Crawley blasts to USCS Spring Xplosion finale win at Magnolia
Tim Crawley from Benton, Arkansas charged past Friday night’s preliminary feature winner Jason Sides from Bartlett, Tennessee between turns three and four on lap twenty-three and led the final eight circuits to victory lane in the United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Spring Xplosion 30-lap main event at Magnolia Motor Speedway on Saturday night. It was Crawley’s first USCS presented by Goodyear win of the season in three attempts in the familiar Ward Racing #88. Crawley won eleven times in 2009 USCS competition.
Sides who hit a rut entering turn three on lap twenty-three, momentarily slowed giving Crawley the opportunity to race past him. Sides followed Crawley, the 2008 USCS Mid South Thunder regional series Champion to the finish line in the runner-up spot. The defending and eight-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee who started twelfth raced home in third place. Michael Dupuy from Amite, Louisiana followed Gray in fourth place. Young gun Brad Bowden from Hernando, Mississippi charged from a fourteenth place starting position passing nine cars to round out the top five drivers.
Jerrod Hull from Sikeston, Missouri led the next group with his second sixth place finish in two nights. in sixth 2007 USCS Rookie of the Year and USAC Silver Crown racer Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas was a one man show as he started eleventh and raced his way around the top of the slick 4/10 mile racing surface up to fourth position twice before fading to seventh position. Past USCS Champion, Marshall Skinner from West Memphis, Arkansas who won the season-opener last weekends at Malden Speedway finished in the eighth position. The 2008 USCS National Rookie of the Year, Anthony Nicholson from Bartlett, Tennessee collected the ninth position paycheck and 2008 USCS Mid South regional series Rookie of the Year, Chris Williams rounded out the top ten finishers.
Jason Sides won the 6 cars, 6 laps, Goodyear Speed Dash. Wade Oliver from Southaven, Mississippi won the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat. Marshall Skinner won the Butlerbuilt Second Heat. The FSR racing Third Heat victory was collected by Chris Williams. Michael Miller from Ocean Springs, Mississippi won the 10-lap K&N Gold Filters B-MAIN after early race leader Ronny Howard from Nesbit, Mississippi coasted to the infield with engine woes on lap eight.
Jan Howard was the K&N Filters Pole award recipient after the previous night’s feature winner Jason Sides drew a four inversion pill in the K&N Filters Pole Award drawing. Brad Bowden collected the honors for Goodyear Young Gun that is awarded to the top finishing driver under 25 years old.
The only female driver in the 30 car field, Morgan Turpen from Bartlett, Tennessee garnered the Rookie of the Race honors while finishing in eleventh place in the main event. The seventeen year-old Turpen also edged out team-mate Terry Gray and young gun Brad Bowden for the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award. Both of those drivers passed nine cars in the A-main, but she passed ten to garner the award that goes to the driver thar=t advances the most positions in the main event.
The next USCS presented by Goodyear sprint car event will be on pavement on Saturday April 10th at Lanier National Speedway. For more info please visit www.uscsracing.com or call the series office at 770-460-7223 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 770-460-7223 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
USCS presented by Goodyear results Magnolia Motor Speedway – Sat., March 27th
USCS Goodyear Speed Dash: Jason Sides, Tim Crawley, Michael Dupuy, Jerrod Hull, Terry Gray and Jan Howard.
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Wade Oliver, Terry Gray, Brad Bowden, raymiond Stull, Matt Linder, Michael Miller, Morgan Turpen, Carl Zaniboni and Jay Adams.
Butlerbuilt Second Heat: Marshall Skinner, Jerrod Hull, Justin Carver, Derek Hagar, Ronny Howard, Brian Bell, Jared Kelly and Ryan Moore.
FSR Racing Third Heat: Chris Williams, Tommy Worley, Jr., Anthony Nicholson, timmy Thrash, Jon Stinson, Lee Sowell and Troy Dow.
B-main 10-laps: Michael Miller, Jon Stinson, Morgan Turpen, Ray Bugg, Troy Dow, Carl Zaniboni, Ryan Moore, Ronny Howard, Lee Moore, Jay Adams, Jared Kelly and Brian Bell DNS.
USCS presented by Goodyear Spring Xplosion A-Main 30-lap Finale:
1 – 88 Tim Crawley, Benton, AR
2 – 7s Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN
3 – 10 Terry Gray, Bartlett, TN
4 – 00 Michael Dupuy, Amite LA
5 – 39 Brad Bowden, Hernando, MS
6 – 12 Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO
7 – 9 Derek Hagar, Marion, AR
8 – 26 Marshall Skinner, West Memphis, AR
9 – 16 Anthony Nicholson, Bartlett, TN
10 – 8x Chris Williams, Cordova, TN
11 – 80 Morgan Turpen, Bartlett, TN
12 – 26s Jon Stinson, Memphis, TN
13 – 4m Michael Miller, Ocean Springs, MS
14 – 1x Matt Linder, Hoschton, GA
15 – 46 Jan Howard, Marion, AR
16 – 51 Lee Sowell, Nesbit, MS
17 – 6 Raymond Stull, Independence, MS
18 – 09 Timmy Thrash, Gulfport, MS
19 – 58 Wade Oliver, Southaven, MS
20 – A12 Tommy Worley, Jr., Farmington, MO
21 – 25 Ray Bugg, Iuka. MS
22 – Justin Carver, Drummonds, TN
GOODYEAR SPEED DASH WINNER: Jason Sides
K & N FILTERS POLE AWARD: Jan Howard
KSE Racing Products HARDCHARGER Award : Morgan Turpen (started 21st passed 10 cars)
GOODYEAR TIRE YOUNG GUN OF THE RACE: Brad Bowden
RE TECHNOLOGIES ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Morgan Turpen
JE PISTONS TOP GUNS AWARD: Terry Gray (3rd place)
K&N FILTERS 3RD-PLACE AWARD: Terry Gray
BUTLERBUILT 4TH-PLACE AWARD: Michael Dupuy
DYNOTECH TOP FIVE AWARD: Brad Bowden
LAP LEADERS: Jason Sides Laps 1-22; Tim Crawley Laps 23-30
Chris Moore from Nesbit, Mississippi continued his USCS Modified Touring Series winning ways by capturing the USCS Modified portion of the Magnolia Motor Speedway Spring Xplosion presented by Goodyear Tire and Rubber on Saturday night. The win in the 25-lap K&N Filters USCS Modified Series did not however come easy. Moore who started in the fourth position, had to battle K&N Filter’s fast qualifier Brandon Poppenheimer also from Nesbit, Mississippi and 2008 USCS Modified Touring Series Champion, Ashley Newman from Ripley, Tennessee the entire 25 lap to victory lane.
The contest was undecided until the final straightaway when Moore inched ahead to win by about one foot over Newman with Poppenheimer just out of reach. The trio of talented Mid-South Open Wheel Modified standouts rubbed and grinded their way through the final two turns before Moore reached the flag stand in first place.
Ashley Newman got the jump on Poppenheimer and led lap one. Poppenheimer rallied back on lap two to lead the next three circuits before Newman came roaring back to lead laps five and six with Moore passing Poppenheimer for the second position by then. Moore took over the point on lap seven and continued to be scored as the race leader every lap thereafter. Newman led several times in the middle of each lap from lap twenty until the final lap to set up the thrilling finish. The win was the 2010 Talladega “Ice Bowl” Champion, Moore’s third USCS victory in the last four races.
Newman collected the runner-up paycheck and Poppenheimer finished in third place. Josh Hughes from West Plains, Missouri, who won the previous night’s USCS Modified Weekly Racing Series event followed the trio to the finish line in the fourth position. Ronnie Vernon from Friendship,Tennessee, who earlier won the Aero Race Wheels Last Chance Race presented by Racing Head Service, rounded out the top five finishers.
Rodney Etheridge from Tuscaloosa, Alabama finished in the sixth position followed by USCS Modified Touring Series regular Craig Vaughn from Hernando, Mississippi in seventh place. Noah Despit from Kiln, Mississippi finished in the eighth position. Ben Reed from Munford,, Tennessee who brought out the caution on lap twenty with a flat right rear tire, while running fourth, charged back to ninth place after a tire change. Murray Vaughn from Hernando, Mississippi rounded out the top ten.
Brandon Poppenheimer recorded the fastest time of the evening during the one-lap K&N Filters time trial qualifying session. Chris Moore kicked off the evening with a win in USCS Modified Power Dash for the top six cars from the previous USCS Modified Touring Series event. Ronnie Vernon won the 8-lap USCS Modified Last Chance Qualifying Race.
Noah Daspit garnered the Comp Cams Hardcharger Award after passing six cars in the main event. Brandon Poppenheimer received the K&N Filters Pole award for his fast time efforts. Ben Reed from Munford, Tennessee received the Tennison Brothers Metals Hard Luck Award. For more info on the USCS Modified Touring Series please visit www.uscsracing.com or call 770-460-7223.
Thanks! to Rodney Etheridge for being there for everyone with parts.
USCS Modified Touring Series results at Magnolia Motor Speedway – Sat., March 27th, 2009:
Fast Time: #99 – Brandon Poppenheimer - 17.226 sec.
Top 8 drivers locked in from time trials:
Brandon Poppenheimer, Ashley Newman, Ben Reed, Chris Moore, Rodney Etheridge, Josh Hughes, Jon Stinson and Ronnie Vernon,
Aero Race Wheels Last Chance Qualifying Race:
Ronnie Vernon, Jason Hughes, Craig Vaughn, Eric Hughes, Murray Vaughn, Noah Daspit, Jerome Shepperd and Rusty Duncan.
K&N Filters USCS Modified feature presented by RHS - Racing Head Service - 25-laps:
Pos. Car# Driver Hometown
1. 17 - Chris Moore, Nesbit, MS
2.73 - Ashley Newman, Ripley, TN
3. 99 - Brandon Poppenheimer, Nesbit, MS
4. 6H - Josh Hughes, West Plains, MO
5. G3 - Ronnie Vernon, Friendship, TN
6. 04 - Rodney Etheridge, Tuscaloosa, AL
7. 46x - Craig Vaughn, Hernando, MS
8. 8 - Noah Daspit, Kiln, MS
9. 07 - Ben Reed, Munford, TN
10. 45x - Murray Vaughn, Hernando, MS
11. 26s - Jon Stinson, Memphis, TN
12. CB1 - Eric Hughes, Fulton, MS
13. 7H - Greg Hughes, West Plains, MO
14. 8H - Jason Hughes, West Plains, MO
15. U2 - Jerome Shepperd, Reform, AL
16. 12 - Rusty Duncan, Columbus, MS – DNS
K&N Filters Pole Award: Brandon Poppenheimer
Aero Race Wheels Last Chance Race winner: #G3 - Ronnie Vernon
Comp Cams Hard Charger: #8 - Noah Daspit
K&N Filters 3rd place Award: #99 - Brandon Poppenheimer
Tennison Brothers Metals Hard Luck Award: #07- Ben Reed
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