*Other people with Oklahoma roots who enjoyed the game day experience: Jean Mattox Duke, 84, longtime season-ticket holder to Oklahoma Sooner sports. ... Jackie Smith, 44, wrestler and football player for Southeast High. ... Jerry McNabb, 67, basketball player at Lexington High School. ... Glenn Conn, 83, award-winning bowler. ... Jack Hoskins, 73, organized the first pistol team for the Bethany Police Department, which went on to win several championships. ... Wayne Caves, 58, a wrestler at Tulsa Webster High School who later raced motorcycles. ...
*Special recognition: Joe Weider was a body building pioneer whose fitness magazines and weightlifting equipment led to the success of many high school, college and professional athletes. Famed body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger called Weider “the godfather of fitness.” The Montreal, Canada, native died at age 93 from heart failure.
*Former Oklahoma City Blazers forward Brenden Morrow was named to the Dallas Stars' 20th anniversary team. The Stars are celebrating 20 years in the Metroplex by selecting players who have excelled for the franchise since it moved from Minnesota. However, only weeks after Morrow received a standing ovation for the honor, the Stars traded their beloved captain to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Morrow played for the Blazers during the NHL lockout in 2004.
*Steve Lynn of Oklahoma City won a gold medal in alpine skiing at the 10th annual Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang and Gangneung, South Korea. Lynn, 39, participated in Super G, slalom and downhill.
The American Sprint Car Series is no slouch. Several of its drivers are top-notch.
But national championship contender Wayne Johnson is officially a professional race car driver. A news release said the Oklahoma City native has joined the World of Outlaws circuit, where he is scheduled to run more than 50 percent of its races. Despite Johnson's experience, he will be a “rookie” with the Outlaws, who are generally regarded as the pro sprint car series.
In the World of Outlaws' 35-year history, five Oklahoma drivers have earned Rookie of the Year honors: Greg Wooley of Oklahoma City in 1984; Andy Hillenburg of Broken Arrow in 1988; Aaron Berryhill of Broken Arrow in 1992; Danny Wood of Norman in 2000; and Shane Stewart of Bixby in 2005.
Johnson, who was the 1992 Super Modified points champion at Oklahoma City's old State Fair Speedway, will still run some ASCS events but not on a full-time basis like he has in past seasons.