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Tim Crawley sweeps to USCS presented by Goodyear 2012 National Championship

uscsFrom Pete Walton

Atlanta, GA – November 24, 2012 – Tim Crawley from Benton, Arkansas used a sweep of all three United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear sprint car divisions and fifteen feature wins in thirty-two starts to capture his first USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour National Championship. Crawley entered every 2012 USCS contest in the Ward Racing Lucas Oil sponsored #88 winged sprint car owned by a former USCS regional series Champion, Mike Ward from Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to the fifteen USCS feature wins he had 28 top five finishes. His other four feature race finishes were all in the top ten positions. He collected 4937 National points plus two regional series titles in the USCS Mid South Thunder and USCS Southern Thunder divisions’ en-route to the National crown.

 

The 2011 and ten-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee finished in the runner-up position in the National standings in this year’s title chase with 4690 points. Gray had twenty-two top five feature race finishes including a feature race win on March 30th at Batesville Motor Speedway. He finished a total of twenty-seven times in the top ten drivers in main events.

 

The 2008 USCS Rookie of the Year, Anthony Nicholson also from Bartlett, Tennessee, had twenty-one top five and twenty-seven top ten finishes plus a main event on the series second visit of the season at Batesville Motor Speedway in July to finish in the third position in the final 2012 National standings with 4631 points.

 

The 2010 USCS National Rookie of the Year, nineteen year-old Morgan Turpen from Oakland, Tennessee was the only female sprint car driver near the top of the standings and she collected 4508 Championship points. Turpen had twenty-seven top ten and twelve top five feature race finishes plus a feature win (her career third) at Toccoa Speedway on September 2nd. Those performances were good enough for fourth place in the final 2012 National standings.

 

Five-time 2012 USCS presented by Goodyear feature winner, Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas, who was the series’ 2006 Rookie of the Year, rounded out the top five drivers in the National standings with 3889 points. Hagar had wins at Smoky Mountain Speedway; he also won twice at Clayhill Motorsports, once at East Alabama Motor Speedway and won during the season finale USCS Fall Nationals at Riverside Speedway. He also had sixteen top five and twenty-four top ten tallies in 2012 USCS competition.

 

The 2010 USCS Southern Thunder regional series Rookie of the Year, seventeen year-old Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte, North Carolina led the next group with 3867 points to finish in sixth place. Third year sprint car racer Jerod Roller from Olive Branch, Mississippi who was the 2010 USCS Mid South Thunder Tour Rookie of the Year had two feature wins in 2012 at 411 Motor Speedway in May and at Sugar Creek Raceway on Labor Day weekend. Roller collected 2895 points on his way to seventh place in the National point standings.

 

Rookie driver Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi bounced back from a rough start with a blown engine and crash that totaled his car in the season opener that kept him on the sidelines until June, but he collected enough points to finish eighth in the national standings with 2264 points. The 2009 USCS Rookie of the Year, Justin Carver from Drummonds, Tennessee who also ran a limited National schedule followed Willingham in ninth position with 2173 points. Carver had ten top ten finishes including a feature win at Greenville Speedway during the USCS Sprint Speedweek 2012.

 

Past USCS regional series Champion, Johnny Bridges from Cherryville, North Carolina who won the USCS Southern Thunder regional series Carolina Thunder Nationals season finale event at Carolina Speedway on September 28th rounded out the top ten drivers in the National standings with 2045 points. Bridges ran a mostly Southern Thunder regional schedule and ventured West to the Mid South region on a limited basis.     

 

At the regional level Tim Crawley headed the top of the standings in the highly competitive USCS Mid South Thunder Tour that competes primarily in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The 2012 National Champion tallied 2455 points while besting Derek Hagar by 73 points. Hagar’s total of 2382 point’s was good enough to finish narrowly ahead of the regional series’ 2011 Champion, Terry Gray with 2377 points. Anthony Nicholson claimed the fourth position in the Mid-South just 16 points behind Gray with 2363 points. Morgan Turpen rounded out the top five by collecting 2253 points for her efforts. Jerod Roller finished sixth in the Mid-South standings with 1830 points. Young gun Eric Riggins, Jr. was seventh with 1703 points followed by Justin Carver in eighth place in the standings with 1505 points. Rookie Jeff Willingham finished with 1263 points to finish ninth in the region and veteran USCS sprint car racer Ronny Howard rounded out the USCS Mid South 2012 regional series point standings top ten with 1216 points. Seventy-eight different drivers were awarded Championship points for competing during USCS Mid South Thunder regional series events.   

 

Crawley also captured the Championship in the USCS Southern Thunder presented by Goodyear regional series that contests its’ events primarily in Eastern Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee with a Championship total of 2529 points. Terry Gray was his closest competitor in that regional series points’ battle with 2425 points for the runner-up spot. Although the USCS Southern Thunder Championship was decided by 104 points, the race for the runner-up spot was much closer as Morgan Turpen finished just 28 points behind her veteran team-mate (Terry Gray) in third place with 2392 points. Anthony Nicholson finished just three points behind her with 2389 points in fourth place. The 2010 USCS presented by Goodyear Southern regional series Rookie of the Year, Eric Riggins from Charlotte, North Carolina rounded out the top five in the regional series standings with 2348 points.

 

Nick DeFeo from Marietta, Georgia earned 1910 points to finish sixth in the final 2012 Southern regional series standings. He was followed by Johnny Bridges with 1805 points in seventh place. Derek Hagar piloted three different cars for three different owners to accumulate 1639 points to place eighth in the regional standings. Joe Larkin from Suwannee, Georgia earned 1474 points to finish in ninth place in the standings while Florida sprint car veteran Bob Auld from Largo, Florida rounded out the regional series point standings top ten with 1390 regional series Championship points. Fifty-five different drivers earned points in the USCS Southern Thunder regional series competition.

 

One hundred and four different drivers competed in the thirty-two USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by Goodyear events held at twenty different tracks in eight states. Thirteen different drivers won 2012 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour main events. Those included Tim Crawley who led the series victory column with fifteen wins in 2012. Crawley was followed by Derek Hagar with five feature wins. Jerrod Roller won two times.

 

Ten other drivers collected one feature win during the 2012 season. Those included: Jason Sides from Bartlett, Tennessee who won the season opener at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Dustin Barks from Farmington, Missouri got his first USCS win at Malden Speedway in March. The 2011 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jordan Mallett won at Carolina Speedway in April. Justin Carver won at Greenville Speedway in May. The 2000 USCS Rookie of the Year Michael Miller from Ocean Springs, Mississippi got his career third USCS win in the Randy Helton Memorial Race at East Alabama Motor Speedway in June. The 2008 USCS Rookie of the Year, Anthony Nicholson got a win at Batesville Motor Speedway on a hot July night. Morgan Turpen bested Crawley, Roller and Company at Toccoa Speedway for her one win of the 2012 season. Johnny Bridges won the USCS min event at his “home track” Carolina Speedway in September. In the season’s final main event stand-out rookie driver, eighteen year old Brandon Hanks from Burlison, Tennessee collected the final first place trophy and pay check of the season.

 

Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi who finished in eighth place in the 2012 USCS National point standings and ninth in the USCS Mid-South regional series points. That was the highest finish from a nember of eligible rookie drivers who competed in USCS events on the season. That was good enough to earn Willingham 2012 USCS presented by Goodyear Rookie of the Year. That distinction goes to the top finishing driver in the USCS standings that started the 2012 season with less than twenty-five races entered in 360 winged sprint car competition.

 

The sixteenth anniversary USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by Goodyear kicked off on Saturday, March 3rd at Magnolia Motor Speedway and concluded at Riverside Speedway on Sunday, November 4th. For complete and archived results from these events please visit the series Official website at www.uscsracing.com .

 

The United Sprint Car Series thanks the 2012 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour supporting sponsors including: Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Company and USCS victory lane sponsor www.RockAuto.com plus Bulldog Rear Ends/DMI, DSR Fuel Systems, Engler Machine and Tool, JE Pistons, K&N Filters, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Pro Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products and Wilwood Engineering.

 

The 2013 (17th Anniversary) USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour kicks off at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi on Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd. A full schedule of 2013 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint car events will be available soon.

 

For series rules and other info please visit www.uscsracing.com or call the series office at 770-460-7223.

 

Final 2012 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by Goodyear National point standings (32 events)

 

