SRRS: Hickman Upsets "Adcox
Memorial" Field at Cleveland
Steve Hixson, Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Tenn. -
Oct. 16. In a most stunning upset, local racer Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, Tenn. laid claim to his biggest career
Late Model race win in the Southern Regional Racing series (SRRS) "Grant Adcox Memorial" Saturday at Cleveland
Hickman overpowered early leader and 2009 race winner Ray Cook for the $4,000 payday. At his home track,
in front of family and friends, Hickman methodically thanked everyone who'd help him get to "this point" before
posing with Mr. Herb Adcox, father of the late Grant Adcox on the front straight-away.
"I'm just a local
racer that (sic) is lucky enough to have the support of a wonderful family and great friends," stated a weary
Hickman, to the crowd.
Anthony Burroughs set fast-time in group qualifying akmong 30 entries. Cook
and Hickman also set fast-time in their respective groups, leaving a strong field of contingents to race the three
B-Mains. Eric Wells, Steve Smith and David Payne took those the 10 lap victories to earn starting spots for the
Burroughs and Cook brought the 20th annual event to the green, with Cook showing the way.
Dan Schlieper followed Cook, with Burroughs and Hickman solidly within the top five for lap one before the
caution appeared on lap two as Brad Coffey, Jacob Grizzle, Curtis Cline, and Mike Hill all tangled on the
back stretch. The restart saw Hickman make quick work of Burroughs as Mark Douglasand Chris Wall battled right
A few laps later
"The Intimigator" Wall became a little less so as he spin solo in turn four.
Again on the
restart, Hickman got the drop on his competitor, this time passing Schlieper for second before the night's longest
green flag stand would see Hickman eventually pass and pull away from Cook. During that time, Skip Arp worked past
Wells and Schlieper.
Chad Ogle and
Grizzle tangled on the front stretch to bring caution on lap 32, and Mark Douglas' top five run ended a few
laps later as the Knoxville native spun on lap 36.
Hickman didn't miss
a beat on the restarts, even with Arp on his spoiler, and he would take it to victory as Arp and Cook rounded out
the three. Schlieper held off David Payne to round out the five. Burroughs' seventh place finish, just behind
Wells' #18, was good enough to clinch the 2010 S.R.R.S championship title. Grizzle was also acknowledged as
2010 "Rookie of the Year" on the tour.