By John Rittenoure - KELLYVILLE, Okla. (June 3, 2022) - Kip Hughes went the distance Friday at Creek County Speedway to became the fourth repeat winner of the 2022 Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series season.
Hughes jumped into the early lead with Jason Redman following. Eddie Tidwell joined the chase moving into third on lap 3. On lap 10 Hayden Ross passed Tidwell for third and the three continued to pace the field for the next 10 laps.
Ross clipped a turn three infield tire on lap 21 trying to pass Redman and both got sideways. Ross recovered quick enough to take over second and Redman followed in third. Hughes continued unchallenged and crossed the finish line with his second victory of the season. Ross and Redman finished second and third with Tidwell fourth and Eddie Martin fifth.
Winning the second heat and a good redraw put Hughes on the pole for the feature.
“We pushed in the heat race and got qualified in,” said Hughes. “We got lucky for once and finally drew (number) one then we had to make our car wide and not screw up.”
Hughes is off to a slower start this season from what he is used to. But the defending champion is ok with that.
“Our goal this year is just to have fun,” Hughes said. “We are not running for points.”
Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series
Creek County Speedway - Kellyville, Oklahoma
June 3, 2022
Complete Well Testting A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 60-Kip Hughes; 2. 66-Hayden Ross; 3. 36-Jason Redman; 4. 1-Eddie Tidwell; 5. 51-Eddie Martin; 6. 88S-Richard Shepler; 7. 0-Bubby Morgan; 8. 55-Zach Nickell; 9. 7S-Eric Redman; 10. 11-Dustin Allen; 11. 22AD-Kashton Denton; 12. 229-Damian Patocka; 13. (DNF) 64-Jay Sale; 14. (DNF) 23-Kerney Weaver
Matt’s ATV & Offroad Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 60-Kip Hughes; 2. 1-Eddie Tidwell; 3. 22AD-Kashton Denton; 4. 88S-Richard Shepler; 5. 66-Hayden Ross; 6. 229-Damian Patocka; 7. 23-Kerney Weaver
DesignOne Racewear Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 51-Eddie Martin; 2. 36-Jason Redman; 3. 64-Jay Sale; 4. 11-Dustin Allen; 5. 7S-Eric Redman; 6. 0-Bubby Morgan; 7. (DNS) 55-Zach Nickell. Lap Leaders: Kip Hughes 1-25.
Top 10 Standings: 1. Hayden Ross 5385; 2. Kip Hughes 4325; 3. Kerney Weaver 4055; 4. Eddie Martin 3915; 5. Richard Shepler 3245; 6. Brett Hansen 3165. 7. Troy Bynum 3165. 8. Eddie Tidwell 2815; 9. Bubby Morgan 2785; 10. Eric Brill 2640.
2022 Winners: 3/25 - Hayden Ross (Thunderbird Speedway); 3/26 - Brett Hansen (Thunderbird Speedway). 4/2 - Brett Hansen (Enid Speedway); 4/15 - Hayden Ross (Thunderbird Speedway); 4/22 - Kip Hughes (Thunderbird Speedway); 4/23 - Hayden Ross (Oklahoma Sports Park); 5/6 - Jamie Burford (West Texas Raceway); 5/7 - Jamie Burford (Route 66 Motor Speedway); 5/14 - Dustin Allen (Enid Speedway); 5/20 - Brett Hansen (Thunderbird Speedway); 5/21 - Hayden Ross (Thunderbird Speedway); 6/3 - Kip Hughes (Creek County Speedway).
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.
About 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 as well.
Richard Bales photo