By Justin Boyd
Killeen Daily Herald
Apparently, 20 laps of IMCA Modified action just wasn't enough racing for P.J. Egbert Saturday night at Texas Thunder Speedway.
After finishing third in the Modified feature, a race won by Belton's Pat McGuire, Egbert returned to the track later in the evening.
Making his Mini Stock class debut, the Copperas Cove driver climbed into his step-brother Colton Monroe's No. 712 car and ran away with the feature win.
After the victory, Egbert jokingly thanked his "car owner" for the driving opportunity.
Actually, the former Modified track champion and national Rookie of the Year just wanted to see what his little brother's car could do.
"My brother is still in the learning stage, so I drove his car tonight to find out how to set the car up better for him," Egbert said. "And to give me something to do."
Monroe, 14, has already proven himself to be a strong competitor in the Jr. Mini Stock class, a division for racers ages 13-15. Monroe won the track title in 2005, took this season's opening race and ran second to Brad VanMarter in Saturday night's feature.
Egbert said the plan is for Monroe to remain in the Jr. Mini Stock class the rest of this season and next and then move up to either the IMCA Southern SportMod, I-Stock or Modified class.
As for himself, though, Egbert said fans can expect to see him competing in more Mini Stock races this season.
"Oh yeah," Egbert said when asked if he would race in any more Mini Stock events. "I want to see how fast this thing can go. It wasn't running right."
By winning the feature, Egbert became the first driver not named Zwiefelhofer to win a Mini Stock race at TTS this season.
Class points leader Travis Zwiefelhofer, the winner of the season opener, finished second while his sister and last week's winner, Julie Kelly, rolled home to a ninth-place finish.
In the SportMod class, Mike McDougal started second in the feature, but once the race began he was second to none.
McDougal quickly passed Eric Tomlinson for the race lead on lap 1 and then left the rest of the field in the dust as he finished nearly a full straightaway ahead of Tomlinson, who ran second.
"I haven't seen the tape yet, so I'm not sure how much I beat them by, but I don't think I've ever had a run that good," McDougal said.
McDougal said the key to his dominant win was adjusting to the track.
"I just kept the car straight and kind of drove it easy, actually, because the track was dry-slick," McDougal said. "On a dry-slick track, slower is faster, believe it or not. I just tried to not overdrive it and just take it easy."
Kevin West finished third followed by class points leader Trace Crawford and Johnny Torres.
Shad Stevens, the 2005 Mini Stock track champion, took control of the I-Stock feature race in the backstretch on lap 3 and then held off class points leader Jacob Dunn for the win.
Vernon Owens finished third with Eric Jones and D.J. MacWilliams taking fourth and fifth respectively.
In the Street Stock feature, Joe Fuller passed Albert Wininger Jr. at the start/finish line of lap 9 then weaved his way through lapped traffic and into winner's circle.
With the victory, Fuller moved atop the class points standings.
Wininger finished second followed by last week's feature winner Trevor Sparkman, Tim Worthy and Joe Horne.
The Brazos Mini Sprint cars made their season debut at TTS with Bryan's Troy Wren winning the 12-car, 20-lap feature.
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