USCS: Hickory race notes

Adams Overcomes Trouble For Hickory USCS Win HICKORY, NC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL overcame a pesky mechanical gremlin to post his fourth win of the 2004 United Sprint Car Series season on a rainy Friday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. ...

Adams Overcomes Trouble For Hickory USCS Win

HICKORY, NC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL overcame a pesky mechanical gremlin to post his fourth win of the 2004 United Sprint Car Series season on a rainy Friday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Adams started his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott in the sixth starting spot, took the lead on lap eight, and then never looked back in the caution-free 40-lap Feature Race.

Adams lapped all but the second and third-place cars during the Garrett & Dyer Ford Thunder In Carolina main event, but as strong as his car was, it was in pieces on pit road 30 minutes before the main event took the green flag.

"I don't think I've ever been happier to win a race than tonight," Adams said. "We just seemed to have problems all night long, but the crew hung in there, we solved it, and the car ran the best it has ever had in the main event."

Between the Air Flow Research Power Dash, and the Heat Race, the hood was off the 4a machine, the injector stacks were off, and all of the plugs and plug wires were off the engine. Adams and his crew thrashed on the car for several minutes. They just made the call for the heat race, went out and finished third, came back in, and they worked some more.

"We finally found the problem," Adams said. "We had three spark plugs that had closed up, and we were running on only five cylinders."

The way the car ran in the Feature Race once the problem was corrected, his competition probably wished it were running on four cylinders.

Joe Rebman of Mansfield, OH finished second in the Rebman Truck Service Beaberbuilt/Gressman, and current point leader, defending and three-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray took the third spot, his Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar, the last car on the lead lap.

Brad Davis of Rutherfordton, NC finished fourth in the AAA Plumbing Hurricane/Davis, and Will Ragsdale of Greenville, SC was fifth in the Chic-Fil-A Clincher/ERI. Frank Neill of Vickery, OH started his Cyclone Services Beaberbuilt/Griff from the 12th starting spot and finished sixth to earn the Huggins Racing Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award.

Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL claimed the seventh spot in the Martin Structures, Inc. Hurricane/ZRE, and Don Townsend of Columbus, OH grabbed the eighth position in the Rebman Truck Service Beaberbuilt/Gressman. Troy DeCaire of Tampa, FL was the Rookie of the Race with a ninth-place finish in the American Trading Post and Pawn Hurricane/Skeeter, and Bill Moore of Denver, NC rounded out the top ten in the Carolina Speedway J&J/Collins.

The racing was fast and furious at the drop of the green flag for the main event, with Martin taking the lead from the pole position followed by Ragsdale, Gray, Rebman, and Adams. Gray immediately started looking inside of Ragsdale for the second spot, while Rebman and Adams raced side-by-side for fourth position.

Lap three saw Ragsdale, Gray and Rebman racing three-wide for the second spot, with Adams waiting in the wings. Gray took over the second position on lap four, and Rebman followed him by Ragsdale up to the third spot.

Gray passed Martin for the lead on lap five, and Rebman hustled up to the second spot on lap six to race Gray side-by-side for the lead. In the meantime, Adams methodically worked his way up to the third spot on lap seven.

Adams made quick work getting to the front, passing both Rebman and Gray to take the lead on lap eight. While Adams pulled away, Rebman stepped to the outside of Gray on lap 11 to take over the second spot. Adams was never challenged the rest of the way, driving his car where ever he needed to through lapped traffic, and would go three-wide on the outside if necessary.

By the halfway point, Adams put at least nine lapped cars between himself and Rebman, and checked out on the field. While Adams, Rebman, and Gray strolled around on the lead lap, Davis made a late race run to come from eighth to fourth.

Adams opened the evening by setting fast time honors among the 23-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile paved oval with a lap in 12.611 seconds for an average speed of 107.049 miles per hour. Even though Adams set fast time, he wasn't happy with the lap.

"The driver messed up during qualifying, and we left a lot on the table," Adams said. "I wanted to break the track record for these fans that waited out the rain, but we just didn't get it done tonight."

Adams set the all-time Hickory Motor Speedway track record last year with a time of 12.261 seconds for an average speed of 110.105 miles per hour.

Gray won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, while the three eight-lap heat races were won by Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL in the Case Contracting Hurricane/Snyder, Davis, and Townsend.

The next event for the USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour is Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA. Gray lead Adams in the USCS National point standings by just eight points. With his second straight top five finish on the pavement, Gray also leads Davis by only eight points in the Asphalt Thunder points chase. Davis also scored his second straight top five pavement finish.

The Radford, VA race on Saturday night will be broadcast live on the Sprint Car Network on the Internet at www.speintcarnet.com beginning at 8 p.m. ET. For the latest news, points, statistics, and information, visit the USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Wayne Reutimann , Kenny Adams