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Rain fell on the track in the morning, but the track crew worked hard to get the fantastic racing in!


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By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx


On a night that was hot and muggy, the racing was hot and heavy! Threatened with cancellation in the morning, the fantastic track crew worked hard to prepare a surface for our loyal drivers to race on. Dodge Country sponsored the races, and Mid Tex Motorsports sponsored the 2006 I. M. C. A. Modified King of the Hill.


The Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters were the first feature to hit the track. Twelve of the cars that race, not race cars, raced for fifteen laps. On the drop of the green flag it was the “Lighting McQueen” themed car of Corey Homan with the early lead. He was followed by Jared Bouchie, Gary White, Brian Mendenhall, and J.D. Hardcastle.


White wouldn't remain in third long, as on the first scored lap, he used turn two to get around Bouchie, and then he used turn four to take the lead from Homan. It was a great early run for White, as he started in sixth. On lap two, Bouchie would get around Homan, moving himself up to second. Yellow would be the color on lap three, being thrown for debris in turn four. It was determined that the car of Hardcastle was the culprit, and he would restart in the rear. The restart order was, White, Bouchie, Homan, Mendenhall, Howard Twardokus as the top five.


On the lap three restart, Sean Carr would get around both “Nasty Nate” Culifer and Twardokus in turn four to get into the top five. Homan moved alongside Bouchie on the back straight in a bid to regain the second spot, but he couldn't make the move stick. On lap six Culifer would get back by Carr to get back into the top five.


On lap six, the leader White was catching the back of the pack. On lap seven the Culifer/Carr battle was back on, and Carr would push Culifer back to sixth. On lap eight, Homan would get by Bouchie on the front stretch to get back into second. Carr would move up another spot, to fourth, with a move around Mendenall in turn four.


The field would start to spread out in the waining laps. Mendenhall and Culifer being the exception. Those two waging a terrific battle for fifth. On lap eleven they banged doors down the back straight, with Culifer pushing his way past Mendenhall. White, in his Tijuana Taxi, took his first win of the year by a half straight away over Homan, and Bouchie. White had lapped up to the sixth spot, and as the checkered waved, he was on Culifer's bumper.


Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters


1.1 Gary White

2.95 Corey Homan

3.7 Jared Bouchie

4.6 Sean Carr

5.107.3 Nasty Nate

6.88 Brian Mendenhall

7.12 Aaron White

8.37 James Deane

9.11 Keith Desmarais

10.829 JD Hardcastle

11.223 Howard Twardokus

12.01 Eddie Pruett



Five youngsters took to the field to contest the ten lap Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr mini Stock feature. Coming to the green flag four of the five were abreast in turn four! It would be last place starter, Colton Monroe jumping to the lead by the flag stand. Monroe was followed by Brad VanMarter, Joseph Charnock, Ryan Ellis and Clayton Hartzog. Harzong wouldn't get far with a sick car and he pulled into the pits early.


On lap three, Charnock was pressing VanMarter for second in turn four. In turn two on the next lap, those two would come together to bring out a caution. Neither car could continue, and we would be left with only two able to race. Ellis tried hard, but just couldn't get a handle on the trick track. Monroe drove smooth and easy to take his seventh win of the year.


Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr Mini Stocks


1.712 Colton Monroe

2.14e Ryan Ellis

3.244 Brad VanMarter

4.22 Joseph Chamock

5.14 Clayton Harzog



The Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks made their appearance to race fifteen laps. Fifteen cars were ready to do battle. On the drop of the green flag it was Carl Boettcher getting the early lead. Behind him was a three wide fight for second in turn two. Dean Silva would get second, with Cory Stepan third, Robert Simmerman fourth and Albert Wininger Jr rounding out the top five. The field went three wide again on the first official lap, for the second spot, with both Wininger Jr and Simmerman getting around Silva. On lap two, Stepan moved around Silva in turn one to get into fourth, but it would be short lived as a caution was thrown for a crash involving Danny Dunn and Tim Worthy on the front stretch. Stepan went to the red-yellow area.


The line up for the lap two restart was Boettcher, Wininger Jr, Simmerman, Silva, Trevor Sparkman, Lee Chasse, Bobby Norton, Tim Fasano, and Allen Waltermire, normally a Modified driver, rounding out the top ten. On the drop of the green, it was four wide in turn four, with Simmerman getting around Wininger Jr and Boettcher for the lead. Sparkman got by Silva for fourth. Silva would get a black flag on lap three for a flat left front tire and he would have to pit to fix it.


On lap seven, Jeremy Adkins slowed going down the back stretch, he would limp his wounded ride to the pits. On lap eight, Wininger Jr caught Simmerman in turn three. The race for the lead was a good one, as lapped traffic started to be a factor on lap nine. As the leaders were weaving around the lappers, Wininger Jr got to the outside of Simmerman in turn four. They bumped and Simmerman's left front clipped the big utility tire that marks the inside edge of the track. He blew the left front tire and spun to a wild stop facing backwards on victory circle.


On lap eleven Chasse and Fasano got together turn four. Fortunately both cars were able to right themselves and continue without a caution being needed. As the white flag waved over the field, Wininger Jr had about a half lap lead over the second place battle between Sparkman and Boettcher. Those two banged doors hard in turn four but Boettcher held on to second. Wininger Jr went on to record his class leading fifth victory of the year from his seventh place starting position. Simmerman had to be checked out by the EMT crew for a sore hand. He tweaked his thumb in the encounter with the infield tire, but it appears he will be alright to race next week.


In post race tech, Boettcher's car was found to have an illegal wheel base. He was DQ'ed from his second place finish and lost all points and money for the race.


Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks


1.40 Albert Wininger, Jr

2.20 Trevor Sparkman

3.63 Danny Dunn

4.121 Tim Worthy

5.26 Scott Wilson

6.05x Allen Waltermire

7.27 Tim Fasano

8.30bd Bobby Norton

9.36x Lisa Parent

10.1 Robert Simmerman

11.82 Lee Chasse

12.7 Jeremy Adkins

13.19r Dean Silva

14.85 Corey Stepan

15.9 Carl Boettcher (DQ'ed – Illegal wheel base)



The fire breathing, ground pounding, Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds were next, with fourteen drivers contesting twenty laps. On the green flag lap it was Paul Mullins leading G.W. Egbert, Jarrod Jennings, Pat McGuire, and George Lamphere. On lap one the leaders went three wide in turn one, with G.W. Egbert getting the lead, McGuire taking second and Mullins being pushed back to third. It was all for naught though, as a yellow was thrown for Jennings' spun car on the back stretch. The yellow was a boone for Mullings as he regained the lead. The rest of the top five were G.W. Egbert, McGuire, Lamphere, and PJ Egbert.


On the restart the leaders would once again go three wide on the front stretch. The outcome would be different though, as McGuire would jump around both G.W. Egbert and Mullins to take the lead. G.W. Egbert would get by Mullins later in the lap. On lap two, PJ and G.W. Ebert were wheel to wheel for second. PJ got by G.W. and set sail for four time winner McGuire. Back in the pack, Danny Gribble was getting into fourth and Allen Waltermire was taking fifth.


On lap five, Gribble would get around G.W. Egbert in turn one to take over third. In turn two, McGuire and PJ Egbert were wheel to wheel for the lead. They banged wheels in turn four, with McGuire holding on to the top spot. A lap later and Ken Old, who had been moving up, got around Gribble for fourth in turn four. On lap nine, the race for the lead hotted up again, with PF Egbert going high down the front stretch and getting along side McGuire. They raced wheel to wheel all the way around the track to turn three, where they had heavy contact. McGuire would suffer from a flat right front tire, and PJ Egbert would take over the lead.


A yellow was thrown on lap nine, for a schnozzle in turn two. Involved was Gary Grant, Allen Waltermire, Gribble and McGuire. Gribble would come off the worse for wear as far as his car was concerned. It would leave on the hook with a broken rear end. McGuire's night wouldn't be much better, as he was blacked flagged for rough driving. The restart top five were PJ Egbert, G.W. Egbert, Old, Andrew Simmerman, and Jennings with a good run back up through the field after his caution.


On the lap eight restart, Old and G.W. Egbert went side by side for second, but Old couldn't make the pass. On lap nine, Jennings and Simmerman were side by side in turn three. Simmerman would hold off Jennings on the front stretch. As the crossed flags were displayed, Bill Lecompte would pull off into the pits. PJ and G.W. Egbert were again wheel to wheel on the back straight in the race for the lead. PJ would hold of G-dub going into turn three.


As the laps wound down, PJ started to pull away from the fight for second. On lap fourteen, Old would again be challenging G.W. Egbert for second. Those two raced hard for the next two laps until Old would bobble in turn two, reliving G.W. of the pressure. Two laps later and Old would be under attack from Jennings. Those two banged wheels in turn four, but Old held on to his position. As the white flag waved, it was soon followed by the yellow, as US Army Capt. Rick Michael's car stopped in turn two.


It was PJ Egbert your leader, with G.W. Egbert in second, followed by Old, Jennings, and Simmerman the top five. A lap down, David Hanusch was starting on the inside of G.W. Egbert, in amongst the leaders. On the restart, Jennings would jump around Old, as Old got bottled up behind Hanusch. Simmerman would get around Old as well in turn two, pushing the seventy-nine time Modified feature winner, back to fifth. On the second showing of the white flag Jennings would get around G.W. Egbert on the back stretch for second. G.W. wasn't giving up second that easy, and he drew back alongside Jennings in turn four. They raced door handle to door handle out of four and to the line. G.W. Egbert just nipped Jennings at the line by an inch to get back second. PJ Egbert took his class leading fifth win of the year, from his tenth place starting position.


Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds


1.707 PJ Egbert

2.717 G.W. Egbert

3.98j Jarrod Jennings

4.15 Andrew Simmerman

5.52 Ken Old

6.44 Allen Waltermire

7.19 George Lamphere Jr

8.4 David Hanusch

9.39 Paul Mullins

10.66 Chuck Bayles

11.17m Rick Michael

12.247 Bill Lecompte

13.27 Danny Gribble

DQ'ed 9 Pat McGuire (Rough Driving)



Nine Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods were on hand for fifteen laps of racing. On the drop of the green flag, Michael Walter got the early lead, but behind him they were three wide for second. But it wouldn't matter as a caution was displayed for debris in turn one. As they did another original restart, it would be Walter getting the top spot again, with Kenny Ware slotting into second, followed by Shad Stevens and Robert Carr who were side by side for third, then Billy White rounding out the top five. On lap one, Pat McGuire was making a run to the front, ultimately getting by Stevens for third. On lap two, another yellow waved, this time for former asphalt racer Chuck Schoenfeld spun car on the back stretch.


The restart top five were Walter, Ware, McGuire, Stevens, and White. On the lap two restart McGuire would go to the outside of K. Ware in a bid to take over second, but couldn't get around K. Ware. On lap three the fight for the lead was three wide on the front stretch. Both Ware and McGuire would get around Walter shuffling the top three. On lap four, Walter would try to get under McGuire in a bid to get second back, but McGuire held him off down the back straight. A lap later and McGuire would hand second place to the field, as he spun in turn two. No yellow was needed, but McGuire ended up ninth after his flying 360.


On lap six, Stevens and Walter were side by side for second in turn two. Stevens would get the spot. On lap eight Carr and White were racing hard for fourth. They would go side by side on lap ten going down the back stretch. They stayed that way for a lap and a half till White held sole position of fourth as they raced into turn three on lap eleven. On lap twelve, Stevens and Ware were door handle to door handle on the front stretch for the lead , but Ware held the top spot. As the white flagged waved, Stevens was glued to Ware's back bumper as they raced into turn one. Ware held off Stevens by a car length to win his third win of the year.


