May 11, 2012Written by Dixie Motor Speedway
Opening Night Excitement at Dixie
By: Chris Fobbe – Dixie Motor Speedway
Birch Run, Michigan (5/11) – A beautiful spring day greeted race fans for the 2012 debut for the Dixie Motor Speedway. Fans got their first glimpse of the brand new ticket office, concession stand and bathrooms, which continues Dixie’s commitment to providing the best facilities to the race fans.
The Port City Race Cars Pro Late Models would take to the 4/10s (.400) mile first for their 30-lap main event. Sophomore competitor Austin Fredwall would lead the field down to Scott Menlen’s green flag, but it would be Marty England holding the point by the time the field came back around. England would have three-time Track Champion Ed Doutre Jr. glued to his back bumper. England would do a yeoman’s job holding off Doutre, until they made contact coming to the line on lap 29, allowing Doutre to slip by. Doutre would take the win, with England settling for second, Chet Allen would have a career best third with Blake Childers and Hanna Christensen rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to England and Doutre with Defending Track Champion Jay Reinbold lowering his own track record with a 15.904 in qualifying.
Mark Bott, making his debut on the 4/10s mile at Dixie would pace the field for the start of the 30-lap feature for the O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes Modifieds. Jordan Pruitt, battling engine troubles all evening, would take the lead on lap one, and would pull away from the field. Pruitt looked ready to cruise to the checkered flag; however, a caution for a fire underneath the hood of Todd Jackson’s machine would bring out the caution and sending him to the pit. With the field bunched up behind him, Pruitt would still hold on to take the win. Nick Clemens would finish second, with Mike Luberda Sr., Trevor Berry and Matt Severn would complete the top five. Todd Jackson took the heat race win and Trevor Berry was fast qualifier with a 16.069.
Next up would be the Motor City Builders Bombers 20-lap feature on the historic 1/3 (.333) mile inner oval. Eric Lake would start on the pole and would wage war with Rick Kiger, holding him off until lap 10 when Kiger would get past on the high side. But that would be a short-lived lead as Kiger’s engine expired heading down the backstretch. This would draw the caution and give the lead back to Lake. Andrew Burton would then use the outside front row restarting position to grab the lead on lap 12. Burton would have to contend with a hard charging Chad Lamson in the closing laps, but in the end, it would be Burton taking the win. Lamson settled for second with Cam Hiltz, Jake Thompson and Bob Kern rounding out the top five. Eric Lake and Andrew Burton would take heat race wins with Cam Hiltz setting the pace in qualifying with a 17.824.
The Drive Train Specialist Sportsmen would put on a whale of a show to close out the oval track portion of the evening. Tim LaHar would start on the pole with Jim Severn getting by on the first lap. Severn would set a torrid pace but Three-time Defending Track Champion Don Riley would close in. Severn would do everything in his power to try to hold back Riley as the duo was side-by-side, lap-after-lap. With Severn glued to the inside of the track Riley would get a run on the high side off of turn two to get by on lap 22. Severn would try to fight his way back but it would be Riley taking the win in the green-flag affair. Kevin Harder, Jon Giffel and Jeff Warren would close out the top five. Severn would win the heat race with Riley clocking in at a 17.046 to become fast qualifier.
The Mike’s Auto Parts Figure 8’s would close out the night. Andrew Burton, fresh off of his victory in the Motor City Builders Bombers feature, would lead the field down to the green. Burton would pull away early as the rest of the field tried to keep pace. In the end it would be Burton taking his second win of the evening with Ray DerMiner finishing runner-up. Bob Kern, Mike Wines and Scott Platz completed the top five.
Next Friday night, May 18, looks to be another great night of racing at the Dixie, with the Port City Race Cars Pro Late Models, Drive Train Specialists Sportsmen, Motor City Builders Bombers, Mike’s Auto Parts Figure 8’s and the 2012 debut of the Weiss Equipment Factory Stocks. As always, gates open at 5pm, racing begins at 7:30pm. For more information visit us online at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com.