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Photos and report submitted by John Tucker

Speedway tougher than expected

The Speedway Run, held at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, (Nov. 14), was an interesting venue.  With a race car drivers school taking laps on the track, the 5K and 10K participants gathered at the infield with the registration area set up in one of the garages.

The weather was cool with light winds, and knowing the terrain around the Speedway, many expected this would be a good course for a fast time if the winds stayed down. The winds cooperated, but the course turned out to have some rigorous slopes, up and down the constructed embankments on the exterior of the race stands.

A Porche led the 10K, and a Sunbeam sports convertible led the 5K from a common start on the infield roads, down the tunnel under the race track and onto the perimeter of the stands.  Women’s 5K winner Molly Tucker said the first two miles were fairly flat, but the last one was up one hill after another.

For the 5K, first male was Jeff Raines, Arlington, at 17:06. Molly, of Southlake, finished in 19:37. First male masters was Richard Neil, Fort Worth, at 17:38, and first female masters was Leena Robinson, Trophy Club, at 24.32.

In the 10K, Don Robertson, Grand Prairie, won the men’s race in 39:21, and Kristine Hinojos, Grapevine, won the women’s in 45:53. Masters winners were Kim Andres, Irving, in 50:07 and Doug Hinds, 42:21.

Speedway Run, Nov. 14, 2009

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