Keith White, Tom Earl, Duain Pritchett winners at Icebreaker
February 28, 2011
Abilene Speedway kicked off the official IMCA racing season with the annual Icebreaker on the 1/4 mile, semi-banked, red clay track. Combined with the Icebreaker was the first race of three in the new Lone Star Series giving the southern drivers extra chances to pick up additional bonus points for national and regional points championship hunts, as well as running for a separate points fund.
Racing included heats, B-mains and an A-main for the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stocks and Hobby’s, plus heats and a feature for the Jr. Mini stocks and Pure Stocks. Entries included drivers from seven states, Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.
White takes Win One for 2011
Academy’s Keith White picked up in 2011 where he left off the previous season, in the Winners Circle. White got by local veteran Tommy Fain and Jacob Anson in the waning laps and eased away with Scotty Brown making a late charge to come home second. Anson, Andy Gage and Chase Jupe rounded out the top five.
It may have been a case of opening night jitters as green waved on the 20-car field. Gage jumped out front, but the pack stacked up behind him with Pat McGuire, John Gober, Kelly Allen and Charles Brewer tangling before completing a lap. Gage again got out front on green, but it as short lived as Jacob Anson snuck by to lead lap 2 bringing Chris Bragg along to second.
Chris Elliott went around in turn 2 to bring out a lap 3 caution. On the restart both Bragg and Monte Bolton slowed from top five spots and pulled off while caution waved for debris. Elliott and Bo Newton got together on the next try at a restart. Finally back to racing with Anson and Fain putting a gap on Gage, Shane Hiatt and White. Jupe and Brown both closed on that trio while White and Hiatt traded some paint.
Brown, using the high side, went around Jupe and Hiatt for fifth as the race neared halfway. At the crossed flags it was Anson, Fain, White, Gage and Brown holding the top five. Brown again used the top to get fourth from Gage on lap 11. Fain then began pressuring Anson for the lead getting along side on lap 13 and taking the point on lap 14. Brown caught White who now had Anson in his sights.
Newton spun on lap 15 to bring out a caution that saw White duck under both Fain and Anson on the restart to snag the top spot on lap 16. Fain hung on to White’s bumper, but got into to White who jumped a rut in turn 3. Fain rolled to a stop ending his night. Back to green Brown got past Anson for second while Jupe took fifth from Hiatt. White, in the Tracys Auto Sales, AMSOil, Extreme Graphics, Braka Operating, Tony’s Custom Carburetors, racinwithneal.com, TCI, Craftmasters, Belton Metals, Tubbs Paint & Body, Centex Motorsports, Hughes Chassis held the lead over Brown the final few laps with Anson and Gage side by side for third.
“It was a game of survival out there tonight,” said White. “You had to be able to get through the ruts. I don’t think I was he fastest car out there. There were several cars out there that were faster, but I was able to survive it at the end.”
“I just try not to use my car up early so I can be there at the end. It doesn’t always work out that way. You can kind of pick and choose what lines to run. Something you see early might come to you later. You need to be able to finish so I don’t abuse my car.”
“I think this Lone Star Series is going to help us I the national points chase.” added White who came up a few points short of a championship. “I was maxed out on wins last year and it was the bonus points that got us.”
1 Keith White, Academy
744 Scotty Brown, Seagoville
131 Jacob Anson, Albion, Nebr
021 Andy Gage, Whiting, Ia
303 Chase Jupe, Waco
21 Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Nebr
03 Dillon Smith, China Spring
02 David Davis, Sweetwater
28 Gabe Tucker, Carbon
9 Mark Patterson, Abilene
89 Bo Newton, Bangs
90 Tommy Fain, Abilene
19 Chris Elliott, Eastland
24 Chris Bragg Springtown
59 Kelly Allen, Sweetwater
41 Monte Bolton, Lubbock
69 Danny Hogue, Abilene
72 Charles Brewer, Abilene
91 Pat McGuire, Belton
52 John Gober, Poolville
IMCA Modified B-mains(Top 4 to A-main)
B-main 1, 52 John Gober, Poolville, Charles Brewer, Abilene, 59 Kelly Allen, Sweetwater, 303 Chase Jupe, Waco
B-main 2, 1 Keith White, Academy, 28 Gabe Tucker, Carbon, 03 Dillon Smith, China Spring, 02 David Davis, Sweetwater
IMCA Modified heats(Top 2 to A-main)
Heat 1 21 Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Nebr. 69 Danny Hogue, Abilene
Heat 2 744 Scotty Brown, Seagoville, 9 Mark Patterson, Abilene
Heat 3 90 Tommy Fain, Abilene, 89 Bo Newton, Bangs
Heat 4 41 Monte Bolton, Lubbock, 19 Chris Elliott, Eastland
Heat 5 021 Andy Gage, Whiting, Ia, 24 Chris Bragg, Springtown
Heat 6 91 Pat McGuire, Belton, 131 Jacob Anson, Albion, Nebr.
Earl Edges Easterling for Sportmod Win
Tom Earl jr.(Haslet) got the point early in the 20-lap IMCA Southern Sportmod main from Steve Hayes. Earl and Hayes looked to run away and decide things among themselves until the final laps. Doug Easterling, running the top, made a mad dash as the race wound down coming a bit short as Earl out ran him to the line for the victory.
Hayes grabbed the early lead in the 20-car main followed by Jeff Kinniard, Todd Bartlett and Earl. Brad Shirley, Robert Speck, Justin Shaw and Easterling found themselves in a melee to bring out an early caution. The restart stacked up with Shaw, Speck and Shirley again getting tangled. Once back to racing Earl was able to get by Kinniard and Bartlett for second while Cody Frank grabbed fourth.
Frank then took third from Kinniard with Shane Priddy moving by Bartlett for fifth. Earl got along side Hayes for the lead just as yellow waved for debris in turn 2. On the restart Earl went low on Hayes to get the lead on lap 6, while Priddy and Kinniard were side by side for fourth and Bradley Poor came out of a three wide scrap with sixth.
Poor continued his march forward getting spots from Kinniard and Priddy. At halfway it was Earl, Hayes, Frank, Poor and Kinniard in the top five. David Elliott got turned around by Jesse Sobbing to bring a caution. Earl got away clean on the restart with Hayes still pursuit as they eased ahead of Frank, Poor, Easterling and Priddy.
Kinniard spun out of the top five, but kept going and caught a break when Elliott looped it the same lap and brought out a caution. Earl and Hayes again snuck ahead, with Poor and Easterling side by side for fourth. With two to go Easterling used the top to pass Poor and Frank. On the last lap Easterling got by Hayes and to Earl’s bumper. At the line it was Earl in the Big Jim Racing, North Texas Carpet Care, Performance Transmissions, MobsterbizRadio.com, Reliable Home Service, WCH Engines, Big Chief Chassis holding on for the win.
“I was just holding on out there,” said Earl. “It was kind of rough out there. I just tried to go in straight, stay out of the ruts and come off straight. I just went out and found the line that worked best for me. My car would work on top or bottom. I passed Steve Hayes on the top, but had the caution come out. Then on the restart I used the bottom to get the lead. The car was set up just like it is every weekend at Kennedale or Boyd.”
IMCA Southern Sportmods
46 Tom Earl jr., Haslet
88 Doug Easterling, Rule
95 Steve Hayes,Eastland
71 Cody Frank, Lorena
48 Bradley Poor, Abilene
07 Jeff Kinniard, Mansfield
38 Matt Mueller, Stamford
4 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka
12 Gary Fox, Haslet
766 Shane Priddy, Abilene
59 Chad Hertel, Shallowater
690 Todd Bartlett, Abilene
97 Julie Boettler, Farmington, NM
19 David Elliott, Eastland
44 Jeff Turner, Seagoville
99 Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Ia
55 Justin Shaw, Sweetwater
00 Brad Shirley, Springtown
8 Robert Speck, Abilene
511 Cory Williams, Slaton
IMCA Southern Sportmod B-mains(Top to A-main)
B-main 1, 12 Gary Fox, Haslet, 44 Jeff Turner, Seagoville, 00 Brad Shirley, Springtown, 8 Robert Speck, Abilene
B-main 2, 88 Doug Easterling, Rule, 4 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka, 59 Chad Hertel, Shallowater, 55 Justin Shaw, Sweetwater
IMCA Southern Sportmod heats(Top 2 to A-main)
Heat 1 48 Bradley Poor, Abilene, 95 Steve Hayes, Eastland
Heat 2 690 Todd Bartlett, Abilene, 07 Jeff Kinniard, Mansfield
Heat 3 46 Tom Earl jr, Haslet, 19 David Elliott, Eastland
Heat 4 38 Matt Mueller, Stamford, 511 Cory Williams, Slaton
Heat 5 766 Shane Priddy, Abilene, 99 Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Ia
Heat 6 97 Julie Boettler, Farmington, NM, 71 Cody Frank, Lorena
Pritchett earns I-Stock Payday
Former IMCA Stock Car National champion Duain Pritchett (Combine) showed his winning form in the IMCA Stock Car 20-lap main. Pritchett used a bobble by early leader Cory Davis to get the lead. Pritchett then battled with long time rival Jeff Turner and Keith White, debuting his new ride, in the final laps for the hard earned win.
