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  1. Southern Texas Late Model Series @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 4/14/18 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(May 5h, 2018) I-37 Speedway hosted the official first round of the 2018 Southern Texas Late Model Series on the 1/4 mile, semi-banked, clay oval. The STLMS looks to expand this year with more drivers competing in the 15-race schedule. The original season opener was slated for Cotton Bowl Speedway in April, but rain forced cancellation of the event. An impromptu trip to 281 Speedway, where a non-points race, was run for those already in the area. GW Egbert IV looks to defend his 2017 championship after a close, season-long battle with Brandon Brzozowski for the title. 2018 began with a twist of sportsmanship between the two points rivals. Brzozowski had some unforeseen motor issues that would have kept him from competing in the rained out season opener. In stepped Egbert, offering the keys to his back up car making it possible for Brzozowski to race. Also in action Saturday night were the Cash Bred Off Road IMCA Modifieds, Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds, SABFI Transportation Street Stocks, All in Design Pure Stocks and Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts. It was also the rescheduled meet-n-greet for the Street Stocks. Early in the season it's a close battle between Mike Trigg, Lynn Fox and defending track champ Wade Jones, with only 5 points difference between first and third. Starnes Steals Southern Texas Late Model Show for First Win The 25-lap STLMS Main event was a tale of two races. At the beginning it looked like Steven Whiteaker jr. would run away and hide from the field. Just past halfway Whiteaker clipped the front stretch wall ending his night. This handed the point over to the 2015 STLMS champ, Brandon Brzozowski on the restart. Brzozowski was chased by young gun Cody Leonard making his Late Model debut in the series. Leonard used his track experience, changing his line to close on Brzozowski. As that duo ran up on slower traffic, another young gun, Robbie Starnes jr. was able run down both. On the final lap Starnes found some bite on the low side and snuck past Brzozowski at the line for his first ever win. On the initial start Brzozowski, Whiteaker and Starnes were three wide battling for the lead, but separate spins by Tracy Denby jr. and Jarred Stepanski brought saw out the yellow. On the second start Brzozowski was first off turn 2 in the lead trailed by Starnes, Whiteaker, Beau Begnaud and Leonard. It didn't take long for Whiteaker, who hadn't been in a Late Model for a while, to challenge Brzozowski for the lead. Defending series champ, GW Egbert IV made an early charge going three wide with Leonard and B. Begnaud. Whiteaker, using the high side momentum, sailed by Brzozowski for the lead on lap 4. A quick caution for a Stepanski spin saw Whiteaker jump ahead while Leonard and Starnes ran door to door for third. As the two young guns swapped the spot, Whiteaker checked out from Brzozowski. At the halfway mark it was Whiteaker, with a huge lead, Brzozowski, Starnes, Leonard and Egbert. Lap 13 was unlucky for Whiteaker as he found the wall ending his night. This handed the top spot back to Brzozowski for the restart. Brzozowski got a good jump on green while Leonard and Starnes continued their battle, now for second. Brzozowski built a lead as they slugged it out while Kody Hardage took fourth from Egbert. Once Leonard secured second he began changing his line and slowly reeled in Brzozowski. Traffic allowed Leonard to get on Brzozowski's bumper, and Starnes to catch both. Leonard got along side Brzozowski for the lead as they diced through slower cars. Along comes Starnes closing on both with two to go. As the white flag waved, Starnes got second from Leonard in turns 1-2. Going into turn 3 Starnes ducked under Brzozowski and it was drag race off turn 4 to the line with Starnes, in the Erb Racing, First Class Septic, Seventy Seven Inc., Hendren crate powered, Capitol Chassis first to the checkers. “Ya, that was pretty dramatic,” said the young Starnes whose father was a long time Houston area Late Model driver. “For me, it was more battling myself. I was all over the place, almost spun myself out one time. Luckily I had really fast car. My dad, my cousin Keith and my brother have helped me with this and set it up. The car was good, I was messing up.” “I finally found a groove on the bottom. They were on the top and I caught them so quick, I thought I might have a shot at this thing. I went into three deeper than I had, it felt good and it stuck. I got a run and passed him on the straight away off the last corner. Man, that was crazy.” “I saw when they got into lapped cars. I finally found my groove and I thought the bottom was pretty good. So the lapped cars helped out too. Once I found that groove, it was really, really good. Of all that happened I feel bad for (Steve) Whiteaker. He had a fast car and probably had that race won. Fortunately it worked out for me. This was my first win. I've only raced a few races in a Late Model.” “Once we got here it was fast right away. The track was great. It did kind of rut up a little after a while. But you could race anywhere on the track. It was an awesome track. We didn't change from the heat to the feature much. I just adjusted my driving style. I was running in way too hard and finally slowed(my entry) up a bit.” “I can't thank my dad enough. He owns the car. He got out so I could drive. That means the world to me. My cousin Keith has been with me from day one. Last but not least, God, Jesus Christ my savior.” Southern Texas Late Model Series 25 Robbie Starnes jr., 10-4 Brandon Brzozowski, 2 Cody Leonard, 12 Kody Hardage, 15 Tracy Denby jr., 717 GW Egbert, 9 Talon Minten, 32 Beau Begnaud, 22 Ricky Begnaud, 33jr Jose Moran jr., 78 Eddy Hardage, 82 Jarred Stepanski, 89c Steve Whiteaker jr., 45 Brian Machicek, 118 Mike Fenton, 42 Ron Sprayue STLMS heats Heat 1; 10-4 Brandon Brzozowski, 33jr Jose Moran, 32 Beau Begnaud, 82 Jarred Stepanski, 118 Mike Fenton, 45 Brian Machicek, 78 Eddy Hardage, 9 Talon Minten---dns Heat 2; 25 Robbie Starnes, 89c Steve Whiteaker jr., 717 GW Egbert IV, 2 Cody Leonard, 12 Kody Hardage, 15 Tracy Denby jr, 22 Ricky Begnaud, 42 Ron Sprayue Minten Holds Off Morris in Modified Main Defending track champ Talon Minten(Seguin) made it two in a row scoring his second IMCA Modified win of the season, but it wasn't easy. Minten, who took over the lead from Derek Scott jr. on lap 6, was reeled in by Chris Morris. Morris, who drives with hand controls, kept the pressure on Minten the final five laps. Morris, would get a good run in low in turns 1-2, but Minten would pull him off turn 2. At the checkers, Minten was able to keep Morris arms length away for the win in his 3-D Landscaping, La Coste Meat Market, Rising Star Racing Bodies, All In Designs, Swenson Racing Components, crate powered Hughes Chassis. At the start of the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature it was Scott first into turn 1 with the lead chased by Jason Borlace, Minten, Morris and Don Banker. Minten quickly dispensed of Borlace for second followed by Morris the third with Rick Green getting fifth. Minten began pressuring Scott for the lead on lap 4. They were wheel to wheel on lap 5, with Minten getting by on lap 6. At the crossed flags it was Minten, Scott, Morris, Borlace and Green in the top five. Green was able to get around Borlace for fourth while Scott and Morris began a fight for second. Borlace would loop it on lap 12 for the races only caution. Quite different from last races with multiple cautions and carnage. Once back to green Morris was able to take second from Scott while Robbie Daniels took fourth from Green. Morris then began his challenge on Minten for the lead. Morris could into turn 1 better than Minten and show the nose, but Minten would pull him coming off. Morris would follow Minten up top in turns 3-4 and get another run in turns 1-2. The final five circuit were a replay until the last lap. Morris changed his line in turn 3, trying low. This gave Minten a couple cars lengths at the line for the win. “Finding the high line was key tonight,” explained Minten. “Staying consistent, hitting my marks. I saw Chris(Morris) stick the nose inside. I knew if I just held my line and hit my marks I'd be alright. I've raced with Chris almost every race this year. He's always run me clean. I'm pretty comfortable racing with him.' “I don't know what it's going to take to get the Modified count up. That's a good question. More money maybe? I don't know if everyone just went to Sport Mods. Driving the Modified is always fun to me. I like it more than the Sport Mod. Maybe we're just too far south and no other tracks around here run them.' “Ya, I'm pretty worn out running three classes tonight. After running the other classes I knew the top would be good for the Late Model. I passed some cars out there. It gives a little bit of an advantage.” IMCA Modifieds 14t Talon Minten, 94 Chris Morris, 01 Derek Scott jr., 27 Robbie Daniels, 7(29) Jamie Campbell, 82 Rick Green, 55m Mike Morris, 377 Don Banker, 47 Brandon Lawrence, 125 Jason Borlace, 141 Rob Sanderson, 15s Chris Jones---dntg IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 14t Talon Minten, 7(29) Jamie Campbell, 47 Brandon Lawrence, 01 Derek Scott jr., 141 Rob Sanderson, 15s Chris Jones---dns Heat 2; 94 Chris Morris, 27 Robbie Daniels, 82 Rick Green, 125 Jason Borlace, 377 Don Banker, 55m Mike Morris Mikulencak on the Money in Sport Modified It was crafty veteran Lawrence Mikulencak(Corpus Christi), using his experience on a tricky track, showing the way in the 20-lap Sport Modified feature. Mikulencak, who led every lap but the first, saw several drivers in second spin themselves out in any attempt to make a pass. Four different times, four different drivers found themselves looking the wrong way. In the final third of the event Mikulencak was able to pull away for the win in his Ace Transmission, Swenson Racing Shocks, All In Designs, IRP Chassis. As the 17-car field took the green Mikulencak and Robby Minten stayed side by side with R. Minten ahead at the line. Lap 2 saw Mikulencak get the top spot. Behind them it was JJ Jennigs and Cody Beddoe wheel to wheel for third and Johnny Torres fifth. Jennings secured the spot and was quickly on R. Minten for second. Jennings finally got the spot on lap 5 while Broc Bowen took fifth from Torres. The red flag waved on lap 8 when Chris Swenson took a wild ride off the back stretch ending his night upside down in the trees. Swenson was uninjured, but done for the night. On the restart R. Minten tried to dive by both Jennings and Mikulencak and got second from Jennings just before Beddoe expired a motor for a lap 9 yellow. Once back to green it was Bowen, R. Minten and Jennings three wide for second. After Bowen got the spot he took a look low on Mikulencak coming off turn 4, but spun himself with everyone able to miss him. On the ensuing restart Torres got second from R. Minten, but spun trying to get a run on Mikulencak in turn 4. Cody Leonard was unable to avoid and clipped Torres, but kept going loosing only a spot. Again back to green with Leonard getting by Jennings for third, when. You guessed it, R. Minten spun himself from second. Green again with Leonard chasing Mikulencak, and. Leonard does a half spin, with no yellow. By now Bowen and R. Minten had worked back up taking third and fourth from Eddy Ross. With three to go Bowen was able to grab second from Jennings, but Mikulencak had pulled out to nearly a full straightaway lead. Bowen cut that advantage in half, but ran out of laps as Mikulencak put it into the winners circle. This was only the second race on the new car for Mikulencak, who led a good part of the last race, until a radiator hose came off. The veteran driver, in a brand new car, fast out of the box, could be a long season for his competitors. “Having a good running car and starting up front is what worked for us tonight,” stated Mikulencak. “This is the second night I've run this IRP and it's a good driving car. I'm very happy with it so far. You know if you start at the front of a race that the tracks going to be changing.” “I just never went down to the line that all those guys were spinning out on. The only one I really saw was Broc(Bowen) and I saw him spin beside me so I just stuck it out there on top. I probably wasn't running the best part of the track. Towards the end of the race it was drying out. The line was getting out there so far I was thinking I might need to do something different.” “Since this is only the second night to run this car I really don't know how big of changes to make. I soon as I hit the track with it this is the best driving Sport Mod I've owned. The track changes all the time and you to make changes with it. It's driven so good on every track so far I just haven't changed it. I learned some stuff tonight. I think the car was better than I drove it. I was being pretty conservative. With these guys if someone gets by you, it's pretty much over.” Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 56 Broc Bowen, 26g JJ Jennings, 24r Robby Minten, 58c Hunter Flanagan, bd2 Eddy Ross, 55m(12) Cody Leonard, 28m Mason Casteneda, 31 Chase Havely, 95 Larry Lewis, 2 Talon Minten, 11t Tom Grothues, 66 Johnny Torres, 77 Cody Beddoe, bd3 Monty Nichols III, 30 Chris Swenson, 49k Mike Keylich---dns Sport Mod heats Heat 1; 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 26g JJ Jennings, 66 Johnny Torres, 30 Chris Swenson, 2 Talon Minten, 31 Chase Havely, 11t Tom Grothues, bd3 Monty Nichols III, 49k Mike Keylich Heat 2; 24r Robby Minten, 77 Cody Beddoe, 56 Broc Bowen, bd2 Eddy Ross, 55m(12) Cody Leonard, 95 Larry Lewis, 58c Hunter Flanagan, 28m Mason Casteneda Trigg Tallies from the Tail After missing his heat race due to ignition issues, Mike Trigg(Lake Hills) was forced to start the 15-car feature at the tail. No problem. Using cautions and restarts early, Trigg made his way forward to the lead pack. Using a midway restart Trigg used the high side to get by Wade Jones for the lead. From there Trigg motored away to a half straight advantage over Jones at the checkers. After the initial start was waved off when Homer Miller went over the turn 4 hill, Johnny Torres took the point pursued by Jones, Mike Lyon, Lynn Fox and Shawn Moore. A triad spins slowed the action quickly. Under caution Jones noticed the battery hanging loose in Torres' car and reported officials. Torres was checked and sent to the pits as a safety precaution. With Jones now on point Moore, Fox and Chris Shafer went 3 wide for second while Trigg cracked the top five. Trigg quickly got around Moore and Fox, but half spun giving a spot back. Trigg retook third from Moore and second from Shafer, then got a break when a debris caution re-bunched the field. Once back to green, Trigg jumped up top and went around Jones from the lead on lap 9. As Trigg and Jones crept away, Dakota Heinaman made his way to fourth getting by Moore. As the white flag was shown Trigg had pulled out to a good lead over with Heinaman and Shafer door to door for third. Trigg in his 'Shaggin Wagon' Willie Cotton Race Engines, Snyper Chassis easily took the checkers with Heinaman edging out Shafer for third. “I really had no plan for starting out back,” exclaimed Trigg. “We've been working you to free the car up and it was way free tonight. It was much better. Once I got on the track and saw it, I felt like the top was going to be where it was at. The top came in nice and we run the top pretty good here.” “The cautions helped. The top four-five cars are tough to get by sometimes. I knew I had my work cut out for me. I race everybody the same. If you give me room to race, I give you room. If you crowd me, then I'll crowd you. Tonight we gave each other room and went on about our business.” “There's was a guy that works on the car, that's not real bright. That's me! I put the distributor cap on, on top of a wire and shorted out the ignition for the heat race.” “I've got a possible I-Stock ride for the Red River Tour deal so if I do that it will take precedence over running for points here. It's getting to be where there some traveling to bigger shows coming up too. We'll see where that all goes.” SABFI Transportation Street Stocks 4t Mike Trigg, 41 Wade Jones, 83 Dakota Heinaman, 77 Chris Shafer, 8 Jacob Crow, 20 Mike Lyon, 2x Dennis Hilla, 33h Cody Henderson, 51 Harold Cope jr., 6h Homer Miller, 18 Shawn Moore, 14 Lynn Fox, 36 Johnny Torres, 20c Jason Campbell, 23 Dennis Taber jr., 2 Wesley Walker---dns Street Stock heats Heat 1; 77 Chris Shafer, 36 Johnny Torres, 14 Lynn Fox, 8 Jacob Crow, 2x Dennis Hilla, 83 Dakota Heinaman, 51 Harold Cope jr., 23 Dennis Taber jr Heat 2; 18 Shawn Moore, 41 Wade Jones, 20 Mike Lyon, 20c Jason Campbell, 33h Cody Henderson, 6h Homer Miller, 2 Wesley Walker, 4t Mike Trigg---dns Pure Pay Day to Torres Allen Torres(San Antonio) showed some last lap heroics on his way to victory in the 20-lap Pure Stock feature. Torres chased race-long leader Daniel Preston while holding off Robert Kelm as the top three broke away. Torres dove low inside Preston going into turn 1 on the last lap, they ran door to door on the back stretch and into turn 3. Coming off turn 4 Torres got a little tap from Preston but was able to hang on to get the win. This was third time Torres, in his Allens 24/7 Towing, All in Designs, crate powered, Swenson Chassis has crossed the line first, though one was taken away due to an illegal water pump. Quite an impressive start for new car this season. “The car was fast tonight,” replied Torres. “It kind of made up for the one we lost. A win, a DQ, a win. I drove the car real hard. It was banging out the last couple laps. I knew I had to do something.” “On the last lap he(Preston) moved up a little bit and just stuck the nose in there. I got the pass and in turns 3-4 he tapped me in the back. It was just hard racing. I was expecting it. I got the win, that's all that matters.” All in Design Pure Stocks 94 Allen Torres, 6 Daniel Preston, 48 Robert Kelm, 15d Jamie Dear, 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 98 William Saunders, 9s Jarrett Payton, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 5 Dillon Gaither, 25r Nathan Rachui, 88 Brandy Torres, 82 Andrew Garcia, 36z George Quintanilla, 13m Jeremy Watson, 93 Aaron Leddy, 44k Kathrine Keylich, 50 Mike Pollaro, 15 William Cavender, 18r Chris Vincent, 23 Andy Kirkland, 7x Janel Duncan---dns, 39 Sonny Kinnaman jr.---dns, 30 Riley Heil---dns, bd1 Cheryl Gray---dns Pure Stock heats Heat 1; 6 Daniel Preston, 88 Brandy Torres, 36z George Quintanilla, m13 Jeremy Watson, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 50 Mike Pollaro, 18r Chris Vincent, 7x Janel Duncan---dns Heat 2; 93 Aaron Leddy, 15d Jamie Dear, 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 25r Nathan Rachui, bd1 Cheryl Gray, 15 William Cavender, 30 Riley Heil, 19 Justin Todd Heat 3; 94 Allen Torres, 48 Robert Kelm, 9s Jarrett Payton, 98 William Saunders, 23 Andy Kirkland, 44k Kathrine Keylich, 82 Andrew Garcia, 5 Dillon Gaither, 39 Sonny Kinnaman---dns Carter Cashes in Compacts After fighting mechanical gremlins early in the season, GB Carter(Harlingen) finally put his Don Wilde Racecraft, VW Rabbit 'Thumper' back into victory lane. In the 20-lap feature, that went green to checkers, Carter worked his way up to leader Jamie Garner. Using the low groove, Carter got under Garner taking the spot on lap 4. From there Carter was able to distance himself from the field and score the win. “Starting position is real important out here,” commented Carter. “Starting up front definitely helps. The last race I started in the back and didn't get very far. The competition is pretty stout out here now. These guys are fast. There's no starting in the back and going to the front anymore. They're just all too quick. I feel fortunate to be able to pull it off tonight. It makes old guys like me feel pretty good that we can still do something. All the young guys have the fast cars with all the bells and whistles.” “I've been having some mechanical problems. The last thing I had to do was put a strut on it. I didn't realize it was bad until I took it off. I compressed it and it didn't come back out. It made the car feel funny.” “Winning is fun, the rest is work!” Sport Compacts 77 GB Carter, 33 Jamie Garner, 14 Brandon McCall, 57 Trevor Bettis, 23 Kasey Krauss, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 29 Mike Pearson, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 01 Randy Frautschi, 4 Cody Earnhardt, 38 Kirk Ball, 24 Felipe Ruiz Sport Compacts heats Heat 1; 33 Jamie Garner, 14 Brandon McCall, 23 Kasey Krauss, 57 Trevor Bettis, 24 Felipe Ruiz, 29 Mike Pearson Heat 2; 77 GB Carter, 38 Kirk Ball, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 4 Cody Earnhardt, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 01 Ryan Frautschi The STLMS travels north to Lubbock and Abilene, TX. for their next scheduled events on May 18/19th. For more info visit www.southerntexaslatemodelseries.com I-37 Speedway returns to action in two weeks(May 19th) for its regularly scheduled line up of classes.
  2. Street Stock heats Heat 1 77 Chris Shafer 36 Johnny Torres 14 Lynn Fox 8 Jacob Crow 2x Dennis Hilla 83 Dakota Heinaman 51 Harold Cope jr 23 Dennis Taber jr
  3. POSTPONED until Thursday....Same times as posted for tonight
  4. Sunday Special @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 4/22/18 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(April 22nd, 2018) After what was scheduled to a full Saturday night of racing including the DCRST, I-37 Speedway ran a special Sunday show. Mother Nature intervened once again with a light mist and drizzle throughout the day forcing officials to postpone the event due to an overly muddy pit area. This was the second time the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas was on the slate and rain became an issue. The original season non-points opener was also washed out. Could the DCRST be the rain curse? This time the track opted to move the race to Sunday afternoon as opposed to rescheduling on top of other local tracks the following weekend. The early start time, in the middle of the day, made for some interesting track conditions as the sun quickly dried up any moisture. Tracks crews did what they could to stay on top of the dust and during intermission re-bladed the wash boards in the corners. A good field of almost 90 cars/teams showed up to have a go at the Sunday Special on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt track south of San Antonio. The Go-Kart classes almost doubled with no other tracks running Karts on Sunday. Even without any more than social media advertising approximately 150 fans showed up to cheer on their favorites The days racing card included the Cash bred Off Road IMCA Modifieds, Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds, Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models, SABFI Transportation Street Stocks, All in Designs Pure Stocks, Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts and the Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts. Modified Money to Minten Defending track champion, Talon Minten (Seguin) outlasted the field to take home the IMCA Modified main event. The scheduled 20-lapper was cut to 15 after half the field was sidelined almost before a green flag lap was in the books. Minten got the lead from early point man Chris Morris, who drives with only hand controls. Minten, in the 3-D Landscaping, La Coste Meat Market, Rising Star Racing Bodies, All In Designs, Swenson Racing Components, crate powered Hughes Chassis then out paced the remaining field for the win. On the fourth try the feature finally got underway with Morris taking the lead into turn 1 trailed by Minten, Mike Martin, Landon Bednarz and Rick Green. After a restart it was nearly three wide for the lead between, Morris, Minten, Martin coming off turn 2. Minten grabbed control on lap 4 while Morris banged the wall as Martin took second. A Bednarz spin collected Green and Marcus Mikulencak bringing out a caution that saw Dillon Tindall get by Martin and Morris for second. After some contact Green found himself in the front stretch wall ending his night. Once back to green Tindall and Morris battled wheel to wheel giving Minten the opportunity to pull away to a comfortable lead at the checkers. “We had a good car Sunday.” said Minten. “With all of the wrecks and cautions I'm glad I started up front and stayed clear of it all. The track wasn't too bad for our feature, I felt like the top line was dominant so whoever got up there first would likely stay out front.” “The weekend didn't start out too good. We had a scare early Saturday morning with our dog. He woke us up in the middle of the night with uncontrollable muscle tremors. We rushed him to the emergency vet and it turned out he had gotten into some fire ant killer. We got him flushed out and drugged up and he's back at home doing great.” “Later Saturday I had some trailer issues that put me in a bind, so it worked out that the races got postponed to Sunday. I have to give a huge thank you to Russel and Anthony Gordon for letting me borrow their trailer for this weekend." Cash Bred Off Road IMCA Modifieds 14t Talon Minten, 86 Dillon Tindall, 94 Chris Morris, 16 Landon Bednarz, 377 Don Banker, 5 Mike Martin, 82 Rick Green, 47 Brandon Lawrence, 1 Marcus Mikulencak, 01 Derek Scott jr., 125 Jason Borlace, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 58 Rowdy Flanagan, 15s Chris Jones IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 14t Talon Minten, 82 Rick Green, 5 Mike Martin, 94 Chris Morris, 16 Landon Bednarz, 47 Brandon Lawrence, 15s Chris Jones Heat 2 125 Jason Borlace, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 01 Derek Scott jr., 377 Don Banker, 1 Marcus Mikulencak, 86 Dillon Tindall, 58 Rowdy Flanagan Lucky Leonard Lands in Winners Circle Cody Leonard(Corpus Christi) got a break in the 20-lap Sport Modified feature being in the right place at the right time. Leonard, who had been slowly closing the early leader, Lawrence Mikulencak, got the lead after L. Mikulencak lost a radiator hose. Leonard in the CD Electric, KR Compressors, Coastal Diesel, Swenson Racing Shocks, Ace Transmission, Duct Tape Wraps by Cody, Rachel Plant Picture Taker, Wells Racing Engines, 09 Express Chassis then eased away after a late caution for the win. At the start of the 16-car, 20-lap feature L. Mikulencak led into turn 1 trailed by Chase Havely, Leonard, Marcus Mikulencak and Monty Nichols. Leonard quickly dispensed Havely for second while Johnny Torres, who made repairs after a last lap crash in his heat, got along side Nichols for fifth. With Leonard on the chase after L. Mikulencak, Torres got by Nichols and fought with M. Mikulencak for fourth. At halfway it was L. Mikulencak, Leonard still closing slightly, Havely, M. Mikulencak and Torres. Going into turn 3 L. Mikulencak saw a puff out of smoke from his car and pulled to stop in turn 4. This handed the lead to Leonard for the lap 14 restart that saw M. Mikulencak get by Havely for second, while Torres and Cody Beddoe battled for fourth. Beddoe got turned and collected Nichols and Eddy Ross for a lap 16 yellow. On the restart Torres took second from M. Mikulencak while Talon Minten, coming from the back, was side by side with Havely. As Torres and M. Mikulencak swapped second, Leonard was creeping away to grab the victory. Torres edged out M. Mikulencak at the flag for second. “A lot of patience, a lot of luck,” exclaimed Leonard. “It would have been a good race eventually with Lawrence up front if I could have caught him. The tires started blowing up and I was able to start running him down. I soon as I started closing in they said he had a water hose blow off. It definitely would have been a good race.” “I'm used to a lot of night racing on dry slick. Day dry slick races are a different story. I've only maybe ran 5(races) tops. Boone helped a lot. You never know when you're going up there.” “We actually didn't change anything for racing during the day. We were going to make a shock change, but they bladed the track. We wanted to compensate for the ruts, but after they graded it we left it alone. It worked out.” “Honestly, running the Late Model was no help at all. It was a fresh track. From the time I ran the Late Model until the time I ran the Sport Mod, it was two different tracks.” “I need to thank my mom, dad and my girlfriend.” Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds 12 Cody Leonard, 66 Johnny Torres, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 2 Talon Minten, 28m Mason Casteneda, 31 Chase Havely, 30 Chris Swenson, bd3 Monty Nichols III, bd2 Eddy Ross, 77 Cody Beddoe, 11t Tom Grothues, 22m Anthony Gordon, 55m Mike Morris, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 24r Robby Minten, 26g JJ Jennings, 95 Larry Lewis---dns, 101 Tanner Whitmire---dns Sport Mod heats Heat 1; 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 12 Cody Leonard, 24r Robby Minten, 28m Mason Casteneda, 30 Chris Swenson, 55m Mike Morris Heat 2; 31 Chase Havely, 95 Larry Lewis, 66 Johnny Torres, 77 Cody Beddoe, 11t Tom Grothues, 101 Tanner Whitmire—BF rough driving Heat 3; 03 Marcus Mikulencak, bd3 Monty Nichols III, 26g JJ Jennings, 22m Anthony Gordon, bd2 Eddy Ross, 2 Talon Minten Trey for Trey Multi-time track champion, Trey Votion(San Antonio) has been on an early season tear after losing his title last season. Votion added another win to his total taking the lead after midway then easing away for the win in the Nogalitos Gear, SRC Performance, Mission Race Engines, Kelly Racing Chassis. At the start of the 15-lap feature Landon Farquar was first off turn 2, but it was former pavement Late Model ace, Tommy Grimes leading at the line. Rene Mares fell in line second, with Farquar, Votion and Robby Minten in tow. Minten made an early move up getting along side Mares for second. The two ran door to door for several laps before Minten got the spot. Benind them Votion was beginning his move trying both the top and bottom. Votion got second at the halfway point, but trailed Grimes by a half straightaway. A caution for debris would erase Grimes' lead and begin his run of bad luck. Votion made a move on the restart that saw Grimes break something in the rear suspension, ending a good run. From there Votion pulled away while Minten, Shane Moore, Farquar and Cody Leonard battled for second. “Day racing was different,” explained Votion. “It was nice getting home early though. I fell back a bit early just because the way traffic was sorting out. Once we strung out a little, it was just making good laps.” “The feature was smooth top to bottom and had grip top to bottom so you could run anywhere. It was awesome. The heat race had grip on entry, but was slick off, so it wasn't as racy. Landon(Farquar) had a good run in the heat race. I could get to him, but not pass.” Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models 99 Trey Votion, 9 Robby Minten, 18 Shane Moore, 78 Landon Farquar, 5 Cody Leonard, 22t Tommy Grimes, 13 Howie Marcx, 22 Rene Mares, 93 Johnny Torres---dntg Limited Late Model heats Heat 1; 78 Landon Farquar, 99 Trey Votion, 9 Robby Minten, 18 Shane Moore, 93 Johnny Torres Heat 2; 22t Tommy Grimes, 13 Howie Marcx, 22 Rene Mares, 5 Cody Leonard Trigg Tames Street Stocks The rivalry between Mike Trigg(Lake Hills) and track champ Wade Jones heated up again Sunday as the two front row starters made contact a couple times. That ended the night for Jones and sent Trigg to the tail. Undaunted, Trigg motored his way back up to get the lead from Shawn Moore on lap 3 then pull away until a late caution rebunched the field. Trigg then had to hold off a late charge from Lynn Fox to secure the victory. On the initial start spins up front in turns 1-2 for brought about a complete restart. During the relining the two were said to make contact on the back stretch. Coming to green Jones, who looked like the right front suspension was broken, clipped Trigg sending him around. Jones was unable to continue, while Trigg was sent to the tail. Finally under green it was Moore getting the lead pursued by Fox, Dennis Hilla, Dennis Taber and Trigg coming up fast. Trigg then picked off Taber and Hilla before Taber went over the turn 3 hill getting hung up on the old hot pit tire barrier. On the restart Trigg jumped up top and sailed around Fox and Moore for the lead on lap 4. Once out front Trigg pulled away while Fox and Moore swapped second. Trigg took the white with almost a full straightaway lead, but Taber looped it in turn 2 to bring out the late yellow. Fox hounded(pun intended) on the restart giving him a look low low in turn 1, then again off turn 4. But it was Trigg in his 'Shaggin Wagon' Willie Cotton Race Engines, Snyper Chassis hanging on for the win. After the checkers Jones “visited” with Trigg on the front straightaway until cooler heads prevailed. “The car was good,” replied Trigg. “It's getting better all the time. We made a bunch of changes between the heat and feature for the track. I like day racing, I like dry slick, I liked it.” “My car has been really good around the top if there's any bite at all that I can find. I get around the top pretty good. It seemed like most of the guys were headed to the bottom. I planned on running the middle-top and going where they weren't.” “That's not my favorite way to race, never has been.” added Trigg. “It comes down to a respect issue. We've got to get our “stuff” together on the race track. We race each other all the time. We both have very competitive cars. We're going to see each other more often than not. I don't like where it's at right now, but I'm not going to lay down and take it. I've raced for a long time. I'm pretty good about putting the last race behind me. When it comes week after week, you know it's coming, it changes your outlook.” SABFI Street Stocks 4t Mike Trigg, 14 Lynn Fox, 18 Shawn Moore, 2x Dennis Hilla, 6h Homer Miller, 23 Dennis Taber jr., 41 Wade Jones, 8 Jacob Crow Street Stock heat Heat 1; 41 Wade Jones, 4t Mike Trigg, 18 Shawn Moore, 2x Dennis Hilla, 14 Lynn Fox, 6h Homer Miller, 23 Dennis Taber jr., 8 Jacob Crow Cain Claims Pure Pay Day For the second race in a row a non-regular went home with a feature win in one of the classes. Last race it was a Nebraska IMCA Modified driver making the long tow. Tonight, the haul wasn't so long as Donald Cain(Willis) made the trip over from the Houston area pay off with a victory in the scheduled 20-lap Pure Stock feature. Cain, who led every lap, had Sean Ward pressuring him throughout the race. The last half it was Daniel Preston joining the duo up front making a great three-car fight to finish with Cain in his Tomball Bowling, S&S Carburetors, R.B Tile, 5* Motorsports, 41 Shocks, 777 Travel, MRC Chassis holding them both off. As green waved on the 25-car field it was Cain, from the pole, holding off Brandy Torres for the lap 1 lead. Torres, Ward, Caitlin Leonard and Cheyloh Brodnax filled the next spots. After a series of restarts after a lap 1 spin, Ward was pressuring Cain for the lead while Preston and Leonard were door to door for third. The action slowed after several laps of side by side action for another spin where officials cut the distance to 15 laps. Back under green Ward was still looking on Cain for the lead with Preston finally taking third from Leonard. Preston quickly caught the leaders with the top three now nose to tail at halfway. Preston then got along side Ward for second, but that didn't give Cain any breathing room as they stayed hot on his tail. Preston was able to edge out Ward for second while Cain was taking the checkers. “I had just got the car back this past Friday,” replied Cain. “My buddy Mike(Martin) called me and said let’s finish the car. So I got off work Saturday around 3:00 went to his house and we finished the car around 2:30 Sunday morning and left to head to I-37.” All in Design Pure Stocks 179 Donald Cain, 6 Daniel Preston, 889 Sean Ward, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 48 Robert Kelm, 66 Adam Torres, 57b Les Bettis, 89 William Saunders, 09 Clint Montanio, 182 Ben Mikulencak, 44k Kathrine Keylich, 91w Daniel Waer, 56 Jacob Martin, bd1 Cheryl Gray, 30 Riley Heil, 36z George Quintanilla, 88 Brandy Torres, 25t Travis Slavik, 91 Johnny Westfall, 18r Chris Vincent, w28 Joe Martin, 53 Treyler Caulfield, 39 Sonny Kinnaman, 19 Justin Todd Pure Stock heats Heat 1; 179 Donald Cain, 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 6 Daniel Preston, 91 Johnny Westfall, 182 Ben Mikulencak, 30 Riley Heil, 18r Chris Vincent, 25t Travis Slavik, Heat 2; 88 Brandy Torres, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 66 Adam Torres, bd1 Cheryl Gray, 36z George Quintanilla, 56 Jacob Martin, 53 Treyler Caulfield, 09 Clint Montanio Heat 3; 889 Sean Ward, 57 Les Bettis, 48 Robert Kelm, 44k Kathrine Keylich, 91w Daniel Waer, 98 William Saunders, w28 Joe Martin, 39 Sonny Kinnaman, 19 Justin Todd Ball Breaks Through for Sport Compact Cash Kirk Ball (Adkins) celebrated his first win in twenty years edging out Brandon McCall and early leader Jamie Garner. Ball, a former Figure-8 racer from the north west, made a three wide move for the top spot just past halfway on a restart. He then had to hold off McCall and Garner on a last lap restart to secure the victory. At the start of the 14-car Sport Compact feature, Garner inched ahead of McCall, Ronnie Schoenfeldt, Roy Easler and Jeremy Hernandez. Trevor Bettis got by Hernadez with Ball following. Ball, Bettis and Easler were then three wide for fourth. Up front McCall was now putting some heat on Garner for the lead. Casey Lowe got a scare on lap 6 after clipping an infield tire and going up on two wheels, but landed and soldiered on. Easler took a wild ride after contact with Hernandez sent him sailing, at speed, over the turn 3 hill, but he was able to continue. Once back to green Garner got a good jump with Ball getting third from Schoenfeldt. At halfway the top three were now nose to tail while Gordon Dowdy, Bettis and GB Carter were three wide for sixth. After a lap 12 caution McCall looked inside Garner for the lead. The two drifted up in turns 3-4 leaving Ball an opening. Ball jumped on the chance to dive between the two and infield to get the top spot on lap 13. With two to go it was still either ones race, and slower traffic was coming up quick. As the lead trio was being shown the white, Bettis stalled out in turn 2 leaving the flagman no option but to throw a caution. Ball, in Krystal Communication, Rachel Plant Picture Taker, Speedway Signs, VW Sirroco, got a good jump on green and was able to hold on the final lap for the victory that he dedicated to his wife who he lost in an auto accident at the end of last year. “I told myself 'I'm going for it,' I gave it gas, it struck and I went,” said Ball. “I saw both of them slide up a little bit. I looked and there was that white tire and there was enough room between Brandon and the tire. It was one of those things. I didn't really anticipate them sliding up. When they did I said there's my shot.” “I've know Jamie(Garner) a long time and we all race and study each. When we race we watch what each other is doing. That way we know what they're going to do, spin, drift wide and we can know where to go. I actually tagged the wall earlier and thought that was going to end my night. Then stayed to the outside and started running them down a little bit. Then that last green, white, checker I thought Brandon was going to get me.” “I quit racing for a long time. I raced Figure-8 up in the north west. Then I transferred into what they call Beaver Fork Mustangs. I raced those for a long time. Then I took ten years off until I moved down here. I said I wasn't going to race until I moved next door to Jamie Garner.” Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts 38 Kirk Ball, 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 23 Kasey Krauss, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 77 GB Carter, 16 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 121 Roy Easler, 01 Ryan Frautschi, 57 Trevor Bettis, 17 Casey Lowe, 6p Jeremy Hernandez, 8 Lauren Crow Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 16 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 121 Roy Easler, 23 Kasey Krauss, 38 Kirk Ball, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 77 GB Carter, 01 Ryan Frautschi Heat 2; 33 Jamie Garner, 14 Brandon McCall, 6p Jeremy Hernandez, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 57 Trevor Bettis, 17 Casey Lowe, 8 Lauren Crow Russ Parker Construction Go-Kart features(top 3) Senior Division Chayse Mrazak, Faye Bettis, Ryker Hernandez Junior Division Peyton Jones, Ruby Bettis, Sterling Hensley Youth Division Blaine Markgraf, Woody Powell, Hayes Bettis
  5. I-37 Speedway updates 4/22/18

    Limited Late Model heats Heat 1 78 Landon Farquar 99 Trey Votion 9 Robby Minten 18 Shane Moore 93 Johnny Torres
  6. Sport Compact Meet-n-Greet, I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 4/7/18 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, Tx.,(April 7th, 2018) After a successful opening night two weeks ago, that saw over 100 car sing in, it was time for round 2 of the 17-race schedule. Tonight's special attraction was a meet-n-greet for all the Sport Compact drivers to sign autographs, hand out hero cards and let the fans on the spectator side get to know or meet their favorite. The last time out a big field of 17 Sport Compacts took the green with Jamie Garner making a late pass on Brandon McCall who got stuck in traffic then diced through his own traffic for the win. Always a track favorite, GB Carter and his VW Rabbit, “Thumper” had ignition problems and couldn't make the call for the feature. I don't know who ticked off Mother Nature, who swept the non-points event at the beginning of March, but the roller coaster ride that's called Texas weather has got to cease. Beautiful weather during the week, race day comes and it's a 30 degree temperature drop and windy. Bad hair day for sure. Despite the more winter-like conditions, 111 cars and about a dozen Go-Kart teams braved the elements for a night of racing Anderson Aces Modified Main It wasn't the trip they had planned, but Chad Anderson(Fort Calhoun, Nebr.) made the 13 hour drive pay off with a win in the IMCA Modified feature. Anderson and crew had originally scheduled a two-day show in Iowa. When it got canceled they looked for other options since they had already taken off work. Everything north of the Red River suffered the same weather issues so they headed south. First plans were to run Heart O Texas Spwy.(Waco) Friday, then Kennedale Speedway Park on Saturday. They arrived at the track in Waco only to get rained out. That same storm also forced KSP to call their show. So after a look at a Texas track guide, the map, they headed farther south making their appearance at I-37 Speedway. Starting toward the back with no points average, Anderson hung out letting the field sort itself, then began his march to the front. Anderson caught Rick Green, Jamie Campbell and Dillon Tindall near halfway making a four-car fight for the lead. Anderson grabbed the point on lap 13, then survived a couple late restarts to pick up the victory. Bill Pittaway led the field to green and led the first circuit trailed by Green, Rowdy Flanagan, Tindall and Chris Morris. Green got inside Pittaway for the lead on lap 2 bringing Tindall and Flanagan along to second and third. Morris and Campbell put Pittaway, who was slowing, back further on lap 3 before stopping on track for a lap 4 caution. On the restart Anderson moved into the top five getting by Campbell while Tindall and Morris were wheel to wheel for second. Campbell retook the spot then motored by Flanagan for fourth. Anderson then followed Campbell past Morris for third and fourth. Up front Tindall was on the high side beginning a challenge on Green. Tindall got along side Green coming to halfway with the lead and Campbell, Anderson and Raymond McSpadden now the top five. Anderson got beside Campbell after getting past Green. Anderson, using the bottom, got the top spot on lap 13, with Campbell taking second a lap later. A McSpadden spin slowed the action that saw Tindall fail to take off on green. The stack up left him four wide with Green, Jeremy Davenport and Flanagan. Just as Anderson was building a lead on Campbell, Davenport looped it on lap 17 to set up a late restart for the win. Anderson got a good jump on Campbell coming back to green. Anderson held off Campbell, who couldn't come up with any last lap heroics like he did last race, a couple car lengths back from anderson scoring the win in the Runner Freight, Flat Foot Trucking, Coldfuss Racing & Fabrication, RF Tire, crate powered, Mad Man Chassis. “We kind of looked it over,” said Anderson who's never turned a lap on the track until hot laps where he nearly wrote off the car when someone spun in front of him. “We race on some tracks like this back home, kind of rough, hammer down, patchy. We had a pretty good idea from the look of it. I waited the first couple laps to see how things would play out. I got beat up a little in traffic at the start, but went for it, missed some wrecks, and took off. It was fun, great track.” “I was planning for the bottom because I started there. It was kind of patchy so you couldn't just flat foot it around. You had to use some finesse. I tried going early and almost ended our night so I backed off and let things sort out. Then I made my charge. I didn't know if someone found the top before I did and got away. When I got enough open space I let my car do what it needed to do.” “The win made the long trip worth it. We had intended to a two day show in Iowa and took vacation time. That got canceled, everything else around us got canceled and the closest IMCA stuff was here in Texas. After our original plan, Waco and Kennedale rained out we looked for another IMCA track and three hours south, here we are. It seemed to pan out for us. We had some bad luck blowing out a couple trailer tires, but it's all worth it. It's all fun.” “As I travel a bit more to race I can kind of judge by seeing the track if it's like another that I have raced back home. Then we use our notes and changes from those tracks. We'll write everything down from here, what we had, what it did. We have a notebook. You can't just 'wing it' anymore. Everyone's so fast in this class. Taking notes and being on top of your game is what it takes to win.” “We go through the names of people at these tracks and look for guys that show up doing well in the results. Everybody down here has been nice and friendly. I love it down here. They've all been willing to help out. I hope we can do the same if they come up and race with us. I've always liked Texas in football and other sports. I get a lot crap for that in Nebraska though.” Cash Bred Off Road IMCA Modifieds 8c Chad Anderson, 29 Jamie Campbell, 82 Rick Green, 94 Chris Morris, 3 Jeremy Davenport, 86 Dillon Tindall, 58 Rowdy Flanagan, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 37x Matt Banker, 137 Bill Pittaway, 125 Jason Borlace---dns IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 82 Rick Green, 8c Chad Anderson, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 137 Bill Pittaway, 29 Jamie Campbell, 3 Jeremy Davenport Heat 2; 86 Dillon Tindall, 94 Chris Morris, 58 Rowdy Flanagan, 37x Matt Banker, 125 Jason Borlace Torres Tops in Sportmod Scramble Johnny Torres(San Antonio) picked up the first win of the season with his new Scott Ball Racing, Alamo Hot Rod Parts, Tator Plumbing, Sundowner Performance Diesel & Truck Repair, All In Designs, Long Run Seamless Gutters, Swenson Racing Shocks, Fletchers Race Engines, IRP Chassis going flag to flag while holding off some stiff competition. Torres was chased throughout the 20-lap feature by Robby Minten after getting the lead when Lawrence Mikulencak clipped an infield tire at the start. Torres missed some good racing behind him on his way to the checkers. As the 20-car field took the green, Torres from the front row, beat L. Mikulencak into turn 1. L. Mikulencak took on an infield tire in turn 2, but kept rolling falling numerous spots. At the end of lap 1 it was Torres, Minten, Cody Leonard, Monty Nichols and Tanner Whitmire in the top five. L. Mikulencak was able to recover and get by Nichols for fifth. Leonard scraped the front stretch wall knocking the blade off the spoiler for an early debris caution. Once back to green L. Mikulrencak went by Whitmire and Leonard for third after going three wide for the spot. An infield tire on the track slowed the action again on lap 5.The green was brief as Marcus Mikulencak spun in turn 3 with Rusty Head going over the turn 3 hill. Finally back under green, Torres holding the point, with Whitmire and Leonard side by side for third and Trevor Egbert making his way, from his seventeenth starting spot, to the top five. At the crossed flags it was Torres, Minten, L. Mikulencak, Leonard and Egbert in the top five. Egbert and Leonard then battled side by side with slight contact before Egbert got the spot bringing Whitmire along to fifth. After a quick caution for a spin by Michael Keylich, L. Mikulencak began pressuring Minten for second. Egbert took advantage of the battle sneaking past L. Mikulencak for third. As Egbert and L. Mikulencak swapped the spot, Whitmire joined the scrap going three wide as the laps wound down. As the white flag waved, Torres had built a little over a half straightaway margin on Minten, a gap he held to the finish line. “Starting on the front row didn't hurt,” explained Torres. “A little bit of luck perhaps. It's not really my kind of track. I knew it was more like Cody Leonards type of track, on the top, on the gas. When I heard he was second on the raceiver under caution once I was a little concerned. I didn't think anyone could get past me if I stayed on the top. I got too tight a few times.” “I figured Lawrence(Mikulencak) would jump me on the start. He's a smart, veteran racer. I saw him slow real fast, so I figured he broke. He probably didn't see that track tire. He's getting up in age.” Torres added jokingly. “This is the third night on this car. It's definitely the best car I've ever driven. It's got a lot of forward bite. If I can just it through the middle of the turns a little better I think I can compete for some(more) wins.” Sport Modifieds 66 Johnny Torres, 24r Robby Minten, 78 Trevor Egbert, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 12 Cody Leonard, 77 Cody Beddoe, bd3 Monty Nichols III, bd2 Eddy Ross, 31 Chase Havely, 55 Rusty Head, 11t Tom Grothues, 9 Larry Lewis, 28m Mason Casteneda, 49k Michael Keylich, 2r Robert Boyd, 55m Mike Morris, 155 Gerald Henderson, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 9 Ray Doyon III, 69c Barry Codling---dns Swenson Racing Products Sport Modified heats Heat 1; 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 24r Robby Minten, 77 Cody Beddoe, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 31 Chase Havely, 2r Robert Boyd, 69c Barry Codling Heat 2; 66 Johnny Torres, 55 Rusty Head, 95 Larry Lewis, bd2 Eddy Ross, 155 Gerald Henderson, 55m Mike Morris, 49k Michael Keylich Heat 3; bd3 Monty Nichols III, 12 Cody Leonard, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 9 Ray Doyon III, 78 Trevor Egbert, 11t Tom Grothues, 28m Mason Casteneda Votion Two For Two Trey Votion(San Antonio) was the only driver to leave the track two-for-two at the start of the season. Votion, who had to make repairs after post-race contact with an infield tire last time out, would go flag to flag in the 15-lapper. The former track champion in his Nogalitos Gear, SRC Performance, Mission Race Engines, Kelly Racing Chassis would build a big lead at the finish. **No tractor tires were harmed after the checkers flew. Votion was first off turn 2 with the lead over Jason Kelly, Quentin Henderson, Rene Mares and Matt Fox. Fox, Mares and Q. Henderson were three wide on lap 1 for third. Bob Henderson was able to get by Q. Henderson for fifth bringing Robby Minten along to sixth. A slowing Jerry Jones brought out a lap 4 yellow. On the restart B. Henderson took fourth from Fox and then dove in too deep on Mares, turning him around on lap 6. Mares got his spot back, B. Henderson to the tail. When green waved again Cody Leonard and Minten both went past Fox and Mares for third and fourth. Leonard, using the top, was able to close the distance on J. Kelly for a bit, then settled in while Fox and Minten battled for fourth. On the final circuit, Votion had nearly a half straightaway advantage on J. Kelly and cruised to the win while Minten edged out Fox for fourth in the final turn. “We'll take this two-for-two start anytime we can get it.” commented Votion. “Can't complain about that. I definitely like starting towards the front. There's less havoc that way. I was trying to see where the car was happy.” “I don't want anything to do with those tractor tires anymore. It was hurt bad. We had a lot of work, replaced a lot of parts. Pretty much everything on the left front. I don't want to do that again. Luckily there was no frame damage. It was just a lot of work getting it set back up again.” “You kind of wonder if you've got everything back exactly right. It's pretty close. I've got a couple more modifications I need to make to get the left front back where it was. It worked.” “Jason(Kelly) and I raced that first lap or two and once I got clear I kept looking. I don't ever hear anyone over my motor so I was looking. I didn't see anybody so I was just running my line and running my race.” Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models 99v Trey Votion, 57 Jason Kelly, 5 Cody Leonard, 9 Robby Minten, 53 Matt Fox, 44 Quentin Henderson, 18 Shawn Moore, 86 Bob Henderson, 15 John Owens, 22 Rene Mares, 95 Jerry Jones, 93 Johnny Torres---dns, 84 Patrick Kelly---dns, 13 Howie Marcx---dns Limited Late Model heats Heat 1; 57 Jason Kelly, 84 Patrick Kelly, 44 Quentin Henderson, 18 Shane Moore, 13 Howie Marcx, 95 Jerry Jones, 93 Johnny Torres---dntg Heat 2; 99v Trey Votion, 53 Matt Fox, 22 Rene Mares, 9 Robby Minten, 86 Bob Henderson, 15 John Owens, 5 Cody Leonard---dntg Jourdanton's Jones Scores Street Slugout Multi-time and defending track champion, Wade Jones, added another win to his impressive total going wire to wire in the rematch between he and Mike Trigg. Not to be overlooked, Chris Shafer joined the group making for a good three-way fight for the win. Jones and Trigg slugged it out for several laps before Jones took control. Shafer joined the scrap after Trigg looked to have a left front suspension issue, but kept on trucking. Jones and Trigg started door to door at the start of the 20-lap feature. That's pretty much the way they stayed the first five laps before Jones finally secured the spot and was able to pull away from Trigg, Shafer, Lynn Fox and Mike Lyon. Just as the lead duo was up on traffic, Douglas Lestourgeon stopped on the back stretch for a yellow. Back to green Trigg may have caught an infield tire and was slow to get going leaving Shafer an opening to snag second. At halfway it was Jones, Shafer, Trigg, Fox and Jason Campbell in the top five. Trigg used the top to briefly retake second from Shafer. With those two now swapping second, Jones put some distance on them. At the two to go mark Jones had stretched out his margin to almost a full straightaway. Jones, in the SABFI Transportation, Opiela Mechanical, Mission Auto Parts, Chevy Camaro easily took the checkers while Shafer and Trigg fought it out to the end with Shafer getting the spot. Dakota Heinaman, the defending Pure Stock champ, debuting a new car, was able to sneak past Dennis Taber at the checkers for fifth. SABFI Transportation Street Stocks 41 Wade Jones, 77 Chris Shafer, 4t Mike Trigg, 14 Lynn Fox, 83 Dakota Heinaman, 23 Dennis Taber jr., 2x Dennis Hilla,18 Shawn Moore, 00 Beau Bukowski, 20c Jason Campbell, 20 Mike Lyon, 2 Wesley Walker, 51 Harold Cope jr.., 27 Douglas Lestourgeon, 69j Jeff Rabedeau---dns Street Stock heats Heat 1; 4t Mike Trigg, 83 Dakota Heinaman, 18 Shawn Moore, 14 Lynn Fox, 20 Jason Campbell, 00 Beau Bukowski, 2 Wesley Walker, 69j Jeff Rabedeau Heat 2; 41 Wade Jones, 77 Chris Shafer, 20 Mike Lyon, 23 Dennis Taber jr., 27 Douglas Lestourgeon, 2x Dennis Hilla, 51 Harold Cope jr---dns Montanio Takes Pure Stock Payday After Tech Clint Montanio(New Braunfels) wasn't first across the line in the time shortened Pure Stock feature, but he walked away with the winners check. Montanio, who lead a couple different laps, trailed Allen Torres to the finish line, but Al. Torres failed tech inspection with an aluminum water pump, so Montanio, in the Old Man Icehouse, Longs Machine Shop powered, Chevy Nova. was awarded the win. Twenty-nine Pure Stocks signed in and were pared down to a 22-car starting field. Caitlin Leonard led the pack off turn 2 at the start pursued by Dustin Hurley, Robert Kelm, Daniel Preston and Al. Torres. After a tangle between Cheryl Gray and Brandy Torres, Kelm got second from Hurley with Montanio, working the top side, looked to go three wide. Montanio was able to take the spot from Kelm and give Leonard a look for the lead. Montanio got the nose out front on lap 3 with Kelm following to second and William Saunders grabbing fourth from Hurley, before spinning a lap later. Kelm got along side Montanio to get the bumper out front on lap 6, but Montanio took the lead back on lap 7. While that duo slugged it out, Al. Torres jumped on both taking the point on lap 8. After a series of cautions Al. Torres, Montanio and Preston eased away from Kelm and Leonard. Another yellow, time limit called. Al. Torres got a jump on Montanio and held on to take the original checkers until failed tech. All in Designs Pure Stocks 09 Clint Montanio, 6 Daniel Preston, 66 Adam Torres, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 48 Robert Kelm, 5 Dillon Gaither, 57 Les Bettis, 98 William Saunders, 15b JW Blocker, 15 William Cavender, 36z George Quintanilla, 11 Noah VanBlarcum, 182 Ben Mikulencak, 40 Dustin Hurley, 21r Eric Ramos, 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 82 Andrew Garcia, bd1 Cheryl Gray, 9s Jarrett Peyton, 28 Jeremie Ross, 88 Brandy Torres, 94 Allen Torres---dq(tech) Pure Stock B-main(top 6 to A-main) 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 5 Dillon Gaither, 82 Andrew Garcia, 21r Eric Ramos, 182 Ben Mikulencak, 11 Noah VanBlarcum, 30 Riley Heil, 44k Katrine Keylich, 7x Janel Duncan, 53 Treyler Caulfield, 92r Robby Keylich, 23t Sean Terry---dns, w28 Joe Martin---dns Pure Stock heats(top 4 to A-main) Heat 1; 9c Caitlin Leonard, 94 Allen Torres, 66 Adam Torres, 57b Les Bettis, 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 5 Dillon Gaither, 182 Ben Mikulencak, 82 Andrew Garcia Heat 2; 40 Dustin Hurley, 09 Clint Montanio, 9s Jarrett Peyton, 15 William Cavender, 21r Eric Ramos, 44k Kathrine Keylich, 92b Robby Keylich Heat 3; 6 Daniel Preston, 15b JW Blocker, bd1 Cheryl Gray, 36z George Quintanilla, 53 Treylor Caulfield, 30 Riley Heil, 11 Noah VanBlarcum Heat 4; 48 Robert Kelm, 98 William Saunders, 88 Brandy Torres, 28 Jeremie Ross, 7x Janel Duncan, w28 Joe Martin, 23t Sean Terry---dns Carter Captures Compact Cash After suffering the dreaded DNS in his last outing, GB Carter(Harlingen) came back with a vengeance leading every lap in the scheduled 20-lap Sport Compact feature. Carter redrew the pole during the meet-n-greet and quickly took command. The race was halted by a red flag when Ronnie Sparks got turned into the front stretch wall and ended up on his lid. He was able to walk away, but was done for the night. Carter led the 20-car field into turn 1 chased by Kirk Ball, Ronnie Schoenfeldt, Jamie Garner and Casey Lowe. Gordon Dowdy made an early move getting around Garner and Lowe for third. Trevor Bettis was also on the march and just as the crossed flags were being shown it was Carter, Ball, Garner, Bettis and Kasey Krauss in the top five. Debris on the track brought out the caution going back to lap 9. On that restart, in the pack, Ryan Frautschi got into Sparks turning him into the wall. Sparks turned over on his roof and spun around before stopping. Coming to the red, Lowe somehow found the wall at the exit of turn 4. Officials called a time limit for a green, white, checker finish. Once back to green Carter hopped away from a side by side battle between Ball and Bettis. Carter, in his Don Wilde Racecraft, Discount Tire, VW Rabbit “Thumper” taking the win unchallenged Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts 77 GB Carter, 38 Kirk Ball, 57 Trevor Bettis, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 23 Kasey Krauss, 14 Brandon McCall, 13t Trey Freideck, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 121 Roy Easler, 65 Caleb Dowdy, 15 Devon Surritt, 69 Levi Hernandez, 8 Lauren Crow, 17 Casey Lowe, 4 Ronnie Sparks, 01 Ryan Frautschi, 33 Jamie Garner, 16 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 74 Breighton Owens, 24 Felipe Ruiz, 16x Bobby Velaquez---dns Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 77 GB Carter, 17 Casey Lowe, 23 Kasey Krauss, 14 Brandon McCall, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 01 Ryan Frautschi, 16x Bobby Velaquez Heat 2; 38 Kirk Ball, 33 Jamie Garner, 65 Caleb Dowdy, 13t Trey Friedeck, 4 Ronnie Sparks, 6p Levi Hernandez, 121 Roy Easler Heat 3; 63 Gordon Dowdy, 16 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 57 Trevor Bettis, 8 Lauren Crow, 15 Devon Surritt, 74 Breighton Owens, 24 Felipe Ruiz Russ Parker Construction Go-Kart feature results Senior Division Faye Bettis, Ryker Hernandez, Hanna Miller Junior Division Peyton Jones, Ruby Bettis, Holden Terry Youth Division Hayes Bettis, Blaine Markgraf, Landon Terry After a week off I-37 Speedway returns to action on April 21th with the Dwraf Car Racing Series of Texas making its debut for the year after getting rained out in March.
  7. I-37 Speedway updates 4/7/18

    Pure Stock heats(top 4 to A-main) Heat 1 9c Caitlin Leonard 94 Allen Torres 66 Adam Torres 57 Les Bettis 58 Cheyloh Brodnax 5 Dillon Gaither 182 Ben Mikulencak 82 Andrew Garcia
  8. POWERi Elite Sprint Series @ 281 Speedway by C&S Promotions, 4/1/18 By JM Hallas Stephenville, TX.,(April 1st, 2018) Sprint car racing on a full moon, what could go wrong. Saturday night 281 Speedway featured the POWERi Elite Spring Series on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt track just north of town. The Elite Sprint Series, part of the Racesaver 305 group, now under the banner of the POWRi Racing Series run non-wing shows throughout Texas. Tonight was the first of three scheduled visits for series at 281 Speedway. The track also features the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sport Mods, Stock Car and Sport Compacts, plus the Street and Factory Stocks on a regular night. Tonight also included a pre-holiday visit from the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt for all the children prior to the racing events. On April 21st 281 Speedway goes nationwide as film crews from the “World's Greatest” TV show set up to produce a segment for their show featuring the track, it's drivers and fans. “World's Greatest,” produced by How 2 Media, has been filming for 12 years highlighting people, places and companies in positive ways. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the track to be exposed all over the country. The episode is scheduled to air on the ION network about 3 months after filming is complete. White Wins by a Wisker Veteran Paul White(Temple) was able to hold off Quinton Benson to take the POWERi Elite Sprint Car main event win, but it wasn't easy. White who jumped into the early lead was trailed by polesitter, Michelle Melton and Benson. Benson was able to get second just before halfway and got a caution to close on White for the restart. Once back to green Benson began looking low on White for the lead. White eventually slipped up off turn 4 and Benson got by, but a caution erased the pass. From then on White hugged the infield tires like a baby with its blanket and was able to hold off one last charge, after a red flag, for the victory. As the 22-car Elite Sprint Car main took the green it was White beating Melton to turn 1. Melton fell in line second with Benson, Kyle Jones and Johnny Miller in tow. As the top three inched away from the field, Chase Parsons trying to make progress on the high side. By lap 8 the lead trio were into traffic with Benson pressuring Melton. At the crossed flags it was White, Benson taking second, Melton, J. Miller and Craig Carroll in the top five. J. Miller would bring out a yellow with a spin in turn 1. On green Benson Benson took a peek low while Carroll got third from Melton. Benson was back the tail tank of White and on lap 13 White went high off turn 4 and Benson jumped on the opening. A spin in turn 4 brought out the yellow and put White back out front. On the restart White held the bottom with Benson giving the middle a look and K. Jones getting third from Melton. Another quick yellow for a spin this time in turn 3 reset the field. As green waved again Melton spun in turn 1 getting clipped by Kenny Elwood and Blake Edwards, who did a 'Tommy tip-over' onto his side for a red flag. Now with a green, white, checker finish Benson had one last shot at White. White got a couple cars lengths on green, but Benson quickly closed the gap. On the last lap Benson tried going high but was unable to make it work as White was first to the checkers. POWERi Elite Sprint Series 1 Paul White, 15b Quinton Benson, 24c Craig Carroll, 04 Kyle Jones, 5r John Ricketts, 34 RJ Miller, 24h Ty Hulsey, 24 Ben Silliker, 6 Christian Moore, 82 Josh Hanna, 52 JD Fry, 57 Chase Parsons, 11 Jake Bland, 30 Davis Jones, 21 Michelle Melton, 55 Kenny Elwood, 54 David Sherry, 36e Blake Edwards, 64j Johnny Miller, 07j Chris Clark, 75 Sam Stockon, 24d Dennis Smith ESS heats Heat 1; 21 Michelle Melton, 24c Craig Carroll, 64j Johnny Miller,24 Ben Silliker, 57 Chase Parsons, 36e Blake Edwards, 11 Jake Bland, 54 David Sherry Heat 2; 04 Kyle Jones, 24h Ty Hulsey, 34 RJ Miller, 24d Dennis Smith, 07j Chris Clark, 30 David Jones, 5r John Ricketts---dns Heat 3; 15b Quinton Benson, 55 Kenny Elwood, 1 Paul White, 6 Christian Moore, 52 JD Fry, 82 Josh Hanna, 75 Sam Stockon Hood Hustles to Modified Main Money McGregor's Brandon Hood took home the hardware in the 20-lap IMCA Modified main. Hood, who was running the bottom, got by early leader Jeffrey Abbey, who was up top, just before halfway. From there Hood in the C&S Promotions, Always Realty, Wade White Trucking, Dwayne Grantham Motorsports, T-10 Fabrication, Grip Pro, F&M Transportation, AAA Rebel, Dowell Motorsports, Sykora Truck & Trailer, Demtrius Carter, five1seven Designs, Pierce Technologies, crate powered, Hoffman Chassis crept away for the win. Abbey, from row 2, got a big run as the green waved on the 12-car main. Despite overshooting the corner Abbey was first to the line with Hardy Henderson, Ryan Childress, Jason Hunter and Hood in pursuit. A lap 1 tangle between TJ Lackey and Daniel Van Haitsma was the races early caution. Hood got by Childress on the restart for fourth then went three wide with Henderson and Hunter for second. On lap 2 Henderson slid up in turn 3 making it three wide off turn 4. PJ Egbert got the worst of that deal when Childress forced him up into the front stretch wall. On the restart Hood got second from Hunter and was looking low for the lead on Abbey. Hood got the nose inside Abbey on lap 4, but couldn't complete the pass. Hood and Abbey then began a lap for lap ballet with Hood in low and Abbey off high maintaining the lead. Abbey finally made a mistake in turn 3 giving Hood the chance to clear coming off turn 4 for the lead. At halfway it was Hood, Abbey, Hunter, Mike McCarthy and Henderson in the top five. Hood then inched ahead of Abbey, who gave the bottom a try to keep up with Hood. The two got away from the third place battle between Hunter, McCarthy and Henderson. The last three laps saw that trio exchange the spot. Up front it was Hood, now by a handful of car lengths, taking the checkers. “The bottom line was where it was at,” replied Hood. “Abbey jumped out there pretty quick. He was a little tight and I knew that I had to be there whenever he made a mistake.' “You've got to be pretty patient when you run against those Abbey boys. They're pretty good, every single one of them. They race you clean and I love racing with them.” “I wasn't too worried once I got out front that anyone was going to made the top work. I just drive my own race. I keep it in my mind to hit mt marks every time and make the car do what I want it to do.” “The two cars I run don't cross over too much on a lot. Each night it does help with knowing the track conditions though. The races aren't usually back to back so it gives you a little to make adjustments for the other car.” IMCA Modifieds 1b Brandon Hood, 37 Jeffrey Abbey, 63 Hardy Henderson, 52 Jason Hunter, 20 Mike McCarthy, 13g David Goode sr., 19m Mike Moore, 81 Ryan Childress, 29 TJ Lackey, 5v Daniel Van Haitsma, 92 Peter DeGrote, 444 PJ Egbert, 13 Jerry Frydrych---dns IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 52 Jason Hunter, 444 PJ Egbert, 13g David Goode sr., 92 Peter DeGrote, 20 Mike McCarthy , 5v Daniel Van Haitsma, 29 TJ Lackey---dns Heat 2; 37 Jeffrey Abbey, 1b Brandon Hood, 63 Hardy Henderson, 19m Mike Moore, 81 Ryan Childress, 13 Jerry Frydrych Burgess Best in Southern Sportmods Nine cars took the IMCA Southern Sportmod feature with Devin Burgess(Stephenville) going flag to flag for the victory. Burgess got the lead as the 15-lap feature fired off followed by Ronnie Bell, Taylor Florio, Tyler Bragg and Tony Sanders. Bragg gave up several spots after a half spin in turn 2. At halfway it was Burgess, Bell, T. Florio, Sanders and Chris Florio in the top five. Bell was trying the top side while Burgess stuck to the bottom as the top three eased away from the four-car battle for fourth. When Bell began giving the bottom a look, T. Florio was able to make a run. As Burgess inched away, Bell and T. Florio ran wheel to wheel. At the checkers it was Burgess in the Stephenville Starter & Electric, Damron Consulting, Solid Rock Lawn & Landscape, Josh Whaley Enterprises, Little Blues Tracking, Dirt Defender, TDF Motorsports, five1seven Designs, Williams Painting, WCH Race Engines, Vato Chassis getting the win with T. Florio edging out Bell for second. “Starting up front was it,” explained Burgess. “Patience. The car felt really good on the bottom. I just rolled around there. I know Ronnie Bell was right there and I could hear him behind me. I never saw his nose though, that was good for me.” “Yes, I wondered about someone getting around me. I know Taylor(Florio) is good and fast over in Waco. Ronnie has multiple wins over here. I think the bottom line was the preferred way to go. That's “Racer 101” protect the bottom.” “After the Sprint Cars put down their rubber we had to change the car up some from what we usually do. My father and father-in-law threw something out there to do something different. We tried it and it worked.” IMCA Southern Sport Mods 64 Devin Burgess, 21t Taylor Florio, 95 Ronnie Bell jr., 481 Tony Sanders, 65 Braydon Wyatt, 21 Chris Florio, 24t Tyler Bragg, 51 Thomas Walp, 26 Richard Walp, 125 Ollie Whitworth---dns, 10b Brock Shirley---dns IMCA SSM heats Heat 1; 64 Devin Burgess, 21t Taylor Florio, 24t Tyler Bragg, 26 Richard Walp, 125 Ollie Whitworth, 10b Brock Shirley---dns Heat 2; 95 Ronnie Bell jr., 21 Chris Florio, 481 Tony Sanders, 65 Braydon Wyatt, 51 Thomas Walp Childs Claims Stock Car Cash After starting near the tail of the 13-car, 15-lap IMCA Stock Car feature, Mike Childs(Hudson Oaks) found himself in the winners circle. As the green waved it was Zach Spillman getting the early lead with Joe O'Bryan, Jamey Huskey, Dennis Bissonette and PJ Egbert in pursuit. Egbert, Huskey and Childs were three wide for third, with Egbert and Childs getting spots. Huskey fell back into another three abreast fight this time with Charles Cosper and Andy Roller. At the midway point it was Spillman, Childs and Egbert getting by O'Bryan, and Cosper in the top five. Childs got a run on the back stretch for the lead while Cosper, Egbert and O'Bryan were three wide. Childs got the top spot on lap 9 as Cosper took third from Roller after Egbert slowed when he threw a belt off. Cosper then took second from Spillman with Roller and O'Bryan door to door as Westin Abbey Abbey joined the fight. With two to go Childs had a few car lengths with Roller, Spillman, Abbey and O'Bryan almost four across for third. At the checkers it was Childs holding his advantage for the win over Cosper with Abbey winning the fight for third IMCA Stock Cars 01 Mike Childs, 33c Charles Cosper, 12 Westin Abbey, 13 Joe O'Bryan, 63 Andy Roller, 44z Zach Spillman, 1b Brandon Hood, 6c Caleb Crenshaw, 07d Dennis Bissonette, 26 Jamey Huskey, 22 Justin Weirenga, 8 Vernon Owens, 44 PJ Egbert I-Stock heats Heat 1; 07d Dennis Bissonette, 12 Weson Abbey, 44z Zach Spillman, 26 Jamie Huskey, 6c Caleb Crenshaw, 01 Mike Childs, 8 Vernon Owens Heat 2; 14 Joe O'Bryan, 33c Charles Cosper, 63 Andy Roller, 44 PJ Egbert, 1b Brandon Hood, 22 Justin Wierenga The 13-car IMCA Sport Compact feature saw Julia Childs grab the early lead chased by Scott Newberry, Phelan Bukoski, Harold Clifton and James Lochaby. Newberry moved along side Childs for the lead while Bukoski and Clifton were door to door for third. Newberry got ahead of Childs for the top spot on lap 3. The two continued to fight it out wheel to wheel with Lochaby and Clifton now fighting for third. Newberry used slower traffic to finally shake Childs and build a lead out to a half straightaway as the laps wound down. Newberry took the checkers with a comfortable lead over Childs. IMCA Sport Compacts 11s Scott Newberry, 02 Julia Childs, 99 James Lochaby, 47c Harold Clifton, 78 Phelan Bukoski, 11h Harold Watson, 5b Danny White, 39t James Morehead, 88b Bobby Morehead, 18 Jeff Tolar, 01 Pamela Wiseant, 10w Clifton Wisenant, 45 Brian Bagent, 13 Dakota Dees---dns, 59 Rick Saupp---dns, 4 Bill Hall---dns IMCA Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 02 Julia Childs, 10w Clifton Wisenant, 45 Brian Bagent, 11h Harold Watson, 5b Danny White, 39t James Morehead, 59 Rick Saupp, 4 Bill Hall Heat 2;11s Scott Newberry, 14 Dakota Dees, 47c Harold Clifton, 78b Phelan Bukowski, 99 James Lochaby, 01 Pamela Wisenant, 18 Jeff Toler, 88d Bobby Morehead Ricky Braddock swept the night in the Street Stocks taking the heat win, then going wire to wire in the 15-lap feature. Braddock was trailed early by Jeff Tito and Andrew Garcia. Wade White made a charge but slid too high and bounced off the wall. By halfway Braddock had a full straightaway margin over Garcia with Tito, Mike Kelly and Ritchie Robins three wide for third. At the checkers it was Braddock by nearly a half track getting the win. Street Stocks 56 Ricky Braddock, 9 Andrew Garcia, 68 Wade White, 5 Mike Kelly, 58 Ritchie Robins, 81t Jeff Tito, 39b Billy Rupert---dns, 96 Terry Keenan---dns Street Stock heat Heat 1; 56 Ricky Braddock, 5 Mike Kelly, 58 Ritchie Robins, 81t Jeff Tito, 68 Wade White, 9 Drew Garcia, 96 Terry Keenan, 39b Billy Rupert Grant Wollam grabbed the early lead in the 15-car, 20-lap Factory Stock feature. Wollam was chased by Sam Spadaro, Shelbi Baker, Jeff Blackwood and Terry Dumas at the start. Dumas got by Blackwood for fourth followed by Anthony Simcik to fifth. Dumas then went three wide with Spadaro and Baker to get second. Spadaro didva 360 and kept going with Blackwood, Leroy Barnard and Ricky Sheepard spinning to miss for a lap 4 caution. On the restart Joe O'Bryan was able to get third from Baker when Chris Logan brought out a caution. Once back to green, Ryan Powers, coming from the back, went three wide with O'Bryan and Baker, taking third. At the mid-point the top 3 were checking out while O'Bryan, Dennis Bissonette and Simcik battled for fourth. Wollam then built a good gap back to Dumas, Poweres and O'Bryan who broke free from his battle. Powers was able to take second in the waning laps, but it was Wollam going flag to flag for victory. Factory Stocks 26 Grant Wollam, r12 Ryan Powers, 14 Joe O'Bryan, 33k Shelbi Baker, 44 Anthony Simcik, 96 James Bailey, 33 Sam Spadaro, 26x Leroy Barnard, 488 Jeff Blackwood, 55d Terry Dumas, 5L Chris Logan, 13 Melissa Bailey, 818 Dennis Bissonette, 51r Ricky Sheppard, 04 Justin Boyd Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 14 Joe O'Bryan, 44 Anthony Simcik, 488 Jeff Blackwood, 818 Dennis Bissonette, 33k Shelbi Baker, 51jr Ricky Sheppard, 26x Leroy Barnard Heat 2; 33 Sam Spadaro, 55d Terry Dumas, 26 Grant Wollam, 04 Justin Boyd, 13 Melissa Bailey, 5L Chris Logan, r12 Ryan Powers
  9. IMCA Modified heats Heat 1 52 Jason Hunter 444 PJ Egbert 13g David Goode sr 92 Peter DeGrote 20 Mike McCarthy 5v Daniel Van Haitsma 29 TJ Lackey---dns
  10. Points Season Starts at I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 3/24/18 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(March 24th, 2017) After having a non-points opener was swept by Mother Nature two weeks ago, it was time for the first points race of the year. The weather couldn't have been better as 110 drivers and teams signed in to do battle on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt oval just outside Pleasanton. The points season opener featured the six regular classes at the track, plus the kids Go-Karts. (Cash Bred Off Road IMCA Modifieds, Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds, Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models, SABFI Transportation Street Stocks, All In Design Pure Stocks, Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts and Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts.) Who would take opening nights win? Would it defending champions, Talon Minten(Modifieds, Sport Modifieds), Frank Okruhlik(Limited Late Models), Wade Jones(Street Stock), Dakota Heinaman(Pure Stocks), Robert Kelm(Sport Compacts) or either of the three Go-Kart class champs, Blaine Markgraf(Youth), Ryker Hernandez(Senior) and Peyton Jones(Junior). Or would it be bridesmaid young gun Cody Leonard, who finished last year second in points in three different classes. With Okruhlik semi-retired and Kelm moving up in class, two classes are guaranteed new champions by the end of the season. New for this season is pay out for heat races. Using their new transponder system the track will take the top three fastest drivers in the heat races(combined). A little extra cash never hurts the racing budget. Last Lap Pass Nets Campbell Cash To say Jamie Campbells(Adkins) road to the winners circle was eventful might be an understatement. Campbell, who started eighth, got clipped in a grinding lap 3 crash taking some extensive body damage to the car. Then, while running third, he narrowly escaped contact with defending champ, Talon Minten who spun directly in his path. That caution, the fifth of the night, saw officials call for a green, white, checker finish on time limit. Race-long leader at the time, Dillon Tindall got a good restart, but Campbell on the top side, quickly closed back in. On the white flag lap they were side by side going into turn 3. Campbell used the momentum off the high line to edge out Tindall at the line by about a bumper to steal the win. At the start of the scheduled 20-lapper, Tindall from the pole was first into turn 1 trailed by Mike Morris, Rowdy Flanagan, Bill Pittaway and Minten. Minten quickly moved up to third while Morris was looking high on Tindall for the lead. In the pack, Chris Carroll and Pittaway made contact starting a hard, chain reaction crash on the front stretch that involved five cars. On the restart Minten got by Morris for second, while Campbell was making his charge. Tindall was pressured from Minten until Morris began hounding Minten for second. In the meantime Campbell was closing until a series of yellows slowed the action. Once back to green Campbell got by Morris for third with the top three now nose to tail. Just as they reached halfway, Minten spun in turn 2. Campbell barely slipped past, but Morris wasn't so lucky and slid into Minten taking off the right side sheet metal. Now, with the time limit called, it was two laps to go. As green waved Tindall inched out while Rick Green moved up to third. Campbell, in the aplusboats.com, Swenson Racing Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, Mission Auto Parts, JP Speed Secrets, All in Designs, Karls Performance Crate Killer, 09 Dirt Works Chassis then jumped top side to get his last lap run for the win on Tindall. “That was pretty cool,” explained Campbell on his last lap pass. “I've done it here before but it's been a long time. It means a lot because I struggled so much last year with this car. Especially on the dry slick tracks. We worked on it over the winter, did some testing, went to other tracks and stumbled on some stuff that's working good.” “Going down the back straightaway under caution I motioned to Don Banker and he gave me the thumbs up after taking some damage. So I told myself we're going racing. After the said green, white, checker on that last caution I knew it was time to go.” “I had to miss Talon(Minten), when he spun in front of me, by only inches on the right rear. I was running just a bit lower than he was entering the corner so I cleared him. I had to run the bottom early because everyone was on the top. I thought I was faster on top, but never got a chance to run it.” Cash Bred Off Road IMCA Modifieds 29 Jamie Campbell, 86 Dillon Tindall, 82 Rick Green, 58 Rowdy Flanagan, 16 Landon Bednarz, 377 Donald Banker, 137 Bill Pittaway, 18 Sonny Weaver, 14t Talon Minten, 47 Brandon Lawrence, 15 Chris Carroll, 125 Jason Borlace---dns IMCA Modified heats(top 5 redraw) Heat 1; 86 Dillon Tindall, 15 Chris Carroll, 377 Donald Banker, 58 Rowdy Flanagan, 47 Brandon Lawrence, 125 Jason Borlace---dns Heat 2; 29 Jamie Campbell, 3 Jeremy Davenport, 14t Talon Minten, 82 Rick Green, 137 Biull Pittaway, 18 Sonny Weaver, 16 Landon Bednarz Leonard Limps to Sport Modified Money Young gun Cody Leonard(Corpus Christi) started his 2018 season adding another win to his impressive, young total. It wasn't without some suspense as the rear end began to make some noise in the waning laps. In a race that went green to checkers, Leonard built a good margin on Talon Minten to get the win. After the race Leonard had the yoke and flange break off the input shaft while trying exit the track. Eighteen cars took the green in the Sport Modified feature with T. Minten taking the lead followed by Leonard, Monty Nichols, Johnny Torres and Cody Beddoe. Torres and Beddoe both got by Nichols for third and fourth before beginning their own person battle swapping the spot nearly lap for lap. Up front Leonard was now putting the heat on T. Minten for the lead. Leonard, using the top, was able go around T. Minten on lap 7 for the lead. At the crossed flags it was Leonard, T. Minten, Beddoe, Torres and JJ Jennings in the top five. As the laps clicked off Leonard increased his lead with Jennings, Hunter Flanagan and Marcus Mikulencak joining the Beddoe-Torres scrap for third. That quintet had a spirited battle the final five laps with positions changing at almost every corner. At the head of the class it was Leonard in his CD Electric, KR Compressors, Swenson Racing Shocks, Ace Transmission, Duct Tape Wraps by Cody, Wells Racing Engines, 09 Express Chassis first to the finish line. Behind him, Torres held on to third while Beddoe dropped two spots. “I was running the bottom because I knew it was dominant in the heat.” commented Leonard. “I ran the bottom at the start of the feature. I wasn't making any progress and went to the top knowing there was a little moisture. I was making a little progress and stayed up there to get by them.” “Once I figured it out I knew the top would be the way to go. It was just matter if someone could figure it out better than I did and run me down. I knew the top was dominant so I just waited to see.” “With three or four laps to go, I'd go into the corner, tap the brakes and I could feel the rear end start chattering. So I knew something was about to let go. Luckily we didn't have a caution or go an extra lap because it would have been done for. That must a custom 40-lap rear end because we ran Edna(TRP) with it too.” “I don't know about championships. We just kind of run the season as it comes. Right now my plans are running the Sport Mod and Dan Shroat's Limited Late Model. We may have the Modified ready to be here about mid-season. We're going to try the Super Late Model(STLMS) a bit. If we can do good with them we may start traveling. Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds 12 Cody Leonard, 2 Talon Minten, 66 Johnny Torres, 26g JJ Jennings, 58c Hunter Flanagan, 77 Cody Beddoe, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, bd2 Eddy Ross, 31 Chase Havely, 28m Mason Casteneda, 11t Tom Grothues, 55 Rusty Head, 24r Robby Minten, bd3 Monty Nichols III, 21r Eric Ramos, 95 Larry Lewis, 24 Jim Blevins, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak Sport Modified heats Heat 1; 66 Johnny Torres, bd3 Monty Nichols III, 24r Robby Minten, 31 Chase Havely, 95 Larry Lewis, 11t Tom Grothues Heat 2; 2 Talon Minten, 12 Cody Leonard, 58c Hunter Flanagan, bd2 Eddy Ross, 28m Mason Casteneda, 21r Eric Ramos Heat 3; 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 77 Cody Beddoe, 26g JJ Jennings, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 24 Jim Blevins, 55 Rusty Head Votion Victorious, Then Finds Tractor Tire Multi-time track champion Trey Votion(San Antonio), who missed last years season opener costing him the championship for 2017, took a step in retaking his title. Votion worked his way up from his fourth starting spot grabbing the lead early from Jason Kelly. Votion would start to ease away for the win. After the checkers he also became the second driver to have problems after the checkers when he hit an infield trying to avoid a slower car. The 13-car, 20-lap feature saw Landon Farquer take the point early but before a lap was complete Farquer slowed scattering the pack. Votion spun himself off turn 3 to avoid contact. On the second start Jason Kelly took the lead chased by Patrick Kelly, Votion, Robby Minten and Howie Marcx. Coming from the back, Cody Leonard found the top groove and was sailing towards the front, clearly the fastest car on track at the time. At halfway it Votion, P, Kelly, J. Kelly and Leonard side by side for third, with Minten and Aaron Leddy door to door for fifth. With five to go Votion was easing away with P. Kelly slowed in traffic. Coming to two to go Votion had built a good full straight lead being committed to the bottom while P. Kelly explored the middle and Leonard was still up top. At the checkers it was Votion in his Nogalitos Gear, SRC Performance, Mission Race Engines, Kelly Racing Chassis getting the victory. Admitting he missed the checkered flag, Votion, still on the gas, clouted a track tire trying to miss a slower car. “I hope this will be my year again, That's the plan,” said Votion. “It hurt us not making a couple races last year. Still was decent coming in third, but we hope to do better this year. The track was about the same, top and bottom. So I was just trying to go where they weren't. The car was working really good right up until the time I hit the tire.” “I had no idea how fast Cody(Leonard) was around the top. I played with the top a little at first, it didn't seem much better, to my car anyway. Once it opened up I just kept running the bottom. I went to the middle a little. In those lapped cars I was expecting someone to come around on top. I knew there was some grip up there. I get in a zone where the car is working good and I stay there. The car is pretty neutral.” “Well I can check that one off my bucket list. Wrecking after the checkers. I never saw the checkers come out. I was just trying to get by a lapped car. I thought we were still racing. I'd have never done that if I had known the race was over.” Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models 99v Trey Votion, 84k Patrick Kelly, 5 Cody Leonard, 93 Aaron Leddy, 57 Jason Kelly, 43 Robby Minten, 13 Howie Marcx, 53x Matt Fox, 18 Shane Moore, 15 Ron Sprayue, 22 Rene Mares, 44q Quentin Henderson, 78 Landon Farquer, 22t Tommy Grimes---dns Limited Late Model heats Heat 1; 99v Trey Votion, 78 Landon Farquer, 13 Howie Marcx, 18 Shane Moore, 53x Matt Fox, 22 Rene Mares Heat 2; 84k Patrick Kelly, 57 Jason Kelly, 43 Robby Minten, 93 Aaron Leddy, 44q Quentin Henderson, 5 Cody Leonard, 22t Tommy Grimes...dns Trigg Tops in Street Stocks Anytime Mike Trigg(San Antonio) shows up with grocery-getter station wagon, he's always a threat to win. So it was tonight as Trigg in his 'Shaggin Wagon' Willie Cotton Race Engines, Snyper Chassis easily out-distancing the field to get the win over defending and multiple time track champion Wade Jones. Trigg jumped out front on green but before a lap was complete Sterling Tausch pounded the front stretch wall. On the next start Trigg again got the lead with Jones, Shawn Moore, Lynn Fox and Mike Lyon in pursuit. After a quick caution Trigg and Jones broke away but yellow waved when Moore got hung up with Dennis Hilla coming from the hot pits. As Trigg and Jones checked out, Fox, Lyon and Jason Campbell battled for third. At the midway point Jones slipped in turn 2 loosing ground to Trigg and allowing Fox to close, while Campbell and Lyon swapped fourth. As the white was shown Trigg had over a full straight advantage on Jones cruising on to the victory. (sadly this interview digressed quickly thanks to Mike the class comedian. the replay was just as funny as the original. we finally struggled through a legit one.) “A good starting,” commented Trigg. “It's a proven car. The track was pretty slick. We're getting closer. We struggled here in the past to get the balance on the car. It's getting better every time we show up. I'm still running the old rules package, at some point I'm going to have to change.” “We don't ever stop looking for more. You can't. It's a performance deal. Guys are going to do better and we have to keep up. I don't want to get behind. I really enjoy racing here, they do a fantastic job. I'm just not a 'points guy'. Never have been or will be. If they're paying big money somewhere, I'll go.” “This is the same car we've had for four years. You never stop lovin' on it and rubbin' on it.” SABFI Transportation Street Stocks 4t Mike Trigg, 41 Wade Jones, 14 Lynn Fox, 20c Jason Campbell, 20 Mike Lyon, 2 Wesley Walker, 2x Dennis Hilla, 18 Shawn Moore, 23 Dennis Taber jr., 95s Sterling Tausch, 82 Dwayne Markgraf Street Stock heats Heat 1; 41 Wade Jones, 18 Shawn Moore, 20c Jason Campbell, 23 Dennis Taber jr., 82 Dwayne Markgraf , 2x Dennis Hilla Heat 2; 4t Mike Trigg, 14 Lynn Fox, 20 Mike Lyon, 95 Sterling Tausch, 2 Wesley Walker Torres Tops in Pure Stocks Sporting a new car for 2018, Allen Torres(San Antonio) showed it off in fine fashion. It took three tries for Al. Torres to get the lead from Sean Ward as twice the pass was erased due to untimely cautions. Once out front Al. Torres had to fend off Ward, Daniel Preston and a late charge from Aaron Leddy to secure the victory. Ward fired off first as green waved on the 25-car, 20-lap feature. Behind Ward were, Al. Torres, Preston, Sport Compact track champ Robert Kelm and Clint Montanio. Preston and Al. Torres were side by side for second and catching Ward. Preston looked low, while Al. Torres tried the top. Al. Torres got the nose out front, but a caution took away the pass. On the restart Al. Torres again got a run, this time low, on Ward getting by for the lead, but again a yellow erased the pass. Once back to green flag racing Al. Torres finally got the pass to stick getting the lead on lap 6. This left Ward and Preston door to door with Kelm looking for a third lane. At halfway it was Al. Torres, Preston, Ward, Kelm and Leddy in the top five. Leddy, Kelm and Preston were three wide for third a lap later which would become second after a Ward spin through the infield. Leddy was able to get second from Kelm. Al. Torres got a scare as George Quintanilla half spun in turn 4 directly in front the leaders. This allowed Leddy to close up and pressure Al. Torres in the Allens 24/7 Towing, crate powered, Swenson Chassis, Chevelle who held on for the checkers. “Patience and smooth driving was the key tonight,” replied Torres. “I just stuck to my line and stayed near the top. It was kind of tacky up there and it worked for me. I definitely had some concerns with this being a new car.” “One time I saw someone stick their nose inside me. Aaron pulled up next to me at the end of the race. I knew I was driving too soft. So I needed to get on it.” All In Designs Pure Stocks 94 Allen Torres, 93 Aaron Leddy, 48 Robert Kelm, 6 Daniel Preston, 09 Clint Montanio, 90 Kenneth Wright, 66 Adam Torres, 91 Johnny Westfall, 98 William Saunders, bd1 Cheryl Gray, 8 Robert Danielson, 9s Jarrett Payton, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 88 Brandy Torres, 19m Mike Horelka, 889 Sean Ward, 36 George Quintanilla, 44k Kathrine Keylich, 57b Les Bettis, 28 Jeremy Ross, 53 Treyler Caulfield, 18r Chris Vincent, 15 William Cavender, 82 Andrew Garcia, 7x Janel Duncan, 5 Dillon Gaither---dns Pure Stock heats Heat 1; 48 Robert Kelm, 90 Kenneth Wright, 66 Adam Torres, 28 Jeremy Ross, 44k Kathrine Keylich, 36z George Quinanilla, 88 Brandy Torres Heat 2; 94 Allen Torres, 6 Daniel Preston, 93 Aaron Leddy, 19m Mike Horelka, 9s Jarrett Peyton, 15 William Cavender, 18r Chris Vincent---dns Heat 3; 889 Sean Ward, 09 Clint Montanio, 91 Johnny Westphal, bd1 Cheryl Gray, 82 Andrew Garcia, 7x Janel Duncan Heat 4; 5 Dillon Gaither, 57b Les Bettis, 98 William Saunders, 8 Robert Danielson, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 53 Treyler Caulfield Garner Grabs Sport Compact Green Jamie Garner(Cibilo) used lapped traffic to his advantage to get the lead from Brandon McCall in the waning laps of the 20-lap Sport Compact feature. Garner almost got hung up himself by slower cars but was able to keep McCall in his rear view to take the win. The 17-car main, usually very eventful, went green to checkers in a strange twist. McCall got out front early with Kirk Ball, Garner, Charles Earnhardt and Trevor Bettis in his wake. As McCall inched ahead Ball and Garner had their own race for second while Earnhardt gave up spots to Kasey Krauss and Bettis. At the mid point McCall had a nice lead while Ball and Garner continued to see who the wind(pun intended) would blow into second, Bettis and Earnhardt completed the top five. Once Garner broke away from Ball, McCall got slowed by a lapped car. Garner took advantage with a run to take over the top spot on lap 17. The lead duo again caught slower cars on the final lap but McCall wasn't able to capitalize as Garner in the AustinVeedub.com, Rachel Plant Picture Taker. Sirocco grabbed the win. “That's the same car I hit the wall with last year. It still scares me,” said Garner. “It takes a little bit to figure out where to go on this track. I'm used to asphalt where you try to hit the same spot all the time. With dirt racing I'm figuring out you have to go all over the place. It's crazy.” “The traffic is definitely how I got the lead. Then they were in front of me and I thought someone would come back around me. There was no picking a line then. It was just trying to get through those guys. I knew that Brandon(McCall) was on me. That was a heck of a race. For every race I win there's ten I crash and burn” “I'd like to thank Brown Chevrolet for sponsoring our class, my crew, my car owner and all the people that help us get this done. Sport Compacts 33 Jamie Garner, 14 Brandon McCall, 57 Trevor Bettis, 38 Kirk Ball, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 16 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 13t Trey Friedeck, 17 Casey Lowe, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 121 Roy Easler, 23 Kasey Krauss, 24 Felipe Ruiz, 65 Caleb Dowdy, 01 Ryan Frautschi, 8 Lauren Crow, 4 Ronnie Sparks, 16x Bobby Velaquez, 77 GB Carter---dns Brown Chevrolet Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 57 Trevor Bettis, 38 Kirk Ball, 23 Kasey Krauss, 13t Trey Friedeck, 01 Ryan Frautschi, 24 Felipe Ruiz Heat 2; 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 77 GB Carter, 16 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 16x Bobby Velaquez Heat 3; 65 Caleb Dowdy, 39 Charles Earnhardt III, 17 Casey Lowe, 121 Roy Easler, 4 Ronnie Sparks, 8 Lauren Crow---dntg Russ Parker Construction Go Kart features Senior Ryker Hernandez Hanna Miller Faye Bettis Junior Peyton Jones Ruby Bettis Sterling Youth Hayes Bettis Blaine Markgraf Berkley Keylich The next scheduled race is April 7th with all six classes, plus the kids Go-Karts providing a full slate of racing. For more info visit www.i37speedway.com or the track facebook page.
  11. Street Stock heats Heat 1 41 Wade Jones 18 Shawn Moore 20 Jason Campbell 23 Dennis Taber jr 82 Dwayne Markgraf 2x Dennis Hilla
  12. OFAA and SHRA Nitro Jam at San Antonio Raceway, plus SSS Bracket Race, 3/17/18 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(March 17th, 2018) Happy St. Patricks Day. Though green and racecars have supposedly never gone together. San Antonio Raceway hosted the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association and Southwest Heritage Racing Association version of Nitro Jam featuring the nitro-burning Fuel Altereds, Dragsters, Funny Cars, plus Nostalgia Super Stocks racing in their own timed categories. The Alkydigger Nostalgia Eliminator 1(4.65) N.E. 2(5.00) and N.E. 3(5.50), all +/- .05, while OFAA are a heads up class. Defending SHRA champions are Tommy Drozd(NE1), Bruce Dodson(NE2) Doug Morrison(NE3) and Ronnie Smith(Super Stock), Nick Poloson was the OFAA champion. Also scheduled was a round of IHRA Summit Super Series bracket racing. After several earlier tries postponed by rain, some during the race or qualifying, the local bracket racers are itchy to get their first win of the season on the 1/8 mile, strip just outside of San Antonio. The partly cloudy conditions kept the track temperatures down to near the ideal range, but twice during the day a shower would delay the action. The only major incident was Donny Massey, whose engine decided to disassemble itself at the 330' mark. Despite Massey wearing his diaper, parts and oil were slung all the way through the top end. Several timing blocks also suffered some injury, but cars and drivers were alright. Outlaw Fuel Altered Association After paring from qualifying, round 1 of 'Chicago Style' eliminations would take the top two quickest cars into the finals. Oddly enough it was a pair of cars that both ran 3.82 in eliminations pitting Jimmy Jones(Texas Tremor) and A. Morrow(Nitro Relapse) against one another in the finals. Jones clicked off another 3.80 run to take the win over Morrow at 4.06 Alkydigger Nostagia Eliminator 1 The NE1 finals was a match up between the altered of 2017 SHRA champ, Drozd and the slingshot dragster of Keith Zimmerer. Zimmerer had a slight edge at the start but Drozd was able to run him down, without breaking out, to secure the win. Tommy Drozd(.051) 4.667 @ 140.93 defeats Keith Zimmerer(.030) 4.724 @ 144.32 Alkydigger Nostalgia Eliminator 2 It was Jason Scott, in his Altered and Jeff Cameron, in the Dooley & Sons Hot Rod Shop, Austin Panel Truck paired up for the NE2 finals. Cameron put a .003 light on Scott and that was the difference as Scott outran Cameron, but lost on the holeshot. Jeff Cameron(.003) 5.143 @ 133.85 defeats Jason Scott(.074) 5.096 @ 132.24 Alkydigger Nostalgia Eliminator 3 The NE3 finals saw a local racer going head to head with a SHRA regular. Former SAR track Champion Ryan McDonnell, in his San Antonio Hydro Graphix, 23 Ford Altered left on the defending champion Morrison, who ran the index number, to get the victory by the holeshot. Ryan McDonnell(.081) 5.553 @ 115.92 defeats Doug Morrison(.157) 5.502 @ 122.58 Nostalgia Super Stocks The Super Stock finals was a Chevy vs. Dodge match up with Doug Watkins in his Chevelle against Vic Corlett in his Dodge Dart. Watkins was wheels up first on green then was only a bit his dial in to take the victory over Corlett. Doug Watkins(6.41) 6.480 @ 91.71 defeats Vic Corlett(6.73) 6.975 @ 98.88 Summit Super Series bracket racing Electronics(Box) In the Electronics(Box) finals it was Mike Atkinson(Cibolo) going head to head with Brian Wenske(Cedar Creek). Both left with nearly identical reaction times, but it was Atkinson in his 1990 Dodge Daytona running his number to take home the hardware over Wenske in his Altered Roadster. Mike Atkinson(5.47) 5.477 @ 124.69 defeats Brian Wenske(5.53) 5.583 @ 122.22 Atkinson took out Jeremy Wenske, Matt Esper, Jeff Rabedeau, Greg Meuth and Rick Shafer. B. Wenske trailered Brandon Bass, Kenneth Hillin, D. Smith, Wes Bendele and got a bye into the finals. Foot Brake(No-box) The Foot Brake(No-box) class never made it to the finals and was a first for me. Five drivers, either due to lateness of the race or four men afraid to race a woman(LOL), opted to split everything and not even run. The quintet co-winners were Laurie Vontour(San Antonio), Mac Garcia(San Antonio), Gene Herbold(Seguin), Gabriel Hernandez(San Antonio) and Mad Mike(Pleasanton) on his motorcycle. Street The Street final saw experience against youth as Paul Gaspard in his G&G Performance, Dodge Dart went to battle with teenager, Shelby Spencer in her GMC Pick-up. Both were slow on the tree but Gaspard(Marion) got the slight advantage and ran his number while Spencer(New Braunfels) broke out trying to run him down. Paul Gaspard(7.25) 7.257 @ 95.95 defeats Shelby Spencer(10.03) 10.025 @ 74.70 Gaspard bested Rhett Floyd, Brandon Spain and had a round 1 bye. Spencer got a round 3 bye and beat V. Hernandez and Floyd. Jr. Dragster It was an all girl final for the Jr. Dragsters pitting Jessika Jackson(Kyle) with Audrey Wenske(Bacliff) in a round 1 rematch that was taken by Jackson. Wenske, in her Halfscale Chassis pretty much got the win off the tree putting .800th in the bank on Jackson's 2001 Hayden Chassis. Wenske was closer on her number to secure the victory. Audrey Wenske(8.90) 8.962 @ 71.21 defeats Jessika Jackson(8.59) 8.780 @ 77.03 Wenske beats Slate Crisp in round 1 with Jackson getting by Carlos DeLeon.
  13. Cotton Bowl Speedway Season Opener, 3/10/18 By JM Hallas Paige, TX.,(March 10th, 2018) Under new management. At the end of the 2017 racing season the future of Cotton Bowl Speedway was up in the air after the Bennett family stepped away as promoters. In December MAN Racing Promotion announced they were taking over the job as promoter. Mary Ann Naumann, a former racer herself and husband H.E. Naumann, another racer, have adequate experience in the racing field. MAN Racing Promotion introduced the Texas Super Racing Series, a Late Model series that ran the pavement tracks for seven years before being blended into the Thunder Hill Raceway schedule. For fourteen years MAN Racing Promotion was in charge of activities at the 3/8 mile, D-shaped, paved oval, just outside of Austin. Now the group will run and coordinate racing on one of the newer, finer facilities, Cotton Bowl Speedway, a 3/8 mile, semi-banked, dirt track about a half hour east of Austin. A 17-race schedule is slated for the 2018 season, while trying to work with other regional dirt tracks. A World of Outlaws Sprint Car race had been the proposed opener in February, but weather postponed the event until April 25th. The track will run six local classes, IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods and Stock Cars along with Street and Factory Stocks, plus Sport Compacts. The 360 Sprint Bandit Series, Southern Late Model Series and Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas also have dates on the schedule. Tomlinson Tallies Two for Weekend After scoring a Friday night win at Heart o' Texas Speedway, Eric Tomlinson(Waco) capped off a successful weekend picking up the IMCA Modified feature win Saturday. Tomlinson, who started mid-pack, found a line on the bottom that suited his set up and methodically worked his way to the front where Rob Slott and Jeff Hoegh had been battling for the lead. Tomlinson took control a little before halfway with Hoegh, Slott, Dalton Knox and Raymond McSpadden in the top five at the midway point. As the race wound down, Tomlinson built a lead while McSpadden was able to find the bottom to his liking, moving into the top three. At the checkers it was Tomlinson in the Waco Motorsports, Southwest Maintenance, NateMare Wraps, BG Products, Precision Machine, TDS Suspension, Penske Shocks, Friesen crate powered, BMS Chassis with the win. “I had a little luck early,” replied Tomlinson. “I started on the bottom and knew it was going to be heavy and fast around the top. We tightened it up and were kind of committed to being down there. We were going to be in trouble if it didn't work. It took off and we got some breaks. I could really charge the bottom. It would turn in and pull up out of there just like we wanted.” “I just had to dial a lot of brake into it. You carry so much speed here for such tight turns. So you have to find a balance to keep it tight enough to turn, but free enough to get through the center. We left it free from last night, put front brake in it, changed a little stagger and hoped it would turn.” “I was planning on running to make something happen down there, but wasn't expecting to have to have to do it all night. I was prepared to run down there a handful of laps then look at jumping to the top. I thought the top was the place to be, but I had gotten to front on the bottom. No one was challenging me, so I just stuck with it.” “We learned some things at the end of last season on the car and went to the Super Nationals and learned some more things there. This old BMS hot rod is pretty impressive right now.” IMCA Modifieds 45t Eric Tomlinson, 97j Jeff Hoegh, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 7g David Goode jr., 63 Hardy Henderson, 48rob Rob Slott, 9 Pat McGuire, 94 Chris Morris, 163 Jake Henderson, 13g David Goode sr., 29 Jamie Campbell, 81 Ryan Childress, 89t Danny Turner, 87d Dalton Knox, 37x Matt Banker, 01 Derek Scott jr., 5 Kevin Green, 02j John Evans---dntg, 13 Jerry Frydrych---dns, 86 Dillon Tindall---dns IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 97j Jeff Hoegh, 86 Dillon Tindall, 45t Eric Tomlinson, 63 Hardy Henderson, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 9 Pat McGuire, 02j John Evans Heat 2; 48rob Rob Slott, 87 Dalton Knox, 7g David Goode jr., 5 Kevin Green, 13g David Goode sr., 13 Jerry Frydrych, 37x Matt Banker Heat 3; 94 Chris Morris, 163 Jake Henderson, 01 Derek Scott jr., 81 Ryan Childress, 89t Danny Turner, 29 Jamie Campbell Blaylock Best in Sportmod Bash Brandon Blaylock(Pflugerville) was best of the bunch in the IMCA Southern Sportmods going wire to wire for the win. Blaylock, in his electric yellow wrapped IRP Chassis was chased throughout the 20-lapper by Mike Wagner. JJ Jennings joined the fight for a while until being sidelined with problems. At the crossed flags it was Blaylock, Wagner, Jennings, Will Carter and Johnny Torres edging out Trevor Egbert for fifth. Even a late race caution, for a Robert Carson spin, just as the checkers were about to fly couldn't stop Blaylock. On the green, white, checker restart Blaylock got clear of Wagner while Torres and Carter slugged it for third. Blaylock had a few car lengths at the line in his Monster Energy, Haul Max of Texas, TW Tire, Showtime Signs & Designs, RL Walker Transport, Century-Neuro, Superior Steering Wheels, Rhino Racing, Rear Ends, Spicewood Spine Care, Plant Built Body Building Team, Fletchers Race Engines, IRP Chassis. “I'd say luck had a little to do with it.” commented Blaylock. “I drew the front row twice, that was pretty fortunate. They did a good job out here. The way the track was, it was just starting spot luck. Suspension and set up had very little to do with it tonight. It was more about the Fletchers Race Engine power than anything.” “It sounded like someone was on me all the time. This is the first time using these type headers and they echo down the straightaway. I actually almost spun myself out thinking that they were right on and I was overdriving the car.” “I have a two-race per month schedule and with points average I'd miss a couple races and have to start near the back. With the schedule they have here this year I'm planning on being out here every Saturday. Magnum Trailers IMCA Southern Sportmods 9b Brandon Blaylock, qwik1 Mike Wagner, 661 Johnny Torres, 8c Will Carter, 78 Trevor Egbert, 10d Don Painter, a11n(r3w) Rick Wolfe, 2h Heath Stewart, 55g Gerald Henderson, 43 Jeremy Petty, 84 Douglas Wiggins, 12d Duane Owens, 3 Robert Carson, 43g Gene Burnett, 26g JJ Jennings, 32 Robert Stewart, 66 Mitchell Morrison, 28 Scott Talley, 54 Todd McLemore, 11t Tom Grothues, 55 Rusty Head---dns, 7 Bruce Hinson---dns IMCA SSM heats Heat 1; qwik1 Mike Wagner, 661 Johnny Torres, a11n(r3w) Rick Wolfe, 78 Trevor Egbert, 54m Todd McLemore, 66 Mitchell Morrison, 12d Duane Owens, 7 Bruce Hinson Heat 2; 8c Will Carter, 26g JJ Jennings, 10d Don Painter, 9b Brandon Blaylock, 32 Robert Stewart, 84 Doug Wiggins, 55 Rusty Head Heat 3; 55g Gerald Henderson, 28 Scott Talley, 43g Gene Burnett, 3 Robert Carson, 11t Tom Grothues, 43 Jeremy Petty, 2h Heath Stewart Cosper Captures IMCA Stock Car Checkers. Temples Charles Cosper caught a couple breaks on his way to the IMCA Stock Car feature win. At the start of the 20-lap main Cosper, who got shuffled to mid pack, was able to dodge a 6-car melee in turns1-2 that sidelined several cars. As Nic Priem asummed the lead from Joe O'Bryan, Cosper was in a 6-car scrap with Anthony Otken, GW Egbert, Mike Nuby and George Egbert for third. It was three wide for second between O'Bryan, Cosper and GW Egbert before a mid-race caution that saw GW Egbert retire with what appeared to be overheating issues after being involved in the lap 1 crash. Cosper took advantage of track position on the restart to get by N. Priem for the lead on lap 11. From there Cosper in the Spillmans Excavating, Nortons Automotive, Swenson Racing Shocks, Cedar Cove Speed powered, SCS Chassis motored to half straight margin at the finish. “The track was a lot different than the CBS I'm used too.” said Cosper. “It was a little greasy, and a lot of tack. On the start I got shuffled back. My wreck avoidance was tested a few times but we survived. I made a nice move off turn 2 that got me in to 2nd and open track.” “I didn't think I had anything for Priem, but I was happy to see the last caution to put me on his bumper. He made one mistake getting tight in (turns)3 and 4, which I was also fighting, and I capitalized on it. After that it was just hitting my marks and hoping there were no more cautions.” “Thanks to my wife, Laurie and my mom! Thanks to Chad for keeping me up and running and for the adjustments after the heat. We had to do something to adjust to track conditions and he made some great changes. Thanks to Swenson Shocks for the smooth ride.” IMCA Stock Cars 33c Charles Cosper, 17 Nic Priem, 70 George Egbert III, 489 Anthony Otken, 144 Joe O'Bryan, 66 Hunt Harrison, 23 CJ Gray, 14 John Hobbs, 22 Patricia Lucas, 2n2 Mike Nuby, 04 Nathan Robbins, 717 GW Egbert IV, 17d Dean Priem, 4k Ken Plonsky, 77 Bill Siegman, 177 Paul Smith ---dns IMCA Stock Car heats Heat 1; 4k Ken Plonsky, 489 Anthony Otken, 144 Joe O'Bryan, 70 George Egbert III, 33c Charles Cosper, 66 Hunt Harrison, 04 Nathan Robbins, 22 Patricia Lucas Heat 2; 717 GW Egbert IV, 23 CJ Gray, 17 Nic Priem, 17d Dean Priem, 2n2 Mike Nuby, 77 Bill Siegman, 14 John Hobbs, 177 Paul Smith Meredith Motors to Street Stock Main Bryan Meredith(Buda) got the jump on polesitter Tim Sikorski to take the early lead in the 15-lap Street Stock feature. Sikorski would then battle with Mark Gallagher for second until a quick trip through the infield saw Sikorski losing third to Tim Ellis. Meredith began easing away from Gallagher while Sikorski fought his back to third. As Gallagher and Sikorski ran door to door for second, Meredith stretched out his margin. At the checkers it was Meredith in his SAS Towing & Recovery Chevy getting the win while it was Gallagher taking an infield side trip this time and falling to fifth. Street Stocks 30 Bryan Meredith, 7s Tim Sikorski, 17 Tim Ellis, 60 Adam Gandara, 6m Mark Gallagher, 17 Tim Ellis, 00 Matthew Hawken, 9 Nathan Masterson, 8 Doug Ripple Street Stock heat Heat 1; 7s Tim Sikorski, 30 Bryan Meredith, 6m Mark Gallagher, 00 Matthew Hawken, 17 Tim Ellis, 9 Nathan Masterson, 60 Adam Gandara, 8 Doug Ripple Faulkner Fastest Factory Stock Dalton Faulkner(Conroe) made the trip to central Texas pay off twice over the weekend. Friday night Faulkner took the checkers in Waco then doubled up with Saturdays Cotton Bowl win. John Matulla took the early lead in the 15-lapper chased by Tim Homeyer, Steve Sims, Faulkner and Kurt Ellis. Faulkner came out of a three wide battle with Homeyer and Sims for second. A mid-race caution gave Faulkner the chance to close on Matulla and grab the lead on lap 8. As Faulkner began to check out Ellis, Mason Casteneda and George King were three wide for fifth. As the white waved Faulkner, in the KMO Racing, Knowles Performance Engines, Ronnies Auto Sales, Lonestar Waterwell, Chevy had a straightaway lead as he cruised to the checkers. Browning Auto Parts Factory Stocks 27 Dalton Faulkner, 73m John Matula, 8* Tim Homeyer, 58 Steve Sims, 78 Brady Ricks, 14 George King, 28m Mason Casteneda, 98 Ed Hall, 90 Casen Casper, 7 Kevin Nejtek, a11n Mark Salango, 33 Kurt Ellis, 768 Cody Peel---dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 27 Dalton Faulkner, a11n Mark Salango, 73 John Matula, 7 Kevin Nejtek, 90 Casen Casper, 78 Brady Ricks, 768 Cody Peel---dns Heat 2; 8* Tim Homeyer, 33 Kurt Ellis, 28m Mason Casteneda, 58 Steve Sims, 14 George King---dntg, 98 Ed Hall---dns Bettis Sweeps Sport Compacts La Vernias Trevor Bettis swept the Sport Compact night taking the heat and feature victories. In the feature Richard Fitch got the early lead going into turn 1, but it was Bettis beating him back to the line to lead lap 1. From there Bettis, in the Bettis Storage car easily pulled away with Russell Vickery getting by Fitch for second. Sport Compacts 57 Trevor Bettis, 30 Russell Vickery, 97 Richard Fitch, 7 Kris Wilson Sport Compact heat; 57 Trevor Bettis, 30 Russell Vickery, 07 Richard Fitch, 7 Kris Wilson
  14. By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(March 3rd, 2018) What was scheduled as the first race on the I-37 Speedway schedule saw Mother Nature sweep the night with steady drizzle and a light rain washing out the nights events. The season opener was to feature the Cash Bred Off Road IMCA Modifieds, Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds, SABFI Transportation Street Stocks, All In Design Pure Stocks and Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts, with the Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models and kids Go-Karts off until next race.(March 24th). Also slated for action, their first appearance of the season, was the A-Line Auto Parts Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas. The DCRST has four visits to I-37 Speedway on the 2018 schedule, the next is April 21st. Friday night was an open practice for those wanting to check out new rides, upgrades on equipment and set up or those just wanting to shake off the off-season rust. A special fast time challenge was held for each class with a two lap time trial. The fastest car in each class would score a $70 bonus. It was also a chance for the track to work any bugs out of the new transponder system installed over the winter. Defending track champion Talon Minten was fastest in IMCA Modifieds, JJ Jennings in Sport Modifieds, Cody Leonard in Limited Late Models, Dennis Taber in Street Stocks, Cody Leonard in his sisters new Pure Stock and Trevor Bettis in Sport Compacts. The next scheduled race is March 24th with all six classes, plus the kids Go-Karts providing a full slate of racing. For more info visit www.i37speedway.com or the track facebook page. The A-Line DCRST make the transformation to pavement racing for next event at Houston Motorsports Park on March 24th.
  15. Big Bucks Shootout @ I-37 Speedway, 11/3-4/17 - Full moon Friday night at the races By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(Nov. 3Rd, 2017) - Full moon Friday night at the races. After a successful re-opening, the I-37 Speedway season winds down with its annual Big Bucks Shootout on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt track. While most season ending, multi-day shows are set up to qualify one day then run features the next, I-37 split it shows up with both nights being separate shows, with separate payouts. This gives drivers the chance to pick up some money on two nights and give those unable to make a Friday night show the chance to run on Saturday only. An added twist is any driver who can win both nights picks up some bonus cash for the weekend sweep in the four classes running both night. Friday gave the Sport Modifieds the chance to headline the show with $500 to win up for grabs. Also in action are the Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Sport Compacts, all eligible for the sweep bonus. The Limited Late Models are scheduled for a single night of racing, Friday only. The Modifieds return on Saturday night for their one night of racing. Mikulencak Motors to Sport Modified Money In a race that will make the body panel sales soar, it was Marcus Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) getting his first ever Sport Modified win on dirt. The young Mikulencak was challenged early by his dad, Lawrence until he was involved and send to the tail. Tanner Whitmire was next in line to give M. Mikulencak some pressure, but Whitmire tried to go airborne over an infield tire. In the latter stages in was Vince Louden taking up the charge, getting the nose out front for a lap. In the end it was M. Mikulencak in the Hudgeons Paint & Body Shop, Mattress Firm, Partners, Swenson Racing Shocks, Waitschies Crank Service, Rush Chassis hanging on for the win. Did I mention a full moon? As the 21-car field fired off it was M. Mikulencak first into turn 1 was L. Mikulencak, Whitmire, Louden and Cody Leonard in pursuit. Dad put the heat on son until Ray Doyon slowed for an early caution. On the ensuing restart the pack stacked up in turn 2 scattering the field. Robert Stewart got the worst of that as he turned over on his lid on the turn 2 hill. Stewart was uninjured. After a couple minor spins and restarts, L. Mikulencak got loose in turn 2 collecting Whitmire and Ryan Doyon. No sooner than the racing resumed, Chris Swenson slapped the front stretch wall. While challenging M. Mikulencak for the lead Whitmire clipped an infield tire sending him airborne, but continuing on loosing many spots before pulling off. After a quick yellow for a John Witzsche spin, Robby Minten and Trent Beaver made contact with R. Minten spinning and collecting Mickey Helms. Finally the race made it to halfway showing M. Mikulencak, Leonard, Louden, JJ Jennings and Talon Minten in the top five. Louden and Leonard battled side by side with Louden getting second. Jennings was able to follow to third. Jennings and Leonard then began swapping the spot, nearly corner for corner as the laps clicked off. Up front Louden was reeling in M. Mikulencak for the lead catching him on lap 15 Louden looked low off turn 4 and got the nose out front on lap 17. M. Mikulencak fought back retaking the top spot on lap 18. At the checkers it was M. Mikulencak snagging the hard earned victory by a car length. Jay Hallas photo “It was handful,” replied Mikulencak. “It was a lot of fun. The track had two grooves. I don't that you ask for more than that. I was really trying to keep dad behind me at the start. I think he was about to blow the doors off us all. We got lucky on that end.” “I saw Vince(Louden) there stick his nose in once or twice. I could see him on (corner) entry. I think that being on the top I was making it up on corner exit. That was good enough. He kept me on my toes.” “I was worried before the start of the feature that I'd be a sitting duck starting up front. You have no clue what line to really run. I was worried about the bottom coming in at the end. It seemed to be, I think we got lucky on that.” “This is my first win in a dirt Sport Mod. I've won on pavement in one and won in Street Stock on dirt, but this is my first in a Sport Mod on dirt. I can't thank Mr. Holcomb, Randy and his wife and of course my parents, without them I wouldn't be doing this. Everyone's put so much hard work into this car. Chris Swenson has helped us out with some shocks. Sport Modifieds 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 6 Vince Louden, 26g JJ Jennings, 4 Talon Minten, 12 Cody Leonard, 9 Ray Doyon III, 174 Mickey Helms, 11t Tom Grothues, 14 Trent Beaver, 97 John Witzsche, 24 Jim Blevins, 5r Ryan Doyon, 25t Michael Keylich, 24r Robby Minten, 77 Cody Beddoe, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 48 Chris Swenson, 32 Robert Stewart, 15 Bruce Beddoe, 27 Mike Morris Sport Modified heats Heat 1; 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 6 Vince Louden, 26g JJ Jennings, 9 Ray Doyon III, 24r Robby Minten, 25t Michael Keylich, 24 Jim Blevins Heat 2; 101 Tanner Whitmire, 12 Cody Leonard, 77 Cody Beddoe, 32 Robert Stewart, 27 Mike Morris, 11t Tom Grothues, 15 Bruce Beddoe Heat 3; 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 5r Ryan Doyon, 4 Talon Minten, 48 Chris Swenson, 14 Trent Beaver, 174 Mickey Helms, 97 John Witzsche Victory for Votion in Limited Late Model Finale Despite coming up short in his title defense after missing two races, Trey Votion(San Antonio) ended his season with another victory. In a race that took its toll on equipment, Votion made a mid-race pass on Robby Minten to get the lead, then hug the bottom to secure the win in his ZDT's Amusement Park, Champion Signs, Mission Race Engines powered, Kelly Racing Chassis, Ford At the start of the scheduled to 20-lap feature it was Minten getting the lead followed by Votion, Howie Marcx, Tommy Grimes and Jason Kelly. On lap 2 Quentin Henderson got into the front stretch wall then was drilled by Ron Sprayue. Both driver were shaken after the grinding crash, but able to hobble away during the red flag. On the restart Marcx and Grimes had contact with Marcx taking evasive action and catching Cody Leonard as he was going by. With only five cars left, officials cut the distance to ten laps. Once back to green, Votion dove under Minten to grab the point on lap 4 and inch away the final half for his eight win of the season. “I hate to see guys get their cars torn up,” stated Votion. “Hopefully everyonr can get there's fixed for next season, I know we've got some other cars coming next year too.” “The track was good, the track was fast. My car works well on top or bottom. I always try to hunt out the moisture. It seemed like there was more on the bottom. I started down and was making my way there so I didn't see any reason to leave it.” “I was up space on Robby(Minten) who was running the top before that caution. I tend to go where they're not anyway. He was staying on top so I just stayed on the bottom. If I had to move up I would, but luckily the bottom worked. It felt like there was more bite off (turn) 4 than (turn) 2.” “It's been a great year despite missing the championship. This is the eighth win of the year. There's no doubt we would have won the championship, we just missed too many races.” Limited Late Models 99v Trey Votion, 43 Robby Minten, 57 Jason Kelly, 15 John Owens, 22 Rene Mares, 99 Tommy Grimes, 13 Howie Marcx, 8 Cody Leonard, 44 Quentin Henderson, 42 Ron Sprayue, 93 Aaron Leddy---dns Limited Late Model heats Heat 1; 43 Robby Minten, 13 Howie Marcx, 99v Trey Votion, 57 Jason Kelly, 15 John Owens, 93 Aaron Leddy Heat 2; 8 Cody Leonard, 99 Tommy Grimes, 44 Quentin Henderson, 42 Ron Sprayue, 22 Rene Mares Trigg Tops Street Stocks In the Street Stock feature it was a wire to wire win for Mike Trigg(Lake Hills), but it wasn't easy. Trigg had to hold off challenges throughout the 20-lap event from Jason Fitch, Frank Okruhlik and track champ Wade Jones. Trigg was briefly slowed in the waning laps by a slower car, but Jones couldn't capitalize as Trigg held on for the victory. After one aborted start that saw Matthew Hawken end up on the nose pf Bryan Meredith it was Trigg charging from row two to beat Fitch to line to lead lap 1. Fitch, Okruhlik, Chris Shafer and Cody Leonard fell in line behind Trigg. After a couple cautions for solo spins, Jones got by Fitch for third while Okruhlik began to challenge Trigg for the lead. At halfway it was Trigg, Okruhlik, Jones, Fitch and Heath Stewart in the top five. Jones and Okruhlik then began to battle for second giving Trigg some breathing room. Once Jones cleared Okruhlik he closed on Trigg and got to his bumper in traffic. That was as close as Jones could get on the final lap as Trigg in the Sames Ford, 1560 Storage, Willie Cotton Race Engines, Sniper Chassis was taking the checkers. “I got lucky on that false start,” said Trigg. “I knew there was some bite up there and needed to take advantage of it while it was there. We tightened the car up because I felt like the track would go away early. Probably should have done it more, we were pretty free. I just don't have enough laps here to get a good baseline yet. We're good. But could be a lot better.” “I've got good notes for Corpus, I struggle in Edna, 281 we unloaded good and had a good weekend. I still still struggle here. Don't get me wrong, we're good, just not where we need to be. I knew there was someone under me at times, but also knew there wasn't anything there.” Street Stocks 4t Mike Trigg, 36 Frank Okruhlik, 41 Wade Jones, 23f Jason Fitch, 7 Cody Leonard, 2 Heath Stewart, 77 Chris Shafer, 18 Shawn Moore, 933 Cody Henderson, 31 Jeff Hendricks, 2x Dennis Hilla, 00 Matthew Hawken, 30 Bryan Meredith, 94 Allen Torres---dns Street Stock heats Heat 1; 23f Jason Fitch, 36 Frank Okruhlik, 2x Dennis Hilla, 30 Bryan Meredith, 00 Matthew Hawken, 18, Shawn Moore, 933 Cody Henderson Heat 2; 77 Chris Shafer, 4t Mike Trigg, 7 Cody Leonard, 41 Wade Jones, 2 Heath Stewart, 31Jeff Hendricks, 94 Allen Torres Heinaman Heroic in Pure Stock In a race that had several plot twists and turns throughout the 20-lapper it was track champ Dakota Heinaman(Corpus Christi) coming out victorious. Heinaman came from the fourth row to battle with Trent Beaver for the win. Using a late restart, Heinaman powered around the outside of Beaver to get the point then held off Beaver on a final green, white, checker finish. At the start of the 22-car feature it was Beaver off the front row getting the lead trailed by Sean Ward, Jamie Dear, Josh Sewell and Heinaman. Beaver and ward stayed side by side until lap 2 when Ward clipped an infield to bring out a yellow and have to restart at the tail. Sewell got by Dear on the restart for second leaving Dear three wide with Dillon Gaither and Heinaman. Coming to halfway with the top three pulling away it was Beaver, Sewell, Heinaman, Aaron Leddy moving to the front, and Gaither. Sewell spun from his top spot on lap 12 just as Beaver caught lapped traffic and moved John Ramirez and Scott Ball out of the way. On the restart Leddy got second from Heinaman and was challenging Beaver for the lead. Leddy was able to grab the point on lap 14 while in the pack Dear spun and was hit head on by Kevin Sullivan in turn 2 to bring out a red. Both drivers were alright, but Leddy was unable to refire and was pushed to the pits. This Handed the lead back to Beaver. Heinaman was just starting to pressure Beaver when Jesse Sandoval and Ben Mikulencak hooked bumpers and collected Daniel Preston. As the race resumed Heinaman took the high road and powered past Beaver for the lead on lap 16. Gaither moved in to battle Beaver for second, but gave up a spot to Preston in the process. A late spin on the last lap in front of the leaders set up the final shootout that saw Heinaman and Beaver get away. Heinaman held his ground to grab the victory in the Davids Automotive, Ace Transmissions, Ace Automotive Machine, Chevy. “We were just searching around the first ten laps or so,” said Heinaman. “I found were the fast line was and moved to the top. I just found the lane quicker than they did and moved my way to the front. We were able to get 'er done.” “When you first get out there you can tell within the first few laps if you have something and the car to win. I felt like about lap 5 the car started coming to me. We just kept getting better and better throughout the race. We were a little tight, I think everyone else was too.” “I've got to tip my hat to Colt Beaver for driving me clean. That's what racing is all about. I was just hanging back when we caught those lapped cars. I saw him get into one and go to the bottom. I went by on top but the caution came out. I was glad I didn't pass him that way and we were able to race for the win. I wish Dakota Hurley was here so I could beat him too.” Pure Stocks 441 Dakota Heinaman, 20 Colt Beaver, 6 Daniel Preston, 5 Dillon Gaither, 889 Sean Ward, 66 Adam Torres, 8m Joshua McCain, 44k Michael Keylich, 38x Josh Sewell, 15b JW Blocker, 98 Brandon McCall, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 95s Jeff Rabedeau, 13 Kris Workman, 93 Aaron Leddy, 53 Treyler Caulfield, 73 John Ramirez, 156 Scott Ball, 87 Ben Mikulencak, 58 Jamie Dear, 54 Kevin Sullivan, 28M Mason Casteneda Pure Stock heats Heat 1; 889 Sean Ward, 38x Josh Sewell, 441 Dakota Heinaman, 28m Mason Casteneda, 66 Adam Torres, 44k Michael Keylich, 13 Kris Workman, 156 Scott Ball Heat 2; 20 Colt Beaver, 5 Dillon Gaither, 93 Aaron Leddy, 6 Daniel Preston, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 98 Brandon McCall, 73 John Ramirez Heat 3; 58 Jamie Dear, 15b JW Blocker, 87 Ben Mikulencak, 8m Joshua McCain, 54 Kevin Sullivan, 95s Jeff Rabedeau, 53 Treyler Caulfield Bettis Best in Sport Compacts After chasing track champ Robert Kelm and GB Carter all season, Trevor Bettis(San Antonio) finally picked up his victory in Sport Compacts. Bettis got the benefit of Roy Easler breaking while leading to get out front early. Kirk Ball caught Bettis during the final laps in traffic, but came up short as Bettis hung on for the win. At the start of the 15-car Sport Compact feature it was Easler getting the jump on green chased by Bettis, Casey Lowe, Sergio Hexsel and Gordon Dowdy. Bettis got the lead on lap 3 as Easler slowed and stop with a broken transmission. Hexsel got by Lowe for second on the restart while Ball took fourth from G. Dowdy, then third from Lowe. Jamie Garner was next to put Lowe and G. Dowdy back spots getting fourth. Ball and Garner, in their VW Sciroccos, then chased down Bettis in his Pontiac Grand Am as he worked traffic. Ball gave Bettis some looks on top but couldnt find a way past as Bettis grabbed the checkers. “I took a lot of focus,” exclaimed Bettis. “I just had to hold my line on the bottom and pray a lot. It was on my mind that Robert(Kelm) and GB(Carter) weren't here and it sucked was that (Roy) Easler had trouble and broke the transmission. I guess it is was it is. I kinda saw the 38(Kirk Ball) behind me at the end. I wondered who was bumping me.” Sport Compacts 57 Trevor Bettis, 3 Jamie Garner, 44 Sergio Hexsel, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 117 Casey Lowe, 5 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 56 Treyler Caulfield, 53 Caleb Dowdy, 34 Dylan Budnik, 16 Bobby Velaquez, 13 Hannah Wood, 33 Lizzy Blackstock, 23 Sean Terry, 12 Roy Easler, 38 Kirk Ball----dq(tech-tires) Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 12 Roy Easler, 57 Trevor Bettis, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 5 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 3 Jamie Garner, 13 Hannah Wood, 33 Lizzy Blackstock Heat 2; 117 Casey Lowe, 44 Sergio Hexsel, 38 Kirk Ball, 53 Caleb Dowdy, 56 Treyler Caulfield, 23 Sean Terry, 16 Bobby Velasquez, 34 Dylan Budnik---dns
