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Advanced Electrical Systems charged the night, and The National Banks of Central Texas provided the bang, at Texas Thunder Speedway!


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Contact Pat Wilson 254-290-6262





By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx



With Advanced Electrical Systems on board as the sponsor, the crowd of over 1400 were amped up in the stands, and sparks were flying on the track, in the racing portion of the night! And The Central Banks of Central Texas “lent” their might to the field of fifteen Demolition Derby drivers! A great fast, tacky and smooth track was the venue for the terrific racing


First up in the order of feature races were the combined classes of four bangers. The Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Jr Mini Stocks and Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks had fourteen cars total for fifteen laps. Without hear races, the field was lined up by draw. Mike Autrey hit the back stretch first on the green flag lap. He was followed by pole sitter Nathan Sodek, Nathan Robins, Joseph Gregoire, and last weeks winner, Daniel Shipler.


On lap one, Julie “Kelly” Zwiefelhofer got under Shipler on the back stretch, but as they raced into turn three, Shipler held on the his top five spot. On the second circuit, Joseph Charnock left the racing surface and pulled into the infield with a flat tire. J. Zwiefelhofer lost a couple of spots. On the fourth trip around, Shipler would suffer problems in turn four, and he lost five spots, to end up in tenth.


On lap six, with the leaders already in lapped traffic, Jacob Wininger got loose in turn two and hit Travis Zwiefelhofer, who had made his way to third. Wininger would loop his ride on the back stretch, causing the first caution in the race. The restart top five were Autrey, Sodek, T. Zwiefelhofer, Gregoire, and Colten Monroe, the Jr Mini leader. On the restart T. Zwiefelhofer lept around Sodek in turn four to take over second. Monroe got around Sodek as well on the back stretch, moving him to third.


The next lap was exciting, as Monroe tried pass T. Zwiefelhofer on the low side in turn one. The two banged doors hard, but T. Zwiefelhofer held on to the runner up spot. Rickey Reid got around Sodek to get over fourth. On the next lap, Wininger spun to a stop at the bottom of turn one, bringing out another yellow flag. His night would be over, as he was helped into the pits by the tow truck. The restart order on lap eight was Autrey, T. Zwiefelhofer, Monroe, Reid, and Sodek. Reid, on the restart, would get under Monroe, and they raced down the front stretch, but Monroe would hold onto third as they raced through turn one. Reid would bobble badly down low, and both Sodek, and Brad VanMarter passed him down the back stretch.


With Autrey starting to pull away a bit, the battle for second heated up between T. Zwiefelhofer and Monore. Monroe dropped under T. Zwiefelhofer in turn three. They raced side by side all the way to turn one, where Monroe took over second. But T. Zwiefelhofer wasn't going to give up without a fight, and on lap eleven dove under Monroe in turn one, getting back second in turn two. A lap later, and T. Zwiefelhofer had reeled in the leader Autrey, and as they raced out of turn two, he got him and raced him door handle to door handle to turn four. Autrey would hold off the youngster and retained his lead.


With just two laps to go, T. Zwiefelhofer again tried getting under Autrey in turn two, with the same result as they raced off of turn four. Monroe was lurking back in third, and as the white flag waved Monroe would get under T. Zwiefelhofer coming out of turn two, but couldn't get a good run down the back stretch. T. Zwiefelhofer after beating back Monroe's attack, went on the offensive in turn four, as he got under Autrey as they raced out of turn four to the checkered flag. With the two trading paint, Autrey would just hold off T. Zwiefelhofer by a half car length, winning his second race in a row! Autrey started third. Monroe won his fourteenth Jr. Mini race from the eleventh starting spot.


Cottman Transmissions Mini Stocks


1.1 Mike Autrey

2.20 Travis Zwiefelhofer

3.712 Colton Monroe (Jr Mini)

4.244 Brad VanMarter

5.202 Julie "Kelly" Zwiefelhofer

6.60 Nathan Sodek

7.43 Joseph Gregoire

8.4r Nathan Robbins (Jr Mini)

9.44 Rickey Reid

10.8r Robert Robbins

11.J2 Joel Garcia

12.22 Joseph Chamock (Jr Mini)

13.38 Daniel Shipler

14.42 Jacob Wininger



Fourteen Hertz Rent A Car I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods took to the track for their fifteen lap feature race. It was pole sitter Kevin Green getting to the back stretch first on the green flag lap. He was followed by David Goode, Corey Holman, TJ Green, and Kevin West. T. Green got around Homan before the lap was over for third. On lap one, T. Green challenged Goode low in turn one, but Goode would hold him off going into turn three.


