USCS: Season finale preview

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder season finale will take place this Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, AL. The championship and several other top ten positions in the points...

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder season finale will take place this Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, AL. The championship and several other top ten positions in the points chase are still up for grabs.

Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN leads the defending USCS Asphalt Thunder Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL by just 24 points going into the Mobile race. Gray will have to be on his toes, and finish 13th or better, if Adams wins the race, to secure the title. Gray has been very consistent in USCS Asphalt Thunder competition this season.

Gray has yet to finish outside of the top four in USCS Asphalt Thunder competition in the ten races held this season. The "Bartlett Bullet" has two wins, five second-place finishes, two third-place finishes, and one fourth-place effort.

Adams' finishing record is almost as impressive. The "Malabar Missile" has six wins, two second-place finishes, and one third-place finish. The only blemish in Adams's USCS Asphalt Thunder season came in the season opener on March 27 at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA. Adams was involved in a first-lap crash and finished 21st.

Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC is third in USCS Asphalt Thunder points, and still has a slim chance at the championship. Ragsdale is 96 points behind Gray, and in order for him to take the title, he would have to win the race, while Gray and Adams would have to drop out early in the race. Ragsdale has six top five finishes, and eight top ten efforts in ten starts.

Doug "Solid" Gold of Concord, NC is fourth in Asphalt Thunder points, and is in a battle with Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL, who rides in fifth. Gold has a 46-point advantage over Martin.

Gold has one top five, and four top ten finishes in ten starts. Despite missing the Asphalt season opener at Lanier, Martin has put together three top five finishes, and six top ten efforts in nine starts, and has led at two different events this season on the pavement.

R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN is sixth in asphalt points, and will win the USCS Asphalt Thunder Rookie of the Year honors for 2004. The 17-year-old second generation driver has five top ten finishes in nine starts.

Jimmy Taylor is seventh in asphalt points, and has a 102-point advantage over eighth-place Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC. Doug Berryman of Mansfield, OH is ninth, but will not make the trip to Mobile, which could knock him out of the top ten in the points chase. Skeeter Faulconer of Lutz, FL is tenth, followed by Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL, just six points outside the top ten.

If Berryman is a no-show this Saturday night, Faulconer and Gohn could move around him. Gohn is the 18-year-old stepson of Adams, and also serves as his crew chief. Gohn made his first start in a sprint car in June.

Along with the USCS Asphalt Thunder winged outlaw sprint cars, the Mobile International Raceway Modifieds and Bombers will also be in action this Saturday night. The pit gate opens 2 p.m., and the grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. Practice is set to begin at 5 p.m., with time trials at 7 p.m., and racing is scheduled for 8 p.m.

For more information, call Mobile International Speedway at (251) 957-2063, or visit the track web site at www.mobilespeedway.com. Mobile International Speedway is located west of Mobile, AL on U.S. Highway 90, one mile east of County Road 19. For more USCS information, visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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