns on its 2nd Anniversary with "Pack the Track" night. Due to the anniversary, there will be a special ticket price of $5.00 for everyone 12 years of age and older. Any child under 12 years of age will be admitted free. Racing action will have a total of 10 feature races from all local divisions that include the O.C. Welch Ford Lincoln Mercury Late Models, the Legend Cars, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Xtreme Stocks and the Road Warriors. The highlight for the 27th is the re-scheduled Demolition Derby with a $500 to win purse at stake. Derby ready cars are available for purchase at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway.

The Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles south of I-95 (exit 5 in SC) on Speedway Blvd./Highway 17 or just ten miles north of Savannah on Speedway Blvd./Highway 17. For more information, contact (843) 784 RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hareevillespeedway.com.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Nicholas Hutchins , Andrew Smith , Wayne Reutimann , Kenny Adams , Buddy R