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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:05 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

By Kevin Posival

Killeen Daily Herald

While Keith White and P.J. Egbert continued their dominance in their respective classes, 16-year-old Joseph Charnock took 10 laps in the right direction with a second-place finish behind Jason Batt in the IMCA Stock car class.

Charnock led 11 of the 15 laps in the feature and would've finished out front if not for a lap-10 caution that put Batt, the only person to win more than one I-Stock feature this season, within striking distance. And strike is what he did.

Charnock got the better jump out of the caution, but Batt kept better control around the turns and led the final two laps to get his third feature win this season, days before leaving for Korea.

"Without the caution, (Charnock) wins the race," Batt said. "That's my teammate: the rookie that can't even drive a car on the road yet. I always said I'd never let him win. His tires got cold and was getting too sideways (on the turns). Without the caution he wins and I get second. It just happened that I got the caution."

Charnock, who race in the teen mini stocks last season, made the move up to I-Stocks this season just wanting to finish the race.

"Me and my dad started out just wanting for finish each race," Charnock said. "For me to get second and nearly getting first it's a dream."

Charnock got the better jump out of the caution, but started having problems around the turns. He went too high and too loose around turn four on lap 13 and Batt took the inside route to get his first lead, but Charnock was able to use the high side on the same turn on the next lap to jump back out in front before Batt took to the bottom side of turn three on lap 14 to get his final lead.

"It was so nerve-wracking. I knew Jason was right behind me," Charnock said of his early lead. "(With the caution) then I knew he had me. The car started pushing around the turns. (A second-place finish is) exciting. I'm still pumped."

Batt raced into fourth with 290 season points, 32 behind leader Eric Jones, but will miss the next five weeks while he's in Korea.

"It's a big family affair. My wife (fellow I-Stock racer Robin Rasmussen) races, my daughter races and I'm trying to get into (an IMCA) Modified," Batt said. "I can't race for points. I'm leaving for Korea on Thursday for five weeks. I'm just out here to have fun."

Batt won the I-Stocks feature last week as well and finished 13th in the IMCA Modifieds as Egbert held off last year's Modified track champion Pat McGuire.

With McGuire out front on lap four, Egbert jumped from fourth to second, setting up the heads-up duel with upstart rookie Benji Kirkpatrick pushing up-front action from his third-place spot.

A caution on lap eight cut McGuire's car-length cushion enough that Egbert was able to get around McGuire two turns after the re-start. The two traded leads three times before Egbert got around McGuire on the underside of turn two on lap 12 and coasted for his seventh win this season and sixth straight.

White also turned in his seventh win this season in the IMCA SportsMod out-running Mike McDougal for the checkered flag.

Eric Jones pulled to within three points of Street Stocks leader Tim Carman Jr. with a win. Danny Dunn finished second and Carman finished third.

Noah Wearmouth and Matthew Fitzgerald won the two Texas Twisters features and T.J. Jacobs jumped in front of former points leader Randy Doyle with his third-place finish behind Wearmouth and Jason Bernal. Doyle finished 11th in the other feature.

Contact Kevin Posival at kposival@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7562.

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