STENHOUSE TAKES SECOND O'REILLY USCS MID-SOUTH WIN AT NORTH ALABAMA TUSCUMBIA, AL - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, MS drove the Fast Effects J&J/Dynotech to his second career O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series victory ...
STENHOUSE TAKES SECOND O'REILLY USCS MID-SOUTH WIN AT NORTH ALABAMA
TUSCUMBIA, AL - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, MS drove the Fast Effects J&J/Dynotech to his second career O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series victory Friday night in the 30-lap feature race at North Alabama Speedway. Stenhouse took over the lead on lap 14, and built a big lead in lapped traffic to post his second win in his last three series starts.
The win also placed Stenhouse on top of the O'Reilly USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour regional point standings. In four Mid-South starts, the 17-year-old SpeedMart Young Gun has two wins, a second, and a fifth-place effort. Stenhouse leads the 2000 O'Reilly USCS National Champion Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL by two points.
Marshall Skinner of West Memphis, AR finished second in the Parts Plus Maxim/Ott after leading laps five through 13. Mike Ward of Memphis, TN took the third spot in the AMC Maxim/McCarver, and fourth went to Adams in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott.
Ernie Ainsworth of Bartlett, TN went under the checkered flag in the fifth spot, but he failed to stop his H Enterprises Eagle/Dickens at the scales after the race, and was disqualified. That gave Robison Race Products Rookie of the Year Candidate Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL a top five finish in the Independent Printing Shaw/Ott.
The sixth position went to 15-year-old Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, MO in the Minor's Harley-Davidson Maxim/Foxco, and the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN was seventh after a three-race absence recovering from injuries received in a May 24 testing crash.
Kenny Coke of Olive Branch, MS drove his Bost Auto Sales BuiltWiser/Dynotech to an eighth-place finish, and Ronny Howard of Southaven, MS finished ninth in the Tenn-Line Howard/Howard. Garry Bell of Memphis, TN rounded out the top ten after starting 21st in the FSR Maxim/Dynotech to earn the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award.
At the start of the race, K&N Pole Award winner Steve Osborne of Cupertino, CA took the lead in the Central Pacific Industries Eagle/Bixler, followed by outside front row starter Skinner, and Stenhouse, who charged up from the fifth starting hole. By lap four, the leaders were encountering the cars at the tail of the lead lap.
Osborne got caught behind a lapped car coming off the fourth turn on lap four, as Skinner shot by to take the lead, and brought Stenhouse with him into the second spot. Skinner and Stenhouse battled for the lead through heavy lapped traffic.
Stenhouse took an opening on lap 14 that gave him the point, and he never looked back. Skinner tried to stay with Stenhouse, but lost the leader in lapped traffic. A late-race caution flag for a two-car spin in turn four on lap 29, bunched up the field for a green-white-checkered finish.
It was Stenhouse with the muscle he needed from his Dynotech engine, built by his father, Ricky Stenhouse Sr., to stay out front for the win.
The only serious incident of the night occurred in the ButlerBuilt second ten-lap heat race when Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC flipped his Stainless Fabricators Maxim/Gaerte out of the ball park after tangling with a lapped car while battling Stenhouse for the lead. Wrenn was treated and released from a local hospital with a bruised knee, and a slight concussion. Wrenn was the recipient of the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award.
Ward won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and the Engler Machine and Tool first ten-lap heat race. Stenhouse won the ButlerBuilt second 10-lap heat race, and Coke won the Koolbeans Trophies third ten-lap heat race.
Stenhouse was the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race, and Tiffany was the Robison Race Products Rookie of the Race. Mike McElya of Bartlett, TN finished 13th in the Pyles Plumbing J Sikes, and won the FSR Performance Award.
The O'Reilly USCS National Outlaw Thunder Tour and the Mid-South Thunder Tour moves to Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS for its next event on Saturday night.