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Odom defeats Martin to win final Great 8 of 2022 NPK season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Street Outlaws No Prep Kings star Kye Kelley is still alive for the championship. The championship will be awarded on the final race day of the season.

John Odom defeated two-time champion Ryan Martin in the final round of the Great 8 early Sunday morning at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.

Odom’s car (Photo by Odom Racing/Facebook and TRC/RomeoDF)

With the win, Odom received 40 points, as the points were double for this season finale. The Team Detroit driver has 370 points in his new car going into the finale.

“One of the best nights of my life !!!! #humbled #grateful #winning,” Odom Racing said in a Facebook post.

This is Odom’s first No Prep Kings win. The first year NPK driver was previously in a Great 8 final in Colorado before losing to Robin Roberts.

He also went to the Invitational final round twice. He was defeated by Martin in the final round at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Several weeks later, Odom was defeated by Kayla Morton in the final round at Tucson Dragway in Tucson, Arizona.

Martin received 20 points for the runner-up. The 405 driver has 700 points on the season.

He is now 100 points ahead of Kelley, who is second in the points. Kelley has 600 points.

This was the first time that Martin was the runner-up in the Great 8 since June. He was defeated by Justin Swanstrom in the Great 8 final round at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Martin can clinch his third straight championship with a win on Sunday. He is in the same position as he was last year at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida.

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He had a chance to receive a call-out to win the championship. Instead, he drew out of the bucket and defeated Shawn “Murder Nova” Ellington in the first round.

The same situation is going to play out once again. While a driver may attempt to get Martin to accept a call out, he is expected to draw out of the bucket once again and let his fate be known through a chip draw.

If Martin wins the first round, he has clinched the championship once again.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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