Oil Capital Racing Series
Gastineau leads OCRS domination at Lake Ozark Speedway
Image credit: Mark Funderburk, John Rittenoure - ELDON, Mo. (July 22, 2022) - Whit Gastineau led a AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Sprint Car 1-2-3-4 finish on Friday during the opening night of OCRS vs. POWRi LOS 305’s at Lake Ozark Speedway.
It was the first ever meeting of the two sanctioning bodies and Gastineau was the class of the field picking up his 32nd OCRS career victory after a sterling duel with veteran Danny Smith in the early going.
The meeting was part of the 2nd annual lake Ozark Speedway Beach Brawl that included All Star Circuit of Champions sprints and POWRi non-wing sprinters. Round two gets underway on Saturday.
Gastineau drove off the pole in his Statewide Service Center sprinter to lead the opening lap over outside front row starter Smith. But Smith used the high groove to take away the lead on lap 2. Over the next 3 laps the two swapped slid jobs with Smith holding a slight lead each time they crossed the start-finish line.
On lap 6 Gastineau finally wrestled the lead away from Smith, but his lead was far from safe. Terry Easum charged around Smith for second on lap 7 and by lap 15 pulled within striking distance of Gastineau. However, Gastineau did not give up his position and Easum finished second just 0.886 seconds behind. Johnny Kent moved around Smith on lap 15 and followed Easum to a third place finish. Smith hung on to fourth with POWRi racer Mike Trent coming from 10th to finish 5th.
AmeriFlex / OCRS drivers picked up victories in all three heat races. Gastineau won the opening heat, Smith the second heat, and Easum captured the third.
Rees Moran charged from 20th to 8th earning him the D&G Contracting Hard Charger award.
AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Sprint Cars
Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Missouri.
July 22, 2022
AmeriFlex Hose Accessories A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 2-Whit Gastineau; 2. 88-Terry Easum; 3. 55-Johnny Kent; 4. 5$-Danny Smith; 5. 14C-Mike Trent; 6. 15-Jack Potter; 7. 55P-Kenny Potter; 8. 22M-Rees Moran; 9. 26B-Matt Fox; 10. 1P-Curtis Evans; 11. 79-Gage Montgomery; 12. 63-Randy Martin; 13. 31-Casey Wills; 14. 122-Lane Warner; 15. 90-Dan Wohnoutka; 16. 74-Natalie Doney; 17. 18-Randy Corpening; 18. 08E-Elizabeth Phillips; 19. 61A-Doug Fry; 20. 7K-Rob Rimel; 21. 5M-Blake Edwards
Schure Built Suspension Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Whit Gastineau; 2. 15-Jack Potter; 3. 14C-Mike Trent; 4. 31-Casey Wills; 5. 79-Gage Montgomery; 6. 63-Randy Martin; 7. 22M-Rees Moran
Lightning Wings Powder Coating Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 5$-Danny Smith; 2. 55P-Kenny Potter; 3. 55-Johnny Kent; 4. 61A-Doug Fry; 5. 90-Dan Wohnoutka; 6. 74-Natalie Doney; 7. 1P-Curtis Evans
Smith Titanium Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Terry Easum; 2. 26B-Matt Fox; 3. 5M-Blake Edwards; 4. 122-Lane Warner; 5. 18-Randy Corpening; 6. 7K-Rob Rimel; 7. 08E-Elizabeth Phillips
Lap Leaders: Whit Gastineau 1, 6-20; Danny Smith 2-5.
Margin of victory: 0.886.
D&G Contracting Hard Charger: Rees Moran +12.
Top 10 Standings: Blake Edwards 1489; 2. Rees Moran 1371; 3. Terry Easum 1363; 4. Sheldon Barksdale 1116; 5. Whit Gastineau 1039; 6. Joe Bob Lee 901; 7. Elizabeth Phillips 876; 8. Johnny Kent 783; 9. Steven Shebester 770; 10. Freed Matox 715.
2022 Winners: 3/4 - Steven Shebester (Red Dirt Raceway); 3/5 - Tyler Drueke (Red Dirt Raceway); 3/19 - Blake Edwards (Creek County Speedway); 3/25 - John Carney II (Thunderbird Speedway); 3/26 - Tanner Conn (Lawton Speedway); 4/9 - Terry Easum (Oklahoma Sports Park); 4/23 - Johnny Kent (Creek County Speedway); 5/20 - Danny Smith (Tulsa Speedway); 5/21 - Steven Shebester (81 Speedway); 5/28 - Alex Sewell (Salina Highbanks Speedway); 6/24 - Tanner Conn (Red Dirt Raceway); 6/25 - Kyle Clark (Tri-State Speedway); 7/9 - Steven Shebester (Lawton Speedway), 7/22 - Whit Gastineau (Lake Ozark Speedway).
About the AmeriFlex / OCRS Series -
Established in 2002, the Tulsa OK based AmeriFlex / 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 AmeriFlex / OCRS series is all about.
About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories -?
Located in Tulsa OK, AmeriFlex 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. AmeriFlex 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…………..?AmeriFlex Has The Stuff That Keeps You Going!
AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Contingency Sponsors
?AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories, Hoosier Racing Tires, Smileys Racing Products, Schoenfeld, Brodix, Lucas Oil, RacinDirt.TV, Schure Built Suspension, Lightning Wings & Powder Coating, Smith Titanium, MyRacePass.
Article Credit: John Rittenoure