2018 USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA
Welcome to the 2018 Untied States Auto Club USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma WSO. 2018 will be the first year an Oklahoma Sprint Series will be sanctioned by USAC ever!
USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA DEBUTS IN 2018
USAC Sprint Car racing is coming to the Sooner State in 2018 as the newly-formed Wingless Sprints Oklahoma (WSO) makes its on-track debut.
A number of dirt track venues have already signed on to host the series in the upcoming season, including Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, Okla.), Oklahoma Sports Park (Ada, Okla.), Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Okla.) and Enid (Okla.) Speedway.
Wingless Sprint Car racing has been a fixture in Oklahoma for the past handful of years under the WOW Wingless Fast5Fridays banner, but this year, USAC WSO is expanding the rulebook to an economy engine rule that allows racers to utilize existing engines being raced in sprint cars and sport modifieds throughout the region, including current WOW/WLS engines with two or four-barrel carburetor options, current two-barrel champ sprint legal engines and sealed 305 c.i. engines. In addition, a Hoosier tire point fund will reward USAC WSO drivers throughout the season.
“We are extremely excited to join USAC and its great tradition for the 2018 season,” WSO Director of Competition Kevin Barksdale said. “We feel this series will allow 90% of the sprint cars in Oklahoma to race wingless and provide an avenue for not only up-and-coming micro sprint drivers, but also seasoned racers who want to go wingless sprint car racing.”
USAC Sprint Car history in the state of Oklahoma is fairly brief. Just seven National events have been held there since 1966 with races won by the likes of Larry Dickson, Roger McCluskey, Ralph Liguori, Greg Weld, Mike Sweeney, Rickey Hood and, most recently, Jay Drake in 2004. Over the past few seasons, the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series has made Oklahoma a regular stop on its “Freedom Tour” with nine appearances since 2013.
Barksdale and Michelle Walden, public relations for WSO, have worked tirelessly to make the series a reality and to make inroads with wingless sprint car racing into a region rich in racing heritage.
“With the growing popularity of wingless racing throughout the U.S., we felt the timing was perfect to join USAC on this venture,” Barksdale said. “We believe this series will be popular among competitors and fans as wingless racing’s reach expands to the south.”
A full USAC WSO racing schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information on the series and the series’ rulebook, search USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma for all the details.
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This group has also constructed a WOW (Unlimited) Booster Club that has many exciting events in the works for 2016!
You will be able to purchase your new 2016 WOW shirt at the first race of the year at Lawton Speedway on April 2, 2016
December 9, 2015
Wingless Oklahoma Warriors are feeling truly blessed as our 2015 Season comes to an end, we are truly thankful everyone involved over the last 2 years. We are stunned by our huge turnout at Libby’s Café in Goldsby, OK. Libby and Scott were very welcoming as well as their staff, not to mention the food was amazing! Our sponsors really made our Banquet the success it was. We could not have done it without you all!
Also, I am very truly thankful for the amazing support team that helps me so much! You all are so wonderful and these people have been there every step of the way! There is no way we could pull this off without Annie Nestell, Annette Leesekamp, Kevin Barksdale, Jackie Jones! My true hero's! I want to give a special thank you to all the Leesekamps that helped, you were life savers!
We are going into 2016 bigger and better than ever with James Fabian (President), Kevin Barksdale (Vice-President) & Gil White (Secretary) as our new board leaders. Communication is a key this year and we do not plan on disappointing in that area. We have some very exciting races coming up this year and this will be the first year that we have had such a huge interest in our series with over 30 drivers pre-signed up such as #00 Khris Fertic OKC, OK, #0 Mike Scott Midwest City, OK, #01 Mike Huard Norman, OK, #02 Dillon Burks Wilson, OK, #4 Scotty Street Wichita Falls, TX, #5L Lance Lindsey Wichita Falls, TX, #6. David Baxter Del City, OK, #7 C.j. Brewer Bridge Creek, OK, #8. James Fabian Choctaw, OK, #9 Derek Cottrell Fletcher, OK, #11. Ricky Crawford Wheatland, OK, #13 Stephen Meadows Choctaw, OK, #16 Dwayne Forsgren Cresent, OK, #20 Shannon Bacus Edmond, OK, #21 Chance Nestell Piedmont, OK, #22 Koby Barksdale Norman, OK, #22k Kevin Barksdale Norman, OK, #26. Sheldon Leesekamp Moore, OK, #29 Duane Baker Chickasha, OK, #37j Chris Jacks Norman, OK, #41. Chris Gordon Lawton, Ok, #43. David Mcduffee Harrah, OK, #45 Gil White Blanchard, OK, #45jr Bubba White Blanchard, OK, #48. Lee Wade Moore, OK, #51. Ryan Dean Newalla, OK, #57. Danny R Chacon Chache, OK, #61. Brent Stapp Duncan, OK, #63. Chance Forsgren Cresent, OK, #79. Erich Petersen Moore, OK & #93. Randy Marsee Norman, OK. These guys are ready to give it all they have like the slidin drivin grass root racers like they are!
This year a few of us have bonded together to support our drivers and have created the first “WOW” Booster Club which will include as many volunteers that are willing with fund raisers for our drivers and our community. This rang so true at our 2015 Banquet that we conducted a coat drive for The Homeless Alliance of OKC, OK http://homelessalliance.org/?page_id=251 where we had so many coats for adults and kids that it filled up the back bed of a long bed truck. This is what we are about folks; families, drivers, crews, fans and supporting our community. If you are interested in being a part of this fabulous organization please contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org 405.410.9898, Annie Nestell or Annette Leesekamp.
With that said please take time and thank each of our sponsors by visiting their page, going and supporting their business or simply sending them a quick thank you! Thank you so much:
Allen Crawford! https://www.facebook.com/allencrawford03?fref=ts
Kevin Barksdale with Barksdale Automotive! https://www.facebook.com/Barksdaleautomotive/
Steve Ochs with Bio Technologys! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Biotech-Products/117763264951785
Andy & Danny Shouse with Bishop Racing Componets! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bishop-Racing-Components/103258663074178
Eric Casperson & Troy Green with Boyd Racing Engines Norman, OK! www.boydracingengines.com
David Grace with Carter – Maxwell Goodyear Auto Service! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carter-Maxwell-Goodyear-Tires/107097729357983
Stacie Powell with Chuck Wagon Western Décor & Gifts! https://www.facebook.com/Chuckwagondecor
The Nestells & CN Fencing! https://www.facebook.com/CnFencing/
City Moving & Storage! www.citymovingandstorage.com
Andrew Hunter Nicholas with Crossfit Exile! www.crossfitexile.com
Craig Dodds for our amazing Logo Designs! https://www.facebook.com/craig.dodds.10?ref=br_rs
Elite Trophies, job well done! www.etrophies.net
Ferguson Buick GMC in Norman, OK! http://www.fergusonchallenge.com/
Michael Gossman with G-Man Graphics! https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?d=100001001282144&tsid=0.34078847197815776&source=typeahead
Pam J Mcduffee with Gold Expressions! https://www.facebook.com/Gold-Expressions-Jewelry-144452042306303/
Jones Racing & Harryman Insurance! http://www.americanfarmersandranchers.com/agency/harryman-insurance-agency-inc
Mike Howard Photos! https://www.facebook.com/mike.howard.526
Marcy Edwards Davis with Lawton Speedway! http://lawtonspeedway.com/notify-Flag1-User_Notified?aHR0cDovL2xhd3RvbnNwZWVkd2F5LmNvbS8=
Jeff Stevens with Mr. Pickup Truck Accessories! https://www.facebook.com/mrpickuptruckaccessories
Jeremy Rutledge with Norman Strength/Sooner Crossfit! www.normanstrength.com/
Joey Buntin with O’Reiily’s in Newcastle! http://locations.oreillyauto.com/ok/newcastle/555-nw-32nd-street.html
Randy Womack with O’Reilys in Norman! http://locations.oreillyauto.com/ok/norman/131-12th-avenue-northeast.html?utm_medium=LocalSearch&utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=Yext
Greg Slaton with Pole Position! https://www.polepositionraceway.com/
Jeff Sleeper with Sleeper Designs! https://www.facebook.com/jeff.sleeper.1?fref=ts
Leon Brownlee with Tri-State Claims http://www.us-insuranceagents.com/listings/oklahoma/67178-leon-brownlee-tri-state-claims-oklahoma-inc-oklahoma-city-ok
Jason Payne with Rainmaster Construction! http://www.largepro.com/rainmaster-construction-in-crescent-73028-area
Cody Whitworth & the gang at Smiley’s Racing! http://www.smileysracing.com/locations/?i=1041
The Wades & Styles Unlimited! https://www.facebook.com/Styles-Unlimited-Studio-Inc-126020927421364/
Michael Jackson with Thriller Productions! http://www.thrillerphoto.com/notify-Flag1-User_Notified?aHR0cDovL3d3dy50aHJpbGxlcnBob3RvLmNvbS8=
Tina Mcduffee with Vision Source! http://visionsource-choctaw.eyehub.com/index.cfm?content.display&pageID=74
Thank you all!
Wingless Oklahoma Warrior Public Relations
“WOW” Booster Club
2015 Wingless Oklahoma Warriors Season Review!
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – September 20, 2015 - The Wingless Oklahoma Warriors have completed their second full season and as he did in the inaugural season for the series it was Norman, Oklahoma’s Koby Barksdale taking home the series championship in what turned out to be a very successful 2015 race season for the tour.
For the second year in a row the series kicked off their 2015 campaign at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas as a support division for the 5th annual “Air Capital Shootout,” which featured the National Championship Racing Association 360-ci sprint car series. The feature finale saw Blanchard, Oklahoma resident Gil White picking up the first victory of the new season with nine cars pit side for the March 28th event.
One week later it was off to the first of six events at the little, red-clay oval of Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Oklahoma where it was Bristow’s Tim Kent getting the best of a fifteen car field to take home his only series feature win of the season.
Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha, Oklahoma held the next WOW event one week later and it was Collinsville resident Craig Carroll claiming his first career series victory as fifteen drivers came to compete atop the new-look track, now being run by last year’s series official Chris Smith.
A bit of a break seemed to be a time to regroup for Shelby Byrd as the young Oklahoma City driver would win the first of his three events, this coming in a return visit to Lawton Speedway where a season high seventeen drivers were pit side.
Barksdale, the reigning series champion, waited until June 6th before he claimed his first of two feature wins on the season as the tour visited Lawton Speedway once again.
The first of two feature victories in a row for Byrd came on June 20 at Lawton Speedway and once again, six days later in the series only 2015 appearance at Creek County Speedway in Kellyville.
A well-deserved, one month break for the series before their next to last appearance of the season at Lawton Speedway where, on July 25, it was Cyril, Oklahoma resident Cord Dodson claiming his first career series victory over a seventeen car field.
The birth place of the WOW (then called “e-sprints”), Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker, hosted the tour where a strong field of sixteen cars signed in and Barksdale claiming victory atop the quarter mile oval.
Lawton Speedway would host the final WOW point show for 2015 on August 15th and it was Dillion Burks turn to score his first career series victory and Barksdale would clinch the championship.
The final 2015 WOW top ten point standings looks like this: 1) Koby Barksdale 2110, 2) Ryan Dean 2) 1590, 3) Lee Wade 1330, 4) Gil White 1280, 5) Shelby Byrd 1250, 6) Chris Gordon 1210, 7) Dillion Burks 1140, 8) Ricky Crawford 1090, 9) James Fabian 1060, 10) Craig Carroll 950.
Thirty-five different drivers from three states (Oklahoma, Texas and California) competed in at least one of the ten events that were held. Byrd won a series-leading three events and Barksdale won two while Gil White, Tim Kent, Craig Carroll, Cord Dodson and Dillion Burks all earning one feature a piece.
The career feature winners for the two year, WOW series looks like this:
Koby Barksdale (11)
Shelby Byrd (4)
Kyle Cobb (3)
Gil White (2)
Tim Kent, Craig Carroll, Cord Dodson, Dillion Burks, David McDuffie (1)
The Wingless Oklahoma Warriors would like to thank the following series partners for their involved with the series during the 2015 race season: Harryman’s Insurance of Newcastle, Jeff Sleeper, Joey Buntin and O’Reilly Auto Parts, Steve Ochs and Showtime. A huge “thank you” to Marcy Edwards and Lawton Speedway as the “home track” for the WOW in 2015 as well as special thanks to 81 Speedway, Brill Motor Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway and Creek County Speedway for hosting at least one WOW event this season.
The WOW series could not be possible without the hard work and dedication from the following: James, Fabian, Gil White, Annette Leesekamp, Jim and Ernie Messmer, Annie Nestell, Jackie Jones, Kevin Barksdale and Michelle Walden.
Drivers will be honored Libby’s Café in Norman on December 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM. If you are interested in attending R.S.V.P. is required and you can find any and all information on the WOW 2015 banquet on their official facebook page for this event, 2015 Wingless Oklahoma Warrior Celebration Banquet.
David Smith, Jr.
White Wingless Warrior at 81 Speedway!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – March 28, 2015 - The Wingless Oklahoma Warriors opened their 2015 season this past Saturday night, March 28, at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas and it was Blanchard, Oklahoma driver Gil White picking up the victory before a capacity crowd. For the second year in a row the series was a support division for the NCRA winged sprint car opener and the 5th annual “Air Capital Shootout.”
Koby Barksdale and Gil White started on the front row for the twelve lap feature and it was White taking the lead as the green flag fell. Fourth starting Tim Kent settled into the runner up position with both drivers running the low side of the three-eighths mile oval.
A couple of caution flags dotted the first several laps and once racing action resumed, White had managed a six car length lead over Kent.
Barksdale, who slipped back to third on the start, went to his familiar top side of the track and would eventually catch Kent for the runner up position. With Kent down low and Barksdale up top, both drivers traded positions while White eased his way into a comfortable advantage.
Kent would take over the runner up position for good with just a couple of laps to go but there was no catching White as he went on to claim his second career series victory.
Kent settled for second while Barksdale came home third. Sixth starting Craig Carroll came home fourth while seventh starting James Fabian rounded out the top five.
Defending series champion Barksdale picked up the eight lap heat race victory.
The next event for the WOW will be this coming Saturday night, April 4, as they become a part of the season opener at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Oklahoma. It will be the first of ten appearances at the quarter mile, red clay oval for the tour which has eighteen races slated on the 2015 schedule.
For more information on the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors check out their websitewww.winglessoklahomawarriors.comand their facebook page Wingless Oklahoma Warriors (WOW.)
The series would like to thank the following partners for the 2015 race season: Pole Position Raceway in OKC, Harryman’s Insurance of Newcastle, Chino’s Concrete in OKC, Cody Brewer Racing, G-Man Graphics, Barksdale Racing and Louis Boyd Racing Engines.
Wingless Oklahoma Warriors
81 Speedway/Park City, Kansas
March 28, 2015
RELEASED JAN. 21, 2014
The Wingless Oklahoma Warriors are so excited to be returning to 81 Speedway in Park City, KS www.81speedway.org supporting NCRA sprints on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Last year it was the very first race ever of the WOW warriors and the night ended up handing the first trophy to Koby Barksdale of Norman, Ok., with Paul Johnson Racing. Last year at 81 Speedway we had a car count of 8 WOW cars and now in our second year we are on the edge of our seats wondering just how many cars will be there on our opener night of our second season. Come one, come all because this will truly be a battle with fresh shiny, polished cars and gung ho racers that have been itching all winter long to flat foot that pedal and throw those wingless cars into the turns. Check out this awesome article from David Smith Jr.!
Date for $5000 to win NCRA Sprint Opener Announced!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – January 21, 2015 - Officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division have announced the much anticipated date for the fifth annual “Air Capital Shootout,” to be held at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas.
This $5000 to win, $500 to start event will take place on Saturday night, March 28, 2015 and will once again be the season opener for the NCRA 360 sprint car series. For the second year in a row the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors sprint car series will be the support division.
360 sprint car national champion Jason Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana won the first two “Air Capital Shootout” events before Dover, Missouri veteran Danny Lasoski took home the 2013 version while Kevin Swindell took home the $5000 first place prize last year.
More race details as well as lodging and grandstand information will be announced in the coming weeks as well as potential race sponsors for this event.
The complete 2015 NCRA 360 sprint car schedule will officially be announced after the 2014 season banquet on Saturday night, January 31.
For more information concerning NCRA’s sprint car division or their late model and weekly divisions, call (316) 755-1781 or check out their website www.racencra.com
David Smith, Jr./NCRA Public Relations
RELEASED JAN. 10, 2015
It was the very first season of the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors and what a successful season it was & after the fourteen race schedule was complete, a new, first time champion was crowned!
The very first race season of the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors kicked off March 29th @ 81 Speedway in Park City, KS www.81speedway.org along with NCRA sprints thanks to C. Ray Hall. It was the first time for Shelby Byrd to climb into the #71 "Hog Wagon" car and he won the very first heat race of the season. Followed by a very exciting A Feature that was a three way battle between the #5 of Koby Barksdale, the #71 of Shelby Byrd, and the #45 of Gil White, but in the end Koby Barksdale won the first ever A Feature of the 2014 WOW Season. Also in attendance was Dwayne Forsgren #93, Gil White #45, Mike Ramsey #31, Darrell McGuire #F5, Michael Gossman #54, Casey Jones #52J & Jim McBride #14.
Two weeks later April 12, 2014, the Warriors headed to Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, OK www.oklahomasportspark.com where the car count started growing in leaps and bounds with 13 cars. Gil White #45 took claim of the first heat race followed by Shelby Byrd #71 taking heat race two. The A Feature brought another champion to the WOW season which was Kyle Cobb #4C with Cobb Racing out of Choctaw, Ok. Also in attendance James Fabian #8, David McDuffee #43, Koby Barksdale #5, Michael Gossman #54, Chance Nestell #21, Ricky Crawford #11, Mike Ramsey #31, Billy Fields #F51, & Casey Jones #52J.
Returning two weeks later April 26, 2014 to Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, Ok www.oklahomasportpark.com the night kicked off with Shelby Byrd #71 of the "Hog Wagon" winning the first heat race and Gil White #45 took claim of the second heat race. This is where it really get exciting because this night crowned the 3rd A Feature winner Shelby Byrd #71 "Hog Wagon"! Other great guys in attendance was Koby Barksdale #5, Mike Ramsey #31, Casey Jones #52J, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Bud Lowe #11R, Darrell McGuire #F5, Kyle Cobb #4C, David McDuffee #43, Ricky Crawford #11, Michael Gossman #54, & Chance Nestell #21.
May 9, 2014 Wingless Oklahoma Warriors made their first appearance at Creek County Speedway in Kellyville, OK www.creekcountyspeedway.com with 11 cars and Gil White #45 & Koby Barksdale #5 taking home the heat race wins. The A Feature once again graced Koby Barksdale #5 with Paul Johnson Racing the big trophy of the night. The “Bull Pen” also had showings from Shelby Byrd #71, James Fabian #8, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Ryan Dean #51, Ricky Crawford #11, Bud Lowe #11R, Michael Gossman #54, Chance Nestell #21, & Casey Jones #52J.
After a whole month off and our Warriors itching to get back into the gas we were very happy to be racing at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK www.lawtonspeeday.com on June 7, 2014. The car count grew to 16 at this showing with Koby Barksdale #5 wrapping up heat #1, while for the first time in the season heat race #2 went to Ryan Dean #51 as he received his first heat race win the WOW series. Koby Barksdale #5 of Paul Johnson Racing came up with his 3rd A Feature win flying around the fast track and getting the checkered flag. We had some new additions to the field this night with others including: James Fabian #8, David McDuffee #43, Shelby Byrd #71, Gil White #45, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Michael Gossman #54, Larry Spurgeon #7, Zachary Tippett #12$, Casey Jones #52, Ricky Crawford #11, Chris Jenson #88, Chance Nestell #21, Billy Fields #51 & Mike Ramsey #31.
June 14, 2014 Wingless Oklahoma Warriors traveled back to Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, OK. www.oklahomasportpark.com for our 6th race of the season in the “Land of the Sand”. Always fast @ the “Land of the Sand” Gil White #45 flew to 1st in heat race #1 while another first time win in heat race #2 went to James Fabian #8. Koby Barksdale #5 with Paul Johnson Racing took home his 4th A Feature win on this fabulous night in wonderful Ada, Oklahoma. Also showing Chris Foster #154, Zachary TIppett #66, Ricky Crawford #11, Bud Lowe # 11R, Casey Jones #52J, Chance Nestell #21, David McDuffee #43, Chris Jenson #88, Erich Peterson #79, Ryan Dean #51, Shelby Byrd #71, Billy Fields # F51, Ricky Crawford #11 & Gil White 45.
Interest kept growing on a weekly basis and nothing was to disappoint a car count of 18 at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK. on June 21st, 2014. www.lawtonspeedway.com Heat race winners included Koby Barksdale #5 of Paul Johnson Racing & Shelby Byrd of the “Hog Wagon”. The Warriors always keeping us on the edge of our seat as we had yet another new A Feature winner when David McDuffee snagged his first Feature win of the WOW series. Also attending James Fabian #8J, Gil White #45, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Michael Gossman # 54, Ricky Crawford #11, Chance Nestell #21, Casey Jones #52J, Larry Spurgeon #7, Billy Fields # F51, Erich Peterson #79, Zachary Tippett #66, Mike Ramsey #31, Bud Lowe #11R, Billy Fields #F51 & Ryan Dean #51.
The rain tried to break us down and keep us off the track but let me tell you when these guys were able to strap back in these WOW cars they were focused, determined & grinning from ear to ear. On July 12, 2014 @ Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, Ok. www.oklahomasportspark.com This night we had a car count of 16 @ “The Land of the Sand” and Koby Barksdale #5 & Gil White #45 took home the heat races. The A Feature winner of the night was Gil White #45 winning his very first Feature win with WOW and bringing the Feature winners count to 5 different drivers!!!! Wrapping up the rest of the car count was Kyle Cobb #4C, David McDuffee #43, James Fabian #8, Zachary Tippett # 66, Casey Jones #52J, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Chance Nestell #21, Ricky Crawford #11, Bud Lowe #11R, Billy Fields #F51, Erich Peterson #79, Ryan Dean #51, Kevin Barksdale #22 & Darrell McGuire #F5.
August 2, 2014 brought the Warriors back to Lawton Speedway www.lawtonspeedway.com in Lawton, Ok with our 9th race of the season. Keeping it exciting as always we had the Barksdale’s bring home both heat race wins with Koby Barksdale (son) #5 with Paul Johnson Racing winning the first heat race and Kevin Barksdale (father) #22K with Barksdale Racing winning the 2nd heat race. This was A Feature win # 5 for Koby Barksdale #5 man this guy was on one hell of a roll. There was fast, flying close, up on the wheel racing this night with James Fabian #8J, Gil White #45, David McDuffee #43, Chance Nestell #21, Zachary Tippett #66, Bud Lowe #11R, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Casey Jones #52J, Craig Carroll #24, Larry Sturgeon #7, Dylan Lehew #F57, Chris Foster #154, Ryan Dean #51, Ricky Crawford #11 & Erich Peterson wrapping up the field.
August 15, 2014 Wingless Oklahoma Warriors traveled back to where we started at 81 Speedway www.81speedway.org in Park City, KS. to be welcomed to the “Harold Leep Memorial/Freedom Tour”. Kyle Cobb with Cobb racing took home the heat race win this night along with Koby Barksdale #5 with Paul Johnson Racing taking home his 6th A Feature win of the season. Also making the trip with the Warriors was Gil White #45, James Fabian #8, Chris Foster #154 & Erich Peterson.
