Final 2009 Thunder Stock Race
The Thunder Stock would be on the line for final points race of the season with Mason Teague coming in with a 60 point
margin over Anthony Gordon. As the race unfolded, Del Harris grabbed the early lead, while the two points contenders ran third
and fourth. On a cool, breezy night the action heated up on lap 11 after Eric Robbins Sr got spun into the muddy infield.
Robbins came back out and dumped Steve Joyce under caution. Joyce looked to be back after Robbins and either thought better
or just plain missed his target. Robbins was put on the trailer for the night, with Joyce actually getting his spot back
Once back to racing action, Mason Teague jumped up top and by Gordon and along side Patrick Burow for second. As Mason
Teague and Burow battled, Gordon snuck by both for second. Gordon then put the heat on Harris for the lead diving inside on
lap 16. Harris slammed the door and as the two traded paint Mason Teague found an opening to grab the point. Gordon’s
championship hopes ended with a flat tire as he stopped to bring out a yellow.
This handed the lead back to Harris for the restart, that saw Mason Teague take a look low and lock up the brakes to
avoid contact. Mason Teague then regrouped and got inside Harris on lap 17 running door to door through turns 3-4, before
Mason Teague secured the lead on lap 18. From there Mason Teague pulled away, while Harris faded giving way to Joey Tschoerner,
Burow, and Terry Tschoerner as they hung him out on the high side. As the checkers waved, it was Mason Teague scoring the
win and locking up the championship.
Mason Teague is hoping Lady Luck remains on his side
TX (August 25, 2009) – With only four races remaining on the Thunderhill Raceway (Kyle, TX) 2009 schedule, Mason Teague
(Paige, TX) continues to hold the lead in the Thunder Stock points’ standings.
True to his ability to deliver
excellent race performances, Teague has finished almost all of the races this year in the top five positions. He has even
finished as the runner-up several different times. However, he has failed to make it to victory lane so far this season.
hopes for hoisting his first Thunder Stock championship trophy will be put to the test over the next few weeks – namely
on Aug. 29, Sept. 12, Sept. 26 and the final night of action for the 2009 season – the Texas Stock Car Spectacular on
Oct. 9 and 10.
With a 45-point lead going into the Aug. 29 battle at Thunderhill Raceway, Teague can’t afford
to let down his guard. The second position in overall points is currently being held by Anthony Gordon (San Antonio, TX),
who was the 2008 Thunder Stock Rookie of the Year. Gordon has continued to apply pressure for the championship by closing
the gap during the last two races. Although Gordon had some bad luck earlier in the season, he has found the Winner’s
Circle twice this year, and he has finished in a top-five position in the last six feature races.
However, both of
these young guns would be wise to bring their “A Game” to the next four races. Joey Tschoerner (Bartlett, TX),
who is the two-time defending champion, sits just 146 points behind Teague – a gap that can be narrowed down quickly
if either of the leaders has a bad night.
It’s safe to assume that Teague is hoping for a different script for
the final four races of the 2009 racing season than the close of the 2008 season. Near the end of the last season, the top
three drivers were locked in a heated points’ battle. Some bad finishes in the final four races in 2008 – with
an average 13th-place finish – rendered young Mason Teague to a fourth place position in the overall 2008 point results.
Thunder Stocks will be on the racing agenda on Aug. 29 – along with the TSRS Late Models, TSRS Allison Legacys, Pro
Modifieds, Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas, the ASA A-Line Super Stocks, Grand Stocks, Mini Stocks and NasKarts. The racing
action will begin at 6 p.m.
Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt 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
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