Gray and Adams Race To a National Points Stalemate Over The Weekend FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN and Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL raced to a stalemate in the United Sprint Car Series National Point Standings over the weekend ...
Gray and Adams Race To a National Points Stalemate Over The Weekend
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN and Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL raced to a stalemate in the United Sprint Car Series National Point Standings over the weekend during events in Hickory, NC and Radford, VA. Both drivers posted a win and a third-place finish in USCS Asphalt Thunder action.
The USCS Asphalt Thunder Series will compete this Saturday night at Senoia Speedway in Senoia, GA before moving back to the dirt track at Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC on May 15.
The USCS lead duo went into last Friday night's race at Hickory Motor Speedway with the defending and three-time USCS National Champion Gray leading Adams by 12 points in the National points chase.
Adams won the Hickory race, while Gray came home in the third spot. The victory enabled Adams to close the gap to within eight points, as the two USCS "Top Guns" loaded their cars for the trip to Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA to race the next night.
When the field lined up for the 40-lap main event, Adams had the pole position, with Gray to his right on the outside of the front row. Adams took the early lead, with Gray giving chase. At the halfway point, Adams was in command and looked like he would chip away a little more at Gray's point lead.
But Adams' car suddenly developed a suspension-related handling problem, and Gray swept around Adams for the lead on lap 26. Gray went on to win the race, while Adams dropped to third-place at the checkered flag.
With the two weekend races completed, Gray and Adams ended up right where they started in the National point standings, 12 points apart.
The leader of the Florida "Fountain of Youth Gang" Danny "The Hammer" Martin of Sarasota, FL joined the USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour at Hickory and Radford to move up the list in the USCS National point standings. The 18-year-old high school Senior had run six of the seven races, all at dirt tracks, and was fourth in the National points going into the weekend.
The only event Martin had missed was the USCS Asphalt Thunder event in Braselton, GA on March 27. The talented youngster loaded up a new Hurricane asphalt winged outlaw sprint car, and headed north.
Martin showed that he has the potential to be a champion by displaying the versatility it takes to run for the USCS National title, as USCS is the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the country that competes on both dirt and asphalt tracks. Martin had a successful weekend with a sixth at Hickory, and a fifth in Radford.
That moved Martin around Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC and into the third spot on the USCS National points list. Wrenn only runs the USCS Outlaw Thunder dirt events.
While Martin made his mark over the weekend, another Florida Fountain of Youth Gang member made the biggest move of the week in the USCS National point standings. Second-generation driver R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL also brought a pavement car to the USCS weekend events.
The USCS top Rookie of the Year candidate scored enough points at Hickory and Radford to leap from seventh to fourth in the National point standings, passing three dirt-only competitors on the list. Wrenn dropped to fifth, while dirt specialists Tom Winegardner of Pierson, FL and Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL fell to sixth and seventh respectively.
With the series staying on the blacktop again this Saturday night when the USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour stops at Senoia Speedway in Senoia, GA, four members of the "Carolina Cruisers" will have their eyes on moving up the top ten list in USCS National points.
Butch Pendergrass of Winston-Salem, NC is eighth in points and is only two points behind Stauffer. Bill Moore sits in the ninth spot, and he can also move around Stauffer with a good finish Saturday night. Ben Basinger of Salisbury, NC rounds out the top ten in National points, but Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC is only four points behind him.
After the first nine races of the 2004 USCS season, of which six have run on dirt, and three on asphalt, 12 different drivers have competed on both surfaces.
The USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour will be in action for its third straight event this Saturday night at Senoia Speedway. All of the major "gangs" of USCS racing will be on hand to battle it out on the fast 3/8-mile paved oval.
Gray and Adams represent the USCS "Top Guns." Teenagers Martin, Johnson, and USCS Asphalt Thunder Rookie of the Year contender Troy DeCaire of Tampa, FL will lead the Florida "Fountain of Youth Gang."
The "Buckeye Bandits" will be represented by Mansfield, OH drivers Joe Rebman and Doug Berryman, plus Don Townsend of Columbus, OH, Frank Neill of Vickery, OH, and their Hoosier State neighbor Tom Paterson of Argos, IN.
Pavement specialist Will Ragsdale of Greenville, SC will lead the "Carolina Cruisers" of Pendergrass, Moore, Basinger, Allum, and Doug Gold of Concord, NC. And then there will be a group of hot shoes looking to defend their home turf.
Representing the "Peach State Posse" will Jim Raptis of Marietta, GA, Doug Day of Winder, GA, Randy Helton of Palmetto, GA, and jet pilot by day, race car driver by night, Ted Williams of Atlanta.
Along with the USCS Asphalt Thunder winged outlaw sprint cars, the Senoia Speedway Sportsman, Street Stock, Legend, Bandolero, and Pro Challenge Divisions will also be in action. The Pit Gate opens at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the Grandstand Gate opening at 4:30 p.m., and qualifying is set for 6:45 p.m.
Senoia Speedway is located 3.5 miles west of Senoia, GA off State Road 16 on Brown Road. For more information call the speedway at (770) 599-6161, or visit the track's web site at www.senoiaspeedway.com. For more information about USCS, visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.
<pre> USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 5/1/04:
POS DRIVER POINTS 1 Terry Gray 1272 2 Kenny Adams 1260 3 Danny Martin Jr. 1078 4 R.J. Johnson (R) 926 5 Brice Wrenn 784 6 Tom Winegardner Jr. 754 7 Red Stauffer 750 8 Butch Pendergrass 748 9 Bill Moore 638 10 Ben Basinger 624 11 Chad Allum 620 12 Curt Michael 542 13 Brian Thomas 526 14 Jerry Jones 490 15 Doug Gold 480 16 Joe Rebman 434 17 Doug Berryman 420 18 Will Ragsdale 404 19 Frank Neill 400 20 Brad Davis 394 21 Jimmy Taylor 384 22 Tom Patterson 362 23 Jim Raptis 356 24 Phil Mott 328 25 Chad Kemenah 294 26 Joey Saldana 290 27 Scott Young (NC) 286 28 Don Townsend 282 29 Doug Day 280 30 Josh Weller 278 31 Sport Allen 276 32 Shane Stewart 276 33 Ryan Myers 274 34 Troy DeCaire (R) 272 35 Johnny Bridges 268 36 Tony Stewart 266 37 Randy Helton 266 38 Daryl Smith 266 39 Jason Sides 260 40 Greg Wilson 258 41 Glen Styers 256 42 Brad Pake 252 43 Zack Chappell 252 44 Kelly Glass 250 45 Marshall Skinner 246 46 Cody Geldarg 234 47 Roger Rager 228 48 Aubrey Black 226 49 Bruce Cline 226 50 Patrick Sullivan 222 51 Mike Chadd 218 52 Gene Lasker 216 53 Tony Bruce 202 54 Doug Auld 200 55 Tighe Schloss 200 56 Michael Smith 200 57 Matt Stegeman 200 58 Tom Winegardner Sr. 200 59 Chris Hill 160 60 Bubba Clem 150 61 Sean Michael 148 62 Ted Williams 146 63 Wayne Reutimann 146 64 Lance Deweese 144 65 Greg Leonard 144 66 Terry McCarl 142 67 Joey Aguilar 140 68 Wayne Reutimann Jr. 134 69 Jeremy Scott 132 70 Josh Harris 128 71 Tommy Nichols 124 72 Scott Young (AL) 124 73 Nick Manikis 120 74 Bobby Courtwright 120 75 Doug Fitzwater 118 76 Frank Carlson 116 77 Terry Witherspoon 116 78 John Hawk 114 79 Jimmy Mabe 114 80 Bronzie Lawson 110 81 Lee Scrape 100 82 Jeff Shepard 100 83 David Thorman 100 84 Dwight Kingry 100 85 Clarence Cox 50