Houston, TX – Houston Motorsports Park is aptly named the “Palace of Power,” but based on recent on-track events an equally appropriate slogan might be the “Palace of Paybacks.”
For the most part, the NASCAR stock car racing at the 3/8-mile paved/concrete oval is clean and green, but there are a few rivalries in each class that fans know are likely to provide some fireworks this Saturday during the “Fiesta Independence Shootout” – and not just because it’s the Fourth of July weekend.
In the fast and furious NASCAR Fiesta Modified division a couple of weeks ago, we witnessed some heated discussion between Johnny Walker and Brandon Kelley on the front straight next to their wrecked race cars after the pair claimed the same real estate coming through turns three and four. Both drivers blamed the other for the wreck and some believe we haven’t seen the end of this feud at this point in the season.
And although the score in the ongoing feud between multi-time NASCAR Fiesta Modified champion Joe Aramendia and Michael Kourkoubes – a relative newcomer to the class – seemed to be settled with Aramendia’s last-lap “take-out” of Kourkoubes, insiders are betting this one, like the Walker-Kelley deal, is not over yet.
And there is a growing rivalry between a pair of young NASCAR Fiesta Modified drivers named Zach – well, one’s named Zak Hausler and the other is named Zach Knowles, but you get the idea. Although there were no obvious flare-ups as the pair battled side-by -side and bumper- to- bumper for most of the feature race two weeks ago, fans would be well-advised to keep their eye peeled on this pair of up-and-comers during the “Fiesta Mart 75” on Saturday.
Not be outdone, the NASCAR BWFS Trucks may have some unresolved rivalries of their own. Points leader Charles Evans, Jr, might want to check his rear view mirror often during Saturday’s 50-lap main event, the “BWFS Industries 50.” It would surprise no one if front-runners Mason Teague, Jake French and Kyle Books were to give Evans a nudge or two.
With admission prices only $5 for the “Fiesta Independence Shootout” when purchased at any Houston-area Fiesta Mart, bringing the whole family to enjoy the NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing this weekend will be very cost effective. And with $1 hot dogs, $1 cokes and $1 beer, well, it’s the best entertainment value this weekend in Houston
In addition to the “Fiesta Mart 75” and the “BWFS Industries 50” the NASCAR American Muscle Cars will compete in the “TFE Company 25,” the Legend Cars in the “B&R Industries 25” and the Bandoleros in the “Harvey Racing 15.”
Racing starts promptly at 7 pm and normally finishes by 10:30 pm at the well-maintained, park-like 3/8-mile oval which is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast Houston.
The HMP information hotline is 281-458-1972. Their email address is [email protected].
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Track PR – Photo Steve Steinle