By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer
PAIGE, Texas (June 26, 2021) — Modified ace Chris Morris, open-wheel pilot David Lege Jr. and veteran stock car driver Don Painter all scored wins in their respective divisions, as MAN Racing Promotions presented another full card of short track racing Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway.
Morris led all 20 laps of the IMCA Magnum Trailers Modified A Main; Lege Jr. went wire-to-wire in the IMCA Southern Sport Mod feature, while Painter outgunned Tim Homeyer in a hotly-contested Factory Stock A Main.
Jeffrey Abbey (IMCA Stock Cars); Darrell Rhodes (Street Stock, awarded the win after CJ Gray was disqualified) and Dylan Kowalik (Sport Compact) were also feature winners on a perfect night for racing in central Texas.
Morris, of Taylor, started fifth on the 14-car Modified grid and wasted little time moving up into contention. He'd had a rough outing at Cotton Bowl two weeks earlier and was clearly on a mission to put his No. 94 machine back at the front of the field.
Raymond McSpadden chased Morris throughout yet settled for second, while 2020 champion Hardy Henderson filled out the podium in third. Derek Scott Jr. and David Horner completed the top five.
“That was much better than our last run here,” Morris told Mary Ann Naumann in Krahg's Jewelry Victory Lane. “The car was on a rail, and the track surface was very good. I couldn't ask for a better night, it feels great to put the bad luck behind us and be back where we belong.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Modified A Main were Trevor Egbert, Troy Seidl, James Bohannon III, Cody Duke and Wade Pistole Jr. Only one caution slowed the pace, while Morris crossed the stripe over five seconds ahead of McSpadden. The Modifieds are always the Kings of speed at Cotton Bowl Speedway.
Lege Jr., of Anderson, led the impressive field of 21 Southern Sport Mods to green. Robert Stewart brought out the first caution at lap four when he spun and stopped just short of the outside retaining wall. Andrew Supak spun twice all by himself to bring out a pair of cautions, struggling to stay rolling.
GW Egbert did his best to run down Lege Jr., yet came up short by 1.339 seconds at the line. Former national champion James Hanusch posted a solid third-place finish, while Jason Hubbert Sr. and Don Painter finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Southern Sport Mod feature were Joseph Pontin Jr., Taylor Florio, Jacob Hortch, Joe Maple and Greg Atwood. Stewart and Supack's spins accounted for the three total cautions, with the third setting up a five-lap run to the checkered flag. The Sport Mods are always a highlight of the evening at Cotton Bowl.
Painter, of Austin, drove inside of points leader Tim Homeyer at lap 13 and hung on to record his fourth win of the 2021 season. Homeyer settled for second (by a scant .430 seconds) at the line, while veteran Don Krahn filled out the podium in third. Stormin' Steve Sims (aka the Tile Master) got his season turned around nicely with a solid fourth-place finish, while Eric Robbins rounded out the top five.
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Gunslinger Factory Stock A Main were Robert Kelm, Mike Land, Allison Morris, Stacey Robinette and John Aramendia. Three cautions slowed the pace, the first just two laps in and two more at lap 16, which seemed to be a curse for once-contender Mason Doherty. That battle up front between Painter and Homeyer truly was the highlight of the evening.
Just under 90 entries filed though the back gate in Saturday at Cotton Bowl, with only the Street Stock and Sport compact divisions drawing less that 10 cars each. Twelve qualifying heats were knocked out in an hour and a half, an example of how H. and Mary Ann like their show to flow on race nights.
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