By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (May 20) – Michelle Melton made her first appearance at Southern Oklahoma Speedway a memorable one as the Flower Mound, Texas, driver took the lead at the start and never looked back to capture the Sprint Series of Oklahoma victory Friday in Ardmore.Melton and Jerry Hammock started on the front row for the 20-lap feature with Melton taking the lead as the green flag fell. Hammock gave chase throughout the feature and despite being nervous starting on the pole, Melton was up to the challenge.“I tend to psych myself out when I start on the pole plus I had people like John Carney behind me who has been dominating the 305 stuff and you sit and think about how you need to drive,” said Melton, who has been racing Sprint Cars for five years off and on due to school with 2016 being a full-time driver.Hammock and third-starting Carney were closing the gap midway. With five laps to go, the red flag waved for a Chad Wilson flip. Melton held her line those last few laps to win the first IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car tour event of her career in the Sooner State.Hammock settled for second while Carney, who raced with no brakes most of the event, held on for third. Jake Martens came home fourth while eighth starting Joe Wood Jr. rounded out the top five.Feature – 1. Michelle Melton; 2. Jerry Hammock; 3. John Carney II; 4. Jake Martens; 5. Joe Wood Jr.; 6. Cody Whitworth; 7. Andy Shouse; 8. Marcus Thomas; 9. John Ricketts; 10. Gary Owens; 11. Shayla Waddell; 12. Blake Dacus; 13. Sterling Hoff; 14. Chris Kelly; 15. Ty Williams; 16. Robert Vetter; 17. Gary Kelley; 18. Alison Slaton; 19. Chad Wilson; 20. Kevin Ramey.
SEOUL — A collision on Seoul’s busiest subway line left 172 people injured, with passengers forced to evacuate along train tracks. There were no fatalities.An eastbound train collided with a stationary train in Sangwangsimni station in central Seoul, South Korea, officials from the subway operator and fire service said in a briefing at the station. There were no fatalities and all injuries are classified as minor following the collision, which didn’t cause a fire, the officials said.The incident comes as criticism mounts over the government’s handling of Korea’s worst maritime disaster in four decades, with newspapers pointing to a lax safety culture and unenforced regulations on the nation’s transport networks. President Park Geun Hye pledged to establish a new department under the prime minister’s office to handle disasters following the Sewol ferry sinking on April 16, which left more than 300 people dead or missing.“I don’t know what’s going on with this country,” said Lee Young Sook, in her 60s, who was forced to travel by bus to Sindang, one station before the site of Friday’s collision, because train services were disrupted. “It’s unbelievable that this has happened so soon after the sinking.”The train collision happened at about 3:32 p.m., Seoul Metro official Jeong Soo Young told reporters at the scene. The operator is still investigating and the incident may have been caused by a red stop light coming on too late, Jeong said, citing the driver of the moving train.