The NEORacingNews.com Series went to Texas Tuesday, and with its season winding down, every point is becoming more and more important towards who is going to take home the hardware for the full season championship at Homestead in a few weeks. Derek Robinson would kick off the night by putting his 69 car on the pole with a blistering fast time in qualifying. He and Brendan Queen would make up the front row when the green flag flew for 93 laps of intense racing.
The race would start with an impressive 23 lap green flag run before “Hot Rod” Rodney Haack would get lose, spin, and bring out the first yellow of the evening. The field would take a hard left to head down pit lane for fuel and four fresh tires. As the race got back underway, Queen would show that he had the car to beat as he lead 76 total laps on the night. However, Shawn Breitzman, Gabriel Wood, Robinson, and Shane Ewing had other plans as they would run in the top five for most of the race.
On lap 69, the tire fall off, causing loose conditions, would prove to be too strong for the Robinson machine and send him spinning in the tri-oval. This would set up one more round of pit stops for the lead lap cars and eventually make it a twenty lap shootout to the checkered flag. When the green flew for the final time, Breitzman really began to put the pressure on the 08 car of Queen forcing him to really use his tires more than he wanted. However, when the checkers flew in was Queen holding on for the victory and redeeming himself for his admitted mistakes at the Spring event at Texas earlier in the season. Breitzman crossed the line on his tail in second, Wood was third, as Ewing and Greg Netherwood rounded out the top 5.
Next week its on to Phoenix for the second to last race of the season. The points battle is as close as ever as Ewing closed up a bit on leader Mike King at Texas. Netherwood is not far behind, and certainly not out of it in third.