Crashes welcome at Dixie tonight
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
July 20, 2013 12:37 AM | 917 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In spite of the inherent dangers, race fans love wrecks.

When cars collide, the audience always reacts, be it with gasps or cries of excitement. And as long as the drivers are safe, the fans remain entertained.

Tonight’s schedule at Dixie Speedway should provide plenty of “oohs” and “ahhs” as the track hosts a demolition derby at the end of the evening. There will also be a full program of races leading up to the derby.

Track spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said the demolition derby is always a crowd favorite. This is the second one that has been held at the track this season, and at least one more is planned.

Typically, about 10 cars are entered in the event, and the last driver with a working car receives a $1,000 prize.

“Anyone that wants to enter and has an old car that they fix up to the rules specifications that are listed on the website can go at it,” Swims-Green said. “We give $1,000 to the winner. It’s just all-out, crash-them-up. They literally beat, bang and hit. It’s a great show.”

Swims-Green understands that having the demolition derby at the end of the night can make for a long night, particularly for Dixie’s younger fans, but she said there’s no other way to do it.

“It has to be the last thing on that schedule at night,” Swims-Green said. “A lot of debris falls off the cars and we have to do it that way.”

Because it can be hard for people to find qualified, full-sized cars for the event, Swims-Green said that Dixie may open the event up for small-car demolitions in the future.

Dixie scheduled tonight’s demolition derby in hopes of drawing out some new visitors who might be in the area for the opening weekend of the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, located two exits north of the track on Interstate 575.

“We are hoping some new people will come out and visit the track and see something different,” Swims-Green said. “Demo derbies usually bring in a good crowd because you hardly see them anymore. Some of the fairs sometimes have them, but they are a novelty.”

While some of the drivers enter every time a derby is held, there are plenty who come out just to try it.

“We have a different mix every time,” Swims-Green said. “Some of the guys own a body shop or something and will save a car out to enter in it and promote their business on the side of the car. It’s a fun thing for them to do, but we have others who just give it a try.”

Tonight is also considered a fan appreciation night, with $10 grandstand admission for adults. Children ages 9-17 are $6, and those 8 and under are free.

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