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Walton Wins Bayou Classic


By: Pat Mayberry


Rain showers throughout the day at Houston Motorsports Park threatened to

dampen the spirits of the Texas Super Racing Series stars. Two different

times heavy showers soaked the 3/8 mile high banked tri-oval. But thanks to

Mother Nature and the great HMP crew, fans who braved the weather saw Robert

Walton become the third rookie of the season to win as he took home his

first series victory in the Bayou Classic.


Walton had practiced well all day, but had trouble in qualifying when the

right rear spring bucket came out. Walton elected to pull his car from the

impound lot and start the race from the back of the field so he could fix

the problem. It was a gamble that paid off big for the former ARTS truck

series champion.


As the green flag flew over the field, pole sitter Shane Harris spun his

tires allowing Chris Schild, Tommy Gural and Ian Webster the chance to get

by him before turn one. The field quickly stretched out and laid down some

very quick laps.


Walton was showing patience and picking off a car every couple of laps. On

lap twelve problems popped up all around the track and Walton managed to

avoid them all. On the back stretch David Snokhouse and Mike Cullen got

together to bring out the first caution of the night. Meanwhile, Rookie

point leader, Cody Smith, and veteran Bobby Joe New traded some paint on the

front stretch, sending both to the pits for repairs. Then, rookie Kyle

Sirizzotti pulled to a stop when his cockpit filled up with smoke.


After all cars paid a visit to the pits everyone made it back out on the

track, but for Smith and Sirizzotti it looked like it a very bad night in

their chase for a championship. Little did they know fate would help them

before the night was over.


On the restart Walton now found himself in sixth trailing Schild, Gural,

Webster, Harris and Teresa Gural. On lap 27 Schild pulled up high and made

his way to the pits, handing over the lead to Gural. On lap 28, Gural

pushed up high out of the racing groove and Webster assumed the lead.

Webster has run every race in series history and now found himself leading

his first lap.


Meanwhile, Harris moved up to second and Walton was now running in third as

the drivers past the midway point in the race. With 25 laps to go, New was

racing to get a lap back and got by Webster. Walton dropped in behind New

and went right by Webster for the lead. From that point on Walton just

concentrated on hitting his marks and opened up a nearly three second lead

over the field.


"Words really can't explain it. It's the best win I've ever got," said a

tired Walton after the win. "This one is for Ricky and my Mom & Dad. If it

weren't for all the people who helped me there is no way possible I could

have been here. Wednesday we didn't even have the motor in the car. We had

run another race the week before the Mid Summer Shootout and the motor came

apart on us. That's why we missed TWS. My motor builder was great. He

came right back to us with even a better one than before.


Walton was followed under the double checkers by Teresa Gural, Bill

Hamilton, Harris, Webster as the only cars on the lead lap. Rounding out

the top ten were Gary Chancellor who made his first start with the series,

Smith, Snokhouse, Schild and Leland Waddell.


Series point leader, Tommy Gural, ended the night ten laps down and in

twelfth place. Despite early problems Smith finished seven places better

and has brought the championship race to a dead heat between the two



The next stop will be September 2nd at Thunder Hill Raceway for the July 2nd

rainout make up date. Both Gural and Smith have won track championship at

Thunder Hill so it will be very exciting to see who leaves with the points

lead. For more information on the Texas Super Racing Series, please visit

their website at www.manracingpromotions.com.


Race Information:

Name: Robert Walton

City: Del Valle, TX.

Age: 38

Years in racing: 22

Chassis: Howe

Body: Monte Carlo

Engine Builder: Loftin Performance

Brakes: Wilwood

Shocks: Bilstiens

Sponsors: Loftin Performance, QRS Trucking, Racing GrafX.com, Enterprise

Rent-a-car, Miss Diane's Dance Unlimited, Continental Collision, Burly

Inspections, Terry's Race Cars, Mom & Dad

Cautions: 6 for 9 laps

Fastest green flag lap: Bobby Joe New 15.325

Lap Leaders: 1 - 27 Chris Schild

28 Tommy Gural

29 - 49 Ian Webster

49 - 75 Robert Walton

Margin of victory: 2.733 seconds

Time of Race: 45:01

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