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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:40 am, Mon Nov 5, 2012.

They race out of different towns. They compete in different IMCA classes. They both win consistently. They're both former IMCA Modified Rookies of the Year.

And they both make it look so easy.

Believe me, it takes every bit of skill a driver has to win a feature race at ultra-competitive Texas Thunder Speedway, but the Egbert brothers pulled off a double victory to pad their points leads in the track's modified

classes on Wolfman Towing night.

The Harold's Used Cars and Parts IMCA Modified main event saw Salado-based G.W. Egbert IV inch from mid-pack into second behind Robinson driver Dwayne Grantham as the lap counter clicked over to nine and then, a race leader's worst nightmare happened — the caution flag waved.

Good for Egbert, bad for Grantham, since he had inched up enough to trip the transponder's electric eye and give him a .046 of a second advantage and top spot on the restart.

By then, the field was in single-file restart mode and that was all Egbert needed. He kept ahead of the gamely battling Grantham and came around for his seventh feature race win of the season.

Brother Trevor Egbert bided his time when the IMCA Southern SportMod final got started. Good move, since there was beating and banging right from the beginning. Eddy driver Ricky Rodriguez apparently got the worst of it, since he took his car off the track quickly. Once things got onto a relatively even keel, Killeen's Mike McDougal was leading, until Egbert caught up on lap 12, made the pass and took the ride down Victory Lane, cementing the family's second broom job of the year.

Another driver made his win appear easy come, namely Belton's Charles Cosper in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Cosper had his car leading by lap two and had built his advantage to a full straightaway by the end to claim win No. 6 of the 2012 season.

Killeen driver Eric Jones was once again the star of the IMCA Stock Car main. Jones went from back to front quickly, overtaking Lampasas racer Tony Hamil on Lap 3. Despite race-long pressure from former track promoter

Pat Wilson of Harker Heights, Jones boogied on and captured win No. 10 and padded his lead by another 40 points.

Action in the Street Stock feature started off with Killeen driver Zach Riley off to an early lead. Things slowed down when Leander's Gene Burnett and Killeen racer David Dunn got together.

Once that was cleared up, Riley faced Elgin driver Tommy Gural in a see-saw, back and forth battle, which lasted until lap 10, when Gural took over for good and scored the victory.

Gural, who is primarily an asphalt racer, said it was his first-ever win on dirt.

The Texas Twister main event featured another dominating performance by Kempner driver Chris Bruner. He led from flag to flag and then had to sweat out a claim drawing.

His number wasn't pulled from the hat, though. The $500 claim fee was accepted by Killeen racer Vavette Blevins, who sent her car home with a new owner.

Depending on your point of view, the night's humorous moment came when Lampasas driver Austin Smith was en route to another lopsided win in the Outlaw Twister feature.

Smith had taken the lead before turn one of the first lap.

It looked like another no-sweat win, until, for some reason, Smith pulled off the track and parked in the winner's Circle with the checkered flag waving. Only trouble was, he hadn't finished the race, since his transponder didn't register the final lap. The miscue allowed Killeen racer Brian Bagent, running second, to pull off the upset.

In the pits later, I went looking for Smith to find out what happened.

The multi-time winner didn't seem too upset, remarking it was his final Twister race, since he's bringing a new IMCA Stock Car out this week.

"Just write about me in the paper," he said. Done deal, kid.

I'll bet he doesn't forget to trip the transponder again.

Come out early this week for Demo Derby II, ya'll.

See ya at the track!

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