USCS LANIER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY PRE-RACE NOTEBOOK
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - The United Sprint Car Series will open its 2004 "Asphalt
Thunder" Tour this Saturday night as part of the Checks-2-Cash "Spring
Explosion" at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA. Winged Outlaw
Sprint Car drivers from eight different states are expected for this event.
NEW TIRES SHOULD MAKE FOR RECORD SPEEDS: The USCS pavement pounders will
be turning the fastest speeds ever record on the 3/8-mile paved oval. The
defending and two-time USCS Asphalt Thunder Champion, the "Malabar Missile"
Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL, currently holds the LNS all-time track record of
11.320 seconds for an average speed of 119.258 miles per hour.
To break the 120 miles per hour barrier at LNS, a lap in 11.250 seconds is
needed. Many drivers feel that the new Hoosier spec tire will make this
possible. USCS officials have issued a clarification of tires legal for
competition for drivers who will compete or wish to compete in the LNS
Hoosier Racing Tires are the "official" USCS tire and the following
compounds are legal: on the RIGHT REAR the legal Hoosier tire and compound
is a 17x28x15 M50 compound tire. The LEFT REAR tire compounds are 2020,
M20, 2030 and M30 compounds. The legal RIGHT FRONT Hoosier Tire compounds
are 2045 and M45. The legal left front compound is a 2010 or M10 or a
harder tire is legal in that position.
Additionally American Racer tires that were legal in 2003 may be used as
well. Hoosier Tires and compounds legal for use in the TBARA are also legal
"Since this will be our first event on pavement with Hoosier tires we wanted
to re-issue this info for everyone," USCS President Pete Walton said. "I
think this makes it pretty easy for almost anyone from anywhere to come race
with USCS pretty economically at Lanier. If anyone has any additional
questions on tires, or any other rules for the USCS "Asphalt Thunder"
series, please call USCS at 770-313-3477 or contact Competition Director
Billy Williamson at 256-363-2395."
Among the other USCS pavement hot shoes looking for a new track record and
an opening night win are the defending USCS National Champion Terry Gray of
Bartlett, TN, 2003 USCS Asphalt Thunder Runner-Up Jim Raptis of Marietta,
GA, and 2002 USCS Asphalt Thunder Runner-Up Doug Day of Winder, GA.
USCS GOES LIVE AROUND THE WORLD ON SPRINT CAR NETWORK: The Sprint Car
Network will broadcast Saturday night's LNS USCS event live on the internet
beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Race fans worldwide can hear the action live at
www.sprintcarnet.com. USCS announcers Larry Sams and Roby Helm will be
calling the action.
"We're happy to have the opportunity to share the excitement of USCS Winged
Outlaw Sprint Car racing on both dirt and asphalt this season with race fans
around the world through the Sprint Car Network," USCS President Pete Walton
said. "We'll be making history on Saturday night, as we will have the first
ever live webcast of an asphalt Sprint Car race on SCN."
Sprint Car Network and USCS will be announcing the complete 2004 live
webcast schedule in the coming weeks.
NATIONAL USCS POINTS COMING INTO LNS EVENT: Based on their victories on
the dirt track at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL on February 2-3,
Chad Kemenah of Findlay, OH and Joey Saldana of Brownsburg, IN top the USCS
National Point Standings. Kemenah leads Saldana by four points.
Sport Allen of Largo, FL is in the third spot, and is tied with Maryland
driver Curt Michael, and Shane Stewart of Bixby, OK. Danny Martin of
Sarasota, FL is in the sixth spot, followed by former Nextel Cup Champion
Tony Stewart of Rushville, IN, Jason Sides of Bartlett, TN, and Greg Wilson
of Benton Ridge, OH.
There is a two-way tie for the tenth spot between Kenny Adams of Malabar,
FL, and Canadian Glen Styers.
All this will change as the series is changing surfaces this Saturday night
at LNS, and a new driver mix will arrive. USCS drivers have a four-race
membership grace period for the 2004 season. This means that drivers who
have not paid their membership fees by the fourth race of the season will
lose all points accumulated.
USCS 2004 National Point Standings as of 3/20/04
1 20 Kemenah, Chad 294
2 2s Saldana, Joey 290
3 tie 88 Allen, Sport 276
3 tie 2m Michael, Curt 276
3 tie 4 Stewart, Shane 276
6 00 Martin, Danny 270
7 20 Stewart,Tony 266
8 7s Sides, Jason 260
9 63 Wilson, Greg 258
10 tie 4A Adams, Kenny 256
10 tie 0 Styres, Glen 256
12 tie 64 Pake,Brad 252
12 tie 50z Chappell,Zack 252
14 26 Skinner, Marshall 246
15 2 Stauffer, Red 240
16 1w Wrenn, Bryce 238
17 10 Gray, Terry 236
18 6 Geldarg, Cody 234
19 6r Rager, Roger 228
20 11t Winegardner, Tom Jr. 226
21 4c Chadd, Mike 218
22 2 Lasker, Gene 216
23 77 Raptis, Jim 214
24 18 Bruce,Tony 202
25 tie 52 Auld, Doug 200
25 tie 72 R. J. Johnson 200
25 tie 8 Schloss, Tighe 200
25 tie 59 Smith, Michael 200
25 tie 10s Stegeman, Matt 200
25 tie 11 Winegardner, Tom 200
31 98 Clem, Bubba 150
32 77 DeWease, Lance 144
33 24 McCarl, Terry 142
34 20 Carlson, Frank 116
35 97 Hawk, John 114
36 21 Black, Aubrey 104
37 tie 15 Scrape, Lee 100
37 tie 167 Shepard, Jeff 100
39 5m Mott, Phil 50
LANIER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Lanier National Speedway will
host an open practice session this Friday night. The pit gate will open at
5 p.m., and the practice will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This Saturday, the pit gate will open at the pit gate will open at 1 p.m.,
with practice from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the drivers meeting will be at 5:15
p.m., and qualifying set for 5:30 p.m. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7
p.m. with the USCS Dash, heat races, and a 40-lap feature event.
In addition to the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars, the LNS Pro Late Models
will run a 150-lap main event, and there will also be a Demolition Derby as
part of the Checks-2-Cash Spring Explosion.
For race day and ticket information call Lanier National Speedway at (770)
967-8600, or visit the track's web site at www.laniernationalspeedway.com.
Lanier National Speedway is located on State Road 53 four miles north of
I-85 at exit 129, or five miles south of I-985 at exit 16. For more
information about the USCS, visit their web site at www.uscsracing.com.
Posted by Wayne Clayton