Those party plans, however, didn’t take anything away from the action over the weekend at the Woodstock dirt track.
The fans, who continued to file into the stands as the evening wore on Saturday, could be heard cheering as the winning driver from each class crossed the finish line.
Johnny Chastain took the checkered flag in the Super Late Models, pulling away from Jason Croft and Donald McIntosh.
George Wilson and Jimmy Wilson dueled for the Cruisers title, but in the end, it was the former who pulled away.
The showcase race of the night was the Pony Stock championship, with Ronnie Faucett earning that title.
Other winners included Scottie Pritchett (Limited Late Model), Justin Shipley (Crate Late Model), Richard Bagby (Super Bomber) and Shane Smith (Econo Bomber).
“We had a real good night,” track spokeswoman Mia Green said. “Often when we are the week before an event like the (Independence Day celebration), we will see a dip in the crowd, but the stands were full.”
Green, who said she is often so busy at the track that she doesn’t watch an entire race, said Saturday wasn’t much different.
“We did our thing, and the drivers did theirs, and we put on a good show,” Green said.
Looking toward this weekend’s event, which will feature a fireworks display, Green expects the track’s biggest crowd of the season thus far.
“For a lot of people, this might be the only time they come out to Dixie all summer,” she said. “We have never turned anyone way, but those grandstands can hold 14,000 to 17,000, and they will be packed Saturday night.”