4th Annual South Texas Shootout @ South Texas Speedway, 12/13-14/13
Shane Hebert emerging after winning burnout. Photo by Jeff Garvin
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Corpus Christi, TX.,(Dec. 14Th, 2013) South Texas Speedway officially ended the 2013 racing season with the finale of its annual South Texas Shootout. Coming into the nights action 24 drivers had already punched their dance card for the big money features, eight each in the Limited Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.
The rest of the competitors still had another chance to make it through heats and B-qualifiers in the three featured classes. The Limited Late Models were also on hand running a complete program for the night.
The Limited Modifieds qualified through heat races that set up four B-qualifiers by passing points in the heats. From there, the top four in each B-qualifier made it to the big show, plus two provisionals. One provisional went to a past track champion, not yet qualified(Kris Rye), the second provisional was auctioned off to the highest bidder(Hector Aguirre).
The car counts in the Street Stocks and Pure Stocks were narrowed down enough that only qualifying heats were needed with drivers lined up by order of finish.
With cooler, windier conditions the track changed rapidly early in the night making some crew scramble for a different set up. The track went through several changes, perhaps due to the cooler temperatures and moisture coming back up. According to drivers it wasn't near as abrasive as the previous night in the features.
Hebert Sweeps South Texas Shootout
To say Shane Hebert(Lafayette, La.) was on a roll this weekend would be an understatement. Hebert took Friday's heat race, collected the most passing points to start to start the A-qualifier on the pole and won that race, leading every lap. Come A-main time, Hebert repeated Friday's feat leading every lap on his way to the $6,050 payday to become the first repeat South Texas Shootout winner.
Hebert looked to be toying with the field in the early stages conserving his tires and equipment while being chased by Tracy Denby jr. and Adam Schach early. South Texas Speedway veteran and champion, Lawrence Mikulencak made his way towards the front looking for a top spot late. In the last half of the race Hebert said 'See ya' to the field as he checked out to grab the win.
On the initial try for a start Hebert got the jump on Schach, Denby, Bubba Seals and Johno Whittington, but a tangle between Jason Tiner and Josh Ferguson brought the caution quickly out. On the next try Hebert again led into turn 1 pursued by Denby, Schach and Seals, with Whittington and Chuck Perry side by side.
By lap 5 Hebert had stretched out his lead on Denby who had a gap back to Schach, while Mikulencak began his march to the front getting along side Whittington. Mikulencak used caution to his advantage picking up spots on restarts getting past Schach for third near halfway.
Mikulencak was able to work his way by Denby for second briefly, but Denby retook the spot on an ensuing restart. Lap 17 saw multiple spins, tangles and restarts with Hebert getting out clean on each one. Finally back under green and Hebert beginning to show what he had leaving Denby and Mikulencak battling for second, while Steve Whiteaker jr. made his way to fourth.
With five laps to go Hebert had increased his margin to a half straightaway over Denby and Mikulencak, with another gap back to Whiteaker. As the final circuits wound down Hebert held that margin to score the victory in the Allgayer, Inc., Express Trucking, Specialty Automotive, PTS Race Engines, Express Chassis.
“We freed the car up to where we could conserve the tires,” said Hebert. “The main goal was to try to get the lead at the start so we could set our own pace. We were able to do that. I wanted to make it through the first the first half of the race and have something for the second half. That's what we did.”
“I still had plenty of tire left. I didn't feel like the track was as abrasive as it was last night. That probably worked to our advantage because it looks like everyone else still has some tire left.”
“I knew there was going to be plenty of cautions to be able to keep the tires cool in the beginning. I knew the last part of the race is where it was going to decided. I figured if I saved the tires the first half and I would be able to stretch it out the last half”
“We just did our normal maintenance on this car. I honestly don't think we've even scaled it since last year when we ran it here. We have a pretty good base set up and didn't have to change too much. We may change a spring here or there, but other than that I just race it.”
