USCS: Swainsboro race summary

Adams Scores USCS Hat Trick In Swainsboro SWAINSBORO, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL scored the United Sprint Car Series "Hat Trick" with his third straight win Friday night in the USCS Outlaw Thunder 30-lap feature event at Swainsboro Raceway.

Adams Scores USCS Hat Trick In Swainsboro

SWAINSBORO, GA - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL scored the United Sprint Car Series "Hat Trick" with his third straight win Friday night in the USCS Outlaw Thunder 30-lap feature event at Swainsboro Raceway. Adams, who led wire-to-wire, held off a late race challenge from the defending and three-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN.

The abrasive 1/2-mile made it a tire management game for the USCS drivers, and Adams used his rubber right down to the last cord. When Adams pulled his Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott into the winners circle, his bald right-rear tire had four pounds of air left in it.

"I was just trying to hang on and keep the tires on the car," Adams said. "I thought Terry (Gray) was going to go flying by me anytime there at the end, but he told me he was having the same problem."

With just a few laps to go, Gray dove inside Adams in turn one to challenge for the lead, but couldn't make the move work, and had to settle for second in the Goodson Farms/Wendy's Maxim/Wesmar.

"My tires were about in the same shape as Kenny's were," Gray said. "I could see his tires were about down to the cord, so I tried that inside move with a few laps to go. When I did that, I knew I had a tire problem because it was about to shake the wing off the car."

Brice Wrenn of Lexington, SC rode a competitive roller coaster during the main event. He spun in turn one on lap five to avoid a spun lapped car while running second. After going to the back of the pack for the restart, Wrenn rallied back to finish third driving the Stainless Fabricators/Gaerte Engines Hench/Gaerte.

Brian Thomas of Auburn, GA was another driver that dodged disaster to come back and post a fourth-place finish in the Main Street Auto Parts/Saligo Avenger/Broome Performance. Thomas started the main event in the sixth starting hole, but had trouble coming up to speed, and fell back to tenth on the first lap.

Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL was another driver that ran into trouble, spinning on lap two while running third. Martin came back to round out the top five in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE.

Red Stauffer of Winter Park, FL brought his CB Mushrooms Shaw/Ott machine home in the sixth spot, after pitting for a new right-rear on lap 18. Ryan Myers of Eaton, OH finished seventh in his first USCS start of the season driving the Garrett Farms Stealth/Garrett. Myers also took the Huggins Race Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award after starting 11th.

Another first-time USCS starter in 2004, Daryl Smith of Riverview, FL finished ninth in the Buddy's Home Furnishings Beaberbuilt/Gaerte, and R.J. Johnson of Wesley Chapel, FL was tenth in the Race Wear/Pin Rings J&J/CRE to earn the Rookie of the Race honors.

When the field came down for the green flag, Wrenn, who started second, got the hole shot on polesitter Adams, and won the race into the first turn. Adams got the better bite coming off the second turn to take the lead he would never relinquish. Adams led the first lap followed by Wrenn, Martin, Stauffer and Gray.

The first of four caution flags came out on lap three when Martin slid high in turn one, and went over the banking. He was able to restart at the tail of the field. Adams pulled away on the restart, as Stauffer moved up to battle side-by-side with Wrenn for the second spot. As the leaders entered one on lap six, disaster loomed ahead.

Johnson spun right in front of Adams, who just got by on the outside without making contact. Wrenn and Stauffer arrived on the scene next running wheel-to-wheel, and had a split second to decide where to go. Wrenn locked it down and spun to the inside, while Stauffer spun to the high side and went over the banking tail first.

Somehow, Stauffer kept the fire lit in his engine, and kept rolling to re-enter the track on the backstretch. Wrenn had to go to the back of the pack with Johnson, and Stauffer kept going to restart in the second spot.

That moved Gray up into the third spot followed by Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson, FL in the Snap On Tools J&J/WRP, and Thomas. After the restart, Gray began to put the heat on Stauffer. Gray dove under Stauffer in turn three on the tenth lap to take over the second spot, but in the meantime, Adams had pulled out to a full straightaway lead.

When Adams got caught in lapped traffic, Gray would close in, only to lose that ground when he had to encounter the same traffic. Winegardner was running alone in third, but slipped up the banking in turn one on lap 19, and spun off the banking to bring out caution flag number three. Adams led Gray, Stauffer, Thomas, and Martin, as the field formed up for the restart.

Under caution, Stauffer pulled up along side Adams, and pointed to his own right-rear tire. With hand signals, Adams reported back to Stauffer that it was flat, and he bolted to the pit area before the field went one-to-go. Stauffer's crew with assistance from Adams' and Johnson's crews got the tire changed, and sent him back out for the restart.

Adams and Gray pulled away from Thomas on the restart, while Martin and Wrenn, who had come back through the field from their earlier problems, swapped the fourth spot back and fourth. Winegardner had a mechanical failure coming off the fourth turn on lap 22, and nosed into the front straightaway wall.

Winegardner was O.K., but his race car was done for the night. After his two main event misfortunes, Winegardner was awarded the Weld Racing Wheels Hard Luck Award winner.

After the restart, Adams pulled away at first, but after a couple of laps, Gray turned up the wick and closed on the leader. As the lead duo headed for turn one on lap 25, Gray dove to the inside, but Adams held him off, and pulled away for the win. Wrenn got by Thomas on the last turn of the last lap to claim the third spot.

In preliminary action, Adams won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and the two six-lap heat races were won by Thomas and Gray. Gray now holds a ten-point lead over Adams in the USCS National Point Standings.

The next event for the USCS Outlaw Thunder Dirt Tour will be Saturday night at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, GA. The event will be broadcast live on the Sprint Car Network at beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


POS STRT CAR#   DRIVER              HOMETOWN            LAPS
1.  1    4a     Kenny Adams         Malabar, FL         30
2.  5    10     Terry Gray          Bartlett, TN        30
3.  2    1w     Brice Wrenn         Lexington, SC       30
4.  6    67     Brian Thomas        Auburn, GA          30
5.  3    00     Danny Martin Jr.    Sarasota, FL        30
6.  4     2     Red Stauffer        Winter Park, FL     30
7.  11   56     Ryan Myers          Eaton, OH           30
8.  8     3     Daryl Smith         Riverview, FL       28
9.  9    19     Jerry Jones         Clermont, FL        28
10. 10   71     R.J. Johnson (R)    Wesley Chapel, FL   27
11. 7    11     Tom Winegardner Jr. Pierson, FL         21
12. 12    1     Ben Basinger        Salisbury, NC        5
LAP LEADERS:  Adams, 1-30
HUGGINS RACE CAMS HARD CHARGER:  Myers (started 11th and finished 7th)

AIR FLOW RESEARCH POWER DASH (6 Laps): 1. Adams 2. Gray 3. Thomas 4. Martin 5. Wrenn 6. Butch Pendergrass, Winston-Salem, NC.

1ST HEAT (8 Laps): 1. Thomas 2. Stauffer 3. Wrenn 4. Winegardner 5. Jones 6. Pendergrass 7. Basinger.

2ND HEAT (8 Laps): 1. Gray 2. Martin 3. Adams 4. Smith 5. Johnson (R) 6. Myers.

USCS NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 4/23/04: 1. Terry Gray 826 2. Kenny Adams 816 3. Brice Wrenn 666 4. Danny Martin Jr. 654 5. Tom Winegardner Jr. 620 6. Red Stauffer 612 7. R.J. Johnson (R) 564 8. Curt Michael 542 9. Butch Pendergrass 490 10. Brian Thomas 386 11. Chad Allum 382 12. Jerry Jones 370 13. Jim Raptis 356 14. Phil Mott 328 15. Chad Kemenah 294 16. Joey Saldana 290 17. Scott Young 286 18. Ben Basinger 286 19. Josh Weller 278 20. Sport Allen 276 21. Shane Stewart 276

R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate


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Series Sprint
Drivers Joey Saldana , Shane Stewart , Kenny Adams , Scott Young , R.J. Johnson , Chad Kemenah , Brian Thomas