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Brown captures Cotton Bowl Speedway thriller

February 16th, 2017

PAIGE, Texas — The USMTS capped off the inaugural visit to the Cotton Bowl Speedway on Saturday with a wild feature race and nail-biting finish that saw Chris Brown become the third different winner of the 2017 campaign.

Polesitter Dereck Ramirez jumped out to the lead at the start of the 50-lap Summit Racing Southern Region A Main and led the first 33 laps before finally succumbing to the repeated challenges launched by Johnny Scott.

Scott led the next six laps before the first caution waved when Ryan Gustin’s thrilling charge to the front ended with a flat right rear tire while battling Brown for the third position.

Friday night’s winner, Jason Hughes, found himself sitting fourth as the field went back to green but the race was slowed again one lap later when Scott slowed, forcing another caution before exiting the race.

The next restart saw Ramirez regain control after a three-wide fight for the lead with Brown and Hughes.

Brown, however, muscled his way past Ramirez around the high side of the track and then shot past Hughes to claim the lead with eight laps to go. From there, Brown made his machine as wide as possible and was able to hold off Hughes for a $4,000 victory.

“The race track was perfect,” Brown stated. “The top three of us were right there in a group, and I know a couple times I saw Gustin peeking in there underneath, so it had to be a heck of a show for all the top cars to be right there.

“Right now the amount of talent following this southern series is just insane.”

The win was the 11th of Brown’s USMTS career, breaking a tie with Cade Dillard and Mike Chasteen on the all-time wins list.

Hughes had to settle for second after another impressive drive through the field while Ricky Thornton Jr. flew from 14th on the starting grid to third at the finish line to garner the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

Ramirez held on for a fourth-place finish, Zack VanderBeek came from 10th to get fifth and Cade Dillard came from 11th to get sixth.

Stormy Scott was seventh, Rodney Sanders steered an MB Custom out of Joe Duvall’s stable to an eighth-place finish, Tyler Wolff took ninth and Duvall earned the final spot inside the top ten.

With three shows in the books, Hughes leads the points in the Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars with an eight-point advantage (272 to 264) over Stormy Scott.

SHADY OAKS SWAN SONG UP NEXT

Another Lone Star State tripleheader takes place in five days at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18.

It was announced this week that the upcoming USMTS event will be the final race ever held at the Shady Oaks Speedway as the land has been sold and it will be permanently closed, so this will be a last opportunity for drivers and fans to enjoy racing at this fantastic hidden gem,

An open practice is happening Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. with free admission for spectators and $20 to get in the pits.

On Thursday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $15, kids ages 11-15 are $5 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. A top prize of $2,000 goes to the USMTS winner with $400 to win Limited Mods.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

After next week, the series treks into Mississippi for the first time at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram on Friday, Feb. 24; Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 25; and Greenville Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26. The Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., hosts the 6th Annual Cajun Clash, March 2-4, and the five-week grind wraps up March 9-11 at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore.

Each three-day show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively. The three events at three tracks in Mississippi will dole out $3,000 to win each night.

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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

USMTS Opener @ Cotton Bowl Speedway, 2/9-11/17

February 15th, 2017

Paige, TX., After an exciting opening night of racing that saw “The Reaper” Ryan Gustin go flag to flag for the win holding off a stout challenge near the end from Cade Dillard, it’s was time for another round of the USMTS ‘Road Warriors’ to do battle for $3,000 to win tonight. Gustin added to his impressive wins total, albeit the first win since teaming up with Jason Hughes, who holds a long line of credentials himself.

Last night also saw Johnny Torres take home the hardware in the Limited Modifieds, leading all but the first lap. Tonight the two classes are joined by the CBS Stock Cars for their first points race of the season.

While Thursday night was taken by the younger generation, Friday was a completely different story. Both the USMTS Modifieds and Limited Modifieds saw two of the most experienced guys take home checkers. Not just two regular guys, but two whose win totals probably exceed the entire pit area, combined.

Hughes Hustles to USMTS Honors

Jason Hughes(Watts, OKla.) showed the field and the crowd why he is a three-time USMTS champ. Start 16th? No Problem. Yep, that’s not a misprint. After a rather pedestrian heat race on a slick track Hughes was relegated to one of two B-mains. This worked to his advantage finding something to aid his run to the front in the
$3,000 to win A-main.

Hughes, who estimated his USMTS wins alone around 150, and 500-600 overall used a line no one else was. Quickly moving up into the top five before halfway, Hughes used a lap 19 restart going three wide with the Scott brothers, grabbing the lead on lap 21. From there he was able to ease away making his way through lapped traffic, in a lane all his own, to take the win by a good margin.

As the 26-car, 40-lap USMTS main took the green it was Travis Saurer up top getting into turn 1 first. Saurer led back to the line chased by RC Whitwell, Johnny Scott, Chris Brown and Stormy Scott. An early caution flew for Cade Dillard, who slowed, and got run over by Eddie Ingram. On the restart, J. Scott got second from Whitwell while his brother Stormy took fourth from Brown.

S. Scott then snagged third from Whitwell while Brown and Ricky Thornton swapped fifth. J. Scott then got by Saurer for the lead on lap 6. Saurer fought back getting the nose under J. Scott while S, Scott sat looking for a hole on both. J. Scott and Saurer were still dueling for the lead on lap 8 with Thornton getting fourth from
Whitwell and Hughes up to eighth passing Sean Jones.

J. Scott finally shook Saurer who was now along side S. Scott for second. Behind them Brown was taking fifth from Whitwell as Hughes picked up seventh from Philip Houston. Billy Vogel brought out a lap 11 caution with a spin in turn 4 that saw Ingram stop to miss. Back to green Brown got by Thornton for fourth with Hughes
following to fifth.

Saurer then began to fade giving up spots to Brown, then Hughes and Thornton. Hughes then took over third from Brown bringing Thornton along. Steve Whiteaker brought out a lap 17 yellow stopping in turn 2. Hughes capitalized on the restart grabbing second from S. Scott. Using the middle groove, Hughes tracked down J. Scott and got a caution on lap 19.

Once back to green coming to halfway it was J. Scott, Hughes, S. Scott, Brown and Whitwell in the top five. Hughes used the mid-line get by J. Scott on lap 21 followed by S. Scott to second. Last nights winner, Gustin was making his way forward taking seventh from Saurer. S. Scott then gave Hughes a couple tries low, while Brown was on J. Scott for third.

With eight to go the lead duo hit traffic. Hughes, using the middle, had no one in his way while S. Scott got bogged in slower cars. This allowed Hughes, in his West Siloam Pawn, Redtail Tackle, Murphrey Oil Co., Larry Carburetors, Allstar Performance, Pig-n-Out, McCartney Welding, Cates Recycling, Maxima Oil, Rainbow
Graphics, Eastside Cafe, JRI Shocks, Mullins powered, Hughes Chassis to ease away for the win.

“After the B-feature I knew I had a good car,” said Hughes. “I told them they might be in trouble, we’ve got a good racecar. I was expecting to move forward, but I didn’t know that I was going to win it. I found in the B-feature that I could go through the middle of the race track. I knew they’d either be on the top or bottom.
You just have to go where they aren’t.”

“The Scott’s were probably wondering where I came from when Todd(Staley) was running through the line up on that restart. I know, I’ve been in their shoes before thinking the same thing when I know someone has started way back in the field. They’re tough, so I doubt they were worried, but they knew they’d have to get up on
the wheel like I did.”

“We really didn’t change anything but add fuel to it. The heats were so slimy you pretty much finished where you started unless someone really messed up. In the B-main you could finally move around a bit and by feature time you could go where you wanted pretty good.”

“We know everything that we’re doing on these cars. With this team we come out with one of us wanting to win every night. So we work together to make that happen.”

“He(Lawrence) and I have been around a while. We have gotten our share of wins. I’ve got around 500-600 somewhere in that area. I never really kept track when I started. It’s just experience when you’ve been out here doing it this long. We’ve been through about everything and know where we messed up so we don’t do it again. If you learn from your mistake, you always get a little faster.”

Mikulencak Masters Limited Modified Main

Adding to old timers night, was Lawrence Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) who we jokingly guessed had about a bazillion wins in his career. After taking the heat race win, Mikulencak redrew the fourth starting spot in the 20-lap feature. After running wheel to wheel with Gabe Tucker for several laps, Mikulencak ran down early leader JJ Jennings near halfway. Mikulencak got by Jennings on lap 12, held off Jennings’ crossover move, and secured the lead on lap 13. From there he was able to put some distance on Jennings to grab the victory.

It took two tries to get the 24-car Limited Modified field under green as the first attempt saw a stack up in the back of the pack. Once under green it was Jennings jumping out front trailed by Tucker, L. Mikulencak, Johnny Torres and Ross McCartney. McCartney was challenged by Shane Hoefling and Marcus Mikulencak as they went three wide.

After an early caution Tucker and L. Mikulencak stayed side by side for second before L. Mikulnencak got the spot. His son, Marcus got past Hoefling for fifth while holding off Mickey Helms. Following a quick yellow the top three got away while Torres and McCartney fought for fourth. At halfway it was Jennings, L. Mikulencak, Tucker, McCartney and Torres in the top five.

L. Mikulencak got under Jennings in turn 1 with Jennings trying to crossover in turn 2, but fell in behind. McCartney, who was challenging Tucker for third, slipped and gave up a spot back to Torres. McCartney continued to slide losing positions to Hoefling, Mickey Helms and Don Painter.

With five to go L. Mikulencak was pulling away while Torres was getting past Tucker for third. L. Mikulencak had it on cruise control the final laps taking the win in his Ace Transmissions, Youngs Auto Repair, 3-D Landscaping, Swenson Racing Shocks, All in Designs, Mattress Firm, Texas Battery, Spreen Racing Engines, Frankenstein II Chassis.

“It’s been so long, this was a good win” replied Mikulencak. “My car was good. I felt like it was just a matter of time. I really wanted to take a little more time but Johnny(Torres) was putting the heat on me. It was time to go. My car was quite a bit better than theirs. I just had to get out in the clear where I could use the track the way I wanted.”

“I’ve run here once before. I came a few years ago trying out a crate motor. As a matter of fact I led that race till about two to go and JJ(Jennings) passed for the win. This was a good win for me to retaliate.”

“I think Jason(Hughes) heard that I won so he probably thought that an old guy could have a chance. I didn’t watch his feature, I was too tired to even walk up there. I heard he started sixteenth and ‘schooled’ them. With the way they call out numbers on restarts you can tell who’s coming and who’s going.”

“I felt like JJ or Johnny were going to be the two I had to beat. They’ve got good equipment, drive good and they run here a lot. I liked the line up so I could see what JJ was doing. I saw Johnny drive up inside before that caution. I knew where the track was good then and on the restart I knew I could get by Gabe(Tucker) and be able to get by JJ.”

“I didn’t do any changes. I rolled my car off the trailer and checked the tire pressures. I don’t run here to know how the track changes. I was good in the slimy hot laps and good in the heat. I haven’t touched it and may not change a thing.”

“This car is similar to my old car that you called the Frankenstein. I bent the rear clip on that one so we built a new one like it and cut up the old one. That car was too old to trust the roll cage or I could have rebuilt it. I’m sure you’ll come up with a new name for it.”

As the 15-lap CBS Stock Car feature took the green Andrew Bennett and Bryan Mayeux stayed side by side going into turn 1. Coming off turn 2 it was Danny Bennett shooting between to grab the lead quickly. D. Bennett then motored away from his son and Mayeux, who battled for second. Mayeux was able to get by A. Bennett while Drake Pruitt and Ed Hall played bumper tag. D. Bennett was untouchable as built a comfortable lead going on to take the checkers.

Racing continues Saturday night with pits opening at 3:00pm, Grandstands @ 4:00pm. Hot laps start at 6:10pm while the racing begins at 6:30pm. For more info visit the tracks website www.cottonbowlspeedway.com or their facebook page www.facebook.com/CottonBowlSpeedway.

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Hughes picks apart USMTS challengers at Cotton Bowl Speedway

February 15th, 2017

PAIGE, Texas — When Jason Hughes was asked last month at the USMTS awards banquet what the plans were for him and his new teammate, Ryan Gustin, his answer was win every race.

So far, so good.

After struggling to notch a top-ten finish in Thursday night’s Summit Racing Southern Region opener, the two-time defending USMTS national champion looked like Friday night’s show might be more of the same.

Both Hughes and Gustin finished near the back of their heat races, and then worked their way into the 40-lap main event through the Real Racing Wheels BMains.

Starting 16th and 21st, respectively, on the 26-car grid, the dynamic duo had their work cut out for them with a swarm of like-talented pilots standing in their way.

But like he has done many times before, everything clicked for Hughes when the big money was on the line.

