Morgan Turpen claims USCS Mid-South and Deep South regional titles in 2017.

Atlanta, GA - December 01, 2017 - 24 year-old Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee didn’t win the United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters National Championship as she did in 2015 and 2016 during the 40-event 2017 season, but she did lead the series win totals amongst all drivers with nine trips to the USCS Victory Lane as the main event winner. Additionally, she claimed the title in two USCS regionals series. She was the Champion of the tough USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour regional series by besting a number of great drivers including the division runner-up, 2013 USCS National Champion, Derek Hagar from Marion, Arkansas and 2017 National Champion, Jordon Mallett over the course of sixteen events for the title. She also wears the crown as the Champion of the new USCS Deep South Thunder Tour regional series as well. She won the USCS season opener at Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on March 3rd, then led the standings of the Deep South region all season long to claim the title.

Turpen also finished in a respectable third place in the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour National Championship standings behind 2017 National Champion Jordon Mallett and her team-mate and car owner, 11-time USCS National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee. Due to other commitments, she focused on wins in 2017 and would have had a real shot at a third National crown if she wasn’t absent at several events. Turpen has 21 total USCS career feature wins including the nine this season.

The final 2017 USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour point standings showed Morgan Turpen with 2425 points followed by Hagar with 2407 point. Hagar edged out Mallett with 2405 by two points for the runner-up spot. Terry Gray claimed the fourth place with 2360 points and past series Champion and two-time 2017 USCS feature winner, Marshall Skinner from Marion, Arkansas rounded out the top five drivers in the Mid-South region.
The 2012 USCS Rookie of the Year, Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi finished sixth followed by Tony Agin from Ft. Myers, Florida in seventh place and Andy McElhannon from Hernando, Mississippi who got his career-first USCS feature win at Columbus Speedway on July 7th was eighth. The 2012 USCS National Champion and two-time 2017 USCS feature winner, Tim Crawley from Benton, Arkansas followed in ninth place. Dale Howard from Byhalia, Mississippi got a career-first USCS feature win at Riverside International Speedway on October 20th and completed the top ten drivers in the USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour 2017 point standings.
The final point standings for the USCS Deep South regional series, where 90 drivers competed during the 2017 season, were even closer for the title. Morgan Turpen is on top of the final standings with 2420 points. The 2017 USCS National and Southern Thunder Tour regional series Champion, Jordon Mallett finished a scant 10 points back with 2410 points. Veteran Terry Gray chased those two all season long to finish third in the inaugural USCS Deep South standings with 2331 points. Jeff Willingham followed Gray with 2034 points and Floridian Tony Agin rounded out the regional series top five with 1802 points.

Sixth place in the standings went to past series Champion, Derek Hagar followed by another past Champion, Marshall Skinner in seventh place. The 2016 USCS National Rookie of the Year, 15-year-old, Danny Sams III from Northport, Florida finished eighth in the Deep South standings. Rookie contender, Don Warren from Clarksville, Tennessee followed Sams III in ninth place and Columbus Speedway winner, Andy McElhannon rounded out the top ten in the 2017 USCS Deep South Thunder Tour standings.

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  USCS Mid-South Thunder Tour 2017 FINAL STANDINGS:

Pos.                    Car#     Driver                                        Point
1                         10m      Morgan Turpen                           2425
2                         9jr         Derek Hagar                              2407
3                         14m      Jordon Mallett                            2405
4                         10         Terry Gray                                 2360
5                         26         Marshall Skinner                        2152
6                         28         Jeff Willingham                          2080
7                         38         Tony Agin                                  2060
8                         42         Andy McElhannon                      1690
9                         88         Tim Crawley                               1496
10                        47         Dale Howard                              1353
11                        07         Brandon Taylor                          1347
12                        44         Ronny Howard                           1236
13                        44c       Chase Howard                           1204
14                        27         Curt Terrell                                1126
15                        40         Howard Moore                            1106
16                        99         Don Warren                               1074
17                        61         Cody Howard                             882
18                        24D      Danny Sams III                          853
19                        93         Jake Knight                                850
20                        12m      Greg Merritt                               802
Tie                      1s         Joey Schmidt                             802
22                        39         Brad Bowden                              797
23                        01         Shane Morgan                           783
24                        10k       Dewayne White                          756
25                        3           Sammy Swindell                         716
26                        29a       Kyle Amerson                             692
27                        88r        Cody Gardner                            691
28                        1a         Lee Moore                                  600
29                        4           Danny Smith                              582
30                        13         Todd Fayard                              554
31                        33         Joe Larkin                                  526
32                        91a       Ernie Ainsworth                          513
33                        21         Butch David                               496
34                        b52       Bill Mason                                  440
35                        94         Jeff Swindell                               390
36                        31         Justin Webb                               389
37                        16         Anthony Nicholson                     372
38                        25         Ray Bugg                                   360
39                        8z         Zach Pringle                              352
40                        88         Brandon Blendon                        348
41                        92         Nick Woolsey                             340
42                        d6         Dakota Gaines                           324
43                        95         Matt Covington                           295
44                        1x         Gary Taylor                                286
Tie                      5d         Zach Daum                                286
46                        67         Brian Thomas                            278
47                        29         Chad Jones                                274
48                        83         Bob Auld                                    272
49                        09         Timmy Thrash                            270
50                        23         Lance Moss                               266