The racing season is complete. You’ve just won 28 feature events in 77 starts. Amazingly, you’ve only finished outside of the top five in 18 of these races. For your consistency you’ve just claimed your fourth WISSOTA National Modified Championship. The stellar campaign is polished with track titles at Rice Lake Speedway (Rice Lake, Wisconsin) and Grand Rapids Speedway (Grand Rapids, Minnesota).
With this list of accolades most drivers wouldn’t want to change a thing about their racing program. However, most drivers aren’t Kevin “Buzzy” Adams.
“We had a stellar 2015 season, but I just felt like there was still more that we could improve within our program to get even faster,” recollects the resident of Cameron, Wisconsin. “One of those areas was in in our shock program.”
Late in 2015, Kevin began discussing potential ideas with some of the engineers at BILSTEIN. The talks progressively gained traction and before long the gears were turning for Adams.
“As a driver you are always nervous at the thought of change, especially with the success that we were already enjoying. However, this move just seemed to make complete sense for me,” Adams noted.
By January 2016 Kevin Adams had officially made the move to BILSTEIN XVS Series shock absorbers on his familiar #40 LG2 Modified. To get a jump on the season the decision was made to do some testing at East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Florida) a few days before Speedweeks officially commenced.
The BILSTEIN XVS Series shock absorbers that Adams implemented into his program feature a 46mm steel, monotube body with a high-volume, nitrogen bulb. The owner-rebuildable design, available in linear or digressive-valving configurations, provides the versatility required to perform at any level of competition.
“Again I won’t lie that I had a little nervous tension about changing anything in my program, but as soon as I made those first few laps I knew that I had made the right decision. It was just amazing how I was almost instantaneously comfortable in the car.”
For Adams he has always had a bucket-list dream of winning at East Bay Raceway Park. Known as the “Clay by the Bay,” the 1/3-mile oval has a long history of presenting drivers with an extremely-challenging, racing surface to conquer. Throughout his career ventures to Speedweeks, Kevin had not been immune to these challenges.
“I’ve always loved the place, but I’ve just never been able to get over the hump and find victory lane. We finally changed that at all this year, and I have zero doubt that these new BILSTEIN shocks played a major role.”
Kevin Adams scratched yet another item off his ever-shrinking, bucket list by topping the Speedweeks opener with the Sunshine State Modified Tour (SSMT) at East Bay Raceway Park on January 31, 2016. During his six-race stint with the series he claimed two additional, podium finishes en route to clinching the inaugural SSMT championship.
“To finally win a race at East Bay was monumental for my team, but to also win the inaugural SSMT title was just the icing on the cake,” Adams said with his signature smile. “Starting the season by accomplishing those feats for the first time gives us a great deal of added confidence for the potential that this year can hold.”
For Adams the proof has definitely been in the pudding with his move to BILSTEIN products.
“As a company, BILSTEIN has an amazing history, and so many resources. Early in our partnership their feedback has already been second-to-none, and as a driver it’s really nice to be able to bounce ideas around to find what will work the best.”
He also comments, “I can’t believe how great these new shocks feel on my car. My team and I are very impressed by the craftsmanship and the service that BILSTEIN has provided us. I cannot thank everyone at BILSTEIN enough, and we look forward to winning a lot of races with them.”
With Speedweeks firmly in the rearview mirror, Kevin Adams is intently focused on a huge 2016 season. He plans to chase yet another WISSOTA title. His point of attack includes aggressively pursuing as many events as possible during April and May as tracks in his area kick things into high gear.
“I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy some great success during my career, but I honestly believe that there is a very-real potential present to make this the most successful season I’ve ever experienced,” said Adams. “We’ve already shown that we are carrying our momentum from 2015 into this season, and with the edition of BILSTEIN shock absorbers we’ve definitely turned things up a notch.”
With rain limiting how much he’s been able to race so far this year, Kevin Adams concluded his thoughts by saying, “The biggest challenge now is to try and be patient until racing season in my area officially gets wide open.”