BLUE RIDGE, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL came from the fourth starting position to take the lead on lap four and cruised to his 11th United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night before a standing-room-only crowd at Sugar Creek...
BLUE RIDGE, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL came from the fourth starting position to take the lead on lap four and cruised to his 11th United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night before a standing-room-only crowd at Sugar Creek Raceway driving the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott.
The "Malabar Missile" raced side-by-side with Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN after a restart, to take the lead. The defending and three-time USCS National Champion Gray had to settle for second in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar. Gray still leads the USCS National, Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour, and Sunbelt Tour point standings.
Danny "The Hammer" Martin of Sarasota, FL put on a show running the high side to blast from the seventh starting and finish third driving the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE. Jim Raptis of Marietta, GA started 14th and came home fourth in the ERI Maxim/ERI. Raptis and crew chief Andy Stapp made repairs after a heat race mechanical problem to just make the main event.
Ryan Myers of Eaton, OH posted his best USCS finish of the season with a fifth-place effort in the Garrett Farms Stealth/Garrett. Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL came back from a lap 14 spin to finish sixth in the CB Mushroom Shaw/Ott. Chris Hill of Wedowee, AL was seventh in the Hill Brothers Air and Hydraulics Challenger/Slobuilt.
R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN rallied from the 19th starting spot to finish eighth in the Leaf Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/ZRE. Johnson was the Huggins Race Cams Hard Charger of the Race. Chad Allum of Kannapolis, NC finished ninth in the Heintz Performance Allum/Allum, and Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC rounded out the top ten in the Stainless Fabricators Hench/Gaerte.
Wrenn was running fourth, but spun coming off the fourth turn on the last lap. Another driver that had a top five run going was Doug Day of Winder, GA in the Gotta Race Eagle/Dingler. With Wrenn's spin, Day took the checkered flag in the fourth spot, but failed to cross the scales after the race, and was disqualified.
Gray beat polesitter Stauffer into the first turn at the start of the race, and Adams jumped up on the outside cushion to move up to the second spot. The first of four caution flags came out on lap four when Matt Stegeman of Dover, FL spun the Brandon Ford Avenger/Mercer.
On the restart, Adams dove under Gray in turn three to take the lead. Gray countered by trying to dive back under Adams in turn four, and the pair raced side-by-side down the frontstretch before Adams took the lead for good in turn one.
Behind the two leaders, Martin and Wrenn raced side-by-side for several laps battling for the third spot. Martin worked the cushion and made the pass for the position stick on lap 19.
The most serious incident of the race occurred on lap 14 when several cars tangled and spun down the front straightaway. Stegeman flipped twice to bring out the red flag, but he was uninjured. Stegeman, Jeremy Scott of Franklin, GA in the Vortex Bar and Grill Pro Lite/June Bug, Randy Helton of Palmetto, GA in the Helton Transmission Maxim/ERI, and Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL in the Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott were done for the night.
Wrenn and Allum won the two ten-lap heat races, and Adams won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash. The next event for the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour will be Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA.
Official Results Of Round 26 At Sugar Creek Raceway In Blue Ridge, Ga On 8/6/04:
<pre> POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS 1. 4 4a Kenny Adams Malabar, FL 30 2. 2 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN 30 3. 7 00 Danny Martin Jr. Sarasota, FL 30 4. 14 77 Jim Raptis Marietta, GA 30 5. 11 56 Ryan Myers Eaton, OH 30 6. 1 2 Red Stauffer Winter Park, FL 30 7. 16 4c Chris Hill Wedowee, AL 30 8. 19 71 R.J. Johnson (R) Decatur, TN 30 9. 5 87 Chad Allum Kannapolis, NC 30 10. 6 1w Brice Wrenn Lexington, SC 30 11. 9 3 Daryl Smith Riverview, FL 29 12. 15 5p Skip Andrews Huntsville, AL 29 13. 20 B3 Bronzie Lawson Southern Pines, NC 20 14. 12 4b Bryn Gohn Malabar, FL 14 15. 18 10s Matt Stegeman Dover, FL 13 16. 8 76 Jeremy Scott Franklin, GA 12 17. 3 27 Randy Helton Palmetto, GA 12 18. 13 11jr. Tom Winegardner Jr. Pierson, FL 7 19. 17 11sr. Tom Winegardner Sr. Pierson, FL 1 20. 10 2d Doug Day Winder, GA DQ
ENTRIES: 20 LEAD CHANGES: 1 LAP LEADERS: Gray, 1-3; Adams, 4-30 LAPS LED: Adams, 27; Gray, 3 HUGGINS RACE CAMS HARD CHARGER: Johnson (started 19th and finished 8th) ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Johnson WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Stegeman FSR PERFORMANCE AWARD: Myers
CAUTIONS: 4 (1 RED)
AIR FLOW RESEARCH POWER DASH (6 Laps): 1. Adams; 2. Gray; 3. Raptis; 4. Allum; 5. Martin; 6. Gohn.
1ST HEAT (10 Laps): 1. Wrenn; 2.Adams; 3. Gray; 4. Martin; 5. Smith; 6. Myers; 7. Winegardner Jr.; 8. Andrews; 9. Winegardner Sr.
2ND HEAT (10 Laps): 1. Allum; 2. Helton; 3. Stauffer; 4. Scott; 5. Day; 6. Gohn; 7. Raptis; 8. Hill; 9. Stegeman; 10. Johnson (R).
USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 8/6/04:
1.. Terry Gray - 3756 2.. Danny Martin Jr. - 3480 3.. Kenny Adams - 3290 4.. R.J. Johnson (R) - 3126 5.. Brice Wrenn - 2558 6.. Chad Allum - 2188 7.. Tom Winegardner Jr. - 2048 8.. Butch Pendergrass - 1742 9.. Jim Raptis - 1508 10.. Red Stauffer - 1454 11.. Doug Gold - 1238 12.. Scott Christian - 1166 13.. Bronzie Lawson - 1114 14.. Jeremy Scott - 1060 15.. Randy Helton - 1056 16.. Brian Thomas - 1032 17.. Bill Moore - 1032 18.. Chris Hill - 970 19.. Bruce Cline - 950 20.. Will Ragsdale - 948
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate