March 14, 2008
Cordele -- It's going to get a little loud in Cordele this weekend, as the "Outlaw Thunder Tour" sprint cars take the track at the Watermelon Capital Speedway.
The first race of the season Saturday night features winged outlaw-style sprint cars, with six-time national champion Terry Gray among the forty drivers competing.
The 700-horse-power cars fly around the 3/8 of a mile track at 140 miles per hour, and United Sprint Car Series president Pete Walton says the "edge of your seat excitement" is great for race fans.
"Short track racing, it's a great thing to be able to come out here and sit 50 feet away from these cars, and smell the methanol when they go by, and the rubber burning," says Walton. "You don't get that same thing watching a race on television."
Walton says the series is a great proving ground for drivers who want to be the next Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Junior.
"We have a lot of young people that want to come run, especially our asphalt series, because they get that experience they need to move up to what really pays more money, NASCAR," says Walton.
Time trials start at 7pm Saturday night, followed by heat qualifying and the 40-lap main event.