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The Gasman Sweeps Thunderbird
Gastineau leads wire-to-wire in first win of 2011
Story by John Lemon, photo by Sprintcarsis - Posted April 30, 2011

Whit GastineauMuskogee, Oklahoma (April 29, 2011)- When you start off a new racing season with a side dish of bad luck, a blowout victory can cure some painful wounds. That’s exactly what Whit “The Gasman” Gastineau did tonight at the Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee Oklahoma in round two of the Oil Capital Racing Series 2011 sprint car tour event. Two weeks ago at Lawton Speedway, The Gasman clipped a tire in that main event that ultimately ended his night in a rare non-finish. Tonight, Gastineau left no doubt he was totally in charge by sweeping the OCRS program.

   The Moore Oklahoma speedster won the nights 4th heat in a reasonably easy fashion from the pole position over the 17-year-old sensation Shayla “The Princess” Waddell. Next was the OCRS dash event. Had the race started straight up by total points earned in the heats, The Gasman would have started second row outside by having earned the fourth highest total of points. Luck would strike Gastineau as the inversion draw for the dash line up gave him the pole position for that race as well. He took that 5 lap affair rather handily over Blanchard’s Jeremy Allen who was looking strong all night.

   OCRS dash victors earn pole berths in A Feature runs, thus ‘Gasman’ would start on the pole for the third consecutive race. Gastineau continued to show the fans in attendance just how strong he was by leading the 25 lap challenge wire-wire in his Goodyear Tires / Shell Rapid Lube / Larry Allen Engines / Exterior Specialties backed Eagle chassis mount. It was a victory that almost wasn’t. Just prior to the feature, Gastineau’s crew noticed a spindle acting oddly as the car was being pushed in the pit area. “We were pretty fortunate just to make it out there” said Gastineau, “We were rolling out (to the track) and they (crew) saw the front axle do something weird. The right front spindle was fixing to break. They saw it loose and we only had about five minuets to change the front axle. We got it about halfway close to what it should have been but we got out there,” said the happy and relieved victor. “I had a right rear Goodyear on for the first time tonight and it worked great.” Gastineau then went on to say, “ Were going to run this whole deal (OCRS tour). We struggled a little bit the first week by having a first place car but a 17th place driver, but we will be alright. We will be out there every week.”
Gastineau also wishes to thank Red Rock Racing Fuel and Douglas Carburetors for their support to the team.

   The Gasman jumped to the point at the drop of the green with outside front row starter Danny Smith in his new Same Day Auto Repair sponsored XXX chassis right behind going into turns 1-2. Tulsa’s Sean McClelland put heat on Smith for the third position in the Timco Automotive / Carter-Davis machine with Casey Wills , who was having his greatest OCRS showings ever in the Oil Express sprinter next. Smith’s car would fail him a couple of laps into the race. Leaving it up to Deal to make a run on the rest. The yellow would fly on lap six for a spin by Jeremy Allen in turn two. After getting back underway, Gastineau would rocket into a 6-7 cat length lead before a lap could be completed. Allen would spin again to bring out another yellow on lap 16. He would not restart this time. In the waning laps, Deal would get near McClelland on a few occasions only to have the 15x driver fight off any attempts Deal would have at over taking him. “I haven’t been in the car long enough to run many consistent laps,” explained Deal. “Sometimes you burn a tire up pretty bad so I was just was careful the first ten laps. I didn’t know if the tire would go away (wear out) or if it would stay. This was my first time to run a Goodyear and it (the track) didn’t even really touch it. I could of run a little harder as the tire looked great when I came in” said a satisfied Deal. Gastineau would win by several car lengths with McClelland holding onto second with Deal, Wills, and Dean Drake Jr, completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were: Matt Sherrell, Kacee Frazier, Rafe Essary, Hotrod Kent and Glen Passmore completing the top 10.  

Heat race winners include: Jamie Passmore, Jeremy Allen, Sean McClelland and Whit Gastineau. Tim Kent was victorious in the B main. The only rollover of the night was for Rob Hooper in his heat. Not only was he OK, but he returned to race the B feature. OCRS has a variety of sponsors that would like to vie for your business including: Goodyear, Carter-Maxwell, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Shoenfeld Mufflers, Grand Prix Auto Center, John Boy Racing Components and Same Day Auto Repair. 

The third race for the OCRS touring winged warriors is next Friday night, May 6h at the “Outlaw Motor Speedway” in Oktaha Oklahoma.

Thunderbird Speedway 
Race date: April 29, 2011 - Event 2

HEAT 1: 1, Jamie Passmore. 2, Casey Willis. 3, Kacee Frazier. 4, Travis Jenkins. 5, Johnny Kent. 6, Beau Gastineau. 7, Burt Davis.

HEAT 2: 1, Jeremy Allen. 2, Glen Passmore. 3, Brady Demeree. 4, Josh Toho. 5, Ricky York. 6, Chris Pillars. 7, Rob Hooper.

HEAT 3: 1, Sean McClelland. 2, Andrew Deal. 3, Danny Smith. 4, Kyle Cobb. 5, Matt Sherrell. 6, Rafe Essary. 7, Mike Goodman.

HEAT 4: 1, Whit Gastineau. 2, Shayla Waddell. 3, Dean Drake, Jr. 4, Fred Mattox. 5, Tim Kent. 6, Kyle Clark. 7, Terry Easum.

DASH: 1, Whit Gastineau. 2, Danny Smith. 3, Jeremy Allen. 4, Sean McClelland. 5, Jamie Passmore. 6, Casey Willis.

B FEATURE: 1, Tim Kent. 2, Matt Sherrell. 3, Rafe Essary. 4, Mike Goodman. 5, Fred Mattox. 6, Beau Gastineau. 7, Terry Easum. 8, Ricky York. 9, Rob Hooper. 10, Burt Davis. 11, Kyle Clark. 12, Chris Pillars.

A FEATURE: 1,Whit Gastineau. 2, Sean McClelland. 3, Andrew Deal. 4, Casey Willis. 5, Dean Drake, Jr. 6, Matt Sherrell. 7, Kacee Frazier. 8, Rafe Essary. 9, Johnny Kent. 10, Glen Passmore. 11, Kyle Cobb. 12, Travis Jenkins. 13, Jeremy Allen. 14, Tim Kent. 15, Jamie Passmore. 16, Shayla Waddell. 17, Brady Demeree. 18, Josh Toho. 19, Danny Smith. DNS: Mike Goodman.

Car Count: 28.






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