Back to the “Land of the Sand” on August 23, 2014 @ Oklahoma Sports Park www.oklahomasportspark.com in Ada, OK. Gil White #45 and Koby Barksdale #5 took home both heat race wins. Then for a 2nd time Kyle Cobb with Cobb Racing out of Choctaw, OK put the pedal down and swept the A Feature checkered flag. Another new driver showed this night Randy Marsee out of Norman, OK along with Gil White #45, David McDuffee #43, James Fabian #8, Ricky Crawford #11, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Kevin Barksdale #22, Ryan Dean #51, Zachary Tippett #66, Casey Jones #52J, Bud Lowe #11R, Chance Nestell #21 & Erich Peterson.
The Warriors traveled to Red River Speedway www.rrspeedway.com in Wichita Falls, TX on September 13, 2014 in where the Barksdale guys pulled out both heat races again with Kevin Barksdale (father) #22K winning the 1st heat race and Koby Barksdale (son) #5 won the second heat race. Koby Barksdale #5 with Paul Johnson Racing pulled out yet another A Feature win making it an astonishing 7 A Feature wins for him and his crew. It was a crazy night at RRS but every driver gave it their all keeping us with our eyes glued on the track. Warriors also included Gil White #45, David McDuffee #43, Ryan Dean #51, Dwayne Forsgren #93, Chance Nestell #21, Bud Lowe #11R, Chris Jenson #88, Creed Sherle #11S, James Fabian #8J, Kyle Cobb #5C and Brent Strapp #9.
September 20, 2014 brought us to Oklahoma Sports Park www.oklahomasportspark.com in Ada, OK for the 13th race of the WOW season. Kyle Cobb #4C and Kevin Barksdale #22 took home both heat race wins @ “The Land of the Sand”. For the 3rd time Kyle Cobb with Cobb Racing out of Choctaw, OK was the A Feature Winner. With a car count of 14 we also had Koby Barksdale #5, David McDuffee #43, Zachary Tippett #66, Ricky Crawford #11, Randy Marsee #9, Chris Jenson #88, Casey Jones #52J, Chance Nestell #21, Gil White #45, James Fabian #8J, Bud Lowe #11R & Dwayne Forsgren #93.
October 3 & 4th brought us to our last races of the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors 2014 1st Season at Lawton Winter Nationals @ Lawton Speedway www.lawtonspeedway.com in Lawton, OK.
The first night Oct. 3rd had the A Feature wrapping up with Koby Barksdale #5 of Paul Johnson Racing winning his 8th WOW Feature and following was (2) Richard Miller, Quinlan, TX;(3) Gil White, Blanchard, OK; (4) Fred Mattox, Drumright, OK;(5) Kevin Barksdale, Norman, OK; (6) Ryan Dean, OKC, OK;(7) James Fabian, Choctaw, OK; (8) Michael Gossman, Newcastle, OK; (9) Chance Nestell, Piedmont, OK; (10) Larry Sturgeon, OKC, OK; (11) Bud Lowe, OKC,OK; (12) Shelby Byrd, OKC, OK.
Night 2 Oct. 4th brought the BIG #9 WOW A Feature win to our Champion of the Wingless Oklahoma Warrior Series Koby Barksdale #5 with Paul Johnson Racing! Congratulations KOBY BARKSDALE! Also wrapping up the field was (2) Richard Miller, Quinlan, TX; (3) Gil White, Blanchard, OK; (4) Kevin Barksdale, Norman, OK; (5) Michel Gossman, Newcastle, OK; (6) Dwayne Forsgren, Crescent, OK; (7) Larry Sturgeon, OKC, OK; (8) James Fabian, Choctaw, OK; (9) Ryan Dean, OKC, OK; (10) Chance Nestell, Piedmont, OK; (11) Shelby Byrd, OKC, OK; (12) Fred Mattox, Drumright, OK.
In December the WOW Banquet was a great success crowning our Champion Koby Barksdale and also crowning our Rookie of the Year Casey Jones! There is not enough words to thank Annette Leesekamp, Chris Smith, Gil White, Paul Johnson & James Fabian for putting this first season in the books and they have had lots of help from many more people. We look forward to 2015 again starting off at the fabulous 81 Speedway www.81speedway.org and we all hope to see you there!!!!
