LAVONIA, GA – September 2, 2016 - Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC
showed Friday night that history repeats itself, as he picked up his second
straight United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Presented By K&N
Filters win at Lavonia Speedway. Bridges has come to like Lavonia
Speedway on Labor Day, as he parked his #07 in the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory
Lane during the Holiday Weekend last year at the East Georgia track.Bridges took the lead from 11-time USCS National Champion Terry
Gray on lap two, and then went on to post the win. Gray was also hungry
for a repeat Lavonia win and the 90th of his USCS career,
but Bridges made the claim that Lavonia was his house.
“I really like this place because I can come here and win,” Bridges
said. “This is my place now! There was some tough competition here
tonight, but they couldn’t get by me. I wouldn’t let them!”
Gray finished second with third going to Anthony Nicholson of Millington,
TN, who started 11th and earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard
Charger Award. Kevin Roberts of Washington Court House, OH took the
fourth spot and the defending USCS National Champion and current
point leader Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN was fifth.
Scott Hunter of Concord, NC finished sixth and Brian Thomas of
Pendergrass, GA came home in the seventh spot. Danny Sams III of
Englewood, FL was eighth, and Brandon McLain of Indian Trail, NC came back from
an early race spin to finish ninth. Sammy Stroud of Marietta, SC rounded
out the top ten.
In preliminary action, Lance Moss of Cherryville, NC won the six-lap
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash. The eight-lap Engler Machine and Tool first heat
was won by Jake McLain of Indian Trail, NC, and the eight-lapBrown and Miller
Racing Solutions second heat was claimed by Bridges.
The K&N Filters Pole Award winner Gray led the field down for the
green flag, and paced the field for the first lap followed by Bridges, Jake
McLain, Eric Riggins Jr. of Charlotte, NC, and Roberts. Bridges didn’t
waste any time getting to the point, as he passed Gray for the lead on lap two.
The first caution flag came out on lap seven with Brandon McLain spin in
turn two. Riggins went to the pits during the caution period to give up
the fourth spot. Bridges led the field down for the restart that saw
Roberts advance up to the third position. The field stayed green until
lap 11 when Jake McLain spun out of the sixth spot.
Just as the field took the halfway signal, Stroud spun in turn two to
light up the caution bulb for a third time. Bridges led Gray, Nick
Roberts, Kevin Roberts, Turpen, Nicholson, Hunter, Thomas, Sams, and Brandon
McLain back to the green flag for the second half of the race.
Nicholson began his march towards the leaders on lap 19 when he passed
Turpen for the fifth spot. Nicholson then shot around Kevin Roberts for
fourth on lap 22. Nicholson moved up to challenge Nick Roberts for third
on lap 27. Roberts spun in turn four to bring out the caution flag with
three laps to go.
Bridges pulled away on the restart for the last trio of laps and took a
half straightaway advantage under the checkered flags for the win over Gray,
Nicholson, Kevin Roberts, and Turpen.
The United Sprint Car Series 20th Anniversary Outlaw
Thunder Tour Presented by K&N Filters will now travel to Laurens Speedway
in Laurens, SC on Saturday night for the second of a three-race Labor Day
Nationals. The third and final race will take place on Monday night at
Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC.
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
Nicholson Millington, TN
Court House, OH
24d Danny Sams
Indian Trail, NC
Washington Court House, OH
Indian Trail, NC
47 Eric Riggins
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE AWARDS:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Moss
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: J. McLain
Brown and Miller
Racing Solutions Second Heat: Bridges
K&N Filters Pole Award: Gray
K&N Filters Podium (3rd-Place) Award: Nicholson
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (1st-Place) Bridges
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award: Nicholson (Started 11th and
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: Turpen
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: Hunter
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: Thomas
DHR Suspension 8th-Place Award: Sams III
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: Stroud
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY K&N FILTERS PRELIMINARY RACE
USCS Hoosier Speed Dash - (6 Laps): 1. Moss; 2. Turpen; 3. Gray; 4.
Sams; 5. B. McLain; 6. Willingham.
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 1 - (8 Laps): 1. J. McLain; 2. Hunter; 3.
Riggins; 4. Gray; 5. Moss; 6. Nicholson; 7. Sams; 8. Willingham.
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat 2- (8 Laps): 1.
Bridges; 2. N. Roberts; 3. Turpen; 4. K. Roberts; 5. B. McLain; 6. Thomas; 7.
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: #07 - Johnny Bridges captured the victory in the USCS Outlaw
Thunder Tour 30-lap main event on Friday night at Lavonia Speedway. (USCS photo).