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Southern Challenge @ Abilene Speedway 10/16/05

 

IMCA Hobby Stock Big B-main, top ten to Big A-Main

Buddy Baker, Dale Roys, Paul Norman, Justin Shaw, Bobby Gilmore, Stephen Robison, James Lusk, Everett Keel, Jason Lingnau, Larry Floyd, Jason Bell, Kelly Andrus, Justin Burleson, H Chance Brown, Daniel Davis, Billy Taylor, James Denton, Jansen Eilenberger

 

IMCA SportMod Big B-Main, top ten to Big A-Main

Thomas Earl Jr., Gary Kerr, Sam Hodges, Billy Garza, Michael Tennison, Michael Martin, Philip Houston, Greg Atwood, Matt Mueller, Brandon Williams, Paul Martin, TK Thompson, ronny Hooper, Brandon Stewart, David Boggs, Jeffery Hill, Stan Reeves, Frank Groves, Trevor Egbert, Todd Bartlett

 

IMCA Stock Car heats,top six to Last Chance Qualifier

Heat 1. Chris Meyers, Jeff Hunter, Jeff Hill, Todd Bartlett, Charlie Wilson, Keith Lunsford

Heat 2. Bobby Sikes Jr., Charlie Iker, Doug Kennemer, Kevin Watson, Mike McCarthy, Tommy Kays

Heat 3. Roberet Ferron, Michael Sheen, Charles Brewer, JD Berryhill, Tim Pfalzgraf, James White

Heat 4. Jeff Sustaire, Levi Ely, JW Johnson, Chad Melton, Ronnie Christopher, Lance Shaw

 

Mod Heats, top four go to Last Chance Qualifier

Heat 1. Brian Flowers, PJ Egbert, James Lopez, Shane Killingsworth

Heat 2. Greg Atwood, Levi Hodges, Mike McLaughlin, Allen Colyer

Heat 3. Mike McCarthy, Hardy Henderson, Charlie Newton, Chance Kimberling

Heat 4. Mike Hathcock, Darryl Campbell, GW Egbert, Steve Hayes

Heat 5. Monte Bolton, Tanner Whitmire, Kelly Allen, Jason Gore

Heat 6. Rodney Sanders, Jimmy Fletcher, Kyle Wisdom, Adam Epperson

Heat 7. David Homer, Shane Sprinkle, Zach Gossett, Leland Caldwell

Heat 8. Donny Rainey, Robert Gallegos, Justin Radcliff, Eric Hughes

 

IMCA Stock Last Chance Qualifier(12 laps), top five to Big B-Main

IS LCQ-1. Chris Meyers, Bobby Sikes Jr., Jeff Hill, Tommy Kays, Keith Lunsford

IS LCQ-2. Jeff Sustaire, Michael Sheen, Robert Ferron, Charles Brewer, JD Berryhill

 

IMCA Modified Last Chance Qualifier(15 lap), top 5 go to Big B-Main

Mod LCQ-1. Brian Flowers, Greg Atwood, Mike McCarthy, PJ Egbert, Mike Hathcock

Mod LCG -2. Monte Bolton, David Homer, Rodney Sanders, Donny Raney, Robert Gallegos

 

Hill Hustles in Jr Mini Stock Title

As the Texas State Jr. Mini Stock Championship, polesitter Jarod Yoek dropped the driveshaft and slowed just as the green flag waved. This put Shelby Williams and Jeff Hill on the front row as the went green. S. Williams got the lead followed by Hill, Jeff Kinniard and Kelly Williams as the top four run bumper to bumper. K. Williams would have the day end when she broke on lap 1 from fourthYellow waved on lap 2 when Colton Monroe, Tyler Fain and Blake Hoten had a multi-car tangle.

 

On the restart, Kathryne Minter grabbed a top five spot as she moved up from starting near the rear of the the field. Minter then got by Steven Abbey for fourth. Micky Cook and Blakley Jenuins got together on lap 3 to bring out another caution. On the restart Hill and S. Williams ran side by side for lead with Hill getting the on lap 6. The top four ran up on traffic as the race reached halfway with Hill, S. Williams, Kinniard, Minter and Abbey in the top five spots.

 

Hill cleared traffic first as held a good lead until coming up on side by side lap cars on lap 12. S. Williams, Kinniard and Minter closed slightly on Hill to within three car lengths. Once clear Hill was able to rebuild his lead, while Minter got by Kinniard for third. But Minter would spin a lap later, with Kinniard getting past S. Williams for second.

 

Hill saw a good lead get erased when yellow came out on lap 18 for separate spins by Tyler Newberry in turn 4, and Ryan Ellis in turn 2. Back under green Hill got a two car margin while Minter and S. Williams battled for third. On the final laps the two young ladies would get tangled and fall back in the order as Hill took the checkers to claim the Jr. Mini Stock title.

 

Texas State Jr. Mini Stock Championship

1. 50 Jeffery Hill, Sherman

2. 07 Jeff Kinniard, Mansfield

3. 37 Steven Abbey, Comanche

4. 16 Blake Hoten, Eunice, NM.

5. 712 colton Monroe, Kempner

6. 99 Blakely Jeniuns, Hobbs, NM.

7. 7 Tyler Fain, Tuscola

8. 14 Ryan Ellis, Killeen

9. 821 Shelby Williams, Dodd City

10. 13 Kathryne Minter, Bedford

11. 30 Tyler Newberry, Abilene

12. 4 Micky Cook, Azle

13. 25 Trever Honea, Cisco

14. 9 Josh Pepper, Sweetwater

15. 29 Justin Hossler,

16. 82 Kelly Williams, Dodd City

17. 60 Nathan Sodek, Temple

18. 18 Jared York, Seagoville

Patrick Daley, Merkel---DNS

Robbyn Journey,----DNS

Cody Hodges, Eunice, NM.---DNS

Kelly Andrus, Burkburnett---DNS

 

 

IMCA Stock Car Big B-Main, top ten to Big A-Main

Tim Pyle, Cody Burkhart, Philip Houston, Bradford Benson, Duain Pritchett, Richard Riley, Chris Meyers, Chris Hale, Michael Sheen, Jeff Hill, Jay Coone, Bobby Sikes Jr., JD Berryhill, Keith Lunsford, Charles Brewer, Jeff Sustaire, Tommy Kays, Robert Ferron, Tim Ezell, Mike McCarthy

 

IMCA Modified Big B-main, top ten to Big A-Main

Bo Briley, Neal Flowers, Robbie Edwards, JP Dowell, Monte Bolton, Trevor Egbert, Brian Flowers, Greg Atwood, Rodney Sanders, Ben Hoesing, Donny Raney, Robert Gallegos, Travis Ashley, PJ Egbert, Mike Hathcock, George Egbert III, Mike McCarthy, David Homer, Chris Watkins, Tom Briley

 

West Whips Up on IMCA Hobby Stock Field

The always strong Jerry West took command of the IMCA Hobby Stock A-main event at the drop of the green and would never be seriously challenged. The first attempt saw the field stack up going into turn 1 with Nathan Sodek getting into Jon Moffett who would break an axle. On the next start West quickly jumped out while Duane Wolff fell into third behind Allen Montgomery. James Lusk got into Lance Shaw on lap 1 sending him spinning to bring out a caution.

 

West got away on green while Don Sheen got around Matt Drottz for fourth and Tanner Cox grabbed sixth from Dean Abbey. Drottz would retake the spot from Sheen a lap later only to have the yallow come out when Abbey and Cox made contact sending Cox around. With West securely out front again, Sheen and Drottz continued to swap fourth.

 

West continued his ways getting farther ahead, while Abbey and Charles Cosper both got past Buddy Baker. Drottz and Sheen had their own fight going on with Drottz loosing ground after going high. West caught traffic at the halfway point with Montgomery, Wolff, Sheen and Drottz a half straightaway behind. The second through fifth place battle caught traffic on lap 17 with three wide racing as they diced through slower cars.

 

Abbey would spin on lap 18 to bring out the yellow and rebunch the field behind West. The pack racing for second would try to stay with West on the restart, but West was easily back out to a good lead until yellow came out again on lap 22 for Sheen spinning from third. West was again out to a big lead and was easily able to take yet another Southern Challenge victory in his Ace Tire Service, Operation Kindness, QSD Graphics, Performance Motors, MAD Chassis.

 

IMCA Hobby Stock Big A-Main

Pos/Car#/Driver/Hometown/Start

1. 9 Jerry West, Fort Worth (1)

2. 38 Allen Montgomery, Rhome (3)

3. 33 Charles Cosper, Belton (10)

4. 04 Duane Wolff, Fort Worth (2)

5. 37 Dean Abbey, Comanche (4)

6. 5 Buddy Baker, Lewisville (11)

7. 23 Tanner Cox, Colorado City (8)

8. 80 Jason Lingnau, Abilene (19)

9. 27 Bobby Gilmore, Abilene (15)

10. 55 Justin Shaw, Sweetwater (14)

11. 60 Nathan Sodek, Temple (7)

12. 3 Paul Norman, Abilene (13)

13. 08 Stephen Robison, Abilene (16)

14. 81 Larry Floyd, Abilene (20)

15. 18 Don Sheen, Midland (9)

16. 103 Matt Drottz, Fort Worth (5)

17. 86 Everett Keel, Brownwood (18)

18. 7 Dale Roys, Merkel (12)

19. 01 James Lusk, Merkel (17)

20. 19 Jon Moffett, Azle (6)

 

White Wins After Clonch Looses Tire

In the 30 lap, 20 car IMCA Southern SportMod Big A-Main, Ronny Sigman And Tim Clonch got out front with Cody Thomas falling into third. Caution was out quickly when Darren Young got out of the groove and looped his ride. On the restart, Clonch was looking inside Sigman for the lead in turn 4. By lap 4 Sigman, Clonch, Thomas and Keith White had broken clear of Mike McDougal and Kevin Sustaire, with White looking to get past Thomas. Laps 6-7 saw Bradley Poor putting pressure on Jerry Graves for seventh.

 

Sustaire caught the top four on lap 10 just as Poor was spining from his fight with Graves, but no caution was thrown. The yellow waved a lap later for Scott Pyle's spin. Clonch ducked inside Sigman on the restart and was able to snag the point on lap 12, while Thomas and White tried to keep Sigman hung on the high side. Sigman continued to drop spots as McDougal, Sustaire, Graves and Thomas Earl jr. all got by. At halfway the top five were Clonch, Thomas and White holding a gap ahead of McDougal and Sustaire.

 

The lead trio caught traffic on lap 18 and got a scare when Sam Hodges spun in turn 4 with the lead pack bearing down on him. Clonch got a slight edge on green, while White tried get around Thomas for second. White made the pass on lap 20, but Clonch had built a good advantage. Clonch still had a good lead with five to go, but was coming up on traffic, that would cost him the race.

 

Clonch made contact with one of the slower cars causing a tire to start to go down. White was able to reel in the wounded car of Clonch in the final laps. White was on Clonch's bumper as the white flag waved and going into turn 1 the tire went flat. White Driving the Traceys Auto Sales, Pflugerville Machine, D&S Painting, Central Texas Pest Control, San Antonio Auto Auction, Smileys Chassis, was forced to shove Clonch out of the way and was able to lead the final 3/4 of a lap to snare the win. Clonch would continue and cross in fifth, but picked up two spots when Sustaire and McDougal both failed to stop on the front stretch after the race and were disqualified.

"That's the advantage of running second." said White on his win. "Patience was the kay. Just picking them off one at a time and saving the right rear tire. You try to take care of your car and not worry about everyone else. I knew he(Clonch) had made contact with a lap car with the right front. After he slowed I had to shove him out of the way. "

 

 

 

IMCA Southern SportMod Big A-Main

Pos/Car#/Driver/Hometown/Start

1. 1 Keith White, Academy (5)

2. 809 Cody Thomas, Lubbock (2)

3. 18 Tim Clonch, Quinlan (3)

4. 12 Jerry Graves, Lubbock (9)

5. 71 Billy Garza, Forney (15)

6. 23 Greg Atwood, Georgetown (19)

7. 03 Dillon Smith, Waco (14)

8. 171 Gary Kerr, Odessa (12)

9. 777 Philip Houston, Odessa (18)

10. 24 Scott Pyle, Midland (6)

11. 89 Michael Martin, Kaufman (17)

12. 68 Michael Tennison, Baird (16)

13. 38 Matt Mueller, Stamford (20)

14. 48 Bradley Poor, Abilene (8)

15. 46 Tom Earl jr., Duncanville (11)

16. 13 Sam Hodges, Eunice, NM. (13)

17. 7 Ronny Sigman, Dallas (1)

18. 4 Darren Young, Plainview (10)

19. 87 Mike McDougal, Killeen (4) (origanally 3rd, did not stop on track)

20. 31 Kevin Sustaire, Emory (7) (originally 4th, did not stop on track)

 

Sustaire Snares I-Stock Checkers

Before the green flag ever dropped on the 30 lap, 20 car IMCA Stock Car Big A-Main, polesitter Dustin McGaha had trouble. A flat tire and fuel leak forced McGaha to pit, but he was able to rejoin the field as the green waved. New polesitter, Kevin Sustaire beat Travis Evans into turn 1 for lead, with Eric Rempel taking second before Evans found a hole in third. A big melee on the backstretch saw Thomas Earl III, Philip Houston, Bill Brezezinski, Jason Gore and Chris Meyers get together to bring out the yellow.

 

On the next start Sustaire again got out, while Rempel, Scott Pyle, Chad Estes and Duain Pritchett all hung Evans out to dry on the high side. Pyle, Estes and Pritchett then got past Rempel for second through fourth. The top three then put distance on Pritchett, with Cody Kays and Cody Burkhart side by side for ninth. By lap 10 the front of the field had separated into two-three car groups. Sustaire, Pyle and Estes held a slight margin over Pritchett, Rempel and Evans.

 

McGaha, who had made his way back up into the top ten lost eighth to Burkhart, then ninth to Meyers on lap 11 when caution waved fort an infield tire kicked on the track. Sustaire got a big jump on the restart over Pyle while Evans spun from sixth. At the midway point the top five were still Sustaire, Pyle, Estes, Pritchett and Rempel, with the lead trio nose to tail. Meyers picked up another position on lap 17 passing Burkhart for sixth.

 

McGaha's charge back to the front ended on lap 21 when he spun to bring out the caution. Back under green the top three quickly gained an advantage over Pritchett, Rempel, Meyers and Burkhart. On lap 25 the lead triad was still bumper to bumper but in the second pack, Rempel was loosing spots to Meyers and Burkhart.

 

Estes moved along side Pyle for second on lap 27 and was able to take the position, but Sustaire had a small margin built up. Meyers and Burkhart would swap positions and paint with two to go. At the checkers it was Sustaire taking the flag to flag win in the Stanford Trucking, JM Martin Roofing, Race Aret Grafix, Tunes Used Cars, The Fabrication Shop, Darbys Coach Service, R&B Excavating, Wise County Detailing, Smileys Chassis.

 

 

IMCA Stock Car Big A-Main

Pos/Car#/Driver/Hometown/Start

1. 87 Kevin Sustaire, Emory (3)

2. 83 Chad Estes, Troy (4)

3. 34 Tim Pyle, Midland (11)

4. 22 Duain Pritchett, Combine (15)

5. 007 Chris Meyers, Eunice, NM. (17)

6. 20 Cody Burkhart, Decatur (12)

7. 64 Michael Sheen, Midland (19)

8. 17 Chris Hale, Ardmore, Okla. (18)

9. 31 Eric Rempel, Palmyra, Nebr. (5)

10. 122 Bill Brezezinski, Roby (9)

11. 022 Bradford Benson, Lewisville (14)

12. 94 Richard Riley, Killeen (16)

13. 221 Jeff Hill, Sherman (20)

14. 01 Dustin McGaha, Brownwood (1)

15. 14 Travis Evans, Bullard (2)

16. 201 Cody Kays, Hobbs, NM. (6)

17. 2 Jason Gore, Combine (7)

18. 29 Wesley Crouch, Midland (10)

19. 71 Philip Houston, Odessa (13)

20. 47 Thomas Earl III, Fort Worth (8)

**Chris Hale claimed Scott Pyle. Pyle choose the swap option.

 

Clonch Rebounds From SportMod Woes to take Modified Win

After a disappointing finish in his Southern SportMod, Tim Clonch jumped into his IMCA Modified and punished the field from start to finish. As the green flew on the 20 car, 30 lap IMCA Modified Big A-Main, Clonch jumped into turn 1 first and that was all he needed. Josh McGaha and David Elliott hung Danny Caldwell out high moving into second and third. Elliott would spin on lap 1 and collect Caldwell for the first caution of the race.

