November 13, 2013
Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas, will close out it’s NASCAR stock car racing season this Saturday and the Lone Star Speedzone team will be there to bring you you live, interactive updates from the “NASCAR Saturday Night - Presented by A-Line Auto Parts” season finale starting at 4 p.m. James Huff will be interviewing several drivers and shooting pictures while Nick Holt provides lap-by-lap coverage.
Eleven CTS classes will be competing at the recently-refurbished 3/8-mile paved oval and the on-track action is expected to be fierce as the championship point battles come to a climax. This is one show you won’t want to miss.
Bring the family and friends to meet the drivers, tour the pits, and of course, watch some side-by-side racing action up close! Tickets are only $15. Gates open at 4:00PM and featured races will begin at 6:00PM.
If for some reason you can’t be at CTS for this one, join me on Lone Star Speedzone at 4 pm for the live, interactive updates. You will be able to make comments and ask questions as we go along, but keep in mind that I have to approve all posts and sometimes I’m just so busy that some of the posts may be delayed.
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September 18, 2013
Lone Star Speedzone will be at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas, this Saturday, September 21, 2013, to bring you you live, interactive updates from the NASCAR-sanctioned 3/8-mile, paved oval starting at 5 pm.
All ten CTS classes will be competing in the “A-Line Night at the Races” event and the on-track action is expected to be wild as the points battles intensify in most classes with only two race nights remaining in the NASCAR season.
But that’s not all! Once the cars are all safely back in the pits, The Cottonwood Stills, an up-and-coming country band, will entertain the crowd from the huge CTS concert stage.
Admission for this event is only $15. Free parking, $1 hot dogs and $2 beer all add up to a very affordable night out for the whole family - NASCAR style!
But if for some reason you just can make it out to CTS for this one, join me on Lone Star Speedzone at 5 pm for the live, interactive updates. You will be able to make comments and ask questions as we go along, but keep in mind that I have to approve all posts and sometimes I’m just so busy that some of the posts may be delayed.
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August 21, 2013
Nick Holt and Lone Star Speedzone will be at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas, this Saturday evening, August 24, 2013 to bring you live, interactive updates from the NASCAR-sanctioned 3/8-mile, paved, short track oval.
Action in all 10 classes competing in “The Affordable Golf Cars 250″ should be intense as the season starts to wind down with championships still to be decided. The night of high-speed NASCAR racing will be followed by a concert by Josh Fuller and Dirt and Diesel on the huge CTS concert stage.
Admission for this event is only $15. Free parking, $1 hot dogs and $2 beer all add up to a very affordable night out for the whole family - NASCAR style!
But if for some reason you just can make it out to CTS for this one, join me on the Lone Star Speedzone website for all the racing action plus exclusive driver interviews hosted by James Huff. I will be firing up the blogging software around 4:00 pm with qualifying starting at 4:15, opening ceremonies set for 5:45 and the first feature to take the green flag at 6 pm.
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July 23, 2013
Nick Holt and Lone Star Speedzone will be at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas, this Saturday evening, July 27, 2013 to bring you live, interactive updates from the huge “Racing with Randy Rogers Band” event at the NASCAR-sanctioned 3/8-mile, paved, short track oval.
This is bound to be one of the biggest racing/entertainment events of the season at CTS and will feature at least 250 laps of main event racing for all 10 CTS racing classes: Bandoleros, NasKarts, Mini Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Grand Stocks, 6th Street Construction Sport Mods (also known as the Texas Asphalt Limited Modified Series), A-Line Super Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Trucks and Pro Late Models.
It’s not every day you get to see an action-packed night of high-speed NASCAR racing followed by a concert on a pro-level stage by one of the nation’s top country acts - the Randy Rogers Band. And admission for this special event is unbelievably only $15. What a deal! Add free parking included, $1 hot dogs and $2 beer and you have a very affordable night out for the whole family.
But if for some reason you just can make it out to Kyle for this one, join me on the internet for all the racing action - NASCAR style! I will be firing up the blogging software around 3:00 pm with qualifying starting at 3:15, opening ceremonies set for 4:45 and the first feature to take the green flag at 5 pm.
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June 26, 2013
Nick Holt and Lone Star Speedzone will be at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas, this Saturday evening, June 29, to bring you live, interactive updates from the from the NASCAR-sanctioned 3/8-mile, d-shaped, paved oval.
This action-packed event - named the “Freedom 250” - will feature at least 250 laps of main event racing including feature races for all 10 CTS racing classes: Bandoleros, NasKarts, Mini Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Grand Stocks, 6th Street Construction Sport Mods, A-Line Super Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Trucks and Pro Late Models.
Admission for this special event to honor our country is only $15 with free parking included! Add that to the $1 hot dogs and $2 beer and live music after the racing and you have a very affordable night out for the whole family.
But if for some reason you just can make it out to Kyle for this one, join me on the internet for all the racing action - NASCAR style! I will be firing up the blogging software around 5:00 pm with opening ceremonies set for 5:45 and the first feature to take the green flag at 6 pm.
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May 29, 2013
Nick Holt and Lone Star Speedzone will be at Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas, this Saturday evening, June 1, to bring you live, interactive updates from the from the NASCAR-sanctioned 3/8-mile, d-shaped, paved oval.
The event - named the “Mobil 1 Challenge” - will feature qualifying for the Sport Mods, Super Stocks, Trucks, Pro Mods and Late Models, heat races for Dwarfs and feature events for all 10 classes - Bandoleros, NasKarts, Mini Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Grand Stocks, Sanford Electric SportMods, A-Line Super Stocks, Pro Modifieds, Trucks and Late Models. That’s a lot of racing!
Admission to the track is only $15. No charge for parking and the track is now offering $1 hot dogs and $2 twelve-ounce beer!
Come out to Central Texas Speedway to experience the best in extreme side-by-side racing. Along with racing, the track will feature food vendors, Beach Volleyball, horseshoes, the Car Bar and live music. It’s fun for the whole family.
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May 1, 2013
Nick Holt and Lone Star Speedzone will be at the recently-refurbished Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, Texas, this Saturday evening, May 4, to bring you live, interactive updates from the from “Whelen 250″ at the 3/8-mile, d-shaped, paved oval.
I will be firing up the blogging software around 3:00 pm for all the qualifying sessions and Dwarf Car heat races that take place before the Opening Ceremonies at 4:45 pm. Then get set for 10 feature events right in a row - that’s right, 10 feature events starting at 5:05 pm.
Here’s the way the feature events line up: Bandoleors (10 laps), NasKarts (27 laps), Mini Stocks (20) laps, Dwarf Cars (20 laps), Grand Stocks (20 laps), SportMods (25 laps), Super Stocks (30 laps), Trucks (40 laps), Pro Modifieds (50 laps) and Late Models (75 laps). That’s a lot of racing!
And free parking!
Come out to Central Texas Speedway to experience the best in extreme side-by- side racing. Along with racing, the track will feature food vendors, Beach Volleyball, horseshoes, the Car Bar and live music. It’s fun for the whole family.
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March 30, 2012
The racing action at Thunderhill Raceway is starting to heat up as the weather gets warmer in Central Texas. You should try to make it out to the track this Saturday and enjoy the nine feature events on tap.
But if you can’t make it, please join me, Nick Holt, for the Umscheid Race Services Live, Interactive Updates from the 3/8-mile, d-shaped oval. I will be going live at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, 3/31/12, and will try my best to bring you all the racing action as it happens.
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February 28, 2012
Sunday ended the weekend for the 2012 Icebreaker, presented by Smileys and Showtime Signs & Designs, on Abilene Speedway’s ¼ mile. Drivers in all three IMCA classes (Modified, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks) competed for early season track, state regional and national points, as well as the Lone Star Series.
Afternoon racing is always tricky on the high-banked, red clay, oval as drivers and crews scrambled for their best dry slick set up throughout the day’s events.
White Goes Wire to Wire for Modified Money
Capping off a fairly decent weekend, Academy’s Keith White ended on a winning note going flag to flag in the 20-lap IMCA Modified main event. Joe Spillman was first into turn 1 from the pole, but White was able to duck underneath him coming off turn 4 to lead lap 1. Vince Ogle took over second on an early restart and chased down White during the midway point. Ogle made up the distance in the waning laps, but couldn’t find a way around the Southern Regional champion, White at the checkers.
As green waved on the 20-car IMCA Modified field Spillman eased ahead in the first corner, but got passed by White coming back to the line. A multi-car melee in turns 3-4 brought the action to halt quickly on lap 1. On the first try at a restart, Mark Patterson went around and collected Jason Hunter in turn 4. Finally back under green, Ogle took second from Spillman with he and White beginning to inch away.
Allen Bradley tried to put Spillman back another spot, but ended up giving his spot to Fred Wojtek on lap 8. At halfway it was White and Ogle with a huge lead on the pack while Spillman, Wojtek and Bradley rounded out the top five. A track tire brought out the first caution on lap 10 bringing the field back to the lead duo. Under caution, Spillman pulled off from third with oil pressure issues.
On the restart, Hunter dropped the driveshaft in his ride to bring the yellow right back out. Once back to green White got a car length on Ogle with Brandon Stewart looking low on Charles Brewer for fifth. The top two again began easing away from the field to settle the match between themselves.
Stewart was finally able to get past Brewer on lap 16, while Ogle closed back up on White. With two to go, Ogle was on White’s tail, but White crept ahead by two car lengths as the white flag waved. At the checkers it was White in the Tracy Auto Sales, Braka Operating, Extreme Graphics, BSB Manufacturing, TCC, Craftmasters Powder Coating, racinwithneal.com, Centex Motorsports powered, Hughes Chassis taking home the win.
I Keith White, Academy
7 Vince Ogle, Lubbock
44 Fred Wojtek, Abilene
12 Brandon Stewart, Forney
11 Allen Bradley, Farmington, NM
72 Charles Brewer, Abilene
41 Monte Bolton, Lubbock
52 John Gober, Poolville
90 Tommy Fain, Abilene
69 Danny Hogue, Abilene
26 Darin Leonard, Sinton
71 Kevin Sustaire, Emory
117 Jimmy Tidwell, Round Rock
23 Chris Elliott, Eastland
13 Jason Hunter, Poolville
444 Joe Spillman, Marble Falls
01 Mark Patterson, Abilene
28 Gabe Tucker, Carbon
19 Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Ia.
9 Pat McGuire, Belton
IMCA Modified B-mains (Top 4 to A-main)
B-main #1 69 Danny Hogue, Abilene, 52 John Gober, Poolville, 26 Darin Leonard, Sinton, 28 Gabe Tucker, Carbon
B-main #2 90 Tommy Fain, Abilene, 71 Kevin Sustaire, Emory, 12 Brandon Stewart, Forney, 117 Jimmy Tidwell, Round Rock
IMCA Modified heats (Top 2 to A-main)
Heat 1 1 Keith White, Academy, 7 Vince Ogle, Lubbock
Heat 2 9 Pat McGuire, Belton, 13 Jason Hunter, Poolville
Heat 3 44 Fred Wojtek, Abilene, 23 Chris Elliott, Eastland
Heat 4 72 Charles Brewer, Abilene, 01 Mark Patterson, Abilene
Heat 5 11 Allen Bradley, Farmington, NM, 19 Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Ia.
Heat 6 444 Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, 41 Monte Bolton, Lubbock
Kiphen Conquers Sportmod Field
Sid Kiphen (Gatesville) got an early gift in the 24-car IMCA Southern Sportmod feature when early leader, Tyler Fain broke under caution. Fain got out front after the initial start was waved off, for a mid-pack stack up. After a red for a blown motor, Fain was unable to refire handing the top spot to Kiphen. Kiphen made the most of it pulling away to huge lead over Terry Owen and track champ, Matt Mueller. At the finish Kiphen held a full straightaway margin over the rest of the field.
A huge pile up coming to the green flag quickly brought the 20-lap IMCA Southern Sportmod to a halt and complete start. Fain got a good jump when the green waved ahead of Kiphen, Owen, Nick Roberts and Matt Mueller. Mueller had just started to work on Roberts when a bumper on the track brought out a lap 1 yellow.
Back to green with Fain and Kiphen getting away, and Mueller getting by Roberts but a tire on track brought out another caution. Coming to take the green for the next try, Michael Tennison blew the motor and rolled to a stop. After the cleanup, Fain was not able to start and was pushed to his pits giving the lead to Kiphen.
