Son outlasts father in Super Fours at Dixieland Speedway
By Jami Frankenberry
Sunday, May 27, 2018
MORGANS CORNER — Their division will run only a limited schedule this season, but the father-son duo of James and Kyle Barnes looks ready to make the most of the R&D Excavating Super Fours races.
Kyle outlasted his father for a 20-lap victory Friday night at Dixieland Speedway, giving the pair from Windsor, N.C., a second consecutive 1-2 finish after James won in the season opener May 11.
The Super Fours will run a limited schedule this season because of low numbers, and only three cars finished Friday after six took the green flag to start. That hasn’t put a damper on father and son competing in the same division for the first time.
“We work on the cars together, and my older son Brandon, he helps us,” James said. “It’s a fun, family event. He don’t talk as much trash as I do, but he’ll let me know he won this week.”
For the second straight race, Kyle and James put on a good battle for the lead from green to checkered flag. Kyle started on the pole and raced in front, while James started in the second row before quickly moving into second.
Kyle steered around the race’s two cautions and stayed in front after both restarts, although James stayed close and pulled to his son’s door on the backstretch with two laps remaining.
“You don’t really think about it until you go down into the corners,” James, 53, said. “And then you’re like, Oh God, I don’t want to run into him.”
Kyle stayed in front, holding off his father coming out of turn four to win by a car length.
“It’s a lot of fun to go run with him,” Kyle, 25, said in Victory Lane. “I knew he was back there.”
James, 53 and a longtime Dixieland veteran, said afterward in the pits that he and his son have never run together in the same division.
Dixieland’s other four divisions also were in action Friday night:
In the Budweiser All-Stars division, Billy Hubbard continued his dominance with his third straight victory in a 30-lapper. Hubbard, of Cobbs Creek, Va., has led all 105 of the division’s laps this season.
Hubbard, the defending track champion, bolted to the lead at the start and by lap five was in front by nearly a straightaway. He avoided the race’s only caution to finish in front of Tom Wilson and Ryan Steely.
In the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division, Elizabeth City’s Troy Brickhouse led from start to finish to stay unbeaten in three races this season. Brickhouse started on the outside pole of the 20-lap feature and held off Mark Gonzales and Joe Weiss.
In the Little Caesar’s Super Streets division, Elizabeth City’s Devin Weatherly earned his first victory of the season by outdueling Kevin Bray in a 20-lap feature. Weatherly started on the pole and led throughout, but Bray was on his bumper for most of the final five circuits.
Weatherly held off Bray coming out of the final turn by less than a car length and Allen Shiflett finished third.
In the Biggs GMC Stock Fours division, Chris Martinez of Seaford, Del., led all 15 laps in his season debut, finishing ahead of Trevor Battoia and Jason McCauley.