Whit “The Oklahoma City Charger’’ Gastineau found the final battle of the season profitable as he picked up the $1,000 purse for the Oil Capitol Racing Series sprint cars Saturday night during Enid Speedway’s 45th annual Winter Nationals.
Gastineau shot off the outside pole like a rocket and boasted nearly a straight-away advantage when a caution waved in lap seven. Gastineau picked up where he left off when the race went green and skillfully began negotiating his way through the field at the race’s midpoint.
All that effort was for naught as Brady Demeree came to a rest on the front straight on lap 15 and put the track back under caution.
Gastineau put his ride out front on the restart and had a commanding lead when the red flag waved as Kyle Clark hit the wall and rolled end over end on lap 21. Clark walked away from the wreck.
Gastineau never was challenged in a four-lap shootout on his way to victory lane. Fred Mattox, Danny Jennings, Gary Owens and Josh Toho rounded out the top five.
Coy Smith was in the right place at the right time as he won the factory stock feature, which was cut six laps due to curfew.
A yellow flag flew on the start of the race for mayhem on the front straight. Another yellow waved before the race was underway.
Chris Brochu led when the race finally started, but his run was short lived as Smith claimed the “hot seat” the third time around.
With a clear track in front of him, Smith never was contested on his path to the checkers. Brad Costello made a late charge to post second, trailed by Brochu, Ronnie Ramer and Timmy Johnson.
OCRS sprint car heat winners were Jennings, Gastineau, Jamie Passmore and Mattox.
A red flag waved in the first heat as Sapulpa’s Danny Smith rolled violently down the back straight as the field was running an average of 84 miles per hour. After 10 minutes, Smith regained consciousness was removed from the wreckage and transported by Life EMS to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center for evaluation. He said could not remember the wreck and was showing symptoms of a possible concussion.
NCRA sport modified heat wins went to Todd Decker, Robert Elliott, Travis Johnson and Brandon Smith.
Kyle Sweeney, Travis Johnson, Austin Allen, Shawn Campbell and Derek Ramirez won the outlaw modified heats.
J.D. Choate, Smith and Brochu were factory stock heat winners.
Jerry Derr, Kip Hughes and Ryan McAninch were street stock heat winners.
Heat honors in pure stock, bombers and junior bombers went to Tommy Morgan, Jr., Bailee Clift and Brandon Gritz respectively. B feature winners were Terry Easum, sprints, Greg Burt, modifieds; and Tim Ford, NCRA sport mods.
The red flag flew in the modified “B” when James Edwards rolled hard four times scattering debris throughout turn one. Edwards climbed from the demolished car uninjured.