Rookie - Green Get's First Win
Little Rock, Arkansas (June 16, 2001) - Odie Green overcame a fierce 4-car battle for the lead and then held off a strong Ryan Plaisance to claim his first ever O'Reilly SUPR victory at I-30 Speedway. An understated Odie credits the win to adjustments made prior to the feature. “We made some adjustments before we went back out there and I guess we did them pretty well.”
Green from Fouke, Arkansas was happy to claim the win in front of his home state fans. Green recorded the win at the wheel of the Sharp Racing/Green Motorsports PTS-powered GRT. Afterward, Odie was thankful for the support he receives from his car owners. “I’d like to thank Burnie and Barbara Sharp with Sharp Racing for their support.”
Green started 3rd in the feature and slid in line behind GRT Top Qualifier Lee Davis at the start. The field was slowed on lap 2 for a tangle that eliminated 1998 O’Reilly SUPR Champion Rusty Cummings. The race was restarted and Dennis Duncan, winner here in April once again took to the outside line and he stormed from 8th to 4th in just 2 laps. Ashley, sensing Duncan’s presence also took to the high side and a 4 car battle for the lead quickly broke out with Davis trying to hold off Odie down low and Ashley and Duncan on the outside. Green would slip to 3rd on lap 7 only to storm to the lead on lap 8. A lead he would not relinquish.
Duncan and Ashley would get together exiting turn 2 on lap 9 and while both cars would continue, Keith Craft wound up being in the wrong place at the wrong time as he got into the suddenly slowing Ashley. Craft would hit the pits to make repairs while the remainder of the field realigned for the restart. Green pulled away from Davis while the R25 of Ryan Plaisance jumped into the top 5 for the first time in the race. Plaisance appeared to be the fastest car on the racetrack at this point as he grabbed 4th on lap 11 and moved to 3rd the next time by. Plaisance settled in behind Duncan at this point but Plaisance was ready to pounce when the race was slowed on lap 25 when Donnie Barnhart spun in turn 4. Plaisance shot underneath Duncan on the restart and appeared to be in a position to battle for the lead. But as the race wore on, Green was able to pull away to solid lead over Plaisance and a late closing Siegert.
Plaisance, from Westwego, Louisiana was unable to stay with Odie as the race wore but still was impressive with his strongest run of the year. “It was awesome. I just felt from the beginning that the car was going good.” Plaisance surprised a few with his tire selection as he ran 28’s on the rear but he knew he made the right choice as the race wore on. “Once I really started feeling a lot of forward bite I just knew that the 28’s were fixing to happen.” Plaisance was running the Plaisance Appraisal/ Boland Performance Warrior powered by a Keith Craft Racing Engine.
Diamond Dave Siegert, winner the night before in the 25-lap feature at I-30, started 9th and slowly worked his way forward, moving in to the top 5 on lap 12 as grabbed 4th and then he moved up to third on lap 27. He tried to challenge Plaisance for 2nd but was unable to find the opportunity. Siegert then survived a late race spin in his Barthold Tire/Floorworks PTS powered Rocket as he did a snap 360 to keep his car moving and to maintain he track position.
Bill Avant, who had made the field after winning his Last Chance race passed 13 cars en route to a solid 4th place finish ahead of new O’Reilly Point Leader David Ashley. Ashley battled for the lead early but his car got too tight after the early race contact with Duncan and Craft. Still he finish 3 spots ahead of Jay Blair to grab the lead by 8 points.
Chad Dupont, Lloyd Wild Jr. Logging Hard Charger Terry Henson, Blair, Duncan and Curt Lipsey rounded out the Top 10.
32 Late Models were on hand. Heat wins were claimed by Keith Craft,
Lee Davis, L.T. Davis, and Brady Adams. Bill Avant and Troy Schaberg
topped the two Last Chance races.
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