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Texana, July 3rd Race Summary


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Edna Tx., (July 3rd, 2009) Texana Raceway Park kicked off the big Independence Day weekend of racing with the first of two night's worth of racing on the 5/16 semi-banked clay oval. The Lucas Oil, ASCS Gulf South Region headlined the show making it's return, after debuting at the track last year. Jason Johnson scored the inaugural race win over the 2008 Labor Day weekend, after the initial Fourth of July race was canceled by Mother Nature.

 

With Johnson in West Memphis, Ark. running a National Tour show, Texana Raceway Park looked to add a new name to the record books for the ASCS Sprint Cars. Current Gulf South points leader Aaron Reutzal topped the list of candidates, along with two-time and defending series champion Brandon Berryman, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Tommy Bryant and Channin Tankersley, all in top five points standings.

 

Also racing on the Friday night card were the Super Stocks, Hot Stock Trucks, Texana Classic Dwarf Cars and Mini Stocks, running for added purse money.

 

White gets it right for ASCS Gulf South victory

 

Early in the 25-lap ASCS Gulf South feature it didn't look like Ft. Worth ace George White had anything for early leader Tommy Bryant. As the track came around, White found the bottom groove to his liking slowly working his way forward. After cutting the margin Bryant had built, White ducked low and got under Bryant for the lead on lap 17. From there White eased away to a half straightaway lead, for the win.

 

As green waved on the 20-car ASCS Gulf South Region field, Kent Lewis jr. bolted into the lead with White, Bryant and Gary Watson wheel to wheel with Skip Wilson in the top five. Bryant sailed around the top to take second from White and reeled in Lewis. In the pack, points leader Reutzal quickly made it to the top ten before red waved when Bean Elliott rolled in turn 2.

 

On the restart, Bryant jumped up top and around Lewis, but Lewis fought back on the bottom holding the lead. The two continued to slug it out, While Channin Tankersley moved in on Watson for fifth. Bryant finally completed the pass on Lewis for the during the fifth circuit. Wilson took third from White and tracked down Lewis for second. Bryant had just hit the back of the pack when Ray Allen Kulhanek stopped in turn 2 to bring out a yellow.

 

Bryant got a huge jump on green, while White worked his way under Lewis for third and Reutzal picked off seventh from Larry Howrey. Wilson ran Bryant back down and coming to halfway got along side leading by a bumper on lap 13, with Bryant, White, Lewis and Tankersley rounding out the top five. Bryant got the top spot back on lap 14, with Scottie McDonald getting fifth from Tankersley.

 

Yellow waved on lap 15 after Travis Knighton rolled to a stop high in turn 4. Under caution, Wilson was forced to give up second pulling to the infield with problems. When green waved again White gave Bryant a try on the low side, as Reutzal got by Tankersley for sixth. White continued to challenge Bryant on the bottom getting along side and by for the top spot on lap 17.

 

Daryl Wills looped his mount in turn 3 to slow the action with a caution on lap 19. On the restart Bryant tried the high side, but had McDonald looking low for second. Behind the lead trio, Reutzal and Lewis had their own personal battle going for fourth with the two swapping the position back and forth.

 

Out front White was now beginning to assert himself while Bryant and McDonald fought it out for second. With two to go, White had increased is margin to about a half straightaway, with McDonald now second. No one had anything for White the final two laps as he took the checkers in Builders Electric, Pro Shocks, Swofford Electric, Paul Cook Racing, Wells Race Engines, Maxim Chassis.

 

“It takes a lot of hard work to beat these guys,” replied White. “That and good equipment. I actually thought I was in trouble right off the bat. We had the car a little loose just to make sure we could get the car to turn. The race track tightened up a bit, took some rubber in one and two and the old car got better and better. I think everyone else's car fell off and mine stayed pretty even.”

 

“We decided we wanted to run the bottom. That's why we loosened it up more than the heat race. We're running about 15 1/2” of stagger and the others are running around 12”. You just try to go off your basic stuff and adjust as the night goes. When you start changing a bunch of stuff you can get out in left field and not know how to get back to base. It was good enough to win tonight.”

 

“We didn't have anything going on back home and I always try to take my family to south Texas during the holiday. They all ended up staying home though, so my little brother and I came down to race.”

 

“We'll have to put some new rubber on it for tomorrow, that's about $600. Stick to the basics, and if it's good it's good, if it's not it's not.”

 

 

ASCS Gulf South Sprint Cars

10 George White

30 Scottie McDonald

21t Tommy Bryant

1b Kent Lewis jr

87b Aaron Reutzal

71 Channin Tankersley

14E Eric Baldacinni

35 Greg Rilat

69 Larry Howrey

3 Gary Watson

23 Daryl Wills

17c Ray Allen Kulhanek

40 Jr. Jenkins

51 Jimmy Brooks

65 Skip Wilson

61 Travis Knighton

21 Blake Roberts

5 Jack Spencer

96 Rod Craddock

30x Bean Elliott

 

B-Main #1(top 3 from each)

23 Daryl Wills

21 Blake Roberts

30x Bean Elliott

70 Anthony Reeves

5m Glen Martin

17 Bruce Griffith

12$ Steve Hubbard

31 Brandon Berryman---DNS

 

B-main #2

87 Aaron Reutzal

35 Greg Rilat

61 Travis Knighton

15t Travis Elliott

12 Kent Lewis sr

19 Klint Angelette

13 Matt Brooks

88 Bubba McDonald

20 Terry Monroe---DNS

 

Heat #1

65 Skip Wilson

14E Eric Baldacinni

21t Tommy Bryant

87 Aaron Reutzal

30 Scottie McDonald

15t Travis Elliott

19 Klint Angelette

70 Anthony Reeves

 

Heat #2

3 Gary Watson

40 Jr. Jenkins

96 Rod Craddock

17 Bruce Griffith

5 Jack Spencer

12$ Steve Hubbard

20 Terry Monroe

31 Brandon Berryman

 

Heat #3

17c Ray Allen Kulhanek

71 Channin Tankersley

21 Blake Roberts

51 Jimmy Brooks

35 Greg Rilat

61 Travis Knighton

23 Daryl Wills

13 Matt Brooks

 

Heat #4

1b Kent Lewis jr

10 George White

12 Kent Lewis sr

69 Larry Howrey

30x Bean Elliott

5m Glen Martin

88 Bubba McDonald

 

AJ Dancer finally shook the monkey off his back, and did it in convincing fashion. After being plagued with early season woes, Dancer grabbed the Super Stock lead out of turn 2 and never looked back. Eric Floyd gave chase early while GW Hessong and Mike Davenport battled for third.

 

As the field strung out, Dancer built a commanding lead over Floyd and continued pulling away. Jerry Neal spun out of turn 4 on lap 8, but kept going giving up fifth to Mike Moseley. As Dancer motored away to the win, Neal retook fifth on the final lap.

 

Super Stocks

52 AJ Dancer

26 Eric Floyd

47 GW Hessong

70 Mike Davenport

50 Jerry Neal

5 Mike Moseley

83 Randy Stevenson

36 Lucky Gilbert

Super Stock heat winner, 26 Eric Floyd,

 

The Hot Stock Truck feature started out to be a rock-n-roll affair with John Lieta getting out front, Dustin Brandl fell in line second and Bob Ort moved up to third. Greg Turner and Justin Bloom spun on lap 1 collecting Lary Paris, ending his night. Lieta got away clean on the restart with Brandl and Ort staying side by side for second.

 

As Brandl and Ort continued their fight, Johnny Thomas and Kenneth Johs ran door to door for fourth. Once clearing Johs, Thomas closed in on Ort and Brandl, who finally secured second. Thomas picked off Ort for third on lap 6 and ran down Brandl for second. After a brief side by side battle, Thomas got the spot on lap 9.

 

With the top three now running nose to tail, Thomas put the heat on Lieta for the lead. The two made some contact coming out of turn 4, banged their way down the front stretch, and got together again turn 1 ending the night for both. Brandl inherited the lead, and was able to pull away from Turner and Ort to grab the victory.

 

Hot Stock Trucks

24x Dustin Brandl

13 Greg Turner

43 Bob Ort

15 Gordon Boehm

49 Kenneth Johs

84 Justin Bloom

24 John Lieta

76 Johnny Thomas

39 Nathan Kildair

8 Lary Paris

55 Russell Bloom---DNS

Hot Stock Truck heat winners 24 John Lieta, 24x Dustin Brandl

 

In the Mini Stock feature, Garrett Hayes got the early lead, while Zach Tesch and Jason Bloom battled for second. Yellow waved o lap 2 after Lauren Chamberlain and Ashley Perks made contact sending Perks spinning out of turn 2. On the restart, Bloom got inside Garrett and finally snared the top spot going into turn 3.

 

By halfway, Bloom was pulling away, as Chamberlain worked her way back up to fifth getting by Patricia Lucas. Chamberlain then moved in to battle with Chase Sanchez, going three wide past a lapped car on lap 10. Up front Bloom continued easing away from Hayes and Tesch taking the win by a comfortable margin.

 

Mini Stock

49 Jason Bloom

9 Garrett Hayes

72 Zach Tesch

55 Lauren Chamberlain

63 Chase Sanchez

22 Patricia Lucas

14 Roger Churan

03 Justin Sickle

12 Ashley Perks

Mini Stock heat winner, 9 Garrett Hayes

 

With an extra $100 bounty on Andrew Cline, the Texana Classic Dwarf Car feature turned into a real free-for-all. Sammy Veach got lead coming out of turn 1, but Frank Fruia executed a perfect cross-over move in turns 3-4, to lead lap 1. Buck McFarlin spun in turn 3 with Douglas Schmidt getting caught up to bring out the yellow.

 

Joseph Snow tried a big high side run on Fruia once back to green, while Veach tried the bottom. Veach inched ahead on lap 2, but Fruia fought back retaking the top spot on lap 4. In the pack, the hunted man, Cline was moving up, taking fifth from Mike Christians. Dave Tedford did a half spin on lap 7 that collected Snow and brought out the caution.

 

Once back to green, Cline put on a charge getting by D. Tedford, Brad Wright and Veach for second. Cline then took a quick look under Fruia but was unable to get by. Snow got past Veach for fourth on lap 11, before caution waved for a spin by Brandon Dorsey. Once back to green Fruia got three car lengths on Cline, with Snow and Wright side by side for third.

 

As the lead duo pulled ahead they quickly caught slower traffic, splitting a lapped car three wide. Just as Fruia began to put some breathing space on Cline, Don Hunt spun in turn 2 to bring out the final yellow. Fruia got the jump on green leaving Cline trying to fend off Wright for second. Cline closed the gap on Fruia and gave it his best shot ducking inside in turn 1-2. Fruia was able to hold Cline off on the final lap to take the checkers.

 

Texana Classic Dwarf Cars

3x Frank Fruia

19 Andrew Cline

1 Brad Wright

25 Dave Tedford

01 Joseph Snow

13 Mike Christians

4 Sammy Veach

99 Brice Baros

35 Eddie Tedford

55 Bryan Heady

8 Don Hunt

2ez Easy Casey

82 Brandon Dorsey

14 Greg Sexton

24 Victor Vargas

65 Buck McFarlin

79 Douglas Schmidt

41 Willy Veach---DNS

15 Gary Faris---DNS

TCDCS heat winners, 4 Sammy Veach, 3x Frank Fruia

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