posted May 30, 2002 11:06 AM
USCS "Outlaw Thunder" Tour at Columbus Speedway This Saturday Night!
Atlanta, Georgia-Wild and exciting Winged Outlaw Sprint Car racing comes to Columbus Speedway this Saturday night, June 1st. The United Sprint Car Series (USCS) "Outlaw Thunder" will make its only visit of the 2002 season to the 3/10’s mile high banked clay oval located just east of Columbus on Lacy Rd.
This will be the ninth event on the 40 race 2002 USCS National Championship tour. This event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least seven states to the speedway. Their exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning 700+ Horsepower open wheel cars weigh approximately 1300 pounds, and will literally fly around the track surface at speeds well in excess of 100 miles per hour. It is not uncommon to see these powerful vehicles popping wheelies or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 18 inch wide rear tires.
Saturday night's USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Car racing program includes; hot laps, qualifying heat races, a B-Main and a 30-lap A-Main event. In addition the evening's first sprint car race is the Airflow Research Power Dash that showcases the top cars from the previous USCS feature in an edge of your seat, 6 car, 6 lap shootout that accrues points towards an Airflow Research Super Power Dash at season's end worth up to $10,000 to win! Plus all local divisions including the Super Late Models will be in action for a power packed show.
Heavy hitter entries include: 2001 USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee. Gray has eight National Championships to his credit and over 250 feature wins. Gray finished in the runner-up spot in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame national driver of the year poll in 2001 and had 14 wins on the season. Gray has won three USCS main events and has five wins so far in 2002 in all competition. He is the series' national points leader. He got his first USCS win of the 2001 season at Columbus Speedway last year on June 9th and is looking forward to the event this time around.
1999 USCS champion, Marshall Skinner from West Memphis, Arkansas is entered for Saturday night's event. Skinner, who finished in the runner-up spot to Gray in the national point standings in 2001 and ran well with the series over the Memorial Day weekend as well.
A host of other talented Mid-South area sprint car stars are expected for this event including Mike Ward from Memphis who has over 350 sprint car victories. USCS President Pete Walton says “this will definitely be one of the best sprint car fields we've ever had at Columbus Speedway.”
Other notable and capable entries include The 2000 East Bay Raceway Champion, Johnny Gilbertson from Dover, Florida, who won his first USCS main event at Scenic Raceway in Oneida, Tennessee last weekend and is third in the USCS national points chase. Veteran sprint car racer, Doug Day from Winder, Georgia, stands fourth in the national standings and is coming to Columbus as well seeking his first season victory.
Corey Herring from Columbus is sure to be the local favorite and will be in the familiar yellow # 94 mount that propelled now retired Columbus sprint car driver Rusty House to a popular victory here in 2000.
Other talented USCS drivers in the field include: USCS' 2001 top rookie Ben Basinger from Granite Quarry, North Carolina. 2000 rookie sensation, 19 year old Michael Miller from Ocean Springs, Mississippi is entered and is looking for his first season win. 1999 USCS top rookie Chris Rogers from Winston, Georgia, will be in action also.
Jeff Buckner from Dyersburg, Tennessee is entered and is chasing the USCS Western Division championship as is top veteran sprint car racer Garry Bell from Memphis, Tennessee who is always a threat to win.
Other Georgia Gang entries include: the father and son team of Jeremy and Randy Scott from Franklin, Georgia, plus Randy Helton, Brian Thomas, and Jim Mackenzie all from the Atlanta area and Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain.
A new bumper crop of USCS sprint car rookies are entered for this year’s contest including Bryan Bell from Memphis, who finished in the top ten of a stellar field last Sunday night at Hohenwald Motorsports Speedway after graduating from High School on Saturday. Randy Weaver from Powder Springs, Georgia leads the national top rookie chase and has a number of top ten finishes. Weaver moved into the sprint cars from drag racing. Andy Goins from West Memphis, Arkansas is entered as well and will be vying for top rookie honors in the USCS Western Division in 2002.
Other Magnolia state entries in addition to Herring and Miller include Eric White from Byhalia and Harry Ferguson and David Bryant from Florence.
Additional racing on the evening’s program includes Super Late Models and all Columbus Speedway local divisions. Grandstand gates open Saturday at 5pm and racing starts at 8:00 p.m. Directions to Columbus Speedway are to travel 7 miles West of Columbus on US 82 to the (Lee) Stokes Rd. exit. Then travel 1.9 miles north (left) to Lacy Rd. Turn right on Lacy and go about 0.3 miles to Columbus Speedway. Adult grandstand admission is $15 with children under 11 admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
The track information phone number is 662-241-5004 or visit the Columbus Speedway Internet home hosted at www.midsouthracing.com.
USCS Media and information contacts:
PR/ Media Director - Larry Sams: 770-926-7987 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pres. - Pete Walton - 770-719-8857 or cell 678-428-6920 or email: email@example.com