On lap three, T. Green again got under Goode on the back stretch and they raced wheel to wheel to turn one, on lap four, where again Goode held off the challenge to his runner up spot. On lap five West got under Holman coming off of turn two. Holman held him off, using the high line into turn three to keep fourth. On lap six, T. Green was finally able to put Goode behind him with a move low in turn two, to get to second. Robert Carr was passed West for fifth.


On the ninth circuit, after passing West for sixth on lap eight, Ware would get under Carr in turn four to get into the top five. A lap later and Ware would challenge Holman for fourth. Ware tried to sweep around Holman using an outside move in turn four. Ware brushed the wall, and with sparks and cement dust flying just barely held onto his car. Holman held him off in turn one.


With the laps winding down, and top three starting to get away, lap twelve saw Carr get back by Ware, in turn two, to get back fifth. Ware wasn't going to lay down easy, and he repassed Carr on lap thirteen in turn one. The final two laps saw the top three nose to tail and racing hard. But it was K. Green wining by one car length over T. Green. K. Green used his pole position to win his first race of the year.


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


1.5d Kevin Green

2.55 TJ Green

3.107 David Goode

4.34 Corey Homan

5.83 Kenny Ware

6.27 Robert Carr

7.11w Kevin West

8.1r Ritchie Robins

9.231 Shad Stevens

10.63c Trace Crawford

11.17w Billy White

12.10 Mike Autry

13.424 Mike McDougal

14.9 Olin Dillard



Eighteen of the Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks took to the track next for their fifteen lap feature race. On the initial start of the race, Chris Florio looped his ride in turn three, collecting Danny Dunn and Gene Burnett. Dennis Simmons was black flagged for rough driving, as he never lifted as the yellow was thrown and plowed into several cars. His night was done.


On the second try to start the race, it was Albert Wininger Jr getting to the back stretch first, followed by Don Watson, Tim Fasano, Chad McLean, and Corey Stepan. Stepan would get by both McLean and Fasano before the lap was over to get to third. On lap one, McLean got around Fasano in turn three for fourth. But it would be short lived, as McLean had his left rear tire go flat, and he spun to a stop in turn one bringing out the yellow flag. On the pace laps, Ryan Anderson took his car to the red-yellow area and out of the race as well.


The restart order on lap one was Wininger Jr, Watson, Stepan, Carl Boettcher, and Trevor Sparkman. On the resumption of racing, Stepan got around Watson for second. Sparkman got around Boettcher for fourth and then Boettcher would lose another spot to Scott Wilson before the lap was over. On lap two, Sparkman got under Watson on the front stretch, but as they race to turn two Watson held Sparkman off for third. But Sparkman kept the pressure up, and finally got around Watson in turn four. Watson would have problems on lap three, slowing and loosing many spots on the track. That moved Gene Burnett up to fifth.


Watson's troubles got worse, as on lap four, he spun to a stop high in turn three, bringing out the yellow flag. His night was done. The restart top five were Wininger Jr, Stepan, Sparkman, Wilson, and Burnett. Points leader, Robert Simmerman was lurking in sixth. On the restart the field made a complete lap with out a change to the top six running order.


On lap six, Simmerman got under Burnett as they raced off of turn two, and they raced side by side all the way to turn one, lap seven, where Simmerman got into the top five. A lap later, the leader Wininger Jr was going into turn three, surrounded by lapped traffic, when his car didn't make the expected left turn and went sailing off the top of turn three. He reappeared some moments later, doing a great “Dukes of Hazard” impression to regain the track in turn four. But the yellow had already been displayed, and he would have to restart at the back.


