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DayMotorSports.com Race Recap: Allen, Myers prevail at Mike Parker Memorial

VIVIAN, Louisiana (July 15, 2022) — Versatile short track master Chase Allen and red-hot young gun Cody Myers both found success in their respective divisions, as Justin Whitehead and his staff hosted night number two of the ninth annual Mike Parker Memorial on Friday at Ark-La-Tex Speedway. 

Allen powered to an impressive victory in the USRA Modified A Main; while Myers won both of his Heats in Factory Stock to lead overall passing points as teams get set for tonight's $5,000-to-win event. A whopping 171 entries were on hand Friday, featuring the top-ranked drivers from several states. 

With 88 Factory Stock entries, 63 Limited Modifieds and 20 USRA Modifieds on hand, the pits were jam-packed as officials sorted out and lined up 17 heats (two rounds combined) for Factory Stocks and 13 for Limited Modified teams. Action in those heats was nothing short of thrilling all evening long. 

In the first round of Factory Stock qualifying, Lee Patton, Kyle Cummings, Chris Henigan, Bryce Pritchett, Johnny Torres, Bubba Jones, John Parker Jr., Daniel Jones and Myers all won their respective heats. Round 2 saw Dustin Henigan, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Myers, CJ Howell, Mike Wells, Craig Pursley Jr., Bryan Cook and Joshua Martin all win their heats. 

In Round 1 of Limited Modified qualifying, Scotty Husselpeck, Colby Mewborn, Rowdy Day, Brandon Brown, Mark Underwood Jr., Skeet Amason and Boone Evans won their individual heats. In Round 2, Jason Ingalls, Josh Baucom, BJ Moore, Jon Mitchell, Connor Mewborn and Shane Hebert won heats. 

Veteran open-wheel touring series legend Jack Sartain joined Sean Gaddis as heats winners in USRA Modified competition. In their 20-lap feature, Sartain led the first five laps from the pole before Allen, of Midlothian, Texas, powered around the outside coming off Turn 4 to take command. 

Sartain settled for second, while Gaddis filled out the podium one spot ahead of his father, Kenny. Respected chassis builder and winning racer Jason Ingalls completed the top five. 

“I want to thank Justin for putting this event on,” an elated Allen told second-year announcer Collin Bell in Victory Lane. “He's done a heck of a job here, it couldn't be held at a better place. There isn't a better track to host it than Ark-La-Tex; this place was really good tonight. A win here feels awesome.” 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the USRA Modified A Main were Gregory Muirhead, Tanner Barnhart, Donnie Powers, Justin Ingalls and Casey Brunson. Only one caution slowed the pace at lap five for debris on the track at the exit of Turn 4. Allen debuted a brand new car on Friday, and it sure was fast. 

Tonight (July 16) will feature a virtual alphabet soup of second-round qualifying action, as C and B Mains will help set the field for the rich $5,000-to-win A Mains in both Factory Stock and Limiteds. If Friday night's preliminary heats were any indication, it'll be three and four-wide again all evening long.

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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer  

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