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Wild Cowtown ‘Shootout’ Closes Out ’07 Season, Sure To Keep Fans Buzzing All Winter Long


by Darin Short


Rockwall, TX (November 11, 2007) - What will go down as arguably one of the wildest nights of racing action in Cowtown Speedway history; two sprint car drivers left the ¼ mile hi-banked speed plant with $5,000 in their pockets, fans witnessed an authentic ‘Australian Expression Session’ sprint car exhibition (which can best be described by clicking this link:

), and a slugfest in the modified feature race which resulted in over 20 lead changes.


Track promoter, Bo Rawdon, had the track surface on ‘full-tilt’ for feature action, with three and four lanes of racing grooves developing, allowing drivers to quickly advance positions on the racetrack.


In the November Sprint Shootout (NSS), Kevin Ramey (TX) lined up in third position and raced past front row starters George White (TX) and Don Droud Jr. (NE) to pick up the 35-lap November Sprint Shootout championship. Fifth row starter Sam Hafertepe Jr. negotiated through lap traffic and competitors to nearly catching Ramey at the finish, winding up in second. Don Droud Jr., on his first trip to Cowtown Speedway, picked up $3,000 for his strong third place run, while Ramey took home $5,000 and Hafertepe collecting $4,000.


Another strong run in the sprint feature came from Minnesota’s Scott Winters. After getting crossed up on the initial start, relegating him to 20th on the restart, he clawed his way back to 8th by race end.


Drivers including Trey Robb (OK), George White (TX), Travis Rilat (TX), Gary Taylor (OK), Micah Schliemann (SD), Jack Dover (NE), Chris Morgan (KS), Claud Estes (TX), Eric Baldaccini (TX) and Matt Covington (OK) kept fans on the edges of their seats with lots of position swapping and side-by-side action all night long, as did the rest of the field.


After the NSS, overall points were tallied from the finishing positions of I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals (STN) and the NSS and the top four went to the Short Track Shootout (STS). This 4-car, 6-lap event carried a $2,000 purse, with paid $1,000 to the winner and $500, $300, $200 to the balance of the field. The winner also received a marble-based, porcelain helmet topped award from Darin Short of DarinShort.com. (Event marketing agent for the STN, COMP Cams Challenge, NSS & STS.)


Top point getter from both the STN & NSS was the sam15.com car of Sam Hafertepe, Jr. NSS winner, Kevin Ramey received the second highest point total, along with Travis Rilat and Don Droud, Jr. filling out the field.


On the parade lap, the four drivers were taunted by Darin Short on the front stretch with $2000 in 100’s being waved as they split him on the front stretch taking the ‘one to go’ signal.


On the start, Ramey and Hafertepe had a drag race into corner one with Hafertepe taking the edge going down the backstretch. Third place starter Travis Rilat would slip by Ramey, as would Droud; but at the end the sam15.com car of Hafertepe would reign supreme. Sam not only picked up the extra $1000, but receives the title of Short Track Shootout champion, which is a real feat for any sprint car driver.


And the action didn’t stop there. After taking the checkered flag, Hafertepe drove his car around the infield go-kart track, selected a spot, and began a dizzying array of head-snapping donuts erupting in a dirt cloud that enveloped half of the infield – much to the delight of the screaming crowd. Australians would have been proud of his exact replication of what is known in the sprint car world of ‘Expression Session.’


An exclusive title sponsor opportunity is available for the 2008 Short Track Shootout to the first company who signs on. Interested sponsors are urged to contact Darin at dssm93@msn.com for more information. There is no administrative cost for the promotion and 100% of the sponsor money raised will go directly to the driver purse; as in 2007. And our goal is to obtain an $8,000 sponsor; so the 2008 event will carry a whopping $10,000 Short Track Shootout purse.


Switching wings for doors, later in the night was the 50-lap, 24-car modified feature. The racing groove could best be described as ‘anywhere between the infield tires and the outside walls,’ resulting in a four and sometimes five car battle for the lead that didn’t end until the checkered flag came out. George White, who had time to get ‘reloaded’ from his 5th place finish in the NSS, came out the big winner.


Complete results and pictures of all the weekend’s action including the winged mini-sprints, limited modifieds and street stocks will be published soon at the track website, www.CowtownSpeedway.com.


If you’d like to relive some of last night’s action, or if you were unable to attend, several video clips of last night’s action are currently being published and can be viewed at www.darinshort.com/race.html.


Special thanks to all of the out of town teams and fans that traveled to Cowtown, many for their first time and we’re already looking forward to next season, which kicks off in February.

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