Hughes finally gets Sooner Late Model Series win at home

Mullens, Adam, Allen pick up victories on Back-to-School Bash Night

By John Rittenoure - ENID, Okla. (August 11, 2018) - Winning races have not been a problem for Kip Hughes. But winning at home has.

Three times this season Hughes has come up short in Sooner Late Model Series races at his home track of Enid Speedway where he co-promotes with Mark Brill. However, Saturday nothing stood in his way and Hughes easily won his third Sooner Series victory of the season.

And it came at Enid Speedway.

“It has been a lot of work in the making, but it always good to win at home,” said Hughes afterwards.

In the seasons' first race at Enid Hughes looked fast in his heat only to swap motors prior to the main event. On another night cut tires plagued the Enid resident. The third event at home last month was not much better. Hughes only finished ninth.

“Every night except for tonight we have broke some motors and had flat tires,” Hughes recalled. “We have changed some stuff in our motor program and we are really happy with it now. We finally kept one together tonight.”

Th 25-lap feature atop the high banked 3/8’s mile oval got underway with Eric Brill jumping into the early lead over Sloppy Hogg. However, the yellow quickly waved as Brill slammed into the wall entering turn three while racing with Hogg for the lead. Brill was not hurt, but he was unable to restart.

Hogg restarted with the lead, but it was short-lived. Hughes was quick to challenge and passed Hogg for the lead on lap 3. Hughes pulled away from the field despite catching lapped traffic on lap 12. Hughes continued his pace winning by a straightaway margin over Brandon Givens.

Changes to the car's setup paid off for Hughes this time.

“Last weekend at Hutchinson we tried some stuff and we hit on something,” Hughes said. “It suits my driving style now and is so easy to drive now anyone could come out of the stands and drive this thing.”

Hughes felt the car could go anywhere on the track, but he never had to find out choosing to stay in the low groove throughout the race.

“I think I could have, but the bottom was so good I never got off of it.,” he said.  “We are happy. Moving forward now I think we hit on something and can pick us off some more (wins).”

Hughes was using a crate motor and feels like that is the way to go in the future.

“They are a lot more drivable,” Hughes said. “They are real smooth. We can use a lot softer tire. They just run good. Our open motor cost around $46,000. The bill on this one is $3,500.

“I think this will be good things to come for the Sooner Series.”

After Hughes moved into the lead Hogg held onto second until lap 16 when Givens drove around.  Late in the race, Damain Patocka wheeled into third leaving Hogg with fourth Jeremy Bishop rounded out the top five.


Sooner Late Model Series

Enid Speedway, Enid, Okla.

August 11, 2018

Car count: 18

Heat 1 (10 laps)

1, 36-Jason Redman. 2, ZZ-Sloppy Hogg. 3, 10-4-Adam Popp. 4, 1-Eddie Tidwell. 5, 94-Wesley Kreckerberg. 6, 66-Hayden Ross.

Heat 2 (10 laps)

1, 4-Kip Hughes. 2, 03-Jeremy Bishop. 3, 2G-Brandon Givens. 4, 229-Damian Patocka. 5, 81-Mark Harrison. 6, 9G-Joseph Gorby.

Heat 3 (10 laps)

1, 65-Eric Brill. 2, 33-Steve Hawkins. 3, 77-Kyle Sweeney. 4, 15-Wayne Bush. 5, 57-Andy McElfresh. 6, 99-Cliff Morrow. (DNS).

A Feature (25 laps)

1, 4-Kip Hughes. 2, 2G-Brandon Givens. 3, 229-Damian Patocka. 4, ZZ-Sloppy Hogg. 5, 03-Jeremy Bishop. 6, 81-Mark Harrison. 7, 9G-Joseph Gorby. 8, 1-Eddie Tidwell. 9, 77-Kyle Sweeney. 10, 10-4-Adam Popp. 11, 33-Steve Hawkins. 12, 94-Wesley Kreckerberg. 13, 15-Wayne Bush. 14, 65-Eric Brill. 15, 66-Hayden Ross. DNS: 36-Jason Redman, 57-Andy McElfresh, 99-Cliff Morrow.


Mullens repeats in Sooner Modified feature

Tanner Mullen had little trouble picking up his second straight victory at Enid Speedway. Mullen jumped into the early lead and went the distance. Points leader Greg Burt gave chase with Dustin Allen following in third. Allen rode the high groove to pass Burt for second on lap 6 but could not run down Mullen. Burt settled for third at the finish.

Sooner Modified Series

Enid Speedway, Enid, Okla.

August 11, 2018

Heat 1 (8 laps)

1, 66-Greg Burt. 2, 23X-Logan Robertson. 3, 29-Dustin Choate. 4, 12G-Jeremy Green. 5, 4C-Zach Nickell. 6, 3-Logan Macy. 7, 23-Bryon Root.

Heat 2 (8 laps)

1, 02-Tanner Mullen. 2, 7-Treyton Gann. 3, 7C-J.D. Choate. 4, 05-Milt David. 5, 11-Dustin Allen. 6, 64-Jeremy Hamen.

A Feature (20 laps)

1, 02-Tanner Mullen. 2, 11-Dustin Allen. 3, 66-Greg Burt. 4, 23X-Logan Robertson. 5, 7C-J.D. Choate. 6, 7-Treyton Gann. 7, 29-Dustin Choate. 8, 4C-Zach Nickell. 9, 23-Bryon Root. 10, 64-Jeremy Hamen. 11, 12G-Jeremy Green.12, 05-Milt David. 13, 3-Logan Macy.


Adam battles to sport modified victory

Joe Adam raced around early leader Logan Macy on lap three then outran Brandon Kenny to pick up the win over a 22-car field in the sport modified feature. 

The hard-fought race ended with Jeffrey Kaup in third, and Macy fell to fourth.

Sport Modified

Enid Speedway

August 11, 2018

Heat 1 (8 laps)

1, 21B-Brandon Kenny. 2, 2-Daniel Riley. 3, 66X-Logan Macy. 4, 5-Matthew Smith. 5, 42C-Courtney McCartney. 6, 17-Robert Fallin. 7, 442-Mitt David.

Heat 2 (8 laps)

1, 4-Freddy McCoy. 2, 81H-Mark Harrison. 3, 11H-Denver Howard. 4, 95-Mark Smith. 5, 81-Troy Bynum. 6, 83-Matthew Shenberger. 7, 94-Randy Miller. 8,130-Colby Johnson.

Heat 3 (8 laps)

1, K6-Joe Adam. 2, 21BX-Dan Hacker. 3, 92-Jeffrey Kaup. 4, 68-Brian Byrd. 5, 55J-Jarod Nickell. 6, 9K-Trevin King. 7, 33M-Jonathan Morgan.

A Feature (20 laps)

1, K6-Joe Adam. 2, 21B-Brandon Kenny. 3, 92-Jeffrey Kaup. 4, 66X-LoganMacy. 5, 95-Mark Smith. 6, 5-Matthew Smith. 7, 33M-Jonathan Morgan. 8, 68-Brian Byrd. 9, 11H-Denver Howard. 10, 17-Robert Fallin. 11, 83-Matthew Shenberger. 12, 442-Mitt David. 13, 2-Daniel Riley. 14, 94-Randy Miller. 15, 4-Freddy McCoy. 16, 55J-Jarod Nickell. 17, 130-Colby Johnson. 18, 81H-Mark

Harrison. 19, 81-Troy Bynum. 20, 42C-Courtney McCartney. 21, 21BX-Dan Hacker. 22, 9K-Trevin King.


Allen holds off Sessions in pure stock main

Marvin Allen led from the start to win his second pure stock feature of the season, however, it was a battle to the finish. 

Lance Sessions passed Leighton Clift for second and closed in on Allen. Sessions dogged Allen for most of the race trying to find away to make a pass for the lead. But Allen did not make a mistake leaving Sessions with a very close second. Tommy Bohnstedt was third in the 20-lapper. 


Pure Stock

Enid Speedway

August 11, 2018

Heat 1 (8 laps)

1, 71-Marvin Allen. 2, R2-Brad Costello. 3, 27-Lance Sessions. 4, 5K-Korey Vindetti. 5, 88K-Andrew Kunkel. 6, 52-Alan Crawford. 7, 84-Cody Strong. 8, 06-Tommy Bohnstedt. 9, 45-David Gerhard.

Heat 2 (8 laps)

1, 4CF-Dustin Schoonover. 2, 77-Daniel Wymore. 3, 4-Steve Bluk. 4, 213-Dustin Schechter. 5, 86A-Austin McKinney. 6, 22-Donald Kaup. 7, 48-Richard Bohnstedt. 8, 17-Bill Beebe.

Heat 3 (8 laps)

1, 16-Skylar McCall. 2, 33-Leighton Clift. 3, 11-Cory Strong. 4, 04-JR Williams. 5, 1-Eric Brooks. 6, 45K-Kevin Gerhard. 7, 21K-Ross Dawson. 8, 13K-Harley Knouse. (DNS).

A Feature (20 laps)

1, 71-Marvin Allen. 2, 27-Lance Sessions. 3, 06-Tommy Bohnstedt. 4, R2-Brad Costello. 5, 5K-Korey Vindetti. 6, 4CF-Dustin Schoonover. 7, 22-Donald Kaup. 8, 33-Leighton Clift. 9, 04-JR Williams. 10, 11-Cory Strong. 11, 21K-Ross Dawson. 12, 1-Eric Brooks. 13, 52-Alan Crawford. 14, 213-Dustin Schechter. 15, 88K-Andrew Kunkel. 16, 84-Cody Strong. 17, 13K-Harley Knouse. 18, 86A-Austin McKinney. 19, 4-Steve Bluk. 20, 48-Richard Bohnstedt. 21, 16-Skylar McCall. 22, 17-Bill Beebe. DNS: 45K-Kevin Gerhard, 45-David Gerhard, 77-Daniel Wymore.