USCS: South Georgia preview

O'REILLY USCS SET FOR NEW VENUE AT SOUTH GEORGIA MOTORSPORTS PARK ON APRIL 9 FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will visit a new venue on Saturday night, April 9 at South Georgia ...

O'REILLY USCS SET FOR NEW VENUE AT SOUTH GEORGIA MOTORSPORTS PARK ON APRIL 9

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour will visit a new venue on Saturday night, April 9 at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, GA. The ½-mile paved oval is one of the newest tracks in the country, and three O'Reilly USCS drivers recently got a sneak preview of the facility.

The 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion and 2003 O'Reilly Asphalt Thunder Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL took some practice laps along with his teammate and stepson Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL, and Matt Tiffany of Daytona, FL. Both 18-year-old Gohn and 16-year-old Tiffany are 2005 Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year candidates.

Adams gave the track high marks after putting his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott through its paces at SGMP.

"The track is smooth, fast, and I think it's going to be real racy," Adams said. "It's like a big Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA, and I know the fans are going to see some great racing."

The competition is tight among the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder drivers, as they prepare for round five of the 65-race season. Pound-for-pound, the winged outlaw sprint cars of the O'Reilly USCS are the most powerful short track racing cars in the world, and should easily turn the fastest speeds ever recorded at SGMP.

The cars weigh 1,300 pounds and are powered by 700 horsepower fuel-injected, methanol-burning V-8 engines. The wings on the top of the race cars provide maximum down force to increase corner speeds.

It takes a rare breed of race car driver to control a winged outlaw sprint car. The O'Reilly USCS has an interesting mix of seasoned veterans with impressive resumes, and the SpeedMart "Young Guns," a talented group of drivers under the age of 25 full of desire and courage.

After the first three O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour events, three drivers shared the point lead. Four-time and defending O'Reilly USCS National Champion and defending Asphalt Thunder Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN shared the point lead with third-generation driver Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL and 18-year-old Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH.

Gray was still looking for his first win of the season, but as his previous series titles have shown, his consistency has been the key to his success. Reutimann has one win to help his drive to the top of the point list. Known as a dirt track specialist, Myers is a newcomer to pavement racing, but has a couple of second-place finishes in his first three asphalt runs.

The series winningest driver Adams shares the fourth spot with a rookie driver with a well-known name in sprint car racing. Adams won the season opener in Pensacola, FL, but the second race in Mobile, AL was won by 16-year-old third generation driver Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN.

Swindell, who has also set two new track records this season, is the son of three-time national sprint car champion Sammy Swindell.

Last year's O'Reilly USCS national championship runner-up 18-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL is tied for the sixth spot in the points chase with veteran Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA. Tiffany is in the eighth spot followed by 40-year sprint car veteran Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL. Gohn rounds out the top ten, with 18-year-old Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL just a few points behind.

Along with the O'Reilly USCS winged outlaw sprint cars, the Thunder Roadsters will also be in action on April 9 at SGMP. For ticket information call SGMP at (229) 896-7000, or visit the track web site at www.sgmpracing.com. South Georgia Motorsports Park is located off I-75 at exit 32. Take Old Coffee Road east one-half mile, and then north one mile on U.S. Highway 41.

For more information about the O'Reilly USCS visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kevin Swindell , Sammy Swindell , Wayne Reutimann , Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn , Brian Thomas