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Cary Stapp and Carolyn Aramendia hustle their way to Winner’s Circle

KYLE, TX (July 14, 2008) – Saturday night’s racing action at Thunderhill Raceway (THR) presented some tough challenges to the current point leaders in the local classes – namely, Cary Stapp in the ASA A-Line Super Stocks, Carolyn Aramendia in the Grand Stocks and Joey Tschoerner in the Thunder Stocks.

Cary Stapp (San Marcos, TX) started his feature race in the ninth position. He picked off his competitors one at a time and then managed to grab the lead on Lap 9 of the 40-lap ASA A-Line Super Stock feature race – claiming his fourth feature win of the year. The gap for the lead in the local Super Stock points’ competition has now widened, and Stapp holds a commanding 159 point lead over Duane Toyne (Leander, TX).

Since Thunderhill Raceway is an ASA-sanctioned track, Stapp’s victory may help him regain his lead in the West Region in the ASA Short Track National Championship. Stapp went into Saturday’s race in the second position in the ASA West Region’s point standings, and the national results that will be posted on Tuesday evening (July 15) will include his latest win.

Carolyn Aramendia (San Antonio, TX) has been heading up the points’ competition in the Grand Stock class for several weeks, although her lead is much narrower. Following her victory on Saturday night, Aramendia is currently 40 points ahead of her teammate, Homer Pitner (New Branufels, TX).

Aramendia started the 25-lap Grand Stock feature race in the 12th position. She fought off some tough challenges from her male counterparts on the track as she worked her way up through the field – including several attempts at outside passes. Aramendia finally took the lead on Lap 16 and held on for the win.

A third place finish for Joey Tschoerner (Bartlett, TX) has helped him hold on to his points’ lead in the Thunder Stock class. Tschoerner started his feature race in the ninth position and fought some challenging battles as he advanced through the field. With only three laps to go, he was involved in an incident with Mason Teague (Paige, TX). Teague was sent to the rear, and Tschoerner was able to finish the race in the third position. Tschoerner is currently 25 points ahead of Teague.

Shawn Cannon (Forney, TX) claimed another victory in the Allison Legacy Race Series feature event. He started in the 4th position and took the lead early in the race. Cannon survived several incidents that brought out the caution flag, and he took the checkered flag in the 50-lap race.

Rusty Young (Helotes, TX) started on the outside pole for 20-lap feature race for the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas. After the caution flag was thrown on the first lap, Young grabbed the lead and held on for the win.

Lyndon Kirk (Austin, TX) claimed victory in the 20-lap NasKart race – holding off Travis Roberts (Denver, CO) and previous race winner, Mike Steinman (Austin, TX).

Jim Albert (Lockhart, TX) found his way to the THR Winner’s Circle for the fourth time this year in his #31 Pro Truck. Albert’s victory gives him a one-point advantage over Rusty Mirth (Austin, TX). Albert started in the third position and took over the lead early in the race.

The ExpressJet Pro Modified 35-lap feature event topped off the racing program for the night. JC Umscheid (Alvarado,TX) captured his sixth win this season and held on to his points’ lead in the Texas Pro Modified championship chase. After clocking the fastest qualifying time (15.356 seconds), Umscheid started in fourth based on a drawing for position. He took the lead on Lap 14 and finished the race several car lengths ahead of Tuffy Hudson (Ingleside, TX).

The next race scheduled for Thunderhill Raceway will be held on Saturday, July 26, starting at 7:00 p.m. The racing action will be highlighted by the return of the TSRS Late Models and the Texas Pro Sedans- along with the Thunderhill Raceway ASA A-Line Super Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Grand Stocks and NasKarts. The ever-popular JRA Kids Bike and Power Wheel races are also on the agenda.

Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, asphalt D-shaped oval stock-car race track that’s located at 24801 IH-35, just north of San Marcos (TX) near Yarrington Road (Exit #210). For more information on Thunderhill Raceway, visit the THR website at www.thunderhillraceway.com. To view the standings in the ASA National Championship, visit http://speednetdirect.com/points.php?track_id=7002.

By DEBBIE WILLIAMS
Public Relations Director – Thunderhill Raceway


Carolyn Aramendia celebrates her victory in the 25-lap Grand Stock race with her family on Saturday night at Thunderhill Raceway. Aramendia is currently holding the points’ lead in the Grand Stock class.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Garvin.

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