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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 4:30 am, Mon Jun 17, 2013.

I really liked what a fan posted on Facebook about Saturday’s race card.

She said something about if the moon was only half showing, what would full-moon racing be like, adding that with two and half months left before the track shuts down, people are driving like it’s their last time there.

Facing facts here, race fans like to see the cars crunch each other, but there really wasn’t much of that going on, unless you count how the Street Stock feature started with 23 cars and ended with 11 still running 20 laps later.

During the party, Kevin Ashley got his No. 2 turned around on the back straightaway, resulting in a head-on crash with Dean Silva, while James Cochran got involved for good measure.

Two caution flags for various reasons on lap one were no big deal, and by the time things wrapped up 35 minutes later, Waco driver Adam Schwarz was in Victory Lane, carrying some paint from Gary Norman’s No. 3, who he had literally scraped by coming to the checkered flag.

And that was just the first A-main ... six to go.

Brittany McElroy was leading the IMCA Southern SportMod feature two laps in when she, (according to Facebook again) was tapped pretty good by David Goode Jr., giving him the top spot. Four circuits later, Goode got loose and gave up the lead to points leader G.W. Egbert IV, who had to contend with a hard-charging Jarrett Roberts and Goode, who had recovered and worked back to second. Egbert outlasted all challengers, though, and posted the win.

Things were quiet during the Texas Twister main event, that is if you think eight race cars running wide open could be considered quiet. This one turned out to be a no-dustup, caution-free, flag-to-flag, no-sweat runaway win for Killeen’s Rick Saupp, who took his 99 car on its first trip to the Winner’s Circle, with his Dad, down from Fort Worth for Father’s Day, watching his son race for the first time.

Wreckage resumed in the IMCA Stock Car feature race, this time with Buck Owens and Michael Richardson getting entwined in turn three of the seventh circuit.

Cleanup complete, back to racing, with Tristan Carman leading on the restart, but getting passed on the left by Jason Batt. Another yellow flag, caused by reasons lost in the dust, bunched up the field again and with three to go, Batt and Carman were locked up in a high-speed duel.

When the checkered flag waved, it was Carman, who leads the national rookie points standings, adding another 40 points to his ledger, winning by a bumper. It was his second victory of the season.

Harker Heights driver Stephanie Henderson powered her Outlaw Twister into the race lead on lap seven of the class feature and stayed ahead of second-place Austin Witt all the way to Victory Lane.

Pretty much the same story happened in the IMCA Hobby Stock main event, dominated by Bellmead racer Andy Roller, who took his car around leader Paul Scrivner on the second lap of 15. Roller, ranked second nationally, had increased his margin to a full straightaway by the 10th circuit and cruised to the victory.

The IMCA Modified feature boasted both defending national champion Keith White and former title holder P.J. Egbert, but in the early going, P.J.’s cousin Trevor Egbert nosed his car around race leader Doyle Massa on lap four to get the lead.

When the scoreboard lap counter clicked over to 15 with five to go, P.J. Egbert was out front, but then, with two laps left, came ... guess what ... a flurry of yellow.

Somebody had spun out, so let’s try a green, white, checker finish.

Restart ... another yellow, because Scooter Bates and Jerry Frydrych got tangled up in turn three. Let’s go again.

After two more attempts, P.J. Egbert, who has more modified wins at Texas Thunder than anybody, was able to carve another notch in his steering wheel.

It was a fun night and we’ve got 11 green flags to go ... probably a bunch more yellows, too.

See ya at the track!

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