By Phil Whipple,
RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer
EDNA, Texas (Nov. 18, 2021) — Veteran stock car ace Dalton Faulkner kept his recent hot streak alive, setting fast time in Factory Stock Time Trials as officials hosted Night No. 1 of The 2021 Clash on Thursday at Texana Raceway Park.
Faulkner, of Cut and Shoot, Texas, laid down a lap of 19.839 seconds around the smooth oval to top the 32 drivers that were on hand to take times. Teams were given a 75-minute session for qualifying, and most continued to adjust their cars for one last try at Faulkner before the clock ran out.
Jeff Hammitt turned in the second fastest time of the evening with a lap of 20.189, ensuring himself a provisional starting spot in Saturday night's rich A Main. Memphis Villarreal timed in third quick on Thursday, putting in a lap of 20.232 seconds, while Donald Cain Jr. (20.270) and Steve Grantz (20.281) completed the top five in Time Trials.
Timing in at sixth through 10th fastest in Thursday night's Factory Stock Time Trials were Daniel Preston (20.326); Adam Perks (20.335); Chuck Perry (20.346); Cameron Starry (20.356); and Dillon Gaither (20.384). Faulkner was the only one able to get down under the 20-second bracket.
IMCA Modified and Limited Mod teams were also on hand at Texana Thursday, getting in some valued practice laps before they run their qualifying Heats tonight (Friday). Car counts will be strong in both divisions since The Clash has become one of the most popular and well-attended events in south Texas.
In last year's event, Collin Hodges capped a stellar 2020 season by fending off a late-race challenge from Faulkner in the closing laps to snag a $4,500 payday. Faulkner settled for second, while Donald Cain Jr. filled out the podium in third.
Daniel Preston and Corey Babbitt completed the top five in a wild 35-lap A Main. Faulkner took the green in fourth on a 26-car grid, but led the first 26 laps in his familiar No. 27 entry. Chris Morris (IMCA Modified) and Ray Allen Kulhanek (Limited Modified) were also feature winners in 2020.
This year's Clash at Texana will see the addition of Super Late Models to the program. On Saturday night, the SLM teams will contest Heats and an A Main that pays $1,500 to win. Limited Modified teams will compete for a $2,000-to-win purse; while IMCA Modified teams will run for $1,000-to-win.
Factory Stock teams will be going all-out in Friday night's qualifying to ensure they earn their best shot at the rich $5,000-to-win purse on Saturday. Texana Raceway Park promoter Owen Pittman had his fair share of rain-outs this year, but is looking to finish off his 2021 season with a bang this weekend.
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