South Texas Street Stock Shootout race #2 @ Cotton Bowl Speedway, 6/1/13
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Paige, TX.,(June 1st, 2013) Julie Irwin’s Cotton Bowl Speedway played host to the second race in the Swenson Racing Components, South Texas Street Stock Shootout series on the high-banked, 3/8 mile, clay oval. Bo Beckner took home the win over twenty-seven entries at race #1 held at Shady Oaks Speedway in early May ahead of AJ Dancer, Rob Slott, defending champ Wade Jones and Tony Blankenship.
The STXSSS series allows cars from a handful of tracks to compete competitively running by “home track” rules. This draws car from all over central, south and east Texas making up a diverse field of drivers, many of whom can claim a home track championship on their racing resume.
The series returns for a second trip to Cotton Bowl Speedway for race #3 on July 6th filling in the schedule for a lost race that was previously slated. Cotton Bowl Speedway, the newest of the Texas’ dirt tracks, is a modern, well-built, awesome facility that was completed in late 2012. Saturday’s action also included the Limited Modifieds, 305 Racesaver Sprint Cars and Pure Stocks, with the Modified and Eco-Stocks having the night off.
Besides its weekly racing schedule that alternates classes, Cotton Bowl Speedway promotes the H.O.P.E. program, a 12-school program competing in a front wheel drive class. Participating student are required to work on their schools cars, keeping them race ready, with scholarships being awarded at the end of the season.
Jourdanton’s Jones Takes Round Two
Defending STXSSS champ, and multi-time I-37 Raceway track champion, Wade Jones took home the hard earned trophy in the 25-lap main event. Jones, recovering from a lap 1 miscue and got past early leader Rob Slott just before halfway. As Slott fell back with an ailing motor, Stephan Danielson and AJ Dancer moved up to challenge Jones. Danielson, who started in the sixth row, showed Jones the nose at one point, but Jones held him off. Several cautions in the final laps saw Jones continue to hold the top spot while Danielson and Dancer got together, sending Dancer to the tail. Jones scored the win by a couple car lengths over Danielson, Terry Tschoerner, who came from the eighth row, Slott and Chris Birmingham.
A field of 30-cars started the STXSSS main with Jones getting a jump before turn 2(as everyone was told in the drivers meeting) to bring out a caution and put Jones back two positions. On the second try, Justin Boop was slow to take off stacking up the field in turn 2. Finally under green with Slott on point, Jones and Danielson made their way past Lucky Gilbert for second and third.
Gilbert continued to fade giving up spots to Dancer and Anthony Gordon. Jones ran down Slott with Danielson and Dancer side by side for third. Jones snuck past Slott for the lead coming to halfway bringing Danielson along to second, Slott third, Dancer fourth and Gordon fifth. Danielson, using the high side, got alongside Jones, but a spin by Derrick Ishler, who took the $150 SABFI bonus to start at the tail.
After multiple restarts the final six laps that saw Danielson and Dancer make contact and go around, Jones still held the point. The final green, white, checkered saw Jones inch away from Danielson in theHorelka Racing, SABFI, Opiela Mechanical, Mobile 1, Mission Race Engines, Camaro for the victory.
“It was tough,” replied Jones. “The track was good and rubbered up. When we qualified is was real slick, but it came around. I sawStephan(Danielson) and AJ(Dancer) back there. I didn’t know what happened to them. I tried to keep my tires as hot as I could. All the cautions made it hard to do that.”
“I take responsibility for jumping the start. I totally forgot they told us not to jump out of line on the start, it was my fault. They put me back a couple spots and the contact bent my wheel into the tire. We got lucky it didn’t let go.”
“(Rob)Slott is a pretty good driver and has a fast car. I think he said that he dropped a cylinder. I knew something was going wrong when he slowed down. I saw Stephan show the nose, but didn’t know how many laps were left. I don’t count laps, I just go.”
“Being the defending champion is a bit of pressure. It seems like everyone has stepped up their game this year. There are probably10-15 different guys that could win. I was happy to get the win tonight. Lady Luck was on my side and I know Uncle Donny was in there with me.”
Swenson Racing Components South Texas Street Stock Shootout Series
41 Wade Jones, 149 Robert Danielson, 14 Terry Tschoerner, 48 Rob Slott, C3 Chris Birmingham, 19 Jarrett Barber, 13s William Stephens, 40 Mike Lyon, 118 Anthony Gordon, A11n Mark Salango, 37 AJ Wernette, 21 Scott Stubbs, 8 Kevin Sullivan III, 12 Richard Wells, 97 Jeff Schultea, 12r RandyWeatherford, 52 AJ Dancer, 30 Mark Chrudimsky, 36 Lucky Gilbert, 03 DerrickIshler, 726 Robert Robbins, 10 David Grobe, 86 Robert Huff, 01t Tracy Tschoerner, 22x Rene Mares, 09 Gerald Johnson, 31 Jeff Hendricks, 6m Mark Gallagher, 28 Leland Waddell, 72 Justin Boop
STXSSS heat winner time trials
48 Rob Slott, 21.21
72 Justin Boop, 21.60
37 AJ Wernette, 21.86
41 Wade Jones, 21.90
36 Lucky Gilbert, 22.39
STXSSS heats(winners time trial for position)
Heat 1; 37 AJ Wernette, 03 Derrick Ishler, 22x Rene Mares, 31 Jeff Hendricks, 726 Robert Robbins, 6m Mark Gallagher
Heat 2; 48 Rob Slott, 86 Robert Huff, C3 Chris Birmingham, 19 Jarrett Barber, 40 Mike Lyon, 12 Richard Wells
Heat 3; 72 Justin Boop, 28 Leland Waddell, 97 Jeff Schultea, 8 Kevin Sullivan III, A11n Mark Salango, 10 David Grobe
Heat 4; 41 Wade Jones, 13s William Stephens, 149 Stephan Danielson, 118 Anthony Gordon, 01t Tracy Tschoerner, 12r Randy Weatherford
Heat 5; 36 Lucky Gilbert, 52 AJ Dancer, 14 Terry Tschoerner, 09 Gerald Johnson, 30 Mark Chrudimsky, 21 Scott Stubbs
Swenson Swiftest in Limited Modifieds
Chris Swenson(Boerne), in a car owned by Slott Racing, held off a race long challenge from David Meredith in the 20-lap feature. Swenson, who had done work on the chassis set up, got the lead on lap 1 andkept all competitors in his wake. Meredith gave Swenson some looks on restarts, but Swenson would ease away running under green. Johnny Torres, in another role as hired gun, made his way to third, with Vince Louden and Kenny Ware rounding out the top five.
As the 20-car Limited Modified field took the green, Swenson grabbed the lead trailed by Meredith, Ware, Ryan Doyon and Louden. Yellow waved on lap 6 for trouble at both ends of the track. Brandon Prewitt found himself facing the wrong way and unable to refire in turn 1 while Talon Minten and Trice Hermes got hooked up in turn 3.
After three separate solo spins the laps wound down with Swenson increasing his margin over Meredith and Torres making his way towards the front. As the white flag waved it was Swenson in the Slott Motorsports,Swenson Racing Components, QA1 Shocks, Spreen Racing Engine, Express Chassis grabbing the win.
“I was to express my condolences to the Ray Becka family,” said Swenson. “Ray has been a big part of San Antonio area racing community for a long time and helped many of the drivers.”
“This was the first time I’ve ever driven this car, it belongs to a customer of mine. I got a good position in the heat and drew the pole for the feature. We found some things during the heat that helped. My crew guys worked on this car all day yesterday and into the night. Then showed up at the shop early and got it done. Then we had to change the rear end for the right gear when we got here.”
“It’s hard being out in the lead the whole race because you really don’t see anyone else. You have a hard time judging how fast you really are and what everyone else is doing. I just made sure I hit my marksevery lap. ‘Doc’ (Meredith) got up there a couple time and I could hear him. I just stayed on the bottom and came out on top.”
“Lots of things go through your mind(while you’re leading) especially during the cautions. I try not to think about them. You try to clear out your mind, stay in your groove and not do anything stupid. I’ve been in this position before, and been beat on the last lap sometimes. So you really want to concentrate.”
148 Chris Swenson, 9m David Meredith, R1 Johnny Torres, 6 Vince Louden, 83k Kenny Ware, 24 Robby Minten, 5r Ryan Doyon, 89f Matt Farris, 27 Randy Lewis, 9 Sam Blacklock, 17 Nic Priem, 29 Mark Warren, 25x Teresa Gural, 25 Brandon Prewitt, 14t Talon Minten, 10d Don Painter, 66m Mitchell Morrison, 66 Hunt Harrison, 3 Trice Hermes, 74 Mickey Helms, 436 Michael Pesek---DNS
Limited Modified heats
Heat 1; 83k Kenny Ware, 9m David Meredith, 74 Mickey Helms, 66 Hunt Harrison, 27 Randy Lewis, 89f Matt Farris, 25x Teresa Gural, 25 Brandon Prewitt, 66m Mitchell Morrison, 14t Talon Minten
Heat 2; 5r Ryan Doyon, 148 Chris Swenson, 6 Vince Louden, R1 Johnny Torres, 24 Robby Minten, 10d Don Painter, 17 Nic Priem, 436 DavidPesek, 9s Sam Blacklock
Slott Sweeps Pure Stocks
Rob Slott(New Waverly) led flag to flag in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature. Slott was chased early by Brian Morris, then Danny Bennett and Mark Chrudimsky, who both started at the back. Bennett and Chrudimsky tangled while battling for second and went to the back. Both again were able to fight their way to the front for top three finishes. Dean Priem and Craig Stickley, who was involved in a multi-car melee on the initial start completed the lead quintet.
49 Rob Slott, 30 Mark Chrudimsky, R4J Danny Bennett, 01D Dean Priem, 88 Craig Stickley, 9x Brian Morris, 33 Paul Smith, 8k Krystle Acton, 8 Bianca Weaver, 13 Cassidy Brune, 75 Harley Brune, 8* Tim Homeyer, 6p Jeremy Hernandez, 38 Matthew Bice, 44x Heath Stewart, 73 John Matula
Pure Stock heat winners; 49 Rob Slott, 44 Heath Stewart
305 Racesaver Sprint Cars
Sprint Car heat/feature
85 Adam Barr
R4J Jon Freeman
0 Thomas Bennett
R4J Andrew Bennett