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Dorothy and Toto would have been right at home

 

 

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http://www.texasthunder.com.

 

By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx

 

Eggs were scrambled, bunnies hopped, and the predicted twisters caused madness and mayhem on the track Saturday night. The eggs were a part of the Ace Hardware Easter Egg Scramble for the track's youngest fans. The hopping bunnies were for $50 put up by race night sponsor, The National Bank of Central Texas, given for the “best” bunny hop by an adult. And the Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters finally made their long anticipated debut. It was every bit as exciting as everyone anticipated.

 

The Jr Mini Stocks were the first to race their feature. Even though only two of the youngsters showed up, they put on a whale of a show in the five laps given for their feature race. Pole sitter Joseph Charnock would get the early jump on Colten Monroe. Charnock would get hounded by Monroe for four and a quarter laps. Coming off of turn four with the checkered flag in sight, Monroe would get under Charnock and just got to the line a whisker ahead of Charnock.

 

Jr Mini Stocks

 

1.712 Colton Monroe

2.22 Joseph Chamock

 

 

The Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks were the next to do battle on the ¼ mile of dirt. Defending champion, Robert Simmerman would get into the lead in the early going, and then not look back. The rest of the seventeen cars would be racing for second. Albert Winniger Jr would get into that second position. Mike McLaughlin, making his season debut started shot gun on the field, would be racing Winniger Jr hard for second as the checkered fell, just missing that spot by a half car length.

 

Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks

 

1.1 Robert Simmerman

2.40 Albert Wininger, Jr

3.2 Mike McLaughlin

4.20 Trevor Sparkman

5.96 Paul Kohl

6.82 Lee Chasse

7.9 Carl Boettcher

8.7 Jeremy Adkins

9.43 Gene Burnett

10. 44 Jesus Dones

11. 05 Ryan Anderson

12. 00 Joe Fuller

13. 27 Tim Fasano

14. 26 Scott Wilson

15. 36x Lisa Parent

16. 69 Michael Legore

17. 63 Danny Dunn

 

 

The Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars were next on the program. Fourteen fast cars showed up for their fifteen lap feature race. Former track champion Eric Jones started eighth, but only need four laps to make his way to the front. Once there he ran away and hid, as the fight was then on for second. On lap 12, DJ MacWilliams would spin on the back stretch and bring out the yellow. That gave the rest of the field a chance to catch Jones. But Vernon Owens had all he could do to hold on to second as he was under serious attack from Ron Simpson. Jones would be the first repeat winner of the year, and Owens would hold off Simpson over the final three circuits.

 

Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars

 

1.84x Eric Jones

2.8 Vernon "Buck" Owens

3.44 Ron Simpson

4.86z Zana Craig

5.43 Jessie James Cox Jr

6.58 DJ MacWilliams

7.36 Tracy Kitchens

8.3 Robin Rasmussen

9.23 Shad Stevens

10. 93 Jacob Dunn

11. 318 Scott Bowles

12. 79x Anthony Otken

13. c4 Cham Savage Jr

14. 79 Justin McGehee

 

The fire breathing, ground pounding, Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds took to the track next. Twenty of the fastest class took to the track for twenty laps of feature racing. Outside pole sitter Marc Beltz would lead going into turn one. But by the time the pack reached turn three, last weeks winner, and sixth place starter, Pat McGuire would take the lead. PJ Egbert, himself a winner in both the Modifieds and the Mini Stocks would take over the second place from Beltz on lap four. Egbert had started tenth.

 

On a restart on lap five, points leader Danny Gribble good luck came to an end, as he was caught up in a three car crash on the front stretch. The other drivers involved in the scary incident were Paul Mullins and Trevor Egbert. Trevor Egbert would go to the red-yellow area and return to the race. The others were not so lucky. On the restart, McGuire would start to pull away, as Glenn Derks II would jump by Allen Waltermire for third. The positions in the top five would stay static the rest of the way, though all but McGuire were fighting hard for the next position. McGuire would be the first repeat winner this year in the mod class.

 

Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds

 

1.9 Pat McGuire

2.707 PJ Egbert

3.71 Glenn Derks II

4.44 Allen Waltermire

5.78 Trevor Egbert

6.412 Marc Beltz

7.4 David Hanusch

8.247 Bill Lecompte

9.7 J.D. Schiels

10. 19 George Lamphere Jr

11. 24 Gary Simmerman

12. 15 Andrew Simmerman

13. 5k Kenny Stone

14. 39 Paul Mullins

15. 27 Danny Gribble

16. 25 Dan Roberts

17. 717 G.W. Egbert

18. 11 Wesley Hamilton

19. 52 Ken Old

20. 41 Mitch Hardman

 

The 4 cylinder Cottman Mini Stocks were next to line up for their fifteen lap feature race. Pole sitter Rickey Reid lead the ten cars to the green flag. By lap two, last weeks winner, PJ Egbert, starting fourth in his little brother's Jr Mini Stock, would be in the lead, getting around Reed in turn two. Mike Autrey would have an up and down night, as he see-sawed from third, to tenth, after a spin, and back to fourth by lap seven. A late restart would see Reed get swamped, as Travis Zwiefelhofer and Autrey got around him. Zweifelhofer would hound Egbert to the checkered, but Egbert would take the #712 to victory lane for the second time of the night, and his second in a row.

 

Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks

 

1.712 PJ Egbert

2.20 Travis Zwiefelhofer

3.5 David Stewart

4.202 Julie "Kelly" Zwiefelhofer

5.44 Rickey Reid

6.1 Mike Autrey

7.81 Michael Crandall

8.17 Billy White

9.38 Daniel Shipler

10. 39 Orie Shipler

 

The Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods were up next. Ten cars raced for fifteen laps. On the drop of the green flag, third place starter, Mike McDougal would take the lead going down the back stretch. Chasing McDougal would be Kenny Ware until he half spun in turn four on lap seven and slipped back to third. Ware's bad luck was the break Kevin West was looking for, and he took over second. They would stay in those positions the rest of the race. McDougal was another back to back winner, the third of the night.

 

Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods

 

1.424 Mike McDougal

2.11w Kevin West

3.83 Kenny Ware

4.231 Shad Stevens

5.63c Trace Crawford

6.17w Billy White

7.34 Corey Homan

8.27 Robert Carr

9.77 Larry Ware

10. 6 Hardy Henderson

 

The best were saved for last, as the long awaited Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters finally made there debut feature race. Twelve cars were on hand to contest the first ever full race. As the field roared into turn two, four cars would tangle, but all would get going before a yellow was needed. On lap nine, pole sitter and race leader Little Ronnie Tanner would lose the fire going down the back stretch. The car slowly rolled to a stop just shy of the red-yellow area. A push start was all he needed, but he would have to restart at the back of the pack. Ronald Ray Tanner was promoted to the lead, after starting the race from tenth place.

 

On the restart, Nasty Nate would get his car into second place, after starting dead last. Nasty Nate and Ronald Tanner would put on a heck of a battle as the two raced hard through lapped traffic. A yellow flag for the spun car of Larry Tuerck on lap thirteen would blunt the battle for a bit, but as the green waved it was back on. As the white flag flew, the two combatants were nose to tail. Nasty Nate would use the high line to take the lead in the last corner, winning by a half car length.

 

Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters

 

1.107.3 Nasty Nate

2.77 Ronald Ray Tanner

3.1 Gary White

4.17t James Tanner

5.37 James Deane

6.177 Little Ronnie Tanner

7.2 Larry Tuerck

8.X Rapid Roy

9.84 Chris Burnett

10.00 Chris Ware

11. 72 Harvey Howarton

12. 20 Jesse Call

 

There were no claims in the Texas Twisters, a class that anyone on the grounds can claim for $500. That price includes everything but the driver's personal safety equipment. Stop by the bank and withdraw the need $500 cash, and you will be racing the following week.

 

Next week the show is sponsored by VP Race Fuels.

 

New for fans this year is the ability to purchase their tickets online with a credit card. Just go to the Texas Thunder Speedway web site, and click on the “Buy and Print Tickets” button. Also you can use your Visa or Master Card in the tracks souvenir and concession stands.

 

Gates open at 6:00 PM and racing starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $3 for kids 6-12 and kids under 6 are free. Season passes are available as well.

 

For all track information, weather, directions, and to purchase your tickets, go to http://www.texasthunder.com.

 

Texas Thunder Speedway is a 1/4 mile semi-banked oval dirt track. Races Every Saturday Night March through September! With Seven SUPER EXCITING classes of cars to entertain the entire family.

 

Featured classes include; Dodge Country IMCA Modifieds, Corbin & Associates, Attys IMCA Stock Cars, Hertz IMCA SportMods, Street Stocks, Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks, Jr Mini Stocks & Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters. Special Events designed especially for the kids as well as Powder Puff Races, Pit Crew Tire Contest and our all time crowd pleaser, the Demolition Derby.

 

Come join the fun, at Texas Thunder Speedway

 

Bill "Sarge" Masom

Texas Thunder Speedway PR/Media

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