Jantz tops Sooner Late Models at Red Dirt Raceway
by John Rittenoure, MEEKER, Okla. (October 20, 2017) - Nate Jantz survived a mid-race battle with Dillon Rupe and picked up his first Sooner Late Model Series victory of the season Friday at Red Dirt Raceway.
Jumping into the early lead, Jantz was chased in the early going by Rupe. Rupe drove past Steve Johnson for second on lap four and chased Jantz for the next seven laps until the yellow came out on lap 10. Rupe saw his opportunity on the restart and took away the lead.
Rupe led for the next seven laps while Jantz had his hands full with Steven Hawkins who was trying to work his way toward the front. On lap 16 Jantz got free of Hawkins and made a run at Rupe. Jantz took the lead away on the backstretch of lap 18 and this time he made it stick for the win.
Rupe was holding down second until he went high in turn four of lap 21 allowing Hawkins to move into second. Off the final turn Eddie Tidwell pulled alongside of Hawkins and beat him to the finish line for the runner-up position. Rupe fell back to fourth at the finish and Mark Brill rounded out the top five.
Sooner Late Model Series
Red Dirt Raceway
October 20, 2017
Car count: 10
Heat 1 (10 laps) - 1, Nate Jantz. 2, Wayne Bush. 3, Steve Johnson. 4, Steven Hawkins. 5, Eric Brill.
Heat 2 (10 laps) - 1, Mark Brill. 2, Dillon Rupe. 3, Eddie Tidwell. 4, Ritchie Burcik. 5, Jason Redman.
A Feature (25 laps) - 1, Nate Jantz. 2, Eddie Tidwell. 3, Steven Hawkins. 4, Dillon Rupe. 5, Mark Brill. 6, Steve Johnson. 7, Wayne Bush. 8, Ritchie Burcik. 9, Eric Brill. 10, Jason Redman.
Lap Leaders: Nate Jantz 1-10, 18-25; Dillon Rupe 11-17.