PRYOR CREEK, Okla. — Jason Hughes captured the 20-lap “A” Qualifier Friday night during the second night of the inaugural Sooner Showdown at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.
After scoring a perfect score by leading his time trials group and winning his heat race too, the 2010 USMTS national champion will be sandwiched between Ryan Gustin and Austin Siebert on the front row for the start of Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 30-car main event that will start three-wide.
Hughes earned the pole for Friday night’s feature but it was John Allen taking the lead from the outside of the front row when the green flag waved.
Allen-a contender for the USRA Modified national points title-paced the first six laps of the contest before Hughes blasted by to take the lead for good.
Kelly Shryock made a late-race pass on Steve Whiteaker Jr. to garner the runner-up finish, and Terry Phillips passed five cars in the last five laps, including Whiteaker, to finish third. Bryan Rowland was fifth.
Along with Hughes, seven others earned enough overall points to lock themselves into Saturday’s $10,000-to-win finale, including Shryock, Phillips, Whiteaker, Rowland, Allen, Scott and Bone.
In the USRA B-Mod action, Mark Harrison came from the sixth starting spot to take the $750 win.
Jason Hughes, Kelly Shryock, Terry Phillips, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Bryan Rowland, Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, John Allen, Johnny Bone Jr., Trevor Hunt, Donovan Lodge, Chad Wheeler, Kip Hughes, Chris Theodore, Lucas Conley, Ken Schrader, Andy Morris, Joe Duvall, Brett Hansen, Fausten Willhite, Gene Nicholas, J.D. Jackson, Daniel Tarkington, Gary Vaughan, Scott Walton, Thomas Tillison Jr., Jeff Conner, Panora, Paul Cates, Tyler Wolff.