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Sport Modified Grudge Race/Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 6/29/19

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Sport Modified Grudge Race/Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 6/29/19

By JM Hallas

Pleasanton, TX.,(June, 29th, 2019) It's a night of seconds in a couple ways. First it's a the second of four scheduled class Grudge Races to pick the final four for a shootout later in the season. Tonight it was the Sport Modifieds turn with multi-time track champ Johnny Torres, Frank Okruhlik(who also represented in the Limited Late Models), Street Stock hotshoe Anthony Gordon and young gun Trent Beaver.

Last week it was Tommy Grimes advancing in the Limited Model Grudge race easily taking the checkers after Okruhlik spun on the first lap.

It would also be the second time around for the Texas Dirt Truck Series on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt oval. In their inaugural visit it was Larry Baggett taking home the victory going wire to wire ahead of Tony Bernal. An event in April was also scheduled, but canceled due to rain.

Minten Gets Win in Wild One

It was a wild 20-lap Sport Modified main event and when the dust settled it was Talon Minten(Seguin) getting the win. On the initial green flag it was ruled that Eddy Ross jumped the start and got sent to the tail. Trent Beaver got a good start, but slipped in turn 2 with Robby Minten shooting past for the lead pursued by Beaver, T. Minten, Johnny Torres and Marcus Mikulencak.

T. Minten got by Beaver on lap 3 bringing Torres along to third a lap later. Beaver and Torres then swapped the spot an T. Minten ran down his brother R. Minten for the lead. Mikulencak then joined the Torres, Beaver battle for third. At the crossed flags it wad R. Minten, T. Minten, Beaver, Mikulencak and Torres in the top five.

After a couple cautions it was T. Minten, Beaver and Mikulencak three wide for second with Mikulencak getting the spot using the bottom. Staying on the low side Mikulencak caught R. Minten for the lead and the fight was on. Mikulenack would get the nose inside R. Minten, but the momentum up top would see R. Minten pull back ahead.

This would go on lap after lap until Mikulencak finally got good enough run off turn 4 to lead lap 17. R. Minten rebounded on the top to get the lead back on lap 18. Coming to take the checkers Mikulencak dove in hard and clipped an infield tire sending him up the track in turn 4. R. Minten saw him coming and moved up toward the wall.

R. Minten clipped the wall, bounced off and hit Mikulencak who was able to continue on to the checkers. After a lengthy discussion among officials the win was taken away from Mikulencak and awarded to T. Minten in the 3-D Landscaping, Ace Transmission, CD Tire, All In Designs, PRC Carbs, Mark Herring Race Engines, IRP Chassis.


“The track was very racy,” replied Minten. “It was a good, hard race up front with an unfortunate ending. I was really hoping Robby would get the win, he definitely deserved it. But that's racing and stuff happens. I have to give all thanks to Ray Doyon for letting me drive the car while my motor is getting fixed.”

Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds

9 Talon Minten, 66 Johnny Torres, 77 Cody Beddoe, 14 Trent Beaver, 08 Frank Okruhlik, 22m Anthony Gordon, bd3 Eddy Ross, 79 Joe Aramendia, 24r Robby Minten, bd4 Cheryl Gray, 11 Tom Grothues, 94 Allen Torres, 5 Ryan Doyon, 51 Jeremy Hernandez, bd2 Marcus Mikulencak, 57 Rowdy Flanagan---dns

Beaver Best in Sport Mod Grudge Race

Trent Beaver(China Grove) joined Frank Okruhlik as Grudge Race winners transferring to the big 4-class shootout later in the season. As the green flew it was Okruhlik getting the early leaving Anthony Gordon and Beaver wheel to wheel for second. The two stayed tied at the rub rails giving Okruhlik some breathing room.

Beaver finally broke free and ran Okruhlik down at halfway. Beaver dove inside Okruhlik to get the spot on lap 5 leaving Okruhlik, Gordon and Johnny Torres battling for the runner up spot. Beaver in the Beaver Heating & Air Conditioning, WW Bodies, Beaver Medical Group, Chris Brown Shocks, Audie Howell Crane & Rigging, PTS powered, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis eased away for the victory.

Sport Modified Grudge Race

14 Trent Beaver, 66 Johnny Torres, 08 Frank Okruhlik, 22m Anthony Gordon

Sport Modified heats

Heat 1; 14 Trent Beaver, 66 Johnny Torres, 11 Tom Grothues, bd2 Marcus Mikulencak, 5r Ryan Doyon, 94 Allen Torres, 51 Jeremy Hernandez, 22m Anthony Gordon

Heat 2; bd3 Eddy Ross, 24r Robby Minten, 9 Talon Minten, 77 Cody Beddoe, 08 Frank Okruhlik, 79 Joe Aramendia, bd4 Cheryl Gray, 57 Rowdy Flanagan

Okruhlik OK in Limite Late Models

Frank Okruhlik(San Antonio) backed up last races win scoring another in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature. This years two hot shoes, Okruhlik and Tommy Grimes, started on the front row. Grimes won the race into turn 1, but Okruhlik got inside Grimes through turns 3-4 to lead at the line on lap 1.

Grimes fell in line second with Matt Fox, Jason Kelly and DJ Scroat following. Grimes would loop it in turn 4 for a caution that saw Fox sent to the tail for jumping the restart. Back to green Okruhlik started to pull away while Patrick Kelly, debuting his new ride, worked his way up to third. Behind him Grimes and Fox were marching back to the front.

At the midway point it was Okruhlik, P. Kelly, Grimes, Pete Arce and Fox in the top five. With five to go Okruhlik had a half straightaway on P. Kelly while Jason Kelly got by Arce and Fox for fourth. Lapped traffic was the only thing to slow Okruhlik as he motored to the victory in the Henderson Motorsports, Mission Racing, Late Model.

Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models

99 Frank Okruhlik, 84 Patrick Kelly, 22t Tommy Grimes, 57 Jason Kelly, 53x Matt Fox, 9 Pete Arce, 14 Gary Hunter, 95 Jerry Jones, 57sr John Kelly sr., 5 DJ Schroat, 3 Sammy Smith, 18 Shane Moore---dns, 86 Bob Henderson---dns

Limited Late Model heats

Heat 1; 22t Tommy Grimes, 53x Matt Fox, 3 Sammy Smith, 84 Patrick Kelly, 9 Pete Arce, 14 Gary Hunter, 57sr John Kelly sr

Heat 2; 99 Frank Okruhlik, 57 Jason Kelly, 18 Shane Moore, 5 DJ Schroat, 86 Bob Henderson, 95 Jerry Jones

Bagget Bags Truck Tally Again

Larry Baggett(Marble Falls) grabbed his second Texas Dirt Truck Series win at I-37 Speedway. At the start it was Russel Rust getting the early lead chased by Michael Keylich, Baggett, Johnny Brown and John Heil. Rust began to have trouble giving way to Baggett on lap 2. Rusts troubles compounded when he slowed dramatically and collected Heil, Keylich and Russ Parker.

Texas Dirt Truck Series

3 Larry Baggett, 3d Johnny Brown, 77 Michael Keylich, 96 John Heil, m5 Russel Rust, 28 Russ Parker

TDTS heat; 96 John Heil, 77 Michael Keylich, m5 Russel Rust, 3d Johnny Brown, 28 Russ Parker, 3 Larry Baggett

Jourdantons Jones Scores in Street Stocks

It was multi-time track champ Wade Jones taking home the victory in the 15-lap Street Stock feature after a short battle with Anthony Gordon. Jones was first into turn 1, but Gordon pulled back along side off turn 2. After a side by side battle Gordon won the spot off of turn 4 to lead lap 1.

Jones returned the favor and got back on point for lap 2 leaving Gordon battling with Jarrett Barber for second. Barber got the spot a couple laps later, but Jones had checked out. Stretching out his his margin to a full straightaway, Jones in his Opiela Mechanical, SABFI Transportation, Mission Racing, Camaro went unchallenged to the checkers.

Alamo Hot Rod Parts Street Stocks

41 Wade Jones, 19 Jarrett Barber, 22m Anthony Gordon, 4t Mike Trigg, 77 Chris Shafer, 20 Mike Lyon', 33jp James Park, 4 Dwayne Markgraf

Street Stock heats

Heat 1; 41 Wade Jones, 19 Jarrett Barber, 22m Anthony Gordon, 4t Mike Trigg, 20 Mike Lyon, 77 Chris Shafer, 33jp James Park, 4 Dwayne Markgraf

Mikulencak Muscles to Pure Stock Pay Day

Two drivers, making their first trip of the season to I-37 Speedway, battled it out for the always hotly contested Pure Stock win. Ben Mikulencak and Josh Sewell held off the regulars throughout the 20-lap feature that came down to a late one-lap shootout for the win.

At the start, Sewell was first off turn to get the lead trailed by Mikulencak, Tryton Temple and Dillon Gaither door to door with Riley Heil. Mikulencak began searching up top and got along side Sewell on lap 3 grabbing the spot on lap 4 while Robert Kelm got by Heil for fifth.

Temple and Sewell were side by side for second while Jennie Barber, Ryan Doyon and George Quintanilla ran three wide in the pack. Allen Torres made his usual charge from mid-pack making his way to sixth. On a restart Sewell gave Mikulencak a good look for the lead, but couldn't complete the pass.

At halfway it was Mikulencak, Sewell, Temple, D. Gaither and Torres in the top five. Mikulencak and Sewell began to ease away from the pack until a late caution set up the dash for the cash. Sewell tried the high side as green and white were shown together, while Torres snuck past Temple for third. At the checkers it was Mikulencak in the Armstrong Lumber Company, Day Motorsports, Empire Race Car holding Sewell off for the win.

All in Design Pure Stocks

13m Ben Mikulencak, 38 Josh Sewell, 94 Allen Torres, 99t Tryton Temple, 5 Dillon Gaither, 30 Riley Heil, 3 Ryan Doyon, 19b Jennie Barber, 48 Robert Kelm, 41t Elgin Tracy, 36 George Quintanilla, 49k Kathrine Keylich, 75 Jerry Miller, 19 Daniel Miller, m13 Jeremy Watson, 4d Dustin Hurley, 28 Chad Miller, 40 Dakota Hurley, 8 Brandon Gaither, 20 Randall Rydl---dns, bd1 Greg Carlucci---dns, 10 Scott Jerkins---dns

Pure Stock heats

Heat 1; 38 Josh Sewell, 75 Jerry Miller, 48 Robert Kelm, 40 Dakota Hurley, 19b Jennie Barber, 19 Daniel Miller, 41t Elgin Tracy, 10 Scott Jerkins

Heat 2; 13m Ben Mikulencak, 5 Dillon Gaither, 94 Allen Torres, 4d Dustin Hurley, 49k Katherine Keylich, 28 Chad Miller, bd1 Greg Carlucci

Heat 3; 99 Tryton Temple, 30 Riley Heil, 3 Ryan Doyon, 36 George Quintanilla, m13 Jeremy Watson, 8 Brandon Gaither, 20r Randall Rydl

Ervin Ekes out Sport Compact Clash

It was another exciting finish in the 20-lap Sport Compact Feature with 23 cars starting. Justin Sitterle led lap 1 with Jamie Garner, Robert Fox, George Compton and Johnny Ervin in tow. Defending track champ, Garner quickly got by Sitterle for the top spot on lap 2 while Michael Burris sr. made his way up to third.

On a restart Sitterle, Ervin and Burris sr. were three wide for second as Garner eased away. Ervin made his way to second leaving Burris sr., Fox, Compton and Scott Lesher battling for third. Burris sr. slipped and fell back out of that battle. At halfway it was Garner, Ervin, Fox, Compton and Lesher in the top five.

After a caution for Dalton McDonald, Garner was called for jumping the restart, a rule that was stressed in the drivers meeting, and sent to the back. This left Ervin on the point for the restart. The top five of Ervin, Fox, Compton, Lesher and Brandon McCall, in a borrowed car, broke away from the pack.

As Fox, Compton and Lesher battled for second, Fox knocked an infield on track setting up a two lap shootout. Ervin got away on green but Compton made a last lap charge but it was Ervin in the Rockin E Designs, M&M Automotive, Smokin Enterprise, raceontexas, Rachel Plant Picture Taker, ChevyFord Motorplex, 2003 Chevy Cavalier, by a fender snagging the win.

Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts

44 Johnny Ervin, 29t George Compton, 25 Robert Fox, 14/57 Brandon McCall, 18 Michael Burris sr., 1 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 33 Jamie Garner, 38 Kirk Ball, 5L Scott Lesher, 01 Adolph Tracy, 01g Adam Tracy, 23 Kasey Krauss, 7L Jordan Albert, 95m Daniel Lopez, 93 Colton Borlace, 6p Levi Hernandez, 4t Marcus Rivera, 81 Michael Burris jr., 88 Justin Sitterle, 17 Dalton McDonald, 11j Josh Jones, 75 Ethan Jenkins, 57/14 Trevor Bettis---dns

Sport Compact heats

Heat 1; 88 Justin Sitterle, 18 Michael Burris sr., 44 Johnny Ervin, 23 Kasey Krauss, 01g Adam Tracy, 17 Dalton McDonald, 93 Colton Borlace, 4t Marcus Rivera

Heat 2; 25 Robert Fox, 29 George Compton, 1 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 81 Michael Burris jr., 11j Josh Jones, 14 Brandon McCall, 7L Jordan Albert, 95m Daniel Lopez

Heat 3

33 Jamie Garner, 5 Scott Lesher, 57 Trevor Bettis 75 Ethan Jenkins, 38 Kirk Ball, 6p Levi Hernandez, 01 Adolph Tracy

Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts

Senior Division; Caylor Nesloney, Peyton Jones, Ryker Hernandez, Charles Flanagan

Junior Division; Cody Clegg, Levi McDaniel, Samuel Markgraf, Gaige Whitaker, Aubry Moore, Johnny Ervin

Youth Division; Blaine Markgraf, Cheston Markgraf, Gabriel Soliz(DQ-tech)

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