Chase Dixon has made three trips to his home track, Kingsport Speedway, this season. Three times, he’s left the 3/8-mile concrete oval a winner.
Driving the No. 07 Toyota, Dixon jumped to the lead over pole sitter Joey Trent at the start of the first of scheduled twin 35-lap NASCAR Weekly Series Late Model Stock features.
Heavy rain and lightning in the opening of the Mod 4 feature ended Friday night’s action, forcing the cancelation of the second Late Model feature and a Sportsman feature.
Dixon pulled away by a couple of car lengths as the battle for second place raged behind him. Trent was battling Ronnie McCarty for the runner-up spot when their cars made contact coming off turn two, sending McCarty in a spin toward the inside wall.
Dixon, an 18-year-old from Abingdon, again pulled away on the restart as Trent held off points leader Nik Williams the remainder of the race. Derek Lane finished fourth with Brad Housewright fifth.
It was Dixon’s third win in four Kingsport starts. Trent won a second feature during Dixon’s first trip back home. Both of his last visits, he won the first 35-lap feature only to see the second race rained out.
“I can’t thank everybody enough who makes this possible, including my family and the Good Lord above,” Dixon said. “We’ve shown up three times now and have taken a win each time, pretty impressive. I was really pushing the issue the first race, but I wish we could have raced the second race because I believe we would have had something.”
First and foremost we want to Thank the good Lord for a safe race on Friday. Chase and CDM decided to go trophy hunting with Tow Mater at Kingsport Speedway. After a solid practice Chase qualified p2 missing the pole by .006.
At the start of the race he took over p1 and lead all 35 laps. After the race another team protested the win and after technical inspection we were declared the winner of race #1.
Unfortunately the second race was canceled due to heavy rain that moved thru.
Thank You to Marcus Richmond and R&S Race Cars for building fast and safe race cars. Tom Buzze at Buzze Racing for keeping our rear-end, transmission, and steering boxes fresh. PJ Bryant at BST for the best shocks on the planet. Charlie Long at Charlie Long Race Engines for all the horsepower. KRC for the best engine components on the market.
We now turn our focus to Colby Higgins as we picked his engine up yesterday and hope to have him on track this coming Thursday and Friday.
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