McClelland Strikes for Another ASCS Sooner Score at Creek County SAPULPA, Okla. (May 20, 2006) -- Sean McClelland tuned up for next weekend's O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour Virginia double in grand style by scoring his third ...
McClelland Strikes for Another ASCS Sooner Score at Creek County
SAPULPA, Okla. (May 20, 2006) -- Sean McClelland tuned up for next weekend's O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour Virginia double in grand style by scoring his third American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region feature victory of the season in Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Creek County Speedway.
As the series returned to the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile clay oval for the first time in nearly three years, McClelland outdueled Kevin Battles over the opening two rounds then raced to the checkered flag ahead of Mike Goodman, Battles, 17th-starter Cody Wampler and Kevin Ramey, who recovered from a mid-race incident to round out the top five.
Battles and McClelland led the feature field to the green flag, only to have the initial start waved off for a front stretch skirmish that resulted in a Sam Hafertepe, Jr., flip into turn one. Hafertepe was uninjured but done for the night. Trey Robb was eliminated as well, while Derek Cottrell rejoined the chase after quick front-end repairs.
Back under way, Battles and McClelland raced in wheel-to-wheel fashion for the opening two-and-a-half circuits before McClelland put Allisha and Wade Wisely's Wesmar-powered No. 1 Oil Capital Transportation/Messer Construction Maxim in front.
As McClelland set the pace, Battles was left to fend off the challenges of Sherman Davis for second, while Ramey raced past Goodman for fourth on the fifth lap. Ramey soon joined the fray for second, only to be relegated to the rear when he spun to a stop on the backstretch on the 13th lap as the trio traded contact.
Davis' bids for second would end two laps later when he pulled to the infield with mechanical woes, with Goodman moving up to third. Goodman raced past Battles for second by the 16th round and set his sights on McClelland.
Following the race's final caution for a lap 22 spin by J.P. Bailey in turn two, McClelland slipped away to a five car-length advantage.JMcClelland adeptly dodged a spinning Cody Branchcomb in turn two on the 28th round and raced to the checkered flag unabated.
Goodman settled for the runner-up slot, with Battles taking the show position. Wampler turned in the race's top passing performance by racing from the 17th starting position to snare fourth, with Ramey slicing back through the field to salvage a fifth place finish.
Running fourth as late as lap 21, Johnny Miller crossed the stripe sixth after succumbing to the charging duo of Wampler and Ramey. Foster Landon claimed seventh, with Danny Jennings, 20th-starter Cottrell and 18th-starter Kevin Risley completing the top ten.
Goodman, Battles, Miller, Ramey and McClelland topped heat race action for the 39-car field, with Jamie Passmore and Robb winning the twin 12-lap "B" Mains.J American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results:
First Heat (10 Laps): 1. 11-Mike Goodman, 2. 45-J.P. Bailey, 3. 61J-Danny Jennings, 4. 61-Earnest Jennings, 5. 94w-Waylon Weaver, 6. 9x-Larry Carter, 7. 36-Mitchell Gosey, 8. 35c-Wendy Chapa.
Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. 14-Kevin Battles, 2. 78-Kevin Pickard, 3. 81au-Gavin Punch, 4. 4-Jamie Passmore, 5. 24-Kevin Risley, 6. 26-Rafe Essary, 7. 22J-Jasiel Randolph, 8. b4-Eric Baldaccini.
Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. 64J-Johnny Miller, 2. 72-Sherman Davis, 3. 23-Jimmy Taylor, 4. 10-Brian McClelland, 5. 59-Dex Eaton, 6. 22-Koby Barksdale, 7. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 8. 26m-Shelly Ward.
Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 11F-Foster Landon, 3. 12-Trey Robb, 4. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 5. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 6. 97-Robert Sellers, 7. 99-Justin Melton, 8. 16s-Eddie Ramsey.
Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 1-Sean McClelland, 2. 52-Roy Larkin, 3. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 4. 10w-Cody Wampler, 5. 25-Derek Cottrell, 6. 15b-Michael Brown, 7. 60-Earl McDoulett.
First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 4-Jamie Passmore, 2. 10w-Cody Wampler, 3. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 4. 26-Rafe Essary, 5. 10-Brian McClelland, 6. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 97-Robert Sellers, 8. 36-Mitchell Gosey, 9. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 10. 81au-Gavin Punch, 11. 9x-Larry Carter.JDNS: 60-Earl McDoulett, 16s-Eddie Ramsey.
Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 12-Trey Robb, 2. 24-Kevin Risley, 3. 25-Derek Cottrell, 4. 59-Dex Eaton, 5. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 6. 26m-Shelly Ward, 7. 94w-Waylon Weaver, 8. 99-Justin Melton, 9. 22J-Jasiel Randolph, 10. 15b-Michael Brown, 11. 22-Koby Barksdale, 12. 35c-Wendy Chapa.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 1-Sean McClelland, 2. 11-Mike Goodman, 3. 14-Kevin Battles, 4. 10w-Cody Wampler, 5. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 6. 64J-Johnny Miller, 7. 11F-Foster Landon, 8. 61J-Danny Jennings, 9. 25-Derek Cottrell, 10. 24-Kevin Risley, 11. 23-Jimmy Taylor, 12. 45-J.P. Bailey, 13. 4-Jamie Passmore, 14. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 15. 78-Kevin Pickard, 16. 61-Earnest Jennings, 17. 52-Roy Larkin, 18. 72-Sherman Davis, 19. 12-Trey Robb, 20. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Sean McClelland 734, 2. (tie) Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Kevin Ramey 690, 4. Brian McClelland 605, 5. J.P. Bailey 557, 6. Cody Wampler 540, 7. Trey Robb 536, 8. Jimmy Taylor 520, 9. Johnny Miller 499, 10. Dex Eaton 491.