 

On the restart, Clonch easily pulled away from McGaha and Caldwell who had a gap to Henry Witt and Keith White. The night ended early for the seven-time South Central Regional Champ, Witt, as he pulled off on lap 4, just as he started smoking. White caught Caldwell on lap 6 and was trying to dive inside on lap 6. Caldwell held off White and was taking his own look under McGaha for second on lap 7. Yellow was out again on lap 8 when Scotty Cook spun with a little help from Bo Briley in turns 3-4.

 

When green waved again, Cody Smith and Rodney Sanders made contact with Smith spinning to slow the action again. After losing his big lead, Clonch was out quickly when green came back out. But racing was slowed again on lap 10 when B. Briley stopped on the back stretch. Clonch and McGaha got an advantage on the restart when White and Monte Bolton made contact and backed up the field. It didn't take long for Clonch to start rebuilding his lead over McGaha as the race came to halfway.

 

The top five at the crossed flags were Clonch, with a huge lead over McGaha, White, Bolton and Neal Flowers, all running nose to tail. In the field, Greg Atwood got by Danny Hogue for sixth on lap 17, bringing Robbie Edwards along to seventh. 2004 IMCA Modified Rookie of the Year, Trevor Egbert got by Hogue a lap later for eighth. Cook would charge back into the top ten taking that spot from Iowan, Ben Hoesing when yellow came out for the dreaded infield tire on the track.

 

On the restart, White had trouble and slowed from third, pulling off to the pits. With Clonch motoring away, McGaha and Bolton were slugging it out for the runner-up spot making a little contact on lap 19. The duo continued that fight until Bolton got loose trying to get under McGaha and lost ground on lap 23. With five to go, the only battle for position was Cook, Hogue and Hoesing in the fight for eighth. As the white flag waved it was Clonch by a full strightaway over McGaha as he easily cruised on to the victory in the Bill Brown Racing, Smileys Racing Products, Brads Transmissions, Griffin Race Engines, Smileys Chassis.

"It didn't feel that easy," replied Clonch, other than the car would roll so good. The pole position on Sunday is the best place to be.I tried to bide my time and save my tires for the last five laps. I never realized I had that big of a lead. With my headers it makes it sound like someones right on me."

Clonch, who took his SportMod problems in stride added, "As long as you protect the bottom, keep it smooth and don't bobble you don't worry about the other guys much. My biggest fear was lap traffic and having to get by or get up off the bottom."

 

IMCA Modified Big A-Main

Pos/Car #/Driver/Hometown/Start

1. 118 Tim Clonch, Quinlan (1)

2. 911 Josh McGaha, Brownwood (3)

3. 90 Monte Bolton, Lubbock (15)

4. 54 Neal Flowers, Hobbs, NM. (12)

5. 23 Greg Atwood, Georgetown (18)

6. 431 Robbie Edwards, Eastland (13)

7. 18 Scotty Cook, Abilene (4)

8. 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado (16)

9. 19 David Elliott, Eastland (5)

10. 117 Ben Hoesing, Boone, Ia. (20)

11. 69 Danny Hogue, Abilene (10)

12. 1 Keith White, Academy (6)

13. 81 Danny Caldwell, Princeton (2)

14. 02 Bo Briley, Miles (11)

15. 718 Cody Smith, Forney (8)

16. 120 Rodney Sanders, Happy (19)

17. 701 Henry Witt jr., Waco (7)

18. 715 JP Dowell, Killeen (14)

19. 001 Brian Flowers, Hobbs, NM. (17)

20. 01 Mark Patterson, Abilene (9)

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