Thanksgiving Showdown at San Antonio Raceway

Todd Zampese


Thanksgiving Showdown at San Antonio Raceway

With the 2014 points racing season in the books, San Antonio Raceway (SAR) hosted a special Thanksgiving weekend show on the eighth-mile track just east of San Antonio. On the race card for the weekend were the Electronics (Box), Foot Brake (No-box) Jr. Dragsters, plus Little Pooch.

Michael Keylich rounded up an additional 16-car shootout with a $100 entry fee, for a winner-take-all race. SAR added another $400 to that purse making it a smooth $2K to win event. Entry was open to both dragsters and door cars.

The weather was nearly perfect for a late November day, with air temperatures in the low 70's at the start of time trials. By the end of eliminations it had cooled to the 60's, making it great for horsepower and the track holding its afternoon conditions.

Leroy O’Bryant in the El Camino.

Two San Antonio Raceway veterans ended up in the 2K Shootout finals and decided to save on equipment and split the pot. Leroy O'Bryant, in his O'Bryant Automotive, ‘79 El Camino beat David Cain, who went red, in the semis on one side of the bracket. On the other side it was Todd Zampese in his Dragster getting the best of Michael Keylich.

O'Bryant got by Jeff Rabedeau in round 1 and then Gilbert Sanchez in round 2. Zampese took out Scott Ball and Jon Hernandez in early round action.