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April 21, 2014

Gastineau maneuvers way to OCRS feature win

OKTAHA - Whit Gastineau stormed through the field immediately to score his second straight win in as many nights of action on the Oil Capital Racing Series tour at Outlaw Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Starting 10th in a field of 20, Gastineau took his time and by the fifth lap, had taken the lead, holding on for his 19th OCRS feature title.

“I felt like my car was the best one out there,” Gastineau said. “I lost all my notes (from past races at Outlaw) but I pretty much knew what we were going to do with the car. I'm doing some different stuff (on chassis set-ups) and its pretty much doing what it should.”

Gastineau started moving through the field quickly, finding himself in third by the end of lap one.

“I don't know what everybody was doing,” Gastineau said. “Some had one eye on the top and some had one eye on the bottom. I went in the middle first and I saw there was some moisture down low in turns one and two and when everyone drifted off the bottom, I just went underneath them and passed a bunch of cars.”

As the field was working the second lap, a red flag was quickly brought out when Fred Mattox went for a series of wild flips in turns three and four. As the field was checking up behind Mattox, Brian Gramm climbed the wheel of Shayla Waddell and turned his machine over.

Mattox by far sustained the most damage, which led him to be the D&E Supply Hard Luck driver of the night. Everyone checked out OK and racing action soon resumed with Brian McClelland leading.

Gastineau, who had already shredded the first seven cars in his wake, now set his targets on McClelland along with second-place holder, and pole position starter, Nigel Calvert.

Gastineau looked under Calvert in turn one of the restart but made the pass for second coming out of turn two as the cars screamed down the back stretch leaving only McClelland as prey number nine.

Working lap five, and with Gastineau all over his rear end, McClelland banged an infield tire with his left front in turn two which caused his car to jack-up high in the air. As the duo came sweeping through turn four to complete the fifth lap, Gastineau got a good run on the low side of the track and took the lead just as they were getting to the stripe.

Smith would take second away from McClelland by executing a high side pass in turn two on the restart. Andrew Deal and Calvert would round out the top five.

In Saturday’s regular points races, David Whittle held off Dale Richardson, both of Muskogee, to capture his second Grand National feature of the season. Talihina’s Robert Knowles finished third with Muskogee racers Kaden Weaver and Jason Leatherman rounding out the top five.

The Late Models saw Dalton Ragsdale of Fort Gibson and Dillon Rupe of Broken Arrow battle it out for the feature win with Ragsdale crossing the line ahead of Rupe. Sloppy Hog of Arlington, Texas, finished third with Jacob Magee of Caney, Kan., coming fourth and Tulsa’s Garrett Murrell finishing fifth.

Brett Hansen of Fort Gibson captured the Modified feature on Saturday, outlasting Muskogee’s Dalton Clay for the victory. Thomas Tillman, Johnny Bone Jr. of Pea Ridge, Ark., and Okay’s Andy Morris finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Wann’s Kinzer Edwards captured his second IMCA Sport Mod feature of the season, taking the checkered flag in just in front of Muskogee’s Kyle Slader. Shawn Jorski of Mustang placed third in the feature with Dustin Buntin of Wheatland finishing fourth and Chandler’s Curtis Allen claiming the fifth spot.

In the IMCA Stock feature, Muskogee native Matt Burnett made it three-for-three with his victory on Saturday. Ronny Gould, Rodney Cantrell, Fort Gibson’s Ryan Waltman and Keith Heaslet from Indianola rounded out the top five.

The IMCA Mods featured was captured by Van Gemmill of Ponca City with Shannon Reheard of Muskogee, Bixby’s Danny Womack, Clay and Chuck Bumgarner, also of Muskogee, finishing second through fifth.

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