OSP to host state championship

Oil Capital Racing Series drivers Sheldon Barksdale (20s) and Frank Taft (22t) are shown at an earlier appearance at the Oklahoma Sports Park. The OCRS will be featured at the OSP Saturday night. Doors open at 5 p.m., and races are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

TULSA — September has arrived, and with it comes the 12th annual Oklahoma State Championship at the Oklahoma Sports Park featuring the Ameri-Flex/OCRS sprint cars.

Tuttle’s Oklahoma’s Shane Sellers is scheduled to defend the state title that he conquered last year at the local dirt park.

The win kept the race a family affair, as father Robert (Sellers) won the event in 2016. Shane also scored a win at the Oklahoma Sports Park this past May, when he won the 10th annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial. Between both Sellers pilots, they have won the last five OCRS events held at the race track.

Zach Chappell, who was last year’s runner-up to Sellers in the OSC race, will attempt to earn his first state championship victory lane trip. Chappell is coming off the most recent win in the series, having won over the Labor Day weekend at the Caney Valley Speedway.

Chappell is also second in points, sitting just 60 markers behind series points leader Alex Sewell, who is not just looking for his first state championship win, but his first win of any kind at the Ada track. Previous winners of this event that are expected to be on hand for an attempt at another triumph, including Whit Gastineau (a three-time winner) and Gary Owens.

Race fans will have a final opportunity to see sprint cars blaze their way around the ultra-quick dirt oval in 2018, as the last events remaining for the track’s 2018 season do not have sprint cars scheduled.

As usual with OCRS racing events, there will be prizes given away by the racing series during the program making for a night of great entertainment for the whole family.

Race time is set for 7:30 p.m. and will also include OSP’s regular classes of modifieds and stock car divisions. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Cost is $15 for adults and $13 for senior citizens and kids ages 11-13. Kids ages 10 and under are admitted free. Pit passes will be available for $30.

The Oklahoma Sports Park is home to a 4/10-mile clay oval track and is located 10 miles northwest of Ada on state Highway 3W.

Nutz n’ boltz

• Open invitation: Racesaver 305 sprint cars are invited to race with the Ameri-Flex/OCRS series at this weekend’s Oklahoma State Championship event, with the following stipulations: Cars must utilize the 3’ x 5’ OCRS-approved top wing; motors must be legal per Racesaver rules; cars may weigh 1500 pounds with driver; Cars may use the approved right rear Racesaver tire or the OCRS-approved right rear tires; bleeders are allowed for the tires.

• The 24 minute engine change: At the Sprint Spectacular Summer Showdown on Labor Day weekend at the Caney Valley Speedway, Zach Chappell and crew had the task of changing a motor after having one go down on him during his heat race. The crew accomplished that in an amazing 24 minutes. With enough event points earned from the night before of the two-day program, Chappell was still able to start on the front row and wound up winning the event after having to battle Shane Sellers and Andrew Deal for the top spot.

• Another sewell: Jared Sewell, cousin to Alex, made his OCRS racing debut during the Labor Day holiday. We are looking forward to seeing the number 44 sprinter with the group some more.

• $24,000 PLUS PURSE AHEAD: The Oklahoma State Championship event is the final event before the Ameri-Flex Challenge III presented by Grand National Trailer, scheduled Sept. 29. for the Salina Highbanks. This year’s version will surpass the previous record of just over $20,000 for the largest payout in series history, as over $24,000 will be on the line.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.