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>Best of the Best blast off in Baytown for 5th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals presented by Double H Bands

February 12th, 2014

BAYTOWN, Texas– Less than 72 hours after shutting down their engines following Sundays event at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, the goliaths of the dirt modified world invade the Royal Purple Raceway is Baytown, Texas, this week for another round of action in the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy.

Just a few miles down the road from NASAs Johnson Space Center, the 5th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals presented by Double H Bands blasts off with practice on Wednesday night before things get real on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15, with three nights under the lights at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval.

Thursdays lid-lifter will pay $2,000 to win, and if you’re a believer in numerology then you may be inclined to put your money on Zack VanderBeek when the series makes its 33rd start at the track on Thursday.

The Z-Man has five wins in Baytown, including the last event of 2013 where he drove his Caseys General Stores-sponsored #33z machine to back-to-back victories in the 7th Annual USMTS Winter Nationals.

This weeks upcoming tripleheader may also be the shot in the arm that Jeremy Payne needs after struggling this past weekend.

One year earlier at the Royal Purple Raceway, Payne swept all three nights of the season-ending event—a feat that has yet to be duplicated in the 15-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Texan Paul White won the first-ever USMTS event at the former Houston Raceway Park. Since then, two trips to victory lane have been made by Kelly Shryock, Dereck Ramirez, Rodney Sanders and Ryan Gustin while Alan Mondus, Tommy Weder Jr., Johnny Bone Jr., John O. Whittington, Chris Brown, Terry Phillips, Johnny Scott and Clyde Dunn Jr. have one victory each.

Jason Hughes leads all drivers with six career USMTS wins at the facility, but the 2010 USMTS national champion will not be a factor this week as he will be in Florida steering a dirt late model for the Rowland Racing team. The team will be represented well this week, however, as team owner Bryan Rowland and teammate Stormy Scott will be in attendance. Fresh off his victory in the fog-riddled feature on Sunday, Scott sits atop the MVT Gulf Coast Region points standings entering Thursdays contest.

Other drivers expected at the Royal Purple Raceway this week include Rick Beebe and Joe Duvall, who teamed up earlier this season and proved to be a formidable duo in Corpus Christi, plus reigning USMTS national champion Rodney The Rocket Sanders, Jake Gallardo, Cade Dillard, Johnny Scott, Jason Krohn, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Tracy Denby Jr., Daniel Hilsabeck, VanderBeek, Shryock, Trevor Egbert, T.J. Steele, Jesse Manning, Philip Houston, Austin Theiss, Adam Penn, John Webb, Jimmy Ray, Ramirez, Michael Walker, Joe Spillman, Darron Fuqua, Sean Jones, Cody Smith, Tim Thomas, Shane Sprinkle, Rory Jordan, Jeff Conner, Casey Penn, Larry Clevenger and more.

A possible $9,000 to win is up for grabs over three days for the USMTS Modifieds. Thursdays winner will take home $2,000 while Friday’s first-place finisher pockets $3,000. Saturdays finale will carry a $4,000 top prize.

An open practice on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. will get the party started. Admission to the grandstands is free on practice night. Pit passes are $20.

USRA Limited Mods will also be on the racing card each night with drivers battling for $500, $1,000 and $1,500 to win, respectively.

On Thursday and Friday, the pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5 drivers meeting is at 6:30 and racing begins at 7 (all times are one hour earlier on Saturday).

Grandstand admission is $15 each night for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35 Thursday and Friday, $40 on Saturday.

For those unable to attend in person, RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online from the Royal Purple Raceway with flag-to-flag action from start to finish. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more ordering information.

The Royal Purple Raceway is a modern facility with a main grandstand seating capacity of 7,500 which includes fourteen VIP luxury suites and boasts a modern Musco Lighting system suitable for television productions.

The track is located east of Houston on I-10 to Exit 799, then 2.5 miles south on SH 99 (Grand Parkway), then 0.3 mile west on FM 565. Speedway entrance located at Gate 3. For more information, call the track office at 281-383-RACE or visit www.royalpurpleraceway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Stormy Scott snags foggy USMTS feature in Corpus Christi

February 14th, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas Although warmer weather greeted drivers and fans for the second night of the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals presented by Double H Bands, a thick fog greeted the South Texas Speedway for Sundays United States Modified Touring Series main event. For a race that looked like it took place in Transylvania, it was a fitting that the New Mexico Nightmare survived to take the victory and $4,000 winners share of the prize money.

From the outside of the front row, Stormy Scott quickly disposed of polesitter and fellow Las Cruces, N.M., racer Jimmy Ray when the green flag was unfurled and proceeded to distance himself from the field. A trio of caution flags on laps 14 and 24 kept the field within striking distance, but Scott stormed out to a huge lead on each restart and crossed the finish line more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Rick Beebe.

“It was treacherous out there,” Scott admitted during his victory lane interview with USMTS announcer Lon Oelke. “I went through all of my tear-offs and it was pretty hard to see, but I can’t complain. Everybody else had to race in the same conditions as me.” The first yellow flag waved with just two laps in the books. Among the casualties were Saturday nights winner, Jason Krohn, and last nights runner-up, Steve Whiteaker Jr. Rodney Sanders, who started sixth, was also involved in the multi-car crash, but was able to rejoin the race at the rear of the field.

The second caution on lap 14 enabled Scotts teammate, Bryan Rowland, to make a move around Beebe on the restart, but Beebe returned the favor 10 laps later on a restart after the third and final caution flew. Jake Gallardo passed 12 cars en route to a third-place finish and the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. It was the second straight night he earned that honor. Although Cade Dillard passed 14 cars, he was not eligible for the award as a provisional starter.

Fourth went to Rowland with Daniel Hilsabeck fifth. Sixth through tenth were T.J. Steele, Johnny Scott, Sanders, 23rd-starting Dillard and 22nd-starting Joe Duvall. Coupled with his fourth-place finish the night before, Sundays win put Stormy Scott atop the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points standings with a 23-point cushion (190 to 167) over Beebe and Sanders. Gallardo, Dillard, Johnny Scott, Krohn, Whiteaker, Tracy Denby Jr., Hilsabeck and Zack VanderBeek round out the top 10.

USMTS Speedweeks continues next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15, with three nights under the lights at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, for the 5th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals presented by Double H Bands. The USMTS CASEY’S Cup Series powered by Swan Energy event will pay $2,000 to win Thursday nights main event, $3,000 to win on Friday and $4,000 to win Saturdays finale at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval which features a main grandstand seating capacity of 7,500 with 14 VIP luxury suites and a modern Musco Lighting system suitable for television productions.

An open practice on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6-9 p.m. will get the party started for next weekends tilt in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports. RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live from the Royal Purple Raceway online with flag-to-flag action from start to finish. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more ordering information.

The Royal Purple Raceway is located east of Houston on I-10 to Exit 799, then 2.5 miles south on SH 99 (Grand Parkway), then 0.3 mile west on FM 565. Speedway entrance located at Gate 3. For more information, call the track office at 281-383-RACE or visit www.royalpurpleraceway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Dillard sweeps USRA Limited Mods at South Texas Speedway

February 12th, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx — Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., swept the USRA Limited Mod action Saturday night at the South Texas Speedway, winning his heat race and then dominating the 20-lap main event. The win was worth $1,000 to Dillard, who also competed in the USMTS Modified division along with feature race runner-up Tracy Denby Jr.

Corpus Christi drivers Adam Shock, J.J. Jennings and Monty Nichols rounded out the top 5.

The 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals continues at the South Texas Speedway on Sunday with gates opening at 3 p.m.,h hot laps at 5 and racing at 5:30.

USRA Limited Mods will be on the racing card with a $1,500 top prize at stake.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Krohn thwarts Whiteaker’s homecoming in USMTS lid-lifter at South Texas Speedway

February 9th, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The United States Modified Touring Series kicked off the 2014 campaign Saturday night at the South Texas Speedway with the first of 90 scheduled races this year and a visit to victory lane by 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn.

Hometown favorite Steve Whiteaker Jr. took the lead from the outside of the front row when the green flag waved to start the 40-lapper, and then built a commanding lead through the first half of the race.

Meanwhile, Krohn started sixth on the 24-car grid and charged into the second spot on lap 15.

The races first yellow flag waved five laps later for a tangle in turn 1 between Daniel Hilsabeck and Dereck Ramirez, which saw Whiteakers 10-car-length advantage evaporate.

Back under green, Krohn took just one lap to make his move and shot past Whiteaker to gain control of the top spot.

Whiteaker fought back the next time around but Krohn fended off the challenge and pulled away from there.

A second caution flag with seven laps to go gave Whiteaker another shot at the leader, but he was unable to place a detour in Krohns road to the winners circle.

The win was Krohns 30th USMTS triumph of his career and worth $3,000 to the 42-year-old Slayton, Minn., driver.

“It took a little while to get rolling, but once we got some momentum we were really fast” Krohn said following the race. “I needed that yellow to catch the leader, but we had a fantastic car tonight. I could really put the car anywhere.”

Advancing seven spots in the feature race, reigning USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, came home in third with Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., fourth, and Robeline, La., racer Cade Dillard rounding out the top 5 finishers.

Sixth through tenth were Zack VanderBeek, Kelly Shryock, Johnny Scott, Tracy Denby Jr. and Rick Beebe.

Jake Gallardo, who passed 11 cars en route to an 11th-place finish, earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

The 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals continues at the South Texas Speedway on Sunday with $4,000 awaiting the winner of the main event. Gates open at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 5 and racing at 5:30.

USRA Limited Mods will also be on the racing card with a $1,500 top prize at stake. RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online from every show during the four-week swing with flag-to-flag action from start to finish each night. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more information.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

USMTS opener now Saturday-Sunday at South Texas Speedway

February 8th, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As if 80 days weren’t enough torture, USMTS drivers and fans will have to wait another 24 hours for the first green flag of 2014 racing season.

The last checkered flag waved on Nov. 16 last year in Baytown, Texas, but Mother Nature has been stubborn this week in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has forced officials to cancel Friday night’s event.

The 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals at the South Texas Speedway will now be a two-day show on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9, paying $3,000 to win Saturday and $4,000 to win Sunday. Gates open at 3 p.m. both days with hot laps at 5 p.m.

Limited Modifieds will also be on the racing card with a $1,000 top prize at stake Saturday and $1,500 to the winner on Sunday night.

The kickoff for the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region will be the first of four straight weekends along America’s southern border. The regional points champion will also be the lone driver in contention for a $100,000 payoff if that driver can go on to win the points title in the other three regions and The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship powered by Swan Energy.

The series’ lone journey to the South Texas Speedway came in 2007 with Jason Hughes and David Horner taking the wins on the first two nights before rain thwarted the finale of the scheduled tripleheader.

The high-powered open-wheel machines of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy move to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, next week for the 5th Annual Double H Bands Texas Spring Nationals presented by Penn Transport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15.

The USMTS has visited the Royal Purple Raceway at least once in each of the last seven seasons, and 2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes leads all drivers with six career wins at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval.

The state-of-the-art facility has main grandstand seating capacity of 7,500 which includes fourteen VIP luxury suites and boasts a modern Musco Lighting system suitable for television productions.

From there, the series treks to the El Paso Speedway Park for two nights on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, before heading a few minutes up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

This will be the first-ever visit by the USMTS to El Paso and Las Cruces, but both tracks host the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday and Saturday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best dirt modified aces on the planet.

Each of the three-day shows will by $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively.

An open practice will be held at the Royal Purple Raceway and Southern New Mexico Speedway on Wednesday night prior to each show, and on Thursday night prior to the first night of racing at the El Paso speedway Park.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online from every show during the four-week swing with flag-to-flag action from start to finish each night. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more information.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Too cold in Corpus Christi; USMTS opener pushed back one day

February 7th, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -The start to the 16th season for the United States Modified Touring Series will have to wait one more day as unseasonably cold weather on the eastern coast of Texas has prompted officials from the USMTS and South Texas Speedway to postpone the season opener back one day.

The 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals will now be staged on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-9, for the first of four straight weekends along America’s southern border. Hot laps begin at 6:30 Friday with racing at 7:00. Saturday and Sunday will see hot laps begin at 5:00 with the first green flag at 5:30.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online from every show during the four-week swing with flag-to-flag action from start to finish each night. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more information.

The series lone journey to the South Texas Speedway came in 2007 with Jason Hughes and David Horner taking the wins on the first two nights before rain thwarted the finale of the tripleheader.

The high-powered open-wheel machines of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy move to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, next for the 5th Annual Double H Bands Texas Spring Nationals presented by Penn Transport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15.

The USMTS has visited the Royal Purple Raceway at least once in each of the last seven seasons. Jason Hughes leads all drivers with six career wins at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval. The state-of-the-art facility has main grandstand seating capacity of 7,500 which includes fourteen VIP luxury suites and boasts a modern Musco Lighting system suitable for television productions.

From there, the series treks to the El Paso Speedway Park for two nights on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, before heading a few minutes up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

This will be the first-ever visit by the USMTS to El Paso and Las Cruces, but tracks host the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday and Saturday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best dirt modified aces on the planet.

Each of the three-day shows will by $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively. An open practice will be held at each track on Wednesday night (Thursday at El Paso) prior to each of the four events.

The February swing of races will be contested in the USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region, which will serve as one of four regions for 2014 with its own lucrative points fund, so by the end of the night on March 1 the seasons first regional champion will be crowned and the first group of drivers will be qualified for the 2014 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy.

The USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points champion will also be the lone driver in contention for a $100,000 payoff if that driver can go on to win the points title in the other three regions and The Hunt.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

USMTS kicks off live broadcast schedule this Thursday at South Texas Speedway

February 6th, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -There’s nothing like the sights and sounds of watching a USMTS race, and thousands of race fans are flocking to Corpus Christi, Texas, this week to catch the season-opening event for the high-powered open-wheel dirt modifieds at the South Texas Speedway on Thursday, Feb. 6.

For thousands more who cannot be in attendance at the racetrack, those same sights and sounds can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own living room. You’ll just need to supply your own smells and the mud in your beer.

All of the action from all three nights of the 2014 USMTS lid-lifter will be broadcast live in high-definition on RacinDirt.TV, with single-day and multi-day packages available to fit every fan’s budget and schedule. A three-day pass is just $49.95 for this weekend’s action. Single-day passes are available too for Thursday ($17.95), Friday ($19.95) and Saturday ($21.95). Visit www.RacinDirt.TV to order the best seat in the house (yours) today.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online from every show during the four-week USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region swing with flag-to-flag action from start to finish each night.

The 16th season for the United States Modified Touring Series and quest for the 2014 USMTS National Championship kicks off with three days of mind-blowing action at the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-8, for the first of four straight weekends along America’s warm southern border.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy moves to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, the following weekend for the 5th Annual Double H Bands Texas Spring Nationals presented by Penn Transport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15.

From there, the series treks to the El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park for two nights on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, before heading a few minutes up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

Each of the three-day shows will pay $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively.

An open practice will be held at each track on Wednesday night (Thursday at El Paso) prior to each of the four events.

The February swing of races will be contested in the USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region, which will serve as one of four regions for 2014 with its own lucrative points fund, so by the end of the night on March 1 the season’s first regional champion will be crowned and the first group of drivers will be qualified for the 2014 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy.

The USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points champion will also be the lone driver in contention for a $100,000 payoff if that driver can go on to win the points title in the other three regions and The Hunt.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

USMTS Speedweeks kicks off Feb. 6 in Corpus Christi, concludes March 1 in Las Cruces

January 31st, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The 16th season for the United States Modified Touring Series and quest for the 2014 USMTS National Championship kicks off at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi for the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-8, for the first of four straight weekends along America’s warm southern border.

The series’ lone journey to the South Texas Speedway came in 2007 with Jason Hughes and David Horner taking the wins on the first two nights before rain thwarted the finale of the tripleheader.

The high-powered open-wheel machines of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy move to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, next for the 5th Annual Double H Bands Texas Spring Nationals presented by Penn Transport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15.

The USMTS has visited the Royal Purple Raceway at least once in each of the last seven seasons. Jason Hughes leads all drivers with six career wins at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval. The state-of-the-art facility has main grandstand seating capacity of 7,500 which includes fourteen VIP luxury suites and boasts a modern Musco Lighting system suitable for television productions.

From there, the series treks to the El Paso Speedway Park for two nights on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, before heading a few minutes up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

This will be the first-ever visit by the USMTS to El Paso and Las Cruces, but tracks host the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday and Saturday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best dirt modified aces on the planet.

Each of the three-day shows will by $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively. An open practice will be held at each track on Wednesday night (Thursday at El Paso) prior to each of the four events.

The February swing of races will be contested in the USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region, which will serve as one of four regions for 2014 with its own lucrative points fund, so by the end of the night on March 1 the season’s first regional champion will be crowned and the first group of drivers will be qualified for the 2014 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy.

The USMTS MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points champion will also be the lone driver in contention for a $100,000 payoff if that driver can go on to win the points title in the other three regions and ‘The Hunt.’

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online from every show during the four-week swing with flag-to-flag action from start to finish each night. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more information.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

USMTS readying for 2014 campaign, Gulf Coast Border Region opener Feb. 6 in Corpus Christi

December 30th, 2013

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -—The 16th season for the United States Modified Touring Series and quest for the 2014 USMTS National Championship kicks off at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-8, for the first of four straight weekends along America’s warm southern border.

The series then moves to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, for the 5th Annual Texas Spring Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-15.

From there, the series treks to the El Paso Speedway Park for two nights on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, before heading a few minutes up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

Each of the three-day shows will by $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively.

The USMTS has visited the Royal Purple Raceway at least once in each of the last seven seasons. The series’ lone journey to the South Texas Speedway came in 2007 with Jason Hughes and David Horner taking the wins on the first two nights before rain thwarted the finale of the tripleheader.

This will be the first-ever visit by the USMTS to El Paso and Las Cruces, but tracks host the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday and Saturday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best dirt modified aces on the planet.

The February swing of races will also serve as one of four USMTS regions for 2014 with its own lucrative points fund, so by the end of the night on March 1 the USMTS Gulf Coast Boarder Region champion will be crowned and the first group of drivers will be qualified for the 2014 Hunt for the USMTS National Championship.

2014 USMTS Gulf Coast Boarder Region Schedule:
Thu Feb 6 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Fri Feb 7 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas ($3,000 to win)
Sat Feb 8 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas ($4,000 to win)
Thu Feb 13 … Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Fri Feb 14 … Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas ($3,000 to win)
Sat Feb 15 … Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas ($4,000 to win)
Fri Feb 21 … El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Sat Feb 22 … El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, Texas ($3,000 to win)
Thu Feb 27 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. ($2,000 to win)
Fri Feb 28 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. ($3,000 to win)
Sat Mar 1 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. ($4,000 to win)

The regional champion will earn at least $5,000 for winning the title while more than $200,000 in prize money will be doled out during the 24-day period. Each of the four USMTS regions will once again pay $5,000 to win and will pay the top 15 spots while the 2014 USMTS National Champion will earn at least $20,000 at season’s end.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

4th Annual South Texas Shootout @ South Texas Speedway,

December 18th, 2013

Corpus Christi, TX.,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.”

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.

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.

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.

ASCS Sprint Cars Return to South Texas Speedway 5-27-12

May 23rd, 2012

Corpus Christi, Tx.– The high-flying, winged-warriors of the American Sprint Car Series(ASCS) make their return to
South Texas Speedway for a special Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend 2-day show. After several year’s hiatus, the Gulf South Regional stars will be in action on the newly reconfigured, ¼ mile, semi-banked, track. South Texas Speedway picked up the touring series after an open date became available.

“When the date opened up, we jumped on it,” said general manager Owen Pittman. “I was happy to get the sprints cars back in south Texas again. Fans in this area don’t get the chance to see these cars very often unless they travel to other tracks. They always provide exciting action for the spectators.”

Defending Gulf South Region champion, Ray Allen Kulhanek leads the contingency into the Memorial Day Weekend action, with races the previous two nights in Beaumont and Willis. Multi-time regional champ, Brandon Berryman comes into the weekend on Kulhunek’s heels, with Michael McNeil a close third. Travis Elliott and Beau Smith round out the top five in the 2012 points race.

As part of the holiday weekend the track will host a ‘Salute to the Troops’ flag presentation for all participants, plus the Steve Tomlinson Topless Memorial for Limited Modified paying $600 to win. Street Stocks will run for $400 to win under South Texas Shootout rules, with Pure Stocks, E-Mods, and Go-Karts will also hitting the track for Sunday evening events. “As a tradition we roll out every car in the pits carrying an American flag,” added Pittman. “We feel it’s an awesome opening ceremony honoring all of our fallen troops and remembering what Memorial Day is all about.”

Saturday night will be a regular night of racing for the Limited Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, E-Mods, Limited Late Models, Sport Compacts, and Go-karts. Not to be left out, the new Turn 5 bar features live music after the races, with the Midnight River Choir on Saturday night, and the Tejas Brothers in concert Sunday night.

Saturday night spectator gates open at 6:00pm, with racing starting at 7:30pm. Adults $10, children 12 and under free.

Sunday night gates open at 6:00pm, racing at 7:30pm. Adults $15, children 12-6 $5, 5 and under free.

For more information on South Texas Speedway: 361- 548-0669, 361-808-RACE(track phone) www.stxspeedway. com or visit our facebook page, www.facebook.com/SouthTexasSpeedway

For more information on the American Sprint Car Series: www.ascsracing.com

Steve Tomlinson Memorial @ South Texas Speedway

May 28th, 2009

Corpus Christi, Tx., Finishing off the big Memorial Day weekend of racing on South Texas Speedway’s semi-banked 1/4 mile dirt track was the Steve Tomlinson Memorial Topless Limited Modified race, and the first of the South Texas Modified Championship series races for the Outlaw Modifieds. Filling the nights racing would be the Pure Stocks and Bombers.

The race named after Rio Grande Valley driver Steve Tomlinson who had a heart attack during a Limited Modified feature in 2006 and hit the turn 2 wall. Tomlinson was transfered to a local hospital, where he took his final checkered flag. A commemorative sign marks the spot in turn 2 for Tomlinson who will forever be remembered.

Forty-one Limited Modified drivers and teams signed in for their chance to make the 40-lap A-main event, along with 20 Outlaw Modifieds taking their first shot at points in the South Texas Modified Championship Series. As part of the preliminary events all car and kart drivers lined the track proudly displaying American Flags in a tribute to all our veterans, and Tomlinson.

The Limited Modifieds had a special twist added with 3-car team racing. Seven teams were signed up at $60/team making a pot of $420 in the winner-take-all competition decided by total team points for the night’s events.

Brown bags round 1 of South Texas Modified Championship Series

Corpus driver Danny Brown, who had suffered through motor woes during the early parts of the racing season put it all together for his first win of the year. Brown, who started eleventh, used patience on the dry slick track and caught a break then racing stablemate, Steve Whiteaker jr. had trouble late in the race. Brown then held off charges from two veterans on his way to the victory.

As green waved on the 20-car, 30-lap A-Main Adan Arambula beat Jamie Schach into turn 1. Schach fought back on the outside down the back stretch, but Arambula secured the lead on lap 1. Nick Hardcastle and Jesse Manning made contact battling for fourth, with Hardcastle stopping on the edge of he track to bring out the caution. On the restart Steve Whiteaker jr and Neal Flanagan got around Manning for third and fourth.

Lawrence Mikulencak then put Manning back another spot getting fifth on lap 2. Whiteaker jr. was just starting to put the heat on Schach for second when Chris Carroll spun in turn 2 to bring out the caution. Arambula got a slight margin over Schach and Whiteaker jr, when green waved again, while Mikulencak got inside N. Flanagan for fourth. Brown was next to get by N. Flanagan grabbing fifth on lap 5.

Mikulencak then starting looking under Whiteaker jr. for third with the duo wheel to wheel on lap 8. Whiteaker jr. held off that challenge then moved in on Schach going by on the high side for second. Whiteaker jr, who was the only one making headway up top, then sailed past Arambula for the lead on lap 12. Schach then got by Arambula for second. Mikulencak brought out a yellow on lap 14 when he spun in between turns 1-2. Brown spun to avoid Mikulencak with the two making minor contact.

Whiteaker jr. got a good jump on Schach, who quickly closed back in, while Josh Majek had troubles and couldn’t get completely off the track to bring the caution back out. Again Whiteaker jr. put a few car lengths on Schach, but it was Schach on the bottom getting by for the lead at halfway. Whiteaker jr., Arambula, Brown and N. Flanagan rounded out the top five at the mid-point.

Whiteaker wasted little time using the high side to retake the point on lap 16, while Brown and N. Flanagan got by Arambula for third and fourth. In the field Mikulencak was on a tear going three wide to move back to eighth on lap 18. Bruce Barber brought a yellow on lap 19 when he spun and collected Darin Leonard. On the restart, Max Helms made contact with Foster Ellison sending him around.

Once back under green, Mikulencak continued his march back to the front getting by Joey Heinaman and Arambula for sixth. Brown got inside Schach on lap 20 to take second, with Manning getting by N. Flanagan and along side Schach for third. Manning and Schach swapped the spot until the two made contact sending Manning around and Schach to the tail.

During yellow Whiteaker jr. was forced to the pits with a broken J-bar handing the lead over to Brown on the restart. On the restart Mikulencak got beside N. Flanagan and snagged third. Mikulencak then put the heat on Manning for second. As they
battled or the spot, Brown was inching away. At the checkers it was Brown in the CC Forbes Company, Straightline Construction, T. Roberts Optical, Sun Seekers, CB’s Race Engines, Mullins Racing Engines, 2009 Hughes Chassis taking the win with a comfortable margin.

“I changed a bunch of stuff on my car and it seemed to work good,” commented Brown. “We struggled last night and we struggled in the heat tonight so I decided to do something different. Most if was being patient, picking my spots and taking them as I went along.”

“The Whiteaker’s help me a whole lot, they’d give their left arm for me. I owe little Steve a lot, because of him I’m where I’m at right now. I could see he was a little tight off running on the outside and I was a little better in the turn as he was. With about six laps to go I saw his rear end shift over. I knew it was something bad. I figured he might stay out there, but he didn’t want to tear his stuff up.

“This is my win since I put the big motor in about twelve races ago. I worked my way up passing everyone and I knew no one was going to try running the top. Once I got the lead I just took my time and hugged the bottom.

“We’ve had some motor problems this year and I tried changing everything in the book. I finally just went ahead and changed motors and carburetors and it seemed to be what I needed.”

“Jason Hughes builds a real good car. There are others out there that may be equal, like Skyrocket, GRT, etc., but it’s just the driver getting comfortable with a particular car. Jason got something that seems to be going the best right now.”

Huston hauls to Tomlinson Memorial honors

Rio Grande Valley driver TJ Huston left notice in his heat race that he would one to deal with come feature time. The 2007 Tomlinson Memorial winner, started near the back and made it through to front to take the win. Come feature time the young
Huston laid it on the field from drop of the green, running flag to flag for the big victory and $1,000 payday.

James Myers got got into turn 1 first as green waved on the 23-car, 40-lap Tomlinson Memorial Topless feature. In the pack Michael Walker spun stacking up the entire inside line coming off turn 2 to bring the yellow back out. Myers again led the field
into turn 1, but it was TJ Huston coming out ahead in tun 2 for the lead. Walker again had issues, but got righted in the infield without a caution.

As TJ Huston began to stretch his lead early, Bobby Maupin got past Bill Stephens for third, while James Blaylock took fifth from Chuck Perry. J. Blaylock then got fourth from Stephens, while Dustin Butcher, JJ Jennings and Perry were three wide for sixth. Butcher and Jennings were still side by side for the spot on lap 4. Both caught and passed Stephens on lap 5, with Walker following them.

Stephens went around on lap 5 with Perry getting caught up. Under yellow Jennings pitted from fifth. TJ Huston got a god jump on Myers as green waved again, while Butcher tried up top to get by J. Blaylock. With Butcher up top, J. Blaylock had
Walker trying to get under as the trio battled for fourth. Walker and J. Blaylock were side by side for fifth on lap 8 while Mickey Helms and Brandon Blaylock were wheel to wheel for seventh.

Up front it was TJ Huston running away from Myers who was being challenged low by Maupin and Butcher, who ran them down on the high side. A lap 11 spin by Perry in turn 2 erased TJ Huston’s huge lead. Once back to green, Maupin got by Myers for second, while Butcher and Walker traded a little paint fighting for fourth. Myers slipped high on lap 12 pushing Butcher up the track giving Walker an opening on the bottom setting up a heated three-car scrap for the spot. Behind them the two Blaylock’s were running side by side for sixth.

That three car fight came to head on lap 16 when they were nearly three-wide coming off turn 4. Walker got into Myers who turned in front of Butcher with both headed towards the wall. As they made contact with the barrier, Myers got up on his side and tagged by Kris Rye sending him over. Butcher was quickly out of his car going to the aid of his fellow driver. Once joined by the track crew, the group easily rolled Myers back over. Myers’ was stunned and a little shook up, but was able to walk to
the ambulance.

