Now that we’ve got the International Motor Contest Association’s annual Super Nationals finished up in Boone, Iowa, the Saturday night lights will be back on at Texas Thunder Speedway.
With only three points nights left on the 2012 schedule, no class leader is a mathematical shoo-in, but some would have to suffer a complete collapse not to be crowned.
The closest race is between Killeen driver Vavette Blevins, who’s 22 points of Killeen resident John Femrite in the Texas Twister campaign. Blevins, who has had several cars claimed out from under her, keeps coming back and consistently places high enough to maintain her lead. If “Cupcake,” as she’s known, holds on, she would be the first female champion I can remember at TTS.
More close ones to watch are the IMCA Southern SportMod clash between Gatesville’s Sid Kiphen, who leads Belton driver Trevor Egbert by 29 points, and Egbert’s cousin, G.W. Egbert IV, racing out of Salado, who has a 32-point edge over Pflugerville’s Ben Ketteman in the IMCA Modified standings.
In the Outlaw Twisters, Killeen racer Brian Bagent’s lead over James Cochran II of Harker Heights equals Bagent’s car number of 45.
Three other drivers look to be uncatchable, but you never know what’ll happen on that quarter mile of dirt.
Multi-time IMCA Stock Car champion Eric Jones of Killeen leads former track champ Anthony Otken of Killeen by 91 points, while Belton resident Charles Cosper has a 104-point advantage over Temple driver Jarrett Roberts in the IMCA Hobby Stock sweepstakes.
To me, one of the most exciting finishes is in the Street Stock class, because of what the end result might be. Killeen driver Tristan Carman leads Copperas Cove’s Jacob Sakhnini by 87 points. Enough to win? Possibly, but if he does, and I sure don’t want to jinx anybody here, but ...
If Carman takes the title, he would be the third generation of his family to win the class, after his father Tim Jr. did it a couple of years ago, and grandfather Tim Sr. was victorious in the early 1990s. I don’t think that’s ever been done around here, either.
Carman also deserves a pat on the back, along with two of his fellow drivers, for another big-time accomplishment.
He, along with Cochran and Taylor Florio, who races occasionally in the Outlaw Twisters while putting in full-time work in the Junior MiniStocks at Heart of Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, have all been named to the inaugural class of the Young Guns Hall of Fame.
The selections were made by a panel of judges representing a Facebook group known as The Real Nascar. These young drivers, all in their early teens, were judged on talent, sportsmanship, image and stats. It goes without saying we’re all very proud of each of you.
By the way, in case you didn’t stay up until the wee hours watching the Cup race in Richmond on Saturday night, which was delayed by rain and red-yellowed for more rain, Clint Bowyer won it and Jeff Gordon claimed the final spot in NASCAR’s playoffs, known as the Chase. My main man, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was already in, but Gordon kept another of my favorites, Kyle Busch, out of the party.
Oh, well. I’d rather watch our drivers anyway, and they’re ready to go racing after a week off, guaranteed.
See ya at the track!