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March 12th, 2014
Happy, Texas – It was a very busy weekend for Rodney Sanders as he traveled to Texas Motor Speedway (Justin, Texas) for the annual Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship, and competed in all three divisions of Limited Modified, Modified, and Super Late Models. Despite pulling a rare triple duty assignment, it was a very successful weekend with Rodney claiming a win and a pair of top five’s across the three competing divisions.
In the Limited Modified division, an impressive 111 entries were on hand to chase the $2,000 payday. Rodney drew the fifth starting spot for his preliminary heat race on Friday night and went on to win it, earning him the seventh starting spot for the A-Main Qualifier. A seventh to fourth in the preliminary feature earned Sanders the outside pole for Saturday night’s finale. The defending USMTS Champion and Open Wheel Modified standout dominated the 30 lap feature, using the high line to take the lead on lap three and never looking back from there. Steve Whiteaker Jr. finished second followed by John Whittington, Dough Esterling, and Travis Johnson. The victory was his third overall of the 2014 season.
“I felt like if I didn’t mess up and I hit my mark every time, we’d be in pretty good shape,” Sanders said. “I didn’t really know, but I was looking at the board and I knew (Steve) Whiteaker Jr. and (John) Whittington were both good runners. I didn’t know for sure where they were at and if I had a good lead or not so I was just trying to go as good as I could.”
A stacked field of sixty-six Open Wheel Modified competitors was in the pit area, and Rodney started the weekend on Friday evening by advancing from the seventh starting spot to a second place run in his heat race, which positioned him fourth spot for the A-Main Qualifier. Sanders recorded a fourth place finish in Friday night’s preliminary feature which locked him into the second spot for Saturday’s $3,000-to-win finale. When action ratcheted up on Saturday, Rodney battled for the lead for much of the event before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner Cade Dillard and Jason Hughes. John Whittington and Chris Brown completed the remainder of the top five.
In a last minute decision, Rodney piloted future father-in-law Jason Krohn’s #7k Krohn Farms/MB Customs/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model during the P&W Sales SUPR Late Model Series program on Saturday. After drawing this sixth starting spot for his heat race and advancing to third, Rodney was locked into the eighth spot for the $3,500-to-win main event. During the course of the 40 lap feature, Sanders drove to a solid fifth place finish behind race winner Morgan Bagley, Chris Brown, Ryan Gustin, and Jon Mitchell.
Sanders now turns his attention to a full slate of United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) competition this weekend, March 14th-16th. On Friday and Saturday night action opens at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) with a pair of tune-ups for the upcoming King of America Nationals before moving to West Siloam Speedway (Colcord, Oklahoma) on Sunday evening. For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .
Full results from all three divisions is available at www.texasmotorspeedway.com Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, All Star Custom Graphics, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Hooker Harness, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .
June 30th, 2013
KILLEEN, Texas – Big checks and tour titles are on the line on Independence Day, in the IMCA Texas Lone Star Series finale at Texas Thunder Speedway in Killeen. The July 4 feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds pays $2,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods race for $1,000 to win while IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars chase a top check of $750.
Completing the Thursday card are IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. All applicable points will be awarded in all four divisions.
After the Fort Hood fireworks display during intermission, Modified, Southern SportMod and Stock Car drivers get back to the serious business of determining series champions. A total of 16 points make up the difference between first and second place in the three touring divisions.
William Gould of Calera, Okla., leads two-time defending champion Keith White of Little River Academy by eight points in the Texas Lone Star Series Modified standings. Gabe Tucker of Carbon is six points better than G.W. Egbert IV of Belton in the Southwest Racing Specialties sponsored Lone Star Series for Southern SportMods. And just two points separate Haslet’s Matt Guillaume and runner-up Cory Davis of Eunice, N.M., in the Wild Child Race Cars sponsored Lone Star Series for the Stock Cars.
The Modified champion earns a $600 share of the $3,000 point fund. Stock Car and SportMod champions earn $250 shares of $1,000 point funds. Bonus points will be awarded to champions in all three divisions; champions of the Modified and Stock Car series become eligible to compete in their respective race of champions during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.
Pit gates and the grandstand at Killeen open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:20 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, with a discount for seniors and military. Kids ages 6-12 get in for $5 and youngsters five and under get in free. Pit passes are $25.
April 28th, 2013
KILLEEN, Texas – The Lone Star State has been very good to Chris Brown, and it paid off again Thursday night with a $4,000 victory in the USMTS Modified debut at the Texas Thunder Speedway in Killeen, Texas.
Using lapped traffic to overtake Stormy Scott for the lead on lap 10, the 34-year-old from Spring, Texas, led the final 30 circuits to score his seventh career USMTS win-his fifth in his home state-and first since switching to a Hughes Racing Chassis last summer.
“I knew lapped traffic was going to come into play, but I didn’t think it would come into play that early to be honest with you,” Brown said in victory lane. “I thought it was going to be the whole race but things kind of worked out our way, so we’ll take it.”
Polesitter Tristan Dycus led the first lap before Scott powered into the lead from his second row starting slot. In just a few short laps, Brown was up to second and the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic.
Trying to maneuver around a back-marker, Scott was forced to back off the accelerator and that allowed Brown to chance to slip underneath and take the lead with 10 laps in the books. A caution flag one lap later opened up a clear track ahead for the runner-up in March’s King of America Modified Nationals event.
From that point on, Brown never relinquished the top spot and paced Scott to the finish line ahead of Zack VanderBeek, Kelly Shryock and younger twin Johnny Scott, who came from 14th on the starting grid.
“That’s one thing about Stormy, he’s always driven me clean,” Brown added. “I don’t think anybody would say he’s a dirty racer. He gave me an inch where I needed it and I need to remember that down the line.”
Dereck Ramirez finished sixth, Dycus held on for seventh, Jason Hughes came from 18th to grab eighth and Steve Whiteaker Jr. passed 15 competitors en route to a ninth-place result and the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top 10.
The three-day 4s Motorsports Red River Rumble powered by Lecolift continues Friday night at the Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas, before concluding Saturday with a trip to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla.
Although Friday’s tilt at Kennedale will be the first for the USMTS, finding the track should be no problem for most teams as the facility is located just across the street from the now-dormant Cowtown Speedway.
Gates will swing open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7.30 and racing at 8 p.m. Support classes include Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Mod Lites.
The Kennedale Speedway Park is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.7 miles southeast of I-20 on Mansfield Hwy. (exit 442-A), 1.6 miles southwest on New Hope Rd., then 0.3 mile east on Hudson Village Creek Rd. For more information call 817-988-7433 or check out www.raceksp.com on the World Wide Web.
Saturday sees the series’ return to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway where gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 7 and the first green flag waves at 7:30. Limited Mods and Stock Cars will round out the racing program.
The Southern Oklahoma Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.7 mile east of I-35 (exit 29) on US 70, then 1.8 miles south on US 77. For more information call 405-627-1766 or click www.southernoklahomaspeedway.com to visit the track’s official website.
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.
September 18th, 2012
Ft Worth, TX.,- The final day of the Port-A-Cool, US National Dirt Track Championships saw the debut of the high-flying Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car National Tour roll into town. Forty-two drivers, from six states, signed in for inaugural visit, the first for national touring Sprint Car series since the World of Outlaws in 2004.
The Modifieds ran four Last Chance B-mains taking the top four from each to the championship main. The Limited Modified had five Last Chance B-mains with three driver moving on to tonight’s big show. Each class drew for two provisional from all the non-qualified, pre-registered drivers to finish filling the fields.
Johnson and Johnson vie for Sprint Car Honors.
As one would expect the top two ASCS points chasers fought it out for the $4,000 and coveted ‘cowboy hat’ in the 40-lap main event. The two combatants, points leader Jason Johnson and second place Wayne Johnson. W. Johnson led early from the pole, but it was J . Johnson getting by after an caution and setting sail. A late yellow, involving W. Johnson would restack the field putting the two nose to tail for the restart. J. Johnson, who scored a World of Outlaw feature win in 2003, got a big lead on green, stretched out his advantage and ran unchallenged to take the checkers.
As the 22-car ASCS Sprint Car roared to life, W. Johnson jumped out front trailed by Travis Rilat, Danny Wood, J. Johnson and Tony Bruce jr. J. Johnson began picking his way to the front with Kevin Swindell trying to follow in his tracks. W. Johnson caught heavy lap traffic on lap 6, while Bruce and Logan Forler traded slide jobs.
Swindell then started exchange of ‘sliders’ with Rilat until making contact with a lapped car, ending his night. Back under green J. Johnson was able to get past W. Johnson for the lead on lap 12 and quickly ease ahead. At the crossed flags it was J. Johnson, W. Johnson, Forler, Rilat and Brady Bacon in the top five.
J. Johnson pulled away to a huge lead, but not without close calls in lapped traffic. Several times J. Johnson would get a run a slower car in the corner, lift, jump the cushion, but was right back on the hammer never giving up ground to W. Johnson. As J. Johnson motored to a full straight lead, Forler, Rilat and Bacon had a spirited battle for third in test of wills and slide jobs.
While trying to put a lap on Kolt Walker, W. Johnson made some contact sending Walker into the turn 2 wall, getting upside down to bring out a red. Walker walked away uninjured with W. Johnson getting a little damage. As the green flew again for the final three laps, J. Johnson again got away and rebuilt his margin over W. Johnson cruising to the win in the Ricky Stenhouse owned, The Shop, AccuDoc Solutions, Fischer Body Shop, H&M Racing, Roush-Yates Powered, Maxim Chassis.
“To come to Texas Motor Speedway, after living in Greenville for years, it’s a big win, no doubt.” stated Johnson. “It’s a special place. This place has been kind to us. We got our very first World of Outlaw victory in 2003 and winning this inaugural event, just adds to it.” “Having some previous experience here, you’d like to think that it’s an advantage. When we went back to our (set up) notebook, we found we had no notes from here. You really don’t forget what you ran and what you had in to win a race.”
“I knew it was a 40-lap event so I really didn’t want to us up my tires. So I wasn’t concerned about getting by Wayne (Johnson) after that caution on lap 10. It just worked out. You have to pay attention to the lapped car. They can take the air off the wing and make you tight. You give yourself some distance, put on a big slider and keep the air on the car.”
“I was a bit concerned about that late caution when I heard in the line up he was right behind me. When we pushed off for the restart it looked like his right rear might be low. So I knew he might struggle with that. I just to not spin the tires and get a good start.
“(Ricky) Stenhouse jr.’s guys did great on this car. Phillip Deese is wrenching this thing and he’s making the right calls on the chassis. He definitely had it dialed in for the A-main tonight. Since the beginning of the season Ricky and I have trying to win on the same day. Today was that day.“
Brown Finally Bags First Win
To say Chris Browns luck at TMS Dirt Track has been good and bad, at the same time, is probably an understatement. Twice, in the past, Brown has been first across the finish line driving other people’s cars, but never has been credited with the win. This weekend, Brown was debuting his own, new car.
Tonight was his night for redemption.
Brown, who came out of today’s B-mains, started ninth in the main and slowly, steadily made his way to the front. It took three quarters of the race to catch race-long leader, John Whittington and diving inside off turn 4, Brown got by for the top spot on lap 31. From there Brown was able to put some distance on Whittington taking the checkers by a half straightaway.
Twenty-cars took the green for the 40-lap Modified main event with Whittington getting out first trailed by Tristan Dycus, John Allen, Randy Timms and Shane Hebert. It was a mad scramble on lap 1 with a four wide battle that saw Hebert come away with and Chris Henigan moving into the top five and Brown now up to sixth.
Henigan continued a charge getting up to challenge Hebert for second, taking the spot, while Brown grabbed fifth. A solo spin slowed the action with Henigan trying Whittington high on the restart. Hebert tried to fill in the hole low with he and Henigan now side by side, with Hebert taking the spot back.
This left Henigan vulnerable to Brown for third who got the position on lap 16. Coming to halfway the top six had sorted out with a six-car fight going on for seventh. At hallway it was Whittington, Hebert, Brown, Henigan and Allen holding the top five. Hebert and Brown began to contend second and were reeling in Whittington for the lead at the same time.
By lap 25 the top three were racing under a blanket as Jason Ingalls, probably the fastest car at this point, took fifth from Allen. As the lead trio approached lapped traffic, Ingalls took fourth from Henigan. Brown finally completed the pass on Hebert and was on Whittington for the lead.
Brown got under Whittington as they came off turn 4 wheel to wheel. After swapping a little paint, Brown eased into turn 1 with the lead. Brown started to ease away the final few circuits going on to take the victory in the Lone Star Hydro Maintenance, Motul, VP racing Fuel, Roush-Yates powered, Hughes Chassis.
“Patience!” exclaimed Brown. “I just tried to pick them off one by one. I knew the car was fast and just had to work my way up without being too hard on the tires. I know Johno(Whittington) is fast and it’s never easy to get around him. I got under him and took the lead.”
“We just picked up this car and my guys busted their tails getting it ready. Jason(Hughes) has been a big help making sure it was ready to pick up and giving me advise on how to set it up. All our hard work paid off.”
“This is redemption. After taking the checkers two times before and not getting the wins makes this even bigger.”
Whiteaker Joins Elite Club with Limited Modified Win
After coming close in the past, Steve Whiteaker jr. finally pulled off the TMS double winning in both a Modified and Limited Modified. This puts him in very good company, with only one other person, Troy Taylor.
Whiteaker, who started fifth, hung around the front during the first half of the race. Just past halfway, Whiteaker used a line in the middle to get past Doug Easterling on lap 22. Whiteaker was then able increase his lead with lapped traffic the only thing slowing him down in the final laps as he took the checkers.
The field of 25 took the green for the 30-lap Limited Modified championship race with JC Howell grabbing the lead chased by Robert Elliott, Easterling, RJ Stroman and Derick Grigsby. Elliott, Easterling and Stroman were three wide on lap for second and continued three abreast on lap 2 until Easterling secured the spot.
Easterling got alongside Howell for the lead taking over the top spot on lap 4. Elliott followed Easterling by Howell for second until Howell went around with Grigsby and Whiteaker getting a piece of the action trying to avoid him. Once back under green, Stroman, Whiteaker and Grigsby were three wide for third. That fight gave Randy Timms an opening get by both Stroman and Whiteaker for fourth.
Grigsby made his way under Elliott for second as Stroman and Whiteaker retook spots from Timms. As the top four sorted out, Stroman pulled off leaving JJ Jennings and Michael Daniels side by side for fifth. At the mid- point it was Easterling, Grigsby, Whiteaker, Elliott and Jennings in the top five, with a six-car scramble for seventh.
After a caution for a blown motor by Dustin Butcher, Whiteaker ducked Grigsby to snag second. Whiteaker then found a line in the middle and got beside Easterling for the lead getting out front on lap 22, while Jennings passed Elliott for fourth. Whiteaker then pulled away in the Troy Cottrell owned, Dave & Jana Schurry, New Vision Graphics, Churchs Chicken, Swenson Race Products, Swenson Racing Shocks, D&SS Const., WW Bodies, Mullins Race Engines, Express Night
Train Chassis to take home his second cowboy hat.
“We had a good racecar(Express) and motor(Mullins),” replied Whiteaker. “After wrecking the Modified last night, winning this feature makes up for the bad luck in the Modified. Winning in both classes mean quite a bit because of how few have done it. There’s a lot of people running, and Troy(Taylor) is usually fast in either.”
“The Modified win was bigger. When you race a Modified you’re almost expected to do good in a Limited Modified. They’re both good wins. I’ve had a Limited Modified win taken away a couple times. I’ve been leading and broke a header tube in the final laps and broke a brake line in the early race here this year. I’m glad this one worked out until the end.”
“I found I was able to keep my momentum in the middle. There was a little moisture on the bottom, but you had to nearly park the car in the corner. I didn’t come here to run fourth, so I searched around. I could carry more momentum, where he had to stop on the bottom and take back off. These cars are all about momentum!”
June 29th, 2012
KILLEEN, Texas – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and two champions will be crowned when the IMCA Lone Star Series travels to Texas Thunder Speedway this Sunday, July 1. The Modified feature is a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Killeen hosts final series events of the season for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks; touring Smiley’s Racing Chassis Southern SportMods complete the card.
Defending champion Keith White of Little River Academy has a 15 point advantage over Emory’s Kevin Sustaire in the Modified standings. Sid Kiphen of Gatesville is four points better than Johnny Torres of San Antonio in the Southern SportMod race. Jason Batt of Harker Heights leads Shane Priddy of Abilene by four points heading into the Stock Car finale. Seven points separate Chase Neill of Haltom City and Chase Parson of Abilene in the Hobby Stock title chase.
Both the WCH Engines sponsored Stock Car series and the Extreme Racin’ Products sponsored Hobby Stock series have lost two of seven scheduled events to inclement weather and pro-rated national and regional bonus points will be awarded to each champion.
Pit gates and the grandstand at Killeen both open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:20 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, with a discount for seniors and military personnel, and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Youngsters five and under get in free. More information is available at the track website, www.texasthunder.com, or by calling 254 289-9657.
Two more races are scheduled for the Modified and Southwest Racing Specialties sponsored SportMod series, at Grayson County Speedway in Bells on July 8 and at 85 Speedway in Ennis on Sept. 30.
May 15th, 2012
Killeen, Tx. Texas Thunder Speedway was one of very few Texas tracks to avoid the wrath of Mother Nature and get a Saturday night show in. This can be good and bad, at the same time. On the good side you get several new drivers/cars, adding to the car count, conversely the extreme rains take their toll on the track, an unavoidable issue.
The track hosted its Mother’s Day special, along with Power Wheels Night for the kids to show their stuff as future racers. With other area rainouts, two IMCA Nationals point’s leaders made their appearance to the track to give the ¼ mile, high-banked, clay oval their best shot.
In the IMCA Stock Cars, the track saw JC Howell come through the gate to try to maintain his point’s advantage. Making a return to a place that he’s seen numerous win, IMCA Modified points leader and Stock Car runner-up, Keith White hoped to use his past experience to pad his IMCA Modified lead and close the gap on Howell in the Stock Cars.
Henderson Hole Hops to Modified Main
Taylor’s Hardy Henderson grabbed the lead from past track champion, Ken Old early and never looked back. Probably a good thing as he was chased by Mike McCarthy, then Cham Savage after a late restart. Savage, who looked to be faster, couldn’t get by as Henderson held the fast line in his Mid-Tex Towing & Recovery, Fab Con, 517 Graphics. Berryman Roofing,
Performance Machine, BMS by DMR Chassis.
Old led the 20-car field into turn 1 as green waved on the 20-lap IMCA Modified main. Trailing Old were McCarthy, Justin Redmon, Jimmy Tidwell and H. Henderson. Tidwell lost a spring on lap 1 to bring out a quick caution. As green waved again it was three wide up front as the pack began to stack up. H. Henderson got a huge run off the top side to grab the lead from Old on lap 2.
McCarthy was able to get around Old on lap 4 for second with National points leader, White pulling off early. While H. Henderson and McCarthy started to gap the pack, PJ Egbert, Scooter Bates and Savage were three wide for fifth. The leaders hit traffic on lap 8 giving H. Henderson a slight margin on McCarthy. Savage used slower cars to his advantage moving past Old and Redmon for third.
Once clear, McCarthy closed back in on H. Henderson, but before a battle began Jerry Frydrych went around after contact with GW Egbert, who was trying to lap him. GW Egbert was sent to the tail for the contact. On the restart, Savage got past McCarthy for second and caught H. Henderson for the lead. Savage looked low in turn 2 on laps 18 and 19, but H. Henderson held the top line and fought off Savage for the checkers.
“This has taken two years of hard work to get back in the Winners Circle,” said Henderson, the 2010 track champ. “We’ve been struggling to get a win and it’s been a long, hard battle. This is one of the toughest Saturday night fields in Texas. We have past National champions(PJ Egbert and Keith White) and past track champs, including myself running here. When you run good here, you can run good anywhere. It’s a struggle every week.”
“I didn’t like leading that race, that early. I’d occasionally look at the scoreboard to see who was coming. I know that there are guys coming. When you’re out there leading you don’t know if your line is still the fastest. I don’t have anyone helping me out there, you’re pretty much on your own. You just have to listen and feel for them.”
July 6th, 2011
Killeen, Tx., Sunday’s Texas Thunder Speedway marked several historic events, the final race of the IMCA Lone Star Series, the celebration of our independence and the inaugural “Fastest Announcer in Texas” race benefiting the Ryan Bard Safety Foundation. The dry conditions and heat made for some tricky conditions on the high-banked, ¼ mile, dirt track overlooking venerable old Fort Hood.
All four IMCA classes(Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stocks and Hobbys) were in action battling for title of the Lone Star Series champion, along with the local Street Stocks and Texas Twisters, some of which would see duty in the announcers race.
In the IMCA Modified class, national points leader Keith White came into the event with a comfortable 23 point margin over Gabe Tucker and 26 over Heart o Texas Speedway and national points rival, Chase Jupe.
The IMCA Southern Sportmod title was the most contended with Tom Earl a mere one marker ahead of Bradley Poor. After motor woes on Saturday night, Poor had to borrow the car of Steve Hayes for Sunday and take a provisional just to start the feature.
Even though two points separated the IMCA Stock Car contenders, Keith White took that championship when he signed in the gates. Both Jeff Turner(-2) and Duain Pritchett(-36) were not in attendance handing the crown to White.
Allen Montgomery, who is second in national points, entered the night 10 ahead of David Bissonette, 18 over Bryan Sewell(not attending) and 19 up on Charles Cosper in the fight for IMCA Hobby Stock championship.
With the championship, IMCA points and bragging rights on the line, several businesses stepped up adding to the purses in all the IMCA classes. Contributors included; Hanks Tire and Muffler, Garvin’s Machine Shop, Green’s Transmission, Brazos Roofing, Jamie Herring Custom Homes, Bell Co. Electrical, Kempner Iron & Metal, McGuires Transportation, Hewitt Gun Shop, Pro 1 Services, Sustaire Plumbing, Vato Chassis, Goode Truck & Automotive Repair, Extreme Racin’ Products, TJ’s Vending and Smith Construction.
July 1st, 2011
KILLEEN, Texas – Local sponsors have upped the stakes for the Sunday, July 3 IMCA Lone Star Series finale at Texas Thunder Speedway.
IMCA Modifieds will now race for $1,850 to win. That share of the purse was previously advertised at $1,000 and promoter David Goode reported a steady influx of calls from across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona as the to-win total crept up for the
2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.
Smiley’s Racing Chassis Southern SportMods race for a $1,045 top check. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature pays $745 to win and the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature pays $495 to win.
All applicable IMCA points, including local track points, will be awarded.
Just one point separates Tom Earl Jr. and Bradley Poor in the Southern SportMods standings heading into the last show while Keith White has a two point edge over Jeff Turner in the Stock Car portion of the series.
Allen Montgomery leads David Bissonnette by 10 points heading into the final Hobby Stock event. White has the most breathing room in the Modified ranks, where he owns a 23 point advantage over Gabe Tucker.
Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 5 p.m. at Killeen. Hot laps follow the 7:20 p.m. drivers’ meeting and racing begins at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 254 289-9657 and at the track’s www.texasthunder.com website.
A $3,000 point fund is in place for the Modifieds and includes a $600 share for the champion.
Furnishing $1,000 point funds are WCH Engines for the I-Stocks, HDC Race Cars and Fabrication for the Hobbies and Southwest Racing Specialties for the Southern SportMods. Each of those champions earns $250.
Series champions also become eligible to compete in their respective race of champions during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex or the Southern SportMod Nationals.
May 31st, 2011
Killeen, Tx., In the shadow of venerable Ft. Hood, Killeen’s Texas Thunder Speedway held their Memorial Day weekend racing event with the annual Willie Palmer Memorial on the 1/4 mile, high-banked dirt track. Palmer, a long-time spectator at the track, gave his life in the first Gulf War with the track now commemorating him every year with this special event honoring all of our military.
Long time track supporter and IMCA Stock Car sponsor, Dan Corbin added money to all the purses, the IMCA Stock Car King of the Hill and the highest finishing car flying a Wilie Palmer banner.
The evening’s racing action included the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks, plus the Street Stocks and Texas Twisters. The night was highlighted by the IMCA Stock Car, ‘King of the Hill.”
McGaha Motors to Modified Main
Abilene’s Josh McGaha made the trip to Killeen pay off taking the 20-lap IMCA Modified main event. McGaha had to work his way up from mid-pack getting by early leader Joe Spillman. Once clear, McGaha opened up a big enough lead that lapped traffic didn’t allow JP Dowell any chance to close in the final laps. Spillman, GW Egbert IV and Chase Jupe recovering from an early incident rounded out the top five.
Joe Spillman beat Allen Waltermire off turn 2 for the early lead as the 20-car IMCA Modified feature roared to life. Waltermire, Pat McGuire, Dillon Smith and GW Egbert IV fell in line. Brad Jordan went around on lap 2 collecting Charles Brewer and Ben Ketteman in turn 2. On the restart McGuire got by Waltermire for second while Egbert and Smith ran side by side for fourth.
Waltermire fought his way back by McGuire who tried to come down on Smith on the front straightaway. McGuire hopped wheels and went around collecting Smith, Jupe, Ken Old and George Lamphere. On the restart McGaha charged by Egbert and Waltermire for second. Egbert then put Waltermire back a spot followed by JP Dowell.
