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Adams Hits Back at "Hammer Hill"; Nails First I-30 SUPR Win

By Bryan Wimberley

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — July 24. Veteran Dirt Late Model racer Ronny Adams of Greenwood, La., has won a lot of races at a lot of tracks, but the 59-year-old driver entered the 2010 winless at I-30 Speedway. But after plenty of second-

Litton Licks Sullivan at Little Rock Weekend Opener

By Bryan Wimberley

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — July 23. Series points leader Rob Litton of Alexandria, La., won a lead-swapping duel with Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., over the final laps Friday at I-30 Speedway for a victory in the opener of a weekend doubleheader on the O’Reilly Southern United Professional Racing series. Litton earned $1,250 for the 25-lap victory at the quarter-mile oval.

With his second series victory of 2010, Litton protects his slim points lead over 10th-starting Kyle Cummings of Sibley, La., who finished third. Fifth-starting Jeff Chanler of Minden, La., wound up fourth and David Ashley of Zachary, La., rounded out the top five.

"It was a good battle there at the end," Litton said. "There on that last caution, my crew gave me a signal and I knew I had to muscle it. Whenever Jack got by me there with the laps winding down, I said to myself, ‘It is time to get up on the wheel.’ "

The third-starting Litton raced out to the lead at the green flag over polesitter Clay Fisher of Dewitt, Ark., with Jody Prince, Chanler and Sullivan trailing, but the night’s first caution flew for Allen Tippen on the straightaway after one lap completed.

Litton took charge again on the restart while Prince gained second from Fisher. Litton expanded his lead by the fourth lap while Cummings moved into the top five as Fisher continued to fade.

Litton began driving away from the pack, increasing his lead by nearly four seconds while Prince and Sullivan battled for second. Sullivan gained the upper hand, taking the position on lap seven, but a caution for Wendall Bolden’s spin reset the field with Prince in second. Sullivan, though, made quick work of Prince on the restart and was chasing Litton when the final caution appeared just past the halfway mark after Ronny Adams and Lee Davis made contact on the backstretch; Alex Ashley spun to avoid the accident.

With seven laps remaining, Litton, Sullivan and Cummings broke away from the field with Sullivan drawing to within a few lengths of Litton on lap 19. Sullivan slipped ahead to lead lap 20 by a nose, but Litton went back ahead on lap 22 and led the rest of the way.

FRIDAY NOTES: Rob Litton's Rocket Chassis is powered by Wall 2 Wall Performance Engines and sponsored by Larry Grayson & Son Trucking, TWM Racing Products, Stuckey Racing Enterprise, LMS Truck Center and Litton Motor Sports. ... Litton claimed his 21st career series victory, elevating him into sixth on SUPR's all-time list. ... The victory was Litton's second series victory at I-30; he also has three straight top-five finishes on the SUPR tour at Little Rock. ... Drivers failing to make the feature: Jay Brunson, Wesley Crutchfield, Paul Joyner and Skip O’Neal.

SUPR: I-30 - July 23: (1) Rob Litton, (2) Jack Sullivan, (3) Kyle Cummings, (4) Jeff Chanler, (5) David Ashley, (6) Darin Patrick, (7) Robbie Starnes, (8) Jon Mitchell (prov.), (9) Jody Prince, (10) Ray Moore, (11) Alex Ashley (prov.), (12) Chris Holley, (13) Timothy Culp, (14) Shane Harris, (15) Josh Danzy, (16) Ronny Adams, (17) Rusty Cummings, (18) Robbie Stuart, (19) Lee Davis, (20) Clay Fisher, (21) Wendall Bolden, (22) Allen Tippen.

Heat winners (26 entries): Sullivan, Litton, Chanler, Fisher. Consolation winner: Moore.
and third-place finishes at the track sometimes nicknamed "Hammer Hill", Adams broke through Saturday with a dominating victory on the O’Reilly Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) tour.

"I thought I had one last year and Kenny (Merchant) come driving around me with two or so laps to go, and we was disappointed about that then," Adams said after earning $2,500 for his 40-lap victory. "This makes up for that a little bit."

Adams took the lead from Chris Holley of Dayton, Texas, on the 14th lap and repeatedly drove away from the field, eventually taking the checkers more than two seconds ahead of Holley at the quarter-mile oval that took rubber.

Polesitter Lee Davis, also of Greenwood, was third, while current series points leader Rob Litton of Alexandria, La., finished fourth. Ray Moore of Haughton, La., advanced from his ninth-starting spot, to complete the top five finishers.

The race required two starts after a three-car mishap in turn two on the first lap. Front-row starter Nicholas Brown’s wreck sent Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., into a tire barrier while Adams got by mostly unscathed.

On the next start, Holley made a daring move coming off turn two, splitting the cars of Davis and Brown to take command. But three laps later, the yellow flag appeared again for a five-car pileup in turn four involving Dustin Hyde, Josh Danzy, Jody Prince, Timothy Culp and Brown. Brown's mangled car was towed away.

When the race resumed, Holley maintained his lead while Adams took the runner-up spot from Davis on the seventh lap. Adams quickly pressured Holley as the pair made contact a few times, racing side-by-side for the top spot on lap 10. Holley held his ground a few more laps before Adams took command.

