ADAMS BATTLES MARTIN FOR O'REILLY USCS RIVERSIDE WIN TRAVELERS REST, SC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL drove the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw Ott to his seventh O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday...
ADAMS BATTLES MARTIN FOR O'REILLY USCS RIVERSIDE WIN
TRAVELERS REST, SC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL drove the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw Ott to his seventh O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night at Riverside Speedway. The 82nd series career win for the "Malabar Missile" came in the 30-lap lead-swapping battle with 19-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL.
"I think this series has the most talented group of young sprint car drivers in the country because these kids are tough," Adams said. "Danny raced me close and clean all race long. He would get by me in lapped traffic, and then I would get back my him."
The race was almost a carryover from the April 15 O'Reilly USCS Riverside Speedway show when Adams and Martin battled for the point. In that race, Martin led for the first 16 laps before Adams took over for the win.
In this latest version, it looked like the tables would turn the other way, as Adams led for the first eight laps before Martin took the lead in lapped traffic coming off turn two.
Just when it looked like "The Hammer" would get sweet revenge on Adams, the lead pair came up on more lapped traffic, and Adams went to the low side of turn four to retake the lead, and go on to his third straight Riverside Speedway win. Martin had to settle for second in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE, and was the SpeedMart Young Gun of the race for drivers under the age of 25.
"I've never been beat here, and there at the start I was beginning to claim this place as my own when Danny went sailing by me," Adams said.
Third went to Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC in the Bridges Motorsports J&J/Bridges Ford after a side-by-side finish with Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL. Bridges won the Engler Machine and Tool first ten-lap heat race and drew the eighth starting spot.
Tiffany finished fourth in the Independent Printing Shaw/Ott, and that earned the 16-year-old driver the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race Award. Tiffany also won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash.
The K&N Filters Pole Award winner Bruce Cline of Apex, NC finished fifth in the 31-W Insulation Stealth/Engler. That moved him up to the third spot in the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour regional points behind Adams and Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN.
Steven Graham of Sydney, Australia was sixth in the Richard Petty Driving Experience Maxim/Graham, and Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC took the seventh spot in the ButlerBuilt Prowler/Chrisco after starting 14th.
Jeremy Scott of Franklin, GA was the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race after starting his Scott's Plumbing ProLite/June Bug 16th and finishing eighth. Scott also came home the winner in the six-lap Koolbeans Trophy Dash.
Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL finished ninth in the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and Tom Winegardner Sr. of Pierson, FL rounded out the top ten in the Snap On Tools/WRP J&J/Hampshire.
Gray finished outside the top ten for the first time this season in O'Reilly USCS competition. The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion was involved in a tangle with a lapped car on lap 17, and then fell out of the event on lap 28. He was credited with the 11th spot in the C&B Mushrooms/Goodson Farms Maxim/Wesmar.
The next event for the O'Reilly USCS will be Saturday night at I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC.