By David Smith Jr.MEEKER, Okla. (Aug. 27) – Point leader Andy Shouse started on the pole and held off a last lap challenge by Jake Martens to win his first Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car feature of the season Saturday at Brill Motor Speedway’s inaugural Pat Suchy Memorial.Shouse began to enter lapped traffic entering turns three and four on the final circuit as Martens dove low entering the same turns and tried to slide in front of Shouse. The current national point leader held on, however, to take his first series feature victory of the season by just one car length.Chad Koch held on for third while Blake Dacus and Joe Wood Jr. rounded out the top five.Shouse and Dacus started on the front row for the 25-lap feature with Shouse taking the lead as the green flag fell. By lap five, Shouse had opened a 10-car length advantage over Dacus and approached slower cars on lap nine. Shouse, working the bottom of the track, stretched his advantage to a half stretch lead at midway.Lap 17 saw the night’s final caution flag fall and set up an eight lap dash to the checkered flag.The Sprint Series of Oklahoma will be back in action in three weeks for a doubleheader weekend. It all starts on Friday night, September 16, at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore before heading to Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Okla., where they will join forces with the Kansas-based United Rebel Sprint Series.Feature results – 1. Andy Shouse; 2. Jake Martens; 3. Chad Koch; 4. Blake Dacus; 5. Joe Wood Jr.; 6. Shayla Waddell; 7. Cody Whitworth; 8. Lloyd Clevenger; 9. Brandon Long; 10. Sheldon Barksdale; 11. Brandon Jennings; 12. Chris Kelly; 13. Alison Slaton; 14. James Fabian; 15. Tanner Conn; 16. Jerry Jumper; 17. Mike Scott; 18. Chuck Bellefeuille; 19. Justin Fisk; 20. Joseph Miller; 21. Sterling Huff.
Manchester United must produce another unlikely Champions League comeback to keep their hopes alive after Barcelona left Old Trafford with a slender advantage following the quarter-final first leg.Barcelona, with superstar Lionel Messi quiet by his standards, were nowhere near their best but secured the win after Luis Suarez’s far post header from the Argentine’s pass deflected in off Luke Shaw in the 12th minute and was confirmed by the video assistant referee after initially being given offside.New Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can take heart from his team’s great endeavour but opportunities were at a premium, the best being a first-half header from Diogo Dalot that he directed off target. In fact United did not muster a single shot on target.Barcelona still posed a threat, with David de Gea saving from Philippe Coutinho and Messi – and United must now repeat their last-16 heroics against Paris St-Germain in France when they travel to the Nou Camp chasing a semi-final spot against Liverpool or Porto.Man Utd all sweat, no threatManchester United’s players took the applause of Old Trafford – but it was acknowledgment of a plucky effort rather than praise for any serious quality.United had excellent performers, with youngster Scott McTominay delivering a performance of real maturity, but the bottom line was that they barely laid a glove on Barcelona all night.And the frustration for the Premier League side will be that this should be regarded as a missed opportunity because Barcelona were light years away from their flowing best here.This was the first time United have failed to have a shot on target in a Champions League game since March 2005, when they lost away to AC Milan.Solskjaer and his side are left hoping for the same sort of miracle that saw them overcome a 2-0 home defeat to come through the last 16 against PSG – but lightning does not usually strike twice, Barcelona are a superior side and the Red Devils have won only once in the Nou Camp, when they beat Bayern Munich there in the 1999 Champions League final.United will summon up those spirits but this is very much odds against once more.Barcelona grind out crucial winBarcelona have glittered in the Champions League for years. This was a night for the grind and they got the job done. It was undistinguished, unspectacular, but done all the same.Suarez got his goal but was only an intermittent threat while Messi occasionally flashed but was often on the margins, not helped by sustaining a facial injury in a first-half challenge by Chris Smalling.Coutinho showed glimpses of the brilliance that made him such a precious commodity but this was a night when Barcelona played well within themselves.There was little in the way of celebration from their players at the final whistle as they knew their performance was poor but it was still a giant stride towards the semi-final, and they will be satisfied by how they totally nullified United. Source: BBC