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June 23, 2013

Another new sprint champ in heavy night of Outlaw racing

Sand Springs’ Danny Smith pulled off a thrilling slide job in turn four of the last lap to best Terry Easum and in doing so, became the eighth different winner in 10 Oil Capital Racing Series events this season in the stop late Saturday at Outlaw Motorsports Park.

Smith would start outside row four in the 25-lap feature while Billy Frazier and David Stephenson, who was driving a team car to Smith's after crashing his own car badly a couple of weeks ago, would start on the front row of the 22-car field. Frazier shot into the lead as the field went green with

Easum moving up from his second row spot to get second. Easum pushed past Frazier in turn two to take the immediate lead while Stephenson would pull into the third spot and settle in. Defending OCRS champion Jamie Passmore would blow an oil line on the 12th lap, rolling to a stop in turn one, and the excess oil caused points leader Harli White to spin to a stop and Chance Morton to pile into the fray.

Morton’s night ended and White would start tail back on the resumption. The red flag was brought out when the oil began to flare up. Passmore escaped with very minor burns to his leg.

On the restart, Smith passed teammate Stephenson and  Frazier to take the runner-up position and Stephenson then overtook Frazier to retain the third position. Soon after, Johnny Kent would take the fourth position from Frazier.

Easum, who was looking to become the sixth driver this season to get his first OCRS win, was keeping a good pace and managed to keep Smith at bay for a spell. With five laps left, Smith would begin to inch closer to Easum. Coming down for the white flag, Smith pulled dead even with Easum at the stripe and the two stayed dead even going through turns one and two with Smith hugging the bottom and Easum up top.

Smith would rocket off the low line to take the lead as the pair went screaming down the backstretch. As they went charging into turn three, Easum put a slide job on Smith and took the lead. Smith set his car perfectly for a return slide job in turn four, took the lead back and held on to win by one measly car length. 

The win for Smith, which moved him into second place in points, made for the fifth consecutive new winner without a 2013 repeat victor. Easum held on for the runner-up spot with Stephenson, Frazier and Kent making up the top five. Alex Sewell, Brian McClelland, Casey Wills, Kade Morton and  White made up the balance of the top 10.

“I had been changing the apex in the bottom of turns one and two as the car was so tight it was driving me up the wall,” Smith said. “With about five or six to go, I didn't have the room to slide him (Easum), but I did it to see if I could do it later on. It also allowed me to show him my nose in hopes he would see it and put a little pressure on him.”

OCRS moves to Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker on Friday.

Among the weekly division winners were none of the incoming points leaders:  Wesley Taylor of Eufaula in Pure Stock, Kreg Dobson of Muskogee in Factory Stock, David Whittle of Muskogee in Pro Stock, Jacob Magee of Caney, Kan., in Late Models, Tate Cole of Fort Gibson in Modified and Bixby’s Danny Womack in IMCA Modified.

Complete local results follow.

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