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July 10, 2013

Fans flock to watch enduro race

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A few laps later, Paul Owens' No. 25 car was obliterated near the flagstand. Usually during an enduro race, they don’t stop for anything. If a car gets stalled on the track, other racers have to maneuver around it. But this wreck was bad enough that OSP officials rushed to the scene to make sure Owens was OK. And he was.

 By lap 60, only 22 of the 40-plus enduro entrants were still standing ... er, driving ... and only 15 remained by lap 116.

The winner, driving car No. 29, was Jeremy Wilson. He was clearly the best of the bunch — and maybe the luckiest — on this day. When he pulled up to the flagstand to celebrate his victory, his car caught fire.

Rounding out the top five were Cody Cosby (2), James New (10), Daniel Wilson (5) and Bryan Schutte (19).

Welch said the enduro-motocross combo. along with a fantastic fireworks display to end the night, helped build the huge crowd.

“We had lots of people and lots of entertainment and lots of fun. It went real well. I’m just tickled to death. We’re going to have to do this again,” he said. “We might have to start bringing in something different more often.”

If he does, he might have to add even more seating.

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