Finals round of qualifying were held in the IMCA Modified, Southern SportMod and IMCA Stock classes, with the IMCA Hobby Stocks deciding the title at night’s end. Four cars from each qualifier would be added to the fields, while the others added crucial points for the last chance qualifiers. Hobby Stocks would run one final qualifier to set the starting field.
Fain Finds Faith in Modified
The 24-car, 15-lap IMCA Modified A-qualifier was paced to green by Cody Smith and Kelly Allen. Allen inched into the lead on the high side of turn 1, but Tommy Fain came from row two, ducked under Allen and got lead on lap 1. Wesley Veal got around Kenny Stone and Alen on lap 1 for second, but Allen fought back on lap 2. Allen held second through turns 1-2, with Veal finally securing the spot in turn 4.
Kevin Sustaire saw his night end early when his car went up in flames on lap 3. The fire was contained in the engine area and was quickly extinguished. Fain got away clean on the restart, while Monte Bolton and Keith White ran wheel to wheel for seventh. Chad Estes and Jason Sartain made contact and spun, but both continued without a yellow waving. Charlie Harmon would bring out a caution when his car rolled to a stop high in turn 2.
Bolton tried to jump around Stone for fourth as the green waved again, but was
unable to get by. Troy Taylor then put slide job on Bolton for fifth in turn 1, but Bolton came back in turns 3-4. Stone was able to take third from Allen on lap 5, while Taylor and Bolton continued to slug it out for fifth. By lap 7, Fain and Veal had put some distance on the rest of the top five and the field.
Once Taylor finaly cleared Bolton, he moved in on Allen running side by side on lap 8 before Taylor took the spot. Two laps later, Taylor got past Stone for third and Veal was turning up the heat on Fain for the lead. Allen continued to backslide giving up sixth to White on lap 12. As the white flag waved, Veal took one last shot at Fain for the win, but came up short as Fain in the God is Awesome Racing, Air1.com, Hanner Chevrolet, Pflugervile Engine & Machine, Hughes Chassis scored the victory.
“I had a good starting spot and started on the outside,” said Fain. “We got up on the high line pretty quick and were able to get around everybody on the first lap.”
“You just never know how the track is going to change, or when they’re going to farm it. You’ve just to pay attention to what the track and cars are doing in the races before yours. It’s just a guess, and obviously we guessed right last night.”
“This pasing points system really depends on where you draw to whether you like it or not. Here you want to draw bad, start near the back and have cars to pass. Thursday I started on the front row of my heat, won and barely qualified for the back of the qualifier.”
“I’m looking to go to the front and stay there in the A-main tonight. We’re starting up there and In hope to stay there and be competitive. That will be a good night for me.
Gieber Grabs SportMod Slugfest
Outside polesitter, Bobby Mercer beat Matt Mueller out of turn 2 for the lead of the 15-lap IMCA Souther SportMod A-qualifier. Dennie Gieber moved to second, Mueller third, with three and four wide racing in the pack behin the top three. The top three began to inch away as the field continued three wide racing for every position. David Phillips got turned around from one of those scrambles collecting Josh McGaha, Johnny Torres and Bradley Poor. Phillips and Torres were both done for the night.
On the restart, Gieber ducked inside Marcer and got by in turn 1. Mercer tried to crossover out of turn 2, but was not able to reclaim the top spot. Scotty Wallace got by Travis Evans for fifth on lap 3 leaving Evans side by side with Kevin Nixon for sixth. Chris Cogburn joined that battle getting past Nixon on lap 4. Back in the pack, Tim Clonch, who looked to be last night’s winner until mechanical failure put him out, worked his way from 18th to the top ten.
Tyler Young brought out the yellow on lap 5 when he blew up and and rolled to a stop in turn 4. Gieber got huge jump when the green waved, with Evans looking under Wallace for fifth and Cogburn on top side challenging both. Robert Black moved up to join that free-for-all on lap 6 as Cogburn made it to fifth. Black got past Evans on lap 7 and moved along side Wallace.
While Wallace and Black ran side by side, Clonch caught both, with Cogburn and
Mueller wheel to wheel for fifth. Clonch passed Black on lap 9 and as he and Wallace made contact, Black was able to get back by for sixth. The top three had put some distance on all the scraps behind them with five to go. Cogburn and Mueller continued thier fight for the last transfer spot. Coming to the checkers it was Gieber driving the Excel Concrete, Automotive Machine Shop, Qwik Chassis getting the win.
“I had a pretty god car tonight,” Stated Gieber. “That’s what is takes to get the job done. These guys from Excel Concrete give me this Limited to drive, and they do a good job of preparing the car. We had a lot of luck go our way and we were able to stay up front.”
“We just looked for some moisture on the track, try to put the car there and keep it freed up. These cars don’t have a whole lot of motor, so you try to keep the car kind of neutral and balanced.”
“I’m hoping to get a good start tonight.. Hopefully we can get the car dialed in. There’s a lot of fast cars up there, Keith(White) and those guys are real good. It may take a little luck and hopefuly we’ll have a good enough car to stay with them.”
“We really like the passing points simply because if you get a bad draw you can pass some cars and accumulate enough points to be able to start up front in the qualifiers. We really like it.”
Sustaire Struts his Stuff in I-Stock Qualifier
Bryan LaRiviere and Daniel Parker led the 24-car IMCA Stock car A-qualifier to green for the 15 lapper. LaRiviere was first into turn 1, with two and three wide action throughout the pack. Wendall Bolton moved into second with Parker third. Tim Pyle got past Parker on lap 1, while Kevin Sustaire was sailing around the top fom his row five starting spot. Parker continued to fall back giving way to Benji Kirkpatrick on lap 2. K. Sustaire grabed a top five spot on lap 3 getting past Raymond King and Parker.
Kirkpatric caught Pyle for third and as they battled side by side, K. Sustaire
closed in for the kill. Chris Hale brought out the caution on lap 6 when his car went up in smoke. As Hale tried to make the infield, he nearly took Duain Pritchett along with him. LaRiviere got a good lead on the restart, while K. Sustaire looked inside Kirkpatrick for third. On lap 7 Bolton took a peek inside LaRiviere for he lead with Kirkpatrick and K. Sustaire side by side for third.
Kirkpatrick and K. Sustaire caught Bolton and made it three wide for second with Kirkpatrick and K. Sustaire getting by. Kirkpatrick was now on LaRiviere for the lead with K. Sustaire hanging on to hs bumper. On lap 10 it was three wide for the top spot that saw K. Sustaire get the best of both for the lead on lap 11. Kirkpatrick would get loose in turns 1-2 giving Bolton the chance to duck inside for second.
Kirkpatrick and LaRiviere both got around Bolton on lap 12 for second and third. In the meantime, K. Sustaire was building his lead and Randall Jones began sneaking up on Bolton for the final transfer spot. Jones was able to get that last spot on lap 13. Up front K. Sustaire was on cruise control as he put the Darby’s Deisel Repair, Tunes Used Cars, All Star Signs, Performance Transmissions, Simply Great Catering & Events, Cen-Tex Motorsports Engines, Scorpion Race Chassis in the winners circle. LaRiviere, Kirkpatrick and Jones took the other three transfer spots.
“I kind of got lucky tonight,” replied Sustaire. “It seemed like I had a better
starting spot in the middle of the pack. The track came in and we were able to find some lines that the other guys didn’t. That was probably the biggest key, hitting the set-up right on the money. We’ll see what happenes tonight.”
“The work my crew does Monday through Thursday at the shop is what wins races.”
“After breaking while leading Thursday, we looked the car over pretty good, so I didn’t think anything about it. It was kind of a freak deal, but we checked the car over for tonight.”
“I’m looking to get a good start in the Championship race. We’ll have to keep a real close look t what the track is doing. With them changing it up with farming, the lines change, well have to keep on top of the track tonight. I think that’s going to be the key.”
Kansas driver, Dauer takes home Texas Loot
Twenty IMCA Hobby Stocks answered the call for the 25-lap Championship raced led to green by Charles Cosper and Allen Montgomery. B J Dauer saw his race get off to a shakey start when he spun in turn 1, but continued on. Dauer caught the big break when Buddy Baker spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow and set up a complete restart. On the second try, Cosper got into turn 1 first to get the lead, while Chris Hughes looped his ride and kept going. Dauer moved in on Montgomery and Cosper getting past both for the lead on lap 2.
Perenial front runner, Chris Ater began smoking on lap 3 while running in the top five. Montgomery had trouble on lap 4 when spun with a flat left front giving up third position. Once back to green Dauer and Cosper got the jump on the field with Barrett Hutchinson getting by a slowing Ater. Bryan Sewell was making a charge from his 13th starting spot getting by Ater and Hutchinson for third. Ater was finally forced to retire.
Bryan Wilson got along side Hutchnson on lap 6 for fourth as Montgomery made his way back up to the top ten after changing a tire. Sewell reeled in Cosper for second on lap 8 and dove under Cosper in turn 3. Cosper did a classic crossover and retook the spot. At the crossed flags it was Dauer, with a half straightaway lead, Sewell back by to second, Cosper, Wilson and Hutchinson.
Montgomery caught Michael Guenat and Corbin Taylor in a three car battle for sixth only to have run come to an end on lap 12 when the right front locked up. Dauer had a two lapped car buffer on Cosper as the race went green again and easily built a slight advantage as Sewell got hung up behind one of the slower cars. Sewell finally cleared traffic a lap later, but Dauer was already in the distance.
Lap 14 saw Hughes, Hutchinson and Guenat running three wide for fifth. With Dauer inching away ever farther from Sewell and Cosper, Geunat took sixth from Hutchinson. With two to go, Dauer had rebuilt his half straightaway lead over Sewell, with Hughes catching Wilson for fourth and Geunat and Hutchinson still fighting for sixth. As the double checkers waved it was Dauer in the Crane Rentals, Bob Dauer Trucking, Jason Schoenberg Racing, CT Graphics, Stark Rentals, Stuckey Valley Farms, Phillips Motorsports, BJ Dauer Race Chassis.
“I’m proud to take the Texas trophy back to Kansas,” Said Dauer. “I came down here hoping to take the trophy home. We came down the the Icebreaker(Abilene Speedway) a few years ago and had a really good time. I’ll sure do what I can to come back and defend my title next year”
“It feels a lot better now than it did the first lap, I guarantee that. I got a good start, got there and the car felt good and then it took off on me. I tried something else the second start, I hate running the bottom so I went up top. I like running near the wall. We brought a lot of our stuff from back home. We changed gears. The tracks up there are big, the one in Norton(Kan.) is huge. So we have experience on these type tracks”
“We don’t worry so much about points racing anymore,” added Dauer who is 11th in National points. ” The way IMCA has it set up now, it’s your best thirty out fifty races. So if you’re running for points you have to watch where you’re at and have to go good in those first fifty. I chased National points twice, the first year I was second and I was never home. I have to kids that got to be five and I never knew it. It just got to be where it wasn’t worth it anymore”
“I really think we might had something for BJ(Dauer) in the big featue,” replied runner-up Sewell.” On the that restart, they started two lap cars between us. One was smart enough to get out of the way, the other tried to race with us. By the time I got past him, BJ had already checked out.”
“The guys from up north have been running the Hobby’s and I-Stocks a lot longer so they have some advantage there. We’re just now catching on down here, it won’t be long, we’ll be there.”
Sewell Sweet in Second Hobby Qualifier(10 laps)
After suffering a set back in Thursday’s Hobby Stock qualifier, Bryan Sewell showed he was the class of the remaining Hobby Stock field in the second A-qualifier. Sewell start on the pole flanked by Caleb Stone and quickly jumped out front on green. Stone got turned around on lap 1 after contact with Justin McNeil in turn 2. On the restart Sewell was easily pulling away from the field.
Erik Miles and Corbin Taylor began what turned out to be a race-long battle for
second, that saw the duo, at times, door to door for the position. Jason Brooks
moved by O N Harcrow on lap 5 for third as the short field strung out. Up front
Sewell was continuing to increase his lead. Miles had an axle break on lap 7 ending his chance for top spot and keeping him out of the Championship race. Sewell easily took the win with B&B Redi-Mix, Seagoville Used Cars, Motors by Clint, VooDoo Race Chassis, ahead of Taylor.
“In didn’t figure I’d be able to run away with that like we did.” stated Sewell. “We had a pretty good group of cars out here. I just hapened I started on the front row pole, got out front and never looked back.”