MARION, Texas -- San Antonio Raceway held its annual Big Money Kick-off Classic as the unofficial(non-points) start to the bracket racing season. Drivers in the Electronics class looked to pick a potential, based on car count, $3,000 to win each day, while the Footbrakers had a possible $700 payday on the line and the Jr. Dragsters vying for up to $350.
Mother Nature was kind to racers, teams and fans, after the miserable, cold, wet conditions for the previous weeks. Sunny, warm temperatures(70's) during the day helped bring track temperatures up to the mid 80's when eliminations began. As the sun set, and the full moon rose temperatures cooled a bit, but track conditions remained good.
Zampese Zips to Dialing for Dollars Dough
Half of the Electronics(Box) money stayed in San Antonio with Brandon Bass and the other half went to the valley with Victor Hinojosa(Laredo). Both drivers choose the split option for the finals and saved their equipment by not making a pass.
Brandon Bass/Victor Hinojosa-No pass/Split purse
Laurie Vontour(San Antonio) and Walter Dyrenfurth(Austin) made their way to the finals in Footbrake(No-box) in a Chevy versus Pontiac match up for the win. Dyrenfurth nailed the tree with a ..008 light leaving Vontour standing at the line. Vontour tried to make up the lost time, but broke out in the process assuring Dyrenfurth of the victory.
Walter Dyrenfurth, 6.815 @ 89.16 defeats Laurie Vontour, 6.640 @ 103.64
Dyrenfurth, in his Austin Mobile Mechanics, 69 Pontiac Firebird, took out D. Brinkketer, R.Trevino, C. Fuller, Dennis Soefje, Ruben Gallegos and W. Dockery before facing Vontour in the finals. Vontour, driving her Nogalitos Gear, Longs Racing Engine, 66 Chevy II, trailered Dave Patton, Lutzenberger, B. Grudle, Sherman Davis and Art Morales, plus a bye on her trip to the finals.
A pair of young guns, destined to graduate to the big cars soon, squared off in the Jr. Dragster finals. Multi-time event winner, Kenneth Hillin(San Antonio) went home with the money taking out Aaron Philpot(Boerne) in a close one. Both left with close reaction times, but Hillin ran an 8.727 on an 8.70 while Philpot clocked in at 7.993 on a 7.92 dial in.
Kenneth Hillin, 8.727 @ 74.98 defeats, Aaron Philpot, 7.993 @ 80.82
Hillin bested defending track champ, Emily Ball twice and got a bye to make the finals. Philpot rebought after a first round red light, then got by Haily Ball and Caden Meuth on his way to the finals
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