Byers Goes Two for Two as Bell, Armstrong, K. Slader and Latham Win First
Rob Nugent, Track Announcer/Social Media/PR
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 at the bottom of this release. All race results, including heats, will be available soon on our website at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com. 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!
COMPLETE A FEATURE RESULTS Number in brackets is where the driver started the race.
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 88B-Hunter Byers; 2. 12-Jacob Stoll; 3. 40-Steve Butler; 4. 7-Lonny Flanagan; 5. 77-Gerry Vaughn; 6. 2-Daniel Tarkington; 7. 25Z-Michael Buzan; 8. X57-Chris Smith; 9. 17-Luke Leatherman
A Feature 1 (20 laps): 1. 18B-Dustin Bell; 2. 20-Adam Gipson; 3. 19-Dennis Slader; 4. 5-Wesley Bourne; 5. 1/4-Ethan Hunter; 6. 79-Allen Owen; 7. 99-Rocky Cox; 8. 77B-Bobby Hunter; 9. 36-Jay Anderson
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 01A-Drew Armstrong; 2. 55-Chuck Bumgarner; 3. 57M-Michael Hines; 4. 6-Jason Payton; 5. 49-Kayden Menasco; 6. 7D-Jake Davis; 7. 999-Shawn Pinkerton
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 19S-Kyle Slader; 2. 5E-Ty Evans; 3. 333-Tyler Hopson; 4. 75M-Randy Moses Sr; 5. 1-Grant Davis; 6. 9S-Kevin Swaims; 7. 27-Ron Grover; 8. X15-H Palmer; 9. 26-Gene Davlin; 10. 44K-Robert Knowles; 11. 71-Jay Rierson; 12. 8S-Michael Skaggs; 13. 17-Neil Johnston; 14. 110-JD Jackson; (DNS) 26F-Cole Farmer
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 27L-Trevor Latham; 2. 1/4-Brandon Hunter; 3. 5-Steve Holzkamper; 4. 79-Allen Owen; 5. 75-Kyle Ledford; 6. 15-George Martin; 7. 26-Brian Williams; 8. 8-Jeremy Vaughn; 9. 1T-Ryan Taylor; 10. 33-Lonnie Robins; 11. 10H-Randy Henson; (DNS) 17-Brent Holman
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WINNER’S PHOTOS: A Feature winners are attached. Credit to Fujibayashi Photography. Trophy photos were not available, so action shots of the winners are used. Winner and class are in the file name.
• Regular point racing on April 29th, 2017
• 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.