WILLIAMSTON, SC - Total domination.
Those are the two words to describe Johnny Bridges' drive to USCS victory lane on Friday night during the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour Filtercharged by K&N Filters main event at Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, SC.
Bridges, out of Cherryville, NC, drove past Morgan Turpen on lap 7 of the 35-lap main event and never looked back, holding off the charge of Terry Gray to win his second USCS sprint car feature of 2014.
"The car was on a rail," Bridges said in victory lane. "I didn't win all of last year, but I tell you what, this sure makes up for it. It's fun racing again, and fun to be back on the pavement. I enjoyed this a lot tonight."
Gray chased Bridges to the checkered flag but could never get through lapped traffic in position to mount a challenge for the win and finished five car lengths back in the runner-up spot. Turpen came home in the third position to notch the K&N Podium Award. Those three drivers were the only three cars on the lead lap at the conclusion of the feature event, which went wire-to-wire without a caution as Bridges set a blistering pace around the 3/8 mile oval.
Brandon McLain, in his first-ever asphalt race, scored a career-best fourth place finish and asphalt veteran Tom Paterson completed the top five finishers.
Joe Larkin, from Suwannee, GA set fifth quick time and then led the second group of drivers, scoring a career-best USCS finish in sixth place. Jeff Willingham came home in seventh and Tim Perry finished eighth. Bill Moore in ninth and Jason Troutman completed the top ten at the finish.
Morgan Turpen successfully defended her USCS all-time track record at Anderson Motor Speedway with a quick lap of 13.34 seconds to claim the K&N Fast Time Award. Johnny Bridges then kicked off the evening's racing action by winning the six cars, six lap Hoosier Speed Dash. Terry Gray won the first heat and Brandon McLain scored his first-ever USCS heat race victory in the second heat. Morgan Turpen then received her time back after heat race action to grab the K&N Filters Pole Position.
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour
Anderson Motor Speedway - Williamston, SC
Race Results - April 25, 2014
1. 07 Johnny Bridges - Cherryville, NC
2. 10 Terry Gray - Bartlett, TN
3. 10M Morgan Turpen - Oakland, TN
4. 21B Brandon McLain - Indian Trail, NC
5. 100 Tom Paterson - Argos, IN
6. 33 Joe Larkin - Suwanee, GA
7. 28 Jeff Willingham - Ripley, MS
8. 36 Tim Perry - Mooresville, NC
9. 06 Bill Moore - Mooresville, NC
10. 4 Jason Troutman - Vale, NC
11. 07G Doug Gold - Concord, NC
12. 51 Jay Dunham - Augusta, GA
13. 46 Jim Blenkarn - Murfreesboro, TN
DNS: 67b Brian Thomas