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May 8, 2013

Sprint cars headed to OSP

Oil Center — It’s the heart of the spring season and the Oil Capital Racing Series sprint cars will make their normal May voyage south to George Welch’s Oklahoma Sports Park for Saturday’s running of the 5th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial race.

“This event honors a man that gave his heart and soul to the open wheel world all the while being a great gentleman off-track as well. “Junior” will forever be in our hearts and our prayers. Thus we honor him with this special event,” said OCRS series president Barry Grabel. 

Traditionally, Oklahoma Sports Park produces some exciting action on the 4/10 mile track and Welch and his staff always have good crowds when the sprint car travelers stroll into town. OSP fans will see the return of female racer Harli White, who leads the OCRS point’s standings. Residing just an hour to the west of Oklahoma Sports Park in Lindsay, OSP fans are becoming more and more excited when White makes an appearance. The last time OCRS visited OSP was in September last season during the 6th Annual Oklahoma State Championship event. Moore Oklahoma’s Whit Gastineau was the victor taking his second OSC title. White was the AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories ‘Hard Charger’ having passed 10 cars en route to a third place finish. She has improved on what was then her best showing at the time by taking the first two legs of the 28-race 2013 tour. 

Saturday’s event should be the seventh tour stop for the OCRS teams, but inclement weather has caused the last three scheduled events to be delayed. 

“Mother Nature just hasn’t been a weekend fan,” said series president Barry Grabel. “We have come off of the two driest spring seasons in recent memory and it appears the odds have caught up. We need the rain in the area, everyone knows that. Just would be nice to have a wet weekday and a dry weekend for a change. Once our teams hit the track, they will be very anxious to step on the loud pedal,” said Grabel. “Race fans are going to be in for a very special night of racing.”

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps starting at 7 p.m. The races will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma Sports Park is home to a 4/10-mile clay oval track and is located 10 miles northwest of Ada, on state highway 3W.

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