Dixe Speedway points racing begins Saturday night
by Emily Horos
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Though Dixie Speedway has been open for a handful of weeks, the Woodstock dirt track’s first night of points racing will take place Saturday. It will begin a frenetic pace of racing at the track that will continue through October.
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Though Dixie Speedway has been open for a handful of weeks, the Woodstock dirt track’s first night of points racing will take place Saturday. It will begin a frenetic pace of racing at the track that will continue through October.
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Dixie Speedway will hold the first points race of its 45th season Saturday, kicking off weekly racing that will last through October.

The Woodstock dirt track held the first race of 2014 a few weeks ago with its spring championships, but Saturday’s races will be the first that count toward the drivers’ points standings.

Track spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said part of what makes Dixie special is that it holds weekly races in the Super Late Model division. She said they are the only track in the Southeast that offers weekly races, and drivers from surrounding states are starting to take notice. Swims-Green said Dixie has had drivers make the trip from Alabama and Tennessee.

“We expect to have a lot of drivers out because they will be tuning their cars up for the Ray Cook Spring Nationals on May 10,” Swims-Green said. “Of course, we are excited about the first points race of the season, but we are also excited about getting ready for the spring nationals.”

In addition to the Super Late Models, fans will see a full lineup of Steel Head Late Models, Crate Late Models, Pony Stocks, Super Bombers, Econo Bombers and Cruisers.

An average of 110 cars take the track each night.

Saturday will also marks a marathon of sorts for the Swims family, as the track will — weather permitting — host races every weekend except the Fourth of July. Add races at the Swimses’ track in Rome, and there is never a day off.

“There aren’t many local tracks that have the support that Dixie does, and that are able to do that,” Swims-Green said. “I think that it is exciting for us because we have been able to have a points fund, which is unheard of in local racing. Usually, that is just for the series that travel around, like the World of Outlaws and the Lucas Oil Series. For a local track to provide that is a big incentive, and I think that is why our car counts have been so high.

“We feel that, by increasing the weekly prize, we will pull in more traveling drivers, like we used to, and not just the locals. We can increase our car count in that way and give the fans more to see.”

Swims-Green said that because the track has been around so long, and many of the employees come back year after year, they run a smooth ship.

“We all know the drill by now,” she said. “We are excited about the season with the record number of cars that we had a practice. We really feel like it’s going to be a great season. I think that Dixie provides such a unique entertainment experience. It’s a live event and you never know what is going to happen.”

The gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, with racing to begin around 7 p.m.

Grandstand tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for ages 9-17, and children 8 and under are free. Tailgating and pit passes are available for an additional fee.
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