KENNEDALE, Texas (Sept. 8, 2022) — As the thriving IMCA Southern SportMod world prepares to focus its eyes on this weekend's high-stakes Super Nationals, it was Factory Stock that took center stage to kick things off.
Ryan Powers drove by Tommy Williams to take command at lap nine and pulled away to earn top honors in a special 20-lap Factory Stock All Star race on Thursday at the famed Kennedale Speedway Park.
Powers, of Kennedale, started sixth on the 20-car grid established by online fan voting in previous weeks. Rodney White started fifth and crossed the line in second, while Trey Smitherman drove from seventh on the grid to fill out the podium.
Jeff Hammitt, of Edgewood, started second and continued to get his program back on-track with a solid fourth-place run, while Jeff Hauser battled his way up from the 16th starting position to finish fifth.
Finishing sixth through 10th in the All Star race were Cody Schulz, Brett McMillin, Melvin Kemp Jr., Brett Jensen and Sean Hill. Three cautions slowed the pace (laps 0, 2, 9), all for minor incidents. Powers' margin of victory over White was a whopping 4.344 seconds, as he was on a mission.
Brandon Williams crossed the line in 11th on Thursday night, with Robert Barber, Jason Hood, Bryan Baker, Tommy Williams, Terrydon Maroney, Eric Franklin, AJ Gardner, Cameron Starry and Ruben Broussard completing the finishing order.
The IMCA Southern SportMod Super Nationals, presented by Smiley's, kicks off tonight (Friday, Sept. 9) at Kennedale Speedway Park, and will pay $5,000 to the winner. Along with the Southern SportMods, other classes in action include Factory Stock, Dwarfs and Sport Compact.
Friday night's format will feature two sets of qualifying Heats for Southern SportMods and Factory Stock, the AllStar race for SportMods, as well as an A Main for Dwarfs and Sport Compacts. The top six from passing points in SportMod and Factory Stock lock themselves into Saturday's A Main.
Practice sessions were held prior to Thursday night's All Star race, giving competitors a chance to shake down their equipment before things get serious this evening. Justin Long, owner of Generation Race Cars, provided some refreshments for all as KSP hosted a nice 'Pit Party' to kick off the event.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer