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Hoseheads Sprint Car News. From the Grandstand Ron Rodda. Sooner Circles Don Hubbard. View From the Pressbox Stacy Ervin. Tri-State Outlook Duane Hancock. Dirt Divas Camisha Miller. The initially scheduled two-day racing event was rained out after the preliminaries were complete on Friday, October 12th.
On the following day rains came at 4: The unique format usually features twin lap main events with the first starting straight-up and the second starting fully inverted from the finish of the first. The winner of the first lap main event will be inverted to the final starting position in the second lap A-Main event, that will start fully inverted from the finish of the first main event. On Saturday evening at 6: The second lap main event will start with the field inverted from the finish of the first main event.
The winner of the first race will start last position. Those are the M. The schedule also includes the www. On Saturday the pit gates will open at 2: Racing action kicks off at 6: And Under are Free.
For all updated event info and USCS rules please visit www. For more info on Riverside International Speedway please visit: Danny Smith followed Stewart across the line in the runner up spot. Tony Stewart from Brownsburg, IN rallied back from a spin earlier in the race to complete the top five. BBill Mason ; Heat 3 - ButlerBuilt 8 Laps 1. Heat 4 - FireAde 8 Laps 1. The two-day racing event serves as the season finale for Riverside International Speedway.
Martin grabbed the lead from early-race-leader and Friday night's winner Tyler Clem from St. Pete, FL and raced under the checkers first. Maddox got past Clem a couple of laps later and chased Martin across the line in 2nd place. Tyler Clem finished in third place. MS traveler, Shane Morgan. Tony Agin from Ft. Johnny Bridges passed the most cars in the main event. He started fifteenth and advanced eight positions to finish seventh and garner the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award.
For schedules, rules, etc. The racing card also includes racing in several f the speedways Stock Car racing divisions each night. The event expects to draw winged sprint car drivers from at least six states including several of the series feature winners.
Mallett currently leads the point standings over time USCS National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee who is in the runner-up spot in the National point standings by less than 10 points. Gray is also a two-time winner and has over 90 career USCS wins. A number of other top drivers from the Southeastern United States are entered including the preliminary night winner Danny Martin, Jr.
Martin also stormed into the lead in the Championship final only to have a deflating left rear tire come apart and send him to the sidelines.
Another challenge for all of these drivers will be to beat track fan-favorite, year-old Tyler Clem from Tampa, Florida, who has three USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour main event wins at his home track since Clem who has won in three different type race cars at the track Sprint Car, Late Model and Modified and is always a force to be reckoned with when the USCS sprint car teams invade his home turf. Smith who is a top five competitor at almost any event, has won the track Championship at his home track, Atomic Speedway over the last three years is a legend in sprint car circles World Wide.
The Jeff and Danny Oliver, both from Pendergrass, Georgia are also expected to entered on both nights. Agin currently ranks fifth in the version of the standings. Bubba Raceway Park is located at N. Amerson held on to the runner-up spot until lap fifteen when Gray got past Amerson to regain the spot. Miller then started to challenge Gray for the second position. On lap twenty-one Miller drove past Gray with a big slide job entering turn three. The move worked until the two exited turn four and Gray moved high where Miller was running to block Miller from passing him back as Gray won the race off the turn when Miller went high near the wall from his slide-job momentum.
The move allowed Gray to find the rubber in the track surface three-fourths of the way up in the high groove. Three laps later, Gray reeled Mallett in and drove past on the high-side and raced away toward victory. The win put him just ten wins from the top of the list behind retired driver, Kenny Adams from Malabar, Florida with one hundred wins in the series. Kyle Amerson followed Miller to the finish line in fourth place after running as high as second position.
Tim Perry from Mooresville, North Carolina led the next group to the finish line in sixth place. Jordon Mallett earned the most passing points during heat race action. The race is a part of a two-night co-sanctioned North vs. Hoosier Tire Speed Dash: The event as rescheduled for tis Saturday night after being raine out on August 18th.
The United Sprint Car Series portion of the event expects to draw some of the top winged sprint car drivers from at least seven states including at least five of the series sprint feature winners.
The Arkansan has nine trips to the www. He won six times during the season in route to his first title. Mallett is one of the top ranked sprint car drivers in the Nation and was ranked tenth in North America out of all of the drivers in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Sprint Car Driver of the Year poll. Is entered as well. Eleven-time National Champion, Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee who is currently in the runner-up spot in the National point standings behind the year-old Mallett is entered.
The veteran driver has one win so far in Although being able to secure only one a win so far this season, he is always a threat to win and has had a number of podium finishes this year. Myers, Florida who is fifth in the series current National standings. They both hail from Jacksonville, Florida. His chances look pretty good after a runner-up finish and several top five drives this season. Those entries include Two-time Champion, Bobby Zaiontz from Columbus, Mississippi and several of his rivals for the title.
Increased bonus purses are offered in the four Senoia Raceway weekly divisions on the schedule on Saturday night. Grandstand admission prices on Saturday night are as follows: Children 4 years and younger are FREE. A limited number of Reserved Top Row seats are available. To resereve Top Row Seats please visit www. For event info please visit www. The track phone number is Mallett hen lead the final eighteen laps to victory lane.
Gray, who is second place in the current National point standings, followed the current points leader Mallett to the finish line in the runner-up spot.
Joe Larkin from Suwannee, Georgia, who ranks third in the USCS Southern Thunder Tour regional series point standings battled to a sixth-place finish and seventh place went to two-time www. Rick Kahler from Holly Springs, Mississippi was eighth. The race is a make-up date for the USCS event scheduled there on August 18th that was washed out at 6 p. FireAde A-Main 30 Laps: FireAde A-Main 1 - 25 Laps 1.
He won the April 21, event earlier in the year as well. It was his eighth win in USCS competition during the season. Mallett had to follow outside front row starter and two-time series Champion, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee into turn one and around the oval to turn four before regaining the lead to lead lap one.
He then led every lap while Turpen pursued him, gaining ground behind lap cars. But he was able to race away on both restarts. Turpen got close on several occasions over the final twelve laps while both dealt she and Mallett dealt with lapped traffic near the end of the lap contest, but, to no avail for her. Mallett saw the checkers first and proceeded to the www. For track info please visit www,talladegashorttrack. Hoosier Tire Speed Dash 6 Laps: Quinn Wesley Chapel, FL 5.
Quinn Wesley Chapel, FL. The series has had a slight schedule adjustment and the event that was scheduled on Friday, August 31st at Crossvile Speedway has been moved one-hour away South. The United Sprint Car Series will be joined by the www.
The United Sprint Car Series, founded by Pete Walton in , is the oldest racing sanctioning body operating primarily in the Southeastern United States under the same ownership since its inception. Additionally, at least seven different drivers used Engler fuel injectors to win at least 60 percent of the USCS sprint car main events.
That ran her career USCS win total to twenty-one. Terry Gray from Bartlett, Tennessee. Terry Gray finished in the number two spot in the National point standing during the season in the National title chase.
He used Engler fuel injection exclusively to power his Wesmar power plants as well. I was one of the first to switch to Engler injectors. Tim Engler and Engler Machine and Tool are still the best out there in fuel injection technology for our type of racing. Engler Machine and Tool offers a full line of fuel system products. The official company website is www. December 31, - Fayetteville, GA. During the season Walton guided the Fayetteville, Georgia-based cubic inch winged sprint car series through its 21st anniversary season of competition after founding the United Sprint Car Series in Walton again saw the USCS reach several milestones of its own in The series passed the event benchmark during the season and the aggressive and 21st season schedule saw the USCS post its rd event on its resume.
The series and first season saw it complete 11 events. As a former sprint car racer for sixteen years Walton made many long trips from Atlanta to the Midwest. Walton founded the USCS to bring sprint car racing closer to his home.
He competed in the series on a regular basis until At that time, he hung up his helmet and has since seen the series he created have tremendous growth from events per season to over 50 events scheduled each year.
And as far as our USCS sprint car drivers, I would put them up against any teams in the country on the race track. We always invite them to just bring them on! For more series information and rules, visit www. Turpen won nine times in USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour competition to lead that statistic and finished third in the final National point standings although missing several events due to other commitments. As a team, Terry Gray Racing had another stellar season. Turpen also continued her series title run by also winning two of the USCS regional series titles.
Gray himself finished in the runner-up spot in the NTIONl title chase and finished behind eventual Champion Jordon Mallett from Greenbrier, Arkansas who captured his first series title after a season-long battle with Gray for the crown. As a complete USCS set of stats they teamed for forty top five and sixty-four top-ten finishes. Terry Gray had eighteen top-five and thirty-two top-ten finishes in USCS competition during the racing season.
The young sprint car driver made five visits to the www. Mallett had 18 top five finishes in the regional series, while he used a record of perfect attendance during the twenty-six events to accumulate the most Championship points. Gray also had a solid season with 15 top five finishes and the results found him 24 times in the top ten. As a team owner Terry Gray faired even better, as his team-mate Morgan Turpen had a series leading eight wins in the Southern Thunder regional series and a third-place finish in the final standings of the series, even though missing several events.
She finished third in the National Championship chase as well after capturing the National title in and seasons. Tony Agin who is Ft. Agin improved on past season performances and garnered enough National Championship points along the way to finish in fifth place in the National point standings.
The award goes annually to the driver who has earned the most Championship points in the regional series during their first season of competition prior to competing in 25 sprint car events. Hunter had 6 top five and 13 top ten finishes in series competition during the season. The talented young gun would have possibly finished much higher after a third-place finish in in the National standings, but, a mid-season engine failure kept him out of competition for several weeks.
Auld has been a regulat with the series for more than a decade and mostly competed in the USCS Southern Thunder region events. For series rules and other info please visit www. Additionally, she claimed the title in two USCS regionals series.
Turpen has 21 total USCS career feature wins including the nine this season. Hagar edged out Mallett with by two points for the runner-up spot. The final point standings for the USCS Deep South regional series, where 90 drivers competed during the season, were even closer for the title. Morgan Turpen is on top of the final standings with points. Jeff Willingham followed Gray with points and Floridian Tony Agin rounded out the regional series top five with points.
Sixth place in the standings went to past series Champion, Derek Hagar followed by another past Champion, Marshall Skinner in seventh place. The event is expected to draw some of the top winged sprint car drivers from at least ten to twelve states seeking warmer climates for the earliest scheduled racing of the season.
Race teams and race fans, please stay tuned for the full details for each event coming over the next few weeks. The young sprint car driver made six visits to the www. Mallett had 24 top five finishes and a total of 34 top ten finishes while he used a record of perfect attendance during the forty events to accumulate the most Championship points.
Mallett finished the National title chase with National Championship points. Gray also had a solid season with 18 top five finishes and the results found him 32 times in the top ten. As a team owner he faired even better, as his team-mate Morgan Turpen had a series leading nine wins. In addition to her nine wins, the two-time and the defending series Champion, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee had 22 of her finishes in the top five and she had 32 top ten finishes to earn enough points with points to place her third in the final National point standings although she missed four events.
Agin improved on past season performances and garnered enough Championship points along the way to finish in fifth place in the National point standings. Thomas also finished in the top five in the USCS Southern Thunder Tour standings in fourth place after a string of top ten finishes and a perfect attendance record in that regional series. The award goes annually to the driver who has earned the most Championship points during their first season of competition prior to competing in 25 sprint car events.
Taylor had a couple of top five and seven top ten finishes. He had 13 top five and 14 top 10 finishes on the season as well. In summary after 40 completed events: Those included Morgan Turpen, who led the series victory column with nine wins. Nine other drivers collected one feature win during the season including six-time winner Trey Starks from Puyallup, Washington who won on night one of the season finale at Bubba Raceway Park on November 10th and sprint car racing legend and 3-time World of Outlaws Champion Sammy Swindell from Germantown, Tennessee at Lexington Speedway.
Seven other drivers got their first USCS sprint car win in including: We have watched ther weather forecast for a week and it has stayed the same with increasing rain chances". At this late date, and having already rescheduled the event twice from its original race date of October 7th it will not be re-scheduled at Talladega Short Track for this same event in For updated USCS schedules , rules and other info please visit www.
Smith was a surprise unannounced entry on Friday night when he finished a disappointing 21st. He bested a stellar field of 35 entries on Saturday night with drivers from at least ten states entered. Maddox led the next group in sixth place. Maddox went to the pits and got another tire to return to action prior to the re-start at the tail-end of the field to charge back to sixth place. The Butlerbuilt third heat checkers was claimed by Matt Kurtz.
The fifth and final Pro Shocks heat race was won by young gun A. Trey Starks as previously mentioned earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger award after passing nine cars in the main event. Pro Shocks Heat 5 - 8 Laps 1.
Mystery Dash - 6 Laps 1. B-Main 1 - 12 Laps 1. B-Main 2 - 12 Laps 1. Did not start A-Main: Mark Smith Butlerbuilt Thiird Heat: FMSA series vs www. Kenny Brewer Butlerbuilt Third Heat: Starks won the final during the first annual event in The Washington state young gun had to best a 37 car field of entries from 10 states for th win.
It was S10th and career 30th sprint car victory. Matt Kurtz also from Jacksonville, Florida rallied from a ninteenth place start to round out the top ten drivers.
The Schoenfeld third heat checkers was claimed by Johnny Gilbertson. Engler Machine and Tool heat 1 - 8 Laps 1. Late Models and the mighty Gladiators division. The event expects to draw winged sprint car drivers from at least 10 states including most of the series feature winners.
Mallett is locked in a battle for this years ttile with Gray that looks to be going down to the wire. The year-old Turpen is expected to be the only female sprint car driverto compete and is the united Sprint Car Series wins leader with nine trips to the www. Turpen is an time USCS feature winner and the top ranked female sprint car driver in the country. A number of other top drivers from the Southeastern United States are entered including prelim night winner Danny Martin, Jr.
Martin stormed into the lead in the Championship final only to have a deflating left rear tire come apart and send him to the sidelines. After winning six-time in he will return to action this weekend with a sweep as his goal. In addition to Starks, the USCS regulars and Southeastern sprint car drivers will have two veteran sprint car driving greats to contend with.
McCarl who is a six-time Knoxille IA track Champion and four-time Knoxville Nationals Champion will be looking to add to his plus career win total. Both captured United Sprint Car Series feature wins in Another challenge for all of these drivers will be to beat track favorite 15 year-old Tyler Clem from Tampa, Florida who has won in three different type race cars at the track this season Sprint Car, Late Model and Modified.
A host of past Rookie of the Year drivers are entered. Also entered is another winner, year-old Brandon Taylor from Cumming, Georgia who is a recent www. The finish of the Flip 25 was inverted, or Flopped, for the second lap main event of the evening. Brandon Hanks of Burlison, TN rounded out the top ten.
Moore went to the inside in turn one on lap three to power under Smith to take the lead, but that pass was negated by a caution flag when Brandon Taylor of Cumming, GA tagged the first turn guard rail. Gray spun out of the sixth spot in turn one on the restart. That moved Hanks into the top ten for the next restart. Moore tried the inside again on lap five to get underneath Smith in turn one to take the lead, and when the lap was completed, it stuck this time. Hagar was able to make the same inside move on Smith in turn one on lap six to take over the second spot.
Moore and Hagar were running turns one and two on the bottom groove, and then went top shelf on the cushion in turns three and four. The third caution flag of the race slowed the field on lap ten when Nathan Brown of Marion, AR spun in turn one. When the field went back to green, Moore and Hagar put on a show for the lead. Hagar took the lead on lap 12, and Moore took the lead back on lap Both drivers swapped grooves on both ends of the race track with Hagar inside and Moore outside in turns one and two, while it was Moore on the inside and Hagar on the outside in turns three and four.
On lap 20, it was Hagar powering around the outside of Moore to take the lead coming off the fourth turn. Hagar would then lead the rest of the way to take the win, and then choose to take Flip Flop Challenge for the big money. Hagar would line up 22nd and last in the starting line-up for the Flop The field settled into a race pace until lap 11 when the caution flag came out for Webb who collected the leader Skinner, who kept going despite getting airborne in the contact with Webb.
Hagar moved into the tenth spot on lap Dale Howard and Hanks got together on lap 16, and Senter was there to drive by both of them to take over the second spot. Hanks recovered to remain in third, but Dale Howard lost several positions before he could get back up to full speed. Skinner looked like he had victory in sight with five laps to go, but things can change quickly in a Sprint Car race.
Skinner slowed off the pace on lap 20, as Senter sailed past to take the lead. Skinner would shut down his race car on lap 21 to light up caution bulb with a broken steering, possibly a result of his lap 11 encounter with Webb.
Senter was able to hold to his own in the last five laps of the race, but all eyes were on Hagar, who restarted in the fifth spot.
Hagar got by Gray for the fourth spot, but that was all he had in his quest for the Flip Flop Bonus Money. Turpen Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat: Hagar Hero Graphics Fourth Heat: Greg Merritt, Nesbitt, MS.
Joe Larkin, Suwanee, GA; 7. Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat 8 Laps: Lee Moore, Tuscaloosa, AL. Hero Graphics Fourth Heat 8 Laps: Waller Arlington, TN 5. Gatewood Caruthersville, MO Howard took the lead on lap 24 of the 25 lap A-Main event after flirting with disaster. When Hanks got bogged down in heavy lapped traffic on lap 24, Howard went to the high groove, and Ainsworth dove for the inside in turn one. The lead trio was three-wide in turn two and hard racing caused contact being made by all three drivers.
Hanks was the meat in the Sprint Car sandwich, as Howard hooked him. Hanks spun to the top of the track, hit the outside concrete retaining wall, and flipped on his side to bring out the red flag. Howard pilled away from Ainsworth when the green flag came out, followed by the white flag, and then the checkered flag on the 25th tour. Marshall Skinner of Marion, AR passed Ainsworth for second in the green, white, checkered dash to the finish, and Ainsworth has to settle for third.
Amerson won the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions second eight-lap heat race, and Carpenter won the Schoenfeld Headers third eight-lap heat race. Gates open at 3 p.
Race fans are encouraged to arrive at the track early, as the USCS drivers will be in the main grandstand concession area from 3 p. Howard Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat: Kyle Amerson, Matthews, AL; 7. The 2nd A-Main will start fully inverted from the finish of the 1st A-Main. Speedway Late Models join the action on Saturday night. The Race day phone number is Speedway information please visit www.
Moss also won the eight-lap Engler Machine and Tool first heat race. Riggins was on the move, taking to the top shelf to pass Moss for the third spot on the opening lap and Witherspoon for second on lap two. Riggins was also looking to become the first driver to sweep the North-South Shootout for a second time, after pulling the feat in By lap five, Riggins had closed in on Gray to challenge for the lead, but the hopes of continuing the streak for Riggins came to a crashing end on lap seven.
Bob Auld of Largo, FL spun in front of the leaders in turn two. Neither driver was injured, but both race cars were done for the evening. Moss went right to work, going to the cushion on the high side of Cherokee Speedway to challenge Gray for the lead.
The field was slowed for a second time on lap ten when Tanner Witherspoon spun in turn three. Gray was able to put a little distance between himself and Moss, while Stillwaggon moved up to battle McLain for fourth. Stillwaggon went to the top shelf and passed McLain for the fourth spot on lap Gray began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 17 and Moss closed in to challenge for the point. Moss could use his high side momentum to pull alongside Gray entering the turns, but the leader had his own momentum to stay out front coming off the corners.
Moss got a big run on Gray coming off turn two on lap 23, pulled alongside entering turn three, and he took the lead on the high side coming off the fourth turn. Gray tried to make an inside pass through turns one and two on lap 24, but Moss pulled away to seal the deal.
Behind the battle for the lead, Stillwaggon was able to pass Terry Witherspoon for third on lap After taking the lead from early race pacesetter Lance Moss of Cherryville, NC on lap seven, Riggins packed his bags, turned in the key and checked out on the field leaving only the top four drivers on the lead lap when the checkered flag fell. Riggins showed that when a man needs the money, he races hard. I love racing here at my home track Carolina Speedway, and I want say to thanks the fans for their support.
Riggins swept the North-South event in , and will try to become the first driver to sweep it twice in USCS history. Riggins went under the checkered flag with a full straightaway lead over Robbie Stillwagon of Burlington, NJ, and Moss ended up taking the third spot.
Moss took the lead followed by Jones, who started on the outside of the front row. The caution flag came out on lap one when Smith slowed in turn four with a mechanical issue and Hunter spun to avoid making contact with Smith. That necessitated a complete restart. On the next green flag, Jones got sideways on the inside of turn one and that caused a chain reaction back through the pack that collected Auld and Bronzie Lawson IV of Southern Pines, NC.
The second complete restart was a good one with Moss taking the lead with Jones in second, and Riggins hustling up from his sixth starting spot into third. Riggins made quick work of Jones on lap two to move up the second spot, and Stillwagon dropped Jones to fourth on lap three. Riggins was all over Moss to challenge for the lead on lap five, and on lap six tried to get a run on the outside coming off the second turn.
Moss moved up and Riggins had to get out of the throttle, as he ran out real estate. The Carolina Kid reloaded the guns on his 47 machine to take another shot at Moss on lap seven. Riggins threw a textbook slide job maneuver through turns one and two on lap seven to take the lead. Once in the lead, Riggins then pulled away from the field. Riggins stay up on the cushion of clay on the high side of the race track, and he could power around lapped cars with ease. The only thing that slowed him down was a lap 16 caution flag for a four-car tangle on the front straightaway.
All drivers were O. Once the field went back to green flag action, Stillwagon got to the inside of Moss and passed him for the second spot coming off the fourth turn on lap By lap 20, Riggins had a full straightaway lead on Stillwagon, and maintained that advantage for the last ten laps of the race.
South Shootout Round 1. The event is the 34th of the season for the USCS winged sprint car division during its 21st season of competition. All five other divisions will also contest a full program of qualifying races and main events.
South Shootout event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least eight states to the track from as far away as Ohio, New Jersey, Florida and Arkansas.
The following year the event was rained out. The version was won by Iowan Terry McCall. South Shootout at Cherokee Speedway.
The Carolina Kid led wire-to-wire from his outside front row starting spot to park his Apha Canvas 47 in the www. Riggins held as much as a half straightaway lead during the race, but in the closing laps, the race leader encountered heavy lapped traffic, and the defending and two-time USCS National Champion Morgan Turpen of Cordova, TN closed in to challenge for the lead.
Bo Barber of Clarksville, TN rounded out the top ten. Willingham won the Brown and Martin Racing Solutions second eight-lap heat race. Riggins took the lead from his outside front row starting spot at the start of the race followed by Schmidt, Mallett, Turpen, and McLain.
Turpen went to the inside groove to drive Mallett coming off the fourth turn of the opening lap to take over the third spot. While Riggins began to pull away, Turpen closed in on Schmidt to challenge for the second spot by lap five. Turpen was able to get an inside run on Schmidt coming off the second turn on lap nine, and scooted by to take over the second position.
By this time, Riggins had opened up a half straightaway lead on the field. With ten laps to go, Riggins moved up on a tight three-car battle for sixth among McLain, Thomas, and Willingham. While Riggins slowed his fast pace as the race leader to carefully and methodically find a way to put the three cars in front of him a lap down, Turpen charged to the rear nerf bar of Riggins sprint car to challenge for the lead on lap Riggins just kept covering the bottom groove of Dixie Speedway, and Turpen had no other groove available to successfully make a pass for the lead.
The event is expected to draw sprint car drivers from seven to nine states and awards National, Mid-South regional series and Southern regional series points. Mallett has six visits to the www.
Twenty-four-year old female sprint car racer Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee is the series defending Champion. She is also the USCS wins leader. Turpen has nine victories. She is also the event Champion at Dixie Speedway. Gates will open at 5 PM, with racing beginning at 7 PM. For information or to view the schedule of events at Dixie Speedway please visit www. For rules and other info for the USCS sprint car division please visit www. Mallett took the lead from the time USCS National Champion Gray on lap four and led until a lap 12 restart when Riggins took the lead, but Mallett got his mount wound up and grabbed the lead back on lap Riggins stayed close the rest of the way, but Mallett pulled away in the closing laps to seal the deal for his sixth USCS win of the season.
Then on the restart, the car stumbled once again and Eric took the lead away from us. But once we got our momentum going on the high side, and we got by to take the win.
Mallett went to the high groove to challenge Gray for the lead early and often, but the time USCS National Champion was able to slide up in front of Mallett to protect the lead. Coming off turn two on lap four, Mallett got a good bite coming off the cushion and pulled alongside Gray down the backstretch. The lead duo raced side-by-side through turns three and four with Mallett taking the lead coming off the fourth turn.
Once out in front, Mallett started to pull away from Gray keeping his momentum going on the high side. Behind the leaders, Turpen and Oliver battled for the fourth position. Oliver jumped the cushion on the high side of turn three on the seventh lap and hit the wall. He was able to continue, but Taylor got by to take over the fifth spot.
The leaders were in heavy lapped traffic by lap nine. Mallett had almost a full straightaway on Gray, when trouble unfolded in front of the second place driver. Tony Agin of Fort Myers, FL was running tenth and had just gone a lap down to the leader when he flipped in turn three and landed on his wheels.
Both cars were done for the night, and neither driver was injured. Riggins dove for the inside to throw a slide job on Mallett for the restart, and made it stick to take the lead. Mallett once again set up shop on the top shelf of the race track, and used the good bite off turn two to retake the lead on lap Riggins stayed within a few car-lengths of Mallett until the leader made some key moves in lapped traffic to seal the deal with five laps to go.
Engler Machine and Too Heat 1 - 8 Laps 1. Two-time and defending series Champion, Morgan Turpen from Cordova, TN ranks third in the standings and leads the series in feature wins with a total of nine.
Brian Thomas from Pendergrass, GA is seventh. The series last scheduled visited to Lavonia Speedway was on May 6th of this season, but, the event was rained-out. The four-tenths-mile clay oval track was on the original USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour schedule in and the series has aced there at least once most seasons since then.
Turpen repeated her mastery of the East Tennessee oval on April 28th of this season. The series originally had an event at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, North Carolina on its schedule for Labor Day Monday, but, that event has been recently removed from the schedule.
They also have a Facebook presence at I75 Raceway. Swindell was so happy about the win after dominating the race he stayed awhile in Victory Lane.
Swindell spent the majority of the race in heavy lapped traffic. It was his career second United Sprint Car Series victory. A packed house showed their appreciation of Swindell, who began his career at West Tennessee tracks as a young teenager back in the s, following in the footsteps of his father Sam Swindell. As the crowd gathered around Victory Lane, Swindell took the time to thank them for coming, got reflective, and then did something not many expected.
Raines Acme Graphics Special. Swindell stayed until everyone got an opportunity for an autograph or a photo op that wanted one. At the drop of the green flag to start the race, Swindell took the lead with Hagar following from his outside front row starting spot in second, and Crawley hustling up from his sixth starting spot to take third.
Crawley got by Hagar for second on lap two, but Swindell was beginning to pull away. By lap four, Swindell caught the cars on the tail of the lead lap. The top five cars of Swindell, Crawley, Hagar, Howard and Webb remained the same for the first half of the race, with Swindell opening up a full straightaway lead over Crawley at one point.
