By Jackson Braun
ELM MOTT, Texas (May 26, 2019) – A late race pass by Cory Davis on teammate Chris Elliott extended the streak of new winners in the IMCA Modifieds on the Lone Star Super Gas Red River Modified Tour presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.
Elliott, from Abilene, and Cody Tidwell of Round Rock brought the Modified field to the green. Elliott hopped out to the lead, while Tidwell hung on to second with ‘Fast’ Freddy Wojtek and Chris Morris chomping at the bit behind him.
After a few restarts, the field settled in as Elliott, Tidwell, Morris, Cory Davis, and Wojtek the top five. Morris got a run on Tidwell by catfishing on the low side of the racing groove around the bottom and got it to stick after a full lap of having that momentum underneath Tidwell.
Tidwell got stuck up in a higher groove after Morris got around him, allowing Davis, Wojtek, Tyler Stevens and more to pass on by. A few laps later, Morris had begun to reel in Elliott and was looking to make a move into the top spot. Behind them, Wojtek and Stevens were completing passes on each other and swapping positions back and forth.
With five laps remaining in the 25-lap contest, Morris took his shot in turn 4. It ended up adversely affecting him, as he made contact with the inside of Elliott’s machine and spun himself out, ending a strong run for ‘The Handyman.’
After a few restarts, Elliott shot back out to the lead, with Davis in pursuit. Wojtek got back around Stevens and Tidwell made his way back into the top 5. However, Tidwell spun to cause a yellow, giving the spot to Drew Armstrong.
The final restart occurred with 3 laps to go. Davis found a lane underneath Elliott and was able to pass him coming to the white flag. Davis motored away to grab the victory with Elliott, Wojtek, Stevens, and Armstrong completing the top 5.
Sherman’s Trevor Raney led the IMCA Southern SportMod field to the start and made his way out to the lead. A couple laps into the main event, Raney looped it in corner 4, collecting Cole Dennis and DL Wilson. This gave the lead to outside polesitter Bo Day from Greenville, who was running Jimmy Day’s 23M machine. Salado’s Trevor Egbert managed to get underneath Day coming to the checkers, but could not complete the pass, giving Day the win.
Balch Springs’s Jason Riddle and Harker Heights’s Jason Batt started point on the IMCA Stock Car field. Batt jumped out to an early lead. The H.O.T. bullring action was a struggle for some racers, as the yellow flag was on prominent display. Batt had his hands full with the Abbey brothers, as Dean, Westin, and Jeffrey all were on the prowl.
After an incident took Jeffrey out of the race, Batt still had to deal with Dean and Westin. Once a green flag run got going in the latter half of the race, Dean made his way around the outside of Batt’s number 9 machine, taking the lead. Westin followed suit, going underneath Batt to move up into the second spot. Dean ended up holding off Westin to grab the IMCA Stock Car checkers.
Modifieds – 1. Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.; 2. Chris Elliott, Abilene; 3. Fred Wojtek, Blackwell; 4. Tyler Stevens, Jacksonville, Ark.; 5. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark.; 6. Kevin Green, Waco; 7. Jeff Hoegh, New Caney; 8. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Cal.; 9. John Gober, Poolville; 10. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove; 11. Chris Bragg, Springtown; 12. Matthew Martin, Alvarado; 13. Josh McGaha, Abilene; 14. Cody Tidwell, Round Rock; 15. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche; 16. Justin McCoy, Waxahachie; 17. Chris Morris, Taylor; 18. Brint Hartwick, Rose Bud, Ark.; 19. Beau Begnaud, Spring; 20. P.J. Egbert, Burleson; 21. Mark Patterson, Merkel; 22. Chase Allen, Midlothian; 23. Jason Hunter, Poolville; 24. William Gould, Calera, Okla.
Southern SportMods – 1. Bo Day, Greenville; 2. Trevor Egbert, Salado; 3. Craig Oakes, Marshall; 4. Jacob Pirkle, Midlothian; 5. Nick Clinkenbeard, Weatherford; 6. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park; 7. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank; 8. Brandon Geurin, Robinson; 9. Chris Cogburn, Robinson; 10. Jake Upchurch, Red Oak; 11. Kyle Wilkins, Italy; 12. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott; 13. James Skinner, Burleson; 14. Mason Castaneda, Orange Grove; 15. Kasey Kuykendall, Howe; 16. Donnie Hix, Sadler; 17. Tanner Houston, Odessa; 18. Cole Dennis, Altus, Okla.; 19. Tyler Bragg, Springtown; 20. D.L. Wilson, Mart; 21. James Guyton, Lorena; 22. Blaine Shives, Leonard; 23. Kevin Rowland, Cedar Hill; 24. Greg Frazer, Weatherford; 25. Trevor Raney, Sherman.
Stock Cars – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke; 2. Westin Abbey, Comanche; 3. Jason Batt, Harker Heights; 4. Gary Williams, Bonham; 5. Damon Hammond, Burleson; 6. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock; 7. Dillon Smith, Waco; 8. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla.; 9. Shelby Williams, Bonham; 10. Billy Wade, San Angelo; 11. Lewis Blackwood, Temple; 12. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville; 13. George Egbert, Salado; 14. Jason Riddle, Balch Springs; 15. Lee Riley, Lubbock; 16. Charlie Brown, Tuscola; 17. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche; 18. Markiss Harcrow, Killeen; 19. Brandon Hood, McGregor; 20. Lee Cranford, Ada, Okla.; 21. Justin Wierenga, Killeen; 22. Treven Geter, Lindsay, Okla.; 23. Gary Kerr Jr., Odessa; 24. Drew Garcia, Waxahachie; 25. Dustin White, Lamesa.