Nebraska’s Drueke wins first career OCRS Sprint feature

Nebraska’s Drueke wins first career OCRS Sprint feature
26 events at 11 tracks highlight 2022 OCRS schedule
Nebraska’s Drueke wins first career OCRS Sprint feature
by John Rittenoure, MEEKER, Okla. (March 5, 2022) – Tyler Drueke traveled a long ways to race his 305 sprint car on Saturday. But the trip was worth it.
The Eagle, Nebraska resident took the lead with 10 laps remaining and went on to win his first career AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Sprint Car feature during the second day of the Spring Nationals at Red Dirt Raceway.
After a restart on lap 18, Drueke saw his chance to pass Blake Edwards and Sheldon Barksdale for the lead and never looked back.
“I just went around on the outside,” Drueke said of his pass for of the two for the lead.
It was heartbreak for Barksdale who started on the pole and led from the opening lap. Edwards and Res Moran gave chase and the trio stayed 1-2-3 till the yellow waved on lap 18. Edwards shot around Barksdale for the lead on lap 20 then quickly gave way to Drueke on lap 21. Barksdale fell to fourth.
“I was leading those laps and was trying to keep my momentum up and count down the laps but had a little stumble in my motor,” Barksdale said of losing the lead. “The late caution kind of hurt us. If we had not had that caution I felt like we could have kept on maintaining.
“That got me a little tight and the 17e car slid me down in turn 3 and that kind of stacked me up. I tried to cross him over, but it did not play out at the end.”
Still, Barksdale was happy with his overall run.
“We got the motor running better after Friday night and tweaked on the car a little bit and were rolling around the race track a lot better,” explained Barksdale. “We have been struggling here in the last day or so, it was good to have a good run.
“Even though we did not win it, was still a good run from last (Friday) night.”
In the final laps Moran drove around Edwards to finish second. Edwards was third, followed by Barksdale and Danny Wood in fifth.
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.
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AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Contingency Sponsors
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AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Sprint Car Results
Red Dirt Raceway, Meeker, Okla.
March 5, 2022
AmeriFlex Hose Accessories A Feature 1 (30 Laps): 1. 12-Tyler Drueke[6]; 2. 22M-Rees Moran[3]; 3. 17E-Blake Edwards[2]; 4. 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[1]; 5. 55W-Danny Wood[5]; 6. 32K-Chris Kelly[4]; 7. 16S-Steven Shebester[8]; 8. 5-Joe Bob Lee[10]; 9. 18-Joe Wood Jr[11]; 10. 78-Tanner Conn[12]; 11. 2-Whit Gastineau[7]; 12. 88-Terry Easum[16]; 13. 8X-Austin Shores[18]; 14. 5H-Cameron Hagin[13]; 15. 7-Shane Sundquist[15]; 16. 21-Brandon Jennings[9]; 17. 08E-Elizabeth Phillips[17]; 18. 938-Bradley Fezard[19]; 19. 7F-Noah Harris[14]; 20. 77-Dean Drake Jr[20]
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 7-Shane Sundquist[6]; 2. 08E-Elizabeth Phillips[5]; 3. 938-Bradley Fezard[1]; 4. 11K-Tyler Knight[4]; 5. 94F-Morgan Fletcher[7]; 6. 50-Cody Whitworth[9]; 7. 33K-JT Kelly[8]; 8. 1-Johnny Kent[3]; 9. 10-Jordan Knight[2]
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 88-Terry Easum[2]; 2. 8X-Austin Shores[1]; 3. 77-Dean Drake Jr[3]; 4. 74-Xavier Doney[4]; 5. 00-Daniel Shaffer[5]; 6. P78-Perry Pickard[6]; 7. 20-Shawn Wicker[8]; 8. $5-Emilee Lowry[7]; 9. 69-Greg York[9]
Schure Built Suspension Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 32K-Chris Kelly[2]; 2. 22M-Rees Moran[6]; 3. 5-Joe Bob Lee[5]; 4. 10-Jordan Knight[1]; 5. 74-Xavier Doney[3]; 6. 11K-Tyler Knight[7]; 7. P78-Perry Pickard[4]; 8. $5-Emilee Lowry[8]
Lightning Wings Powder Coating Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17E-Blake Edwards[2]; 2. 16S-Steven Shebester[4]; 3. 938-Bradley Fezard[1]; 4. 5H-Cameron Hagin[6]; 5. 88-Terry Easum[5]; 6. 8X-Austin Shores[8]; 7. 94F-Morgan Fletcher[3]; 8. 33K-JT Kelly[7]
Smith Titanium Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 55W-Danny Wood[1]; 2. 12-Tyler Drueke[3]; 3. 2-Whit Gastineau[6]; 4. 18-Joe Wood Jr[7]; 5. 1-Johnny Kent[5]; 6. 00-Daniel Shaffer[4]; 7. 08E-Elizabeth Phillips[8]; 8. 50-Cody Whitworth[2]
RacinDirt Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[5]; 2. 21-Brandon Jennings[3]; 3. 78-Tanner Conn[4]; 4. 7F-Noah Harris[6]; 5. 77-Dean Drake Jr[7]; 6. 7-Shane Sundquist[2]; 7. 20-Shawn Wicker[1]; 8. (DNS) 69-Greg York
Lap Leaders: Sheldon Barksdale 1-19, Blake Edwards 20, Tyler Drueke 21-30.
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