Race Recap: Williams, Landers, Hefti win at Grayson County

BELLS, Texas (June 1, 2024) — North Texas Stock car stalwart Calvin Williams, open-wheel master Josh Landers and rising star Jett Hefti all scored feature wins in their respective divisions, as officials hosted a full card of racing on Saturday night at Grayson County Speedway. 

Williams powered to victory in a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win tilt for Factory Stocks; Landers claimed a talent-filled affair for IMCA Southern SportMods; while Hefti earned an emotional victory in Eco Mod action. 

Mark Earl (Sport Compacts); AJ Spears (Economy Stocks); and Rhett Burton (Jr. Limiteds) were also feature winners on a beautiful night for short track racing in North Texas. 

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Williams, of Scurry, started fourth on a 25-car grid, inherited the lead at lap 12 when Rodney White hit the wall in Turn 4, and barely edged Jeff White at the line by .004 of a second to earn top honors. Buba Long filled out the podium, while Mitchell Clement and Richard George Jr. completed the top five. 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Factory Stock feature were Jeremy Doyle, Chris Garrison, Justin White, Shane Fretwell and Brian Johnson. Six cautions slowed the pace (laps 0, 0, 12, 15, 20, 20), all for minor incidents. 

Landers, of Tom Bean, started 10th on a 13-car SportMod field and pounced on a late-race opportunity.  He inherited the lead at lap 17 of 20 and hung on to earn top honors. Shawn Marquez Jr. finished second, while Kelly Gann filled out the podium. 

Johnny Johnson and Robert Schultz finished fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the IMCA Southern SportMod A Main were Jesse Keel, Jeremy Dolezalek, Dustin Mahan, James Dolezalek and Gary Stephens. Two cautions slowed the pace (laps 17, 18), one for a scary-looking rollover. Landers’ margin of victory was a comfortable 1.596 seconds. 

Hefti, of Kemp, started 12th in a stellar field of 25 Eco Mods, drove to the outside of Larry Osborne coming off Turn 4 to take command at lap six and pulled steadily away in the next 14 laps to earn top honors. Jeremy Doyle settled for a distant second, while Osborne faded to third in the closing laps. 

Bart Pearson  and Michael Buck rounded out the top five. 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Eco Mod feature were Anthony Johnson, Cody Herndon, Tyler Malone, Jason Michael and Wes Carlin. Six cautions slowed the pace, all for minor incidents. Hefti’s margin of victory was a whopping 6.015 seconds, a lifetime in short track terms, as he had checked out.

While several other tracks had their programs washed away by the rains, this week’s show at Grayson County drew a respectable 86 entries spread across six divisions. With 25 teams on hand in both Factory Stock and Eco Mods, there was no shortage of talent in the pits on Saturday evening. 

Officials cranked out 12 qualifying Heats in short order, took a brief intermission then played host to six entertaining features. Only a violent flip late in the SportMod feature (the driver walked away under his own power) caused a delay of any significant length. It was, for the most part, a trouble-free night. 

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By Phil Whipple, Staff Writer