MERIDIAN, MS – July
9, 2016 - Derek Hagar of Marion, AR found the “House of Hook” to his liking as
he captured his sixth United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by
K&N Filters win of the season on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports
Park. Hagar has been red hot in USCS
action, as he has three wins and two second-place finishes in his last five
starts. It was Hagar’s 41st trip to the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane in a USCS
career that goes back to his 2006 USCS Rookie of the Year season.
As a part of their
20th Anniversary Tour, the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars made their
first visit since 1998 to Whynot Motorsports Park a memorable one by turning
the fastest lap times ever seen at the Action Track of the South. The Whynot Motorsports Park race could very
well be remembered as a turning point in the 2016 USCS National Championship
win by Hagar in the 30-lap main event moved him into contention for the 2016
USCS National Championship. Hagar is now
third in the points chase behind the defending USCS National Champion Morgan
Turpen of Cordova, TN and 11-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of
Bartlett, TN. Hagar also leads the USCS
Mid-South Region point standings.
second-place finish by Gray moved him to within two points of his teammate Morgan
Turpen in his quest for a 12th USCS National Championship. Turpen ran in the top three early in the
race, but her car suffered from fuel system trouble, and she ended up finishing
Former USCS National
Champion Marshall Skinner of Marion, AR took the third spot and 2013 USCS
Rookie of the Year, Curt Terrell from Bartlett, TN was fourth. Lee Moore of Tuscaloosa, AL finished fifth
and Tristan Lee of Biloxi, MS came home in the sixth spot.
Willingham of Ripley, MS took the seventh spot, Danny Sams III of Englewood, FL
finished eighth and Joe Larkin of Suwanee, GA started 14th and
finished ninth to earn the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger of the Race
Award. Cody Kahl of Gulfport, MS rounded
out the top ten.
preliminary race action, Skinner won the six-lap Hoosier
Tire Speed Dash, In the eight-lap heat race action, Hagar won the Engler
Machine and Tool First Heat Race and Gray won the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat.
Hagar took the lead at the start of
the 30-lap main event after earning the K&N Filters Pole Award followed by
Gray, Turpen, Moore, and Skinner.
Skinner and Terrell got by Moore on lap three to take over the fourth
and fifth spots respectively.
The race leader was setting a fast
pace around Whynot Motorsports Park, as Hagar caught the cars on the tail end
of the lead lap on lap four. The first
of three caution flags came out on lap eight when Don Warren of Oak Grove, KY
spun in turn three. Hagar led Gray, Turpen,
Skinner, Terrell, Moore, Willingham, Lee, Sams, and Larkin down for the
Skinner was able to pass Turpen for
the third spot on the ninth lap, and Turpen began to slow on the race
track. Turpen’s car stalled in turn four
on lap ten to bring out the second caution flag. Turpen restarted and took the green flag in
ninth as the last car on the lead lap
Hagar once again pulled away from
Gray on the restart followed by Skinner, Terrell, Moore, Lee, Willingham, Sams
and Turpen. Lap 10 saw Turpen get by
Sams to move up to the eighth spot, and she passed Willingham for seventh on
lap 11. Turpen moved up to the sixth
spot on lap 14 by passing Lee.
The race pace was slowed for the
third and final time on lap 22 when Warren spun for a second time in the event,
this time in turn two. Hagar lined up as
the leader for the restart followed by Gray, Skinner, Terrell, Moore, Turpen,
and Lee on the lead lap. Turpen’s engine
began to stumble on the restart, and she gave up the sixth spot to Lee.
Turpen dropped out of the race on
lap 24, and ended up finishing 11th.
Hagar went on to post the win, while Gray’s second-place effort and
Turpen’s misfortune moved him to within two points of the lead in the
championship battle. Turpen, looking for
her second straight National title has 2,627 points, and Gray has 2,625
Hagar’s win put him on the National Championship horizon,
as he moved up to third behind the two teammates Turpen and Gray with 2,035
points. Hagar is also the USCS Mid-South
Region point leader with 1,880 points.
Skinner is second in the USCS Mid-South Region standings with 1,764
points and Gray is third with 1,738 points.
The next two events on the 2016
schedule for the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour will be a Georgia
double racing weekend. The action begins
on Friday night, July 15 at Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA, and the finale
will be on Saturday night, July 16 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA.
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. You
can also like the United Sprint Car Series Facebook page at USCS Racing.
FEATURE RACE – 30 LAPS:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN
1. 1 9jr Derek Hagar Marion, AR
2. 2 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN
3. 6 26 Marshall Skinner Marion, AR
4. 5 27 Curt Terrell Bartlett, TN
5. 3 1a Lee Moore Tuscaloosa, AL
6. 8 00 Tristan Lee Biloxi, MS
7. 7 28 Jeff
Willingham Ripley, MS
8. 9 24d Danny Sams
III Englewood, FL
9. 14 33 Joe Larkin Suwanee, GA
10. 13 20 Cody Kahl Gulfport, MS
11. 4 10m Morgan Turpen Cordova, TN
12. 10 99 Dan Warren Oak Grove, KY
13. 11 12m Greg Merritt Nesbit, MS
14. 12 25 Ray Bugg Iuka, MS
SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE AWARDS:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Skinner
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat:
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: Gray
K&N Filters Pole Award: Hagar
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (3rd
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award:
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:
Larkin (started 14th and finished 9th)
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award:
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award:
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award:
DHR Suspension 8th-Place Award:
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award:
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY K&N FILTERS
PRELIMINARY RACE RESULTS:
USCS Hoosier Speed Dash - (6 Laps): 1. Skinner; 2. Turpen; 3.
Gray; 4. Hagar; 5. Willingham; 6. Sams.
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 1 - (8 Laps): 1. Hagar; 2.
Moore; 3. Terrell; 4. Lee; 5. Willingham; 6. Merritt; 7. Bugg.
an Miller Racing Solutions Heat 2- (8
Laps): 1. Gray; 2. Turpen; 3. Skinner;
4. Sams; 5. Larkin; 6. Warren; 7. Kahl.
The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters
would like to gratefully thank its sponsoring partners for their involvement in
the 2016 and 20th anniversary USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour: K&N
Filters,www.rockauto.com, Hoosier Race Tires, Engler Machine and Tool,
Butlerbuilt, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Saldana Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing
Cells, DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends. Hero Graphics, KSE Racing Products, Schoenfeld
Headers, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions and DHR