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With Gun Galore the title sponsor, many drivers took aim, but only a few were able to hit their marks.


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Contact Pat Wilson 254-290-6262





By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx


Gun Galore provided the targets, in the form of trophies and the prize money, but the drivers provided the fire power, and championships were in many of their sights.


First up were nineteen Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks for fifteen laps of racing. Chris Florio had the lead as the pack hit the back stretch on the drop of the green flag. He was followed by Gene Burnett, Dennis Simmons, Joe Fuller, and Brian Fuller as the top five. J. Fuller would get by Simmons going into turn three to get to third. The racing wouldn't stay green for long, as Mark Genrin, Simmons, and Tom Monroe stacked up in turn one. Also involved were B. Fuller, and Ryan Anderson. Burnett went to the red-yellow area for service.


So the restart top five were Florio, J. Fuller, Danny Dunn, Albert Wininger Jr, and Robert Simmerman. On the restart, J. Fuller swept around Florio for the lead off of turn four. Wininger Jr and Simmerman were side by side for fourth. That would turn into a race for third, when J. Fuller slowed up in turn four, and slipped back to fifth letting Florio regain the top spot. Winiger Jr held off Simmerman for third. On lap six, Wininger Jr got around Dunn for second in turn one. Lee Chase spun in turn four, scattering the field back in the back, but he got going before a yellow was needed.


On lap eight, Simmons pulled out of the race and into the infield. A lap later, and Monroe dove under J. Fuller in turn two in the race for fifth. They raced hard to turn three where J. Fuller ended up spinning to a stop. As he tried to restart his car, a fire erupted under the engine. He would be able to climb out to safety, and the fire crew quickly extinguished the blaze. Needles to say, a red flag was thrown. The restart top five would be Florio, Wininger Jr, Dunn, Simmerman, and Monroe.


On the restart, Monroe would sweep around Simmerman for fourth. He continuing the huge head of steam he tried to get around both Dunn and Winiger Jr. But it would be for naught, as a yellow was needed for “TV” Tommy Garcia, who rolled to a stop in turn two. Unfortunately a pool of liquid formed under his car, and he would be out of the race. The top five remained the same. On the second try, Dunn got a jump on Wininger Jr and took over second in turn one, but again a yellow was needed, as Dean Silva and Don Watson crashed in turn four, necessitating a yellow flag. Wininger got his spot back.


The third time was the charm, and it was helped by a single file restart. Dunn didn't like it though, as he did a flying three sixty in turn four, and kept going, though at the back of the pack. That promoted Genrin to fifth. On lap ten Wininger Jr got under Florio in turn four and took the lead at the start finish line. Florio would hound Wininger Jr for the remaining four laps, but came up just two car lengths short at the checkered flag. Winiger Jr started ninth, and won his eighth race of the year.


Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks


1.40 Albert Wininger, Jr

2.21 Chris Florio

3.0x Tom Monroe

4.1 Robert Simmerman

5.42 Mark Genrin

6.26 Scott Wilson

7.9 Carl Boettcher

8.20 Trevor Sparkman

9.05 Ryan Anderson

10.82 Lee Chasse

11.19r Dean Silva

12.63 Danny Dunn

13.36c Don Watson

14.100 Brian Fuller

15.T27 Tommy Garcia

16.00 Joe Fuller

17.83 Dennis Simmons

18.43 Gene Burnett

19.97 Chad McLean



Just as we did last week, the Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr Mini Stocks and the Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks were combined into one fifteen lap feature race. Three Jr Mini's and seven Mini Stocks lined up for a race in a race. Daniel Shipler took the early lead over Robert Robbins, Rickey Reid, Julie “Kelly” Zwiefelhofer, and Mike Autrey. Reid got by R. Robbins going into turn three for second. Colton Monroe was the leader of the Jr Mini race.


On lap one, Autrey and Travis Zwiefelhofer got around J. Zwiefelhofer for fourth and fifth. A lap later and T. Zwiefelhofer dove under Autrey, who bobbled in turn four, and they raced side by side to turn two. Autrey held on to the spot. On lap four, Reid dove under R. Robbins in turn two. But R. Robbins bobbled badly, and instead of slipping back only one spot, he fell back to fifth. J. Zwiefelhofer pulled off the track and out of the race on the same lap.


