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Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway, 5/22/21


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Texas Dirt Truck Series @ I-37 Speedway, 5/22/21

By JM Hallas

 

Pleasanton TX.,(May 22nd, 2021)

Racing was back after succumbing to rain last weekend. I-37 Speedway was back on track with a full slate of racing, including the Texas Dirt Truck Series that lost their show last week.

 

Despite torrential rains of up to 6” earlier in the week, the ¼ mile, semi-banked dirt oval dodged showers from a small tropical system coming in with the IMCA Modifieds, Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Compacts and the aforementioned Texas Dirt Truck Series on the nights card.

 

The Late Model class had a scheduled week off and the Go-Karts, who were part of the regular events, were canceled due the saturated infield course. The Sport Compacts would run a (28-lap)feature only to save wear and tear on the track from the skinny tires on the soft track.

 

Maupin Flexes Muscle in Modified Main

It was a shaky start to the 15-lap IMCA Modified main as Robert Liese got the jump into turn 1, but Brandon Welker went by on top of turn 2. Gilbert Amezquita would stop on the back stretch for what turned out to be the races only caution. Under yellow, Robby Minten and Stephen Boubel pulled off.

 

When green waved again Welker again powered off turn 2 with the point trailed by Liese, Jared Maupin, Ryan Doyon and Cody Clark. Maupin and Doyon both got by Liese for second and third with Maupin closing quickly on Welker. Wasting little time, Maupin got around Welker for the lead on lap 3

 

As Maupin quickly began to gap the field, Doyon and Welker where side by side for second. Liese joined that battle and took third from Doyon, as Maupin continued to march away. At halfway it was Maupin, Welker, Doyon, Liese and Marlin Samford. Liese finally got by Doyon and was looking low on Welker for second.

 

Using a lapped car as a pick, Liese got past Welker for second, After slight contact with Samford, Welker gave up third to Doyon. In the meantime, Maupin was halfway back to Weslaco getting the victory in the Rick Pollaro owned, RNM install.com, BMF Shocks & Chassis, All in Designs, Mission Auto Parts, 604 crate, Longhorn Chassis.

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Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds

96 Jared Maupin, 5r Ryan Doyon, 77 Robert Liese jr., 44x Brandon Welker, 28m Marlin Samford, 5 Cody Clark, 24r Robby Minten, 56 Gilbert Amezquita, 7 Stephen Boubel

 

IMCA Modified heats

Heat 1; 5r Ryan Doyon, 77 Robert Liese jr., 5 Cody Clark, 7 Stephen Boubel, 28m Marlin Samford

 

Heat 2; 96 Jared Maupin, 44x Brandon Welker, 24r Robby Minten, 56 Gilbert Amezquita

 

Oakes OK for Limited Modifieds

As the Limited Modified 20-lap feature took the green it was Craig Oakes first into turn 1, but Jared Maupin on the outside, powered off turn 2 with the lead pursued by C. Oakes, Robby Minten, Edward Oakes and Anthony Gordon. C. Oakes kept the heat on Maupin getting alongside him for the lead and taking the top spot on lap 4.

 

Once clear C. Oakes began to inch away while Ryan Doyon took fifth from Gordon. After a quick yellow, C. Oakes left Maupin and E. Oakes wheel to wheel for second, with Minten, Doyon and Gordon briefly three wide for fourth. Coming to halfway it was C. Oakes, E. Oakes, Minten and Maupin swapping third, with Doyon fifth.

 

Red waved on lap 11 when Kevin Parker spun in turn 4 and collected Gary Hall and Sterling Tausch. G. Hall had a flash fire off the headers, that quickly burned off. Under red Maupin was unable to refire ending his top four run. Once back to green C. Oakes got away from his dad, Edward, as Gordon and Doyon swapped fourth.

 

A late caution rebunched the field, but C. Oakes was again able to clear the pack as they scrambled for positions. Coming to the checkers it was C. Oakes in his Engine Service, Barry Cajun Food, Razors Edge Graphics, La Femme Boutique, Nasty Cookers, TS2 Consulting, Knowles Race Engine, Western Flyer Chassis comfortably ahead of his dad for the win.

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Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds

91 Craig Oakes, 53 Edward Oakes, 24r Robby Minten, 22m Anthony Gordon, 5r Ryan Doyon, 28m Mason Casteneda, 95 Sterling Tausch, 7k Kevin Parker, bd2 Daniel Preston, 96 Jared Maupin, 3g Gary Hall, 3t Trisha Hall, 11t Tom Grothues, 17 Casey Lowe

 

Limited Modified heats

Heat 1; 91 Craig Oakes, 53 Edward Oakes, 22 Anthony Gordon, 5r Ryan Doyon, 28m Mason Casteneda, 7k Kevin Parker, 3t Trisha Hall

 

Heat 2; 96 Jared Maupin, 24r Robby Minten, bd2 Daniel Preston, 3g Gary Hall, 11t Tom Grothues, 95 Sterling Tausch, 17 Casey Lowe

 

Barber Best in Truck Series Bash

The 20-lap Texas Dirt Truck Series feature fired off with father-son on the front row. As the green waved it was Jarrett Barber off turn 2 leading over his dad, Chuck Barber, Aaron Leddy, Tony Bernal and Russ Parker. An early caution between Larry Baggett and Jennie Barber was the races only stoppage.

 

Back under green it was Ja. Barber leaving C. Barber and Leddy side by side for second with Frank Okruhlik getting by Parker for fifth. Leddy and C. Barber continued their scrap for second going door to door for several laps as Ja. Barber eased ahead. At halfway it was Ja. Barber, C. Barber, Leddy, Bernal and Okruhlik in the top five.

 

Ja. Barber continued to stretch out his margin over his dad as the final half of the race clicked off and field and the field spread out. At the white flag, Ja. Barber(Robstown) held a half straight lead in his Ace Transmission, Barber Oilfield Trucking, Davids Automotive truck going on to the checkers.

 

Texas Dirt Truck Series

19 Jarrett Barber, 19b Chuck Barber, 93 Aaron Leddy, 81 Tony Bernal, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 28 Russ Parker, 3 Larry Baggett, 4 Treyler Caulfield, 19j Jennie Barber, 11 Adolph Tracy---dns

 

TDTS heats

Heat 1; 19b Chuck Barber, 28 Russ Parker, 19j Jennie Barber, 4 Treyler Caulfield, 3 Larry Baggett

 

Heat 2; 19 Jarret Barber, 93 Aaron Leddy, 81 Tony Bernal, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 11 Adolph Tracy

 

Villareal Victorious in Factory Stock

It was a shootout to the final lap in the 20-lap Factory Stock feature that saw 22-cars take the green. From outside front row, Memphis Villareal got the edge ahead of Allen Torres, Dakota Hurley, Dustin Hurley and Josh Sewell. Aaron Leddy made an early pass on Sewell for fifth. The two Hurley brothers, who started side by side in row two, were door to door for third.

 

Michael Keylich went around collecting Dillon Gaither, Megan Dodson and Jose Lopez for a caution. On the restart Da. Hurley briefly got by Torres for second but coming to halfway it was Villareal, Torres, Da. Hurley, Du. Hurley and GW Hessong in the top five. While battling for sixth Sewell and Cord Beard made contact. Sewell got headed towards the infield clipping Gaither sending him over the turn 3 hill.

 

Back to green with Villareal ahead of Torres the two Hurley boys were back side by side again swapping the spot until a spin by Hessong slowed the pace. On the restart the Hurley brothers wasted no time finding each other with Dustin getting by Dakota as Villareal and Torres pulled ahead. I guess Thanksgiving bragging rights were on the line as the Hurley boys were door to door again with Katherine Keylich getting past Lopez briefly for fifth.

 

A lap 17 caution between Jesse Sandoval, Jarrett Payton and Hessong set up the final laps shootout. Back to green Torres hung on to Villareal's bumper the best he could but Villareal(Corpus Christi) was able to get a car length as he took the win in the MAV Motorsports, MCM Racing Development, Ridiculous Bodies & Designs, Dark Horse Racing Shocks, Car Compound LLC Detailing, Affordable Window Film, Powers Racer Fabrication, Chevy.

