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Thanksgiving Showdown @ San Antonio Raceway 11/28

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Thanksgiving Showdown @ San Antonio Raceway, 11/28/14

By JM Hallas


Marion, TX.,(Nov. 28th, 2014) With the 2014 points racing season in the books, San Antonio Raceway hosted a special Thanksgiving weekend show on the 1/8 mile track just east of San Antonio. On the race card for the weekend were the Electronics(Box), Foot Brake(No-box) Jr. Dragsters, plus Little Pooch.


Michael Keylich rounded up a additional 16-car shootout with a $100 entry fee, for a winner-take-all race. SAR added another $400 to that purse making it a a smooth 2K to win event. Entry was open to both dragsters and door cars.


The weather was nearly as perfect as you could ask for on a late November day, with air temperatures in the low 70's at the start of time trials. By the end of eliminations it had cooled to the 60's making it great for horsepower and the track holding its afternoon conditions..



O'Bryant/Zampese Split 2K Shootout

Two San Antonio Raceway Veterans ended up in the 2K Shootout finals and decided to save on equipment and split the pot. Leroy O'Bryant, in his O'Bryant Automotive, 79 El Camino beat David Cain, who went red, in the semis on one side of the bracket. On the other side it was Todd Zampese in his Dragster getting the best of Michael Keylich.




O'Bryant got by Jeff Rabedeau in round 1 and then Gilbert Sanchez in round 2. Zampese took out Scott Ball and Jon Hernandez in early round action.



Sanchez Scores Electronics(Box) Victory

Gilbert Sanchez(Corpus Christi) picked the Electronic(Box) win over Rick Schafer(Frederickburg). Sanchez, in his big block Chevy powered 2006 Undercover Chassis got the win after Schafer's Old Thunder, Rick Schafer Custom Homes, Chevy powered Dragster had trouble in staging and jumped the lights. Sanchez would have been tough to beat running a 4.922 0n a 4.92 dial in.



Gilbert Sanchez, 4.922 @ 133.97 defeats Rick Schafer, LB3A


Sanchez bought back after a round one loss to Victor Hinojosa, then got past J. Gonzalez, David Cain and Todd Zampese, with a round 4 bye. Schafer, who also rebought after losing to Jay Fitzgerald, took out Mike Atkinson, Fitzgerald, Jon Hernandez and J. Winn.


Foot Brake(No-box) Honors to Hernandez

It came down to San Antonios Gabriel Hernandez and Baytown's Raland Wray in the finals of Foot Brake(N0-box). Hernandez, in the 1 Stop Tire Shop, 68 Camaro, caught Wray, in his SBC powered Chevy Luv Truck, sleeping on the tree getting over a tenth advantage. Wray ended up breaking out on the top end giving the victory to Hernandez.


Gabriel Hernandez, 7.667 @ 88.99 defeats Raland Wray, 6.836 @ 100.25


Hernandez scored wins over R. Chapa, Aaron Tschoepe, K. Hilburn, M. Valdez and Ruben Gallegos. Wray lost to Laurie Vontour in round 1, bought back in, and trailered R. Chapa, Jimmy Inman and got a round 5 bye.


O'Bryant/Jones Split Little Pooch Purse

Taking a 'modified' daily double, Leroy O'Bryant split the Little Pooch pot with Blake Jones. O'Bryant, in his Wild West Club, O'Bryant Automotive, big block Chevy powered Chevy Monza took down Anthony Montoya in his semi finals. Jones, in the Ol' Black Betty, 55 Chevy, got to the semis with a win over Gabriel Hernandez.


Jones got a round 1 victory over T. Johnson while O'Bryant bested Jesus Bengoechea.


Keylich Takes Jr. Dragster Trophy

Matthew Keylich and Caden Meuth squared off in the Jr. Dragster finals, a rematch from round 1. The result was similar with M. Keylich in his Keylich Motorsports, RPC Chassis getting win over Meuth in his Quality Auto Care, RPC Chassis. M. Keylich got 6/100th on the tree and cruised to the win ahead of Meuth.


Matthew Keylich, 8.078 @ 76.82 defeats Caden Meuth, 10.154 @ 64.70


Racing continues on Saturday with the IHRA Sonic Rush Tour making an appearance with the "Mater" Jet Tow Truck, Jet Tank, Jet Fire Truck and the Chevy Rebellion Wheelstander. The same four track classes will also be in action along with the possibility of another 16-car, winner-take-all shootout already in the works. Gates open at 10:00am with time trials beginning at noon. The IHRA Sonic Tour show is tentatively scheduled to start at 5:00pm.

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