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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2005 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Justin Boyd

Killeen Daily Herald

In order to defend his King of the Hill Mini-Stock crown, Gatesville driver Billy White was tasked with having to defeat the racer who has reigned over the class for several years.

White did just that Saturday night at Texas Thunder Speedway as he bested four-time Mini-Stock champion Jason Hoffman in the finals of the two-lap sprint tournament.

The showdown between the two drivers that have combined to win all three features at TTS this season, however, never really materialized as Hoffman had trouble getting his car up to speed, which allowed White to coast to the victory.

"I think he tried to start the race a little slow," White said of Hoffman. "And I don't think either one

of our cars liked that. I think he ended up pulling a shifter out. If he wouldn't have pulled a shifter out, he would have won that race."

It was a big night for White, who also won the Mini-Stock feature. White pulled off the same feat last year as he won both the King of the Hill and the feature in the same night.

Having won two of the three feature races this season, White is the points leader. However, he admitted that it doesn't mean much too him considering he won't be able to compete each week.

"I don't run points," White said. "I'll be working in a few weeks on Saturdays so I won't stay in the points race."

Nonetheless, White said it's always good when he can make the most of his few opportunities.

"If you don't finish in the top three, you don't make no money," he said. "You lose money. So you've got to finish up there or you just lose money."

Hoffman is tied with Ron Simpson, who was runner-up in the feature, for second place in the standings.

Andrew Simmerman's dominance of the Street Stock division continued on Saturday night. The 2004 champ took the checkered flag for the second straight week, topping Albert Wininger Jr. and brother Robert Simmerman, who won the feature race on opening night, in the process.

Simmerman, who has been trying to sell his No. 8 car, said his continual success has caused a dilemma.

"I want to sell it," Simmerman said of his car. "But then again I don't because it's so fast."

Class points leader Danny Dunn finished fourth in the contest.

Simmerman wasn't the only winner from last week to return to victory lane.

Cham Savage Jr. notched his second consecutive I-Stock win of the season. Savage passed race leader Anthony Otken in turn four on lap three and never looked back.

Eric Jones ran second, points leader Jason Batt finished third, Douglas Lorenz took fourth and Chris Ochoa garnered a fifth-place finish.

For the second week in a row, an Egbert was in the winner's circle following the IMCA Modified feature race. Saturday night it was P.J. Egbert.

Ranked No. 2 in the nation in the Modifieds standings, the Kempner driver led 14 of the 20 caution-filled laps of the event en route to the victory.

Hardy Henderson finished second, Dan Roberts claimed third. Elias Anderson and Ken Old rounded the top five.

With 137 points, Brian Killingsworth sits atop the Modified point standings.

In the Thunder Stock feature, Danny Colburn passed last week's winner, Tony Hamil, on lap four and then held off Trevor Sparkman at the start/finish line to pick up his first win of the season.

Sparkman, the class points leader, finished second followed by Corey Stepan, Bobby Norton and defending class champion Jessie James Cox Jr.

Contact Justin Boyd at jboyd@kdhnews.com

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