O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR RETURNS TO GULF COAST FOR PENSACOLA/MOBILE DOUBLEHEADER ON OCTOBER 7-8 FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will return to the Gulf Coast for a double...
O'REILLY USCS ASPHALT THUNDER TOUR RETURNS TO GULF COAST FOR PENSACOLA/MOBILE DOUBLEHEADER ON OCTOBER 7-8
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will return to the Gulf Coast for a double racing weekend of high-speed winged outlaw sprint car action on October 7-8.
Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL will host the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour on Friday night, October 7, and the series moves to Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, AL on Saturday night, October 8.
The two tracks opened the 2005 O'Reilly USCS season with Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL winning at Five Flags Speedway on March 18, and third-generation rookie driver Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN taking his first-ever winged outlaw sprint car victory at Mobile International Speedway on March 19.
Since the season opener, Adams has gone on to post a total of 15 O'Reilly USCS wins in 41 races this season, and he leads the O'Reilly USCS National point standings which awards point for events on both dirt and asphalt short tracks. The O'Reilly USCS is the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the country that awards National points for events on both surfaces.
Adams is currently fourth in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder points chase, with a second win on June 30 in Greenville, SC. The Malabar Missile has nine top five finishes, ten top ten finishes, and one fast time honor in 12 Asphalt Thunder starts this season.
Swindell set new track records at both Pensacola and Mobile back in March. The "Bulldog" toured the ½-mile high-banked paved oval at Five Flags Speedway in 14.462 seconds for an average speed of 124.464 miles per hour, and he initiated the new pavement at the half-mile Mobile International Speedway with a lap in 14.674 seconds for an average speed of 122.666 miles per hour.
The 16-year-old son of Sammy Swindell has since added three more O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder wins since his Mobile victory with seven top five finishes, and seven fast time honors with five new track records in eight starts.
Another third generation driver, Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL leads the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour point standings with two wins, ten top fives, 11 top tens, and two fast time honors in 12 starts. Reutimann leads the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN by just six points.
Gray is still looking for his first pavement win of the season to go with his two dirt victories. On the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour, the "Bartlett Bullet" has eight top five finishes, and Gray has finished in the top ten in all 12 of his pavement starts this season.
In addition to Swindell, the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour as even more drivers under the age of 20 making headings. These youngsters are called the SpeedMart Young Guns.
Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH is currently third in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder point standings. In his first season of winged outlaw sprint car asphalt racing, the 18-year-old driver has turned in seven top five finishes, 11 top ten finishes, and two fast time honors in 12 starts. Myers trails Gray in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour point standings by 20 points.
Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL is currently fifth in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour points. The 19-year-old driver picked up his first pavement sprint car win earlier this season in Cordele, GA. Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL is currently sixth in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt points, and the 19-year-old driver leads the Rookie of the year competition.
Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL is another 16-year-old young gun rookie driver that has picked up his first career winged outlaw sprint car victory this season. Tiffany is currently seventh in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt points, and is fresh off his win at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA on September 3.
R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN is tenth in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder point standings. The 18-year-old driver was the 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year.
On the other end of the age spectrum is legendary 60-year-old driver Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL. Reutimann Sr., who has won short track races in many different types of race cars on both dirt and asphalt since the 1960s, has two O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour wins this season, and is ninth in the Asphalt thunder points.
For Five Flags Speedway ticket information call (850) 944-8400 or visit the track's web site at www.fiveflagsspeedway.com. Five Flags Speedway is located 1.5 miles south of I-10 at exit 7 on Pine Forest Road.
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 visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.