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Thunderbird, Crawford County open 2023 Sooner Late Model season

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

John Rittenoure - Tulsa, Okla. (March 20, 2023) - The Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series presented by Haden Ross Motorsports Foundation opens the 2023 racing season this weekend with back-to-back events at Thunderbird Speedway and Crawford County Speedway.

Friday’s stop at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee will be the first of four events scheduled for 2023. In 2022 the Sooner Series visited the historic half-mile seven times with three drivers sharing victories.

The late Hayden Ross and the 2022 series champion won three times at his home track, four-time champion Kip Hughes picked up two victories, and 2022 Rookie of the Year Brett Hansen won twice.

Saturday the Sooner Late Models travel to Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Arkansas. Ross won last year at the Arkansas quarter-mile.

The Titan Legends Late Models presented by Super Clean will also be racing with the Sooner Series in the 2nd annual Battle at the Border. Series regulars Steven Crocker, defending champion Geoff Aitken and Rookie of the Year contenders Preston Freeman, Michael King, Jr. and Wesley Hamilton are expected to be racing.

Racing gets underway at 8 p.m. Friday at Thunderbird with pit gates open at 4. Saturday racing at Crawford County begins tag 7:30.

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.

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