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USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour winged sprint cars headline the “Saturday of Speed” at Greenville Speedway on Saturday (July 28th)
The event is expected to bring top winged sprint car drivers from at least five states to the challenging ¼ mile high-banked black gumbo oval seeking a stop in the www.RockAuto.com USCS Victory Lane. This will be race number thirty-eight of the 2018 season for the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour. The event awards USCS National and USCS Deep-South and USCS Mid-South regional series championship points.
Jordon Mallett from Greenbrier, Arkansas is the defending USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters National Champion. Mallett currently leads the USCS National point standings as well as the USCS Deep South regional series point standings. Mallett was ranked in the top ten of thirty-five hundred sprint car drivers in North America by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 360 Sprint Car Driverif the Year pollsters for the 2017 season. He currently has six USCS wins during the 2018 season. Mallett will be looking for his career-first win at Greenville on Saturday night.
Additionally, another USCS past Champion (2015 and 2016) Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee is entered as well. Turpen is the top-ranked female sprint car driver in the World. She led the United Sprint Car Sseries in feature wins during the 2017 season with nine trips to the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane. She was ranked fifth in North America in the 2017 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 360 Sprint Car Driver of the Year poll. She currently has two wins on the season and is third in the USCS National point standings. She leads the tough USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour regional series point standings.
Several previous winners of USCS winged sprint car main events at Greenville Speedway are entered. Those include past USCS Champion, Eddie Gallagher who in addition to winning his career-first sprint car event at Greenville Speedway, is a past Gumbo Nationals Sprint Car Champion, when the USCS was part of that event. Eleven-time USCS National Champion Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee who won on the series second visit in September of 2007 is also entered as is 2013 and 2014 Greenville Speedway USCS Speedweeks feature winner and 2013 USCS National Sprint Car Champion Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas.
Several past USCS Rookie of the Year drivers including 2012 USCS Rookie of the Year driver Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi is entered as is 14-year-old Chase Howard from Nesbit, Mississippi who was the 2017 USCS Mid-South regional series Rookie of the Year driver. Chase has local connections a his mother is a native of Greenville, Mississippi where her relatives still reside.
Chase Howard is one half of a two-car team with his Father and USCS sprint car veteran driver Ronny Howard also from Nesbit, Mississippi who is entered for Saturday night’s contest. Ronny Howard also has local connections as he is a 1995 graduate of nearby Delta State University where he played college football as well.
Two other past Rookie of the Year drivers, Lee More from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who was the 2007 USCS Southern Thunder Tour Rookie of the Year and Kyle Amerson from Montgomery, Alabama who is a past Southern Outlaw Sprints Rookie of the Year are both entered for this weekend’s event.
The sprint car driver who lives closest to Greenville Speedway entered is first-year racer Shelby Brown from Marks, Mississippi. She is the second female sprint car driver entered in Saturday night’s field. She has shown much talent as a first-year driver. She also races 305 cubic inch winged sprint cars regularly at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas where she is currently fifth in the weekly series point standings. Brown would like to follow in the footsteps of Morgan Turpen and intents to compete for the 2019 USCS Rookie of the Year title will have her more powerful 700 Horsepower 360 cubic inch power plant in for this event.
Also entered is second-generation driver Spencer Meredith who is also in his first season racing the powerful 700 horsepower winged USCS sprint cars. He joins Dewayne White from Byhalia, Mississippi and Rick Kaylor from Slayden, Mississippi on the early entry list for the Saturday of Speed.
The busy racing program also includes the track’s Super Late Model division as well as the Durrence Layne Dirt Late Models, the Durrence Layne Street Stock, Outlaw Hobby class and the Factory Stock divisions as well competing for cash and glory.