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6th Annual South Texas Nationals @ South Texas Speedway

March 10th, 2016

Corpus Christi, TX.,- Friday night saw a full night of exciting action as the 6th Annual South Texas Shootout set part of each field for Saturday night’s pay day. Six drivers in the Limited Modifieds and Pure Stocks and two in the Econo-Mod class had their places set for the fields making up the final night of the show on the ¼ mile, high-banked, dirt oval.

In the Limited Modifieds Steve Whiteaker jr., Cody Smith, Shane Hoefling, Tracy Denby jr., Dustin Butcher and Craig Oakes secured their spot. Others notables still looking for a guaranteed spot were past runner-up Cody Smith, Lawrence Mikulencak, Eddie Martin, Travis Johnson and Dustin Robinson.

Joseph Snow, Marcus Mikulencak, Logan Schunka, Chase Bresee, Mason Casteneda and Jerry Walters qualified in the Pure Stocks with Travis Penny and Nathan Rachui transfering after David Grobe was DQ’d from second.

After the redraws, Denby and Butcher would lead the 26-car Limited Modified field to green, while Bresee and M. Mikulencak headed the 24-car Pure Stock feature.

Saturday nights show was a last chance for every driver to make the show and their opportunity to grab the winners share of each purse. Drivers would have last chance B-mains, taking the top 9 from the Pure Stocks and Limited Modifieds, to the big A-main. The final two spots in the Limited Modifieds were provisionals. One for the South Texas Speedway track champ(if not qualified) and a second auctioned off. Two were auctioned off since track champ, Butcher, was already qualified, adding Chase Gillie and Chuck Perry to the show.

Butcher Beats the Best
It was an emotional Dustin Butcher(Corpus Christi) in Victory lane after holding off his cousin, and two-time South Texas Shootout winner, Steve Whiteaker jr. Butcher was chased throughout the 40-lapper by Whiteaker who gave him a few ‘I’m here’ notices before trying to make a last lap pass for the money. Butcher had been protecting the bottom so Whiteaker jumped up top coming off turn 4 and nearly beat Butcher, who won by a half car length, to line.

After the top 6 redraw Tracy Denby jr. drew the pole for the 26-car Limited Modified feature paying a cool 5K to win. Denby led the pack coming off turn 2 but got in too hard giving Butcher and Whiteaker the opportunity to get by. Butcher led the first circuit chased by Whiteaker, Denby, Craig Oakes and Cody Smith.

Smith quickly got by Oakes for fourth bringing Shane Hoefling along to fifth. Whiteaker had just started taking looks low on Butcher when a multi-car tangle in turns 3-4 brought the action to a halt with a lap 6 caution. Hunter Flanagan got tagged on the restart by Travis Johnson keeping the yellow light lit.

When green waved again, veteran Lawrence Mikulencak began to make his move forward taking fifth from Hoefling, then fourth from Smith the next lap. A six-car tangle in turns 1-2 on lap 9 brought the yellow out once again. On the restart Denby’s car began sparking and smoking from the rear end causing him to slow and pit.

Mikulencak used the opening to reel in Butcher and Whiteaker with the top three now nose to tail on lap 14. As Whiteaker kept the pressure on Butcher, Smith and Oakes were also able to run down the lead trio with the top five now nose to tail at the crossed flags.

Bobby Maupin brought out a yellow on lap 21 when he had trouble in turn 2. The restart saw Johnson go araound on the front stretch while Jeremy Fiscus spun in turn 1. The next restart was clean with Whiteaker now sniffing around for a different line to get past Butcher for the lead.

Whiteaker gave his cousin Butcher some love taps as the top three edged away from Smith, Oakes and Hoefling. Michael Gay and Brian Rye tangled on lap 28 bringing out a caution that also saw Smith pull off from fourth. The restart was again clean with Butcher getting a couple car lengths on Whiteaker, who had Mikulencak looking for the spot.

Whiteaker quickly closed the gap and was taking some serious looks now as laps wound down. With five to go the top five were all within a car length or two of each other. Just as Butcher gained a slight advantage on Whiteaker, yellow waved for a spin on lap 37 by Hector Aguirre in turn 1.

This set up a three lap shootout to the finish. Butcher got away slightly on Whiteaker as green waved, but was back on Butcher’s bumper. As the white flag waved Whiteaker stayed on Butcher’s bumper low in turns 1-2. Going into turn 3 Whiteaker gave it a shot up top.

