Posted: Tuesday, July 1st 2014 at 10:21am
Crawley wins rain shorted USCS Poplar Bluff feature
By Jacob Seelman
Tim Crawley captured his first USCS win of the season and 66th career series victory on Saturday night at Poplar Bluff Speedway. / Photo: Courtesy USCS Media
POPLAR BLUFF, MO – Most days at the racetrack the rain is an unwanted curse, but sometimes it can be a welcome blessing. Saturday night for Tim Crawley and the Mike Ward Racing team, it was just that.
Crawley, a native of Benton, AR, sprinted away from the field after winning his heat race and starting on the K&N Filters Pole Position to win his first United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour main event of the season at Poplar Bluff Speedway in Poplar Bluff, MO.
The feature was scheduled for 30 laps, but was shortened to 17 laps after a deluge of rain swamped the speedway and ended the night under a red/checkered condition. The win was Crawley's 66th career trip to USCS victory lane, which is third on the all-time win list.
"This is never the way you want to win one. You always want to get it under green and fly under the checkered flag, but after how close we've come so many times this year, we will absolutely take it," Crawley said in his hauler after the race as fans and crew members alike scurried for cover. "It feels good to finally get one for (team owner Mike Ward) and this whole crew. They've worked their butts off this year and they finally get to celebrate the spoils of victory for once."
The race was slowed by caution only once, when the No. 44 of Ronny Howard slapped the outside wall going into turn 3 and came to a stop with one lap complete. Howard was unable to rejoin the field, and Crawley sprinted away from Kyle Bellm on the restart and away to the rain-soaked victory when the skies opened up. Bellm came home in the runner-up position, with Jerrod Hull completing the podium in third. Anthony Nicholson ended his night in the fourth position, and Robbie Standridge capped off the top five finishers.
Terry Gray, Andy McElhannon, Morgan Turpen, Curt Terrell and Jordon Mallett rounded out the top ten.
McElhannon kicked off the night’s racing action by scoring the win in the Hoosier Speed Dash. Bellm held off Gray to net the first heat victory, and Crawley drove from eighth up to the win in the second heat. After Bellm pulled a zero in the inversion draw, Crawley scored the K&N Filters Pole Award.
For more information on the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour, visit uscsracing.com.
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour
Poplar Bluff Speedway - Poplar Bluff, MO
Race Results - June 28, 2014
1. #88 - Tim Crawley
2. #14K - Kyle Bellm
3. #01 - Jerrod Hull
4. #16 - Anthony Nicholson
5. #99 - Robbie Standridge
6. #10 - Terry Gray
7. #42 - Andy McElhannon
8. #10M - Morgan Turpen
9. #27 - Curt Terrell
10. #14 - Jordon Mallett
11. #32X - Robert Richardson
12. #28 - Jeff Willingham
13. #17 - Mike Pack
14. #7D - Dylan DeJournett
15. #0X - Clint Weiss
16. #12M - Greg Merritt
17. #44 - Ronny Howard
DNS: #22 - Dustin Barks
Link: USCS Sprint Car Series
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