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Veteran Adams Grabs SUPR Victory at New Track

By Bryan Wimberley

STERLINGTON, La.  — May 28. Winning his first series race in nearly two years, polesitter Ronny Adams of Greenwood, La., held off repeated challenges from Kyle Cummings of Sibley, La., on Friday for a three-length victory at USA Speedway. Adams collected $2,000 for winning the first-ever O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) tour victory at the new quarter-mile oval in northeastern Louisiana.

Adams, breaking a string of 41 SUPR races since his July 4, 2008, victory at Champion Park Speedway in Minden, La., notched the 34th victory of his series career in turning back Cummings.

Fifth-starting Rob Litton of Alexandria, La., finished third while reigning series champion Kenny Merchant of West Monroe, La., rode the cushion in improving from 15th to fourth. Robbie Stuart of DeRidder, La., started on the last row of the 22-car field and rallied to finish fifth.

After one failed start, Adams took command early over Doug Begnaud with Cummings working his way into second before lap-11 caution for Begnaud, who pulled to the infield. Cummings got a good restart and tried to wrestle away the lead from Adams, but Adams held on as the frontrunners edged away to lead third-running Trey Beene by six seconds at the halfway point.

Litton took third from Beene on the 24th lap, and a lap-27 caution reset the field for the final restart. Adams, Cummings and Litton broke away before Litton worked past Beene, too late to catch the frontrunners before the finish.

Adams had a last scare on the white flag when another competitor knocked an infield tire barrier across the track, but he held off a last-ditch charge from Cummings.

RACE NOTES: Ronny Adam's MasterSbilt by Stuckey's is powered by a Robert Nealy engine and is sponsored by C. Wrights Machine Tool, Jesel, Hoosier Tires and Brodix. ... Adams is fourth on the all-time SUPR victories list. ... Sixteen cars finished on the lead lap. ... Rob Litton took over the series points lead. ... Former SUPR regular Robbie Starnes ran as a teammate to Chris Holley. ... Mark Andrews of Marion, La., took a hard hit into the turn-two wall in the fourth heat race. He was uninjured but the car was too damaged to continue. ... Other drivers failing to make the feature: Jim Bryant, Wesley Chandler, Joey Couvillion, Lee Davis, Devane Hillman, Paul Joyner, Jody Prince, Bryan Sugg, Trey Williams. ... The second race of SUPR's holiday weekend tripleheader is Saturday at Champion Park Speedway in Minden, La.

O'REILLY SUPR at USA Speedway: 

(1) Ronny Adams, (2) Kyle Cummings, (3) Rob Litton, (4) Kenny Merchant, (5) Robbie Stuart (prov.), (6) Allen Tippen, (7) Jeff Chandler, (8) Trey Beene, (9) Jon Mitchell, (10) Darin Patrick, (11) Nicholas Brown, (12) David Ashley, (13) Donald Watson, (14) Chris Holley, (15) Robbie Starnes, (16) Alex Ashley, (17) Eddie Taylor, (18) Josh Danzy, (19) Clay Fisher, (20) Doug Begnaud, (21) Skip O'Neal (prov.), (22) Kevin Sitton.

Heat winners (among 32 cars): Adams, Cummings, Litton, Begnaud. Consolation winners: Starnes, Holley.

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