The Swims family made the decision to open the track a week sooner than originally planned due to high demand from drivers and fans. Mia Green, the daughter of track patriarch Mickey Swims, said no one was disappointed.
“We had a great crowd,” she said. “We had 90 race cars. That was a good turnout for it being an added show. We didn’t know what to expect, but we were very pleased.”
Green estimates the crowd to have been about 5,000. She said the track averages between 3,000-5,000 fans per race.
Winning the Super Late Model race was Tony Knowles. Luther Jenkins took second, followed by Frank Ingram.
In the Limited Late Models, Mike McConnell was the winner, followed by Cass Fowler and Alan Brewer.
Michael Page won the Crate Late Models, with Henry Ward second and Craig Scott third.
In the Super Bombers, Roy Patterson was the winner, followed by Andy Morris and Kenny Taylor.
Other winners included Shane Smith (Econo Bombers), Jeremy Millsaps (Pony Stocks), and Jimmy Wilson (Cruisers).
The results from Saturday’s races do not count in the points standings, but many drivers used the racing as a tuneup for the spring championships, which will be held this weekend.
“There is a championship race in every division, so this will be a real big weekend for our local drivers,” Green said. “We give away some nice prices and some extra money. Racing this past weekend gave them an opportunity to tune their cars again and not just go after one practice.”
In addition to winning the title of spring champion, the race purses will be doubled Saturday night. Green said many racers look forward to this event, which caters to the locals.
“You get the bragging rights and the extra pay,” Green said. “We wanted to do this race for our local racers to show them the support they show us by competing every weekend.”