2007 USCS O'Reilly News
Gray captures O'Reilly USCS Mid-South Thunder event at Malden Speedway
July 20, 2007, Malden, MO - Defending O'Reilly USCS National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee won the 25-lap O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series www.uscsracing.com Mid South Thunder race Friday night at Malden Speedway in Malden, Missouri. It was Gray's second win of the season at Malden Speedway. He also won the O'Reilly USCS Speedweek 2007 opening round at the track on May 25th.
Gray started outside of the front row next to Steve Short from Farmington, Missouri and grabbed the lead down the backstretch on lap one. He then heldon to led every lap of the main event. Tim Montgomery from Fredricktown, Missouri who started fifth followed Gray across the finish line for the runner-up spot. Engler Machine and Tool first Heat winner, Wade Oliver from Southaven, Mississippi got the other podium spot in third place. Steve Short raced home in the fourth position. Raymond Stull from Coldwater, Mississippi rounded out the order for the top five cars.
Sixteen year-old 2006 O'Reilly USCS Rookie of the Year, Derek Hagar from Sarasota, Florida drove home in the sixth position. Another Hoosier Tire Young Gun Lee Sowell from Nesbit followed in seventh place.
Past O'Reilly USCS Champion, Marshall Skinner from West Memphis, Arkansas was eighth. Ronny Howard fom Southaven, Mississippi was ninth and Rookie Anthony Nicholson from Memphis, Tennessee rounded out the top ten positions. All ten of those cars finished the high speed journey around the well manicured 3/8 mile clay oval on the lead lap.
Gray also won the evening's 6-lap Lucas Oil Power Dash. Wade Oliver won the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat Race. Tim Montgomery won the Butlerbuilt Second Heat Race and also garnered the events Huggins Cams Hard Charger award for his charge from fifth starting position into the runner-up spot at the finish of the 25-lap A-Main event. Nicholson was awarded the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race. Steve Short snagged the K&N Filters Pole Award after first heat winner, Wade Oliver drew a six in the K&N inversion draw. Derek Hagar was recognized as the Hoosier Tire Young Gun of the Race, which is awarded to the top-finishing driver under twenty-five years old..
The next O'Reilly USCS Mid-South Thunder regional points event is on Saturday night at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Mississippi www.greenvillespeedway.net.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - O'REILLY USCS MID-SOUTH THUNDER
AT MALDEN SPEEDWAY IN MALDEN, MO ON 7/20//07:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN
1. 2 10 Terry Gray Bartlett, TN
2. 5 4 Tim Montgomery Fredricktown, MO
3. 6 58 Wade Oliver Southaven, MS
4. 1 8s Steve Short Farmington, MO
5. 11 21 Raymond Stull Coldwater, MS
6. 4 9jr Derek Hager - R Marion, AR
7. 8 51 Lee Sowell Nesbit, MS
8. 10 26 Marshall Skinner West Memphis, AR
9. 11 44 Ronny Howard Southaven, MS
10. 9 16 Anthony Nicholson Memphis, TN
11. 7 8x Chris Williams Memphis, TN
12. 12 7D Dylan DeJournett Essex, MO
13. 13 2m Bryce Vowan Forrest City, AR
14. 22 44H Greg Merritt Nesbit, MS
15. DNS 7d David DeJournett Essex, MO
LUCAS OIL POWER DASH WINNER: Terry Gray
K & N FILTERS POLE AWARD: Steve Short
HUGGINS CAMS HARD CHARGER: Tim Montgomery (started 5th and passed 3 cars)
HOOSIER TIRE YOUNG GUN OF THE RACE: Derek Hagar
ROBISON RACING PRODUCTS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Anthony Nicholson
JE PISTONS TOP GUNS AWARD: Terry Gray (winner)
K&N FILTERS 3RD-PLACE AWARD: Wade Oliver
BUTLERBUILT 4TH-PLACE AWARD: Steve Short
OUTLAW DISC BRAKES TOP FIVE AWARD: Raymond Stull
SIMPSON SAFETY PRODUCTS 6TH-PLACE AWARD: Derek Hagar
FSR RACING PRODUCTS-7 TH-PLACE AWARD: Lee Sowell
FSR TOP 10 AWARD : Anthony Nicholson
WELD RACING HARD LUCK AWARD: David DeJournett
LEAD CHANGES: one
LAP LEADERS: Gray laps 1-25
LUCAS OIL POWER DASH - Winner - Terry Gray 2.Marshall Skinner 3. Derek Hagar 4. Wade Oliver 5. Chris Williams 6. Bryce Vowan.
HEAT RACES: 10 Laps
ENGLER TOOL AND MACHINE 1ST HEAT: Winner - Wade Oliver 2. Derek Hagar 3. Terry Gray 4. Chris Williams 5. Anthony Nicholson 6. Ronny Howard 7. Bryce Vowan 8. Greg Merritt.
BUTLERBUILT 2ND HEAT: Winner - Tim Montgomery 2. Raymond Stull 3. Steve Short 4. Lee Sowell 5. Marshall Skinner 6. Dylan DeJournett 7. David DeJournett.
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