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So Tx Winter Shootout @ San Antonio Raceway 11/19/16

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South Texas Winter Shootout @ San Antonio Raceway, 11/18-20/16


By JM Hallas


Marion, TX.,(Nov. 19th, 2016) After a chilly Friday night of racing action shifted to a day time start. A bit of a nip was still in the air during early time trials, but as the day progressed temperatures rose to the 60's, with a 75 degree track temperature at the start of eliminations. As the Electronics and Foot Brake additional Shootout took the track, temperatures were again headed down, cooling rapidly as night set in.


Today the big money was on the line, plus half the purse from Friday nights cancellation. So it was now $6000 for the Electronics bracket race winner, plus the extra money for the "Shootout." Foot Brake now had a winners share of $3250 for the bracket race and another payday up for grabs in that "Shootout" race. That made between a potential of $6000 or more available for Electronics racers and $3250-plus in Foot Brake.


Dialing for Dollars

The Foot Brakers led the way in 'Dialing for Dollars' with three cars running dead on their number, with a zero. It then came down to the best ten thousandth of a second to determine the winner of the pot. Alberto Flores, driving his "shoebox" Chevy Nova took home the cash with a 7.4501 on his 7.45 dial in.


Electronics (bracket race)

Ritter/Cleveland Split


With over 100 cars in the Electronics class it was a long day of racing, at the end, former track champ Brent Ritter(Cibolo) and Lewis Cleveland(Odessa) survived to the finals. Both opted to divvy up the first and second place monies among themselves and forego the run to avoid extra wear and tear on their equipment.


Ritter, in his Mission Auto Parts, Simpson Performance, 07 Undercover Chassis got to the finals with a win over C. White, who broke out. Cleveland, in his 2010 American Chassis nailed his dial in to best Tanner Thorp in the other semi-final.


Electronics (Shootout)


Peeps Pockets Payday
The eight car Electronics Shootout saw "Peeps" Pennington and Hunter Patton square off in the finals. Pennington(Three Rivers) in Huntsville Engines, Miller Race Car saved his best for the final with an .0066 package making it mathmatically impossible for Patton(Highlands), in a car borrowed from Michael Keylich, despite his .008 light. Pennington nailed a .002 light, then ran dead on with a three to beat Patton who was dead on with a six.


Peeps Pennington(4.52) 4.523 @ 145.30 defeats Hunter Patton(4.72) 4.726 @ 142.12


Foot Brake (bracket race)

McDonnell/Zampese Split

After making their way through a big field of 75 cars, former track champ Ryan McDonnell and former track promoter Todd Zampese opted to split the payday. Choosing to save their equipment for tomorrow, they also decided not to even run for the trophy and bragging rights.


McDonnell in his San Antonio Hydro Grafix, 27 Ford Altered had an easy road to the finals with a bye in the semi's. Zampese, in his shorty Fox Chassis got the best of Ruben Gallegos, who broke out in the other semi.


Foot Brake (Shootout)

Bradford Bags Bucks

In the Shootout for the Foot Brake class the eight car field came down to Dustin Bradford(San Antonio) against Jason Patterson(Highlands). Patterson in his wheelstanding, Houston Truck Parts, 70 Camaro had 8/100th on Bradford in his 27 Roadster. Both legged it out to the line and both broke out. Bradford was the least under by .001 while Patterson was .007 off his dial.


Dustin Bradford(5.47) 5.4685 @ 125.38 defeats Jason Patterson(6.32) 6.3126 @ 102.41(double break out)


Jr. Dragster.

Gianni Carrola in the Dirty 30, All in Designs, 2011 Halfscale Chassis got the holeshot win over Graeme Rufenacht's 2014 Halfscale Chassis in the Jr. Dragster finals. Carrola(Boerne) cut a .048 light to Rufenacht's .065. Rufenacht, who ran dead on his number lost to Carrola on the top end by a margin of .003 at the stripe.


Gianni Carrola(7.93) 7.948 @ 81.54 defeats Graeme Rufenacht(7.90) 7.904 @ 82.48


Carrola, who bought back after a round 1 loss, then beat Kennth Hillin and Lori Rhinefort, plus a round 4 bye. Rufenacht bested Talon Farmer, Leslie Grissom and Audrey Wenske and had a round 2 bye.

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