The restart order just at halfway was Stepan up front, Simmerman in second, Wilson third, and Simmerman and Jeff Medlock fourth and fifth. No positions changed during the restart. Boettcher tried to get back into the top five with a move on Medlock coming out of turn two, but couldn't get the pass done. Medlock went too high in turn two, loosing many spots on lap nine. Wininger Jr was on a charge back to the front, and got around Boettcher for fifth.


Things got real exciting on lap eleven as Wininger Jr, Simmerman, and Wilson came off of turn four three wide. Wininger Jr blasted past both cars in front of him and took over third, while Simmerman and Wilson still fought over fourth side by side, with Wilson holding onto the spot on the back stretch. The last four laps were uneventful, though there were several battles for positions going on. Stepan would cross the finish line first, four car lengths ahead of Sparkman to pull onto victory circle for the second time this year. Stepan started seventh.


Kwik Kar Oil & Lube Street Stocks


1.85 Corey Stepan

2.20 Trevor Sparkman

3.40 Albert Wininger, Jr

4.26 Scott Wilson

5.1 Robert Simmerman

6.21 Chris Florio

7.9 Carl Boettcher

8.27 Tim Fasano

9.63 Danny Dunn

10.44j Jeff Medlock

11.19r Dean Silva

12.43 Gene Burnett

13.84x Eric Jones

14.36c Don Watson

15.97 Chad McLean

16.05 Ryan Anderson

17.82 Lee Chasse

DQ'ed 83 Dennis Simmons – Rough Driving



Sixteen cars that race, not race cars, took to the track for the fifteen lap Budweiser Racing Texas Twister feature race. It was Keith Desmarais leading the field to the back stretch on the green flag. Kevin Ashley was second, Jared Bouchie third, Howard Twardokus fourth and Chris Florio in fifth. In turn three, Florio got around Twardokus for fourth, but Twardokus powered back by Florio in turn four. On lap one, Jeff Mendenhall made his way to fifth, as a big pack of cars were all racing from third on back to about ninth.


On lap two, Florio tried to get under Twardokus in turn two, but couldn't the pass done. In turn four, Twardokus slowed and started falling back in the pack. He would bring out a red flag with a lazy roll-over in turn two on lap three. The car skidded sideways at the top of the exit of the turn and did slow tip onto the driver's side door. Neither Twardokus, nor his passenger, were hurt in the incident. The car, which had flipped a couple of weeks earlier, was none the worse for wear either, and after a brief stop in the red-yellow area, would actually be able to continue, though at the back of the pack.


The restart top five were Desmarais, Ashley, Mendenhall, Florio, and Joe Garcia. Points leader Gary White was in sixth. On the restart, Mendenhall jumped around Ashley for second. Then the field went four wide in turn two! Florio came out int third, Garcia fourth and Aaron White fifth. As they raced to the front stretch, G. White was spun and came to a stop on the front stretch. It was determined that Garcia had spun G. White and he was shown the black flag for rough driving.


For the lap four restart it was Desmarais still up front, followed by Mendenhall, Florio, Ashley and A. White. On the restart, A. White, Ashley and Scott Crossley banged doors hard in turn one, Ashley and Crossley got out of shape and lost many positions. A. White was able to hold his position. The schnozzle in turn two shuffled the top five, with first two the same, Chris Ware in third, “Nasty Nate” Cullifer in fourth and A. White in fifth. On lap seven, another yellow was needed, this time for Neil Elliot rolling to a stop high in turn two. Mendenhall took his car to the red-yellow area and rejoined at the back of the pack during the caution.


Desmarias, Tuerck, Cullifer, A. White and now Bouchie were the top five coming to green. Bouchie and A. White banged doors hard in turn one, with Bouchie getting fourth from A. White. Twardokus, in his car “Flipper” got around A. White on the back stretch to get back to the top five. On lap twelve, Twardokus got under Bouchie in turn one, but Bouchie had a better run up high in turn two and retained his spot. The lap wouldn't be kind to Tuerck, who hit the front stretch wall coming out of turn four and bringing out another yellow. He would continue. A. White would not though, as he pulled out of the race.


