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Dale McDowell Dominates Dixie; Eldora Speedway Next

September 10th, 2015

Welcome, North Carolina – Dale McDowell enjoyed an extra-special, Labor Day weekend by piloting his Team Dillon Racing #17m Warrior/ECR Racing Engine Super Late Model to a $3,000 triumph on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway.

Team Dillon Racing made the trip to Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) on Saturday night with Dale McDowell behind the wheel. In the Super Late Model division, Dale found excellent results. Recording the quickest time in qualifying, McDowell earned the pole position spot for the A-Main. Cruising to the 40-lap victory, Dale McDowell bagged his 2nd victory on the 2015 season.

“We had a great night at Dixie,” said McDowell. “Our team is really clicking well right now, and I’m excited to now be heading to Eldora next weekend.”

Full results from this event are available at www.DixieSpeedway.com .

Team Dillon Racing will roll into the historic Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) this weekend, September 10th-12th, for the 45th Annual World 100. McDowell, who won the 2005 edition of the event, will look to add another globe to the trophy case. Both Thursday and Friday will see programs headlined by twin $5,000-to-win events, while Saturday night’s program will culminate with the $48,000-to-win finale. For more information on the event, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com .

Team Dillon Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors marketing partners including Warrior Race Cars, ECR Engines-Chevrolet, National Boiler Service, Ferris Commercial Mowers, Bad Boy Buggies, BruceLowrie.com Chevrolet, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, University of Northwestern Ohio, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Bass Pro Shops, Robust Energy Drink, Cain, Cometic Gaskets, DOW, FK Rod Ends, Mastersbilt Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, TWM, All Star Performance, Turbo Start, FSR racing supplies (Level 3-product) Brinn Transmissions, Hoosier Tire, Wiles Driveshafts, Weld Racing Wheels, Butlerbuilt Seats, GW Performance, Mark IV ATV’s, Racing Optics, Winters Rearends, QuarterMaster, Sweet Manufacturing, Peterson Fluid Systems, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Team Dillon Racing please visit www.TeamDillonRacing.com .

Motor City Racing Promotions Set To Promote First Major Short Track Racing Event At Dixie Motor Speedway

June 27th, 2015

Rochester Hills, Michigan–Motor City Racing Promotions (MCRP) has been a force in the motorsports world during the winter months operating and promoting the widely popular Midwest Indoor Racing Series throughout the state of Michigan since the 2014 season. For the 2015 campaign, MCRP will exercise their professional experience in auto racing by taking their expertise outside and promoting the Dixie 100 Presented by JEGS.com. President Scott Menlen and Administrative Manager, Laura Tucker have been diligently working and have succeeded in bringing Champion Racing Association (CRA) Powered by JEGS to Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday, July 10th.

“We are all very excited to continue our working relationship with Champion Racing Association. Dixie Motor Speedway is a perfect facility; it’s a fun track to drive and a great track to watch a race.” offered Motor City Racing Promotions Founder / President, Scott Menlen. “We are proud to be a part of bringing the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour back to Birch Run, Michigan. We’ve been successful with our Midwest Indoor Racing Series events during the winter and the time is right to step up into the outdoor summer side of auto racing.” he added.

For the first time since the 2013 racing season, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance returns to the Tri-Cities area and will headline the night with the running of the Dixie 100 Presented by JEGS.com. In three previous appearances, 2013 Tour Champion, Cody Coughlin, now a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver was the last victor during his championship winning season. Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year title contender and 2012 Tour Champion, Daniel Hemric won during his championship run in 2012. Chicagoland veteran, Eddie Hoffman won the inaugural JEGS/CRA race in Birch Run, Michigan in 2011.

In addition to the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the Spartan Speedway based Michigan Legends Series will be taking on the Whittemore Speedway Legends on neutral ground for the first time on the Dixie Motor Speedway’s ⅓ mile flat oval. Plus Pure Stocks from the neighboring tracks of Auto City Speedway, Owosso Speedway and Whittemore Speedway will all come together for a grueling grudge match pitting the cars and stars from all three tracks together in one place.

There will be a special practice day slated for Thursday, July 9th and is open to all competitors who are racing the following day. The pit gates will open at 3:30p.m., and rotating practice for all divisions will go from 4:30-7:30p.m. Pit passes for the open practice day will be $20.00. Then on race day, Friday, July 10th, the pit gates will open at 12:00p.m., while the grandstands gates will swing open at 5:00p.m. For a complete Schedule of Events and for more event information visit: www.dixie100.com.

Dixie Motor Speedway is located conveniently off of I-75 in Birch Run, Michigan. The smooth 4/10 semi-banked oval provides great racing action that can be seen under the brightest track lights in the State of Michigan. New aluminum grandstands, additional restrooms and a spacious concourse makes this facility a favorite for fans and drivers alike. Dixie Motor Speedway sits between two great family friendly tourist destinations, the Birch Run Prime Outlet Mall and Michigan’s Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth.

Motor City Racing Promotions, based in Troy, Michigan was founded in 2014 to be the new sanctioning body of the Midwest Indoor Racing Series. The first race, for what is now Michigan’s premier touring series during the winter months, was held at the Perani Arena and Event Center in Flint, Michigan on November 3rd, 2012 under the direction of MGM Motorsports.

Also in 2014 and in addition to sanctioning Midwest Indoor Racing Series events, Motor City Racing Promotions (MCRP) began providing staffing services for the Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan. In 2015, MCRP coordinates race day operations in addition to providing an officiating staff for both the Dixie Motor Speedway and the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Lane Automotive.

To learn more about Motor City Racing Promotions, the sanctioning body for the Midwest Indoor Racing Series as well as the Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour and events throughout the state of Michigan, email MCRP Founder / President, Scott Menlen at smenlen@motorcityracing.co. You can also log onto the Dixie 100 Presented by JEGS.com website which is located at: www.dixie100.com. You can also follow Motor City Racing Promotions on Facebook for all Dixie 100 information as well at: www.facebook.com and searching for “Motor City Racing Promotions”.

Cody King Races to First Career Super Late Model Win at Dixie

May 11th, 2014

McDonough, Georgia – Cody King might be a rookie in the Super Late Model ranks, but he didn’t look like one on Saturday night in a Weekly Racing Series event at Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia), where he powered his #62 CKM/Husqvarna/Tricon Tool Inc./GELM/Rocket Super Late Model to his first win of not only the 2014 season, but also his first win in the division!

Eighteen entries registered for battle, and King started the night by setting quick time to lock into the pole position for the feature. As the main event went green King bolted to the lead and never looked back on his way to the triumph, which came over Luther Jenkins, TJ Alford, Johnny Chastain, and Doug Stevens.

“My team and my sponsors have given me a great ride for this season, and I felt like we would get some wins this year, but to win this quick is just amazing,” an elated King said. “I can’t thank my family, sponsors, crew, and fans enough for their support. Hopefully this is the first of many wins to come this season!”

Complete results from the event can be found at www.DixieSpeedway.com .

This Saturday, May 10th the team will look to go after another victory as they return to Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) for a $3,000-to-win program with the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals. For more information on the event, please visit www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

Cody King Motorsports would like to thank their 2014 supporters which include Husqvarna, Tricon Tools Inc., K&S Steel, Extreme Mulch, S&W Machine Shop, Georgia Environmental Landscape & Maintenance (GELM), Turf DR, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on the team please visit the team’s official website at www.CodyKingMotorsports.com as well as the Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/CodyKingMotorsports .

Cody Coughlin Has a Perfect Night at Dixie Motor Speedway 17-Year-Old Wins the Dixie 100, Pole Award and is the New Point Leader

June 11th, 2013

DELAWARE, OH – So far in 2013, 17-year-old Cody Coughlin has been crossing numerous achievements off his on-track to-do list. Friday night, the Ohioan struck another big checkmark onto his resume with his first-ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win. A season that saw his first-ever Late Model victory in February and all top-six finishes in various series since witnessed another highlight moment Friday. Coughlin passed Mike Stacy with just seven laps remaining in the Dixie 100 presented by JEGS and held off the pack en route to his first JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour series victory at Michigan’s Dixie Motor Speedway.

It was about as a perfect night a driver could have at a short track. Not only did he win the main event, he also was the fast qualifier and left the track as the point leader in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. “It is awesome,” Coughlin, the 2011 JEGS Tour Rookie of the Year, exclaimed after the race. “I fell back to third on the last restart and battled with
Landon Cling for second. Once I got by him, I was able to chase down Mike Stacy and get the W. I couldn’t have done it without the hard work and dedication from my crew and family. This one means a lot to everyone associated with this Team JEGS No. 1 car.”

Most of all, JEGS was the presenting sponsor for the Dixie 100. “I am so proud to bring home the JEGS trophy for our 350-plus employees at JEGS,” Coughlin exclaimed. “We could not have scripted a more perfect night than this.” Coughlin made his first appearance at the top of the leaderboard after a daring three-wide pass under Jimmy Novak and Josh Nelms with 30 laps to go to take the lead. After he took the lead, Novak and Nelms got together to bring out a caution.

“It is hard to pass in a Crate (engine) Late Model, you need a lot of momentum,” Coughlin said. “I saw an opportunity going down the backstretch while Novak and Nelms were battling for the lead. I drove it in there and came out of turn four with the lead.” On the restart, Coughlin would fall back to third, but he dug in his heels and started to work his way back to the front.

“That restart was a little rough,” added Coughlin. “That got me a little upset, but I just got focused to get back to the front. I was so focused, I am not sure if my crew chief Nick Easton or my spotter Scott Wimmer was saying anything to me. I wanted to get the lead back.” On lap 76, he would get by Landon Cling to take over second and begin to real down Mike Stacy for the lead.

With nine laps to go, Coughlin caught up to the back bumper of Stacy and two laps later he made the pass for the lead once again. This time, he wasn’t looking back. “I got up to Stacy’s bumper and I could see he pushing real bad. So I stuck my nose in there, gave him a little tap on the door to let him know I was there, got by him and drove away for the win.”

Coughlin proved he was the fastest car all day. Earlier, he won his first fast qualifier award with a time of 15.360 seconds (94.750 mph). He would draw a four for the invert and start on the outside of the second row. “I have to thank the good Lord for everything,” Coughlin said. “I am very blessed to have him on my side, especially with the night we had.”

Coughlin had a solid crew behind him for the win. This includes Freddie Query (Consultant/Chassis Specialist), Nick Easton (Crew Chief), Scott Wimmer (Spotter), Kevin Hamlin, Dave Holt, Jeremy Wilburt, and Tony Collier (crew members).
“We practiced with the goal of getting the car setup to race. So for us to get fast time was a bonus and we got a good starting spot for the race.”

Coughlin was also encouraged by the reception he and his team received from the fans. “The fans were great and it was cool that they cheered for a Buckeye in Wolverine country. It was incredible to see many waving their yellow JEGS hats in the stands. It was awesome to celebrate it with my crew and my family. My dad was at the car and there was water flying everywhere. Plus, it was cool to see my biggest fan, my sister Kennedi, be the first one to greet me in victory lane. My mom, Di, was almost in tears. We got our first fast time award, our first win and we are leaving here with the points lead. Can’t ask for a better night.”

Coughlin and his Team JEGS race team hope to continue their top-ten streak on Friday, June 14 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

Mother Nature wins Race for Rescue Night at Dixie Motor Speedway.

July 20th, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan -Mother Nature paid a visit to the Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday, July 17th and brought with her a heavy dose of showers forcing Dixie Officials to cancel PACK THE GRANDSTANDS / Race for Rescue Night. This is the second weekend in a row that Dixie has succumbed to Mother Nature.

With the cancellation, the Dixie Motor Speedway re-shifts focus to the next race on the schedule as on Friday, July 24th, it will be Eastern Michigan Food Drive / Classic Car Night as the Wieland Contracting Modified will once again attempt to run Double Features as they try to make-up there rained out feature from June 19th.

Also on the card will be the Top Notch Motorsports Pro Late Models who will be co-headlining the exciting short track racing action on the ultra-fast 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked d-shaped paved oval with the Modifieds.

Racing on the 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval will be the Speedway Graphix Street Stocks and RacingPartSales.com Bombers while the Checkered Flag Promotions Figure 8s will close out the evening on the inner Figure 8 track. The Teamtech Motorsports Sportsman will have the night off.

For the fans in the grandstands, as part of the Eastern Michigan Food Drive portion of the night, bring Five (5) canned food items with you to the ticket window and receive $2.00 off your Grandstand Admission in support of the Eastern Michigan Food Bank.

In addition, for the Classic Car portion of the evening, there will be a parade of Classic Cars, Trucks, and Bikes around the 4/10s mile at intermission. This is your chance to bring out your Muscle Car, Classic Truck ,or Bike and show it off to the auto racing community. The Classic Car Show begins at 5:00p.m., in the North parking lot and will run until 7:15p.m.

On Friday, July 24th, the Pit Gates will open at 1:00p.m., Rotating Practice starting at 3:00p.m., while the Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying will go at 5:30p.m. Racing gets underway at 7:30p.m.

Grandstand Admission Prices are: Adults (18-59): $12.00 – Seniors (60 and Over): $10.00 – Students (13-17): $8.00 – Kids (6-12): $5.00 – Children (5 and Under) are always FREE. Pit Passes are $25.00.

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the website at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

By Matt Prieur and Chris Fobbe – Dixie Motor Speedway

Dixie Motor Speedway prepares for PACK THE GRANDSTANDS / Race for Rescue Night on Friday, July 17th with Seven (7) Big Features.

July 17th, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan –This Friday, July 17th will be a very special day at the Dixie Motor Speedway as it will be the PACK THE GRANDSTANDS / Race for Rescue Night Presented by the Rescue Mission of Saginaw and Good Samaritan Resuce Mission of Bay City!

Both Rescue Missions are teaming up with Dixie Motor Speedway, Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, S.C. Johnson, and Kokomo’s of Saginaw for a very special night to remember.

Dixie Motor Speedway is offering up the Ultimate Dixie Challenge; Dixie Motor Speedway will donate $5,000 to the Rescue Missions if the attendance in the grandstands on July 17th exceeds 2,500 people! So show your support on a very special night for a great cause!

As for the action on the track, it’s action packed to say the least as there will be SEVEN (7) Big Features amongst the six divisions within the Weekly Local Racing Series highlighted by the Wieland Contracting Modifieds as they will run Double Features to make up for there June 19th rainout.

Joining the Modifieds will be the Top Notch Motorsports Pro Late Models and Teamtech Motorsports Sportsman on the 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked d-shaped paved oval while the Speedway Graphix Street Stocks and RacingPartSales.com Bombers will tackle the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval. The Checkered Flag Promotions Figure 8s will close out the big show on the inner Figure 8 track!

During Intermission, Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan is putting on a celebrity Go-Kart Race to raise money and awareness for homeless families and individuals seeking shelter in Mid-Michigan as Six (6) Local Celebrities will be racing Go-Karts provided by Kokomo’s of Saginaw on Dixie’s front stretch during intermission to raise money for the Rescue Mission of Saginaw and Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City.

Those celebrities competing in the Celebrity Go-Kart Race include;
Dan Armstrong from WEYI-TV25
Vicki Hill from HOT 107fm
Jody K. from 94.5fm The Moose
Ken Horn- Michigan State Representative and Defending Race Winner
Ryan Slocomb from WJRT-TV12
Adam Shilling from WHEELZ 104.5fm

These celebrity racers will appeal to there colleagues, family, and friends to donate towards there efforts. The starting line-up will be determined by who raises the most money prior to July 17th, as Fans can get in on the celebrity go-kart race too as fans can”Join the Celebrity Race “PIT CREW”

Help your favorite go kart racer win the pole position! For $50.00 you receive:
1. Entry to a great night of short track racing
2. Entry to theV.I.P. Suite
3.A great buffet meal with your celebrity
4. Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
5. Drawings for great door prizes
6. Preferred seating
7.An 8×10 color picture with your celebrity and their “CREW”
8. Picture on the track at trophy presentation if your driver wins
9.A great night of family entertainment!!!!

*** Call: 1 (989) 752-6051 and ask for Brenda to purchase your tickets today***

On Friday, July 17th, the Pit Gates will open at 1:00p.m., Rotating Practice starting at 3:00p.m., while the Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying will go at 5:30p.m. Racing gets underway at 7:30p.m.

Grandstand Admission Prices are: Adults (18-59): $12.00 – Seniors (60 and Over): $10.00 – Students (13-17): $8.00 – Kids (6-12): $5.00 – Children (5 and Under) are always FREE. Pit Passes are $25.00.

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the website at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Seven different Feature Winners kick off the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend at Dixie Motor Speedway.

May 31st, 2009

 

21 Nick Clemens - Mt, Morris, MI - Modifieds Feature Winner for May 22nd.Birch Run, Michigan –It was Kids Bike Night and Civil Servant Night at the Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan as there were seven big features to kick start the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend in the state of Michigan. Up first was the Street Stocks 25-lap Make-Up Feature that was rained out on May 15th. The Make-Up Feature was the first event of the night on the 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval right after the National Anthem. Montrose, Michigan veteran, Al Boitel Jr., took the lead from pole-sitter, Bob Robinson on Lap Seven (7) and it was all Boitel Jr., from there.

 

The driver of the Red Wing Shoes Chevrolet held off Curtis Hayden and Jason Hitsman to score his first Feature Win of the 2009 season. Hayden settled for second while Jason Hitsman, Chris Stearns, Mike Vandecar, Maverick Morrow, Ed Newman Jr., Bob Robinson, Rob Sullivan, and Josh Hahn completed the Top 10.

 

As for the regularly scheduled racing events of the night, the 30-lap Pro Late Models Feature rolled out as the first feature of the night on the 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked paved d-shaped oval as Bridgeport, Michigan veteran, Mark Klein in his Schaefer-Bierlin Dodge of Frankenmuth Dodge took the lead from Joe Hodgeson Jr., on Lap 16 and led the final 14 laps en route to his first Feature Win of the 2009 racing season.

 

Marty England came home second while Ken O’Connor was third over Schaefer-Bierlien Dodge of Frankenmuth Hard-Charger of the Race for the second time in a row, Mark Welch, who started 20th and finished Fourth. Joe Hodgeson Jr., completed the Top Five.

 

Two-Time Owosso Speedway Track Champion, Tony Hoose picked up a sixth place finish while Two-Time Defending Track Champion, Ed Doutre Jr., Opening Night 2009 Feature Winner and Three-Time Track Champion, Chad Bennett, Lonnie Saumier, and Fast Qualifier, 16-year-old Blake Childers rounded out the Top 10.

 

Childers, the 2008 Rookie of the Year, was the fastest of a stellar 20 Pro Late Models in Qualifying as he turned a 16.180 while Rick Osborn Jr., and Bryan Renner scored heat race wins.

 

The Modified 30-lap Feature was next as 2005 Dixie Motor Speedway Modifieds Track Champion, Nick Clemens passed outside front row starter, Rick Wiecorek on Lap 19 and from there, the Mt. Morris, Michigan stand out in his Fairhaven Auto Parts Chevrolet cruised to his first Feature Win of the 2009 racing season.

 

Wiecorek held on for second while Jeff Reamer, Dave Christensen, and Mike Luberda Sr., were the Top Five. Rod Laney was sixth and was followed by Two-time Defending Track Champion and Opening Night 2009 Feature Winner, Chuck Silva who was seventh as Gavin Hunyady, Don Gilbert, and Matt Severn completed the Top 10.

 

Ken O’Connor, who was pulling double duty in both a Pro Late Model and Modified, set fast time in the Mods with a 15.946, just 0.042 seconds off the track record, which is a 15.904 set by Donny Matteson Jr., back on July 21, 2006. O’Connor also won his heat while Severn took the other heat race win.

 

As for the 25-lap Sportman Feature, Defending Track Champion, Kevin Harder drove around early race leader, Joe Cunningham with 10 laps to go and the Bay City, Michigan driver in his Roach’s Lawn Care Chevrolet went on to score his first Feature Win of the 2009 racing season.

 

Harder had to fight off teammates, Cunningham and New Track Record Holder, Don Riley to score the hard fought Feature Win. Chet Allen was fourth and was followed by last week’s Feature Winner, Chris Stearns, who completed the Top Five. Tony Basalone was sixth as John Forsythe III, Scott Dann, Gary Shank Jr., and Dennis Roys finished off the Top 10.

 

Earlier in the day in qualifying, Riley broke the Track Record previously held by Harder as Riley went a 17.184 in Qualifying,
beating the track record, which was a 17.250, by 0.066 Seconds. Cunningham and Allen picked up Heat Race Wins.

 

The final Feature of the night on the 4/10s mile was for the visiting Great Lakes Super Cup Series as Morgen Baird grabbed the lead from pole-sitter, Aaron Langlois on Lap Three (3) and the Grass Lake, Michigan driver held off the advances of Dave Wilson and Dave Harrison to pick up the Feature Win in the 25-lap Feature.

 

Wilson finished second as Harrison, Jesse Thatcher, and Todd Wilfong were the Top Five. Langlois was sixth as Fast Qualifier Trent Jensen, Scott Swem, Nick Byrne, and Freeman Hotchstetler completed the Top 10.

 

Jensen established the Great Lakes Super Cup Series Track Record on the 4/10s mile with a 19.763 in Qualifying over a 15-car field. hatcher and Baird picked up the Heat Race Wins.

 

The Great Lakes Super Cup Series returns to Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday, June 19th as paer of Kids Carnival Night at the races. The third and final appearance by the Otsego, Michigan based series will be on Friday, September 4th as they join the Auto Value Super Sprints on the 4/10s mile.

 

On the adjoining 1/3 mile, the Street Stocks returned for their second feature of the night as Defending Street Stocks Track Champion, Ed Newman Jr., passed pole-sitter, Josh Hahn on Lap 11 of the 25-lap Feature and the driver of the Zervan Masonry Chevrolet scored his first Feature Win of the season and first victory since an off-track accident that left the New Lothrop, Michigan driver in a wheelchair for the majority of this past winter!

 

Hahn finished a career high second in his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle while Curtis Hayden, Maverick Morrow, and Rob Sullivan were the Top Five. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame driver, Jay Woolworth finished a strong sixth earning the Schaefer-Bierlin Dodge of Frankenmuth Hard-Charger award while Fast Qualifier Jason Hitsman, Dewey Romans, and two rookies, Jake Caverly and Aaron Spearling finished off the Top 10.

 

Hitsman was the Fast Qualifier for the night with a 16.540 while Bob Robinson and Newman Jr., scored the Heat Race Wins.

 

To complete the night, it was Round I of the Sport Stocks Local Series as Jeremy Snellenberger started on the outside of the front row held off a late charge from veteran, Darren Bohne and steered his Trans by Snellenberger Dodge into victory lane to win.

 

The driver from near-by Bridgeport, Michigan went on to lead all 15 laps from his outside front row starting spot and scored the win in the Sport Stocks Local Series Round I Feature as Bohne came home in second place. Andrew Shelton, Tim Cummings, and Fast Qualifier / Heat Race Winner, 14-year-old Jake Thompson completed the Top Five.

 

Thompson established the Sport Stocks Track Record with an 18.417 around the 1/3 mile and also won the heat. The Sport Stocks Local Series Round II is set for Sunday, June 7th.

 

The next event on the 2009 Dixie Motor Speedway calendar is set for Friday, May 29th as it’ll be Church Youth Group Night and Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (M.A.R.F.C.) Night. There will be a Fastor Pastor Race and any 2009 member of the M.A.R.F.C. who show their membership card will get in for FREE!

 

Highlighting the night will be the Weekly Local Racing Series Bombers and Figure 8s who will both run Double Features! In addition to their regularly scheduled events for May 29th, both divisions will make uptheir May 15th Features that werelost due to Mother Nature. Bombers will run Twin 20-lap Features while the exciting Figure 8s will race Twin 15-lap Features.

 

Also in attendance and making their first of two appearances during the 2009 racing season will be the Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Michigan Legends Series as they participate in the Michigan Spring Regionals Day I. The following day, the Michigan Legends Series will head to Dixie’s sister track to the Southwest, Owosso Speedway for the Michigan Spring Regionals Day II.

 

Joining the Michigan Legends, Bombers, and Figure 8s on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval will be theStreet Stocks while the Pro Late Models, and Modifieds willall take on themain 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked paved oval. Sportsman will have May 29th off.

 

Every Friday night, the Pit Gates Open at 1:00p.m. Rotating Practice begins at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:30p.m., and Racing will get the green flag at 7:30p.m.

 

General Admission for May 29th is; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

 

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the track website at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

 

By Matt Prieur and Chris Fobbe – Dixie Motor Speedway

Eight Features on tap for Church Youth Group Night / Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night at Dixie Motor Speedway.

May 31st, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan– The next event on the 2009 Dixie Motor Speedway calendar is set for Friday, May 29th as
it’ll be Church Youth Group Night and Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (M.A.R.F.C.) Night at the speedway. There will also be a Fastor Pastor Race and any 2009 member of the M.A.R.F.C. who show their membership card will get in for FREE!

Eight Big Features are on tap and highlighting the night will be the Weekly Local Racing Series Bombers and Figure 8s who will both run Double Features! In addition to their regularly scheduled events for May 29th, both divisions will make up their May 15th Features that were lost due to Mother Nature. Bombers will run Twin 20-lap Features while the exciting Figure 8s will race in Twin 15-lap Features.

Also in attendance and making their first of two appearances during the 2009 racing season will be the Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Michigan Legends Series as they participate in the Michigan Spring Regionals Day I. The following day, the Michigan Legends Series will head to Dixie’s sister track to the Southwest, Owosso Speedway for the Michigan Spring Regionals Day II.

Joining the Michigan Legends, Bombers, and Figure 8s on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval will be the Street Stocks while the Pro Late Models and Modifieds will take on the 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked paved oval. Sportsman will have this Friday off.

Every Friday night, the Pit Gates Open at 1:00p.m. Rotating Practice begins at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:30p.m., and Racing will get the green flag at 7:30p.m. General Admission is; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the website at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Bennett, Eddy, Stearns, and Mother Nature take Speed Dating Night wins at Dixie Motor Speedway.

May 20th, 2009

50 Chad Bennett - Caro, Michigan. Pro Late Models Feature Winner for May 15, 2009.Birch Run, Michigan – It was Opening Night 2009 Part II / Speed Dating Night at the historic Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday, May 15th as threatening skies and cold temperatures hung around all evening long with Mother Nature eventually visiting the Birch Run, Michigan speed plant.

 

The 2009 debut of the Pro Late Models were the first feature of the night as A strong field of 18 were on hand for their 30-lap feature. Modifieds graduate, Joe Hodgeson Jr. and Adam Rowe sat on the front row and as the green flag flew, three-time Track Champion, Chad Bennett, would pull an amazing move, ducking beneath both Hodgeson Jr., and Rowe to take the lead on lap one.

 

Bennett would begin to pull away quickly, but two-time defending Track Champion, Ed Doutre Jr. found himself right on Bennett’s back bumper just prior to the 1/2 way point of the race. The two drivers would be glued to each other until lap 20, when Doutre Jr., slipped by to take the lead. His lead would be brief however, as Bennett regrouped and drove right back by and retook the lead on lap 23.

 

Bennett wouldn’t look back as the Caro, Michigan driver in his B-C Auto Repair Chevrolet went on to take the Pro Late Models first feature of the season. Doutre Jr., would come home second with two-time Owosso Speedway Pro Late Model Champion, Tony Hoose in third as Welch earned the Schaefer and Bierlin Dodge Hard Charger of the race award with his 17th to fourht place run in his severely damaged ride. 2008 Rookie of the Year, 16-year-old Blake Childers came home in fifth.

 

Mark Klein, Curt Genow, Adam Rowe, Jim Hardy, and Rick Osborn Jr. rounding out the Top 10. Doutre Jr., set fast time with a lap measured at 16.143 while 17-year-old Mark Wilcox and Bennett took the heat race wins.

 

The only other feature conducted on the fast 4/10s (0.400) mile
progressively banked paved oval was the Sportsman 25-lap affair. Jimmy
Novak and Gary Shank Jr. lead the field down to the green flag and it
would be the 16-year-old Novak leading the opening lap. Chris Stearns
quickly worked his way through the field from his fourth starting spot
and took over the top spot by lap two.

 

Chet Allen and defending track champion, Kevin Harder would be all over Stearns, but Stearns would hold them off lap after lap. Coming down to take the checkered flag, Allen would make one more last ditch effort to get by the Davison, Michigan driver .

 

As hard as Allen tried, it just wasn’t too be as Stearns in his Stearns M-15 Garage Chevrolet would fight off the advances of Allen to go on and win his first Sportsmen feature of the season.

 

Harder would come home second and earn the Schafer and Bierlein Hard-Charger of the Race Award while opening night feature winner, Don Riley was third.Novak got the fourth spot as Allen rounding out the top five. Riley was the fast qualifier for the second night in a row with a 17.276 while Gary Shank Jr., brought home the heat race win.

 

For the Modifieds it was a bit of a throw back to yesteryear as they were next and lined up to the do battle on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval for the first time since the end of the 2002 season for Round I of the Modifieds Short Track Series, a four race series for the Modifieds on Dixie’s short track.

 

17-year-old C.J. Harsen and 2003 Modifieds Track Champion, Matt Szecsodi sat on the front row for the 30-lap feature and it would be Szecsodi jumping out to take the lead on lap one. Travis Eddy, the son of seven-time ASA National Tour Champion, four-time Dixie Super Late Models Track Champion, and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer, Mike Eddy, would make an amazing run to the front and found himself on on Szecsodi’s back bumper just five laps into the feature.

 

Eddy would eventually sneak under Szecsodi in turn three and would emerge from turn four the leader on lap eight. Eddy wouldn’t look back, as the Midland, Michigan stand out, who was behind the wheel of Dan Wieland’s #88 Wieland Contracting Chevrolet checked out on the rest of the field en route to the Feature Win in Round I of the Modifieds Short Track Series and earning the Schaefer and Beirlein Dodge of Frankmenmuth Hard Charger of the Race Award in the process!

 

Birch Run’s own, Robbie Johnson, in a rare appearance in a Modified, finished second while three-time Modifieds Track Champion, Todd Matheson nipped Fast Qualifier, Buck Harsen at the start / finish line for third. Szecsodi completed the Top Five. Harsen set fast time on the 1/3 mile with a lap of 15.532 while Eddy took home the heat race win.

 

As the 20-lap Bombers feature was all set to roll out onto the track, the skies opened up and Mother Nature let her wrath be known, forcing Dixie officials to postpone the Street Stock, Bombers, and Figure 8 features.

 

Before the rains came, Defending Street Stocks Track Champion, Ed Newman Jr., set fast time with a 16.370 while Dewey Romans and Maverick Morrow won heat races. The Street Stocks 25-lap feature will be made up this coming Friday May 22, 2009.

 

In the Bombers, opening night feature winner, Jeff Roethlisberger Jr., out qualified the 22-car field with a 17.973 while Mike Wines, Chad Congdon and Gerry Persails, Jr. took the heat races.

 

The Figure 8s do not Qualify or run Heat Races, they draw for their starting postions in their 15-lap Feature during the Drivers Meeting. The Bombers Feature as well as the Figure 8 feature will be made up on Friday, May 29, 2009.

 

The next event on the 2009 schedule will see the 2009 debut of the Sport Stocks Local Series and Great Lakes Super Cup Series on Friday, May 22nd on Kid’s Bike Night / Civil Servant Night.

 

FRONT WHEEL DRIVE Four and Six-Cylinder machines from around the state will invade Birch Run, Michigan for their first race of a five-race series in a series specifically designed for what is traditionally a “beginners” division at most race tracks in the country.

 

The Otsego, Michigan based Great Lakes Super Cup Series are 1/2 scale NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and will be making their first of three appearances of 2009 to Dixie.

 

Also on the card will be the Pro Late Models, Modifieds, and Sportsman who will all join the Great Lakes Super Cups on the 4/10s mile while the Street Stocks will team up with the Sport Stocks Local Series on the adjoining 1/3 mile for another very exciting six in one show!

 

In addition, the Street Stocks will also be racing in twin 25-lap Features as they will make up there rained out Feature from May 15th. The Street Stocks make-up 25-lap Feature will be the first race of the night! The Weekly Local Racing Series Bombers and Figure 8s will have the night off on May 22nd.

 

In addition, it’s Kids Bike Night and Civil Servant Night. All of the younger fans of Dixie will get a chance to win a brand new bike. Also all Civil Servants (Police, Fire, E.M.S.) who show their I.D. will get into the races for absolutely FREE!

 

Every Friday night, the Pit Gates Open at 1:00p.m. Rotating Practice begins at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:30p.m., and Racing will get the green flag at 7:30p.m.

 

General Admission for the Weekly Local Racing Series events throughout the season on regular race nights are; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

 

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the website as well at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Opening Night Wins at Dixie Motor Speedway go to Silva, Riley, Hitsman, Roethlisberger Jr., and Burton.

May 12th, 2009

 

Chuck Silva - Livonia, Michigan. Modifieds Feature Winner.Birch Run, Michigan – Dixie Motor Speedway has officially wrapped up Opening Night 2009 Part I / Ladies Night as a solid 75-car field was on hand for the week delayed Season Opener to begin the 61st anniversary season at the Birch Run, Michigan speed plant and to also help celebrate the Mother’s Day holiday weekend as well. The Modifieds kicked off the year with their 30-lap Feature as Two-Time Defending Track Champion, Chuck Silva started on the pole along-side Rick Wiecorek and the two veterans brought the field to the green flag for the first feature of the 2009 season in front of a loud and boisterous crowd on hand. Wiecorek led the first two laps before Silva slipped back by to take over the top spot on Lap Three.

 

Silva would then have to fend off the challenges of Dave Christensen and Larry Wallace, but the Livonia, Michigan veteran was up to the task as he steered his Hamilton’s Propane / Chevrolet into victory to win the first feature of the new season and begin his quest for a “three-peat”

 

Christensen fended off Wallace to finish second while Wallace, Fast Qualifier Travis Eddy, and Mike Luberda Sr., completed the Top Five. Ken O’Connor, Timmy Near, Nick Clemens, Zach Klingston, and Wiecorek rounded out the Top 10.

 

Eddy recorded the first Fast Qualifier Award of the season as he toured the 4/10s mile progressively banked D-shaped paved oval at a 16.069 while Silva and Wallace picked up the heat race wins. The Sportsman rolled out next for their 25-lap Feature as Chris Stearns started on the pole along-side Chet Allen, and it would be Stearns beating Allen to the first corner to take the early lead.

 

Stearns tried to run away from the rest of the field, but Fast Qualifier Don Riley quickly worked his way up to second from his fifth starting spot and began applying heavy pressure to Stearns, who was pulling double-duty with the same car as he would later race in the Street Stocks Feature on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval.

 

Riley pulled up along-side Stearns as the crossed flags signal was given and for the next seven laps, Riley rode around the outside of Stearns until finally completing the pass on Lap 22. Riley wasn’t to be denied once he grabbed the lead in his Steven’s
Cycle / Chevrolet as the Bay City, Michigan veteran, the 2008 Runner-Up in the Sportsman division, would start 2009 off right with the feature win. Stearns settled for second while Allen. 2008 Track Champion Kevin Harder, and Joe Cunningham were the Top Five.

 

Dennis Roys was sixth and was followed by Dale Malusi, Gary Shank Jr., Jimmy Novak, and Brad McGeathy Jr., who finished off the Top 10. Riley was the fast qualifier with a 17.354 as Novak and Cunningham each picked up a heat race victory.

 

The Bombers started things off on the 1/3 mile with their 20-lap Feature and it would be a caution filled and attrition plagued Feature that featured both good news and not so good news. The not so good news was that there were a record Nine (9) cautions in the race that took over an hour to complete! The good news was that there was a record Eight ( 8 ) lead changes as well in a very exciting Feature!

 

When all was said and done, 20-year-old Jeff Roethlisberger Jr., the 2006 Rookie of the Year, made the final pass that counted the most as the Saginaw, Michigan driver re-passed Fast Qualifier C.J. Davis for the final time on Lap 13 and from there, it was Roethlisberger Jr., climbing from his Turn One High Performance Steering / Chevrolet to accept the accolades of winning a Feature on Opening Night.

 

Davis was second while Anthony Jurek, Charlie Thom, and Andrew Burton survived to complete the Top Five. Defending Track Champion Rob Kern was sixth as he was chased across the line by Cam Hiltz, Joyce Derminer, Ricky Casey, and 2008 Rookie of the Year Chad Congdon who finished off the Top 10.

 

Overall, four drivers traded to lead back and fourth amongst each other as those drivers were; Thom, Kern, Davis, and Roethlisberger Jr. Davis was the fastest of 23 Bombers on hand with a 18.122 while Jamie Crandell, Derminer, and Thom all scored heat race wins.

 

The final oval track race of the night was the 25-lap Street Stocks Feature with Al Boitel Jr., and Josh Hahn showing the way to start things off. Boitel Jr., would pace the field for the first eight laps until a hard-charging Jason Hitsman drove by on Lap Nine.

 

Only one caution slowed things down on Lap 20 and as the green flag flew, second place, Curtis Hayden mounted up a late race charge at Hitsman but to no avail as Hitsman pulled away in his Mike Young Pontiac-GMC-Buick / Chevrolet and crossed the start / finish line first to give the Millington, Michigan veteran the first Street Stocks Feature Win of the season.

 

Hayden finished second while Defending Track Champion Ed Newman Jr., was third in his first start since an off-track accident in September of 2008. Maverick Morrow was third while Hahn and Rob Sullivan were the Top Five.

 

Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Jay Woolworth was sixth and was followed by Mike Vandecar, Tim Lahar, and Jeff Onweller who completed the Top 10. Chris Stearns was the fastest qualifier on the 1/3 mile as he went a 16.409 while Lahar and Sullivan won heat races.

 

The Figure 8s 15-lap Feature closed out the night as Anthony Williams and Mike Wines brought the field to the green and it would be Wines leading the first lap until Figure 8s veteran, Ray Derminer drove by to take the lead on Lap Two.

 

Derminer tried in vain to pull away but Charlie Thom and Andrew Burton wouldn’t let him get too far out in front as on Lap eight, Thom drove by to take the lead, bringing Burton with him. Four laps later, it was Burton who got by Thom to take the lead.

 

Burton would then pull away from the pack in his Performance Auto / Chevrolet as the Flint, Michigan drive would take home the Figure 8s Feature over Thom and Derminer who finished second and third.

 

Wines was fourth while Williams, Don Dennie, C.J. Davis, Ricky Casey, Troy Shinabarger, and Gerry Persails Jr., were the Top 10. There is no Qualifying or Heat Races for the Figure 8s division as the teams draw for their starting position in the Feature during the Drivers Meeting.

 

Opening Night 2009 Part II / Speed Dating Night is next on the 2009 schedule and is set for Friday, May 15th as the first round of the Modifieds Short Track Series will highlight the evening as the Mods will go “old school” with a four-race series on the 1/3 mile. It’s also Speed Dating Night at the track as a $25.00 Pass in the luxury suite will give fans a chance to meet their sweetheart while watching some exciting short track racing.

 

Also on the card will be the 2009 Season Opener for the Weekly Local Racing Series Pro Late Models as they’ll be joined by the Sportsman on the 4/10s mile (0.400) Progressively Banked D-Shaped Paved Oval mile.

 

The Modifieds Short Track Series will join the Street Stocks and Bombers on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval and the Figure 8s will once again close out the night with an exciting Feature on the inner Figure 8 track to wrap up the huge six in one show! Every Friday night during the racing season, the Pit Gates will open at 1:00p.m. Rotating Practice begins at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:30p.m., and Racing will get the green flag at 7:30p.m.

 

General Admission for the Weekly Local Racing Series events throughout the season on regular race nights are; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

 

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the website at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Ladies Night to kick off the 2009 racing season on Opening Night Part I at Dixie Motor Speedway.

May 9th, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan -Opening Night 2009 will be celebrated twice at Dixie Motor Speedway for the 2009 racing season as Part I is set for Friday, May 8th as it will also be Ladies Night at the track as the 61-year-old facility will help celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend.

On the track the Weekly Local Racing Series Modifieds, one of two co-headlining divisions throughout the regular season, will headline Opening Night Part I / Ladies Night and will join the Sportsman on the 4/10s mile (0.400) Progressively Banked D-Shaped Paved Oval.

The Street Stocks and Bombers will also be in action on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval and the Figure 8s will close out the night with an exciting Feature on the inner Figure 8 track.

As for Ladies Night festivities, all Ladies in attendance can go up to the Luxury Suite and be pampered throughout the night, while watching some exciting short track racing, for just $25.00.

All Ladies will be taken care of by two of the area’s Premium Salons; Allure’a of Frankenmuth, Michigan and Kim Christensen’s Octane Beauty Salon of Clio, Michigan. Both fine establishments will spoil you rotten with 10-Minute Pampering Samplings, plus there will be massage chairs, mini manicures and hair styles all planned to try.

We Deliver the Fun of Frankenmuth, Michigan will be on hand for Fantasy Eyes and Glamorous Temporary Tattoos. If that isn’t enough, there will be Coffee Tasting from Harvest Café, Salsa Taste Testing from Tupperware and Mary Kay Cosmetics available, so try a sample and feel your best.

So Guys treat your Special Lady and / or Daughters, or Girls, treat yourself, You Deserve It! Experience all of this while enjoying
exciting stock car racing from high up top in the Luxury Suite!

To get your pass to the very special treat, which would make a great Mother’s Day present, just walk up to the ticket window on the far right for your HOT PINK Rockauto.com wrist band. You can get all this for only $25.00.

Opening Night Part I / Ladies Night will be the second attempt for new Promoters, Jeff and Pam Parish and Checkered Flag Promotion Inc., to kick off the 2009 racing season, there first at the Birch Run, Michigan speed plant after a successful 13-year run by the Kern Family, after Mother Nature ruined the planned festivities on May 1st,

The second co-headlining division during the 2009 season, the Pro Late Models were already scheduled for the night off on May 8th, so they’ll begin their 2009 racing season on Friday, May 15th as part of Opening
Night Part II / Speed Dating Night!

A $25.00 Pass in the luxury suite will give fans a chance to meet their sweetheart in the comforts of the Luxury Suite while watching some exciting short track racing.

Also that night will be the first round of the Modifieds Short Track Series as the open-wheeled machines will go “Old School” with the first of a four race series on the tracks inner 1/3 mile oval.

Also on the card that night will be the Sportsman on the 4/10s mile while the Street Stocks and Bombers will also be in action on the 1/3 mile and the night will be capped off by the Figure 8s for an exciting six in one show.

Every Friday night during the racing season, the Pit Gates will open at 1:00p.m. Rotating Practice begins at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:30p.m., and Racing will get the green flag at 7:30p.m.

General Admission for the Weekly Local Racing Series events throughout the season on regular race nights are; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also visit the new website at:
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Opening Night 2009 Part I now set for Friday, May 8th on Ladies Night at Dixie Motor Speedway.

May 4th, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan– Opening Night 2009 was all set and ready to go at Dixie Motor Speedway on Friday, May 1st, unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas as scattered rain showers and a forecast for more of the same as well as a treacherous pit area
due to the week-long showers that hit the Birch Run, Michigan area earlier in the week forced Dixie Officials to Postpone Opening Night 2009.

Opening Night 2009 will now be celebrated twice as Part I is now set for Friday, May 8th as it will also be Ladies Night at the track! For $25.00, all Ladies in attendance can go up to the Luxury Suite and be pampered throughout the night. This will be the second attempt for new Promoters, Jeff and Pam Parish and Checkered Flag Promotion Inc., after a successful 13-year run by the Kern Family.

On the track the Weekly Local Racing Series Modifieds and Sportsman will take on the 4/10s mile (0.400) Progressively Banked D-Shaped Paved Oval mile while the Street Stocks and Bombers will be in action on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval and the Figure 8s will once again close out the night with an exciting Feature on the inner Figure 8 track.

The Pro Late Models were already scheduled for a night off on May 8th so they will begin their 2009 racing season a week later on Friday, May 15th as part of Opening Night Part II / Speed Dating Night! A $25.00 Pass in the luxury suite will give fans a chance to meet their sweetheart while watching some exciting short track racing. Also that night will be the first round of the Modifieds Short Track Series as the open-wheeled machines will go “Old School” with the first race of a four race series on the tracks inner 1/3 mile.

Also on the card that night will be the Sportsman on the 4/10s mile while the Street Stocks and Bombers will also be in action on the 1/3 mile and the night will be capped off by the Figure 8s.

Every Friday night during the racing season, the Pit Gates will open at 1:00p.m. Rotating Practice begins at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:30p.m., and Racing will get the green flag at 7:30p.m.

General Admission for the Weekly Local Racing Series events throughout the season on regular race nights are; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the Dixie Motor Speedway website at: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

A new era kicks off the 2009 racing season at Dixie Motor Speedway this Friday, May 1st.

May 1st, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan – Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan is ready to kick off the 2009 racing season and it
all begins this Friday, May 1st as it will be the first official race night under new Promoters, Jeff and Pam Parish and Checkered Flag Promotion Inc., after a successful 13-year run by the Kern Family.

A full show of Pro Late Models and Modifieds, who will share co-headlining honors all season long, will headline Opening Night 2009 and kick off the tracks 61st anniversary season while the Sportsman will join them on the fast 4/10s (0.400) Mile Progressively Banked D-Shaped Paved Oval.

In addition, Street Stocks (Formerly Factory Stocks) and Bombers will take on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval while the Dixie Figure 8s will race on the inner Figure 8 track completing an exciting six in one show to kick off the 2009 season.

Coming into the 2009 season opener, Ed Doutre Jr., is the Two-Time Defending Pro Late Model Track Champion. The Swartz Creek, Michigan driver will have his hands full in his efforts to “Three-Peat” in 2009 as an expected strong field of pilots including former Track Champions, Chad Bennett and Mark Welch.

In addition, former champions from other facilities such as Tony Hoose and Ken O’Connor will be vying for the 2009 title as well! Former Track Champions in other divisions at Dixie will also have a say in the outcome of the 2009 Championship and they include Curt Genow and Joe Hodgeson Jr.

2008 Rookie of the Year, 15-year-old Blake Childers looks to take that next step up the ladder and compete for the 2009 title while veterans, Marty England, Mark Klein, Bernie Murphy Jr., Lance Troyer and others will all be in the hunt.

A strong group of rookies are led by another 15-year-old, Hanna Christensen while Street Stocks graduate, Kenny Ford, Road Racing specialist, Al Jacobson, and 17-year-old Mark Wilcox will also battle it out for the freshman title.

In the Modifieds division, all eyes are on another Two-Time Defending Track Champion, Livonia, Michigan veteran, Chuck Silva who, like Doutre Jr., will also be vying for the “three-peat” in another very competitive division.

Former Track Champions galore will battle with Silva every weekend including Eight-Time Track Champion, Tony Brabbs. Also Nick Clemens, Scott Lamp, Todd Matheson, and Larry Wallace, all former champions, will all be competing for another title at Dixie and making an already strong division, that much tougher this season!

A solid core of drivers in search of their first track championship at Dixie who have titles elsewhere are led by rising star, Travis Eddy, the son of seven-time ASA National Champion, Mike Eddy. In addition, Ken O’Connor, who’s pulling double duty in 2009 in both a Pro Late Model and Modified will also have a say while Dave Christensen and Mike Luberda Sr., will also be in competition all season long.

The Rookie crop for the Modifieds is strong in 2009 as former Four-Cylinders Champion at near-by Owosso Speedway, Scott Quaal comes in as the pre-season favorite while former Sportsman and Bombers competitor, Timmy Near will make the jump into the Modifieds division in 2009. Dirt graduate, Jeff McKenzie hopes to make a quick transition to the pavement while Kevin Koerner adds to a strong group of freshman.

In the Sportsman division, Defending Track Champion, Kevin Harder will lead the field while former Dixie Track Champion, Don Riley looks to dethrone the fellow Bay City, Michigan pilot in what has become one of the more popular and fastest growing divisions within the Weekly Local Racing Series.

Up and coming stars and established veterans looking to make noise in 2009 includes; 2008 Rookie of the Year, Dennis Roys as well as Chet Allen, John Forsythe III, Jon Giffel, Dale Malusi, Julian Fluty, Adam Rowe, Tony Basalone, Joe Cunningham, and 15-year-old Jimmy Novak.

Throw in wildcards such as Curt Olar, Gary Shank Jr., Dan Engel, and this division will be one to watch for sure! Rookies looking to add to an already competitive division include 57-year-old Brad McGeathy Sr., as well as Drew Goodrich.

On the 1/3 mile oval, the top division on the smaller track, the Street Stocks (Formerly Factory Stocks) will see all eyes on Defending Track Champion, Ed Newman Jr., who’s now recovered from an off track accident that left him in a wheelchair throughout the winter months.

The New Lothrop, Michigan driver will have to shake off the rust as well as compete with the likes of 71-year-old Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer, Jay Woolworth, who’s in search of his first career track title and perhaps is staring straight at his best chance at one in his 50-plus year racing career!

Al Boitel Jr., is another veteran looking for a championship while Veteran Mike Vandecar returns to the drivers’ seat after some time off. Rising stars such as Chris Stearns, Josh Hahn, and rookies like Jake Caverly and Aaron Spearling will all be in action and looking at dethroning Newman Jr.

The rough and tumble Bombers division see Robert Kern back to defend his 2008 Track Championship. But the Mt. Morris, Michigan driver will be facing the likes of 2008 Rookie of the Year, Chad Congdon as well as 2007 Rookie of the Year, Jeff Roethlisberger Jr.

Street Stocks Runner-Up in 2008, Cam Hiltz will step into a Bomber this season and give Kern all he can handle while Anthony Jurek, Bob Kern Jr., Jordan Lechota Gerry Persails Jr., and others will make this a fun division to watch all season long.

The Rookies are plentiful with Aaron Hiltz, Mark Lozuaway, and 59-year-old Rick Casey leading the freshman. Casey’s son, Ricky Casey, although not a rookie in this division, is also a threat every week.

Finally in the Dixie Figure 8s, which features the tracks Bombers division utilizing the inner Figure 8 track, Defending Track Champion, Jordan Lechota is back to defend his crown against the likes of Figure 8s veterans, Ray Derminer, John Hitsman, and Gerry Persails Jr.

Throw in the likes of 2008 Runner-Up, Scott Platz, 2008 Bombers Champion, Robert Kern, as well as Bob Kern Jr., Ricky Casey, and C.J. Davis, and this class will be exciting to say the least.

Every Friday night during the racing season, the Pit Gates will open at 1:00p.m. Rotating Practice begins at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:30p.m., and Racing will get the green flag at 7:30p.m.

General Admission for the Weekly Local Racing Series events throughout the season on regular race nights are; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

On Special Sunday events, the Pit Gates will open at 12:00p.m., with Rotating Practice set to begin at 2:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates swing open at 4:00p.m., with Qualifying going at 4:30p.m. Racing is set for 6:00p.m.

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the Dixie Motor Speedway website at: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Figure 8s Drivers Meeting is Still On at 7:45p.m

April 24th, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan – For the third time in three tries, Dixie Motor Speedway Officials are once again forced to cancel the Tuesday Night Test and Tune scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st due to Rain Showers, Cold Temperatures, and even the possibility of Snow Showers!

As has been the case with the Tuesday Test and Tune cancellations, the Drivers Meetings scheduled for those days have gone on as scheduled and thie Tuesday is no exception. The Fifth Drivers Meeting of the 2009 racing season, this one for the Weekly Local Racing Series Figure 8s division, is STILL ON and is scheduled for 7:45p.m., at the Tech Building located in the pit area behind Turn Three (3).

The Third Test and Tune of the year is now set for Friday, April 24th from 3:00p.m.-7:30p.m., with the pit area closing at 9:00p.m. This is the FINAL Friday Test and Tune of the 2009 season and is open to any and all competitors from any division and / or any traveling series.

Grandstand Admission for all Test and Tunes is absolutely FREE. Test and Tune Pit Passes are $15.00 per person and Dixie Motor Speedway will provide dinner for free with your pit pass!

The Birch Run, Michigan speed plant has designated the month of April as Test and Tune Month! These Practice Sessions, now just Two (2) left, includes One (1) on a Friday (April 24th) and One (1) on a Tuesday (April 28th), are all that remain before the 2009 Season Opener on Friday, May 1st.

Tuesday Test and Tunes at Dixie will now begin on April 28th and then continue to run every Tuesday from 3:00p.m.-7:30p.m. After April 17th, there will be One (1) more Friday April Test and Tune on April 24th. At all Dixie Test and Tunes, ALL Engines will be shut down at 7:30p.m.

(NOTE: All April Test and Tunes are subject to the conditions of the Grounds. Dixie Officials will make a determination on those conditions on each Test and Tune Day.)

As for the 2009 Drivers Meetings, these meetings are designed to discuss related items pertaining to each division that will race on a regular basis during the 2009 racing season. Dixie Officials and Staff will be on hand to conduct the meetings and answer any questions. All Drivers Meetings will be held in the Tech Building located in the pits behind Turn Three (3).

The schedule for the remaining Weekly Local Racing Series Drivers Meetings is as follows:
Figure 8s – Tuesday, April 21st – 7:45p.m.
Sportsman – Friday, April 24th – 7:45p.m.
Sport Stocks Local Series – Tuesday, April 28th – 7:45p.m.

The official Opening Night of the 2009 season will be on Friday, May 1st with a full show of Pro Late Models and Modifieds, who will share co-headlining honors all season long. In addition, the Sportsman will join them on the fast 4/10s mile progressively banked paved D-shaped oval.

In addition, the Street Stocks (Formerly Factory Stocks) and Bombers will take on the adjoining 1/3 mile semi-banked paved oval while the Dixie Figure 8s will race on the inner Figure 8 track completing an exciting six in one show.

General Admission for the Weekly Local Racing Series events throughout the season on regular race nights are; Adults – $12.00, Seniors / 60 and over – $10.00, Students (13-17) – $8.00, Children (6-12) – $5.00 and Kids Five (5) and Under are absolutely FREE. Pit Passes on regular race nights are $25.00.

Every Friday night during the regular season, the Pit Gates will open at 1:00p.m., with Rotating Practice set to begin at 3:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates swing open at 5:00p.m., with Qualifying going at 5:30p.m. Racing is set for 7:30p.m.

On Special Sunday events, the Pit Gates will open at 12:00p.m., with Rotating Practice set to begin at 2:00p.m. The Grandstand Gates swing open at 4:00p.m., with Qualifying going at 4:30p.m. Racing is set for 6:00p.m.

For more information, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the Dixie Motor Speedway website at: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Dodge and Dixie Motor Speedway to team up for a film production at the track!

April 9th, 2009

Birch Run, Michigan – Dixie Motor Speedway is very excited to announce that the historic 61-year-old facility has been selected by Dodge and a film production company to be the backdrop for a one of a kind event.

On Saturday, April 11th from 3:00p.m – Dusk, film crews will be filming a spot with a NASCAR and Auto Racing theme in an effort to launch a nationwide publicity campaign for Dodge that will begin later this Spring and Dixie Motor Speedway is inviting everyone out to be a part of this video spot!

The film production crew is making a casting call for anyone that wants to come out and appear in the Grandstands for this video! Admission is absolutely FREE; however, a monetary donation to the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation is certainly appreciated.

The film company has selected some of the Weekly Local Racing Series drivers that will race every Friday night at Dixie Motor Speedway to appear in this video. Some of these drivers and teams have been selected as crew members for a NASCAR Pit Stop sequence in this video.

This is a one of a kind experience and you could say you were the very first to see it. The excitement of professional filming in short track racings’ backyard and a way race fans can pitch in and help the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation at the same time is a very noble cause.

The Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation supports the children of Mid-Michigan when they are in a time of great need. Since 1997, and thanks too donations of over $500,000 has been raised to help with life-threatening diseases and other critical needs of over 700 families and organizations that help children

Johnny Burke and his Johnny Burke & the Morning Crew radio show can be heard weekday mornings from 5:00a.m.-9:00a.m. on 96.1 FM – WHNN based in Saginaw, Michigan and is a part of the Citadel Broadcasting Family of radio stations.

96.1 FM is the home of “All Classics All The Time”. For more information about the Johnny Burke Foundation, log onto the 96 WHNN-FM website at: www.whnn.com

Keep tabs on the Dixie Motor Speedway website for a list of drivers and staff that will appear in this film production. For more
information about this exciting opportunity, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778 or 1 (989) 709-6113. You can also log onto the Dixie Motor Speedway website at: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series Registration is Now Open

March 25th, 2009

(Grease Monkey Graphics Photo) The 2009 Registration Form for the Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series is now available! Please fill out the following forms; “2009 Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series Registration” and “2009 Driver Profile Sheets”Once both of those are filled out completely, send them in, with payment (Make Checks Payable to: Checkered Flag Promotion Inc.) to the following address:

 

 

Checkered Flag Promotion Inc. / Attn: Pam Parish
10945 Dixie Highway
Birch Run, Michigan 48415

 

 

For the 2009 Registration Forms and Driver Profile Sheets, click on the link provided and then scroll down to the appropriate forms: http://www.dixiemotorspeedway.com/track-info/rules
The three-race series begins on June 12th with a brand new event on the Dixie schedule; The 1st annual East VS West Shootout 100. The second race of the series is one of the biggest traditional races in the country; The 44th annual Dixie Classic 100, which is set for Friday, July 10th.

 

 

The third and final jewel of the Triple Crown will be part of the BIG ONE VII on Friday, August 7th with the Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series. The Outlaw Super Late Models will decide the 2009 Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series Championship with the running of the 7th annual All-American Smackdown 100.

 

 

Dixie Motor Speedway has designated the month of April as Test and Tune Month! These Practice Sessions, Seven (7) in total including Four (4) on Tuesdays and Three (3) on Fridays, will kick off the 2009 racing season.

 

 

These April Test and Tunes will give all teams that plan on racing in the Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series plenty of opportunity to get acclimated, or in some cases, re-acclimated to the Birch Run, Michigan speed plant for the upcoming season.

 

 

Beginning on Tuesday, April 7th with the start of the all new Tuesday Nights Test and Tunes, each Tuesday Test and Tune in April will be followed by a Friday Test and Tune beginning on Friday, April 10th.

 

 

The Friday April Test and Tunes will be conducted on April 10th, April 17th, and April 24th from 3:00p.m.-7:30p.m., with the Pits Closing at 9:00p.m. (NOTE: All April Test and Tunes are subject to the conditions of the Grounds. Dixie Officials will make a determination on those conditions on each Test and Tune Day.)

 

 

Tuesday Test and Tunes at Dixie will continue to run every Tuesday night ,once the season starts, from 3:00p.m.-7:30p.m. At all Dixie Tuesday Test and Tunes, ALL Engines will be shut down after 7:30p.m.

 

 

All Dixie Motor Speedway Test and Tunes are open to any and all competitors from any division and any traveling series. Test and Tune Pit Passes are $15.00 per person and Dixie Motor Speedway will provide dinner for free with your pit pass!

 

 

The 2009 Dixie Cup Triple Crown Series Registered Drivers List will be updated as they come in or are taken care of during the April Test and Tunes.

 

 

You can keep track of those 2009 Registered Drivers as well as remaining numbers available by clicking on the link provided:
http://www.dixiemotorspeedway.com/news-a-articles/11-official-track-news/108-2009-registered-drivers-list
For the complete 2009 Dixie Motor Speedway Schedule, click on the link provided: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com/track-info/schedule

 

 

For more information about the 2009 racing season at Dixie Motor Speedway and to inquire about how to be a part of the upcoming campaign in terms of sponsorship opportunities, please call: 1 (989) 624-9778. You can also log onto the tracks’ website at: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

 

 

By Matt Prieur – Dixie Motor Speedway

Hantz Wins Dixie Classic

September 13th, 2008


A great crowd was on hand for the 43rd Annual Dixie Classic 100 on Saturday, Sept 6th at Dixie Motor Speedway. It was an awesome night for racing as the Auto Value Super Sprints and Port City Racecars Dixie Cup Series were back in action, presented by Michigan Cat.

The Outlaw Super Late Models of the Port City Race Cars Dixie Cup Series were led in qualifying by David McManus with a 14.539. 22 cars took to the grid for the Dixie Classic with local favorite Jay Reinbold on the pole and Scott “Hurricane” Hantz on the outside. At the green, Hantz got the jump and began to build a lead as Canada’s Jerry Artuso was holding off previous Dixie Cup winners Mike Root and John Grega. Later in the event, things were really stacking up behind Artuso when Grega got into the back of Root, bringing out the yellow with about 35 laps to go. Root could not continue and Grega, with cosmetic damage to the nose of his Port City machine, dropped out a few laps later. 3rd fast qualifier Dakota Carlson was working his way through the field and made a late race charge to reel in Hantz but the Angola hotshoe was up to the task as he claimed his first Dixie Cup feature of the year. Carlson settled for second followed by Johnny Vandoorn, Reinbold and John Doering. Grega claimed his 3rd Dixie Cup Series Championship by a mere 11 points over Hantz.

The Auto Value Super Sprints were paced in qualifying by Derek Snyder with a 12.558. Heat races went to Kevin Feeney, Ryan Litt and Jason Blonde. As usual, the Feature was a thriller as Jason Blonde, Kevin Feeney and Ryan Litt did their best to run down Jeff Bloom who seemed to have a handle on things. With a late race restart, Litt kicked in the afterburners and gave Bloom all he could handle as the laps dwindled. In the end, Bloom held on for the win trailed by Litt, Feeny, Blonde and Jeff Banyas.

Rob Kern set the fast time in the Bomber division with an 18.102. Heat race winners were Jacob Caverly and Jordan Lechota. Kern held a 30+ point lead over Anthony Jurek and had only to keep him in sight in order to claim his first Dixie Championship. Jordon Lechota crossed the line first to win the 20-lapper followed closely by Chad Congdon, Jeff Roethlisberger, Jurek and CJ Davis. Lechota failed to pass post-race tech, handing the win to Congdon. Congdon won the battle but Kern won the war as he claimed Track Champion honors.

Tom Bower from Ovid Steel edged the field in the School Bus Figure-8 race. Phil and Bill Ehlert rounded out the top 3.

This Saturday at 7pm, the General RV “Eve of Destruction” is back in action at Dixie as School Bus Fig-8’s, Chain-Gang Races, Crash-Cars and Fig-8 Trailer Races highlight the night’s festivities. Vintage Modifieds, Dixie Race Track Bowling and General RV Weekend Rental Giveaway are also on the ticket. A first-in-a-long-time appearance of One-On-One Spectator Drags ($300 to win, $200 for second) will also thrill the crowd. For more info go to Dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT AT DIXIE

September 6th, 2008

Ed Doutre Jr set fast time in The Bus Stop Inn Pro Late Models with a 16.288. Heats went to Tom Grossman, Tony Callahan and Chad Bennett. Many of the familiar names were battling for the win but in the end it was Rookie of the Year contender Blake Childers outrunning the 22-car field for his first-ever Late Model feature win. Right on his rear bumper was Doutre who claimed his 2nd consecutive Track Championship. Bernie Murphy had a strong run to come home in third followed by Tony Hoose and Danny Leeck.

The Pro Sports Graphics Modifieds were back in action as Tony Brabbs led the field in time trials with a 16.181. Nick Clemens and Ken O’Connor grabbed heat race wins. Jeff Reamer started on the pole with Lansing’s Larry Wallace on the outside for the 30 lap feature. Chuck Silva quickly found his way to the point as things were heating up for 2nd and 3rd. O’Connor was pressuring Wallace for third when the pair made contact, sending Wallace spinning through turn 4. Mike Luberda also got caught up in the spin but could not continue. Silva went on to grab the win and the Championship while Reamer, Wallace, Dave Christensen and Rick Wiecorek rounded out the top 5.

The Drive Train Specialist Sportsman have seen some good numbers the last half of the season and Friday was no exception as 18 cars were on hand for Championship Night. Kevin Harder paced qualifying with a 17.250. Gary Shank and Jon Giffel took heat wins. The duel of the night was between Chet Allen and Don Riley who put on a whale of a show with most of it door-to-door. With just a few laps remaining after a double-file restart, it looked as though Allen would lose the point to Riley who ducked under him coming out of turn 4. Allen got a bit loose, allowing Riley to get along side but the Saginaw hotshoe showed what he was made of as he battled back on the outside to reclaim the lead and the win. Riley held on for 2nd while Harder finished a close 3rd and locked up the the Championship. Adam Rowe and Dale Malusi rounded out the top 5.

Jim Miller Jr. in his first visit to Dixie this season was the fastest of the Wilson’s Marine Factory Stocks at 16.411. Danny Leeck and Maverick Morrow won heats. Point leader Ed Newman Jr. had his hands full with Miller but was able to get the jump on the field as he quickly made his way through the field to claim the point. Miller would not let him out of sight however as the former Champion chased him down and the battle was on. The pair out-raced the 20-car field but the closest that Miller could get was to pull underneath coming off the corner. Newman was up to the challenge as he took the checkered and locked up his Championship. Leeck, Morrow and Cam Hiltz completed the top 5.

Chris Stearns set fast time in the Bomber division as he turned a 17.906. Jamie Crandell, Bob Kern and Craig Bastien won their heats. Ray DerMiner won the Last Chance race. Jeffrey Roethlisberger got out front early and was never seriously challenged in the 20 lap feature. He went on to win his first-ever feature trailed closely by Stearns. CJ Davis came home third followed by Bastien and Anthony Jurek. Rob Kern holds a slim lead over Jurek for the Championship which will be determined this Saturday. Roethlisberger and Stearns failed to pass post-race inspection, handing the win to Davis.

In Dixie Figure-8 action, Scott Platz won the battle over the 15-car field while Jordan Lechota won the war as he claimed Championship honors. Platz took the feature win trailed by Lechota, Ricky Casey, Rob Kern and Lonnie Saumier.

This Saturday night marks the return of the Auto Value Super Sprints, the 43rd Annual Dixie Classic 100 for Super Late Models, Bomber Championships and School Bus Fig-8’s. Racing action begins at 7pm. For info, go to dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

RACERS DODGE RAIN AT DIXIE

August 31st, 2008

“Big Daddy” Mark Welch set fast time in The Bus Stop Inn Pro Late Models with a 16.313. Heats went to Ron Charbeneau and Bryan Renner. Danny Leeck grabbed the early lead in the 35 lap feature which was reduced from 50 laps due to threatening weather. Marty England has had a pretty good August and Friday was no exception as he battled in the front throughout the event until Ed Doutre Jr got by on a restart. Doutre would maintain his advantage as he held off Leeck and England for the win. Bernie Murphy and Mark Klein completed the top five. Of note: Welch and Blake Childers got together on the frontstretch with Welch ending up in the first turn wall, ending his night. Renner debuted his new car and had it going well in the heat; it could be a top 5 car.

The Drive Train Specialist Sportsman were paced in qualifying by Don Riley with a 17.393. Jimmy Novak and Jon Giffel took heat wins. The 25 lap feature got under way as Smokin’ Joe Cunningham took the lead until lap 4 when Giffel took the point. Meanwhile, Riley was working his way through the field from his 7th place starting spot and took over on lap 10. Riley would keep the field in his rear view mirror for the win. Chet Allen had a strong run to come home in 2nd followed by Giffel, Cunningham and point leader Kevin Harder.

Ed Newman Jr. was the fastest of the Wilson’s Marine Factory Stocks at 16.665. Maverick Morrow and Josh Hahn won heats. Jason Hitsman finally got the gremlins off his back as he comfortably took the win over Al Boitel, Cam Hiltz, Hahn and Morrow.

Chad Congdon set fast time in the Bomber division as he turned an 18.004. Jamie Crandell, Jacob Caverly and Anthony Jurek won their heats. Hanna Christensen start on the pole for the 20 lap feature and made the most of it as she ran a flawless race to claim her first-ever feature win. Kyle Maize, Jurek, Lonnie Saumier and Craig Bastian rounded out the top 5. Point leader Rob Kern finished 6th.

In Dixie Figure-8 action, Jordan Lechota took the lead over from Ray DerMiner with 2 to go but ran into problems at the “X” when Ricky Casey got misdirected and the pair got sidetracked through the infield. DerMiner kept it going to come back for the win. Rob Kern, Scott Platz, Lechota and Vic Montrel finished out the top 5.

This Friday it’s Season Championship Night at Dixie with Pro Late Model, Modified, Sportsman, Factory Stock and Fig-8 Champions being decided. Bombers are also on the ticket. For info, go to dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

ASA LATE MODELS INVADE DIXIE

August 18th, 2008

The best of the ASA Late Model Series were on hand as Brett Moffitt out qualified the 27-car field with a 15.403. Things got off to a rough start as pole sitter Trent Snyder was spun out by local favorite Kyle Haden before they reached the flagman. Seven cars were involved in the mishap and would be able to restart after making minor repairs. Jeremy Miller seemed to have the car to beat through most of the caution-filled event but with just a handful of laps remaining, lost the lead on a restart to Michael Pickens. Pickens would be pressured by Championship leader Eddie Hoffman but was up to the challenge as he claimed his first-ever series win. Hoffman was second over Miller, Jason Tyler and Joey King.

Sixteen hotshoes of the USPRO Series were also on hand as they contested their
season Championship. Series regular Josh Nelms paced the field in time trials as he turned a 15.873. With the exception of Scott Melan, the 50-lapper was dominated by Series regulars like Andy Marchiniak who, not only won the season-ending USPRO event, but also claimed Rookie of the Year honors. Menlen finished an impressive 2nd followed by Preston Walker, Nelms and Barry Hartwell. Dave Gentile came home in 6th which was enough to clinch the Series Championship.

Ken O’Connor made his first visit to Dixie in a Modified this season and got off to a good start as he paced the field in qualifying with a 16.199. Rick Wiecorek and Travis Eddy took heat race wins. Joe Hodgeson Jr. made a rare appearance and made the most of it as he led the field to the green. Hodgeson got the jump on Dave Christensen but the Muscle Motors-sponsored machine was all over Hodgeson’s familiar #84 and looked poised to take the lead until he dropped out half way through the 30-lap affair with ignition issues. Travis Eddy made a charge late in the race to take second over Mike Luberda Sr. but laps ran out before he could get by Hodgeson. At the stripe, Hodgeson edged Eddy by half a car length followed by Luberda, O’Connor and Weicorek.

In Wilson’s Marine Factory Stock action, Brian Vandecar set fast time at 16.486. Scott Merrow and Mike Walther were heat race winners. Bill Jaksa started on the pole to begin the feature but Merrow would lead the first half of the 25-lap event. Point leader Ed Newman Jr. did some serious slicing and dicing as he moved through the field from his 9th place starting position to take the point on lap 12.

Newman would not be challenged as he took the win over Maverick Morrow, Josh Hahn and Mike Walther.

Rob Kern was fastest among 23 Bombers with an 18.063. Ricky Casey, Kyle Maize and Jeff Roethlisberger won the heats. Jamie Crandell and Jacob Caverly led the field to the green but it would take only 5 laps for Chad Congdom to grab the lead and continue on for the win. Craig Bastian, Anthony Jurk, Hannah Christensen and Troy Shinabarger rounded out the top 5.

The action continues this Friday as the Bus Stop Inn Bar and Grill Pro Late Models run a 50-lapper while the DTS Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8′s tune up for Season Championships on August 29th. For info, go to dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

Dixie Motor Speedway

August 10th, 2008

On Saturday, the Outlaw Super Late Models of the Port City Race Cars Dixie Cup Series were led in qualifying by Angola, Indiana’s Scott Hantz with a 14.521. 26 cars took to the grid with John Vandoorn on the pole and Harold Fair Jr. on the outside. At the green, Fair got the jump to claim the lead early as Vandoorn and John Grega made a play for the lead. Vandoorn suffered mechanical problems early on, leaving Grega and Fair to mix things up. As Grega finally got by for the lead, Terry Senneker Jr and Ken O’ Conner battled fiercely for the second spot with Senneker getting the edge. Senneker could not reel in Grega as he went on to claim his second Dixie Cup win of the season. O’Connor had an outstanding run for third followed by Mike Root and Steve Needles.

The Auto Value Super Sprints were paced in qualifying by Jeff Bloom with a 12.772. Heat races went to Ike Beasley and Jason Blonde. The Feature was a thriller with Jason Blonde and Kevin Feeney swapping the lead several times as Ryan Litt came through the field. In the end, Litt would make it two in a row as he claimed the popular win. Blonde held on for second over Feeny followed by Jeff Bloom and Scott O’Conner.

Bob Kern set the fast time in the Bomber division with a 17.993. Heat race winners were John Pollion and Jordan Lechota. Anthony Jurek had his best run of the year as he battled with Chad Congdon and stole the lead in traffic. Congdon was second over Kern, Lechota and Jeff Roethlisberger.

Tom Bower from Ovid Steel edged the 8-bus field in the School Bus Figure-8.

In Sunday’s action, the Auto Value Michigan Legend Series made their second stop at Dixie as James Hanson, Randy Gallagher, Levi Rouster and Chance George took heat race honors. 25 cars took the green for the 50-lap National qualifying event. The race was marred by few blown engines that went up in flames but Speedway Safety was up to the task as there were no injuries. After an awesome back and forth battle for the lead and lots of door-to-door action, George got the win over James Hanson, Chris Perry, Bradon Mahony and Kenton Tyler.

Jason Hitsman was fast timer in the Wilson Marine Factory Stocks with a 16.659. Unfortunately, his night ended early in the feature after a two car incident. Josh Hahn and Danny Leeck took Heat victories. Mike Walther got the big win and amazed the crowd as he did 5 back-to-back cartwheels on the front stretch. Point leader Ed Newman Jr. took second after putting together a battle for the lead. He was trailed by Leek, Eddie Hayden and “Captain Cam” Hiltz.

The Destruction part of the night was highlighted by crashes, spins, roll overs, flips and lots of cheers and roars from the crowd. The Chain Gang race was won by Matt and James Hogan while Kyle and Chad Selwig claimed the Crash Car win. Phil Ehlert dominated the School Bus Fig-8 as Jeremy Johnson was flipped by Tom Bower. Dave Burgess won the Figure-8 Trailer race as Tim Missentas destroyed his trailer on the white flag lap to put an exclamation point on the night. The next General RV “Eve of Destruction” is set for Sept. 13th.

Autograph Night at Dixie Motor Speedway

July 31st, 2008

The Pro Sports Graphics Modifieds were back in action as Dave “The Weiner” Christensen picked up where he left off two weeks ago by pacing the field in time trials with a 16.428. Don Gilbert sat on the front row when the green flag flew but did not stay there long as Mike Currie grabbed the lead on lap 4. Currie would not do much better as Chuck Silva wasted little time making his way through the field to take the point on lap 7 with Christensen in tow. It looked like an easy win for Silva but Christensen had other ideas as he worked his way by the point leader on lap 13 only to have Silva steal it back three laps later. This time Silva would hold it for good as he took the win over Christensen, Mike Luberda Sr. Currie and Jeff Reamer. Luberda picked up the win in the heat race

The Bus Stop Inn Pro Late Models had “Big Daddy” Mark Welch with fast time at 16.346. Bernie Murphy and Blake Childers took Heat race honors. Tony Hoose started on the pole for the 30 lap feature and made the most of it as he jumped into the lead ahead of Scotty Watkins. Marty England worked his way into 2nd and began to challenge for the lead when Eric Headley’s motor blew, oiling down the track. After an extended clean up, it was time to go green again but England had a flat and was unable to continue. Meanwhile, Welch was working his way through the 20-car field and Hoose soon found he had company. Welch made numerous attempts but came up short as Hoose held on for his first Dixie Feature win. Ed Doutre got by Watkins for 3rd followed by Curt Genow’s Servpro machine.

The Drive Train Specialist Sportsman had Don Riley pacing the field with a 17.420. Brad McGeathy and Jon Giffel took heat wins. Dennis Roys grabbed the lead to start the 25 lap Sportsman feature as Riley and Kevin Harder worked through the field. Riley got by Roys on lap 8 and was soon battling with Harder. Harder got by Riley after a restart but Riley would return the favor one lap later and this time would go unchallenged for the win. Harder came home in second followed by Julian Fluty, Dale Malusi and Giffel.

In his first appearance of the season, Robbie Johnston set fast time in the Wilson Marine Factory Stocks with a 16.651. Ed Newman Jr. and Will McCallum took heat race honors. Scott Merrow led the first 6 laps of the feature until he cut a tire and Bob Robinson got by. Robinson claimed the win in his first Dixie appearance followed by Maverick Morrow, Mike Walther Eddie Hayden and Cam Hiltz.

Jeff Roethlisberger set fast time among 30 Bombers with an 18.072. Heat winners were Troy Shinabarger, Kyle Maize and Chris Stearns. In the B-Main, Danny Honeysette got spun around in turn 2 of the first lap and took a shot from oncoming traffic. After a lengthy red flag period, he was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures and then released. Shinabarger went on to claim the win followed by Bob Kern, Ricky Dinius Jr., Devon Platz and Scott Platz. Jordan Lechota outlasted the field in the $300-to-win A-Main trailed by Jason Congdon, Stearns, Rob Kern and Anthony Jurek.

In Dixie Figure-8 action, Scott Platz came home with the win followed by Ricky Dinius, Andrew Burton, Rob Kern and Stick Boy Hitsman.

This week it’s a Dixie Double-Header with the “Big One VI” on Saturday, featuring Super Sprints, Outlaw Supers going 100 laps and School Bus Fig-8’s. It’s the General RV “Eve of Destruction” on Sunday at 6pm featuring School Bus Fig-8’s, Dixie Crash Cars, Chain Gang races, Figure-8 Trailer races and more. For info, go to dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

Grega Cruises to Dixie Cup Win

July 28th, 2008

An outstanding field of competitors showed for The Port City RaceCars Dixie Cup Series as Flushing’s John Doering paced qualifying with a 14.559. John has returned to action behind the wheel of the familiar #5 fielded by Zent-Hudson Racing out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Au Gres, Michigan’s Mike Lurberda Jr. sat on the pole and started the race with Johnny Vandoorn on the outside. With just 6 laps into the 100-lapper, Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Famer John Grega took command and set a blistering pace as he ultimately would lap all but 7 of the 22 cars that took the green. It would not be a complete runaway however as Steve Needles would stay within striking distance of Grega. Needles, in only his first Dixie Cup appearance ever (he fell victim to mechanical woes in June and never took the green) stayed glued to Grega’s bumper as the first 76 laps went green. The sole caution was a spin from previous winner, Mike Root that gave drivers a breather as they cinched down their belts for the final 24 circuits. Needles worked Grega on the high side but could not muster enough out of his TAG entry to make the pass and had to worry about Vandoorn on the restart. In the end it was Grega with the win over Needles, Vandoorn, Lubreda Jr. and Doering. Of note: Auburn, Indiana’s Brent Jack suffered mechanical woes before taking the green and Scott Hantz also had some problems late in the event.

Don Riley set fast time Friday with a 17.390 for DTS Sportsman. Heat Races went to Smokin’ Joe Cunningham and Dale Malusi. Curtis Hayden sat on the pole and got the early advantage over the 16-car field. On Lap 10, Chet Allen Jr. assumed the lead followed closely by Malusi and Kevin Harder. At the stripe it was Allen Jr. with the win over Harder, Malusi, Hayden and Riley.

Wilson Marine Factory Stocks were up next with Mike Walther setting fast time at 16.587. “Capt Cam” Hiltz took the heat race win. Josh Hahn showed the way early in the 25-lap Main until Ed Newman Jr. claimed the lead over the Saginaw native. Hahn ran his best race to date as he finished second over Walther and “Rockin” Rob Sullivan who also had an impressive run. Jason Hitsman rounded out the top 5.

Rob Kern was fastest among 23 Bombers with an18.068. Vic Montrell Jr., Jamie Crandell and the “Burtucky Bullet” Chad Congdon claimed Heat race honors. 23 cars started the Main as Kyle Maize jumped into the lead until Jeff Roethlisberger Jr. got by on lap 4. Jordan Lechota has been on a mission all year as he rooted by Roethlisberger 9 laps later. In the end it was Lechota taking the checkered flag over Kern who advanced from his 14 place start. Anthony Jurek was in third over Roethlisberger and Maize.

In Dixie Figure-8 action, Rob Kern started on the pole and ran uncontested for much of the race until Lechota chased him down. At that point the battle was on and with the white flag flying, Lechota had Kern sideways through turn 1 but Kern gathered it in to win by a nose over Lechota. Rick Dinius Jr. ran strong for third followed by “Show Time” Ray DerMiner and Ricky Casey.

This Friday, July 25th it’s Autograph Night at Dixie with the cars and stars trackside between 7 and 8pm. August 2nd it’s the Big One VI highlighted by 100 laps for Outlaw Super Late Models, Super Sprints and School Bus Fig-8’s. The General RV Eve of Destruction returns on Sunday, August 3rd at 6pm. For more details go to Dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

IT’S BACK TO FRIDAY’S AT DIXIE

July 16th, 2008

For the third consecutive year, the event benefited the City Rescue Mission and Good Samaritan House as over $10,000 was raised for area homeless folks. Fans were entertained by great racing action and a celebrity go-cart race which was dominated and won by State Representative Ken Horn. Friday also marked the return of Friday Night Racing at Dixie. With a few exceptions, remaining events will be held on Friday nights. Schedule updates are posted online.

The Bus Stop Inn Pro Late Models started things off with Fenton’s Mark Welch setting fast time with a 16.145. Brad Bilacic, Shawn Anczewski and Marty England took heat race honors. 22 cars answered the call for the 30-lap feature as Tony Hoose assumed the lead until lap 10 when he spun coming out of turn 2, finishing his night early with mechanical issues. On the restart, 2007 track Champion Ed Doutre took the lead with Welch on his bumper and Chad Bennett within striking distance. Welch made a charge during 2 double-file restarts but Doutre was up to the task as he fended off the challenge to claim the popular win. Welch took second followed by Bennett who had strong run in third. Adam Rowe and Blake Childers completed the top five.

In Pro Sport Graphics Modified action, the “Gorilla” Chuck Silva was fast timer with a 16.300. “Pizza Boy” Nick Clemens and “Wiener” Dave Christensen took heat race wins. In the feature, Christensen led the field to the green flag and pulled away from the rest of the field, that is until Silva and the “Wild One” Rick Wiecorek started the march on Christensen. With Silva all over his bumper and Wiecorek in the wings, Christensen held on to claim his first Feature win at Dixie. Silva held off Wiecorek to take second followed by Jeff Reamer and Clemens.

The Drive Train Specialist Sportsman had Kevin Harder set the pace with a 17.397. Leonel Vasquez and Chet Allen Jr. won heat races. Dan Engel held the early lead until lap 5 when Adam Rowe rolled by, bringing Don Riley and Harder with him. 6 laps later, Rowe’s luck would go south while leading as his right rear tire blew, turning him around in turn 1 and 2. On the restart Harder assumed the lead but had his hands full as he and Riley battled side-by-side for the point. When the smoke cleared, it was Harder taking his third feature of the season. Riley settled for second trailed by Smok’n Joe Cunningham, a strong rebound by Adam Rowe to finish fourth over Gary Shank.

The Wilson Marine Factory Stocks made their way onto the 1/3 mile with Flint’s Ed Newman Jr. setting fast time with a 16.561. Rob Sullivan and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Jay Woolworth made their 2008 debut Friday night by taking heat race wins. In feature action, Woolworth started on the pole and wasted no time building a lead as the battled ensued behind him. The green-flag affair worked to the veteran’s advantage as no one could come within striking distance of the Birch Run hotshoe. Woolworth led flag-to-flag as he claimed the popular win. Jason Hitsman took second with “Fast Eddie” Hayden, Newman and Josh Hahn rounding out the top 5.

The Black and Blue Division, the Dixie Bombers, were up next as Jeff Roethlisberger Jr. set fast time over 32 cars with a 17.984 in his familiar T-1. Kyle Maize, Anthony Jurek and Andrew Burton won their Heat races. In the 20-lap B-Main, Maize claimed his second checkered of the night and his first-ever feature. He was closely hounded by Devon Platz, Tom Latty Jr, John “Stick Boy” Hitsman and Jamie Crandell. In the A-Main, Jurek took the lead early and never gave it up, taking his second checkered flag of the night, winning the A-Main. The “Juggernaut” Chad Lamson was a close second trailed by Lonnie Saumier Jr., Jordan Lechota and Hannah Christensen.

Lamson continued his strong showing as he bested the 14-car field in the Fig-8. Tony Williams ran a strong second in his 56 Chevy followed by Scott Platz, Bob Kern and Rob Kern.

This Friday marks the return of the Port City Racecars Dixie Cup Series. The Outlaw Super Late Model pilots will go 100 laps on Dixie’s 4/10-mile oval. Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8’s are also on the card. For more info, go to dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

Eve of Destruction Thrills Dixie Fans

July 11th, 2008

On Friday the alcohol-fueled winged warriors of the Auto Value Super Sprints invaded Dixie, showing fans why they are the world’s fastest short track show. Jeff Bloom set fast time with a blistering 12.812 around the high banked oval. 22 cars took the green flag for the 30 lap feature. With top speeds reaching 150mph, young Canadian hot shoe Ryan Litt picked up the Feature win in convincing fashion with Bloom in pursuit. Troy Underwood, Jason Blonde and Chad Goff rounded out the top five.

The Bus Stop Inn Pro-Late Models were also on the bill Friday night as 2007 Track Champion Ed Doutre set fast time turning a 16.321. The “Spiderman” Tony Calahan, Bernie Murphy and Marty England took Heat race honors. Birch Run’s Danny Leeck led the 20-car field to the green flag. Danny’s lead was short as Robbie Johnson got by on lap 2, only to have Mark Welch take it away 3 laps later. Welch seemed to have it easy for most of the 30-lap affair but Doutre was on the move and gave Welch all he could handle in the closing laps. At the stripe it was Welch holding off Doutre for the win followed by Mark Klein, Scotty Watkins and England.

The Wilson Marine Factory Stocks were up first on the 1/3 mile as Clio’s Kyle Hayden set the pace with a 16.513. It was younger brother “Cool Breeze” Curtis Hayden picking up the Heat win. Cam Hiltz sat on the pole and had a good run as he led much of the 25 lap feature. Ed Newman Jr. worked his way through the field quickly and stretched out a small lead only to have Kyle Hayden reel him in with 2 to go. Newman showed his stuff as he held on to claim the victory over Kyle. Timmy Near finished a strong third followed by Jason Hitsman and Curtis Hayden.

Dixie’s “Black and Blue” division, the Bombers, were also in action as the “Juggernaut” Chad Lamson set fast time with a 17.849. The “Wiener” Dave Christenson, Craig Bastine and Scott Platz won Heats. Christenson led the field of 24cars to the green and held the point for the first 11 laps, that’s when Lamson, who came from eighth, passed for the lead. Lamson held on for the victory and scored another Dixie feature. Christenson was second hounded by Rob Kern. Troy Shinabarger took fourth over Anthony Jurek. Jordan Lechota took the Figure-8 win.

General R.V’s. “Eve of Destruction” was the main attraction Saturday night as a variety of original Dixie events entertained thrill seekers. The Pro Sports Graphics Modifieds and Auto Value Michigan Legend Series were also on the bill.

Pro Sports kicked things off Saturday night with Columbiaville’s Jeff Reamer scoring fast time with a 16.510. 8-time track champion Tony Brabbs picked up the Heat race win while Larry Wallace held off Chuck Silva for the Australian Pursuit. It was Silva who laughed last however, as he claimed the checkered in the 30 lap feature. The “Wild One” Rick Wiecorek had a good run for second trailed by Reamer, Christenson and Wallace.

The Auto Value Michigan Legend Series made their first stop of the 2008 season as Matt Todd set fast time with a 16.478. Tony Monge, Chance Rice and Levi Rouster earned Heat race honors. Rouster crossed the line first in the 30 lap feature. Brandon Mahoney, Chris Perry, Richard Kilbourn and Kenton Taylor completed the top 5.

Dixie’s “Eve of Destruction” is known as the best of its type in the state and Saturday was no exception. Thrill seekers from across the state sold out the show for the fifth consecutive time as they came to witness the “car”-nage and chaos of this spectacular event; a night that’s a cross between short track racing and the circus.

Chain Gang heat races began the destruction as wins went to the teams of Danny Leeck-Justin Williams and Josh DeLong-Tim Rose. Tim and Chad Selvig stayed clear of the twisted metal to take the win in the 12-team feature. The Dixie Crash Cars (one car pushing another) proved even wilder, as Josh DeLong and Tim Rose took the win in the unpredictably hilarious feature.

The School Bus Figure-8′s have been a Dixie mainstay for years and fans witnessed a wild one as Ovid’s Phil Ehlert grabbed the lead with 2 to laps to go. The “Silver Bullet” got tagged in the “X” by brother William Ehlert, sending him over like a derailed freight train across the start finish line to take the win. Phil jumped atop the bus in “Rocky” fashion to the delight of the sold out crowd which screamed their approval.

The final spectacle of the night, The Dixie Figure-8 Trailer Race picked up where the buses left off with 14 sets of vehicles taking to the track. The madness was highlighted by flips, flats and spins and ultimately a huge pile up in the “X” which ended the mayhem. Donny Matteson Jr. survived to take the win.

Dixie’s annual Fireworks Display lived up to its reputation with many saying it was the best one ever. Patriotic music and anthems were the backdrop for the spectacular show which was highlighted by a grand finale that was drowned out by cheers from the crowd.

The next “Eve of Destruction” is scheduled for Sunday, August 3th, so make your plans now. You won’t want to miss it. This week is the 5th Annual Christmas in July, benefiting the City Rescue Mission and Good Samaritan House. Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8’s are in action. For further info go to DixieMotorSpeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

First-Timers Dominate Dixie

June 24th, 2008

The Pro Sports Graphics Modified rolled out in true Modified racing form on the big track. The “Pizza Boy” Nick Clemens out-paced the field by setting fast time with a 16.247. In Heat Race 1, it was Clio’s Chaz Prey crossing the stripe just in front of teammate Matt Szecsodi for the win. Long-time veteran Tony Brabbs took the honors in Heat Race 2. Corunna’s Larry Wallace led the field to the green for the 30 lap Feature. Wallace skated out to an early lead with Jeff Reamer in close pursuit and Brabbs in within striking distance. Initially, traction was hard to find since the rubber was washed off the track due to the rain but by the end of the Feature, things were getting very dicey. The Gorilla, Chuck Silva, started outside row 3 and was marching forward with Clemens in hot pursuit. By halfway, the four racers were in a fierce battle for the lead with Brabbs and Silva side-by-side on the bumper of Wallace, and Clemens was knocking on the back door looking to get in front for himself. At the checkered it was Wallace holding off the duo and picking up the victory, Brabbs held off Silva for second, Clemens was fourth and Reamer rounded out the top 5. Again fans are wowed by great and competitive Modified racing at the Dixie Motor Speedway.

The Bus Stop Inn Bar and Grill Pro Late Models were on stage next as Mark Welch piloted his ride to fast time with a 16.163. It was Rick Crisel and Danny Leeck scoring Heat race wins. Caro’s Chad Benett led the Pro-Lates to the green flag, side by side until Lap 2 when Lance Troyer emerged as leader. Troyer’s ride out front was short lived as Flushing’s Blake Childers rolled by for the lead on lap 5. The fourteen-year old then went on auto pilot in his quest for the win. Meanwhile, Troyer fell backwards as Bennett, Scotty Watkins, and Ed Doutre kept the battle alive for second. On the final lap, Childers’ car began to smoke heavily going down the backstretch, diminishing his lead and putting a victory in jeopardy. The rookie’s engine held together just long enough for him to pick up his first-ever Pro Late Model Feature win. Bennett bettered Watkins by a small margin for second followed by Doutre and Marty England.

The DTS-Drive Train Specialist Sportsman’s saw Don Riley set fast time in the big show with a 17.362. Julian Fluty and Kevin Harder saw checkered flags in Heat Race action. J.P. Malecki led the 14-car field to the green and assumed the point early for the 25-lap feature. Fluty made a strong move to the inside to take the lead on lap 4 and brought Dennis Roys with him for second. 6 laps later, Roys would overcome Fluty to show the way. Roys led until a late race caution doubled-up the field for the restart when David Kirkland got by. Kirkland had sliced his way through the field from his 11th-place starting spot and certainly was on a mission for another checkered flag. Kirkland went on to win a thriller as Harder got by Riley for second, while Roys held off Fluty for fourth.

Dixie’s “Black and Blue” division, the Bombers, saw Anthony Jurek setting fast time with an 18.042. Devon Platz, Ricky Casey, and Rob Kern saw victory lane in Heat races. Greg Hiltz sat on the pole for the Feature and led the first 4 laps until the ”Burtucky Bullet” Chad Congdon, who looked like he was shot from a cannon, got around Hiltz to claim the lead. Troy Shinabarger and C.J. Davis followed but had nothing for Congdon as the rookie went on to claim his first-ever Feature win. Shinabarger held off Davis’ persistent advances for second followed by Jordan Lechota and Rob Kern.

The Dixie “Battle Royal” was back in action again as first time Feature winner Ricky Casey takes the checkered in the Figure-8 race. The “Stick Boy” John Hitsman held off Scott Platz for second. Bob Kern crossed the line in fourth and Davis took fifth.

Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8’s are in action Saturday along with the return of the 4-Cylinder Hornets. July 4 will see the first of 3 Auto Value Super Sprint events and July 5th marks the long-awaited General RV “Eve of Destruction”. For further info go to Dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

Mike “Root”s out a Dixie Cup Win

June 21st, 2008

Toledo standout Harold Fair Jr. steamed rolled his way to fast time with a 14.446. In the Last-Chance race, Ontario’s Donnie Varcoe took the win and transferred to the A-main along with Larry Zent, Gene Quackenbush, Ricky Kargel, Scott Pemberton, and “Rock’n” Rod Laney.