McGaha ducked under Spillman on lap 5 and took over the lead on lap 6. Dowell got by Egbert on lap 7 for third while Jupe made his way back into the top ten after his early incident. At halfway it was McGaha, Spillman, Dowell, Egbert and Brad Smith in the top five. Dowell and Spillman then put on a clinic on running wheel to wheel as they dueled for three laps before Dowell finally got the position.
Jupe continued to creep his way back up getting by Ketteman on lap 14 for sixth and cracking the top five on lap 15. Up front McGaha was hitting heavy traffic, but held a full straightaway lead over Dowell. Slower traffic was no obstacle as McGaha easily cut through it maintaining his lead over Dowell. At the checkers it was McGaha in the A-City Speed, Fletcher’s Custom Engines, Dirtworks Chassis snaring the win.
April 13th, 2011
(Killeen, Tx) It was Cooper and Bright Plumbing night at Texas Thunder Speedway Saturday night. Cooper and Bright, a long time supporter of the track as well as sponsor for racers, hosted the nights action on the ¼ mile, high-banked track near venerable old Fort Hood. The nights action included IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock and Hobby’s plus the Street Stocks, Dwarf Cars and Texas Twisters.
Hot and windy conditions made for some tricky track conditions with turns 1-2 drying quicker than the other end of the track which still held some moisture. Drivers quickly found out negotiating that area was not as easy as the more sheltered side.
Jupe Jumps Out Front, Motors to Mod Main
Waco’s Chase Jupe finally found his way to Texas Thunder Winner’s Circle Saturday against one of the toughest fields in central Texas. Jupe worked his way up to challenge early and polesitter, Doug Lorenz at halfway. Lorenz made one small mistake and Jupe was there to capitalize grabbing the top spot on lap 12. From there Jupe was able to pull out to a good margin over Lorenz, who held second, Benji Kirkpatrick, JP Dowell and Ken Old filed the top five at the finish.
On the initial start of the 20-lap IMCA Modified main, Lorenz jumped out front, but Bill Lecompte stalled in turn 3 for an immediate yellow. Lorenz again led the 18-car field into turn 1 with Hardy Henderson getting second from Allen Williams, with Jupe and Old falling in line. Jupe got past Williams for third on lap 2 as Kirkpatrick moved in to battle with Old for fifth. Jupe then began to pressure H. Henderson for second as the lead group hit slower traffic.
Contact between GW Egbert IV and Mike McCarthy brought out a yellow on lap 7 sending them both to the pits for repairs. On the restart Jupe took second from H. Henderson, while Old took fourth from Williams. Jupe showed Lorenz the nose on lap 8
then hung on to the rear bumper. At halfway it was Lorenz, Jupe, H. Henderson, Kirkpatrick and Old, with Williams, Joe Spillman and Dowell three wide for sixth.
Lorenz bobbled in turn 4 giving Jupe an opportunity, and Jupe took it, getting the lead on lap 12. Dowell emerged from the three-car slug fest getting sixth from Spillman. Dowell then worked his way by Old for fifth while H. Henderson and Kirkpatrick were wheel to wheel for third. With five to go Jupe had built a full straightaway margin over the field.
Even lapped traffic didn’t slow Jupe down as he diced his way through slower cars. Kirkpatrick was finally able to get third from H. Henderson on lap 18. H. Henderson tried to retake the spot on the final lap but spun in turn 2. In the meantime, Jupe in the Double B Specialized Carriers, Jupe Trucking, Tow King, Clover Cleaners, JRC Motorsports & Bodies, Cen-Tex Motorsports powered Hughes Chassis way grabbing the victory.
“I’ve got a good car, and good crew,” replied Jupe. “A little bit of luck doesn’t hurt either. We got a good starting sport tonight after Dillon(Smith) lost oil pressure and our line moved up a row. So that put me in a little better starting position. The track was in good shape and the car was on the money.”
“We did a lot of homework in the off season to try to catch up with guys like Keith(White). When everyone else is probably getting off work and going home, we’re still working on the racecar. We spent a lot of time on our set ups and figuring everything out. That’s the main thing.”
“Everyone wants to beat Keith, he’s the champion, that’s why we stepped up our game to race consistently and competitively against him. We’ve got some ideas from other people and Hughes Racing Chassis’ have been phenomenal. Second to none in my opinion. Cen-Tex does an awesome job on our engine. I’ve got to thank Butch Nix and my crew.”
July 16th, 2010
Killeen, Tx.,- Once again Texas Thunder Speedways ¼ mile high-banked dirt oval dodged Mother Nature being of one of only a couple tracks getting racing in Saturday night. The newly redone pit area was full with around 130 cars in seven classes that included an impromptu debut for the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
The regular classes, IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods and Stock Cars, Street Stocks, Dwarf Cars and Texas Twisters filled the remainder of the nights racing card.
Despite all the heavy rains over the past two weeks, promoter David Goode had the surface groomed well and the track held together providing and promoting plenty of side by side racing action, quick lap times and exciting action.
White hits it right for (another) IMCA Modified win Current National points leader, Keith White overcame early adversity, hit the set-up when it counted and “schooled” the field in the 20-lap IMCA Modified main. White, who was relegated to the B-main after breaking a fuel pump belt while leading his heat easily took the B-main checkers leaving him with the lucky 13th starting spot. The A-main saw White able to run around the bottom better than anyone else as he marched to the front. Once White got by leader GW Egbert school was out as he eased away to he checkers.
The 20-car Modified Main got off to a rocky start with Allen Waltermire and GW Egbert jumping out front. Scooter Bates, Ben Ketteman and Benji Kirkpatrick tried three wide for third but Ketteman and Kirkpatrick hooked bumpers in turn 4. As Ketteman broke free he got sideways in front of the field causing a freeway back up that collected Justin Radcliff, Rick Green and Dewayne Grantham, among the many sustaining body damage.
The second start was cleaner as Waltermire and GW Egbert battled side by side for the point. Waltermire edged ahead at the line to lead lap 1 with Kirkpatrick, Chase Jupe and Bates in tow. Bates nearly stopped in turn 3 on the first circuit with White grabbing an early top five spot. GW Egbert continued to challenge Waltermire for the lead, while White got along side and by Jupe for fourth on lap 4.
Waltermire slipped high on lap 5 in turn 4 giving up the lead to GW. Egbert and falling back to fifth. White picked off second from Kirkpatrick on lap 7 and was quickly on GW Egbert for the lead. White dove inside GW Egbert and put a picture perfect slide job on the leader getting off turn 2 to get out front. The pass was negated when Robert Black got hung on the side of Ketteman to bring out the yellow.
On the restart White again ducked low in turn 1 getting along side GW Egbert on the back stretch. White eased ahead coming to halfway with GW Egbert. Kirkpatrick, Jupe and Waltermire still holding the top five spots. Yellow also waved on lap 10 after Trevor Egbert, Doug Lorenz and Jimmy Don Summerour got tangled in turn 4 and Black rolled to a stop in turn 1.
Once back to green White got a huge jump, while Kirkpatrick took a peek under GW Egbert for second. As they battled for the runner up spot White increased his advantage. With five to go White was cruising away from GW Egbert, Kirkpatrick and Jupe who had a gap to Waltermire, with Bates and Hardy Henderson swapping sixth.
As White came to the white flag he had built a full straightaway margin over the second place scrum. Bates spun to the infield in his fight with Henderson falling out of the top ten. At the checkers it was White adding yet Texas Thunder trophy to his impressive collection piloting the Traceys Auto Sales, Braka Operating, TCI, Craftmasters Power Coating, Tubbs Paint & Body, D&S Painting, Belton Metals, Amsoil, Cen-Tex Motorsports powered Hughes Chassis
“It’s never easy,” replied White. “I thought I was going to have to pass GW(Egbert) a few more times. I figured he’d get his(car) to turn in better on the bottom after I got under that one time. After talking to him he was just too tight. I loosened mine up more because I knew the track as going to come to me on the bottom.”
“I was lucky the belt broke on the last lap of the heat, not the first lap in the feature. I really thought my car would be better than most if they tightened theirs up too much. I could get in(the corner) better than they could. So if there was ‘a plan’ that was probably it.”
“In the national points battle both (David) Murray and I have our 30 races in. So that comes into play now. I only get two races a week in and he can get four or five so it comes down now to wins. He has 20 and I have 16. No doubt he’s tough and fast. He’s come down here and blasted us at Boyd and Kennedale.”