USCS set for Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup weekend Sprint Car Shootout pre-qualifier

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From Pete Walton

Atlanta, GA – (July 8, 2013) -The United Sprint Car Series “Outlaw Thunder” Tour for winged sprint cars has scheduled a paved track event at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia on Saturday, July 20th. The race at the 3/8 mile paved oval will serve as a “pre-qualifying ” opportunity for Atlanta Motor Speedway’s (USCS sanctioned) USCS Sprint Car Shootout on Friday, August 30th during the AMS NASCAR weekend. The top ten finishing drivers in the USCS sprint car A-Main at Watermelon Capital Speedway on July 20th will have a spot guaranteed in the starting field of the Atlanta Motor Speedway USCS Sprint Car Shootout that will be contested at 9:00 pm on Friday night just after the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars and stars qualify for the Advocare 500 in Front of 30,000 plus race fans and the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams.

The Watermelon Capital Speedway event will be the first paved track event for the United Sprint Car Series. Some of the Nation’s top pavement and dirt oval track drivers are expected to compete at one of the series favorite ovals.  Pre-entries have been received from eight states for the July 20th event at the D-Shaped track known as “The Melon”. For those wishing to participate, there will be a Media Day event at Watermelon Capital Speedway from NOON until 3:00pm on Friday, July 19th. After the Media Day event there will be a sprint car practice session at the track.

The Watermelon Capital Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway USCS events will both be contested under United Sprint Car Series rules for pavement events previously used for the ten seasons the series competed regularly on paved as well as dirt ovals.  For everyone’s convenience, several excerpts from the most frequently asked questions about the USCS Asphalt rules are posted below. If you have additional questions please look at the complete USCS sprint car rules posted online at or call the USCS office at 770-865-6097 or at 678-910-7726.


From the USCS rule book

IV.  TIRES: (Updated as of July 8, 2013)


C. Asphalt Tires:

1. Right Rear:Hoosier 17″x28″x15″ 2048, 2049, 2050, 2053, M40 or M50 compound tire.
2. Left Rear: Hoosier 2030 and M30 or harder compounds.
3.  Right Front: Hoosier 2045 and M45 or harder compounds.
4. Left Front Hoosier 2010 or M10 or a harder compound tire is legal in that position.
5. All cars must utilize the same right rear tire for the feature race during a particular event that they use to time trial on for that event. Tires will be marked by USCS Officials prior to time trials. In the event a right rear tire must be changed due to a wreck or flat tire before completion of the A-Main event the car must start/restart at the tail of the lineup.



A.  Right Rear: Maximum width 18″

B.  Left Rear: Maximum width 15″

C.  Front: Maximum width 10″



A.     ( Asphalt Only Rule )

The outermost point of the right-rear tire may not be MORE THAN 44″ from the center of the rear end.



A. Motor configuration and cylinder head option chosen will determine the legal weight at ASPHALT events.

1. Cars with USCS Dirt Series legal motors (SPEC HEADS) must weigh 1,300 pounds without the driver or must weigh 1,465 pounds with the driver and all their safety equipment.
2. Cars with 23 degree cylinder heads that do not meet USCS Dirt Series rules under one of the options allowed may run Asphalt Series events, but must weigh 1,400 pounds without the driver or may weight 1565 pounds with the driver and all of their safety equipment.
3. Ford and Chrysler (Mopar) engines may use the Brodix ACSC SPEC head and run at the same weight and injector specs as a Chevrolet at Asphalt Series events, or those motors may run non Brodix Spec heads, but must weigh an extra 30 pounds (subject to competitive adjustment at anytime), and must run maximum 2.100 inch injector stacks for at least three inches.

B. No offset cars allowed

C. Motor must be in center of the frame, and in front of the driver.

D. No independent suspension (Front or Rear).

E. Any ballast weight must be securely fastened to the race car to the satisfaction of the series tech inspector.


Remember….For complete USCS asphalt or dirt track rules, information and updated schedules please visit or call the series office at 770-865-6097 or 678-910-7726.

For info and/or directions to on Watermelon Capital Speedway located at I-75 Exit 104 in Cordele, Georgia please visit their website at or call the track at 229-271-9301.