Mike Luberda Jr. led the field to the green behind the wheel of the familiar red #40 fielded by Canadian Tony LeClair. Early on it was side by side racing as the best drivers in the business were not giving an inch to save crucial track position. Luberda was on a roll, advancing his lead with Mike Root in tow and Saginaw’s Steve Sauve in close proximity. Luberda looked to have things in hand but developed an overheating problem and had to make the hard call to drop out after leading the first 63 laps of the 100-lap grind. Root, in his first appearance of the year, inherited the lead and was ready to make the most of it. Meanwhile, round 1 winner Scott Hantz had been working his way through the field in convincing fashion, moving into the third spot when he got together with the lapped car of Chad Bennett, sending Hantz to the rear of the field. Hantz ducked into the pit and came back out with 26 laps remaining as he began his march back to the front. On lap 89, Ken O’ Connor, who had a solid first-time run going, got together with Claude Plante in turn two, bringing out the caution and bunching up the field once again. On the restart, the top five went into overdrive as Root held the lead, Fair Jr., Terry Senneker Jr. and Scott Hantz dragged raced down the back stretch going three wide with Hantz stuffing his car hard into 3 and holding on for the pass to take third. Up front Root was busy holding off Sauve as the former series champion was glued to his back bumper. Root held on for the win while Sauve had a strong run to claim second over Hantz. Senneker had a solid 4th in his first-ever visit to Dixie and Fair Jr. looked like a contender once again as he came home in fifth. With just 21 laps into the event, Varcoe and Zent made contact going into turn 3, sending the pair hard into the retaining wall and causing considerable damage to both cars. Although shook up, the drivers exited under their own power.

The DTS Drive Train Specialist Sportsman was up next with last week’s Feature Winner Don Riley setting fast time with a 17.488. Adam Rowe scored the Heat Race victory. Dennis Roys was on the pole when the green flag flew and he took advantage as he rolled to the early lead. He would not have it for long however as Adam Rowe, who started outside row 2, came hard-charging on the inside of turn four for the lead, bringing David Kirland and Chet Allen Jr. by Roys. In the end, Rowe claimed the popular win while Kirkland, Allen Jr., Roys and John Giffel rounded out the top five.

The Wilson Marine Factory Stocks were first up on the 1/3 mile with Fast time going to “Cool Breeze” Curtis Hayden as he made his first start of the ‘08 season. It was Otisville’s “Capt’n Cam” Hiltz winning the Heat Race. Scott Merrow was on the pole when the green dropped and worked his way to an early lead, but with tight racing, he got loose coming out of four and the “Cool Breeze’ blew by him, in a three wide situation with Merrow and Lonnie Anderson to take the lead. Hayden would not be denied however, as he worked his way from the rear of the field, taking the lead with 7 laps remaining. At the stripe it was Merrow holding off Anderson for second followed by Ed Newman Jr. and Hiltz.

The Bombers, aka as the “Black and Blue Division”, had Chris “Tater” Stearns with fast time of 18.092. Scott Platz, Ray DerMiner and Bob Kern took Heat Race honors. Bob Kern started on the pole in the 20-lap feature but his night ended early after suffering a flat tire in an incident on lap 1. On the restart Rob Kern pick up were Bob left off taking the lead, leading a hard fought battle with Stearns and C.J. Davis in fierce battle for the remainder of the Feature. When the Smoke cleared it was Kern winning the Feature by 2 car lengths. Stearns fought off Davis for second while Jordan Lechota came home in fourth. Point’s leader Anthony Jurek rounded out the top five.

Figure-8 action was as wild as ever with Ray DerMiner holding the early lead. Ray got spun by C.J. Davis, dashing his hopes for the win. Jordan Lechota worked the field to claim another Fig-8 win over Gerald Persails, “Stick Boy” Hitsman, Scott Platz and DerMiner.

This week, Pro Late Models, Mods, Sportsman, Bombers and Fig-8’s will be back in action. July 4th will see the first appearance of the Auto Value Super Sprints and July 5th is the General RV “Eve of

DOOR-TO-DOOR ACTION AT DIXIE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

June 13th, 2008

With threatening storms on the horizon, competitors and track crews moved the show along in order to finish with only minutes to spare before the rain came.

The Pro Sport Graphics Modifieds hit the track first in true Mod fashion; Fast and furious. Rockin’ Rod Laney glided his Mod to fast time Saturday night with a 16.388. In the Four Car Dash it was Clio’s Donny Matteson Jr. crossing the stripe first for a trip the winner’s circle. Mark Abee took the checkered in the Heat. Abee sat on the pole for the feature with Larry Wallace on the outside. When the green dropped, Abee took the point with Wallace in close tow, battling for the lead door-to-door for much of the 30-lap feature. Livonia’s Chuck Silva started in the eighth slot and was on the move and by midway joined the battle for the lead with Abee and Wallace. The threesome fought hard with Silva looking inside and Wallace threatening outside for the last 14 laps. Abee, feeling the heat from the two veterans, held his line and won the battle crossing the finish line for the win. Silva inched out Wallace for second; Jeff Reamer drove his Mod to a fourth place finish, and last weeks feature winner Nick “Pizza Boy” Clemens crossed in fifth. Many stated it was the best Mod feature they have seen in years.

2007 Bus Stop Inn Bar & Grill Pro Late Model Champion Ed Doutre bettered the rest of field in qualifying with a 16.316. Burton’s Rick Crisel took his #91 Pro Late Model to victory in Heat Race #1 while Heat Race #2 went to Scotty Watkins. Birch Run’s Danny Leeck sat on the pole for the 30-Lap Feature leading the field of 16 Pro Late Models to the green. Leeck immediately assumed the lead as Mark Klein took over second spot. Last week’s winner, Mark Welch, started 10th in the affair and began his march forward in quick fashion. With 14 laps remaining, Welch reeled in Klein and Leeck and the battle was on. Welch got by Klein for second then rolled by Leeck, bringing Klein with him for second. From there Welch hit the jets and ran away for his second Feature win for the 2008 campaign. Klein crossed the line in second. Flushing’s Blake Childers got by Leeck to score his second top 5 finish in a row. Leeck held off Tony Hoose for fourth, giving Hoose a fifth place finish. However, the top three finishers failed to pass post-race inspection, handing the win to Leeck for his first feature win of the season, Leeck also graduated from Birch Run High School Friday Night.

The Drive Train Specialist Sportsman hit the track next with point leader Kevin Harder setting the pace with a 17.509. Jimmy Novak blasted his way by “Smokin” Joe Cunningham to earn his first ever trip to victory lane in Heat Race #1 while Adam Rowe won his Heat. Cunningham sat on the front row for the start of the Feature and, when the green flag dropped, the pair made contact coming out of turn 4, sending Cunningham into the turn 1 wall. Then J.P. Malecki, coming from twelfth starting position, made hard contact with Cunningham, ending their night; both racers where ok. Don Riley started from row 5 on the restart and quickly began his way to the front. Dale Malusi was leading with 12 laps to go when David Kirkland, Harder, Don Riley and Chet Allen Jr. freight trained by Malusi giving Kirkland the lead, and three laps later Riley would take it from Kirkland. A safety competition yellow flew for Kirkland to let him know his left year was glowing fire-red but he chose to continue only to have it lock up on the restart. Riley held off the hard-charging Harder for the victory. Allen took third, Jon Giffel and Julian Fluty round out your top five.

The Juggernaut Chad Lamson set fast time in Dixie’s black and blue Bomber division with an 18.056. Devon Platz, current point’s leader Anthony Jurek and Bob Kern took Heat Race wins. Ray DerMiner won the Last Chance race which also transferred Gerald Persails, Andrew Burton and Ricky Casey to the main event. Jeff Roethlisberger and Hannah Christensen sat on the front row for the feature when the green flag flew. Roethlisberger assumed the lead and looked to have things in hand until lap 17 when “Tater” Chris Stearns stole the lead. Lamson got by Roethlisberger for second, Bob Kern took fourth and Troy Shinabarger rounded out the top five.

12 cars answered the call for the Crazy Figure-8 Race. It was Chad Lamson scoring his second victory of the night followed by Jordan Lechtoa, John “Stick Boy” Hitsman, Ray DerMiner, and Andrew Burton.

This week will see the Outlaw Super Late Models return for round 2 of the Port City Racecars Dixie Cup Series. Angola, Indiana’s Scott Hantz will be on hand to try to make it two in a row over the likes of John Grega, Steve Sauve, Mike Luberda, Harold Fair and Larry Zent. The Auto Value Super Sprints invade Dixie on Friday, July 4th while the General RV Eve of Destruction is set for Saturday, July 5th. For more details go to dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

FIRST-TIMERS DOMINATE DIXIE

June 5th, 2008

The Pro Sports Graphics Modifieds hit the big track first Saturday night as Gorilla Racing’s Chuck Silva set the pace with a 16.188. In heat race action, Columbiaville’s Jeff Reamer crossed the finish line just ahead of Tony Brabbs to take the trip to the winners circle. Heat race two was won by Dave “The Weiner” Christensen. Larry Wallace was on the pole for the Feature with Brabbs along side. Brabbs got the jump on Wallace and quickly settled in to pace the field. He appeared to have everyone covered, except for Nick Clemens, who drove a masterful race from his eighth place starting spot. In the closing laps, Clemens built up a head of steam and freight trained by Brabbs and Wallace for the lead and the win. The 25-lapper went all green except for a caution on lap 4 involving Donnie Matteson Jr. and the “Wild One” Rick Wiecorek. The pair made contact with each other and were collected in the turn 1 wall, ending their night. Following Clemens across the line was Brabbs, Wallace Christensen and Mike Luberda Sr.

Dixie’s Bus Stop Inn Bar and Grill Pro Late Models saw rookie Blake Childers setting fast time with a 16.223. Heat race honors went to Adam Rowe and Chad Bennett. Scotty Watkins sat on the pole for the 30-lap feature and took the advantage over Danny Leeck’s Mr. Asphalt machine. The pair had a comfortable edge until the caution flew for Steve Collins who turned himself around in the back stretch. When the green dropped for the double-file restart, it was Mark Welch motoring by to take the lead. Meanwhile, Childers was working his way through the field on the high side, getting past Leeck for third and setting his sites on Watkins for second. Laps would run out however as Welch claimed his first ’08 win. Watkins was up to the task as he held off Childers for second followed by Ed Doutre took fourth and Leeck. Congratulations to Danny Leeck on his graduation from Birch Run High School.

Flint’s Joe Shaw made his ’08 Dixie debut in the Wilson Marine Factory Stocks by setting fast time at 16.505. Ed Newman Jr. continued his domination of the Factory Stock Division by scoring another checkered flag in heat race action. Feature time had Charles Dennis on the pole leading the pack to the green flag but fell victim to mechanical problems, ending his night early. Jason Hitsman worked through the field in the hotly contested affair from his eighth place starting position to take the lead late in the 25-lap event. It was his first Feature win of the season. He was chased over the line by Shaw who had a great showing as he grabbed second place over Englewood Florida’s Dave McCallum. Dave was behind the wheel of Uncle Will McCallum’s car for the night. Josh Hahn had a great run in fourth followed by Newman Jr.

Dixie’s black and blue division, the Bombers, was up next. C.J. Davis set fast time of the night with a 17.927. Ricky Casey picked up his first-ever win in Heat race number one while Jordan Lechota took the second and Rob Kern, the third. Saginaw’s Jake Caverly sat on the pole for the Feature and led the twenty car field to the start. Late arrival Chad Lamson started shotgun on the field and immediately began his march forward. The lead changed several times but Lamson showed why he is a Champion as he took the lead with five to go. Rob Kern, Anthony Jurek, Lechota and the “Burtucky Bullet” Chad Congdon rounded out the top 5.

Dixie’s Battle Royal the Figure 8’s hit the track for the final event of the evening. Jordan Lechota picked his second win of the season on the ‘8’. Bob Kern jumped into C.J. Davis’ car to score a strong second place finish. Chad Lamson, Ricky Casey and Scott Platz completed the top 5.

This week, it’s another big show at Dixie with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Bombers and Fig-8’s all in action. A Four Cylinder Invitational has been scheduled for June 28th which will pay at least $200 to win. The next Dixie Cup Series event is on June 14th while the Auto Value Super Sprint Series has been moved to Friday, July 4th at 7pm. Dixie’s General RV Eve of Destruction is set for Saturday, July 5th. For more updates and information go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

Action Heats Up At Dixie

May 15th, 2008

The Pro Sports Graphics Modifieds hit the track first Saturday night as “Pizza Kid” Nick Clemens set the pace with a fast time of 16.087sec. Multi-time Track Champion Tony Brabbs took the Fast Car Dash while Donny Matteson Jr. won the Australian Pursuit. There was a pileup in the pursuit race coming out of turn 2, sending Don Gilbert into the tire barrier and causing minor damage to 2 other cars. All were able to return for the feature, including Columbiaville’s Jeff Reamer. In the 25 lap feature, Gilbert took the lead early and held it for the majority of the race with Reamer hot on his tail, looking inside and out. With three laps to go, Reamer made strong move to the inside of Gilbert exiting turn 4 and this time Gilbert could not shut the door. Reamer went on to claim his first win of the season. Gilbert held on for second followed by Larry Wallace, Brabbs and Mike Luberda Jr.

Blake Childers set fast time for the second week in a row in the Bus Stop Inn Bar & Grill Pro Late Models with a 16.254 while Adam Rowe and Chris “Tater” Stearns took the trip to victory lane with Heat wins. In the 30 lap feature, Ken O’Connor took a commanding lead and was uncontested for the whole feature. It won’t be as easy next time as O’Connor will start at the back of the invert. Mark Klein had his hands full with the whole field on his bumper, but the Bridgeport veteran was up to the task as he held on for second followed by Stearns, defending Champion Ed Doutre Jr and Danny Leek.

DTS Sportsman took the track, week one feature winner Kevin Harder set fast time clocking a 17.419, bettering Kyle Hayden and Chet Allen Jr. by fractions of a second. Allen Jr. won the Fast Car Dash, picking up his first victory of the season. The Australian Pursuit was won by Smokin Joe Cunningham. Kyle Hayden took the lead in the feature and kept it for the majority of the event until a caution flew for a minor spin. At the restart, Hayden momentarily resumed the lead until Harder started to make his move and hunted Hayden down like a shark, making the pass on the inside. Things didn’t get better for Hayden as Allen followed Harder to take second. Hayden came home in third, trailed by Adam Rowe and Dale Malusi. It was 2 feature wins in a row for Harder.

Hayden was performing double-duty as he set fast time in the Wilson’s Marine Factory Stocks with a blistering 16.399. Opening night feature winner Brian Vandecar made another appearance in the winners circle by taking the heat. Gerald Gagnon won his first feature ever Saturday night; and what a win. Gagnon had Will McCallum working his tail pretty hard as Hayden and Al Boitel Jr. were also in the mix. The night ended early for Boitel and Hayden, as door-to-door, bumper-to-bumper action saw Boitel shooting up the track only to get collected by Hayden. Both drivers were unable to continue. Ed Newman Jr. placed second with “Captain” Cam Hiltz in third trailed by Vandecar and McCallum.

The Bombers were next on tap with Rob Kern setting a fast time of 17.854sec. The youngster Jeff Roethlisberger took the Fast Car Dash in easy fashion while Tater Stearns and Double “D” Duane Damon took heat race honors. Stearns made his second trip of the night to the winners circle by winning the Bomber Feature. Chad Lamson contested for the lead but fell second to Stearns followed by Anthony Jurek, Kern and Roethlisberger.

The carnage that was known as the Crazy 8’s lived up to its reputation; it was like something seen in Battle Royal in the WWE. Mass hysteria and chaotic Demolition Derby-style racing seemed to be the order of the day. There wasn’t a car that didn’t make contact with something on the track, not just other cars. Lamson won battle with Andrew Burton in second, Rob Kern, Bob Kern and Ricky Dinius Jr. the top five.

Action continues this Saturday as all weekly divisions will be back in action. May 24th will see the return of the Port City Racecars Dixie Cup Series. Over 30 cars are expected for the Outlaw Super Late Model 100-lapper. For more info, call 989-624-9778 or go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Mother Nature Wins at Dixie

May 7th, 2008

Week #1 was the first season opener in years that went off as scheduled with
un-seasonably warm conditions warming the fans, drivers and asphalt. Racing was
awesome with nary a yellow flag flying throughout the whole night.

Week #2 saw cold temps combining with high winds to force a cancellation of the
event all together. Wind gusts over 35 mph provided conditions only an Eskimo could love as fans and drivers would have to wait another week to get their racing fix. All three area racetracks cancelled and others across the state who did get their shows in wish they had cancelled. It was not a good night for tracks, fans or competitors.

As week #3 arrived, things were rather cloudy but certainly looked raceable. A few on/off showers persisted through the early afternoon but it looked like a window was going to open and the races would get in. Judging by the number of phone calls, it was obvious that many teams and fans were not as optimistic as track officials. Just as qualifying concluded, it was clear that the skeptics were right as the rain came to stay, the winds picked up and the temps dropped, forcing track officials to cancel. Rain checks will be honored both in the pit and grandstand. Qualifying times will be thrown out as teams will qualify from scratch this week.

Action returns to the Family Fun Track this Saturday with gates opening at 3pm,
qualifying at 5:15 and racing action at 7. This week’s schedule includes Pro Late Models, Mods, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8′s. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or visit us online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Tight Racing Dominates Dixie

April 24th, 2008

Mike Luberda Jr. paced qualifiers in the Pro Sport Graphics Modifieds behind the wheel of Mike Sr’s familiar 3D. The Mod feature was the first of the night and set the tone for the rest of the night as Rod Laney took the early lead and looked to have things his way in the green-flag affair. Former track champions Tony Brabbs and Nick Clemens had other ideas however, as the duo chased down Laney. Things got interesting as Brabbs shut the door on the high side as Clemens came out of turn 4 numerous times. Clemens would not be deterred as he wiggled Brabbs and ducked under the inside going into turn 1. Then it was Brabbs on the outside, Clemens on the inside and Laney feeling the heat as he held off the pair. With 1 lap to go, and one driver on either side coming out of turn 4, Laney held the pair off in a drag race to the finish line, scoring his first feature win of the season. Clemens came home in 2nd followed by Brabbs, Luberda and Chuck Silva.

Rookie Blake Childers impressed everyone by setting fast time in the Bus Stop Inn Bar and Grill in his first-ever Pro Late Model event. Tawas’s Bernie Murphy got pressure early from last year’s Champion Ed Doutre Jr. and Danny Leek before finding his fast line and holding off the rest of the field. After many good runs at Dixie, things finally went his way as Bernie picked up his first-ever Dixie feature win. Doutre, Leek, Mark Klein and Childers rounded out the top 5.

The DTS Sportsman division feature picked up where the Modifieds left off, with early side by side racing. Kevin Harder set fast time and started shotgun on the field and began his march to the front. Harder made it to the point early as he took the lead from Smokin’ Joe Cunningham but would not be in the clear yet as Chet Allen Jr. gave the Bay City hotshoe his best shot. Harder proved he was due a feature win as he claimed the win ahead of Allen Jr., Cunningham, Adam Rowe and Julian Fluty. Harder was pleased to thank his sponsors and noted it was nice to get the gremlins off his back with a Dixie feature win.

Greg Hiltz claimed top honors with a well-deserved win in a hotly-contested Bomber division 25-lapper. Hiltz built a small lead and held it for most of the race as the battle behind him ensued. Fast-timer, Rob Kern finally made it to Hiltz’s rear bumper with about 5 to go. Kern took a number of shots at the leader but Hiltz would not be denied his first 2008 feature. Greg collected on a bet with track owner’s daughter Hannah Kern, as she joined him for the Indy style kissing of the start/finish line in celebration. Rob Kern, Anthony Jurek, Chad Congdon, Ray DerMiner rounded out the top 5.

The Wilson’s Marine & Performance Center Factory Stocks was led in qualifying by Ed Newman Jr. In feature action, Brian Vandecar felt the heat from “Captain Cam” Cameron Hiltz and Ed Newman Jr but held on to snag his first trip to victory lane in the season opener.

Jordan Lechota won the Figure 8 race uncontested, although things got a little tense when Ricky Casey collided with an earth mover tire head on. Ricky was alright but his car took a serious beating. Lechota was followed by Scott Platz, Ray Derminer and Charles Davis.

Dixie has moved to Saturday Nights for 2008, with a complete schedule available at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com. This Saturday, Pro-Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Figure 8’s are all scheduled . Gates open at 3pm, Qualifying is at 5p.m. and racing action at 7p.m. For more information call 989-624-9778.

Wood Added to Dixie Speedway Staff

March 21st, 2008

His racing career began as a 14-year old at Auburn, Michigan’s Tri-City Speedway. Over the years, he has worked varied positions including concessions, Flagman, Pit Steward and Race Director at Tri-City, Auto City and Standish Speedways. Kevin has also worked with several touring race teams.

“Kevin has a B.S. in Business Administration from Ferris State University and will be combining his racing passion with his business acumen and customer service experience to elevate Dixie to the next level of Family Entertainment”, said track owner Mike Kern. He added, “We’ve always emphasized “Family” at Dixie and are very pleased and excited to add Kevin to our Dixie family. He will bring a fresh perspective to customer service and entertainment that will benefit our customers, including racers, sponsors and fans. We’ve looked for “just the right person” for a long time and we’ve got him with Kevin”.

Kevin will be handling many of the day-to-day operations and will be in the office every day. Mike and Krista will continue to be “hands on” as they have always been since coming to the track in 1996.

Dixie has previously announced its move to Saturdays beginning this spring. The annual Driver Registration Party and Test & Tune is on Saturday, April 12th from noon until 6pm. The season opener is April 19; Pit Gate opens at 3pm, Grandstand at 4 and racing at 7. For further info, go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

New Faces at Dixie Motor Speedway

January 3rd, 2008

“For years, Dixie has been the originator and innovator of the most unique and
entertaining shows in the state. Terry is just the man we need to round out the
‘Dixie Racing Experience’ for young and old, as well as first-time and long-time fans”, said track owner Mike Kern. “He promises to bring the passion and expertise we need to make the connection between competitor and fan real and exciting. We see eye-to-eye on so many aspects of the position, I can’t wait ’til April!” he added.

Terry has a background in sales and has spent the last 4 years honing his skills along-side some of the best track announcers in mid-Michigan. While becoming very familiar with the local racing scene, he has established relationships with area racers as well as touring hotshoes representing various traveling Series. Terry is a self-described entertainer and has exceptional insight into racer/sponsor relations and plans to make each visit to Dixie a memorable one.

Terry will bring his own unique style to Dixie and he can’t wait for the season
opener on Saturday, April 19th. “I have some big shoes to fill and hope I can make those proud of me that got me to this level of announcing”, Terry said. “I look forward to the opportunity to do my best in bringing the ‘Dixie Racing Experience’ to fans and racers every Saturday night.”

Terry lives in Perry, Mi. with his wife Trish where they raise their two sons,
Nickolaus, age 5 and Noah, age 2.

Dixie also has other positions available including an announcer’s assistant,
hospitality, concession workers and computer guru. Smiling faces are a must for all positions. The track can be reached at 989-624-9778 or info@dixBirch Run, MIBirch Run, MIBirch Run, MIiemotorspeedway.com

Meet Jesse Saunders….

December 19th, 2007

Welcome to “Meet the ASALMS Drivers”! This feature highlights the lighter side of our ASALMS teams and our drivers. All in an effort to get to know each and every one of the pilots who will call the ASALMS home for the upcoming 2008 season.

Once again three drivers are featured with one apiece on each website. An
overwhelming number of teams have contacted the ASALMS Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan on how to be featured on this new and very popular feature.

This week on the ASALMS Northern Division website; 2007 ASALMS Northern Division Rookie of the Year, 22-year-old Jesse Saunders, who finished Third Overall in the final North Drivers Points Standings with a season high Five (5) Top Five finishes. Saunders recorded a season high Second Place finish on two occasions with those coming at the Dixie (MI) Motor Speedway and the Grundy County (IL) Speedway.

He also broke the track record at Grundy County Speedway on September 9, 2007 during the 1st annual Bob Milner Memorial 125. The record was previously held by 2006 ASALMS Challenge Division Champion and Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year, Kelly Bires, now running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

NINETEEN YEAR OLD WINS DIXIE CLASSIC!

October 8th, 2007

Flushing hotshoe John Doering, Jr. wasted little time as he took over the top spot on lap 17 and led until the break at the half-way point. He was not the only one making a move however, as the cream was rising to the top with Johnny Van Doorn, Scott Hantz and Grega all in the hunt. After the half-way break for fuel and tires, Doering restarted with the lead and held it until lap 119 when lapped traffic slowed him down in turn one, nearly wrecking them both. Van Doorn shot to the bottom and stole the spot with Doering on his tail. Doering was on a mission as he made his move on the bottom coming off of turn 4 on lap 136. But he got loose and spun out which put him to the tail end of the lead lap in 8th place with just 14 laps to go. Doering drove through the field like a man possessed and passed Hantz at the stripe to finish 3rd. Van Doorn held off on strong charge from Grega to claim his 2nd Dixie win of the year. In three visits to the Birch Run oval, he has 2 wins and a 2nd! Curt Spaulding finished 5th, while Norm Davis, Jared Allison, Claude Plante, Jr., Artuso and Bob Maki rounded out the top 10. Lenny Roberts ran away to win the last chance race but dropped out early in the 150. Series point leader Steve Sauve fell victim to a broken rocker arm, costing him not just a good finish but the Dixie Cup Series Championship. Grega became the first driver to repeat as series champion.

The Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds had their own invitational as Travis Eddy led qualifying with a 16.135. Travis was looking forward to competing with his father, the legendary Mike Eddy, but on lap 5 of the 50-lap feature he tangled with track champion Chuck Silva sending both cars to the pit. Phil Bone put the Windpushers #7 in front until lap 15, when Dave Christensen took over. Veteran Tony Brabbs locked on his back bumper and rode there until lap 33 when he grabbed the lead and never looked back to take the win. Christensen was second followed by Steve Rollins, Bone and Mike Eddy.

The ShortTrackTrucks.com series was also in action as Paul Schaffer set fast time with a 17.391. Heat races went to Joey Shuryan and Ray Axsom. In the 30-lap feature, Josh Leo took the early lead and held it for the first 4 laps. Series point leader Justin Claucherty took over the lead and had things way until Schaffer caught up with 3 laps to go. The Grand Rapids driver got around Claucherty and Schaffer went on for his first feature win at Dixie. John Smaaley finished second followed by Leo, Claucherty and Shuryan.

The 2007 season will conclude with the Annual Awards Banquet on November 3rd. For tickets contact the speedway at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT CLIFF-HANGERS AT DIXIE

October 8th, 2007

Brian Gerster made his first trip to Dixie pay off as he set fast time for the Sprint cars with a 12.499. Heat race winners were Jason Blonde, Bill Tyler and Jimmy McCune. Ike Beasley ran away to take the B-main. Ortonville’s Curt Shumaker jumped ahead in the 30-lap feature, and after a couple of caution flags, looked like he was poised to win his first-ever Dixie feature. But fate dealt him more bad luck as Shumaker’s fuel line broke with just 9 laps to go, giving the lead to McCune, who breezed to victory. Brian Lay finished second followed by Gerster, Beasley and Blonde.

Track Champion Ed Doutre, Jr. led qualifying for the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.269. John Heine had the best run of his career, jumping into the lead to start the 50-lap feature. Robbie Johnson got by him on lap 4 and began to stretch a lead. A caution flag tightened the field on lap 35, creating a 5-car duel for the top spot. Two laps later, Danny Leeck got loose coming out of turn 4 and got into the wall, collecting Heine and Scott Watkins; ending the night for all three. On the restart, Mark Klein made his move as Johnson got high coming out of turn 2. Johnson then fell into the clutches of Chris Stearns and nearly fell to third but maintained his spot with a thrilling 12-lap door-to-door battle with Stearns. Johnson would not give up as he ran the high side and ultimately regained the number 2 spot. The trio continued their battle with Klein being up to the task; claiming the popular win. Curt Genow and Chad Bennett rounded out the top 5.

The Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks had a big show as Adrian’s Auto Care sponsored the $750-to-win event. Robby Johnston set quick time with a 16.361. Jimmy Novak picked up his first checkered flag with a win in the semi-feature. Fred Cummings, Jr. started off leading the 40-lap feature, as the whole field battled behind. Cummings held off numerous strong challenges throughout the event until the final lap when he, Mike Walther and Al Boitel, Jr. made it three-wide coming out of turn 4. At the line it was Cummings by mere inches over Walther and Boitel, Jr. Rounding out the top 5 were Ed Newman, Sr. and Nick Lechota.

The drivers saved a real thriller for last as the Wilson Marine Bombers closed out the first night of action. Jason Congdon set fast time with 17.886 but missed the feature after he sold his car just prior to the event. Track champion Chad Lamson took the lead to start the 30-lap race. Lamson held the point until lap 22 when he was put to the rear for running under his qualifying time. That gave the lead to Troy Shinabarger, who made contact with another car and suffered a flat tire. That put Nick Johnston on the point where he led until lap 27 when Lonnie Saumier grabbed the advantage. Saumier led the rest of the way for the victory. Johnson and Chris Stearns spun on the last lap, putting them to the rear. Rookie Kyle Maize finished second followed by Joe O’Leary, Tony Williams and Lamson. Saumier and Maize failed to pass post-race tech, handing the win to O’Leary.

DIXIE POSTPONES DIXIE CLASSIC WEEKEND

September 18th, 2007

Saturday’s schedule included the 42nd running of the Dixie Classic for Outlaw Super Late Models, Modified Invitational and Short Track Trucks. The Dixie Classic is the marquee event of the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series and draws the best outlaw drivers from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Canada.

“With quite possibly the largest cash purse ever paid in eastern Michigan, we knew we had to have a strong crowd, but last weekend’s weather wasn’t going to be it,” said track Promoter, Mike Kern. “Our purse for the weekend is about $80,000. Add in all the other expenses and it’s a pretty big nut to crack”, he added. With rain, wind and cold forecasted for Friday and record cold temps forecasted for Saturday, the track decided it was best to postpone 2 weeks until the 28th and 29th.

Cutting the purse was not an option. “We have always paid our advertised purse; we just need more-normal weather conditions to make it work,” Kern said. Friday’s weather began with rain in the late morning and then cleared for the afternoon. By race time however, the tide turned for the worse as dark clouds, high winds and cold temps took over. Saturday was a gorgeous day with mostly sunny skies. But it was very deceiving as temps at the racetrack never got out of the 50’s. By 7pm, the bottom had fallen out and by 8 the mercury was already in the 40’s.

Kern went on to say, “It’s a lot to ask the fans; to sit in very cold conditions for 3 or 4 hours, freezing their hind ends off. If it was mid October, they might be used to it, but not in mid-September. I’m sure we would’ve had our diehards in attendance but the more casual fan like Mom, Dad & the Kids are gonna stay home. Judging from the response we’ve received, we made the right call. A lot of people were disappointed; but they are also very understanding. Fans and drivers are hoping for better weather at the end of the month, and so are we.”

For more information regarding the schedule, go to DixieMotorSpeedway.com

ASA LATE MODELS INVADE DIXIE

August 24th, 2007

Four other divisions were also on hand, giving the fans a mix of great local talent to go along with the country’s best template-bodied touring series.

Troy Hintzsche led qualifying for the ASA Late Models in his Dodge Charger with a 15.487. A pair of 19-year-olds started the race on the front row with Nick Neville grabbing the lead over the 27-car field. Five laps later Peter Cozzolino took over the lead with the field battling behind him. Jesse Saunders made some serious challenges at the top spot but couldn’t get the advantage while Michigan’s Brian Campbell worked his way up from his 7th place starting spot. With just 15 laps to go, Campbell took over the second spot and began to work on Cozzolino. On lap 95 Campbell got under Cozzolino and took over the lead on the backstretch. Trent Snyder followed Campbell but was clipped by Cozzolino, putting him in the first-turn wall. Campbell held on for his second ASA win of the year. Saunders finished second followed by 15-year-old New Mexico driver Alex Kennedy, Neville and Jesse Smith.

Mark Besaw had fast time for the Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds with a 16.233. Rod Laney and Nick Clemons took heat races wins. In the 25-lap feature, Matt Szecsodi jumped out in front. Dave Christensen did his best to keep up, but the former track champion was not to be denied as Szecsodi led every lap for the win. Travis Eddy who has been on a mission as of late, nipped Christensen for second at the stripe followed by Clemons and Donny Matteson, Jr.

In the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks, Mike Walther was fastest with a 16.419. Heats went to Walther and Josh Hahn. In the feature, Hahn jumped ahead but on lap 2 Jay Woolworth made a 3-wide pass to take over the top spot. On lap 16 Russ Dice worked his way passed Woolworth and led the rest of the way for the win. Ed Newman, Jr. was second followed Dan Engel, Kyle Hayden and Walther.

Lonnie Saumier had quick time for the Wilson Marine Bombers with a 17.995. Heat races went to Mike Wines and Duane Damon. In the 20-lap feature, Gerald Persails, Jr. put his El Camino in the lead and held it for the first 2 laps. Bob and Rob Kern each led a couple of laps but point leader Chad Lamson took over on lap 6 and never looked back to take the victory. Saumier took second followed by Rob Kern, Jordan Lechota and Troy Shinabarger.

Duane Damon managed to stay out of trouble in the M-15 Towing Figure-8, taking the win with Chad Lamson right on his tail. Rounding out the top 5 were Jordan Lechota, Bob Kern and Scott Platz.

All 6 weekly divisions will be in action this Friday as the Super Cash point championships wind down. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

ACTION HEATS UP AS SEASON WINDS DOWN AT DIXIE

August 15th, 2007

Marty England had fast time for the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.340. After a feature win last week and fast time Friday, the West Branch hotshoe was primed for a good night. However, it was not to be as he ended up in the wall during his heat race after trying to avoid a pair of spinning cars. Adam Rowe and Scott Watkins went on to take the heat race wins. The 30-lap feature saw two rookies start on the front row; Chris Stearns and Danny Leeck. Stearns got the advantage and pulled away until the caution flag flew on lap 15. After the restart, Ed Doutre, Jr. continued his march forward from deep in the 20-car field but would run out of laps as “Tater” notched his second feature of the year. Leeck, Brad Bilacic with a great run on the high side and Mark Klein rounded out the top 5.

The Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds were paced in qualifying by Steve Rollins with a 16.247. Rod Laney and Phil Bone took heat race honors. Nick Clemons jumped in front to start the 25-lap feature. The “Pizza Boy” had to deal with strong challenges from Mark Besaw, then from Rollins. But in the end it was Clemons staying ahead for the win. A much improved Travis Eddy nipped Rollins at the line for second, while Chuck Silva and Besaw rounded out the top 5.

Mike Walther was quickest in the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks with a 16.349. Heat race winners were Russ Dice and Cam Hiltz. Jay Woolworth started on the pole in the 25-lap feature and took the early lead. The wily veteran managed to hold off the field until the very end but went high into turn one with Al Boitel, Jr. right on his heels. With the door wide open, Boitel dove underneath Woolworth to take the position. With cars spinning on the last lap, Boitel stayed ahead for his second feature win of the season. Dice, took second followed by Curt Hayden, Woolworth and Walther.

The DTS Sportsman put on another great show with last week’s feature winner Mike Uhlman Jr. setting fast time at 17.495. Don Stuck and Kyle Hayden took heat race wins. Tom Stone took the lead in the 25-lap feature and held it for the first 2 laps when Stuck took command with Timmy Near in hot pursuit. Near made several attempts to get by, but Stuck knows the “Big D” oval and held off the rookie for the win. Following Near across the line were Chet Allen, Smokin’ Joe Cunningham and Hayden.

Once again Chad Lamson had fast time for the Wilson Marine Bombers with a 17.966. Heat race winners were Duane Damon, Gerald Persails, Jr. and Billy Meeks. Damon celebrated his birthday with two victories, taking the win in the semi-feature. Anthony Jurek jumped ahead in the 20-lap feature as the field battled behind him. Jurek was riding on rails as the rookie led all the way for his first feature win. Jason Congdon took second followed by Troy Shinabarger, Randy Foley and Persails.

A 15-car field took the green flag in the M-15 Towing Figure-8’s. Jordan Lechota pulled ahead with the pack pushing and shoving behind him. Chad Lamson made a late charge but had to settle for second as Lechota picked up the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Duane Damon, Bob Kern and Rob Kern.

The ASA Late Models will highlight the action this Friday, August 17th with the Wolverine 100. The Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Figure-8s will also be in action. For more info on this event go to www.asalatemodels.com or call 800.385.2503.

“D” STANDS FOR DESTRUCTION AT DIXIE

August 12th, 2007

The Auto Value Michigan Legends series kicked off the night with heat races going to Ryan Meldrum, Levi Rouster and Scott Menlon. Ben Rouster jumped out in front in the 30-lap feature. Three laps later, Chance Rice took over the top spot with the top ten battling behind him. Levi Rouster made a textbook pass on lap 13 to take the top spot, meanwhile Meldrum worked his way forward and caught up on the last lap. The two drivers came out of turn 4 side by side with Meldrum nosing out Rouster by just a foot at the line. Rice took 3rd followed by Ben Rouster and Frank Jiovani.

Chet Allen set fast time for the DTS Sportsman with a 17.445. Heat races went to John Summers and Mike Uhlman, Jr. The Sportsman always put on a great show as Uhlman took the lead. Kyle Hayden did his best to run down the leader but Uhlman was up to the challenge, leading every lap for the win. Following Hayden across the line were Allen, Dale Malusi and Kevin Harder.

The highlight of the evening was the crashin’ and the bangin’ and the drivers definitely delivered on the “destruction” as many went off on the hook, or went directly to the scrap yard. R.J. and Randy Miner won the Chain Gang race, Chad and Kyle Selvig took the Dixie Crash Car race and the Figure-8 Trailer race went to Scott Platz.
Alert Sewer Company of Burton sponsored the Porta-Potty race won by Mike Tausch and Nick Clemons in what smelled like a “recently used” unit, while the Sofa race went to the team of Todd Rapin, Brian Shilling, Chris Smith and Tausch. The final General RV Eve of Destruction is set for Saturday, September 8th.

A “SUPER” NIGHT AT DIXIE

August 12th, 2007

Scott Hantz topped qualifying for the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series with a 14.626. However, the Indiana Hotshoe’s night would end prematurely after a leaking tire forced him to the pit. Of the 26 Outlaw Supers in the pit, 22 made the call to start the 100 lap feature as Gene Quackenbush took the early lead from his pole position. “Rooster” held the lead until lap 30 when the train came a-rollin’, lead by Claude Plante, Jr. Claude’s car was looking very strong and looked like a certain top-3 finisher but suddenly slowed with a minor mechanical failure. On lap 44 John Doering, Jr. took over the top spot as he got by some of the “Big Dogs” from his 10th place starting position. Doering had his brand-new Zent-Hudson prepared #5 running on rails as he pulled away to take his first win this season. With just 2 minor cautions, the last 85 laps were run green flag allowing Doering to lap the field with the exception of John Grega and Steve Sauve who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Todd Rosebrugh nipped Jay Reinbold on the last lap to take 4th spot. Rounding out the top 10 were Norm Davis, who came all the way from the rear, Mike Luberda, Jr., Harold Fair, Jr., Jack Varney, Jr., and Orlando, FL’s Jared Allison.

A very hot track slowed speeds a bit as Jimmy McCune set fast time for the Super Sprints with a 12.955. Heat races went to Mike Ling, Dave Baumgarten and Jason Blonde. Troy Underwood jumped in front to start the 30-lap feature. Bill Tyler caught up on lap 12 and took over the top spot. Blonde started to run him down but it looked like Tyler had the race in the bag, but on the last lap, Tyler’s arm restraints got tangled, making him incapable of straightening the car coming out of turn 4, resulting in a spin for him, and a win for Blonde. McCune finished second followed by Curt Shumaker, Ike Beasley and Baumgarten.

Curt Hayden was fastest in the Right Way Automotive factory Stocks with a 16.470. Gary Shank, Jr. and Al Boitel, Jr. took the heat races. Veteran Jay Woolworth led the feature until lap 13 when Ed Newman, Jr. pulled ahead to control the point. With just 3 laps to go, Mike Walther made his move on the outside to take the lead and led the rest of the way for his 3rd straight feature win. Newman finished second followed by Hayden, Jason Hitsman and Cam Hiltz.

Chad Lamson got his car fixed after hitting the wall nearly head-on last week, and picked up where he left off in the Wilson Marine Bombers with a fast time of 17.950. Silas McCaslin, Jr. and Jordan Lechota took the heat races. Greg Hiltz took the early in the 20-lap feature, but 52-year-old rookie Bob Kern got by him 3 laps later. Kern ran a strong race but Lamson ran him down and took over the point on lap 16. Chad held on for the win, followed by Bob Kern, Lechota, Hiltz and Rob Kern.

The School Bus Figure-8 completed the night as Dusty Clemons took the early lead. Phil Ehlert fishtailed his way past 1 lap later, as Clemons and his teammate Jimmer Daniels were bumping and grinding the rest of the way. It was a spectacular duel for 2nd spot with Daniels getting the edge at the stripe. Clemons was a bumper back in third followed by Dan White and Phil Jacobs.

It’s a full show this Friday, August 10th with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8’s in action. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Blonde Ekes Out Dixie AVBBSS Win

August 8th, 2007

Jimmy McCune set his first Hamilton Trucking fast time of the season, while
preliminary event wins went to Mike Ling in the United Trailers first followed by Brian Lay, Tyler, McCune and Johnny Scherer; the Dowker Engines second heat to Dave Baumgardner, chased by Ike Beasley, Curt Shumaker, Aaron Katz and Jeff Bloom;the Logo Boys heat #3 to Blonde followed by Chad Goff, Kevin Feeney, Underwood and Tim Ryan. Point leader Bloom took over the reins in car owned and normally driven by John Hotchkiss, after Jeff blew the engine in his own car in hot laps. Jeff & Linda would like to thank John for offering his ride so that Jeff wouldn’t fall out of contention in the point championship.

McCune rolled a 6 for the inversion, putting Underwood and Shumaker on the front row for the 30 lap main. Underwood jumped to the early lead before Tyler took over. Following Blonde to the checkers were McCune, Shumaker, Beasley, Baumgardner, Underwood, Lay, Ling, Feeney, Goff and Hank Lower.

The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints take a week off before returning to Kalamazoo Speedway on Aug. 18th. Our first show at Kalamazoo was rained out, so be sure to mark your calendars to see the fastest short track cars in the world!!

FANS MEET LOCAL HOTSHOES AT DIXIE

August 2nd, 2007

The ShortTrackTruck.com Series started out the night, with fast time going to defending series champ Joey Shuryan with a 17.552. Jim Davis won the dash while heat races went to Chad Lennert and Darren Lane. In the 30-lap feature, Vance Wilmoth jumped out in front and led the first 3 laps. Justin Claucherty took over and started to pull away until a caution flag tightened up the field on lap 20. Shuryan battled with Claucherty until Joey dropped out due to mechanical problems. Claucherty coasted the rest of the way for the win. Paul Schaffer finished second followed by Lane, Natascha Thompson and Wilmoth.

For the third week in a row Travis Eddy set fast time for the Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds with a 16.136. Former track champ Matt Szecsodi took the lead to start the 30-lap feature with Dave Christensen right on his tail. Christensen took over after a restart on lap 8 with the field bunched up behind him. A crash on lap 15 involving Mark Abee and defending champ Larry Plamondon knocked both cars out of action and tightened up the field. On the restart Chuck Silva took command on the outside and led the rest of the race to take the victory. Donny Matteson, Jr. made a valiant effort but fell just short to finish second. Rounding out the top 5 were Eddy, Christensen and Mike Luberda, Sr.

Ed Doutre, Jr. was fast qualifier for the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.299. Lance Troyer jumped ahead of Chris Stearns to start the 30-lap feature. Ten laps later Scott Watkins, coming off a second-place finish last week, took over the top spot. Then Marty England moved past on lap 12 and never looked back, taking his first feature of the season. Chad Bennett took second followed by Watkins, Stearns and Danny Leeck.

The DTS Sportsman division proved to be the most exciting of the night, as Don Stuck paced time trials with a 17.541. The 20-lap feature was one to remember as rookie Jon Giffel took the lead for the first time in his career and held it for 2 laps. Then Joe Cunningham took over with the field in hot pursuit. Racing was 3-wide at times all the way around the “Big D” oval, with positions changing on every lap. The crowd loved the action, but Smokin’ Joe loved it even more, as he held on for the win. Kevin Harder slid past Kyle Hayden by a bumper to take second, while John Summers and Stuck rounded out the top 5.

It was Mike Walther’s night in the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks, starting with fast time at 16.431. Jason Hitsman took the early lead in the 25-lap feature and held it for the first 10 laps. Ed Newman, Jr. took over until lap 13 when Walther made his move and blew by on the outside. Walther led the rest of the way, making it two feature wins in a row and celebrating with his traditional cartwheel in victory lane. Newman was second followed by Jay Woolworth, Curt Hayden and Russ Dice.

Chad Lamson once again led qualifying for the Wilson Marine Bombers with an 18.092. His quest for his 6th straight feature win fell short after he was involved in an early accident with Axle Foley. Jeff Stinson started up front and led the first 2 laps. Jeff Roethlisberger took over the lead and kept the police car in front until lap 7. Then Lonnie Saumier moved ahead and held off a strong challenge from Anthony Jurek to take the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Roethlisberger, Bob Kern and Greg Hiltz.

Duane Damon led every lap to win the M-15 Towing figure-8, but the real battle was for second place. Bob Kern, Chad Lamson and Scott Platz put on a show fighting it out for the runner-up spot. Lamson’s bad luck continued when his throttle stuck on the last lap, sending him into the first-turn wall. Following Damon across the finish line were Kern, Jordan Lechota, Mike Wines and Lonnie Saumier.

It’s a huge weekend at Dixie starting this Friday, August 3rd with “The Big One V,” featuring the Auto Value Super Sprints, the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series and School Bus figure-8’s and more. Then on Sunday August 5th it’s the General RV “Eve of Destruction” with the Figure-8 Trailer races, $100-to-win Sofa & Porta Potty races, Dixie Crash Cars, Chain Gang races, plus DTS Sportsman and Michigan Legends racing. If you would like to enter the Sofa or Porta Potty race, call track for details at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

FANS MEET LOCAL HOTSHOES AT DIXIE

August 2nd, 2007

As fans and crews cleared the track, things heated up very quickly as the near-full moon influenced the nights racing action.

The ShortTrackTruck.com Series started out the night, with fast time going to defending series champ Joey Shuryan with a 17.552. Jim Davis won the dash while heat races went to Chad Lennert and Darren Lane. In the 30-lap feature, Vance Wilmoth jumped out in front and led the first 3 laps. Justin Claucherty took over and started to pull away until a caution flag tightened up the field on lap 20. Shuryan battled with Claucherty until Joey dropped out due to mechanical problems. Claucherty coasted the rest of the way for the win. Paul Schaffer finished second followed by Lane, Natascha Thompson and Wilmoth.

For the third week in a row Travis Eddy set fast time for the Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds with a 16.136. Former track champ Matt Szecsodi took the lead to start the 30-lap feature with Dave Christensen right on his tail. Christensen took over after a restart on lap 8 with the field bunched up behind him. A crash on lap 15 involving Mark Abee and defending champ Larry Plamondon knocked both cars out of action and tightened up the field. On the restart Chuck Silva took command on the outside and led the rest of the race to take the victory. Donny Matteson, Jr. made a valiant effort but fell just short to finish second. Rounding out the top 5 were Eddy, Christensen and Mike Luberda, Sr.

Ed Doutre, Jr. was fast qualifier for the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.299. Lance Troyer jumped ahead of Chris Stearns to start the 30-lap feature. Ten laps later Scott Watkins, coming off a second-place finish last week, took over the top spot. Then Marty England moved past on lap 12 and never looked back, taking his first feature of the season. Chad Bennett took second followed by Watkins, Stearns and Danny Leeck.

The DTS Sportsman division proved to be the most exciting of the night, as Don Stuck paced time trials with a 17.541. The 20-lap feature was one to remember as rookie Jon Giffel took the lead for the first time in his career and held it for 2 laps. Then Joe Cunningham took over with the field in hot pursuit. Racing was 3-wide at times all the way around the “Big D” oval, with positions changing on every lap. The crowd loved the action, but Smokin’ Joe loved it even more, as he held on for the win. Kevin Harder slid past Kyle Hayden by a bumper to take second, while John Summers and Stuck rounded out the top 5.

It was Mike Walther’s night in the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks, starting with fast time at 16.431. Jason Hitsman took the early lead in the 25-lap feature and held it for the first 10 laps. Ed Newman, Jr. took over until lap 13 when Walther made his move and blew by on the outside. Walther led the rest of the way, making it two feature wins in a row and celebrating with his traditional cartwheel in victory lane. Newman was second followed by Jay Woolworth, Curt Hayden and Russ Dice.

Chad Lamson once again led qualifying for the Wilson Marine Bombers with an 18.092. His quest for his 6th straight feature win fell short after he was involved in an early accident with Axle Foley. Jeff Stinson started up front and led the first 2 laps. Jeff Roethlisberger took over the lead and kept the police car in front until lap 7. Then Lonnie Saumier moved ahead and held off a strong challenge from Anthony Jurek to take the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Roethlisberger, Bob Kern and Greg Hiltz.

Duane Damon led every lap to win the M-15 Towing figure-8, but the real battle was for second place. Bob Kern, Chad Lamson and Scott Platz put on a show fighting it out for the runner-up spot. Lamson’s bad luck continued when his throttle stuck on the last lap, sending him into the first-turn wall. Following Damon across the finish line were Kern, Jordan Lechota, Mike Wines and Lonnie Saumier.

It’s a huge weekend at Dixie starting this Friday, August 3rd with “The Big One V,” featuring the Auto Value Super Sprints, the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series and School Bus figure-8’s and more. Then on Sunday August 5th it’s the General RV “Eve of Destruction” with the Figure-8 Trailer races, $100-to-win Sofa & Porta Potty races, Dixie Crash Cars, Chain Gang races, plus DTS Sportsman and Michigan Legends racing. If you would like to enter the Sofa or Porta Potty race, call track for details at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

SUPER MODIFIEDS THRILL ‘EM AT DIXIE

July 24th, 2007

Moe Lilje set fast time for the MSA Supermods with a 13.406 on the 4/10 mile
“Big D” oval. Heat races went to Randy Burch and Charlie Schwartz. Jeff
Banyas jumped ahead to the start the action-packed 30-lap feature. His lead
was short-lived, as Ryan Klingelhoffer took it away 1 lap later. A five-car
pileup on lap 4 slowed the action as Jeff Banya lost a wheel in turn two. Cars
were sliding every which way to avoid the wreck which ultimately saw 4 of the
winged-warriors take the long ride on the hook, ending their night. After the
restart, Klingelhoffer held the point until lap 20 when Tim Jedrezek took over
and started to pull away. But MSA career point leader Dave Shullick had other
ideas, as he ran down the leader in a hurry and took over the lead on lap 26.
Shullick led the rest of the way as he swept both MSA events at Dixie this
year. Jedrazek finished second followed by Lilje, Bob Dawson and Schwartz.

Mark Welch led time trials for the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.490.
Bernie Murphy, Jr. and Curt Genow won heat races. Danny Leeck took off from
the pole to start the 25-lap feature. Scott Watkins challenged the youngster
the whole race, but Leeck drove a clean, steady race to claim his first feature
win at Dixie. Finishing behind Watkins was Welch, Chad Bennett and Ed Doutre,
Jr. Doutre, the division point leader, had a strong showing in a borrowed car
from LJ Saumier. Doutre destroyed the back of his car after backing his
familiar 73 machine into the turn 3 wall during hotlaps after hitting oil layed
down by Brad Balicic.

The Drive Train Specialists Sportsman were paced in qualifying by Dale Malusi
with a 17.336. John Summers and Kyle Hayden won heat races. Timmy Near bolted
out in front to start the 20-lap feature. On lap 5, Near and “Smokin’Joe”
Cunningham got together, sending both cars to the rear. On the restart, Malusi
took over the lead from Kevin Harder from his outside restart position.
Harder would not be denied however, as he made his move to recapture the point
going to the high side in turn 1. Harder, who has been plagued by mechanical
woes the last couple of seasons, kept it together to lead the remaining dozen
circuits, claiming his first feature of the year. That makes 7 different
feature winners for the DTS Sportsmans this season. Malusi who had fallen to
third, nipped a spinning and sliding Mark Super at the line for second, while
Kyle Hayden and Don Stuck rounded out the top 5.

Robby Johnston led qualifying for the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks with
a 16.321. Heat race winners were Ed Newman, Sr. and Julian Fluty. Al Boitel,
Jr. shot out in front to start the 20-lap feature as the field battled
side-by-side behind him. Johnston was making progress working his way through
the field but ran short of laps in his effort to run him down as Boitel grabbed
his first win at Dixie. Finishing behind Johnston were Jay Woolworth, Mike
Walther and Ed Newman, Jr.

Chad Lamson continued his winning ways in the Wilson Marine Bombers, setting
fast time with a 17.939. Heat races went to Mike Wines, Joe O’Leary and Jason
Congdon. Bob Kern jumped out in front in the 20-lap feature and held for the
first 2 laps when defending track champ Congdon moved by on the inside. Three
laps later it was Lamson gaining the advantage coming out of turn 2. Lamson,
sporting a lime-green Mohawk on his helmet, led the rest of the way for his 5th
straight feature win. Anthony Jurek finished second followed Congdon, Troy
Shinabarger and Ricky Plamondon.

The M-15 Towing Figure-8 race proved to be an exciting one as Duane Damon
powered his way into the lead at the start. The “Pitbull” looked like he had
things under control, building up a big lead. But Chad Lamson whittled away at
it every lap, coming from the rear of the field. On the final lap, Damon
looked like he was asleep at the wheel when he took the white flag, only to be
shocked to see Lamson blow by underneath him. Damon tried to respond but it was
too little, too late as he had to settle for second. Ricky Dinius, Jr., Bob
Kern and Joe O’Leary rounded the top 5.

This Friday, July 27th it’s Autograph Night sponsored by ServPro of Saginaw.
All 6 regular divisions will be in action along with the ShortTrackTrucks.com
series. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

GREGA 2 FOR 3 IN DIXIE CUP SERIES

July 20th, 2007

Track record holder Harold Fair, Jr. set fast time for the Outlaw Supers with a 14.590. The 100-lap A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series main event saw Fruit Port, Michigan’s John Grega muscle his way past pole sitter Jerry Artuso for the early lead. The Hall of Fame driver put some distance between himself and the field as those behind him were battling for position. The cream began to rise to the top as veteran Steve Sauve and young gun Johnny Van Doorn worked their way forward. Sauve was brutal on the competition as he picked off numerous cars on restarts. Unfortunately he brushed the frontstretch wall as he got by John Doering Jr, which may have ended his hopes of a win due to knocking the front end out of whack. Van Doorn, who had won the last Dixie Cup Series event, was out to prove it was no fluke as he worked through the field, catching Grega with 25 laps to go. The two cars fought their way around the bottom of the 4/10-mile oval with Grega nursing a leaking left front tire. Van Doorn was faster but could not make his car work on the outside, having to settle for the runner-up spot. He joked afterward that since Grega is his boss at Port City Racing, he didn’t want to pass him. But Grega had his hands full with the youngster, who is one of the up-and-coming drivers in the Midwest. Grega put an exclamation point on his win by doing a NASCAR-style burnout from the flagstand to the backstretch. Artuso ran a smooth race to finish third followed by Sauve and Jay Reinbold. Rounding out the top 10 were Fair, Todd Rosebrugh, Mike Luberda, Jr., Claude Plante, Jr. and Lenny Roberts. Sauve leads Grega by a mere 4 points for the Series Championship with Fair out of second by only 1 point.

For the third week in a row, Travis Eddy led qualifying for the Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds with a 16.016. Heat race winners were Larry Wallace and Donny Matteson, Jr. In the 25-lap feature defending track champ Larry Plamondon got by Phil Bone to take the early lead. Plamondon ran a great race in only his second trip to Dixie this year, leading every lap for the victory. Chuck Silva finished second followed by Eddy, Matteson and Mark Besaw.

Fast time in the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks went to Robby Johnston with a 16.359. Russ Dice and Cam Hiltz took heat race honors. Sgt. Eddie Hayden, on leave from Afghanistan, is getting better each week as he jumped ahead to start the 25-lap feature. The top 7 cars ran nose-to-tail and side-by-side, caution-free until lap 16. Sgt. Eddie’s cousin Curt Hayden took over the top spot on the next lap with Mike Walther in tow. Walther got underneath Curtis and the two drivers battled the rest of the way. In the end it was Walther, celebrating with a cartwheel in victory lane. Curt Hayden hung on for second followed by Kenny Ford, brother Kyle Hayden and Jay Woolworth.

Chad Lamson has been the dominate driver this season in the Wilson Marine Bombers, and his success continued as he set fast time with a 17.873. Heat race winners were Charlie Thom and Lonnie Saumier. Jordan Lechota took the lead to start the 20-lap feature but on lap 3 he got too far outside in turn 4 and surrendered the point to Troy Shinabarger. On lap 14 Troy pushed up in the turn and opened the bottom allowing, guess who? – Lamson, to get by and cruise to his 4th straight feature win. Shinabarger took second followed by Chris Stearns, Anthony Jurek and Rob Kern.

Lamson’s night wasn’t over, as he took the lead away from Scott Platz on lap 2 of the M-15 Towing Figure-8 race. Chad avoided some close calls at the “X” to come home with his second feature win of the night. Platz held off Rob Kern for second while Mike Wines and Chris Stearns rounded out the top 5.

The MSA Supermodifieds invade the Birch Run speedplant this Friday, July 20th, along with Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8’s. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

STEARNS, ALLEN FIRST-TIME WINNERS AT DIXIE

July 12th, 2007

Veteran Ed Doutre, Jr. has dominated qualifying this season and Friday was no
exception as he paced the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.212. Heat races
went to Adam Rowe and Chris Stearns. In the 25-lap feature, Stearns jumped out
in front with Melvin Hottois hot on his tail. Hottois worked the bottom of the
track but couldn’t get the advantage and ultimately fell into the clutches of
defending Track Champion Chad Bennett who worked the high side from his 6th
place starting spot. Bennett started to work on the Stearns but the young gun
was up to the challenge as he led every lap en route to his first-ever Late
Model feature win. Bennett took second followed by Curt Genow, Hottois and
Doutre who came from the rear of the field after an early race incident.

For the second week in a row, second generation driver Travis Eddy set fast
time for the Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds with a 16.102. Dave Christensen
and Mark Besaw took heat race honors. Besaw jumped ahead in the 25-lap feature
with Steve Rollins and Chuck Silva in tow. The three drivers worked through
traffic and battled the entire caution-free race. In the end it was former
track champ Besaw holding on for his first feature win of the year. Rollins
and Silva finished in that order, while Eddy and Mark Abee rounded out the top
5.

Don Stuck was fastest in the DTS Sportsman division with a lap of 17.401. Fast
Eddie Hayden and Timmy Near won heats. In the 20-lap feature, the Sportsmen
ran side-by-side as usual, with Chet Allen taking the early lead from the
outside pole position. John Summers tried his best to catch the leader but in
the end had to worry about Kyle Hayden who was the biggest mover in the race.
Summers edged Hayden by mere inches for second as Allen enjoyed his first-ever
feature on the “Big D”. Near and Stuck rounded out the top 5.

The Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks were led in time trials by Mike Walther
with a 16.434. Heat race winners were Russ Dice and Ed Newman, Sr. Kenny Ford
took the lead to start the 20 lap feature and was looking good but got too high
coming out of turn 4 and lost the point on lap 6. Newman took over and held off a strong charge by Walther and took the victory. Al Boitel, Jr., Sgt. Eddie Hayden and Cam Hiltz completed the top 5.

Chad Lamson has been the man to beat in the Wilson’s Marine Bombers and this
night was no exception as he set fast time with 18.073. Heat races went to
Andrew Burton, Jordan Lechota and Duane Damon. The 20-lap feature was a wild
one with Greg Hiltz taking the early advantage. Lechota got by him two laps
later only to lose it to Randy Foley on lap 4. “Axle” ran his best race of the
season, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Lamson, who took the lead on the lap
10 restart. Lamson checked out to grab his third straight feature win. Foley
finished second followed by Rob Kern, Anthony Jurek and Charlie Thom.

It was Jordan Lechota’s turn to shine in the M-15 Towing Figure-8. He took the
lead from the start and managed to stay out of trouble at the “X” as there were
many close calls to negotiate. Lechota claimed the win while Chad Lamson
finished second followed by Bob Kern, Duane Damon and Mike Wines.

This Friday its Dixie’s annual Christmas in July; benefiting the City Rescue
Mission. Last year, over $9000 was raised for the shelter. The spot light will
shine on the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series as the Outlaw Super Late Models battle
it out in a 100-lap feature for round 3 of the series. Mods, Bombers and
Fig-8′s will also be in action. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

DIXIE EVE OF DESTRUCTION WOWS SELLOUT CROWD

July 5th, 2007

The racing portion of the night started with the Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds
as Travis Eddy set fast time with a 16.113. Heat race winners were Dave
Christensen, Nick Clemons and Mike Luckhurst. The 30-lap feature went
flag-to-flag with Mike Luberda, Sr. taking the early lead. Chuck Silva, at the
wheel of a borrowed car after destroying his own machine earlier in the
weekend, caught up with Luberda, as did Joe Hodgeson, Jr. The trio battled the
entire race, door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper, with Luberda running his best
race ever on the “Big D” oval, holding off the hotshoes on his tail. Silva and
Hodgeson finished 2nd and 3rd, while Luckhurst and Mark Besaw rounded out the
top 5.

Robby Johnston was quickest for the Right Way Automotive factory Stocks with a
16.329. Gregg Campbell, Kyle Hayden and Rob Sullivan took the heats, while
Chad Lamson won the B-main. Adrian’s Auto Care sponsored the 30-lap feature,
upping first-place to $400. Kenny Ford pulled ahead to start the race which
was marred by numerous cautions which kept the field tight. On lap 11, Russ
Dice got by on the outside, but his lead was short-lived as Al Boitel, Jr. made
a slick move coming out of turn 4 to take over on lap 12. Boitel led the rest
of the way and took the checkered flag. However, Boitel failed post-race tech,
handing the win to Curtis Hayden, who had worked hard holding off Johnston.
Rounding out the top 5 were Ed Newman, Jr., Ford and Dice.

The Eve of Destruction has brought capacity crowds; a night that’s a cross
between short track racing and a county fair. Mike Kern entertained the fans
with his “race track bowling” and his not-so-Kate Smith version of “God Bless
America.” Chain Gang heat races were won by the teams of Duane Damon/Chad
Haubenstricker, Cam Hiltz/Scott Platz and Rob Kern/Bud Hartwell. James and
Matt Hogan stayed clear of the twisted metal to take the feature. The Dixie
Crash Cars – one car pushing another – proved even wilder, as Mike Dewar/Tim
Selwick took the win.

The Figure-8 trailer race always provides the most damage, as 14 sets of
vehicles started and only 3 finished. And of course, what would the night be
without School Bus Figure-8′s? Jimmer Daniels drove “Sea Bisquit” into the
early lead but Ovid’s Phil Ehlert caught up with 2 to go and the sparks began
to fly, literally, as the pair got hooked together. In the end, Jimmer held on
to claim another victory and $1000 for his troubles.

The next “Eve of Destruction” is scheduled for August 5th, so make your plans
now. You won’t want to miss it. For further details, go to
www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989 624 9778.

FIREWORKS START EARLY FOR DIXIE DRIVERS

July 2nd, 2007

Ike Beasley set fast time for the Sprinters with a 12.840. Heat race winners were Mike Ling, John Boy Hotchkiss and Tyler Underwood. Ortonville’s Curt Shumaker started on the pole for the 30-lap feature. The former Super Late Model pilot started to pull away while the contenders worked their way through the field. A caution flag flew on lap 10, tightening up the field and Curt’s lead vanished. On the restart Jason Blonde charged to the outside going into turn 1 and took the point out of turn 2. Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom came from his 9th starting spot and caught up with Blonde. Twice Bloom nearly got by in turn 4, but he developed a push late in the race, as Blonde held him off for the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Shumaker and Jimmy McCune. Ryan Katz had challenged for third early on only to spin out and then came from the back of the 23-car field to finish 5th.

There was great racing in the Pro Sports Late Model division as Ed Doutre, Jr. set quick time with a 16.182. Rookie Lonnie Saumier and Mark Welch took heat race wins. The 25-lap feature was one of the best ever as Melvin Hotois roared into the early lead. On lap 7 Marty England powered his way out in front with Robbie Johnson in hot pursuit. Rookie Danny Leeck joined in and the battle was on. England worked hard to keep the two youngsters behind him, as Johnson ran the high side and Leeck used the bottom, and at times were 3 wide. On the final turn Leeck dove deep into turn 1 and the pair were door-to-door. He got the advantage coming out of 2 and held on to claim his first-ever Late Model feature. Johnson got by England to take second. Curt Genow and Brad Bilacic rounded the top 5. Leeck failed to pass post-race tech, handing the win to Johnson.

Don Stuck led qualifying for the DTS Sportsman with a 17.386. Both heat races featured last-lap crashes taking out the leaders. The wins went to Mike Uhlman, Jr. and Chet Allen. Kevin Harder jumped ahead to start the 25-lap feature, but ran into mechanical problems on lap 7. Stuck moved into the lead and never looked back, sailing to his second feature win of the year. Timmy Near and Kyle Hayden battled door-to-door for nearly the entire race with Near getting the edge for 2nd. Mark Super and Uhlman completed the top 5.

Chad Lamson set fast time for the Wilson Marine Bombers with a 18.032. Scott Platz and Jason Congdon captured heat race wins. In the 20-lap feature Greg Hiltz took the lead and began to put some distance between himself and the field. But the hotshoes reeled him in, as Rob Kern got by on lap 12. Two laps later Kern and Lamson pulled away and ran their own race, and Lamson got by on the inside. Lamson stayed ahead of Kern and Congdon to take the victory. Rounding out the top 5 were Anthony Jurek and Hiltz.

52-year-old rookie Bob Kern jumped ahead in the M-15 Towing Figure-8 and held the lead for the first 2 laps until Scott Platz took over the point. His lead lasted only 2 laps as Chad Lamson got by him on the outside. Lamson avoided several close calls at the intersection to win his second feature of the night. Platz was second followed by Duane Damon, Mike Wines and Jordan Lechota.

All six weekly divisions are in action this Friday, July 5th. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Brabbs Breaks 200-Win Milestone at Dixie!

June 27th, 2007

Chuck Silva led time trials in the Hardcore Motorsports Modified division with a 16.246. Rick Wiecorek and Mark Abee took heat race wins. Phil Bone jumped out in front in the 25-lap feature, leading the first 3 laps in the Windpusher Racing house car. Then it was veteran Buck Harsen’s turn to pace the field, but he was bumped by Silva on lap 7, causing an accident that involved 4 cars. Former track champ Mark Besaw assumed command at that point and led until lap 13 when veteran Tony Brabbs took over the top spot on a restart. Brabbs had his car working as he led the rest of the way to take his second feature of the year at Dixie. Besaw finished second followed by Nick Clemons, Joe Hodgeson, Jr. and Mike Luberda.
Ed Doutre, Jr. has fast time for the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.267. Heat races went to Bernie Murphy and rookie Danny Leeck. Tony Hoose took the early lead in the 30-lap feature and showed some muscle, pulling away on each of 4 restarts. On lap 24 Hoose got loose allowing Curt Genow to get by. One lap later, Hoose got loose coming out of turn 4, sending him into the side of point leader Ed Doutre, Jr. Hoose got the worst of it as his car made a hard right turn into the front stretch wall. Genow had the field slowed right down and stacked up on the restart, allowing defending track champ Chad Bennett to get the edge going into turn 1. Bennett led the rest of the way to claim the win. Genow was second followed by Brad Bilacic, Doutre and Chris Stearns.
Bay City’s Kevin Harder set fast time in the Drive Train Specialists Sportsman with a 17.321. Timmy Near and Mark Super took heat race honors. In the 25-lap feature Near and Kyle Hayden ran side-by-side for the first few laps until Near gained the advantage. The rookie had the field covered, running the high side of the “Big D” oval and leading every lap for his first Sportsman feature win. Hayden hung on for second, followed by Super, Don Stuck and Harder.
Mike Walther led qualifying for the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks with a 16.372. Russ Dice and Kenny Ford took the heats. Rookie Kevin Dobis jumped out in front in the 25-lap feature and led the first 4 laps until Cam Hiltz took over and looked like he might win his first-ever Dixie feature. But with just 2 laps remaining, Hiltz opened the door on the bottom and Ed Newman, Jr. drove through it, dashing Hiltz’s hopes for the feature win. Newman went on to claim the win with Curt Hayden second followed by Hiltz, Ford and Walther.
Chad Lamson is proving why he is the man to beat in the Wilson Marine Bombers, claiming fast time with an 18.053. Duane Damon, Mike Wines and Rob Kern won the heat races. Kern jumped ahead in the 20-lap feature, working the bottom of the track. On lap 14 Lamson worked his way passed and held on for the win. Kern took second followed by Anthony Jurek, Jordan Lechota and Keith Lutes.
It was another wild M-15 Towing Figure-8 as Scott Platz took the early lead. But on lap 2 Rob Kern got into him, pushing Platz into the tire barrier on turn 4 and rolling him over. That gave the lead to Duane Damon and the “Pit Bull” never looked back taking his second Figure-8 win of the season. Kern took second followed by Mike Wines, Chad Lamson and Bob Kern.
Two nights of action highlight this weekend, starting with the Auto Value Super Sprint Series on Friday night. Then Sunday, July 1st at 6pm it’s the General RV “Eve of Destruction” presented by the Birch Run/Bridgeport Herald. The event includes Fig-8 Trailer Races, School Bus Fig-8’s, Chain-Gang Races, Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Fireworks and more. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

VAN DOORN WINS A+ SUPPLY DIXIE CUP-100

June 21st, 2007

Twenty Four Outlaw Super Late Models filled the pit in an attempt to make the starting grid and claim their share of the $10,000 series point fund. With temps in the upper 80’s, the track was not as quick as usual but that did not slow track record holder Harold Fair, Jr. who turned a 14.748; leaving him to start 7th in the 100-lap feature. Grand Rapids “Young Gun” Johnny Van Doorn took the early lead from pole sitter Jay Reinbold at the drop of the green.

In only his second trip to Dixie, Van Doorn showed why he is one of the up and coming stars in the state, holding off Hall of Famers Steve Sauve and John Grega. With just 5 to go, Sauve made a charge on a restart but the track could not give him the bite he needed to complete the pass as Van Doorn kept the Tim Steele-prepared, HS Die-sponsored machine in front for all 100 laps – only the second driver to ever accomplish that feat. Rounding out the top 5 behind Sauve and Grega were Reinbold and Brent Jack. In hot laps, Cliff Pulley lost an engine going into turn one and went head-on into the barrier. Cliff was quite sore but ok on Saturday and was already working on repairing his mount. Angola hotshoe Scott Hantz while going for the third spot, made contact with Reinbold, sending the Pro Late Model Champion spinning. Hantz took the blame, thereby giving Reinbold his spot back and relegating himself to the rear. Hantz ultimately lost an oil pump belt and retired. Norm Davis who has been bit by bad luck as of late got crowded into the front stretch wall by David McMannus driving the famous Dean Hudson prepared #5. Davis changed a tire but found his rear end had shifted about 4 inches, forcing him to the pit. Lee Anderson was having his best run in a long time only to fall victim to a smoking engine, forcing him to retire early as well.

The Auto Value Michigan Legends Series made their first appearance of the season with heat races going to Randy Gallagher, Levi Rouster and Scott Menlon. In the 25-lap feature, Menlon jumped out in front and began to put some distance between him and the field. His lead began to shrink however, as the 15-year-old diced his way through lapped traffic with Rouster on his tail. On lap 21 Menlon got hung up behind a lapped car just long enough for Rouster to get by and claim the victory. Menlon was second followed by Gallagher, Rick Kilbourne and Ben Rouster.

Larry Plamondon set fast time for the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks with a 16.382. Ed Newman, Sr. won his heat while Dave McCallum, Jr. came all the way from Florida the win the second. In the 25-lap feature, Josh Hahn jumped ahead and led the first 3 laps when Kenny Ford got by. Ford’s lead was short-lived however as Newman, Sr. grabbed the point on lap 5 and led the rest of the way for the victory. Curt Hayden used the outside to finish second followed by David Kirklin, Russ Dice and Mike Walther.

The Wilson Marine Bombers were paced in qualifying by Chad Lamson with 18.244. Heat race winners were Andrew Burton and Jason Congdon. 52-year-old rookie, Bob Kern took the lead to start the 20-lap feature and held it for the first 6 laps. Then rookie Anthony Jurek took over the top spot until lap 11 when Lamson got by and pulled away for the win. Jeff Roethlisberger was second followed by Jurek, Jordan Lechota and Congdon. At the conclusion of the race, Andrew Burton decided to do a U-turn on the front stretch and was met by Lechota in the form of a T-bone crash. After some quick repairs, Lechota was able to make it out for the Fig-8 race but the incident left everyone scratching their heads for a cause for the wreck.

Lamson continued his winning ways in the M-15 Towing Figure-8’s, avoiding numerous altercations at the “X” and leading every lap to take the victory. Andrew Burton was second followed by Mike Wines, Duane Damon and Scott Platz. Unfortunately, Lamson failed to pass post-race tech, moving everyone up accordingly.

This Friday, Dixie’s 6 weekly divisions are back in action with time trials at 5:45 and racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

RACING TOO CLOSE TO CALL AT DIXIE

June 14th, 2007

Ed Doutre, Jr. set fast time for the Pro Sports Late Models with a 16.131. Heat race wins went to Bernie Murphy and Marty England. In the 30-lap feature, defending track champ Chad Bennett looked like he was finally back on track as he took the lead early over the 20-car field. Chad had changed a transmission earlier in the night hoping that it would take care of a bad vibration, but it came back to haunt him as he dropped out with a broken rear end on lap 7. On the restart, Robbie Johnson and Chris Stearns battled side-by-side, with Stearns gaining the advantage two laps later. Last week’s winner, Mark Welch, got by him on lap 22 and led the rest of the way for his second feature win in as many starts. Johnson finished second, followed by Doutre, Stearns and Melvin Hottois. Six cars were collected when former Sportsman Champion Curt Genow spun his Servpro Monte Carlo in turn 1, sending those behind him in every direction. They will have some time to get things repaired as the Pro Late Models are not in action again until June 22nd.

In the Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds Chuck Silva was fastest with a 16.161. The top 10 cars all qualified within 12/100 of a second; making for a great feature. Mark Besaw and Donny Matteson, Jr. took the heat races. Tony Brabbs took the lead to start the 25-lap feature and began to pull away but Matteson ran him down and the two cars separated themselves from the pack. On lap 20 Matteson made the outside groove work to his advantage as he took the lead for good. Brabbs came home second followed by Nick Clemons, Mike Luberda and Silva.

Don Stuck had fast-time for the Drive Train Specialist Sportmans with a 17.381. Kyle Hayden and Johnny Summers took heat race wins. In the 25-lap feature, newcomer Mike Ulman, Jr. from Tawas City took the lead right from the start. Ulman and Summers had quite a battle going on most of the race and, with just a few laps remaining, Hayden joined in the fray. It was an edge-of-your-seat affair as the trio headed into turn 3; Uhlman in the lead, Hayden and Summers door-to-door behind him. In his first-ever visit to Dixie, Uhlman held off the locals to claim the checkered but was found to be too light in post-race inspection, handing the win to Summers. Rounding out the top 5 were Hayden, Mark Super and Joe Cunningham.

Ed Newman, Sr. paced qualifying for the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks with a 16.286. Gary Shank, Jr. and Curt Hayden took heat race wins. Josh Hahn had his best run ever, taking the lead in the 20-lap feature. Russ Dice celebrated his birthday by taking over the top spot on lap 4. He held it until lap 15 when Ed Newman, Jr. took over on the inside. Newman led the rest of the way for the victory. Dice finished second followed by Mike Walther, Robby Johnston and Hahn.

The closest racing of the night came in the Wilson Marine Bombers, as Chad Lamson set fast time with an 18.137. Devon Platz and Rob Kern took heat race wins. In the 20-lap feature, Jordan Lechota jumped ahead and led the first 7 laps but was put to the rear for running too far under his qualifying time. Kern inherited the lead and held it until the very end when defending track champion Jason Congdon charged up on the outside. The two cars crossed the finish line in a virtual photo finish. After reviewing the replay, it was determined that the pair would split the win. However, Kern failed to pass post-race tech, giving Congdon the win outright. Rounding out the top 5 were Anthony Jurek, Duane Damon, Lamson and first-timer Greg Bastien.

In the M-15 Towing Figure-8 race, Jordan Lechota bounced back from his woes in the Bomber feature as we went largely unchallenged to claim the win. After everyone avoided several close calls in the intersection, Lechota mastered traffic at the “X” to stretch out his lead and cruise to his second Figure-8 win of the season. Duane Damon took second followed by Chad Lamson, Scott Platz and Mike Wines.

This Friday is round 2 of the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series featuring Outlaw Super Late Models, 100 laps. The Auto Value Michigan Legends Series will also be in action along with Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8’s. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. Please make note of the construction detour at Birch Run Rd. and Dixie Hwy. Call or go to the Dixie website for an alternate route. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

LUCKHURST, WELCH TURN UP HEAT AT DIXIE

June 6th, 2007

Richmond’s Keith Wioncek led qualifying for the trucks with a 17.476. Heat race winners were Justin Claucherty and Kyle Trinklein. Jim Idema jumped ahead to start the 30-lap feature and held the lead for the first 3 laps when Paul Schaffer took over the top spot. Wioncek caught up and looked like he would take over, but he was collected in an accident on lap 13 and was forced to retire from the race. Schaffer extended his lead until Claucherty made it through the pack. On the final lap, it was door-to-door with Claucherty diving low in turn 4 with a fender ahead of Schaffer at the stripe to take the win. John Smalley, Chad Lennert and Natascha Thompson rounded out the top 5.

In the Pro Sports Late Models, Ed Doutre, Jr. pace the field with a 16.224. Adam Rowe and Tony Hoose took heat race wins. Rookie Chris Stearns took the early lead in the 30-lap feature, leading the 19-car field to the first turn. On lap 5 Mark Welch got by him on the outside. It was a real dog fight for second spot with the 4 drivers running door-to-door, which allowed Welch to pull away and claim his first Dixie feature win. Doutre got through the pack for 2nd was second followed by Stearns, last week’s winner Robbie Johnson and Marty England.

Nineteen Hardcore Motorsports Modifieds filled the pit with Steve Rollins setting the standard with a 16.116. Heat races went to Chaz Pray and Donny Matteson, Jr. A Stellar field with over 30 collective track championships lined the front stretch for the 30-lap feature. Mark Besaw gaining the early advantage with Bill Luckhurst’s beautiful 33 car in tow. The pair battled the entire race while behind them, things heated up. Tony Brabbs and Mark Abee, who had put on a clinic for the first race of the year were at it again, running door-to-door most of the event. With the laps winding down, Luckhurst had tried every trick in the book to get by Besaw who had been driving the perfect line. With just 1 lap to go, Luckhurst made a textbook move as he swung high going into turn 4 and, like a sling shot, dove under Besaw coming out of turn 4 to take lead and the win. Besaw came home second followed by Chuck Silva, Mark Abee and Rollins rounded out the top 5.

In the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks Mike Walther had quick time with a 16.377. Heat races went to Maverick Morrow and David Kirklin. Curt Hayden survived 3 restarts and took the early lead. Kirklin stayed behind him almost the entire race race, but Hayden kept the top spot, capturing his second feature of the year. Julian Fluty came home in second followed by Kyle Hayden, Kirklin and Walther.

Chad Lamson was the man to beat again in the Wilson Marine Bombers, setting fast time with an 18.148. Randy Clayton and Jake Caverly took the heat races. Duane Damon jumped ahead in the 20-lap feature but Anthony got by 1 lap later. Rob Kern passed him on lap 2 and masterfully worked the bottom of the track to hold off the field. Lamson caught up with him and got by him on lap 9 as Kern slid up the track in turn 1. Lamson led the rest of the way for the victory. Kern was a close second followed by Jurek, Andrew Burton and Greg Hiltz.

Bobby Gwynn took the lead to start the M-15 Towing figure-8 race. On lap 4 Scott Platz got in the back of Gwynn, spinning him out and taking over the lead. Platz went on to take the checkered flag, but was penalized 1 lap for spinning out the leader. That gave the victory to Rob Kern, who was followed by Ricky Casey, Bob Kern, Andrew Burton and C.J. Davis.

It’s another big race night this Friday, June 8th with all 6 weekly divisions in action. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. Racers and fans should note that there is road construction south of the speedway which requires a short detour to the track. An alternate route is posted on the Dixie website. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

GREGA CLAIMS DIXIE CUP SERIES WIN

May 30th, 2007

Twenty Eight Outlaw Super Late Models timed in for the 100-lap event, with Harold Fair, Jr. setting the pace with 14.576. At last year’s “150”, Saginaw’s Norm Davis had the car to beat until a flat tire ended his chances for the win. This time he “messed up” during qualifying but said the car was good as he won the 15-lap Last Chance race with Canadian Jerry Artuso in tow. Series defending Champion John Grega uncharacteristically started on the pole with Auburn’s Brent Jack along side. To the surprise of the strong Memorial Day Weekend crowd, Jack got the advantage on two straight starts and put some distance between himself and Grega but his engine quit just 3 laps in with apparent ignition woes, handing the lead over to Grega. Michigan standout Steve Sauve moved into second and applied plenty of pressure on the restarts. Meanwhile, Angola’s Scott Hantz and Fair were being held up by David McManus in the #5 Zent/Hudson machine. Hantz made a run on the outside of McMannus off of turn 4 but McManus drifted up to the wall, nearly taking out both machines, Fast-timer Fair was ready for the opportunity as he made a move by both of them to get the third spot. Back at the front, the two Hall of Fame drivers stayed in front with Grega taking the checkered flag. In the face of an overheating problem, Sauve, who had not been up to his normal form the past 2 seasons, was pleased to have a good run coming home in 2nd in a tough field. Rounding out the top 5 were Fair, Hantz and Davis who survived an early altercation to finish 5th.

Don Stuck led qualifying for the Drive Train Specialists Sportsman division with a 17.392, while last week’s feature winner Kyle Hayden took the heat race. The action in the 20-lap feature was tight as usual with Rick Osborne, Jr. taking the early lead. John Summers past him 1 lap later, but Dale Malusi got by on lap 3. Stuck caught up with Malusi and Summers and the three cars waged a real battle until the very end. But Malusi held them off, taking his second feature of the season. Stuck, Summers, Mark Super and Hayden rounded out the top 5.

Former track champ Jim Miller, Jr. led time trials for the Right Way Automotive Factory Stocks with a 16.344. Miller and Cam Hiltz took heat race honors. Jerry Gagnon jumped out in front in the 25-lap feature and held it for the first 3 laps when Ed Newman, Jr. took over. Newman put some room between himself and the field the battle ensued behind him. The side-by-side action led to some exciting racing and a few altercations, but in the end it was Newman holding off Hiltz for the win. It was a family celebration in victory lane as Ed Newman, Sr. took third spot. Gagnon and Kenny Stevens round out the top 5.

Chad Lamson has been on fire this year in the Wilson Marine Bombers Friday was no exception, setting fast time with an 18.029. Jake Caverly and Jeff Roethlisberger won heat races. Duane Damon jumped out in front in the 20-lap feature and began to pull away. But Lamson, using the outside lane, caught on lap 13 and took over the point. Lamson held off some strong challenges to claim the victory with Troy Shinabager taking second followed by Rob Kern, Damon and Andrew Burton.

Another exciting M-15 Towing Figure-8 saw Duane Damon jump out in front early. The battle was for the second spot with Scott Platz, Bob Kern and Andrew Burton going at it. With 4 laps to go the cars tangled in turn 4, jumbling up the order. In the end it was the “Pit Bull’s” night, as Damon led all the way for the win. Platz took second followed by Mike Wines, Burton and Jordan Lechota.

The ShortTrackTrucks Series will headline action this Friday, June 1st. Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Fig-8’s will also be in action. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Dixie Drivers To See Championship Point Fund Grow

January 21st, 2007

Dixie is also pleased to announce its new Division Sponsors. Each sponsor carries Division Title Sponsorship honors. The Pro Sports Late Models are sponsored by Flushing’s PRO SPORTS GRAPHICS. Pro Sports specializes in Vinyl lettering and signage, racecar and commercial graphics as well as screen printing and monogramming. “Not only have Bart and Sandy been long-time track supporters but they work at the track and continue to demonstrate their love for the sport by directly supporting the drivers with their division sponsorship. They can be reached at 810-659-5649. Caro’s Chad Bennett is the defending 3-time Pro Sports Late Model Champion.

Brighton, Michigan’s Hardcore Motorsports has committed to the Dixie Modifieds. The HARDCORE MOTORSPORTS MODIFIEDS have seen significant growth over the past 2 seasons and have thrilled the crowd with outstanding 2 and 3-wide open-wheeled racing. 2nd-year hotshoe Larry Plamondon is the Hardcore Motorsports Modified 2006 Champion. Hardcore Motorsports handles high performance products for drag, oval and street applications as well as in-house fabrication, assembly and chassis dyno services. GM Jim Stewart can be reached at 810-632-7527 or HardcoreMotorsportsMI.com.

Warren, Michigan’s DRIVE TRAIN SPECIALISTS is proud to sponsor Dixie’s Sportsman class. The DTS Sportsman division is expected to grow significantly this season with numerous Factory Stock standouts like Kyle Hayden, Jim Miller Jr., John Summers, Al Boitel and Ed Newman Jr. making the move up to Dixie’s 4/10-mile high-banked oval. DTS will be there to support them with one-stop shopping for parts and service. DTS distributes Rearends, Lockers, Quick Changes and related high performance hardware and drive train components for all applications. Whether off-the-shelf or custom built, complete assemblies or parts; just call Claude at 800 521 0628.

RIGHTWAY AUTOMOTIVE will be sponsoring the Factory Stock division for 2007. After a 1-year layoff, the Rightway Automotive Factory Stocks returned with a vengeance in 2006 with Flint’s Jim Miller Jr. claiming the season championship. These guys put on an edge-of-your-seat show every week and Rightway Automotive is excited to be part of it. Rightway, located on S. Dort Hwy in Flint, are auto credit experts for the used car buyer and finance what they sell at 810-424-1726.

“With our new Title Sponsors we think it’s one more reason why more drivers are calling Dixie home”, said Kern. Like most area tracks, in years past, Dixie paid the top ten drivers in each division at its annual Awards Banquet. For 2007, the top 15 will receive a point fund check. At a minimum, Late Model and Modified Champions will receive $1000, Sportsman $750, Factory Stocks- $500, Bombers-$200 and Fig-8’s-$200. If adequate sponsorship can be acquired, the top 20 will be paid. “It’s a bit early yet to confirm, but we are in discussions with a few potential sponsors for Bombers and Fig-8’s, which if they sign, will allow us to hit our mark. Regardless, we are already well ahead of last year”. For a detailed look at the 2007 Super Cash Driver Point Fund, go to dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778. The new info will be posted soon.

Dixie Season Ends with a Bang

September 20th, 2006

National Roofing from Burton and Turf Tech, Inc. of Birch Run sponsored the season-ending affair as Dixie played host to a standing room only crowd. The event featured School Bus Figure-8’s, Chain Gang races, 4 x 4 tug-o-war, Fig-8 Trailer races and Dixie’s world famous $500-to-win Race Track Bowling. There was also some serious racing on the schedule as Dixie’s Sportsman division held their season championships and the VROA Vintage Modifieds made their first appearance to Dixie’s highbanks.

Bay City’s Kevin Harder set fast time among 14 Sportsman with a 17.490. Dale Malusi and Curt Genow took heat race honors. The 25-lap feature started with “Smokin’”Joe Cunningham taking the early lead over Scott Dan; that lead would be short-lived however as Curt Olar would take the point on lap 5. Olar began to build a comfortable lead as the pack behind him continued racing door-to-door, bumper-to-bumper. Don Stuck was moving through the field, but, just when it looked like he would start to chase down the leader, his handling seemed to go away. Harder on the other hand did not have any handling issues as he quickly dispatched Genow, Stuck, Dan and “Smokin’ Joe”. It appeared to be only a question of having enough laps to run down Olar but, with just 6 laps remaining, Harder suddenly slowed on the track with apparent mechanical problems. He clearly was disappointed with his result, but could only be pleased with his outstanding performance as the crowd gave him a solid round of applause to acknowledge his effort. Olar would go on to claim his second feature of the year with Cunningham, Stuck, Genow and John Forsythe rounding out the top 5. Genow claimed the season championship. Numerous first-time competitors were on hand, getting a handle on the 4/10-mile oval, with an eye on calling the Sportsman division “home” for 2007. The 2nd-year class is a mid-level division characterized by 2 and 3-wide racing, bumper-to-bumper, Daytona-style. The track is committed in its support of the 2nd-year division and expects it to grow by drivers who wish to campaign in a highly competitive environment, without all the “black and blue” racing usually accompanied by the Factory Stocks and Bombers.

The Vintage Modifieds put on a great show as well as the ‘40’s-style coupes graced the Dixie highbanks for the first time. Heat races went to Rick Nelson and Bob Martin. Their feature, just like the Sportsman was a door-to-door affair with the win undecided until the final lap with Rob Parker taking the checkered flag. He was challenged at the line by Larry Mollohan, Samantha Jansen from Ontario,Tim Martin and Don Deyman.

To the delight of the crowd, the Eve of Destruction did not disappoint as ‘CAR’nage was the rule rather than the exception. Duane Damon took the Rollover Contest and Chain Gang race, the School Bus Figure-8 went to Phil Ehlert, Greg Diffin took the 4 x 4 tug-o-war in his big Dodge Diesel, Jim Samyn and Tom Syring once again took the Porta Potty race while Scott Platz claimed the Figure-8 Trailer race. Lapeer’s Brian Jenkins and Flint’s Brian Sergill each took $250 out of Hannah Kern’s college fund as track promoter, Mike Kern, amid heavy jeers and screams, failed to strike in Dixie racetrack bowling.

The 2006 racing season has concluded with the Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for November 4th at the Albee Twp Community Center. Tickets may be purchased at the track. For details, call 989.624.9778 or go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com. Thank you to all the fans, crews, drivers and sponsors for a great season. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

McManus Wins Dixie Cup ‘Smackdown 150′

September 13th, 2006

The return of up-and-coming star Cameron Dodson thrilled the crowd, as he set fast time for the Super Sprints with a blistering 12.399, averaging nearly 120 mph. Heat race winners were Jason Blonde, Dorman Snyder and Dennis Craft, with Ike Beasley taking the “B” Main. Beasley jumped out in front to start the 30-lap feature, with the whole field battling behind him. Blonde took over the top spot on lap 7, as Dodson worked his way forward. Cameron caught up to Blonde a few laps later and the two young lions began to put on a show, running side-by-side until Dodson gained the advantage on lap 17. Dodson held on for the popular win, and celebrated by running up into the stands, much to the delight of the Dixie fans. Blonde finished second followed by Beasley, Jeff Bloom and Ryan Litt.

Richmond, MI’s Keith Wioncek paced qualifying for the ShortTrackTruck.com Series with a 17.617. Defending series champ Joey Shuryan won the first heat, while Waterford’s Bob Fruit took the second. Rookie Chad Lenert took the early lead in the 25-lap feature and began to put some distance between him and the pack until the caution flag flew 9 laps later. Justin Claucherty took over the lead on lap 10 as the trucks battled side-by-side and nose to tailgate, Talladega-style, behind him. On lap 17, fast-timer Wioncek took the point, and never looked back, winning his first feature of the season. Point-leader Shuryan came from the back of the pack to take second, followed by Claucherty, John Smalley and Kyle “Flipper” Trinklein.

But this weekend is all about the “SmackDown,” as John Grega led 29 Super Late Models in time trials with a 14.415. The top 6 qualifiers ran a 10-lap dash to decide starting positions 7 through 12, with second generation driver David McManus taking the victory and the 7th-place starting position for the SmackDown. Two 20-lap qualifying races decided the remainder of the lineup, including the first 3 rows. But the weatherman had other ideas as rain stopped the first race just 4 laps in, with Brent Jack holding the lead.

The event continued on Sunday as Saturday’s events were rained out. Qualifier #1 picked up at lap 4 and it looked as though Saginaw’s Steve Sauve in his familiar 97 would take the win and earn the pole for the “150”. Half way through the 20-lap event, Sauve’s car began to slip going into the corners and, one lap later, so did the racers behind him. Sauve’s car developed a coolant leak, forcing him to retire from the event. The race continued with Jack taking the win followed by John Delarye and Claude Plante. Qualifier #2 had Saginaw’s Norm Davis taking the win followed by Owosso’s Tim Felver and 2005 SmackDown winner, John Doering Jr. The top 3 finishers in each qualifier would make up the top 3 rows to start the “150”.

With the 26-car field set, Larry and Judy Hutchison, owners of A+ Supply dropped the green flag for the start of the SmackDown 150. Davis got the jump on Jack and took the point, building a substantial lead on the field until the first of 7 cautions on lap 42. The most serious yellow flag came out for Stan Yee and Plante in turn 2 which also collected Doering and Dansville, MI driver John Dunivon. Plante and Yee could not continue while Doering suffered some serious body damage. The first 75 laps were highlighted by Grega moving into 2nd place from 9th, Angola’s Scott Hantz moving back up to 4th after spinning into the infield and Sauve moving into 3rd from 26th, making him the Hoosier Hard Charger winner for the first half. But the most significant highlight may have been Davis cutting down a tire and having to go to the rear of the field on lap 46. Driving the Tom McDonald-owned Port City Chassis 24, Davis drove a masterful race to get back up to the 5th spot at the break; running the high groove like he was on a rail.

18 drivers would make grid for the start of the second segment. Delarye’s first visit to Dixie showed that he has the stuff to compete at the high-banked oval but 2 spins would keep him out of the top 5. Hantz seemed to lose the handle on his mount after the break and would enter the pit to make adjustments but could only come back for a 7th place finish. Flat Rock regular, Lenny Roberts would advance to 11th from 21st, earning him the Hoosier Hard Charger award for the 2nd half. Bob DuCharme blistered off a top 6 qualifying lap but fell victim to the spinner-spinnee rule. His words were, “that spinner-spinnee rule sucks” because in his case, the offending driver failed to take responsibility for the spin, which would have given Doc Bob his spot back. Instead, both involved drivers went to the rear. Dixie Cup winner Mike Luberda Jr. in the LeClair Fuels machine retired on lap 91 due to a rearend leak. Harold Fair Jr, also a top 6 car, had mechanical problems as did Felver. Both drivers thought they had a shot at the win but never had the chance to find out.

The real race of the second half would get down to 2nd generation driver, David McManus and Hall of Fame veteran John Grega. Grega looked to have things pretty well in hand and certainly had enough laps left to make his move. That was the consensus in the stands but not necessarily the consensus of young McManus. McManus had a transmission problem and an oil leak in his previous 2 Dixie Cup events but showed that he was very capable of a win. As the checkered flag neared, Grega turned up the wick and began to show his determination to take the win and the Series title. McManus continued to run a perfect and consistent line; allowing Grega only a sliver of room to get by. As the lead pair battled, Davis continued his assault on Sauve, running high, especially through turns 3 and 4. Davis would edge Sauve’s right rear but Sauve slammed the door just as quickly. The pair would finish nose to tail. Doering’s car never was the same after his body adjustment as he had a mirror-full of sophomore SLM driver Jay Reinbold. Reinbold had a strong run but could not manage to get by the Zent-Hudson number 5. With just 5 to go, Grega was leaving nothing on the table as he tried McManus high and low. With 2 laps to go, Grega shot the outside through turn 4, McManus’s AutoBody Complete #7 got very wide as Grega grazed the frontstretch wall, causing him to lose valuable momentum. That proved to be the last shot Grega would have as the white flag flew for the leader. “I hope John’s not mad at me. Our radios weren’t working for the last 75 laps but I sure knew Grega was there. My car got real wide at the end, but man, I was going for the win and $7500” David said in the winner’s circle. David’s father, Darryl would say that this was the biggest win of his 34-year racing career. It is only fitting as Darrell is retiring from racing knowing that his son has what it takes to run with the big dogs. Sauve came home in 3rd followed by Davis, Doering, Reinbold, Hantz, Jack Varney, Delarye and DuCharme.

The team of Jimmy Samyn and Tom Syring share the “big turd award” after winning the Porta-Potty $200 sponsored by Alert Sewer Co. of Burton. Roger McCray won the burnout contest.

This Saturday, Sept 16, come witness the carnage as the EVE OF DESTRUCTION gets underway at 7pm. The final event of the 2006 season includes Sportsman Championship, Vintage Modifieds, rollover contest, $200-to-win 4 x 4 tug-o-war (truck beds must be empty), Chain Gang races, School Bus Figure-8, the hugely popular Figure-8 Trailer race and the world famous $500-to-win Dixie Racetrack Bowling. Pit and Grandstand gates open at 4, with racing at 7pm. For more information, go to Dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989-624-9778.

Dodson Grabs Third AVSS Win of Season at Dixie

September 11th, 2006

With 24 of the fastest short track cars in the world in the Dixie Motor Speedway pit area, every driver involved in terrible accidents at Berlin Raceway the week before were all in attendance. Ryan Davis was the only driver who was not able compete, but still showed his support for the AVSS by making the trip to the event. Qualifications showed how close the competition in the AVSS really is. 22 of the 24 cars timed in with in one second of quick timer Dodson who turned a lap of 12.399 or a 116 mile per hour average. Owens Petroleum Rookie of the Year contenders Ryan Litt and Chad Goff timed in second, and third quick, with Jeff Bloom and Ike Beasley in the top five.

Three heat races would take to the track, with 15 of the 24 transferring directly to the A-main. Jason Blonde, Dorman Snyder and Dennis Craft would take the heat race wins. Ike Beasley was forced to run the B-main, and passed Jeff Bloom on lap eight to take the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads B-main win. Second place point sitter Curt Shumaker was racing in the second position until lap five when he would develop problems with the motor ending his night.

With Shumaker pit side for the A-main, Jason Blonde who timed in the seventh position, would benefit as he moved from the seventh starting spot to the pole position. However, outside pole sitter Ike Beasley would get the jump at the drop of the green flag and led the field as he exited turn two. Blonde settled into second, with Chad Goff in third. Jeff Bloom and Cameron Dodson were side by side for the fourth position with Bloom edging Dodson for the spot at the conclusion of lap one. On the second lap, Dodson would move around Bloom to take over fourth, and quickly put pressure on Goff for third. One lap later Dodson moved up another spot to claim that third position.

On lap seven, Blonde put pressure on Beasley for the lead. Just as the leaders began the battle for the lead, Bloom would take fourth away from Goff. On the next lap, Blonde did move past Beasley to take the point heading in to turn three. The fight for the fifth position heated up as rookie contenders Goff and Ryan Litt were racing each other. By the tenth lap, the leaders encountered lapped traffic, and Dodson quickly took advantage of the slower cars to move past Beasley for second place. Litt would also make a move past Goff to take over fifth.

While Blonde worked his way through the lapped cars, Dodson began to reel the race leader in. Just as the leaders crossed the line to complete lap 13, Dodson moved to the high side of Blonde and made the pass just as the caution came out for debris in turn four.

When the race resumed, Dodson stayed close to Blonde and the duo began to pull away from the rest of the field. Four laps later, Dodson would make the pass on Blonde for the lead, this time it would stick as the race stayed green for the remainder of the 30 laps. By lap 20, the leaders were again in lapped traffic. Dodson was able to use the high side to work around the slower traffic and increased his lead. Brian Lay moved into the top five when he passed Litt on the 21st lap.

By lap 25, Litt moved back round Lay for fifth. With heavy lapped traffic, Dodson continued to pull away. When the white flag waved, Dodson had lapped up to ninth place, and had a 1/4 lap lead over Blonde. At the finish, Dodson claimed his third win, followed by Blonde, Beasley, Bloom and Litt in the top five. Lay, Ryan Katz, Hank Lower, Dave Baumgartner (from 19th), and Chad Goff rounded out the top ten.

Up next for the Auto Value/ Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints is the season finale on September 30th at Berlin Raceway. This exciting event will host the AVSS Season Championship where Tommy Fedewa simply has to unload his T&T Promotions owned sprint car to claim his second points championship. The Open Wheel Extravaganza presented by Auto Value Bumper to Bumper will include the AVSS, ISMA Super Modifieds, USAC, UMARA and WOWMS midgets. The VROA vintage modifieds will also be competing making four classes of open wheel race cars. For more information on this exciting event, visit the official AVSS web site at www.supersprints.com, or Berlin Raceway at www.berlinraceway.com

Event Summary:

Hamilton Trucking Time Trials: 1) 50 Cameron Dodson 12.399 (116.138 mph) 2) 07 Ryan Litt 12.495 3) 9 Chad Goff 12.688 4) 26 Jeff Bloom 12.701 5) 97 Ike Beasley 12.782 6) 71 Curt Shumaker12.808 7) 42b Jason Blonde 12.832 8) 24 Bill Tyler 12.867 9) 4 Tyler Underwood 12.928 10) 45 Brian Lay 12.929 11) 42 Tommy Fedewa 12.941 12) 10 Hank Lower 12.985 13) 35 Ryan Katz 13.006 14) 98 Kevin Feeney 13.040 15) 34 Johnny Scherer 13.057 16) 19 Jimmy McCune 13.122 17) 61 Dorman Snyder 13.172 18) 70 Dennis Craft 13.226 19) 20 Aaron Katz 13.236 20) 63 E.J. Calloway 13.268 21) 81 Dave Baumgartner 13.273 22) 69 Tim Ryan 13.319 23) 75 John Hotchkiss 13.586 24) 31 Harry Parish n/t

United Trailers Heat #1 (1:47.109): 1) 42b Jason Blonde 2) 50 Cameron Dodson 3) 19 Jimmy McCune 4) 35 Ryan Katz 5) 45 Brian Lay 6) 20 Aaron Katz 7) 26 Jeff Bloom 8) 69 Tim Ryan

Dowker Engines Heat #2 (1:47.550): 1) 61 Dorman Snyder 2) 42 Tommy Fedewa 3) 24 Bill Tyler 4) 98 Kevin Feeney 5) 07 Ryan Litt 6) 97 Ike Beasley 7) 75 John Hotchkiss 8) 63 E.J. Calloway

Access Mortgage and Financial Heat #3 (1:50.733): 1) 70 Dennis Craft 2) 34 Johnny Scherer 3) 10 Hank Lower 4) 4 Tyler Underwood 5) 81 Dave Baumgartner 6) 71 Curt Shumaker 7) 9 Chad Goff 8) 31 Harry Parish

All Pro Cylinder Heads B-Main (no time): 1) 97b Ike Beasley 2) 26 Jeff Bloom 3) 9 Chad Goff 4) 20 Aaron Katz 5) 69 Tim Ryan 6) 31 Harry Parish 7) 75 John Hotchkiss 8) 63 E.J. Calloway 9) 71 Curt Shumaker

Auto Value/ Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints A-Main, 30 Laps (No Time) 1) 50 Cameron Dodson 2) 42b Jason Blonde 3) 97 Ike Beasley 4) 26 Jeff Bloom 5) 07 Ryan Litt 6) 45 Brian Lay 7) 35 Ryan Katz 8) 10 Hank Lower 9) 81 Dave Baumgartner 10) 9 Chad Goff 11) 24 Bill Tyler 12) 42 Tommy Fedewa 13) 34 Johnny Scherer 14) 98 Kevin Feeney 15) 31 Harry Parish 16) 20 Aaron Katz 17) 61 Dorman Snyder 18) 19 Jimmy McCune 19) 69 Tim Ryan 20) 70 Dennis Craft 21) 4 Tyler Underwood

Lap Leaders: Ike Beasley 1-7, Jason Blonde 8-16, Cameron Dodson 17-30

Suspension Spring Specialist Blue Coil Spring Winner: Chad Goff

Joe Hunt Magnetos Award Winner: Johnny Scherer

Hard Charger: Dave Baumgartner +10

Dixie Champions Crowned

September 5th, 2006

The Pro Late Model division provided the biggest thrills of the night as Jay Reinbold set fast time with a 16.175. John Labelle and Eric Headley won their first heat races of the year. The 50-lap feature would decide the championship as Chad Bennett held a 28-point advantage over Reinbold going into the event. Lance Troyer got a good jump and took the early lead until lap 18 when Mark Klein put his Charger in front. On lap 24, Sam Tremble, Jr. slowed on the track and attempted to pull into the pits but could not make the turn, causing him to stop abruptly on the track, when he was hit from behind by Norm Wilcox. Stormin’ Norman’s car plunged head-on into the tire barrier while Tremble slid out onto the track, in front of Rod Laney. The impact ripped the fuel cell from Tremble causing a fire that stretched over 50 yards down the back straightaway. Miraculously, thanks to the quick work of Speedway Safety, no one was injured, but 5 cars were unable to continue. When the race resumed, Klein was forced to go to the rear after working on his car during the red flag. Reinbold assumed command, and shortly afterward, Bennett suffered a flat tire. Chad was able to get it repaired and tag on to the rear with just 20 laps to go. Bennett managed to catch up to Reinbold but could not make the pass as the Frankenmuth veteran held on for his first feature of the year, claiming the $1,000 prize. Bennett may have lost the battle but he won the war; winning his 3rd championship in the last 4 years. Rounding out the top 5 were Troyer who drove his best race of the year, Brad Bilacic, and Melvin Hottois.

Donny Matteson, Jr. had quick time for the Modifieds with a 16.042. Phil Bone, Jon Beach and Buck Harsen took heat race honors. The 50-lap feature was hard-fought from the beginning with Dave Christensen gaining the advantage over Joe Hodgeson, Jr. The two drivers swapped the lead back and forth until Hodgeson started to pull away on lap 15. Steve Rollins got by Christensen and chased down the leader, but Hodgeson was too strong as he won his first ever feature on the Big “D” oval. Rollins took second ahead of Christensen, Chuck Silva and Larry Plamondon. Plamondon built up enough points to win his first championship in just his second Modified season.

The Factory Stocks were led in time trials by Robby Johnston with a 16.272. Heat race winners were Ron Robinson, Jay Woolworth and Ed Newman, Jr. Frankie Evans took his first-ever checkered flag in the semi- feature. Woolworth jumped ahead to start the 30-lap feature and led the first 7 laps. Maverick Morrow took over and led until lap 10 when Chris Stearns got passed and stayed ahead for the next 6 laps. Johnston got around Stearns and looked to be the car to beat but blew a tire on the next lap. Stearns got the lead back but opened the door on the low side going into turn 3. Jim Miller, Jr., who had worked his way through the field, has been a master at getting around the bottom of the track. He passed “Tater” on lap 22; putting an exclamation on his season by winning the race and the championship and the $150 bonus from Adrian’s Auto Care of New Lothrup. Mike Walther was a close second, followed by Stearns, Dan Engel a very impressive 4th from the rear and Newman.

Point leader Jason Congdon set fast time with an 18.228. Heat races went to Ricky Casey, Terry Wilbur and Jeff Roethlisberger Jr. “Rollover Rex” Perry stayed on his wheels to win the semi-feature. Sean Fish took off in the 25-lap feature and worked his way through slower traffic. It was a big night for Fish as he started it out leading all the way for the win. Timmy Near finished second followed by Congdon, Rob Kern and Chet Allen. Congdon’s 3rd place finish was enough to win his first track championship. Unfortunately, Fish neglected to go directly to tech after the event and was DQ’d, moving everyone up one spot.

Defending champ Chad Lamson jumped in front in the Figure-8, the tightest point race of the night. Sean Fish came into the race with a slim 16-point lead but showed he was up to the challenge, finishing second behind Lamson to win the title. Rounding out the top 5 were Scott Platz, Ricky Dinius, Jr. and Bob Kern.

The Sportsman division was the only division not running for their championship, but it was no less exciting as John Forsythe set fast time with a 17.302. Smokin’ Joe Cunningham jumped in front in the 15-lap feature which, as normal, was a door-to-door, bumper-to-bumper affair. Curt Genow took over on the next lap with Forsythe right behind. Forsythe made the pass on lap 7 but dropped out one lap later. Kevin Harder had been moving through the field on the outside and was reeling in Genow, making the winning pass on lap 9. Harder held on to take the win, Genow was second, followed by Scott Dann, Curt Olar and Cunningham. Olar took the heat race.

Coming Sept 8 & 9, it’s the annual $70,000 SmackDown 150 weekend at Dixie. On Friday, the Auto Value Super Sprints invade the Birch Run speedplant for their season championship along with the ShortTrackTrucks.com Series, “150” T.T. and 20-lap qualifying races as well as the Porta-Potty $200. Then on Saturday it’s the “150” B-main, Auto Value Michigan Legends, Burn-out Contest, the world famous Dixie Race Track Bowling and the 26-car Pat Bourdow A+ Supply Dixie Cup SmackDown 150 feature, paying $1,000 just to start! Races start at 7:30 on Friday and 7pm on Saturday. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

“Super” Night of Thrills at Dixie

August 22nd, 2006

Grega set fast time for the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series Outlaw Super Late Models with a 14.616. Saginaw’s Norm Davis jumped out in front to start the 75-lap event. The “Rooster” Gene Quackenbush did a great job holding off the pack until Doering got by on the low side to claim the number two spot. Davis had built a substantial lead but it would vanish as a caution flag tightened up the field on lap 29. On the restart, Doering began to work the high side and passed Davis for the lead going down the backstretch 3 laps later. Grega, who had worked his way forward from his 9th place starting spot, caught up with Doering with 20 laps to go. The battle was on as Doering stuck to the bottom with Grega on his heels. Whether Grega went high or low, it seemed that Doering was there to slam the door. Grega returned the favor as he gave Doering a shot with the chrome horn to let him know he was not pleased, but being the hall of fame driver that he is, never took him around. Doering was not rattled however as he gathered his mount back in off of turn 4. The crowd was on its feet as Doering nipped Grega by a fender at the checkered flag. Davis held off Tim Felver for 3rd, while Mike Luberda, Jr. rounded out the top 5.

Supermodifieds returned to Dixie for the first time in nearly 20 years, but the show was worth the wait as point leader Dave Shullick, Jr. led time trails with a blistering 13.307. Heat race wins went to Rich Reid and Randy Burch. Charlie Schultz took the early lead in the 30-lap feature with the field running 3-abreast at times behind him. On lap 18 they tried to make it 4-wide down the backstretch when Jack Smith was bumped by a lapped car, breaking his oil cooler and sending his car up in flames. Smith was unhurt but could not continue. On the restart, Schultz pulled away and never looked back as he took the victory. “This place is awesome,” said Schultz after his win. “I can’t wait to come back here next year.” Moe Lilje finished second, followed by Bob Dawson, Shullick and Reid.

Rushville, IN’s Tate Martz was fast qualifier for the USAC Ford Focus Midgets with a 14.683. Craig Haack and Ricky Ehrgott were heat race winners. In the 25-lap feature Chett Gehrke jumped ahead, with the field right on his tail. On lap 15, Mario Clouser worked his way underneath Gehrke and took the lead. Clouser came all the way from Auburn, IL to put the Ethanol car in victory lane. Martz was second followed by James Robertson, Gehrke and Ehrgott.

Jimmy Stratton set fast time for the Bombers with an 18.217. Ricky Dinius, Jr., Craig Bastien and point leader Jason Congdon won heat races. In the 20-lap feature, Troy Shinabarger took the lead did a great job working his way through traffic. Shinabarger led all the way and took the checkered flag, but failed to pass post-race inspection. That gave the win to Rob Kern, who was chased across the line by Chet Allen, Congdon, Jeff Roethlisberger and Stratton.

Bumping and banging started from the very beginning in the Figure-8 race. Aaron Spearling took the lead and started to pull away. The real battle was for second, as four cars battled the entire race. In the end, Spearling claimed the victory followed by Steve Burton, Scott Platz, Rob Kern and Sean Fish.

It’s another big 6-in-1 show this Friday, August 25th at Dixie as the race for the championships winds down with just 2 weeks to go. Time trails are at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info call 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Olar Takes First Sportsman Win at Dixie

August 15th, 2006

Jay Reinbold started off the evening setting fast time for the Pro Late Models with a 16.187. Heat winners were Scott Watkins, Marty England and John Heine. Chad Bennett took the lead to start the 30-lap feature and pulled away until the caution flag tightened the field on lap 12. Ed Doutre, Jr. made numerous runs on the point leader but Bennett held him off to claim the mostly green-flag feature win. Chad will have his work cut out for him next week as he will start the feature behind the invert. Norm Wilcox returned to finish second followed by Reinbold, Doutre and Mark Klein.

The Modifieds were paced in qualifying by Joe Hodgeson, Jr. with a 16.251. Jeff Reamer, Dave Christensen and Mike Luckhurst took heat race honors. Donny Matteson, Jr. jumped into the early lead in the 30-lap feature until Larry Plamondon took over the top spot after a caution flag on lap 11. But Matteson showed his character as he regained the lead on the next lap. Plamondon pressured the Clio driver the rest of the way but Matteson held on for the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Chuck Silva, Buck Harsen and Hodgeson.

Robby Johnston returned to Dixie, setting fast time for the Factory Stocks with a 16.225. Heat races went to Lonnie Anderson, Mike Vandecar and Mike Walther. Jason Hitsman pulled ahead to start the 25-lap feature and held it for the first 7 laps. There was plenty of side-by-side action as Walther took over the lead with Jim Miller, Jr. on his tail. Kyle Hayden was making good progress moving through the field but would drop out of the event. Miller hounded Walther for the remainder of the event, especially on the restarts, but Walther stayed in front for his fourth feature win of the year. Miller was second followed by Dan Engel, Hitsman and Sgt. Eddie Hayden, who was on leave from Afghanistan.

Point leader Jason Congdon led time trials for the Bombers with an 18.165. “Billy the Kid” Meeks, Jeff Roethlisberger and Scott Platz took heat race wins. “Jesse James” Gaugus, all the way from Ft. Myers, FL, took the early lead until lap 4 when Rob Kern took over with field bearing down on him. Congdon caught up with 5 laps to go and the battle was on. On the final lap Congdon moved under Kern coming out of turn 4 and stole the win to the delight of the crowd. Rounding out the top 5 were Gaugus, Platz and Chad Lamson.

Kevin Harder led qualifying for the Sportsman with a 17.509 while Curt Genow took the heat race. The 15-lap feature was door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper the entire race, as Fred Speck took the early lead. Speck stayed in front until lap 5 when Joe Cunningham moved by on the backstretch. Dale Malusi, Curt Olar and Genow all pressured Smokin’ Joe until the final lap. Olar put his Ford Taurus ahead on final turn, grabbing his first-ever feature win. Cunningham held on for second followed by Genow, Malusi and Tony Basalone.

Another wild Figure-8 saw race cars all over the track. Scott Platz jumped out in front and looked he had things wrapped up. But on the last lap Chad Lamson bumped Platz from behind, spinning him around. Lamson took the victory, while Platz gathered his car together and finished second. Rounding out the top 5 were Aaron Spearling, Sean Fish and Mike Wines.

A huge racing program comes to Dixie this Friday, August 18th, featuring the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series, the MSA Supermodified Series, the USAC Ford Focus Midgets as well as Bombers and Figure-8’s. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Luberda Takes Popular Dixie Cup Win

August 7th, 2006

The A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series saw 25 Outlaw Super Late Models qualify, with Angola, Indiana’s Scott Hantz setting pace at 14.493. John Doering, Jr. and Steve Sauve started the 100-lapper on the front row, with Doering getting the advantage on the outside. Doering stretched out his lead until the first caution flew on lap 34. That put Luberda Jr. on Doering’s tail. The pair stayed nose-to-tail as series point leader John Grega and Hantz worked their way through the field from their 9th and 10th place starting positions. The final caution flag came out on lap 81, setting up a shootout for the win. On the restart, Luberda slid under Doering coming out of turn 2, completing the move going into turn 3. Grega and Hantz were not far behind as both made short work of Doering as they set their sights on Luberda. While Grega tried Luberda on the bottom, Hantz made a run on the outside of Grega and looked to have the pass completed, but the pair made a bit of contact, with Grega maintaining the spot. The two veterans would continue their assault on Luberda, but Mikey pushed the Leclair Fuels #40 to its limits, holding off Grega and Hantz for the win. The Luberda/LeClair team has had some bad luck this year but certainly found their game for the Dixie Cup. The crowd gave a standing ovation to a very-excited Luberda who acknowledged them with a NASCAR-style burnout. Doering held off Sauve for 4th. Rounding out the top 10 were Tim Felver, Norm Davis, Claude Plante, Jr., Jay Reinbold and Harold Fair, Jr. The Outlaw Supers will be returning August 18th along with the MSA Super Modifieds and USAC.

The Auto Value Super Sprints were also in attendance as Jeff Bloom set fast time with a 12.807. John Boy Hotchkiss, Johnny Scherrer and Jimmy McCune took heat race wins. Tom Fedewa, who started on the out side of the front row in the 30-lap feature beat Kevin Feeney to the punch and jumped out in front. Curt Shumaker picked up the chase and did his best to keep up with Fedewa. The series point leader is on a roll right now and could not be pressured as he claimed the win. Following Shumaker across the line were Brian Lay, Ike Beasley and Jason Blonde.

Mike Walther paced time trials for Factory Stocks with a 16.394. That would be as good as things would get for Walther as he fell victim to mechanical woes, ending his night prematurely. Heat race winners were Scott Merrow and Ed Newman, Jr. Mike Vandecar put the “Flamin’ #55″ in front in the 25-lap feature and held it for the first 2 laps when Maverick Morrow took over until the yellow flag came out on lap 4. On the restart Jim Miller, Jr., coming from 4th position, made a great move coming out of turn 2 to take the lead. Kyle Hayden caught up and hounded Miller the rest of the way, but Miller stayed in front for the victory. Following Hayden were Newman, Jr., Jason Hitsman and Dan Engel.

Rookie Troy Shinabarger led qualifying in the Bombers with a 17.979. Greg Hiltz and Aaron Spearling were heat race winners. Hiltz took the early lead in the 20-lap feature, but Scott Platz took over one lap later. Jason Congdon took over the top spot on lap 4 and never looked back. Last week’s winner Chet Allen took second followed by Rob Kern, Shinabarger and Platz.

Of all the great racing that happens every year in the “The Big One,” the real crowd-pleaser is the School Bus Figure-8. The fans were not disappointed as Phil Ehlert was hit from behind on lap 1 and rolled against the first-turn fence in a shower of sparks. Amazingly, Ehlert’s bus was rolled back over and was able to continue! Adam Baker battled Dan White for the first few laps until Baker began to pull away. After a couple of crunches in the intersection Baker held on for his first school bus win. White was second followed by a hard-charging Brad Phelps, Ehlert and Al Dixon.

It’s another big 6-in1 show this Friday, August 11th, with all regular divisions in action. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Last Lap, Stand on Your Feet Action Heats up Dixie

July 31st, 2006

Keith Wioncek led time trials for the ShortTrackTrucks with a 17.584. Heat race winners were Jim Idema and Joey Shuryan. Idema jumped out in front to start the 30-lap feature in his stars and stripes-painted Ford. Three laps later, Rob Morrison took over the top spot and began to put some distance between him and the field. But Shuryan has been the man to beat the last few visits to Dixie and he ran down the leader and took over the point on lap 17. Morrison didn’t give up, however, as an opportunity developed on the final lap. Shuryan bobbled a bit going into turn 3, giving Morrison the chance he needed. The Highland, MI driver dove hard into the turn, getting underneath Shuryan. The pair made serious contact, drifting up the track. The two trucks banged coming out of turn 4, as Morrison nosed ahead to take the victory to the delight of the cheering crowd. Rounding out the top 5 were Wioncek, Ray Clay and Justin Claugherty. The series will make its final appearance of the year on September 8th.

Ed Doutre, Jr. set fast time for the Pro Late Models with a 16.213. Don Riley and Lance Troyer took heat race wins. In the 25-lap feature, Melvin Hottois started on the pole, sporting a brand-new Monte Carlo template body. The change from the outlaw wedge style looked like it was the ticket, as Hottois ran away like a scalded dog! Hottois is no stranger to the winners circle and will certainly be a threat in coming weeks. The real race was for second, as rookie Scott Watkins had his hands full with Caro’s Chad Bennett right on his tail. Watkins had a great race going as Jay Reinbold and Mark Klein joined in the chase. The veterans would not be denied however, as Watkins would slip from 2nd to 5th on the last lap. Hottois picked up his first-ever feature win at Dixie. Bennett, Reinbold and Klein rounded out the top 5.

Donny Matteson Jr. was quickest in the Modifieds with a 16.233. Jeff Reamer and Tony Brabbs took heat race honors. The 30-lap feature was a thriller as former track champ Mark Besaw took the early lead. Chuck Silva hounded him from the very beginning, as Nick Clemons worked his way through the field to join in the chase. Silva was relentless, working Besaw high and low, at times pulling along side, but the door would get slammed before he could complete the deal. Then, coming to the white flag, Silva drove hard into turn 3, with the duo doing some serious rubbing. Besaw would cut a tire but manage to hold on to a third place finish as Silva went on to claim the win. Clemons edged Besaw for 2nd behind the wheel of Dave Christenson’s #39, with Larry Plamondon and Mark Abee rounding out the top 5.

It was Kevin Harder’s night in the Sportsman division as he started out setting fast time with a 17.487, then winning the heat race. In the 15-lap feature, Dale Malusi kept his big Impala ahead almost the whole way but with just 2 laps to go, Harder passed him on the outside. Harder made it a clean sweep as he pulled away to take the victory. Curt Olar took second followed by Curt Genow, Malusi and Joe Cunningham.

Point leader Jim Miller, Jr. was fastest in the Factory Stocks with a 16.376. Rob Kern won his second straight heat, while Rick Smith delighted the event’s sponsor, taking the second heat in the Flint Welding Supply Camaro. Maverick Morrow drove a strong race in the 25-lap feature, taking the lead from the pole. Mike Walther worked his way through the field and passed Morrow on lap 8. Last week’s winner, Kyle Hayden, drove an outstanding race as he pressured Walther for the final half of the race. Numerous times it appeared that Hayden was just a few feet from taking the point but Walther would not be intimidated, holding on for his 4th feature win of the season. Following Hayden across the line were Julian Fluty, Miller and Morrow.

Jason Congdon was fast qualifier for the Bombers with an 18.413. Congdon won one heat while Ricky Dinius, Jr. won the other. The driver who traveled the furthest had to have been “Jesse James” Gaugas, coming all the way from Ft. Myers, FL. Gaugus took the lead in a car that was some 300 pounds overweight and ran a very strong race. “Jesse James” led the 20-lap feature, surviving numerous double-file restarts, until lap 18 when Chet Allen was literally on his bumper going into turn one. When it was time to hit the gas, Allen was ready as he rocketed off of turn 2. The sophomore driver would finish the pass coming out of turn 4 while Gaugas would finish a fine showing, claiming 2nd. Congdon, Rob Kern and Sean Fish completed the top 5.

Another wet and wild Figure-8 saw Derek Lacey take the early lead. With recent downpours, parts of the track were still holding water, which the competitors and fans soon would find out. Water and mud were flying, making for some very squirrelly racing, but veteran Sean Fish who has just about seen it all in Fig-8 racing, took over the top spot and avoided many altercations on the track to take the win. Scott Platz finished second followed by Aaron Spearling, Steve Burton and Lacey.

A passing of the helmet took place just prior to the features for injured 3rd generation Bomber and Figure-8 driver Andrew Burton. Andrew, who had no health insurance, is recovering from injuries sustained in a traffic accident 2 weeks ago. Dixie fans and race teams raised $2150 to assist Andrew with his hospital bills and recovery. Thank you for your generosity, words of support, cards and prayers.

The best of both racing worlds comes this Friday, August 4th at Dixie with “The Big One IV.” The stellar schedule includes the Auto Value Super Sprints, the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series 100, Factory Stocks, Bombers and School Bus Figure-8′s. The rescheduled Dixie Christmas in July (now in August), benefiting the City Rescue Mission is also on the ticket. Bring in canned goods to be entered in give-aways and drawings. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at http://www.dixiemotorspeedway.com/.

Full Pits Greet Autograph Night at Dixie

July 24th, 2006

Point leader Chad Bennett was fastest among 21 Pro Late Models with a 15.971. Heat races went to Bernie Murphy and Sam Tremble, Jr. The 30-lap feature was a wild one, with Mark Klein putting his Dodge Charger in front to start the race. The top 6 cars battled side-by-side, sometimes 3-abreast, all the way around the Big “D” oval. Then on lap 24, the lapped car of Kyle Maki was in the wrong place at the wrong time, getting tangled up with all 6 cars. Klein, Norm Wilcox and Mark Welch were unable to continue, and Bennett went to the rear after making repairs to his car. Jay Reinbold assumed command, but his lead lasted only 1 lap as Ed Doutre, Jr. moved ahead and held on for the win. Following Reinbold across the finish line were Tremble, Pat Dent and Brad Bilacic.

Twenty-six Modifieds took time trials with Donny Matteson, Jr. leading the way with a new track record of 15.904. Don Gilbert, Phil Bone and Larry Plamondon won the heat races. Lapeer’s Jeff Reamer led all the way to take the last-chance race. Plamondon jumped out in front to start the 30-lap feature. Larry began to stretch out his lead as the battle raged throughout the field behind him. Steve Rollins worked his way thru the pack and started to reel in the leader, giving the sophomore driver a nudge or two to let him know he was there but Plamondon would not be rattled as he held him off for his second feature win of the year. Finishing behind Rollins were Chuck Silva, Mike Luberda, Jr. and Mark Abee.

Kevin Harder’s night started out well in the Sportsman division, setting fast time with a 17.394. But an accident in the heat, won by Curt Olar, ended his evening. Chris Stearns, at the wheel of Mike Beach’s “4 Sale” car jumped into the lead in the 15-lap feature. Defending track champ Curt Genow soon caught up and hounded Stearns the entire race. But “Tater” was up to the challenge for his first-ever feature win at Dixie. Smokin’ Joe Cunningham took second followed by Genow, Dale Malusi and Olar.

Kyle Hayden led qualifying for the Factory Stocks with a 16.249. Rob Kern and Adam Rowe took heat race honors. Pat Sova jumped in front in the 25-lap feature, but on lap 3, he and Mike Walther made contact, sending both cars to the rear. Kenny Ford assumed the lead and held it until lap 6 when Rowe got by on the bottom going down the backstretch. But Hayden was on a mission as he went around Rowe on lap 11 and never looked back, picking up his first Dixie feature win. Point leader Jim Miller, Jr. finished second followed by Rowe, Walther and Ford.

Troy Shinabarger was fast qualifier in the Bombers with a 17.723. Heat races went to Jeff Stinson, Scott Platz and Rob Kern. In the 20-lap feature, Chet Allen jumped out in front early, looking for his first feature win. But Chad Lamson made contact with Allen, sending both cars to the rear. That gave the lead to point leader Jason Congdon, who held on for the win. Shinabarger took second, followed by Jeff Roethlesburger, Kern and Greg Hiltz.

Another wild Figure-8 started out with Tanner Pray taking the early lead. Tanner avoided incidents all around the track, but figure-8 veteran Sean Fish caught up with him on the last lap. Fish squeezed by on the inside of the final turn to take the win. Finishing behind Pray were Rob Kern, Scott Platz and Ricky Casey.

This Friday it’s a full 6-in-1 show, plus 1, as the ShortTrackTrucks.com series joins the regular divisions at Dixie. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com

Mother Nature Delays Dixie Cup, Christmas in July

July 19th, 2006

The Wolverine Winged Midgets series, Factory Stocks, Auto Value Michigan Legends were also to be in action, but Mother Nature had other ideas as the track received 2 inches of rain in 2 hours, turning the asphalt highbanks into a flowing torrent, suitable only for boat races. The infield was knee-high in water and the pit was a swamp while fan and competitor alike were scrambling to find dry passage from the grandstand to the parking lot. The storm waters did not subside until hours later but already, track officials were busy trying to schedule a make-up date.

“With a full schedule in place, it was clear that the only option was to add the Dixie Cup event to another date already on the schedule”, said track owner, Mike Kern. In an effort to avoid as many conflicts as possible; track officials have rescheduled the Dixie Cup Series event for August 18th, along with the Midwest Super Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Bombers and Figure-8’s. The Sportsman and Factory Stocks have been removed from the August 18th schedule.

This unparalleled event will showcase some of the best talent from here to Indianapolis with USAC making their first appearance in the area in over a decade and the Dixie return of the Super Mods for the first time in nearly 2 decades. Certainly the Super Mods are accustomed to running as a solo headliner but, due to last week’s rain out, will now share that billing with the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series. “I can’t afford to run these divisions together, they just cost too much money” Kern added. “But after much thought, prayer and prodding from those who don’t have to pay for it, we decided to give it a shot. Hannah will just have to wait until next year for her new pair of shoes!” Kern went on to say, “This show will be talked about for a long time, so you better make sure you’re here because these divisions never run together anymore. They’re too expensive and would cost $30 or more to see but, unless we want to lose our Dixie Cup race, we don’t really have a choice. Fans will see a show unlike anything they have seen in years, and are likely to never see again, for just $22 for Adults. Some say I fell and bumped my head but I know our fans are gonna love this show. It’s a lot of money, but, oh what a show it will be!” Further details will be forthcoming. The City Rescue Mission Christmas in July event has been rescheduled for August 4th. It’s a great cause, so please come out to support it. Over $10,000 is hoped to be raised for needy souls. A makeup date has yet to be set for the Wolverine Midgets and Legends.

And this weekend is always a fun one for fans and drivers alike. Friday, July 21st is Autograph Night at Dixie. The race cars will gather on the front straightaway and fans can enter the track and meet their favorites, take pictures and collect autographs of their local heroes. Time trials begin at 5:45 with autographs trackside at 7pm.

The ShortTrackTrucks.com Series joins the action on Friday, July 28th along with the regular Big 6-in-1 show. Then on August 4th it’s “The Big One IV,” featuring the Auto Value super Sprints and the “All-American 100″ for the Dixie Cup Series. For more info on these or any of the other exciting shows coming up, contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at http://www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Wilcox On A Roll At Dixie

July 11th, 2006

Jay Reinbold started off the night setting fast time for the Pro Late Models with a 16.141. Adam Rowe and Norm Wilcox grabbed heat race wins. Jim Giffin jumped out in front in the hotly-contested 25-lap feature but was overtaken by Ed Doutre, Jr. on the high side. Doutre looked to have things all figured out until his car got loose going into turn 1, sending him spinning on lap 16. Wilcox has been using the high groove to perfection the past few weeks and this Friday would be no exception as the Port Huron speed merchant went by on the outside of Giffin to take the lead on the restart. The others tried to catch up but Stormin’ Norman held ‘em off to pick up his second feature win in three weeks. Melvin Hottois took second followed by Chad Bennett Reinbold and Giffin.

Mark Besaw led qualifying for the Modifieds with a 16.062. Heat race wins went to Jeff Reamer, Steve Rollins and Donny Matteson Jr. Phil Bone led the charge at the green flag of the 30-lap feature, with the entire field in hot pursuit. Defending track champion Nick Clemons used the outside of the Big “D” oval and took over the lead on lap 19. Shortly afterwards, Bone lost the rear end and slowed on the track in front of traffic; further juggling the pack. Clemons held off a late charge by Chuck Silva to take the victory ahead of Tony Brabbs, Dave Christenson and Besaw.

The Sportsman division was again led in time trials by Don Stuck with a 17.185. Cliff Cunningham picked up his first-ever checkered flag with a heat race win, but the Linwood driver wasn’t done yet as he took the early lead in the 20-lap feature. Defending track champ Curt Genow chased Cunningham the whole race, but this was Cunningham’s night as Cliff led every lap to win his first feature. Following Genow across the line were Chris Stearns in the “4Sale” car, Kevin Harder and Stuck.

For the second week in a row, Ed Newman Jr. led qualifying for the Factory Stocks with a 16.363. Heat race winners were Will McCallum and Jason Hitsman. McCallum jumped out in front in the 25-lap feature. Four laps later, Kyle Hayden took the point and began to pull away. When it seemed like Hayden had the race in the bag, he lost his right rear wheel going into the third turn, ending his night and stealing his victory. That gave the lead to Mike Walther who held on for his 3rd feature win in the last 4 weeks. Dan Engel came from the rear to claim second, followed by Julian Fluty, Jim Miller, Jr. and Cam Hiltz.

Defending champion Chad Lamson set fast time for the Bombers with an 18.342. Rex Perry and Jason Congdon took the heat races. The 20-lap feature was exciting as Aaron Sperling took the lead at the green flag. Congdon took the top spot away on lap 3 with Lamson, Rob Kern and Chet Allen in pursuit. The four drivers proved they all have gained valuable racing experience in the Bombers, putting on a whale of a show. On lap 15, Kern made a move on the bottom and took away the lead. Kern led the rest of the way claiming his first feature on the 1/3 mile oval. Congdon was second followed by Allen, Lamson and Sean Fish.

Another wild Figure-8 race capped off the evening as rookie Ricky Casey took the early lead. Two laps later Rob Kern made an effort to win his 2nd feature of the night, taking over the point. But Kern got pushed to the high side of the track, opening the door for Sean Fish. Fish has been a figure-8 expert over the past few years and he proved that by leading the rest of the way to take the win. Chad Lamson was second followed by Kern, Ricky Dinius, Jr. and Aaron Spearling.

Its Dixie’s annual “Christmas in July” this Friday, July 14th benefiting the City Rescue Mission. Any fan bringing in a non-perishable food item will be registered to win NASCAR autographed memorabilia among other prizes, (one can for each drawing). The A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series continues with 100 laps of Outlaw Super Late Model racing along with the Wolverine Winged Midgets, Auto Value Michigan Legends Series, Factory stocks and rollover contest. A celebrity go-kart race will highlight intermission festivities. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Sprints and Fireworks Highlight Dixie Action

July 3rd, 2006

Hall-of-Famer Jeff Bloom led qualifying for the Winged Super Sprints with a lap of 12.973 on the Big “D” oval. Heat race winners were Tommy Fedewa, Tyler Underwood and Ryan Davis. Underwood and Brian Lay started on the front row of the 30-lap feature, with Underwood getting the jump. The youngster from Jackson MI began to extend his lead toward the halfway point. Fedewa’s night ended prematurely when he and Clarkston, MI campaigner, Curt Shumaker, made contact getting around lapped traffic on the front stretch, ending Fedewa’s night on lap 11. Lay “had it goin’ on” but ran out of laps trying to run down Underwood. The 18-year-old diced his way through traffic like a seasoned veteran, picking up his second AVSS feature of his career. Lay finished second followed by Kevin Feeney, moving up from his 7th starting spot, rookie Chad Goff and Shumaker.

Donny Matteson Jr. led 22 Modifieds in time trials with a 16.225. Chaz Pray, Phil Luckhurst and Nick Clemons won heat races. Bill Luckhurst started on the pole of the 30-lap feature; and that’s usually bad news for the other drivers, but point leader Larry Plamondon and Chuck Silva had other ideas as they locked on to Luckhurst’s back bumper. The three put on a whale of a show as they came up on lapped traffic going into turn 4 on the final lap. Plamondon dove down low, Luckhurst went high and Silva waited for the pair to make a mistake. It looked like Plamondon had the edge but as the pair came down the frontstretch, Luckhurst had the advantage by half a car length and claimed the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Silva, Dave Christenson and Phil Luckhurst. Once again, the Howe Modified Fast Car Challenge goes unclaimed. If the fast-timer starts at the rear of the field and wins, they win a new Howe Asphalt Modified.

Don Stuck has been the man to beat in the Sportsman division this year, and he once again set fast time with a 17.246. Dale Malusi held off the field to capture the heat race. In the 15-lap feature, Malusi put his big Impala in front and tried to pull away but by lap 8, Stuck caught up and made the pass on the inside to take the lead. Stuck cruised the rest of the way for his second straight feature win. Curt Genow took second followed by Malusi, Kevin Harder and Curt Olar.

Rookie Troy Shinabarger made it two weeks in a row pacing qualifying for the Bombers with an 18.315. Rookie Jeff Roethlesberger took his first-ever checkered in the first heat, while Aaron Spearling won the other. In the 20-lap feature, Scott Platz took command and worked the bottom of the track, trying to hold the advantage but, on lap 8, defending track champ Chad Lamson used the outside groove to take over the point. Lamson pulled away to take the win ahead of Chet Allen, Rob Kern, Jason Congdon and Sean Fish.

The Figure-8 race had loads of excitement, including two red flags that stopped the action for driver’s safety. Aaron Spearling took the early lead and was immediately hounded by Scott Platz. Platz spun on lap 5, blocking the track and bringing out the first red flag. Spearling held the top spot until lap 7 when Figure-8 expert Sean Fish finally worked by on the inside. Spearling would make one more run for the lead but Fish led the rest of the way for the win. Spearling took second; Rob Kern nipped Ricky Dinius Jr. for third, while Jason Congdon rounded out the top 5.

It’s another big 6-in1 show this Friday, July 7th featuring the Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks Bombers and Figure-8′s. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Wilcox Wins Pro Late Model Thriller

June 27th, 2006

Jay Reinbold was fastest among 28 Pro Late Models with a 16.209. Dixie has been strong all year in Late Models but this field was arguably the best in the state over the past 5 years. Rookie Kyle Maki took his first-ever checkered winning the first heat race, while Brian Renner and Mark Klein won the others. Adam Rowe made a last-lap pass to win the semi-feature. The 30-lap feature was filled with thrills and a few spills as Mark Welch took the early lead. Bennett took over the top on lap 2 with Klein right behind. On the next lap, Klein spun into the turn 1 wall, taking Ed Doutre, Jr. with him. Bennett held the lead until an incident brought out the caution on lap 24. What happened next made for one of the best races in recent memory, as Wilcox lined up outside of the leader for the restart. The two drivers battled to the very end, with Bennett working the bottom and Wilcox running up top. The high side of the “Big D” paid off as “Stormin’ Norman” took the win by half a car length over Bennett. Welch finished 3rd followed Reinbold and Lance Troyer.

Former champ Mark Besaw set fast time for the Modifieds with a 16.159. Heat race winners were Phil Luckhurst and Jon Beach. The 30-lap feature was filled with action throughout the field and went green, white checkered. Defending track champion Nick Clemons had things his way, leading every lap to take the victory. Dave Christenson, Tony Brabbs, Donny Matteson, Jr. and Mike Luckhurst rounded out the top 5. The Howe Racing Modified Fast Timer Challenge has not yet been claimed since no one has been able to start from the rear of the field and win, therefore the new Howe Modified chassis is still up for grabs.

Veteran Fast Eddie Hayden led qualifying for the Factory Stocks with a 16.262. Adam Rowe and Mike Walther captured the heat races. Pat Sova jumped ahead to start the 20-lap feature, but Jim Miller, Jr. took over just 1 lap later. Miller led until lap 15 when Walther got inside of him and took command. You could throw a blanket over the top 5 as the battle heated up but Walther would barely hold on the rest of the way for his second feature win of the season. Eddie Hayden was second, followed by nephew Kyle Hayden, Miller and Dan Engel.

Don Stuck made it a clean sweep in the Sportsman division, starting out by setting fast time with a 17.256. Stuck then made a last-lap pass to win the heat. Fred Speck jumped out in front in the 20-lap feature, but it only took Stuck 4 laps to go from the rear to take the lead. Curt Genow made a run toward the end, but Stuck was never seriously challenged as he cruised to his 3rd feature win of the year. Finishing behind Genow were Scott Dann, Cliff Cunningham and Kevin Harder.

A great run by rookie Troy Shinabarger netted him fast time for the Bombers with an 18.499. Heat races went to Jason Congdon and Rob Kern. Aaron Spearling took the early lead in the 20-lap feature with the field charging behind him. It was an exciting battle for the lead with several drivers making a run at the top spot. But Spearling, who had won the Figure-8 feature last week, held on for his first Bomber feature win. Congdon was second followed by Chet Allen, Bill Adkins and Scott Platz. Unfortunately, Spearling failed to pass post-race tech.

