Hagar charges to 2nd USCS win of 2015 at Tennessee National Raceway
Hohenwald, TN. - June 13, 2015 – The 2013 United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Dilters National champion Derek Hagar, from Marion, Arkansas held off 2012 series champion Tim Crawley on a green-white-checkered finish Saturday night at the Tennessee National Raceway to collect the win in the rescheduled 30-lap Spring Speed Xplosion 2015 A-main. The win was Hagar’s 31st-career USCS victory, his third win at TNR and his second series win of the 2015 season.
“Glad to have this checkered flag,” Hagar said in www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane. “I didn’t really know who was behind me, but I knew I had to keep pushing once I got by Morgan [Turpen] in lapped traffic. It was the only way we were going to get the win. I love this place, and that’s three years in a row we’ve won here at Hohenwald, so it’s pretty special.”
The deciding two-lap dash was set up when Justin Webb flipped in turn one while running seventh, just as Hagar was coming to the checkered flag. The red lights illuminated just before the No. 9JR crossed the line, meaning he had to reset and hold on one more time.
“I thought it was over,” Hagar admitted. “All I saw was the checkered flag, and then I saw the red lights when I was letting off to go into turn one. They came over the Raceceiver and said we were going to have a green-white-checkered and I thought, ‘I have to do this again? But, it all worked out – we hung on and I’m happy about that.”
Crawley, from Benton, Arkansas came home in the runner-up position, disappointed despite a seemingly-solid night for his Mike Ward Racing No. 88 team. “We just didn’t have the speed to contend for the win tonight,” Crawley admitted. “It’s as simple as that. I made a mistake on the start and went to the top lane, and it cost us a couple of spots. From there it was just gaining back what I lost at the beginning.”
K&N Filters polesitter Morgan Turpen, a Cordova, Tenn. native, rounded out the podium in third place after leading the first 14 laps before Hagar got by in lapped traffic. Her teammate, 11-time and defending series champion Terry Gray, from Bartlett, Tennessee finished fourth and Marion, Arkansas veteran Marshall Skinner rounded out the top five.
The race was slowed by five incidents – at lap four when outside polesitter Taylor Tidmore smacked the turn one wall after a broken suspension piece sent him spinning; at lap seven for a spin in turn one by Don Goodwin; at lap 18, when Nick Snyder looped his car in turn two; at lap 26 when Anthony Nicholson made contact with Eddie Gallagher coming off turn two, spinning Gallagher around; and the final caution and red flag for Webb’s flip on lap 29.
Despite his spin, Snyder rebounded to finish sixth in the Top Notch Custom Concepts/Craftsman Chemical No. 116 after engine problems in hot laps nearly ended his night before it began. The Marco Island, Flrida rookie earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award for his efforts, passing 11 cars in the A-main.
Bartlett, Tenn. native and former series Rookie of the Year Anthony Nicholson from Millington, Tennessee was seventh and Kyle Amerson, from Montgomery, Alabana finished eighth. Gallagher, the 1998 series champion from Olive Branch, Mississippi came back to record a ninth-place result and reigning series Rookie of the Year Brandon McLain, out of Indian Trail, North Carolina rounded out the top ten at the checkered flag.
Marshall Skinner kicked off the evening’s racing action by winning the Hoosier Tire Speed Dash, his first dash victory of the season. Hagar scored the win in the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat, and Crawley rolled to the victory in the Butlerbuilt Second Heat.
Hagar was the provisional polesitter after scoring the most passing points in heat race action, but after a six was rolled on the K&N Inversion Die, Turpen received the K&N Filters Pole Award.
The United Sprint Car Series filtercharged by K&N continues their 2015 schedule on Saturday, June 20 with the re-scheduled USCS Sprint Speedweek Round Two event at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss.
For rules and updated schedule information about the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour, please visit www.uscsracing.com or call the series office at 770-460-7223 or 770-865-6097.
RESULTS: United Sprint Car Series “Spring Speed Xplosion”; Tennessee National Raceway; June 13, 2015
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Marshall Skinner, Morgan Turpen, Terry Gray, Derek Hagar, Anthony Nicholson, Tim Crawley.
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Derek Hagar, Justin Webb, Anthony Nicholson, Terry Gray, Kyle Amerson, Marshall Skinner, Zach Roach, Mark Gant, Jeff Willingham (DNS).
Butlerbuilt Second Heat: Tim Crawley, Morgan Turpen, Eddie Gallagher, Taylor Tidmore, Curt Terrell, Brandon McLain, Don Goodwin, Nick Snyder (DNS).
USCS Sprint Car Series filtercharged by K&N Summer Speed Xplosion A-main: 30-laps
1. #9JR – Derek Hagar, Marion, AR
2. #88 – Tim Crawley, Benton, AR
3. #10M – Morgan Turpen, Cordova, TN
4. #10 – Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN
5. #26 – Marshall Skinner, Marion, AR
6. #116 – Nick Snyder, Marco Island, FL
7. #16 – Anthony Nicholson, Millington, TN
8. #29 – Kyle Amerson, Montgomery, AL
9. #1 – Eddie Gallagher, Olive Branch, MS
10. #21B – Brandon McLain, Indian Trail, NC
11. #25 – Mark Gant, Savannah, TN
12. #31 – Justin Webb, Drummonds, TN
13. #27 – Curt Terrell, Bartlett, TN
14. #57 – Zach Roach, Sardis, TN
15. #28 – Jeff Willingham, Ripley, MS
16. #87 – Don Goodwin, Nashville, TN
17. #32B – Taylor Tidmore, Hernando, MS
USCS Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: #26 – Marshall Skinner
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: #9JR – Derek Hagar
Butlerbuilt Second Heat: #88 – Tim Crawley
K&N Filters Pole Award: #10M – Morgan Turpen
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: #10M – Morgan Turpen (3rd place)
Bell Helmets Focus Award: #88 – Tim Crawley
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: #10M – Morgan Turpen
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Fourth Place Award: #10 – Terry Gray
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award: #116 – Nick Snyder
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: #26 – Marshall Skinner
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: #116 – Nick Snyder
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: #16 – Anthony Nicholson
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: #21B – Brandon McLain
The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters would like to gratefully thank its sponsoring partners for their involvement in the 2015 and 19th anniversary USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour: www.rockauto.com, Bell Racing USA, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt, DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends, DSR Fuel Systems, Engler Machine and Tool, K&N Filters, KSE Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers and Wilwood Disc Brakes.
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