Jan 09

Ron Barfield

New Year’s 300 Rocks Dillon Motor Speedway

DSC_0442DILLON, SC, JANUARY 5, 2013: The January chill could not freeze over the flames coming from the hot racing excitement at Dillon Motor Speedway last Saturday night. Over 100 cars took to the track for an afternoon of beating, banging, and action-packed racing from the Street Stocks, Mini Stock Mayhem, U-Cars, Legends, Mini Cups, and Chargers. Street Stock driver Art Chambers finished 14th in the race but won on a drawing the new 602 Crate Engine given away by race sponsor Raceway Automotive. Thanks to Fred Bowker and Family of Raceway Automotive for all they do each year for the Dillon Motor Speedway.

The soaring Legend cars were the first field of cars to ignite the sparks at Dillon Motor Speedway. In fact, it was so hot that the lead car crashed in the middle of turns 3 & 4 during the race. Brandon McKenzie in the #46 car scored the first place trophy, followed by Grayson Massery, #36 bringing home the second spot. Billy Hall, Austin Osborne, and Paton Rhyne rounded out the “top five.”

Next, the sizzling U-Car Clash for Cash took the checkered flag, and as in the past, the cars clashed and bashed for some hard-earned cash. Alex Fleming in the #5 car was the big winner of the evening to bring home the first place trophy and $500. Cousins, Robert Arch and Patrick Arch put up a fierce battle to finish second and third. Dillon’s Mark Dean crossed the finish line in fourth place, while Todd Langdon came home in fifth.

2013-01-05-19.22.04The 150-lap main event was the next to take the green flag. Paint, metal, and tempers flew as thirty-one drivers eagerly soared around the track for their chance at the $2000 grand prize. Gary Ledbetter claimed victory after winning his second Dillon Motor Speedway New Year’s Street Stock race. Local racer, Wayne Locklair of Darlington scored the second place spot. Danny Brewer and Sonny Schoffen entertained fans with their third and fourth place finishes, followed by Jimmy Silvia from Rhode Island who finished in a solid fifth place.

Heat continued to rise above the frigid January night sky as the 26 car field Mini Stock Mayhem battled on the race track. Fireworks ignited from the race cars for the $1000 up for grabs. Local DMS racer, Kevin Jackson grasped the checkered flag with his dominating first place performance. Michael Wells and Bobby Tumbleston raced fiercely to bring home a strong second and third place. A.J. Sanders and Greg Brew soared in front of the rest to round out the “top five.”

Next, the local Dillon Motor Speedway racers from the Charger division made their laps around the track. Michael Elliott driving the #9 Lilly Racing Chevrolet led the pack to the checkered flag to claim his first win of 2013 at DMS. However, Dillon’s Brian Owens take his foot off the gas pedal, landing him in the second place spot. William Haynie battled hard finishing in third place, followed by Mike Watts, and Neil Anderson who completed the “top five.”

Finally, Dillon Motor Speedway’s Mini Cup division made their small and spicy appearance on the race track. Matt Corbett blasted around the track like a rocket to score the first place victory. Chris Connor smoothly sailed to a second place finish, with Jessica Poland cruising to a third place finish. Justin Hicks and Bill Willis battled strongly to finish in fourth and fifth places.

Race fans, remember to mark your calendars to attend the PASS South Super Late Model race on March 8-9 at Dillon Motor Speedway The PASS Series always promises to bring fast speed and racing celebrities to Dillon’s premier sporting event.
For more information, please visit www.dillonmotorspeedway.com or call the racing hotline, 843-496-4790. See you there!

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