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Rides earn awards at 11th annual Thunder on the Plains

Staff Photo by DeeLaine Ruiz-Guerra

The 11th Annual Thunder on the Plains Car Show was declared a success with nearly 150 entries.

The show officially began at 10 a.m. Saturday and concluded at 3 p.m. when awards were presented.

This year’s burn out contest was held at high noon Saturday  during the Thunder on the Plains car show and  drew a large audience  on the east side of the City Park.

The event was sponsored by O’Reilly’s of Levelland with trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and King of the hill, along with a $300 cash prize presented by Thunder on the Plains.

The five contenders included: Robert Reyna of Ropesville driving a 1984 Chevrolet pickup; Amberly Espinoza and Reble Sheheard, both of Lubbock in a 1983 Chevrolet pickup; Dakota Filippelli of Lubbock driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup; Gavino and Juanita Ponce of Ropesville in a 1984 Chevrolet pickup; and Naaman Ponce of Lubbock in his 1972 Chevrolet Camaro.

First place and King of the Hill winner was Gavino Ponce; second place winner was Naaman Ponce; and Amberly Espinoza took third place.

This year’s judges were Agustin Chavarria, Jr., Billy Youngblood and Tony Garcia, all
with O’Reillys’ Auto Parts of Levelland.

The car show trophies were all provided by Keno Hendeson and Capital Steel and John Carr and HydroTech. 

The coveted People’s Choice Award went to Jimmy Crenshaw and his 1958 yellow and white Corvette.

The coveted Best of Show Award went to Mike McDonald and his 1957 Chevrolet.

The Best Engine Award, built by Perry Redden, one of the show organizers and members, also went to a Mike McDonald and his 1970 Chevelle.

The Best Paint Award went to Matt Schoeff and his 1967 Camaro.

The Best Chevrolet Award went to Dan Kuss, who exhibited a 196 Chevrolet Impala.

The Best Ford Award was presented to Abel and Lisa Rios and their 1971 Boss Mustang.

The Best Mopar Award was presented to Jim Monk and his 1969 Plymouth Road Runner.

The Best Other Award went to Linda Harris who exhibited a rare 1906 Buick G Roadster.

A special award for the most unique vehicle at the show went to Kerry Faver of Littlefield who exhibited a custom rat-rod whose interior was described as too nice to be a rat rod. Faver had converted and customized a 1949 grain truck. 

Before the awards were announced, a representative of the  Desert Cruzers, a Clovis, NM car club, invited everyone attending the Levelland event to their upcoming car show Sept. 8-9. He also said their club presents a special award, ‘You Caught Our Eye,’ for the car they would like to drive home. That award went to Robert Burton and his fully restored 1972 Chevrolet Suburban.

In the Best Project In Progress class, first place went to Steve Loa of Levelland, who exhibited a 1926 Ford Model T hot rod. Second went to Benny Green of Lubbock who exhibited a 1989 Ford Mustang 5.0. Third place went to Corbin Crenshaw of Levelland who exhibited a red 1967 Volkswagen dune buggy. 

First place in the Stock Motorcycle class went to John and Misty Agnew of Levelland who exhibited a 2005 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. Second place went to Marty Demel of Levelland who exhibited an old red 1957 Cushman Eagle which has been in his family for years. 

First place in the Custom Motorcycle class went to Joe Madrid of Lubbock who exhibited a heavily chromed and custom painted 2006 Custom Chopper.  Second place went to Dustin Dunn of Levelland who exhibited a red 2015 Sling Shot. Third place went to Randy Taylor of Littlefield who exhibited his red and white 1997 Honda Valkyrie. 

Mike McDonald of Level-land exhibited the first place vehicle in the 1950’s Classic class; he showed a red 1957 Chevrolet BelAir Hardtop. Second place went to Jimmy Crenshaw of Levelland and his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. Third place went to Tom Seiler of Lubbock who showed a 1956 Chevrolet 210.

In the Original Cars class, first place went to Linda Harris of Bushland who exhibited a rare 1906 Buick G Roadster. Dan Kuss of Lubbock won second place with his 1963 Chevrolet Impala and Trish McEndree of Lubbock won third with her 2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS. 

In the Generic class, first went to Marcus Zapata of Levelland who showed a 1955 Buick Special. Second place went to Scott Free of Colorado City who showed a 1969 Dodge Stationwagon.  Third went to Jimmy Michell of Lubbock who showed a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. 

In the Custom/Modified Class, first went to Edward McClain of Snyder and his willow green 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS. Second went to James and Amanda Lee of Justin and their black 1955 Ford. Third went to Tracy Cavazos of Crosbyton and his 1969 Chevrolet.

In the Sports Car class, first went to Armando Rodriguez of Lubbock and his 2010 Chevrolet Corvette. Second went to Santiago Zungiz of Idalou and his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Third went to DJ Leal of Levelland and his 201 Chevrolet Stingray.

In the 1991 and up Custom Truck class, first went to Enoc Ramirez of Levelland and his dark gray lifted 2015 Dodge  Ram 3500 dually. Second went to Andy Hagopaylas of Lubbock and his blue 2000 Chevrolet Silvardo.
In the 1990 and older Customer Truck class, first went to Michael Nock of Levelland and his 1967 Chevrolet C-10 pickup. Second went to Jimmy Davis of Lubbock and his 1983 Chevrolet C-10 pickup. Third  went to Steve and P  Loa of Levelland and their 1932 Ford pickup.

In the Mopar Muscle Car class, first went to Jim Monk of Midland who exhibited a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Second went to Matt Harvill of Brownfield who exhibited a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Third went to Payton Newsom of Levelland who showed a 1971 Plymouth Baracuda. 

In the GM Muscle Car class, first went to Matt Schoeff of Idalou who showed a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. Second went to Mike McDonald of Levelland and his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Third went to Teresa McClain of Snyder and her 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS. 

In the Ford Muscle Car class,  first went to Abel and Lisa Rios of Levelland who showed a 1971 Ford Boss Mustang. Second place went to Mike Dobson of Levelland and his 1963 Ford Galaxie 50 XL. Third went to Chris Green of Lubbock and his 1965 Mercury Comet. 

In the Other Muscle Car class, first went to Richard Pirkle of Plainview and his 1963 Chevrolet Impala. Second went to  John Rose of Levelland and his 1980 Chevrolet Corvette. 

In the Buick or Pontiac. Muscle Car class, first went to Ken Davis of Lubbock and his 1960 Buick 2-door. Second went to Don Mikell of Lubbock and his 1957 Buick Special. Third went to Dwayne Lawrence of Aspermont and his 1968 Pontiac Firebird. 

In the Fender Hot and Street Rod class, first went to Michael Brattain of Sundown and his custom 1948 Plymouth P-15. Second went to Craig and Debbie Hancock of Shallowater and their custom 1929 Ford Model A. Third went to Helen Partlow of Big Spring and her yellow custom  1940 Ford Tudor Sedan.    

In the Non Fender Hot and Street Rods class, first went to Johnny Rodgers of Lubbock and his 1931 Ford Roadster. Second went to Terry Hurst of Idalou and his yellow 1940 Ford Coupe. Third went to Steve Cordell of Levelland and his white 1923 Ford T-Bucket. 

In the New Cars (2001-present) class, first went to Larry Norris of Levelland and his 2011 Ford Mustang. Second went to Jed Lopez of Levelland and his 2015 Ford Mustang. Third went to Robby Crowder of Lubbock and his 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

In the Original Trucks class, first went to Dustin Dunn of Levelland and his 1955 Chevrolet 3100. Second went to Kennedy Newsom of Levelland who showed a 195 GMC Texas Edition. Third went to Dan Patterson of Levelland who showed a 1948 Studebaker M5 pickup. 

In the SUV class, first went to Robert Burton of Levelland and his yellow 1972 Chevrolet Suburban. Second went to Aaron Rodriguez of Lubbock and his 2014 4-door Jeep Wrangler. Third went to Jessie Vargas of Levelland and his 2005 H2 Hummer.  

This year’s Thunder on the Plains was sponsored by Covenant Health, City Bank, Norton Drilling, Permian Basin Lubrication, Brent’s Tint & Offroad, Freeman Motors, John Roley AutoCenter, Commercial Printing, Independent Electric, Best Western, KLVT Radio, Farmers Co-op Elevator, Alvo’s Body Shop, News-Press, Renegade, Plains Motor Supply, Wallace Theater, Stephenson Industries, Bush Wrecker Service, Dennis Boggs Welding, AimBank, Joshua Park Grocery, Wilbur-Ellis, Palmer Brothers, 509 Restaurant, John Carr and HydroTech, Keno Henderson and Capital Steel, Tony’s Oilfield Services and Big Boyz Print Shop. 

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