'LAST YEARS RESULTS'
Over eighty cars made the trek to Enid Speedway Park to battle in the 13th annual $10,000 to win Street Stock Nationals. A near full house was on hand to witness the final leg of the three-day event Sunday as some of the fastest cars in the nation made their final bids for the big money purse.
Blackwell hot shoe Chad McNamara found track conditions to his liking, as he made track history and became the first three-time winner to take home the huge payday aboard his IES Raglin/Ponca Machine sponsored ride. McNamara won this event, as well as in 2005 and 2006, in the car he built in 2003.
“The track rubbered up and it was fast but hard on engines and tires. Luck was on our side. My right rear tire went flat when I pulled into the barn,” said McNamara. “Winning this for the third time is an awesome feeling. It is a lot of work but it really paid off today and this car is for sale.”
Competition was fast and furious in the 50-lap main event with three past champions starting in the first five rows. Jarrod Reimer exploded off the pole and showed the way. Defending champion Chris Dawson went in hot pursuit, and it was a heated battle for several laps with Dawson making a low charge onto the point in lap six. But all that effort was for naught as Travis Johnson stalled at the top of turn four and put the track under caution.
Reimer resumed the lead on the restart only to see another yellow flag wave as Gary Langworthy and Dustin Allen crashed on the back straight. Reimer headed up the field and boasted a strong lead when another caution waved for debris in turn two.
Reimer rushed away and had command of the track when Gary Nulf blew his motor in lap 14 and brought out a further yellow. Levi McGowan, the 2003 champ, and Billy Kelly slammed into the wall on the restart and brought out a red flag.
Reimer picked up where he left off but was unable to hold off the hard-charging Jerry Derr in lap 18. Derr wasted no time and sported a straight away lead in a mere two laps. Derr appeared unbeatable as he skillfully lapped his way through over half of the field by lap 35.
Derr fell off the pace two laps later which saw Kip Hughes storm onto the point. Derr stopped at the top of turn three and brought out yet another caution flag. Hughes headed up the start but blew his motor coming out of turn four which saw McNamara charge onto the point.
With a clear track in front of him McNamara was unstoppable and had a commanding lead when Alan Screws spun to a halt and brought out a yellow flag in lap 44. McNamara hustled away when the track went green only to see another caution wave as Phil Pearson flew off the track.
McNamara headed up the field which had dwindled to 10 cars and had a straight away lead when a yellow flag flew in lap 47 as Rod Bencken came to a halt in the groove.
The big money race was reduced to a two-lap shootout. McNamara show-ed the way and never looked back on his path to the checkered flag. Bud Longpine captured second, trailed by Brian Parker, Screws, and Pearson.
Longpine stormed to victory in the “B” with Wesley Kruckenberg taking the win in the “C” feature. Randy Miller, Ryan Hill and Jason Keller took the wins respectively in the “D,” “E” and “F” features.
Persistence paid off for Dawson as he captured the win in the Saturday night "A" feature.
Billy Kelly rushed off the outside pole and headed up the early goings. A yellow flag waved in lap three when Todd Decker and Parker spun in turn three.
Kelly picked up where he left off on the restart, but all that effort was for naught as Humberto Rocha came to a halt on the back straight and put the track back under caution.
Kelly continued his run when the race went green with Gary Nulf hooked to his bumper like glue. Another yellow flag flew in lap eight for a three-car pile-up on the back straight.
The fourth restart was a charm for Hughes as he found his way to the front. Hughes shot away from the field like a rocket and sported a 10-car length lead in a mere two laps. But Dawson found the quick way around and was challenging for the lead when James Lott hit the wall and put the track back under caution.
It was a drag race on the start as Hughes and Dawson continued their heated duel. With two laps to go Dawson took command with a daring high challenge and boasted a straight away lead at the line. Hughes held onto second trailed by Nulf, Levi McGowan and Gardner.
Miller posted the win in the “B” feature with Mark Mullins taking the honors in the “C.” Troy Naeger, Jesse Willard and Don Yoder captured their respective wins in the “D,” “E” and “F” features.
Saturday night heat winners were McGowan, Kelly, Parker, Hughes, Joel Lane, Bobby Joe Scott, Dawson, Nulf, Gardner and Rocha.
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