Monthly Archives: May 2019

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Martinsville Speedway in 2020

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (May 28, 2019) – For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020, as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film technology, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, (Jerry) Cook and (Geoff) Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like (Doug) Coby, (Justin) Bonsignore, and maybe even (Ryan) Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

The Maxpro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Dale Parro Powers to First Super Street Victory of 2019 at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – After points leader and winner of the first two races – Renno Marchetti (No. 01) – didn’t show up, the field was set for a new winner. Landon Abbott (No. 70) and Colby Vance (No. 44), who have been threats to victory lane, also didn’t show up created big implications on the points standings.

Gordon Weeks grabbed his first pole of the season earlier in the afternoon when he put down a time of 18.773 (75.747 MPH), Dale Parro earned the ability to start alongside him post a lap only a tenth slower than Weeks. They were the only two drivers to eclipse the eighteen-second mark during qualifying. Chris Spangler, with a strong qualifying effort, qualified third. Randy Akers fourth and Bill Eaker fifth.

Weeks struggled at the start of the race which jumbled the field up behind him causing a crash between turns one and two collecting Eaker, Weeks, Spangler, Newman, and Jonathan White. The green flag flew for the complete restart and they went two by two into turns one and two with Parro taking the lead coming out of turn two. Thommy Gildea would follow him into the second position while Danny Harrell tucked into the into third position with the rest of the field trying to sort things out. Laps after being involved in a wreck, Eaker had made his way back up to fourth and began challenging Harrell for third position. Lap 9 and Eaker made the move on Harrell and took third with Randy Akers and Sean Calway following right behind him shuffling Harrell back to sixth.

Akers worked the back bumper of Eaker for a good five laps and finally made his way past him for third place. Once Akers caught Gildea, he took second away from him. The second caution of the 40-lap feature flew on lap 15 as Caitlyn Joyner spun around in the middle of the backstretch. Bill Eaker took advantage of the Car Master Restart Cone and took the outside line, restarting him in second. The green flag flew and Eaker took the lead from Parro going into turn one on the outside. The caution would fly once again on lap 17, this time for Zac Stongle who spun around in turn two.

With the green back on the speedway, Eaker once again went back to the lead. Akers tried to take second from Parro but could not quite make it stick so he settled for third. Parro wasn’t letting Eaker go anywhere as he was all over his back bumper. Weeks finally made his way back up into the top five and was on a mission to get past Akers for the third spot. The top four were all nose to tail, beatin’ and bangin’ on each other, putting on a hell of a show for the fans. Just past halfway Parro would get the run he needed heading down the backstretch and finally took the lead from Eaker.

That is when we noticed a little bit of smoke starting to appear from Eaker’s right rear. Luckily it was just tire smoke and did not affect the performance of the car. Akers took advantage of Eaker losing grip in his tires and gave him a bump in turn three and took second with Weeks right behind him to take third. Eaker would have to settle for fourth. With all that battling taking place behind him, Parro sailed to the checkered flag picking up his first win of the season.

 

Old Skool Video Game Super Streets OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #15 Dale Parro; 40
  2. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  3. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  4. #22 Bill Eaker; 40
  5. #12 Sean Calway; 40
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  7. #28 Thomas Gildea; 40
  8. #53 Zac Stongle; 40
  9. #14 Tillman Heuer; 40
  10. #33 Chris Spangler; 38
  11. #54 Billy Newman; 34
  12. #48 Caitlyn Joyner; 25
  13. #30 Jonathan White; 14

Balluzzo Continues His Dominance in Modified Series

Hampton, VA– Shawn Balluzzo captured his fourth straight pole of the year in a field of 11 strong Modifieds. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Eric McPherson, and Brad Adams rounded out your top five starters for the 50-lap 97.3 The Eagle Night.

As the green flag flew, Matt Carter got a great start and jumped to an early lead followed by Balluzzo. Carter couldn’t pull away just yet as the first caution of the race flew on lap three for Danny Harrell coming to a stop on the backstretch. The green flag would be displayed again and Carter got another great start took off with the lead.

Jamie Sample would put a move on Bubba Johnston for third place and took the spot. It didn’t take long for Balluzzo to take the lead back from Carter as he did so on lap eight. Carter tried to take it back but had a slip in the turn and lost momentum. Brad Adams started to make a move on Johnston for fourth place but couldn’t make it stick. Next lap around the 4/10-mile oval of Langley Speedway, he made the move he needed and was able to get to the inside of Johnston. The second caution of the night came on lap 18 as TJ Largena, trying to work around the No. 19 of Johnston, made minor contact and spun the car around in turn four trying to keep the car straight. Also during the caution, Adams pulled his machine onto pit road with an engine failure to end his night.

