IH-37 Raceway News: Warrior Fest II
Pleasanton, Tx.,(July 7th, 2012) As part of I-37 Raceway’s Independence Day celebrations, the track hosted the 2nd Annual Warrior Fest, Salute to the Troops. Started last year by Andrew and Victoria Hesler, the race supports the Wounded Warrior Foundation and Center for the Intrepid through donations by drivers and fans. Several drivers once again opted to start at the rear of their features, put on a show for the troops and fans, plus donate their winnings.
Hesler, a 14-year veteran before being discharged after an IED injury, was on the charge in his Limited Late Model feature until expiring his motor. Jarrett Payton chose the tail of the Pure Stock race, made his way up to sixth, spun and went to the back again, and finished sixth despite being on seven cylinders.
The IMCA Modified class saw another new winner, the third of the season, with Carson Bednarz holding off a former champ, Bill Pittaway at the finish. In the IMCA Southern Sportmods, two brothers Talon and Robby Minten put on the best show, of the perhaps the year, as they swapped the lead seven times during the 20-lap feature. Talon edged out Robby by about two feet at the checkers.
Jensen Pray returned, after a tech infraction cost him last week’s main, and redeemed himself taking the Limited Late Model honors. Karaline Campbell was on her way to possibly becoming a first time Pure Stock winner until losing the axle under yellow giving way to eventual winner, Adam Torres.
Last week’s hard luck award winner Wade Jones, who had a tire go down under yellow only two laps from the finish, made up for it grabbing the Street Stock win. Dillon Gaither, once again put it on the Front Runner field going flag to flag.
IMCA Modifieds:16 Carson Bednarz, 137 Bill Pittaway, 49 Chuck Chesler, 26 Darin Leonard, 87 Dennis Taylor, 82 Rick Green, 21 Jason Borlace, 37b Don Banker, 77 Cory Lovell, 10b Ellis Tracy, 10r Robert Walton, 14x Kevin Schelling, 31 Marlin Samford, 24 Tracy Fink---DNS, 29 Jamie Campbell DNS
IMCA Southern Sportmods: 9(14t) Talon Minten, 4r Robby Minten, 26g JJ Jennings, 22t Tommy Grimes, 57 Jason Kelly, 2r Michael Hernandez, 37 Cody Leonard, 58 Hunter Flanagan, 18 Larry Jernigan, 2g Greg Lackey, 60 Pat Lyon, 14t(35) Eddy Ross, 11 Tom Grothues, 21 Barry Codling, 118 Anthony Gordon
Limited Late Models: 1* Jensen Pray, 99 Trey Votion, 42 Ron Sprayue, 6 Craig Crawley, 23 Richard Schelling, 7 Richard Bartosh, 10 Chris Brock, 14 Gary Hunter, 1x Andrew Hesler, 117/13 Howie Marcx: Alamo Hot Rod Parts Street Stocks: 41 Wade Jones , 9 Brian Becka, 141 Curtis Opiela, 99 Frank Okruhlik, 15 Tommy Casey, 37 AJ Wernette, 7 Justin Henley, 18 Shawn Moore, 31 Jeff Hendricks, 2x Dennis Hilla, 1 Tator Mason, 10 David Grobe, 82 Richard Wells, 11w Dathan Faulkner, 5 Rick Schroat, 40 Mike Lyon--- DQ(Unsportsmanlike conduct)
Pure Stocks: 66 Adam Torres, 7x Janel Hilla, 5 Ryan Doyon, 95 Jerry Jones, 6p Jeremy Hernandez, 9s Jarrett Payton, 117 Devin Adler, 15 William Cavender, 14 Trey Heald, 83 Kary Scott, 88 Brandy Ramzinski, 10c Karaline Campbell, 1c2 Dustin Blessing, 28 Darrin Blevins, 60 Adam McKinley, 57 Ben Franke
Front Runners: 5 Dillon Gaither, 08 Landon Sowder, 69 Jordan Sandoval, 57 Trevor Bettis, 8k Bill McCall, 17 Kirstin Blevins, 05 Taylor Collins, 113 Hailee Marcx, 67 Jimmy Carroll, 82 Sam Markgraf, 4 Jeremy Witt, 8t Thomas Franklin
Go Karts: Jr. Division; 93 Cavin Leddy, 48 Isaiah Lambert, 60 Chase Schanen, 07 Lauren Wells
Sr. Division; 60 Logan Schanen, 37 Aaron Trevino, 11 Caitlyn Leddy, 9 Camryn Leddy, 07 Duell Arnold, 82 Andrew Garcia