Kiphen got away clean as the race restarted leaving Owen, Roberts, Mueller and Todd Bartlett in his wake. Mueller was finally able to get past Roberts for third on lap 4, with lots of rubbin’ going on in the pack. Coming to halfway Kiphen had built a half straightaway edge on Owen, Mueller, Roberts and Bartlett.
Bartlett and Doug Easterling were both able to get under Roberts for fourth and fifth, with Johnny Torres looking to make the same pass. Kiphen had a full straight on Owen, while Mueller, Bartlett and Easterling ran nose to tail. Kiphen was able to hold that advantage the final five laps to easily grab the victory in the K&S Backhoe Service, Southwest Racing Specialties, Centex Motorsports, Express Race Car.
“Racing is for fun, winning is a bonus,” said Kiphen. ““I would have liked to race with (Tyler) Fain. It would have been a good race. It took a few laps for my tires to come in and I was going to try anyway I could to get around him. I felt bad that he broke, but sometimes those things happen. It worked out nice for me, this time.”
“We made some adjustments to the car that it didn’t like on Friday and Saturday night. So we changed things again for today and the car was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better handling car.”
“We all know on Sunday at Abilene it’s a “draw” contest with the track going so dry slick. It seemed like some moisture came back on the bottom and it helped my car. There was also a groove of some oil from a blown motor that actually a good line to run, if that makes any sense.”
“I have to thank Kyle Bloodworth and Roy Ewing for coming along and helping me out this weekend. Roy hasn’t been racing since 2005 and he was having a blast. I think he was trying to drive from the grandstands.”
IMCA Southern Sportmods
58 Sid Kiphen, Gatesville
25 Terry Owen, Merkel
38 Matt Mueller, Stamford
690 Todd Bartlett, Abilene
88 Doug Easterling, Abilene
223 Kick Roberts, Des Moines, Ia.
166 Johnny Torres, San Antonio
59 Chad Hertel, Abilene
31 Matt Martin, Kaufman
511 Cory Williams, Slaton
999 Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Ia.
5 Tad Reutzel, Burt, Ia.
15 Kevin Green, Robinson
7 Stephen Robison, Abilene
26 Dean Abbey, Haslet
77 Tyler Fain, Tuscola
766 Shane Priddy, Abilene
63 Michael Tennison, Baird
120 Lance Fulgham, Abilene
20 Ronnie Welborn, Princeton
227 Forrest Wemken, Dunn
95 Steve Hayes, Eastland
48 Bradley Poor, Abilene
IMCA Southern Sportmod B-mains (Top 4 to A-main)
B-main #1 48 Bradley Poor, Abilene, 511 Cory Williams, Slaton, 15 Kevin Green, Robinson, 59 Chad Hertel
B-main #2 7 Stephen Robison, Abilene, 95 Steve Hayes, Eastland, 26 Dean Abbey, Haslet, 20 Ronnie Welborn, Princeton
IMCA Southern Sportmod heats (Top 2 to A-main)
Heat 1 766 Shane Priddy, Abilene, 166 Johnny Torres, San Antonio
Heat 2 63 Michael Tennison, Baird, 58 Sid Kiphen, Gatesville
Heat 3 690 Todd Bartlett, Abilene, 77 Tyler Fain, Tuscola
Heat 4 120 Lance Fulgham, Abilene, 227 Forrest Wemken, Dunn
Heat 5 38 Matt Mueller, Stamford, 223 Nick Roberts, Des Moines
Heat 6 25 Terry Owen, Merkel, 5 Tad Reutzel, Burt, Ia.
Killen King of Sunday Stock Cars
So people take their vacation to the Bahamas, or on a cruise, but racers will be racers and the Killen’s chose Texas for a ‘racing’ vacation. Tommy Killen (Des Moines, Ia.) made his trip pay off leading every lap of the 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature event. T. Killen, who missed making the Friday and Saturday show, made some changes and drew a good number, starting on the pole. Jeff Turner gave T. Killen some pressure, while guarding second from Don Killen. After a late restart, T. Killen eased ahead of Turner by a few car lengths, holding that advantage, to take the win.
When the green flag waved on the 20-car IMCA Stock Car feature with polesitter T. Killen out front ahead of Turner, D. Killen, Matt Guillaume and Nyle Godwin, with side by side racing back in the pack. Jason Batt broke out that pack getting by Cory Davis. Godwin gave away his top five spot after a spin in turn 4 to bring out a yellow on lap 5.
The top three eased away from Guillaume, Shane Priddy, Batt, Davis Keith White and Damon Murty, on the restart. Priddy began to look for a way by Guillaume low, but found no room as they came to halfway with T. Killen getting a bit of breathing room. It wasn’t long until the second pack reeled in the battle for second between Turner and D. Killen.
The evil track tire jumped on the track for a lap 14 caution, erasing T. Killen’s lead. Coming back to green it was a high speed game of bumper tag, but everyone survived. D. Killen clipped an infield tire on lap 17 knocking a hole in the radiator and was forced to pull off from third. A lap later Guillaume spun from third and got T-boned by Davis for a yellow.
T. Killen ran out to a three car advantage on Turner as the race resumed. Priddy was now putting some heat on Turner for second as the white flag was shown. T. Killen held his margin over to grab the victory in the Dons Tire & Auto, Bobs Transmissions, Cornwell Tools, L&G Graphics, Mid-States Motors, Killen Chassis.
“I just to be smooth and steady,” commented T. Killen. “This was the first feature I’ve made all week. We made some changes and changed the gear. I came down here with a 6.50 and had to drop down to a 5.83. That made the difference tonight I think.”
“We run on dirt back home instead of this clay. This track doesn’t take as much gear as the ones we race on. We run Des Moines on Friday night and Boone on Saturday night, then there’s Oskaloosa on Wednesday. Des Moines and Osky are big half mile tracks and Boone a 3/8th track.”
“There are some other little bull rings like this up there, Stuart is one of those. This is where we all learned to race at.”
“We’re just down on here on vacation. We just came to have fun.”
IMCA Stock Cars
11 Tommy Killen, Des Moines, Ia.
44 Jeff Turner, Seagoville
77 Shane Priddy, Abilene
10 Keith White, Academy
91 Jason Batt, Harker Heights
221 Duain Pritchett, Combine
103 JC Howell, Mabank
169 Lewis Hammond, Midland
110 Nyle Godwin, Redfield, Ia.
6 Caleb Crenshaw, Ft. Worth
28 Cory Davis, Eunice, NM
20 Brandon Clough, Wallace, Nebr.
29 Brendan Silts, Grand Island, Nebr.
501 Matt Guillaume, Tomball
43 Scotty Cook, Abilene
07 Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville
81 Don Killen. Des Moines, Ia.
18 David Phillips, Abilene
4 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka
99 Damon Murty, Chelsea, Ia.
IMCA Stock Car B-main (Top 4 to A-main)
B-main #1 10 Keith White, Academy, 99 Damon Murty, Chelsea, Ia., 07 Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, 20 Brandon Clough, Wallace Nebr.
B-main #2 169 Lewis Hammond, Midland, 221 Duain Pritchett, Combine, 6 Caleb Crenshaw, Ft. Worth, 43 Scotty Cook, Abilene
IMCA Stock Car Heats (Top 2 to A-main)
Heat 1 4 Kenneth Graves, Tahoka, Tommy Killen, Des Moines, Ia.
Heat 2 501 Matt Guillaume, Tomball, 77 Shane Priddy, Abilene
Heat 3 18 David Phillips, Abilene, 81 Don Killen, Des Moines
Heat 4 44 Jeff Turner, Seagoville, 103 JC Howell, Mabank
Heat 5 28 Cory Davis Eunice, NM, 29 Brendan Silts, Grand Island, Nebr.
Heat 6 110 Nyle Godwin, Redfield, Ia. 91 Jason Batt, Harker Heights
Watson Wins on Last Lap Pass
After losing the lead the past two nights on the final circuit, Des Moines, Iowa’s, John Watson took one of his own. Chase Neill led at the start of the 20-car IMCA Hobby Stock main, with Bryan Sewell on his tail. Watson lurked in third until getting by Sewell with five to go and ran down Neill. As the lead duo took the white flag Watson ducked under Neill going into turn 1 and got by coming off turn 2. From there Watson was able to clear Neill on the back stretch and go on to the victory.
A huge pile up coming to green quickly brought the 20-car IMCA Hobby Stock main to a halt, bringing about a complete restart. Neill beat the field into turn 1 with a good start as Sewell, Jon Grindstaff, Chase Parson and Watson fell in line. Watson picked off Parson then Grindstaff for third bringing Parson along to fourth.
Watson ran down Neill and Sewell as the top three began to break away.
The lead trio quickly caught slower traffic before halfway and at the mid-point it was Neill, Sewell, Watson, Parson and Grindstaff. The leaders diced through traffic while exchanging bumper shots as they all got hung up on the low side behind slower cars.
A caution for an infield tire on the track was this time, a relief to the lead group, giving them clear track on the restart. Once back to green Neill got sideways with Sewell trying low, and Watson looking high, but all held on to their spots. With five to go the top five were all nose to tail until Watson got by Sewell. Parson followed through the hole, but Sewell retook the position in the next corner.
Watson closed up on the rear bumper of Neill, with an occasional tap to let him know he was there. As Neill and Watson came to take the white flag, Watson slipped inside going into turn 1 and came out with the lead. Watson held off Neill the final three quarters of a lap for the win in the Johns Tree Service, Supreme Tire & Auto, Yaws Auto Salvage, Supreme Lawn & Landscape, Dons Tire & Auto, Supreme Racing Stables. KMS, NB Golf Carts, Sta-Rite Transmissions, Nutz Graphics & Vinyl, GM Crate Motor, Big Daddy Race Car.
“There’s some pretty tough competition down here,” stated Watson. “I enjoy racing as close as we have been down here with all the last lap passes. Today you just had to wait for someone to bobble on a track like this, keep the car out of trouble and hope you didn’t get spun. I was able to get under him (Neill) and be first one into the corner.”
“Those guys were hugging the bottom pretty good, so their car must be handling. I was thinking if I could just to second place I’d have a chance to make another last lap pass. This Big Daddy’s Chassis will get in corner good, I can turn it and get a good bite coming off.”
“This is a brand new car that I got just after Christmas. We threw it together and put an old set up on it from our last car. We won eighteen features with it, so it must work. We were coming down here just to get some practice really and hoping for the best.”
“There are several of us working together on things, Shannon Anderson, Jamie Songer, Danny Watson and Curt Reed. We share a lot of knowledge between us and hope one of us can come away with a national point’s championship.”
IMCA Hobby Stocks
4 John Watson, Des Moines, Ia.
1 Chase Neill, Ft. Worth
144 Bryan Sewell, Seagoville
27 Chase Parson, Abilene
17 Jon Grindstaff, Venus
85 David Bissonnette, Stephenville
56 Justin Cass, Abilene
11 Bud Ohliger, Abilene
18 Jim Hall, Jackson, Nebr.
15 Terry Comer, Hawley
21 Aaron Elliott, Hawley
34 Tracy Haynes, Willow Park
94 Todd Gereau, Sioux City, Ia.
121 Brian Stich, Topeka, Kan.
71 Brent Sauble, Willow Park
62 Johnathan Davis, Sweetwater
777 Tom Love, Jackson, Nebr.
6 Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Nebr.
25 Jeremy Carter, Joshua
46 Billy Taylor, Gatesville
IMCA Hobby Stock B-main (Top 8 to A-main)
18 Jim Hall, Jackson, Nebr., 15 Terry Comer, Hawley, 46 Billy Taylor, Gatesville, 777 Tom Love, Jackson, Nebr., 94 Todd Gereau, Sioux City, Ia., 71 Brent Sauble, Willow Park, 121 Brian Stitch, Topeka, Kan., 62 Johnathan Davis, Sweetwater.
IMCA Hobby Stock heats (Top 3 to A-main)
Heat 1 6 Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Nebr., 85 David Bissonnette, Stephenville, 34 Tracy Haynes, Willow Park
Heat 2 27 Chase Parson, Abilene, 1 Chase Neill, Ft. Worth, 21 Aaron Elliott, Hawley
Heat 3 17 Jon Grindstaff, Venus, 11 Bud Ohliger, Abilene, 25 Jeremy Carter, Joshua
Heat 4 144 Bryan Sewell, Seagoville, 56 Justin Cass, Abilene, 4 John Watson, Des Moines, Ia.
by J M Hallas
October 18, 2011
The 17th Annual Ryan Bard Memorial, Southern Challenge wrapped racing action for year at Abilene Speedway for 2011. With 20 drivers already secured in spots for Sundays Big A-Main and B-mains in the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks, the remaining group had one more shot to make the field for the big pay out at the end of the days racing.
