NC – July 22, 2016 - Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN survived a clipped nose wing,
a late-race caution, and a swarm of lapped cars to capture her second straight
United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Presented By K&N Filters win
and park her Terry Gray racing #10m in the www.rockauto.com
USCS Victory Lane for the third time this season on Friday night in the 3rd
annual Joe and Jim Summer Sprint Classic at Carolina Speedway .eading all 30
laps of the main event. The win was her 10th USCS career win.
tenth career USCS victory also helped the “Queen of the Wings” in her quest to
earn a second straight USCS National Championship. Turpen came into the race with a slim lead in
the USCS National point standings over her teammate, 11-time USCS National
Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN.
Gray finished fourth.
most of the race, Turpen was able to keep at least a half straightaway lead
over the second-place driver, but as she encountered heavy lapped traffic late
in the race, her options were few and far between to get around the lapped
cars. It was especially difficult when
they were spinning in front of her.
lapped cars were tough tonight and one spun in front of me and took the front
nose wing off,” Turpen said. “I thought
we were screwed after that, but we restarted up front where the clean air was
the key with just a couple of laps to go, and we got it done. It’s great to win here at Carolina Speedway,
and it’s my second career win here.”
Moss of Cherryville, NC was able to put the pressure on Turpen in heavy lapped
traffic during the closing laps of the 30-lap race, but couldn’t stay with
Turpen after the restart with two laps to go, and had to settle for
second. Johnny Bridges of Cherryville,
NC took the third spot, and Terry Witherspoon of Jacksonville, FL followed Gray
in the fifth spot.
Snyder of Marco Island, FL was sixth and Johnny Petrozelle of Charlotte, NC
claimed the seventh position. Jake
McLain of Indian Trail,. NC started 18th and finished eighth to earn
the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award.
Eric Riggins Jr. of Charlotte, NC took the ninth spot and Scott Hunter
of Concord, NC rounded out the top ten.
preliminary action, the six-lap Hoosier Race Tire Speed Dash was won by Brandon
McLain of Indian Trail, NC. In ten-lap
Heat Race action, Bridges won the Engler Machine and
Tool First Heat and Petrozelle won the Brown
and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat.
Turpen earned the K&N Filters Pole Award and took the lead at
the start of the race followed by Petrozelle, Riggins, Moss and Bridges. A blazing fast pace had the lead cars
catching the cars on the tail end of the lead lap by the fourth tour, and lap
five would prove to be disastrous for a top five driver.
The lapped car of Bob Auld of Largo, FL spun up to the outside
wall in turn two of lap five. That was
directly in the path of the third-place car, high riding Riggins, who slid into
the left side of Auld’s car. Both
drivers were O.K., and Riggins would restart at the back of the pack.
Turpen led Petrozelle, Moss, Bridges, Gray, Terry Witherspoon,
Brandon McLain, Brandon Taylor of Cumming, GA, Snyder and Tanner Witherspoon of
Jacksonville, FL down for the restart. When
the field went back to green flag action, Turpen opened up a lead on
Petrozelle, as Moss moved up to challenge for the second spot.
Moss was able to get by Petrozelle for second on lap eight,
throwing a slide job by diving low in turn one and taking the spot by sliding
up in front of Petrozelle coming off the second turn. The field settled in until the second caution
flag of the race came out on lap 13 when Greg Smyre of Hickory, NC decided to
move the outside groove into “no man’s land.”
Smyre hit the second turn wall, but didn’t stop there. He climbed the wall with the right side tires
of his race car and rode the top of the wall through turn two and the head of
the back straightaway. As the yellow
caution bulb was lit up, Smyre’s car came down off the wall and kept going.
The top ten for the restart just two laps shy of the halfway point
was Turpen, Moss, Bridges, Petrozelle, Gray, Terry Witherspoon, Brandon McLain,
Snyder, Jake McLain, and Tanner Witherspoon.
