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Gray Looking For USCS Win At Swainsboro FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Three-time and defending United Sprint Car Series Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN will be looking for some familiar real estate Friday night when the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour visits...

Gray Looking For USCS Win At Swainsboro

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Three-time and defending United Sprint Car Series Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN will be looking for some familiar real estate Friday night when the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour visits Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, GA. Gray, who is a past winner in Swainsboro, has yet to post 2004 USCS victory in five starts.

Despite going winless, consistent top five finishes has Gray on top of the USCS National point standings with a 12-point advantage over Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL. In five starts, Gray has three top five finishes. The USCS National points encompass both dirt and asphalt USCS events.

In the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour points chase, Gray has some catching up to do. He is third behind point leader Adams and Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE. Gray is 26 points behind Adams, and 12 points behind Michael.

Gray visited the Swainsboro Raceway winner's circle on September 27, 2003 while racing with the American Outlaw Action Series. In January, USCS bought the North Carolina-based AOAS in January of 2004. Gray was also the fast qualifier for the event with a lap around the half-mile clay oval in 16.130 seconds for an average speed of 111.593 miles per hour.

While Gray is still looking for his first win of the season, Adams has been on a roll in USCS dirt competition with victories in the last two USCS events in Travelers Rest, SC on April 2, and in Batesburg, SC on April 3. For the season, Adams also has three top ten finishes. The only hiccup in the season for the "Malabar Missile" was a first lap crash in Braselton, GA on March 27.

Most of the top ten finishers in the 2003 AOAS event at Swainsboro Raceway will be returning Friday night for the USCS-sanctioned event.

Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC finished second to Gray last year, and like Gray, Bridges will be looking forward to returning to a venue where he has had past success. Bridges has looked strong in the early 2004 USCS events, but a rash of mechanical gremlins haven't showed well in the race results.

Butch Pendergrass of Winston-Salem, NC finished third last year in Swainsboro. Pendergrass is ninth in the USCS National points with one top ten finish. Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC finished sixth last year at Swainsboro, and he is currently fourth in USCS National points with one top five, and three top ten finishes in four 2004 USCS starts.

Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL was the seventh-place finisher in Swainsboro last year, and he is currently seventh in the USCS National points chase. Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC took the eighth spot last year in Swainsboro, and is tenth in USCS National points.

Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL leads the USCS "Florida Fountain of Youth Gang." The 18-year-old got some seat time at Swainsboro Raceway last year, and finished tenth in the AOAS event. Martin is the fifth-place driver in 2004 USCS National points with two top ten finishes.

Many other second-generation members of the Florida Fountain of Youth Gang are also expected in Swainsboro on Friday.

Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL is sixth in USCS National points with one top ten finish. R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL is the leading USCS Rookie of the Year Candidate, and is eighth in National points. Also expected are Daryl Smith of Gibsonton, FL and Johnny Gilbertson of Tampa, FL.

Along with the USCS Outlaw Thunder winged outlaw sprint cars, the Swainsboro Raceway Late Model, Sportsman, Super Street, Pure Stock, and Mini Stock Divisions will also be in action. The gates open at 5 p.m., with hot laps set for 7 p.m., and racing is scheduled for 8 p.m. The USCS program will feature the Air Flow Research Dash, heat races, a B-main, and a 30-lap A-main.

For more information, call Swainsboro Raceway at 478-252-1300, or visit the track's web site at www.swainsbororaceway.com. Swainsboro Raceway is located 1.8 miles north of U.S. Highway 80 on S.R. 56. For the latest news, points, and schedule information, visit the USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Adams , R.J. Johnson