The Figure-8 was as wild as ever, with cars passing more on the infield grass than the track. Chaz Pray led the first 2 laps but pulled off with an engine problem. Scott Platz then took over and looked like he would run away. But on the last lap, Platz got loose, allowing Ricky Dinius, Jr. to get by him. Dinius took the win followed by Rob Kern, Platz, Aaron Spearling and Sean Fish.

Coming up, it’s a big two-race weekend to celebrate Independence Day. The best short track fireworks display in the state will be Friday, June 30th, with the Auto Value Super Sprints highlighting the action along with Modifieds, Sportsman, Bombers and Fig-8’s. Then on Sunday, July 2nd it’s the “Eve of Destruction” including Chain Gang Races, Figure-8 Trailer Races and School Bus Figure-8 races. Pro Late Models, MCR Dwarf cars and Factory Stocks are also scheduled. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Grega Wins Dixie Cup and Point Lead

June 20th, 2006

Twenty-seven A+ Supply Dixie Cup Super Late Models filled the pit with Lee Anderson clocking fast time at 14:522. Unfortunately, Anderson’s engine dropped a lifter leaving him unable to start the 100-lap main event. Norm Davis and Jay Reinbold led the field to the green flag with Davis getting the advantage. Dr. Bob Ducharme slid into 2nd place with Reinbold right behind. Some of the hard chargers worked their way forward as the top 10 cars ran nose-to-tail. Reinbold, having an awesome run after completely tearing the car down last week, had rear end trouble and dropped out on lap 25. There were numerous cautions in the event, most of them for simple spins, with a yellow on lap 42 the lone exception. Mike Luberda, Jr. ran over debris on the track tearing his oil line, brakes and pedals out of the car and sending him into the first-turn wall. Mike was uninjured but was unable to continue. On lap 47, veteran John Grega, moving up from his 8th place starting spot, made his move on the bottom after hounding Davis for several laps. Grega took the lead, and John Doering Jr. followed a few laps later. These two drivers had a slam-bang, side-by-side finish in the first leg of the Dixie Cup race May 26th, and it looked like they may repeat that performance. A caution tightened up the pack with just 17 laps to go, but Grega was up to the task, as the Hall-of-Fame driver stayed in front to take the victory just ahead of Doering. The best show on the track was Scott Hantz, who went to the pits early in the race, made some adjustments and worked his way back up to finish 3rd. Davis held off Steve Sauve for 4th, while Todd Rosebrugh, Ron Allen, Ducharme, Cord Ehrhart and Gene Quackenbush round out the top 10.

The Auto Value Michigan Legend Series was also in action, with Ryan Meldrum, Ben Rouster and Levi Rouster winning heat races. The 25-lap feature was exciting as the lead changed early and often. Ken Martin led lap one but was quickly overtaken by Skip Krassa. Randy Gallagher, Sr. took over on lap 3, but then lost the top spot to Billy Simmons. Gene Conley was on Simmons’s tail for the next few laps and finally got by on lap 11. Conley led the rest of the way to take the win over Levi Rouster, Simmons, Meldrum and Ben Rouster. Scott Menlen, who made his Legends car debut, took the win in both the heat and the feature in the Bandelero division.

Point leader Robby Johnston set fast time for the Factory Stocks with a 16:471. Heat race wins went to Nick Lechota and Mike Walther. Cam Hiltz took the early lead in the 20-lap feature and held it for 4 laps until Walther took over and started to pull away. Johnston and Jim Miller Jr. began to chase him down, but the 2 cars tangled on lap 12, sending them both to the rear. Walther cruised to victory followed by Dan Engel, Eddie Hayden, Miller and Dave Christenson.

The Bombers were led in qualifying by Timmy Near who ran an 18:224. Tanner Pray and Rob Kern were heat race winners. Kern jumped in front to lead the 20-lap feature and held if for 2 laps. Then Chris Stearns, at the wheel of Sean Saumier’s car, pulled ahead and never looked back, leading all the way in the caution-free event. Near was second, followed by Aaron Spearling, Kern and Chet Allen.

The Figure-8 was again exciting as Rob Kern took the early lead. Aaron Spearling took over on lap 4 as Kern pulled off shortly after. Spearling led the rest of the way for his first-ever feature win. Jason Congdon was second followed by Scott Platz, Billy Hays and Rick Dinius, Sr.

It’s Bud Night at the Races this Friday, June 23rd with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Figure-8’s all in action. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the Baby Grand and Mini Cup Series will run a two-day show, with 100-lap feature and a concert on Saturday and the Michigan 200 on Sunday. For start time and more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway, www.harrisracingpro.com for Saturday and Sunday information.

Full Moon Action at Dixie

June 12th, 2006

Jay Reinbold was the fastest of 23 Pro Late Models, bettering his own track record with a 15.964. Newcomer Clay Conn, Brian Renner and Chad Bennett won heat races. The 30-lap feature was a wild one, with Marty England taking the early lead. A caution flag on lap 3 tightened the 22-car field as Norm Wilcox took over the top spot. Bennett caught up with him on lap 7 and the two ran side-by-side for 4 laps until Bennett gained the advantage. Showing his strength, England stayed with the leaders and regained the lead midway thru the race. The caution came out with just 3 laps to go, and on the restart, England lost his brakes and spun out in turn 1, giving the lead to Ed Doutre, Jr. Wilcox made one final charge but Doutre held on for his second feature of the year. Finishing behind them were Bennett, Reinbold and Mark Welch. Due to 3 rainouts already this season, the PLMs have been added to the schedule for Sunday, July 2nd.

Steve Rollins paced qualifying for the Modifieds with a 16.120. Don Morse and Donny Matteson, Jr. took heat race honors. Rollins accepted the Howe Racing Fast Timer Challenge; he started at the rear of the field, taking a shot at winning a brand new Howe Modified chassis. Larry Plamondon took the point ahead of Tony Brabbs in the 30-lap feature, and held it until lap 6. Mike Luberda, Jr. had worked his way quickly thru the 20-car field to take over the lead. Plamondon did his best to keep up and made a run near the end, but Luberda held on for the win. Following Plamondon were Brabbs, Chuck Silva and Bill Luckhurst. Rollins fell short in his effort to claim the Howe Racing Modified chassis, but still had a great run to finish 7th.

The Factory Stocks were led in time trials by Kyle Hayden with a 16.200. Heat races went to Mike Beach and Jim Miller, Jr. In the 20-lap feature Johnny Summers jumped out in front. But it only took Miller 2 laps to overtake Summers. Hayden and Robby Johnston soon began to gain on the leader, but Jim Miller knows the Dixie 1/3 mile as well as anyone and claimed his second feature of the year. Rounding out the top 5 were Hayden, Johnston, Rick Smith and Eddie Hayden.

The track record fell in the Sportsman division when Don Stuck ran a 17.124. Tony Basalone returned to Dixie and promptly won the heat race. The action was exciting in the feature as Curt Olar took the early lead. On lap 2 Olar’s rear end broke and he slowed to a stop. Dale Malusi inherited the lead and the chase was on. Stuck came from the back and took over the top spot on 5 and started to pull away. The battle continued for second place between Malusi, Curt Genow and Paul Wackerle. On lap 11 they were 3-wide going into turn 3 with Wackerle the meat in the sandwich. He had not quite cleared Malusi’s 2 car on the outside when the pair made contact sending Wackerle’s #33 hard into the wall. A heated discussion ensued and both Wackerle and Malusi were out of the race. Stuck continued to lead after the restart and went on to win followed by Genow, John Krause, Cliff Cunningham and Basalone.

Chad Lamson had the best time of the year in the Bombers with an 18.181. Heat race wins went to Jordan Lechota, Sean Fish and Mike Lubinski. Scott Platz jumped out in front to start the 20-lap feature. But his lead lasted only 1 lap as Lubinski was on a roll, taking over the top spot. Lubinski led the rest of the way to capture his first-ever feature win. Chet Allen took second followed by Timmy Near, Lamson and Aaron Spearling.

The Figure-8 was especially wild as Scott Platz took the lead with Sean Fish on his tail. The crowd was on its feet with action all over the track. On lap 5 Fish got by coming out of turn 4. The two cars stayed out of trouble and finished with Fish taking the win just ahead of Platz. Rounding out the top 5 were Jordan Lechota, Aaron Spearling and Chuck Dennis.

It’s a big night on Friday, June 16th when over 30 Super Late Models are expected for the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series in the 41st running of the Dixie Classic 100 presented by Champagne & Marx; one of the biggest races in the state. Also on the program will the Auto Value Michigan Legend Series and the Wolverine Winged Midgets, along with the Factory Stocks, Bombers and Figure-8′s. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Photo: Mike Lubinski celebrates his first feature win in the Bomber division. (Grease Monkey Graphics)

Doering Wins Dixie Cup by a Fender

May 31st, 2006

The track record for the Outlaw Super Late Models was broken not once but twice, as Grega broke his own previous fast time with a blistering 14.473 before Harold Fair, Jr. ran a little quicker with a 14.437. The “Rooster” Gene Quackenbush held off the field to win the “B” main.

Twenty-four cars took the green flag with Jack Varney, Jr. jumping in front from his pole position. Doering took over the lead from Varney 10 laps later after getting by Indiana hotshoe Scott Hantz and started to pull away with the field battling behind him. Grega was charging forward from his 9th starting spot, as Hantz and David McManus tried to keep Doering in sight.

The caution flag flew on lap 83, tightening up the pack. Hantz took a shot at Doering on the restart and got along side in turn two but Doering would slide up the track, forcing Hantz to lift. On lap 91, McManus came into turn 1 too hard and spun out.

On the restart Grega, who had been using the bottom all night, made it work again as he passed Hantz for 2nd with four to go. On the final lap, Grega made one last charge, sticking his nose under the leader going into turn 3. It looked like Grega would make the pass but, as the pair came off turn 4, Doering would not give Grega the edge as they made serious contact and it looked like they would both crash. Doering took the win by just a fender as Grega would go sliding toward the 1/3-mile.

The former champions shook hands afterwards, congratulating each other on a hard-fought battle. Hantz took 3rd followed by Joe Bush and Steve Sauve. Rounding out the top 10 were Lee Anderson, Varney, Michael Simko, McManus, and Fair. 18 cars would finish the 100-lap grind with just a few spins slowing the pace. This is just the beginning of an exciting season for the Series sponsored by A+ Supply, Port City Racing, EMF Corporation, and Hoosier Tire.

The ShortTrackTrucks.com Series was also in action as series champion Joey Shuryan picked up where he left off, setting fast time with a record breaking 17.501. He then won the first heat, while Doug Vander Vliet took the second. In the 25-lap feature, Dan Lenters jumped ahead and led the first five laps. Then Kyle Trinklein took over the lead for the first time in his career. “Flipper” held the point until Shuryan took over from his 10th starting spot. Joey pulled away to take the win. Keith Wioncek took second followed by Trinklein, Lenters and Paul Schaffer.

Robby Johnston paced qualifying for the Factory Stocks with a 16.219. Heat races went to Kenny Ford and Jim Miller, Jr. Another wild feature followed as Will McCallum took the early in the 20-lapper. Miller passed on the outside on lap 2 and began to stretch out his advantage. However, Johnston and Kyle Hayden caught up with him and Johnston took over the lead on lap13. Johnston thought he had the race won but Miller is not the kind to give up easily. On the final turn, Miller blew his Camaro in hard and the two finished side-by-side. Johnston took the win by just a few inches. Rounding out the top five were Hayden, Julian Fluty and Johnny Summers.

Defending champion Chad Lamson had a big night, starting with fast time for the Bombers with an 18.191. Ricky Dinius, Jr. and Sean Saumier took heat race wins. Chet Allen took the early lead in the 20-lap feature and held it for the first six laps. Greg Hiltz took over the point and held off the field until lap 13 when Lamson forged ahead and went on to take the victory. Aaron Spearling drove a great race to take second followed by Allen, Saumier and Jason Congdon.

Lamson capped off his night by starting on the pole and leading every lap of the Figure-8 race, giving him a double-feature win. Sean Fish was second followed by Congdon, Andrew Burton and Spearling.

A big 6-in-1 show is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Figure-8’s in action. Time trials begin at 6:00 with racing action at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Rain Claims Another Dixie Event

May 23rd, 2006

May 26th kicks off the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series with the inaugural Port City Racing 100; sponsored by EMF Corp, Hoosier Tire and Port City Racing. D.M.S. is anticipating a full 24-car field of Outlaw Super Late Models to take the green flag for 100 laps of side-by-side racing action.

Short Track Trucks, Factory Stocks, Bombers and Figure-8’s will also be on the schedule. The entire Dixie Cup schedule is posted on the website, www.dixiemotorspeedway.com, as well dates for the Auto Value Super Sprits, Wolverine Winged Midgets, Shorttracktrucks, Auto Value Michigan Legends, MCR Dwarfs, USAC Midgets, and MSA Super Modifieds. The website is also a good source for general track information and division rules. If you need to contact the speedway, please call (989) 624-9778.

Rain Delays Dixie’s Point’s Battle

May 17th, 2006

The Pro Late Models are showing their gusto with new track records and first time feature winners. Reigning champ Chad Bennett is on top of the point’s heap, followed closely by hot shoe Ed Doutre and the 20-year veteran Jay Reinbold. Two drivers picked up their first features early in the season; Lapeer’s Sam Coulter and Rookie Mark Rangel. Bennett won last years championship by a mere six points, and I don’t see this year being any easier for anyone.

Dixie’s Modified division will make any casual race fan sit up and take notice. One glance at the standings and it is easy to see how competitive this division has become. No less than seven former track champions are within the top ten and literally, over five hundred feature wins spread out among the top fifteen. We have us a good ole fashion dog fight. Surprising to some, the point’s leader is new comer Larry Plamondon. He has some heat on his tail though, the rest of the top five are recent former champions. Second in points is Mark Besaw, followed by Nick Clemons, Donny Matteson, and Joe Hodgeson Jr. Unfortunately, no one has accepted the Howe Modified Fast Time Challenge yet this year. Howe will give a new 2006 Mod Chassis to any driver that sets fast time and wins from the last starting position.

The Sportsman division has continued to grow and be very competitive. Last year’s champ, Curt Genow, is a mere 3 points behind leader Don Stuck, with the always formidable Kevin Harder a close third. Every week this new division grows more competitive and racier than the last. The future is very bright for the Sportsman division.

The return of the Factory Stocks has produced a spirited battle between former champ Jim Miller Jr. and the lightning fast 55 of Robbie Johnston. Veteran John Summers has returned to racing after a long hiatus and is sitting third, with former champs Mike Walther and Kyle Hayden rounding out the top five.

The ever growing Bomber division is one of the most exciting races of the night. A mere 14 points separate the top three, and only 21 separate the top five. Defending champ Chad Lamson is leading the pack followed closely by two-time champion Sean Saumier and defending Auto City champ Jimmy Stratton. Fig-8 point leader Rob Kern is forth with Jason Congdon rounding out the top five

May 26th kicks off the A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series with the Port City Racing 100. The fastest Outlaw Super Late Models in the Midwest will hit the high banks in a side-by-side, bumper-to-bumper, action-packed feature for the huge 24-car starting grid. The drivers are seeking victory and a piece of the $10,000+ point fund for the 2006 season. For more info go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call the track (989) 624-9778.

Side-by-Side Dixie Action Fights Off Cold Weather

May 10th, 2006

Jay Reinbold set a new track record in qualifying for the Pro Late Models with a 15.990. The previous record, set last August by Reinbold himself, was a 16.076. Jim Giffin and Marty England took heat race honors. Jim Mero jumped out in front to start the 25-lap feature to lead the first 5 laps. After working both grooves, Lapeer’s Samuel Coulter took over the top spot and tried to pull away, but point leader Chad Bennett began closing the gap. Coulter had the ride of his life, holding off Bennett, as he held on to win his first Dixie feature ever. Bennett was second followed by Ed Doutre, Jr., Reinbold and England.

Defending track champ Nick Clemons paced time trials for Modifieds with a 16.103. Corey Miechiels got his first win ever, taking heat race #1 while veteran Tony Brabbs won the second. Brabbs’ night went sour before the feature even got started, unable to start due to an oil leak. Gary Pierce took the lead in the 30-lapper, but relinquished it after just 1 lap. 2003 track champion Matt Szecsodi took over the point, and it looks like he’s rekindled the magic from 3 years ago. Matt ran like a scalded dog while the side-by-side battle for second between 4 drivers slowed the progress of the pack, allowing Szecsodi to take the feature by almost half a lap. Joe Hodgeson, Jr. took second, followed by Mark Besaw, Mike Luberda, Jr. and Larry Plamondon.

The Sportsman division was led in qualifying again by Don Stuck with a 17.389. Stuck also won the heat, while Curt Genow took the pursuit. Dirt track expert Fred Speck jumped in front of the 20-lap feature but Dale Malusi took over on the next lap and held the point until lap 3. Genow was hot on their heels, unfortunately bad luck hit the #11 Chevrolet and his night ended early. Last week’s winner Paul Wackerle took over with Kevin Harder right on his heels. Harder continued to work the bottom of the track, getting by on lap 14, and led the rest of the way for his first feature of the year. Stuck passed Wackerle for second, while John Forsythe and Cliff Cunningham rounded out the top 5.

The Factory Stocks qualified their largest car count of the season Friday night. Robby Johnston was top qualifier for the Factory Stocks with a 16.125. Chris Stearns and Larry Plamondon were heat race winners. Ed Newman, Jr. passed the pole sitter, Joshua Hahn, and led the first 12 laps. Newman suffered a transmission problem and dropped out giving the lead to Plamondon. Larry won the Modified feature last week, and this week added the factory stock win to his resume. Johnston took second followed by Jim Miller, Jr., Stearns and Rob Sullivan. Johnston dedicated the evening to Butch Bolinger, a grieving friend whose wife passed away this week. Unfortunately, Plamondon failed to pass post-race tech.

Defending champ Chad Lamson was fast qualifier for the Bombers with an 18.240. Ricky Dinius, Jr. and Sean Saumier took the heat races. Dinius started first in the 20-lap feature and held it until lap 4. Rob Kern passed Dinius to take over the point, but his lead was short-lived as two-time champion, Saumier, took over on lap 5. Saumier, who was passed on the last lap one week ago, was not to be denied as he led the rest of the way for the victory. Kern was second followed by Aaron Spearling, Lamson and Mike Lubinski.

Chaz Prey drew the top spot in this week’s Figure 8’s, having to leave his Prom early to make the race. Now that’s dedication! Rob Kern passed Prey early to lead the first 3 laps. Ricky Dinius forced Kern up the track in turn 4 to assume the lead. Dinius avoided altercations at the intersection and picked up his first-ever Figure-8 win. Kern held on for second followed by Sean Fish, Aaron Spearling and Andrew Burton.

It’s another big 6-in-1 show this Friday, May 12th, with all division back in action. Qualifying starts at 6:00 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Hot Dixie Action Warms Cold Fans

May 2nd, 2006

The fast paced, side-by-side action of the Big-D combined with tasty hot chocolate is enough to keep your blood pumping, even on the chilliest of spring evenings.

Jay Reinbold paced qualifying for the Pro Late Models with a time of 16.160. Heat race winners were Mark Klein and Marty England. Mark Rangel, who’s 3rd place finish in last week’s feature was his best ever, jumped into the lead from the pole in the 25-lapper. Lance Troyer and England were in hot pursuit until lap 20, when the two cars tangled in turn 3, sending them both to the rear. That put Norm Wilcox on Rangel’s back bumper. On the restart Wilcox and defending champ Chad Bennett caught up with the leader, but Rangel proved last week was no fluke as he held off the veterans for his first-ever feature victory. Bennett nosed out Wilcox for second, while Samuel Coulter and Jim Mero rounded out the top 5.

Chuck Silva improved on his own Modified track record with a blistering 15.969. Heat races wins went to Matt Szecsodi and Mike Luckhurst. The 25-lap feature was a nail-biter as Joe Hodgeson, Jr. and Donny Matteson, Jr. ran side-by-side for the lead for almost 6 laps until Hodgeson’s engine went south. Matteson took control briefly until last week’s feature winner, Bill Luckhurst, took over the lead. Things looked like a runaway until Larry Plamondon ran down Luckhurst and took the top spot using the outside groove with just four laps to go. Plamondon held on for his first Modified feature win. Luckhurst had a left rear tire go soft and salvaged 5th place. Mike Luberda, jr. was second followed by defending champion Nick Clemons and Mark Besaw.

Robby Johnston again had fast time for Factory Stocks with a 16.149. Kyle Hayden won an exiting fast car dash, while John Summers took the heat race. Summers, in a new ride for 2006, had a good run in the 20-lap feature as well, taking the early lead. Then, on lap 7, last week’s feature winner Jim Miller Jr. took command. Miller’s team thrashed all week long after his race car and hauler were involved in a traffic accident the morning after last week’s races. Miller’s lead was short-lived as Johnston took the lead on the inside of turn 2 and never looked back. The win was Johnston’s first feature since winning the Late Model championship 5 years ago. Miller held on for second followed by Mike Walther, Summers and Rick Smith.

Don Stuck broke the Sportsman track record for the second week in a row with a 17.280. Kevin Harder won the heat while Paul Wackerle took the pursuit. Wackerle elected to start at the rear of the 20-lap feature after being black-flagged for running below his qualifying time in the heat race. Dale Malusi jumped into the early lead and held it for the first 4 laps. Harder’s low-side pass, allowed him to pace the field for 12 laps as Wackerle worked his way through the pack. On lap 17, Wackerle slid underneath Harder coming out of turn 2 to take lead and the victory. Harder was second followed by Curt Genow, John Forsythe and Stuck.

Defending track champ Chad Lamson set fast time for the Bombers with an 18.160. Heat race winners were Ricky Dinius, Jr. and Jason Congdon. Aaron Spearling jumped ahead in the 20-lap feature, but held the lead for only 2 laps. Two time champion Sean Saumier took over the point followed closely by Rob Kern, Jimmy Stratton and Lamson. The 4 cars put on quite a show but Saumier held the top spot until the final lap, when Stratton got by on the outside going down the backstretch to take the victory. Lamson finished second followed by Saumier, Congdon and Kern.

It was another wild Figure-8 race, with last week’s winner Rob Kern taking the lead with victory all but assured. Ricky Dinius, Jr. had other ideas as he took over the point on lap 6, but Jason Congdon continued his charge through the pack to pass Dinius for the lead on lap 8. Congdon lead the rest of the way for his first ever Figure-8 win. Dinius was second followed by Kern, Aaron Sperling and Scott Platz.

It’s another big 6-in-1 show this Friday, May 5th, with all divisions back in action. Time trials start at 6:00 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Fans Thrilled at Dixie Opener

April 25th, 2006

Former track champion Mark Besaw, behind the wheel of his backup car fielded by the Szecsodi Brother’s Front Runner Racing, set fast time for the Dixie Modifieds with a lap of 16.297. Tony Brabbs passed Chris Hettinger on the last lap to win his heat while defending track champion Nick Clemons held off Bill Luckhurst to grab the second heat. The Howe Racing Modified Challenge, which is new this year, is an exciting program put together by Promoter Mike Kern and Howe Racing’s Chas Howe. Challenge rules are simple, the top two qualifiers are given the option to trade their starting spot for last place. If they go on to win the race, they receive a brand new race car from Howe Racing. Besaw and second-fast qualifier, Chuck Silva, declined the Howe Challenge. The 30-lap feature was a thriller as Johnny Belott jumped out in front with Larry Plamondon in hot pursuit. Plamondon tried every way he could to get under Belott but was unsuccessful. All the while, Luckhurst was working his way up from the 8th starting spot, making most of his headway on the high side of the D-shaped oval. As Luckhurst joined the fray, it was door to door, back and forth, behind Belott. Plamondon would make a valiant effort to get by for the lead on the bottom coming out of turn 4, but Luckhurst would get them both on the outside, completing the pass coming out of turn 2 with just four laps remaining. Luckhurst was followed at the line by Belott, Plamondon, Silva and Joe Hodgeson, Jr.

In the Pro Late Models, defending Champion Chad Bennett picked up where he left off last year, setting fast time at 16.409. Jim Mero took his very first Dixie checkered flag in the first heat, while Ed Doutre, Jr. won the second heat in his brand-new template-bodied Monte Carlo. Youngster, Danny Leeck jumped into the lead in the 25-lap feature. Doutre took the lead after a caution for debris on the track in turn 2, but 2 laps later, a 6-car pile up would bring out the red flag. Veteran campaigner, Jay Reinbold made contact with Leeck going into turn 3, setting off a chain reaction of crunching metal and screeching tires. The Reinbold and Leeck cars were badly damaged but getting the worst of it was the 37 of Sean Anczewski. After the restart, Bennett took over the lead on lap 10 and never looked back as he picked up his first 2006 feature win. Doutre held on for second followed by Mark Rangel, Mero and Lance Troyer.

The return of the Factory Stocks to the 1/3-mile was well received by drivers and fans alike. The opening night field was filled with former and defending champions, multiple feature winners, and fan favorites. Robby Johnston set fast time with a 16.280. Kyle Hayden won the heat in his first-ever Dixie start. Adam Rowe took the victory in the Australian Pursuit, then jumped out in front to start the 20-lap feature. His lead would be short-lived as Jim Miller, Jr. took over on lap 2. He would build quite a lead as his challengers were getting held up. Miller would need all the lead he could get as his rear end broke going into turn 3 on the white-flag lap. Miller would coast to the finish line, barely edging his pursuers. Hayden, Johnston, Mike Walther and Rowe rounded the top 5.

The Sportsman division was also in action as Don Stuck paced the field with a 17.754. Defending track champion Curt Genow claimed the heat while Mark Super held on to win the Pursuit. Curt Olar put his Ford Taurus out in front in the 20-lap feature and he led until lap 7 when Genow took the advantage and held on for the win. Kevin Harder took second, followed by Super, Olar and Dale Malusi. Unfortunately, Harder and Super failed to pass post-race inspection, bumping Fred Speck and Don Stuck into the top five.

Track record holder Timmy Near set fast time in the Bombers with a lap of 18.29. Jim Pastoor won the first heat from the pole. Rob Kern drove his Chevy Impala to an impressive victory in the fast heat passing polesitter Greg Hiltz on the outside. Sean Saumier took the early lead in the 20-lap feature until lap nine when defending Auto City Champion Jimmy Stratton took the top spot. Stratton lost the lead 2 laps later when Dixie’s own defending champion Chad Lamson took over the point. Lamson lead the rest of the way for the victory, Statton was second followed by Near, Saumier and Kern. Near also failed to pass post-race inspection moving Jason Congdon to fifth.

It was a wild figure-8 race as usual with Rob Kern taking the early lead and never looking back. Kern avoided the close calls at the “X” to claim his first-ever feature win. Scott Platz was second followed by Ricky Dinius, Jason Congdon and Andrew Burton.

It’s another big 6-in-one show this Friday, April 28th with all the divisions back in action. Time trials begin at 6pm with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989.624.9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Port City Racing, EMF Corp join Dixie Cup Series

March 8th, 2006

“With the addition of Port City and EMF, there is no doubt that we will reach our $10,000+ point fund goal for the 5-race series” said excited track owner Mike Kern. “This is a great deal for everyone but mostly, it’s a great deal for our racers.”

“Harley Boeve at Port City Racing has put his money where his mouth is, Kern added, by giving back to the racers who have been the foundation of his success”. Port City has been a leading fabricator and supplier to the Super Late Model driver for many years.

Boeve’s generosity may be a bit self-serving however, as he likely expects that John Grega, behind the wheel of the Port City house car, may be bringing the Dixie Cup Champion’s share back to Muskegon. Of course, EMF Corp President and Angola Speedway owner, Dick Poe, may have something to say about that. Poe’s driver, Indiana hotshoe Scott Hantz has proven to be “the real deal” at Dixie. Hantz is the defending Dixie Cup Series Champion and will certainly be one of the big dogs to beat. “As a fellow track owner, I am especially thankful to Dick for supporting the Dixie Cup Series. He is an avid race fan and has a special passion for Super Late Models” said Kern. EMF Corp manufactures engineered wiring harnesses for the high performance, automotive and appliance industries. Title sponsor A+ Supply specializes in electrical products for the commercial, industrial and residential contractor and the do-it-yourselfer as well.

With the commitment from these fine sponsors, Dixie officials are pleased to post the official point fund, which has exceeded original expectations: 1st 2500, 2nd 1500, 3rd 1200, 4th 1000, 5th 900, 6th 800, 7th 700, 8th 650, 9th 550 and 10th 500.

The first A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series event is the Port City Racing 100 on May 26th. The complete schedule, rules, purses and point fund will be posted on the Dixie website: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call the track office at 989.624.9778.

A + Supply Title Sponsor of Dixie Cup Series

January 26th, 2006

The announcement comes after discussions with the Burton, Michigan based electrical supply warehouse concluded this week. A+ Supply specializes in all products for the commercial, industrial and residential electrical contractor and the do-it-yourselfer as well. They can be reached at 810.742.7444 or view their catalog at www.aplussupply.com. They ship nation-wide.

“We are very excited to have A+ Supply as part of our racing family and we know our Dixie Cup competitors will be pleased as well”, says track owner Mike Kern. “We have a great facility with the best Super drivers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana competing and now, thanks to A+ Supply, we have a great point fund to go along with it”. The top 10 Dixie Cup Series drivers will be eligible for the A+ Dixie Cup Series point fund with $2000 going to the Champion.

The A+ Supply Dixie Cup Series will begin its 4th year this spring and has seen numerous changes along the way. The Series has been trimmed to 5 races with the first 4 events scheduled for 100 laps. In the interest of cutting driver costs, the Smack Down 200 is being shortened to 150 laps but will pay $7500 to win and $1000 to start just like the “200” did last year. “With the purse remaining intact and limiting the tires to 6, each team should be able to keep anywhere from $250-500 more dollars in their billfold” said Kern. He added, “due to these changes, the average driver should actually be able to run competitively and make a profit at the same time. The race will still be run in 2 segments like before but after listening to our drivers, we determined to shorten it by 50 laps. Most think it will make the show even better. So do we”. May 26, June 16, July 14 and August 4 are 100 lap events with the Dixie Cup Series “Smack Down 150” slated for September 8th & 9th.

Exact purses will be posted on Dixie’s website with some expected to be slightly higher than in 2005. The complete schedule, rules and point fund will also be posted on the Dixie website: www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call the track office at 989.624.9778.

Factory Stocks Return to Dixie

November 13th, 2005

Kern noted that Dixie runs a very tight program but had some concern that with the new Sportsman division debuting last year that we would run a bit long. “Our goal is to get fans and crews on their way by 11 pm and we certainly did that last year with time to spare. We should be able to hit that mark with the Factory Stocks on the schedule as well” says Kern.

The cars will run the full 2006 schedule and will run exclusively on the Hoosier 970. Rules will be very similar to previous years with minimal change expected.

Factory Stocks will join Bombers and Fig-8 on the original track as well as Sportsman, Modifieds and Pro Late Models on the big 4/10-mile oval. Opening day for the 2006 season is April 21. For complete schedule and updates, go to www.dixiemotorspeedway or call the track office at 989.624.9778.

Dixie Announces 2006 Dixie Cup Schedule and Point Fund

November 11th, 2005

May 26, June 16, July 14 and August 4 are 100 lap events with the Dixie Cup Series Championship on September 8th & 9th going 150 laps.

Exact purses will be posted on Dixie’s website but are expected to be in line with 2005 purses. In the interest of cutting driver costs, the SmackDown 200 is being shortened to 150 laps but will pay $7500 to win and $1000 to start just like the “200” did last year. Other bonuses will also be included to make this one of the richest Super Late Model races in the Midwest.

Track officials are pleased to announce that the top 10 Dixie Cup Series drivers will be eligible for the Dixie Cup Series point fund. Title sponsorship is being negotiated at this time and further details will be released as soon as they are confirmed.

“We are very excited about this program and expect that our Dixie Cup teams will be excited as well” says track promoter Mike Kern. “We have a few details to work out before we can publish the particulars but it looks very good for 2006”.

For further information, go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call the track office at 989.624.9778.

2005 Dixie Champions Crowned

November 11th, 2005

Nick Clemens came from the back of the pack to win his first-ever Modified Track Championship; just 5 points ahead of former track champion Mark Besaw. Chuck Silva, Ed Doutre, Tony Brabbs, Donny Matteson, Jeff Reamer, Joe Hodgeson, Bobby Heyink, Larry Plamondon, Scott Lamp and Bill Luckhurst rounded the top 12.

Bay City’s Curt Genow took Sportsman Track Championship honors ahead of Marc Super, Curt Olar, Dale Malusi, Kevin Harder, Tony Basalone, Don Stuck, Dan Engel, Pat Dent, Adam Rowe, Paul Wackerle and Jeremy Spencer.

The first-ever Dixie Factory Sled Track Championship went to Chad Lamson followed by Jerry Persails, Jordan Lechota, Bobby Guynn, Jason Congdon, Aaron Spearling, Timmy Near, Gary Smith, Derek Lacey, Mike Lubinski, Tanner Pray and Andrew Burton.

Lamson also won the Figure-8 Track Championship. Persails, Guynn, Spearling Pray, Nick Lechota, Josh Oliver, Congdon, Smith, Lacey, Ricky Dinius and Jeff Onweller completed the top 12 honorees.

Special awards were handed out courtesy of Howe Racing, CC Motorsports, Contingency Connection and ARP Stock Car Bodies, Lincoln Electric, Hardcore Motorsports and Team Tech.

The staff and management of Dixie Motor Speedway would like to thank the drivers, crews, family, friends and sponsors for a wonderful year in racing along with best wishes during the upcoming Holiday Season; God’s blessings on each of you.

Go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com for 2006 rules and schedule as well as upcoming announcements.

Robert Michon – photo credit

Doering, Dodson Dominate Dixie Smackdown

September 14th, 2005

The seventeen-year-old sensation showed fans why he’s a driver they will be following for many years to come as he set fast time for the Super Sprints with a lap of 12.542 on the 4/10 mile oval; an average speed of nearly 120 mph! Heat race wins went to veteran Tom Fedewa and rookies Tim Ryan and A.J. Lane. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom ran away to take the B-Main. In the 30-lap feature, Dodson was offered the A+ Electric Supply Fast Car Challenge which would net him an additional $1100 if he started from the rear and won. To the delight of the standing room only crowd, Dodson not only accepted the challenge, but said in a pre-race interview that if he won, he would donate the bonus to the Red Cross to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The crowd urged the young hotshoe on as he fell to the rear of the 23-car field. Jimmy McCune jumped out in front to start the race, but all eyes were on Dodson as the youngster maneuvered the #50 Mopar from last to 12th in just one lap! The field began to spread out as Dodson continued to slice his way forward, doing most of the work on the outside of the Big “D” oval. Dodson passed Fedewa to take 2nd as the caution flag flew with just 4 laps to go. McCune, who had been running a superb race, got a good jump on the restart. Dodson was in hot pursuit but did not immediately appear to be making his move, leaving some to believe he was toying with McCune. As the pair flew down the backstretch, it soon became clear that McCune would not roll over for the 9-time 2005 AVSS feature winner. With the white flag flying and the crowd on its feet, Dodson moved to the outside and the two drivers drag raced down the backstretch with Dodson gaining the advantage in turn 3. As he moved to the bottom going into turn 4, Cameron got loose and as the two bumped wheels with many thinking they would both end up in the fence. As Dodson corrected, McCune stayed on the hammer to claim the win by a nose. The crowd was on their feet as they gave the two gladiators a standing ovation for their efforts. McCune won the battle but Dodson won the war as he claimed the 2005 AVSS Championship. Fedewa hung on for 3rd place, followed by Tyler Underwood and Bloom.

Gordie Hubbard, Motorsports representative for Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper was on hand to honor Dixie with the 2005 Race Track of the Year Award. Track owners Mike and Krista Kern were very humbled by the unexpected presentation and noted that Gordie and Auto Value make it a pleasure because they are so good to work with. The Auto Value Super Sprint Series has been racing at Dixie since 1997 and is expected to have at least 3 shows on the 2006 Dixie schedule.

The ShortTrackTrucks.com Challenge Series was also in action. Points-leader Joey Shuryan set quick time with a 17.558. Bob Fruit and Rob Morrison took heat race honors. Morrison shot into the lead at the start of the 30-lap feature. The caution came out on lap 9 when Paul Schaffer had a valve cover gasket come off, sending oil onto the headers causing the truck to burst into flames. Speedway Safety was at the scene quickly getting things under control. Schaffer was unhurt but out of competition. When the race resumed, Shuryan jumped to the outside and took the lead. Morrison chased him the rest of the way but Shuryan held on to take the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Fruit, 15-year-old Natascha Thompson and John Wicks.

The main attraction of the weekend was the Outlaw Super Late Models. Hall of Famer John Grega paced qualifying with a 14.716, earning him the $500 Garber/Right Way Polecat Award. The 6-car, fast car dash went to Grand Rapids’ Joe Bush, setting “200” starting positions 7-12. The first 3 rows were settled with 2, 20-lap qualifying races. Scott Baker at the wheel of the Port City Racing house car ran away to take first one followed by John Doering, Jr. and Steve Sauve. Todd Rosebrugh won the second, with Bill Bond holding off Harold Fair, Jr. for second. Then it was on to Saturday night and the running of the Pat Bourdow/Dixie Cup SmackDown 200.

26 of the finest Super Late Model drivers from across the Midwest came to pay tribute to former friend and Super Late Model racer Pat Bourdow. Many of the racers in the field raced against and knew Bourdow, who drove the number blue 4 and 44 until his untimely death a couple years ago. After a wonderful rendition of the national anthem by Ashley Bourdow, the race lineup was set for the SmackDown. After running door to door for several laps, Todd Rosebrough took the early race lead from pole sitter, Scott Baker; only to have Baker battle back several laps later to try to re-take the point. Baker would make contact with Rosebrough and went spinning to the infield to bring out the caution. Rosebrough was dealing with lapped traffic and had an impressive run going as Flushing’s John Doering Jr. moved into contention for the lead. On lap 56, Rosebrough was about to put Claude Plante a lap down but would end up giving the lead to Doering who would hold the post for the rest of the first 100-lap segment. Mt. Morris’ David McManus was very fast during the first segment and would move into 3rd.

During the break, drivers and crews adjusted their cars and added fuel and fresh tires for the second 100 laps.

Doering paced the field to start the second half with Rosebrough, McManus, Tim Felver, Scott Hantz and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer John Grega. Felver, one of Doering’s familiar adversaries, was on the move and passed McManus for third on lap 103. Grega passed Hantz for fifth on lap 114 as he made his move from 11th. With nearly eighty laps to go, Grega put the pedal to the metal, passing McManus for fourth, Rosebrough for third and got by Felver for second on lap 150. Doering was running strong and had a considerable lead but before you know it, it was gone and he had a mirror full of the red Port City house car with 46 circuits remaining. Grega clearly had the faster car but Doering was blocking every advance Grega made; slamming the door on the bottom and top, denying Grega his line. After Doering ran Grega high coming out of turn 2, the pair made contact off of 4 with Doering getting sideways. Grega, being the “gentleman racer” that he is, let Doering get his mount back under control. That was his best opportunity to get by, and most other drivers would have taken advantage of Doering’s misfortune but not Grega; that’s why is a hall of famer. Grega shadowed Doering for the remainder of the race but Doering seemed to know where he was every lap. The pair would cross the line bumper to bumper as Doering claimed the $7500 SmackDown win and another $1440 in lap money making it a very sweet victory in deed. Felver was third followed by McManus and Dixie Cup Point Leader Hantz.

“I had a ball and I want to thank all the fans who came out,” said Grega in his post-race interview. Doering said it was a great race and John is one of best friends at the race track. “We got together once and I protected the bottom because I knew he was faster,” said Doering. The 47-year old father of 2 added that he raced against Bourdow and it was a nice honor to win the memorial race.

Special Notes: Last year’s winner, Steve Sauve started 5th but would leave early due to overheating along with Eric Lee. Scott Baker, after going to the rear twice, was back into 8th when a dead battery ended his effort. Stan Yee would drop out with a flat tire.

In other racing festivities, Kern gave a chance for two lucky fans to take $500 home in Dixie Bowling. A bowling pin is set up at the middle of turns one and two, about 500’ from the start/finish line. Kern tries to bowl the pin over and if he hits the pin, the fans get nothing. He gave away $200 to one contestant who didn’t want to take the challenge because “King Pin” Kern had rolled a strike in the last Dixie Bowling event and came pretty close in his practice shot. The second fan took the $500 challenge. King Pin missed the pin by just inches, netting this fan a $500 pay day; a portion of which he donated back for Hurricane relief. A special thank you to all those who contributed to the relief effort in helping 9-year old Hannah Kern raise over $1000 for the survivors. Well Done!

The wild and wooly School Bus Figure-8 ended the 2005 racing season with an exciting race. Al Dixon was the early leader; however with a bit of bumping and grinding, Brad Phelps would take the inside groove away coming out of turn 4; forcing Dixon to head straight for the center light pole. Dixon’s better judgment prevailed as he turned to avoid the 100 foot tall fixture, thus giving up second spot as well to Phil Ehlert. Adam Baker finished four followed by Dan White.

Photo: John Doering Jr. and crew in victory lane

Bennett, Clemens Win Dixie Championship Thrillers

September 6th, 2005

In the big 40-lap feature, John Labelle jumped out in front ahead of Coulter. On lap 11 the two cars made contact going down the backstretch, sending Labelle spinning into the infield. Both drivers were sent to the back, putting Bennett in the lead. It would not be without a serious challenge however as Klein was working his way through the field. Bennett and Klein restarted side-by-side on the final 2 restarts, running door-to-door, lap after lap. Bennett was a bit loose off of turn four but Klein was a bit loose off of turn 2. With Bennett on the bottom and Klein on the top, the pair would settle the championship the way it should be; between each other, for the win. Whoever finished ahead of the other would claim the title. It was a great duel and the fans showed their appreciation for both drivers as they undoubtedly saw the best championship scenario years. In the end, Bennett gained the advantage coming out of turn 4 with 3 laps to go and held on for the win and his second Dixie championship. Rounding out the top 5 were Wayne Howe, Reinbold and Marty England.

In Dixie Modifieds, Nick Clemens held a slim 9-point advantage over Mark Besaw going into the 40-lap feature. Steve Rollins, in his first visit to Dixie this season, set quick time at 16.049, just .007 off the track record. Heat race winners were Scott Lamp and Tony Brabbs. Rollins, with nothing to lose and $1000 to gain, accepted the A+ Electric Fast Car Challenge, starting him at the rear of the 40-lap feature. Rookie Larry Plamondon took the early lead and ran a very strong race. On lap 10, Clemens must have thought his championship hopes disappeared as he and Ed Doutre, Jr. made contact on the front stretch, spinning Doutre out. Clemens had to finish within 2 positions of Besaw to claim the Championship. With Clemens restarting at the rear and Besaw taking the lead on lap 17, things were looking very good for Besaw’s second title. Clemens however had other ideas. Truly a man on a mission, he worked his way through traffic like a hot knife through butter and with 10 laps to go had worked himself within striking distance of Besaw. Meanwhile, Donny Matteson, Jr. was having an awesome run as he took over the point and ultimately the win as Besaw fell to second. Clemens completed an exciting charge to the front, finishing right behind Besaw to win the Modified championship. Jeff Reamer and Plamondon rounded out the top 5.

In Sportsman action, Curt Genow needed only to start the feature to take the point crown. Don Stuck was fast qualifier with a 17.546. Mark Super won the dash and Dale Malusi took the heat race. In feature action, Dan Engel put his ’56 Chevy back together after a hard crash 2 weeks ago and led the first 3 laps when Malusi worked the big #2 into the lead. Malusi has been on the verge of a win all year and it appeared that this could be the night as Stuck and Genow were battling door-to-door behind him. Luck was not on his side however as a caution came out and tightened the field on lap 10. On lap 12, Stuck dove to the bottom of the track, making a 3-wide pass on Malusi and Genow going into turn 3. Stuck was unchallenged for his 3rd feature of the year. Genow held on to second and took the first-ever Sportsman championship at Dixie. Malusi was third, followed by Curt Olar and Tony Basalone.

It was a big night for Chad Lamson as he started off setting fast time with a new track record for the Factory Sleds with a 17.942. Heat races went to Andrew Burton and Randy “Axle” Foley. Burton jumped out in front in the 20-lap feature and was looking good in only his 2nd Dixie appearance. He was found to be running too far under his qualifying time and opted to restart at the rear of the field. Gerald Persails, Jr. assumed command and lead until lap 16 when Lamson passed him on the outside. Lamson lead the rest of the way; winning the feature and the championship. Persails finished second, followed by Michael Berkley, Foley and Jordan Lechota.

It was a wild and dusty Figure-8 race as Aaron Spearling held the early lead. It was short-lived however as Chad Lamson got by on lap 2. Things were going well for Lamson and his 2nd feature win of the night looked promising. At least that was the case until Chaz Pray worked his way to the front and the battle was on. The pair sliced and diced, nipped and tucked with Lamson slamming the door on Pray numerous times. But with just one lap to go, Pray changed his line and got to the inside of Lamson going through the final turn, setting up a drag race to the checkered. The pair made contact down the straight-away, sending both off the track but Pray edged Lamson by a nose for his 2nd Figure-8 of the year. Lamson lost the battle but won the war as he picked up the track championship. Spearling was 3rd, followed by Persails and Bobby Guynn.

The season concludes with the $70,000 + SMACK DOWN 200 WEEKEND this Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Super Sprint Series takes center stage with their season championship. Qualifying, $1500 fast car dash and three 20-lap qualifying races for the Outlaw Super Late Model Dixie Cup Series cars set up the Pat Bourdow/Dixie Cup Smack Down 200 on Saturday with over 40 Supers expected. The 200 boasts a 26-car field paying out a possible $11,000 to win and $1000 just to start! The ShortTrackTrucks.com Series with also be in action. Then on Saturday, it’s the last chance race for the “200”, 30-lap B-Main feature and the Pat Bourdow/Dixie Cup “Smack Down 200.” All the big dogs will be in town for this one to claim their share of over $50,000! Two $500 challenges will highlight Dixie Racetrack Bowling and School Bus Figure-8’s will close out the season. Rain date is September 16 & 17. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Fair Jr. Tunes up for Dixie Cup Smack Down 200

August 29th, 2005

After a wonderful rendition of the national anthem by 9 year old birthday girl, Hannah Kern, the racing action started as the Michigan Legend Series took to the track. Levi Rouster, Alec Carll and A.J. Thompson won the heats. Thompson started the 25-lap feature from the pole and led the event until a late caution allowed Rouster, who is fourth in Legends points, to get by. Rouster never looked back as he claimed the win. Thompson finished second with Krissy Kilbourn taking third.

In Pro-Late Model action, John LaBelle and Ed Doutre Jr. took heat race wins while Jay Reinbold set fast time and a new track record with a 16.076. Marty England started on the pole for the 30-lap feature with Wayne Howe on the outside. England led early but couldn’t stop the fast charge of Howe and Mark Klein. Klein raced past Howe for the lead with Bryan Renner and Jay Reinbold battling out for second and third respectively. Klein would feel the heat from Reinbold but was up to the task as he claimed his 2nd feature of the season. Renner, Reinbold, Howe and Doutre rounded out the top five. The championship comes down to the wire this Friday as Klein holds a slim 2 point lead over former track champion Chad Bennett with Ed Doutre Jr., Howe and Norm Wilcox within striking distance.

