With the donation of at least five food items, ticket prices will be reduced to just $5 for the night’s card, which will include the Super Bomber championship.
“It’s a great cause,” track president Mickey Swims said. “We always do that every year at this time, and we always get a lot of food for (MUST Ministries), and it’s a mighty good feeling for them. It’s a good thing, and I tell everyone to give what they can to bring food to those people.”
Swims estimated that the track raised over $3,000 for the American Red Cross last week, and he will be looking to create another effective effort tonight.
“Money is tight, and it’s hard right now, but you ask (the fans) if they can give,” he said. “Some may not have money to give, but those that have should want to give. There’s a lot of people and race that do this every year.”
In terms on the on-track action, Dixie has seen tighter racing by virtue of improvements to the red-clay dirt surface this year that allow cars better grip. With the installation of new clay, cars are able to find grooves in the track to run three- and even four-wide in some instances.
“The track is definitely a lot better,” Econo Bomber driver John Binger said. “It’s a lot smoother and has a little more grip. We have more grooves to run at the bottom end and even high through (Turns) 1 and 2. It makes the racing a little bit better. Hopefully, we can get another win here soon.”
In last week’s Econo Bomber championship, Binger finished third behind points leader Daniel Brewer and David Beam. Binger, however, has been able to get his car into the top three in consecutive weeks.
“The car’s been running pretty good,” he said. “I’ve been putting some changes on the car. I slipped back to second and third (the last two races). I just need to get a little bit better in the takeoffs. I’ve been struggling a little bit, so I’m going to the change the gear and go from there.”
While the Econo Bombers had their chance in the limelight last week, this week’s racing program will feature the Super Bomber championship. After Roy Patterson’s victory last week, he was able to take a two-point advantage over Richard Bagley, who finished fourth. Johnny Morrison sits third with 30 points after finishing outside of the top five last week.
After three races, there is little separation in any of Dixie’s seven racing classes, with the Crate Late Models and Cruisers each having a tie for first place. Danny Griffin and Tim Pittman are tied at 38 points in the Cruiser, while Donald McIntosh and Curtis Cline each have 36 in the Crate Late Models.