Neil, Doyon, Pursley pace qualifying for Texas Grand

By Phil Whipple, Staff Writer

CLEVELAND, Texas (Nov. 12, 2021) — Open-wheel sensation Corey Neil Jr., versatile wheel-man Ryan Doyon and stock car ace Craig Pursley earned heat wins in their respective divisions, as officials hosted Night No. 1 of the 26th annual Renegade Race Fuels Texas Grand on Friday at 105 Speedway.

Neil, of Bridge City, won both of his heats in Limited Modified; Doyon powered to victory in the first of two heats for IMCA Modifieds; while Pursley won the first of eight heats for Factory Stock teams. A total of 40 heats were completed Friday night, as 157 entries packed the pits spread across six classes.

Other heats winners in Limited Modified include Randy Bridges, ageless veteran Howard Willis, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Kyle Wilkins, Garrett Higgins, Dean Hollier, Jared Maupin and Kalif Sellier. With 42 entries in this class, the battle for supremacy is sure to be intense.

Doyon, of La Coste, held off Dalton Knox and Cody Tidwell to bag that first Modified heat victory. Joe Gomez and Jeff Hoegh completed the top five. Gomez, of Blue Ridge, bounced back to win Heat No.  2 over Craig Oakes, Adam Jones, Knox and Tidwell. Only 10 Modifieds were on hand Friday night.

Pursley, of New Waverly, was one of eight heat winners in Factory Stock. Total passing points from the two rounds of Heats were utilized in all classes to determine lineups for tonight's rich A Mains. Josh Ellender, Daniel Seals, Olon Holder IV, Richard Tubbs, Thomas Downey Sr., Jacob Wilburn and Jerry Moran also won their heats in a talent-filled field.

In Pure Stock, Holder also won a heat in a successful evening of double-duty qualifying action. Nathan Renfro (who was awarded the Pure Stock win on Halloween weekend after Dalton Faulkner was Dqd), Jt Garland (won both of his heats), Scott Barber and Mark Cupp also notched heat victories on Friday.

Street Stock action was solid on Friday at 105, as well, with Garland and Leslie Graham each winning a pair of heats. Jeremy Richardson, Randy Seals and Chris Brown also earned heat wins in fine style.

In Mod Lite qualifying, Corey Babbitt and Dawson Fisher led the way with two heat wins apiece. Taylor Hunter, Nick Hunter, Mark Asher and Dustin Rude also carried the checkered in heat action.

In tonight's A Mains, Factory Stock and Limited Modified teams will be going after a $3,000 winner's purse, while the Street Stock feature winner will earn $3,250. IMCA Modified and Texas Mod Lite teams will each be seeking a $2,000 winner's purse, while the Pure Stock victor will receive $2,000.

The 26th annual Renegade Race Fuels Texas Grand at 105 Speedway continues tonight with C Mains and B Mains to set the field for those rich A Mains. Racers from all over Texas and the surrounding states have converged on Cleveland, Texas this weekend to be part of this fall spectacular.

You can replay all of the action from Friday night's qualifying activities for the Texas Grand with a subscription to SpeedPass at With over 100 events already streamed Live in 2021, SpeedPass has taken Live streaming of short track racing to new heights in 2021. Subscribers select their favorite track at sign-up, then support the sport all season even when they can't attend in person.

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