Pos.      Car#        Driver                                         Points

1           88            Tim Crawley                               4937

2           10            Terry Gray                                   4690

3           16            Anthony Nicholson                     4631

4           80            Morgan Turpen                           4508

5           9Jr            Derek Hagar                                3889

6           47            Eric Riggins Jr                             3867

7           5              Jerod Roller                                 2895

8           28W         Jeff Willingham – Rookie            2264

9           87            Justin Carver                               2173

10         07            Johnny Bridges                           2045

11         96D         Nick DeFeo                                 1910

12         14            Jordon Mallett                             1501

13         33            Joe Larkin                                   1474

14         0X           Clint Weiss                                  1436

15         83            Bob Auld                                    1390

16         13            Tristan Tidmore – Rookie            1373

17         31            Justin Webb                                1218

18         44            Ronnie Howard                          1216

19         1X           Matt Linder                                 1090

20         58            Wade Oliver                                1086

21         C4            Casey Rowland                           1069

22         33M         Stacy Mashburn – Rookie           1006

23         25            Ray Bugg                                    976

24         12M         Greg Merritt                                882

25         3H           Brandon Hanks – Rookie            880

26         1              Eddie Gallagher                          845

27         82            Danny Martin, Jr                         794

28         43            Terry Witherspoon                      782

29         39            Brad Bowden                             771

30         4              Nathan Cook – Rookie                758

31         12D         Dalton Davis                               712

32         94            Jeff Swindell                               700

33         2              Alex Pettas                                  698

34         51            Lee Sowell                                  688

35         4m           Michael Miller                             664

36         67            Brian Thomas                              640

37         7              Mike Herrington                         628

38         3              A.G. Raines                                626

39         4Q           Jason Day                                    594

40         8Z            Zack Pringle                                592

tie         31G         Johnny Gardner                          592

42         20            Joey Moughan                             590

43         46            Kyle Amerson – Rookie              584

44         91            Marshall Skinner                         536

45         23            Brian Bell                                    520

46         40            Ernie Ainsworth                          452

47         7S            Jason Sides                                  394

48         66            Alex Shanks                                393

49         46            Ryan Devitt                                386

tie         13            Todd Fayard                               386

51         9              Timmy Thrash                             384

52         92h          Richie Harris                               375

53         23            Lance Moss                                 368

54         61            Cody Howard                             364

55         26            Howard Moore                           354

56         27            Curt Terrell                                  352

57         1A           Lee Moore                                   350

58         1G           Cody Gardner                             342

59         17            Mike Pack                                   281

60         67            Jake McLain                                272

61         1X           Gary Taylor                                 271

62         87            Aaron Reutzel                             266

tie         21            Aubrey Black                              266

64         38            Ryan Moore                                264

65         22            Shawn Murray                            262

66         17d          Bruce Durden                             254

67         7 D          Dylan DeJournett                        252

68         10 P         Jim Perriconne                             236

69         15            Tony Wilson                                234

70         44            Gary Troutman                            230

71         52            Blake Hahn                                 226

72         7 X          David DeJournett                       224

73         55            Greg Clemmons                          222

74         14H         Paul Hart                                     220

75         3A           AJ Maddox                                 218

76         66            Geoff Dodge                              200

tie         14T          Jimmy Bridgeman                       200

tie         20            Jody Rowland                             200

tie         44c           Wesley Shepherd                        200

80         22            Dustin Barks                               150

81         55            Dave Ely                                     142

82         9d            Kevin Darling                             140

83         05            Brad Loyet                                  138

tie         35AU      Jamie Veal                                   138

tie         14K         Kyle Bellm                                  138

86         8X           Chris Williams                             136

tie         12            Jerrod Hull                                  136

tie         26S          Jon Stinson                                  136

89         94            Jan Howard                                 132

90         59III        Johnny Petrozelle                        130

91         01            Mike Trent                                  128

92         1B            Nic Jenkins                                  126

tie         11            Troy Severin                                126

tie         44c           Ty Young                                    126

95         22            Kevin Kilpatrick                         120

96         11            Jake Roach                                  118

tie         59III          John Petrozelle                            118

tie         32k          Robert Richardson                      118

99         06            Jason Breeland                            116

tie         1 M          Jim Moughan                              116

tie         15            Justin McKenzie                         116

102       0              Andy McElhannon                     100

tie         04            Brad Graham                              100

tie         21            Michael Tolley                            100

tie         89            Robbie Stillwagon                      100

                                   

 

Final 2012 USCS Mid-South Thunder point standings:

 

