Schedule to grow busier on Dixie dirt
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
August 21, 2013 12:56 AM | 922 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dixie Speedway was already planning for an action-packet night of racing Saturday, when the United Sprint Car Series Winged Outlaws are scheduled to come to Woodstock, but organizers have found a way to slide in even more excitement.

After racing was washed out each of the last two weeks, Dixie will be putting as many races as possible into one night.

“We had to change our schedule around and just totally revise,” spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said. “We moved some championships around for our local drivers, but we communicated all of that to our drivers through our website, where they have their own information page. We rearranged the schedule and we still were able to get everyone championships in.”

While the Winged Outlaws will receive top billing this weekend, they won’t be the only feature. The Crate Late Model and Cruiser championships will be held, while the Pony Stock championship, originally slated for this weekend, has been moved to Aug. 31, when the Limited Late Model championship will also be held.

Swims-Green said that while the night of racing won’t take any additional time, there will be more at stake for the drivers, which should heighten the competition.

“It only adds five laps to each race, so it isn’t really longer,” she said. “We just didn’t want to get into a situation where, if we did run short on time, that we would have to cut their laps for a championship. That’s why we split them up. We want them to be able to have every lap and still be able to make our midnight curfew.”

The Crate Late Model championship could be particularly interesting. When the class last raced Aug. 3 — ladies night at Dixie — 15-year old Maddie Crane took the victory. Her win was protested by other drivers who suspected she might be racing with an illegal engine, but an investigation found Crane won the race legally.

“That race could get real interesting,” Swims-Green said.

The top prize for all championships is $1,000.
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