By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
P.J. Egbert still holds a 549-521 total points lead over Danny Gribble in the IMCA Modified division after Saturday night's race at Texas Thunder Speedway, but it was Gribble that drove through the checkered flag first on Saturday night.
"I got lucky enough to get in the lead," Gribble said.
Gribble said terrible racing luck this season almost kept him from racing at the speedway Saturday night, but it was his family that talked him into going.
"Everyone works so hard," he said, "Eventually if you don't win, it's like your working nothing."
The win, Gribble said, "was a relief."
Egbert finished second in the race followed by William McGuire.
In the IMCA Modified points race, Egbert and Gribble still hold the top two slots while Ken Old, who finished sixth Saturday night, is in third with 504 points.
Rookie Andrew Simmerman replaced Allen Waltermire in the No. 4 spot after his fourth-place finish in the race. Waltermire, who finished 14th, holds the fifth-place points total with 491 points, just five behind Simmerman.
In the IMCA Stock division, Benji Kirkpatrick took first-place, but still remains behind the pack in the total points race with 334.
Points leader, Eric Jones, at 565, finished behind Kirpatrick, and Ron Simpson finished third and trails Jones by 50 points.
Vernon Owens, Shad Stevens, and Robin Rasmussen still occupy the third- through fifth-place slots in total points after their eighth-, seventh- and 10th-place respective finishes.
Eighteen-year-old Eric Tomlinson picked up his first win of the season in the IMCA SportsMods race.
"There's a weight off my shoulders," Tomlinson said. "I've been close but haven't finished first."
The win bumped Tomlinson from the 13th position to the 11th position in the points race.
The frontrunner in that division, Billy White, finished fourth and now leads 513-504 over second-place Kenny Ware. Ware finished fifth.
Kevin West rounds out the top-five points leaders with 401 points after his eighth-place finish.
Gary White still holds the Twister points lead after Saturday night's race, but Howard Twardokus, 14th, finished first.
Brian Mendenhall finished second, but sits in the seventh-place points slot.
Jesse Call surpassed "Nasty" Nate Cullifer for second-place points rights after his third-place finish Saturday night.
Cullifer is now in third-place with 392 points, just a single point behind Call, and James Deane and Larry Tuerck still hold their fourth- and fifth-place points totals.
Albert Wininger, Jr. held off long-time friend, Dave Meadows to win the Street Stocks race.
Wininger said he and Meadows have been competing against one another since the early 1990s when both racers were in the Super Stock division.
"He a good driver," Wininger said.
"I hit my groove and hit my marks and he never could get around under me."
The win increases Wininger's first-place lead to 26 points over rookie Trevor Sparkman, who finished sixth.
In the points race, Robert Simmerman still holds onto third with his 12th-place finish and Danny Dunn and rookie Carl Boettcher round out the top five in that division.
Egbert moved up a spot in the Mini Stocks points race after his first-place finish. He jumped from fourth to third, moving Ricky Reid, who finished eighth, into the No. 4 position.
Travis Zwiefelhofer holds a 40-point lead over second-place Mike Autrey.
Zwiefelhofer finished fifth and Autrey finished sixth at the race.
Joseph Charnock finished in second-place behind Ryan Ellis in the Junior Minis race and cut points leader Colton Monroe's lead from 10 to seven.
Ellis trails second-place, Monroe by 42 points in the standings.
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