Behind the Wheel
Kings Without Wings
Four Ride the Lightning, a Fifth Awaits at I44 Riverside Speedway
May 18th, 2012 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Celebrating our servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day, I44 Riverside resumed the weekly campaign with the eighth edition of 27 sets of racing action penned for the 2013 season.
With storms active to the west as the program got underway, it was a race against time from the very beginning. Two winners graced I44 Riverside victory lane for the first time this season, while two more repeated successes from earlier tries. With Mother Nature pounding at the door, the struggle was on to get the fifth and final feature in, but ultimately the downpour that had been threatening for several minutes finally unleashed itself on the southwest side of Oklahoma City, forcing the A Class main event to a June 1st conclusion.
Fresh off his 18th birthday, Lawton’s Brandon Boggs paced the pole of the 20 lap Non Wing main event eager to turn last week’s wild ride into a victory. Boggs’ first career score came on such a weekend two years ago in Fort Cobb. Alongside Boggs was Johnny B representing the Lone Star state.
Boggs dropped dime into the early point, steadily building a half straightaway’s advantage over Boland with Newscastle’s Derrick McBride and Widnthorst, Texas’ Sterling Hoff charging hard into the top five.
McBride battled past Johnny B for second with Boggs about a dozen car lengths ahead of the pair at the halfway point. The leader closed in on lapped traffic with rounds remaining, losing just enough momentum to allow McBride to close in to within a few car lengths.
McBride began to mount serious assault as the pair crossed under the white flag, with the Newcastle native pulling alongside the leader as they dashed down the back straightaway. Sticking to his proven line throughout the race, Boggs exited turn four poised to take the checkered flag, but the yellow replaced it as a wounded mount dangerously attempted a turn one exit without fully completing it, exactly why rules prohibit the maneuver.
A green-white-checkered restart received Boggs in the lead with McBride, Greg Moore, Johnny B and Sterling Hoff in tow. But disaster struck the young Lawton native as he made contact with the cone on the restart, a sickening conclusion to a fantastic run for Boggs.
McBride inherited the lead with Moore as first challenger, but McBride pulled away for the two lap dash to earn his first win of the season aboard the Robert and Debbie McBride owned no. 98 Wildcat Express.
Greg Moore held on to the runner up finish while Texan Sterling Hoff moved up a spot on the restart to claim the show position and share Non Wing hard charger honors with Moore. Johnny B held on to finish fourth with Yukon’s Matt Nelson completing the top five finishing order.
“Non Wing” A Feature (20 laps): 1. 98 Derrick McBride (6); 2. 7g Greg Moore (8); 3. 39 Sterling Hoff (9); 4. 1 Johnny B. (2); 5. 43 Matt Nelson (4); 6. 58 Philip Fessler (3); 7. 28 Junior Vickman (7); 8. 17 Patrick Knight (5); 9. 22 Teri Burk (11); 10. 2B Brandon Boggs (1); 11. 60c Colby Collins (13); 12. 27s David Stewart (10); 13. 77D Dean Drake Jr. (12); DNS: 11R
Lap Leaders: Boggs 1-18, Mcbride 19-20
Hard Charger: Greg Moore, Sterling Hoff +6
Bridge Creek, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Cole paced the pole position of the Restricted main event reduced to a 12 lap affair with a half dozen entries and storms marching toward the Oklahoma City metro. Moore, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Cole paced the outside of the front row in hopes of reversing the fortune of her last two outings that both ended in red flags.
Cole seized command followed by Alexander and last week’s winner Mason McGuire. The leader set a blistering pace in the caution free main event, riding the rail to her first victory of the season aboard the……
Tyler Alexander put Team Green on the podium for the first time this season with McGuire settling for his second podium in as many weeks.
Defending I44 Riverside Restricted champ Tanner Conn moved up two spots to finish fourth with Anadarko’s Logan Davis completing the top five finishing order.
“Restricted” A Feature (20 laps): 1. 72c Kaylee Cole (2); 2. 11x Tyler Alexander (1); 3. 18 Mason McGuire (3); 4. 78 Tanner Conn (6); 5. 14D Logan Davis (5); 6. 2 Alison Slaton (3)
Lap Leaders: Kaylee Cole 1-15
Ardmore, Oklahoma’s Jessie Kelley paced the pole position of the 15 lap Junior Sprint main event with Anadarko’s Macy Roulain alongside. Kelley took the initiative, leading the opening lap before Kale Drake moved up from the inside fourth row to lead the 2nd round.
Drake led Kelley and Jacob Long with defending Junior Sprint champ Nathan Rainey charging hard from the tail of the inverted field.
Rainey swept by three entries in one turn on lap four, immediately moving up to challenge Drake for the point. It was rain approaching and Rainey on in the lead on lap 8. Drake kept pace a few car lengths behind, but once in front the Choctaw champ had completed his Hard Charger run from the tail to score his fourth victory of the season aboard the K&F Collision sponsored and KBR powered no. 99R Factor One Junior Sprint, making Rainey the most heralded driver at this stage of the I44 Riverside season.
Drake held on for runner up honors with Bridge Creek native Chris Wells turning in a strong performance, moving up fron 8th to claim the show position.
Cyril, Oklahoma’s Jacob Long improved from ninth in the initial run down to finish fourth with Elgin’s Dylan Pendergrass almost moving up five spots to complete the top five finishing order.
“Junior Sprint” A Feature (15 laps): 1. 99R Nathan Rainey (11); 2. 77 Kale Drake (7); 3. 72 Chris Wells (8); 4. 007 Jacob Long (9); 5. 22 Dylan Pendergrass (10); 6. 125 Macy Roulain (2); 7. 16 Brant Woods (4); 8. 88R Ryder Laplante (6); 9. 0 Trevor Lunsford (5); 10. 12s Jessie Kelley (1); 11. 72c Kayden Cole (3)
Lap Leaders: Kelley 1, Drake 2-7, Rainey 8-15
Hard Charger: Nathan Rainey +10
Nearby Newcastle native Bobby Chapa paced the pole position of the 15 lap Turf Tire main event with Casey Andrews alongside.
Chapa immediately seized a very strong command of the race, while a slew of cautions marred the midway point of the 15 lapper. Lights turned yellow twice for Casey Andrews and a third time as Johnathon Doyle stalled high atop turn four next to the track entrance.
A poorly timed deliberation preceded the final stoppage with five to go as a trio of cars were caught in a turn two scrum that officially ended Tony Penick‘s chances of a three-peat. Finally underway with five to go, Chapa blasted back out to the lead with El Reno’s Jeremy Penick and Tuttle’s Zach Van Zant in pursuit.
Chapa cruised to his second Turf Tire victory of the season aboard the Mike Robertson, CTT Supply, and South Pointe Advertising supported black no. 30. Jeremy Penick accepted yet another runner up finish with Enid’s Nick Rummel moving up from 8th to claim the show position. Van Zant fell to fourth at the finish line with Cache, Oklahoma’s Joshua Bigger moving up from 9th to complete the top five finishing order of a season best 14 car field (thanks for supporting this class guys!).
“Turf Tire” A Feature (15 laps): 1. 30 Bobby Chapa (1); 2. 28 Jeremy Penick (6); 3. 45 Nick Rummel (8); 4. 14v Zach Van Zant (4); 5. 21 Josh Bigger (9); 6. 6 Randall Gilmore (12); 7. 88 Tony Penick (10); 8. 75 Willie Vickman (11); 9. 88s Ray Sluder (5); 10. 12 Chris Bartlett (3); 11. 2 Jonathon Doyle (13); 12. 2c Casey Andrews (2); DQ 29 Cleamon Sluder (14); DNS: Junior Vickman
Lap Leaders: Chapa 1-15
Hard Charger: Randall Gilmore +6
Heat 1: 1. 2B Brandon Boggs (2); 2. 7D Sierra Davis (4); 3. 17 Patrick Knight (3); 4. 898 Ryan Padgett (6); 5. 22 Teri Burk (5); 6. 27d Jared Dunkin (1)
Heat 2: 1. 29d Blake Dewberry (4); 2. 12s Drew Salisbury (1); 3. 23L Jason Lair (5); 4. 39 Sterling Hoff (6); 5. 27 David Millwee (2); 6. 60 Bryan Nebgen (3)
Heat 3: 1. 09 Tyler Gordon (4); 2. 29 Blake Dacus (6); 3. 98 Derrick McBride (3); 4. 60c Colby Collins (5); 5. 11 Michael Kearns (2); 6. 77d Dean Drake Jr. (1)
“A Class” A Feature Lineup for June 1st makeup
Row 1 - 27d Jared Dunkin - 12s Drew Salisbury
Row 2 - 77d Dean Drake Jr. - 2B Brandon Boggs
Row 3 - 27 David Millwee - 11 Michael Kerns
Row 4 - 7D Sierra Davis - 60 Bryan Nebgen
Row 5 - 17 Patrick Knight - 98 Derrick McBride
Row 6 - 22 Teri Burk - 29d Blake Dewberry
Row 7 - 898 Ryan Padgett - 23L Jason Lair
Row 8 - 09 Tyler Gordon - 29 Blake Dacus
Row 9 - 39 Sterling Hoff - 60c Colby Collins
The A Class A Feature will be the first race following the National Anthem on June 1st. Points will be recorded and new point averages will set the lineups for the A Class heat races for that night’s A Class program. This will take a short period of time, so please be patient A Class drivers and teams as we will get the heat lineups posted to the lineup boards just as soon as possible after your makeup feature.
I44 Riverside Speedway Event Winners, as of May 19th:
A Class - Trey Marcham 2, Sterling Hoff 1, Chris Andrews 1, Blake Dewberry 1, Steven Shebester 1, Jason McDougal 1
Non Wing - Steven Shebester 2, Chris Cochran 1, Dalton Terrel 1, Trey Marcham 1, Sterling Hoff 1, Josh Toho 1, Derrick McBride
Restricted - Lyndon Harvey 2, Tristan Oakes 2, Tanner Conn 1, Nathan Weida 1, Mason McGuire 1, Kaylee Cole 1
Turf Tire - Mike Daft 3, Tony Penick 2, Bobby Chapa 2, Marcus Flaming 1,
Junior Sprints - Nathan Rainey 4, Kale Drake 1, Blake Battles 1, Holley Hollan 1, Treyton Gann 1
I44 Riverside Car Count in the first 7 events, as well as official finishing time:
April 5th -119 - 1215am
April 6th -112 - 1040pm
April 13th -80 - 1015 pm
April 20th - 98 - 1230am
April 27th - 93 - 1035pm
May 4th - 144 - 1225am
May 11th - 92 - 1020pm
May 18th - 65 - 930pm
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