By David Smith Jr.
ARDMORE, Okla. – Sprint Series of Oklahoma drivers and officials are gearing up for a double-header weekend at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore this Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10.
IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers from across Oklahoma and north Texas have expressed their intentions on competing in one or both events that kick off the 2018 race season for the SSO. Friday’s feature will pay $700 to win while Saturday’s main event pays $750 to win. Both events are complete shows with no automatic transfers from Friday to Saturday; both nights pay a minimum of $250 to start the feature.
Friday night grandstand admission prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. All pit passes are $30. Saturday spectator admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids while pit passes are $35.
Gates open both nights at 5:00 p.m. with race action slated for 7:30 p.m.
Two-time and defending series champion Andy Shouse will be back and looking for a three-peat championship in 2018
Touring regulars Joe Wood Jr., Cody Whitworth, Loyd Clevenger, Chris Kelly, Josh Toho, Mike Scott, Blake Scott, Eric Matthews, Jerry Jumper, Dillon Laden, Justin Mowery, 2018 rookie of the year Tristan Oakes and Tanner Conn are all expected to be on hand.
Several drivers from the North Texas area have indicated their intentions on making the trip to Ardmore including Sterling Hoff, Chad Koch, Kevin Ramey, Taylor Courtney, Chip Graham, Michael Day and Robert Vetter.
Rain and saturated track conditions forced cancelation of the March 3 scheduled opener at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker.
Seventeen dates are on this year’s schedule for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma, presented by Smiley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tires Southwest