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September 20, 2013

Jennings rolls to state title win at OSP

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Jennings powered his way to the front as the field shot into turn one at the start. Fred Mattox followed Jennings through the south turns to take second from his inside third row position as the field broke for the back stretch with Hill taking the third spot. Johnny "Hotrod" Kent would tuck in behind Hill, and Robert Sellers would occupy the fifth position. 

Lap four saw Sellers overtake Kent in turn two on a track that was quickly taking on rubber. 

As laps were clicking off the 4/10-mile track, a yellow fell on lap number 16 when OCRS point leader Harli White and Shayla Waddell made contact in turn number three. Both would stall, but each would restart tailback. Before a lap could be completed, a red was tossed into the air as White came upon the cars of  Tyler Cothran of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Locust Grove’s Alex Decamp. Cothran and DeCamp were in the process of making contact with one another in turns three and four, and White clipped them and went into a hard flip. While the car was badly hurt, White walked away unscathed. Cothran and DeCamp would retire as well. 

The restart had Jennings holding first with Mattox next, followed by the lapped car of Michael Bookout, then Hill, Sellers and Kent. Mattox, who has been close to winning at OSP in recent trips, knew the restart was his chance if he were to get around Jennings and he did just that, but it only lasted a few seconds. When the green dropped, Mattox, who was the only threat to Jennings all night, got a run on him entering turn one and for a moment took the lead. Just as Mattox could see a track with no view of a chrome bumper in sight, the rear end in his sprinter gave way, thus having to relinquish the very brief lead back to Jennings. Mattox then pulled into the infield, likely wondering why his luck at OSP is so hard to come by.

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