MANY, Louisiana (April 15, 2022) — Late Model touring veteran Cade Dillard, rising open-wheel star Corey Neil Jr. and stock car ace Scotty Case all won features in their respective divisions, as officials hosted a special Autism Awareness Benefit program on Friday evening at Sabine Speedway.
Dillard powered to victory in a caution-plagued Foy Motors Crate Late Model A Main; Neil dominated the American Championship Series Limited Modified feature, while Case was triumphant in a talent-filled battle for the BOM Bank Factory Stocks.
Hunter Armstrong capped the list of feature winners on Friday with his victory in the FWD feature.
Dillard, of Robeline, La., powered around the outside of Rob Litton coming off Turn 2 just after a restart with four laps complete to take command. Rick Duke made a strong late-race charge to secure second, while Litton settled for third. Caleb Dillard and Dakota Smith completed the top five.
“I had a really good car tonight,” Dillard told veteran Ark-La-Tex region P.A. Announcer Joshua Bell in Victory Lane. “Once we got into a rhythm and got a little fueled burned off, they told me I had a good lead. I just tried to be conservative, hit my marks and not mess up. It's nice to win at your home track.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Foy Motors Crate Late Model A Main were Clayton Stuckey, Garren Lindsey, Stacy Veuleman, Kris Shaw and Robbie Starnes. Seven cautions slowed the pace, all for relatively minor spins. Cade Dillard, Litton and Jerry Basco all won their respective qualifiers.
Neil, of Bridge City, Texas, led all 20 laps of an impressive caution-free tilt for Limited Modified warriors. Regional stalwart Tracy Denby Jr. gave chase throughout yet finished a distant second, while Mark Underwood Jr. filled out the podium. Levi Heflin and Robert Metz completed the top five.
“The car was just really strong tonight,” Neil said. “I knew there was a battle for position back there behind me; I didn't really know who they were or how close they were to me, even though my uncle was giving me signals. It helped a lot that we went green to checkered without a caution.
“It was a good track surface to race on; I can't thank Bubba and everybody who works on the track enough for a great job. I also want to thank my family and all of our sponsors for making this happen.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the American Championship Series Limited Modified feature were Stephen Guidry, Dakoda Wyatt, Barron Prince, Conner Williams and Bob Kellogg. Neil hit lapped traffic early in this one, yet sliced his way through like a seasoned veteran on a casual Sunday drive.
Wyatt, Denby, Neil and RC Hagan all won their respective Heat races.
Case, of Marshall, Texas, led all 20 laps of a caution-free demonstration of fine driving skills. Randy Howell chased the savvy veteran all race long yet settled for the runner-up position, while recent feature winner Joshua Martin filled out the podium in third.
Ark-La-Tex mainstay Shawn Graham started ninth on the 20-car grid and crossed the stripe in fourth, while regional Factory Stock master Dalton Faulkner drove up from 16th on the grid to finish fifth.
“I just work my butt off to make this happen,” an excited Case said in Victory Lane. “I turn wrenches on this thing every day, it's the only way to stay ahead. I sure appreciate every win here at Sabine.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the BOM Bank Factory Stock A Main were Victor Case, Craig Pursley, Brandon Edwards, suspension guru and skilled wheel-man Neil Kemp and Jt Garland. The drivers had to be just about out of steam after this one, as it concluded at 12:40 a.m. Central time.
With 47 entries on hand and only 20 in the feature, several skilled racers watched this one from the pits.
Sabine Speedway's special Autism Awareness Benefit program was a huge success from all angles. With proceeds going to Clara Springs for their Special Needs Camp, 'Camp Rain Man,' and to Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana, the event raised funds for a great cause.
An amazing 119 entries filled the pits in four divisions, and fans packed the Grandstands to not only support that great cause but to witness some excellent short track racing. Sabine is a true hot-spot for dirt track competition, while promoter Bubba Jones clearly has his heart in the right place.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer