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Street Stock Grudge Race/Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 7/27/19

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Street Stock Grudge Race/Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 7/27/19

By JM Hallas

 

Pleasanton, TX.,(July, 27th, 2019) Saturday night brought to an end of the class Grudge Races, this time the Street Stock class. The four voted-in drivers were multi-time track champ Wade Jones, Anthony Gordon, Mike Trigg and another past track champion, Mike Lyon. The winner will join GW Egbert(IMCA Modifieds), Trent Beaver(Sport Modifieds) and Tommy Grimes(Limited Late Model) in the big shootout coming up in September.

 

Also, making their third trip to the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt oval was the Texas Dirt Truck Series. The two previous visits have seen Larry Baggett, who currently sits atop the points standings, pick up the wins. Russell Rust is second trailing Baggett by 8 markers. John Heil, who picked up the win at Texana Raceway is third despite missing opening night, with Tony Bernal and Anthony Gordon rounding out the top five.

 

With the IMCA Modifieds having the night off it was the Sport Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Sport Compacts and Go-Karts on the nights card joining the Texas Dirt Truck Series.

 

Extra money was up for grabs in the Street Stocks(500 to win), Pure Stocks(400 to win) and Sport Compacts(300 to win). Surprising what a little extra cash on the line does for the excitement factor of features, even with no full moon.

 

Doyon Dominates for Texas Truck Tally

Ryan Doyon(La Coste) took home his first Texas Dirt Truck Series trophy going flag to flag in the 15-lap feature. Doyon, who also scored the heat race win, was first into turn 1 with Larry Baggett and Michael Keylich side by side for second. As they sorted out on lap 1 it was Doyon, Baggett, Keylich, Tony Bernal and Russ Parker.

 

Baggett kept the pressure on Doyon early while Bernal did a spin and go giving up spots to Parker and Russell Rust. At halfway Doyon was easing away from Baggett, Keylich, Rust and Parker. A spin by Rust slowed the pace on lap 9 and erased Doyon's lead.

 

On the restart Doyon quickly jumped ahead while Keylich and Baggett ran door to door for second. Keylich got the spot briefly as the two continued to slug it out. This gave Doyon the opportunity to pull back out to a good lead and go uncontested to the checkers in the 3-D Landscaping truck

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Texas Dirt Truck Series

3d Ryan Doyon, 3 Larry Baggett, 77 Michael Keylich, 81 Tony Bernal, m5 Russell Rust, 28 Russ Parker, 96 John Heil---dntg

 

TDTS heat; 3d Ryan Doyon, 96 John Heil, 77 Michael Keylich, 3 Larry Baggett, 28 Russ Parker, m5 Russell Rust, 81 Tony Bernal

 

Sport Mod Money for Minten

Talon Minten(Seguin) wired the Sport Modified field in the 20-lap feature. Minten got out quickly on the start trailed by Ryan Doyon and Anthony Gordon, with Trent Beaver and Chris Swenson side by side for fourth. Doyon brought out an early caution when he broke and stopped near the track surface.

 

After another brief caution for a spin by Randall Rydl it was three wide for the lead with Minten, Beaver and Gordon sending it into turn 1. Minten retained the top spot with Beaver slipping high and giving up third to Johnny Torres. At the crossed flags it was Minten, by about five car lengths over Gordon, Torres, Beaver and Okruhlik.

 

Torres was finally able to wrestle second away from Gordon, but too far behind Minten to mount a charge for the lead. Minten took the white flag by half a straightaway and cruised to the victory in the La Coste Meat Market, 3-D Landscaping, All in Designs, PRC Carbs, Dark Horse Shocks, Lytex Customs, Roger Hernandez powered, Smileys Chassis.

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It's been a rough season in the 2 car with all the DNF's.” said Minten. “We tried the crate motor for a couple races but it wasn't working for us. This was our first race on the new motor built by Roger Hernandez and I couldn't be happier with it. I think we are finally headed back in the right direction. We didn't change much from heat to feature, just ground the tires.”

 

I have to first thank my amazing fiancee, Ashley, for all her help and support. She is really my only help at home when changing motors, trannys, rear ends. She is always willing to help and learn.”
 

Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds

2 Talon Minten, 66 Johnny Torres, 22m Anthony Gordon, 14 Trent Beaver, 94 Allen Torres, 08 Frank Okruhlik, 30 Chris Swenson, 11t Tom Grothues, 24 Jim Blevins, 9r Randall Rydl, 5r Ryan Doyon, 117 Johnathon Garcia---dns

 

Sport Modified heats

Heat 1; 2 Talon Minten, 5r Ryan Doyon, 14 Trent Beaver, 66 Johnny Torres, 24 Jim Blevins, 11t Tom Grothues

 

Heat 2; 22m Anthony Gordon, 30 Chris Swenson, 08 Frank Okruhlik, 9r Randall Rydl, 117 Johnathon Garcia, 94 Allen Torres

 

Flyin' Frank-O Lands Limit Late Model Loot

San Antonio's Frank Okruhlik added another win to his total going the distance in the 15-lap Limited Late Model feature. Okruhlik got a good jump on the start to lead Howie Marcx, DJ Schroat, Tommy Grimes and Jason Kelly on lap 1. Grimes quickly picked off Schroat, then Marcx for second but was already a half straightaway behind Okruhlik.

 

Grimes got a break with a lap 5 caution for a spin by Brandon Welker closing the margin for the restart. Okruhlik was able to get away on green while Schroat got past Marcx for third. The last half of the race saw Okruhlik again increase his advantage on the field as he powered away for the win in the Henderson Motorsports, Billy Bob Repair & Tire, Reflective Wrecker, Mission Racing, Shaw Chassis

 

Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models

99 Frank Okruhlik, 22t Tommy Grimes, 5 DJ Schroat, 13 Howie Marcx, 95 Jerry Jones, 57 Jason Kelly, 8 Jacob Crow, 57sr Brandon Welker

 

Limited Late Model heat

Heat 1; 99 Frank Okruhlik, 22t Tommy Grimes, 13 Howie Marcx, 57 Jason Kelly, 5 DJ Schroat, 95 Jerry Jones, 57sr Brandon Welker, 8 Jacob Crow

 

Jones Rebounds Street Stock Feature

Wade Jones(Jourdanton) rebounded from a loss in the earlier Grudge Race to show his dominance in the 15-lap feature. Jones and Mike Trigg, who have some on-track history, stayed door to door off turn 2 neither wanting to give. Through turns 3-4 they swapped a little paint with Jones finally getting the spot.

 

Trigg stayed on Jones with Anthony Gordon, Tony Bernal and Mike Lyon in pursuit. An early spin set up a restart that saw Lyon get fourth from Bernal. Just before halfway Doug Heald spun with Sterling Tausch spinning to avoid Heald. Once back to green it was Jones inching away from Trigg, who had Gordon pressuring him, Lyon and Bernal.

 

As Trigg and Gordon dueled for the runner up spot, Jones set sail pulling back out to a good lead. Jones had a half straightaway on that duo as the white flag waved easily going on to the checkers in his Opiela Mechanical, SABFI Transportation, Mission Racing, Camaro

 

Alamo Hot Rod Parts Street Stocks

41 Wade Jones, 4t Mike Trigg, 22m Anthony Gordon, 81 Tony Bernal, 20 Mike Lyon, 95 Sterling Tausch, 33h Cody Henderson, 14 Doug Heald

 

Trigg Tops Street Stock Scramble

Mike Trigg(Mico) secured his spot in the September four-class Grudge Race taking the win in the eight-lap Street Stock qualifier. Trigg, who drew the pole, got out front and never looked back. Defending track champ, Wade Jones tried to hang on to his bumper early, but Trigg got a few lengths coming to the checkers.

 

Street Stock Grudge Race; 4t Mike Trigg, 41 Wade Jones, 22m Anthony Gordon, 20 Mike Lyon

 

Street Stock heat

Heat 1; 41 Wade Jones, 4t Mike Trigg, 22m Anthony Gordon, 81 Tont Bernal, 20 Mike Lyon, 95s Sterling Tausch, 33h Cody Henderson, 14Doug Heald---dns

 

Mikulencak the Man for Pure Stock Sweep

In the always competitive Pure Stock 20-lapper it was Ben Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) picking up his second I-37 Speedway win of the season. As green waved Dillon Gaither and Riley Heil stayed door to door through turns 1-2 before Gaither got the edge. Heil fell in line second chased by Mikulencak, Tryton Temple and Jarrett Payton.

 

Heil began trying the high side of Gaither giving Mikulencak an opening on the low side as the trio battled for the top spot. That scrap almost ended badly when Daniel Miller went around in turn 4 in front of the lead trio coming through turn 3 almost three wide. Miller got rolling and the lead pack avoided calamity.

 

On the restart Mikulencak used the high side to get by Heil and along side Gaither while Dustin Hurley moved up to battle with Heil for third. Mikulencak and Gaither stayed tied together at the rub rails with Mikulencak getting the bumper out front on lap 6. Gaither fought back on the bottom to retake the point on lap 7.

 

A multi-car tangle in turn 3 slowed the action setting up another restart that saw Heil retake second from Mikulencak and trying the outside of Gaither for the lead. Gaither held Heil off leaving her side by side with Mikulencak for second. Robert Kelm was able to get spots from Temple and Hurley. At halfway it was Gaither hanging on, Mikulencak, Heil with Kelm and Hurley side by side for fourth.

 

Mikulencak again jumped to top and won the drag race to the line on lap 12, but a four car melee brought out a yellow erasing the pass. Mikulencak stayed up top on green with Johnny Westfall, Hurley and William Saunders three wide for fifth. Westfall took the position and then tracked down and passed Temple and Heil for third.

 

Ramon Sevilla lost an axle for a lap 16 caution. Mikulencak choose outside on the restart and got beside Gaither on the restart. The two continued to battle with Mikulencak finally securing the spot on lap 18. Mikulencak held on the final two circuits for the win in the Armstrong Lumber Company, Day Motorsports, Darpro Construction, Majek Boatworks, Temco Services, Dubs Garage, Ace Transmission, Flanagans Muffler, C.C. Weighing Company, Empire Race Car.

 

All in Design Pure Stocks
13m Ben Mikulencak, 5 Dillon Gaither, 99 Tryton Temple, 91 Johnny Westfall, 98 William Saunders, 4d Dustin Hurley, 48 Robert Kelm, 49k Katerine Keylich, 9s Jarrett Payton, 30 Riley Heil, 15 William Cavender, m13 Jeremy Watson, 22r Ronnie Sparks, 41 Elgin Tracy, 18jr Ramon Sevilla, 28 Chad Miller, 75 Jerry Miller,36 George Quintanilla, 19 Daniel Miller, 10 Scott Jerkins, 38 Sonny Kinneman---dntg

 

Pure Stock heats

Heat 1; 5 Dillon Gaither, 9s Jarrett Payton, 75 Jerry Miller, 36 George Quintanilla, 28 Chad Miller, 22r Ronnie Sparks, 10 Scott Jerkins

 

Heat 2; 30 Riley Heil, 99 Tryton Temple, 98 William Saunders, 49k Katherine Keylich, 18jr Ramon Sevilla, 15 William Cavender, 19 Daniel Miller

 

Heat 3; 13m Ben Mikulencak, 4d Dustin Hurley, 48 Robert Kelm, 41t Elgin Tracy, m13 Jeremy Watson, 91 Johnny Westfall, 38r Sonny Kinneman---dns

 

McCall Survives Compact Chaos for Cash

The scheduled 20-lap Sport Compact feature saw a lot of action in half the time and when the dust settled, literally and figuratively, it was Brandon McCall(Von Ormy) going home with the extra cash. At the start it was McCall leading to turn 1, but Brian Schoenbaum got by to lead lap 1. This left McCall door to door with Michael Burris jr. and Jamie Garner and Kirk Ball in tow.

 

Burris got second and inside Schoenbaum for the lead while Roy Earler jr. got past Ball for fifth. Burris was able to get the edge to lead lap 3 at the line. Going into turn 1 Schoenbaum just clipped Burris trying to crossover sending him around for a caution. Under caution, Easler jr. helped a brother out by driving up and removing a hanging bumper cover from Burris, who was given the lead back and not forced to pit with loose parts.

 

On the restart McCall got a run on Burris, but a 5-car tangle in turn 1 brought the yellow back out. McCall again got a good run on green to get the lead from Burris on lap 4 with Easler jr following to second. Easler jr began challenging McCall for the lead until a spin by Johnny Ervin brought out a yellow.

 

Easler jr. again looked low on green while Garner got around Burris for third bringing Kasey Krauss along to fourth. A lap 9 caution for Scott Lesher stopping, shortened the race on time limit. On the green, white, checker finish McCall in the Freddy Harris Sand & Clay, Bettis Boat & RV Storage, Wilburn Steel, D&D Hydraulics, held off Easler jr. for the win in his Hyundai Tiburon.

 

Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts

14 Brandon McCall, 12 Roy Easler jr., 23 Kasey Krauss, 33 Jamie Garner, 18b Michael Burris jr., 719 Brian Schoenbaum, 93 Colton Borlace, 29t George Compton, 01g Adam Tracy, 11j Josh Jones, 38 Kirk Ball, 1 Ronnie Schoenfelfdt, 15 Devon Surritt, 75 Roy Easler sr., 95m Daniel Lopez, 57 Trevor Bettis, 5L Scott Lesher, 44 Johnny Ervin, 88 Justin Sitterle, 25 Robert Fox, 4t Marcos Rivera

 

Sport Compact heats

Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 57 Trevor Bettis, 12 Roy Easler jr., 23 Kasey Krauss, 25 Robert Fox, 01g Adam Tracy, 4t Marcos Rivera

 

Heat 2; 18b Michael Burris jr., 5l Scott Lesher, 38 Kiek Ball, 44 Johnny Ervin, 11j Josh Jones, 15 Devon Surritt, 75 Roy Easler sr

 

Heat 3; 719 Brian Schoenbaum, 33 Jamie Garner, 88 Jsustin Sitterle, 1 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 93 Colton Borlace, 29t George Compton, 95m Daniel Lopez

 

 

Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts

Senior Division; Charles Flanagan, Peyton Jones, Hanna Miller, Caylor Nesloney

 

Junior Division; Cody Clegg(ran with Seniors)

 

Youth Division; Blaine Markgraf, Cheston Markgraf, Berkley Keylich

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