“These cars you have to drive a little more aggressive,” added Hebert who also runs a big Modified. “You just don't have the horsepower there. The main thing with running these cars with the big mods is to get more track time. There's some tracks you can run them about the same speed and some that it's obviously a different deal. It helps having both so you can find where the line is and stuff like that.”
191 Shane Hebert, 15 Tracy Denby jr., 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 89c Steve Whiteaker jr., 07 Adam Schach, 115 Chuck Perry, 119 Bubba Seals, 0s Johnny Torres, 58x Hunter Flanagan, 4$ Kris Rye, 77 Garrett Gregory, 184 Brian Rye, 38 David Schurry, 27 Hector Aguirre, 91 Craig Oakes, 85 Dusty Moore, 33 Eddy Ross, bd1 JJ Jennings, 5w Johno Whittington, 1d James Droddy, 0 Eddie Martin, 94 Nick Hardcastle, 63 Shane Hoefling, 74 Bo Beckner, 1t Jason Tiner, 14c Billy Smith
Limited Modified B-mains(top 4 transfer to A-main)
B-main 1; 0 Eddie Martin, 58x Hunter Flanagan, 184 Brian Rye, 74 Bo Beckner, jp3 James Parks III, 68 Steve Miller, 27 Hector Aguirre, 9m Marcus Mikulencak, 9 Ray Doyon III, 57 Dale Flanagan, 22 Art Rodriguez, 95 Larry Lewis jr, 1* Josh Ferguson---DNTG, 12 David Grobe---DNS, 71 Travis Anderson---DNS
B-main 2; 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 94 Nick Hardcastle, 0s Johnny Torres, 85 Dusty Moore, 53 Edward Oakes, 30k Dustin Butcher, 79 Cody Beddoe, 151 Jimmy Bryd, 2r Ray Schaalman, 72 Manny Trevino, 76 Jeff Rowland, 24 Robby Minten---DNS, 83 Monty Nichols III---DNS, 50 Michael Stringer---DNS, 717 GW Egbert---DNS
B-main 3; 89c Steve Whiteaker jr., 77 Garrett Gregory, 63 Shane Hoefling, 33 Eddy Ross, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 23 Joel Garcia, 70 George Egbert III, 70m Henry Munson, 10 Humberto Rocha, 84 Stacey Tyler, 1c Ken Hobbs, 19 Johnny Brown, 16s Brandon Spurlock, 4$ Kris Rye, 87m Bobby Maupin---DNS
B-main 4; 14c Billy Smith, 1T Jason Tiner, 38 David Schurry, 1d James Droddy, 871 Billy Melton, 133 Johnny Johnson, 56 Broc Bowen, 260 Erik Thorne, 47 James Meyers, 00s Cody Hamm, 471 Ruben Montes, 563 James Lee, 46 Randy Bridges, 11 Tom Grothues
Limited Modified heats(passing points determine position for B-mains)
Heat 1; 4$ Kris Rye, 53 Edward Oakes, 23 Joel Garcia, 76 Kevin Rowland, jp3 James Parks III, 00s Cody Hamm, 87m Bobby Maupin---DNS
Heat 2; 871 Billy Melton, 1* Josh Ferguson, 58 Hunter Flanagan, 9 Ray Doyon III, 563 James Lee, 717 GW Egbert IV, 24 Robby Minten---DNS, 83 Monty Nichols III---DNS
Heat 3; 0 Eddie Martin, 63 Shane Hoefling, 0s Johnny Torres, 77 Garrett Gregory, 46 Randy Bridges, 10 Humberto Rocha, 33 Eddy Ross
Heat 4; 57 Dale Flanagan, 14c Billy Smith, 11 Tom Grothues, 79 Cody Beddoe, 68 Steve Miller, 2r Ray Schaalman, 71 Travis Anderson---DNS
Heat 5; 184 Brian Rye, 30k Dustin Butcher, 84 Stacey Tyler, 12r Roly Rodriguez, 85 Dusty Moore, 27 Hector Aguirre, 70 George Egbert III
Heat 6; 47 James Meyers, 87 Lawrence Mikulencak, 260 Erik Thorne, 38 David Schurry, 19 Johnny Brown, 1c Ken Hobbs, 133 Johnny Johnson, 12 David Grobe---DNS
Heat 7; 89c Steve Whiteaker jr., 16s Brandon Spurlock, 1T Jason Tiner, 1D James Droddy, 70m Henry Munson, 471 Ruben Montes, 95 Larry Lewis jr
Heat 8; 94 Nick Hardcastle, 74 Bo Beckner, 22 Art Rodriguez, 151 Jimmy Byrd, 50 Michael Stringer, 9m Marcus Mikulencak, 72 Manny Trevino
Jourdanton's Jones Strikes for Street Stock Victory
Multi-time I-37 Raceway and South Texas Street Stock Shootout champion, Wade Jones took home the big check in the Street Stock feature. Jones got past early leader Stephan Danielson, who spent the night in a local hospital, just before halfway. From there, Jonesin the Horelka Racing, SABFI, Opiela Mechanical, Mobile 1, Mission Race Engines, Camaro held off Danielson on restarts for the victory.
Danielson got the jump on pole sitter William Stephens as the 23-car Street Stock feature took the green flag. Stephens fell in behind Danielson trailed by Jones, Chad Rockefeller and AJ Wernette. Wernette began to fade early giving up spots to Greg Carlucci and Shawn Kline, before he slid off the backstretch.
Jones got by Stephens on the restart for second while Kline challenged Carlucci for fifth. Jones caught Danielson and just as he stuck the nose under yellow waved for a spin by Darin Blevins. A series of restarts saw contenders, Stephens and Rockefeller both have problems ending their chances.
Finally back to racing as Jones got under Danielson to get the lead on lap 9 with Jerry Walters up to fifth and Kline working past Carlucci for third. Several more spins and crashes set up a green, white, checker finish. Jones quickly got a car length on Danielson, who now had Kline applying the heat. This left Jones unchallenged the final lap, while Danielson held off Kline.
411 Wade Jones, 149 Stephan Danielson, 11 Shawn Kline, 34 Greg Carlucci, 33jp Jerry Walters, 21 Jimmy Parker, 88 Bobby Jack, 41 John Heinaman, 33 Michael Pesk, 2x Dennis Hilla, 42 Curtis King, 9 Darin Blevins, 13s William Stephens, 21p Cody Parker, 44 George Piskor, 1 Keith Kibosh, 14 Darin Kelly, 93 Aaron Leddy, 2 Chad Rockefeller, 37 AJ Wernette, 355 Joe Boop, 7s DJ Schroat, 5 Garrett Hayes---DQ(unsportsmanlike conduct), #1 Tom Dickman---DNS, 19 Jarrett Barber---DNS, 39 Miguel Mendoza---DNS
Street Stock heats(finish determines position in A-main)
Heat 1; 33 Michael Pesk, 33jp Jerry Walters, 44 George Piskor, 21p Cody Parker, 88 Bobby Jack, 1 Keith Kubosh
Heat 2; 5 Garrett Hayes, 41 John Heinaman, 21 Jimmy Parker, 93 Aaron Leddy, 7 DJ Schroat, 19 Jarrett Barber---DNS
Heat 3; 42 Curtis King, 9 Darin Blevins, 2x Dennis Hilla, 14 Darin Kelly, 39 Miguel Mendoza---DNS
Bresee Bounces Back in Pure Stock Bash
Baytown's Chase Bresee could have easily thrown in the towel after having to pit in the early stages of the 24-car Pure Stock feature. But that wasn't the case. While Tony Marinelli and Hunter Flanagan battled up front, Bresee was picking off cars lap by lap. Using double file restarts to his advantage, Bresee was back in the top five with ten to go and still moving forward. After a lap 20 restart Bresee got then leader, Jacob Wilburn to lead the last four laps to the checkers.