But while the leader tried to weave his way through lapped traffic, Crawley and Hagar closed in. The red flag came out on lap 16 when Don Warren of Clarksville, TN spun in turn four, clipped the inside berm of the race track and tipped over on his side. Warren was not injured. During the red flag period, Hagar went to the pits and was out for the evening with a broken torque tube. Swindell took the checkered flag with almost a full straightaway advantage over Crawley, Dale Howard, Turpen and Webb.
The top three cars came off the fourth turn to the checkered flag in three abreast formation bringing the packed house to their feet! Turner led the majority of the race with Cooper trying to challenge on the outside. Cooper hit the backstretch wall several times with his right-side wheels spraying a shower of sparks.
Late Model and Stock Car racing fill an action-packed racing card each night as well. Hagar Butlerbuilt Third Heat: Swindell will be at the wheel of A. He will be competing against some of the top sprint car drivers in the country in the USCS, all who want to be first to the www.
Racing action kicks off at 7: Taylor took the lead from Bobby Zaiontz of Columbus, MS on lap 12, and led the final four laps of the event. Alex Lyles of Arlington, TN was eighth. Jones took the lead at the start of the race followed by third starting Zaiontz, Taylor, who started on the outside of the front row, Morrell and Parrish.
Jones smacked the wall exiting turn four on lap six while leading the race to bring out the first of two caution flags in the race. There was too much damage to his mount to return to the race. Taylor stayed with Zaiontz until lap 12 when Taylor was able to race under the two-time Champand grab the lead. Just when the seventeen-year-old Taylor could begin to taste the fruits of victory, the caution flag came out on lap 14 when McNulty stalled on the front straightaway.
Taylor was able to stay out front in the green, white, checkered sequence of laps to the end of the race. Linder Butlerbuilt Third Heat: Hagar started on the outside of the front row, and after a side-by-side battle on the opening tour with USCS point leader Jordon Mallett of Greenbrier, AR, took the lead coming off the fourth turn on the high side.
We could go where ever we needed to go to get around the lapped cars. Riggins rallied to finish seventh 30 laps later.
Bob Auld of Largo, FL brought out the first of four caution flags on lap six with a spin in turn four. When the field went back to green flag action, Hagar pulled away from Mallett, while Gray went to the inside to challenge his teammate Turpen for the fourth spot.
Gray was able drive underneath Turpen coming off the fourth turn on lap seven. By lap ten, Hagar began to encounter the cars on the tail of the lead lap with a half-straightaway lead on Mallett.
The lead was erased on lap 11 when Don Warren of Clarksville, TN spun in turn two to light up the caution bulb. When the field went back to green flag action, Taylor stepped to the outside and passed Sams for sixth. Turpen led a three-car battle for fifth with Taylor, Sams and McElhannon.
McLain lost his right side header in turn two on lap 14 to bring out the caution flag, but not before it was run over by Jeff Oliver of Pendergrass, GA.
Both cars were done for the evening. McElhannon was able to drive under Taylor for the sixth spot coming off the fourth turn on lap The final caution flag came out on lap 17 when Linder stalled on the front straightaway while running third, and he was out for the evening. McElhannon got by Taylor on the restart, while Hagar pulled away from Mallett, and Gray challenged him for the second spot.
Hagar got into lapped traffic on lap 21 with almost a full straightaway lead on Mallett. Gray was able to get by Mallett for second on lap Zaiontz took the lead at the start of the race from his outside front row starting spot followed by Taylor, Jones, Morrell, and McNulty.
On lap two, Morrell drove under Jones in turn two to claim the third spot. The only caution flag of the race came out on lap three when Lyles spun in turn two. Kradel was able to get by McNulty for the fifth spot on the restart. Thompson then got up on the wheel, driving by Kradel and into the top five on lap six. Zaiontz then went on unchallenged to the checkered flag.
Riggins Butlerbuilt Third Heat: Parrish Jacksonville, FL 9. Two twenty-four-year old drivers lead a strong contingent of winged sprint drivers into the event. Turpen who was the and Champion, leads the series drivers in victories this season with nine so far in He is the second most successful USCS driver in reaching victory lane during the season with five main event wins so far.
He is a scant few points behind Mallett in second place in the National point standings. Hagar is a threat to win each and every night and is the leading USCS feature winner over the last five seasons. Black is expected to do double duty in the Outlaw sprint car and mini sprint divisions. Mallett also raced into the www. After the two raced through lapped cars, Mallett, the leader, got by several cars and used them for a pick to put distance between himself and nine-time USCS race winner, Morgan Turpen.
Mallett then pulled away. Rookie of the Year contender, seventeen-year-old Brandon Taylor, from Cumming, Georgia displayed his talent by starting seventh and racing into the fourth position by the end of the main event. Oliver started 13th and advanced the most positions in the main event to also garner the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award. Tony Agin who is currently in fifth place in the National point standings, finished in seventh place in the main event after winning the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat race earlier in the evening.
Clint Weiss from Ocala, Florida rounded out the top ten finishers. Morgan Turpen collected the most passing points in the heat race action. For USCS rules, schedules and other info please visit www. You may also like and follow Uscsracing on Facebook and or uscsracing on Twitter. Moss battled with USCS title contender, Jordon Mallett from Greenbrier, Arkansas for the first laps of the contest before making a winning pass on lap twenty-six. Mallett, who won his first ever USCS sprint car event in at Carolina Speedway when he was the series Rookie of the Year, was comfortably in the lead of the event before he struck the wall hard in turn two on about lap fifteen.
After that, he continued to lead the race even with several broken rear suspension parts. New Jersey hot-shoe Robbie Stillwaggon who won the April 7, USCS event at the track, followed Moss by Mallett two laps later to chase Moss across the line on the final lap and finished in the runner-up spot.
Mallett followed the trio across the line in fourth place. Scott Hunter from Concord, North Carolina finished in eighth place. These 12 and 21 represent the numbers that the two racing McLain Brothers raced under. Snyder, who won the last time the series visited the track in , went off the track on lap eleven with motor issues and Jordon Mallett from Greenbrier, Arkansas assumed the runner-up spot. Tony Agin from Fort Myers, Florida had a season-best run and rounded out the top five finishers.
Jeff Oliver, who now calls Pendergrass, Georgia home in seventh place. Dan Jones from Concord, North Carolina finished in eighth place. Joe Larkin from Suwannee, Georgia rounded out the top-ten finishers. July 11, - Atlanta, GA - Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing will headline the racing program at Dixie Speedway on Saturday, July 15th at 7: The event is race number thirty-three on the race 21st annual schedule for the Nationally touring USCS drivers.
Turpen has been on fire this season as she has won eight times in USCS competition and leads the series in the wins column. He also trials current points leader Terry Gray in the National title chase in the runner-up spot just 13 points back. He has three wins so far, this season. Martin was a five-time USCS feature winner. Myers, Florida will also travel North for the event to try to improve on his fifth-place position in the current National point standings.