On lap six, Autrey dove under Reid in turn three, but Autrey would bobble this time, and as they raced off of turn four, Reid held onto second. T. Zwiefelhofer's car rolled to a stop on the front stretch, bringing out a yellow. The current points leader would have to retire from the race, as he was charged with causing a single car caution. The top five for the restart were Shipler, Reid, Autrey, R. Robbins, and Monroe, who was fifth overall and the first Jr. Mini. Joseph Charnock was sixth overall and second in Jr's, with Nathan Robbins seventh, and the third Jr.


On the restart, Reid jumped around Shipler to take over the top spot. Shipler would get into a series of tank slapper as he negotiated the front stretch. He had a flat right rear tire. Charnock got around Monore for fourth overall and first in Jr's. On lap nine the top five were Reid, Autrey, Charnock, Monroe, and Joseph Gregoire. Lap ten saw Monroe try to dive under Charnock in turn one, but couldn't get the traction he needed down low and Charnock kept the spot. Charnock's great run came to an end as he pulled off of the track and into the infield on lap eleven, giving the Jr Mini lead back the Monroe. Monroe was now third overall.


On lap twelve, Monroe got around Reid in turn three. Reid would also pull his car into the infield and out of the race. Monroe was second overall. On the white flag lap, Monroe was on the back bumper of Autrey for the overall lead. The raced hard and going into turn three Monroe drove his car to the bottom of the track, trying to slingshot his way around Autrey. But as they raced door handle to door handle Monroe looped his ride in turn four, and Autrey went on to win his first race of the year by a half straight away over a recovering Monroe. Autrey started seventh and won the Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks. Monroe started dead last, and finished second overall, and won the Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr Mini Stock race, for the thirteenth time!


Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks & Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr Mini Stocks


1.1 Mike Autrey

2.712 Colton Monroe (Jr Mini)


3.43 Joseph Gregoire

4.4r Nathan Robbins (Jr Mini)

5.202 Julie "Kelly" Zwiefelhofer

6.44 Rickey Reid

7.22 Joseph Chamock (Jr Mini)

8.8r Robert Robbins

9.38 Daniel Shipler

10.20 Travis Zwiefelhofer



Eighteen ground pounding, fire breathing, Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds took to the track for their twenty lap, draw/redraw, feature race. As the field poured onto the back stretch after the green flag waved, it was J.P. Dowell at the front with Paul Mullins, Johnny Sheets, Jarrod Jennings, and Elias Anderson hot on his heals. Sheets wasted no time in moving up a spot by getting by Mullins in turn three for second. On lap one, Anderson moved up a spot into fourth by diving under Jennings in turn four. A lap later and Anderson would be in third, with a pass of Mullins as they raced down the back stretch. Jennings spun on the same lap in turn three, but would get going before a yellow was needed. That moved Tanner Whitmire to fifth.


On lap four, Whitmire got around Mullins for fourth racing down the back stretch. It didn't last long though, as Whitmire spun in turn four, bringing out a yellow flag. The restart top five were Dowell in the lead, followed by Sheets, Anderson, Mullins, and now P. J. Egbert in fifth. On the restart, Egbert got by Mullins for fourth, as Anderson was getting by Sheets for second. Egbert pushed Sheets back another spot to pick up third. Ken Old got passed by Scotty Heintzman for sixth.


As the crossed flags were shown to the field, Heintzman got around Mullins for fifth. Up front it was was Anderson blasting past Dowell in turn three to take the lead. A lap later and Ebgert swept around Dowell in turn one to take up second. Lap twelve and Egbert and Anderson were wheel to wheel for the lead in turn two. As the raced hard into turn three, Egbert took the lead. Egbert started to pull away from Anderson in second, and on lap fifteen he was catching a snarling gaggle of lapped traffic. On the same lap, Dowell jumped outside of Anderson as they raced down the back stretch, but Anderson would hold him off going into turn three.


A lap later, and it was Sheets getting under Dowell coming off of turn two, but Dowell beat back the attack entering turn three, and held on to third. With just two laps to go, that snarling pack of lappers in front of leader Egbert was three wide coming out of turn four. In the slicing and dicing, Egbert and Whitmire got together and as a result, Whitmire ended up in the front stretch wall.


