Casey Findley race to 1st K&N USCS MOD win @ Riverside
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – November 14, 2015 - Bryant, Arkansas’ veteran Casey Findley led 24 of 25 laps on Saturday night to win the K&N Filters USCS Outlaw Modified Series portion of the USCS Fall Nationals at Riverside International Speedway. While the box score may not show it, he had to work hard for the victory in the final laps.
The victory was Findley’s first-career K&N Filters USCS Outlaw Modified Series win in the Harris and Son Sawmill/Gary Carpenter Construction No. 17F, and he was joined in the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane by his son Drake – who won the USCS mini sprint B-main earlier in the night – on the frontstretch after the race.
Working through slower traffic with three laps remaining, all-time series wins leader Chris Moore charged up the outside exiting turn two to take the lead on lap 23, but Moore got hung up by the No. 5P machine of Chanley Purtleman on the penultimate lap in almost the exact same spot – allowing Findley to motor back inside of him and power home to the checkered flag.
“I honestly lost count of the laps (laughs),” Findley admitted in www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane. “I got jammed up in lapped traffic there with a couple to go, and I could see guys waving – so I figured everybody was right close behind me. Luckily there was a little grip on the bottom [of the race track] and when everyone got held up a little bit I squeezed back by.”
“Tonight was an awesome race; everybody was giving each other room and it was fun out there. The race track was fantastic as well, so I’ve got to thank Pete Walton, Clayton Allen and everyone with the USCS and Riverside International Speedway for putting this show on. What a night.”
Two cautions slowed the pace over the course of the 25-lap main event; the first flew on lap six when 2013 series champion Troy Dow spun at the exit of turn four and the second came at lap 12 after Southaven, Mississippi driver Josh Ray came to a stop on the backstretch.
Moore, from Hernando, Mississippi, hung on for second in Murray Vaughn’s No. 45X entry, while Campbell, Missouri’s Robert Powers completed the podium in the K&N Filters Podium Award third place. Dow rebounded from his early issues to post a fourth-place finish and Joseph Leister came home fifth.
Nesbit, Mississippi’s Brandon Poppenheimer led the next group of drivers home in sixth after winning the Late Model feature earlier in the night, and Bobby Allen, out of Mason, Tenn. Was seventh.
Allen’s teammate, J.C. Waller, finished eighth and clinched the 2015 K&N Filters USCS Outlaw Modified Series championship. The title is the Arlington, Tennessee native’s first series crown after finishing second in points to Dow in 2013.
“This has definitely been a long time coming,” Waller said with a smile. “We tried really hard this year and finally were able to make all the shows. We didn’t have a DNF – it’s all about consistency in these deals – and in the end that’s really what paid off.”
“I wish we could have challenged for the win tonight because these shows are always great to race in, but we just didn’t have the car tonight at all, so we just did the best we could with what we had and brought it home. I have to thank Raleigh Tire, O.H. Sheet Metal and SuperCuts for all their support this year; it’s been a fun ride and I’m glad to bring this championship home to Tennessee.”
The No. 33M of Brian Marrs and the No. 10W of Hunter Wilbanks capped off the top 10 finishers.
Bobby Allen, Jr. kicked off the night by winning the four-lap, four-car K&N Filters Power Dash, while Findley rolled to the victory in the Wilwood Disc Brakes First Heat. Joe Walsh claimed the Aero Race Wheels Second Heat and Robert Powers picked up the Comp Cams Third Heat victory.
Chris Moore garnered the K&N Filters Pole Award, while Joseph Leister passed the most cars in the A-Main (seven) to receive the Comp Cams Hard Charger Award.
For rules, schedules and more information on the K&N Filters USCS Outlaw Modified Series, please visitwww.uscsracing.com or call 770-460-7223 or 770-865-6097.
RESULTS: K&N Filters USCS Outlaw Modified Series; Riverside International Speedway; Nov. 14, 2015:
K&N Filters Power Dash: Bobby Allen, Chris Moore, J.C. Waller, Robert Powers (DNS).
Wilwood Disc Brakes First Heat: Casey Findley, Greg Welch, Troy Dow, Brandon Poppenheimer, Chanley Purtleman, J.C. Waller, Donald Null, Steve Carter.
Aero Race Wheels Second Heat: Joe Walsh, Chris Moore, Lynnsee Provence, Joseph Leister, Josh Ray, Hunter Wilbanks, Kris Lloyd, Charlie Smith.
Comp Cams Third Heat: Robert Powers, Bobby Allen, Dustin Casselberry, Brian Marrs, Terry Johnson, Jon Stinson, Arlen Steward (DNS).
K&N Filters USCS Outlaw Modified Series at Riverside International Speedway Main Event: 25-laps
1. #17F – Casey Findley, Bryant, AR
2. #45X – Chris Moore, Hernando, MS
3. #02 – Robert Powers, Campbell, MO
4. #21 – Troy Dow, Munford, TN
5. #89 – Joseph Leister, Millington, TN
6. #99 – Brandon Poppenheimer, Nesbit, MS
7. #7JR – Bobby Allen, Mason, TN
8. #7W – J.C. Waller, Arlington, TN
9. #33M – Brian Marrs, Lobelville, TN
10. #10W – Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, TN
11. #5 – Chanley Purtleman, Jonesboro, AR
12. #57 – Terry Johnson, Sikeston, MO
13. #45N – Donald Null, Brighton, TN
14. #34 – Charlie Smith, Atoka, TN
15. #77 – Josh Ray, Southaven, MS
16. #76 – Dustin Casselberry, Malden, MO
17. #15 – Arlen Steward, Little Rock AR
18. #3 – Greg Welch, Sardis, TN
19. #98 – Joe Walsh, Fenton, MO
20. #F27 – Lynnsee Provence, Little Rock, AR
21. #5 – Steve Carter, Marion, AR
22. #26 – Jon Stinson, Memphis, TN (DNS)
23. #1X – Kris Lloyd, Peach Orchard, AR (DNS)
K&N Filters USCS Outlaw Modified Series Race Awards:
K&N Filters Power Dash: #7JR – Bobby Allen
Wilwood Disc Brakes First Heat Award: #17F – Casey Findley
Aero Race Wheels Second Heat Award: #98 – Joe Walsh
Comp Cams Third Heat: #02 – Robert Powers
K&N Filters Pole Award: #45X – Chris Moore
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: #02 – Robert Powers
Comp Cams Hard Charger Award: #89 – Joseph Leister
Saldana Racing Products Top Five Award: #89 – Joseph Leister
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: #7JR – Bobby Allen
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: #10W – Hunter Wilbanks
The USCS K&N Filters Outlaw Modified Series would like to gratefully thank its sponsoring partners for their involvement in advancing the series: K&N Filters, www.rockauto.com, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Aero Race Wheels, Comp Cams, Pyrotect Racing, Saldana Racing Products, and Schoenfeld Headers.
Story by Jacob Seelman
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