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Donnie Moore Dominates TPS at THR

 

Thunder Hill Raceway, Kyle, Texas (May 27, 2006)

 

By: Neil Upchurch, Texas Pro Sedans – Race Director

 

In the Texas Pro Sedans Feature Race, Donnie Moore started first and finished first in the familiar #70 George Merrell VW Scirocco. Sergio Hexsel started second and finished second in his #20 VW Rabbit. Only 3.51 seconds separated them at the checkered flag.

 

In leading all 20 laps to top the 14 car starting field, it was Moore’s fifth TPS Feature race victory in a row this season. The event only needed one yellow flag when on the first turn of the first lap, Mike Knott’s VW Scirocco broke a steering control arm and spun off the track in a turn one cloud of dust and nearly collected a parked THR pace truck. Having not completed the first lap, the race re-started and ran it’s full race length under the green flag.

 

Six TPS drivers completed the Feature race on the lead lap. The 3rd place car was driven by John Wasek in his new #74 VW Scirocco. It was his best finish in his second race this season. Wasek and Hexsel were in a tight race for 2nd place for most of the race. 4th place went to Tom Johnson in his #15 VW Rabbit. Turning in a 5th finishing performance was Ariel Arredondo in his #66 Ford Taurus. Randy Larsen was 6th in another good 2006 race finish in #53 VW Sedan.

 

Prior to the race, 2nd and 4th place in TPS points was held by Ford Mustang drivers by Jack and Bryce Dishman. Both filed entry for this race but did not arrive at Thunder Hill Raceway to defend their points position. (Note: Last sentence edited by Neil-TPS).

 

With his TPS record setting fifth consecutive win, Donnie Moore extends his lead for the TPS Championship Points title. Sergio Hexsel moves up again and now holds down 2nd place. Tom Johnson, Randy Larsen and Jack Dishman now find themselves in a three way tie for 3rd place.

 

The San Antonio based Texas Pro Sedans touring series is conducting it’s 31st consecutive year of four cylinder stock car racing in Texas and the southwest. Seven more races remain to be run on six race dates.

 

TPS will return to Thunder Hill Raceway on Sunday night, July 2. A race format change to partially invert qualifying heat grids will be announced to all TPS members in the pre Race Bulletin for the Independence Day holiday weekend event. Jerry Spencer, the TPS Hoosier tire dealer has posted a tire award at the July 2 race if Donnie Moore elects to start last and wins the race or if another driver wins the race and stops the winning streak of Donnie Moore regardless of Moore’s starting position.

 

 

Official Race Results:

 

Finish Car # Driver/Hometown Car Type/Engine CC Heat 1 Heat 2 Laps

 

1 70 Donnie Moore/Hutto, TX VW Scirocco/1690 > 1 20

2 20 Sergio Hexsel/San Antonio, TX VW Rabbit/1984 > 1 20

3 74 John Wasek/Austin, TX VW Scirocco/1628 > 3 20

4 15 Tom Johnson/Kingsland, TX VW Rabbit/1816 > 2 20

5 66 Ariel Arredondo/Kingsville, TX Ford Taurus/2030 > 4 20

6 53 Randy Larsen/Wimberley, TX VW Sedan/2165 > 3 20

7 22 Harry Osburn Jr./San Antonio, TX Ford Mustang/2338 > 5 19

8 94 Harlon Hatcher/Converse, TX VW Rabbit/1784 > 7 18

9 29 G Rico Gutierrez/Corpus Christi, TX Ford Mustang/2338 > 4 17

10 38 Dave Parks/San Antonio, TX 2001 VW Sedan/1588 > 6 16

11 78 r Adam McCosh/Cibolo, TX VW Sedan/1835 > 7 15

12 19 Lloyd Hart/San Antonio, TX Honda CRX/1834/4-Valve > 5 10

13 48 Mike Knotts/Universal City, TX VW Scirocco/1648 > 2 8

14 71 Bruce Mabrito/San Antonio, TX VW Scirocco/1648 > 6 0

dna 2 Jack Dishman/Devine, TX Ford Mustang/2060-svo

dna 1 Bryce Dishman/Devine, TX Ford Mustang/2349-svo

dna 33 Jamie Garner/San Antonio, TX 2005 VW Sedan/1649

dna 4 r Joshua Tuttle/San Antonio, TX Chevrolet Cobalt/2000

dna 84 r D. J. Roggenkamp/Lumberton, TX Ford Taurus/2030

dna 23 r Harry J.J. Osburn III/San Antonio, TX Ford Pinto/2338

dna 7 Jesse Sandoval/Corpus Christi, TX Ford Pinto/2338-arca

dna 72 Candi Hogan/Cedar Park, TX Datsun 510/1800

dna 97 Kevin Hallman/Cibolo, TX Ford Mustang/2338

dna 18 Lanny Young/Kingsland, TX VW Karmen Ghia/2275

dna 07 Mike O'Connor/Weatherford, TX Toyota/tba

 

Feature Race - Margin of Victory 3.51 seconds. Feature Race leader: car # 70 led laps 1 -20.

One yellow flag on 1st lap.

dna - did not arrive dns - did not start

r - eligible for 2006 TPS "Rookie Of The Year" Award

TPS thanks sponsors of Race # 5: Instant Imprints of San Antonio thru Larry Willis, Nelson Skinner, SA Attorney at Law, Richard & Bea Villanueva, San Antonio.

The Texas Pro Sedans thanks Thunder Hill Raceway for hosting this race.

 

TEXAS PRO SEDANS 2006 REMAINING SCHEDULE (Subject to Change, Additions, Deletions)

Race Rain Track Remarks

Jul 2 tba Thunder Hill Raceway (Sunday) 2 Qual Heats, 20 Lap Feature Race - SUNDAY

Jul 15 tba San Antonio Speedway ($500 win both) Double 20 Lap Features - Separate Points race

Aug 19 tba C.C. Motor Speedway (tentative) Time Trials, LC Race, 30 Lap Feature Race

Sep 2 tba Thunder Hill Raceway 2 Qual Heats, 20 Lap Feature Race

Oct 7 tba San Antonio Speedway ($1,000 to win) Time Trials, 30 Lap Feature Race-"Octobertfast"

Oct 28 tba Thunder Hill Raceway Time Trials, 30 Lap Feature Race - THR Stock Car "Spectacular"

tba n/a 2006 Awards Dinner Location and details to be announced

 

Official race results certified by:

Neil Upchurch

Race & Administrative Director

Texas Pro Sedans

 

 

TPS Point Standings thru: Race # 5 - May 27, 2006

Position Car # r Driver Hometown ... Point Total

 

1 70 Donnie Moore/Hutto, TX … 90 points

2 20 Sergio Hexsel/San Antonio, TX … 55 points

3 15 Tom Johnson/Kingsland, TX … 44 points

4 53 Randy Larsen/Wimberley, TX … 44 points

5 2 Jack Dishman/Devine, TX … 44 points

6 1 Bryce Dishman/Devine, TX … 35 points

7 48 Mike Knotts/Universal City, TX … 34 points

8 33 Jamie Garner/San Antonio, TX … 28 points

9 29 G Rico Gutierrez/Corpus Christi, TX … 26 points

10 4 r Joshua Tuttle/San Antonio, TX … 26 points

11 22 Harry Osburn Jr./San Antonio, TX … 24 points

12 19 Lloyd Hart/San Antonio, TX … 21 points

13 71 Bruce Mabrito/San Antonio, TX … 20 points

14 74 John Wasek/Austin, TX … 18 points

15 38 Dave Parks/San Antonio, TX … 18 points

16 94 Harlon Hatcher/Converse, TX … 17 points

17 84 r D. J. Roggenkamp/Lumberton, TX … 17 points

18 66 Ariel Arredondo/Kingsville, TX … 16 points

19 23 r Harry J.J. Osburn III/San Antonio, TX … 11 points

20 27F Todd Farris/College Station, TX … 11 points

21 11 Chip Harmon/Portland, TX … 9 points

22 78 r Adam McCosh/Cibolo, TX … 8 points

23 7 Jesse Sandoval/Corpus Christi, TX … 8 points

24 72 Candi Hogan/Cedar Park, TX … 8 points

25 97 Kevin Hallman/Cibolo, TX … 8 points

26 18 Lanny Young/Kingsland, TX … 5 points

27 27 E r Frank Eggers/College Station, TX … 5 points

28 89 L John Leonard/Universal City, TX … 3 points

29 89 D Rick Dawdy/San Antonio, TX … 3 points

30 07 Mike O'Connor/Weatherford, TX … 0 points

31 01 Eddie Orr/Weatherford, TX … 0 points

 

r - eligible for 2006 TPS "Rookie Of The Year" Award

 

Official point standings certified by:

Neil Upchurch

Race & Administrative Director

Texas Pro Sedans

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NEIL your going to get mad at me but what the heck . the way you print Dominates . just makes it sound there is know other driver out there [.but don] you could of said don pulls off another win . the other word is so strong .and you and dishmans must be in argument cuz you said they didnt arrive to defend thier makes honor.

instead of dishmans .didnt make it to defend thier points position. you forgot theres other fords in that race .

you said .randy finished 6.th another good 2006finish

ariel finished 5 .thats it none he ran really good the only ford to be up with the vw.s.. do you get my drift .on what i am saying .you are really starting show you are pro vw .instead of prosedan

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Good news was nothing got ruined. Bad news is I can only blame myself since I do all the work. I forgot to put a cotter key in tierod, that then worked loose. Good to see Ariel doing better with his car.

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OK Mike McCain - being reviewed by a great writer such as you is a humbling experience. Never-the-less, I will take your criticisms item for item .... Here we go:

 

"NEIL your going to get mad at me but what the heck" You are correct. Your post did anger me, but I'll proceed anyhow.

 

"the way you print Dominates . just makes it sound there is know other driver out there [.but don] you could of said don pulls off another win" I disagree with you. Dominates is the correct journalistic description of a driver who has done something that no other TPS driver has ever done in 31 years - won five features in a row. (Mike Haag motorsports writer for the San Antonio Express-News used the same term when we talked, after the TPS race last night at THR).

 

"the other word is so strong .and you and dishmans must be in argument cuz you said they didnt arrive to defend thier makes honor. instead of dishmans .didnt make it to defend thier points position". I am not in an argument with the Dishmans. They didn't advise me that they were missing the race. However, I have changed the Dishman segment to read - The Dishmans didn't arrive to defend their points position.

 

"you forgot theres other fords in that race". Again, I disagree. The proof is that every thing that Fords did in the race was accurately written.

 

"you said .randy finished 6.th another good 2006 finish" Looking at Randy Larsen's performance record in the 2005 and so far the 2006 season, I'll stand on the coverage rendered to him.

 

"ariel finished 5 .thats it none he ran really good the only ford to be up with the vw.s.. do you get my drift". The listed results should lead any reader to draw the same conclusion.

 

"on what i am saying .you are really starting show you are pro vw .instead of pro sedan". I completely disagree with you. If I didn't, I would resign my TPS position. Is that what you prefer that I do? What is clear to me is that you are a 100% Ford man and a Crew Chief of the #7 TPS Ford Pinto.

 

Mike - Now allow me to review your jerky sounding, poorly written post. Suggestion #1, please run your material through spell check. You really need to do that. Your grammar needs improvement too. I know you speak better than you write. Your writing style should reflect your intelligence, not diminish it.

 

 

Neil Upchurch

Race & Administrative Director

Texas Pro Sedans

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Ford 12: NO weight changes for all fwd VW's or any other TPS car.

 

But on July 2, we are going to employ a half field starting grid invert in Qualifying Heat #2 for the top half of drivers in point standings.

 

I read that you have a top running Ford. Come race with TPS on Sunday, July 2.

 

 

Neil Upchurch

Race & Administrative Director

Texas Pro Sedans

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I've read all the posts about who's crying and who's actual right..... I made it a point to watch the heat races because I wanted to see if there was anything to it or if it was a competitive race..... To me as a spectator it was not a competitive race. After the heat race an how the 70 car ran away with it, it was very impressive to see how he DOMINATES..... He has either done his home work and is 25 steps ahead of everyone else or the others may be at a disadvantage, dunno.......

 

neiltps- MIKE-"jerky sounding, poorly written"..... For you to be running the show and to write something like that doesnt represent TPS very well. You may be human but you have alot to uphold (tps wise) and that was pretty low and disgraceful, regardless of the circumstances.

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.OK Mike McCain - being reviewed by a great writer such as you is a humbling experience. Never-the-less, I will take your criticisms item for item .... Here we go:

 

"NEIL your going to get mad at me but what the heck" You are correct. Your post did anger me, but I'll proceed anyhow.

 

"the way you print Dominates . just makes it sound there is know other driver out there [.but don] you could of said don pulls off another win" I disagree with you. Dominates is the correct journalistic description of a driver who has done something that no other TPS driver has ever done in 31 years - won five features in a row. (Mike Haag motorsports writer for the San Antonio Express-News used the same term when we talked, after the TPS race last night at THR).

 

"the other word is so strong .and you and dishmans must be in argument cuz you said they didnt arrive to defend thier makes honor. instead of dishmans .didnt make it to defend thier points position". I am not in an argument with the Dishmans. They didn't advise me that they were missing the race. However, I have changed the Dishman segment to read - The Dishmans didn't arrive to defend their points position.

 

"you forgot theres other fords in that race". Again, I disagree. The proof is that every thing that Fords did in the race was accurately written.

 

"you said .randy finished 6.th another good 2006 finish" Looking at Randy Larsen's performance record in the 2005 and so far the 2006 season, I'll stand on the coverage rendered to him.

 

"ariel finished 5 .thats it none he ran really good the only ford to be up with the vw.s.. do you get my drift". The listed results should lead any reader to draw the same conclusion.

 

"on what i am saying .you are really starting show you are pro vw .instead of pro sedan". I completely disagree with you. If I didn't, I would resign my TPS position. Is that what you prefer that I do? What is clear to me is that you are a 100% Ford man and a Crew Chief of the #7 TPS Ford Pinto.

 

Mike - Now allow me to review your jerky sounding, poorly written post. Suggestion #1, please run your material through spell check. You really need to do that. Your grammar needs improvement too. I know you speak better than you write. Your writing style should reflect your intelligence, not diminish it.

 

 

Neil Upchurch

Race & Administrative Director

Texas Pro Sedans

NEIL you are not a journalist . you are a promoter .let mike haag say that .

 

YOU said they didnt show up to defend their honor of thier class .instead of they didnt make it .now you fixed that .good that should have been said the first time .so you saw what i was getting at . GOOD .

 

.YESS i am glad for randy i like him very much but you didnt say good job also on ariels finished .people read between the lines . idid and wasnt even looking for it ..

 

 

NOw i admit im not a great writer .but you did not have any problems makeing out what i said :eventhow it was as you say jerky sounding poorly written post .and misspelled you never know when i wright something on hrere weather i do that on perpose ar not :D

 

 

NOW you said your not pro vw .well im not pro ford only either or i would not ever try and help a vw which i have .or a chevy which i have .if i was only pro ford then i would never vote for or help anyone that is not running a ford and my record over the last 22 years or so would show it but you wouldnt no that .thats ok .

 

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Anyway just think about how you say things .i do .its how we read them that matters doesnt it .. and yes talking to you has always been a pleasure .good day

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arts22: You wrote - "For you to be running the show and to write something like that doesnt represent TPS very well. You may be human but you have alot to uphold (tps wise) and that was pretty low and disgraceful, regardless of the circumstances".

 

You have a valid point. Maybe, when you try to manage a series, you will be more tolerant of un-justified criticism. Would you like me to hand off TPS to you?

 

Warning - if you accept my offer, you have to do more than 30 years.

 

 

Neil Upchurch

Race & Administrative Director

Texas Pro Sedans

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Neil, You sure come across as very arrogant!

THAT is my whole point that i am getting at .we as drivers and owners .have got to be heard . not rediculed from a promoter from any track and when a track or pomoter does not show a concern .and want to dish out . snipets. thats not good .by the last post ivicic my point was made .

we and you should be better than that .a good business person will look at feed back take it .file it .adjust to it .no matter how many years they have been in business.eveything changes .arrogant not as bad as it looks but you have had this class for 30 years .not that im saying this is going to happen but business close eveyday.what you do to help your self .is your privelge.

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Hey Mike K.

 

you must have been in track and field...I have never seen anyone jump out of a car & run to the far end of the pits and back like you did.

 

what a bad break...

 

my prediction: you will break the streak.

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Neil is not the only one that comes across as arrogant. Heck all these other guys are the greatest in the world so the guy beating them must be cheating or there is a conspiracy to slow them down. Another one of them has never raced TPS but he is going to come out in October and kicked everyones butt. I beleive all these guys are a little arrogant. There is something about 4 cylinder racing that brings out the whiner in everyone. I won't ever have anything to do with it again.

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POORBOY i wouldnt call it whining .i call it free country to say what ever is on your mine if your not happy with something .if you no one spoke up then how are they going to be heard .yep you dont agree with everything out there .i dont agree with some of the tps things .but thats great would nt want robots they dont agree with me and some of my crazy ideals .do i dislike neil and other class.es no i like running with tps and thunders and your class if i had the car .so if you want to not speek what you like or dislike on these matters thats your right id rather you stay with it your imput is valuble little ar large .if you want it called whining then ok but every one that gets on here and puts his two cents would be considered a whiner

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ok well he is my two sense worth when i give neil a hard time i dont want him to closed the class or quit . its just as many years i have have built and raced fords and chased vw's and fought over the rules for fords i'm just pushing for help for the fords i know without the alum head the fords wont run with the vw's i know neil has the hardest job in the racing comunity trying to even the field of totally different cars . but come on when randy and leroy ran they did have a advantage but you have given the other cars breaks and slowed the fords down . neil i guess my biggest question is why when you let lalo run R&D for those races and bill cryed why did you make him put the restrictor back on he didnt dominate as donnie is now and i really dont think donnie is cheating i think he is just taken full advantage of the breaks that you have given him but if he was in a ford they would already have had to put on restrictors or added weight on

 

 

so people do we see 6 in a row now

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[edited out by Nick Holt, 5/28/06] I know you are reffering to me about going up there and kicken butt and im not saying I will but I believe in myself that I will go up there and give them run for their money because I have that kinda faith in my driving skills. [edited out by Nick Holt, 5/27/06] Laters man. Tim #12

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