Bandolero’s Series Point Leader, Scott Menlan, won the heat race and started 4th in the 10-lap feature. It didn’t take Menlan long to get to the front as he passed Trevor Berry, son of SLM hotshoe Dennis Berry, for the win.

In Dixie Cup Series qualifying, Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer, John Grega paced the 18-car Super Late Model field with a new track record 14.537, and earned himself a shot at the A+ Plus Supply Fast Car Challenge. John rolled a 10 for the invert and determined that starting at the rear of the field was not going to happen as instructions from car owner Harley Boeve gave a thumbs down to the challenge. “We haven’t won one of these things yet so I think we’re gonna stay where we are”, Grega quipped, Grega, if he had won, would have taken home an extra $900 courtesy of A+ Plus Supply of Burton, MI. Former All-American 150 winner Johnny Belott Jr. started on the pole with Norm Davis on the outside.

Things heated up early with Belott and Davis racing hard for the lead. Coming out of turn 4, the real estate narrowed as the pair ran down the front stretch with Davis getting pinched between the 0 of Belott and the concrete wall. Davis suffered a blown tire and some suspension damage and went off on the hook. “It’s a shame, said Davis. The car felt great. I think we could have won this one”. As the green flag fell on lap two, Belott held the top spot followed by Jack Varney Jr., Dave Kuhlman, Canada’s Jerry Artuso and Steve Sauve. Kuhlman passed Varney Jr. for second on lap 14 and looked to be a contender as he set his sights on leader Belott. Kuhlman stayed glued to Belott and it appeared the duo would check out on the field but Fair, Jr. had other ideas as he worked his way up from his 8th starting spot into 3rd after a caution on lap 40.

On lap 42, Fair Jr. looked like he couldn’t be stopped as he made short work of Kuhlman to claim 2nd and then passing Belott like he was standing still coming out of turn 2. Fair would not be challenged as Bellott and Kuhlman were busy battling for second with Grega in tow.
Grega got by Kuhlman for third on lap 51 and it looked like it was over until first-time visitor, Jeff Owens’ motor let loose and caused an extensive clean up. Up to that point there had only been 2 cautions but now Fair would have to tighten down his safety harness as Belott and Grega gave it one more shot with 14 to go. Fair Jr. was a stout car taking off like a rocket as the green flag fell on lap 61. Grega tried his hardest to pass Belott for second however he couldn’t make it stick. Fair Jr. took his 2nd Dixie Cup win of the season followed by Belott Jr., Grega, Kuhlman and Angola, Indiana’s Scott Hantz.

“It feels very good after starting eighth,” said Fair Jr. adding that it is sweeter than winning from the pole as he did in the May Dixie Cup race because he had to work for the win and he had to pass some tough competition. He thanked his wife Trish, Royal Truck and Trailer, Port City Race cars, Bill Harper Motors but most of all he wanted to thank his dad, Harold Fair Sr. Fair is eligible for a $1000 bonus if he can make it 3 out of 4 in Dixie Cup competition with a win in the $70,000 Pat Bourdow -Dixie Cup Smack Down 200 September 9 & 10.

The best was saved for last with the 10 car-trailer field of the crazy and wacky Figure-8 Trailer race. Even before the green fell, a trailer a fell apart leaving it right near the “X” of the figure-8. Gary Shank Jr. was the race leader as the green flag fell driving his blue-green topper trailer with Figure-8 Bus Driver Al Dixon second. As the spectators looked on, it was like Hurricane Katrina made a brief stop on the figure-8 track with debris, broken trailers, crushed metal and everything but the kitchen sink scattered across the track. I take that back; the kitchen sink was on the track too. It was a race you had to see to believe with all the mayhem racing action bringing some to tears and everyone to their feet.

In the end, only four vehicles with trailers were left standing; Shank, John Mars, Kevin Diffin in his covered wagon trailer and Scott Missentizis and his boat trailer. Shank won the race and plans are already in the works for more next year.

n Friday, Sept. 2, the track will present season championship night with a 40-lap Pro Late Model race with $1,000 up for grabs. In addition, modifieds will run 40-laps with $800 to win, Sportsman with $500 to win plus Factory Sleds and Figure-8’s also in action. And the season ender: The Smack Down 200 on Sept 9 & 10 with Outlaw Super Late Models, Auto Value Super Sprint season championships, Short Track Truck Series, School Bus Fig-8 and Dixie Racetrack Bowling for $1000.

The track is located off I-75 at the Birch Run exit (136) east to Dixie Hwy, North one mile. Call 989-624-9778 for more information or go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Championships Shape Up at Dixie on Autograph Night

August 23rd, 2005

Mark Besaw came into the night leading the points for the Modifieds, and he started the night off well, pacing qualifying with a 16.129. Heat race winners were Chuck Silva and Tony Brabbs. In the 25-lap feature, Donny Matteson, Jr. put the Magoo’s Outlet #12 in front and led the first 4 laps until rookie Larry Plamondon took over the point. Plamondon would enjoy his best run ever in a Modified but could not hold off a determined Brabbs. On lap 13, Brabbs got by Plamondon on the inside with Nick Clemens in tow. The duo would run nose to tail the remainder of the race with Clemens pulling along side numerous times but could not close the deal. Brabbs held him off to claim his second feature of the season. Clemens was followed by Silva, Dick Maurer, coming all the way from the rear, and Plamondon. Clemens holds a slim point lead where just 22 points separate the top 4.

For the first time in his career, Lance Troyer set fast time for the Pro Late Models with a 16.246. Chad Bennett and Ed Doutre, Jr. took heat race victories. Bennett took the lead at the start of the 30-lap feature. Caution slowed the race on lap 5, and on the restart Doutre passed the point leader on the back straight-away. Doutre stretched out his advantage only to lose it on a caution. Veteran Jay Reinbold started along side Doutre on the restart and gave him a good look but Doutre held the point for his second Pro Late Model feature of the season. Mark Klein, Bennett and Wayne Howe rounded out the top 5. Just 23 points separate Klein and Doutre from Bennett.

Point leader Curt Genow lead qualifying for the Sportsman with 17.608. Kevin Harder had a good night, starting it off by winning the heat race. In the Australian Pursuit, Dan Engel was leading when his left rear wheel came off, sending him into the front stretch wall. “Evil” was okay, but the beautiful ’56 Chevy took some serious damage. Don Stuck took the win. In the 20-lap feature, Fred Speck gave the National Roofing gang something to cheer about as he put his dirt car in front and lead the first 4 laps. Then it was Harder’s turn as he took the lead with Stuck close behind. Harder kept Stuck at bay and lead the rest of the race to take the victory. Stuck was second followed by Mark Super, Dale Malusi and Curt Olar.

It was a wild night for the Factory Sleds, as point leader Chad Lamson set quick time with an 18.278. Heat race wins went to Ricky Dinius, in his first visit to Dixie, and Duane Damon. Newcomer Andrew Burton jumped out in front in the feature and held the top spot for 6 laps. Then 15-year-old Jordan Lechota took the lead and ran a great race. Lamson worked his way through the field a made late charge at Lechota. The two cars crossed the finish line side-by-side. It was so close even the drivers didn’t know who won! But it was Lamson who beat Lechota by just a couple of inches. Damon, Gerald Persails, Jr. and Jason Congdon rounded out the top 5.

Another exciting Figure-8 race saw Gerald Persails, Jr. put his station wagon out in front as he began to pull away. However, his race ended early when he pulled into the infield with engine trouble on lap 2. Then Andrew Burton threatened to win in his very first Figure-8. But he spun going into turn 3, giving the top spot to Bobby Guynn. Avoiding spins and slides along the way, Guynn won his first ever Figure-8. Chad Lamson came through the grass to take second, followed Burton, Jason Congdon and Ricky Dinius.

Championship battles will get very interesting as double points will be earned on Championship night, September 2nd with Mod, Late Model and Fig-8 titles up for grabs. This Friday, August 26th, the Dixie Cup Series returns with a 75-lap feature for the Outlaw Super Late Models. Pro Late Models and the Auto Vale Bumper-to-Bumper Michigan Legends Series will be racing along with the hilarious Figure-8 Trailer Races. Time trials start at 6:00 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Silva Repeats at Dixie

August 16th, 2005

Defending track champion, Jay Reinbold, paced qualifying for the Pro Late Models. Reinbold, back in action for the first time since a serious accident that demolished his Monte Carlo a month ago, ran the fastest lap of the night with a 16.212. Current point leader Chad Bennett won the first heat while Robbie Johnson took the second. The 25-lap feature had Johnson and Mark Klein starting in front with the two drivers running door-to-door for the first 5 laps. Johnson finally gained the advantage until lap 10 when Marty England moved by on the back stretch. England began to pull away until the caution flag flew with just 4 laps to go. That brought Reinbold up to his back bumper for the restart, but England was up to the challenge, holding on to pick up his second feature of the year. Reinbold was second followed by Ed Doutre, Jr., Klein and Bennett.

Bobby Heyink got fast time for the first time in his career in the Modifieds with a 16.318. Joe Hodgeson, Jr. won his first-ever heat race in a Mod while Livonia’s Chuck Silva won the second. Heyink accepted the A+ Electric Supply Fast Car Challenge, starting at the rear of the field for the 30-lap feature. That meant a victory would pay him an additional $800. Nick Clemons took the lead at the green flag and started stretching out his advantage. The caution flag came out on lap 20, and on the restart Ed Doutre, Jr. got by on the outside to take over the point. But his lead was short-lived as Clemons regained the top spot on lap 24. The battle continued, with Silva joining the fray. With the crowd on their feet and 1 lap to go, Silva got under Clemons in the third turn, the pair bobbled as they made contact and Silva took the win by a nose for his 2nd straight Dixie feature. Rounding out the top 5 were Tony Brabbs, Doutre and Rick Wiecorek.

Don Stuck set quick time for the Sportsman with a 17.446. Dan Engel won the heat race while Tony Basalone took the pursuit. In the 20-lap feature, Jeremy Spencer took the early lead and held it until lap 2. Basalone took over the point until lap 5 when his engine hand grenaded on the back stretch, ending his night. Curt Olar assumed command and kept his Ford Taurus on top until lap 11, when point leader Curt Genow took over. But fast qualifier Stuck was not to be denied as he passed Genow with just 2 laps to go and held on for his second feature of the season. Genow, Olar, Mark Super and Kevin Harder rounded out the top 5.

Chad Lamson again paced qualifying for the Factory Sleds, coming close to his own track record with an 18.182. Heat races went to Mike Lubinski and Jordan Lechota. Jordan took the lead at the green flag in the 20-lap feature, with his brother Nick in hot pursuit. Nick took the lead on lap 6 and held it until his motor blew on lap 12. That gave the top spot to Lamson who pulled away to take his fifth feature in the last six races. Jordan finished second followed by Jason Congdon, Duane Damon and Jeff Onweller.

The biggest field of the year started the Figure-8 race, Damon taking the early advantage. Nick Lechota, at the wheel of his brother’s car, took over the lead on lap 2. Damon got him back on lap 5 and led the next three circuits. Then it was figure-8 veteran Sean Fish, making his first official appearance of the year, who took the lead. Damon attempted to make it a race at the end but could not chase down Fish who went on for the win. Damon was second followed by Lamson, Congdon and Aaron Spearling.

It’s National Roofing Autograph Night this Friday, August 19th. Fans will get a chance to meet their favorite drivers, take pictures and get autographs from 6:45 to 7:30 trackside. All 5 divisions will be in action, with racing starting immediately following the autograph session. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Monster Trucks and Fans ‘Jam’ Dixie

August 16th, 2005

In Quad Wars action, team Michigan was victorious in the end as they beat team Ohio in the main event. Michigan though took two wins for the night by winning the first and third heats. In the final race team Michigan bounced back to win the Australian style black flag race and took home the trophy for the home crowd fans.

The show continued on Sunday with Avenger winning the wheelie contest over Destroyer by 1 point followed by Grave Digger and Brutus. Grave Digger edged Avenger in the Freestyle competition and also took home the win in the racing competition. Grave Digger wowed the crowd, closing things off with a Doughnut that brought the crowd to their feet. Fans cheered as Digger burned up the asphalt and tore up the grass under a cloud of monster truck tire smoke.

When all was said and done, Grave Digger proved why he is the champion as he fended off challenges from Destroyer, Avenger, Brutus and Eradicator. The crowd showed its approval for a great show as they gave a standing ovation to the drivers in the Monster Jam. It was clear they want them back next year. The Series goes to Erie, PA for its next show.

Doering, Dodson Dominate Dixie

August 8th, 2005

In Main Event Series qualifying, Joe Bush scored fast time with a 14:656 narrowly edging out Scott Hantz’s 14:703. The best of the Midwest in Super Late Model drivers with names like Hantz, Felver, Grega and Sauve were just a few of the “hot shoes” in the 25-car field. Rich Rohr won the semi-feature to complete the feature starting lineup. John Doering Jr. started the 100-lap event on the pole along side Main Event Series Point Leader Bobby Parsley from Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

As the green flag fell, it looked like Doering was shot from a cannon as he blew by Parsley for the lead. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer John Grega, who started third made his move to the front, passing Anderson for second on lap 11. After coming just short of winning Dixie’s All-American 150 last month, there was no doubt Grega had his sights set on first place as he stayed glued to Doering’s bumper. His best chance for the lead was on a restart on lap 46; Grega went side by side with Doering as the green flag fell; however he was unable to make the pass.

Grega would soon be occupied with a mirror-full of Bush who had worked his way from his sixth starting position. Bush got underneath Grega in turn 3, but the pair would tangle, sending both spinning and, fortunately for Doering, both would restart at the rear. With his major threat at the rear of the field, Doering, shut the door on the rest of the competition and went unchallenged the rest of the way for the win. Anderson finished second followed by Scott Hantz, Parsley and Harold Fair Jr. Holly’s Stan Boyd was the hard charger of the race, finishing seventh. He moved up 16 spots from his 23 starting position. Doering said he was just fast enough for the competition then, with 25 laps to go, he turned it up a notch for the win. “Grega is a clean driver and I never had a problem with him,” said Doering “Better to be lucky than good on this inversion.”

Greenfield, Indiana’s Cameron Dodson, the 17 year old racing sensation, was fast qualifier in the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series posting a blistering lap of 12:479. He won the first heat with Brian Lay and Troy Underwood taking the others while Dorman Snyder won the semi-feature. Dodson, who also won the previous Dixie event in July started eighth in the 30-lap feature race. Former Super Late Model pilot and now, open-wheel hot shoe, Curt Shumaker started on the pole along side Mike Ling.

It didn’t take long for Dodson who has dreams of driving Nextel Cup as he moved three spots to fifth in two laps. Like a hot knife through butter, Dodson cut through the field at will. Still in fifth, the phenom made an incredible move in turn four, passing both Tom Fedewa and John Hotchkiss to take third. With fire in his eyes, and a little from under the car, literally, Dodson set his sites on Shumaker. He seemed to toy with the polesitter for a few laps, like a cat plays with a mouse, before blowing by on the outside. The rest was history as Dodson claimed his 7th AVSS win of the season. Fedewa and Shumaker finished second and third followed by Mike Ling and Jimmy McCune.

Dodson said he thought his car was on fire with flames shooting out from under the hood and underneath the car as the race started. “It make me kinda nervous but I thought like for five laps my car was on fire or something, luckily it went away,” said Dodson adding he wanted to thank his crew and the American troops for serving overseas. “It felt awesome and really sweet to win,” said Dodson adding Dixie Motor Speedway is a great track and the fans here are great too.

The School Bus Figure-8 has been very predictable as of late: They keep on flippin’ over! In 3 out of the last 4 SBF-8 events, one of monsters has ended up on its side. Phil Ehlert started on the pole and started to build an advantage over the field. That did little to dampen the excitement of the SRO crowd as SBF-8 Jimmer Daniels and relative newcomers Adam Baker and Brad Phelps locked up 3-wide with sparks flyin’, tires blowin’ and testosterone pumpin’! Amazingly, nobody went over but the respite would be brief. Daniels opened up the bottom going into turn 1, allowing Phelps to blow by on the inside. Hard contact would ensue as neither driver would lift. Daniels was going sideways and needed little help to complete the rollover. The race was official as only 2 of the 7 behemoths could continue. Ehlert took the win followed by Mark Jacobs and Phelps. A special “thank you” is in order to Pro Finish. The Flint automotive paint distributor provided paint and materials to the 4 dozen Dixie Kids who painted the Dixie Kids Bus on Friday and Saturday. Thanks again. The bus looks great!

The A+ Electric Supply Fast Car Challenge remains unclaimed and will be worth a cool 800 bucks if the Pro Late Model or Modified fast timer takes the challenge to win from the rear of the field this Friday. Sportsman, Factory Sleds and Crazy Fig-8’s are also on the card as Flint Welding Supply sponsors the event. Time Trials are at 6pm with racing action at 7:30.

Then on Saturday, August 13th, Clear Channel’s Monster Truck Jam Summer Heat featuring Monster Truck’s legend Grave Digger along with many others, roll into Dixie for a 7:30 performance with a Pit Party beginning at 5pm. An encore show will start Sunday the 14th at 2pm. Tickets for kids’ ages 2-12 are just $5 and can be purchased through ticketmaster or at the track the opening day of the show. Dixie is located off I-75 at Birch Run exit (136), east to Dixie Hwy, north one mile. For more information call 989-624-9778 or go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Lamson’s Dixie Win Streak Snapped

August 1st, 2005

The ShortTrackTrucks.com Series took center stage, with Joey Shuryan setting fast time with 17.547. Paul Schaffer won his heat while15-year-old driver Kelly Doyle won hers. John Wicks jumped out in front in the 30-lap feature and started to pull away but Shuryan and Keith Wioncek ran him down and got by on lap 8. The battle continued until the very end with 2 and 3-wide racing throughout the field. Shuryan would not relinquish the lead as the point leader claimed his second Dixie win of the year. Wioncek held on for second followed by Schaffer, Rick Clark and Alex Lewis.

Ed Doutre, Jr. was fast qualifier for the Modifieds with a very quick 16.246. Heat race winners were Scott Lamp and Tony Brabbs. In a surprise turn of events, Doutre turned down the A+ Electrical Supply Fast Car Challenge that could have earned him an extra $700 if he started in the back of the feature and won. Next week, the bonus grows to $800! Doutre is in a heated championship battle, trailing teammate and point leader, Mark Besaw, by just 4 points with Nick Clemons trailing by just 1. Every point is critical in the chase. Lapeer’s Jeff Reamer took the early lead in the feature and held it for the first 4 laps when Chuck Silva took over the point and began to build a lead as the field raced through traffic. The only caution came late in the 25-lap affair which gave Reamer a shot at Silva as the field lined up 2-wide for the restart. Silva edged Reamer to the first turn and ultimately took the win with Reamer in tow. Clemons, Brabbs and Besaw rounded the top 5.

Paul Wackerle set quick time for the Sportsman for the third straight week with a 17.281.
Heat races went to Dan Engel and Kevin Harder. For the second week in a row, Wackerle went from the back to the front to win the pursuit. The 25-lap feature was the biggest cliffhanger of the night, with 9 cars dicing for positions up front. Engel led from the start, with the field stacked up two-wide behind him. On lap 14, Tony Basalone caught up on the outside and the two veterans battled it out. Three laps later Basalone took over the point, but could only lead until lap 20 as the field looked more like they were starting the race instead of nearing the end as the pack was racing 2-wide, nose-to-tail. Wackerle took over and lead the rest of the green-flag event for his first-ever Dixie feature win. Harder nipped Basalone at the line to take second with Curt Genow and Mark Super rounding out the top 5. Wackerle failed to pass post-race tech, moving the rest of the field up a spot and giving the win to Harder.

Chad Lamson has been the class of the field in the Factory Sled division as he once again paced time trials with a 18.225. Jason Congdon captured the checkered flag in the heat race. In the 15-lap feature, rookie Eric Herner put his Cadillac in front and led the first 4 laps until Jordan Lechota took over the point. Lechota ran strong until lap 11 when Congdon made a move on the outside to take the lead. With the crowd on the edge of their seats, Lamson caught up with only 2 laps to go and appeared to be enroute to his 6th straight feature win. Congdon however had other ideas as he held off the point leader by half a car and grabbed the Bob Kern’s Automotive $100 bonus for Factory Sled first-time feature winners. Lechota, Scott Platz and Jeff Onweller rounded out the top 5.

The Figure-8 race was another wild one, with Chaz Prey jumping out in front early. A few laps later, Chad Lamson passed him on the inside to take the advantage. The two drivers battled it out until the white flag, when, in traffic and half a lap to go, Lamson slid high up the track, opening the door for Prey. Chaz stole the lead and held on for his first feature win ever. Lamson was second followed by Gerald Persails, Jr., Jeff Onweller and Jason Congdon.

This Friday, August 5th Helm Electric presents “The Big One III” featuring the Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Super Sprint Series, the Outlaw Super Late Models Main Event Series 100 and School Bus Figure-8’s. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Photo: Chaz Prey wins Figure 8

Door Handle-to-Door Handle at Dixie

July 26th, 2005

Mark Klein started out the night setting fast time for the Pro Late Models with a 16.425. After a crash one month ago, defending track champion Jay Reinbold put his car back together and started his night off by taking his heat race win while Wayne Howe won the second heat. In the 30-lap feature, Lance Troyer took the early lead until lap 2 when Howe took over the point. Mike Leinberger started to catch up midway through the race and made a charge for the lead on lap 10. Howe and Leinberger ran side-by-side until lap 13 when Leinberger took the lead for good. It was Mike’s first ever feature win in a Pro Late Model. Howe held on to second, while Chad Bennett, Robbie Johnson and Marty England rounded out the top 5.

Bill Luckhurst led qualifying for the Modifieds with a blistering 16.199, just .001 seconds off the track record. Donny Matteson and Ed Doutre, Jr. claimed heat race wins. Defending Factory Stocks champ Joe Hodgeson, Jr. jumped ahead in the 30-lap feature, holding the advantage until lap 2 when Doutre took over point with Tony Brabbs and Mike Luberda, Jr. in hot pursuit. The 3 veterans put on quite a show as Brabbs and Luberda took turns trying to get around Doutre. With Brabbs and Luberda running 2-wide behind him, Doutre had his hands full as he ran a perfect line. Finally, Luberda and Brabbs switched positions with Luberda now on the bottom, taking aim at Doutre. The AuGres hotshoe wasted no time in turning up the heat and, with just 2 laps to go, got by Doutre and took the checkered flag for the win. Doutre and Brabbs finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Hodgeson managed to hold off Luckhurst for 4th.

Paul Wackerle has adapted well to the Dixie highbanks and he showed it again by setting fast time for the Sportsman with a 17.382. Point leader Curt Genow won the heat race, while Wackerle came from the rear to claim the pursuit with a last-lap rub to get by Dale Malusi. Malusi took the early lead in the 20-lap feature, and had his hands full with the field charging behind him. With the field running door-to-door, Malusi, who has done everything except win over the last few weeks, made his big Chrysler as wide as possible, holding off the pack until lap 11 when Genow got by him after running side-by-side for several laps. Don Stuck followed Genow but couldn’t get by as Genow held on for his 4th feature win of the year. Malusi finished 3rd followed by Wackerle and Curt Olar.

The factory Sleds were paced in time trials again by point leader Chad Lamson with an 18.248. Heat race winners were Jordan Lechota and Jimmy Stratton. Mike Lubinski jumped out in front to start the 20-lap feature and he led for the first 3 laps. Then Lamson got by and Chad proved why he’s the point leader. Stratton put on a strong charge at the end, but Lamson was too much as he won his 4th straight Factory Sled feature. Rounding out the top 5 were Gerald Persails, Jr., Jason Congdon and Aaron Spearling.

In the Figure-8 race, Duane Damon flew into the lead from his 3rd starting position. Battles raged throughout the field, particularly between Persails and Lamson fighting for 2nd place. Despite a couple close calls at the intersection, Damon led all the way, giving the “Pit Bull” his 3rd Figure-8 win of the year. On the last lap, Persails and Lamson tangled on the final turn, with both cars spinning out. Nick Lechota slid into a second place finish, as Lamson gathered it up to come home in 3rd. Spearling and Persails rounded out the top 5.

Frankenmuth Credit Union will present the action this Friday, July 29th at Dixie. The ShortTrackTrucks.com Series will take center stage, with the Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Sleds and Figure-8′s also in competition. Time trials start at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Felver Takes Dixie Cup Thriller

July 19th, 2005

Track record holder Lee Anderson really knows his way around the 4/10 mile oval as he continued to dominate qualifying with a lap of 14.556, just 1/10 off his record. The top 6 qualifiers were locked into the feature while the remainder of the field had to race their way in. Two 15-lap qualifying races set the starting line-up, with the top 3 finishers getting starting spots in the first three rows. Jerry Artuso checked out to take the first one, as Stan Boyd and Jack Varney, Jr. followed. The second race was exciting as Harold Fair, Jr. held off Steve Sauve and Tim Felver for the win. The fast car dash set starting positions 7 thru 12, with John Grega taking the win.

Four Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famers and sixteen former feature winners around the Midwest helped make up the 23-car starting lineup for the 150-lapper. Fair jumped out to the early lead with Sauve close behind. Fair, who had already won a 100-lap Dixie Cup event earlier this year, looked like he might do it again as he began to pull away. But Felver was riding on rails and slid under Fair to take over the point on lap 27. Lots of side-by-side racing ensued throughout the field as drivers worked their way to the front. John Doering Jr. was one of those drivers who had a disappointing qualifying effort, forcing him to start 16th. But “Fireball” started moving up early, working his way into the top 10 by lap 50. The caution flag flew on lap 66 when Scott Hantz and Jack Varney, Jr. made contact, with Varney getting the worse of it. Felver held the lead at the halfway break with Grega not far behind. The Owosso native’s car was a rocket on the restart, as he managed to build up a straightaway advantage over Grega. Fast timer Anderson began to pressure Grega for second place until his tires started to go away late in the race. The last restart came with just 20 laps to go, tightening up the field. Grega was glued to Felver’s bumper as the western Michigan standout dove under Felver lap after lap going into turn 1. With only a few laps remaining, Grega could see he could not out-motor Felver down the backstretch so he tried the high side going into turn 1. With the crowd on its feet, he pulled along side of Felver’s familiar number 11 but bobbled just enough to give Felver the advantage coming out of turn 2, and that’s all Felver would need to claim the $4000 win. Grega, Doering, Dave Kuhlman and Anderson finished the top 5 with Hantz, Todd Rosebrugh, David McManus, Stan Boyd and John Dunivon completing the top 10.

The Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Michigan Legends Series made their second appearance at Dixie this season. Heat race wins went to Krissy Kilbourn, Alec Carll and A.J. Thompson. Billy Simmons started up front in the 25-lap feature and took the lead early. Simmons spun on lap 3 giving the point to Kilbourn. Krissy’s advantage lasted only 2 laps as Levi Rouster got around her on lap 5. Rouster, who’s brother Ben won the first feature this year at Dixie, was not to be denied as he checked out for the win. Kilbourn held on to second, followed by Frank Jiovanni, Ryan Meldrum and Tom Lovern.

The Bandaleros were in action as well, featuring competitors 13 and under. Scott Menlen has been the driver to beat this season, and he continued his winning ways finishing ahead of John Dunsmore in both the heat and the feature.

Prestige Chevrolet and Ace American Alarm will present racing this Friday, July 22nd, with Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Sleds and Figure-8′s. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Good Fun, Great Racing at Dixie

July 11th, 2005

Nick Clemens started on the pole for the 30-lap feature and he bolted into the lead at the green flag. Silva, who accepted the A+ Electric Supply Fast Car Challenge, started at the rear of the field to pick an extra $600 if he won! Clemens began to stretch out his lead, but all eyes were on Silva as he knifed his way through the field. There were other interesting battles as well throughout the field including mentor vs. pupil – Tony Brabbs and Joe Hodgeson, Jr. – with rookie Hodgeson holding the early advantage for 3rd place. But Clemens was the class of the field; leading every lap to take his 2nd feature win of the season. Mark Besaw ran a solid race to finish 2nd, as Hodgeson stayed ahead of Brabbs for 3rd. Silva’s bid for big money feel short, as Chuck came home in 5th.

Robbie Johnson had a strong night in the Pro Late Models, posting fast time with a 16.379. Samuel Coulter and Wayne Howe took heat race honors. Larry Barylski jumped ahead in the 25-lap feature and built up a huge lead as Jim Giffin, who had his strongest run of the year, held off the field from the 2nd place position. Barylski was involved in a spin a lap 18 which would give the lead to Marty England on the restart. England held off a strong challenge from young Robbie Johnson who restarted on the outside and Howe who restarted 3rd. England proved he was up to the task as he held off the field for his first-ever feature at Dixie. Howe, Johnson, Giffin and Mark Klein completed the top 5.

Paul Wackerlee is fitting in nicely with the Sportsman division at Dixie as he set fast time in his second week of competition with a 17.417. Curt Genow won the heat race, and Wackerlee came from the rear to nip Dale Malusi at the line to win the pursuit. Kevin Harder took the lead to start the 20-lap feature and held it until lap 5 when Malusi took over the point. It looked like the birthday boy might win his first feature of the year but after running side-by-side for lap-after-lap; Mark Super took over the lead on lap 15 and stayed in front for his 3rd feature win of the year. Malusi, who has been putting on an awesome show the last few weeks, took second over Genow, Curt Olar and Corey Hurley.

Chad Lamson has been the man to beat this season in the Factory Sleds and this night was no exception. Chad started by setting quick time with a 18.431, then won the heat race. In the feature Gerald Persails, Jr. took the lead from his 3rd starting position and battle was on. Duane and Lamson caught up with Persails at the same time and went 3-wide coming out of turn 4 on lap 8. Damon held the advantage for 2 laps until Lamson got by and held on for the victory. Damon, Persails, Mike Lubinski and Aaron Sperling rounded out the top 5.

Lamson’s success continued in a wild Figure-8 race as Chad jumped out in front on lap 1. It wasn’t easy, however, as Lamson and Persails almost collided in the intersection late in the race with both drivers doing serious brake check. Lamson went on to complete his night with his second Figure-8 win of the year. Damon spun out but still finished second, followed by Bobby Guynn, Persails and Lubinski.

This Friday, July 15th it’s the 2nd Annual UAW “All-American 150″ and Salvation Army Christmas in July. The race will consist of twin 20-lap qualifiers, last chance race, 10-lap fast car positioning race and two 75-lap feature segments for the 150. Johnny Belott is the defending champ and he’ll have to beat some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the midwest to repeat his victory. Dixies last SLM event saw Belott, Steve Sauve, Harold Fair, Jr., Jerry Artuso, Mike Luberda and Stan Boyd running the last chance race just to make the field. As one competitor put it, “to be the best, you have to beat the best” and that’s the case at Dixie.

The Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Michigan Legend Series is also on the schedule along with a hilarious double-decker auto race. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

The Herald’s ‘Eve of Destruction’ Wows Crowd

July 5th, 2005

Chain-Gang races kicked things off with two cars, chained together battling on the 1/3-mile oval. Phil Ehlert and Ed Parker seemed to take charge early and were never seriously challenged but the fun was only beginning for everyone else. At many points, the tail was definitely wagging the dog as the rear car would whiplash back and forth, causing havoc for the lead driver. Jack-knifed teams ruled the day; even Ehlert/Parker nearly self-destructed as they were out of control taking the checkered. Teams of Gary Shank/Jason Randoll took 2nd while Tanner Pray/Matt Szesodi took third. All had a great time except for the burned up clutch in the Dixie entry of Hank Newman and Dan White.

School Bus Fig-8 action was wild as usual with 7 entries taking to the track. After a minor delay with the 88 bus of Jimmer Daniels not starting where he would have liked, (2nd instead of 7th) things got under way. Adam Baker quickly took the lead as things got wild at the rear. The 69 bus of Greg Cataline fell victim to bad brakes as beating and banging was the order throughout the field. On lap 8, the house bus being driven by White, after being a bit conservative on the previous lap decided to shoot the gap and was slammed hard by the 32 bus of Brad Phelps. White’s 8000 pound behemoth groaned and twisted as it commenced a giant death roll, going over on its side. The crowd went crazy and then quieted as they waited to see the condition of White. White jumped out of the bus (Rocky style) to a great ovation. White says the bus may live to race another day but is not sure whether his wife will let him drive it. Upon the restart, Daniels looked to be poised for another win but had brake problems and could not challenge Baker. Ehlert would rally for 2nd with Al Dixon finishing 3rd.

Dixie’s newest event, The Fig-8 Trailer race, was worth the wait. Camper Trailers ranging from 15 – 30 feet filled the track being towed by vans, cars, station wagons and pick up trucks. Things immediately got crazy as numerous trailers were alternately on one wheel then the other, bouncing violently around the corners. Very quickly the trailer was steering the driver way off target with Ehlert’s bouncing right off the hitch! Cataline’s camper ended up on its side, ending his day and the Hausbeck entry self-destructed (on purpose) as it hit the first turn. Trailer parts were every where as the remaining racers battled for the win. John Mars, not intimidated by the beating and banging of Al Dixon, took the popular win in his 28-footer from General RV. Dixon held on for second of Gary Shanks in the DHT entry. A great time was had by all and more Eve of Destruction events are already being planned.

In Sportsman action, Don Stuck made his first visit memorable as he claimed fast time and won the 25 lap feature over Curt Genow and Corey Hurley. Curt Oar and Hurley won heats.

Rod Rooney took the MCR Dwarf win while Quinton St. Clair, Greg Simmons and Johnny Hubbard took Kart features.

Dodson Blisters Dixie Track Record

July 5th, 2005

Dodson had a clean sweep of things as he started off the night by blistering the 4/10 mile oval and breaking his own track record by almost 4/10 of a second with a lap of 12.183; an incredible 160 mph top speed down the “Big D” backstretch! He then went from last to first to capture his heat race, leaving only the 30-lap feature to be contested. Things started off with a bang as a first-turn pile-up took out front-runners Feeney, Bill Tyler and Tom Fedewa. A few bumps and bruises but the most serious injury was to racecars and egos.

On the restart Brian Lay jumped out into the lead and started to pull away. All the while, young Dodson was slicing his way through the field like a surgeon. At the halfway point, Dodson caught up with Lay and the battle was on as the two drivers fought their way through lapped traffic. Lay did a masterful job at keeping the young hotshoe at bay but Dodson would not be denied his fifth Super Sprint Series victory as he made the winning move to get by Lay on lap 23. Jason Blonde made a strong run to finish second, followed by Dave Baumgarter, Jeff Bloom and Dorman Snyder. Kevin Feeney and Ryan Katz took heat race wins.

The ShortTrackTrucks.com Series was also in action as Joey Shuryan set fast time with a 17.308. Shuryan then won the dash, with heat race wins going to Vance Wilmoth and Justin Chlaugherty. In the 30-lap feature, Rob Morrison took the early followed by 3-wide racing throughout the pack. Morrison held the top spot until lap 11 when Shuryan made a textbook pass coming out of turn 4. Shuryan made it a clean sweep as he held on for the feature win. Morrison hung on to second followed by Bob Fruit, Mike Niedziewicki and Paul Schaffer.

Kevin Harder lead qualifying for the Sportsman with a 17.600, beating out point leader Curt Genow by just 1/1000 of a second! Heat race victories went to Tony Basalone and Paul Wackerle. Curt Olar put his Ford Taurus in front to lead the lap 20-lap feature. What followed was some of the most exciting racing of the season as the top 7 cars battled for the top spot the rest of the way. Olar kept his nose in front until Mark Super passed him on the outside coming out of turn 2. “Superman” had a serious challenge from Genow as the pair traded paint down the front stretch but the Munger driver stayed in front to pick up his second feature win of the year. Genow nipped Olar at the line to take second place. Wackerle and Basalone rounded out the top 5.

Chad Lamson continued his success in the Factory Sled division, setting a new track record with an 18.083. Heat race winners were Lamson and Mike Lubinski. In the feature, Lubinski led the first 2 laps until Aaron Spearling got by him. On lap 10 Lamson took over the point and lead the rest of the way for his 3rd feature win of the season. Spearling took second followed by Duane Damon, Gerald Persails, Jr. and Rob Kern.

Josh Oliver started out strong in the Figure-8 race jumping into the early lead. But Oliver spun on lap 4, giving the advantage to Duane Damon. Damon led the rest of the way for his second Figure-8 win this year. Mike Lubinski made a charge at the end to take second, followed by Chad Lamson, Bobby Gwynn and Oliver.

This Friday, July 8th, the Pro Late Models and Modified return to action along with Sportsman, Factory Sleds and Figure-8′s. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Brabbs is Back at Dixie

June 27th, 2005

There was some exciting racing throughout the field but Brabbs, already a two-time Modified champ on Dixie’s 1/3-mile, took home his first Modified feature on the “Big D” oval. Former champ Mark Besaw was 2nd with Chuck Silva at the wheel of Dave Thiele’s car right behind. Rookie Joe Hodgeson, Jr. had his run ever in a Mod, finishing third with
“Killer” Claude Wilcox rounding out the top 5.

Norm Wilcox paced qualifying for the Pro Late Models with a 16.315. Heat race winners were Lance Troyer and Samuel Coulter. Wilcox accepted the A-Plus Supply Fast Car Challenge, starting at the rear of the 18-car field with a chance to win an additional $400.

Defending track champion Jay Reinbold took the lead from the front row in the 30-lap feature until another former track champ, Chad Bennett, took the lead away going down the backstretch on lap 9. The race slowed on the next lap as Wilcox and John Labelle were headed for the same real estate going down the front stretch. The pair made contact going into turn 1, seriously damaging both machines.

The scariest incident happened on lap 23 when Coulter spun coming out of turn 4. Coulter’s car slid up the track and Reinbold T-boned him in the driver’s door. Fortunately, neither driver was injured but both cars suffered severe damage. When the race resumed, Bennett checked out to win his second feature of the season. Mark Klein picked up a 2nd place finish, followed by Troyer, Marty England and Larry Barylski.
Mark Super set quick time for the Sportsman with a 17.611.

Current points leader Curt Genow won his heat while the second heat was almost too close to call. Jeremy Spencer and Adam Rowe crossed the finish line side-by-side, with Spencer being declared the winner. In the 20-lap feature, Will McCallum jumped into the lead in his first trip to Dixie. He was overtaken on lap 2 by Rowe who held the point until lap 6 when Pat Dent took over the top spot and ran away, claiming his second feature win of the year. Tony Basalone finished second, followed by Kevin Harder, Curt Olar and Genow.

It was a big night for Chad Lamson. He set fast time for the Factory Sleds with a time of 18.653. Then Lamson won the heat race, and followed it up by passing Josh Oliver 5 laps into the feature and leading the rest of the way. Gerald Persails, Jr. took 2nd, with Gary Smith, Oliver and Bobby Guynn rounding out the top 5.

The night wasn’t over for Lamson, however. Persails took the early lead in the Figure-8 race and held it for 3 laps when Lamson got by and lead the rest of the way for his very first Figure-8 win. Persails took 2nd, followed by last week’s winner Gary Smith, Chaz Prey and Bobby Guynn.

Friday, July 1st, the fastest show on asphalt, the Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Super Sprint Series makes its 2005 debut on the “Big D” along with the ShortTrackTrucks.Com series. As an added bonus, the A-Plus Supply Fast Car Challenge will be offered to the Super Sprint Fast Qualifier. The bonus to win from the rear of the field stands at $500. Sportsman, Factory Sleds and Figure-8′s are also on the card, along with Michigan’s Number 1 rated short track fireworks display.

Qualifying begins at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. Then on Sunday, July 3rd it’s the “Eve of Destruction” – School Bus Figure-8, Chain-Gang Race, Figure-8 Trailer races, the MCR Dwarf series, Sportsman $500-to-win, Karts and Rocky Hardcore’s Exploding Outhouse. All will make for some wild action. Be there early or you may not get a seat! Qualifying for Sunday starts at 4:00 with racing at 6:00. For more info call 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Scott Hantz: First Class at Dixie Classic

June 20th, 2005

The Dixie Cup regulars showed their muscle as they would claim the top 3 spots. What a race! What an awesome field of cars! All in attendance, including drivers, crews and fans were impressed just to be part of this unprecedented show.

Twenty-five out of the thirty-one Super Late Models pilots in attendance qualified under the magical 15-second mark on the fast 4/10 mile oval with Scott Hantz setting pace at 14.627. Even the 15-lap last chance race was loaded with big guns as Jerry Artuso, Johnny Belott, Steve Suave, Mike Luberda, Jr., Stan Boyd and Dr. Bob Ducharme transferred into the 100-lap feature.

Hall of Fame driver Fred Campbell, at the wheel of the Zent-Hudson prepared Camaro, took the lead from pole-sitter Gary Whipkey as the pair drag raced to the first turn. The 24-car field settled in mostly nose-to-tail for the initial laps with some thinking that Campbell would have an easy time of things. As tires and the action heated up however, Campbell soon found himself with his hands full as track record holder, Lee Anderson and Scott Hantz pressured Whipkey for 2nd place by lap 20.

On lap 40, Anderson made a gutsy move, passing both Hantz and Whipkey on the outside of turn 4 to take over second. Anderson tried Campbell on the high side numerous times, only to be denied as Campbell would take away the outside line exiting turn 2. Hantz decided it was his turn to give Campbell a shot as he got by Anderson for 2nd. On lap 54, Hantz stuffed it deep into turn one, door to door with Campbell. Campbell drifted high coming out of turn 2 but Hantz would not relent as the pair were nose to nose down the backstretch.

Hantz proved the high side is the fastest way around the track as his momentum carried him into the lead exiting turn 4. A caution flag involving Belott and Kuhlman, battling in the top 10, bunched up the field on lap 81. Anderson and his teammate Joe Bush began to challenge Hantz and it was clear the TAG team came to run 1 and 2, not 2 and 3. With 9 laps to go, Anderson shot along the low side of Hantz through 3 and 4, only to be rebuffed by the leader as the pair made minor contact. On the next circuit and with the laps winding down, Anderson would redouble his efforts as they entered turn 3.

It appeared as though Anderson had it in hand this time but once again, the pair tangled, sending Hantz spinning into the infield. Main Event Series officials put Anderson to the rear and Hantz was given back the lead. The last caution came 1 lap later as Artuso, coming all the way from the back, made contact with Tim Ice. The Ice Man shot violently to the right, spun around and made hard, driver-side impact into the 3rd turn wall. Ice exited his car uninjured but also very unhappy with Artuso. Coincidentally, the pair were pitted side-by-side, making for some added tension. On the restart, Bush would make a run at Hantz but didn’t appear to have anything for the determined hotshoe. Hantz held on to win for a much-deserved victory.

Bush took 2nd place, followed by Campbell, Whipkey and ARCA star Bobby Parsley. Rounding out the top 10 were Todd Rosebrough, Sauve, John Grega, Tim Felver and Jack Landis. Most of these drivers were using this as a test and tune for next months $4000-to-win UAW All-American 150 and September’s Smack Down 200 paying $7500 to win and $1000 just to start.

The Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Michigan Legends Series made their first appearance at Dixie this season. Heat race wins went to Ryan Meldrum, Billy Simmons and Levi Rouster. In the 25-lap feature, Jeremy Metdepennigen led the first lap but was quickly overtaken by Frank Jiovani. The race stayed that way until lap 15 when Ben Rouster moved around him to take over the point. Ben’s brother Levi moved into second place and it was family feud the rest of the way. But older brother Ben held off Levi for his first ever Legends feature win. Simmons finished 3rd followed by Meldrum and Jiovani.

It was Timmy Near’s night to shine in the Factory Sleds, pacing qualifying with a 18.481. Near then won the heat race and started in the back of the feature. But it only took Timmy two laps to move past Aaron Sperling to take the lead. Near held off a strong by Chad Lamson to take the win. Sperling had his best night ever at Dixie with a 3rd place finish, followed by Gerald Persails, Jr. and Gary Smith. Near was DQ’d during post-race tech but that decision is being reviewed by track officials.

Gary Smith took command early in the Figure-8 race. Chad Lamson would catch up late but it was too little, too late as Smith held on for his 2nd Figure-8 race of the year. Following Lamson were Josh Oliver, Gerald Persails, Jr. and Aaron Sperling.

The Bandoleros were also in action, with 13-year-old Scott Menlen winning both the heat and the feature. Alex Hupert was 2nd in both races followed by Marisa Jones.

This Friday, June 17th, the Pro Late Models, Modifieds and Sportsman will all be back in action, along with the Factory Sleds and the Figure-8 cars. Time trials begin at 5:45 with racing action at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Dixie Wins Out Over Weather Forecast

June 13th, 2005

The first of 2 scheduled Thunder Mod shows delivered awesome racing as the best Modified hotshoes in the state bolted on unlimited spoilers and big 10 inch Hoosier racing slicks; all of which made for fast, close racing. Claude Plante, Jr. set fast time with on the Big “D” with a 15.718. Heat race wins went to Phil Luckhurst and Mark Besaw. Lapeer’s Jeff Reamer made his first appearance of the year, and he jumped out in front to start the 40-lap feature. Plante accepted the A+ Supply Fast Car Challenge, starting at the rear in an effort to pick up an extra $300 if he won. Bill Luckhurst, Nick Clemons and Ed Doutre, Jr. quickly caught up and the 4 cars gave the crowd a reason to sit on the edge of their seats as the quartet battled side-by-side. Things got interesting lap 21 when Doutre caught Reamer in lapped traffic and took over the point. From there Doutre held on for his first Thunder Mod feature win. Reamer took 2nd followed by Clemons, Bill Luckhurst and Plante. Failing to win the A+ Supply Fast Car Challenge three weeks running, the bonus grows to $400 for next week.

Doutre was strong in the Pro Late Model division as well, setting quick time with a 16.372. Samuel Coulter and Marty England grabbed heat race wins. There was lots of action in the 25-lap feature, with Coulter taking the early advantage. Lance Troyer took over the top spot on lap 3 and led until lap 8 when Mark Klein moved past Troyer’s Monte Carlo and into the lead. Mike Leinberger was a rocket as he claimed the lead from laps 14 to 18 and appeared to be on his way to victory lane. Unfortunately, the Bay City Young Gun was found to be running well under his qualifying time and was sent to the rear of the field. Rest assured, now that Mike could almost taste victory, his first PLM feature win will not be far behind. Klein assumed command again and never looked back; putting his Dodge Intrepid in victory lane. Wayne Howe finished 2nd with Chad Bennett, Norm Wilcox and Jay Reinbold rounding out the top 5.

Mark Super paced qualifying in the Sportsman division with a 17.574. Kevin Harder won the dash while Curt Olar won the heat race. In the feature, Adam Rowe moved ahead to take the early lead and held it until lap 4 when Tony Basalone put his Malibu in front and took command. The Italian Stallion led the race until lap 11 when current point leader Curt Genow took the point. Genow never looked back as he held on for his 2nd feature win of the season. Basalone took 2nd followed by Harder, Super and Olar.

