Martin Takes USCS Win in Swainsboro SWAINSBORO, GA - Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL picked up his second United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night at Swainsboro Raceway driving the Martin Structures,...
Martin Takes USCS Win in Swainsboro
SWAINSBORO, GA - Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL picked up his second United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night at Swainsboro Raceway driving the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE. Martin took the lead from Bobby Courtwright of Evans, GA on lap 21, and then outran Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN over the last ten laps of the 30-lap main event.
For the second time this season, the 18-year-old driver was able to dedicate a victory as a present for his father Danny Martin Sr. His first win came on Fathers Day, and the Friday night win was a day-late birthday present for his Dad.
Gray made a late-race dash to the front after starting fifth, but the defending and three-time USCS National Champion couldn't catch Martin, and he had to settle for second spot in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Courtwright led the first 20 laps of the race, and ended up a season-best third in the K&N Filters Clincher/Victory.
Another season-best finish went to Chris Hill of Wedowee, AL who brought his Hill Brothers Air and Hydraulics Challenger/Gaerte home in the fourth spot. Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC was fifth in the Stainless Fabricators Hench/Gaerte, and 1997 USCS Champion Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL finished sixth in the C&B Mushrooms Shaw/Ott.
Scott Christian of Valliant, OK took the seventh spot in the Southern States Rail Service Stealth/Dynotech, and R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN was the Rookie of the Race with an eighth-place finish in the Leaf Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/ZRE. Bronzie Lawson of Southern Pines, NC was ninth in the Lawson Construction Maxim/Lawson.
David Thorman of Greenville, SC rounded out the top ten in the Jimmy Taylor Engine Service Gambler/Taylor. Thorman started 14th and was the Huggins Race Cams Hard Charger of the Race.
Martin was able to grab the lead at the start of the race from his outside front row starting spot, but polesitter Courtwright took over the point with an inside move coming off the fourth turn of the opening tour. Martin stayed with Courtwright to battle for the lead until a red flag came out for Patrick Sullivan of Gaffney, SC on lap five.
Sullivan's wild ride began when Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL lost power on the front straightaway and his CineMoves Clincher/Gaerte coasted into the first turn. At the same time, the throttle stuck on Sullivan's Sullivan Racing Gambler/Sullivan.
Sullivan's car wheel hopped Darvalic's car, and then went airborne over the first turn banking and out of the race track. The car landed on its tail and crushed the fuel cell to bring out the red flag. There was no fire, and Sullivan walked away from a bad looking crash to earn the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.
Courtwright led Martin, Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC, Hill, Gray, and Wrenn down for the restart. Gray got by Hill for the fourth spot on lap six, and then began to wage war with Allum for the third spot, while Martin pressured Courtwright for the lead.
Martin turned up the wick at the halfway point in heavy lapped traffic, and made what would be the winning pass on lap 21. Darvalics slowed to a stop on the backstretch to bring out the caution flag on lap 24. Darvalics retired for the evening, but earned the FSR Performance Award.
On the restart, Gray dove to the inside of Allum in turn one, who then spun his Heintz Performance Allum/Allum and collected Johnson to bring out the third and final caution. Gray got around Courtwright on the restart to take over the second spot, but he was unable to reel in Martin to challenge for the lead.
Stauffer and Gray won the two eight-lap heat races, and Gray won his ninth six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash of the season.
The next event for the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour will be Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA. The pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand gate opens at 5 p.m., and hot laps are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Cochran Motor Speedway is located one mile north of State Road 87 on State Road 26, then .7 miles west on Jim Wimberly Road. For more information call (478) 934-4470, or visit the track's website at www.cochranmotorspeedway.com.
For the latest USCS news, information, point standings, statistics, and schedule visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.
<pre> OFFICIAL FINISH OF ROUND 22 AT SWAINSBORO RACEWAY IN SWAINSBORO, GA ON 7/23/04:
POS STRT CAR# DRIVER LAPS 1. 2 00 Danny Martin Jr. 30 2. 5 10 Terry Gray 30 3. 1 48 Bobby Courtwright 30 4. 3 4 Chris Hill 30 5. 8 1w Brice Wrenn 30 6. 6 2 Red Stauffer 30 7. 7 1 Scott Christian 30 8. 11 71 R.J. Johnson (R) 30 9. 9 B3 Bronzie Lawson 29 10. 14 5 David Thorman 28 11. 4 87 Chad Allum 24 12. 13 32 Stephen Darvalics 24 13. 12 17 Bruce Durden 17 14. 15 57 Patrick Sullivan 4 15. 16 4a Kenny Adams 3 16. 10 11 Butch Pendergrass DNS 17. 17 4b Bryn Gohn DNS
LEAD CHANGES: 1 LAP LEADERS: Courtwright, 1-20; Martin, 21-30 LAPS LED: Courtwright, 20; Martin, 10 CAUTIONS: 3 (1 Red Flag)
HUGGINS RACE CAMS HARD CHARGER: Thorman (started 14th and finished 10th) FSR PERFORMANCE AWARD: Darvalics WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Sullivan ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Johnson
AIR FLOW RESEARCH POWER DASH (6 Laps): 1. Gray; 2. Wrenn; 3. Stauffer; 4. Christian; 5. Darvalics; 6. Adams.
1ST HEAT RACE (8 Laps): 1. Stauffer; 2. Allum; 3. Martin; 4. Christian; 5. Lawson; 6. Johnson (R).
2ND HEAT RACE (8 Laps): 1. Gray; 2. Hill; 3. Courtwright; 4. Wrenn; 5. Pendergrass; 6. Durden; 7. Thorman; 8. Gohn; 9. Sullivan.
USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 7/23/04: 1. Terry Gray 3190 2. Danny Martin Jr. 2920 3. Kenny Adams 2694 4. R.J. Johnson (R) 2598 5. Brice Wrenn 2292 6. Tom Winegardner Jr. 1932 7. Chad Allum 1642 8. Butch Pendergrass 1328 9. Red Stauffer 1174 10. Jim Raptis 1068 11. Brian Thomas 1032 12. Bill Moore 1032 13. Scott Christian 1020 14. Doug Gold 978 15. Johnny Bridges 868 16. Steven Graham 850 17. Jeremy Scott 804 18. Randy Helton 800 19. David Thorman 764 20. Bronzie Lawson 754
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate