Tulsa Okla. (May 22, 2018) - Thousands of Americans will be hitting the highways during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and you can add the racing teams and the fans of the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS sprint car series to that list. The sunflower state of Kansas will be the destination with two action packed shows set to take place on two very different racetracks.
First up will be the tight quarters of the Caney Valley Speedway who's 1/4-mile oval is always a challenge for the open wheel warriors. That event, located in Caney Kansas, will take place on Saturday May 26th. 4-time AMERI-FLEX / OCRS champion Jamie Passmore came out on top in last years event. Caney Valley is also the track where Passmore earned his very first sprint car win. Action is such at Caney Valley Speedway one can expect sparks to fly with the banging of chrome nerf bars and bumpers lap after lap.
After the Caney Valley event and in just a handful of hours after the Indy 500 is scheduled to conclude on Sunday the 27th, the sprint cars are set to take part in 'Sprint Car Maynia II' at the larger and faster 3/8-mile 81 Speedway in Park City Kansas. This very special event will not only feature the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS sprint cars but also the sprint cars of the NCRA and URSS racing organizations. All three groups will run individual programs. The inaugural running of this event last season produced a whopping 93 sprint cars jammed in the pit area between all three sanctions. Jamie Passmore won the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS portion of the program for back to back victory lane visits that weekend. 81 Speedway is rich in tradition and winning there calls for a highlight marker on a drivers resume list of accomplishments.
Broken Arrow Oklahoma's Alex Sewell will carry a 9-point lead (195-186) in the point standings over Layne Himebaugh as this weekends racing activities loom. Mickey Walker is currently third in the title chase with 174 points while Casey Wills sits next at 168 and Shane Sellers finishes off the current top five with 166.
Join us for a thrilling and exciting doubleheader this holiday weekend in the great state of Kansas and see the always thrilling AMERI-FLEX / OCRS sprints do their thing in the dirt as it's time to 'Feel The Thunder' once again.
NUTZ n' BOLTZ
Here Comes Da' Fords:
In a landscape where Chevy designed engines run rampant in the sprint car world, There will be a couple of Fords heading to Kansas. Joseph Miller of Cove, Arkansas will be packing a blue oval power plant as well as Oklahoma's David Baxter. Should Nick Lucito make the trip as well, there will be three such motors. These racers defy the norm and welcome the challenge of being successful in something different than the usual. Good luck drivers.
Third Time Is A Charm (But So Were The First Two):
The trip to 81 Speedway will mark just the third time the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS sprint car series will have turned laps at C-Ray's Joint. In addition to last years outing, the records show that 2009 was the first trip to the central Kansas oval. The racing from the Oklahoma based series has been good each and every time and no exceptions are expected this Sunday night. To say the series is honored to be invited back for "Sprint Car Maynia" would be a shear understatement. A fourth series visit to 81 Speedway is on the schedule for the following October.
Shayla Waddell has been competing in the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS series as a regular since 2010 and we have seem her evolve as a superb individual in many aspects of her life. In 2018, Waddell has expanded her role in racing as she has added a second car to the Waddell Motorsports arsenal with support from Baker Motorsports who supplies the engine for the effort. During the season opener in March, Waddell had the talented Alison Slaton behind the wheel in the season opener. This weekend, Slaton will be back in the Production Engine & Pump #2a machine as the young lady from Oklahoma City gets another crack at the series. So for all those fans that want to cheer on a couple of ladies to put the men in their place.... here ya go.
Noah Harris has had a troublesome start to the 2018 racing season. In races he has competed in to date, it seems there is a monkey on his back that the young driver can't shake off. Trouble seems to find Harris as its been one crazy incident after another in the racing he has done so far yet, hardly any of it has been his doing. We have seen flashes of talent within this driver and hopefully this weekend will see Harris produce the results we feel he is very capable of achieving. Let the monkey escape where it may.
Leep Classic On The Horizon:
The next even after the Caney Valley / 81 Speedway doubleheader will be the 4th Annual Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter ~ Maxwell at the Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee Oklahoma. The race will take place on June 22-23 with $2000 marked for the winner and $400 to start the feature. Time Trials will take place for the first time ever for the series as part of the qualifying format making this Leep Classic something truly different and special. Thunderbird will also have their NASCAR modifieds and stock cars run complete programs each night. Post note this one on your refrigerators.
Your Memorial Day Weekend Racing Schedule..............
Caney Valley Speedway Docket:
What: Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Cars (and support classes)
Where: Caney Valley Speedway / Caney Kansas
When: Saturday May 26, 2018
Time: Gates open at 4:30p / Hot laps 6:30p / Racing at 7:00p (OCRS drivers meeting at 6:00p)
Tickets: $15 (13yrs & up) / $10 Military Veterans / $5 ( kids 7-12 & Seniors) / 6 & under FREE / Pit Pass: $35
Track Phone: (620) 330-0485
Track Location: The track is just 1/2-mile west of the junction (intersection) of US 75 and US 166 on CR 1600.
81 Speedway Docket:
What: 'Sprint Car Mania II' Featuring the sprint cars of Ameri-Flex / OCRS, NCRA and URSS.
Where: 81 Speedway / Park City Kansas
When: Sunday May 27th, 2018
Time: Main Gates open at 5pm / Hot Laps 6:00pm / Racing at 7:00pm (OCRS Drivers Meeting @ 5:30pm)
Tickets: $25 (12yrs and up) / 11yrs and under FREE / Pit Pass $35
Track Phone: (316) 755.1781
Track Location: 81 Speedway sits just 1/2-mile west of I-135 at Exit 16.
Its going to be a fantastic weekend of Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car racing. We will see you at the racetracks!
About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series -
Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRSseries 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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Pictured: Zach Chappell (50z) & Whit Gastineau (2w)
Photo Credit: Danny The Shoe