COLUMBUS, MS - March 4, 2017 -
Derek Hagar of Marion, AR topped a star-studded field of United Sprint Car
Series presented by K&N Filters entrants on Saturday night to take the win
in the 30-lap winged sprint car A-Main at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Hagar took the lead at the start of the race
and was never challenged in a wire-to-wire victory on the “Black Ice” racing
surface of the track known as the MAG. It was Hagar’s 44th trip to
the www.rockauto.com USCS
Victory Lane in a USCS career that goes back to his 2006 USCS Rookie of the
Hagar, there were battles for position throughout the 25-car field. When all was “said and done”, 11-time USCS
National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN finished second and 2015 Sprint
Car Hall of Fame Inductee Danny Smith of Chillicothe, OH took the third
defending and two-time USCS National Champion Morgan Turpen was fourth after she
opened the 2017 and 21st USCS season on Friday night at Hattiesburg
Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS with a win.
A pair of former USCS Champions took the next two spots with Tim Crawley
of Benton, AR finishing fifth and Marshall Skinner of Marion, AR taking the
2016 USCS Rookie of the Year, 14-year-old Danny Sams III of Englewood, FL, took
the seventh spot, and Andy McElhannon of Nesbit, MS was eighth. Rookie of the
Year contender, Brandon Taylor of Cumming, GA finished ninth after starting eighteenth
and running as high as fifth, and former Cajun Sprints Champion Shane Morgan of
Biloxi, MS rounded out the Top 10. 2016 ASCS/Southern Outlaw Rookie of the
Year, Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, MS, was the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger
of the Race after starting 24th and finishing 14th.
preliminary action, three-time NASCAR Champion and former Indy Car Champion
Tony Stewart of Columbus, IN was in the house at The Mag and won the Hoosier
Speed Dash as well as the third eight-lap Butlerbuilt Heat Race. Tim Crawley won the eight-lap Engler Machine
and Tool First Heat Race and Derek Hagar won the eight-lap Brown and Miller
Racing Solutions Second Heat Race.
earning the K&N Filters Pole Award, Hagar took the lead at the start of the
race, followed by Gray, Crawley, Stewart, and Smith. Crawley and Stewart passed Gray on lap three
to move up to second and third respectively.
Gray got around Stewart on lap seven to reclaim the third spot behind
Hagar and Crawley.
got around Stewart for the fourth position on lap nine, and on lap ten, Turpen
knocked Stewart out of the top five on the tenth lap. Stewart began to fade from that point before
retiring from the race on lap 21 and was credited with a 23rd-place
13, Smith and Gray got around Crawley to move up to the second and third spots
respectively. At the halfway point,
Hagar held a 1.5 second lead over Smith in second with Gray, Crawley and Turpen
rounding out the top five. Turpen got by
Crawley on lap 18 to move up to the fourth position.
moved up to the second spot on lap 22 by passing Smith, but by then, Hagar had
opened a five second lead over the second-place driver. Veteran Terry Gray got
up on the wheel in his effort to close in on Hagar over the final eight laps of
the race. By lap 28, Gray had closed to
within four seconds of Hagar.
lead was gone on lap 28 when the caution flag came out for Tony Again, who spun
in turn one. Hagar led Gray, Smith,
Turpen, Crawley, Skinner, Taylor, Sams, Morgan and McElhannon down for the
green flag to begin the three-lap dash to the checkered flag.
was up to the challenge with clear race track in front of him, as Gray was
unable to get close. Hagar took a 2.169
second margin of victory under the checkered flag. The next event on the 2017 United Sprint Car
Series Outlaw Thunder Tour is on Saturday night, March 18 at Lexington 104
Speedway in Lexington, TN.
support Division action on Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway, Preston
Seratt was the winner in the 20-lap K&N Filers USCS Outlaw Modified A-Main,
and Dusty Young took the victory in the 20-lap www.RockAuto.com USCS
600 Mini Sprint A-Main.
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.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 2 AT MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN
COLUMBUS, MS ON 3/4/17:
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters A-MAIN: (30
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER
1. 1 9jr Derek
Hagar, Marion, AR
2. 3 10 Terry Gray,
3. 4 4 Danny Smith,
4. 8 10m Morgan Turpen,
5. 2 88 Tim Crawley,
6. 11 26 Marshall
Skinner, Marion, AR
7. 13 24 Danny Sams III,
8. 12 42 Andy McElhannon,
9. 17 07 Brandon Taylor,
10. 7 01 Shane Morgan,
11. 10 14m Jordon Mallett,
12. 15 17 Harli White,
13. 9 13 Todd Fayard,
14. 24 15 Joey Schmidt,
15. 14 27 Curt Terrell,
16. 19 10k Dewayne White,
17. 6 40 Howard Moore,
18. 25 1a Lee Moore,
19. 21 93 Jake Knight,
20. 20 38 Tony Again,
21. 18 21 Butch David, Geismar,
22. 16 28 Jeff Willingham,
23. 5 14 Tony Stewart,
24. 23 01t Brandon Olson,
25. 22 23 Seth Bergman,
Snohomish, WA -DNS
USCS Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Tony Stewart
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Tim Crawley
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: Derek Hagar
Butlerbuilt Third Heat: Tony Stewart
K&N Filters Pole Award: Derek Hagar
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (2nd Place) Terry Gray
PRO Shocks Champion Choice Award: (3rd Place) Danny
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: Danny Smith
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award: Joey Schmidt (started 24th
and finished 14th)
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award:
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: Danny Sams III
DHR Suspension Eighth Place Award: Andy McElhannon
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: Shane Morgan
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: 1. Stewart; 2. Turpen; 3. Gray; 4. Skinner;
5. Mallett; 6. Sams III.
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat:
1. Crawley; 2. Morgan; 3. Smith; 4. H. White; 5. Sams III; 6. David; 7.
D. White; 8. Olson.
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: 1. Hagar; 2. Moore; 3. Mallett; 4. Skinner; 5. Fayard; 6.
Willingham; 7. Knight; 8. Bergman - DNF.
Butlerbuilt Third Heat: 1. Stewart; 2. Gray; 3. McElhannon; 4.
Turpen; 5. Taylor; 6. Terrell; 7. Agin; 8. Schmidt.
United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters would like to gratefully
thank its sponsoring partners for their involvement in the 2017 and 21st
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour: K&N Filters, www.rockauto.com,Engler Machine and Tool,
Butlerbuilt, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Saldana Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing
Cells, DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends. PRO Shocks, KSE Racing Products, DHR Suspensions,
Schoenfeld Headers, Bell Helmets, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions,
Arizona Sport Shirts and Hero Graphics.
PHOTO CAPTION #9jr. – 2013 USCS
Champion, Derek Hagar charged to his 1st United Sprint Car Series
win of the 2017 season at Magnolia Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
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