Brent Robinson Wins the Battle but Hubbard Wins the War at Dixieland Speedway; Brad Cox Earns $1,000 Payday in Sportsman Feature
Elizabeth City, NC– For the third year in a row the Cobbs Creek, Virginia native Billy Hubbard earned his third consecutive Budweiser All Star Late Model track championship with his second-place finish in the 30-lap, double points feature at the eastern North Carolina 3/8-mile clay oval.
Hubbard, usually the fastest man on the property, had to do a bit of chasing to do after Smithfield, Virginia’s Brent Robinson laid a qualifying lap (17.186-seconds) that was matched by none other and earned the ability to lead the field to the green. With the season finale being a double points event and the number of cars registered, Hubbard did not need to win the race, however, did need to finish third or better to win the championship. Hometown hero Larry Jackson could have stolen the title from Hubbard had he finished four positions better than Hubbard in his No. 38 Rocket Chassis machine sponsored by Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway and B&C Seafood.
From the drop of the green flag, it was clear we had all bought tickets to the Brent Robinson show. It was also clear that Billy Hubbard has some of the best luck in the eastern North Carolina region. In a relative caution filled 30-lap feature Robinson had no issues pulling away from the rest of the field while Hubbard had to take evasive action several times to keep his nose clean and facing the right direction. Lucky for the defending champion Larry Jackson was not able to fully capitalize on the hiccups and ultimately would occupy the final podium position when the checkered flag was displayed.
Brad Cox of Youngsville, North Carolina, claimed the win in the special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman feature that paid $1,000 for his accomplishment.
Will Pritchard, of Elizabeth City, who typically completes in the Late Model division, elected to compete the Sportsman division to put an end to his season and earned the pole position in qualifying. However, mechanical issues would prevent him from starting the feature. His misfortune handed the pole position over to defending race winner Joe Weiss. Weiss, of Elizabeth City, quickly took off and lead the opening 19-laps until he too experienced mechanical issues costing him a shot at the win and the big payday. A fuel pump failure slowed the number zero Chevrolet, and he handed the race lead over to Cox, who went on to lead the remaining 21-circuits to claim his first win of the season. Past champion Pat Gonzales, who races a limited schedule, finished second.
With a third-place finish on Friday, Troy Brickhouse earned another title in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division. The 41-year old Elizabeth City racer was able to finish one spot higher than last year to take the championship that eluded him in 2018, one spot higher than he entered the final event.
Allen Shifflett earned his second win of the season in the Little Ceasers Super Streets 20-lap feature. Even with his fifth-place finish, Justin Pruitt of Chesapeake was able to capture the 2019 championship. James Hissom Jr picked up win number nine of 2019 along with the championship in the Stock Four series. Last but not least, Rickie Waters earned his third victory of 2019 in the Super Four 15-lap feature. The win, however, was not enough to deny Virginia Beach native Dale Ore Jr. from winning the track championship for the first time in over twenty years of trying.