Chris Bell, a 19-year-old sprint car driver from Norman, notched one of the biggest wins of his short career. Bell outlasted defending champion Daryn Pittman and legend Donny Schatz to win a World of Outlaws feature at Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois.
Bell pursed $6,000 for winning the 40-lap race on a quarter-mile dirt track, which will be one of the smallest venues the professional sprint car circuit will run this summer. Bell overcame three caution flags and worked his way through lapped traffic to win.
“It’s a dream come true,” Bell said. “We’ve been really good, but we’ve been really bad. To come here and get a win, that’s something special. It’s always been a lifelong dream to be able to win an Outlaw race, so it’s a special night I’ll never forget.”
Pittman, an Owasso native, finished second.
“Hats off to him, obviously he’s an extremely talented young kid and not too bad for a couple of Oklahoma boys tonight,” Pittman said. “I’m pretty proud to run second to him. It’s no surprise to anybody in the pits that he was going to win an Outlaw show, if not this year then really soon.”
Schatz, Brad Stewart and Cody Darrah rounded out the top-five finishers.
COWBOYS CRUSH K-STATE
Tim Arakawa had a two-run homer, and Jon Perrin threw a complete game as No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State hammered Kansas State 8-0 on Friday in Big 12 baseball at Tointon Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. A sellout crowd of 3,609 watched Perrin allow four hits and one walk. He struck out 10.
SOONERS BLIZTED BY TCU
Cody Jones and Garrett Crain each had three hits Friday, and TCU wiped out Oklahoma 10-2 in Big 12 baseball before 4,046 fans at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. Mac James and Austin O’Brien each had RBI hits for Oklahoma, which led 2-0 for 21/2 innings before the Horned Frogs took control.
The Central Oklahoma baseball team was eliminated from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament on Friday with a 5-2 loss to Missouri Western and 12-1 setback to Emporia State.
UCO finished its season 37-17, the most wins for a Bronchos baseball team since winning 40 in 2007.
BRONCHOS WIN OPENER
Tori Collet was 5-for-5 with five RBIs on Friday, leading Central Oklahoma to a 7-5 win over Emporia State (Kan.) on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II Central Regional Softball Tournament in Mankato, Minn.
UCLA LEADS STILLWATER REGIONAL
The UCLA Bruins owned a one-stroke lead Friday after the second round of the NCAA Women’s Central Regional Golf Tournament at Karsten Creek in Stillwater. The Bruins are at 12-over-par 588 with the final round scheduled Saturday.
California was second at 13 over. Oklahoma State was tied with Mississippi State for eighth place. The Cowgirls and Bulldogs were 20 over.
Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State continued to lead the individual standings. She is 6-under 138, which is four strokes better than Dana Finkelstein of UNLV. Jayde Panos of Oklahoma State was tied for third at 1-under 143.
•Defending national champion USC and Arizona State were tied after two rounds at the NCAA Women’s West Regional at Cle Elum, Wash. The Trojans and Sun Devils each had a 578 team score; USC’s Kyung Kim and Washington’s SooBin Kim were tied for first in the individual race with a two-round 140.
Oklahoma was fourth in the team standings, eight shots behind the co-leaders. Alexandra Kaui was tied for sixth individually with a 144.