 

All in Design Factory Stocks

30 Memphis Villareal, 31 Allen Torres, 40 Dakota Hurley, 4d Dustin Hurley, 44c Cord Beard, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 44k Katherine Keylich, 18s Jarrett Payton, 36 George Quintanilla, 75 Jerry Miller, 34h Hunter Peterson, 49k Michael Keylich, 747 GW Hessong, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 58 John Aramendia, 133 Megan Dodson, 38 Josh Sewell, 99d Dillon Gaither, 93 Aaron Leddy, 20r Roy Long, 17e Jerry Evans, 10 Scott Jerkins, 33 Charles Earnhardt---dns

 

Factory Stock heats

Heat 1; 31 Allen Torres, 4d Dustin Hurley, 49k Michael Keylich, 20r Roy Long, 44k Katherine Keylich, 10 Scott Jerkins, 36 George Quintanilla, 58 John Aramendia

 

Heat 2; 30 Memphis Villareal, 93 Aaron Leddy, 133 Megan Dodson, 17e Jerry Evans, 99d Dillon Gaither, 18s Jarrett Payton, 75 Jerry Miller, 34h Hunter Peterson

 

Heat 3, 40 Dakota Hurley, 38 Josh Sewell, 747 GW Hessong, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 44c Cord Beard, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 33 Charles Earnhardt---dns

 

Butler Serves Up the Win

The 15-lap “B” Factory Stock feature was choppy with yellows filling the event. On green, Daniel Lopez jumped ahead chased by Zach Freeman, JW Blocker, Kenny Wright and Butler. The biggest incident came on lap 4 when Freeman half spun and came down the track getting a piece of Tim Liese and Chris Vincent and making hard contact with Charles Oebel.

 

At halfway Lopez was increasing his lead over Wright, Blocker, Butler and Robert Keylich when Liese spun for a caution. Under caution Lopez found himself high-centered on an infield tire and stuck in the mud. This handed the lead over to Wright on the restart with Butler now challenging on the low side.

 

The two ran door to door for a lap and a half until a spin by George Pullin slowed the action. Butler had led by about 6” the previous lap giving him the point on the restart. Butler got away leaving Wright and Blocker side by side for second. Butler got loose off turn 4 giving Blocker a run on the last lap, but it was Butler(Brunnell, Fla.) in the GWB Painting,1Stop Auto, All Star Properties Chevy, taking his second win of the season.

 

B Factory Stocks

6 Gary Butler, 15b JW Blocker, 68 Kenny Wright, 92r Robert Keylich, 55c George Clark, 89 Tim Liese, 71w Sam Wilcox, 17 George Pullin, 15 Daniel Lopez, 18r Chris Vincent, 00 Zach Freeman, 95 Charles Oebel

 

B Factory Stock heats

Heat 1; 15 Daniel Lopez, 00 Zach Freeman, 71w Sam Wilcox, 92r Robert Keylich, 18r Chris Vincent, 55c George Clark

 

Heat 2; 15b JW Blocker, 68 Kenny Wright, 17e George Pullin, 6 Gary Butler, 89 Tim Liese, 95 Charles Oebel

 

McDonald Murders 'em

The Sport Compacts ran a 28-lap feature with no heat races setting the line up by draw. To say Ryan McDonald(Floresville) put on a driving clinic might be an understatement, but he didn't lead every lap. As the 11-car field took the green Joshua Garcia was able to the lead on lap 1 trailed by McDonald, Josh Jones, Justin Sitterle and Shaun Tracy.

 

McDonald, from row three, took command on lap 2 leaving the field to battle for second, at times literally. Brandon McCall worked his way up quickly from row 5 to battle with Ryker Hernandez, Justin Sitterle and Shaun Tracy in the top five.

 

At one point McCall and R. Hernandez went four wide between the two lapped cars of Rob Tait and Aaron Driscoll. McCall wheel hopped getting the front off the ground, but recovered and settling back in to battle with Sitterle for third. By halfway McDonald had built a huge half track lead over R. Hernandez, McCall, Sitterle and Tracy.

 

The beat down continued through the last half as McDonald didn't let off. By lap 25 McDonald had lapped McCall, in third, and as the white waved had R. Hernandez only a half straight ahead in second. McDonald in his PRG Realty, Texas Task Force, 181 Paving, Buggy Warehouse, 2004 Chevy Cavalier could have stopped for a hot dog as he cruised to the victory.

 

Sport Compacts

816 Ryan McDonald, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 14 Brandon McCall, 88 Justin Sitterle, 14t Shaun Tracy, 9t John Thomas, 70 Rod Tait, 11j Josh Jones, 28 Levi Hernandez, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 32 Joshua Garcia

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