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

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