Mother's Day/Kids Power Wheels Night at Texas Thunder Speedway May 12
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Killeen, Tx.,(May 12th, 2012) Texas Thunder Speedway was one of very few Texas tracks to avoid the wrath of Mother Nature and get a Saturday night show in. This can be good and bad, at the same time. On the good side you get several new drivers/cars, adding to the car count,conversely the extreme rains take their toll on the track, an unavoidable issue.
The track hosted its Mother’s Day special, along with Power Wheels Night for the kids to show their stuff as future racers. With other area rainouts, two IMCA Nationals point’s leaders made their appearance to the track to give the 14 mile, high-banked, clay oval their best shot.
In the IMCA Stock Cars, the track saw JC Howell come through the gate to try to maintain his point’s advantage. Making a return to a place that he’s seen numerous win, IMCA Modified points leader and Stock Car runner-up, Keith White hoped to use his past experience to pad his IMCA Modified lead and close the gap on Howell in the Stock Cars.
Henderson Hole Hops to Modified Main
Taylor’s Hardy Henderson grabbed the lead from past track champion, Ken Old early and never looked back. Probably a good thing as he was chased by Mike McCarthy, then Cham Savage after a late restart. Savage, wholooked to be faster, couldn’t get by as Henderson held the fast line in his Mid-Tex Towing & Recovery, Fab Con, 517 Graphics. Berryman Roofing, Performance Machine, BMS by DMR Chassis.
Old led the 20-car field into turn 1 as green waved on the 20-lap IMCA Modified main. Trailing Old were McCarthy, Justin Redmon, Jimmy Tidwell and H. Henderson. Tidwell lost a spring on lap 1 to bring out a quick caution. As green waved again it was three wide up front as the pack began to stack up. H. Henderson got a huge run off the top side to grab the lead from Old on lap 2.
McCarthy was able to get around Old on lap 4 for second with National points leader, White pulling off early. While H. Henderson and McCarthy started to gap the pack, PJ Egbert, Scooter Bates and Savage were three wide for fifth. The leaders hit traffic on lap 8 giving H. Henderson a slight margin on McCarthy. Savage used slower cars to his advantage moving past Old and Redmon for third.
Once clear, McCarthy closed back in on H. Henderson, but before a battle began Jerry Frydrych went around after contact with GW Egbert, who was trying to lap him. GW Egbert was sent to the tail for the contact. On the restart, Savage got past McCarthy for second and caught H. Henderson for the lead. Savage looked low in turn 2 on laps 18 and 19, but H. Henderson held the top line and fought off Savage for the checkers.
“This has taken two years of hard work to get back in the Winners Circle,” said Henderson, the 2010 track champ. “We’ve been struggling to get a win and it’s been a long, hard battle. This is one of the toughest Saturday night fields in Texas. We have past National champions(PJ Egbert and Keith White) and past track champs, including myself running here. When you run good here, you can run good anywhere. It’s a struggle every week.”
“I didn’t like leading that race, that early. I’d occasionally look at the scoreboard to see who was coming. I know that there are guys coming. When you’re out there leading you don’t know if your line is still the fastest. I don’t have anyone helping me out there, you’re pretty much on your own. You just have to listen and feel for them.”
63 Hardy Henderson, C4 Cham Savage, 20 Mike McCarthy, 52 Ken Old, 12 Scooter Bates, 21 Justin Redmon, 97 Jason Batt, 31 Doyle Massa, 14 Joe O’Bryan, 717 GW Egbert, 37b Donald Banker, 13 Jerry Frydrych, 707 PJ Egbert, 1x Jake Henderson, 45 Chris Cockrell, 19 George Lamphere jr., T41 Robert Roysdon, 117 Jimmy Tidwell, 444 Joe Spillman, 1 Keith White
IMCA Modified B-main(Top 8 to A-main)
97 Jason Batt, 707 PJ Egbert, 45 Chris Cockrell, 31 Doyle Massa, T41 Robert Roysdon, 13 Jerry Frydrych, 19 George Lamphere jr., 37b Don Banker, 21x Jimmy Helona, 37 Ben Ketteman, 49 Lee Chasse, 17 Cody Tidwell---DNS, 01 Anthony Bradley---DNS
IMCA Modified heats
Heat 1; 444 Joe Spillman, 52 Ken Old, 12 Scooter Bates, 45 Chris Cockrell, T41 Robert Roysdon, 21x Jimmy Helona
Heat 2; 20 Mike McCarthy, 1x Jake Henderson, 117 Jimmy Tidwell, 37 Ben Ketteman, 97 Jason Batt, 13 Jerry Frydrych
Heat 3; 717 GW Egbert, 21 Justin Redmon, 63 Hardy Henderson, 49 Lee Chasse, 37b Donald Banker, 01 Anthony Bradley
Heat 4; C4 Cham Savage, 1 Keith White, 14 Joe O’Bryan, 31 Doyle Massa, 19 George Lamphere jr., 707 PJ Egbert, 17 Cody Tidwell
Trevor Tops After Tech in Sportmods
Trevor Egbert thought he had lost the IMCA Southern Sportmod feature by a mere .064 seconds according to timing and scoring to David Goode jr. In a strange twist, Goode had a brain lapse after the Winners Circle celebration and failed to report to the tech area. Goode had gotten the spot from early leader Michael Gaunet, and was pressured the final five laps from Egbert before eking out the win by the small margin.
Michael Gaunet led the way as the 16-car, 20-lap IMCA SSM feature took the green. Goode, Kenny Ware and Dennis Purrington fell in line while Don Painter was side by side with Egbert for fifth. Egbert got that spot while Goode started to put the heat on Gaunet. Goode got under Gaunet in turns 3-4 to grab the top spot on lap 7.
Gaunet would then half spin and fall to sixth and back into a battle between Johnny Torres and Chris Cogburn. At halfway the top five were Goode, Egbert, Ware, Painter and Ricky Rodriguez with Torres running wheel to wheel with Gaunet. Egbert had just closed in on Goode when a lapped car split the two, as the lead group encountered slower cars. Shelley Sakhnini did a half collecting Torres and bringing out a lap 15 yellow.
On the restart, Egbert tried low and got beside Goode in turns 3-4, while Rodriguez and Cogburn were side by side for fifth. The lead duo continued to scrap it out with Egbert giving Goode looks on the bottom. On the last lap, Egbert gave Goode his best shot, only to come up a bit short at the line. Egbert, in the Farmers Insurance, Big Tex Autoplex, 121 Towing, E&E Collision, Pro Image Graphics, Swenson Racing Shocks, 89 Motorsports, Bumpers by Egberts, Lingo Racing Engines, Big Chief Chassis, he would be rewarded when Goode drove back to his pits without stopping in tech.
“We’ve all won and lost races like that,” replied Egbert. “But rules are rules. It’s not quite as gratifying as beating them on the track. It’s good that the track upheld the rules.”
“This is the first time driving my dad’s car this year. It was a little tight so I had to change my driving style to make the car fast. You can never really have a plan to get from the middle to the front. You just try to stay out of trouble and pass as many cars as you can early. Racing here, when a fast car gets out front, it’s hard to chase them down. That one caution helped us out a bit.”
“I’ve been in a Destroyer all year, and this is my dad’s Big Chief Chassis, plus we have an Express by 89 coming. We hope to be in it next week. We have a baseline set up we use on all the cars. This was set up for my dad last week and he was pretty fast in it. I really didn’t change anything, just a little lead to make sure we made weight.”
IMCA Southern Sportmods(16)
70/78 Trevor Egbert, 83k Kenny Ware, 10d Don Painter, 601 Chris Cogburn, 5r Ricky Rodriguez, 25 Michael Gaunet, 05 Dennis Purrington, V18 Kenny Merritt, 4r Robbie Minten, 14t Talon Minten, 16 Scott Bradley, 42 Kevin Brand, 66 Johnny Torres, 23s Shelley Sakhnini, 31 Robert Garcia, 7g David Goode jr.---DQ(did not tech), 13g Sarah Goode---DNS, 9d Ray Doyon III---DNS
IMCA SSM heats
Heat 1; 10d Don Painter, 5r Ricky Rodriguez, 14t Talon Minten, 05 Dennis Purrington, 66 Johnny Torres, 31 Robert Garcia, 23s Shelley Sakhnini, 4r Robbie Minten---DNS
Heat 2; 25 Michael Gaunet, 70/78 Trevor Egbert, 7g David Goode jr., 83k Kenny Ware, 601 Chris Cogburn, 16 Scott Bradley, 42 Kevin Brand, v18 Kenny Merritt, 9d Ray Doyon III, 13s Sarah Goode
Jones Jousts with White and Batt for I-Stock Win
In the always competitive IMCA Stock Car feature, track points leader and former champion, Eric Jones(Killeen) had the battle of his life on his hands. First Jones had to fight with long-time friend and rival, Jason Batt just to get the lead. After several door to door laps Jones got the spot, and then at the end had to hold off National point’s chaser, Keith White, to secure the victory.
Tony Hamil was out front first followed by Justin Wierenga, Batt, Peter Delevan and Jones. Batt wasted little time getting byWierenga and on Hamil for the lead. Batt got past Hamil for the top spot on lap 3, with Jones hot on his heels and White up to fourth. Once White picked off third, the top three began to pull away running nose to tail. Just before halfway, JC Howell made his way to the top five while Jones was looking low on Batt.
Adam Schwarz broke and rolled to a stop in turn 4 to bring out a yellow on lap 9. On the restart with top three setting sail, Howell took fourth from Delevan. At halfway Jones and Batt were side by side, withWhite lurking, Howell closing and Matt Guillaume getting fifth. Jones and Batt had the crowd on their feet as they ran door to door for six laps before Jones got out front.
Batt tried to crossover on Jones, while Howell rolled a tire off and slowed. Batt gave White a small opening, and the multi-time Southern Sportmod champion jumped on the mistake taking second. White and Batt swapped the spot until White gained control. White had only a couple laps to reel in Jones and never could mount a challenge as Jones crossed the line in the Danny’s Transmissions, Garvin Machine Shop, Destroyer Chassis.
“I had to run each lap as hard as I could,” commented Jones. “I hoped that he(Batt) would make a mistake, and he doesn’t make many. He slipped a little in turn 1 and I was able to get a run. It took me several laps to finally get around him after inching my way, lap after lap. Sometimes that’s what it takes. I’m glad I was able to pass him clean and that we had a great race going on for the fans.”
“Jason and I are friends and we put a lot of trust in each other. Last week I think we were separated by .066 at the finish of the race. Opening night we ran side by side for about half the race also. We run against each other every week and have the most respect for each other and then hang out afterwards.”
“I saw that Keith(White) was second on the scoreboard and knew he’d be on my back bumper. Don’t let him fool you, he may not run here very often anymore, but he knows this track. He’s not the defending National points champion in I-Stocks for nothing.”
IMCA Stock Cars(16)
84x Eric Jones, 1 Keith White, 9 Jason Batt, 50 Matt Guillaume, 98 Peter Delevan, 489 Anthony Otken, 3 Robin Batt, 20 Trevor Sparkman, 7 Pat Wilson, 24k Michael Crandall, 103 JC Howell, T4 Tony Hamil, 22 Justin Wierenga, 7c Tony McPherson, 182 Adam Schwarz, 96 Richard Valentine, 38 Daniel Shipman---DNS
IMCA Stock Car heats
Heat 1; 9 Jason Batt, 7c Tony McPherson sr., T4 Tony Hamil, 98 Peter Delevan, 50 Matt Guillaume, 489 Anthony Otken, 24k Michael Crandall, 20 Trevor Sparkman
Heat 2; 96 Richard Valentine, 1 Keith White, 84x Eric Jones, 7 Pat Wilson, 22 Justin Wierenga, 103 JC Howell, 182 Adam Schwarz, 3Robin Batt, 38 Daniel Shipler
Scrivner Scores First Hobby Stock Win
Robert Scrivner(Waco) picked up his first ever Texas Thunder Speedway trophy going flag to flag in the IMCA Hobby Stock main. R. Scrivner battled early with Paul Scrivner then built a half straightaway margin going on Charles Cosper to grab his first win in the Lambs Muffler Center, Central Texas Lawn & Sprinkler, Hewitt Gun Shop, Vogue Cleaners, Greens Transmissionssponsored car.
The Scriveners’ stayed side by side through turns 1-3, with a three wide battle for third behind them. As they sorted out it was R. Scrivner leading lap 1 with P. Scrivner, Zach Riley, Cosper and Garrett Rawls falling in line. Riley got by P. Scrivner for second but contact sent him around for a lap 2 caution that saw P. Scrivner receive the black flag.
Once back to green, Rawls began pressuring R. Scrivnerfor the lead, but spun himself out in turn 4. As Riley worked his way back up, Anthony Simcik rolled a tire of the bead while running third, giving Riley the spot. Up front R. Scrivner was building his lead over Cosper in the waning laps leaving him to go unchallenged to the checkers.
IMCA Hobby Stocks(8)
53 Robert Scrivner, 33c Charles Cosper, 110 Zach Riley, 44 Damian Snyder, 6 Jarrett Roberts, 44x Anthony Simcik, 4g Garrett Rawls, 14 Paul Scrivner---Black Flagged/Rough Driving
IMCA Hobby Stock heat
Heat 1; 14 Paul Scrivner, 53 Robert Scrivner, 33c Charles Cosper, 110 Zach Riley, 4g Garrett Rawls, 44x Anthony Simcik, 6 Jarrett Roberts, 44 Damian Snyder
Florio Fastest in Street Stock Scramble
Copperas Cove’s, Chris Florio picked up his fourth checkers of the year, third in a row, taking the Street Stock race, that saw Duane Toyne take a tumble in the 15-lap feature. Florio got the lead at midway from Jacob Sakhnini and was being chased down by Toyne until he broke a wheel, dug in and rolled twice in turn three. From there Florio went unchallenged to the victory while Dave Meadows battled with Sakhnini.
Sakhnini was first off turn 2 as the 16-car field took the green trailed by Florio, Meadows, point’s leader Tristan Carman and Gary Norman. As Florio and Meadows dueled door to door, Norman went up in smoke and stopped short of the pit exit for a lap 4 caution. As Sakhnini and Florio got away, Toyne and Carman were side by side for fourth. Florio got alongside Sakhnini on lap 5 with the two in a dead heat at the line on lap 6. Florio got the edge on lap 7, while Toyne finally secured fourth.
Toyne then picked off Meadows for third on lap 10 and was closing in on Sakhnini for second when he went for a wild ride and brought out the red on lap 11. On the restart, Meadows took second from Sakhnini, but Florio was already in the wind and well on his way to the win the D&D Cabinets, Phils Motorsports, Gibson and Associates, Camaro.
21 Chris Florio, 74 Dave Meadows, 56 Jacob Sakhnini, 13 Chad Humphries, 30n Bobby Norton, 27 Thomas Schmidt, 2 Kevin Ashley, 5 RyanDoyon, 91 Joe Fuller, 4 Tristan Carmen, 555 Troy Elenbaum, 14 Craig Mendenhall, 48x Duane Toyne, 13x Billy Williams, 3 Gary Norman, 44 Richard Shields, 43Gene Burnett---DNS
Street Stock heat winners; 21 Chris Florio, 48x Duane Toyne
Nine cars started the 10-lap Texas Twister feature with Jason Miller jumping out front early. Ricky Hardcastle made his way up to challenge Miller getting the top spot on lap 2. Hardcastle then eased aheadwhile Jared Tracy and Monique Bagent worked past Miller for second and third. Hardcastle maintained his lead to the finish taking his third win of the season.
Budweiser Texas Twisters(9)
10h Ricky Hardcastle, 63j Jared Tracy, 007 Monique Bagent, 84j Jason Miller, 44 Wyatt Engdahl, 8 Larry Underwood, B4u John Fermite, 14c Billy Tharp, 24 Vavette Blevins
Former Texas Twister champion, Austin Smith(Lampasas) picked up the win in the Outlaw Twister feature win a comfortable lead. Smith jumped out front quickly while point’s leader, Brian Bagent and Kelvin Harper battled side by side. Bagent finally secures the spot, but Smith had already checked out. As Smith, in his Scotty’s Automotive Honda, was taking his fifth checkers in a row, Tommy Hultz found himself head-on into the pit catch fence. Hultz was alright, but a spectator was slightly injured in a fall while trying to flee the oncoming car.
**Important reminder to ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings at the track!
313 Austin Smith, 45 Brian Bagent, 1 Kelvin Harper, 1j James Cochran, 51 Tommy Hultz
Kids Power Wheels Winners
4-under; Liam Egbert
4-5 Daphne Batt
7-10 Jeffery Bauser