MARTIN TRYING TO GET ASPHALT PROGRAM ON TRACK TO KEEP USCS
WINNING STREAK ALIVE THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
GA - With the United Sprint Car Series making the switch
from dirt tracks to asphalt tracks this weekend, the hottest
driver on the tour will try to get his asphalt together to
keep his streak alive this Friday night in USCS Asphalt
Thunder Tour action at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, NC.
Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL has
won the last two USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour events on July
23 in Swainsboro, GA, and on July 24 in Cochran, GA. The
18-year-old "young gun" Martin currently sits second
in the USCS National point standings behind the defending and
three-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN.
USCS is the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the
country that competes on both dirt and asphalt tracks.
Pound-for-pound, winged outlaw sprint cars are the most
powerful short track racing cars in the world. They're powered
by 700-horsepower fuel-injected, methanol-burning V-8 engines.
The large wings on top and in front of the cars gives them
maximum down force for high corner speeds, and enable the cars
to lift the front wheels off the ground coming off the
"We've finally got out dirt program running strong and
we've learned what our dirt car likes as far a chassis
set-up," Martin said. "Now, our goal is to get our
asphalt program going strong so we can run up front with Terry
Gray and Kenny Adams. Our team doesn't have the experience on
asphalt like those guys do, so we've got some catching up to
In the five USCS Asphalt Thunder events run so far this
season, Gray and Adams have combined to win four of them.
Adams has been the dominant force with three victories and the
"Malabar Missile" has also been the fast qualifier
at all five races. Gray has one win and has finished in the
top five in each event. The "Bartlett Bullet" leads
the USCS Asphalt Thunder points chase.
Martin missed the first USCS Asphalt Thunder event held in
March in Braselton, GA, but in his debut on April 30 in
Hickory, NC, "The Hammer" turned in an impressive
fifth-place finish. He followed that up with another fifth,
and two sixth-place finishes. Just as was the case with his
dirt program, Martin is just a couple of adjustments away from
being a threat to beat Gray and Adams.
Doug Berryman of Mansfield, OH is not only a threat to win
a USCS Asphalt Thunder show, but he has visited the winner's
circle this season in Braselton, GA. Berryman will be joined
by his teammate Joe Rebman of Mansfield, OH, who also has a
pair of second-place finishes this season in USCS Asphalt
Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC is another driver that has been
a consistent front-runner in USCS Asphalt Thunder action this
season. Ragsdale is a pavement specialist, and has three top
five finishes. Doug "Solid" Gold of Concord, NC has
been improving at each race, and has climbed to fourth in the
USCS Asphalt Thunder points chase behind Gray, Adams, and
Berryman is fifth in USCS Asphalt Thunder points followed
by Martin, and Rebman. Bill Moore of Denver, NC, Jimmy Taylor
of Green Pond, SC, and R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN round out
the top ten. Johnson is a 16-year-old driver that is also the
top USCS Rookie of the Year Candidate.
The Friday night show at Tri-county Speedway will see the
USCS pavement pounders compete in time trials, the Air Flow
Research Power Dash, heat races, and a 30-lap main event. USCS
has posted bonuses that will be paid to the 305 Asphalt and
"True Dirt" sprint cars that finish in the top 10
and top 5 of the main event Friday night. Any 305 sprint car
that finishes in the top 10 will receive a $125 bonus, and
$250 will go to any 305 sprint car that finishes in the top 5
USCS has also posted first time bonuses for "True
Dirt" sprint cars competing on Friday night. Bonuses will
be paid to "True Dirt" sprint cars that finish in
the top 10 and top 5 of the main event. A "True
Dirt" sprint car is a race car that has the motor mounted
7 or more inches above the bottom frame rail and is running a
USCS legal dirt motor. The car must also measure 54.5 or more
inches from the back of the engine to the center of the right
rear torsion bar at the arm. The car must also employ a Jacobs
Ladder in the rear.
Any "True Dirt " sprint car that finishes in the
top 10 will receive a $125 bonus, and $250 will go to any
"True Dirt " sprint car that finishes in the top 5
cars on Friday night. Other bonuses available include the $100
longest tow award for the driver who travels the greatest
distance to Hudson, NC.
On Friday night at Tri-County Motor Speedway, the pit gate
opens at 3 p.m., the grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m. practice
will begin at 5:20 p.m., the drivers meeting is set for 6:45
p.m., time trials are at 7:15 p.m., and racing is scheduled
for 8 p.m. The Tri County Motor Speedway Late Model, Street
Stock, Mini Stock, Super Sport, and Fast and Furious Divisions
will also be in action.
For more information call (828) 726-6600, or visit the
Tri-County Motor Speedway website at
www.tricountymotorspeedway.com. Tri-County Motor Speedway is
located 5.5 miles north of I-40 at exit 133, then .7 miles
east on Baton Church Road, then .5 miles north on Hickory Nut
For the latest USCS news, information, points, and
statistics visit the series website at www.uscsracing.com.