Rob Nugent, Track Announcer/Social Media/PR
POCOLA, OK (May 26thand 27th, 2018) – Memorial Day Weekend racing at the mighty Tri-State Speedway saw point racing in all classes on Saturday night and added money for all classes on Sunday night. Mid 90-degree temperatures greeted the fans on both nights. As what has become the norm under new track owners, the track was ready to race at the advertised hot lap time and produced a four-wide and fast track for the drivers and fans.
The pre-race ceremonies started just before 8:00 PM on both nights. Saturday night the invocation was followed by the national anthem as cars presented the nation’s flag around the speedway. On Sunday night, respect was paid to our fallen veterans after the invocation with Amazing Grace, a 21-gun salute and Taps being played over the PA system. Gabrielle Gore followed with a live singing of our National Anthem.
Heat races were determined by the driver’s draw at sign in. The classes advanced to their features heads up on Saturday night with an invert redraw. On Sunday night, the Factory Stocks and the Out Pace USRA B-Mods drew for their invert, but the A Feature line ups for the Super Stocks and the USRA Modifieds were determined by a pole dash in each class that was held first after intermission. Several drivers did well and advanced their starting positions by defeating their competitors who qualified better than them from their heats. Bonus money was also paid to drivers for each round they won.
At intermission, 50/50 money was given away on Saturday night. On Sunday night, a free $100 gift card from Philpot’s Car Care Center that was given to the oldest female service member in attendance to honor Memorial Day. Everyone had a chance to grab themselves some food items from the newly reconfigured concession along with an ice-cold Pepsi product. They also grabbed TSS T-shirts and tornado relief concert shirts from the T-short booth and registered for the race-ready Super Stock that will be given away at the end of the season. All proceeds from the car giveaway will benefit the driver’s point fund.
TOP THREE – Saturday
The NexGen A Feature was completed just before intermission and saw Greg Dobbs (6 – Booneville, AR) take the win over Seth Halford (35) and Bob Halford (52). Along with claiming the trophy, Dobbs picked up $50 from Budget Tire & Auto Center. There is still time to get racing this season with your own NexGen car. The NexGen class is an entry-level, low-cost, no racing experience class. You can find the simple rules on our website under Driver Info and then Rules.
The first race on the track after intermission was for the Factory Stock A Feature. Jack Kirby (7 - Pryor, OK) took the checkers first over Dallas Bourland (48 – Fort Smith, AR) and Kris Vaughn (35- Van Buren, AR). Bourland retains the point lead of only three points going into the June 2nd point races with 427 points.
Up next was the Out Pace USRA B-Mod A Feature where JR Owen (79 - Pocola, OK) crossed the finish line first ahead of Brandon Wilson (4B - Fort Smith, AR) and Dustin Boston (36 – Hulbert, OK). Dean Green (28 – Siloam Springs, AR) holds onto the points lead with 434 points.
The Super Stock A Feature rolled onto the track next. Danny Womack (3 - Bixby, OK) took his second win in a row. Kyle Slader (19S - Muskogee, OK) and Dylan Davlin (26D – Shady Point, OK) finished in second and third, respectively. Gean Davlin (26 – Shady Point, OK) stays at the top of the point standings with 346.
The USRA Modifieds took to the high banks last for A Feature. Steve Holzkamper (5 - Gentry, AR) road the outside lane off the turns and crossed the finish line first. Kyle Ledford (75 - Greenwood, AR) took home second place and Brent Holman (17 – Rogers, AR) in third place. Holman extended his points lead, now by 31, going into next weekend’s point racing in Saturday night.
TOP THREE – Saturday
The first race on the track after intermission was for the Factory Stock A Feature. Jack Kirby (7 - Pryor, OK) repeated his success from Saturday night and took the checkers first over Mike Wiseman (DT1 – Muskogee, OK) and Kyle Hamby (7K – Hackett, AR). Kirby picked up the $500 paycheck for the win. This was a non-track points feature.
Up next was the Out Pace USRA B-Mod A Feature where Tate Cole (89 – Fort Gibson, OK) crossed the finish line first ahead of Steve Holzkamper (5 - Gentry, AR) and Brandon Wilson (4B – Fort Smith, AR). Along with the trophy, Cole picked up $1,000 for the win. This was a non-track points feature.
The Super Stock A Feature rolled onto the track next. Danny Womack (3 - Bixby, OK) took his third win in a row and second for the weekend. Kyle Slader (19S - Muskogee, OK) finished in second again as Ty Evans (5E – Fort Smith, AR) finished in third. Womack grabbed the $1,250 paycheck. This was a non-track points feature.
The USRA Modifieds took to the high banks last for A Feature. Chad Wheeler (88 – Muskogee, OK) crossed the finish line first as Brent Holman (17 – Rogers, AR) took home second place over Steve Holzkamper (5 – Gentry, AR). Along with the win, Wheeler left with a hefty $1,500 paycheck for the win. This was a non-track points feature.
Blaise Leatherman (94L – Muskogee, OK) returned with his NexGen car and claimed the trophy. You can find the simple NexGen rules on our website under Driver Info and then Rules.
Complete race results from both nights can be found on our website under Results. Be sure to click on the red “See All Results” link at the bottom of the top five results for all results, including heat races and lower features.
The next event for Tri-State Speedway will be on June 2nd, 2018 as the ASCS Sprint Cars return to the famous high banks with point racing in all regular classes, too.
The Ca$h Money SuperDirt Series Late Models will return again to the famous highbanks on June 16th. Topless Out Pace USRA B-Mod action is coming soon, too. More information on all events can be found on our website and our social media channels.
We will see YOU soon!