The first half of the feature race was a dandy with Johnny Scott setting a torrid pace while his twin brother, Stormy Scott, and Travis Saurer battled back and forth for second place right behind him.

After methodically working his way to the front for the first half of the race, Hughes was third when the yellow flag waved with 20 laps complete.

On the restart, Johnny Scott went to the high side to take away the top line, but Hughes ducked underneath and passed both drivers to steal the lead.

From there it was all Hughes as he shrugged off a chasing Stormy Scott and pulled away to score his first win of the season and 147th of his USMTS career.

It’s a lot of work,” Hughes said of his night. “You start out in the back of a heat race and can’t pass, then you got to work your way up through a B but we had a really good race car.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the year doing this with Ryan, and hopefully we can keep going like we are.”

Meanwhile, Stormy led Johnny to a Scott Brothers 2-3 finish while Chris Brown held off Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner R.C. Whitwell for the fourth spot.

Gustin, who led every lap of Thursdays race, mirrored the passing performance of Hughes by passing 15 of his fellow competitors to finish sixth.

Ricky Thornton Jr. was seventh, Travis Saurer nailed another top-ten in eighth, Cade Dillard nabbed the ninth finishing position and Tyler Wolff rounded out the top ten at the flagstand.

Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks continues Saturday at the Cotton Bowl Speedway with a $4,000 top prize up for grabs.

Pits open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps begin at 6:10 and racing starts
at 6:30.

General admission spectator tickets are $20. Youth ages 11-16 are $8 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days. Pit passes are $40.

Limited Mods and CBS Stock Cars will join the card Saturday.

The Cotton Bowl Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked clay oval located east of Paige at the intersection of US 290 and CR 202. For more information, call (512) 589-2738 or visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Gustin draws first blood, wins USMTS opener at Cotton Bowl Speedway

February 14th, 2017

PAIGE, Texas– Marshalltown, Iowa’s Ryan Gustin picked up where he left off last November and notched his second straight USMTS victory with a wire-to-wire triumph in Thursdays season opener at the Cotton Bowl Speedway.

The inaugural event for the United States Modified Touring Series at the two-year-old speedplant in Paige, Texas, was a gold-star battle of dirt modified firepower that saw four of the top ten main event finishers get there by passing ten or more cars.

Gustin, however, had just one competitor to get around and he did just that when he edged polesitter Travis Saurer of Elizabeth, Minn., at the flagstand to lead the opening circuit of the 40-lap feature race.

The two-time USMTS national champ rode the high line around dirt oval for the final 39 laps, surviving two cautions and several challenges from runner-up Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., to claim the $2,000 top prize and the initial points lead in the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars.

“This thing was good,” Gustin said in victory lane. We’d take off there and be decent, and then try and back it down so I didnt hit the concrete. Hats off to Cade. He drove me clean.”

It was the 79th career USMTS win for The Reaper in his first race behind the wheel of a brand new Hughes Racing Chassis in his first race with new teammate Jason Hughes.

Dillard, who wound up three points behind Hughes in last years season-long title chase, finished two car-lengths behind Gustin to cash the second-place paycheck while Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., came on late in the race to finish third after starting 13th.

Debuting his brand new VanderBuilt Race Cars machine, New Sharon, Iowas Zack VanderBeek ran among the top five for most of the race and took fourth behind Scott while Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., came through a Real Racing Wheels B Main and finished fifth after starting 16th.

Saurer held on for a solid sixth-place finish, Dereck Ramirez started 19th and finished seventh to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award, Johnny Scott earned the eighth spot, Hughes opened his USMTS national championship title defense with a ninth-place run and George Egbert IV rounded out the top ten from 22nd on the starting grid.

Two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders was running third when he blew an engine on lap 26.

Action continues for a second night Friday with $3,000 on the line for the winner. Pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:10 and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

General admission spectator tickets are $20, youth ages 11-16 are $8 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Limited Mods and CBS Stock Cars join the card Friday evening.

For those unable to attend in person, every lap of every race this weekend will be broadcast live by RacinDirt.com.

The Cotton Bowl Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked clay oval located east of Paige at the intersection of US 290 and CR 202. For more information, call (512) 589-2738 or visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

USMTS Winter Speedweeks kicks off at Cotton Bowl Speedway Feb. 9-11

January 17th, 2017

PAIGE, Texas — The 2017 campaign for the USMTS Casey Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will launch in February with USMTS Winter Speedweeks a five-weekend slate of shows in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Opening weekend for the 19th season of the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-11, at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, with a top prize of $2,000 Thursday, $3,000 Friday and $4,000 to win on Saturday.

This will mark the first-ever visit by the United States Modified Touring Series to the venue located just about 45 minutes east of the state capitol of Austin. Its also the first of 21 nights of racing in the Production Jars USMTS Southern Region which will pay $10,000 to the regional points champion and $1,500 to any driver with perfect attendance in the region.

An open practice will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 6-9 p.m. Pit passes are $20 per person and admission to the grandstands is free. Gates will open at 4 p.m.

Limited Mods will also be running all three nights with CBS Stock Cars joining the card on Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday and Friday, pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:10 and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. All times are one hour earlier for Saturdays finale.

Adult tickets are $15 Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday. Youth ages 11-16 are $5 Thursday and $8 on Friday and Saturday. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days. Pit passes on Thursday and Friday are $35 and $40 on Saturday.

The Cotton Bowl Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked clay oval located east of Paige at the intersection of US 290 and CR 202. For more information, call (512) 589-2738 or visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.com online.

Another Lone Star State tripleheader takes place the following weekend at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Feb. 16-18. After that, the series treks into Mississippi for the first time at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram on Friday, Feb. 24; Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 25; and Greenville Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., hosts the 6th Annual Cajun Clash, March 2-4, and the five-week grind wraps up March 9-11 at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore.

Each three-day show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively. The three events at three tracks in Mississippi will dole out $3,000 to win each night.

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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Cotton Bowl Speedway, 4/9/16

April 13th, 2016

Paige, TX– Cotton Bowl Speedway hosted a regular weekly program Saturday night on the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval just east of Austin. On the racing card were all four IMCA Classes(Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks) plus the Nesmith Late Models and Street Stocks and CBS Stocks.

It was a good night of racing especially in the IMCA Stock Car heat races. There were battles all over the track with racers going, at some point, five wide with little to no contact. They toned it down a bit in the feature limiting the racing to three wide battles.

Dinsmore Dynamic in Modified Main
Kerrville’s Greg Dinsmore chased down early lead Brian Walker, then used the middle groove to get for the lead near halfway. Dinsmore was then challenged by former IMCA National champ, PJ Egbert after a restart. Dinsmore eased away in the final laps for the win in the Sundowners Performance Truck & RV Repair, Texas Land Restorations, Wehrs Machine, Heartland Auto & Body, Race Safe Technology, Afco, Fast Shafts, Sanderson Motorsports, Ricketts Trucking, Wraps by Wells Design, crate powered, GRT Chassis.

As the 20-car, 20-lap IMCA Modified main fired into turn 1 it was Walker leading the way trailed by Keith White, Raymond McSpadden, David Goode sr. and Dinsmore. White quickly slowed with a flat and retired the car. Dinsmore was able to get by McSpadden for second leaving him three wide with Goode and Egbert.

After a spin on lap 6 ,Egbert made a run up top to third while Dinsmore looked for a way around Walker. Using the middle, Dinsmore got along side Walker on lap 7 and was able to secure the top spot on lap 8. This left Walker battling with Egbert for second. At halfway the top five showed Dinsmore, Egbert, Walker, Goode and Cody
Tidwell with the yellow waving for a Ryan Childress spin.

As Dinsmore and Egbert got away Goode, Walker and Jason Batt were three wide for third. As they sorted out it left Brandon Hood and Tidwell wheel to wheel for fifth and Batt battling beside Mike McCarthy for seventh. With Goode taking third, Walker was now three wide with Tidwell and Hood for fourth.

McCarthy, Matt Banker and Jarrett Roberts tangled in turn 4 for a lap 14 caution. The top four got out clean on the single file restart with Walker and Tidwell side by side for fifth. Walker then slipped and fell back with McSpadden and Batt scrapping for sixth. Up front, Dinsmore was beginning to ease away from Egbert the
final circuits going on to the checkers unchallenged.

“The car was spot on tonight” said Dinsmore. “There’s always great competition here at Cotton Bowl. The track is always racy and gets the show over in a timely manner. I knew I had to get to do something to get to the front early.”

“I had to make the pass on Brian(Walker) on the outside then get back down to the bottom. I didn’t want PJ(Egbert) to get to the front first, then its all but over. I know he’s going to race me clean when he’s behind, so I just have to hit my marks and not make any mistakes.”

“I want to say special thanks to Texas Land Restoration for sponsoring the Modified class and adding to the purse. Ben Natus has been a good friend for years and a former racer himself. It’s good to see companies getting involved in the sport.”

“I ran out of talent” joked second place finisher Egbert. “No, we’re just glad to have the car back out here after getting caught in a crash last week. Most people wouldn’t have taken the time but we’ve got a great group of guys at the shop that got it back together. We had to replace all the front suspension, frame horns, sheet metal and bumper. Greg(Dinsmore) is upstanding guy and races clean. I have to thank him for helping get the car back together too.”

Jennings Wires Sportmod Feature
JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) in the CD Electric{see what I did there}, G&M Oilfield Services, Pristine Supplies, raceontexas.com, FDS, Swenson Racing Products, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis went wire to wire in the 20-lap IMCA Southern Sportmod main. Once out front, Jennings put it on cruise control until challenged after a late caution by Earl Ingram and Robert Scrivner in the final laps.

As green waved on the 21-car field Jennings got away quickly with Gene Burnett, Dillon Tindell and Nathan Robbins three wide for second and Taylor Florio fifth. Ingram, using the top, began his run to the front getting to third by lap 5. Tom Grothues followed to fourth. Ingram continued motoring around the high side taking second from Burnett while Scrivner took fifth.

Scrivner then got around Burnett for third leaving him side by side with Grothues as they went three wide past a lapped car. At halfway it was Jennings, Ingram, Scrivner, Grothues and Burnett in the top five. The races only caution waved on lap 16 when Craig Oakes went around after contact with Robbins in turn 1-2.

On the restart Jennings had Scrivner looking low, while Ingram continued using the top side. Jennings held the point with Ingram getting runs up top. Don Painter had a late charge getting by Grothues and Burnett for fourth as the laps wound down. Ingram tried his best on the high side, but it was Jennings holding him off for the victory.

“Starting out front always helps,” commented Jennings. “I don’t care who you. We were up here a couple weeks ago and got the car torn up so my point average was horrible. We knew we’d start close to the front. It got a little interesting at the end, but it was fun.”

“I could see under that caution on the score board who was there behind me. I spoke to Earl(Ingram) after the race and he said that I was going to have to make a mistake for him to get ahead of me. He’s a good, clean driver that’s been doing this for years. I knew I didn’t have to worry about getting run over.”

“After I took the checkers I ran the high line just see what was there. It felt just as fast as the bottom, but the bottom is so much shorter than around the top. If the infield tires were out a little farther, it might have been a different race. I would have had to search for something because there wasn’t anything in the middle.”

“Starting up front half the time you’re just a sitting duck. I watched about half of the Modified race and everyone was on the bottom. Once I got in my rhythm around the bottom I felt fine. I just paced myself, tried not to overdrive it, spin out, hit a tire or anything. You always worry about someone finding a better groove that you’re not running.”

World of Outlaws, ATX Rentals Outlaw Shootout @ Cotton Bowl Speedway

February 28th, 2016

Paige, TX.- Making their first trip to the central Texas area, the World of Outlaws, Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicked off the Cotton Bowl Speedway racing season Friday night. Coming off the DIRTcar Nationals during Florida’s Speedweek, the high-flying, 410 Sprinters rolled into the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval with 32 drivers looking for the inaugural ATX Rentals Outlaw Shootout trophy.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars travel across the country thrilling fans with some of the best Sprint Car aces in the world including multi-time and defending champ, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet(who picked up two Florida wins), Sammy Swindell, Danny Lasoski, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Shane Stewart and former ASCS National champs, Jason Johnson and Aaron Reutzal.

There were a couple local Texas drivers trying their hand at making the show with multi-time ASCS Gulf South champ Ray Allen Kulhanek and Sam Hafertepe jr. The track was well groomed and racy and the stands, wow, the stands were packed to capacity with a standing room only crowd that didn’t know the finish that lied ahead.

Also on the nights race card were the CBS Stock Cars and Eco-Stocks.

Sweet Swipes Sprint Spoils

In front of a packed house, Brad Sweet(Huntersville, NC) made it three out of four this season in sensational fashion, besting his team mate Daryn Pittman. After battling in the top five all night, Sweet put a last lap slide job on Pittman in thefinal corners to get the lead. Oh, but the excitement wasn’t over. The two banged wheels as they raced towards the finish line with both coming across anything but straight.

Pittman had chased early leader, Joey Saldana and turned up the heat in the last five laps to get the spot. Sweet followed in his tire tracks and the fight was on to the checkers. As the lead duo ran through traffic a slower car forced Pittman to change his line giving Sweet the opportunity to dive inside going into turn 3. Pittman tried to fight back coming off turn 4 but came up short to Sweet.

After the ever popular four-wide salute, the 24-car World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car field fired into turn 1 with Saldana getting out first. Pittman, David Gravel, Sweet and Logan Schuchart sorted out behind him. Saldana kept it on top while Pittman ran high in 1-2 then took the bottom in 3-4. The yellow waved on lap 4 when Brent Marks stalled in turn 1.

On the restart Sweet made a big move past Gravel and Pittman for third with Schuchart coming along past Gravel for fourth. The caution was back out quickly after Wayne Johnson, Sheldon Haudenschild and Dusty Zomer made contact mid pack. W. Johnson and Haudenschild went around in turn 2 and Zomer stopped on the front stretch.

Back under green Pittman retook second from Sweet while Schuchart and Gravel swapped fourth. Saldana and Pittman began to check out and just as Pittman got along side Saldana, a yellow waved for a spin by Terry McCarl in turn 4. Pittman gave Saldana a good look on the restart and was getting pressured from Sweet.

Coming to halfway it was Saldana, Pittman, Sweet, Gravel and Shane Stewart in the top five while Schuchart and Lasoski battled for sixth. Shortly after the mid-point the leaders caught traffic and the top four closed up to within a couple car lengths with ten to go. Pittman was on Saldana at lap 22 and used traffic to get by for the lead lap 24.

Saldana then faded giving up spots to Sweet and Gravel the next circuit with Donny Shatz getting fifth from Stewart. Sweet caught Pittman with two to go. As the white waved Sweet was on Pittman’s tail tank. Sweet got a run on the back stretch and when Pittman had to pass a slower car, put on a picture perfect slider in turns 3-4.

Pittman did everything he could to regain momentum and chase Sweet off turn 4. As the two banged it’s a surprise neither went over as they slugged it out to the checkers with Sweet in the Kasey Kahne owned, Razorback Professional Tools, Curb Records, ASE, Sage Group, Rob Cappetta powered, TI22 Chassis.

“A packed house, a last lap pass for the win, what more could you ask for,” replied Sweet. “No, you can’t really have a plan in racing. I just tried to stay as close as I could. I was watching the flagman and knew how many laps there were. When we got into traffic it was just based off what Daryn(Pittman) did as to what I would do. Sammy(Swindell) kind of moved on him and he spun his tires and I got a run on him. He never saw it coming. I was able to pull the slide job off, we made a little contact coming to the line. That’s racing.”

“I wasn’t saving my stuff. I was going as hard as I could. I thought I was going to run second but the opportunity presented itself at the end. I got that good restart, but Daryn got me back and thought we were pretty even. He was going to be tough to beat. It was all just based off lapped traffic. It worked to our favor tonight, for sure.”

“You try to compare a new track to other places. This is a little bit Haubstadt, Tulare and few others. It’s a unique track. It was different, but really racy, what more could we ask for. We try not to change too much from track to track. We worked on the car throughout the night. We hit it pretty good for the A-main. It was a great race and great crowd. A lot of people liked this place. Sure the guys that did good will like it and the guys that didn’t won’t, but that’s how it is. It had a good top and good bottom, then the lapped traffic came into play.

“We’re running the whole tour this year. It’s nice to get a good start, but I’ve had good starts in the past and that doesn’t mean anything. We’ve got a long way to go and it’s great to have three wins under our belt and running as good as we are. It’s a long season.”

Bennett Best in Stock Car Bash

After opting to start at the back, Danny Bennett charged his way to the front of the 15-lap CBS Stock Car feature. After an early restart and three wide battle, Bennett moved up to second and caught leader Michael Rogers. Bennett got the spot at the one-third point and got out to a good lead. Steve Sims, who also choose to start in the back made his way up to second, but could never get close enough to mount a challenge.

Gary Hutchinson led the CBS Stock Car feature coming off turn 2, but it was Hutchinson, Rogers and Mike Nuby three wide for the lead at the line on lap 1. Rogers claimed the spot on lap 2 while Sims made his way to fifth before Drake Pruitt and Jarod Leitchman tangled in turn 1.

On the restart it was Sims, Bennett and Hutchinson three wide for second with Bennett getting the spot. Bennett closed quickly on Rogers and took over the top spot on lap 5 with Sims and Hutchinson door to door for third. Sims finally secured the spot and got second from Rogers.

At the crossed flags it was Bennett, Sims, Rogers, Danny Castle and Hutchinson in the top five. As the two leaders separated themselves, Castle and Rogers fought for third. As the white flag waved Bennett in the Danny Boy Racing, Ladd Coins, bastropautorepairs.com, All In Designs, Chevy had a comfortable margin that he held to the checkers.

Zajac Zips to Front of Field in Tech

Daniel Zajac went from fourth to first at the scales following the 15-lap Eco-Stock feature. Now you would first assume that the top three couldn’t make weight, maybe have the wrong percentage, but no. After contact during the race the three were mixing it up after the race and were DQ’d for fighting. Geez guys, it’s a long season!

Danny Baggerley jumped out front as the 14-car Eco-stock took the green. Mason Teague, Richard Fitch and Eric Wilson were three wide for second and Larry Underwood fifth. Teague, Fitch and Wilson pin-balled off each other on lap 1 as Baggerley began easing away. Alyson Dorken made her way up to fifth past Underwood as Teague and Fitch swapped second.

Teague began catching a slowing Baggerley and got the lead on lap 12. Baggerley was then forced to pull with clutch problems. With Teague out front Wilson, Zajac and Dorken were fighting for third. Teague led the field to finish line with Zajac getting by Dorken for fourth and being in the right spot to pick up the victory.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series travels southeast to Royal Purple Raceway(Baytown) for a Saturday night show before heading west to Vegas, Arizona and California. For more info visit www.woosprint.com.

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Cotton Speedway resumes racing March 5th with regular schedule of IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, I-Stocks and Hobby Stocks, plus the South Texas Late Model Series and Eco-Stocks. For more info visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.com.

4th Annual Showdown @ Cotton Bowl Speedway, 10/9-10/15

October 12th, 2015

Paige, TX.,- With another racing season in the books, Cotton Bowl Speedway hosted its big year ender, the 4th Annual Showdown. The show gives local racers and out-of-towners one more chance to pick up a victory on the semi-banked, 3/8th mile, clay oval.

This years edition featured the regular classes(IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Southern Sportmods, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, CBS Stock Cars and Eco-Stocks, in action Friday night, plus the South Texas Street Stock Shootout all vying for starting spots in Saturdays A-main events.

Qualifying would be through heats and qualifiers locking the top 6 or 10 to into each big feature. All other would have another chance tomorrow to secure their starting spots. The South Texas Street Stock Shootout cars qualified with two rounds of heats taking the top 12 in combined passing points to be locked in.

Along with the last chance qualifiers and A-main events, Saturdays schedule included Billy Bobs Repair and Tire Southern Texas Late Model Series and IMCA Racesaver 305 Sprint Cars running a full show.

Goode and Dinsmore Top IMCA Modified Qualifiers

The first of two 15-lap IMCA Modified qualifier saw the lead change hands several times before all was said and done. Cham Savage jumped out front at the drop of the green with David Goode jr., Mike McCarthy, Raymond McSpadden and Keith White in pursuit. Goode jr. wasted little time getting past Savage to lead lap 2, while White made his way up
to second, using the top side.

White got a huge run off the top of turn 4 to get past Goode jr. and get the lead on lap 4, but Goode jr. kept fighting on the bottom. In the battle for transfer it was Hardy Henderson holding off Chris Swenson, who worked his way up from the back after slapping the wall in his heat.

Goode jr. continued digging on the bottom and finally retook the top spot from White on lap 9. No easy fete getting by a multi-time IMCA National Champion. At the checkers it was Goode jr.(Copperas Cove) in the Goode Towing & Recovery, Bet All Racing, D&D Cabinets, Nate Mare Graphics, Heart o’ Texas Speedway, GRT Chassis.

Dinsmore Dashes to Qualifier Win Kerrville’s Greg Dinsmore jumped out to a big lead at the start of the second IMCA Modified qualifier with Kevin Green, PJ Egbert, Joe Spillman and Cody Tidwell in the top five. Spillman, Dwayne Grantham and Jason Batt were three wide for fourth when Colton Monroe brought out a yellow with trouble in turn 2.

Dinsmore got a little of his lead back on the restart while Green and Egbert ran wheel to wheel for second. Behind them Spillman and Tidwell were side by side for fourth. Batt picked both of them off one at a time to take over fourth near halfway. Egbert slipped too high coming off turn 2 giving Green an opening to take second.

Up front Dinsmore was closing on slower traffic while Green was charging on clear track. With five to go Dinsmore had Green on his bumper. As the white waved Dinsmore got the nose under Marlin Samford and was able to get by and hold off Green for the victory in the Sundowners RV & Truck Repair, Performance Diesel, Snyder Racing, Heartland Autobody, Wehrs, AFCO Shocks, Wells Designs, crate powered, BMS Chassis.

In the first Sportmod qualifier it was JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) going flag to flag for the victory. Jennings led the way at the start of the 15-lapper trailed by Don Painter, Jack Barfield jr., Vince Louden and Mickey Helms. The sixth spot was up for grabs early between Thomas Bennett and track champ Chris Birmingham.

As Louden and Barfield slugged it out for second caution waved for a bumper on track. On the restart Gene Burnett jumped past both Bennett and Birmingham for sixth. Painter kept the heat on Jennings as the laps clicked off, but was unable to find an opening to make a pass.

Bo Beckner joined the sixth place fight late and was able to pick off both Burnett then Bennett on the final lap lap. Up front it Jennings in the G&M Oilfield Services, 89 Motorsports, Ace Transmission, Swenson Racing Products, B&K Services, PTS Race Engines, Western Flyer Chassis holding steady for the win.

The second Sportmod qualifier looked a little like and Egbert family reunion with GW, Trevor and their dad, George all in the same race. GW Egbert got jump going to turn 1 but Craig Oakes and Tom Grothues got together for a restart. GW again led the way followed by Shane Hoefling, T. Egbert, G. Egbert and Johnny Torres.

Hoefling gave GW. Egbert a challenge early in the 15-lap event, but was unable to complete the pass. Brandon Blaylock made run into the top five getting by Torres then G. Egbert for fourth. Hoefling was then challenged by T. Egbert who finally took the spot on lap.

T. Egbert was able to run down his brother GW Egbert in the closing laps but never mounted a serious challenge as the two caught traffic on the final lap. At the checkers it was GW Egbert in the 121 Towing, Farmers Insurance, Pro Image Designs, E&E Collision, Hughes by 89 Motorsports taking the win.

Cosper Captures I-Stock Qualifier Continuing on his season of good fortune, Belton’s Charles Cosper grabbed the IMCA Stock Car qualifier over a stiff field of competition. In the 20-lap event that was only qualifier to take ten cars to the A-main, Chad Estes grabbed the early lead trailed by Eric Jones, Cosper, Anthony Otken and Robin Batt. Zach Riley had trouble early slowing on track for a quick caution.

On a restart Cosper, Estes and Otken were three wide for the lead with Cosper getting the spot on lap 5. As Cosper then edged ahead, Otken and Estes continued to swap second until Estes had problems. Several top contenders had trouble while running in transfer spots. Batt had power steering issues forcing her tom pull off and Eric Jones suffered a flat ending his night.

Out front it was Cosper continuing to maintain a good advantage over Otken and Peter Delevan, while Riley worked his way back to front after restarting at the tail. Cosper went unchallenged in his Spillman Excavating, Average Joes Performance, Fat Daddys Designs, Brazos Auto Sales, Swenson Shocks, Nortons Automotive, Cedar Cove Speed powered, SCS Chassis.

Roller Controls Hobby Stocks Track Champion, Andy Roller(Waco) swept the night in IMCA Hobby Stocks taking both the heat and qualifier victory. In the 12-lap A-qualifier Roller jumped out front at the start and easily pulled away from Sean Burnett, Stephanie Henderson, Dale Caswell and Stacey Robinette. Early on Henderson spun in turn 4 and got T-boned by Robinette ending her night.

After that it was all Roller to the checkers in his Howards Automatic Transmission, Southwest Maintenance, Ben’s Boat Repair, J&J Carbs, Lambs Muffler, Demon Decals, A&J Custom Paint, Crate powered, Charger Chassis.

