ELM MOTT, Texas (June 10, 2022) — Sprint car pilot Marcus Thomas, open-wheel stalwart Kevin Green and stock car wheel-man Cody Dixon all earned wins in their respective divisions, as officials presented a full night of racing featuring the Texas Sprint Series on Friday at Heart O' Texas Speedway.
Thomas powered to victory in the 20-lap A Main for the Texas Sprint Series (TSS); Green kept his hot streak alive with another win in IMCA Modified action, while Dixon proudly earned his first career feature win in Factory Stock.
Kaleb Emerson (IMCA Southern SportMod); Dustin Mooney (IMCA Stock Cars); Tommy Honey (Outlaw Street Stock) and PJ Egbert (Junior Limited) were also feature winners on a steamy summer-like night for racing in Central Texas.
Thomas, of Corsicana, started second on the 20-car grid, drove to the inside of early leader Jeff Emerson to take command of his feature at lap three and pulled away for top honors. Emerson hung on for second, while Jeb Sessums finished third. Chad Wilson and Nathan Moore completed the top five.
“Last time we were here, I made a mistake by getting off the bottom in the rubber,” Thomas said in Victory Lane. “I was trying to pass a lapped car, and I wasn't going to do that again this time. I knew no matter where we ran, I had to find the grip and stick with it. I want to thank George, and Paul Cook.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Texas Sprint Series A Main were Corby Scherb, Zane Lawrence, Colby Estes, Landon Thompson and Colby Stubblefield. Only one caution slowed the pace at lap 17 when Dylan McCann's machine rolled over and came to a stop in Turn 4.
Thomas's margin of victory over Emerson was a healthy 1.104 seconds after all was said and done.
Green, of nearby Waco, started fifth on the small nine-car grid, powered underneath early leader Eric Tomlinson at lap four and pulled steadily away from the field in a caution-free tilt for the Modifieds. Multi-time feature winner Matthew Day finished second, while Tomlinson held on for third.
Jon White (Red Oak) and Cody Tidwell (Round Rock) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
“We've got this car going good lately,” Green said. “It wasn't a very eventful race; I just rolled the bottom and the car was good down there. I just tried to make it work; I didn't know if he (Day) was on me, I just tried to hit my marks and not make any mistakes. It's a lot of fun when the car drives itself.”
Rounding out the finishing order in the IMCA Modified feature were Raymond McSpadden, David Goode Jr., Mike White and David Gonzales Jr. Green's margin of victory over Day was a Texas-sized 4.275 seconds, enough time to enjoy a delicious Taco and some tasty Sweet Tea.
Track promoter Selby Holder and his staff saved the best for last (well, almost last, as they still had to complete a make-up Junior Limited race from two weeks prior), with an excellent Factory Stock race. Dixon, of Ennis, drove underneath Ryan Hopkins at lap 13, survived a restart and notched his first win.
Shannon Dulock, who has owned this class on several occasions, settled for second, while Cody's older brother Nate filled out the podium in third (and promptly went over to hug his brother). Jeff Blackwood (Waco) and Jason Bogard (Copperas Cove) rounded out the top five.
“I couldn't do all this without my brother,” an elated Dixon said in Victory Lane while holding on to his young child. “My girlfriend, my family, they just all support me so much. It feels great to be here.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in that Factory Stock feature were Eddie Grimela, Hopkins, Michael Guenat, James Hoffman Jr. and Jon Grobe. Only one caution slowed the pace at lap 14 when a car came to a stop at the exit of Turn 2. Dixon nipped Dulock at the line by a scant .162 seconds.
This exciting Friday night program drew an impressive 112 entries spread across seven divisions, led by Factory Stock with 23 cars. Twenty-one TSS entries ensured fans saw plenty of high-speed action to compliment the usual world-class weekly show they're used to seeing from Holder and his staff.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer