Sprint cars set for Dixie after July postponement
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Nearly a month after first attempting to run at Dixie Speedway the United Sprint Car Series will try again to bring their Southern Thunder Tour to Woodstock on Saturday. The traveling circuit will stand a better chance at making it to Dixie, only having to travel south from Ringgold, as opposed to congregating from all around the Southeast.
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Nearly a month after first attempting to run at Dixie Speedway the United Sprint Car Series will try again to bring their Southern Thunder Tour to Woodstock on Saturday. The traveling circuit will stand a better chance at making it to Dixie, only having to travel south from Ringgold, as opposed to congregating from all around the Southeast.
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The United Sprint Car Series’ Southern Thunder Tour is expected to roll into Dixie Speedway on Saturday, and organizers are hoping that it doesn’t bring with it rain.

The Woodstock dirt track was supposed to host the series July 13, but rain was forecasted for that evening, and the event was postponed by the USCS.

As of Thursday night, the National Weather Service had forecasted a 30-percent chance of rain for Saturday night, but Dixie spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said they don’t put too much stock in the forecast until the actual night of the race. In fact, on the night of the USCS’ originally planned visit, there was no rain at Dixie, and the track was able to hold a full program of its regular racing classes.

Still, the threat is there.

When the decision to postpone was made in July, the sprint cars were scattered throughout the Southeast. The USCS felt it would not be prudent for the drivers to make the trip to Woodstock, only to have the event canceled. This time, the drivers are already in Georgia, as they will be racing tonight at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold.

“If they are already in Georgia, then that is a positive for us hosting the race,” Swims-Green said.

Delaying the sprint cars’ visit for a month wasn’t ideal for Dixie.

“We have had to regroup,” Swims-Green said.

The track is in the midst of promoting the Dixie Monster Truck Nationals, which will be held Sept. 20-21.

“When you are promoting races five weeks out, it takes you back a bit,” Swims-Green said. “We have had to shift to promoting it and getting the word out.”

While ticket sales at Dixie are typically lower once school begins, as it did this week, Swims-Green doesn’t expect it to effect the sprint car event.

“We have had a lot of interest created around this event,” she said. “With the rainout, I think it is just more anticipated. I think everyone was ready for the sprints, and then with the rainout last time, I think the fans are really ready to see some sprint cars now.”

“Sprint cars cause a lot of excitement because we only have them once or twice in the season. Our fans really look forward to them coming in because it is something different than our normal stock car racing program. Sprint car fans are dedicated to their cars, just like Super Late Model fans.”

Derek Hagar and Terry Gray are separated by fewer than 30 points in the Southern Thunder points standings, so Saturday’s race at Dixie could have championship implications.

In addition to the sprint races, fans will also be able to see a full program of Dixie’s regular drivers. There will also be bicycle races for children, with the winners receiving 2-foot-tall trophies.

Ticket prices for the special event are $17 for adults in the grandstand, but fans can get $2 off with ticket stub from a previous Dixie race in 2013. Children ages 9-17 are $6, and those 8 and under are free.
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