Odie Green makes it 2-in-a-row in SUPR Competition
Shreveport, Louisiana (June 22, 2001) – Odie Green enjoyed winning his first ever O’Reilly SUPR feature last week that he felt a repeat performance was in order this week at Boothill SPeedway. Green started on the outside pole in his Sharp Racing/Green Motorsports PTS powered GRT and he shoot to the lead right from the start. Once out front, Green made it clear he wasn’t looking to give it back even when he ran up against lapped traffic. “I just had to bid my time and work my way up through there.”
After the race, Odie was thankful. “I have to thank my family, my crew - John Page and my dad, my car owners Burnie and Barbara Sharp and I have to thank God.” Green was fortunate to have a car that couldn’t do him any wrong. The “The car felt good from green to checkered flag. It was getting better every lap. The car felt better the longer it stayed green. It felt like it was quicker, the car was coming more to me.”
And the pace of the race played right in to Odie’s hands as the race stayed green all the way until lap 48 when Diamond Dave Siegert slowed in turn 2, ending a long night for the Barthold Tire/Floorworks-backed driver. Siegert lost a motor in his heat race and he spent the rest of the night switching motors in hopes of making the start. Siegert and his crewman Beau Taylor received plenty of help from their fellow competitors allowing them to make the start but the car quit just 2 laps from the finish.
The restart allowed Kenny Merchant to get one last shot at challenging Odie for the lead and Kenny tried to make the best of it as he slid his nose under Green’s car on the restart through turns 1 and 2 but Odie was up to the challenge. As Green relayed, “I just tried to keep my cool and stay consistent.”
Odie’s performance over the last two weeks have allowed him to catch and move past Dennis Duncan for 4th in the O’Reilly SUPR Championship point standings and next week he’s heading to 67 Speedway, his hometown track and a track where he’s won 2 Modified track championships.
Merchant started the feature from the 6th starting spot and steadily worked his way forward in his J.D. Caver/Goddard Performance Warrior. Merchant moved to 3rd on lap 6 and began a long battle with Marlon Wild for 2nd. Merchant was finally able to move by Wild to grab 2nd on lap 39 but other than the one shot he got on the restart, Merchant was unable to pressure Green for the lead.
Marlon Wild was excited with his finish despite the fact that he was unable to hold off Merchant’s challenge. “I had no brakes and I run 3rd. I wasn’t going to stop. This is the best I’ve every run at Shreveport, I’m staying out. We had a shot at probably winning the thing if the brakes hadn’t gone out because I caught back up to Odie but from there out I was just pumping my brakes.”
Jay Blair finished in 4th place; his best showing with his new Creel Brothers/Nature Gardens/Parish Disposal GRT and the strong finish boosted him back into the lead in the 2001 O’Reilly SUP Championship standings. Blair now leads David Ashley by 49 points.
25 O’Reilly SUPR Late Models were on hand. Four heat races were run and they were claimed by Ryan Plaisance, Chad Dupont, Jay Blair and Kenny Merchant. Bill Avant claimed the Last Chance race and Marlon Wild earned the GRT Top Qualifier award as he started 5th and finished 2nd in the 2nd heat race. Jon Mitchell scored the Lloyd Wild Jr. Logging Hard Charger award as he passed 7 cars en route to a 9th place finish.
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