USCS: Gaffney results

GAFFNEY, SC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL had a team effort to win his eighth United Sprint Car Series race of the season Saturday night at Cherokee Super Speedway in Gaffney, SC. Adams and his crew swapped engines in his Goodson...

GAFFNEY, SC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL had a team effort to win his eighth United Sprint Car Series race of the season Saturday night at Cherokee Super Speedway in Gaffney, SC. Adams and his crew swapped engines in his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott between the heat races and the main event, just making the push off for the feature.

Adams charged from his fifth starting spot and took the lead from Australian driver Steven Graham on lap two in an exciting three-wide battle down the backstretch that included young gun 18-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL.

"I was beginning to think that this wasn't going to be our night because we didn't have much time to change engines, and we just made the feature," Adams said. "Then we ran out of fuel on the last lap of the race, and coasted over the finished line."

Martin finished second in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE, and third went to the defending and three-time USCS Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar.

Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC posted his best finish of the season with a fourth-place effort in the Bridges Motorsports J&J/Hampshire, the only Ford-powered machine in the 20-car field. After starting on the pole and leading the first lap, Graham finished fifth in the Richard Petty Driving experience Maxim/RPDE.

Justin Collett, another 18-year-old young gun from Townsend, DE, finished sixth in the Collett & Sons Welding Maxim/Kriner, and Jim Raptis of Marietta, GA was seventh in the Grissom Honda/Mazda J&J/Chrisco.

Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC charged from his 16th starting spot to take the eighth spot in the Stainless Fabricators Hench/Gaerte. Wren was the Huggins Race Cams Hard Charger of the Race. Bill Moore of Denver, NC finished ninth in the Carolina Speedway J&J/Collins, and Doug Gold of Concord, NC rounded out the top ten in the Heintz Performance Gold/Jerico.

The race got started in spectacular fashion when Danny Mercy of Warrenton, NC hit the frontstretch wall coming down for the green flag and flipped his Mercy Racing Sprint/Mercy. He climbed out of his car uninjured, and the field lined up for a complete restart. Mercy would receive the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.

Graham led the field into turn one for the restart, while Martin, Raptis, and Adams followed. Martin found a groove he liked on the bottom of the fast half-mile, while Adams wound up his replacement engine on the outside groove.

Going into turn one on the second lap, Martin dove for the inside to pass Graham for the lead, but by the time they came off the second turn, it was the "Malabar Missile" launching his red number 4 on the outside. Going down the backstretch, Adams passed Graham and Martin to take the lead.

Once in command of the field, Adams would not be challenged, and built up a big lead that would come in handy on the final lap of the race. Adams slowed on the final lap, but he had a big enough lead over Martin to coast under the checkered flag for the victory.

Gray, Adams, and Martin won the eight-lap heat races, and Gray also won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash. Wrenn won the 10-lap B-Main. Butch Pendergrass of Winston-Salem, NC walked away from his destroyed race car after flipping down the frontstretch.

USCS returns to action on July 10 at I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC. For USCS news, information, points, statistics, and schedules, visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.

<pre> OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 19 AT CHEROKEE SUPER SPEEDWAY IN GAFFNEY, SC ON 7/3/04:

POS   STRT      CAR#     DRIVER                 LAPS
1.    5         4a       Kenny Adams            30
2.    4         00       Danny Martin Jr.       30
3.    6         10       Terry Gray             30
4.    8         07       Johnny Bridges         30
5.    1         14       Steven Graham          30
6.    9         69       Justin Collett         30
7.    3         47       Jim Raptis             30
8.    16        1w       Brice Wrenn            30
9.    8         06       Bill Moore             29
10.   2          8       Doug Gold              29
11.   15        25       Chris Sutton           29
12.   17        71       R.J. Johnson (R)       29
13.   19        87       Chad Allum             29
14.   18        57       Patrick Sullivan       27
15.   11        11       Tom Winegardner Jr.    15
16.   10        29       Scott Young             8
17.   12         1       Scott Christian         8
18.   13        48       Bobby Courtwright       4
19.   20        32       Stephen Darvalics       1
DNS   14        17       Danny Mercy

ENTRIES: 27 LEAD CHANGES: 1 LAP LEADERS: Graham, 1; Adams, 2-30 LAPS LED: Adams, 29; Graham, 1

HUGGINS RACE CAMS HARD CHARGER:  Wrenn (started 16th and finished eighth)
WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD:  Mercy
ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Johnson

CAUTIONS: 4 (including one red flag)

AIR FLOW RESEARCH POWER DASH (6 Laps): 1. Gray; 2. Winegardner Jr.; 3. Wrenn; 4. Adams; 5. Collett; 6. Martin.

USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 7/3/04: 1 Terry Gray 2744 2 Danny Martin Jr. 2504 3 Kenny Adams 2296 4 R.J. Johnson (R) 2190 5 Brice Wrenn 1880 6 Tom Winegardner Jr. 1802 7 Chad Allum 1272 8 Butch Pendergrass 1114 9 Jim Raptis 1068 10 Brian Thomas 1032 11 Bill Moore 1032 12 Red Stauffer 896 13 Doug Gold 836 14 Jeremy Scott 804 15 Johnny Bridges 768 16 Marshall Skinner 694 17 Randy Helton 678 18 Will Ragsdale 670 19 Ben Basinger 624 20 Jimmy Taylor 620

R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate

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Series Sprint
Drivers Richard Petty , Kenny Adams , Scott Young , R.J. Johnson , Brian Thomas