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Texana Raceway Park opener/Aaron Hudgeons Benefit, 3/28/09

 

 

Modifieds

2W Paul White

88 Steve Whiteaker jr.

E Howard Willis

55 Danny Brown

94 Nick Hardcastle

20 Mike McCarty

51 Benny Perry

26 Darin Leonard

82 Josh Majek

371 Ben Ketteman

122 Perry Johnson

87 Lawrence Mikulencak

66 Johnn Torres

37 Bill Pittaway

76 Jesse Manning

155 Vince Kacir

44 Markus Berndt

8g Greg Dinsmore

 

 

Modified heat winners, 2w Paul White, 76 Jesse Manning, E Howard Wilis

 

 

Limited Modifieds

216 Paul White

43 Jeff Mueller

26g J J Jennings

90x Dustin Butcher

175 Mickey Helms

66 Hunt Harrison

90 Barry Moody

33 Jason Zarbock

00x Dustin Brandl

10D Don Painter

47 James Myers

88 Mark McGahey

37 Bill Pittaway

46 Randy Bridges

888 Aaron Lunsford

36 Cody Hilderbrandt

69 Aaron Hudgeons

42 Ricky Konvicka

63 Shane Hoefling

78 Brad Ball

89 Doug Livingston

 

Limited Modified heat winners, 216 Paul White, 43 Jeff Mueller, 26g J J Jennings

 

 

Hot Stock Truck

84 Justin Bloom

8 Lary Paris

55 Russell Bloom

13 Gregory Turner

15 Gordon Boehm

39 Nathan Kildair

43 Bob Ort

24 John Lieta---DNS

 

Heat winner, 24 John Lieta

 

Bombers

77 Chris Shafer

31 Brian King

55 Monty Chamberlain

36 Randy Kacir

26 David McBride

12 Janet Perks

76 Gary Wright

81 Aaron Ivory

71 Nic Priem

1 Nick Moore

58 James Hoss

63 Chase Sanchez

 

Bomber heat winners, 12 Janet Perks, 77 Chris Shafer

 

 

Jr. Mini Stock

49 Jason Bloom

55 Lauren Chamberlain

72 Zack Tesch

12 Ashley Perks

03 Justin Sickle

22 Patricia Lucas

14k Stanley Kraly

7 Hunter Lisano

14 Roger Churan

 

Jr Mini Stock heat winner, 49 Jason Bloom

 

Texana Classic Dwarf Cars

41 Willy Veach

19 Andrew Cline

65 Buck McFarlin

3x Frank Fruia

25t Dave Tedford

01s Joseph Snow

24 Victor Vargas

13 Mike Christians

54 Gary Hansen

30 Ronny Fikes

36 Greg Sexton

1 Brad Wright

2ez Easy Casey

82 Brandon Dorsey

7 Steven Gilbert

55 Bryan Heady

97 Brian Breaux

99 Brice Baros

4 Karl Veach

15 Gary Faris

21 John Armstrong

8 Donnie Hunt

79 Douglas Schmidt

12 Robert Smith

 

Dwarf heat winners, 19 Andrew Cline, 65 Buck McFarlin, 25t Dave Tedford

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Texana Raceway Park opener/Aaron Hudgeons Benefit, 3/28/09

By J M Hallas

 

Edna, Tx., (March 28th, 2009) Texana Raceway Park kicked off it's 2009 racing with a salute to last year's track champions and a big benefit race for veteran south Texas racer, Aaron Hudgeons, from Cuero, who has battled cancer over the off season. Last year's titlists, rookies and favorites were honored on the front stretch, followed by a parade lap, lead by Hudgeons around the ¼ mile semi-banked, paper-clip shaped track.

 

Hudgeons, as long time area favorite and Limited Modified chassis builder(Rush Chassis) went through surgery and chemotherapy treatment throughout the winter break. As is the case at many tracks around the nation, when one of their own is in need, the rest of the extended racing family rises to the occasion. Hudgeons, whose therapy finishes up in the coming weeks, felt good enough to jump into the Texana Limited Modified, house car.

