Flud Makes it Rain, Thomas the Titlist in I44 Riverside’s Twister Nationals presented by The Oil Medics
I44 Riverside Speedway
Saturday, October 12th
Twister Nationals presented by The Oil Medics FINALE
What a show race fans were treated to this weekend at I44 Riverside Speedway. The 1st Annual Twister Nationals presented by The Oil Medics drew a weekend total of 170 entries and staged a constant barrage of a high speed, wheel to wheel action aboard I44 Riverside Speedway’s high banked 1/5th mile red clay oval.
While moisture came up on its’ own throughout Friday night’s prelim, Saturday’s surface slicked off without an overload of dust, and the weekend surface was extremely smooth, the ninth consecutive testimony I44 Riverside Speedway promoter Mark Banister has delivered to OKC metro area race fans.
Both night’s featured nearly 6 hours of racing, and far be it from messing around, the action was continuous throughout both affairs. At least someone was delivering to the Sooner State this weekend. The Red River Rivalry left thousands dejected, but hundreds had the foresight to grab a lawn chair to rejoice in the biggest show in I44 Riverside Speedway history.
For such a crazy season so unlike anything in the rich annals of dirt track racing, not just regionally, but very likely nationally - this was how we wanted to cap it off. If you’re entertained by high speed maneuvering, the Twister Nationals presented by The Oil Medics was downright heaven.
Just check out the stats alone and consider that it was all staged on one of the fastest, most premier speedway surfaces in the region.
Official weekend entry by class:
Midgets - 28
Outlaw - 22
A Class - 41
Non Wing - 40
Restricted - 21
Junior Sprint - 18
Twister Nationals presented by The Oil Medics
Opening Night (Friday): 20 heat races, 3 B Features, 6 A Features - 325 total laps
Saturday Night finale: 17 heat races, 3 B Features, 6 A Features - 311 total laps
Twister Nationals Total: 37 heat races, 6 B Features, 12 A Features - 636 laps of official racing
For all that can be said about the Saturday night finale, from Tyler Thomas’ dominating run in the 30 lap Midget main event and Chris Andrews coming from the tail yet again, this time to a runner up finish as the polished Tulsa mini sprint veteran explodes on to the Midget scene. Or Frank Flud’s most legendary night of racing in an already illustrious career, scoring $1,000 wins in Outlaw, A Class, and Non Wing - for all that can, and will be said about this night of racing, and for huge dose of resolve this racing family showed after the speedway was destroyed in the May 20th tornado and #Restore44 campaign over the next ten weeks that culminated with the reopening in early August. For the dozens of newsworthy items over this season and this incredible season finale - we want to thank those that made it possible.
There could never be enough said about what exactly Mark Banister did to save racing in OKC and by extension, all of central Oklahoma. But without the help we received since the tornado, we could not have saved this speedway, let alone do it in under ten weeks.
I44 Riverside Speedway extends our most proud salute to Bill Jewell and The Oil Medics. They are one of the most passionate businesses in the region that support racing. We were and will continue to be thrilled, not just that we saved this speedway - but that this racing family immediately started making long strides in the racing we stage here in Oklahoma City, and that The Oil Medics was in since the moment the show was conceived. If you’re a race fan in Oklahoma - go visit The Oil Medics website and/or Like them on Face book - let them know that you appreciate their support and efforts to take this speedway to a new level.
Thanks also to Danny Dewberry of Bob Moore Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, NAPA Auto Parts, Outlaw Wings, and Cody Brewer for their extremely important sponsorships of the Twister Nationals. I44 Riverside personally thanks the Oklahoma Midget Racing Association’s Eric Fenton and Jeff Foster for their tremendous help over the weekend and in the past couple of weeks, and on that note look forward to next year with great anticipation, great possibilities.
I44 Riverside will continue to push the bar, making the racing we showcase to you even bigger and better and also focusing on community and family initiatives while we continue to not only rebuild this speedway, but build on what we achieved in our racing the past two months.
Risking length of our final 2013 race report is no concern compared to those who helped save our speedway, the I44 Riverside racing family thanks the following sponsors, those who supported us when so many doubted us. Those that bought wall plaques (we’ll have em up next year) and those that joined our crusade and advertised with us. Oklahoma City and central Oklahoma would not have a speedway without each of the following……
Pole Position Raceway - #Restore44 Fundraiser
1 - 2J Wehkamp Racing (Wehkamp Racing - Cimarron, Kansas)
2 - 2J Wehkamp Racing (Wehkamp Racing - Cimarron, Kansas)
3 - 3J Wehkamp Racing (Wehkamp Racing - Cimarron, Kansas)
4 - 3J Wehkamp Racing (Wehkamp Racing, Cimarron, Kansas)
5 - Jennings Powder Coating (Brandon Jennings - Oklahoma City)
6 - Jack Hall #37 (Jack Hall)
7 - 2B Brandon Boggs (Boggs Racing - Lawton, Oklahoma)
8 - Bobby Brewer #1 (Bobby Brewer - Cabot, Arkansas)
9 - Nathan Rainey #99 (Matthew Rainey - Choctaw, Oklahoma)
10 - Lyndon Harvey 99H (Harvey Racing - Decatur, Texas)
11 - Boggs Racing 2B (Randy Boggs - Lawton, Oklahoma)
12 - Stars Elite Cheer (Kerrie Boggs - Lawton, Oklahoma)
13 - Fliptastics Gymnastics (Courtney Boggs - Lawton, Oklahoma)
14 - P40 Aaron Dromgoole (Dromgoole Racing - N. Richland Hills,Texas)
15 - Derrick McBride #98 (Derrick McBride - Newcastle, Oklahoma)
16 - Lyndon Harvey 99H (Harvey Racing - Decatur, Texas)
17 - Jake’s Dad Carbs (Duane Keel - Mustang, Oklahoma)
18 - Poverty Barn (www.povertybarn.net, St. Charles, MO
19 - Ryan Anderson #00R (Ryan Anderson - Anadarko, Oklahoma)
20 - Finish Line Designs (Cody & LeeAnn Meade - Dewey, OK)
21 - Fast Lane Motorsports News / Galen Kurth
22 - Zero Motorsports / Johnny Murdock / St. Louis, Missouri
23 - Christian Kinnison 82c
24 - Christian Kinnison 82c
25 - Kearns Heat & Air #11
27 - Lamar Racing
28 - Central Motorsports Matt Johnson #85
29 - Central Motorsports Cody Brewer #96
30 - David & Karen Florence
31 - Tanner Conn #78
32 - Dewberry Racing TBD (Bob Moore Auto Group)
33 - Dewberry Racing TBD (Bob Moore Auto Group)
34 - Jason Lair #23
35 - Dylan Pendergrass #22 (Donnie Pendergrass Elgin, OK)
36 - Divot Studios Vinyl Graphics / Chris Bartlett #12
37 - Cushion Pushers / Wescoe Racing / Wes Briscoe
38 - Jacob Long #007
39 - Chris Wells #72
40 - Factor 1 Racing / Jason McDougal #73
41 - Factor 1 Racing / Jason McDougal #73
1 - Barnum's Plumbing, Inc. (Oklahoma City)
2 - Dacus Heating & Air (Fletcher, Oklahoma) *Associate
3 - MelMark Pipe & Supply *Associate
4 - Southern Illinois Raceway (Marion, Illinois)
5 - Oklahoma No Fender Network / Finish Line Designs (Dewey, Oklahoma) *Associate
6 - Southwestern Medical Center Lawton, Oklahoma (Dr. Mike Kuglitsch)
7 - Karen Byrd
8 - Bishop Racing Components (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
9 - Bob Moore Auto Group (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
10 - Bob Moore Auto Group (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
11 - Pole Position Raceway (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)*Associate
12 - Roy Miller Auto Salvage (McKinney, Texas)
13 - Extreme Sports Medics (Choctaw, Oklahoma)
14 - Judy Dodson / Eagle Drilling (Oklahoma City, OK)
15 - Carmichaels Electric (Moore, Oklahoma)
16 - KEY 2 VICTORY Driver Websites / Scott Key
17 - Kevin Laplante
18 - NAPA Auto Parts
Onward with the class by class recap of the final night of the I44 Riverside racing season, the Twister Nationals presented by The Oil Medics grand finale.
On Friday night 28 Midget teams elected to not lock in any prelim positions, creating a separate show entirely for the $8,500 Saturday purse spearheaded by $2,000 to win.
Tulsa’s Chris Andrews burst on the scene Friday night, rocketing from 17th to the win in his Midget debut. Andrews teammate and 2012 Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget champ Andrew Felker was sidelined with driveline issues, but Chris carries the 66 Salvage banner, landing the pole position on strength of a 7th to first run in his heat race.
Fellow Tulsan Matt Sherrell started alongside, but it was Owasso’s Tyler Thomas moving up from the 2nd row and into the early lead. Chris Andrews mounted challenge until looping the 11c on lap three and tagging the rear of a field that still included 19 cars ß--- stay tuned.
Thomas exited the restart and strode unchallenged, approaching lapped traffic as the caution flew on the 13th round for a Doug McCune spin.
Thomas led Sherrell and Choctaw’s Cody Brewer at the halfway point while Andrews’ worked his way back up to 6th.
Thomas was nothing short of sensational, cutting down lapped traffic with ease as Sherrell was forced to the infield with mechanical woes. Chris Andrews worked up to battle Brewer for the runner up spot with five circuits left.
Andrews got by just before the last yellow flew with two to go as Owasso’s Ty Hulset spun to a stop atop turn 3. The stage was set for a 2 lap showdown between Thomas and Andrews, but Thomas had other plans.
A four time POWRi National Midget winner since his debut in 2012, Tyler Thomas picked off the $2,000 score aboard the BT Machine, Factor 1 Racing, Haynes Equipment, and Quick Race Products no. 91T ahead of Andrews and Brewer.
Sapulpa’s Kyle Clark earned his main event spot with a B Feature win. Clark earned the Hard Charger effort presented by MUDX, climbing from 17th to fourth at the finish line. Fort Worth, Texan Patrick Stasa moved up four spots to complete the top five finishing order.
“Midget” B Feature (15 laps - top 4 transfer to A Feature): 1. 22 Kyle Clark (1); 2. 87c Coby Hughes (3); 3. 91s Jeff Stasa (2); 4. 56x Mark Chisholm (8); 5. 0 Wesley Smith (7); 6. 29s Brian Harvey (6); 7. 00 Austin Shores (4); 8. 3F Kevin Battles (5); DNS: Andrew Felker, Matt Johnson
Lap Leaders: Kyle Clark 1-15
“Midget” A Feature (30 laps - $2,000 to win): 1. 91T Tyler Thomas (3); 2. 11c Chris Andrews (1); 3. 96 Cody Brewer (8); 4. 22 Kyle Clark (17); 5. 19 Patrick Stasa (9); 6. 83 Johnathon Halford (14); 7. 4F Tyler Nelson (13); 8. 7$ Pat Schudy (5); 9. 87c Coby Hughes (18); 10. 56x Mark Chisholm (20); 11. 91s Jeff Stasa (19); 12. 9u Doug McCune (15); 13. 5A Bill Allen (16); 14. 53 Ty Hulsey (12); 15. 35 Matt Sherrell (2); 16. 14 Eric Fenton (10); 17. 8 Alex Sewell (6); 18. 5$ Danny Smith (4); 19. 15D Andrew Deal (7); 20. 87F Brian McClelland (11)
Lap Leaders: Tyler Thomas 1-30
Hard Chargers: 1. Kyle Clark +13; 2. Mark Chisholm +10; 3. Coby Hughes +9
El Reno’s Josh Toho started pole virtue his Friday night win, unfortunately for him Pryor’s Frank Flud started alongside. Flud shot to the lead, a lead he would never relinquish in the wire to wire effort.
The wire to wire 20 lapper went caution free with Flud in command the entire way.
This might be a fine time to avoid redundancy. The Legendary Blue Wazoo, known in more civilized circles as Frank Flud, scored three wins Saturday night. Frank earned $1,000 wins in Outlaw, Non Wing, and A Class action - to go along with Non Wing and A Class wins Friday, and a P2 finish in the Outlaw prelim.
The five wins lifted Flud’s high water mark to 33 total victories on the season. Flud’s total weekend takeaway was over $3,500. Insert another flood analogy here. The Pryor, Oklahoma pilot is in stride and his weekend performance was easily the most powerful in the 15 year history of I44 Riverside Speedway. Frank gives thanks to “Mike ross, Sawyer chassis, Metric Cycles, Outlaw wings, Infinty shocks, Guhl injection, shoenfeld headers, mychron tom, Dean franklin, Bobby springer, my dad, mom, karley, and anybody who has helped me continue this great season.”
Toho claimed the runner up spot with Joey “Front Row” Baker moving up a few spots early to claim third. Owasso’s two time PCR Non Wing champ Ty Hulsey finished fourth while fellow multiple Port City titlist Jake Rosario completed the top five finishing order.
“Outlaw” A Feature (20 laps - $1,000 to win): 1. 81 Frank Flud (2); 2. 55 Josh Toho (1); 3. 34 Joey Baker (6); 4. 21 Ty Hulsey (5); 5. 92 Jake Rosario (8); 6. 15 Jeff Frey (9); 7. 17 Harlan Hulsey (11); 8. 18 Justin Fletcher (12); 9. 89g Nick Bailey (7); 10. 15D Andrew Deal (16); 11. 14 Harley Hollan (15); 12. 27k Kyle Keeler (10); 13. 95 Michael Hall (14); 14. 33 Justin Patocka (17); 15. 99 Garrett Miller (19); 16. 73 Jason McDougal (4); 17. 12s Drew Salisbury (18); 18. 00 Grady Chandler (3); 19. 82c Christian Kinnison (13)
Lap Leaders: Frank Flud 1-20
Hard Charger: Andrew Deal +6
By virtue of his Friday night prelim win, Flud started pole of the 20 lap Non Wing main event with Chris Cochran alongside.
It took three complete restarts, but once at it Flud unleashed the whirlwind, although to credit his challengers both Cochran and Jeffrey Newell maintained pace. Final yellow flew with five to go, but I44 Riverside was in a flash Flud warning and the Pryor pilot rolled on to the $1,000 Non Wing score ahead of Cochran and Newell.
Cyril’s Cord Dodson moved up a couple spots to claim fourth, although with a more present high line the result for the young gasser who lives to pound the cushion. Tommy White also moved up two spots to complete the top five finishing order. Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex native John Roan made the tow up to Riverside, only to head back down to Texas early Saturday morning to pick up yet another Gatlin ride. Great ingredients for Team Gatlin as Roan moved up from the B to go 18th to sixth in the main event, earning the Hard Charger nod in the process.
“Non Wing” B Feature (15 laps - top 4 transfer to A Feature): 1. 2 Ronnie James (8); 2.14g John Roan (2); 3. 12 Gage Robb (4); 4. 82c Christian Kinnison (1); 5. 2B Brandon Boggs (7); 6. 20s Steven Curbow (11); 7. 11 Michael Kearns (3); 8. 32k Cory Kelly (10); 9. 50 Shelby Burk (6); 10. D22 Blaine Denny (12); 11. 55 Josh Toho (5); 12. 1xx Sherman Williams (9); 13. 3x Patrick Stasa (13); DNS: Cory Wiegart, F16 White?
Lap Leaders: John Roan 1-11, Ronnie James 12-15
“Non Wing” A Feature (20 laps - $1,000 to win): 1. 81 Frank Flud (1); 2. 7c Chris Cochran (2); 3. 1 Jeffrey Newell (4); 4. 7 Cord Dodson (6); 5. 25w Tommy White (7); 6. 14g John Roan (18); 7. 2 Ronnie James (17); 8. 79 Tim Kent (14); 9. 83 Jim Woods (11); 10. 5 Shelby Byrd (5); 11. 98 Derrick McBride (8); 12. 61 Kaley Engstrom (9); 13. 16R Bobby Ruffin (16); 14. 12 Gage Robb (19); 15. 58 Philip Fessler (15); 16. 67 Randy Wagnon Jr. (12); 17. 39 Sterling Hoff (3); 18. 5c Cody Cordell (13); 19. 82c Christian Kinnison (20); 20. 94L Layne Heimbaugh (10)
Lap Leaders: Frank Flud 1-20
Hard Charger: John Roan +12
For the third and final time, Flud paced pole with Karley Kay Dobson alongside for the 20 lap A Class main event.
The A Class run proved to be Flud’s biggest challenge as Karley Kay rocketed past on the high side to lead lap 1 before the yellow flew for a Hannah Adair/Tim Kent tangle.
Dobson had the car and line to beat, but slipped just a bit too high in turn 4 on the ensuing restart, allowing Flud and Guthrie’s Jake Rosario to slip by. A Dobson spin a short time set the stage for an epic rim ride through the field, but contact with Garrett Miller sent Karley flipping into the turn 3 fence. Dobson appeared sore, but ultimately ok.
With no slowdowns over the final 13 laps, Flud powered to the win ahead of Rosario and Newcastle’s Trey Robb. Kennedale, Texan Christian Kinnison claimed fourth with Chris Cochran earning his second top five finish in stock600 action.
“A Class” B Feature (15 laps - top 4 transfer to A Feature): 1. 99 Garrett Miller (1); 2. 79 Tim Kent (6); 3. 22 Teri Burk (8); 4. 58 Philip Fessler (3); 5. 24N Matt Nelson (11); 6. 7s Todd Schwartz (2); 7. 36 Lloyd Smith (7); 8. 4T Caleb Thompson (10); 9. 2B Brandon Boggs (4); 10. 94L Layne Heimbaugh (9); 11. 32k Cory Kelly (5); DNS Caleb Paris
Lap Leaders: Garrett Miller 1-15
“A Class” A Feature (20 laps - $1,000 to win): 1. 81 Frank Flud (1); 2. 29x Jake Rosario (4); 3. 12T Trey Robb (3); 4. 82c Christian Kinnison (5); 5. 7c Chris Cochran (10); 6. 83 Jim Woods (8); 7. 25R Chad Bell (7); 8. 777 Bailey Hughes (15); 9. 98 Derrick McBride (14); 10. 20s Steven Curbow (16); 11. 79 Tim Kent (18); 12. 41A Hannah Adair (11); 13. 96R Jeff Rury (13); 14. 22 Teri Burk (19); 15. 58 Philip Fessler (20); 16. 39 Sterling Hoff (9); 17. 99 Garrett Miller (17); 18. 28 Karley Kay Dobson (2); 19. 26g Preston Williams (12); 20. 7T Tristan Oakes (6)
Lap Leaders: Karley Kay Dobson 1, Frank Flud 2-20
Hard Charger(s): Bailey Hughes, Tim Kent +7
War wounds were chronicled on Friday night, Saturday night had a sad one as well as Haley Hollan got her arm caught in her steering wheel during Restricted heat action. Ambulance was immediately called over and word is a broken arm. Haley did join spectators in an air cast later in the evening. The entire staff and I44 Riverside racing family wishes Haley a full and speedy recovery.
Mannford native and Friday night winner Tristan Oakes paced pole of the 20 lap Restricted main event with Layden Pearson alongside.
Oakes dropped quick dime and held strong advantage despite a pair of stoppages in the early going. The surface was blackening up by this point (main event 5 of 6) and the entire field was hooked up.
Quinton Standlee worked his way past Pearson for second at the midway point, with reigning DRC Memorial titlist Bailey Hughes battling into third a short time later.
