LANCASTER, SC – July 23, 2016 - The Carolina
Kid, Eric Riggins Jr. of Charlotte, NC made the short tow down I-77 worthwhile
as he won the exciting 25-lap United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour
Presented by K&N Filters main event on Saturday night at Lancaster
Speedway. The race entitled the Joe and
Jim (McLain) Summer Sprint Classic Round #2 featured three lead changes among
three drivers and an exciting side-by-side duel at the finish before Riggins
parked his #47 Alpha Canvas and Awning J&J Auto Racing sprint car in the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane.
Riggins took the lead from the defending USCS
National Champion and current point leader Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN on lap
18, and in the last five laps of the race, he held off the strong challenge of
Lance Moss of Cherryville, NC that brought the crowd to their feet.
“This was tough because my car was tight early,
but the track came to us,” Riggins said.
“It’s been a tough year, so it’s good to finally get a win and put on a
show in front of the hometown fans. I
love Lancaster Speedway and I love the fans here.”
Moss could get alongside Riggins on both the
inside and outside going into the corners, but Riggins had what he needed to
stay in front coming off the turns. Moss
finished a close second with Turpen, who was looking for her third straight
USCS win, finishing in the K&N Filters Podium Award third place after
leading early in the race,
Turpen’s team-mate and 11-time USCS National
Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN took the fourth spot. The 2014 USCS Rookie
of the Year, Brandon McLain from Indian Trail, NC rounded out the top five.
Turpen came into the race with a seven-point
lead over her teammate Gray in the 2016 USCS National Championship battle, she
was able to gain a few more precious points in her quest for a second straight
USCS National Championship.
Jake McLain of Indian Trail, NC led the next
group in the sixth spot. Danny Sams III
of Englewood, FL drove to a seven-place finish and 78-year-old Ray Bugg of
Iuka, MS was eighth. Nick Snyder of
Marco Island, FL led early and finished ninth, and 16-year-old Brandon Taylor
of Cumming, GA rounded out the top ten.
In preliminary action, Gray won the six-lap Hoosier Speed Dash, and in the eight-lap
Heat Races, Riggins won the Engler Machine and
Tool First Heat and Moss captured the Brown
and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat. Riggins was also the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard
Charger of the race after starting the main event in the sixth spot.
Gray earned the K&N Filters
Pole Award with teammate Turpen on the outside of the front row to start the
main event after Riggins earned the most passing points in the heat race
qualifying. Riggins then rolled a six in the K&N Filters Pole Award drawing
to place the team-mates on the front row. Turpen won the war into the first
turn to take the lead followed by Snyder, Gray, Moss and Riggins. Gray dropped back to fifth after being
overhauled by Moss and Riggins on lap two, who took over third and fourth
Moss and Riggins appeared to be
attracted like a magnet and steel, as they were never apart by more than a few
inches for the entire 25 laps. Riggins
made what would turn out to be a big pass for position on lap 12 when he got
around Moss for the third spot.
Snyder, who was the USCS 2015
Rookie of the Year, began to chip away at Turpen’s half straightaway lead
before moving in to challenge for the point at the halfway point. Snyder dove to the inside in turn three on
lap 15 and took over the lead coming off the fourth turn. Snyder’s appearance in front of the pack was short-lived,
as he clipped Taylor’s car trying to lap him in turn three on lap 16.
Both cars spun with Snyder’s
machine getting up on its side. Both
drivers were O.K., but Snyder had given the lead back to Turpen for the
restart. Following the “Queen of the
Wings” back to the green flag were Riggins, Moss, Gray, Brandon McLain, Jake
McLain and Danny Sams.
Riggins dove underneath Turpen in
turn four to take the lead on lap 18.
Moss refused to lose contact with his 140 mile per hour dancing partner
and followed Riggins under Turpen and into the second spot. Moss kept trying to get an outside run on
Riggins to challenge for the lead in the closing laps of the race.
By changing his racing groove to just
a little bit higher, Riggins was doing everything he could to make his race car
a little wider than it was when it came off the jig at J&J Race Cars. Moss tried the inside in the last two laps of
the race. Moss could get alongside the
leader, but Riggins would not be denied his first USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour win
of the 2016 season.
The next event for the 20th
Anniversary United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Presented by K&N
Filters will be Saturday night, July 30 on the black gumbo clay surface at
Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS for some Gumbo Thunder in the Mississippi
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
United Sprint Car Series Facebook page at USCS Racing.
FEATURE RACE – 25 LAPS:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN
1. 6 47 Eric Riggins Jr. Charlotte, NC
2. 5 23 Lance Moss Cherryville, NC
3. 2 10m Morgan Turpen Cordova, TN
4. 1 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN
5. 3 21 Brandon
McLain Indian Trail, NC
6. 8 67 Jake McLain Indian Trail, NC
7. 7 24d Danny Sams
III Englewood, FL
8. 11 25 Ray Bugg Iuka, MS
9. 4 116 Nick Snyder Marco Island, FL
10. 9 07t Brandon
Taylor Cumming, GA
11. 12 33 Joe Larkin Suwanee, GA
12. 10 83 Bob Auld Largo, FL
13. 13 07 Johnny Bridges Cherryville, NC
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE
Hoosier Race Tire Speed Dash: Gray
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat:
and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat:
K&N Filters Pole Award: Gray
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (3rd
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award:
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:
Riggins (started 6th and finished 1st) and
Bugg (started 11th and finished 6th)
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: B.
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award:
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award:
DHR Suspension 8th-Place Award:
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: Taylor
USCS SPRINT CAR
SERIES PRESENTED BY K&N FILTERS PRELIMINARY RACE RESULTS:
Dash - (6 Laps): 1. Gray; 2. Turpen; 3. Moss; 4. Riggins; 5. Snyder; 6. J.
& Tool Heat 1 - (8 Laps): 1. Riggins; 2. B. McLain; 3. Turpen; 4. Gray; 5.
Taylor; 6. Bugg; 7. Larkin.
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions
Heat 2- (8 Laps): 1. Moss; 2. Snyder; 3. J. McLain; 4. Sams; 5.
Auld; 6. Bridges DNS.
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: #47 Eric Riggins, Jr. won his first USCS main event of
the year during the Joe and Jim Summer Sprint Classic Round #2 at Lancaster
Speedway on Saturday night. (USCS photo)
United Sprint Car Series News Release: Contact – PETE WALTON – (770) 865-6097