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  1. CHAPPELL CRUISES TO VICTORY AT SALINA By John Rittenoure - SALINA, Okla. (June 24, 2017) - Just last week after a second place finish at Lawton Speedway Zach Chappell said he was looking forward to racing at the Salina Highbanks Speedway. After Saturday night one can see why. Chappell looked very comfortable as he flew around the high-banked 3/8's mile oval on the way to his first Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car feature victory of the season. "I have always loved this racetrack," said Chappell of the Salina track. "We have had a lot of seconds and thirds here and it feels good to finally get a win here. "We were fortunate to start up front and were there for the taking. It was a great track." Starting on the pole by virtue of a redraw that was done at intermission, Chappell jumped into the early lead and was chased by Whit Gastineau and Jamie Passmore, Gastineau and Passmore swapped positions for a lap then Alex Sewell joined battle moving around Passmore to third. Gastineau could not catch Chappell but had one last chance when the yellow waved with three laps remaining. But Chappell was too strong and pulled away on the restart and led the final three laps to victory. Gastineau and Sewell finished second and third. "We had a good hotrod tonight. It was really hooked up," Chappell said of his Ameri-Flex sponsored sprinter. "The guys really worked hard on this all week. They are the ones who won this for me. I have the easy work. I just sit, put my foot down, and drive." After finishing second to series points leader Shane Sellers in the third heat Chappell's crew went to work making changes to the Maxim chassis. "We changed the whole car from the heat to the A feature," explained Chappell. "The track was changing and you have to keep up with it. "That is the good part of being in a traveling series. You see different tracks. You don't get stuck seeing just one track." Chappell was also pleased with the horsepower he was getting from his DSO engine. "David Stephenson builds a awesome power plant.," he said. "He knows his stuff. I can't give him enough credit." The victory moved Chappell within 16 points of series leader Sellers who settled for a seventh place finish. It was only the second time this season that Sellers has finished out of the top five. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Results Salina Highbanks Speedway June 24, 2017 Car count: 17 Pos-Car-Driver-Start) Drive Shafts, Inc. Heat (8 laps) 1, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[1]. 2, 5L-Joe Bob Lee[2]. 3, 2W-Whit Gastineau[6]. 4, 31-Casey Wills[4]. 5, 15D-Andrew Deal[3]. 6, 55-Johnny Kent[5]. A1 Machine Shop Heat (8 laps) 1, 4J-Jamie Passmore[5]. 2, 8-Alex Sewell[6]. 3, 28-Zach Alley[1]. 4, 76S-Shayla Waddell[4]. 5, 22T-Frank Taft[2]. 6, 25-Noah Gass[3]. Car and Fleet Parts Heat (8 laps) 1, 4-Shane Sellers[2]. 2, 50Z-Zach Chappell[4]. 3, 2-Mickey Walker[5]. 4, 30-Joseph Miller[3]. 5, 007-Michael Bookout[1]. AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories A Feature (25 laps) 1, 50Z-Zach Chappell[1]. 2, 2W-Whit Gastineau[5]. 3, 8-Alex Sewell[7]. 4, 5L-Joe Bob Lee[4]. 5, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[6]. 6, 15D-Andrew Deal[13]. 7, 4-Shane Sellers[8]. 8, 4J-Jamie Passmore[2]. 9, 31-Casey Wills[10]. 10, 007-Michael Bookout[15]. 11, 28-Zach Alley[9]. 12, 30-Joseph Miller[12]. 13, 2-Mickey Walker[3]. 14, 55-Johnny Kent[16]. 15, 22T-Frank Taft[14]. 16, 76S-Shayla Waddell[11]. 17, 25-Noah Gass[17]. ​Lap Leaders: Chappell 1-25 Contingency Awards: Drive Shaft Inc. Heat: Sheldon Barksdale A-1 Machine Shop Heat: Jamie Passmore Car & Fleet Parts Heat: Shane Sellers Wesmar Racing Engines Recipient: Michael Bookout Amsoil Hard Charger: Andrew Deal +7 M&W Aluminum Hard Luck: Frank Taft Rod End Supply Recipients: Zach Alley, Joseph Miller, Mickey Walker Pictured: Zach Chappell Wins At Salina Photo Credit: Spirit Eyes Studios
  2. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprints Return To Thunderbird Speedway John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (June 20, 2017) - Officials of the Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series and the Thunderbird Speedway are pleased to announce that the 16-year old sprint car series will perform at the recently re-opened Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee Oklahoma on Friday August 18th. Thunderbird Speedway first opened as a horse track in 1903 and then 52 years later, auto racing became the show and quickly established its place among the most successful tracks in the area. Thunderbird is the last remaining 1/2-mile track in the state of Oklahoma and several drivers from all forms of racing machines have found the large track to their liking due to Thunderbird's extremely long straights and paper clip corners. Until recently, the speedway had been closed since 2013. In April of that season, the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series held their last event at Thunderbird with Kade Morton taking the win. Morton was a rookie sprint car driver that year and outran the likes of Whit Gastineau, Alex Sewell, Harli White and Jamie Passmore for the upset win. At press time, an event sponsor is being sought. The sprint car feature will pay $1500 to win barring any additional sponsorship's coming into play. In addition to the sprint car race (support classes to be determined), the track will also have "Legends of Thunderbird" in attendance. This will bring the stars of yesterday to the track and fans can once again see their hero's from prior racing seasons. More details to follow as the event approaches. The racetrack is located on the Muskogee Fairgrounds and as always, parking is free. Thunderbird Speedway Contact Info: Phone: (918) 869-6883 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thunderbird-Speedway-1922290479373… About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or they will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If they do not have what you are looking for, they will direct you on where to find it. Give then a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com
  3. Sprints make first visit to the Highbanks in 2017 John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (June 20, 2017) - This Saturday night, the Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series makes their 2017 debut at the fabulous Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina Oklahoma. An annual tour stop for the winged sprinters, the Highbanks offers the racers a thrill of a lifetime with the track's steep banking and lightning quick lap speeds. Race fans will find no better amenities than that of the Highbanks. In three visits to the Highbanks in 2016, Norman Oklahoma's Sheldon Barksdale won on each of the first two visits while Tuttle Oklahoma's Shayla Waddell scored on trip number three. Sellers comes into the event with the points lead while Talala's Zach Chappell sits in the second spot with Sapulpa's Mickey Walker third. This Saturday's event is the first of two programs at the Highbanks for the series in 2017 as the Ameri-Flex Challenge II presented by Grand National Trailer will take place on August 26th. That event carries a monstrous purse as $3000 will go to the winner with drivers earning $1000 just to start the race. This weeks race will pay $1500 to the victor. As always, a visit to the Finishline Restaurant & Bar that sits on the second level of the facility is a must. Rib Eye steaks, KC strip & sirloin steaks, fish & chips, grilled salmon, pasta dishes along with sandwiches and cheese burgers are just some of the offerings available. If you haven't been taking advantage of this, you really should give it a try as it will make your night extra special. NUTZ n' BOLTZ Easterners vs. Westerners Since the Salina Highbanks reopened in 2011 after sitting idle waiting for new owners to buy the track, there have been 15 Ameri-Flex / OCRS events held. Drivers west of Interstate 35 have won 7 while 8 wins went to drivers east of the states divide. Western drivers have a 4 race win streak going at the present time. There have been 3 drivers that have 2 wins on Highbanks soil during this period. Sheldon Barksdale, Alex DeCamp and Shayla Waddell. Love Going To Lanny's House Alex Sewell's score at Lawton last weekend was his second such feat as he took the season opener at Lawton back in April. The two wins has earned Sewell over $3000. Sewell also earned over $700 in lap money at the Harold Leep Classic in May on top of his purse winnings. Not a bad time for Sewell to be earning some dough as he and his wife recently went into business together by opening up "Turn 2 Nutrition" in Broken Arrow Oklahoma. Drivers Locked In The Zone Two drivers are making the most of their starts through the early part of the season. Points leader Shane Sellers has one win (Oklahoma Sports Park) and has finished in the top 5 on 4 occasions from all 5 events the series has held. Sewell, with his 2 wins to date, has finished in the top 5 in all 4 events he has entered. If Sewell were to be given his average points earned for the one race he missed, he would be the point leader but it would by the narrowest of margins. Highway Gypsies Getting from race to race throughout the schedule requires determination and dedication. This holds true for any traveling series. The Miller Racing Team out of Cove Arkansas is by far the most dedicated team there is in the series when it comes to rolling down America's highways. While some had heads on pillows anywhere from 2-4 hours after the Lawton event, the Miller team was looking at the early outline of the sunrise as they pulled back into camp. This is a feat they tackle regularly. The Ameri-Flex / OCRS series can't be more impressed for the efforts this team puts out. We just hope Joseph gets his naps in on the way to the track before strapping into his sprinter. New Racer In The Works Congratulations goes out to Whit & Katie Gastineau on welcoming Charlie Gastineau into the world last week. Daughter Racee is thrilled to have a brother and probably wasn't bothered to much that dad stayed home from the Lawton event to tend to her birthday party and her new brother while mom recuperated. Wonder what age "CG" will be when he starts pounding the throttle pedal? We have set the over/under line at five. Highbanks facts for this Saturday's event: What: Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Cars Plus Modifieds, Pure Stocks & Super Stocks When: Saturday June 24, 2017 Where: Salina Highbanks Speedway / Salina Oklahoma Time: Gates open at 5pm (pit gates 3 pm) / Hot laps at 6:30pm / Racing begins at 7pm (OCRS drivers meeting at 6pm) Tickets: Adult General Admission: $15 / Seniors: $10 Kids: $5 / Pit Pass: $35 / Finishline Restaurant & Bar Seating: $25 Location: Racetrack sits directly on Highway 20 between Pryor and Salina. Track Phone: (918) 434-RACE (7223) Track Website: www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all… Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com Pictured: Joe Bob Lee in action Photo Credit: Jeff Taylor
  4. Sewell Repeats at Lawton Speedway Chappell Gives Chase - Settles For Second By John Rittenoure Lawton, Okla. (June 17, 2017) - Lawton Speedway is quickly becoming one of Alex Sewell’s favorite race tracks. On April 15 Sewell won the Ameri-Flex Hose and Accessories OCRS season opener at the Lawton quarter-mile. Saturday Sewell took up where he left off leading all 30 laps to win for the second time this season. “We have been coming here for a long time and we are finally getting it figured out,” said Sewell. “It was kind of surprising because the race track was pretty much identical to when we won here last time. That helps a lot.” Sewell also gave credit to his dad and crew for having the Action Auto Collision sprinter ready to race. “The guys just have the eight car rolling where ever we go,” Sewell said of his race car. “I can always count on them to have a good car.” After a lap one restart Sewell shot from his fourth place starting position and passed pole sitter Shayla Waddell for the front spot. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma pilot raced unchallenged despite facing lapped traffic during the race. “When I had clean air I was able to run the top and rip the lip all the way around,” Sewell said. “When it came to lapped cars my car was so good I could go to the bottom and still pass them. Anywhere I had to go I could go.” However Sewell knew he could not relax in the 30-lapper. “There is really some stiff competition out here so anytime you can come out here and win with these guys you know you are doing something good,” he said. Sewell was chased by fifth starting Zach Chappell who was unable to get close enough to challenge for the lead. “He was pretty quick up there,” Chappell said of Sewell. “When he got out front with no lap cars in front he was checked out. There was no catching him.” Chappell was hoping for lapped traffic to give him the opportunity to catch Sewell, however with only three yellow flags in the race that did not play out in his favor. “I felt like we were a little quicker in traffic because we were reeling him in real hard,” Chappell said. “But then again he is the leader and he does not know how close everybody is so he could have taken his time picking and choosing spots. “I thought it would have been more of a race had lap traffic played more of a part. But we will take a second.” Shane Sellers worked his way to a third place finish to maintain his Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series points lead, Joe Bob Lee finished fourth and Casey Wills was fifth. With 17 laps down in the race Sheldon Barksdale took a hard ride off of turn four to bring out the red flag. Fortunately Barksdale was not injured. As a result of the crash Barksdale became the recipient of the M&W Aluminum Hard Luck award. Noah Gass advanced from 20th to 13th in the feature and was the recipient the Amsoil Hard Charger award. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Results Lawton Speedway June 17, 2017 Car count: 21 (Pos-Car-Driver-Start) Drive Shafts, Inc. Heat (8 laps) 1, 8-Alex Sewell[5]. 2, 94F-Morgan Fletcher[4]. 3, 2-Mickey Walker[1]. 4, 50Z-Zach Chappell[7]. 5, 911-Mike Baker[2]. 6, 24-T.J. Herrell[3]. 7, 11-Nick Bates A1 Machine Shop Heat (8 laps) 1, 5L-Joe Bob Lee[2]. 2, 76S-Shayla Waddell[3]. 3, 31-Casey Wills[5]. 4, B52-Brayden Voigt[4]. 5, 10K-Kyle Ezell[7]. 6, 8J-James Fabian[6]. 7, 25-Noah Gass[1]. Car and Fleet Parts Heat 3 (8 laps) 1, 4-Shane Sellers[3]. 2, 18J-Brandon Jennings[2]. 3, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[4]. 4, 55-Johnny Kent[7]. 5, 30-Joseph Miller[5]. 6, 14-Shawn Bloomquist[6]. 7, 4X-Robert Sellers[1]. AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories A Feature (30 laps) 1, 8-Alex Sewell[4]. 2, 50Z-Zach Chappell[5]. 3, 4-Shane Sellers[8]. 4, 5L-Joe Bob Lee[7]. 5, 31-Casey Wills[9]. 6, 2-Mickey Walker[11]. 7, 18J-Brandon Jennings[3]. 8, 55-Johnny Kent[6]. 9, 10K-Kyle Ezell[12]. 10, 24-T.J. Herrell[16].11, 76S-Shayla Waddell[1]. 12, 14-Shawn Bloomquist[18]. 13, 25-Noah Gass[20]. 14, 94F-Morgan Fletcher[2]. 15, 911-Mike Baker[14]. 16, 8J-James Fabian[17]. 17, 11-Nick Bates[19]. 18, B52-Brayden Voigt[13]. 19, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[10]. 20, 30-Joseph Miller[15]. DNS: 4X-Robert Sellers[21]. Lap Leaders: Alex Sewell 1-30. Contingency Awards: Drive Shaft Inc. Heat: Alex Sewell A-1 Machine Shop Heat: Joe Bob Lee Car & Fleet Parts Heat: Shane Sellers Wesmar Racing Engines Recipient: TJ Herrell Amsoil Hard Charger: Noah Gass M&W Aluminum Hard Luck: Sheldon Barksdale Rod End Supply Recipients: Shayla Waddell, Shawn Bloomquist, Noah Gass Pictured: Alex Sewell & crew in victory lane Photo Credit: Mike Howard About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or they will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If they do not have what you are looking for, they will direct you on where to find it. Give then a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com
  5. Harold Leep Classic Presented by Carter - Maxwell Saturday Sprint Car Mania - Sunday John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (May 23, 2017)- The Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint cars are set for a huge racing weekend with two large events looming for the winged sprinters over the Memorial Day Weekend. Saturday's tour stop will be at the 1/4-mile bullring of the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney Kansas for the 3rd Annual Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter - Maxwell and then on Sunday, the open wheel warriors travel northwest to the 3/8-mile 81 Speedway in Park City Kansas for a special all sprint car show tabbed "Sprint Car Mania". This event will comprise of three completely separate classes of sprint cars that is sure to produce a very exciting and entertaining show as each class will run full programs of heats and features. Some of the best that the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series has to offer will be in competition this weekend including Shane Sellers who currently leads the point standings after 2 events have been written into the books. Sellers will have company with drivers such as Zach Chappell, Whit Gastineau, Alex Sewell, Shayla Waddell, Sheldon Barksdale, Andrew Deal, Sean McClelland, Brian McClelland, Mickey Walker, Johnny Kent, Tim Kent, Danny Smith, Casey Wills, Joseph Miller and Cameron Hagin along with a gang of other contenders. For the Leep Classic event, there is an excess of $3200 on the table by the way of "Lap Money". As with previous Leep Classic events, This added cash has been donated by various types of sponsors. Should a driver sweep all the available cash awards offered for the evening, the take would be over $3100 with bonus cash also being dispersed throughout multiple other positions. Thanks in large part to Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories and our racetrack partners, the OCRS series is the best value in the region. Saturday night will also be the 2017 season opener for the Caney Valley Speedway after Mother Nature disrupted previous attempts to get the season started. After speaking with promoter Kerry Gorby, Caney Valley is excited to have the Harold Leep Classic as its season opener and a great show in anticipated. The Leep Classic lap sponsors are: National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Broncho Courier, Sewell Mechanical, T-Clark Enterprises, TS Construction, H&R Block Coyote Automotive, Crocker (Farmers) Insurance, Action Auto Collision, Arrowhead Electric, Broken Arrow Lawn & Garden Barksdale Overhead Door, Caeli's Sweets Eats & Bar, ASCS Red River Region, Grass King Lawn Care ATC Insurance Solutions, EMTEC Pest Control, Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, Grand National Trailer Tribute to American Armed Forces, Tribute to Ofixco Racing Team and a Tribute to the.... FANS Laps are also sponsored In Memory of Jonathan Isaacs and In Memory of Allen Couch Race fans Jerry Medlin & Greg Shields have also sponsored laps. Caney Valley Speedway Docket: What: Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter - Maxwell Where: Caney Valley Speedway / Caney Kansas When: Saturday May 27, 2017 Time: Gates open at 4p / Hot laps 6:30p / Racing at 7p (OCRS drivers meeting at 5:45p) Tickets: $15 (13yrs & up) / $5 (7-12yrs & Seniors) / 6 & under (FREE) / Pit Pass: $35 Track Phone: (620) 330-0485 Track website: www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net Track Location: The track is just 1/2-mile west of the junction (intersection) of US 75 and US 166 on CR 1600. For the Sprint car Mania event, this special night featuring three different sprint car classes is a dream show coming true for open wheel fanatics. It seems fitting since the biggest open wheel race in the world, the Indianapolis 500, is earlier in the day. The three groups of sprints that will perform are: Ameri-Flex / OCRS 360 sprints, the NCRA 360 sprints and the URSS 305 sprints with the SSO 305 sprints joining this class for the evening. C. Ray Hall and his staff have a solid reputation for running a timely program while producing a festive atmosphere for all ages to enjoy. 81 Speedway has a long rich history and the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is honored to be invited to perform at such a historic facility. The last time the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series graced 81 soil was in October of 2009 where Moore Oklahoma's Frank Dittman took checkers. It has been a long 8 years since and the teams are anxious for their return. 81 Speedway Docket: What: 'Sprint Car Mania' Featuring the sprint cars of Ameri-Flex / OCRS, NCRA and URSS / SSO Where: 81 Speedway / Park City Kansas When: Sunday May 28th, 2017 Time: Main Gates open at 5p / Hot Laps 6p / Racing at 7p (Pit Gates open all day) OCRS Drivers Meeting @ 5:30pm Tickets: $20 (12yrs and up) / $18 (Seniors & Military) / 11yrs and under (FREE) / Pit Pass $30 Track Phone: (316) 755.1781 Track website: www.race81speedway.com Track Location: 81 Speedway sits just 1/2-mile west of I-135 at Exit 16. Its going to be a fantastic weekend of Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car racing. We will see you at the racetracks! About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com
  6. 9th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial Saturday Night John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (May 2, 2017) - The Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada Oklahoma will host the sprint cars of the Ameri-Flex / OCRS racing series this Saturday night for the 9th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial. This event has been conducted on the 4/10-mile oval track since its inception in 2009. Only Gary Owens of Pauls Valley OK has won the event more than once. In fact, Owens won this event three years in a row (2013-2015). Last year, it was Sheldon Barksdale winning his first HLJM event on his way to tallying multiple wins in the 2016 racing season. Prior to Owens and Barksdale, the HLJM has been won by: Jamie Passmore (2012), Whit Gastineau (2011), Mike Goodman (2010) & the initial winner to honor Leep Jr, Frank Dittman (2009). HLJM winners that have also scored a win in September's Oklahoma State Championship event at OSP are Goodman (2007), Owens (2011) and Gastineau (2010, '12 & '15). This event has produced some great racing action over the years and the 2017 version is sure to continue the trend with multiple feature winners from the 2016 season set to partake in the event. Oklahoma Sports Park's speeds are second to only the Salina Highbanks Speedway on the tour. If you like to see sprint cars wind 'em up and sling around the track at full power, OSP is your destination for this weekend. NUTZ n' BOLTZ Been There - Done That: With the rainout at Caney Valley Speedway last weekend in the mother of all downpours in the state, The Ameri-Flex / OCRS series finishes the month of April with just the season opener in the books. That came at the Lawton Speedway on April 15th. Not a shocker as it has happened before. Five years ago (2012), the series had a late season opener at Brill Motor Speedway on April 27th. The next race was May 4th at the Humboldt Speedway. In 2010, there was an April 16th season opener at Outlaw Motor Speedway followed by a May 1st date at Tri-State Speedway. Then in 2009, there were no April events at all. The season opener wasn't till May 5th at Mid-America Speedway. So to say just one April date is Unusual.... Yes, Unheard of... No. Driver Replacement Take II: Car owner Andy Voigt will place Wichita Falls Texas wheel man Brandon Long in the B-52 sprinter for the second race in a row. Long was the opening night Amsoil Hard Charger coming from his 18th starting spot to finish 7th after transferring from one of two Wesmar B-Features. Voigt's son Brayden is expected to be in the seat at the next event as he will be attending his high school prom this weekend. Dont bring the prom Tux to the track Brayden. To Good Looking To Sit: Joe Wood Jr. is expected to be MIA as his motor puked in its first 2017 race at Lawton. Junior says he felt the power plant lay down after winning the Car & Fleet heat race. For those who have not seen the car in person, it looks very racy and is much to good looking to be sleeping in a shed. Hopefully the situation will rectify its self soon and the Danny Holloway owned #28 will get dirty again without being idle long. Lap Sponsors Wanted: Due to schedule shuffling, the Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter / Maxwell is less than 30 days away as the race will be at the Caney Valley Speedway on May 27th. As with past seasons, there will be lap sponsors taken for this event @ $100 per lap. Several have renewed their support and a few new pledges have signed on for this event. People / Places such as: National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Jerry Medlin Coyote Automotive (Danny Tuttle) Waddell Motorsports (In memory of Jonathan Iassac) Art Couch (In memory of Allen Couch) Caelis Sweets & Eats & Bar Arrowhead Electric H&R Block (Dave Devore) Grass Kings Lawn Care ATC Insurance Solutions If you wish to sponsor a lap for the 2017 running of this event, contact John Lemon @ 918 850-5341. Here is your itinerary for the 9th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial: What: 9th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial featuring Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint cars (and support classes) Where: Oklahoma Sports Park / Ada Oklahoma When: Saturday May 6, 2017 Time: Main Gates Open 5pm / Hot laps 7pm / Racing 7:30pm (AmeriFlex / OCRS drivers meeting will be held at 6:15pm) Tickets: Adults: $15 / Seniors & Kids 11-15: $13 / 10yrs & Under Free / Pit Pass: $30 Oklahoma Sports Park is home to a 4/10-mile clay oval track and is located just 10 miles northwest of Ada, Oklahoma on state highway 3W. Track Phone: 580-332-5535 / Promoters Phone: 580-332-5383 Track website: www.oklahomasportspark.com About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! 
Website: www.ameriflexhose.com Pictured: Harold Leep Jr. (File Photo)
  7. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Event For Caney Valley Speedway Rescheduled John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (April 27, 2017) - The Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car event set for this Saturday night at the Caney Valley Speedway has been rescheduled to Saturday July 15th. From the recent rains that have fallen on the speedway and the forecast for more rain to get Noah's Ark moving, the decision was easily made to pull the plug on Saturday's program. The July 15th date makes for a doubleheader weekend in Kansas for the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series as the sprint cars will take to the Humboldt Speedway on Friday July 14th. The next event for the traveling wanderers will be Saturday May 6th, for the 9th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial at the Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada Oklahoma. ocrsracing.net
  8. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprints Stroll Into Caney Valley Saturday John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (April 25, 2017) - The teams of the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Car Series have their GPS systems dialed in for the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney Kansas where round number two will take place in the chase for the 2017 Harold Leep Championship Trophy. Broken Arrow Oklahoma's Alex Sewell was victorious at the season opener on April 15th at the Lawton Speedway and the winged crusaders are quite anxious to get to the next tour stop on the schedule. The Caney Valley Speedway has been a track of frequent visits in the past few years for the series. You have to go back to 2010 when the series did not race at the 1/4-mile bullring and that was only due to a rain out. Promoter Kerry Gorby has been a solid ally of the 16 year old series and the streak looks to continue in 2017 as the series has three booked dates with the track. The Harold Leep Classic moves to Caney Valley this season and it takes place on May 27th & the sprints return to Caney Valley for the final time of the year during the Labor Day weekend (September 2nd). Last seasons winners at the speedway were: Johnny Kent (June), Robert Sellers (July), Danny Smith (September) & Sheldon Barksdale (October). In addition, Sean McClelland took home $5000 in the inaugural Ameri-Flex Challenge in September. Caney Valley native and 2014 Ameri-Flex / OCRS Champion Andrew Deal is also a threat to win a series race anytime and is looking for his first home track score. Ironically, Deal is known for his bullring style of racing yet his two career wins in the series are on two of the fastest tracks the series competes on. Those tracks are the Oklahoma Sports Park and the Salina Highbanks Speedway. Local area fans would like nothing more than to see Deal win at home. NUTZ n' BOLTZ Opening Numbers: In the past 7 years (2010 - 2016), there have been a total of 35 "Top 5" feature positions. It is interesting to note that there have been 23 different drivers that have earned a top five finish in season openers. There was only one new top 5 driver this year and he won (Alex Sewell). Of those 7 season openers, it helped to fly the number 4 or fly the "W". Mike Goodman (4am - 2010), Kyle Cobb (4c - 2011) & Jame Passmore (4j - 2012) won openers while carding the "4". Those flying the "W" that took season openers were: Harli White (17w - 2013) and Whit Gastineau with his 2w twice (2014 & 2016). Only 2 drivers have won the series title after winning the season opener the past 7 years: Passmore in 2012 & White in 2013. He's Got Ya Where He Wants Ya: 2-time defending series champion Robert Sellers had finishes of 6th (2016) and 19th (2015) for an average finish of 12.5 for the first race of the season only to come back and win titles. At the first event of the year at the Lawton Speedway, Sellers finished 18th. Guess the rest of the field is in for trouble now. Change Of Pace: Shane Sellers needed to change things up a bit and he has. In the first event of the last 3 seasons, Sellers failed to make the A-feature in 2014 & 2016 and while he made the feature in 2015, he was the first car (of 20) out of the race. In Lawton, Sellers found his stride and placed 2nd to Sewell. No word if the younger Sellers is walking around with a hare's foot in his pocket. Winners All Around: A look at the starting field for the season opening A-Feature saw 10 former Ameri-Flex / OCRS A-Feature winners in the 20 car main event. Add Shayla Waddell who has won a couple of series features, 2016 Lawton Champion Kyle Ezell and a handful of additional Lawton Speedway feature winners and the pits were full of teams that could win on any given night. Yellow Submarines: Shayla Waddell debuted her Shane Carson tribute car at Lawton and the series got its first look at the Bruce Jennings replica that son Brandon was wheeling around. There was no mistaking the yellow rides these two young pilots drive. One thing is for certain, you can see them on the track even in the darkest shadows of the racetracks. It's No Joke Sonny: When the first drivers meeting of the season broke up after the explanation of the Ameri-Flex Challenge II presented by Grand National Trailer took place, one driver walked up to a series official and said they thought the $3000 to win / $1000 to start race at the Salina Highbanks Speedway on August 26th that he heard about had to be some kind of joke. When it comes to getting cash in the pockets of race teams, we dont joke around. It's time to produce Thunder in the valley this Saturday night. We are bringing the show, you just gotta GO! Here are your details: What: Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Cars plus support classes Where: Caney Valley Speedway / Caney Kansas When: Saturday April 29, 2017 Time: Gates open at 4:00p / Hot laps 6:30p / Racing 7:00pm (OCRS drivers meeting at 5:45p) Track Phone: (620) 330-0485 Track website: www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net Directions: The track is just 0.8 mile west of the junction (intersection) of US 75 and US 166 on CR 1600. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Driver Casey Wills (Mike Howard Photo) About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com
  9. Sewell comes out on top in Ameri-Flex / OCRS season opener at Lawton By John Rittenoure OCRS Staff LAWTON, Okla. (April 15, 2017) - Alex Sewell took advantage of an opportunity and turned it into a victory on Saturday in the Ameri-Flex Hose and Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series season opener at Lawton Speedway. It was the third OCRS career victory for Sewell and he celebrated enthusiastically by climbing onto his sprinter in victory lane where he cheered and waved to the crowd. Sewell started outside second row in the 30-lap main event, but quickly found himself with the lead after a lap one restart. Pole sitter T.J. Honkomp and outside front row starter Casey Wills raced into turn one on the start and made contact. Wills came to a stop in turn two forcing an immediate yellow flag while Honkomp limped back to the pit area. Neither could restart. “I don’t know exactly what happened as I was turned down the racetrack," explained Sewell. "At that moment I thought, it is me and (Shane) Sellers now.” On the restart Sewell jumped out with the lead followed by Shane Sellers. Sewell knew he could not make any mistakes. “Anytime you are racing a Sellers and they are behind you, you race 100 percent no matter what,” he said. “I went as hard as I could the whole time.” The result was nearly a straightaway lead over Sellers as the race wore on. But a late race caution gave Sewell cause for concern. “After that late race caution I knew my tire was going down and it (the car) got tighter and tighter,” Sewell said of his Sewell Mechanical, SDH Manufacturing sponsored sprinter. “But we adapted and came out on top.” Sewell never had any doubt his sprinter could go the distance. “My cars are always steady,” Sewell said. “My dad (Andy Sewell) and Rob (Forehand) do an awesome job in the shop preparing me one of the best race cars out here.” At the finish Sellers finished second after chasing Sewell the entire 30 laps. Zach Chappell followed in third followed by Sheldon Barksdale and Gary Owens. WESMAR B features were won by defending Ameri-Flex / OCRS champion Robert Sellers and Lawton competitor Kyle Ezell. Alex Sewell Took Checkers In The 2017 Ameri-Flex / OCRS Season Opener @ Lawton Speedway Saturday night. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Results Lawton Speedway April 15, 2017 Car Count: 28 (Pos-Car-Driver-Start) Drive Shafts, Inc. Heat (8 laps) 1, 4-Shane Sellers[1]. 2, 8-Alex Sewell[6]. 3, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[5]. 4, 55- Johnny Kent[7]. 5, 5-Cameron Hagin[3]. 6, 94F-Morgan Fletcher[4]. 7, 11-Nick Bates[2]. A1 Machine Shop Heat (8 laps) 1, 31-Casey Wills[2]. 2, 50Z-Zach Chappell[1]. 3, 4X-Robert Sellers[3]. 4, 10K-Kyle Ezell[5]. 5, 33-Gary Owens[7]. 6, 22C-Cody Cothran[4]. 7, 76S-Shayla Waddell[6]. Car and Fleet Parts Heat (8 laps) 1, 2W-Whit Gastineau[2]. 2, 2-Mickey Walker[1]. 3, 18J-Brandon Jennings[6]. 4, 24-T.J. Herrell[7]. 5, 30-Joseph Miller[4]. 6, P78-Perry Pickard[3]. 7, 911-Mike Baker[5]. Car and Fleet Parts Heat (8 laps) 1, 28-Joe Wood Jr.[2]. 2, 76H-TJ Honkomp[3]. 3, 5L-Joe Bob Lee[4]. 4, 1x- Denny Cothran[5]. 5, B52-Brandon Long[7]. 6, 14-Shawn Bloomquist[6]. 7, 88-Chris Jensen[1]. Wesmar Racing Engines B Feature #1 (12 laps, top 4 transfer) 1, 4X-Robert Sellers[2]. 2, 33-Gary Owens[3]. 3, 1x-Denny Cothran[0]. 4, 94F-Morgan Fletcher[5]. 5, 5-Cameron Hagin[4]. 6, 911-Mike Baker[8]. 7, 11-Nick Bates[7]. 8, P78-Perry Pickard[6]. Wesmar Racing Engines B Feature #2 (12 laps, top 4 transfer) 1, 10K-Kyle Ezell[2]. 2, 5L-Joe Bob Lee[1]. 3, B52-Brandon Long[3]. 4, 30-Joseph Miller[4]. 5, 22C-Cody Cothran[5]. 6, 76S-Shayla Waddell[7]. 7, 88-Chris Jensen[8]. 8, 14-Shawn Bloomquist[6]. AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories A Feature (30 laps) 1, 8-Alex Sewell[4]. 2, 4-Shane Sellers[3]. 3, 50Z-Zach Chappell[5]. 4, 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[10]. 5, 33-Gary Owens[13]. 6, 2W-Whit Gastineau[6]. 7,B52-Brandon Long[18]. 8, 2-Mickey Walker[8]. 9, 10K-Kyle Ezell[14]. 10, 5L-Joe Bob Lee[16]. 11, 1x-Denny Cothran[15]. 12, 5-Cameron Hagin[20]. 13, 94F-Morgan Fletcher[17]. 14, 24-T.J. Herrell[9]. 15, 55-Johnny Kent[10]. 16, 30-Joseph Miller[19]. 17, 18J-Brandon Jennings[7]. 18, 4X-Robert Sellers[11]. 19,76H-TJ Honkomp[1]. 20, 31-Casey Wills[2]. Lap Leaders: Alex Sewell: 1-30 NOTE: Cameron Hagin added as an alternate for the A Feature after Joe Wood Jr. Scratched from the event with mechanical issues. Contingency Awards: Drive Shafts Inc. Heat Race: Shane Sellers A-1 Machine Shop Heat Race: Casey Wills Car & Fleet Heat Race: Whit Gastineau Car & Fleet Heat Race: Joe Wood Jr. Wesmar B-Feature #1: Robert Sellers Wesmar B-Feature #2: Kyle Ezell Amsoil Hard Charger Award: Brandon Long +11 M&W Aluminum Products: Hard Luck Recipient: T.J. Honkomp Rod End Supply Recipients: Denny Cothran, Cameron Hagin, Morgan Fletcher Next Event: April 29th: Caney Valley Speedway / Caney Kansas ocrsracing.net
  10. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Car Season Fires Off This Saturday First Up: Lawton Speedway John Lemon OCRS Public Relations (Tulsa Okla. April 11, 2017) - It's been a long time since the Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series sprint cars have hit the racetrack. Come this Saturday night at the Lawton Speedway, it will be 181 days too long since the winged sprint cars have had an opportunity to race in a series event. These wild and unpredictable pilots are at their ready to get back to the battlegrounds where slide jobs, bump & run maneuvers and rim riding risk taking will once again commence. Race fans, can expect to see some of their favorite drivers in action such as two-time defending series champion Robert Sellers along with feature winners from 2016 such as seven time winner Sheldon Barksdale, Whit Gastineau, Zach Chappell, Shayla Waddell and Johnny 'Hotrod' Kent. Some of the Lawton Speedway pilots that will be looking to defend their home turf from the invaders include: 2016 speedway champion Kyle Ezell, Joe Lee, Shawn Bloomquist, Jerry Bruner, Morgan Fletcher, T.J Herrell, T.J. Honkomp and Gary Owens who also won an Ameri-Flex / OCRS feature in 2016. This event will not be without the remembrance of the Godfather of the speedway, Mr. Lanny Edwards as it will be the first time the series has performed on the historic 1/4-mile track since Lanny's passing last fall. Lanny was instrumental in bringing the series to the speedway as an annual attraction for the fans of Lawton and the utmost respect of this special night and well into the future will be given. The speedway has also booked June 3rd and July 29th for the series to grace Lawton soil. NUTZ n' BOLTZ Hey Buddy, Can Ya Spare A Buck? As has been the case the past couple of seasons, the Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series has often offered increased payouts to the competitors of the series. In 2017, practically every event will have additional pay for the teams. Special thanks goes out to Corvan & Logan Robison of Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories as well as all the promoters of our venues for putting together a great package. AFC II Qualifying Begins: This Saturday night not only begins the chase for the 2017 Harold Leep Championship Trophy, it also begins the qualifying process for teams to be a part of Ameri-Flex Challenge II presented by Grand National Trailer. If you have hibernated extra long this off-season, AFC II will be held the Salina Highbanks Speedway on August 26th. The $3,000 to win and $1,000 to start event is open to the top 30 car owners in points providing a minimum of six races have been attended. Complete rules are on the OCRS website. Long Time Coming: Wichita Falls Texas gunslinger Brandon Long has been tabbed as the pilot for Andy Voigt's B-52 sprinter for the season opener as Andy's son Brayden will be unavailable to drive this weekend. The last time Long checked into the pits for an Ameri-Flex / OCRS event was July 31, 2015 at the formerly named Red River Speedway (now Wichita Speedway) in Iowa Park Texas. Welcome back Mr. Long. We Dont Need No Stinking Practice: Both Lawton Speedway and Creek County Speedway have held events in 2017. In looking at last years Ameri-Flex / OCRS top 10, only two drivers have not competed in a race yet. Sheldon Barksdale and Tim Kent have been laying back and chillin' out. Of the other seven, three have already won features. Robert Sellers took Lawton's season opener last weekend while Johnny Kent captured Creek County laurels. The week before, Alex Sewell won a special non-wing event at creek County. We Can't Tell Ya: Ever see that Andy Griffith episode where Opie knows a secret and is just dying to tell Andy but he only says "I Can't Tell Ya" when asked about his excitement? We have that going on now. There will be a very special surprise that will take place at Lawton this Saturday that several people from both sides (grandstands and pits) will find to be extremely cool. We would love nothing more to clue everyone in but we would have to enter the witness protection program if we did. Just come out Saturday and see for yourself how cool this is going to be. Six slow months have ticked off the calendar and now its time to FEEL the thunder this Saturday night at the Lawton Speedway! Race time is set for 8:30pm. With temperatures forecasted to be in the 70's in the evening, its the perfect time to enjoy an evening out and take in some thrilling racing action. USRA modifieds, limited modifieds and mini stocks will also perform.Here's your need to know facts. What: Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Cars (with support classes) When: Saturday April 15, 2017 Where: Lawton Speedway, Lawton, Oklahoma Time: Pit Gates at 5:00pm / Grandstand gates at 6:00pm / Hot Laps 7:30pm / Races Start at 8:00pm (Ameri-Flex/OCRS Drivers Meeting @ 6:45pm) Phone: (580) 355-6417 Website: www.lawtonspeedway.com Track location: Take Interstate 44 to Lee Boulevard. Go west onto Lee Boulevard to Sheridan Road. Turn south (left) and go 1.5 miles to the racetrack. If coming from the south of Lawton: Exit Highway 36 and take the Faxon exit. Go north onto Sheridan Road. Racetrack will be approx. 5 miles. About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or they will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If they do not have what you are looking for, they will direct you on where to find it. Give then a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com
  11. Drive Shafts Inc. Becomes Associate Sponsor For Ameri-Flex Challenge II Presented By Grand National Trailer John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (March 28, 2017) - Drive Shafts Inc. has tossed their hat into the ring as the latest company to sponsor the Ameri-Flex Challenge II presented by Grand National Trailer. Drive Shafts Inc, a Tulsa Oklahoma based business, is entering their six season of supporting the Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series. The company is well known in the regional racing scene for sponsoring one of multiple heat races over the course of a season with the series. A regional leader in custom drive shaft manufacturing and with their expansion of their participation with the series, race teams will compete for a $3000 to win / $1000 to start purse on Saturday August 26th at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina Oklahoma. It will be the largest single event purse in the 16 year history of the traveling series. We are thrilled that Drive Shafts Inc. has become an associate sponsor of this special event." said series owner Barry Grabel. "It seems just like yesterday that our relationship started and here we are heading for year number six. Loyalty is something we can't take for granted and we are forever grateful for the support Rick & Rita Whitehead (owners of Drive Shafts Inc.) have bestowed upon us. To say we have been fortunate to have a great company like Drive Shafts Inc. behind us would be a shear understatement." The Ameri-Flex Challenge II presented by Grand National Trailer is a racing event where up to 30 champ sprint teams can qualify to be in the program. Rules and qualification criteria are posted on the Oil Capital Racing Series website. Teams with any inquiries can contact Barry Grabel at (918) 260.3899 or John Lemon at (918) 850.5341. About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! 
Website: www.ameriflexhose.com About Grand National Trailer - With 30 years in the industry, Grand National Trailer has based their foundation on the knowledge that in the eyes of a trucker, time is money. To meet this understanding, Grand National Trailer provides prompt, quality and friendly customer service while giving their undivided attention to all jobs until the end. Grand National Trailer's goal is to truckers get back out on the road as quickly and safely as possible, at the best value possible. Website: www.grandnationaltrailer.com About Drive Shafts Inc. Drive Shafts Inc. has been a fixture in Tulsa, OK for over 30 years. Since 1977, Drive Shafts Inc. has specialized in designing and building custom drive shafts for major industries across the United States and overseas. All custom drive shafts are built with the highest quality parts and have been produced for industry leaders in construction equipment, paper processing, food processing, material handling, transportation, energy systems, truck body, agriculture, steel mills, bottling and marine. In addition to custom orders, Drive Shafts Inc. also repairs and balances all types of drive shafts. Using advanced technology machines, repairs can be done for all sizes of pick-up and vans, automotive and racecar needs, PTO and steering shafts, industrial and agricultural shafts, front wheel drive, heavy duty, 4-wheel drive and axle shafts. Website: www.driveshaftsoftulsa.com About the Salina Highbanks Speedway - The Salina Highbanks first opened in 1992 and was sold to the ​current ownership in 2011 when the track began a life of its own as several improvement projects took hold. One of which was​ the Finishline Restaurant that sits atop the speedway where fans can view the racing action while enjoying a ​ribeye steak or other fantastic menu items. The 3/8-mile track surface features 22 degrees of banking in the corners with 12 degree average banking on the straights making for the fastest racing surface in the region. Website: www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com
  12. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprint Car Series Prepares For 16th Season Quality Payouts Highlights Schedule John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (March 16, 2017) - The time has come where race teams are thrashing in their shops to prep for another season of wild and exciting sprint car action, while fans get ready to return to their favorite venues to catch a glimpse of the brave souls that strap in for the ultimate joyride. 2017 will be the 16th season for the Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories / Oil Capital Racing Series to present sprint car racing in the southern plains. Lawton Speedway gets the call to fire the 2017 starting gun on April 15th. It will be the first time Lawton Speedway has hosted the season opener since April 16th, 2011 where Kyle Cobb took checkers. The opening event will also mark the first time the series has performed at the speedway since the recent passing of Lawton's long-time and most successful owner/promoter, Lanny Edwards. Heavy hearts still loom and the night is expected to be conducted with plenty of emotion. It is the desire of the series to make Lanny and the Edwards family proud. Lawton Speedway will also host dates on June 3rd & July 29th. Biggest Series Event Purse Ever Awaits Race Teams The Ameri-Flex / OCRS series has set numerous pay out records over the past few years. Last year, a record was set for a single payout to a race winner when Sean McClelland won $5,000 in the Ameri-Flex Challenge at the Caney Valley Speedway. This season will see the largest single event total purse by way of the Ameri-Flex Challenge II presented by Grand National Trailer. The event will be held at the Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday August 26th and is already the talk of the region. Unlike 2016 where the Ameri-Flex Challenge was a dash style race, the entire program for the Ameri-Flex / OCRS teams will be all about the 2017 edition. Thanks in large part to Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories, Salina Highbanks Speedway & the newest sponsor for the series, Tulsa Oklahoma based Grand National Trailer, the race is set to pay over $23,000 in cash and will award the winner with $3,000 while paying an all-time high in the state of $1,000 to start! There is no known record of a racing event of any kind paying $1000 to start a 20-car feature. This August at the Highbanks, it will be done. "Oklahoma Thunder Nationals" is the overall event name as the Red River Region arm of the ASCS series and the Kansas Antique Racers will also be on tap with the AFC II event. On June 24th, promoter David Edwards will host the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series for the first time in 2017 thus making two tour stops at the Highbanks for the season. The Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter / Maxwell moves northward to the state of Kansas this year. Caney Valley Speedway will be the destination as the former host track, Outlaw Motor Speedway, announced their facility would not open for 2017. A Memorial Day weekend date of May 27th has been set. The Leep Classic will pay over $3000 in lap money (between top 3 drivers per lap) as 1/4-mile tracks like Caney Valley are 30 lap affairs vs. 25 laps for the larger sized tracks. This is another calendar marker for the Ameri-Flex / OCRS teams as pockets stuffed with cash are typically the end result of the event. Starting pay will be increased by 33% as well. Caney Valley will also hold two other dates for the series, April 29th and September 2nd are bookmarked. Special thanks the promoter Kerry Gorby for taking on the Harold Leep Classic presented by Carter / Maxwell. The 11th Annual Oklahoma State Championship will once again be held at the Oklahoma Sports Park. A sponsor for the event is pending at press time and the purse will be announced at a later date so stay tuned. The 9th Annual Harold Leep Jr. Memorial will be on May 6th at OSP with a third date on George Welch's 4/10-mile track set for July 22nd. Action is fast and furious in the land of sand. The Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is excited that for the first time since 2009, the series treks northward to C-Ray Hall's 81 Speedway in Park City Kansas for two dates this season. The first will be the night after the Harold Leep Classic (May 28th) for a program billed as "Sprint Car Mania". In addition to the Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprints, the sprint cars of the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) and the 305 sprints from the URSS and SSO series will also compete. The Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is scheduled to end the season on October 14th at C-Ray's Joint. Hall has applied new clay to the racing surface during the off-season making for more anticipation to see what is in store for the speed demons. The third Kansas track on the schedule is "The Hummer" aka Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt Kansas. The July 14th event will be the 8th consecutive season that the series has been scheduled to showcase their talents on the 3/8-mile oval. The Hummer is always an exciting tour stop for the teams of the series and Ryan & Rhenda Whitworth run a fantastic program. Fans have long appreciated the confines of the speedway with its detail to show well. Dont miss this one. A former and yet new track is set for a Sunday October 8th date. Red Dirt Raceway, formerly Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker Oklahoma has been taken over by Ken and Cody Brewer and their families. The racetrack has been reconfigured from 3/8-mile to a 1/4-mile. Fans will see newer main grandstands and a viewing option off turns one and two where personal vehicles will be allowed to park while viewing the racing action. Racers will not only find a different sized track, but the backstretch has been modified and the pit area has been graded and shaped to be more user friendly. The Autumn event will be a salute to State Fair Speedway, the former Oklahoma City racetrack. The Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprints are scheduled for a 40-lap affair for this special visit. Kent Bergman Photo Fans can expect to see several of the regulars that have traveled with the series as of late including but not limited to: Robert Sellers (2-time defending champion) Whit Gastineau (leader in Feature wins since 2009 with 27) Sheldon Barksdale (leader in feature wins in 2016 with 7) Zach Chappell Shane Sellers Shayla Waddell Cameron Hagin Alex Sewell Johnny Kent Tim Kent Casey Wills Perry Pickard David Baxter Joseph Miller A few drivers that have indicated they will race with the series more often in 2017 are: Morgan Fletcher, Mickey Walker, Steve Smith, Joe Bob Lee. In addition, there are some rookies that will vie for the Brodix Rookie of the Year Honors. Chris Jensen has indicated such intentions and there are others waiting in the wings that are looking to run with the series some in 2017 after testing other waters to hone their skills. More on this crop of drivers during the season as their statuses become known. As always, the sponsor line up is one of great importance and the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is quite blessed to have these great companies on board. The sponsors at press time are: Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories (Title Sponsor) Grand National Trailer (Presenting sponsor of Ameri-Flex Challenge II) Hoosier Tire Southwest (Point Fund Sponsor) Plus: Bob Hurley Ford Drive Shaft Inc. A-1 Machine Car & Fleet Parts Schoenfeld Headers M&W Aluminum Brodix Amsoil Rod End Supply Maxim Racing Sprintdudes.com Speedwaynews.net Finishline Restaurant Maxwell Oil Also new for 2017 is a brand new website: ocrsracing.net Previously a .com site, the new and fresh .net site has more vibrant colors with an easier to follow layout. The new site is much more cell phone friendly making navigation more pleasing. It's going to be another fantastic year on tour. Fans and racers can expect the very best effort from the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series as we continue an upward climb in being a racing series that offers the best overall value in the southern plains. Another record breaking season starts on Saturday April 15th at the Lawton Speedway. We welcome everyone to join us for a great ride! The Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series: "Where you can FEEL the thunder!
  13. Ameri-Flex / OCRS Sprints Returns To The Hummer! John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (February 2, 2017) - Officials with the Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series are pleased to announce that for the 8th year in a row, the Humboldt Speedway will grace the opening season schedule for the open wheel gladiators. Speedway promoters Ryan and Rhenda Whitworth have selected Friday July 14th as the date for the series return. Commonly known as the "Hummer", the 3/8-mile track is located in the southeast portion of the state of Kansas, just a 2 hour drive from both Kansas City Kansas and Tulsa Oklahoma. The Whitworth's have a solid reputation for having a first class facility with their traditional attention to detail. However, for all its luster, the Hummer is all business as breath taking and wicked racing commences on-track. "We are elated to be returning to the Hummer," said Barry Grabel, series owner. "OCRS considers the Hummer a jewel facility in the region and it's always a pleasure to perform there. It's hard to believe that 8 years have past since we first raced at the Hummer. OCRS looks forward in continuing our relationship with the Speedway for several more years to come." In the previous seasons, there has never been a repeat winner at the Hummer. Whit Gastineau took the first of two outings in 2010 with Danny Smith taking round two. Other Hummer winners were: Jamie Passmore (2012), Kade Morton (2014), Robert Sellers (2015) and Sheldon Barksdale last year. The 2011 and 2013 events were lost to rain. For additional information on the Humboldt Speedway, visit their website at: humboldtspeedway.com About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! 
Website: www.ameriflexhose.com
  14. Harold Leep Classic Gets New Home For 2017 Plus New Date Added For April John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (January 31, 2017) - The Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series is moving the "3rd Annual Harold Leep Classic" to the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney Kansas for the 2017 racing season. The date is set for Saturday May 27th and will coincide with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The HLC will pay $2,000 to the winner with over $3,100 in lap money available for the competitors. With feature events at Caney Valley 30 laps in length, the lap money is an increase of $500 over the previous Leep Classic events. In addition, the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series has added another date of sprint car action for Caney Valley. That event will take place on Saturday April 29th. This will make three visits to the southern Kansas bullring with September 2nd set to be the final stop at Caney Valley for the traveling series. The need to relocate the HLC came about after Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha Oklahoma, the original home of the HLC, announced they would not be conducting racing events for 2017. "We are very grateful to Kerry Gorby (promoter of Caney Valley Speedway) for welcoming the Harold Leep Classic to his racetrack," stated series president Barry Grabel. "Kerry has been a super promoter to work with for the series and we are appreciative to be able to continue this annual event in honor of Harold Leep without interruption." Harold Leep is an icon in open wheel racing having won multiple championships in various machines and scored several victories at tracks all over the country. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2000. The Harold Leep Classic will be part of a Kansas doubleheader as the series will perform at the 81 Speedway in Park City Kansas the next night as part of their "Sprint Car Mania." The sponsor for the Harold Leep Classic will be named at a later date. For additional information on the Caney Valley Speedway, visit their website at: caneyvalleyspeedway.net About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com
  15. Ameri-Flex Challenge II Set To Payout An Excess Of $20,000! Salina Highbanks To Host Premier Event In August John Lemon OCRS Public Relations Tulsa Okla. (Jan. 5, 2017) - Coming off the heels of the highest paying event to a race winner in Ameri-Flex / OCRS sprint car series history with the initial 'Ameri-Flex Challenge' last year, now comes 'Ameri-Flex Challenge II', which is the next premier sprint car race from the Oil Capital Racing Series. Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories in Tulsa Oklahoma is returning once again as the title sponsor of this special event. Ameri-Flex Challenge II is structured to pay the race teams over $20,000 which will make AFC II the largest purse in series history for a single day program. The destination for AFC II will be the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina Oklahoma with a date set for August 26, 2017. The Salina Highbanks will also present ASCS sprint cars from their Red River Region and race cars from the past with the Kansas Antique Racers on the docket with the full program billed by the racetrack as the 'Oklahoma Thunder Nationals'. The AFC II portion of the program will see the event winner earning $3,000 while paying out $500 to start the main event. The pay is exceptional as the 13th place driver will earn $1,000! Who said 13 was unlucky? As in 2016, "car owners" will need to qualify their cars to be in the AFC II program. The method of qualifying has changed from last year's Ameri-Flex Challenge. Here are the qualifying details for AFC II: The top 30 car owners in Ameri-Flex / OCRS points after the last race prior to AFC II are qualified to be in the program providing said car owners make at least 50% of the events held prior to AFC II. In the event any dates are added to the schedule after the first race of the season, any events held prior to AFC II will factor into the number of events a car owner needs to achieve 50% participation to qualify for the event. Likewise, in the event that AFC II has to be rescheduled for any reason, any race(s) held prior to the rescheduled AFC II date will be part of the equation to determine a 50% minimum attendance to qualify. As with 2016, any driver wishing to compete in AFC II must make at least 40% of the scheduled shows prior to the AFC II event to participate. The event format will be announced at a later date with all cars participating receiving equivalent championship points towards the 2017 racing season. "We (OCRS) are constantly flattered and amazed by all the support we keep getting for our series," expressed OCRS President Barry Grabel. "Corvan and Logan Robison of Ameri-Flex Hose and Accessories keep stepping up and we are just fortunate that they value our series the way they do. In addition, we must express our sincere gratitude to the Salina Highbanks Speedway for their efforts into the Ameri-Flex Challenge program, these are truly a great bunch of people to be working with." "We want this to be one of the biggest races yet for the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series," says Ameri-Flex President / Owner Corvan Robison. "With a good payout throughout the field, hopefully this will be quite an entertaining race. I consider the Salina Highbanks my home track since the closing of Tulsa Speedway years ago." Robison echoed: "It ain't that far to go see some ##### good racing! I know Keith Sanders, Dave Bohannon and David Edwards (Salina's main principals) will put on a great show! I know the fans can expect a great show and the OCRS sprint car drivers will drive their guts out to earn all the cash being offered!" Speaking on behalf of the Salina Highbanks Speedway, track promoter David Edwards shared these thoughts: "We welcome the opportunity to showcase Ameri-Flex Challenge II and OCRS next summer. Sprint cars are a good fit for our racetrack as we primarily attract people from a four state area (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas & Missouri). OCRS produces good racing that our fans come to expect." Edwards went on to say: "The Salina Highbanks has a good long term relationship with Ameri-Flex. We use them through our construction business as well as the racetrack and Ameri-Flex has been great supporters of the Salina Highbanks Speedway. We are pleased to work with Corvan and Ameri-Flex on this program. This should be a great night for everyone." Additional sponsors for AFC II will be announced in the near future. If you are interested in being a part of this spectacular program, contact John Lemon at (918) 850-5341. The guaranteed purse for Ameri-Flex Challenge II is as follows: 1) $3000 2) $1500 3) $1200 4) $1000 5) $1000 6) $1000 7) $1000 8) $1000 9) $1000 10) $1000 11) $1000 12) $1000 13) $1000 Positions 14 through 20: $500 each Total A-Feature Purse: $19,200. Non Qualifiers receive $125 each Total purse with 10 non-qualifiers: $20,450 Note: All rules and/or qualifications for Ameri-Flex Challenge II are subject to modification by the Oil Capital Racing Series if deemed necessary. Question or inquiries can be directed to Barry Grabel at (918) 260-3899 of John Lemon at (918) 850-5341. About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series - Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series is all about. Website: www.ocrsracing.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/oil.series About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories - Located in Tulsa OK, Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is a family owned and operated company. From food grade hose to hoses for the petroleum industry, Ameri-Flex will strive to fill your needs. Ameri-Flex can build a hose to your specifications or we will assist you in creating what you have designed while you wait. Ameri-Flex has several hard to find items that some vendors can’t get or find. Product can be shipped quickly and efficiently. If we do not have what you are looking for, we will direct you on where to find it. Give us a try, after all………….. Ameri-Flex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going! Website: www.ameriflexhose.com About the Salina Highbanks Speedway - The Salina Highbanks first opened in 1992 and was sold to the current ownership in 2011 when the track began a life of its own as several improvement projects took hold. One of which was the Finishline Restaurant that sits atop the speedway where fans can view the racing action while enjoying a ribeye steak or other fantastic menu items. The 3/8-mile track surface features 22 degrees of banking in the corners with 12 degree average banking on the straights making for the fastest racing surface in the region. To view all the racing action offered by the Salina Highbanks through the racing season, visit their website at: www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com
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