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South Texas Shootout, presented by ARC Demo @ South Texas Speedway, 12/3-4/10

By J M Hallas

 

Corpus Christi, Tx.,(Dec. 3Rd, 2010) Capping off the 2010 dirt track season, South Texas Speedway held it's South Texas Shootout for Limited Modifieds featuring $4,500 to win Saturday nights 45-lap A-main. The race drew several of the big name drivers from Louisiana, Oklahoma and the metroplex to do battle with the south Texas area's best on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, clay oval.

 

Friday night's action included heats, B-mains and an A-Qualifier to lock in the top eight drivers for Saturday nights finale. The local Go-Karts also ran as a support class for the show.

 

Hebert Holds On During Last Lap Scramble

Local hot shoe, Steve Whiteaker jr and Louisiana's Shane Hebert looked to be the class of the field as they showed their dominance. S. Hebert got by Whiteaker jr. late in the 30-lap feature and appeared to be a runaway winner, until the final lap. S. Hebert lost a right rear tire just as he took the white flag, but Whiteaker jr. slowed behind him. Paul White and Steve Whiteaker sr. then battled for the lead making contact in the final corners. S. Hebert, driving the Specialty Automotive, Showtime Signs, American Standard, Majestic Metals, Day Motorsports, Express Race Cars was able to nurse his wounded mount by both and limp to the finish line.

 

As green waved on the 24-car field Whiteaker jr. jumped into the lead, with S. Hebert getting by White for second while Randy Timms, Michael Walker and Adam Schach ran three wide for fifth. Dustin Butcher brought a yellow on lap 2 looping his ride in turn 1. Under caution EJ Gilpin broke and rolled to a stop on the front stretch. S. Hebert and White both gave Whiteaker jr. a look on the restart, but JJ Jennings spun off turn 2 to bring the yellow quickly back out.

 

Finally back under green again Danny Hebert and Timms ran side by side for 5th, while Sean Jones made his way up to seventh. Whiteaker sr. took a look under White on lap 4, as Lawrence Mikulencak snuck past Schach for the eighth spot. By lap 10 Whiteaker jr. had pulled ahead to a good margin as the top four spread out leaving D. Hebert, Timms, Jones and Mikulencak battling for fifth.

 

Coming to the crossed flags S. Hebert had cut into Whiteaker's lead with White, Whiteaker sr. and D. Hebert rounding out the top five. Butcher went around again on lap 16 to bring out a yellow and rebunch the field. On the restart Whiteaker jr. and S. Hebert eased away with 3rd through 14th running nose to tail. Whiteaker jr. slipped in turn 2 giving S. Hebert a run, but James Myers and Dean Hollier tangled in turn 2 to bring out a yellow.

 

As Whiteaker jr. and S. Hebert again pulled out from the pack on green, Whiteaker sr. took another peek low on White for third. S. Hebert kept the pressure on Whiteaker jr. and was able to duck inside and take the lead on lap 25 as the fight for fifth continued among seven drivers. With two to go, S. Hebert had built an eight-car advantage and looked to be well on his way to an easy victory.

 

But racing fate can take some strange twists and tonight would be no exception. As S. Hebert took the white flag the right rear tire let go. S. Hebert slowed, with Whiteaker jr. slowing behind him. White and Whiteaker sr. both got by but then got together in turns 3-4 sending White around and Whiteaker sr. up the track. S. Hebert found himself back out front limping to the checkers followed by D, Hebert. Whiteaker sr. recovered for third, while White and Whiteaker jr. fell out of transfer spots.

 

“With about four or five to go I could feel the car shaking a little,” replied S. Hebert. “Sure enough on the last lap the tire let go. I just held on, held my line and stayed as straight as I could. I still don't know how, but I came home with the checkered flag.”

 

“(Steve)Whiteaker jr. was going good the first half of the race. The longer the green flag run I could catch up to him. I wasn't going to pressure him too hard figuring I'd have good starting spot. He seemed to get tighter while my car got freer and I caught him and had the opportunity to pass him and got by.”

 

“That was an old tire we had on there. We knew the track was going to rubber up off the corners. Tomorrow we'll probably put on a new on or scuff on in during hot laps. I think I ran over some debris about halfway through the race. It looks like it might be cut. So I hope it was just a combination of low air pressure and overheating the tires.”

 

“I'm not going to cut Danny(Hebert) any slack on the start. I'm going make sure I run as hard as I can the first lap and get out front. Once you get out front you know they have to pass you. I can just run my line and be easier on the tires than someone that's trying to run me down”

 

“I don't now what happened(on the last lap),” commented Jones. “I just looked at it as two more positions. I saw two cars going up the track, so I went to the bottom.”

 

“I saw cars going this way, so I went that way,” added Mikulencak.

 

 

 

Limited Modifieds(Top 8 locked in for Sat. A-main)

9 Shane Hebert, Scott, La.

9B Danny Hebert, Duson, La.