The USCS winged sprint cars are joined on Saturday night racing card by a full program of racing in the Super Late Models, Late Model and Stock Car racing divisions as well to create an action-packed night of racing and family entertainment. July 11, - Atlanta, GA - Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing will headline the racing program at Travelers Speedway on Frdayi, July 14th at 8: The event is race number thirty-two on the race 21st annual schedule for the Nationally touring USCS drivers.
Both are past winners at Travelers Rest Speedway. He has three wins so far this season. For directions to and more information about Travelers Rest Speedway please visit www. Schoenfeld Heat 3 - 8 Laps 1. Z-Zach Pringle ; 6. DASH - 0 Laps 1. Z-Zach Pringle ; The five-track mini-series schedule kicks off over the Independence Day weekend and runs through the following weekend. There are also bonuses posted for a driver who wins from two up to four races during the five-race mini-series if they raced in all five-events.
On the following weekend Friday, July 7th and 8th the mini-series two final events are in Mississippi less than two hours apart. Thanks a lot Cindy!.. Also, due to the long distances our race teams travel to the Eastern Alabama area, the companion event recently scheduled at Penton Raceway for Friday, June 23rd has also been cancelled.
A re-scheduled weekend is being reviewed at this time. If dates can be put together for a re-scheduled weekend.. In between the series race teams compete for the first time ever at Lexington Speedway in Lexington, Tennessee on Sunday, July 2nd and travel just 45 minutes away to race at Clayhill Speedway in Atwood, Tennessee on Monday, July 3rd.
On Friday , July 7th the seies makes a return to Columbus Speedway a. Helton passed away from a massive heart attack in East Alabama Motor Speedway has been a USCS driver and fan favorite over the past 19 seasons and has been on the schedule every season except two since the series was founded in Hagar who additionally won his career-first sprint car and first USCS event at East Alabama Motor Speedway in June of tops the entry list and has three total visits to the www.
He has 45 career victories in the United Sprint Car Series. In addition to being the defending National Champion, Morgan Turpen has a runner-up finish in three previous title runs. She is currently the winningest driver in the series for the season with eight victories. Those eight wins include wins in the two most recent USCS events. Agin ranks in the current top five in the National point standings. Also expected are A. In addition to the miles per hour USCS winged sprint cars several East Alabama Motor Speedway weekly racing divisions join the action with the open wheel headliners on Saturday night.
Gates open at 5 p. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday. For info on East Alabama Motor Speedway please visit their website www. Turpen, the USCS wins leader, then held off a rim riding Jordon Mallett the rest of the way to win the lap contest and park in the www. Behind the rim-riding Turpen and Mallett duo, veterans Terry Gray and Dale Howard were battling for the third position.
With four laps to go, Howard charged low on the track almost passing Gray, before the eleven-time USCS National Champion made a daring move to hold Howard off in lapped traffic. Turpen earned the most passing points in the heat race action. For info on Fort Payne Motor Speedway please visit their web page at www. For Blue Ridge Motorsports Park info please visit www. Tim Crawley also earned the most passing points in the heat race action.
Their website is found at www. Swindell's plans for the finale at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas have not yet been announced. Also on the racing card both nights are the www. For more info about the track please visit www.
Moughan gathered his best USCS finish ever by holding on to the runner-up spot at the finish line. Veteran Mid-South sprint car ace, A. Eric Riggins then closed out the qualifying heat race action by collecting the victory in the Wilwood Disc Brakes Third Heat. This unfortunate occurrence inverted Riggins to a sixth place starting position. For more information on the speedway visit www.
Butlerbuilt Heat Three Winner: Marshall Skinner also from Marion, AR led the next group in sixth place after winning the Speedweek opener on Friday night. For ore info visit www. BBill Mason ; 8. BBill Mason ; 8. A-Main 1 - 30 Laps Pos. Car Driver Start position. Schoenfeld Headers Sprint Heat 4 - 8 Laps 1. BBill Mason ; 6. BBill Mason ; 8. Cr Driver Start Pos. Little Rock, AR Did not transfer to A-main: An action filled racing program awaits fans when things get kicked off on Sunday night.
All five of these drivers plus many more top drivers from at least six states as far away as Texas and Florida are entered for this special sprint car event. The popular Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series Super Late Models co-headlines the horsepower loaded program with a complete racing program of their own on Sunday night that includes Time Trial qualifying, Last Chance races and a lap main event. The busy racing program also includes the Nesmith Dirt Late Model Series weekly racing stars and the Greenville Speedway Nesmith Street Stock and Factory Stock divisions as well ompeting for cash and glory on the night before the Memorial Day holiday.
On Sunday gates open at 4: It will be the 4th straight year that the United Sprint Car Series has served as headliners of the event that also features racing in the tracks open wheel modified and stock car racing divisions. The Ival Cooper Memorial Race sprint car event is expected to draw drivers from eight or more states including some of the top ranked drivers in North America.
Gates open at 5: For more info on the track, please visit www. This will be only the third ever visit by the series to the historic track. Since then she has reeled off a total of six wins in ten contests she has entered. The event is expected to draw drivers from seven or more states including some of the top ranked drivers in North America.
Mallett, who came into the event as the USCS Southern Thunder regional series points leader, took the lead at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting spot to open up as much as a full straightaway lead. Lance Moss of Cherryville, NC came back from being burned in two separate incidents on Friday night to drive to an eighth-place finish, and a win in the eight-lap Engler Machine and Tool First Heat Race.
Mallett took command of the race at the drop of the green flag, but that quickly gave way to the red light for a three-car tangle in turn two that saw the car of Darren Orth of Jacksonville, FL get on its side. While Mallett pulled away from the field, Gray moved up to third on the restart, and Turpen passed Moss for fifth on lap three. Turpen was on a mission trying to win her sixth-straight race of the season, as she got by McLain for fourth on lap four, bringing Moss with her up into the fifth spot.
Gray began to reel in Thomas to battle for second, and took the position on lap By the halfway point in the race, Mallett was in heavy lapped traffic with a full straightaway lead over Gray, Thomas, Turpen, and Terry Witherspoon. Mallett clicked off the laps running the high side of the track, but his big lead was erased on lap 26 when the red flag came out after Brandon Grubaugh of Ocala, FL flipped in turn four.
There was plenty of action on the four-lap dash to the checkered flag, as Turpen got by Thomas for third, and Martin drove around the outside groove to go from eighth to fifth.
Jones started the evening where he left off on Friday night, in Victory Lane after winning the six-lap USCS Hoosier Speed Dash, and returned to that piece of real estate to end the evening after a wire-to-wire win in the lap main event, his second in as many nights.
