From Pete Walton
ATLANTA, GA (November 14, 2016) – The 23-year-old defending USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour National Champion, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee has made United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters and sprint car racing history again during the 2016 season by becoming the first woman to win the series National Championship two times in-a-row. Turpen put an exclamation point on last season’s accomplishment of becoming the only woman to win a major sprint car touring series National title, Turpen has repeated as the series Champion for the 2016 season. She bested her team-mate and 11 time USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee by just two points in the season long title chase after 36 events were completed.’
Turpen, who visited the www.RockAuto.com USCS Victory Lane five times during 2016, also finished in the runner-up spot in the USCS Southern Thunder Tour regional series title chase just a scant seven points shy of the title behind her team-mate (Gray).
Turpen also had a respectable fourth place finish in the final standings of the USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour regional series Championship standings as well. She finished behind three past USCS National Champions including 2016 Mid-South Thunder Tour Champion Derek Hagar and runner-up Marshall Skinner both from Marion, Arkansas. Terry Gray finished just ahead of her in that region in third place.
Turpen has competed with the United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters full time since the 2010 season when she earned the USCS National Rookie of the Year honors. Acording to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 2015 North American Driver of the Year poll for winged 360 sprint cars, she was the top ranked female winged sprint car driver in North America for last season. Turpen was the only female driver to receive votes among only 32 drivers out of several thousand considered who received multiple votes in that poll.
Turpen has twelve total USCS career feature wins including the five this season. In addition to her 2015 USCS National Championship, she has been close to the top of the point standings at conclusion of, three other seasons. She finished in the runner-up position in the USCS National point standings during the 2010, 2011 and 2014 seasons. Other than the 2010 USCS Rookie crown, Turpen also earned the 2014 USCS “Road to Atlanta” Hoosier Asphalt Series Championship.
Turpen used a J&J Auto Racing sprint car chassis with Wesmar power during her Championship run. Engler Machine and Tool injection fueled by DSR Fuel System pumps help provide power to the USCS required Hoosier Race Tires on her #10m machine. She also has Don Berry Construction, C&B Chubby and KCB Motorsports plus Wendy’s of Lexington, TN and The Ridge to thank as sponsors of her Terry Gray Racing team effort.
For information on Morgan Turpen’s USCS 2016 results visit www.uscsracing.com For USCS rules, updated schedules and other information, please visit the www/iscsracing.com website as well or you may contact the USCS office at 770-460-7223 or 770-865-6097.