Gray captures first USCS pavement win at Anderson Motor Speedway Anderson, SC - Defending USCS National champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee, raced from his pole starting position into the lead Friday night and captured the Goodson Farms...
Gray captures first USCS pavement win at Anderson Motor Speedway Anderson, SC - Defending USCS National champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee, raced from his pole starting position into the lead Friday night and captured the Goodson Farms / WESC 92.5 Upstate 40 over a field of 21 cars from six states. This was Gray's first ever United Sprint Car Series" Asphalt Outlaw Thunder" Tour victory on Anderson Motor Speedway's paved 3/8 mile oval. Gray who had finished second in his heat was placed on the pole when Kenny Adams, who won the first heat race, drew a four in the inversion.
Gray's victory broke Adams' seven race USCS asphalt series win streak that dated back to a May 5, 2001 win at Senoia Speedway. Adams from Malabar, Florida, chased Gray thru traffic the entire 40 laps but could not pull close enough to make a pass attempt as Gray was driving thru lapped traffic like a man hungry for his first blacktop win, keeping Adams just out of reach. A lap nine caution for George Turner's broken front end pulled Adams and the balance of the field in behind Gray. Gray appeared to have the best setup for the slippery surface as he raced away from the field with Adams, Marietta, Georgia's Jim Raptis, Johnny Gilbertson from Dover, Florida and Winder, Georgia's Doug Day in tow. Gilbertson left the field on lap 21 with a flat tire on his bright red Goodson Farms # 6 Maxim moving Day into fourth and Wayne Reutimann, Jr., Zephyrhills, Florida into the top five.
Another caution on lap 28 sent Ted Williams from Atlanta, who had been running sixth on the lead lap to the infield with Easley, S.C. rookie, Will Ragsdale after they tangled in turn four. The race restarted with the top five bunched for a 12 lap dash to the finish and Gray raced away again as Adams, Raptis, Day and Reutimann came home behind him.
Adams teamate and 1997 USCS champion, Red Stauffer, Winter Park, Florida lead the second five in sixth followed by Winston, Georgia's Chris Rogers in seventh, followed by, ex drag racer and USCS rookie, Randy Weaver from Powder Springs, Georgia in eighth , Jim MacKenzie from Buford, Georgia in ninth and rookie Jimmy Taylor rounded out the top ten.
Heat races were won by Adams, Reutimann, and Gilbertson. The Airflow Research Power Dash presented by Goodson Farms went to Gray also. The evening's Huggins Cams Hardcharger award went to rookie Randy Weaver from Powder Springs, Georgia who advanced six positions. Jimmy Taylor, from Greenville, SC, in his first sprint car event, finished in tenth place and looked impressive.
Anderson Motor Speedway 4/26/02 - A main finish (40 laps) - Terry Gray, Kenny Adams, Jim Raptis, Doug Day, Wayne Reutimann, Red Stauffer, Chris Rogers, Randy Weaver, Jim MacKenzie, Jimmy Taylor, Tom Patterson, Aubrey Black, Ted Williams, Will Ragsdale, Johnny Gilbertson, David Thorman, Michael Miller, George Turner, Ben Basinger, Tank Brashier, Chris Hill DNS.