Martin Closes On Gray For USCS Dirt Point Lead FAYETTEVILLE, GA - A battle is brewing for the point lead in the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour. Danny "The Hammer" Martin of Sarasota, FL has closed to within...
Martin Closes On Gray For USCS Dirt Point Lead
FAYETTEVILLE, GA - A battle is brewing for the point lead in the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour. Danny "The Hammer" Martin of Sarasota, FL has closed to within 44 points of the "Bartlett Bullet" Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN in the USCS Outlaw Thunder points chase.
The USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour will compete at Crossville 's Raceway USA in Crossville, TN on Friday night, where Gray posted one of his five USCS dirt wins this season. On Saturday night, USCS will make its first-ever visit to 311 Motor Speedway in Madison, NC.
Gray, who is the USCS defending and three-time National Champion, still holds a commanding 246-point lead over Martin in the USCS National points. The USCS National points are awarded for both dirt and asphalt events, as USCS is the only winged outlaw sprint car series in the country that competes on both surfaces.
During the past six weeks, Martin has gotten his dirt program on track. The 18-year-old driver has posted three wins with victories coming in Rome, GA, Swainsboro, GA, and Cochran, GA. Beginning with his Rome, GA victory on June 20, Martin has reeled off eight top five finishes in nine events.
For the Outlaw Thunder season, Martin has a total of three wins, 13 top five finishes, and 17 top ten finishes in 20 dirt events. Another mark of the youngster's progress is that he was voted into the Top 25 of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 360 Sprint Car Poll for the summer. Out of the over 1,000 360 Sprint Car drivers in the country, Martin ranks 23rd.
Gray has five victories in USCS dirt competition this season with 15 top five finishes, and 16 top ten efforts in 20 starts. Gray was voted into the third spot in the summer poll of the NSCHoF Top 25 Driver of the Year balloting.
During the past four season's Gray has been "Mr. Consistency" on the USCS tour. Martin has been able to close in on Gray because Gray has had two uncharacteristic mechanical failures while either leading or running second in the last three USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour events.
Martin won in Cochran, GA on July 24 and Gray dropped out while leading the race and finished 14th. Last Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA, Gray was running second and dropped out of the race to finish 17th, and Martin went on to run second.
A driver that may play a spoiler role in the USCS Outlaw Thunder Championship is Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL. Although he has competed in 17 of 20 USCS dirt events, Adams is fifth in the point standings with eight wins, 13 top fives, and 14 top ten finishes. Adams was voted to the fourth spot in the NSCHoF Top 25 Driver of the Year poll.