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  1. Ritters Repeat, It's a Family Affair By JM Hallas Seguin, TX.,(Jan 8th, 2022) Not to be outdone by his wife Candace, who won the 2020 Alamo City Motorplex Top ET track championship, Brent Ritter showed he still had a title in him. The multi-time track champion, who started racing in 1990 driving a 64 Ford Falcon, added his fourth championship trophy to his case after titles in 2001(Top Sportsman) and back to back titles in 2014/2015 in Box(Electronics). “The pressure of racing for championships has never bothered me too much,” said Ritter. “I think I felt more pressure trying to keep Candace in a car that was competitive.” “It’s never been easy for me to win the championship, but having done it before makes me believe I can do it again. I think the first championship was the most exciting because I didn’t know if I was capable of doing it until then. The last one is the most important to me because I proved I can still do it.” This year wasn't easy either, having motor issues and Candace crashing her car late in the season. “In the second to last race I broke a lifter in my motor which damaged the camshaft,” added Ritter. “Reher and Morrison had to get a camshaft made and drop shipped to me, which didn’t get here until the Friday before the final race. It was a thrash to get my car back together and get to the track Friday night to test. I was only able to get one pass on the car Friday night and it didn’t run right. I worked on the car all day Saturday trying to figure out what was wrong with it. I went into the first time run not knowing if the car was fixed.” “I had offers from Todd Zampese, Scott Ball, David Bills and Todd Robinson to drive their cars but I knew I would be more comfortable in my own car. I made my first time run and the car ran exactly what I thought it should have ran. That was a huge relief and at that point I knew I had to win one more round than Mike(Pearson), but had to pay attention to where Greg Mueth was also.” “Greg was the only other one that I thought had a shot. My plan going in was just run my own race. I figured if I made it to the final and Mike was still in, the winner of that race would be the champ. Myself, Mike and Greg all won first round, so going into second round nothing had changed. I usually go to the front of the lanes if I can, which I did. Greg pulled up right behind me which surprised me, but after I thought about it, he was doing what he needed to do. He had to take myself and Mike out early to have a chance to win. As luck had it, we were paired second round. I was fortunate to take the win. I was the first pair out so I had time to get back to the staging lanes to help Candace.” “When Mike lost second round I knew it was over. It was sooner than I expected. Mike has been pretty consistent all year so I didn’t expect him to lose second round.” This year has had some added work to be done with their daughter, Caitlin, now in a Junior Dragster and the stress of keeping up with three cars. “Caitlin's first win was more of a surprise than anything due to having trouble with her car all day. She never made a whole pass under power, but she never gave up. She was .018 on the tree in the final and her car died at 60’ but her competition went red. It was, for sure, more exciting for me to see her to win than myself. I feel like I have been somewhat successful racing and I expect myself to win, so I don’t get as excited as I used to.” “I try to use the best parts and pieces on the cars to reduce the amount of maintenance necessary. I get help from Candace, Todd and Scott when I need it.” Ritter doesn't look to change classes and thoughts about retirement only occasionally happen. “I occasionally think about quitting, but after being away from the track for a week or two, I am always ready to go back. The first time I drove a dragster I knew that is where I wanted to be and have never considered anything else.” Sponsors; Simpson Performance Products, Reher and Morrison, Mission Auto Parts 2007 Undercover Chassis powered by a Reher and Morrison 588
  2. Redneck Stress Relief @ I-37 Speedway 11/13/21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton TX.,(Nov. 13Th, 2021) “When the crowds are gone” One last fling for the 2021 season at I-37 Speedway reminded me of the Savatage song as I looked out of tower while I was packing up my gear into the empty stands and quiet race track. ~~~SIGH~~~ The annual Redneck Stress Relief featured the Factory Stocks and racetracklawyers.com Texas Dirt Truck Series in their final points race of the year. It was also time for the ladies to show what they had in the Powder Puff race, plus the always entertaining Trailer Race. Coming into their final points nights Aaron Leddy had a good lead(78) over former pavement Late Model ace and I-37 Speedway Late Model track champion Tommy Grimes. With heat and feature points on the line their was still a mathematical chance. Grimes was also in a tight battle for second with Russ Parker, while William Jones and Treyler Caulfield had an even tighter scrap for fourth, separated by only a single point. Head of the Class The 20-lap Factory Stock feature was a thriller from green to checkers. On the initial start it was three wide for the lead off turn 2 between Rusty Head, Mason Doherty and Rowdy Chouinard, in only his second race after winning a raffle for the car. Michael Keylich would spin and scatter the field bringing about a complete restart. The second start saw Doherty grab the point with Head, Chouinard and Jarrett Payton three wide for second down the back stretch and Dillon Gaither fifth. Jose Lopez joined the group with Payton falling back into a three abreast fight between he, Gaither and Johnny Westfall. Up front Head was putting pressure on Doherty for the lead looking low entering turns 1 and 3. There was still three wide action in the pack with Lopez, Gaither and Westfall going at it for fourth. The pace slowed on lap 6 when Zach Freeman looped it in turn 4. On the restart, Head got alongside Doherty for lead in turn 2 getting the spot coming to the line on lap 7, while Gaither made his way up to third. Gaither then was side by side with Doherty for second, with Westfall door to door with Chouinard for fourth. Once clear of Doherty, Gaither took a look on Head for the lead. The two were side by side coming to halfway with Gaither having the bumper ahead of Head at the line while Doherty, Chouinard and Westfall filled the top five, and the top seven nose to tail. Head changed his line looking on Gaither for the lead back with Chouinard and Doherty door to door for third. Freeman and Mike Land had issues in turn 2 for a lap 13 caution that saw Head use the top side on the restart to get the lead back from Gaither on lap 14. On the charge was Kasey Krauss, who also found the top groove, moving up to fifth. Krauss moved in to battle with Chouinard and Westfall going three wide until Chouinard got a flat and spun on lap 17. Head got a good jump on green leaving Gaither with Doherty and Krauss side by side for third. As the white waved, Gaither gave Head one last try, but came up short as Head(Buda) in his SWL, Reliable Automotive, Sun Coast Post Tension, Stockman Trucking, crate powered, unknown chassis snagged the checkers. “We had a good battle for the lead,” replied Head. “I found a line pretty quick down low and took the lead early then lost it. The car was good. I figured the only way I was going to get back to lead was go to the outside. When I went there the car stuck and I got the lead back with a few laps to go.” “The line changed about the middle of the race. I searched around a little bit for some moisture. There was some higher up in (turns) 1-2, 3-4 was a little slick, but guys were having to slow down to run the bottom I was able to keep momentum through the middle.” “You always have to put your trust in guys you haven't raced with before. Several years ago we started traveling to other tracks and racing with some other guys. It's taught me a lot. It's taught to trust some of these guys and some you can't at all.” “I won this car last November in a football drawing. $400, race ready. We've changed some stuff on it, like shocks and springs. Who knows what type chassis it is. It was probably built back when I ran Longhorn Speedway. I have to thank my son, Levi Head for helping me out this weekend.” All in Design Factory Stocks 55r Rusty Head,99 Dillon Gaither, 23k Kasey Krauss, 33m Mason Doherty, 9 Johnny Westfall, 18s Jarrett Payton, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 538 Jamie Campbell, 00 Zach Freeman, 48 Mike Land, 11 Brian Harbison, 6 Gary Butler, 15 William Cavender, 63 Joe Johnson, 28 Rowdy Chouinard, 22m Dalton McDonald, 44k Michael Keylich, 75 Jerry Miller, 57 Jake Hall---dns, 15L Daniel Lopez---dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 28r Rowdy Chouinard, 18s Jarrett Payton, 9 Johnny Westfall, 538 Jamie Campbell, 15L Daniel Lopez, 15 William Cavender, 22m Dalton McDonald---dns Heat 2; 33m Mason Doherty, 00 Zach Freeman, 44 Michael Keylich, 23k Kasey Krauss, 11x Brian Harbison, 63j Joe Johnson, 57 Jake Hall Heat 3; 55r Rusty Head, 99 Dillon Gaither, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 48 Mike Land, 75 Jerry Miller, 6 Gary Butler Barber Best in Truck Bash With the title on the line, a dozen Texas Dirt Trucks took the green with Adolph Tracy getting a little loose giving Larry Baggett the opening to get the top spot going into turn 1. Grimes, running the top, got a good run from the third row to second chased by Chuck Barber, Leddy and A. Tracy. Grimes got alongside Baggett for the lead in turn 3 and 4. C. Barber joined them on lap 2 digging around the bottom going three wide before Grimes got the lead on lap 3. C. Barber stayed with Grimes using the low side taking the point on lap 4. Coming out of row five, Jarrett Barber was quickly moving up getting by Leddy and Baggett for third. Grimes was able to retake the lead from C. Barber on lap 6 before a caution for debris after Jones shredded a tire. On the restart J. Barber, on the high side, took second from his dad and then looked low on Grimes while Russ Parker got by Leddy for fourth. Parker and C. Barber then began to swap third. At the crossed flags it was Grimes and J. Barber door to door for the lead, C. Barber, Parker and Leddy in the top five. J. Barber was able to secure the point on lap 11 then slowly begin to ease away. Behind the lead duo Leddy, feeling secure about the championship, began to move up taking fourth from Parker. J. Barber took the white with about a half straightaway advantage over Grimes, with Leddy getting third from C. Barber. At the checkers it was J. Barber(Robstown) in the Barber Oilfield Trucking, WRT, Ace Transmission, crate powered, ARTS Chassis. “It was exciting racing with my dad and Tommy(Grimes) for the lead,” commented Barber. “This is only my sixth race in a truck. These truck handle pretty much the same as my Street Stock, but they're down power. I've had to adjust my driving in the truck. You can't turn them with the throttle like my Street Stock. You have to make sure you have the truck pointed the direction you want to go before picking up the gas.” “We had to start near the back(points average) and race our way to the front. I didn't really have a plan. I just went where they weren't. I didn't get to watch the Factory Stock race, but going out there I thought the bottom would be the fastest line. I didn't know if the top would be there, I just held my line on the bottom.” “This is my first ever championship,” explained Leddy. “It's pretty sweet. It was awesome to complete a good race season without problems like we've had in the past. I was actually points racing tonight, which we normally don't do. I just kept Tommy(Grimes) in sight. They were faster than me on the bottom at the start of the race. I tried down there, but there was nowhere to go. So I moved up and found some speed up there. You just try to be a bit more conservative in the last race of the season.” “I think I'm going to try to retire from racing now. I told Jamie(Fuller) that my driver suit had a broken zipper and I wasn't going to order a new one. We've got two new trucks and two new drivers coming up. So I'll retire from driving Jamie's stuff. I've got to thank all my sponsors for a good year, Reflective Wrecker, JGR Fab, C-3 Speed Horses, CNC Grafix, 'Let's Go Brandon', Longs Machine Shop, ARTS Chassis.” Racetracklawyers.com Texas Dirt Truck Series 19 Jarrett Barber, 22t Tommy Grimes, 93 Aaron Leddy, 19b Chuck Barber, 28 Russ Parker, 19t Adolph Tracy, 3 Larry Baggett, 4 Treyler Caulfield, 14t Shaun Tracy, 416 Lance Chacon, 5x William Jones, 93b Colton Borlace, 39 Jamie Fuller---dns TDTS Trophy Dash; 22t Tommy Grimes, 3 Larry Baggett, 28 Russ Parker, 5x William Jones TDTS heats Heat 1; 19b Chuck Barber, 5x William Jones, 28 Russ Parker, 19t Adolph Tracy, 14t Shaun Tracy, 416 Lance Chacon, b93 Colton Borlace Heat 2; 22t Tommy Grimes, 93 Aaron Leddy, 19 Jarrett Barber, 3 Larry Baggett, 4 Treyler Caulfield, 39 Jamie Fuller---dns Powder Puff In the combined Powder Puff race it was a great battle between Jennie Barber and Riley Heil in the two 'borrowed' trucks of C. Barber and Parker. Barber would be able to hold off Heil to get the victory after battling side by side, at times, throughout the entire race. In the Factory Stocks it was Amanda Freeman taking the win after an early battle with Regan Frautschi who would spin but continue. Emily Harbison would take second, while Cheryl James would come home third in her first ever race on dirt. “I was scared (explative)less” said Freeman. “It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be though. It was fun. When the trucks zoomed past I was like don't hit those. I never saw anyone I was racing with. All I saw was the trucks ahead of me. That's all I was worried about. Last month I got about 20 lap practice, but I've never been around racecars until my husband got involved in them. He and I are our only sponsors and our car is all built in-house.” TDTS; Jennie Barber, Riley Heil Factory Stocks; Amanda Freeman, Emily Harbison, Cheryl James, Regan Frautschi Trailer Race; It was ten laps of mayhem and destruction on a track that was “slimed” down before the Trailer Race. Getting lined up was even issue with the going tough on the slick track. So it was a standing start to get the event rolling. The winner was selected by the crowd in a cheer off on the front stretch. The first round was a virtual tie, so it was narrowed down to two and John Johnson and his co-pilot, Allen Leddy were awarded the win over DJ Schroat and his co-pilot. I joked that a belly slide down the front stretch might have gotten them a bigger cheer. “That was crazy, a lot of fun,” exclaimed Johnson. “I help out a lot with the track prep. I asked Johnny(Torres) to leave us a lane on top, but you see he didn't do that. There was no favoritism at all, there was no dry line. I thought we tore up enough stuff to be worthy of the fan vote win. I think we accomplished what we needed to accomplish. We still had a piece of the trailer hanging on the bumper, so technically we still had a trailer attached, the tongue and some square tubing.” “There were two times I thought I was going to die,” added Allen Leddy(his co-pilot). “But we made it through and had all kinds of fun.”
  3. Final Points Night/DTK Memorial Weekend @ I-37 Speedway 10/29-30/21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(Oct. 30Th, 2021) Happy Halloween All good things must come to an end and so the 2021 I-37 Speedway racing caps off its season with the DTK Memorial honoring the fathers of men who have influenced the tracks promoters and a past promoter. With the big car points season now over, and champions crowned(Ryan Doyon-IMCA Modified, Sterling Tausch-Limited Modified, Brandon Brzozowski-Late Model, Dakota Hurley-Factory Stock and Ryan McDonald-Sport Compacts, it was time for money racing. Two grand was up for grabs in the Factory Stocks, with a grand available for the IMCA Modifieds and Limited Modifieds and $325 for the Sport Compacts. The Go-Karts would also finalize their points season tonight on the infield track. The Senior Division has Peyton Jones out front of Cody Clegg by 9 with Zoey Adkins in third. The Junior Division shows Blaine Markgraf leading by a huge margin over Beau Payton and Cecilia Johnson in a close fight for second. Cheston Markgraf heads the field in the Youth Division over Tucker Kempe by only 3, with Kaden Pacheco third coming into the nights action. To celebrate tomorrows Halloween tradition the track held a “Trunk or Treat” type event with drivers/teams handing out candy. A costume contest for kids and adults offering some intermission entertainment and laughs, with $50 awarded for best costumes. Cain Captures Factory Stock Cash As the 24-car, 25-lap Factory Stock feature roared to life, Donald Cain and Kaden Honeycutt stayed door to door with Cain slightly ahead on lap 1 trailed by Dakota Hurley, Aaron Leddy and Josh Sewell. As the lead duo continued to side by side, Hurley tried to make it three wide until a debris caution slowed the action. On the restart Hurley got second while Leddy and Cameron Starry were side by side for fourth. Honeycutt got back along side Hurley for second as Allen Torres got by Sewell for sixth. Honeycutt finally retook the spot with Torres running down Leddy for fifth. At halfway it was Cain, Honeycutt, Hurley, Starry and Torres in the top five. As the top ten or twelve sorted out single file, there were good three wide battles further back in the pack. John Aramendia went around in turn 1 for a lap 14 caution. Green wasn't out long as Leddy slowed off turn 2 and clipped Sewell, then collected Jamie Dear, Johnny Johnson and Shannon Maurer for a lap 15 yellow. The top three got ahead back under green while Torres spun, kept rolling and exited. With five to go the field had pretty much separated out by a few car lengths. As the white was shown, Cain(Willis) held about a three cars advantage over Honeycutt going on to take the win in the J&R Lieta Farm & Ranch, Magnum LP, Tonys Mobile Home Service, 3L Farms, 1st Class Towing, 2-5 Chassis. All in Design Factory Stocks 24 Donald Cain jr., 99 Kaden Honeycutt, 40 Dakota Hurley, 12x Cameron Starry, 25 Nathan Rachui, 154 Brian Rye, 02 Shannon Maurer, 99a Dillon Gaither, 9 Johnny Westfall, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 34h Robby Minten, 17e Jerry Evans, 133 Megan Dodson, 38 Josh Sewell, 22 Randy Frautschi, 31 Allen Torres, 93 Aaron Leddy, 15d Jamie Dear, 13j Johnny Johnson, 58 John Aramendia, 3 Gary Butler, 21b EJ Gilpin, 30 Riley Heil, 44k Katherine Keylich---dntg Factory Stock B-main(top 8) 9 Johnny Westfall, 02 Shannon Maurer, 154 Brian Rye, 58 John Aramendia, 133 Megan Dodson, 44k Katherine Keylich, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 22m Randy Frautschi, 15 William Cavender, 75 Jerry Miller, 15L Daniel Lopez, 56 Brian Schneider, 747 GW Hessong, 23k Kasey Krauss, 98 Allen Alexander, 174 Mickey Helms, 92r Robert Keylich, 17 J ohn Lieta Factory Stock heats(top 4 transfer) Heat 1; 99 Kaden Honeycutt, 38 Josh Sewell, 15d Jamie Dear, 25r Nathan Rachui, 58 John Aramendia, 02 Shannon Maurer, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 174 Mickey Helms, 98 Allen Alexander Heat 2; 24 Donald Cain jr., 12x Cameron Starry, 30 Riley Heil, 99a Dillon Gaither, 9 Johnny Westfall, 56 Brian Schneider, 154 Brian Rye, 75 Jerry Miller, 92r Robert Keylich Heat 3; 40 Dakota Hurley, 31 Allen Torres, 21b EJ Gilpin, 17e Jerry Evans, 133 Megan Dodson, 23k Kasey Krauss, 15L Daniel Lopez, 15 William Cavender Heat 4; 93 Aaron Leddy, 34h Robby Minten, 13 Johnny Johnson, 3 Gary Butler, 44k Katherine Keylich, 22m Randy Frautschi, 747 GW Hessong, 17 John Lieta Leasure Lands in Victory Lane The start of the 20-lap Sport Compact feature was a little shaky as drivers found the track a bit slick after being reworked during intermission. Several drivers looped their rides in turn 3, with John Thomas going over the hill to bring about a complete restart. The second try wasn't much better after Justin Sitterle went around in turn 1. The third time was a charm as last nights winner, Sean Leasure beat Ryan McDonald off turn 2 for the lead. McDonald, Jamie Garner, Dylan Kowalik and Michael Burris jr. fell in behind Leasure. Burris slipped in turn 1 giving up fifth to Brandon McCall. As Leasure was inching away, Kowalik moved along side Garner for third. At halfway it was Leasure, McDonald, Garner, Kowalik and McCall in the top five. Just as Leasure had increased his margin over McDonald to a half straightaway, Jennifer Kidd spun and collected Kowalik for a lap 15 yellow. On the restart the top three were able to get away from the pack with Burris getting fifth from McCall. McDonald changed his line trying the mid-high line line on Leasure. It gave him a better run off, but McDonald would lose that ground back to Leasure, entering. McCall and Burris continued to swap fifth spot. As the white waved McDonald gave Leasure one last try on top, but to no avail as Leasure(Mansield) in the Magic Cobra Motorsports, Rabid Motorsports, TBG, BC Customs, L&D Transportation, Chevy Cavalier doubled up for the weekend. Sport Compacts 67L Sean Leasure, 816 Ryan McDonald, 33 Jamie Garner, t14 Dylan Kowalik, 14 Brandon McCall, 81 Michael Burris, 70 Rod Tait, 14t Shaun Tracy, 12 John Bullard, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 88 Justin Sitterle, 9t John Thomas Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 67L Sean Leasure, t14 Dylan Kowalik, 81 Michael Burris jr., 15 Devon Surritt, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 12 John Bullard, 70 Rod Tait Heat 2; 816 Ryan McDonald, 33 Jamie Garner, 14 Brandon McCall, 9t John Thomas Another “W” for Whiteaker The start of the 25-lap Limited Modified feature saw Robert Scrivner try to hang with Steven Whiteaker at the start. But it was Whiteaker getting the top spot leaving Scrivner three wide with Edward Oakes and Daniel Preston. Shane Hoefling was able to get by Preston for fourth. Just as E. Oakes got along side Scrivner, Roly Rodriguez, Nathan Oakes and Zach Courtney tangled for a lap 2 caution. The restart got ugly real fast when someone mid-pack got sideways setting off a chain reaction, grinding, crash involving Logan Bearden, Tom Grothues, Kaden Honeycutt, Roly Rodriguez, Tanner Whitmire, Courtney Brian Rye and Tryton Temple. All drivers we alright, but many were done for the night. After the red flag and clean up, the Scrivner and E. Oakes' fight continued as Whiteaker eased away. E. Oakes finally got the spot leaving Scrivner along side Hoefling for third as Dustin Butcher took fifth from Preston. Craig Oakes would go around on lap 9 with Ray Doyon spinning to miss him. The restart saw Hoefling get by Scrivner for second with Whitmire and Trent Beaver battling for fourth. Jared Maupin joined that fight going three wide. Coming to halfway it was Whiteaker, pulling away, Hoefling, Scrivner, Beaver and Maupin in the top five. Maupin would be able to get past Beaver a lap later. By lap 18 Whiteaker had built a full straightaway advantage over Hoefling who was being hounded by Scrivner. That scrap came to a head when the two made contact sending Hoefling to the turn 4 wall for a caution on lap 23. This would set up a single file, green, white, checker shootout to the finish. As green flew again, Whiteaker was able to get away from Scrivner while Beaver and Maupin ran wheel to wheel for third. With the white flag in the air Whiteaker(Robstown) had a comfortable margin over Scrivner going on the victory in the Johnny Torres owned, Scott Ball Racing, Tator Plumbing, Sundowner Diesel Performance, Allens 24/7 Towing, F-Bomb Diesel, Mission Auto Parts, IRP Chassis. Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 66 Steven Whiteaker jr., 153 Robert Scrivner, 96 Jared Maupin, 14 Trent Beaver, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 90 Dustin Butcher, 91 Craig Oakes, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 9r Ray Doyon III, 53x Chandler Fox, 21 Nathan Oakes, bd2 Daniel Preston, 63 Shane Hoefling, 28m Mason Castenda, 53 Edward Oakes, 5r Ryan Doyon, 184 Brian Rye, 76 Zach Courtney, 39 Tryton Temple, 99 Kaden Honeycutt, 66b Logan Bearden, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 11t Tom Grothues, 18 Cameron Voelschow---dns Limited Modified B-main(top 8 transfer) 96 Jared Maupin, 99 Kaden Honeycutt, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 66b Logan Bearden, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 11t Tom Grothues, 21 Nathan Oakes, 18 Cameron Voelschow, 53x Chandler Fox, 00 Oliver Billingsley, 26 JJ Jennings, 95 Sterling Tausch Limited Modified heats(top 5 transfer) Heat 1; 53 Edward Oakes, 153 Robert Scrivner, 90 Dustin Butcher, 184 Brian Rye, 76 Zach Courtney, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 95 Sterling Tausch, 11t Tom Grothues, 96 Jared Maupin Heat 2; 66 Steven Whiteaker jr., 63 Shane Hoefling, 5r Ryan Doyon, 91 Craig Oakes, 39 Tryton Temple, 66b Logan Bearden, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 00 Oliver Billingsley, 26g JJ Jennings Heat 3; bd2 Daniel Preston, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 9r Ray Doyon, 14 Trent Beaver, 28m Mason Casteneda, 99 Kaden Honeycutt, 21 Nathan Oakes, 53x Chandler Fox, 18 Cameron Voelschow Whiteaker With Weekend Sweep As officials waited for Cameron Starry to switch cars, some drivers got a bit antsy coming to the flag with Robert Liese running up the back of Matt Fox ending Liese's night early. When green finally waved on the 20-lap main it was Steven Whiteaker getting the advantage over Craig Oakes, Logan Dinsmore, Robby Minten and Greg Dinsmore. L. Dinsmore had trouble early sliding off turn 2, while his dad was getting past Oakes for second. Newly crownded track champ, Ryan Doyon was able to take fourth from Jared Maupin. Doyon continued going forward getting by Oakes for third. L. Dinsmore's problems continued when he brought out a yellow on lap 6, then pulled off. As Whiteaker got ahead back to green, Doyon got by G. Ginsmore, but slid too high giving back spots to G. Dinsmore, Oakes and Maupin. Cody Clark looped it turn 4 after contact with an infield tire for a lap 8 caution. Coming to halfway after the restart it was Whiteaker, G. Dinsmore, Oakes, Maupin and Starry. After a quick yellow for a Marlin Samford spin it was a single file restart that saw Oakes look low on G. Dinsmore for second while Doyon retook fourth from Maupin. Doyon then caught Oakes looking for third. That battle ended just as the white flag waved with Doyon making hard contact with the front stretch wall. This set up a green, white, checkered finish to see if anyone could derail the Whiteaker train. On green G. Dinsmore tried to throw it in low going into turn 1, but Whiteaker had the drive off to keep him behind. From there, Whiteaker(Robstown) got away to go undefeated for the weekend in his Cottrell Racing, 1st Class Towing, D&SS Construction, 3-D Landscaping, G&M Oilfield Services, XRracer.com, WW Bodies, Supreme Vinyl Works, Best Racing Engines, IRP by 89Motorsports Chassis. Whiteaker may have set a record winning all eight races he entered(4-heats, 4-features) to sweep the weekend in three different classes. “It was a great weekend,” said Whiteaker. “The track was great both nights. The Sport Modifieds were my biggest competition. Johnny(Torres) has been saying his car just isn’t right and has been struggling a little. He dropped it off Tuesday and we tuned on it a couple days. We put a Best Race Engine in and some Dark Horse Shocks on it and never looked back. We changed 2 more springs on it Saturday and it was an improvement for sure! Just a fun weekend with family and friends!” Price IMCA Modifieds 89c Steven Whiteaker jr., 8g Greg Dinsmore, 91 Craig Oakes, 96 Jared Maupin, 741 Cameron Starry, 24r Robby Minten, 5 DJ Schroat, 5r Ryan Doyon, 5 Cody Clark, 53x Matt Fox, 28 Marlin Samford, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 77 Robert Liese jr. IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 89c Steven Whiteaker jr., 24r Robby Minten, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 741 Cameron Starry, 96 Jared Maupin, 5r Ryan Doyon, 5s DJ Schroat Heat 2; 91 Craig Oakes, 8 Logan Dinsmore, 53x Matt Fox, 77 Robert Liese jr., 5 Cody Clark, 28 Marlin Samford Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts Senior Division;(top 3) Maddox Jennings, Cody Clegg, Hanna Miller **Cody Clegg track champion Junior Division;(top 3) Woody Powell, Kaden Pacheco, Ava Montemayor **Blaine Markgraf track champion Youth Division;(top 3) Cheston Markgraf, Tucker Kempe, Jaxon Rachui **Cheston Markgraf track champion
