Adams Takes Fourth Straight USCS Win at East Alabama Motor Speedway PHENIX CITY, AL - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL picked up his fourth straight United Sprint Car Series win in as many years Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway. The ...
Adams Takes Fourth Straight USCS Win at East Alabama Motor Speedway
PHENIX CITY, AL - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL picked up his fourth straight United Sprint Car Series win in as many years Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway. The "Malabar Missile" led all 30 laps, unchallenged, to take his sixth USCS win of the season driving the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott.
When the night began, Adams thought he had no chance for victory after drawing a high number for a back row starting spot in the first heat. After starting ninth in the ten lap event, Adams worked his way to the front by lap seven, and then checked out for the win. After the race, Adams drew the zero pill to start on the pole position for the main event.
"When I drew the high number for the heat race, I didn't think I had a chance for the win," Adams said. "We got a break with a caution flag in the heat that helped get us to the front, and we needed that because there were a lot of good cars in that heat race."
Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN finished second in the main event, after winning the second heat and starting along side Adams in the front row driving the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC took the third spot in the Aluminum Fabricators Hench/Gaerte. Jeremy Scott of Franklin, GA was fourth in the Vortex Bar and Grill Pro Lite/June Bug.
Randy Helton of Palmetto, GA drove the Helton Transmission Maxim/ERI to a fifth-place finish, and Steven Graham of Sydney, Australia started 11th and finished sixth in the Richard Petty Driving Experience Maxim/RPDE. Graham was the last car to finish on the lead lap.
Graham shared the Huggins Race Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award with Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC and Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL. Allum started 16th and finished 11th in the Heintz Performance Allum/Allum, and Winegardner started 19th and finished 14th in the Snap On Tools J&J/WRP.
Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA was seventh in the Main Auto Parts/Saligoe Avenger/Broome Performance, and eighth spot went to Jim Raptis of Marietta, GA in the Grissom Honda/Mazda J&J/Chrisco. Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL finished ninth in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE, and Johnny Gilbertson of Tampa, FL rounded out the top ten in the JHT Performance Graphics Maxim/Gaerte.
Heat race winners Adams and Gray brought the field down for the green flag, and raced side-by-side into turn one. Gray stayed with Adams until they came off the fourth turn when Adams took charge of the lead. By lap 10, Adams approached lapped traffic, and held a full straightaway lead over Gray.
Adams was able to race by the traffic on the outside groove, but Gray seemed to catch the lapped cars at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and lost his momentum.
The only caution flag of the race came on lap 25 when Chris Hill of Wedowee, AL broke down on the front straightaway aboard the Hill Brothers Air and Hydraulics Challenger/Gaerte. Gray took the opportunity to close back in on Adams for the restart, but he had three lapped cars between himself and the leader.
Adams pulled away on the restart, while Gray struggled to pass the lapped cars. When the checkered flag came out six laps later, Adams was in a different zip code from the rest of the field.
In an exhibition qualification run, Adams stopped the East Alabama Motor Speedway time clocks with a lap around the 3/8-mile clay oval in 13.94 seconds to set a new all-time track record. The old record was 14.15. seconds set by Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN in a dirt late model.
R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL in the Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/ZRE was the Rookie of the Race, and Scott won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash.
The next event for the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour will be Sunday night at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA. For more USCS information, visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.
Official Results of Round 15 at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL on 6/19/04:
<pre> POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS 1. 1 4a Kenny Adams Malabar, FL 30 2. 2 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN 30 3. 4 1w Brice Wrenn Lexington, SC 30 4. 5 76 Jeremy Scott Franklin, GA 30 5. 7 27 Randy Helton Palmetto, GA 30 6. 11 14 Steven Graham Sydney, AUS 30 7. 8 67 Brian Thomas Auburn, GA 29 8. 3 47 Jim Raptis Marietta, GA 29 9. 10 00 Danny Martin Jr. Sarasota, FL 29 10. 9 21 Johnny Gilbertson Tampa, FL 29 11. 16 87 Chad Allum Kannapolis, NC 29 12. 15 71 R.J. Johnson (R) Wesley Chapel, FL 28 13. 17 57 Patrick Sullivan Gaffney, SC 28 14. 19 11 Tom Winegardner Jr. Pierson, FL 28 15. 6 4 Chris Hill Wedowee, AL 23 16. 12 5 Dave Thorman Greenville, SC 22 17. 18 69 Bronzie Lawson Southern Pines, NC 11 18. 14 44 Josh Harris New London, NC 10 19. 13 07 Johnny Bridges Cherryville, NC 1
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAP LEADERS: Adams, 1-30
HUGGINS CAMS HARD CHARGER: Graham (started 11th and finished 5th); Allum (started 16th and finished 11th); Winegardner (started 19th and finished 14th)
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Johnson
WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Hill
AIR FLOW RESEARCH POWER DASH (6 Laps): 1. Scott; 2. Winegardner; 3. Gray; 4. Wrenn; 5. Martin; 6. Johnson (R).
1ST HEAT RACE (10 Laps): 1. Adams; 2. Raptis; 3. Scott; 4. Helton; 5. Gilbertson; 6. Graham; 7. Bridges; 8. Johnson (R); 9. Sullivan; 10. Winegardner.
2ND HEAT RACE (10 Laps): 1. Gray; 2. Wrenn; 3. Hill; 4. Thomas; 5. Martin; 6. Thorman; 7. Harris; Allum; 9. Lawson.
USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 6/19/04: 1 Terry Gray 2152 2 Danny Martin Jr. 1920 3 Kenny Adams 1706 4 R.J. Johnson (R) 1664 5 Brice Wrenn 1482 6 Tom Winegardner Jr. 1264 7 Bill Moore 898 8 Butch Pendergrass 884 9 Chad Allum 864 10 Brian Thomas 806 11 Jim Raptis 784 12 Red Stauffer 750 13 Marshall Skinner 694 14 Ben Basinger 624 15 Jimmy Taylor 620 16 Doug Gold 580 17 Doug Berryman 566 18 Joe Rebman 558 19 Curt Michael 542 20 Jeremy Scott 532
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate