Posted: Thursday, September 4th 2014 at 12:00pm
Nicholson races to USCS victory at Tri County Racetrack
By Jacob Seelman
Anthony Nicholson streaked to his fourth USCS sprint car win of the 2014 season on Monday night at Tri County Racetrack. / Photo: Courtesy USCS Media
BRASSTOWN, NC - Anthony Nicholson, from Bartlett, TN, stormed around the outside of pole-sitter Michael Miller on the opening lap of Monday night’s 30-lap “Thunder in the Mountains” Labor Day Classic A-main and never looked back, wiring the field en route to his fourth USCS victory of 2014 at Tri County Race Track in Brasstown, NC.
The victory marked Nicholson’s eighth career USCS feature win and fourth of the 2014 season.
The victory also redeemed Nicholson for being passed by Terry Gray at the same race track where he lost the battle inside of four laps to go seeking his first series win during his rookie year in 2008. Nicholson has now doubled his career series win total this season from four to eight.
“This is a little bit of redemption,” Nicholson said in victory lane. “When I got out front there on the start I wasn’t letting anyone back past me tonight. We rebuilt the entire front end of this car last night and this shows how hard my dad and the crew worked because we’re sitting here celebrating right now.”
The pace was slowed by three cautions; the first coming out on lap 2 when Brandon McLain spun in turn 3.
The second caution changed the complexity of the race, shuffling the running order when Morgan Turpen and Miller were battling for the runner-up spot and got together on the front stretch. Turpen slowed to a crawl and retired from the race due to the bleeder and shock on her right rear wheel being knocked off in the fray, while Miller retired following the restart.
The final caution flew on lap 12 when Jeff Willingham looped his car around in turn 4, setting up one last chance for the field to take the fight to Nicholson, but Gray said this time, he had nothing left to get past Nicholson.
“That was all I had right there,” Gray said following the race. “Anthony did a good job tonight, he drove hard and earned this one. We’ll take a runner-up after the weekend we’ve had and go on to the next one.”
Eric Riggins, Jr. completed the podium in third. Terry Witherspoon finished fourth and Collin Cabre was fifth.
Fifteen-year-old Nick Snyder, Brandon McLain, Jeff Willingham. Kent Wolters and Miller rounded out the top ten.
Gray kicked off the evening’s racing action by winning the Hoosier Tire Speed Dash, and followed that up with a win in the first heat. Turpen rolled to the victory in the second heat.
Miller was the provisional pole-starter after scoring the most passing points in heat race action, and after a zero came up in the inversion draw, he received the K&N Filters Pole Award and the prime starting position.
The United Sprint Car Series continues their 2014 schedule on Saturday, September 13, at Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, TN with the running of the Tennessee Fall Nationals.
For more information, visit USCSRacing.com.
USCS Sprint Car Series
Tri-County Racetrack - Brasstown, NC
Labor Day Classic - Sept. 1, 2014
1. #16 – Anthony Nicholson - Bartlett, TN
2. #10 – Terry Gray - Bartlett, TN
3. #47 – Eric Riggins, Jr. - Charlotte, NC
4. #43 – Terry Witherspoon - Jacksonville, FL
5. #12C – Collin Cabre - Thonotosossa, FL
6. #116 – Nick Snyder - Marco Island, FL
7. #21B – Brandon McLain - Indian Trail, NC
8. #28 – Jeff Willingham - Ripley, MS
9. #12H – Kent Wolters - Tipp City, OH
11. #10M – Morgan Turpen - Cordova, TN
12. #121 – Kris Davis - Burbank, OH
Link: USCS Sprint Car Series
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