USCS: Cherokee summary 2005-05-14

WRENN WAITS FOR FIRST O'REILLY USCS CAREER WIN WITHOUT LEADING A LAP GAFFNEY, SC - Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC posted his first career O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race win Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway...


GAFFNEY, SC - Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC posted his first career O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race win Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway without leading a single lap in his Stainless Fabricators Maxim/Gaerte. In fact, it seemed like the lead was not the place to be during the 30-lap event.

Kenny Adams led the first ten laps, but spun out on lap 11 in turn two while on the point. Erin Crocker of Huntersville, NC led laps 11 through 27 to only run out of fuel while leading on lap 28. Steven Graham of Sydney, AUS led the last three laps, but was light at the scales during the post-race weigh-in.

Wrenn went from show, to place, to win in just a matter of a couple of minutes. After starting tenth, Wrenn was also the Huggins Hard Charger of the Race.

The late race shuffle enabled Adams to come back through the field to post a second-place finish in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. Four-time and defending O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN took the K&N Filters Third Place Award driving the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar.

Gray now holds a ten-point lead over Adams in the 2005 O'Reilly USCS National point standings.

K&N Pole Award Winner Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC finished in the ButlerBuilt Fourth Position driving the ButlerBuilt Prowler/Chrisco. Michael Miller of Tallapoosa, GA won a pair of SpeedMart Awards as the fifth-place finisher and the Young Gun of the Race as the highest finishing driver under the age of 25 driving the Crunch Time Express Shaw/Slobuilt.

Paul Sides of Memphis, TN took the Air Flow Research sixth spot in the TMI Trailers of W. Memphis, AR/ Maxim/Gaerte. Dustin Apple of Elon, NC drove his Apple Racing Maxim/Jerico to the FSR Seventh-Place Award, and the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race Award.

Bobby Courtwright of Evans, GA grabbed the Simpson Safety products Eighth-Place Award in the K&N Filters Maxim/Wickens. Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL was ninth in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. Crocker ended up in the Air Flow Research tenth spot after dropping out while leading with three laps to go, and earned the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.

After a couple of complete restarts, Adams grabbed the lead at the start of the race, bolting out from his third starting spot. Adams led Crocker, Allum, and Graham in the early going, and Wrenn passed Miller for the fifth spot on lap five. Adams led on the fifth lap to earn the Outlaw Brakes Fast Brake of the Race Award.

Graham passed Allum for the third spot on lap seven. As the field closed in on the ten lap mark, Crocker was able to close in on Adams in lapped traffic.

Adams spun in turn two on lap 11 while leading the race. That gave Crocker the lead for the restart followed by Graham, Allum, Wrenn, and Miller. Adams restarted at the tail of the field. Wrenn passed Allum for the third spot on the restart, a pass that would ultimately be the winning move.

It only took Adams four laps to blast his way from the tail of the field to back into the top five. The "Malabar Missile" passed Allum for fourth just past the halfway point. Gray moved into the top five for the first time in the race on lap 21, as Allum began to fade.

Crocker led the way, but the total laps of green and caution were beginning to become critical in the race. Several lengthy cautions in the race were getting close to the 70 total laps the field could run before a fuel stop became necessary. Those that gambled would see their luck run out.

The race leader Crocker suddenly slowed after completing the 27th lap, and coasted into the pits out of fuel. That gave the lead to Graham, who paced the field for the final three laps, but he never made it back to the front straightaway on the cool off lap before he too ran out of fuel. The field had run 65 total laps when the checkered flag fell.

The 2005 Australian Midget Champion Graham was pushed to the scales, but the lack of fuel made his car weigh under the minimum weight allowed by the rules, and he was disqualified.

R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN graduated from high school earlier in the day, and then finished 14th later in the evening to earn the FSR Performance Award driving the Tinsley Engineering J&J/ZRE. Gray won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and Allum took the four-lap Koolbeans Trophy Dash. Graham won the ten-lap Engler Machine and Tool 1st Heat Race, and Adams won the ten-lap ButlerBuilt 2nd Heat Race.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Erin Crocker , Kenny Adams , Bryn Gohn , R.J. Johnson