Fall champs crowned at Dixie
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
September 21, 2012 10:06 PM | 1016 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The fall championships at Dixie Speedway saw a slew on new faces who hadn’t made much of a splash during the points season come away with wins and an extra bit of prize money.

Only two of last Saturday’s seven race winners managed to finish inside of the top three in their division in the points season, which ended two weeks ago.

One of those was the Cruiser division’s Joe Trantham.

Trantham, who snuck past Chris Neese for third place in the points standings on the final day of the regular season, finished first in the championship race and was rewarded with $500 dollars.

Trantham was especially proud of his performance due to the fact that he was driving a car that, according to him, is barely holding together.

“All year, I’ve be driving an old car that’s about to fall apart,” Trantham said. “I think, at one point in the race, the roof almost came off. I’m glad it was able to make in around the track one last time, because it’s time to retire that old thing.”

Trantham is no stranger to having won a championship race, as he also finished first in the spring championship, and the Cruiser championship that took place over the summer.

“I may not have won the points yet, but I can win championships,” Trantham said. “I always seem to show up for big-money races.”

Along with Trantham, the winners of the Super Late Model, Econo Bobmber and Pony Stock divisions were all awarded $500.

Kenny Taylor, who finished sixth overall in the points standings, won the Super Bombers, while J.J. Garrett, who finished fifth in the standings, placed first in the Pony Stocks.

The winner of the Econo Bombers, David Beam, did not even place place inside the top 10 of the division during the season.

Phil Coltrane, who had finished third overall in the Late Crate Models during the points season, received $1,000 for winning the division’s championship race.

Scottie Pritchett also received $1,000 for his victory in the Limited Late Model division.

The Super Late Model division saw 20 drivers turn out to try and win the $2,000 prize that was given forfirst place.

In the end, Tyler Millwood took the checkered flag and walked away with the largest amount of prize money given out for any division.

Despite dominating the Super Late Model races the entire season, points champion Michael Page finished eighth.

The fans who attend Dixie tonight will see a much different race program, with a monster truck show highlighting the evening's festivities.

There will also be a demolition derby, and fans will have a chance to meet the drivers from 5-7 p.m., before the races start at 8 p.m.

Grandstand tickets will be available for $17 while trackside tickets will be $20.

Children between the ages of 3-12 can gain entry to either section for $10.

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