OCALA, FL – September 17, 2016 - Danny Martin
Jr. of Sarasota, FL swept the weekend at Bubba Raceway Park by winning the
United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Presented By K&N Filters Florida
Sprint Car State Championship 30-lap final on Saturday night. He collected a
$2000 paycheck for his efforts in the main event. It was Martin’s fifth trip to
USCS Victory Lane of the 2016 season. For
the second straight night, Martin’s main competitor was 14-year-old Tyler Clem
of St. Petersburg, FL. Martin opened the evening by winning the six-lap Hoosier
Tire Speed Dash with Clem taking second.
In heat race action, Clem took the victory over Martin in the Engler
Machine and Tool First eight-lap First Heat Race. In the main event, it was the veteran Martin
over the teenager Clem, who finished second.
racing in the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour is nothing new, as Martin began his
Sprint Car racing career with USCS in 2002 at the age of 16 and was a regular
competitor with USCS or many years.
Martin was a part of a group of teenagers racing with USCS during that
time called “The USCS Young Guns.”
elite group of teenage drivers included Martin and second-generation drivers
R.J. Johnson of Tampa, FL, Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL, Tom Winegardner Jr. of Pierson,
FL, Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch,
MS. As it has for these drivers, being a
teenager racing with USCS can lead to big things.
is now a race car chassis fabricator in Knoxville, IA, Gohn still competes
weekly in Central Pennsylvania. Sadly,
Winegardner recently passed away. Swindell became one of the top open-wheel
drivers in the country before suffering serious injuries in a crash in Knoxville,
IA that he is still recovering from.
is the most successful USCS Young Gun graduate.
Today, Stenhouse competes in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition driving a
Roush Racing Ford after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship for Roush,
and has a girlfriend named Danica Patrick.
Martin and Clem under the checkered flag on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway
Park was the current point leader and defending USCS National Champion Morgan
Turpen of Cordova, TN. Turpen also
started out a few years ago as a teenager, who has since graduated from college
with a degree in education, and is now a teacher looking for her Master’s
there is also no Glass Ceiling in the Untied Sprint Car Series with Turpen’s
success. Turpen has proven year after
year that she is the real deal – a female sprint car driver that can not only
run up front in the race – she can win them!
pair of talented teenagers followed Turpen. Seventeen-year-old Nick Snyder of Marco Island, FL who was the
2015 USCS Rookie of the Year, finished fourth, and fifth-place went to this
seasons current Rookie point leader, fourteen year-old Danny Sams III of
Englewood, FL. The 11-time USCS National
Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN was sixth and Shawn Murray of Jacksonville,
FL took the seventh spot. Johnny
Petrozelle of Denton, NC finished eighth and Tanner Witherspoon of
Jacksonville, FL was ninth. Jake McLain
of Indian Trail, NC rounded out the top ten.
Turpen won the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second eight-lap Heat Race,
and Nick Snyder took the $100 K&N Filters Pole Award. Martin started his trip to the winner’s
circle from the fourth starting spot, and shared the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard
Charger Award with Gray, who started ninth and finished sixth, and Joe Larkin
of Suwanee, GA, who started 15th and finished 12th.
of the highlights of the evening involved Larkin, who won the Mystery Sponsor
Dash, as an anonymous donor put up $100 to the winner of the race. You would have thought Larkin just won the
just do this for fun, and when I started racing with USCS, I knew I would never
lead a single lap,” Larkin said. “This
is just unbelievable and I wish I knew who put up the money because I really
want to thank them for this!”
can come true racing with the USCS whether you’re a young teenager, a seasoned
veteran, a young lady, or a guy racing just for fun with no expectations of
running up front. It all can happen with
next two events for the 2016 United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder 20th
Anniversary Tour Presented By K&N Filters will be on Friday night September
30 at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC, and on Saturday night, October 1 at
Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC.
RockAuto.com USCS 600 Mini Sprint vs. Florida Mini Sprint Action series action
on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park, Robbie Smith of Ocala, FL topped a
tough 20-car field to take the win.
Brandon Taylor of Cumming, GA finished second and third-place went to
Tony Senquefield of Orange Springs, FL.
Robbie Hoffman of Tampa, FL took the fourth spot, and David Hall of
Tampa, FL was fifth.
Heider of Ocala, FL finished sixth and Dirk Miller of Tampa, FL came home in
the seventh spot. Zach Gorski of Ocala,
FL was eighth and ninth went to Remeno Loyal of Snellville, GA. John Kahl of Orange Springs, FL rounded out
the top ten.
preliminary action for the RockAuto.com USCS 600 Mini Sprints, the five-lap
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash was won by Smith, and the three six-lap heat races were
won by John Craddock of Orlando, FL, Miller, and Kenny Brewer of St.
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. 4 24 Danny Martin Jr. Sarasota, FL
2. 3 14 Tyler Clem St. Petersburg, FL
3. 2 10m Morgan Turpen Cordova, TN
4. 1 116 Nick Snyder Marco Island, FL
5. 5 24d Danny Sams
III Englewood, FL
6. 9 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN
7. 8 22 Shawn
Murray Jacksonville, FL
8. 6 59 John Petrozelle Dentah, NC
9. 11 99 Tanner
Witherspoon Jacksonville, FL
10. 10 67 Jake McLain Indian Trail, NC
11. 7 38 Tony Agin Fort Myers, FL
12. 15 33 Joe Larkin Suwanee, GA
13. 12 43 Terry
Witherspoon Jacksonville, FL
14. 13 83 Bob Auld Largo, FL
15. 14 20 Frank
Carlsson Orlando, FL
SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE AWARDS:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Martin
Mystery Sponsor Dash: Larkin
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Clem
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat:
K&N Filters Pole Award: Snyder
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (5th-
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award:
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:
Martin (started 4th and finished 1st),
(started 9th and finished 6th); Larkin (started 15th
and finished 12th)
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: Sams
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award:
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award:
DHR Suspension 8th-Place Award:
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: McLain
USCS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY K&N FILTERS
PRELIMINARY RACE RESULTS:
USCS Hoosier Speed Dash - (6 Laps): 1. Martin; 2. Clem; 3.
Snyder; 4. Turpen; 5. Gray; 6. Murray.
Mystery Sponsor Dash (6 Laps): 1. Larkin; 2. Tanner Witherspoon; 3. McLain;
4. Sams; 5. Agin; 6. Auld.
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 1 - (8 Laps): 1. Clem; 2.
Martin; 3. Agin; 4. Gray; 5. Murray; 6. Terry Witherspoon; 7. Auld; 8. Larkin
and Miller Racing Solutions Heat 2- (8
Laps): 1. Turpen; 2. Sams; 3. Snyder; 4.
Petrozelle; 5. McLain; 6. Tanner Witherspoon; 7. Carlsson.
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.
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