USCS: Jeremy Scott 2005 preview

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series driver Jeremy Scott of Franklin, GA is preparing for the 2005 O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour with much enthusiasm. Scott is a "charter member" of USCS, having run the southern winged outlaw...

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series driver Jeremy Scott of Franklin, GA is preparing for the 2005 O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour with much enthusiasm. Scott is a "charter member" of USCS, having run the southern winged outlaw series since its inception in 1997.

Scott and his team used the 2004 season to learn about new tires and equipment, and they are looking forward to use the lessons learned with all-new equipment for the 2005 season.

"Last year we had older equipment and we had to learn about the new Hoosier tires, but even with that, we still had some success," Scott said. "For 2005, we have all new equipment on the car and a better engine, and we're planning on running for the O'Reilly USCS Southern Thunder Tour championship."

The success Scott spoke of last season consisted of running a limited O'Reilly USCS schedule with three top five finishes, and six top ten efforts in nine races. Scott, who finished 12th in the O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour point standings, also won two of the highly-competitive Air Flow Research Power Dashes.

Scott runs the dirt events in the O'Reilly USCS, and finished third in the 2003 O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour point standings. He has also had some success outside of the O'Reilly USCS sanction. He made A-main events running with the World of Outlaws at Talladega (AL) Short Track using a 360 cubic-inch engine against the 410 cubic-inch engines used by the WoO regulars.

Success last season also came for Scott at his home track, Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA, when he took off the wing of his sprint car to run with the United States Auto Club, which also uses 410 engines. Scott was the highest finishing 360 engined-car, and he picked up a $500 bonus for his efforts.

With the O'Reilly USCS incorporating three regional dirt tours within its 60-race National tour, Scott feels this is something he can get excited about. Within the national tour, the O'Reilly USCS will also feature the Southern Thunder Tour in East Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Eastern Alabama, the Carolina Thunder Tour in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Eastern Georgia, and the Mid-South Thunder Tour in Western Tennessee, Mississippi, and Western Alabama.

"I have to work a regular job during the week to support my racing, so having a regional series with races close to home like the O'Reilly USCS Southern Thunder Tour works out well for me," Scott said. "We're planning to run about 30-races this season, so we'll also hit some of the Mid-South Thunder Tour races as well.

Scott says his favorite tracks are Dixie Speedway, East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL, and Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS.

"We've had a lot of success at those tracks in the past," Scott said. "I really like it when the tracks get hard and slick where the driver has to finesse the car more rather than relying on horsepower. When a track gets soft and tacky, horsepower is everything, and horsepower costs a lot of money."

Scott is a second-generation driver that was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Dallas, TX. His father, Randy Scott, drove "B Sprint Cars," but Jeremy didn't catch the bug of following in his dad's footsteps until moving to Georgia and seeing his first winged outlaw sprint car race in 1996.

"I saw my first winged outlaw sprint car race at Dixie Speedway in 1996, and I thought it was so impressive that a car that small could go so fast," Scott said. "I knew that was something I wanted to try, so I bought a car and started running with USCS in 1997. I've never driven any other kind of a race car than a sprint car."

Scott will begin the 2005 O'Reilly USCS season with a Pro Lite chassis powered by a June Bug engine. He said his car will be more technologically advance than it ever has during his career based on what he learned last season.

"We have all new pieces on the car for this year, as last year, we learned a lot about what he had to have on the car to be more competitive," Scott said. "I think the biggest things we learned had to do with air pressure bleeder valves with the Hoosier tires, and brake technology. About the only thing we need now is a good sponsor."

This new technology, his eight years of driving experience, and his past successful record and stats should make Jeremy Scott a driver to watch in O'Reilly USCS competition in 2005.

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