Event Recap: Doyon, Grimes, Titzman win at the Race Ranch

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (May 18, 2024) — Versatile racer Ryan Doyon, veteran wheel-man Tommy Grimes and rising star Nathan Titzman all won features in their respective divisions, as Owen Pittman and his staff hosted a full card of racing on Saturday night at the South Texas Race Ranch. 

Doyon powered to victory in the South Texas IMCA Modified Series (STIMS) A Main; Grimes earned his win in a talent-filled affair for the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS); while Titzman continued his hot streak with a win in the Limited Modified feature. 

Brian Rye (Factory Stock); Curtis King (Pure Stock); Zach Freeman (EMods); and James Parks III (Micro Mods) were also feature winners on a busy but perfect summer night for racing in South Texas.   

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Doyon, of La Coste, started on the pole of a 15-car grid and led all 20 laps in convincing fashion. Series hot-shoe Logan Dinsmore crossed the stripe in second, while local favorite Tanner Whitmire filled out the podium. 

Rick Green (Bertram) claimed fourth, while Cody Leonard (Sinton) recovered nicely from a mid-race spin to complete the top five.  

“I got a little lucky drawing the pole, and I was just hoping nobody found anything faster behind me,” Doyon told veteran announcer Rodney Rodriguez in Sames Ford Victory Lane. “I was trying to hug the tires, and just make sure somebody would have to go around the outside to pass me. 

“I might have let out a cuss word or two in my car when that last caution came out; I did not want to see that. I had to focus back in on hitting my marks, and running the best two or three laps of the race. I want to thank all my sponsors, and give a shout out to Jamie Campbell. It’s tough racing without him.”   

Finishing sixth through 10th in the STIMS A Main were Shawn Sandegren, Robert Liese Jr., Chris Carroll, Jacob Hortch and Brayden Tumlinson. Five cautions slowed the pace (laps 0, 3, 8, 11, 16), all for minor incidents. 

Grimes, of Devine, started seventh on a nine-truck grid, drove to the inside of Colton Borlace coming off Turn 2 to take command at lap eight and pulled steadily away to earn top honors. Borlace settled for second, while Eric Ramos filled out the podium with a solid performance. 

Former champion Tony Bernal (La Vernia) and Lightning McGreen (Huffman) completed the top five. 

“It was really good tonight,” Grimes said after a hard-fought win. “I could see the truck down on the inside of me (Borlace), but there was a lot of grip getting off the bottom of Turn 2. That’s where he would get me, but we had enough forward drive off the corner to be able to hold him off. 

“It’s a lot of fun racing these things. I want to thank Mike Jackson at Absolute Performance, he’s a big sponsor; all of the associate sponsors that help keep this truck series going; Greg Weaver, my wife, Dawn; Lori, Caleb, Mariah, they’re all here and I’m so grateful. I want to thank them for their help.” 

Filling out the finishing order in the TDTS feature were inaugural series champion (2019) Larry Baggett; Leo Sasso, Evahdent Ivy and Treyler Caulfield. With no cautions to slow his pace, Grimes  checked out with a very potent machine beneath him carrying him to the finish. 

Titzman, of Corpus Christi, started second on an 11-car grid and jumped out to taker command early on. Regional stalwart Marcus Mikulencak crossed the line in second, while regional powerhouse J.J. Jennings finished third. 

Brian Rye (Corpus Christi) and Logan Dinsmore (Kerrville) rounded out the top five. 

“I was not happy to see that late caution and knew it wasn’t going to help my vcause,” Titzman told Rodriguez in Victory Lane. “It’s been a really good season so far; we’ve had a couple of finishes outside the podium, but overall it’s been amazing. I’ll thank all of our sponsors and family for their support.” 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Double J Jerky Limited Modified A Main were Gilbert Perez III, Roly Rodriguez, James Cole, Zach Courtney and Jaden Edmond. Three cautions slowed the pace (laps 1, 5, 17), all for minor incidents. Titzman has earned five feature wins in 11 starts thus far in 2024. 

This week’s program at South Texas Race Ranch drew an impressive 97 entries spread across five weekly classes and two visiting touring series. The STIMS Mods and Texas Dirt Trucks brought a new level of excitement to the show, without adding any significant delays. 

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By Phil Whipple, Staff Writer