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Grudge Race Finale/Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 9/7/19

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Grudge Race Finale/Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 9/7/19

By JM Hallas

 

Pleasanton, TX.,(Sept, 7th, 2019) It was a big night of racing on the1/4 mile, semi-banked, dirt track outside of San Antonio. All six regular classes(IMCA Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Sport Compacts) were in action, plus the Texas Dirt Truck Series.

 

If that wasn't enough action, it was time for the Grudge Race Finale to see who was baddest of a quartet of drivers, in four different classes. After the four rounds of warfare it would be sentimental favorite, GW Egbert representing the IMCA Modifieds, Trent Beaver(Sport Modfieds), Tommy Grimes(Limited Late Models) and Mike Trigg(Street Stocks).

**Egbert was unable to make the trip down so current points leader, Jamie Campbell filled in for IMCA Modifieds and Tony Bernal stepped in for Street Stocks after Trigg was unavailable.

 

Last year it was track champion, Trey Votion in his Limited Late Model using the horsepower and tire advantage to his benefit getting the victory. Would the crate motors be able to keep up?

 

This would also be the fourth visit to I-37 Speedway for the Texas Dirt Truck Series. Ryan Doyon picked up the win last time they visited. Current TDTS points leader, Larry Baggett picked up victories in two previous runs earlier in the season with Ryan Doyon scoring on the last trip. John Heil and Anthony Gordon have also picked up wins this season at Texana Raceway Park.

 

Grimes Grabs Grudge Win

At the start of the 10-lapper it was Trent Beaver first to turn 1, but Jamie Campbell got by low to lead the first lap. Grimes got under Beaver for second on lap 2 and Beaver then spun and collected Bernal, ending the race for both.

 

Once back to green Grimes got along side Campbell for the lead using the top. The duo then put on a show for the fans going door to door for the remaining six laps, each getting the nose out front. On the last lap Grimes finally got a clear advantage to score the victory.

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Grudge Race Finale

22t Tommy Grimes, 29 Jamie Campbell, 14 Trent Beaver, 81 Tony Bernal

 

Morris in Modified Main again

Taylor's Chris Morris added to I-37 Speedway win total making him four for four in visits this year I believe. Morris got a good launch on green then in dominating fashion ran off from the field leaving Cody Tidwell, Jamie Campbell and Dillon Tindall fighting for the runner-up spot.

 

At halfway Morris had built a big lead over Tidwell, Tindall, Campbell and Logan Dinsmore, piloting his dads car. At the white flag Morris had nearly a half track lead easily cruising to the win in his Volvo of Austin, Tina Reagan Realty, ACM Services, Opifex Equipment, Eightfold, Five Star Concrete, Bet All Racing, Austin Cutting & Coring, five1seven designs, crate powered, Lethal Chassis by David Stremme.

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Simpson Race Products IMCA Modifieds

94 Chris Morris, 17 Cody Tidwell, 86 Dillon Tindall, 29 Jamie Campbell, 8g Logan Dinsmore, 27 Justin Delgado

 

IMCA Modified heat

Heat 1: 94 Chris Morris, 17 Cody Tidwell, 86 Dillon Tindall, 29 Jamie Campbell, 8g Logan Dinsmore, 27 Justin Delgado

 

Torres Tallies in Sport Modifieds

After picking up a new car from the IRP shop a few weeks ago, Johnny Torres(San Antonio) has been on a roll. As green waved on the 20-lap feature it was J. Torres and Rowdy Flanagan staying side by side. Frank Okruhlik would spin in turn 4 collecting Rusty Head and Allen Torres with Doug Ripple and Jeremy Hernandez looping it to avoid contact. Hernandez would back hard into the wall.

 

On the second try J. Torres and Flanagan again stayed wheel to wheel until J. Torres got the lead in turn 3 with Flanagan, Trent Beaver, Ryan Doyon and Heath Stewart in pursuit. By lap 5 J. Torres then began to ease away while Stewart pressured Doyon for fourth. At the crossed flags it was J. Torres, Flanagan, Beaver, Doyon and Stewart.

 

Stewart finally got a run on Doyon with Okruhlik, coming from the back after repairs, joining them. It was three wide for the spot with Stewart low, Okruhlik high and Doyon in the middle. Stewart was able to take spot, with Okruhlik following past Doyon for fifth.

 

In the waning laps J. Torres was stretching out his lead while Stewart caught Beaver for third. At the white flag J. Torres was ahead by nearly a half track easily taking the win in his Scott Ball Racing, Alamo Hot Rod Parts, Sundowner Diesel Performance, Batek & Robinson Attorneys at Law, All in Designs, Carroll Construction, Mission Auto Parts, 8T1 Construction, Swenson Racing Shocks, Fletchers Race Engines, IRP Chassis.

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Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds

66 Johnny Torres, 57 Rowdy Flanagan, 14 Trent Beaver, 14h Heath Stewart, 22t Frank Okruhlik, 5r Ryan Doyon, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 31L Sherrill Lewis, 53x Matt Fox, 11 Tom Grothues, 55 Rusty Head, 94 Allen Torres, 51 Jeremy Hernandez, 7 Bruce Hinson,8 Doug Ripple

 

Sport Modified heats

Heat 1; 57 Rowdy Flanagan, 14 Trent Beaver, 12r Roly Rodriguez, h14 Heath Stewart, 11t Tom Grothues, 51 Jeremy Hernandez, 31L Sherrill Lewis, 8 Doug Ripple

 

Heat 2; 66 Johnny Torres, 22t Frank Okruhlik, 5r Ryan Doyon, 55 Rusty Head, 94 Allen Torres, 7 Bruce Hinson, 53 Matt Fox

 

Grimes Gets Second Score in Limited Late Models

After taking the Grudge Race win earlier in the evening, Tommy Grimes(Devine) took his second tally of the night. Grimes got a good start in the 15-lap feature trailed by Trey Votion, in his new ride, DJ Schroat, Jason Kelly and Matt Fox. Ja. Kelly got by Schroat for third with Jacob Crow getting fifth after a slip by Fox.

 

By halfway Grimes had pulled away to good lead over Votion who had a gap back to Ja. Kelly and Schroat. Crow was able to run down Schroat for fourth. Up front it was Grimes sailing away to a full straight lead and victory in his Tracy Rail Service, Howell Crane & Rigging, All in Designs, TRC Carburetors, Longs Race Engines, Shaw Chassis.

 

Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models

22t Tommy Grimes, 99v Trey Votion, 57 Jason Kelly, 8 Jacob Crow, 5 DJ Schroat, 53x Matt Fox, 2 Chad Heath---dns, 57sr John Kelly sr.---dns

 

Limited Late Model heats

Heat 1; 22t Tommy Grimes, 99 Trey Votion, 5 DJ Schroat, 57 Jason Kelly, 8 Jacob Crow, 53x Matt Fox, 57sr John Kelly sr., 2 Chad Heath

 

Gold for Gordon

The start of the 15-lap Street Stock feature saw Anthony Gordon, Bart Wilcox and Tony Bernal three wide going into turn 1. Wilcox had the spot on lap 1 with Gordon, Bernal, Darin Blevins and Aaron Leddy trailing. Gordon was able to get past Wilcox to lead lap 2 as the top three began to break away from the field.

 

At halfway it was Gordon, Wilcox, Bernal, Blevins and Mike Lyon in the top five. Gordon(San Antonio) was finally able to put some distance on Wilcox as the laps wound down going on to the checkers in his Alamo Hot Rod Parts, All in Designs, Dewalt Tools, 8T1 Construction, crate powered, Dog House Chassis.

 

Alamo Hot Rod Parts Street Stocks

22m Anthony Gordon, 67 Bart Wilcox, 81 Tony Bernal, 69 Darin Blevins, 20 Mike Lyon, 93/43 Aaron Leddy, 3 Larry Baggett, 95s Sterling Tausch, 43/93 Frank Okruhlik---dns

 

Street Stock heats

Heat 1; 81 Tony Bernal, 67w Bart Wilcox, 20 Mike Lyon, 69s Darin Blevins, 3b Larry Baggett

 

Heat 2; 22m Anthony Gordon, 93 Frank Okruhlik, 95s Sterling Tausch, 43 Aaron Leddy

 

Doyon Dominant For Truck Tally

The initial start of the Texas Dirt Truck Series15-lap Texas Dirt Truck Series saw Ryan Doyon(LaCoste) grab the early lead, but Michael Keylich took a trip into the woods on the back stretch, perhaps looking for the bull that ran onto the track earlier.(Yes a bull, in just when thought you'd seen everything moment. No free steaks after the races though.)

 

The second start saw Doyon beat John Heil to turn 1 for the lead leaving Heil side by side with Larry Baggett for second and Tony Bernal and Daniel Gaudette the top five. As Heil and Baggett swapped second, Doyon built a lead while Heil secured the position. At halfway it was Doyon, Heil, Baggett, Bernal and Keylich coming back from his cattle round up.

 

With a half straightaway lead, Doyon was on cruise control the last half increasing his margin on Heil and Baggett. On the last lap Bernal spun giving up spots to Keylich and Russell Rust while Doyon in the 3-D Landscaping, Long's Machine Shop, BMF Shocks, All In Designs, I37 Speed Shop truck as taking the checkers.

 

43 Ryan Doyon, 96 John Heil, 3 Larry Baggett, 77 Michael Keylich, m5 Russell Rust, 81 Tony Bernal, 28 Russ Parker, 5 Daniel Gaudette

 

TDTS heat

43 Ryan Doyon, 96 John Heil, 3 Larry Baggett, 81 Tony Bernal, 5 Daniel Gaudette, 77 Michael Keylich, 28 Russ Parker, m5 Russell Rust

 

Last Lap Pass Gets Gaither Green

The 24-car, 20-lap Pure Stock feature was, as usual, as rock 'em sock 'em affair. GW Hessong grabbed the early lead coming off turn 4 chased by William Saunders, Dustin Hurley, Dillon Gaither and George Quintanilla. Tony Blankenship brought out an early yellow slowing in turn 1.

 

On the restart Du. Hurley got by Saunders for second leaving him side by side with Gaither, who got the spot a lap later. Du. Hurley began pressuring Hessong for the lead, but a spin by Daniel Miller would slow the action. Once back to green Hessong, Du. Hurley and Gaither went three wide for the lead with Du. Hurley getting the point on lap 7 while Michael Keylich and Saunders ran door to door for fourth.

 

Du. Hurleys time out front was short lived as he looped it coming off turn 4 giving the lead back to Hessong. Hessong and Gaither got a good jump on green and at halfway it was Hessong, Gaither, Keylich, Riley Heil and Saunders in the top five. Heil then moved in to battle with Keylich with the two getting hooked on the back stretch bringing out another caution.

 

The race was cut to 15-laps on time limit leaving a three lap shootout for the win. Hessong got a good jump, but Gaither quickly reeled him back in and began looking low. Gaither stayed on Hessong's bumper and coming off turn 4 got the nose inside. Gaither in the J&J Stucco & Masonry, No Limits Graphics, Dohogen Claim Services, Howie’s Lawn Service, Race on Texas, D & D Performance, Spreen Racing, Kruger Motorsports, Rachel Plant Picture Taker, Whestone Family, Dynamic Pro Shop, Greg Hubbell Race Cars won the drag race to the checkers for the win.

 

All in Design Pure Stocks

5 Dillon Gaither, 747 GW Hessong, 66 Michael Keylich, 98 William Saunders, 99 Tryton Temple, 36 George Quintanilla, 3 Ray Doyon, 40 Dakota Hurley, 23 Zyler Bryant, 91 Johnny Westfall, 19 Jennie Barber, 49 Katherine Keylich, 23k Kyle Kirkland, 41 Elgin Tracy, 4d Dustin Hurley, 68 Clint Montanio, 30 Riley Heil, 8 Brandon Gaither, 19m Daniel Miller, m13 Jeremy Watson, 28 Chad Miller, 75 Jerry Miller, 22r Ronnie Sparks, 35 Tony Blankenship

 

Pure Stock heats

Heat 1; 98 William Saunders, 35 Tony Blankenship, 66k Michael Keylich, 41t Elgin Tracy, 23k Kyle Kirkland, 28 Chad Miller, 48 Robert Kelm---dns

 

Heat 2; 747 GW Hessong, 36 George Quintanilla, 30 Riley Heil, 99 Tryton Temple, 68 Clint Montanio, 19mDaniel Miller, 10 Scott Jerkins

 

Heat 3; 4d Dustin Hurley, 75 Jerry Miller, 40 Dakota Hurley, 91 Johnny Westfall, 49k Katerine Keylich, m13 Jeremy Watson, 8 Brandon Gaither

 

Heat 4, 5 Dillon Gaither, 3 Ray Doyon, 23 Zyler Bryant, 19 Jennie Barber, 22r Ronnie Sparks, 8b Gary Butler

 

McCall on the Money in Sport Compacts

Von Ormy's Brandon McCall went green to checkers in the 20-lap Sport Compact feature, but pressured all the way. On the start McCall got the point with Jamie Garner, Roy Easler jr. and Kasey Krauss with George Compton side by side with Michael Burris jr. for fifth. Contact between Kirk Ball and Devon Surritt brought out an early caution.

 

On the restart Easler took second from Garner and was looking on the high side of McCall for the lead. Behind the lead trio, Compton got fourth from Krauss. As Krauss and Compton battled for the spot, the top were able to pull away until a debris caution just past halfway brought the field back together. On the restart Colton Borlace and Scott Lesher got around Compton for fifth and sixth as the lead triad inched away.

 

Easler again took a peek up top on McCall but fell back in line as Borlace and Lesher swapped fifth. With two to go the top three were nose to tail and still anyone's race. McCall in his Freddy Harris Sand & Clay, Bettis Boat & RV Storage, Wilburn Steel, D&D Hydraulics, Hyundai Tiburon held off Easler for the win.

 

Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts

14 Brandon McCall, 12 Roy Easler jr., 33 Jamie Garner, 23 Kasey Krauss, 93 Colton Borlace, 5L Scott Lesher, 29t George Compton, 01 Adolph Tracy, 18 Michael Burris jr., 01g Adam Tracy, 95m Daniel Lopez, 22j Jordan Albert, 88 Justin Sitterle, 1 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 38 Kirk Ball, 15 Devon Surritt

 

Sport Compact heats

Heat 1; 14 Brandon McCall, 18 Michael Burris jr., 5L Scott Lesher, 1 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 93 Colton Borlace, 01g Adam Tracy

 

Heat 2; 33 Jamie Garner, 23 Kasey Krauss, 38 Kirk Ball, 95m Daniel Lopez, 88 Justin Sitterle

 

Heat 3; 12 Roy Easler jr., 29t George Compton, 15 Devon Surritt, 01 Adolph Tracy, 22j Jordan Albert

 

 

Edited by rebelracewriter

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