By Justin Boyd
Killeen Daily Herald
Trevor Egbert left 23 cars in the dust Saturday night at Texas Thunder Speedway.
Although the rookie Salado driver led all 20 laps of the IMCA Modified feature race, he admitted the win was anything but easy.
"I was pretty nervous out there," said Egbert, who credited his first TTS win, and second of his career, to his family and crew. "I kept looking back and seeing that No. 1 car in the third position. I was just waiting for (Keith White) to move up and challenge me for the lead. But thankfully he didn't."
Pat McGuire finished second with White, the Modified class points leader, taking third. White's teammate Greg Atwood claimed the fourth spot.
Leading the IMCA national rookie standings with 1,101 points, Egbert is seeking to become the third consecutive Egbert to win the Rookie of the Year award.
"I guess I've got a lot of pressure on me to win it," Egbert said, referring to the honor that G.W. Egbert and P.J. Egbert won in 2002 and 2003, respectively."Actually I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself. I've got to win it."
Harker Heights driver Doug Lorenz pulled double-duty Saturday night, winning the I-Stock feature event and running fifth in the Modified class race.
Lorenz staved off several passing attempts by teammate Jason Batt to tally his first victory of the season.
Following the race, I-Stock points leader Anthony Otken claimed Lorenz's engine and Chris Ochoa, who finished 12th, claimed Batt's engine.
In the Mini-Stock feature, Guy Frederick made his return to the winner's circle.
Having won several races at TTS in the past, it was Frederick's first win of the season, a fact not lost on the Killeen racer.
"These guys in the Mini-Stock class just won't let you win," Frederick said. "It's tough each week."
Mike Deroon brought home a second-place finish with Mini-Stock points leader and defending track champion Jason Hoffman finishing third.
Hoffman holds a slim two-point lead (552-550) over Kenny Ware in the point standings.
Trevor Sparkman retook the Thunder Stock points lead the easiest way possible, by winning.
Sparkman held off David Cowen and Justin Wierenga to score his third win of the year, and with it now has a nine-point lead over Jessie James Cox Jr. in the Thunder Stock standings.
The Simmerman family continued its reign over the Street Stock division with Andrew Simmerman and Robert Simmerman finishing first and second in the feature race for the second straight week.
The victory was points leader Andrew Simmerman's sixth of the season and it also marked the seventh consecutive week that a Simmerman was in the winner's circle at TTS.
Copperas Cove driver T.Y. Hawkey finished third in the feature and is 28 points behind Andrew Simmerman in the Street Stock points chase.
Earlier in the evening, in a Street Stock heat race, Harker Heights racer Scott Cooper wrecked his No. 12 Dallas Cowboys car in turn two.
It took emergency workers and track officials some 20 minutes to remove Cooper from the car. Once out, Cooper was transported to Metroplex Hospital for observation.
Cooper suffered some bruising and an injured wrist, but was released from Metroplex and returned to the track later in the night. However, he did not compete in the Street Stock feature event.
The Texas Dwarf Car Association cars made their second TTS appearance of the 2004 season with San Antonio driver David Tedford taking the 15-lap event. The win was Tedford's sixth of the season.
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