by John Rittenoure - LUBBOCK, Texas - Zach Nickell won’t soon forget his first trip to West Texas Raceway.
Nickell raced to his first career Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series A-Feature victory on Friday night.
Nickell started outside front row next to Ray Allen Kulhanek and quickly drove into the lead in the 25-lap feature which was co-sanctioned with the Southern Touring Late Model Series. Nickell led until lap 15 when. Colton Horner powered past on the high side leaving Nickell holding onto second. With three laps remaining Horner suffered unexpected engine trouble and pulled to the infield. Nickell regained the lead and raced to victory and a $2,000 pay day.
Three-time defending Sooner Series champion Kip Hughes was close behind and finished second. Cody Leonard came from the outside fourth row to finish third, series points leader Hayden Ross raced from ninth to fourth and Troy Bynum rounded out the top five.
Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series
West Texas Raceway, Lubbock, Texas
May 14, 2021
O’Reilly Auto Parts Heat 1 (10 laps) - 1. 4-Kip Hughes; 2. 55-Zach Nickell; 3. 14G-Joe Godsey; 4. 26-Dean Abbey; 5. 12-Brandon Brzozowski; 6. 29A-Mike Hathaway.
Complete Well Testing Heat 2 (10 laps) - 1. 81-Troy Bynum; 2. 33-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 3. 48-Cody Leonard; 4. 5R-Kaleb Roach; 5. 15-Wayne Bush; 6. 29C-LJ Crossey.
Design One Racewear Heat 3 (10 laps) - 1. 56JR-Colton Horner; 2. 1-Eddie Tidwell; 3. 66-Hayden Ross; 4. 53X-Matt Fox; 5. 118-Mike Fenton; 6. 71-Philip Houston.
Complete Well Testing A Feature (25 laps) - 1. 55-Zach Nickell; 2. 4-Kip Hughes; 3. 48-Cody Leonard; 4. 66-Hayden Ross; 5. 81-Troy Bynum; 6. 14G-Joe Godsey; 7. 5R-Kaleb Roach; 8. 71-Philip Houston; 9. 26-Dean Abbey; 10. 118-Mike Fenton; 11. 53X-Matt Fox; 12. 56JR-Colton Horner; 13. 12-Brandon Brzozowski; 14. 29A-Mike Hathaway; 15. 15-Wayne Bush; 16. 29C-LJ Crossey; 17. 1-Eddie Tidwell; 18. 33-Ray Allen Kulhanek.
About Complete Well Testing
Based in Oklahoma, Complete Well Testing is a family owned and operated company specializing in hydrostatic tubing testing and EMI tubing scanning.
Sooner Late Model Series
The Sooner Late Model Series was formed in 2016 by Enid Speedway co-promoter Mark Brill. Brill felt there was not many opportunities for late model competitors to race in Oklahoma and the Sooner Late Model Series was formed. Now the series has grown beyond the borders of Oklahoma with events held in the neighboring states of Kansas, Texas and Arkansas as well.