G.W. Egbert IV was hot under the hood ... literally.
During lap eight of Saturday night’s IMCA Southern SportMod feature at Texas Thunder Speedway, Egbert, Zack Zaidle and Dennis Purrington were coming out of turn four three-wide when the cars got together, drawing all eyes in the house to Egbert’s No. 717, which had flames clearly visible in the engine compartment.
He quickly pulled off and was met by safety crewmen, who had the fire out in seconds, but adding insult to injury, his car’s right side sheet metal was peeled back like an onion and it wasn’t even a Demo Derby. That comes this week.
On the restart, Sid Kiphen and Randy Doyle were roughing each other up, which opened the door for David Goode Jr. to grab the lead, and he kept it until the checkered flag waved.
His win gave Goode, who races out of Copperas Cove, the class points lead, 13 better than Egbert, who’s in second.
One feature race earlier, a wreck with three Street Stocks coming together stopped the show with Bobby Norton leading. Chris Cockrell, gunning for his second straight win, came out of another three-wide run and by lap 17 was running up front, where he was able to hold off Chris Birmingham’s challenge and get back-to-back victories.
It was a sweet win for the Temple-based Cockrell, not only because it came a couple of days before his birthday, but also due to it coming in a truck, going against some really fast cars.
Other reworked pickups have competed at TTS over the years, but this one’s dialed in and it’ll be interesting to see if our other Street Stock truck, driven by Larry Ware, can measure up to the standard being set by Cockrell.
Harker Heights driver James Enyeart is also on a roll these days, picking up another Texas Twister feature win in a caution-free run.
Next out were the IMCA Stock cars and things looked early like an Anthony Otken runaway, with the former track champion jumping out front for the first 10 laps. But Jason was at Batt, working his way forward to get by the leader on a low-side pass. Otken didn’t give up easily, staying in contention as Tristan Carman joined the party.
The trio was running hard until a car stalled between turns three and four with one to go, bringing out the yellow flag. A green-white-checker finish was called up by officials, with Batt’s car getting a good jump on the restart and hanging on to get the win, his second in three weeks.
Only one glitch appeared in the Outlaw Twister main event when Kempner’s Chris Bruner had to slow his race-leading No. 10 for a caution, but on the restart, Bruner got back on point and was able to stay far enough ahead of hard-charging Taylor Florio to earn his trip to Victory Lane.
In the IMCA Hobby Stock feature, Killeen racer Jamie Herring took the lead right off green, outrunning Waco-area drivers Andy Roller, who was later disqualified for using an illegal carburetor, and Jeremy Bost, who pressured hard but couldn’t quite catch the 222, which made its next stop in the Winner’s Circle.
Feature racing wrapped up with the IMCA Modifieds and it was Doyle Massa in the lead for 12 laps until he was passed by Pat McGuire, who had picked off cars one by one until reaching second before taking over the top spot.
With P.J. Egbert and national champion Keith White hot on McGuire’s rear bumper, a four-car smashup in turn four involving McGuire, Jerry Frydrych, Ken Old and Ben Ketteman brought everything to a screeching halt.
Egbert came out smelling like a rose on that one, taking his Kempner-based 707 car to the lead with three laps to go and pulling off the win.
As you can see, there was some metal mayhem, but there wasn’t supposed to be. That all changes this week when the track puts on Demo Derby I, where if you don’t crunch your opponents, there won’t be much cash in your pay envelope.
Kind of like being an announcer, you know?
See ya at the track!