Ross captures 3rd Sooner Late Model victory
By John Rittenoure, ADA, Okla. (April 23, 2022) - Hayden Ross is off to a fast start on the 2022 Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series season.
After winning two of the first five events of 2022, the young Muskogee native turned in another strong performance on Saturday at Oklahoma Sports Park winning for the third time.
Ross gunned his late model off the front row on the initial green with Eddie Tidwell and Steven Hawkins giving chase. But Hawkins suffered mechanical issues and the yellow flag waved. After a restart Kerney Weaver drove around Tidwell for second. But a couple of laps later Tidwell retakes the spot.
Weaver once again passes Tidwell and this time stays there to finish a straightaway back of Ross. Kip Hughes, who started 7th, challenged Kaleb Roach for fourth and eventually moved into third for the finish.
Late in the race Tidwell got into the turn four wall and flipped. Fortunately Tidwell was not hurt and was credited with an 11th place finish.
Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series Oklahoma Sports Park, Ada, Okla. April 23, 2022
Complete Well Testing A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 66-Hayden Ross; 2. 23-Kerney Weaver; 3. 60-Kip Hughes; 4. 5R-Kaleb Roach; 5. 24-Dan Moreno; 6. 88S-Richard Shepler; 7. 33-Steven Hawkins; 8. 14-Ron Brown; 9. (DNF) 65-Eric Brill; 10. (DNF) 81-Troy Bynum; 11. (DNF) 1-Eddie Tidwell
O’Reilly Auto Parts Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 66-Hayden Ross; 2. 33-Steven Hawkins; 3. 1-Eddie Tidwell; 4. 60-Kip Hughes; 5. 5R-Kaleb Roach; 6. (DNS) 65-Eric Brill
Design One Racewear Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 23-Kerney Weaver; 2. 81-Troy Bynum; 3. 24-Dan Moreno; 4. 88S-Richard Shepler; 5. 14-Ron Brown
Lap Leaders: Hayden Ross 1-25.
Top 10 Standings: 1. Hayden Ross 2765; 2. Kip Hughes 2550; 3. Troy Bynum 2445; 4. Kerney Weaver 2550; 5. Kaleb Roach 1960; 6. Brett Hansen 1820; 7. Eric Brill 1520; 8. Eddie Martin 1485; 9. Gary Lowe 1445; 10. Dustin Allen 1440.
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).
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.