Scott, Painter, Homeyer earn key wins at Cotton Bowl

By Phil Whipple, Staff Writer

PAIGE, Texas — Open-wheel sensation Derek Scott Jr., veteran short track ace Don Painter and multi-time race winner Tim Homeyer each earned wins in their respective divisions, as officials at Cotton Bowl Speedway hosted their third points race of 2021 on Saturday evening.

Scott, of Franklin, Texas, powered to victory in the 20-lap IMCA Modified A Main. Painter, of Austin, led all 20 laps of the IMCA Southern Sport Mod feature, while Homeyer, of College Station, wheeled his machine into Kragh's Jewelry Victory Lane after 20 laps of exciting Factory Stock competition.

Other feature winners at Cotton Bowl on Saturday include CJ Gray (Street Stock); George Egbert (IMCA Stock Cars); and Dylan Kowalik (Sport Compact) on a great night for racing in central Texas.

Scott drove inside of early leader Trevor Egbert coming off Turn 4 to take command of the Modified feature with just five laps remaining. Chris Morris, who suffered through a rough night on Friday in Waco, bounced back nicely to finish second, while Raymond McSpadden filled out the podium in third.

Chris Swenson and seasoned veteran Hardy Henderson finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Modified A Main were Donald Banker, Jamie Campbell, Troy Seidl, Allen Deen and Robert Sanderson. Three cautions slowed the pace, none for serious incidents. Morris may have rebounded nicely from his tough outing at HoT, yet he still suffered extensive damage in an early altercation. The Mod drivers, it seems, were in no mood to play nice.

Painter had to survive five restarts and fend off the challenges of Heath Stewart to prevail in a wild contest for the Sport Mods. GW Egbert chased the cagey veteran throughout yet settled for second, while 2020 points champion James Hanusch finished third. Robert Stewart and Eric Cegielski rounded out the top five.

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Sport Mod A Main were Joe Maple, Joel Garcia, Greg Atwood, Taylor Florio and Robert Carson. Five cautions slowed the pace, stretching it out enough for fans to enjoy a beverage, a sandwich, and maybe even call home to check on loved ones before it concluded. Some races, it seems, were simply not meant to happen quickly, while others unfold in a flash.

Homeyer took the lead from Kevin Nejtek on lap four and cruised on to victory in a caution-free affair for the Factory Stocks. Painter, who does double duty at Cotton Bowl, capped his great night with a runner-up finish, while Steven Doty filled out the podium in third.

Mason Doherty and the ever-talented Robert Kelm finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock feature were Nejtek, Mike Land, Brady Ricks, Steve Sims and Don Krahn. While the open-wheel warriors had difficulty keeping their machines pointed in the right direction, the Factory Stocks were “clean and green” at CBS.

Cotton Bowl Speedway swings back into action this coming Saturday night, April 17, when the Southern United Sprint Car Series pays a visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile oval in central Texas. A full card of racing will kick off at 7 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies followed by the first qualifying heat.

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