(Photos courtesy of Mike Howard)
David Smith, Jr.
Sellers Claims First Career Sprint Series of Oklahoma Victory!
Enid, Oklahoma - March 31, 2018 - In only his third appearance behind the wheel, Shane Sellers took the lead early and never looked back to claim the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver presented by Smiley’s Racing Products /Hoosier Racing Tires Southwest sprint car victory Saturday night at Enid Speedway in Enid, Oklahoma.
Gary Owens and Andy Shouse started on the front row for the twenty-lap feature with Owens taking the early lead over Shouse and fourth-starting Sellers. Sellers would dispose of Shouse for the runner-up position one lap later and on lap three, took over the top position from Owens.
Those two drivers ran one-two throughout the event with Sellers seemingly unchallenged until lap sixteen. That is when Owens would close the cap and began putting pressure on the Mustang driver and coming out of turn two, made his move to retake the lead on the last lap. Yet Sellers would not be denied and regained the advantage in turns three and four and would cross the finish line two-car-lengths over Owens to put the Pete Haskins owned #16s into victory lane in only his third start for the team.
Shouse would settled for third while eighth-starting Zach Blurton came home fourth. Travis Scott rounded out the top five.
2017 Nebraska State IMCA sprint car champion Tyler Drueke made the trip down from his Omaha, Nebraska home to make his first appearance in SSO competition a good one as he finished sixth from his ninth starting position.
Next up for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver presented by Smiley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tires Southwest will be their first of three scheduled events at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Oklahoma on Saturday night, April 14.
Sprint Series of Oklahoma
Enid Speedway/Enid, Oklahoma
March 31, 2018
Saldana Racing Products 1st Heat: 1) Josh Toho, 2) Andy Shouse, 3) Zach Blurton, 4) Shane Sellers, 5) Chris Kelly, 6) Loyd Clevenger, 7) Mike Scott.
Kiezer Wheels 2nd Heat: 1) Travis Scott, 2) Gary Owens, 3) Justin Mowry, 4) Tyler Drveke, 5) Jake Martens, 6) Brandon Jennings, 7) Joe Wood, Jr.
Pyrotech Fuel Cells 3rd Heat: 1) Tanner Conn, 2) Blake Scott, 3) Cody Whitworth, 4) Ty Williams, 5) Eric Mathews, 6) Cody Hays.
A Feature (20 Laps): 1) Shane Sellers, 2) Gary Owens, 3) Andy Shouse, 4) Zach Blurton, 5) Travis Scott, 6) Tyler Drveke, 7) Blake Scott, 8) Joe Wood, Jr., 9) Josh Toho, 10) Cody Whitworth, 11) Chris Kelly, 12) Eric Mathews, 13) Justin Mowry, 14) Cody Hays, 15) Ty Williams, 16) Loyd Clevenger, 17) Tanner Conn, 18) Brandon Jennings, DNS: Mike Scott, Jake Martens.