Gray Wins USCS Race In Crossville CROSSVILLE, TN - Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN blasted from his third starting spot to take the lead on the first lap, and then held off a late-race challenge from Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL to win...
Gray Wins USCS Race In Crossville
CROSSVILLE, TN - Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN blasted from his third starting spot to take the lead on the first lap, and then held off a late-race challenge from Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL to win the 30-lap United Sprint Car Series main event Friday night at Crossville's Raceway USA.
The defending and three-time USCS National Champion drove the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar to his seventh USCS win of the season, and his second this year at Crossville's Raceway USA. Gray also increased his point lead in the USCS National, Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour, and Sunbelt Tour standings.
On July 2 at Crossville's Raceway USA, Gray and Adams raced to a side-by-side finish, and it looked like it might come down to that again on Friday night. Gray was able to pull away from Adams in the closing laps through lapped traffic. Adams, once again, had to settle for second spot in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott.
Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC finished third in the Stainless Fabricators Hench/Gaerte, and Brandon Dover of Tampa, FL was fourth in the Crossville Raceway J&J/Dover. Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL came back from a late race spin to round out the top five in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE.
Bruce Cline of Apex, NC posted his best USCS finish of the season with a sixth-place effort in the Cline Motorsports Stealth/Engler. Cline is in his first season of winged outlaw sprint car racing after moving up from the Open-Wheel Modified ranks.
Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC drove his Heintz Performance Allum/Allum home to a seventh-place finish, and was the FSR Performance Award winner. Tom Winegardner Sr. of Pierson, FL finished eighth in the Snap-On Tools J&J/WRP, his best USCS finish since open heart surgery earlier in the year.
Mike Senecal of Palmetto, FL was ninth in his first USCS start of the season driving the Quicktime Motorsports Maxim/Johnson. Senecal started 14th, and was the Huggins Race Cams Hard Charger of the Race. Dave Thorman of Greenville, SC rounded out the top ten in the Jimmy Taylor Engine Service J&J/Taylor.
There were six drivers on hand from Florida, and others with friends and family in the Sunshine State, that were lighting up their cellphones during the evening to check on their interests as Hurricane Charley battered Florida.
Polesitter Martin took the lead at the start of the race, while Gray bolted from the inside second row to drive under Thorman down the front straightaway, and then got to the outside to chase down Martin. Gray stepped to the outside of Martin in turn four to take the lead. Gray was able to open up a big lead, while Martin battled with Adams for the second spot.
With a dozen laps in the books, Gray rode the cushion on the high side of the track and had pulled out to a full straightaway lead over Martin. Josh Harris of New London, NC brought out the first caution flag of the race on lap 14 when he spun the Furr Transport Lightning/High Tech.
That erased Gray's big lead, but once the field went green, he picked up where he left off, pulling away from Martin and Adams. Martin tried to put some distance between himself and Adams, but spun in turn two on lap 21 to bring out the caution flag. Gray led Adams, Wrenn, Dover, and Cline down for the restart.
Adams picked up the pace to stay with Gray, but he forced to the high side over the cushion in turn three while in heavy lapped traffic that enabled Gray to pull away. Wrenn and Dover were battling behind the leaders for the third spot.
Dover got by Wrenn on the restart, but Wrenn came back and passed Dover for the third spot on lap 24. Martin went to the high side from the back of the pack, and began his march back towards the front of the field.
In five laps time, Martin was back in the fifth spot, and looking for Dover to battle for the fourth position. The two Florida youngsters swapped the fourth position back and forth during the last three laps of the race, with Dover just edging Martin at the checkered flag.
Wrenn and Dover won the two 10 lap heat races, and Adams won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash. R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN finished 15th in the Leaf Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/ZRE to take the Rookie of the Race honors.
The USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour event scheduled for Saturday night at 311 Motor Speedway in Madison, NC has been postponed due to heavy rains from Hurricane Charley. Details are still being worked out on a rescheduled date for this event.
<pre> OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 28 AT CROSSVILLE'S RACEWAY PARK IN CROSSVILLE, TN ON 8/13/04:
POS STRT CAR# DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS 1. 3 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN 30 2. 4 4a Kenny Adams Malabar, FL 30 3. 6 1w Brice Wrenn Lexington, FL 30 4. 5 23 Brandon Dover Tampa, FL 30 5. 1 00 Danny Martin Jr. Sarasota, FL 30 6. 10 c1 Bruce Cline Apex, NC 30 7. 7 87 Chad Allum Kannapolis, NC 30 8. 9 11sr Tom Winegardner Sr. Pierson, FL 29 9. 14 4 Mike Senecal Palmetto, FL 29 10. 2 5 Dave Thorman Greenville, SC 29 11. 11 88z Shane Nelson Chattanooga, TN 29 12. 12 21 Aubrey Black Lookout Mountain, GA 29 13. 16 11jr Tom Winegardner Jr. Pierson, FL 28 14. 13 5p Skip Andrews Huntsville, AL 28 15. 15 71 R.J. Johnson (R) Decatur, TN 28 16. 8 27 Randy Helton Palmetto, GA 28 17. 17 44 Josh Harris New London, NC 16
LEAD CHANGES: None LAP LEADERS: Gray, 1-30 CAUTIONS: 2
HUGGINS RACE CAMS HARD CHARGER: Senecal (started 14th and finished 9th) WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Harris FSR PERFORMANCE AWARD: Allum ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Johnson
AIR FLOW RESEARCH POWER DASH (6 Laps): 1. Adams; 2. Wrenn; 3. Martin; 4. Winegardner Sr.; 5. Thorman; 6. Johnson (R).
1ST HEAT (10 Laps): 1. Wrenn; 2. Adams; 3. Thorman; 4. Allum; 5. Winegardner Sr.; 6. Nelson; 7. Andrews.
2ND HEAT (10 Laps): 1. Dover; 2. Gray; 3. Martin; 4. Helton; 5. Cline; 6. Black; 7. Senecal; 8. Winegardner Jr.
USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 8/13/04: 1. Terry Gray 4024 2. Danny Martin Jr. 3770 3. Kenny Adams 3588 4. R.J. Johnson (R) 3374 5. Brice Wrenn 2844 6. Chad Allum 2434 7. Tom Winegardner Jr. 2284 8. Butch Pendergrass 1742 9. Jim Raptis 1644 10. Red Stauffer 1570 11. Doug Gold 1238 12. Bronzie Lawson 1234 13. Jeremy Scott 1206 14. Randy Helton 1176 15. Scott Christian 1166 16. Dave Thorman 1156 17. Chris Hill 1104 18. Bruce Cline 1090 19. Brian Thomas 1032 20. Bill Moore 1032
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate