USCS presented by K&N Filters Awards Banquet honors National Champ Hagar and top drivers

USCS Banquet Hagar Champ 2013From Pete Walton

Atlanta, GA – (January 27, 2014) – Just over one hundred attendees watched as Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas was honored as the 2013 United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters National Champion on Saturday at the 17th annual USCS Champions Awards Banquet in Memphis, Tennessee. The twenty-two year old past USCS Rookie of the Year (2006) made ten visits to the USCS victory lane as the series feature win leader for 2013. Additionally Hagar’s 2013 USCS statistics show twenty-four top five and twenty-eight top ten finishes in the series thirty A-Main events. Hagar also claimed the title in the USCS Southern Thunder regional series. He bested ten-time series National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee in both the National and Southern Thunder regional series point’s battles. Both titles are Hagar’s first United Sprint Car Series Championships. Hagar additionally finished in the runner-up spot in the USCS Mid South Thunder regional series final standings just four points behind 2012 National Champion Tim Crawley from Benton, Arkansas and just four points away from a complete sweep of all three series. His first year crew chief, Bill Croswait, was honored as United Sprint Car Series Crew Chief of the Year.


Ten-time series National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee who finished 53 points back of Hagar in the runner-up spot for the National crown, also collected runner-up honors for his effort on the Southern Thunder regional series and followed Champion Tim Crawley and Hagar in the third place in the USCS Mid South regional series standings. Gray’s team-mate and the 2010 USCS Rookie of the Year, Morgan Turpen from Oakland, Tennessee who was the only female sprint car competitor near the top of the USCS standings, collected third place honors in the National title chase. Turpen, who grabbed her career fourth USCS feature win during the season, finished third in the Southern Thunder region and fifth in the Mid South Thunder regional series. She completed her fourth successful season in the USCS while never finishing worse than fourth in the series final National standings.


The 2012 USCS National sprint car Champion Tim Crawley collected fourth place honors for his efforts in the final National standings. He made six visits to the USCS victory lane to accept feature winner honors during 2013. Crawley was honored for his third USCS Mid South Thunder Tour regional series title (2008, 2012 and 2013). Ageless veteran sprint car racer Ray Bugg from Iuka, Mississippi rounded out the top five in the series National point standings. Bugg’s top ten finishes and near perfect attendance was good enough to be recognized at the annual banquet for his best series finish ever. He also finished in sixth place in the final standings in both the Mid South and Southern Thunder regional series.


Two-time 2013 USCS feature winner Anthony Nicholson from Bartlett, Tennessee who was the 2008 USCS Rookie of the Year, lead the next group of drivers in sixth place. Nicholson also finished in fourth place in the USCS Mid South Thunder regional series. The 2012 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi followed Nicholson to the stage with a seventh place finish in the National standings. Willingham also collected awards for a seventh place finish in the USCS Mid South regional series and an eighth place finish in the final Southern Thunder region standings.


Three-time 2013 USCS feature winner Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte, North Carolina who was the 2010 USCS Southern Thunder regional series Rookie of the Year was recognized for an eighth place finish in the final USCS National sprint car standings. Riggins won on April 12th at Carolina Speedway and visited the USCS victory lane twice on back-to-back nights in October when the eighteen year-old driver swept the first ever USCS vs. URC North vs. South Shootout weekend at Carolina Speedway and at Cherokee Speedway.


Rookie driver Curt Terrell from Bartlett, Tennessee, who contested his first full season in winged sprint cars, was honored for a ninth place finish in the final 2013 USCS National point standings. He additionally finished in the eighth position in the 2013 USCS Mid South Thunder standings. Terrell was recognized for his achievements as the USCS National Rookie of the Year. His Father, Tommy Terrell received recognition as Rookie Crew Chief of the Year.


Thirteen year-old Taylor Tidmore from Hernando, Mississippi followed Terrell in tenth place in the National standings. Tidmore moved up to the USCS’ winged 360 sprint car division after a successful 2012 season in the USCS 600 Sprint Car Series. Tidmore additionally performed well enough in his Rookie season to finish in ninth place in the USCS Mid South Thunder region and was additionally awarded the USCS Mid South Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters “Rookie of the Year” at the USCS Championship Awards Banquet. Todd Tidmore was also recognized as USCS Mid South Thunder Rookie Crew Chief of the Year.


Additional USCS Mid South Thunder Tour regional series awards:

The 2010 USCS Mid South Thunder Rookie of the Year, Jerod Roller also from Hernando, Mississippi rounded out the USCS Mid South 2013 regional series point standings in tenth place behind Taylor Tidmore.


Additional USCS Southern Thunder Tour regional series awards:

Eighteen year-old Eric Riggins, Jr. from Charlotte, North Carolina who won three 2013 main events in the Southern Thunder regional series, finished in fourth place in the USCS Southern Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters regional series standings. Lance Moss from Cherryville, North Carolina rounded out the top five in the regional series standings. Terry Witherspoon from Jacksonville, Florida finished in ninth place in the Southern Thunder regional series standings just ahead of Joe Larkin from Suwannee, Georgia who also earned a spot in the regional series final point standings.


One hundred and twenty-eight different drivers competed in the thirty 17th anniversary USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters events. Thirteen different drivers won 2013 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour main events. Those included Derek Hagar, who led the series victory column with ten wins. Hagar was followed by Tim Crawley with six feature wins. Eric Riggins, Jr. was next with three wins. Anthony Nicholson made two visits to the USCS victory lane at Toccoa Speedway on September 1 and again at Tennessee National Raceway on September 14th.


Nine other drivers collected one feature win during the 2013 season. Those included: Robbie Stillwagon from Burlington, New Jersey at Toccoa Speedway on April 13th. Dalton Davis from Millington, Tennessee collected his career-first USCS win at 411 Speedway on May 3rd. The 2011 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jordan “The Jet” Mallett got his career second USCS win at Riverside Int. Speedway on June 29th. Brian Gingras from Lakeland, Florida won the road to Atlanta qualifier on the paved Watermelon Capital Speedway on July 20th.  Top ranked pavement sprint racer, JoJo Helberg from California won the 50-lap USCS Sprint Car Shootout on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s paved ¼ mile on August 30th. On the following night, Morgan Turpen bested Hagar and Company at Cleveland Speedway for her one win of the 2013 season. On November 3rd, Benton, Arkansas’ Cody Gardner won the first half of the USCS Flip Flop 50 at Riverside Int. Speedway. Marshall Skinner from Marion, Arkansas collected the victory in the second fully inverted 25-lap main event to close the season.


The seventeenth anniversary USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters kicked off on Friday, March 8th at Magnolia Motor Speedway and concluded at Riverside Int. Speedway on Sunday, November 3rd. For complete and archived results from these events please visit the series Official website at .


The United Sprint Car Series thanks the 2013 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour supporting sponsors including: K&N Filters, Hoosier Racing Tire, and USCS victory lane sponsor plus Bulldog Rear Ends/DMI, DSR Fuel Systems, Engler Machine and Tool, JE Pistons, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Racing Products, Something Inked and Wilwood Engineering.


The 2014 (18th Anniversary) USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour kicks off at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st. A full schedule of 2014 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint car events is available online at . For series rules and other info please visit or call the series office at 770-460-7223 or 770-865-6097.


Final 2013 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters National point standings (30 events)


Pos.     Car#          Driver                                       Points

1          9Jr              Derek Hagar                             4415

2          10               Terry Gray                                4362

3          10M           Morgan Turpen                        3583

4          88               Tim Crawley                            3415

5          25               Ray Bugg                                  3186

6          16               Anthony Nicholson                  3067

7          28               Jeff Willingham                       2609

8          47               Eric Riggins, Jr.                       2457

9          27               Curt Terrell                              2384

10        13T            Taylor Timor                            2319

11        12               Dalton Davis                            1544

12        3H              Brandon Hanks                         1538

13        23               Lance Moss                              1488

14        5                 Jerod Roller                              1468

15        26               Marshall Skinner                     1408

16        C4              Casey Rowland                        1198

17        43               Terry Witherspoon                   1186

18        44               Ronny Howard                         1154

19        4m              Michael Miller                         1090

20        33               Joe Larkin                                1014

21        83               Bob Auld                                  1011

22        8Z              Zack Pringle                             993

23        31               Justin Webb                             944

24        39               Brad Bowden                            942

25        13               Todd Fayard                             917

26        3                 AG Raines                                889

27        13               Tristan Tidmore                       885

28        1A              Lee Moore                                880

29        12M           Greg Merritt                             806

30        51               Lee Sowell                               753

31        11               Jake Roach                               700

32        1G              Cody Gardner                           642

33        38               Tony Agin                                610

34        5s               Tyler Smith                              560

35        92               Matt Kurtz                                536

36        89               Robbie Stillwaggon                 528

37        96D            Nick DeFeo                              514

38        67               Jake McLain                             496

39        51               Jay Dunham                             492

Tie       07               Johnny Bridges                        492

41        58               Wade Oliver                             446

42        14               Jordon Mallett                          417

43        46               Kyle Amerson                          412

44        01               Shane Morgan                          376

45        7D              Don Goodwin                           364

46        10 P            Jim Perriconne                         362

47        42               Henry Gustavus                        352

48        33               Mark Huddleston                     324

49        6c               Brandon McLain                      322

50        31G            Johnny Gardner                        306

51        25               JJ Grasso                                  302

Tie       29               Josh Weller                              302

53        1                 Brian Gingras                           298

54        36               Billy Pouch, Jr.                        294

55        22               Troy Betts                                282

56        3                 Garrett Green                           272

57        X                Daniel Mazy                             266

Tie       22               Shawn Murray                          266

59        99               Tanner Witherspoon                262

60        20               Joey Moughan                          260

61        46               Jim Blenkarn                            258

Tie       303             Joe B Miller                             258

Tie       28               Keith Prutzman                        258

64        34               Darren Orth                              252

Tie       22               Dustin Barks                            252

66        40h             Chad Jones                               250

Tie       1                 Eddie Gallagher                       250

68        17J             Jonathan Swanson                    248

69        7                 Ed Aikins                                 246

70        119             Chandler Leiby                        244

71        7 D             Dylan DeJournett                     242

72        26               Howard Moore                         236

73        33               Scott Lutz                                 234

74        8X              Chris Williams                         230

Tie       4                 Tommy Snellgrove                  230

76        59               Johnny Petrozelle                     228

77        74Jr            JR Berry                                   224

78        117             David Swanson                        220

79        40               Raymond Stull                         216

80        56               Randy West                              210

81        14               Marty Echols                            208

Tie       99               Ray Stevison                            208

83        44c             Brandel Greer                           200

Tie       2                 Brandon Kilpatrick                  200

Tie       61               Cody Howard                           200

Tie       22               Kevin Kilpatrick                      200

Tie       32k             Robert Richardson                   200

88        7                 Jojo Helberg                             150

89        05               Brad Loyet                               148

90        94               Jeff Swindell                            146

91        40.1            Troy DeCaire                           142

92        3A              AJ Maddox                               140

93        12x             Joey Montgomery                    136

94        12t              Joe Young                                134

95        3                 Brad Greer                                132

Tie       38               Dave Baumgartner                   132

97        2                 Alex Pettas                               130

Tie       11               Chris Hladik                             130

Tie       8                 Kurt Taylor                              130

Tie       100             Tom Paterson                           130

101      11               Don Blaney                              128

Tie       17               Mike Pack                                128

103      0                 Andy McElhannon                   126

Tie       5                 Dave Thorman                         126

Tie       17               Francis Crowder                       126

Tie       5                 Randy Dilling                           126

Tie       0                 T.J. Hughes                              126

Tie       82T            Tyler Godwin                           126

109      4T              Jason Troutman                        124

110      0                 Bubba Harrisson                      122

111      606             Carl Finder                               120

112      4Q              Jason Day                                 118

Tie       21               Matt Hope                                118

Tie       1B              Nic Jenkins                               118

115      21               Aubrey Black                           116

Tie       55               Donny Howard                         116

Tie       36               Lane Wittington                       116

118      66               Geoff Dodge                             110

119      1x               Blake Jenkins                           100

Tie       44c             Brett McDaniel                        100

Tie       44c             Bubba Jones                             100

Tie       12               Darren Hasty                            100

Tie       11               George Blaney                         100

Tie       57               Jay New                                    100

Tie       9                 Kevin Petty                              100

Tie       77               Mike Leraas                             100

Tie       38               Rick Pringle                             100

Tie       11p             Skylar Pippin                           100