Abilene, Tx.,– Abilene Speedway officially kicked off its 2012 season with their annual Icebreaker races, presented by Smiley and Showtime Signs & Designs. Drivers from north and south converged on the high-banked, red clay, ¼ mile oval for an early jump on not only track points, but IMCA regional and national points as well. Nearly 200 cars signed cars signed in with drivers from as far north as Iowa, and as far south as Corpus Christi
Fridays race with the first of three separate one-day shows for all four IMCA classes(Modifieds, Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby’s), plus the Street Stocks and Jr. Mini Stocks. Saturday and Sunday’s show are the first of the Lone Star Series events for that tours championship.
Sustaire Swipes Modified Main
Kevin Sustaire(Emory) christened his new Addiction Chassis with checkers in the IMCA Modified heat and main event. Pat McGuire grabbed the point early in the 20-lap, 20-car showdown, but gave way to Tyler Iverson, then Charles Brewer before halfway. On a mid-race restart, Sustaire and Iverson overhauled Brewer, with Sustaire claiming the top spot. Sustaire
built a nice margin while Brewer and Iverson slugged it out for second until a caution rebunched the pack. Sustaire held off Brewer and regional Modified champ, Keith White to snag the checkers.
As green waved on the IMCA Modified A-main it was Pat McGuire jumping to the lead trailed by Sustaire and Iverson with Brewer and Vince Ogle side by side for fifth. A former Super Nationals champion, Jimmy Gustin got by Ogle for fifth, while Iverson got around Sustaire for second. Brewer wrestled third away from Sustaire as Josh McGaha worked his way up past Gustin for fifth.
An infield tire on the track slowed the action on lap 6. On the restart Iverson tried the top of McGuire giving up the spot to Brewer, while Gustin blasted his way up to third. Iverson finally got the top to workand went past McGuire for the lead on lap 7. Brewer, staying low, was able to dig under Iverson for the lead on lap 8, while Gustin clipped an infield tire knocking the front end out, and pulling to the infield.
Coming to the crossed flags it was now Brewer, McGaha, Iverson, Sustaire and White cracking the top five. Brewer did a half spin, in front of the pack, after a tap by McGaha for a lap 10 yellow. McGaha was sent to the back for the restart that saw Sustaire on the low side and Iverson on top both sail by Brewer.
Sustaire secured the lead on lap 11, with Iverson, Brewer, White and McGuire in pursuit. Sustaire stretched out his lead as Brewer and Iverson battled for second and White lurking in fourth. Brewer took second back from Iverson on lap 15 with White following to third. Monte Bolton had problems after contact with Andy Gage and stopped on the front stretch for a
lap 16 caution.
Once back to green it was Sustaire, Brewer and White breaking away as Iverson began to fade moving McGuire and Danny Hogue up to fourth and fifth. Sustaire held the line and was able to capture the checkers in his new Sustaire Plumbing, Darby Diesel Repair, KR Motorsports, Parker Real Estate, TL Motorsports, Bent Tree Motel, Racinwithneal.com, All-star Graphics, Afco, Smileys, Machine Works powered, Addiction Chassis.
“We were real happy with the new car,” commented Sustaire. “It’s our eighth race on it and Brian has a good baseline set up for it. We got some good information from JR and combined it with our stuff. It all just kind of came together.”
“I knew on that restart that (Tyler) Iverson would go high and (Charles) Brewer would try to protect the bottom. Brewer pushed up a little and left the bottom open and I made my move to the front. I wasn’t too worried about getting passed on that late restart. The track was pretty used up and if I just hit my marks, stayed on the bottom, no one would be able to go by up top.”
“We didn’t go into this weekend with too high of expectations, just hoping for top fives. We’re going to run the Lone Star
Series and used tonight and practice on Thursday is a tune up for that. I got a lot of help from my dad to get ready. We were pressed for time and he helped out around the shop after slowing down the past couple years.”