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June 19th, 2008
JC Umscheid honors his dad with race victory

Second generation racer brings home a win for Father’s Day

KYLE, TX – JC Umscheid isn’t the first racer in the family to visit the winner’s circle, but he’s certainly proud to carry on the family tradition.

Umscheid has been on a winning streak in his colorful #5 Pro Modified racecar, and he notched his fourth victory of the 2008 season at Thunderhill Raceway (THR) this past Saturday night (June 14) – just a few hours before the start of the family’s Father’s Day festivities.

The race evening got off to a good start. Umscheid set the fastest qualifying time (15.503 seconds) and then drew the pole position for the 40-lap event. But it wasn’t long until he had to face his first challenge. Justin Long started on the front row outside and managed to grab the lead at the start of the race.

“I didn’t get off to a good start,” said Umscheid. “I actually work on Justin’s car, and he’s got the same stuff as mine on his car. He just got a better start and was able to hold me off for a few laps.”

Long held onto the lead until Umscheid was able to make a clean pass on Lap 10. Umscheid then dominated the field for the rest of the race and eventually made his way into victory lane.

This 25-year-old racer from Alvarado (TX) knows that he has some tough shoes to fill. His dad, David Umscheid, is a veteran racer – claiming several championships at Longhorn Speedway, with TIDA (Texas International Drivers Association) and in the Legends Series.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my dad,” commented Umscheid. He taught me everything I know about racing – the best teacher in the state of Texas in my opinion! I really wanted to win this race for my dad.”

Umscheid is currently leading the Texas Championship Pro Modified points’ race. His patience during Saturday’s race helped him find his way into the winner’s circle.

“We’ve been in a position to win every race this year, and it hasn’t always happened,” said Umscheid. “Sometimes I’ve made a mistake or I’ve had some bad luck during a race. Our current strategy is to lean back a little more and not tear up the car.”

Umscheid added, “I owe a lot to my car owner, Raymond Delahouysse, and to my sponsors – Tri-Lectric AC & Heating of Houston and San Antonio, Westside Performance, Swenson Racing Chassis, Omega Powder Coating, Ray’s Truck and Auto Sales, Polydyne TX-7, Davidson Motorsports and Umscheid Race Services. And I can’t forget to mention my appreciation of the support I get from my mom (Sherry) and my wife (Matty).”

Umscheid will be looking for another victory this Saturday (June 21) in the Fiesta Mart 60 at Houston Motorsports Park. The next ExpressJet Pro Modified race at Thunderhill Raceway will be held on Saturday, June 28.

Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, asphalt D-shaped oval 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. Information on Houston Motorsports Park can be found at www.houstonmotorsportspark.com

By DEBBIE WILLIAMS
Public Relations Director – Thunderhill Raceway

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JC Umscheid (left) made Father’s Day extra special for his dad (David) by visiting the Winner’s Circle at Thunderhill Raceway on Saturday night after winning the Pro Modified race.

Staff Photos

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