By Justin Boyd
Killeen Daily Herald
On a night when a brand-new class the Texas Twisters class was set to make its debut at Texas Thunder Speedway, familiar faces dominated the other classes.
In the three previous race nights of the 2006 season, none of the six classes at the quarter-mile dirt track had a repeat feature winner.
By the end of Saturday night, that was no longer the case in any of the classes.
In the IMCA Southern SportMod feature, Mike McDougal picked up right where he left off last week, running away from the rest of the 10-car field for his second consecutive victory.
"The track was real rough tonight, so I just tried to drive as easy as I could," McDougal said.
McDougal drove easy and made it look easy once again, leading all 15 laps and finishing a full straightaway ahead of second-place driver Kevin West, the class points leader.
Kenny Ware finished third, Shad Stevens took fourth and Trace Crawford rolled home to a fifth-place finish.
McDougal wasn't the only driver to turn in a dominating performance as Belton's Pat McGuire led 19 of 20 laps en route to his second straight IMCA Modified feature win.
The race, however, was marred by the biggest wreck of the night a three-car crash in the front stretch that involved Paul Mullins, Danny Gribble and Trevor Egbert.
While none of the drivers were injured, Gribble appeared to get the worst of the ordeal. Not only did his No. 27 car suffer extensive damage, but with his 15th-place finish, he fell from first to fourth in the points standings.
P.J. Egbert finished second in the Modified feature but would make his way to the winner's circle in the next race.
Driving a Mini Stock car for just the second time, Egbert won the feature for the second week in a row.
"I had to come out here and redeem myself for finishing second (in the Modified feature)," Egbert said after the victory.
Class points leader Travis Zwiefelhofer took second followed by David Stewart, Julie Kelly Zwiefelhofer and Rickey Reid.
While it was Egbert's first trip to the winner's circle for the evening, it was the second for the car he drove.
Earlier in the night, Egbert's younger brother, Colton Monroe, scored his second Jr. Mini Stock race win of the season in his No. 712 car.
Using what he described as a "P.J. Egbert move," Monroe dove to the inside to pass Joseph Charnock for the race lead in between turns three and four on the final lap to secure the win.
With the victory, Monroe moved atop the standings of the division for drivers ages 13-15.
Eric Jones pulled off a similar feat in the I-Stock feature as he won his second race of the season and overtook Jacob Dunn for the I-Stock points lead.
Vernon Owens finished second followed by Ron Simpson, Zana Craig and Jessie James Cox Jr.
In the Street Stock feature, defending track champion Robert Simmerman notched his second win of the year, besting Albert Wininger Jr., Mike McLaughlin, class points leader Trevor Sparkman and Paul Kohl in the process.
As for the Twisters feature, KLFX-FM 107.3 FM disc jockey Nasty Nate Cullifer used a last-lap pass of Ronald Ray Tanner to win the inaugural race.
Gary White finished third followed by James R. Tanner and James Deane, who rounded out the top five for the 12-car field.
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