Coming off turn 4 Whiteaker had a run on the high side as they drag raced to the checkers. At the line it was Butcher, in the Elhard Electric and Air Conditioning, WW Bodies, Churches Chicken, Extreme Race Engines, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis, by only half a car taking the big victory.

“First and foremost, I want to dedicate this win to Jerry Whiteaker,” said Butcher. “He’s like a grandfather to me. He’s in my prayers and this is all for him. Steve pulled up next to me after the race. It was a great family moment. I love him to death and he’s the brains. He’s definitely helped my program.”

“Without a doubt this is the biggest win of my career. Mentally maybe not my biggest win, but paycheck wise, yes. The way the track was rubbering up whomever got out front was going to have to make a mistake for anyone to pass. That initial start for myself and Steve when we both capitalized on Denby overdriving the corner.”

“I knew on that restart with three to go there was going to be some beatin’ and bangin’. Turns 1-2 and were locked down on the bottom so they were going to have to try turns 3-4. I saw Steve’s nose a couple times, but didn’t know he was going to try a run off the high side on the last lap. You can’t make any mistakes with him behind you. One mistake, and you’re gone.”

“I just tried to stay calm, hit my marks and I felt confident if I did that and stayed on the bottom and not get out of the groove that I’d be ok. When any of those guys is behind you, you have to go and not make a mistake. It only takes one to lose what you have.”

“I had a pretty good run there for a while and got into a good rhythm. I wasn’t overusing my tires and that’s a big deal here. I definitely didn’t want to see that late caution. Restarts are so important and easy to make a mistake. I didn’t want to see it, but it worked out for us.”

“I saw him coming on the outside in the final corner. I started trying to make that gap smaller and have him not be comfortable. I thought he’d try it with two to go. The benefit of having him behind me is I know he’s going to race me clean and race me hard, but not spin me coming to the checkers. I guarantee that Steve doesn’t hold back and he doesn’t let anybody win.”

Bresee Blows Through Corpus Two years ago Chase Bresee(Baytown) had to come from his 22nd starting position to pick up the win. Tonight he got to start on the pole for the 30-lap main event. It wasn’t any easier as Bresee had to hold off challenges from Marcus Mikulencak and Joseph Snow early. Then coming to the closing laps EJ Gilpin and Mason Casteneda challenged for the lead at one time going three wide, until caution slowed the pace. After the restart it was Bresee getting a slight margin on Gilpin and carrying it to the checkers.

Bresee jumped into the lead off turn 2 as the 24-car Pure Stock main fired off with M. Mikulencak, Snow, Jerry Walters and Logan Schunka in pursuit. Behind them Curtis King and Casteneda were side by side for sixth when Snow and M. Mikulencak made contact sending M. Mikulencak around and Snow to the tail.

Snow had trouble on the restart with sparks flying from the rear end area and stopped in turn 2. Once back under green, Gilpin got by Schunka for fourth but John Milulencak, Walters, Chris Holly, Shayne Sturtz and Barry Major got piled up for another yellow. On the restart Casteneda got third from Schunka, who fell back giving up spots to King and Gilpin also.

Schunka, Travis Weatherford and King were three wide on lap 4 before Weatherford backed out and found himself now three abreast with Gilpin and Joshua Sewell. By lap 6 Bresee was checking out from M. Mikulencak, King and Casteneda. As Bresee hit traffic on lap 8, M. Mikulencak closed quickly. Bresee, M. Mikulencak and the lapped car of Cheryl Gray were three wide for the lead on lap10.

As the front duo diced in traffic, Casteneda reeled them both in and it wasn’t long until King and Gilpin were on their heels with the top five nose to tail. M. Mikulencak tried the high side around another lapper coming to halfway showing Bresee, Casteneda, M. Mikulencak, King and Gilpin in the top five.

It was the wrong choice as M. Mikulencak fell back to sixth and had to retake fifth from King. Gilpin then pressured Casteneda for second and after several tries finally got by on lap 24. Gilpin then got along side Bresee for the lead using the high side. Casteneda tried to find a hole on the low side and just as they went three wide for the lead, John Ramirez blew up collecting Jamie Dear.

The reduced pace gave everyone a chance to cool their tires which benefited Bresee the most as he got away got away by several car lengths. Bresee held his gap on Gilpin while Dakota Heinaman and Walters slugged it out for fifth. Bresee became a two-timer as he grabbed the checkers in his Longs Tire, Gentry Transmission, Sombreros Restuarant, 3D Deisel Repair, TCC Carburetors, Mud Bugs Crawfish, Ace Auto Sales, CB Racing Engines, HOT Chassis.

“That(finish) right there is why I love coming down to Corpus,” exclaimed Bresee. “That was great racing from my seat, and for the fans in the stands. It was great racing, that’s what I come here to do.”

“I had someone signaling me tell me they were getting closer and closer. Then I felt them bumping. It’s going to get real good, real quick and the fans are going to love it.”

“When lapped traffic came into play I wasn’t sure where to go. They were giving the move over flag, but those guys weren’t going anywhere. I knew there was nothing up top and I couldn’t go there. I had to give a couple of them a little bump to get them up the track.”

Penny Worth a Grand Corpus Christi’s Travis Penny made it a clean sweep for the weekend winning both his heat and qualifier on Friday night. Then he wrapped up the weekend with another wire to wire win worth $1,000 in the Penny Fabrication, Saddler Motorsports, RPM, SBG Racing car.

As the 12-car field took the green, Penny jumped out front followed by Nathan Rachui, who was moved into a qualifying spot after David Grobe was DQ’d in tech. Behind them were James Lee, Ryan Carlucci and Jordan Sandoval. The first of several yellows flew for Carlucci to be checked for leaking fuel. He pitted for repairs but came back down a lap.

Back to green briefly, Rachui and Lee were side by side with Miguel Mendoza getting fourth from Sandoval. As Rachui and Mendoza banged wheels for third Jason Langford and Thomas Rye had trouble in turn 1. On the restart Rachui retook second from Lee. At halfway it was Penny, Rachui, Lee, Mendoza and Sandoval in the top five.

Sam Chapa and Roy Walker went around on lap 10 for another yellow, that saw Lee exchange second with Rachui again. Rachui got turned blocking the track, collecting Sandoval, Chapa and Grobe. The restart had Medoza get by Lee for second before Lee spun in turn 2 with Rye stopping high in turn 2.

Cheyloh Brodnax took a hard hit into the front stretch wall on the ensuing restart, but was alright and continued on. Officials then shortened the race due to time leaving a green, white, checker finish. With Penny and Mendoza getting away, Grobe got third from Sandoval with Lee following. Penny held a slight margin on Mendoza as he crossed the stripe for the win.

6th Annual South Texas Nationals @ South Texas Speedway

March 5th, 2016

Corpus Christi, TX.- After a long rain delay(December) South Texas Speedway finally got to run its 6th Annual South Texas Shootout with big money on the line for Limited Modifieds. Of course it hasn’t really rained since December, but scheduling moved the show to early March on the newly widened ¼ mile, high-banked, dirt oval in the Sparkling City.

Some of the best Limited Modified drivers in the mid-south area usually make the trek in search of the qualifying spots for their chance at a huge pay out. Past winners include local hot shoe, Steve Whiteaker jr. and Louisiana’s Shane Hebert.

Included in this years version are the Econo-Mods, running topless, and Pure Stocks. This is the first year for the E-Mods to run in the annual event with $1,000 on the line for the winner.

The Pure Stocks always bring a tough field on drivers from east and south Texas vying for $2,000 to win. The past two years the money has gone back to the Houston area with Thomas Downey jr. and Chase Bresee.

Won More for Whiteaker

Local hot shoe Steve Whiteaker jr. overcame issues through the heat, won his B-main and then motored his way from the fourth row to lead in the 25-lap Limited Modified qualifier. Whiteaker got by leader Shane Hoefling at halfway then built a good lead until a late caution regrouped the field. Whiteaker then eased away from Cody Smith the final few circuits to the win.

As the 24-car Limited Modified field took the green Smith and Hoefling stayed wheel to wheel until Hoefling got the advantage. Smith, Dustin Butcher, Whiteaker and Craig Oakes fell in line until Whiteaker got along side Butcher for third on lap 3, taking the position on lap 4.

Johnny Torres got a little help from Bubba Gates going around in turn 4 collecting Hunter Flanagan for a caution. As green waved Whiteaker and Smith traded a little paint for second, but Bobby Maupin rolled to stop on the front stretch. On the next restart Butcher and Oakes were side by side with four wide racing in the pack.

Brian Rye got fifth from Oakes, but began to shed some body parts giving the spot back to Oakes and Tracy Denby following. Hoefling and Whiteaker began to put some distance on Smith and Butcher as the race neared the midway point.

Whiteaker got inside Hoefling on lap 11 with the duo wheel to wheel on the back stretch. Whiteaker beat him back to line to lead lap 12, with Smith, Butcher and Denby rounding out the top five. Smith then moved in on Hoefling while Oakes, Rye and Lawrence Mikulencak battled for sixth. Smith got a good look on Hoefling but
couldn’t complete the pass.

With five to go Whiteaker had run up on slower traffic, but Rye had more problems and stopped in turn 4 for a lap 21 caution. As Whiteaker got away, Smith got second from Hoefling with Denby and Butcher now side by side and Oakes, Mikulencak and Eddie Martin now in the hunt for the final transfer spot.

Whiteaker had a comfortable margin on Smith as the flagman showed two to go. Butcher was on the high side trying to pick up a couple spots on the final lap running beside Hoefling. At the checkers it was Whiteaker in the Cottrell Racing, D&SS Construction, Braka Operating, Leita Farms, Pro-Tech, Real Racing Wheels, Nasty Cookers, WW Bodies, Swenson Racing Products, Durham powered, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis earning the victory, then finding a flat tire in the tech lane.

“I don’t treat this car well, I should it’s been a good car and won me some money,” replied Whiteaker a past S. Tx. Shootout winner. “It just wasn’t seeming to run down the straightway. I borrowed a carburetor from Shane(Hoefling) and it’s like I’ve got a whole new car. I knew the car would work, I know it’s fast and I had to have something wrong. Once we found it, changed the carb and put a set of plugs in it, it came alive.”

“In the heat Cody(Smith) spun out and we made contact. I had a flat left front, a bad ball joint and the right front control arm was bent. I knew we were going to the ‘B’ and I just tried to stay out for spots. In the ‘B’ Broc(Bowen) was just walking away and I knew I should run better. That’s when found the carburetor. I don’t know how I missed Broc when he had trouble. I thought we were going to have two totaled out racecars. I don’t know how everyone missed that.”

“I use a lot of brake here for some reason. The car was feeling a little funny and that was making me use more brakes. I guess when I chopped off Cody it put a hole in the tire. By the time I got across the scales and parked it, the left rear was completely flat. That’s probably why I was using more brake. It’s not a good thing.”

“I’m just going to go over the car real good for tomorrow and make sure there’s nothing bent. Then make sure we’ve got everything, keep an eye on the track and make sure we have a car capable of winning the feature.

Penny Perfect in E-Mods
Track champ, Travis Penney(Corpus Christi) went wire to wire in the 15-lap Econo-Mod A-qualifier. Penny got the lead of the 12-car event coming off turn 2 trailed by James Lee, David Grobe and Ryan Carlucci with Nathan Rachui and Jordan Sandoval side by side for fifth.

As Penny began to inch away, Rachui and Sandoval continued their battle until Rachui finally secured the spot. Grobe then turned up the heat on Lee for second while Thomas Rye got by Sandoval for fifth. With the top 3 now checking out, Carlucci, Rachui and Rye were nose to tail for fourth. Rye spun from that scrap bringing out the first caution on lap 11.

On the ensuing restart, Carlucci got turned around on the front stretch. The next try wasn’t much better with a multi-car melee in turns 1-2. The third try, well Lee looped it from second, but did a 360 and kept going. This gave Penny, in the Penny Fabrication, Saddler Motorsports, RPM, SBG Racing car a huge advantage that he carried to the checkers.

Snow Flies in Corpus….In March?

Joseph Snow that is. The Cuero driver was able to go flag to flag in the Pure Stock 20-lap A-qualifier, but it wasn’t easy. Snow and Jerry Walters stayed door to door until turn 3 when Snow got the spot. Walters fell in line second followed by Travis Weatherford, Chase Bresee and Dakota Heinaman. Bresee quickly got by Weatherford and along side Walters for second.

As the top six sorted out single file it was still side by side racing in the pack. Bresee kept the pressure on Walters as Heinaman and EL Gilpin made contact for fifth breaking the front suspension on Gilpin who stopped in turn 2 for a yellow. As green waved again Bresee got by Walters leaving him side by side with Logan Schunka.

Coming to complete the lap Walters got tapped in turn 4 sending him around collecting Heinaman, Mickey Helms and Caleb Hudgeons, ending their night while Walters kept going. On the restart it was three wide for second behind Snow with Bresee getting the spot. Bresee had just taken a look high on Snow when Case Duncan went around for a caution.

