SKINNER WINS O'REILLY USCS CROSSVILLE MID-SOUTH OPENER CROSSVILLE, TN - Marshall Skinner of West Memphis, AR took the lead on lap two, and led the rest of the way in his Parts Plus Maxim/Ott to win the O'Reilly United Sprint...
SKINNER WINS O'REILLY USCS CROSSVILLE MID-SOUTH OPENER
CROSSVILLE, TN - Marshall Skinner of West Memphis, AR took the lead on lap two, and led the rest of the way in his Parts Plus Maxim/Ott to win the O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series 30-lap feature race Friday night at Crossville's Raceway USA. In addition to being a National points event for the O'Reilly USCS, the race also opened the Mid-South Thunder Tour points chase.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, MS finished second in the Fast Effects J&J/Dynotech. The 17-year-old driver was the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race for drivers under 25-years-old.
Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL took the third spot in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. Adams took over the O'Reilly USCS National points lead, as the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN missed the race due to injuries suffered in a test crash on Tuesday night.
Paul Sides of Memphis, TN was fourth in the TMI Trailers of W. Memphis, AR/Racecoaches Maxim/Gaerte, and Ernie Ainsworth of Bartlett, TN rounded out the top five in the H&H Enterprises Eagle/Dickens. Ainsworth started 16th, and was the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race.
Jeremy Scott of Franklin, GA finished sixth, and Steven Graham of Sydney, AUS took the seventh spot in the Richard Petty Driving Experience Maxim/Graham. Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL was eighth in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE, and 15-year-old Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, MO finished ninth. Michael Miller of Tallapoosa, GA rounded out the top ten in the Crunch Time Express Shaw/Slobuilt.
Graham took the lead at the drop of the green flag on the third try, as a pair of crashes spoiled the first two attempts. Skinner charged up from the third starting spot to take the lead on lap two, bringing Ryan Myers of Eldorado, Oh with him into the second spot. By lap three, Adams had bolted from his 10th starting spot into fifth.
Myers tried to keep pace with Skinner in the early laps, but his Garrett Farms Avenger/Garrett-Myers began handling erratically on lap 10. The 18-year-old driver had something come apart on the car on lap 13 after Adams and Stenhouse got by, and he hit the third turn wall to bring out the third caution flag. Myers was uninjured, but his car was done for the night.
Skinner led Adams, Stenhouse, Sides and Miller down for the restart. Before Adams could get close to challenge Skinner for the lead, Stenhouse kept the 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion busy while looking the second spot. Stenhouse passed Adams for second on lap 24, and was looking for the leader in lapped traffic.
The caution flag came out on lap 28 when Miller spun in turn four, just as a three-way battle for the lead was taking shape. Skinner was able to get the jump on Stenhouse and Adams on the restart, and hang on to the lead to the checkered flag.
Adams won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and Mike Ward of Memphis, TN won the Engler Machine and Tool first 10-lap heat race. Ward then drew a zero to take the K&N Filters Pole Award, but his engine wouldn't start for the feature race. That earned Ward the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.
Myers won the ButlerBuilt second 10-lap heat race, and Graham won the Koolbeans Trophies third 10-lap heat race. Sides won the fourth 10-lap heat race, and Ainsworth won the 12-lap B-Main.
The O'Reilly USCS now moves to Garnertown Speedway in Luray, TN this Saturday night for a National and Mid-South Thunder Tour points event.