The regular-season point titles that drivers compete for each weekend at Dixie also include a few special shows at Rome. One of those races was the Sept. 1 season finale.
Track spokeswoman, Mia Swims-Green, whose family owns both speedways, said the points championships are concluded each year on Labor Day weekend.
The Crate Late Models had the most exciting finish. Zach Pilcher edged Maddie Crane by just six points after the drivers competed in three races — two at Dixie and one at Rome — in a two-day period.
Crane won the first feature at Dixie last Saturday, then finished third in the second race. She entered the season finale 10 points behind Pilcher.
At Rome, rain threatened to postpone the racing, but the clouds eventually passed and racing was on. Crane, a dirt-racing rookie, finished fourth in a field of 17 at Rome, but almost came away with the points title.
Pilcher blew a tire on the final lap and struggled to finish. Had he fallen back just two more places, he would have lost the points title to Crane.
“It was definitely exciting,” Swims-Green said. “It all came down to Rome, and that was really something.”
In other divisions, Shane Smith easily won the Econo Bomber title as he finished more than 100 points ahead of Dan Meadows. Other drivers winning by large margins included Daniel Brewer (Super Bomber), Shannon Ethridge (Pony Stock) and Donald McIntosh (Super Late Model).
Mike McConnell finished 12 points ahead of Jason Williams in the Limited Late Models, while Jimmy Wilson was a 20-point winner over George Wilson in the Cruisers.
All of the division title winners will be recognized during an awards presentation tonight at Dixie.
With the points championship portion of the season complete, Dixie officials felt it was time to honor some of the people who make racing possible at the track with Cherokee County Public Safety Night. Police officers, firefighters and rescue personnel will be admitted to the grandstands free of charge.
“It’s just our way to give back and recognize some of those people in the community,” Swims-Green said.
There will also be a full race program and championship bike races for children. The track opens at 5 p.m., and racing begins at 7 p.m.