On Free Parking Night at Houston Motorsports Park, drivers will be battling for double the points.
Leads in the points standings can grow or shrink in a large way on Saturday night. Drivers battling for the track, state and national championships in the three NASCAR classes – NASCAR Fiesta Modified, NASCAR BWFS 360 Truck and NASCAR Stock Cars – at HMP, drivers in the lead of each series will have a chance to take complete control of the race for the money.
“No driver is out of the race for the championship in any of our three NASCAR classes,” said John Mandabach, vice president and general manager of Houston Motorsports Park. “There are some nice leads and some close battles in all five of the classes that run here at Houston Motorsports Park. And when there are double points on the line on any night of racing, anything can happen on the track and in the standings.”
Joe Aramendia, driver of the No. 79 modified, has done nothing but build on his lead since the opening night of the racing season in the NASCAR Fiesta Modified class.
Aramendia has built himself a 71-point lead over Brad Queen by virtue of a five race winning streak – which includes sweeping the first double feature night of the season at HMP. But, with a possible 90 points out there to be had by a driver winning both ends of the double feature, no lead is safe.
Mason Teague holds a 53-point lead on Jim Nides in the NASCAR BWFS 360 Truck class, while David Webster's lead over Nathan Demski is just 19 points in the NASCAR Stock Car class.
“Nights like Saturday will go a long way in deciding who will end up in the money this season, and who won't,” Mandabach said. “We have points funds in place that pay through the top 10 in two classes, and the the top 16 in the NASCAR BWFS 360 Truck class. You can bet that money will be won and lost on Saturday night. Nothing could make this night of racing any more exciting.”
Well, maybe just one thing. The fact that Aramendia will have a $2,000 bounty bonus on his head that any driver can collect, just by beating the No. 79 NASCAR Fiesta Modified on the track.
“We are still trying to see if there is anyone that can beat Joe to the checkered flag,” Mandabach said. “Saturday night, drivers will get two chances to make that happen. But I can guarantee you that it won't be easy.”
Tickets are available at the HMP. Children 12 and under are free. And, as always, there will be $1 hot dogs, $1 cokes and $1 beer.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing is set to begin at 7 p.m.
HMP is a state of the art complex, situated in a park like setting inside Beltway 8, on the North-East side of Houston, only 20 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport.
For more information on racing at HMP, visit www.houstonmotorsportspark.com or call 281-458-1972. If you want information on Fiesta go to www.fiestamart.com, see www.360motorsports.com for info on 360 Motorsports and www.bwfsindustries.com for info regarding BWFS Industries LLC.