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FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 11, 2015) – A former Texas Motor Speedway late model champion easily advanced to the championship of the Limited Modified division Friday at the Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship.

Shane Hebert (Lafayette, La.) posted on his Facebook page recently that he was headed back to Texas Motor Speedway to “win another cowboy hat” and he looks like the driver to beat after winning the Limited Modified A Qualifier by over four seconds. 

He started on the outside of Row 1 and took the lead over pole-sitter Justin Nabors (Kemp, Tex.) early in the race and continued to build on that throughout the entire race. 

Hebert earned a traditional TMS cowboy hat following his win at the facility’s dirt track back in March of 2013 in a Late Model. He has also recorded two wins earlier this year at different events and finished sixth in the Late Model race four months at TMS. 

The other drivers advancing to Saturday’s final included Chris Dawson (Lubbock, Tex.), Jeffrey Abbey (Comanche, Tex.), John Whittington (Vidor, Tex.), Eddie Martin (Stillwell, Okla.) and J.C. Howell (Mahank, Tex.) 

The Factory Stock division A Qualifier featured 23 cars for seven transfer spots to Saturday’s 30-lap championship race. 

Jimmy Day started on the pole and led the entire 15-lap race for the victory. Things got interesting following a restart on lap eight as Doug Vick Jr. (Tyler, La.) was able to keep up with Day the remainder of the race but was never able to get by the 23M car as the Greenville, Texas native won by less than a second. 

Others to qualify for Saturday’s Factory Stock championship included Jeff Lewis (Haugton, La.), Jason Gore (Terrell, Tex.), Bo Day (Greenville, Tex.), Ronnie Welborn (Princeton, Tex.) and Dan Meyer (Tyler, Tex.) 

The ASCS Sprint Cars held four practice sessions during the evening in between the qualifiers for the other two divisions. 

All three series will crown division champions Saturday, with hot laps starting at 6 p.m. and racing beginning at 7 p.m.  Grandstand tickets for Saturday’s action event is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Fans can save $5 by purchasing their tickets at any participating O’Reilly Auto Parts store.  For additional information on the Portacool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500. 

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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