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Fourteen year old shows the veterans the way to victory circle on Dodge Country night at Texas Thunder Speedway!


For immediate release

Contact Pat Wilson 254-290-6262





By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx



After six long, cold months waiting for the 2007 racing season to kick off, Dodge Country sponsored the opening night at Texas Thunder Speedway in Killeen, Tx. Joining the one hundred and twenty cars on hand was a huge crowd of race starved fans.


Nineteen Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars were the first feature race to hit the track following heat race action. Perennial front runner Benji Kirkpatrick took the lead, using a restart to power around Ron Simpson, on lap nine. Six laps later and he took the checkered flag six car lengths ahead of Simpson and a terrific hard fought battle for third. Eric Jones battled with Shad Stevens for the final five circuits with the two going side be side for most of final distance. Jones just nipped Stevens for the third spot at the line. Winner Kirkpatrick started seventh.


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


1.47 Benji Kirkpatrick

2.44 Ron Simpson

3.84x Eric Jones

4.23 Shad Stevens

5.4 Jason Honey

6.9 Jason Batt

7.3 Robin Rasmussen

8.51 Donald Lewis

9.43 Jessie James Cox Jr

10.318 Scott Bowles

11.T4 Tony Hamil

12.87 Kevin Sustaire

13.440 Fred Wojtek

14.33 Matthew Gray

15.79 Justin McGehee

16.9J Jason Batt

17. 8 Vernon "Buck" Owens

18.38 Daniel Shipler

19.3M Jason Bogard



Twenty-five Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds took to the track in heat race action. A B-Main was avoided when one car scratched, so the field was set through the heat races for a Twenty-four car main event. Pat McGuire got the early lead from his third starting spot. Ken Old worked his way up from seventh starting spot to run second in the middle laps, with former track champion, Keith White running in third. But charging hard from his nineteenth starting spot was Keith Green, as he got around White on lap sixteen, and then got around Old a lap later to get the runner's up spot.


After a yellow, White would get around Old for third, as McGuire pulled away from K. Green. On the white flag lap, Old got a run in turn three and he and White were wheel to wheel in turn four. Old would get third by a half car length from White. But it would be McGuire winning by five car lengths over K. Green.


Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds


1.9 Pat McGuire

2.5 Keith Green

3.555 Ken Old

4.1 Keith White

5.10 Scotty Heintzman

6.78 Trevor Egbert

7.01 Dustin McGaha

8.82 Rick Green

9.19 George Lamphere Jr

10.37 Bill Pittaway

11. 11H Wesley Hamilton

12. 707 PJ Egbert

13.5k Kenny Stone

14.57 Brian Killingsworth

15.71 Glenn Derks II

16.12T Jimmy Tidwell

17.44 Allen Waltermire

18.41 Mitch Hardman

19.988 Anthony Otken

20.56 Greg Killingsworth

21.247 Bill Lecompte

22.39 Paul Mullins

23.93 Jacob Dunn

24.15 Andrew Simmerman



The Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters put Twenty cars on the track for their first feature of the year. This class that was started last year with just ten cars has grown two fold, and has seen a couple of last years drivers move it to the street stocks. Chris Florio, who now drives a Street Stock as well, won from the fourth starting posistion.


Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters


1.71 Chris Florio

2.1 Gary White

3.2 Larry Tuerck

4.11 Keith Desmarais

5.404 Nasty Nate Cullifer

6.7 Jared Bouchie

7.829 JD Hardcastle

8.35 Clint Williams

9.190 Tom Yagalla

10. 007 Chuckee Nourse

11. 221 Brad Garrison

12. 8 Charlie Laidley

13. 9 Joshua Bouchie

14. B52 Scott Crossley

15. 357 David Kirby

16. 23 Michael Hilliard

17. 17t James Tanner

18. 37 James Deane

19. 116s Kevin Myers

20. 171 Robert Embry



Danny's Transmissions I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods were up next with a full field of twenty-four hot shoes ready to do battle for twenty laps and put on a great race! Outside pole sitter, Mark McDaniel, had the lead for the first four circuits until the third starter, Kenneth Graves took that spot over. At the crossed flags the top five were Graves, McDaniel, T. J. Green, George Egbert, and Mike McDougal. On lap twelve, McDaniel, Green, and Egbert were three wide for second in turns one and two. They did the same the next lap, with Green and Egbert getting by McDaniel for second and third. Egbert spun out of third on lap fourteen, but got going with no yellow.