Davis snagged the top spot as the 19-car feature took the green with Billy Wade and Pritchett in tow. Pritchett got by Wade for second on lap 2, with Jesse Taylor getting third from Wade on lap 3. Don Killen was next to put Wade back a spot followed by Turner, leaving Wade door to door with Shane Priddy. Turner then picked off Killen and Taylor for third. Davis made a mistake on lap 5 with Pritchett seizing the opportunity to get the lead on lap 6.
The top five put some distance on White, Jason Batt and Joe Colyer who were slugging it out for sixth. At the midpoint it was Pritchett, Davis, Turner. Killen and Taylor. A bumper in turn 3 brought out the yellow on lap 12. On the restart Davis took a peek low on Pritchett, with White now trying high on Killen for fifth. Turner was able to get under Davis on lap 13 to take over second.
With the top three now nose to tail White got past Taylor for fourth then caught Davis for third. White looked up top on Turner as the white flag waved with Taylor and Killen battling with Davis. Pritchett, driving the Arte & Sons Paint & Body, Extreme Graphics, Brads Transmissions, Centex Motorsports, Grumpy Built Chassis held a slight margin on Turner and White as the checkers waved.
“Cory(Davis) hit a rut and left me enough room to get under him,” replied Pritchett. “It was pretty easy after that just riding around. I was pushing it as hard as I could. I didn’t know where Keith White and Jeff Turner were. I knew they would be coming. I didn’t know if it would be from the top or the bottom so I was giving it everything I had.”
“I think this 1 car(White) is going to give Jeff and I a run for the points this year. We’ll be at Boyd and Kennedale Friday and Saturday night. It will be a real dog fight every night. But we’ll be alright.”
IMCA Stock Cars
221 Duain Pritchett, Combine
144 Jeff Turner, Seagoville
10 Keith White, Academy
05 Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo
15 Don Killen, Des Moines, Ia
771 Shane Priddy, Abilene
28 Cory Davis, Eunice, NM
18 David Phillips, Abilene
117 Joe Colyer, Abilene
156 Jason Adcock, San Angelo
91 Jason Batt, Harker Heights
19 Michael Sheen, Lamesa
22 Billy Wade, San Angelo
03 Doug Kennemer, Boyd
50 Terry Wojtek, Sterling City
45 Mike Kennedy, Cheyenne Wells, Colo
14 Mike Johnston, Des Moines
20 Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan
64 Cary White, Lamesa
58 Brandon Hopper, Lubbock—DNS
IMCA Stock Car B-mains(Top 4 to A-main)
B-main 1, 156 Jason Adcock, San Angelo, 58 Brandon Hopper, Lubbock, 14 Mike Johnston, Des Moines, 50 Terry Wojtek, Sterling City
B-main 2, 18 David Phillips, Abilene, 117 Joe Colyer, Abilene, 19 Michael Sheen, Lamesa, 03 Doug Kennemer, Boyd
IMCA Stock Cars(Top 2 to A-main)
Heat 1 221 Duain Pritchett, 05 Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo
Heat 2 22 Billy Wade, San Angelo, 45 Mike Kennedy, Cheyenne Wells, Colo
Heat 3 28 Cory Davis, Eunice, NM, 64 Cary White, Lamesa
Heat 4 771 Shane Priddy, Abilene, 15 Don Killen, Des Moines, Ia
Heat 5 10 Keith White, Academy, 91 Jason Batt, Harker Heights
Heat 6 144 Jeff Turner, Seagoville, 20 Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan
Bissonette Best in Hobby Stocks
Stephenville’s David Bissonette chased early leader John Watson until he found an opening just past halfway. The defending Hobby Stock Southern Region Champion then held off a pack of northern invaders easing out to comfortable lead the final circuits to grab the victory. The win came after a pre-heat race motor change.
