TAKES FIFTH USCS WIN OF THE SEASON IN MONDAY NIGHT TARHEEL SPECIAL
NC – September 5, 2016 - The defending United Sprint Car Series National
Champion Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN found the track conditions of Tri-County
Race Track to her liking on Monday night, as she took her fifth 20th Anniversary USCS Outlaw
Thunder Tour Presented by K&N Filters win of the season. The “Queen
of the Wings” came from the fifth starting spot and used the inside groove of
Tri-County Race Track to work her way through the pack. Turpen took the
lead from Johnny Bridges of Cherryville, NC on lap 22 of the 30 lap main
event. From that point in the race, the only time Turpen left the bottom
of the track was to work around lapped traffic.
a good car all year, and slick tracks are our specialty, so I knew we would be
tough to beat tonight,” Turpen said. “The bottom of the track was the
place to be tonight, and that’s where we passed all of the cars to get to the
her 12th career USCS victory, Turpen stays in the
hunt to capture her second straightUSCS National Championship.
Turpen is battling with her teammate for the championship, 11-time USCSNational
Champion Terry Gray of Barlett, TN. After spinning early in the race,
Gray came back to win an exciting duel with Bridges on the last lap to take the
second spot at the finish.
Smith of Chillicothe, OH also snuck by Bridges on the last lap to claim the
third spot. Bridges had to settle for fourth and Lance Moss of
Cherryville, NC was fifth. Jeff Willingham of Ripley, MS started 11th and
finished sixth to earn the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger of the Race Award.
III of Englewood, FL took the seventh spot and eighth position went to Nick
Roberts of Washington Court House, OH. Joe Larkin of Suwanee, GA
finished ninth and Jake McLain of Indian Trail, NC rounded out the top ten.
preliminary action, Bridges won the six-lap Hoosier Tire Speed Dash. The
winners in the two eight-lap Heat Races were Turpen in the Engler Machine and
Tool first heat and Nicholson in the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions second
Filters Pole Award Winner Bridges took the lead at the start of the race
followed by Smith, Anthony Nicholson of Millington, TN, Moss and Turpen.
On lap two, Turpen drove under Moss for the fourth spot, and Gray moved up to
challenge Moss for fifth. Gray and Moss tangled in turn four on five,
spinning to bring out the caution flag.
green flag came back out, Bridges led Nicholson, who passed Smith on lap four
just before the caution flag came out, Smith in third, with Turpen fourth and
Sams in fifth. Turpen made an inside move on Smith on lap eight to take
over the third spot. In the meantime, Gray was on a mission, as he came
from 14th on the lap five restart to fifth by lap 11.
was trying to reel in Bridges to battle for the lead, when he jumped the
cushion in turn one on lap 13, hit the wall, and then executed several flips
before landing in turn two. Nicholson walked away from the crash, which
occurred for the second straight year at the same spot at Tri-County Speedway.
open red flag period, Nicholson and his crew made repairs to his race car, he
climbed back in and restarted the race. Bridges now led Turpen, Gray,
Smith and Moss down for the restart. Bridges climbed back into his high
groove, while Turpen planted her machine on the bottom of the race track.
to a side-by-side battle for the lead that continued until lap 22 when Turpen
took the lead. While the leaders worked lapped traffic, Gray burrowed his
way underneath Bridges during the last five laps of the race to battle for
second in heavy lapped traffic. Gray was able to make the pass on the
The 20th Anniversary
2016 United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Presented by K&N Filters
will make its next two stops in the Sunshine State. Bubba Raceway Park in
Ocala, FL will host the USCS cars and stars on Friday night,
September 16 and Saturday night, September 17.
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:
STRT CAR #
24d Danny Sams
Court House, OH
Indian Trail, NC
Nicholson Millington, TN
Court House, OH
6T Brad Wickham
CAR SERIES RACE AWARDS:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Bridges
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Turpen
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: Nicholson
K&N Filters Pole Award: Bridges
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (3rd place) Bridges
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: Bridges
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award: Willingham (started 11th and
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: Moss
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: Willingham
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: Sams
DHR Suspension 8th-Place Award: N. Roberts
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: McLain
CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY K&N FILTERS PRELIMINARY RACE RESULTS:
Speed Dash - (6 Laps): 1. Bridges; 2. Gray; 3. N. Roberts; 4. Nicholson; 5. J.
McLain; 6. Willingham.
Machine & Tool Heat 1 - (8 Laps): 1. Turpen; 2. Gray; 3. Sams; 4. Bridges;
5. N. Roberts; 6. Willingham; 7. K. Roberts DNS.
Miller Racing Solutions Heat 2- (8 Laps): 1. Nicholson; 2. Moss; 3.
Smith; 4. McLain; 5. Larkin; 6. Wickham; 7. Bugg 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.
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#10m Defending USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters
National Champion, Morgan Turpen charged to her 5th win
of the 2016 season at Tri County Racetrack on Monday .United Sprint Car
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