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Championship Night @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 10/5/19

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Championship Night @ I-37 Speedway by R&M Promotions, 10/5/19

By JM Hallas

Pleasanton, TX.,(Oct, 5th, 2019) And so it comes to an end.

They say all good things must come to an end, and so it is with the 2019 racing season at I-37 Speedway. It's been a long hot summer and though some class winners have already been established, a couple are still wide open and up for grabs with one final chance to make or break the year.

The IMCA Modifieds(off tonight) have already seen their points season come to an end. Jamie Campbell scored his first I-37 Speedway track championship edging out defending champ Rick Green by only six points. Dillon Tindall finished in third with rookie Justin Delgado fourth and Landon Bednarz fifth.

The Sport Modifieds show multi-time track champion, Johnny Torres with a fairly comfortable lead over Trent Beaver by 14. Frank Okruhlik and Allen Torres have a good battle for third while defending champion Talon Minten holds down fifth.

A former pavement Late Model champion looks to add another title to his collection in the Limited Late Models. Tommy Grimes comes into the night with an insurmountable 27 point margin over Jason Kelly. Howie Marcx, DJ Schroat and Frank Okruhlik round out the top five.

Anthony Gordon will take the Street Stock title coming into action leading by a 37 point advantage over past champion, Mike Lyon. Tony Bernal, defending track champ Wade Jones and Darin Blevins hold third through fifth.

In Pure Stocks rookie Tryton Temple had a good fight for the points lead all season with Dillon Gaither that came down the one race drop allowed. George Quintanilla has third secured with 14 year old Riley Heil, looking to break through for her first win, fourth and a tight battle for fifth between Jerry Miller and Dustin Hurley.

Now things get interesting.

It's a tight one in Sport Compacts again this year with defending track champion Jamie Garner only 4 markers ahead of Brandon McCall. Garner had a similar scenario last season leading Kasey Krauss by only 4. George Compton, Krauss and Kirk Ball fill out the top five.

Torres Takes Trophy and Title

All Johnny Torres(La Vernia) had to do in the 20-lap feature was keep his nose clean and finish while points rival Trent Beaver was forced to start out back after heat race car trouble. At the start Tom Grothues and J. Torres battled for the lead with Marcus Mikulencak, Ryan Doyon and Cody Leonard in tow.

After an early debris caution J. Torres got by Grothues for the lead, Mikulencak followed to second and Leonard got third after Grothues looped it on the back stretch. Leonard and Mikulencak then had a side by side scrap for second while Beaver worked his way into the top five and got by R. Doyon for fourth.

Leonard finally secured second and at halfway was closing on J. Torres for the lead. Once Leonard caught J. Torres the fight was on. Leonard would dive in low in turns 1-2 and get along side, but J. Torres, with the momentum up top would ease away on the back stretch. That went on for the final laps.

What Leonard gained on one end he would give up on the other as two continued. The final two laps Leonard looked to back up his turn 3 entry a bit and get a better run off turn 4. It was all for naught as J. Torres 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 held him off for the win and championship.

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Swenson Racing Products Sport Modifieds

66 Johnny Torres, 12 Cody Leonard, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 14 Trent Beaver, 5r Ryan Doyon, 57 Rowdy Flanagan, 94 Allen Torres, 30v Memphis Villareal, 79 David Meredith, 15 Chase Laven, 11 Tom Grothues, 2 Talon Minten, 9 Ray Doyon, 6 Vince Louden, 24 Robby Minten

Sport Modified heats

Heat 1; 11t Tom Grothues, 03 Marcus Mikulencak, 12 Cody Leonard, 30v Memphis Villareal, 94 Allen Torres, 9 Ray Doyon, 14 Trent Beaver, 6 Vince Louden---dns

Heat 2; 66 Johnny Torres, 24r Robby Minten, 5r Ryan Doyon, 79m David Meredith, 57 Rowdy Flanagan, 15 Chase Laven, 2 Talon Minten

Grimes Adds Dirt Championship to his Resume

In a race that seemed to forever be stuck on lap 5 like a scratched record, Tommy Grimes(Devine) got the win and track title. Grimes got a good start trailed by Trey Votion, Jacob Crow, Bob Henderson and Howie Marcx. Henderson quickly got by Crow and Votion for second, with Crow taking third as well.

Jason Kelly spun on lap 5 starting a sequence of restarts that narrowed the field and saw officials cut the race to 15-laps on time. Grimes in his Tracy Rail Service, Howell Crane & Rigging, All in Designs, TRC Carburetors, Longs Race Engines, Shaw Chassis was able to pull away from Votion to get the victory.

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Nogalitos Gear Limited Late Models

22t Tommy Grimes, 99 Trey Votion, 57 Jason Kelly, 8 Jacob Crow, 13 Howie Marcx, 95 Jerry Jones, 86 Bob Henderson, 53x Matt Fox, 2d Mark Pivarnik---dns, 84 Patrick Kelly—dns, 17 Casey Lowe---dns

Limited Late Model heats

Heat 1; 22t Tommy Grimes, 86 Bob Henderson, 53x Matt Fox, 57 Jason Kelly, 2d Mark Pivarnik, 95 Jerry Jones

Heat 2; 99 Trey Votion, 8 Jacob Crow,84 Patrick Kelly, 13 Howie Marcx, 17 Casey Lowe

Gordon Caps Championship Season with Win

At the start of the 20-lap Street Stock feature Tony Bernal took the point early chased by Gordon, Johnny Torres, Darin Blevins and Joe Boop. Gordon got around his wingman Bernal for the lead on lap 3 leaving Bernal battling with Torres for second. Sterling Tausch, Boop and Mike Lyon tried three wide with Lyon clipping an infield tire and going around.

Aaron Leddy brought out a lap 7 yellow when his driveshaft gave up and laid down on the front straight. On the restart Torres got past Bernal for second and began looking up top on Gordon for the lead. After a late caution for Tausch out looking for the track new track mascot off turn 2(yep the bull showed up again), Grodon in his Alamo Hot Rod Parts, All in Designs, Dewalt Tools, 8T1 Construction, crate powered, Dog House Chassis eased away from Torres for the win.

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Alamo Hot Rod Parts Street Stocks

22m Anthony Gordon, 93 Johnny Torres, 81 Tony Bernal, 67 Joe Boop, 20 Mike Lyon, 10 Greg Langley, 33h Cody Henderson, 95 Sterling Tausch, 69s Darin Blevins, 13 Brandon Grayson, 43 Aaron Leddy

Street Stock heats

Heat 1; 81 Tony Bernal, 93 Johnny Torres, 95s Sterling Tausch, 20 Mike Lyon, 10 Greg Langley, 33h Cody Henderson

Heat 2; 22m Anthony Gordon, 69s Darin Blevins, 67 Joe Boop, 43 Aaron Leddy, 13 Brandon Grayson

Mikulencak Wins Battle, Temple Wins War

As the 20-lap Pure Stock feature took the grid all Tryton Temple had to do was basically survive to secure his second track championship for the year. That wasn't a given after several weeks of smack talking that saw Dillon Gaither start directly behind him. As expected that situation didn't end well.

It was Dakota Hurley getting out front on green followed by Johnny Westfall, Temple, Gaither and Josh Sewell. It all broke loose on lap 2 when Gaither got inside Temple on the back stretch. After a little rub, Gaither tried to move up and the two made contact that sent Gaither off the track at the pit exit and into a light pole to bring out a red. Gaither bailed out and made a bee-line for Temple stopped in turn 1 but was headed off by track officials as Temple moved to another location.

Once calm was restored, Da. Hurley got a good restart leaving Temple and Sewell door to door for third. William Saunders bounced off the wall and pitted with a flat right before Ryan Doyon broke the left rear off and spun with somehow everyone missing him. The wheel ended up on the hood of Michael Keylich. I don't think five tires are allowed on Pure Stocks though.

On the restart Caitlin Leonard got by Temple and alongside Sewell for third, while Ben Mikulencak and GW Hessong were moving forward. As Da. Hurley and Westfall crept away, Leonard, Sewell, Temple, Mikulencak and Hessong were swapping spots in a pack. At halfway it was Da. Hurley, Westfall, Sewell, Leonard and Temple in the top five.

Da. Hurley's top run ended when he spun for a yellow giving the lead up to Westfall on the restart. Once back to green, Sewell was looking high on Westfall getting by on lap 11 with Westfall now three wide with Leonard and Mikulencak for second. It didn't take Mikulencak long to get the spot with Hessong moving into fourth.

Mikulencak and Sewell were side by side for lead on lap 15 with Mikulencak getting the point on lap 16, while Hessong and Leonard ran side by side for third. As Milulencak inched ahead with two to go Hessong, Leonard and Sewell were three wide. Coming to the checkers in was Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) in his Armstrong Lumber Company, Day Motorsports, Darpro Construction, Majek Boatworks, Temco Services, Dubs Garage, Ace Transmission, Flanagans Muffler, C.C. Weighing Company, Empire Race Car snagging the victory.

All in Design Pure Stocks

13m Ben Mikulencak, 747 GW Hessong, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 30 Riley Heil, 38 Josh Sewell, 91 Johnny Westfall, 99 Tryton Temple, 23 Kyle Kirkland, 49k Michael Keylich, 35 Mickey Helms, 40 Dakota Hurley, 36 George Quintanilla, 4d Dustin Hurley, 68 Clint Montanio, 41t Frank Okruhlik, 25t travis Slavik, m13 Jeremy Watson, 18jr Ramon Sevilla, 98 William Saunders, 9b Gary Butler, 5r Ryan Doyon, 5 Dillon Gaither

Pure Stock B-main(top 6 to A-main)

49k Michael Keylich, 5r Ryan Doyon, 9b Gary Butler, 18jr Ramon Sevilla, 68 Clint Montanio, m13 Jeremy Watson, 22r Ronnie Sparks, 38 Sonny Kinneman, 6p Jeremy Hernandez, 8r Ronnie Schoefeldt, 92r Robert Keylich---dns, 15 William Cavender---dns

Pure Stock heats(top 4 to a-main)

Heat 1; 91 Johnny Westfall, 99 Tryton Temple, 36 George Quintanilla, 35 Mickey Helms, 6p Jeremy Hernandez, 8r Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 68 Clint Montanio

Heat 2; 13m Ben Mikulencak, 9c Caitlin Leonard, 30 Riley Heil, 98 William Saunders, 49k Michael Keylich, 5r Ryan Doyon, 22r Ronnie Sparks

Heat 3; 40 Dakota Hurley, 5 Dillon Gaither, 4d Dustin Hurley, 41t Frank Okruhlik, 18jr Ramon Sevilla, m13 Jeremy Watson, 92r Robert Keylich

Heat 4; 38 Josh Sewell, 747 GW Hessong, 23 Kyle Kirkland, 25t Travis Slavik, 9b Gary Butler, 15 William Cavender, 38r Sonny Kinnaman

Schoenbaum Spoils Sport Compact Show

With a tight points battle going on it was Brian Schoenbaum coming in to steal the show in the 20-lap Sport Compact feature. Schoenbaum got a good start and began pulling away from Brandon McCall, Roy Easler jr. and Jamie Garner with Adam Tracy and Kasey Krauss side by side for fifth.

The red flew on lap 15 when Adolph Tracy had his car erupt in flames from a fuel fire. Officials and fire crews were quickly on hand to get Tracy out and extinguish the fire. As the race resumed, Schoenbaum cleared the second place fight that went on the final five laps.

Easler got alongside McCall running door to door with Garner sitting back watching. As Schoenbaum in his Phils Motorsports, Central Cedar, Big A's BBQ, B&C Graphics, Twisted Phone, Spillman Excavating, five1seven Designs, Cedar View Homes, B&C Hydrographics, Bonham Recovery, Superior Steering Wheels, KR Promotions, Kernal Lees Kettle Corn, HD Chassis, Chevy Cavalier was taking the checkers, it was three wide for second with Easler edging out McCall.

** The fourth place finish for Garner with McCall third gave Garner his second track championship.

Brown Chevrolet Sport Compacts

719 Brian Schoenbaum, 12 Roy Easler jr., 14 Brandon McCall, 33 Jamie Garner, 01g Adam Tracy, 23 Kasey Krauss, 81 Michael Burris jr., 18 Michael Burris sr., 29k Shawn Kowalik, 01t Adolph Tracy, 11j Josh Jones, 95 Daniel Lopez, 101 Shawn Tracy

Sport Compact heats

Heat 1; 719 Brian Schoenbaum, 33 Jamie Garner, 23 Kasey Krauss, 95 Daniel Lopez, 81 Michael Burris jr., 29k Dylan Kowalik, 11j Josh Jones

Heat 2; 14 Brandon McCall, 12 Roy Easler jr., 01g Adam Tracy, 18 Michael Burris sr., 01t Adolph Tracy, 101 Shawn Tracy---dns

Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts

Senior Division; Peyton Jones, Charles Flanagan(track Champion), Ryker Hernandez

Junior Division: Levi McDaniel, Gaige Whitaker

Cody Clegg track champion

Youth Division; Cheston Markgraf track champion after brother moved up a class following a birthday.

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