By John Rittenoure: Tulsa, Okla (May 26, 2001) - Eight-time defending NCRA Outlaw Sprint champion Gary Wright of Hooks, Texas has set nearly every record in the book since winning his first NCRA title in 93. He appears ready to make it nine after...
By John Rittenoure: Tulsa, Okla (May 26, 2001) - Eight-time defending NCRA Outlaw Sprint champion Gary Wright of Hooks, Texas has set nearly every record in the book since winning his first NCRA title in 93. He appears ready to make it nine after scoring an impressive 30-lap victory Saturday at Tulsa Speedway.
Wright earned the right to start on the pole by winning his heat then led every lap to pocket a $4,000 pay check and his 70th career win.
Wright was fortunate to be out front throughout the race as his brakes faded during the race.
"It was a good start. The car was good," said Wright afterwards in victory lane.
"We lost brakes in the middle. We lost them last week while leading a feature so I am going to do some brake work and see what is wrong.
Three yellow flags helped Wright make the distance.
"I hit a lapped car when I hit the brakes and did not have anything," said Wright. "Under the yellow they cooled down and I pumped them up and had brakes the last three laps."
Young Nick Smith of Broken Arrow may have had his best night as he held off local track champion Donnie Crawford for second. Smith moved into the runner-up spot on lap 6 and Crawford climbed into third on lap 15. Crawford tried to get by Smith on the final lap but settled for third. Rookie Sean McClelland ran a strong fourth just ahead of Terry McCarl of Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
"I just started following Gary's line and it started working for me," said Smith of his second place run. "On the yellows my tires would cool off and just could not get going.
"I like finishing behind Gary if I have to finish behind anyone. I might have been able to catch him but passing is another matter."
Gary Wright was the winner of the season opener for the National Championship Racing Ass’n. Saturday night at Tulsa Speedway, and leads the series to the inaugural All Stars vs. NCRA Eastern Challenge June 13-17 in the heart of All Star territory.
Action opens Wednesday night June 13 at the Fabulous Bedford Speedway in Bedford, PA. Thursday June 14th the series moves to the Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, Pa. Friday night June 15, action commences at the Cannonball Speedway in Morristown, OH (near St. Clairsville). Saturday's action on June 16 pays $7,000 to win for the annual "Night the Stars Come Out" at K-C Raceway in Alma near Chillicothe. Sunday's finale is set for Tri-City Speedway near Franklin, Pa. on June 17.
Knoxville Raceway veteran driver John Sernett of Shakopee, MN has notified the All Stars that he will make the 19 hour tow from the Gopher State to run the five race series. This will be the first time Sernett has ever raced with the All Stars. Armed with a fresh Paul Kistler engine out of Fremont, OH, Sernett says he’s ready to challenge both the All Stars and the NCRA drivers.