Pos.     Car#        Driver                                             Points

1          88            Tim Crawley                                   2455

2          9Jr            Derek Hagar                                   2382

3          10            Terry Gray                                      2377

4          16            Anthony Nicholson                        2363

5          80            Morgan Turpen                               2253

6          5              Jerod Roller                                    1830

7          47            Eric Riggins Jr                                1703

8          87            Justin Carver                                   1505

9          28W         Jeff Willingham – Rookie               1263

10        44            Ronny Howard                               1216

11        13            Tristan Tidmore – Rookie                1168

12        58            Wade Oliver                                   1086

13        C4            Casey Rowland                              1069

14        31            Justin Webb – Rookie                     1000

15        14            Jordon Mallett                                975

16        12m         Greg Merritt                                    882

17        25            Ray Bugg                                        864

18        1              Eddie Gallagher                              845

19        39            Brad Bowden                                 771

20        3H           Brandon Hanks – Rookie                766

21        4              Nathan Cook – Rookie                    758

22        12D         Dalton Davis                                   712

23        2              Alex Pettas                                     698

24        7              Mike Herrington                             628

25        3              A.G. Raines                                    626

26        8Z            Zack Pringle                                    592

tie        31G         Johnny Gardner                              592

28        20            Joey Moughan                                590

29        51            Lee Sowell                                      588

30        91            Marshall Skinner                             536

31        40            Ernie Ainsworth                             452

32        94            Jeff Swindell                                  440

33        23            Brian Bell                                        410

34        7S            Jason Sides                                     394

35        66            Alex Shanks                                    393

36        9              Timmy Thrash                                 384

37        92h          Richie Harris                                   375

38        61            Cody Howard                                 364

39        27            Curt Terrell                                     352

40        1A           Lee Moore                                      350

41        1G           Cody Gardner                                 342

42        17            Mike Pack                                       281

43        1X           Gary Taylor                                     271

44        7              Johnny Bridges                               270

45        0X           Clint Weiss                                     266

46        7 D          Dylan DeJournett                           252

47        46            Kyle Amerson                                 250

48        10 P         Jim Perriconne                                236

49        15            Tony Wilson                                   234

50        52            Blake Hahn                                     226

51        7 X          David DeJournett                           224

52        55            Greg Clemmons                              222

53        14H         Paul Hart                                         220

54        26s           Howard Moore                               218

55        66            Geoff Dodge                                  200

tie        14T          Jimmy Bridgeman                           200

tie        20            Jody Rowland                                200

tie        44c           Wesley Shepard                              200

59        22            Dustin Barks                                   150

60        05            Brad Loyet                                     138

tie        35AU      Jamie Veal                                      138

tie        14K         Kyle Bellm                                      138

63        8X           Chris Williams                                136

tie        12            Jerrod Hull                                      136

tie        26S          Jon Stinson                                     136

tie        13            Todd Fayard                                   136

67        94            Jan Howard                                    132

68        01            Mike Trent                                      128

69        1b            Nic Jenkins                                     126

tie        44c           Ty Young                                        126

71        22            Kevin Kilpatrick                             120

72        11            Jake Roach                                      118

tie        32k          Robert Richardson                          118

74        06            Jason Breeland                                116

tie        1 M          Jim Moughan                                  116

tie        15            Justin McKenzie                             116

77        0              Andy McElhannon                         100

tie        04            Brad Graham                                  100

 

Final 2012 USCS Southern Thunder point standings:

 

Pos.     Car#        Driver                                     Points

1          88            Tim Crawley                            2529

2          10            Terry Gray                               2425

3          80            Morgan Turpen                        2392

4          16            Anthony Nicholson                 2389

5          47            Eric Riggins Jr                         2348

6          96D         Nick DeFeo                             1910

7          07            Johnny Bridges                        1805

8          9Jr            Derek Hagar                            1639

9          33            Joe Larkin                                1474

10        83            Bob Auld                                 1390

11        0X           Clint Weiss                              1198

12        5              Jerod Roller                             1193

13        1X           Matt Linder                             1090

14        28W         Jeff Willingham – Rookie        1055

15        33M         Stacy Mashburn – Rookie        1006

16        82            Danny Martin, Jr                     794

17        43            Terry Witherspoon                   782

18        87            Justin Carver                            718

19        4m           Michael Miller                         664

20        67            Brian Thomas                          640

21        4Q           Jason Day                                594

22        14            Jordon Mallett                         568

23        46            Ryan Devitt                             386

24        46            Kyle Amerson – Rookie           372

25        23            Lance Moss                             368

26        94            Jeff Swindell                           294

27        13            Tristan Tidmore – Rookie        279

28        67            Jake McLain                            272

29        87            Aaron Reutzel                         266

30        21            Aubrey Black                          266

31        31            Justin Webb                             264

32        38            Ryan Moore                             264

33        13            Todd Fayard                            264

34        22            Shawn Murray                         262

35        25            Ray Bugg                                258

36        17            Bruce Durden                          254

37        44            Gary Troutman                        230

38        3A           AJ Maddox                             218

39        3H           Brandon Hanks                       148

40        91            Marshall Skinner                      146

41        23            Brian Bell                                142

42        55            Dave Ely                                  142

43        C4            Casey Rowland                       140

44        9d            Kevin Darling                          140

45        58            Wade Oliver                            138

46        26s           Howard Moore                        136

47        12D         Dalton Davis                           132

48        59            Johnny Petrozelle                    130

49        11            Troy Severin                            126

50        59            John Petrozelle                        118

51        51            Lee Sowell                               118

52        7S            Jason Sides                              100

53        21            Michael Tolley                         100

54        89            Robbie Stillwagon                   100

55        44            Ronny Howard                        100