Gray was able to get by Petrozelle for fourth on lap 15. Petrozelle lost the fifth spot to Terry
Witherspoon on lap 20, and the sixth spot to Snyder on lap 21.
With five laps to go, Turpen began to face some heavy lapped
traffic. That enabled Moss to close a
half straightaway deficit to the leader.
As the lead duo entered turn one on lap 29, Tanner Witherspoon spun in
front of Turpen. Both Turpen and Moss
were able to get by, but Turpen left her front nose wing at the scene of the
The drama level went up for the restart. Would Turpen’s car be able to make turn one,
or would Moss with a better handling car be able to make a winning move. Turpen was not having any of the drama, as
she mashed her right foot on the throttle against the belly pan of her race car
on the long front straightaway of Carolina Speedway and got a tremendous
restart advantage on Moss.
With her momentum built up and clear race track in front of her,
Turpen could power down the straightaways and ease through the corners just
enough to get the job done for her second straight USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour
The next event for the 20th Anniversary United Sprint
Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Presented by K&N Filters will be night two of
the Joe and Jim Summer Sprint Classic tomorrow (Saturday) night at Lancaster
Speedway in Lancaster, SC. In looking
for her third straight win, Turpen will also be looking to keep her streak of
consecutive laps led alive, as she has led the last 60 laps of competition.
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.
RACE – 30 LAPS:
POS STRT CAR
# DRIVER HOMETOWN
1. 1 10m Morgan
Turpen Cordova, TN
2. 6 23 Lance
3. 3 07 Johnny
Bridges Cherryville, NC
4. 5 10 Terry
Gray Bartlett, TN
5. 7 43 Terry
Witherspoon Jacksonville, FL
6. 13 116 Mick
Snyder Marco Island,
7. 2 59 Johnny
Petrozelle Charlotte, NC
8. 18 67 Jake
McLain Indian Trial,
9. 4 47 Eric
Riggins Jr. Charlotte,
10. 17 1 Scott
Hunter Concord, NC
11. 10 07t Brandon
Taylor Cumming, GA
12. 19 0 Clint
Weiss Jesup, GA
13. 9 21 Brandon
McLain Indian Trail, NC
14. 11 99 Tanner Witherspoon Jacksonville,
15. 8 33 Joe
16. 12 25 Ray Bugg Iuka, MS
17. 15 21k Greg Smyre Hickory, NC
18. 16 83 Bob Auld Largo, FL
19. 14 24d Danny Sams
III Englewood, FL
20. 20 17 Bobby
Komisarski Lake Wylie, NC
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE AWARDS:
Hoosier Race Tire Speed Dash: B. McLain
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat:
Brown and Miller Racing
Solutions Second Heat: Petrozelle
K&N Filters Pole Award: Turpen
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (3rd
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award:
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:
J. McLain (started 18th and finished 8th)
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: Hunter
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY K&N
FILTERS PRELIMINARY RACE RESULTS:
USCS Hoosier Speed Dash - (6 Laps): 1. B.
McLain; 2. Gray; 3. Riggins; 4. Turpen; 5. Snyder; 6. Moss.
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 1 - (10 Laps):
1. Bridges; 2. Gray; 3. Te. Witherspoon; 4. Moss; 5. Taylor; 6. Bugg; 7.
Snyder; 8. Smyre; 9. Weiss; 10. J. McLain.
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat
2- (10 Laps): 1. Petrozelle; 2. Turpen;
3. Riggins; 4. B. McLain; 5. Ta. Witherspoon; 6. Larkin; 7. Sams; 8.
Komisarski; 9. Auld; 10. Hunter.
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 Suspensions.
PHOTO/CAPTION: 10m – Morgan Turpen
captured her 2nd USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour win in a row and 3rd
of 2016 on Friday night at Carolina Speedway in the Joe and Jim Summer Sprint
Classic. (USCS photo)
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