  4. Final Points Night/DTK Memorial @ I-37 Speedway 10/29-30/21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(Oct. 29Th, 2021) Double your pleasure, double your fun… …..With two nights of racing action at I-37 Speedway, the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt track just south of Pleasanton. Friday kicked off a big racing weekend with the conclusion of the 2021 points season for the Limited Modifieds, Late Models, Factory Stocks and Sport Compacts. The race originally scheduled for the first of the month got postponed by mother nature, then delayed by conflicting big, year ends shows. It's been since mid-September since some of the drivers saw action, while others ran out-of-town shows to keep the rust knocked off. Tonight's action would finalize the 2021 points championships for four of the regulars classes. The regular season ended last month for the IMCA sanctioned Modifieds with Ryan Doyon overtaking Jared Maupin, who missed the final two races due to illness. Cody Clark, Stephen Boubel and defending track champ, Rick Green rounded out the top five. The Limited Modifieds show Sterling Tausch with a pretty much insurmountable edge over Jared Maupin, Tom Grothues, Edward Oakes and Nathan Oakes. In the Late Models it's still close with de facto teammates Brandon Brzozowski and Kody Hardage separated by only 10 spots, Landon Sowder is third 21 out, while Barry Quade and Jason Kelly complete the top five. The Factory Stocks had a good season-long battle between Dakota Hurley and Dillon Gaither. Da. Hurley has been able stretch his margin to 17 over the past couple events, while brother, Dustin Hurley sits third, George Quintanilla fourth and Jarrett Payton battling with Aaron Leddy for fifth, one point apart. Despite dominating most of the season, Ryan McDonald only holds a 17 marker advantage over former champ, Jamie Garner in the Sport Compacts. Brandon McCall, Ryker Hernandez and Justin Sitterle fill out the front five. Racing continues Saturday night(7:00pm) with the DTK Memorial highlighted by big payouts for the Factory Stock($2,000), IMCA Modifieds and Limited Modifieds($1,000) to win and $325 up for grabs in Sport Compacts. The Go-Karts will also cap off their season in a final showdown. “W” is for “W”hiteaker The Limited Modified main fired off with Steven Whiteaker getting a good jump, leading Ray Doyon, Edward Oakes, Tryton Temple and Daniel Preston on lap 1. Whiteaker quickly began easing away while Jared Maupin and Trent Beaver got by Preston for fifth and sixth respectively. By lap 7 the leaders were up on traffic. Maupin was able to get fourth from Temple as they approached halfway. Whiteaker had built a full straightaway advantage at the crossed flags over Doyon, E. Oakes, Maupin and Temple. A debris caution on lap 11 slowed the pace and rebunched the field. Back under green, Maupin, E. Oakes and Beaver were three wide for third, with E. Oakes getting shuffled back. As Whiteaker again grew his lead, Maupin and Beaver were wheel to wheel for third. Lap 16 saw another caution for parts on the track after James Parks had contact and lost the nose piece. Once back to green, Whiteaker got away while Doyon and Maupin stayed side by side for second. In the closing laps, Craig Oakes made his way to the top five, from his sixth row starting spot, passing Temple, then Beaver for fourth. Up front it was Whiteaker(Robstown), in the Johnny Torres owned, Scott Ball Racing, Tator Plumbing, Sundowner Diesel Performance, Allens 24/7 Towing, F-Bomb Diesel, Mission Auto Parts, IRP Chassis grabbing his first of two wins for the night. **With his twelveth place finish Sterling Tausch was able to secure the 2021 Limited Modified track title. Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 66 Steven Whiteaker jr., 9r Ray Doyon III, 96 Jared Maupin, 14 Trent Beaver, 91 Craig Oakes, 39 Tryton Temple, 99 Allen Alexander, bd2 Daniel Preston, 63 Shane Hoefling, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 53 Edward Oakes, 95 Sterling Tausch, 66 Logan Bearden, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 53x Chandler Fox, 21 Nathan Oakes, 33jp James Parks, 5r Ryan Doyon, 00 Oliver Billingsley, 64 Abel Arrendondo---dns Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 66 Steven Whiteaker jr., bd2 Daniel Preston, 96 Jared Maupin, 63 Shane Hoefling, 53x Chandler Fox, 64 Abel Arredondo, 00 Oliver Billingsley Heat 2; 21 Nathan Oakes, 53 Edward Oakes, 14 Trent Beaver, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 33jp James Parks, 66b Logan Bearden, 13m Ben Mikulencak Heat 3; 9r Ray Doyon III, 39 Tryton Temple, 5r Ryan Doyon, 91 Craig Oakes, 95 Sterling Tausch , 99 Kaden Honeycutt Whiteaker Whips 'Em The initial start of the 15-lap Late Model feature saw Steven Whiteaker quickly jump out front chased by Brandon Brzozowski, Austin Theiss, Kody Hardage and Landon Sowder, but Ryan McDonald would go around for a complete restart. The second was almost a carbon copy, but McDonald didn't spin. As Brzozowski and Theiss ran side by side for second, Whiteaker was checking out until McDonald spun on lap 6. On the restart, Theiss got past Brzozowski in turn turn 1, with Hardage joining the party going three wide in turn 3. Brzozowski would hold on to second, but Whiteaker had already built a big margin. As Whiteaker continued to pull away, banging the chip, McDonald briefly got past Sowder until he kissed the front stretch wall giving the spot back up. Whiteaker(Robstown) in the 1st Class Towing, D&SS Construction, G&M Oilfield Services, Maxima, WW Bodies, MB Customs by CDR would go uncontested for the victory. **With his second place finish Brzozowski held on to the points lead taking the 2021 Late Model track championship. Nogalitos Gear Late Models 89 Steven Whiteaker jr.,104 Brandon Brzozowski, 7 Austin Theiss, 44 Kody Hardage, 5 Ryan McDonald, 08 Landon Sowder, 88 Bobby Jack, 29 Jack Lewis Late Model heats Heat 1; 89 Steven Whiteaker jr., 7d Austin Theiss, 44 Kody Hardage, 88 Bobby Jack Heat 2; 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 5 Ryan McDonald, 08 Landon Sowder, 29 Jack Lewis Hustlin' Hessong Hits It Right Twenty-two Factory Stocks took the green for the 20-lap feature that saw Nathan Rachui and Josh Sewell stay side by side until Rachui inched out front to lead lap 1. Sewell, John Aramendia, Mickey Helms and Dakota Hurley fell in behind. GW Hessong and Da. Hurley swapped the fifth spot while Sewell took a peek low on Rachui for the lead. Once clear of Da. Hurley, Hessong took fourth from Helms and a lap later third from Aramendia. Treyler Caulfield looped it to bring out a yellow that saw Hessong get by Sewell for second on the restart and Helms take fourth from Aramendia. At the crossed flags it was Rachui, Hessong, Sewell, Helms and Aramendia. Points leader Da. Hurley would spin and collect his brother, Dustin. Both would be able to continue with some damage. Hessong used the high side on the restart to go around Rachui to take the point on lap 11 with Allen Alexander getting fifth from John Lieta. After a multi-car tangle on lap 12, Helms and Aramendia swapped some paint fighting for fourth with Aramendia falling back numerous spots. Donald Cain, who started in row 11, was on a charge taking fourth from Helms leaving him door to door with Alexander. Hessong crept ahead while Alexander moved up to third and was challenging Rachui for second. On the final lap, Cain made one last run getting by both Alexander and Rachui for second. But out front it was Hessong(Edna) in the Magnum Services, Tonys Mobile Home Service, Edna Auto Supply, Rock Motors, Lieta Farms, Lick My Stack Cooking Team, Destroyer Chassis, taking the checkers. **Despite spinning and taking some damage after collecting his brother in a mid-race crash. Dakota Hurley was able to finish high enough to hold off Dillon Gaither for the 2021 Factory Stock championship. All in Design Factory Stocks 747 GW Hessong, 24 Donald Cain jr., 99 Allen Alexander, 25r Nathan Rachui, 34h Robby Minten, 17 John Leita, 13 Johnny Johnson, 174 Mickey Helms, 99a Dillon Gaither, 4d Dustin Hurley, 40 Dakota Hurley, 538 Albert Medellin, 75 Dalton McDonald, 10 Scott Jerkins, 58 John Aramendia, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 18s Jarrett Payton, 38 Josh Sewell, 31 Allen Torres, 7c Treyer Caulfield, 49k Michael Keylich, 133 Megan Dodson, 741 Cameron Starry---dns, 30 Riley Heil---dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 38 Josh Sewell, 58 John Aramendia, 747 GW Hessong, 133 Megan Dodson, 99a Dillon Gaither, 7c Treyler Caulfield, 30 Riley Heil, 24 Donald Cain jr Heat 2; 25r Nathan Rachui, 40 Dakota Hurley, 13j Johnny Johnson, 17 John Leita, 18s Jarrett Payton, 49k Michael Keylich, 22m Randy Frautschi, 741 Cameron Starry Heat 3; 174 Mickey Helms, 34h Robby Minten, 4d Dustin Hurley, 99 Allen Alexander, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 31 Allen Torres, 538 Albert Medellin, 10 Scott Jerkins Lopez Goes Long The 15-lap “B” Factory Stock feature saw Daniel Lopez lead into turn 1 trailed by Ronnie Schoenfeldt, Collin Alexander, Daniel Ralston and Jerry Miller. Lopez began to inch away from the field while Ralston and Alexander battled for third. At halfway the top five still showed Lopez, Schoenfeldt, Alexander, Ralston and Miller with Jett Johnson and Robert Keylich door to door for sixth. The last half of the race saw Lopez continue to increase his margin. Behind him, Ralston was on the move getting past Alexander and Schoenfeldt in the final laps for second. At the checkers it was Lopez(Somerset) in the Jamie Fuller owned, Southside Repair & Maintenance, Bubbas Tree Service, Mission Racing, JGR Fab car to take his second win of the season. B Factory Stocks 15L Daniel Lopez , 12x Daniel Ralston, 98 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 99 Collin Alexander, 75 Jerry Miller, 13j Jett Johnson, 92r Robert Keylich, 15 William Cavender, 22m Dalton McDonald B Factory Stock heat 15 Daniel Lopez, 98 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 12x Daniel Ralston, 99 Collin Alexander, 75 Jerry Miler, 92r Robert Keylich.13j Jett Johnson, 15 William Cavender, 22m Dalton McDonald No Leisurely Pace for Leasure It was three wide for lead off of turn 2 in the Sport Compact feature between Brandon McCall, Michael Burris and Sean Leasure. McCall got the early advantage followed by Burris, Leasure, Ryan McDonald and Dylan Kowalik. Burris and Leasure went by McCall who made contact with Jamie Garner as he headed towards the infield, losing several laps in the hot pit. This left Leasure out front with McDonald getting second from Burris. At the midway point it was Leasure, McDonald, Burris, Justin Sitterle and John Thomas in the top five. Kowalik had trouble and stopped in turn 4 for a lap 10 yellow. The green didnt stay back on long as Jennifer Kidd went around in turn 4 after contact. Once back to green, Garner made his way back up getting fourth from Sitterle. Burris got along side McDonald for second with Garner and Sitterle door to door for fourth. Leasure(Mansfield) inched away building about an eight-car edge coming to the white flag and going on to the victory in his Rabid Motorsports, TBG, BC Customs, L&D Transportation, Chevy Cavalier. **The second place finish and McCall and Garner's issues, McDonald maintained his points lead to wrap up the 2021 Sport Compact title. Sport Compacts 67 Sean Leasure, 816 Ryan McDonald, 81 Michael Burris jr., 88 Justin Sitterle, 33 Jamie Garner, 9t John Thomas, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 70 Rod Tait, 555 Levi Hernandez, 14t Shaun Tracy, 14 Brandon McCall, 75 Chad Miller, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 15 Devon Surritt, 29k Dylan Kowalik, 35 Darrel Jones, 11j Josh Jones Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 67 Sean Leasure, 29k Dylan Kowalik, 9t John Thomas, 70 Rod Tait, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 555 Levi Hernandez, 75 Chad Miller, 14t Shaun Tracy---dns Heat 2;81 Michael Burris jr., 33 Jamie Garger, 816 Ryan McDonald, 88 Justin Sitterle, 15 Devon Surritt, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 35 Darrel Jones, 11j Josh Jones---dns
  5. Funny Car Chaos World Finals@ Alamo City Motorplex, 10/15-16/21 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(Oct. 16Th, 2021) Weird ending to the night. Well, they don't call it “chaos” for nothing. With the passing of a cool front Friday evening, temperatures and air conditions changed considerably for Saturday's start. Now it would be up to crew chiefs to keep up with cooler track surfaces, air density and a wind shift from south to north. Having one more qualifying round helped teams try out different set ups getting down the track under completely different circumstances. In Friday night qualifying in the warmer, humid conditions it was Ronny Young grabbing the number one spot in Funny Car while Mark Hunter got the top spot in the Outlaw Fuel Altereds. The final qualifying session Saturday, under better conditions, saw a lot of shuffling in the field with some teams hitting the proverbial nail on the head, while others under estimated conditions. When the smoke cleared, it was championship contender, Kirk Williams jumping past Ronny Young with a pass of 3.62 @ 214.08 to take the number one spot. After the final round of qualifying, Funny Cars were then split into groups with eight cars in each grouping. Eliminations are different than other national sanctions being broken down into groups based on qualifying times, the top 8 and the next 8 in a second group, with each group running their own rounds of eliminations and break out times. With a huge field of cars on site several sponsors stepped up to add a “C” field to eliminations giving more chances for drivers to grab some cash, trophies and those all important championship points. Funny Car Eliminations(Group A) The “A” group Funny Car finals was on the track awaiting their finals match with Kirk Williams(Williams Bros Racing) in the Firebird bodied car, going toe to toe with Bob Alberty jr.(Thunderin' Okie) in his Mustang bodied car. Unfortunately all they could is watch as clean up efforts began in both lanes. It was finally decided to split the purse after a long wait. The two had a roshambo(rock/paper/scissors) play off to determine who got the trophy. Alberty took home the hardware after an “overtime battle.” Alberty took out Ken Singleton in round 2 and Ronny Young in round 1. Williams trailered Allen Middendorf and Dustin Bradford. ** With his round 1 victory over Alan Bradshaw and qualifying points, Singleton was able to get enough of a points lead to lock Williams out of the points battle. This would be Singleton's third Funny Car Chaos title in a row. Funny Car Eliminations(Group B ) In the last of the two Funny Car groups to make it through the final round it was Lyle Greenberg(Cone Hunter) in retro Corvette Funny car paired with Keith Jackson(High Heaven) in his retro Camaro Funny Car. Jackson broke on his burnout and pulled to the side, exited, but left a puddle of oil. Greenberg ran out his pass, and at the top end chunked out some fluid and parts sparking a massive clean up effort in both lanes. Lyle Greenberg, 3.996 @ 173.48 defeats Keith Jackson DNR Greenberg beat Curtis Loftin in round 1 then Chris Schneider in round 2. Jackson bettered Tom Furches and Shayne Lawson. Funny Car Eliminations(Group C) The first group of the Funny Car finals saw Alex Barker, in only his third ever start, going up against Daniel Brutherus. A. Barker(Back in Black) in his retro GTO Funny Car got 4/100th on the line and that was about all she wrote as Brutherus(Rat-atude) in his Camaro bodied Funny Car tried to play catch up, but to no avail. Alex Barker, 4.190 @ 172.61 defeats Daniel Brutherus, 4.274 @ 166.48 A. Barker bettered Tim Boychuck and Andy Mears while Brutherus beat Shane Blanton and Jade Cook. Funny Car qualifying round 3 Kirk Williams, 3.626 @ 214.08 Ken Singleton, 3.759 @ 20814 Allen Middendorf, 3.784 @ 155.44 Alan Bradshaw, 3.934 @ 181.67 Tom Furches, 4.057 @ 176.47 Chris Schneider, 4.068 @ 177.44 Clay Cunningham, 4.078 @ 179.86 Keith Jackson, 4.173 @ 178.29 Chuck Loftin, 4.284 @ 167.85 Shane Blanton, 4.308 @ 156.79 Andy Mears, 4.332 @ 162.45 Alex Barker, 4.337 @ 167.72 Daniel Brutherus, 4.345 @ 166.42 Jade Cook, 4.367 @ 157.73 Jordan Ballew, 4.385 @ 161.93 Scott Cousimano, 4.511 @ 139.28 Tod Barker, 4.643 @ 167.66 Jeff Cameron, 4.751 @ 167.66 Bob Alberty, 5.198 @ 993.48 Scott Pareso, 5.592 @ 149.06 Eric Eoff, 5.708 @ 150.85 Terry Haddock, 6.037 @ 157.18 Nancy Matter, 6.423 @ 134.97 Dustin Bradford, 7.547 @ 67.59 Shayne Lawson, 7.840 @ 55.20 Robert Slaughter, DNT Outlaw Fuel Altered Eliminations The OFAA runs what they call, “Chicago Style” eliminations with everyone making side by side runs. Then the two fastest winners are paired up to run the finals. What was shaping up to be a pretty equal face off between John Broussard and Mark Hunter, who both ran 3.85's, never materialized. After the a fore mentioned delays, the winner was determined by a simple toss of the coin. Broussard won the coin flip to take home the hardware for the weekend. Ken Zimmerer was crowned the 2021 OFAA series champion. Outlaw Fuel Altered qualifying round 2 Ken Zimmerer, 3.899 @ 193.38 John Broussard, 3.917 @ 161.93 Bobby Marriot, 3.946 @ 168.54 Jimmy Jones, 3.997 @ 150.80 Aaron Morrow, 4.945 @ 94.14 Jody Austin, 5.303 @ 140.67 Mark Hunter, 3.778 @ 179.45(BO) The oil down delays came after an incident in the Nitro Harley qualifying when one of the riders exploded a motor and took a blow to the chest. The rider was, thankfully, able to slow the bike down, stay on-board and coast to a stop despite having the wind knocked out of him and possibly a few cracked ribs. He was checked out by track EMS and not transported at the time. So these guys have some huge cajones, but straddling a live stick of dynamite, going 150-200mph, on one tire is not, my idea, of a thrill...I'm thinking kevlar would be a good investment though, yes? Outlaw Top Sportsman The Outlaw Top Sportsman final was supposed be a round one rematch between David Bills in the Fischer Bros, Cavalier and Keith Whitaker in his XRX CBD Shop, Camaro. Bills got a competition bye on the final run after Whitaker was unable to make the call. David Bills, 4.665 @ 152.75 defeats Keith Whitaker DNR Bills bested Whitaker and Mike Atkinson while Whitaker lost and rebought getting by an early leaving Austin Philpot in the semi's. 6.00 Index The 6.00 final was a match up between two well know local racers, Scott Ball and Jonathon Hernandez, but with a twist. Ball was piloting the Jim Cole owned, Mission Racing, Monte Carlo while Hernandez was in the Leroy Obryant owned, Obryant Automotive, Chevy Monza. Sometimes you need a scorecard to follow these guys. After the long wait, the two opted to split the winning money. In eliminations Ball beat D. Deberry, L. Williams, and Chris Gulitti with a round 4 bye. Hernandez took out Perry Taylor, M. Dodd, C. Deleon and M. Snider. 7.00 Index The 7.00 Index finals should have had Brandon Meadows in his B&M Automotive, Ford Mustang squaring off with Jay Robinson in his American Bracket Racer Chevy Nova. But again, with the delay they decided to split.(Literally and figuratively) Meadows got past Bob Gulitti(who broke out by 12/10,000th), Scott Ball, M. Rachul and Nathan Ybarra. Robinson took out K. Keller, Carlos Carrasco, Matt McInnis and took a round 4 bye to the finals. Jet Dragster vs Nitro Dragster Ray Kelly and his jet powered dragster ran a sweep of the grudge races between he and Dennis Smith in his blown alcohol dragster.
  6. Funny Car Chaos World Finals @ Alamo City Motorplex, 10/15-16/21 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(Oct. 15Th, 2021) The wait is over. After a two-week long delay due to weather, Alamo City Motorplex kicked off this years Funny Car Chaos World Championships with Friday night qualifying sessions for Funny Cars and Outlaw Fuel Altereds. Coming into the final show to crown a champion, even qualifying points could change the standings. Last years race winner, Ken Singleton comes into ACM with a 36 point advantage over Kirk Williams, both have a big gap back to Andy Mears in third, with Daniel Brutherus, Jade Cook and Tom Furches in a tight battle for fourth. Last year Terry Haddock stole the number one qualifying spot with a thunderous 3.545 @ 232.74. He then faced off against Singleton in the finals where Singleton used a starting line advantage and Haddock kicking a rod out to take the victory. After two rounds of qualifying was finished it was Ronny Young in the famed Blue Max nostalgia EXP bodied Funny Car powered by a Brad Anderson 413, sitting on top of the sheets with a 3.685 @ 200.98 pass. Kirk Williams, Ken Singleton, Nick Poloson and Bob Alberty jr. round out the top five. Funny Car qualifying round 1 Kirk Williams, 3.703 @ 207.28 Nick Poloson, 3.829 @ 186.03 Ken Singleton, 3.839 @ 171.23 Dustin Bradford, 3.974 @ 185.95 Bob Alberty, 4.017 @ 180.87 Shayne Lawson, 4.063 @ 144.65 Ronny Young, 4.075 @ 166.48 Jade Cook, 4.368 @ 157.62 Lyle Greenberg, 4.391 @ 121.59 Clay Cunningham, 4.434 @ 141.02 Jordan Ballew, 4.478 @ 159.18 Andy Mears, 4.493 @ 157.23 Daniel Brutherus, 4.536 @ 158.51 Allen Middendorf, 4.840 @ 91.50 Jeff Cameron, 5.207 @ 134.49 Chris Schneider, 5.347 @ 110.76 Alex Barker, 5.540 @ 86.01 Scott Pareso, 6.323 @ 103.28 Shane Blanton, 6.600 @ 104.55 Tod Barker, 8.465 @ 74.26 Tim Boychuk, 10.092 @ 52.23 Nancy Matter, 10.291 @ 63.36 Curtis Lofton, 10.457 @ 60.34 Tom Furches, 30.574 @ 26.97 Funny Car qualifying round 2 Ronny Young, 3.685 @ 200.98 Ken Singleton, 3.746 @ 200.80 Bob Alberty, 3.945 @ 183.75 Lyle Greenberg, 3.999 @ 163.82 Tod Barker, 4.225 @ 175.10 Daniel Brutherus, 4.311 @ 165.08 Allen Middendorf, 4.318 @ 11.36 Andy Mears, 4.376 @ 160.83 Clay Cunningham, 4.383 @ 143.82 Shane Blanton, 4.414 @ 149.40 Smiley Cordeo, 4.435 @ 146.68 Jordan Ballew, 4.459 @ 163.34 Scott Pareso, 4.502 @ 160.09 Chris Schneider, 4.663 @ 149.35 Tom Furches, 5.433 @ 151.06 Jeff Cameron, 5.979 @ 125.03 Scott Cousimano, 6.475 @ 78.27 Dustin Bradford, 8.739 @ 48.34 Jade Cook, 8.971 @ 49.68 Nancy Matter, 10.097 @ 65.09 Eric Eoff, 10.794 @ 60.43 The Outlaw Fuel Altered Association also held the first of their two rounds of qualifying during the night. Keith Zimmerer holds a 17 point lead ahead of Jody Austin, with Aaron Morrow and Mark Hunter tied for third and Bobby Marriot rounding out the top five. In Outlaw Fuel Altereds Aaron Morrow laid down a blistering lap of 3.766 @ 205.11, but went under the 3.80 index dropping him to the bottom of qualifying. Mark Hunter, in Jail Break, snagged the number one spot for the night with a 3.831 @ 172.22. Outlaw Fuel Altered qualifying round 1(3.80 Index) Mark Hunter, 3.821 @ 172.22 Jimmy Jones 3.831 @ 179.50 Bobby Marriot 3.940 @ 186.57 Raymond Dawson, 4.006 @ 165.38 Keith Zimmerer, 4.260 @ 135.01 Randy Mueller, 4.586 @ 150.30 Donnie Massey, 5.704 @ 94.64 Jody Austin, 10.538 @ 56.79 Aaron Morrow, 3.766 @ 205.01 Saturdays show is a big one with one more round of qualifying to set the fields for the Funny Cars and Outlaw Fuel Altereds. Also on the card are time trials and eliminations for the Outlaw Top Sportsman, 6.00 and 7.00 Index classes. If that weren't enough, the Dirty South Gassers are on hand, plus a grudge match between Ray Kelly's Game Xchange Jet Dragster going up against Dennis Smith's Praetor, a nitro powered Dragster. Want more? Saturday has added a round of qualifying for the Nitro Harleys, who will conclude their program on Sunday during Cowboys Harley Davidson Family Fest, along with several other motorcycle classes.