The restart order for the green, white, checkered restart was Egbert, Anderson, the lapped car of George Lamphere, Dowell, Sheets, lapper Bill Lecompte, and Heintzman in fifth. On the first try to restart, Dowell spun from third in turn three, bringing the yellow flag out again. During the caution flag period, the leader, and current points leader, Egbert pulled into the pits with a broken tie rod. So the scrambled top five were Anderson the leader. Lamphere was in between Anderson and second place Sheets, who had the lapped car Lecompte between him and third place Allen Waltimire. Old was fourth with Andrew Simmerman in fifth.


On the second green, white, checkers restart, Simmerman got around Old for fourth. Hoffman, who restarted seventh pounced on Old next and took fifth from him in turn two. As the white flag waved, many battles were going on for positions, but no one could catch Anderson as he got to the checkered flag two car lengths ahead of Sheets. Anderson used his seventh starting spot to win his first race, in his first appearance, of the year.


Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds


1.31 Elias Anderson

2.20x Johnny Sheets

3.44 Allen Waltermire

4.15 Andrew Simmerman

5.00 Jason Hoffman

6.52 Ken Old

7.63 Hardy Henderson

8.10 Scotty Heintzman

9.715 J. P. Dowell

10.39 Paul Mullins

11.19 George Lamphere Jr

12.247 Bill Lecompte

13.707 PJ Egbert

14.101 Tanner Whitmire

15.98j Jarrod Jennings

16.18 Jason Hubbert

17.39T Tim Carmen Sr

18.988 Anthony Otken



Twelve fast and furious Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars were next to do battle in their fifteen lap feature. It was Shad Stevens getting the early lead, followed by Ron Simpson, Jacob Dunn, Johhny Sheets, and Jessie James Cox Jr. Robin Rassmusen's race was a short one, as she pulled into the infield on the first lap. On lap one, Justin McGehee got under Cox Jr in a bid for fifth in turn two. They raced door handle to door handle to turn three, where McGehee spun, but would continue with out bringing out the yellow. Two laps later, and we weren't so lucky, as Josh Winner spun to a stop in turn four. His race would be over for bringing out a single car caution.


There was no change in the top five lineup as the field took the green flag. On the restart, Dunn went high around Simpson in turn two for second place. Sheets would also get by Simpson, with a pass in turn three. On lap four, Simpson fought back in turn two, dropping low and digging hard, but as they got to turn three, Sheets held him off and retained the third spot. Two laps later and Sheets would get back by Dunn as he got under him in turn one. They raced side by side to turn turn four, where there was some contact between the two cars and Dunn bobbled badly and dropped down the leader board. Sheets took over second.


On lap seven, Simpson got around Sheets for second in turn two. Anthony Otken was in fifth. On lap eight, Dunn would spin to a stop in turn four, and bring out a single car caution, bringing his night to and end. To recap the top five for the lap eight restart it was Stevens up front, with Simpson, Sheets, Cox Jr and Otken rounding out the top five. On the restart, Sheets got back into second by jumping past Simpson. On lap twelve, Simpson's good run came to and end with a spin in turn four. He would keep going, so no yellow was needed. That put McGehee into the fifth spot.


As the white flag waved, the leaders were entering turn three, when Wayne Neff spun in front of them. Even with having to dodge Neff's car, Stevens was able to hold off Sheets by one car length to win his third race of the year. Stevens started on the outside pole.


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


1.23 Shad Stevens

2.20x Johnny Sheets

3.43 Jessie James Cox Jr

4.79x Anthony Otken

5.79 Justin McGehee

6.24 Daniel Shipler

7.86 Wayne Neff

8.44 Ron Simpson

9.93 Jacob Dunn

10.51w Josh Winner

11.9 Jason Batt

12.3 Robin Rasmussen

DNS 8 Vernon "Buck" Owens

DNS T4 Tony Hamil


Seventeen of the always exciting cars that race, not racing cars, took to the track for the fifteen lap Budweiser Racing Texas Twister feature. It was Kevin Ashley getting the early lead, followed by Steven Crossley, J. D. Hardcastle, Jared Bouchie, and Neil Elliot. On lap one, there was a huge gaggle of cars racing for fourth place. In that mix was Howard Twardokus and as the gaggle raced into turn three, Twardokus rolled his car. The red flag was displayed, and Twardokus and his passenger both climbed unharmed from the crinkled car.