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


1.83 Kenny Ware

2.231 Shad Stevens

3.07 Michael Walter

4.17w Billy White

5.27 Robert Carr

6.91 Pat McGuire

7.14 Chuck Schoenfeld

8.6 Hardy Henderson

9.63c Trace Crawford




The Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars were next with sixteen cars taking the green flag for fifteen laps of hard racing. Included in the field were the two drivers tied for third in the nation, Eric Jones and Benji Kirkpatrick. The first try at a start was aborted. As the field rolled around the track to try again, Justin McGehee would take his car to the red-yellow area. On the second try at a start, it was three wide racing coming out of four. It was Anthony Otken getting the jump over Tommy Honey, Gary Norman, Eric Jones, and Benji Kirkpatrick.


On lap two, Jones would dispatch Norman, who got high in turn three and dropped back. He then went side by side with Honey as they raced down the front stretch. Jones would get second in turn two. Then Jones would get around Otken for the lead in turn three. Honey would get around Otken as well, pushing him back to third. .


On lap four, Benji Kirkpatrick was in fourth and Jon Neilson had worked his way up to fifth. Kirkpartick would challenge Otken in turn two, using the low line to get into third. Lap five would see Neilson getting under Otken in turn two to move into fourth. A yellow came out on lap six for debris in turn one. It turned out to be the nose piece off of Gary Norman's car. He would have to restart in the rear. The order for the lap six restart was Jones, Honey, Kirkpatrick, Neilson, and Otken.


Another three wide battle ensued on the drop of the green. They stayed that way until turn two before they singled back out. No positions changed, until turn three when Honey dropped low and went door handle to door handle with Jones in a bid for the lead. Honey got the lead in turn one. On lap seven Jessie James Cox Jr would get around Otken to take over fifth. On the next lap Neilson's good run went south when he spun in turn four. No yellow was needed but Neilson rejoined at the back of the pack. That promoted Ron Simpson to fourth.


On lap ten, Simpson and Cox Jr were side by side for fourth in turn one. In turn two Simpson got the spot. A lap later Honey would go side by side with Jones in turn two in a bid for the lead. He would take over the top spot in pm the front straight. Lap twelve would see Jones fight back and he went under Honey in turn one. They again raced side by side for the lead all the way to turn four, where the high line proved better and Honey held his ground. A yellow would be thrown for Otken's spun ride in turn four. He would take his car to the red-yellow area. Kirkpatric followed Otken, from third place, into the work area and would restart last.


The line up with just three circuits left to go was Honey, Jones, Simpson, Cox Jr, and Stevens rounding out the top five. Everyone held station on the restart. On lap fourteen, Neilson, recovering from his earlier spin would get around Zana Craig in turn two to get sixth. Honey would go on to win his first ever feature race at Texas Thunder, though he has won at other tracks.


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


1.4 Jason Honey

2.84x Eric Jones

3.44 Ron Simpson

4.43 Jessie James Cox Jr

5.23 Shad Stevens

6.51j Jon Nelson

7.47 Benji Kirkpatrick

8.8 Vernon "Buck" Owens

9.79x Anthony Otken

10.86z Zana Craig

11.517 Ed Keiner

12.318 Scott Bowles

13.93 Jacob Dunn

14.09 Gary "Storming" Norman

15.79 Justin McGehee

16.3 Robin Rasmussen



The Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks brought ten of the four cylinder cars to the grid in their fifteen lap feature race. It was father and son pacing the field, as Orie Shipler was on the pole, with his son, Daniel Shipler along side of him. O. Shipler got the jump as the green flag flew. He was followed by Rickey Reid, D. Shipler, Ronnie Ellis, and Julie Zwiefelhofer. D. Shipler and R. Reid would have troubles in turn four causing both to drop back through the field. That put Ellis in second, with Billy White charging up to third, J. Zwiefelhofer in fourth, just ahead of her little brother, Travis Zwiefelhofer in fifth. PJ Egbert was lurking back in sixth.


