From David Smith, Jr.
Park City, Kansas – Sherman Davis of Sand Springs, Oklahoma quickly took the lead from his pole starting position and went the entire distance virtually unchallenged to win the 2010 O’Reilly/NCRA sprint car series opener Saturday night at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas.
Brodix rookie of the year candidate Kirby Robe started alongside Davis for the twenty-five lap feature but it was Davis quickly jumping out to a six car length advantage. Third starting J.D. Johnson, Trevor Grossenbacher and Robe gave chase with the pace quickly coming to halt on lap two when Airflow Racing Products hard luck driver A.J. Selenke got sideways in turns one and two then was collected by Luke Cranston to bring out the first of three cautions flags on the event. Both drivers retired to the pits.
While under caution, defending series champion Garry Lee Maier, who was running eighth, stopped on the track but would return to the event, restarting at the tail of the field.
Once racing action resumed it was still Davis, followed by Johnson, Grossenbacher, Jeremy Campbell and Aaron Berryhill with the leader quickly opening up a sizeable advantage by lap five.
The races second caution would wave on lap ten when Doug Lovegrove slowed to a stop on the backstretch.
On the restart it was the same tune with Davis continuing to set the pace with Johnson the only driver able to keep pace.
The caution would wave for the final time on lap twenty-two when Brodix rookie of the year contender Tanner Mullins came to a stop with a flat right rear.
On the final restart there was no stopping Davis as he led the final three laps to take his first career O’Reilly/NCRA sprint car victory.” Starting up front, I really didn’t know where to run or who was coming,” said Davis, driver of the Morgan and Chelsea Racing/Cook Enterprises/Crankcase Service Inc. Maxim chassis sprinter. “The car was starting to shake there at the end but we just kept going. I have never had very good luck here so about time things turned around.”
Johnson held on for second with Brodix rookie of the year contender Grossenbacher finishing third. Campbell, his first night aboard the Danny King owned, E85 Ethanol sponsored sprinter, came home fourth while fourteenth starting Jason Martin rounded out the top five.
The eight lap heat races for the twenty-six car field were won by Davis, Robe and Campbell while rookie Jordan Whitehead topped the twelve lap “B” feature.
The next event for the O’Reilly/NCRA sprint car series will be held on Monday night, May 31st, at 81 Speedway.
The O’Reilly/NCRA sprint car series is entering its 21st consecutive season while the series itself is in the midst of their 40th season of sanctioning dirt track races throughout the Plains.
The series would like to thank the following for their partnership with the O’Reilly/NCRA sprint car series for the 2010 race season.
2010 NCRA sprint car sponsors: O’Reilly Auto Parts, Hoosier Race Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels
2010 NCRA sprint car contingency partners: Arizona Sports Shirts, Airflow Racing Products, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Hooker Harness, Keizer Racing Wheels, Pro Shocks, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Super Shox, Taylor Cable Products, The Joie of Seating, Ultra-Shield Race Products, Vertex Magnetos and Winters Performance Parts,
1st Heat: 1) Sherman Davis 2) Mike Peters 3) Aaron Berryhill 4) Doug Lovegrove 5) Jason Donley 6) Jason Martin 7) Luke Cranston 8) Patrick Stasa 9) Jeff Stasa
2nd Heat: 1) Kirby Robe 2) Trevor Grossenbacher 3) J.D. Johnson 4) Gavin Punch 5) Jordan Whitehead 6) Steve Richardson 7) Jeff Forshee 8) Logan Walker 9) C. J. Johnson
3rd Heat: 1) Jeremy Campbell 2) Tanner Mullins 3) Garry Lee Maier 4) Andy Shouse 5) Ryan Roberts 6) A. J. Selenke 7) Kris Miller 8) Jon Freeman
B Feature: 1) Jordan Whitehead 2) Jason Donley 3) A.J. Selenke 4) Steve Richardson 5) Patrick Stasa 6) Luke Cranston 7) Jon Freeman 8) Logan Walker 9) Jeff Stasa 10) Kris Miller 11) C. J. Johnson DNS: Cody Forshee
A Feature: 1) Sherman Davis 2) J.D. Johnson 3) Trevor Grossenbacher 4) Jeremy Campbell 5) Jason Martin 6) Aaron Berryhill 7) Gavin Punch 8) Mike Peters 9) Patrick Stasa 10) Jason Donley 11) Garry Lee Maier 12) Tanner Mullins 13) Andy Shouse 14) Ryan Roberts 15) Jordan Whitehead 16) Steve Richardson 17) Doug Lovegrove 18) Kirby Robe 19) A.J. Selenke 20) Luke Cranston
ARP Hard Luck: Selenke
Saldana Racing Products 2nd Place= J.D. Johnson
The Joie of Seating 2nd Place= J.D. Johnson
Rod End Supply 3rd Place= Grossenbacher
Super Shox 5th Place= Martin