Adams Charges To 10th USCS Win Of The Season In Kenly, NC KENLY, NC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL charged to his tenth United Sprint Car Series win of the season Saturday night at Southern National Speedway in USCS Asphalt...
Adams Charges To 10th USCS Win Of The Season In Kenly, NC
KENLY, NC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL charged to his tenth United Sprint Car Series win of the season Saturday night at Southern National Speedway in USCS Asphalt Thunder action driving the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. After starting eighth, Adams stormed through the competitive field to take the lead on lap 23 in front of a packed house.
The victory in the 40-lap USCS main event that saw three different race leaders, capped off a "Clean Sweep" for the "Malabar Missile." Adams was the evening's Fast Qualifier, the winner of the Air Flow Research six-lap Power Dash, and also won his 10-lap heat race, after starting sixth.
The defending and three-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN, who led five laps of the race, finished second in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. The "Bartlett Bullet" remains as the point leader in all USCS point chases, including National, Asphalt Thunder, Outlaw Dirt, Sunbelt Tour, and the Air Flow Research Power Dash points.
Jim Raptis of Marietta, GA followed up his Friday night USCS win in Hudson, NC with a third-place finish on Saturday night driving the ERI Maxim/ERI. Doug Berryman of Mansfield, OH took the fourth spot in the Rebman Truck Service Beaberbuilt/Gressman, and also won the second heat race.
Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC posted his first top five finish of the season in the Heintz Performance Allum/Allum. Butch Pendergrass of Winston-Salem, NC was sixth in the Pro-Life Maxim/Harp.
Will Ragsdale of Easley, SC took the seventh spot in the Chick-Fil-A Clincher/ERI. C.J. Miller of Mooresville, NC posted his second straight top ten finish with an eighth-place effort in the Miller Racing Maxim/Jay's Automotive.
Jimmy Taylor of Green Pond, SC broke a rear suspension part on the final lap of the race, but came around to take the checkered flag in a shower of sparks to claim the ninth position in the Taylor Automotive & Machine Eagle/Taylor. R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN was the Rookie of the Race with a tenth-place finish in the Leaf Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/ZRE.
Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL took the lead at the start of the race from the outside front row starting spot, followed by polesitter Doug "Solid" Gold of Concord, NC in the Heintz Performance Gold/Jerico, Ragsdale, Gray and Allum. Gray came from the sixth starting hole to move up to third spot on lap three, and Adams was up to fifth by lap five.
Martin pulled out to a comfortable lead, but behind him, Gold, Gray, Raptis, and Adams were waging war in lapped traffic for the second spot.
There was a clashing of the colors on lap 14 when Gold and Gray got together on the backstretch, which knocked the front suspension out from underneath Gold's car. Gold did a nice job of keeping his race car out of the wall, but the caution flag was displayed to close up the field. Martin was the leader with Gray moving up to second, followed by Raptis, Adams, and Berryman.
Adams made a move on Raptis on the restart to move up to third, while Gray turned up the wick to put pressure on Martin for the lead.
With Martin taking the last two USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour wins, "The Hammer" was leading the race on the asphalt at Southern National Speedway trying to prove he was a "hot shoe" on the paved tracks as well. That's what he did, both literally and figuratively, as a seal in the rear end assembly began to spray hot gear lube on his feet.
With Martin having happy feet on the gas pedal, Gray made an inside move on Martin going into turn one on lap 18 to grab the lead. Martin tried to battle back to reclaim the point, but Adams passed him for second on lap 20.
Adams quickly caught Gray, stepped to the outside, and took the lead on lap 23. Adams then packed his bags, turned in the key, and checked out on the field.
Raptis got by Martin on lap 26 for the third spot. Martin was trying to hang on for a top five finish, but his feet got too hot, and he parked the car in the turn one grass on lap 32 to bring out the final caution flag of the race. Martin received the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.
With his eighth to victory run, Adams shared the Huggins Race Cams Hard Charger with Tom Paterson of Argos, IN, who started his Jenkins Automotive Stealth/Paterson 18th and finished 11th. Bruce Cline of Apex, NC received the FSR Performance Award. Adams was the fast qualifier turning a lap around the 4/10-mile SNS in 12.918 seconds for an average speed of 111.472 miles per hour.
USCS returns to the dirt tracks on August 6 and 7 with USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour action. The first stop will be Sugar Creek Raceway in Blue Ridge, GA on August 6, and then USCS will make its annual visit to Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA on August 7. For more information, visit the USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com.
<pre> OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 25 AT SOUTHERN NATIONAL SPEEDWAY IN KENLY, NC ON 7/31/04:
POS STRT CAR# DRIVER LAPS 1. 8 4a Kenny Adams 40 2. 6 10 Terry Gray 40 3. 5 77 Jim Raptis 40 4. 7 1r Doug Berryman 40 5. 3 87 Chad Allum 40 6. 9 11 Butch Pendergrass 40 7. 4 29 Will Ragsdale 40 8. 10 9 C.J. Miller 40 9. 11 32 Jimmy Taylor 38 10. 15 71 R.J. Johnson (R) 37 11. 18 11b Tom Paterson 36 12. 2 00 Danny Martin Jr. 31 13. 17 4b Bryn Gohn 26 14. 14 6f Skeeter Faulconer 25 15. 13 c1 Bruce Cline 18 16. 12 6 J.J. Dutton 15 17. 1 8 Doug Gold 13 18. 16 B3 Bronzie Lawson 12
LEAD CHANGES: 2 Among 3 Drivers LAP LEADERS: Martin, 1-17; Gray, 18-22; Adams, 23-40 LAPS LED: Adams, 18; Martin, 17; Gray, 5 CAUTIONS: 4
FAST QUALIFIER: Adams, 12.918 seconds; Average Speed, 111.472 miles per hour HUGGINS RACE CAMS HARD CHARGER: Adams (started 8th and finished 1st) and Paterson (started 18th and finished 11th) WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Martin FSR PERFORMANCE AWARD: Cline ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Johnson
USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 7/31/04 1. Terry Gray 3608 2. Danny Martin Jr. 3334 3. Kenny Adams 3140 4. R.J. Johnson (R) 2990 5. Brice Wrenn 2426 6. Chad Allum 2054 7. Tom Winegardner Jr. 1932 8. Butch Pendergrass 1742 9. Jim Raptis 1364 10. Red Stauffer 1314 11. Doug Gold 1238 12. Scott Christian 1166 13. Brian Thomas 1032 14. Bill Moore 1032 15. Bronzie Lawson 988 16. Bruce Cline 950 17. Will Ragsdale 948 18. Jeremy Scott 940 19. Randy Helton 938 20. Dave Thorman 894
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate