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A driver's bid for history comes up just short, a new King crowned and the winning Budweiser Racing Texas Twister gets a new owner.


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By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx


The mercury keeps climbing and the racing just keeps getting better and better. PJ Egbert was on pace to make track history. No driver has ever won three races, in three different classes, on the same night. He had two, but couldn't pull off the third. A new Cottman Transmissions “King of the Hill” was crowned. And Larry Tuerck won his third race in the Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters, and had his car claimed for the second time.


The wild and woolly Kwik Kar Oil & Luge Street Stocks were the first to hit the track for their fifteen lap feature race. Nineteen cars were on hand to start the race. Scott Wilson got the early jump on the wave of the green flag. Jeremy Adkins and Dean Silva got tangle up in turn two, with both sliding into the infield, but racing continued. Wilson was followed by Danny Dunn, Trevor Sparkman, Robert Simmerman and Albert Wininger Jr. On second lap, Wininger Jr would get by Sparkman on the back straight, but it would be for naught as the yellow flag was thrown for Joe Fuller's car that went off the back straight.


The restart order was Wilson, Dunn, Simmerman, Sparkman, Wininger Jr, Gary Grant, Ty Hawkey, Bobby Norton, Corey Stepan, and Mike McLaughlin. On the restart, Simmerman would take Dunn for second, and Wininger Jr would get by Sparkman for third. On the third trip around the track Simmerman would get under Dunn in turn three. Coming out of turn four Simmerman would get second. Turn four wasn't kind to Dunn as Wininger Jr got by him as well, pushing back to fourth.


On lap five, Hawkey would get around Wilson to take over fifth, using turn one to get the spot. On lap seven, Wilson's engine gave up the ghost and he rolled to a stop in turn four bringing out the caution. In the ensuing scramble to miss the Wilson car, several positions changed hands back in the pack. The restart order was, Simmerman, Wininger Jr, Hawkey, McLaughlin, Sparkman, Stepan, Dunn, Ryan Anderson, Carl Boettcher, and Norton. McLaughlin was on a terrific run, as he restarted on lap two in tenth. He had picked up six positions in five laps to haul himself up to fourth.


On the restart Hawkey would pounce on Wininger Jr to take over second. Stepan was moving up as well, getting by Sparkman on the back straight for fifth. The pack settled down for a couple of laps, until lap ten when Silva and Gene Burnett tangled and ended up in the infield together. No caution was needed and the racing continued. Two laps later Hawkey would do a quick spin in turn two, losing four spots. On lap thirteen, Hawkey was black flagged for a flat left rear tire and he pulled off the track. On the same lap thirteen Burnett and Grant would get tangled up and both stopped up high in turn four. Burnett would be disqualified for rough driving. Wininger Jr would pull off into the red-yellow area with a flat right rear tire. At this point in the race there were only nine cars left on the lead lap. They were, in order, Simmerman, McLaughlin, Sparkman, Stepan, Dunn, Norton, Boettcher, Anderson, and Wininger Jr, with a new right rear tire restarting shotgun on the field.


As the green waved for the green, white, checkered finish, Dunn would get by Stepan for fourth. Wininger Jr would get around Anderson. The positions held through out the field for the remaining laps and Simmerman, the seventh place starter, was chased to his third victory of the season by McLaughlin.


Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks


1.1 Robert Simmerman

2.2 Mike McLaughlin

3.20 Trevor Sparkman

4.63 Danny Dunn

5.85 Corey Stepan

6.9 Carl Boettcher

7.40 Albert Wininger, Jr

8.05 Ryan Anderson

9.30bd Bobby Norton

10.36x Lisa Parent

11.17 Ty Hawkey

12.27 Tim Fasano

13.66 Gary Grant

14.19r Dean Silva

15.7 Jeremy Adkins

16.26 Scott Wilson

17.48 Mitch Tierney

18.00 Joe Fuller

19.43 Gene Burnett (DQ – Rough Driving)



Next up were the youngsters in the Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr Mini Stocks. Four cars set to do battle for ten laps. On the drop of the green flag it was Joseph Charnock got the early lead followed by Ryan Ellis, Colton Monroe, and Clayton Hartzog. On lap one, Monroe got around Ellis for second. On the next lap Monroe would attack Charnock in turn in turn three. The two raced side by side all the way to turn one, where Monroe took over the top spot.


At half way, Charnock's car would experience trouble and Ellis would get by him for second. A lap later and Charnock spun in off of turn four into the infield. Monroe would cruise to his track leading sixth win of the year.


Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr Mini Stocks


1.712 Colton Monroe

2.14e Ryan Ellis

3.22 Joseph Chamock

4.14 Clayton Harzog



The big boys of the track were next up to contest their twenty lap feature race. Fourteen of the ground pounding race machines took the green flag. Pole sitter Andrew Simmerman got the early jump followed closely by Allen Waltimire, Ken Old, and PJ Egbert. Danny Gribble and Tanner Whitmire would tangle in turn three bringing out the yellow. That resulted in a complete restart. Paul Mullins wouldn't be apart of that restart as he pulled off into the pits and out of the race.


On the second try at a start, Waltimire would get the jump. Pat McGuire would go wheel to wheel with Simmerman for second, with McGuire getting that spot. PJ Egbert and George Lamphere were fourth and fifth. On the first lap, both Trevor Egbert and Old would get by Lamphere for fifth and sixth. On lap three Whitmire would bring out another caution when he drove off the outside of turn two and down the banking. The top ten for the restart were Waltimire, McGuire, PJ Egbert, Simmerman, T. Egbert, Old, Lamphere, Jarrod Jennings, J D Schleis, and Bill Lecompte.


On the restart, PJ Egbert would get around McGuire for second. Cousin T. Egbert then went side by side with McGuire down the back straight, with McGuire holding off that challenge and the third position. On lap four, Old got around Simmerman for fifth. On lap five, PJ Egbert would take the lead, using the low line in turn two to get by Waltimire. Attrition was taking its toll on the field, and just over half the starters were left by lap ten.


As they raced under the crossed flags the field was getting strung out. The order was PJ Egbert, Waltimire, McGuire, T. Egbert, Old, Simmerman, Jennings, and Lamhere. On lap eleven Jennings would get around Simmerman for sixth. Simmerman's car wasn't long for the race, as he pulled off into the pits on lap fourteen. No one had anything for PJ Egbert as he held off Waltimire by two car lengths. PJ Egbert started eighth and raced to his third modified victory of the year.


Dodge County I. M. C. A. Modifieds


1.707 PJ Egbert

2.44 Allen Waltermire

3.9 Pat McGuire

4.78 Trevor Egbert

5.52 Ken Old

6.98j Jarrod Jennings

7.19 George Lamphere Jr

8.7 J.D. Schiels

9.66 Chuck Bayles

10.247 Bill Lecompte

11.15 Andrew Simmerman

12.101 Tanner Whitmire

13.27 Danny Gribble

14.39 Paul Mullins



Seventeen Corbin & Accosiates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars took to the track for their fifteen lap feature race. On the drop of the green, pole sitter Justin McGehee got the jump over Anthony Otken, Gary Norman, and PJ Egbert. The fight for fifth was three wide as Robin Rasmussen, Eric Jones and Zana Craig were battling it out down the back straight. Jones would get fifth over Rasmussen and Craig. On lap one, Ron Simpson would get by Craig for seventh. On lap two PJ Egbert would dive under Otken in turn three. They raced door handle to door handle all the way around the track to turn three again, with Egbert finally getting second and pushing Otken back to third.


On lap four Egbert reeled in the leader McGehee and went side by side with him on the front straight. Those two would battle for a lap and a half side by side. Egbert finally got a better run out of turn two on lap six to take the lead. On lap seven Jones would get around Norman for fourth, but it was for naught as a yellow was thrown for the stopped car of Buck Owens in turn four. They lined up for the restart with Egbert in the lead, followed by McGehee, Otken, Norman, Jones, Simpson, Cham Savage, Rasmussen, Shad Stevens and Benji Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick took a challenge from track promoter Pat Wilson to start in the rear. If Kirkpatrick was able to make to the first or second positions, he would get an extra $50.


As they tried to restart, Tony Hamil would roll to a stop on the back straight aborting the green flag. On the second try Norman would get alongside Otken in turn two but couldn't get the pass done. On lap eight, Simpson would get by Jones in turn four for fourth. But it would be short lived as something would then happen to Simpson's car and he gave two. spots up.


On lap twelve Jones would get around Norman to get to fourth. On lap thirteen Stevens spun in turn two bringing out a yellow flag. Stevens gave up the sixth spot. The restart top ten for the green, white, checkered finish was Egbert, McGehee, Otken, Jones, Norman, Simpson, Jason Honey, rasmussen, Kirkpatrick, and Jessie James Cox Jr. On the drop of the green flag, Jones got side by side with Otken in turn two They raced that way all the way to the checkered flag, with Otken holding off Jones. Egbert would take his second win of the night, backing up his I. M. C. A. Modified win with a I. M. C. A. Stock Car win. This was his second win of the year in this class.


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


1.1 PJ Egbert

2.79 Justin McGehee

3.79x Anthony Otken

4.84x Eric Jones

5.09 Gary "Storming" Norman

6.44 Ron Simpson

7.47 Benji Kirkpatrick

8.4 Jason Honey

9.3 Robin Rasmussen

10.93 Jacob Dunn

11.43 Jessie James Cox Jr

12.23 Shad Stevens

13.8 Vernon "Buck" Owens

14.318 Scott Bowles

15.C4 Cham Savage Jr

16.86z Zana Craig

17.T4 Tony Hamil



History could be made in the next race, as Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks brought eleven cars to battle for fifteen laps. PJ Egbert had already won twice, in two different classes. He would make history if he pulled into victory circle in his little brother's Mini Stock. Pole sitter Daniel Shipler would take the early lead followed by Gary White racing side by side with Rickey Reed for second, with White getting it, then Bill Siegman, and David Stewart rounding out the top five. On lap one, White would have the lead handed to him as Shipler spun his race truck and a yellow flag would be thrown.


Restart top five were White, Siegman, Stewart, Travis Zwiefelhofer, and Jason Hoffman. On the restart, Siegman, Stewart and T. Zwiefelhofer went three wide for second place. T. Zwiefelhofer would get the spot, with PJ Egbert getting into third after restarting in seventh. On lap two, Stewart would get around Siegman for fourth. Siegman's ride was going south and he would pull off into the infield on lap four.


On lap six, the racing got hot and heavy. T. Zwiefelhofer and White went door handle to door handle into turn one for the lead. Egbert would then get alongside White and they raced side by side down the back straight, with Egbert getting one spot away from history. On lap eight, Hoffman would continue to send White down the leader board getting by him for third. On lap ten Hoffman would dive under Egbert in turn one in a bid for second. They raced side by side all the way back to turn one on lap eleven, where Hoffman finally passed Egbert for second. On lap twelve Egbert tried to get back by Hoffman, using the high line in turn one. But Hoffman got a better run and got out ahead of Egbert down the back straight.


As the fight for second was going on, T. Zwiefelhofer was pulling away. He would win his second race of the year by six car lengths, after starting the race in seventh. Egbert fell two places short in his bid for track history. He will have to try it all again next week.


Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks


1.20 Travis Zwiefelhofer

2.39x Jason Hoffman

3.712 PJ Egbert

4.14 Ronnie Ellis Jr

5.1 Mike Autrey

6.5 David Stewart

7.17w Gary White

8.38 Daniel Shipler

9.44 Rickey Reid

10.202 Julie "Kelly" Zwiefelhofer

11.32 Bill Siegman



The Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods lined up nine cars for fifteen laps. Corey Homan used his pole position to good advantage and lead the first lap. He was followed by Shad Stevens, Chuck Schoenfeld, Trace Crawford, and making his debut in this class at the track, Pat McGuire in fifth. On lap one, Crawford and Schoenfeld were wheel to wheel for third. Schoenfeld would spin in turn three as he got a tad to high. The caution came out and in the ensuing scramble, several positions changed hands.


Homan lead Stevens, Crawford, Michael Walter, Kenny Ware, McGuire, Jason Hoffman, and Schoenfeld back to the green flag. On the restart, Homan spun in turn two, giving Crawford the lead. He would get restarted and the racing continued, though with Homan now almost a lap down. On lap three, Schoenfeld would get along side Hoffman in turn three, Schoenfeld would finally get the spot as they raced down the front straight, hauling himself up to sixth. On lap five Crawford, for the second week in a row, would pull off the track from the lead.


Crawford's problem gave Stevens the lead, followed by McGuire, Walters, Ware, Schoenfeld, Hoffman and Homan. On lap eleven, Schoenfeld would get around Ware in turn four for fourth. Two laps later and Ware would get the spot back. Though there was hard racing, the top three spots remained unchanged as they crossed under the white flag. On the last lap, Schoenfeld would get under Ware in turn four, but couldn't get the drive he needed out of the corner. Up front it was third place starter, Stevens taking the win by one car length over McGuire. This is Stevens Second win of the year.


In post race technical inspections, Michael Walter's engine did not pull the required vacuum. He was disqualified.


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


1.231 Shad Stevens

2.91 Pat McGuire

3.83 Kenny Ware

4.14 Chuck Schoenfeld

5.9x Jason Hoffman

6.34 Corey Homan

7.63c Trace Crawford

8.17w Billy White

9.07 Michael Walter (DQ – failed to pull required vacuum)



It was announced before the start of the Budweiser Racing Texas Twister race that a claim had been made. That meant that someone had brought $500 cash to the front gate and announced their intention to claim the winner's car. It also meant that the winners car would be leaving the track behind someone else's truck. This would be the second claim in this class this year.


On the drop of the green flag Larry Tuerck got the early lead, followed by Brian Mendanhall, Gary White, Chase Simpson and Chris Florio. On lap four Florio and Tuerck bumped and banged down the front straight. The battle raged all the way to turn four, with Tuerck holding onto the top spot. On lap seven, Florio again dove under Tuerck in a bid for the lead, but Tuerck once again held off the challenge, even though they were trading paint.


Further back in the field, on lap eight Simpson was getting around White for fourth. On lap nine, Tuerck spun in turn four, but he only lost one position. A lap later and Simpson and Tuerck were rubbing paint in turn three. The raced all the way to turn one before Tuerck got the spot. On lap twelve Mendenhall had to pull off with a flat right front tire. Florio was the leader as the two to go sign was displayed at the flag stand. On the white flag lap, Tuerck would get back into the lead, getting by Florio as he slowed down the back straight. Tuerck won the race, but lost the car. This is the third race Tuerch has won, and the second car that he had to give up due to the claim. In victory lane Tuerck said “keep buying them, I have seven more race ready at home”.


Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters


1.2 Larry Tuerck

2.F5 Chase Simpson

3.71 Chris Florio

4.88 Brian Mendenhall

5.107.3 Nasty Nate

6.1 Gary White

7.223 Howard Twardokus

8.3 Mike Sadler

9.37 James Deane

10.829 JD Hardcastle

11.20 Jesse Call

12.7 Jared Bouchie



Twelve Cottman Transmission Mini Stocks came out to try and claim the 2006 King of the Hill title. Last years king, Billy White has abdicated his thrown in favor of racing a Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods. So we were guaranteed to crown a new king, or queen on this night.


The format is as follows. Two cars race at a time for two laps. The winner stays, the loser goes to the trailer. This continues until there is only two cars left. The winner of the last two lap shoot out will be crowned the 2006 “King of the Hill”.


In the first round matchups, it was Ronnie Ellis defeating Bill Siegman by five car lengths. Then Daniel Shipler and Julie Swieflehofer went side by side for nearly a lap, until Shipler took the lead in turn three. Shipler held on to the lead but only by a half car length, putting J. Zwiefelhofer on the trailer. Then it was Bam Bam Reed taking on Charnock with Reed winning by five car lengths. PJ Egbert squared off with Jason Hoffman, but Hoffman won easily as Egbert's car wouldn't come up to speed. Then it was Travis Zwiefelhofer and Gary White going head to head. They were side by side all the way around to turn three. Then on the second and final lap, White got back alongside T. Zwiefelhofer in turn one and they swapped paint all the way to the checkered flag. T. Zwiefelhofer would hold off White by a quarter car length to move on to round two. In the last match up of the first round, Stewart would lose to Mike Autrey.


On to the quarter finals. Shipler and Ellis lined up first. It was Ellis getting the lead in turn two and taking the win by four car lengths. In the second quarter final, Hoffman and Reed dualed. Hoffman would get the lead going into turn one and would lead both laps, winning by a car length.


The semi finals were now set. First up were T. Zwiefelhofer and Autrey. T. Zwiefelhofer would get the lead into turn one, while Autrey got a flat right rear tire and would be done for the night. In the second semi, it was Hoffman and Ellis fighting for a spot in the final round. They would be side by side to turn two where Hoffman grabbed the lead. Ellis used the high line in turn three to pull back alongside Hoffman. They were door handle to door handle as the white flag waved. Ellis would finally pull in front of Hoffman in turn two and go on to win by two car lengths.


The final round was now set. One would be crowned King! The other lost to obscurity. T. Zwiefelhofer was on the pole position with Ellis to his outside. The green dropped and T. Zwiefelhofer got the jump, leading Ellis into turn one. Ellis would try everything he could to get to T. Zwiefelhofer, pressuring him the entire two laps. But the young T. Zwiefelhofer wouldn't cave to any pressure and won the race by three car lengths to be crowned King Zwiefelhofer!


Join us next week as the Texas Dwarf Car Association will be on hand for their annual North/South shootout. These cars are 3/8 scale replicas of coupes and trucks of the 1930's and 1940's. Running on motorcycle engines, they obtain terrific speeds as the smaller size allows them to race three, and even four wide in the turns.


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.


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.


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, 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.


Come join the fun, at Texas Thunder Speedway


Bill "Sarge" Masom

Texas Thunder Speedway PR/Media

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