Race Recap: Maupin, Titzman win at South Texas Race Ranch

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 29, 2024) — Versatile and highly-skilled oval master Jared Maupin and rising star Parker Titzman earned features wins in their respective divisions, as Owen Pittman and his staff hosted a full card of racing on Saturday at the South Texas Race Ranch. 

Maupin, the former Texas Short Track Driver-of-the-Year, doubled up with features wins in the South Texas IMCA Modified Series (STIMS) and Double J Jerky Limited Modified features. Titzman drove to victory in EMod action, a great training division for aspiring young racers. 

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Brian Rye and Cody Leonard had an epic battle in Factory Stock, with Rye notching the victory with an impressive late-race move. Gilbert Perez III also went two-for-two on Saturday night, scoring wins in the Pure Stock (first career victory there) and highly-competitive Micro Mod divisions. 

Maupin, of College Station, started on the pole of a 20-car STIMS grid and led all 20 laps in convincing fashion. Modified ace Chris Morris crossed the stripe in second, while Tanner Whitmire filled out the podium. Cody Leonard (Sinton) and Ryan Doyon (La Coste) completed the top five. 

“I think we hit the setup just perfect tonight,” Maupin told Pittman in Sames Ford Victory Lane. “I could go anywhere I wanted, it was just hard to get around those lapped cars. You think you have room on the bottom, and all of a sudden they’re down against the tires and racing you really hard. 

“It got a little frustrating, but honestly, I kept looking at the TV (JumboTron in the infield) to see what kind of gap I had over second place. I kind of calmed down a little bit after my struggles in traffic, I paced myself and took my time. It hurt me at Cotton Bowl; so I learned my lesson that time.” 

Maupin is having another season similar to the one he had in 2022, with 14 wins and 27 top-fives in 40 starts through last night’s activities in Corpus. When he gets on a roll like this, he’s very tough to beat. 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the STIMS feature were Logan Dinsmore, Brenda Kirby, Robert Liese Jr., Brian Machiek and Jacob Hortch. Only two cautions slowed the pace (one before an official lap was scored, the second after lap 1), both for minor spins. The STIMS gang put on a fine show on Saturday.

In the Limited Modified feature, Maupin started second alongside oval veteran James Cole, but powered around the outside to take command on the opening lap and led all 20 circuits in fine style. Gilbert Perez III (doing triple duty) crossed the stripe in second, while Johnny Torres finished third. 

Brian Rye (Corpus Christi) and Marcus Mikulencak (Corpus Christi) rounded out the top five. 

“I think all of these guys got used to the tacky track conditions we’ve had all year until now,” Maupin said after his second trip to Victory Lane. “Now we’ve had some hot sun rays, and the track is starting to get slick. We’ve had a good car all year, but now on the slick we can really show what we have.” 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Double J Jerky Limited Modified feature were Allen Torres, Ben Mikulencak, Roly Rodriguez, Logan Dinsmore and Eddy Ross. A surprising six cautions slowed the pace (laps 2, 3, 8, 11, 14, 15), all for minor incidents. Maupin’s margin of victory was 1.672 seconds.

Titzman, of Corpus Christi, started on the pole of his EMod feature and led it flag-to-flag. Zachary Calhoun claimed the runner-up position, while Brianna Witzsche filled out the podium. 

David Sheffield (Orange Grove) and Zach Freeman (Pleasanton) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

“I had to drive the car real straight in Turns 1 and 2 to get through there good,” a shy Titzman told Pittman in Victory Lane. “And in Turns 3 and 4, I had to drive it real hard. I’d like to thank my Dad, my Grandpa and my brother for helping me fix the car after Hot Laps. I appreciate it, this win feels great.”

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Unlock Texas EMod feature were Jude Allgayer, Kyler Ross, Collin Hillin, Daniel Preston and Connor Rye. Four cautions slowed the pace (laps 7, 9, 11, 17), none for serious incident. With drivers like Titzman involved, this sport’s future is in extremely capable hands. 

This week’s full program at the Race Ranch drew an impressive 78 entries spread across six classes. Led by the mighty STIMS gang with 20 teams on hand, there was no shortage of talent in the pits on Saturday night. Fans were treated to plenty of two and three-wide racing action all evening long. 

Officials cranked out 13 qualifying Heats in short order, took an intermission break for some Juice Box racing (kids) and Kids Bus Rides, then proceeded to host six exciting feature races. Pittman likes to be done by 10:30 CST, and he just made it on Saturday night. He pushed through issues, and got it done.  

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By Phil Whipple, Staff Writer