Clem Wins USCS Feature at Ocala

Tyler Clem USCS photo
Tyler Clem
USCS photo

By Pete Walton


Ocala, FLORIDA – March 31, 2017 – Home track favorite and phenomenal 14-year-old young gun Tyler Clem from Tampa, Florida showed the veterans and tyros alike the fast way around his home track at Bubba Raceway Park in the 25-lap night #1 United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters main event. Clem who wins in sprint cars, Late models and open wheel modified cars at the 3/8 mile dirt oval, jumped from his outside front row starting position into the lead on lap one. Clem never looked back as he charged through the 23-car starting field in dominating fashion to become the youngest driver to ever win a USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour main event in the series 21-year history into the USCS Victory Lane.


Clem finished ahead of a talent laden field including runner-up Thomas Kennedy from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the 2011 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jordon Mallett from Greenbrier, Arkansas in the K&N Podium Award third place. Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart from Brownsburg, Indiana follow Mallett in fourth place and A.J. Maddox from Tampa, Florida charged all the way from fifteenth starting position to finish fifth.


Former Southern Ontario Sprints and Ohsweken Speedway Champion, Mitch Brown from Brantford, Ontario, Canada led the next group in sixth place followed by Matt Kurtz from Jacksonville, Florida in seventh, The defending and 2-time USCS National Champion, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee finished in eighth place followed by her team-mate and 11-time USCS Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee in ninth place. Another young gun Tanner Witherspoon also from Jacksonville, Florida rallied from a seventh place start to round out the top ten drivers.


The only caution or red flag period was for Danny Martin, Jr on lap 12 when he struck the turn one wall after making contact with a car in lapped traffic while chasing Tyler Clem and running in the second position.


Heat race victories went to Brian Thomas in the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat and Tyler Clem in the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat. The Butlerbuilt checkers was claimed by 5-time 2016 winner Danny Martin, Jr. from Sarasota, Florida. Jordon Mallett claimed the win in the fourth and final Schoenfeld Headers Heat Race. B-Main wins went to A.J. Maddox and Michael Miller from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The K&N Filters Pole Award and pole position was garner by Jordon Mallett. A.J. Maddox earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger award after passing ten cars in th main event.


The next USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour event is set for Saturday night (April 1st) at Bubba Raceway Park in the finals of the USCS Spring Speed Xplosion. For updated schedules and other USCS info please visit or call the series at 770-865-6097.


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,,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, Bell Helmets, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Arizona Sport Shirts and Hero Graphics.]


USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters

at Bubba Raceway Park on FRIDAY 03-31-2017 results.


Engler Machine and Tool First Heat – (8 Laps) 1. 67-Brian Thomas [1]  2. 82-Matt Kurtz[3] ; 3. 10-Terry Gray[4] ; 4. 10M-Morgan Turpen[6] ; 5. 6s-Robbie Smith[8] ; 6. 21b-Brandon McLain[2] ; 7. 38-Tony Agin[5] ; 8. 22-Shawn Murray[7]


Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat – (8 Laps) 1. 14c-Tyler Clem[3] ; 2. 21k-Thomas Kennedy[8] ; 3. 20-Frank Carlsson[1] ; 4. 116-Nick Snyder[6] ; 5. 24d-Danny Sams III[2] ; 6. 3a-AJ Maddox[4] ; 7. 34-Darren Orth[7] ; 8. 111-Brandon Grubaugh[5]


Butlerbuilt Third Heat – (8 Laps) 1. 24-Danny Martin Jr[6] ; 2. 22G-Johnny Gilbertson[2] ; 3. 3G-Garrett Green[4] ; 4. 99-Tanner Witherspoon[7] ; 5. 29-Jeff Oliver[1] ; 6. 43-Terry Witherspoon[5] ; 7. 93-Matt Carr[3] ; 8. 33-Joe Larkin[8]


Schoenfeld Headers Fourth Heat – (8 Laps) 1. 14m-Jordon Mallett[2] ; 2. 14-Tony Stewart[4] ; 3. 10B-Mitch Brown[6] ; 4. 43m-Michael Miller[5] ; 5. 83-Mark Ruel Jr[7] ; 6. 28-Jeff Willingham[3] ; 7. 83a-Bob Auld[1]


USCS Hoosier Speed Dash –  (6 Laps) 1. 10M-Morgan Turpen[2] ; 2. 14m-Jordon  Mallett[4] ; 3. 10-Terry Gray[1] ; 4. 24d-Danny Sams III[3] ; 5. 38-Tony Agin[5] ; 6. 28-Jeff Willingham[6]


Pro Shocks B-Main #1 – (10 Laps) 1. 3a-AJ Maddox[4] ; 2. 99-Tanner Witherspoon[1] ; 3. 24d-Danny Sams III[3] ; 4. 34-Darren Orth[6] ; 5. 22-Shawn Murray[7] ; 6. 20-Frank Carlsson[2] ; 7. 28-Jeff Willingham[5] ; 8. 33-Joe Larkin[9] ; 9. 111-Brandon Grubaugh[8]


DMI/Bulldog Rears B-Main #2 –  (10 Laps) 1. 43m-Michael Miller[1] ; 2. 83-Mark Ruel Jr[2] ; 3. 43-Terry Witherspoon[4] ; 4. 21b-Brandon McLain[5] ; 5. 83a-Bob Auld[7] ; 6. 29-Jeff Oliver[3] ; 7. 38-Tony Agin[6] ; 8. 93-Matt Carr[8]


USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters A-Main – (25 Laps) 1. 14c-Tyler Clem[2] ; 2. 21k-Thomas Kennedy[3] ; 3. 14m-Jordon  Mallett[1] ; 4. 14-Tony Stewart[5] ; 5. 3a-AJ Maddox[15] ; 6. 10B-Mitch Brown[6] ; 7. 82-Matt Kurtz[8] ; 8. 10M-Morgan Turpen[12] ; 9. 10-Terry Gray[10] ; 10. 99-Tanner Witherspoon[17] ; 11. 6s-Robbie Smith[14] ; 12. 43m-Michael Miller[16] ; 13. 116-Nick Snyder[13] ; 14. 83-Mark Ruel Jr[18] ; 15. 21b-Brandon McLain[20] ; 16. 24d-Danny Sams III[19] ; 17. 43-Terry Witherspoon[22] ; 18. 3G-Garrett Green[11] ; 19. 67-Brian Thomas[7] ; 20. 34-Darren Orth[21] ; 21. 28-Jeff Willingham[23] ; 22. 24-Danny Martin Jr[4] ; 23. 22G-Johnny Gilbertson[9].

USCS Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Morgan Turpen

Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Brian Thomas
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: Tyler Clem

K&N Filters Pole Award: Jordon Mallett
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (3rd Place) Jordon Mllett

PRO Shocks Champion Choice Award: (4th Place) Tony Stewart
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: Jordon Mallett
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award: A.J. Maddox (started 15th and finished 5th)
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: Mitch Brown
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: Matt Kurtz

DHR Suspension Eighth Place Award: Morgan Turpen
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: Tanner Witherspoon.