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USCS Sprint Speedweek 2012 kicks off in West Memphis Saturday night

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (USCS) - The United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by Goodyear
www.uscsracing.com kicks off its USCS Sprint Speed Week 2012 mini-series at
historic Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas on
Saturday, May 26th at 7:30pm. The race is entitled
as the 7th Annual "Rumble at the River" at the 1/4-mile high-banked gumbo
clay oval.


The race will be the opening round of a six race over eight day mini-series
at tracks located in a close proximity to one another in the Mid-South area.
This event is also set to be race number eight on the season for the
Nationally touring USCS sprint car drivers. The Parts Plus Riverside
International Speedway event is expected to draw a large field of 360 winged
sprint car drivers with drivers from eight states pre-entered from as far
away as Arizona, North Carolina and Texas.

An action packed program awaits fans as the USCS presented by Goodyear
sprint car racing format will include test and tune hot laps followed by the
evening's first sprint car race, the Goodyear Speed Dash that showcases the
top six cars from the previous USCS main event in an edge-of-your-seat
six-car shootout.  Next up will be qualifying heat races followed by Last
Chance/B-Main race(s). The evening's grand finale will be the 7th Annual
30-lap USCS "Rumble at the River" winged sprint car A-main event.

The race will award USCS presented by Goodyear National Championship points
as well as USCS Mid-South Thunder regional series Championship points. The
USCS Mid-South Thunder regional series primarily consists of races in
Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and West Tennessee.

Just a few of the noted drivers who are entered include ten-time and
defending USCS National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee, the
2008 USCS Mid South Thunder Tour regional series Champion and current
National points leader, Tim Crawley from Benton, Arkansas. Both drivers have
won one of the seven main events contested in 2012. There have been seven
different winners in those seven main events. Terry Gray won at Batesville
Motor Speedway on March 30th. Crawley who has won thirty times over the last
past four seasons in USCS competition got his first USCS win of the season
at Toccoa Speedway (GA) on April 14th.

Additional expected entries include: Three other 2012 feature winners. Those
are 2011 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jordon Mallett from Greenbrier, Arkansas,
who won at Carolina Speedway on April 13th and 2006 USCS Rookie of the Year,
Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas who won at Smoky Mountain Speedway (TN) on
May 4th. The 2010 USCS Mid South Thunder regional series Rookie of the Year,
Jerod Roller from Hernando, Mississippi who is the most recent driver to
reach the USCS www.RockAuto.com victory lane with a win at 411 Motor
Speedway (TN) on May 5th is also entered.

Other entries who are in the top ten of the United Sprint Car Series
National point standings are Anthony Nicholson from Bartlett, Tennessee who
has used consistent top five and top ten finishes to find himself currently
in the runner-up position of the standings. 2010 USCS Rookie of the Year
Morgan Turpen from Oakland, Tennessee who is the only woman entered ranks
fourth in the National standings. Turpen hasn't won yet this season but had
two USCS wins in 2011. Jordon Mallett is fifth in those standings.

The 2009 USCS Rookie of the Year, Justin Carver from Drummonds, Tennessee,
ranks sixth. The 2010 USCS Southern Thunder regional series Rookie of the
Year and two-time 2011 feature winner Eric Riggins, Jr. from is seventh in
the standings. Derek Hagar ranks eighth in the current standings and will be
looking for his seventh career USCS win at Riverside. Jerod Roller rounds
out the top ten in the National standings and will be trying to go
two-in-a-row on May 26th.

Also on the Memorial Day weekend holiday racing program are several of
Riverside's weekly Saturday night racing divisions including the Limited
Late Models, Riverside Stock Cars, Open Wheel Modifieds and the popular 305
Winged Sprint Cars.

For more information on Riverside International Speedway visit
www.riversideinternationalspeedway.com  The Riverside office number is
901-840-1970 and the race day phone number is 870-735-8071 or email at
webmaster@riversideinternationalspeedway.com.  For more nformation on the
USCS Speed Week 2012 including the full schedule of six races over eight
days please visit www.uscsracing.com. Call the USCS office at 770-460-7223.

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