Hubbard maneuvers power outage for victory

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Dixieland Speedway


By Jami Frankenberry

Sunday, May 13, 2018

MORGANS CORNER — Some electrical problems delayed the races Friday night at Dixieland Speedway.

But a short-lived power outage only put off the inevitable in the Budweiser All-Stars division.

Billy Hubbard continued his domination of the division by leading all 30 laps of the latest feature – his second victory in a row after winning last season’s track championship.

Hubbard drove away from the field for his seventh win in the past two seasons.

Asked what was going right for him at Dixieland, Hubbard replied, “Everything.”

“Everybody is clicking,” added Hubbard, a Cobbs Creek, Va., resident. “We picked up where we left off last year.”

On Friday, Hubbard had no cautions to slow him down. And while last week’s season opener featured a back-and-forth on the track between veteran drivers John Staton and Brett Robinson, neither showed this week, leaving the race with little drama.

Hubbard lapped his first car before 10 circuits were complete and by lap 13 led by a full straightway. He finished in front of Tom Wilson and Larry Jackson.

Hubbard is driving only at Dixieland this season and so far has two dominating performances.

“It’s a driver’s track, it’s a momentum track,” Hubbard said. “It’s not like some of them where you have to pound it in the corners. It’s more about driving ability. You just slow down and pace yourself.”

Dixieland’s other four divisions also were in action Friday night.

The R&D Excavating Super Fours’ season debut featured a father-son finish with James Barnes winning the 20-lapper ahead of Kyle Barnes.

James Barnes, of Windsor, N.C., took the lead from C.J. Clark III on lap three and stayed in front of a hard-charging younger Barnes. Chris Williamson finished third — the only other finisher in a division that will run a limited season this year.

“Glad to be able to race with Kyle,” James Barnes said in a post-race interview with the track announcer. “He was catching me, but I wasn’t going to let him by. We’d have had two cars to fix this week.”

In the Biggs GMC Stock Fours, A.J. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., led all 15 laps in a competitive race that featured a last-lap crash.

Smith, Jason McCauley and Bill Eaker were in a 1-2-3 bunch throughout, and McCauley made a move for the lead on the backstretch of the final lap before making contact with Eaker and spinning out. Eaker continued on to finish second, followed by James Hissom.

“I was there tried to get on the brakes and it didn’t work,” Eaker said afterward in Victory Lane. “I feel terrible about what happened there.”

In the Little Caesar’s Super Streets, Kevin Bray led from start to finish and avoided four cautions in the 20-lapper. Bray, a Maple, N.C., driver making his season debut, started on the outside pole and took the lead coming out of turn two. Devin Weatherly and Josh Letson were second and third, respectively.

In the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division, Elizabeth City’s Troy Brickhouse steered around three cautions to win his second straight 20-lap feature. Brickhouse took the lead from Joe Weiss after the duo battled for the first 10 laps and steadily built a lead in the final circuits.

Weiss finished second, followed by Doug Lincoln.