Local Short Track Racing Back to Somewhat Normal as Racers and Fans Return to the Dirt Friday Night
Dixieland Speedway Drivers to Watch Entering The 2020 Season
Elizabeth City, NC – After waiting for over one month to begin the 2020 season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dixieland Speedway will open its gates and allow competitors and fans into its facility on Friday, June 5th. 16-race evenings are expected to be contested in 2020 that will carry over into fall. For those race fans that are still not in a position or feel safe to make their return to the famed grandstands we will have LIVE coverage throughout the evening via our various social media platforms.
Budweiser Allstar Late Models
Cobbs Creek, Virginia’s Billy Hubbard earned his third straight championship last season and will likely be red hot again when the green flag flies. Last year’s Most Popular Driver visited victory lane a record eight times and recorded a top-5, 11 times. He hopes to earn another title in 2020 in his new number 24 ride. Elizabeth City’s Larry Jackson, who earned the Best Sportsmanship award at the annual banquet, was mister consistency last year. While he only received one checkered flag, he finished inside the top-5 the same amount of times the eventual champion did to earn second place in the season-long points battle. Other drivers that won in 2019 included Tom Wilson and Brent Robinson. Both drivers are championship-caliber contenders and should be watched closely.
Former competitor and Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway standout Mark Wertz plans to return to the dirt track in 2020 on a limited schedule. Additionally, Langley Speedway track owner, Bill Mullis, has a new late model that he will pilot on the three-eights mile oval this year.
Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman
Troy Brickhouse, the driver of the number 21 Chevrolet, earned another title last season. The Elizabeth City veteran collected two wins and 12 top-five finishes. Brickhouse held off Joe Weiss, who has said he does not plan to run a full season, despite winning twice last year and finishing second in the point standings. His daughter, Holley, will take over driving duties on the number 43 Chevrolet this season. The winningest driver last season was Mark Gonzales. The second-generation racer made four trips to winners circle last year. The competitor with the second-highest number of wins in 2019 was Mark Overman. The driver of the Elizabeth City-based team won three times.
Devin Weatherly is another person to keep an eye on. Last season was his first in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman after moving up from the Little Caesars Super Streets, where he won multiple times.
Little Caesars Super Streets
Chesapeake, Virginia’s Justin Pruitt earned his first title in 2019 by consistently finishing inside the top-five in every start, including two trips to winners circle. Veteran racer, Dennis Barnes of Camden, finished second with three victories. Other winners included Josh Letson (three), Allen Shiflett (two) and past champion Kevin Bray (two).
Kevin Webb, who is the son of former champion and track standout, Bobby Webb, finished fifth in points last season and looks to make hay this year.
Last years Rookie of the Year in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours, Kolten Stevens, will move up to the Little Caesars Super Streets and hopes to collect his first win.
Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours
Season dominator and eventual champion, James Hissom, Jr. of Moyock would like to continue his winning ways in 2020. Hissom won a record nine times and earned 10 top-five finishes last year. Former asphalt drivers at Langley Speedway, Trevor Battoia and Dustin Cisco also recorded victories in 2019.
Chris Freemon may have a big season when the action cranks up on the track this year. The Moyock racer, who teaches at Chesapeake Career Center, works with students to help build the car he pilots. He and his team are hoping they can school the competition when they return to the track.
R&D Super Fours
After two decades of trying, Virginia Beach native, Dale Ore, Jr. put together a winning season and captured the R&D Super Fours championship in 2019. He won once and earned seven top-fives. Rickie Waters started later in the season but picked up where he left off, winning three times. Other winners included Kyle Barnes, Ron Winterburn and Danny Bagwell.
The 2020 season will commence on Friday with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and four divisions of racing will start at 8:00 p.m. The action includes the Budweiser Allstar Late Models in a special 30-lap, $1K to win race, in addition to the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours. The Virginia Sprint Series will be in town to help kick off the new season. Drivers from all over the region will travel to Elizabeth City to contest for the coveted win.
For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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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.