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TURPEN TAKES 4th STRAIGHT WIN @ SMOKY MOUNTAIN PDF Print E-mail
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MARYVILLE, TN - April 29, 2017 - The defending and two-time United Sprint Car Series National Champion Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN showed East Tennessee race fans why she’s earned the title of “Queen of the Wings” as she posted a wire-to-wire win on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway.  It was the fourth straight USCS win for Turpen and her second victory in as many nights.

 Turpen also picked up the win on Friday night at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, FL for the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters.  In both races, the 2013 USCS National Champion Derek Hagar of Marion, AR made late race charges, but came up short each time.  For the 2nd straight night, Hagar had to settle for 2nd on Saturday.

Matt Covington of Glenpool, OK brought his winged Outlaw Sprint Car from the 11th starting spot to finish third and earn the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger of the Race Award.  K&N Filters Pole Award Winner and 2011 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jordan Mallett of Greenbrier, AR was fourth, and former USCS Champion Marshall Skinner of Marion, AR took the fifth spotYoung gun Howard Moore of Memphis, TN led the next group with a sixth-place finish, and rookie contender Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, MS finished seventh.  The 11-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN took the eighth spot, and Lance Moss of Cherryville, NC was ninth.  Zach Daum from Pocahontas, IL rounded out the top ten. 

In preliminary action, Daum won the six-lap Hoosier Tire Speed Dash.  Skinner won the eight-lap Engler Machine and Tool First Heat Race, and Moss won the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second eight-lap Heat Race. 

Turpen took the lead from her outside front row starting spot at the drop of the green flag to start the race followed by Mallett, Moore, Hagar, and Skinner.  The only caution flag of the race came out on lap two when Tony Agin of Fort Myers, FL and Curt Terrell of Bartlett, TN tangled in turn two.  They also collected the car of Aubrey Black of Trenton, GA. 

Hagar got around Moore on the restart to move up to the third spot on the restart and while he chased down Mallett in the second spot, Turpen had pulled out to a half straightaway lead by the completion of the fifth lap.  Turpen reached the cars on the tail of the lead lap by the ninth circuit, and Hagar got by Mallett for second on the 9th lap. 

Hagar just couldn’t seem to gain any ground on the leader, as Turpen held a full straightaway lead on the second-place machine.  With ten laps to go, Turpen was in heavy lapped traffic with Hagar in second, Mallett in third, Skinner in fourth, Moore in fifth, and Covington had climbed up to the sixth spot running the very top of the race track. 

In the closing laps of the race, Hagar also put his racer on the top shelf, and the momentum began to get him closer to Turpen.  Turpen was up to the challenge, sticking to the bottom to middle of the track, and take the checkered flag with just a little over a full second margin of victory over Hagar. 

In www.RockAuto.com USCS 600 Mini Sprint action on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway, Bobby Zaiontz of Columbus, MS drove to his second straight win in the 15-lap main event.  Zaiontz started off the weekend with a win on Saturday night at I-75 Raceway.  On Saturday night, Zaiontz was trailed to the checkered flag by 13-year-old 2016 series Rookie of the Year, Conner Morrell of Palmetto, FL. 

Tommy Thompson of Ten Mile, TN took the third spot, and fourth went to Jim McNulty of Navarre, FL.  Gregg Jones of Navarre, FL rounded out the top five.  In preliminary action, Brandon Taylor of Cumming, GA won the Hoosier Tire Speed Dash, and the Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race was won by Jones. 

The next event on the 2017 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters will be the USCS “Saturday of Speed” on Saturday night, May 6 at Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA.        