Standlee closed in on Oakes late in lapped traffic, but Oakes stayed ahead to sweep Restricted action aboard the Oakes Welding & Pre-Fab sponsored Momo’s no. 7T. Standlee and Hughes followed for the podium finish, while Pearson claimed 4th. West Tulsa’s Joey Schmidt rebounded from a Friday night flip, moving up a couple spots to complete the top 5 finishing order.
“Restricted” A Feature (20 laps): 1. 7T Tristan Oakes (1); 2. 95 Quinton Standlee (4); 3. 777 Bailey Hughes (3); 4. 11 Layden Pearson (2); 5. 1s Joey Schmidt (7); 6. 11B Kaylee Bryson (10); 7. 20 Noah Harris (15); 8. 18 Mason McGuire (14); 9. 10 Blake Battles (19); 10. 78 Tanner Conn (13); 11. 2 Alison Slaton (11); 12. 00R Ryan Anderson (17); 13. 9 Matt Moore (5); 14. 88K Kelsey Gray (6); 15. 72c Kaylee Cole (9); 16. 13 Blake Scott (16); 17. 57T Kyle Thompson (18); 18. 98 Nathan Weida (8); 19. 21k Kobe Simpson (12); DNS: Haley Hollan
Lap Leaders: Tristan Oakes 1-20
Hard Charger: Blake Battles +10
Bridgecreek’s Team Green sensation Chris Wells was aiming for his 8th consecutive Junior Sprint triumph, while Broken Arrow’s Holleywood Holley Hollan paced outside.
Hollan earned the early lead, but Wells closed in quick, making a move underneath Holleywood on the fifth round. Wells became lodged in Hollan’s left rear and spun to a stop in the infield before re-entering the race legally and staying a few car lengths ahead of the leader to stay on the lead lap.
Holleywood had a firm grip on the 20 lapper at the midway point with Noah Gass and Joey Gray dueling a good distance behind.
Wells was on a mission with hopes of #8 and was up to fifth with 7 laps remaining, but a mishap with Connor Lee shortened the race for both.
Wells’ run is worth memorializing. As Junior Sprint turnout has been at the highest levels in several years, easily pulling double digits each night - to score 7 in a row is a feat that could go years without being matched. I44 Riverside family is thrilled for young Chris and his blossoming career at the forefront of so many blossoming young talents in the local Junior Sprint ranks.
Holley Hollan had six laps before emblazoning her name in the record books, and she paced them in style just as she did in the DRC prelim over Labor Day Weekend. Hollan scored the Junior Sprint win aboard the Harley Hollan Enterprises, Edge Graphics, Intruder Junior Chassis, Car & Fleet, Joe Cooper Ford, MHC Kenworth of Tulsa, and Eaton Industrial Coatings no. 14H.
Noah Gahh and Joey Gray followed for the podium finish, while two time and reigning I44 Riverside Junior Sprint champ Nathan Rainey joined Cole Roberts in completing the top five finishing order.
“Junior Sprints” A Feature (20 laps): 1. 14H Holleywood Hullan (2); 2. 25 Noah Gass (3); 3. 15J Joey Gray (10); 4. 99 Nathan Rainey (4); 5. 3 Cole Roberts (5); 6. 42 Grady Mercer (9); 7. 88R Ryder Laplante (7); 8. 007 Jacob Long (13); 9. 9 Emilio Hoover (8); 10. 72c Kayden Cole (17); 11. 16 Brant Woods (14); 12. 9m Rees Moran (15); 13. 85T Connor Thompson (16); 14. 7 Treyton Gann (12); 15. 17 Connor Lee (6); 16. 72 Christopher Wells (1); 17. 14R Jake Nail (11)
Lap Leaders: Holleywood 1-20
Hard Charger(s): Joey Gray, Kayden Cole +7
Closing and season review to be continued in 24-48 hours. Ice and elevation.
Flud Makes it Rain, Thomas the Titlist in I44 Riverside’s Twister Nationals presented by The Oil Medics
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