South Texas Street Stock Shootout cars only ran heat races, two rounds taking the top 12 in passing points in both rounds combined to A-main.

Bryan Meredith and Danny Bennett stayed door to door at the start of the 15-lap CBS Stock Car feature before Meredith finally secured the spot. Adam Torres, Bryan Mayeux and Jared Leitchman fell in line behind the lead duo while Steve Sims quickly moved up from starting at the tail. Steven Osborn and Paul Smith tangled early ending their nights.

Sims worked his way up to battle with Bennett for second. The two made contact sending both around with Bennett getting drilled by Leitchman who clipped Wayne Parker sending him into the wall. With the field now narrowed to five, Meredith took off while Torres and Mayeux traded second.

In one of the most hotly contested events of the night Ryan McNeely and Russell Vickory put on a show in the Eco-Stock feature. As green waved on the 12-lap feature McNeely jumped out front with Vickory, Jason Miller, Scott Blauen and Eric Wilson in tow. McNeely and Vickory then began to check out on the field. As the laps wound down the two put on a slide job/crossover clinic after McNelly drifted too high allowing Vickory to get the lead.

McNeely would dive across turns 3-4 and slide up in front of Vickory. Vickory would let him slide by then duck under with a classic crossover to retake the spot. For three laps the two duked it out for the top spot before McNeely was finally able to hold off Vickory’d return challenge on the final lap for the win.

ASCS Gulf South Sprint Car Series @ Cotton Bowl Speedway

August 24th, 2015

Paige, Tx.- It was another double-header weekend for the ASCS Gulf South Sprint Car Series with the race at the 3/8 mile, high-banked, clay, Cotton Bowl Speedway following a Friday night show in Waco. The stands were packed with fans who came watch the high-flying, winged warriors do battle.

The ASCS gulf South Region points coming into the nights action were tight with 11 points between leader Kevin Ramey and five-time series champ, Ray Allen Kulhanek, with defending champion, Channin Tankersley a close third.

Also in action were all four of the regular IMCA classes(Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks) plus the local CBS Stock car division. All classes would qualify through their heats to set line ups for the A-main with the ASCS Sprints using a passing points formula and redraw to determine their starting order.

Bergman Bags Bonus Bucks With an extra grand on the line for a weekend sweep, Seth Bergman(Snohomish, Wash.) was the man looking to double up after his Friday night win at Heart o’ Texas Speedway in Waco. Bergman was a man a mission in the 25-lap A-main as he worked his way to the front. Having to work traffic early helped Bergman, who usually runs the Lucas Oil National Tour, find the groove around the top.

Once Bergman caught Ray Allen Kulhanek, the fight was on. The duo traded slide jobs after Kulhanek, who had been on the bottom, tried the cushion. At one point Bergman even bounced it off the wall, but once clear Bergman legged out his advantage for the victory.

Twenty-one ASCS Gulf South Sprint Cars took the green with Kulhanek from the pole jumping out front, but the starts were aborted. The first for a spin by AJ Weaver on the back stretch and the second when Dustin Gates stalled after contact with the wall. The third time was the charm as Kulhanek again shot out front with Jacob Lucas, John Pate, Jordon Mallett and Brandon Hanks in pursuit.

Mallett and Lucas got past Pate early with Tommy Bryant following to fifth. As Kulhanek started to ease away, Bergman was on the move taking over fifth on lap 4. Bergman used a caution for a spin by Cody Barksdale on lap 5 to close distance on the lead trio. After the restart Bergman picked off Hanks then Lucas on successive laps and was along side Mallett when yellow waved for another spin by Barksdale.

Back under green, Kulhanek took off on the bottom, while Mallett and Bergman went up top. Bergman put a slide job on Mallett to get second on lap 11. At halfway it was Kulhanek, now running high in one end and low on the other, Bergman, Mallett, Lucas and Bryant in the top five. Bergman put a slider on Kulhanek going into turn 3 to snag the lead, but a red for a crash by Hanks in turn 4 and spin by Weaver in turn 2 erased the pass.

Kulhanek tried to hold off Bergman on the top, but Bergman again used a slide job to get by to lead lap 14. Kulhanek fought back on the bottom to retake the spot on lap 15 after Bergman popped the turn 4 wall. Bergman recovered, chased Kulhanek back down and used yet another picture prefect slide job to grab the point again on lap 16.

Caleb Martin went around on the back stretch to slow the pace on lap 17. Once green waved, Bergman was gone while Michael McNeil and Bryant fought for fifth. As Bergman cruised off, Mallett began pressuring Kulhanek with the two swapping the spot in the final laps. Up front it was Bergman in the Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing, Young Tool Company, Speed Mart, Corridor Electric, Wells Racing Engines, Eagle Chassis easily taking the checkers.

With his third place finish, the multi-time Gulf South Region champ, Kulhanek jumped past the points leader coming on, Kevin Ramey who could only muster a ninth place finish.

“Starting back in the seventh position helped me tonight,” said Bergman. “I was able to move around the race track and find out where I wanted to be. A lot of times if you start up front, like Ray Allen did, it’s hard to chase the race track because you don’t want to give anything up. I was able to move around and think that was the key to winning the race. We threw some slide jobs at each other, raced each other pretty clean and I finally secured that last one and we were able to come away with the win.”

“It gets tough when you pass someone for the lead and we have that red. His guys came out to the fence where he could see them and told him where he needed to be. He’s going to go where they tell him. When you’re in that position you have to go where he’s not. I was able to get a good restart, throw another slide job at him and he went up top to counter what I was doing. We had a fast enough racecar to go where we wanted.”

“When I bounced off the wall there’s always that one split second when you think you might end up upside down. You never stop wheeling it. You want to get out of that situation as quick as you can, mash the gas and get out of the fence. Luckily I was able to pull it of the wall.”

“I knew we’d have a real good shot(at winning). You never how things will play out, but I always believe we can win. I could see the bottom getting narrower and the top getting better. I think knowing at track can hurt you to a certain extent. Not knowing one you take it for what it is, not what you think it will. My crew chief and I have gotten pretty good at reading them. You just take you best educated guess on what you need and go with it.”

“Without my parents none of this would be possible. They’re my biggest fans and supporters.”

Big Mike Muscles Up for Modified Main Money Using this race as a tune up for the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa in a couple weeks, ‘Big’ Mike McCarthy(Hutto) took home a big win. McCarthy, who went flag to flag, didn’t have it easy as he was chased by former IMCA National Champion, PJ Egbert for three quarters of the 20-lapper.

As the 23-car IMCA Modified main roared to life it McCarthy from the outside front row beating Robert Stewart into turn 1 for the lead. Stewart, Ronnie Warren, Joe Spillman and Jason Batt fell in line behind McCarthy with three and four wide battles in the pack. Batt had a good run on Spillman to get by, but got sideways giving the spot back and losing another to Egbert.

Just as McCarthy started to ease away, Raymond McSpadden and Danny Turner went around for a lap 5 caution. Once back to green, Egbert took second from Stewart who then became victim of a slide job gone bad by Jason Batt who hit Stewart sending him hard into the wall. Batt was black-flagged, but did pull to the infield to apologize to Stewart, who wasn’t happy.

Back under green with McCarthy running the bottom and Egbert on top giving chase. At the crossed flags it was still McCarthy holding off Egbert, Spillman and R. Warren side by side with Billy Bachmeyer. It looked like Egbert would ease by McCarthy on top on lap 12, but McCarthy fought him off on lap 13.

Yellow waved on lap 13 for a big pile up after the field stacked up and sandwiched Greg Dinsmore, who had worked towards the front after starting in the back due to electrical issues in his heat. Jeff Hoegh, Brandon Hood, Cody Tidwell and David Goode sr. were also involved but able to continue, Dinsmore was done with a broken front A-arm, among other damage.

Once back to green McCarthy got a good jump on Egbert while David Goode jr. got by R. Warren briefly. R. Warren, Goode jr and Chris Swenson then went three wide for the spot. Swenson finally got the spot with another former National Champ, Keith White breaking into the top five.

Goode jr. would loop it on lap 17 with Spillman sliding to a stop trying to avoid contact for a late yellow. Egbert took one more run at McCarthy as the green waved again but it was McCarthy in the CD Electric, Miller & Tsakopulos Financial Partners, Average Joe’s Performance, TTD Bookkeeping, Rave Realty, Garvin Machine Shop powered, Larry Shaw Chassis holding on to the checkers.

“This is for Bryan Mize, Dick Keigley, Jerry Aylor and Ray Welnack, who we lost this week,” said an emotional McCarthy. “These weren’t just friends, they were our racing family. We have a lot of fun, but it’s more about the people we have fun with. There’s so many good people that I get to hang out with at these races. Unfortunately we lose some of those good people. We have them in our hearts all the time, this win is for them”

“It’s been a long time since I picked up a win, last Halloween in Goliad. It’s been a while. Without a doubt I was committed to the bottom. I know PJ(Egbert) runs the top really well, but I’ve got my car set up to run the bottom with the gear and the motor. It’s been working really good the last month. We’ve made some changes and the motor is hitting on all cylinders. I tried something new last week and it was a failure. I’ve got my good motor in there, the one we’re taking to Boone. It gets me out of the corners.”

“I put some front brake into it early and the car slowed down. I put more rear in it about four laps later, the car settled down and made it more consistent. I knew if I was going to win, it would be on the bottom. PJ likes to run up top and he was going to have to root me off the bottom. He’s raced me clean all year and we’ve had some of the best racing.”

Jennings Jousts with Painter for Sportmod Payday JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) was able to hold off a charging Don Painter in the waning laps of the IMCA Southern Sportmod 17-car feature for the win. Jennings, in a car borrowed from the Steve Whiteaker stable, took the lead from Donald Krahn on lap 6. Painter, using the high groove, worked his way up to challenge Jennings as the laps wound down. Just as it looked like Painter would get along side Jennings, who stayed on the bottom, a lapped car blocked Painters lane allowing Jennings to eke out the victory.

As the 20-lap Sportmod feature fired off it was Krahn getting out front after a look low from Gene Burnett. Burnett fell in line second trailed by Painter, Dillon Tindell and Jennings. Burnett and Krahn had just started swapping the spot when Shane Hoefling stalled out in turn 3. Under yellow Burnett pulled off.

On the restart Mike Wagner got second from Painter while Jennings held Thomas Bennett for fourth. Painter got back by Wagner, with Jennings following to third and GW Egbert using the opportunity to get fourth. It was three wide in the pack when Tom Grothues, Hoefling and Rusty Head tangled for a lap 5 caution.

Jennings capitalized on the restart to get by both Krahn and Painter for the lead on lap 6. Egbert then charged past both Painter and Krahn, but slapped the wall(in his dads car) and fell back to seventh. At halfway it was Jennings, Painter, Krahn, Will Carter and Egbert rounding out the top five spots.

Painter, using the cushion, then began to run down Jennings lap by lap while Egbert was making up lost positions. Painter had caught Jennings with three to go and was just about to make his move when a lapped car forced Painter back to the bottom. This was all Jennings in 89 Motorsports owned, G&M Oilfield Services, Ace Transmission, Swenson Racing Products, P&K Services, Extreme powered Hughes by 89 Motorsports needed to secure the victory.

“I’m just glad the race was only 20 laps, and not 21,” exclaimed Jennings. “Don(Painter) may have been able to get around me. He told me I could thank the lapped car for the win. We were still in Stevie(Whiteakers) car. The new body on mine didn’t get done until late in the week and we didn’t feel like changing everything back over. He had this car just sitting in his shop and let us use it.”

“I really wish my wife and boys would have been able to go, but with school starting this week they stayed home to get everything ready for Monday. I can’t ever thank my brother and sister-in-law enough for providing us with the best equipment we can get and Steve Jr. for letting us borrow his ride.”

“I need to thank G&M Oilfield Services, 89 motorsports, Gary and Chris Swenson and my family for all the help at the shop and the track. I’m looking forward to go to TMS next month.”

Cosper Clips Otken for Stock Car Cash
Charles Cosper(Temple) made a lap pass on Anthony Otken to snag the IMCA Stock Car 15-lap A-main. Otken made his way up to second behind early leader Justin McCullough while Cosper was fighting three wide with Joe O’Bryan and Jay Simon II. The top four of McCullough, Otken, O’Bryan, Cosper were nose to tail at halfway with Peter Delevan
fifth.

Otken was able get the top spot on lap 10 while Cosper got third from O’Bryan. McCullough slipped in turn 2 giving Cosper an opening to get the spot. Cosper then reeled in Otken with the two side by side on lap 13. Cosper, in his Spillman Excavating, Average Joes Performance, Fat Daddys Designs, Brazos Auto Sales, Swenson Shocks, Nortons Automotive, Cedar Cove Speed powered, SCS Chassis was able to use the bottom to edge by Otken at the line.

“Last lap passes for the win are always exciting,” replied Cosper. “I was glad to be able to put on a show for the many fans in the stands. Driving by and seeing them cheering really amped me up, its been a while since I was that excited about a victory.”

“The track was heavier than I’ve seen it for our race. I’ll be honest in saying I wasn’t looking forward to the race, going out there because of the track conditions. The sprint heats did help blow some of the grease off though but it was still heavier than I like. On the start I shot to the outside in turn 1, and had to pull the parachute for Buck Owens, who had some type of mechanical issues and that sent me back to last. I knew I Would have to drive hard to be able to get near the front by the end.”

“I had some great battles with Pete Delevan and Joe O’Bryan up through there, some bumping and rubbing. Stock car racing! When I saw Antony(Otken) had got around McCullough I thought it was over as far as win chances. But McCullough got real loose off turn 2 and I cleared him no problem and that let me focus on where I could beat him, and that was off turn 2, the only dry spot on the track.”

“I showed him low with 2 to go and he kind of protected it going into turn 3. There was nothing off turn 4 low, so I fell in behind. I was shocked to see the white flag because I had lost count of the laps due to the hard racing action. Anthony entered a groove lower into turn 1 and let it drift, I went in the middle and turned it down. I told myself that to be patient with throttle and keep it hooked up, that he would slide out and spin the tires and open the door. Sure enough that’s what happened. I wasn’t sure if I cleared him so I left the outside open.”

Rollin’ with Roller Waco’s Andy Roller continues on a hot streak taking his 15th win of season. Roller and Jeremy Oliver ran down early leader AJ Dancer in the 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature. While Oliver and Dancer battled it out, Roller closed on both catching them on lap 3. It was three wide for the lead coming off turn 4 with Roller getting the spot on lap 4.

Roller and Oliver then pulled ahead to settle it between themselves. At the halfway point it was Roller, Oliver, Dancer, Matthew Bice and Wesley Warren in the top five. Oliver gave Roller a couple good looks in the final laps but it was Roller, in the Howards Automatic Transmission, Southwest Maintenance, Ben’s Boat Repair, J&J Carbs, Lambs Muffler, Demon Decals, A&J Custom Paint, Crate powered, Charger Chassis scoring the victory.

“We had a good start,” commented Roller. “Matt Bice was a little low coming to the green and hit a slimy spot when we took the green. That gave me a shot to get up high on the track. When I was behind Jeremy and AJ I could see where they both had a weak point in the turns. I thought I was golden and had the lead when the caution came out for the Keith Klump. On the restart I was happy I got the top groove. It allowed me to make the move around AJ for the lead.”

“I knew if Jeremy got there first, I was going to have to follow him til the end, just like he followed me. That has been our season. Whomever gets out front first, usually picks up the win. I could hear Jeremy behind me the entire race and saw his nose below me once. With 5 to go I started inching down the track in the corners as it felt like the bottom started get more grip. Jeremy raced me clean and I knew he would.”

Stewart Steal Stock Car Checkers Heath Stewart(Del Valle) didn’t lead all the laps, but he lead the most important, the last. Leland Waddell jumped out front early then worked his way to a good lead over Mike Lyon and Brian Kubiak. With five laps to go it looked like Waddell would go wire to wire with Lyon a distant second and Stewart having worked his way to third.

But they don’t give the checkered flag on lap 10 of a 15-lap event. Stewart made quick work of Lyon for second then methodically ran down Waddell. On the final lap, Stewart who has been a hot run lately, used lapped traffic to sneak by Waddell and grab the win the H&S Motorsports, Direct Propane Services, Sanford Electric, Austin Auto Machine Shop, QA1 Shocks, MCG Graphics, MRE Race Engines powered Chevy for the win.

First-Career Super Late Model Win Claimed by Austin Theiss

July 15th, 2015

Hockley, Texas – During the course of his young career, Austin Theiss has enjoyed considerable success in the Modified ranks. On Saturday night the Texas driver collected a first-time accolade by claiming a Super Late Model victory in his Theiss Motorsports #7D GRT/Jay Dickens Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Traveling to Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige, Texas) on Saturday night for an appearance with the South Texas Late Model Series (STLMS), Austin Theiss looked to record his first-career win in the Super Late Model ranks. After pulling off in his heat race due to mechanical failure, Austin battled back in the feature event. Starting at the tail of the field for the A-Main, Theiss wheeled his way to the front of the pack, ultimately capturing his first victory of the season. A caution flag with five laps remaining allowed Austin to propel himself from the 3rd position into the lead.

“I can’t describe how good it feels to get my first Super Late Model win,” noted Theiss. “We’ve been trying real hard, and even though I haven’t had the chance to get just a ton of seat time, I feel like we’ve been making major strides so far.”

Full results from this event are available at www.CottonBowlSpeedway.com .

This Saturday, July 18th Theiss will again return to Super Late Model action. He will enter a Weekly Racing Series Event at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma). For more information on the event, please visit www.SouthernOklahomaSpeedway.com .
Austin Theiss and Theiss Motorsports would like to thank their sponsors including Saye Plumbing Contractors, Inc., Northside Plumbing Supply, Nolls Automotive, Integra Racing Shocks, MB Customs Race Cars, Love Graphics, Razor Edge Graphics, Bodies by Theiss Motorsports, Mullins Race Engines, GRT Race Cars, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Race Safe Technologies, DirtCarLift.com, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Austin Theiss, please visit www.AustinTheiss.com .

Cotton Bowl Speedway 3/28/15

April 2nd, 2015

Paige, Tx.,-In was a Chamber of Commerce day as the weekend warriors rolled in for another night of racing at Cotton
Bowl Speedway, east of Austin. A good field of car signed in to do battle on the 3/8 mile, high-banked, clay oval and began a new chapter on the mini-track for the youngsters in their Go-Karts, which was a who’s who field championship kids.

Wiley White Wins Modified Main The veteran and former IMCA Modified Champion, Keith White(Academy) used an early restart to get by Jamie Campbell for the point in the 20-lap IMCA Modified main. Once out front, White was able to gap the field and easily go on to add yet another trophy to his case in the Shale Equipment Rental, Liquid Nitro, J. Irwin Company, KSG Motorsports, Bell County Iron, Fat Daddy’s Designs, BSB, Dirt Defender, Craftmasters Powdercoating, TCC Carburetors, DLS Worldwide, Bell County Electric, KSE Powered, CAM Chassis.

Eighteen car took the green as IMCA Modified feature roared into turn 1 with Campbell holding off Joe Spillman for lead. Jarrett Roberts, Matt Banker and White trailed the lead duo. White made quick work of Banker and Roberts for third, with Ben Ketteman following in his wake. White then picked off Spillman for second. In the pack, Raymond McSpadden, Mark Warren and Doyle Massa tangled with Warren and Massa ending their night in the wall.

White got a good jump on Campbell when the green waved again and got along side grabbing the lead on lap 6. As things sorted out and calmed down coming to halfway it was White, Campbell, Ketteman, McGuire and Cody Tidwell in the top five. With the field strung out, White put it on cruise control and eased away to grab the victory.

“With all(the sports) that my kids have going on, this win is just a bonus,” replied White. “If we hadn’t had that caution I don’t know if we had anything for him(Jamie Campbell). On the restart he spun his tires taking off coming out of turn 4 and he drifted up to the wall. That allowed me to get under him. That was really the difference and let me get position in turn 1.”

“The track dusted up tonight, most of last year it didn’t. It was slicker earlier in the night, but you could run higher. Once the dust started blowing up, my car wouldn’t go up there. A little experience knowing the race track probably helped me some.”

“Watching my son race makes me far more nervous than being out there with 20 other Modifieds. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that nervous on my own. I’ve been nervous all week just working on the car not knowing what I was doing. I have to thank Matt Meuller for helping get this cart program going. You want the kids to do the best that they can and learn. Learn how to win and learn how to lose. You’re going to lose far more times than you win. You’ve got to learn to do both graciously.”

Egberts 1-2 in Sportmod Scramble Trevor Egbert(Belton) took home the hardware for his anniversary present to his wife, in the IMCA Southern Sportmod feature trailed by his dad, George who is celebrating his 40th year of racing. T. Egbert got by Sid Kiphen near halfway then put some distance on the pack. A late race caution set up a green, white, checkered finish that saw G. Egbert get by Kiphen for second and finish behind his son.

Rick Wolfe was first off turn 2 for the lead as the 24-car, 20-lap IMCA Southern Sportmod feature came to life. Behind Wolfe it was Don Painter, Taylor Florio and a three wide fight for fourth. A multi-car tangle in turn 4 quickly brought the caution out on lap 1. Back to green it was Painter looking low on Wolfe with Kiphen on the outside of Painter.

Kiphen got the spot on lap 3 while G. Egbert made his way to fourth passing Florio. Kiphen wasted little time ducking under Wolfe coming off turn 2 for the lead on lap 5. G, Egbert got along side Painter with T. Egbert on their bumper. After a spin by Mitchell Morrison, the Egbert duo got by Wolfe for second and third and Johnny Torres moving up to fifth.

T. Egbert didn’t cut dad any slack taking second on lap 8 then closing on Kiphen for the lead. T. Egbert and Kiphen were side by side for the lead as T. Egbert inched across the stripe to lead lap 9. Morrison had trouble again at halfway for a caution with T. Egbert, Kiphen, G. Egbert, Wolfe and Torres in the top five.

Once back to green, Torres got fourth from Wolfe with Brandon Blaylock moving to sixth, after starting nineteenth. T. Egbert was easing away when Gene Burnett went around in turn 3, as the leaders were coming on the back stretch, forcing a lap 18 caution.

T. Egbert got a good jump on green, while G. Egbert worked his way by Kiphen for second. G. Egbert couldn’t track down T. Egbert as he was grabbing the win in his 121 Towing, E&E Collision, Phils Motorsports, Ellis Air Systems, CB’s Racing Engines, Express by 89 Motorsports Chassis.

“I just followed my dad through traffic,” commented Egbert. “My car was a little better than his and I just ran where others weren’t. If it was the middle or the bottom, we just ran where we had to. I always know when it’s my dad I’m running with. It’s always fun when you get to race with family. It’s been a while since we finished one-two and one time at Texas Thunder my dad won, I was second, PJ(cousin) was third and my brother(GW) was fourth.”

“I wasn’t sure my line was best once I got the lead, but I knew it was the best one for my car. My car was a little free running the outside at the start, so I just ran where my car was the fastest. We just picked this car up from Craig Oakes last week, so we don’t know much about it yet.”

“It’s by far, way more nerve wracking watching the kids race. That adds a whole ‘nother level to our racing program. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous in my life.”

Cosper Captures Stock Car Cash Temples Charles Cosper took home the IMCA Stock Car win, his second win of the weekend. Cosper, who won Friday night at Heart O’ Texas(Waco) grabbed the lead on lap 1 and never looked back, leading all fifteen laps. Cosper had 2014 track champ Jason Batt on his bumper for restart, but was able to ease away in his Cedar Cove Speed, Spillman Excavating, Fat Daddy’s Designs, Swenson Racing Components, Nortons Automotive, Brazos Auto Sales, SCS Chassis with an in-house powerplant.

It was a three car battle for the lead as the 11-car IMCA Stock Car rolled through turns 1-2. Cosper emerged from that battle with Joe Spillman and Jamie Campbell with the top spot. Peter Delevan then moved along side Spillman and Campbell three wide for second. Delevan took the spot from Spillman, with J. Batt hot on his heels.

J. Batt then took third from Delevan and got second from Campbell before he looped it. On the restart Cosper had J. Batt on his tail with Delevan, Joe O’Bryan and Benji Kirkpatrick in the top five at halfway. As the laps wound down Cosper began to put some distance on J. Batt and cruised on to the victory.

“The track was in perfect condition,” replied Cosper. “You couldn’t ask for a better one after early in the year with all the rain. They got it figured out this weekend. Conditions played into our favor. I got a real good start and snuck around (Joe) Spillman on the bottom. I was kind of cruising on the bottom and saw the 9(J. Batt) moving up on the scoreboard. It made me a little nervous on the restart. I knew if I hit my marks it would be hard for him to go anywhere else but the bottom. I really felt it was the best and my car was strong. We had a good all-round package.”

“I knew that where I was running was where the line was at. I could feel my car going pretty good down there. If there’s going to be someone behind me, I want it to be Jason. He always races me clean. We actually finished first and second in Waco last night. This weekend was ours, next time it may be his. It’s just fun racing with him.”

“I always think of my dad when I’m out there. It’s still kind of hard to take it all in and realize he’s no longer there. Everything I do I always think, what would he do. I know he’s always there with me and he’s got to be real excited.”

Rolling the Bottom Right for Roller Andy Roller(Waco) scored his first IMCA Hobby Stock feature of the season using the low groove to hold off the competition. Roller capitalized on the pole position to get the lead and was chased early by Matt Bice and AJ Dancer until they tangled. Roller then had to fend off Brandon Geurin the final two-thirds of the 15-lapper. Geurin tried high and low to no avail and appeared to use up his tires as he gave ground to Roller at the finish.

Eleven IMCA Hobby Stocks took the green with Roller getting a big jump into turn 1. Trailing Roller were Bice, Dancer, Jeremy Oliver and Sean Burnett. While Geurin worked his way up to fifth, Oliver was showing some smoke and pulled off. Dancer then made contact with Bice in the fight for second for an early yellow. This put Geurin on Rollers tail for the restart.

With Roller holding the bottom line, Geurin began a charge on the high side. Geurin gave Roller several good looks, but Roller was able to hold him off. Geurin got a good run off turn 2 at one point giving Roller a shot on the bumper. In the closing laps Geurin gave Roller a look low, but Roller, in the Howards Automatic Transmission, Southwest Maintenance, Ben’s Boat Repair, J&J Carbs, Lambs Muffler, Demon Decals, A&J Custom Paint, Crate powered, Charger Chassis, then began to inch ahead for the win.

“I thought we were pretty fast in the heat,” said Roller. “When we came into the pits my wife said I was really slow. So my confidence from way up here, to down here. I knew Brandon(Geurin) or Jeremy(Oliver) would probably get to me in the feature. Even Matt(Bice) and AJ(Dancer) have been running good and stepped up their cars this year.”

“During the race, Brandon gave me one good shot in the rear, but I didn’t know where he was running. I tried not to swing out to the wall and give room if was on the outside. I never felt him again and he said he burned up his tires while we were in tech. I guess I conserved mine a little better.”

“I put a gear in that would allow me to run the bottom or the top. I didn’t think anyone could run the top, but if they did, I could up there too. As long as no one was going around me on the top, I wasn’t getting off the bottom. I watched the I-Stock race and Charles(Cosper) killed them on the bottom.”

Homeyer Hustles to Stock Car Checkers As the 12-car, 15-lap CBS Stock Car field fired off it was Michael Rogers first into turn 1 trailed by Jesse Ray, Bryan Mayeux, Jarod Leitchman and Danny Bennett. On a restart, for a spin by Todd Masterson, Leitchman made contact with Ray sending him around, and Leitchman to the pits. Once back under green, Homeyer was charging forward using the top groove.

Homeyer then used the bottom to duck under Rogers for the lead on lap 4, while Robert Danielson made his way to third. Coming to halfway it was Homeyer, Danielson, Bennett, Rogers and Mayeux in the top five. Homeyer, in the Dynamic Racecraft, Pat Foreman Racing Heads, Mercedes Miniatures, Brazos Fleet Service, Chevy, kept a comfortable margin over Danielson on his way to the win.

Ellis Easy in Eco-Stock Ryan Ellis easily walked away from the Eco-Stock field taking home the win. Ellis got a big advantage on the start, then motored off into the night going flag to flag unchallenged. Brian Bagent gave chase early but had nothing for Ellis, who was clearly the class of the field tonight.

Weir Sweeps Go-Karts In the inaugural Cotton Bowl Go-Kart class it was 8-year old Kole Weir taking home the nightly sweep. Weir jumped out front early in the feature but got hung in lapped traffic giving way to PJ Egbert jr., son of the former IMCA Modified National Champion. On the final circuit a lapped car entered the picture again slowing Egbert jr. in turn 4 and the race was on. The duo drag raced down the straightaway with Weir, in the KSG Motorsports, DoNut Designs, QRC Chassis, sponsored by mom & dad, edging out Egbert jr. for the victory.

Cotton Bowl Speedway takes next weekend off for the Easter Holiday and resumes April 11th with the South Texas Street Stock Shootout. For more info visit their website www.cottonbowlspeedway.com or the facebook page.

Cotton Bowl, HO’T shows bring curtain down on IMCA Lone Star Series

June 27th, 2014

PAIGE, Texas – A fan appreciation night program and two Texas Nationals shows bring the curtain down on IMCA’s Lone Star Series. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are in action Thursday, July 3 at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige and Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5 at Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Waco.

The top driver in points in each division for the final three nights of the series get $250 bonuses. A kids’ bicycle giveaway is in the works at Cotton Bowl, where fireworks and a Cody McCarver concert follow the races. Winner’s shares of the purses at Paige are $450 for the Modifieds, $425 for the Southern SportMods, $300 for the Stock Cars and $200 for the Hobby Stocks.

Gates to the pit area open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military personnel with ID and students and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30. Information about the Cotton Bowl program is available by calling 512 748-4218 and at the www.cottonbowlspeedway.com website.

Lone Star Series shows July 4 and 5 do double duty as the Texas Nationals. Both Modified features at Waco pay $1,000 to win and are qualifiers for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. SportMod features pay $750 to win, Stock Car features pay $600 and Hobby Stock features $400. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 6 p.m. Friday. Hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission each day is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military personnel with ID and students, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 254 291-1836 and at the www.heartotexspeedway.com website.

Series Director Selby Holder and officials from the IMCA home office will be in attendance at all three events.

Gulf South Region @ Cotton Bowl Speedway

May 26th, 2014

Paige, TX.- The American Sprint Car Series(ASCS) made its first of two scheduled trips to Cotton Bowl Speedway, the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval, east of Austin for a special Friday night show. Channin Tankersley leads the regional points heading into the
big three-race Memorial Day weekend swing. Chris Sweeney holds second with a slight advantage over multi-time Gulf South Region champ, Ray Allen Kulhanek.

The series moves on to Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad for Saturday night and concludes on Sunday with a stop at Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont.

The special Friday night show at Cotton Bowl Speedway also includes the IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. Former IMCA National Champion, Keith White leads the way in IMCA Modifieds, with Ben Ketteman and Robert Stewart rounding out the top three. In the IMCA Stock Cars, Jason Batt holds the top spot trailed by Eric Jones and CJ Gray. AJ Dancer has the points lead in the IMCA Hobby Stocks over Matthew Bice and Jeremy Oliver.

Hollywood Hot for ASCS Honors

ASCS National Tour regular, Johnny ‘Hollywood’ Herrara(Albuquerque, NM.) took home the hardware in the ASCS Gulf South Region 25-lapper. Using the Gulf South Region three-day swing as an impromptu test session of sorts, Herrara trailed early leader Travis Rilat until the lead duo hit lapped traffic. Rilat picked the wrong lane giving Herrara, who had been pressuring him, the opportunity to get by.

Once past, Herrara in the Printplace.com, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Outlaw Wings, CSI Shocks, Schoenfeld, Simpson, Butler Built, Keizer Racing Wheels, Shaver Race Engines, Maxim Chassis, was able to distance himself from the field as he easily diced through slower cars. Rilat gave up second to former Regional Series champ, Aaron Reutzal in the latter stages, but Herrara got away on a late restart and was never seriously challenged.

As green waved on the 20-car field, Rilat got out first, but in mid-pack, Sam Hafertepe jr. got turned and spun to the infield. On
the second start, Rilat again got a good jump from outside the front row beating Blake Hahn into turn 1. Bl. Hahn fell in line second with Herrara, Klint Angelette and Reutzal in pursuit. As the lead quintetsorted out on the top side, it was three and sometimes four wide in the pack.

Angelette had problems on lap 4 and rolled to stop giving up fifth and bringing out a caution. As Rilat took off on the restart Bl. Hahn, Herrara and Reutzal battled for second. Bl. Hahn got into the turn 2 wall hard and turned over during that fight after some contact between the trio. This brought out a red, the fourth of the night for flips. Bl Hahn was alright, but the car was a write off.

Once back under green again, Rilat left Herrara with Reutzal, Channin Tankersley and Travis Elliott now the top five. Tommy Bryant made a move to get past Ray Allen Kulhanek then along side Elliott for fifth. As Herrara reeled in Rilat the top two broke away while
Bryant, Elliott and Kulhanek swapped positions.

Just as Herrara began to challenge Rilat for the lead in traffic, Hafertepe spun in turns 1-2 for a yellow. On green the lead battle
continued until Herrara jumped the cushion giving Rilat some breathing room, temporarily. Coming to halfway it was Rilat, Herrara, Reutzal, Tankersley and Bryant in the top five spots.

As Rilat ran up on the back of the pack again, Herrara was rapidly closing catching him on lap 15. Rilat was forced to try the bottom,
but Herrara hung it up top and blasted by both Rilat and a slower car for the lead on lap 16. Reutzal was able to sneak past Rilat for
second before George White had issues and pulled up in turn 2 for a lap 18 caution.

With the top three separated by lapped cars on the restart, Herrara quickly put some distance on Reutzal and Rilat. In the pack Bryant and Elliott continued their own personal, race-long battle for fifth. As the flagman waved the white flag Herrara had built a half straightaway margin easily taking the win.

“I had a really good car tonight,” said Herrara. “The guys did a really good job getting a good quick car for me. Then it was just
being patient and waiting for the right time in lapped traffic. The longer we ran, the better the car got. Once we in front and clean
track, we definitely had a better car.”

“I knew if we got to lapped traffic that I’d have my chance. He(Rilat) wasn’t rolling the corners as good as I was. It was just a cat and mouse game waiting for him to make a big enough mistake. Once he hit traffic and started moving around he left the door wide open for me. I could move around on the top or the bottom, that’s what the difference was.”

“I knew the top was going to be the fastest. I’ve done this long enough to know which line will be the best. I just kept running it harder and harder and made sure I didn’t make a mistake. All it takes is one hiccup or wrong decision and you can be in the fence, upside down.”

“I use the Regional stuff as a test for our National Tour. We’ve not been up to our standards in the National Tour. We’ve been trying to figure out what was wrong and tried three different cars. When we went back to things we were doing last year, I’ll be damned if it
didn’t work.”

“We’ll run this three race swing. With $2000 to win each night, and the bonus money they’ve put up if you can win two or three of the shows, that’s $6000 for winning plus another $1000 in bonus money possible. $7000 is a good weekend payday, that’s not too bad.”

Egbert Eases Away for IMCA Modified Money

A pair of former IMCA Modified National Champions squared off in the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature with PJ Egbert(2008) and Keith
White(2012) squaring off for the win. PJ Egbert(Copperas Cove) got by White and early leader Johnny Sheets a third of the way in. White caught PJ Egbert in traffic and gave chase throughout the remainder of the event but PJ Egbert, in the Phils Motorsports, McElroy Trucking, D&D Cabinets, McIntyre Motorsports, Abilene Powder Coating, Stephenville Starter, Nightmare Graphics, Karls Performance Engine, ’09 GRT Chassis by Phillips, inched out a couple cars lengths at the finish for the win.

Twenty cars started the IMCA Modified main with Sheets beating pole sitter Marlin Samford into turn 1 for the lead. With the lead duo single file, Mike McCarthy, Danny Turner and Robert Liese jr. were three wide for third. Once they sorted out White picked off Turner and McCarthy for third on lap 2. White kept marching forward taking second from Samford, while PJ Egbert cracked the top five.

McCarthy snagged third from Samford with PJ Egbert following to fourth. As White caught Sheets, PJ Egbert moved past McCarthy. As Sheets and White began to battle for the lead, PJ Egbert found another line making it almost three wide for the top spot. PJ Egbert came out with the top spot on lap 7 with White getting second from Sheets.

As the leaders caught slower cars White got a look low coming up on halfway, but was unable to pass. At the crossed flags it was PJ
Egbert, White, Sheets, McCarthy and Ben Ketteman in the top five. The races only yellow waved on lap 12 when Robert Stewart spun in front of the leaders in turn 1.

On the restart PJ Egbert got away while White and Sheets ran side by side for second. Once White regained the spot he and PJ Egbert broke away from the field as McCarthy and Ketteman got past Sheets for third and fourth. With two to go, PJ Egbert had crept away from White, who was not able to mount a serious challenge, by a couple carlengths. PJ Egbert held the margin to the checkers.

“I was just in the right spot at the right time,” explained Egbert. “I like this place. We came here a few times last year. It’s a momentum track and I think it suits my driving style. We carry a lot more speed around this place than Texas Thunder or Heart o Texas. I really like it.”

“Any time that Keith(White) is on the track with you, you have to keep an eye out for him. It’s always a good race with both of us out there. Normally whichever one of us makes it to the front first, wins.”

“He and I had some good battles at Texas Thunder. That was like our home turf. It’s a shame that it closed down but now Cotton Bowl Speedway will be our new home track.”

Batt Rebounds For I-Stock Win After getting caught up in a heat race crash, Jason Batt(Harker Heights) rebounded to pick up the victory in the 15-lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Their thrash to install a new motor before the weekend almost went down the tubes when a crash caught up both he and his wife, Robin, last weeks winner. J. Batt got past early leader CJ Gray on lap 5 and was challenged early by David Goode sr., who spun during the chase. From there J. Batt worked out to nearly a full straightaway lead as he motored to the win.

At the start Gray and Goode stayed door to door for the top spot until Gray finally secured the spot on lap 2. J. Batt emerged from a three wide fight with Eric Jones and R. Batt for third, and caught the leaders. Gray, Goode and J. Batt were three wide coming off turn 4 with J. Batt getting the position on lap 5 and Goode following to second.

As Goode pressured J. Batt for the lead he looped it turn 1 with Jones half spinning to avoid him. Both continued with no caution. At halfway it was J. Batt, building his lead, Gray, R. Batt, Jones and Dean Priem in the top five. The lead trio all had big margins separating them as the laps wound down leaving J. Batt all alone at the checkers.

Dancer Dominates Hobby Stocks Red Rock’s AJ Dancer has quickly adapted to the lesser powered, smaller tired, IMCA Hobby Stocks this year easily taking another victory in his Dancer Motorsports, Hill Country Fireplace, Browning Auto Parts, GM Crate motored, Destroyer Chassis.

Dancer grabbed the lead on lap 1 and was never headed throughout the 12-lap event. Jeremy Oliver and Matthew Bice battled for the runner-up spot, but by the time Oliver cleared Bice, Dancer was already in another zip code. Oliver was able to pick up some ground, but still a half straightaway back, as Dancer was taking the victory.

“I was a little luck that Matt(Bice) held up Jeremy(Oliver) for a while,” commented Dancer. “That was all I needed. I love how easy these cars are to maintain compared to a Street Stock. It’s a fun class, I like running it. The slower steering is the hardest thing to get used to.”

“I’m not too worried about the points. I’ve never really been a points racer, but we do plan on making every race. I want to support the class and try to help it grow. I wish we could get more of the Waco guys to come here. It’s probably a gear thing. I’m going to Waco with this car and see how much it difference it makes.”

Cotton Bowl Speedway returns to regular Saturday night racing next weekend (5/31) with the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks, plus CBS Street Stocks and Eco-Stocks. The ASCS Sprint Cars return to Cotton Bowl on July 3rd along with the IMCA Lone Star Series. For more info and full schedule visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.com

Swenson Racing Products South Texas Street Stock Shootout @ Cotton Bowl Speedway

May 1st, 2014

As the Texas dirt track racing season gets into full swing, Cotton Bowl Speedway played host to round #1 of the Swenson Racing Products, South Texas Street Stock Shootout. Drivers from all over the state came together for their shot at the nightly prize money and first chance to score points towards the series championship.

This years first of eight scheduled races and the first trip of the year to the semi-banked, 3/8 mile, clay oval saw nearly 40 teams sign in for competition. This unique series combines Street Stock rules from several tracks in the state giving drivers options, while still being legal. Besides the nightly purse several other bonus awards are up for grabs. The series returns to Cotton Bowl Speedway again on August 9th, with the next scheduled race Memorial Weekend(May 25th) on the 1/4 mile, high-banked, dirt track, South Texas Speedway, in Corpus Christi.

Also competing on the nights racing card were the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stock, along with the CBS Stock Car class. Warm temperatures and high winds quickly dried out the racing surface, but it took plenty of rubber making for a real drivers track.

Egbert Excellent for Modified Money Former IMCA Modified National Champion, PJ Egbert(Copperas Cove) added another win to his impressive young resume grabbing the 20-lap IMCA Modified main event win. Egbert, who charged from his row five starting spot, took over the point from Chase Glick near halfway, then held off Brad Smith in latter stages to get his first win of the season.

After one aborted attempt the 22-car IMCA Modified main roared to life with pole sitter Hardy Henderson leading the way. Glick, Smith, Danny Turner and Jamie Campbell fell in line behind Egbert. As the top three eased out it was three wide for fourth between Jimmy Tidwell, Egbert and Turner. Pat McGuire had an off road excursion coming back on track and clipping Tracy Fink who got collected by Robert Stewart.

On the restart the top five sorted out single file with David Goode sr., Ben Ketteman and Campbell three abreast for sixth. Glick was now putting pressure on Henderson getting the top spot on lap 5, with Egbert getting by both Smith and Henderson for second. Egbert wasted little time getting around Glick for the lead off turn 2 to lead lap 7.

With several side by side battles mid pack, the race came to halfway with Egbert, Glick, Henderson, Smith and Tidwell in the top five. Another IMCA champion, Keith White, made his way to the top five taking that spot from Tidwell on lap 13. Henderson’s top three run came to an end on lap 14 when he pulled up in turns 3-4 for a quick caution.

White got a good run on the restart and was challenging Glick for second with a four wide fight fifth off turn 2. Joe Spillman came out of that battle with the spot and Ketteman following to sixth. Glick’s run up front ended with a spin in turn 2 that caught Wayne Walker up. As Egbert got away on green Smith and White were wheel to wheel for second.

As Smith secured the position, Spillman was now on White’s tail for third. As the top six spread out, and the white flag was shown,
Egbert had about four car lengths on Smith, who had a similar margin over White. This left Egbert, in the Phils Motorsports, McElroy
Trucking, Abilene Powder Coating, Stephenville Starter, Nightmare Graphics, GRT Chassis by Phillips, unchallenged the final lap.

“It feels good to be back behind the wheel again,” said Egbert. “We’re having success with the new car. I’m fortunate enough to
have the help and support that I’ve got. I couldn’t do it by self.”

“I have to thank my wonderful girlfriend, Brittany, good friend Kevin McIntyre, motor sponsor, Brandon McElroy and my crew, Lil’ P, Chris and Allen.”

Another Payday for JJ in the IMCA Sportmods Whether driving his own car, or the Skip Gray owned Sportmod, JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) has got Cotton Bowl Speedway figured out. Tonight he gave the 24-car field all they could handle after getting past Jarrett Roberts, who lead the first few circuits. Once out front Jennings in his G&M Oilfield Services, Grays Recycling, P&K Services, J&L Trucking, Ace Transmissions, CB Race Engines, Western Flyer Chassis easily outran the competition on every restart building nearly a full straightaway advantage over Kevin Green, Talon Minten and Don Painter at the finish.

As the 24-car IMCA Southern Sportmod feature fired off it was Painter leading into turn 1, but Roberts used the high side for a run to lead lap 1. Painter, Ryan Doyon, Jennings and Zach Riley sorted out in pursuit. Jennings made an early charge getting Doyon, then Painter for second on lap 2. After a lap, Jennings moved past Roberts for the lead on lap 4.

After caution for a spin by Chad Hughes, who had help from Gene Burnett, a multi-car melee slowed the restart. Once back under green Jennings and Doyon cleared the side by side battle between Roberts and Painter that lasted for several laps until Scott Stubbs tagged the back stretch wall after contact with Tom Grothues.

Jennings again motored ahead, with Roberts and Painter resuming their fight. At the crossed flags it was Jennings, Painter, Roberts, Green and Doyon in the top five. After a quick caution for loose car parts on track, Painter now had Green along side battling for second until Allen Williams, Terry Tschoerner and Brandon Blaylock tangled in turn 2.

Jennings took off and got away on green, while Green got second from Painter and Talon Minten got around Roberts and Doyon for fourth. Jennings quickly motored out to a big lead, while T. Minten got by Painter for third with two to go. As the white flag waved it was Jennings, now holding a full straightaway lead easily snagging the win.

“Tonight this car was good,” explained Jennings. “It would drive through the slick real good. I like this place. It was the nicest
track(surface) that they’ve had in a while. The last time we were here it was a little too wet. It took me hours to wash the car.”

“It’s pretty much just jump in and go between the two cars. When I drive Skips(Gray) car we do the maintenance on it and of course the
maintenance on our own car. When I drive his I may drive a little different, but both cars are fast. I’ll race either one, it doesn’t matter to me.”

“You never know when you’re up in the lead if someone’s closing on you. With all the good cars here I didn’t expect to get away, but they told me after the race I had a straightaway lead. I was just trying to miss the holes and be smooth. I spun myself out with two to go last week. That wasn’t good. I was pretty hard on myself for that.”

“I really give all the credit to my brother and his wife. They put the best stuff on the car for me. They won’t hesitate to ever buy
anything. He won’t second guess anything I get for it. Tonight was my mom’s birthday, and I had my in-laws here. It’s a family thing for us. We win as a family, or lose as a family.”

Batt Best in Stock Car Bash Long-time IMCA Stock Car competitor, Jason Batt(Harker Heights) scored yet another victory for his career, but with a twist. Tonight Batt was driving his wife, Robin’s, car after blowing the motor in his own ride Friday night in Waco. Batt, in the Hoffman Fabrication, Garvins Machine Shop, Cheater Chassis got by early leader Jeff Bauser before the one third point of the 15-lap event. Then he stretched out his advantage while David Goode sr., Bauser and Nic Priem battled for
second, at one time going three wide.

“Well I blew the motor in my car last night, Daphne had a T-ball game and Robin had a wedding to go to,” commented Batt. “So I came
in her car and it worked out well. Who’d have thought we could run this well in another car. I’ve already heard a lot about it, just
about every which way you can too. She told me I’ll never get to drive it again. At least I didn’t wreck it.”

“Our cars are very close on set up. She has a little bit different springs in hers. So maybe I need to go back to the drawing board on my car. It was a good run. I have to really thank Robin for letting me drive her car. The car felt really good. I almost made some changes between the heat and feature, but left it where she had it.”

“We really don’t change much between here and Waco. I think we’re close on the gear for here, but a little off there. We haven’t raced much in Waco this year. Texas Thunder Speedway being five miles from the house spoiled us. With all the things going on now, the kids and that, it’s hard to travel two nights.”

“It seems whenever you’re around that I seem to shine. I haven’t won a lot of races lately, So thank you for being here. When I saw you over here I thought better use the opportunity to talk to you.”

Jourdanton’sJones Jubilant in Street Stock Shootout Sweep. Three-time and defending STXSSS champ, Wade Jones picked up where he left off last year taking the 25-lap feature win, in his first race of the season. Rob Slott took the early advantage, but gave up the spot to Anthony Gordon near halfway. Jones followed Gordon past Ro. Slott for second and was able to dive under Gordon for the top spot after a restart. From there it was Jones in the SABFI Transportation, Opiela Mechanical, Jeffs Auto Rebuilders, Auto Parts Experts, Horelka Racing, Mission Race Engines, Camaro, dicing through traffic and lengthening his lead on the way to the victory.

With the field of starters set, five other drivers opted for a “buy back” in order to get back in the race making a 27-car starting
field after a couple of scratches. Stephan Danielson was the first to take the ‘drop back challenge’ picking up $150 to fall to the tail from his eighth starting spot, and a chance to pick up another $100-300, if he could finish in the top three.

The first attempt wasn’t very good with several drivers going for spins in turn 1-2. Finally underway it was Ro. Slott with the advantage off turn 2 for the lead chased by Gordon, Jones, Gary Harris and Steven Doty. Gordon began looking for an opening on Ro. Slott as the top 3 pulled away from the field.

The lead trio caught slower traffic on lap 8 which gave Gordon an opportunity to get a run on R. Slott to get along side, then by for
the lead on lap 11. Jones followed in Gordon’s tracks for second as the race came to halfway showing Gordon, Jones, Ro. Slott, Harris and Doty in the top five spots.

Behind that quintet, Shawn Kline, Heath Stewart, Tony Blankenship and Jamie Campbell were scrapping it out for sixth. After a couple yellows, Jones got a run on Gordon and ducked inside on lap 15. The two ran door to door on lap 16 before Jones secured the spot to lead lap 17 while Stewart and Harris were side by side for fifth.

Jones began to inch away from Gordon and Ro. Slott, who had a gap back to Doty. Jones caught the back of the pack with five to go, but even dicing through slower traffic was able to increase his lead. Once clear of traffic, which Gordon and Ro. Slott were now stuck in, Jones had a comfortable lead going on to the victory.

“The off season didn’t seem to slow me down,” said Jones. “I thought it was going to. We had some problems and just got the car
ready this week. The first time I drove it is when I put it on the trailer. I was a little worried, but I just thought back to what we
did last year. Everything worked out O.K.”

“We had a good battle up front. I think Rob(Slott) pushed up and Anthony(Gordon) got by him and I was able to follow him. On that last
restart Gordon pushed up and I was able to get under him and get into the lapped traffic. I didn’t have anyone showing me my margin. I just thought about getting ahead of the traffic as quickly as possible.”

“It’s going to be really tough this year to repeat again. If we keep the car in one piece and have consistent finishes, it can be done though. That’s what I’m aiming for. We’re going to make all the shootout races and see about what comes up with family stuff.”

Dancer Dashes to Hobby Stock Honors Veteran AJ Dancer(Red Rock) made easy work of the 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature jumping into the lead on lap 1 and never looking back. Dancer, in the Dancer Motorsports, Hill Country Fireplace, Browning Auto Parts, Destroyer Chassis was chased early by Trevor Hudson and Damion Snyder, but both had problems. At the checkers it was Dancer sweeping the IMCA Hobby Stock night over Matthew Bice and Hudson.

Meredith Motors to Stock Car Cash

Austin area driver, Bryan Meredith scored another win for the year taking the 15-lap feature ahead of Robert Danielson. The two heat winners battled side by side early with Danielson having the top spot until lap 4, when Meredith got by for the lead. The two then broke free of the field with Meredith in the Texas Pro Solutions, Larry Darity, Meredith Race Engines, Chevy Nova making his way through slower cars and adding to his lead as the checkers waved.

2nd Annual Showdown @ Cotton Bowl Speedway, 2/28-3/1

March 6th, 2014

Paige, TX.- After a nights worth of action the 2nd Annual Showdown came down to the money night for the Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, CBS Street Stocks and CBS Stocks. Johnny Sheets took the win in the Modified qualifier, while Mike Wagner was first to the finish line in the Sport Modified qualifier. Mike Degroot and Tim Homeyer grabbed pole position starting spots from the CBS Stock and CBS Street Stock qualifiers.

In total, up to the top 12 from each of Friday nights qualifiers were locked into Saturday nights shows. All remaining drivers, and any newcomers would have a last shot to make the fields for Saturday nights finale and payday. The IMCA Hobby Stocks, and Racesaver Sprints competed in a full show on Saturday, consisting of heats and features.

Up for grabs tonight was $1,000 to win for the Modifieds and Sport Modifieds, $750 to win for the CBS Street Stocks and Racesaver Sprints, and $500 to win for the IMCA Hobby Stocks and CBS Stocks.

A huge field of 38 Racesaver Sprint Cars signed in running under the Southern United Sprint Series banner with a 20-car field taking the green for tonight’s A-main. Fourteen cars transferred out the heat race through passing points, with 3 more making the show from each B-main.

Culp Cashes in for Sprint Sweep Raven Culp(Mesquite) picked up the nightly sweep in the Southern United Sprint Series feature taking home wins in the heat and feature. Culp chased Brandon Corn early in the 25-lapper as the lead duo diced through traffic. Corn bobbled once coming off turn 2 giving Culp the opening to jump by for the top spot. Once out front, Culp put his Kustom Crafts Exhibits, Outlaw Wings, Allard Race Engines, J&J Chassis in the wind to snag the win.

As the 20-car field roared to life Corn and Culp took off while Caleb Martin tried a move on Jonathon Danley for third. Corn began looking for an opening first trying the high side, before giving Corn a look low. The leaders ran up on traffic by lap 8 with Culp hanging on to Corn’s tail tank.

As they came to the crossed flags Corn was still holding off Culp, with Danley, Martin and Kody Adams in the top five. As corn was forced low in traffic he got loose on the bottom giving Culp a run up top to take the lead. Culp then pulled away, while Nathan Hamburg, who started dead last, made his way up to sixth.

Tyler Neubaum spun in turn 4 with the leaders bearing down for the first caution on lap 15. As the old saying goes, cautions bread cautions. This would be no exception as Jacob Lucas slapped the wall on the restart doing a couple end-overs before landing on his wheels. He was checked out by EMS and was alright.

On the next restart, Neubaum spun again ending his night. Culp jumped ahead back under green, but Adams ran up the back of Hamburg sending him around. Hamburg was given his spot back while Adams was sent, reluctantly, to the tail. Adams tried to challenge the call, and was sent to the pits.

As green finally waved again, Corn tried a slide job on Culp, but couldn’t complete it falling back in behind the leader. John Whitworth jr. slammed hard into the turn 1 wall bringing out a second red flag. Whitworth jr. was dazed after the hard hit and his car pretty much destroyed.

During the red, Danley in third position had his left rear go soft, but was able to continue on as the race resumed. Culp quickly put some distance on Corn while Hamburg challenged Martin for fourth. Culp had it on cruise the final laps as he raced to the checkers, with Hamburg getting past Martin for the spot.

McGuire Masterful for Modified Main Money Belton’s Pat McGuire wasn’t satisfied with his second place finish on Friday night and had it set up on kill for Saturday’s A-main. McGuire jumped front and never looked back as he ran flag to flag in the race that was cut by five lap laps when rain started. McGuire, in his McGuire Truck & Trailer, CAM Chassis, was able to build leads on Friday’s qualifier winner, Johnny Sheets on each restart.

As the 20-car field took the green McGuire, Sheets and Mike McCarthy were three wide going into turn 1. McGuire blasted off turn 2 with lead, but a three car tangle in turn 4 quickly slowed the action. The second try was a carbon copy of the first going three abreast into turn 1, but someone lost a few racecar parts to slow the action again.

The third time was the charm as McGuire out-hustled the field into turn 1 this time. Sheets, McCarthy, Joe Spillman and Terry Woodall fell in line behind him. It wasn’t long until McGuire started stretching out his advantage while Spillman and Woodall got by McCarthy for third and fourth. After a quick yellow for more debris, McGuire built his lead coming to halfway with Sheets, Spillman, Woodall and Brad Smith trailing.

During a caution for a spin by Donald Banker, Woodall retired from third and a light rain began to fall. Officials cut the race to fifteen, leaving five laps remaining. McGuire quickly eased ahead, while McCarthy tried low on Smith for fourth. McGuire ran the last five circuits unchallenged to grab the checkers and $1,000 pay day.

Jennings Jammin in Sport Mod Main Corpus Christi’s JJ Jennings had to settle for second in Friday’s qualifier, but Saturday was a new night. Jennings had one thing on his mind, finish first. Jennings wired the field in the 20-lap A-main holding last nights winner, Mike Wagner at bay in his Skip and Cheryl Gray owned, Big Dog Motorsports, Grays Recycling, ASI Powered, Express Chassis.

Getting the 23-car Sport Modified field under green was as tough as the previous night with a multi-car stack in turn 4 coming to green. When green did wave it was Jennings getting out first trailed by Wagner, Vince Louden, David Meredith and Carl McBride.

The top two pulled away while Meredith pressured Louden for third and an eight car pack formed for fifth. Clay Bischel emerged from that pack with the spot. The yellow waved on lap 6 when Ryan Doyon spun and collected his cousin, Robbie Minten. On the restart Louden got around Wagner for third as Bischel took fourth from Meredith and Johnny Torres made his way up to seventh.

After another yellow, Louden tried to dive low on Jennings for the lead, but ended up giving second back to Wagner, while Torres cracked the top five. At the crossed flags it was Jennings, Wagner, Louden, Bischel and Torres in the top five. Torres then moved along side Bischel, while Talon Minten and Mickey Helms closed on that pair.

After a side by side battle, Torres took the spot a lap later and was now putting the heat on Louden for third. With five to go Jennings had a comfortable lead, with Wagner having a gap to Louden and Torres and T. Minten and Helms getting by Bischel. Jennings was able to hold the margin easily taking the win unchallenged at the line.

I knew if I got the jump on the start, the high line would be the place each time I wase to get by him and I never saw him again. I was sure haven’t raced with him(Wagner) that much and I don’t recall where he likes to run here. I thought the whole if I just get the jump on him at the start, then just keep it straight, and going forward that I made the track a lot wider tonight for the Sprint Cars. Last night was kind of brutal with some of the holes and ruts, but tonight they got it a lot better. There were still a few rough spots, but it was be back in my car next weekend for the Texas World Dirt Track Championship race at Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. We’re looking forward to going up there and hopefully getting one of those cowboy hats. I told my wife that it’s the only cowboy hat I’ll ever wear. If got to thank Skip and Cheryl Gray. They bought my car from last year and said if I don’t race my new car, they’ll hook up and tow this car wherever we want to go. Their pit guy, Jimmy, is a big help, he’ll do

Oliver Outruns Dancer for IMCA Hobby Stock win Jeremy Oliver(Robinson) took home the hardware and winnings in the 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Oliver, who drifted too high at the start of the race, gave up the lead to AJ Dancer. Oliver fought back and took the top spot from Dancer on lap 2 with Andy Roller closing in on both.

Dancer tried to hang with Oliver, but Oliver eased away as Roller caught Dancer and took the spot. As Oliver increased his lead Roller and Dancer continued their scrap for second. Dancer took the spot in the final laps, but Oliver was long gone on his way to the victory.

Priem Pockets Street Stock Pay Day Caldwell’s Nic Priem was in the right spot at the right time to pick up the honors in the CBS Street Stock feature. Priem took advantage of some contact on a restart between early leader Leland Waddell and Mike Degroot to move out front. From there Priem was able to hold off Degroot in his Carquest, Ford Thunderbird to pick up the pay day.

Waddell jumped way out as green waved on the 20-lap, 12-car feature chased by Degroot, Gary Harris, Sam Blacklock while Priem and Derek Ishler randoor to door. Waddell quickly started motoring away from Degroot and Harris, side by side for second and Priem up to fourth.

Harris was to take the spot with Priem hanging Degroot behind a lapped to take third. At the midway point it was Waddell, Harris, Priem, Degroot and Blacklock. Harris had troubles and slowed from second, rolling to a stop in turn 3. On the restart Waddell got a bit sideways in turn 3 and got tapped by Degroot. This gave Priem the opportunity to jump into the lead.

Waddell was forced to pit giving up his top three spot. Degroot kept the pressure on Priem throughout the final laps. Degroot would show him the nose going low into the corners, but Priem would use momentum up top to hang on to the lead and hold Degroot off to grab the victory.

Meredith Motors to CBS Stock Money Bryan Meredith made a late race pass on Tim Homeyer pay off as he scored the victory in the 20-lap CBS Stock Car feature. Meredith caught early leader Homeyer, then used a lapped car as a pick to sneak past for the lead. From There Meredith held on in the Texas Pro Solutions, Larry Darity, Meredith Race Engines Chevy for the win.

The winner, Tim Homeyer jumped into the lead as the 13-car CBS Stock Car feature took the green pursued by Robert Danielson, John Matula, Meredith and Paul Smith. Meredith got by Matula for third as Jeremy Hernandez moved past Smith for fifth. Hernandez continued moving forward getting around Matula while Meredith snagged second from Danielson.

By halfway Hernandez had taken third from Danielson, while Steve Sims moved into the top five after starting in the back. Hernandez run to the front ended with five to go when his car had trouble forcing him to pull off from third.

Meredith had closed to Homeyer’s bumper as they ran up on traffic. Using a lapped car, Meredith was able to get past Homeyer for the lead on lap 17. From there he was able to keep Homeyer in his mirror as he ran the final laps to the checkers.

Racing continues at Cotton Bowl Speedway next weekend with the official start to the 2014 points season for IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sport Mods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks, plus the CBS Street Stock and CBS Stock Cars. For more info visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.com

Cotton Bowl sanctions four IMCA divisions in 2014

November 23rd, 2013

PAIGE, Texas– Cotton Bowl Speedway at Paige will sanction IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fieds, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks beginning in 2014.  The 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval is approximately 30 miles east of Austin on Highway 290. The Saturday night venue opened this year and has a seating capacity of 5,000.

“We’re already excited about next season and sanctioning our Modifieds and SportMods with IMCA,” promoter Danny Bennett said. “We had a good weekly car count this year around 20 Modi­fieds and 18-21 SportMods. Hopefully we can have the same type of results with the sanc­tioned Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks as new classes for Cotton Bowl in 2014.”  An opening night date and special event dates for 2014 are to be announced. The Cotton Bowl will be part of IMCA’s ButlerBuilt South Central Region for Modifieds, the Arnold Motor Supply South­ern Region for Stock Cars and Stephenville Starter Southern Region for Hobby Stocks.

“I like IMCA as an organization. A level of sportsmanship is expected of drivers and they take me out of the rules business so I can concentrate on filling the grandstand,” Bennett said. “We’re go­ing into 2014 with a good set of rules. IMCA is going to be a good, solid cornerstone for us, not only for the drivers but for the fans.” The Cotton Bowl is a great addition for IMCA in the State of Texas,” said Jim Stannard, director of track relations for the sanctioning organization. “This is a first-class facility and a perfect comple­ment to Heart O’ Texas Speedway.”