5th Annual 1000 Buck Shootout @ GAP I-37 Raceway 9/12-13/12
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Pleasanton, TX.,(Oct. 12th, 2012) GAP I-37 Raceway wrapped up its 2012 season with their annual 1000 Buck Shootout on the 14 mile, semi-banked track south of San Antonio. With most tracks up north done with points racing, several drivers took the opportunity to give I-37 Raceway a try, while others debuted new cars or switched rides for the year’s last race.
After suffering through two late season rain outs, Mother Nature was kind enough to provide a warm, breezy south Texas night for racers, crews and fans to enjoy.
Modifieds, Sportmods and Pure Stocks would run heats and a qualifying feature locking in the top six to tomorrow’s main events. Limited Late Models and Street Stocks would lock in x for their Saturday night finales.
Racing action returns on Saturday night with pit gates opening at 3:00pm, spectator gates at 5:00pm, with racing in all last chance events beginning at 7:00pm. Feature races, Go-Karts and a 50-lap Front Runner Enduro will follow after line-ups are set and completed.
Ketteman Captures Modified Main
Pflugerville’s Ben Ketteman took the top spot in the 20-lap Modified A-Qualifier, but it wasn’t easy. Ketteman, who started on the pole, got outrun by Rick Green, who led early. After a restart that saw Green get tangled with a lapped car(his old ride) Ketteman retook the top spot from Green, then held on for the victory.
It didn’t take long for action to start as the 22-car field took the green with a multi-car melee in turn 1. Green grabbed the point on the second start chased by Ketteman and Texas Thunder Speedway track champ, GW Egbert.
As the top five sorted out, I-37 track champ Bill Pittaway and Johnny Torres(multi-time Sportmod champ) battled for the sixthspot. That duo was joined by Jamie Campbell as caution waved when Green spun after contact with Corey Samford, in Greens old car.
Ketteman ducked under Green on the restart to lead lap 16. Green went around in turn 4 collecting Campbell, Darin Leonard, Kevin Schelling and Jerry Frydrych. The caution was charged to Egbert, who was sent to the back.
Once back under green, Ketteman eased away from Green, in a wounded car. Ketteman took the checkers unchallenged with Green, Jason Borlace, Jimmy Tidwell, Pittaway and Brad Smith taking the other transfer spots for Saturday’s $1,000 to win finale.
Modifieds(Top 6 to Sat. A-main)
371 Ben Ketteman, 82 Rick Green, 21 Jason Borlace, 117 Jimmy Tidwell, 137 Bill Pittaway, 88s Brad Smith, 31 Doyle Massa, 717 GW Egbert, 07a Allen Williams, 29 Jamie Campbell, 26 Darin Leonard, 14x Kevin Schelling, 13 Jerry Frydrych, 66 Johnny Torres, 99x Frank Okruhlik, 182 Corey Samford, 53x Matt Fox, 49 Chuck Chesler, W17 Joey Whitehead, 67 Robert Liese jr., 24 Tracy Fink, 111 Sam Galvan, 721 Doug Cameron---DNS, C31 Marlin Samford---DNS, 444 Joe Spillman---DNS, 20 Mike McCarthy---DNS
Heat 1; 29 Jamie Campbell, 26 Darin Leonard, 53x Matt Fox, 14x Kevin Schelling, W17 Joey Whitehead, 31 Doyle Massa, 20 Mike McCarthy
Heat 2; 371 Ben Ketteman, 21 Jason Borlace, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 13 Jerry Frydrych, 07a Allen Williams, 182 Corey Samford
Heat 3; 444 Joe Spillman, 66 Johnny Torres, 82 Rick Green, 88s Brad Smith, 137 Bill Pittaway, 49 Chuck Chesler
Heat 4; 117 Jimmy Tidwell, 717 GW Egbert, C31 MarlinSamford, 24 Tracy Fink, 67 Robert Liese jr, 721 Doug Cameron, 111 Sam Galvan---DNTG
Sportmod Scramble to Jennings
JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) snagged top honors the 20-lap Sportmod Qualifier showing the field what he showed them most of year. His rear bumper. Jennings, the I-37 IMCA Sportmod champ, quickly worked his way to atransfer sport, while Robby Minten led the way trailed by his uncle, Ray Doyon III.
Not satisfied with that, Jennings worked up to battle for the lead, at one time three wide with R. Minten and Doyon. Jennings got thepoint with less than five laps remaining and held off R. Minten and Doyon after a late caution. Talon Minten was hard charger coming from the back to grab sixth, while Cody Leonard and Rowdy Flanagan snagged the other transfer spots
Sportmod(Top 6 to Sat. A-main)
26g JJ Jennings, 4r Robby Minten, 9 Ray Doyon III, 57f Rowdy Flanagan, 37 Cody Leonard, 14t Talon Minten, 18 Larry Jernigan, 118 Anthony Gordon, 51 Greg Rohmer, 5 Robert Schelling, 22 Randy Bennett, 5r Ryan Doyon, 74 Mickey Helms, 22t Tommy Grimes, 2 Joe Spillman, 17 Jim Blevins, 5j Jason Paulzine, 11 Tom Grothues, 2j Gary Harris, 08 Alton Fambro---DNS
Heat 1; 11 Tom Grothues, 37 Cody Leonard, 57f Rowdy Flanagan, 2 Joe Spillman, 14t Talon Minten
Heat 2; 4r Robby Minten, 5 Robert Schelling, 22 Randy Bennett, 118 Anthony Gordon, 5r Ryan Doyon
Heat 3; 9 Ray Doyon III, 18 Larry Jernigan, 22t Tommy Grimes, 08 Alton Fambro, 5j Jason Paulzine
Heat 4; 26g JJ Jennings, 2j Gary Harris, 17 Jim Blevins, 74 Mickey Helms, 51 Greg Rohmer
Swenson Swiftest in Limited Late Models
Boerne’s Chris Swenson made it two for two in his new Limited Late Model taking the win in the 15- lap feature. Swenson got the lead on lap 5 from AJ Wernette who had the spot since the start. Former IMCA Modified champ, Greg Dinsmore followed Swenson by to second but was unable to mount a serious challenge as Swenson pulled away. Dinsmore, Wernette and former track champ, Richard Bartosh snared the other transfer spots.
Limited Late Model(Top 4 to Sat. A-main)
448 Chris Swenson, 4d3 Greg Dinsmore, 10 AJ Wernette, 7 Richard Bartosh, 14 Gary Hunter, 42 Ron Sprayue, 13 Howie Marcx, 6 GarfieldShanklin, 53x Matt Fox, 48a Anthony Malhorin, 48 Johnny Torres
Limited Late Model heat winners; 10 AJ Wernette, 448 Chris Swenson
Gordon Grabs Checkers in Battle With Jones
In the closest race of the night, Anthony Gordon(San Antonio) and multi-time track, Wade Jones had the crowd on their feet as they battled side by side throughout the 15-lapper. Gordon got by early leader, Dennis Hilla with Jones close behind on lap 4. Gordon, running the top, andJones, on the bottom, then ran door to door for nearly entire remaining race. At times the duo were three wide around lapped traffic with Gordon holding Jones off at the finish with Hilla and track champ, Mike Lyon getting the pass to tonight’s feature.
Street Stocks(Top 4 to Sat. A-main)
118 Anthony Gordon , 41 Wade Jones, 2x Dennis Hilla, 40 Mike Lyon, 7 Bobby Jack, 31 Jeff Hendricks, 14 Curtis Opiela, 08 Landon Sowder, 15 Tommy Casey, 99 Wayne Wernette, 45 N/A, 22Rene Mares---DNS, 9 Brian Becka---DNS
Street Stock heat winners; 40 Mike Lyon, 99 Wayne Wernette
Pure Stock Honors to Hendricks
John Hendricks(Corpus Christi) led flag to flag in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature. Hendricks beat polesitter, Brandy Ramzinski intoturn 1 and never looked back. If he had, he would have seen Ryan Doyon charging up to make a race of it. Hendricks was able hang on for the win with Doyon,Ramzinski, former champ Frank Okruhlik, current champ Adam Torres and Ben Franke getting the transfers.
Pure Stocks(Top 6 to Sat. A-main)
8 John Hendricks, 5 Ryan Doyon, 88 Brandy Ramzinski, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 66 Adam Torres, 57 Ben Franke, 28 Darin Blevins, 7x Janel Duncan, 15 William Cavender, 9 William Haywood, 14 Trey Heald, 74 Zylar Bryant, 6p Jeremy Hernandez, 1c2 Dustin Blessing, 95 Jerry Jones
Pure Stock heat winners; 88 Brandy Ramzinski, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 5 Ryan Doyon
Blevins Best in Front Runners
Kirstin Blevins took her first ever Front Runner checkers in the 10-lap feature. Blevins got the lead from Lauren Blessing on lap 5.Blessing got the spot after Devon Surritt broke something in the right front suspension while running away with the lead. The Front Runners run a 50-lap Enduro Saturday night.
17 Kirstin Blevins, 05 Lauren Blessing, 82 Kristine Markgraf, D3 Devon Surritt
Front Runner heat winner; D3 Devon Surritt