MCINTOSH WINS THE SOUTHEASTERN CLASSIC AT DIXIE


By Trevor Gonzales


(March 16, 2019) Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia kicked off it’s 50th season of racing with the Southeastern Classic paying $5,000 to win. A familiar face would find himself in victory lane, on his birthday too as Dawsonville, Georgia driver Donald McIntosh would take the lead on Lap 20 of the feature and go on to win the race.

24 Super Late Models were signed in for a night of racing. The field would be set by qualifying as Tyler Millwood would set the fast time and gain the pole position with a lap of 14.326 seconds around the 3/8 mile, D-shaped, clay banked racetrack. Completing the top five in qualifying would be Jason Hiett, Jason Croft, Austin Horton, and Shane Clanton.

The field would come to green on a chilly night with Millwood leading Lap 1 over Hiett, Clanton, Horton, and 7th starting McIntosh. Millwood would fly around the track and enter lapped traffic by Lap 6.

The lone caution of the night flew on Lap 7 as second place running Jason Hiett would stop his car coming off of Turn 4. During the first few laps of the race, his car would smoke going into Turns 3 and 4. He ended up being pushed off the track, ending his night prematurely.

On the ensuing restart, Millwood would hold his lead over Clanton as McIntosh would pass Horton for 3rd place. Cla Knight would crack into the top five as well, getting around Croft on the restart. By Lap 10, 19th starting Brent Dixon would already be in 9th place. Millwood would return to lapped traffic by the 14th circuit of the race.

Millwood would get slowed down by lapped traffic allowing Clanton and McIntosh to close in on the leader. Clanton was about to get side by side on Millwood in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 19 and take the lead by a nose. With lapped cars still in the way and slowing both Millwood and Clanton down, McIntosh would dig on the bottom side of the track in Turns 3 and 4 and take the lead while maneuvering around lapped cars the very next lap on Lap 20.

McIntosh would slowly begin to stretch out his lead while getting around lapped cars at the halfway point as he lead over Clanton, Horton,

Millwood, and Cla Knight. The race would stay green as Clanton would get within a few tenths of a second with 10 laps to go as McIntosh would attempt to get around a cluster of five lapped cars. Once McIntosh got by them on Lap 43, it was smooth sailing as Clanton would get slowed by the lap cars.

McIntosh would come to the checkers with over a 4.5 second margin over second place running Clanton and Horton. Polesitter Millwood and Knight would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be Cass Fowler, Jason Croft, Brent Dixon, Mike McConnell, and Dalton Polston

McIntosh’s ride was his own custom 007 Chassis with a custom Buick engine under the hood. McIntosh intended to run his 007 Chassis with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series last season but after mechanical issues with the car, it fell through. McIntosh would then run sparsely throughout the 2018 season until he was picked up by the Florida team Big Frog Motorsports where he ran the Southern Nationals Series tour and a few select events. McIntosh is now back running with Tennessee based team Blount Motorsports that he ran with for a few years until last season and he also is fielding his 007 Chassis car for select events as well.

Feature Finish: Dixie Speedway Southeastern Classic- $5,000 to win

7 Donald McIntosh

25 Shane Clanton

16 Austin Horton

31 Tyler Millwood

42 Cla Knight

9 Cass Fowler

9 Jason Croft

1 Brent Dixon

119 Mike McConnell

00 Dalton Polston

22 Will Roland

31R T.J Reaid

17 Lamar Haygood

53 Ray Cook

62 Cody King

17 Kurt English

63 Scott Jennings

14 Johnny Cloer

44 Curtis Cline

24 Jake Knowles

19 Wayne Echols

17k Kyler Haygood

1 Jason Hiett

311 Scott Groves

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