Dixie Speedway kicks off big weekend of racing
by Emily Horos
June 14, 2014 12:02 AM | 2111 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dixie Speedway will open its gates this evening at 5 p.m. in preparation for its weekly dirt racing program.

While there is not a special event taking place at the track this week, fans will be able to take advantage of $12 grandstand admission for adults.

Track spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green emphasized the ticket price after several weeks of Dixie hosting special events, which bump up the cost of admission. For the price of admission spectators can watch thes driver during practice, heat races and finally the feature. This week fans will be treated to the Street Cruiser Championship.

“It’s a big championship for them,” Swims-Green said. “Those are the cars that two drivers are used to drive them and it’s such a big event. Those drivers and their families are just as dedicated to racing as our Late Model drivers.”

With Street Cruisers, one driver steers, while the other operates the pedals. Successfully circling the track requires teamwork between the two.

Nearly every week of the season Dixie holds a championship for one of its racing classes. These special events shine a spotlight on a different class each week and give the drivers something extra to compete for. Each class has at least one championship during the season in addition to the Spring Championships and Fall Championship that Dixie offers each season.

“We think that is one reason we can keep our car counts up,” Swims-Green said. “Each division gets at least one championship during the season and some of them get two.”

Swims-Green hopes the pattern of rain takes a break this weekend. Dixie hasn’t been able to hold races in consecutive weeks at all this season. After racing last week, Swims-Green is concerned when she sees more showers forecasted for tonight.

“We were hoping this year would not be like last year when we battled the weather all year,” Swims-Green said. “Sometimes over the years, we have seen it get into this pattern where it is like this through the weekends. We will be anxious for that front to move on out for a while.”

Tonight’s races at Dixie kickoff a weekend of action for the Swims family, which also owns the Rome Speedway. Races will be held at Rome on Sunday night.

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