FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN leads a tight point battle in the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour going into events at Cherokee Super Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Saturday night, and at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on ...
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN leads a tight point battle in the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour going into events at Cherokee Super Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Saturday night, and at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on Sunday night. Gray holds a 54-point lead over Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL.
In ten USCS Outlaw Thunder events held so far this season, Gray has three wins, seven top five finishes, and eight top ten finishes. Overall, the "Bartlett Bullet" also leads the USCS National, Asphalt Thunder, and Sunbelt Tour point standings. Gray is looking for his fourth-straight USCS National Championship driving the #10 Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar.
Both weekend events will carry National, Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour, and Sunbelt Tour points.
Martin leads the USCS Youth Movement, as the 18-year-old driver, also known as "The Hammer," has 10 Outlaw Thunder starts with five top five finishes, and eight top ten finishes. Martin's best finish was a second-place effort on May 15 at Lancaster Motor Speedway in Lancaster, SC.
Martin has been a consistent USCS front-runner driving the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE, and many are expecting The Hammer to post his first win of the season in the near future, and be a strong challenger to Gray for the Outlaw Thunder title. Martin is also second in the USCS National point standings.
Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC is also in the USCS Outlaw Thunder title hunt, and sits in the third spot in the point standings, 26 points behind Martin. In ten Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour starts, Wrenn has two top five finishes, and eight top ten finishes driving the Stainless Fabricators Hench/Gaerte.
With USCS being the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the country that runs both dirt and asphalt, Wrenn has chosen to run a dirt-only schedule in 2004. Despite not running any of the USCS Asphalt Thunder events, Wrenn is still fifth overall in the USCS National point standings.
Joining Martin in the Florida "Fountain of Youth Gang" are a pair of teenagers that round out the top five in the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour points chase.
R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL is fourth in Outlaw Thunder points, and is the top USCS Rookie of the Year Candidate in 2004. The 16-year-old driver has one top ten finish in ten starts, but has shown improvement driving the Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/CRE with each race he gets under his belt.
Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL is fifth in Outlaw Thunder points. The 19-year-old, who is studying to be a Master Chef at Culinary School during the week when he isn't driving the Snap-On Tools J&J/WRP, has cooked up three top ten finishes in nine USCS starts this season.
Former USCS Outlaw Thunder Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL is sixth in USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour points with three wins, five top five finishes, and six top ten finishes in seven dirt starts. The "Malabar Missile" is third overall in the USCS National points. The 1997 USCS National champion Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL is seventh in Outlaw Thunder points with two top ten finishes in six dirt starts.
The 1999 USCS Outlaw Thunder Champion Marshall Skinner of West Memphis, AR has bolted into the eighth spot in dirt points with two wins, and three top five finishes in five starts. Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA is ninth in USCS dirt points with two top fives and four top tens in five starts. Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE rounds out the top ten with two top fives in four starts.
USCS OUTLAW THUNDER DIRT TOUR POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 6/5/04:
POS DRIVER POINTS 1 Terry Gray 1416 2 Danny Martin Jr. 1362 3 Brice Wrenn 1336 4 R.J. Johnson (R) 1170 5 Tom Winegardner Jr. 1140 6 Kenny Adams 1000 7 Red Stauffer 750 8 Marshall Skinner 694 9 Brian Thomas 668 10 Curt Michael 542 11 Butch Pendergrass 510 12 Jerry Jones 490 13 Ernie Ainsworth 438 14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 428 15 Jeremy Scott 388 16 Chad Allum 386 17 Mike McElya 380 18 Kenny Coke 374 19 Tony Wilson 374 20 Bill Moore 364 21 Jim Raptis 358 22 Scott Christian 346 23 Johnny Bridges 342 24 Phil Mott 328 25 Ben Basinger 302 26 Chad Kemenah 294 27 Joey Saldana 290 28 Scott Young (NC) 286 29 Josh Weller 278 30 Sport Allen 276 31 Shane Stewart 276 32 Ryan Myers 274 33 Tony Stewart 266 34 Randy Helton 266 35 Daryl Smith 266 36 Jason Sides 260 37 Ray Bugg 260 38 Greg Wilson 258 39 Greg Merritt 258 40 Roland Johnson 258 41 Glen Styers 256 42 Brad Pake 252 43 Zack Chappell 252 44 Bobby Courtwright 248 45 Josh Harris 246 46 Bronzie Lawson 242 47 Skip Andrews 236 48 Cody Geldarg 234 49 Shane Nelson 230 50 Roger Rager 228 51 Bruce Cline 226 52 Dwight Kingry 226 53 Patrick Sullivan 222 54 Mike Chadd 218 55 Gene Lasker 216 56 Tony Bruce 202 57 Doug Auld 200 58 Tighe Schloss 200 59 Michael Smith 200 60 Matt Stegeman 200 61 Tom Winegardner Sr. 200 62 Chris Hill 160 63 Bubba Clem 150 64 Sean Michael 148 65 Wayne Reutimann 146 66 Lance Deweese 144 67 Greg Leonard 144 68 Paul Sides 144 69 Terry McCarl 142 70 Scott Bolden 142 71 Mary Anne Williams 140 72 Mike Ward 138 73 Steven Graham 136 74 Ronnie Howard 136 75 Danny Mercy 130 76 Darren Stewart 130 77 Joe Spencer 130 78 Kelly Glass 126 79 Scott Young (AL) 124 80 Thomas McQueen 124 81 Chris Sutton 122 82 Doug Gold 120 83 Jimmy Mabe 117 84 Frank Carlson 116 85 Terry Witherspoon 116 86 Buster Dickerson 116 87 John Hawk 114 88 Bryce Vowan 114 89 Aubrey Black 104 90 Lee Scrape 100 91 Jeff Shepard 100 92 David Thorman 100 93 Jimmy Taylor 100 94 Brian Smith 100