Texas Grand win is career seventh for Babbitt

Corey Babbitt led the last 29 of 30 laps in winning Saturday’s Stealth Racing IMCA STARS Mod Lite main event and career seventh Texas Grand title at 105 Motor Speedway. (Photo by Ron Skinner, Ron Skinner Photos.com)

CLEVELAND, Texas (March 2, 2024) – The Texas Grand has been a racing tradition for nearly three decades and Corey Babbitt has made a tradition of winning the Stealth Racing IMCA STARS Mod Lite at the 105 Motor Speedway special.

The New Caney driver led all but the first of 30 laps Saturday night in earning his career seventh Texas Grand crown and $1,500.

“We had two grooves to race on. They dropped the green and we took off,” said Babbitt, who negotiated heavy lapped traffic and then put some distance on the rest of the field in a green, white, checkered finish.

Babbitt’s Texas Grand success includes a streak of three straight at Cleveland and one prior title driving for himself. Johnny Brown Jr., 12th starting Taylor Hunter, 14th starting Joseph McIntyre and Christopher Buxton completed the top five.

Hard charger James Rollins started 18th and finished sixth.

“To win seven of these is awesome. I’ve tried to win this race in a Modified but it always seemed like something happened,” Babbitt said. “I’ve been pretty luck in the Mod Lite. It’s awesome.”

Trey Schmidt was the $1,000 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car winner, taking the lead five circuits in and staying in front to the finish of a blazing fast green to checkered 30-lapper.

“It was great. The car was absolutely on point,” Schmidt said, after lapping half the field. “I could go low or high. It was amazing.”

Trey Schmidt had his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car dialed in, topping the Saturday night Texas Grand main event for his career 28thfeature win in the winged class. (Photo by Ron Skinner, Ron Skinner Photos.com)

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