Non-wing sprints part of NCRA opener

PARK CITY -- The newly formed Wingless Oklahoma Warriors will kick off their inaugural season Saturday night as the wingless sprinters will be on the card at 81 Speedway in Park City.

In preparation for Saturday night's $5,000 to win, $500 to start championship finale for the "winged warriors," there will be an open practice season for all sprinters from both the NCRA and the new WOW series.

WOW was formed this off season when track owner/promoter Mark Brill of Brill Motor Speedway ceased track operations in the middle of the 2013 season. In 2011, he talked to several sprint car drivers who were concerned with the skyrocketing costs of the class and a new sprint division was born. It began with only five cars and as the season went along, grew to almost 10 a night. When the track closed, the car count was up to 12, with more in the process of being built.

"We needed a place to race with Brill closing, so several drivers and interested people got together. We stuck with the rules, and that's how WOW was formed," said former Fairgrounds Speedway champion Gil White.

For longtime car owner J.D Porter, the new series is just what was needed.

"The cost to run (sprint cars) was getting out of hand, and something needed to be done to control these costs," he said.

The wingless sprint car series is expecting between 15 and 20 cars. Among the drivers expected to compete include; White, James Fabian, Koby Barksdale, Chance Nestell, Shelby Byrd, Casey Jones, Dwayne Forsgen, Michael Gossman, Rickey Crawford, Chris Jenson, Mike Ramsey, Jim Hardison, Randy Whitson and Darrel McGuire.