GA – July 16, 2016 - The defending United Sprint Car Series National Champion
Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN breezed to her second USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour
Presented by K&N Filters win of the season on Saturday night at Dixie
Speedway. Many have said to win a
National Championship in any sport is one thing, but to repeat the feat is
something else. The trip to the www.rockauto.com
USCS Victory Lane after winning the 30-lap feature race for the “Queen of the
Wings” could turn out to be the most important one of the season for Turpen, as
she came into the evening with just a two-point lead over her teammate and mentor,
11-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN. Turpen gained another point on Gray, who finished
second. The win was Turpen’s ninth of her USCS career.
have had some good runs this year, but lately we have had some problems.” Turpen
said. “We found out what the problem was
this week, fixed it, and everything went well tonight. I had a race won here last year, only to have
one of those problems with three laps to go.”
was the first one to Victory Lane to congratulate his teammate and title foe
with some tongue-in-cheek reluctance. “I
hate running second,” Gray deadpanned.
“But if I have to run second, I want to run second to that car!”
was some urgency in Turpen’s voice as she celebrated the win because her
lifestyle will be making a big change this fall when she becomes a fulltime
teacher. This season will be her final
opportunity to repeat as the USCS National Champion, as she goes into the next
USCS event with a three-point lead over Gray.
earned my teaching certificate this week, so starting this fall, I will become
a full time teacher,” Turpen said. “That
means that my time as a full time career race car driver will be over. Every race between now and then becomes
Linder of Hoschlon, GA finished in the K&N Filters Podium Award third place
and Eric Riggins Jr. of Charlotte, NC took the fourth spot. Fifth went to Nick Snyder of Marco Island, FL
who earlier won the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat.
Lance Moss of
Cherryville, NC led the next five in sixth place. 2012 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jeff Willingham
of Ripley, MS took the seventh spot and Aubrey Black of Lookout Mountain, TN
finished eighth after starting the race fourteenth. 2014 USCS Rookie of the
Year, Brandon McLain of Indian Trail, NC
was ninth and USC veteran racer Joe Larkin of Suwanee, GA rounded out the top
preliminary USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour Presented by K&N Filters action,
Riggins won the six-lap Hoosier Tire Speed Dash. In eight-lap Heat Race action, as previously
mentioned, Nick Snyder won the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat and Matt Linder
won the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat.
After first heat winner Nick Snyder
rolled a four on for the K&N Filters Inversion, this placed Matt Linder who
earned the most points in the qualifying heats in fourth starting position.
That awarded the K&N Filters Pole Award to Morgan Turpen.
The battle for the 2016 USCS National Championship made up
the front row for the start of the 30-lap main event with Turpen on the K&N
Filters Pole Position and Gray to her right on the outside. Turpen took the lead at the drop of the green
flag followed by Gray, Linder, Willingham, and Riggins.
On lap two, Riggins got by
Willingham for the fourth spot, and Snyder moved around Willingham to take the
fifth spot on lap three. The first of
three caution flags came out on lap six when Brandon Taylor of Cumming, GA spun
in turn four. The yellow caution bulb
was also lit up on lap eight when Danny Sams III of Englewood, FL stalled on
Jake McLain of Indian Trail, NC had
an anxious moment on lap 12 when he lost a wheel to bring out the final caution
flag of the race. Turpen led Gray,
Linder, Riggins, Snyder, Moss, Willingham, Black, Brandon McLain and Larkin back
to the green flag for the restart. The
race stayed green for the remaining laps with Turpen able to hold a half
straightaway lead over Gray on the way to her ninth career USCS win.
The next two events on the 2016
United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder 20th Anniversary Tour will
be this Friday night at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC, and this Saturday
night at Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, SC. Both of those events are Round #1
and #2 of the Joe and Jim Summer Sprint Classic held in honor of Joe and Jim
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
can also like the United Sprint Car Series Facebook page at USCS Racing.
USCS OUTLAW THUNDER TOUR PRESENTED
BY K&N FILTERS RESULTS:
FEATURE RACE – 30 LAPS:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN
1. 1 10m Morgan Turpen Cordova, TN
2. 2 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN
3. 4 67 Matt Linder Hoschlon, GA
4. 7 47 Eric Riggins
Jr. Charlotte, NC
5. 5 116 Nick Snyder Marco Island, FL
6. 10 23 Lance Moss Cherryville, NC
7. 3 28 Jeff
Willingham Ripley, MS
8. 13 21 Aubrey Black Lookout Mountain, TN
9. 14 21b Brandon McLain Indian Trail, NC
10. 11 33 Joe Larkin Suwanee, GA
11. 12 99 Don Warren Oak Grove, KY
12. 8 67m Jake McLain Indian Trail, NC
13. 6 24d Danny Sams
III Englewood, FL
14. 9 07t Brandon
Taylor Cumming, GA
15. 15 07 Johnny Bridges Cherryville, NC (DNS)
SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE AWARDS:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Eric Riggins
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Nick Snyder
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: Matt Linder
K&N Filters Pole Award: Turpen
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (3rd
place) Matt Linder
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award:
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:
Aubrey Black (started 13th and finished 8th)
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: Nick
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award:
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award:
DHR Suspension 8th-Place Award:
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: Joe
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY K&N FILTERS
PRELIMINARY RACE RESULTS:
USCS Hoosier Speed Dash - (6 Laps): 1. Riggins; 2. Gray; 3.
Turpen; 4. Moss; 5. Willingham; 6. J. McLain.
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 1 - (8 Laps): 1. Snyder; 2.
Willingham; 3. Turpen; 4. Bridges; 5. Riggins; 6. Moss; 7. Warren.
and Miller Racing Solutions Heat 2- (8
Laps): 1. Linder; 2. Gray; 3. Sams; 4.
J. McLain; 5. Black; 6. Taylor; 7. Larkin; 8. B. McLain DNS.
e 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
Photo Caption: 10m –
Defending USCS National Champion Morgan Turpen captured her 2nd win
of the 2016 season at Dixie Speedway on Saturday night.
United Sprint Car Series Media Contact
– PETE WALTON – (770) 865-6097