Holley slipped into at battle with Texans Robbie Starnes and Kevin Sitton as Adams built a five-second lead midway through the race. Sitton briefly took second from Holley, but he eventually spun in turn two on lap 30. Sitton elected to retire rather than restart on the rear while Holley held onto second. The final caution on lap 36 gave Holley one more shot at Adams, but the veteran pulled away once again for his first victory at I-30 and 35th of his SUPR career.

SATURDAY NOTES: Adams drives a MasterSbilt by Stuckey powered by a Robert Nealy engine and sponsored by C. Wrights Machine Tool, New Vision Graphics, Jimmy Carl & Jackie Oney and Nealy & Associates. ... Adams has two SUPR victories in 2010; the first came May 28 at USA Speedway in Sterlington, La. ... Adams won his first SUPR event in the first series season in 1990 at his home track, Boothill Speedway. ... Kyle Cummings of Sibley, La., was hard charger of the race, going from 17th to seventh. ... Rob Litton increased his series points lead to 96 points over Cummings. .... The track drew 106 race cars overall in five classes along with a packed grandstand. ... SUPR drivers failing to make the feature: Doug Begnaud, Wendall Bolden, Jay Brunson, Wesley Crutchfield, Paul Joyner, Skip O’Neal and Mark McWilliams. ... The series returns to action July 31 at Baton Rouge Raceway in Baker, La.

(1) Ronny Adams, (2) Chris Holley, (3) Lee Davis, (4) Rob Litton, (5) Ray Moore, (6) Robbie Starnes, (7) Kyle Cummings, (8) David Ashley, (9) Kenny Merchant, (10) Jon Mitchell, (11) Timothy Culp, (12) Alex Ashley, (13) Jeff Chanler, (14) Josh Danzy, (15) Dustin Hyde, (16) Kevin Sitton, (17) Allen Tippen (prov.), (18) Jack Sullivan, (19) Jody Prince, (20) Darin Patrick, (21) Nicholas Brown.

Heat winners (28 entries): Davis, Brown, Adams, Holley. Consolation winner: Cummings.

SUPR: Litton Licks Sullivan at Little Rock Weekend Opener

By Bryan Wimberley

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — SJuly 23. eries points leader Rob Litton of Alexandria, La., won a lead-swapping duel with Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., over the final laps Friday at I-30 Speedway for a victory in the opener of a weekend doubleheader on the O’Reilly Southern United Professional Racing series. Litton earned $1,250 for the 25-lap victory at the quarter-mile oval.

With his second series victory of 2010, Litton protects his slim points lead over 10th-starting Kyle Cummings of Sibley, La., who finished third. Fifth-starting Jeff Chanler of Minden, La., wound up fourth and David Ashley of Zachary, La., rounded out the top five.

"It was a good battle there at the end," Litton said. "There on that last caution, my crew gave me a signal and I knew I had to muscle it. Whenever Jack got by me there with the laps winding down, I said to myself, ‘It is time to get up on the wheel.’ "

The third-starting Litton raced out to the lead at the green flag over polesitter Clay Fisher of Dewitt, Ark., with Jody Prince, Chanler and Sullivan trailing, but the night’s first caution flew for Allen Tippen on the straightaway after one lap completed.

Litton took charge again on the restart while Prince gained second from Fisher. Litton expanded his lead by the fourth lap while Cummings moved into the top five as Fisher continued to fade.

Litton began driving away from the pack, increasing his lead by nearly four seconds while Prince and Sullivan battled for second. Sullivan gained the upper hand, taking the position on lap seven, but a caution for Wendall Bolden’s spin reset the field with Prince in second. Sullivan, though, made quick work of Prince on the restart and was chasing Litton when the final caution appeared just past the halfway mark after Ronny Adams and Lee Davis made contact on the backstretch; Alex Ashley spun to avoid the accident.

With seven laps remaining, Litton, Sullivan and Cummings broke away from the field with Sullivan drawing to within a few lengths of Litton on lap 19. Sullivan slipped ahead to lead lap 20 by a nose, but Litton went back ahead on lap 22 and led the rest of the way.

FRIDAY NOTES: Rob Litton's Rocket Chassis is powered by Wall 2 Wall Performance Engines and sponsored by Larry Grayson & Son Trucking, TWM Racing Products, Stuckey Racing Enterprise, LMS Truck Center and Litton Motor Sports. ... Litton claimed his 21st career series victory, elevating him into sixth on SUPR's all-time list. ... The victory was Litton's second series victory at I-30; he also has three straight top-five finishes on the SUPR tour at Little Rock. ... Drivers failing to make the feature: Jay Brunson, Wesley Crutchfield, Paul Joyner and Skip O’Neal.

(1) Rob Litton, (2) Jack Sullivan, (3) Kyle Cummings, (4) Jeff Chanler, (5) David Ashley, (6) Darin Patrick, (7) Robbie Starnes, (8) Jon Mitchell (prov.), (9) Jody Prince, (10) Ray Moore, (11) Alex Ashley (prov.), (12) Chris Holley, (13) Timothy Culp, (14) Shane Harris, (15) Josh Danzy, (16) Ronny Adams, (17) Rusty Cummings, (18) Robbie Stuart, (19) Lee Davis, (20) Clay Fisher, (21) Wendall Bolden, (22) Allen Tippen.

Heat winners (26 entries): Sullivan, Litton, Chanler, Fisher. Consolation winner: Moore.

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