  7. I-37 Speedway 9-18-21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton TX.,(Sept. 18Th, 2021) It's crunch time. As it comes down to the track points season end, and tonights end to IMCA national, regional and state points, every position mattered for several of the classes. Throw in several points chasers not in attendance, and the season-ender next month sets up some interesting battles. Neither of the top 2 raced in the IMCA Modifieds tonight with Ryan Doyon ahead Jared Maupin with Cody Clark, Stephen Boubel and past track champ, Rick Green in the top five. After last weeks race, Sterling Tausch jumped to the head of the class in Limited Modifieds over Jared Maupin, Tom Grothues, Edward Oakes and Nathan Oakes. In Late Models its still Brandon Brzozowski with a slight advantage over quasi-teammate, Kody Hardage with Landon Sowder, Barry Quade and Alton Fambro in the top five. With last weeks win, Dakota Hurley inched a bit farther ahead of Dillon Gaither in the Factory Stocks while Dustin Hurley, George Quintanilla and Aaron Leddy complete the top five. Adding to his win total last race, Ryan McDonald is still in control of the Sport Compacts ahead of Brandon McCall, Ryker Hernandez, past champ Jamie Garner and Joshua Garcia. Inaugural IMCA Victory to Young Dinsmore It's been a while coming, but Logan Dinsmore(Kerrville) finally was able to take his first checkered flag in the IMCA Modified feature, and did it in convincing fashion. The initial start was a little shaky, but on the next try, L. Dinsmore, from row 2, was first into turn 1 trailed by Anthony Gordon, Chandler Fox, Greg Dinsmore and Cody Clark. G. Dinsmore was able to snag third from Fox as Clark and Ryan McDonald were side by side for fifth. The newcomer, to the class, McDonald would loop it a lap later for a lap 5 yellow. On the restart G. Dinsmore and Gordon stayed wheel to wheel for second until G. Dinsmore got the spot. At halfway it was L. Dinsmore inching away from his dad, Gordon, Fox and McDonald working back up to fifth. As the final half wound down L. Dinsmore increased his margin over G. Dinsmore, who would spin on the final lap. At the checkers it was win number one for L. Dinsmore in the Sundowner Performance Diesel, Jimmys Towing, Royals Automotive, Lowery Plumbing, JC's Auto Body & Paint, Releaf 4 Troops, Carquest of Kerrville, AFCO, Dirt Tracking2, Mears Scrap, crate powered Assault by Dinsmore Chassis. “Pretty big, I've been trying for a while now,” exclaimed Dinsmore. “I was hoping either one of them would push up on the start before they caught each. When he showed halfway I was counting down. Then I saw the two to go and started talking to myself on the front straightaway. It started running through me. I was hoping I didn't spin out and keep it rolling. I heard popping noises.” “We haven't changed gears in a long time and I was hitting the chip pretty hard in the heat race. We've got it more hooked up now and I guess we need to change gears. I was beating on it pretty hard.” “I've been running a neck brace for a long time, but I switched to a hybrid. I can't really see anything now. I kept trying to peek like I did with the neck brace in turns 3-4 and look down the back straightaway. Since I couldn't see anything I just kept pushing hoping no one was there.” Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 22m Anthony Gordon, 53x Chandler Fox, 5m Ryan McDonald, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 5 Cody Clark, 7 Stephen Boubel IMCA Modified heat Heat 1; 22m Anthony Gordon, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 53x Chandler Fox, 5m Ryan McDonald, 5 Cody Clark, 7 Stephen Boubel, 8g Greg Dinsmore Mikulencak on the Money Again The start of the 15-lap Limited Modified feature saw last weeks winner, Marcus Mikulencak jump out front ahead of Mason Castendeda, Trent Beaver, Ben Mikulencak and Dillon Gaither. Beaver got alongside Casteneda for second with Gaither taking fourth from B. Mikulencak. After clearing Casteneda, Beaver ran down M. Mikulencak for the lead and began to apply some pressure. As Beaver took another line looking on M. Mikulencak, Casteneda was able to sneak back to second. B. Mikulencak would bring out a yellow after contact with Allen Alexander sent him around. On the restart, M. Mikulencak waited to go and got turned by Casteneda in front of the field collecting Sterling Tausch and Gaither. The next restart wasn't a lot better as B. Mikulencak looped it and caught up Abel Arrendondo. Now to a single file restart, M. Mikulencak and Beaver, running nose to tail, pulled ahead while Casteneda worked back up to fifth. At the crossed flags it was M. Mikulencak, Casteneda, Tausch and Alexander in the top five. Beaver then began to give M. Mikulencak looks low as the two battled for the lead. This gave Casteneda the chance to close back in on the lead duo. Casteneda tried the high line on Beaver, who was still trying to get the nose inside M. Mikulencak. As the white flag waved it was still M. Mikulencak holding off Beaver and Casteneda, who were now side by side. At the checkers it was M. Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) holding them both off in his Joe Aramendia owned, Vinco Plumbing, Ace Transmission, RPM Equipment, Premier Minerals, GT Sirizzoti Excavating, L87 Speedway, All in Designs, All American Race Engines powered, IRP Chassis. Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 14 Trent Beaver, 28m Mason Casteneda, 95 Sterling Tausch, 99 Allen Alexander, 5 Dillon Gaither, 64 Abel Arredondo, 13m Ben Mikulencak Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 28m Mason Casteneda, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 14 Trent Beaver, 5 Dillon Gaither, 99 Allen Alexander, 95 Sterling Tausch, 64 Abel Arredondo Brzozowski Bags Late Model Loot The start of the 20-lap Late Model feature saw Kody Hardage get the jump on the field into turn 1 trailed by Brandon Brzozowski, Barry Quade, David Goode jr. and Jamie Campbell. Hardage, running the middle, and Brzozowski, running the bottom began to quickly pull away after Quade jumped the cushion and Campbell slipped. DJ Schroat spun in turn 2 for a lap 6 caution that saw Alton Fambro collect Jason Kelly, Quade and Campbell on the restart. Once back to green, Hardage and Brzozowski took off with Brzozowski now taking looks low on Hardage still running the middle-up. Brzozowski used the bottom off turn 4 get by Hardage for lead coming to halfway with Goode, Landon Sowder and Matt Fox in the top five. As Brzozowski started to edge away, Hardage tried to change his line and was able to make up a little ground. With two to go Hardage had closed to within three car lengths, but that was all he could do as Brzozowski(La Vernia) in the Billy Bobs Repair, Lone Star Pressure Equipment, Mo Bags Suspension & Technology, Texas Industrial Radiator, All in Designs, Magnum by Nilfisk, The Trash Can Cleaners, Pressure Pro, Schaeffers Oil, 604 crate, Rocket XR1 Chassis took the victory. Nogalitos Gear Late Models 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 12 Kody Hardage, 7g David Goode jr., 10 Landon Sowder, 57 Jason Kelly, 53 Matt Fox, 5 DJ Schroat, 19 Barry Quade, 13 Howie Marcx, 29 Jamie Campbell, 08 Alton Fambro Late Model heats Heat 1; 19 Barry Quade, 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 10 Landon Sowder, 57 Jason Kelly, 5 DJ Schroat, 53x Matt Fox Heat 2; 12 Kody Hardage, 29 Jamie Campbell, 7g David Goode jr., 08 Alton Fambro, 13 Howie Marcx Villareal Victorious in Factory Stock Thriller The two points chasers, Dakota Hurley and Dillon Gaither, started side by side in the 20-lap Factory Stock feature with Gaither getting the point followed by Da. Hurley, Allen Torres, Josh Sewell and Dustin Hurley. Da. Hurley, running the top, was able to get the bumper past Gaither on lap 3 as a great door to door battle began between the two. As the lead stayed locked at the door handles, Memphis Villareal got past Du. Hurley for fifth. Du. Hurley fought back as they caught defending track champ, Sewell going three wide. Up front the battle raged on as Gaither was able to wrestle the lead away from Da. Hurley on lap 9. The two then switched lines with Da. Hurley getting under Gaither retaking the lead at the crossed flags with Gaither, Torres, Villareal and Sewell in the top 5. Breathe!… Anthony Gordon brought out a yellow on lap 10 when he stopped on the back stretch bringing about a restart that saw Riley Heil spin after contact with Michael Keylich, who was sent to the tail. Finally back to green the lead duo got off leaving Torres, Sewell and Villareal three wide for third. Torres slipped from that battle giving up spots to Sewell and Villareal. Up front Gaither was back on the bottom looking inside Da. Hurley for the lead again. Villareal snuck up the leaders getting alongside Gaither for second. Now Gaither and Villareal were door to door for second while Torres and Sewell ran side by side for fourth. Gaither would slip and fall back to fifth. Breathe, again!… Du. Hurley would spin on lap 17 to bring out a caution and one final shootout for the win. Da. Hurley got a good restart, but Villareal closed the gap back up quickly. Behind them Sewell and Gaither were swapping fourth. With two to go Villareal was able get the nose out front to the lead coming off turn 4. Torres made a last lap charge getting second from Da. Hurley, but it was Villareal in the Mav Motorsports, MCM Racing Development, Car Compound LLC Detail & Supplies, Affordable Window Film, Ridiculous Bodies and Design, Pro Line Fabrication, Powers Racecar Fabrication taking the win. All in Design Factory Stocks 30 Memphis Villareal, 31 Allen Torres, 40 Dakota Hurley, 98 Dillon Gaither, 38 Josh Sewell, 20 Mike Lyon, 44k Michael Keylich, 56 Brian Schneider, 4d Dustin Hurley, 10 Scott Jerkins, 11 Brian Harbison, 30r Riley Heil, 58 Anthony Gordon, 18s Jarrett Payton, 93 Aaron Leddy--dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 98 Dillon Gaither, 38 Josh Sewell, 20 Mike Lyon, 30 Memphis Villareal, 56 Brian Schneider, 18s Jarrett Payton, 10 Scott Jerkins, 30r Riley Heil Heat 2; 40 Dakota Hurley, 31 Allen Torres, 4d Dustin Hurley, 44k Michael Keylich, 11x Brian Harbison, 58 Anthony Gordon, 93 Aaron Leddy---dns Legg Legs It Out The B(eginner) Factory Stock class has set the stage for a number of first time I-37 Speedway winners, and tonight was no different. JD Legg and Daniel Lopez stayed door to door through turn 1, but Legg came out of turn 2 with the lead chased by Lopez, John Aramendia, Zach Freeman and Colin Alexander. Legg quickly began gapping the second place battle as they made come contact while Freeman gave up spots to Alexander and Jerry Miller. At the midway point it was Legg, with a big lead, Lopez, Aramendia, Alexander and Miller. That lead was erased when Anthony Mares went around on the front stretch for a lap 7 caution. Legg got away clean on the restart with Lopez, Aramendia and Alexander nose to tail for second. Lopez and Aramendia then ran side by side for two laps until William Cavender brought out a lap 11 yellow. Lopez and Aramendia continued the fight back under green but spins by Levi Hernandez and Lopez on opposite ends of the track brought the yellow back. Lopez would pull off under caution. On the green, white, checker restart, Legg(Corpus Christi) was quickly able to pull away from Aramendia and score the victory in the Mav Motorsports, Sames Ford, Chevy. B Factory Stocks 113 JD Legg, 58 John Aramendia, 99 Colin Alexander, 75 Jerry Miller, 00 Zach Freeman, 15 William Cavender, 3 Anthony Mares, 15L Daniel Lopez, 55 Levi Hernandez, 55c Chris Clark---dns B Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 15L Daniel Lopez, 00 Zach Freeman, 99 Colin Alexander, 55 Levi Hernandez, 15 William Cavender Heat 2; 115 JD Legg, 58 John Aramendia, 75 Jerry Miller, 55c Chris Clark, 3 Anthony Mares McDonald Muscles His Way to Win In the Sport Compacts it was Brandon McCall grabbing the early lead with Ryan McDonald and Jamie Garner side by side for second, Rod Tait and John Thomas in tow. Garner briefly got the spot while Thomas took fourth from Tait. McDonald got back alongside Garner and completed the pass a lap later. McDonald then ran down McCall for the lead while Levi Hernandez, Ryker Hernandez and Justin Sitterle were three wide for sixth. McDonald got the nose under McCall and took the top spot on lap 5 with Sitterle taking fifth from Tait. By halfway McDonald was now pulling away from McCall, Garner, Thomas and Sitterle. McDonald built his lead to nearly a full straightaway as he took home another win in his PRG Realty, Texas Task Force, 181 Paving, Buggy Warehouse, 2004 Chevy Cavalier. “Yep, pretty tired after 40 laps of mains,” replied MacDonald. “Oh, only 35, that's why I still have a little energy left. Running these two unlike classes you can still see how the track is changing and what line is working. The front wheel drive and the modified are so completely different, but knowing the track is helpful.” “I had a plan to get past Brandon(McCall). Coming through (turns) 1-2 I could tell there was something on the bottom line coming out of (turn) 2. I just had to get the car in the right spot since it was slick going in. I haven't changed a thing on this car all year. You just drive it a little different.” “There wasn't much slower traffic to deal with tonight. I was kind of worried after last week getting a little push on the final lap. I just didn't want it to happen again tonight.” “I don't know how the points work, I just go out and keep winning.” Sport Compacts 816 Ryan McDonald, 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 88 Justin Sitterle, 9t John Thomas, 28 Levi Hernandez, 70 Rod Tait, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 75 Chad Miller, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 35 Darrel Jones, 11j Josh Jones, 88jr Ronnie Schoenfeldt---dns Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 816 Ryan McDonald, 28 Levi Hernandez, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 75 Chad Miller, 11j Josj Jones, 88jr Ronnie Schoenfeldt Heat 2; 33 Jamie Garner, 70 Rod Tait, 9t John Thomas, 35 Darrel Jones, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 88 Justin Sitterle
  8. First Responders Night @ I-37 Speedway, 9-11-21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(Sept. 11Th, 2021) God Bless America On the 20 year anniversary of a fateful day in New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, I-37 Speedway held a First Responders Night offering free grandstand admission to all first responders(fire, police and military.) In a tribute, this week the Factory Stocks were running for $911 to win. With the IMCA Supernationals being held in Boone, Iowa this entire week, the Modifieds were scheduled off, but racers will be racers, and a group got together for a non-sanctioned event on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, track south of Pleasanton. Also on the card for the night were the Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Compact, Go-Karts and returning the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas. Only one more IMCA points race is left on the I-37 Speedway schedule with Ryan Doyon jumping past Jared Maupin by 13, who missed the last race, for the lead. Cody Clark, Stephen Boubel and former track champ, Rick Green complete the top five. The other regular classes still have two events left after tonight. In Limited Modifieds Maupin had a big enough lead to hold on to the spot over Sterling Tausch, Tom Grothues, Edward Oakes and Nathan Oakes. Dakota Hurley still hangs on to the Factory Stock points lead over Dillon Gaither(17), Dustin Hurley, George Quintanilla and Aaron Leddy. The Sport Compacts still have Ryan McDonald still holding the lead by 13 ahead of Brandon McCall with Ryker Hernandez, Jamie Garner and Justin Sitterle in the top five. In Late Models, with the night off, Brandon Brzozowski inched further ahead of Kody Hardage, who had mechanical issues last race. Landon Sowder, Barry Quade and Alton Fambro complete the top five. Morris on the Money Chris Morris(Taylor) carried on his winning ways at I-37 Speedway going flag to flag. Morris was chased early by former track champ Greg Dinsmore and the young guns, Logan Dinsmore and Cameron Starry in the latter stages. At the start of the 13-car Modified feature it was Morris into turn 1 first trailed by L. Dinsmore, G. Dinsmore, Cody Duke and Starry. Arizona's Brenda Kirby, in a Morris back-up car, made a move to get by Starry and Duke for fourth. After a restart for a spin by Stephen Boubel, Kirby, Starry and Jamie Campbell went three wide for fourth. L. Dinsmore would slip in turn 2 allowing his dad and Starry to get past for second and third. G. Dinsmore would suffer a similar fate two laps later in turn 4 giving the spot back to L. Dinsmore as he got by Starry as well. Coming to halfway it was Morris, now with a good lead, L. Dinsmore, Starry, Campbell and Kirby, with G. Dinsmore pitting from fourth. Making a debut in a Modified, Ryan McDonald looped it in turn 2 for a lap 14 yellow erasing Morris' lead. On the restart though, Morris was able to get away clean from L. Dinsmore and Starry with Kirby and Campbell wheel to wheel for fourth. Morris was able increase his margin and take the checkers in his Tina Reagan Realty, Fiesta Spices, ACM Services, Bigfoot Concrete Pumping, Maxwell Medical Services, Bet All Racing, Track Master, Baja Starters, Barnsco, Ark West Communication, Austin Cutting & Coring, TruForm, five1seven designs, crate powered Lethal Chassis. “The car was really good,” said Morris. “I finally have this thing figured out on the slick this year. We struggled a bit at the beginning. We made some good adjustments on it and hopefully we can keep the momentum going. We tightened it up quite a bit between the heat and feature. We saw the track getting slick and thankfully made the right adjustments and hit the nail on the head. It's good having those nights knowing you hit the right set up.” “I knew if I got out front and hit my lines that we were going to be pretty decent. I knew I just needed to not make any mistakes, Drive my own race, keep the car underneath me and we'd be alright.” “With Brenda(Kirby) running my back up car we kinda do a little R&D with it. We get try to some stuff that I might be too nervous about trying on race night. Plus, we get to see what we can do to get these things a little faster.” “I knew Logan(Dinsmore) was going to be tough competition. I ran right behind him at Texana last week. He's really catching his stride and I look forward to racing with him more.” Price Chevrolet Modifieds 94 Chris Morris, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 741 Cameron Starry, 29 Jamie Campbell, 94b Brenda Kirby, 53x Matt Fox, 26p Cody Duke, 5 Cody Clark, 60 Levi Ely, 5m Ryan McDonald, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 28 Marlin Samford, Stephen Boubel Modified heats Heat 1; 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 26p Cody Duke, 94b Brenda Kirby, 53x Matt Fox, 60 Levi Ely, 5m Ryan McDonald, 7 Stephen Boubel---dns Heat 2; 94 Chris Morris, 8g Greg Dinsmore, 741 Cameron Starry, 29 Jamie Campbell, 28 Marlin Samford, 5 Cody Clark Mikulencak Motors Away The start of the 20-lap Limited Modified feature was a bit sketchy before a lap was completed. Marcus Mikulencak got to turn 1 first, but Sterling Tausch was faster off the bottom of turn 2. Tausch would spin in turn 4 collecting Trent Beaver, Michael Carlock and Allen Alexander. Beaver continued with some body damage, but Alexander and Carlock were done. On the second start, M. Mikulencak again was first chased by Beaver, Tryton Temple, Chandler Fox and Ben Mikulencak. M. Mikulencak and Beaver were able to pull away from Temple with B. Mikulencak taking fourth from Fox. Coming to halfway it was M. Mikulencak, Beaver, Temple, B. Mikulencak and Dillon Gaither in the top five. Johnny Brown brought out a lap 13 yellow going for a spin in turn 4 to rebunch the field. B. Mikulencak was able to get past Temple for third on the restart leaving him side by side with Gaither for fourth. Up front M. Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) was creeping away in his Joe Armendia owned, Vinco Plumbing, Ace Transmission, RPM Equipment, Premier Minerals, GT Sirizzoti Excavating, L87 Speedway, All in Designs, All American Race Engines powered, IRP Chassis. “When you start out front and lead early, you're really not sure what to do,” replied Mikulencak. “You just try to chase your line, hit your marks. I moved around a few times. I tried the bottom a few times and ended up back on top most of the time in (turns) 3-4, and around the bottom in (turns) 1-2. I tried a variety of things.” “On the restarts you never know if someone behind you has found something a little better. There's a lot stiff that can happen, like miss your marks in the first corner.” Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 14 Trent Beaver, 13 Ben Mikulencak, 39 Tryton Temple, 5 Dillon Gaither, 53x Chandler Fox, 24 Johnny Brown, 95 Sterling Tausch, 99 Allen Alexander, 76 Michael Carlock Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 95 Sterling Tausch, 99 Allen Alexander, 76 Michael Carlock, 53k Chandler Fox, 24r Johnny Brown Heat 2; 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 14 Trent Beaver, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 39 Tryton Temple, 5 Dillon Gaither Hustlin' Hurleys After both scored heat wins, the Hurleys(Dakota and Dustin) started on the front row of the 20-lap Factory Stock feature. As green green waved it was Du. Hurley leading off turn 4, but Da. Hurley got alongside his brother to get the advantage the next lap followed by Allen Torres to second as Cameron Dinsmore took fifth from Riley Heil. Dinsmore then picked off fourth from Megan Dodson while Mike Lyon got by Heil and Dodson for fifth. Coming to the crossed flags it was Da. Hurley, Torres, Du. Hurley, Dinsmore and Lyon with a yellow for Michael Keylich stopping in turn 4. Back to green, it was three wide between Dinsmore, Heil and Dillon Gaither, who started last after having issues in his heat race, for fourth. Gaither got the spot and then looked to go three wide with Torres and Du. Hurley who were door to door for second. Gaither was able to take third from Du. Hurley as Da. Hurley was edging away from Torres. In the pack, Dodson, Jose Lopez and Heil were three wide for seventh. Dinsmore slapped the wall losing a spot to Lyon, then spinning in turn 2 a lap later. Back under green, Da. Hurley got away clean while Gaither, continuing his march from the back, took second from Torres. On the last lap Du. Hurley snuck past Torres for third as Da. Hurley(Sandia) grabbed the win in his 1st Call Plumbing, Schneider Solar Screens, Ace Transmission, All in Designs, Photography by Lindsey Ann, crate powered, Kenny Hurley Race Cars Chassis. “They've all been tough this year,” commented Hurley. “I felt we had a car to win a couple of nights but it just hasn't fallen our way. Tonight we hit it just right, started up front and were able to pick up the win.” “My brother and I don't have any side bets or anything. We help each other out as much as we can. At the end of the day, ya, we both want to win races. The only way to do that is help each other.” “I figured Allen(Torres) would be back there. I don't like starting up front. You never know where the dominant line is going to go and someone like him can get around you. I knew Dillon(Gaither) would be coming from the back, too. I just hoped I was fast enough that he wouldn't get up to me.” All in Design Factory Stocks 40 Dakota Hurley, 98 Dillon Gaither, 4d Dustin Hurley, 31 Allen Torres, 20 Mike Lyon, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 30 Riley Heil, 38 Josh Sewell, 133 Megan Dodson, 75 Jerry Miller, 10 Scott Jerkins, 36 George Quintanilla, 7 Jess Sandoval, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 44 Katherine Keylich, 18s Jarrett Payton---dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 4D Dustin Hurley, 133 Megan Dodson, 75 Aaron Leddy, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 36 George Quintanilla, 44k Katherine Keylich, 10 Scott Jerkins, 98 Dillon Gaither Heat 2; 40 Dakota Hurley, 31 Allen Torres, 30 Riley Heil, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 20 Mike Lyon, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 38 Josh Sewell, 18s Jarret Payton Trimble Takes First Tally The 15-lap B Factory Stock feature saw Makayla Trimble get the lead on lap 1 followed by Daniel Lopez, Jerry Miller, Robert Keylich and William Cavender. Lopez got a run getting alongside Trimble taking the top spot on lap 2. Trimble tried to fight back on lap 4 going low in turn 1 and by off turn 2. But Trimble got loose off turn 4 giving Lopez the spot back. The two continued to slug it out until Lopez exited abruptly on lap 7 giving the lead back to Trimble. Trimble(Victoria) then had to hold off Miller on two late race restarts to score her first ever win in her Rock Motors, Tonys Mobile Home Service, Magnum Services, WRT, LP Trucking, Destroyer Chassis. “This is my second race ever in this car,” exclaimed Trimble. “My first ever win. I've raced go-karts and E-Mods before. It was fun racing for the lead with Daniel Lopez for a while. I was trying not to hit him too hard or at all. I had time to get around him.” “I haven't been in Go-Karts for a while. It's definitely different than the E-Mods, they don't have very much grip. My uncle(Mickey Helms) helps me a lot. He does most of the work. I do air pressure and easy stuff like that. I'd like to move up to the regular Factory Stock class next year, but that's not up to me.” B Factory Stocks 174 Makayla Trimble, 75 Jerry Miller, 15 William Cavender, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 92r Robert Keylich, 15L Daniel Lopez B Factory Stock heat; 174 Makayla Trimble, 75 Jerry Miller, 15 William Cavender, 92r Robert Keylich, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 15L Daniel Lopez McDonald Motors Away Again With the two points leaders on the front row, Brandon McCall and Ryan McDonald, it was McDonald getting the advantage off turn 4 to lead lap 1. McCall, Jamie Garner, John Thomas and Joshua Garcia fell in line until McCall got loose giving up second to Garner. Jennifer Kidd went over the turn 2 hill for and early caution that saw Garcia, Thomas and Levi Hernandez three wide for fourth on the restart. From mid-pack, Michael Burris and Kasey Krauss were on on charge with Burris getting fifth from L. Hernandez. At halfway it was McDonald, Garner, McCall and Thomas, with Burris and Krauss side by side for fifth. As the last half laps clicked off, McDonald began pulling away with Krauss getting past Thomas for fourth. With two to go McDonald came up on heavy traffic slicing his way through. Using traffic, Krauss was able to get by Garner on the final lap for third as McDonald, in his PRG Realty, Texas Task Force, 181 Paving, Buggy Warehouse, 2004 Chevy Cavalier was adding another win to his impressive year-long total. Sport Compacts 816 Ryan McDonald, 14 Brandon McCall, 8 Kasey Krauss, 33 Jamie Garner, 9t John Thomas, 28 Levi Hernandez, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 32 Joshua Garcia, 14t Shaun Tracy, 11j Josh Jones, 10 Reagan Martin, 75 Chad Miller, 88 Justin Sitterle, 70 Rod Tait, 81 Michael Burris jr., 43 Jennifer Kidd Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 70 Rod Tait, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 28 Levi Hernandez, 81 Michael Burris jr., 11j Josh Jones Heat 2; 816 Ryan McDonald, 9t John Thomas, 32 Joshua Garcia, 88 Justin Sitterle, 8 Kasey Krauss, 75 Chad Miller, 14t Shaun Tracy, 10 Reagan Martin Spreen Stays Strong On the second start for the 20-lap Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas it was Dillon Spreen off turn first ahead of Dylan Budnik, Dillon Coyne Ty Paxson and Brandon Spreen. The top three quickly began to separate themselves while B. Spreen snagged fourth from Paxson. Budnik and Coyne went three wide around a lapped car with Coyne getting the spot. Coming to the crossed flags it was D. Spreen, Budnik getting back by Coyne, B. Spreen and Paxson in the top five. Coyne got back alongside Budnik for second as they again went three wide passing lapped traffic. Jack Burkhart and Ashlynn Newton got tangled for a lap 17 caution that restacked the pack for a 3-lap shootout. As D. Spreen got away, Drew Stark made a charge going past Paxson and B. Spreen, but both retook spots as B. Spreen(Lindale), who won here two weeks ago, in the Spreen Racing Engines, Swenson Racing Shocks, All In Designs, Damron Chassis was taking the checkers. Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas 81 Dillon Spreen, 25 Dylan Budnik, 12t Dillon Coyne, 15 Ty Paxson, 88 Brandon Spreen, 03 Drew Stark, 9 James Williams, 08 Danielle Long, 2a Allen Brown, 2 Jerry Book, 93 Adam Stehle, 19r Ashlynn Newton, 07 Jack Burkhart III DCRST heats Heat 1; 12t Dillon Coyne, 88 Brandon Spreen, 15 Ty Paxson, 9 James Williams, 07 Jack Burkhart III, 2 Jerry Book, 93 Adam Stehle Heat 2; 03 Drew Stark, 25 Dylan Budnik, 81 Dillon Spreen, 08 Danielle Long, 2a Allen Brown, 19r Ashlynn Newton Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts Predator Division(Top 3); Kiehl Van Blarcum, Curtis Opiela, Andy Van Blarcum Senior Division; Cody Clegg, Connor Holt Junior Division; Easton Sargisson, Cecilia Johnson, Beau Payton, Blaine Markgraf Youth Division; Tucker Kempe, Colt Stafford, Cheston Markgraf, Maryann Alameda, Landon Budnik
