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Campbell Ends with Third Straight – Droud Takes NCRA Sprint Title!


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Campbell Ends with Third Straight – Droud Takes NCRA Sprint Title!

Salina, Kansas – October 22, 2016 - Ending the season on a terror, Jeremy Campbell took the lead early and never looked back in claiming his third straight National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car feature in a row as the season came to an end at Salina Speedway in Salina, Kansas on Saturday night. And while Campbell ended the season hot, Don Droud, Jr., who won the second and third race on the schedule, used that streak to help claim his first ever series championship.

Droud and Danny Wood started on the front row for the twenty-five lap feature with Droud jumping out into the lead as the green flag fell. The first attempted start went caution as Jeff Stasa came to a stop at the bottom of turn two. On the attempted restart, J.D. Johnson’s night and season came to an abrupt end as he flipped at the top of turn two. He was uninjured.

The third time was a charm as Droud jumped into the lead and quickly opened an eight car length lead over Wood. Eighth starting Campbell, Forrest Southerland and Jake Greider were the top five running order after the first couple of laps were complete.

On lap five, Wood got a strong run on the leader entering turns three and four and looked to slide in front of Droud to take the lead. His momentum slid him off the turn four banking allowing Campbell to take over the runner-up position and dropping Wood to third.

Campbell pressured Droud for a couple of laps before making the winning pass entering turn three on lap ten while, behind him, C.J. Johnson passed Wood for the third position.

Coming into the night’s season finale, Droud had a mere fifteen-point lead over six-time and defending tour champion Johnson and was thirty-five points ahead after earlier heat race action. Johnson had kept Droud in his sights the first half of the race and was running third when he spun in the middle of turn four on lap thirteen.

Two laps later Greider came to a stop at the top of turn three and when race action finally resumed, Campbell once again pulled away from the field while Droud, Wood, fifteenth starting John Carney II and eighteenth starting Blake Hahn were the top five after fifteen laps had been complete.

Hahn, looking for his career best NCRA feature finish, passed both Carney and Wood for third on lap seventeen while up front, Campbell had opened a half stretch lead over Droud.

With five laps to go Wood has night come to an end as he came to a stop at the top of turns one and two and on the restart, Hahn got past Droud for second but ran out of time to catch Campbell as he went on to take the fifteen car length victory.

Hahn came home with his best series finish in second while Carney, who flipped during earlier heat race action, came home third. Droud settled for fourth while Johnson came back from his earlier spin to round out the top five.

This is the first ever series championship for Droud and the first in recent memory for the #1x Ochs Brothers Racing while Southerland claimed rookie of the year honors.

Droud and the rest of the final top ten in the point standings will officially be crowned at the series annual banquet in late January in Wichita.

The 2017 NCRA 360-ci sprint car season will once again kick off in a huge way with the seventh annual “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City on Thursday-Saturday night, March 23-25, 2017 and will once again pay $10,000 to win.

NCRA Sprints

Salina Speedway/Salina, Kansas


18 Cars

(10 Laps) 1st Heat: 1) Danny Wood (Norman, Ok), 2) Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Ne), 3) Jon Freeman (Salina, Ks), 4) Kaden Taylor (Forgan, Ok), 5) Ray Seeman (Jetmore, Ks), 6) Josh Fairbank (Wichita, Ks), 7) Taylor Forbes, 8) John Carney II (Lubbock, TX), 9) Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Ks)

(10 Laps) 2nd Heat: 1) Forrest Sutherland (Cherryvale, KS), 2) Jake Greider (Haysville, Ks), 3) J.D. Johnson (Wichita, Ks), 4) Jeremy Campbell (Wichita, Ks), 5) Logan Forler (Eatonville, Wa), 6) CJ Johnson (Quinter, Ks), 7) Luke Cranston (Ness City, Ks), 8) Jeff Stasa (Kingman, Ks), 9) Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Ok)

(25 Laps) A Feature: 1) (8) Jeremy Campbell (Wichita, Ks), 2) (18) Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Ok), 3) (15) John Carney II (Lubbock, TX), 4) (1) Don Droud Jr. (Lincoln, Ne), 5) (12) CJ Johnson (Quinter, Ks), 6) (9) Logan Forler (Eatonville, Wa), 7) (4) Jon Freeman (Salina, Ks), 8) (3) Forrest Sutherland (Cherryvale, KS), 9) (5) Jake Greider (Haysville, Ks), 10) (7) Ray Seeman (Jetmore, Ks), 11) (14) Taylor Forbes, 12) (13) Luke Cranston (Ness City, Ks), 13) (2) Danny Wood (Norman, Ok), 14) (11) Josh Fairbank (Wichita, Ks), 15) (10) Kaden Taylor (Forgan, Ok), 16) (6) J.D. Johnson (Wichita, Ks), 17) (16) Jeff Stasa (Kingman, Ks), 18) (17) Wyatt Burks (Topeka, K

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