Parrish of Jacksonville, FL took the seventh spot. Parrish Jacksonville, FL Martin Butlerbuilt Third Heat: Butlerbuilt Third Heat 8 Laps: The school teacher who taught 10th Grade English during the school year, took a driver that is young enough to be one of her students to school in lapped traffic to take the lead. Lance Moss of Cherryville , NC stalled on the front stretch and Martin spun in turn four on lap three to bring out the caution flag.
Both drivers would return to action, and after starting the race in the 23rd spot, Moss would finish the race in 12th to earn the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger of the Race Award. Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, MS spun on the restart to light up the caution bulb for the second time. Sams continued to lead when the field went back to green flag action, and Murray passed Taylor for the fourth spot on lap five. Sams was approaching the cars on the tail of the lead lap by lap six, and Turpen began to close the gap to set up a battle for the lead.
Just when Sams had to start making some big decisions as to where to go around lapped cars, the caution came out and the lapped cars went away. Schmidt made hard contact with the front straightway wall at the exit of the fourth turn to bring out the third and final caution flag of the race on the eighth lap. While Schmidt was uninjured, his damaged race car was done for the night. Martin had come from the back of the pack up to 11th in just six laps.
Mallett got by Taylor on the restart to move up to the top five and Martin dusted off the outside groove to drive up to the eighth position by the tenth lap. Sams continued to lead Turpen, but by lap 12, lapped traffic loomed ahead. Sams put a lapped car between himself and Turpen on lap 15, but Turpen worked around the lapped car and zeroed in on the leader. Turpen was right on Sams rear nerf bar on lap 16, and as the leaders entered turn one on lap 17, Sams got pinned behind a lap car, as Turpen filled in his only passing zone on the inside.
Turpen took the lead in turn two, and never looked back. Martin settled into the fourth spot on lap 19 and battled with Gray for the third position in the final six laps of the race. Gray was able to hang on for the show position at the checkered flag. Sams Butlerbuilt Third Heat: The top speed for the sprint cars are expected to reach in excess of miles per hour around the high-banked four-tenths mile D-shaped clay oval. The two nights of speed include a www.
Fans can expect a talent laden field in both divisions. Martin who competes on a part-time basis in the traveling series, won three times in and five times in USCS competition. Other expected entries include Tony Agin from Ft. A strong contingent of Jacksonville, Florida drives is entered including veteran racer Terry Witherspoon and son Tanner Witherspoon.
The grandstands gates open at 5pm on Friday, May 13th. Test and Tune hot laps kick off at 7 pm with racing action beginning at 8pm. On Saturday night gates open a half hour earlier and racing kicks off at 7: The track phone number The Official website is www.
Turpen has been the series National Champion each of the last two seasons. The track has been a USCS driver and fan favorite over the past 20 seasons and was on the series original schedule on July 4, Although not a winner at Lavonia Speedway yet, the defending USCS National Champion and wins leader is Morgan Turpen from Cordova, Tennessee who made history as the first woman to ever win a major sprint car series Championship during both the and seasons is an expected entry.
Turpen has won five time in eight USCS events she has entered and is currently one of the hottest drivers in the Nation riding a four race win streak. Gray has over 90 USCS feature wins on his resume. Mallett also is a scant dozen points out of first place in the National point standings behind Gray. A pair of teenage entries who have shown some outstanding performances include fourteen-year-old USCS Rookie of the Year Danny Sams III from Englewood, Florida and seventeen-year-old Brandon Taylor from Cumming, Georgia who was the Rookie of the Year points leader for the season when he had to quit during a series of mid-season bad luck incidents in Five other drivers from the state of Georgia are entered as well.
Also entered is Aubrey Black from Lookout Mountain. North Carolina is expected to send five or more drivers as well to Lavonia Speedway this weekend including Bridges and Moss who are cousins. Myers, Florida tops the list of several other drivers on the pre-entry list.
Agin is in fifth place in the series National point standings and sixth in the current USCS Southern region standings. For info on Lavonia Speedway please visit their website at www.
For the second straight night, Hagar had to settle for second on Saturday night. Zach Daum from Pocahontas, IL rounded out the top ten. Turpen took the lead from her outside front row starting spot at the drop of the green flag to start the race followed by Mallett, Moore, Hagar, and Skinner.
Hagar got around Moore on the restart to move up to the third spot on the restart and while he chased down Mallett in the second spot, Turpen had pulled out to a half straightaway lead by the completion of the fifth lap. Turpen reached the cars on the tail of the lead lap by the ninth circuit, and Hagar got by Mallett for second also on the ninth lap.
With ten laps to go, Turpen was in heavy lapped traffic with Hagar in second, Mallett in third, Skinner in fourth, Moore in fifth, and Covington had climbed up to the sixth spot running the very top of the race track. In the closing laps of the race, Hagar also put his racer on the top shelf, and the momentum began to get him closer to Turpen. Turpen was up to the challenge, sticking to the bottom to middle of the track, and take the checkered flag with just a little over a full second margin of victory over Hagar.
Zaiontz started off the weekend with a win on Saturday night at I Raceway. Gregg Jones of Navarre, FL rounded out the top five. Hoosier Tire Speed Dash 5 Laps: Hagar finished second and Gray hung on for the third spot.
Joe Larkin of Suwanee, GA rounded out the top ten. It was in the second heat race that Turpen served notice to the rest of the field she had a fast race car, as in eight laps, she charged from the eighth and last starting spot to finish second. The first of eight caution flags came out on lap two when Joey Schmidt of Ellisville, MS spun in turn four.
On the restart, Hagar got by Mallett to take over the third spot, but Schmidt spun in turn three to bring out caution number two on lap three. When the field went back to green flag action, Covington dusted off the outside groove, and passed Turpen and Mallett to move up to the fourth spot on lap four. Turpen, who is a school teacher during the week, made some good notes in her mind about that outside groove.
Brian Thomas of Pendergrass, GA spun in turn four on lap six to light up the yellow bulb for the third time. The next green flag restart saw Turpen go to the outside and pass Mallett for the fifth spot on lap seven. Meanwhile up front, Gray had opened up a half straightaway lead on Terrell, who was busy trying to hold off Hagar, who finally got around Terrell for the position on lap eight.
Gray was starting to get into heavy lapped traffic by lap ten, and Hagar was closing fast. Auld took the scenic route off the outside of the fourth turn on lap He kept the fire lit on his machine, but was too slow getting back on the track, and the caution flag came out for the fourth time.
Gray led Hagar, Terrell, Covington and Turpen down for the restart. Schmidt got ticketed for his third caution flag on lap 15 when spun, and this time, he was done for the night. Turpen began the second half of the race as a young lady on a mission.
She definitely was an I Raceway fan favorite, and she brought them to their feet when she stepped to the outside groove on the restart.
Turpen passed Mallet and Terrell to take over the third spot, and then drove around the outside of Hagar on lap 16 to take over second. It only took Turpen two more laps to catch her teammate and mentor Gray, and she stayed on the high side of the track to take the lead from the time USCS Champ coming off the second turn on lap Turpen then began to pull away and open up a half straightaway lead over Gray and Hagar, who were now battling each other for the second spot.