  9. Late Models, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Fast Shaft Qualifier @ I-37 Speedway 8/28/21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(Aug. 28Th, 2021) Dodged the rain. I-37 Speedway was able to dodge the scattered showers with a big night of racing scheduled on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt oval south of San Antonio. On the slate tonight was a $1,000 to win IMCA Fast Shaft Qualifier for the IMCA Modifieds, sponsored by Sundowner Performance Diesel and 3-D Landscaping. Also added were the Late Models and the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas With only a few races remaining in the points for the local classes it's coming down the wire in some classes. In IMCA Modifieds it's Jared Maupin(not in attendance) heading the list by 24 over Ryan Doyon, with Cody Clark, Talon Minten and Stephen Boubel in the top five. Maupin also holds the lead in Limited Modifieds by a large 59 point margin over Sterling Tausch while Tom Grothues. Craig Oakes and JJ Jennings round out the top five. Brandon Brzozowski holds the Late Model points lead but by only 2 markers on Kody Hardage, 10 on Landon Sowder, with Alton Fambro and Barry Quade tied for fourth, 24 back. In Factory Stocks, Dakota Hurley increased his margin over Dillon Gaither to 18 up with his brother Dustin Hurley third, George Quintanilla fourth and Aaron Leddy fifth. In Sport Compacts Brandon McCall has closed the gap on points leader Ryan McDonald to only 10 while Ryker Hernandez, Jamie Garner and Joshua Garcia complete the top five. Oakes OK in Modified Mania With a grand and an invitation to the IMCA Fast Shaft Qualifier on the line the 20-lap IMCA Modified was packed with action. Polesitter, after the redraw, Raymond McSpadden got a good advantage on the green chased by Rick Green, Dillon Tindall, Anthony Gordon and Jamie Campbell. Campbell would go around and collect Cody Tidwell and Landon Bednarz for an early caution. Back to green, Green got a good run on McSpadden for the lead, but Gordon got an even better run off turn 4 getting by Green and Tindall for second. On a restart after a spin by Stephen Boubel, Tidwell took third from Green with Craig Oakes following to fourth. Up front McSpadden drifted too high off turn 4 allowing Gordon get the top spot on lap 6, while Oakes worked past Tidwell for third. Oakes continued his charge taking second from McSpadden and quickly on Gordon for the lead. Oakes was able to slip past Gordon for the lead on lap 8. At halfway it was Oakes, Gordon, Tidwell, McSpadden and Green in the top five. Tidwell and McSpadden made contact and spun on lap 11 with Tidwell going to the tail and McSpadden continuing on, albeit with a left front flat. Oakes got away clean on the restart, but the three-wheeling McSpadden would loop it and collect Tindall, Ryan Doyon and Bednarz. Again Oakes got a good jump on green while Tidwell got past Doyon for fifth. Gordon tried to hang with Oakes with Tidwell and Doyon closing in on Green for third. With two to go Oakes had about four-car lengths on Gordon. With the white flag waving Oakes was holding off Gordon, behind them Green got spun by Tidwell in turn 2. As they came back to the checkers it was Oakes(Marshall) in his Cuero Engine Service, 3-D Landscapiing, Ewing Irrigation, Alamo Truck Accessories, TS2 Consulting, Nasty Cookers, Razors Edge Graphics, crate powered, IRP Chassis with the win. Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds 91 Craig Oakes, 22 Anthony Gordon, 82 Rick Green, 5r Ryan Doyon, 29 Jamie Campbell, 16 Landon Bednarz, 17 Cody Tidwell---BF, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 86 Dillon Tindall, 7 Stephen Boubel, 5 Cody Clark, 28 Marlin Samford---dns IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 48r Raymond McSpadden, 86 Dillon Tindall, 91 Craig Oakes, 29 Jamie Campbell, 16 Landon Bednarz, 5 Cody Clark Heat 2; 17 Cody Tidwell, 22m Anthony Gordon, 5r Ryan Doyon, 82 Rick Green, 7 Stephen Boubel, 28 Marlin Samford The Mighty Oakes Stand Tall in Limited Modifieds At the start of the Limited Modified feature polesitter Tom Grothues had trouble right away and pulled off leaving Ryan Doyon and Edward Oakes side by side for the lead. Doyon was able to get the nose out front with E. Oakes falling in line second ahead of Nathan Oakes, Allen Alexander and Dillon Gaither. Rusty Head was on the move from his last starting spot getting by Kevin Parker and Alexander for fourth on lap 2 then past Gaither for third on lap 4. Doyon was stretching out his lead coming to halfway with E. Oakes, Head, Gaither and Alexander the top five. Parker brought out a lap 13 yellow when he clipped an infield tire and stopped with the tire wedged under the front. Back to green, E. Oakes got inside Doyon for the lead as they ran wheel to wheel until E. Oakes edged ahead on lap 14. Head tried to follow E. Oakes through while Alexander and Gaither were side by side for fourth. Head finally worked past Doyon for second with Alexander now looking low on Doyon for third. Head then caught E. Oakes with two to go and was trying to get underneath on the final lap but spun and collected Gaither setting up a one lap shootout. Doyon got a run to get past Alexander for second and took a look low on E. Oakes. Not to be outdone by his son in the IMCA Modified feature, E. Oakes(Cuero) in his Cuero Engine Service, La Femme Boutique, McMahan Services, Warmsley Performance, Barrys Cajun Food, IRP Chassis was able to hold off Doyon for the victory. Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 53 Edward Oakes, 5r Ryan Doyon, 99 Allen Alexander, 95 Sterling Tausch, 55 Rusty Head, 5 Dillon Gaither, 7 Kevin Parker, 21 Nathan Oakes, 24r Johnny Brown, 11t Tom Grothues Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 11t Tom Grothues, 5r Ryan Doyon, 99 Allen Alexander, 24r Johnny Brown, 95 Sterling Tausch Heat 2; 53 Edward Oakes, 21 Nathan Oakes, 5 Dillon Gaither, 7k Kevin Parker, 55r Rusty Head--dns Brzozowski Bags Late Model Loot As the 20-lap Late Model fired off it was Kody Hardage beating Brandon Brzozowski to turn 1 for the lead. Brzozowski, Barry Quade, Landon Sowder and Jason Kelly sorted out behind the leader. Yellow flew on lap 4 when Wes Walker slowed and stopped in the pit out road. The Hardage-Brzozowski battle never came to be as Hardage threw a belt off and pitted under the caution. With Brzozowski now on point he was quickly away from Quade once back to green. Sowder slowed from third, eventually pulling off. This left Alton Fambro and Quade to battle for second as Brzozowski eased away coming to the crossed flags with Quade, Fambro, Kelly and Aaron Leddy in the top five. Brzozowski, now a full straightaway ahead, as Kelly and Leddy had a good scrap going for fourth. Brzozowski(La Vernia) in the his Billy Bobs Repair, Lone Star Pressure Equipment, Mo Bags Suspension & Technology, Texas Industrial Radiator, All in Designs, Magnum by Nilfisk, The Trash Can Cleaners, Pressure Pro, Schaeffers Oil, 604 crate, Rocket XR1 Chassis easily cruised to the win. “I didn’t want to win it like that, but I’ll take it.” replied Brzozowski. “Before Kody(Hardage) pulled off I felt like we were going to have a good race and put on a show for the fans.” “I was happy to see two new cars join the class this race with us loosing Frank Okruhlik. Jamie Campbell is also putting together a car, his engine parts didn’t all make it in time to get it ready for this race but he should be ready for next race. With the new cars, if everyone shows up, we should have 14 or so cars. I saw Nick Morris has Frank O's old car and hopefully they will put it together to come out and race with us.” “.I hope the track decides to run us both nights of the DTK memorial. I would be willing to add to the purse those nights to have a 2 day show that brings in some more out of town guys. Late models are alive and well in Texas.” “I’d like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to race and pick up a win along the way here and there. I’d like to thank my wife and kids for their support! Thank you to Byrne Jacobson for the help at the track and busting his butt to make the changes on the car through out the night. Thank you to the fans who come out and spend their hard earned money to support and watch us.” Nogalitos Gear Late Models 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 19 Barry Quade, 08 Alton Fambro, 57 Jason Kelly, 5 Aaron Leddy, 13 Howie Marcx, 10 Landon Sowder, 12d Carl Dyer, 12 Kody Hardage, 01 Wes Walker Late Model heats Heat 1; 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 10 Landon Sowder, 08 Alton Fambro, 01 Wes Walker, 12d Carl Dyer Heat 2; 12 Kody Hardage, 19 Barry Quade, 57 Jason Kelly, 5 Aaron Leddy, 13 Howie Marcx Torres Tops Factory Stock Field This year has seen some epic battles in Factory Stocks, tonight would be no different. At the drop of the green it was Dillon Gaither and Allen Torres staying door to door with Gaither getting the bumper out front to lead lap 1. Torres dropped in line second with Michael Keylich, Dakota Hurley and Scott Jerkins in pursuit. Torres took an early look low on Gaither while Keylich slipped and fell back before working his way back up. A debris caution on lap 6 slowed the pace. Back to green, Dustin Hurley got past Keylich for fourth while Da. Hurley was trying high on Torres for second. This gave Du. Hurley an opening to get alongside his brother for third. Da. Hurley held the top and was able to hold off his brother and get the nose past Torres. At the midway point it was Gaither, Da. Huley, Torres, Du. Hurley and Robert Kelm up to fifth. Keylich brought out a yellow after contact with an infield tire on lap 11. This set up the final race to the checkers. As green waved again, Torres jumped to the top to get by Da. Hurley for second with Kelm taking fourth from Du. Hurley. Staying up top, Torres worked his way around Gaither for the lead on lap 14 with Hurley and Kelm now running the top too. Gaither tried to fight back on the bottom getting back alongside Torres coming off turn 2 as the final laps clicked off. Torres and Gaither ran up on slower traffic on the final lap. The duo split the lapped car three wide coming to the checkers with Torres(San Antonio) eking out the victory by about a car length in the Allens 24/7 Towing, All in Designs, JGR Fab, Destroyer Chassis. “Tonight was great,” commented Torres. “When I came out and won my heat race, that’s when I knew it was going to be a good night. Going against (Dillon)Gaither was even better, but he had me the majority of the race. I was determined to at least give him some competition and I was happy I went from the bottom to the top.” “It’s all about fun and I’m glad I have Tom, Roger & River to help me at the shop. Thanks to All in Designs, Allen’s 24/7 Towing and my friends and family to support me. All in Design Factory Stocks 4s Allen Torres, 98 Dillon Gaither, 40 Dakota Hurley, 48L Robert Kelm, 4d Dustin Hurley, 18s Jarrett Payton, 17e Jerry Evans, 14f Lynn Fox, 18 Kyle Kirkland, 44k Michael Keylich, 36 George Quintanilla, 34h Hunter Peterson, 11x Brian Harbison, 1t Jason Turnmire, 10 Scott Jerkins Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 4s Allen Torres, 44k Michael Keylich, 48L Robert Kelm, 36 George Quintanilla, 4d Dustin Hurley, 1t Jason Turnmire, 18 Kyle Kirkland, 11x Brian Harbison Heat 2; 98 Dillon Gaither, 10 Scott Jerkins, 40 Dakota Hurley, 17e Jerry Evans, 18s Jarrett Payton, 14f Lynn Fox, 34h Hunter Peterson Vickery Victorious in Debut After working as crew chief for Johnny Torres, Russell Vickery(Maxwell) jumped in the Sullivan Motorsports Factory Stock and went flag to flag for the win. At the start Vickery and Daniel Lopez were door to door until Vickery took command after a caution for a Jerry Miller spin on lap 2. As Vickery pulled away from Lopez, Miller worked his way back to battle with George Pullin for third before losing fluid and having to pit. As the white flag waved Vickery had motored away to a little over a full straightaway lead over Lopez, easily taking the checkers in the Sullivan Motorsports, Swenson Diggs by JT, Ace Transmission, All in Designs, Odessa Pumps, Flanagan Muffler Shop, Destroyer Chassis. “It was kinda cool to see the roles reversed this weekend with Johnny(Torres) being the crew chief and myself racing.” said Vickery. “It was a blast for sure. But I knew he would give me the best car, it was just left up to me to wheel it.” “That was my first race in a rear wheel drive car on dirt. Johnny said I seemed a little nervous, that could have been true. But I knew I had some big shoes to fill with running that car, I told him it was probably the same feeling he had when he drove (Steve)Whiteaker’s limited late last year.” “I first off have got to thank TJ Sullivan and Johnny Torres for this opportunity.” B Factory Stocks 8s Russell Vickery, 15 Daniel Lopez, 17e George Pullin, 75 Jerry Miller, 92r Robert Keylich, 55 Chris Clark---dns B Factory Stock heat; 15 Daniel Lopez, 8s Russell Vickery, 75 Jerry Miller, 92r Robert Keylich, 17e George Pullin, 55 Chris Clark McDonald on the Money The start of the 20-lap Sport Compact feature saw Dylan Kowalik first off turn with Jennifer Kidd and Ryan McDonald side by side second, and with Michael Burris jr and Justin Sitterle in tow. Sitterle got by Burris and Kidd for third while McDonald was challenging Kowalik for the lead. McDonald got a good run to get past, but a yellow for Kidd slapping the front stretch wall negated the pass. McDonald used a run up top once back to green to get by Kowalik on lap 4 with Jamie Garner taking fourth from Burris, who lost fifth to Brandon McCall a lap later. McCall, the birthday boy, kept on the march getting around Garner and Sitterle for third. McCall then picked off Kowalik for second bringing Garner along to third. At halfway it was McDonald pulling away from McCall, Garner, Sitterle and Kowalik in the top five. An infield tire brought out a lap 16 yellow to erase McDonalds lead. Back to green, Garner took second from McCall while Kasey Krauss grabbed fourth from Kowalik. Levi Hernandez moved up to fifth with McCall and Krauss now door to door for third. Up front, McDonald was inching away from Garner as Krauss took third from McCall and Sitterle retook fifth from L. Hernendez. At the checkers it was McDonald(Floresville) in the PRG Realty, Texas Task Force, 181 Paving, Buggy Warehouse, 2004 Chevy Cavalier grabbing another win. “I'm back!” exclaimed McDonald who took at trip over the turn 4 hill last time out. “After the last race bump and run it tore up most of the front suspension. In the heat race, the car felt way off, almost like starting from scratch. I just tried to stay patient and watch everyone pinball down the track. We made a few key changes for the main and they were definitely heading in the right direction.” Sport Compacts 816 Ryan McDonald, 33 Jamie Garner, 8 Kasey Krauss, 14 Brandon McCall, 88 Justin Sitterle, 28 Levi Hernandez, 29k Dylan Kowalik, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 14t Shaun Tracy, 11j Josh Jones, 32 Joshua Garcia, 75r Randy Frautschi, 9t John Thomas, 35 Darrel Jones, 81 Michael Burris jr., 43 Jennifer Kidd, 12 Roy Easler jr---dns Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 43 Jennifer Kidd, 816 Ryan McDonald, 8 Kasey Krauss, 14 Brandon McCall, 9t John Thomas, 12 Roy Easler jr., 55 Ryker Hernandez, 35 Darrel Jones, 32 Joshua Garcia Heat 2; 29k Dylan Kowalik, 81 Michael Burris jr., 88 Justin Sitterle, 33 Jamie Garner, 11j Josh Jones, 14t Shaun Tracy, 75r Randy Frautschi, 28 Levi Hernandez Green to Spreen in DCRST Main In the green to checker 20-lap Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas feature it was Ty Paxson grabbing the early lead trailed by James Williams, Dillon Spreen, Keagan Moore and Dylan Budnik. Paxson got loose in turn 1 slowing the lane with D. Spreen moving low to get by Williams and Paxson for the lead on lap 3. Williams and Budnik then swapped third with Dillon Coyne taking fifth from Moore. At halfway, with the leaders in traffic, it was D. Spreen, Paxson and Budnik three wide around a lapped car, Williams and Coyne. Paxson and Budnik continued side by side for second until Paxson had problems and pulled off. That second place battle allowed D. Spreen to build a comfortable lead. Coming to the white flag D. Spreen(Lindale) had half a straightaway over Budnik going on to the victory in his Spreen Racing Engines, Swenson Racing Shocks, All In Designs, Damron Chassis. “Starting fourth I was able to work my way to the bottom on lap 2.” said Spreen. “Once I was working around the inside tires I knew that was the line that would win the race. I worked on managing my right rear tire all race by entering the corners low and straight to get the car pointed off the corner. I knew if I protected the bottom I could control the race.” Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas 81 Dillon Spreen,25 Dylan Budnik, 09 James Williams, 03 Drew Stark, 12 Dillon Coyne, 1k Keagan Moore, 07 Jack Burkhart III, 80 Brandon Spreen, 2 Jerry Book, 08 Danielle Long, 93 Adam Stehle, 2a Allen Brown, 64 Larry Carwin, 50 Tommy Northcutt, 15 Ty Paxson DCRST heats Heat 1; 03 Drew Stark, 9 James Williams, 2a Allen Brown, 64 Larry Carwin, 50 Tommy Northcutt Heat 2; 12t Dillon Coyne, 1k Keagan Moore, 80 Brandon Spreen, 07 Jack Burkhart III, 08 Danielle Long Heat 3; 81 Dillon Spreen, 25 Dylan Budnik, 15 Ty Paxson, 2 Jerry Book, 93 Adam Stehle Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts Senior Division; Charles Flanagan, Zoey Adkins Junior Division; Blaine Markgraf, Gabriel Solis, Beau Payton, Easton Sargisson, Remington Oakes, Cecily Johnson Youth Division; Tucker Kempe, Kaden Pacheco, Cheston Markgraf, Landon Budnik
  10. IHRA Summit Super Series, Hot Rod Bracket Race @ Alamo City Motorplex 8/21/21 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(Aug. 21St, 2021) Champions to be crowned. It was season ending IHRA Summit Super Series final points race with double points on the line to decide drivers/teams headed to the World Finals in Memphis, October 14-16 for the Top ET, Modified ET, Sportsman and Jr Dragster classes. Coming into the night here's how the points looked; Top ET(Box) has Mike Pearson out front of former track champ Brent Ritter by 9, with Greg Meuth 28 back, while Jamie Longoria Jr. and Mike Atkinson round out the top five. In Modified ET(No Box) it's Corky Weeks almost locked in with a 69 point lead over Chris Pearson. Billy Janousek, Alan Friedeck and Miguel Montoya complete the top five. Rhett Floyd comes into action with a 19 point advantage over Jackie Hibbard in the Sportsman class while Harold Shimek, Ronald Gordner and Trenton Johnson hold down top five places. Jr. Dragsters are tight, really tight. Ty Janousek comes in only 3 ahead of Addysan Rogers, and 5 ahead of Gracie O'Rourke. Reilly Garceau and Jordan Suckow complete the top five. Past track champ, Don Hrometz continues to lead in Motorcycle by a good margin over James Marlett, William Keele, J. Monaco and Randy Monte. Normally full moon racing is, well a bit different, mostly on circle tracks, but this is afterall, 2021. Between an electronics issue on timing boards, a transmission fluid spill, Jerry Longoria breaking an axle, Jay Fitzgerald breaking a steering wheel and Wes Bendele losing his brakes on a burnout(thankfully), there was a delay for a possum on the racing surface. Top ET The Top ET finals came down to the pairing of David Bills(Marion) squared off with Kevin Little(Harker Heights). Both left with .02x lights, but it was Bills, in his 2004 Undercover Dragster, getting win when Little, in his 82 Camaro, broke out on the big end. David Bills(4.52) 4.532 @ 153.22 defeats Kevin Little(5.64) 5.629 @ 126.90(broke out) Bills lost in the first round to Michael Pennington, then out ran M. Peil, Candace Ritter, Brandon Bass, Ryan McDonell and Brent Ritter. Little bettered Philip Pennington, Rodriguez, Peeps Pennington, and D. Licata with a round 4 bye. Modified ET The finals were supposed to be a father/son battle between the Herbolds(Seguin), Gene and Cole, in a shorty dragster versus a door car. Both of whom, coincidentally, have scored track championships in the past. Cole got a competition bye in the finals and just had to break the beams to officially take the victory and the points, after splitting the payout. The ol' “split and quit.” Cole Herbold(5.09) N/T defeats Gene Herbold(DNR)--Comp Bye C. Herbold trailered Paul Schneider, Chris Pearson, Mike Zampese and M. Montoya. G. Herbold got past Vince Hernandez, Corky Weeks(twice) and Bryan Littlefield. Sportsman Jackie Hibbard(Humble) did what he had to do to take the championship making it to the finals against Wendall Uhr(Seguin), who may be the oldest guy in competition. Hibbard, in his 66 Chevy Nova, got 11/100th on the line, and needed every bit of it as Uhr, in his 2007 Cadillac, nailed his dial-in. Which figured out to be .082(82/1,000th) at the stripe. Jackie Hibbard(7.54) 7.629 @ 75.83 defeats Wendall Uhr(10.71) 10.710 @ 68.48 Hibbard beat G. Alvin, R. Ewell jr., Shimek and had a bye in the semi's. Uhr lost round 1 to Jamie Longoria, rebought then took down Gordner, Nathan Ybarra and Curtis Garceau. Motorcycle It was an easy win in the Motorcyle finals for James Marlett(Austin) as Curt Whitworth(San Antonio) went red. This gave the victory to Marlett on his 2014 Kawaski ZX14 who would run it out. Marlett bested Keele in round 1 while Whitworth got around Hromtez. James Marlett(5.59) 5.629 @ 121.33 defeats Curt Whitworth(6.50) (N/T) red light Jr Dragster In another nail biter, the Jr. Dragster finals it was a rematch of two 7.90 cars pitting Reilly Garceau(Von Ormy) against Jayvn Johnson(Belton) in his 2004 KJH Chassis. Both left good, really good, with Garceau only getting a .004 advantage. Both ran their number with Garceau getting the win by only .021(21/1000th), if my math is correct. R. Garceau took out Johnson, A. Rogers and had a round 4 bye to the finals. Johnson, lost in round 1 to R. Garceau then defeated Dawson Rogers, J. Bass and Janousek after the buy back. Reilly Garceau(7.90) 7.906 @ 80.73 defeats Jayvn Johnson(7.90) 7.907 @ 81.60 Top ET When the smoke settled(see what I did there) it was B. Ritter grabbing another track title from M. Pearson who fell to second with Meuth holding third and Kip Scharf moving up into a tie with Atkinson for fourth. Modified ET Despite a charge by Cole Herbold and M. Montoya, Corky Weeks held on for the Modified ET championship. C. Herbold and M. Montoya moved to second and third, respectfully, A. Friedeck held fourth while C. Pearson dropped to fifth. Sportsman With his Sportsman win, Hibbard jumped past Floyd, who pulled out early, to take home the title. Shimek and Gordner held there spots while John Villanueva, who also took the EV title, moved up to fifth. Jr Dragsters With both going out in the same round, Janousek held his point margin over A. Rogers to get the championship. R. Garceau jumped past O'Rourke for third bumping her to fourth with D. Rogers getting past Suckow for fifth. Motorcyle With his huge lead nothing much changed in the Motorcyle class standings. Hrometz, who had bike issues, was still able to take home another title trailed by Marlett, Keele, Monaco and Monte.
