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Hansen hangs on for fifth Sooner Late Model victory

(Maxx Ramsey photo) John Rittenoure - ENID, Okla. (July 29, 2023) - After a rough start due to a lap 1 yellow for a back stretch crash and another delay on lap 3, the Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series presented by Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation got underway and Brett Hansen found his rhythm.

The 2022 Sooner Rookie of the Year took command and powered to his fifth victory of the season Saturday at Enid Speedway.

It was no easy run for Hansen who had Jon Herring, Jr. on his tail most of the way. Herring, making his first Sooner Series start of the season, started fifth and immediately moved to fourth. Herring drove from fourth to second on lap 9 and reeled in Hansen. On lap 15 Herring came within 0.033 seconds of passing Hansen, but failed to make the pass. Two laps from the finish Hansen had to work through lapped traffic in turns 1-2 and Herring again pulled up on Hansen’s bumper. However, Hansen held on to win by a 0.262 second margin.

Kip Hughes started 14th and charged through the field taking over third on lap 18, but could not get any closer. However, the 11 position climb through the field earned Hughes the Marks Machine Shop Hard Charger award. Joseph Gorby managed to finish fourth after a rough start, and Damian Patocka rounded out the top five.

Pit Notes:

Eli Ross, was running second then fell to third on lap 4 finally dropping out on lap 8 ending what looked like a promising night after winning the second heat race.

Patocka, who races under car number 229, raced with a retro wrap on his car Saturday. Patocka honored past Enid late model racer and Hutchinson Nationals champion Ted Shepard with his wrap of the number 12 Shepard late model.

Hughes was also racing retro with a red wrap and the number 60 honoring his dad David Hughes.

Complete Well Testing, Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation

Sooner Late Model Series Results

Enid Speedway, Enid, Oklahoma

July 29, 2023

Complete Well Testing A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 7H-Brett Hansen[1]; 2. 96-Jon Herring Jr[5]; 3. 60-Kip Hughes[14]; 4. 9-Joseph Gorby[4]; 5. 229-Damian Patocka[3]; 6. 88S-Richard Shepler[6]; 7. 42R-Ross McCartney[12]; 8. 10 4-Adam Popp[8]; 9. 078-Dustin Dixon[17]; 10. 26-Adrien Hickman[10]; 11. 65-Eric Brill[7]; 12. 42C-Courtney McCartney[9]; 13. 9XX-Dakota Dellinger[18]; 14. 27X-Ron Brown[16]; 15. H1-Steve Hewitt Sr[11]; 16. 66-Eli Ross[2]; 17. 57-Jerry Derr[13]; 18. 84-Gary Kilbourn[15]; 19. (DNS) 81-Troy Bynum; 20. (DNS) 31-Gary Lowe; 21. (DNS) 1M-Darren Moses

O’Reilly Auto Parts Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 96-Jon Herring Jr[3]; 2. 229-Damian Patocka[7]; 3. 65-Eric Brill[6]; 4. 26-Adrien Hickman[1]; 5. 57-Jerry Derr[4]; 6. 27X-Ron Brown[2]; 7. (DNS) 1M-Darren Moses

DesignOne Racewear Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 66-Eli Ross[3]; 2. 7H-Brett Hansen[4]; 3. 10 4-Adam Popp[1]; 4. H1-Steve Hewitt Sr[2]; 5. 60-Kip Hughes[6]; 6. 078-Dustin Dixon[5]; 7. (DNS) 31-Gary Lowe

Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 9-Joseph Gorby[4]; 2. 88S-Richard Shepler[3]; 3. 42C-Courtney McCartney[5]; 4. 42R-Ross McCartney[7]; 5. 84-Gary Kilbourn[1]; 6. 9XX-Dakota Dellinger[6]; 7. (DNS) 81-Troy Bynum

Lap Leaders: Brett Hansen 1-20 Margin of Victory: 0.262 Marks Machine Shop Hard Charger: Kip Hughes +11

Next Event: Enid Speedway, August 12.

2023 Winners

4/14 - Kip Hughes - Thunderbird Speedway

4/15 - Brett Hansen - Tulsa Speedway 4/29 - Brett Hansen - Monett Raceway 5/6 - Brett Hansen - Thunderbird Speedway 6/2 - Kip Hughes - Outlaw Motor Speedway 6/9 - Kip Hughes - Humboldt Speedway 6/10 - Kip Hughes - 81 Speedway 6/24 - Jace Parmley - Salina Highbanks Speedway 7/1 - Joseph Gorby - Enid Speedway 7/15 - Brett Hansen - Longdale Speedway 7/22 - Kip Hughes - Caney Valley Speedway 7/29 - Brett Hansen - Enid Speedway

Top 10 Standings: 1. Brett Hansen 5085; 2. Eli Ross, 4675; 3. Richard Shepler, 4675; 4. Joseph Gorby, 4135; 5. Ron Brown, 3705; 6. Eric Brill, 3610; 7. Dakota Dellinger, 3545; 8. Gary Lowe, 3340; 9. Kip Hughes, 3240; 10. Steve Hewitt, Sr., 2600.

About Complete Well Testing

Based in Oklahoma, Complete Well Testing is a family owned and operated company specializing in hydrostatic tubing testing and EMI tubing scanning.

Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation

Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation goal is to help grow both high school, trade school and college programs to start and or develop a motorsports program, club, or organizations at their school as well as individual motorsports programs. HRMF will provide financial grants, equipment, expertise, scholarships, and educational opportunities for these organizations and individuals. This program will allow students to overcome the hurdle of entering motorsports due to the high costs and specialized experience needed to get started. This program will allow these students the opportunity to be part of a team with one overall goal of success on the track, including budgeting, marketing, mechanical skills, logistics, and team building efforts. All while honoring the life lost to early of Hayden Diesel Ross, #forever66.

Sooner Late Model Series

The Sooner Late Model Series was formed in 2016 by Enid Speedway co-promoter Mark Brill. Brill felt there was not many opportunities for late model competitors to race in Oklahoma and the Sooner Late Model Series was formed. Now the series has grown beyond the borders of Oklahoma with events held in the neighboring states of Kansas, Texas and Arkansas

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