Just seven cars were left in the race, with five laps to go. They were, in order, Desmarais, Cullifer, Bouchie, Twardokus, Crossley, Tuerck and J. D. Hardcastle. On the restart Bouchie got under Cullifer and they raced door handle to door handle to turn two, where Cullifer held him off. Tuerck left the race on the same lap. On lap thirteen Crossley used the high line in turn two to sweep around Twardokus to get to fourth. That would be the last pass for position, and Desmarais went on to win the race by a full straight away over Cullifer. This was his second win of the year, and he lead all the laps from the pole position.


Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters


1.11 Keith Desmarais

2.107.3 Nasty Nate

3.7 Jared Bouchie

4.B52 Scott Crossley

5.223 Howard Twardokus

6.829 JD Hardcastle

7.2 Larry Tuerck

8.12 Aaron White

9.37 James Deane

10.190 Tom Yagalla

11.88 Brian Mendenhall

12.17 Neil Elliott

13.71 Chris Florio

14.8 Kevin Ashley

15.1 Gary White

16.J2 Joe Garcia



The Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars had fifteen cars line up for their fifteen laps of feature race. It was Don Lewis leading them to the back stretch, followed by Robin Rasmussen, and Tony Otken. then Lewis had trouble and fell back, shuffling the order as he went down the leader board. On lap one, it was Rasmussen, Eric Jones, Otken, Ron Simpson, and Gary “Storm'n” Norman as the top five. In turn three, Jason “The Acro” Batt got around Norman for fifth.


On lap two, Jones got by Rasmussen for the lead in turn two, pulling Simpson along with him. The first yellow would be thrown on lap three for debris in turn three. It turned out to be the hood off of Wayne Neff's car. Neff would have to leave the race, as he did not have a metal fan shroud installed. The restart top five were Jones, Simpson, Rasmussen, Otken and Batt. On that restart, Batt tried going high around Otken in turn two, but couldn't a run off of the corner and Otken held onto fourth. On lap four, they were three wide in turn three for third, it was Batt, Rasmussen, and Otken all in a wad. And that is they way they settled it, Batt third, Rasmussen fourth and Otken pushed back to fifth.


The battle for the lead heated up, and from this time on, all eyes, including mine, were glued to the fantastic duel going on at the head of the field. On lap five, Simpson dove under Jones in turn three. They raced door handle to door handle all the way to turn two, on lap six, where the rookie Simpson took over the lead. Then going into turn three, Jones dove under Simpson and got back the lead as the stormed off of turn four. But Simpson wasn't going to roll over and go away, and he again dove under Jones in turn one, the two racers working the bottom of the track, and retook the lead as they raced into turn three, lap seven.


The race for the lead settled down for a lap, though Jones was nipping at Simpson's heels the whole time. On lap nine, Batt was in third, Norman in fourth and Rasmussen fifth. Jones again dove under Simpson in turn four but Simpson held him off as they raced into turn one. On lap ten Jones and Simpson both went low in turn four. They banged doors hard, and Simpson almost spun, but they raced door handle to door handle to turn one, where Jones was able to muscle his way back into the lead.


On lap twelve, Rasmussen's engine let go and she pulled into the infield and out of the race. That promoted Jessie James Cox Jr to fifth. On lap thirteen, with the leaders nose to tail, the battle deeper in the pack went three wide off of turn four, with Cox Jr, Shad Stevens, and Norman scrambling for fifth. Cox Jr spun off of turn four, but got going again before a yellow was needed. Norman passed Stevens. Jones held off a determined Simpson to win the race by three car lengths for his fifth win. Jones started ninth.


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


1.84x Eric Jones

2.44 Ron Simpson

3.9 Jason Batt

4.09 Gary "Storming" Norman

5.23 Shad Stevens

6.43 Jessie James Cox Jr

7.318 Scott Bowles

8.18 Gene Burnett

9.51 Donald Lewis

10.8 Vernon "Buck" Owens

11.T4 Tony Hamil

12.3 Robin Rasmussen

13.79x Anthony Otken

14.36 Tracy Kitchens

15.86 Wayne Neff



The ground pounding, fire breathing, Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds took to the fast track next for twenty laps of racing. Sixteen drivers hit the gas when the green flag fell. It was Hardy Henderson getting the early lead followed by Rick Green, J D Schleis, Ken Old, and Jarrod Jennings. On lap one, with the racing wheel to wheel, nose to tail, Old took over third. David Smith II getting into fourth and Pat McGuire was fifth. On lap two Mcguire and Smith were wheel to wheel in turn two for fifth. They raced that way to turn two, lap three where McGuire got the spot.