  11. Marble Falls Lakefest, 8/6-8/21 Marble Falls, TX.,(Aug 8th, 2021) After an interesting day of qualifying that saw part of the Pro classes miss out on the second round due to wind and rough, choppy water, it was time for eliminations on the 'liquid quarter mile' at Lake Marble Falls. Top qualifiers in Pro classes were Marty Logan(Top Alcohol Hydro) Daryl Ehrlich(Pro Mod), Eric Dement(Pro Outlaw), Bill Diez(Top Alcohol Flat), Tim Ortiz(Pro Jet) and Frank Carter(Pro Comp Flat). Unfortunately the wind continued to blow on Sunday. While a nice breeze feels good in mid-90s heat, it is not conducive to good, safe drag boat racing. Officials were forced to make some schedule changes getting the slower boat out first and cutting the course to 660'(1/8 mile). Naturally this put some kinks in dial-in numbers and all index numbers had to be adjusted. The Pro Mods had a small window in the weather to get round 1 in. About three-quarters through Henry Benhe had the holding rope get caught in the capsule hatch. Unknowingly, and despite the starters efforts to get it released, Behne launched, got to about the start timers and the rope grabbed, nearly turning him over. With the rope now severed, it had to restrung from bank to bank. During the delay, winds returned and the Pro Mods were unable to complete round 1. Top Alcohol Hydro--DNR Pro Mod 4.10(Round 1 partial) Mallori Carroll 4.035 @ 143.932(B.O.) Jay Hudgins 4.672 @ 109.135 W Mickey Snider 4.145 @ 142.822 W Greg Lempar 4.152 @ 144.017 Robin Reed 4.098 @ 140.097(B.O.) Daryl Ehrlich 4.146 @ 140.325 W Henry Behne N/T Tim Ortiz 4.134 @ 131.114 Lee Warren--DNR Steve Walls—DNR Terry Kain—DNR Bryan Miller--DNR Pro Outlaw--DNR Top Alcohol Flat--DNR Pro Jet--DNR Pro Comp Flats--DNR Quick Eliminator(4.40) The Quick Eliminator final paired up Robert Anderson(Huffman) against Lee Warren(Marble Falls) in Steve Prewit's boat. Warren got 3/100th on the start but broke out the top end by .033 giving the victory to Anderson in his Mutual Funds boat. **So why was Warren in Prewit's boat. In round 1 on a bye run Prewit ran it out and caught some rollers hard bouncing the boat around hurting his back. So in steps Warren. Now you'd think being in an unfamiliar boat, with the unfamiliar launch sequence and an odd index number that Warren might struggle. HA! In the semi's Warren said “Hold My Beer and Watch This”(see what I did there) cutting an .040 light then running a 4.406 pass. Robert Anderson 4.414 @ 114.006 defeats Lee Warren 4.367 @ 129.925 Pro Eliminator(4.60) It was California vs Texas in the pro Eliminator finals with Dave Lipinski(Madera, Ca.) paired up with Greg Cawyer(Orange Grove). Cawyer(Strictly Business) was 5/100 better on the start, but was 52/100th too quick on the top, breaking out giving the win to Lipinski(Hot Shot) increasing his points lead. Dave Lipinski 4.648 @ 120.303 defeats Greg Cawyer 4.548 @ 119.500 Top Eliminator(4.90) Midland's Kevin Conklin squared off with Bobby Thurman in the Top Eliminator finals. Conklin(Texas High Risk) got 6/100th advantage on the start and needed every inch at the stripe as Thurman(Crapshooter) ran quicker but loosing on a holeshot to Conklin. Kevin Conklin 5.049 @ 93.486 defeats Bobby Thurman 5.034 @ 115.210 Modified Eliminator(5.60) The Modified Eliminator finals pitted Jesse James jr.(Tyler) with Tyler Boehme(Rio Medina). James(The Outlaw) went too quick, breaking out, at the finish handing the honors the Boehme(The Slippery Pickle). Tyler Boehme 5.614 @ 95.720 defeats Jesse James jr. 5.553 @ 95.019 Stock Eliminator(Dial in) A first time was guaranteed in the Stock Eliminator finals between Seth Walls(San Angelo) and Skyler Woody(Round Rock) with the winner going for a swim.(Lakefest tradition) Perhaps nerves got the best of both as each went red at the start. Walls(Sotally Tober) was the least offender being awarded the victory over Woody(Plum Crazy). Seth Walls 6.050 @ 87.022 defeats Skyler Woody 8.973 @ 56.133 PWC(Dial in) In the Personal Water Craft finals it was experience vs youth with Lynn Blackburn going against points leader Jody Smith(Wylie). Blackburn on her Doo'n Time 2 jet ski got 2/10th on the start and ran down Smith(Lil Maniac) to grab the victory. Lynn Blackburn 71.000 @ 69.107 defeats Jody Smith 8.915 @ 53.604
  12. Back to School Night/750 to Win Factory Stocks @ I-37 Speedway 7/31/21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(July 31st, 2021)Saturday was the tracks annual “Back to School night” with the track and Team Dinsmore handing out school supplies to kids in need that attended. Also featured was big All in Designs Factory Stock shootout with $750 on the line for the winner, plus the other regular Classes(Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds, Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds, Sport Compacts, Go-Karts and introducing, making their first I-37 Speedway appearance, the Economy Modifieds(E-Mods) The race also serves as a tune-up race for the upcoming Red River Modified Tour coming August 14th with the Modifieds, Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks. After having last race off, the IMCA Modifieds points didn't change with Jared Maupin leading by 15 over Ryan Doyon with Talon Minten, Brandon Welker and Cody Clark in the top five. Maupin also heads the Limited Modifieds with Sterling Tausch jumping to second past Craig Oakes, Edward Oakes and JJ Jennings. The Factory Stocks have Dakota Hurley out front by two points on Dillon Gaither trailed by Dustin Hurley, George Quintanilla and Hunter Peterson moving up to complete the top five. With another win last time out, Ryan McDonald extended his Sport Compact points lead over Brandon McCall, Ryker Hernandez, Shaun Tracy and defending champ Jamie Garner. Green to Green in Modified Main A lucky thirteen IMCA Modifieds took the green with Rick Green grabbing the point off turn 2 pursued by Marcus Mikulencak, Logan Dinsmore and Craig Oakes. Oakes would half spin in turn 2 with Raymond McSpadden, Landon Bednarz and Ryan Doyon spinning to avoid contact. This set off a series of cautions before getting back under green. Finally back to green, it was Green getting a slight advantage while Mikulencak and Maupin battled for second and Oakes quickly working forward getting past Cameron Starry and McSpadden for fifth. JP Dowell had a good run going taking third from Maupin before pulling off just before halfway. At the crossed flags it was Green, Maupin, Mikulencak, Oakes and Dinsmore in the top five. Oakes was able to snag third from Mikulencak while Dinsmore and McSpadden were side by side for fifth. Up front Green was easing away while Oakes and Maupin battled for second. A late caution for Mikulencak stopped on the back stretch erased his lead. On green, Green got away but Maupin gave him a look low coming off turn 4 to the white flag. Green(Bertram) was able to hold off the challenge to score the victory in his Green Construction, Carroll Construction, NateMare Graphics, crate powered, BMS Chassis. “It was a lot of fun tonight,” replied Green. “I finally went back to a lot of old school set up stuff. I was pretty happy. All I tried to do was tell myself to hit my marks. Jared(Maupin) told me I was beating him in(to the corner), killing him off and he could only close in the center.” “I knew those guys were going to push hard. That's one reason I'd enter(the corners) the way I did. I entered harder than I've been doing it and the car just hooked up phenomenal off the corners. I was pretty sure it was going to take something special to get around me.” “The track had some slick spot and a little rutty in spots. My car seemed to like it. It didn't matter I was able to glide right over them. If you got your car entered in (turn) 3 you could come off the bottom hard.” Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds 82 Rick Green, 96 Jared Maupin, 91 Craig Oakes, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 741 Cameron Starry, bd1 Marcus Mikulencak, 5 Cody Clark, 715 JP Dowell, 16 Landon Bednarz, 5r Ryan Doyon, 31m Marlin Samford, 7 Stephen Boubel IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 82 Rick Green, 715 JP Dowell, 5r Ryan Doyon, 741 Cameron Starry, 16 Landon Bednarz, 5 Cody Clark, 31 Marlin Samford Heat 2; 96 Jared Maupin, 91 Craig Oakes, bd1 Marcus MikulencaK, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 7 Stephen Boubel Maupin on the Money As the Limited Modified 20-lap took the green Jared Maupin and JJ Jennings stayed wheel to wheel before Maupin got the nose out front off turn 2. Jennings moved up behind Maupin with Tanner Whitmire, Heath Stewart and Nathan Oakes trailing. N. Oakes half spun allowing Tom Grothues to get past for fifth. Grothues would scrape the front stretch wall knocking off part of the spoiler for a quick debris caution. The ensing restart saw Sterling Tausch and Michael Carlock make contact sending Tausch to the infield, jumping turn 3 of the go-kart track. Both soldiered on without caution. Roly Rodriguez got alongside Whitmire for third taking the place after Whitmire drifted too high, with Stewart and Lawrence Mikulencak also getting by. Stewart was able to get third from Rodriguez while Whitmire was back challenging Mikulencak. Tausch's night got worse as he tagged the front wall, ending his night. On the restart coming to halfway it was Maupin, Jennings, Stewart, Whitmire and Rodriguez. The top three separated out with a gap back to Whitmire, Rodriguez and N. Oakes. As the last half clicked off, N. Oakes had a motor expire and while trying to get to the infield, collect Carlock for a late caution. On the restart to the finish it was Maupin getting away by three car lengths, but Jennings would close the gap in the middle of the corners. As close as Jennings could get was a half car length as Maupin(San Antonio) in the BMF Shocks & Chassis, Best Race Engines, Dirty by BMF Chassis took the victory. “I'm glad I got jump on the first lap to get the lead,” explained Maupin “The track was tough, I knew it would be hard to get by him. He's Been fast all year. I was glad to get the jump.” “I knew a lot about the track running three classes. I tried free my IMCA Modified up, but didn't get it as free as I needed to. The Limited Modified was really drivable. The first five or so laps I was searching a bit for the best line. I found a pretty good combination that worked. I knew it would be hard to get by me with the line I was running.” Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 96 Jared Maupin,26g JJ Jennings, h14 Heath Stewart, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 21 Nathan Oakes, 76 Michael Carlock, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 95 Sterling Tausch, 11t Tom Grothues, 24r Johnny Brown---dns, 53 Edward Oakes---dns Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 26g JJ Jennings, 101 Tanner Whitmire, 21 Nathan Oakes, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 76 Michael Carlock, 95 Sterling Tausch, 24r Johnny Brown Heat 2; 96 Jared Maupin, h14 Heath Stewart, 11t Tom Grothues, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 13m Ben Mikulencak, 53 Edward Oakes Witzsche Wins E-Mod Inaugural In their first ever I-37 Speedway appearance, ten E-Mods took the green with Brianna Witzsche and Cooper Koliba staying side by side until Witzsche got the advantage off turn 2. Koliba was able to hold second with Gilbert Perez third followed by Darenger Nesloney and Brad Waddups. Waddups would have trouble and stop for a quick caution. Perez was able to grab second on the restart and begin to pressure Witzsche as the top two eased away. Perez made a little contact, but Witzsche was able to hold the point coming to halfway trailed by Perez, Koliba, Jeff Markert and Nesloney. Nesloney and Daniel Preston made contact sending Preston around and Nesloney to the tail. Back to green, Witzsche inched ahead of Perez while Preston was on a march getting fourth from Markert, then third from Koliba. As the white waved Witzsche(Corpus Christi) had five car lengths on Perez and was able to score the victory in her Lalos Automotive, Ace Transmissions, Scott Electric, Larry Smith Racing, 50/50 Racing, Ace Automotive Machine Shop powered, Empire Chassis to sweep the night. “I was very nervous with Gilbert(Perez) behind me,” exclaimed Witzsche. “I race with him down at South Texas Speedway and I know he's a very good competitor. I just tried my hardest to tell myself that I could do it.” “The only tracks that race my class or South Texas and Texana. Hopefully if all the tracks accept us I'd love to be able to race some big E-Mod shows. “My dad got me a Go-kart when I was younger and I stated doing that. I moved up to E-Mods and have doing that for about three or four years.” E-Mods 59b Brianna Witzsche, 3 Gilbert Perez, 6” Daniel Preston, 04 Cooper Koliba, 95 Jeff Markert, 131 Darenger Nesloney, 23f Jaycee Fitch, 43 Kayden Petty, 2d Kimsey Davis, 6 Brad Waddups E-Mod heats Heat 1; 59b Brianna Witzsche, 3 Gilbert Perez,95 Jeff Markert, 43 Kayden Petty, 6” Daniel Preston Heat 2; 04 Cooper Koliba, 131 Deranger Nesloney, 6 Brad Waddups, 23f Jaycee Fitch, 2d Kimsey Davis Leddy Leads 'Em All A field of 21-Factory Stocks took the green with Aaron Leddy getting the edge in turn 2 chased by Allen Torres, Jose Lopez jr. and Kasey Krauss door to door and Cameron Dinsmore. It was quickly three wide for third with Dinsmore getting past Lopez and Krauss. Dinsmore then put the pressure on Torres for second getting the spot with Krauss following to third. A multi-car tangle in turns 3-4 ended the night for Shannon Maurer, Kyle Kirkland and Dillon Gaither for a lap 6 yellow. On the restart Lopez took third back from Krauss as Dinsmore began looking low on Leddy for the lead. A yellow slowed the action up front when Ryan Carlucci and Dustin Hurley got together in turn 1-2. Back to green, Dinsmore and Lopez stayed side by side for second with Dakota Hurley and Allen Alexander paired up for fourth. At halfway it was Leddy, Dinsmore, Lopez, Da. Hurley and Alexander in the top five. Dinsmore kept the pressure on Leddy giving him looks low while Da. Hurley grabbed third from Lopez. As Leddy and Dinsmore battled for the lead, Da. Hurley, coming from his ninth row starting spot, was closing quickly. Further back, Micky Helms was door to door with Alexander for fifth. Dinsmore tried to change his line running higher in corners, and was keeping the heat on Leddy. With two to go Dinsmore changed up again now back trying low. The veteran, Leddy(Von Ormy) held steady, and was able to hold off the young gun, Dinsmore for the hard earned victory in Jamie Fuller owned, Reflective Wrecker, JGR Fab, C-3 Speed Horses, Lazer Chassis. “That was a tough race,” said Leddy. “I didn't know Cameron Dinsmore was coming up that hard. We made a little contact. Starting up front helped. If you start mid-pack with this class it's tough to get up front with the competition level.” “When I'm out front I don't think about the lines they pick on restarts. I just stay focused on where my car is fastest. I had the fast line for my car. So I try to stay consistent. I tried a couple different lines on each end of the track early, but didn't feel like I gained anything.” All in Design Factory Stocks 93 Aaron Leddy , 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 40 Dakota Hurley, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 174 Mickey Helms, 23k Kasey Krauss, 99 Allen Alexander, 25 Nathan Rachui, 20 Mike Lyon, 9 Johnny Westfall, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 133 Megan Dodson, 36 George Quintanilla, 18s Jarrett Payton, 4d Dustin Hurley, 34 Ryan Carlucci, 02 Shannon Maurer, 18 Kyle Kirkland, 99a Dillon Gaither, 31 Allen Torres, 10 Scott Jerkins, 20r Jared Maupin---dns, 13 Johnny Johnson---dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 31 Allen Torres, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 174 Mickey Helms, 18 Kyle Kirkland, 36 George Quintanilla, 20 Mike Lyon, 9 Johnny Westfall, 133 Megan Dodson Heat 2; 93 Aaron Leddy, 02 Shannon Maurer, 99 Allen Alexander, 18s Jarrett Payton, 34 Ryan Carlucci, 99a Dillon Gaither, 10 Scott Jerkins, 13 Johnny Johnson Heat 3; 23k Kasey Krauss, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 20r Jared Maupin, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 4d Dustin Hurley, 40 Dakota Hurley, 25r Nathan Rachui Lucky Lopez for B Factory Win At the start of the B Factory Stock feature it was Jerry Miller, from row two quickly taking command chased by Kakayla Trimble, Jason Gordon, Daniel Lopez and Ronnie Schoenfeldt. Miller stretched out his advantage briefly, as Trimble began closing the gap coming to halfway showing Miller, Trimble, Gordon and Lopez side by side and Schoenfeldt. Miller broke, slowing abruptly coming off turn 4 with Trimble making slight contact and spinning trying to avoid Miller who rolled to a stop. This put Lopez(Somerset) up front for the restart and he wasted little time pulling away to take the win in his Southside Repair & Maintenance, JGR Fab, Bubbas Tree Service, Mission Racing, homebuilt chassis. “My buddy Jerry Miller had this race won, but had some trouble with his car.” said Lopez. “There was no catching him. I was going to settle for second or third. After he had trouble and took out second place I just sent the car as hard as I could. I drove it like I've never driven it before. “It's been a lot of hard work, I've been having some motor problems. I kind of kick myself on what set up I should put on the car. The Factory Stock is a lot easier to work on than my Sport Compact was. It's a lot faster, easier to drive and do more set up stuff. I enjoy the Factory Stock more.” B Factory Stocks 15 Daniel Lopez, 29 Jason Gordon, 98 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 174 Makayla Trimble, 75 Jerry Miller, 55 Chris Clark, 12x Daniel Ralston---dns, 13j Jett Johnson---dns B Factory Stock heat; 174 Makayla Trimble, 12x Daniel Ralston, 29 Jason Gordon, 75 Jerry Miller, 98 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 13j Jett Johnson, 55b Chris Clark Sport Compact Money to McCall The 20-lap Sport Compact feature was packed with action from start to finish with lapped traffic the determining factor. At the start it was Michael Burris jr quickly taking command ahead of Rod Tait, Jamie Garner, Ryan McDonald and Ryker Hernandez. Tait, Garner and McDonald were nearly three wide for second as Burris checked out. A spin by Chad Miller rebunched the field on lap 4 giving Garner the chance to take second from Tait. McDonald was trying for third when he and Tait made contact sending McDonald over the turn 4 hill for a lap 6 caution. McCall grabbed second from Garner on the restart with the top five at halfway Burris, McCall, Garner, Justin Sitterle and Joshua Garcia. With two to go the lead trio came up on traffic having their own battle. Burris had contact with Aaron Driscoll with he, Darrel Jones and McCall now three wide for the lead. More contact and Burris had the bumper cover ripped off for a caution, sending him to the back, leaving McCall out front for the green, white, checkered finish. As green waved, Garner tried high on McCall while Burris was fighting his way back to the front. Garner gave it the ol' college try on McCall but to no avail as McCall(Von Ormy) in the Southside Maintenance & Repair, Bettis Boat & RV Storage, Freddy Harris Sand & Clay, Rachel Plant Picture Taker, William Saunders, Chevy Cobalt scored the win with Burris getting by Garcia and John Thomas. “We've had some bad luck lately,” replied McCall. “We've been chasing a lot of stuff on the car. Tonight, after changing a bunch of stuff, went out in the heat, first lap and get a flat. I had no time to see what the car would do and started dead last in the main. I picked my way through all the way to the front.” “I slapped myself a couple times and told myself I had to be patient. There's a lot of squirrels between me and the front. Be patient! We had some fun going through traffic. It was fun I just kept it on the floor. That's all I could do.” Sport Compacts 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 81 Michael Burris jr., 32 Joshua Garcia, 9t John Thomas, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 35 Darrel Jones, 88 Justin Sitterle, 816 Ryan McDonald, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 70 Rod Tait, 75 Chad Miller, 17 Casey Teague---dntg, 12c Robert Kelm---dns, 0.5 Jayln Touchstone---dns, 14t Shaun Tracy---dns Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 81 Michael Burris jr., 816 Ryan McDonald, 88 Justin Sitterle, 32 Joshua Garcia, 35 Darrel Jones, 17 Casey Teague, 75 Chad Miller, 14 Brandon McCall Heat 2; 70 Rod Tait, 33 Jamie Garner, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 9t John Thomas, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 5 Jayln Touchstone, 12c Robert Kelm, 14t Shaun Tracy Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts Senior Division; Maddox Jennings, Charles Flanagan, Zoey Flores, Connor Holt Junior Division; Ceciliy Johnson, Gabriel Solis, Blaine Markgraf, Beau Payton, Tripp Whitmire Youth Division; Tucker Kempe, Cheston Markgraf, Kaden Pacheco
  13. IHRA Ironman Classic, Summit Super Series, Bracket Race @ Alamo City Motorplex, 7-10-21 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(July 10th, 2021) Back on track. After a couple special event weekends it was time for local bracket racers to get back on track with the IHRA Ironman Classic, Summit Super Series, Bracket Race with drivers vying for a coveted “Ironman” trophy in all five classes(Top ET, Modified ET, Sportsman, Motorcycle and JR Dragster.) Last months rescheduled double points race shook up the standings in four of the five classes. With double points up for grabs again championship battles and leads can come and go quickly. The Top ET standings saw last race winner and former track champion, Brent Ritter jump to the top, but by only two points ahead of Mike Pearson, with Jamie Longoria jr, defending champ Candace Ritter and Mike Atkinson in the top five. Corky Weeks, who was runner up last time out, jumped from fourth to the Modified ET points lead ahead of Miguel Montoya, Wendall Dockery and Chris Pearson. In Sportsman Jackie Hibbard, who used a couple good breaks and also took the victory last race, leaped to the points lead over Ronald Gordner, Harold Shimek, Trenton Johnson and Rhett Floyd. The Motorcycle class was only one to see the points lead not change with Don Hrometz continuing to hold the point with James Marlett, William Keele, J. Monaco and Randy Monte holding the top five spots. Ty Janousek easily took over the Jr Dragster points lead with Jordan Suckow not attending and dropping to fourth. Gracie O'Rourke moved to second, Addysan Rogers third and Camron Nelson in fifth. Despite scattered showers, and at times, torrential down pours in the area at times, over 120 teams signed in to battle it out for the Ironman on the 1/8th mile track just east of San Antonio. Only a brief spit of a shower hit the track with only a ten minute delay. The competition was tough and close with so many running their numbers, yet still some lost with it all coming down to reaction times. Even those were deadly with all five of the class finals in the .0X0 range, or better. Gulitti Grabs Gold The Top ET(Box) finals came down to Bob Gulitti(Tomball) against Jonathon Hernandez(Pleasanton). Now you'd figure running nearly dead on you dial-in, and having an .019 light there'd be a good chance of you winning. This was not the case as Gulitti in his Race WRX, All Star Properties, 94 Chevy S-10 cut a .009 light and then dead on with a 9, for a .018 package to grab the hole shot win over J. Hernandez in the finals. Bob Gulitti(7.08) 7.089 @ 96.46 defeats Jonathon Hernandez(5.19) 5.193 @ 127.48 Gulitti beat Candace Ritter, Ryan Miller, Arturo Garcia, Brent Ritter and Greg Meuth on his way to the finals. J. Hernandez bested Emily Ball, Vince Hernandez, Todd Zampese, Kendall Little and Caden Meuth. Zampese Zaps 'Em The Modified ET(No-Box) final was an interesting combination of a footbrake dragster and a motorcycle. Mike Zampese(Converse) in his Driscoll Race Engines, All American Chassis got 1/100th cut off at the line and ran down the Hayabusa of Michael Turman(Thorndale) who would break out at the stripe. Mike Zampese(5.45) 5.450 @ 124.90 defeats Michael Turman(6.16) 6.141 @ 114.07(broke out) M. Zampese trailered Lowell Gerber, Hunter Herbold, Harold Shimek and Chris Onesty with a bye in the semi finals. Turman ousted Gene Horbold, Todd Zampese, Billy Janousek, Vince Hernandez and points leader, Corky Weeks in the semi finals. Floyd Foils Them in Sportsman Finals In Sportsman, the finals paired up Rhett Floyd(Boerne) and Allen Freeman(Kyle). Freeman, a covid survivor, took 1/100th on the tree in his 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack over Floyd in his O'Bryant Automotive, 2008 GMC Sierra. Both drivers pushed the finish line and broke out with Floyd being the lesser offender taking home the hardware. Floyd, or “red light Rhett” as I've jokingly named him, will make big move in points as Hibbard, Gordner, Johnson and Shimek all lost in early rounds. Rhett Floyd(10.32) 10.294 @ 68.42 defeats Allen Freeman(7.85) 7.821 @ 92.61(double break out) Floyd outran H. Jarvis, John Villaneuva and Brandon Garcia with a round 4 bye. Freeman had a bye in the semi's and bettered Trenton Johnson, J. Nava and B. Garcia. Hrometz on a Hot Streak Motorcycle points leader Don Hrometz(Temple) increased his margin over the field going the distance for the win over Vince McCullah. McCullah, on his 2006 Kawasaki ZX14 got almost 2/100th at the start, but both took too much stripe at the finish with Hrometz getting the win on his Suzuki Hayabusa being closest to his dial in. Don Hrometz(5.83) 5.821 @ 119.78 defeats Vince McCullah(6.12) 6.001 @ 114.74(double break out) Hrometz took out F. Garcia, William Keele and James Marlett with getting past S. Jones, J. Brock and B. Sanders on their way to the final round match up. McGary Motors to Money in Jr. Dragster The #sockposse vs. #barefootposse saga continues with Hunter McGary(Bryan) again making the ACM Jr Dragster finals, this time against Addyson Rogers(Lufkin). Both kids cut .0X0 lights with McGary grabbing a 1/100th. At the big end it was McGary in his Lee & Barrier Builders, Shop Outfitters, Waterboy Racing, Blossom Race Engines, 2009 RPC taking the win by .013(13/1000th), if my math is right, over A. Rogers in her 2021 Halfscale Chassis. With her runner-up finish A. Rogers could move into the ACM Jr Dragster points lead. Hunter McGary(7.98) 7.999 @ 78.06 defeats Addyson Rogers(8.90) 8.924 @ 72.85 McGary bested Cheyenne Flowers, Dawson Rogers, Camron Nelson and had a round 4 bye. A. Rogers bettered Gracie O' Rourke, Emma Heidkamp, KK DaBoss and Wyatt Baldwin.
  14. 1st Annual Michael Taylor Memorial Race @ Alamo City Motorplex, 6/19/21 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(June 19th, 2021) Family, friends, racers and crews came together Saturday to celebrate the life of Michael Taylor(Cibilo), a young racer taken way too soon. The young Taylor, who had recently purchased the Chevy Nova of Dale Rutledge, was on his way home from a race when a highway accident took his life and injured his fiance' Kaylyn Pulaski. The Taylor family has long been a fixture around drag racing and have rebuilt the damaged racecar that was piloted in the memorial cruise by his father Perry Taylor while his grandfather, Duke Floyd, drove the other Taylor car. A long line of racers on hand paid their respects to young Michael, and there was hardly a dry eye in the place as the memorial cruise began. Several racers and businesses were involved in bringing this together: Corky Weeks, Greg Meuth(Quality Auto), Trevor Smith, John Twitty, Michaels Garage, Barrys Oil & Towing, Game Day Gear, Blue Bonnet Ford, Bare Metal Speed Shop along with ACM staff. Cornwell Tools held a raffle for a large tool box with proceeds going to the Taylor family. The race itself was highlighted by the 4.90 Top Outlaw Sportsman and the 5.00 Dragsters, as well as 6.00, 6.50, 7.00, 7.50 and 8.00 Index classes for door cars. Time trials got pushed back an hour as track temperatures reached 142*. Crews worked with the track scrubber laying down water to cool the surface and by about 7:00pm they had the track down to a manageable 122*. 4.90 Index Top Outlaw Sportsman Ryan McDonald led the way in qualifying with his 4.9013 for the number one qualifying spot. Going into the finals it was Ely Trevino(Dilly), in his 65 Corvette going against Austin Philpot(Boerne), in his Redline Oil, LP Operations, Speed Shark, 2009 Chevy Cavalier. Trevino got 4/100th off the line that was good enough to hold off Philpot at the finish. Ely Trevino 5.085 @ 133.49 defeats Austin Philpot 5.106 @ 138.50 Trevino defeated David Bills, D. Ackerman, and Keith Whitaker while Philpot lost round one D. Beard, rebought and bested Mike Atkinson and Matt Blair. 5.00 Index Dragsters The Dragster finals pitted long time ACM regulars, Scott Ball(Marion) and Kip Scharf(San Antonio). Ball, in his daughter Emily's, Scott Ball Racing, Mission Auto Parts dragster laid a .005 light on Scharf in Nogalitos Gear, Simpson Racing Products, Brando Custom Paint, Don Davis, Greg Hubbell Race Car, an advantage that he was mathematically unable to overcome. Scott Ball 5.085 @ 133.49 defeats Kip Scharf 5.106 @ 138.50 Ball outted Philip Pennington and David Cain. Scharf lost round 1 Philip Pennington, then took out Peeps Pennington. 6.00 Index The 6.00 finals saw former San Antonio Raceway(ACM) operator Todd Zampese( San Antonio) in his Camaro up againt JR Galvan(Robstown) in the Pancho Villa Racing, Mustang. Zampese took the holeshot win with a .025 light despite Galvan being a tad bit quicker at the stripe. Todd Zampese 6.118 @ 104.17 defeats JR Galvan 6.108 @ 115.36 Zampese got beat round 1 by Brian Sullivan then trailered Jay Fitzgerald and C. DeLeon. Galvan took down Perry Taylor, Corky Weeks and Todd Robinson. 6.50 Index Two team mates, of sorts, Todd Robinson(Corpus Christi) and Scott Ball faced off in the 6.50 finals with a pair of red Camaros.(Robinson a 67 and Ball a 69) The two decided to split the payout and let Robinson take the win since Ball had run the car in another class and she was hot and tired. Todd Robinson 8.485 @ 50.93 defeats Scott Ball 10.133 @ 70.40 Robinson outran D. Chessher and Moon Mullins after losing to Laurie Vontur in round 1 with a round 3 bye. Ball ousted W. Layfield(twice), J. Garza and got a bye in the semis. 7.00 Index The 7.00 class had the most entries, nearly 20, with eliminations coming down to the finals between Jake Bixler(San Antonio) and Nathan Ybarra(San Antonio). Bixler, in his little Chevy Chevette, left with a slight edge(.032) on Ybarra, in his 68 Camaro, who went too quick and broke out while Bixler ran the number. Jake Bixler 7.018 @ 88.64 defeats Nathan Ybarra 6.982 @ 93.69(broke out) Bixler beat Alan Friedeck, J. Smith, Gabriel Hernandez and M. Layfield. Ybarra got around Amber Garza, J. Garza, and Scott Ball. 7.50 In the 7.50 finals it was Manuel Hernandez(San Antonio) paired up with Harley Ullrich for the finals. Hernandez, in his Mr Sandman Camaro took 6/100th on the tree on Ullrich in his S-10 Pickup. Both would go too quick for a double break out with Hernandez being the least offender and getting the win. Manuel Hernandez 7.425 @ 83.58 defeats Harley Ullrich 7.412 @ 93.52(double break out) Hernandez got the finals with wins over A. Garcia(twice) and round 3 bye. Ullrich got a round 2 bye and bested Mac Garcia(twice). 8.00 It was a pair of El Caminos squaring off in the 8.00 finals between Jamie Longoria(Lytle) and Leroy O'Bryant(San Antonio). Longoria, in his Longoria Motorsports, Alamo Speed Shop, 84 El Camino got .044 on O'Bryants 79 El Camino. O'Bryant would run him down at the stripe, but go too quick breaking out by 61/10,000th(.0061) giving the victory to Longoria. Jamie Longoria 8.974 @ 59.48 defeats Leroy O'Bryant 7.993 @ 81.71(break out) Longoria got a round 1 bye, bettered J. Garcia and C. Smith. O'Bryant lost round 1 to C. DeLeon then won against Ryan Aguilar and C. DeLeon in a rematch.
  15. IHRA Summit Super Series Hot Rod Bracket Race @ Alamo City Motorplex, 6/12/21 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(June 12th, 2021) The heat is on. After losing a scheduled points race last time they were slated, it was double points night at Alamo City Motorplex for an IHRA Summit Series Hot Rod Bracket Race on the 1/8th mile power plant just outside San Antonio. With mostly sunny skies it was hot to say the least, but the occasional cloud kept the track manageable at 131* track temperature at the start of time trials. Once the sun set track conditions changed for the better with competitors having to adjust their dial ins. Coming into the nights action the Top ET(Box) points shook out with Jamie Longoria jr. on top by 10 over Mike Pearson, with defending champ Candace Ritter third, Cole Herbold fourth and Kip Scharf rounding out the top five. In Modified ET(No-box) Wendall Dockery continues to lead over Miguel Montoya, Cole Herbold, Corky Weeks and Chris Pearson. Sportsman points break down with Ronald Gordner out front ahead of Harold Shimek, Trenton Johnson, Jackie Hibbard and Rhett Floyd. Don Hrometz has a big lead in the Motorcycle class with James Marlett, W. Keele, J. Monaco and Randy Monte in the top five. The Jr. Dragsters show Jordan Suckow, who did not attend tonight, Ty Janousek, Gracie O'Rourke, Camron Nelson and Addyson Rogers. In a strange twist three of the five class winners for the night lost round 1 and had to reenter through the 'buy back' system. Quite a nice little investment for the night. There was also one disqualification for night in the Sportsman class when Harold Shimek ran a 7.48 with the class break being 7.50. Ritter Rocks a Bye Run As the 40-car field got whittled down it came to the finals with past track champion, Brent Ritter(Cibilo), in his Simpson Performance, Mission Auto Parts, 583 Reher & Morrison BBC, 2007 Undercover Chassis going against Austin Philpot(Boerne) in his 2004 Chevy Cavalier. Sadly for Philpot he was unable to refire his car after pulling to the “T” giving B. Ritter a bye run for the cash. Some would have just taken the green and backed out, not B. Ritter. He left with a .007 light and drilled his number to boot. “He would have really had to be on his game and run his number,” said B. Ritter as he looked over his time slip in the Winners Circle. “I looked over and saw him trying to push the starter button and nothing. Then they pointed me to run a single.” B. Ritter bested Carlos Carrasco, Greg Meuth, Jay Fitzgerald, Mike Atkinson and had a round 3 bye. Philpot took out Kevin Little, Mike Pearson, Brett Zampese, S. Hughes and Emily Ball. B. Ritter(4.77) 4.775 @ 145.02 over Austin Philpot(DNS) Weeks Wins Modified ET Money. Corky Weeks(Cotulla) was paired off against Chuck VanBuren(Windcrest) in the Modified ET finals. VanBuren in his 82 Mustang tried to get an advantage off the starting line but went .018 red giving the win to Weeks in his 598 Reher & Morrison BBC, 2001 Chevy S-10 Truck. Going by the numbers it would have been a close race, as both drivers hit their numbers. Corky Weeks(5.99) 5.993 @ 125.52 defeats Chuck VanBuren(6.91) 6.912 @ 99.67(red light) Weeks was one the three that went down in round one losing to Mac Garcia then rebounded to take down Miguel Montoya, Greg Meuth, Nelson Friedeck, I. Garcia and Dan Cleveland in the buy back round. VanBuren bettered Gene Herbold, Hunter Herbold, Chaz Landers, Chris Pearson and got a bye in the semis. Sometimes it's all about a little luck in motorsports, but rarely twice or three times in one night. The Sportsman finals pitted Jackie Hibbard(Humble) in his 66 Chevy Nova against Nathan Ybarra(San Antonio) in his Chevy Blazer. Ybarra went red big time(-.281) handing the win to Hibbard who would run it out and run his number. Jackie Hibbard(7.55) 7.553 @ 90.53 defeats Nathan Ybarra(8.28) 8.342 @ 83.18(red light) The red light victory in the finals was Hibbards third break as he was the beneficiary of the DQ(time) during eliminations against Shimek plus a bye in the semi finals along with beating Ryan Aguilara, John Villanueva. Ybarra trailered J. Meuth, Gabriel Hernandez, Trenton Johnson and H. Jarvis. It was another red light decision in the Motorcycle class between Kyle Price(Bertram) and James Marlett(Austin). Marlett, on his Kawasaki tried to trim the tree and went .002 red(ouch) giving Price on his Hayabusha the automatic win. Kyle Price(6.00) 6.00 2 116.73 defeats James Marlett(5.65) 5.67 @ 121.59(red) Price beat points leader Don Hrometz, J. Cusack III with a round 3 bye. Marlett knocked out F. Garcia, Hrometz and Chaz Landers. In the Jr. Dragster finals it was the #sockposse vs. the #barefootposse.(I had to get educated on that deal, but it's good to see these kids having fun in their racing. They're the future of the sport.) So it was Hunter McGary(Bryan) representing the sockposse going against Dawson Rogers(Lufkin) from the barefootposse. D. Rogers, in his RPC Jr. Dragster got 3/100th on the starting line but went too quick breaking out awarding the victory to McGary in his Lee & Barrier Builders, Shop Outfitters, Waterboy Racing, Blossom Race Engines, RPC Jr Dragster. Hunter McGary(8.03) 8.038 @ 79.32 defeats Dawson Rogers(11.90) 11.863 @ 55.29(broke out) McGary rebought after a round 1 loss to Reilly Garceau, then outran R. Garceau in a round 4 rematch, Camron Nelson, D. Hughes, and got a round 5 bye. D. Rogers had to beat his sister Addyson in the semis, plus Carleigh Garceau, E. Miller and Gracie O'Rourke.
  16. IHRA Summit Super Series Hot Rod Bracket Race @ Alamo City Motorplex 3/27/21 By JM Hallas Marion, TX.,(March 27th, 2021) Something old, something new highlights the beginning of the 2021 season at Alamo City Motorplex. After several successful big shows, including the 'Battle of the Alamo' No-Prep event, the Extreme Monster Truck show, Project Torque Truck Shootout, to name a few. This week starts the 2021 bracket race series. The latest announcement came just this week as ACM again joined up with IHRA sanctioning in a multi-year deal. This marks the return of the IHRA Summit Super Series Bracket races giving drivers points leading up to the Summit Team Finals and Summit Super Series World Finals held at the end of the season. This Saturday kicked off the IHRA SSS points season with a double points show on the 1/8 mile track just east of San Antonio. Despite the cloudy conditions it was more like an early summer day with air temperatures in mid 80s, although track temps were kept in check by the cloud cover. It was quite an opening night for the ACM bracket series points chase with over 125 cars signing in for action, one of the largest fields in some time. Box(Top ET) The Queen Retains Her Crown After a successful 2020 season and her points championship, Candace Ritter(Cibolo) started off 2021 with bang taking home the win over Jaime Longoria jr.(San Antonio) in the Box(Top ET) Finals. Longoria in the Chevy powered S&W Chassis went .001 red handing the victory to C. Ritter in her Simpson Racing Products, Rehrer & Morrison, 2001 Undercover Chassis. Candace Ritter(4.85) 5.209 @ 105.31 defeats Jamie Longoria jr.(5.43) 10.695 @ 35.36(red light) “It was tough for everyone tonight,” said Ritter. “My car usually goes straight and true, but tonight I had to drive it. There were a lot of red lights. I don't know how many(wins) I had from them, it seemed like a lot.(4 wins by red light) On her way to the finals C. Ritter took out J. Nobles, Mike Pearson, Jeremy Wenske, Kip Scharf and got a round 6 bye. Longoria bested Jerry Longoria, D. Decker, Kip Scharf, Shawn Neidig, Cole Herbold and Scott Ball in semi's. No-Box(Mod ET) The No-Box finals had a couple San Antonio guys make it to the finals, Wendall Dockery and Mike Montoya. Dockery, in his D&E Glass Company, 69 Camaro got a huge advantage on the starting line to get the win over M. Montoya in his 70 Dodge Challenger. Wendall Dockery(6.77) 6.814 @ 101.28 defeats Mike Montoya(6.63) 6.650 @ 102.95 Dockery trailered David Bixler, Joe Menke, D. Casey, Gabriel Hernandez and Schneider. M. Montoya lost in round 1 to J. Connealy, bought back and got past Hunter Herbold, Matt McInnis, Mike Zampese, Lee Miller and Tim Ray. Sportsman A long time ACM racer “Weird” Harold Shimek(Seguin) scored the victory in Sportsman in a close race over Ronald Gordner. Shimek got 1/100th off the line in his Camaro and beat R. Gordner's 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat-Pak by another 1/100th at the stripe. Harold Shimek(7.50) 7.560 @ 85.96 defeats Ronald Gordner(7.85) 7.924 @ 88.11 Shimek got around Rhett Floyd, T. Johnson, John Villeneuva and had a round 4 bye. R. Gordner beat B. Gordner(twice), Daniel Cleveland and had a round 5 bye. Motorcycle Two Hayabusas faced off in the Motorcycle finals with Don Hrometz(Temple) going at it against Casey Baugh(West) in the Baughs Out Racing bike. Baugh tried to trim the tree but went .008 red giving the win to Hrometz at the start. Don Hrometz(5.88) 5.905 @ 117.89 defeats Casey Baugh(6.25) 6.277 @ 111.22 Hrometz put out James Marlett, and Whitworth plus a round 2 bye. Baugh had a bye in the semi's and got by James Monaco and W. Keele Jr. Dragster A field of 20 Jr. Dragsters got whittled down to the finals for a rematch between Jordan Suckow(Thorndale) and Tyler Janousek(Pflugerville). Janousek went .012 red giving the win to Suckow in his 2018 Jr.Racecar in a 'what coulda been' race as Suckow ran it through and broke out. Jordan Suckow(7.95) 7.943 @ 81.24 defeats Tyler Janousek(8.99) 9.222 @ 66.13 Suckow defeated H. Pavlock, C. Nelson, and Janousek in round 1 with a round 3 bye. Janousek rebought after losing round 1 to Suckow then beat C. Garceau, S. Rufenacht, R. Picha and A. Rogers.
  17. I-37 Speedway, 3-20-21 By JM Hallas Pleasanton, TX.,(March 20th, 2021) Spring Swing begins. I-37 Speedway kicks off the start of spring 2021 with a full slate of regular classes scheduled on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt track south of San Antonio. All six classes were in action(IMCA Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Sport Compacts) on the speedway while the Go-Karts took to the infield track for racing. Maupin the Man in Modified Main New San Antonio resident, Jared Maupin, once again put on a show in the IMCA Modified main event. As green flew it was Robby Minten grabbing the early lead with Maupin(from inside third row) quickly up to second ahead of Brandon Welker, Talon Minten and Ryan Doyon. Behind them it was three wide for seventh between Cody Tidwell, Rick Green and Raymond McSpadden. Tidwell came out with the advantage then took fifth from Lawrence Mikulencak and Doyon getting third from T. Minten after Welker retired his ride from the top five. Maupin, using the high side, put the pressure on R. Minten getting by on lap 5, while T. Minten retook a spot from Doyon. At the crossed flags it was Maupin, by a full straightaway, R. Minten, T. Minten, Doyon and Tidwell. Matt Banker looped it on lap 10 for a quick caution rebunching the field. Maupin quickly got out leaving T. Minten, R. Minten Tidwell and Doyon scrambling for second. Tidwell had just taken second and Doyon getting fourth when M. Banker spun again erasing the passes. Again Maupin cleared the pack with R. Minten and Tidwell wheel to wheel for second. R. Minten held the spot with Doyon going by Tidwell for third. Doyon then moved in on R. Minten for second and as they ran side by side, Maupin in his Rick Pollaro owned, RNM Install, BMF Shocks & Chassis, All in Designs, Mission Auto Parts, 604 crate, Longhorn Chassis pulled away for the victory. “This is a hot rod,” exclaimed Maupin. “It drives pretty easy. It makes it easy going to the front. It's a Cadillac!” I know if I do everything right I can pull back away. There's always that voice in the back of your head, 'don't mess up.' When we have to bunch back up you just want to hit your marks and put the gap back on them.” “Starting in fifth, I was going to do the opposite of what they did in front of me. They went to the bottom, and after watching some of the Factory Stock race, I saw the top was coming in. You kind of have to search and the top was coming in perfect.” “The Limited Modified race being first absolutely helped me and gave me a huge advantage. You know what works, what doesn't work. That's part of the reason I went straight to the top.” “The cars all go home with my dad, to the valley. He's the maintenance guy, he's the reason they run so good. I just tweak on them at the track. I've seen some big names using the load sticks so it's no big secret. I don't know that we've learned that much, but it gives us an idea where we sit and helps us get back if we get out of whack on set up.” Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds 96 Jared Maupin, 24r Robby Minten, 5r Ryan Doyon, 17 Cody Tidwell, 14t Talon Minten, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 82 Rick Green, 377 Don Banker, 1377 Matt Banker, bd1 Lawrence Mikulencak, 44k Brandon Welker, 7 Stephen Boubel---dns IMCA Modified heats Heat 1; 14t Talon Minten, 96 Jared Maupin, bd1 Lawrence Mikulencak, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 24r Robby Minten, 377 Don Banker Heat 2; 5r Ryan Doyon, 44x Brandon Welker, 82 Rick Green, 17 Cody Tidwell, 1377 Matt Banker, 7 Stephen Boubel Mikulencak on the Money Again At the start of the 15-lap Limited Modified feature it was Edward Oakes getting off turn 2 with the lead ahead of Mikulencak, Craig Oakes, Jared Maupin and Nathan Oakes making it three generations of Oakes in the top five. N. Oakes would spin on lap 2 collecting Tom Grothues for a caution. On the restart C. Oakes got around Mikulencak for second but got loose in turn 3 giving the spot back to Mikulencak. E. Oakes began to slow on lap 4 with Mikulencak going by for the lead on lap 5 while Grotheus worked his way past Maupin for fourth. At halfway it was Mikulencak, C. Oakes, Grothues, Maupin and Johnny Brown in the top five. Brown and N. Oakes had separate spins in turns 3 and 4 for mid-point caution. Mikulencak got away on green leaving Grothues looking inside C. Oakes for second, but not finding an opening. As the laps wound down, C. Oakes changed his line in turns 3-4 closing the gap on Mikulencak with Maupin retaking a spot from Grothues. C. Oakes gave it the ol' college try in the final laps but couldn't get close enough leaving Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) to snag his second victory in the Aramendia Motorsports, Ace Transmission, Premier Minerals, GT Sirozotti Excavating, Winco Plumbing, L87 Speedway, RPM Equipment, Screen Pro Graphics, All in Designs, ARP Race Engines, IRP Chassis. “It's a great feeling,” commented Mikulencak. “This year has started out strong. I can't thank Joe(Aramendia) enough, the crew, Derrick, my family, my wife, it's been a great deal so far. Joe has given me a good piece to work with and I've got no excuses to be behind. We're doing everything we can.” “It's kind of hard to say if I had had anything for Edward(Oakes). He got the flat so early I hadn't had the chance to feel the track out. We were just maintaining and I was starting to search around and we got that caution. We got by him so fast after the restart I figured something had to have happened. Sorry for his bad luck, but luckily we were able to knock another one out.” “I felt the bottom would be good early. It was rough though and if you didn't hit it right I felt like I was giving up more time than I was making. I went to the top just try to click off some consistent laps. I backed off a little towards the end trying not to use the tires up in case there was a late caution. The top felt like it was slowing down at the end, but not knowing how far behind me a car was it's hard to change.” Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 53 Craig Oakes, 96 Jared Maupin, 11t Tom Grothues, 76 Michael Carlock, 21 Nathan Oakes, 24r Johnny Brown, 91 Edward Oakes, 95 Sterling Tausch---dns Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 21 Nathan Oakes, 76 Michael Carlock, 24r Johnny Brown, 95 Sterling Tausch Heat 2; 91 Edward Oakes, 53 Craig Oakes, 96 Jared Maupin, 11t Tom Grothues Brzozowski Breaks Away for Late Model Loot. As green waved on the 20-lap Late Model feature it was track champ, Frank Okruhlik, getting the edge over Brandon Brzozowski, Landon Sowder, Kody Hardage and Ryan Doyon. Brzozowski and Okruhlik were door to door for lead on lap 2 with Brzozowski getting the nod on lap 3 by a nose. Okruhlik continued to try to fight back on the outside, while Hardage got past Sowder for third. Jason Kelly had a spin on lap 4 to bring out a yellow that saw Barry Quade get into Alton Fambro on the restart, in turn 2, sending them both around. Finally back to green Brzozowski and Okruhlik got away from the pack. At the crossed flags it was Brzozowski, starting to gap Okruhlik, Hardage, Sowder and Fambro in the top five. As the field spread out, Brzozowski(La Vernia) in the his Billy Bobs Repair, Lone Star Pressure Equipment, Mo Bags Suspension & Technology, Texas Industrial Radiator, All in Designs, Magnum, Pressure Pro, Schaeffers Oil, 604 crate, Rocket XR1 Chassis, continued to build his lead to almost a half track at the finish. Okruhlik had his motor lay down the final lap giving up second to Hardage. “Once I knew I was clear of him I could run the line I wanted,” said Brzozowski. “I wanted to leave him(Frank Okruhlik) a lane and race him clean. He always races me clean.” “I tried a couple different spots on the track to see if I was giving something up on restarts. You don't know how much lead you have. I don't know if I've got a big lead or if they're right on my bumper. You have to assume that they're right there. I just keep driving, hit my marks and being smooth.” “It's the same car we had last year. It's a 2016 Rocket XR1. Mo Bags Suspension & Technology has helped us out a lot. We picked up five wins in it last year. It looks like it's going to be a good year, this year, too.” Nogalitos Gear Late Models 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 12 Kody Hardage, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 10 Landon Sowder, 08 Alton Fambro, 19 Barry Quade, 57 Jason Kelly, 5r Ryan Doyon, 53x Matt Fox Late Model heats Heat 1; 99 Frank Okruhlik, 12 Kody Hardage, 10 Landon Sowder, 19 Barry Quade, 53x Matt Fox Heat 2; 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 08 Alton Fambro, 5r Ryan Doyon, 57 Jason Kelly Gaither Grabs First Dirt Win It didn't take long for the action to get started in the 20-lap Factory Stock feature with Dillon Gaither, Allen Alexander and Brandon Gaither going three wide for the lead. Alexander got the edge on lap 1 trailed by B. Gaither, D. Gaither, Travis Slavik and Johnny Westfall, Michael Keylich, Roy Long three wide for fifth. B. Gaither was able to sneak by Alexander for the lead on lap 2 with Alexander going around collecting D. Gaither sending Alexander to the tail. On the restart. B. Gaither got a good lead with more three abreast action in mid-pack. Westfall was able to take third from Slavik bringing Aaron Leddy along to fourth. Coming to halfway it was B. Gaither, Westfall, D. Gaither, Leddy and Kasey Krauss in the top five. George Quintanilla went around on lap 12 to bring out a yellow erasing B. Gaither's lead. As B. Gaither got away, Westfall and Leddy ran side by side for second while Krauss got past D. Gaither for fourth. Westfall and Leddy continued to slug it out for second giving B. Gaither the chance to regain some distance on them. As the white