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Doubleheader Weekend @ I-37 Speedway, 6/25-26/21

By JM Hallas

 

Pleasanton, TX.,(June 26th, 2021) Summer Swing Begins

 

After a brief hiatus, I-37 Speedway was back in action on the ¼ mile, semi-banked, dirt oval just outside Pleasanton. Friday night was a rescheduled make-up race that included the Nogalitos Gear Late Models. Saturdays show had the POWERi Mini Sprints in action with the Winged Restrictors and 600 Non-Wing Mini Sprints.

 

All five of the regulars classes(IMCA Modifieds, Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks, “B” Factory Stocks and Sport Compacts) would race both nights with Saturday being a $700 to win race for the All in Design Factory Stocks.

 

Despite the near 100* temperatures and a good breeze the track kept a lot of moisture providing some good racing throughout the night and no dust.

 

Dinsmore Dialed In for Win

As the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature took the green it was Greg Dinsmore beating his son, Logan, to turn 1 for the lead. L. Dinsmore slotted in line second with Rick Green, Marcus Mikulencak and Talon Minten in tow. Mikulencak wasted little time getting past Green for third bringing Minten along the next lap to fourth.

 

As G. Dinsmore crept out to a lead, Green got fourth back from Minten in traffic. At the crossed flags it was father and son, the Dinsmores, still up front with Mikulencak third, Green fourth and Minten fifth. Mikulencaks run came to an an end in the front stretch wall while trying to negotiate traffic for a lap 12 caution

 

On the restart Jared Maupin took fourth from Minten, who got loose a lap later giving up spots to Ryan Doyon and Doug Cameron before exiting to the pits. Green and Maupin were able to pass L. Dinsmore for second and third and attempt to run down G. Dinsmore in the waning laps. Maupin was able to sneak past Green for second.

 

As the white flag waved G. Dinsmore had eight car lengths on Maupin, but in turns3-4 came up on a slower car that got loose. G. Dinsmore had to check up giving Maupin a run, but at the line it was, former I-37 Speedway track champion, G. Dinsmore(Kerrville) in the Sundowner Diesel Performance, Jimmys Towing, Stealth, Wehrs, Afco, Friesen crate powered BMS Chassis taking the checkers.

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Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds

8g Greg Dinsmore, 96 Jared Maupin, 82 Rick Green, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 5r Ryan Doyon, x Doug Cameron, 5 Cody Clark, 7 Stephen Boubel,14t Talon Minten, bd1 Marcus Mikulencak

 

IMCA Modified heats

Heat 1; bd1 Marcus Mikulencak, 8gII Logan Dinsmore, 14t Talon Minten, 7 Stephen Boubel, 8g Greg Dinsmore

 

Heat 2; 82 Rick Green, 5r Ryan Doyon, 96 Jared Maupin, 5 Cody Clark, x Doug Cameron---dns

 

**Friday night results Price Chevrolet IMCA Modifieds

96 Jared Maupin, bd1 Marcus Mikulencak, 14t Talon Minten, 29 Jamie Campbell, 44x Brandon Welker, 24r Robby Minten, 83 Chris Swenson, 5r Ryan Doyon, 82 Rick Green, 56 Gilbert Amezquita, 5 Cody Clark, 7 Stephen Boubel

 

Hoefling Hustles in Limited Modified Madness

The Limited Modified feature gets the “honor”(sarcasm) of most torn up sheet metal, and it started early. On the initial start Daniel Preston got the lead in turn 1 but Garrett Godfredson, JJ Jennings and Edward Oakes tangled in turns 3-4 bringing out a yellow and a complete restart.

 

Again Preston got the lead, coming off turn 2 trailed by Ryan Doyon, Ray Doyon, Jared Maupin and Sterling Tausch. Brian Rye brought out a lap 2 caution after bouncing off the front stretch wall. On the restart Godfredson was next find the front stretch wall collecting Rye in about the same spot.

 

The ensuing restart saw Ra. Doyon get past Ry. Doyon but slap the wall and do a couple tank slappers pinballing his way into turn 2. Up front Ry. Doyon caught Preston for the lead and got alongside on lap 5 after Preston slipped in turn 2. As the two fought for the spot, Maupin closed in on both while Shane Hoefling got by Tausch for fourth.

 

At halfway Preston was still holding off Ry. Doyon, Maupin, Hoefing and E. Oakes. Nathan Oakes would loop it out of turn 2 for a lap 11 yellow rebunching the field. Once back to green Maupin took second from Ry. Doyon briefly. Ry Doyon fought back for the spot as the two ran wheel to wheel. That battle came to a head when Ry. Doyon clipped Maupin sending him around in turn 3 and sending Craig Oakes over the turn 3 hill.

 

Back to green, C. Oakes got by E. Oakes for third as Hoefling began stalking Preston for the lead. Hoefling, using the bottom, got inside Preston on the back stretch. Going into turn 3 Preston tried to hold Hoefling down with the two making a little contact. A lap later Hoefling again drove under Preston off turn 2 and as Preston tried to hold him down in turn 3, Preston spun with C. Oakes taking another trip over hill to avoid contact.

 

The lap 15 restart saw Hoefling, now on point get away, leaving another father-son battle for second between the Oakes. E. Oakes was able to get the spot, but Hoefling(Meyersville) in the API, Lost Lagoon RV Park, Crawfish Catering, Schendel Farms, Dark Horse Shocks, Cuero Engine Service, IRP Chassis had checked out taking the victory and sweeping the weekend after his Friday night win.

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Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds

63 Shane Hoefling, 53 Edward Oakes, 91 Craig Oakes, 95 Sterling Tausch, bd2 Daniel Preston, 11 Tom Grothues, 24r Ray Doyon, 96 Jared Maupin, 5r Ryan Doyon, 21 Nathan Oakes, 00 Garrett Godfredson, 184 Brian Rye, 26g JJ Jennings

 

Limited Modified heats

Heat 1; 5r Ryan Doyon, 96 Jared Maupin, 63 Shane Hoefling, 26g JJ Jennings, 21 Nathan Oakes, 00 Garrett Godfredson, 11 Ton Grothues

 

Heat 2; bd2 Daniel Preston, 24r Ray Doyon, 95 Sterling Tausch, 184 Brian Rye, 91 Craig Oakes, 54 Edward Oakes

 

**Friday night results Swenson Racing Products Limited Modifieds

63 Shane Hoefling, 26g JJ Jennings, 5r Ryan Doyon, 91 Craig Oakes, 96 Jared Maupin, bd2 Daniel Preston, 95 Sterling Tausch, 53 Edward Oakes, 22m Anthony Gordon, 24r, Johnny Walker Brown, 7k Kevin Parker, 21 Nathan Oakes

 

Lopez Lands in Victory Lane

 

It was an exciting start to the 20-lap Factory Stock feature with Dillon Gaither, Jose Lopez and Johnny Johnson three wide off turn 2 for the lead. Gaither finally secured the spot with Lopez, Johnson, Dustin Hurley and Josh Sewell sorting out in the top five. Jarrett Payton got fifth from Sewell and after short door to door battle.

 

Du. Hurley was able to grab third from Johnson as Sewell retook fifth with some trying four wide in mid-pack. Lopez was able to get by Gaither for the lead before Cameron Dinsmore aerated his motor on lap 8 bringing out the caution for parts and fluid in turn 2. On the restart George Quintanilla made contact in the pack sending him over the turn 3 hill.

 

Back under green, Du Hirley took second from Gaither while Johnson and Dakota Hurley were side by side for fifth. At the midway point it was Lopez, Du. Hurley, Gaither, Sewell and Da. Hurley in the top five. Gaither and Sewell had the Alexander team cars door to door for third while Du. Hurley tried to sniff the lead on Lopez in in turns 1-2.

 

As the final laps clicked off Lopez responded to Du. Hurleys pressure, and was able to creep away to a few car lengths over Du. Hurley while Gaither and Sewell continued their scrap for team bragging rights. As the white flag was shown it was Lopez(Victoria) with five car lengths advantage grabbing his first ever I-37 checkers.

 

All in Design Factory Stocks

29 Jose Lopez jr., 4d Dustin Hurley, 99d Dillon Gaither, 99j Josh Sewell, 174 Mickey Helms, 13 Johnny Johnson, 25 Nathan Rachui, 40 Dakota Hurley, 23k Kasey Krauss, 34h Hunter Peterson, 36 George Quintanilla, 75 Jerry Miller, 71 Landon Farquar, 18s Jarrett Payton, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 44k Michael Keylich, 4s Allen Torres, 93 Aaron Leddy, 99 Allen Alexander---dns, 18 Kyle Kirkland---dns, 20r Jared Maupin---dns

 

Factory Stock heats

Heat 1; 99d Dillon Gaither, 29 Jose Lopez jr., 4s Allen Torres, 36 George Quintanilla, 25r Nathan Rachui, 71w Landon Farquar, 18 Kyle Kirkland---dns

 

Heat 2; 13 Johnny Johnson, 44k Michael Keylich, 18s Jarrett Payton, 93 Aaron Leddy, 40 Dakota Hurley, 23k Kasey Krauss, 75 Jerry Miller

 

Heat 3; 99j Josh Sewell, 4d Dustin Hurley, 174 Mickey Helms, 34h Hunter Peterson, 8c Cameron Dinsmore, 99 Allen Alexander, 20r Jared Maupin

 

**Friday night results All in Design Factory Stocks

99a Allen Alexander, 4d Dustin Hurley, 40 Dakota Hurley, 174 Mickey Helms, 58 Anthony Gordon, 25r Nathan Rachui, 99d Dillon Gaither, 02 Shannon Maurer, 13 Johnny Johnson, 18s Jarrett Payton, 29 Jose Lopez jr, 34h Hunter Peterson, 99j Josh Sewell, 23k Kasey Krauss, 36 George Quintanilla, 10 Scott Jerkins, 93 Aaron Leddy, 21r Eric Ramos, 20r Jared Maupin, 49k Michael Keylich, 4s Allen Torres, 33 Charles Earnhardt, 44k Katherine Keylich

 

Lopez Leads 'em All

The 15-lap “B” Factory Stock went green to checkers with Daniel Lopez getting the edge at the start trailed by Jason Gordon, Robert Keylich, Chris Clark and Sam Wilcox. Lopez and Gordon quickly began to ease away from the field. Wilcox and Keylich made contact in turn 3 with Wilcox and Clark getting by.

 

Keylich would then half spin and collect Jett Johnson as they rolled into the infield to avoid a yellow. J. Johnson refired and continued. Gordon began to give Lopez a little pressure for the lead but Lopez((Somerset), in the Jamie Fuller owned car, responded and pulled back to eight car lengths edge as they came to the checkers

 

B Factory Stocks

93 Daniel Lopez, 29 Jason Gordon, 71Sam Wilcox, 9 Jeremy Hernandez, 15 William Cavender, 13 Jett Johnson, 55 Chris Clark, 92r Robert Keylich, 63 Joe Dee Johnson

 

B Factory Stock heats

Heat 1; 93 Daniel Lopez, 29 Jason Gordon, 13 Jett Johnson, 71 Sam Wilcox, 63 Joe Dee Johnson

 

Heat 2; 92r Robert Keylich, 55 Chris Clark, 9 Jeremy Hernandez, 15 William Cavender

 

**Friday night results B Factory Stocks

89 Tim Liese, 9 John Hernandez, 15c William Cavender, 20 Jett Johnson, 55c Chris Clark, 58 John Aramendia, 15 Daniel Lopez, 92r Robert Keylich, 00 Zach Freeman, 56 Nathan Titzman---dns, Jerry Miller---dns

 

McDonald Still Master of Sport Compacts

As the 17-car, 20-lap Sport Compact feature took the green it was Michael Burris jr. getting out front chased by Joshua Garcia, Ryan McDonald, Jamie Garner and Ryker Hernandez. McDonald quickly got by Garcia for second with Garner following to third. Just as McDonald caught Burris for the lead, Chad Miller spun for a yellow.

 

On the second restart, McDonald tried to dive low under Burris but couldn't find any bite. Burris, McDonald and Garner were almost three wide for the lead on lap 7 with McDonald finally getting by on lap 8. After a quick debris caution, Garner and Burris were door to door for second while the two Hernandez brothers, Ryker and Levi, went side by side for fourth.

 

As the last half clicked off the laps McDonald inched away from Burris and Garner while Levi and Ryker Hernandez showed each other no brotherly love trading a little paint. Burris slowed with two to go while McDonald(Floresville) in the PRG Realty, Texas Task Force, 181 Paving, Buggy Warehouse, 2004 Chevy Cavalier grabbed another win, his second of the weekend.

 

Sport Compacts

816 Ryan McDonald, 33 Jamie Garner, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 28 Levi Hernandez, 12 Roy Easler jr., 12c Frank Okruhlik, 14 Brandon McCall, 32 Joshua Garcia, 14t Shaun Tracy, 11j Josh Jones, 75 Chad Miller, 70 Rod Tait, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 35 Darrel Jones, 81 Michael Burris jr., 43 Jennifer Kidd, 88 Justin Sitterle, 88jr Charles Earnhardt jr---dns, 15 Ronnie Schoenfeldt---dns

 

Sport Compact heats

Heat 1; 32 Joshua Garcia, 14t Shaun Tracy, 14 Brandon McCall, 12c Frank Okruhlik, 43 Jennifer Kidd, 15 Ronnie Schoenfeldt, 88jr Charles Earnhardt III

 

Heat 2; 81 Michael Burris jr., 33 Jamie Garner, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 11j Josh Jones, 75 Chad Miller

 

