CLEVELAND, Texas (Oct. 27, 2023) — Open-wheel powerhouse Justin Collins, stock car master Phil Dixon, and regional oval stalwart Calvin Tucker all won Heats in their respective divisions, as officials hosted Qualifying Night for their annual Halloween Havoc program on Friday at 105 Motor Speedway.
Collins won the first Heat of Limited Modified qualifying, along with two Heats in Hobby Stocks; Dixon won both of his Heats in Factory Stock; while Tucker claimed both of his Heats in Hobby Stocks. Passing points were tallied on Friday night, with the top 12 locked into tonight's A Mains.
Other Heat winners in Limited Modified action Friday include Howard Willis, Adam Bartels and Tim Boudreaux (Round 1); along with Casey Horton, Steve Jordan, R.C. Hagan and Jayden Pina (Round 2). In Factory Stock, Dalton Faulkner and KC Jimerson joined Dixon with two Heats wins apiece.
Along with Tucker and Collins, other Heat winners in Hobby Stock action include Garrick Franks, Nathan Renfro, Jt Garland and Kenny 'KMO' Montgomery. The IMCA Mod Lites were also in action, with Joe Butler Jr., Chris Townsend (2), Taylor Hunter, Blaine Estes and Corey Babbit winning Heats.
Rob Slott, Phil Seals, 105 mainstay Jesse McNorton and Dylan Elasko all won their respective Heats in Street Stock to round out qualifying action. A total of 32 Heats were contested, with only a brief intermission separating the two rounds of qualifying.
Tonight (Saturday, Oct. 28), those outside the top 12 will battle it out in B Mains to fill out the fields. Friday's qualifying night drew an impressive 124 entries spread across five divisions. Led by the Limited Modifieds with 34 on hand, talent lurked in every corner of promoter Joey Smith's pit area.
Other notable finishers in Friday night's qualifying action include ageless veteran Howard Willis, of Dayton. The man with a 50-year career was doing double duty, adding a Street Stock entry to his efforts. Willis was disqualified from a Street Stock Heat win for a chunk of Lead that came off his car.
Halloween Havoc was one of four two-day shows scheduled to begin Friday night on our RaceOnTexas platform, yet Mother Nature had other ideas. Just north of Waco, a major storm cell moved in from the southwest and wiped out the 26th annual Fall Classic at Heart O' Texas Speedway.
Rain also ruined Night 1 of the USRA Southern Nationals over at Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, Louisiana. Only the good folks at 105 and at I-37 Speedway (their huge DTK 5 program) were able to run their programs as scheduled. Even with the ongoing drought, rains came at a less than ideal time.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer, Photo By: Daniel Regalado