After some track repair the race resumed with B. Blaylock getting under Butcher for third, and quickly looking under Maupin for second. At halfway it was TJ Huston, increasing his lead again, Maupin, B. Blaylock, Butcher and J. Blaylock in the top five. Butcher and J. Blaylock then began a battle for fourth as they swapped the spot until Aaron Lunsford brought out a caution with a spin between turns 1-2.

On the restart, B. Blaylock was challenging Maupin again for second, but Jennings and Carlos Chavez tangled in turn 2 to bring the yellow back out. The next restart saw Maupin give TJ Huston a look high, while Adam Schach got under Butcher for fifth. Schach then got by B. Blaylock on lap 30 for fourth, with Butcher and Lawrence Mikulencak going past a slowing B. Blaylock. B. Blaylock would pull off on lap 31, followed by Butcher who gave up fifth on lap 32.

Back up front, it was all TJ Huston as he was again building a big lead over Maupin. As the white flag wave TJ Huston had nearly a full straightaway lead on Maupin who had a gap back to J. Blaylock and Schach. Coming to the checkers first it was TJ
Huston in the Driveline International, The Race Place, Valley Powdercoat, Valley Fast Cash, Spreen Racing Engine , Huston/Modine Chassis taking his second Tomlinson Memorial victory.

“We came up here to have a good race with these guys,”said Huston. “They’re always fun to race with and no matter how bad we beat them it’s always fun to race with them. Lawrence(Mikulencak) used to come down to the Valley with his posse and whip us real bad. So we try to get that sour taste out of our mouths.”

“I was privileged enough to win the first Steve Tomlinson Memorial race and it meant so much to me. We weren’t able to make it last year, so to be able to come back and win it again feels real good. I liked Steve, and his family and it means a whole
lot”

“I’m never really sure how close anyone is to me. The way we have the mufflers mounted it vibrates off the body and makes it sound like someones always near me. So every lap I’m doing all that I can to get away from someone, even if there’s no one
there. My crew doesn’t want me to back off so they never tell me I’ve got a big lead. So I just keep putting it to the wood. It works for me.”

“We contemplated going up to the Ryan Bard Memorial race in Aztec, New Mexico,” added Huston who was in attendance when Bard lost his life in Abilene. It was just the way things are now with the economy, and the cost of fuel for our three-car
stacker, we just weren’t able to make it up there.”

B-Main number 1 for the Limited Modifieds saw Monty Nichols III get out to an early lead. Brandon Blaylock picked his way through field and caught Nichols on lap 8. B. Blaylock grabbed the lead on lap 10 going on to take the win.

The second Limited Modified B-main had Kris Rye get the point as he top five pulled away. Behind the lead quintet the battle was brewing for the final transfer spot between Brian Rye, Bill Pittaway, Johnny Torres and Danny Norvell. K. Rye ran on to
the victory with B. Rye grabbing the last transfer position.

The Pure Stock 15-lap feature got off to a rocky start with Miguel Mendoza getting turned around on the first try, causing a mid-pack melee. The second try was even worse as again the middle of field stacked up with Curtis King getting turned over
and the back stretch to bring out a red. King was out quickly on his own. Once under way, Chris Shafer got a little too high allowing Brian King to grab the lead on lap 1.

Mendoza again got turned around by James Parks jr. to bring out a yellow on lap 2. On the restart, Brad Titzman was putting pressure on Shafer for second as the top four broke away from the rest of the field. Titzman again tried inside Shafer on lap
8, but couldn’t get past. By lap 10 B. King was edging away from Shafer, Titzman and Paul Voigt, with Mendoza working way back to sixth.

Jeff Gavlik looped his ride on lap 12 to bring out a yellow and erase B. King’s lead. TJ Sullivan went around on the restart bringing the caution quickly back on. Once back to racing, Mendoza an Hector Aguirre were side by side for fifth, with Mendoza getting the spot. A final yellow waved on lap 13 when Shane Turner spun in turn 2. Shafer took his best and only look on B. King as green waved for he final two laps. At the checkers it was B. King in the Primal Instinct, Edwards Plumbing, Mid-Coast Auto Parts, Mickey’s Auto Repair Chevy taking the win.

Corey Collier jumped into the lead at the start of the 20-lap Bomber feature, with Kyle Jackson getting by Tom Thrower for second. John Henderson and Justin Jackson made their way past Thrower for third and fourth on lap 2. Yellow waved on lap 3 for Sean Feely getting turned around in turn 1. On the restart the top five eased away from the pack with J. Jackson getting around Henderson for third with David McGuire coming along to fourth.

Up front the lead duo were running up on traffic. Collier took the high road and K. Jackson the low road as they sandwiched Brandy Leonard. K. Jackson, who had just taken the lead, then got into Marcus Mikulencak and bounced off the wall all the way down the front straightaway. J. Jackson, who got by Collier in the three wide scrable, assumed he point for the restart.

The top three of J. Jackson, Collier and McGuire pulled ahead on green running nose to tail. In the field it was three wide again with Jordyn Van Blarcum getting into Brancen Pittman sending him around in turn 1. J. Jackson got a good jump s green
flew again, while McGuire was trying to get by Collier for second. As the white flag waved, J. Jackson had a couple car lengths on Collier as he ran to the checkers in the Glen Willows Apartments, Stephens Racing, Bluff Rat Racing, Ford

By J M Hallas

Tecate Light Night @ South Texas Speedway

May 27th, 2009

Corpus Christi, Tx.,– Despite threatening weather and a brief down pour just before the heat races, Corpus’ South Texas Speedway kicked off the big Memorial Day weekend doubleheader Saturday night on the semi-banked 1/4 mile dirt oval. Headlining the regular weekly program, sponsored tonight by Tecate Light, were the Outlaw Modifieds, along with the Limited Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Bombers and Go-Karts as nearly 100 Stock Cars and 40 Go-Karts signed in for
the night’s action.

Sunday’s program caps off the weekend with the Steve Tomlinson Memorial race featuring $1,000 to win for the Topless Outlaw Modifieds and Topless Limited Modifieds. The special race, a tribute to Tomlinson who took his final checkered flag at the track in 2006. Also on Sunday’s racing card are the Pure Stocks, Bombers and Go-Karts.

Mikulencak out-muscles field for Modified main win Hometown veteran, Lawrence Mikulencak used patience and persistence in capturing the Outlaw 25-lap main event. Mikulencak took the point early but surrendered it to Adan Arambula throughout the middle stages. The crafty ace retook the top spot after a late race restart and stretched out his lead over the final laps on his way to the checkers.

As green waved on the 17-car field Arambula was first into turn 1, but it was Mikulencak on the high side taking the lead out of turn 2 getting out front. Arambula fought back hard and got inside Mikulencak. The two were wheel to wheel with Arambula inching ahead to lead lap 3. Steve Whiteaker jr. then began to put pressure on Mikulencak, while Nick Hardcastle and David Schury rounded out the top five.

Doug Cameron brought out the yellow on lap 4 when he rolled to a stop in turn 4. Once back to green, Mikulencak held off a charge from Whiteaker jr. and got a run on Arambula for the lead. A slip by Mikulencak in turn 2 was all Whiteaker jr. needed
to get by for second on lap 6. In the pack, Darin Leonard was dueling side by side with Eddy Ross for sixth, with Leonard getting the spot on lap 7.

Coming to the crossed flags it was Arambula, Whiteaker jr. Mikulencak, Hardcastle and Schury still holding the top five spots. Whiteaker jr. was challenging Arambula as the top thee pulled away from Hardcastle. The lead group came up on the back of the pack, with Whiteaker jr. trying the high side of Arambula. As they made their way around Bill Pittaway, Whiteaker jr. made contact sending Pittaway spinning and collecting Hardcastle, and himself to the tail.

On the restart, Mikulencak tried high on Arambula in turn 1, then dove low out of turn 2. Mikulencak got along side Arambula on lap 8, while Leonard was trying Schury low for third. Mikulencak got by Arambula retaking the lead on lap 19. Whiteaker jr. and Ken Hobbs tangled on lap 20 to bring out the caution. Arambula took a peek inside Mikulencak as green waved again, with Josh Majek getting by Leonard for fourth.

Yellow was out again quickly on lap 21 when Steve Whiteaker sr. spun in turn 1 collecting Bruce Barber and Neal Flanagan. On the restart Barber would loop it with N. Flanagan and Hobbs spinning behind him. Finally back under green, Mikulencak got a good jump on Arambula, with Leonard trying to get fourth back from Majek. In the waning laps Mikulencak in the Ace Transmisions, Young’s Auto Repair, Young’s Automotive Race Engines, homemade “Frankenstein” chassis motored away to the victory, adding another trophy to his case.

“I think the track finally slowed down” replied Mikulencak. “I didn’t drop off as much as some of the other cars. The car was pretty good so we didn’t have to make a whole lot of changes between the heats, on a heavy track, and the feature on a drier track. You can’t do anything about it once the race starts so you hope you’ve got it right at the beginning.”

“Even as a teammate I don’t race Adan(Arambula) any different. We both try to race to win. I think my car came on at the and and his started falling off. It looked like during the first part of that race that he had us covered. I tried the high side there for a while, but once I got the lead I went back to the bottom. On the top I was turning this motor more than I wanted to. This is one of those IMCA bullets,” added Mikulencak jokingly.

“I hope the track dries out even more tomorrow. I wished we started racing earlier and the track would get dry, and slick, and slow.”

Outlaw Modified heat winners, 26 Darin Leonard, Lawrence Mikulencak

Jennings takes Limited Modified joust One of the Corpus young guns, JJ Jennings showed the Limited Modified field nothing
but his rear bumper in the 20-lap feature. Jennings led from flag to flag, surviving three initial starts and three restarts on his way to the win over the stacked 23-car field.

On the first try at a start, Jennings got out quickly with Bill Pittaway, Steve Grantz and Lawrence Mikulencak three wide for second. In the middle of the pack, James Starry and Dwayne Norvell ended up in the infield bringing out the yellow. Again as green waved, Jennings got the jump on Pittaway, with three wide in the pack. Dustin Butcher got turned and collected Monte Nichols III, with Ken Hobbs spinning to miss the two.

Jennings repeated his jump on the field as the third time was the charm. Yellow was quickly back out on lap 1 as a multi-car tangle in turns 1-2 brought the action to halt again. Finally under some green flag racing, Jennings headed the pack, with Pittaway, Mikulencak, Michael Walker and Grantz in tow. As Jennings inched away, Mikulencak put some heat on Pittaway for second, while Norvell got by Grantz for fifth.

Grantz lost another spot on lap 3 giving up sixth to James Myers. Walker was now pressuring Mikulencak for third grabbing the spot on lap 5. Thomas Rye brought the yellow with a spin in turn 2. On the restart, Walker made his pass on Mikulencak stick in the fight for third. Brian Rye got turned he wrong direction on lap 6, with James Lee and Bill Stephens going around as well.

On the restart Walker got inside Pittaway for second, taking the spot, as Jennings built a quick advantage. Coming to halfway it was Jennings, Walker, Mikulencak, Pittaway and Norvell rounding out the top five. Pittaway was trying to grab third back from Mikulencak on lap 12. With five to go, Jennings was increasing his margin over Walker who held a gap back to Mikulencak, Pittaway and Norvell’s battle for third.

Pittaway got inside Mikulencak on lap 16, and using a lapped car as a pick, retook the third position. As the white flag waved, Jennings held an eight car advantage over Walker and was able to hold that margin taking the checkers in the G&M Oilfield
Services, Bud Light, Ross Stafford, Olsen Race Engines, Rush Chassis.

“We really didn’t change anything tonight,” said Jennings. “We really thought the track was going to be the same in the heats and feature. It sure dried up, more than that I thought it would, so we left it alone. It’s all about the draw here. We got lucky and drew the #2 for the feature. If you’re in the top 6 you have a good chance, if you start further back, it’s going to be a tough time with all these cars. It’s tough to win in this class anytime.”

“It’s all about staying of trouble. With these cars being so equal it’s tough to win. Every week you try to stay on top of the game. We haven’t changed anything on the car all year except, tires and oil. These are even old tires we have on.”

“We’ve run a couple other tracks this year, Edna(Texana Raceway Park) and Goliad(Shady Oaks Speedway). We don’t go to Pleasanton(I-37 Raceway) because we don’t have the right headers for IMCA. We’ll try to do some big year end shows, but
will have to get some different tires. They run American Racers and all we have is the Hoosiers. I don’t want to run these against them, it isn’t even close. We’ll probably go back to Edna and hope to make Battleground Speedway and Baytown(Houston
Raceway Park).

Limited Modified heat winners, 34 Michael Walker, 26g JJ Jennings, 21g Steve Grantz

The 15-lap Limited Late Model feature saw Mark Gavlik get the lead into turn 1, with teammate Leo Hinojosa, Tom Carlisle, Barry Major and Andy Anderson in pursuit. Major spun on lap 2 in turn 1 giving up his top five spot. Gavlik and Hinojosa pulled away
from Carlisle on the restart, while Joby Palsey got by Anderson for fourth.

By halfway the field had spread out, but the leaders were running up on the back of the pack. Hinojosa closed to Gavlik’s rear bumper, but Gavlik got through the slower cars with a big lead. Palsy caught Carlisle as they hit the slower pack going three wide around a lapped car before Palsey spun and collected Jerry Neal. Hinojosa took his best shot on the restart, but Gavlik in the All American Car Wash, Clear Vision Windshield, Valvoline Express Care, Quality Power Wash sponsored car held on for the
win.

Limited Late Model heat winner, 7 Leo Hinojosa

As green waved on the 20-lap Pure Stock feature, heat winners Paul Vogt and Curtis King stayed side by side for the lead. King was able to get the bumper ahead on lap 1, but Vogt got the advantage on lap 2. King crossed over to the bottom and got under Vogt to wrestle the lead back on lap 3. Behind the lead duo were Hector Aguirre, James Park jr and Miguel Mendoza. As Park jr and Mendoza traded a little paint, Scott Deim, Marcus Casteneda and Bobby Jack closed in.

Park slowed and pulled off, with a caution waving on lap 5. Once back to green King, Vogt and Aguirre pulled away from the fourth place battle between Mendoza, Jack, Deim and Casteneda. TJ Sullivan brought out the yellow on lap 6 when he rolled to stop in turn 4. As green waved again Jack started making his charge getting by Mendoza on lap 11 for fourth.

Jack then picked off third from Aguirre on lap 13, while Deim got fifth from Mendoza. Vogt was Jack’s next victim as he got second on lap 15. Jack then slowly reeled in King, with Vogt losing spots to Aguirre and Deim. Jack almost caught King on the final lap, but it King in the Kuhn Crane Service, Ace Transmission car going unchallenged to the checkers.

Pure Stock heat winners, 49 Paul Vogt, 42 Curtis King

Kyle Jackson took the point at the start of the 15-lap Bomber feature with Justin Jackson and Dean Brown door to door for second. J. Jackson secured the spot over Brown, with Karen Jack and John Henderson rounding out the top five. J. Jackson caught brother Kyle in traffic and as they diced through slower cars, K. Jackson tapped the wall, while J. Jackson was forced to thread the needle between two lapper’s.

K. Jack brought out the caution on lap 7 after she spun down the front straightaway while battling through traffic. On the restart the Jackson brothers, who had several lapped cars over Brown, Brandon Skinner and Henderson got out to big lead. Daryl Miller got around Henderson on lap 8 for fifth. By lap 12 the Jackson’s had a full straightaway edge over Brown and Skinner.

Corey Collier was making his way forward as he and Michael Jack went four wide around Henderson and lapped car. In that pack several cars made contact coming to white flag, and changed positions. J. Jackson saw his chance to take family bragging rights end on the final lap as his car slowed on the back stretch. K. Jackson was left with comfortable margin easily taking the victory in the Glen Willows Apartments, IONES, Stephens Racing Ford.

Bomber heat winners, 17 Dean Brown, 113 Kyle Jackson, 13 Justin Jackson

By J M Hallas

Doggett Heavy Equipment Weekend @ South Texas Speedway,

September 3rd, 2008

Mikulencak Picks up Second Weekend Win For the second time in as many nights, Corpus Christi ace Lawrence Mikulencak found himself out front when the checkers waved. Mikulencak ran in the top three throughout the race and again took advantage of problems by others in the final laps. Similar to Saturday night at Texana Raceway Park, Mikulencak took over the top spot leading only the final two circuits for the win.

As green waved on the 13-car, 25-lap Outlaw Modified main, Adan Arambula grabbed the lead with a three wide battle for second. Lawrence Mikulencak out-dueled Josh Majek for the second spot, with Darin Leonard, David Schury, Danny Brown, Nick Hardcastle and Steve Whiteaker jr. falling in line. Brown, Schury and Whiteaker made contact, after Hardcastle slipped and fell back. Whiteaker rolled to a stop in turn 4 to bring out a caution and quickly pitted for repairs.

On the restart, Brown and Hardcastle got by Schury who slowed and stopped to bring the yellow back out. This was a big break for Whiteaker who was able to complete repairs and rejoin the field without losing a lap. On the next restart, Majek got into the infield, then got tangled with Brown and Dale Flanagan who spun in turn 4. Finally back to green, Hardcastle ducked inside Leonard for fourth.

Mikulencak then put the heat the young Majek, who got his spot back, with Hardcastle almost trying three wide. Mikulencak finally secured second leaving Hardcastle and Majek side by side for third, while Leonard and Eddy Ross ran wheel to wheel for fifth. Those two battled raged for three laps until Majek broke and rolled to a stop consecutive laps in turn 3.

On the restart, Ken Hobbs spun collecting Jed Rollins sending him into the turn 2 wall. As racing resumed, Whiteaker began his charge using the high groove. Whiteaker got by Leonard on the restart, then methodically picked off Ross, Hardcastle then Mikulencak on consecutive laps. Whiteaker then tried the high side of Arambula, with Mikulencak looking back under Whiteaker. As the trio battled for the lead Whiteaker go into Arambula sending him around. Arambula got th lead back, with Whiteaker sent to the tail.

Once back to green, Whiteaker again put on a high side driving clinic working his way back up and into the lead on lap 16. Whiteaker looked like he was going to run off from the field, but ended up in the turn 1 wall after breaking a pull bar, twisting the rear housing and snapping off the brake lines. Whiteaker was able to climb out uninjured, but the car was done.

Arambula got a good jump on Mikulencak and Hardcastle as green waved for the final laps. After following Arambula for a couple laps, Mikulencak moved to the high side and got along side teammate Arambula. The two ran side by side with Mikulencak taking the point on lap 23. On the white flag lap, Arambula slowed a bit giving Hardcastle and Ross an opening to get by. At the checkers it was Mikulencak in the Ace Transmissions, Youngs Auto Repair, Texas Battery, reworked HOT Chassis grabbing the victory.

“I’ve just had a lucky weekend,” said the grinning Mikulencak. “I wasn’t laying
back, I just couldn’t get by. When little Steve(Whiteaker) went by us on the top I just figured I’d try up there too. I figured Adan(Arambula) would go up to the top after the red. I thought I could get by him on the bottom then. He didn’t go up there and I got a good run up there and got past.”

“Since he(Whiteaker) started in the back of the feature he was able to gamble
running up top. I’ve been in that position before. Running second I was afraid if I jumped up there I’d get freight-trained. I felt my best chance was to stay on the bottom. He had nothing to lose starting that far back, then being sent to the back. He had the winning car.”

“It’s kind of hard racing your teammate. Randy(Young) owns both these cars and we try not to take each other out and make the boss mad. We may not have the newest cars out there, but I enjoy being able to win with something that we’ve built. I have as much fun building and experimenting with the cars as I do driving them”

Doggett Heavy Equipment Weekend @ South Texas Speedway featuring the ASCS Gulf South Region Sprint Car Series

September 1st, 2008

Nineteen Gulf South Sprinters made the trip south to battle on the 1/4 mile,
semi-banked clay track just outside of town. Included in the list of drivers was defending Gulf South Champion, Brandon Berryman, who just recently took the points lead back from Gary Watson and Jason Johnson, current National tour points leader.

“Ragin’ Cajun” Rolls to South Texas Checkers Eunice, Louisiana’s Jason “The Ragin’ Cajun” Johnson took time off from his busy ASCS National, and part time World of Outlaws schedule for a Gulf South Regional event. All his competitors probably wished he stayed at home, as Johnson put a good old fashioned whoopin’ on the field. Johnson took over the lead from Tommy Bryant after an early restart, then literally ran away for the victory.

After the early night rains, the track was in great conditions and lightning fast come main event time for the ASCS Gulf South Region, Sprint Car 25-lapper.
Polesitter, Bryant was first into turn 1 with the lead, with Johnson briefly getting by Channin Tankersley who fought back to hold third. Tankersley and Johnson both got around Greg Rilat for second and third. Tankersley got inside Bryant on lap 4 and grabbed the lead on the back stretch only to find caution waving for a spin by Steve Hubbard.

Bryant was put back out front for the restart and as green was shown he and
Tankersley got some distance on Johnson. Johnson charged out of turn 2 getting a run on both shooting by Tankersley and along side Bryant. After a quick wheel to wheel fight, Johnson took command on lap 6. Tankersley then was tried to get under Bryant for second, but Johnson was long gone.

Brandon Berryman was able to get past Rilat for fourth on lap 8. By lap 10 Johnson had a full straight advantage over Tankersley as they approached halfway. At the crossed flags it was Johnson, Bryant, Tankersley, Berryman and Rilat in the top five. With ten to go, Johnson had a half track lead over Bryant.

As the laps rapidly clicked off, Tankersley was finally able to take second from Bryant on lap 18. Berryman picked off third two laps later. Out front Johnson was in a class of his own, as he diced through traffic still maintaining his huge margin. As the checkers waved it was Johnson driving The Shop, Smileys, Pope Transportation, Custom Equipment Designs, Wesmar powered, Eagle Chassis convincingly grabbing the South Texas Speedway Hardware

“The track was a lot faster than we’re accustomed to.” commented Johnson. ”With all the rain the main thing was to keep up with the track and get the car freed up. When it’s heavy like this you have to have the car freed up enough to maneuver in
traffic.”

“I was just kind of shopping the first few laps. I was trying different lines to find out where I had to go, where the car would and wouldn’t work. You have to put yourself in position to pass. When that caution came out, I knew where I needed to be and what I needed to do. I just hit my marks after that and starting ripping off some good laps.”

“There no substitution for seat time. Running the National series I get to see more tracks and see different conditions, like what we had here tonight. The National tour runs so much more than the Gulf South Region does.”

“We didn’t really change the car a whole lot. Moved the right rear out and raised the air pressure. With it slick like it was for the heats it’s similar to being dry, then it got tacky for the feature. It was like running the night totally opposite. We started with the car kind of tight, then kept loosening it up.”

Hardcastle Holds Off Challengers for Modified Honors

A long time Corpus Christi racer, Nick Hardcastle has recently been showing his
strength at Texana Raceway Park in Edna. With recent Modified rules changes,
Hardcastle has returned to his home track and found his groove. Hardcastle inherited the lead from Adan Arambula who broke on a restart, then flexed his muscle holding off Lawrence Mikulencak, and a late charge by Steve Whiteaker jr. to take the win.

Arambula was out front first as green waved on the 14-car field, followed by
Hardcastle, Mikulencak and Rowdy Flanagan, while Whiteaker quickly moved from the tail to eighth. On lap 1 Danny Brown was along side R. Flanagan for fourth, as Josh Majek spun to bring out a yellow. The top three got away clean on the restart with Dale Flanagan and Whiteaker getting by Eddy Ross for fifth and sixth.

D. Flanagan and Whiteaker continued their march forward getting by R. Flanagan on lap 5. Yellow waved on lap 7 for a multi-car tangle between Bruce Barber, Ken Hobbs and Neil Flanagan in turn 4. On the restart Mikulencak got along side Hardcastle and as Arambula had problems, were forced to take evasive actions as th field scattered.

Hardcastle assumed th point for the restart as he, Mikulencak, and Whiteaker got away on green. Hardcastle then began to inch ahead of the second place battle. Whiteaker got inside Mikulencak on lap 10, but spun himself on lap 11 collecting R. Flanagan and bringing out a caution. On the restart, Mikulencak took a quick look inside Hardcastle, but a sniff as as close as he would get.

Coming to halfway it was Hardcastle, Mikulencak, Ross, David Schury and N. Flanagan in the top five. D. Flanagan, N. Flanagan, Barber and Majek all got together in turn 2 to bring out the yellow on lap 14. On the restart Schury had trouble taking off and rolled to a stop bringing yellow back out. Once back to green Whiteaker was again charging to the front getting third from Ross after the two ran wheel to wheel.

Whiteaker then caught Mikulencak for second and got along side on lap 18. The Corpus young gun took the spot from the veteran on lap 19 and made one last charge for Hardcastle. Coming to the checkers, Whiteaker would do a half spin through the field losing a couple spots as Hardcastle in th Dubs Garage, Skyrocket Chassis was taking the checkers.

“We came back down here a few weeks ago and finished third,” replied Hardcastle. “It’s good to be lucky sometimes. I didn’t think there was anyway they were going to get this in when it started raining. With the Sprint Cars here, they made a good effort to get it in. We seem to have had pretty good luck with rain delayed nights. Everything just worked out.”

“We knew it(the track) wasn’t going to slow down any tonight. We threw every
adjustment at it to loosen it up. It was pretty good. We almost got it there. We got it as loose as we could and I just stayed on the gas.”

Whiteaker Wins “Seniors” Battle in Limited Modifieds

Now days there’s a lot of young guns strutting their stuff in the Limited Modified class, but tonight was a battle between two of the veterans of Corpus Christi racing.

Steve Whiteaker sr. and Lawrence Mikulencak have been racing each for 20+ years
around Texas tracks and found themselves on the front row of the 20-lap feature. Whiteaker got the advantage on lap 1, then stretched out his lead comfortably grabbing the win in car owned by Jim Meyers who was away at a wedding

At the drop of the green, Whiteaker sr. out-raced Mikulencak into turn 1. In the pack, Chuck Perry got run down onto the mud berm backing up the field with Joe Barnec, J J Jennings, and David Routon getting tangled in turn 2. On the next start Whiteaker and Mikulencak got away clean as the top four singled out leaving Perry and Miguel Mendoza side by side for fifth. Steve Whiteaker jr. closed on Chris Carroll and took third on lap 3.

Eddy Ross brought caution on lap 4 when his borrowed ride rolled to a stop. Once back to green, the top four pulled ahead, while Perry and Mendoza continued their fight for fifth. On lap 6 Whiteaker jr. had problem and pitted from third, with Perry pulling off as well. This left Whiteaker sr. and Mikulencak with huge lead over Carroll, who had a good margin back to Mendoza, James Lee and Dwayne Norvell.

Mendoza’s car failed just before halfway sending him to the pits from fourth. At halfway it was Whiteaker sr., Mikulencak, Carroll, Lee and Norvell in the top five. Whiteaker sr. had a brush with a lapped car when he made contact with Josh Majek on lap 14 then was forced three wide around two lappers. Neither slowed the long time racer down as he built a half straightaway lead over Mikulencak easily taking the checkers in the Jim Meyers Repair, Allied Waste, Hydrolic Systems, Lone Star Welding, Jeff’s Performance Engines, Rush Chassis.

“I have to give a big thank you to Owen and the track crew for even getting this race in,” said Whiteaker. I also want to say thanks to Jim Meyer, this is his car, but he had a wedding tonight and he asked me to drive it. I’ve been working with Aaron(Hudgeons) on these Rush Chassis’ and I wanted to drive it since we changed some things.”

“I didn’t use our set up, we just ran what was on the car and adjusted from there. We just gave it what it needed to make the car go around the track. Th BFI team did a great job getting the car ready. I really enjoyed driving the car. I just drove it like I stole it.

“The best thing was out running, the Legend, Lawrence Mikulencak,” he added
jokingly. “I talked to him before the race and told him I didn’t care what he did on he first lap, but I knew 8 tires were going to corner better in turn 1.” I had a lot of fun out running the other “old” people like Joey Heinaman and Eddy Ross.”( Ed. note, Man it’s tough doing an interview with a crowd of hecklers)

Paul Voight jumped out front at the start of the 20-lap Pure Stock feature, while polesitter, James Starry fell back to fourth. Voight, Eddie Valdez and Curtis King quickly began to pull away, with King getting second from Valdez on lap 4. Hector Aguirre brought yellow on lap 6 when he rolled to a stop in turn 4. Shortly after green waved again, Daniel Norvell found himself stuck on the turn 3 berm to bring out the yellow.

Once back to racing, Starry tried to retake the lost positions as he rubbed his way by Valdez for third. Starry then used a diamond move off turn 3 to get under King for second on lap 12. The top four separated themselves from the field with five to go. Starry gave up the spots he just regained getting lose in turn 4 on lap 18. Out front, Voight in the Ace Transmissions, Flanagan;s Muffler sponsored car was going unchallenged to the win.

Go-Karts, canceled due to infield conditions