By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer
TEXARKANA, Arkansas (Sept. 24, 2021) — Open-wheel ace Adam Roy and stock car master Justin Whitehead earned multiple Heat wins in their respective divisions, as officials presented preliminary round qualifying action for Saturday night's rich Showdown on Friday at 67 Speedway of Texarkana.
Roy, of Hooks, Texas, won both of his heats in Limited Modified action, joining Chris Henigan, Whitehead (doing double duty), Bailey Turner, Colby Mewborn and Chris Franks on the list of Heat winners in two separate rounds.
Whitehead, of Texarkana, Texas, doubled up in Factory Stock qualifying, joining Gary Harvin, Jeff Hammit, Neil Kemp and Mike Wells on the list of Heat winners. Passing points were awarded in both Limited Modified and Factory Stock qualifying to determine starting positions for tonight's rich A Mains.
Limited Modified teams will compete for a $5,000-to-win purse on Saturday night, while the Factory Stock warriors will battle it out for $2,000. A healthy field of 25 cars signed in at 67 in Limiteds, while 23 Factory Stock machines gathered in search of the big payday. The Showdown A Mains will be wild.
Also on Friday evening's card were three Heats and a 12-lap A Main for the entry-level Four-Cylinder machines. Eighteen cars took the green flag, with Luke Wheat, of Nash, TX, jumping into the lead.
Jack Dupont, of Shreveport, Louisiana, drove inside of Wheat coming off Turn 2 to take control at lap four and hung on for top honors. Luke Dupont finished second, while Morgan Powell secured third.
Wheat faded to fourth in the closing laps, while Danny Rambo completed the top five.
“That was my first career victory, and it sure feels good,” a shy and almost shocked Dupont said in Victory Lane. “I want to thank Tommy Tullis, my uncle, my Dad, and everybody else who helps me work on this thing.”
Finishing sixth through 10th in the Four-Cylinder A Main were Justin Converse, Chris Bruce, Connor Cook, Robert Sumrell and Raycen Roy. Luke, recently crowned the 2021 Louisiana State Champion, made a few attempts to get by his cousin in the closing laps, yet finished just over one second behind.
Tonight's (Saturday, Sept. 25) Showdown A Mains at 67 Speedway will showcase the incredible talent within Limited Modified and Factory Stock ranks throughout the Ark-La-Tex region. While racers like Whitehead and Kemp often steal most of the headlines, the talent pool extends far beyond the Kings.
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