NEW ASPHALT COULD REWRITE THE RECORD BOOKS WHEN THE O'REILLY USCS VISITS MOBILE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON MARCH 19 FAYETTEVILLE, GA - O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series competitors will be looking to rewrite the record books...
NEW ASPHALT COULD REWRITE THE RECORD BOOKS WHEN THE O'REILLY USCS VISITS MOBILE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON MARCH 19
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series competitors will be looking to rewrite the record books when the most powerful short track racing cars in the world visit Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, AL on March 19. The 41-year-old facility has undergone a facelift with new pavement and new lighting on the ½-mile high-banked paved oval.
The 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion and 2003 O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL set the current track record at MIS during the last visit the series made to the track on March 22, 2003. Adams toured the track in 15.07 seconds for an average speed of 119.443 miles per hour. Adams also won the feature race that day.
With the new pavement at MIS, track records are expected to fall on the smoother surface. Adams will be one of several drivers looking not only for a new track record, but also a victory during the feature race.
Pound-for-pound, the O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars are the most powerful short track racing cars in the world. They weigh 1,300 pounds and are powered by 700 horsepower fuel-injected alcohol-burning V-8 engines. The wings on the top of the race cars give them maximum down force that keeps them on the track at high speed.
Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN is the defending and four O'Reilly USCS National Champion and the defending O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Champion. Gray, who had two pavement wins last season, will be looking to defend both titles this season. Adams had six O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder wins last season, but Gray just edged him out for the title.
Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC finished third in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder points last season, and is always a front runner when the series hits the pavement. Two other veterans expected at MIS are a Florida father and son team, Wayne Reutimann Sr. and Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL. The racing career of the elder Reutimann goes back to the late-1960s before sprint cars had cages or wings.
Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL leads the group of drivers under the age of 25 called the SpeedMart "Young Guns." Martin finished second last season in the O'Reilly USCS National points, and fifth in the Asphalt Thunder point standings. The 19-year-old driver has a new Shaw Chassis for his 2005 asphalt efforts.
The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year, 17-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN also has a new asphalt car for 2005. Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL is a 20-year-old driver making the trip to Mobile, AL, and 18-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL will team with his stepfather Kenny Adams to run for the 2005 O'Reilly Rookie of the Year honors.
Two other SpeedMart Young Guns are also known as the "Buckeye Bandits." Teammates 21-year-old Doug Berryman of Fremont, OH and 20-year-old Joe Rebman of Mansfield, OH will travel south looking for success at MIS. Berryman had one win last season in O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder action.
Another SpeedMart Young Gun making plans to be in Mobile, AL on March 19 is second-generation 16-year-old sprint car racer Kevin Swindell of Germantown, TN. Kevin's asphalt winged outlaw sprint car will be wrenched by his well-known father Sammy Swindell.
Willie Stauffer of Orlando, FL is another second-generation driver, and is the son of 1997 O'Reilly USCS National Champion Red Stauffer. The younger Stauffer will drive a car owned by Mobile's Johnny Ardis. Another local favorite entered is Doug Wimpee of Fairhope, AL.
Other top entries expected at MIS on March 19 include Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC, Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, Michael Miller of Ocean Springs, MS, Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA, Skeeter Faulconer of Lutz, FL, J.J. Dutton of Tampa, FL, and Troy DeCaire of Tampa, FL.
In addition to the O'Reilly USCS pavement pounders, the Mobile International Speedway show will also feature the first-ever visit for the IMCA Open-Wheel Modifieds, along with the MIS Bomber Division.
For Mobile International Speedway ticket information call (251) 957-2026, or visit the track's web site at www.mobilespeedway.com. Mobile International Speedway is located seven miles west of I-10 at exit 15 on U.S. Highway 90.
For more information about the O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com