With five laps left to go, Keith White, who had started dead last, had made his way to fourth. A lap later and White got by McDaniel for third. McDaniel would then fall out of the race whit drive shaft problems. On the restart, McDougal pounced on White and took back third, while Graves pulled way from Green up front. Green got swallowed up by McDougal on lap eighteen and then McDougal set out after Graves. White got third from Green on the white flag lap and as the checkered flag fell giving the win to Graves, McDougal and White were side by side at the line for second, with McDougal getting the spot by half a bumper. Graves backed up his feature race win at Heart of Texas Speedway in Waco the previous night. Graves in only fourteen years old




Danny's Transmissions I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods


1.4 Kenneth Graves

2.224 Mike McDougal

3.1 Keith White

4.55 TJ Green

5.45t Eric Tomlinson

6.14c Calvin Schoenfeld

7.31 David Malone

8.40 Albert Wininger Jr

9.107 David Goode

10.10 Mike Autry

11.37 Bill Pittaway

12.2 Brandon Stewart

13.58 Sid "The Kid" Kiphen

14.11 Mark McDaniel

15.7 Scotty Wallace

16.45 Shane Wojtek

17.70 George Egbert

18.5d Kevin Green

19.27 Robert Carr

20.56 Brandon Cotton

21.23 Shad Stevens

22.0 Tim Carman Jr

23.83K Kenny Ware

24.707 PJ Egbert


The Cottman Transmissions Teen Mini Stocks, the newest class at the track, had six cars line up for ten laps of racing. Julie Kelly Zwiefelhofer wrestled the lead from Colten Monroe, then held off Joseph Charnock to take the win.


Cottman Transmissions Teen Mini Stocks


1.202 Julie Kelly Zwiefelhofer

2.22 Joseph Chamock

3.712 Colton Monroe

4.114 Ryan Ellis

5.42 Jacob Wininger

6.0 Brandon Colburn


Last, but never least, it was the Cleo Bay Honda Street Stocks. Twenty-six cars signed in and that necessitated running a B-Main. After that, twenty cars took to the track for the twenty lap feature race. Pole sitter, Michael Legore got the early lead. On lap four Trevor Sparkman and Legore got together in turn four as they battled for the lead, but both continued and no positions changed. By lap five, two time, and defending champion Robert Simmerman, who started twelfth of the grid hauled himself into third.


Sparkman challenged Legore on lap six, with a door handle to door handle battle in turn four, with Sparkman getting the top spot in turn one, lap seven. Simmerman took over second on lap eight. Simmerman then got a run on Sparkman out of turn two and they raced side by side to turn three, Simmerman got the lead but it wouldn't stick as a yellow was thrown for a wreck involving Paul Kohl and Scott Wilson on the front stretch.


On the restart, Sparkman bobbled coming out of four and both Simmerman and Legore got by him. Sparkman got back by Legore after they went side by side under the crossed flags, with Sparkman finally getting the runner's up spot in turn four. Legore blew his engine on lap fourteen and was out of the race. Simmerman used his vast experience in the class to pull slowly away from Sparkman. The Gatesville, Tx driver won by half a straight, showing everyone that he intends to vigorously to try to for three championships in a row.


Cleo Bay Honda Street Stocks


1.1 Robert Simmerman

2.20 Trevor Sparkman

3.21 Chris Florio

4.83 Dennis Simmons

5.88 Brian Mendenhall

6.71 Chris Florio

7.05 Ryan Anderson

8.2 Kevin Ashley

9.30 Bobby Norton

10. 00 Brian Fuller

11. 8w Brian Whitcomb

12. 69 Michael Legore

13. 44 Brad VanMarter

14. 7 Jeremy Adkins

15. 96 Paul Kohl

16. 26 Scott Wilson

17. 43 Gene Burnett

18. 11 Brad Weir

19. 48 Mitch Tierney

20. 91 Joe Fuller


Cars that did not qualify out of B-Main

63 Danny Dunn

84x Eric Jones

18 Pat Worthy

19r Dean Silva

05A Angela Gardner

9 Carl Boettcher


Next week join us as VP Racing Fuels sponsor the races that will be the re-debut of the Iron Head Winged Modified series to the track. This exciting class of cars have a long and storied history in Central Texas. All six of the regular classes will be on hand as well.


Promoter Pat Wilson would like to remind everyone that mufflers are required on all cars in all classes. The I. M. C. A. classes must have the I. M. C. A. approved mufflers.


No muffler means an automatic disqualification. There is no grace period in effect for mufflers. No muffler, no money or points.


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.


Fans now have 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. Your credit card can be used to buy yur tickets at the ticket booth as well. 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 Six SUPER EXCITING classes of cars to entertain the entire family.


Featured classes include; Dodge Country IMCA Modifieds, Corbin & Associates, Attys I. M. C. A. Stock Cars, Danny's Transmissions I. M. C. A. SportMods, Cloe Bay Honda Street Stocks, Cottman Transmissions Teen Mini Stocks, & Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters. Special Events designed especially for the kids as well as Powder Puff Races, and our all time crowd pleaser, the Demolition Derby.


Come join the fun, at Texas Thunder Speedway! We will sell you the whole seat, but you will only need the edge!


Bill "Sarge" Masom

Texas Thunder Speedway PR/Media

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