Hubbard dominates for All-Stars victory at Dixieland Speedway
By Jami Frankenberry
Sunday, August 19, 2018
MORGANS CORNER — Flashing the dominance he showed in the season’s opening months, Billy Hubbard led all 40 laps in the Budweiser All-Stars feature Friday night at Dixieland Speedway.
Hubbard wasn’t challenged in collecting the $1,200 for the win, avoiding four cautions and racing away at each restart.
Hubbard, a Cobbs Creek, Va., resident, led every lap when he won the season’s opening five races. And though he entered Friday with a 32-point lead atop the standings he has been kept out of Victory Lane since June 8.
“We’ve been waiting for this one for a while,” Hubbard said. “This old car had it going on tonight.”
Hubbard earned the pole and elected to start on the outside front row. The race took three restarts to get a lap in when cars spun on the first two tries.
When the green flag flew for good Hubbard pulled in front and steadily built a lead. Hubbard finished in front of Brent Robinson and Tom Wilson.
Robinson had engine trouble in qualifying and started in the fourth row before working his way through the field. But Hubbard stayed in front after the final yellow flag on lap 27.
“We were working up through and I was hoping for a late caution,” Robinson said. “I would’ve like to seen one to see how it went.”
All four of Dixieland’s other divisions were in action Friday night:
In the Little Caesar’s Super Streets, Kevin Bray continued his dominance with a seventh victory in the 20-lap feature. Bray, an Elizabeth City resident, took the lead from Devin Weatherly on lap four and stayed in front during a caution-free race.
Weatherly finished second just a week after his car flipped several times in a scary crash. Allen Shifflett — also involved in the big crash last week — finished third.
“Everybody put a helping hand in this thing,” Weatherly told the crowd in acknowledging the help he got after last week’s wreck.
In the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours, James Hissom Jr. led all 15 laps to pick up his first victory of the season. Hissom, a Moyock resident who had finished second three times, pulled away after the race’s only caution on lap 12 and finished ahead of Patrick Morgan and A.J. Smith.
“This has been a lot of hard work, a lot of time. This is just amazing,” Hissom said after jumping on his car to celebrate in Victory Lane.
In the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division, Jimmy Gray led all 20 laps for his second victory in as many tries. Gray, a Roanoke Rapids, N.C., driver, steered around six cautions to finish in front of Troy Brickhouse and Michael Wells.
Brickhouse was tied for first in the point standings with Joe Weiss, but Weiss was collected in a three-car wreck on a restart and finished well back.
In the R&D Excavating Super Fours, Kyle Barnes led from start to finish in a three-car field for a 10-lap victory. Barnes, of Windsor, won his third feature of the season.