The Oklahoma City Barons secured a key piece to their forward end for the 2012-2013 American Hockey League season. The Barons signed veteran Josh Green to a one-year contract, giving the team one of its top point producers from last season's West Division champion.
Green had 37 points in 51 games for Oklahoma City last season, many of those points coming on a line with Teemu Hartikainen and Magnus Paajarvi. Green was promoted twice to the Edmonton Oilers, the Barons' parent team, and had two points in seven games. Green, 34, has played in 341 total NHL games.
The Barons' home opener is Oct. 19 at the Cox Center.
AROUND AND AROUND
Sprint car drivers from Oklahoma continued successful seasons around the country:
*Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson won an American Sprint Car Series National Tour race late Saturday night at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. In a 30-lap feature that included drivers from Washington state and others from around the nation, Johnson finished in front of Shane Stewart of Bixby by a nose. Earlier in the day, Stewart edged Johnson to win a 25-lap preliminary feature. Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow finished fourth in the preliminary.
Johnson continues to top the ASCS national standings, owning a 54-point lead over Jason Johnson of Eunice, La.
*Danny Jennings slipped underneath Danny Wood with three laps remaining late Saturday night to win a National Championship Racing Association sprint car race at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. The Norman drivers both started on the front row. Wood led for 22 laps before Jennings, a five-time points champion at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, moved in front. The NCRA had a race late Sunday night at Enid Speedway. Results were not available at press time.
*Tulsa resident Chris Andrews collected $10,000 for winning a POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series sprint car race late Saturday night in Marion, Ill. The 27-year-old started the 40-lap race at Southern Illinois Speedway on the pole. Andrews led for 38 laps. Scott Sawyer of Broken Arrow finished second.
*Mike Goodman of Broken Arrow took the lead on the eighth lap late Saturday night and won an ASCS Sooner Region race at Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, Texas. Robert Sellers of Mustang finished second.