  16. Pure Stock heats Heat 1 889 Sean Ward 38x Josh Sewell 441 Dakota Heinaman 28m Mason Casteneda 66 Adam Torres 44k Michael Keylich 13 Kris Workman 156 Scott Ball
  17. Championship Weekend @ I-37 Speedway, 10/21/17 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(Oct. 21St, 2017) Saturday night ended the regular season for I-37 Speedway just outside of Pleasanton. Several of the local class points battles were still up for grabs, while others were pretty much decided going in. Still others had battles inside the top five or ten, with some drivers on a totally different agenda, trying to find a set-up for the big 2-day Big Buck Shootout in early November. Some extra money was added to two of the classes for the final points race of the season with the Limited Late Model winner going home with an extra $100 thrown in by the track. The Sport Compacts also had an additional $100 in their purse courtesy of Rachael Plant 'Picture Taker.' In the Modified class, Talon Minten has a comfortable lead over Cody Leonard(18). Only catastrophic failure and a huge car count can help Leonard catch Minten for the championship, while Jason Borlace holds down third in points. Looking for a double title, Talon Minten came into action out front of the Sport Modifieds, but by only 5 points on former track champ, Johnny Torres. Even heat race points figure as important for these two as the championship chase comes down to the wire. Cody Leonard is a distant third. The Limited Late Model points chase is close as well showing Frank Okruhlik a mere 6 points up on Jason Kelly with Howie Marcx 18 back of the leader. Wade Jones looked to recapture his Street Stock title coming into the evening with a ten point margin over Cody Leonard, while Shawn Moore, in third, can't make up enough points to catch either. The Pure Stock battle had been furious throughout the season between the two Dakotas(Heinaman and Hurley), but the last couple races have put some distance between them. Hurley, William Saunders and Aaron Leddy have good points scrap for second with the trio separated by only 3 markers. After a six-in-a-row win streak, Robert Kelm has a stranglehold on the Sport Compact championship over Jamie Garner and Gordon Dowdy. Also concluding their 2017 season were the A-Line Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas. Dillon Coyne heads the pack by 40 points over the second place fight. In that scrum Tyler Folkerts, James Fitzgerald and Dylan Budnik entered action with only 23 separating the trio. Dinsmores Double Up Greg and Cameron Dinsmore(Kerrville) doubled up with wins the Modified main and Senior Go-Kart division. G. Dinsmore led every lap of the 20-lap Modified feature chased early by Chris Carroll. Cody Leonard took up the charge briefly until G. Dinsmore eased away through the mid-stages building a comfortable lead by the time the checkers waved. As green flew on the 10-car Modified field Dinsmore got the lead going into turn 1 trailed by Carroll, Talon Minten, Leonard and Jason Borlace. Minten, who took the championship by starting the feature, Minten began challenging Carroll for second when he looped it for an early caution. On the restart Dinsmore, Carroll and Leonard started to pull away until Robert Leise spun. Once back to green Leonard and Carroll began swap second while Minten made his way back up. As the duo battled, Dinsmore was able to increase his margin. Carroll would spin from the second place scrap, but keep going with no caution. At halfway it was Dinsmore, still inching away, Leonard, Minten and Borlace with Carroll, Brad Smith and Jake Rollins three wide for fifth. Carroll picked up the spot and closed on Borlace. Bill Pittaway then joined the Smith-Rollins battle for sixth. As the white flag waved, Dinsmore had built the distance over Leonard to a half straightaway and easily took the checkers in his Sundowner Performance Diesel Repair, Texas Land Restoration, Performance Towing, Race Safe Technologies, The Alignment Shop, Wehrs, Sanderson Motorsports, Fast Shafts, AFCO, Six-Two Graphics, Friesen crate powered, BMS Chassis. Modified race winner Greg Dinsmore Modified track champ Talon Minten In the Go-Karts, Dinsmores youngest son, Cameron, swept both the heat and feature wins. “First would like to say way way congrats on the track figuring out there track surface.” replied Dinsmore. “My hats off to their future as a top notch track. They have the heart and drive to make it big.” “On the restarts I just knew one of the cars was going to get me, but once we got a few laps under us I could start just hitting my marks and trying to keep the tires in the moisture. Congrats to all the track champions and to those who tried their best for second. Those close track championships are heart wrenching.” “Congrats to my son Cameron on a well run race in the Go-karts. With Logan and Cameron coming up I don't know what my pocket book is going to say but I know they will be great competitors.” “Would like to say thank you my little sheet metal man, Cameron. He had quite the job after Abilene to straighten the mess out. Then myself, Logan and friends hammered out the front end and other issues. Plus, like to add Nick Roberts, Ben Baker and Kevin DuPont for their extra help. There's so many people involved in this race car.” Cash Bred Off Road Modifieds 8g Greg Dinsmore, 12 Cody Leonard, 15 Chris Carroll, 14t Talon Minten---Track champion, 92 Jake Rollins, 88s Brad Smith, 137 Bill Pittaway, 77 Robert Leise jr., 141 Rob Sanderson, 125 Jason Borlace, 29 Jamie Campbell---DNS Modified heats Heat 1; 8g Greg Dinsmore, 14t Talon Minten, 92 Jake Rollins, 77 Roberet Liese jr., 137 Bill Pittaway, 141 Rob Sanderson---DNTG Heat 2; 15 Chris Carroll, 12 Cody Leonard, 125 Jason Borlace, 88s Brad Smith, 29 Jamie Campbell Jennings Joyful in Sport Modified Finale JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) has been in somewhat of a slump this year trying new things, but tonight it all paid off. Jennings went wire to wire in the 20-lap Sport Modified feature against a pretty stout field. Jennings had title contender, Talon Minten on his tail throughout most of the race. Marcus Mikulencak got by T. Minten after a late restart, but couldn't mount a serious challenge on Jennings in the final laps. As the 21-car field took the green Jennings jumped out front pursued by T. Minten, Cody Leonard, Chris Swenson and M. Mikulencak. After a lap 1 spin by Ray Doyon III, Leonard and T. Minten were side by side for second with M. Mikulencak along side Swenson for fourth. Cody Beddoe spun and collected David Meredith on lap 3. On that restart Vince Louden tried to fly over a tractor tire, but was able to keep going. After a couple yellows the racing finally got going with a single file restart. As Jennings cleared the way, T. Minten and Leonard renewed their wheel to wheel battle for second. A small slip by Jennings gave T. Minten and Leonard the chance to go almost three wide for the lead. Jennings was able to get back in his groove, while Leonard began to slow before pulling off. At the crossed flags it was Jennings, T. Minten, M. Mikulencak, Lawrence Mikulencak and Johnny Torres in the top five. M. Mikulenak then got beside T. Minten for second and after a couple laps side by side finally secured the spot. Tom Grothues spun on lap 17 setting up a restart that saw M. Mikulencak try Jennings on the high side. Behind them L. Mikulencak was now challenging T. Minten for third. At the checkers it was Jennings, in the G&M Oilfield Services, 1st Class Towing, WW Bodies, Diamond Specialties, CBR Racing Shocks, Omega Mechanical, raceontexas.com, PTS Powered, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis holding off M. Mikulencak for the victory, with L. Mikulencak nipping T. Minten at the line for third. As the field crossed the line, Broc Bowen punted Torres which resulted in a pit altercation, capping off a big day for Torres who got married earlier in the day. With his fourth place finish T. Minten had enough points to take his second track championship of the year even without the Torres disqualification. “I've forgotten what the (checkered) flag even looks like,” joked Jennings. “It's been a while since I've won. I thought I had one won but got taken out by a lapped car. I'm proud to win another one. It's been a hard year. We've been trying a bunch of stuff, springs, shocks, a little bit of everything.” “When we had that run of eight laps I felt I had it rolling pretty good. Towards the end on the restarts I saw (turns) 1-2 start to black up. From what I was told it was better to run the top there. I kind of felt like a sitting duck on the restarts, but I wasn't giving up the bottom.” “If you get your doors blown off by someone in a different line, it's time to move. If we had another restart I probably would have run the top in (turns) 1-2. Leading the whole race it's kind of hard to give up your line.” “We're really happy the way the car is running right now. My brother has spent a ton of money on parts trying to make this car better. I can never thank him and his wife enough. They've put me in the best equipment. It shows. Our car is up front a lot. I'm just the lucky one that gets to drive it.” Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds 26g JJ Jennings, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 9m Lawrence Mikulencak, 9t Talon Minten---Track champion, 66 Johnny Torres, 56 Broc Bowen, 6 Vince Louden, 55r Rusty Head, 7 Bruce Hinson, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 97 John Witzsche, 11t Tom Grothues, 17 Derrick Gonzales, 25t Michael Keylich, 31 Chase Havely, 48 Chris Swenson, 12 Cody Leonard, 24r Robby Minten, 9 Ray Doyon III, 79 David Meredith, 77 Cody Beddoe, A11 Tony Alaniz---DNS Sport Modified heats Heat 1; 9t Talon Minten, 12 Cody Leonard, 9m Lawrence Mikulencak, 77 Cody Beddoe, 66 Johnny Torres, 31 Chase Havely, 9 Ray Doyon III, 55 Rusty Head Heat 2; 26g JJ Jennings, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 24r Robby Minten, 56 Broc Bowen, 6 Vince Louden, 79 David Meredith, 12 Roly Rodriguez Heat 3; 48 Chris Swenson, 7 Bruce Hinson, 11t Tom Grothues, 97 John Witzsche, 17 Derrick Gonzales, 25t Michael Keylich, a11 Tony Alaniz---DNS Votion Victorious in Limited Late Models Multi-time I-37 Speedway track champion Trey Votion(San Antonio) capped off his season with another win, but after missing a couple races came up short in the championship battle. Votion would go flag to flag for the win while the points chasers, Frank Okruhlik and Jason Kelly both got knocked out early. In the closing stages Votion had to fend off Quentin Henderson to secure the victory. As the feature took the green it was Votion getting a good jump on the field. Henderson and Okruhlik made contact battling for second collecting Kelly and Robby Minten. The crash destroyed the body on Kelly's car, ending his title chances early. Okruhlik pitted with a flat, but damage to suspension was too great to continue. This would have put Howie Marcx in the cat birds seat, but a small car count eliminated him from contention for the title. Once back to green, Votion controlled the pace while Landon Farquer got by Marcx for second. Votion began easing away from Farquer, Henderson coming from the back, Marcx and DJ Schroat. Henderson was able to get second from Farquer at halfway and began running down Votion. Handerson kept reeling in Votion as the laps clicked off. Once Henderson got close enough he could get to Votion but loose ground overdriving the corners. This see-saw battle continued to checkers that saw Votion in the ZDT's Amusement Park, Champion Signs, Mission Race Engines powered, Kelly Racing Chassis, Ford take home the win. “I never saw or heard Quentin(Henderson),” said Votion. “I was just concentrating on hitting my marks and running consistent laps. Track was real smooth, just made sure not to overdrive car.” “I thought Frank O had just spun out, I didnt know he was broke. Hated to see Jason(Kelly) and Robby(Minten) tore up, didn't know what happened but the cars looked bad, hated to see that.” “I definitely feel like we had the car to beat most of the year, hate that I missed couple of races that cost me the Championship.” Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models 99v Trey Votion, 44 Quentin Henderson, 13 Howie Marcx, 8 DJ Schroat, 15 John Owens, 9 Landon Farquer, 99 Frank Okruhlik---Points champion, 57 Jason Kelly, 43 Robby Minten, 42 Ron Sprayue Limited Late Model heats Heat 1; 99v Trey Votion, 44 Quentin Henderson, 43 Robby Minten, 9 Landon Farquer, 42 Ron Sprayue Heat 2; 99 Frank Okruhlik, 57 Jason Kelly, 13 Howie Marcx, 8 DJ Schroat, 15 John Owens Jourdantons Jones Ends Season with Exclamation Point After losing out on the championship the last season that I-37 was open, Wade Jones has been on a mission, regain his title. Jones led all 20-laps in the Street Stock feature and had a double family win after his son Peyton took home the hardware in the Junior Go-Kart class earlier. Jones had his points rival, Cody Leonard on his tail early, but pulled away in the end to secure the win and championship. At the start of the 11-car Street Stock feature Jones got the lead with Frank Okruhlik, Allen Torres, Dennis Hilla and Leonard in pursuit. Okruhlik would have a quick spin that saw Jones get out front again, now with Leonard, Torres, defending champ Mike Lyon and Hilla filling out the top five. Jones and Leonard began gapping the pack while Okruhlik made his way back up to third. After a restart for a spin by Robert Danielson, Hilla and Shawn Moore had a spirited battled swapping fourth lap for lap. At the midway point it was Jones, Leonard, Okruhlik, Lyon and Moore in the top five. Danielson and Jacob Crow tangled on lap 11 for a caution that had Jones get away on the restart while Okruhlik and Leonard fought for second. As they slugged it out, Jones got a good lead pulling out to a half straightaway advantage with two to go. The final laps saw the fourth place scrap heat up with Lyon and Moore trading some paint as the white flag waved. At the checkers it was Jones in the SABFI Transportation, Opiela Mechanical, Mission Auto Parts, Chevy Camaro powered by an in-house motor with the comfortable win and points title. “This championship definitely makes up for the one I lost the last year I-37 raced,” exclamied Jones. “All these many wins and championships wouldn't be possible without my grandparents. We've been working on the car all year it's been fast all year and it's finally dialed back in. This championship is up there with the best because I get to share it with Peyton's first championship.” “My boys are my two biggest fans Peyton and Jackson. Peyton's first year of racing go karts won every race and the championship. I still feel young and until one of the boys are able to drive this class I'll still be out there trying to win every night.” SABFI Transportation Street Stocks 41 Wade Jones---Track Champion, 7 Cody Leonard, 36 Frank Okruhlik, 20 Mike Lyon, 18 Shawn Moore, 94 Allen Torres, 87 Robert Danielson, 2x Dennis Hilla, 99 Wayne Wernette, 8 Jacob Crow, 20x Jason Campbell, 81 Doug Ripple---DNS Street Stocks heats Heat 1; 41 Wade Jones, 36 Frank Okruhlik, 7 Cody Leonard, 20 Mike Lyon, 99 Wayne Wernette, 18 Shawn Moore Heat 2; 94 Allen Torres, 2x Dennis Hilla, 8 Jacob Crow, 87 Robert Danielson, 81 Doug Ripple, 20x Jason Campbell Montanio Motors to First Ever Win Coming from an asphalt background, Clint Montanio(New Braunfels) picked up his first ever dirt track win, in only a handful of races. Montanio and Aaron Leddy swapped the lead in the middle stages of the 20-lapper before Montanio finally got the spot. From there he was able to build a good lead and score his inaugural checkers. As the 22-car Pure Stock field took the green, on the second attempt, Leddy got the lead followed by Montanio, Mason Casteneda, Daniel Preston and track champ Dakota Heinaman. As the top five separated out, Josh Sewell and Dillon Gaither were door to door for sixth. A spin by Sonny Kinnaman in turn 2 slowed the action. On the restart Montanio got a good look low off turn 4 and had the bumper out front on lap 6. Leddy fought back getting the lead back on lap 7, as the two continued to run side by side. Montanio regained the lead a lap later while Casteneda and Preston were door to door for third. As the leaders ran up on heavy traffic Montanio was able to get an advantage over Leddy and Casteneda. As the white flag was shown Montanio had increased his margin to a half straightaway, a margin he was able to carry to the checkers in his Old Man Icehouse, Longs Machine Shop powered, Chevy Nova. “It took a lot of luck,” commented Montanio. “I had a good draw for the heat race, smart thinking and smart driving. This is my first year racing here. My first few races I wasn't hitting the right lines and marks. Tonight I was right on it and got the job done,” “I raced San Antonio Speedway since 2005 until it closed. I did alright, just never had that 'luck'. On asphalt you use a little more brakes going into the turns. I got some good advice tonight and stayed in the gas more with just a little brake. I've just forgotten about my driving style on asphalt, dirt is totally different. I've been trying ideas and pointers from everyone. I'm still learning how to set the car up and drive it.” “It all worked out tonight!” All in Design Pure Stocks 09 Clint Montanio, 93 Aaron Leddy, 28m Mason Casteneda, 6 Daniel Preston, 5 Dillon Gaither, 38x Josh Sewell, 87 Ben Mikulencak, 441 Dakota Heinaman---Points champion, 95s Les Bettis, 13 Kris Workman, 14 Mark Pivarnik, 30 Riley Heil, 48k Robert Kelm, 53 Treyler Caulfield, 39 Sonny Kinnaman jr., 98 William Saunders, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 66 Adam Torres, 18 Emet Sevilla, 15 William Cavender, 44k Michael Keylich, 21r Eric Ramos---DNS, 23 Andy Kirkland---DNS Pure Stock heats Heat 1; 93 Aaron Leddy, 48 Robert Kelm, 66 Adam Torres, 87 Ben Mikulencak, 13 Kris Workman, 23 Andy Kirkland, 44k Michael Keylich, 21r Eric Ramos Heat 2; 09 Clint Montanio, 28m Mason Castenada, 38x Josh Sewell, 98 William Saunders, 30 Roley Heil, 39 Sonny Kinnaman jr., 15 William Cavender, 53 Treyler Caulfield Heat 3; 6 Daniel Parker, 441 Dakota Heinaman, 5 Dillon Gaither, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 95s Les Bettis, 18 Emet Sevilla, 14 Mark Pivarnik Kelm Kaptures Win and Championship It's been a big season for Robert Kelm. After winning a string of six-in-a-row, having a bounty put on him, Kelm completed the season with a win and track championship. Kelm led all but the first lap of the 20-lap Sport Compact feature, but had Trevor Bettis banging on his bumper at the checkers as he capped off the season with another win. As the seventeen-car Sport Compact feature took the green it was Sergio Hexsel getting the lead trailed by Kelm, Russell Vickery, Jamie Garner and Bettis. Kelm got the top spot on lap 2 with Hexsel and Garner side by side for second. Garner got the spot two laps later while Bettis got by Vickery for fourth. Garner got 'picked' by a lapped car giving Hexsel and Bettis an opening to get by for second and third. The red flag came out on lap 9 when last race winner, Roy Easler hit the infield berm, jumped a tractor tire and rolled a couple times before stopping in his side. He was able to get out uninjured, but was done for the night. Once back to green, Bettis gave Kelm a look inside for the lead with Gordon Dowdy, Alyson Dorken and Vickery three wide for sixth. Bettis kept the pressure on Kelm giving him a few taps on the bumper as the race wound down. Bettis tried high and low but couldn't find a way past Kelm in his Oak Hill Motorsports, M&E Automotive, Rachal Plant 'Picture Taker', Saturn at the checkers. Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts 8 Robert Kelm---Track champion, 57 Trevor Bettis, 3 Jamie Garner, 44 Sergio Hexsel, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 43 Alyson Dorken, 68 Team Boerne, 38 Kirk Ball, 30 Russell Vickery, 53 Caleb Dowdy, 117 Casey Lowe, 13m Jeremy Watson, 56 Bob Caulfield, 69 Felipe Ruiz, 25 Robert Fox, 12 Roy Easler, 6 Ethan Jenkins Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 8 Robert Kelm, 3 Jamie Garner, 57 Trevor Bettis, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 12 Roy Easler, 43 Alyson Dorken, 117 Casey Lowe, 38 Kirk Ball, 6 Ethan Jenkins Heat 2; 44 Sergio Hexsel, 30 Russell Vickery, 53 Caleb Dowdy, 68 Team Boerne, 69 Felipe Ruiz, 25 Robert Fox, 13m Jeremy Watson, 53 Bob Caulfield Budnik Best in Dwarf Finale Dylan Budnik(Boerne) took home the victory in the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas season-ender. Budnik took over the lead just before halfway from points leader, Dillon Coyne, then was able to hold off early leader, James Fitzgerald to secure the victory. With his fourth place finish Coyne was able to take home the 2017 DCRST series championship. At the start of the 20-lap feature it was Fitzgerald getting the lead chased by Brandon Spreen, Larry Carwin, Ty Paxson and Budnik. Coyne made an early charge past Budnik and Paxson for third then got beside B. Spreen for second. Coyne gave up the line and third to Budnik, but retook the spot a lap later. Paxson would spin from his top five spot that saw Coyne challenging Fitzgerald for the lead on the restart. Coyne grabbed the point on lap 6 with Budnik following to second. Budnik then pressured Coyne for the lead and was able to take the lead on lap 8 with Fitzgerald getting second from Coyne. Paxson, coming from the back, got third from Coyne as the top three now ran nose to tail. Fitzgerald tried the high side of Budnik for the lead, but ended up loosing ground with three to go. As the white flag waved it was Budnik, in the Sky Haulers of Dallas car by a few car lengths over Fitzgerald, a gap he was able to hold on to at the checkers. A-Line Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas 25 Dylan Budnik, 6 James Fitzgerald, 15 Ty Paxson, 12 Dillon Coyne---Points champion, 42 Tyler Folkerts, 80 Brandon Spreen, 64 Larry Carwin, 50 Jerry Book, 00 Waylon Scheidt, 27 Dillon Spreen, 4 Rodney Rodriguez, 17 Brayden Becker---DNS DCRST heats Heat 1; 17 Brayden Becker, 80 Brandon Spreen, 64 Larry Carwin, 50 Jerry Book, 4 Rodney Rodriguez, 00 Waylon Scheidt Heat 2; 6 James Fitzgerald, 15 Ty Paxson, 12 Dillon Coyne, 27 Dillon Spreen, 42 Tyler Folkerts, 25 Dylan Budnik Go-Karts Youth 5-7 years old Heat: Blaine Markgraf, Hayes Bettis, Aubrey Moore, Holden Terry Main: Hayes Bettis, Blaine Markgraf, Aubrey Moore, Holden Terry Juniors 8-10 years old Heat: Peyton Jones, Ruby Bettis, Blaine Markgraf, Samuel Markgraf Main; Peyton Jones, Blaine Markgraf, Ruby Bettis, Samuel Markgraf Seniors 11-13 years old Heat; Cameron Dinsmore, Faye Bettis, Ryker Hernandez Main; Cameron Dinsmore, Ryker Hernandez, Faye Bettis I-37 Speedway takes a couple weeks off readying for the Big Bucks Shootout, Nov. 3-4 featuring five of the six regular season classes in action on both nights. The race is slated for two separate nights of racing with separate pay outs each night. The Limited Late Models will run Friday night only and the Modifieds will only be in action on Saturday night. The Sport Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Sport Compacts also have a chance to pick up some extra money by winning the A-main events on both nights of action. For more info visit the I-37 Speedway website, www.i37speedway.com or the track facebook page.
