Sunday, July 24, 2005

Going Home with Dad

Martin Repeats in Cochran

By Roby Helms
USCS Communications Director

COCHRAN, GA - Danny "The Hammer" Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL won the 30-lap O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race at Cochran Motor Speedway on Saturday night for the second straight year. Martin came from the seventh starting spot to take the lead with five laps to go in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE.

Martin had an up and down night, as the 19-year-old driver started in the back of his heat race, worked his way up to the third spot, but spun in turn three with two laps to go. Martin came charging right back to finish fourth.

"George Gillespe at PRO Shocks gave me a new set up to try, and it really worked well for us," Martin said. "We started in the back of the heat, when to the front, and then I spun it out. We came back to finish fourth, and I knew we had something. I really love this track!"

Martin also gave his Dad, Danny Martin Sr., a nice birthday present for the second straight year. This marked the fifth win for Martin on a family special occasion like a birthday, or an anniversary. Martin earned the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award, and was also the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race.

Special Occasion Means Martin Wins

COCHRAN, GA - Danny Martin, Sr. had a birthday this week, todayHammer's lovely girlfriend, Jen Scarbrough was celebrating herbirthday too. Team mascot, Tucker the Travelling Sprint Car Dog beganan early celebration of his birthday too. On special occasions, Martin wins races.

Martin delivered the goods this time by winning on the fast heavybanking at Cochran Speedway for the second year in a row. Last nightKenny Adams of Malabar, Florida won. Tonight Adams finished second.Martin, Jr., Martin Sr. and Tire Man, Dewey Mixon, took the Food GradeTransport / Martin Structures / Sprinter tovictory lane again in the Peach State.

This season's road to victory was strewn with 3 blown motors, 3 failedsteering boxes, and 3 broken rear ends. There are 24 races left inthe USCS season and mechanical demons have now been cast out. Hammerout braked other competitors coming from Row 4 to take the lead on lap25 of the 30 lapper. With a Heat Index of 107 degrees, competitors and carsfought the oppressive South Georgia heat.

In a rare showing, a Ford Powered 360 Sprint Car, piloted by Carolinashoe Johnny Bridges came home in third place.

Next the series will burn rubber on the Georgia asphalt at Senoia, Georgia.See for details.

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Feature Results

1. Danny "The Hammer" Martin, Jr.
2. Kenny Adams
3. Johnny Bridges

Friday, July 22, 2005

Martin Looks For Special Occasion To Return To Winning Ways

United Sprint Car Series Sprint Car Racing WebLog:

Fayetteville, Ga - Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL will be looking for a special occasion to return to his winning ways in O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder action this weekend at Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, GA on Friday night and at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA on Saturday night. 'You just have to forget about what happened, fix what broke, do your weekly maintenance, and go on to the next race,' Martin said. 'At least we know we were in a position to win most of the races we dropped out of, and that keeps you going. We know we have what it takes to win races, and we're confident we will turn things around.'"

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Results and National Points

Official Results Of Round 26 At Riverside Speedway In Travelers Rest, SC On 7/8/05:

1. Kenny Adams Malabar, FL
2. Danny Martin Jr. Sarasota, FL
3. Johnny Bridges Cherryville, NC

O'Reilly USCS National Point Standings Through 7/8/05:

1.. Kenny Adams - 3635
2.. Danny Martin Jr. - 3405
3.. Bryn Gohn (R) - 3205
4.. Terry Gray - 3174
5.. Matt Tiffany (R) - 3161
6.. R.J. Johnson - 2872
7.. Ryan Myers - 2328
8.. Skeeter Faulconer - 1956
9.. Brice Wrenn - 1954
10.. Chad Allum - 1860

Adams Battles Martin For O'Reilly USCS Riverside Win

TRAVELERS REST, SC - Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL drove the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw Ott to his seventh O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series win of the season Friday night at Riverside Speedway. The 82nd series career win for the "Malabar Missile" came in the 30-lap lead-swapping battle with 19-year-old Danny Martin Jr. of Sarasota, FL.

"I think this series has the most talented group of young sprint car drivers in the country because these kids are tough," Adams said. "Danny raced me close and clean all race long. He would get by me in lapped traffic, and then I would get back my him."

The race was almost a carryover from the April 15 O'Reilly USCS Riverside Speedway show when Adams and Martin battled for the point. In that race, Martin led for the first 16 laps before Adams took over for the win.

In this latest version, it looked like the tables would turn the other way, as Adams led for the first eight laps before Martin took the lead in lapped traffic coming off turn two.

Just when it looked like "The Hammer" would get sweet revenge on Adams, the lead pair came up on more lapped traffic, and Adams went to the low side of turn four to retake the lead, and go on to his third straight Riverside Speedway win. Martin had to settle for second in the Martin Structures, Inc. Schnee/ZRE, and was the SpeedMart Young Gun of the race for drivers under the age of 25.

"I've never been beat here, and there at the start I was beginning to claim this place as my own when Danny went sailing by me," Adams said.

Third went to Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC in the Bridges Motorsports J&J/Bridges Ford after a side-by-side finish with Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL. Bridges won the Engler Machine and Tool first ten-lap heat race and drew the eighth starting spot.

The next event for the O'Reilly USCS will be Saturday night at I-20 Speedway
in Batesburg, SC.