Bristol, Tennessee - Kenny Adams pictured here, was one of four drivers who tested winged sprint cars with the United Sprint Car Series www.uscsracing.com on Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway on the concrete high banks of the World's fastest half mile for the first time ever.
With aproximately 10 infield stop watches on hand, lap times were in the low to mid 14 second ranges thru the latter sessions of the three hour test period, putting speeds slightly over 135 miles per hour at the track which is slightly over one half mile long.
Adams from Malabar Florida the current USCS "Asphalt Thunder" series points leader, recorded a 14.29 second lap as did Doug Berryman from Mansfield, Ohio. Two time USCS champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee flew around the high 36 degree banks in 14.37 seconds and Jim Raptis from Marietta, Georgia, had a best for the day of 14.63 seconds.
All four drivers unofficially broke the record of 14.908 seconds set by Ryan Newman during qualifying for the Winston Cup event at BMS last March.
Raptis has previously raced in an All Pro stock car event at the facility. The other three drivers had never seen the facility in person until Wednesday.
On hand to assist with the test session were Winston Cup driving great Ernie Irvan who has won at Bristol Motor Speedway. Irvan passed on a great deal of knowledge to the USCS drivers and was a tremendous amount of help with the session as was Pro Shock's sprint car suspension guru, George Gillespie. Also on hand was an engineeering team from the USCS official tire supplier American Racer. The company tested several compounds with no problems incountered in the tire area.