As they were trying to complete that lap, things would get a bit crazy up front and Egbert would snooker almost everyone and took over second. As the pack was racing heavy, on lap four the top five were O. Shipler, Egbert, White, T. Zwiefelhofer, and Tanner “Bam Bam” Reid fighting with Ellis for fifth. Ellis would get the spot. On lap five, Egbert would dive under O. Shipler in turn one to take the lead. Egbert went from worse to first in five laps! A lap later and T. Zwiefelhofer would get around White on the front straight to take over third.


Things settled down for a bit, then on lap ten, Ellis would go high around White on the back straight in the race for fourth. Wllis would get the spot in turn four. On lap thirteen, Ellis was banging doors with T. Zwiefelhofer in turn two for third. Ellis would spin, but would get going without a yellow, loosing three positions. Egbert would go on to win by a full straight away over last weeks winner, O. Shipler and T. Zwiefelhofer. This is Egbert's eighth win in this class at the track this year.


Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks


1.712 PJ Egbert

2.39 Orie Shipler

3.20 Travis Zwiefelhofer

4.244x Tanner Reid

5.1 Mike Autrey

6.14 Ronnie Ellis Jr

7.44 Rickey Reid

8.5 David Stewart

9.202 Julie "Kelly" Zwiefelhofer

10.38 Daniel Shipler



Next up was the Big Tex Motorsports I. M. C. A. Modified King of the Hill! We were guaranteed to crown a new king, as the 2005 king, Keith White did not show up to defend his throne. Nine princes presented themselves to the infield to battle it out for the title.


First pair up were Ken Old and Jarrod Jennings. Old took the lead going into turn one. In turn three, Jennings tried to get in the lead by diving under Old in turn three. They raced wheel to wheel all the way to turn two, when Old shut the door and took the win.


Second pair was Chuck Bayles and George Lamphere. Lamphere would lead both laps easily and won by a half straight. Third pair was Rick Michael and Andrew Simmerman. Simmerman got the lead on the drop of the green. In turn three Michael went high and swept past Simmerman. On lap two they went side by side in turn two, with Simmerman just beating Michael to the line by a half car length.


Fourth pair was PJ Egbert racing Danny Gribble, who had to fix the rear end that was damaged in the feature to compete. It wasn't pretty, but he wanted the crown. Unfortunantly, Gribble would bobble badly in turn two on the first lap and that was all PJ Egbert needed to to take an easy win.


In the one and only quarter final, it was G.W. Egbert going up against Old. They went wheel to wheel to turn two, where Old finally got the lead. On the back stretch on lap two, G.W. Egbert dove under Old. It was an old fashioned barn burner through three and four, where G.W. in a desperate bid to advance, spun. Old moved on to the semi finials.


Semi final one was Lamphere and Simmerman. Simmerman got the jump off of turn four. Lamphere then came back and they went side by side in turn two all the way to turn three, where Simmerman held off Lamphere. On the second and last lap, they went side by side again from turn one all the way to turn four. Lamphere lead out of turn four, but Simmerman mashed the gas and just nipped him at the line.


Semi final two was old age and treachery versus youth and enthusiasm. Ken Old and PJ Egbert squared off, with PJ getting the lead on the drop of the green flag. Old would push his car to the limit, but he bobbled in turn two. PJ Egbert won by half the front stretch.


So the final was set, with one going home a looser, the winner being crowned the 2006 Modified King of the Hill. Simmerman drew the pole position. PJ Egbert would use the high side to jump into the lead on the drop of the green flag. Simmerman raced him hard into turn one, but Egbert would rebuff the attack. Simmerman had nothing left for Egbert, and he would add the 2006 King of the Hill to his many accomplishments.


Join us next week as we present seven classes of terrific racing. The night will be sponsored by Cintas, and will have the Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks Powder Puff race. A power puff is where the wives, mothers, girlfriends, sisters or some other female drives the race cars. The powder puff drivers must not be regular racers at the track. This event tends to one of the most entertaining one of the year.


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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