DayMotorSports.com Race Recap: Martin wins Kenneth Mitchell Memorial at 67 Speedway

TEXARKANA, Arkansas (July 23, 2022) — Two-time and defending series champion Logan Martin made a triumphant return to Victory Lane to kick off the weekend, as officials hosted the second annual Kenneth Mitchell Memorial headlined by the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series on Friday at 67 Speedway.

Martin, of West Plains, Missouri, led all 40 laps of the talent-filled A Main to earn a whopping $5,555 and secure his first win of the year on the ultra-competitive Super Late Model tour. Kyle Beard finished a distant second, while two-time series champion Jamie Burford filled out the podium.

Morgan Bagley (Longview, TX) and polesitter Tyler Stevens (Searcy, AR) completed the top five.

Colby Mewborn (Limited Modified); Neil Kemp (Factory Stock); and Greyson Wooten (Tuners) were also feature winners on a beautiful night for short track auto racing in northwestern Arkansas.

“Man, it feels great to get this first win,” an obviously relieved Martin said in Victory Lane. “To get that monkey off our back, it just makes the rest of the season go that much easier. We were struggling during the first part of the year; we hit the road and ran the first two weeks of the Summer Nationals.

“It just helps a ton and makes you that much better when you get back to the regional stuff. Getting out on the road really helps, and I think that showed tonight.”

Finishing sixth through 10th in the second annual Kenneth Mitchell Memorial 40-lap A Main for Comp Cams Super Dirt Series teams were Timothy Culp, Mason Oberkramer, BJ Robinson, Brian Rickman and Scott Crigler. Three cautions slowed the pace, two for spins by Brandon Carpenter.

Mewborn, of Texarkana, Texas, led all 20 laps of his feature with younger brother Conner just off his back bumper. Conner was closing rapidly on his brother yet settled for second, while local veteran Skeet Amason started eighth and powered his way to third at the finish.

Dustin Taylor (Texarkana, TX) and Adam Roy (Hooks, TX) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

“It's a blast to be able to race my brother like that,” Mewborn said. “I told everybody that Conner was going to be fast once he got into a Limited, and he sure is showing out this year. I'm just happy I could hold him off tonight. I'm glad we finished first and second; now it's on to Boothill next weekend.”

Finishing sixth through 10th in the USRA Limited Modified feature were B.J. Moore, Andrew Rossum, Dustin Robnett, Aaron Roy and Ronny Freeland. Only one caution slowed the pace at lap four when Austin Storm's machine lost power and rolled to a stop. The Mewborn brothers had this one covered.

Kemp, of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, led all 20 laps of a caution-plagued Factory Stock tilt. The force behind Club 20 Shocks jumped out early, survived four restarts, including a two-lap sprint to the finish to earn top honors. Gary Harvin crossed the stripe in second, while Chris Rodgers finished third.

Luke Wheat (Nash, TX) and TJ McCarty (Amity, AR) rounded out the top five.

“This car sounds a little funny sometimes,” Kemp told announcer Collin Bell in Victory Lane. “Going down the straightaway, it seems like they're all over me. I've always thought they were, then somebody will tell me they're not. But this feels good; tomorrow night I'll run a Pure Stock at Diamond Park.”

Finishing sixth through 10th in the USRA Factory Stock A Main were Logan Griffin (who started 10th and was gaining speed), Landon Rodgers, Shelby Ward, Scott Hushelpeck and Cole Burleson.

Four cautions slowed the pace, including a Red Flag at lap five when Burleson's car caught fire briefly. He crawled out quickly and was evaluated by trained medical staff on site.

The second annual Kenneth Mitchell Memorial at 67 Speedway drew 67 entries (appropriately, I might add) spread across four divisions. With 25 of the best Super Late Model drivers on hand along with some top-notch local teams, fans knew they'd see plenty of wide-open action all evening long.

Officials cranked out nine heats and four A Mains in short order, with only a few minor delays. Wooten's win over Justin Converse brought the crowd to its feet in a real barn-burner of a finish. From the blazing-fast Super Lates on down to the Tuners, fans saw a show on Friday evening in Arkansas.

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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo By: Chaz Brzeski 

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