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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:17 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Kevin Posival

Killeen Daily Herald

All season, Albert Wininger Jr. and Robert Simmerman have controlled the IMCA Street Stocks class at Texas Thunder Speedway. When rookie Scott Wilson drove his No. 29 car onto the Winner's Circle on Saturday night, both Wininger and Simmerman had to watch from the infield.

"When I saw them go out, I thought I had a chance," Wilson said.

"Those two are a handful. They know what they're doing. Me finishing ahead of them was fun," Wilson added.

Wilson and his family watched the races at Texas Thunder for three years when he decided he wanted to race.

"Today's the 29th," Wilson said. "The number on my car is 29. Today's my day."

Winninger holds a meager one-point lead over Simmerman in the season points tally, 678-677, and Trevor Sparkman, third-place, trails second-place by only seven points.

Sparkman finished fifth Saturday night while Simmerman finished 13th and Wininger finished 14th. Wilson still sits in the eighth-place slot with 508 points.

For the second-consecutive week, it was Allen Waltermire's IMCA Modified car parked on the Winner's Circle after the feature class race.

For the second-consecutive week, P.J. Egbert finished second.

"This was G.W. Egbert's car when he won National Rookie of the Year," Waltermire said. "It was the first car P.J. drove. I've raced in almost every division here, but this right here is where my heart's at," he added,

pointing to his No.

44 car.

Waltermire still holds the fifth-place points spot with 624 points and Egbert still holds a comfortable 706-656 points lead over second-place Danny Gribble.

Gribble finished sixth Saturday night and third-place, Ken Old (642) finished 14th.

In the Twisters class, Howard Twardokus drove through the checkered flag first. Brian Mendenhall finished second.

Points leader Gary White finished eighth Saturday night and second-place Jesse Call (543 points) moved four points closer to White in the standings with his fourth-place finish on the track.

Jason Honey held off Benji Kirkpatrick in the IMCA Stock class for the win Saturday night.

Eric Jones, the division points leader, finished third and improved his lead over second-place Ron Simpson, 693-664. Simpson finished eighth.

The battle between Kenny Ware and Billy White in the IMCA SportsMod class tightened. Ware finished first through the flag but White was right behind him.

White still leads in the points, though, with a 660-653 advantage over Ware. Third-place Shad Stevens (636 points) finished fifth.

P.J. Egbert picked-up another Mini Stocks trophy. Points leader Travis Zwiefelhofer finished behind Egbert.

Egbert still holds the third-place points position with 660 points. Mike Autrey (second place, 671 points) finished seventh.

And, finally, Joseph Charnock finished first through the flag in the Junior Mini's race and Colton Monroe followed.

Monroe still leads the points standings with a 656-650 lead over Charnock.

Contact Kevin Posival at kposival@kdhnews.com

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