USCS: Riverside/I-20 preview

O'REILLY USCS OUTLAW THUNDER TOUR EMBARKS ON SOUTH CAROLINA DOUBLE HEADER THIS WEEKEND FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series will embark on a South Carolina double-header this weekend with events...


FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series will embark on a South Carolina double-header this weekend with events at Riverside Speedway in Travelers Rest, SC this Friday night, and I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC this Saturday night. Each event will award points for the National and Carolina Thunder Tours.

Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL leads both the National and Carolina Thunder point standings with six wins on the season. This Friday night at Travelers Rest, SC, the "Malabar Missile" will be looking to sweep the South Carolina Upstate Challenge.

On June 30, Adams won the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour event at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC with his dirt car, the same car he will race on the 3/8-mile clay oval at Riverside Speedway this Friday night. Adams will also be looking for his third straight O'Reilly USCS win at Riverside Speedway, the latest coming on April 15.

I-20 Speedway has also been good to Adams, as he posted one of his series leading 81 career wins at the ½-mile clay oval in 2004.

A driver returning to Riverside Speedway this Friday night looking to get back the one that got away will be 19-year-old Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL. Martin is currently second to Adams in the O'Reilly USCS National points chase, and finished second to Adams at Riverside Speedway on April 15 after leading the first 16 laps of the 30-lap race.

Martin also finished second in the April 16 O'Reilly USCS race at I-20 Speedway. After winning four dirt races last season, Martin is still looking for his first 2005 dirt win with the series to go with an Asphalt Thunder Tour win in Cordele, GA back in May.

The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN is currently second in the Carolina Thunder Tour points. Gray finished third at Greenville-Pickens, and he also will take the same race car to Travelers Rest, where he finished third on April 15. The "Bartlett Bullet" also has a career win at I-20 Speedway, and finished fifth there on April 16.

Gray is looking to climb his way back into championship contention after a testing accident on May 24 dropped him from the point lead back to eighth after missing three straight races. In the 12 races he has competed in since returning from the injury, Gray has climbed back into the fourth spot in the National point standings.

Drivers from eight states and Australia are expected for the Riverside Speedway and I-20 Speedway events including many seasoned veterans, and a host of SpeedMart Young Guns represented by drivers under the age of 25.

A pair of teenagers are battling for the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Year title in 2005, with 19-year-old Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL and 16-year-old Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL third and fifth respectively in the National point standings. The 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year, 17-year-old R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN, is sixth in the National points.

Veteran Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC will lead a strong contingent of Carolina drivers looking to defend their "home turf." Wrenn, who is eighth in the National points, will be joined by Carolina drivers Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC, Bruce Cline of Apex, NC, Dave Thorman of Greenville, SC, Bronzie Lawson of Southern Pines, NC, Danny Mercy of Warrenton, NC, and Dustin Apple of Elon, NC.

Another top entry is Steve Osborne of Cupertino, CA who is third in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour point standings behind Adams and Gray. The event will have international flavor with the entry of Steven Graham of Sydney, Australia. Graham was the 2004 Australian Midget Car Champion. Also expected is Bobby Courtwright of Evans, GA.

The O'Reilly USCS machines will compete in the Air Flow Research Power Dash, heat races, a B-main, and a 30-lap feature race at both tracks. Each track will also feature action with the weekly stock car divisions.

For more information about Riverside Speedway call (828) 836-4200, or visit the track website at Riverside Speedway is located 1 mile west of U.S. Highway 25 on State Road 11. For more information about I-20 Speedway call (803) 657-7854, or visit the track's website at I-20 Speedway is located 1 mile north of I-20 at exit 39 on U.S. Highway 178.

For USCS "Outlaw Thunder" info call (404) 886-5913, or visit the USCS web site at


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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn , R.J. Johnson