GREENWOOD, Louisiana (May 14, 2022) — Veteran Late Model pilot David Winslett and regional stalwart Ricky Ingalls recorded wins in their respective divisions, as officials presented the eighth annual Battle of Boothill on Saturday at the famed Boothill Speedway.
Winslett took home $3,000 with his victory in the 35-lap A Main for Crate Late Models; while Ingalls doubled up with feature wins in Factory Stock and Limited Modified. BJ Cook (Pro Mods); Luke Dupont (FWD); and John McCune (Sportsters) also won features on a beautiful night for racing.
Winslett, of Bossier City, Louisiana, started the feature second alongside polesitter 'Little' Robbie Starnes. Rising star Corey Neil Jr. powered his way up from seventh on the grid to finish second, while Starnes settled for third. Garren Lindsey and Rob Litton rounded out the top five.
“I about gave this thing away when we had that caution just nine laps into it,” Winslett told veteran P.A. announcer Joshua Bell in Victory Lane after leading every lap to earn his fifth win of 2022. “I hit the skidder tire down here and it folded the nose into the ground so I couldn't steer in the corners.
“I tried to just stay on the bottom, and hope for the best. Luckily, everything went my way. I need to thank my Dad, my wife and my son; they do so much for me. Now we just have to keep digging, I've said all along if you're winning races, the points will take care of themselves.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the eighth annual Battle at Boothill for Crate Lates were Caleb Dillard, Wyatt Wilkerson, Jamie Burford, Garrett Gibson and Kevin Sitton.
Ingalls, of Longview, Texas, earned his first win of the night with a dominant effort in Factory Stock, starting on the pole in a 23-car grid. Defending track champion Cody Myers charged up from 16th on the grid to finish second, while Jason Ingalls drove from sixth to third with a solid performance.
Dalton Dubois (Robeline, La.) and Brett McMillin (Burleson, TX) completed the top five.
“I couldn't see much behind me, and was just trying to be real smooth,” Ingalls said. “They had told me to stay down low, so I stayed down there. I need to thank Outlaw Race Cars, my engine builder for getting me out front and keeping me there, and all of my great sponsors for their support.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock A Main were Dustin Henigan, Jason Ford, Chris Burrows, Joshua Martin and Hayden Brown.
Ingalls made it 2-for-2 as he put in another dominant performance. Conner Williams crossed the stripe a distant second, while polesitter Mark Underwood Jr. ran among the leaders all night but had to settle for third. Stephen Guidry and 2021 points champion Colby Mewborn completed the top five.
“We've just been fortunate the last few weeks,” Ingalls said. “We've hit on something that's working pretty good, but things can change. Next week, we might be fifth or sixth, who knows. But hopefully we'll finish. I need to thank IRP Chassis, Twin City Towing and everybody else who helps us out.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the LED4Life Limited Modified A Main were Austin Storm, Ricky Burk, Logan Griffin, Chris Hall and Josh Baucom.
The eighth annual Battle at Boothill drew race teams from all over, as 128 entries filled the pits on Saturday. Car counts in every division were strong, with Limited Mods leading the way with 34 total entries. With both quantity and quality covered, all on site knew it would be a competitive program.
The Ingalls family has been a mainstay in this region, and Ricky continued his iconic career in fine fashion with two more wins in his thick resume. Race fans in Louisiana are treated to massive events like this all year long, and the eighth annual Battle of Boothill will go down as a season highlight.
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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas Staff Writer