GoGirl Posted May 16, 2005 Report Share Posted May 16, 2005 NASCAR Late Model driver Robert Barker has a reputation. Not a bad one...a fast one. Once again, he blistered the track during qualifying with a lap clocked in at 19.81 seconds. Could he put his #17 racecar in victory circle?....As thirteen NASCAR late models came around Turn 4 for the start of their 40 lap feature event, the rear of the field bunched up. This incident sent Michael Lampton sideways and several drivers with nowhere to go. Hitting the pits for a quick fix were Donny Horelka, Kenny Hurley and Gary Harvey. Lampton received race ending damage. On the second try, Joe Aramendia jumped into the lead with Barker, Lloyd Alexander, Justin Oates and Larry Bendele falling in line behind him. On Lap 4, the yellow flag waved when Hurley and Harvey made contact which sent Harvey spinning. This took Hurley out of the race. After lengthy repairs, Harvey returned to the track. When racing resumed, Barker wasted little time to blast past Aramendia for the lead. From that point on, the race was for who would finish in the second position. Aramendia had it and L. Alexander wanted it. These two drivers went at it door-to-door on several occasions, much to the delight of the racefans. Each time, Aramendia was able to shut the door on L. Alexander...up until the last lap. Something went amiss with Aramendia's racer and L. Alexander slipped by to claim the second spot. Aramendia held on to finish in the third position followed by Bendele and Horelka. Oates dropped out of the race following two spins. Congratulations to Barker, who lived up to his fast reputation and took home the $1,000.00 winner's share of the May Madness money. Twelve cars were on tap for the 25 lap feature event for the NASCAR Sportsman division. Sitting on the front row were Steven Ramzinski and Robert Mayberry followed by Jamie Evans, Garfield Shanklin and Keith Garrett. Ramzinski rocketed into the lead as the other drivers jockeyed around for position. Just shy of the midway marker, the yellow flag was displayed when Greg Rohmer and Garrett touched in Turn 2. Garrett went for a spin and then to the back of the pack along with Rohmer. At that point, Ramzinski was still leading with Tater Mason and Eric Knudtson breathing down his neck. Three laps later, Knudtson and Mason went for a wild ride when they touched coming off Turn 4. Knudtson narrowly missed the retaining wall at the pit lane exit and ended up in the infield, not too far from the emergency vehicles. Mason careened backwards into the inside retaining wall of Turn 1. Knudtson was able to continue after his off- track excursion, Mason wasn't that lucky. As the laps wound down, Ramzinski was able to hold off all of his competitors and win his very first feature event. Knudtson charged through traffic to finish in the second position. Garrett, Rohmer and Mark Rahn filled out the top five finishing positions. One NASCAR Road Runner driver would have two things to celebrate at the end of the 15 lap feature event...the win and his birthday. Michael Odom and J.D. Votion paced the field to the green flag followed by Irish O'Leary and George Reyes. Odom led briefly before O'Leary overtook him in Turn 3 on the first lap. Randy Frautschi, who started in the fifth position, used the high groove to his advantage and moved into the runner-up spot on Lap 5. The caution lights lit up one lap later when Reyes spun after contact with Odom. Frautschi, Mark Mathias and J.R. Eichelberger were right on O'Leary's back bumper for the restart. On Lap 7, Frautschi proved he was as hot as the 30 candles lit on his birthday cake when he blew past O'Leary for the lead. The birthday boy went on to win. Mathias, O'Leary, Eichelberger and Odom were the next contenders to cross the stripe. Stacy Votion prevailed over Melanie McDonald in the 4 lap NASCAR Women on Wheels feature event. In other racing action, it was Jesse Sandoval winning his first ever Texas Pro Sedan feature event by mere inches over Bill LaBarge. This was the closest finish in TPS history. Lalo Leal, Tom Johnson and Lanny Young finished in positions 3 - 5. Congratulations to all of the winners! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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