Event Preview: Texas Grand back on track at 105 Speedway This Weekend

CLEVELAND, Texas (March 1, 2024) — It’s one of the premier races in southeast Texas, and it has big meaning to all who compete, no matter the division. The famed Texas Grand is one they all strive to win, and they’ll gather to contest the 28th annual edition this weekend at 105 Motor Motor Speedway. 

This is the makeup date for an event originally slated for last fall, yet heavy rains the day before forced officials to pull the plug. This weekend, promoter Joey Smith and his team at Cleveland Motorsports Group kicks it into high gear, opening a brand new season with their biggest show of the year. 

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Limited Modified regular Garrett Higgins is busy preparing his car, and says a win Saturday is the goal.

“This race is close my house, and it pays $3,000 to win, so it’s high on my list,” Higgins said. “I have a handful of Texas Grand wins, so we’ll be trying to keep that streak alive. They made the right call last fall when this one was supposed to happen; it ended up being miserable and cold. 

“Right now, it looks like the weather is going to be pretty nice for tonight (Friday) and the features on Saturday night. I just had Jason Pina over at HM Fabrications put a new body on my car, he did a real nice job. I did some tire prep on it yesterday, and it just got a new wrap today. I’m excited to go racing.”

Olon Holder IV is the defending Factory Stock champion at 105, and says he’s gearing up for action. 

“We had a pretty fast car at the end of last season,” Holder said. “The car really wasn’t the issue in 2023. It was our driver/setup guy; I’ll admit that right now. We have to stop second-guessing ourselves so often, that’s usually where we get beat. We’ve updated our suspension, and worked on the chassis. 

“Our hope for this year is simply to improve on our 2023 season, like most most drivers will say. We also hope to learn more about out-of-town tracks. We run decent at some, but want to be competitive and part of the conversation no matter where we unload.”  

Kenny Montgomery is about as high-profile of a driver at 105 as you’ll find. The Hobby Stock racer with a unique car (a Malibu Wagon) won six features last year and finished eighth in the final points. 

“We usually run this race the first week in November,” Montgomery said. “So our two biggest races of the year, the Halloween Havoc and the Texas Grand, are usually the finale for everybody. With the rain-out last fall, now it’s our first big event of the year. I wish it hadn’t rained, because we had momentum.

“So we’re going into this one kinda blind. I have a new motor, new transmission, all that kind of stuff. But everybody is facing the same challenges; a lot of people are coming with new cars. They’ll bring their game faces this weekend. I think we’ll have good car counts, it won’t be easy to hit the podium.” 

Montgomery always turns heads with his unique car, yet it’s not just a novelty. It’s a proven winner.

“I’m racing the Wagon I ran all last year in Hobby Stock this weekend,” he added. “We had the Havoc won by a mile last year and broke with just five laps to go. I’m looking for redemption this weekend, you might say, and feel like I have a little unfinished business to complete.” 

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By Phil Whipple, RaceON.com Staff Writer