Season end nears at I-37 Raceway
By J.M. Hallas
PLEASANTON -- As the track points season winds down, good finishes become critical as drivers compete for 2011 championship titles on the 1/4-mile, semi-banked, dirt track south of San Antonio. In the IMCA Modifieds and Southern Sportmods, points chases end this weekend. The Limited Late Models, Street Stock, Pure Stock, and Front Runners, who earn points in both heat and features, see their season officially end Oct. 1.
In IMCA Modifieds, Kerrville’s Greg Dinsmore looks to grab his third track championship, having picked up the 2005 Hill Country Raceway and 2008 I-37 Raceway titles. Dinsmore holds a 15-point margin over Adkins’ Jamie Campbell, who is seeking his first IMCA Modified title.
The IMCA Southern Sportmod championship saw defending champ Johnny Torres of San Antonio lock up the points last weekend for his fourth Sportmod title, and fifth championship overall. Torres locked out Moe VanKirk of Kerrville and Randy Yount of Boerne with a third-place finish Sept. 17, leaving VanKirk and Yount in the second-place battle.
At times during the Limited Late Models, one might have thought it was full-moon racing at its finest. After an early melee that took out nearly half the field, the race came down to a final-lap photo finish. Fortunately, the track had recently installed a video camera and monitor to replay the finish to determine the winner.
Next Saturday night, I-37 Raceway at Newsome Motor Park hosts the South Texas Sportmod/Limited Modified Championship with a $700-to-win payday up for grabs. Also on the racing card are the IMCA Modifieds, and season-ending races for the fender class cars.
IMCA Modifieds: Greg Dinsmore, Jamie Campbell, Jason Borlace, Gilbert Amezquita, Robert Liese Jr., Matt Fox, Tracy Fink, Billy Meyer, Dennis Taylor, Bill Pittaway.
IMCA Southern Sportmods: Robert Williams, Bruce Barber, Tom Grothues, Jesse James, Larry Jernigan, Jason Kelly, Pat Lyon, Randy Yount, Johnny Torres, Ray Doyon III.
Limited Late Models: Trey Votion, Craig Crawley, Leland Waddell, Howie Marcx, Robert Danielson, Andrew Hesler, J.R. Robinson, Chris Brock, Shane Moore, Richard Bartosh, Gary Hunter, Matt Hodge, Bob Lienweber.
Street Stocks: Frank Okruhlik, Wade Jones, A.J. Dancer, Aaron Leddy, A.J. Wernette, Mike Lyon, Ben Blanford, Dennis Hilla, Donny Horelka.
Pure Stocks: Frank Okruhlik, Janel Hilla, Cameron Smith, Jerry Jones, Brandy Ramzinski, Adam Torres, Talon Minten, Karoline Campbell, Justin Henley, William Cavender, Trey Heald, Richard Wells, Devin Adler, Tim Watson.
Front Runners: Landon Sowder, Hailee Marcx, Jason Smith, Preston Leet, Cindy Snider, Kursten Blevins, Jimmy Carroll, Cody Earnhardt, Jim Knudtson, Trevor Bettis, Will Holder, Jessica Mares.