ROOKIE GOHN CARRIES ON FAMILY TRADITION WITH O'REILLY USCS WIN IN FAYETTEVILLE FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Second-generation driver Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL posted his first career sprint car win Saturday night in the 30-lap O'Reilly United Sprint Car ...
ROOKIE GOHN CARRIES ON FAMILY TRADITION WITH O'REILLY USCS WIN IN FAYETTEVILLE
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Second-generation driver Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL posted his first career sprint car win Saturday night in the 30-lap O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Year point leader led every lap in the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott.
"This is unreal," Gohn said after the win. "It really hasn't sunk in yet, and having never done this before, I'm not really sure what to say!"
Among the accolades Gohn picked up with the win included a victory in the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, the K&N Pole Award, the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race Award, the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race Award, and the Outlaw Racing Disc Brakes Fast Brake of the Race Award.
The victory also carries on a family tradition in sprint car racing, as his late father Daryl Gohn was a winning sprint car driver before loosing his life in a sprint car accident at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in 1988 when Bryn was two years old.
Gohn's teammate Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL finished second in the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. Not only is Adams Gohn's teammate, but also his stepfather, and he couldn't have been happier if he had won the race himself. Gohn served as Adams' crew chief before getting the chance to drive last season.
"I am just so proud of that kid because he works so hard, and he drove a great race," Adams said. "I don't feel bad at all about running second tonight. His Dad was a good friend of mine, and I know he's looking down on Bryn smiling right now. I know he's just as proud of Bryn as I am."
Adams had a long, hard journey to finish second, as he was involved in a multi-car tangle on lap two, and had to charge from the back of the pack to finish second.
Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC finished third in the Bridges Motorsports J&J/Bridges, the only Ford powered car in the field. Bridges set a new all-time track record at Fayetteville Motor Speedway during the C&B Mushrooms Qualifications with a lap around the 4/10-mile clay oval in 15.836 seconds for an average speed of 90.932 miles per hour. The old record was 15.850 seconds.
Brian Smith of Mooresville, NC posted his best O'Reilly USCS finish of the season with a fourth-place effort in the Smith Fabrication Smith/Smith. The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN rounded out the top five in the C&B Mushrooms/Goodson Farms Maxim/Wesmar.
Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL was sixth in the Independent Printing Shaw/Ott. The 16-year-old driver played a role in Gohn's win, as after winning the Engler Machine and Tool first ten-lap heat race, Tiffany drew a six, putting Gohn on the pole position for the feature race.
Bruce Cline of Apex, NC drove the 31-W Insulation Stealth/Engler to a seventh-place finish. Cline, an open-wheel modified graduate at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, remains third in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour regional point standings behind Adams and Gray, and he is also the leading Rookie of the Year Candidate.
Brian Maddox of Brandon, FL came back from a lap four spin to finish eighth in the Concrete Science/Crawford Tire Service Shaw/Central Florida Machine, and the 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN was ninth in the Tinsley Engineering/TCF J&J/ZRE. Jerry Jones of Clermont, FL rounded out the top ten in the Arbor One Tree Service Shaw/Central Florida Machine.
Gohn took the lead at the start of the race form the pole position followed by Smith, Gray, Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC in the Stainless Fabricators Maxim/Gaerte, Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE, and Adams. The first caution came out on lap two in turn one when three of the top six cars tangled.
Wrenn, Martin, Adams and J.J. Dutton of Tampa, FL in the American Trading Post and Pawn Hurricane/Skeeter got together. All were able to continue for the restart. Maddox spun in turn two on lap four to fly the yellow flag for the second time.
The field went green for four more laps, as Martin and Adams put on a show trying to work their way back to the front of the pack. Wrenn was involved in his second incident of the race on lap eight when he tangled up with Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC in the ButlerBuilt Prowler/Chrisco, and Dustin Apple of Elon, NC in the Apple Racing Maxim/Jerico.
Wrenn and Apple were done for night, but Allum was able to restart. Gohn led the field back to green followed by Smith, Gray, Bridges, Tiffany, and Cline. Martin and Adams had moved up to the seventh and eighth spots respectively. On the restart, Martin flew by Cline and Tiffany to get back into the top five, and Adams moved up to sixth on lap nine.
The caution came back out on lap 11 when Allum, Shawn Stafford of Gainesville, GA in the SCI Sprintcar-inc.net Shaw/McIntosh, and Danny Mercy of Warrenton, NC got together in turn four. Stafford came back to earn the Huggins Cams Hard Charger Award, as he finished 11th after starting 20th.
While the cars were separated, and the accident scene was cleaned up, O'Reilly USCS officials brought out the red flag for a fuel stop.
When the green flag came back out, the field raced for three more laps before Bronzie Lawson of Southern Pines, NC brought out the final caution flag of the race when he spun in turn four while running tenth in the Lawson Construction Avenger/Winford.
The field went caution-free for the second half of the race, and Adams got busy. He passed Martin for the fifth spot on the restart, and then got around Bridges for fourth on lap 15. Martin slowed off the pace on lap 22, and drove his car to the pit area with a mechanical problem. Adams passed Gray for the third spot on lap 25, and then got around Smith for the second spot on lap 28.
Adams then chased down his stepson Gohn in the final lap, but it was the student beating the teacher on this night. Adams was asked if he could have passed Gohn, but the he wouldn't say for sure,
"Maybe I could have passed him, and maybe I couldn't," Adams said. "Even if I could, I don't know if I would have done it. Bryn deserved to win this race tonight."
In other preliminary action, Allum won the ButlerBuilt second ten-lap heat race, and Smith won the six-lap Koolbeans Trophy Dash. Josh Harris of Denton, NC was unable to start the main event in the Sticker Shocks Lightning/Harris due to a mechanical problem, and earned the Weld Racing Hard Luck of the Race Award.
The next two events for the O'Reilly USCS will be a pair of Georgia races that will award points in both the National Outlaw Thunder and Southern Thunder Regional Tours. The series will visit Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, GA on July 22, and Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA on July 23.