Shebester adapts quickly, wins OCRS feature at Tulsa Speedway

by John Rittenoure - TULSA, Okla. (September 10, 2021) - Steven Shebester paid his first visit to the New Tulsa Speedway on Friday and he liked what he saw. A quarter-mile mile oval with tight turns that rewards a driver for his skill behind the wheel.

Once on the track Shebester adapted quickly and picked up his fifth AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Sprint Car victory of the season.

“I like going to tracks I have never been too,” Shebester of his visit to Tulsa Speedway. “It is definitely a paper clip shape. Down the straightaways is fast and the turns are real tight. It made for good racing.

“The track was decent tonight. It is a drivers track. If you go high you have to be careful or you will go into the wall. If you run low you have to pedal it.”

Shebester started outside second row in the 30-lap feature and drove around Noah Harris for the lead after just a couple of laps. Shebester raced unchallenged the rest of the way although Harris stayed within striking distance.

‘We had a real good car in the beginning, It kind of went away late,” Shebester said of his sprinters handling. “Luckily we had a good starting spot with that good cushion coming off of four, and got out there quick.”

While Shebester ran out front the race for second was close. Terry Easum made at Harris and took over second on lap 28 only to have Harris take it back. Sheldon Barksdale then charged into third pushing Easum to fourth at the finish. Alison Slaton rounded out the top five.

Brandon Fogle has been tough to beat lately in the B-Mod division and was the case again Friday. Fogle drive from sixth starting position into the lead to win his fifth feature. Kevin Lacy followed for second with Jordan Barbee third.

It was a battle early in the factory stock feature with Keith Heaslet leading early. But Dalton Garrison came on late to win for the seventh time.

Wesley Knebel drove to his second straight mini stock victory over points leader Adrien Hickman.

AmeriFlex / OCRS IMCA Sprint Cars

AmeriFlex Hose Accessories A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 16S-Steven Shebester[4]; 2. 7F-Noah Harris[2]; 3. 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[7]; 4. 88-Terry Easum[1]; 5. 6-Alison Slaton[10]; 6. 31K-Ross Moore[5]; 7. 31-Casey Wills[9]; 8. 6D-Doug Fry[12]; 9. 5-Joe Bob Lee[3]; 10. 30X-Larry Bratti[17]; 11. 22Z-Zach Campbell[14]; 12. 2L-David Dutton[19]; 13. 90-Dan Wohnoutka[20]; 14. 69-Greg York[18]; 15. 77-Dean Drake Jr[6]; 16. 38-Jimmy Forrester[15]; 17. 32-Kolton Gariss[13]; 18. 18-Stanley Kreisel[11]; 19. 911-Waylon Weaver[8]; 20. 22T-Frank Taft[16]
Hoosier Racing Tire B Main (12 Laps): 1. 38-Jimmy Forrester[1]; 2. 22T-Frank Taft[2]; 3. 30X-Larry Bratti[5]; 4. 69-Greg York[9]; 5. 2L-David Dutton[8]; 6. 90-Dan Wohnoutka[4]; 7. 9-Kevin Foreman[6]; 8. 50-Cody Whitworth[11]; 9. 55W-Danny Wood[3]; 10. 5H-Cameron Hagin[7]; 11. 1H-Hank Davis[10]

Schure Built Suspension Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 16S-Steven Shebester[2]; 2. 31K-Ross Moore[1]; 3. 6-Alison Slaton[3]; 4. 6D-Doug Fry[5]; 5. 38-Jimmy Forrester[4]; 6. 55W-Danny Wood[6]; 7. 30X-Larry Bratti[7]; 8. 2L-David Dutton[9]; 9. 50-Cody Whitworth[8]

Lightning Wings Powder Coating Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 5-Joe Bob Lee[1]; 2. 77-Dean Drake Jr[2]; 3. 18-Stanley Kreisel[3]; 4. 911-Waylon Weaver[8]; 5. 22Z-Zach Campbell[5]; 6. 22T-Frank Taft[7]; 7. 9-Kevin Foreman[4]; 8. 69-Greg York[6]

Smith Titanium Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Terry Easum[1]; 2. 20S-Sheldon Barksdale[2]; 3. 7F-Noah Harris[7]; 4. 32-Kolton Gariss[3]; 5. 31-Casey Wills[8]; 6. 90-Dan Wohnoutka[5]; 7. 5H-Cameron Hagin[4]; 8. 1H-Hank Davis[6]