A huge thank you to the following sponsors: please let me know if I’ve left anyone out…
Barksdale Automotive (Kevin Barksdale) www.barksdaleautomotive.com
Bill’s Island Grill www.billsislandgrill.com
Biotechnology (Steve Ochs)
Bishop Racing (Danny & Andy Shouse)
Carter Maxwell (Goodyear)
Crossfit Exile www.crossfitexile.com
G-Man Graphics (Michael Gossman)
Gold Expressions (Pam McDufee)
Harryman Insurance (Doug & Kathy) www.americanfarmerandranchers.com
Kendall’s Restaurant www.kendallsrestaurant.com
Mike Howard Photography
Pole Position (Greg Slaton) www.polepositionraceway.com
Sleeper Designs (Jeff Sleeper)
Smiley’s Racing www.smileysracing.com
Tri-State Claims (Leon Brownlee) www.tri-stateadjusters.com
Vision Sources (Choctaw) (Tina McDuffee) www.visionsource.com
Thank you racers for keeping life fun!
Michelle Walden 1/10/2015
Now for some thoughts from our good friend J.D. Porter and the Hog Wagon & his 2014 WOW Season Thoughts and Year in Review
With the first ever Season in the books for the Wingless Oklahoma Warriors (WOW) Series, thought I would give some post season info and thoughts.
26 Cars competed at 1 time or another with the Series at 5 different facilities in 2014.
Drivers consisted of the very new and first timers in a full size sprint to longtime veterans in the sport.
5 different A main winners and some variety for the series as newcomer Shelby Byrd picked up an A Main win in just his 4th start and then the veterans took over the remainder of the wins with David McDuffie 1 win, Gil White
1 win, Kyle Cobb 3 wins, and Koby Barksdale with 5 wins which propelled him along with consistent finishes to a 2014 WOW Non Wing Championship.
Rookie of the Year Honors went to Casey Jones in the 52J Sprinter.
The new series had it’s up’s and down’s and just like any new series went through growing pains but it gave race fans a different alternative with no wing up top an goes along with that ol school approach which brings back days gone by when the wing was only on an Airplane and the Open wheel Car was Bouncin around & Rut’s & Gut’s and don’t lift till ya see the Checks!!!.
Some over the past year have said this deal would die in a year, seems more cars being built from what I have seen/heard and talked to.
Some also say it’s a beginner’s class , REALLY!!!!, just wondering how you can have a beginner’s class in today’s Sprint Car Racing??, just shows a lack of knowledge of racing on their part. This is a Series that if ya build a Car/Motor and it meets all legality of the rules posted then bring it and race it with the series, I don’t care if your Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland, Tracey Hines, Koby Barksdale, Mike Ramsey, Ricky Crawford, Kevin Barksdale or whomever?? Just follow the rules given and show up and race.
Some also have that pay syndrome phobia about the class, well I can tell ya in about any series that ya race with, you’ll be lucky to pay for your trip to and from the track and general expenses to race that night and ALL else ,,,,,, well just open up that wallet and or check book is all I will say. So ya might as well enjoy what your doing.
Really proud to have been a part of this Non Wing Series in it’s first year, was not a stellar year for the Hog Wagon by no means but we got a win and take what else happened and ya just move on, enjoyed the first WOW Banquet back in Dec. as all had a good time as Trophies, Jackets and Products were handed out.
Congrats again to Koby Barksdale on the first ever 2014 WOW Championship and to Casey Jones on his RoY accomplishment and to all who helped get and keep this deal going:, The WOW Board Members, Annette Leeskamp, Chris Smith, Dennis
Crow for all their help throughout 2014 and to the Sponsors as well.
Pole Position Raceway
Cody Brewer Racing
G Man Graphics
Louis Boyd Racing Engines
Also a special thanks to IRACE TV for the very nice WOW Promo Video from Creek County Speedway last May. Hoss sure made it look COOL!!!!!!. .
Also thanks to the Race Tracks who gave us the opportunity to race at their facility and the racers who put forth the effort/ time and money to race with the WOW Non Wing Series and thanks most of all to the Fans who fill the seats and come and watch a show.
To the fans if your presented a chance this upcoming 2015 season come catch some Non Wing action and watch the WOW Series “Kick It” Ol School style.
J.D. Porter 1/08/2015