Racing with Randy Rogers Band @ Central Texas Speedway, 7/26/13
Zach Hausler getting ready to take flag for victory lap from Rodney Rodriguez
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Kyle, TX.,(July 26th, 2013) Central Texas Speedway hosted race #2 of the Texas Asphalt Limited Modified Series, sponsored by Sanford Electric, Saturday with 21 cars from across Texas and Oklahoma checking in. The car count, largest of the season to date, saw an interesting mix of pavement and dirt cars, as well as varying degrees of experience. After an open practice Friday night and a couple rounds during Saturday drivers and teams were ready for their Sanford Electric Services 40 lap feature.
Central Texas Speedway, ‘Home of Fast Cars and Hot Guitars’ is a semi-banked, 3/8 mile D-shaped track just south of Austin. The track runs a limited schedule of races sanctioned by NASCAR Whelan All-American Series for Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Trucks, A-Line Auto Parts Super Stocks, Grand Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Mini Stocks, Bandoleros and NASKARTS. Along with racing the track also holds many outdoor concerts, tonight featuring the Randy Rogers Band.
Qualifying was held for the TALMS, Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Trucks and A-Line Auto Parts Super Stocks, with heats races for the Dwarf Cars. Others classes started by either points or draw.
Luza Lucky in Late Model Finale
Ryan Luza caught a couple of good breaks during the 60-lap Late Model feature. Luza inherited the lead at halfway when Casey Smith, who had just taken the lead from Bayley Currey, suffered a similar issue with the power steering. Smith spun after the power steering pump let go sending him to the pits for repairs. Luza then pulled out to a decent lead, while Smithtried to fight his way back. Smith made it as far as second, but too far behind to mount a challenge. After the race while sitting on the tech pad, Luza’s crew found two cuts in the right front tire that fortunately didn’t end his night.
Derek Scott jr. and Currey stayed side by side through turns 1-2 and it wasn’t until they came off turn 4 that Currey was able to take control. Scott lined up second followed by Jake Kruger, Luza and Smith. Kruger got past Scott and alongside Currey while Smith moved in on Scott and Luza was door to door with George Hagy Jr.
Smith got third then put a challenge on Kruger for second with the two swapping a little paint. The duo continued to slug it out until Kruger got too high giving Luza a chance to snag third. Smith began to put pressure on the young Currey sticking the nose inside. Smith finally got a good run and grabbed the point with Luza following to second.
The lead was short-lived as a couple laps coming to halfway Smith spun off turn 2 to bring out a yellow. On the restart it was Luza taking control ahead of Currey, Kruger, Hagy and Scott. Smith began his charge back to the front picking off Scott, Hagy and Kruger on successive laps.
Up front Luza had stretched his margin to a half straightaway over Currey, who now had Smith hot on his heels. With five to go Smith was able to get past Currey for third but didn’t have enough laps to try to reel in Luza. At the checkers it was Luza in the A-Christian Pest Control, McGunegill powered Port City Chassis winning his second in a row at the track.
“Consistency was the key,” commented Luza. “We had the car set up for the long runs. They told to just keep the tires on it early in the race, take your time and do what you can. Try to save the car for the end.”
“Casey(Smith) was our toughest competition. I think he had a little on me. At the beginning of the race we were pretty close. I talked to him after the race and he said his power steering blew out, like what happened to him at San Antonio.”
“I didn’t know the right front was cut. I knew something was feeling wrong with the car after we got hit twice on restarts. I was kind of mad. I was real lucky that the gash didn’t pop it or the tire go down.”
“This is my first year in a Late Model. I have experience in Go-karts, Bandoleros and Legends. I didn’t really have to adjust my driving style. I did have to get used to the weight difference. That was the biggest transition. You have to learn to save your stuff for the longer races and not burn it up.”
14 Ryan Luza, 99 Casey Smith, 96 Bayley Currey, 114 Jake Kruger, 47g George Hagy jr., O1 Derek Scott jr. , 00 Kristen Bumbera, 3 Mike Reininger, 2 Bobby Teer jr., 44 Gary Chancellor, 61 Cory Lovell
Late Model qualifying
99 Casey Smith 14.534, 47g George Hagy 14.558, 114 Jake Kruger 14.622, 14 Ryan Luza 14.648, 96 Bayley Currey 14.682, 01 Derek Scott jr. 14.758, 00 Kristen Bumbera 14.900, 3 Mike Reininger 14.941, 61 Cory Lovell 15.015, 2 Bobby Teer jr. 15.025, 44 Gary Chancellor 15.083
Hausler Hustles to Pro Modified Money
In a rapidly paced race, Zach Hausler took home the trophy and the cash in the 40-lap Pro Modified feature. Hausler led flag to flag in the event that saw only two yellow in the late going. Hausler was pressured in the final three laps by Joe Aramendia, but it was Hausler in the Raymond Delahoussaye owned, WD Racing, Tri-Lectric, 41 Shocks, Gentry Transmissions, Best Auto Parts, Boyd Motorsports, hybrid chassis with an in house motor.
Hausler grabbed command as he beat Aramendia off turn 4 to lead lap 1 trailed by Aramendia, James Cole, Mason Teague and Cory Roper. As Hausler quickly began to build some distance, Jason Marshall took fifth from Roper. Hausler had a full straightaway lead at the halfway point.
Anthony Monroe had a solo spin on lap 34 erasing Hausler’s huge lead, but Hausler eased away on green leaving Aramendia and Cole side by side. Aramendia held the spot and got another shot when Marshall spun on lap 37. Aramendia stayed door to door with Hausler, but Hausler had too much muscle and held off Aramendia for the win.
“I had a good car,” exclaimed Hausler. “They gave me one of the best ones out there tonight. We have a little work to do for the next time we come out here, but all-in-all it was a good night.”
“The cooler temperatures at night helped us out a lot. Racing here you can’t drive into the corners as hard as I do in Houston. Other than that it’s pretty much the same. You just try to roll the corners the best you can.”
“That chassis is made from three different cars,” explained car owner Delahoussaye. “We put the front section of one car on a center section and added another rear clip. We do all our own motors.”
23 Zach Hausler, 79 Joe Aramendia, 14 James Cole, 16 Mason Teague, 44 Cory Roper, 97 Jason Marshall, 98 Anthony Monroe, 96 Bayley Currey
Pro Modified qualifying
14 James Cole 15.196, 79 Joe Aramendia 15.373, 23 Zach Hausler 15.378, 16 Mason Teague 15.518, 44 Cory Roper 15.532, 97 Jason Marshall 15.574, 98 Anthony Monroe 19.290
Pollaro Picks up Truck Pay Day
After taking wins in Houston and San Antonio, RickPollaro(Canyon Lake) added Central Texas Speedway to his resume in the 40-lap Truck feature. Pollaro, who started third, worked his way up to battle withearly leader, and multi-time track champ in Super Stock, Cary Stapp. A latecaution rebunched the field, but Pollaro was able to get clear of Stapp andMark Chrudimsky who battled for the runner-up spot.
Stapp eased out front from the pole beating James off of turn 2. James fell in line second trailed by Pollaro, Zac Knowles and BryonReed. Pollaro got by James leaving him side by side with Reed while Chrudimsky moved in on Knowles for fifth. Pollaro, lap by lap, cut into Stapp’s lead while James pitted from third.
Pollaro caught Stapp on lap 25 and after a little hello tap on the bumper, got by for the lead. Michael Villareal brought out the first caution with a spin off the back stretch. Pollaro got a good jump on green leaving Stapp and Chrudimsky fighting for second. Chrudimsky took the spot in the final laps, but Pollaro in the Rack in Motion, Wildchild Motorsports, BMF Shocks, Mission Race Engines, BMF Chassis scored the win.
“We felt real good in the heat when we qualified on good rubber,” said Pollaro. “We made a bar adjustment for the feature. John Heil is real good at that, he makes all those calls. We debrief after every practice and he nails it.”
“I was using everything I had to get there. I missed a couple of corners and was wondering if I’d get back to him. Maybe his stuff went away a little faster. It seemed like he was backing up to me. My truckcame around and we got the win tonight.”
“The crew works hard on all my stuff, all week long. The Kruger’s, John Heil, Mission Auto Parts that put together our motors do an awesome job. I can’t thank them enough. Wildchild Motorsports, as a whole, are a pretty strong team.”
96 Rick Pollaro, 39 Mark Chrudimsky, 28 Shawn Paul Lehman, 99 Cary Stapp, 33 Joey Jenkins, 79 Michael Villareal, 83 Bryon Reed, 151 Zac Knowles, 37 Lynn Hardy, 3 Jeff O’Neill, 15 Colt James, 48 Jake Wright
96 Rick Pollaro 16.389, 15 Colt James 16.493, 99 Cary Stapp 16.502, 151 Zac Knowles 16.517, 83 Bryon Reed 16.629, 48 Jake Wright 16.667, 39 Mark Chrudimsky 16.667, 28 Shawn Paul Lehman 16.687, 37 Lynn Hardy 16.830, 33 Joey Jenkins 16.835, 3 Jeff O’Neill 16.919, 79 Michael Villareal 16.993
Webster Wheels to Another Win
David Webster made another long drive from the Houston area pay off as he set fast time and snagged the (scheduled)30-lap Super Stock feature. D. Webster, who started third, took over the top spot from Levi Krauss then held that spot after multiple restarts that reduced the laps at the end.
It was Ian Webster jumping out front as the 22-car field took the green chased by D. Webster, Krauss, Paul Reyes and Arden Smith. After a yellow that saw Aaron Leddy make contact with Mickey McKim and collect Patricia Lucas, Krauss got under I. Webster for the lead on lap 6.
AJ Dancer moved into the top five hanging I. Webster out on the high side. Up front, D. Webster was pressuring Krauss taking over the top spot on lap 9. Coming to halfway it was D. Webster, Dancer, Krauss, I. Webster and Brandon Gaither in the top five.
A red was shown on lap 17 when Lucas spun in her own fluid dropped on the track. Unfortunately Dancer was unable to restart giving up second place. As the laps wound down B. Gaither, Smith and Brandon Spreen tried three wide with Spreen going off turn 4.
On the green, white, checkered restart, D. Webster got away from the field and a good thing as the last lap saw chaos reign. Reyes, running second spun coming to the checkers from second, while other swappedpaint in the pack. In the end it was D. Webster going unchallenged to the checkers.
A-Line Auto Parts Super Stocks
31 David Webster, 8 Brandon Gaither, 27 Doug LeStourgeon, 24 Paul Reyes, 32 Levi Krauss, 66 Troy Hensiek, 81 Ian Webster, 18 Mickey McKim, 88 Brandon Spreen, 55 Nathan Sturtz, 501 Aaron Brungot, 5 Dillon Gaither, 03 Derek Ishler, 50 Arden Smith, 52 AJ Dancer, 22 Patricia Lucas, 21 Kenny Hurley, 80 Allen Alexander, 98 Dale Caswell, 45 Clare Randall, 93 Aaron Leddy, 68 Kenny Wright
Super Stock qualifying
31 David Webster 16.614, 24 Paul Reyes 16.689, 81 Ian Webster 16.718, 88 Brandon Spreen 16.768, 32 Levi Krauss 16.795, 52 AJ Dancer 16.908, 50 Arden Smith 16.984, 80 Allen Alexander 16.949, 21 Kenny Hurley 17.063, 8 Brandon Gaither 17.198, 66 Troy Hensiek 17.360, 27 Douglas LeStourgeon 17.506, 98 Dale Caswell 17.600, 501 Aaron Brungot 17.649, 55 Nathan Sturtz 17.709, 03 Derek Ishler 18.095, 5 Dillon Gaither 18.675, 22 Patricia Lucas 19.085, 45 Clare Randall 19.441, 18 Mickey McKim---DNT, 93 Aaron Leddy---DNT, 68 Kenny Wright---DNT
The start of the Grand Stock feature saw Sean Folsom make contact with Mike Farish sending him hard into the turn 1 wall. Farish was ok, but both were done for the night. It was three wide on the restart for the lead between Scott Nester, Marcia Moore and Jake Kruger. Nester was able to wrestle away the lead with Moore on his tail. Nester began to distance himself from the field as he ran away to the win, while Bayley Currey worked his way up third
71 Scott Nester, 91 Marcia Moore, 50 Bayley Currey, 81 Michael Warren, 79 Jake Kruger, 29 Casey Simons, 55 Daniel Kidd, 88 Mike Farish, 3 Sean Folsom
The Dwarf Car feature saw another hard crash at the beginning when Richard Smith hit the turn 1 wall, came down across the track and got drilled by Jim Kritikos who had nowhere to go. Once under green it was Russell Rust getting the early lead chased by Chris Silvas, Jim Degroat Dwain Groff and Danny Davis.
After multiple spins, Degroat, Arden Vikre and Casey Smith went three wide for the lead with Vikre picking up the spot. Smith wasted little time getting around Vikre for the top spot on lap 5. Due to spins and time the race was cut to a green, white, checkered finish with Smith holding off Vikre and Todd McLemore who was charging from the back.
Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas
88 Casey Smith, 72 Arden Vikre, 54 Todd McLemore, 14 Dwain Groff, 18 Jerry Young, 27 Butch Havelka, 30 Billy Groff, 85 Chris Silvas, 86 Chris Silvas jr., 61 John Flake, 39 Matt Goulias, 31 Russell Rust, 3 Kevin Hubbard, 73 Decker Helotes, 15 Bentley Becker, 48 Abel Arredondo, 22 Jim Degroat, 20 Ryan Stoy, 7 Danny Davis, 17 Hayden Becker, 60 Richard Smith, 66 Jim Kritikos
DCRST heat winners; 61 John Flake, 88 Casey Smith
In the Mini Stock feature Angel Chancellor was in the right spot at the right to take the lead and never look back. Sterling Beck got out front early but was challenged by Albert Sanchez and Richard Fitch. Thetrio tried three wide for the lead making contact with Chancellor shooting though on the bottom for the lead. Once out front Chancellor was able to hold her own and score the victory.
00 Angel Chancellor, 07 Richard Fitch, 80 Albert Sanchez, 5 Dillon Gaither, 28 Sterling Beck, 13 Justin Wood, 7 Kris Wilson, 21 Mike Knotts, 38 Jessica Lee, 25 Bill Erne, 17 Kurstin Blevins, 007 Calvin Fitch, 71 Chris Wetz
Jon Fernandez went flag to flag in the Bandelero feature after taking the point on green. Kaden Honeycutt, Vinnie Aramendia and Cameron Mitchell trailed Fernandez early. Mitchell, who started at the rear, made his way up third past Aramendia after a couple yellows for spins. Honeycutt kept the pressure on Fernandez but couldn’t find a way past at Fernandez crossed under the checkers.
24 Jon Fernandez, 10 Kaden Honeycutt, 18 Cameron Mitchell, 79 Vinnie Aramendia, 7 Zoey Barker, 3 Brady Lind, 48 Gabby Debeau, 1 DaltonArnold
After 27 laps of slicing, dicing and drafting, Reagan Garner held off Doug Garner for the victory. R. Garner led at the halfway break and led the final laps to grab the win.
10 Reagan Garner, 12 Doug Garner, 2 Chris Baker, 1 Jason Marshall, 14 Nic Zucca, 88 Kayleb Kreis, 20 Corey O,Donnell, 29 Marty Kreis, 16 Mike Steinman, 07 Meagan Smith