Season winding down for Dixie drivers
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
August 31, 2013 02:20 AM | 1650 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dixie Speedway will be offering 250 laps of racing this evening, along with the chance of seeing a few decisive victories in the point standings.

The Swims family that owns and operates Dixie also owns a dirt track in Rome, where races are held six times a year. Races at both tracks count toward the points standings, so tonight’s races in Woodstock and Sunday’s race in Rome could go a long way toward determining who takes home a title.

In three classes — the Cruisers, Super Late Models and Crate Late Models — titles could go to a couple of different drivers based on how they finish in the weekend races. Adding to the excitement at Dixie, there will be double features in the Crate Late Model and Cruiser divisions after last week’s races were postponed.

“We have got a lot of racing to get in,” Dixie spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said. “The season ends Sunday at our track in Rome, so it’s a big weekend for our local drivers.”

In the Cruisers’ Jimmy Wilson (290) leads George Wilson by just nine points. In the Crate Late Models, 15-year-old Maddie Crane needs to overcome just a 16-point lead held by Zack Pilcher (238) to become Dixie’s first female champion. Donald McIntosh (226) leads Jason Croft by 24 points in the Super Late Model standings.

Even those drivers who aren’t competing for a division title could take home an extra prize, as the Limited Late Model, Crate Late Model, Pony Stock and Cruiser championships will be held. Those in the Super Late Models also have the chance to earn an extra $1,000 by winning the feature races at both Dixie and Rome.

Because of all the extra laps they need to get in tonight, Swims-Green said racing will begin at 7 p.m.

“We start mandatory early packing down the track at 6 p.m.,” she said. “Then, we can start the hot laps a little before 7 p.m., and then begin the heat races right at 7 p.m. Still, you never know with a dirt track.”

Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, even with the extra laps. Ages 9-17 are $6, and children 8 and under are free.

Although the regular season ends tonight, fans can still come out to Dixie through September.

The awards ceremony, children’s bike race championships and a full race program will be held Sept. 7. Fall championships will be held a week after that, and the Monster Truck Nationals will be at the track Sept. 20-21. Racing at Dixie will wrap up Oct. 5 with the Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout.

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