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Austin Hubbard Claims First Budweiser All-Star Late Model Victory of 2020 at Dixieland Speedway

Austin Hubbard claims the Budweiser Allstar Late Model victory on Friday night at Dixieland Speedway in his first start at the Elizabeth City raceway. Photo courtesy of KL Cross

Elizabeth City, NC – After a very long offseason, Dixieland Speedway kicked off their 2020 season opener with a packed house and a ton of race cars to go with it. The schedule had Stock Fours for 15 laps, Sportsman for 20, Super Streets for 20, Virginia Sprint Car Series for 25, and Late Models for 30 laps to close the night out.

The main event of the night was the Budweiser Late Models for 30 laps. Ryan Steeley grabbed the pole position from Austin Hubbard in the Late Models. A stout field of 18 cars showed up to put on a show for a packed house. Ryan Steeley pulled out ahead of Austin Hubbard at the start. The battle for fourth didn’t take long to heat up as Billy Hubbard, Larry Jackson, and John Staton went three-wide coming out of turn four. Jackson ended up getting the position with Billy and Staton falling in line. Brad Rigdon and Carl Vaughan had a battle for the sixth position resulting in Rigdon getting the better line and taking the position away.

Lap traffic became a huge issue for leader Steeley as he went into turn one trying to get around a lap car and Austin Hubbard took advantage of it but made contact with Steeley and eventually took the lead out of turn two. Austin would make easy work of the next few lap cars and put a small lead on Steeley. Meanwhile, Jackson ended up catching Tom Wilson for second and got it on lap 10. The first caution came out on lap 11 for Bill Coda going for a spin. On the restart, Rigdon drove into turn one a little too hard and drove on top of Staton’s left rear but both somehow managed to not wreck.

After having a strong run, Jackson’s machine came to a sudden slowdown and he took his car into the pits and his night was over. Staton had multiple good runs at Wilson for third but when he finally got around him, a caution came out for Bill Mullis in turn four. Going back to the last green flag lap, Staton had to go back to fourth. Lap 18 and Wilson dove to the inside of Steeley for second and took it right away from him. Staton followed right behind Wilson and took third from Steeley also.

With just five laps to go, Wilson and Staton had slowly caught Austin for the lead. Austin was having a little trouble with lap cars as he went into turn one, Toby Davis actually made contact with Austin causing him to almost spin out. The second caution of the event came out for Mullis going for a solo spin again in turn four. This was going to set up a five-lap dash to the finish. On the restart, going into turn one a big pileup ended up happening. Nash, Rigdon, Mullis, Davis, Miller, Vaughan, and Harman all involved. This out the field under a red flag to get all the cars out of the way and into the pits.

The final restart came and Austin Hubbard held on for the final five laps to pick up the win in the Budweiser Late Model 30 lap season opener. Tom Wilson would hold onto second after holding off John Staton all race long, and Ryan Steeley would finish fourth.

With the Late Models and Sportsman divisions the only two classes to qualify, Stock Fours pulled a pill, and the Sprint Cars and Super Streets had heat races to decide their starting positions for the main feature. , and Josh Burnham and Troy Brickhouse would start front row for the Sportsman feature. After the heat races, Dustin Shatzer and Jake McLain started in the front row for the Sprint Cars, while Dennis Barnes and Chris Lincoln were on the front row for the Super Streets.

The Biggs GMC Stock Fours had a 15 lap event that went caution-free. Once the green flag dropped, things got wild fast. Chris Freeman darted to the lead going into turn one and didn’t look to slow down. Down the backstretch, David Boswood was stuck in an unlikely position in a four-wide battle and got spun around after starting second. No caution came out as he got his car turned back around and continued. Colby Vance making his first start at Dixieland had a strong start to the race until him and Zach Irving made some contact allowing Trevor Battoia to take over the second position. Battoia quickly went to work on the back bumper of Freeman but never quite had enough to get by him. Chris Freeman held on to win his first career win in the Stock Four division followed by Trevor Battoia, Colby Vance, Justin Bohn, and Greg Pollsley.

Next on the lineup was the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division. Defending track champion Troy Brickhouse wasted no time to get to the lead as soon as the green flag waved. Brickhouse never really got to strut how well his machine was driving as there were 9 caution flags. The first five laps consisted of a caution. After the fifth caution, the officials began to count caution laps. With a caution coming on lap 16, the field wouldn’t go green until lap 18 setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Instead, when the field went green, the ninth and final caution came out for Nick Odell spinning on the backstretch. After the caution, Josh Burnham, Mark Overman, and Matt Meads all piled up in turn four resulting in the race to finish under caution. Troy Brickhouse ended up winning.

The Little Ceasars Super Streets were up next for 20 laps with Dennis Barnes on the pole. With battles all throughout the field, Barnes was able to put a decent size lead over Chris Humblett who battled Chris Lincoln for multiple laps for second place. Jeff Hunt ended up falling back to fourth on the start of the race after starting second. An intense battle between Rod Busitzky and Brian Hankins went on for several laps with the two beatin’ and banging off of each other. In the closing laps, Humblett closed in on Barnes to challenge for the win but Barnes was too strong. Dennis Barnes picked you where he left off last season and led all 20 laps to win the season opener.

With a field of 10 strong Sprint Cars, Dustin Shatzer and Jake McLain were the front row. Shatzer making his first trip to Dixieland, all the way from Maryland, had his sights set on taking a trophy back home. When the green flag waved, Shatzer laid down a blistering pace and left everyone in the dust. Bronzie Lawson took over second from McLain, with Tom Humphries following right behind him. By lap 10, Shatzer had a full straightaway lead over the field. The first and only caution came out on lap 19 for Bill Rices machine coming to a stop in turn four. On the restart, Shatzer continued his pace and just took off. He would hold on to win in his first time at Dixieland and lead all 25 laps. Bronzie Lawson, Tom Humphries, and Mike Leraas rounded out the top four.

The 2020 season will continue on Friday with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and five divisions of racing will start at 8:00 p.m. The action includes the Budweiser Allstar Late Models in a special 40-lap, $2K to win race, in addition to the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and the R & D Super Fours.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Dustin Shatzer of Hagerstown, Maryland wins the Virginia Sprint Series event at the 2020 season-opening race at Dixieland Speedway. It was Shatzers first start at Dixieland. Photo courtesy of KL Cross

Defending Champion Billy Hubbard Collects Eighth Victory of the Season in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models

Billy Hubbard celebrates his eighth win of 2019 at Dixieland Speedway with family and crew August 16th. (Josh Ranger/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

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.

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