flag was shown B. Gaither(San Antonio) had pulled out to a half straightaway advantage taking his Kruger Motorsports, Swenson Racing Shocks, Best Race Engines, Geromiller Chassis to the win. “I wasn't going to let my brother one-up me,” said B. Gaither jokingly. “He's the king of the dirt races. I figured I'd get my hand in it too. It didn't take too long to get there. It all just worked out. I was rolling the bottom when Dillon and Allen washed up. There was a hole there, so I took it. Then they got together and Dillon got into me and didn't hurt anything. That's just part of dirt racing.” “I used a lot of laps on iracing to get used to the difference in pavement and dirt racing. That may sound foolish, but just learning to be patient when tracks go slick. It's a lot more finesse on dirt, especially with these cars now days. On pavement you just stab the throttle and drive off straight, it's pretty easy to be honest. With these dirt cars you're up on the wheel most of the time. There's no relaxing for 20 laps, when they go dry like this. “Jake Kruger and Dillon Spreen have really helped me out a bunch. We talk a lot in the shop. I think we've got this one pretty dialed in now. We'll probably find more during the season, but right now I think it's working pretty good.” All in Design Factory Stocks 92 Brandon Gaither, 93 Aaron Leddy, 9 Johnny Westfall, 23k Kasey Krauss, 99d Dillon Gaither, 99 Allen Alexander, 44k Katherine Keylich, 3 Travis Slavik, 20r Ricky Long, 36 George Quintanilla, 49k Michael Keylich, 22 Jacob Crow, 40 Dakota Hurley, 14j Jacoby McElveen, 34h Hunter Peterson---dns, 18s Jarrett Payton---dns, 741 Cameron Starry---dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 99d Dillon Gaither, 20r Ricky Long, 9 Johnny Westfall, 49k Michael Keylich, 14j Jacoby McElveen, 18s Jarrett Payton---dns Heat 2; 99 Allen Alexander, 3 Travis Slavik, 741 Cameron Starry, 34h Hunter Peterson, 40 Dakota Hurley, 22 Jacob Crow---dns Heat 3; 92 Brandon Gaither, 36 George Quintanilla, 23k Kasey Krauss, 93 Aaron Leddy, 44k Katherine Keylich Butler Best in “B” Factory stocks Again After grabbing his first I-37 Speedway win last week, Gary Butler(Brunnel, Fla.) backed that up with another convincing victory. As the “B” Factory Stock took the green it was Ronnie Sparks getting the lead over Butler, Levi Hernandez, William Cavender and Johnny Ervin. Butler put the pressure on Sparks early taking looks low in turn 1-2 for a couple laps until Sparks slipped too high allowing Butler to take the lead on lap 4. Cavender then took third from Hernandez with Ervin taking fourth a lap later. At halfway it was Butler, increasing his lead, Sparks, Cavender, Ervin and Hernandez. Hernandez was able to retake fourth from Ervin as the laps clicked off in the 15 lapper. At the white flag Butler held a huge advantage over Sparks easily taking the win in his GWB Painting,1Stop Auto, All Star Properties car. B Factory Stocks 6 Gary Butler, 22 Ronnie Sparks, 15 William Cavender, 6p Levi Hernandez, 44 Johnny Ervin, 18r Chris Vincent, 11 Jonothon McElveen---dntg B Factory Stock heat; 22 Ronnie Sparks, 6 Gary Butler, 6p Levi Hernandez, 15 William Cavender, 44 Johnny Ervin, 18r Chris Vincent, 11 Jonothon McElveen McDonald Makes it Stick Ryan McDonald(Floresville) had a win earlier that was taken away after odd circumstances at the finish of a red flag shortened race saw him forget to go to tech. Tonight he rebounded to pick up another victory, making sure this one would stick. At the start Brandon McCall and Justin Sitterle stayed door to door with McCall having the edge on lap 1 with Sitterle on his hip, McDonald, Michael Burris and Ronnie Schoenfeldt in the top five. Sitterle was able get the bumper out front on lap 2, but it was McDonald getting the point on lap 3. McCall was able to get back by Sitterle for second leaving him three wide with Schoenfeldt and Burris. As McDonald started putting some distance on the field, Jamie Garner worked his way into the top five after having to start near the back after getting high centered on an infield tire during his heat. At the midway point it was McDonald. McCall, Schoenfeldt, Garner and Burris in the top five. Garner was able to get alongside Schoenfeldt and after a 2-lap battle took third. Up front it was McDonald stretching his legs, cruising to the victory in his PRG Realty, Texas Task Force, 181 Paving, Buggy Warehouse, 2004 Chevy Cavalier, by a three-quarter straightaway. “This doesn't make up for the one that got away,” replied McDonald. “Hopefully we'll get some more this year. Everything seems to be working on the car. With all the help from friends and family, we'll be back to do it again.” “Having seat time has helped me a lot this year. I don't worry too much about someone finding a better line until I hear them back there. I just went hard the whole race and kept on going. Lapped traffic is just part of it. It could hold up someone else just as easy as it could me.” Sport Compacts 816 Ryan McDonald, 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 8 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 88 Justin Sitterle, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 14t Shaun Tracy, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 9t John Thomas, 81 Michael Burris, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 32 Joshua Garcia, 15 Devon Surritt, 12 Roy Easler---dns Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 8 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 32 Joshua Garcia, 14t Shaun Tracy, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 12 Roy Easler Heat 2; 88 Justin Sitterle, 816 Ryan McDonald, 81 Michael Burris jr., 15 Devon Surritt, 33 Jamie Garner, 9t John Thomas, 43 Jennifer Kidd Go-Karts Senior Division; Peyton Jones, Cody Clegg, Makenze Pesek Junior Division; Gabriel Solis, Blaine Markgraf, Beau Payton, Cecilii Johnson, Allison Borlace Youth Division; Kaden Pacheco, Cheston Markgraf, Tucker Kempe, Cannon Groth, Ryder Welker
  18. Opening Night for Points @ I-37 Speedway, 3-13-21 By JM Hallas After a fairly successful non-points opener two weeks ago that included a last minute addition of the IMCA Stock Cars, it was time for the regular season to begin on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, clay oval. Five of the six regular classes were slated for the night; Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds, Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds, All in Design Factory Stocks, “B” Factory Stocks and Sport Compacts. The Late Models kick of their season next weekend. In addition to the already big event, the Texas Dirt Truck Series and the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas was also on the card. Along with the on-track action, the 2020 season champions were recognized during intermission. Sadly the yearly banquet fell victim to the beer virus protocol still being enforced over the off season. Maupin on the Money in IMCA Modifieds As the IMCA modified field took the green it was Chandler Fox first to turn 1 holding the lead on lap 1 ahead of Robby Minten, Jared Maupin, Carson Bednarz and Adrian Awalt. R. Minten, Maupin and Fox were three wide for the lead with Maupin getting the advantage on lap 2 and R. Minten looking inside. The two ran wheel to wheel before R. Minten got the top spot on lap 3. Maupin fought back regaining the lead on lap 5 as the top two put some distance on Fox while Ryan Doyon, from the tail, made his way up to fourth, but a half track behind the lead duo. At halfway it was Maupin, R. Minten, Fox, Doyon and Brandon Welker. Bednarz tagged the front stretch wall on lap 10 for a caution rebunching the field, erasing the big lead of Maupin and R. Minten. On the restart Maupin got away clean with Doyon challenging R. Minten for second. R. Minten's car made a strange right turn in the middle of turns 1-2 making contact with Doyon and sidelining R. Minten. Once back under green Maupin again got out while Talon Minten moved in to battle with Doyon for second. As the laps clicked off, Maupin increased his lead to a full straightaway as the white flag waved. At the checkers, it was Maupin(Weslaco) in the Rick Pollaro owned, RNM Install, BMF Shocks & Chassis, All in Designs, Mission Auto, Longhorn Chassis unchallenged for the win. Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds 96 Jared Maupin, 5r Ryan Doyon, 14t Talon Minten, 44x Brandon Welker, 53x Chandler Fox, 5 Cody Clark, 17 Adrian Awalt, 24r Robby Minten, 16 Carson Bednarz, 27 Justin Delgado IMCA Modfied heats Heat 1; 24r Robby Minten, 5r Ryan Doyon, 5 Cody Clark, 17 Adrian Awalt, 96 Jared Maupin Heat 2; 14t Talon Minten, 44x Brandon Welker, 53x Chandler Fox, 16 Carson Bednarz, 27 Justin Delgado Mikulencak Motors to Limited Modified Money A short field of only five Limited Modifieds took the green with Marcus Mikulencak getting the lead in turn 1 pursued by JJ Jennings, Jared Maupin, Gary Hall and Sterling Tausch. Mikulencak wasted little time putting a gap on Jennings and Maupin battling for second. Jennings had issues midway through the 15-lap feature and pulled off leaving Mikulencak ahead of Maupin by a straightaway. Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) easily cruised to the victory in the Aramendia Motorsports, Ace Transmission, Premier Minerals, GT Sirozotti Excavating, L87 Speedway, RPM Equipment car. Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 79 Marcus Mikuencak, 96 Jared Maupin, 3g Gary Hall jr., 26 JJ Jennings, 95 Sterling Tausch, 11t Tom Grothues---dns Limited Modified heat Heat 1; 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 3g Gary Hall, 26 JJ Jennings, 95 Sterling Tausch, 96 Jared Maupin, 11t Tom Grothues Gaither Gathers Green in Factory Stock Nineteen Factory Stocks took the green with Mike Lyon, on the high side, getting to turn 1 leading over Jesse Sandoval, Dustin Hurley, Michael Keylich and GW Hessong. Elgin Tracy brought out an early caution looping it in turn 2. On the restart, Du. Hurley got past Sandoval for second with Hessong and Dillon Gaither following to third and fourth. Du. Hurley would get alongside Lyon for the lead with D. Gaither taking third from Hessong. Du. Hurley would get the lead on lap 7 leaving Lyon side by side with D. Gaither for second. D. Gaither took the spot bringing Hessong along to third. At halfway it was Du. Hurley, D. Gaither, Hessong, Lyon and Sandoval. D. Gaither then began looking low on Du. Hurley for the lead and, using a slower car as a pick, took over the lead on lap 12. D. Gaither then inched away from the field until lapped traffic allowed Du. Hurley to close slightly. At the checkers it was D. Gaither(San Antonio) unchallenged for the win in the Allen Alexander owned, Dohogne Claim Services, Spreen Racing Engines & Performance, Big Dave’s Motors, Geromiller Racecars, Kruger Motorsports, Howie’s Lawn Service, Swenson Shocks, All in Designs, Club 20 Shocks, Outlaw Racecars. All in Design Factory Stocks 99 Dillon Gaither, 4d Dustin Hurley, 24 GW Hessong, 93 Aaron Leddy, 741 Cameron Starry, 20rl Ricky Long, 92 Brandon Gaither, 40 Dakota Hurley, 49k Michael Keylich, 36 George Quintanilla, 34h Hunter Peterson, 00 Zach Freeman, 1x Cauy Moore, 68 Kenny Wright, 18s Jarrett Payton, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 5x Clint Montanio, 41t Elgin Tracy, 20 Mike Lyon--DQ(tech) Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 7 Jesse Sandoval, 41t Elgin Tracy, 1x Cauy Moore, 18s Jarrett Payton, 40 Dakota Hurley, 00 Zach Freeman Heat 2; 20 Mike Lyon, 4d Dustin Hurley, 741 Cameron Starry, 20r Ricky Long, 36 George Quitanilla, 93 Aaron Leddy Heat 3; 49k Michael Keylich, 24 GW Hessong, 99d Dillon Gaither, 92 Brandon Gaither, 5x Clint Montanio, 68 Kenny Wright, 34h Hunter Peterson Butler Best in “B” Factory Stocks Katherine Keylich got the jump on green for the “B” Factory Stock feature leaving Gary Butler and George Clark side by side. K. Keylich led the first circuit while Butler, Clark, George Oebel and Chris Vincent sorted out the top five. Butler kept the pressure on K. Keylich for the lead and was able to get inside to make the pass on lap 4. Butler held a slight advantage at halfway over K. Keylich who had a gap to Clark and Oebel. With two to go Clark had problems going into turn 3, but was able to get off track. K. Keylich tried to keep the pressure on Butler but spun in turn 3 on the final lap. Oebel hit some fluid left from Clark and flew over the turn 3 hill while Butler(Bunnel, Fla.) was crossing the line for the win in the GWB Painting,1Stop Auto, All Star Properties car. B Factory Stocks 6b Gary Butler, 44k Katherine Keylich, 95 Charles Oebel, 55c George Clark, 18r Chris Vincent, 62p Levi Hernandez---dns, 92r Robert Keylich---dns B Factory Stock heat; 44k Katherine Keylich, 6p Levi Hernandez, 6b Gary Butler, 92r Robert Keylich, 55c George Clark, 95 Charles Oebel, 18r Chris Vincent Grimes Great in Texas Dirt Truck Series Opener Tommy Grimes(San Antonio), a multi-time champion on both pavement and dirt, showed his muscle going green to checkers for the season opener. Grimes took the lead off turn 2 at the start of the 20-lap event trailed by Aaron Leddy, Allen Alexander, Adam Tracy and Tony Bernal. Alexander was able to sneak by Leddy for second before a quick debris caution slowed the pace on lap 3. Grimes got a good restart and was easing away while Colton Borlace, Johnny Brown and Chuck Barber were three wide for seventh. Borlace would loop it on lap 8 in that battle. Grimes again got away clean once back to green, with Jarrett Barber getting fifth from Bernal. At the crossed flags it was Grimes, Leddy, Alexander, A. Tracy and J. Barber. Grimes then motored ahead to a full straightaway over Leddy easily scoring the win in his Mike Tracy owned, A&W Truck Sales, Shepards Race Engines, ARTS Chassis. Texas Dirt Truck Series 22t Tommy Grimes, 93 Aaron Leddy, 1a Allen Alexander, 19 Jarrett Barber, 81 Tony Bernal, 19b Chuck Barber, 01t Adolph Tracy, 28 Russ Parker, 22 Adam Tracy, 4 Treyler Caulfield, 1 Johnny Brown, 5x William Jones, b93 Colton Borlace, 11 Elgin Tracy, 58 Matthew Hodge, 18 Shaun Tracy TDTS heats Heat 1; 93 Aaron Leddy, 1 Johnny Brown, 19 Jarrett Barber, 28 Russ Parker, 19b Chuck Barber, 4 Treyler Caulfield, 58 Matthew Hodge, b93 Colton Borlace Heat 2; 22t Tommy Grimes, 1a Allen Alexander, 22 Adam Tracy, 81 Tony Bernal, 11 Elgin Tracy, 01t Adolph Tracy, 5x William Jones, 18 Shaun Tracy McCall the Man Again After taking the non-points season opener two weeks ago, Brandon McCall(Von Ormy) flexed his muscle going to green to checkers in the 20-lap Sport Compact feature. McCall got a good jump on green pulling ahead of Jamie Garner, Ryan McDonald, Shaun Tracy and Michael Burris jr. The top three then began to pull away from S. Tracy while Devon Surritt took fifth from Burris. Before halfway McDonald took over second from Garner while Ryker Hernandez, who was involved in a scary fire last race, took fifth from Surritt, in the same car that burned, no less. At the midway point it was McCall, McDonald, Garner, S. Tracy and Hernandez. In the pack, Burris, Ronnie Schoenfeldt and Justin Sitterle had their own little battle going for seventh. McCall caught that battle and had to go three wide but still kept his advantage. McCall had straightaway on McDonald at the finish in his Freddie Harris Sand & Clay, Bettis Boat & RV Storage, 07 Chevy Cobalt. Sport Compacts 14 Brandon McCall, 816 Ryan McDonald, 33 Jamie Garner, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 15 Devon Surritt, 14t Shaun Tracy, 81 Michael Burris jr., 8 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 88 Justin Sitterle, 32 Joshua Garcia, 9t John Thomas, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 35 Darrell Jones , 11j Josh Jones, 46 Johnathan Cervantes---dns Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 14t Shaun Tracy, 15 Devon Surritt, 81 Michael Burris jr., 9t John Thomas, 11j Josh Jones, 32 Joshua Garcia, 46 Johnathan Cervantes Heat 2; 33 Jamie Garner, 816 Ryan McDonald, 88 Justin Sitterle, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 8 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 35 Darrel Jones Spreen Strong in DCRST Sweep As the dozen DCRST cars took the green it was Brandon Spreen getting to turn 1 first, but Ty Paxson on the top got a run off turn 2 to get alongside. The two were still side by side at the line with Spreen having the edge over Paxson at the line. Dillon Coyne, Jack Burkhart and Dylan Budnik completed the top five. Paxson got good run to take the top spot from Spreen on lap 2 while Tyler Folkerts got by Budnik for fifth. Spreen was able to retake the point and halfway showed Spreen, Paxson, Coyne, Burkhart and Folkerts in the top five. Despite being in traffic Spreen was able to put some distance on Paxson. Once clear of traffic Paxson closed the gap some on Spreen and was within six car lengths as two to go was waved. That would be as close as Paxson could get as Spreen(Boerne) in his Spreen Engines & Performance, Swenson Racing Products, All in Designs, Teves Racing Chassis took the checkers. Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas 88 Brandon Spreen, 15 Ty Paxson, 12 Dillon Coyne, 07 Jack Burkhart III, 80 Tyler Folkerts, 25 Dylan Budnik, 03 Drew Stark, 27 Robert Carr, 1k Keagan Moore, 2 Gerald Book, 84f Brandon Forte, 93 Adam Stehle DCRST heats Heat 1; 88 Brandon Spreen, 80 Tyler Folkerts, 07 Jack Burkhart, 84f Brandon Fortie, 27 Robert Carr, 93 Adam Stehle Heat 2; 12t Dillon Coyne, 03 Drew Stark, 15 Ty Paxson, 25 Dylan Budnik, 2 Gerald Book, 1k Keagan Moore
  19. Frostbuster @ I-37 Speedway, 2/27/21 By JM Hallas Pleansanton, Tx.,(Feb 27th, 2021) Oh the irony of the show title. After suffering through a week of weather better suited for eskimos(although Alaska was actually warmer), it was time for the roar of race engines as I-37 Speedway kicked off the 2021 season with its 'Frostbuster' Saturday night after an open practice on Friday. With north Texas tracks suffering rain outs to their opening weekend shows, some drivers took the opportunity to travel south, or further south as was the case for several out of state teams. The track was also able to add the IMCA Stock Cars to the nights slate running for national, regional and state points. Some minor changes for the classes this year with the Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Tuners dropping the USRA sanctioning going to a common set of rules for all three south Texas tracks. The IMCA Modifieds retain their sanction as well as their rules package. The night line of competition included the IMCA Modifieds, Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks/B Factory Stocks, IMCA Stock Cars, Sport Compacts and Go-Karts. The Late Models had the night off with their racing beginning March 13th. Whiteaker Whips 'Em Debuting a new car car be tough sometimes getting all the bugs worked out, but Steve Whiteaker jr.(Corpus Christi) proved that wrong taking home the IMCA 20-lap feature win on its maiden voyage. A 'bakers dozen' of IMCA Modifieds started the main with Danny Patterson first to turn 1, but it was former track champ, Rick Green, going around him off turn 2 to lead lap 1. Robby Minten, D. Patterson, Chris Morris and Mark Patterson fell in line behind the leader. Green was quickly challenged by R. Minten who got past Green to lead lap 2. Morris was able to get third from D. Patterson while Whiteaker powered past both Pattersons to take fourth. R. Minten saw his good lead erased when a spin by Wade Pistole slowed the pace on lap 6. Morris used the restart to get by Green for second and was on R. Minten when yellow came out for a spin by Talon Minten. Whiteaker capitalized on the restart to take third from Green as Morris pressured R. Minten for the lead. At halfway it was R. Minten, Morris, Whiteaker, Green and Ryan Doyon in the top five. Morris turned up the heat on R. Minten for the lead with the duo going wheel to wheel for three laps before he inched ahead at the line. Morris' lead was brief as he slipped making slight contact with R. Minten allowing Whiteaker to go past both for the top spot. R. Minten would then slide off turn 2 for a yellow. Once back to green Whiteaker took command pulling away in his First Class Towing, D&SS Construction, Cottrell Racing, WW Bodies, Supreme Vinyl Works, G&M Oilfield Services, raceXR.com, Dark Horse Shocks, 3D Landscaping, IRP OS1 for the win. Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds 89c Steven Whiteaker jr., 94 Chris Morris, 82 Rick Green, 14t Talon Minten, 5r Ryan Doyon, 48r Raymond McSpadden, 44x Brandon Walker, 7m Daniel Miller, 24r Robby Minten, 10 Wade Pistole jr., 48 Danny Patterson, 1 Mark Patterson, 23 Mikel Powers---dntg, 5 Cody Clark---dns IMCA Modfied heats Heat 1; 89 Steve Whiteaker jr., 94 Chris Morris, 82 Rick Green, 23 Mikel Powers, 10 Wade Pistole jr., 14t Talon Minten Heat 2; 48r Raymond McSpadden, 5r Ryan Doyon, 1 Mark Patterson, 48 Danny Patterson, 7m Daniel Miller, 44x Brandon Welker, 5 Cody Clark JJ Scores Payday It's been a while, but JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) found his way back to Victory Lane at I-37 Speedway in the 20-lap Limited Modified feature holding off a charge by Jared Maupin in the latter stages. The 19-car starting field saw Marcus Mikulencak get out first for the lead trailed by Jason Hubbert, Jennings, Joseph Pontin and Maupin. A quick early caution for an infield tire/restart cone on track brought about a restart that saw Tom Grothues get turned into the front stretch wall. On the ensuing restart Jennings got by Hubbert for second with Maupin following him to third. Jennings caught Mikulencak and got the point on lap 5 bringing Maupin along to second, while Mikulencak faded and pulled off. Jennings and Maupin then pulled away from the field with Hubbert, Robert Vetter and Craig Oakes filling out the top five at the crossed flags. A lap 13 spin by Brandon Miller rebunched the field. Back to green, Jennings and Maupin quickly got away with C. Oakes and Hubbert swapping third. C. Oakes finally secured the spot with Ray Doyon in tow to fourth as Hubbert slowed. Up front Jennings was holding off Maupin for the lead with a three car advantage as they saw the white flag. At the checkers it was Jennings in his G&M Oilfield Services, Swenson Racing Products, VanBlarcum Services, 1st Class Towing, WW Bodies, Express Chassis with the victory. “It took some luck tonight, getting to start up front,” commented Jennings. “The track was hammer down, hard to pass on. It was fast top to bottom. I guess Marcus(Mikulencak) had some issues. Luck of the draw tonight. It was fun tonight. Finally finished a race, nothing broke, it was a good uneventful night.” “I don't really worry about new guys I've never raced with before. Everybody takes pride in all their equipment. They don't want to tear up their stuff or wreck my stuff. You'll know a lot of these guys seeing them show up in results.” “I haven't won here since the last time I had my Hughes car, probably 2018 maybe. It's been a minute. We didn't race our car for a year. We just raced Stevies car at home. We came here a couple times last year but Stevie brought his car and beat us all the time.” “I can't thank my brother enough for all he does for me with the car and whatever I need. I have to thank the Whiteakers for letting me borrow a motor since mine is still off getting freshened up.” Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds 26g JJ Jennings, 96 Jared Maupin, 91 Craig Oakes, 24r Ray Doyon, v8 Robert Vetter, 29lem Lawrence Mann, 53 Edward Oakes, h15 Joseph Pontin jr., 777 James Hanusch, 77 Cody Beddoe, 40 Michael Bowles, 25 Terry Owen, 35 Tony Spencer, 77m Brandon Miller, 7k Kevin Parker, 778 Jason Hubbert sr., 21 Nathan Oakes, 79 Marcus Mikulencak, 11t Tom Grothues, 7mk Kyle Wilkins---dns, 14 Cody Tesch---dns, 30k Chris Swenson---dns Limited Modified heats Heat 1; 778 Jason Hubbert sr., h15 Joseph Pontin jr., 21 Nathan Oakes, 777 James Hanusch, 91 Craig Oakes, 77 Cody Beddoe, 40 Michael Bowles, 11t Tom Grothues Heat 2; 79 Marcus Mikulencak, v8 Robert Vetter, 35 Tony Spencer, 7k Kevin Parker, 77m Brandon Miller, 30k Chris Swenson, 53 Edward Oakes Heat 3; 26g JJ Jennings, 96 Jared Maupin, 24r Ray Doyon, 29lem Lawrence Mann, 25 Terry Owen, 7mk Kyle Wilkens, 14 Cody Tesch Hessong's Hot Streak Continues After capping off the 2020 season with a win, GW Hessong(Edna) kicked off the 2021 season in the same place, Victory Lane. It wasn't easy though as he had to battle with Tryton Temple throughout the race from the middle stages on to the finish. Twenty three cars took the green for the 25-lap feature with Temple, from the pole, getting out front in turn 1 pursued by Jeff Hammitt, Johnny Westfall, Hessong and Johnny Johnson. Just as Hessong got past Westfall for third Hunter Peterson spun and collected Allen Alexander and Dylan Moss for a yellow. On the restart Hessong picked off Hammitt for second with it three wide for sixth. Coming around to the front stretch they tried four wide with Brandon Gaither getting the worst of the bumper car bash that amazingly didn't bring out a yellow. Rusty Head grabbed a top five spot getting by Westfall and Johnson, who would get caught up in an Aaron Leddy spin the next lap. As Temple got out on green, Hammitt and Hessong were side by side for second and Daniel Preston along side Head for fourth. A hard crash on lap 11 saw Leddy get off the ground briefly in a stack up with Michael Bowles and Kyle Wilkins. Once back to green, Temple and Hessong got clear of Hammitt and Preston door to door for third. Hammitt was able to hold off Preston and look low on Hessong who was trying the high side of Temple for the lead. The trio fell back in line with Preston again trying Hammitt for third. Hessong again tried the top on Temple giving Hammitt the low groove. Hessong finally got the pass on Temple for the lead with five to go. Preston would loop it trying to battle Hammitt for third but continued without caution. Temple tried to hang with Hessong on the final lap but it was Hessong, by a car length, in his Magnum Services, Magnum Motorsports, Edna Auto Supply, Tonys Mobile Home Service, Lieta Farms, Rock Motors, Lick my Stack Cooking Team, Wicked Transmission, Destroyer Chassis taking home the win. All in Design Factory Stocks 747 GW Hessong, 13 Jeff Hammitt, 55r Rusty Head, 33d Dylan Moss, 99d Dillon Gaither, 20 Colt Beaver, 99a Allen Alexander, 9 Johnny Westfall, 13j Johnny Johnson, 4d Dustin Hurley, 6 Daniel Preston, 40 Michael Bowles, 704 Kyle Wilkins, 93 Aaron Leddy, 49k Michael Keylich, 87 Andrew Albritton, 20r Roy Long, 48 Michael Land, 92 Brandon Gaither, 2x Brandon Palmer, 34h Hunter Peterson, 881 Daniel Waer, 99t Tryton Temple(DQ--tech) Factory Stock B-main; 33m Dylan Moss, 40 Michael Bowles, 20 Colt Beaver, 704 Kyle Wilkins, 48 Mike Land, 49k Michael Keylich, 87 Andrew Albritton, 41t Elgin Tracy, 25 Greg Hammit, 55c George Clark---dns Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 99t Tryton Temple, 881 Daniel Waer, 55r Rusty Head, 93 Aaron Leddy, 87 Andrew Albritton, 55c George Clark Heat 2; 13 Jeff Hammit, 747 GW Hessong, 4d Dustin Hurley, 20r Roy Long, 40 Michael Bowles, 49k Michael Keylich Heat 3; 13j Johnny Johnson, 92 Brandon Gaither, 99d Dillon Gaither, 99a Allen Alexander, 20 Colt Beaver, 48 Mike Land, 41t Elgin Tracy Heat 4; 9 Johnny Westfall, 34 Hunter Peterson, 6” Daniel Preston, 2x Brandon Palmer, 33d Dylan Moss, 704 Kyle Wilkins, 25 Greg Hammit Harbison Hustles to First Ever Checkers Eight-cars took the green in the “B”eginner Factory Stock feature with Cauy Moore from the pole first to turn 1, but it was Brian Harbison getting along side Moore taking the lead on lap 1 chased by Moore, Gary Butler, Ronnie Sparks and Steven Whiteaker III. Butler was able to get around Moore for second. The field began to separate out coming to halfway with Harbison still holding point, Butler, Moore, Sparks and Whiteaker in the top five. Whiteaker then began to challenge Sparks taking fourth on lap 12 then chased down Moore. As the white flag waved Harbison had built a full straightaway advantage over Butler while Whiteaker caught Moore. Harbison(New Braunfels) easily took the checkers in his self-funded, 'junk yard motor' powered HolyMoly Chassis while the 10-year old Whiteaker made a last lap pass on Moore to snag third. “This is not only my first ever win, but my first race in general,” exclaimed Harbison. “We had a lot of issues and didn't know if we were gonna make it. We had a good bit of support from people in the pits. We got it together and able to run a good heat race. We started fourth and worked our way up through some traffic to second. We started outside pole in the feature and ran away with it.” “I was a nervous wreck out there leading. I made several mistakes. I was never so relieved to see the white flag. I kept thinking one of these days I'm gonna smoke Kyle Larsen and he doesn't make mistakes.” “We practiced yesterday, did a few things and checked the car out. It was running hot and we fixed that. We shifted some weight around and got it hooked up like a dream today. I'm hooked now. It's everything I wanted it to be. Ready to win a few more and move up with the big boys. I couldn't have done it without Kevin Parker and my buddy, Cary, and the five or six guys we had helping on the car in the pit.” B Factory Stocks 11x Brian Harbison, 6 Gary Butler, 88 Steven Whiteaker III, 1x Cauy Moore, 22 Ronnie Sparks, 15 William Cavender, 6p Levi Hernandez, 18r Chris Vincent B Factory Stock heat Heat 1;1x Cauy Moore, 11x Brian Harbison, 22 Ronnie Sparks, 6 Gary Butler, 15 William Cavender, 88 Steven Whiteaker III, 6p Levi Hernandez, 18r Chris Vincent Williams Wins Wild One For the first time in over ten years the IMCA Stock Cars took the track for their 20-lap feature with a couple old Texas Thunder Speedway buddies, Jason Batt and Doug Lorenz on the front row. Lorenz was first into turn 1 with Batt, Shelby Williams, Ron Palmer and Dean Abbey in pursuit. Abbey gave up fifth to Iowan, Jason Doyle. As the top three began to ease away, Abbey retook the spot from Doyle. Williams then put the heat on Batt for second with Abbey picking up fourth from Palmer. At halfway it was still Lorenz on point, Batt with Williams inside him, Abbey and Palmer in the top five. Williams completed the pass for second and showed Lorenz the nose. Lorenz and Williams ran door to door while Abbey, making a late charge, took third from Batt. Williams finally wrestled the lead away from Lorenz on lap 16 with Abbey coming along to second. Abbey was hanging on Williams bumper with two to go and gave Williams a run up top on the final lap but it was Williams(Bonham) in his Paul Hodge Construction, Stealth Oil Well Services, Morris Farms, North Texas Safari Park, KW Fabrication, LK Machine, Stanford Trucking, Big Iron, Ever Clear Auto Glass, Team 9 Designs, Big Daves Race Engines, Kingpin Chassis holding him off for the victory. “It feels good to know you can take a home built (older) car and compete with some of the best in the business,” repiled Williams. “I had to work my butt off for this! Dean(Abbey) was right there with me, I didn’t get the lead till about 6-7 laps to go, super fast track and fun!” “Sniper Speed and Dean Abbey are some of the best in drivers and chassis, and to be able to even be competitive with a brand new car with the best of the best and very talented driver says a lot for our 2 man operation. We have lots of help here and there but 90% of the time it’s me and dad and my brother, if he’s off work.” “I’m thankful for my family and Tony Hernandez in my racing career. He helped me develop into the driver I am today. Both sides of my family race, and I was at the races when I was just weeks old, it’s all I know.” “Thank you Johnny Torres Joe Spillman and the rest that made it possible for the I-Stocks to get to race this weekend.” IMCA Stock Cars 82 Shelby Williams, 26 Dean Abbey, 97 Doug Lorenz, 126 Ron Palmer, 512 AJ Dancer, 165 Erik Miles, 40j Jason Doyle, 9b Jason Batt, 124 Ryan Wilkerson, 118 Cameron Wilson, 77a Aaron Benedict---dns, 69 Gary Williams---dns, 81 Ryan Childress---dns IMCA Stock car heats Heat 1, 82 Shelby Williams, 512 AJ Dancer, 97 Doug Lorenz, 165 Erik Miles, 9b Jason Batt, 124 Ryan Wilkerson, 81 Ryan Childress Heat 2;126 Ron Palmer, 26 Dean Abbey, 40j Jason Doyle, 77a Aaron Benedict, 118 Cameron Wilson, 69 Gary Williams---dns McCall Gets the Call It's always tough losing a race after the checkers have already flown, but Brandon McCall(Von Ormy) has seen both sides of that coin. Tonight he was the beneficiary of a call at the end of the red flag shortened Sport Compact feature when Ryan McDonald failed to report to the tech area after appearing to win his first ever race. At the start of the 18-car, scheduled 20-lap feature McCall and Jamie Garner stayed door to door through turns 1-2 before Garner got the spot. McDonald, McCall, Daniel Thompson and David Thompson sorted out in the top five. McDonald got along side Garner for the lead and got the nose out front on lap 5. The top five all ran nose to tail before a lap 9 caution for debris at both ends of the track. On the restart McCall got second from Garner while the Thompsons swapped fourth. At halfway it was McDonald, McCall, Garner, Dv. Thompson and Dn. Tompson in the top five. McCall began looking low in McDonald for the lead for several laps until the red was waved. Ryker Hernandez had the back of his car erupt in flames going into turn 1, but apparently didn't realize it. Hernandez drove around to the front stretch before stopping as the car became engulfed in flames as the electric fuel pump kept supplying the fire. Thanks to efforts of some brave infield personnel, one of whom did a stage dive on the hood to help unbuckle the driver, and two others that pulled him from the car, the young Hernandez miraculously escaped without injuries. Officials declared the race complete and ordered the cars off the track. Certainly, amidst the confusion, McDonald failed to report to the tech area while McCall and Garner both did. This gave the victory to McCall in his Freddie Harris Sand & Clay, Bettis Boat & RV Storage, 07 Chevy Cobalt. “Ryan(McDonald) not going through tech gave me the win,” said McCall. “The track called the race. Jamie(Garner) and myself were the only two cars that went to tech and scoring went back to the last completed lap.” “It was a great night of racing, starting on the pole for the main after winning my heat race. I found myself in 3rd after a couple laps chasing Ryan and Jamie. Caution came out for debris and Jamie took the inside line for the restart. He said after the race it was a rookie mistake, which gave me the preferred line of the night. Got by Jamie through 1&2, stayed with Ryan a few laps and was finally able to get under him coming out of 2, won the drag race down the back stretch. We made it back around to the back stretch and the 55 of (Ryker)Hernandez was on fire bringing out the red flag. Glad he was ok, we all hate fires.” “Just wanted to thank the track personnel for putting on a great night of racing. Thanks to my family and host of friends and fans that make this all possible.” Sport Compacts 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 33t David Thompson, 17t Daniel Thompson, 47e Mark Earl, 88 Justin Sitterle, 81 Michael Burris jr., 8 Robert Kelm, 14t Shaun Tracy, 32 Joshua Garcia, 01t Adolph Tracy, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 9t John Thomas, 89b Johnny Brown, 31b Thomas Bedrick, 46 Jonathan Cervantes, 11j Josh Jones, 13 Meghan Stevens---dns, 816 Ryan McDonald(DQ—didnt report to tech) Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 816 Ryan McDonald, 81 Michael Burris jr., 31b Thomas Bedrick, 01t Adolph Tracy, 89b Johnny Brown, 46 Jonathan Cervantes Heat 2; 33 Jamie Garner, 47e Mark Earl, 8 Robert Kelm, 88 Justin Sitterle, 32 Joshua Garcia, 9t John Thomas Heat 3; 33t David Thompson, 17t Daniel Thompson, 11j Josh Jones, 14t Shaun Tracy, 55 Ryker Hernadez, 13 Meghan Stevens Go-Kart winners Senior Division; Cody Clegg Junior Division; Tucker Kempe Youth Division Gabriel Solis
  20. I-37 Speedway updates 8-15-20

    IMCA Modfied heats Heat 1 8g Greg Dinsmore 8gII Logan Dinsmore 77 Robert Liese jr 82 Rick Green 95 Ronnie Bell 24r Robby Minten 419 Johnny Melancon Heat 2 5r Ryan Doyon 15 Chris Carroll 14t Talon MInten 53x Chandler Fox 31m Marlin Samford 151 Chris Jones
  21. Fall Turkey Shootout @ Alamo City Motorplex, 11/23/19 By JM Hallas Marion, TX(Nov. 23Rd, 2019) With the end of the season just around the corner, Alamo City Motorplex held a pre-Thanksgiving Special, the Fall Turkey Shootout. The day started out with a bracket race for the Super Pro, Pro, Motorcycles and Jr. Dragsters. Following the bracket race it was open test-n-tune giving some guys a chance to tune up for the last big race of the year, Winter Meltdown 4 no-prep event the beginning of December. Also slated was an index race for the 4.90, 5.80 and 7.00 classes. The years NHRA points season was finished in October so it was open competition for the cash and bragging rights until next year. This years Alamo City Motorplex class champions were David Bills(Super Pro), Gene Herbold(Pro), Ronald Gordner(Sportsman), James Marlett(Motorcycle) and Reilly Garceau(Jr. Dragster.) Mother Nature provided a beautiful day, by late November standards, with sunshine and 70's during the day. As the sun began to set, temps cooled gradually making for more horsepower and changing dial-ins. Super Pro Robinson Rips Off Super Pro Pay Day Debuting a brand new car, Todd Robinson(Corpus Christi) certainly had no new car blues as he marched through the Super Pro field. Robinson, in his Scott Ball Racing, Rehrer & Morrison powered, 2019 Elite Chassis squared off against a former track champ, Brent Ritter(Cibolo) in his 2007 Undercover Chassis. Robinson killed Ritter on the tree with a .003 light needing every bit of that advantage as Ritter ran his number in vain. Todd Robinson(4.62) 4.656 @ 144.65 defeats Brent Ritter(4.77) 4.776 @ 144.42 Robinson bested Damian Tschoepe, Leroy O'Bryant, Candace Ritter, Gabriel Hernandez and Wes Bendele on his way to the finals. B. Ritter ousted track champ David Bills, Hernandez, Emily Ball, Zimmerman with a round 4 bye. Pro Landers Lands Pro Win Rebounding after a close loss in the Motorcycle finals, Chaz Landers(Hutto) came back to grab the Pro victory. Landers on his Total Performance Cycle, 2008 Hayabusa got the win over Greg Meuth(Boerne) in his Camaro. With 2/100th advantage on the start for Landers, Meuth went a little too quick and broke out on the big end. Chaz Landers(5.68) 5.716 @ 122.22 defeats Greg Meuth(5.63) 5.610 @ 122.75 Landers trailered B. Ferrell, Hunter Herbold, David Bixler, and Jeff Rabedeau with round 4 bye. Meuth got past Anthony Montoya, Gabriel Hernandez, Mad Mike, D. Jeffries with a semi final bye. Motorcycle Monaco Masters Motorcycles Devin Monaco(Marion) won one for the hometown in the Motorcycle finals nailing his number. Monaco, on his 2014 Suzuki Hayabusa, got 4/100th over Chaz Landers(Hutto) on his 2008 Hayabusa, off the tree. Monaco then ran a 6.109 on 6.10 dial to seal the deal besting Landers for the second time in eliminations. Devin Monaco(6.10) 6.109 @ 114.30 defeats Chaz Landers(5.67) 5.684 @ 122.38 Monaco beat Landers in round 1, S. Aleman and F. Garcia. Landers rebought and bested Randy Monte and had a round 3 bye to the finals. Jr. Dragster Track champ Reilly Garceau capped off the season with another victory in the two-car Jr. Dragster shootout. Garceau(Von Ormy), in the 2007 MOV chassis bettered Logan Banduch(Selma) twice to take home the win and the extra money added by Saved by Grace Racing. Reilly Garceau(7.90) 7.910 @ 81.18 defeats Logan Banduch(9.60) 9.071 @ 70.54
  22. POWERi Elite Sprint Series @ 281 Speedway by C&S Promotions, 5/26/18 By JM Hallas Stephenville, TX.,(May 26th, 2018) As the Memorial Day weekend begins, the POWERi Elite Non-Wing Sprint Series makes its second visit to the ¼ mile, semi-banked, clay oval just north of town. In March the series made their first visit with former USAC Silver Crown and NASCAR Winston Racing Series champion, Paul White(Temple) getting a hard earned victory. White, who led from the green, drifted a bit high giving Missouri's Quinton Benson enough of an opening to get by. A yellow would erase the pass putting White back out front. From there, White who currently leads the series points, stayed glued to the bottom and held off Benson for the win. The POWERi Elite Series returns to 281 Speedway in August(4th). In the nights other action, the IMCA classes(Modifieds, Southern Sport Mods and Stock Cars) were off for drivers to run the first race of the Red River Modified Tour in Kennedale. The Factory Stocks, Street Stocks and Sport Compacts were still in action running for additional money. Also included were Legacy Dwarf Car Series. Monday 281 Speedway hosts its own Red River Modified Tour event to cap off Memorial Day weekend racing at 281 Speedway. The RRMT continues on Sunday at Heart o Texas Speedway(Waco) before traveling to famed Devils Bowl Speedway on the high-banked, half mile on Wednesday. Zimmerman Zaps Elite Field Justin Zimmerman(Athens) scored the victory in the 20-lap POWERi Series Elite Sprint Car feature. Coming from row 2 at the start, Zimmerman made a quick move to get the point on lap 1. Dalton Stevens chased Zimmerman early and was able to stay close once they got to lapped traffic. In the latter stages he was chased by Paul White after a late caution closed the pack up. At the finish it was Zimmerman by a couple car lengths in his unsponsored, Cheetah Race Engines by Brian Shoulders, Triple X Chassis. At the start pf the 20-car Elite Sprint Car feature it was Stevens off turn 2 with the lead, but Zimmerman got by coming off turn 4 to lead lap 1. Stevens fell in line second with Ben Silliker, Kyle Jones and Brad Wesp in pursuit. Jones spun from fourth in turn 4 for an early caution. On the restart Wesp got by Silliker for third with White following to fourth. As Zimmerman began to increase his lead, Chase Parsons took sixth from Silliker. As the leader hit traffic on lap 8, White was able to take third from Wesp. At halfway it was Zimmerman, Stevens, White, Dane Fields and Wesp in the top five. Silliker and Jones tangled in turn 4 to bring out a yellow and put Stevens on Zimmermans nerf bar for the restart. Zimmerman, Stevens and White got away on green while Bryan Debrick, who started near the back, got by Fields and Wesp for fourth bringing Jason Howell along to fifth. White worked his way past Stevens for second, but Zimmerman had built a good advantage. Coming to two laps to go, Raven Culp looped it in turn 3 for a late caution. When green waved again, White took a look low on Zimmerman going into turn 1, but Zimmerman was able to get off turn 2 by a car length. Behind them Debrick was getting past Stevens for third. Howell was able to fill the hole and move into fourth. As the white flag was waving, White gave Zimmerman a look low off turn 4, but Zimmerman held steady and inched ahead by a couple car lengths at the checkers. “I was planning on passing people at the start,” replied Zimmerman. “I had a feeling that people would think the bottom was the place to be. It was still pretty greasy and the middle was the way to go. At least for the first four or five laps.” “Tonight I really felt like a sitting duck out front. My motor was popping on the straightaways and I couldn't tell if anyone was close to me. So definitely I was feeling hounded.” “We raced with Paul(White) all year last season. He's good on the slick tracks. He can slow the car down and keep it straight. I knew we had a pretty decent set up and I wasn't thinking about where he was at. I was just thinking forward.” “We run both the wing and non-wing stuff. I just pick and choose when we have the time to get away. I'm not committed to anything this year. We actually were trying to sell out all our stuff. We have to change up the car quite a bit from wing to non-wing and I have to change up my driving style too.” “Every track is different. Every lap is different. When the track changes drastically, like it did the last three-quarters of the race, you have to slow yourself down. I overshot about six turns tonight. It changes and you adjust your driving style.” “My dad and wife help me a lot and support what I love doing. I've been racing since I was four. I'm glad to be able to do this.” POWERI Elite Sprint Series #1 Justin Zimmerman, 1w Paul White, 10 Bryan Debrick, 58 Jason Howell, 99x Dalton Stevens, 9tx Brad Wesp, 98k Dane Fields, 24t TJ Herrell, 58f Gary Floyd, 75 Sam Stockon, 6 Christian Moore, 3 Raven Culp, 52 JD Fry, 57 Chase :Parsons, 5r John Rickets , 24 Ben Silliker, 04 Kyle Jones, 21 Michelle Melton, d1 Warren Fields, 02 Dillon Burks Elite series heats Heat 1; 1 Paul White, 98k Dane Fields, 04 Kyle Jones, 75 Sam Stockon, 02 Dillon Burks, 58 Jason Howell, 3 Raven Culp Heat 2; 24 Ben Silliker, #1 Justin Zimmerman, 24t TJ Herrell, 21 Michelle Melton, 58f Gary Floyd, 52 JD Fry, d1 Warren Fields Heat 3; 99x Dalton Stevens, 9tx Brad Wesp, 57 Chase Parsons, 5r John Ricketts, 6 Christian Moore, 10 Bryan Debrick Morosky Motors to Factory Stock Victory The 14-car Factory Stock feature saw early leader Sam Spadaro and Rick Morosky battle it out throughout the first half of the race with Dennis Bissonette joining the scrap at one point with all three cars under the proverbial blanket at one point. Morosky and Spadaro were door to door for the lead at with Morosky getting the advantage on lap 8, bringing Bissonette along to second. Following a lap 10 restart Morosky was able to hold Bissonette off and run to the victory by a few car lengths at the line. Factory Stocks 88 Rick Morosky, 818 Dennis Bissonette, 55d Terry Dumas, 33k Shelbi Baker, 33 Sam Spadaro, 7m Gary Miller, 76 JD Nino, 96 James Bailey, 51 Ruben Broussard, 13 Melissa Bailey, 26 Grant Wollam, 92d Colin Dunn, 29 JD Millirons, 54 Charles Simmons Factory Stock heats Heat 1; 76n JD Nino, 818 Dennis Bissonette, 55d Terry Dumas, 51 Ruben Broussard, 92d Colin Dunn, 13 Melissa Bailey, 29 JD Millirons---dns Heat 2; 54 Charles Simmons, 88 Rick Morosky, 33 Sam Spadaro, 33k Shelbi Baker, 26 Grant Wollam, 7m Gary Miller, 96 James Bailey White Wins Street Stock Scramble After an aborted first try, the start of the 15-lap Street Stock feature saw Wade White and Dennis Bissonette slug it out on lap 1 with White getting the top spot. Bissonette gave White a look on lap 2 in turns 3-4 and that was as close as he got. In the caution free event White eased away from Bissonette, Ricky Braddock and Joe Spillman. Braddock was able to get by Bissonette, but White had amassed a full straightaway lead and easily cruised to the win. Street Stocks 68 Wade White, 56 Ricky Braddock, 07 Dennis Bissonette, 44 Joe Spillman, 25 Jody Jones, 5 Mike Kelly, 200 Colby Litton, 69 Michael Votaw, 718 Michael Lamb---dns, 22 Justin Weirenga---dns Street Stock heat Heat 1; 69 Michael Votaw, 56 Ricky Braddock, 07 Dennis Bissonette, 5 Mik Kelly, 68 Wade White, 44 Joe Spillman, 25 Jody Jones, 200 Colby Litton, 22 Justin Wierenga, 718 Michael Lamb---dns Sweep for Newberry in Sporet Compacts Scott Newberry beat Jeff Tolar into turn 1 at the start of the 11-car, 15-lap Sport Compact feature. Newberry was trailed by Toler, Clifton Whisenant, Howard Watson and Phelan Bukowski. Bukowski and Harold Clifton got hooked giving Brian Bagent and opening to take fifth. Bagent and Clifton then battled side by side for several laps giving Julia Childs the chance to close in. Up front Newberry was running away from C. Whisenant who had to dive three wide in between two lapped cars as the leaders hit traffic. Newberry, who scored the heat win also, completed the sweep with the feature win followed by some reverse do-nuts in the front wheel drive car. Interesting. Sport Compacts 11s Scott Newberry, 10w Clifton Whisenant, 18 Jeff Toler, 02 Julia Childs, 45 Brian Bagent, 11h Howard Watson, 01 Pamela Whisenant, 77s Randall Sessions, 59 Rick Saupp, 47c Harlod Clifton, 78 Phelan Bukowski Sport Compact heats Heat 1; 11s Scott Newberry, 45 Brian Bagent, 10w Clifton Whisenant, 77s Randall Sessions, 78 Phelan Bukowski, 01 Pamela Whisenant Heat 2; 02 Julia Childs, 18 Jeff Toler, 11h Howard Watson, 47c Harold Clifton, 59 Rick Saupp Money to Mayfield in Dwarf Finale It was a wild start to the Legacy Dwarf Car feature with Jeremy Holtman, Chase Doughty, Charles Armstrong II and John Thiel going four wide on the back stretch for the early lead. Doughty finally secured the point and began to ease away. Brent Mayfield worked his way up to second and a tangle by Todd Looney and Dean Kennedy, just as the leaders went, brought out a lap 18 caution. On the restart Doughty immediately slowed and pulled off giving B. Mayfield the lead. B. and Armstrong II from there to snag the victory. Legacy Dwarf Car Series 1x Brent Mayfield, 21 John Thiel, 01 Charles Armstrong II, 999 Jeremy Holtman, 2a Charles Armstrong jr., 5 Marc Tunnel, 20 Michael Villanueva, 31 Michael Villanueva jr., 154 Stephen Covey, 33 David Sisk, 11 Robert Barker, 22 James Archer, 28 Royce Barber, 05 Doug Ragsdale, 2x Chase Doughty, 8 Todd Looney, 42 Eddie Donaghey, 55 Dean Kennedy, 18 Matthew Covey, 23 Bubba Jackson, 24 Marshall McKelvey, 53 Earnest Mayfield---dntg, 9m Josh Mayfield---dns LDCS heats Heat 1; 01 Charles Armstrong II, 1x Brent Mayfield , 23 Bubba Jackson, 154 Stephen Covey , 18 Matthew Covey, 2a Charles Armstrong jr, 16 Michael Villanueva jr, 55 Dean Kennedy---dns Heat 2; 21John Thiel, 33 David Sisk, 5 Marc Tunnel, 53 Earnest Mayfield, 24 Marshall McKelvy, 8 Todd Looney, 42 Eddie Donaghey , 22 James Archer Heat 3; 2x Chase Doughty, 999 Jeremy Holton, 20 Michael Villanueva, 28 Royce Barber, 05 Doug Ragsdale, 11 Robert Barker, 9m Josh Mayfield