Heat 3; 816 Ryan McDonald, 28 Levi Hernandez, 12 Roy Easler jr., 70 Rod Tait, 35 Darrel Jones, 88 Justin Sitterle---dntg

 

**Friday night results Sport Compacts

816 Ryan McDonald, 33 Jamie Garner, 28 Levi Hernandez, 88 Justin Sitterle, 14 Brandon McCall, 55 Ryker Hernandez, 70 Rod Tait, 14t Shaun Tracy, 32Joshua Garcia, 11j Josh Jones, 15 Ronnie Scheoneldt, 007 Aaron Driscoll, 35 Darrel Jones, 75 Chad Miller, 9t John Thomas, 81 Michael Burris jr, 88jr Charles Earnhardt III

 

Poweri Mini Sprints

 

Winged Restrictors

The 15-lap Winged 600 Restrictors saw Degan Lelsz grab the early lead over Brannon Lucas, Dalten Maust, Dalton Wayne and Connor Chamberlain. The races only yellow came when Lucas broke and stopped on the back stretch. Lelsz and Maust broke away back under green from Wayne, C. Chamberlain and Jude Allgayer.

 

Lelsz then started gapping Maust while C. Chamerlain and Wayne battled for third with C. Chamberlain getting the spot. Lelsz(League City) had built a huge lead on the final lap easily going unchallenged for the victory.

 

Winged Restrictors

9d Degan Lelsz, 84 Dalten Maust, 55 Connor Chamberlain, 21 Dalton Wayne, 4 Jude Allgayer, 71 Anthony Rea, 95 Duece Chamberlain, 61 Brannon Lucas

 

Winged Restrictor heats

Heat 1; 9d Degan Lelsz, 84 Dalten Maust, 71 Anthony Rea, 4 Jude Allgayer

 

Heat 2; 61 Brannon Lucas, 21Dalton Wayne, 55 Connor Chamberlain, 95 Deuce Chamberlain

 

Non-Wing 600's

After a couple bad initial starts, one that saw Trey Brune go for a wild ride in turn 3 flipping to bring out a red. (Brune would be alright after being checked out.) Finally under green it was Jayton Brown getting the lead over Blake Moeller, Chris Russell, Isaiah Garcia and Stephen Yates.

 

Moeller made the move on lap 3 to get past Brown for the lead with Garcia following along to second. Moeller and Garcia then put on a slide job clinic for the lead that had the crowd going crazy. That battle was broken up only a lap 13 yellow for Russell stopped on the back stretch.

 

With a green, white, checker finish ahead, Garcia tried one last slider on Moeller as they drove into turn 1, but it was Moeller(Garden Ridge) able to hold him off the final circuit to grab the hard earned win

 

Non-wing 600s

88 Blake Moeller, 17g Isaiah Garcia, 11a Jayton Brown, 27y Stephen Yates, 2k Luke Lucas, 72 Alex Karpowicz, 10 Patrick Lundy, 15p Andrew Van Blarcum, 54 Lee Land, 87b Joe Duncan, 99 Chris Russell, 29m Lawrence Mann, 07 Lawrence Mann jr., 3 Trey Brune, 57 Jacob Lucas---dns

 

600 Non-Wing Heats

Heat 1;3 Trey Brune, 10 Patrick Lundy, 27y Stephen Yates, 87b Joe Duncan, 54 Lee Land

Heat 2; 88 Blake Moeller, 17 Isaiah Garcia, 57 Jacob Lucas, 29m Lawrence Mann, 72 Alex Karpowicz

 

Heat 3

11a Jayton Brown, 99 Chris Russell, 2k Luke Lucas, 07 Lawrence Mann jr., 15p Andrew Van Blarcum

 

Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts

Youth Division; Tucker Kempe, Cheston Markgraf

Junior Division; Blaine Markgraf, Beau Payton, Cecilii Johnson, Gabriel Solis

Senior Division; Peyton Jones, Cody Clegg, Rebekah Van Blarcum, Dusty Wilcox, Zoey Adair, Charles Flanagan

 

**Friday night results Russ Parker Construction Go-Karts

Youth Division: Tucker Kempe, Cheston Markgraf, Ryder Welker

Junior Division; Blaine Markgraf, Easton Sargisson, Beau Payton, Cecilii Johnson, Gabriel Solis

Senior Division; Maddox Jennings, Peyton Jones, Parker Titzman, Cody Clegg

 

**Friday night results Nogalitos Gear Late Models

12 Kody Hardage, 104 Brandon Brzozowski, 7x Rory Jordan, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 10 Landon Sowder, 19 Barry Quade, 08 Alton Fambro, 88 Bobby Jack, 57 Jason Kelly, 1x Andrew Hesler, 5r Ryan Thomas

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