Therwhanger, Herring are heaviest Modified hitters at Cardinal’s Black Gold special

EUNICE, N.M. (March 13-14) – It didn’t take long for Michael Therwhanger to show he could run with the heavy hitters at Cardinal Speedway.

Therwhanger won the first start of his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified career, along with $600, in the opening night Black Gold Showdown program at Eunice.

“It was a heck of a night. I’ve been nervous about it for months,” he admitted the next morning. “I still can’t believe it. I’ve watched the video like 14 times to make sure it really happened.”

Christy Barnett kept the race close and finished second. Triston Sikes was third.

Therwhanger had started from inside row two. He passed Slade Johnston near midway and led to the checkers despite several late cautions and Barnett’s best efforts.

“I never dreamed my first win in a Modified would come this quick. A lot of the heavy hitters from around here were behind me and I didn’t know what to expect, ” Therwanger said, noting that the victory came on engine builder Jacob Penner’s birthday. “This is something my dad Mo and I get to do together. It’s a good time.”

Herring earned $700 for his Saturday efforts. He started third, went inside Caleb Stone for the lead on the fourth lap and led to the end of the 20-lapper.

The race was interrupted just once by caution, with five circuits to go. Herring was able to pull away as Josh McGaha finally got the best of Stone in the tussle for second.

Colby Deming led Mark Lord and Michael Lang across the stripe in Friday’s Stock Car feature. Top three in the Southern SportMod main were Dustin Robinson, Brandon Ross and Alec Smith.

Defending Charger Chassis Southern Region champion April Phillips was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner. Runner-up was Jon McGowan and Gerald Spalding Jr. was third.

Keith Cagle, Deming and Gary Kerr ran 1-2-3 in Saturday’s Stock Car main. Gerald Spalding Sr., John Davis and Gerald Spalding Jr. made up the Hobby Stock top three.

Cory Williams was promoted to first in the Southern SportMod main when Robinson was disqualified in post-race engine inspection for ported heads. Justin Shaw was second and Brian Ray Flowers third.

Drivers earning $500 along with top point totals for the two days were Barnett in the Modifieds, Deming in the Stocks, Shaw in the Southern SportMods and Gerald Spalding Jr. in the Hobbies.

March 13 Feature Results

Modifieds – 1. Michael Therwhanger; 2. Christy Barnett; 3. Triston Sikes; 4. Neil Flowers; 5. Dean Deming; 6. Jerry Harpole; 7. Butch Reid; 8. Austin Huskey; 9. Vince Ogle; 10. Jeremy Montgomery; 11. Bob Sikes; 12. Greg Jenkins; 13. Blake Hoten; 14. Dan Aune; 15. Josh McGaha; 16. Toby Herring; 17. Caleb Stone; 18. Bob Sikes Jr.; 19. Cory Davis; 20. Slade Johnston.

Stock Cars – 1. Colby Deming; 2. Mark Lord; 3. Michael Lang; 4. Keith Cagle; 5. Jordan Lathram; 6. Tim Pfalzgraf; 7. Vince Ogle; 8. Colin Deming; 9. Dustin White; 10. Hunter Russell; 11. Jake White; 12. Cody Kays; 13. Mart Wampler; 14. Gary Kerr; 15. J.D. White; 16. Jack Miles; 17. Danny Criswell; 18. Justin Thomas; 19. Bud Ohliger; 20. Justin White; 21. Cary White; 22. Randy Madry; 23. Cody Stone; 24. Shawn McCarty.

Southern SportMods – 1. Dustin Robinson; 2. Brandon Ross; 3. Alec Smith; 4. Justin Shaw; 5. Tanner Houston; 6. Cory Williams; 7. Sam Hodges; 8. Robby Crabtree; 9. Brian Heard; 10. Junior Dosher; 11. Roger Armstrong; 12. Kevin Brown; 13. Joey Klemish; 14. Trey Harpole; 15. Brannon Davis; 16. Michael Maraschick; 17. Rodger Pierce; 18. John Reid; 19. Brian Ray Flowers; 20. Johnny Parke; 21. Lance Moore.

Hobby Stocks – 1. April Phillips; 2. Jon McGowan; 3. Gerald Spalding Jr.; 4. Ryan Wilkerson; 5. Shawn Miles; 6. J.R. Patman; 7. Wesley Mayer; 8. Halie Brown; 9. Clint Day; 10. Gerald Spalding Sr.; 11. George Ross; 12. Kade Ogle; 13. Wayne Chadwell; 14. Ricky Thomas; 15. Jerrad Steele; 16. Patrick Hill; 17. John Davis; 18. Cameron Eddings; 19. Larry Yeley; 20. Lee Yeley; 21. Sean Layman.

March 14 Feature Results

Modifieds – 1. Herring; 2. McGaha; 3. Stone; 4. Justin Cass; 5. Johnston; 6. Ogle; 7. Barnett; 8. Reid; 9. Harpole; 10. Flowers; 11. Triston Sikes; 12. Bob Sikes; 13. Bob Sikes Jr.; 14. Montgomery; 15. Hoten; 16. Dillon Hill; 17. Deming; 18. Steve Owens; 19. Owen Puckett; 20. Tim Ridgeway.

Stock Cars – 1. Cagle; 2. Colby Deming; 3. Gary Kerr; 4. Lathram; 5. Lang; 6. Jake White; 7. Ogle; 8. Pfalzgraf; 9. Wampler; 10. Dustin White; 11. Miles; 12. Lord; 13. Ohliger; 14. Kays; 15. Thomas; 16. Madry; 17. Russell; 18. McCarty; 19. Criswell; 20. Stone; 21. J.D. White; 22. Colin Deming.

Southern SportMods – 1. Williams; 2. Shaw; 3. Flowers; 4. Klemish; 5. Houston; 6. Pierce; 7. Smith; 8. Hodges; 9. Armstrong; 10. Crabtree; 11. Brown; 12. Parke; 13. Reid; 14. Heard; 15. Davis; 16. Eddie Ledbetter; 17. Billy Beckham; 18. Ross; 19. Maraschick; 20. Robinson.

Hobby Stocks – 1. Spalding Sr.; 2. Davis; 3. Spalding Jr.; 4. Patman; 5. Brown; 6. McGowan; 7. Wilkerson; 8. Steele; 9. Phillips; 10. Chadwell; 11. Mayer; 12. Ogle; 13. Day; 14. Miles; 15. Thomas; 16. Lee Yeley; 17. Ross; 18. Scott Sullivan; 19. Hill; 20. Anthony Betancourt; 21. Alex Neal.