By Lonnie Wheatley
LAWTON, Okla. (July 16, 2011) – Danny Wood picked off his second American Sprint Car Series Regional win in as many weekends by topping Saturday night’s 25-lap feature event pitting the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region vs. The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region atop the ¼-mile Lawton Speedway red clay oval.
The veteran shoe from Norman, OK, took advantage of some early pacesetters misfortunes en route to taking the $2,000 win aboard the Fisher-powered State Wide Service Center/D&J Land No. 81 J&J.
While Wood started the feature event from the front row outside, pole starter and current Lone Star points leader Matt Covington paced the early circuit until tangling with a lapped car and spinning.
Current Sooner Region points leader Joe Wood, Jr., assumed the point only to suffer a similar fate in the waning laps.
Danny Wood took the lead position and paced the final circuits to take the win in front of Travis Rilat, with Andy Shouse, Michelle Decker and 24th-starter Koby Barksdale rounding out the top five.
Defending Lone Star champion Eric Baldaccini was sixth, with Jesse Frazier, Michael Lang, Joe Bob Lee and Rick Wright, Jr., completing the top ten.
Baldaccini, Joe Wood, Jr., Rilat and Covington topped heat race action, with Kyle Bellm winning the “B” Main. Bellm was one of six cars sidelined in an opening lap feature crash that included a total of eight different cars. Others sidelined included Claud Estes, Dale Wester, Robert Byrom, Kolt Walker and Dustin Morgan.
Cameron Hagin flipped in heat race action, while Sean McClelland, the June 4 Sooner Region feature winner at Lawton, suffered engine problems in his heat race. Both were done for the night.
The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region versus American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results from Lawton Speedway:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 81-Danny Wood, 3. 5-Joe Bob Lee, 4. 7s-Shane Sellers, 5. 45-Martin Edwards, 6. 31L-Lee Little, 7. 22-Koby Barksdale, 8. 15b-Sean McClelland.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 2. 14-Michael Lang, 3. 20s-Sheldon Barksdale, 4. 27x-Jesse Frazier, 5. 010-Brian Roberts, 6. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 7. 2-Dustin Morgan, 8. 110-Cameron Hagin.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 27-Andy Shouse, 3. 12w-Dale Wester, 4. 74e-Claud Estes, 5. 25-Brian McClelland, 6. 00-Marcus Jackson, 7. 50-Cody Whitworth. DNS: 76-John Ricketts.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 11c-Matt Covington, 2. 35-Rick Wright, Jr., 3. 14b-Robert Byrom, 4. 7-Michelle Decker, 5. 11-Justin Melton, 6. 69-Larry Howery, 7. 45k-Kolt Walker. DNS: 22k-Kevin Barksdale
“B” Feature (12 Laps): 1. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 2. 45k-Kolt Walker, 3. 11-Justin Melton, 4. 2-Dustin Morgan, 5. 27x-Jesse Frazier, 6. 22-Koby Barksdale, 7. 69-Larry Howery, 8. 50-Cody Whitworth, 9. 00-Marcus Jackson, 10. 31L-Lee Little, 11. 22k-Kevin Barksdale, 12. 76-John Ricketts. DNS: 110-Cameron Hagin, 15b-Sean McClelland.
“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 81-Danny Wood, 2. 29-Travis Rilat, 3. 27-Andy Shouse, 4. 7-Michelle Decker, 5. 22-Koby Barksdale, 6. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 27x-Jesse Frazier, 8. 14-Michael Lang, 9. 5-Joe Bob Lee, 10. 35-Rick Wright, Jr., 11. 11-Justin Melton, 12. 7s-Shane Sellers, 13. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 14. 25-Brian McClelland, 15. 45-Martin Edwards, 16. 11c-Matt Covington, 17. 20s-Sheldon Barksdale, 18. 010-Brian Roberts, 19. 74e-Claud Estes, 20. 12w-Dale Wester, 21. 14b-Robert Byrom, 22. 14k-Kyle Bellm, 23. 45k-Kolt Walker, 24. 2-Dustin Morgan.
The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Matt Covington 1,272, 2. Eric Baldaccini 1,200, 3. Claud Estes 1,191, 4. Michael Lang 1,169, 5. Martin Edwards 1,160, 6. Justin Melton 1,140, 7. John Ricketts 1,028, 8. Robert Byrom 1,014, 9. Evan Pardo 969, 10. Dale Wester 857.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Joe Wood, Jr. 1,173, 2. Michelle Decker 1,109, 3. Matt Covington 1,068, 4. Andy Shouse 984, 5. Rick Wright, Jr. 774, 6. Cameron Hagin 736, 7. Claud Estes 719, 8. Lee Little 683, 9. Koby Barksdale 671, 10. Danny Wood 577.