Oil Center —
Norman Oklahoma’s Danny Jennings captured the 7th Annual Oklahoma State Championship race Saturday night in a dominating performance at Oklahoma Sports Park in the 20th round of the season-long Oil Capital Racing Series 2013 sprint car tour.
In winning the 25-lap contest in his second OCRS race of 2013, Jennings becomes the sixth state championship winner. The first OSC race was held in 2007.
Also, the win by the driver of the 1j car makes Jennings the 13th different winner on the OCRS circuit, which adds to the current series record for the number of different winners in a single OCRS season.
“Our night went great,” said the jubilant winner. “We rolled it (race car) out of the box (trailer), and it was fast right out of the box. You don’t get those very often.”
Jennings was second in the 2009 OSC in a tight race and was glad to finally be in the winner’s circle.
“I really wished Andy Shouse and Whit Gastineau were here. They are the ones that outran me the last couple of times,” he said. “There are a bunch of good, clean drivers that race with OCRS, and there are a couple of tracks I typically pick and choose to run. Lawton Speedway and here (Oklahoma Sports Park), mostly because they are close to my family and friends and they can come watch me race. It makes it that much better when we win and they are all here.
"We have lost this race every which way you can imagine, including losing it at the line going for the checkered (a reference to the 2009 race, when Andy Shouse nipped Jennings at the line). I’m just glad we could get one tonight.”
Jennings started the race on the pole along side fellow front row starter Strike Hill, who was also making his second OCRS start of the season in his No. 13 car.