Hubbard claims sixth win of the season in the 40-Lap Budweiser Allstar Late Models and earns $1,200
Elizabeth City, NC – Billy Hubbard flexed his muscles and earned his sixth checkered flag of the season in dominating fashion Friday evening in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models race at Dixieland Speedway. Hubbard, of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, started on the outside pole beside veteran racer John Staton for the special 40-lap feature. On the start, Hubbard quickly advanced around Staton in the first and second turns and never looked back in the race that was slowed only once due to a spin. Staton found himself in a tight battle with Brent Robinson and Tom Wilson to maintain the runner up position for much of the race. Both Robinson and Wilson were able to get around Staton initially.
In the end, Hubbard was able to hold off Robinson, who claimed second, and Staton eventually worked around Wilson to get the third and final podium finish.
“I can’t thank Bubba and team enough,” said a happy Hubbard in victory lane following the event that marked his seventh top-five finish. “Marty Strickland puts a good piece (engine) under the hood each week.”
With the victory, Hubbard not only won $1,200, but he also overtook fourth-place finishing, Larry Jackson atop the season-long point standings. Hubbard leads Jackson by four points headed into this weekend’s competition.
For the second week in a row, Mark Overman went back to the winner’s circle in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division. It was his second win of the season and fifth top-five finish. The Elizabeth City racer held off Mark Gonzales who rebounded after a disappointing night the previous week to claim second. Points leader Troy Brickhouse finished in third-place finish and maintains the championship points lead by 10 over Gonzales headed into this weekend’s races.
Josh Letson crossed the finish line first to garner the Little Caesars Super Street win. It was Letson’s third victory of the season and sixth top-five finish. He was able to edge out last week’s winner and points leader Justin Pruitt, who finished second. Kevin Webb earned his best finish of the season by bringing his Pontiac home in third.
Pruitt continues to lead the points chase by 32 markers over Dennis Barnes who did not compete on Friday.
James Hissom, Jr. started the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours outside the first row beside pole winner Kolton Stevens and quickly bolted out to the lead on the initial start. Hissom, Jr. never looked back in the 15-lap event and would go on to earn his sixth win in 2019. Earlier in the evening, he made a thrilling move to provide a photo finish in the qualifying heat races. Coming off of turn four for the final time in the seven-lap heat, he went to the inside of leader Chris Freemon and would narrowly beat him by a few feet at the line.
In the feature event, the battle quickly raged for second and third places. Trevor Battoia started deeper in the field, in sixth place, and would go on to finish the event in second with Chris Freemon, in a vehicle built and maintained by high school students, claimed third.
Hissom, Jr. continues to lead the standings over Battoia by 28 points.
After taking more than two years off from racing and five years away from the R & D Super Fours division, Ron Winterburn of Hertford, came back in convincing style to earn the win in the 20-lap race. Winterburn dominated the four-cylinder race and beat second-place finisher and points leader Dale Ore, Jr. Robert Bailey, of Norfolk, finished in third place.
Bubba Bingham won the kids in Go-Karts race with Carter Weiss finishing second.
Racing resumes Friday, July 26th and includes a special 25-lap Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours event with a $500 winner’s purse. Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets and R & D Excavating Super Fours will compete. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the action kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase in person. For more information dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.
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About Dixieland Speedway:
Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track. The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983. Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action. The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees. Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years. The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long. Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site. Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person. Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all. To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway). Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151. Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.