ADAMS MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW AT RIVERSIDE IN O'REILLY USCS DIRT ACTION TRAVELERS REST, SC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL raced to his second O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night in the 30-lap feature...
ADAMS MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW AT RIVERSIDE IN O'REILLY USCS DIRT ACTION
TRAVELERS REST, SC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL raced to his second O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night in the 30-lap feature race at Riverside Speedway driving the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. Adams passed early leader Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL on lap 17, and never looked back to the checkered flag.
The victory marked the second straight year Adams took the O'Reilly USCS race at Riverside Speedway, and it brought his series leading win total to 76 in his career.
Martin, who led the first 16 laps of the race, brought his Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE home in the second spot. The 19-year-old also claimed the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race Award, and the Outlaw Brakes Fast Brake of the Race Award for leading on lap five.
The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN finished third in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Gray also picked up the K&N Filters Third-Place Award.
Curt Michael of Ocean View, DE started 19th and charged to a fourth-place finish in the B.K. Trucking J&J/Ott to earn the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award. Kevin Welsh of Far Hills, NJ took the fifth spot in the Phillips Garage J&J/Brown. Welch also won the SpeedMart Top Five Award.
Steve Osborne of Sharpsburg, GA was sixth in the Central Pacific Industries Eagle/Bixler, and Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH drove his Garrett-Myers Farms Domelt/Garrett-Myers to a seventh-place effort.
Myers takes over the O'Reilly USCS National points lead by four points over Gray, while Adams moved up to the third spot, ten points behind Myers, and Martin settled into the fourth position, 34 points behind Myers.
Mike Woodring of Hamburg, NY finished eighth in the Woodring Motorsports Maxim/Hampshire, and Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC was ninth in the Bridges Motorsports J&J/Bridges. Josh Weller of Mertztown, PA rounded out the top ten in the Wave Tech Associates J&J/Ott.
Two incidents on the first two starts shuffled the field once they went green and completed one lap. On the first start, a tangle in turn two involved the K&N Filters Pole Award Winner Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL, Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL, Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC, Paul Sides of Memphis, TN, and Weller.
Sides flipped his Racecoaches.com Maxim/Gaerte in the wreck to bring out the red flag, and earn the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award. All drivers walked away uninjured, but Sides, Tiffany, and Gohn were done for the evening.
Wrenn was able to restart and finished the race in the 11th spot to earn the FSR Performance Award. On the next restart, Jimmy Taylor of Gray Court, SC lost the front wing on his Taylor Automotive Clincher/Taylor on the backstretch for another yellow.
With Gohn out of the race, Martin moved up to the pole position for the complete restart, and took the lead on the third green flag of the race followed by Osborne, Adams, Myers, and Gray. Martin was working past the back markers in the field by the fourth lap, and Adams worked around Osborne for the second spot on lap six.
At the halfway point in the race, Martin got bogged down on the inside groove by lapped traffic, and Adams closed in. Adams took the lead on lap 17, and then pulled away from Martin. Gray took over the third spot from Osborne on lap 18. Michael charged up to the fifth spot on lap 18.
Stephen Darvalics of Venice, FL spun his CineMoves Shaw/Gaerte on lap 21 to bring out the third and final caution of the race. The 17-year-old driver was credited with the 14th finishing position, but earned the Rookie of the Race honors.
During the last ten laps, Adams checked out on Martin, and Gray could not catch Martin on lapped traffic to challenge him for the second spot. Michael and Welsh moved up to challenge Osborne for the fourth spot. Osborne got loose on lap 28, but by the time he gathered up his race car, Michael and Welsh raced by for fourth and fifth respectively.
Gohn won the Engler Tool and Machine first eight-lap heat race, while Osborne won the ButlerBuilt second eight-lap heat race, and Martin won the Koolbeans Trophies third eight-lap heat race. Adams won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash.
The O'Reilly USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour moves to I-20 Speedway in Batesburg, SC on Saturday night. The events will carry national points, and also points for the O'Reilly USCS Carolina Thunder Tour.