USCS: Hartwell preview

USCS "Outlaw Thunder" at Hartwell Speedway this Friday Night (5/2) Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing comes to Hartwell Speedway this Friday night, May 2nd. The United Sprint Car Series ( USCS ) "Outlaw Thunder" Tour roars into...

USCS "Outlaw Thunder" at Hartwell Speedway this Friday Night (5/2)

Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing comes to Hartwell Speedway this Friday night, May 2nd. The United Sprint Car Series ( USCS ) "Outlaw Thunder" Tour roars into the fast 3/8 mile dirt oval in Hartwell in the season opening event for the National touring series dirt oval track portion of the schedule. USCS also races on paved ovals and is the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the World that races on both surfaces.

The event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least seven states to the speedway. Their exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning 700 horsepower open wheel cars weight just 1300 pounds, and will literally fly around the track surface at speeds well in excess of 120 miles per hour. It is not uncommon to see them popping wheelies or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 18 inch wide rear tires.

Friday night's outlaw sprint car action will feature a program that includes: qualifying heat races and B and A main events. In addition the evening's first sprint car race will be the Airflow Research Power Dash that showcases the top cars from the previous main event in an edge of your seat 6 car shootout that accrues points towards an Airflow Research Super Power Dash at season's end worth up to $5,000 to win! All of the speedway's stock car divisions will join the sprint car action for a full night of racing action.

Heavy hitter entries include two of the nation's hottest sprint car drivers: Number one is America's winningness sprint car driver over the past three seasons, USCS 2000 series champion, Kenny Adams, from Malabar, Florida. Adams is the current USCS points leader. "The Malabar Missle" has over 65 wins in all competition since the beginning of the 2000 season. He has two USCS feature wins in three starts on asphalt tracks this season. He was also named 2000's National Sprint Car Driver of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame pollsters. But, Adams will have his hands full with a host of challengers from across the nation.

Hot shoe number two, is 2001 and 2002 USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee. Gray has nine National sprint car championships with three different series to his credit and over 250 feature wins. Gray finished in the number four spot at the end of last season in the final Sprint Car Hall of Fame poll and had 15 wins on the season. Gray won ten USCS events in 2002. He is also among the win leaders over the last two seasons with a total of 33 in 2001-2002.

If you are looking for a local favorite among the USCS regulars then Doug Day from Winder, Georgia , is your man. At least Day, who finished in second place in the 2002 USCS national point rankings lives the closest to the track. This will be Day's first event of the season as he missed the series three earlier events on pavement .

Other "Georgia Gang"entries include, 20 year old Chris Rogers from Winston, Georgia, the 1999 USCS top rookie. Rogers finished third in the national point standings last season. Rogers lost the season opener to Adams in a thriller by only inches at Mobile International Speedway on March 22nd and is expected to do well in this event. Other entries include: Randy Helton from Palmetto, Georgia who was fourth in the national standings in 2002 and Randy Weaver from Powder Springs, Georgia, who was the USCS national 2002 top rookie finisher in the standings. Rising USCS star Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain, Georgia is entered Black has steadily improved his skills in the tough series and is fifth in the national point standings.

Jeremy Scott from Franklin, Georgia is entered as is Randy Scott, the senior half of the Scott's father and son race team . Jim Raptis from Marietta, Georgia, Brian Thomas from Auburn, Georgia, and Jerry Aubrey from Winder, Georgia are all expected as are rookie drivers Shawn Stafford from Roswell, Georgia and Anthony Nave from Morrow, Georgia.

Other out of state entries include 2003 rookie points leader, Chase Taylor from Montgomery, Texas, Jimmy Taylor from Piedmont South Carolina and veteran USCS sprint car racer David Thorman from Greenville, South Carolina. From Alabama. Doug Fitzwater travels in from Birmingham and another rookie competitor, Skip Andrews from Huntsville will race in his first USCS event. Rick Holley from Nelsonville, Ohio and Scott Cramer from Finley, Ohio are also entered and a number of other Carolina drivers are expected as well..

Hartwell Speedway gates will open Friday at 5 p.m. and racing action starts at 7:30 p.m. The track info phone number is 706-245-1008.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , Brian Thomas