Gray wins USCS Red Dirt Rumble finale at Rome Speedway


By Pete Walton

Rome, Georgia – September 5, 2010 – Defending United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear, National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee closed out the USCS presented by Goodyear “Red Dirt Rumble” almost Speedweek, five race mini-series with a win in the 30-lap Rome Boss Sprint Car Shootout on Sunday night. It was Gray’s second win of the long racing week in his familiar Rislone Engine Treatment sponsored Wesmar powered J&J Auto Racing sprint car #10. He won the opener at New Senoia Raceway on Friday, August 27th. It was the veteran USCS racer’s sixth feature win of the 2010 season in the series.

Second generation sprint car racer, Matt Linder from Hoschton, Georgia who won the Randy Helton Memorial race at New Senoia on the previous weekend came home in the runner-up spot followed by rising rookie star, fifteen year old Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte, North Carolina in third place. Saturday night’s Lavonia Speedway USCS feature winner, Danny Martin, Jr. from Sarasota, raced home in the fourth position after stopping early in the race to change a flat right rear tire. C.J. Miller from Denver, North Carolina grabbed another top five finish by following Martin across the line in the fifth position.

Seventeen year-old female rookie hot-shoe, Morgan Turpen from Bartlett, Tennessee led the next group in sixth place. Clint Weiss from Elizabethton, Kentucky finished in the seventh position. Coby Adams from Mooresville, North Carolina followed Weiss in the eighth position. The 2009 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year, Brandon Rekow from Mooresville, North Carolina finished in ninth place followed by 2007 USCS Southern Thunder Rookie of the Year Lee Moore from Tuscaloosa, Alabama in tenth.

Matt Linder won the evening’s Goodyear Speed Dash and then followed that with a victory in the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat. Terry Gray won the Butlerbuilt Second Heat race. Clint Weiss was the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger. Eric Riggins, Jr. was the Rookie of the Race.

The next USCS is on Friday night (9/10/10) at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, SC. For directions or info on that event please visit the following night (Saturday, September 11, 2010) the series competes at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Georgia or 770-967-8600

Results: USCS presented by Goodyear at Rome Speedway – September 5, 2010.

Goodyear Speed Dash Winner: Matt Linder, Terry Gray, Morgan Turpen, C.J. Miller, and Ray Bugg

Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Matt Linder, Danny Martin, Jr., Morgan Turpen, Aubrey Black, C.J. Miller, Clint Weiss, Ray Bugg, Coby Adams and Mike Hampton,

Butlerbuilt Second Heat: Terry Gray, Eric Riggins, Jr., David Clark, Darren Clark, Brandon Rekow, Lee Moore, Jake McLain DNS, Bob Auld DNS and Joe Larkin DNS

USCS Presented by Goodyear A-Main Rome Speedway – 30 Laps:
1 – 10 Terry Gray
2 – 1x Matt Linder
3 – 47 Eric Riggins, Jr.
4 – 00 Danny Martin, Jr.
5 – 9 C.J. Miller
6 – 80 Morgan Turpen
7 – 0x Clint Weiss
8 – 29 Coby Adams
9 – 69 Brandon Rekow
10 – 1a Lee Moore
11 – 21c David Clark
12 – 21b Aubrey Black
13 – 20 Darren Clark
14 – 10w Mike Hampton
15 – 33 Joe Larkin
16 – 25 Ray Bugg
17 – 83 Bob Auld – DNS
18 – 67 Jake McLain – DNS