Posse Strikes in Florida – Mark Smith Wins USCS Finale
OCALA, Fla. (November 11, 2017) – Mark Smith from Sunbury, Pennsylvania raced from the K&N Filters Pole Position into the www.rockauto.com USCS Victory Lane on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park in the 3rd annual 2017 United Sprint Car Series Florida State Championship Race 30-lap finale for winged sprint cars. Smith led all thirty circuits around the 3/8 mie semi-banked oval for his first series win. Smith was a surprise unannounced entry on Friday night when he finished a disappointing 21st. He bested a stellar field of 35 entries on Saturday night with drivers from at least ten states entered.
Smith finished ahead of the event’s second night talent laden field including Terry McCarl from Altoona, Iowa, who was the runner-up for the second night in a row in the Championship final. The 2016 and two-time Top Gun Sprints Champion, Matt Kurtz from Jacksonville, Florida followed in the K&N Filters Podium Award third place to represent his home-state in a respectable manner after winning the evening’s Butlerbuilt Third Heat Race. Kurtz was followed across the finish line by veteran National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and 2017 Ohio Sprint Car Series Champion, Danny Smith from Chillicothe, Ohio in fourth place. The previous night’s winner, Trey Starks from Puyallup, Washington, who Championed the inaugural USCS Florida State Championship Race in 2015, charged from fourteenth starting position to complete the top five finishers in the 2017 finale and garner the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award.
Brandon, Florida’s A.J. Maddox led the next group in sixth place. Maddox was running in the third position behind Mark Smith and McCarl when he had a right rear tire go flat during the lap eleven red flag period for Mark Ruel’s turn four accident. Maddox went to the pits and got another tire to return to action prior to the re-start at the tail-end of the field to charge back to sixth place. He was followed by home-track hero and 2017 BRP USCS Spring Speed Xplosion prelim winner, Tyler Clem from Tampa, Florida in seventh place. The 2016 USCS Rookie of the Year, 15-year-old Danny Sams III from Northport, Florida followed in eighth place and the 2016 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year and another Ohio traveler, Greg Wilson from Benton Ridge, Ohio was ninth after starting seventeenth. The defending USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour National Champion from Cordova, Tennessee, Morgan Turpen rallied from an eighteenth place starting position to round out the top ten drivers.
Shawn Murray from Jacksonville, Florida kicked off the evening’s winged sprint car action with a win in the USCS Mystery Dash. USCS National points leader, Jordon Mallett bested the six-car, six-lap USCS Hoosier Tire Speed Dash that includes the top six cars from the previous event’s main event finish.
Heat race victories went to Danny Sams III in the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat and Mark Smith in the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat. The Butlerbuilt third heat checkers was claimed by Matt Kurtz. The Schoenfeld Headers fourth heat was won by Mark Ruel, Jr.  from Jacksonville, Florida. The fifth and final Pro Shocks heat race was won by young gun A.J. Maddox.
The first of two B-Main wins went to veteran Tampa, Florida racer, Robbie Smith. Jordon Mallett from Greenbrier, Arkansas who is the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour National points leader, won the second B-Main. The K&N Filters Pole Award and pole position was garner by Mark Smith after he earned the most passing points, then had first heat winner Danny Sams III draw a zero in the K&N Filters Pole Award drawing. Trey Starks as previously mentioned earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger award after passing nine cars in the main event.
The next USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour event is set for Saturday night November 18th at famed Talladega Short Track a.k.a. the Hornet’s Nest in Eastaboga, Alabama in the season finale for both the series and the track. For info on Talladega Short track PLEASE VISIT WWW.TALLADEGASHORTTRACK.COM  For updated schedules and other USCS info please visit www.uscsracing.com or call the series at 770-865-6097.
The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters would like to gratefully thank its sponsoring partners for their involvement in the 2017 and 21st USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour: K&N Filters, www.rockauto.com,Engler Machine and Tool, Butlerbuilt, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Saldana Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends. PRO Shocks, KSE Racing Products, DHR Suspensions, Schoenfeld Headers, Bell Helmets, DSR Fuel Systems, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Arizona Sport Shirts and Hero Graphics.]
