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All hail the King!


Great racing was witnessed by all on Cooper & Bright Plumbing night at Texas Thunder Speedway!


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By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx



The great folks at Cooper & Bright Plumbing put up the money, the drivers in all classes raced their hearts out for it. Full fields and hard racing was the order of the day. And to cap it all off was the fan favorite Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stock King of the Hill race.


First up for their scheduled ten lap feature race were the Jr Mini Stocks. Five of the youngsters would pull onto the track, but only two would be left after the initial green flag. As the pack raced in turn three, the cars of Brad VanMarter, Clayton Harzog, and Ryan Ellis would end up in a tangle of twisted metal. All three would not be able to continue. With only the cars of Colten Monroe and Joseph Charnock left to battle, the race was cut to six laps. Monroe would get the jump on Charnock on the restart and would not be denied his third win of the year.


Jr Mini Stocks


1.712 Colton Monroe

2.22 Joseph Chamock

3.14e Ryan Ellis

4.14 Clayton Harzog

5.244 Brad VanMarter



Hitting the track next for their fifteen lap feature race were the Budweiser Racing Texas Twister. These cars that race, not race cars put on a whale of a show. Pole sitter Harvey Howarton lead the eleven car field to the green flag. As they raced to down the back stretch, Jesse Call would get around Howarton for the lead. Larry Tureck, driving the 00 of Chris Ware, would slot into second. Tureck wouldn't stay there for long though, as he used turn one to get around Howarton. Howerton would continue to slide back as he went too high in turn three and lost three more positions. That moved Little Ronnie Tanner into second.


On lap three, LR Tanner's second position was under attack from Ronald Ray Tanner. The two would race side by side, with RR Tanner finally getting the spot as they races down the front stretch. On lap three there was a crash in turn two involving Jessie Call and James Tanner, brining out a caution for debris. Both would continue after being put in the back of the pack. On the restart Nasty Nate would get his car into fourth, and then in turn two claw his way into second getting around LR Tanner, who would start falling back through the pack. The top three would be Tuerck, RR Tanner, and Nasty Nate.


On lap eight Call would get around J. Tanner for fourth in turn two. Coming to complete lap ten, RR Tanner almost spun in turn four and Nasty Nate would get a run on him and looked on the high side in the battle for second. RR Tanner would hold him off for a lap, but on tweleve, Nasty Nate would get the spot in turn turn. RR Tanner would fight back, with the two running side by side for the next couple of laps, with RR Tanner getting the runner up spot back going down the back stretch on lap fourteen. As though two continued to race hard Tuerck was pulling away from them. As they raced to turn four coming to the checkered flag Nasty Nate would dive under RR Tanner to take back second for good.


Tuerck won the race but lost his car as race fan Brian Mendenhall put up $500 in cash to claim the winners car. In victory lane, Tuerck was happy to have won and said that they would be back with another car next week.


Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters


1.00 Larry Tuerck

2.107.3 Nasty Nate

3.77 Ronald Ray Tanner

4.71 Chris Florio

5.37 James Deane

6.20 Jesse Call

7.17t James Tanner

8.72 Harvey Howarton

9.177 Little Ronnie Tanner

10.1 Gary White

11.84 Chris Burnett



Next up were the Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks. Seventeen drivers lined up to battle for fifteen laps. On the drop of the green flag, “Dashing” Dave Meadows would get the lead from his outside pole starting position. Pole sitter Danny Dunn would slot into second with Ryan Anderson in third. As they hit the back straight Michael Legore would get by Anderson for third. Legore's time in third would be short lived as Carl Boettcher would get by him. A lap latter and Anderson's night would come to an end as he lost his right rear tire in turn three. As the caution waved, the top five were Meadows, Dunn, Boettcher, Legore and Albert Winniger Jr.


On the restart, Winniger Jr would take his machine three wide and leap frog around Legore and Boettcher to take over third. A lap later and the defending track champion Robert Simmerman would get around Legore in turn three to take over forth. Winniger Jr would get around Dunn in turn two on lap five to take over second. A Yellow would come out on lap six as Joe Fuller's ride would lose drive on the back stretch. The top five were Meadows, Winniger Jr, Dunn, Simmerman and Mike McLaughlin, who got around Legore pushing him back to sixth.


Positions held on the restart, though the racing was hot and heavy. On lap eight McLaughlin would dive under Dunn going door handle to door handle through turns one and two, finally getting the third spot as they raced down the back straight. On lap eleven the battle for the lead heated up as Winniger Jr tried the low line in turn four in a bid to get by Meadows, but it didn't work. As they continued to battle, the leaders encountered heavy lapped on lap twelve. The lead would swap hands a couple of times with Meadows getting through the traffic just a bit better than Winniger Jr and retaining his lead. The field would be slowed on lap thirteen when Gene Burnett would lose a left rear tire entering turn one.


Burnett's trouble set up a green, white, checkered finish with the top five as Meadows, Winniger Jr, McLaughlin, Simmerman and Dunn. Using a single file restart, Tim Fasano would try to get into the top five by going high in turn four, but Dunn would hold him off. As the white flag waved, Winniger Jr was all over Meadows. As the two raced hard in turn four to the waving checkered flag, Winniger Jr dropped low under Meadows. They banged doors and Winniger Jr would get the win by half a car length. Winniger Jr only lead for a half of a straight away, but he was first to the line. Coming from a tenth place start, Winniger Jr won his second race of the year and took over the points lead.


Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks


1.40 Albert Wininger, Jr

2.74 Dave Meadows

3.2 Mike McLaughlin

4.1 Robert Simmerman

5.63 Danny Dunn

6.9 Carl Boettcher

7.82 Lee Chasse

8.20 Trevor Sparkman

9.69 Michael Legore

10.8k Kevin Ashley

11.27 Tim Fasano

12.7 Jeremy Adkins

13.36x Lisa Parent

14.43 Gene Burnett

15.96 Paul Kohl

16.00 Joe Fuller

17.05 Ryan Anderson



Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods were the next to hit the track. Nineteen of cars made the call to race in the twenty lap feature. On the drop of the green flag Mike McDougal would get the jump from his pole starting position. Following him was the 2005 National I. M. C. A. Southern SportMod champion Keith White, Larry Ware and Billy White. B White would get into third with a pass in turn four on the first lap, kicking L. Ware to fourth. Kevin West would push L Ware back another spot. A yellow would slow the racing as Chuck Schoenfeld went off the track in turn four. On the restart, K. White would get under McDougal in turn four, and the seventh place started had the lead. On lap three McDougal tried the same move on K. White but couldn't get the drive he needed. At the same time Kevin Green was moving into the fourth position.


On lap five, ex-road racer, Robert Carr would bring out a caution as he looped his machine in turn four. The restart top five were K. White, McDougal, B. White, West and K. Green. On the restart K. Green would get an awesome start and jumped past both West and B. White to move to third. While racing hard, the field would remain static as the crossed flags were displayed. They wouldn't static for long as on lap eleven Trace Crawford go side by side with West for fifth, finally getting around him on the front stretch. Three laps later on lap fourteen West would get back by Crawford. Chase Jupe was making a charge up the leader board as he got around Crawford on lap fifteen, but couldn't hold on to it. On the same lap the leaders were racing in heavy lapped traffic.


On lap seventeen, Carr would bring out another yellow with a solo spin in turn three. Since it was his second solo yellow he was blacked flag and had to leave the race. The top five coming to the restart were K. White, McDougal, B. White, West, Crawford with Jupe lurking in sixth. As the white flagged fluttered n the breeze B. White would spin off the top of turn one and out of third. Jupe would take advantage and get around Crawford, B. White, and West and get his ride up to second. Crawford would suffer problems at the same time and fall back. McDougal pressed K. White hard but couldn't prevent K. White from winning his second race of the year.


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

1.1 Keith White

2.424 Mike McDougal

3.30 Chase Jupe

4.11w Kevin West

5.52 Mark McDaniel

6.45t Eric Tomlinson

7.231 Shad Stevens

8.83 Kenny Ware

9.9x Jason Hoffman

10.17w Billy White

11.55 TJ Green

12.77 Larry Ware

13.14 Chuck Schoenfeld

14.34 Corey Homan

15.27 Robert Carr

16.63c Trace Crawford

17.07 Michael Walter

18.5d Kevin Green

19.4d Modno Nevarez



Twenty-three Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars showed up for a twenty lap feature race. On the start the field would go three wide on the back stretch for the lead. Ed Kiener would get the lead, but Gary Norman and Cham Savage were side by side for second. Kiener would get sideways in turn four, letting Savage who had gotten by Norman by for the lead. Norman would lose another spot to Jason Honey. On the second lap Ron Simpson looped it in turn four bringing out a caution. The line up would be Savage followed by J. Honey, Benji Kirkpatrick, Buck Owens, Bradley Sims and Eric Jones.


On the restart Kirkpatrick would get around Norman for third coming off of turn four. In turn one he would get under J. Honey. The two raced door handle to door handle down the back stretch and into turn three. As they raced out of four, Kirkpatrick would have the second position. J. Honey would fight back on lap five going side by side with Kirkpatrick but he just couldn't get around Kirkpatrick. On lap six, a yellow flag was waved for the spun car of Jeremy O'Brien. Savage lead the field to green followed by Kirkpatrick, J. Honey, Norman, and Jones.


On the restart Tommy Honey would pounce on both Jones and Norman in turn four taking over fourth. A lap later and Jones would take back the spot from T. Honey. Lap eight and T. Honey would be under attack, this time by Shad Stevens. Stevens would get by T. Honey briefly, but he would eventually hang on to his fifth spot. Meanwhile, back up front, Kirkpatrick would get under Savage in turn two on lap nine. Savage would turn back the attack.


As the field raced under the crossed flags there was a big gaggle of cars racing hard for seventh on back. Kirkpatrick had slipped back into the clutches of J. Honey and the two waged a fierce battle for second through heavy lapped traffic. With two laps to go, T. Honey would get by Jones, and then on the last lap Jones would get passed by Stevens. Stevens would also get around T. Honey. Savage would cross under the checkered flag first, for his second victory of the year.


Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods


1.c4 Cham Savage Jr

2.47 Benji Kirkpatrick

3.4 Jason Honey

4.23 Shad Stevens

5.18k Tommy Honey

6.84x Eric Jones

7.80 Bradley Sims

8.20c Chris Lanham

9.02 Chris Lanham

10.09 Gary "Storming" Norman

11.3 Robin Rasmussen

12.8 Vernon "Buck" Owens

13.51 Donald Lewis

14.93 Jacob Dunn

15.86z Zana Craig

16.318 Scott Bowles

17.7e Fred Ellis

18.58 DJ MacWilliams

19.79x Anthony Otken

20.21 Jeremy O'Brian

21.44 Ron Simpson

22.517 Ed Keiner

23.43 Jessie James Cox Jr



Seventeen of the ground pounding, fire breathing Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds took to the track to do battle for twenty laps. On the drop of the green GW Egbert would get the lead from his pole position, followed by Dan Roberts and Ken Old. Behind that trio was a three wide battle for fourth. Andrew Simmerman was the meat in the middle of Trevor Egbert down low and Allen Waltemire high wide and hansome. Waltemire would get the position with Danny Gribble shooting by as well. On lap two, Gribble got around Waltemire for third. A lap later and Gribble and Roberts would be side by side for second going down the back stretch. They stayed that way all the way around the track until Gribble finally got the the position in turn two.


Lap four would see a caution thrown for a tangle between Bill LaCompte and Old. Both would continue though from the back of the pack. GW Egbert lead Gribble, Roberts Waltemire and Keith Green back to the green flag. PJ Egbert would leap frog around two cars on the restart and would go side by side with K. Green down the back stretch finally getting that spot going into turn three. Lap six would see the winner for the past three weeks, Pat McGuire, bumping and banging, three wide in turn four with Simmerman and Waltemire. McGuire would lose out several places in the exchange. Lap eleven would see Trevor Egbert, the fourth place driver in National points, take his machine to the red-yellow area.


On lap eight the race for third was heating up as PJ Egbert was side by side with Roberts. As the two raced down the back stretch, PJ Egbert would take possession of the spot. On lap ten, caution was once again displayed for Wesley Hamilton's spun car in turn one. On the restart, Waltemire would shoot underneath Roberts in a bid for fourth, finally getting it in turn three.


Just after completing half the laps, Waltemire would try to get around PJ Egbert in turn four. As they raced down the front stretch to start lap twelve, PJ Egbert would enter the turn to high and loop his mod. Roberts would be caught up in the situation and both would have to restart in the back. The line up for the restart was GW Egbert, Gribble, Waltemire, track points leader Glen Derks, and K. Green. Lurking back in sixth was McGuire. On the thirteenth circuit, McGuire would pounce on both Green and Derks and pull his self up to fourth. K. Green, Derks and Simmerman would go three wide but no positions would change.


On lap fifteen McGuire, who started sixteenth, would have his bid for four straight wins would come to an end as his drive shaft was left behind in turn one. His bad luck gave K. Green and Derks their positions back. PJ Egbert was making a charge back through the field as he was lined up in the sixth position. On the drop of the green, PJ Egbert would get by Derks in turn four, as Waltemire was getting around Gribble for second. Lap sixteen would see Waltemire challenge the leader low in turn two. They would race wheel to wheel down the back stretch, with GW Egbert getting a better run out of turn four to hang on to the top spot.


A lap later and Gribble would get by Waltemire in turn one. PJ Egbert would get Waltemire in turn two on the next circuit and push Waltemire back to fourth. PJ Egbert would keep his awesome run going as he swept by Gribble in turn three. K. Green would get by Waltemire for fourth in turn three as well. It would be an all Egbert battle for the final two trips around the track, but GW Egbert would hold on for his first victory of the season.


Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds


1.717 G.W. Egbert

2.707 PJ Egbert

3.27 Danny Gribble

4.5 Keith Green

5.44 Allen Waltermire

6.25 Dan Roberts

7.71 Glenn Derks II

8.15 Andrew Simmerman

9.8x Rick Green

10.52 Ken Old

11.19 George Lamphere Jr

12.247 Bill Lecompte

13.11 Wesley Hamilton

14.9 Pat McGuire

15.66 Chuck Bayles

16.4 David Hanusch

17.78 Trevor Egbert



Seven Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks were next for their fifteen lap feature race. On the drop of the green Billy White would get the jump on the field, with Ricky Reed in second and sixth place starter, Travis Zwiefelhofer racing into the third spot. Reed would spin in turn four letting Zwiefelhofer to second and Egbert in third. PJ wouldn't stay in third long as he would use turn two on the next lap and get by Zwiefelhofer. Egbert would finish his worse to first run by getting diving under White in turn four. Whites night would come to a end as he slowed on the back stretch and limp his wounded car to the red-yellow area and out of the race. That put Ronnie Ellis in to third. As the lap wound down and Egbert pulled further away, Ellis would pressure Zwiefelhofer for second on lap twelve, finally getting under him in turn four, but couldn't get a run out. Egbert went on to follow his second place finish in the Modifieds with a win, his third, in his little brother's car.


Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks


1.712 PJ Egbert

2.20 Travis Zwiefelhofer

3.14 Ronnie Ellis Jr

4.1 Mike Autrey

5.43 Joseph Gregoire

6.44 Rickey Reid

7.17 Billy White



The highly anticipated Street Stock King of the Hill was on tap next. Nine pretenders to the throne presented them to the enthusiastic crowd. The first pairing Mike McLaughlin would defeat Danny Dunn. Trevor Sparkman would send Kevin Ashley to the trailer. In a great match up, “Dashing” Dave Meadows would take on the defending track champion Robert Simmerman. The two raced hard with Meadow using a cross over move in turn two to take the lead. As they finished the first lap, they were side by side at the flag stand. Meadows held on and sent the champ home. Carl Boettcher would defeat Gene Burnett, when Burnett spun in turn two on the first lap.


With an uneven number of cars, there would be only one quarter final race. McLaughlin would take on the 2005 King of the Hill Albert Winniger Jr. They banged doors off of turn four and were door handle to door handle to turn two where Winniger Jr took over the lead. McLaughlin would hang tough and would get back to the door of Winniger Jr, but couldn't get it done. The reigning king still had a claim on the crown.


In the first semi final, Meadow would defeat Sparkman, as Sparkman drove to hard into turn four and looped it. Winniger Jr would take Boettcher by four car lenghts to win the second semi.


And then there were only two left. The reigning king, and he who would be king. Winniger Jr would start the race on the bottom of the track and would give a slide job to Meadow in turn one to take over the lead. Meadows wouldn't be exiled so easy and dove under Winniger Jr in turn for. King and pretender were door handle to door handle and trading paint down the front straight as the white flag waved. They stayed glued together all the way to turn three, where they banged doors once more, giving Meadows a better run out of four. Winniger Jr wasn't going to let his kingdom go easy, and battled heroically, but would fall just a ¼ car length short. Meadows was crowned the 2006 Street Stock King of the Hill. Long live the king!


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Featured classes include; Dodge Country IMCA Modifieds, Corbin & Associates, Attys IMCA Stock Cars, Hertz IMCA SportMods, Kwik Kar Oil & Lube 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.


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Bill "Sarge" Masom

Texas Thunder Speedway PR/Media

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