Finally, a week with no rain, ice or snow! It seems that Mother Nature has been playing a round of “How Much Can We Mess with the New Track Surface” at the legendary Tri-State Speedway. For almost every week of the last 12 weeks, there has either been inches of rain, ice or snow on the 350+ dump truck loads of new clay that was dumped onto the old racing surface. As a result of the adverse weather conditions, the track surface for last weekend’s season opening 36th Annual Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger were not what we would hope/strive to have.
With a full week of predicted rain and storms, almost no rain, if any, fell on the famous high banks in Pocola, OK. As a result, this weekend’s races were started on time, with a lot fewer cautions from spins and accidents; a wide, smooth and fast track; warmer temperatures and a healthy grandstand crowd that witnessed a competitive racing program that saw a few repeat winners from last weekend and some new winners, as well.
This weekend also saw the Easter Bunny make an appearance at intermission with candy for the kids and free photos! The photos can be picked up next weekend at the track. This weekend’s races and Easter festivities were sponsored by Menasco Racing Enterprises.
Results from Saturday night’s action saw two racers make it two in a row with another three winning their first feature of the year. In Pure Stock action, Dennis Slader (19 – Muskogee, OK) notched win number two of the season at Tri-State Speedway, while Cody Collingsworth (10 - Rudy, AR) finished second followed by Chris Perkins (88 – Rudy, AR). In the IMCA Sport Mod class, Aaron Scroggins (1/4 – Neosho, MO) picked up the A Feature hardware and check with Todd Broyles (09 – Farmington, AR) right on his rear bumper and Kayden Menasco (4960 – McAlester, OK) finishing in third.
Factory/I Stock action saw Chris Patterson (48 – Greenwood, AR) win his first feature of the season, with Kris Vaughn (35 – Pocola, OK) in second and defending class champion, Jerome Heinrich (4+4 – Huntsville, AR) in third. Kyle Slader (19S – Muskogee, OK) took home the win for the first time in 2015 in the Super Stocks, while Gene Davlin (26 – Shady Point, OK) found the high line late in the race to finish second ahead of Neil Johnston (17 – Fort Smith, AR). In the IMCA Modifieds, Tate Cole (89 – Muskogee, OK) made it two for two with his A Feature win as Danny Womack (3 – Bixby, OK) crossed the line in second ahead of Van Gemmill (21 – Ponca City, OK).
Complete race results, including heats, and current points can be found by clicking on the Results menu or by clicking here.
Racing action continues this coming Saturday night with another round of high-octane, edge-of-your-seat, door-to-door action on the famous high banks with another night of point racing as we celebrate 45 consecutive years of racing in 2015. Pit gates open at 4 PM with grandstands at 5 PM. Racing is scheduled to start at 7 PM. All of our information can always be found here on our website and all of our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
We will see you soon!