Adams Rolls To USCS Win In Cordele, GA CORDELE, GA - Not even Hurricane Jeanne could slow down Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL, as he rolled to his 15th United Sprint Car Series win of the season Saturday night at Watermelon Capital...
Adams Rolls To USCS Win In Cordele, GA
CORDELE, GA - Not even Hurricane Jeanne could slow down Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL, as he rolled to his 15th United Sprint Car Series win of the season Saturday night at Watermelon Capital Speedway in the 40-lap USCS Asphalt Thunder Sunbelt Ford of Cordele Night of Thunder before a packed house.
On Sunday morning, wind and rain from Hurricane Jeanne collapsed the garage roof of Adams' shop on top of his race car.
Adams came from the fourth starting spot in his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, took the lead from Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL on lap two, and never looked back. The victory gave Adams a "clean sweep" of the night's action, as he also was the fast qualifier, and won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash and the eight-lap Koolbeans Trophies first heat race.
Defending and three-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN all but put a lock on his fourth straight title with a second-place finish in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Martin took the third spot in the Martin Structures, Inc. Hurricane/ZRE after a photo finish with Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC in the Chick-Fil-A Clincher/ERI.
The 1997 USCS Champion Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL drove the C&B Mushrooms Shaw/Ott home to the fifth spot, and Ted Williams of Atlanta, GA was sixth in the GMP/Sanders Engineering Hurricane/Ott. Shane Butler of Tampa, FL started 13th and finished seventh in the Katz Well Drilling Hurricane/Gaerte.
Butler's teammate Troy DeCaire of Tampa, FL took the eighth spot in the Bushnell Quick Lube Hurricane/Butler and was the Rookie of the Race. Doug Gold of Concord, NC was ninth in the Heintz Performance Gold/Jerico, and R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN rounded out the top ten in the Tinsley Engineering Schnee/Slobuilt.
Martin grabbed the lead at the start of the race from his outside front row starting spot followed by Adams, Gray, polesitter DeCaire, and Ragsdale. On lap three, Adams looked to the inside of Martin coming off the fourth turn and made the pass for the lead down the backstretch. Gray got around Martin for the second spot on lap five.
The first of four caution flags came out on lap eight when Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL spun the Snap-On Tools Hurricane/WRP in turn four. It was a family affair after the restart, as Tom Winegardner Sr. of Pierson, FL, spun his Snap-On Tools J&J/WRP in turn three.
The third caution flag was unfurled on lap 12 when Skeeter Faulconer of Lutz, FL spun the American Trading Post and Pawn Hurricane/Skeeter in turn one. Adams led Gray, Martin, DeCaire, and Ragsdale down for the restart.
When the field went back to green, Ragsdale was a man on a mission, as he stepped to the outside groove from his fifth spot on lap 13 to pass DeCaire and Martin, and move up to third. The field was slowed for a final time on lap 15 when Winegardner Sr. spun in turn one, and was done for the evening.
For the remainder of the race, it was Adams leading Gray, but behind them, Ragsdale and Martin battled for the third spot in heavy lapped traffic. Martin took over the third spot on lap 37, but slowed suddenly coming off the fourth turn for the checkered flag. Ragsdale made a charge for the position, but fell short by a half car-length.
Adams set a new track record during qualifications with a lap around the 4/10-mile paved oval in 13.510 seconds for an average speed of 106.588 miles per hour. Gray won the second heat race, and Martin won the third heat race.
Adams' teammate, stepson, and crew chief Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL was the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race after starting his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott 21st and finishing 14th. Jimmy Taylor of Green Pond, SC finished 12th in the Taylor Automotive and Machine Eagle/Taylor, and won the FSR Performance Award.
The Weld Racing hard Luck Award went to Wendy Mathis of Brandon, FL who blew the engine in her Eagle Jet International Hurricane/Mathis during her qualifying run.
The next event for USCS will be an Asphalt Thunder show at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, AL on Saturday night, October 9. For more information visit the USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com.
<pre> OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 32 AT WATERMELON CAPITAL SPEEDWAY IN CORDELE, GA ON 10/2/04:
POS STRT CAR# DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS 1. 4 4a Kenny Adams Malabar, FL 40 2. 3 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN 40 3. 2 00 Danny Martin Jr. Sarasota, FL 40 4. 6 29 Will Ragsdale Easley, SC 40 5. 5 2s Red Stauffer Winter Park, FL 39 6. 7 2w Ted Williams Atlanta, GA 39 7. 13 18 Shane Butler Tampa, FL 39 8. 1 118 Troy DeCaire (R) Tampa, FL 39 9. 9 8 Doug Gold Concord, NC 39 10. 14 15 R.J. Johnson (R) Decatur, TN 38 11. 8 27 Randy Helton Palmetto, GA 38 12. 11 32 Jimmy Taylor Green Pond, SC 38 13. 15 11jr Tom Winegardner Jr. Pierson, FL 38 14. 21 4b Bryn Gohn Malabar, AL 37 15. 17 5 Dave Thorman Greenville, SC 37 16. 19 6 Skeeter Faulconer Lutz, FL 37 17. 18 2x Don Mee Orlando, FL 37 18. 12 40 Troy Lowery Martin, TN 37 19. 10 67 Brian Thomas Auburn, GA 29 20. 16 6f J.J. Dutton Tampa, FL 15 21. 23 11sr Tom Winegardner Sr. Pierson, FL 15 22. 20 7 Mike Love Ocala, FL 7 DNS 22 80 Wendy Mathis Brandon, FL
LEAD CHANGES: 1 LAP LEADERS: Martin, 1-2; Adams, 3-40 LAPS LED: Adams, 38; Martin, 2 CAUTIONS: 4
HUGGINS CAMS HARD CHARGER: Gohn (started 21st and finished 14th) WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Mathis FSR PERFORMANCE AWARD: Taylor ROOKIE OF THE RACE: DeCaire
USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 10/2/04:
1. Terry Gray 4618 2. Danny Martin Jr. 4290 3. Kenny Adams 4186 4. R.J. Johnson (R) 3878 5. Brice Wrenn 2986 6. Chad Allum 2712 7. Tom Winegardner Jr. 2632 8. Red Stauffer 1858 9. Jim Raptis 1754 10. Butch Pendergrass 1742 11. Doug Gold 1646 12. Randy Helton 1562 13. Dave Thorman 1544 14. Bronzie Lawson 1504 15. Bryn Gohn 1478 16. Will Ragsdale 1380 17. Bruce Cline 1338 18. Jeremy Scott 1206 19. Scott Christian 1166 20. Brian Thomas 1146
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate