By John Rittenoure - CANEY, Kans. (July 3, 2020) - A good starting position was important at Caney Valley Speedway on Friday and Alex Sewell took full advantage to win his first AmeriFlex / OCRS Sprint feature of the season.
Sewell became the fifth different winner in six events run so far on the 2020 AmeriFlex / OCRS tour.
After winning his heat race from the second row, Sewell drove his Sewell Mechanical, Action Collision sponsored sprinter out to an early lead and never looked back.
“Its the first time all season we have been lucky enough to catch a break in the heat race and go forward and put us in the top four of the redraw,” Sewell said of pole starting position. “It shows how important being in the top four of the redraw is.”
Six yellow flags and one red kept Sewell in clean air and away from lapped traffic in the 25-lapper.
“There was a lot of yellows,” Sewell said. “My car was a little tight on the restarts so I didn’t know if I wanted to race lap traffic or stay on the bottom. I was comfortable with the restarts I was getting. I felt I was not challenged too much. If they were going to pass me they were going to pass me on the outside.”
Sewell gave credit to his dad, Andy, and Rob Forehand who keep the team ready to race.
“Robbie and my dad do a great job on this car, they have all year long” Sewell said of his crew. “I can’t thank them enough. After working all day we work on the car. It takes a lot of effort.”
Sewell also thanked promoter Kerry Gorby for his track prep.
“The track tonight was a lot better then I have seen it here in a long time,” Sewell said. “There was a lot more grip. Gorby did a great job tonight.”
In the early going Terry Easum and Avery Goodman gave chase of Sewell. Goodman got around Easum on lap three only to give the runner-up position back on lap four. Joe Bob Lee was able to pass Goodman for third on lap eight. Goodman was involved in a lap 15 crash and Andrew Deal took over third on the restart. On lap 20 Deal passed Easum for second. Cameron Hagin and Zach Chappell rounded out the top five.
Casey Buechler advanced from 15th starting to finish sixth and earn the DFR Discount Tire Hard Charger award.
AmeriFlex / OCRS Results
Caney Valley Speedway
July 3, 2020
AmeriFlex Hose Acesssories A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 8-Alex Sewell; 2. 15D-Andrew Deal; 3. 88-Terry Easum; 4. 6-Cameron Hagin; 5. 50Z-Zach Chappell; 6. 9-Casey Buechler; 7. 62-James Shoun; 8. 22T-Frank Taft; 9. 39-Kimberly Tyre; 10. 30J-Larry Bratti; 11. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 12. 11-Avery Goodman; 13. 9E-Kinzer Edwards; 14. 31-Casey Wills; 15. 2L-Brandon Leland; 16. 32G-Kolton Gariss; 17. 14-Matt Cash
Car Fleet Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 50Z-Zach Chappell; 2. 11-Avery Goodman; 3. 6-Cameron Hagin; 4. 9E-Kinzer Edwards; 5. 9-Casey Buechler; 6. 22T-Frank Taft
M & W Aluminum Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Terry Easum; 2. 15D-Andrew Deal; 3. 32G-Kolton Gariss; 4. 2L-Brandon Leland; 5. 39-Kimberly Tyre; 6. 14-Matt Cash
WESMAR Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 8-Alex Sewell; 2. 31-Casey Wills; 3. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 4. 62-James Shoun; 5. 30J-Larry Bratti
Lap Leaders: Alex Sewell 1-25
Margin of victory: 0.110.
AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories winner: Zach Chappell
Car & Fleet Heat 1: Terry Easum
M & W Aluminum Heat 2: Whit Gastineau
WESMAR Heat 3: Alex Sewell
AMSOIL High Point: Alex Sewell
DFR Discount Tire Hard Charger: Casey Buechler + 9
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Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based AmeriFlex / 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.
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