Billy Hubbard Kicks of 2019 Season with a $2,000 Win at Dixieland Speedway
Elizabeth City, NC – Friday night racing in Elizabeth City returned for its thirty-seventh season yesterday evening as drivers and fans from all over filled the 3/8-mile clay facility. $2,000 and a shot at the points lead were up for grabs in a 50-lap All Star Showdown. It was no surprise when defending track champion Billy Hubbard picked up right where he left off in 2018 – right in victory lane.
Hubbard was the fastest man on the property right out of the gate as the beautiful sunset over eastern North Carolina. Seventeen cars were on hand for opening night all fighting for the big money. Only one care was not able to answer the call for time trial qualifying, that was the 77 of Brian Hankins, who had issues during fast practice that ended his night earlier than he would have wanted. Hubbard laid an impressive lap of 17.581 (76.787 MPH). Ryan Steely, Tom Wilson, Brent Robinson, and Larry Jackson also made up your fastest five starters.
It didn’t take long for things to get a little interesting and honestly we kind of went into the feature half expecting that. Sixteen cars, fighting for a shot at $2,000, on a 3/8-mile track, no wider than sixty feet; you are bound to have a few issues. Oddly enough the only major issue plagued the field and that came and went early on lap three.
The No. 101 of Ryan Steel ended up parked at the top of turn number two with heavy front-end damage. Things happened so quickly we didn’t see exactly what happened; however, it appeared Steely entered turn one just a little too low, which helped caused the damage. He would need to be towed off the racing surface and his night would end early. At the same time Brent Robinson, who entered the evening as one of the favorites to pick up the victory, also had issues early and pulled off the racing surface under his own power but his night was in fact over.
The race was only slowed one more time immediately following the first restart for a spinning Toby Davis. After that, it was all green flag racing and total domination from Hubbard. Behind him, however, was the battle to watch for most of the feature between the “Green Machine” of Tom Wilson and the No. 2 of Larry Jackson. Wilson controlled the tempo for most of the race until he slipped through turn three and four that Jackson capitalized on. From there he was able to drive away and secure a second place finish as he had nothing to offer Hubbard, even with the help of lap traffic. Wilson was able to hang onto the final podium spot. Kerry King and Sherman Underwood rounded out the top five finishers.
We caught up with Hubbard in victory lane to talk about his night and how the race went for him.
“I was just trying to conserve tires the first half of the race and stay out of trouble with those lap cars, Hubbard said in victory lane following his dominating victory. “They were tough tonight, just couldn’t pick a lane and decide which way they wanted to go. We took our time though and pick our way through there and went easy on the equipment.”
Hubbard’s car looked to be in a league of his own all night powering off the corners.
“Yea it’s not all horses under this race car,” Hubbard went on to explain. “All this crew, these boys do a phenomenal job week in and week out. Without Bubba and Marty, none of this would even be possible. Also like to thank Sawyers Marine and all he does, Bill Mullis and Langley Speedway, B&C Seafood, Haywood Marine Construction and of course all of these fans for coming out every weekend.”
In other racing action, Justin Pruitt had luck on his side in the Super Street division after the No. 11 of Ben Thomas took the lead on the initial start from the outside pole but had a tire issue following a caution. Thomas was able to get back to the pits and change the tired but was never the same after that. Dennis Barnes, Danny Bagewell, Ben Thomas, and Joe Shannon rounded out the top five.
Joe Weiss took the victory in the Sportsman class followed by Mark Gonzales, Troy Brickhouse, Nick Odell, and Doug Lincoln.
James Hissom Jr. was victorious in the Stock Four class after an epic 15-lap battle with Trevor Battoia.
Budweiser All Star OFFICIAL Results;
- #38 Billy Hubbard
- #2 Larry Jackson
- #62 Tom Wilson
- #KB Kerry King
- #46 Sherman Underwood
- #09 Brad Rigdon
- #5J Darrell Dow
- #7 Curtis Hughes
- #02 Dennis Nash
- #52 Toby Davis
- #28 Carl Vaughn
- #59 Chip Kyper
- #4 Roberts Owens
- #44 Brent Robinson
- #252 William Pritchard
- #101 Ryan Steely