$16,000 Harold Leep Classic June 22-23 @ Thunderbird Speedway Presented by Carter - Maxwell

John Lemon


Tulsa Okla. (June 12, 2018) - The $16,000 4th Annual Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter - Maxwell is drawing near as the sprint cars of the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS series readies for the anticipated competition to take place. The venue will be the historic Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee Oklahoma with racing action taking place on Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd. It will not only be the highest paying Leep Classic event to date, this will be one of the highest paying races in series history. The event honors the late Harold Leep who once was the promoter at Thunderbird Speedway and had an incredible racing career that earned him a spot in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville Iowa.

Racing action on Friday will see the sprint cars conduct Time Trials, Heats and Qualifying races. The time trial session will be the first time in the 17 year history that the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS sprinters will run against the clock. A special point earning format for all qualifying aspects will determine the driver placements in Saturday night's main even along with the last chance races.

The main event will pay $2,000 to win and $400 to start the race. Added money throughout the field will be up for grabs as well and the first ten non-qualifiers will earn double the standard pay for their attempts to make the big show. In addition, $2,500 in lap money as donated by various sponsors will line the pockets of the drivers even more. Lap sponsors will be announce very soon.

NASCAR sanctioned modifieds and factory stocks will run complete programs each night.

Some of the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS drivers expected to compete in this special program include:

• Zach Chappell

• Whit 'Gasman' Gastineau

• Robert Sellers

• Alex Sewell

• Sheldon Barksdale

• Mickey Walker

• Andrew Deal

• Joe Wood Jr.

• Sean McClelland

• Shayla 'Princess' Waddell

• Matt 'Mongoose' Sherrell

• Johnny 'Hotrod' Kent

• 'Lightning' Layne Himebaugh

• Cameron 'Hollywood' Hagin

• Noah Gass

• Joe Bob Lee

• Casey Wills

• Terry Easum

• Frank Taft

• Joseph Miller

• Perry Pickard

• Nick Lucito .......... and more!

 The Harold Leep Classic will be just the second AMERI-FLEX / OCRS event at Thunderbird since the track re-opened last season after being silent for a few years. Under the direction of owner / promoter Randy Gass, The track that once ran horses only in the early 1900's, has re-emerged and is the sole remaining 1/2-mile dirt oval in Oklahoma. Last year, Whit Gastineau won a thrilling contest over 2014 series champion Andrew Deal at Thunderbird. The 2017 Leep Classic was held at the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney Kansas where Jamie Passmore was victorious.  

Carter - Maxwell has been the presenting sponsor of the Leep Classic since it's inception in 2015. With the support of Carter - Maxwell along with principals Lynda Maxwell, David Grace & Shane Carson, this event has grown to a status that makes the Leep Classic one of the most sought after shows for teams and fans alike.

Here is an inside look into the history of Carter - Maxwell that many will find interesting from the Bethany Oklahoma based business:

The company began in the mid 1950's with 3 friends (Bob Carter, Jerry Maxwell & Jimmy Hawkins). They worked on stock cars in the garage behind Bob's house and they raced at numerous tracks within Oklahoma including Taft Stadium and the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds as the main venues for a number of years.

In the early 1960's, Bob gathered enough funds to qualify for a loan in order to build a small shop next to his  house. Soon after, the company Jerry was working for went out of business. Jerry was a trained Jaguar technician with a large following of Jaguar owners and had access to numerous car pieces. The story goes that Jerry asked Bob to bring some cars over to the new shop and repair them to keep his bills paid. Cars kept coming and Jerry continued to repair them. After a couple of years, Bob & Jerry decided to open a more professional auto repair shop. As the business grew, the friends formed a corporation and were known as Carter - Maxwell Auto Service on January 8, 1965.

Eventually the business doubled in size and a second story was added. During the late 60s & early 70s, they had become a dealership for Lotus Cars LTD as well as Citroen and became a Goodyear Racing Tire dealer. As the racing business increased, the auto repair business decreased. The company began servicing dirt, drag, sports car, and other events for Goodyear all across the central part of the United States.

During the mid 80s, the relationship with Goodyear evolved and Carter-Maxwell was signed on as an official distributor of racing tires for the central United States. David Grace came to work for Carter-Maxwell during this period. David brought a lot of enthusiasm for the dirt cars back to the business. Carter-Maxwell was well represented at major racing events every week of the summer from the mid 70s through the mid 90s.

In the late 90s, NASCAR was added as a entity for Carter-Maxwell. There was a steep learning curve and the guys were ready to take it on. These NASCAR events required 45 employees to work the races 6 days in a row. These dedicated workers mounted an estimated 4,200 tires at a single NASCAR event.

In the mid 2000s, a new building was built in Bethany Oklahoma. This was a dream Jerry and Bob had for years and the move was made in 2004. The number of NASCAR events then increased along with adding major NHRA events.

Bob passed away in 2008, Jerry in 2012 and Jimmy in 2015.

In 2015, Carter-Maxwell and Carroll Shelby Enterprises joined forces to form Shelby & Carter-Maxwell to service the entire eastern half of the United States. With David Grace taking the lead in setting up a new facility in North Carolina, he had to hire new employees to run an additional 20 NASCAR events each year.

Carter - Maxwell has seen it all and done it all in their 55 plus years in existence. All of us with the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS series tips our cap to everyone at the company for their valued support of our series.  


This year's version of the Harold Leep Classic is going to be a history making event. Dont miss this one!

What: 4th Annual Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter - Maxwell Featuring AMERI-FLEX / OCRS Sprint Cars

Where: Thunderbird Speedway / Muskogee OK.

When: Friday June 22nd & Saturday June 23rd

Friday 6/22:

Sprint car time trials, heats & qualifier races plus NASCAR Modifieds and Factory Stocks (full program)

Gates open at 6p / Hot Laps 7p / Time Trials 7:30p with racing starting after time trials

OCRS drivers meeting is at 6:15p

Saturday 6/23:

Sprint car last chance races & Leep Classic main event plus NASCAR Modifieds and Factory Stocks (full program)

Gates open at 6p / Hot Laps 7p / Racing 8p

OCRS drivers meeting at 6:30p

Tickets (Both Nights): $15 with kids 10 & under FREE. / Seniors $13 / Pit Pass: $30

Phone: (918) 869.6883

Website: www.thunderbirdspeedwayok.com


From Highway 69....

Turn east onto Okmulgee Ave. then turn south onto "B" Street. Proceed straight to the Muskogee Fairgrounds.

Physical Address: 1444 South 'B' St. Muskogee Okla. 74403

About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series -

Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. 

Website: www.ocrsracing.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series

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