Maier Wins at WaKeeney, Sweeps O'Reilly/NCRA Sprint Car Weekend WAKEENEY, Kan. (June 12, 2005) -- After several days of rain, Mother Nature did her best to keep Garry Lee Maier from sweeping the O'Reilly/NCRA Sprint Car Series this ...
Maier Wins at WaKeeney, Sweeps O'Reilly/NCRA Sprint Car Weekend
WAKEENEY, Kan. (June 12, 2005) -- After several days of rain, Mother Nature did her best to keep Garry Lee Maier from sweeping the O'Reilly/NCRA Sprint Car Series this weekend.
With more rain rolling in officials at WaKeeney Speedway moved the sprint car feature up one spot in the order, which gave Maier all the time he needed to make it a two-fer this weekend. Saturday Maier won at Salina Speedway by charging from the back of the pack while Sunday he won by running up front.
Maier started both races on the outside of the first row but Sunday he didn't spin at the start. After a yellow for Tony Bruce on the first lap, Maier tucked in behind pole sitter Steve King on the restart.
On the second lap, Maier and King swapped the lead on the back straight before Maier made the move stick going into turn three. They broke away from the field together before Maier began to put some distance between himself and Steve.
But on lap 11, King began to noticeably close the gap and pulled right up behind Maier. Then it was King's turn as he got around Maier for the lead on the back and began to pull away himself.
Just as King had done when Maier pulled away initially, Garry Lee began to reel in Steve. They ran side-by-side down the back straight on lap 18 before Maier slipped in front going into turns three and four.
Abe Sherwood spun exiting turn two on lap 20 to bring out the second and final yellow of the 30-lap race and give King one more shot at Maier. King nosed ahead on the restart but Garry Lee regained the point on the back. With the last 11 laps run under green, Maier coasted to the checker for his second of the year and the 47th of his career.
C.J. Johnson also moved around King to take over second place on lap 20. But C.J. could never get close enough to make a move on Maier as he pulled out to lead by a full straightaway down the stretch.
Two laps later King got too high coming out of turn two. He momentarily slid over the berm and lost third place to Jason Martin before he could recover and get back on track. King took the high line going through turn two on lap 27 to retake third from Martin.
Maier became the first repeat winner this year while Johnson equaled his best finish of the season with second. King was third, his second straight top five finish and third of the season. Martin was fourth, as he's finished in the top six in all four outings this year. Rookie points leader Preston Peebles rounded out the top five. It was his fourth top 10 finish in five races.
King, Maier and Martin won the Cherokee Casino & Resort heat races. With inclement weather rapidly moving in, the pole dashes were scrapped and all 20 drivers lined up for the A feature based on passing points from the heats.