June 27, 2014 storyWritten by Dixie Motor Speedway
After over a year of anticipation, Dixie Motor Speedway celebrated its season opener on Friday, June 27th. The fans enjoyed the new-look grandstands as well as some great racing including the Auto Value Super Sprints and the Main Event Super Late Models.
Ryan Litt led time trials for the Super Sprints with a 12.826. Heat winners were Jason Blonde and Tim Cox. In the 30-lap feature California's Jojo Helberg jumped ahead from his third starting spot. Jacob Wilson gave chase for several laps but Helberg led from flag-to-flag to take the win. Blonde worked his way through the field to take second while Wilson, Litt and John Turnbull,Jr. rounded out the top 5.
In the Super Late Models Drew Charleson was fastest with a 14.532. Second generation drivers Mickey Maier and Marcus Malcuit started on the front row, but on the first lap Malcuit broke something in right rear, slowing him down right at the green flag. The field did a masterful job of missing Malcuit and each other, as Marcus was forced to take his wounded race car to the pits. When the race resumed Johnny Belott took the lead and began to put some distance between himself and the pack. A crash on lap 28 involved many of the top runners from second to seventh place, including Maier, Brent Jack, Harold Fair, Jr. and Eric Lee. All but Fair were Balt to continue. On lap 50 veteran Scott Hantz caut with Belott and got by him on the back stretch. Hantz looked like he had checked out until the very end. Hantz's started to go away late in the race, allowing Dakota Carlson to reel him in. But Carlson came up just short as Hantz held him off to take the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Lee coming all the way from the rear, Scott Pemberton and Charleson.
The VORES Compact Touring Series is in their inaugural season and the front-wheel drive, four-cylinder cars made a stop in Birch Run this night. Heat race winners Todd Metz, Jr. and Mike Richardson. Illinois' Craig Fraser started on the pole in his Volkswagon, but he gave the lead to Marq Eaton. Five laps later Mike Westphal grabbed the top spot. On lap 6 Ron Fizzell flipped over and slid on his roof nearly 300 feet from the flag stand to turn one. He was uninjured but his night was over. When the race resumed Metz took over the lead on lap 7 and ran away for the win. Chris Jennings was second followed by Westphal, Richardson and William Hartman.
Dixie's next event is Friday, July 11th as Draper Chevrolet presents the Eve of Destruction. For more info go to dixiemotorspeedway.com.