ELM MOTT, Texas (May 20, 2022) — Veteran Modified pilot Kevin Green, rising star Trevor Cogburn and Stock car ace Michael Bowles earned feature wins in their respective divisions, as officials hosted a full night of points racing on Friday evening at Heart O' Texas Speedway.
Green powered to victory in a hotly-contested A Main for IMCA Modifieds; Cogburn notched his first career triumph in an IMCA Southern SportMod; while Bowles marched to victory in Factory Stock.
Dustin Mooney (IMCA Stock Car); Benji Kirkpatrick (Outlaw Street Stock); and John Roan (Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas) also earned feature wins Friday on a beautiful night for racing near Waco.
Green, of Waco, took the lead from David Goode Jr. with just four laps remaining and hung on for top honors. Goode settled for second after setting a torrid pace early on, as the top three battled tooth and nail for the winner's trophy. Chris Morris filled out the podium with another rock-solid performance.
Central Texas mainstay Raymond McSpadden (of Buda, Texas) and 2021 IMCA Southern SportMod National champion Matthew Day (of Farmersville) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
“That was some big fun right there,” an elated Green said in O'Reilly Auto Parts Victory Lane. “Usually on a track like this, you get up top or use sliders to do whatever you need to do. I saw Chris working on David, trying to make something happen there.
“The car was great, I was just getting in line and trying to run as hard as possible. It was fun, especially when it turns out like this. You have to know they're going to come back at you; you just have to be ready and try to dive back under them. It's tough at times, but going after a win - you just go for it.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Modified A Main were Eric Tomlinson, Jon White, Brenda Kirby, Chris Rasar and Shawn Baker. The feature went flag-to-flag without a caution, keeping fans on the edge of their seats as the ground-pounding Mods blasted around the famed high-banked oval.
Green's margin of victory over Goode was just a tick over one second, as he hung on to earn the prize.
Cogburn, of Robinson, Texas, powered around the outside of Kyle Wilkins to take command of his feature at lap 12 and pulled steadily away for that career-first victory. Wilkins settled for the runner-up spot, while multi-time feature winner Brandon Geurin filled out the podium.
Regional powerhouse Michael Dabney (Kaufman) crossed the stripe in fourth, while local favorite and skilled veteran Jeff Sheppard (Waco) debuted his new Generation Race Car from JL Racing with a solid top-five finish after winning his Heat race.
“That was my first IMCA win, and I'm pretty excited about it,” an exuberant Cogburn said after celebrating with a few donuts down on the apron. “I saw Kyle (Wilkins) coming in on the bottom, I kind of pinched him off in Turns 3 and 4 hoping I could get back to the top before Brandon (Geurin) got me. I just want to thank my Dad, my Mom, my brother, Morgan, and everybody who helps out.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Southern SportMod feature were Trevor Raney, Mason Day (Matthew's younger brother), Chris Florio, his daughter Miss Taylor Florio and Ryan Brown. Only one caution slowed the pace when Gavin Faulks spun in Turn 3 and collected Jack Lewis.
Cogburn's margin of victory over Wilkins was a mere .729 seconds, yet this win was very impressive.
Bowles, of Italy, Texas, got a great jump on a restart at lap 10 and pulled steadily away to earn top honors in his feature. Red-hot Michael Dabney gave chase throughout yet settled for second, while super-human racer Shannon Dulock filled out the podium in third.
Nate Dixon and Chris Watson (both of Ennis, TX) completed the top five.
“I was just trying anything that would work,” Bowles said. “I knew that top groove was going to be the place to go, so I headed out there. I have to thank CRS Suspension, Billy Vest with Dirt Defender, and own construction company. I like it when there's a little meat on the track, and tonight we had it.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock A Main were Cody Dixon, Eric Tomlinson, Jason Bogard, James Schoenrock and Melvin Kemp Jr. Three cautions slowed the pace for minor incidents.
Bowles, a proud father with children who race and win, held a comfortable 1.443 second lead over Dabney as they crossed the line. The level of competition in this class always produces great racing. Car counts continue to be strong up in Elm Mott, with a healthy 104 entries on Friday in six classes.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer