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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2006 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:17 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Kevin Posival

Killeen Daily Herald

P.J. Egbert extended his IMCA Modified points lead over Danny Gribble, 628-587, Saturday night at Texas Thunder Speedway by racing through the checkered flag first in the feature race.

"I prefer tracks like (Texas Thunder Speedway)," Egbert said.

"I love racing. If these were wheelbarrows, I'd probably race them."

Johnny Sheets, 23rd in the IMCA Modifieds South Central points-race, finished second and Ken Old finished third Saturday night. Old still holds third place in the points race with 579. Gribble finished 11th.

In the IMCA Stock division, Benji Kirkpatrick took the checkered flag for the third consecutive week at the track and replaced Gary Norman in the 11th-place slot in the total-points race with 414 accumulated credits.

Ron Simpson, second in points, finished behind Kirkpatrick, and Anthony Otken was third across the line.

IMCA Stock points leader Eric Jones held a 626-592 lead over Simpson in the points race with a fifth-place finish.

Albert Wininger Jr. won a personal-best seventh Street Stocks race at TTS, surpassing numerous six-win seasons and advancing him one win closer to his 10-win season goal.

Wininger (624 points) trailed patiently in the second-place slot for most of the race.

He started in the 10th position and had worked his way to the third slot just before the first caution flag came out. Then, the second caution flag came out before the first subsequent green-lap was completed.

He moved himself into the second-place slot after the green flag and held until another caution flag appeared.

After the caution, with three laps left, he took the lead, but another caution flag sent him back into the second-place slot. When the green re-appeared, he again took the lead in the ensuing lap and held it.

"I had to pick my spot," Wininger said. "When (Scott Wilson) had to push up into the corner, I came around on the inside."

Robert Simmerman finished second at the track and the second-place finish improved his points-race position from third to second with a 609-601 advantage over Trevor Sparkman, who finished 14th Saturday night.

Gary White's Texas Twisters division points lead was cut to 16 (483-467) after second-place points holder Jesse Call drove through the flag first on the track while White managed a sixth-place finish.

Aaron White finished behind Call, and Chris Florio finished third.

Nate Cullifer (455 points) finished 11th on the track but still holds the third-place points position.

Billy White still holds the points lead in the IMCA SportMods division, but second-place Kenny Ware's fourth-place finish on the track reduced White's lead to 10, 588-578.

Pat McGuire picked up his second division win by running through the SportMod checkered flag first. The win bumped him from the 13th slot to 11th with a total points score of 224.

Shad Stevens (563) held his third-place points position with a sixth-place finish.

Joseph Charnock got the better of Jr. Mini Stocks points leader Colton Monroe with his first-place finish. But Monroe still holds the points lead, 584-576, by finishing just behind Charnock.

Ryan Ellis finished third and still sits in the third-place points slot with 533.

Egbert picked up his second trophy of the night in the Mini-Stocks division. He is still third in the total points race, 18 behind second-place points holder Mike Autrey and 60 points behind points leader Travis Zwiefelhofer.

Zwiefelhofer finished seventh on the track and Autrey finished third.

Finishing behind Egbert was Ronnie Ellis Jr.

"My dad collects trophies," Egbert said, "I'm just trying to help."

Contact Kevin Posival at kposival@kdhnews.com

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