Green flag flew once more and this time Balluzzo and Carter made contact with each other but they held on to their machines. At the halfway mark the top five was comprised of Balluzzo, Carter, Sample, Gdovic, and Johnston. Just three laps after spinning, Largena had made his way back to the bumper of Johnston and gave him a nudge that Johnston didn’t take to kindly to. Once Largena made his way around Johnston, he took no time to get past Gdovic for fourth place.

Johnston looked to take the position away from Gdovic as well but Gdovic shut the door on him. Ten laps to go and Carter wasn’t letting Balluzzo out of his sights. With five laps to go, Carter slipped going into turn four trying to make up ground on Balluzzo and that was the final nail in the coffin. The checkered flag flew and Balluzzo picked up his fourth straight victory of the 2019 season.

Larry King Law Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  4. #4 TJ Largena; 50
  5. #47 Rick Gdovic; 50
  6. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 49
  9. #60 Bobby Gery; 25
  10. #3 Brad Adams; 18
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; 2

Billy Hubbard and Tom Wilson Split Twin Bill at Dixieland Speedway

#38 Billy Hubbard powers through turns three and four to pick up his third win of the 2019 season. (📸 Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

Elizabeth City, NC– Racing action returned to the 3/8-mile clay oval located in eastern North Carolina after a wild night of racing under the full moon the week prior. New winners were crowned and tempers flared both on and off the racing surface.

Budweiser All-Star Late Model point’s leader Billy Hubbard once again was the fastest man on the property as the sun was setting over turn one.  Hubbard was able to lay down a 17.473 (77.262 mph) second lap to claim the pole position for the first of two twenty-lap features. Hubbard’s lap was a full two-tenths of a second faster than his front row running mate Ryan Steeley. Tom Wilson, Larry Jackson, and Kerry King rounded out the starting five.

Once the field came to life at the direction of flagman Chris Bechtel, Hubbard jumped on the throttle and immediately opened a gap on the pack. Steeley tried with all of his might to get the car down to the bottom groove as they sailed into turn one but pushed up the speedway allowing Tom Wilson to occupy the second position. The race would be slowed shortly after the green flag for the first caution period of the night after ninth-place start Chip Kyper went around in turns three and four.

With no debris or cleanup to complete the field was sent back to green flag racing rather quickly and once again Hubbard created more than ample distance between himself and the rest of the field by the time they returned to turn on. With Hubbard checked out that left us to watch the battle for second between Tom Wilson and Larry Jackson – Jackson would eventually take the position.

Hubbard had his hands full three more times throughout the feature as incidents happened around the speedway to bring out the yellow. That didn’t matter for the defending champion; as he took charge of every restart, keeping his control over the rest of the field and going on to win his third race of the season. Larry Jackson would be able to hold off the hard-charging Tom Wilson – who completed the podium finishers. Ryan Steeley and Brad Rigdon rounded out the top five finishers.

The top four cars were announced at the conclusion of victory lane celebrations setting up a Ryan Steeley and Tom Wilson front row for the final race of the evening. However, something was not right with Steeley’s car causing that team to load up early and head home. This ultimately handed the pole position over to Tom Wilson and he was not about to let the opportunity to pick up his first win of the season slip through his hands.

Wilson powered to the lead as soon as the green flag was displayed leaving Hubbard and Jackson to battle it out for second. It did not take long for that battle to heat up as the two made some contact leaving Hubbard’s right rear quarter panel and spoiler bent up. From there, Hubbard’s car was just not the same. He and Jackson would spend a good portion of the race fighting for second while Wilson checked out. Bigger problems would eventually arise for Hubbard in the closing laps that caused him to come to a stop in turn four. The issue ultimately ended his night, a chance at a sweep, and set up one of the best green-white-checkered finishes we have seen between Tom Wilson and Larry Jackson.

Jackson gave it all he could on that final restart to the point of pulling even with Wilson as they crossed the striped. Wilson, however, was laser focused and hit his marks going into turn one which allowed his green machine to power back around Jackson and hangs onto the lead. With only two laps to make something happen, Jackson was unable to mount a second charge and Wilson would power on for the victory. Brad Rigdon, Sherman Underwood, and James Miller rounded out the top five finishers.

Dennis Barnes started from the pole, after winning his heat race, in the Little Caesars Super Street 20-lap feature and went on to lead every single lap to land in victory lane. Barnes was kept honest in the closing laps by last weeks race winner Josh Letson but was able to get the job done and become the first repeat winner of the season in the division.

Mark Gonzalas was able to echo the efforts of Barnes just in the Sportsman division winning his second race of the season. Dustin Cisco wound up in victory lane after a wild 15-lap Stock Four feature.

Racing will return to Dixieland next Friday night. For more details on times and what is racing make sure you head over to http://www.dixielandspeedway.net.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Race 1 Results:

  1. #38 Billy Hubbard
  2. #2 Larry Jackson
  3. #62 Tom Wilson
  4. #101 Ryan Steeley
  5. #09 Brad Rigdon
  6. #11m James Miller
  7. #46 Sherman Underwood
  8. #02 Dennis Nash
  9. #1 Mike Warton
  10. #7 Curtis Hughes
  11. #10 Larry Black
  12. #59 Chip Kyper
  13. #97 Jake Rethmyer
  14. #77 Brian Hankins
  15. #KB Kerry King

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Race 2 Results:

  1. #62 Tom Wilson
  2. #2 Larry Jackson
  3. #09 Brad Rigdon
  4. #46 Sherman Underwood
  5. #11m James Miller
  6. #KB Kerry King
  7. #02 Dennis Nash
  8. #7 Curtis Hughes
  9. #1 Mike Warton
  10. #10 Larry Black
  11. #38 Billy Hubbard

Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Week 3 of Dirt Series Championship Weekly Racing this Saturday May 25th

Photo: Virginia Motor Speedway Website

Jamaica, VA – After a very successful mud bog over at The Pit, Virginia Motor Speedway will get back to some exciting dirt track racing and will host week 3 of the Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season this Saturday May 25th and feature the  Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in some exciting side by side action.

Competitor gates for Saturday, May 25th will open at 3pm and spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm for hot laps.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Pro Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6 and children 12 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So, bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2019 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

Crews Scores First LMSC Win In Bojangles 100 At South Boston Speedway

South Boston, VA – The depth in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway has been getting better with each week of the 2019 season.
It took another step in that direction Saturday night when Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car race win in the Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100.

Crews, the outside pole starter, held off former NASCAR national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Nick Sanchez of Miami, Florida in a 37-lap sprint to the finish following the race’s final caution period to capture his first win. His margin of victory was .748-second.

The Halifax, Virginia resident took the lead at the outset and held a lead of almost a quarter of a lap over Pulliam and Sanchez when a caution flag flew for an incident on lap 63. Pulliam and Sanchez gave Crews a hard run for a handful of laps after the restart, but Crews was able to gradually pull away as Pulliam and Sanchez engaged in a close side-by-side battle for second place, a battle Pulliam won by about two car lengths.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia finished fourth and Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that took just over an hour to complete.

Moss, Willis Split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill

Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races. The wins marked the second victory of the season for both drivers.

Moss took the lead from Willis with three laps to go as they battled on the restart following the last of the race’s three caution periods and held off Willis to win by .415-second. Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia and Brent Younger of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Willis started on the outside of the front row in the second race, took the lead from Myers on the second lap and drove to a .685-second win over Moss, who got around Myers to take second place on the next-to-last lap of the race.

Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina, and Dawson rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

Crews, Pickrel Pick Up Wins In Pure Stock Division Twins

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 15-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division races.

Crews fended off Pickrel in a close battle in the first of the pair of 15-lap races, edging Pickrel by a slim margin of .338-second. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia finished third, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia and Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia.

Crews and Pickrel exchanged the lead three times in the opening race, with Crews taking the lead for good with eight laps to go to capture his third win of the season.

Pickrel started on the front row and led the entire way in the second race that was marred by a multi-car incident on the opening lap. Justin Dawson’s car was destroyed and Hupp’s car was totaled when it overturned on the front stretch. Neither driver was injured.

A good jump on the start allowed Pickrel to pull away from the field, and with no challenges, he sped to a three-second win over runner-up Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia. Mayo finished third with Kenny Mills Jr. of Alton, Virginia, and Crews running out the top five finishers.

Dawson Takes Hornets Division Win

Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career win Saturday night in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. With the victory, Dawson became the third different winner in the four races run in the division thus far this season.

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia finished second with Micah Pacifico of Providence, North Carolina, Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia and Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 1 with the 7 p.m. Running of the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

The six-race program will be headlined by twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors. Also on tap are a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m. Practice goes from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children ages 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.
For additional information about the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at www.southboston speedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Full Moon Creates Havoc on Track; Brickhouse Finds his way Back to Victory Lane at Dixieland Speedway

Elizabeth City, NC – Billy Hubbard of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, found his way back to victory circle for the second time this season in the Budweiser Late Model event.  Hubbard started on the outside pole, alongside Ryan Steeley of Elizabeth City, and quickly took off to the lead and never looked back in the 30-lap race.

The event was filled with five caution flags due to several racers spinning throughout the course, and it would ultimately set up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag.  Last weeks winner, Larry Jackson was involved in an incident when Brian Hankins in car number 77 spun in turns one and two on lap 11. While Jackson was closing into Billy Hubbard and battling with Brent Robinson, he clipped the lapped car of Hankins. It would ultimately affect the handling of Jackson’s car, which he claimed cost him the shot at winning the event. Ironically during the caution and while running in third, Robinson would elect to park his car and end the night early.

In another series of weird events, on lap 12 Jackson experienced car issues and stopped on the front stretch.  He would quickly regain momentum and move on.  Despite the problems, Jackson would go on to finish the race in the runner up position and ahead of Tom Wilson.  Polesitter Ryan Steeley rounded out the top four finishers.

With the victory, Hubbard broke the tie in the standings and moved atop the leaderboard by two points over Jackson headed into this weekend’s races.

It took him three races into the 2019 season, but Troy Brickhouse finally returned to winner’s circle on Friday night in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division. Brickhouse and team owner Shelton Goodwin kicked off the season earlier this month at Elizabeth City’s Dixieland Speedway in a new car and quickly discovered they lacked handling and speed in their Chevrolet Camaro.  The team, dubbed as Club 21, worked feverishly over the proceeding two weeks and slowly began dialing in their car.  Despite the issues they faced early on, the team still managed podium results in the season-opening races with a third and second place finish before Friday’s victory.

Brickhouse, who started on the outside pole and quickly took the lead in the opening lap, led the entire 20-lap feature from flag-to-flag to claim the win, his first since July 27thof last year.  He held off Elizabeth City racer, Mark Gonzales, who finished second, and Roger Bell earned third place in his first start of the season.  Bell replaced Joe Weiss in the number 43 Chevrolet Camaro for the evening.

“It feels good; we about forgot what it felt like,” said Brickhouse in victory lane, referring to his win.  “I have to thank Mark for a clean start.  I know we never touched.  I have been sick all week, and the crew put this car back together for me.”

Three cautions slowed the event, with the most notable one involving past champion Pat Gonzales, father of second place finisher, Mark Gonzales.  While running in third, the elder Gonzales suddenly slowed and pulled off the racing groove on the backstretch just past the halfway point on lap 11.  After a few seconds, he quickly re-fired his car and continued.  After the event, it was discovered that he inadvertently engaged his kill switch, which powered down his Chevrolet racecar.

Mark Gonzales continues to lead the championship point standings by two markers over Brickhouse, who moves to the second position.

Longtime racer Josh Letson earned his first win in the Little Caesars Super Street division on Friday in dominating fashion.  Letson, 43, led the entire 20-lap event to garner the victory.  He was able to hold off points leader Justin Pruitt who finished in second and defending champion, Kevin Bray rounded out the top three. Friday’s race was Bray’s first appearance in 2019.

While Letson often had a half-straightaway lead, the battle was intense for the runner-up and third positions throughout much of the race.  Pruitt, who has been the most consistent this season with one win and two second-place finishes, was able to maneuver around past champion, Ben Thomas on lap 14.  Simultaneously Allen Shiflett was also trying to work around Thomas when the two made contact.  The chain of event setoff controversy among the longtime rivals and their crew members.  Both drivers were ultimately black flagged and parked for making contact and for aggressive driving under the yellow flag.  The full moon surely had its effect on the short track Friday night race with tempers boiling over, which kept fans on the edge of their seat.

With his continued strong runs early in the season, Pruitt overtakes Barnes as the points leader by six points.

James Hissom, Jr. continued his winning ways by claiming his third straight win in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  Hissom started deep in the qualifying heat race and would work his way up to finish fourth.  In the feature, he started eighth, and by lap seven he was in command of the competition. Before that, it looked as if Harrison Moore would claim his first ever win.  Moore won his heat race and led the opening laps.  While he would fall into the clutches of Hissom, Moore would then face more significant problems later while battling for the second position.  In turns one and two on lap 12, he went too high and over the cushion of the track.  This would create problems for his 2002 Acura, forcing him to pit the next lap and costing him any chance of winning the race.

Following Hissom across the line on the 15thand final lap was Trevor Battoia for second and Kolten Stevens in third-place.  In only three career starts, Stevens now has two back-to-back third-place podium finishes.

Hissom continues to lead the points by 20 markers over Stevens, who moves from fourth to second in the season-long standings.

Dale Ore, Jr. picked up his first win in the R & D Super Fours division, holding off Danny Bagwell who was involved in two single-car spins, and Robert Bailey rounded out the top three finishers.  With the win, Ore leads the point standings.

Eric Kellar of Elizabeth City won the special one-lap foot race and earned $100 for his efforts.

During intermission, a remembrance service was held for Milton Gibbs, who passed away on March 20thof this year.  Family and friends gathered to remember the kind and gentle businessman of Elizabeth City who enjoyed racing at Dixieland Speedway.

Racing resumes for the fourth time in 2019 on Friday, May 24th.  The Budweiser Late Models will have special twin 20 race features.  The Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMS Stock Fours will return to battle. For the first time this season, go-kart races will be held for kids 17 and under.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.  Racing begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.

 

About Dixieland Speedway:

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all. To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

« Older Entries