DayMotorSports.com Race Recap: Bransom, Williams, Baker post wins at KSP

KENNEDALE, Texas (June 3, 2023) — Multi-division talent Jerrett Bransom, nationally-known pilot Shelby Williams and Stock car ace Cody Baker all won features in their respective divisions, as James Lopez and his staff hosted a full card of racing on Saturday night at Kennedale Speedway Park.

Bransom powered to victory in a caution-free affair for IMCA Southern SportMods; Williams prevailed in a high-stakes tilt for IMCA Stock Car teams; while Baker edged a hard-charging Cameron Cook in this week's Factory Stock A Main.

Tommy Williams (makeup Factory Stock race from a previous rain-out); Chance Hull (Dwarf Cars); Gary Fitch (Eco Mods); and Dylan Blackburn (Jr. Limiteds) were also feature winners on a windy yet fortunately dry night for racing in North Texas.

Bransom, of Burleson, started seventh on the 17-car grid, drove around the outside of John Freeman coming off Turn 4 to take command at lap five and pulled steadily away to earn top honors. Brandon Geurin charged up from 10th at the start to claim second, while Freeman filled out the podium.

Terry Pritchett and Jon White Jr. (Red Oak) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Finishing sixth through 10th in the C&P Pump Service Sport Mod A Main were early leader Billy McHughes, Billy Gould Jr., Rawdy Hull, Matt Lunsford and John Rabozzi. With no cautions to slow his pace, Bransom's margin of victory over Geurin was a whopping 1.783 seconds.

Williams, of Bonham, started fourth on a 20-car grid, drove to the outside of Dylan Moss coming off Turn 4 to take control at lap two, then drove off into the sunset and straight into Victory Lane. Demetrius Carter had a strong run to claim the runner-up position, while Gary Williams finished third.

Blake Clark (Joshua) and double-duty racer Jerrett Bransom (Burleson) completed the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th in the 20-lap Brian's Auto Buying IMCA Stock Car feature were Lance Hanson Jr., Damon Hammond, Matt Guillaume and Ryan Powers. With no cautions to slow his pace, Williams' margin of victory over Carter was a mind-altering 2.677 seconds.

Baker, of Alvarado, started first in the evening's second Factory Stock feature, dove inside of Trey Smitherman with five laps remaining and barely nipped a hard-charging Cameron Cook at the line for top honors.

Cook started 12th on a 24-car grid, lost his brakes on the second or third lap, yet steadily worked his way up through the field. Jeff Hammitt (the Pride of Edgewood, TX) put in a solid performance, driving his No. 13 entry up from eighth to fill out the podium.

Ryan Powers (Kennedale) and Jeremy Carter (Joshua) rounded out the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th in this week's 1st Class Service Group Factory Stock A Main were Mark Fox, Kenny Magar, Nate Dixon, Chris Wolfe (who suffered right front suspension damage in his Heat yet wheeled his way up to ninth from 23rd at the start) and Travis Waugh.

Two cautions slowed the pace (laps 7, 15), both for minor incidents. Baker's margin of victory over Cook was shown as a non-existent 0.000 seconds on the MyRacePass App early Sunday morning. Of note was the disqualification of Smitherman, now credited with a 24th-place finish.

This week's championship points program at KSP drew an impressive 119 entries spread across six divisions. Led by Factory Stock with 29 teams on hand to do battle, there was ample talent to be had across the board on Saturday night. Fans were treated to some of the cleanest races thus far in 2023.

Officials knocked out 17 qualifying Heats and one B Main in an hour and a half, took a short break for fans and staff to stretch their legs, then cranked off this week's feature in short order. All in all, they ran a makeup feature and this week's full points show in a very entertaining three and a half hours.

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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer

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