By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
P.J. Egbert, Billy White and Eric Jones closed the deal on their IMCA class seasons Saturday night at Texas Thunder Speedway. But only Jones was able to walk away from the winner's circle after a feature race.
Jones finished first in the IMCA Stock feature race and captured the class points title with a 953-919 final advantage over second-place Ron Simpson. Simpson finished eighth. Shad Stevens (third with 887 points) finished second.
Egbert, after starting in the pole position, had to watch the IMCA Modified finale from the pit after the he broke the rear axle on his No. 707 car in the fourth-lap.
"Anytime I start up front, something like this happens," Egbert said. "It's like a jinx. We still won the region, state and track titles."
In his absence, Pat McGuire won his eighth modified feature of the year after replacing Ken Old around turn four on lap 13.
"Ken Old is tough to pass," McGuire said. "I was lucky to get around him. A lot of racing is luck. I can't complain ... I've quit the season on a good note."
McGuire finished fifth in the final standings with 863 points. Old and Andrew Simmerman, finished second and third in the race and also in the standings, Old with 896 points and Simmerman with 879.
Egbert also started the Race of Champions race in the pole position but, again, made a fourth-lap exit, this time with a flat tire, and watched Hardy Henderson race into the winner's circle.
McGuire finished second in that race and Old finished third. Andrew Simmerman, racing in the current/former champions-only race by invitation of track officials, finished fourth.
Mike McDougal claimed the checkered flag in the IMCA Southern SportsMods feature race, but Billy White claimed the class title with a 904-864 final points advantage over Kenny Ware. Shad Stevens finished in third-place with 840 points. White finished ninth and Ware finished 12th.
Sid Kiphen and Trace Crawford finished behind McDougal on the track.
Robert Simmerman locked-in his second-consecutive Street Stocks class title Saturday night. He finished behind Carl Boettcher, but Boettcher's car was disqualified after inspections showed that he was racing an I-Stock car. With Boettcher's DQ, Simmerman captured the feature trophy.
"Two in a row; that's a nice feeling," Simmerman said, "Consistency will win a ballgame anytime.
"When the No. 40 car (Albert Wininger Jr.) went out, that was the tip of the cake. I knew if I could just keep the car together I knew I'd win (the class championship)."
Trevor Sparkman finished second behind Simmerman and has reclaimed the second-place points advantage over Wininger, but only by a point, 938-937, with one race left to count.
In the Texas Twisters class, Jared Bouchie won his first feature race of the year by outlasting Larry Tuerck and Keith Desmarais.
Gary White still holds first-place in those points standings with an 815-753 advantage over "Nasty" Nate Cullifer. James Deane holds the third-place slot with 749 points.
White finished fifth, Cullifer finished eighth and Deane finished 13th.
Travis Zwiefelhofer captured the Mini-Stocks class title with his first-place finish. Second-place Mike Autrey (965 points) will keep his standing over Julie Kelly Zwiefelhofer (894) when that class finishes points races next week.
Autrey finished behind G.W. Egbert IV and Rickey Reid on the track and Zwiefelhofer finished behind Autrey in fifth-place.
Colton Monroe finished third Saturday night but will still win the Junior Mini's class next week after walking away from the track with a 949-937 points advantage over second-place Joseph Charnock as long as Monroe races.
Charnock finished in second and Nathan Robbins took the class checkered flag.
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