by John Rittenoure - MUSKOGEE, Okla. (March 26, 2021) - Joe Godsey of Edinburgh, Indiana battled past Kip Hughes after a lap 19 restart to win the first night of the CWT Sooner Late Model Series Okie Dirt Nationals on Friday at Thunderbird Speedway.
Hughes led from the start and had no challengers through most of the 25-lap race on the historic Thunderbird half-mile. Jason Redman gave chase early but soon was caught up in a battle with Hayden Ross. The two traded the runner-up spot back and forth until Godsey roared into the mix late in the race.
Godsey got around Redman and Ross and set out after Hughes. Hughes was maintaining a slim lead until the final four laps when Godsey shot underneath in turn four. Hughes swapped the lead with Godsey in turns 1-2 but Godsey took it back and raced to his first Sooner Late Model victory.
Hughes did finish second and Ross settling for third. Justin Wells charged into fourth and Clay Julian rounded out the top five.
CWT Sooner Late Model Series Results
Okie Dirt Nationals Thunderbird Speedway, Muskogee, Okla
HEAT 1 (10 Laps)
1, 14G-Joe Godsey. 2, 36-Jason Redman. 3, 49-Justin Wells. 4, 33-Steven Hawkins. 5,
5R-Kaleb Roach. 6, 31-Gary Lowe. 7, 15A-Mike Anderson. 8, USA1-Chris Hawkins. 9,
HEAT 2 (10 Laps)
1, 4-Kip Hughes. 2, 66-Hayden Ross. 3, 14R-Jeff Roth. 4, 00X-Cody Jolly. 5, 28-Kylan
Garner. 6, 29S-Scott Donnell. 7, 65-Eric Brill. 8, 71-Jay Riesen. 9, 229-Damian Patocka.
HEAT 3 (10 Laps)
1, 7-Cole Wells. 2, 10-Jacob Magee. 3, 11-Dustin Allen. 4, 00-Clay Julian. 5, 88S-
Richard Shepler. 6, ZZ-Sloppy Hogg. 7, 47-Jerry Winters. 8, 55-Zach Nickell. 9, 1-Eddie
B FEATURE (8 Laps)
1, 5R-Kaleb Roach. 2, 31-Gary Lowe. 3, 28-Kylan Garner. 4, 88S-Richard Shepler. 5,
17-Christopher Wilhite. 6, 29S-Scott Donnell. 7, 15A-Mike Anderson. 8, 55-Zach Nickell.
DNS: 71-Jay Riesen, USA1-Chris Hawkins, 47-Jerry Winters, 1-Eddie Tidwell, 229-Damian Patocka, ZZ-Sloppy Hogg, 65-Eric Brill.
A FEATURE (25 Laps)
1, 14G-Joe Godsey. 2, 4-Kip Hughes. 3, 66-Hayden Ross. 4, 49-Justin Wells. 5, 00-Clay
Julian. 6, 36-Jason Redman. 7, 10-Jacob Magee. 8, 00X-Cody Jolly. 9, 28-Kylan
Garner. 10, 5R-Kaleb Roach. 11, 229-Damian Patocka. 12, 33-Steven Hawkins. 13,
15A-Mike Anderson. 14, 31-Gary Lowe. 15, 7-Cole Wells. 16, 14R-Jeff Roth. 17, 29S-
Scott Donnell. 18, 88S-Richard Shepler. 19, 17-Christopher Wilhite. 20, 55-Zach
Nickell. 21, 11-Dustin Allen.