Prelim winner, Marinelli jumped out front as green waved on the 25-lap feature. Flanagan, Jamie Dear, Mickey Helms and Lucas Cowan followed. Flanagan wasted little time putting the pressure on Marinelli, while Helms got by Dear for third. Wilburn joined the battle going three wide with Helms and Cowan, while Flanagan kept sticking the nose under Marinelli.
The top six were running tight enough to throw a blanket over them with positions changing, behind the lead duo, nearly every corner. As the leaders ran up on slower cars the veteran Helms took advantage diving past both Flanagan and Marinelli for the lead on lap 14. Helms lead would be short as he slowed with flat left rear.
Flanagan capitalized on Helms misfortune taking the top spot on lap 16. After a restart Flanagan and Wilburn began to ease away from Marinelli and Bresee on his way back up front. Wilburn put a slide job on Flanagan in turn 3 to grab the point on lap 18, with Marinelli and Bresee following him through.
A lap 20 restart set up the winning pass for Bresee as he dove under Wilburn for the lead on lap 21. Wilburn's troubles were compounded and he slammed the front stretch wall ending his night. In the final run to the checkers Bresee had Flanagan, Marinelli and Dear on his tail, but a fight for second gave Bresee a clear road to the victory.
71 Chase Bresee, 22t Tony Marinelli, 58 Hunter Flanagan, 32w Daniel Ware, 84 Alaina Smith, 33 Mereda Major, 9s Jarrett Payton, 52 Tom Thrower, Z66 Cheryl Gray, 17 Crystal Smith, 166 Jacob Wilburn, 90 Jesse Vega, 00L Lucas Cowan, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 32 Mickey Helms, 81 Joshua McCain, 19 Jarrett Barber, 54 Tommy Miller, 22 Cody Bradshaw, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 22x Barnie Jureski, 14t Randy Woodall---DQ(tech weight), 15d Jamie Dear---DQ(tech-weight)), 20 Colt Beaver---DQ(tech-weight), 4 Bart Wilcox---DNS, 34 Greg Carlucci---DNS, 21r Jeromie Ramos---DNS, 21 Eric Ramos---DNS, 46 Brandon Skinner---DNS, 66r Rick Snyder---DNS
Pure Stock heats(finish determines position in A-main)
166 Jacob Wilburn, 9s Jarrett Payton, 52 Tom Thrower, 7 Jesse Sandoval, 22x Barnie Jureski, 4 Bart Wilcox, 21r Jeromie Ramos---DNS, 66 Rick Snyder---DNS
Heat 2; 22 Cody Bradshaw, 33 Mereda Major, z66 Cheryl Gray, 14t Randy Woodall, 46 Brandon Skinner---DNS,34 Greg Carlucci---DNS
Heat 3; 84 Alaina Smith, 71 Chase Bresee, 54 Tommy Miller, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 20 Colt Beaver, 32w Daniel Ware, 90 Jesse Vega, 21 Eric Ramos---DNS
Farquar Fastest in Limited Late Model
Local driver Landon Farquar took home the hardware in the Limited Late Model feature with a convincing win. Farquar beat pole sitter, Gary Hunter into turn 1 and that was pretty much all he needed. Hunter chased Farquar as they pulled away from Ron Sprague and Paul Stasney. Hunter had mechanical trouble on lap 11 and was forced to the pits. Once back to green Stasney got past Sprague for second, but Farquar in the Jerry Power House sponsored car had checked out on his way to the checkers.
Limited Late Models
77 Landon Farquar, 71 Paul Stasney, 42 Ron Sprague, 96 Dakota Yanez, 14 Gary Hunter, 15 John Owens, 23 Kevin Schelling, 66 Wesley Caddell---DNS
Limited Late Model heat; 14 Gary Hunter, 77 Landon Farquar, 23 Kevin Schelling, 42 Ron Sprague, 71 Paul Stasney, 15 John Owens, 66 Wesley Caddell---DNS, 96 Dakota Yanez---DNS