Sundays afternoon racing always presents a ‘challenge’ to drivers and teams as track conditions change from Friday and Saturday night racing. The best dry, slick set ups and track position are key to finding the Winners Circle and championship pay day at the end of the day. Crews worked on the track right up until start time in an effort to keep a good track early.
Sunday’s races are always a day of remembrance for Ryan Bard who lost his life after a fiery crash early in the day several years ago. The memory of his loss was made even more emotional when word of Dan Weldon passing away during an Indy Car event in Las Vegas began to surface.
The Young Guns Jr. Mini Stock Shootout also finished up its racing season with heat races and feature to determine its champion.
McGaha ‘The Man’ in Modified main
Abilene’s Josh McGaha topped off a nearly perfect Southern Challenge weekend going wire to wire in the 30-lap IMCA Modified main event. McGaha got the lead from the pole and was chased early by national point’s runner-up Keith White. White’s run ended after an encounter with a lapped car sent him almost to the turn 1-2 wall. Gabe Tucker and Charles Brewer took up the charges after White fell out, but no one could touch McGaha even after a lap 25 caution rebunched the field. It was the biggest career win for the McGaha a former Abilene Speedway track champion.
The 20-car IMCA Modified field was pared down by two before the pack took the green. It was three wide in turn 4 as the race started, but Chris Dawson, Charles Brewer, Bo Newton and Tim Clonch got tangled in the melee ending the night for Clonch and Newton. Brewer would continue, Dawson would pit and return later in the race.
When green finally waved McGaha jumped out front with White getting a break from Hughes Chassis teammate Gabe Tucker to get the bottom. Tucker, Chris Elliott and Brewer lined up behind White. The top five were nose to tail and easing away from GW Egbert IV, Ben Ketteman, Philip Houston and Neal Flowers. As Brewer got by Elliott for fourth, Dawson returned, strolled around and fell in between McGaha and White.
McGaha was able to inch away as Dawson held up the pack. White tried to go outside and Dawson threw a block with Tucker trying to dive low. White again tried high on Dawson with Dawson running White up the track almost to the wall. Brewer snuck past the scramble for second, with Tucker third. White caught up to Dawson and gave him a shot on the bumper with Dawson going around and collecting Flowers.
As the race resumed and came to halfway it was McGaha, Tucker, Brewer, Elliott and Ketteman in the top five. Elliott tried the high side of Brewer for third but got freight-trained by Ketteman, Houston and Egbert. McGaha continued to hold his advantage over Tucker until Fred Wojtek clipped an infield tire in turn 3 with five to go. The field stayed in line on the restart with no one willing to chance the outside. McGaha ran unchallenged to the checkers in the A City Speed, Texas Roadhouse, Extreme Bodies, Lone Star Wind Farm, Five Star Powder Coating, Showtime Signs & Graphics, Fletchers Motorsports, Dirt Works Genesis Chassis.
“This is by far my biggest win,” replied McGaha. “We’ve had a real good year racing here and had a run for the championship with my buddy Charles (Brewer). We barely missed it, but I’ll take winning the Southern Challenge. We won the IMCA Modified championship here four or five years ago. We’ve kind of laid low on running for points and concentrate on feature wins.”
“On Sunday you never have to worry about someone trying to sneak by on top. It’s pretty much guaranteed no one will be out there. You just hope everyone is courteous behind you and they stay off your rear bumper. You just to keep it around the bottom. Rob (Poor) tried to give us a better track for racing on Sunday, but it didn’t happen. Friday and Saturday night is was good and there was lots of racing.”
“You know there’s going to be fast guys behind you. If you make the A-main for the Southern Challenge there will be some good cars. I knew there would be some on my heels. When you’re in the lead you don’t have anything to gauge your pace. I was conservative getting in and able to pull off the corners. I felt a couple taps, but they were good enough not to get me sideways.”
“I’m not much of a point’s racer. We had a real good second half of the season and got in the hunt. We made the feature at Boone(SuperNationals) and won this. We just hope next year will be as good or better, but we’ll just be running for wins. I’ve got to thank my pit man, Bubba, he’s been with since the Icebreaker last year. He puts a lot of hours in for little pay. I couldn’t be here without him.”
911 Josh McGaha, Abilene, 28 Gabe Tucker, Carbon, 72 Charles Brewer, Abilene, 37 Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, 717 GW Egbert IV, Belton, 66 Lance Shaw, Sweetwater, 7 Randy Martin, Springtown, 69 Danny Hogue, Abilene, 44 Fred Wojtek, Abilene, 23 Chris Elliott, Eastland, 1 Keith White, Academy, 85 Neal Flowers, Hobbs, NM, 711 Chris Dawson, Post, 19 BJ Baze, Sherman, 16 Bob Sikes. Eunice, NM, 117 Toby Herring, Hobbs, NM, 90 Tommy Fain, Abilene, 89 Bo Newton, Bangs, 18 Tim Clonch, Quinlan
IMCA Modified B-Main(Top 10 to back of Big A-Main)
37 Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, 69 Danny Hogue, Abilene, 90 Tommy Fain, Abilene, 71 Philip Houston. Odessa, 117 Toby Herring, Hobbs, NM, 16 Bob Sikes, Eunice NM, 44 Fred Wojtek, Abilene, 89 Bo Newton, Bangs, 66 Lance Shaw, Sweetwater, 7 Randy Martin, Springtown, 318 Scotty Cook, Abilene, 17 Jimmy Tidwell, Round Rock, 29 Jamie Campbell, Adkins, 49 Vince Ogle, Lubbock, 24 Tony Wink, Abilene, 34 Brendon Medcalf, Tolar, 83 Chad Estes, Troy, 63 Hardy Henderson, Taylor, 43 Robby Edwards, Eastland, 141 Monte Bolton, Lubbock—DNS
IMCA Modified Last Chance Qualifiers(Top 5 to back of B-main)
LCQ #1 16 Bob Sikes, 44 Fred Wojtek, 66 Lance Shaw, 34 Brendon Medcalf, 49 Vince Ogle
LCQ #2 83 Chad Estes, 89 Bo Newton, 318 Scotty Cook, 17 Jimmy Tidwell, 24 Tony Wink
IMCA Modified Heats(Top 6 to Last Chance Qualifier)
Heat 1 16 Bob Sikes, 44 Fred Wojtek, 34 Brendon Medcalf, 302 Bo Briley, 03 Mike Hathcock, 116 Mikel Powers
Heat 2 66 Lance Shaw, 49 Vince Ogle, 104 Kevin Switzer, 13 Jim Thorp, 82 Donald Thatch, 61 Bobby Sikes jr.
