TIFFANY GETS FIRST O'REILLY USCS CAREER WIN AT LANIER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY BRASELTON, GA - Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL had a big night on Saturday by winning his first career O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race at...
TIFFANY GETS FIRST O'REILLY USCS CAREER WIN AT LANIER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY
BRASELTON, GA - Matt Tiffany of Daytona Beach, FL had a big night on Saturday by winning his first career O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series feature race at Lanier National Speedway. The 16-year-old driver led all 40 laps in the Independent Printing Hurricane/Ott. Tiffany also won the six-lap Air Flow Research Power Dash, and the Engler Machine and Tool first ten-lap heat race.
Tiffany drove a sprint car for the first time in October of 2004 at Lanier National Speedway during a special O'Reilly USCS Rookie Orientation Program. The Mini Sprint graduate never dreamed he would return to the track and visit the winner's circle in less than a year.
"I thought we might be able to win a race on dirt, but I never dreamed I'd come back here and win a race in less than a year," Tiffany said. "That was the longest 40 laps I've ever drove. I could see the right rear tire smoking late in the race, but I knew I wasn't going to give up the lead that easy."
Tiffany would never get a challenge, as the closest second-place driver Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN got in the closing laps was a half a straightaway. Among the other accolades Tiffany won were the Outlaw Racing Disc Brakes Fast Brake of the Race Award, the SpeedMart Young Gun of the Race Award, and the Robison Racing Products Rookie of the Race Award.
Gray ended up starting the race on the pole position after the K&N Pole Award winner Wayne Reutimann Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL had mechanical problems with his Case Contracting/James Rivard GMC Hurricane/Snyder, and was unable to start the feature race.
The defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion raced side-by-side with Tiffany on the opening lap, but Tiffany grabbed the lead outright on the outside of turn three. Gray had to settle for second in the C&B Mushrooms/Goodson Farms Maxim/Wesmar, holding off his fast nephew, 16-year-old Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, TN.
Before finishing third in the feature race, Swindell set a new track record during qualifications in his Wirtgen America/York Excavating Maxim/Kistler turning the 3/8-mile paved oval in 11.144 seconds for an average speed of 121.141 miles per hour.
O'Reilly USCS National point leader Kenny Adams of Malabar, FL finished fourth in the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott. Adams also won the ButlerBuilt second ten-lap heat race. O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder Tour point leader Wayne Reutimann Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL was fifth in the Case Contracting/James Rivard GMC Hurricane/Snyder.
Gray has now closed to within six points of Reutimann Jr. in the O'Reilly USCS Asphalt Thunder title chase.
Danny Martin Jr. started tenth and finished sixth in the Martin Structures, Inc./Food Grade Transport Shaw/ZRE to earn the Huggins Cams Hard Charger of the Race Award. Ryan Myers of Eldorado, OH took the seventh spot in the Garrett-Myers Farms Clincher/Garrett-Myers, and Doug Day of Winder, GA finished eighth in the Gotta Race Eagle/Dingler.
Bryn Gohn of Malabar, FL was ninth in the Milk Movers, Inc./Goodson Farms Shaw/Ott, and R.J. Johnson of Decatur, TN rounded out the top ten in the Tinsley Engineering/Georgia Performance Graphics J&J/ZRE.
Tiffany was the fifth fastest qualifier, and after winning the first heat, drew a six to put himself on the outside of the front row for the feature race. After taking the lead on the opening lap, Tiffany opened up a full straightaway lead over Gray, as Swindell hustled up from sixth to third on the first lap.
Reutimann Jr. was on the move early in the race, as he advanced from the eighth starting hole to pass Gohn for fourth on lap 15. Adams got by his stepson Gohn for fifth on lap 19. While Tiffany worked lapped traffic during the first half of the race, Gray and Swindell would close to within a half straightaway.
With ten laps to go, Tiffany's car was getting loose coming off the corners, and the right-rear tire would bellow with smoke. Gray and Swindell once again began to close, but they could only get to within a half straightaway of Tiffany.
With five laps to go, Tiffany was able to put four lapped cars between himself and Gray, and pulled out to a full straightaway advantage when the checkered flag waived on the rookie driver. With three laps to go, Adams and Reutimann Jr. battled for the fourth spot, with Adams taking the position on lap 28.
The next event for the O'Reilly USCS will be an Outlaw Thunder Dirt show that will also carry Carolina Thunder Tour points on September 10 at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, NC.