Latham fetches fourth, Williams wins fifth at Tri-State Speedway
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September 8, 2018  |  by Rob Nugent

Mother Nature definitely played nice for the famous high banks in Pocola, Okla. While it rained everywhere, it didn’t rain at all during the week at the mighty Tri-State Speedway. Even former hurricane Gordon couldn’t make it rain. Temperatures were in the upper 80s with a northerly breeze for Saturday night’s action. The track prep guys had the track in great condition once again for three and four-wide point racing action.

The pre-race ceremonies started at 7:20 p.m. with the invocation along with the top point cars presenting the American flag during the national anthem. Also joining the parade lap cars was Harli White, who competed in her first modified race after "borrowing" the No. 5 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod, usually piloted by Steve Holzkamper, from Dustin's Dream Racing Team. She hot lapped the car and ran her heat race without any problems.

Heat races were determined by the driver’s draw at sign in. The driver’s advanced to their features via a random car invert drawn by the last heat race winner of each class.

At intermission everyone grabbed themselves some great food items from the concessions along with an ice-cold Pepsi or Gatorade. Some previous week’s feature winners also received their trophies for their previous wins.

First out onto the track for their feature, was the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. Brian Williams of Fayetteville, Ark., took home his fifth win over Roy Long of Stilwell and Hunter Byers of Rogers, Ark.

Daniel Tarkington of Checotah moved to the top of the points standings with an 80-point advantage over second. He will only have to start the next feature to capture the 2018 track championship.

White started mid-pack in the feature and was holding her own before getting bumped from behind, causing her to spin. After restarting at the back of the 23-car field, she finished the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature in seventh place.

The last feature on the track was for the USRA Modifieds. Trevor Latham of Rogers, Ark., took the high side, only inches from the outside wall, and road the cushion from his ninth starting position for the win.

Williams finished in second to narrowly miss the double as Michael Hines of Van Buren, Ark.,) took home third.

George Martin of Fort Smith, Ark., is still on top of the points, but by a small four points. The 2018 track championship will come down to the final feature’s finishing positions to determine the winner.

The next event for the mighty Tri-State Speedway will be the 10th Annual Tillman Evans Memorial and 48th Annual Point Championship races on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event will also feature a $1,568-to-win 100-lap Enduro. Don’t forget, the 39th Annual Spooker is only one month away. Mark your calendars now!

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