ELM MOTT, Texas (Aug. 12, 2022) — Up and coming Stock car pilot Cameron Cook, Factory Stock ace Eddie Grmela and Dwarf car star Chance Hull all earned wins in their respective divisions, as officials hosted a full card of racing including the Lone Star Dwarf Cars on Friday at Heart O' Texas.
Cook earned his first career victory in the IMCA Stock Car A Main; Grmela powered to victory in a talent-filled Factory Stock feature, while Hull continued his 2022 hot streak in the Lone Star Dwarf Car series A Main.
Arizona-based racer Austin Kuehl (IMCA Modified); Texas oval icon GW Egbert (IMCA Southern SportMod) and Trey Votaw (Outlaw Street Stock) were also feature winners on a hot, sultry late-summer night for racing in Central Texas.
Cook, of Grand Prairie, drove to the inside of Doug Lorenz coming off Turn 2 to take command of his race at lap nine and hung on for top honors. Lorenz crossed the stripe in second, while Dustin Mooney filled out the podium.
Thomas Hall Jr. (Waco) and David Goode Sr. (Copperas Cove) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
“It's been a long season,” Cook told former racer, promoter and now announcer Joe Spillman in Victory Lane. “I did not expect it to take this long to win a race in these cars. We came out hot, then we had a slow streak in the middle of the season, and now we're hot again. Hopefully, we can keep this up now.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Stock Car A Main were Trevor Egbert, Chris Gallien, Justin Wierenga, George Shelton and Tim Carman. Three cautions slowed the pace (laps 1,3,4), none for serious incidents. Lorenz had inherited the lead when Westin Abbey and Jason Batt looped their cars.
Grmela, of Hewitt, led all 20 laps of his Factory Stock tussle despite a snarling pack of 22 cars hot on his tail. Grmela started second and was never challenged, while Jason Hood earned runner-up honors. Wesley Dulock started fifth and finished third with a rock-solid performance.
Local powerhouse and fan favorite Shannon Dulock started 12th and finished fourth, while Michael Guenat completed the top five.
“I have to thank CRS Suspension and Knowles Performance for the motor,” Grmela said. “I also need to thank my Mom an Dad, Garrett Rawls, Wicked Fast Transmissions, my family and everybody who has helped out. I'll thank all the fans for coming out on a hot night, and it sure feels good to win one.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock feature were Rowdy Hull, Brian Mahler, James Schoenrock, Mike Land and Trey Votaw. Two cautions slowed the pace (laps 3, 11), both for minor spins. Grmela's margin of victory over Hood was a scant .263 seconds, less than the blink of an eye.
Hull, of Burleson, powered to the outside of early leader Brent Mayfield to take command of his race at lap six and pulled away for top honors. Ageless veteran Paul White made a strong late-race charge up to second, while Jeff Patterson filled out the podium.
Wyatt Richeson came from ninth on the 22-car grid to finish fourth, while Blake Patterson competed the top five.
“The car was pretty good tonight,” Hull said. “I really didn't want to see that late caution, I knew my tires were pretty hot. I figured Jeff (Patterson) was right behind me; so I knew I had to hit my marks and not make a mistake. I appreciate all of our sponsors, and my girlfriend for her help all week long.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Lone Star Dwarf Car A Main were Landon Sibery, Mayfield, Troop Miller, Landon Bellows and Landon Falkenberg. Only once caution slowed the pace (and not until lap 15, surprisingly) when Rick Smith (of Terrell, Texas) put his No. 21 machine into the spin cycle.
Once again Selby Holder and his staff knocked out a fast-paced show on Friday, with 14 heats and six features run off in three hours flat. As the points season draws to a close, they're closing out another stellar season of weekly competition in Elm Mott. A whopping 100 entries were on hand Friday night.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo by: Southern Sass