 

Track owner/promoter Bruce Tesch was first to put $500 in the pot at the drivers meeting, with other drivers and crew donating to the cause. Corpus racer, Bill Pittaway pitched in a few hundred pounds of shrimp with sales of dinner plates going to Hudgeons. The Hudgeons family raffled and sold items, with drivers passing the helmet through the crowd as well. By nights end, over $5,000 was collected to help the Hudgeons family defer medical costs.

 

 

White "dusts" the Modified field

To say that Temple hotshoe Paul White is on a hot streak would probably be an understatement. White pocketed four wins the previous weekend taking both the Modified and Limited Modified wins at Battleground Speedway Friday night, and Houston Raceway Park the following night. Could White do the unthinkable, and win six races in three nights?

 

If the Limited was any indication, the word 'probable' came to mind. White jumped out to a big lead at the drop of the green, sliced his way through lapped traffic, taking the victory by a comfortable margin over the 22-car field.

 

White and Jeff Mueller stayed wheel to wheel up until turn 3 were White gained the advantage. In the pack it was three and almost four wide for position. As the top three sorted out Hudgeons and Shane Hoefling ran side by side for fourth. Hudgeons then fell into the clutches of Dustin Butcher who got along side on lap 4 for sixth, while Brad Ball and Micky Helms ran side by side for eighth.

 

White was increasing his lead on Mueller, who was now being chased down by JJ Jennings on lap 7. White had just caught slower traffic on lap 8 when Randy Bridges spun to bring out the caution. On the restart White got a good jump, while Jennings got past Mueller for second and Butcher moving up to fourth.

 

At the crossed flags it was White, with a healthy lead, Jennings, Mueller, Butcher and Helms holding the top five spots. White was quickly back into traffic but never missed a beat picking his way through. Mueller used slower cars to get back by Jennings for second with five to go. As White continued to cut a path out front, Mueller put some distance on Jennings and Butcher. White easily took the checkers in the Bridwell Motorsports, Motors by Adan, Dust Devil Chassis.

 

 

 

Limited Modifieds

216 Paul White

43 Jeff Mueller

26g J J Jennings

90x Dustin Butcher

175 Mickey Helms

66 Hunt Harrison

90 Barry Moody

33 Jason Zarbock

00x Dustin Brandl

10D Don Painter

47 James Myers

88 Mark McGahey

37 Bill Pittaway

46 Randy Bridges

888 Aaron Lunsford

36 Cody Hildebrandt

69 Aaron Hudgeons

42 Ricky Konvicka

63 Shane Hoefling

78 Brad Ball

89 Doug Livingston

121 EJ Gilpin--DNS

21 Victor Lindsey---DQ

 

Limited Modified heat winners, 216 Paul White, 43 Jeff Mueller, 26g J J Jennings

 

 

White whips 'em one more time

In the Modified 20-lap main event White took the lead from the pole and led every lap capping off the third straight 'Daily Double.' The win didn't come easy as he first had to fend off Houston area veteran, Howard Willis in the early laps, then Corpus young gun, Steve Whiteaker jr. after a late race caution rebunched the field.

 

 

As green waved on the 20-car Modified field, White from the pole was first into turn 1, with Willis getting by Jesse Manning for second, and Greg Dinsmore falling in line fourth. Manning would spin on lap 1, with Dinsmore and Whiteaker barely missing him as the yellow waved. Bill Pittaway and Perry Johnson tangled in the back up. Once back to green Dinsmore had his ride die and spin in turn 3 after the wire fell off the MSD box.

 

On the restart, Willis tried the high side to get by White, while Whiteaker took the low line trying to get second. White, Willis and Whiteaker began to put some distance on Ben Ketteman and Lawrence Mikulencak as they battled for fourth. Mikulencak took a side trip through the infield losing a couple spots to defending track champ, Nick Hardcastle and Mike McCarthy.

