DayMotorSports.com Race Recap: Day, Cogburn, Kemp win at Heart O’ Texas

ELM MOTT, Texas (July 29, 2022) — Former IMCA National SportMod champion Matthew Day, rising star Trevor Cogburn and stock car veteran Melvin Kemp Jr. all won features in their respective divisions, as officials hosted a full card of racing on Friday evening at Heart O' Texas Speedway. 

Day powered to victory in the IMCA Modified A Main; Cogburn made a late-race charge to prevail in the IMCA Southern SportMod feature; while Kemp came out on top of a hotly-contested A Main for Factory Stock warriors. 

Trevor Egbert (IMCA Stock Cars); Tommy Honey (Outlaw Street Stock); and Ricky Henry (Star Mod Lites) were also feature winners on a beautiful night for short track racing in central Texas. 

Day, of Farmersville, earned his 11th victory on the season in dominant fashion. Eric Tomlinson finished a distant second, while Kevin Green filled out the podium in a caution-free 15-lap contest. Chris Morris (Taylor, TX) and his fiance Brenda Kirby (New River, AZ) completed the top five. 

“I knew the car was going to be loose from the start,” Day told announcer Joe Spillman in O'Reilly Auto Parts Victory Lane. “I was worried about keeping it out front the whole race; but luckily, it stayed free enough to where I felt like I could roll the bottom and still go to the top if I needed to. 

“Thankfully, I was able to get some good luck on top in that first lap and was able to get the lead. I have to thank my mom and Dad; they couldn't be here tonight. Dad is up in Marshalltown racing with my little brother, but he still spent some time with me on the phone for guidance. It really helped.”

Day's margin of victory was a whopping 2.651 seconds, as his Longhorn chassis was on rails at HOT.

Cogburn, of Robinson, drove around the outside of Taylor Florio to take command with just three laps remaining and hung on for top honors in another caution-free feature. Garett Rawls crossed the stripe in second, while local powerhouse Brandon Geurin finished third. 

Jeff Sheppard wheeled his new Generation Race Cars by JL Racing machine to a solid fourth-place run, while Florio faded to fifth after leading the first 11 circuits. 

“I really need to thank a lot of people who made this one possible,” a grateful Cogburn said after his third win of 2022. “We had to change the transmission this week, so I need to thank Richard Pickens for that. I'll also thank my brother, Morgan and Molly for helping out every week. This feels great.”

Finishing sixth through 10th were Paul White, Michael Dabney, John Rabozzi, Corbin Willet and James Keilly. The SportMods can often put on one of the best shows of the night at Heart O' Texas. 

Kemp, of Waco, drove to the inside of Mike Land to take command of his feature with just two laps remaining and narrowly hung on for top honors. Mike Land started fifth on the 17-car grid and drove up to second, while Shannon Dulock filled out the podium. 

Jon Grobe and Brian Johnson (both of nearby Waco) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. 

“It feels really good to be back standing here,” an elated Kemp said following the win. “I have a lot of people around me trying to keep me positive about the race car. I couldn't do this without my sponsors, family and friends. I appreciate what y'all do for my racing program.”  

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock A Main were James Schoenrock, Ty Marecle, Michael Guenat, James Mercer Jr. and Christopher Mercer. Three cautions slowed the pace, one before a single lap was completed. Kemp's margin of victory was just .407 seconds, as Land was super fast.  

The closest finish of the night was, by far, Trevor Egbert's thrilling victory in I-Stock, as he nipped Dustin Mooney at the line by just four-thousandths of a second (.004) to claim his trophy and check.  All in all, it was an evening full of clean, close racing, capped with a photo-finish as a season highlight. 

Car counts at Heart O' Texas continue to be strong as summer starts to fade, with 88 entries spread across six divisions in the pits on Friday evening. Selby Holder and his well-trained staff knocked out a dozen heats and six feature in three and one-half hours, about as good as I gets in Texas weekly racing.

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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer

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