PAIGE, Texas (Aug. 27, 2022) — Open wheel veteran Todd Roberts-McAvoy, Stock Car master Jason Batt and hard-charger Donald Cain all won features in their respective divisions, as officials hosted the third and final night of their Summer Showdown Series Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway.
Robert-MacAvoy powered to victory in the IMCA Southern SportMod A Main; Batt prevailed in a hotly-contested IMCA Stock Car feature; while Cain drove his machine to victory in a caution-free tilt for Factory Stock warriors.
Hardy Henderson (IMCA Modifieds); Darrell Rhodes (Street Stocks); and Michael Burris Jr. (Sport Compacts) were also feature winners on 'Real Estate Night' at the famed 3/8-mile high-banked oval.
Roberts-McAvoy, of Liberty Hill, led all 20 laps of his feature in convincing fashion. Divisional strongman Heath Stewart gave chase throughout yet settled for second, while Earl Ingram filled out the podium. Jason Hubbert Sr. (Belton) and Joseph Pontin Jr. (Hockley) completed the top five.
“I got lapped in my last race here,” Roberts-MacAvoy said. “So I knew we had to do something. Adam Haugh came over last Thursday night; we tore this thing completely apart, put it all back together, and it felt like a rocket-ship tonight. It got a little loose at the end, but we were able to hold on to it.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Southern SportMod A Main were GW Egbert, Trevor Egbert, Chris Florio, Rookie Smith and Greg Atwood. Three cautions slowed the pace (laps 5, 12, 12), the most significant of which brought out at lap 12 when Florio got into the retaining wall coming off Turn 2.
Roberts-MacAvoy' margin of victory was just a tick under one second, as his machine was on rails.
Batt, of Harker Heights, completed a weekend sweep that also saw him in Victory Lane on Friday night at Heart O' Texas Speedway. On Saturday, he started ninth on the 14-car grid, drove to the inside of early leader Shawn Paul Lehman to take command at lap three and pulled away to earn top honors.
Dustin Mooney, the newly-crowned champion up at HOT, crossed the stripe in second, while Chris Birmingham filled out the podium. Allen Torres (San Antonio) drove up from 10th on the grid to finish fourth, while Lehman (Manchaca) hung on for fifth place at the finish.
“The car is awesome, it's been handling great for a while now,” Batt said. “They did an excellent job with the racetrack tonight, you could go high or low, anywhere really, and it was perfect. That was a pretty fun race. I need to thank guys like Joe Spillman, Keith White, the Doherty's and all who help.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Stock Car feature were Koby Allen, Ken Plonsky, Joey Tschoerner, Terry Tschoerner and Jeff Whitehead. Three cautions slowed the pace (laps 0, 1, 10), none for serious incidents. Batt's margin of victory over Mooney was a comfortable 1.053 seconds.
Cain, of Willis, drove to the inside of early leader Curtis Twardeski coming off Turn 2 with eight laps remaining and pulled away to earn top honors. Twardeski hung on for second, while former champion Adam Haugh filled out the podium.
South Texas powerhouse Jared Maupin (College Station) drove up from 10th on the talent-filled 23-car grid to finish fourth, while veteran Steve Sims earned a solid fifth-place finish after winning his Heat.
“We definitely struggled in our Heat race tonight,” Cain said. “I didn't think we were going to have a car that could contend. We made some changes; my buddies Cody, Bobby, Grant and even my friend Tryton drove up from Corpus Christi, and together, we all put this Hot Rod in victory Lane tonight.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock A Main were Kasey Krauss, Allen Alexander, Rodney Twardeski, former champion Tim Homemyer and former Sport Compact champion Rowdy Chouinard. With no cautions to slow his pace, Cain's margin of victory was the night's largest at 2.660 seconds.
Speedway promoter Mary Ann Naumann, Race Director H.E. Naumann and their fine staff executed an entertaining show on Saturday evening. With a healthy 91 entries on hand, they knocked out 13 Heats and six features in a timely fashion. As usual, track prep was outstanding at Cotton Bowl.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer
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