Jeff Ganus Goes To Victory Lane In 49th Running Of The Dixie Classic 100
Constantine Comet Reigns Supreme In First Ever Dixie Appearance
Birch Run, Michigan (Friday, June 26, 2015) The cars and star of the Outlaw bodied Super Late Models from the Sandusky, Ohio based Main Event Racing Series made their first of two appearances of the year and highlighted the night with the 49th running of the Dixie Classic 100. A long-time premier event in the motorsports world within the Outlaw Super Late Models division.
At the end of 100 laps around the fast 4/10s (0.400) mile progressively banked paved oval, it would be Constantine, Michigan veteran Jeff Ganus going to victory in his ever appearance at Dixie Motor Speedway
“We’ve had a really good year, Brian Short has given me a good car ever since I started driving for him and this really is the best stuff I’ve ever been in,” Ganus would say in victory lane. Ganus would also go on to say that he would likely come back in August for the “Big One” to try and attempt the Dixie Motor Speedway sweep.
21 cars were on the property for the 100 lap feature event, but problems for Scott Pemberton in practice would sideline him from racing action for the evening, leaving 20 cars to take the green flag. Dakota Carlson and Clio, Michigan youngster Trevor Berry would lead the field to green and on the break, Carlson would take the early lead.
Carlson would hold the lead for the early stages but as the race reached the one quarter mark, Ganus would shoot past Carlson on the inside lane and would then set sail in dominant fashion. His win however would not come without action behind him as the race’s first caution flag would fly at lap 31 as Plymouth, Indiana driver Brian Ross would lose power in turn 2 sidelining him for the evening as he would finish 19th. As the field would go back to green, the caution flag would fly again as Texas driver Brad Reithmeyer would spin around in turn three.
The field would restart once again and go on a long green flag run until lap 71 when Trevor Berry makes contact with Scott Hantz, spinning Hantz around in turn 3 and Mike Mazzagatti would get collected in the mishap attempting to avoid the spinning Hantz. The yellow flag would fly yet again at lap 98 setting a green white checkered as a multi-car accident in turn four would collect seven cars but all would continue on, including Scott Hantz.
With a two lap restart, Ganus would once again set sail in the lead to hold off a hard charging Harold Fair, Jr. Eric Lee would have a strong third, Trevor Berry holds on for fourth, and Johnny Belott would round out the top five.
Dakota Carlson came home sixth, Ohio youngster Alex Rosenberry finished seventh, Mike Mazzagatti would finish eighth, Scott Hantz would come back up to finish ninth, and Mike Root would round out the top 10.
Earlier in the evening, Alex Rosenberry won the Fast Qualifier award with a 14.639
The Pure Stocks division was also on hand on the adjoining 1/3 (0.333) mile semi-banked paved oval as they raced in a special 25-lap main paying a cool $500 to win. When the checkered flag flew, Jordan Lechota would complete the clean sweep of the day setting fast time, winning his heat race, and claiming the feature win.
Lechota would take the win, Lonnie Saumnier, Jr. came across second, Steven Uhlman finished third, Nate Rowe fourth, and Gerald Persalis would finish fifth. Earlier in the evening Lechota would set the bench mark of the day with a fast lap of 17.255. Lechota won Heat Race #2, and Andrew Burton picked up the win in Heat Race #1.
In the School Bus Figure-8 race, Tony Conrad took home his very First Feature win, followed by Mike Szwed, Matt Hogan, Dan White and James Hogan rounding off the top 5.
Next on the schedule for Dixie Motor Speedway will be the return, for the first time since the 2013 racing season, of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance 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.
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.
2015 Pure Stock/Bomber Invitational Rule Update
In the interest of allowing as many teams to compete as possible, the rules are based on an Invitational format using other area track rules as a guide.
Auto City-legal, Owosso-legal and Whittemore-legal
Pure Stocks/Bombers/Lead Sleds will be deemed legal for these invitational events at Dixie.
Weight: All cars must weigh a minimum 3500Lbs. No exceptions.
legal tire rules for the following tracks
AC pure stock tire rule
owosso pure stock/bomber tire rule
whittamore pure stock/bomber tire rule
or USED 970 Hoosier also allowed
TRANSMISSION: Stock automatic transmission only. Must retain all working gears. No power glides, 2 speeds, or direct drives allowed.
Eve of Destruction Competitor Update
Dixie Motor Speedway has elected to maintain the 2014 Eve of Destruction (EOD) rulebook. EOD rules will remain the same as the previous season in a continuing effort to minimize the cost of competing for race teams. The unchanged rules will be in effect for all EOD divisions including; Chain-Gang, Crash Cars, Flag Pole and Trailer F-8’s. All technical rules will remain the same for the enduro class, including Dixie Motor Speedway allowing both the fuel injected and carbureted engines.
Dixie Motor Speedway is excited to announce, this season, the enduro race will make the switch from the oval, to the figure eight track. “The figure eight enduro will add a new exciting element to the show for the fans, while simultaneously leveling the playing field for the drivers” stated Dixie Motor Speedway promoter Mike Kern. There will also be changes in the purse, a 60% increase in start money for this season. All EOD events will now pay $40 to start. The season opening event at the Dixie Motor Speedway will be Friday, June 5th for the first ever Eve of Destruction enduro figure-8, brought to you by Draper Auto-Saginaw, MI. All EOD classes will be in action including the School Bus Figure-8.
2015 DMS Schedule
Friday - July 10 - JEGS Dixie 100 plus Legends & Bombers
Friday - July 24 - Eve of Destruction plus Bombers
Friday - Aug. 7 - THE BIG ONE XIII - Draper Toyota Night at the Races - Main Event Racing Series, Top Speed Modifieds and School Bus Figure-8's
Saturday - Sept 12 - Eve of Destruction - TBD
*Schedule subject to change!