Young driver wins contest at Dixie
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Hunter Thackston won the ‘Show and Shine’ contest at Dixie Speedway, garnering the fans’ support for the tractor he rode around the dirt track.
<BR>Special photo by Dixie Speedway
Hunter Thackston won the ‘Show and Shine’ contest at Dixie Speedway, garnering the fans’ support for the tractor he rode around the dirt track.
Special photo by Dixie Speedway
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Dixie Speedway’s back-to-school celebration was, by all accounts, a success.

Mia Swims-Green, spokeswoman for the Woodstock dirt track, said more than 600 students ages 17 and under took advantage of free admission for Saturday night’s racing.

In addition, there were more than 30 participants in the track’s “Show and Shine” contest.

“That was a really good turnout,” Swims-Green said. “It was the first time that we had done this other than on monster trucks night. Usually, we have between 30 and 40, so we were thrilled with the turnout.”

Entry to the contest was open to all vehicles, ranging from cars to trucks to motorcycles, with an applicant only needing a ticket to the night’s race to enter. Fans selected the winner by cheering for their favorite vehicle as it made laps around the track.

“There were some beautiful trucks that were professionally restored,” Swims-Green said, “but what was really neat was an 11- or 12-year-old boy won with a restored 1963 tractor. That was really neat. It took him a while to get around. Once he pulled around the track, we let him just cool down. The crowd just went wild for that.”

Swims-Green said the tractor’s young driver, Hunter Thackston, spent about a month restoring it.

In the regularly scheduled races, Don Jenkins won in the Limited Late Models, while Zack Pilcher finished first in the Crate Late Models. Other winners included Jake Jones (Pony Stocks), Daniel Brewer (Super Bombers), Dan Meadows (Econo Bombers) and Todd Lankster (Cruisers).

“With the threat of rain, I really feel like the whole thing turned out great,” Swims-Green said. “We had a threat of showers from about 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., but then it was just beautiful. I think the crowd waited and came in late. We had a great night.”
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