(By Cody Morris)
A Lucas Oil American Small Car Series record 125 competitors checked into Cowtown Speedway confines for the 2012 Lucas Oil ASCS2 season opener at Cowtown Speedway’s 5th Annual Big Chill. And with area temperatures in the mid 40’s at racetime and flirting with mid 20’s by its’ end – the event certainly lived up to its’ billing.
Three winners from three seperate states raced to preliminary night victories at the 5th Annual Big Chill, with the top 4 from each division locked into the top 6 redraw for the headlining Lucas Oil American Small Car Series main events.
Friday night’s 20 lap Lucas Oil ASCS2 Outlaw main event would be led to green by inaugural 2008 Big Chill winner and Tulsa native Scott Sawyer. Sawyer’s early lead came to a quick end courtesy Osceola, Arkansas’ accomplished mini sprint veteran Travis Senter.
By the midway point of the event Senter’s torrential pace had earned him a strong advantage over Carl’s Junction, Missouri’s 2009 ASCS2 and 2011 POWRi champion Andrew Felker with Sawyer, Steven Shebester, and reigning back to back ASCS2 Outlaw Champion Blake Hahn in tow.
Only a lap 14 caution for a stalled Dalton Wiseley in turn 4 could slow down Senter, as he torched the field in the Wren Motorsports and Accurate Machine Works no. 4w entry. Felker matched Senter’s pace for a time following the lap 14 restart, but ultimately settled for the runner up spot while Sawyer accepted show position honors.