ADAMS CONQUERS ROME TWICE IN ONE NIGHT IN HISTORIC O'REILLY USCS EVENT ROME, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL won a pair of O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature races Sunday night at Rome Speedway in a new format tried for...
ADAMS CONQUERS ROME TWICE IN ONE NIGHT IN HISTORIC O'REILLY USCS EVENT
ROME, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL won a pair of O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature races Sunday night at Rome Speedway in a new format tried for the first time in the nine-year history of the series. O'Reilly USCS officials and competitors agreed to run two feature races in front of an appreciative packed house.
The first 15-lap feature started straight up from a pair of heat race finishes, and then the field was completely inverted from the finish of the first feature for the start of the second 20-lap feature race.
Adams came from the fourth starting spot in his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott to win the first feature race. Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL made a last lap move on the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN to finish second driving the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE.
Gray, who led the first four laps of the first feature race, had to settle for third in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar, and Randy Helton of Palmetto, GA made his O'Reilly USCS season debut a good one with a fourth-place finish in the Helton Transmissions Maxim/ERI. Steve Osborne of Cupertino, CA was fifth in the Central Pacific Industries Eagle/Bixler.
Jeremy Scott of Franklin, GA took the sixth spot in the Scott's Plumbing ProLite/June Bug, and seventh went to another driver making his first O'Reilly USCS start in over two years, Shawn Stafford of Gainesville, GA in the SCI Shaw/McIntosh.
Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL was the Robison Race Products Rookie of the Race with an eighth-place effort in the Independent Printing Shaw/Ott, and Doug Day of Winder, GA finished ninth in the Gotta Race Eagle/Dingler. Shane Nelson of Chattanooga, TN rounded out the top ten in the Nelson Racing Shaw/Slobuilt.
After winning the first feature race, the "Malabar Missile" started 14th in the second feature, blazed through the field on the ½-mile high-banked clay oval to take the lead on lap eight, and cruise home for the double dip. Gray finished second, followed by Martin in third.
Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC led the first seven laps and finished fourth in the ButlerBuilt Prowler/Chrisco. Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL was the Robison Race Products Rookie of the Race with a fifth-place finish in the Goodson Farms/Shaw/Ott. Jerry Jones of Clermont, FL took the sixth spot in the Arbor One Tree Service Shaw/CFM.
Tiffany finished seventh in the second feature, and Day was eighth, followed by Scott in ninth, and Helton rounded out the top ten.
"With the new format tonight of completely inverting the field after the first feature, our car had to be perfect to win both races," Adams said. "Thanks to my crew chief Red Stauffer, the car was perfect."
Gray took the lead at the drop of the green flag for the first feature, as Adams moved up from fourth to second, and Martin bolted from sixth to third by the end of the first lap. The only caution flag of the race came on lap four when Jones spun. Gray led Adams, Martin, K&N Filters Pole Award winner Helton, and Osborne down for the restart.
Adams began to pull away, but it was Martin putting heavy pressure on Gray for the second spot. After the field took the white flag, Martin passed Gray going down the backstretch to finish second.
With the field totally inverted for the second 20-lap feature, Allum was the K&N Filters Pole Award winner, and took the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by the 2004 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN in the Tinsley Engineering/TCF J&J/ZRE, Gohn, Jones, and Tiffany.
The first of two caution flags came out on lap two when Osborne and Stafford both stalled on the backstretch. As Allum led the field down for the restart, Adams, Gray, and Martin got busy from the back of the pack. Johnson spun in turn two on lap five while running second to bring out the second and final caution of the race.
When the field went back to green, it was Allum leading Gohn, Adams, Jones, Gray, Tiffany, and Martin. Adams passed his teammate and stepson Gohn for second on lap six, and then made the winning pass on Allum for the lead on lap eight. Gray and Martin were running fourth and fifth respectively, and were battling Gohn for the third spot.
Gray got around Gohn for the third spot on lap 16. Lap 18 was a busy one, as Gray Passed Allum for second, and Martin passed Gohn to move up to the fourth spot. By that time, Adams was gone. Martin passed Allum for the third position on lap 19.
In preliminary action, Gray won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and the "Bartlett Bullet" also won the ButlerBuilt second eight-lap heat race. Helton won the Engler Machine and Tool first eight-lap heat race.
For O'Reilly USCS returns to the pavement for its next three events featuring the Asphalt Thunder Tour. The three-race swing begins this Thursday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC, followed by a trip to Florence Motor Speedway in Florence, SC on Friday night, and then to Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC on Saturday night.