 

Mikulencak fought back retaking sixth from Hardcastle on lap 7 and was along side McCarthy for fifth. Ketteman looped it in turn 1 wth Mikulencak and Hardcastle sliding to a halt on lap 9. White eased away from Willis when green waved again and at halfway it was White, Willis, Whiteaker, Mikulencak and Hardcastle, who had gotten their spots back. Johnson, Pittaway and Josh Majek got together on lap 10 to bring the yellow out.

 

When the race resumed, Whiteaker began putting pressure on Willis for second. After running side by side for three laps, youth and exuberance beat out old age and experience, as Whiteaker got the spot. Mikulencak brought out the final caution when spun from fourth on lap 16 erasing the lead that White had built.

 

On the restart, Hardcastle got sideways with McCarthy getting a piece of the action, and Danny Brown sneaking by both for fourth. Whiteaker kept the pressure on White, who finally got a slight lead of three car lengths as the white flag waved. At the checkers it was White in the Bridwell Motorsports, Motors by Adan, Dust Devil Chassis taking the second win of the night.

 

 

Modifieds

2W Paul White

88 Steve Whiteaker jr.

E Howard Willis

55 Danny Brown

94 Nick Hardcastle

20 Mike McCarthy

51 Benny Perry

26 Darin Leonard

82 Josh Majek

371 Ben Ketteman

122 Perry Johnson

87 Lawrence Mikulencak

66 Johnny Torres

37 Bill Pittaway

76 Jesse Manning

155 Vince Kacir

44 Markus Berndt

8g Greg Dinsmore

 

 

Modified heat winners, 2w Paul White, 76 Jesse Manning, E Howard Willis

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Bloom got the big jump at the start of the 20-lap Hot Stock Truck feature, with Russel Bloom getting by Bob Ort for second. Lary Paris got by Ort on lap 4 to take over third. Paris then ran down the Bloom's and got past R. Bloom on lap 8 for second. R. Bloom and Ort then battled for fourth, with Ort getting squeezed into the wall on the back stretch, but soldiering on for a few laps before puling off.

 

Paris was able to run down J. Bloom for the lead and was putting the pressure on. In the field, Gregory Turner and Gordon Boehm scrapped it out for fourth as J. Bloom and Paris pulled away. Turner got by Boehm in the waning laps, while J. Bloom was holding off Paris to snag the win.

 

 

Hot Stock Truck

84 Justin Bloom

8 Lary Paris

55 Russell Bloom

13 Gregory Turner

15 Gordon Boehm

39 Nathan Kildair

43 Bob Ort

24 John Lieta---DNS

 

Heat winner, 24 John Lieta

 

 

Chris Shafer beat Janet Perks into turn 1 for the lead of the 20-lap Bomber feature, with Monty Chamberlain second, Perks, David McBride and Brian King falling line. Chamberlain spun on his own from second on lap 1, but kept going to avoid a caution. Gary Wright and James Hoss had separate spins on lap 3 to bring a yellow, giving Chamberlain the chance to catch back up to the field. Shafer got a good jump on green with Nick Moore, McBride and King three wide for third.

 

King emerged from that scrap with the spot and moved past Perks on lap 5 for second. Perks lost several more spots near halfway when she got sideways and got passed by McBride, Randy Kacir and Chamberlain working his way back up. Shafer and King began to check out, while Chamberlain got around McBride for third. McBride and Kacir then battled for fourth in the final laps. At the checkers it was Shafer with comfortable margin taking the win over King.

 

Bombers

77 Chris Shafer

31 Brian King

55 Monty Chamberlain

36 Randy Kacir

26 David McBride

12 Janet Perks

76 Gary Wright

81 Aaron Ivory

71 Nic Priem

1 Nick Moore

58 James Hoss

63 Chase Sanchez

 

Bomber heat winners, 12 Janet Perks, 77 Chris Shafer

 

 

On the start of the Jr. Mini Stock 12-lap feature, Jason Bloom and Zack Tesch stayed side by side into turn 1. Hunter Lisano got turned the wrong way and was drilled head-on by Roger Churan. Both youngsters were alright, but done for the night. Bloom got a good jump on the next start for the lead on lap 1. Justin Sickle and Stanley Kraly hooked bumpers on lap 1 sending Sickle around for a quick caution.

