GRAY AND ADAMS TOP OF O'REILLY USCS POINTS LIST WITH YOUNG GUNS MYERS AND MARTIN CLOSE BEHIND AS SERIES MOVES TO SWAINSBORO AND SAVANNAH FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The defending and four-time O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series National...
GRAY AND ADAMS TOP OF O'REILLY USCS POINTS LIST WITH YOUNG GUNS MYERS AND MARTIN CLOSE BEHIND AS SERIES MOVES TO SWAINSBORO AND SAVANNAH
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The defending and four-time O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN moved to the top of the series National point standings, with a two point lead over 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL.
While Gray and Adams raced their way to the top two spots of the O'Reilly USCS National point standings, a pair of SpeedMart Young Guns, 18-year-old Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH and 19-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL, are right on the heels of the two veteran drivers.
Gray used a third-place finish on Friday night at Riverside Speedway in Travelers Rest, SC, and a fifth-place finish on Saturday night at I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC to move to the top of the list. Adams won the Riverside Speedway event, and finished third at I-20 Speedway to close in behind Gray.
Myers posted a seventh-place finish at Riverside Speedway to take over the point lead, but had a mechanical failure on Saturday night at I-20 Speedway. Myers climbed in Ben Basinger's race car for the feature event, but only completed 17 laps for a 17th-place finish. That effort left Myers in third spot, 18 points behind Adams.
Martin put together a pair of second-place finishes over the weekend to climb into the fourth spot of the O'Reilly USCS National point standings. The 2004 O'Reilly USCS National Championship runner-up is just four points behind Myers.
With the O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour heading to Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, GA this Friday night and Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, GA this Saturday night, the top quartet of drivers in the series national points chase have had success at both tracks.
Gray finished no worse than second in two appearances last season at each track. The "Bartlett Bullet" posted a win and a second-place effort in two races last season at Oglethorpe Speedway Park, and had two second-place finishes at Swainsboro Raceway.
Adams had a win at each track last season for two of his 16 total victories in O'Reilly USCS 2004 competition, and "The Malabar Missile" also posted a second-place finish behind Gray at Oglethorpe on April 24, 2004. Adams' win at Swainsboro Raceway came on April 23, 2004, and the victory at Oglethorpe was turned in on July 17, 2004.
Myers had a top ten finish at each track in 2004. Myers finished seventh at Swainsboro Raceway last April, and the next night he finished eighth at Oglethorpe Speedway Park. In each race, Myers was the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race.
Martin posted a win at Swainsboro Raceway on July 23, 2004 to follow-up a fifth-place effort at Swainsboro on April 23, 2004. The 19-year-old Martin, also known as "The Hammer", also finished fifth at Oglethorpe on April 24, 2004.
A trio of SpeedMart Young Guns make up the next three spots in the O'Reilly USCS National point standings.
Rookie of the Year point leader 16-year-old Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL is in the fifth spot of the O'Reilly USCS National point standings, but a pair of crashes over the weekend dropped him 100 points behind Martin. The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year 18-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN climbed into the sixth spot, 16 points behind Tiffany.
Another Rookie of the Year contender, 18-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL also had a rough weekend, and now rides seventh in the O'Reilly USCS National points, four points behind Johnson.
Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC climbed into the top ten of the O'Reilly USCS National points, holding the eighth spot, 58 points behind Gohn. O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder driver Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL stayed in the top ten of series national points in the eighth position, 68 points behind Wrenn.
Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL is the sixth SpeedMart Young Gun in the top of the O'Reilly USCS National point standings. The 18-year-old driver rounds out the top ten, four points behind Reutimann.
In O'Reilly USCS statistical categories, Gray leads the Laps Completed list having run 244 of a possible 225 laps of series competition in seven events. Gray is also the only driver to have finished in the top 10 of all seven races.
Adams leads the Air Flow Research Power Dash point standings with three AFR Power Dash wins. Gray also has an AFR Power Dash win and is in the second spot, three points behind Adams. Martin, Myers, Reutimann Jr., Tiffany, Gohn, Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL, Dave Steele of Tampa, FL, and Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN round out the AFR top ten,
Myers leads the SpeedMart Young Guns points chase followed by Martin, Tiffany, Johnson, Gohn, Darvalics, Basinger, Swindell, Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL, and Josh Harris of Denton, NC.
Martin leads the Huggins Cams Hard Charger standings that pays points for each position improved from the start of the race to the finish. Trailing Martin in the Huggins Cams Hard Charger points are Tom Winegardner Sr. of Pierson, FL, Darvalics, Adams, Charles Ladner of Brandon, FL, Gray, Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE, Reutimann Jr., Wrenn and Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA.
Tiffany leads the Rookie of the Year points over Gohn, Darvalics, Swindell, and Harris. Swindell, a 16-year-old third generation driver who is running a limited O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder schedule, leads three series statistical categories. Swindell has led the most laps with 60, has the most fast time honors with three, and he has two K&N Filters Pole Awards.
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