Saturday night, Oklahoma Sports Park proprietor George Welch presents the exciting, thrilling and always action packed sprint cars of the Tulsa based Oil Capital Racing Series.
The OSP is hosting sprint car races for the second time this season. The previous OCRS tour stop came on May 14th where Moore’s Whit Gastineau won the third annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial event. The win was Gastineau’s third of his four OCRS main event triumphs this season.
Collinsville Oklahoma’s Dean Drake Jr. is expected to compete on Welch’s lightning quick 4/10 mile clay oval. Drake Jr. won his career first OCRS main event last Saturday at Mid-America Speedway near South Coffeyville giving OCRS four different feature winners in the first nine contested on the 2011 OCRS tour. Current point leader for the Harold Leep (Sr.) Championship Trophy is Sean McClelland of Tulsa. McClelland used a fifth place finish to expand his points lead at Mid-America after Gastineau (second in points) struggled to a 14th place finish.
Third in points going into last Saturday’s race, Owasso’s Matt Sherrell, pulled in after only two laps regulating him to a 20th place run. That, coupled with Stillwell’s Rafe Essary’s third place finish, vaulted Essary passed Sherrell for the third spot on the points chart by 34 points (660-626). Essary also closed to within 22 points of Gastineau for the runner-up position.
This special event at Oklahoma Sports Park will be quality entertainment for the entire family and the Welch’s have been producing racing action in the Ada area since 1994. OSP also provides sections of their grandstands with overhead awnings for those who would like to be shaded by the summer sun for your comfort level.The sprint cars will be accompanied by the five classes of regular OSP racing.
“Come watch these fast sprint cars fly around the track at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. It will be a night to remember with a ton of racing for the money,” said OSP videographer Coy Cypert. “We expect a big crowd so be sure and get here early.”
The local dirt track is located just 10 miles northwest of Ada on SH 3W. Gates open at 5 p.m. and races begin at 7:30 p.m.
OCRS NEWS AND NOTES
He’s back: “Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in”: Former champ sprint driver and car owner, Rob Forehand, stepped back into a sprint car for the first time in a couple of years when he subbed for the injured Danny Smith in the Same Day Auto Repair number 5$ car. With Forehand only receiving the customary few rounds of hot laps, he ran a respectable 4th in the first heat at Mid-America then 18th in the main race.
OCRS debut times three: There were three OCRS career debuts at Mid-America last Saturday night with two drivers having never competed in a sprint car at any locale before.
Colton Brewer: The Broken Arrow teenager made his debut in the Hampton’s Kustom Works #77 champ sprint. Brewer has been racing in everything from different divisions of micros to e-sprints the past couple of years. In his OCRS debut, Brewer was third in heat number two and mustered a 15th in the A feature. The team is well equipped and with chassis guru Wayne Simmons turning the wrenches, Brewer’s future looks bright.
Alex Sewell: Cousin to former OCRS shoe Evan Sewell, Alex, who didn’t learn till the day before he had a sprint ride, sat in the seat of Kenny Walker’s Eagle chassis under the watchful eye of his father Andy and Rob Forehand. Alex fought mechanical difficulties where seventh in his heat would place him in the B-feature. In that race, he missed an automatic A feature berth by a single spot. Those who have seen Alex wheel a micro know he has the Sewell pedigree to be successful.
Derrek Wilson: Hailing from Chanute Kansas, Wilson arrived with a 1994 Gambler to compete in his first ever sprint car show. Wilson states he has been the points runner up in the factory stock class at Humboldt Speedway the last four years. He still competes there and wanted to give sprint car racing a shot. Wilson fought handling difficulties throughout the night but was excited to participate. Seventh in the B feature would be Wilson’s result.
Season’s Best: Travis “Hollywood” Jenkins will be the first to tell you his season has not been as productive as the team would expect of themselves. Going into the MAS race, the team had not yet collected a top 10 finish. Hollywood earned a ninth last Saturday to break that streak. The result could be the shot in the arm the team needs to return to their normal capabilities.
Here’s The Deal: Andrew Deal’s second at MAS and Shayla Waddell’s sixth were finishes that equaled their personal best results this season. Deal’s peers feel he is just on the verge of his first win while Waddell’s peers know the soft spoken young lady from OKC can run up front with the best as she has demonstrated in the past.
Additional information on the OCRS series can be viewed at: www.ocrsracing.com
Note: Ada Evening News Sports Editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.