USCS: Senoia preview

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will be in action this Saturday night at Senoia Speedway in Senoia, GA. The USCS winged outlaw sprint cars are pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the...

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will be in action this Saturday night at Senoia Speedway in Senoia, GA. The USCS winged outlaw sprint cars are pound-for-pound the most powerful short track racing cars in the world, and will be turning the fastest speeds ever recorded the 3/8-mile paved oval.

The USCS winged outlaw sprint cars weigh just 1,300 and are powered by 700 horsepower fuel-injected V-8 engines burning methanol. Defending USCS Asphalt Thunder Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL holds the all-time track record at Senoia Speedway at 11.520 seconds for an average speed of 117.188 miles per hour.

The Senoia Speedway event will be the fourth of 18 USCS Asphalt Thunder events on the 2004 schedule, and the tenth on the USCS National schedule. USCS has 50 National events scheduled in 2004, and is the only winged outlaw sprint car series that competes on both paved and dirt tracks.

Adams is looking to get back on track to defend his USCS Asphalt Thunder title after a disastrous season opener at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA. Adams crashed on the opening lap of the main event for a 21st place finishing spot.

"The Malabar Missile" rebounded on Friday night with a win at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC, and then followed that up with a third-place finish on Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA. Adams has now climbed to fourth-place in the USCS Asphalt Thunder point standings, just 38 points out of first place.

The defending and three-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN leads the Asphalt Thunder and the National point standings coming into the Senoia Speedway event on Saturday night. Gray is fresh off his win last Saturday night on the pavement in Radford, VA, and he also has a dirt track win in Savannah, GA on April 24.

Sandwiched in between the USCS "Top Guns" of Gray and Adams are two members of the "Buckeye Bandits."

Joe Rebman of Mansfield, OH posted second-place finishes at both Hickory and Radford over the past weekend. Along with a seventh-place finish in Braselton, GA, Rebman is second in the USCS Asphalt Thunder points, just 10 points behind Gray.

Doug Berryman of Mansfield, OH, a teammate to Rebman, is third in USCS Asphalt Thunder points with a win in Braselton, GA and three top 10 finishes. Berryman is just 24 points behind Gray. Another Buckeye Bandit is Frank Neill of Vickery, OH, who is sixth in USCS Asphalt Thunder points.

Will Ragsdale of Greenville, SC leads the "Carolina Cruisers" in the USCS Asphalt Thunder points chase, as he currently sits in the fifth spot. Other Carolina Cruisers in the top ten in Asphalt Thunder points are seventh-place Brad Davis of Rutherfordton, NC, Bill Moore of Denver, NC in the eighth spot, Butch Pendergrass of Winston-Salem, NC in ninth position, and tenth-place Jimmy Taylor of Green Pond, SC.

Other Carolina Cruisers expected to make the trip to Senoia Speedway this Saturday night are Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, Doug Gold of Concord, NC, and Ben Basinger of Salisbury, NC.

Leading the Florida "Fountain of Youth Gang" will be 18-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL. Martin is third in National points, and posted a fifth and sixth-place showing in his first two USCS Asphalt Thunder outings over the past weekend.

Two other teenage Florida Fountain of Youth Gang members are battling for Rookie of the Year honors on the Asphalt Thunder Tour. R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL is fourth overall in the National points, but trails fellow rookie contender Troy DeCaire of Tampa, FL by 38 points in the Asphalt Thunder points chase. DeCaire has a pair of top ten finishes this season.

Along with the USCS Asphalt Thunder winged outlaw sprint cars, the Senoia Speedway Sportsman, Street Stock, Legend, Bandolero, and Pro Challenge Divisions will also be in action. The Pit Gate opens at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the Grandstand Gate opening at 4:30 p.m., and qualifying is set for 6:45 p.m.

Senoia Speedway is located 3.5 miles west of Senoia, GA off State Road 16 on Brown Road. For more information call the speedway at (770) 599-6161, or visit the track's web site at www.senoiaspeedway.com. For more information about USCS, visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , R.J. Johnson