TexPlex Race Series Round 2: 3-13-2021
The weekend started out on Friday Morning with the 3 hr drive to TexPlex.
It was kind of nice because we did not have to leave way early in the
morning. My dad and I got on the road at 7:00am and arrived at the track
about 10:00am. The office help at Texplex was organized and had
everything ready for a quick sign in. We head over to the Progressive
Powersports pit area and started to set up. ( It is great to have an area that
is saved and they offer AMAZING hospitality on race weekends. Bobby,
David, Quinn and the rest of the guys go all out for the team. )
12:00 noon hit and it was time for practice.
I was having a blast with the new track layout and was able to get some
valuable laps in infront of, with and behind Eddie Ensign. Eddie is new to
the sport in the amatuer class but really smooth and supper fast. It was
great to try to learn a little from him while I was around him. I set my fastest
lap of the weekend while running with Eddie. Practiced wrapped up for the
day formy group and it was time to clean up and great ready for race day.
Thanks to Mr. Ensign and George White of Double E Racing I had
Jambalaya for the first time. It was really good.
Sunday morning we were on track at 7:00am for practice. The Texplex crew
had both their water trucks break during the day. That did not stop them.
They had two water trucks delivered and water all night. It was the best we
have ever seen the track. ( Just started this year ) Tons of grip with
moisture coming up out of the track. In practice the grip was awesome.
The Texplex crew hit the track again with water after practice was
complete and I was in the first race. While we were sitting on the line they
were still watering out in the back section. So I knew that was still going to
The 12+ 1000cc STK class was set to be the third drop. The womens
Experts were the first drop. Womens Amateurs second drop. Then us.
I had a terrible start as I thought I jumped so I let off and then went again to
not get penalized. Everyone said I had nailed it if I would have just stayed
in it but I didn’t. I was in second place and Jace was driving really good. I
knew I needed to get around him fast as we would catch some of the class
in front of us. I made the pass into first and just worked on consistent laps.
Trying to look ahead and plan my passes before I got to the next driver.
Jace and I both passed all the class that dropped in front of us but the
leader. We did not catch her. She drove a great race. I was fun having
them out in front of us.
In the second race I am not sure what I did but it bogged right after the line.
I went into the first turn in third. I knew I had my work cut out for me. I
passed into second and was pushing really hard to get Jace. I was right on
him and he braked earlier then I thought he was going to. I swarved to go
around him and spun on the again freshly water track right before our race.
I got back going and it took me almost the entire lap to work back into
second place. Jace now had a good jump on me and was driving really
good. We were working through the class in front of us and I was really
working to close the gap. Just before the white flag I was able to make the
pass for first. I wanted to run the fastest lap I could to try to get away.
( Photo Credits to Harlen Foley )
Jace was able to stay right with me and we continued to pass through the
class in front of us. I was able to hold on for the win but really had to work
for it after that mistake on the first lap and the poor starts. Thankful for the
Win in this one.
Time to get some practice in to be more prepared for round 3.
Levi De Keyrel #53
2021 Honda Talon 1000R
Instagram: LeviTripp53, De_Keyrel_Racing
Have an AMAZING day and GOD Bless
Thank You to all my sponsors: GOD, Progressive Powersports, PPEI,
Jsportsxs, FOX Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Method Wheels, Kartek Off
Road, Bell Racing, Axcel Sport, SSI Decals, HMF, PCI Radio’s, Sparco
ABF Fabrication, Double E Racing