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I-37 Raceway results 6/13/08


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IMCA Modifieds

1. 20/25r Brian Rye

2. 11k Chip Godfredson

3. 137 Bill Pittaway

4. 13 Ken Hobbs

5. 12 Bob Lienweber

6. 84 Patrick Kelly

7. 2 Marlin Sanford

8. 8g Greg Dinsmore

66 Randy Yount----DNS(motor)

 

IMCA Modified heat winners, 20/25r Brian Rye, 137 Bill Pittaway

 

 

IMCA Southern SportMod

1. 21g Steve Grantz

2. 66 Johnny Torres

3. 48 Chris Swenson

4. 4$ Chris Rye

5. 26 J J Jennings

6. 60 Pat Lyon

7. 11 Chris McLendon

8. 88 Mark McGahey

9. 89 Doug Livingston

10. 22 Rene Mares

11. 37 Bill Pittaway

12. 94 Allen Torres

 

IMCA SSM heat winners, 11 Chris McLendon, 66 Johnny Torres

 

 

Super Stock

1. 58 Moe VanKirk

2. 57 Jed Rollins

3. 13 Howie Marcx

4. 7 Richard Bartosh

5. 21 Chico Cox

6. 29 David Boudreau

7. 60 Harlin Covert

8. 14 Gary Hunter

 

 

Super Stock heat winners, 7 Richard Bartosh, 58 Moe VanKirk

 

 

Street Stock

1. 42 Tommy Casey

2. 021 Randy Guzman

3. 51 Donald Lewis

4. 6 Barry Codling

5. 08 Alton Fambro

6. 37 A J Wernette

7. 41 Wade Jones

29p Daniel Pierce--DNS

 

 

Street Stock heat winners, 41 Wade Jones, 08 Alton Fambro

 

 

 

Pure Stock

1. 74 Danny Kasperwicz

2. 64 Pat Kelly

3. 8x Charlie Earnhardt

4. 7x Janel Hilla

5. 15 William Cavender

6. 25 Jo Jo Horne

7. 57z Cecil Zimmerman

8. 96 Justin Henley

9. 555 Sonny Jones

10. 67 Joe Horne

11. 3 Albert Mares

66 Adam Torres---DNS

 

 

Pure Stock heat winners, 555 Sonny Jones, 96 Justin Henley

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What a wild night of racing....

 

We had cars driving off the track, breaking down the fence and best of all good racing.

 

Good Job I37 crew for fixing the fence in a hurry.

 

Had fun.. See ya next time

 

Mod #13

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Good racing and the track management is doing an excellent job getting the show done. That Sport Mod race was worth the price of admission by itself.

 

Hey Reb,

Was that you dodging the spinning car in the infield? I thought I was watching Emmitt Smith. You are pretty quick when you need to be.

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LMAO.......no sprintsrule it was the photographer. I was have nice cushy spot up in the scoring tower. ;)

 

 

 

I-37 Raceway, 6/13/08

By J M Hallas

 

 

Pleasanton, Tx.,(June 13th, 2008) A Friday the thirteenth night of racing for all the triskaidekaphobic’s, with B&A Foreign Car Specialists adding $100 to each purse going to the winner. You would have thought it was full moon during hot laps on top of being the 13th. In IMCA Southern Sportmods, Steve Grantz tried to knock down the turn 4 fence after having bolts break in the steering wheel hub.

 

Then in IMCA Modifieds, Greg Dinsmore did his best “Flying Walinda” impression after sailing his car over the turn 3 tire barrier, going airborne, landing on the nose, doing a half twist before landing back on all fours. Fortunately both drivers escaped uninjured and miraculously both cars were ready for heat race action.

 

 

Rye Races to Win One

Rookie Corpus Christi area driver, Brian Rye finally picked up his first ever IMCA Modified win Friday night. Rye got by early leader, Ken Hobbs and held charges from Bill Pittaway and Greg Dinsmore until pulling away the last half of the race for an unchallenged victory.