Bresee tried a run high on the restart, then dove in low making contact with Walters. Walters fell back, giving up spots to Marcus Mikulencak, Hunter Flanagan and Schunka. At halfway it was Snow, with Bresee looking low, Mikulencak, Schunka and Flanagan in the top five.

Bresee continued to dog Snow while Flanagan, Craig Oakes, Walters, Mason Casteneda and Jamie Dear slugged it out for the transfer. With five to go Bresee was along side Snow with Flanagan and Walters door to door for sixth. Snow held off Bresee once again as the top three ran away in the final laps.

With two to go Mikulencak got by Bresee for second, while Flanagan and Oakes slowed. Bresee was the next to have car trouble slowing on the final lap. Mikulencak, however, was on a charge catching Snow in the final corners. The young Mikulencak gave it his best shot, but it was Snow in the US Army, Precision Welding, Chevy holding on for the win.

2015 Mattress Firm South Texas Getcha$ome, presented by Sames Ford @ South Texas Speedway

November 13th, 2015

Corpus Christi, TX.–Mother Nature Wins. Heavy early morning rains came in making the track and pit area a mud bog forcing officials to postpone the final night of racing until November 21st.

After a full night of qualifying heat races, 30 drivers had their spots locked for tonight big A-main events, in the five classes. The remaining drivers still have another chance to make the big show through qualifying races with the top 12 advancing to the big money A-mains. In classes with enough cars a final Last Chance Qualifier will also be run with only the top 4 making the transfer.

2015 Mattress Firm South Texas Getcha$ome, presented by Sames Ford @ South Texas Speedway

November 9th, 2015

Corpus Christi, TX.,- South Texas Speedway hosts the first of two big money, year end events with South Texas Promotions bringing in the 2015 Mattress Firm, South Texas Getcha$ome, Presented by Sames Ford. Five classes have some of best purses available with $1,000 to win for the Sport Compacts and Econo-Mods, $2,000 to win for Street and Pure Stock and $3,000 to win for Limited Modifieds.

This event boasts a unique qualifying format for all classes utilizing passing points from two series of heat races, with heat line ups determined by pill draws. This gives drivers two chances to score enough points to make the top 8 in passing points that will lock them in for Saturday nights feature events. Those not making the top 8 will lined up for Saturday’s races by Friday’s points total. Any new drivers will line up, based on draw, in the back.

After losing a couple races to rain, the Street Stock portion was upgraded to a South Texas Street Stock Shootout event for their final race. Defending and multi-time champion, Wade Jones comes into the weekend with a healthy lead over Heath Stewart, Brian Rye, Anthony Gordon and Kyle Carter.

Around 120 drivers and teams signed from all across Texas looking for their chance to take home a good weekend payday.

The official top 8 in each class won’t be announced until Saturday afternoon, but several drivers had good nights scoring heat wins in both rounds. Shane Hoefling, with two wins, looks to be a top contender in the Limited Modifieds as well as Craig Oakes and Cody Smith. Corpus local, Steve Whiteaker jr., is always fast at his home track and took one heat win, but broke the front suspension in the second round of heats.

Craig Oakes snagged double heat wins in the South Texas Street Stock Shootout, while Bobby Maupin had a first and second. Chase Breese(Pure Stocks) was another driver to grab both heat wins, as well as TJ Sullivan in Mini Stocks.

5th Annual South Texas Shootout @ South Texas Speedway

December 13th, 2014

Corpus Christi, TX.,- After a big night of qualifying in the Limited Modified and Pure/Factory Stock classes, 12 drivers had their places locked in for tonight’s big pay day. The others still had another chance to qualify for spots in the 5th Annual South Texas Shootout in the Limited Modifieds and Pure/Factory Stocks with the Street Stocks running their own show.

Johnny Scott(Limited Modifieds) and Chuck Perry(Pure Stock/Factory Stocks) took home wins on Friday night. The top six finishers redrew for position putting David Lege jr. on the Limited Modified pole and Dylan Elasko up front in the Pure/Factory Stocks. On the outside looking in were several of the favorites including, last years winner, Shane Hebert, Lawrence Mikulencak, John Whittington and Howard Willis.

These guys had their work cut out for them as they had to try to make it through heats and qualifiers on the 1/4 mile, semi-banked, dirt oval. Two provisional spots will be available, one for highest track points driver and the other through auction.(Johnny Torres-Limited Modified track points, Eric Thorne-auction spot, Alaina Smith-Pure Stock track points, Cheryl Gray-auction spot)

Quick update on drivers in last nights crash; Kris Rye released from hospital, but very sore, especially his back. Chuck Perry, sore and will only run one class tonight(Pure/Factory Stock), Dustin Butcher was alright in the pits after the race and Johnny Torres was alright and running both the Limited Modified after repairs, and the Street
Stock tonight.

Whiteaker Wins Wild One Hometown favorite, Steve Whiteaker jr. took home the big money after scoring the victory in the 40-lap Limited Modified A-main. Whiteaker got the lead on lap 6 after early leader, David Lege jr., pulled off under a caution. Whiteaker was able to put some distance on the field in the early stages, but had past winner, Shane Hebert and Cody Smith on his tail in the choppy closing laps.

The win didn’t come easy as Whiteaker got involved on a restart when the field got over-anxious and stacked up in turn 4. The contact, that eliminated John Whittington and Lawrence Mikulencak, knocked a spring into a bind causing his car to be tight later in the run. Hebert and Smith took their shots at Whiteaker on the slew on late restarts, but Whiteaker held them to take home the $5,050 for the win.

Whiteaker, running a retro graphics scheme in salute to his dad in his early days of racing, also snagged an extra pot organized by Bubba Seals. Drivers anted up $100 each for the best finishing car that bought in. Twenty-two cars signed up making a cool $2,200 bonus for Whiteaker.

As the 26-car, 40-lap Limited Modified main fired off Lege and Tracy Denby jr, stayed side by side through turns 1-2 before Lege edged ahead on the back stretch. Denby dropped in line second trailed by Whiteaker, Johnny Scott and GW Egbert. Smith got by GW Egbert for fifth quickly while Lege began pulling away.

After a short caution, Whiteaker took second from Denby until a lap later when a big melee in turn 4 slowed the action again. Under yellow, the leader Lege, pulled off handing the top spot to Whiteaker for the restart. On that restart Scott and Smith tangled setting up a big chain reaction behind them.

Finally back under green, Whiteaker got clear with Dean Abbey getting third from GW Egbert and Hebert along side JJ Jennings for fifth. As the top three sorted out, GW Egbert, Hebert and Mikulencak were fighting for fourth. Hebert, using the middle groove, went around GW Egbert followed by Mikulencak a lap later.

Coming to halfway the leaders were coming up on slower traffic, but a caution on lap 19 gave them clear track on the restart. Whiteaker broke away with Denby, Hebert, Mikulencak getting past Abbey in the top five. A yellow for debris set up a restart that changed the complexion of the race.

Whiteaker changed his restart point while the pack got jumpy and stacked up in turn 4 before the green even waved. The top cars on the inside row ended up in a pile, including Whiteaker. This ended the night for Mikulencak and Whittington, with others, including Denby, pitting for repairs. For the restart the new top five would be Whiteaker, Hebert, Abbey, GW Egbert and Seals.

Back under green Abbey took second from Hebert, with Trevor Egbert up to fourth and Smith fifth. Smith then got inside T. Egbert for fourth as Whiteaker motored away to a half straightaway lead. Hebert used the middle again to get third from Abbey with Smith trying to follow as a yellow waved.

The final ten laps were spotted with caution after caution as drivers fought for every inch of race track to pick up or hold a position. Smith was able to get past Abbey, who got hooked and pulled to the infield shortly after, for third. This set up restart battles between Hebert and Smith for second and gave Whiteaker some breathing room each time.

On a short run, Smith was able to take a look on Whiteaker just as another yellow flew. Hebert got the best of Smith on the next start with positions changing in the pack nearly every restart. The final yellow waved with three to go setting up a shootout to the checkers.

Whiteaker got some distance as Hebert and Smith stayed wheel to wheel for second. This was all the advantage Whiteaker needed as he ran unchallenged to the win in his Cottrell Motorsports, D&SS Construction, WW Bodies, Nasty Cookers, Churchs Chicken, Swenson Race Products, Real Wheels, Swenson Racing Shocks, 5one7 Designs, Mullins powered Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis.

“This is a big win for us at our home track,” replied Whiteaker. “This one was especially big for us. We worked real hard this year on this car, making it better. Last year was only the third race on it here. We’ve changed, cut, welded and finally got this car good for the last half of the year. We haven’t had much to complain about.”

“If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t be where I am today. I just wanted to show my appreciation on how much he means to me so I went with a retro graphics scheme on the car for this race. This was the color he and my mom painted his first car back when they were racing with short sleeved shirts and leather helmets. I got the idea and sent the pictures to Jeff Moore. It’s very special, for me, to win with those colors.”

“The track wasn’t easy to pass on. I saw (Shane) Hebert pull up beside me under caution and I knew Cody(Smith) started pretty far back so he was obviously quick. You kind of start second guessing yourself and trying different lines. When you’re leading that long you’re kind of a sitting duck. They’re able to try stuff that you can’t.”

“Shane’s won his far share of races. So anytime he’s there you have someone to worry about. He’s good here, and he’s won here. I enjoy racing with that competition, it makes you better.”

“When I tried something different, I could hear someone on my bumper. I went back to what I had been doing, but was only able to pull away a little. We threw a lot of stuff at the car and it wasn’t as good at the end. But it was good enough to win and be in victory lane.”

“I thought we were single file on that one restart. I don’t ever start in the same place twice or they learn your habits. I had it in my head that I wasn’t starting until the white line this time. I had been starting earlier and they anticipated me going and I didn’t. I’m the race leader and start where I want.”

“The left rear spring got cocked in their and made the car really tight. I couldn’t get back on the gas like I had been and actually clipped the wall. With that spring cocked it put a bunch of cross(weight) in it, so it wasn’t as good after that. It felt different and I didn’t know what happened until after I got out and saw the rear(of the car) was raised up.”

“I had one shot there at him,” added runner up Smith. On one of those restart he kind of slipped up coming out of turn 2 and that was about all I had for him. I got through the pack pretty easy but once I caught he and Shane we evened out.”

“Those double file restart kept Shane and I busy with each other battling it out. I don’t know if we had a long green flag if that would have helped. I fear everybody’s tires would have burned off. So I think all the cautions helped us make it all the way.”

“I’ve had a little experience in a Limited Modified before so the transition from an outlaw Modified wasn’t that much. It’s mostly having less power and trying to keep your momentum up.”

“We didn’t get here for practice, but I can watch the lines other guys run. I can mirror their lines. I’ve been watching Steve lines and that’s helped me out a lot. It’s a difficult track with the banking, but once you get used to it, it comes around to you.”

“I think a longer green flag run would have helped us.” commented Hebert. “It was hard to get into a rhythm and keep your momentum up with all those short runs. This is a new car and we worked to get it sorted out this weekend. I don’t feel any added pressure to win here again. We know theirs going to be a lot of fast cars and competition when we come down here.”

5th Annual South Texas Shootout @ South Texas Speedway

December 8th, 2014

Corpus Christi, TX.–As the year comes to an end South Texas Speedway hosted one final big show to complete the Texas racing season. Drivers from all across the mid-south converged on the semi-banked, 1/4 mile, dirt track to try their hand competing for the big purse. In all, 124 racers from 4 states(Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico) signed in for the event. This years impressive list of combatants included several track champions and touring series hotshoes.

This years South Texas Shootout, the fifth one at the track, offered Limited Modifieds $5,050 to win, with the Pure Stock/Factory Stock winner taking home two grand and the Street Stocks racing for $500 to win each night in separate shows.

Friday night included heat races, B-mains and an A-qualifying feature locking in 6 for Saturday nights big money finales in Limited Modifieds and Pure/Factory Stocks. Street Stocks ran heats and an A-main for their show.

Scott Scoots to Limited Modified Main Johnny Scott(Las Cruces, NM.), driving the Cottrell Motorsports back up car of Steve Whiteaker, learned quick on wheeling a Limited Modified to the A-Qualifier win. Scott, who’s usually in his USMTS Modified, started on the pole and led early. Giving up the top spot briefly to Tracy Denby jr., Scott regained the position and pulled away to lock himself in for Saturday nights big money A-main.

Scott beat Roly Rodriguez from the outside front row into turn 1 for the lead of the 26-car, 25-lap event. Dean Abbey got past Rodriguez for second while Josh Ferguson, Robby Crabtree and GW Egbert battled for fourth. Abbey made an early run on Scott, to no avail, while Rodriguez faded giving up spots Ferguson, Egbert, David Lege jr. and Shane Hebert.

Just as the top two began to break away the race was halted for a vicious, high-speed crash on the front stretch. In mid-pack, Kris Rye appeared to jump wheels with another car turning him into the wall. As he careened off the wall, Dustin Butcher, with nowhere to go, caught K. Rye sending him barrel rolling down the track. Johnny Torres got hooked and turned, ending with the left front on the wall while Chuck Perry slammed into Butcher.

Several other cars suffered some damage, but at least three cars are total write offs. K. Rye was examined in the ambulance before being transported to the hospital complaining of a sore back. Fortunately the car and drivers safety gear did it job, and emergency crews were on the scene quickly.

On the ensuing restart, Ferguson, Hebert and Edward Oakes tried to enter turn 1 three abreast. The outcome was E. Oakes getting pinched and spinning to the infield. Once the green waved again, Egbert got around Abbey for second, followed by Denby to third.

As the top five sorted out, Whiteaker and Hebert were side by side for sixth. The two ended up making contact sending Whiteaker around, and Hebert to the tail for the contact. Denby got a huge jump on the restart getting by Scott to lead lap 10. At halfway it was Denby, Scott, Egbert, Lege and Abbey in the top five.

As Denby and Scott eased away, Whiteaker was knocking on the rear bumper of Abbey for fifth. After looks high and low, Whiteaker finally made his way around Abbey. Meanwhile up front Scott was on Denby and retook the top spot on lap 18.

Shane Hoefling made a charge on both Abbey and Whiteaker, but over drove turn 3 and got sideways in turn 4. A nudge by Whiteaker straightened him back out, but Abbey had retaken the spot, but only briefly. As the white flag waved, Scott had motored away from the field in the Cottrell Motorsports, WW Bodies, Swenson Race Products, Hughes by 89 Chassis to snag the win.

Rye Races to Street Stock Payday Corpus driver, Brian Rye picked up the winners share of the 16-car, 20-lap Street Stock feature purse. B. Rye took over from early leader Curtis King after halfway. King had jumped out front and retained his spot after being spun by Stephen Doty. Kings car was never the same as he gave up the lead to B. Rye before spinning on his own. B. Rye held off Shawn Kline in the final stages for the victory.

King beat Doty into turn 1 at the start trailed by B. Rye, with Chuck Perry and Kline side by side for fourth. After two quick cautions, Marcus Mikulencak got by Perry for fifth. Up front it was Doty keeping the heat on King for the lead. Lap 9 saw Mikulencak, Kline and B. Rye three wide until Mikulencak had problems, slowing and collecting Kline for a yellow.

Once back to green B. Rye and Doty were side by side for second while Greg Carlucci jr. grabbed fifth from Torres. As the battled side by side, Doty clipped the leader King, sending him around. Doty was sent to back and King put back on point.

Kings car was vulnerable on the restart and B. Rye jumped on the opening for the lead on lap 14. Kline took second from King while Doty made his way back up to sixth. Kings troubles were compounded when he spun on lap 16. B. Rye and Kline got clear of Torres who retook third from Carlucci. Kline gave it a try but came up short as B. Rye in the SBG Racing, Preston’s Auto Clinic, Penny Fab, Camaro scored the win.

Perry Pounces on Pure Stock Field Doing triple duty, Chuck Perry(Corpus Christi) had one reason to be excited after the night was over. Perry, who destroyed his Limited Modified and had a poor finish in the Street Stocks lead nearly the entire 25 laps in the Pure Stock A-Qualifier. Perry snagged the lead from Mickey Helms on lap 3 and then held the field at bay. Helms gave him at a run at the end but came up short with Perry first to the checkers.

Helms grabbed the top spot off turn 2 as the 23-car field took the green. Perry fell in line second followed by Jacob Wilburn, Dylan Elasko and Colt Beaver. After a quick yellow for a stall by Ryan Slott, Perry got past Helms for the lead while Elasko and Wilburn were door to door for third.

Thomas Downey and Joseph Snow both put Kevin Meyer back and were side by side as they caught Beaver for fifth. The three slugged it out while Helms was hanging on to Perry’s bumper. Perry was able to break free of Helms coming to halfway with Elasko, Wilburn and Beaver rounding out the top five when caution waved for debris.

Perry got a good restart leaving Helms in his wake while Glynn Barber jr., Chase Bresee and Jamie Dear ran three wide. Dear would retire a few laps later after blowing up his transmission. After a couple cautions/restarts Perry was holding off Helms as Bresee and Barber raced for the transfer. Elasko tried to pick up second from Helms but gave up a spot to Wilburn while Perry was taking the checkers.