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Tom Wilson Returns to Victory Lane Friday at Dixieland Speedway

Tom Wilson celebrates in victory lane after winning the second twin Budweiser Allstar Late Models event Friday evening at Dixieland Speedway. (Photo: Kenneth Cross)

Elizabeth City, NC – From the pole position, Gibbs Woods, NC native Tom Wilson was able to capture the Budweiser Allstar Late Models win on Friday evening at Dixieland Speedway.  The evenings events, presented by Dixie 105.7, featured twin 20-lap races, with one opening the race night and the other closing.  Wilson won the latter as he was able to run away out front and obtain his first win of the season.  Two yellow flags slowed the race but didn’t deter Wilson’s drive for the victory. John Staton finished second, and Larry Jackson earned third-place.

In the first 20-lap twin race, slowed five times with yellow flags due to spins, John Staton led flag-to-flag to claim his second win of the 2020 season.  The Chesapeake, VA competitor leads the point standings headed into this weekend’s races. Staton held off last week’s winner and defending champion, Billy Hubbard, and Larry Jackson finished in third. Wilson earned fourth.  The starting lineup for the second race was determined by the finishing order from the first event, with the top four racers being inverted, giving Wilson the first-place starting spot.

He didn’t lead the most laps but led the one that mattered most.  Chesapeake, VA’s Roger Bell found himself in an intense battle for the lead with defending winner and champion, Troy Brickhouse.  In the closing laps, Bell appeared to have a better handling race car and made multiple attempts to pass the driver of the “Club 21” team based in Elizabeth City.  Brickhouse protected the inside line, forcing Bell to work the top side of the track. Passing high is not necessarily the preferred line, as it’s not always the fastest way around the speedway. However, Bell made it work to his advantage and overtook Brickhouse to claim his second win of the 2020 season. Brickhouse held on to second, and Mark Gonzales secured a third-place finish for the second consecutive week.

Camden’s Dennis Barnes kept his winning ways on Friday by earning his fourth first-place finish in five starts this season in the Little Caesars Super Streets.  The driver of the team Hardees Chevrolet lost the top spot early in the event to former champion Kevin Bray but was able to rally back to the point and hold onto it by the end of the 20-lap contest.  Long time racer Allen Shiflett made his first start on Friday and earned the runner-up position with Bray securing third-place.

Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours points leader Chris Freeman had a disastrous heat race after cutting a tire and forced to pit in the short seven-lap sprint, relegating the Moyock racer to start the main feature in last place.  At the start of the 15-lap feature, Freeman methodically picked off cars to find the lead by the eighth-circuit.  He didn’t look back and earned his third win of 2020.  Dustin Cisco of Suffolk, VA, made his first appearance this season and finished in second place after leading the event briefly.  Trevor Battoia finished third.

Three yellow flags stalled the on-track action, including one in which Bryant Falk flipped his Nissan multiple times, in turn one, after making contact with the outside retaining wall.  The 16-year old quickly climbed from the car after it landed right-side up and walked away.

Racing resumes Friday, July 24th, and features the return of the Virginia Sprint Series. The prestigious league competes across the region and makes its second stop at the 3/8-mile oval this year. Drivers that participate in the winged sprint car tour come from Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Additionally, the Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours will take on the high-banks.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and five divisions of competition will start at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow 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.

Troy Brickhouse Bounces Back to Claim Win Friday at Dixieland Speedway

Troy Brickhouse, #21 takes a victory lap after claiming the win in the seasons special 35-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event at Dixieland Speedway on Friday. Photo courtesy of Troy Brickhouse and “Club 21”.

Elizabeth City, NC – After a miserable evening at the track in the last outing a couple of weeks ago due to an engine failure, defending champion Troy Brickhouse came back Friday determined to turn things around and did just that by scoring the win.  The Elizabeth City racer never turned a lap of competition back on June 26th as his motor came apart in practice, forcing him to watch the race from the sidelines.  On Friday, his fate would change after crossing the finish line first in the season’s marquee 35-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event.  His efforts yielded the 42-year old a $1,000 payday after leading flag-to-flag from the pole position.

Brickhouse had to work for the victory by holding off a hard-charging Brad Cox, of Youngsville, NC, in the closing laps. Cox was on his bumper and even got alongside Brickhouse, but ran out of time before executing a pass for the lead. Mark Gonzales secured his best finish of the year after coming home in third place.

Dennis Barnes and Kevin Bray each won one of the two Little Caesars Super Streets 15-lap feature events.  Barnes started on the pole position and led for the duration en-route to claiming his third straight win of the 2020 season.  Barnes held off Chris Humblett of Shiloh, NC, who finished runner-up, and Kevin Bray secured the third and final podium position.

The starting lineup for the second race was determined by the finishing results of race number one.  The top four, however, were inverted, providing the fans a treat. Bray dominated the event after starting on the outside pole.  He quickly went to the point and didn’t look back, crossing the finish line ahead of the competition.  Barnes garnered a second-place finish, his first outside of a win in 2020, and Hunter Mason claimed a season-best third-place finish.

“We brought home a first and second with the number 20 and 28 with me driving and my young protege (Hunter Mason) on the Hardees team, said Barnes following the race.  “It’s been a great night.  I got a great crew and great sponsors.”

For the first time this season, Billy Hubbard returned to victory lane in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models.  The Cobbs Creek, Virginia native, started the event on the outside pole and quickly took control of the race by going to the point and overtaking John Staton.  In the end, Hubbard was able to make hay and notch a checkmark in the win column for car owner, HC Pritchett.  Staton finished runner-up while Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway standout, Mark Wertz, earned third-place.  It was Wertz’s first race back at Dixieland on dirt since the early 2000s.

John Staton breaks the tie from Austin Hubbard, who plans to run part-time, atop the point standings.  With the win, Hubbard moves to second, and Tom Wilson is third heading into race number four on Friday.

Trevor Battoia won the 15-circuit Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours competition.  Battoia’s first victory of the season put him back in contention for the points chase after a disappointing 11th-place finish in the last race due to a mechanical issue.

Points leader Chris Freeman finished second, his worst of the season, which speaks to how well the 2020 season has treated the Moyock racer.  Freeman was all smiles following the race and thanked his students at Chesapeake Career Center for their support.  AJ Smith earned his second straight podium finish, claiming third-place.

Young Emma Gordon outran nearly 50-runners to claim the win in the one-lap foot race.

Racing resumes Friday, July 17th, sponsored by Dixie 105.7, and features twin-20 lap Budweiser Allstar Late Model events. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and four divisions of competition will start at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow 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

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

Local Short Track Racing Back to Somewhat Normal as Racers and Fans Return to the Dirt Friday Night

Ryan Steeley, #101 leads Larry Jackson, #2 and Tom Wilson, #62 in turn one at Dixieland Speedway in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models division recently. Friday night will mark the final event of the 2019 racing season. Five division champions will be crowned. (Photo: K.L. Cross)

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.

Double Points, Champions Crowned, Plus Special Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman Event Paying One Thousand to the Winner

Ryan Steeley, #101 leads Larry Jackson, #2 and Tom Wilson, #62 in turn one at Dixieland Speedway in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models division recently. Friday night will mark the final event of the 2019 racing season. Five division champions will be crowned. (Photo: K.L. Cross)

Elizabeth City, NC – The final race of the decade at Elizabeth City’s motor raceway will take place on Friday.  Dixieland Speedway will conclude its 37thseason after having the past couple of weeks off from competition due to Hurricane Dorian and other regional races scheduled at area speedways.  Double points will be awarded, and five champions will be crowned following the event on Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC night at the races.

Billy Hubbard leads the Budweiser Allstar Late Model points and is gunning for his third consecutive championship.  To clinch the 2019 series title, Hubbard, of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, needs to finish third or better on Friday.  Larry Jackson, who is currently second, could win the points race if he finishes four places or better than Hubbard.

To be crowned champion in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division, Troy Brickhouse, of Elizabeth City, needs to finish in 10thplace or better this weekend.  Mathematically defending champion Mark Gonzales, who is second, still has an opportunity to win the championship, although the Elizabeth City racer would almost need a miracle by having to finish 11 places better than Brickhouse in the finale.

Chesapeake racer Justin Pruitt aims to win his first title in the Little Caesars Super Streets.  To win the divisions coveted award this weekend, Pruitt needs to finish in 12thplace or better.

Season dominator, James Hissom, Jr. aims to capture his first points title in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  To win the championship, Hissom needs to finish in 10th place or better on Friday.

After 20-years of trying, Dale Ore, Jr. of Virginia Beach, looks to secure his first championship in the R&D Super Fours.  The veteran racer who won earlier this season needs to finish in fifth place or better to win the points race for 2019.

The action on Friday 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, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and R&D Super Fours will compete and earn double points. As a bonus, a mechanics race will be held, allowing crew members to have their turn behind the wheel.  The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the drop of the green flag during qualifying and throughout the entire night  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the excitement 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.

 

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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.

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