Posted: Wednesday, July 9th 2014 at 12:00pm
Crawley scores July 4 USCS Sprints win at Diamond Park
By Jacob Seelman
Tim Crawley celebrated Independence Day with his third USCS Sprit Car win in a row Friday night at Diamond Park Speedway. / Photo: Courtesy USCS Media
NASHVILLE, AR – Tim Crawley from Benton, AR and his Mike Ward Racing crew celebrated their Independence Day 2014 with their third visit to USCS victory lane in less than a week.
This one didn’t come easy though, as Crawley, who started from the K&N Filters Pole Position, had to hold off numerous challenges in traffic by ten-time series champion Terry Gray to notch the wire-to-wire victory in the caution-free 30-lap “Stars and Stripes Duel at the Diamond” A-main at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, AR on Friday night. The win was his 68th career triumph in the Georgia based series.
“We were just riding around the bottom tonight, and I wasn’t gonna give the bottom up,” Crawley said after the win. “Lap traffic was fixing to be pretty difficult there if we had had a few more laps, but the starting position and drawing a zero (in the inversion by first heat winner Cody Gardner) meant a lot tonight. It’s three in a row, and you take ‘em any way you can get ‘em.”
Crawley’s long-time rival, Gray, came home in the runner-up position and said he just didn’t have the breaks to make a true challenge for the win.
“We just didn’t catch traffic in quite the right spots to get underneath Tim,” the ten-time series champ explained. “He had a really good race car, and we did too, but congrats to him on the victory. He earned it tonight.”
Behind the two series veterans another veteran, 1999 series champion Marshall Skinner, completed the podium in third place at the checkered flag. Cody Gardner ended the night in fourth and Jordon Mallett completed the top five finishers.
Sixth place went to Anthony Nicholson, with Zach Pringle coming home in seventh. Morgan Turpen, the only female racer in the field, came home in eighth place, leaving Brandon Hahn and Robert Richardson to round out the top ten.
Crawley started off the night’s racing action with a win in the six-lap Hoosier Tire Speed Dash. Gardner held off Crawley to notch the win in the first heat and Gray grabbed the second heat win. After Gardner pulled a zero in the inversion draw, Crawley garnered the K&N Pole Award.
USCS Sprint Car Series
Diamond Park Speedway - Nashville, AR
Stars & Strips Duel At The Diamond - July 4, 2014
1. #88 – Tim Crawley
2. #10 – Terry Gray
3. #26 – Marshall Skinner
4. #17G – Cody Gardner
5. #14 – Jordon Mallett
6. #16 – Anthony Nicholson
7. #2J – Zach Pringle
8. #10M – Morgan Turpen
9. #29 – Brandon Hahn
10. #32X – Robert Richardson
11. #13 – Todd Fayard
12. #3 – A.G. Rains
13. #28 – Jeff Willingham
14. #33 – Mark Huddleston
15. #8X – Chris Williams
16. #10P – Jim Perricone
17. #4 – Tommy Snellgrove
DNS: #12T – Joe Young
Link: USCS Sprint Car Series
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