 

Once back to racing, Kraly wasted little time working his way up to challenge Bloom for the lead. Kraly got the top spot on lap 4 and was beginning to pull away until he ended up on the infield berm between turns 1-2. This handed the lead back to Bloom on lap 8. Bloom, Lauren Chamberlain and Tesch pulled away on the restart. In the final laps Bloom put some distance on Chamberlain and Tesch, while Ashley Perks and Sickle swapped fourth. Bloom completed the heat/feature sweep taking the checkers by several car lengths over Chamberlain.

 

 

Jr. Mini Stock

49 Jason Bloom

55 Lauren Chamberlain

72 Zack Tesch

12 Ashley Perks

03 Justin Sickle

22 Patricia Lucas

14k Stanley Kraly

7 Hunter Lisano

14 Roger Churan

 

Jr Mini Stock heat winner, 49 Jason Bloom

 

 

On the first start for the Texana Classic Dwarf Cars Dave Tedford got the jump on Gary Faris going into turn 1, but Douglas Schmidt spun and collected Brice Baros to bring out the caution. Tedford repeated the feat on the next start, but Willy Veach got by in turns 3-4 to lead lap 1. W. Veach drifted too high on lap 1, allowing Tedford to retake the point on lap 2 followed by Faris. Buck McFarlin then got by Veach on lap 3 for third. McFarlin and Veach both took a spot from Faris on lap 4.

 

Yellow waved on lap 6 for a spin by Brian Breaux in turn 2. In wasn't long after the restart that John Armstrong found himself looking at the turn 3 wall. When green waved again, W. Veach used the high side to get the lead from Cline on lap 8. After a series on spins on consecutive laps, Frank Fruia had worked his way up to fourth. In the final laps Cline made one last charge on W. Veach who held on for the victory.

 

Texana Classic Dwarf Cars

41 Willy Veach

19 Andrew Cline

65 Buck McFarlin

3x Frank Fruia

25t Dave Tedford

01s Joseph Snow

24 Victor Vargas

13 Mike Christians

54 Gary Hansen

30 Ronny Fikes

36 Greg Sexton

1 Brad Wright

2ez Easy Casey

82 Brandon Dorsey

7 Steven Gilbert

55 Bryan Heady

97 Brian Breaux

99 Brice Baros

4 Karl Veach

15 Gary Faris

21 John Armstrong

8 Donnie Hunt

79 Douglas Schmidt

12 Robert Smith

 

Dwarf heat winners, 19 Andrew Cline, 65 Buck McFarlin, 25t Dave Tedford

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We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who was a part of this night and made it so very special in support of Aaron. the Hudgeons family asked us to say a huge heart felt thank you from them direct to everyone.

 

After a counting up all of the donations from the various sources after midnight, there was just over $5,900 collected. That was an outstanding amount when you consider that was done in a 5 hour time frame from 7pm - midnight.

 

Were very fortunate that we have many of the best known names in the region competing with us on Saturday. Interestingly, the top three in mods are known throughout the region and even nation for their abilities.

 

Thank you Jay for announcing on this important night. Your knowledge of the drivers, and their stats, is second to none. That really adds something special when an announcer knows about the drivers. Also, thank you for the great race recaps.

 

Thank you to Lone Star Speedzone for attending. It was an honor to have you out on this opening / benefit night. We're glad you got to talk interview several of the drivers, and we look forwad to seeing the video on your home page. Come back and see us again!

 

A weather forecast that had 40 degree weather predicted, we were very please with the fan count for those who braved the cold. We had 795 paid general admission tickets. We had 96 teams register and a host of crew in the pits.

 

Again, thank you to everyone who was a part of this night!

 

-Monty Chamberlain

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