Kenny Adams wins USCS season opener at Mobile. Irvington, AL - Kenny Adams from Malabar, Florida started the United Sprint Car Series 2003 season Saturday night in the same way he did in 2002, by winning the opening USCS "Asphalt Thunder" Tour...
Kenny Adams wins USCS season opener at Mobile.
Irvington, AL - Kenny Adams from Malabar, Florida started the United Sprint Car Series 2003 season Saturday night in the same way he did in 2002, by winning the opening USCS "Asphalt Thunder" Tour 30 lap main event at Mobile International Speedway. This time it wasn't easy, as Adams crossed the finish line only inches ahead of Winston, Georgia's Chris Rogers in photo finish fashion. A caution flag on lap 26 for Jim Raptis' out of fuel # 77 on the back stretch bunched the field behind Adams with two lapped cars between he and Rogers. Rogers who started the main event in the third row, used the high line around the fast high banked half mile to race by one lapped car and drove by the second one down the backstretch on the final lap and then drove hard in the high groove to run his new # 7 Hurricane Chassis car up beside Adams between turn three and four. The flying duo raced headlong to the finish line for the dramatic finish.
Adams driving his new red # 4 Goodson Farms Shaw car set a new all time track record of 15.079 eclipsing the old mark he established last season by almost two tenths of a second. He also won the Airflow Research Power Dash presented by Gotta Race Apparel, placing him on the pole in the main event. Adams picked up $2500 for his winning efforts on the evening.
Adams lead every lap, but, was challenged thru lap 22 in the race by Jim Raptis from Marietta, Georgia with twenty one year old driving ace, Dave Slawiak from Lutz, Florida, who started on the front row with Adams following the duo. Raptis ran out of fuel on lap 26 after slowing with Slawiak going by to take up the runnerup spot momentarily before being passed by the hard charging Rogers. On lap 27 Slawiak went to the infield with a flat and the duel was down to two.
Wayne Reutimann, Jr. from Zephryhills, Florida, who won his heat race rallied from his seventh starting position to finish third. Third year USCS racer, Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain, Georgia, had a strong showing and a career best USCS finish in fourth place in the strong twenty four car field. Black captured the events KSE Racing Products "Stompin' and Steering" Outstanding Performance award. Black won the other qualifying heat race. Wayne Reutimann, Sr. overcame going to the rear of the field for a flat front tire on lap eight to round out the top five finishers.
1997 USCS Champ Red Stauffer from Winter Park, Florida, led the second five in sixth place with 2002 USCS top rookie Randy Weaver, Powder Springs, Georgia in seventh, Ted Williams from Atlanta followed in eighth, Jim MacKenzie from Buford, Georgia was ninth, and Lee Cipray from Land O' Lakes Florida rounded out the top ten.
Doug Fitzwater from Birmingham, Alabama garnered the Huggins Cams Hardcharger Award for passing the most cars in the main event advancing from a twentieth start to eleventh.
The next USCS event will be an "Asphalt Thunder" doubleheader in Florida on April 4-5th at Ocala Speedway and Columbia Motorsport Park. Visit www.uscsracing.com for details.
A main results USCS - 3/22/03 - Mobile International Speedway: 1st place - Kenny Adams, 2nd place Chris Rogers, 3rd - Wayne Reutimann, Jr., 4th - Aubrey Black, 5th - Wayne Reutimann, 6th - Red Stauffer, 7th - Randy Weaver, 8th - Ted Williams, 9th - Jim MacKenzie, 10th - Lee Cipray, 11th Doug Fitzwater, 12 -Dave Slawiak, 13th - Will Ragsdale, 14th - Jim Raptis, 15th - Bill Pettijohn, 16th - Terry Gray, 17th - Chris Hill, 18th -Ricky Otts, 19th - Chase Taylor, 20th - Brad Davis, 21st - Doug Wimpee, 22nd - Scott Faulkner, 23rd - Randy Helton, 24th - David Bryant (DNS).