88 Steve Whiteaker sr. Corpus Christi

5T Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla

94 Sean Jones, Mansfield

87 Lawrence Mikulencak, Corpus Christi

07 Adam Schach, McAllen

25m Justin McCoy, Ovilla

2w Paul White, Temple

89 Steve Whiteaker jr., Corpus Christi

91 Bobby Maupin, Weslaco

2c Steve Grantz, Aransas Pass

63 Shane Hoefling, Meyerville

211 Dean Hollier, Groves

70 George Egbert, Salado

20 Dwayne Norvell, Corpus Christi

17 Larry Sbrusch, Weslaco

47 James Myers, Corpus Christi

82 Josh Majek, Corpus Christi

90 Dustin Butcher, Robstown

55 Danny Brown, Corpus Christi

34 Michael Walker, McAllen

26g JJ Jennings, Corpus Christi

21 EJ Gilpin, Corpus Christi

 

 

 

Limited Modified B-mains(Top 8 to A-main)

B-main 1

91m Bobby Maupin

87 Lawrence Mikulencak

26g JJ Jennings

82 Josh Majek

47 James Myers

21 EJ Gilpin

55 Danny Brown

90 Dustin Butcher

99 Joe Barnec

82jp James Park

115 Chuck Perry

7x Lupe Gomez

3D Ray Doyon III

1c Ken Hobbs

14m GW Hessong

11 Tom Grothues

138 Chris Brandt

2 Eddy Ross

 

 

B-Main 2

25m Justin McCoy

94 Sean Jones

70 George Egbert

2c Steve Grantz

63 Shane Hoefling

211 Dean Hollier

20 Dwayne Norvell

17 Larry Sbrusch

6x Hector Aguirre

4$ Brian Rye

2R Ray Schaalman

44 Gene Hyde

6 Vince Louden

3c James Lee

1D James Droddy

38 David Schurry

1 Trice Hermes

 

 

 

Limited Modified heat races(Top 8 in passing points to A-main)

Heat 1

89 Steve Whiteaker jr

88 Steve Whiteaker sr

2 Eddy Ross

44H Gene Hyde

1c Ken Hobbs

1 Trice Hermes

1D James Droddy

75 Flint Brown---DNS

 

Heat 2

34 Michael Walker

07 Adam Schach

2c Steve Grantz

82 Josh Majek

3c James Lee

14m GW Hessong

7x Lupe Gomez

55 Danny Brown

 

Heat 3

5t Randy Timms

25m Justin McCoy

4$ Brian Rye

2R Ray Schaalman

6 Vince Louden

211 Dean Hollier

17 Larry Sbrusch

 

Heat 4

9 Shane Hebert

26g JJ Jennings

94 Sean Jones

138 Chris Brandt

20 Dwayne Norvell

82jp James Park

11 Tom Grothues

 

 

Heat 5

2w Paul White

87 Lawrence Mikulencak

63 Shane Hoefling

47 James Myers

90 Dustin Butcher

115 Chuck Perry

99 Joe Barnec

 

Heat 6

9B Danny Hebert

91 Bobby Maupin

21 EJ Gilpin

70 George Egbert

3D Ray Doyon III

6x Hector Aguirre

38 David Schurry

 

 

Kart features

 

Adult Alcohol Kart

88 Wesley Varn

71x Michael Stevenson

50 Kevin Donnegan

15 John Sullivan

66 John McKinney

 

 

Youth

36 Gilbert Perez

88E Austin Euler

83 Tyler Gilpin

5 Tyler Barr

 

 

Junior

21 Colin Carroll

34 Ryan Carlucci

14 Dylan Whitehead

36 Amelia Perez

3 Dillon Moseley

81Kollyn Barton

 

 

Senior

7 Derrick Gonzalez

98 Cody Schach

15 Jamie Sullivan

97 Michael Villareal

22 Zach Calhoun

18 Kyle Barton

 

 

Yard Karts

747 Zylar Bryant

13 Ashley Mouser

7 Cayse Berryman

97 Bearuch Berryman

 

 

Kart heats

Adult Alcohol Kart

88 Wesley Varn

50 Kevin Donnegan

66 John McKinney

71x Michael Stevenson

15 John Sullivan

 

 

Youth Kart

88E Austin Euler

83 Tyler Gilpin

36G Gilbert Perez

5 Tyler Barr

 

 

Senior Kart

98 Cody Schach

15 Jamie Sullivan

22 Zach Calhoun

97 Michael Villareal

18 Kyle Barton

7 Derrick Gonzales

 

Junior Kart

34 Ryan Carlucci

3 Dillon Moseley

36 Amelia Perez

21 Colin Carroll

14 Dylan Whitehead

81 Kollyn Barton

 

 

Yard Kart

747 Zylar Bryant

13 Ashley Mouser

7 Cayse Berryman

97 Bearuch Berryman

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