2007 USCS O'Reilly News
Kenny Adams wins O'Reilly USCS career feature #100 at Mobile Speedway
Pensacola, FL - March 30, 2007 -. The Malabar Missile, Kenny Adams from Malabar, Florida captured his 100th O'Reilly Auto Parts United Sprint Car Series career feature win at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday night. Adams reached this personal milestone and series benchmark since joining the O'Reilly USCS at the beginning of the 2000 season, when he was the series National Champion and was also named the by National Sprint Car Hall of Fame pollsters as the North American 360 sprint car "Driver of the Year".
After finishing in third place on the previous night at Five Flags Speedway, Adams stole the show on this night with a near clean sweep to victory lane. After setting fast time of 14.617 seconds around the paved high-banked half-mile in the C&B Mushroom Farms time trials, Adams dominated for the win in the six laps Lucas Oil Power Dash. He followed those finishes by chasing the previous night's winner, Trey Robb from Newcastle, Oklahoma across the finish line in the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat.
When the 30 lap A-Main began pole starter Danny Martin, Jr. from Sarasota, Florida raced into the lead in turns one and two and then as 2006 East Bay Raceway track Champion, Daryl Smith from Riverview, Florida pulled along side him on the backstretch the two collided leaving Smith spun out backwards on the backstretch and a complete re-start occurred. For the restart Adams would move up from row two to the outside of the front row replacing Smith who was to restart on the rear. When the race re-started, Adams flew into turn one and raced away from the field toward this historic victory lane visit leaving seven to eight cars battling behind him in a pack vying for the runner-up spot.
As the battle for the two additional spots on the victory podium raged on Danny Martin, Jr. headed the pack that included defending series Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee now in third place. For the following 29 laps, Gray and Martin and five other drivers raced wheel-to-wheel and bumper-to-bumper at 140 miles per hour in the constantly changing race order. The daring pack included twenty year-old Ryan Myers from Eaton, Ohio, the fourteen year-old, Oklahoman Robb, twenty year-old Bryn Gohn from Malabar, Florida, Myers' teammate Chad Levingston from Bellville, Ohio and veteran sprint car driver, Charles Ladner from Tampa, Florida.
On lap fifteen Gray raced by Martin into the runner-up spot. On lap twenty the order was Gray, Martin, Robb, Gohn, Myers and Ladner. On lap twenty-seven Martin passed Gray back for the runner-up spot after Gray became trapped behind a lapped car in traffic. As the six-pack racing for second place raced across the finish line over a half a lap behind Adams, it was Martin in second place followed by Terry Gray in third, Trey Robb was fourth and Bryn Gohn rounded out the top five finishers.
Ladner passed Myers on lap twenty-seven for sixth place. Myers who raced as high up in the order as second and third places in the mid stages of the race followed in seventh place. Chad Levingston from Bellville, Ohio was eighth after running well all evening. Troy Lowery from Martin, Tennessee finished in the ninth position and Jon Kettlewell from Englewood, Ohio rounded out the top ten.
Kenny Adams won the six cars, six laps Lucas Oil Power Dash. Trey Robb won the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat Race and the Danny Martin, Jr. won the Butlerbuilt Second Heat Race. Adams additionally garnered the Huggins Cams Hard charger Award after starting fourth and charging into first place on lap one. Danny Martin, Jr. received the K&N Pole award after first heat race winner Trey Robb drew a four inversion for the top four qualifiers. The JE Pistons Top Guns Award, which rotates from first through third positions in the A-Main, went to the veteran Gray who finished in third place. Three-time Hoosier Tire Young Gun of the Year driver, Danny Martin, Jr. was awarded the Hoosier Tire Young Gun of the Race (for the highest finishing driver under 25 years old.).
The O'Reilly USCS www.uscsracing.com returns to action on Saturday, April 7th in the third and final round of the 2007 Gulf Coast Challenge at Southern Raceway in Milton, Florida. Since two different drivers, Trey Robb (Round One winner at Five Flags) and Kenny Adams (winner at Mobile Speedway) each won one of the first two races in the three-race swing. Both drivers will start in the rear of the field at Southern Raceway and if either driver wins the feature it will pay them $7500 to win.
Southern Raceway is located South of Interstate 10 at Exit 31 on Highway 87 to the track in Milton, Florida. For additional info visit www.southernraceway.com or call 850-623-2333. For O'Reilly USCS info please visit www.uscsracing.com or call 404-886-5913.
O'Reilly USCS OFFICIAL RESULTS Mobile International Speedway
Mobile, AL 3/31/07:
PS ST CR# DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS
1 4 4a Kenny Adams Malabar, FL 30
2 1 00 Danny Martin Sarasota, FL 30
3 3 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN 30
4 7 12 Trey Robb Newcastle, OK 30
5 6 4b Bryn Gohn Malabar, FL 30
6 9 39 Charles Ladner Tampa, FL 29
7 5 56R Ryan Myers Eaton, OH 29
8 8 55R Chad Levingston Bellville, OH 28
9 10 40 Troy Lowery Martin, TN 19
10 11 98j Jonathan Kettlewell Englewood, OH 18
11 13 59 Danny Statter Deltona, Fl 13
12 2 81 Daryl Smith Tampa, FL 5
13 12 41 Michael Craddock Olive Branch, MS 4
14 14 4X Dusty Rhoades Clearwater, FL 3
LUCAS OIL POWER DASH WINNER: Kenny Adams
K & N FILTERS POLE AWARD: Danny Martin, Jr.
HUGGINS CAMS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Myers
HOOSIER TIRE YOUNG GUN OF THE RACE: Danny Martin
(Top finisher under 25 years old)
ROBISON RACING PRODUCTS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: none
JE PISTONS TOP GUNS AWARD: Terry Gray (3rd place)
K&N FILTERS 3RD-PLACE AWARD: Terry Gray
BUTLERBUILT 4TH-PLACE AWARD: Trey Robb
OUTLAW DISC BRAKES TOP FIVE AWARD: Bryn Gohn
SIMPSON SAFETY PRODUCTS 6TH-PLACE AWARD: Charles Ladner
FSR RACING PRODUCTS-7 TH-PLACE AWARD: Ryan Myers
AIR FLOW RESEARCH 9TH-PLACE AWARD: Troy Lowery
FSR TOP 10 AWARD: Jon Kettlewell
WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: Dusty Rhoades
LEAD CHANGES: one
LAP LEADERS: Troy Lowery lap #1, Trey Robb laps #2-12,
Terry Gray, #13 -29, and Trey Robb lap #30.
LUCAS OIL POWER DASH - 6 Laps - 1. Kenny Adams; 2.
Trey Robb: 3. Bryn Gohn; 4. Terry Gray; 5. Ryan Myers;
6. Michael Craddock.
ENGLER MACHINE AND TOOL 1ST HEAT: 8 laps: 1. Trey Robb;
2. Kenny Adams; 3. Charles Ladner; 4. Ryan Myers;
5. Danny Statter; 6. Daryl Smith; 7. Jonathan Kettlewell;
BUTLERBUILT 2ND HEAT: 8 laps 1. Danny Martin, Jr.;
2. Chad Levingston; 3. Bryn Gohn; 4. Troy Lowery;
5. Michael Craddock; 6. Terry Gray; 7. Dusty Rhoades.
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