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Houston Motorsports Park recap and results, 5/19/07


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Mick Anderson

Houston Motorsports Park

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Sirizzotti Sizzling and Blinded Vets Honored at HMP Saturday

 

Houston, TX (May 21, 2007) - Continuing a motorsports tradition of honoring Americans who serve their country through voluntary military service, Houston Motorsports Park hosted the Blinded Veterans Association on Armed Forces Day on Saturday night. Participating in the intermission ceremonies were Roy Young, President of the Greater Houston Regional Blinded Veterans Association, Legacy racer and former member of the 82nd Airborne Sammy May and the entire field of Bandoleros drivers who “passed the helmets” to collect $400 to help the GHRVBVA continue its service projects for 1,400 Blinded Vets.

 

The ASA Pro Late Model 75 lap feature was full of surprises, some dandy driving, and a dramatic finish. Bernie Warriner, Jr. was a dominant force for the first fifty laps holding off the early race challenges of Jason Young, Shawn Hunt, Lloyd Alexander, and others. Meanwhile, Eddy Wallace and Kyle Sirizzotti were wowing the crowd with their charges up through the pack. On lap 50 a yellow flag came out involving two cars including Eddie Wallace between turns three and four. As the leaders slowed coming down the back straight Warriner took the middle groove into three and ended up slamming into the rear of the already stopped Wallace, taking both cars out of the event.

 

When the feature resumed, Sirizzotti had the lead but was constantly pressured by Speedfest 2007 feature winner Jason Young and San Antonio’s Lloyd Alexander who was making his first 2007 appearance at HMP. Kyle handled several re-starts and beat Young to the checkered by 1.081 seconds. 10 of the 17 starters finished the event, which was Sirizzotti’s first ASA Pro Late Model career win.

 

In other racing action the competition was spirited with several other racers posting first time 2007 season feature wins. John Stapp scored his first feature win by besting Jeff Sandel and Robert Carson in the Thunder Roadsters. Alex Hickham returned to his winning ways in the Bandolero battles with May 4th feature winner Darius Garcia a close second. Travis Westell, Dylan Hyche, Boyd Bumbera, Alec Stutes, Derek Inster and Brandon Walterbach rounded out the field.

 

Legends action saw Michael Ryan win his second feature of the season with Bandoleros graduate Zach Hausler taking second in his first Legends start of the year. The Allison Legacy field was small but fans were on feet when Todd Brady, Sammy May, and Jack Kelly finished Preakness-style win, place, and show. The Brady and May finishes were especially sweet given that both drivers had been crashed out of a Lone Star Legacies feature at Thunder Hill Raceway the week before.

 

With the biggest field of the year on hand for the Texas Race Truck division, Jim “ Lockhart Lightning” Albert showed that an early season win was no fluke. Michael Morgensen and Cody Dusty rounded out he top three. Kristen Bumbera proved once again showed her racing moxie as a double division threat by grabbing the lead with just five laps to go while battling early leader Del Harris, Arthur Hermiz and James Huff and then hanging on for the 40 lap Hobby Stock win her second of the year.

 

Ralph Burris, Jr. was another 2007 season first time winner with a sterling performance of working his way through the field and grabbing the checkered flag in the 60 lap Pro Modified feature. May 4th feature winner Trey Mitchell finished second with early race leader Tuffy Hudson scoring a strong third place showing.

 

The event was marred by a serious racing accident involving Hannah Baker and Jason Boyd, which brought out a race-ending red flag situation with 18 laps to go. Baker after being hit by Boyd going into the third turn crashed heavily in the outside wall between turns three and four and received a second blow in the driver’s side door as her car spun around. Fearing severe head and neck injuries, a team of track officials and Harris County Emergency Medical staff took over an hour to carefully extract the conscious but temporarily immobilized Baker from the car. When placed in an ambulance accompanied by her mother, Philippa Baker, medical personnel reported there were no apparent internal injuries or neurological damage, but that a series of scans and x-rays would be administered once she reached the hospital.

 

Track owner and father of Hannah, Graham Baker reported on Sunday that the initial tests for serious injuries proved negative and except for a sprained neck, sprained back and bruising, Hannah was in good spirits. Being the racer and team member she is, Hannah was more concerned that parts of her car had been removed in the effort to extract her from the car and that the crew led by Tom Potts would have more work to do to get ready for her next race.

 

“My daughter is a real competitor and my family and I are immensely relieved that she was not seriously injured in this unfortunate incident,” said Graham Baker. “We want to thank all the fans, racers and teams and HMP staff for their tremendous outpouring of concern and affection for Hannah and the many offers of help and prayers. “

 

Due to the nature of the accident and a series of events that led up to the crash, HMP officials will be meeting this week to review all the information and to make decisions about any necessary disciplinary action. Competition Director Randy Andersen reported that he will inform all involved parties in writing about any such action following established HMP guidelines and rules.

 

Racing resumes at HMP on Saturday June 2nd. For more information on race times, admission prices, etc. please visit www.houstonmotorsportspark.com.

 

Results

 

ASA Pro Late Models

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 93 Kyle Sirizzotti 75 14.289 68

2 27 Jason Young 75 14.325 62

3 115 Lloyd Alexander 75 14.39 33

4 0 Kristin Bumbera 75 14.433 64

5 70 Shawn Hunt 75 14.499 8

6 89 M Wickham 75 14.464 60

7 19 Kent Baltzell 75 14.528 66

8 14 Carl Smith 75 14.371 31

9 28 Ralph Burris Jr. 75 14.712 7

10 71B Brandon Kelley 74 14.564 33

11 29 Thad Felton 65 14.585 32

12 71D Donny Kelley 52 14.642 33

13 37 Bernie Warriner Jr. 50 14.375 35

14 55 Eddy Wallace 50 14.411 34

15 2 Matt Smith 40 14.364 33

16 47 Ed Mann 39 14.356 8

17 11 Brian Schild 9 14.71 7

 

Pro Modifieds

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 28 Ralph Burris Jr. 42 15.075 89.552 31

2 47 Trey Mitchell 42 15.073 89.564 37

3 7T Tuffy Hudson 42 15.009 89.946 10

4 33 Jason Morman 42 15.178 88.945 29

5 4 Brad Hudak 42 15.107 89.363 12

6 12 Hannah Baker 41 15.141 89.162 31

7 8 Jim Nides 37 14.911 90.537 31

8 88 Larry Hughes 36 16.067 84.023 24

9 21 Trian Stutes 22 15.265 88.438 11

10 65 Bubba Menard 21 15.598 86.55 11

11 9 Jason Boyd 21 15.136 89.191 12

 

Texas Trucks

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 31 Jim Albert 40 16.218 83.241 14

2 44 Mike Morgensen 40 16.257 83.041 16

3 40 Cody Dusty 40 16.282 82.914 19

4 6 D. L. Wilson 40 16.31 82.771 11

5 64 Terry McCoul 40 16.235 83.154 10

6 80 Bubba Shelton 40 -.--- - 0

7 72 Brent Bell 40 16.298 82.832 10

8 77 Terry Busbee 39 16.658 81.042 10

9 1 Jodie Buzbee 20 16.589 81.379 10

10 4 Joshua Tuttle 4 17.498 77.152 2

 

Allison Legacys

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 20 Todd Brady 30 16.494 81.848 15

2 0 Sammy May 30 16.421 82.212 27

3 3 Jack Kelley 30 16.557 81.537 16

4 2 Cody Kelley 30 16.548 81.581 17

5 88 Jay Carley 30 16.687 80.901 12

 

Thunder Roadsters

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 17 John Stapp 20 15.616 86.45 13

2 29 Jeff Sandel 20 15.554 86.794 4

3 3 Robert Carson 20 15.827 85.297 14

4 820 Glenn Paxton 20 15.756 85.682 16

5 2 Roger Whitley 18 17.749 76.061 3

 

Bandoleros

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 94 Alex Hickham 15 18.924 71.338 15

2 18 Darius Garcia 15 18.818 71.74 8

3 44 Travis Westell 15 18.861 71.576 15

4 5 Dylan Hyche 15 19.367 69.706 9

5 95 Boyd Bumbera 15 19.606 68.856 14

6 99 Alec Stutes 15 19.537 69.1 10

7 27 Derek Inser 15 19.493 69.256 11

8 47 Brandon Walterbach 10 19.543 69.078 7

 

Dwarfs

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 38 Michael Ryan 20 16.475 81.942 15

2 91 Zack Housler 20 16.458 82.027 14

3 20 Colby Yates 20 16.477 81.932 3

4 27 Colin Lynch 20 16.836 80.185 5

5 85 Chris Ryan 20 16.821 80.257 6

6 51 Zachary Knowles 20 16.687 80.901 3

7 5 Steve Hyche 20 16.736 80.664 9

8 12 Elizabeth Baker 20 16.869 80.028 5

 

Hobby Stocks

 

Pos, No., Name, Laps, Best Tm, In Lap

1 0 Kristin Bumbera 40 16.804 80.338 5

2 1 Del Harris 40 16.894 79.91 5

3 37 James Huff 40 16.796 80.376 18

4 777 Arthur Hermiz 40 16.639 81.135 32

5 22A Mike Mogensen 37 16.83 80.214 6

6 F8 Freddy Davila 9 18.126 74.479 1

7 7 Janet Huff 3 17.391 77.626 1

8 5 Rick Clark 1 15:12.6 1.479 1

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