Bridges charges to USCS Fast and Furious Friday win at Lavonia
|LAVONIA, Ga. – September 4, 2015 - (Photo by Zackery Kloosterman) The 1998 United Sprint Car Series filtercharged by K&N Rookie of the Year and perennial contender Johnny Bridges raced to his second 2015 series win during “Fast and Furious Friday” at Lavonia Speedway. It was also his first-career trip to the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane at Lavonia Speedway's three-eighths mile red clay oval, Bridges had to holding off defending series champion Terry Gray in the process.
|While many drivers were close on fuel in the closing laps, Bridges, from Cherryville, N.C., stayed cool under pressure and led all 30 laps from the K&N Filters Pole Position to score the win.
“I was real nervous with Terry behind me, and then on that last restart it just started cutting out in the corners,” Bridges said. “I was just sitting there going, ‘Come on, come on,’ and it finally picked back up off the exits of the corners."
"This is my first-ever win at Lavonia, and (past USCS champion) Kenny Adams taught me how to get around this place – so this one’s credit to him.”
The night was plagued by two red flags and six additional cautions that made for challenging conditions for the 21-car field, with current USCS Southern Thunder regional points leader Eric Riggins Jr. running out of fuel with four laps to go bringing out the final yellow of the night.
The two red flags was displayed twice before racing could really get established, first at lap two when Montgomery, Alabama’s Kyle Amerson went flipping in turn two and again on the ensuing restart when Brandon McLain went for a similar tumble at the exit of turn four. Both drivers were uninjured.
Gray chased Bridges the entire distance in his Don Berry Construction No. 10 sprinter, but could never get close enough on any of the night’s restarts to challenge for the trophy. The Bartlett, Tenn. veteran finished second and unofficially took the national points lead away from his teammate Morgan Turpen in the process.
Bridges’ cousin Lance Moss, also from Cherryville, N.C., rounded out the podium in the K&N Filters Podium awarding third place. The 2008 series Rookie of the Year Anthony Nicholson following him to the finish line in fourth. Three-time 2015 season feature winner Marshall Skinner from Marion, Arkansas completed the top five.
Turpen, from Cordova, Tenn., led the next wave of drivers with her sixth-place effort, and Ohio young gun Nick Roberts finished in seventh. Pendergrass, Georgia driver Brian Thomas faded to eighth after starting on the outside pole position for the main event and another Ohio driver, Kevin Roberts Jr., was ninth. U. S. Navy pilot and Jacksonville, Florida resident Shawn Murray capped off the top 10.
Turpen kicked off the evening’s racing action by winning the Hoosier Tire Speed Dash, and Brian Thomas scored the win in the Engler Machine and Tools First Heat. Bridges rced to victory in the Butlerbuilt Second Heat, and rookie Nick Snyder took the victory in the Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat.
Bridges was the provisional pole-sitter after scoring the most passing points in heat race action, and after a zero was rolled on the K&N Inversion Die, he also received the K&N Filters Pole Award. Anthony Nicholson passed the most cars in the A-main (nine) to grab the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award.
The United Sprint Car Series filtercharged by K&N continues their 2015 schedule on Saturday night, Sept. 5 with Sprint Car Wars II at the Harris Speedway in Rutherfordton, N.C. The event will be the 600th race in the history of the series since its inception back in 1997, On Labor Day Monday, the series visit's Ray Cook's Tri County Racetrack in Brasstown, NC.
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RESULTS: USCS Sprint Car Series “Fast Friday”; Lavonia Speedway; September 4, 2015
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Morgan Turpen, Kyle Amerson, Eric Riggins Jr., Terry Gray, Nick Snyder, Brandon McLain.
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Brian Thomas, Kevin Roberts Jr., Marshall Skinner, Kyle Amerson, Morgan Turpen, Nick Roberts, Darren Orth.
Butlerbuilt Second Heat: Johnny Bridges, Ray Bugg, Terry Witherspoon, Brandon McLain, Anthony Nicholson, Jeff Willingham, Shawn Murray.
Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat: Nick Snyder, Terry Gray, Lance Moss, Eric Riggins Jr., Bob Auld, Joe Larkin, J.D. McCleary.
USCS Sprint Car Series filtercharged by K&N Fast Friday A-main: 30-laps
1. #07 – Johnny Bridges, Cherryville, NC
2. #10 – Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN
3. #23 – Lance Moss, Cherryville, NC
4. #16 – Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN
5. #26 – Marshall Skinner, Marion, AR
6. #10M – Morgan Turpen, Cordova, TN
7. #12 – Nick Roberts, Bloomingberg, OH
8. #67 – Brian Thomas, Pendergrass, GA
9. #22R – Kevin Roberts Jr., Washington Court House, OH
10. #22 – Shawn Murray, Jacksonville, FL
11. #34 – Darren Orth, Jacksonville, FL
12. #116 – Nick Snyder, Marco Island, FL
13. #47 – Eric Riggins Jr., Charlotte, NC
14. #83 – Bob Auld, Largo, FL
15. #28 – Jeff Willingham, Ripley, MS
16. #33 – Joe Larkin, Suwanee, GA
17. #43 – Terry Witherspoon, Jacksonville, FL
18. #25 – Ray Bugg, Iuka, MS
19. #21B – Brandon McLain, Indian Trail, NC
20. #3A – Kyle Amerson, Montgomery, AL
21. #43M – J.D. McClary, Jacksonville, FL
USCS Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: #10M – Morgan Turpen
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: #67 – Brian Thomas
Butlerbuilt Second Heat: #07 – Johnny Bridges
Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat: #116 – Nick Snyder
K&N Filters Pole Award: #07 – Johnny Bridges
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: #23 – Lance Moss (3rd place)
Bell Helmets Focus Award: #10 – Terry Gray
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: #23 – Lance Moss
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Fourth Place Award: #16 – Anthony Nicholson
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award: #16 – Anthony Nicholson
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: #26 – Marshall Skinner
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: #10M – Morgan Turpen
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: #12 – Nick Roberts
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: #22 – Shawn Murray
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: K&N Filters, www.rockauto.com,Engler Machine and Tool, Butlerbuilt, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Saldana Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends. Bell Racing USA, KSE Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions.
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