By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Ken Old has been racing for 32 years now. He has won too many races in too many divisions that he cannot remember. But, since 1990, he has been racing in the IMCA Modifieds class because it's a class where he can take his 'triple-nickel,' No. 555 car to any track and legally race.
He has raced in Stephenville, Bellmead, Houston, Royse City, San Antonio and Elm Mott.
But Killeen's Texas Thunder Speedway is his "home track," he said, since he started racing at the track in 1974. And on Saturday night, he picked up his 80th IMCA Modified class win.
"It's another one for the record books," Old said. "I want to thank my wife Brenda, and Keith Tibbets, my crew chief."
G.W. Egbert IV finished behind Old in the division and Jason Hoffman finished third.
With only two weeks left, Old still trails P.J. Egbert in the points standings, 896-857.
P.J. Egbert did not run the Modifieds class Saturday night because of the IMCA policy to count only 50 races and Egbert has already raced for points 49 times in the class this year.
Egbert did say that he is planning to race in the event next Saturday night.
Eric Jones and Ron Simpson, No. 1 and No. 2 in the IMCA Stock class, thrilled a packed house in their feature race.
Jones took the early third-lap lead after starting ninth and one behind Simpson, and Simpson was in second-place.
Simpson replaced Jones on turn two in the sixth lap only to have Jones re-take the lead at turn four.
Simpson, again, took the lead around turn three in the seventh lap and held on until turn two on lap 11 when the two bumped bumpers back-and-forth and Jones never relinquished the lead again.
"That was the most exciting race all year. He got into me, I got into him. He got into me again and I got into him again, but it was all in good fun," Jones said after joking with Simpson immediately after the race. "No one's sour about it."
"Ron (Simpson) just started the class this year and he's got a real good car. He's going to be tough next week."
Jones leads the points standings 913-886 over Simpson with Shad Stevens sitting in third with 848 points. Stevens finished fifth Saturday night.
Kevin Green earned his first feature win at Texas Thunder Speedway when he outlasted T.J. Green and David Good in the IMCA Southern SportsMods class.
Billy White still leads in points with an 872-864 advantage over Kenny Ware. Stevens is third in this class as well with 840 points.
Corey Stepan finished ahead of Trevor Sparkman and Albert Wininger Jr. in the Street Stocks class for his second win of the year.
"We've had some problems with the car this year," Stepan said. "We missed last week with transmission problems. We finally got a transmission put into the car Friday."
Stepan trailed Wininger coming out of a first-lap caution and stayed that way until Wininger went outside on turn three in lap seven of the 15-lap race.
With Wininger put back into the eighth spot to come out of the caution, Stepan held off Sparkman through the checkered flag.
"Those last laps were really slick, especially around (turns) three and four," Stepan said.
"My engine started missing at about lap 13 and didn't think it was going to make it. For a two-win year, luck worked out for us this week."
Simmerman, who finished fifth, still leads the class with 944 points, with Wininger in second-place with 914 and Sparkman in third with 899.
Keith Desmarais won the Texas Twisters class ahead of "Nasty" Nate Cullifer and Jared Bouchie.
Cullifer is third in the points standings with 720 while Gary White holds the lead with a 779-721 advantage over James Deane.
Mike Autrey placed ahead of Travis Zwiefelhofer and Colton Monroe in the Mini-Stocks and Junior Minis combined feature race Saturday night.
Zwiefelhofer still holds a 966-928 points advantage over Autrey in the standings.
Monroe leads Joseph Charnock 914-910 in the Junior Minis points standings.
Jonathan Calhoun won the first-ever Demo Derbies $500 feature at the Speedway. In the second feature, Justin Corbin won the $100 purse and Joshua Morgan won $100 for the best-looking demo car.
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