A big stack up in turn 1 slowed the start of the 20-car, 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature. When green finally waved Watson jumped out front with Bissonette on his tail while Adam Armstrong and Jeff Kinniard fell in line third and fourth. Watson and Bissonette swapped a little paint and played a game of bumper tag until yellow waved for an infield tire on the track.
The top seven broke away once racing resumed until Kinniard suffered a flat forcing him to pit. Bissonette gave Watson a try on the high side during lap 6, but fell back in line. Behind the lead duo Nyle Godwin took third from Armstrong on lap 7 as Ronnie Gregory and Shawn Slezak ran side by side for 2 laps. At halfway it was Watson, Bissonette, Godwin, Armstrong and Slezak in the top five.
Bissonette got along side and by Watson on lap 11 for the lead. Watson then spun, kept it fired and fell back to eighth. Watson then ended up on an infield tire for a lap 14 caution. Bissonette eased ahead on green while Godwin and Slezak battled for third. Bissonette took the white flag with a small lead and ran unchallenged to the checkers in the Big Jims Racing, AVDI, Stephenville Starter & Electric, Ace Tire Service, Bobs Custom Paint, Wilson Tire Company, AMS Race Engines, Terminator Chassis.
“I was working on (John) Watson as hard as I could,” commented Bissonette. “I just need a break to get by him. I really haven’t found anything different to keep up with the north guys. The thing that made the difference was all these guys helping me change out a motor before the heat race. Bryan Sewell, Jeff Turner the Mims brothers, Josh Whaley, Clint Newell and Malone. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to race tonight. That was the big thing.”
IMCA Hobby Stocks
85 David Bissonette, Stephenville
6 Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Nebr
11 Nyle Godwin, Redfield, Ia
35 Shawn Slezak, Milligan, Nebr
38 Allen Montgomery, Ft. Worth
72 Ronnie Gregory, Cross Plains
33 Charles Cosper, Belton
827 Chris Mims, Dublin
177 Tobie Talk, Hawley
44 Bryan Sewell, Seagoville
77 Keith Dragoo, Lincoln, Nebr
20 Jeremy Auten, Clarinda, Ia
10 Ryan Gilland, Beatrice, Nebr
27 Chase Parsons, Abilene
99 John Watson, Des Moines, Ia
63 Andy Roller, Waco
07 Jeff Kinniard, Mansfield
98 Rick Barrett, Joshua
127 Cory Adams, Des Moines
96 Jamie Songer, Waukee, Ia
IMCA Hobby Stock B-main(Top 4 to A-main)
B-main 1, 20 Jeremy Auten, Clarinda, Ia, 38 Allen Montgomery, Ft. Worth, 827 Chris Mims, Dublin, 63 Andy Roller, Waco
B-main 2, 33 Charles Cosper, Belton, 127 Cory Adams, Des Moines, 44 Bryan Sewell, Seagoville, 10 Ryan Gilland, Beatrice, Nebr
IMCA Hobby Stock heat(Top 3 to A-main)
Heat 1 07 Jeff Kinniard, Mansfield, 27 Chase Parson, Abilene, 177 Tobie Talk, Hawley
Heat 2 99 John Watson, Des Moines, Ia, 11 Nyle Godwin, Redfield, Ia, 77 Keith Dragoo, Lincoln, Nebr
Heat 3 85 David Bissonette, Stephenville, 6 Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Nebr, 72 Ronnie Gregory, Crosslains
Heat 4 35 Shawn Slezak, Milligan, Nebr, 96 Jamie Songer, Waukee, Ia, 98 Rick Barrett, Joshua
98 Jonathon Wright, Clyde
Pure Stock heat
98 Jonathon Wright, Clyde
Jr Mini Stocks
86 Casey Carnes, Malvern, Ia
3 Colin Deming, Hobbs, NM
12 Calton Pritchett, Forney
00 Jesney Reagan
Jr. Mini Stock Heat winner; 3 Colin Deming, Hobbs, NM
By J.M. Hallas
Photos by JB Hotshots