Chad Lamson was again the man to beat in the Factory Sleds setting fast time with an 18.686 and then winning the heat race. Track Officials decided it was time to give Lamson a real challenge: Chad started the feature on the pole; one lap down. The point leader took off like a scalded dog, sliding around every corner in an effort to catch the field. Mike Lubinski took the lead and held it most of the way but the caution flag flew on lap 7, putting Lamson at the tail of the pack. Timmy Near took the lead on the restart as Lamson worked his way through the field. Lamson would fall just one spot short of the challenge as Near claimed his 2nd feature of the year. Lubinski, Gerald Persails, Jr., and Gary Smith rounded out the top 5. In an effort to make things a bit easier on the Factory Sled competitors, the tire rule has been amended. Effective immediately, drivers may use Street radial tires only. No bias-ply or made-for-racing tires allowed. No 50-Series tires allowed. This will help keep the cost down for racers as well as make racing more competitive.

The final race of the night was the real crowd-pleaser; the School Bus Figure-8. The 30-foot long behemoths put on quite a show, with Brad Phelps taking the lead at the green flag. But he collided with Al Dixon on the first lap, sending both buses into the infield. That gave the lead to Phil Ehlert. Ehlert avoided calamity and ran a smooth race to win his 2nd school bus race at Dixie. Phelps regained his composure to finish 2nd followed by Dan White, Adam Baker and Dan Engel.

Arguably one of the longest running races in the Midwest; the 40th Annual Champagne & Marx Excavating Dixie Classic is set for this Friday, June 17th. The Ohio-based Main Event Racing Series will be on hand to challenge the local heroes for 100 laps of Outlaw Super Late Model action along with the Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Michigan Legend Series, Factory Sleds and Figure-8’s. Qualifying starts at 5:45 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

New Divisions to Debut at Dixie

March 21st, 2005

Fans will be greeted by a number of changes at the highbanked speedplant including the new Sportsman division. This class will take to the new 4/10-mile asphalt oval beginning April 22nd. According to track owner Mike Kern, “As expected, interest has been extremely high for this new division”. Many former Factory Stock drivers are expected to compete along with Sportsman drivers from as far away as Whittemore.

Kern adds, “The beauty of this division is that many area drivers already have legal cars; all they need to do is to find the right gear and they can go racing”. Track officials recommend borrowing a gear and then come out and give it a try. It won’t cost a thing. As a matter of fact, the division will boast a nice boost over the Factory Stock purse. Rules and purses can be viewed at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

The new Factory Sled division (which ran a limited schedule in 2004 as the Lead Sleds) will be on the schedule full-time in 2005. In addition to running the 1/3-mile oval, the Factory Sleds will also run the Figure-8 division. This move will greatly reduce the cost of racing the Figure-8. Most cars should cost in the area of $500 plus safety equipment. “At the end of the day, drivers that choose to run in both divisions are going to end up with a very nice payday” says Kern.

Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Factory Sleds and Figure-8’s will be on the schedule most nights.

This year’s special events include the Super Late Model “Dixie Cup Series”. The 4 race series will become the richest Outlaw Super Late Model mini-series in the Midwest with a total purse exceeding $125,000. “In addition to the 2nd Annual “All-American 150”, Dixie is very pleased to announce the “Dixie Smack Down 200”. The “200” purse has already exceeded $50,000 with the winner walking away with $7500.

Another $5000 is up for grabs in the way of bonuses with $1000 being paid just to start the 26-car field”, said Kern. “As an added extra, if a driver wins all 4 “Dixie Cup” events, they will claim a $5000 bonus; if they win 3 of the 4 events, they will claim a $1000 windfall” added Kern.

The fastest cars on asphalt, the Auto Value Super Sprint Series, will be visiting Dixie again this year; much to the delight of the open-wheel faithful. The Michigan-based series is considered the premier asphalt Sprint Car series in the country and will make 3 visits to the D-shaped oval. July 1st, “The Big One III” on Aug 5th and the Super Sprint Series Championship on Sept 9th complete their schedule. There is no doubt that the 4/10-mile track has quickly become a fan and driver favorite.

The Short Track Truck Series will call Dixie ‘home track’ for the 2005 season. The traveling series races full-size V-8 pick-up trucks. Last years event saw them 2 and 3 wide in one of the most competitive racing displays found on asphalt. Their events include May 27th, July 1st, July 29th and September 9th.

Opening night is April 22nd. For a complete 2005 Championship Schedule, call the track office at 989.624.9778 or go online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Dixie Announces Driver Incentive Program

March 21st, 2005

“We are very excited for our drivers this year as the Dixie Driver Incentive Program is expected to top the $100,000 mark for the first time”, says promoter, Mike Kern. “We have worked very hard to boost incentives for our drivers and this is a big step in the right direction”.

Since the construction of the new 4/10-mile highbanked track and state-of-the-art lighting in 2003, Dixie has quickly become a favorite of both fan and competitor. There is also no doubt that Dixie’s Driver Incentive Program will soon be a favorite among competitors. What’s even more amazing is that this exceptional program is absolutely free.

In the Pro Late Model division, among other awards, the champion will receive an ARP Stock Car Body courtesy of Aluminum Racing Products while the “Howe Racing Hard Charger” will claim a Howe Racing Enterprises Offset Chassis. CC Motorsports will provide a Howe Chassis to a lucky driver in the Modified division and, keeping with the practice in recent years, one lucky driver will take home a Lincoln Electric Welder courtesy of Lincoln Electric.

Many of the awards will be administered through Dixie, while others will be provided through the Contingency Connection Program. “We are very pleased to have added the Contingency Connection to our Dixie Driver Incentive Program” Kern added. This nationally administered program provides contingency awards from the premier high performance equipment manufacturers in the industry”.

The national program benefits 40 weekly competitors per year who can win contingencies typically averaging $750 per winner, depending on driver participation. Additionally, the overall Dixie champion will receive a package valued at $5000 from the Mr. Gasket Series and is eligible for a share of a $20,000 cash award.

The Dixie Driver Incentive Program will continue to grow as more products and sponsors are added. Details regarding the Dixie Driver Incentive Program are available at the track. Phone 989 624 9778 or visit us at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Dixie Motor Speedway Honors Drivers and Sponsors

December 31st, 2004

The Frankenmuth veteran will see action behind the wheel of his Helm Electric/Zehnder Chevrolet Super Late Model next year and possibly in the Pro Late Models as well. Finishing the top 12 point getters were Ed Doutre, Tony Brabbs, Mark Klein, Chad Bennett, Norm Wilcox, Joe Prather, Lance Troyer, Darwin Reinert, John LaBelle, Steve Hilliker and Joe Johnson. Special Awards went to Bennett- Car and Crew, LaBelle- Most Improved, Wilcox- Sportsman of the Year, Prather- Rookie of the Year, Reinert- Hard luck Award and Helm Electric- Sponsor of the Year. The ARP template body went to Troyer while Reinbold received a $500 ARP certificate.

Bob Szecsodi’s quest for the championship also went down to championship night as the Mt. Morris Modified driver had to overcome what looked like an insurmountable deficit to regain the top point spot at night’s end. Jeff Reamer was just 11 points behind followed by rookie Don Matteson, Mark Besaw, Ed Doutre, Bill Luckhurst, Johnny Belott, Nick Clemens, Chuck Silva, Dick Maurer, Claude Plante and Michael Luckhurst. Special Awards went to Bill Luckhurst- Car & Crew, Szecsodi- Most Improved, Don Morse- Sportsman of the Year, Matteson- Rookie of the Year, Besaw- Hard Luck Award and Sponsor of the Year went to Top Notch Motorsports. The CC Motorsports Lefthander modified chassis went to Rich Eady.

Sean Fish narrowly beat out Montrose’s Frank Erlenbeck for his second Figure-8 championship in as many years. Jerry Atwell, Ray DerMiner, John Hitsman, Jim Gokee, Lonny Hill, Roger Jewel, Vic Hitsman, Jeff Cummings, Gerry Persails and Chris Wilson rounded out the top 12. Atwell took home Car & Crew, Jewel- Most Improved, Erlenbeck- Sportsman of the Year and Ray DerMiner claimed the Hard Luck Award.

Joe Hodgeson will go down in the record books as the last driver to win a Factory Stock Championship at Dixie. The Clio driver will be piloting a Modified for 2005 and should be a threat right out of the box. Ed Newman Sr., Jim Miller Jr., David Murday, Gerry Gifford, Russ Dice, Corey Hurley, Ed Newman Jr., Dale Malusi Brian Vandecar, Dan Engel and Adam Purdy were the top point earners. Larry Plamondon was handed Car & Crew, Malusi- Most Improved, Vandecar- Sportsman of the Year, Dice- Rookie of the Year, Murday- Hard Luck Award and Performance Auto of Flint was Sponsor of the Year.

Steve Morris barely edged veteran Kim Lake to claim top honors in the Factory-4 division. The Clio driver navigated his Phil’s transmission / Mt. Morris Auto Collision machine to a 6 point advantage for his first-ever championship. Kim Tabor, Clayton Clark, Aaron Spearling, Darren Bohn, Terry Albaugh, Gerry Persails, Lonny Anderson, Kevin Dobis, Dan Leeck and Derek Lacey completed the top 12. Morris was awarded Car & Crew, Tabor- Most Improved, Lake- Sportsman of the Year, Bohne- Rookie of the Year, Spearling- Hard Luck Award and Windpusher Racing of Mt. Morris was Sponsor of the Year.

Steve Sauve was crowned champion of the first-ever outlaw Super Late Model “Dixie Cup Series”. The Saginaw, MI hotshoe, in his Helm Electric/Jack’s Tree Service Chevrolet, outraced the best drivers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana enroute to the coveted title. Mt. Morris, MI Johnny Belott was 2nd followed by Angola, Indiana standout Scott Hantz and Flushing, MI ace John Doering. More exciting news about this series will be announced soon.

Fan Appreciation Awards went to long-time patrons Lynn Quackenbush and Donny Smith. The Dixie Sponsor of the Year went to Helm Electric of Frankenmuth.

Dixie would like to thank the staff, drivers, crews, sponsors and fans for support and patronage this past season. Our best wishes to you and your families in the coming year.

Sauve, Underwood Dominate Dixie’s ‘Big One II’

September 12th, 2004

This year’s “The Big One” saw the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints and the Outlaw Super Late Model Main Event Series on the same ticket for only the second time ever, the first being last year’s inaugural “Big One”. And if ya came for the crashes, you were not disappointed as the School Bus Figure-8 race delivered the usual madness and mayhem.

“It is a nice contrast,” said Super Late Model driver Fred Campbell about the racing program. The Battle Creek veteran paced qualifying for Supers, coming within 1/100th of a second from the track record with a 14-691 in an impressive 24-car field for Dixie’s last Super Late Model event of the year.

Saginaw’s Steve Sauve started on the pole for the Main Event Series 100 lapper with Main Event Point Leader Gary Whipkey on the outside pole. Early on, Sauve was the man to beat in a race marred by numerous cautions but it would be anything but a cakewalk for the 46 year old veteran. On Lap 26, Angola, Indiana’s Scott Hantz passed Dearborn’s Harold Fair, Jr. to claim the second spot with his sight set on first place. Every few laps, Hantz would get his fender along side Sauve but just could not make the move to complete the pass. The duo, each with a win in the last 2 Dixie SLM events, were easily the class of the field. If Sauve felt the pressure, you wouldn’t have known it as the pair battled for rest of the 100-lap grind with Sauve driving a masterful race.

The win was his 2nd of the season at the D-shaped speedplant. Rich Rohrer was forced to pit early in the race and tried to work his way back from the rear, but was never a factor. Fast qualifier Campbell ran in 4th place until engine problems sidelined him on lap 70. Fair Jr. was third followed by Ontario, Canada’s Jerry Artuso and Toledo, Ohio’s Dave Kuhlman.

In the Super Sprints, seven drivers qualified in the 12 second bracket with Greenfield, TN’s Cameron Dodson setting a new, All-time track record with a lap of 12.539 or 114.842 mph. The 16 yr old Dodson set the blistering pace even though it was the only second time ever at the Dixie highbanks. Heat races went to Mike Ling, Hank Lower and Jason Blonde while Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Point Leader Series point leader Bill Tyler was forced to run the B-Main, leading all the way for the win. In the 30 lap feature, Troy Underwood started on the pole, dominating the first 19 laps until a caution came out when the #2 of George Gustafson spun out into the infield. Underwood did get some pressure from Jeff Bloom but would claim victory for the second time this season. Battles ensued throughout the field with the rest of the field putting on an impressive racing display.

It was Underwood’s night however, as the hotshoe was struggling back from a bout with the flu to take the win. No doubt a checkered flag was just what the doctor ordered as he thanked the fans for coming out. Bloom finished second while Dodson worked his way up to 3rd. Curt Shumaker and Tyler rounded out the top 5. In addition, race fans had a chance to see some of the final laps in the 40-year career of racing legend Gary Fedewa. Fedewa is hanging up his racing shoes for the final time at the end of the season. The Lansing driver is one of the most versatile to ever come out of the state and he surely will be missed. Speculation has it that Sprint Car standout Tommy Fedewa may get the nod to pilot the famous 42 for the 2005 season.

The grand finale was the School Bus Figure-8 as 7 of the 10-ton behemoths took the green flag. Adam Baker jumped out in front with Dan White close behind. Fan favorite Jimmer Daniels was absent from the 12-lap race leaving the win up for grabs. Baker continued to lead while the beating and banging behind him were reaching a fevered pitch. Then with just 2 laps to go, second place driver Chris Wilson zeroed in on White’s old International, T-boning the monster in the ”X”. The rear of the bus was destroyed as it rolled over on its side, taking one last gasp of gasoline before expiring for good. The injury inflicted was deemed terminal as the body rocked and rolled as the beast was righted onto its wheels. The race was checkered flagged at that point, giving Baker the win followed by Al Dixon, Chris Wilson, Brad Phelps and Phil Ehlert.

This Friday is Season Finale/Season Championship Night with as Pro-Late Models compete 50 laps for $1,200 to win. Modifieds go 40 laps, $1,000 to win while Factory 4’s will battle for $200. The Factory Stock champion will also be determined. And as a special treat, only at Dixie, you can win Mike Kern’s money in the $500-to-win Dixie Race Track Bowling. Pit Gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dixie at 1-(989)-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Labor Day Weekend Heats Up With Dixie Double Header

September 8th, 2004

John Labelle started the night off setting fast for the first time in his career, pacing the Pro Late Models with a time of 16.676. Jim Miller, Jr. won the first heat while Mark Klein put his Dodge in front to take the second heat. Lance Troyer started on the pole for the feature and ran strong, leading the first 12 laps of the 40 lap special when Tony Brabbs was sent spinning down the front stretch after contact with Joe Prather. Tony turned two perfect 360′s and rejoined the battle. The cars behind him however were not so that the veteran could successfully complete his acrobatic maneuver that a number of them spun to avoid the mishap. Darwin Reinert would hold the top spot until lap 17 when Brabbs caught up and got by. Brabbs started to pull away, but Ed Doutre, Jr. began too reel him in. Time was not on Doutre’s side however as the Mt. Morris standout would run out of laps, leaving Brabbs the win and the $1000 first place prize. Doutre was second followed by Norm Wilcox, Klein and Chad Bennett.

Claude Plante, Jr. was fast qualifier for the Modifieds with a lap of 16.140. Heat race winners were defending track champion Matt Szecsodi, Mike LuBerda, Jr. and Jeff Reamer. In the feature, Dick Maurer took the lead at the green from his front row starting position. Maurer, in a newly designed Windpusher car, was nearly flawless as he set the pace. Mark Besaw was gaining on the Owosso hotshoe from deep in the field but the green flag event meant that he could not rely on a caution to help shrink the gap. After catching up, the former track champion made numerous efforts to get underneath Maurer and even looked to have the advantage on a few occasions but could not make the pass stick. Maurer was able to hold on for the win with Besaw chasing him over the line in second. Rounding out the top 5 were Mike Luckhurst, Bill Luckhurst and Plante. The 2nd place finish put Besaw in the Bill and Dave Szecsodi owned machine just ahead of brother Bob Szecsodi in the season point standings with just one more event remaining on September 17th when they battle 40 laps for $1000 to win and track bragging rights.

Point leader Joe Hodgeson, Jr. paced time trials for the Factory Stocks with a 16.335. Heat race winners were Will McCallum and David Murday. In the 25-lap feature Scott Merrow jumped in front and led the first 4 laps. Ed Newman, Jr. took over began to build a comfortable lead until Jim Miller, Jr. broke out and began chasing him down. The pair battled side-by-side, lap after lap, but this night was Newman’s as he held on for the victory. Miller took second followed by Larry Plamondon, Chris Stearns and Ed Newman, Sr.

Wild action highlighted the Factory 4′s again as Darren Bohne started off by winning the heat race. Matt Campbell jumped ahead in the feature but suffered engine problems and dropped out on lap 2. Steve Morris took command and worked at holding off the ladies. Both Kimberly Lake and Kim Tabor made charges at Morris, but Steve kept his point intact by taking the win. Tabor finished second for the 6th time this season, followed by Bohne, Lake and Aaron Spearling.

The Led Sleds capped off the program, with Duane Damon setting fast time with at 18.836. Young gun Nick Lechota won the heat race. Derek Lacey took the early lead in the feature until Matt Themm got by him on lap 2. Themm held the top spot until the white flag lap, when Damon got by to steal the win. Themm was second followed by Lechota, Chad Lampson and Jimmy Stratton.

The second half of the Double-Header weekend continued on Sunday, Sept. 5th as AIS Equipment Rental played host for the biggest factory stock event in the state.

Larry Plamondon paced qualifying with a lap of 16.383, locking him into the 40-lap, $1000 to win affair. All the big dogs came off the porch for this one (the puppies stayed home) as the fastest six qualifiers decided their starting positions in the feature with a 6-lap dash. Barry Vance started in front and stayed there for the win. Two qualifying races determined the top 6 starting spots, with the winners making up the front row. A last chance race filled up the field, with Outback Jack Lassiter taking the win. Joe “Brown Sugar” Shaw and Scott “The Man” Dann started up front and put on a whale of a show. The two ran side by side for 8 laps until Shaw finally eked out an advantage. Shaw led the next 4 laps until Jim Miller, Jr. took command. Miller showed why he’s been one of the toughest drivers to beat on this track, taking a huge lead until the caution flew on lap 29. On the restart, Ed Newman, Sr. made a charge but would fall short as Miller held on for the win. Newman, Sr. took second, followed by Joe Hodgeson, Jr., Vance and Plamondon.

The Short Track Trucks.com Challenge Series was also on hand, with Bill Niedziewicki setting fast time with a 17.909. Niedziewicki won the first heat while Rob Morrison took the second one. Morrison jumped out in front from 3rd starting spot in the hotly contested feature. Morrison built up a sizeable lead at the halfway point and seemed to have things well in hand. Joey Shuryan would have other ideas however as he methodically worked his way from the rear of the field. With just a handful of laps to go, Shuryan took second and was working Morrison over as he saw the 2-to-go signal from chief starter Clint Marlin. With a lap and a half remaining, Shuryan sealed the deal going into turn 3, as he dominated the event to the delight of the huge holiday crowd. Shuryan lead the rest of the way to take the win. Larry Barylski nipped Morrison at the line to take second, while Jim Froling and Niedziewicki rounded out the top 5.

The lightning-fast NAMRA Indy Cars make their only Dixie appearance, with 18-year-old Will Long scorching the track with lap of 14.407, well over 130 mph top speed. Heat races went to Ashley Miller and Mark Curtis. It didn’t take Curtis long to take command in the 20-lap feature. Fast qualifier Long led the first lap, but was slowed after suffering some damage during the heat race. Scott Miller made a late charge but it wasn’t enough as Curtis led the rest of the way to pick up the win. Scott Miller was second followed by Gary Miller, John Lynch and Ashley Miller.

The Led Sleds pulled double duty on this night, running a regular show on the 1/3 mile as well as the figure-8. Nick Lechota had fast time with an 18.675. Lechota also won a heat race, as did Scott Platz. Dave Camp started up front and led the first lap of the 15-lap feature. But Lechota, who had come from the back, was not to be denied. Chad Lampson stayed close after a late caution flag, But Lechota took the checkered for the win. Following Lampson across the line were Jimmy Stratton, Don Dennie and Camp.

Then it was figure-8 time! Randy Clayton, Jr. jumped out in front and stayed to pull away. Lots of action in the corners with breath-taking and sometimes hilarious close calls in the “X” delighted the fans as Clayton led all the way for the victory. Lechota continued to run strong, finishing in second place. Dennie, Camp and Randy Clayton, Sr. rounded out the top 5.

This Friday, Sept. 10th is Ethanol Night as the Michigan Corn Growers Association presents “The Big One II”, the best of both racing worlds, featuring the Outlaw Super Late Model Main Event Series 100-lapper, the Auto Value Super Sprint Series and School Bus Figure-8′s. Please arrive early for this event as seating is limited. Time trials are at 6:00 with racing action at 7:30. In the event of rain, the event raindate is September 17th. If the raindate is not needed, Season Championships will be held on September 17th when Late Models run 50 laps for $1200, Mods go 40 laps for $1000, Factory-4’s go for $200 to win and Factory Stocks will crown their champion. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Hantz Dominates Dixie

August 30th, 2004

Hantz began the night by setting fast time for the Super Late Models with a lap of 14.700. Twenty four of the best Supers in the Midwest took the green flag, with Bill Bond jumping into the early lead. Bond, who was just off a very strong run at Tri-City’s Main Event show, held the top spot until the caution flew on lap 15. On the restart, John Doering, Jr. beat Bond out of turn 2 to take the point and appeared to have things well in hand. Then on lap 42 of the 75 lap grind, LaSalle, Ontario’s Don St. Dennis got under the Flushing hotshoe and gave him a little “broom job” in the process as he took over the lead. Doering would have none of it as he came right back at him, working hard on the outside. St. Dennis would give little room however, leaving Doering in “no-mans land” through turn one. Doering got sideways and spun in the marbles in the fourth groove as the field completed lap 49. Doering retired from the race and St. Dennis continued to show the way. Meanwhile, fast timer Scott Hantz had been working his way to the front from his 11th starting position. Hantz, who was equally fast high or low, would find a stiff challenge from St. Dennis who was not going to go without a fight. Hantz tried the high side numerous times coming out of turn 2 only to have the door slammed until lap 63 when he muscled by, completing the pass in turn 4. The pair made a bit of contact going down the front stretch but the Angola, Indiana driver dominated the rest of the way to take the win. St. Dennis held on for second, followed by Steve Sauve, who came from 13th place, Johnny Belott, and Phil Massuch.

The Auto Value Michigan Legends Series was also in action, and they put on a great show as always. Krissy Kilbourne, Billy Simmons and Jerry Warden were heat race winners. In the 25-lap feature, Preston Dahl jumped out in front early. Dahl has been one of the drivers to beat in the Legends all year and this night was no exception. Dahl ran away to take the feature win. A.J. Thompson ran a strong second, followed by Simmons, Kilbourne and Levi Rooster.

Jim Miller, Jr. was fast qualifier for the Factory Stocks with a lap of 16.279. Heat races went to Matt Lewis, Russ Dice and Ed Newman, Jr. Chris Daniels took the semi-feature in his first ever trip to Dixie. Rookie Rod Sullivan jumped into the early lead in the 25-lap feature. Newman took over the point on lap 5, with Joe Hodgeson, Jr. in hot pursuit. Miller caught up and entered the battle as well. With 3 laps to go, Miller and Hodgeson made contact going into turn 3, sending Hodgeson spinning. In the previous race, a similar incident would see Hodgeson taking blame for a spin, giving Miller his spot back. Miller did not repay the favor however as both cars were sent to the rear after the incident. Newman led the rest of the way to take the checkered. During post-race inspection however, track tech officials found a suspension problem and Newman was DQ’d, giving the win to David Murday. Rick Smith was awarded 2nd, followed by Dice and Julian Fluty.

In the hotly contested Windpushers Factory 4′s, Kimberly Lake started the night on a high note by winning the heat race. Lake and Steve Morris entered the night separated by just 2 points in the standings. Tony Williams took the lead in the feature but was passed on lap 5 by Morris. Lake caught up but couldn’t get by, giving Morris the win and Lake second place. Aaron Spearling, Rick Clark and Lonnie Anderson rounded out the top 5.

The wildest race was saved for the end of the night as the Figure-8 cars took the green flag. Ray DerMiner took the early lead but Roger Jewel got by on lap 2. The field stayed close with Jewel still in front until lap 8. Going into turn 1 Sean Fish slammed into the back of Frank Erlenbeck. That pushed Erlenbeck into DerMiner, sending Ray rolling over going into turn one. DerMiner was okay but the race was ended at that point, giving Roger Jewel his first ever Figure-8 win. Erlenbeck was second followed by Fish, Jerry Atwell and DerMiner.

A big 2-day Labor Day Weekend Double Header highlights action at Dixie this week. On Friday Sept. 3rd, The Pro Late Models and Modifieds run 40 laps for $800 and $700 to win respectively. Factory-4′s race for $200 to win with Factory Stocks and Lead Sleds also on the ticket. Then on Sunday, Sept. 5th, the NAMRA Formula Indy Series and the Short Track Trucks.com Series invade the Dixie Highbanks while Factory Stocks run 40 laps for $1,000 to win. Lead Sleds are in for a big payday as they will hit the “X” for $500 to win and $100 to start in the Figure-8. Lead Sleds will also run the oval. Time trials on Friday start at 6:00 with racing at 7:30, while on Sunday qualifying begins at 4:00 with racing at 6:00. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Thunder Mods Roar at Dixie

August 23rd, 2004

The Modifieds morphed into the “Thunder Mods” for this event, running monster rear spoilers and racing slicks, creating great two and three-wide racing throughout the hotly contested event. Johnny Belott set fast time with a 15.537. Heat race winners were Nick Clemons and Chuck Silva. Silva started on the front row for the 30-lap feature in Dave Thiele’s #19. Silva wasted no time taking the point and building a sizeable lead only to lose it due to a caution flag. Belott and Claude Plante, Jr. were busy working their way through the field and battled with Jeff Reamer for 2nd place. The fight for the runner-up spot was what Silva needed as he was able to hold on to pick up the victory. Belott finished 2nd followed by Plante, Reamer, and Clemons.

Point leader Jay Reinbold had quick time for the Pro Late Models with a lap of 16.544. Jim Miller, Sr. and Ed Doutre, Jr. captured the heat races. Lapeer’s Joe Prather took the lead in the 25-lap feature, holding off the veterans behind him until the caution flag flew on lap 12 after major contact with Ed Wasmiller. When the dust settled, Wasmiller’s mount was atop the hood of Lance Troyer. No wrecker was needed however as the visibly irritated Troyer stomped on the throttle to dislodge the trespassing Wasmiller. On the restart, Stormin’ Norman Wilcox pushed his Monte Carlo out in front and led until lap 17 when Reinbold got by with Tony Brabbs in tow. Reinbold held off Brabbs to solidify his point lead. Brabbs, Wilcox, Prather and Chad Bennett rounded out the top 5.

Joe Hodgeson, Jr. brought his old faithful Malibu to Dixie and the point leader set fast time with a 16.331. It was only fitting that Tim Shinabarger win the first heat in his National Roofing sponsored factory stock on National Roofing Night. Dale Malusi and David Murday also claimed heat race wins. Greg Hudi led all the way to take the semi-feature. In the 25-lap feature, Ed Newman, Sr. jumped in front and led the first lap, but Jim Miller, Jr. got by on lap 2. Hodgeson caught up by lap 10, with Murday right behind. On lap 12, Murday’s night ended when he hit a spinning Adam Purdy. Miller and Hodgeson put on a whale of a battle with Hodgeson locked to Miller’s bumper. With 2 laps to go, Hodgeson tried to get under Miller and sent him spinning into turn 3. Hodgeson claimed responsibility for the mishap, giving Miller his spot back but relegating himself to the rear of the field. Miller held on to pick up his 4th feature win of the season. Brian Vandecar took second, followed by Newman, Maverick Morrow and Joe Shaw.

Rookie Chad Lampson set quick time for the Led Sleds with an 18.734. The heat race win went to Randy Clayton, Jr. Dave Lupien took the early lead in the feature, but lost a wheel on lap 5. Lampson assumed command after coming from the rear, and “Samson” never looked back, winning the first feature of his career. Jimmy Stralton ran his best race ever, taking second, with “Billy the Kid” Meets, Clayton, Jr. and Steve Smith rounding out the top 5.

The Factory 4′s started their night with a bang as Aaron Spearling made it 3-wide at the flag, getting sideways and ultimately ended up rolling his truck on its roof, sliding down the front stretch. Aaron was able to return for the feature, as Darren Bohne won the heat race. Only six points separated the top 3 in the point standings coming into this event, but they had to battle deep in the pack, as Bohne and Kim Tabor stole the show. Tabor tried her best working the outside of the track, but it was Bohne taking the win by just a fender length. Steve Morris, Tony Williams and Kimberly Lake rounded out the top 5.

The grand finale was the School Bus Figure-8. Eight 30-foot long behemoths took the green flag, with Al Dixon jumping ahead. Phil Ehlert spun Dixon around on lap 2 and took the point. The crowd was on their feet as they ran three-abreast at times, even through the corners! Ehlert and Adam Baker got into a shoving match for the lead, and that allowed the veteran Jimmer Daniels to take over the top spot. Starting from the rear, Daniels once again put “Sea Biscuit” in victory lane as he led the rest of the way for the win. Dan Engel finished second, followed by Chris Wilson, Ehlert and Brad Phelps.
This Friday, August 27th the Outlaw Super Late Models invade Dixie for the 75-lap Dixie Cup Series. Factory Stocks, Factory 4′s Figure-8′s and the Auto Value Michigan Legends Series will also be in action. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Dixie Announces Revised Schedule

August 16th, 2004

With 8 rainouts already on the books, it was decided to adjust the remaining schedule in order to recover at least one race date if possible. “Racers, fans and sponsors all come up short when the weather goes south” said track owner, Mike Kern. “There has been a lot of pressure to extend the season, so we’re going to give it a try. Adding to the schedule or going to an “off night” can be very risky as well”, Kern noted. “Sundays always look good to racers or diehard fans but there is no guarantee that it will work. Very often ‘mom’ has other plans for Sunday, unless it’s your regular race night”. Dixie has been racing on Friday’s for 15 years and is very well established on that day. Adding a Friday night event is the only logical choice. Three Sunday dates are on the schedule, all falling on Holiday weekends.

The School Bus Figure-8’ and the 40-lapper for Thunder Mods originally scheduled for August 13th have been added to this Friday’s National Roofing Autograph Night event schedule. Race fans can visit their favorite driver trackside from 7:00 to 7:45pm. Since Dixie will be the only area track to be racing this weekend, you will have to come here to see your local racing heroes. And you couldn’t ask for a better time to stop by than Autograph Night. Race fans can get up close to their favorite weekend warriors, get their hat or T-shirt signed and mingle on the front stretch with all the other race fans.

August 27th will see the return of the Outlaw Super Late Model “Dixie Cup Series” as these speed demons go 75 laps on the Dixie’s high banks. Flushing’s John Doering Jr. is expected to rebound from his late-race crash in the last “Dixie Cup” event where Saginaw’s Steve Sauve showed why he is one of the Midwest’s Top Guns, winning in very convincing fashion.

The Season Championship weekend will now fall on September 17th with September 3rd finding Pro Late Models running for $800 to win, Modifieds- $700 to win plus Factory Stocks, Factory-4’s and Lead Sleds.

Sunday, September 5th, Factory Stocks battle 40 laps for $1000, Figure-8’s for $1000, Short Track Trucks and NAMRA Formula Indy’s.

September 10th it’s the best of both racing worlds as Dixie hosts the “Big One II”. The Auto Value Super Sprint Series and the Main Event Racing Series-100 are scheduled together with the School Bus Figure-8’s on hand to cap it off. Rain date for the event is September 17th.

Sept. 17th has been added for the rescheduled Season Championship Night. The schedule includes Pro Late Models: 50 Laps, $1200 to win, Modifieds: 40 laps, $1000 to win, Factory-4’s: $200 to win plus Factory Stocks. This will be championship night for all divisions except for Figure-8’s. If this date is rained out or has to be used as a rain date for September 10th, it will not be rescheduled and champions will be crowned at the December 4th Annual Awards Banquet based on point standings from Sept. 5th.

For more information, visit us at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989.624.9778.

Rain Plagues Dixie

August 2nd, 2004

“Although we are not pleased with the high number of cancellations, it has been worse” says track owner, Mike Kern. “In 1997 we experienced 11 rainouts. We were only able to get 13 races on the books that year. So in comparison, I think we can deal with 7”. Kern adds, “This is the part of the business that track owners can have a tough time dealing with, especially if they are new to the business. The mortgage and bills are not postponed when the races are cancelled. It takes a certain amount of intestinal fortitude to stay at it when it’s your turn to have a wet season, especially if its 2 or 3 in a row”.

There is more to it than that however. Excessive rainouts have an economic impact as well. Tire manufacturers do not sell tires, fuel distributors do not sell fuel, local hotel rooms go vacant, area shops and restaurants are not patronized by racers and race fans. Food distributors and vendors do not work. Race car fabricators and parts distributors also feel the pinch when mother nature does not cooperate. Sponsor advertising both at the track and on the race cars are impacted due to lost events as well as race fans that have to stay home and work on the honey-do list. Corporate outings are either canceled or postponed and very importantly, the employees that depend on income from their weekend job at the track end up without that extra spending money. Sometimes the income is counted on for much more. It’s the new pair of shoes for the kids, the vacation getaway, or even the monthly car payment, rent or utility bills. So the next time you think that track owners don’t give it a second thought when they have to pull the plug on an event, you couldn’t be more mistaken. A lot of thought goes into that decision and a lot of stress too.

This week however, is looking to be full of sun and blue skies as Dixie hosts the Dixie Cup Series. The Outlaw Super Late Model hotshoes will go 75 laps on Dixie’s highbanks as the series is coming off the “UAW All-American 150”. The July 23rd event was a huge success with what turned out to be the strongest field of Supers in this part of the State in years. That success has given the Dixie Cup Series the driver recognition that any good series needs to present the strongest show possible. The best drivers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are expected for the remainder of the series, including Angola, Indiana’s Scott Hantz, fresh off his Main Event Series victory at Toledo on Sunday. Flushing’s John Doering, Jr. will also be on hand. Doering has one 2 out of the three events at Dixie this year but is finding the caliber of competition at Dixie very high. If he is to win again, he will have to earn it as Mt. Morris’s Johnny Belott is coming off one of his strongest performances ever as he claimed nearly $5500 in winning Dixie’s UAW All-American 150. Saginaw’s Steve Sauve has also been on the prowl as he has claimed the runner-up spot in 2 of 3 Dixie Cup events. Some of the “Ohio Posse” will also be on hand as Dixie is fast-becoming a favorite track of the Main Event Series regulars. Factory Stocks, Factory-4’s and Figure-8’s will also be on the card this Friday.

Pit Gates open at noon for SLM’s, 4pm for other competitors. Grandstand opens at 5pm, Time Trials at 6pm with racing at 7:30. Adults are $15, Students- $12, Kids 6 to 12- $5, 5 & under are free.

For further information, visit us at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call 989.624.9778.

Belott Claims UAW All-American 150

July 23rd, 2004

Cooler temperatures made for a tight field as a record 14 cars timed in under the magical 15-second mark. Belott paced the qualifying with a lap of 14.725. Hanley made his debut on the “Big D” payoff by winning the $1500 6-car dash for the fast qualifiers. The Canadian hotshoe would fall victim to a flat tire after running in third place for much of the event. In the second of two 20-lap qualifying races, two favorites were eliminated when Steve Tabor and Tim Ice got together coming out of turn 2. Ice was forced up the track into Dave Kuhlman and both ended up in the tire barrier coming out of turn 2. The “Ohio Gang” captured the qualifiers, with Gary Whipkey and Rich Rohrer taking the wins. That put Whipkey and Rohrer on the front row of the “150”, with the dash cars starting 7-12th. Rohrer jumped out in front early, dominating the first 75-lap segment as he claimed the $500 half-way bonus as the field behind him was battling for position. Local favorite John Doering, Jr, having a dream season, found himself in the middle of a nightmare as he cut a tire at the 40-lap mark and had to restart at the rear. The Flushing, MI native would rebound for 9th. 24 cars remained in the hunt as the field took the green for the second 75-lap segment. Then on a restart at lap 105, Rohrer’s car died coming out of turn 4 and came to a stop at the pit entrance, a victim of a broken rearend. Belott, who had come up from his 11th starting position, inherited the point, with Saginaw’s Steve Sauve right on his tail. Two red flags slowed the event – Tony DePaulo hit the tire barrier at lap 133, and Todd Rosebrugh and Jack Varney,Jr. hit the turn 4 wall on lap 137. Belott demonstrated that he was up to the task as he guided the Belott and Son #0 into victory lane. Sauve and Angola, Indiana’s Scott Hantz followed Belott closely, with Whipkey and Mike LuBerda, Jr. right behind. Rounding out the top 10 were Tim Felver, Aaron Tull, Jerry Artuso, Doering, and Chuck Silva.

A big show for the Factory Stocks was also on the program, running the same format as the Supers. Barry Vance set quick time with a 16.273. Corey Hurley won the 6-car dash, while Jay Woolworth and Kevin Harder took the 12-lap qualifiers. “Brown Sugar” Joe Shaw took the win in the last chance race. Woolworth jumped out in front in the 35-lap feature until lap 7 when Ed Newman, Jr. took over the point, but Woolworth would reclaim the lead on lap 16. The veteran and the youngster battled back and forth until lap 26 when Newman took over the top spot for good. Newman took the checkered flag for the biggest win of his career. Woolworth was second, followed by Hurley, Ed Newman, Sr. and Scott Dann.

The Auto Value Bumper-to-Bumper Michigan Legend Series was also on hand. Heat races went to Preston Dahl, Jerry Warden and Billy Simmons. In the 25-lap feature, Ryan Meldrum took command at the green flag. Several drivers took turns trying to get by, but Meldrum had the 1/3 mile track figured out. Meldrum lead every lap to take the win. Dahl came through the pack to finish second, followed by Simmons, Krissy Kilbourne and A.J. Thompson.

The grand finale of the evening was the School Bus Figure-8 race. Jimmer Daniels started on the pole and took the lead going into turn 1. Lots of bumping and banging highlighted the race, with drivers swapping positions every lap. But Daniels kept “Sea Biscuit” in the lead, as Jimmer won his 18th school bus race in 23 starts. The winner of the last bus race, Phil Ehlert finished second, with Dan Engel, Adam Baker and Dan White rounding out the top 5.

This Friday, July 30th, Dixie’s back in action with a big 5-in-1 show as Ken’s Redi Mix presents Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Factory 4′s, Lead Sleds and Figure-8. Qualifying begins at 6:00 with racing at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.

Super Sprints and Fireworks Wow Dixie Fans

July 2nd, 2004

Dixie’s Annual Fireworks Show oowed and awed young and old alike as the celebratory salute in itself was worth the price of admission. The display, known as the “Best Racetrack Fireworks in the State”, in tandem with the 800 horsepower Sprint Cars, made for a real racing spectacle.

Qualifying is always exciting for the Super Sprints, with many drivers “side-slidin’” around the “Big D” oval. Parma, MI school teacher, Bill Tyler, set quick time with a lap of 12.915. Heat race wins went to Jason Blonde, Brian Lay and rookie Tyler Underwood. Two and three-wide racing highlighted the 30-lap feature as former midget driver Dave Baumgartner jumped out in front early. 7 caution flags served to slow the race and keep the field tight but none with serious consequence. Dorman Snyder was the first to challenge Baumgartner, but fell by the wayside. On lap 13 Brian Lay came from 8th starting spot to take over the point. Lay’s most aggressive challenge came from 16-year-old phenom Lee Boss, but the “Bossman” dropped out near the end with what appeared to be a flat left rear. Lay stayed in front for his first feature win at Dixie. Ryan Katz came from his 12th place starting position to finish 2nd, giving the Katz Well Drilling team a 1-2 finish. Rounding out the top 5 were Tyler, Blonde and Jeff Bloom.

The Pro Late Models were also in action as defending track champion Chad Bennett set fast time with a 16.554. Stormin’ Norman Wilcox won the dash while Tony Brabbs took the heat race. In feature action, Wilcox pushed his Monte Carlo into the lead, only to have Brabbs get under him on lap 2 to take over the top spot. Ed Doutre, Jr. caught up with him and then the race began. Doutre, fresh from cancer surgery just 3 weeks earlier, challenged Brabbs the rest of the way. Trying high and low all the way around the track, Doutre threatened Brabbs the entire race. But the 26-year veteran held him off, giving Brabbs his 2nd feature win of the year. Wilcox came home 3rd, followed by Jay Reinbold and Mark Klein.

Duane Damon led qualifying for the Led Sleds with a lap of 19.126, while J.T. Clayton took the heat race. An interesting twist was thrown into the feature. It was a “Second one over the line wins” feature – the winner would be the 2nd car to cross the finish line! So the lead changed hand several times for the first few laps, with Nick Lechota, J.T. and his father Randy Clayton swapping the top spot. Then Lechota took off, apparently waiting for a chance to drop to 2nd later in the race. But on the white-flag lap, Damon and J.T. Clayton locked bumpers on the backstretch, spinning both cars out. That gave the cherished no. 2 spot to rookie Billy Meeks. Lechota cross the line first, but it was “Billy the Kid” picking the win in his first-time-ever in the race car! Damon, J.T. and Ron Smith rounded out the top 5.

The Windpushers Factory 4′s were exciting as well, with first-timer Doug Ryan winning the heat race after starting in the rear. In the feature, Tony Williams put his escort out in front and lead the first 3 laps. Kimberly Lake got by and held the point until lap 6, when Ryan passed her on the bottom out of turn 2. Two laps later Ryan’s engine went sour, forcing him out of the race. Lake regained the lead and held on for her 2nd feature win of the season. Last week’s winner Steve Morris took 2nd, followed by Kim Tabor, Matt Campbell and Williams.

The Figure-8 race was as wild as ever. Track champion Lonny Hill got the jump on the field and took the lead. Lots of action and spins happened all through the race and on the final lap, Jerry Atwell got together with Hill, spinning out Hill. Atwell slowed to allow Hill to gather it up, only to be passed by the “Fish tank” Sean Fish. Then Ray Derminer’s car slowed going into the last turn, creating a traffic jam all the way to the finish line, but Fish stayed ahead to pick up the win, followed by Jerry Atwell, Roger Jewell, Frank Erlenbeck and John Hitsman.

Unfortunately, rain claimed the second half of the doubleheader weekend, leaving track officials to find a date to reschedule the Outlaw Super Late Model “Dixie Cup Series” event. The Outlaw Thunder Modifieds and School Bus Figure-8’s have been rescheduled for Waste Management Night, this Friday, July 9th, along with Pro Late Models, Factory Stocks and Factory 4′s. Time trials begin at 6:00 with racing at 7:30. For more info, go to www.dixiemotorspeedway.com or call direct at 989-624-9778.

Doutre Doubles Up at Dixie

July 12th, 2004

The Modifieds donned big Hoosier racing slicks and larger spoilers, morphing them into the Thunder Mods. Johnny Belott again set fast time with a 15.420. Heat race wins went to Ryan Caverly and Jeff Reamer. In the 30-lap feature, Doutre and Donny Matteson started on the front row, with Doutre jumping into the lead early. Doutre began to pull away as the rest of the field had trouble getting around Matteson. Finally on lap 20 Bill Luckhurst was the first to pass Matteson for the runner-up spot with the other hard-chargers in tow. But Doutre had built up an insurmountable advantage and held on, leading every lap to take the win. Doutre is recovering from cancer surgery less than a month ago, so this victory was even more satisfying. Luckhurst came home in 2nd, followed by Mark Besaw, Bob Szecsodi and Belott.

Former track champion Joe Johnson made his first appearance of the year driving his new template-bodied Monte Carlo, and he was fast qualifier in the Pro Late Model division with a time of 16.518. Dale Jackson, Jr. and Tony Brabbs took heat race wins. In the 25-lap feature, Ed Doutre, Jr. pulling double duty in his late model, again taking the early lead. But this one would not be as easy as Jay Reinbold quickly took over 2nd and the chase was on. In the last few laps, Reinbold really applied the pressure, nearly making it by Doutre’s 73 machine but could not make it stick. Doutre held on one more time for the victory, making it a clean sweep for the young gun. Doutre not only won both features on the “Big D” oval, he led every lap in both races! Reinbold stayed ahead of Johnson to take 2nd, while rookie Mike Leinberger drove his best race ever in a late model, holding off Mark Klein to finish 4th.

An outstanding field of Factory Stocks were on hand with veteran, Jim MIller, Jr. setting fast time with a lap of 16.330. Heat race victories went to Cam Hiltz, Jerry Gagnon, and Joe Hodgeson, Jr. Hodgeson started on the pole in the 25-lap feature, and quickly took the advantage. Former track champ Corey Hurley moved through the field into 2nd place, and the two veterans locked horns and battled the rest of the way. But it was close, clean racing all the way to the checkered flag with Hodgeson holding on for his first-ever feature win at Dixie. Hurley finished 2nd ahead of Ed Newman, Jr., Miller and David Murday.

In the Windpushers Factory 4′s it was Steve Morris picking up the heat race win and feature. He was followed by Kimberly Lake, Aaron Spearling, and Clayton Clark.

The grand finale was the big School Bus Figure-8. All eyes were on Jimmer Daniels, going for his 18th bus win in just 22 starts. Phil Ehlert was making his very first start, and he made it count as jumped out in front and built up a sizeable lead. Jimmer was held up in traffic several times at the intersection. Daniels moved into 2nd place with just 4 laps to go, but Ehlert’s advantage was too big. Ehlert took the win with Daniels coming right behind in 2nd. Rounding out the top 5 were Dan White, Matt Cabello and Ed Newman, Jr.

This Friday, July 16th, the Salvation Army will host “Christmas in July” at Dixie. Some lucky fan will win a $100 prize package from local merchants, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Saginaw County Salvation Army. In addition to Factory Stocks, Factory-4’s, Figure-8’s and a media go-kart race, the Outlaw Super Late Model “Dixie Cup Series” resumes as they will be on hand for a 75-lap assault on the Dixie Highbanks. This race is considered a tune-up for the huge $35,000 UAW All-American 150 on July 23rd. All the big dogs are expected for this awesome event including Scott Hantz, Jr. Hanley, Tim Felver, John Doering, Steve Sauve, Fred Campbell plus the Main Event Racing Series posse. The Auto Value Michigan Legends Series, Factory Stocks and School Bus Fig-8’s will also be on hand on the 23rd. Time trials for both nights begin at 6:00 with racing action at 7:30. For more info contact Dixie at 989-624-9778 or online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.