Hodges, Minten winners at I-37 Speedway
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March 28, 2020  |  by Ron Rodda, SpeedSport.com

Talon Minten won the USRA Limited Mod main event.

The I-37 Speedway was able to race Saturday night and in doing so set an all-time short track attendance record.

The grandstands were completely empty.

The agreement worked out with Atascosa County included no spectators allowed and a carefully controlled pit area population. A 40-car maximum with just one crew member per car was in place.

Teams left pit space open between haulers, there was no group driver’s meeting and there was no congregating allowed in the pit area. These conditions were in place to preserve the social distancing requirement.

Track staff cleaned everything thoroughly prior to race night and instituted a no-handshake policy for the teams. No concession nor souvenir stand were part of the plan to keep interaction among people at a minimum.

Fans had the opportunity to watch live on RaceOnTexas.com and entries were set during the days leading up to race night. Drawing for heat assignments was handled Friday evening on Facebook for the prepaid entrants, of which 31 were in the pits. Each division ran heats to align main events straight up based on heat finishes. No entries were accepted at the track.

Lineups were available online only and post-race payoff was done by having a track official visit each pit with the funds. Procedures were designed so each person could comply with the no gathering of more than 10 per Texas policy. Two USRA sanctioned divisions raced for national points, but not for track points.

An 11-car field of USRA Limited Mods had several entrants not show. Robert Minten Jr. and Johnny Torres won heats and filled the front row of the 25-lap main. The early laps were dominated by Torres until a flat just after the halfway point put Talon Minten at the point.

Talon Minten had pressure from Robert Minten Jr. for multiple laps with Allen Torres and Ryan Doyon adding their names to the list of contenders. The top three raced each other while Johnny Torres worked his way forward from the back following a tire change.

It wasn’t settled until the final two laps when Johnny Torres regained the lead with a low line effort in turn two, but Talon Minten won the race from turn four to the finish line, using the lower line for the narrow win.

Johnny Torres was second ahead of his brother, Allen Torres, with Brandon Brzozowski and Doyon completing the top five.

Sunoco USRA Factory Stocks drew 20 cars for a three-heat format on the wide quarter-mile. Johnny Westfall, Collin Hodges and Anthony Gordon won eight-lap preliminaries to earn front of the pack assignments for the 25-lap main.

Hodges used his outside front row start to take the lead with an upper-line drive through turn two on the opening lap. Once in front, Hodges withstood Joshua Sewell’s pressure the rest of the way, pulling away a bit over the last few laps.

Sewell pulled alongside at the line at one point, but that became the only time he could draw alongside Hodges.

Following Hodges and Sewell at the finish were Johnny Westfall, defending track champion Tryton Temple and Allan Torres.

I-37 Speedway officials were able to present the race by dodging some morning weather issues and offering some very competitive action for fans watching from numerous states.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
I-37 Speedway, Pleasanton, Texas
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.

SUNOCO USRA FACTORY STOCKS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 9 Johnny Westfall, Victoria, Texas
2. (6) 38 Joshua Sewell, Kingsville, Texas
3. (2) 98 William Saunders, Von Ormy, Texas
4. (3) 49K Michael Keylich, Lavernia, Texas
5. (7) 36 George Quintanilla, Adkins, Texas
6. (5) 20 Mike Lyon, San Antonio, Texas
7. (4) 9R Robby Minten, LaCoste, Texas

Heat #2:
1. (3) 28 Collin Hodges, Wells, Texas
2. (6) 1 Tryton Temple, Corpus Christi, Texas
3. (1) 35 Tony Blankenship, Victoria, Texas
4. (2) 17E Jerry Evans, Refugio, Texas
5. (4) 30 Riley Heil, Floresville, Texas
6. (5) 75 Jerry Miller, Von Ormy, Texas
7. (7) 43 Johnny Johnson, Spring Branch, Texas

Heat #3:
1. (2) 44K Anthony Gordon, San Antonio, Texas
2. (4) 94 Allen Torres, San Antonio, Texas
3. (3) 48 Mike Land, Waco, Texas
4. (6) 29 Jason Gordon, Rockport, Texas
5. (1) 93 Aaron Leddy, Von Ormy, Texas
6. (5) 747 G.W. Hessong, Edna, Texas

Feature:
1. (2) 28 Collin Hodges, Wells, Texas
2. (4) 38 Joshua Sewell, Kingsville, Texas
3. (1) 9 Johnny Westfall, Victoria, Texas
4. (5) 1 Tryton Temple, Corpus Christi, Texas
5. (6) 94 Allen Torres, San Antonio, Texas
6. (3) 44K Anthony Gordon, San Antonio, Texas
7. (9) 48 Mike Land, Waco, Texas
8. (18) 747 G.W. Hessong, Edna, Texas
9. (13) 36 George Quintanilla, Adkins, Texas
10. (11) 17E Jerry Evans, Refugio, Texas
11. (10) 49K Michael Keylich, Lavernia, Texas
12. (8) 35 Tony Blankenship, Victoria, Texas
13. (15) 93 Aaron Leddy, Von Ormy, Texas
14. (12) 29 Jason Gordon, Rockport, Texas
15. (14) 30 Riley Heil, Floresville, Texas
16. (7) 98 William Saunders, Von Ormy, Texas
17. (19) 9R Robby Minten, LaCoste, Texas
18. (17) 75 Jerry Miller, Von Ormy, Texas
19. (16) 20 Mike Lyon, San Antonio, Texas
20. (20) 43 Johnny Johnson, Spring Branch, Texas

USRA LIMITED MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 24R Robert Minten Jr., La Coste, Texas
2. (2) 94 Allen Torres, San Antonio, Texas
3. (5) 420 Shawn O'Banon, Johnson CIty, Texas
4. (3) 82 Cade O'Banon, Johnson CIty, Texas
5. (6) 95S Sterling Tausch, San Antonio, Texas
DNS – 24 Jim Blevins, San Antonio, Texas

Heat #2:
1. (2) 66 Johnny Torres, San Antonio, Texas
2. (4) 2 Talon Minten, Seguin, Texas
3. (3) 5R Ryan Doyon, LaCoste, Texas
4. (5) 104 Brandon Brzozowski, La Vernia, Texas
5. (1) 9 Anthony Gordon, San Antonio, Texas
6. (6) 08 Alton Fambro, Elmendorf, Texas

Feature:
1. (4) 2 Talon Minten, Seguin, Texas
2. (2) 66 Johnny Torres, San Antonio, Texas
3. (3) 94 Allen Torres, San Antonio, Texas
4. (8) 104 Brandon Brzozowski, La Vernia, Texas
5. (6) 5R Ryan Doyon, LaCoste, Texas
6. (12) 08 Alton Fambro, Elmendorf, Texas
7. (10) 9 Anthony Gordon, San Antonio, Texas
8. (1) 24R Robert Minten Jr., La Coste, Texas
9. (5) 420 Shawn O'Banon, Johnson CIty, Texas
10. (7) 82 Cade O'Banon, Johnson CIty, Texas
11. (9) 95S Sterling Tausch, San Antonio, Texas
12. (11) 24 Jim Blevins, San Antonio, Texas




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