COLCORD, Okla. — It was by the absolute narrowest of margins.
But, Memphis, Tennessee shoe Landon Britt finally nabbed that elusive first American Sprint Car Series National Championship feature victory by taking the $4,000 winner’s share in Friday night’s series’ debut atop the newly-revamped Arrowhead Speedway.
Britt capitalized on a late Sean McClelland miscue in the 30-lapper to take command and then nipped current series points leader Jason Martin at the line by a mere .021 seconds to snare the win aboard the Moss Racing Engines LB Motorsports No. 10 J&J.
While Britt gridded the feature field inside the second row, McClelland and pole starter Alex Sewell raced wheel-to-wheel for the point over the opening circuits before McClelland took command. As Sewell slipped back, Martin took second away from Britt with McClelland well in command until the race’s first caution flew near the two-thirds mark when Fred Mattox slowed with race-ending woes.
With Britt making his way back around Martin for second, he turned up the heat on McClelland as the track began to lock down on the lowside. And when McClelland bobbled on the low side of turns three and four in the final circuits, Britt slipped around with the lap considered complete when a caution flew moments later for a shredded tire.
McClelland tried to counter on the restart only to jump the start, receiving a two-position penalty and putting Martin on Britt’s tailtank for the final two-lap charge to the checkered flag.
Martin kept the pressure on and ultimately Britt pushed to the high side exiting the final corner with the checkered flag in sight to open the door but held on to win in a photo finish.
McClelland worked his way back into third to round out the podium with Sewell and 14th-starter Howard Moore rounding out the top five.
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 10-Landon Britt; 2. 36-Jason Martin; 3. 1-Sean McClelland; 4. 8-Alex Sewell; 5. 3-Howard Moore; 6. 7C-Chris Morgan; 7. 45X-Kyler Johnson; 8. 14-Jordon Mallett; 9. 91T-Tyler Thomas; 10. 55B-Brandon Anderson; 11. 6-Christopher Townsend; 12. 12-Jeffrey Newell; 13. 3G-Lane Goodman; 14. 30X-Larry Bratti; 15. 95-Matt Covington; 16. 31-Casey Wills; 17. 25B-Blaine Baxter; 18. 26M-Fred Mattox; 19. 91-Michael Day; 20. 15D-Andrew Deal; 21. 1H-Hank Davis