Heat 3 *3 Chad Estes, 17 Jimmy Tidwell, 51 Larry Floyd jr., 24 Tony Wink, 318 Scotty Cook, 611 Caleb Stone
Heat 4 89 Bo Newton, 59 Kelly Allen, 102 David Davis, 171 Chad Melton, 144 Joe Spillman, 12 Toby Hubbard
All Abbey in Sportmod Sweep
The 2011 IMCA Southern Sportmod, Dean Abbey (Haslet) showed everyone why he was this year’s titlist. Abbey led from start to finish in the 30-lapper for the Sportmods. Abbey was trailed early by JC Howell until track favorite, Bradley Poor took up the challenges. Poor pressured Abbey throughout the last three quarters of the race waiting for a mistake that Abbey never would make. The final laps saw the top four running nose to tail trading a few bumper taps all the way to the checkers.
It took several attempts to get the 20-car IMCA Southern Sportmod feature started under green. When they finally got a lap in the books, Abbey as out front followed by Howell, Poor, Steve Hayes and Matt Mueller. Doug Easterling brought out a yellow on lap 1 to slow the action again. The top eight stayed in line back under green while Shane Priddy got by Justin Shaw for ninth.
Johnny Torres followed Priddy through to tenth, then got by Priddy for ninth. As Abbey built a good lead, Poor got around Howell for second. Priddy brought out a yellow on lap 5 when he went around in turn 3. Back under green Abbey and Poor broke free from Hayes and Mueller. Torres picked up another spot getting by Gary Underwood, bringing Kelly Cross and Michael Tennison.
Tennison got past Torres for seventh and as Torres slid high, Cross and Underwood got past for eighth and ninth. Coming the crossed flags it was Abbey, Poor, Hayes, Mueller and Mark Patterson getting by George Egbert III for fifth. Yellow waved on lap 15 for a get together between Torres, Shane Wojtek, David Elliott and Underwood in turns 1-2.
Once back to green the top four got away as Patterson slowed from fifth splitting the pack.
With ten to go Poor was all over Abbey’s bumper as the two put some distance on Hayes and Mueller. As they battled up front, Hayes and Mueller closed back in with five to go. A game of bumper tag broke out among the lead group with two laps left. The game was clean and Abbey held off the charges in the BG Motorsports, JL Racing, Smileys, Rhino Racing Rearends, Braka Operating, E&E Kustoms, Tumbleweed BBQ, Chase Me Race Engines, Abbey Racing Chassis.
“The car was really, really good all weekend,” commented Abbey. “I can’t complain about anything. We drew good on Friday and ran up front. I couldn’t do this by myself though. All the props go to Brad Gaines and JL Racing for all they do. Without his set up we’d never be where we were.”
“You know that guys will be coming, but you have to run every lap like it’s the first lap and do your thing. You can’t worry about who’s behind and just focus on what you have to do and not make any mistakes.”
“Winning the IMCA Southern Sportmod Championship and winning this race are big accomplishments. We’ve won some titles in Bandeleros and Legend cars and runner up for rookie of year in Sportmods in 2009. This is a really big race for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever made the feature in three years of trying.”
“I’ve run dirt and pavement and while dirt is more fun, I can’t take away from what I learned racing pavement. I learned all the fundamentals running asphalt, the dirt’s just made me better.”
IMCA Southern Sportmods
26 Dean Abbey, Haslet, 48 Bradley Poor, Abilene, 38 Matt Mueller, Stamford, 95 Steve Hayes, Eastland, 63 Michael Tennison, Baird, 70 George Egbert, Salado, 103 JC Howell, Mabank, 00 Kelly Cross, Amarillo, 7 Stephen Robison, Abilene, 25 Terry Owen, Merkel, 45 Shane Wojtek, Robert Lee, 88 Doug Easterling, Rule, 172 Mark Patterson, Abilene, 99 Gary Underwood, Abilene, 71 Johnny Torres, San Antonio, 19 David Elliott, Eastland, 55 Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, 766 Shane Priddy, Abilene, 77 Tyler Fain, Tuscola, 17 Scotty Wallace, Lorenzo
IMCA SSM B-Main(Top 10 to back of Big A-Main)
99 Gary Underwood, Abilene, 71 Johnny Torres, San Antonio, 766 Shane Priddy, Abilene, 63 Michael Tennison, Baird, 7 Stephen Robison, Abilene, 17 Scotty Wallace. Lorenzo, 00 Kelly Cross, Amarillo, 45 Shane Wojtek, Robert Lee, 88 Doug Easterling, Rule, 25 Terry Owen, Merkel, 118 Robert Crabtree jr., Clyde, 311 Danny Patterson, Abilene, 97 Julie Boettler, Farmington, NM, 917 Kyle Wisdom, Abilene , 80 Mike Easterwood, Sundown, 144 Tim Ridgeway, Midland, 18 Douglas Gillespie, Amarillo, 511 Cory Williams, Slaton, 31 Brian Heard, Hobbs, NM, 59 Chad Hertel, Shallowater—DNS
IMCA SSM Last Chance Qualifiers(Top 5 to back of B-main)
LCQ #1 00 Kelly Cross, 80 Mike Easterwood, 25 Terry Owen, 31 Brian Heard, 917 Kyle Wisdom
LCQ #2 118 Robert Crabtree jr., 88 Doug Easterling, 18 Douglas Gillespie, 45 Shane Wojtek, 97 Julie Boettler
IMCA SSM Heats(Top 6 to Last Chance Qualifier)
Heat 1 00 Kelly Cross, 11 Michael Therwhanger, 25 Terry Owen, 91 Mitchell Wachsmann, 01 Charlie Underwood, 33 Bobby Bentle
Heat 2 80 Mike Easterwood, 31 Brian Heard, 4 Kenneth Graves, 22 Joey Klemish, 917 Kyle Wisdom, 227 Forrest Wemken
Heat 3 45 Shane Wojtek, 18 Douglas Gillespie, 97 Julie Boettler, 32 Rodger Pierce, 166 Brian Carey, 117 JP Vasquez jr.
Heat 4 118 Robert Crabtree jr., 88 Doug Easterling, 690 Todd Bartlett, 122 Brandon Brown, 14 Cody Brosh, 1 Michael Galan
White Wins as Phillips Fails
As if Keith White needed any help, racelong leader David Phillips saw a transmission failure hand the win to White, the 2011 IMCA Stock Car National Champion. Phillips led at green with friend and track rival, Shane Priddy on his tail. Priddy had problems and pulled off leaving White far behind Phillips. White methodically cut into Phillips lead catching him near halfway. A late restart was Phillips downfall as high gear broke on the restart giving White the opening he needed to get by with five to. White then eased away from JC Howell, who gave up spots on the final laps leaving White unchallenged at the checkers.
It was a good start for Phillips in the IMCA Stock Car feature as he jumped out, trailed by Priddy, White, JC Howell and Duain Pritchett. Priddy had trouble and slowed on lap 2 dropping from second and leaving Phillips with a gap back to White. White methodically cut into Phillips’ lead catching him at halfway, with Howell, Pritchett and Chad Estes rounding out the top five.
Trey Melton brought out the races’ first caution with a spin in turn 4. On green the top three stayed nose to tail and eased away from Pritchett and Estes. Pritchett gave up fourth when he slowed and pulled off on lap 18, with Joe Colyer getting by Bo Briley for fifth. Colyer then lost fluid on track and stopped for a lap 24 caution that would prove to be Phillips downfall.
On the restart Phillips couldn’t get the car in high gear with White and the rest of the field diving low to avoid Phillips. White lead coming back to the line for lap 25, with Howell, Estes, Billy Wade and Tim Clonch now in the top five. An infield tire slowed the action on lap 25 briefly, but White would power away on the restart and pull away for the victory in the Tracys Auto Sales, Braka Operating, Triple T Trucking, Stacys Farms, Tubbs Paint & Body, TCI, Craftmasters Powder Coating, Extreme Graphics, BSB Manufacturing, KS Engineering, Bill Whites Auto Sales, Belton Iron & Steel, racinwithneal.com, Kempner Iron & Steel, Stephenville Starter, CenTex Motorsports, Medieval Chassis.
“I hate to win one this way,” said White. “But we’ll spend the money just the same. I thought maybe he lost the clutch, but he lost high gear. We’ve had our share of the same issues in the twenty plus years we’ve been doing this. It doesn’t make it feel any better. They’re good people and I feel for them.
“He pretty much had me covered. I laid back a little but there’s not much you can do with the track that’s one lane. That might breed some of this racing that happens here on Sunday. I wish they’d go to a Thursday. Friday and Saturday night race. We need a night show to be the marquee event for the Southern Challenge”
“You’d like to say that winning one that you might not have and losing one that you might have won equals out, but it doesn’t. When you lose one because of someone that isn’t worth it and lose one to a good person like David Phillips just because of a parts failure. No it doesn’t work out.”
“Even with all my wins in my career it’s still fun to come up here and do good. The people I associate with are all good people and that’s why I come and hang out with them here. We want to win for our sponsors, our family and friends. I really have to thank Gabe Tucker for the use of his Modified this weekend after mine was torn up at Boone.”
“It wasn’t that easy jumping into an I-stock and winning the National Championship. I don’t think of it as a step down either. This is whole different feel, style of driving and there’s good, hard drivers that you can run door to door with. It’s fun to race like that. The Stock Car breed that type of racing. That’s the kind of racing we need to have.”
“Losing the Modified points by just a few again this year kind of bums you out. But that’s the way the points racing is. It’s what got us the Stock Car title. So you win by it and lose by it. So close, but so far away. I feel we gave away a few wins this year and I can count them. Come February of next year we’ll be loaded for bear again.”
IMCA Stock Cars
11 Keith White, Academy, 83 Chad Estes, Troy, 22 Billy Wade, San Angelo, 125 Tim Clonch, Quinlan, 103 JC Howell, Mabank, 08 Levi Hodges, Ft Worth, 26 Marc Egbert, Lubbock, 77 Allen Bradley, Farmington, NM, 28 Cory Davis, Eunice, NM, 18 David Phillips, Abilene, 117 Joe Colyer, Abilene, 07 Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, 302 Bo Briley, Miles, 221 Duain Pritchett, Combine, 47 Trey Melton, Lubbock, 01 Chris Hale, Ringling, OK, 201 Cody Kays, Hobbs, NM, 10 Mike McCarthy, Round Rock, 771 Shane Priddy, Abilene
IMCA Stock Car B-Main(Top 10 to back of Big A-Main)
22 Billy Wade, San Angelo, 77 Allen Bradley, Farmington, NM, 08 Levi Hodges, Ft Worth, 10 Mike McCarthy, Round Rock, 117 Joe Colyer, Abilene, 156 Jason Adcock, San Angelo, 201 Cody Kays, Hobbs, NM, 47 Trey Melton, Lubbock, 07 Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, 26 Marc Egert, Lubbock, 113 Jim Thorp, Mertzon, 12 Dustin White, Lamesa, 3 Steffan Carey, Bloomfield, NM, 88 Robert Barnett sr. Abilene, 02 Wayne Stremmel, Stamford, 55 Mart Wampler, Snyder, 4 Kelly Brown, Abilene, 69 Lewis Hammond, Midland, 50 Terry Wojtek, Sterling City, 59 Travis Sutherlin, Aztec, NM
IMCA Stock Car Last Chance Qualifiers(Top 5 to back of B-main)
LCQ #1 47 Trey Melton, 26 Marc Egert, 113 Jim Thorp, 55 Mart Wampler, 02 Wayne Stremmel
LCQ #2 156 Jason Adcock, 07 Dennis Bissonnette, 69 Lewis Hammond, 50 Terry Wojtek, 12 Dustin White
IMCA Stock Car Heats(Top 6 to Last Chance Qualifier)
Heat 1 02 Wayne Stremmel, 113 Jim Thorp, 47 Trey Melton, 7 Walter Freeman, 21 Scott Kristinik, 8 Dustin Locke
Heat 2 15 Corbie McLaren, 26 Marc Egert, 131 Mark Lord, 25 Donald Baker, 55 Mart Wampler, 14 Kenneth Graves
Heat 3 07 Dennis Bissonnette, 12 Dustin White, 1 Willie Free, 69 Lewis Hammond, 971 JD White, 992 Karah Ward
Heat 4 156 Jason Adcock, 99 Tim Pfalgraf, 122 Bill Brzezinski, 50 Terry Wojtek, 43 Scotty Cook, 81 Hunter Russell
Rockin’ Roller for Hobby Honors
Scoring the biggest win of his life, Waco’s Andy Roller lead every lap in the feature and nearly every lap on the weekend. Roller only trailed for a single lap during Friday night’s heat race. Roller was pursued throughout the 30-lap event by Billy Briley II who could only get close under yellow. After a mid-race caution, Roller stretched out his advantage over Briley as the top eight spread out. Roller was able to put it on cruise control as he powered his way to the victory.
