By Phil Whipple,
RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer
PAIGE, Texas (Oct. 9, 2021) — Newly-crowned points champion Tim Homeyer, open-wheel pilot and graphic design master Garrett Gregory and Stock car ace Dustin Mooney earned feature wins in their respective divisions, as officials capped their annual OctoberFAST program Saturday at Cotton Bowl.
Homeyer earned a hefty $5,000 for his efforts in the high-stakes Factory Stock A Main; Gregory powered to victory in the IMCA Modified feature, while Mooney, a regular at Cotton Bowl in I-Stock, earned his win in a hotly-contested A Main for IMCA Southern SportMods.
AJ Dancer (IMCA Stock Cars); Wade White (Street Stock) and Ryan McDonald (Sport Compact) were also feature winners on the final night of racing for the year at the beautiful Cotton Bowl Speedway.
Homeyer, of College Station, led all 30 laps of his feature in convincing fashion. Don Painter wheeled Rusty Head's No. 55R entry to a solid second-place finish, while Collin Hodges filled out the podium. Ryan Hopkins, the Factory Stock Power Rankings King, finished fourth, while Johnny Torres was fifth.
“I feel very fortunate and very lucky,” Homeyer told veteran P.A. announcer Milton Hope in Kragh's Jewelry Victory Lane. “Starting position was big tonight, there wasn't a whole lot of grip out there. I couldn't really tell how hard to run it, I feel like I almost messed up a few times and opened the door.
“I just had to slow down and take my time, since I didn't feel any pressure from behind. It worked out, and I want to thank Don Painter and Collin Hodges for running me clean. I'm sure they were right there close to me. I want to thank Gunslinger Ammo for all the help this year, and Don Wilde Racecraft.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Gunslinger Factory Stock A Main were Cameron Starry, Allen Torres, Johnny Johnson, Dillon Gaither and Tommy Gural. Three cautions slowed the pace mid-race (laps 13, 14, 16), all for minor spins. Homeyer's margin of victory was a sizable 1.373 seconds.
Don Krahn and James Schoenrock won the two B Mains to earn their way into the show.
Gregory, of Tomball, has been cranking out eye-catching designs all year long at his Supreme Vinyl Graphics company. On Saturday, he was cranking out the laps up front, as he held off a hard-charging Chris Morris for top honors.
San Antonio's Anthony Gordon, doing triple-duty both nights, was awarded third after Trevor Egbert failed post-race technical inspection. Ryan Slott and Raymond McSpadden completed the top five.
“Man, it was kind of a shot in the dark tonight,” Gregory said. “We've been trying kind of a new setup, it's been pretty good but we've been just a little bit off. We went out for Hot Laps, threw the book at it, and it just didn't work. So we put it back to what we had before, and it worked out for us.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Magnum IMCA Modified feature were Brenda Kirby, James Bohannon III, Jared Maupin, Thomas Hall and newly-crowned points champion Derek Scott Jr. Three cautions slowed the pace (laps 5, 8, 22), none for serious incident. Gregory won by just over a second.
JP Dowell won the lone B Main for IMCA Modified competitors.
Mooney, of Forney, put in a career-highlight performance as he held off IMCA National champion Matthew Day for top honors in SportMods. Day, who also earned the inaugural Texas Short Track Driver-of-the-Year award this year, finished just .418 seconds behind Mooney in a real barn-burner.
Jared Maupin also applied the pressure throughout yet settled for third in the red-hot No. 96 ride, while CBS regular James Hanusch came home in fourth. Heath Stewart was fifth with another solid effort.
“I'm speechless right now,” a completely stunned Mooney said in Kragh's Jewelry Victory Lane. “I've only sat in this car twice, and this thing is phenomenal. It's typically Chris Florio's car, but he decided to let me drive it this weekend. I'm thankful for the opportunity, the car sure was good to me.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the ACM Services IMCA Southern SportMod A Main were David Lege Jr., Michael Dabney, Anthony Gordon, Robert Stewart and Eric Cegielski. Three cautions slowed the pace, the first brought out at lap two when Brandon Geurin hit the wall in Turn 2 and broke a tie rod.
Taylor Florio and 2020 Sport Compact champion Rowdy Chouinard won the two B Mains.
Cotton Bowl Speedway capped another stellar season of quality short track entertainment for which they are know, thanks to the efforts of Mary Ann Naumann and her dedicated staff. Mary Ann, H. and everybody at CBS are to be commended for the way in which this year's OctoberFAST was conducted.
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