Teams from Thornhill Auto Group beat out a crowded field during the fifth annual CNB of Texas Mini Grand Prix on Saturday, winning both the heavyweight and lightweight divisions. The event is hosted by the Waxahachie Lions Club.
Taking first place in the heavyweight division was Thornhill Nissan, with their counterparts at Thornhill GMC claiming victory of the lightweights.
Second place finishers were Vintage Bank and Women’s Health in the heavyweight and lightweight division respectively, with A Big Toy and the Plaid Donkey taking third.
It was the Plaid Donkey’s first year to participate in the annual event.
With their go-carts modeled after NASCAR vehicles -including sponsor decals- each team chose two drivers to compete in the final 30-lap race.
Qualifying rounds preceded the afternoon finals, with one round taking place earlier in the morning and the second beginning shortly after lunch.
The finals were marked by high-intensity racing, with drivers engaging in a spirited give-and-take with one another, occasionally bumping one another in turns and going wheel-to-wheel in the straight-aways.
“It was really aggressive racing,” Thornhill Ford driver Erick Macias said. “Going into the hairpins [turns], anybody had a chance to take the lead.”
Macias also noted that some of the teams on the track seemed particularly motivated, especially those going against rivals from previous years.
Both final races saw a number of cautions (racing under a yellow flag) for several accidents, many of which occurred at one of the course’s two sharp turns. Evidence of the accidents and bump-and-grind of the race could be seen by the extensive use of gray duct tape and even bungee cords which pit crews used to keep their cars in one piece.
However, these quick-fixes were not enough for some teams, including the Vintage Bank car which was pulled during the lightweight finals to address an issue with one of its tires. As the heavyweight division race began immediately after the lightweights, Vintage’s crew had to work quickly to make their car ready for the next race, work which enabled them to take second in the event.
Officiating for the event was performed by Hurst Racing, a racing company based out of Merit, Texas. Company representatives were responsible for measuring the engine performance of each car before and after the races, keeping lap counts, trying to ensure an orderly race, and determining the winners.
However, much to the crowd’s chagrin, calculating the winners took some time, with the announcement of the lightweight division’s results announced more than two hours after the race’s conclusion
The announcement of the heavyweight division’s results came much quicker though, coming while workers and volunteers were still in the process of breaking down the race course and cleaning up.
By the time the lightweight results were ready, that cleanup was all but complete with only a few items still needing attention.
“I’d like to thank everybody for coming out today, and for Hurst Racing for coming out and officiating,” race organizer and Lions Club member Kenneth Denny said.
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