  18. DCRST heats Heat 1 17 Brayden Becker 80 Brandon Spreen 64 Larry Carwin 50 Jerry Book 4 Rodney Rodriguez 00 Waylon Scheidt
  19. Dinsmore, Whiteaker, Votion, Jones, Torres, Easler take I-37 Speedway wins ,10-7-17 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(Oct. 7Th, 2017) Only two points races remain in the 2017 I-37 Speedway season and points are at a premium, even for heat races. Some classes are extremely tight as drivers begin to drop their one worst finish for the year. Then you drivers there just for the wins or making their first trip to the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt oval south of San Antonio. In the Modifieds Talon Minten has a 22 point edge over Jason Borlace, who is only one ahead of Cody Leonard for second. The Sport Modifieds come into the night showing Talon Minten and Johnny Torres tied for the lead, with Cody Leonard a distant third. Wade Jones and Cody Leonard have another tight battle for the championship with Jones ahead only by a handful with Shawn Moore in third. In Limited Late Models it's Frank Okruhlik leading the way over Jason Kelly and Howie Marcx. The two Dakotas(Heinaman and Hurley) battle up front for the Pure Stock championship with Heinaman in the lead and William Saunders in third. The Sport Compacts show Robert Kelm with good lead over a three-way battle for second between GB Carter, Jamie Garner and Gordon Dowdy. Dinsmore Dominates Modified Main After weeks of work and a last minute thrash to get the car finished, Greg Dinsmore(Kerrville) still almost didn't make show. As they were ready to finish loading, the truck wouldn't start. After another thrash on the hauler, they picked up a U-haul for the back of his personal pick up truck. After the meet-n-greet for the Modifieds where a fan pulled a #2 for the invert, Dinsmore started on the pole along side Cody Leonard. Leonard was able to use the momentum off the top to lead lap 1. Dinsmore had just gotten the bumper back out front when e yellow flag erased the pass. Once back to green Dinsmore found his groove and powered by Leonard for the lead on lap. Through a couple restarts Dinsmore would put some distance on Leonard who was now battling with Talon Minten for second. At the checkers all the hard work, trials and tribulations paid off as Dinsmore in the Sundowner Performance Diesel Repair, Texas Land Restoration, Performance Towing, Race Safe Technologies, The Alignment Shop, Wehrs, Sanderson Motorsports, Fast Shafts, AFCO, Six-Two Graphics, Friesen crate powered, BMS Chassis scored the win. “It's really gratifying to get this win,” exclaimed Dinsmore. “We put a lot of work into the car the past couple weeks. Then the truck won't start. It was almost a sign that we shouldn't go. So we picked up a U-haul car carrier and off we went. It worked out.” “Cody(Leonard) and I had a good race going on the start. Once I got the brakes adjusted and the front end right, it just took off. It was hauling. Everything was working good. I was fighting getting this thing to turn a long time. I think we've finally got it figured out. Getting around the corners has been a struggle until now. I have to thank Kevin Dupont and Nick Roberts. They walked me through some things and it worked.” “After a caution I could hear a motor for a little bit. I could look off in the corner and eventually didn't see anybody. I just kept hitting my marks from there.” Modifieds 8g Greg Dinsmore, 12 Cody Leonard, 14t Talon Minten, 17 Cody Tidwell, 77 Robert Liese jr., 55 Mike Morris, 29 Jamie Campbell, 92 Jake Rollins, 137 Bill Pittaway, 125 Jason Borlace---dns Modified heats Heat 1; 12 Cody Leonard, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 137 Bill Pittaway, 17 Cody Tidwell, 125 Jason Borlace, 77 Robert Liese jr., 29 Jamie Campbell, 14t Talon MInten, 55 Mike Morris, 92 Jake Rollins Wire to Wire for Whiteaker Corpus Christi's Steve Whiteaker jr. is always a contender whenever he rolls the pit gates. Start him on the front row, and he's nearly unstoppable. After taking the heat race win Whiteaker started outside Lawrence Mikulencak for the 20-lap Sport Modified feature. Using the high side drive Whiteaker grabbed the lead from L. Mikulencak on lap 1. Whiteaker would be able to put some distance on the second place battle between Talon Minten, Marcus Mikulencak and L. Mikulencak. As the checkers waved it was Whiteaker in the DS&S Construction, Cotrell Racing, Performance Graphics, WW Bodies, Churchs Chicken, raceontexas.com, Nasty Cookers, Rhino Rearends, Fletcher Race Engines, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis easily taking the win. “A win never gets old,” replied Whiteaker. “You never know when your last win might be or your next one will be. You can't take anything for granted. There's a lot cars in the pits the same caliber as ours. It makes it difficult especially when some of these cars are my own and have the same as I have on them. I want them to be fast too.” “That was anything but smooth. I saw they had a bunch of rain here and did the best they could. I'm not one to knock a track on a bad night. It's just hard on equipment and cars. You had to be up on the wheel. In the end we all had to race on the same thing.” “I've learned how to run across the ruts. So when I see a rough track, ya I hate it for the car because it's going to get beat up. I don't mind it because you drive it hard and I feel that I can do things on a rough track that a lot of people won't do.” “The way the car was handling the first couple laps I knew I wouldn't have to worry about anyone pressuring me too much. When I got on the gas, it went. When I turned, it turned. You couldn't ask for anything more for those track conditions.” Sport Modified 89c Steve Whiteaker jr., 9t Talon Minten, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 9m Lawrence Mikulencak, 26g JJ Jennings, 66 Johnny Torres, 12 Cody Leonard, 17 Michael Maraschick, 48 Chris Swenson, 77 Cody Beddoe, 25t Michael Keylich, 7 Bruce Hinsen, 11t Tom Grothues, 18 Larry Jernigan, 24r Robby Minten, 31 Chase Havely, 48m Max Calles, 174 Max Helms, 2 Robert Boyd, 55r Rusty Head, 21c Barry Codling---dns, 42 Jason Marshall---dns Sport Modified heats Heat 1; 9m Lawrence Mikulencak, 17 Michael Maraschick, 174 Max Helms, 31 Chase Havely, 48 Chris Swenson, 7 Bruce Hinsen, 18 Larry Jernigan, 21c Barry Codling Heat 2; 89c Steve Whiteaker jr., 26g JJ Jennings, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 77 Cody Beddoe, 25t Michael Keylich, 2 Robert Boyd, 11t Tom Grothues Heat 3; 12 Cody Leonard, 9t Talon Minten, 66 Johnny Torres, 55r Rusty Head, 48m Max Calles, 42 Jason Marshall, 24r Robby Minten Votion Victorious in Limited Lates Trey Votion(San Antonio) took home the Limited Late Model hardware, but it wasn't easy. Committed to the bottom line, Votion saw Frank Okruhlik go around him on the outside to lead a couple laps near the mid-way point of the 20 lap feature. Votion retook the top spot a couple laps later as Okruhlik began battling with Aaron Leddy, then Quentin Henderson. In the final laps Votion got through slower traffic better to build a slight margin for the win in his ZDT's Amusement Park, Champion Signs, Mission Race Engines powered, Kelly Racing Chassis, Ford. “Once I saw Franko up there I figured I better run a little harder,” said Votion. “I was just cruising on the bottom because it was smoother down there. I was waiting for someone to go by on the top side. I saw him there for a couple laps, then he was gone.” “I was going to stay on the bottom no matter what. I knew it was rougher, higher up. I committed to it. If they were going to get me, they were going to get me.” “Missing two races has put me out of contention for defending my championship. I just couldn't get the car done in time for the first race I missed. I'm pretty sure I have the highest points average, but that doesn't get me anything. I'm just out here for the wins now.” Limited Late Model 99v Trey Votion, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 44 Quentin Henderson, 57 Jason Kelly, 13 Howie Marcx, 22 Rene Mares, 15 John Owens, 93 Aaron Leddy, 43 Robby Minten, 37 AJ Wernette, 42 Ron Sprayue, 8 DJ Schroat LLM heats Heat 1; 99v Trey Votion, 57 Jason Kelly, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 44 Quentin Henderson, 13 Howie Marcx, 22 Rene Mares Heat 2; 43 Robby Minten, 93 Aaron Leddy, 42 Ron Sprayue, 8 DJ Schroat, 37 AJ Wernette, 15 John Owens Jourdanton's Jones Takes Street Stock Sweep In a race that was shortened by time limits, it was Wade Jones adding another trophy to his collection. Jones took over the lead early from Cody Leonard who pitted with a flat and have to try to fight his way back up from the tail. Jones then a couple new contenders to deal with. First to try Jones was Cotton Bowl Speedway's NeSmith Stock track champ, Bryan Meredith who try to get the nose under Jones on restarts. After Meredith pulled off it was Heath Stewart on the final green, white, checkered restart on Jones' bumper. Jones got a good jump on the that restart and was able to go on to the victory in his SABFI Transportation, Opiela Mechanical, Mission Auto Parts, Chevy Camaro powered by an in-house motor. “Winning never gets old,” commented Jones. “Winning is everything. I'll take every win I can get. All night I was wondering where everyone else was running on the choppy track. It was smooth middle-high in (turns) 1-2, through (turns) 3-4 it felt good way high or on the bottom.” “I saw the 30 car(Bryan Meredith) on the bottom so I adjusted my line down there. He drove a good race. I hope those guys come back. The more competitive cars the better. I've raced with Heath(Stewart) before in the Street Stock Shootout. It's always fun racing with guys on your level. I saw Cody(Leonard) hit the ruts in (turns) 3-4. If you hit one with these with tires on low air pressure it will break the bead.” “I can't thank my grandpa enough for his help. He does all my motor work. I go to work and come home to find he's got everything done on the car.” Street Stock 41 Wade Jones, 2 Heath Stewart, 52 Kyle Speer, 2x Dennis Hilla, 20 Mike Lyon, 87 Robert Danielson, 7 Cody Leonard, 1 Chuck Barber, 31 Jeff Hendricks, 18 Shawn Moore, 30 Bryan Meredith, 8 Jacob Crow, 99 Wayne Wernette, 81 Doug Ripple, 82 Dwayne Markgraf---dns Street Stock heats Heat 1; 7 Cody Leonard, 52 Kyle Speer, 8 Jacob Crow, 1 Chuck Barber, 31 Jeff Hendricks Heat 2; 41 Wade Jones, 2x Dennis Hilla, 87 Robert Danielson, 20 Mike Lyon, 81 Doug Ripple Heat 3; 30 Bryan Meredith, 18 Shawn Moore, 2 Heath Stewart, 99 Wayne Wernette, 82 Dwayne Markgraf Torres Tops for Pure Payday Adam Torres(San Antonio) worked the top, and worked the top, and finally made it pay off on a late restart to get the lead and the win. Ii was a race that saw a lot of action, on and off track, for the points contenders in particular. Dakota Hurley got the early lead and saw his rival Dakota Heinaman get turned around after Aaron Leddy tried a three wide move, clipping William Saunders, sending him into Heinaman. With Heinaman back in his spot, the two Dakotas continued to battle for the lead. Meantime Torres, sneaking around the top was coming from his third row starting spot. After a mid-way caution, and time running out, the race was cut to 15 laps. Torres, using the top still, went by the lead duo on lap 13 and took the victory in Allens 24/7 Towing, Chevy, his second of the season. “I was able to make the outside work,” said Torres. “I saw everyone bouncing around on the bottom. The top was smooth going through the turns. I just stayed up there and it worked out for me.” “I was just aiming at my marks. I was able to do it all night and it worked out for me. This car is actually running the same motor from the car we raced in 2012 and has the same set up on it we used. I won't make any changes. We'll just stay with the 2012 set up.” Pure Stocks 66 Adam Torres, 6 Daniel Preston, 13j Justin Randol, 93 Aaron Leddy, 97 James Aramendia jr., 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, 98 William Saunders, 44k Michael Keylich, 9c Caitlin Leonard, d68 Kenny Wright, 13 Kris Workman, 48 Jimmy Carroll, 30 Riley Heil, 38x Josh Sewell, 95s Les Bettis, 09 Clint Montanio, 15d Jamie Dear, 5 Dillon Gaither, 15 William Cavender, 53 Treyler Caulfield, 56 Bob Caulfield, 46 Lee Vincent, 40---dq(unsportsmanlike conduct in tech), 441---dq(unsportsmanlike conduct in tech) Pure Stock heats Heat 1; 98 William Saunders, 441 Dakota Heinaman, 15d Jamie Dear, 30 Riley Heil, 95s Les Bettis, 09 Clint Montanio, 48 Jimmy Carroll, 46 Lee Vincent Heat 2; 40 Dakota Hurley, 38x Josh Sewell, 6 Daniel Preston, 58 Cheyloh Brodnax, d68 Kenny Wright, 13 Kris Workman, 56 Bob Caulfield, 53 Treyler Caulfield Heat 3; 93 Aaron Leddy, 66 Adam Torres, 97 James Aramendia jr., 5 Dillon Gaither, 13j Justin Randol, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 44k Michael Keylich, 15 William Cavender Easler Eases Away to Sport Compact Cash After seeing his 8-race win streak come to an end last race, Robert Kelm looked to start a new string of victories. Kelm got out front at the start of the 20-lap Sport Compact feature after a brief fight with Jamie Garner. Coming from the eighth starting, Roy Easler was on the move. Easler made his move for the lead on lap 3 and quickly pulled out to a good advantage. After one early caution the race went caution free giving Easler the chance to increase his margin and take his Pep Boys, Geo Metro into victory lane. “This is the first time for this car to get a win,” replied Easler. “I was able to get around him(Robert Kelm) and get out front. I could hear him back there. With a few laps to go I was able to look back from turn 2 and see him entering turn 1. At that point I just tried to keep it straight and drive around lapped traffic.” “On that track sometimes this car was a plane, sometimes it was a boat. I was just doing what I could to keep it on the ground and keep the tires on the rims.” Sport Compact 12 Roy Easler, 8 Robert Kelm, 57 Trevor Bettis, 3 Jamie Garner, 5a Abel Solis, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 44 Sergio Hexsel, 38 Kirk Ball, 53 Caleb Dowdy, 56 Justin Todd, 13m Jeremy Watson, 74 Arthur Olson, 117 Casey Lowe, 69 Felipe Ruiz, 51Brian Schneider---dns, 6 Ethan Jenkins---dns Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 8 Robert Kelm, 63 Gordon Dowdy, 5a Abel Solis, 74 Arthur Olson, 51 Brian Schneider, 69 Felipe Ruiz, 13m Jeremy Watson, 56 Justin Todd Heat 2; 3 Jamie Garner, 44 Sergio Hexsel, 57 Trevor Bettis, 12 Roy Easler, 38 Kirk Ball, 53 Caleb Dowdy, 6 Ethan Jenkins, 117 Casey Lowe
  20. i-37 speedway live updates 10-7-17

    LLM heats Heat 1 99v 57 99 44 13 22 Heat 2 43 93 42 8 37 15
  21. Street Stock heats Heat 1 7 Cody Leonard 48 Chris Swenson 94 Allen Torres 8 Jacob Crow 22 Anthony Gordon
  22. IHRA Summit Super Series @ San Antonio Raceway, 9-16-17 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(Sept. 16Th, 2017) As the IHRA Summit Super Series Bracket Racing points season comes to a conclusion San Antonio Raceway hosted its final series race, with double points on the line. With extra points, class championships are still up for grabs as well as seating position for the IHRA Team Finals held at Pine Valley Raceway Oct. 5th-8th. While some classes are separated by only one or two rounds of racing among the top five, others are somewhat comfortable in their position. Although double points throw things up in the air for everyone. One bad reaction time, one breakage, one break out could change the final points. Another kicker in the points chase is drivers allowed to drop one race, their worst, making it difficult for me to calculate the final points A bonus was added by Dennis Smith of Nogalitos Gear with $400 additional going to the Electronics(Box) winner, $200 to the Foot Brake(No-box) winner and $100 each to the Street Class and Jr. Dragster winners. Former track and World Finals champ, Scott Ball holds a fairly good lead(42) over Todd Robinson in the Electronics(Box) class with Todd Zampese third 13 behind Robinson. Brandon Bass and Greg Meuth round out the rest of the top five. Doing double duty, T. Zampese leads the way in the Foot Brake(No-box) class with a 28 point advantage on Harold Shimek and 31 ahead of Dennis Soefje. Rounding out the top five in class are Nelson Friedeck and former motorcycle champ, Ruben Gallegos. In the Street class Zach Tschoepe only holds a 12 point edge on Rhett Floyd with Silvia Zemgals and Norman Derks tied for third, but 36 points behind. Jessika Jackson heads the Jr Dragster standings by 24 over Gianni Carrola and 26 over Caden Meuth in third. The Electronics(Box) Class came down to two non-points contenders for the finals, Bobby Mendez(Taft) and former track champ Brent Ritter(Seguin). Mendez in his 87 Camaro put a .001 light on the former champ Ritter in his Simpson Racing Products, Undercover Chasssis and that was all she wrote. Ritter ran his number but gave up too much on the tree to catch Mendez. Bobby Mendez(5.51) 5.524 @ 128.21 defeats Brent Ritter(4.78) 4.784 @ 142.90 Mendez bought back after round 1 loss to Scott Ball, then beat David Cain, Emily Ball, Aaron Cole and S. Ball in a semi-final rematch. Ritter bested Todd Robinson, Carlos Carrasco sr., Joe Kozolowski, Mike Atkinson and rebought after losing to Greg Meuth in round 1. With S. Ball and Robinson both making it to the semi-finals even dropping a race shouldn't give Robinson enough points to make up the difference on S. Ball for the track championship.(Unofficially) Once again both of the drivers in the Foot Brake(No-box) were not in contention for the track title. Dustin Bradford(San Antonio) was paired off against Corky Weeks(Cotulla) in a battle between a roadster and a door slammer. Bradford, in his Pack Rat Storage, Altered Roadster got 5/100th on Weeks in his Camaro and ran him down a slowing Weeks for the win. Dustin Bradford(5.53) 5.577 @ 106.79 defeats Corky Weeks(5.95) 6.40 @ 114.21 Bradford bettered Josh Gaspard, Mike Valdez, Darin Blevins, Cole Herbold and competition bye against Sherman Davis, who broke on the line, in the semis. Weeks had to rebuy after losing to Robert Sandoval then took out J. Allen, Gaspard, Todd Zampese and TJ Rome. Unofficially with T. Zampese making it to round 4, along with Soefje and Shimek going out in round 3 that should give T. Zampese the championship. The Street Class finals it was Bryan Littlefield(San Antonio) going at it with Jim Spencer(New Braunfels). Littlefield, in his 75 Chevy Nova, gave up 3/100th on the tree to Spencer in his Vanilla Gorilla, GMC Truck. At the big end it was Littlefield running number while Spence broke out. Bryan Littlefield(8.32) 8.329 @ 82.64 defeats Jim Spencer(9.73) 9.710 @ 72.13(break out) Littlefield beat Silvia Zemgals(twice), C. Talley and V. Hernandez. Spencer got past Ken Lee, Brian Aguilera, Tschoepe and got semi-final bye. Tschoepe making it to round 3 with Zemgals, Floyd not being in attendance and Derks not making it out of round 2 that should be enough to give him the track title.(Unofficially) Points contender Caden Meuth(Boerne) make his way to the Jr. Dragster finals to meet Haily Ball(San Antonio). Meuth in his Quality Care Automotive, 2017 Halfscale Chassis got 6/100th on Ball at the start. Meuth would pick up the win on the top end as Ball broke out. Caden Meuth(7.95) 8.045 @ 69.49 defeats Haily Ball(8.10) 7.996 @ 80.82(break out) Meuth bested J. Allen, Gianni Carrola and had a round 1 bye. Ball took wins from Jackson(twice) and got a semi final bye. I'm not going to trying to guess the track champion in the Jr. Dragster, especially with dropping a race.
  23. Southern Nationals by C&J Promotions @ Heart o Texas Speedway, 9/7-9/2017 By JM Hallas Elm Mott, TX.,(Sept. 9Th, 2017) After two already big nights of racing it was time to see who would go home with the $10,000 to win pay day and the unique trophy and who would unfortunately, just go home. Several spots were still up for grabs joining the 16 drivers already set in the Limited Modified field.(Robert Scrivner, Justin Whitehead, Josh McGaha and Rodney White were A-qualifier winners. Jake Upchurch, Joe Adams, Brandon Watson, Mike Roach, TJ Green, Kevin Sustaire, Jeffrey Abbey, Taylor Florio, Brandon Kenny, Justin Shaw, Jacob Pirkle and Gabe Tucker were the other transfers) In the Factory Stocks it was another complete program of heats, B-mains and A-main for the nights $1,000 payout. Thursdays Factory Stock A-main saw Justin Whitehead get the win, while Bo Day grabbed Friday nights victory. Chris White out of Kilgore won the drawing for the new IRP roller auctioned off. Justin Whitehead takes overall Factory Stock points award. White Wire to Wire for 10k Payday Ector's Rodney White backed up his A-qualifier win from Friday night going flag to flag in the 60-lap Southern Nationals A-main. R. White was trailed throughout most of the race by Justin Whitehead until a late caution. Robert Scrivner got the jump on Whitehead to take over the chase of Ball, but couldn't mount a serious challenge after losing rear brakes. R. White took home the big $10,000 pay check winning by a couple lengths. After a three wide salute to the fans, the 29-car Limited Modified feature took the green flag. R. White was first into turn 1 with Whitehead, Scrivner, Josh McGaha and Mike Roach on his tail. Jeffrey Abbey took an early look on Roach, but fell back line as the top ten sorted out single file. After a spin by Chris Brown, driving JJ Jennings car, McGaha, Scrivner and Whitehead tried to go three wide. Behind the lead quintet, Brandon Kenny and Abbey swapped sixth. Gabe Tucker, Shane Hoefling and Kale Westover tangled in turn 1 for a lap 12 caution. Kenny lost seventh on the restart to TJ Green, but got the spot back while Jake Upchurch and Jacob Pirkle ran side by side for ninth. As the leaders ran up on slower traffic, Whitehead and Scrivner went three wide by a lapped car. Scrivners top three run almost ended on lap 23 when Hoefling spun in front of the leaders. Scrivner slid into Hoefling, did a 360, and kept on going suffering only body damage. Kenny and Abbey continued their battle with Kenny retaking sixth. At the halfway point it was R. White, Whitehead, Scrivner, McGaha and Roach still holding the top five spots and Westover spinning for a yellow. On the restart Kevin Sustaire and Kevin Manning hooked bumpers for a quick caution. Abbey retook the spot from Kenny on the restart while Scrivner began to pressure Whitehead for second. With ten to go R. White had eked out a small lead on Whitehead, Scrivner and McGaha, but that trio quickly closed the gap back up when Nate Gaines backed into the turn 2 wall for a lap 45 yellow. Abbey spun from his top six spot, then Garrett Gregory broke the front suspension on back to back restarts. R. White, Whitehead and Scrivner had a slight gap to McGaha, Roach and Green with ten to go. Westover's troubles continued when he got sideways and tagged by Justin White. On the restart Green turned Kenny in turn 4 stacking up the field. Kenny retaliated under caution and was sent to the pits, while Green went to the tail. A spin by Brandon Ball on lap 54 set up a restart that saw Scrivner jump Whitehead for second. Scrivner tried to catch R. White in the closing laps, but R. White held a car length on Scrivner with two to go. From there R. White in the Smileys, Rockin W Ranch, Amanda White Salon, Lone Star Foods, Douglas Distributing, CJ Designs, Bryan County Agri Products, Emerald, Whitey Race Engines, Team Richardson Chassis kept the advantage to the checkers. “Hey, we won!,” exclaimed White. “We were worried about tires going into the race. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet. It still felt like it was holding good. I sure felt pressured, I could hear them back there. The restarts worried me, but it all worked out.” “This win means everything. That's why we're here. I can't believe we're here the way Thursday went. I can't believe we're sitting here at all. “It was definitely an eventful race,” said runner up Scrivner. “I'm lucky to finish. I was spinning around there. I don't how the car held up after the contact with (Shane) Hoefling, I thought I was going to die. I really wanted to give him(White) a try, but halfway through I lost my rear brakes. I just took what I got.” “It threw me on that last restart,” commented third place Whitehead. “They said we weren't going, but then they were gone. It is what it is. I still got a good pay check. It's awesome to finish on the podium. I want to thank Chase(Allen) and Jason(Ingalls) for putting this on.” Limited Modifieds(60 laps, $10,000 to win) 84 Rodney White, 537 Robert Scrivner, 36j Justin Whitehead, 911 Josh McGaha, sg1 Justin Shaw, 66 Nick Clinkenbeard, 141 Jacob Pirkle, k6 Joe Adams, 71g Keith White, 21 Chris Florio, 21t Taylor Florio, 123 Justin White(auction prov), 5g TJ Green, b75 Brandon Ball, 44 Kale Westover, 148 Garrett Gregory, 37 Jeffrey Abbey, 24 Jake Upchurch, 7 Nate Gaines(auction prov), 21x Mitchell Clement, 8x Kevin Manning(consi prov), 71k Kevin Sustaire, 68x Brandon Watson, 63 Shane Hoefling, 951 Gabe Tucker, 601 Chris Cogburn(track champ prov), 26g Chris Brown(auction prov), 33r Mike Roach---dq(tech),21b Brandon Kenny---dq Limited Modified Consolation Race(winner option to buy into 10k race) 8x Kevin Manning, 182 Danny Hebert, 13j James McCreary, 42k Chase Breese, 12 Adam Roy, 95 Ronnie Bell, 23 Coty Tupper, 191 Craig Oakes, 16 Rob Bland, 18m Wayne Melton, 14g Garrett Rawls, 90 Dustin Butcher, 171 Jeff Sheppard, 58k Sid Kiphen, 318 Fred Wojtek, 35 Aaron Roy, 33 Blaine Shives, 9x Cleo Adams, 28j Justin Nabors Limited Modified B-mains(top 4 to A-main, 5-14 to Consolation Race) B-main #1; 21x Mitchell Clement, 44 Kale Westover, 148 Garrett Gregory, b75 Brandon Ball, 58k Sid Kiphen, 14g Garrett Rawls, 13j James McCreary, 95 Ronnie Bell, 28j Justin Nabors, 18m Wayne Melton, 8x Kevin Manning, 23 Coty Tupper, 35 Aaron Roy, 90k Dustin Butcher, 121 Bobby Ruffin, 9w Shelby Williams, 601 Chris Cogburn, 10x Dustin Robinson, 115 Jack Barfield jr., 31s Cody Smith B-main #2; 21 Chris Florio, 63 Shane Hoefling, 66 Nick Clinkenbeard, 71g Keith White, 171 Jeff Sheppard, 191 Craig Oakes, 42k Chase Breese, 16 Rob Bland, 9x Cleo Adams, 182 Danny Hebert, 25c Jason Gore, 33 Blaine Shives, 182 Danny Hebert, 12 Adam Roy, 318 Fred Wojtek, 11 Eric Luttrell, 2x Nathan Arms, 41d Darrin Blake, 55r Rusty Head, 007 Acey Light, 8j Jon White jr---dns Limited Modified LC Heats(top 4 to B-main) Heat 1; b75 Brandon Ball, 44 Kale Westover, 601 Chris Cogburn, 121 Bobby Ruffin, 14 Kelly Lockey, 766 Shane Priddy, 17k Greg Moran, 21s Rookie Smith, 9L David Lege jr., 32 Rodger Pierce, 57 Clint Jones Heat 2; 63 Shane Hoefling, 71g Keith White, 007 Acey Light, 55r Rusty Head, 12w Gary Fox, 29j Jonathan Powers, 511 Cory Williams, 311 Brian Heard, 47 Justin Hossler, 7x Ted Thomas, 2 Brian Short Heat 3; 148 Garrett Gregory, 31s Cody Smith, 95 Ronnie Bell, 9w Shelby Williams, b4 Jared Baired, 420 Eric Ciegelski, 11g Eddie Grmala, g2g Kody McDowell, 14h Shane Hebert, 173 Tory Yant, 42w JR Watts Heat 4; 21 Chris Florio, 25c Jason Gore, 9x Cleo Adams, 191 Craig Oakes, 10d Don Painter, 123 Justin White, 58 Tyler Honeywell, 17 Michael Maraschick, 6x Jarrett Roberts, 91 Kyle Wisdom, p74 Ricky Sessions Heat 5; 21x Mitchell Clement, 58k Sid Kiphen, 18m Wayne Melton, 23j Mason Jordan, 58r Don Reid, 10h Caleb Hudgeons, 23 Coty Tupper, 12* Bailey Dosser, 39m Dale Melton, j2 Josh Short, 1t Jason Tiner Heat 6; 182 Danny Hebert, 171 Jeff Sheppard, 11 Eric Luttrell, 318 Fred Wojtek, 1 Tim Linares, 68 James Guyton, 01 Dan Webre jr., 8c Will Carter, 26 Devin Chambers, 367 Bobby Beaty, 4x Wally Beaty Heat 7; 8x Kevin Manning, 14g Garrett Rawls, 28j Justin Nabors, 10 Dustin Robinson, 18 David Phillips, 63x Frank Groves, 86 Brian Flowers, 30m Albert McCall, 41 Chad Hughes, 9j Daniel Joeffroy, 7h Michael Hanusch Heat 8; 33 Blaine Shives, 66 Nick Clinkenbeard, 42k Chase Breese, 16 Rob Bland, 4r Kevin Rowland, 7 Nate Gaines, 16d Dustin Donley, 777 James Hanusch, 42 Chase Gillie, 22 Gregory Muirhead, 114 Kevin Ward Heat 9; 115 Jack Barfield jr., 13j James McCreary, 90k Dustin Butcher, 35 Aaron Roy, 22m Dylan Spear, 89 Chad Cox, 0x Josh Landers, 3x Quentin Noel, 11t Tim Hamilton, 6w DL Wilson, 37h Garrett Higgins---bf Heat 10; 12 Adam Roy, 2x Nathan Arms, 41d Darrin Blake, 8j Jon White jr., 184 Brian Rye, 13b Bryce Reed, 199 Junior Dosher, 8 Brantley Beaty, 232 Joel Garcia, 26g Chris Brown---dq Ball Best in Factory Stock Bash Brad Ball(Highlands) took home the $1,000 payday in the Factory Stock feature going wire to wire. B. Ball was chased the entire race by Brandon Taylor who never could find a way around B. Ball, while at the same time trying to hold off Jamie Herring. As the 30-lap feature went green, B. Ball was first off turn 2 with the lead pursued by Taylor, Herring, Justin Holt and Jamey Lough. An early spin by Seth Ball set up a series of cautions, one of which saw Lough get turned hard into back stretch wall, almost going over. Lough was alright, but the car was done for the night. Once back to green Whitehead got by Justin McNeil for fifth while Bo Perry tried to look low on Herring for fourth. By lap 10 the top eight were lined up nose to tail around the top showing B. Ball, Taylor, Herring, Perry and Whitehead in the top five. Whitehead gave Perry a look, but found no way by as the top ten were now lined up. McNeil and Shane Priddy were side by side for eighth when McNeil spun in turn 4 for a lap 26 caution. Once back to green B. Ball and Taylor got away while Perry snuck past Herring for third. Taylor took a peek on the final lap, but it was Ball in the Swenson Racing Shocks, Best Auto Parts, Tri-Star Welding Supply, Wright Racing, CB Racing Engines, Outlaw Chassis taking the victory. “The track was good up high,” said Ball. “It laid some rubber down. The way the car ran, it drove itself. You always have to worry about where Justin Whitehead is, this is one of his cars(Outlaw Chassis). This car has been pretty good to us, it's won seven races this year.” Factory Stocks(30 laps) 78 Brad Ball, 88 Brandon Taylor, 24 Bo Perry, 222 Jamie Herring, 36j Justin Whitehead, o4 Cameron Cook, 77x Shane Priddy, 70 Kenneth Chamberlain, 27 Dalton Faulkner, 2x Ron Palmer, 7 Ricky Sessions, 8L Kelly Lockey, 11 Travis Bowden, 215 TJ Evans, 189 Justin McNeil, 52 John Gober, 78jr Seth Ball, 31 Justin Holt, 39 Jamey Lough, 21 Dwayne Holder Factory Stock B-mains(top 3 to A-main) B-main 1; 78jr Seth Ball, 8L Kelly Lockey, 70 Kenneth Chamberlain, 11 Travis Bowden, 10 Phillip Smith, 33d Dylan Moss, 144 Joe O'Bryan, 818 Dennis Bissonette, 01 Jonathan Grobe, 8h Levi Hodges, c1 Shawn Graham, 15 Trey Votaw, 93 Tracy Cundieff, 07 Royce Jones, 20 McKenzie Vandiver, 5h Lance Hanson jr---dns, 21t Tracy Peters---dns, 45k Ray Kemp---dns B-main 2; 77x Shane Priddy, x2 Ron Palmer, 215 TJ evans, 52 John Gober, 68 Brandon Hood, 55d Terry Dumas, 2k Nicholas Kirby, 99x Scotty Nichols, 73 Jeff Sonntag, 488 Lewis Blackwood, 85 James Thompson, 721 Jason Gore, 8 Tim Homeyer, 1x Chad Cox, 22 Jerry Cowart Factory Stock heats(top 12 in passing points to A-main) Heat 1; 39 Jamey Lough, 36j Justin Whitehead, x2x Ron Palmer, 77x Shane Priddy, 78jr Seth Ball, 215 TJ evans, 10 Phillip Smith, 11 Travis Bowden, 93 Tracey Cundieff, 2k Nicholas Kirby, 5h Lance Hanson jr., 818 Dennis Bissonette Heat 2; 04 Cameron Cook, 7 Ricky Sessions, 222 Jamie Herring, 8L Kelly Lockey, 8h Levi Hodges, 99x Scotty Nichols, 8 Tim Homeyer, 33d Dylan Moss, 68 Brandon Hood, h93 Michael Hail, 1x Chad Cox, 73 Jeff Sonntag Heat 3; 31 Justin Holt, 24 Bo Perry, 78 Brad Ball, 27 Dalton Faulkner, 15k Trey Votaw, c3 Shawn Graham, 85 James Thompson, 01 Jonathan Grobe, 488 Lewis Blackwood, 45 Ray Kemp jr, 21t Tracy Peters---dq(tech) Heat 4; 189 Justin McNeil, 136 Alan Lindow, 88 Brandon Taylor, 721 Jason Gore, 55d Terry Dumas, 70 Kenneth Chamberlain, 52 John Gober, 07 Royce Jones, 144 Joe O.Bryan, 22 Jerry Cowart
  24. Southern Nationals by C&J Promotions @ Heart o Texas Speedway, 9/7-9/2017 McGaha/R. White take Ltd Mod qualifiers, Kenny All Star race, Day Factory Stock @ Southern Nats 9-8-17 By JM Hallas Elm Mott, TX.,(Sept. 8Th, 2017) After a full night of racing Thursday night it was time to do it all over again and get eight more drivers qualified for the big $10,000 to main event on Saturday. In Thursday action, Robert Scrivner, Justin Whitehead(the two winners), Jeffrey Abbey, Taylor Florio, Justin Shaw, Jacob Pirkle and Gabe Tucker locked themselves in for the big pay day. Brandon Kenny made the transfer after Paul White failed tech in his A-qualifier. In the Factory Stocks it was Whitehead going home with $500 pay day as well as the Factory Stock All Star Race honors. Fridays Factory Stock payout increased tonight up to $750 for the winner. Whitehead was the hero of night 1 grabbing almost every win in his sight. The Factory Stock heat, feature and All Star Race winner, plus one of the two Limited Modified qualifier wins. His only hiccup, a second place finish in his Limited Modified heat race. Greg Frazer provided the scariest moment after got turned into the back stretch wall, climbed it, then rolled several time coming to a stop in the entry to turn 3. Frazer also got tagged several times during crash, but landed upright. Frazer was able to walk away reportedly with only a cut tongue. Limited drivers again would qualify in through 16 heats taking the top 16 in passing to one, of two, A-qualifiers. Two B-qualifiers will fill the remainder of the A-qualifiers. The A-qualifiers lock 4 drivers each into Saturdays finale. Factory Stocks would run a complete show of heats, B-mains and the nights A-main. Dennis Bissonette from Dirt Defender gave out #Texasstrong decals for all the drivers and had a banner for everyone to sign. The banner will be auctioned off later with all the proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. McGaha Motors into Limited Mod Main In the first of two Limited Modified A-qualifiers it was Josh McGaha(Abilene) going flag to flag for the win. McGaha led the field into turn 1 at the drop of the green pursued by Jake Upchurch, Shane Hebert, Wally Beaty and Joe Adams. Craig Oakes made an early charge getting by Adams and Beaty for fourth bringing Kelly Lockey along to fifth. After a string of yellows, the single file restart brought them to halfway showing McGaha, Upchurch, Hebert, Oakes and Lockey in the top five. Derick Grigsby was making a big run up to the top ten from the back, using the top groove. Grigsby then picked off seventh from Aaron Roy. Upchurch and Hebert closed in on McGaha in the final laps but never mounted a serious challenge leaving McGaha in the Williams Motorsports, All Pro Clutch and Driveline, IRP Chassis to take the checkers. **A slew of disqualifications in post race tech shook up the final results “Tonight the track was perfect,” replied McGaha. “Last night the track rubbered up and it made for some aggressive driving. I was one of them. Everyone's going for ten grand. I've had a good time with the Limited Modified, I ran one about five years ago. The Williams family had an extra car and asked if I'd run it this weekend. They've been working their tails off. We come here several times during the year, so we have some laps, but in the big mod.” Limited Modified A-qualifier #1 (top 4 locked in to Saturday night) 911 Josh McGaha, 24 Jake Upchurch, k6 Joe Adams, 68x Brandon Watson, 35 Aaron Roy, 182 Danny Hebert, 71g Keith White, 28j Justin Nabors, 12 Adam Roy, 44 Kale Westover, 511 Cory Williams, 4r Kevin Rowland, 8x Kevin Manning, 4x Wally Beaty, 63 Shane Hoefling, 42k Chase Breese, 777 James Hanusch, 8 Brantley Beaty, 30m Albert McCall, 21x Mitchell Clement, 191 Craig Oakes---dq(tech), 14h Shane Hebert---dq(tech), 14 Kelly Lockey----dq(tech), 69 Derick Grigsby---dq(tech) White Wins Trip to Limited Mod Main Rodney White(Ector) took home the win in the second Limited Modified qualifier. At the start Blaine Shives and Cody Smith made some contact with Mike Roach getting out front chased by R. White, JC Howell, Blaine Shives and TJ Green. After Howell spun from third, and Shives retired, R. White and Green stayed side by side for second until R. White secured the spot. Behind them Bobby Ruffin and Kevin Sustaire were making their way forward. R. White got along side Roach on lap 11 getting the point a lap later, at halfway, with Green, Smith and Ruffin in the top five. R. White then gapped the field until a late debris caution restacked the pack. R. White was able to hold off the pack for the win in the Smileys, Rockin W Ranch, Bryan Agri Products, Emerald, Team Richardson Chassis. Limited Modified A-qualifier #2 (top 4 locked in to Saturday night) 84 Rodney White, 33r Mike Roach, 5g TJ Green, 71k Kevin Sustaire, 31s Cody Smith, 121 Bobby Ruffin, 8j Jon White jr., 21 Chris Florio, b4 Jared Baired, 25c Jason Gore, 007 Acey Light, 58r Don Reid, 12* Bailey Dosser, b75 Brandon Ball, 14g Garrett Rawls, 115 Jack Barfield jr., 0x Josh Landers, 367 Bobby Beatty, 103 JC Howell, 148 Garrett Gregory, 2 Brian Short, 33 Blaine Shives, 4 Bo Day, 23m Jimmy Day Kenny Captures All Star Scramble In the wee hours of Saturday morning the Limited Modified All Star Race fired off with Brandon Ball getting the jump from the pole to the lead. Ball was trailed by Wally Beaty, Jake Upchurch, Brandon Kenny and Jacob Pirkle. Kenny worked his way quickly to the front grabbing the lead on lap 5. Behind Kenny it was Upchurch, Beaty and Pirkle going three wide for fourth until Pirkle bounced off the front stretch wall. Rowdy Day took advantage that fight sneaking past Pirkle and Beaty for fourth, with Dylan Spear following to fifth. At halfway it was Kenny, Ball, R. Day, Upchurch and Spear in the top five. R. Day used a restart to grab second from Ball leaving him side by side with Spear for third. Don Reid moved up to challenge Upchurch for fifth taking the spot just before a caution. The top three broke away back under green while Reid and Spear ran wheel to wheel for fourth. As the laps wound down Kenny and R. Day pulled away, white Nick Clinkenbeard moving in to battle with Upchurch and Reid for fifth. R. Day stayed in Kenny's tracks but couldn't find a way by as Kenny in the Roach Body Shop, Boom Test Well Service, Mud Hogs, Ramirez Race Cars held him off at the checkers. “I really didn't feel that good in the car,” commented Kenny(Woodward, Ok). “I hadn't run the bottom all weekend and really felt slow. I was waiting for someone to drive around the outside of me. I'm pretty pumped. This is awesome. So far, so good this weekend.” Limited Modified All-Star Race 21b Brandon Kenny, 20d Rowdy Day, b75 Brandon Ball, 22mag Dylan Spear, 24 Jake Upchurch, 66 Nick Clinkenbeard, 58r Don Reid, 13 James McCreary, 171 Jeff Sheppard, 4x Wally Beaty, 90 Dustin Butcher, 318 Fred Wojtek, 36j Justin Whitehead, 10x Dustin Robinson, 9w Shelby Williams, 95 Ronnie Bell, 12* Bailey Dosser, 3 Matt Doescher, 69 Derick Grigsby, 4f Trevor Foley, 141 Jacob Pirkle, 1sg Justin Shaw, 9x Cleo Adams, g2g Kody McDowell, 89 Chad Cox Limited Modified B-main #1(top 8 to A-qualifier) 4r Kevin Rowland, 777 James Hanusch, 28j Justin Nabors, 8 Brantley Beaty, 30m Albert McCall, 12 Adam Roy, 68x Brandon Watson, 13j James McReary, 199 Junior Dosher, 9w Shelby Williams, 22 Gregory Muirhead, 10x Dustin Robinson, 37h Garrett Higgins, 123 Justin White, 21s Rookie Smith, 6x Jarrett Roberts, 601 Chris Cogburn, 17k Greg Moran, 95 Ronnie Bell, 1t Jason Tiner, 75 Danner Shipman, 66 Nick Clinkenbeard, 91 Kyle Wisdom, 318 Fred Wojtek Limited Modified B-main #2(top 8 to A-qualifier) 8j Jon White, 367 Bobby Beaty, 25c Jason Gore, 2 Brian Short, 12* Bailey Dosser, 148 Garrett Gregory, 58r Don Reid, 115 Jack Barfield, 11 Eric Luttrell, 171 Jeff Sheppard, 68 James Guyton, 2x Nathan Arms, 29j Jonathan Powers, 1 Tim Linares, 3 Matt Doescher, 56 Broc Bowen, 11t Tim Hamilton, 9x Cleo Adam, 7 Nate Gaines, 86 Brian Flowers, 23n Steve Nabors, 63x Frank Groves, 55 Rusty Head Limited Modified heat(heats 1-8, top 16 in passing to A-qualifier, 17-42 to B-qualifier) Heat 1; 911 Josh McGaha, 191 Craig Oakes, 28j Justin Nabors, 8x Kevin Manning, 95 Ronnie Bell, 420 Eric Cegielski, 10d Don Painter, 4g Kenneth Graves, 78 Billy Jack Brutchin Heat 2; 69 Derick Grigsby, 44 Kale Westover, 123 Justin White, 9w Shelby Williams, 318 Fred Wojtek, 13j James McCreary, 22mag Dylan Spear, 01 Dan Webre jr., 47 Justin Hossler Heat 3; k6 Joe Adams, 24 Jake Upchurch, 71g Keith White, 199 Junior Dosher, 16 Dustin Donley, 12 Adam Roy, 766 Shane Priddy, 7h Michael Hanusch, 9j Daniel Joeffroy Heat 4; 21x Mitchell Clement, 182 Danny Hebert, 63 Shane Hoefling, 8 Brantley Beaty, 6 Chase Vineyard, 3x Quentin Noel, 10 Caleb Hudgeons, 8c Will Carter, 20d Rowdy Day Heat 5; 14 Kelly Lockey, 14h Shane Hebert, 37h Garrett Higgins, 30m Albert McCall, 21s Rookie Smith, 10x Dustin Robinson, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 26 Devin Chambers, 12w Gary Fox Heat 6; 4x Wally Beaty, 601 Chris Cogburn, 777 James Hanusch, 91 Kyle Wisdom, 66 Nick Clinkenbeard, 18 David Phillips, 74 Ricky Sessions, 58 Tyler Honeywell, 311 Brian Heard Heat 7; 35 Aaron Roy, 511 Cory Williams, 75 Danner Shipman, 68x Brandon Watson, 22 Gregory Muirhead, 7k Kyle Bridges, 9L David Lege jr., 73 Jeff Sonntag Heat 8; 42k Chase Breese, 4r Kevin Rowland, 17k Greg Moran, 6x Jarrett Roberts, 1t Jason Tiner, 26g JJ Jennings, 6w DL Wilson (heats 9-16, top 16 in passing to A-qualifier, 17-42 to B-qualifier) Heat 9; 84 Rodney White, 007 Acey Light, 148 Garrett Gregory, 56 Broc Bowen, 171 Jeff Sheppard, 42 Chase Gillie, 184 Brian Rye, 58k Sid Kiphen, 114 Kevin Ward Heat 10; 4 Bo Day, 23m Jimmy Day, 12* Bailey Dosser, 58r Don Reid, 173 Tory Yant, 55r Rusty Head, 11g Eddie Grmala, 89 Chad Cox, 00x Rusty Trevathan sr Heat 11; b4 Jared Baired, 14g Garrett Rawls, 8j Jon White jr., 11t Tim Hamilton, 3 Matt Doescher, 42w Jr Watts, 7x Ted Thomas, 4f Trevor Foley, 32 Rodger Pierce Heat 12; 103 JC Howell, 121 Bobby Ruffin, 1 Tim Linares, 23n Steve Nabors, 63x Frank Groves, 9x Cleo Adam, 57 Clint Jones, 17 Michael Maraschick, 0m Allen Morgan Heat 13; 21 Chris Florio, 31s Cody Smith, 2 Brian Short, 2x Nathan Arms, 68 James Guyton, 41 Chad Hughes, 115x Albert Gregware, j2 Josh Short Heat 14; 71k Kevin Sustaire, 0x Josh Landers, b75 Brandon Ball, 25c Jason Gore, 16 Rob Bland, 232 Joel Garcia, 751 Rusty Trevathan jr, 23 Coty Tupper---dq(tech) Heat 15; 33 Blaine Shives, 367 Bobby Beaty, g2g Kody McDowell, 29j Jonathan Powers, 86 Brian Flowers, 445 Thomas Blackwell, 39m Dale Melton, 41d Darrin Blake Heat 16; 5 TJ Green, 33r Mike Roach, 7 Nate Gaines, 115 Jack Barfield, 90 Dustin Butcher, 11 Eric Luttrell, 13b Bryce Reed, 18m Wayne Melton Day Dashes to Factory Stock Dough In the Factory Stock feature it was TJ Evans leading off turn 2 trailed by Brad Ball, Jeff Sonntag, Trey Votaw and Ricky Sessions. An early spin set up a restart that saw Sonntag get second from Ball with Bo Day following to third. B. Day picked off second from Sonntag and was quickly on Evans for the lead. B. Day took the top spot on lap 7 while Cameron Cook ran door to door with Ball for fourth. Justin Whitehead, who started back in the pack, tried to split Cook and Ball, but got loose and gave up a spot to Shawn Graham. At the crossed flags it was B. Day, Evans, Sonntag, Ball and Graham in the top five. Whitehead finally got headed to the front taking positions from Graham and Ball. With five to go Whitehead got third from Sonntag, but was far behind the lead duo. A lap 16 yellow rebunched the field with Whitehead able to snag second from Evans. Whitehead gave chase the final laps but it was B. Day in the Ronnie Welborn owned, Express Fabrication, Quality Intermodal, Best Engines, Ratchet Race Car holding on for the victory. “I really appreciate Ronnie Welborn letting me drive his car this weekend,” said Day. “In shows like this it takes a lot of luck no matter how fast you are. If you don't have luck on your side you're not going to do any good. You can never count Justin(Whitehead) out. He's a good driver. We started side by side and I knew I had to get to the front fast and just hold my line. He was going to have to go around me on the outside. I wasn't giving the bottom up.” Factory Stocks 4 Bo Day, 36j Justin Whitehead, 215 TJ Evans, 73 Jeff Sonntag, 04c Cameron Cook, 721 Jason Gore, 78 Brad Ball, 5h Lance Hanson jr., 85 James Thompson, 77x Shane Priddy, 504 Sean Hill, 7 Ricky Sessions, 15k Trey Votaw, 8 Tim Homeyer, 10 Phillip Smith, 26/r12 Ryan Powers, xxx Shawn Graham, 33d Dylan Moss, 98 Chris Davis, 31 Justin Holt, 151k Tommy Williams---dq(tech) Factory Stock B-mains(top 3 to A-main) B-main 1; xxx Shawn Graham, 8 Tim Homeyer, 721 Jason Gore, 07 Royce Jones, 45k Ray Kemp jr., 25 Michael Gaunet, 21 James Holder, 99x Scotty Nichols, 222 Jamie Herring, 22 Jerry Cowart, 488 Lewis Blackwell, 136 Alan Lindow, 88 Brandon Taylor, 1x Chad Cox, c1 Chris Shaw, 68 Brandon Hood---dns B-main 2; 89 Chris Davis, 504x Jason Cook, 33d Dylan Moss, 24 Bo Perry, 8L Kelly Lockey, 93 Tracey Cundieff, 55d Terry Dumas, 26 Leroy Barnard, 2k Nicholas Kirby, 504 Sean Hill, h93 Michael Hail, 189 Justin McNeil, 70 Kenneth Chamberlain, 01 Jonathan Grobe, 144 Joe O'Bryan B-main 3; 5h Lance Hanson jr., 85 James Thompson, 77x Shane Priddy, 818 Dennis Bissonette, 20 McKenzie Vandiver, 78jr Seth Ball, 21t Tracy Peters, 02 Matthew Berry, 84 Jeffrey Abbey, 11 Travis Bowden, 15* Aaron Allen, 151k Tommy Williams, ccc Chris Coon---dns, c3 Frank Conzaro---dns, 88m Rick Morosky---dns Factory Stock heats(top 12 in passing points to A-main) Heat 1; 15 Trey Votaw, 33d Dylan Moss, 5h Lance Hanson jr., xxx Shawn Graham, 504 Sean Hill, 98 Chris Davis, 77x Shane Priddy, c3 Frank Conzaro, 222 Jamie Herring, 15* Aaron Allen Heat 2; 78 Brad Ball, 215 TJ Evans, c1 Chris Shaw, 8 Tim Homeyer, 151k Tommy; Williams jr, 84 Jeffrey Abbey, 721 Jason Gore, 68 Brandon Hood, 88m Rick Morosky---dq(light), 55d Terry Dumas---dq(tech) Heat 3; r12 Ryan Powers, 04c Cameron Cook, 93 Tracey Cundieff, 504x Jason Cook, 25 Michael Gaunet, 136 Alan Lindow, 24 Bo Perry, 88 Brandon Taylor, 8L Kelly Lockey Heat 4; 4 Bo Day, 36j Justin Whitehead, 02 Matthew Berry, 21t Tracy Peters, 45k Ray Kemp jr., 2k Nicholas Kirby, 85 James Thompson, 26 Leroy Barnard, 11 Travis Bowden Heat 5; 7 Ricky Sessions, 52 John Gober, 31 Justin Holt, 78jr Seth Ball, 01 Jonathan Grobe, 23 Jerry Cowart, ccc Chris Coon, 189 Justin McNeil, 21 James Holder Heat 6; 73 Jeff Sonntag, 10 Phillip Smith, 07 Royce Jones, 70 Kenneth Chamberlain, 818 Dennis Bissonette, h93 Michael Hail, 99x Scotty Nichols, 20 McKenzie Vandiver, 144 Joe O'Bryan, 1x Chad Cox
  25. Factory Stock heats(top 12 in passing points to A-main) Heat 1 15 Trey Votaw 33d Dylan Moss 5h Lance Hanson jr xxx Shawn Graham 504 Sean Hill 98 Chris Davis 77x Shane Priddy c3 Frank Conzaro 222 Jamie Herring 15* Aaron Allen
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