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July 10, 2013

Fans flock to watch enduro race

Oil Center —

I tried to get Oklahoma Sports Park Chief Executive Officer George Welch to tell me I was part of the biggest crowd in the history of the local dirt track during the June 29 enduro race that also featured a motocross performance by Oklahoma’s own Derek Cook.

But he was reluctant to go that far.

“It would rank in the top five for sure,” Welch said.

I don’t get to attend the races at the ever-improving OSP as much as I would like because of my work schedule. But I’d be willing to try and take a bite out of my Oklahoma City Thunder hat if Welch and company have squeezed more folks in the stands than there were two Saturdays ago.

I walked from one end of the stands to the other, and there were very few empty spaces big enough to fit even a medium-sized person into.

The place was rockin’ early in the enduro race and late during the motocross stunts by Cook and one of his colleagues. The two put on a show, despite one of their portable bank of lights going out just before showtime. Cook’s best effort was his complete backflip on his motorcycle as he went off the low ramp and landed on the higher one.

The 150-lap enduro race is a beast. The next longest race that the OSP hosts is the 50-lap Stock Car Nationals. Normal weekly feature races are just 20 laps. OSP videographer Coy Cypert admitted that his arms ached after filming the 90-minute-plus race with only one break.

The best action in the race came early. There were two memorable crashes. I got to witness the first up close and personal when the No. 7 car driven by James Wilson crashed hard into the wall directly in front of the concession stand while I was diving into my Frito pie.

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