Legendary Driver To Compete in A Legendary Sprint Car Area Saturday Night at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Ga FAYETTEVILLE, GA - A legendary race car driver will be competing in a legendary area for sprint car racing when Wayne...
Legendary Driver To Compete in A Legendary Sprint Car Area Saturday Night at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Ga
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - A legendary race car driver will be competing in a legendary area for sprint car racing when Wayne Reutimann of Zephyrhills, FL joins the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Saturday night at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, GA.
Reutimann is in his 48th year of racing competition, and is the second generation of three generations of Racing Reutimanns. Reutimann is one of a very few drivers still racing today that competed in a sprint car before they sported roll cages and wings.
Among the accomplishments on Wayne Reutimann's resume is a Little 500 win, and countless championship on both dirt and asphalt. And that's just in sprint car racing! Reutimann has won several titles in dirt modifieds that run in the northeast, and countless wins and championships in late model stock car racing on both dirt and asphalt.
The name Reutimann means racing up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Reutimann's father Emil Reutimann was a legend in Florida racing. Wayne's brother Buzzie has a racing resume just as impressive as Wayne's in dirt modifieds and late models on dirt and asphalt. And now, a third generation of Racing Reutimann's are on the scene.
Wayne's son Wayne Reutimann Jr. is now embarking on his own sprint car racing career, competing with USCS and the USAC Silver Crown Series. Buzzie's son and Wayne Sr.'s nephew David Reutimann is a current front runner in the NASCAR Busch Grand National tour.
How appropriate that a sprint car racing legend would be traveling to Savannah, GA to race. Savannah, GA has a long history of sprint car racing that dates back to the 1930s.
Before the Midwest sprint car season would begin in the spring, and after the Midwest sprint car season ended in the fall, the top drivers in the country would travel to Savannah, GA to compete in a series of sprint car races. Many of those drivers would go on in their careers to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
In the years after WWII, sprint car racing has not enjoyed the popularity in the Southeast it enjoyed before the war, as stock car racing began to take hold. The management of Oglethorpe Speedway Park and officials of the USCS have been working together in recent years, to try and revive sprint car racing in Savannah, GA.
Along with Wayne Reutimann, many of the current stars of winged outlaw sprint car racing will roll into Savannah, GA riding in the tire tracks of stars from the past including Joie Chitwood, Lou Brown, Johnny McDowell, Everett Saylor, and Jimmy Wilburn,.
The Defending and Three-Time USCS Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN leads the current USCS National point standings, but challenging will be 2003 USCS Savannah winner Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL, Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE, Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC, and Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC.
Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL leads the "Florida Fountain of Youth Gang" into Oglethorpe Speedway Park. Other Florida "Young Guns" include Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL, USCS Rookie of the Year point leader R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL, Johnny Gilbertson Jr. of Tampa, FL, and Daryl Smith of Gibsonton, FL.
Other USCS hot shoes expected include Scott Young of Mooresville, NC, Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL, Butch Pendergrass of Winston-Salem, NC, Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, and "Flyin" Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA. Thomas will be returning to OSP to get the one that got away.
Thomas was leading the USCS event at OSP last year, but tangled with a lapped car at over 100 miles per hour, and flipped end-over-end. Thomas obviously lost the race, but walked away, rebuilt his race car to race again.
Oglethorpe Speedway Park is one of the fastest tracks on the 50-race USCS 2004 schedule. Last year, law enforcement officials set up a radar gun at the end of the OSP back straightaway. Adams was clocked at 152 miles per hour!
USCS will have the Air Flow Research Dash, heat races, a consolation race, and a 30-lap main event. Along with the USCS winged outlaw sprint cars, the Oglethorpe Speedway Park Mini Stock Open, Pure Stock, Enduro 440 Series, and Queen Bee Divisions will also be in action this Saturday night.
On Saturday night, the pit gate will open at 3 p.m., and the grandstand gate will open at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are set for 6:30 p.m., and racing is scheduled for 8 p.m. The event will be broadcast live on the Internet on the Sprint Car Network at www.sprintcarnet.com.
For more information about Oglethorpe Speedway Park, call 912-964-8200, or visit the track's web site at www.ospracing.net. Oglethorpe Speedway Park is located 2.5 miles east of I-95 at exit 102 on U.S. Highway 80. For the latest news, points, and schedule information, visit the USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com.