ELM MOTT, Texas (April 22, 2022) — Touring modified hotshoe Justin McCoy, North Texas weekly mainstay Michael Dabney and stock car ace Shannon Dulock won features in their respective divisions, as officials hosted the Touring Outlaw Modified Series (TOMS) on Friday at Heart O' Texas Speedway.
McCoy powered to victory in the 25-lap TOMS A Main; Dabney prevailed in a hotly-contested affair for the IMCA Southern SportMods; while Dulock dominated a talent-filled Factory Stock feature.
PJ Egbert (IMCA Stock Cars) and Benji Kirkpatrick (Outlaw Street Stock) were also feature winners on a warm but windy night for short track racing in Central Texas.
McCoy, of Irving, Texas, led all 25 laps of the headliner yet had to survive six restarts and a hard-charging Bo Day to secure top honors. Day, of Greenville, had all he could do to keep Midlothian's Chase Allen at bay, who applied the pressure several times yet settled for third.
Chris Henigan, of Marshall, Texas, started fifth on the 24-car grid and crossed the stripe in fourth, while hard-charger Max Eddie Thomas drove up from 12th on the grid to finish fifth.
“This car was awesome tonight,” a nervous and overwhelmed McCoy told veteran announcer Rodney Rodriguez in Victory Lane. “I can't thank Brad Doherty enough, Josh, my Dad, just everybody who helps out. All those cautions really made it a challenge.
“I knew I had Bo behind me, but everybody here is fast. It was nerve wracking, to say the least. It's awesome to win a TOMS event, to get the big check and trophy. I've never had one of those big checks, so that's pretty cool. I'm really just at a loss for words; to win here at HOT is so incredibly cool.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Touring Outlaw Modified Series A Main were Eric Tomlinson, Kevin Green, Wesley Veal, Josh Landers and Dustin Robinson. Six cautions slowed the pace, all for minor incidents.
Thirty-four teams attempted to qualify, with Oklahoma strongman Kale Westover, Henigan, McCoy, and Allen all winning their respective heats. Jared Baird and Rusty Trevathan won the B Mains. The TOMS teams head north today for a $2,000-to-win show this evening in Abilene.
Dabney, of Kaufman, Texas, drove underneath early leader Trevor Cogburn coming through Turns 3 and 4 to to take command of his feature and went on to post his second straight victory. Cogburn kept a red-hot Taylor Florio at bay for second, while Brandon Geurin and GW Egbert completed the top five.
“Back-to-back weekends, that's not too bad,” Dabney said after his win. “I had my lucky shirt on tonight. The track felt great; I knew there was a lot of rubber on it and that I had to get out front and take advantage of the slick conditions. I'd like to thank everybody that helps me out.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Southern SportMod feature were Austin Moore, Pat McGuire, Michael Maples Jr., Corbin Willet and Jack Lewis. Only one caution slowed the pace, one that saw the field take a little break on the front stretch while officials got the Turn 1 lights back on.
Dulock, of Axtell, Texas, started sixth on the 20-car grid, drove to the inside of Mike Land to take command of his race at lap three and pulled away for top honors. James Schoenrock crossed the stripe in second, while polesitter Michael Guenat filled out the podium.
Land faded to fourth in the closing laps, while Jeff Blackwood rounded out the top five.
“I knew it was slick, and I just knew it was going to be a one-lane race track” Dulock said in Victory Lane. “I didn't think the top was going to be there, so I just kind of kept it around the tires. If anybody started following me I was going to have to move my line, but I didn't see nobody so I kept it where it was at. I need to thank my sponsors for making this happen, and my wife for putting up with this stuff.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock A Main were Ty Marecle, Melvin Kemp Jr., Brian Johnson, Jason Bogard and Elliott Black. Three cautions slowed the pace, two for minor spins and one at lap 10 for a multi-car melee at the exit of Turn 2.
Just under 100 entries filled the pits on TOMS night at Heart O' Texas on Friday evening. With those stiff winds, the track surface was 'dry-slick' if there ever was one. It took rubber well, and at times looked almost as back as an asphalt oval.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo by: Southern Sass