 

Hobbs got the jump on Marlin Sanford at the start of the 20-lap IMCA Modified main event. Coming out of turn 2 it was Rye, Pittaway and Sanford three wide for second. Rye took a look low on Hobbs, while former Sprint Car pilot, Chip Godfredson and Dinsmore got past Sanford. Pittaway reeled in Rye and Hobbs on lap 3 just as Hobbs spun in turn 3.

 

 

On the restart, Dinsmore jumped inside Pittaway and was looking under Rye. Pittaway fought back as he and Dinsmore ran side by side. Godfredson joined that battle, getting along side Pittaway for third when yellow waved after Sanford and Patrick Kelly got together in turn 2.

 

 

Once back to green, Dinsmore quickly tried to duck inside Rye for the lead in turns 1-2, but Rye was able to hold him off. With the top four pulling away at halfway it was Rye, Dinsmore, Pittaway, Godfredson and Hobbs in the top five. Godfredson got around Pittaway for third and was putting the heat on Dinsmore, with an ill sounding motor, for second.

 

 

Godfredson and Dinsmore were wheel to wheel for second lap 11, with Godfredson getting the spot as Dinsmore slowed. Dinsmore pulled off a lap later after breaking the ceramics on the plugs. In the final laps the field spread out with Rye holding a half-straightaway lead and running off to his first checkers in the SBG Racing, JR Voila Cleaners, Willie Cotton powered, K-Mod Chassis.

 

“The track was good for us,” replied Rye. “I just up on top and rolled through the top. We really didn’t get challenged too hard. I just tried to stay smooth and out front. We switched to this (#20) car, it’s about 10 years newer, with a four bar rear suspension. We were struggling with the three link, swing arm in the #25r car so we put it in the shop. This four bar car works much better on the dry slick. Everyone’s been telling us we need to get away from that three link. Bobby(Grobe) has been running this car a few times since it’s his car. I want to thank Bobby and Susan Grobe, my crew(brother Chris, Dewey, Leonard and Al) and my mom for all the help”

 

“This is my first modified win for my rookie season. We ran a few races last year. The main reason we come up here is so we can run for IMCA Rookie of the Year points. I’m second in points down in Corpus, but Danny Brown keeps winning. I can’t catch him that way. I guess I need to keep getting wins here, maybe pick up a couple there too.”

 

 

 

 

 

IMCA Modifieds

1. 20/25r Brian Rye

2. 11k Chip Godfredson

3. 137 Bill Pittaway

4. 13 Ken Hobbs

5. 12 Bob Lienweber

6. 84 Patrick Kelly

7. 2 Marlin Sanford

8. 8g Greg Dinsmore

66 Randy Yount----DNS(motor)

 

IMCA Modified heat winners, 20/25r Brian Rye, 137 Bill Pittaway

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Scores Sportmod Checkers

After trying to knock down the fence in hot laps, most drivers would have probably packed it in. Determined to get back on the horse that threw him, Steve “The Shrimper” Grantz mounted that horse and rode it to victory. Grantz got past recent graduate, Allen Torres just past halfway then fended off challenges from Johnny Torres and Chris Swenson for his first I-37 Raceway win.

 

 

At the start of the 12-car, 20-lap IMCA SSM main, polesitter Pat Lyon pushed high coming out of turn 4 giving A. Torres an opening to shoot into the lead. J. Torres grabbed fifth Chris Rye on lap 1. As the Torres brothers ran side by side, Swenson was looking for a mistake by either. J. Torres, Grantz and Chris McLendon tried three wide in turn 1 with McLendon getting pinched in the middle and spinning to bring out a caution..

 

 

Once back to green, Grantz and J. Torres got by Lyon for second and third, with Swenson following to fourth. Swenson then moved in on J. Torres as the duo battled side by side for two laps before Swenson secured the spot on lap 8. At the crossed flags it was A. Torres, Grantz, Swenson, J. Torres and J J Jennings running in the top five. Grantz, using the high side, got along side A. Torres and took the point on lap 11.

 

 

While fighting for second, A. Torres and Swenson hooked bumpers, giving J. Torres the chance to grab second. Mark McGahey spun in turn 2 to bring out yellow, just as A. Torres had his car spit out water on the track. This was a break for Swenson who was put back in second, while A. Torres pitted. Back under green Grantz, Swenson and J. Torres put some distance on the battle between Jennings and Rye for fourth.

 

 

With three to go, J. Torres was looking low on Swenson for second, as Jennings closed on the lead trio. Swenson and J. Torres were back to racing wheel to wheel as the white flag waved, but still pressuring Grantz for the lead. Coming out of turn 4 at the run to the checkers it was nearly three wide. Swenson and J. Torres made contact in the corner, giving Grantz breathing room at the line in the Chris’s Marine, Tecate Light, Andrews Distributing, KO Graphics, Jeff’s Performance, Smileys Chassis.

 

 

“The car was real good,” said Grantz. “I found in the heat race that the high line was pretty fast. So I just stuck with that. I started on the outside and it was slick in turns 1-2. I felt I was better in turns 3-4. I just started picking them off slowly. The cushion kept moving up and I followed it up, pretty close to those tire magnets. Once we got out front I knew I was the only one that could mess it up for myself. I knew Chris Swenson and Johnny(Torres) were back there and knew they’d take advantage if I made a mistake. On the last lap I saw Swenson’s bumper and knew Torres was there too. I used more brake trying to keep the car under me. Once I could give it the gas, I was on it and on my way to the checkered flag.”

 

“This is my first win here. They’re doing a good job prepping the track now. Hopefully the car count comes back up. It’s a good place to come race on a Friday night. I want thank the track management for giving us a good track to race on.”

 

 

“The car was really fast in hot laps until the steering coupler broke.” he added on his early incident. “After we went head-on into the wall, I was sitting there thinking, if the (frame) horns are bent, I’m going to cry. The tire barrier lifted the car enough that nothing was bent, other than a spindle and a tie rod. So we reset the toe, riveted the body back on and we were ready for the heat race. I want to thank my wife, son and daughter for all the time they put in to get the car back out there.”

 

 

IMCA Southern SportMod1. 21g Steve Grantz

2. 66 Johnny Torres

3. 48 Chris Swenson

4. 4$ Chris Rye

5. 26 J J Jennings

6. 60 Pat Lyon

7. 11 Chris McLendon

8. 88 Mark McGahey

9. 89 Doug Livingston

10. 22 Rene Mares

11. 37 Bill Pittaway

12. 94 Allen Torres

 

IMCA SSM heat winners, 11 Chris McLendon, 66 Johnny Torres

 

 

 

Super Stock

Moe VanKirk was able to outrun Richard Bartosh into turn 1 for the lead of the 15-lap Super Stock feature with Harlin Covert taking second. Jed Rollins got by Covert for second on lap 1, followed by Howie Marcx for third a lap later. Rollins had reeled in VanKirk for the lead when Covert spun and narrowly escaped being tagged by several cars.

 

Once back to green, Rollins kept the pressure on Vankirk for the lead. Rollins got the nose inside VanKirk, who had a bad push in the corners, but VanKirk would power back out on the straightaway. As the flagman showed two to go, Marcx had joined the lead duet as they ran nose to tail. At the checkers it was VanKirk, who’s had an up and down season taking the win.

 

 

Super Stock

1. 58 Moe VanKirk

2. 57 Jed Rollins

3. 13 Howie Marcx

4. 7 Richard Bartosh

5. 21 Chico Cox

6. 29 David Boudreau

7. 60 Harlin Covert

8. 14 Gary Hunter

 

Super Stock heat winners, 7 Richard Bartosh, 58 Moe VanKirk

 

 

 

Street Stock

The Street Stock feature saw A J Wernette get the lead in turns 1-2, but Tommy Casey made a dive bomb move in turn 3. The two made contact with Casey getting the top spot on lap 1. Barry Codling, in Craig Crawley’s car spun on lap 1 for a quick yellow. Back under green Wade Jones got by Wernette for second. On lap 4 Casey got loose in turn 4, giving Jones the chance to get along side.

 

Casey and Jones ran side by side on lap 5, while Randy Guzman and Donald Lewis were door to door for third. With the top two still fighting for the point, Codling caught Lewis and Guzman getting by Lewis for fourth. Jones saw his chance at another win end when he looped it on lap 11. Casey stretched his lead in the final laps as Guzman and Codling battled for second. Coming to the checkers it was Casey with the victory while Guzman and Codling made contact with Codling doing a half spin through the infield.

 

 

Street Stock

1. 42 Tommy Casey

2. 021 Randy Guzman

3. 51 Donald Lewis

4. 6 Barry Codling

5. 08 Alton Fambro

6. 37 A J Wernette

7. 41 Wade Jones

29p Daniel Pierce--DNS

 

 

Street Stock heat winners, 41 Wade Jones, 08 Alton Fambro

 

 

 

Pure Stock

The Pure Stock feature started out a rock ‘em, sock ‘em affair that saw the scheduled 20-lap feature cut to fifteen after an early crash eliminated half the field. Cecil Zimmerman got the lead on lap 1, while young hotshoe Justin Henley quickly made his way up to second. On lap 2 it all broke loose when Zimmerman spun taking out Henley. As the rest of the field tried to scatter, several cars made contact with Zimmerman as well as themselves. When the dust settled, Zimmerman, Henley, Sonny Jones, Albert Mares and Joe Horne were done for the night, while Charlie Earnhardt got pulled out of the back stretch weeds.

 

 

Jo Jo Horne inherited the lead, but was quickly passed by Pat Kelly on the restart, with Danny Kasperwicz taking second. After a brief side by side battle, Kasperwicz took over the top spot on lap 6 and began inching away. J J Horne brought out the yellow on lap 14 when he spun in front of the leader. As the green and white waved together, Kasperwicz got a good jump on Kelly, while Earnhardt used the high side to grab third from Janel Hilla. At the checkers it was Kasperwicz getting the win.

 

 

Pure Stock

1. 74 Danny Kasperwicz

2. 64 Pat Kelly

3. 8x Charlie Earnhardt

4. 7x Janel Hilla

5. 15 William Cavender

6. 25 Jo Jo Horne

7. 57z Cecil Zimmerman

8. 96 Justin Henley

9. 555 Sonny Jones

10. 67 Joe Horne

11. 3 Albert Mares

66 Adam Torres---DNS

 

 

Pure Stock heat winners, 555 Sonny Jones, 96 Justin Henley

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WOW, I have 3 words, Friday the 13th.

It was a wild, crazy night but it was a great night of racing.

 

Shrimp, that was a show in itself. Great job. The spectators loved it when you climbed the fence (the second time that is).

 

Chip Godfredson, it was good to see you back at the track again.

 

WTG to all of our winners last night.

Pure Stocks - 74k Danny Kasperwicz - San Antonio

 

Street Stocks - 42 Tommy Casey - San Antonio - Sponsored by: Clay's Auto Parts & Machine Shop, Richard & Bea Villanueva, John Casey Remodeling, John Casey Racing

 

Super Stocks - 58 Moe VanKirk - Kerrville - Sponsored by: Trey Massie Well Service, Hill Country Happings

 

IMCA Sport Modifieds - 21g Steve "shrimper" Grantz - Aransas Pass - Sponsored by: Chris's Marine

 

IMCA Modifieds - 20 Brian Rye - Corpus - Sponsored by: SBG Racing, Jr. Viola Cleaners

 

 

I-37 Management and the drivers would like to thank Barry Codling with B&A Foreign Car Specialists who put in an extra $100 to all of our winners last night. Thank You!!!

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