DayMotorSports.com Race Recap: Starry, Jennings, Kulhanek win at STRR

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (July 3, 2022) — Rising star Cameron Starry, regional stalwart JJ Jennings and veteran short track master Ray Allen Kulhanek all won features in their respective divisions, as officials presented a full card of Weekly racing on Sunday evening at South Texas Race Ranch. 

Starry powered to victory in the IMCA Modified A Main; Jennings prevailed in a hotly-contested race for the Limited Modifieds, while Kulhanek won a talent-filled Factory Stock feature.

Steven Whiteaker III (Pure Stock); Nathan Titzman (EMods) and Michael Lindsey (Mini Mods) were also feature winners on a steamy, sultry night for racing in South Texas. 

Starry, of Corpus Christi, led all 20 laps of his feature in convincing fashion. Dustin Butcher, who won the qualifying heat in blazing style, finished second, while Jared Maupin filled out the podium. Cody Leonard (Sinton) and Tanner Whitmire (Taft) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Completing the finishing order in the IMCA Modified A Main were Jeremy Davenport and Steven Whiteaker Jr. Only one caution slowed the pace (lap 7) for a minor spin, while Starry's margin of victory over Butcher was at least 10 car lengths. The ground-pounding Mods are a spectacle in Corpus.

Jennings was out for a Sunday drive in the Limited Modified finale until Marcus Mikulencak caught him in the closing laps. Mikulencak started fifth on the 15-car grid, steadily marched up into contention yet fell just short of the victory. Kulhanek finished a solid third in one of the night's best features.

Leonard and Maupin, both frequent flyers in the hectic double-duty role, completed the top five. 

“That was an awesome race,” Jennings said. “I seen him get under me in Turns 1 and 2 one time, and I wondered who the heck it was. I saw the blue on the hood, and it turned out we had a good clean, hard fought battle. That's the way we like to do it.” 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Jude Allgayer Racing Limited Modified A Main were Daniel Preston, Gilbert Perez III, Trent Beaver, Kris Rye and Zach Courtney. Only one caution slowed the pace at lap three when Brian Rye put his No. 184 entry into the spin cycle between Turns 1 and 2. 

Kulhanek capped a terrific night with his fortunate victory in Factory Stock. The former Sprint car pilot, open-wheel sensation and now stock car wheel-man inherited the lead just before halfway when Maupin's car suffered a mechanical failure. 

San Antonio's Johnny Torres, now free of the burden of promoting up in Pleasanton, drove from ninth on the 19-car grid to finish second, while Brian Rye was credited with third after Mason Castoneda failed post-race technical inspection. Cody Leonard and Joey Heinaman rounded out the top five.  

“In all honesty, I thought it was going to be one hell of a race between Jared and I,” Kulhanek said. “I was running in his tracks, kind of the same thing as last weekend. You kind of have to move around and search. I found a little more speed, and it went our way tonight. I'll be happy to take the win.” 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the SAMES Ford Factory Stock feature were E.J. Gilpin, Nathan Rachui, former Cotton Bowl Speedway points champion Tim Homeyer, local favorite Memphis Villarreal and Chuck Perry. Three cautions slowed the pace, all for minor incidents. 

Owen Pittman and his staff had a full plate on Sunday evening, drawing 102 entries spread across six divisions. They knocked out a dozen heats and six features in short order, then capped their night with Fireworks and a Live band. At South Texas Race Ranch, fans are always treated to an efficient show. 

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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas Staff Writer


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