USCS: Outlaw Thunder at Traveler's Rest preview

USCS "Outlaw Thunder" at Traveler's Rest Speedway Friday night May 24th. Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing comes to Travelers Rest Speedway this Frday night, May 24th. The United Sprint Car Series ( USCS ) "Outlaw Thunder" Tour...

USCS "Outlaw Thunder" at Traveler's Rest Speedway Friday night May 24th.

Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing comes to Travelers Rest Speedway this Frday night, May 24th. The United Sprint Car Series ( USCS ) "Outlaw Thunder" Tour roars into one of Carolina's newest and finest oval track facilities for their only 2002 stop at the track. The track formerly known as Windy Hill Motorsports Park, has been renamed and is under the new management of Cody Motorsports and many improvements have been made over the winter. Travelers Rest Speedway is located just off US 25 about 5 miles North of Travelers Rest.

This will be the sixth event on the 44 race 2002 USCS tour. It is the series first dirt race of the year. The event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least six states to the speedway. Their exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning 700+ Horsepower open wheel cars weight approximately 1300 pounds, and will literally fly around the track surface at speeds well in excess of 130 miles per hour. It is not uncommon to see these powerful vehicles popping wheelies or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 18 inch wide rear tires. The speedy USCS regulars will be right at home with the speeds on the fast 4/10 mile high banked clay oval as their initial five 2002 events have been on tracks up to a half mile paved where straightaway speeds at some exceeded 150 miles per hour. USCS is the only winged sprint car series in the World that races winged outlaw sprint cars on asphalt and dirt ovals. USCS has 27 dirt events and 16 on paved surfaces on the 2002 schedule.

Friday nights USCS Winged Outlaw sprint car program includes; hot laps, qualifying heat races, a B main and a 30 lap A main event. In addition the evenings first sprint car race is the Airflow Research Power Dash that showcases the top cars from the previous USCS feature in an edge of your seat, 6 car, 6 lap shootout that accrues points towards an Airflow Research Super Power Dash at season's end worth up to $10,000 to win!

Heavy hitter entries include: America's winningness sprint car driver each of the past seasons 2000 series champion, Kenny Adams, from Malabar, Florida. Adams, has won two 2002 USCS events this season and has 56 wins in all competition since the beginning of the 2000 season. One of those wins came the first time the series visited the speedway in July of 2000. He has six feature wins in all competition this season.

Adams, who was also named 2000's National Sprint Car Driver of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame pollsters, will have his hands full with a host of challengers from across the nation to include: 2001 USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee. Gray has eight National Championships to his credit and over 250 feature wins .Gray finished in the runner-up spot in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame poll in 2001 and had 14 wins on the season. Gray has won the last three USCS events, all on asphalt, and has five wins so far in 2002 in all competition.. He is the national points leader.

World of Outlaws veteran and TV commentator, Jeff Swindell from Bartlett, Tennessee is entered as well as is 1999 USCS champion, Marshall Skinner from West Memphis, Arkansas who finished in the runner-up spot to Gray in the national standings in 2001. Last season's USCS winner at the Speedway, Steven Graham from Sydney Australia is also expected for this. Gray finished second in that event.

Other notable and capable entries include The 2000 East Bay Raceway champion, Johnny Gilbertson from Dover, Florida whose best early season finish is a second to Kenny Adams on April 20th at Columbia Motor Sports Park. Gilbertson who is fifth in the series points is Swindell's team-mate.

Many other talented USCS drivers will be in the field including: USCS' 2001 top rookie Ben Basinger from Granite Quarry, North Carolina and 2000 rookie sensation, 19 year old Michael Miller from Ocean Springs, Mississippi is also entered and looking for his first season win. 1999 USCS top rookie Chris Rogers from Winston, Georgia, will be ready to go again after missing the last event after a horrendous crash at Lanier National Speedway. The 2001 USCS top rookie Ben Basinger from Granite Quarry, North Carolina is entered as well.

Other Georgia Gang entries include: Jim Raptis from Marietta, Doug Day from Winder who recently lived in the upstate at Townville, South Carolina, plus Randy Helton, Brian Thomas, and Jim Mackenzie all from the Atlanta area and Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain.

Another bumper crop of serious rookie contenders entered include Randy Weaver from Powder Springs, Georgia who has four top ten finishes in his first four USCS events and two other USCS rookies Eddie Hamilton from Pickens and Jimmy Taylor from Greenville are entered as well.

Other Carolina entries are expected as well. Additional racing on the program includes the USCS Thunder Roadster division in their dirt debut, plus stock car racing in the track's regular divisions. Gates open Friday at 4:00 p.m. for the pits and 5:00 p.m. for spectator grandstands and racing starts at 8:00 p.m.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , Doug Day , Brian Thomas , Jeff Swindell