The restart top five were Ashley, Crossley, Hardcastle, Elliot, and Bouchie. On the restart, James Deane got around both Bouchie and Elliot to get into third. Aaron White, who restarted ninth, went three wide in turn three, splitting Deane and Hardcastle and pushing his way towards the front and into sixth. On lap two, Crossley got the lead by sweeping high around Ashley in turn four. A. White raced his way to third. A lap later, and A. White moved up another spot, getting by Ashley to take the runner up spot. Then those three, Crossley, A. White, and Ashley swapped the lead several times between themselves, with A. White being the leader of lap three.


On lap four, Crossley got back by A. White in turn two, pulling Ashley along with him. In turn four, Ashley would get by Crossley to regain the lead. But on lap five, the lead would change again, as though three were hammer and tongs. At the end of the fifth lap it was A. White back in the lead, with Crossley, Ashley, P. J. Egbert, who was moving up through the field in fourth, and Chris Florio in fifth.


On lap six, Egbert swept around Ashley in turn one, using the extreme top of the track to get third. In turn four, Ashley would almost spin, and lost another spot, to Florio, to end up in fifth. On lap nine, Egbert got outside of Crossley on the front straight and took over second going into turn one. A lap later and he was challenging A. White for the lead in turn two. The raced side by side to turn three but A. White held him off and retain the top spot. On lap eleven the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic. Egbert used that traffic to his advantage as he dove under A. White in turn two and completed his worst to first charge through the field.


On the white flag lap, Florio was on the bottom three wide with the lapped car of Deane in the middle, and Crossley high wide and handsome up top. As they raced into turn four, Crossley held off Deane for third. Egbert went on to win his first Budweiser Racing Texas Twister feature race by five car lengths over A. White. He started seventeenth and dead last.


Budweiser Racing Texas Twister


1.707 P.J. Egbert

2.12 Aaron White

3.B52 Steven Crossley

4.71 Chris Florio

5.2 Larry Tuerck

6.88 Brian Mendenhall

7.1 Gary White

8.11 Keith Desmarais

9.8 Kevin Ashley

10.190 Tom Yagalla

11.829 JD Hardcastle

12.7 Jared Bouchie

13.37 James Deane

14.17 Neil Elliott

15.35 Clint Williams

16.107.3 Nasty Nate

17.223 Howard Twardokus



The only race left to run was the Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods, of which eight took to the track for their fifteen lap feature race. It was Mike Autrey taking the early lead over Calvin Schoenfeld, Robert Carr, Kevin West, and David Goode. Carr would get around Schoenfeld for second in turn three. Goode got around West for fourth. On lap one, Goode would get by Schoenfeld in turn three for thrid. On lap two West would be next to move Schoenfeld back, as he got around him for fourth. Shad Stevens pulled into the red-yellow area on the same lap.


On lap four, West dove under Goode and they raced wheel to wheel to turn two, but Goode held onto the third spot. The next lap was the same as the last, with the same outcome. But it changed as they raced into turn three, West finally made the bottom groove work and he took over third. On the same lap, Kenny Ware got around Schoenfeld for fifth. Two laps later and Ware got by Goode in turn one to take over fourth.


On lap eight, former road racer, Carr, got under Autrey in turn one and took the lead. Lap nine would see the only yellow flag fly, as Ware went off the track on top of turn three. So the top five for the restart were Carr, Autrey, West, Goode, and Schoenfeld. Chris Super and Ware rounded out the field. On the restart, Carr bobbled coming out of turn four and that let Autrey get inside of him as they raced down the front stretch. They raced wheel to wheel all the way back to turn four where Carr finally beat back the attack.


During the great battle for the lead, Ware was slicing his way through the field. On lap ten, Ware went three wide with Goode and Schoenfeld to get to third. That would turn into second, as Autrey bobbled badly and would drop back four positions. On lap eleven, Ware was challenging Carr for the lead. He went high into turn three, and got around Carr and into the lead off of turn four. Things settled down until the white flag lap, when West got under Carr for second in turn three, but Carr would hold him off in turn four. As the checkered flag waved, it was Ware winning his sixth race of the year a half straight away ahead of Carr. Ware started sixth.


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


1.83 Kenny Ware

2.27 Robert Carr

3.11w Kevin West

4.107 David Goode

5.10 Mike Autry

6.14 Calvin Schoenfeld

7.10x Chris Super

8.231 Shad Stevens


Join us next week as Advanced Electrical Systems charges up the races. And don't forget The National Banks of Central Texas Demolition Derby. This always crowd pleasing Derby is the last one of the year, so don't miss it, or you will be sorry!


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.


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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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