GoGirl Posted April 4, 2005 Report Share Posted April 4, 2005 At the sound of "Gentlemen, start your engines," eight drivers were more than ready to shift into race mode for their 25-lap American Classified Sportsman (non-points) race. Sitting on the pole for this event was Tom Casey followed by Tater Mason, Keith Garrett, Greg Rohmer and Eric Knudtson. Starting in the sixth position was the defending Sportsman champion and NASCAR ShorTrack Sunbelt Region champion...Justin Oates. During qualifying, Oates scorched the track with a lap clocked in at 21.39 seconds. That super-fast lap shattered the track record previously held by none other than Justin's dad, Jason Oates. As the green flag waved, Mason jumped into the lead with Rohmer, Casey and Garrett hot on his heels. Robert Mayberry's night ended early when he exited into the pits after completing only two laps. There were two quick yellow flags thrown for solo spins involving David Schooman and Garrett. As Rohmer and Knudtson battled for the third position, contact was made and Knudtson went for a spin on the front straightaway. Both drivers were sent to the back of the pack. At this point, Mason still had the best view in the place, but that view was about to change. On the restart, Oates zoomed past Casey which moved him into the second position. Mason wasn't asleep, nevertheless, his worst nightmare was sitting right on his back bumper. With seven laps remaining, Oates put his #0 Camaro into the top spot and motored on to victory. To celebrate, Oates made several smoking hot donuts (not to mention a superb burn-out), but don't confuse him with a baker...he's a racer AND an excellent one at that. The next contenders to cross the finish line were Mason, Rohmer, Casey and Knudtson. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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