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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.

40-Lap Budweiser Allstar Late Models Race at Dixieland Speedway on Friday

Elizabeth City, NC After two weeks off due to rain, Dixieland Speedway will hold its 10th event of the 2019 racing season onFriday evening and will feature a special Budweiser Allstar Late Models 40-lap race, paying $1,200 to the winner.  Four otherdivisions of competition will be held presented by Dixie 105.7, including the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and the R&D Super Fours.

The Late Model race promises to attract heavyhitting regional dirt racers for their chance at the winning prize.  Additionally, points are on the line as the season begins to wind down.  Including Friday festivities, only three races remain in 2019.

The opening nine races have provided its share of drama and excitement.  A couple of drivers have had dominant seasons including James Hissom, Jr., who rung the bell in victory lane to garner his seventh checkered flag at the most previous race in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  He continues to lead the points chase.  Billy Hubbard has also had a remarkable season.  He collected his seventh win in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models in the last outing and padded his points lead over Larry Jackson by eight heading into this weekend’s events.  Justin Pruitt continues to lead the points race in the Little Caesars Super Streets by 46 over Dennis Barnes and third place racer Josh Letson is within two points of catching Barnes.  Troy Brickhouse has his work cut out for him if he hopes to earn the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman title.  With two wins this year, he leads Mark Gonzales, who has the season mostvictories of four, by a slim six points.  Finally, Dale Ore, Jr. continues to lead the R&D Super Fours point standings.  

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  Practice kicks off at 6:30 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing begins 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.  

Two-Barrel Late Model Championship Race Returns to Dixieland Speedway on Friday

Ryan Steeley practices at Dixieland Speedway in preparation for the Budweiser Allstar Late Model event. Photo courtesy of Beverly Pritchett

Elizabeth City, NC The Two-Barrel Budweiser Late Model Championship race makes its annual stop at Elizabeth City’s motor speedway on Friday evening.  Drivers from across the region will make the trip to the 3/8-mile clay oval for their shot at winning the first place prize of $4,000.

Dustin Mitchell of Princeton, North Carolina, has won the event forthe last two consecutive years and is a favorite to take the 2019 trophy as well.  He and other heavy-hitter competitors mark their calendars to participate in this race each season.

This is a big event for dirt late model racers, and we look forward to welcoming back the drivers, crews, and fans for what promises tobe an incredible show,” said Red Swain, owner and promoter of Dixieland Speedway. “There are no points on the line, only a big paycheck and that will make the competitors hungry to make it to the finish line first.  This event only happens once a year, so you’ll want to make plans to join us for this fun and exciting evening. 

Three other classes will compete with point standings on the line, including Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets and the Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC Stock Fours.

The event follows an exciting night of racing one week ago that saw an emotional Billy Hubbard return to victory lane in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models after recently losing his father.  With the win, Hubbard swapped places in the point standings with Tom Wilson who had mechanical problems, subjecting him to his first finish outside of the top five.  Hubbard, second in the standings, now trails championship point’s leader Larry Jackson by 12 markers headed into their next pointspaying event Friday, June 28th.  Trevor Battoia and Danny Bagwell earned their first wins of the season in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and R & D Super Fours.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Practice kicks off at 6:30 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing begins 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 ontrack 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

Michael Johnson beats out Kyle Wood in the Modifieds and UCARs Split the Twins

Midlothian, VA – The modifieds had a few less show up than the previous race but they still put on a heck of a show. Michael Johnson ran a 15.102 in practifying. He drew a four on the invert putting Lauren Edgerton on the pole, Kyle Wood in second, and Mike Rudy in third.

Kyle Wood wasted no time getting by Lauren and she ended up three wide for second place. By the third lap Johnson was into second and looking at the big lead Wood had already established. Farther on back Rudy and Morgan ran side by side for fourth place and Mike took the position and next up was Edgerton for him. He pulled up to her and made a pass on the outside on lap thirteen. At the halfway mark Johnson was starting to pull right up to Wood’s bumper going into the corner but Wood would pull away on exit. On lap-16 Adam Medek was battling a loose car and it didn’t help when Tyler Davis gave him a bump sending him around.

Coming to the restart Johnson chose the high side on the cone and Wood had possibly the slowest creep to the start I’ve ever seen. On the next lap, Johnson led the race by a nerf bar and would eventually complete the pass. One of the old sayings is that cautions breed cautions, so without fail the yellow flag flew for the second time. Medek was trying to pass Rip Salomone when he went in too hard and spun them both out.

Wood tried the high side this time over Johnson and the whole field ended up running side by side for an entire lap. Wood went to his inside once it was clear and the caution came out for the third time with Salomone and Harvey Thomas spinning out down the back stretch. Wood tried the high side again on the restart running side by side with Johnson as they came to the white flag. On the final lap he fell in behind him to try and get a nerf bar to his rear but Johnson was able to hold on for the win. Behind them, Rudy got sideways from Davis but was able to keep his third place finish.

UCAR Twins

Scott Willingham got the pole point in the UCAR division running a 16.977-second lap in the practifiying session. The always fast Michael Chapman missed out by just two-thousandths of a second of beating out Willingham. Scott pulled a 5 out of the invert bag which put Korey Lawson up front to take the green flag.

Lawson cleared the field after the first lap easily and the shuffling behind him started. Four laps in the caution flew for Willingham getting sideways with Joshua Thomas. Ending the first race for Thomas. For the restart, Chapman decided to try the high line and made a little contact with Lawson but couldn’t get by him. Hite worked his way back into second by the seventh lap and three laps later he was on the leader’s bumper trying to engineer a pass. On the thirteenth lap, Chapman slowed down on the back straight and came down to pit road to park it. Dillon Devenney and Willingham start racing hard with five to go and Scott was able to grab fourth from him. Dillon wasn’t giving up though and gives him a shot down the front straight making Willingham loose but he was able to save it. The next lap they bump again and get hooked to each other and the caution would come out. Beejay Anderson had nowhere to go and made contact while trying to slow down.

Off the restart, the UCAR drivers went three wide for second place but Hite was once again able to keep the position. With two laps to go Hunter Waldrop’s car made contact with the boiler plate and broke the right side of it. This set up a green-white-checkered finish. Lawson had a good restart but Hite was able to make some contact with him to try and steal the win from Lawson. Lawson was able to keep the spot and roll into victory lane leading every lap in the race.

Thomas led the field to the green flag in the second UCAR race of the night. Devenney was trying to get the third place position from Lawson when he got loose and fell back a spot to fourth. By the sixth lap, Thomas had a big lead but Lawson was coming, gaining almost a tenth a lap on the leader. It wouldn’t be enough though and with no help from cautions Thomas was able to cruise to the checkers with Lawson, Devenney, Ayers, and Frayser rounding out the top-5.

Modified Results

  1. Michael Johnson
  2. Kyle Wood
  3. Mike Rudy
  4. Tyler Davis
  5. Matt Morgan
  6. Adam Medek
  7. Rip Salomone
  8. Lauren Edgerton
  9. Harvey Thomas

UCAR Results Race 1

  1. Korey Lawson
  2. Jamie Hite
  3. Mike Frayser
  4. Alex Ayers
  5. Dillon Devenney
  6. Beejay Anderson
  7. Scott Willingham
  8. Hunter Waldrop -3
  9. Michael Chapman -8
  10. Joshua Thomas -15

UCAR Results Race 2

  1. Joshua Thomas
  2. Korey Lawson
  3. Dillon Devenney
  4. Alex Ayers
  5. Mike Frayser
  6. Beejay Anderson
  7. Scott Willingham
  8. Jamie Hite -9

Matt Waltz Sets Fast Time in Prelude to the Heat

Hampton, VA – Matt Waltz set the fastest time in qualifying with the out of towners at Langley running a 16.113 second lap beating defending track champ Greg Edwards who ran a 16.176 second lap. In his out lap, Danny Edwards Jr broke his left front spindle on the car and his entire right front came off. He will not be able to make the race tonight as of now. Also, Phillip Morris blew his motor a little earlier on in final practice and is in the process of putting a borrowed motor from Peyton Sellers into his ride. Sellers switched to his backup car with the handling being so far off on his primary and managed to run a 16.293-second lap to put him 10th in the twenty car field.

Justin Kern caught up with Waltz in the pits, “It really didn’t feel all that great in qualifying but I mean watching everyone else it looked like everyone else had the same problem, not a lot of grip slipping and sliding all over the place. I gotta thank Waltz Engineering Sales, Davcon INC. as well we got a bunch of them up in the box tonight,  and Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton, PLC for helping us out on the team here, happy to get on the pole for all the people and the crew”

The late models are running twin races along with the grand stocks tonight with the Bandoleros, Legends, and Enduros supporting them tonight,

Race Line Up

  1. Pepsi Grand Stocks 33 laps
  2. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  3. Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 laps
  4. Cycle City Corp Legends 25 laps
  5. Pepsi Grand Stocks 33 laps
  6. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  7. Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

Late Model Qualifying Results

  1. Matt Waltz – 16.113
  2. Greg Edwards – 16.176
  3. C.E. Falk III – 16.182
  4. Nick Smith – 16.206
  5. Brenden Queen – 16.233
  6. Stacy Puryear – 16.247
  7. Connor Hall – 16.255
  8. Justin S. Carroll – 16.277
  9. Mark Wertz – 16.282
  10. Peyton Sellers – 16.293
  11. Austin Thaxton – 16.350
  12. Terry Carroll – 16.373
  13. Thomas Marks – 16.432
  14. Woody Howard – 16.451
  15. Casey Wyatt – 16.469
  16. Cameron Bowen – 16.552
  17. Maddy Mulligan – 16.659
  18. Craig Eastep – 16.693
  19. Chris Flowers – 16.747
  20. Danny Edwards Jr – No Time
  21. Phillip Morris – No Time but will start

Mason Bailey and Eddie Johnson Share Wins at Southside Speedway

Midlothian, VA – Fourteen late models took to the “Toughest Track in the South” just outside of Richmond. Twins were on the schedule since there have been some canceled races this season and they are out of makeup days. Chris Dodson found some speed and set a 14.953 second lap in practifying to grab the pole point for the night with rookie and points leader Mason Bailey missing the top time by .003 seconds. With the invert of three the second year driver, and former RotY, Grayson Cullather led the field to the green flag.

Bugs Hairfield was be the biggest mover early on moving from fourth to second by the eighth lap, just in time for the first caution of the night for Michael Suthpin spinning out. Under the caution Daniel Thomas’ engine woes continued as he pulled in nose first to end his night. Bailey decided to try the high line on the restart and it paid off for him. The next caution didn’t take long with Bugs clipping the boilerplate and spinning out on lap 14. This time Dodson tried the outside on Bailey but it doesn’t work out as Cullather is able to get by him for second place. On the final lap of the race Grayson drove really deep into the corner to get Mason out of the bottom line but Mason is able to hold on and took the checkers.

We caught up with Mason after the races. “Really thought we had a piece to put on the pole, just missed it, and knew we had a piece in race trim and we went out there and stayed patient.” Talking about his winning strategy, “I think what got us the race is we made the passes on those starts, taking the high line a lot of people are scared or what but they just don’t like that high line and I really like to take advantage of it and I think we did and we are able to get around Dodson and Cullather and that put us into the lead.”

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The invert for the second race was the same as the first which put Dodson in first. Bailey is able to slide into second by Cullather three laps in and Eddie Johnson was the next to put pressure on the 22 car. Bugs again tags the boilerplate but this time down the front stretch and a couple laps later and Lane Janosik spins around with his right rear completely destroyed. On the restart Dodson and Bailey raced side by side until it came out again, and Dodson runs Bailey up into the marbles once its already flown. On the next start Dodson this time makes contact with Bailey and he nails the plate, he tried to resume racing but was blacked flagged with something broken and dragging on the track.

On lap eight the green flag racing resumes with Eddie outside and beats him to the line on lap nine but couldn’t make it stick and fell back in line. Just six laps later and Johnson was able to get his nose to Dodson’s car and clears him out of two. Farther back and Bugs takes fourth from Chris Johnson after starting from the rear. Eddie cruised to the win in the second race and Grayson Cullather got his second top three finish on the night.

After getting through post race tech I caught up with the second race winner. “The first race all four of us were real close and we were just a teeny bit off and I knew I needed a little better grip in the middle of the corner and a little more grip off the corner so I talked to my chassis expert, my son, and we decided on a few little changes to make and we made a few little changes.” He also talked about how the 43 car takes to those changes, “This car here is still a good car and it reacts to a small change and it was just a little bit better. After ten laps I knew we were gonna be pretty good I didn’t know how good, then we got a little further in the race and I was like ya we are in good shape.”

After talking about the win I also asked Eddie about how competitive and big the field has been this year and what he thinks is setting it up, “These rules that they have here have been in place for 5-6 years, the motor rules are so easy. You run anything you want as long as its a cast iron head, cast iron block, and wet sump pan. The only thing you have to check on the motor is the carb. The motor rule has been left alone for 5 or 6 years and look what ya got, you got the best racing here of any track around, as far as weekly racing.” If you haven’t had a chance to check out the racing at Southside this year, they still have five race nights left including a 75-lap special for late models on August 4th.

Race 1 Results
1. Mason Bailey 30
2. Grayson Cullather 30
3. Chris Dodson 30
4. Eddie Johnson 30
5. Chris Johnson 30
6. Alex Brock 30
7. Matt Ashworth 30
8. Lane Janosik 30
9. Howie Disavino 30
10. Sonny Allen 30
11. John Crews III 30
12. Michael Suthpin 30
13. Bugs Hairfield -1
14. Daniel Thomas -22

Race 2 Results
1. Eddie Johnson 30
2. Chris Dodson 30
3. Grayson Cullather 30
4. Sonny Allen 30
5. Bugs Hairfield 30
6. Michael Suthpin 30
7. Howie Disavino 30
8. Alex Brock 30
9. John Crews III 30
10. Daniel Thomas 30
11. Chris Johnson -10
12. Mason Bailey -18
13. Matt Ashworth -22
14. Lane Janosik -23

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