Drivers, fans endure heat at I-37 Raceway
By J.M. Hallas
PLEASANTON -- After a week off while the track was taken over by Eagle Ford Bash concert-goers, the racing action returned Saturday night. It was one hot, muggy day at the track, with the water truck getting an extra workout trying to give drivers decent conditions for the night’s features on the 1/4-mile, semi-banked, dirt oval just outside Pleasanton.
Despite the sweltering temperatures, more than 100 drivers signed in for the night in the IMCA Modifieds and Southern Sportmods, Limited Late Models, Street and Pure Stocks, and Front Runners classes.
Once again, the IMCA Modified class saw a first-time winner with Round Rock’s Jimmy Tidwell picking up the honors. The other classes saw the usual suspects running at the head of the field and finding their way to the Winner’s Circle.
J.M. Hallas has been involved with racing since the 1970s and has been writing about the sport since the mid-1990s. His blog, “Reb’s Race Report,” can be found at wilsoncountynews.com.
Race results are as follows:
IMCA Modifieds: Jimmy Tidwell, Joe Spillman, Dennis Taylor, Jason Borlace, Tracy Fink, Carson Bednarz, Bill Pittaway, Matt Banker, Kevin Schelling, Marlin Samford, Chuck Chesler, Joe O’Bryan, Jamie Campbell, Robert Walton, Cody Tidwell, Cory Lovell, Jason Campbell-DNS (gave up car to Bill Pittaway).
IMCA Southern Sportmods: Michael Hernandez, Johnny Torres, J.J. Jennings, Ray Doyon III, Talon Minten, Hunter Flanagan, Dale Flanagan, Robby Minten, Newton Barta Jr., Jason Kelly, Larry Jernigan, Dustin Butcher, Pat Lyon, Eric Robins Jr., Tanner Whitmire, Tom Grothues, Alton Fambro.
Limited Late Models: Trey Votion, Landon Farquar, Gary Hunter, Howie Marcx, Ron Sprayue, Aaron Leddy, John Owens, Cary Kuenzl, Richard Bartosh, Craig Crawley.
Street Stocks: Wade Jones, Anthony Gordon, Brian Becka, Frank Okruhlik, Dennis Hilla, Mike Lyon, Shawn Moore, Tommy Casey, Justin Henley, Robert Robbins, Jeff Hendricks, Curtis Opiela, Nathan Robbins, Abraham Mares, Todd Cook, Jay Dancer, Patricia Lucas, Richard Wells, A.J. Wernette-DQ (tech-brakes).
Pure Stocks: Jarrett Payton, Ryan Doyon, Brandy Ramzinski, Adam Torres, Karaline Campbell, Ben Franke, Jeremy Hernandez, Devin Adler, Phillip Haywood, William Cavender, Janel Hilla, Jerry Jones, Darrin Blevins, Adam McKinley, Trey Heald.
Front Runners: Dillon Gaither, Landon Sowder, Lauren Blessing, Ryan Franklin, Bill McCall, Thomas Franklin, Cindy Snyder, Brandon Gaither, Kirstin Blevins, Hailee Marcx.