Defending Champion Billy Hubbard Collects Eighth Victory of the Season in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models
Elizabeth City, NC – Billy Hubbard dominated the 40-lap Budweiser Allstar Late Model race on Friday to claim his eighth win in 10 starts this season at Dixieland Speedway. The Cobbs Creek, Virginia native started the marquee event on the outside pole and quickly went to the lead after the initial start in turn one. He would go on to lead every lap and collected a $1,200 check for his efforts.
Smithfield, Virginia’s Brent Robinson finished second, and John Staton earned third place.
“After two weeks off because of rain it feels good when you can come back and back it up with a win,” said Hubbard in victory lane. “What a season; what more could we ask for, other than a championship.”
Hubbard continues to lead the points chase over Larry Jackson by 14 points.
Elizabeth City racer Mark Overman started the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman feature on the pole position and would lead the entire 20-lap event to garner his third victory of the season. Points leader Troy Brickhouse entered the race six markers ahead of Mark Gonzales and was able to finish the event in the runner up spot. Gonzales was working his way towards the head of the field after starting in seventh place until trouble ensued on lap nine. While running in the fourth spot, he experienced mechanical issues that ultimately sidelined the 27-year old competitor. He would finish the race in ninth place and now finds himself 20 points behind Brickhouse entering the second to the final race of the season on Friday.
From the front row, Josh Letson and Allen Shiflett traded paint in the opening laps of the Little Caesars Super Street division feature. Letson, who earned the pole after winning his heat race, would lead the opening lap; however, Shiflett continued to pursue the coveted top spot. The two made hard contact on the backstretch on the second lap that would stack up the field and collected Kevin Webb, Rod Busitzky and Justin Pruitt. Letson’s night would end after the contact, giving up any chance he had to win the event. Shiflett would go on to lead the remaining 19-laps to earn his first win of the season.
Points leader Justin Pruitt, who started in the sixth place, would recover from the earlier incident to finish second and defending race winner, Kevin Bray earned third place.
Pruitt continues to maintain the points lead by 50 markers over second place’s Dennis Barnes.
From the outside pole, points leader James Hissom, Jr., continued his dominance and led all 15-laps to claim the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours victory. Fourth place starter, Trevor Battoia would bounce back to claim second, and Chris Freemon earned third place.
Hissom leads the season-long championship chase by 48 points over Kolton Stevens. Stevens is only two points ahead of third place’s Battoia.
After a couple of seasons off, Virginia Beach’s Rickie Waters returned to competition in the R&D Super Fours in convincing fashion. The past-champion started the race on the pole position and would lead all 20-laps to gain the victory. Lewis Moulton of Gates claimed a career-best finish of second and Brian Harris earned third. Potential winner, Ron Winterburn’s night ended early after his car would not get up to full speed on a restart after a caution flag on lap eight. The Hertford racer would give up the second position as he had to enter the pit area.
Dale Ore, Jr. continues to lead the point standings.
Hubbard Motorsports made four young fans happy Friday evening as they giveaway two bicycles and scooters to fans in attendance.
Racing resumes on Friday, August 23rdand includes a special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event that will pay the winner $1,000. Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours will compete. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the action kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase in person. For more information, dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.
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.