Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Thunderbird Speedway Presents: Thunder 'n Firecrackers
by John Lemon
TULSA, Okla. -- The time to celebrate our glorious nation is once again upon us and this Friday night, Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee Oklahoma will hold a thrilling holiday celebration by combining the thunder of the Oil Capital Racing Series sprint cars with a fireworks show sponsored by the Castle of Muskogee and York Street Tires for everyone to enjoy.
This will be the second stop by OCRS at the famed ½ mile track in 2012 in the chase for the “Goodyear Tire & Rubber OCRS Championship.” Former champion and current OCRS points leader Jamie Passmore of Rose Oklahoma, was the victor in the first go around at Thunderbird during the second annual “Callie’s Night” program back in May. It was the third win for Passmore who since has gone on to win another three features since that night. The driver of the GAP Roofing / Wesmar Racing Engines / Eagle took over the point lead then over Sapulpa’s Danny Smith who stills retains the runner-up spot going into this Friday nights action. That special May night also saw the return to OCRS action by teenage starlet Harli White, who has been very impressive in her OCRS events to date. Miss White has been giving the boys quite a difficult time as she continues to improve her skills and overall performance. Girls, sprint cars and fireworks, what a line up!
Mike Peters Returns For More OCRS Action
Wichita Kansas legend Mike Peters will be at Thunderbird Friday night to take on the OCRS warriors. In his first 2012 OCRS event at Oklahoma Sports Park, Peters came out swinging as he earned a runner-up spot in his own #51 sprinter. Peters first gained notoriety in northeastern Oklahoma in the mid 70’s in supermodifieds and also as the wheelman in the famous Court Grandstaff Trop Artic 66 sprint car. Peters thrives for the power and speed of an open wheel sprint car. Peters will partner up with Larry Allen of Larry Allen Competition Engines for T-Bird.
Back Row Challenge now at $1400!
The Oil Medics, a Ft. Worth Texas based lubrication company has their “Back Row Challenge” offer now at $1400 for the pole position driver that accepts the challenge to start the A Feature at the rear of the field and wins from the scratch spot. In addition, Action Auto Collision of Tulsa is also adding $200 to the driver that attempts the challenge. Combined with the winners purse for the feature, a successful challenge can now net the winning driver $2600 this week!
Thunderbird fans will get to witness another youngster who can stand on the gas in Broken Arrow’s Alex Sewell. This talented speedster is leading the 2012 OCRS Brodix / PM-PRO Rookie of the Year honors and earned his best OCRS showing last week at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway with a runner-up finish to Passmore. Rookies, as with most any other racing series, are typically not expected to win feature races. They need to bide their time, hone their skills and pay their dues before such a reward comes their way. As for Mr. Sewell, you would find very few people amongst the OCRS faithful that would be surprised if he were to take a visit to victory lane in 2012. With his talent and solid equipment as provided by father Andy and Rob Forehand, it could happen.
Keep a watchful eye on the Action Auto Collision / Sewell Mechanical / BT Powdercoat sprinter.
Kids Can See Sprint Cars Up Close & On Track
A popular segment as of recent events is having the kids see the OCRS cars and drivers up close and in person. This will take place at the conclusion of the OCRS “Pole Dash” event. Once the “Pole Dash” race is completed, the six cars that qualify to race in the dash will stop on the front straight-a-way. The youngsters will be allowed on the track for a few minuets to see the cars and meet the drivers. It is encouraged to bring your favorite electronic device for picture and/or video recording.