USCS Outlaw Thuunder Tour presented by K&N Filters sprint car results for the USCS Florida State Championship Race finale at Bubba Raceway Park on SATURDAY, November 11, 2017
Engler Machine and Tool Heat 1 – (8 Laps)
1. 24d-Danny Sams III[1] ; 2. 10-Terry Gray[2] ; 3. 14c-Tyler Clem[5] ; 4. 4-Danny Smith[7] ; 5. 43t-Gavin Thomas[6] ; 6. 83-Bob Auld[3] ; 7. c4-Jim Shuster[4]
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat 2 – (8 Laps)
1. m1-Mark Smith[4] ; 2. 29o-Jeff Oliver[1] ; 3. 10m-Morgan Turpen[3] ; 4. 14m-Jordon  Mallett[5] ; 5. 67m-Jake McLain[2] ; 6. 99-Tanner Witherspoon[6] ; 7. 28-Jeff Willingham[7]
Butlerbuilt Heat 3 – (8 Laps)
1. 82-Matt Kurtz[2] ; 2. 24-Terry McCarl[6] ; 3. 38-Tony Agin[1] ; 4. 12b-Brian Eckley[4] ; 5. 07-Brandon Taylor[3] ; 6. 59III-Johnny Petrozelle[7] ; 7. 49-Mallie Shuster[5]
Schoenfeld Headers Heat 4 – (8 Laps)
1. 83R-Mark Ruel Jr[1] ; 2. 67t-Brian Thomas[2] ; 3. 43-Terry Witherspoon[5] ; 4. 44-Trey Starks[6] ; 5. 116-Nick Snyder[7] ; 6. 22-Shawn Murray[3] ; 7. g6-Brandon Grubaugh[4]
Pro Shocks Heat 5 – (8 Laps)
1. 3a-AJ Maddox[4] ; 2. 24jr-Danny Martin Jr[1] ; 3. 6s-Robbie Smith[2] ; 4. w20-Greg Wilson[6] ; 5. 47-Eric Riggins Jr.[5] ; 6. 33-Joe Larkin[3] ; 7. 14b-Bo Barber[7]
Hoosier Tire Speed DASH – (6 Laps)
1. 14m-Jordon Mallett[1] ; 2. 24-Terry McCarl[3] ; 3. 10m-Morgan Turpen[2] ; 4. 44-Trey Starks[4] ; 5. w20-Greg Wilson[5] ; 6. 24d-Danny Sams III[6]
Mystery Dash –  (6 Laps)
1. 22-Shawn Murray[1] ; 2. 99-Tanner Witherspoon[3] ; 3. 83-Bob Auld[4] ; 4. 14b-Bo Barber[2]
B-Main 1 – (12 Laps)
1. 6s-Robbie Smith[2] ; 2. w20-Greg Wilson[1] ; 3. 07-Brandon Taylor[6] ; 4. 12b-Brian Eckley[4] ; 5. 38-Tony Agin[3] ; 6. 99-Tanner Witherspoon[7] ; 7. 47-Eric Riggins Jr.[5] ; 8. 22-Shawn Murray[8] ; 9. g6-Brandon Grubaugh[11] ; 10. 28-Jeff Willingham[9] ; 11. 49-Mallie Shuster[10]
B-Main 2 – (12 Laps)
1. 14m-Jordon Mallett[2] ; 2. 10m-Morgan Turpen[1] ; 3. 116-Nick Snyder[3] ; 4. 67m-Jake McLain[6] ; 5. 59III-Johnny Petrozelle[5] ; 6. 33-Joe Larkin[8] ; 7. 83-Bob Auld[7] ; 8. 43t-Gavin Thomas[4] ; 9. 14b-Bo Barber[9] ; 10. c4-Jim Shuster[10]
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour A-Main 1 – (30 Laps)
m1-Mark Smith[1] ; 2. 24-Terry McCarl[3] ; 3. 82-Matt Kurtz[4] ; 4. 4-Danny Smith[9] ; 5. 44-Trey Starks[14] ; 6. 3a-AJ Maddox[2] ; 7. 14c-Tyler Clem[7] ; 8. 24d-Danny Sams III[5] ; 9. w20-Greg Wilson[17] ; 10. 10m-Morgan Turpen[18] ; 11. 14m-Jordon  Mallett[16] ; 12. 07-Brandon Taylor[19] ; 13. 43-Terry Witherspoon[8] ; 14. 67m-Jake McLain[22] ; 15. 38-Tony Agin[24] ; 16. 33-Joe Larkin[25] ; 17. 24jr-Danny Martin Jr[13] ; 18. 83R-Mark Ruel Jr[6] ; 19. 10-Terry Gray[10] ; 20. 29o-Jeff Oliver[12] ; 21. 28-Jeff Willingham[23] ; 22. 67t-Brian Thomas[11] ; 23. 12b-Brian Eckley[21] ; 24. 6s-Robbie Smith[15] ; 25. 116-Nick Snyder[20]
Did not start A-Main: 99-Tanner Witherspoon; 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.; 22-Shawn Murray; g6-Brandon Grubaugh; 49-Mallie Schuster; 59III-Johnny Petroozelle; 83-Bob Auld; 43t-Gavin Thomas; 14b-Bo Barber; c4-Jim Shuster.
United Sprint Car Series Race Awards:
Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: Jordon Mallett
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Danny Sams III
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat: Mark Smith
Butlerbuilt Thiird Heat: Matt Kurtz
K&N Filters Pole Award: Mark Smith
JE Pistons Top Guns Award: (3rd Place) Matt Kurtz
PRO Shocks Champion Choice Award: (4th Place) Danny Smith
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: Matt Kurtz
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award:  ( Trey Starks started 14th  and finished 5th)
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: A.J. Maddox
Pyrotect Racing Cells Lucky Seven Award: Tyler Clem
DHR Suspension Eighth Place Award: Danny Sams III
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: Morgan Turpen