On lap three, Old got around Green for second. Two laps later and G. W. Egbert got around Smith for fifth in turn two. But it the pass was in vain, as a yellow flag was displayed for Jennings who spun to a stop in turn three. Restart top five were Henderson, Old, Green, McGuire, and Smith. On the restart, Smith pounced on McGuire in turn four and took over fourth. In turn three, McGuire got under Smith and they raced side by side to turn one on lap six, where Smith held on to the spot. Turn one of lap seven saw G. Egbert get under McGuire in a bid for fifth. They raced wheel to wheel for two laps, where G. Egbert took over fifth in turn four of lap ten.


On lap eleven the leaders were in heavy lapped traffic. A lap later and Brain Fuller brought out the yellow, spinning to a stop directly under the flag stand. His night was done. The restart saw Henderson up front, then the lapped car of George Lamphere, Old in second, Green, Smith, and G. Egbert in fifth. On the restart, it was a three wide battle for second as Smith was on the bottom, Old in the middle, and Green high wide and handsome. Green would get second in the exchange, Smith third, and Old was shuffled back to fourth. But again, passes were negated, as the yellow came out for Jennings again spinning to a stop, this time in turn two.


So with the top five restored, on the restart of lap twelve, it was Smith getting under Green on the back stretch, but not getting the pass completed and falling back as they raced into turn three. A lap later and G. Egbert got under Smith for fourth in turn one. They raced side by side till turn three, where G. Egbert got fourth. That fourth turned to third, when the leader Henderson pulled off the track with a broken left front suspension. A yellow was needed to clear Henderson's car from the track. That handed the lead to Old.


With six laps left to race, it was Old up front, followed by Green, G. Egbert, Smith, and McGuire. On the single file restart, it was Jason Hoffman and McGuire banging wheels in turn four. The result of the contact was Hoffman getting fifth from McGuire. On lap fifteen, G. Egbert dove under Green in turn two but Green held him off as they exited the corner. But Green would hand the spot to G. Egbert as he pulled off of the track in turn four and into the infield and out of the race. McGuire was back in fifth.


With two laps left, G. Egbert got under Smith in turn two, taking over second. With the checkered flag in sight, Smith pulled off the track, out of the third spot, and into the pits. Ken Old went on to win his second race of the year, and number eighty in his Modified career, from the seventh starting spot.


Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds


1.52 Ken Old

2.717 G.W. Egbert

3.00 Jason Hoffman

4.9 Pat McGuire

5.15 Andrew Simmerman

6.78 Trevor Egbert

7.7 J.D. Schiels

8.39 Paul Mullins

9.703 David Smith II

10.82 Rick Green

11.63 Hardy Henderson

12.98j Jarrod Jennings

13.91 Brian Fuller

14.19 George Lamphere Jr

15.247 Bill Lecompte

16.44 Allen Waltermire

DNS 71 Glenn Derks II

DNS 27 Danny Gribble


The terrific racing was done, but the huge crowd stayed in place, as fifteen cars took to the track next. They were The National Banks of Central Texas Demolition Derby field. After a great battle, and much mangled metal, it was Jonathan Calhoun with the last car running, and the winner of the Derby. Michael Crandall was second, and Shane Calhoun and Fran Allen tied for third.


The National Banks of Central Texas Demolition Derby


1.27 Jonathan Calhoun

2.8x Michael Crandall

Tie 72 Shane Calhoun

20 Frank Allen


1CAV Josua Morgan – Best Appearing Car


The drivers were given fifteen minutes to try and reconstitute their cars for another go around. Four cars were able to make the dead line and it was Justin Corbin bashing his way to that win.


Join us next week as Kwik Kar Oil & Lube presents a regular night of racing. It will be the final night for points for the I. M. C. A. classes. Also on tap in the Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modified “Race of Champions”. This special race is open to all the drivers who have won a Modified race this year, or, have won a track championship in the Modifieds. This is one of the most prized races among the drivers to win, and they will be pulling out all the stops to be in victory circle.



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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