Adams Takes Fifth USCS Win In Senoia SENOIA, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL picked up his fifth United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour win of the season Saturday night at Senoia Speedway in Senoia, GA. After starting sixth, the "Malabar...
Adams Takes Fifth USCS Win In Senoia
SENOIA, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL picked up his fifth United Sprint Car Series Asphalt Thunder Tour win of the season Saturday night at Senoia Speedway in Senoia, GA. After starting sixth, the "Malabar Missile" put his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott on the point on lap 16, and then never looked back. In victory lane, Adams may have tipped his hand to his success this season.
"I'm off to a great start this season, and I think the new Air Flow Research cylinder heads that USCS is letting us use this season has made a difference," Adams said. "When I took them to my engine builder, he didn't want to use them, but he put them on because I wanted them on. We put the engine on the dyno, and found we had more horsepower with the Air Flow Research heads than the old spec heads we were using."
Adams used the Air Flow Research heads for the first time at Hickory, NC on April 30, and his victory there was worth a $1,000 bonus from Air Flow Research. On May 1, Adams was leading the USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour event in Radford, VA, but a suspension problem late in the race dropped him to third.
On Saturday night at Senoia, Adams lapped everyone except the second and third-place finishers. The victory also moved Adams to within six points of USCS National points leader Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN.
Jim Raptis of Marietta, GA drove the ERI/Rebman Truck Service Maxim/Gressman to the second spot after leading nine laps of the race. It was the first race for Raptis since finishing fifth on March 27 at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA.
"It feels great to be back and I've got to thank Rebman Truck Service for getting me here tonight," Raptis said. "I blew my only engine practicing at Lanier, and the Rebmans let me drive their third car there, and tonight they loaned me an engine for my car."
Doug Berryman of Mansfield, OH came home in the third spot driving the Rebman Truck Service Beaberbuilt/Gressman. The defending and three-time USCS National Champion Gray came back from a spin on lap 14 to finish fourth in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL finished fifth in the Martin Structures, Inc. Hurricane/ZRE.
Bill Moore of Denver, NC was sixth in the Carolina Speedway J&J Collins. Troy DeCaire of Tampa, FL was the Rookie of the Race with a seventh-place finish in the American Trading Post & Pawn Hurricane/Skeeter. Jimmy Taylor of Green Pond, SC was eighth in the Taylor Automotive and Machine Eagle/Taylor.
Skeeter Faulconer of Lutz, FL made his first USCS appearance of the season with a ninth-place finish in the American Trading Post & Pawn Hurricane/Skeeter. Rookie R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL rounded out the top ten in the Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/CRE.
Joe Rebman of Mansfield, OH took the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting his Rebman Truck Service Beaberbuilt/Gressman on the pole position followed by Raptis, Berryman, Gray and Adams.
Raptis challenged Rebman on the inside in the early laps, while Gray worked inside Berryman for the third spot. Gray drove under Berryman to take the third spot on lap four, but in the meantime, Rebman and Raptis had opened up a half-straightaway lead.
The lead changed hands for the first time on lap seven when Raptis got a run on the inside of Rebman coming off the second turn, and passed him for the point down the backstretch. Adams was also on the move, as he worked around both Berryman and Gray to move up to the third position. By the tenth lap, Adams was closing fast on the lead duo of Raptis and Rebman.
Adams was all over Rebman on lap 12. Going into the first turn on lap 13, Adams drove under Rebman to take the second spot. Smoke then began to bellow from under the hood of Rebman's car. They had been battling a pesky leaking valve cover all night long in the preliminary events.
When Gray came up to challenge Rebman for the third spot in turn two on lap 14, he spun in Rebman's oil to bring out the only caution flag of the race. Gray restarted in the ninth spot as the last car on the lead lap, and Rebman took his car to the pits for the night. Raptis led Adams, Berryman, Doug Day of Winder, GA, DeCaire, and Martin down for the green flag restart.
Raptis and Adams got busy battling for the lead after restart with Adams looking to the high side. Coming off the fourth turn on lap 15, Adams got a run to the outside of Raptis, and then completed the pass for the lead going into turn one on lap 16. Adams then put on a driving clinic through lapped traffic to check out on the field.
"My brakes were really getting hot, so I tried to quit using them, and just roll into the corners on the high side," Adams said. "That seemed to make the car faster, and I could drive it anywhere I wanted to on the race track. I think the new Hoosier tires USCS has this season really worked well on my race car, and had a lot to do with that."
With Adams pulling away, Gray had his own passing exhibition going after restarting in the ninth spot on lap 14. The "Bartlett Bullet" had moved up to the fifth spot by lap 20, and he passed Day for fourth on lap 21. Day was running fifth when he retired his Gotta Race Eagle/Dingler on lap 27.
By lap 30, Adams had pulled out to a half straightaway lead over Raptis and Berryman, and he was closing in on Gray to put him a lap down.
The Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award was shared by Adams and Chris Hill of Wedowee, AL. Hill started his Hill Brothers Air and Hydraulics Challenger/Gaerte from the 16th spot and finished 11th. Doug Gold of Concord, NC took the Weld Racing Hard Luck Award, after locking up the rear end of his Heintz Performance Gold/Jerico in his heat race.
Adams was the Fast Qualifier for the event, turning the 3/8-mile paved oval in 11.645 seconds for an average speed of 115.930 miles per hour. Adams also won the Air Flow Research Power Dash. The two ten lap Heat Races were won by Raptis and Rebman.
USCS returns to the dirt surface on May 15 at Lancaster Motor Speedway in Lancaster, SC for an Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour event. The Lancaster Motor Speedway event will also carry National and Sunbelt Tour points.
For the latest USCS news, points, statistics, information, and a schedule of events, visit the series web site at www.uscsracing.com.
<pre> OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 10 AT SENOIA SPEEDWAY IN SENOIA, GA ON 5/8/04:
POS STRT CAR# DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS 1. 6 4a Kenny Adams Malabar, FL 40 2. 2 77 Jim Raptis Marietta, GA 40 3. 3 1r Doug Berryman Mansfield, OH 40 4. 5 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN 39 5. 7 00 Danny Martin Jr. Sarasota, FL 39 6. 9 06 Bill Moore Denver, NC 39 7. 8 6 Troy DeCaire (R) Tampa, FL 39 8. 10 32 Jimmy Taylor Green Pond, SC 38 9. 12 6f Skeeter Faulconer Lutz, FL 38 10. 11 71 R.J. Johnson (R) Wesley Chapel, FL 37 11. 16 4 Chris Hill Wedowee, AL 36 12. 14 7k Scott Young Woodland, AL 36 13. 4 2d Doug Day Winder, GA 26 14. 1 77r Joe Rebman Mansfield, OH 13 15. 13 29 Will Ragsdale Greenville, SC 6 16. 15 8 Doug Gold Concord, NC DNS
ENTRIES: 16 LEAD CHANGES: 2 Among 3 Drivers LAP LEADERS: Rebman, 1-6; Raptis, 7-15; Adams, 16-40 LAPS LED: Adams, 25; Raptis, 9; Rebman, 6 CAUTIONS: 1
HUGGINS CAMS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Adams (started sixth and finished first) and Hill (started 16th and finished 11th)
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: DeCaire WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Gold
FAST QUALIFIER: Adams, 11.645 Seconds, 115.930 Miles Per Hour
AIR FLOW RESEARCH POWER DASH WINNER: Adams HEAT RACE WINNERS: Raptis and Rebman
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate