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Texas Thunder Speedway: Ellis gets first win in wide open IMCA Stock division

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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:05 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

By Kevin Posival

Killeen Daily Herald

The story this season at Texas Thunder Speedway isn't how Keith White and P.J. Egbert are running away with the IMCA SportsMod and Modified track titles, it's that no one seems to be able to take control in the IMCA Stock car class, though on Saturday night, some took to vigilantism to get a win.

There were four cautions and all but one in involved one or two of the top three.

Ronnie Ellis Jr. kept his nose clean amid the bumping and rubbing and led the field out of the final caution with four laps to go and held off charges by points leaders David Dunn and Eric Jones to win his first feature of the year.

"The track was slow up high and fast and tacky on the bottom. Everyone wanted the bottom and pushed to get underneath," Ellis said. "I just held my own."

Tony Hamil led the first eight laps before getting pulled into a three-car caution on lap eight that sent the front three to the back and put Ellis into the top three after falling from his fourth-place start early.

Ellis jumped into second on lap 11 and was put up front when leader, Shad Stevens, was involved in a four-car caution that sent Ellis to the front for the final four laps.

"When you get out front, you have to hit your marks, your lines and be in your zone or else you're done," Ellis said. "I want to give a special thanks to my wife Dawn for all the support she's given me."

Since Ellis started racing in 1986, Dawn has been there through the same competitive, aggressive races like the one on Saturday night.

"It's always like that," Dawn said. "I knew he could do it."

White and Egbert both won their ninth feature races of the season after winning the SportsMod and Modified features on Friday night at Heart of Texas Speedway in Elm Mott.

White started third but split the two leaders in the opening lap and held on the entire 15-lap race that included two cautions which negated substantial leads.

Egbert got around Rick Green on lap 14 of their 20-lap feature and raced the next five laps with relative ease before Modified rookie and current I-Stock champion Benji Kirkpatrick made Egbert work the final lap for his eighth straight win.

Dave Meadows started third in the Street Stocks feature and got around Richard Valentine on lap three and cruised through three cautions and a red flag for his feature win.

Justin Wierenga nearly rolled his 22W car coming out of turn four on lap seven but walked away from the accident.

Aaron Headrick and Matthew Fitzgerald both picked up Texas Twister wins, but Tommy Jacobs, who finished behind Headrick, still leads the field with 408 track points. Headrick sits in second with 405 and Randy Doyle, who finished behind Fitzgerald, sits in third (403).

Albert Wininger Jr. won his second straight Street Stocks King of the Hill race by beating Chris Florio in the final. Wininger was also the only competitor in the race to win after starting out on the outside. Hhe did it in his first race against Valentine and again to beat Florio.

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

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