POCOLA, OK (April 22nd , 2017) – The second points race of the season at the legendary Tri-State Speedway saw us once again doing battle with Mother Nature at the famous high banks in Pocola, OK for a night to race that was free of rain. Fortunately, race day was free from precipitation and even though it was overcast for most of the day with temps in the 50’s, the track prep crew, along with volunteers, were able to get the track into a raceable condition for the fans and drivers.
The pre-race ceremonies of the invocation and the National Anthem, for the evening started at 8 PM, which is now the scheduled start time, due to Daylight Savings Time and the forthcoming summer heat.
The race program started with heat races for all five classes on hand. Heat race lineups were determined by the driver’s season point average, which is the number of points earned divided by the number of races they’ve competed in. Those averages are then inverted so the fastest cars start at the back of their heats with any new cars, or cars without an average, behind them.
At intermission at about 9:00 PM, everyone had a chance to grab themselves one of the new “Tommy burgers” and other hot food that Audrey and her crew had cooking on the grill and get some hot liquid beverages into their system. Also, due to the trophy shop being closed last weekend, last weekend’s winners were presented their trophies.
The first race on the track after intermission was the USRA B-Mods for their A Feature that saw Hunter Byers (88B – Rogers, AR) win for the second week in a row as Jacob Stoll (12 – Mounds, OK) crossed the line in second ahead of Steve Butler (40 – Siloam Springs, AR) in third.
Next up was the Pure Stocks for their A Feature where Dustin Bell (18B – Atkins, AR) took the win as Adam Gipson (20 – Lavaca, AR) and Dennis Slader (19 – Muskogee, OK) followed in second and third, respectively.
Next was the IMCA Modified A Feature where Drew Armstrong (01A - Alexander, AR) captured the checkers over Chuck Bumgarner (55 – Muskogee, OK) as Michael Hines (57M – Van Buren, AR), finished in third.
The next feature on the track was for the Super Stocks. Kyle Slader (19S – Muskogee, OK) only led for about 50 yards, but it was the most important as it was the last 50 yards to pick up the win over last weekend’s winner, Ty Evans (5E -Fort Smith, AR). Tyler Hopson (333 – Fort Gibson, OK) finished in third place.
The USRA Modified A Feature was the last on the track next and saw Trevor Latham (27L – Rogers, AR) exert his dominance with a strong first place finish over Brandon Hunter (1/4 – Alma, AR) and a hard-charging Steve Holzkamper (5 – Gentry, AR) who drove his machine from a 12th place starting position to end up in third.
Complete A Feature results for the event are listed on our website. All race results, including heats, will be available soon. Current track point standings (top three in each class) are available there, as well, with full class points coming soon.
Our next upcoming event information will be another night of edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding excitement point racing scheduled for April 29th. Don’t forget the new starting time of 8 PM with both pit gates and grandstand gates opening at 5 PM. Driver’s meeting is at 7 PM and hot laps are scheduled for 7:30 PM.
The complete 2017 racing schedule can always be found on our website at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com Also, be sure to stay up to date with us via our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube which can be found by clicking the icons on the bottom of our website home page or by adding a “/” plus “Facebook”, “Twitter”, “Google+” or “YouTube” at the end so it looks like www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com/Facebook, etc.
We will see YOU soon!
• 10th Annual Danny Martinez, Jr. Memorial Races & Law Enforcement/EMT/Firefighters Night on May 6th, 2017
• $1,500 to win 100 lap Enduro with the first appearance of the Southern Outlaw Late Model Series on May 13th, 2017
• 1st Annual Super Stock Triple Threat Weekend on Memorial Day Weekend with live streaming coverage by FloRacing with $300 to start and $3,000 to win the Super Stock A Feature on Friday, Saturday and Sunday brought to you in part by Bravado Wireless.
Due to expected heavy rain overnight and during the day tomorrow, Tri-State Speedway is cancelling the point racing scheduled for April 29th, 2017.
We ask that everyone stay weather aware today, tonight and tomorrow.
Up next will be the 10th Annual Danny Martinez, Jr, Memorial Races scheduled for May 6th, 2017. It will also be law enforcement, EMT/paramedics and firefighters night. All of the above will get in free to the grandstands with an ID or badge - limit one person per free pass. We invite all area police departments and agencies to bring their vehicles out to help us memorialize the tragic loss of Danny with a parade lap to start the night's activities.
Remember, gates open at 5 PM and racing starts at 8 PM.
We'll see YOU next Saturday night!
After our first couple of races this season, the Pure Stock class has been showing us the numbers! As a result, we are paying them back with an increased weekly payout!
Starting with the April 22nd, 2017 weekly point races, the Pure Stocks will now be paid the following: 1 - 350, 2 - 175, 3 - 150, 4 - 125, 5 - 100, 6 – 85, 7 – 70, 8 – 60, 9 – 50, 10 – 15 – 40, 16 - 20 – 35. As with our other classes, if there are less than 11 cars for that sign in, the pay will start at second place.
Also with the Pure Stock class, there is now a driveline (engine, transmission, rear end, tires, wheels, brakes, shocks) protest fee of $175. This can be done by any driver who finishes on the lead lap of the A Feature and has run two consecutive weeks at Tri-State Speedway in that class. In the event that two drivers are protesting the same car, the driver who finished lowest and on the lead lap, will get to protest. The fee, in cash, must be taken to the tech man BEFORE the green flag drops. If your car's being protested, you will be told by track officials that you must report to tech immediately after your race and before going to the pit areas. If the car that is found to be legal, the protest fee will go to that driver for gaskets, seals, oil, etc. to put things back together with. If the car is found to be illegal, the protest fee will be returned and the driver that is found to be illegal will be disqualified and will lose all points and money earned for the night.. Revisions may be made to this rule, if needed, and will be updated here and on our social media pages, as well as the rules for the class. If you have any questions on what is legal or not, please contact the tech man, Wendell Vaughn, after 5 PM, at 918.721.4552. Complete Pure Stock clss rules are available here.