DayMotorSports.com Race Recap: Faulkner, Ingalls win King of Hill Prelims

GREENWOOD, Louisiana (July 28, 2022) — Veteran stock car driver Dalton Faulkner and respected chassis builder Jason Ingalls both won preliminary A Mains, as officials hosted Night 1 of the seventh annual King of the Hill on Thursday at Boothill Speedway.

Faulkner won the first of two 25-lap features for Granger Equipment Factory Stock teams, while Ingalls won the second contest. Trent Humphrey (Pro Mods) was also a feature winner on a beautiful night for racing in Louisiana.

Faulkner, of Cut and Shoot, Texas, started second alongside Joshua Martin and quickly got the jump, then proceeded to check out on the field. Josh Daugherty finished a distant second, while Bubba Jones filled out the podium. JT Garland and Neil Kemp completed the top five.

“I always enjoy coming here for the King of the Hill,” a happy Faulkner said in Victory Lane. “I like the format this weekend; I didn't know about it until I got here. It's a pretty cool deal, there's a lot of racing for everybody. Keeping the equipment together is key this week with all of this racing going on.”

Finishing sixth through 10th in the first Factory Stock preliminary feature were Cody Myers (who charged up from the 20th starting position), Martin, Cameron Starry, Josh Greenwalt and Derick Grigsby, who drove up from 22nd on the grid.

Two cautions slowed the pace, both for minor spins.

Ingalls, of Longview, Texas, inherited the lead with just seven laps remaining when his uncle, Ricky Ingalls, suffered a mechanical failure, and hung on for top honors. John Parker Jr. crossed the stripe in second, while Taylor Frost filled out the podium.

Chris Burrows (Minden, La.) and defending King of the Hill Kyle Cummings (Shreveport, La.) rounded out the top five.

“I was ready to run second tonight,” a surprised Ingalls admitted in Victory Lane. “He (Ricky) had a good run going, I didn't think I had anything for him. I was setting there, and just happened to move down a lane when he broke. If I would have hit him, I would've probably heard about it tomorrow.”

Finishing sixth through 10th in the second preliminary A Main for Factory Stock teams were Ray Allen Kulhanek, Justin Whitehead, Tyler Moore, Dewayne Rains and Bo Perry. Four cautions slowed the pace, all for minor incidents.

Humphrey, of Haughton, Louisiana, led all 20 laps of his Pro Mod tilt in convincing fashion. Josh Worn put in a solid performance to finish second, while Mike Washburn filled out the podium. Chase Hatton (De Berry, TX) and Coty Tupper (Blanchard, La.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

“We've taken about the last month or so off,” Humphrey said after posting his fifth win of 2022. “We started the year off really good, and then just had a string of unfortunate events, bad luck, whatever you want to call it. But we just kind of regrouped; it's awesome to come back out and get a win tonight.”

With $10,000 going to the winner of Saturday night's prestigious A Main, over 100 teams were on hand Thursday evening to do their best in preliminary rounds. The top eight drivers in passing points after tonight's second round of Prelim action will redraw for their starting positions on Saturday night.

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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer     

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