By David Smith Jr.
MEEKER, Okla. – The Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products will be back in action Friday, May 5 as the tour makes the first of two appearances of the season at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker.
This event will be race three on the 2017 SSO schedule with Joe Wood Jr. of Oklahoma City picking up the victory this past Friday night in Wichita Falls, Texas, while Texan Chad Koch picked up the season-opening victory at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in late March.
The SSO visited the quarter-mile red-clay oval in Meeker last year with Jake Martens and Andy Shouse picking up victories. Shouse’s lone SSO victory last year helped propel him to the inaugural series championship, as well as the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national crown.
Shouse, Martens and Wood are just a couple of the close to 25 drivers expected to compete Friday at Red Dirt Raceway.
Touring regulars also expected include Cody Whitworth, Shayla Waddell, Mike Scott, Jerry Jumper, Gary Owens, Loyd Clevenger, Chris Kelly, Brandon Long and Sterling Hoff. A strong cast of rookie of the year candidates include Tanner Conn, Josh Toho, Justin Fisk, Dillon Laden and Stan Constant.
Koch, who won the season opener, lost a motor late last Friday night and hopes to have one ready to make the trip from his Wichita Falls home.
Gates open at 6 p.m. with race time slated for 8 p.m. Grandstand tickets are $10 while children ten and under are admitted for free.