Nick Smith Scores ASCS Sooner Win at Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (August 18, 2006) -- Nick Smith fought off Gary Wright to post his fifth career American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region triumph in Friday night's 25-lap...
Nick Smith Scores ASCS Sooner Win at Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (August 18, 2006) -- Nick Smith fought off Gary Wright to post his fifth career American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region triumph in Friday night's 25-lap feature at State Fair Speedway.
After starting third, Smith took the lead from Sam Hafertepe, Jr., on the seventh round then fought off several charges from Wright to win by ten car-lengths aboard the Ostrich-powered MPHG Promotions No. 15s J&J.
Starting from the pole, Hafertepe outgunned fellow front row starter Larry Neighbors for the early lead with Foster Landon a close third before the red flag flew for J.P. Bailey, who climbed a wheel and flipped on the frontstretch. Bailey walked away from his damaged machine uninjured.
With Hafertepe leading the way as action resumed, seventh-starter Wright charged past Smith for third. But Smith quickly returned the favor and moved in on Hafertepe to take the lead on the sixth lap, only to have the pass negated by a Joe Wood, Jr., spin.
Smith was able to repeat the pass after the restart by diving to the low side of Hafertepe entering turn three to take command. Wright made his way past Hafertepe a lap later and set his sights on Smith for the lead.
With lapped traffic coming into play at the halfway point, Wright turned up the heat on Smith and briefly slipped by on both laps 19 and 20, only to have Smith fight back into the lead.When the race's final yellow flag flew after 22 laps for a Gary Owens spin, Smith slipped away from with a clear track to secure the win.JWright settled for second, with Hafertepe taking over the series point lead with a third place finish.
Johnny Miller claimed fourth, with Neighbors rounding out the top five.JLandon was sixth, with Kevin Ramey, 19th-starter Robert Sellers, 15th-starter Danny Jennings and Eric Baldaccini completing the top ten.
Baldaccini, Landon, Neighbors, Zach Chappell and Smith topped heat race action for the stout 43-car field, with Jennings and McClelland splitting victory honors in "B" Main action.
After his heat race win, Chappell scratched from the "A" Main with an ailing engine.
Derek Cottrell flipped in the fifth heat and was done for the night.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. B4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 64J-Johnny Miller, 3. 45-J.P. Bailey, 4. 1-Sean McClelland, 5. 61J-Danny Jennings, 6. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 7. 78-Gary Flatt, 8. 15B-Michael Brown, 9. 59-Dex Eaton.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 11F-Foster Landon, 2. 26-Rafe Essary, 3. 9-Gary Wright, 4. 15x-B.J. Fay, 5. 23-Jimmy Taylor, 6. 10-Brian McClelland, 7. 2W-Kenneth Walker, 8. 99-Justin Melton. DNS: 34-Jeff Leep.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29N-Larry Neighbors, 2. 13-Strike Hill, 3. 2-Whit Gastineau, 4. 27-Andy Shouse, 5. 12-Trey Robb, 6. 22J-Jasiel Randolph, 7. 6G-John Kilmer, 8. 35C-Wendy Chapa, 9. 61-Earnest Jennings.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 92-Zach Chappell, 2. 72-Sherman Davis, 3. 33-Gary Owens, 4. 97X-Robert Sellers, 5. 85S-Forrest Sutherland, 6. 14B-Robert Byrom, 7. 36-Mitchell Gosey, 8. 16$-Eddie Ramsey.
Fifth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 15S-Nick Smith, 2. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. 7M-Kevin Ramey, 4. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 5. 21-Brandon Jennings, 6. 97B-Shelly Ward, 7. 61L-Lee Jennings, 8. 25-Derek Cottrell.
First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 61J-Danny Jennings, 2. 33-Gary Owens, 3. 97x-Robert Sellers, 4. 27-Andy Shouse, 5. 10-Brian McClelland, 6. 85s-Forrest Sutherland, 7. 21-Brandon Jennings, 8. 59-Dex Eaton, 9. 99-Justin Melton, 10. 97b-Shelly Ward, 11. 16$-Eddie Ramsey, 12. 2w-Kenneth Walker, 13. 6g-John Kilmer. DNS: 61L-Lee Jennings.
Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 1-Sean McClelland, 2. 12-Trey Robb, 3. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 4. 15x-B.J. Fay, 5. 15b-Michael Brown, 6. 22J-Jasiel Randolph, 7. 78-Gary Flatt, 8. 61-Earnest Jennings, 9. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 10. 36-Mitchell Gosey, 11. 14b-Robert Byrom, 12. 23-Jimmy Taylor. DNS: 25-Derek Cottrell, 35c-Wendy Chapa.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15s-Nick Smith, 2. 9-Gary Wright, 3. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 4. 64J-Johnny Miller, 5. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 6. 11F-Foster Landon, 7. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 8. 97x-Robert Sellers, 9. 61J-Danny Jennings, 10. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 11. 2-Whit Gastineau, 12. 1-Sean McClelland, 13. 12-Trey Robb, 14. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 15. 26-Rafe Essary, 16. 33-Gary Owens, 17. 13-Strike Hill, 18. 72-Sherman Davis, 19. 45-J.P. Bailey. DNS: 92-Zach Chappell.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,558, 2. Sean McClelland 1,556, 3. Kevin Ramey 1,534, 4. Brian McClelland 1,324, 5. Johnny Miller 1,323, 6. J.P. Bailey 1,279, 7. Dex Eaton 1,222, 8. Jimmy Taylor 1,171, 9. Justin Melton 1,133, 10. Eric Baldaccini 1,125.