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VP Race Fuels fueled another great night of racing at Texas Thunder Speedway


Cutline: Robert Simmerman of Evant, Tx climbs out of his Cloe Bay Honda Street Stock in victory lane. The defending, two time track champion has won both races in 2007


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By Bill “Sarge” Masom

Killeen, Tx


Another massive crowd was on hand to see the one hundred and twenty-five race cars bulging the pits, spilling over to the auxiliary pits, on VP Race Fuels night at Texas Thunder Speedway, in Killeen, Tx. Helping to set the near record car count, were eight exciting cars from the Iron Head Winged Modifieds.


The Cottman Transmissions Teen Mini Stocks started the feature racing off for the night, with six youngsters on hand to do battle for ten laps. Ryan Ellis got the early jump, to be followed by Joseph Charnock. On lap four those two tangled at the flag stand, with both crashing in turn one. Charnock's night was over then and there, with Ellis only lasting a couple of laps more.


A lap after the restart, with Julie Kelly Zwiefelhofer in the lead, she and her brother Travis Zwiefelhofer along with Colten Monroe went three wide in a battle for the lead in turn four. They all three made contact, with Monroe, who was on the low side, getting the better of the two siblings, and took over the lead. Monroe would win his first of the year by half of a straight over T. Zwiefelhofer and a fading J. Zwiefelhofer. Monroe and J. Zwiefelhofer are tied for the points lead.


Cottman Transmissions Teen Mini Stocks


1.712 Colton Monroe

2.20 Travis Zwiefelhofer

3.202 Julie Kelly Zwiefelhofer

4.114 Ryan Ellis

5.0 Brandon Colburn

6.22 Joseph Chamock


The Cleo Bay Honda Street Stocks were next up with a full twenty-four car grid for their twenty lap feature race. Outside pole sitter, Eric Jones got the early jump, followed by Mitch Tierney, who would drop back after a restart on lap five and wouldn't be a factor after that. The top five on lap six was Jones, Joe Fuller, Robert Simmerman, Trevor Sparkman, and Michael Legore. On lap seven, twelve place starter, Simmerman passed both J. Fuller and Jones to take over the lead. J. Fuller followed Simmerman around Jones to get to second. A lap later and Sparkman would get by Jones for third.


Sparkman and Jones would then begin a battle for third that lasted to the finish. It would turn into a battle for second when on lap eleven, J. Fuller lost a right rear wheel and pulled into the infield. With two laps left to go, and Simmerman stretching his lead, the battle for second switched hands several times, with Jones just getting the spot at the line. Simmerman, the defending, two time track champion, won by a full straight over Jones and Sparkman. Needless to say, being two for two on the season, Simmerman is the points leader.


Cleo Bay Honda Street Stocks


1.1 Robert Simmerman

2.84x Eric Jones

3.20 Trevor Sparkman

4.83 Dennis Simmons

5.44 Brad BanMarter

6.88 Brian Mendenhall

7.7 Jeremy Adkins

8.67 Joe Horne

9.05 Ryan Anderson

10. 4 Ken Plonsky

11. 2 Kevin Ashley

12. 19r Dean Silva

13. 30 Bobby Norton

14. 21 Chris Florio

15. 91 Joe Fuller

16. 8W Brian Whitcomb

17. 69 Michael Legore

18. 48 Mitch Tierney

19. 11 Cody Cooper

20. 63 Danny Dunn

21. 43 Gene Burnett

22. 27 Tim Fasano

23. 31 Chuck Hatfield

24. 00 Brian Fuller


The Corbin & Associates, Atty's I. M. C. A. Stock Cars were up next with eighteen cars on the gird for their fifteen lap feature race. Jason “The Acro” Batt, the outside pole sitter got the early lead as the green flag waved. On lap six there was a yellow for crash with Shad Stevens and Don Lewis all tangled up in turn two. On the restart, it was again Batt with the lead, followed by Eric Jones, and Benji Kirkpatrick who got around Daniel Shipler in third. On lap seven, Jones would get alongside Batt in turn three, with the two racing door handle to door handle for the lead. But Batt held off the former track champion coming out of turn four.


Jones dove under Batt in turn two on lap nine, with the two racing hard, side by side, all the way around the track to turn two again. This time Jones would get the lead. Kirkpatrick got around B in turn three as well, to take over second. Kirkpatrick would hound Jones the rest of the way, and drove hard into turn three under Jones coming to the checkered flag. But Jones was just able to get a better run out of four and held off last week's winner, Kirkpatrick, to take his first win of the year. Kirkpatrick retains his points lead.


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


1.84x Eric Jones

2.47 Benji Kirkpatrick

3.9J Jason Batt

4.4 Jason Honey

5.38 Daniel Shipler

6.79 Justin McGehee

7.44 Ron Simpson

8.9 Gary "Storming" Norman

9. 23 Shad Stevens

10. 318 Scott Bowles

11. 3 Robin Rasmussen

12. 58 DJ MacWilliams

13. 51 Donald Lewis

14. 43 Jessie James Cox Jr

15. T4 Tony Hamil

16. 3M Jason Bogard

17. 33 Matthew Gray

18. 8 Vernon "Buck" Owens


The Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds were up next with twenty-two of the fire breathing, ground pounders on the grid for their twenty lap feature race. Anthony Otken got the early jump and lead to turn one, but by the time they reached turn three, fourth place starter, P, J. Ebgert had the lead. Andrew Simmerman moved to second on lap one. On lap three, last week's winner, Pat McGuire and Allen Waltimire were wheel to wheel for fourth, which McGuire secured. He then got around Otken for third a lap later.


Waltimire brought out a yellow on lap seven by stopping on the track. On the restart. On the restart, McGuire and Ken Old got around Simmerman for second and third. On lap eight the race for the lead heated up, with McGuire getting alongside Egbert. They raced side by side down the back stretch and stayed that way to the front stretch. As they raced into turn one, McGuire took over the lead. On lap eleven, Egbert got by McGuire in turn two. In turn three, McGuire almost spun and lost second to Old.


On lap fourteen, McGuire used the high side in turn two to get back second from Old. At the white flag, with Egbert stretching his lead over McGuire, Old and Simmerman were in a terrific battle for third. Simmerman got around Old in turn two, but Old got him back in turn three. Former I. M. C. A. National Modified Rookie of the Year Egbert, won his first race of the year by a half straight. McGuire retains the points lead.


Dodge Country I. M. C. A. Modifieds


1.707 PJ Egbert

2.9 Pat McGuire

3.52 Ken Old

4.15 Andrew Simmerman

5.23 Greg Atwood

6.1 Keith White

7.11H Wesley Hamilton

8.10 Scotty Heintzman

9.5k Kenny Stone

10. 71 Glenn Derks II

11. 66 Randy Yount

12. 988 Anthony Otken

13. 19 George Lamphere Jr

14. 37 Billy Pittaway

15. 00 Jason Hoffman

16. 8 Jason Hubert

17. 44 Allen Waltermire

18. 82 Rick Green

19. 78 Trevor Egbert

20. 5 Keith Green

21. 93 Jacob Dunn

22. 39 Paul Mullins


The Iron Head Winged Modifieds were up next for their fifteen lap feature with eight cars on the grid. Pole sitter David Williams got the lead going into turn one at the drop of the green flag. On lap four Charlie Williams got around David Suggs for second. On lap eight Rick Poteet took third from Suggs. Meanwhile back up front, D. Williams was lapping his way up to fourth place. He went on to win the race by half a track over C. Williams.


Iron Head Winged Modifieds


1.22 David Williams

2.87 Charlie Williams

3.61 Rick Poteet

4.62 Ronnie Reese

5.31 David Suggs

6.55 Teddy White

7.88 Gaylon Johnson

8.54 Terry White



Twenty-five Danny's Transmissions I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods were on hand. That necessitated running a twelve lap B-Main to set the twenty car feature race. It took four tries to get the A-Main started. The first start was aborted on a jump start. The second start was scary as Robert Williams got turned on the front straight. Fourteen year old Kenneth Graves, who won last week, and had to race his way into the A-Main through the B-Main, collected Williams, sending both out of the race.


On the third start, Kenny Ware almost flipped his car in turn one, and rolled to a stop on the back stretch. You could see the entire underside of the car, and most in the crowd thought he was going over on his head. On the next try at a start, leader Kevin Green almost flipped his car in turn four, but he was able to continue, though he lost two positions. It was George Egbert in the lead, followed by Sid “The Kid” Kiphen, K. Green, Brandon Stewart, and Keith White. Kiphen would use the high side in turn three on lap five to get by G. Egbert for the top spot. White, who had been moving up, got around G. Egbert for second on lap six.


On lap nine, the two time, and defending I. M. C. A. Southern SportMods National Champion, White used a slide job to get the lead from Kiphen in turn one. Kiphen would stay close to White in the dieing laps, make several challenges for the lead, but not getting back by White. On the white flag lap G. Egbert's engine blew going into turn three. White won his first race at Texas Thunder in 2007 by one car length from Kiphen. White's win give him the point lead.


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


1.1 Keith White

2.58 Sid "The Kid" Kiphen

3.5d Kevin Green

4.45t Eric Tomlinson

5.707 P. J. Egbert

6.40 Albert Wininger Jr

7.224 Mike McDougal

8.6 Hardy Henderson

9.55 TJ Green

10. 66 Johnny Tores

11. 2 Brandon Stewart

12. 70 George Egbert

13. 77 Larry Ware

14. 23 Shad Stevens

15. 83K Kenny Ware

16. 23A Greg Atwood

17. 14c Calvin Schoenfeld

18. 7 Scotty Wallace

19. 02 Robert Williams

20. 4 Kenneth Graves


B-Main 9th through 13th


9.10 Mike Autry

10. 0 Tim Carman Jr

11. 37 Bill Pittaway

12. 23G Luke Genovese

13. 107 David Goode


Last but never least, twenty Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters came out for their fifteen lap feature race. Jackie Fetzer and T. J. Yagalla wagged war for nearly the entire fifteen laps, with the two exchanging the lead several times. Neither driver knew it, but this race would be their last in those cars, as both had been claimed prior to the race. T. J. Yagalla would win the battle to the checkered flag, but both he and Fetzer will have to find new rides next week. Gary White is the points leader.


Budweiser Racing Texas Twisters


1.190 Tom Yagalla

2.171 Jackie Fetzer

3.007 Chuckee Nourse

4.71X Rickey Reid

5.1 Gary White

6.7 Jared Bouchie

7.37 James Deane

8.829 JD Hardcastle

9.77Y Tom Yagalla

10. 11 Keith Desmarais

11. 357 David Kirby

12. 17t James Tanner

13. 48 Ronnie Ellis Jr

14. 8 Charlie Laidley

15. 9 Joshua Bouchie

16. 2 Larry Tuerck

17. 35 Chris Wilkinson

18. 23 Michael Hilliard

19. 404 Nasty Nate Cullifer

20. B52 Scott Crossley


Join us next week as Kwik Kar Oil & Lube sponsors another great night of racing. Also, don't forget about the Budweiser Racing Texas Twister raffle. Tickets can be purchased in the track's souvenir stand for $5. The drawing will be held on Father's Day, June 16th. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. You must be present to win.


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


I got the 9 of Gary Norman confused with the 9J of Jason Batt.


It is fixed now.


Bill "Sarge" Masom

Texas Thunder Speedway PR/Media

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Actually, Reb, that race was 20 laps, there were more than 20 cars, hence the extra five laps.


And I have been informed that picture was taken opening night, not this week. But it was still a 20 lap race, both nights.


Simmerman is now 2 for 2, and is seriously trying to three peat the championship.


120 cars opening night, with a B-Main for Street Stocks, and one just avoided in the Modifieds. Then this week, 125 cars, with a full 24 car Street Stock field, 22 Modifieds, 20 Texas Twisters, 18 I-Stocks, and 26 SportMods, needing a B-Main to set the A-Main grid!


Just imagine how much better they could be doing if only they knew how. ;)


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