Redman earns first career victory at Oklahoma Sports Park
John Rittenoure - ADA, Okla. (May 20, 2017) - It has been a long time coming for Jason Redman.
The second generation driver from Sapulpa has waited a long time to experience the thrill of victory. And Saturday he found out what it is like.
Redman swept the field Saturday at Oklahoma Sports Park winning his heat then backed it up with a flawless run to victory in the 20-lap Sooner Late Model Series main event.
“This is my first win. It is awesome,” said Redman of his first career victory. “If definitely is a long time coming. I have been waiting for it for a long time.”
Two weeks ago at Enid Speedway Redman was knocking on the door of his first win leading 15 laps of the Sooner Late Model Series feature before falling out when his power steering failed.
Saturday back luck threatened again when he broke a drive hub in hot laps. With help from another team Redman was able to replace the hub in time to make his heat which he easily won. In the main event Redman started outside front row and set an amazing pace over the field. But the idea of something going wrong before the checkered was in the back of his mind.
“It was in the back of my mind the whole time,” recalled Redman. “I was watching the oil pressure. I did not want to mess up. I wanted to hit all my marks and keep as smooth as possible and it worked out. “
And that is what he did. Redman was chased for the first four laps by pole sitter James Price until he spun in turn two to bring out the yellow. On the restart newcomer Bo Day of Greenville, Texas jumped into second only to give way to series points leader Jay Sale three laps later. Sale could not catch Redman, but when Dan Moreno overheated with four laps remaining the yellow waved giving Sale one last chance.
It was a yellow that Redman did not want to see.
“I was real worried,” Redman said of the restart. “I saw him under the caution roll up to the high side. I knew he was there. I knew I had to hit my marks. I had to stay on the bottom and not blow through the ruts. If I had hit it wrong it would have sent me up and he would have gone by me.
“He raced me clean. I can’t think him enough for that.”
Sale restarted right on Redman’s rear bumper hoping for Redman to get loose, but he could not challenge and settled for second.
“He was just getting through the ruts better then I was,”Sale said. “He was a little bit faster. It was a good race.”
Redman was thankful to all that make it possible for him to race.
“A lot of good people are backing me,” Redman said. “I could not do any of this without Car and Fleet Parts and Mike Stewart, and Cary McKaughan with Snap-On (Tools). And this Hatfield motor is unbelievable.”
Redman also was pleased with how the car handled as well.
“It is a Victory Circle by Moyer with a lot of help from Rocket,” Redman said of his chassis.
Day finished in third after losing a battle with Sale, Nate Jantz was fourth and Wayne Bush rounded out the top five.
Sooner Late Model Series
Oklahoma Sports Park
May 20, 2017
Car count: 16
Heat 1 (10 laps) - 1,4- Bo Day. 2, 164-James Price. 3, 93-Eric Brill. 4, 29R-Ritchie Burcik. 5, 118-Logan Ellis.
Heat 2 (10 laps) - 1, 36-Jason Redman. 2, 33- Steven Hawkins. 3, 15-Wayne Bush. 4, 31-Gary Lowe. 5, 13-David Moore. DNS: 4-Harlan Sale.
Heat 3 (10 laps) - 1, 64-Jay Sale. 2, 99-Nate Jantz. 3, 10D-Steve Dutton. 4, 24-Dan Moreno. DNS: 17m-Phil Miller.
A Feature (20 laps) - 1, 36-Jason Redman, 2, 64-Jay Sale. 3, 4-Bo Day. 4, 99-Nate Jantz. 5, 15-Wayne Bush. 6, 31-Gary Lowe. 7, 164-James Price. 8, 10D-Steve Dutton. 9, 24-Dan Moreno. 10, 118-Logan Ellis. 11, 33-Steve Hawkins. 12, 93- Eric Brill. DNS: 13-David Moore, 17M-Phil Miller, 29R-Ritchie Burcik, 4-Harlan Sale.
Lap Leaders: Jason Redman 1-20.