PARAGOULD, Ark. – Two weeks ago, Tim Crawley was 0-for-the 2014 season in USCS competition.
Now, he’s two-for-two.
Crawley, the Benton, Ark. native driving for renowned team owner Mike Ward, started on the pole and sprinted away from Marshall Skinner following a restart at the halfway point of Thursday night’s United Sprint Car Series by K&N Glen Francis Memorial Cup 30-lap A-main, never looking back en route to a wire-to-wire win and trip to victory lane ahead of fellow Arkansas native Zach Pringle.
The triumph was Crawley’s second straight USCS sprint car victory, and 67th career series win.
“I’ll tell you, this is redemption after how the first half of our season went,” said Crawley, who also won the Glen Francis Memorial Cup during its inaugural running in 2012. “We’ve got a lot of great people behind us; Mike Ward, all these guys on the crew; it feels really good to get them a win tonight.”
“The track took a lot of rubber in the second half of the race; it could almost pass for asphalt now, and everyone knows I hate running asphalt,” Crawley quipped, “but this was a good track tonight and I’m grateful to have our season back on track.”
The race’s final three cautions all occurred in a two-lap span just before halfway, with a two car spin on the backstretch and a subsequent spin in turn four by Joe B. Miller drawing consecutive yellows on lap 13, and th
en a spin by the No. 99 of Blake Jenkins slowing the pace for the final time on Lap 14, setting up the second half sprint to the finish.
Behind Crawley and Pringle, Marion, Ark., native and 1999 USCS champion Marshall Skinner completed the podium in third after running second to Crawley most of the night. Hernando, Miss. driver Brad Bowden finished fourth, and 2008 series Rookie of the Year Anthony Nicholson, from Bartlett, Tenn. rounded out the top five.
Howard Moore sailed home in the sixth position, with female hotshoe Morgan Turpen, out of Cordova, Tenn. finishing seventh. A.G. Rains held down the eighth spot at the checkered flag, Justin Webb ended the night in ninth, and defending Rookie of the Year and Bartlett native Curt Terrell completed the top ten.
Jordon Mallett; Howard Moore; Andy McElhannon; Todd Fayard; Eddie Gallagher; Ronny Howard; Blake Jenkins; Cody Howard; Samantha Gargus-Sites; Jeff Willingham; Ryan Roy; Kevin Hinkle;Johnny Gardner; Tim Sites; Robert Richardson