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 USCS OUTLAW THUNDER PRESENTED BY K&N FILTERS AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY IN MARYVILLE, TN ON 4/29/17:

A-MAIN: 30 LAPS:

POS     STRT   CAR #  DRIVER                       HOMETOWN                 

1.         2          10m      Morgan Turpen             Cordova, TN
2.         6          9jr        Derek Hagar                 Marion, AR
3.         11        95        Matt Covington             Glenpool, OK
4.         1          14        Jordon Mallett               Greenbrier, AR
5.         3          26        Marshall Skinner           Marion, AR


6.         4          40        Howard Moore              Memphis, TN
7.         9          1s        Joey Schmidt                Ellisville, MS
8.         8          10        Terry Gray                    Bartlett, TN
9.         5          23        Lance Moss                  Cherryville, NC
10.       16        5d        Zach Daum                   Pocahontas, IL


11.       7          23s       Seth Bergman               Snohomish, WA
12.       19        21        Aubrey Black                Trenton, GA
13.       17        67        Brian Thomas               Pendergrass, GA
14.       18        28        Jeff Willingham             Ripley, MS
15.       12        27        Curt Terrell                   Bartlett, TN


16.       14        24        Danny Sams III             Englewood, FL
17.       10        83        Bob Auld                       Largo, FL
18.       13        38        Tony Agin                     Fort Myers, FL
19.       15        33        Joe Larkin                    Suwanee, GA
20.       20        12b       Don Ryder                    Knoxville, TN

USCS Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash:  Zach Daum

Engler Machine and Tool First Heat:  Marshall Skinner
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: Lance Moss

K&N Filters Pole Award:  Jordon Mallett
JE Pistons Top Guns Award:   (5th Place):  Marshall Skinner

PRO Shocks Champion Choice Award   (6th-Place):  Howard Moore
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award:  Matt Covington
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:  Matt Covington (started 11th and finished 3rd)
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award:  Howard Moore
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award:  Joey Schmidt

DHR Suspension Eighth Place Award:  Terry Gray
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award:  Zach Daum

Hoosier Tire Speed Dash (6 Laps):  1. Daum; 2. Gray; 3. Hagar; 4. Covington; 5. Turpen; 6. Mallett.

Engler Machine and Tool First Heat (8 Laps):  1. Skinner; 2. Moore; 3. Turpen; 4. Auld; 5. Schmidt; 6. Sams; 7. Terrell; 8. Agin; 9. Thomas; 10. Black.


Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. Moss; 2. Hagar; 3. Bergman; 4. Gray; 5. Mallett; 6. Covington; 7. Larkin; 8. Daum; 9. Willingham; 10. Ryder.

OFFICIAL USCS RockAuto.com 600 MINI SPRINT RESULTS:

15-LAP FEATURE RACE:

POS     STRT   CAR #  DRIVER                       HOMETOWN               
1.         4          1          Bobby Zaiontz               Columbus, MS
2.         3          28        Conner Morrell              Palmetto, FL
3.         7          3t         Tommy Thompson        Ten Mile, TN
4.         5          52        Jim McNulty                 Navarre, FL
5.         1          730       Gregg Jones                 Navarre, FL
6.         6          0          Aubrey Black II             Trenton, GA
7.         2          07        Brandon Taylor             Cumming, GA
8.         8          17        Alex Lyles                     Arlington, TN

USCS RockAuto.com 600 Mini Sprint Special Awards:

Hoosier Tire Speed Dash:  Brandon Taylor
Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race:  Gregg Jones
K&N Filters Pole Award:  Gregg Jones
K&N Filters Podium (3rd Place) Award:  Tommy Thompson
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions 4th-Place Award:  Jim McNulty
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:  Tommy Thompson (started 7th and finished 3rd)
Kaiser Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award:  Gregg Jones
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: Aubrey Black II

DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award; Brandon Taylor

DHR Suspension HRD Luck 6thPlace Award: Alex Lyles

Hoosier Tire Speed Dash (5 Laps):  1. Taylor; 2. Zaiontz; 3. Morrell; 4. Jones; 5. McNulty; 6. Lyles.

Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race (8 Laps):  1. Jones; 2. Taylor; 3. Morrell; 4. Zaiontz; 5. McNulty; 6. Black; 7. Thompson; 8. Lyles.

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The 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, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Arizona Sport Shirts and Hero Graphics.

United Sprint Car Series News Release:  Contact – PETE WALTON – (770) 865-6097

 

 
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