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Rain threat washes out opening day at Texas Thunder

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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 am

Each Saturday, while driving east on Stan Schlueter Loop toward TTS, I look for the omen.

It doesn’t matter if the clouds are heavy, or even if the sun is beating down, when I come to the old Speedway Auto Sales location, one can easily see the three flagpoles at Texas Thunder. If Old Glory is up in the center, the Texas flag to its right and the IMCA banner to the left, that’s a good chance we’re about to go racing.

On the other hand, if all three poles are standing empty and forlorn, a lump forms in my throat, because that’s not a good sign.

So it was March 9, a date many of us gearheads had been counting the days for, since that was supposed to be the track’s opening night. Each of those lighthouses I use to guide my way were gently swaying in the breeze, as if to say, “Turn around, go home and see if your wife is planning to cook, or if you have to fend for yourself.”

Track promoter David Goode made the right decision when he called off the night’s program, since the forecast was for a bunch more wet stuff, and one thing that can make a race driver or fan really mad is to show up at a track and get told we can’t go.

So we’ll try it again Saturday night, with $1,000 to win in the IMCA Modifieds and a look at some drivers who’ve changed classes, like Belton’s Charles Cosper, last season’s IMCA Hobby Stock champ. Cosper is in the IMCA Stock Car class now and won that group’s feature race at Heart O’Texas Speedway in Waco on Friday night on his first try.

It’s just a lot of fun to watch these drivers compete, mainly because they know what they’re doing and how to stay out of trouble, unlike an individual that almost wrecked our family Friday night.

The girls and I were headed to a downtown Copperas Cove eatery shortly after 6 p.m. As we were rounding that curve on South Main Street in front of the city utility office, another SUV came tearing up Avenue F and could have T-boned us. Thank goodness Sherry has good tires and a strong braking foot.

As we slid to a stop, the other driver sped away, laughing.

What is wrong with some motorists? Are they in that big a rush to get somewhere, that courteous driving and common sense are forgotten?

All I can say is if you want to be in a Demolition Derby, we have two each year at Texas Thunder. Come on out and we’ll get you fixed up. Keep that mentality off the street. It might come back to bite you.

See ya at the track! 

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