USRA B-MODS

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 12-Brandon Fogle[6]; 2. 14L-Kevin Lacy[2]; 3. 2B-Jordan Barbee[7]; 4. 13-Mike Duvall[10]; 5. M1-Richard Magee[3]; 6. 14-James Little[5]; 7. 2K-Mike Keever[11]; 8. AR15-Jeff Hall[15]; 9. 16T-Trey Eberle[14]; 10. 16-Billy Gordon[8]; 11. 501-Leroy Cook Jr[1]; 12. 40-Zack Tuggle[9]; 13. 4R-Kyle Roller[4]; 14. 9-Tanner Darnell[13]; 15. 9B-Trenton Blair[12]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. M1-Richard Magee[1]; 2. 14-James Little[3]; 3. 4R-Kyle Roller[7]; 4. 16-Billy Gordon[4]; 5. 40-Zack Tuggle[6]; 6. 9B-Trenton Blair[2]; 7. 16T-Trey Eberle[5]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 501-Leroy Cook Jr[2]; 2. 14L-Kevin Lacy[5]; 3. 12-Brandon Fogle[4]; 4. 2B-Jordan Barbee[3]; 5. 13-Mike Duvall[6]; 6. 2K-Mike Keever[7]; 7. 9-Tanner Darnell[8]; 8. AR15-Jeff Hall[1]

FACTORY STOCKS

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. X99-Dalton Garrison[3]; 2. 55-Keith Heaslet[2]; 3. 25-Trea Keever[1]; 4. 97-Tyler Lacy[6]; 5. 5-BJ Frohnappel[4]; 6. 5W-Dakota Winkler[5]; 7. 13-Travis Crawford[13]; 8. 44X-Matt Bales[8]; 9. 44T-TY O'NEAL[17]; 10. 7K-Preston Kuehn[10]; 11. 4U-Donnie Wright[14]; 12. 20RB-Ricky Bledsaw[9]; 13. 51-Ronnie Drake[11]; 14. 15V-Bailey Vann[12]; 15. 32X-Dustin Ward[16]; 16. 44-Timothy Roberts[18]; 17. 252-Prestidge Orcutt[20]; 18. D3-Dewayne Davis[7]; 19. 5K-Dustin King[19]; 20. 24-Aaron Kuehn[15]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 13-Travis Crawford[1]; 2. 4U-Donnie Wright[2]; 3. 24-Aaron Kuehn[8]; 4. 32X-Dustin Ward[6]; 5. 44T-TY O'NEAL[12]; 6. 44-Timothy Roberts[5]; 7. 5K-Dustin King[3]; 8. 252-Prestidge Orcutt[7]; 9. 33-Gregory Johns[9]; 10. 9-Derek Arnett[4]; 11. (DNS) 7-Christian Janke; 12. (DNS) 101-Noah Sigi

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5-BJ Frohnappel[1]; 2. 25-Trea Keever[8]; 3. D3-Dewayne Davis[4]; 4. 44X-Matt Bales[7]; 5. 5K-Dustin King[2]; 6. 9-Derek Arnett[3]; 7. 33-Gregory Johns[5]; 8. 7-Christian Janke[6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 55-Keith Heaslet[4]; 2. 97-Tyler Lacy[2]; 3. 7K-Preston Kuehn[3]; 4. 15V-Bailey Vann[1]; 5. 13-Travis Crawford[7]; 6. 32X-Dustin Ward[6]; 7. 252-Prestidge Orcutt[8]; 8. 44T-TY O’NEAL[5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. X99-Dalton Garrison[3]; 2. 5W-Dakota Winkler[4]; 3. 20RB-Ricky Bledsaw[1]; 4. 51-Ronnie Drake[5]; 5. 4U-Donnie Wright[7]; 6. 44-Timothy Roberts[6]; 7. 24-Aaron Kuehn[2]; 8. 101-Noah Sigi[8]

MINI STOCK

A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 17-Wesley Knebel[1]; 2. 26-Adrien Hickman[2]; 3. 8-Camden Bales[3]

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 17-Wesley Knebel[3]; 2. 26-Adrien Hickman[1]; 3. 8-Camden Bales[2]