From Pete Walton
Gastonia, NC — (April 11, 2014) — Past USCS Southern Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters regional series Champion Johnny Bridges from Cherryville, North Carolina raced into the www.rockauto.com USCS victory lane at Carolina Speedway in the regional series season opener on Friday night. Bridges who started fifth in the USCS vs. URC North vs. South challenge event passed early race-leader Lance Moss also from Cherryville, North Carolina on lap eighteen after a restart and led the final seven laps of the 25 lap contest. Moss started from the K&N Filters Pole Position and raced home in the runner-up spot followed by 10-time series Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee in third place. The 2012 Rislone URC Champion Robbie Stillwaggon from Burlington, New Jersey finished in fourth place and the evening’s Hoosier Speed Dash winner Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee rounded out the top five drivers.
Terry Witherspoon from Jacksonville, Florida led the next group of drivers in sixth place. USCS sprint car Rookie of the Year contender, Jay Dunham from Augusta, Georgia followed in seventh place. Veteran USCS racer, Bob Auld from Largo, Florida finished in eighth place followed by Jason Troutman from Vale, North Carolina in ninth position and Tim Perry from Mooresville, North Carolina completed out the top ten.
The only female racer in the sprint car field, Morgan Turpen kicked of the evening’s action by winning the 6 cars, 6 laps Hoosier Speed Dash. Three-time USCS Carolina Speedway feature winner, Eric Riggins, Jr. then won the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat. URC Sprints regular won the Butlerbuilt Second Heat. After first heat winner Riggins drew a four in the K&N Filters Pole drawing, Lance Moss garnered the K&N Filters Pole Award. Jay Dunham started 15th in the main event advanced the most positions (8 places) to earn the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hardcharger Award.
The next event for the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint cars will be on Saturday, April 12th at Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster, South Carolina.For racing info on Lancaster Speedway go to their website at www.lancastersuperspeedway.com
USCS Outlaw Thunder presented by K&N Filters results at Carolina Speedway Friday, April 11, 2014
Hoosier Speed Dash winner: Morgan Turpen, Eric Riggins, Jr., Terry Gray, Lance Moss, Terry Witherspoon, Ray Bugg and Lance Moss.
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Eric Riggins, Jr., Johnny Bridges, Terry Gray, Terry Witherspoon, Bob Auld, Matt Hope, Jay Dunham, Ray Bugg, Bill Moore and Joe Larkin.
Butlerbuilt Second Heat: Troy Betts, Brandon McLain, Lance Moss, Stillwaggon, Morgan Turpen, Tim Perry, Brad franks, Jason Troutman, Nicholas Snyder and George blaney – DNS.
Main Event 30-laps
1. 07 Johnny Bridges, Cherryville, NC 47 Eric Riggins, Jr., Charlotte, NC
2. 23 Lance Moss, Cherryville, NC
3. 10 Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN
4. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon, Burlington, NJ
5. 10m Morgan Turpen, Oakland, TN
6. 43 Terry Witherspoon, Jacksonville, FL
7. 51 Jay Dunham, Augusta, GA
8. 83 Bob Auld, Largo, FL
9. 4 Jason Troutman, Vale, NC
10. 36 Tim Perry, Mooresville, NC
11. 25 Ray Bugg, Iuka, MS
12. 116 Nicholas Snyder, Marco Island, FL
13. 06 Bill Moore, Mooresville, NC
14. 12B Brad franks, Collegedale, OA
15. 21B Brandon McLain, Indian Trail, NC
16. 22 Troy Betts, Newark, DE
17. 28H Matt Hope, York, SC
18. 33 Joe Larkin, Suwanee, GA
19. 47 Eric Riggins, Jr., Charlotte, NC
20. 11b George Blaney, Harrisburg, NC
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters Race Awards:
Hoosier USCS Sprint Speed Dash: #10m Morgan Turpen
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: #47 Eric Riggins, Jr.
Butlerbuilt Second Heat Award: #22 Troy Betts
K&N Filters Pole Award: #23 Lance Moss
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: #89 Robbie Stillwagon
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: #10 Terry Gray
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hardcharger Award: #51 Jay Dunham
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: #10m Morgan Turpen
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: #43 Terry Witherspoon
Pyrotect racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: Jay Dunham
DMI/Bulldog rear Ends top Ten Award: ##36 Tim Perry51
The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters would like to gratefully thank its sponsoring partners for their involvement in the 2014 and 18th anniversary USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour: K&N Filters, www.rockauto.com, Engler Machine and Tool, Butlerbuilt, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Aero Race Wheels, Saldana Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends. KSE Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions and Safety-Kleen.