Appreciation night brings large crowd, good racing
by Emily Horos
April 25, 2013 12:38 AM | 1016 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Drivers and fans were both out in numbers for the Dixie Speedway Spring Championships Saturday night.

Track spokeswoman Mia Green said there were 108 drivers and the grandstands were full as the track held an appreciation event for its drivers.

“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Green. “We had a great turnout. It’s always a big race because it’s a title event.”

Green said the drivers were racing hard. There were several crashes—two of which involved flipped cars.

“Everyone was okay, but it was pretty exciting,” said Green. “We had a fan actually post that it was the wildest night of racing that they had ever seen and that they would be back. It was very competitive. I saw the two flips and that was just from hard racing. There were several violent wrecks because of the hard racing, but everyone came out okay.”

Among the drivers was Woodstock resident Jason Croft, who competes in the Super Late Model Division.

“It was good, but it didn’t turn out exactly how we wanted it to,” said Croft, who started near the back and moved up through the pack to finish sixth. “The race track kind of slicked off and we didn’t have the right type of equipment for that track condition, so we are still working on it a little bit. I think we are getting closer every week. I expect some good results pretty soon.”

Croft raced at the track in 2002 and 2003 and even won the track championship in ’03. However he left competition for several years and just returned last season.

“Last year was kind of like a rookie year again since I’ve been out so long,” said Croft. “Now that we got that first year out of the way, we have come a really long way since this time last year. I think it’s only going to get better. I’m expecting some really good results this year.”

Tony Knowles and Jake Knowles took the top two spots in the Super Late Model.

Other winners included Mike McConnell (Limited Late Model), Craig Reece (Crate Late Model), Kenny Taylor (Super Bomber), David Beam (Econo Bomber), Jamie Cross (Pony Stock) and Tony Newman (Street Cruiser).
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