Roller eased away as green flew on the IMCA Hobby Stock feature with three wide racing in the pack. Billy Briley, Jeremy Carter, Tobie Talk and Allen Montgomery sorted themselves out behind Roller. Terry Comer II went for spin in turn 4 to bring out a lap 1 caution. Roller again jumped out on green leaving Carter pressuring Briley for second. Carter left an opening for Talk to get by for third, but closed the door before Montgomery could get through.
Jerry West and Jordan Lathram tangled in turn 3 to bring out a yellow on lap 9. Back under green, Carter was able to retake third from Talk, but gave the spot up as the two swapped positions. Amanda Brewer brought oit a caution on lap 12 when she spun in turn 1. Roller pulled ahead on green coming to the midway point trailed by Briley, Talk, Montgomery and Carter.
The final half of the race saw the top eight separate out between each other, with only small skirmishes breaking out farther back in the pack. This left Roller all alone out front with no pressure other than making a mistake. At the checkers it was Roller by a comfortable margin in the Howard’s Automatic Transmissions, Hammack Racing, Mach-1, Demon Decals, Southwest Maintenance, A&J Custom Paint, J&J Race Engines, Charger Chassis.
“I’ve never won a race from the pole,” exclaimed Roller. “The car was perfect this weekend, I think we led every lap but one in the heat race. We bought two new tires for today figuring we’d chew them up, and they probably are. This is the biggest win of my career. I won a $500 to win race in Killeen and got to shoot the cannon, but the extra $500 is bigger than that.”
“It’s hard to go outside here on Sunday so I wasn’t too worried about that. They don’t use a line up board here so I didn’t know who was behind me. I saw the 123 car(Billy Briley II) behind me once, but I just started counting down the laps. I tried counting double so they’d go quicker. I was so happy when I saw that white flag. I just tried to hug the tires. That’s the way to run here on Sunday. If you don’t mess up you’ve got a good chance of winning.”
IMCA Hobby Stocks
63 Andy Roller, Waco, 123 Billy Briley II, Midland, 77 Tobie Talk, Abilene, 38 Allen Montgomery, Ft. Worth, 25 Jeremy Carter, Joshua, 56 Justin Cass, Abilene, 85 David Bissonnette, Stephenville, 237 Jordan Lathram, Hobbs, NM, 3 Amanda Brewer, Hillsboro, 23 Alec Smith, Hobbs, NM, 17 Jon Grindstaff, Venus, 37 Lynn Gibson, Rhome, 721 Jaron Shahon, China Spring, 21 Aaron Elliott, Hawley, 818 Dustin Mims, Dublin, 9 Jerry West, Ft. Worth, 72 Tommy Phillips, Abilene, 27 Chase Parsons, Abilene, 15 Terry Comer II, Hawley, 86 Brian Flowers, Hobbs, NM
IMCA Hobby Stock B-Main(Top 10 to back of Big A-Main)
86 Brian Flowers, Hobbs, NM, 72 Tommy Phillips, Abilene, 27 Chase Parsons, Abilene, 237 Jordan Lathram, Hobbs, NM, 15 Terry Comer II, Hawley, 721 Jaron Shahon, China Spring, 3 Amanda Brewer, Hillsboro, 23 Alec Smith, Hobbs, NM, 17 Jon Grindstaff, Venus, 37 Lynn Gibson, Rhome, 55 Wendall Kurts, Hamlin, 122 George Locke, Eunice, NM, 46 Billy Taylor, Gatesville, 827 Chris Mims, Dublin, 117 Derek Sparks, Stephenville, 24 Gordon Pippin, McCaulley
Roberts Rockets to Young Guns Shootout
Jarrett Roberts jumped out front at the start of the 15 lap Young Guns, Jr. Mini Stock feature with Trinten Turley, Tyler Webb, Austin Wanderschied and Bryce Pritchett on his tail. As B. Pritchett moved up to fourth, John Freeman worked his way into the top five. Jarred Marquez spun on lap 5 for the first yellow. Once back under green, Roberts, Turley and Webb broke away.
Turley and Webb made contact battling for second with Webb going into the back stretch wall for a lap 6 yellow. Roberts pulled away from B. Pritchett back under green with Wanderschied and Brook Cooper side by side. Copper was then able to get around B. Pritchett for second when Casey Carnes spun in turn 4 for a yellow on lap 12.
On the restart Cooper tried to dive under Roberts for the lead but ended up spinning in turn 2 for another yellow on lap 13. Officials cut the race to a green, white, checker finish that saw Roberts get away clean from B. Pritchett and go the final two laps without any pressure.
Young Guns Jr. Mini Stock Shootout
6 Jarrett Roberts, 21 Bryce Pritchett, 7d Austin Thiess, Ksp1 Jarred Marquez, 155 Austin Wunderschied, 21x John Freeman, 5k Kelsey Baggett, 94 Brook Cooper, 86 Casey Carnes, 17 Trinten Turley, 56 Tyler Webb, 77 Jeremy Hamlin, 22 Calton Pritchett, 74 Emily Phillips, 00 Jesney Reagan
By J M Hallas