By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer
ELM MOTT, Texas (July 2, 2021) — Open-wheel standout Kevin Green, the ever-versatile GW Egbert
and stock car ace Jeffrey Abbey earned feature wins in their respective divisions, as officials presented
Night 1 of the second annual Baby Blue Harcrow Memorial on Friday at Heart O' Texas Speedway.
Green earned $1,000 for his victory in the 20-lap IMCA Modified A Main; Egbert outgunned a strong
field to claim the IMCA Southern Sport Mod feature; while Abbey led all 20 laps of the Baby Blue
Harcrow Memorial Qualifier to earn the pole for tonight's $5,000-to-win A Main for IMCA Stock Cars.
Ryan Hopkins (Factory Stock); Shane Priddy (Outlaw Street Stock) and Trevor Cogburn (Jr. Limited
Sport Mod) were also feature winners on Sunoco Fuels Night at the historic 1/4-mile oval just north of
Green, of Waco, drove past weekly rival William Gould with three laps remaining and hung on for top
honors. Gould settled for second, while multi-class racer Cody Leonard made the long haul up from
Sinton pay off in third. Derek Scott Jr. and Garrett Gregory finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
“I think that was one of the toughest races I've run in a while,” an exhausted Green told announcer Joe
Spillman in O'Reilly's Victory Lane. “That really was a tough one. I need to apologize to
William, he ran me hard that first couple of laps. I hit that rut, my car died and I spun around.
“It's tough racing on a track like that, but I need to thank everybody who helped make this possible.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Modified A Main were Raymond McSpadden, Cody Tidwell,
John Webb, Tom Earl III and Steve Askew. Only two cautions slowed the pace, the second brought out
with just two laps remaining to set up a thrilling sprint to the checkered flag for Green and Gould.
Egbert, of Salado, powered underneath Casey Brunson coming off Turn 2 to take command of his race at
lap six and pulled away to a convincing victory. Brunson settled for a distant second, while Robert
Scrivner crossed the line in third. Boone Evans and Damon Hammond completed the top five.
“Casey was good tonight, I was kind of saving my stuff there at the beginning, hoping we were going to
have a caution so I could get him on a restart since he's pretty fast,” Egbert said. “I like racing with him. I
want to thank all these fans for coming out, and everyone who's ever served this great country.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Southern Sport Mod feature were Brandon Geurin, Justin
Nabors, Billy Gould Jr., Collin Montgomery and David Montgomery. Two cautions slowed the pace, both
for minor spins. Egbert's margin of victory over Brunson was a healthy 1.605 seconds.
Abbey, of Comanche, started on the pole for 20 laps of high-stakes I-Stock action. It took two tries to get
the first laps in the books; but once things settled in, it was a spectacle of IMCA legends on display.
Shelby Williams finished .574 second behind Abbey in second, while Benji Kirkpatrick was third.
Jason Batt, Markiss Harcrow and Westin Abbey rounded out the top six who will all be in a re-draw
tonight to determine actual starting positions for the $5k-to-win Baby Blue Harcrow Memorial A Main.
“I thought it was going to be more of a struggle here tonight,” Abbey said after his victory. “In the first
heat, the track was pretty greasy. I was able to catch some good breaks, and make my way from the back
to the front. That set me up pretty good for the feature.”
With two rounds of qualifying for the I-Stock teams based on passing points, Abbey was tough to beat.
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Stock Car A Main were Westin Abbey, William Gould, Jeff
Shepperd, Dennis Bissonette and Edward Harcrow.
Three cautions slowed the pace, all for minor spins. Just under 50 IMCA Stock cars from all over the state
descended on Heart O' Texas Speedway. The I-Stock warriors don't get as many high-purse races as
Factory Stock these days, so the top guns all wanted in on this one.
Weather could be a factor this evening, with all eyes focused on today potential heavy downpours.
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