ELM MOTT — For Gary Norman, decades had passed since he last tasted victory at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, but that streak came to an end Friday night.
Norman started third in a nine-car Street Stock feature race and by lap seven had pushed his Nolanville-based No. 3 car past leader Tommy Kilpatrick to take over the top spot.
The pair battled hard for the remaining eight circuits, with Norman able to stay ahead and take the checkered flag.
“It’s been 25 to 30 years since I’ve won in Waco,” said Norman, HOT’s oldest active driver at 65, in a post-race interview.
In the IMCA Modified main event, Harker Heights racer Jason Batt, in his rookie season as a Modified driver and a former perennial power in the IMCA Stock class, was in fourth spot when the green flag waved and quickly pulled out to lead the first four laps, before being overtaken by former national champion Keith White of Academy, who had lined up eighth on the starting grid.
White slid his No. 1 by Batt’s No. 19 car on a high-side pass and pulled away to win the race by a full straightaway.