JAMES TILLISON Ada News Intern
Oil Center —
With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, it’s nearly time for the Oklahoma Sports Park’s annual Enduro Race and fireworks display.
The race will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 29) at Oklahoma Sports Park.
The race goes for an exhilarating 150 laps of nonstop action.
“If a car dies in the middle of the track during the race, then it stays there and becomes part of the track. They will have to drive around it,” said George Welch, longtime owner of the local dirt track.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $12 for adults, and $10 for kids ages 11-15. Senior citizens and children 10 and under are admitted free.
The Enduro is a race open to anyone who pays a $50 entry fee and has enough bravery to go the distance. The age limit for participants is nearly non-existent.
“You have to be at least 16,” Welch said, “but other than that we have had people anywhere from 16 to 72 years old.”
A great variety of cars comes out to this race every year, according to Welch. In fact, one car that will be racing this Saturday is a Lincoln Limousine.
“There is everything out there from Lincoln Limousine’s to Honda Civic’s,” said Welch.
There can be up to 60 cars racing on the track at once, although Welch said they have been averaging between 40 and 50 cars for this particular race.
The top finishers will each earn a cash reward, but the driver who beats out all the others will be taking home a $1,000 cash prize for first place.
It’s a completely family-friendly event says Welch. There will be a fully functioning concession stand and more than enough seating for every spectator.
This year presents a special treat for those enthusiastic about motocross. Oklahoma’s very own Derek Cook will be on site this weekend. Cook is an FMX rider from Piedmont. He is well known for his acrobatic stunts, which show the true courage and bravery of this type of athlete.
During the enduro race, Cook will be signing autographs and once the race ends, he will be performing for the crowd. He will bring out his ramps, and “will be doing some stunts high in the air,” according to Welch.
Regular racing is out this weekend, but a number of the drivers who show up weekly at the Oklahoma Sports Park are likely to be driving these enduro cars, according to Welch.
Welch and his team have been doing the Fireworks display for the city of Ada for 19 years now, as well as hosting an Enduro Race for the past two years. After the race, Welch and his crew with put on an Oklahoma Sports Park fireworks show.