The field was slowed by caution for the fifth time on lap 20 when Lance Moss of Cherryville, NC spun to the infield. Turpen was quick to pull out to a five car-length advantage, as Hagar went to the outside to pass Gray for second on lap Hagar could gain feet on Turpen, but with less than ten laps to go, he needed yards.
Hagar got the break he needed on lap 26 when Terrell brought out the caution flag with a spin in turn four. Now it was down to a green, white, checkered finish.
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The main environmental and agricultural body is the Duval County Soil and Water Conservation District, which works closely with other area and state agencies. The Jacksonville Housing Authority JHA is the quasi-independent agency responsible for public housing and subsidized housing in Jacksonville.
The Mayor and City Council of Jacksonville established the JHA in to create an effective, community service oriented, public housing agency with innovative ideas and a different attitude. The primary goal was to provide safe, clean, affordable housing for eligible low and moderate income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The secondary goal was to provide effective social services, work with residents to improve their quality of life, encourage employment and self-sufficiency, and help residents move out of assisted housing.
To that end, JHA works with HabiJax to help low and moderate income families to escape the public housing cycle and become successful, productive, homeowners and taxpayers. The present mayor is Lenny Curry , who assumed office on July 1, Federally, most of the city is in the 4th district , represented by Republican John Rutherford.
Most of central Jacksonville is in the 5th district , represented by Democrat Al Lawson. The 4th and 5th districts are some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. In , Duval County's crime rate was 5, per , people, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The county's murder rate had been the highest among Florida's counties with a population of , or more for eleven years in , leading to widespread discussion in the community about how to deal with the problem.
In Duval County's violent crime rate decreased by 9. Jacksonville and Duval County historically maintained separate police agencies: The JSO is headed by the elected Sheriff of Jacksonville, currently Mike Williams , and is responsible for law enforcement and corrections in the county.
In the — school year the district enrolled , students. It administers total schools, including elementary schools , 25 middle schools , 19 high schools , 3 K—8 schools, and 1 6—12 school, as well as 13 charter schools and a juvenile justice school program. Three of Jacksonville's high schools, Stanton College Preparatory School , Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts and Paxon School for Advanced Studies regularly appear at the top of Newsweek magazine's annual list of the country's top public high schools, coming in respectively at 3 7, and 8 in the edition.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Jacksonville is home to a number of institutions of higher education. Jacksonville University JU is a private institution founded in Edward Waters College , established in , is the oldest college in Jacksonville and the state's oldest historically black college.
Florida State College at Jacksonville is a state college and a member of the Florida College System , offering two-year associate's degrees as well as some four-year bachelor's degrees. The University of Florida has its second campus of the J.
University of North Florida. Florida State College at Jacksonville. Florida Coastal School of Law. The Association was populated by various prominent Jacksonville residents and sought to create a free public library and reading room for the city.
Over the course of years, the system has grown from that one room library to become one of the largest in the state. The Library annually receives nearly 4 million visitors and circulates over 6 million items. Nearly , library cards are held by area residents. The largest public library in the state, the opening of the new main library marked the completion of an unprecedented period of growth for the system under the Better Jacksonville Plan.
There are seven bridges over the St. Johns River at Jacksonville. Mathews Bridge , the Isaiah D. Hart Bridge , the John T. Bridge Main Street , the St.
Also, next to the Acosta Bridge is a large jackknife railroad bridge built in the s by Henry flagler's FEC railroad. Beginning in , tolls were charged on the Hart, Mathews, Fuller Warren and the Main Street bridges to pay for bridge construction, renovations and many other highway projects. As Jacksonville grew, toll plazas created bottlenecks and caused delays and accidents during rush hours.
In , the toll booths were removed. Turner Butler Boulevard connects Jacksonville to the beaches. I has a bypass route , I , which encircles the downtown area. Several regional transportation projects have been undertaken in recent years to deal with congestion on Jacksonville freeways. Construction was expected to take nearly six years with multiple lane flyovers and the requirement that the interchange remain open throughout the project.
The previous configuration utilized single lane, low speed, curved ramps which created backups during rush hours and contributed to accidents. The Jacksonville Skyway is an automated people mover connecting Florida State College at Jacksonville downtown campus, the Northbank central business district, Convention Center , and Southbank locations.
The system includes 8 stops connected by two lines. The guideway consists of concrete beams which rest atop an unusually large support structure not used in most monorail systems. A monorail was first proposed in the s as part of a mobility plan hoping to attract interest from the Urban Mass Transit Administration's Downtown Peoplemover Program.
The initial study was undertaken by the Florida Department of Transportation and Jacksonville's planning department, who took the Skyway project to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority JTA in Following further development and a final month feasibility study, the UMTA selected Jacksonville as one of seven cities to receive federal funding for an automated people mover.
UMTA's approved plan called for the construction of a 2. In , the Jacksonville was among the top large cities ranked by percentage of commuters who drove to work alone 80 percent.
All other forms of transportation combined for 1. Some patterns of car ownership are similar to national averages. The national average was 8. Amtrak , the national passenger rail system, provides daily service from the Jacksonville Amtrak Station on Clifford Lane in the northwest section of the city. Two trains presently stop there, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star. Jacksonville was also served by the thrice-weekly Sunset Limited and the daily Silver Palm.
Service on the Silver Palm was cut back to Savannah, Georgia in Service was restored as far east as New Orleans by late October , but Amtrak has opted not to fully restore service into Florida. Jacksonville is the headquarters of two significant freight railroads.
CSX Transportation , owns a large building on the downtown riverbank that is a significant part of the skyline. JAX , 13 miles north of downtown, with 82 departures a day to 27 nonstop destination cities. The state of Florida has designated Cecil Airport a space port, allowing horizontal lift spacecraft to use the facility. The 20 other maritime facilities not managed by the Port Authority move about 10 million tons of additional cargo in and out of the St.
In terms of total tonnage, the Port of Jacksonville ranks 40th nationally; within Florida, it is 3rd behind Tampa and Port Everglades. For almost five months, no cruises originated from Jacksonville until September 20, , when the cruise ship Fascination departed with 2, passengers. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue operates a fleet of three fireboats. According to Article 21 of the Jacksonville City Charter ,. JEA is authorized to own, manage and operate a utilities system within and outside the City of Jacksonville.
JEA is created for the express purpose of acquiring, constructing, operating, financing and otherwise have plenary authority with respect to electric, water, sewer, natural gas and such other utility systems as may be under its control now or in the future.
People's Gas is Jacksonville's natural gas provider. Comcast is Jacksonville's local cable provider. The city has a successful recycling program with separate pickups for garbage, yard waste and recycling. Collection is provided by several private companies under contract to the City of Jacksonville. Major players in the Jacksonville health care industry include St. The problems of the homeless are addressed by several non-profits, most notably the Sulzbacher Center and the Clara White Mission.
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