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Fiesta's Summer Sizzler to turn up the heat at HMP this Saturday


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‘Fiesta’s Summer Sizzler’ to turn up the heat at Houston Motorsports Park this Saturday


Houston, TX (July 28, 2014) – The NASCAR Stock Car racing action should be as hot as the Texas mid-summer sun this Saturday at Houston Motorsports Park - better known as the ‘Palace of Power.’


With the weather not cooperating two weeks ago at the immaculate 3/8-mile paved/concrete oval, it has been almost a month since NASCAR racers and fans have had their ‘racing fix.’ And if you’ve been around stock car racing for very long, you know that translates to intense on-track action is a sure thing as drivers try to make up for lost time.


“You can count on it,” said HMP’s General Manager and Promoter John Mandabach. “When these guys and gals miss a race date, they’re fired up and ready to swap paint once the green flag flies. We look for a lot of hard-nosed, door-to-door racing this Saturday.”


Along with the long layoff, the season championship battles are becoming more and more a factor as the number of race dates remaining on the 2014 NASCAR schedule dwindles.


“The battle lines are pretty much drawn in all three NASCAR divisions and the Eco Stocks, Legends and Bandoleros as well,” observed HMP Race Director Sarah Baker Mandabach. “There are a few drivers who normally are at the top of the standings at this point in the season who will be anxious to close the gap on the competition this Saturday. “


Indeed, perennial NASCAR Fiesta Modified champion Joe Aramendia is uncharacteristically in fifth place behind point leaders Michael Kourkoubes, Zach Knowles, Jason Morman and Zak Hausler with half the season already in the books.



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“We’ve been struggling with the car, that’s for sure, and we missed a race early in the season. And we got caught up in someone else’s mess early in the last race,” Aramendia said when asked about his season so far. “But we’re far from out of it - I can assure you of that.”


Aramendia explained that after the aforementioned wreck early in the last HMP event, they took the car apart and while putting it back together they discovered what was ailing their NASCAR Fiesta Modified.


“I’m not going to divulge what we learned, but we found a couple of things that were causing the handling problems we were struggling with in the front end of the car,” explained the San Antonio native who has a trophy room full of championship hardware.


“We ran very strong at Kyle (Central Texas Speedway) after fixing the problems and we were really pumped about racing at HMP two weeks ago and were disappointed about the “Double Double” rained out,” Aramendia said. “If anyone thinks I’m out of the running for the championship this year, they had better think again. A couple of wins and a bonus point or two and we’re back in the hunt and they will be chasing us!”


Aramendia and the rest of the NASCAR Fiesta Modified drivers will have ample opportunity to rearrange the point standings during their 75-lap feature event – the “Fiesta Mart 75” - on Saturday.


In the highly competitive NASCAR BWFS Coke Truck division, steady Kyle Books, veteran David Webster, young Travis Benson and hard-charging Mason Teague are all in position to make a run at point-leader Charles Evans, Jr, in Saturday’s “BWFS Industries 50.”


NASCAR fans will also be treated to a 30-lap main event – “The TFE Company 30” - for the NASCAR American Muscle Cars (AMCAR), a 20-lap feature for the always-rowdy Eco Stocks and a 25-lap special event featuring the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas (DCRST) dwarf cars.


With $5 adult tickets available at any Houston-area Fiesta Mart and with children 12 and under admitted free, HMP will be the place to be this weekend. Add those low admission prices to the $1 hot dogs, $1 cokes and $1 beer and you are looking at a very affordable, fender-banging night of family fun at the Palace of Power.


Racing action at the park-like facility starts promptly at 7 pm and normally finishes by 10:30 pm.


Houston Motorsports Park is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast Houston. The track can be reached via their email address, events@houstonmotorsportspark.com, by calling their information hotline, 281-458-1972, or via Facebook.

For more information about Houston Motorsports Park and Saturday’s “Fiesta’s Summer Sizzler” visit www.houstonmotorsportspark.com or look us up on Facebook at facebook.com/houstonracing.

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